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in Aries.
formed through the Citie, at the ſole
coſt and charges of the Honourable and anci-
ent Fraternity of Drapers, at the confirmation
and eſtabliſhment of their moſt Worthy Brother
the Right Honourable, Edvvard Barkham,
in the high Office of his Maieſties Lieute-
nant, the Lord Maior of the famous Citie of LONDON.

Taking beginning at his Lordſhips
going, and perfecting it ſelfe after his returne
from receiuing the Oath of Maioralty at West-
, on the morrow after Simon Ivdes day, being the 29. of October. 1621.

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Printed by Ed.All-de, for H.G. 1621.

Printer’s ornament

of Drapers, his worthy Brothers haue dedica-
ted their loues in coſtly Triumphes, the Right
Honourable, Edvvard Barkham, Lord
Maior of this renowned

Our Honour being the Center, where the Lines
Of this Dayes glorious circle meetes and ioynes;
Loue, Ioy, Coſt, Triumph, all by You made bleſt;
There do’s my Seruice too, desire to reſt:

At your Lordſhips

Tho. Middleton.
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P2iſces, being the last of the Signes,
and the Wayne of the Sunnes
Glory; how fitly and deſired-
ly now the Sunne enters into
Aries, for the comfort and re-
freſhing of the Creatures, and
may bee properly called the
Spring time of Right and Iu-
stice; obſerued by the Shepheards Kalender in the
Mountaine, to proue a happy Yeare for poore mens
cauſes, Widdowes, & Orphans Comforts; ſo much
to make good the Sunnes Entrance into that noble
Signe; I doubt not but the Beames of his Iustice will
make good themſelues.
And firſt, to begin with the Worthy loue of his
Honourable Societie to his Lordſhip, after his Ho-
nours returne from Weſtminster, hauing receiued
ſome ſeruice vpon the water: the first Tryumph by
land attends his Lordſhips most wiſhed arriuall, in
Pauls Church–yard, which is a Chariot moſt Artful-
ly framed & adorned, bearing the Title of the Cha-
riot of Honour: In which Chariot many Worthies
are plac’d, that haue got Trophies of Honour by their

The sunne in Aries.
Labours & Deserts, such as Iason, whoſe Illuſtration
of Honour is the Golden Fleece, Hercules with his
Ne plus vltra, vpon Pilaſters of Siluer, a fayre Globe,
for conquering Alexander; a Gilt Lawrell for tri-
umphant Caeſar, &c. Iaſon at the approach of his
Lordſhip, being the Perſonage moſt proper (by his
Manifeſtation) for the Societies Honour, lends a
voyce to these following words.

The Speech preſented by Jaſon


E fauourable Fates! and a faire Skie
Smile on this Expedition, Phœbus Eye
Looke cheerefully,—the Barke is vnder Sayle
For a Yeares voyage, and a bleſſed Gale
Be euer with it; ’Tis for Iustice bound,
A Coaſt, that’s not by euery Compaſſe found;
And goes for Honour, Lifes moſt precious Trading,
May it returne with moſt Illustrious Lading;
A Thing both wiſht and hop’te for;—I am Hee
To all Aduenturous Voyages, a free
And bountifull well-wiſher, by my Name
High Iaſon, first Aduenturer for Fame,
which now rewards my danger, and o’re–tops
The Memory of all Perill, or her ſtops;
Aſsisted by the noble Hopes of Greece,
’Twas I from Colchis fetcht the Golden Fleece;
Am One of the firſt Brothers (on Record)
Of Honour got by Danger: So, great Lord!
There is no Voyage ſet forth to Renowne,
That do’s not ſometimes meete with Skies that frowne,

The Sunne in Aries.
With Guſts of Enuie, Billowes of deſpight,
Which makes the Purchase once atchieu’d, more bright:
"State is a Sea; he must be wise indeede
"That ſounds It’s Depth, or can the Quick ſands heede,
And Honour is ſo nice and rare a Prize,
’Tis watcht by Dragons, Venamous Enemies;
Then no ſmall care belongs too’t,—but as I
With my aſsisting Argonautes, did try
The Vtmoſt of Aduenture, and with bold
And conſtant Courage, brought the Fleece of Gold;
Whoſe Illuſtration decks my Memory
Through all Poſterities, naming but Mee:
So, Man of Merit, neuer faint or feare,
Thou haſt th’ Aſsiſtance of Graue Senators, here,
Thy Worthy Brethren; ſome of which haue paſt
All dangerous Gulfes, and in their bright Fames plac’t,
They can Inſtruct and guide thee; and each one
That muſt aduenture, and are comming on
To this great Expedition, They will bee
Cheerefull and forward to Encourage Thee;
And Bleſsings fall in a moſt infinite Summe
Both on thoſe past, Thy Selfe, and thoſe to come.

