French Hiſtorie.

That is; 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. Anno 15721572.

Publiſhed by A.D.

All that will live godlie in Jesus Chriſt, ſhall ſuffer perſecution. 1. Tim.Timothy 3.2.2. Tim. 3:12
Oval woodcut emblem of Truth with the phrase Virescit Vulnere Veritas, which translates to Truth flourishes through a wound. This figure is repeated at the end of the book.

Virescit Vulnere Veritas

Imprinted at London by Thomas
for Thomas Man.

An heraldic figure.

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 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

Anne Dowriche


Pearse Edgecombe.

The ſharpeſt Edge will ſooneſt Pearse and Come unto An end. Yet Dowt not, but be Riche in hope, and take that I doo ſend. A. D.

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 truſtles 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.

A3 To

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 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 alſo 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 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.

Honiton in Devon. this 1589-07-25xxv. of July. 1589.

A: Dowriche


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.

A: D:

B1r 1

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!

How art thou now of late with miſchiefe ſo poſſeſt, That al the Realmes of Chriſtendome thy falſhoods do deteſt? Where is thy vernant hiew? thy freſh and flowring fame? What fell unluckie ſpot is this, that ſo dooth ſtain thy name? Where is thy mirth become? where is thy ſmiling cheere? Wher is thy joiful peace, that erſt did make thee ſhine ſo cleer? B Where B1v Where are thy youthlie troopes, the Nobles of thy Land? Where is thy faith; without the which, no realm can ever ſtāand. Where is the mutuall love that Prince and people had? Where is the noble union, that makes the Countrie glad? Where is the due regard that Princes ought to have; From all the bands of tyrannie their people for to ſave? Where is thy pitie gone, where is thy mercie fled; That Lion-like in everie place ſuch Chriſtian blood is ſhed? But theſe of late to thee ô France have bid adieu, That rigor reignes in mercies ſeate: alas, it is too true. For having no remorſe to heare thy childrens grone, Like as a widow comfortleſſe thou ſhalt be left alone. For they that feare the Lord, and have for him a care, Have learnd too late the coſtlie wit thy treaſons to beware. Therefore thy children have their native Coaſts reſignde, With better hope in forrein Lands more mercie for to finde. And that which is the worſt, I ſee thou doſt not waie The Spiders ſpite, that long hath wove the web of thy decaie. Therefore if thou wilt know the cauſe of all thy woe; Then mark the judgements of the Lord, from which thou cāanſt not goe.

Jeremie 9.12. If Juda now (ſaith he) ſhould aske the cauſes why

Their Land was like a wilderneſſe that no man paſſed by;

He makes no long delaie, but bids the Prophet ſhow, This plague doth alwaies follow them that do deſpiſe his law. For they that Idols ſerve, and from the Lord doo ſhrinke, They ſhal be fed with bitter gall, & wormwood water drinke. And why at ſundrie times was Egipt plagued ſo? But for becauſe he would not yeeld to let Gods people goe. 1.Samuel 15. Why was the Lord with Saul ſo wroth and full of ire, In ſparing Agag and the beaſts the people did deſire? For he had now accurſt both Agag and his Land, Commanding Saule without remorſe to kil them out of hand: Becauſe this Amalek would not at all vouchſave Within B2r 2 Within his Land Gods choſen Flocke a paſſage for to have: Exodus 17.4. But falſlie did conſpire to worke their open ſhame, Numb.24.20. To ſnare their feete they laie in waite from Egipt as they came. And thou Jerusalem, what ſinne did file thy fall, When Titus and Vaſpaſian did tumble downe thy wall? Why did the Lord depart from thee that waſt ſo brave, And to thy foes made thee a pray, a jest, a ſervile ſlave? Becauſe amiddes thy mirth thy God thou didſt forget, And wouldſt not have his prophets live, but didſt thēem il intreat. O France therefore be wiſe, learne ere it be too late By theſe examples, to begin theſe bloodie ſinnes to hate. France compared with India, Egipt, Agipt and Jeruſalem. For thou with Juda land haſt done thy God great wrong, To ſerve and ſet up other Gods to runne a whoring long. Thou haſt for wooden Gods, Gods livelie Image ſpilde: And with the ſtreams of chriſtiāan blood the ſtreets & canels fild Thou haſt with Egipt long Gods word in priſon pent; And wilfullie refuſde the light that he to thee hath ſent. The Moſes that begins this light for to unfolde, Thou ſeekſt to lap him preſentlie in chaines and irons colde. Thou doſt with Amalek with all thy wit aſſaie To lie in waite that in thy land the truth may have no waie. And thou a cruell nurſſe to Gods elect haſt been, To blemiſh thus the ſhining light that in thee hath bin ſeene. And with Jerusalem Gods Prophets thou haſt ſlaine, That in thy popiſh ignorance thou mighteſt ſtill remaine. If Juda ſhall be fed with wormwood mixt with gall; If wilfull Egipt plagued were that kept Gods Church in thral; If God no pitie ſhowde, and mercie none would have Upon the land of Amalek, nor man nor beaſt to ſave; And if the blinded pride that in Jerusalem dwelt, Could not eſcape Gods heavie wrath, but man & childe it felt. What ſhall become of thee thou blinde and bloodie land? How doſt thou think for to eſcape Gods juſt revenging hand? B2 But B2v But ſith I doo not doubt God will revenge our caſe, And for his choſen when he liſt provide a dwelling place; I will no more lament in ſad and mourning ſtile, But thanke the Lord that ſet me ſafe within this pleaſant Ile. O happie England, thou from God above art bleſt, Which haſt the truth eſtabliſhed with peace and perfect reſt. God give thee therewithall a good and thankfull minde, That to thy loving God no waie thou ſhew thy ſelfe unkinde. But ſtill thou maiſt remaine as thou haſt been of yore, A Nurſe to Gods afflicted flock, that he maie bleſſe thee more? But now will I depart, the Lord direct my waie, And ſend me in this pleaſant Ile ſome ſimple ſlender ſtaie: Till God grant me returne, or otherwiſe provide. The French Pilgrime having eſpied the Authour, commeth to him. But is not that an Engliſh-man that I have yonder ſpide?
The talke betweene them. Wel met my frend, tel what thou art that makſ’t this mone? And whie within theſe deſart woods art thou thy ſelfe alone? The Pilgrim. I am a ſtranger wight, and France my native ſoyle, Frōom which, of late, by luckles chance, & need, am forſt to toyle. Such troubles and ſuch warres of late have there befell, That ſuch as feare the Lord aright no ſuretie have to dwell Within that wofull Land: ſo God me hether ſent To live with you in happie ſtate, which he this Land hath lēent.

