Correspondence of King James VI. of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and Others in England: During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Correspondence of King James VI. of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and Others in England: During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

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Correspondence of King James VI. of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and Others in England: During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Correspondence of King James VI. of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and Others in England: During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

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There were circumstances in the condition of England at the close of the sixteenth century which are without a parallel in the history of any other country. The strong hand which had swayed "the rod of empire" for more than forty years, had now grown feeble. The stately and attractive person, by the princely carriage of which Queen Elizabeth had in early life excited the admiration of all beholders, and had raised the attachment of her people to enthusiasm, now bowed and tottered. The flattery of artists and the contrivances of ingenuity were no longer successful. Time's victory was apparent. The tallest of ruffs could not conceal it, the most glittering of diamonds could not overpower it; voice, action, attitude, disclosed it; and the exertions necessary for the performance of the more public duties of her royal function pressed home upon her own consciousness the fact, which politeness forbade her courtiers to disclose. When she met her parliament in 1601, the mere weight of the royal purple overwhelmed her. She staggered, and would have fallen at the foot of the throne--that throne which she had contributed to make one of the noblest in the world--but strong arms were ready, as they always had been, to support her; the brave spirit which dwelt within her put forth its energy; she recovered herself, with a little assistance, and for the last time seated herself in her accustomed chair.

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