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The Passage
of our moſt drad Soveraigne Lady
Quene Elyzabeth through the
citie of London to weſtminſter
the daye before her

1558Anno. 1558.
Cum privilegio
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Sone after that her grace paſſed the croſſe, ſhe had eſpyed the pageant erected at the little conduit in cheape, and incontinent required to know what it might ſignifye. And it was tolde her grace, that there was placed Tyme. Tyme? quoth ſhe, and Tyme hath brought me hether. And ſo furth the hole matter was opened to her grace, as hereafter ſhalbe declared in the deſcripcion of the pageaunt. But in the opening, when her grace underſtode that the Byble in Englyſhe ſhoulde be delivered unto her by Trueth, whiche was therein repreſented by a chylde: ſhe thanked the citie for that gyft, and ſayde that ſhe woulde oftentymes reade over that booke, cōommaunding ſir John Parrat, one of the knightes which helde up her canapy, to goe before and to receive the booke. But learning that it ſhould be delivered unto her grace downe by a ſilken lace, ſhe cauſed hym ſtaye, and ſo paſſed forward till ſhe came agaynſte the Aldermen in the hyghe ende of Cheape tofore the little conduite, where the companies of the citie ended, whiche beganne at Fanchurche, and ſtoode along the ſtreates, one by another encloſed with rayles, hanged with clothes, and themſelves well apparelled with manye ryche furresC3r furres, and their livery whodes uppon their ſhoulders in comely and ſemely maner, having before thēem ſondry perſones well apparelled in ſilkes & chaines of golde, as wyflers and garders of the ſayd companies, beſide a number of riche hanginges, aſwell of Tapiſtrie, Arras, clothes of golde, ſilver, velvet, damaſke, Sattin, and other ſilkes, plentifullye hanged all the way as the Queenes highnes paſſed from the Towre through the citie. Out at the windowes & penthouſes of every houſe, did hang a number of ryche and coſtlye banners and ſtreamers, tyll her grace came to the upper ende of Cheape. And there by appoyntment, the right worſhipfull maiſter Ranulph Cholmeley Recorder of the citie, preſented to the Quenes majeſtie a purſe of crimeſon ſattin richely wrought with gold, wherin the citie gave unto the Quenes majeſtie a thouſand markes in gold, as maiſter Recorder did declare brieflie unto the Queenes majeſtie, whoſe woordes tended to this ende, that the Lord maior his brethren, and comminaltie of the citie, to declare their gladnes and good wille towardes the Quenes majeſtie, dyd preſent her grace with that golde, deſyring her grace to continue theyr good and gracious Quene, and not to eſteme the value of the gift, but the mynd of the gevers. The Quenes majeſtie with both her handes tooke the purſe, and aunſwered to hym againe merveylous pithilie, and ſo pithilie, that the ſtanders by, as they embraced entierly her gracious aunſwer, ſo they mermervailedC.iii. uailed C3v mervailed at cowching therof, which was in wordes truely reported theſe. I thanke my lord maior, his brethren, & you all. And whereas your requeſt is that I ſhould continue your good ladie & quene, be ye enſured, that I wil be as good unto you, as ever quene was to her people. No wille in me can lacke, neither doe I truſt ſhall ther lacke any power. And perſwade your ſelves, that for the ſafetie and quietnes of you all, I will not ſpare, if nede be to ſpend my blood, God thanke you all. Whiche aunſwere of ſo noble an hearted prynceſſe, if it moved a mervaylous ſhowte and rejoyſing, it is nothyng to be mervayled at, ſince both the heartines thereof was ſo woonderfull, and the woordes ſo joyntly knytte. When her grace hadde thus aunſwered the Recorder, ſhe marched toward the little conduit, where was erected a pageaunt with ſquare proporcion, ſtandynge directlye before the ſame conduite, with battlementes accordynglye. And in the ſame pageaunt was advaunced two hylles or mountaynes of convenient heyghte. The one of them beyng on the North ſyde of the ſame pageaunt, was made cragged, barreyn, and ſtonye, in the whiche was erected one tree, artificiallye made, all withered and deadde, with braunches accordinglye. And under the ſame tree at the foote thereof, ſate one in homely and rude apparell crokedlye, and in mournynge maner, havynge over hys headde in a table, written in Laten and Englyſhe, hys name, whiche was Ruinoſa Republica, A decayedcom- C4r ed common weale. And uppon the ſame withered tree were fixed certayne Tables, wherein were written proper ſentences, expreſſing the cauſes of the decaye of a commonweale. The other hylle on the South ſyde was made fayre, freſhe, grene, and beawtifull, the grounde thereof full of flowres and beawtie, and on the ſame was erected alſo one tree very freſhe and fayre, undre the whiche, ſtoode uprighte one freſhe perſonage well apparaylled and appoynted, whoſe name alſo was written bothe in Englyſhe and in Laten, whiche was, Reſpublica bene inſtituta. A floriſhyng common weale. And uppon the ſame tree alſo, were fixed certayne Tables conteyning ſentences, which expreſſed the cauſes of a flouriſhing common weale. In the middle betwene the ſayde hylles, was made artificiallye one hollowe place or cave, with doore and locke encloſed, oute of the whiche, a lyttle before the Queenes hyghnes commynge thither, iſſued one perſonage whoſe name was Tyme, apparaylled as an olde man with a Sythe in his hande, havynge wynges artificiallye made, leadinge a perſonage of leſſer ſtature then himſelfe, whiche was fynely and well apparaylled, all cladde in whyte ſilke, and directlye over her head was ſet her name and tytle in latin and Englyſhe, Temporis filia, the daughter of Tyme. Which two ſo appoynted, went forwarde, toward the South ſyde of the pageant. And on her breſt was written her propre name, whiche was Veritas.C4v Veritas. Trueth who helde a booke in her hande upon the which was writen, verbum veritatis, the woorde of trueth. And out of the South ſyde of the pageaunt, was caſt a ſtandynge for a childe which ſhould enterprete the ſame pageant. Againſt whom, when the Quenes majeſtie came, he ſpake unto her grace theſe woordes.

