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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 398



ili which order they rode forth till they carne to Fen church, where there was a tageant of little children, apparelled iike merchants, which welcomed her to the cittie, from thence she rode towards Graceehureh corner, where there was a costly and marvellous pageant, made by the merchants of the Stitlyard; therein was the Mount Parnassus, with the fountain of Helicon, which was of white marble, and four streams without pipes did rise an ell high, and meet togetner in a little cup above tbe fountain, which ran with rackt Heynish wvne till night. On the fountaine sate Apollo, and at bis feete Calliope ; and on the sides of the mountaine sate four muses, playing on sweete instruments, and at their feete epigrams and poesies were written in golden letters, m praysc of the Queene. From thence the Queene with her traine passed to Leadenhall, where there was a goodly pageant with a tippe and heavenly rose; under the tippe was a tree of gold set on a little mountaine, environed with red roses and white ; out of the tippe came down a faulcon, all white, and set upon the tree, and continually came down an angel with great melodie, and set a close crowne of golde on the faulcon's head;* and in the same pageant sate St. Ann, with all her issue beneath her ; and under Mary Cleophc sate her four children, of which children one made a goodly oration to the Queene of the fruitf'ulness of St. Ann, and of her generation, trusting that the like fruit would come of her. Then she passed to the conduit in Cornehill, where the three Graces sat on a throne, and before it was the spring of grace, continually running wine. Before the fountaine sate a poet, who declared the property of the three ladies, each of whom gave the Queene a gift of grace. " That done, she passed by the great conduit in Cheapo, out of which ranne continually wyne, both white and claret, all that afternoone : and so she rode to the Standard, which was richly painted with images of Kinges and Queenes, find hanged with banners of armes, and * This pageant is similar to the one pre viuualy mentioned in the water procession. in the top was marvellous sweete harmonie both of songs and instruments. '* Then she went forward hy the crosse, which was newly gilt, till she came where the aldermen stood, and then Master Baker, the recorder, came to her with low reverence, and gave to her in the name of the cittie, a thousand gold markes, in a golden purse, whiche she thankfully accepted with many good wordes, and so rode to the little conduite, where there was a rich pageant full of melody and songs, where Pallas, Juno, and Venus, by the hand' of Mercuries, gave the Queen their apple of golde, divided in three, signifying wisdome, riches, and felicitie. "As Anne entered into Paul's Gate, there was a pretty pageant, in which sate three ladies, richly cloatlied, and in a circle over their heads was written in Latin, 'Proceed Queen Anne, and reign prosperously.' The lady in the midst had a tablet, in which was written, ' Come friend, and be crowned.' The lady on the right had a tablet of silver, in which was written, 'God preserve nie.' The third lady had a tablet of golde, witli letters of azure written, 1 Confide in G od.' And these ladies cast down wafers on whiche the said sentences were written. From thence the Queen passed to the east end of Paul's, where some children well apparelled, and standing on a scaffold, recited verses to her in honor of the Kinge and herself, which she highly commended, and then she came to Ludgate, which was garnished with goide and bice ; and on the leads of St. Martin's church stood a queere of men and children, singing new ballets made in her praise, shee then proceeded toward Fleet-street, where the conduit was newly painted, and. all the armes and angels refreshed, and the shalmes melodiously sounding. Upon the conduit was a tower with fourc turrctts, in each of which stood a cardinal vertnc, which promised the Queenc never to leave her, but always to be aiding and comforting her : in the midst of the tower closely concealed was a concert of solemn instruments, that seemed to be a heavenly noyse, and was regarded and praysed ; aud besides this the conduit ran wine,


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