A Pageant of Elizabeth is Kipling′s tribute to the "Virgin Queen" born in 1533 who reigned for 44 years, ushering in the Elizabethan Age of achievement in literature (Shakespeare), exploration (Drake) and military might (defeated Spanish Armada).Robert Peake, Procession of Elizabeth I, 1600 Robert Peake, Procession of Elizabeth I, 1600 Like Princes crowned they bore them, Like Demi-Gods they wrought, When the New World lay before them In headlong fact and thought. Fate and their foemen proved them Above all meed of praise, And Gloriana loved them, And Shakespeare wrote them plays! . . . . . . . Now Valour, Youth, and Life′s delight break forth In flames of wondrous deed, and thought sublime, Lightly to mould new worlds or lightly loose Words that shall shake and shape all after-time! Giants with giants, wits with wits engage, And England-England-England takes the breath Of morning, body and soul, till the great Age Fulfills in one great chord: Elizabeth!