For whan thy labour doon al is,
And hast y-maad thy rekeninges,
In stede of reste and newe things,
Thou gost hoom to thy hous anoon;
And, also domb as any stoon,
Thou sittest at another boke,
Til fully daswed is thy loke,
And livest thus as an hermyte,
Although thyn abstinence is lyte.
(Chaucer's House of Fame, vv. 652-660)
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LADY JANE GREY (grandchild of Henry VII)
"By this tyme was ther a scaffolde made upon the grene
over agaynst the White Tower for the saide Lady Jane
to die apon. . . .
. . . WITH A BOKE IN HER HAND whereon she praied all
the way till she cam to the saide scaffolde whereon
then she was mounted; this noble young ladie, as she
was indued with singular gifts both of learning and knowledge,
so was she as patient and mild as any lambe at hir execution.
Then she stode up and gave her mayde, Mistres Tylney,
her gloves and handkercher, AND HER BOKE to Maister
Thomas Brydges, the lyvetenantes brother.
Forthwith she untied her gowne. The hangman went to
her to have helped her of therewith, and also her frose
paste and neckercher, geving to her a fayre
handkercher to knytte about her eyes.
Then the hangman kneled downe and asked forgevenes
whom she forgave most willingly. Then he willed her to
stand upon the strawe, which doing she sawe the blocke.
Then she say'd," I pray you despatche me quickly.'
Then she kneeled downe saying, 'Will you take it
of before I lay me downe?' and the hangman
answered her, 'No, madame.' She tied the kercher about
her eyes. Then feeling for the block, saide, 'What shal I do?
where is it?' One of thte standers by guyding her thereunto,
she layde her head downe upon the block, and stretched
forth her body, and said, 'Lord into Thy handes I commende
my spirite,' and so she ended."
Lady Jane was buried in St. Peter's Chapel beside her husband,
Lord Guildford Dudley.
LADY JANE (1986) 7:14|
(Lady Jane first seen ... reading a book. Plato. In Greek.)
(NOTE: Yet the movie does not include