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First Line: Famed for contemptuous breach of sacred ties
Last Line: The blood and dust of both -- to mould a george.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): George Iv, King Of England (1762-1830); Henry Viii, King Of England (1491-1547); Charles I, King Of England (1600-1649)


LINES COMPOSED ON THE OCCASION OF
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT
BEING SEEN STANDING BETWEEN
THE COFFINS OF HENRY VIII. AND
CHARLES I., IN THE ROYAL VAULT AT
WINDSOR

FAMED for contemptuous breach of sacred ties,
By headless Charles see heartless Henry lies:
Between them stands another sceptred thing --
It moves, it reigns -- in all but name, a king:

Charles to his people, Henry to his wife,
-- In him the double tyrant starts to life:
Justice and death have mix'd their dust in vain,
Each royal vampire wakes to life again.
Ah, what can tombs avail! -- since these disgorge
The blood and dust of both -- to mould a George.





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