Weepe with ioy a lamentation for the losse of our late soueraigne lady Queene Elizabeth, with ioy and exultation for our high and mightie Prince, King Iames, her lineall and lawful successor.


WHen Nero died, it is reported, the people reioyced: but when Moses died, it is said, that all the children of Israel wept, Deut. 34. 8. and no maruell: for the one was a cruel and tyrannicall Ruler, and the other was a milde and mercifull Gouernor: and men do commonly weepe for those they loue, and not for those they hate: therefore when Christ wept for LaZarus, Loe (saith the Iewes) how he loued him, Iohn 11. 36.

Who can call to minde the life of our late soueraigne Lady Queene Elizabeth, that cannot lament the losse of so vertuous a Prince; the Vine bleedeth when the Branch is cut, the Turtle mourneth when she is left alone: then what shall the body do when the head is gone? Such as did loue and honour her life, cannot but weepe and deplore her death; her Actions being so glorious when she liued, her dissolution must needes be grieuous when she died.

This most gratious Prince, which liued a Woman, Virgine, and Queene, to the wonder of all the world, which was a president of pie∣tie and humilitie to all Princes, which was a patterne of lenitie and mercie to all her people, which was an Example of loue and patience to all her enemies: who can not but lament the losse of so loyall a Lady?

This most royall and godly Prince, which succeeded the Crowne after Queene Mary, as Hezekiah did after Ahaz, 2. Kings 16. did not onely suppresse all superstition, but planted true religion in her Land, shewing her selfe more mercifull to malefactors to reclaime them to the word of God, then her predecessor did to the Martires that suffered for professing the word: and therefore who cannot weepe for the losse of so religious a Lady?

This most loyall and prosperous Prince, which possessed peace in England longer then Salomon did in Israel: had her Land fenced, not onely with walls of wood, as Gretia was against Zerxes, Herodotus in Polymnia, but with walls of brasse and yron against all outward hostilitie, that it might be said of Englishmen as of the Israelites, Euery one dwelt without feare vnder his owne vine, 1. Kings 4. 25. For our Nation, vnder her Regiment, did florish in peace and plentie, as the land of Canaan flowed with milke and hony: and therefore who cannot weepe for the losse of so peaceable a Prince?

When the people wept for Christ, he willed them to weepe for themselues, Luke 23. And so, though we mourne for her Maiestie, let vs weepe for our selues, considering the cause of alteration of Princes is imputed to the sinnes of the subiects, according to that saying of Salomon, For the transgression of the people there are many Princes, Prouerbs 28. 2. For what hath this precious word and peace effected in vs, seeing for the most part, we are content to be but Christians in our tongues, though we be Atheists in our hearts, and farre worse then Heathens in our liues?