“God be with you; love us in return.
“GERALD, Chief in Ireland of the family of Gherardini, Earl of Kildare, Viceroy of the most serene Kings of England in Ireland.”
Eight years after this letter was written, Ariosto writes thus of a brave old man, whose fame had passed long before to distant lands:
“Or guarda gl’
Ibernisi: appresso il piano
Sono due squadre; e il Conte di Childera
Mena la pinna; e il Conte di Desmonda,
Da fieri monti ha tratta la seconda.”
[Illustration: ROUND TOWER, DONAGHMORE, CO. MEATH.]
[Illustration: RUINS OF SELSKER ABBEY, WEXFORD.]
 Them.—Gilbert’s Viceroys, p. 292.
 Annals.—Four Masters, vol. iv. p. 791.
 Master.—Gilbert’s Viceroys, p. 347.
 Shave.—There are no monumental effigies of Henry VI. His remains were removed several times by Richard III., who was annoyed at the popular belief that he worked miracles; but the costume of the period may be studied in an engraving by Strutt, from a scene depicted in the Royal M.S., 15E 6, which represents Talbot in the act of presenting a volume of romances to the King and Queen. Henry was notoriously plain in his dress, but his example was not followed by his court. Fairholt says: “It would appear as if the English nobility and gentry sought relief in the invention of all that was absurd in apparel, as a counter-excitement to the feverish spirit engendered by civil war.”—History of Costume, p. 146.
 Soul.—Duald Mac Firbis.—Annals.
 History.—The scene is laid at the Abbey of Bury. A Poste enters and exclaims—
“Poste.—Great lords, from Ireland am I come amain, To signify that rebels there are up, And put the Englishmen unto the sword. Send succours (lords), and stop the rage betime, Before the wound do grow uncurable; For being green, there is great hope of help.”
_—King Henry VI. Part ii. Act 3._
People.—“I twise bore rule in Normandy and Fraunce, And last lieutenant in Ireland, where my hart Found remedy for every kinde of smart; For through the love my doings there did breede, I had my helpe at all times in my neede.”