A lamentable Diſcourse of three of the
chiefe, and moſte famous
bloodie broiles that have happened in France
for the Goſpell of Jeſus Chriſt.
- 1 The outrage called The winning of S. James his Streete, 15571557.
- 2 The conſtant Martirdome of Annas Burgeus one of the K. Councell, 15591559.
- 3 The bloodie Marriage of Margaret Siſter to Charles the 9. Anno15721572.
Publiſhed by A.D.
Virescit Vulnere Veritas
Imprinted at London by Thomas
Orwin for Thomas Man.
To the right worſhipfull her loving Bro. Maſter Pearſe Edgecombe, of Mount Edgecombe in Devon. Eſquier, mercie and peace from Jeſus Chriſt.
Right worſhipfull, and my loving Brother, I have heard it often & truelie reported; That, Lawes maie be broken, but Nature cannot be forgotten. I finde the force of this in my ſelfe: if I finde not the like in you, I blame not your nature, but the contrarie croſſings of thoſe politique affections that hinder the working of it. When I had ended this preſent Pamphlet, I ſaw that the ſimplicitie of it required a Patron; & the often remembrance of your former curteſies inforced me to make bolde with you. Conſider not therefore the worthineſſe of the worke, but rather the will of the worker: for though the one maie juſtlie be condemned, yet the other deſerves to be accepted. This Booke which proceedes under your protection, if you conſider the matter, I aſſure you it is most excellent, and well worth the reading: but if you weigh the manner, I confeſſe it is baſe & ſcarce worth the ſeeing. This is therefore my deſire; that the ſimple attire of this outward forme, maie not diſcourage you from ſeeking the cōomfortable tast of the inward ſubstance. You ſhall A2 finde iv A2v finde here manie things for comfort worthie the conſidering, and for policie the obſerving. This hath beene my ordinarie exerciſe for recreation at times of leaſure for a long ſpace togeather: If I were ſure that you would but take halfe ſo much pleaſure in reading it, as I have in collecting and diſpoſing it: I should not neede anie farther to commend it. If you finde anie thing that fits not your liking, remember I pray, that it is a womans doing. The thing it ſelfe will ſufficientlie proove this to be true. Thus committing the patronage of this my recreation unto your protection, and you with my good ſiſter in law your wife, & all your children to the Lords tuition, I ceaſe to trouble you: Honiton, the 1589-07-2525. day of Julie. 1589.
Your loving Siſter
Put not your truſt in fading earth puft up with fainting ſtaies;
Poſſeſſe the Lord, ſo ſhall you ſtill perſiſt in godlie waies.
Exalt your eies from common ſhapes, eſteeme not of this pelfe;
Expreſſe in deeds what faith you have, examine wel your ſelfe.
As windes diſperſe the wav’ring chaffe, and toſſe it quite away;
All worldlie pompe ſhall ſo conſume, and paſſe without delay.
Repleated oft with wandring change recount your life to be;
Remember wel, no bleſſed fruite remaines on curſed tree.
So ſhal you trace the perfect path ſalvation to attaine;
So ſhal you ſee this glittering gloſe ſet out to be but vaine.
Extinguiſh then the carnal courſe exempted from above;
Expell the qualmes of fond delights, excell in godlie love.
Depart not from the living Lord, delight to read his word;
Delaie no time, for he doth ſtill defend us with the ſword.
Give to your God your ſoule & life, good gain inſues thereby;
Grieve not the Spirit that warneth you great dangers for to flie.
Caſt all your care on him alone, care for no other praie,
Conſidering he your greateſt griefes can quicklie take awaie.
Of all things lent unto this life one thing accompt the beſt,
Onelie the truth & feare of God, on which our ſouls must reſt.
Make no accompt of traſh, moleſting miſers minde;
Mark how theſe maskers oftēentimes much care & ſorow finde.
Beware betimes of had I wiſt; be not theſe pleaſures vaine?
Beleeve in Chriſt, and ſo you ſhall be ſure to live againe.
To the Reader.
Amongſt manie excellent precepts which Saint Paul gave unto the Church, this is to be conſidered; Let al things be done unto edifying. If this had been of all men well conſidered, manie things which now flie abroad, might well have been ſpared. That my onelie purpoſe in collecting & framing this worke, was to edifie, comfort and ſtirre up the godlie mindes unto care, watchfulneſſe, Zeale, & firventneſſe in the cauſe of Gods truth; you ſhall eaſilie perceive by the chuſing and ordering of theſe ſingular examples which hereafter inſue. In which theſe ſpeciall circumſtances are to be conſidered. Firſt, The great furie and rage of Sathan likelie to bee diſplaced from his Kingdome of error and blindnes; the franticke madnes of the ignorant poſſeſſed people, delighting in darkeneſſe, and ſtriving to upholde the Kingdome of their Maſter; and the prompt facilitie and readines of Sathans miniſters to put in execution anie kinde of wickedneſſe: al which is to be ſeene both in the firſt example of The winning of Saint James his Streete, & in all the reſt of the booke. Secondlie,The power, majestie & dignitie of the Divell, poſſeſſing the chiefeſt States of the earth, & ſeeming to the outward appearance to weild the Truth unto his obedience, in ſuppreſſing the ſtrongeſt that dared openly to withſtand him: in the Storie of Annas Burgæus. Thirdlie, The policie and crafte of Sathan and his members in devising by ſubtiltie to circumvent the godlie; under the ſhadow of trust, to exerciſe tyrannie; under the colour of courteſie to practiſe crueltie; and under the vaile of a ſacred oath, to cover moſt ſhamefull villanie. This is to be ſeene in the third example, of the miſerable Maſſacre at the bloodie marriage. We had need therefore to be watchfull, ſtrong, and wiſe: watchful in praier, that we be not taken ſleeping; ſtrong in faith, that we be not overthrown by Sathans might; wiſe as ſerpents, that we be not deceaved by the divels allurements. We are to learn alſo, what trust we ought to repoſe in the promiſes and oaths of profeſſed Papiſts, what ſhewe ſo ever they make of love and frendſhip. Here as in a glaſſe, you ſhall plainlie ſee the picture of all the morall vertues moſt livelie deſcribed, in the ſtrange patience, the godlie perſeverance, the comfortablefortable vii A4r fortable orations, ſweete ſpeeches, and the constant and famous endings of theſe ſacred Martires. Whereſoever thou ſhalt finde the Divel brought in Poeticallie to make any oration to the King and States of France, as in manie places he is: then underſtand, that under thoſe ſpeeches are expreſſed all the ſubtilties, villanies, cruelties and policies that were devised, and by diveliſh meanes put in practiſe againſt the godly, more lively to ſet them down in their colors, as if it came from the divels owne mouth, as no doubt it came from his ſpirite. Againe, in all the orations of the Martirs, & of the King, the Queene, the Guiſe, and all other that have ſpeaches in this booke, marke that of purpoſe the nature both of the perſon that ſpeaks and alsſo of the matter that is ſpoken, are lively ſet downe: ſo that here are not bare examples of vertue and vice, but alſo the nature and qualities of thoſe vertues or villanies are manifeſtly depainted to them that will ſeeke for it. The noble Martirs of England are knowen ſufficientlie almoſt to all; theſe excellent French Histories were ſeene but of few, being in worthineſſe nothing inferior unto the other.
The cauſes why I have deſcribed it in verſe are 3. Firſt for mine owne exerciſe, being a learner in that facultie; Secondlie, to reſtore againe ſome credit if I can unto Poetrie, having been defaced of late ſo many waies by wanton vanities. Thirdlie, for the mere noveltie of the thing, and apt facilitie in diſpoſing the matter framed to the better liking of ſome mēens fantaſies, becauſe the ſame Storie in effect is alreadie tranſlated into Engliſh proſe. Many of theſe orations that are here fully & amplie expreſſed, were in the French Commentaries but onely in ſubſtance lightly touched, and the ſamme ſet downe without amplifying the circumſtance, and yet heere is no more ſet downe, than there is ſignified. I have alſo, for the more terror unto the wicked, diligentlie collected the great plagues and juſt judgements of God ſhewed againſt the perſecutors in every ſeverall History, & have ſet them downe ſo in order, and amplified them by the like judgments againſt ſinners out of the word and other hiſtories, that everie proud perſecutor may plainly ſee what puniſhment remaineth due unto their wicked tyrannie. To ſpeake trulie without vaine glorie, I thinke aſſuredlie, that there is not in this for me anie thing extant which is more forceable to procure comfort to the afflicted, ſtrength to the weake, courage to the faint hearted, and patience unto them that are perſecuted, than this little worke, if it be diligentlie read and well conſidered. So wiſhing that all the excellent and rare wits that now flouriſh in England, and ſhew them ſelves manie times in vaine deviſes, would all learne to conſecrate their ſingular viii A4v ſingular giftes to the glorie of God, the edifying of his Church, and the ſalvation of the ſoules of Gods choſen. Then would the Lord ſtill bleſſe their labours, and give their names a perpetuall memorie.
So I commit thee to Gods protection, and commend this my pleaſant exerciſe to thy good liking: which, if I perceive to be accepted, thou ſhalt incourage mee to proceede, to make thee acquainted with more excellent actions.
To the Reader that is frendlie to Poetrie.
What ſo thou be that readſt my Booke,
Let wit ſo weigh my will;
That due regard maie here ſupplie
The want of learned Skill.
The French Hiſtorie.
As walking on a daie, the woods and foreſts nie:
In ſhrilling voyce, and mournfull tunes, methought I heard one crie.
Which ſodaine fear ſo daſht my blood and ſenſes all,
That as one in a traunce I ſtaid to ſee what would befall.
A thouſand thoughts oppreſt my fearfull wavering braine,
In muſing what amid the woods that fearful voice ſhuld mean
I feard leaſt theeves had robd and caſt ſome man aſide:
Becauſe it was the common waie where men did uſe to ride.
Among the ſavage beaſts that in theſe woods remaine,
I doubted leaſt ſome travler ſtood in danger to be ſlaine.
But caſting feare apart, I ranne toward the place,
To ſee the wight that did lament, and waile his wofull caſe.
Alone, no perill nigh, within a buſhie dale,
A ſtranger ſate: I got aſide to heare his dolefull tale.
The pitiful Lamentation of a godlie Frenche Exile, which for perſecution forſooke his Countrie. O noble France (quod he) that bor’ſt ſometime the bell,
And for thy pleaſure and thy wealth all Nations didſt excell!
Jeremie 9.12. If Juda now (ſaith he) ſhould aske the cauſes why
Their Land was like a wilderneſſe that no man paſſed by;
The Engliſhman the Author. Oh happie then am I: my frend I thee deſire
Come goe with me, for of theſe warres I greatly long to hear.
And if that thou wilt ſtaie, as long as thou wilt crave
My houſe as thine, and all therein thou ſhalt be ſure to have.
Therefore my frend I praie, thy wit and tongue prepare,
The cauſe of all theſe bloodie broiles in verſe for to declare.
And firſt of all deſcribe the matter, and the man,
The place, the time, the manner how this Civill warre began.
The Frēench Pilgrime deſcribeth the cauſe of the Civill warrs in Frāance About the verie yeere of Chriſt his Incarnation
A thouſand five hundred fiftie ſeven by just cōomputation:
Henrie ware the Crowne the ſecond of that name,
In whoſe unhappie Reigne began this fearfull fierie flame.
For now in France began Gods truth for to appeere,
Whoſe joiful beames in Germanie at this time ſhone ful cleer.
But as the Jewes ſometimes Gods Prophets did deſpise,
And as the Scribes and Phariſies did ſet their whole deviſe
To ſhade the ſhining light, which God to them had ſent:
So France in furie blindlie ſet againſt Gods truth is bent.
Which truth but latelie ſowen, and ſcant appearing greene,
They ſeeke by force, by fire & ſword to roote & raze it cleene.
But though proud Pharao did Gods choſen long oppreſſe,
Yet ſtill amiddes the fierie broiles his people did increaſe.
So now amiddes the flame Gods word a paſſage found,
Which did increaſe his choſen flocke by force of ſilver ſound.
