The Monastery of St. PETER.29

The Monastery of St. PETER.

King James the First lyeth here interred, but hath no Monument; but in Memory of him take this following Elegy:

R. B.

Can Christendoms great Monarch sink away
Thus silently into a Bed of Clay?
Can such a Monarch die, and he not have
An Earthquake at the least to ope his Grave?
Impartial Fates! methinks all Princes then,
Tho they livd Gods, yet must they die like Men:
And the same Passing-Bell which tolld for them,
Did ring (but now) the Beggars Requiem.
When such a Soul was from the Earth bereaven,
Methinks there should be Triumph made in Heaven:
The Stars should run at Tilt at his Decease,
To welcome him into the Place of Peace;
Who whilst he livd, in Peace livd, and did strive
(Being in Peace) to keep Peace still alive.

He dyed the xxiv. of March M. DC. xxiv.]

Now for the Persons under the Degree of Majesty, yet of high Honour and Quality, that had their Interments or Monuments in this Church, take the Collection following.]

Nobility and Gentry buried here.

J. S.

Sophia, Daughter to JAMES, King of Great Britain, born at Greenwich the 22d Day of June 1606, the 3d Day after ended her Life, and is buried in the same Chapel where the Queens, Mary and Elizabeth, do rest in the Lord.

This young Infant lived not above 3 or 4 Days.

Margaret, Countess of Richmond and Darby, Daughter and only Heir to John Duke of Somerset, by Margaret, Daughter to the Lord Bellocampe, or Beauchampe of Powicke; first married to Edmund, the Son of Owen Tedder, who begat Henry the Seventh, King of England; and afterward to Thomas Stanley, Earl of Derby. Two Colleges (namely of Christ, and St. John Baptist * ) she erected for Students in Cambridge. She instituted also two Divinity Lectures,one at Cambridge, and the other at Oxford, &c. This Epitaph was made for her:

She is buried in the South Part of the Chapel, in a goodly Monument.

*S. John Evangelist.

Aspirate meis Elegis pia turma sororum,
Et Margaretam collacrimate piam.
Hâc sub mole latet Regis celeberrima mater
Henrici magni, quem locus iste fovet,
Quem locus iste sacer celebri celebrat Polyandro,
Illius genitrix hac tumulatur humo.
Cui cedat Tanaquil (Titus hanc super astra reportet)
Cedat Penelope charus Ulyssis amor;
Hæc Abigail, velut Hester erat pietate secunda,
En tres jam proceres nobilitate pares:
Pro Domina precor implora, pro Principe tanta
Flecte Deum precibus, qui legis hos apices.
Plura referre piget, calamus torpore rigescit,
Dormit MÅ“cenas, negligitur probitas:
Nec juvat aut modicum prodest nunc ultima versu
Fata recensere (mortua mors reor est)
Quaris quid decus est? decus est modo dicier hircus.
Cedit bonos hirco, cedit honorque capro.
Falleris ipse Charon, iterum surrexit Abyron,
Et Stygios remos despicit ille tuos.
Vivitur ex voto, mentis præcordia tangunt
Nulla sepulchra Ducum, nec monumenta patrum,
Non Regum, non ulla hominum labentia fato
Tempora, nec toties mortua turba ruens.
Hinc statuo certè perituræ parcere chartæ,
Seu Juvenalis ovat eximius Satyrus.

Margaret, Countess of Levenox, Daughter to Archibald Dowglasse, Earl of Angus, by Margaret, Queen Dowager of Scotland, Daughter to Henry the Seventh, King of England; Wife also to Matthew Stuart, Earl of Levenox. To whom she brought Henry, Lord of Darly, Father to James the Sixth, King of Scotland; Charles, Earl of Levenox, and other Children that died in their younger Years. She departed this Life the 10th Day of March, Anno Domini 1577, and hath this Epitaph:

She lyes buried in a goodly Tomb of Alabaster in the same Chapel.

Here lyeth the noble Lady Margaret, Countess of Levenox, Daughter and sole Heir of Archibald, Earl of Angus, by Margaret Queen of Scots his Wife, that was eldest Daughter to King Henry the Seventh, who bare unto Mathew, Earl of Levenox her Husband, four Sons and four Daughters. This Lady had to her Great Grandfather, King Edward the Fourth; to her Grandfather, King Henry the Seventh; to her Uncle, King Henry the Eighth; to her Cousin German, King Edward the Sixth; to her Brother, King James, of Scotland the Fifth; to her Son, King Henry the First; and to her Grandchild, King James the Sixth.

Having to her Great Grandmother, and Grandmother, two Queens, both named Elizabeth; to her Mother, Margaret Queen of Scots; to her Aunt, Mary the French Queen; to her Cousins German, Mary and Elizabeth, Queens of England, to her Niece and Daughter in Law, Mary Queen of Scots.

Henry, second Son to this Lady, was King of Scots, and Father to James the Sixth, now King. This Henry was mudered at the Age of 21 Years; Charles, her youngest Son, was Earl of Levenox, Father to the Lady Arbella; he dyed at the Age of 21 Years, and is here entombed.

Charles his Son, and Earl of Levenox, who took in Marriage the Daughter of William Cavendish, Kt. and had Arbella to his only Daughter, dyed in Anno 1576.

He lyeth buried in the Vault with his Mother.

Henry, first Son to King Henry the Eighth, by Queen Katharine of Spain, lyeth buried at the Door of the Royal Chapel.

A Child of two Months old.

Queen Anne, Wife to King Richard the Third, Daughter to Richard Nevil, Earl of Warwick, died Anno Domini 1484, not without Suspicion of poysoning.

She lyeth in the South Part of the Vestry.

Anne of Cleve, Sister to William Duke of Cleve and Gulich, whom King Henry the Eighth repudiated, when he took to Wife Katharine Howard. Died in Anno 1557, and lyeth buried at the Head of King Sebert.

She lyeth in a Tomb as yet not finished.

Anne of Somerset, Wife to the most Noble Prince Edward, Duke of Somerest, and the Daughter to Sir Edward Stanhope, Kt. by his Wife Elizabeth, Daughter to Fulke Bourchier, Lord Fitzwaren, died the 16th of the Calends of May, Anno 1580, &c. with this Inscription on her Tomb:

Here lyeth intombed the noble Dutchess of Somerest, Anne, Spouse unto that renowned Prince Edward, Duke of Somerset, Earl of Hertford, Vicount Beauchamp, and Baron Seymour, Companion of the most famous Knightly Order of the Garter, Uncle to King Edward the Sixth, Governor of his Royal Person and most worthy Protector of all his Realms, Dominions, and Subjects; Lieutenant General of all his Armies, Treasurer and Earl-Marshal of England, Governour and Captain of the Isles of Guernsey and Jersey. Under whose prosperous Conduct, glorious Victory hath been so often and so fortunately obtained at Edinborough, Leith, and Muscleborough Field.

She lyeth in a goodly Tomb in S. Nicholas Chapel, the Tomb being 24 Foot in Height.

A Princess descended of noble Linage, being Daughter to the worthy Knight, Sir Edward Stanhop, by Elizabeth his Wife, that was Daugh-

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