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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
May 14
Henry IV
By Francis Saltus Saltus (1849–1889)
          Henry the Fourth, better known as King Henry of Navarre, was assassinated May 14, 1610, by a fanatic named Ravaillac.

“LONG live our king, good Harry of Navarre!”
  Shouted the soldiery through Ivry’s heat;
  Thou led’st them on to victory complete,
Proud in the glamor of thy Huguenot star!
Good king, thy glorious deeds immortal are;        5
  France, old in years, thy memory still doth greet,
  And peasants love thy great name to repeat,
Sapient in council, valorous in war.
I see thy Béarn face as histories tell,
  Frank, open, winning, resolutely free;        10
I see thee armed with helmet and poitrel.
  And then again, in thy broad Tuilerie,
  I hear thy joyous oath “Ventre-saint-Grés,”
And see thee kiss thy swan-necked Gabrielle!

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