Which ſound in Gods elect did worke ſuch ſodaine change
In all eſtates, that at the firſt in France it ſeemed ſtrange.
Gods mightie Spirite did worke his mercie ſtill was preſt,
That ſome of all eſtates were calde their blindeſſe to deteſt.
Though riches be a let, and nobel birth ſome ſtaie,
That verie few of theſe (ſaith Chriſt) do finde the perfect way.
Yet God to bring to paſſe the worke he did intend,B3 Did 4 B3v
Did alſo raiſe ſome Noble men the poorer to defend.
So now they fall at ſquare, now here began the ſtrife:
For Sathan could not beare to ſee a new reformed life.
That Propheſie is true (for Chriſt did ſpeak the word)
Matth.10.34. I came not to give peace to mine, but ſtrife, debate, & ſword.
Luke 12.31. The ſonne againſt the fire, one frend againsſt another,
The word ſhal brothers part, & ſet the daughter gainſt the mother.
So fel it out in France, his word did now devide
His choſen, from the reſt of thoſe that tooke the adverſe ſide.
The Land devided thus, two parts there fell at firſt;
Gods people were in number leaſt, the greater was the worſt.
Now Sathan was afraid, for now he ſtrived ſore
To keepe the King and chiefeſt States in blindnes as of yore.
It pincht him to the quicke to loſe his kingdome ſo,
It greevde him to the hart that he ſhould let his ſervants go.
His ſits not idle now, he calls his wits in place,
Some cunning knacke for to contrive to help him in this caſe.
His wilie wilfull craft by long experience bred
Hath taught him now an ancient feat to cruſh the goſpels head.
The firſt oration of the divell to the king, the Queen mother and Court of Paris. Now ſummons he his men and ſervants to appeere;
Now help me at this need (quoth he) my frends & felows deer:
This ſaid it was agreed, the Counſaile cried, Amen.
And everie one to plaie his part did give his promiſe then.
O poore unhappie place, ô France how art thou led,
Thou gleanſt the ſap of deadlie food in ſteed of livelie bread.
The Mother Queene as cheefe dooth promiſe to begin,
By treaſon joyned with flatterie to trap them in her ginne.
And he that was ordaind to watch the Princes hall,
Was bloudie Lewes of Loraine towne that filthie Cardinall.
And they that tooke in hand falſe rumors for to ſowe,
Were Prieſts, & friers, with device Gods truth to overthrow.
The Captaines that were glad to take this cauſe in hand,
The blinded Groſes were, which ſwore to lead this bloody bāand.
Now let us ſee the end, how theſe their parts doo plaie;
And marke where all things fal not out as we have heard them ſaie.
The firſt outrage and horrible murder of the the Godlie, called The winning of Saint James his Streete.
NNow at this verie time when Philip King of Spaine
In the raigne of Henrie the ſecond, 1557Anno 1557. Came to Sanquintines, garded with a great and mightie traine:
The Conſtable of France to meete him made ſome hasſt,
Whoſe power was vanquiſht there, and he fell Philip King of Spaine having married Marie Queene of Englande, gave the Conſtable of Frāance a great overthrow, which afterward was called the over throw of Laurence Day. priſoner at the laſt.
The faithfull which beheld great danger nigh at hand,
Which God did threatēen now to fal, on thēem, their prince, & lāannd.
With one conſent they meete, to God they crie and The godlie in danger fall to praier, as their best refuge. praie:
Which is the onlie meanes for ſin Gods heavie wrath to ſtay.
But once above the reſt, as in S.James his streete
In Paris towne they did agree great numbers for to meete,
To pray unto the Lord to quench this flaming fire,
They might receive his Sacraments, & eke his word to heare;
The wicked cannot abide anie good exerciſe. The ſpies that laie in waite ſuch vantage for to get,
In tumult armde the common ſort their houſes to beſet.
Whoſe follie thus abuſde, which furie did incenſe,
With weapons rann, as if theſe men had done ſome great offence.
The faithfull cloſed thus, no waie there was to flie,
The The violent and mad rage of Sathan againſt the word. rage and tumult was ſo great, they yeelded all to die.
To God they did commend their bodies and their life,
And with their hūumble ſutes aſſaid, to ſwage their raging ſtrife.
But all could not prevaile, their words could not be heard,
For furie to their just excuſe did give but ſmall regard.
But God that never failes his ſervants at their neede,
By ſtretching out his helping hand, did ſtand thēem now in ſteed.
For as to Peter once in priſon cloſelie pent,
A certain gate in this aſſault by the providence of God was wonderfullie opened, for the ſavegard of manie, when the houſes were on everie ſide beſet. To loſe his lockes and ſet him free an Angel there was ſent;
So God now made a waie a paſſage ſtrange to give,
By opening of a mightie dore the weaker to releeve.
By which the fainter ſort without all danger fled,
The greater ſort were taken then, and ſtraight to priſon led.
Among which godlie troope that did their bodies yeeld,
Were women of great parentage which were with ſhame re vilde
(Of them whom furie fed) to priſon as they went,
Yet for all this theſe noble mindes their deedes did not repent.
Murder with Sathans Miſters, findeth more frendſhip thāan the truth. And that which was the worſt, in priſon where they were,
The theeves and bloodie murtherers did find more favor ther.
For they that death deſervde were taken from their clinke,
And in their colde & uglie pits which breathd a deadly ſtinke
Theſe men were thruſt & bound, & kept with watch & ward,
That al acceſſe of worldly joy from them might quite be bard.
Yet now becauſe they had not roome inough for all,
In divers wardes alone to pen, theſe captives thus in thrall;
Great numbers they were faine together for to place,
To comfort them God did devise to bring it ſo to paſſe.
The exerciſe of the godlie. The priſons now did ring with Pſalmes and joifull ſongs,
They praied god whēen he thoght beſt to eaſe thēem of theſe wrōongs
Commandement was givēen by the King, that ſome meet men ſhould be choſen to conſider the cauſes of theſe captives. When this was noiſde abroad and ſome were thither ſent
To know the cauſe: then this was found the ſum of their intēent,
The cauſe of this great tumult. At first when they did meete, a lecture there was red
In vulgar tongue out of Gods book, wherby their ſoules were fed.
Then did the preacher ſhow, & there he did recite
The uſe of that moſt ſacred feaſt whereof S. Paule did write,
Unto the Corinthes once: In which he ſhewed plaine
The uſe and abuſe of the ſame, to comfort or to paine.
When this was done, againe they fell upon their knees,
And for the King & Cōommons all they praied with watrie eies:
That God would yet withhold his just revenging hand,C And 6 C1v
And bleſſe with perfect truth & peace, their King, & eke their land.
Then did they all receive Communion bread and wine
To ſtaie their faith in Chriſt his death, whereof this a ſigne.
Now this was all the hurt which they did then procure,
For which this raging tumult roſe, & they theſe paines indure.
Sathans wicked policie, by his minſters to deface the truth with fained lies. But marke the creeping craft of Sathan in this caſe,
How he by falſe report doth ſeeke the truth for to deface.
His ſervants now he ſends, and bids them ride in poſt,
Theſe new invented lies to ſpread abroad in everie Coaſt.
The firſt lie that Sathan ſpreadeth againſt the godlie. Firſt how the Lutherans, (ſo Sathan did them name)
Great wickednes did put in uſe in places where they came.
And how that in the night when other were at ſleape,
In darkneſſe where no candles were, great numbers on a heap
2. Of men and women both together did reſort
To match themſelves; for to fulfill a ſtinking filthie ſport.
3. And how theſe godlie men all ſitting in a round,
Upōon the tables where they ſate, great dainties there were fouūund,
As wine, and bellie cheere, and each with others wife,
In theſe their privie Bacchus feaſts did lead a filthie life.
4. And how among the reſt to worke their wicked will,
Their uſage was (ô ſhameleſſe lie!) their infants for to kill.
Theſe godlie men (ſaie they) that ſeeme to ſhine ſo cleere,
Now under ſhow of godlie life moſt filthie doo appeere.
The divels ambaſſadors. The Monkes as Legates leaud of Plutoes bloodie minde,
Do ſweate & ſome to blaze abroad this ſtinking helliſh wind.
As men that were moſt fit to ſpread this lying fame,
Which in their lives as dooth appeare do dailie uſe the ſame.
But they in open place theſe matters ſo dilate,
That in the mindes of blinded fooles, they raiſe a deadlie hate
Againſt theſe ſeelie ſoules, which never meant this ill,
That eke the common ſort did long theſe godlie men to kill.
And not the common ſort are now deceivd alone,
But this aſſailes the Noble men, and ſtrikes the Princes throne.
Princes are maney times abuſed by lying Paraſites. Which lie no ſooner came before the Princes face,
But ſtood in hope by Sathans meanes, to finde aſſured grace.
Whoſe minde by light beleefe in furie ſo was bent,
The chiefe angels of Sathan which fight againſt Michael flawed-reproduction3 characters Chriſt, are the wicked Princes & potentates of the world, Revel. 12.7. That to deſtroy theſe hurtles men he plants his whole intent.
So now he gives in charge to have their dealings tride,
And choſen men he did appoint the ſame for to decide.
Theſe men in office put, no time could idle ſpend,
But hard againſt theſe ſeely ſheepe their wolviſh wits do bend.
This poore afflicted flocke that now in priſon laie,
In godlie joy, but worldlie greefe did paſſe the time away.
They that of the Lord have received greater portion of knowledge and faith, are boūund to comfort the weaker. And they that were in faith more ſtronger than the reſt,
To cōomfort thoſe that were but weak, their will was ever preſt.
And thoſe that were at large did trudge from place to place,
To eaſe the outward greefe of ſuch as ſaw this heavie caſe.
Declaring by the word that this came not by chance:
But God was he for ſome intent which lead this woful dance.
The comfortable ſpeeches of the godlie one towards another. Perchance to ſhew his will, perchance to trie their faith,
Perchance to plant his hidden truth by their moſt happy death:
Perchance to be a meanes their foes for to confound,
As once amids the flouds he ſtrake proud Pharao to the groūund.
Perchance amidſt our mirth, our God we did forget:
And youthly bent, to vain delights perchance our mind did ſet
So God in mercie now to call us home againe,
And ſee our ſelves: hath thought it good to let us feele ſome paine.
Patience a notable token of Gods election, and love. Yet ſtill amids the flame let this be all our reſt,
That all things done to Gods elect are alwaies for the beſt.
Thus did they ſtill remaine; to God they did commend
Faſting and praier the onelie beſt weapōons of the godlie in adverſitie. Themſelves, their caſe, content to beare what ever God ſhould ſend.
And now with ſolemne faſts & praier put in ure,
And eke by writing they aſſaie, ſome favor to procure.
The godly captives write to the King. The King they doo requeſt that truth might trie their deedes,
That Juſtice cicle might devide the Roſes from the weedes;
That fickle flying tales from credit might be bard,C2 Till 7 C2v
Till that by juſt and equall proofe both parties have ben heard.
And if it were his will that they might now diſpute,
They doubted not by written word the Sorbons to confute.
Sathan alwaie readie at a pinch. Yet this could not prevaile for all this good device:
For ſome ſtood by, that told the king, their writings al were lies
The godlie greeved thus, as reaſon did them binde,
By other letters trie to change the Kings affected minde.
The earneſt letters the ſec ōond time written to the king, by the innocent captives. In which they warne his Grace to looke unto himſelfe,
Not to preferre before his God this wicked worldlie pelfe.
And therewithall to view the ſtate of that his Land,
How all things proſpered well which he did take in hand,
So long as to the truth he bent a willing eare,
This K. Henry the 2 was once an enimie to the Pope, and ſeemed to favor the Goſpel. And to the godlie Chriſtian flocke a faithfull heart did beare.
But ſince he brake his faith he gave the Germaine band,
And to that greaſie Prieſt of Rome againe did give his hand,
How all things ſince have gone a cleane contrarie waie,
And nothing proſpered well ſith he the truth did ſo betraie.
And now ô Prince (quoth they) except thou do repent,
Aſſure thy ſelfe to plague this ſinne the Lord is fullie bent.
Thus while the Godlie worke their cauſes to defend,
The wicked impes of Sathan lurke to bring them to their end.
