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The Life and Death of the great Duke of Buckingham, who came to an
untimely end, for consenting to the Deposing of the two gallant
young Princes, King Edward the Fourth's Children. [From B.
Johnson's " Crown Garland of Golden Roses."] A Tale of grief I must
unfold, A tale that never yet was told, A tale that might to pity
move, The spirits below, the saints above. When wars did plague
this maiden land, Great Buckingham in grace did stand; With kings
and queens he ruled so, When he said Ay, none durst say No. Great
Gloucester's duke that wash'd the throne With blood of kings to
make 't his own, By Henry Stafford's help obtain'd. What reason
will'd to be refraioM. If any noble of this land, Against great
Gloucester's aim did stand, Old Buckingham with might and power, In
grievous woes did him devour. He hop'd when Richard was made king,
He would much greater honours bring To Buckingham and to his name,
And well reward him for the same. In Clarence death he had a hand,
And 'gainst king Edward's queen did stand, And to her sons bore
little love, When he as bastards would them prove. King Edward
swore him by his oath, In true allegiance to them both, Which if I
fail, I wish, quoth he, All Christians' curse may light on me. It
so fell out on All Souls day, By law his life was ta'en away: He
had his wish though not his will, For treason's end is always ill.
In London having pleaded claim, And Richard thereby won the game,
He challeng'd honour for his gain, But was rewarded with disdain.
On which disgrace within few hour?, Great Buckingham had rais'd his
powers: But all in vain, the king was strong, And Stafford needs
must suffer wrong. His army fail'd, and durst not stand, Upon a
traitor's false command. Being thus deeeiv'd, ...
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