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EDWARD THE FIFTH.
« What's this . “ That rises like the issue of a King, . “ And bears upon his baby brow the round “ And top of Sov'reignty ?”
“ Fading or e'er he blossom’d.”
“ Tell thou the lamentable fall of me,
“ 'Twas at the silent midnight hour," When deeds of murder vainly try
To shun all-seeing Heaven's eye, And awful darkness wrapt the Tower
Where innocence was doom'd to die; That crook-sould RICHARD's ruffian crew, Starting at every hollow gust that blew, Through vaulted passage stole, and arch-way
low, Where shadows mock'd the flickering taper's
glow, And, e’en the noise their felon steps impart, Struck nameless terror to each coward heart!
Ah, sweetly then two royal infants slept,
His conscience to commission of such deeds,
For whom some victim daily bleeds, E’re yet the measure of his guilt be full ! Chill silence reign’d, unless some rip'ling wave Of Thames with placid noise the fortress lave; Or echo mark the sentry's measured tone, Or haply of some prison'd wretch the groan, Pierces the guarded wall with half-distinguish'd
moan. Then with averted look and panting breath, The wreckless ministers of death Approach the sleeping pair ; unconscious they, And undisturbed by guilty conscience lay, 'Till hy the suffocating pillow prest, * They changed their mortal for immortal rest.
* Historians have many dubts as to the commission of this alledged murder ;-one proof offered to the contrary is from a
The fiends below with exultation fell,
Celestial sounds that direful yell replace ; While loud Hosannas rend the sky,
And welcome virtue to the throne of grace! How on that night did RICHARD sleep? Ah! well for him might angels weep!
curious document, said to be the Coronation Roll of Richard III. from which it would appear that Prince Edward walked at liis Uncle's coronation. The entry is as follows :
“ To Edward, Son of the late King Edward the Fjurth, for his apparel and arraye, that is to say,--a shorte gowne, made of two yards and three-fourths crymsyn clothe, of golde, lyned with two yards three-fourths of blac velvet; a long gowne, made of six yards of crymsyn clothe, of golde, lyned with six yards of green damask; a doublet and a stomacher, made of two yards of blac sattin, &c. &c.; besides two foot clothes, a bonnet of purple velvet, and nine saddle housings of blue velvet, gilt spurs, with many other rich articles and magnificent apparel, for his henchmen or pages.”—The above is copied, with similar variations of orthograply, (occurring in the same words) from the original, by Mr. Walpole, who was gratified with the perusal of it by Mr. Chamberlain, of the Great Wardrobe.
Vide BERTRAND DE MOLEVILLE's Hist. of G4. Britain. “ It has, however, been suggested by Mr. Walpole himself, that these garments might probably have been intended for Edward t.e Fifth's Coronation, before Richard disclosed his de
HistoriC DOUBTS, AND ANSWER.
SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF
RICHARD THE THIRD,
Born A.D. 1450. Proclaimed King in June, 1483. Married Ann, Daughter of Nevil, the great Earl of Warwick, and Widow of Edward, Son to Henry VI. He had issue, Edward, who died young. Reigned little better than two years. Was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field, and buried at Leicester, in 1485.
Duke of Buckingham beheaded. Earl of Richmond lays claim to the crown, and wins it by arms.
Thomas Bourlier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. Vere, Earl of Oxford. Thomas Lord Stanley. Howard, Duke of Norfolk. Francis Viscount Lovel. Sir Richard Ratcliffe. Sir William Catesby.
Emperors. of Germany. - Frederic II. 1440. Of the 'Turks.–Bajazet II. 1481.