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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Lines Presented to James the First
XI. Henry Farley
When He Tooke Coach at Theobalds, in His Progresse to Scotland

RIDE 1 on with honor, mighty king!
With princely high renowne,
From London unto Edenburgh,
Thy native seate and towne;
And blessed be thy majestie,        5
In every place thou goest,
Unto the joy of man and boy,
From highest to the lowest.
Ride on, yee noble lords, also,
God bless you and your master!        10
And in the progresse as yee passe
Defend you from disaster;
And Trinitie in Unitie
Be still your guide and glory,
That of this time each penne may rime        15
A pleasant progresse story.
And ride yee on, yee rev’rend ones,
For you are for our soules;
And when you are at Edenburgh
I pray remember Paules;        20
For shee will pray, both night and day,
For your prosperitie,
Because your words much helpe affords
In her necessitie.
Ride on, likewise, yee worthy knights,        25
With jovialty and pleasure;
And see you have a noble care
To bring againe our treasure:
Your fealty and loyalty
The Lord will ever blesse,        30
And for the same you shall get fame
And heavenly happinesse.
So ride you on, his officers,
And yeomen strong and trusty;
Some guarde before, and some behinde,—        35
Be valiant, bolde, and lusty:
Yet see you be for courtesie
In Scotland well commended,
That love and peace may still increase,
Untill the world be ended.        40
And as in progresse, so in regresse,
O let us ever pray,
That God will blesse his majestie,
And queene, and prince alway;
That north and west, and south and east,        45
His glory wee may sing,
And nights and dayes give thanks and praise
To James our sacred king.
Note 1. XI. Henry Farley.—In 1621, a volume was published entitled, “St. Paule’s Church, her bill for the parliament; as it was presented to the King’s Majestie on Midlent Sunday last; and intended for the view of that most high and honourable Court, and generally for all such as beare good will to the reflourishing estate of the said Church. Partly in verse, partly in prose. Penned and published for her good by Henry Farley, author of her Complaint.” This book consists of only twenty leaves, and has no printer’s or publisher’s name. The stanzas introduced into this volume from the poetical portion of Farley’s work, were, as he writes, “Given to his Majesty when he tooke coach at Theobalds, in his highnesse progresse to Scotland; as my faithfull farewell, or faire wish to the good success of his sacred Majestie, and of all his noble, reverend, and worthy followers, etc.” [back]

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