Paſſing from this, and more to encourage the labour of the Magiſtrate, hee is now conducted to the Maſter–Triumph called the Tower of Vertue, which for the ſtrength, ſafety and perpetuity, beares the Name of the Brazen Tower; of which, Integrety keepes the Keyes, Vertue being indeed as a Brazen wall to a City or Common–wealth, & to Illuſtrate the proſperity it brings to a Kingdome, the Top–Turrets or Pinacles of this Brazen Tower ſhine bright like Golde, and vpon the Gilded Battlements thereof, ſtand 6. Knights, 3. in Siluered, and 3. in Gilt Armour, as Vertues Standerbearers or Champions, holding 6. little Streamers, or siluer Bannerets, in each of which are diſ-

The sunne in Aries.
played the Armes of a Noble Brother and Benefactor, Fame ſounding forth their praiſes to the world, for the Encouragement of after Ages, and Antiquity the Regiſter of Fame containing in her Golden Legend, their Names & Titles; as that of SirHenry Fitz-Aiwin Draper, L. Maior foure and Twenty yeares together; Sir Iohn Norman, the firſt that was rowed in Barge to Weſtminster with Siluer Oares, at his owne coſt and charges; Sir Francis Drake, the Sonne of Fame, who in two Yeares and tenne Monthes, did caſt a Girdle about the world: The vnparaleld, Sir Symon Eyre, who built Leaden Hall (at his owne cost a Storehouseve for the Poore both in the vpper Lofts and lower; the Generous & memorable Sir Richard Champion, and Sir Iohn Milborne, two bountifull Benefactors; Sir Richard Hardell in the Seat of Magiſtracy 6. yeares together, Sir Iohn Poultney, 4. yeares, which Sir Iohn founded a Colledge in the Pariſh of St. Lawrence Poultney, by Candlewicke ſtreete, Iohn Hinde, a Reedifier of the Pariſh Church of St. Swithin by London Stone. Sir Richard Pipe, who being Free of the Leather ſellers, was alſo from them tranſlated to the Ancient and Honorable Society of Drapers; and many whoſe names for breuities cause I muſt omit, and haſten to the Honour and Seruice of the Time preſent: From the Tower, Fame a perſonage properly adorned, thus ſalutes the Great Mr. of the Day and Triumph.
The Salutation of Fame.
Elcome to Vertues Fortreſſe, ſtrong, and cleere,
Thou art not onely ſafe, but glorious, heere;
It is a Tower of Brightnes; ſuch his Truth,
Whoſe Strength and Grace feeles a perpetuall Youth;
The walls are Braſſe, the Pyramid’s fine Gold;
Which ſhowes, ’tis Safeties and Prosperities Hold;
Cleare Conſcience, is Lieutenant; Prouidence, there,
Watchfulnes, Wisedome, Constancy, Zeale, Care,
Are the sixe Warders; keepe the Watch–Tower sure,
That nothing enters but what’s iust and pure,

