Margaret Roper was buried with the head of her father, Sir Thomas More, in her arms.
Her, who clasped in her last trance Her murdered father's head.
Mistress Roper. A cant name given to the marines by British sailors. The wit, of course, lies in the awkward way that marines handle the ship's ropes.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894