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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 281



hearted Henry the Sixth still entertained the affection of a son towards her. Katherine the Fair was buried with imposing obsequies. From Bermondsey her body was removed, on the eighth of February, to the church of St. Katherine's, near the Tower, where masses were sung by the King's orders, tor the repose of her soul. The procession then proceeded to St. Paul's, where the like solemn services were performed ; after which the body was eonveyed with regal pomp to Westminster, and finally interred in the Lady Chapel, under a tomb of marble erected to her memory, by her pious son, King Henry the Sixth. To build his own chapel, Henry the Seventh caused the Lady Chapel and the tomb of Katherine to be demolished; and when he was buried, the corpse and the coffin of Katherine were exhumed, placed in a nook upon the floor, and, until the commencement of the present century, exhibited to the passers-by at the extra charge of two-pence per head; " a penance which she inflicted on herself," says Wcevcr, " on account of her having, in disobedience to the injunction of her royal lord, given birth to her son, Henry the Sixth, at Windsor." The following lines, penned since the accession of Henry the Seventh, were hung up to her memory in that monarch's chapel. " Here lies Queen Katherine, closed in grave, The French King's daughter fair; And of thy kingdom Charles the Sixth, The true, undoubted heir. Their joyful wife in marriage matched To Henry the Fifth by name : lïecause through her he nobled was, And ghinea in double fame. The King of England, hy descent, And by Queen Katherine's right The realm of France he did enjoy, Triumphant King of might. A happy Queen to Englishmen She came right grateful here: And four days' space they honoured God, "With mouths and reverend fear. Henry the Sixth this Queen brought forth In painful labour plight ! In whose empire a Frenchman was, And eke an English wight. Under no lucky planet horn, Unto himself no throne ; But equal to his parents both— In true religion ! Of Owen Tudor, after this, The next son Edmund was. Oh, Katherine ! a renowned prince, That did in glory pass ! Henry the Seventh, a Britain pearl, A gem of England's joy; A peerless .Prince was Edmund's son, A yood and gracious roy. Therefore, a happy wife this was, A happy mother pure : Thrice happy child, but grand-dame she More than thrice happy, share."


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