William Barlow

(1500-1568 / England)

The Descripcion Of The Armes - Poem by William Barlow

Of the prowde Cardinall this is the shelde
Borne vp betwene two angels off Sathan.
The sixe blouddy axes in a bare felde
Sheweth the cruelte of the red man
whiche hathe devoured the beautifull swan.
Mortall enmy vnto the whyte Lion
Carter of Yorcke the vyle butchers sonne.
The sixe bulles heddes in a felde blacke
Betokeneth hys stordy furiousnes.
Whereby the godly lyght to put abacke
Be bryngeth in hys dyvlisshe darcknes.
The bandog in the middes doth expresse
The mastif Curre bied in Ypswitch towne
Gnawynge with his teth a kynges crowne.
The cloubbe signifieth playne hys tiranny
Covered over with a Cardinals hatt
Wherin shalbe fulfilled the prophecy
Aryse vp Iacke and put on thy salatt
For the tyme is come of bagge and walatt
The temporall cheualry thus throwen downe
Wherfor prest take hede ād beware thy croūe.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 8, 2010

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