Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments

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Transcription of Text on Plate xxi [EB]:  

1 Oure ryall Rose now reignyng Red and  Whyte 
2 Sure graftyd is on ground of nobyylnes.
3  In Henry Harry the Vii our joye and our delyte
4 Ourselves of wrongs agaynten[] of rightwysnes
5 fountayne of houer exsamples of larges
6. Our clypsyd Sun now cleryd is from the darke
7. By Harry our kyng the flowr of natueurz warke.

8. Myrror of men our lodystar and lyght
9. Our banner of lys on [brode?] thou has displayd
10. Seint Goerge preserve thy lyge long for his might
11. Sithe thou art he for whom we ofte have prayd
12. Oure drowned hartes In dolor depe decayd
13. Be now restoryd to paradise from pyne
14. By Henry our Kyng felowe to the Worthye nyne

15. The noble nyne which was the worthiest
16. To thy begynnyng was not comparabyll
17. [loftie?] on their works thou may stand with the best
18. as for thy tyme as active and as abyll
19. And seythe thy dedys be to them so semiabyll
20. Why not thou the tenthe [a[]bell?] as they the nyne
21. seethe non of them more nobyll for the tyme.

22. Thou ayre to Ector in armes and honor
23. Julyus Judas nor devote[d] Josewe (Joshua)
24. In so shorte tyme their famys dyd newe more flowrs
25. Not Charles of Fraunce nor Arthur the Worthe
26. Alexander the Great full of liberalyte
27. Davyd nor Godfray laroy was not lyke thyne
28. Than why not thou the tenth as well as they the nyne

29. The father of hevyn whos way and might is most
30. The sapiens of the son be they support
31. The grace and godenes of the holy goost
32. The lyfe preserve longe to our comfort
33. Thou art our hope our  dukys habyn and port
34. In whiche we sayle now sure from sorrows dark
35. By harry our Kyng the flowr of nateurs werk.

Iustes at Westminster the 12 of February by the KING my Lord of DEVON Sr. Tho:KNYVET and EDW:NEVILL
Anno. 1.HVIII
The noble Queen la de RENOME considering the good and gracious fortune, it hath pleased God to send hyr deyre and best beloved cosyns the KING and Quene of England and of Fraunce that is to say the byrht of a yong Prynce hath sent iiij Knights borne in hyr Realme of CEURE NOBLE that is to say CEURE NOBLE VALLIANT DESYRE, BENVOLYR & IOYEUX PENSER, to fornyche & comply the certen articuls as folweth

And for as moche as after he order & Honnor of Arms hyt is not lefull for any man to enterpryse Arms in so high a presens without hys Stocke and name be of Nobles dyscended. In consideration theis iiij Knights be of so fer & Straunge partes they shall present themselff with their names and Arms aportend in their Shylde.

Item these four Knights shall present themselves in the feyld at the paleys of Rychmond or ells where hyt shall please the Kynges Grace at the tyme of Candelmas next or nigh their upon in harnys for the tylt without tache, or breket, volante peceon the hedde, Rondelll on the garde rest. Advantage, fraude, deceyt or any other malengyne.

Item to evry comer shall be Runn up cources be ruyed allway of the comers be of so greate number that they cannot reasonably be for on day. Hyt shall be lefull for the iiij Chalengers to enter the felde the second day and so to answere all the comers to the full number be served of soche as be noble of name or of Armes and without report.

Item all Speres to be garnished and brought to the ffeyld at the provision and chardge of the Chalengers of the n. Speres the answeres to have the Choice.

Item yf it happe anny Man as God defend to kyll his fellows Horse by way of foule Runnyng. He shall be bound it so doth to give the horse it he rydeth on to his fellow or the pryse of the Horse so kyld at the discretion of the Judges.

Item who stryketh his fellow beneh the wast or in the Sadell with full course be way of fole Ronnynge he shall be dysalowed for ij Speres before broken.

Item whoso Stryketh his fellow uncharged and disgarnyshed of his Speare he shall be disallowed a the descression of Judges.

Item who breaketh his Spere above the Charnell to be allowed ij Speres wll broken after he old custom of Arms.
a.  pourtray’d b. provided. C. one d. lawfull. E. till f. by

Item who breaketh his Spere a. morme to morme be alow’d iij Speres after the Custome of Arms

Item who breaketh most Speres is better worthy the pryse.

Item who Stryketh Down Horse and Man is better worthe the pryse.

Item who Stryketh his fellow clene out of the Sadell is best worthe of the pryse.

Item if any Gentleman challenger or defender breake a Staff on the Tylt to be disalow’d a Staff.

Item if it is the pleasure of the Kynge our most Dred soveraigne Lorde, the Queene’s Grace and the Ladies with the advice of the Noble and dyscret Juges to give pryses after their deservings unto both the Parties.

Item that every Gentleman answer doo Subscrybe his name to the Artyculles

Item yt ys the humble request of these iiij Gentlemen that yf in there Articles be comprised more or ells then amonre or curtese requereth eer to submit them to the queen and the Ladyes and their always to adde and meystre at their noble pleasure.

The Kings Grase, Coeur Loyal
Ld. Wm. Of Devon, Bon voloir.
Sir. Tho. Knyvet Valliant Desr.
Sr. Edw. Nevyl, Joyeux Penser.

Edw. Halls Chronicle 1. Henry VIII. N,p  and Hollingshead Chron. An. 1510.

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