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God save the king, and bless the land

In plenty, joy, and peace ;
And grant, henceforth, that foul debate

”Twixt noblemen may cease!

BALLAD XXV.*

OF THE SIX QUEENS THAT WERE MARRIED TO

HENRY THE EIGHTH, KING OF ENGLAND.

When England's fame did ring

Royally, royally,
Of Henry the Eighth our king,

All the world over :
Such deeds of majesty
Won he most worthily,
England to glorify,

By the hand of fair heaven.

His royal father dead;

Curiously, curiously,
Was he then wrapt in lead,

As it appeareth:
Such a tomb did he make,
For his sweet father's sake,
As the whole world may speak

Of his gallant glory.

* From Johnson's · Crowne Garland of goulden Roses,' &c. 1612.

Vol. II.

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[The chapel called Henry the Seventh's, in Westminster Abbey, where the costly and beautiful tomb of that monarch is still in good preservation. It was the workmanship of one Peter, a Florentine. See Dart's Antiq. of West. Abbey, and Walpole's Anecd. of Painting in England.]

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When as Queen Catherine knew

How the king, how the king,
Prov'd in love most untrue,

Thus to forsake her ;
Good Lord! what bitter woe,
Did this sweet princess show,
Unkindly thus to go

From her sweet husband.

• O my kind sovereign dear!

(Said the queen, said the queen) + Full two-and-twenty year

Have I been married :
· Sure it will break my heart,
"From thee now to depart,
' I ne’er play'd wanton's part,

Royal King Henry.'

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This virgin was by fame,

Made wife to King Henry.

From this same royal queen,

Blessedly, blessedly,
As it was known and seen,

Came our sweet princess,
England's Elizabeth !
Fairest queen on the earth;
Happy made by her birth,

Was this brave kingdom.

When Anna Bullen's place

Of a queen, of a queen,
Had been for three years' space,

More was her sorrow:
In the king's royal head
Secret displeasure bred,
That cost the queen her head,

In London's strong Tower.

Then took he to wife Lady Jane,

Lovingly, lovingly, That from the Seymours came,

Nobly descended; But her love bought she dear, She was but queen one year ; In child-bed she died, we hear,

Of royal King Edward.

England then understand,

Famously, famously,

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