Chaine of Pearle.
A Memoriall of the peerles Graces,
and Heroick Vertues of Queene Elizabeth,
of Glorious Memory.
Compoſed by the Noble Lady,
Dat Rosa mel apibus, quâ fugit Aranea virus.
Printed for Thomas Paine, and are to be ſold
by Philip Waterhouſe, at his ſhop at the
ſigne of St. Pauls-head in Canning-ſtreet
neere London-ſtone. 16301630.
To All Noble Ladies, and Gentle-Women.
To You the Honour of our Noble Sex,
I ſend this Chaine, with all my beſt Reſpects:
Which if you pleaſe to weare, for her ſweet ſake,
For whom I did this ſlender Poem make.
You ſhall erect a Trophie to her Name,
And crowne your ſelves with never-fading Fame.
To the Excellent Lady, the Compoſer of this Worke.
Shine forth (Diana) dart thy Golden Raies,
On Her bleſt Life and Raigne, whoſe Noble Praiſe
Deſerves a Quill pluckt from an Angels wing,
And none to write it but a Crowned King.
Shee, Shee it was, that gave us Golden Daies,
And did the Engliſh Name to Heaven raiſe:
Bleſt be her Name! bleſt be her Memory!
That England crown’d with ſuch Felicity.
And Thou, the Prime-Roſe of the Muſes nine,
(In whoſe ſweete Verſe Eliza’s Fame doth ſhine,
Like ſome reſplendent Star in froſty night)
Haſt made thy Native Splendor far more bright;
Since all thy Pearles are peerles-orient,
And to thy ſelfe a precious Ornament.
This is my cenſure of thy Royall Chaine
Which a far better Cenſure well may claime.
As Golden Phœbus with his radiant face
Enthron’d in his Triumphant Chaire of State,
The twinkling Stars and Asteriſmes doth chaſe
With his Imperiall Scepter, and doth hate
All Conſorts in his Starry Monarchy,
As prejudiciall to his Soveraignty.
So Great Eliza, Englands brighteſt Sun,
The Worlds Renowne and everlasting Lampe,
Admits not here the leaſt Compariſon;
Whoſe Glories, doe the Greateſt Princes dampe.
That ever Scepter ſwai’d or Crowne did weare,
Within the Verge of either Hemiſpheare.
Thou Engliſh Goddeſſe, Empreſſe of our Sex,
O Thou whoſe Name ſtill raignes in all our hearts,
To whom are due, our ever-vowd Respects!
How ſhall I blazon thy moſt Royall parts?
Which in all Parts did ſo divinely ſhine,
As they deſerve Apollo’s Quill (not mine.)
Yet, ſince the Gods accept the humble VowesOf vii A4r
Of Mortalls; daigne (O Thou Star-crowned Queene)
T’accept theſe ill-compoſed Pearly-Rowes:
Wherein, thy Glory chiefly ſhall be ſeene:
For by theſe Lines ſo blacke and impolite,
Thy Swan-like Lustre ſhall appeare more white:
Thy Emperiall Majeſties eternall Votary, Diana.
A Chaine of Pearle. or A Memoriall of Q. Elizabeth.
The firſt Pearle.
The goodlieſt Pearle in faire Eliza’s Chaine;
Is true Religion, which did chiefly gaine
A Royall Luſtre to the reſt, and ti’de
The Hearts of all to her when Mary di’de.
And though Shee found the Realme infected much
With Superſtition, and Abuſes, ſuch
As (in all humane Judgement) could not be
Reform’d without domeſticke Mutiny,
And great Hoſtility from Spaine and France;
Yet shee undaunted, bravely did advance
Chriſts Glorious Enſigne, maugre all the Feares
Or Dangers which appear’d: and for ten yearesB Shee 2 B1v 2
Shee ſwaid the Scepter with a Ladies hand,
Not urging any Romiſt in the Land,
By ſharpe Edicts the Temple to frequent,
Or to partake the holy Sacrament.
But factious Romaniſts not thus content,
Their Agents to their holy Father ſent,
Deſiring him., by ſollemne Bull, proclaime
Elizabeth an Heretike, and name
Some other Soveraigne, which might erect
Their masking Maſſe, and hence forthwith eject
The Evangelicall Profeſſion,
Which flouriſht under her Protection.
The Pope to this Petition condeſcends,
And ſoone his Leaden Bull to England ſends,
Which by one Felton, on the Biſhops Gate
Of London was affixed; But the state
For that high Treaſon puniſht him with death,
That would dethrone his Queene, Elizabeth.
Yet was this Ball of Wild-fire working ſtill,
In many Romaniſts which had a will,
The preſent State and Governement to change;
That they in all Idolatrie might range.
And hence it came that Great Northumberland,
Aſſociate with Earle of Westmerland,
And many moe, their Banners did diſplay
In open Field; hoping to win the Day.
