A hard-to-find old book (1915), called Funeral Memorials & Monuments by a Lawrence Weaver reports on this anonymous poem about the estate of one "Halidam" which suggests that if you have any assets, best to dispose of them during your lifetime than to run them through the hands of the executor of your will.

 


 

Man, thee behoveth of to have this in mind,
That thow geveth wynn thin hond, that sall thow fynd.

For widows be sloful, and chyldren beth unkynd,
Executors beth covetos, and kep al they fynd.

In eny body ask wher the deddys goodys becam,
They answer, "so God help us and Halidam, he died a poor man".