Elegy on the death of Lions at the Tower of London

Object Title

Elegy on the death of Lions at the Tower of London

Elegy on the death of Lions at the Tower of London

Date

Late 17th Century

Reference

TOL PED/MENAGERIE/213

Level

File

Scope and Content

Broadsheet, containing verses written on the deaths of three lions in theTower, entitled 'The Lions Elegy'
Begins:

Three Lions dead! O strange! O strange! What then ?
And must not Lions dye as well as Men?
But 'tis prodigious, and hence some Divine,
That Monarchy will fall, or else decline.'

The verses go on to point out that the Lion that has died was 'Old Charles' and that the other two lions might be considered his Queen and Duke, who had gone to accompany him in death, that 'Charles the Second' was still alive and able to preserve the throne from the threat of a Republic or from that of Popery.,

London

Printed for T.B. 1681

Extent

1 document

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

11.7 inches x 7.6 inches

Access Conditions

Open access

Contents

  TOL PED/MENAGERIE/213 - Elegy on the death of Lions at the Tower of London