Againſt theſe Rebells, Noble Sussex went;
And ſoone their bloudy Purpoſe did prevent.
Weſtmerland fled, Northumberland did die,
For that foule Crime, and deepe diſloyalty;
Having engaged Thouſands in that Cauſe.
After which time, the Queene made ſtricter Lawes.Againſt 3 B2r 3
Againſt Recuſants; and with Lyons heart,
Shee bang’d the Pope, and tooke the Goſpells part.
The Pope perceiving that his Bull was baited
In ſuch rude ſort, and all his hopes defeated:
Cries out to Spaine for helpe; who takes occaſion
Thereby t’ attempt the Conqueſt of this Nation.
But ſuch Sage Counſellers Eliza had;
As, though both Spaine In ultimam rabiem furoremq;. converſi. and Rome were almoſt mad
For griefe and anger, yet they ſtill did faile,
And againſt England never could prevaile.
The ſecond Pearle.
The next faire Pearle that comes in order here,
Is Chaſtity, wherein shee had no peere.
’Mongſt all the Noble Princeſſes which then
In Europe were the Royall Anadem.
And though for Beauty shee an Angell was,
And all our Sex did therein farre ſurpaſſe;
Yet did her pure unſpotted Chaſtitie
Her heavenly Beautie rarely beautifie.
How many Kings and Princes did aſpire,
To win her Love? In whom that Veſtall Fire
Still flaming, never would Shee condeſcend
To Hymen’s Rihtes, though much Shee did commend,
That brave French Monsieur who did hope to carry
The Golden fleece, and faire Eliza marry.
Yea Spaniſh Philip, Husband to her Siſter,
Was her firſt Sutor, and the firſt that miſt her:
And though he promiſ’d that the Pope by Bull
Should licenſe it, shee held it but a Gull
For how can Pope Yet his Canoniſts ſay; Benè diſpenſat Dominus Papa contra Apoſtolum Extra. de Renunc. Ca poſt tranſlationem. with Gods owne Law diſpence?B2 Was 4 B2v 4
Was it not time ſuch Popes to cudgell hence?
Thus Her impregnable Virginity,
Throughout the World Her Fame did dignify.
And this may be a Document to all,
The Pearle of Chaſtity not to let fall:
Into the filthy durt of foule Deſires,
Which Satan kindles with his Hell-bred fires:
For whether it be termed Virginall
In Virgins, or in Wives ſtil’d Conjugall,
Or Viduall in Widdowes, God reſpects
All equally, and all alike affects.
And here I may not ſilent overpaſſe
That Noble Lady of the Court, which was
Sollicited Taxis that great Don
Embaſſador for Spaine (when shee, was gone) Primo Iacobi,
Who to obtaine his will, gave her a Chaine
Of moſt rare Orient Pearle, hoping to gaine Related by thehothe honorable Kt. and Baronet, Sir Richard Houghton of Houghton Tower.
That Worthy Lady to his Luſt; But Shee
That well perceiv’d his Spaniſh Policy,
His faire Chaine kept, but his foule Offer ſcorn’d,
That ſought (thereby) her Husband to have horn’d:
Taxis repulſt, ſent to Her for his Chaine,
But (as a Trophie) Shee did it retaine;
Which Noble Preſident may all excite,
To keepe this Pearle, which is ſo Orient bright.
The third Pearle.
How prudent was her Government appeard
By her wiſe Counſels, by the which shee ſteer’d,
In the moſt dangerous Times that ever were,Since 5 B3r 5
Since King or Queene did Crowne in England weare.
Her choice of Famous Councellers did ſhow,
That Shee did all the Rules of Prudence know:
For though her Wit and Spirit were divine;
Counſels (Shee knew) were beſt, where more combine:
That for Experience and deepe Policy
Are well approved; whoſe Fidelity
Retaines them in the bonds of Loyall Love,
And no great Penſions from their Prince can move.
Thus rul’d shee prudently with all her power,
With Argus Eyes foreſeeing every houre
All dangers imminent, leaſt any harmes
Should us befall by Spaniſh Arts or Armes.
This Gift in her was much more emminent,
In that it is ſo rarely incident
To our weake Sex: And as a precious ſtone,
Deepe ſet in Gold, ſhines fairer, then alone,
Or ſet in Lead; ſo did all Graces ſhine
In Her more gloriouſly, becauſe Divine:
For Kings are Gods, and Queenes are Goddeſſes
On Earth, whoſe ſacred Vertues beſt expreſſes
Their true Divinitie: wherein, if wee
Them imitate, tis our Felicity.
This Pearle of Prudence then, Wee all ſhould prize
Moſt highly, for it doth indeede compriſe
All Morall Vertues, which are reſident
In that bleſt ſoule, where this is preſident.
The fourth Pearle.
