¶A briefe Relation of the most delight∣full, pleasant and rare Shewes, the which haue beene Enacted, set forth, and performed, within the most Auncient renowned Citie Caer-leon, now named CHESTER, vpon the Festiuall of our most worthy appro∣ued English Champian S. George his Day, being the 23. of Aprill 1610. and shall remaine and continue perpetually to future ages, as a memorable and worthy proiect, founded, de∣uised, and erected onely by the most famous, generous, and well deseruing Citizen, Mr. ROBERT AMERIE, late Sherieffe of the said Citie, redownding to the glory and praise of Almightie God for his benefits, immediately and bounte∣ously powred vpon vs Christians, and also in liew of the Ho∣mage, Fealtie, Alleagance, and Duetie, which wee doe owe and attribute vnto the KINGS most Excellent and magnifi∣cent Maiestie, his Crowne and dignitie, and to the most ver∣tuous and hopefull Heire Apparent, the PRINCE of Wales, with that Noble victor Saint George, our aforesaid English Champion.
1 A Man by strange deuises clyming to the toppe of a very high spire Steeple (standing at the Market (rosse, called S. Peters Steeple) carying an Aun∣cient of our Colours of S. George, displaying the same vpon the said Steeple, and fixing the same to the barre of Iron, that the Vane hangeth vpon: Likewise, sounding a Drumme, shooting off a Peece, and flourishing a Sword, and standing vpon the Crosse of the said barre of Iron, stood vpon his hands with his feete into the Ayre, very dangerously and wonderfully to the view of the beholders, with casting Fire-workes very delightfull.
Page [unnumbered] 2. Two disguised, called Greene-men, their habit Embroy∣dred and Stitch'd on with Iuie-leaues with blacke-side, hauing hanging to their shoulders, a huge blacke shaggie Hayre, Sauage-like, with Iuie Garlands vpon their heads, bearing Herculian Clubbes in their hands, an artificiall Dragon, very liuely to be∣hold, pursuing the Sauages entring their Denne, casting Fire from his mouth, which afterwards was slaine, to the great plea∣sure of the spectators, bleeding, fainting, and staggering, as though hee endured a feeling paine, euen at the last gaspe, and farewell.
3. One mounted on Horsebacke, bearing the Helmet and Shield of S. George, attended by three: One leading his Horse, a Drumme sounding before him, with S. George his Scutchin in the forehead of his Horse.
4. Fame mounted on Horsebacke, with a Trumpet in her hand, pronouncing an Oration.
5. Mercurie, descending from heauen in a cloud, artificially Winged, a Wheele of fire burning very cunningly, with other Fire-workes, mounting to the height of the foresaid Steeple vp∣on Coardes: with most pleasant and mellodious harmonie at his approach.
6. Another representing the forenamed and most worthy Citie Chester, mounted on Horsebacke: two Drummes soun∣ding before him, with the Armes of S. George vpon a Scutchin in the forehead of his Horse.
7. Another with the Kings Armes, very richly Haroldi∣zed vpon a Shield: Also mounted on Horsebacke, with the Kings Armes vpon a Scutchin in the Horses forehead.
8. Another, making an Oration, in Honour of the King his Crowne and Emperiall Monarchie, likewise mounted on Horsebacke, with the Armes correspondent in the forehead of his Horse.
Page [unnumbered] 9. Another, mounted on Horsebacke with a great Bell double Gilt, supported by foure Lyons Rampant, standing vpon a lesser Bell with a Clapper in it, the Kings Armes engrauen there∣on, caried vpon a Scepter, Dedicated to the Kings most Excellent Maiestie, with many Trumpets sounding cheerefully before him, with the Kings Armes vpon a Schutchin in the Horses forehead.
10 Another with the Princes Armes vpon a Shield, very richly Haroldized, mounted on Horsebacke, with the Princes Armes vpon a Scutchin in the Horses foretoppe.
