William Batty of Barwick-in-Elmet purchased his Bible in 1809. In his own handwriting are the birth records (date and time) of the children God gave William and his wife Elizabeth. He also recorded the date of the death of the children who died in infancy.
Also written on the fly-leaf is this poem, which may well have been his own composition:
Whene’er you read this ancient volume,
You’ll find God’s word in every column;
Examine well each sacred page,
You’ll find Instruction for every age;
When your Parents are laid in the Grave,
This is the best portion you can have;
If in this world you learn righteousness,
In the next you’ll find true happiness;
Improve well your time unto the end,
And God will be your greatest friend.
II Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Related: A Tale of Two Williams (the story of William Batty’s minister).