James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By William Wordsworth (17701850)
William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, was the son of poor parents, and rose by his own ability to the primacy. He was a staunch supporter of Charles I. in all ecclesiastic matters and after the death of the King was impeached by the Long Parliament and beheaded on Tower Hill. He died Jan. 10, 1645.
PREJUDGED by foes determined not to spare,
An old weak Man for vengeance thrown aside,
Laud, in the painful art of dying tried,
(Like a poor bird entangled in a snare
Whose heart still flutters, though his wings forbear