But one above the reſt their death did dailie crave,
Munerius that bloodie wretch, that falſe and perjurde knave.
Such are worthie men to be the divels chāampions. Who having now of late by falſhood crackt his fame,
Did hope by hate of Gods elect againe to winne the ſame.
And having now attaind the Princes bill aſsignd,
In Paris towne before the States he ſhewes the Princes minde:
Which was, that preſentlie (all buſineſſe ſet aſide)
The King would have the priſners calde, their dealings to be tride.
And that they ſhould proceed to judge, & eke beleve
According to the evidence Munerius then ſhould geve.
Theſe letters being read, the Senate all agree
He that hath bin once falſe forſworn is not to bee received a witnes in anie matter. Not to receive Munerius, nor anie thing that he
Should laie againſt the life of thoſe that faithfull were,
For that himſelfe had falſt his faith, which latelie did forſwere.
And yet they did proclaime, that they would not refuſe
If anie other would ſtep forth the faithfull to accuſe.
So, willing to performe the Kings intended minde,
Their cankred mallice plant the plot to have the daie aſsignde,
When theſe afflicted ſoules from priſon to their dome,
Before the whelpes of Pilates brood to judgment now ſhould come.
The daie is come, and they that were before ordaind
To ſhew the glorie of the Lord, could not be now conſtraind
The wicked make quicke diſpatch in cōondemning the godlie. By all their brave device the truth for to denie:
But for the ſame amidſt the flame they willing were to die.
The bloodie ſentence paſt, (which was the Kings deſire)C3 The 8 C3v
The valiant troope of godlie men were drawne unto the fire,
And chained to their ſtakes all naked as they ſtood:
Unto the Lord their crie was heard from out amids the wood.
But to the wicked troope which longd to ſee that daie,
They knowing ſure their cauſes good, this or the like did ſay.
The triumph of the godlie over their enemies, even in the midſt of the fire. Now ſhall you have your will, now ſhall you do your worſt:
Now ſhal ye have our guiltles blood, for which ye lōong did thirſt.
Thus on the Lord they cride, which was their onelie truſt,
Till that the flame had ſtaid their voice, & bodie burnt to duſt.
Now we that doo remaine our parts are yet to plaie,
But when ô Lord our time ſhall come, grant us like happy daie.
And when our triall drawes, no matter where nor when,
That God will give like conſtant faith; let us crie all Amen.
The judgements of the Lord ſhewed upon theſe bloodie perſecuters in this firſt outrage, by the example of manie the like out of the Scriptures.
But let us heere behold Gods judgements just and true,
Which never faile to follow them, which doo his truth purſue.
Geneſ.4.15. As wicked Caine did long poore Abels blood to have,
So did the Lord marke him to be a vile and vagrant ſlave.
Geneſ.27.41. When Eſau did intend his brother for to kill,
The Lord did bleſſe good Jacob ſo, he could not have his will.
Exod.14.27. When Pharao followed faſt Gods people to have ſlaine,
Amiddes the flouds then juſtlie fell both he and all his traine.
Nomb.12.20. As Miriam grudgde againſt the truth which ſhe did know,
So did her fault ſoone finde her out a leaper white as ſnow.
Nomb.16.33. When Korath and his mates good Moſes did deprave,
The earth did gape, and they went all alive into the grave.
Exod.17.8. And whilſt at Bephidim Gods people did remaine,
Deut.25.17. The Amalecks of Esaus brood poore Jacob would have ſlaine.
1.Sam.15.33. But God did not forget this foule and filthie thing,
Wiſdom.11.3. Which after ſmote with fatall ſword, both them and eke their King.
1.Sam.19.10. Though Saul did perſecute Gods choſen Prophet long,
Yet did the Lord at length revenge poore David & his wrong:
1.Sam.31.4. For now the hand that itcht this Davids blood to ſpill,
Was it that framde the deadlie blade his maſter for to kill.
1.Sam.25.10. That Nabal which refuſde his helpe to David ſend,
verſ.38. Was ſtriken ſo, that there he made a ſhort and wofull end.
2.Sam.16.5. And Shimei that revilde King David to his face,
1.King.46.1. It was not long but that he died in poore and wofull caſe.
2.Sam.17.1. And as Achitophel great miſchiefe did intend,
So did the Lord from traitors all his choſen ſtill defend:
Whoſe counſeil being quaſht (for ſo the Lord aſsignde,
verſ.23. He got him home & hangd himſelfe to eaſe his careful minde.
1.King.13.4. So Jeroboam felt Gods judgements ſharpe and colde,
Whēen he thruſt out his wicked hand his Prophet for to hold.
1.King.19.3. So Jezabel which did Elias once purſue,
When Jehu came to Jezrael, her faithfull ſervant threw
2.King.30. Her carcaſſe headlong downe from window high to ſtreate,
Where trāampled down the greedy dogs her curſed fleſh did eat.
Euſe. eccl.hiſt. 2.booke.7. chapter. Gainſt Chriſt the Pilate which wrong judgement erſt did give,
Did kill himſelfe, as one that was not worthie for to live.
Ibid. cap.9. And when againſt the truth proud Herodes hand was bent,
He killed James, and Peter was in priſon cloſelie pent:
Acts.11.23. The Angel of the Lord of pride did ſhow the price,
That in a while his curſed corpes was eaten all with lice.
Matth.26.47. As Judas was content his maſter to betraie,
Acts.1.18. So guiltie conſcience did conſent to worke his owne decaie.
Maxentius, Julianus, Valens, being perſecutors of the faithfull, had the like end. Like as in former age to rebels ſtout and ſtrong,
Gods juſtice hath been plainlie ſeene in lieu of curſed wrong:
So all this faithleſſe troope, which leudlie did conſpire
This murder in S.James his ſtreete, have likewiſe felt his ire.
Munerius put to open ſhame and baniſhed his countrie. For firſt the Prætor, which Munerius had to name,
For juſt deſert, in publike view received open ſhame.
And yet beſides all this, they ſtraightlie did proclaime,That 9 D1r 9
That he ſhould voide his native ſoyle, & not returne againe.
But whil’ſt he was in holde his conſcience did confeſſe,
This plague was juſt; for that he ſought Gods choſen to oppres
A A Judge that gave ſentence, was ſtrikēen with ſodaine death. Judge that ſentence gave againſt his knowen faith,
An angel ſtrake him from the Lord with ſharp & ſodain death.
Another Judge that was now ſicke and like to die,
Cride out; O the dedlie ſting of a guiltie conſcience. I ſee my judgement juſt, for that vile caitiffe I
By mallice have been faine Gods people for to kill:
Who praie, and live moſt godlie bent according to his will.
Two Two others cruell in the former ſlaughter, died ſodainlie in the ſight of all mēen. others being cheefe in murder that was paſt,
By ſodaine death in view of all like vengeance now doo taſt.
And other Other two as they returned from the murder, fell at contention, and at laſt were ſlaine one of an other. two which now of blood had dronke their fill,
As they came from this murther, they did one the other kill.
Now let us learne by this, Gods truth for to imbrace,
That we feele not by due deſart his anger in like caſe.
The notable, famous, and conſtant Martirdome of Annas Burgeus,, which, being one of the Kings Counſell, was burnt for the Goſpel of Jeſus Chriſt.
The ſecond example of the French crueltie. About this verie time by force of ſodaine jarre,
Betweene the Kings of Spaine and France, was likelie to be warre.
Luk.23.12. But Herode to agree with Pilate was content,
And for to murder Jeſus Chriſt they both doo joyne conſent.
So now there was a league, where both did give their word
To roote and raſe Gods ſowen truth, by fagot, fire and ſword.
The The graſſe that greeved Sathan, the Truth, which now in France increaſed dailie: which was the cauſe of this preſent graſſe that Sathan greeves did yet begin to ſpring,D The 10 D1v
The tree of life ſome joyfull frute as now did ſeeme to bring.
Whoſe bud enameld greene, and bloſſome ſweete to ſee,
Inraged Sathans fierie moode with mallice; ſo that he
In furie headlong runnes: he frets, he fumes, he raves,
And of the King ſome ſpeedie helpe in preſent danger craves.
The ſpeaſhy; ches of the divell to K. Henrie the ſecond. The fate that files my fall, ô King ſaith he, is this;
Your Senate favours truth too much, your Judges too remiſſe:
The The King ap pointed an aſſemblie to be made, to conſider of the Edict of Ca ſtellobrian. King not well content, provideth out of hand
Some new aſſemblie to be had, to have this matter ſcand.
The Senate being ſet, the Kings Attorney firſt
The ſpeaches of the K. Attornie to the Aſſemblie. Doth gravely ſhew unto them al; how that the K. doth thirſt
To have them all agree in matters touching faith,
And to conſent that Luthers brood ſhould all be put to death:
For that ſome ſtrife of late there was betweene them found,
Coōoncerning this. But to their ſhames this jarring would redoūund.
Becauſe for Heretikes ſome firſt would have them tride,
And ſome would have them baniſhed, & ſome would have thēem fride.
And therefore wiſheth all with him to give conſent,
That death might end this ſtrife, which thing the king hath alwaie ment.
This was a This was Sathans ſubtiltie to bewray ſuch of the Judges, as were ſuſpecſhy ted for Reliſhy gion: which after was the cauſe of Annas Bur gæus death. ſubtill ſlight the godlie to betray;
That ſuch as ſpake againſt the ſame, their cōonſcience ſhould bewray.
But yet amōong the reſt ſome freely ſpake their minde;
That reaſon for ſo cruell act as yet they could not finde.
The King would have (ſaie they) but Heretikes to die:
And what are they but ſuch as dare the Scriptures to denie?
Thus did the better ſort their godlie thoughts bewraie;
Which being croſt with coūunter cranks, was cauſe of their decaie.
For Satan fearing leaſt their ſentence would prevaile,
Sent two in poſt unto the King theſe dealings to reveale.
The limbes of Pluto which this bloodie meſſage went,
Counſellers of the ſame Senate. Egidius and Minardus were fit hounds for ſuch a ſent.
Who comming to the King moſt falſelie did declare,
The Oratiōon of the wicked Counſellers to the K. coloured with lies, the more to move him to wrath. That in the Senate ſuch were found which ſtoutly now did dare
Religion to deride, and ſpeeches let to fall
That for his Lawes and Edictes paſt they made no count at al.
Now therefore is the time your Grace muſt looke about,
That ſpringing ſhowes of future ill your wiſedome may roote out.
For if you ſhould permit theſe rebels thus to thrive,
Great perill is leaſt of your crowne your Grace they would deprive.
The King inflamed thus, doth make no long delaie,
But to the Senate where they ſate he takes his readie waie.
Where placed in his throne, and having pauſde a while,
Thus ſpake in preſence of them all in high and princelie ſtile.
The ſpeachof K Henry the ſecond unto the Senate. The Lord that lendeth all and weeldes the golden ſpheare
Hath ſent us now a wiſhed peace, devoid of forreine feare.
Which peace is aye confirmde by bande of ſolemne vowe;
And plighted faith of ſolemn match, which none can diſalow.
Yet one thing there remaines to perfect this my State;
That in Religion one conſent might baniſh all debate.
Which is the onelie cauſe that moves my penſive heart
In this your meeting for to joyne, and beare a carefull part.
This is therefore in few our crave and eke requeſt;
That everie man doo ſhew his minde as he ſhall thinke it beſt.
Here ſome that had before in words been verie rife,
Began to ſtaie; and doubted much the danger of their life.
Yet there were ſome which now a noble courage take,
Annas Burgeus as the chiefe this doubtfull ſilence brake.
This ſaid, he ſate again. The King in fierie heate
Scant able to forbeare ſo long; ſpake thus from out his ſeate.
Thus ſaid, in raging wiſe he turneth quite about;
And pauſing ſtaid a while, as one that ſeemde to doubt.
But yet ſuch rankor roſe and boiled in his breaſt,
That preſentlie he gave in charge that there they ſhould arreſt
Annas Burgeus as the chiefe, and him to priſon bring:
Who was, he thoght the only root by whōom the reſt did ſpring.
