ELIZABETH REFLECTS ON HEARING OF MARY'S EXECUTION
She was my heir. Her severed head they say
Was old and grey, and wigged: That Queen of France
And Scotland, who long dreamed to reign today
On England's throne. Courage she had. Her dance
Led men to die: her death may lead still more.
What was arrangd is done. Our sorrow shows
Itself. Queens should not lightly die. The store
And show of our distress may keep the throws
Of anguish fresh before all governments.
What moves upon this news will Europe make?
Too many troops may strike their cantonments.
And for ourselves? At least we must ask Drake
To fleece (with our support obscure) and bleed
Those ships by Spanish shore. Oh this land we lead!
-- John Loveridge