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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
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 decayeded com- C4r
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.