The Golden Bridle of Bellerephon
Is Temperance, by which our Paſſion,
And Appetite we conquer and ſubdue
To Reaſons Regiment: elſe may we rue
Our yeelding to Mens Syren-blandiſhments,
Which are attended with ſo foule Events.
This Pearle in her was ſo conſpicuous,
As that the Edward King Her Brother ſtill did uſe,
To ſtile her His ſweete Siſter Temperance;
By which Her much admir’d Selfe-governance,
Her Paſſions ſtill shee checkt, and ſtill shee made
The World aſtoniſht, that ſo undiſmaid
shee did with equall Tenor ſtill proceede
In one faire courſe, not ſhaken as a reed: Semper eadem.
But built upon the Rocke of Temperance:
Not daz’d with feare, not maz’d with any Chance;
Not wiith vaine Hope (as with an emptie Spoone)
Fed or allur’d to caſt beyond the Moone:
Not with raſh Anger to precipitate,
Not fond to love, nor too too prone to hate:
Not charm’d with Paraſites, or Syrens Songs,
Whoſe hearts are poiſon’d, though their ſugred Tongues
Sweare, vow, and promiſe all Fidelity,
When they are bruing deepeſt Villany.
Not led to vaine or too profuſe Expence,
Pretending thereby State Magnificence:
Not ſpending on theſe momentany pleaſures
Her precious Time: but deeming her beſt TreaſuresHer 7 B4r 7
Her Subjects Love, which shee ſo well preſerv’d, Omnibus incutiens blandum per pectora amorem.
By ſweete and milde Deameanor, as it ſerv’d
To guard Her ſurer, then an Armie Royall;
So true their Loves were to Her, and ſo Loyall:
O Golden Age! O bleſt and happie Yeares!
O Muſicke ſweeter then that of the Spheares!
When Prince and people mutually agree
In ſacred Concord, and ſweete Symphonie!
The fift Pearle
Her Royall Clemency comes next in view,
The Vertue which in her did moſt renew
The Image of Her Maker, who in that
Exceeds himſelfe, and doth commiſerate
His very Rebells, lending them the light
Of Sunne and Moone, and all thoſe Diamonds bright.
So did Eliza caſt Her Golden Rayes monſtra, teterrima monſtra.
Of Clemency, on thoſe which many wayes
Tranſgreſt Her Lawes, and ſought to undermine
The Church and State, and did with Spaine combine.
And though by Rigor of the Law Shee might
Not wronging them, have taken all Her right
Yet Her Innate and princely Clemencie
Mov’d Her to pardon their Delinquencie,
Which ſought Her Gracious Mercy, and repented
Their Miſdemeanors, and their Crimes lamented.
So doth the the Kingly Lyon with his foe,
Which once proſtrate, he ſcornes to worke his woe,
So did this Vertues ſacred Auri-flame,
Immortalize our Great Eliza’s Name.
The ſixt Pearle;
Her Justice next appeares, which did ſupport
Her Crowne, and was her Kingdomes ſtrongeſt Fort.
For ſhould not Lawes be executed well,
And Malefactors curb’d, a very Hell
Of all Confuſon and disorder would
Among all States enſue. Here to unfold
The exemplary Penalties of thoſe,
Which to the Realme were knowne, and mortall Foes:
And as ſome putrid members par’d away,
Leaſt their tranſcendent Villany ſhould ſway
Others to like Diſloyalty; would aske
A larger Volume, and would be a Taske
Unfit for Feminine hands, which rather love
To write of pleaſing ſubjects, then approve
The moſt deſerved ſlaughtering of any;
Which juſtly cannot argue Tyranny.
For though the Pope have lately ſent from Rome,
Strange Bookes and pictures painting out the Doome
Of his pretended Martyrs: as that they
Were baited in Beares skins, and made a prey
To wilde Beaſts, and had Bootes with boiling Lead
Drawne on their Legges, and Hornes nail’d to their head;
Yet all our Britiſh world knowes theſe are fables,
Chimæra’s, Phantaſm’s, Dreames, and very Bables
For Fooles to play with: and right Goblin-Sprights,
Wherewith our Nurſes oft their Babes affrights.
His Holineſſe theſe Martyrdomes may adde
To the Golden Legend; for they are as madde,That 9 C1r 9
That firſt invented them, as Vappa Voragino ſa. he that write
That braneleſſe Booke: and yet ſome credit it.
For Cruelty and fond Credulity,
Are the maine Pillers of Romes Hierarchy.
The ſeventh Pearle.
This goodly Pearle, is that rare Fortitude,
Wherewith this Sacred Princeſſe was endu’d.
Witneſſe Her brave undaunted Looke, when Parry
Was fully bent shee ſhould by him miſcarry:
The Wretch confeſt, that Her Great Majeſtie
With ſtrange amazement did him terrifie.