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 Exile. O Sir, but this requeſt doth pierce my wounded hart, Which gladly would forget again my woful countries ſmart. For who can well diſplaie the treaſons and the guiles, The B3r 3 The bloodie murders mercileſſe, the ſnares and craftie wiles Which France hath put in use theſe thirtie yeeres and more, The like of which in Chriſtendome was never ſeene before? But ſith it is your will to know the wofull ſtate Of Chriſts afflicted Church in France, which Antichriſt doth hate. Come reſt you here a while, and marke what I ſhall tell, Great warres & broiles I muſt declare, God grāant it may be wel. And firſt to pitch the plot that you doo ſo deſire, I will unfolde the cheefeſt cauſe that kindled firſt this fire.

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 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 againſt 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:

Now is the time to ſtirre while matters yet be newe, While blinded mindes in doubting hang, not knowing what is true. For if the word of God do once being to ſhine, Then farewell all, I ſhalbe faine my kingdome to reſigne. But if you will agree and follow mine adviſe, We ſhall cut off this ſowen word, as faſt as it ſhall riſe. And firſt we muſt give out ſome vile and leud report Of ſuch as doo profeſſe the truth, and ſuch as doo reſort Unto their Sermons: ſo this waie it will be beſt, To make the King and manie more their dealings to deteſt. And when as they ſhall meete in Church to ſerve the Lord, Wee’l ſaie they do defile thēemſelves, to make thēem more abhord. And B4r 4 And when in fields they joine their joifull Pſalmes to ſing, Wee muſt give out that they conſpire which waie to kill the King. So to their filed talke the King will give no heed, But give us leave, and joyne with us againſt them to proceede. And manie that ſhall heare this ſmooth invented lie, Wil never ſeek the truth: but then condemne them by & by. So ſhall we have our will, ſo ſhall we ſet a ſtaie For thoſe that ſeek to know the truth to ſtop thēem in their waie. And that we maie the more their dealings quite deface, I muſt deviſe to point you all your office and your place: For ſome muſt Captaines be to lie in waite for blood, And burne them in their temples all, to doo your maſter good. And ſuch muſt alwaies be abroad to range the coaſts, In everie place to lie in waite, and meete them at their hoaſts. And ſome muſt ſtaie at home to lie in Princes eare, That of theſe men within his ſight not one may dare appeare. If force will not prevaile, if Nobles take their part, By flattrie then ſome muſt attempt theſe Nobles to ſubvart.

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 haſt,

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 overthrow 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.

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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 revilde

(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,

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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 foūund,

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.

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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 our 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,

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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.

And he that now hath lent to thee this happie Raigne, Will for thy ſinne moſt ſurelie turne thy pleaſure into paine. The Conſtable of France a looking glaſſe may be, In whōom the end of ſwelling pride your Grace may plainly ſee. Who proudlie ſwearing ſaid, If he returned found, He would not ceaſe till he had quaſht Geneva to the ground. God for his mercie manie times giveth Tyrants little power. But God that ſits above his follie did deride, And at Sanquintines did confound his purpoſe and his pride. So he that latelie ſwore againſt the Lord to fight, Was taken captive by the foe, his armie put to flight. Of wicked wilfull wits this is the wofull end, When fancie rulde by witles will, their ſtrength will ſtrive to bend Againſt the Lord. But now ô King we do not care; For whatſoever God ſhall ſend we willing are to beare. But C3r 7 The bloud of the Martirs is the ſeede of the Church. But yet of this be ſure, the blood that thou dooſt wring From us unjuſtlie, is the ſeed whereby the Church doth ſpring. And though our bodies be conſumed in the flame, Truth, the true Phœnix. Yet of our aſhes God will raiſe that ſhall defend the ſame. To ſhade the ſhining light, no wit can well prevaile: So vaine, to ſtrive to ſtaie the truth which God doth nowe reveale.

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)

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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.

We feare not of this death, we know that al muſt die, Yea happie are thoſe ſillie ſoules whōom thus the Lord doth trie. O welcome joifull daie, ô welcome happie paine; Jam.1.2. A crowne immortall with this fleſh, we ſhall receive againe. Job.5.17. Now hath the Lord here brought, and placte us in this death, 2.Cro.32 31 Not for becauſe he hates his truth, but for to trie our faith. Act.4.28. The counſell of the Lord hath ſent what we receave, Epheſ.1.11. And you to us ſhal doo no more than God ſhall give you leave. Phil.1.28. And you that are our foes, beware the deadlie ſigne, Which ſhowes you none of Gods elect, while thus ye doo repine Againſt his knowen truth: for which we undertake To ſpend our blood in his defence, and ſuffer for his ſake. Geneſ.4.10. The blood of Abel cride for vengeance to the Lord, Which fell on Cain & al his ſeed, (whōom men & earth abhord) From which the Lord defend both you, and eke our land: O Lord revenge not this our wrong, but ſtay thy furious hand Act.7.60. And give them yet ſome ſpace for to repent this thing; And for our death we doo forgive both them & eke our King. Whoſe life the Lord preſerve in health and perfect peace, And grāant that under him the truth may have ſome joiful eaſe. And though you have ſome power this fleſh for to deſtroy, Yet cannot us your rage devide from Chriſts immortal joy. And though our breakfaſt ſeeme to fleſh and blood ſome paine, Yet ſhall we ſup with Jeſus Chriſt, and eaſe receave againe. Into thy bleſſed hands, ô Lord our ſoules receave: For C4r 8 For of this earth and earthlie traſh ô Lord we take our leave.

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.

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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 counſell 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,

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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, was the Truth, which now in France increaſed dailie: which was the cauſe of this preſent Perſecution. graſſe that Sathan greeves did yet begin to ſpring,

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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 ſpeaches 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:

They are not ſharpe inough to ſhred appearing ill, They ſuffer impes of Luthers ſect too much to have their will.

