Here lyeth the body of William Jones who departed this life
the 18th of August
Laugh not fanatics though he be gone
to have fought his fight and hath worn (?) a crown
Though from we he is gone in heaven he takes his rest
singing Alleluiah and is forever blest
In life he taught to dye and he did give
in death a great example how to live
If wisdom learning and knowledge cannot dwell
secure from change vaine bubble earth farewell.
I am not sure about that word, 'worn' - it seems to contain two 'o's and looks more like 'woonc' - any ideas? The punctuation and spelling was done by a mason, quite a while before Dr Johnson wrote his dictionary, and he put a full stop between each word, just to make life a little more interesting. 'vaine bubble earth...'