Subject: The First Validation
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Fri May 28, 1999 at 10:59PM

The First Validation

On this very date in fifteen hundred and thirty-three
Henry the Eighth's marriage to his first wife's servant was said to be ...
Valid, even though it was done without Rome's blessing
For, at the time of his dissolution of the first wedding ...

The King, Country and Church were still tied to the papacy
And, thus, in their eyes, Henry's divorce was a travesty
Never-the-less, the wise and astute King
Who'd responded to Luther with quick thinking

And, in response, he had been given the title ...
"Defender of the Faith" by the Pope - a trifle
Which Henry then included as part of his full name
A prelude to the move to sever ties with Rome

Which all transpired within the next three years
As Henry adopted papal powers, amidst cheers
For even tho' he had Cardinals and two wives beheaded
The fact is - he maintained order without an army threaded!

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
10pm Friday, May 28th, 1999