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A00982 The nine English worthies: or, Famous and worthy princes of England being all of one name; beginning with King Henrie the first, and concluding with Prince Henry, eldest sonne to our Soueraigne Lord the King. Fletcher, Robert, purveyor of carriages to Queen Elizabeth. 1606 (1606) STC 11087; ESTC S118024 29,385 76

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did plainely appeare it would séeme incredible to be tolde and no lesse admirable how hee did abstaine from lasciuious liuing and auaritious desires in such time and estate of riches and prouoking youth In the time of losse he was no more sad then in the times of victory which cōstancy fewe Princes haue euer vsed To speake of his bounty and liberality no man could be more free gentle and liberall in bestowing rewardes vpon all persons according to their deserts sauing that hee did not regarde money to kéepe but to giue away and to spend What may besayd he was the Myrror of al Christendome and the glory of his Country the flower of Kings passed and the glasse of all succéeding Maiestie No Prince had lesse of his subiects no king conquered more whose fame by his death liuely florished as his acts in his life were séene and remembred The losse of such a Prince could not bée sufficiently lamented of his subiectes blaming fortune for taking away so precious a iewel so noble an ornament so sure a defence for no doubt so much hope as was taken away from the Englishmen the assured conquest of all France by his sodaine death so much trust was increased in the French nations stomackes to recouer their late losses againe as not many yeares after they did indéed Peeter Basset Esquier and one of his chamber affirmed that he dyed of a Pleurisy there were others that did astirme otherwise but the most likely was a Pleurisy indeed the nature of that disease being then vnknowen to Phisicians or to the world in those dayes especially This King raigned nine yeares fiue moneths and three and twenty dayes and liued not full thirty eight yeares he was of stature higher then the common sort of body leane singularly proportioned and strongly made of face bewtifull something long necked blacke haired stoute of stomacke eloquent of tongue in Martiall affaires a perfect maister and of chiualry the very peragon His body inbalmed and lapped in lead was layd in a chariot royall richly apparelled in cloth of golde vpon his corps was layde a representation of his person adorned with robes diademe scepter and ball like a king the which chariot was drawen with sixe horses richly trapped with seuerall armes the first with the armes of S. George the second with the armes of Normandy the third with the armes of king Arthur the fourth with the armes of S. Edward the fift with the armes of France the sixt with the armes of England and France On this Chariot gaue attendance Iames King of Scotland principall Mourner his Unkle Thomas duke of Exceter Richard Earle of Warwicke Edmond Earle of March Humfrey Earle of Stafford Edmond Earle of Mortaine The Lord Fitz Hugh Hugh L. Beufort Walt. L. Hungerford Sir Lewis Robsert Lord Bourchier Sir Iohn Cornwall Lord Fanhope and the Lord Cromwell were the mourners The Lord Louell the Lord Audley the Lord Zouch bare the banners of Saints the Baron of Dublin bare the standard The Earle of Longvile bare the banner The Hatchments were borne onely by Captaines to the number of twelue and round about the Chariot rode fiue hundred men at Armes all in black armour and their horses barbd with black carrying the but end of their spears vpwards The conuoy of this dolorous funerall was committed to Sir William Philips Treasurer of his househould to Sir William Porter his chiefe caruer and other mourners on each side the chariot were 300. men bearing long torches and Lords bearing banners baueroles and penons With this funerall pompe he was conuaied from Bois De Vincens to Paris and so to Roan to Abuill to Calis to Douer and so through London to Westminster where he was buried with such solemnities as to such a Prince appertained especially such lamenting of the Lords and such mourning of the Commons asn euer before those daies were seene in the Realme of England There is as I doe thinke an Epitaph fixed vpon his Tumbe at Westminster but I held it my dutie to continue my course in writing a simple one of my owne in honour of him c. His Epitaphe OHad I Homers pen and Virgills wit With Tullies Eloquence to prayse this Prince And would the Muses come and by me sit Yet pen and paper would my Muse conuince For who can write of this most famous King And shall not erre in many a worthy thing His life immaculate what doth that meane But that he conquered sinne the world the flesh Vnspotted sure O heart and body cleane Almost two hundred yeares agoe yet fresh The memorie of thee O King remaines Thy Tumbe like Crystall shines deuoyd of staines Prose be thy prayse which Holinshed hathpend And praysed be thy name O King for euer Thy owne pure prayse no mortall man can mend Thy name cannot forgotten be no neuer England and France ring forth thy famous praise Though thou raigne with the Ancient of all dayes Yet as a mirror or a looking glasse Thou mai'st remaine ô King amongst vs still Succeeding princes will not let thee passe To Heauen without administring thy Will Such testaments grant all thy heires to proue Then Englands glory neuer shall remoue Rest then ô Rex and rise vp with renowne VVestmonastery doth thy tombe possesse Succeeding Soueraigne doth enioy thy Crowne And Kingdomes all one more for whome we blesse Thy name great God who long prolong his dayes To Englands comfort and ay-lasting praise King Henry the sixt AFter that death had bereft the World of that noble Prince King Henry the fift his only sonne Prince Henry béeing of the age of nine moneths or thereabout with the sownde of Trumpets was openly proclaimed King of England and of France the thirtéenth day of August Anno. 1422. by the name of King Henry the sixt The custody of this young Prince was committed to the Duke of Exceter and to Henry Beuford Bishop of Winchester In the eight yeare of his raigne the same of his age he was with all solemnity crowned king at Westminster not long after which time he tooke the sea at Douer landed at Calis from thence to Roan and so to Paris whither attended on him his Uncle the Cardinall of VVinchester the Cardinall and Archbishop of Yorke the Dukes of Bedford Yorke and Norfolke the Earles of Warwicke Salisbury Oxford Huntington Ormond Mortaine and Suffolk of Gaskoines there were the Earles of Longvoile and March besides many Noble men of England Gwyen and Normandy and the chiefe of the French Nation were the Dukes of Burgundy Lewis of Luxenburgh Cardinall and Chauncelor of France for King Henry the Bishops of Bauiors and Noyom both Péeres of France the Bishop of Paris and diuers other Bishops the Earle of Vandemont with a great number of other Noble-men superfluous to be named And hee had a Guarde about his person of thrée hundred choyse Archers some on horsebacke and parte on foote With what tryumphes pageants riche and sumptuous shewes hee was
THE NINE ENGLISH WORTHIES Or Famous and Worthy Princes of England being all of one name Beginning with King HENRIE the first and Concluding with Prince HENRY eldest Sonne to our Soueraigne Lord the King AT LONDON Imprinted by H. L. for John Harrison the yonger and are to be sold at his shop in Pater-noster rowe at the signe of the blue Anchor 1606. TO THE HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE HENRY Eldest Sonne to our Souereigne the Kings most Excellent Maiestie RIght High Right Excellent and gracious sweete Prince in all humilitie I beseech your Highnesse to pardon me in that being one of the meanest among the King your Fathers seruants I haue presumed to Dedicate this simple small Treatise to your Excellencie the Subiect whereof is notwithstanding such and so great as may seeme vnmeete to bee tearmed a Subiect For it treateth onely of Kings and Princes all excellent Worthies a matter I confesse much vnbefitting my slender capacity and lesse learning to deale with In which regard I cannot but acknowledge the true Prouerbe most fitte to bee applied against me Blinde Bayard is the boldest horse in the Cart. Notwithstanding that which hath spurred me forward to commit the fault may I hope in some measure qualifie and excuse it to weet my seruent loue and zealous heart which cānot endure your Grace should passe by me without some little testimony of my great ioy zeale and bounden duety howsoeuer in the maner of expressing it my discretion may perhaps be worthily taxed and my insufficiencie layed open to the world But to proceede on The Worthies here recorded are nine in number all Henries al mighty Potentates eight of which haue already been Souereigne Kings of this renowmed Nation seuen of them excelling in Martiall valour and conquest one of them namely King Henry the sixt in vertue and pietie the conquest of sinne and himselfe and none of them much inferiour to some of the ancient nine Worthies Now your Highnesse being of the same name with them and Heire apparant to the same Dominions which those eight Worthies your glorious Ancestors sometime held and the blessed sonne of a mighty Monarch the eye of the World is vpon you and lookes for a transparent passage of their vertues into you and a reflexion from you the ioy and comfort of this famous Realme of Great Britaine aswell in Church as Common wealth is set and settled in and vpon you next to our King and present sauing Gouernour And their hopefull expectation hath already installed you the ninth Worthy as being likely in time I say not to equall the eight but euen to surmount and exceed them For as the ages since theirs haue been illustrated with more learning Religion and diuine wisedom so besides your gifts of Nature who in perfections hath not been niggardly towards you your Highnesse taking also your princely and happie education in a time of peace and that vnder the wings and eyes of the most learned King your father vertuous Queene mother and such a Councel of settled and deep wisedom as not the like in Europe your Highnesse I say hath herein meanes examples and leasure to heare learne behold and obserue the singular goodnesse of God in that which hereafter shall be your owne greatnesse and happinesse And here I may not forget your chiefest honour nobilitie and worthinesse that you are descended of the eldest and highest house of the blood royall of Heauen the child and sonne of God and consequently coheire with Christ our great Lord to the immortall Crowne Now the same God your heauenly Father who hitherto in rich mercie hath showred downe abundantly his graces vpon you vouchsafe to continue and increase them in you guiding al your princely affections and actions to the glorie of his name the benefit of the Church the good of this whole Monarchie the vnspeakeable ioy of your royall Parents and blesse both them and you as with much health long life and glory here so with eternall happinesse hereafter July the 4. Your GRACES most humbly deuoted ROBERT FLETCHER TO THE RIGHT HOnorable my very good Lords the Earles of Oxenford and Essex with my Lord Vicount Cranborne and the other yong Lords Knights and Gentlemen attending the Princes Highnesse health honour and happinesse NObles and Gentlemen Please yee to peruse the Chronicles of this Realme you may therein reade of many your famous and worthy Progenitors who some of them by Valour the rest by Wisedome and their other vertues haue growen great in Souereignes fauour been preferred to high Place in Common wealth liued and died in much glorie leauing an ouer-plus of honour and dignitie by many descents to you their children The consideration hereof may and I doubt not wil incite and egge you on who are already well entred the way to tread the same steps of honour by imitating those your worthy Ancestors in their vertuous actions For your tender yeeres are not ignorant that The readiest way to get and surest to hold true honour is to deserue it and consequently that Vertue onely which first began Nobilitie must still maintaine it whereas contrariwise by degenerate and base conditions many forfeit their Nability ere they come at it For who knowes not that Nobilitie without Vertue is but apocryphate Gentry and that therefore as it began in vertuous Ancestors so it endeth in their wicked progenie We see The strongest wine becomes the sharpest vineger and The most Noble by nature are made most vile by negligence Of which Ranke and sort are chiefly such as hold learning in scorne and the attaining of knowledge not worth the while In reproofe of whom truely and eloquently was it long since written by M. Ascham The fault is in your selues ye Noble-mens sonnes and therefore ye deserue the greater blame that commonly the meaner mens children come to be the wisest Counsailors greatest dooers in the weighty affaires of this Realme and why For God will haue it so by his prouidence because yee will haue it no otherwise by your negligence And againe It grieueth me to say but it helpeth not to hide what euery man sees T is seldome seene that the sonne of an excellent man prooues excellent I graunt that in excellent men Nature must frame the chiefest parts but learning addeth a further ornament groundeth a deeper iudgement and formeth perfection and excellencie in shorter time The best learned are best aduised And No man is deceiued but in those things whereof he is ignorant In a word What soeuer may bee saydin dispraise of Ignorance is the praise of Learning and Knowledge Wherefore I trust your Honours and the rest wil thinke it as great shame which also are M. Aschams words to be valiant and Courtly without Learning as to be studious and bookish without Valour My seruent prayers to almighty God shall be so to direct your generous hearts to the studie of good literature with the loue of vertue and true valour that you alwayes not onely in time
I drew my sword Vnto my selfe and souldiers full reward I gaue and with small bloudshed as I could I tam'd my foes and quailed princes bolde As second Worthy I do claime the place Amongst the nine and more For in my time All Christian Princes sought to me for grace For without me they could not liue sans cryme My peeres and princes I maintain'd with right And in the field dubd many a worthy Knight King Henry the third KIng Henry the third of that name was the eldest son of King Iohn the yongest son of king Henry the second being a childe of the age of nine yeares he began his raigne ouer the realme of England the 19. day of October in the yeare of our Lord 1216. he was crowned at Glocester by the hand of two Bishops viz. VVinchester and Bathe by the honorable meanes of William Marshall then Earle of Pembroke He was a Prince of great wisdome power and policy by whose eloquent oration this young king was crowned as is here mentioned he departed this life at VVestminster the 16. day of Nouember in the yeare of our Lord 1272. after he had liued 65. years and raigned King of this Realme 56. yeares 28. dayes hee was buried at VVestminster lefte a Princely and a very honourable issue as Edward Prince of VVales who succeeded him by the name of King Edward the first He had one Sonne more and three daughters he was of body well cast to vse the former writers owne words being strong and of a good stature well fauoured and of a be wtifull face only blemished a little in the lid of one of his eyes of nature very curteous and of stomacke both noble and stoute as may appeare by his many battailes and victories a deuaut Prince toward his God and bountifull in works of reliefe and comforts towards the poore and néedie therefore a Worthy and worthy of th' ensuing Epitaph His Epitaphe HEnry the third began his raigne in peace And likewise brought a mighty peace to passe Beginning his forc't factious French surcease And landed Lewis in France where first he was Else noble England had been thrust in thralls By Lodowicke and his lusty gallants then But English Britaine 's banished the Galles So shewing that they were true English men King Henry then of Worthies was the chiefe That for his subiects wrought so greatreliefe King Henry the fourth WHen king Richard the secod had resigned the crown as in his history it appeareth he did Henry Plantaginet borne at Bollingbroke in the county of Lincolne Duke of Lancaster Earle of Hertford Lecester and Lincolne was with the general consent both of the Lords and commons of the Realm published proclaimed and declared king of England France and Lord of Ireland he was crowned at VVestminster in An. 1399. with great and kingly Maiestie all Officers of estate and of princely seruice doing their homages and attending vpon the same He departed this life the 20. day of March 1413. and in the yeare of his age 46. when he had raigned 13. yeares fiue moneths and od dayes The manner of his death THis king was indued with magnanimity and did purpose a voiage against the infidels and to haue with his force and might redéemed Palestina or the holy land then so called from the Infidels Hauing an army and all honourable prouisions for such a iourney ready and beeing the time of his high court of Parliament hee fell sodainely and extreamely sicke as he was then though vainly praying before Saint Edwards shrine from whence being remoued into a chamber of the Abbots of VVestminster called Ierusalem he departed as is aboue sayd But during the time of his sicknesse say some Writers he caused his crowne to be set vpon a pillowe at his beddes head and sodainely the pangs of death hauing power ouer him he seemed dead and the gentlemen Attendants couered his face with a vaile That valiant Prince his sonne being aduertised thereof entred into the chamber tooke away the Crowne and departed The King his father reuiued quickly and did perceiue the lacke of his crowne and hauing knowledge that the Prince his sonne had taken it away he caused him to appeare before his presence demanding of him how he durst presume to such an act Who made vnto the king an humble and princely answere but the king answered with a powerful Maiestie saying with a great sigh Wel fayre Sonne what right I had to it God knoweth yet I commit all to God and wish vnto you all good graces from him worthy of so high and mighty a calling so yelding vp the ghost in the Abbot of VVestminsters chamber called Ierusalem as is aforesayd And himselfe being tolde that the same chamber was so called hee tooke comfort there at and much reioiced therin for determining a most honourable iourney towardes Ierusalem hee did end his dayes in Ierusalem His Description THis King was of a mean stature well proportioned and formally compact quick prompt and ready of wit of a stoute courage and in his latter dayes hee shewed himself so gentle that he obtained more loue amongst the Nobles and people of this Roalme then he had purchased enuie concerning his right to the Crowne mentioned to the Prince his sonne he was buried at Canterburie the King his sonne being present at his funeralles His Epitaphe HEnry the fourth though Richard second should Haue dyed our king he dyed our King indeed Which act by dint ofsword was so control'd That many English hearts it made to bleed Shrewsburie field doth still the matter scan Where Percies pearc't the heart of many a man Themselues were pearc't and perisht in the field This mighty King could not be conquered so Lord Henry hotspurre could not make him yield Northumberland Earle Worcester thousands moe The Prince of VVales a leader young