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Who might with mighty King's have married, Whose suits, however back'd, miscarried; And yet who doubts a maid she tarried?

Not I, sir.

Whose merry maidens fared, with glee,
On beef and beer, not toast and tea,
AYhenever hungry they might be,

Or dry, sir?

Who, when the putT'd up priest of Rome
Said Spain should seal cursed England's doom,
Cried, bless you, let their donships come

And try, sir?

Who rode on horseback to the coast,

Infusing valour in that host,

Which gave the proud Armada's boast

The lie, sir.

'ir James Nevil with her fist, when lie surprised her playing on the virginals; the blows lavished on her maids of honour, and the box on the ear received by Essex, might afford amusement.—Mary Queen of Scots also accuses her of having beaten a Lady named Scudamore,so violently as to break her finger; and cutting another across the hand with a knife.

Civil And Military History Of England.


Who, not your decent ears to shock,
Swore thai by G— she wou'd unfrock
A bishop,—and then give his flock

A wiser.*

Who can find language to excuse,
Or any terms too harsh to use,
(And here it costs my flippant muse

A sigh, sir).

While we record her envy mean,
Whose malice, cruelty, and spleen,
Doom'd Scotia's dear devoted Queen

To die, sir?

Who, in the robes of office clad,
None but most able servants had,
For twice she'd never trust a bad


* There is a curious letter of the Queen's written to a Bishop of Ely, and preserved in the register of that See ; it is in these words:—" Proud Prelate, I understand you are backward in com"plying with your agreement: but I would have you know,that "I who made you what you are can unmake you, and if you do "not forthwith fulfil your engagements, by God I will unfrock "you. Your, as you demean yourself, Ei Izaueth."—The Bishop had promised to exchange some part of the land belonging to the See, for a pretended equivalent, and did so, but it was in consequence of the above letter.

Annual Register, 1761.


Who, tho' a maid, twixt me and you,
Could speak in Greek and Latin too,
More than at college ever knew

A sizer?

Who more than she at foes might laugh,
Who gave to merit power's staff?
(And merit she could see with half

An eye, sir.)

What court with her's which could reflect,
That blaze of art (which arms protect),
By Sidney, Raleigh, Cecil, deck't,

Might vie, sir?

And, climax of a wond'rous age!

Who first saw Shakespeare's genuine page,

Give truth and nature to the stage?


Who first Columbia's climes,—but stop,
This mode of question here I drop;
And some of what my muse wou'd sing,
Shall be supplied by Dr. King,

Who Who thus expresses what the nation

Achieved, this reign, by navigation :—

"Eliza first the sable scene withdrew,

"And to the antient world displayed the new;

"When Burleigh at the helm of state was seen,

"The truest subject to the greatest Queen.

"The Indians, from the Spanish yoke made free,

"Blest the effects of English liberty;

"Drake round the world his sov'reign's honor spread,

"Thro' straits and gulphs immense her fame conveyed.

"Raleigh, with hopes of new discov'ries fir'd, "And all the depths of human wit inspir'd, "Mov'd o'er the western world in search of fame, "Adding fresh glory to Eliza's name; :i Subdu'd new empires, that will records be, "Immortal, of a Queen's Virginity."*

Britain's Palladium.

* Alluding to the first settlement of Virginia.





The word of denial, and the letter of fifty,

Is that gentleman's name that will never be thrifty.

Sir Walter Raleigh having written in a window, in sight of the Queen,—

** Fain would I climb, yet fear to fall."

Her Majesty subjoined,— "If thy heart fail thee, climb not at all."

Being urged to explain her sentiments of the real presence, she answered extempore,

Christ was the word that spake it,
He took the bread and brake it;
And what that word did make it,
That I believe and take it.


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