James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

October 26

Lady Penelope Clifton

By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)

  • Elegy on the Death of the Lady Penelope Clifton—daughter of the Earl of Warwick and first of the seven wives of Sir Gervase Clifton. Died October 26, 1613.

  • SINCE thou art dead, Clifton, the world may see

    A certain end of flesh and blood in thee;

    Till then a way was left for man to cry,

    Flesh may be made so pure it cannot die;

    But now thy unexpected death doth strike

    With grief the better and the worse alike;

    The good are sad they are not with thee there,

    The bad have found they must not tarry here.