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The rich Exchequer of his niggard sire,
The treasure of those minions doomed to die, * Who found, as sings the bard we most admire,
“It is but squeezing sponges and they dry"
All prov'd but insufficient, for, behold !
At GUISNES,† where France and England met In dazzling panoply of gold,
Three days of pleasure cost whole years of debt.
Two Queens divorced, of six the tyrant wed,
But that the arrogantly cruel elf,
He died himself.
* Empson and Dudley.
† The place where Henry, and Francis I. of France met, was, from the unexampled and prodigal splendor of the two Courts, called “ The Field of Cloth of Gold.” VOL. II.
His vanity we must not overlook,
Know ye that magic minstrel Walter Scott ?
reign, t Then who shall dare attempt the theme again?
* The Reformation was said to be owing to a jest made by Sir Thomas Wyatt, who, when Henry was waiting for the Pope's assent to his divorce, said “ Lord! that a man cannot repent him of his sins without leave from the Pope.” Thus Wyatt hinted, Cranmer opened, and the Universities made, the way to the Reformation.
Vide“ An Englishman's llistory of England." † At this period an account was kept of the diabolical mischiefs perpetrated by the armies invading Scotland, with all the regularity of a tradesman's ledger. The following was the sum
Not I, “ by my laurels,” my verse near his lay, “ Like the flowers of the forest wou'd wither
away.” What sounds of merriment assail the ear ? What glitt'ring mass of mingled church and
state? And see, the master of the feast appear,
'Tis Wolsey, thoughtless of his future fate ! Like a red meteor we behold him soar, Extinguish'd now he falls to rise no more. Of Dunstan, Becker, Wolsey, having read, I think it may with safety thus be said :
Three prelates, by three different Sovereigns bred,
total of the ravages from July to November, in 1544, as delivered in by the warden of the marches :Towns, towers, steeds, bar Il By Lord Hertford's invasion into nekyns, parish churches,
the counties of Berwick and bastel houses, cast down
Roxburgh only, and between or bumt....
192 the 8th and 23d of September, Scots slain,
403 1545, there were destroyed, Prisoners taken,.......... 816 Monasteries and friar-houses, 7 Nolt (horned cattle) taken, 10,589 . Castles, towers, and piles,.... 16 Sheep, ................12,492 Market towns, ............ 5 Nags and geldings, ...... 1,296 Villages, ................ 243 Goats,.................. 200 Milnes, .................. 13 Bolls of corn,............ 850 l Hospitals, ................ 3
Haynes's State PAPERS APUD ROBERTSON.
The pride of priestcraft cou'd no farther go,
Next CROMWELL, worthy of a better end,
* John Skelton, Poet Laureat to King Henry VIII. attacked Cardinal Wolsey without mercy, for his upstart insolence, and in his uncouth, but nervous doggrel, did his utmost to render him ridiculous, thus
No man dare come to th’speche,
l'ide J. P. ANDREW .
Capricious Henry! all your wish obtain’d,
How fleeting are the hours of wealth and fame,
Superior CRANMER in a crowd alone,
* 164 suppress'd monasteries, 90 colleges, 2374 chauntrys and chapels, and 110 hospitals produced a revenue of £161,100 to the crown : from which fund some additional colleges and professorships were given to the universities, and 6 new bishopricks were erected. The common people were much displeased with the stoppage of that hospitality the monks were used to exercise: there is an old ballad called “ Truth and Ignorance," the latter, who is represented as a rustic, says
“Ch'll tell the what, good fellowe,