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: “ Secondly, By devising of good laws. I
Turpe est doEtori, cum culpa redarguit ipfum,
66 And these Justices being put out, there is no 65 doubt of the execution of the laws.".
Hooker Hooker fays of this Prince, “ that though « he died young he lived long, for life is in ¢ action."
M A R r.
[1553—1558.] The English seem early in their history to have made pretty free with the defects and fail. ings of their Sovereigns. M. de Noailles, in his “ Embassades," tells us, that when Mary gave out that she was pregnant, the following paper was stuck up at her palace-gate:
« Serons nous si bêtes, O nobles Anglois, « que de croyre notre Reyne enceinte, & de “ quoi le feroit elle, sinon d’un Marmot ou 6 d'un Dogue?"
Mary, till her marriage with that cold and in, human tyrant Philip the Second, appears to have been merciful and humane; for Holinshead tells us, that when the appointed Sir Richard Morgan Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, she told him, $ that notwithstanding the old error, which did * not admit any witness to speak, or any other ► matter to be heard, (Her Majesty being party)
“ her pleasure was, that whatsoever could be “ brought in favour of the subject should be ad“ mitted to be heard; and moreover, that the
Justices should not persuade themselves to put " in judgment otherwise for Her Highness than “ for her subject.”
The turn of the English nation for humorous Political Prints first shewed itself in this reign. An engraving was published, representing this Queen extremely thin, with many Spaniards hanging to her and fucking her to the bone.
. LADY JANE GREY. Roger Ascham, who was Queen Elizabeth's schoolmaster, thus describes this pattern of every female excellence, in a letter of his to a friend.
“ Aristotle's praise of women is perfected in « her. She possesses good-manners, prudence, 6 and a love of labour : she possesses every talent - without the least weakness of her sex: she 6 speaks French and Italian as well as she does « English: the writes teadily and with pro“ priety: she has more than once, if you will “ believe me, spoken Greek to me."
Her proficiency in learning is again mentioned by the fame writer, in his Schoolmaster. .
" And one example, whether love or feare « doth worke more in a childe for vertue and “ learninge, I will gladlie report; which maie be 66 heard with some pleasure, and folowed with “ more profit. Before I went into Germanie, “ I came to Brodegate, in Leicestershire, to take “ my leave of that noble Lady Jane Grey, to “ whom I was exceeding much beholdinge. “ Her parentes, the Duke and the Duches, with “ all the houshould, gentlemen and gentle. “ women, were hunting in the parke. I found “ her in her chamber readinge Phædon Platonis 66 in Greeke, and that with as much delite as “ some jentlemen would reade a merie tale in 66 Bocase. After falutation and dewtie done, “ with some other taulke, I asked her why she “ would leese such pastime in the parke. Smil. 66 ing, she answered me, I wisse all their sport in " the parke is but a shadoe to that pleasure that “ I find in Plato. Alas, good folke, they never - felt what trewe pleasure ment- And howe
came you, Madame, quoth I, to this deepe s knowledge of pleasure? And what did chieflie
allure you unto it, seeinge not many women,
but verie fewe men have attained thereunto, - - I will tell you, quoth she, and tell you a “ truth, which perchance you will marvell at.
" One of the greatest benefites that ever God “ gave me is, that he sent me so sharpe and « severe parentes, and so jentle a scholemaster: u for when in presence eyther of father or mo“ ther, whether I speake, kepe filence, fit, “ stand, or go, eate, drinke, be merrie or fad, “ be sowying, playing, dauncing, or doing anie “ thing else, I must do it, as it were, in such 6 weight, measure, and number, even so per“ fitelie as God made the world, or else I am fo “ sharplie taunted, so cruellie threatened, yea “ presentlie, sometimes with pinches, nippes, 66 and bobbes, and other waies, which I will
not name for the honour I bear them, so
without measure misorder'd, that I thincke “ myselfe in hell, till time come that I must go “ to Mr. Elmer, who teacheth me so jentlie, so “ pleasantlie, with such fair allurementes to " learninge, that I thinke all the time nothinge 66 whiles I am with him; and when I am called “ from him, I fall on weeping, because whatso" ever I do els but learning is full of grief, “ trouble, feare, and whole misliking unto mee. " And thus my booke hath been so much my “c pleasure, and bringeth dayly to me more plea“ sure and more, that in respect of it all other “ pleasures in very deedę bę but triffles and but troubles unto me.