The The King ap pointed an aſſemblie to be made, to conſider of the Edict of Caſtellobrian. 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 ſuſpected for Religion: which after was the cauſe of Annas Burgæus 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?

If anie ſuch be found, let them be wroong to death; Becauſe the word is all our ſtaie, and Author of our faith. The ſpeaches of the godlie againſt the Papiſtes crueltie. But if for Heretikes the godlie ſhould be ſlaine, God would revenge their blood, and we by this ſhould reap no gain. And thoſe which you do think the truth do now denie, Their reaſons, deeds & faith we ſee, wherein they ſtoutlie die. There- D2r 10 Acts.5.39. Therefore if from the Lord this counſell doo proceede, To ſtrive againſt the ſame, it were a vaine and ſinfull deede.

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 ſpeach of 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.

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Yet there were ſome which now a noble courage take,

Annas Burgeus as the chiefe this doubtfull ſilence brake.

The notable Oration of Annas Burgæus, delivered before the King in the ſenat houſe. Who lifting up his hands, in heart began to praie, With thankes to God that he did live to ſee that happie daie Wherein the Lord had wrought ſuch care within his grace, That he would bēend his willing eare to judge ſo weightie caſe. The cauſe ſaith he is Chriſts which we have now in hand, For which the Lord wil ſurely bleſſe both you & eke your lāand. This is the bleſſed He ſetteth out the power & vertue of the word of god, and what a bleſsing it bringeth to them that joyfullie receive it. 2. Sam.6.11. 1.Cron.15. 21 & 16. 38. Arke that came to Edomes hall, For which the Lord hath bleſsing ſent on him, his houſe & al. This is the duſtie booke which good 2.Kinges. 22.8. Hilkiah found: Which read before the King, did give a ſweet & silver ſound. This is the Angel which to Judg.6.11 37. Gedeon did appeare: This is the deaw upon the fleece, which ſet him void of feare. This is the ſword that made blinde Numb.22 23.28. Balaams Aſſe to ſpeake. This is the Jerem.20. 9. flame the Prophet forſt his ſilence for to breake. This is the Pſal 42.1. & 119. 105. livelie ſpring, which cooles the thirſtie heate This is the ſhining lanterne, which gives light unto our feete. This is the Exod 13. 21. flame that earſt by night did ſhew the way: This is the bleſſed cloud that led Gods choſen in the day. This is 1.Kinges. 18.31. Elgathes flake that made his offering fume: And this the 2.King.1. 10. Numb.16.15. blaſt which frōom the Lord great rebels did cōonſume. This is the mightie Pſalm.19.5.9. voyce that makes the mountaines ſhake, This makes the Liban cedars ſtoop, & fearful hindes to quake. And this the pleaſant Eſa.55.1. wine to weake that comfort gives: And this the wholſom 1 Pet.Peter2.22. milk wherby the ſucking Infant lives. Now as the Lord doth bleſſe the land that loves the ſame: So for contemners of his truth he ſtill provides a ſhame. For why came Hoſhea the King and al Iſrael were carried captive to Babylon by the King of the Aſſyrians for diſpiſing the Woord and Commandements of the Lord. 2.Kinges 17.4,5,6. Aſhur up Gods choſen to moleſt, And led the King with Commons all in Babel for to reſt? But D3r 11 But for becauſe they all their God did often grieve, Which hated truth, & were content their faith to idols give. And if he doo not ſpare a King; ô King take heed: If people all to thraldome goe; this land, ô Lord had neede To weigh the curſed cauſe of this their finall fall; Leaſt for the like, the like conſume our King and Cōommons all. Now is the Reve.10.2. Angell come with open booke in hand, Which long ere this was ſealed cloſe from us & eke our land. Now muſt the godlie crave of this to eate their fill: So God with plentie will not faile to love and feed them ſtill. Now ſee this Angel which to us doth offer grace, Is Jeſus Chriſt, which by his death our ſins doth quite deface. If we Heb.4.10. by livelie faith of him can take good hold, Then voide of feare before the Lord to come we may be bold. It’s he that ſhewes the Luk.24.3 way the truth to intertaine, It’s he that 45 cleares the blinded eyes, it’s he that parteth plaine The truth from popiſh lies, the ſonne from myſtie ſhades; It’s he that cals our ſtraying ſteppes from Sathans ſinfull trades. O well is he that can this booke this truth imbrace; O ill is he that ſhall refuſe when Chriſt doth offer grace. And though this books at firſt be ſweete unto our taſt; Yet Sathans rages makes the ſame ſeeme bitter at the laſt. And what though Sathan rage, what though the ende be gall? Shall bitter blaſts make us forſake our Chriſt, our life, and all? No, God forbid, ô King, that he ſhould knock in vaine: Leaſt being gone we juſtlie doubt when he will come again. As yet he ſtands without, and knocketh at thy dore; O King receve that bleſſed gueſt, that he may bleſſe thee more. If that Apo.3.20 we let him in, his promiſe is to ſtaie: But when from us he ſhall depart, ô moſt unhappie day. The Luk 14.11 ſupper is preparde, the Angels ſent to call The ſtraying gueſts of this your Land unto his ſacred hall. But if by fond excuſe we ſhun his profered grace, He D3v He ſhuts the doore and will admit ſome others in our place. Reve.19.7. & 18.2 The marriage of the Lambe, that bleſſed Lambe is nie; Which makes with al her Romiſh trickes that whore of Babel flie. Then happie is the man & bleſſed from the Lord, That with the Lambe maie have a place, & ſit at ſacred bord. Act.9.3,4. If now we ſee the light that danted Saul to ground, If now we heare that ſacred voice, that ſweete & joiful ſound: Then let us now inquire, what voice it is that calls; And let us yeeld unto the truth; that from our eies the ſcales Of darkneſſe may depart. For vaine it is to kicke; And labour loſt for wilfull colte to ſtrive againſt the pricke. And if the hidden Truth the Lord will now reveale; To daunt the ſame (ô noble King) your force ſhal not prevaile. What Giant can withſtand of Truth the piercing might? What earthlie force of ſhining Sunne at noone can quēench the light? Eſdr.3.12. & 4.33,40 If Truth do conquere Kings; if Truth do cōonquere al? Matth.16. 18. Then leave to love theſe Popiſh lies, let whoriſh Babel fall. Greeve not that bleſſed Spirit of life that ſeales the band, Luk.21.15. For which king David did requeſt; by which we underſtand Act.6.10. Reve.18.2. Our calling to be ſure, our ſtriving not in vaine; Eph.4.30. By which we know we are ordaind for Chriſt to ſuffer paine. Pſal.50.11 Now ſith we have the ſeale from feare that makes us free, 2.Pet.1.10 And ſhining light frōom popiſh ſhades the Lord hath made us ſee: Phill.1.29 We may no longer then diſſemble in this caſe: Rom.8.15. But what we thinke muſt plainlie ſhowe (ô King) before your face. 2.Cor.13.8 We cannot (as you would) the certain Truth denie; But that defend: though for the ſame we wer cōondemned to die. And whereas you doo thirſt to ſucke the guiltleſſe blood Of them whōom you name Lutherans, ô King we think not good To ſtrengthen that device which Sathan did invent: Leaſt that with Caine our bloodie fact too late we ſhould repēent. For thoſe whom you doo hate, and puſh with heavie hand; In verie truth are godlie men, the beſt in all your land. Whoſe D4r 12 Whoſe faith you doo not ſee, whoſe life you doo not know; Take heed leaſt you in them doo ſeeke the Lord to overthrow. Which feate by wāanton will if now your Grace aſſay; Be wiſe in time, leaſt that in this, you frame your owne decay. But this we thinke the beſt, that ſtraight way out of hand A lawfull Counſell may be calde to have the matter ſcand. Till which, let godlie men whom envie cannot ſtaine, In lieu of all their curſed wrong, in reſt at home remaine. But if to this (ô King) you ſtoppe your princelie eare: Rom.1.18. 28. Leſt God with blindnes ſtrike your hart, your frēends may juſtly feare. For they that doo not care aright to ſerve the Lord, He leves them to their filthie luſts to make thēem more abhord. 1.Ki.21.20 Remember Ahabs fall that ſolde himſelfe to death; Exod.7.11. 12. Jannes & Jāambres. Forget not thoſe two wicked men which long withſtood the faith. Corrupted men ſhal fade, the reprobates ſhall die: 2.Tim.3.8. 9. God wil not long maintein their raign that ſhal his truth denie. Their madneſſe ſhall be plaine, their follies ſeene, & then The godlie ſhall deride the rage of ſinfull wicked men. Prov.1.26. Becauſe (ſaith God) you ſtaid to come when I did call, I will be deafe when you lament, and laugh when you do fall. Which plague the Lord withhold frōom you & eke your land; The lord preſerve your noble grace, & shield ye with his hand. That long in perfect peace your Grace may rule and raigne; That in your time Gods knowen truth may once revive again. And this is all we wiſh, and this the worſt we crave; That Chriſt will open once your heart, by faith your ſoule to ſave.

