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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,t 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.
t 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. 'd His
His vanity we must not overlook,
Hal in return, which was not quite so civil,
Know ye that magic minstrel Walter Scott?
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 History or England."
t At this period an account was kept of the diabolical mischiefs perpetrated by the armies invading Scotland, with all the regulaiityof a tradesman's ledger. The following was the sum
total Not I, " by my laurels," my verse near his lay, "Like the flowers of the forest wou'd wither
What sounds of merriment assail the ear?
What glittering mass of mingled church and state?
And see, the master of the feast appear,—
'Tis Wolsey, thoughtless of his future fate!
Three prelates, by three different Sovereigns bred,
total of the ravages from July to
or burnt 192
Scots slain, 403
Prisoners taktn, 816
Nolt (horned cattle) taken, 10,389
Nags and geldings, 1,296
Bolls of com, 850
November, in 1544, as delivered
By Lord Hertford's invasion into the counties of Berwick and Roxburgh only, and between the 8th and 23d of September, 1545, there were destroyed,— Monasteries and friar-hoases, 7 . Castles, towers, and piles,.... 16
Market towns 5
Milnes, , 13
State Papers Afud 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,
Vide 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: fri m 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,
"Before the vriars went hence,
"A bushel of the best wheate,
"Was zoid for vourteen-pence.
"And vorty egges a penny.
"That were both good and newe;
"And this, che say, myselfe have saene,
"And yet I am no Jewe."