story back label, with Old English "T"

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 388 STG150 37

Story back label, with gothic 'T'

Woven on silk:-
The silk on the front of this card-mount is identical to the standard back label version. 

Words printed on back of card mount:-

THIS Procession takes place in Coventry every seven years, in celebration of the Countess
Godiva riding naked through the Streets of Coventry, in order to take away the heavy
Taxes with which the Citizens were burdened.
Dugdale, the great Warwickshire Historian, gives the following account of Godiva:-
"Countess Godiva, bearing an extraordinary affection to this place (Coventry), often and
"earnestly besought her husband, the Earl Leofric, that for the love of God and the Blessed Virgin,
"he would free it from that grevious servitude whereunto it was subject; but he, rebuking her for
"importuning him in a matter so inconsistent with his profit, commanded that she should henceforth
"forbear to move therein; yet she, out of womanish pertinacity, continued to solicit him, inasmuch
"that he told her, if she would ride on horseback, naked, from one end of the town to the other, in
"the sight of all the people, he would grant her request. Whereupon she returned : 'But will you
"give me leave to do so?' and he replying 'Yes,' the noble lady, on an appointed day, got on
"horseback, naked, with her hair loose, so that it covered all her body but her legs, and thus
"performing the journey, returned with joy to her husband, who thereupon granted to the inhabi-
"tants a Charter of Freedom."
Leofric's condition was that the Countess was to ride through the streets " in the sight of all
the people." but it would appear that as it was solely for the benefit of the inhabitants that Godiva
performed this extraordinary undertaking, they, to show how they appreciated her goodness, and
from a feeling of delicacy towards her, voluntary shut themselves up indoors on the occasion, but
one - Peeping Tom as he is called - violated this voluntary measure by peeping through a hole in
his shutter, and for this he was struck blind before he had seen the fair rider.
Tennyson, in his poem on Godiva, after having described her progress through the city,
concludes as follows:
"Then she rode back, clothed on with chastity:
"And one low churl, compact of thankless earth,
"That fatal byword of all years to come,
"Boring a little auger-hole in fear,
"Peeped - but his eyes, before they had their will,
"Were shrivell'd into darkness in his head,
"And dropped before him. So the powers who wait
"On noble deeds, cancelled a sense misused;

"And she, that knew not, pass'd: and all at once
"With twelve great shocks of sound, the shameless noon
"Was clash'd and hammer'd from a hundred towers,
"One after one; but even then she gain'd
"Her bower: whence re-issuing, robed, and crown'd,
"To meet her lord, she took the tax away,
"And built herself an everlasting name."
This Picture is woven in pure silk, Price 1/- each.



by Austin Sprake:

by Geoffrey Godden:
Story label as found on the post 1900 versions of THE LADY GODIVA PROCESSION.

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