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.
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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 lawfull Successor.

THe Thracians euer wept when any were borne; Heraclitus alwayes wept while he liued; Hezekiah began to weepe when he should die: so that it may be said of all worldly ioyes, They are mixed with weeping, as it was saide of the Iewes, Their wine was mixed with water, Isay. 1. 23.

He that weepes in measure, is like a Christian, he that weepes without measure, is like an Heathen; he that cannot weepe at all, is like a Stone; the very heauens are said to weepe when men cannot: and if the godly weepe for the miseries of this life, the wicked had neede to weepe for the miseries to come, Iam. 5. 1.

To weepe for com-miseration, as Iob did, to behold the miseries of others, Iob 30. 25. is fraternall. To weepe of contrition, as Peter did for his owne sins, is penitentiall. To weepe for loue, as Dauid did for the losse of Ionathan: or for griefe, as Rachel did for the death of her children, Math. 2. 18. or for ioy, as Ioseph did at the sight of Iacob, Gen. 46. 29. is naturall: but to weepe for ostentation, as many Mourners did, Ier. 9. 18. or for dissimulation, as Delilah did, Iudg. 16. or for desperation, as Iudas did, is hypocriticall.


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?


THe Iewes at their funeralls did vse melodie, Math. 9. 23. because they tooke Death to be an end of miserie, and therefore as Martial obserueth in the Swanne, Cantatur cygnus funeris ipse sui, he singeth alittle before he dieth; euen so it is noted in the children of God, they reioyce when they are ready to die, Acts 5. 41. because indeede, all people, yea all Princes are but pil∣grimes vpon earth, and their best habitation is in heauen. The departure of our godly Prince, though it be dolorous, in re∣spect of her subiects, it ought to be ioyfull, in regard of her selfe: for she hath left an earthly Kingdome, to possesse an heauenly King∣dome; and insteede of a crowne of Gold she hath put on a crowne of Glory: then what cause haue we to weepe, seeing she is partaker of so vnspeakeable Ioy, but rather, as the scripture teacheth vs, to reioyce with those that reioyce, Rom. 12. 15. Let this suffice for our com∣fort, Though death hath seized of her Highnesse Body, the Angels receiued her blessed Soule, and the world possesseth her glorious Name.

If we reade the scriptures, we shall find, that amongst all the Kings of Israel, King Salomon raigned longest; and if you reade the Chroni∣cles, you shall find, that amongst all the Kings and Princes of England, Queene Elizabeth raigned longest, sauing one: yet was there ne∣uer Prince more malitiously beset with treason then her Maiestie, nor any Prince more miraculously protected by Gods mercie: for he did, not onely protect her from vntimely dangers and deaths, but he did protract her dayes to the naturall course of declining, for shee died (as it was said of Dauid, 1. Chro. 29. 28.) in a good age, ful of dayes, riches, and honor; for which we haue great cause to ioy.

God for our sinnes might iustly haue made the heauens brasse ouer our heads, and the earth yron vnder our feete, and so haue con∣strained vs, as the people of Samaria did in extreamitie, not onely to eate dung, but their children, 2. Kings 6. But see how mercifully God hath dealt by vs; he hath taken away our Prince in a time of plentie, to take away all occasions of murmuring and mutinies amongst vs, whereunto many are subiect, if they be but pressed with alittle scarsitie: and though the Israelites liued disorderly when their Go∣uernours were gone, Iudg. 17. 6. yet, contrary to the expectation of many, our people haue liued very orderly and ciuilly since the ta∣king away of our Queene, for which we haue great cause to ioy.

To conclude, when God tooke away Iehoshaphat from the Throne, and Iehoram came to the Crowne, there was great cause of cala∣mitie, because he maintained Idolatry, 2. Chro. 21. but when Dauid died and Salomon was installed, there was continuance of ioy, be∣cause he continued true religion as his fathers did before. And so, though God hath taken away Queene Elizabeth our late and louing Nurce-mother, yet the succeeding of that mightie and godly Prince, King Iames, our new and renowned Nurce-father, doeth giue vs exceeding cause of ioy: insomuch, as the succession of the latter, is a mittigation of sorrow for the former. And as the Proclamation was read and receiued with great applause of the people, so his Coronation will be as ioyfull as euer was Salomons, when the earth rang with the sound of the subiects, in signe of exultation and exceeding Ioy, 1. Kings 1. 40. God make vs thankefull for so worthy a Prince; and himselfe ioyfull of so vnworthy a People.

Printed at London by V. S. for Edmund Mutton, dwelling in Pater-noster-Row, at the signe of the Hunts-man. 1603.