This olde man with the sythe, olde father tyme they call,

And her his daughter Truth, which holdeth yonder boke

Whom he out of his rocke hath brought furth to us all,

Frōom whence this many yeres ſhe durſt not once out loke.

The ruthfull wight that ſitteth under the barren tree,

Reſembleth to us the fourme, when cōommon weales decay

But when they be in ſtate tryumphant, you may ſee

By him in freſhe attyre that ſitteth under the baye.

Now ſīince Time agaīin his daughter truth hath brought,

We truſt O worthy quene, thou wilt this truth embrace

And ſince thou underſtandſte the good eſtate and nought

we truſt welth thou wilt plant, and barrennes diſplace

But for to heale the ſore, and cure that is not ſeene,

which thing boke of truth doth teache in writīing playn:

She doth preſent to thee the ſame, O worthy Quene,

For that, that wordes do flye, but wryting doth remayn.

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As at her firſt enterance, ſhe as it were declared, her ſelfe prepared to paſſe through a citie that moſt entierly loved her, ſo ſhe at her laſt departing, as it were, bownde her ſelfe by promes to continnue good Ladie and governor unto that citie whiche by outward declaracion did open their love, to their ſo loving and noble prince in such wyſe, as ſhe her ſelfe wondered therat.

But becauſe princes be ſet in their ſeate by gods appoynting and therfore they muſt firſt and chiefly tēender the glory of him, from whom their glory iſſueth, it is to be noted in her grace, that forſomuch as god hath ſo wonderfully placed her in the ſeate of government over this realme, ſhe in all doinges doth ſhew her ſelfe moſt myndfull of his goodnes and mercie ſhewed unto her, & amongeſt all other, two pryncipall ſygnes thereof were noted in thys paſſage. Firſt in the Towre, where her grace before ſhe entred her chariot, lifted up her eyes to heaven and ſayd.

O Lord, almighty and everlaſting God, I geve thee moſt hearty thāankes that thou haſt been ſo mercifull unto me as to ſpare me to beholde this joyfull daye. And I acknowledge that thou haſt dealt as wonderfully & as mercifully with me, as thou didſt C.iiii. withE4v with thy true and faithfull ſervant Daniel thy prophete whom thou deliveredſt out of the denne from the crueltie of the gredy and rageing Lyons: even ſo was I overwhelmed, and only by the delivered. To thee therfore onely be thankes, honor, & prayſe, forever. Amen.

The ſecond was the receiving of the Byble at the little conduit in cheape. For when her grace had learned that the Byble in Engliſhe ſhould there be offered, ſhe thanked the citie therefore, promyſed the reading thereof moſt diligentlye, and incontinent commaunded, that it ſhould be brought. At the receit wherof, how reverently did ſhe with both her handes take it, kiſſe it, & lay it upon her breaſt to the great comfort of the lookers on. God will undoubtedly preſerve ſo worthy a prince, which at his honor ſo reverently taketh her beginning. For this ſaying is true, and written in the boke of Truth He that firſt ſeketh the kingdome of God, ſhall have all other thinges caſt unto him.

Now therfore all Engliſh hertes, and her naturall people muſt nedes praiſe Gods mercy, which hath ſent them ſo woorthy a prince, and pray for her graces long continuance amongeſt us.

Imprinted at London in Fleteſtrete
within Temple barre, at the ſigne of the
hand and ſtarre
, by Richard Tottill
, 1558-01-23the. xxiii. day of January.