Burgeus ſent to Priſon. When this was ſaid, and that the King had ſo decreed,
Mongomerie Captaine of the gard was he that did the deede.
Now good Burgeus is in linkes and irons faſt,
Which ſodaine fall did ſore appall, & make the reſt agaſt.
The King unwilling was to have the cauſe deferd:
But time and Judges were aſsignde to have the matter heard.
The Biſhop of Paris & Deflawed-reproduction5 letters But ſuch appointed were to judge this weightie caſe,
Which hated him, and ſought the truth by falſhood to deface.
Which partiall minded men Burgeus did refuſe;
And to the Senate did recount their olde and ancient uſe:
Which was, if anie one of them did chance to ſlide;
The order was by all the reſt his dealings ſhould be tride.
Which they no ſooner gave the King to underſtand;
But letters came, which did command him anſwere out of hāand.
The letters read, he ſaid; my Prince I will obaie:
But otherwiſe you had not heard a word of me this daie.
Then queſtions were propoſde of Saints, and Popiſh Maſſe,
Of Purgatorie, and ſuch traſh as then in credit was.
Wherof he ſpake his minde, and freelie did proteſt;
That all theſe leaud and filthie toyes in heart he did deteſt.
I ſerve (ſaid he) no Saint, but Chriſt my onelie ſtaie;
I will not yeeld to anie man his honor to betraie.
Which anſwere being made, to ſentence they proceede;
Who was condemned then: for that the King had ſo decreed.
The ſentence being read, he had but one refudge;
He did appeale to Burgeus appealed often from this vnujuſt ſentence: but ſeeing his appealations could not bee admitted, he laſtlie appealed to Jeſus Chriſt. Jeſus Chriſt, as his ſupernall Judge.
And being ſent againe to place from whence he came,
He was content for Chriſt to beare this grief, rebuke & ſhame,
But Sathan did rejoyce his matters framde ſo well;
Whoſe bloodie minde had caſt the plot Chriſt Jeſus to expel.
Great troubles did he ſtirre, and miſchife ſtill deviſe
To ſhred the truth in everie place ſo faſt as it ſhould riſe.
And though Burgeus did from ſentence oft appeale;
Yet Sathan ſeeking for his blood this thing could not prevaile.
So now from out againe the priſon he was brought,And E 14 E1v
And then For Burgæus had in his youth receaved certaine Popiſh Orders. diſgraded ſolemnly, which thing the Biſhop ſought.
Which being done, he gave a ſweete and ſmiling cheare,
And being not diſmaide at all, he ſaid devoide of feare.
Which being ſaid, indeed, they did provide againe
The final ſentence to pronounce, which ſhould for aie remain:
Which then in ſolemne wiſe with words demure and grave,
By Pilates brother was pronounſt, who once like sentēence gave.
The ſentence of death againſt Annas Burgeus pronounced by the B. of Paris, the 1559-12-2020. of December 1559. Burgæus, I pronounce the ſentence of thy death,
For that thou like an Heretike haſt ſlidden from our faith.
And tied to a ſtake, there ſtill remaine thou muſt
Till that thy fleſh by fierie flakes be all conſumde to duſt.
Which when Burgæus heard he did no white repine:
But cheerfullie for Chriſt he ſaid, my life I will reſigne.
To The ſpeaches and behaviour of Burgæus at the receaving of his ſentence. God he lifted up his hands with thankfull hart
That he was worthy made, for Chriſt to feele this joiful ſmart.
And meeklie kneeling downe with holie Stephen did Burgæus praieth for his perſecutors & forgiveth thēem. praie
For them that had moſt wrongfully condemned him that day:
That God in mercie would his Judges all forgive,
And not to laie unto their charge the ſin that might thēem grieve.
So he forgave them all, though they in fierie moode,
For ſeeking Chriſt, had long deviſde to ſhed his guiltles blood.
But heere we may not paſſe, what counſell ſage and grave,
And to the Senate what he ſaid, and what advice he gave.
As thus. The Patheticall ſpeaches of Burgæus to the Senate of Paris at his condemnation. Are Plutoes Nymphes inſtald within your breſt?
Doth dire Megara now poſſes the place where Chriſt shuld reſt.
Thus having ſaid his minde, and readie to depart;
The hangman takes, and ties his hands, and laies him on a cart.
In which he was convaid unto a place faſt by;
Where chained to a ſtake, it was ordainde that he ſhould die.
The ſtreetes of Paris towne were kept with watch and ward,
There went with him of armed mēen foure hūundred for his gard.
The waies on everie ſide that lead unto the place
Were ſtopped up, as if they had foreſeen ſome doubtful caſe.
And where we plainlie ſee theſe tyrants all afraid;
The godlie man for all this broile was not a whit diſmaid.
For when he was unbound, there was in him no feare:
He put his clothing oft himſelfe with bold and conſtant chear.
Where ſtanding naked then and ſtript unto his ſkin,
With cheerefull voyce he did at laſt this heavie ſpeach begin.
Burgæusuſeth but this ſhort ſpeach to the People, for ſo he had promiſed before: whereupon the uſe of his tongue was permitted unto him, which to others was denied. The cauſe why I am come (good people) to this death:
Is not for murder, theft, or wrong; But for a livelie faith.
Which ſaid, he held his peace: and kneeling on the ground,With 17 E4v
With ſighes he praid, til to the ſtake by hangmāan he was boūund.
Where he did oft repeate; The laſt words of Annas Burgeus being tied to the ſtake. O Lord forſake not me,
Least by the fraileneſſe of my fleſh I hap to ſlide from thee.
O Lord receave my ſoule into thy bleſſed reſt,
Give me thy ſtrength while I doo live O Lord I thee requeſt.
Thus with a quiet minde, and heart devoide of ſtrife,
For Chriſt amidſt the fierie flame, he yeelded up his life.
But Concluſion of the French pilgrime: with a deſcription of the life and linage of Burgæus. what a joy is this to us that doo remaine,
That God dooth give to his elect ſuch ſtrength to conquere paine.
This is the godlie end that bleſſed man did make,
Whom life & honor could not bēend his Chriſt for to forſake.
He livde with good report, his death deſerveth fame,
And he hath left unto his foes a leaud and filthie ſhame.
A rare and paſsing ſigne no doubt the Lord did give,
To ſee that noble conſtancie in him while he did live.
Whoſe conſtant death in France and blood did ſow the ſeede
Wherby the church did much increſe, & godly yet do feed.
He came of honſt houſe, in learning ſpent his youth,
And beeing plac’te in high degree he ſought to learn the truth.
Whereof when he had felt the ſweete and pleaſant taſt,
He joinde himſelfe unto the Church, & ſticks to them at laſt.
Well, he is gone before; and we that are behinde:
Lord grant to us in Jeſus Chriſt like faith and conſtant minde.
The judgments of the Lord which fell upon King Henrie the ſecond after he had cauſed Burgæus to be impriſoned 1589Anno 1589. Dilated by the examples of Ahab, Amaziah, and Zedechiah, wicked Kings, which uſed the like crueltie againſt the word.
The Lord on Elies ſonnes and ſinnes, this ſentence gave;
They that doo love and honor me, great honor ſtill ſhall have:
1.Sam.2.30. But they that doo deſpiſe my word, my law, and will;
They ſhall be ſure of everie man to be abhored ſtill.
Which ſentence of the Lord for ever ſhall be true:
As by examples we may ſee of ſuch as doo inſue;
For when as Ahab was in fond and fooliſh rage
To Rameth Gilead ſtoutlie bent, unjuſtlie warres to wage:
A Prophet from the Lord did tell him verie plaine,
That if this warre he took in hand King Ahab ſhould be ſlain.
But to the priſon ſtraight this Prophet then was led;
The king gave charge that he ſhuld be with bread & water fed,
Till he returned ſafe from Gilead home againe:
But what befell? It came to paſſe the King indeed was ſlaine.
So Amaziah (which by idolls did offend)
Unto the Prophet would not yeeld his willing eare to bend.
Cron.25.16. But did with bitter ſcoffes and ſcornes reprove the word:
23. For which he was by Jehu ſpoild, and taken by the ſword.
So Zedekiah proud from ſinne would not returne:
Jere.36.23. But Rebel-like, the word of God he did with fire burne.
Jere.20.2.& 32.3. & 38.6. And Jeremie by him was oft in priſon pent;
Becauſe he ſaid, the King and all to Babel ſhould be ſent.
But let us ſee his ende; the King of Babel came,F Who 18 F1v
Jeremie 39 5. Who toke him captive with his men, & put them al to ſhame.
And he that was content Gods Prophet to diſgrace,
6. Was forc’te to ſee the murder of his ſonnes before his face;
His eies that would not ſee Gods truth and ſhining light,
7. The King of Babel put them out as they deſervde of right.
Henrie the ſeccond. So Henrie King of France which all his force did bend
Againſt the truth, did from the Lord receave a fearfull end.
For now amidſt the ruffe of all their mirth and joy,
When everie man deviſed how the godlie to deſtroie.
The time appointed came, for marriage of the King,
Which to the Court & Courtiers did great mirth & pleaſure bring.
And for the greater pompe of all this princely traine,
A ſolemne Juſt the youthlie King by Crier did proclaime:
In which he meant to ſhew his manhood and his might.
And being horſt with limber ſpeare in armor ſhining bright,
He choſe among the reſt (the challenge now begun)
Mongomerie Captaine of his gard againſt him for to runne.
Which he did oft refuſe, and wiſelie did withſtand,
Till that the King the fatall ſpeare put in his Captaines hand.
Where charging with their ſpears, & forcing might & main,
A ſplinter pierſt the Princes eie, and ranne unto his braine.
The King with ſodaine wound and bleeding much diſmaid,
Within the next adjoyning houſe to bed he was convaide.
Where plungd with grievous pain, his conſcience did lament
The wrong which he had done to thoſe whōom he to priſon ſent.
A guiltie conſcience bewraies it ſelfe. I greatlie feare (ſaid he) leaſt I have done ſome ill
Againſt Burgæus and the reſt, whoſe blood I ſought to ſpill.
By Elimas is ment the Cardinal of Loraine. But Elimas the witch doth ſpend his curſed winde,
From ſuch remorſe to keep in thral the Kings afflicted minde
It is (ſaid he) thy foe, that doth aſſault thy faith,
In which take heed that thou remain ſtil conſtant to thy death.
This heavie hap befell (as manie men have tolde)
the place wherein as then Burgeus was in hold.
And manie did obſerve that he did kill the King
Which was commanded to the Jaile Burgæus for to bring.
The King did often brag thoſe eies of his ſhould ſee
Burgæus burnt; but loe the Lord did alter that decree.
King Henrie died the 1559-08-1010. of Auguſt, anno 1559. For ere Burgeus was unto the fire led,
Mongomerie had thoſe eies of his thruſt cleane out of his head.
Now here we plainlie ſee the life, and heavie end
Of thēem which perſecute the truth, which God doth often ſend.
And let us warning take by this moſt fearfull fate,
For to returne and loath our ſinne, before it be too late.
The bloodie marriage, or butcherlie murder of the Admirall of France, and divers other noble and excellent men, at the marriage of Margaret the Kinges owne ſiſter, unto Prince Henrie ſonne to the Queene of Navarre, committed the 1572-08-2424. of August in the Citie of Paris Anno 1572.
Now have you heard before, of faggot, fire, and ſword
Inhaunſt by Sathan, for to quell Gods truth and bleſſed word.
But now I muſt begin ſuch treaſon to unfold,
As former times for crueltie, And ages new and olde
Have never ſeene the like in Chriſtendome, till now
When ſacred faith by flatterie, and oath of Princelie vow
By treaſon, did contrive to ſhed the guiltleſſe blood
Of thēem which now by peace did ſeek to do their coūuntrie good.
For when the Lord did ſend his truth into the land,
He raiſed up ſome Noble men to take this cauſe in hand.
Among the which, as chiefe and ſouvereigne of the field,
There was Prince Henrie of Navarre, with ſuch as would not yeeld
Unto the Guiſian race; the Prince of Condee next;
Gaſper de Coligni Admirall of France. The Admirall, and D’Andelot, with others that were vext
By bloodie Guiſes band, who daily did invent
Francis D’andelot his brother captaine of the fonterie. How to oppreſſe the word of truth, which Chriſt had thether ſent.
