The Monastery of St. PETER.27

The Monastery of St. PETER.

Elizabeth, Daughter to King Henry the Seventh, is buried in a Tomb of black Marble, having also this Inscription.

She lyeth at the Feet of King Henry the Third.

Elizabetha, illustrissimi Regis Angliæ, Franciæ, & Hiberniæ, Henrici Septimi, & Dominæ Elizabethæ Reginæ serenissimæ Consortiis suæ, filia & secunda proles, quæ nata fuit secundo die mensis Julii, Anno Dom. 1492, & obiit decimo quarto die mensis Novembris, Anno Dom. 1495. Cujus animæ propitietur Deus.

Hic post fata jacet proles Regalis in isto
Sarcophago, juvenis, nobilis Elizabeth,
Princeps illustris, Henri. Sept. filia Regis,
Qui bini Regni florida Sceptra tenet.
Atropos hanc rapuit sævissima nuncia mortis,
Sit super in Cœlo vita perennis ei.

The CHAIR of the Kings of Scotland.

King Edward the First, having subdued the Scots Anno 1297, triumphantly returned, with the Scepter and Crown of the Kings of Scots, as also the Chair wherein those Kings used to be crowned, bringing it into the Church of Westminster; which Chair as yet remaineth in the Royal Chapel, with Jacobs Stone, as they call it, placed in it.

In a Table hanging by, are these Verses set down.

Siquid habent veri vel Chronica cana fidusve, *
Clauditur hac Cathedra nobilis ecce lapis.
Ad caput eximius Jacob quondam Patriarcha,
Quem posuit cernens numina mira poli;
Quem tulit ex Scotis spolium quasi victor honoris,
Edwardus primus, Mars velut armipotens,
Scotorum domitor, noster validissimus Hector,
Anglorum decus, & gloria Militiæ.


In the great and Kingly Chapel of King HENRY the Seventh.

Henry the Seventh, King of England, France, and Lord of Ireland, the first begotten Son of Edmund Earl of Richmond, by Margaret, Daughter and Heir to John Duke of Somerset. When he had justly deprived (both of Crown and Life) Richard the Third at Bosworth, he was enstalled in the Kingdom Anno 1485. And before he was 23 Years aged, he qualified the loud and grievous Garboyles between the Families of Lancaster and York. Resting in the Lord, Anno 1509: And in this magnificent Chapel (which he himself builded, with Elizabeth his Queen and Wife) he lyeth in a most glorious Tomb of solid Brass, compassed about with these Verses:

He lyeth in a small Chapel made all of richly gilded Brass.

Septimus Henricus Tumulo requiescit in isto,
Qui Regum splendor, lumen & orbus erat.
Rex vigil, & sapiens, comis, virtutis amator,
Egregius formæ, strenuus atque potens.
Qui peperit pacem regno, qui bella peregit
Plurima, qui victor semper ab hoste redit.
Qui natas binis conjunxit Regibus ambas,
Regibus & cunctis fœdere junctus erat.
Qui sacrum hoc struxit Templum, statuitque sepulchrum,
Pro se, próque sua conjuge, prole, domo.
Lustra decem, atque annos tres plus compleverat annis,
Nam tribus octenis Regia Sceptra tulit.
Quindecies Domini centenus fluxerat annus,
Currebat nonus, cùm venit atra dies.
Septima ter mensis lux tunc fulgebat Aprilis,
Cum clausit summum tanta corona diem.
Nulla dedêre prius tantum tibi sæcula Regem,
Anglia, vix similem posteriora dabunt.

On the other Side, under the Queens Image,

Hic jacet Regina Elizabetha, Edwardi Quarti quondam Regis filia; Edwardi Quinti Regis quondam nominati Soror; Henrici Septimi olim Regis Conjux; atque Henrici Octavi Regis mater inclyta. Obiit autem suum diem in Turre Londoniarum die 11 Feb. Anno Dom. 1502, 37 Annorum ætate functa.

This Queen dyed in the Tower of London.

Edward the Sixth, King of England, France, and Ireland, &c. Son to King Henry the Eighth, by Jane Seymour, was crowned King the 28th Day of January, 1546. He dyed (over soon) in his younger Years, the 6th Day of July 1553, and lyeth under the Brass richly gilded Altar, most curiously wrought with good Workmanship.

He lyeth at the Head of his Grandfather K. Henry the Seventh.

Mary Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Daughter to King Henry the Eighth, by Katharine, Daughter to Ferdinand King of Spain, succeeded her Brother Edward, Anno 1553. The Romish Religion, which her Father and Brother had expelled, she again restored, marrying with Philip King of Spain; and dyed when she had reigned five Years, 1558.

She lyeth buried in the North Part of the great Royal Chapel.

ELIZABETH Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Daughter to King Henry the Eighth, by his second Wife Anne Bullen, and Siter to Mary, succeeded her, Anno 1558. She was a most potent Princess, and for all Virtues to be compared with the greatest Kings and Queens whatsoever. Having reigned forty four Years, four Months, and eight Days, in highest Glory, to foreign Admiration, and Love of her own People; England acknowledging her rather a Mother than a Commander, she yielded her Soul to Christ both piously and contentedly, the 24th Day of March, Anno Dom. 1602.

Upon her glorious and goodly Tomb, made by King James, is the ensuing Inscription.

Memoriæ Sacrum.
Religione ad primævam sincertitatem restaurata, Pace fundata, Moneta ad justum valorem reducta, Rebellione domestica vindicata, Gallia malis intestinis præcipciti sublevata, Belgio sustentato, Hispanica classe profligata, Hibernia pulsis Hispanis, & Rebellibus ad deditionem coactis pacata, Redditibus utriusque Academiæ lege annonaria plurimum adauctis; tota denique Anglia Ditata Prudentissiméque Annos XLV administrata. ELIZABETHA Regina victrix, triumphatrix, pietatis studiosissima, felicissima, placida morte septuagenaria soluta, mortales reliquias dum Christo jubente resurgant immortales, in hac Ecclesia celeberima ab ipsa conservata, & denuo fundata, deposuit.
Obiit 24 Martii, Anno salutis MDCII,
Regni XLV, Ætatis LXX.

In the great and Royal Chapel of King Henry the Seventh.

Then follows, (omitted before)

For an Eternal Memorial.
Unto ELIZABETH Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Daughter of King HENRY VIII, Grandchild to HENRY VII, Great Grandchild to King EDWARD IV. The Mother of this her Country, the Nurse of Religion and Learning; for perfect Skill of very many Languages, for glorious Endowments as well of Mind as Body, and for Regal Virtues, beyond her Sex,

J. S.

A Prince incomparable,
JAMES of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Inheriter both of her Virtues and Kingdoms, to her so well deserving, piously hath this erected.]

Upon the Remove of her Body from Richmond (where she dyed) to Whitehall, by Water, these Lines were written: