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THE REIGNS FROM â€œPHE CONQUEST
IN RHYMES FOR A CHILD. By
WILLIAM KNIGHT, M.A. Canrap..
M.A. TASMAN., & OF LINCOLNâ€™S INN
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd.
To baby Katharine (singing) :â€”
Thou, vocal with no voice articulate,
But tuneful as the fabled fatry bell,
To make thy firmament in rhythmic swell
With throbs of otherwhere reverberate !
O lovely one! whose soul vs animate
With harmony that formeth by her spell
To murmur, like the murmuring of a shell,
Unspoken mysteries of the Infinite.
For from the orbs a mystic effiuence,
Comes echoing aÃ©ry through the vast immense,
And, palpitant of memories from the years,
Within the holtesâ€™ holtest of the sense
May wake a spirit unto presctence,
As oft as Echo answering tnly stirs.
â€ The Norman William came to Hastingsâ€™ strand, â€”
d, Sovereign of the land.
â€˜the Curfew and the Domesday Book,
And for his hunting the New Forest took.
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Then William Rufus did the Kingdom gain,
Who was by Tyrrel in New Forest slain.
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His nephew Stephen seized upon the Crown:
With wars the land was wasted up and down.
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The second Henry wrought A' Beckett's doom,
But paid a penance at the martyrâ€™s tomb ;
He under England's Crown did Ireland bring,
And of Plantagenets the first was King.
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In Arthur's stead his uncle John, to reign
Contriving, threw his body in the Seine.
John, â€˜â€˜ Lackland", when no land he did obtain,
Was Lackland soon, so much he lost again.
Compelled by powerful Barons in his need,
He Magna Charta made at Runnymede.
The third King Henry could not keep his word,
Till forced by brave de Montfort with the sword.
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And Scotland ; still brave Bruce was not cast down.
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The third King Edward fought in France for years, i
And victories gained at Crecy and Poitiers :
And Calais too was taken, but the Queen
Did for the burghersâ€™ safety intervene.
The hero of a hundred fights was deadâ€”
The Black Prince; so his son inheritedâ€”
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'Twas Bolingbroke who did the King depose :
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And reigned as fourth King Henry in his stead,
And Richard soon in Pontefract was dead.
The House of Lancaster with Henry came,
The Percies and Glendower disturbed the reign.
Prince Henry, who with Falstaff folly wrought,
At Shrewsbury 'gainst the rebels bravely fought.
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As fourth King Edward he began to reign,
And vanquished Warwick when he came again.
Third Richard. Buckingham was fain to yield
But Richmond won the Crown on Bosworth Fieldâ€”
Seventh Henry, who, of Lancaster the head,
Soon with Elizabeth of York did wed:
And so were ended, after thirty years,
The Roses Wars, and Tudor line appears.
As Warwick, Simnel sought the Kingly power,
And Warbeck, as young York, dead in the Tower.
His subjects Henry robbed by force and guile,
With Empson and with Dudley, servants vile,
Cabot of Bristol sailed into the West
And found a Continentâ€”Columbus'â€™ quest.
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The eighth King Henry six to wife did gainâ€”
Three Katharines, two called Anne, another Jane.
The French the Battle of the Spurs did yield:
The flower of Scotland fell on Flodden Field.
Of France King Francis cured the quarrel old
With Henry on the Field of Cloth of Gold.
The Cardinal Wolsey rose to highest place,
But lost the favour of his Masterâ€™s face.
The Reformation into England spread,
And Henry of the Church was called the Head.
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For Mary triumphed, who, for conscienceâ€™ sake,
Sent Latimer and Ridley to the stake,
And had for husband Philip, King of Spain;
Her heart the loss of Calais pierced with pain.
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And great Elizabeth was Sovereign Lord,
Reformed Religion who again restored.
In France Reformers, peer and peasant, fell,
Bartholomew for thousands rang the knell ;
But out of Nantes an Edict was addressed
By Henry of Navarre for those oppressed.
The Queen of Scots, oâ€™erworn with long delay,
Was tried, and suffered death at Fotheringay.
â€˜Sir Francis Drake around the world did sail
With England's ensign, destined to prevail.
Virginia Raleigh planted oâ€™er the seas,
Whose mantle made a way the Queen to please.
Immortal Sydney to a soldier gave
The drink they brought his dying lips to lave,
The King of Spain a great Armada sent,
But men and vessels to the bottom went;
_ And for the remnant that the tempest spared
Lord Howard and his sailors were prepared.
An age of wonders works of genius fired,
And Shakespeare glowed upon a stage inspired.
In vain did Leicester's Earl at Amy's fate
Connive ; the Queen maintained her virgin state.
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James, sixth of Scotland, first of England, Kingâ€”
A Stuartâ€”did the Realms together bring.
With powder Papists plot a vengeful blow,
But Guy was taken in the vaults below.
From pen and prison Raleigh went again,
But hapless sought Guiana's gold in vain.
As liberty of faith no more prevailed,
The Pilgrim Fathers in the May Flower sailed.
To Spain the Prince.with Buckingham did wend,
But wedded Henrietta in the end.
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As Charles the First he, like his father lax,
Without the Parliament imposed the tax ;
And after, when the great Rebellion burst,
At Nottingham he raised his standard first.
But, Newbury, Marston Moor, and Naseby lost,
The King surrendered to the Scottish host,
And, failing in a second Civil War,
Was tried, and death upon the block he bore.
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The Commons chose a Council of the State ;
In Ireland Cromwell did the strife abate;
The Prince, who came the contest to provoke, -
- At Worcester worsted, hid him in an oak,
The Dutchman sailed the seas with boastful pomp,
_ But Blake defeated Admiral Van Tromp. :
To Cromwell as a title was assigned
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And Charles the Second did from Breda win.
The Plague in London raged, and then the Fire ;
The French Monarque aroused the Nationsâ€™ ire ;
Base Titus Oates a Popish Plot pretends ;
And Habeas Corpus liberty defends.
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The second James, to help the Papist cause,
In their behalf dispensed with penal laws,
Rebellionâ€™s standard Monmouth raised in vain :
At Sedgmoor, vanquished, he was prisoner taâ€™en.
The King Indulgence of Dissent declared,
And Bishops tried who opposition dared.
The Prince of Orange landed in Torbay,
And James was forced to take himself away.
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With Mary William they together join,
And James was beaten at the river Boyne.
With Anne, succession to the Spanish crown
Provoked a war, and England won renown:
The Duke of Marlborough gained the victories,
At Blenheim first, and then at Ramillies,
At Oudenarde and then at Malplaquet,
Where Prince Eugene was wounded in the fray.
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The second George saw Dettingen's array.
The Young Pretender lost Cullodenâ€™s day.
At Indian Plassey Clive an Empire gained.
Quebec's fair heights with blood of Wolfe were stained.
The bribes of Walpole with the Commons weighed.
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â€™Gainst George the Third the States United fought,
And gained the Independence which they sought.
In France the King upon the scaffold bled,
And then the Queen, and then the land was red.
Against Napoleon Pitt upheld the strife;
Brave Nelson won Trafalgar with his life:
And Wellington the Frenchman's power assailed
And afterwards at Waterloo prevailed.
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As George the Fourth, King crowned, the Regent
And Greece from Navarino freedom gained.
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Victoria next, his niece, ascends the throne:
The Prince, her Consort, for â€˜â€˜ The Good â€™â€™ beknown.
When Peel repealed the tax upon the corn
He suffered under Ben Disraeliâ€™s scorn.
To France Napoleon came, Hortenseâ€™s son.
Our Exhibition joined the world in one,
But soon against the Czar the war beganâ€”
At Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann.
In Crimea fell the suffering and the slain ;
Till at the last Sevastopol was taâ€™en.
The Indian Delhi saw the Sepoys rise,
And Cawnpore heard the murdered mothersâ€™ cries.
In Lucknow women won enduring fame,
And Havelock and Colin Campbell came.
Secession Union of the States assailed,
But Freedom's battle in the end prevailed.
Again the Russian on the Bosphorus moved,
But stayed when India England's power approved.
- For Indiaâ€™s Kaisar, England's Queen, can sway
An Empire equal to the rising day ;
And childrenâ€™s childrenâ€™s children own the love
Of Her who holds the Sceptre with the Dove.
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