This ſaid, he ſate again. The King in fierie heate

Scant able to forbeare ſo long; ſpake thus from out his ſeate.

The Kinges anſwere unto Burgeus wherein he ſhewes his deadlie anger and mallice against the Truth. Indeede, and is it ſo? well then we knowe the worſt: To ſpeake or thinke as we have heard we deemd no subject durſt. But now with griefe we ſee that this infectious ſeed Hath D4v Hath taken rooting in our Court, whereof this is the ſeed. But moſt we marvell whie the Nobles of our land So blinded are, that they wil needs theſe matters take in hand? We thought it moſt unlike that men ſo grave and wiſe, Should ever ſtoop to give conſent unto ſo leaud deviſe. But now we muſt correct our minde and former thought, And give theſe new religious mēen the guerdōon they have ſought. And truſt us, ſo we will, now that we know the crue, We doubt not but the proudeſt ſhall this day & dealings rue. Now ſith we know the good, the reſt ſhall know our minde: We doubt not for theſe bleding woūunds ſome healing salve to find. Such tooles we have in ſtore to fel this rotting moote, That quicklie ſhall pul up and raſe the branches with the roote. This ſeede of Luthers ſect which now begins to ſpring, Shall to the fields where it doth growe a wofull harveſt bring. It’s time to looke about, it’s time to ſet ſome ſtay: For if we ſleepe, we ſee there be that watch for our decay. But they ſhall have their meede, they ſhall not loſe their hire. They ſhortlie ſhal with ſorrow feele the waight of Princes ire.

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.

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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.

He is the Sacrifice by death that made me free; He is the onelie Paſchall Lambe that ſhed his blood for me; He is the onelie Chriſt our onelie Purgatorie. Heb.1.3. heate by faith that purgeth ſinne In them that now beleeve, or thoſe that heretofore have bin. Therefore I doo defie your popiſh trifles all, And thanke the God that gives me grace to come whēen he doth call.

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,

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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.

The ſpeaches of Burgeus at his diſgrading. I thanke my God that lent me life to ſee this daie, Wherein theſe badges of the Beaſt are taken cleane awaie; That Antichriſt hencefoorth in me maie claime no part; Whoſe whoriſh art and Romiſh raggs I hate with al my hart. This Popiſh ſinfull oyle I gladlie here doo leave; For this, of God a glorious crowne I know I ſhall receave. If you could ſee the waie that leadeth unto life; If you could know the perfect truth, thēen ended wer this ſtrife. But yet you are too dull, your eies are yet too blinde; Farewell therefore you Romiſh ragges, which here I leve behind. For theſe (my God) when I before thee ſhall appeare; Give me (ô Lord) a quiet heart, a conſcience voide of feare. So ſhall I ſtoutlie ſtand and ſtill profeſſe thy name; So ſhall my foes be turned backe, and quite be put to ſhame; So ſhall I gladlie goe unto that wiſhed place; And in defence of this thy truth, my ſtake I ſhall imbrace. Now Sathan doo thy worſt, I will appeale no more, The truth (I know) which I profeſſe is it that gals thy ſore. Now let me know (I pray) my ſentence and my doome; My blood it is which you do ſeeke, now let my ſentence come.

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.

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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.

