The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas

1827

Mary Queen of Scots.

This is an elaborate and costly pile, like that of Elizabeth. It is principally of the Corinthian order, and of similar design, but its dimensions and elevation are much greater. It is constructed of different coloured marbles, and consists of a plinth, which has projecting pedestals on each side, which sustain columns supporting the entablature, and a canopy; beneath which, upon a sarcophagus ornamented with lions' heads, &c. is a recumbent figure of the queen. She wears a close coif and a laced ruff; her mantle is lined with ermine, and fastened over the breast with a jewelled brooch. Her feet rest against a seated lion, crowned, supporting the emblems of sovereignty.

On the sarcophagus and base are the following inscriptions:

D. O. M. Bonae Memoriae, et spei aeternae Mariae Stvartae Scotorvm Reginae, Franciae Dotariae, Iacobi V. Scotorvm Regis filiae et haeredis vnicae Henricii VII. Angl. Regis ex Margareta, maiori natv filiae (Iacobo IIII . Regis Scotorvm matrimonio copvlatae) proneptis Edwardi IIII Angl. Regis ex Elizabetha filiarv' svarvm natv maxima abneptis. Francisci II. Gallorv.' R. conivgis coronae Angl. dv' vixit certae, & indvbitatae haeredis, et Jacobi Magnae Britanniae monarchae potentissimi matris.

Stirpe vere Regia et antiqvissima prognata erat, maximis totivs Europae Principib' agnatione et cognatione conivncta, et exquisitissimis animi, et corporis dotibvs, et ornamentis cvmvlatissima; 'vervm vt svnt variae rervm hvmanarv' vices,) postqvam annos plus minvs viginti, in cvstodia detenta, fortiter, et strenve (sed frvstra) cvm malevolorvm obtrectationibvs, timidorvm svspicionibvs, et inimicorv' capitalium insidiis conflictata esset, tandem inavdito, et infesto Regibvs exemplo, securi percutitur; et contempto mvndo, devicta morte lassito carnifice, Christo servatori animae salvte. Jacobo filio spem regni, et posteritatis, et vniversis caedis infavstae spectatoribvs exemplv' patientiae com'endans, pie, patienter intrepide, cervicem, Regiam, secvri maledictae svbiecit, et vitae cadvae sortem; cvm coelestis Regni perennitate com'vtavit. VI Idvs Febrvarii, Anno Christi MDLXXXVII. AEtatis xxxxvi.

Si generis splendor rarae si gratia formae Probri nescia mens, inviolata fides, Pectoris invicti robvr sapientia candor, Nixaqve solantis spes pietate Dei: Si morvm probitas dvri patientia fraeni, Maiestas, bonitas pvra, benigna manvs, Pallida fortune possint, vitare tonantis Fvlmina, quae monies, templaqve sancta petvnt, Non praematvra fatorvm sorte perisset; Nec fieret maestis tristis imago genis. Jvre Scotos, thalamo Francos, spe possidet Anglos; Triplice sic triplex, ivre corona beat. Felix, hev nimivm foelix, si tvrbine pvlsa Vicinam sero conciliasset opem. Sed cadit vt terram teneat, nvnc morte trivmphat, Frvctibvs vt sva stirps, pvllvlet inde novis. Victa neqvit vinci, nec carcere clavsa teneri Non occisa mori, sed neqve capta capi. Sic vitis svccisa gemit foevndior vvis, Scvlptaqve pvrpvres, gemma decore micat, Obrvta frvgifero sensim sic cespite svrgvnt Semina, per mvltos, qvae latvere dies. Sangvine sancivit foedvs cvm plebe Iehova, Sangvine placabant nomina sancta patres. Sangvine conspersi qvos praeterit ira penates; Sangvine signata est quae modo cedit hvmvs, Parce Devs, satis est infandos siste dolores; Inter fvnestos pervalet illa dies, Sit Reges mactare nefas vt sangvine post hac Pvrpvres nunqvam terra Britannia flvat. Exemplum pereat caesae cvm vvinere Christae: Inqve malvm praeceps avthor et actor eat. Si meliore, svi post mortem, parte trivmphet, Carnifices sileant, tormina clavstra, crvces. Qvem dederant cvrsvm svperi, Regina peregit. Tempora laeta Devs, tempora dvra edit. Edidit eximivm fato properante Iacobvm, Qvem Pallas, Mvsae, Delia, fate colvnt. Magna viro, maior, natv, sed maxima partv; Conditvr hic Regvm filia, sponsa, parens. Det Devs vt nati, et qvi nascentvr ab illa, Aeternos videant hinc sine nvbe dies. H. N. Gemens,

At the west end,

1

Pet. ii,

21

. Christvs pro nobis passvs est, relinqvens exemplvm vt seqvamini vestigia eivs.

At the east end,

1

Pet. ii,

22

. Qvi cvm malediceretvr non maledicebat: cvm, pateretur non comminabatvr; tradebat avtem ivdicanti ivste.

 
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 Dedication
CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda
 Postscript