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The Commons SENATE, and the PEOPLE'S VOICE.
Long may it's fabric rest upon their choice,
And by it's FREEDOM tell the nations round,
SAFETY alone with LIBERTY is found.
The fate of war, capricious, now ordains.
That EDWARD, HENRY's son, shall break his

chains; . ..!.1 . . :
A third intestine feud at E’sham vale,
Sees MONTFORT fall, and Henry's son prevail;
Young LEICESTER's and De Gourdon's prompt

defeat, And GLOUCESTER's fall, submission now compleat The fame of EDWARD; and his father's life . Closes unchecquer'd by succeeding strife ; Yet not a Chief of those subdued, With blood the vengeful axe imbued i. Nor scarce a subject died, as records tell, Save those who in the sanguine contest fell. .

The kingdom in peace, we're by chronicles told,

With the fame that young EDWARD acquired “ To Palestine hasten’d the hero so bold,”

In whose absence King Henry expired.


And thus the longest reign in Britain ended
The present cou'd our warmth of wish extend it
In length, as glory should exceed it far,
And peace, and plenty, cure the ills of war.
These times, 'tis said, old Mathew Paris graced,
Among respectable historians placed,
And those who love worn out poetic lays,
May read two specimens of Henry's days.

Robert of Glocestere, his Character of English


“ In the countrie of Canterburie plenty of fish is; “ And most chase of wild beasts about Salsbrie,

I wis, is ; “At London, ships most; and wine at Winches

tere; “At Hartford, sheepe and oxe; and fruit at Wor

cestere ; “ Sope, about Coventry; iron, at Glocestere ; “ Metals, lead and tyn, in the countrie of Exces.

tere; 4 Evorwick, for fajrest wood; Lincolne for fairest

men, &c. &c.


Part of a Ballad on Richard of Cornwell, King

of the Romans,—-written 1255. .


RICHARD of Alemayne, while he was King,
He spende alle his tresour upon swyving,
Hayeth he nought of Wallingford oferling?
Let him have, as he brew, bale to drying.

Maugre Wyndesore.

By God that is above us, he deede much sin,
That let passen over see th’Erl of Warynne,
He hath robb’d Englonde, the mores and the

The gold and the silver, and y beren henne.*

For love of Wyndesore.

Sir Simon de Montfort hath sworn by ys chyn
Hevedet he now here the Erl of Warynne,
Shulde he never more come to ys inn,
Ne with shelde, ne with spere, ne with other gyn,

To help of Wyndesore.

* Bore it hence.
† Hevede, is had.


Sir Simon de Montfort hath sworn by ys fot,
Hevede he now here Sire Hue de Bigot,
Ah! he shulde grant here twelf moneth scot,
Shulde he never more, with his sot pot,

To helpe Wyndesore,



Born at Westminster, June, 1939. Began to reign, 1272. Married twice, first to Eleanot, daughter of Ferdinand III. King of Castile, by whom he had issue, John, Henry, and Alphonsus, who died young; Edward, his successor; Eleanor, married to Henry, Duke de Bur; Joan, to Gilbert Clare, Earl of Glocester, and afterwards to Robert de Monthermer; Margaret, to John, Duke of Brabant; Elizabeth, to John, Earl of Holland, and afterwards to Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford; Berenguella, Alice, Blanche, and Beatrice, died unmarried. King Edward's second wife was Margaret of France, by whom he had Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, and Earl Marshal of England; Edmund, Earl of Kent; apd Eleanor, died in infancy. He reigned near thirty-five years. His body was buried at Westminster, his heart in the Holy Land.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS. Conquest of Wales. Jews expelled from England. Edward chosen umpire of the Scots, acts unfairly. Scotland greatly defended by Sir William Wallace, who, however, is taken and shamefully put to death. Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas put on their present establishment. Parlia, ments more regularly called. Westminster Abbey finished.

EMINENT PERSONS. John Peckham, Robert Winchelsea, Walter Reynold, and John Stratford, Archbishops of Canterbury. Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk. Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford. John Plantagenet, Earl of War. ren. Roger Bacon. Wickliffe.


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