Poem – A.R. The Most Happy

This is Part 21 in Esther Hyams' series of poetry telling the life story of Anne Boleyn.

A.R. “The Most Happy” – 1534

Anne Boleyn CrestAnne was a great queen consort and music was her love She loved to sing like an angel from the heavens above. She had music books with 39 Latin motets and French chansons Music that lightens dark days like an everlasting sun. These may have been from Mark Smeaton, as courtly gifts A deft dancer and musician who could make her spirit lift. Exactly the company that the artistic queen enjoyed Music was in the queen’s chamber as dancing was employed. Wearing evocative jewellery and magnificent queenly robes Spiting those who were her foes, who criticised and probed. Queen Anne’s favourite jewels were the ‘H’ and ‘A’ entwined Like the two hearts of the King and new Queen combined. She loved literature, playing a great role as England’s queen In charity and helping the poor and unfortunate she was keen. Anne was a strict supervisor of the morals of her household No swearing or a court ‘inviolate’, or ungracefully bold. Queen Anne was a great patron and kept religious reform alive For a religious radical became the Bishop of Salisbury in 1535. Her love of spiritual reading, of the English Bible would proceed An English Bible was kept in her chamber that her ladies could read. Anne was strong and feisty; some call a woman ahead of her time So different from others, with a wit and intelligence so divine. By Esther Hyams Click here to read the next poem in the series.
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