11. Another mounted on Horsebacke, deliuering an Oration in Honour of the Prince his Birth-right, and magnificent Cre∣ation, viz. To the High and Mightie Prince HENRIE, Prince of VVales, Duke of Cornwall and Rothsay, Earle of Chester, &c. with the Princes Armes vpon a Scutchin in the Horses forehead.
12. Another mounted on Horsebacke, with a massie Bell of Siluer, parcell Gilt, with the Princes Armes engrauen vpon it: Likewise supported by three Lyons Rampant, standing vpon a lesser Bell, with a Clapper in it, caried vpon a Scepter, a noyse of Cornets before the Bell, Dedicated to the Prince, with the Princes Armes vpon a Scutchin in the Horses forehead.
13 Another mounted on Horsebacke with the Armes of S. George vpon a Shield, with the Armes of Saint George vpon a Scutchin in the forehead of the Horse.
14 Rumot mounted on Horsebacke, pronouncing an Ora∣tion, in Honour of the most worthy Christian English Cham∣pian S. George, mounted on Horsebacke with the Armes of S. George, vpon a Scutchin in the forehead of the Horse.
15. Another mounted on Horsebacke, with the most ancient and famous Standard of S. George, with the Armes of Saint George vpon a Scutchin in the Horses forehead.
16. Another mounted on Horsebacke, bearing vpon a Scep∣ter Page [unnumbered] a great piece of Plate, parcell Gilt, Bell fashion, Dedicated to the Honour of Saint George, with the Armes of S. George in the Horses forehead.
17. Another, representing S. George, Accoutred and Ar∣med at all points, attended by two Squires: Also in compleat Ar∣mour, a noyse of Drummes before them, likewise mounted on Horsebacke, with the Armes of S. George vpon a Scutchin in the Horses forehead.
18. Another on Horsebacke, representing Peace, who made a Speech agreeable to her nature.
19. Another on Horsebacke, representing Plentie, made likewise a Speech, &c. A Wreath of Wheat-cares vpon her head, with a Garland of the same athwart her body, casting and strew∣ing VVhcate abroad amongst the multitude, as shee roade along. Garbe or Wheat-sheffe Ore, in a Scutchin vpon her Horses fore∣head.
20. Another on Horsebacke, representing Enuie, with a VVreath of Snakes about her head; another in her hand, her face and armes besmeard with blood.
21. After her (on Horsback) came one, r•presenting Loue, who finding Enuie dismounted from Horsebacke, and mounted on a Stage to shew her nature, was coniured by Loue to depart, and not to interrupt (with her detractions) that dayes Triumph, vndertaken and performed through Loue, which done, Loue and Ioye marshall the succeeding sport.
22. Lastly, Ioye mounted on Horsebacke, reioycing at so great a concourse of people, neuer there before seene, and pray∣sing the good meaning of what there was vndertaken and per∣formed. Whereupon all departed for a while, to a place vpon the Riuer called the Roodes, Garded with one hundred and twentie Halberders, and a hundred and twentie Shotte, brau•ly furni∣shed. The Mayor, Sheriffs and Aldermen of Chester, a∣rayed Page [unnumbered] in their Scarlet, hauing seene the said shewes, to grace the same, accompanied, and followed the Actors vnto the said Roode, where the Ships, Barques, and Pinises, with other vessels Har∣bouring within the Riuer, displaying the Armes of S. George, vpon their maine Toppes, with seuerall pendants answerable thereunto; discharged many voleyes of Shotte in Honour of the day. The Bels Dedicated (as before is remembred) being pre∣sented to the Mayor, Proclamation being generally made, to bring in Horses to runne for the saide Bels, there was runne a double Race, to the great pleasure and delight of the specta∣tors: Men of great worth, running also at the Ring for the said Cuppe, Dedicated to Saint George, and those that wonne the Pri∣ses, according to the Articles agreed vpon in that behalfe, had the same with the Honour thereunto belonging: The said seue∣rall Prises, being with Speeches, and seuerall Wreathes set on their heads, deliuered in ceremonious and Try∣umphant maner, after the order of the Olim∣pian Sportes, whereof these were an imitation.