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James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

January 30

Upon the Death of King Charles I.

By James Graham, Marquess of Montrose (1612–1650)

GREAT, good, and just! could I but rate

My griefs and thy too rigid fate,

I’d weep the world to such a strain,

As it should deluge once again.

But since thy loud-tongued blood demands supplies

More from Briareus’ hands than Argus’ eyes,

I’ll sing thy obsequies with trumpet sounds,

And write thy epitaph with blood and wounds.