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

June 13

On the Death of Lord Hastings

By John Dryden (1631–1700)

  • A Yorkist Nobleman, executed in the Tower, London, June 13, 1483.

  • “IN his mouth nations spake; his tongue might be

    Interpreter to Greece, France, Italy.

    His native soil was the four parts o’ the earth;

    All Europe was too narrow for his birth.

    A young apostle; and with reverence may

    I speak’t, inspired with gifts of tongues as they.

    Nature gave him, a child, what men in vain

    Oft strive, by art though furthered, to obtain.