Hath Sathan (which deceite and lies hath uſed long) Inforced you againſt the truth and Chriſt to practiſe wrong? And are you gone ſo farre, that you can be content For love ye beare to Sathans lies, to kill the innocent. What, is there not a God that ſearcheth everie vaine? And will he not revenge the blood of Abel ſpilt by Cain? And can you now accompt the truth to be a lie? And can you think within your hart that Chriſt can go awrie? And dare you to blaſpheme that great and ſacred name? And feare you not by fained gloſe his Goſpell to defame? And will you be ſo bold to ſaie that we doo ſtraie, VvWhich have for us the written word, & Chriſt our only way? VvWe are the ſonnes of God whom thus you doo purſue, If you perſiſt, you ſhall too ſoone perceive it to be true. VvWe know that he doth live, his voice doth ſhew his love: If you refuſe his profered word, your ſinnes ſhall you reprove. By him we can doo all; If he doo hide his face VvWe maie not hope without his help for mercie, love, or grace. VvWhat boldneſſe is it then for aſhes, filth, and claie, By fond attempt for to reſiſt the thing that he ſhall ſaie? And E2 E2v And can you be content that Chriſt for to deprave; Whoſe wounds have waſht our ſinnes, whoſe mercie doth us ſave? Shall we denie our King, our Prince, our joy, our might? Shall we conſent to do him wrong, that doth defend our right? He is our princelie Guide, our Captaine, and our ſtaie; He wakes for us when we do ſleepe, & keepes us from decay. Then heare, what ſhall we doo? Shall feare make us to flie? Shall anie earthlie force make us our Captaine to denie? Shall we unconſtant be our duetie to forgoe? Shall we repaie ſuch curteſie to him that lovde us ſo? No, no, we are but earth, to earth we muſt returne; O happie earth, if (earth) for Chriſt thou be content to burne. Our time is heere but ſhort, our deadlie foe but weake; The Lord is able when he lift his mallice for to breake. But what would Sathan have? what doth this fleſh require? But onelie this; that from our God and truth we ſhould retire. If anie doo blaſpheme, we muſt them not controll: If anie wilie wantons ſinne, we muſt their deedes extoll. If truth be troden downe: If we will live at eaſe, We muſt be then with heavy hearts cōontent to hold our peace. Which ſith we doo refuſe, you runne with open crie; Loe theſe are wicked Rebels, which moſt worthie are to die. And are we Rebels then? how will your proove this thing? Yes ſir; you doo refuſe, with us to Baal your offrings bring. O mercie now good Lord! what wicked times are theſe? How long ſhal theſe ungodlie men keep theſe ungodlie waies? How long wilt thou forbeare to bridle this their luſt? And when ſhall all their fleſhlie pride be raked in the duſt? Why dooſt thou winke ſo long? whie doſt thou ſo delaie? Why doſt thou not cut off thoſe Impes, that ſtir this fierie fray? But if it be thy will that they ſhould longer raigne: And if thou thinke it beſt for us that they ſhould yet remaine: Reſtraine them yet (good Lord) leaſt they doo go too farre; For E3r 15 For they againſt thy godlie Saints intend a cruell warre. And till thy pleaſure be for to deſtroie them quite; Withhold their cruell jawes (ô Lord) with thy moſt mightie Bitt. Have mercie ſtill on us (ô loving Father deere; Maintaine us in defending thee, from danger, fals and feare. And make them Lord to know, that they thoſe Rebels are: That frōom the ſimple (which do ſeek) the light & truth debarre. And while that I have breath I will declare the ſame; That Sathan may not with his lies thy bleſſed truth defame. Is this a Rebels part when men to Princes give Their bodies, goods, and al things els without repine & griefe? Is this a traitors pranke unto the Lord to praie; That he will keepe both Prince & Land from troble & decaie: And that he will vouchſafe to take from them the myſte Which keeps thēem from the knowledge of their ſavior & their Chriſt? Or rather is not this a moſt rebellious part; To ſeeke by all rebellious meanes Gods glorie to ſubvart? To give the honor due unto the Lord alone, To Saints that you have made: or els, to ſenſeles ſtock & ſtone? To uſe blaſphemous oathes; to ſuffer common ſtewes; To justifie your owne device; and ſuch like filthie uſe? Your Conſcience ſhall be judge, to you I doo appeale: Hath God delivered you the ſword againſt his truth to deale? If not, beware betime, and marke what I ſhall ſaie; This mallice which you beare to Chriſt will be your own decaie. And what, are you ſo blinde, that you perceave not this; How in this ſentence you pronounce, that you are none of his? Recount within your ſelves and call to minde at large, Where anie ſinne or wickedneſſe be laid unto our charge. If not; then judge againe, and tell me if you can: Which is the beſt; to ſerve the Lord, or follow ſinfull man? Now if you love your goods, your credite, and your life; If you preferre before your God your houſhold, child, or wife: Then E3 E3v Then know you are not fit with Chriſt to have a part; But feare, leaſt for your ſinne in hell you finde a laſting ſmart? But if you doo not feare the judgements of the Lord: Yet know, your deeds in forreine lands to strāangers are abhord. How manie ſinfull actes, and deedes devoyd of wit, That ruddie purpled Phalaris hath made you to commit? Who for his curſed gaine hath ſet about the King, Such as wil Prince and Commons all to deadlie ruine bring. And when that Beaſt doth bid, you runne at everie call; You racke & teare Gods knowen truth, not caring what befall. To pleaſe him, you doo yeeld the godlie to torment With ſuch outrage, as you are forc’t the ſame for to lament. But what; me thinkes I ſee the teares tril downe your cheeke? What, have I ſpoken that which now your conſcience doth miſlike? Well, then beware betime, for yet the time is wel; But if you ſhun this profered grace, beware the paines of hell. Your conſcience muſt be knowen, your deeds muſt al appeere. Then call for grace, and ſo repent while yet you tarrie heere. But if you quake in jeſt as Felix did before, And if you feare without remorſe your paine wilbe the more. You ſee how they rejoice whom you condemne to die; No terror can aſſaile the heart on Chriſt that doth relie. We waie not all your force, your mallice, and your ſtrife; We doo accompt this cruell death to us a happie life. Why ſhould it grieve my heart for Chriſt to hang or burne; For little paine, I know the Lord great pleaſure will returne. But they unhappie are, and curſed from above, Which from thēemſelves & others ſeek the truth for to remove. But this I know from Chriſt nothing ſhall me depart, And from aſſured hope in him none ſhall remove my heart. For though you teare my fleſh, and heart to pouder grinde; Yet this ſhall never ſo prevaile, as once to change my minde. And when that you have done the worſt you can deviſe; Vve E4r 16 VvWe know that in the latter day with Chriſt we ſhall ariſe. This death therefore to us we recken little paine: For we beleeve aſſuredlie that we ſhall live againe. Now hap what maie befall, to hang, to burne, to frie I have profeſſed Chriſt: and ſo, a Chriſtian I will die. VvWhy therefore doo we ſtaie? Come hangman doo thy part; Thy fact in this, loe heere I doo forgive with all my heart. And this he did repeate, Come hangman doo the deed; Till that the ſtouteſt heart that heard, for griefe began to bleed. Put out, put out (ſaid he) your franticke fierie brands; That Chriſt may onlie rule & reign, ſet to your helping hands. Repent your wicked thoughts forſake your filthie waies: And if you hope to have releaſe, then uſe no more delaies. But why doo I ſo long draw this forſaken breath? Farewell my mates; for now behold, I goe unto my death.

