A Polite Mayor

: Politeness.

At the time when Queen Elizabeth was making one of her
progresses through the kingdom, a mayor of Coventry, attended by a large

cavalcade, went out to meet her Majesty, and usher her into the city with

due formality. On their return they passed through a wide brook, when Mr.

Mayor's horse several times attempted to drink, and each time his worship

checked him; which the Queen observing, called out to him, "Mr. Mayor, let

your horse drink, Mr. Mayor;" but the magistrate, bowing very low, modestly

answered, "Nay, nay, may it please your Majesty's horse to drink first."