Sir Richard Plantagenet, K.G.;
King of England and France
Lord of Ireland, Duke of Gloucester
Earl of Cambridge and
Born at Fotheringay Castle, 2md October, 1452
Slain on Redmoor Plain, near Leicester, 22nd August, 1485
Richard I was and nothing am,
Plantangenet, haut Knight and King,
Traitorly slaim and buried privy,
Third of my name to England rule
And of my house the last.
By strife and evil chance pursued--
Of love and fellowship bereft--
Crownéd, smitten, dolourous--
Yet Crownéd and so undismayed
In my fair prime I fell.
O Jesu! Mercy on my soul!
England I was once and Gloucester--
Now, this mean earth is all I own.
Thou passing by, above my dust
Give me thy prayers and charity.