May it please your Majesty, I have neither eye to see nor tonguetospeak inthisplace, but asthis Houseispleased to direct me, whose servant I am.
1642 To Charles I, on his arrival in the Chamber to arrest five Members, House of Commons, 4 Jan.
As to my body and burial, I do leave it to the disposition and discretion of my executor, hereafter named, but with this special charge, that it be done as privately as may be, without any state, acknowledging myself to be unworthy of the least outward regard in this world, and unworthy of any remembrance, that hath been so great a sinner, and I do further charge and desire that no monument be made for me, but at the utmost a plain stone with this inscription only — Vermis sum. [I am a worm.]William Lenthall
I have, Sir, neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak, in this place, but as the house is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here; and I humbly ask pardon that I cannot give any other answer to what your majesty is pleased to demand of me.William Lenthall