but bould Fought for his Father like a Lyon olde Like an olde Lyon rampant open iawes Deuouring beasts so fought this peerelesse Prince Yet was he wounded in the face God knowes Prayd to take Tent he sayd I will conuince Those foes that dare beholde my Fathers face Within his land and worke him this disgrace The braue Earle Dowglas strake the King on helme And feld him flat vpon the trampled plaine Slew Walter Blunt and like to ouerwhelme The King the prince and all their valiant traine Till Kingly valour forced Dowglas flight And with his hand slew thirtie sixe outright Dowglas was taken prisoner in the place So was the Earle of Wore'ster worthy paine And so he was beheaded wanting grace But Dowglas was receav'd to grace againe And freely ransom'd by that worthy King Gainst whom he fought and many foes did bring More of this King if more ye list to heare Then read his story and more shall you finde That from his prime vnto his perfect'st yeare Great honour and great fortunes were assign'd Vnto this King but more vnto his sonne Who had no peere since Christian World begun Counterfaite
of Northumberland that day was so richly apparrelled in garments garnished with goldsmithes worke stone and pearle his Hexemen also and the barbes and trappings of his horses besides 400. tall med well mounted apparelled in his liuery colours that he seemed more like a king then an Earle From Lamberton the foresaid Lady was conuaied to Edenborough and there the day after king Iames espoused her in the presence of all the Nobilitie of Scotland and of those English that attended her with great feastings banketings iustes and Princely pastimes and after all things finished to such a solemnity appertaining the Earle of Surry beeing chiefe in commission with the Earle of Northumberland and all the other English Lords and Ladies returned into their Countrey againe But as al earthly creatures and things transitory haue their end and period so had this Mighty prince K. Henry the seauenth For his sicknesse increasing daily more and more he well perceaued that his end drew néere therefore meaning to doe some comfort to his people hee did grant them of his owne free motion a generall pardon for all men and for all offences committed against any his Lawes and Statutes Thieues Murtherers and certaine others were excepted he also payde the fées of all prisoners in and about the gaoles of London abiding there onely for that dutie Hee payde also the debts of all such persons as lay in the Counters or Ludgate for forty shillings and vnder and some he relieued that were condemned in ten pounds Generall prayer being made to God for the restitution of his health neuerthelesse hee was so wasted with his long Malady that nature could no longer sustaine his life and so he departed this life the 22 of Aprill 1509 at his palace at Richmond his corps was conuaied to Westminster with all funerall pompe and there buried by the good Quéen his wife in a sumptuous Chappell which he not long before had caused to be builded And as the greatest Trauellers haue reported it is one of the most bewtiful and most curious peeces of work in the World His Issue HE raigned twentie thrée yéeres seauen moneths od dayes and liued fifty two yéeres he had by his Quéene fowre sonnes and fower Daughters of the which number there remained aliue behinde him Henry his second son prince of Wales which after him was king Margaret Queene of Scotland and Marie promised to Charles king of Castile His Description HE was of body but leane and spare yet mighty and strong therewith of personage and stature somewhat higher then the common sorte of men of a wonderfull bewtie and faire complexion of countenance merry and smiling especially in his communication his eyes gray his téeth single and haire thinne of wit in all things quicke and prompt of a princely stomake and hauty courage in great perils doubtfull affaires and matters of importance supernaturall and as it were diuine for he ordered all his dooings aduisedly and with great deliberation He was sober modest moderate honest curteous bountious so much abhorring pride and arrogancy that he was euer sharpe and quicke to all about him noted with that fault he was also an vpright Iustice by the which one propertie he wan to him the heartes of many people He left to that lustie valiant and gallant young Prince his sonne and heyre many excellent good partes and properties of a Prince as also Coffers full stuffed with coyne iewells and treasure To conclude he had in him as many good giftes both of body and minde and fortune as it was possible for any King to haue his politicke wisedome in gouernance was ūngular his wisedome alwayes assured reasons pithy and substantiall his memorie fresh and holding his experience notable his counsels fortunate and taken by wise deliberation his speeches grations in diuers languages leagues and confederations he had with