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No Man hath been in World alive,
Nor any may there be;
Which can escape the Dint of Death,
Needs hence depart must we.
O noble and victorious Man,
Trust not unto thy Strength;
For all are subject unto Death,
And all must hence at length.
Most cruel Fate from worldly Stage
Hath wrest a worthy Wight;
For whom all England mourned loud,
To see his doleful Plight.
Edward is dead, which was adornd
With divers Graces here:
A King, or fragrant Nardus Hight,
A gracious princely Peer.
In Heart the which was Lybard like,
Right puissant, void of Fear,
Most slow to Strife, discreet and wise,
And gracious every where.
In Arms a Gyant fierce and fell,
Attempting famous Facts:
Most prudent, did subdue the Proud
By feat of Martial Acts.
In Flanders Fortune gave to him
By Lot right good Success;
In Wales he won; the Scottish Rout
With Arms he did suppress.
This King, without his Like alive
Did firmly guide his Land:
And what good Nature could conceive,
He had it plight at Hand.
He was in Justice, and in Peace
Excelling: Laws took Place,
Desire to chase all wicked Works,
Did hold this Kings good Grace.
He now doth ly entombed here,
Which furthered each good Thing:
Now, Nought he is but Dust and Bones,
Which was a worthy King.
The very SON of GOD, whom erst
This King did love right deere:
Hath given to him immortal Bless,
For his good Living here.
Whilst livd this King, by him all Things
Were in most goodly Plight:
Fraud lay hid, great Peace was kept,
And Honesty had Might.
Eleanora, Queen of England, first Wife of Edward the First, the only Daughter to Ferdinand the Third, King of Castile and Lyons, by Joan is second Wife, became Heir to Guydo, Earl of Ponthieu. This Earldom of Ponthieu, by Right, became devolved to the Kings of England, by the Mother to Edward the Second. She departed this Life, Anno Dom. 1298, and lyeth at the Feet of Henry the Third, in a Marble Tomb, having these Verses:
Her Image lyeth on the Tomb in Brass, richly
gilded in the same Chapel.
Nobilis Hispani jacet hic soror inclita Regis,
Eximii consors Eleonora thori,
Edwardi primi Wallorum Principis uxor,
Cui Pater Henricus tertius Anglus erat.
Hanc ille uxorem gnato petit: Domine Princeps
Legati munus suscepit ipse bono.
Alfonso fratri placuit fœlix Hymenæus,
Germanam Edwardo nec sine dote dedit,
Dos præclara fuit, nec tali indigna marito,
Pontino Princeps munere dives erat.
Fœmina consilio prudens, pia, prole beata,
Auxit amicitiis, auxit honore virum.
Queen Eleanor is here interrd,
A worthy Noble Dame:
Sister unto the Spanish King,
Of Royal Blood and Fame.
King Edwards Wife, first of that Name,
And Prince of Wales by Right;
Whose Father Henry, just the Third,
Was sure an English Wight:
Who cravd her Wife unto his Son:
The Prince himself did go
On that Embassage luckily,
As Chief, with many moe.
This Knot of linked Marriage,
Her Brother Alphonse likd,
Amd so 'tween Sister and this Prince,
The Marriage up was strikd:
The Dowry rich and Royal was,
For such a Prince most meet;
For Ponthieu was the Marriage Gift,
A Dowry rich and great.
A Woman both in Counsel wise,
Religious, faithful, meek:
Who did encrease her Husbands friends,
And larg'd his Honour eke.
Learn to die.
Edward the Third, King of England, &c. Son to Edward the Second, by Isabel, Daughter to Philip the Fair, King of France, a most martial Man.
He lyeth buried in the South Part of the Kingly
Chapel, with his Figure in Brass, richly gilded.
When the Brother by her Mother dyed, no Heirs Males being left, and the French pretended their Salique Law, which admitted much less the Female Issue to succeed; He denounced War against them which very sharply he pursued. Calais he conquered, recovering Aquitain and Normandy by his Forces. John King of France, and David King of Scots, he took in War, and kept them Prisoners. The Arms and Title of France he added to his own: And when (like a triumphant Monarch) he had reigned fifty Years, he yielded to the Stroke of Death in Ann. 1377. And these Verses are annexed by the Tomb.
Hic decus Anglorum, flos Regum præteritorum,
Forma futurorum, Rex clemens, pax populorum,
Tertius Edwardus: regni complens Jubilæum,
Invictus Pardus, pollens bellis Machabeus,
Prosperè dum vixit regnum pietate revixit,
Armipotens rexit: jam Cœlo Cœlice Rex sit
Tertius Edwardus, fama super æthera notus.
Pugna pro Patria.
In every Part of this Tomb are all the Sons and Daughters of this King expressed in solid Brass. On the right Side, Edward Prince of Wales; Joan of the Tower, given in Marriage to the King of Spain; Lionel, Duke of Clarence; Edmund, Duke of York; Mary, Dutchess of Britain; and William of Hatfield. On the left Side, Isabel, Lady of Coucy, William of Windsor; John Duke of Lancaster; Blanch, of the Tower of London; Margaret, Countess of Pembrooke; and Thomas, Duke of Glocester.
The Sons and Daughters of King Edw. 3.
Of English Kings here lyes the beautiful flower,
Of all before passed, and a Mirror to them shall sue;
A merciful King, of Peace Conservator;
The Third Edward, the Death of whom may rue
All Englishmen; for he by Knighthood due
Was Libard invict, and by feat Martial,
To worthy Machabe, in Vertue peregal.
The Sword, which this most potent and warlike King, Edward the Third, used in War, is to be seen by his Tomb, weighing eighteen Pound, and seven Foot in Length.
Philip, Queen of England, Wife to Edward the Third, Daughter to William of Bavaria, Earl of Henault, a Woman of singular Piety, and a Mother of most noble Children, dyed Anno Dom.
She hath a beautiful Tomb, and her Figure in
Alabaster upon it