The Sunne in Aries.
For which effect, both to affright and ſhame
All ſlothfull Blouds, that bluſh to looke on Fame,
An Enſigne of good Actions Each diſplayes,
That worthy Workes may iuſtly owne their Praiſe;
And which is clearelieſt to be vnderſtood,
Thine, ſhines amidſt thy Glorious Brotherhood,
Circled with Armes of Honour, by thoſe, paſt,
As now with Loues Armes, by the Preſent, grac’t,
And how thy Word do’s thy true Worth diſplay;
Fortunae Mater, Diligentia,
Faire Fortunes Mother (all may reade, and ſee)
Is Diligence, endeuouring Induſtrie:
See here the Glory of Illuſtrious Acts
All of thy owne Fraternity, whoſe Tracts
’Tis comely to purſue all Thy Lifes Race,
Taking their Vertues, as thou hold’ſt their place:
Some, Colledge Founders, Temple-Beautifiers,
Whoſe bleſt Soules ſing now in caeleſtiall Quires;
Erecters ſome, of Granaries for the Poore,
Though now conuerted to some Rich mens Store
(The more the Ages miſery) ſome ſo rare
For this Fam’d Citties Gouernment, and Care,
They kept the Seate foure Yeares, with a faire name,
Some ſixe; but One, (the Miracle of Fame)
Which no Society, or Time can match,
Twenty foure Yeares compleate, he was Truths watch,
He went ſo right and Euen; and the Hand
Of that faire Motion, Bribe could ne’re make ſtand.
And as Men ſe their Watches by the Sunne,
Set Iuſtice but by that which Hee ha’s done,
And keepe it Euen, so, from Men to Men,
No Magiſtrate neede ſtirre the worke agen:
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The Sunne in Aries.
It lights into a Noble hand to Day,
And ha’s paſt many; Many more, it may.

By this Tower of Vertue, his Lordship being grace-
fully conducted toward the new Standard, one in a cloudy
Ruinous Habit Leaning vpon the Turret, at a Trumpets
ſounding, ſuddenly starts and wakes, and in Amazement
throwes off his vnseemely Garments.

What Noyſe is this? Makes me from Ruines Wombe,
Hah? bleſſe me, (Time) how braue am I become?
Fame fixt vpon my Head? beneath me, round,
The Figures of Illuſtrious Princes, crownde
As well for Goodnes, as for State by Birth,
Which makes e’m true Heires both to Heauen and Earth?
Iuſt 6 in Number; and all bleſſed Names,
Two Henryes, Edward, Mary, Eliza, Iames,
(That Ioy of honest Hearts;) and there behold
His honour’d Subſtitute, whom Worth makes bold
To vndergoe the Weight of this Degree;
Vertues faire Ædifice rais’d vp like mee:
Why here’s the Cities Goodnes; ſhowen in either,
To raiſe two worthy Buildings both together;
For when they made that Lords Election free
I geſſe, that Time their charge did perfect Mee:
Nay note the Cities Bountie in both, ſtill,
When they reſtore a Ruine, ’tis their Will
To be ſo Noble in their Coſt and Care
All blemiſh is forgot, when they repaire:
For what ha’s beene Reedified alate
But lifts it’s Head vp, in more glorious State:
"’Tis Grown a Principle; Ruines, built agen,
"Come betterd both in Monuments and Men:


The Sunne in Aries.
The Inſtance is apparent; On then, Lord,
Ee’n at thy Entraence thou’dſt a Great mans Word;
The nobleſt Testimonie of faire Worth
That euer Lord had, when he firſt ſtood forth
Preſented by the Citie: Looſe not then
A Praiſe ſo deere, beſtowde not on all Men;
Striue to preſerue this Famous Citties peace
Begun by yon’ firſt King, which do’s encreaſe
Now by the last; from Henry that ioynde Roſes
To Iames that Vnites Kingdomes, who encloſes
All in the Armes of Loue, Malic’t of None,
Our Hearts find that, where Neighbouring Kingdoms grone;
Which in the Magistrates Duty, may well moue
A Zealous Care, in all, a Thankfull Loue.

After this, for the full close of the Fore-noones Tri-
umph; neere S. Lawrence Lane, stands a Mountaine Art-
fully raysde and replenisht with fine woolly Creatures;
Phoebus on the Top shining in a full Glory, being circled
with the 12. Caelestiall Signes, Aries plac’t neere the prin-
cipall Rayes, the proper Signe for Illustration; thus greetes
his Lordship.

Bright Thoughts, Ioy and Alacrity of Heart
Blesse thy great Vndertakings, ’tis the part
And property of Phoebus, with his Rayes,
To cheere and to Illumine Good-mens Wayes;
Eagle-Eyde Actions, that dare behold
His Sparkling Globe, depart, tryed all like Gold;
’Tis Bribery and Iniustice, Deedes of Night
That flye the Sunne-beame, which makes good Works bright
Thine looke vppon’t, Vndazled, as one Beame
Faces another, as wee match a Iem
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The Sunne in Aries.
With her Refulgent fellow; from Thy Worth
Example Sparkles, as a Starre shootes forth:
This Mount, the Type of Eminence and place,
Resembles Magistracies Seate, and Grace;
The Sunne, the Magistrate himselfe, Implyes;
These woolly Creatures, all that Part which Lyes
Vnder His charge and office, (not vnfit)
Since Kings and Rulers are (inholy Writ)
With Shepheards paraleld, nay from Shepheards Rear’d,
And People and the Flock as oft cohaerd;
Now, as it is the Bounty of the Sunne
To spread his Splendors, and make Gladnes runne
Ouer the drooping Creatures; it ought so
To be His proper Vertue, that do’s owe
To Iustice his lifes Flame, (shot from Aboue)
To cheere oppressed Right with lookes of Loue,
Which nothing doubted; Truths reward light on you,
The Beames of all cleare Comforts shine vpon You.