all Princes Christian his mighty power was dread euery where both within his owne Realme and without all his people were to him in humble subiection as euer they were to King his land many a day in peace and tranquilitie his prosperitie in battayle against his enemies was maruellous his dealing in time of perils and dangers was cold and sober with great hardinesse If any treason were conspired against him it was miraculously discouered his buildings most sumptuous and goodly all of the newest forme and fashion and cast all of pleasure So this king liued all his time in fortunes fauour in high honour wealth and glory and all which wrought his fame in this world and the same euerlasting in the world which shall neuer haue end His Epitaphe MOst prouident most politicke most wise Most sumptuous builder most profound in all The things that wealth and wisdom can deuise The things that Art to memorie can call All things that God and nature did decree Those with this worthie king concluded be Not any other with this mightie King May be receiued nor intertainment haue That which doth peace and plentie to him bring That which his Realmes and subiects liues can saue Those he receaues that blessing brings from God Those he reiects which threaten scourge and Rod. Thrise blessings in his mariages he made First was his owne Queene El'zabeth his wife Before the which was many a bloudy blade Bath'd in the bowels of continued strife The house of Lancaster with Yorke did striue To leaue of Prince nor Subiect one aliue This Worthy brought into his nuptiall bed The bride whose bewtie did the World excell This Worthy ioyn'd the white Rose with the red This bed doth now in Windsor wardrobe dwell This manage wrought that perfect Vnitie By which this day all Britaines happie be The second was his eldest Virgin pure The Lady Margret Vnto Iames the King Bishop of Durham did that match procure Earle of Northumberland the bride did bring Home into Scotland Iames the fourth did wed Britaine most happy by that nuptiall bed Onely these two though more this worthy made May now and shall suffice for all the rest No Actor he of Hymenaeus trade We in these two most happie now are blest And blest in heauen are the authors all As we thereby redeemed are from thrall Henry the seauenth seauen Sciences imbrac't All liberall all princely all of power All enemies he from his kingdomes chac't And left a Sonne of Chivalry the flower Succeeding Henry and the eight to be Worthy but now a worthyer is then hee King Henry the eight KIng Henry the eight was borne at Greenwich the 22. of Iune Anno. 1492. He began his raign the 22. day of Aprill 1509. he raigned 37 yeares 9. moneths and od dayes being 18. yeares olde when he began to raignè And although this worthy king was in years young in person strong bewtifull and valiant in treasure rich passing any his predecessors mighty and worthy in power and in action yet being adorned and bewtified with learning to his Princely magnanimity he ordained his Councell by the aduice
of his gracious grandmother the Countesse of Richmond and Darby such as he knew to be prudent indéed and the kings his father most deare and familiar friends some of whose names I thought good to insert for the especiall and singular effects which insued of their most honourable and graue counsels viz. Thomas Lord Haward Earle of Surrey and Treasurer of England George Lord Talbot Earle of Shrewsebury and Steward of the kings householde Charles L. Somerset Lord Chamberlaine after Earle of Worcester and others which wise and graue Counsellers séeing what aboundance of wealth this young king was now possessed of least it might incline his young yeares vnto riotousnesse and forgetting of himselfe for not to any King before him was left the like riches in ready coyne iewels and plate and excellent moueables as to him by his famous father King Henry the seauenth therefore those most honourable Counsellers did labour to attaine his Princely presence in their secret méetings and most honourable priuie counsels that by degrées they might win him to suruay at least the affaires of a kingly office and Princely gouernment Which also he slacked not to do for within lesse then 5. yeares after to wit the 20. of Iuly in the fift yeare of his reigne he entred into France with a puissant power and mighty army wan the strong Townes of Torney and Turwin had in pay as souldiers mercenary that most famous Emperour Charles the fift and also the Palsgraue of the Rhene which wore Saint Georges crosse in which time also was fought that famous battaile of Branxstone or Floden-field where the King and the flower of all his chiualry was conquered by the valiant hands of Norfolke and Hawardes In the sixt yeare of his raigne the Pope did send him a cappe of maintenance in those dayes the highest degrée of honour and the same Pope was mediatour to him for peace in the French Kings behalfe and