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ter to Sir Foulke Bourchier, Lord Fitzwaren, from whom our modern Earls of Bath are sprung. Son he was to William Lord Fitzwaren, that was Brother to Henry Earl of Essex, and John Lord Berners; whom William, their Sire, (sometime Earl of Ewe in Normandy) begat on Anne, the sole Heir of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester, younger Son to the mighty Prince Edward the Third, and of his Wife Eleanora, Coheir unto the tenth Humphrey de Bohun, that was Earl of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, High Constable of England.

Many Children bare this Lady unto her Lord of either Sort, to wit, Edward Earl of Hertford, Henry, and younger Edward; Anne, Countess of Warwick, Margaret, Jane, Mary, Katharine, and Elizabeth: And with firm Faith in Christ, and in a most mild Manner, rendered she this Life at 90 Years of Age, on Easter Day, the 16th of April, Anno 1587.

The Earl of Hertford, Edward, her eldest Son., in this doleful Duty careful and diligent, doth consecrate this Monument to his dear Parent: Not for her Honour, wherewith (living) she did abound, and now departed, flourisheth; but for the dutiful Love he beareth her, and for his last Testification thereof.

Lady Wenefrid, Marchioness of Winchester, sprung of the worthy Family of Bruges, who first married with Richard Sackvile, Kt. and Chancellor of the Exchequer. By her he had Thomas Lord Buckhurst, and the Lady Dacres of the South, beside other Children. Afterward she married with John Powlet, Marquess of Winchester, and at length, well in Years, and a Widow, died Anno Domini 1586.

She lyeth in a fair Tomb of Alabaster in S. Nicholas Chapel.

Hic jacet in tumulo clarissima femina, primùm
Fortunata bonis clarisque Parentibus; illi
Sollicitè ætatem teneræ flexêre puellæ
Ad studium veræ virtutis, & optima facta,
Externo addentes internum lumen honori,
Post adolescentis feliciter extitit ætas:
Cum matura, viro veteri de stemmate nupsit,
Qui genus à proavis longè ante Trophæa Gulielmi
Normanasque acies, patria de gente trahebat:
Quocum jucundè transegit tempora vitæ,
Donec mors illum rapuit; post fata mariti
Mœsta diu vitam tenebris luctuque trahebat.
Sed melior tandem viduam fortuna revisit,
Nobilitate potens ubi Marchio amabilis illam
Connubio accepit firmo propriamque dicavit:
At nunc ter felix transcendit spiritus astra,
Cumque suo regnat, coluit quem ante omnia, Christo.

Anne, Countess of Oxenford, Daughter to William Cecill, Baron of Bourghley with Mildred her Mother, in one Sepulcher, with magnificent Columns of Prophyrie and Jet Stone, 24 Foot in Heighth, lie buried together; which the said Baron of Bourghley caused to be there erected.

They lye buried in St. Nicholas Chapel, in a goodly Tomb.

Elizabeth Cecill, Daughter of William Brooke, Baron Cobham, the Wife dearly affected of Robert Cecill, Knight, one of the Privy Council to the illustrious Queen Elizabeth, upon her Tomb hath these Diologue Verses, 1591.

She lyeth at the Door of the same Chapel.


UXOR.

 

Reginæ a Cameris, Baronis filia, chari
Fida Equitis conjux Elizabetha fui:
Unus amor nobis, una indivulsa voluntas,
Cor unum, una fides inviolata fuit:
Ille mei si quando potest deponere curam,
Ille potest animæ non memor esse suæ.


MARITUS.

 

Si lachrimis constaret amor (charissima conjux)
Prosequerer lachrimis funera sæpe tua.
Nam mihi quàm fueris redamata, tuum pia sponsa
Testatur meritum, conscius ipse mihi:
Sed nec amor patitur socia regnante dolere,
Et Christi major te sibi strinxit amor.
Ergo tuo dilecta bono cum pace fruare:
Spero mihi tecum portio pacis erit.

A BROOKE by Name, the Baron Cobhams Child,
A Newton was she by her Mothers Side.
Cecill her Husband this for her did build,
To prove his Love did after Death abide;
Which tells unto the World that after come,
The Worlds conceit whilst here she held a Room:
How Nature made wise and well beseeeming,     
Wit and Condition, silent, true, and chaste;     
Her Vertues rare wan her much esteeming,
In Court with Soveraign still with Favour gracd.
Earth could not yield more pleasing earthly Bliss,
Blest with two Babes, the third brought her to this.

William of Windsor, Son of King Edward the Third, so called, because he was born at Windsor with his Sister, named Blanch of the Tower, because in the Tower of London her Mother was delivered of her, lye both together under a Marble Tomb.

They lye buried in St. Edmund's Chapel.

John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall, second Son to King Edward the Second, by Isabel, Daughter to Philip le Bell, King of France. His Tomb of Alabaster is on the Left Hand Door, without any Inscription.

Buried also in the same Chapel.

Frances, Dutchess of Suffolk, Daughter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Mary, Queen of France, Daughter to King Henry the Seventh. She was first married to Henry Gray, Marquess Dorset, who was created Duke of Suffolk by King Edward the Sixth: And after to Adrian Stokes, Esq; who raised this Alabaster Monument to her living Remembrance.

She lyeth buried also in the same Chapel.

Anno 1563.
    
Nil decus aut splendor, nil regia nomina prosunt,
Splendida divitiis nil juvat ampla domus.
Omnia fluxerunt, virtutis sola remansit
Gloria, Tartareis non abolenda rogis:
Nupta Duci priùs est, Vxor pòst Armigeri Stokes,
Funere nunc valeas consociata Deo.

The noble Lady Jane Seymour, Daughter to the renowned Prince Edward, Duke of Somerset, Earl of Hertford, Vicount Beauchamp, Baron Seymour: And to the Right Noble Lady Anne, Dutchess of Somerest his Wife, departed this Life in her Virginity, at the Age of 19 Years, the 19th of March, Anno 1560, in the seond Year of the most happy Reign of Queen Elizabeth. Edward, Earl of Hertford, and Baron Beauchamp, her dear Brother, caused this Monument to be made in her Memory.

She was honourably buried in the Floor of the Chapel.

Ingenio præstans, & vultu Jana decoro,
Nobilis arte fuit vocis, & arte manus.
Hinc Venus & Pallas certant utra debet habere:
Vult Venus esse suam, Pallas & esse suam:
Mors vero in Virgineo figens in pectore telum.
Neutrius (inquit) erit, sed mihi præda jacet.
Corpore Jana jacet, tellurem terra subibit,
Sed pius in Cœli spiritus arce sedet.

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