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.

Burgæus uſeth 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,

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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.

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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,

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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)

Nere to the place wherein as then Burgeus was in hold.

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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.

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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 ſeconde oration of the divell to the Queene Mother of France, the Guiſes, and the reſt of the Papiſts. There is a ſubtill veyne that feedes this cankred ſore: For now the deeper it is launcte it riſeth ſtill the more. VvWe ſee that fire and ſword cannot at all prevaile, VvWe ſee that al our bloody broiles their courage cannot quaile. VvWe ſee how Noble men their forces dailie bend To counter croſſe our planted plots, this cauſe for to defend. Two civill warres are paſt, the third is now in hand; VvWe ſee how ſtoutlie they are bent our forces to withſtand. Therefore we muſt deviſe to plaie ſome other part, Or elſe in vaine we take in hand theſe Princes to ſubvart. Now lend your liſtening eares, and marke what I ſhall ſaie; A ſecret thing I have bethought which here I will bewraie: The divels ghoſtlie counſeil. You muſt make ſhow, as though you lovde to live at eaſe; As wearie of theſe broiles, you muſt intreate to have a peace. The King as chiefeſt man this plaie muſt firſt begin, By loving letters, words, and cheere at firſt to bring them in. And looke what they miſlike, the King muſt raſe it out, And yeeld to all things they requeſt, to put them out of doubt. The King muſt ſhew ſuch face to them above the reſt, As F3r 19 As though he did unfeinedlie of all men love them beſt. The worſt of all their band the King muſt intertaine With ſuch good will, that no miſtruſt in anie maie remaine. And he muſt make them know, as though of late he felt Some pricke in conſcience for the cauſe againſt the which hee delt. And that he will forgive al quarrels that are paſt, In hope that this their new goodwil with love might ever laſt And he muſt make complaint, as though he did of late Miſlike the dealings of the Guiſe, and ſuch as they doo hate. And then the Guiſes muſt awhile from Court retire; For thus you ſhall intrap them all, and have your full deſire. The King muſt yeeld to all that they requeſt or crave, And he muſt grant for to cōonfirm the thing that they wold have. The Mother Queene in this muſt alſo play her part, That no ſuſpect of treaſon maie remaine within their heart. And here you muſt give out, as though you would imploie Their service in ſome forreine warres, which dooth your State annoie. As if you would not truſt the weight of ſuch affaires To anie man, but them alone; whoſe faith and watchfull cares You long have tried: and ſo you maie your plot prepare By theſe and ſuch like fained things, to trap them in your ſnare. If this prevaile not; then I ſtand in fearfull doubt, What practiſe next to put in ure to have them rooted out. Now therefore ſay your minde, if thus it be not beſt To cut them off, that ſo againe we all may live in reſt.

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.

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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.

Which might be now to me a cauſe of paſsing joie; For that I meane in forreine warres your ſervice to imploie; And firſt we doo require, that we may joyne our band, Againſt the man that cauſeth all theſe troubles in our land. Our Armies being joynde, we may the ſtronger goe Againſt the Duke of Alva, whom we know to be our foe. Great matters move our minde againſt the King of Spaine, For he hath taken Florida, and late our ſiſter ſlaine.

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 promiſe 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 loſt

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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.

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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 wiſe

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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.

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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,

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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.

For this I know is true, we all muſt pay a death To God, our maker, which hath lent this uſe of livelie breath. But to your Majeſtie the great good will I bare Is it which now above the reſt dooth moſt increſe my care: To ſee you now beſet with ſuch as wiſh no good Unto your health, your crown & life, & ſuch as ſeek the blood Of G2 G2v Of you and of your frends, to ſpill your noble race; That ſo they may in future time your Princelie ſtocke deface. And ſo at length ingraffe a ſtrange Italian weede, Which may in France moſt ſurelie choake the Princes royall ſeede. This is the onelie marke to which they doo aſpire; This is the onelie wood ô King that doth mainteine the fire Of theſe your civill warres, (although they doo pretend Religion, and ſome other thing) this is the chiefeſt end Of all their drift. Therefore ô King beware by time, Mark this Eclipſe, whilſt yet ye ſee the Moone is in her Prime. I ſaie the leſſe, becauſe I know your Grace is wiſe, You ſhall in time moſt plainlie ſee this plot of their deviſe Your wiſedome dooth perceave (I hope) whom I doo meane, For of the ſame with griefe before I heard you oft complaine. For though that I doo lie heere wounded as you ſee, The chiefeſt treaſon they intend is not alone to me: But to your noble Grace, whoſe death they daily crave, Whoſe life by treaſon long ere this, & now deſire to have. I know when God ſhall take this fraile and wretched life, Some will not ſticke to ſay, that I was cauſe of all the ſtrife. But God that is above, and you my witneſſe be, How deare the ſafegard of my Prince, & peace hath bin to me. God grant you ſee in time your frends from fleering foe, That ſtill in ſafetie you may reigne devoide of griefe and woe. Now I can ſaie no more, but God preſerve your Grace, And ſhield you from your fained friends which beare a double face. And this amidſt your mirth I praie remember ſtill, That they that ſeek to have my life, do beare you no good wil.

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:

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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 Coūunty 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,

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In planting long a bloodie plot, which now ſhe muſt declare.

