Darnley, Husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
For years at Whorlton Castle might be seen
The “long lad,” as Queen Bess did rightly call
Her relative, young DARNLEY. He was tall,
But never manly! weak in mind, and mean,
Despite his royal blood. On various thrones 5
His ancestors had sat: he was unfit
To rule o’er man or beast. True love ne’er knit
His heart to gentle Mary; the very stones
She trod on loved her quite as much as he
Was capable of doing. Rizzio’s groans, 10
His shrieks for mercy, and his dying moans,
Must oft echoed in his memory.
At last the murd’rous libertine was sent
To his account by means to which one cannot give assent.
George Markham Tweddell