But when as Sathan ſaw by words and dealings plaine,
That manie Princes were in armes this truth for to maintaine.
It galde him to the heart, that where he did deviſe
To choake the word, that even there the more it did ariſe.
He ſummons all his mates theſe matters to debate,
How they might choak this ſpringing ſeed before it were too late.
Where all within a round they come without delaie,
To whom this bloody captaine then theſe words began to ſay;
The Counſell did agree, this was the onelie waie,
And everie man did give his word, this ſentence to obaie.
And that they would deviſe ſuch things to put in ure,
As beſt might fit this curſed plot, and make the ſame moſt ſure.
Which Sathan hearing roſe, and thankt them with his heart,
The King doth preſentlie put in practiſe Sathans counſell. That they to him ſo willing were: and ſo they did depart.
Then preſentlie the King in poſt a meſſage ſent
Unto the Admirall, to whom he ſhewed his good intent.
The Kinges fained and flattering Ambaſſage to the Admirall. Which was, that he was loath more civill warres to have,
And that he greatlie did deſire his ſubjects for to ſave.
I will (ſaid he) forget, yea pardon and releaſe
All former griefes, ſo that you will now yeeld to have a peace.
With lies of like deviſe the godlie to betraie,
Requeſting him moſt earneſtly that he would come awaie;
And that he ſhould obtaine what ſafetie he would crave:
Yea, for his ſuretie there, that he his faith & oath ſhould have.
The meſſage being done, the Admirall as wiſe,
Within himſelfe did halfe ſuſpect the plot of this deviſe.
And though that manie things did ſome ſuſpition bring:
Yet all things els he doubted more than falſhood in the King.
He thought the promſe ſure, and firmelie did beleeve,
No treaſon could be ment, wheras the king his word did give.
The Admirall as one that was devoide of feare,
And willing for to heare of peace, unto the King gave eare.
So now the civill broiles, which manie did intend,
By this deviſe were pacified and brought unto an ende.
It cannot be expreſt what ſhewes of frendlie minde,
Both in the King and Courtiers all the Admirall doth finde.
His frends likewiſe, which had the Goſpell long profeſt
As Countie Rouchfaucoult and eke Theligni with the reſt,
Like grace and favor found: which made them ſo rejoyce,
That to conſent unto the King they all did give their voice.
And if in former warres the Admirall had loſtEither 20 F4r 20
Either caſtles, houſes, townes, or fermes what ever it ſhuld coſt:
The King commanded ſtraight for to reſtore them all,
And all things els which he of right of anie man could call.
And thoſe whom he perceivde the Admirall to love,
He blinded them with great rewards, ſuſpition to remove.
Beſides, he did command out of his purſe to give
To him an hundred thouſand pounds his loſſes to relieve.
And when as it did chance his brother for to die,
The Cardinall Chastilion: the King then preſentlie
The fruites and profites all of livings all one yeare,
Unto the Admirall he gave his charges to forweare.
Yet not content with this, one thing above the reſt
The King moſt frendlie did: the which the godlie liked beſt.
He wrote to Philibert the Duke of Savoie then,
That he ſhould ceaſe for to moleſt or grieve thoſe godly men,
The which in former warres the Goſpel did defend;
And that to ſuch he ſhould leave off his rigor to extend.
And that the Admirall might no miſliking finde,
He did by gentle meanes appeaſe the Duke of Guiſes minde:
He tride to make them frends, & brought the ſame to paſſe;
Although it on the Guiſes part a fained frendſhip was.
The Cardinall likewiſe that was their greateſt foe,
To chuſe a Pope, made thēem beleeve to Rome that he would go.
So all things being done, t’abandon all ſuſpect,
What they miſlike, the King would ſeeme the ſame for to reject.
So that about the king they onelie credit winne
Which did defend the Goſpel, & which latelie were come in.
But nothing did prevaile to put them out of doubt
So much as one thing, which as now the king did go about.
Which was, that he did wiſh his ſiſter for to match
Unto Prince Henrie of Navarre: by this in hope to catch
Them all within his ſnare; for this he did conclude,
Not for good will, but mere deceipt the godlie to delude.
Which match the king would have conſummate out of hand,
That ſo it might remaine (ſaid he) a ſure and perfect band
Of that unfained love, and inward heartie care,
Which we to thoſe that love the truth & goſpel now do bear.
VvWhich made them all rejoice, and quite caſt off their feare,
VvWhen in the king they did behold ſuch love & frendly cheer.
Yet ſome did here alledge, that conſcience did reſtraine
The Prince to match with her, which yet did ſeeme for to remaine
In love with Popiſh rites; to which the King replide
That he to eaſe thoſe ſcruples all ſuch order would provide
VvWhich they ſhould not miſlike: For he would there diſpence
VvWith all ſuch rites and orders, as might breed the leaſt offence.
VvWhich Courtiers all miſlike, and openlie repinde;
Much doubting leaſt unto the truth the King had bin inclinde.
The Admirall againe was much confirmde beſides
By other ſignes, not douting now their falſhoods & their ſlides.
The godlie did rejoice to ſee the King ſo bent
Not thinking of the treacherie & treaſon that they ment.
So, matters being paſt and parties all agreed,
In Paris towne to have them joinde by both it was decreed.
The Queene of Navarre now (a rare and vertuous dame)
VvWith others to the Princes Court in full aſſurance came.
VvWhere having ſtaid awhile, ſhe tooke her leave to ride
To Paris, for this ſolemne feaſt the better to provide.
The King to like effect, by meſſage did requeſt
The Admirall that he would goe to Paris there to reſt.
And ſee that nothing want for that appointed day,
And that himſelfe would after come, and make no long delaie.
And that he might not feare the mallice and rage
That Paris men did beare to him; he ſaid he would aſſwage
The ſame himſelfe: and ſo he preſentlie did write
To Marcel Provost of the towne (perceiving well their ſpite)
That he ſhould intertaine and uſe in frendlie wiſeThe 21 G1r 21
The Admirall and all his traine, that nothing might ariſe
Which might offend his minde or burſt to anie flame:
For if ther did, he ſwore he wold moſt fiercely plague the ſame
The king and Queene alſo unto the like effect
Unto the Duke of Anjow did their letters now direct.
So that the Admirall not doubting anie foe
Reſolvde himſelfe, and did provide to Paris for to goe.
Where being come, he found, the king and all the reſt,
With frendly welcoms, ſo as more he could not wel requeſt.
But whilſt that everie man was buſie to provide
Within the court, moſt ſodainly the Queene of Navarre dide:
Which afterward was knowen (as ſome have plainlie ſaid)
That by a paire of gloves perfumde this treaſon was convaide.
Which leaud and ſinfull deede was now no ſooner done;
But that the Kingdome of Navarre deſcended to her ſonne.
Heere manie did rejoyce in hope of perfect reſt,
Yet this unequall bloodie match the Guiſes did deteſt.
That diſmall daie is come, the marriage muſt begin,
Where were aſſembled ſolemnlie the chiefe of everie kinne.
And for becauſe the Maſſe their minds might grieve no more,
The mariage was ſolemniſed before the great Church dore
Of Paris, with ſuch words as both were well content:
Which done, into the church the Bride in ſolemn maner wēent
To heare a Popiſh Maſſe, both ſhe and all her traine;
Her husband walkt without the doore til ſhe returnde againe.
Then home at laſt they goe with mirth and paſsing joy;
They little thought this pleaſant day would ende with ſuch annoy.
And now begins the plaies, the dancings and the ſport,
Which were performd by luſty youths that thither did reſort.
The King and Nobles all in pleaſures are ſo mad,
That for to talke of great affaires, no leaſure could be had.
And now the Admirall from Court had gone his way,
Had not ſome cauſes of the Church inforced him to ſtaie.
Now from the wedding night, five daies are come and paſt:
When as the King and Senate were contented at the laſt
In counſell for to ſit ſuch matters to decide,
As beſt might fit their fained warres in Flanders to provide.
Which ended, neere about the middle of the day
As everie man unto his houſe did take his readie waie,
The Admirall himſelfe, with other Nobles moe
Along the ſtreetes (not doubting hurt) in pleaſant talk do goe:
A harquebuſſe was ſhot from other ſide the ſtreete,
Which charged was with bullets two the Admiral to greete.
Which curſed blow did wound and ſtrike this Noble man,
That thorough both his valiant armes the leaden pellets ran.
Which done, althogh the woūund did tuch him ſomwhat neer,
Yet nothing danted with the ſtroke, he ſaid with wōonted cheer
From yonder houſe it came, goe looke who is within,
What vilde unworthie trecherie is this they doo begin?
And therewithall he ſent in haſt unto the King,
Such as might ſhow unto his grace this bad & ſhamefull thing.
The meſſage being done (the King as then did plaie
At tennis with the Duke of Guiſe) he fiercelie threw awaie
His racket in a rage, as though it grievde his heart,
That thus the Admirall was hurt and ſtreight he did depart
Unto his Caſtle, where a while he did remaine
Cloſe with his brother of Navarre till he might heare againe
More certaine newes: but now the matter was too plaine,
That this aſſault was ſurelie made by one of Guiſes traine.
Now whileſt theſe greevous woūunds the ſurgeons had in cure,
He ſent Theligni to the King (becauſe he was not ſure
Where he ſhould live or die) for to deſire his Grace,
That he would now vouchſafe to come unto that ſimple place
Where he did lie: for that he had a ſecret thing
To tell him, which did much concerne the ſafetie of the King:
Which was no ſooner ſaid, the King was well content,And 22 G2r 22
And with the man the meſſage came without delaie he went.
They went likewiſe that ſought the Admirall to kill,
The Mother Queen, with al her mates, no dout for great good will.
Which all no ſooner did within the dore appeere,
But that the King ſaluted him with ſweete & friendlie cheere:
The fained words of the King to the Admirall. Alas my deereſt frend, how camſt thou to this place,
Where wounded now I ſee thee lie me thinks in heavie caſe.
What arrant villaine wrought this leaud and ſinfull act,
Would God I knew the wicked wretch that did commit the fact:
For though (my Admirall) the hurt be done to thee,
Yet the diſhonor of the fact, and ſhame redounds to me.
This King was a horrible blaſphemer, and uſed this and ſuch other like filthie othes. Both which I will revenge by death of God I ſweare,
As like in France was never ſeene, to make ſuch wretches feare.
Such ſpeeches had the King, & queſtions manie more
Concerning Judges, health & griefe, and how he felt his ſore.
To which the Admirall with milde and quiet minde
Such anſwere gave, as movde them much ſuch patience for to finde
In him that had receavde ſuch cauſe of deadlie ire:
Who did requeſt, but onelie that the King would ſtraight inquire
Upon the fact: which was I ſurelie know ſaid he
Procured by the Duke of Guiſe, for great good will to me.
Which deede the Lord revenge as he ſhall thinke it beſt;
For if I die, I hope by faith with Chriſt to be in reſt.
The reſt he did deſire a while to ſtand awaie,
For that he had ſome ſecret thing unto the King to ſaie.
The ſecrete ſpeaches betweene the Admirall, & the king after the Admirall was wounded. Which done, he thus began; O King this life to ſave,
Is not the thing (I thank the Lord) that I do greatly crave.
VvWhich ſaid, the king did give ſuch ſpeach as he thought beſt:
And then in loud and ſolemne words in hearing of the reſt
He did with frendlie cheere requeſt the Admirall
Unto his Court for to remoove, what ever ſhould befall.
And others ſpake likewiſe unto the ſame intent:His 23 G3r 23
His ſimple meaning could not ſee the treaſon that was ment.
But yet upon adviſe, his frends did thinke it beſt,
Not knowing what may there betide, the K. he ſhould requeſt,
That he would them aſsigne ſome of his Graces gard,
Before his gates both night & day to keep their watch & ward
The motion being made, the King was well content,
And ſaid; to this their good deviſe he gladly gave conſent.
And that he would provide to have it ſurelie knowne,
That of his life he made accompt no leſſe than of his owne.