for the confirmation thereof the French king married the kings yonger sister Mary and dyed shortly after In the twelfth yeare the king made a most famous pleasant and princely voyage into France with atriumphant traine of Nobles Ladies c. for an interuew betwéene him his Quéene and States on the one party which was performed in the valley of Andrean with many varieties of princely showes as the history thereof at large describeth that voyage And that in his way the Emperor Charles met his Maiestie at Canterburie kéeping Whitsontide there with the king In the fouretéenth yeare of his raigne he was by a Bull from Rome ordained or intitled the defender of the Christian faith which title was then giuen to him and his successors for euer The same yeare also he receaued into his Realme the forenamed Charles the fift Emperour againe into the Cittie of London with Great triumphes c. inuosted him with the Garter and habit of that most honourable order sware league and amity during both their liues In the 18. yeare he contracted league with the french K. to hold both those kings liues and one yeare after hee was also inuested with the coller and order of S. Michael and the French king with the Garter and order of S. George The twentie three yeare hee or the lawe for him did confiscate Cardinall Wolsey a proude and wealthy Prelate in the statute of premunire had great treasure therby as also great fines of all the Clergie for defence of the Cardinals power Legatine and about the same time he took vpō him the title Supream head of the church c. For the which for the suppressiō of Abbeies immediatly after howsoeuer the Pope and his successors since haue presumed to curse him and his blessed succession his Daughter Mary only excepted Yet the Almighty hath blessed both him and them Edward and Elizabeth since and long O Lord vouchsafe to blesse the trewe and lineall descent of noble King Henry the seauenth But sure it was a wonderfull Kingly Maiestie in that valiant King who possessed but a part of great Britaine nor hauing fast friendship with the other part but many domestick and ciuill garboiles at home all or the maior parts of Christendome holding then Rome and her religion for Catholicke and vniuersall all which notwithstanding this most famous and mighty king did abolish and abandon to his euer immortall praise and wonder of the world How did God after this blesse his sonne although but with young yeares and short raigne yet with miraculous might and his second sister raigning almost forty and fiue yeares with immaculate happinesse And after this also he warred against the French king wonne the Tower of Bulloyne and many other partes on that side forced that Nation to composition brought home peace honor wealth and in the excéeding loue of his people he ended his life at his palace at White-hall the eight and twentieth day of January Anno 1546. when he had reigned thirty and seuen yeares nine moneths and odde dayes triumphantly and in great felicitie leauing the Issue before mentioned Edward Mary and Elizabeth His body according to his Will in that behalf was interred at Windsor with all funeral Pompe in the Chappel and Colledge of S. George Patron of the Garter whereof almost 38. yeeres hee had béene sole Souereigne His Description THis worthy Prince was right fortunate in all his doing● so that except onely in his mariages all other his attempts had good successe as wel in matters of peace as of wars Of personage he was tall and mightie yet excéeding comely but towards his latter end grosse and as wee tearme it bourly in wit and memory very perfect of great Maiestie yet so tempered with gracious humanitie as best became so high an estate a great fauourer of Learning learned men and of himself not ignorant of diuine Learning nor morall literature and for his great magnificence and bountious liberality his renowne was spred throughout the World His Epitaphe EIght Worthies now are nominated here Eight Kings eight Britaines eight braue English men Eight such as in their times had no compeere Eight such as cannot be exprest with pen Eight such as neuer liu'd in time together King Dauids Worthies might not match them euer For Dauids Worthies were not crowned Kings Dauid was once anointed of the Lord His Psalmes great comfort to our conscience brings His vertues were according to the word Of God for all his treatises are true Prefiguring Christ he Beare and Lyon slew Prince Iosua Captaine of that mightie hoste Six hundred thousand did his campe containe His prayer stayed the Sunne amid the Coast Till he the Kings of Canaan had slaine He Israel their foes did all confound And raz'd proud Iericho downe to the ground Braue Iudas Machabeus with the best Of valure his thus bouldly may he boast The Iewes redeeming them with foes opprest And that with small and verie sober hoast A Worthie therefore of the Iewish Race Arm'd with that God disposer