O The Oration of the Queene mother 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:

We have them all in hold, we have the chiefeſt faſt: And thoſe for whom we waited long we have them all at laſt. VvWhie ſhould we longer ſtaie? what can we farther crave? VvWhat are not all things come to paſſe which wee doo long to have? Doth not our mightieſt foe lie woūunded in his bed, Not able now to helpe himſelfe, which others long hath led? The Captaines captive are, the King of Navarre ſure; The Prince of Condee, with the reſt that miſchiefe did procure Are cloſe within our wals, we have them in a trap; Good fortune (loe) hath brought them al, & laid thēem in our lap. By force or flight to ſave their lives it is too late, If we (to cut off future feare and cauſe of all debate) Doo The queen mother was a good ſcholer of that divel of Florence, Machivel, of whom ſhe learned manie bad leſſons, as this. take the profered time: which time is onelie now; And wiſedome matcht with policie our dealings doth allow. VvWe neede not feare the ſpot of anie
  • 1. That a prince muſt not care to be accompted cruel, ſo that anie profit come by it. 8.The or. Politico.
cruell fame:
So long as we maie feele ſome eaſe or profite by the ſame.
For wiſedome doth allow the Prince to plaie the
  • 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.
And Lion-like to rage: but hates the plainneſſe of an Oxe.
VvWhat thogh ye do
  • 3.Leſſon, That a Prince may not doubt to forſweare, to deceive, & diſſemble.
forſwear? what thogh ye break your faith?
VvWhat thogh ye promiſe life, & yet repay it with their This is a wholſome ſcholemistres for a yong King. death?
Is this ſo great a fault? Naie, naie, no fault at all: For this we learne we ought to doo, if ſuch occaſions fall. Our Maſters doo perſwade a
  • 4Leſſ: That a prudent Prince is not to keep faith, where anie ill may grow by it.
King to cogge and lie,
And never keep his faith, whereas his danger growes thereby.
Cut off therefore the head of this infectious ſore: So maie you well aſſure your ſelves this Byle wil riſe no more. Theſe be the pillars, & this the fruite of Popiſh religiōon. The Captaines being ſlaine, the ſoldiers will be faint; So G4r 24 So ſhall we quicklie on the reſt performe our whole intent. Plucke up therefore your ſprites, and play your manlie parts, Let neither feare nor faith prevaile to dant your warlike harts. What ſhame is this that I (a woman by my kinde) Neede thus to ſpeake, or paſſe you men in valure of the minde? For heere I doo proteſt, if I had bene a man; I had my ſelfe before this time this murder long began. Why doo you doubting ſtand, and wherefore doo you ſtaie? If that you love your peace, or life; procure no more delaie. We have them in our hands, within our Caſtle gates, Within the wals of Paris towne the maſters & their mates. This is the onelie time this matter to diſpatch; But being fled, theſe birds are not ſo eaſie for to catch. The towne of Paris will moſt gladlie give conſent, And threeſcore thouſand fighting men provide for this intent. So ſhall we quicklie ſee the ende of all our ſtrife, And in a moment ſhall diſpatch theſe rebels of their life. But if we ſtand in feare, and let them ſcape our hand; They will procure in time to come great trouble in our land: For if the Admirall his ſtrength receave againe, Can anie doubt but that he will be mindfull of his paine?
  • 5.Leſſon: That it is a ſimple thing to thinke, that newe benefits can make olde injuries to be forgotten.
It is a ſimple thing for Princes to beleeve
That new goodwil an ancient hate from galled hearts cāan drive.
Therefore if we permit theſe Rebels to retire, We ſoone ſhall ſee by warres againe our Countrie ſet on fire. This is a womans minde, and thus I thinke it beſt: Now let us likewiſe heare I pray the ſentence of the reſt.

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.

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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.

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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,

Thoſe Rebels to deſtroy; which now theſe latter yeeres Bore armes againſt his Grace: which thogh they be his peeres, Yet will he quite pull up, and roote the lawleſſe race Of thēem, that long have ſought by force his dealings to diſgrace. And what a happie time (I praie) my mates, is this; When faſt within our Citie wals the Captaine cloſed is That fiercelie brued the broile of this our doubtfull ſtrife, And manie times hath put us all in danger of our life? Their truſt by treaſon trainde, is cauſe of this deceite: The Queene mother was the chiefe deviſer of this bloodie ſtratageme. Oh happie ſhe that wrought the molde of this ſo cunning feat. Their frēends will prove their foes, ſweet pleſures wil have pain; And being here they are not like to ſee their homes againe. Their chambers priſons are, their beds ſhall be their grave: And ere the day appeere we muſt a glorious Conqueſt have. Be ſtong therefore my frends, make ſharpe the fatall knife; For of theſe Rebels ere the day not one ſhall ſcape with life. Their leader and their guide lies wounded in his bed, And therefore as the chiefeſt foe, we’ill firſt have off his head. And when we have diſpatcht the Rebels we have heere, We’ill likewiſe ranſack all the Land of like that ſhall appeere. This H H1v This is the Kings intent, this is his Graces minde, To doo this feate, let him in us a willing courage finde: And for a token when this murder ſhall begin, The warlike trumpet ſhall not ſound, nor banner ſhalbe ſeene; Tockeſeine was the great bell of the Pallaice which was accustomed to be rong onelie for great cauſes But Tockeſeine ſhalbe heard this bloodie newes to bring, For then begin, when as you heare this Pallace bell to ring: The badge which you ſhall bear by which you ſhal be known, Shalbe a Linnen cloath of white, made faſt about the brawne Of left ſide arme; and eke, a croſſe upon your cap, Of white likewiſe: and theſe keepe faſt what ever chance may hap. And this is all (my frends) that I have now to ſaie, Come follow me, and let’s begin and uſe no more delaie.

