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Verses by the University of Oxford on the death of the most noble and right valiant Sir Bevill Grenvill, alias Granvill, Kt. who was slain by the rebells at the battle on Lansdown-Hill near Bathe, July the 5, 1643.
University of Oxford.; Birkhead, Henry, 1617?-1696.
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Anglorum Magnanimus BEVILLIVS GRANVIL Cornubiensis Eques Auratus VERSES BY The University of OXFORD On the Death of the Most Noble and Right Valiant Sir Bevill Grenvill alias Granvill Kt. Who was Slain by the Rebells at the Battle on Lansdown-Hill near Bathe July the 5. 1643. Aut spoliis ego jam raptis laudabor opimis Aut Letho insigni Virg. Aeneid Printed at Oxford in the Year of our Lord 1643. and now Reprinted at London 1684. To the Right Honourable John Earl of BATHE Viscount of Lansdown Baron Granvill of Granvill Bideford and Kilkhampton Lord-Lieutenant and High-Steward of the Dutchy of Cornwal Lord-Warden of the Stanneries Governour of Plymouth Groom of the Stole to his Majesty First Gentleman of his Majesties Bed-Chamber and One of the Lords of his Majesties most Honourable Privy-Councill THese Verses were an Epicedium of the Muses of Oxford made to adorn the Herse of your Noble Father who Dy'd so Gloriously at Lansdown in Defence of his Prince and Country It is Apparent what a Publique loss his Death was that one of the first Universities of Europe should think fit to Lament it A Respect it may be never done before to any but to the Royal Family But as there are few Persons my Lord so Deserving to be Celebrated as your Father so are there few Families which have had that Military Glory in them Not to go back so far as your great Ancestor Hamon Dentatus Earl of Corboil descended from the Warlike Rollo Duke of Normandy Nor to Mention his two Renowned Sons Robert Fitzhamon and Sr Richard de Granvill who came over with William the Conqueror and Ayded him at the Battle of Hastings to Wyn the Crown of England and afterward in the Conquest of Wales there are late Instances of other of your Progenitors who have Illustrated your Race by their valiant Actions In the War with France betwixt Henry the 8 th and Francis the first Sir Roger Granvil lost his life at Sea And his Son Sir Richard Granvil when he was very Young went a Volentier into Hungary to serve the Emperour Ferdinand against the Turk and after that was with Don John of Austria at the Battle of Lepanto the greatest Day that ever was at Sea since that of Actium At his Return home applying himself to the Sea he became an Expert Captain and Admirall after Several Voyages into the West-Indies and elsewhere Services done his Country with much Honour and Successe he was at last Slayn at the Azores Islands having with one of the Queen's Ships alone being unhappily Seperated from the rest of the Fleet whereof he was Vice-Admiral Sustain'd a fight against the whole Naval power of Spain never yeilding though his Guns were dismounted his men almost all hurt or kill'd himself Mortally Wounded and his Decks blown up that there was no place left to fight upon so that his Enemies were Astonished at his valour and Concern'd to save him as if he had been of their own Nation but his Wounds being too Mortall to be cured he Expired in a Few Hours and was Buried in the Ocean which had been the Theatre of his Glory I cannot forget another Sir Richard Granvill your Lordships Uncle who having done his Apprentice-ship in Arms in the Low-Countrys and German-Wars serv'd his late Majesty in the Northern Expeditions and then in the Wars of Ireland and at length coming to command one of the Kings Armies in the West kept that Country in his Majesties Obedience till the Rest of England was lost the fortune of the Parliament prevail'd every where A severe Observer of Military Discipline and my Lord General the Old Duke of Albemarle was wont to say one of the best Captains we had in all the War of England and Ireland As the Name and fortune of your Ancestors are Descended to your Lordship so is their Virtue too which appeared so early in you that before you were Seaventeen years Old you enter'd into your Fathers Command and after you had serv'd the King upon several Engagements in the Army and particularly in Cornwall at the Defeat of the Earl of Essex you brought those Valiant Companies in the Head of which your Father was slain at Lansdown to fight for his Majesty at the Second Battel of Newbery where you were like to have undergone your Fathers fate as well as Imitated his Virtue for being Engaged in the Thickest of the Enemies and having receiv'd severall wounds and one most Dangerous One in the Head with the blow of a Halberd which beat you to the Ground you lay for some time without Sense or Motion 'till a Body of the Kings Horse Charging the Enemy a-fresh beat them off the ground upon which you fought where you were found amongst the Dead Cover'd with Dust and Blood and being known were carried into that place of the Field where the King Prince of Wales his now Present Majesty were who sent you to Dennington Castle to be treated for your Wounds It could not My Lord but be matter of great Contentment to you to have his Majesty himself a witness of the Blood you had lost for him and a Spectator of that Loyalty and Courage which are the Hereditary Qualities of your Family No sooner were the Armies drawn off from the Field of Newbery but you were presently Besieged in Dennington where for some time you lay in Extream Danger of your life not only by those Desperate Wounds you had got in the late Battel but in the hazzard you were in of Receiving new ones from the Enemy the Bullets flying continually through the Room where you lay under Cure 'till you were Releived by the Victorious Forces of his Majesty at the Third Battel of Newbery Nor have you only Serv'd the King with your Sword in the Field but been another way a Chief Instrument of the Greatest good that ever came to England I mean the Restauration of his Majesty and of the Laws and Liberty of your Oppressed Country This my Lord was brought to pass by your Prudent and Successfull Negotiation with my Lord General Monck you having a particular Commission from the King to treat with him with whom when you had Conserted all things for his Majesties Return and that without Imposing the least Condition upon him you Posted away to Bruxells to give him an Account of it In which Journey as well as in the Rest of your Conduct in this Affair you exposed your self to no Ordinary Danger and most certainly serv'd the King your Master more Effectually then if you had won more then One Battel for him My Lord General who seem'd to be Inspir'd in the Carrying-on of this Great Business was so Circumspect that he would not write to the King by your Lordship for fear you might be Searched upon the Way and what you carried Intercepted and his Great Design Discover'd before it was Ripe and therefore left all to your Care and Prudent Management But at your Return he