Parliamentary oath of loyalty
to James I and his successors, 1603
Catalogue reference: C 65/181, m. 3


Greate and manifold were the benefits (moste dread and moste gracious Soveraigne) wherewith Almightie God blessed this Kingdome and Nation by the happie Union and Conjunction of the two noble Houses of Yorke and Lancaster, therebie preservinge theis Noble Realme, formerlie torne and almost wasted with longe and miserable Dissention and bloudie Civil Warre, but most inestimable and unspeakable Blessinges are therebie powred upon Us, because there is derived and growen from and out of that Unyon of those two princelie Families a more famous and greater Union (or rather a re-unitinge) of two mightie famous and ancient Kingdomes (yet ancientlie but one) of England and Scotland under one Imperiall Crowne, in your moste Royall Person, whoe is lineallie rightfullie and lawfullie descended of the bodie of the moste excellent Ladie Margaret, eldest daughter of the most renowned King Henrie the Seventh and the Highe and Noble Princesse Queen Elizabeth his Wife, eldest daughter of Kinge Edwarde the Fourthe; the saide Ladie Margaret being eldest Sister of Kinge Henrie the Eighth, Father of the Highe and Mightie Princesse of famous Memorie, Elizabeth late Queene of England; In Consideration whereof, albeit Wee your Majesties loyall and faithfull Subjectes, of all Estates and Degrees with all possible and publike Joye and Acclamation, by open Proclamations within few Howres after the Decease of our late Soveraigne Queene, acknowledginge therebie with one full voice of unspeakable and general Rejoysinge and Applause at your Majesties moste happie Inauguration and Coronation, by the meanes have endeavoured to make Demonstration of our inwarde Love Zeale and Devotion to your most excellent Majestie, our undoubted rightfull liege Soveraigne Lorde and Kinge; yet as Wee cannot doe it too often or enough, so can there be no means or waye so fitt, both to sacrifice our unfeigned and heartie Thankes to Almightie God, forblessinge us with a Soveraigne adorned with the rarest Giftes of Mynde and Bodie, in such admirable Peace and Quietnesse, and upon the Knees of our Hartes to agonize our moste constant Faithe, Obedience and Loyaltie to your majestie and your Royal Progenie, as in this Highe Courte of Parliament, where all the whole Bodie of the Realme, and everie particular Member thereof, either in person or by Representation (upon their owne free Elections) are by the Lawes of this Realme deemed to be personalie Presente…

Modern English

Great and manifold were the benefits (most dread and most gracious sovereign) wherewith almighty God blessed this kingdom and nation by the happy union and conjunction of the two noble houses of York and Lancaster, thereby preserving this noble realm, formerly torn and wasted with long and miserable dissention and bloody civil war, but most inestimable and unspeakable blessings are thereby poured upon us because there is derived and grown from and out of that union of those two princely families a more famous and greater Union (or rather a reuniting) of two mighty famous and ancient Kingdoms (yet anciently but one) of England and Scotland under one imperial crown, in your most royal person, who is lineally rightfully and lawfully descended of the body of the most excellent lady Margaret, eldest daughter of the most renowned King Henry VII and the high and noble princess Queen Elizabeth his wife, eldest daughter of King Edward IV; the said lady Margaret being eldest Sister of King Henry VIII, father of the high and mighty princess of famous memory, Elizabeth late Queen of England; In consideration whereof, albeit we your majesties loyal and faithful subjects, of all estates and degrees with all possible and public joy and acclamation, by open proclamations within few hours after the decease of our late sovereign Queen, acknowledging thereby with one full voice of unspeakable and general rejoicing and applause at your majesties most happy inauguration and coronation, by the means have endeavoured to make demonstration of our inward love zeal and devotion to your most excellent majesty, our undoubted rightful liege sovereign lord and king; yet as we cannot doe it too often or enough, so can there be no means or way so fit, both to sacrifice our unfeigned and hearty thanks to almighty God, for blessing us with a sovereign adorned with the rarest gifts of mind and body, in such admirable peace and quietness, and upon the knees of our hearts to agonise our most constant faith, obedience and loyalty to your majesty and your royal progeny, as in this high court of parliament, where all the whole body of the realm, and every particular member thereof, either in person or by representation (upon their own free elections) are by the laws of this realm deemed to be personally present…

 


close window
image
back to top of page