So Heavenly-Gracefull, and ſo full of Awe,
Was that Majeſticke Queene, which when ſome ſaw,
They thought an Angell did appeare: shee ſhon
So bright, as None elſe could Her Paragon.
But that which doth beyond all Admiration
Illuſtrate Her, and in Her, this whole Nation;
Is that Heroicke March of Her’s and Speech
At Tilbury, where Shee did All beſeech
Bravely to fightforfight for England, telling them
That what their Fortune was, ſhould Hers be then.
And that with full Reſolve Shee thither came,
Ready to win, or quite to looſe the Game.
Which words deliver’d in moſt Princely ſort,
Did animate the Army, and report
To all the World Her Magnanimity,
Whoſe haughtie Courage nought could terrify.
Well did Shee ſhew, Great Henry was Her Sire,
Whom Europe did for Valor most admire,C ’Mongſt 10 C1v 10
’Mongst all the Warlike Princes which were then
Enthronized with Regall Diadem.
The Eight Pearle.
Among the Vertues Intellectuall,
The Van is lead by that we Science call;
A Pearle more precious then th’ Ægyptian Queene,
Quaft off to Anthony; of more Esteeme
Then Indian Gold, or moſt reſplendent Gemmes,
Which raviſh us with their tranſlucent Beames.
How many Arts and Sciences did decke
This Heroina? Who ſtill had at becke
The Muſes and the Graces, when that Shee
Gave Audience in State and Majeſtie:
Then did the Goddeſſe Eloquence inſpire
Her Royall Breſt: Apollo with his Lyre,
Ne’re made ſuch Muſicke; On her Sacred Lips
Angells enthron’d, moſt Heavenly Manna ſips.
Then might you ſee her Nectar-flowing Veine
Surround the Hearers; in which ſugred Streame,
Shee able was to drowne a World of men,
And drown’d, with Sweetnes to revive agen.
Alaſco, the Embaſſador Polonian,
Who perorated like a meere Slavonian,
And in rude rambling Rhetoricke did roule,
Shee did with Atticke Eloquence controule
Her Speeches to our Academians,
Well ſhew’d Shee knew among Athenians,
How to deliver ſuch well-tuned Words,
As with ſuch Places punctually accords.
But with what Oratory-raviſhments,Did 11 C2r 11
Did Shee imparadiſe Her Parliaments?
Her laſt moſt Princely Speech doth verify,
How highly Shee did England dignify.
Her Loyall Commons how did Shee embrace,
And entertaine with a moſt Royall Grace?
The ninth Pearle;
Now come we Her rare Patience to diſplay;
Which, as with pureſt Gold, did pave her way
To Englands Crowne; for when her Siſter rul’d,
Shee was with many great Afflictions ſchoold:
Yet all the while Her Mot, was Tanquam Ovis,
Nor could her Enemies prove ought amiſſe
In Her, although they thirſted for her bloud,
Reputing it once ſhed, their Soveraigne good.
Sometime, in Priſon this ſweete Saint was pent,
Then haſtily away Shee thence was ſent
To Places more remote; and all her Friends
Debar’d acceſſe; and none but ſuch attends,
As ready were with poiſon, or with knife,
To Sacrifice this Sacred Princeſſe life,
At bloudy Bonners becke, or Gardiners nod;
Had they not bin prevented by that God
Who did Suſanna from the Elders free,
And at the laſt, gave her, her Liberty.
Thus by her patient bearing of the Croſſe,
Shee reaped greateſt Gaine from greateſt Loſſe,
(For he that looſeth his bleſt Liberty,
Hath found a very Hell of miſery:)
By many Croſſes thus Shee got the Crowne;
To Englands Glory, and her great Renowne.
The tenth Pearle.
As Roſe and Lillie challenge cheefeſt place,
For milke-white Luſtre, and for Purple Grace:
So Englands Roſe and Lillie, had no Peere,
For Princely Bounty ſhining every-where.
This made her Fame with Golden Wings to fly
About the World, above the Starry Sky.
Witneſſe France, Portugall, Virginia,
Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Belgia;
Whoſe Provinces and Princes found her Aid
On all Occaſions; which ſore diſmaid
Spaines King whoſe European Monarchy,
Could never thrive during her Soveraignty;
So did Shee beate him with her Diſtaffe, ſo
By Eliſabetha fuit Terra Regina Mariſquè. Primo Iacobi. Sea and Land Shee him did overthrow;
Yea, ſo that Tyrant on his knees Shee brought,
That of brave England Peace he beg’d, and thought
Himſelfe moſt happie, that by begging ſo
Preſerv’d all Spaine from Beggery and Woe.
Here all amaz’d my Muſe ſets up her reſt,
Adoring her was ſo Divinely bleſt.
At nos horrifico cinefactam te propè Buſto,
Inſatiabiliter deflebimus, aternumque.