A Christian nation

This morning, before we sat, I went to Aldgate; and at the corner shop, a draper’s, I stood, and did see Barkestead, Okey, and Corbet, drawn towards the gallows at Tiburne; and there they were hanged and quartered. They all looked very cheerful; but I hear they all die defending what they did to the King to be just; which is very strange. So to the office and then home to dinner, and Captain David Lambert came to take his leave of me, he being to go back to Tangier there to lie.
Then abroad about business, and in the evening did get a bever, an old one, but a very good one, of Sir W. Batten, for which I must give him something; but I am very well pleased with it. So after writing by the post to bed.

Before the corner
shop, the gallows.
We hanged and looked
very cheerful—
but all die.
The Lamb is a lie.
An old one
but a very good one.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 19 April 1662.

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