The Monastery of St. PETER.25

The Monastery of St. PETER.

1369, and lyeth at the Feet of Edward her Husband, and these Verses annexed:

Guielmi Hanonis sobales postrema Philippa,     
Hic Roseo quondam pulchra decore jacet.
Tertius Edwardus Rex ista conjuge lætus     
Materno suasu Nobiliumque fuit.
Frater Johannes Comes Mavortius Heros,     
Huic illam voluit consociare viro.
Hæc junxit Flandros conjunctio sanguinis Anglis:     
In Francos venit hinc Gallica dira lues.
Dotibus hæc raris viguit Regina Philppa,     
Forma præstanti, religione, fide.
FÅ“cunda nata est proles numerosa parenti,     
Insignes peperit magnanimosque duces.
Oxonii posuit studiosis optima nutrix     
Regineas ædes, palladiamque scholam.

Conjux Edwardi jacet hic Regina Philippa.
Disce vivere.

Fair Philip, William Henaults Child,     
And youngest Daughter deere;
Of Roseate Hue and Beauty bright,     
In a Tomb lyes hilled here.
Edward the Third, through Mothers Will     
And Nobles good Consent,
Took her to Wife, and joyfully     
With her his Time he spent.
His Brother John a Martial Man,     
And eke a valiant Knight,
Did link this Woman to this King     
In Bonds of Marriage Rite.
This Match and Marriage thus in Blood,     
Did bind the Flemings sure,
To Englishmen, by which they did     
The Frenchmens Wreck procure.
This Philip stowd in Gifts full rare,     
And Treasures of the Mind;
In Beauty bright, Religion, Faith,     
To all and each most kind.
A fruitful Mother Philip was,     
Full many a Son she bred:
And brought forth many a worthy Knight,     
Hardy and full of Dread:
A careful Nurse to Students all;     
At Oxford she did found
Queens Colledge; she, Dame Pallas Schoole.     
That did her Fame resound.
Learn to live.

About this Tomb are placed round the Images of these Princes, and their Arms to express them, as in an old Manuscript Book they were found, viz
At the Feet, the King of Navarre, the King of Bohemia, the King of Scotland, the King of Sicily, and the King of Spain.
At the Head, William, Earl of Henault, Father to the said Queen; John, King of France; Edward the Third, King of England, and her Husband; Lodowicke, the Emperor; and Edward, Prince of Wales, her first begotten Son.

Royal Ornaments there placed, to illustrate the Beauty of the Tomb.

On the left Side of the Tomb, Ione, Queen of Scotland, John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall; Ione, Princess of Wales; Lionel, Duke of Clarence; Isabel, Countess of Bedford; John, Duke of Lancaster; Ione, Dutchess of Clarence; Edmund, Earl of Cambridge; Ione, Dutchess of Lancaster; Thomas, Earl of Buckingham.

On the right Side, the Empress, Mother to the said Queen; her Brother also, Marcus, Duke of Gelderland; Eleonora, Dutchess of Gelderland; John, Earl of Henault; Mary, Dutchess of Britaine; Lodowicke, Duke of Bavaria; the Countess of Pembrooke; Charles, Son to the King of France, Duke of Brabant.

He lyeth in the uppermost Part of that Kingly Chapel, within a Statue of gilt Plates.

Henry the Fifth, King of England, Son of Henry the Fourth. Vanquished the French in many Battles, and at length was created Regent of France. He took to Wife Katharine, Daughter to Charles the Sixth. He dyed Anno Dom. 1422: And these Verses are fixed there in Memory of him.

Gallorum mastix jacet hic Henricus in urna.
Domat omnia virtus.
Pulchra virumque suum sociat tandem Katharina.
Otium fuge.

O merciful God, what a Prince was this,
Which his short Time in Martial Acts spent.
In Honour of Conquest, that Wonder to me it is,
How he might compass such Deeds excellent.
And yet for that his Mind nothing detent,
All ghostly Counsel * for his Soul to provide,
Out of this World, ere he fatally should slide.


So though I had Tully his Eloquence,
Or of Seneca the grave Morality,
Of of Solomon the perfect Sapience,
Or the sweet Ditties of Dame Calliope;
Yet might I not in Prose or other Dittie,
Accordingly advance this Prince his Fame,
Or with due Honours to enhaunce the same.

Considering his Acts, whereof Parcell apppeare
In this rude Worke, with many more left out:
The Time also was lesse than ten Yeare,
That he so shortly brought all Things about,
By divine Grace furthered no * Doubt:
That mighty † Lord be holpe his ghostly Knight;
With Grace and Honour to passe this Worlds Fight.

*Out of


And to have Reward double and condigne,
And first for martiall Acts by him done,
To be advanc'd amongst the Worthies nine,
And for his Vertue usd by him eftsoone,
With many good Deeds which he on Earth had done.
Above the Heirarchies, he is (I trust) now stalld,
That was on Earth the King of Kings calld.

Katharine Valois, Daughter to Charles the Sixth, King of France, and Wife to Henry the Fifth. Who (he being dead) took in Marriage Owen Teudor, borne in Wales, his Race descending from King Cadwallader. Of her he begot Edmund Earl of Richmond, Jasper Duke of Bedford, and another that took on him a Monastical Habit at Westminster. She dyed Anno 1437, and was buried by King Henry the Fifth.

Her Body now lyeth in a small Place by her Husband unburied.

Hic Katharina jacet, Francorum Filia Regis,
Hæres & Regni (Carole Sexte) tui,
Henrici Quinti thalamo bis læta jugali,
Nam sic vir duplici clarus honore fuit:
Jure suo Anglorum, Katharinæ jure triumphans
Francorum obtinuit jus, decus imperii.
Grata venit lætis felix Regina Britannis,
Perque Dies celebrant quattuor ore Deum.
Edidit Henricum gemibunda puerpera Regem,
Cujus in Imperio Francus & Anglus erat.
Non sibi nec Regno felici Sidere natum,
Sed Patri & Matri Religione parem.
Post ex Oweno Tiddero tertia proles,
Nobilis Edmundus te, Katharina, beat:
Septimus Henricus quo non præstantior alter,
Filius Edmundi, gemma Britannia fuit:
Felix Uxor ergo * , mater, ter filia felix,
Ast Avia hæc felix terque quaterque fuit.
Otium fuge.

*Ergo Uxor.

Here lies Queen Katharine closd in Grave,     
The French Kings Daughter fair,
And of thy Kingdom, (Charles the Sixth)     
The true dedoubted Heir.
Twice joyful Wife in Marriage matchd     
To Henry Fifth by Name: