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In the Queen's Words

Shakespeare for Kids

Read a few lines below from the Queen's speeches.


From her speech to her last parliament


"I do not so much rejoice that God hath made Me to be a Queen, as to be a Queen over so thankful a People."


"My heart was never set upon any worldly goods, but only for my Subjects' good."


"What dangers, what practices, and what perils I have passed, some, if not all of you know: but none of these things do move me, or ever made me fear, but it is God that hath delivered me."



From her speech to the troops at Tilbury


"I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too."


Elizabeth's Poetry


Written in her French Psalter
No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can be
As is the inward suspicious mind.


On Fortune
Never think you fortune can bear the sway
Where virtue's force can cause her to obey.


What do you think Elizabeth is saying to her reader in these poems?



Try writing a brief poem or two modeled after Elizabeth's verse.


Look at the second poem, "On Fortune," and note that there are ten syllables in each line and that the last words of each line, "sway" and "obey," rhyme.


Elizabeth wrote on Fortune—what could you write about?

Robert Glover. Nobilitas politica vel civilis. London, 1608.

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