XXI THE MAYORALTY OF SIR THOMAS ROWE, (fn. 1) CITIZEN AND MERCHANT TAYLOR, 1568.
A vote of money to Mr. Thomas Rowe, Lord Mayor Elect,
with the order of attendance, arrangement of the Feast at
the Guildhall, and the Verses spoken at the Pageant.
September 25th, 1568.
It is at this daye by the Maister, Wardens and Assistents
fully agreed and decreed by these presents that there shalbe
geven oute of the Comon Boxe of this Howse unto the Righte
Worshipfull and theire lovinge Brother Mr. Thomas Rowe,
Alderman, now Lord Mayo' Electe of this Cytie for the yeare
ensuinge by waye of benevolens towards the supportac[i]on of
the charges of his Mayrealtie xlli. And the same to be payde
to him by the f'esaide Maister and Wardens in the name of the
whole Company accordingly.
Item. It is agreed and decreed by ye Maister Wardens and
Assistants, that these persons undernamed together with the
Maister and Wardens shall give theire attendance upon the
sayde Lord Mayo' Electe at his house from tyme to tyme as
occasion shall require, as well to geve him theire beste advyce
and counsell that in them shall laye concernyng the ordering
and trimmings of his Howse. As also for the viewing and
seeinge of the olde p'sidents for and conserninge such p'vision
as shall seme necessary to be had and p'vided for the keepinge
of his Ffeaste, viz,—
Mr. Gerarde Gore.
Mr. Richard Hills.
Mr. John God.
Mr. Thomas Brown.
It is also agreed and decreed that these p'sons undernamed
shall give theire attendance at the Guildehall iij or iiij dayes
before the Mayor's Ffeaste to be in suche roomes and places as
to them thereunder is also lymitted and assyned: And they
altogether to see that the Hall and Chambers there be decently
hanged, and the tables and stooles to be severally sett uppe.
And to see that ye p'vision and porc[i]on of victuall p'pared for
the sayde Ffeaste and broughte thither be both goode and
wholesome else not to be reseyved, (viz.),—
Surveyors of the Kitchen.
Surveyors at the Dresser at ye Stayerhedd entringe into ye
Surveyors at the Dresser in the Hall, viz.,—
Item, that these persons underwritten shall geve theire
attendance at the Guildehall the morrow after St. Symonde
and Jude, as well to welcome the gests that shall repaire and
come to ye said Ffeaste, as also to see that the Worshipfull
Companie that shall dyne there that daye and others, may be
well served ev'ry of them in theire order, (viz.),—
Mr. Emanuel Lucar.
Mr. Richarde Hills.
Mr. Robt. Rose.
Mr. Thos. Browne.
Item. That xvj of the Bachelors Company, whose names
are here underwritten, shall give theire attendance at the
Guildehall upon the morrowe after Symonde and Jude nexte,
and to helpe to carry in ye servis of meate to the Ladies and
Gentilwomen and other Estate that shalbe sett and be served
before the Mayor, shall come from Westminster, (viz.),—
These persons undernamed shall geve theire attendance
upon Symonde and Jude nexte upon my Lord Mayo' Electe
when hee shall goe to The Guildehall to take his Othe, viz.,—
The p'sons undernamed are appoynted to dyne at the
Guildehall at the Table appoynted for the Mayor's Company,
The persons undernamed are appoynted to dyne at the
Table appoynted for the Salters, and xvj of this Companye in
respecte that the Sheryffs be both of the sayde Companyes,
Thos. Offley, Junr.
THE SPEECHES FOR THE PAGEANT.
I am that Voyce in Wilderness
Which ones the Jewes did call
And now againe am sent from God
To preache unto you all.
Repent and make the Lord's waye streighte,
Let works your will bewraye
The tyme of your accompte, is come
Amende your Lyves I saye.
The Axe alreadie is in hande
To hew downe ev'ry tree
Which doth not beare so pleasant frute
As God woulde it shoulde be
SPEECHES SPOKEN BY FOUR YOUTHS
The Firste Boye.
Behold the Roe the swift in chase
Yet stayeth still to heare
As sone as John began to speak
The Roe did yield his Eare.
Tho' wilde in wood, yet mylde to man,
And lystening to his sownde
And chefely as ye nowe beholde
When God thereof is grownde.
The Second Boye.
The Roe is swyfte and yet can staye
No Beaste so swyfte so sone.
Whose gaull for healthe by speciall note
In Acte hath wonne renowne.
Our Roe by will is swyfte to winde
And yet wth perche of staye
Whose gaull when as offenders move
For justice maketh waye.
The Third Boye.
The Roe as he himselfe in sighte
All other doth excell
So dothe he helpe wth p'sente aide
All suche as see not well.
Our Roe by sighte in Government
Wee truste shall rule so well
That by his doings suche may learne
As covet to excell.
The Fourth Boye.
God save o' Quene o' Maiden Prince
Whom he hath set in Place
That John maye preache, that Roe may learne
The gyfte of heavenly grace.
The Courte forbad John ones to speake
A Mayden made the meene
The Courte nowe bidds John Baptist preache
Under our Mayden Quene.
God sende her lyf and honor longe
Her Royal Crowne to weare
God sende us such as John to preach
And such as Roe to heare.
These verses to be written aboute the Pageant if it shalbe
If care of wysdomes learned skyll,
If feare of God to doo his will,
If righte of lawe and true justice,
If hate of bribes and avarice,
If these you printe in memorie
If these you practyse faithfully—
Then God dothe guide you certainlye—
Then God wyll blesse yo' Mayrealtie.
Hoods and Clothinge of the Livery.
Item. It is agreed and decreed, that there shall not at any
tyme hereafter be worne by eny member of this Mystery that
shalbe of the Liverye and clothinge of this Mystery, any other
colors in their Hoods at eny tyme or tymes hereafter but onely
Scarlet and Puke, and those colors to stand bothe for the beste
and second Livery. And that eny Hood or Hoods made or to
be made of the colors of Crymson and Puke shall not in eny
wyse hereafter be worne by eny of the Livery of this Mystery
at any tyme hereafter.
An Order for bringing to the Hall the Hoods of the Livery that
are Skarlet and Crimson.
Item. It is agreed and decreed, that ev'ry one of the
clothinge of this Mystery shalby x of the clock in the fforenoon
upon Mondaye nowe nexte ensuynge, bringe in or cause to be
broughte into this house before the Master and Wardens, all
and ev'ry such Hoods and Hood as they have of the colors of
Skarlet and Crymson, to that effecte, that suche of the sayd
Hoods as by the forsaide Master and Wardens shalbe judged
meet to srve for the beste lyverey to stand for good, and yf eny
of the sayde whoods shalbe founde otherwise not mete to srve
for the beste Lyverey. Then the Mr and Wardens shall in
place thereof p'vide or cause to be p'vided for them newe
Hoods of ye colors of Skarlet and Crymson, (fn. 2) and they to paye
for ev'ry of the sayde Hoods so to be p'vided for them by the
forsaide Maister and Wardens as shalbe judged reasonable. (fn. 3)