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EMINENT PERSONS. Theobald, Becket, Richard (a Monk,) and Baldwin, Archbishops of Canterbury. Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, who, with Robert Fitz-stephens, was general in the Irish war. William Longsword, Earl of Salisbury; Geoffry, Archbishop of York;* and Morgan, Bishop of Durham; natural sons of the King, the two first by Fair Rosamond, the latter by a daughter of Sir Ralph Blewitt. Hugh Lacy, and Ralph de Glanville, justiciaries of Ireland and England. Gilbert Foliot, John Hanwell.

COTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS.

Popes.
Alexander II. 1159. Lucius III. 1181.

Adrian IV. 1154.7

* He was made Bishop of Lincoln, when no niore than a proud greedy boy; Walter de Mapes, a humourous Chaplain, (called the Anacreon of England) used, when he heard him swear“ by his father's royalty,” to bid him remember “bis mother's honesty;" it was said of him tho' not old enough to feed his sheep, he was able enough to shear them,-his affectionate duty to Henry at his dying hour, and his valour in the field ought, however, to throw a veil over his faults.

J. P. ANDREWS. + Pope Adrian was an Englishman, by name Nicholas Breakspear, he was choked by a fly, in the fifth year of his Popedom; he sent the following version of the Lord's Prayer to England, to be taught his countrymen :

Ure Fadyr in Heaven rich,
Thy name be halyed ever lich,
Thou bring us thy michel bliss,
Als hit in Heaven y doe,
Evear in y the earth been it alsoe,
That holy brede that lasteth ay
Thou send ous, this ilke day.
Forgive ous all that we have don,
As we forgive uch other mon.
Ne let ous fall into no founding,
Ac shield ous fro the foul thing.-Amen,
MEDULLA HISTORIÆ ANGLICANÆ..

Urban

Urban III. 1185. Gregory VIII. 1187. Clement III. 1188.

Emperors. Of the East.-Emanuel Comnenus, 1143. Alexis Comnenus II. 1180. Andronicus Comnenus I. 1183. Isaac

Angelus I. 1185.
Of the West, Frederic I. 1152.

Kings. Of France.—Lewis VII. 1157. Philip II. 1180. Of Portugal.--Alphonsus, 1102. Sancho I. 1185. Of Denmark.-Waldemar I. 1157; the regular succession

and history of Denmark does not commence properly till the accession of Waldemar I. (called the Great,) who con.

siderably enlarged and civilized the country. Of Scotland.David I. 1134. Malcolm IV. 1153. Wil.

liam 1165.

TIenry

HENRY THE SECOND.

« With thee, PLANTAGENET, from civil broils
“ The land awhile respired, and all was peace.
“ Then Becket rose, and impotent of mind,
“ Bid murd'rous priests the sov’reign frown contemn,
“ And, with unhallow'd crosier, bruised the crown.
“ Yet yielded not supinely tame a prince
“ Of Henry's virtues, learn’d, courageous, wise,
“ Of fair ambition.”

Shenstone.

“Still must that tongue some wounding message bring, “ And still thy priestly pride provoke thy King; , “ For this are · foreign oracles' explored, To teach the land to murmur at its lord.”

Vide Pope's HOMER.

(FAIR ROSAMOND.) A maid unmatch'd in manners as in face, “Skill'd in each art, and crown'd with ev'ry grace;

“ Not half so dear were wedded · Ellen's' charms, • “When first her blooming beauties met my arms.”

IBIDEM.

The tempest in my mind “ Doth from my senses take all feeling else, “ Save what beats there.--Filial ingratitude !"

SHAKESPEARE.

Throughout his day much sorrow Henry

prov'd, Cross'd in his pow'r by those whom most he lov'd ;

A constant

A constant warfare was his reign on earth,
By sons fomented, who disgraced their birth ;
His Queen too, (tho'tis said much cause was hers
To doubt his faith, yet story often errs),
Join'd to oppose her husband and her lord,
And lift against his crown rebellion's sword !

BECKET, another curse of Henry's life,
Adds to the foes he found in sons and wife;
Becket, the kingdom's bane, the popedom's

glory,
With temper scarcely I relate the story,
A proof, since told ye in most homely fashion,
We can do nothing well, when in a passion.

A NEW LEGEND OF ST. THOMAS A BECKET. King Henry and the realm to spite,

St. Dunstan being dead and gone, Some evil genius sent his sprite,

In BECKET's form, to curb the throne.

Archbishop, Chancellor, and more

Than I can say in these brief rhymes, He gain'd all Dunstan gain'd before,

All WOLSEY got in after times.

And

And what return to HENRY made

This upstart, whọ deserv'd a rope ? Of dignity he form’d a trade,

And sold his master to the Pope !

Rebellion into exile sent

The meddling Monk, who yet return'd More honour'd, tho' much less content,

While treason in his heart still burn'd.

Repeated insult Henry drove

Some hint to drop in angry mood,*
Which caus’d, who heard their zeal to prove,

Unhappily, in Becket's blood.

* "Is there not one of the crew of lazy, cowardly knights, “ whom I maintain, that will rid me of this turbulent priest, “ who came to court but t'other day on a lame horse, with no" thing but his wallet behind him?" These words unfortunately animated to action Reginal Fitz-urse, William de Tracey, Hugh de Morvil, and Richard Brito.

Berington's Life of St. Thomas a Becket. The vulgar of Glocestershire have proverbially assigned a whimsical punishment for one of the families concerned in the assassination, thus :

“The Tracies, “ Have always the wind in their faces.” James Petit Andrews sportively adds, “ No very severe judg. ment on a summer's day.”

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