lungs and before she had completed her fourth year, consumption
terminated her existence.’ The child’s fortitude in the face of death
was remarkable. Her attendants gently reminded her that she should say
her prayers as the end approached and the exhausted child did her best.
‘I am not able to say my long prayer [the Lord’s Prayer],’ she told
them, ‘but I will say my short one: Lighten mine eyes, oh Lord, lest I
sleep the sleep of death.’ ‘This done,’ added Mrs Green, ‘the little
lamb gave up the ghost.’ . . .
. . .The queen made an excellent recovery after
the birth of her third daughter, as the countess of Leicester reported
to her husband in March 1637: ‘The queen is the best in her childbed
that ever I saw. The king dines and sups with her and sits by her the greatest part
of the day. The little princess shall be privately christened by her
brother and sister.' This picture of the devotion of the royal couple is
all the more touching in the context of Princess Anne’s sadly short
life. . .
. . .The little princess’s deathbed scene was
by the Victorian writer Mary Anne Everett Green in a manner almost as
maudlin as the death of Little Nell in Dickens’
The Old Curiosity Shop. ‘Her
health, from early infancy, was extremely delicate; a constant feverish
cough showed a tendency to disease of the