And that he would preſerve with care more tenderlie
The Admirall, than he would keepe the apple of his eie.
For that he did admire the valure of his minde,
VvWho little thought in mortall man ſuch courage for to finde.
The Duke of Anjow then commanded out of hand
One Coſsin Captaine of the gard, to ward with Princes band
The gates and ſtreates wherein the Admirall did lie;
VvWhich was no ſooner ſaid, but was performed preſentlie.
This Coſsin that was ſet with watch to ward the gate,
VvWas one that did the Admirall in heart moſt deadlie hate.
And farther, for to put the matter out of doubt,
They did conſent that he ſhould have his truſtie frends about
The place where he did lie: which came of no good will;
But hoping rather all by this the eaſier for to kill.
And this among the reſt a bloodie practiſe was,
VvWhich cloaked guile by Sathans art too ſoone was brought to paſſe.
The Queene Mother ledde out the King, the Duke of Anjow, Gonzague, Tanigues, the Co de Rets, called Goudin, into her gardēens called Tegliers. But heere the Prologue endes, and heere begins the plaie,
For bloodie mindes reſolved quite to uſe no more delaie.
The Mother Queene appeares now firſt upon the Stage,
VvWhere like a diveliſh ſorcereſſe with words demure and ſage
The King ſhe cals aſide, with other truſtie mates
Into a cloſe and ſecret place, with whom ſhe now debates
The great deſire ſhe had to quit them all from care,In G3 24 G3v
In planting long a bloodie plot, which now ſhe muſt declare.
O The Oration of the Queene mo ther unto the King. and other of her bloodie counſaile. happie light (quoth ſhe) ô thrice moſt happie daie;
Which thus hath thruſt into our hands our long deſired pray:
- 1. That a prince muſt not care to be accompted cruel, ſo that anie profit come by it. 8.The or. Politico.
- 2.Leſſon. A Prince muſt imitate the natures of a Foxe and a Lion: A Foxe to allure, and deceive, a Lion to devour without mercie, when occaſion is offered.
- 3.Leſſon, That a Prince may not doubt to forſweare, to deceive, & diſſemble.
- 4Leſſ: That a prudent Prince is not to keep faith, where anie ill may grow by it.
- 5.Leſſon: That it is a ſimple thing to thinke, that newe benefits can make olde injuries to be forgotten.
This counſell of them all was liked paſsing well;
And in reſpect of preſent ſtate, all others did excell.
Some doubting, muſed long which were the better waie,
The King of Navarre and the Prince of Condee for to ſlaie;
Or els to ſave their lives in hope they would recant:
Becauſe the proofe of perfect yeres they both as yet did want.
But It was of moſt thought beſt, partlie for age, partlie for affinitie ſake, that the King of Navarre ſhould be ſaved. And for the Prince of Condee, the opinion of Gonzague tooke place that he ſhould with feare of death be drawen frōom Religion. here, they did prevaile (as God, no doubt would have)
VvWho thoght it beſt in this aſſalt theſe princely youths to save.
Becauſe they were in hope, that when thoſe impes ſhould ſee
Their mates tormēented thus, they would moſt willingly agree
To bow where they would bind, to go where they would cal;
And to forſwere their former faith would make no dout at all.
But all the reſt remaine condemned for to die
VvWhich cruell verdit muſt be put in practiſe preſentlie
The It was decreed, that this murder ſhould begin about midnight of the night next following. night that ſhould inſue then next without delay,
Beginning ere the ſame were ſpent long time before the day.
The Duke of Guiſe was thought the fitteſt of the traine
To take in hand this bloodie plot to have the godlie ſlaine.
Concluding thus, they goe each one unto his place,
The godlie doubting nothing leſſe than this ſo heavie caſe.
Here is the firſt part plaide; and heere I doo lament,
My ſlender ſkill wants fitted phraſe the ſequele to depaint.
The Duke in office put begins for to prepare,
So that in troopes the armed men ranne buſling here and there
With noiſe & threatning words, as though ſome tumult were
Preparing now in everie ſtreete; which made the wiſest feare
VvWhat would inſue. At length the Admirall did heare
This tumult, and not knowing how the truth for to inquire;
He ſent unto the King to know the full intent,
VvWhy in the night in riot wiſe theſe armed people went
Thus raging in the ſtreetes: and where it were his will?
If ſo, he would not feare; but reſt in hope of ſafetie ſtill.
The King returned word, and wilde him not to feare:
For this was done by his adviſe, yet not in everie where,
But in ſome certaine waies theſe armed men were ſet:
The fooliſh rage of leaud attempts by this in hope to let.
O leaud and filthie lie! unſeemlie for a King:
VvWhat Turke or Divell could deviſe, a more unworthy thing.
For when the Duke of Guiſe had all in order ſet,
And nothing reſted which might ſeem their purpoſe for to let;
He Marcell calls in haſt, and wills him have a care
That all the maſters of the ſtreetes ere midnight did repaire
Unto the Counſell hall, where they ſhould heare at large
Great matters frōom the King himſelf of strāange & ſpeciall charge.
The meſſage being done, they all without delaie
This Carron was made new Provoſt of the Marchants. Aſſembled were, to know the thing the Guiſes had to ſaie.
Where Provoſt Carron roſe with ſtomacke ſtout and bolde,
And garded with a Guiſian troope, this bloodie meſſage tolde;
Carrōons blodie oration to the Citizens of Paris. My frends (quoth he) give eare, and marke what I ſhall ſaie,
The Kings intent is preſentlie this night without delay,
This while the Duke of Guiſe did ſhew his whole intent
Unto the Captaines of the gard, and bad them give conſent
With courage to performe ſo great and famous act;
Which service as the caſe did ſtāand, they might not lōong ptrotract
Now ſhortlie after this, the Duke with manie more
( This Chevalier was the baſtard ſonne of K. Henrie of France. Accompanied with the Chevalier and armed men great ſtore)
The Duke of Guiſe and the chevalier come to the Admirals houſe. Came poſting to the gate which Coſsin tooke to keep,
Woe worth the time whēen they did truſt the wolfe to gard the ſheepe.
The Admiral knew wel the tumult of this rout;
Yet this, nor anie thing could make his valiant heart to doubt:
For though he had but few, ſcarce tenne within the place;
Yet nothing could at all prevaile to make him doubt his caſe.
The Admiral advertiſed of this ſtir, comforteth himſelf & his cōompany, with the remēembrance of the kings love & his oaths often given for keeping the peace. For oft he would repeate the Kings aſſured love,
Approoved by ſo manie ſignes as you have heard above:
Thus, whileſt among the reſt the caſe he did debate,
His truſtie keeper Coſsin came and knocked at his gate.
Who was no ſooner come within the outward dore,
But that there came in after him of armed men great ſtore.
Then after went the Lords, the Nobles, and the reſt;
For to diſpatch this noble man, whom they did moſt deteſt.
And thoſe whom Coſsin found within to lie or ſtand,
He ſlew them with a Partiſan which he had in his hand.
Which wofull newes when as the Admirall perceivde,
The Admirall perceiving the treaſon that was in tended againſt him, prepareth himſelfe with cōomfort to receave his death, and patientlie commāadeth his ſoule to God, whileſt his enemies were a breaking open the dores upon him Wo worth the time (quoth he) that I by truſt have been deceivde.
Then ſtāanding on his feet his night gown on his back:
Shift for your selves my frends (quoth he) that you goe not to wrack.
Three wicked varlets brake into the Admi rals chamber, whoſe names were, Benviſe a Germaine, Coffin a Gaſcoine, Attin a Picard. By this came up the ſtaires ere ended were his words,
One Benviſe & two other mates with targets & with ſwords.
The chamber broken up, this Benviſe ſwearing came
VvWith ſword drawn to the Admirall, & asking for his name;
Art thou the Admirall? the man not much appalde,
VvWith quiet minde gave anſwere thus; Indeed ſo am I calde.
Then ſeeing Benviſe bend his naked ſword to ſlaie,
The Admirals laſt words. My frend (quoth he) that bloodie blade I pray thee for to ſtaie,
And have reſpect unto my age, and weake eſtate
To which by treaſon wrought by trust I have bin drawn of late.
But beaſtlie Benviſe would to this no anſwere give:
But ſwearing, to this Noble man his pointed ſword let drive,
The cruell and cowardly murder of the Admirall. And thruſt him to the heart: but yet not fullie dead,
With force he laid a mightie blow & ſtrake him on the head.
With that came Attin in with Piſtoll in his hand,
And ſhot him in the wounded breaſt; yet did he ſtoutlie ſtand:
Till Benviſe came againe with third repeated wound:
And ſlaſht him on the thigh: which done, he fel unto the groūund
Where he gave up the ghoſt. The bloodie Guiſe that ſtaid
This while within the lower court, with lifted voice now ſaid
Hoe Benviſe, haſt thou done? who ſtraightwaie did replie,
Yea ſir this happie deed is done, and that moſt perfectlie.
Then ſaid the Duke of Guiſe Come throw him down to me:
That where it be the ſame, or not, we here may quicklie ſee:
For now our Chevalier will thinke it but a lie,
Except at window throwen out he ſee him with his eie.
Then Benviſe with his mates to put them out of doubt,
Tooke up this bloodie corſe: & ſo from window caſt him out.
Where from his wounded head ſprang out ſo freſh a flood,
That vizard-like his face was all imbrued with goarie blood.
Whereby they could not well at firſt diſcerne his face:
Till that the Duke of Guiſe himſelfe firſt kneeling in the place
Had with his napkin wipte the clotted blood awaie,
And ſearching viewed everie part; he roſe without delay,
And crying to his crue devoide of feare and ſhame:
It’s he (my frends) I know him well, truſt me it is the ſame.
The Duke deſcending then from out the ſtately gates,
With bloodie hart and curſed mouth he cride unto his mates.
VvWhich ſaid; he bad in haſt the Tockeſein for to ring,
VvWhich ſounding bell appointed was the fatall newes to bring
VvWhen as this raging rout this murder ſhould begin:
VvWhich they performde, as though they had no men, but monſters bin.
And therewithall deviſe alarum for to raiſe
Pretending with ſome ſolemne lie the people for to pleaſe.
So now the trumpets ſound this lie and ſhamefull thing,
That certaine traitors were in armes about to kill the King.
Gonzagues an Italian cut off the Admirals head, & ſent it to the Pope. Heere, one among the reſt from Rome that latelie came,
(Deſirous by ſome valiant act perhaps to get a name)
Cut off the bleeding head (imbrude with reaking blood)
Of that moſt worthie Admirall in hope to doo ſome good;
The Cardinall of Lorraine. And ſent it ſtraight to Rome as Lorraine had requirde,
A preſent welcome to the Pope, which he had long deſirde.
His hands cut off by ſome, by ſome his ſecrete parts,
Declares what hate to ſhining light lies hid in blinded harts.
His hackt and mangled corpes by ſpace of certaine daies
VvWas dragde by raſcals all along the ſtreetes and filthie waies.
At length this ruſticke rage, as furie thought it meete;
At common gallowes of the towne did hang him by the feete.
Thus came this Noble man to this unworthie death,
Thus doo the Papiſts learn to break the vow of plighted faith.
The Admirall being ſlaine, they likewiſe murdred most cruellie not onelie all ſuch frends, Phiſitians, Preachers, and al other that were found hidden in the Admirals lodging, but alſo as manie as were ſuſpected to be of that religion within the towne or anie where els were lamentablie put to the ſword, as here folowing we may plainlie ſee.
The furies frying thus, yet thus were not content:
But in the houſe, from place to place, like greedie hounds they went.
To ſearch the chambers all and corners of receipt;
That from the wolfe the ſheep might ſave his throate by no deceipt
And ſuch as ſleeping were found naked in their bed,
Or gone to hide or ſave themſelves they firſt cut of their head,
And after fiercelie pierſt with wounds both great and deepe;
VvWhich being done, like cruell currs they throw thēem on a heap.
Among which wofull troope two Noble youths there were
And Pages of moſt worthie birth which likewiſe died there.
VvWith theſe, among the reſt a man of noble fame,
The Countie Rouchfoucault was forſt at length to taſt the ſame.
