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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
January 30
Execution of Charles I.
By Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
          Charles I. was executed at Whitehall on Jan. 30, 1649, and was buried on the same night in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

From “An Horation Ode

*        *        *        *        *
That Charles himself might chase
To Carisbrook’s narrow case;
That thence the royal actor borne,
The tragic scaffold might adorn.
      While round the armed bands        5
      Did clap their bloody hands,
He nothing common did or mean
Upon that memorable scene;
      But with his keener eye
      The axe’s edge did try:        10
Nor called the gods, with vulgar spite,
To vindicate his helpless right;
      But bowed his comely head
      Down, as upon a bed.

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