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All the Nobles were well pleased,
And the Ladies frank and free; For her Behaviour always gave her
Title to her Dignity.
At length the King and Queen were laid
Together in a filent Tomb;
Who govern’d in his Father's Room.
Long in Glory did he flourish,
Wealth and Honour to increase ; Still possessing such a Blessing,
That he liv'd and reign'd in Peace.
The Woeful Lamentation of Jane
Shore, a Goldsmith's Wife in London, sometime King Edward the Fourth's Concubine.
To the Tune of Live with me, &c.
The Heroine of the following Song was a Citizen's Daughter, a young Gentlewoman whose Youth, Beauty and Virtue were her chief Portion. She was foughtin Marriagebyone Matthew Shore, a Goldsmith in Lombardstreet, but was, they assure us; very averse to the Match, he being then an Elderly Man; but as he was vastly rich, her Friends importun'd her, and
she at length marry'd him; and appearing now in an open Shop, and in several Parts of the City, I suppose, more frequently than she was wont to do, the Fame of her Beauty foon
spread Abroad, and reach'd the Ears of King Edward IV. who made his Addresses and won her. Upon which her Husband left England, and she immediately went to Court, where she liv'd in the most gay and
sumptuous manner imaginable, nothing but Feasts and Dancing; and the King was wont to say, that a merrier Harlot
never lived. Several Historians tell us, that during Edward's Life-time H
she never employ'd her Power to do any one an Injury or ill Office, but made it her whole Study to do all the Good she could; that she comforted the Distress'd, reliev'd the Poor, cloath'd the Naked, and succour'd the Widow and Orphans. After the Death of Edward, she was kept by the Lord Haftings till his dying Day, after which her House was rifled by the Sheriffs of London, all she had seiz'd upon, and
she forc’d to do Publick Penance in a White Sheet by the Bishop of London's Order, marching to her Parish Church in her Ghostly Dress, with a lighted Taper in her Hand. The Writers of that Age tell us, she suffer'd thus for not complying with Richard's Request in moving Hastings to forsake Edward's Children, and embrace his Cause: But there are others who differ very much in Opinion from these, and who will not allow Richard to have been that Tyrant he is generally represented. To prove this they urge that the Nation was overwhelm’d with Ignorance, and that scarce a Man in it was able to write, the Monks excepted, who therefore had it wholly in their power to represent People just as they pleas'd; that neither Richárd the Second nor the Third were great Friends to Churchmen, and that for this Reason their Accounts cannot be look'd upon as Authentick, being more grounded upon Malice and Resentment than upon direct Fait. They add, that some of