On another post Sipu used a quote which I was unable to source on Google – “Avast, no more these Scottish monarchs we’ll adore”. He was good enough to give me the title of the book from which it came and Amazon did the rest.
‘Kings and Queens’ has duly arrived. 1983 edition with a foreword by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The last monarch pomed is her daughter.
The quote comes from ‘James II’ and not ‘William and Mary.’
‘Four Stuart kings there were whose names
Were James and Charles and Charles and James.
The first, as history makes plain,
Was ugly, greedy, gross, and vain.
The second, it must be allowed,
Was dense, pernickety, and proud.
The third, if I make no mistake,
Was an incorrigible rake.
The fourth combined, it seems to me,
The vices of the other three.
So England cried, ‘Avaunt! no more
These Scottish Stuarts we’ll adore,
But try instead a monarch much,
Safer, if stodgier, from the Dutch.’
So Orange William hove in sight,
And James the Second took to flight.
No Stuart King has since been known
To sit upon the English throne.
But though in practice they were not
A very efficacious lot,
They still look well in picture-frames,
Do James and Charles and Charles and James.’