VvWhom for his pleaſant wit the King did ſeeme to love;
Yet in this furie nothing might the King to mercie move.
But now in haſt muſt be to death untimelie ſent,
To yeeld againe unto the Lord the life that he had lent.
So him at firſt De Nance commanded was to kill;
But he moſt ſtoutlie did Mounſier De Nance Captaine of the gard, refuseth to kill the Countie Rauchfoucault. refuſe this guiltleſſe blood to ſpill.
His ſpeeches uſed both privatelie to his frends, and alſo to the King upon the refuſall. Shall I, ſaid he, conſent to doo this fearfull thing,
To ſhed this blood, becauſe I am commanded by the King?
1.Sam.22.17. Therefore I praie your Grace this anſwere for to take,
Which unto Saule his Soldiers once were not afraid to make:
De Nance to kill his frend no wight ſhall ever ſee,
Though for refuſall he were ſure beheaded for to be.
Take heed (ô noble King) what ſprite you follow now;
Let no man force you doo the thing that God doth diſallow.
While good king David was by whoredome brought aſleep,
He did the thing, which being wakt did force his hart to weep
While Saule in mallice was againſt good David bent,
He ranne to that which afterward with teares he did lament.
And whileſt that Jezebel great miſchiefe did intend
Againſt poor Naboth, ſhe at laſt came to a fearfull ende.
Looke well therefore (ô King) before you leap too farre,
Leaſt in the end this teſtie ſcab do breed a laſting ſcarre.
Well I can ſaie no more, but God preſerve your Grace,
And graunt your ſoule when breath is gone with him a reſting place.
Whēen De Nāance had refuſed to kil the Countie Rouchfoucault one Laberg an Avernois offered to do it, if the K. would give him his of fice, which was to be Captaine of the horſmen But this could not prevaile this noble man to ſave,
For bloodie Doeg did attend his office for to have.
For which, an Avernois a man of cuſed fame
Made offer there, before the King that he would do the ſame.
The King was well content this office for to give
To him, ſo that this Noble man of life he would bereave.
We ſee how Sathan doth by glorie mixt with gaine,
Worke to procure this worthy wight the ſooner to be ſlaine.
There fell in this aſſault (for mallice to the truth)
The death of Theligni ſonne in lawe to the Admirall. Theligni famous for his wit, a rare and paſsing youth:
Who for his manlie heart and courage did excell:
For which, the King in outward ſhewe did ſeeme to love him wel.
Now when the time was come that martird he ſhuld be
The wordes of Theligni uttered before his deth With courage bold, he ſmiling ſaid; O welcome death to me.
Thus came this noble impe untimelie to his grave,
For that he to a Beware of the guilfull pro miſes of the Papiſts. Papiſts oath too great affiance gave
And thus fell manie moe of Nobles here and there,
Whoſe names & valiant acts, were now to lōong for to declare.
Thus did thoſe lawleſſe bands go raging up and downe
From houſe to houſe, they ſought to ſpoyl the welthieſt of the town.
So they that beggers were when firſt this ſtirre began,
At laſt with rich and flowing welth the chiefeſt credit wan.
This while the Duke of Guiſe theſe words repeated ſtill,
With crying voice, Kill, kill the knaves, this is the princes wil.
And leaſt the ſouldiers ſhould waxe faint with bloodie toile;
Now rid thēem al my frēends (quoth he) & you ſhal have the ſpoile.
Thus did they all a day from morning unto night
With bloodie ſwords runne up and down: no doubt a heavie ſight.
They ſpared none they knew, no ſex could pitie find,
The rufull crie of tender babes could not aſſwage their minde.
In great triumphing joye of this their warlike feate,
The bodies ſlain frōom windowes hie they throw into the ſtreat.
So that there was no way, no lane of paſſage by;
VvWhere murdred men you might not ſee in heaps together lie.
Now whilſt within the towne theſe things a dooing were;
The King of Navarre and the Prince of Condee did appeare
The King of Navarre, and the Prince of Condee were to the king Before the King. For ſo before it was agreed
To ſave theſe youths to farther hope the counſell had decreed.
For they their lodging had within the Caſtle wall;
VvWhich for defence is alway thought the ſureſt place of all.
Theſe Princes being gone, and onelie had awaie,
Theſe Princes ſervants, frends, tutors, with all their retinue were moſt cruellie ſlaine. The reſt were left unto the ſword to die without delaie:
Their ſervants & their frends, their tutors with the reſt
Could not prevaile to ſave their lives by ſute ne yet requeſt;
But thruſt without the dores, and kneeling in the place,
The gard of Switzers ſlew them all before the Princes face.
And ſtill betweene the ſtroke they cried all amaine
Upon the Kings fidelitie; but faith was calde in vaine.
The lamentable murder of Monſieur De Pilles. Yet none amongſt them all ſo much lamented was,
As Mounſieur de Pilles that he ſhould come unto ſo hard a paſſe.
Becauſe among the reſt he paſt them all ſo farre
For godlie zeale in truth, and eke for proweſſe in the warre.
VvWho lying in his bed ſomwhat before the day,
And hearing noiſe of armed men leapt out to ſee the fray:
And marking well the voyce in place and time of truce,
Of cries and killings everie where, it made him much to muſe.
VvWhich dump De Nance did break; who did this meſſage bring
That ſtraight to void the place he was cōommanded by the king;
And that he ſhould depart (his weapons left behinde)
From out the Court and Caſtle gate ful ſore againſt his minde.
VvWhich was no ſooner ſaid but Pilles was forced out
Among the bloodie weapons of that rude unrulie rout.
To hope for longer life he ſaw it was but vaine:
He ſaw ſuch cruell rage, and eke the bodies that were ſlaine?
VvWhere lifting up his voice, ſo that the King might heare,
Theſe words he ſpake before them al, devoid of fainting feare.
Be ſure therefore of this, and marke what Pilles hath ſaid,
Monſieur De Pilles prophecieth the kings horrible death which ſhortlie after came indeed ſo to paſſe That this our blood by ſhedding of thy blood ſhalbe repaid.
Which ſaid, from off his backe he put a coſtlie cloke,
And to a frend among the preſſe, the ſame thus ſaying toke.
With that he did commend his ſoule unto the Lord,
Upon his knees with lifted eies ſtill waiting for the ſword.
Monſieur De Pilles murdred by one of the Gard with a Partiſan. Then one of Princes gard to end this bitter ſtrife,
Thruſt thorough Pilles with partiſan, who yeelded ther his life.
This was the cruell ende of that moſt famous man;
To read the ſame without remorſe, I thinke no creature can.
4.Hundreth houſes in Paris ſacked. This Rout in Paris ſtreates which poſted up and downe,
Foure hūundred houſes ſacked have within that wicked towne.
The King therewith directs his letters out in poſt,
To Cities all his meſſage flies in haſt to everie coaſt,
The king commanded al Citees in his land to follow the example of Paris, in murdring as manie as profeſſed the reformed religion. That they (as Paris had) with murder ſhould oppreſſeAs 32 I4r 32
As manie in their townes, as did the Goſpell there profeſſe.
Which leaud and bloodie charge, a wonder is to ſee,
How glad and willing to obaie moſt townes and Cities be.
The butcherlie murder committed upon the profeſſors of the Goſpel at Lions in France. But one among the reſt, a place of ancient fame,
Did Lion-like behave her ſelfe, as Lions was her name.
For though in other townes by murder manie fell;
Yet Lions for her cruell hart, all others did excell.
Where then, unhappie then, a Lion as the chiefe
Mandelot Governor at Liōons One Mandelot was Governor a blacke and bloodie theefe,
VvWho having once receivde theſe letters from the King,
VvWith greedy mind, he ſets abroach this vile unworthie thing.
VvWho cauſed out of hand his Crier to proclaime
That al within the towne which did the Goſpel then maintain
Should preſentlie reſort unto a certaine place
VvWhere Mandelot would have them al appeere before his face.
This meſſage being done, the godlie doo obay,
And to the place appointed them they came without delaie,
VvWhere Mandelot they found with viſage pale and ſad,
VvWho nothing ſaid, but bids them all to priſon to be had.
The godlie trapped thus, and thus to thraldome ſent,
As ſheepe unto the ſlaughter they to priſon meeklie went.
VvWhere lying in the Clinke their feete and hands were bound,
And by the cruell Jailors were laid proſtrate on the ground.
Then Mandelot commands the hangman for to call,
VvWhom he enjoynes to enter in with axe to kill them all.
But this ſo fearfull fact the hangman did refuſe,
The coōommon hangman of Lions, had more grace & ho neſtie, than Mandelot the Governor. And bad him for ſo wicked act ſome fitter man to chuſe.
For I will not defile my hands with guiltleſſe blood,
Nor give conſent (ſaid he) to doo the thing that is not good.
The man repelled thus, invents another waie;He 33 I4v
He wills the ſouldiers of the towne theſe priſners for to ſlaie:
The garriſon ſouldiers alſo refuſe to commit this vilde murther. But they likewiſe replide; that they would not diſtaine
The glorie of their martial feates, with fame that they had ſlain
Againe refuſed thus, the man with furie bent,
For all the butchers of the towne, he ſtraight his meſſage ſent.
To whom in ſavage ſort his minde he did unfolde;
And had them goe & kill them all whom he had laid in holde.
The butchers more cruell & bloodie, than either hangmāan or ſouldiers, obey this wicked Tyrant, in com mitting this horrible murder. Theſe beaſtlie butchers then no conſcience made at al,
But with their blodie butchering knives like tigers they do fall
Upon theſe ſillie ſoules, in murder fiercelie bent,
Not like to men, but rather as ſome furies had been ſent
From hell, to ſtop the courſe of Gods afflicted word;
So quicklie did theſe helhounds put theſe people to the ſword.
Here ſome that proſtrate were, and did for mercie crie,
And other ſome unto the Lord that lift their voices hie,
They killed not, but did their hands cut off at firſt,
And after chopt in ſavage ſort with blood to quēench their thirſt
Such ſhrikes and wailing cries from priſons did rebound,
That everie corner of the towne might hear their woful ſoūund.
The mournfull mothers wept, whom nature did compell,
To ſee theſe hoūunds before their face their loving babes to quel
The tender infant doth for help to father crie,
The wofull father cannot helpe his childe before he die.
The husband to his wife, the frend to frend doth call,VvWith 33 K1r 33
With heavie ſighes lamenting this their moſt unhappie fall.
And they that ſtrongeſt are to weake doo comfort give,
That ſo they may be ſugred words their fainting harts relieve.
Of theſe captived ſoules ſuch was the piteous plight,
That verie Papiſts did lament to ſee this cruell ſight.
And ſome that lovde the Pope, theſe dealings did deteſt;
Who for their credit did not thinke this rigor to be beſt.
And manie women of the towne devoide of crime
With horror of this ſodain feare, had child before their time.
For from the common The blood was ſeene to runne warme & ſmo king through the ſtreetes of the towne into the river of Some. Gaole in ſight of ſhining Sunne,
The ſmoking bloud from ſtreat to ſtreat with grief was ſeen to runne.
But one amongſt the reſt, an old & aged man
Calde The valiant & conſtant death of Francis Collute mer chāant of caps with 2 yong men his ſons Francis Collute, for his faith a laſting credit wan.
To whom with bloodie axe when butchers did reſort,
Upon his Sonnes with teares he fell, and did them thus exhort;
You know (quoth The godlie & zealous oration of Francis Col lute to his 2 ſonnes lying with them upon the ground, rea die to be ſacrificed. he) my Sonnes, what pain & tender care
Your loving Father from your youth hath had for to prepare
And this repeating oft the butchers with their blade,
Their bodies then with deadlie woūunds a bloody preſent made.
Then joyning on the ground they claſped all in one;
Where groveling lay in folded armes the father with the ſonn
Which ſodaine heavie chance ſuch wofull ſight did give,
That juſt remorſe of cauſeles death a flinty hart would grieve.
Thus hath this bleſſed man receavd a happie place;
The Lord grant us that be behinde like portion of his grace.
