The City of WESTMINSTER.32


Edmundus Spencer, Londinensis, Anglicorum Poetarum nostri sæculi facilè. Princeps, quod ejus Poemata, faventibus Musis, & victuro genio conscripta comprobant. Obiit immatura morte, Anno salutis 1598, & prope Galfridum Chaucerum conditur, qui felicissimè poesin Anglicis literis primus illustravit. In quem hæc scripta sunt Epitaphia.     
Hic prope Chaucerum situs est Spenserius, illi
Proximus ingenio, proximus ut tumulo.
Hic prope Chaucerum Spensere Poeta poetam
Conderis, & versu, quàm tumulo proprior,
Anglica te vivo vixit, plausitque Poesis;
Nunc moritura timet, te moriente, mori.

He lyeth also buried in the same South Part of the Church.

Here lyes (expecting the second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ) the Body of Edmund Spencer, the Prince of Poets in his Time. Whose divine Spirit needs no other Witness than his Works which he left behind him. He was born in London in the Year , and dyed in the Year 1596.


H. K. in his Monumenta Westmonast. fills up this Vacancy of the Year of his Birth, and makes it to be 1510: But this does not well comport with the Latin Inscription, that he dyed morte immatura, i. e. an immature Death, and yet lived to near 90 Years.

This Tomb was made 1631, and stands near the South door in Westminster.


Michael Draiton, Esquire, a memorable Poet of this Age, exchanged his Laurel for a Crown of Glory, Anno Dom. 1631.

Do, pious Marble, let thy Readers know,     
What they, and what their Children owe     
To Draitons Name, whose sacred Dust     
We recommend unto thy Trust:
Protect his Memory, and preserve his Story,
Remain a lasting Monument of his Glory:     
And when thy Ruins shall disclaim,     
To be the Treasurer of his Name;     
His Name, that cannot fade, shall be
An everlasting Monument to thee.

Although that famous and worthy HENRY, eldest Son to our dear Sovereign Lord King JAMES, hath as yet no Tomb or Monument made for him there in Westminster, but liveth still in the Love and Memory of all true English Hearts; yet this excellent Epitaph was purposely made for him.

A Monument all of pure Gold were too little for a Prince of such high Hope and Merit.

Reader, Wonder think it none,
To hear me speak, that am a Stone.
Here is shrind Celestial Dust,
And I keep it but in Trust;
Should I not Treasure tell,
Wonder then thou mightst as well,
How this Stone could chuse but break,
If it had not learnd to speak.
Hence amazd, and ask not me,
Whose those Sacred Ashes be.
Purposely it is conceald;
For, if that should be reveald,
All that read, would by and by,
Melt themselves to Tears, and dye.


Within this Marble Casket lyes
A matchless Jewel of rich Prize;
Which Nature (in the Worlds Disdain)
But shewd, and then shut up again.

Upon a very rich and stately Monument in the same Church is thus written:


Depositum Illustrissimi & Excellentissimi Principis Ludovici Stuarti Esmei, Leviniæ Ducis Filii, Joannis Propatrui Seren. Regis Jacobi Nepotis, Richmondiæ & Leviniæ Ducis, Novi Castelli de Tinam & Darnliæ Comitis, &c. Magni Scotiæ Camerarii & Thalassiarchæ Hereditariè, Sacri Palatii Jacobi Regis Seneschalli, Cubiculariorumque principalium primi, Regi à Sanctioribus Consiliis. San-Georgiani Ordinis Eq. Scoticorumque per Gallias Cataphractorum Præfecti.
Viri excelsi ad omnia magna & bona nati, ad meliora defuncti, vixit Annos 49, Menses, 4, Dies 17.
2 Sam. 3. 38.

16. Febr. primo generlium Regni Comitiorum designato.

On the other Side of the same Monument is thus written.

Illustrissima & Excellentissima Princeps, Francisca Richmondiæ & Leviniæ Ducissa, Domini Thomæ Howardi Bindoniæ Filia, Thomæ Howardi Norfolciæ Ducis, ex Elizabethâ, Edovardi Ducis Buckinghamiæ Filiâ, Neptis, Lodovici Stuarti Richmondiæ & Leviniæ Ducis Uxor.
Charissimi conjugii nunquam non memor, conjugi optimè merito sibique posuit hoc Monumentum.
Obiit Die, Mensis , Anno Dom. .

On a Table in the same Choire, is the following Inscription.

P. M. S.
Vanæ multitudinis Improperium hic jacet. Cujus tamen
Toto Europa Mirata est Magnanimitatem.
Daniæ & SweciæReges Integerrimum.
Transilvaniæ &
Princip. Ingenuum.
Veneta RespublicaPhilobasilea.
Subaudiæ & LotharingiæDuces Politicum.
Palatinus Comes.Fidelem.
Turca Christianum.
Experti sunt.