The Great Feast ended, the whole state of the Triumph at|tends vpon his Lordship both to Paules, and homeward; and neare the Entrance of his Lordships House, two Partes of the Triumph stand ready planted, viz. The Brazen Tower, and the Triple-Crowned Fountaine of Iustice; this Fountaine be|ing adorn’d with the liuely Figures of all those Graces and Ver|tues which belong to the faithfull discharging of so high an Of|fice; as Iustice, Sincerity, Meeknes, Wisedome, Prouidence, Aequality, Industry, Truth, Peace, Patience, Hope, Harmony; all Illustrated by proper Emblems and expressions; as Iustice, by a Sword; Sincerity, by a Lambe; Meeknes, by a Doue; Wis|dSingle illegible letterme by a Serpent; Prouidence, by an Aegle; Aequality, by a siluerd Ballance: Industry, by a golden Ball, on which stands a Cupid; intimating, that Industry brings both Wealth and Loue; Truth with a Single illegible letteranae of Starres, with which she chases away Er-

The sunne in Aries.
ror; Peace, with a Branch of Laurell; Patience, a Sprig of Palme; Hope, by a siluer’d Anchor; Harmony, by a Swan; Each at Night holding a bright burning Tapor in her hand, as a Manifestation of Purity: His Lordship being in sight, and drawing neare to his Entrance; Fame, from the Brazen Tower closes vp the Triumph, his Lordships honourable welcome, with the noble Demonstration of his worthy Fraternities Affection; in this concluding Speech.
Cannot better the Comparison
Of thy faire Brotherhoods Loue, then to the Sunne
After a great Ecclipse; for as the Sphaere
Of that Caelestiall Motion, shines more cheere
After the Interposing Part is spent,
Then to the Eye before the Darknes went
Ouer the bright Orbe; so Their Loue is showne
With a Content past Expectation:
A Care that ha’s beene comely, and a Cost
That ha’s beene Decent; cheerefull, which is most;
Fit for the Seruice of so great a State,
So fam’d a Cittie, and a Magistrate.
So worthy of it all, ha’s beene bestowde
Vpon thy Triumph, which ha’s clearely shorrde
The Loues of thy Fraternity, as great;
For thy first Welcome to thy honour’d Seate:
And happily is Cost requited then,
"When Men Grace Triumphs, more then Triumphs, Men;
"Diamonds will shine though set in Lead, True worth
"Stands alwayes in least neede of setting forth:
What makes Lesse Noyse then Merit? or Lesse Showe
Then Vertue? ’tis the Vndeseruers, owe
All to Vaine-glory, and to Rumour, still;
Building their Praises on the Vulgar Will;

The Sunne in Aries.
All their Good, is without e’m, not their owne,
When wise men to their Vertues are best Knowne:
Behold you’ Fountaine with the Tripled Crowne,
And through a Cloude the Sunne-beame piercing downe,
So is the worthy Magistrate made vp;
The Triple Crowne, is Charity, Faith, and Hope,
Those three Caelestiall Sisters, the Cloude too
That’s Care, and yet you see the Beame strikes through;
A Care discharg’d with Honour, it presages,
And may it so continue, to all Ages;
It is thy Brotherhoods Armes, how well it fits
Both Thee, and All, that for Truthes Honour sits:
The Time of Rest drawes neere; Triumph must cease
Ioy to thy Heart, to all a Blessed peace.


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FOr the Frame-Worke of the whole Triumph;
with all the proper Beauties of Workmanship,
the Credit of that, iustly appertaines to the deserts
of Master Garret Crismas, a Man excellent in his Art,
and faithfull in his Performances.


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