A cruell, cowardlie, and traitrous murder, committed in Angiers in France, upon one Maſſon de Rivers a famous and godlie preacher, by a wicked enemie called Monſorrell, who was ſent by the King to Angiers in poſt, to commit the like murder there, as was in Paris.
Now Lions fare thou well, to Angiers will I goe,
Wherein alſo the godlie flocke, lackt not a deadlie foe.
For there was dwelling then a famous learned man;
VvWho for his paines and godlie life a worthie credite wan.
He was the firſt that laid the foundation of the Church at Paris. He was the firſt that dar’de the Goſpell for to preach
In Paris towne: where firſt the ſame to manie he did teach.
Maſſon De Rivers was this godlie preachers name,
VvWho had the Sorbons manie times by learning put to ſhame.
Now when in Paris towne the murder was at moſt,
The bloodie Curre Monſorrell was to Angiers ſent in poſt.
VvWho was no ſooner come within that wofull towne,
And that from off his barbed horſe he was deſcended downe.
But that he did inquire where Maſſon then did dwell,
For that he had unto the man ſome ſecrete thing to tell.
And comming to the houſe, before the entrie dore
He met with Maſſons wife; to whom he uſed then great ſtore
Of filed words, as though he meant nothing amiſſe,
A Judas kiſſe. And like a Courtier courteouſlie ſalutes her with a kiſſe:
And where is now (I praie) your husband to be had?
To ſee the good man ere I went, I would be verie glad:
For that with him I have a word or two talke.
In yonder garden ſir (quoth An honeſt & loving wife mi ſtruſting no hurt, betraied her husbāan to a flattring murderer. ſhe) my husband now doth walk.
And ſo ſhe did direct the traitor to the place;
Where comming, he moſt courteouſlie good Maſſon did imbrace.
The ſpeeches of Monſorrel to Maſſon. And canſt thou tell (quoth he) whie I am hether come?
It is to doo the Princes will, whereof this is the ſumme.
With that he plucked forth a Piſtoll readie bent
Full charged, and to Maſſons heart now readie to be ſent.
The ſpeeches of Maſsōon de Rivers uttered before his deth My friend (ſaid Maſſon) ſtaie, on me ſome pitie take:
And to my God, ere that I die, let me my praiers make.
His wife he kiſsing bade her ſorow to repell,
VvWith her his babes he did imbrace, and bade them al farewel.
But Lord what rolling teares, what ſhrikes and piteous cries
Betweene the wife and loving babes were ſent to airie Skies.
But this could not perſwade the traitor to depart,
VvWho framde his readie dagg to ſtrike poor Maſſon to the hart.
Then Maſſon kneeling downe, content his life to leave;
The bullet meeklie to his breaſt from Piſtoll did receave.
VvWhere falling to the ground, his bleſſed life did yeeld
Unto the Lord, with quiet heart as meeke as anie childe.
VvWe ſee what worthie men the Papiſts have deſtroid,
God grant us grace that doo remaine their treaſons to avoide.
The Judgement of the Lorde againſt this bloodie and perjured King of France, Charles the 9. Dilated by the ſentence of God in the lawe againſt murder; by examples both out of the Scriptures, & other Authors, concerning the horrible end that hath fallen upon wilfull murderers; and laſtlie, the bloodie death of this blood-ſucking King himſelfe.
Now let us ſee the ende of this perjured King,
And let us weigh in future time what fearfull fruite did ſpring
From falſed faith. And firſt I brieflie will repeate
The ſentence of the mightie God gainſt murder and deceate.
Then ſhall we plainlie ſee how that in everie land
The Lord according to his law with juſt revenging hand
The bloodie tyrants ſtrikes, with all their faithleſſe crue;
As by examples we maie ſee of ſuch as ſhall enſue.
Who ſo ſaith God ſhall ſhed the blood of man in vaine,
Gen.9.6. Shall with the ſhedding of his blood requite the ſame againe.
And he that by deceite his Exod.21.14. Numb.35.20. The blood of man is of ſo great price with the Lord, that he wil not onelie require it of men, but alſo of the very dumbe creatures. Gen.9.5 neighbour ſhall betraie,
Or ſhall with guile preſumptuouſlie his brother ſeeke to ſlaie:
He ſhall not ſcape, although he to the altare flie.
But Joab the wilfull murderer, was taken frōom the altar by Saloman & ſlaine. 1.King.2.31. drawen foorth he juſtlie ſhall without all pitie die.
Such curſed bloodie men Gods plague doth follow ſtill;
For wicked King Abimelech ſlew 70. of his brethren, Jud.9.5. at laſt he periſhed by the juſt judgement of God. Abimelech who was content to kill
His ſeventie brothers all the kingdome for to have:
From juſt revenge he could not long his curſed carkaſſe ſave.
For from a womans hand a milſtone downe was ſent
Frōom off a wall: which with the weight his brain pan al to rent.
Judg.9.53.54 And after by his Page was thruſt unto the heart
With ſword, leſt that a womāans ſtroke his glory ſhuld ſubvert.
As Triphon beeing Tutor and chief counſellor unto yong king Antiochus, and having deviſed with himſelf a plot of conſpira cie to kill his maſter, thoght that Jonathan being hie prieſt of the Jewes, would be a hin derance unto this attempt, being a frend unto Antiochus. Therfore Triphon feining great frēendſhip unto Jonathan, with flat tering words ſo trained him by trust, that hee perſwaded him of 40 thouſand men which Jonathan broght with him, that he ſhould ſende awaie all ſaving one thouſand: with which ſmall companie when he was entered into the Citie Ptolemais under truſt of aſſured promiſe to have the Citie delivered unto him by Triphon: and being come within the gates, hee was by Triphon taken priſoner, and all his men ſlaine. 1.Maccab.12.41.. Joſephus Antiquit. Iud.lib. 13.cap.10. Triphon did intrap with face of frendlie cheere
Good Jonathan, to whom he did a faithfull frend appeare:
So did he quicklie feele the weight of falſed word,
Who ſhortlie was by Simon But Triphon enjoyed not this trecherie long: for he was ſtill cruellie purſued by Simon the brother of Jonathan, & at laſt in Apania was taken & put to the ſword. Whoſe trecherie was a right picture of K. Charles his villanie. ſlaine, and juſtlie put to ſword.
I read alſo of one Ariſtobulus after he had put his mother & brother to death, greeved in conſcience, fell into ſuch horrible extremitie, that blood came from him both by vomit & otherwiſe til it brought him to his end. Ariſtobulus by name,
Who hath for murder left behinde a blacke & bloodie fame.
For firſt he did conſent with famine for to pine
His mother, for becauſe ſhe would the kingdome not reſigne.
And alſo was content by death to make away
Antigonus his brother deere, which was his owne decaie.
For when the deed was done, he felt a preſent griefe
In conſcience for ſo cruell act; which then without reliefe
Did dailie ſo torment his ſore afflicted hart,
That freſh remorſe did often give new cauſe of greater ſmart.
At length from The Image of K. Charles his judgement. griſlie corſe his blood by peacemeale came;
For brothers blood frōom earth did call his blood to quit the ſame
And thus in fearfull wiſe he yeelded up his breath:
So was his fierce & wicked life repaide with worthie death.
Our Charles the 9 by the juſt ſtroke of Gods revenge, died of bleeding at al parts of his bodie where was anie iſſue. Charles like unto this from Gods revenging hand
By bloodie death, repaies the blood he ſhed within his land.
From eares, from noſe, frōom mouth, from hart that was ſo ſtout,
Frōom every part his blood was ſeen, wher blood might iſſue out.
The man that would not yeeld when men did mercie crave,
For mercie cries unto the Lord but mercie none can have.
For he that will not help the poore when they dooth call,
Shall call himſelfe when he hath need, & not be heard at all.
The heart that was ſo proud, now feeles the bitter paine
Whereat he jeſted when he ſaw his faithfull ſubjects ſlaine.
The eares that would not heare the poore afflicted crie;
But greedelie to ſucke their blood would credit everie lie,
With blood are ſtopped up that they ſhall heare no more:
Such heavy plagues for wicked men the Lord hath ſtil in ſtore.
The mouth that would not ſpeake to doo his brother good,
Inſteed of words doth vomit out the clotts of filthie blood.
The noſe that did deteſt of Truth the pleaſant ſmell,
From filthie heart doth willinglie the ſtinking blood expell.
So that we plainlie ſee, that blood for blood doth crave,
And he ſhall not eſcape that ſeekes his brothers blood to have.
Then curſed be the mouth and Christopher Preſident of the Parliament, with a wicked Oration commended the K. for that he had by treaſon and flattery now overcome them, whom by arms he could not vanquiſh. man that did perſwade
This wretched King that he was in a good and godlie trade,
In that he did by guile the godlie ſo allure:
And afterwards by treaſon did their wiſhed death procure.
Much like ſaid he you be to Lewes the II was wont to ſay, Qui neſcit diſſimluulare, neſcit regnare, he that cannot diſſemble, knoweth not howe to raigne. Lewes which heretofore
Said in the Latine that he knew one ſentence & no more.
Which was; That he which Truth in words will alwaies bring,
And not diſſemble; knoweth not the skill to be a King.
Naie The rihght judg ment of the godlie concerning this bloodie act. this was rather like the red and cruell raigne
Of Mithridates cauſed with one letter 150000. Romanes to be ſlaine. Mithridates, who did cauſe of Romanes to be ſlain
A hundred fiftie thouſand once by meſſage that was ſent,
Whēen outwardlie there did appear nothing but frendſhip mēent.
The King of Peter of Arragōon ſlew 8000. Frenchmēen. Arragon like mate of curſed crue,
By like deceit in Sicill once eight thouſand Frenchmen ſlew.
To Philip of Macedon ſuffred miſerie by breaking often his oath. Philip once it was his ruine and his death:
In that he often brake his oath, and vow of plighted faith.
Then happie is the man, that timelie can beware
Of Popiſh treaſon, which doth ſeeme great favor for to beare.
The Conclu ſion of the French Pilgrime unto the English man. Now have you heard at large the chiefe of bruted broile,
That lately for the Truth hath bin in France my native ſoil.
The Lord grant England peace and mercie from above,
That from the Truth no trouble may their fixed heart remove.
With wiſhed life and health Lord long preſerve and keepe
That Noble Queene Elizabeth chiefe Paſtor of thy ſheepe:
And that ſhe maie finde out, and hunt with perfect hate
The Popiſh hearts of fained frends before it be too late:
And that in wofull France the troubles that we ſee,
To England for to ſhun the like, may now a warning be.
And where our wound is ſeene as yet ſo freſh to bleede,
Lord grant to England that they maie in time take better heede.
Now ſith you doo perceave of France the wofull caſe;
Good ſir I pray you give me leave to ſeeke ſome other place.
I feare that I have ſtaid and charged you too long,
In warping forth theſe bloodie broiles in rude & rustick ſong.
The Engliſhman to the French Pilgrime. Not ſo good frend, but if with me thou wilt remaine;
I ſhall not think it anie charge, nor count it anie paine
To heare and keepe thee ſtill: but if thou wilt depart,
For thy diſcourſe take this reward, & thanks frōom frendlie hart.
And ſo (my frend) farewell, Lord ſhield thee from annoy,
And grant us al that we may meete with Chriſt in perfect joy.
Lord Jeſus Chriſt, the praiſe be thine:
For bleſsing of this worke of mine.
Veritie purtraied by the French Pilgrime.
Virescit Vulnere Veritas
From State ſupernall of cæleſtiall Jove
Deſcended Truth, devoid of worldlie weed;
And with the brightneſſe of her beames ſhe ſtrove
Gainſt Sathan, Sinne, & Adams fleſhlie Seed;
Reprooving wrongs, bewailing worldlings need;
Who thinke they ſwim in wealth (blinded by guile):
Yet wanting Truth; are wretched, poore & vile.
The World reproov’d; in rage attempts hir wracke,
Sathan aſsiſts, malicious Men deviſe
Torments for Truth, binde ſcourges at hir backe,
Exclaime againſt hir with blaſphemous cries;
Condemning hir, exalting earthlie lies:
Yet no despite or paine can cauſe hir ceaſe;
She wounded, ſprings; bedeckt with crowne of Peace.