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:

What though the Cōommons riſe? what thogh the tumult rage? When they ſhal ſee the princes gard, their malice wil aſſwage. I know the King will not by treaſon falſe his faith, Thogh for the ſame there might enſue the hazard of his death. The oath that he hath ſworne ſo oft to keepe the peace, No Chriſtian conſcience can aſſent at all for to releaſe. His H2r 26 His mother gave her faith, his brothers ſware likewiſe, The publique recordes of the Land doo witneſſe this deviſe. What band may ſurer be? what more may you deſire? What can we farther wiſh? And yet if more you doo require The Queene of England is a witnes of the ſame, The Prince of Aurendge, & the States that from the Germaines came; The marriage of the Kings ſister was ſolemni ſed but five daies before This Royal match likewiſe my hart doth wel aſſure That ſuch a ſeale of perfect love for ever will indure: Which marriage latelie made with counſell grave and good, The King will not permit to be ſo ſoone defilde with blood. For what would ſtrangers ſaie if ſuch things ſhould befall? But ſuch things Lord be farre from us, & Lord preſerve us all? What would the future age of impes as yet unborne; What would all Nations thinke, if we by truſt ſhould be forlorne? The ſtout and conſtant minde, & honor of the King Will never give conſent I know to doo ſo leaud a thing.

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 commēendeth 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.

Wel, now the time is come, I may no longer doubt; Come lend your help, my frends (I pray) frōom bed to lift me out. To Chriſt my onelie hope my ſoule I doo betake, And in this place from off my couch this life I will forſake.

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.

And H2 H2v And have no care for me; for I am well content This life to yeeld unto the Lord, which he to me hath lent. It greeves me not to die, Gods will is alwaie beſt; From future feares I know with Chriſt my ſoule ſhalbe in reſt. This plot is not preparde alone to murder me; But for the raſing of that truth, which they are loath to ſee. The godlie for to ſpoile which have receavde the word, Theſe tyrants ſeeke with cruel hate by falſhood and by ſword. Which word unto my power I alwaies did defend; The mallice of which godly courſe hath broght me to my end. Which doth rejoyce my heart & ſoule exceedinglie; That for his truth the Lord hath thought me worthy for to die. For though our ſinnes doo cauſe theſe troubles in our land: Yet ſhall theſe tyrants not eſcape the Lords revenging hand. And though our God doo ſeeme from us to hide his face, And armes our foes with cruell death his people to diſgrace: Yet if we be content, his mercie will retire. Have mercie Lord upon thy Church, ô Chriſt I thee deſire. The Admirall invaieth againſt the wicked treaſon of the Queene Mother, the King, and the Duke of Guiſe. And you ô traitors vilde that laide this trothleſſe traine, Againſt the Lord have lifted up your wicked harts in vaine. For you are puffed up with hope that is not ſure; For theſe our paines, you ſhal receave the pains that ſhal indure. And you that dare to lift your hands againſt the Lord, Before your death moſt juſtlie ſhall of all men be abhord. Though yet you doo not feele the ſentence that is due To this your bloodie traitors act, yet know that you ſhall rue Your breach of plighted faith, your deepe diſſembling hart; There is a God will judge us all, that will revenge our ſmart. The paine that we receave doth breed eternall joy; But for the wrōong that you have done the Lord wil you deſtroy O Lord confirme my faith, which now muſt here be tride; Reach me thy hand (ô Chriſt) that I from thee may never ſlide. My H3r 27 My fearfull fleſh is weake, my heart and will is preſt: Forſake me not my God, but now receave me to thy reſt. Let not this irkſome ſhade, this darke and dolefull night Keepe from my heart in this aſſault thy ſweete & pleſant light: For though the worldlie Sunne mine eie ſhall ſee no more, Thy bleſſed Sonne let me enjoy, whom I by faith adore. And whereas I diſpaire no more to ſee the day, In ſteed of that, thy loving face ſhew me (my God) I praie. Loe then, a bleſſed chance, and happie change for me; That from this vale of wretched life with Chriſt in joy ſhalbe. Now let theſe traitors come, the feare of death is paſt; And fainting fleſh that did rebell, hath yeelded at the laſt. Now doth my ſoule rejoice, my heart moſt gladlie ſaie; Thou Sonne of God, my Savior come, my Chriſt now come thy waie? For here againe to thee my ſoule I do commend, And to thy poore afflicted Church ô Lord thy mercie ſend. So ſhall they be at reſt, ſo ſhall they praiſe thy name; Let not theſe tyrants longer Lord thy ſervants put to ſhame. Leaſt they doo proudlie bragge, and ſaie within their heart; VvWher is the God whōom they do ſerve, that now ſhuld take their part. Come quicklie Lord therefore, & make no more delay To ende theſe fierce and bloodie broiles; Amen, Amen, I ſaie.

Three wicked varlets brake into the Admirals 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.

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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.

The wicked ſpeeches of the bloodie Guiſe after the murder of the Admirall. O happie lucke that we ſo good beginnings have, Lo Fortune frames her willing hand to give that we do crave. And ſith it pleaſde the fates at firſt ſuch hap to ſend, It gives me cauſe of future hope to ſee ſome happie end. Come H4r 28 Come on my valiant hearts, ſo place your warlike bands, That marching forward to the reſt, not one may ſcape our hāands This is the Kings decree, this hath he given out; We do no more than he commands, to put you out of doubt; Let pitie take no place till Rebels all be rid, Thus ſaith the king, feare not therfore to do what he doth bid. Let nothing now prevaile to dant your hardie minde; The right picture of a bloodie Tyrant. No, though with teares they pitie crave, let thēem no mercie find. Have no remorſe unto the yong ne yet the olde; Without regard to anie one to kill them all be bolde. Now ſanctifie your ſwords, and bath them in the blood Of theſe religious Rebels, which do meane the King no good. So ſhall we quicklie finde a path to perfect peace; So ſhall we ſee aſſured meanes at length to live at eaſe: For if we can recount the troubles that are paſt; Then happie time wherein we may diſpatch them all at laſt.

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.

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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.

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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?

No, God forbid, I know I have a ſoule to ſave; So bloodie ſpot, to ſave my life my name ſhall never have. I know there is a day, a day that Rev.6.10. Saints deſire; When of our deeds the king above a reckoning will require. Obaie the Rom.13.1 1.Pet.2.13 Tit.3.1. King; that’s true, in things that honeſt be: When I obey in wicked heſts, wo worth the time to me. For Joab did not well 2.Sam.11 16. King David to obay, When wickedlie the King him bad Uriah for to ſlay. Thoſe Elders did offend which ſhewde themſelves too prone, Thoſe wicked letters to obey poore 1.King.21 11. Naboth for to ſtone. And curſed 1.Sam.22 18. Doeg which obaide a wicked will, Shall curſed ſtand for that he did the Lords annointed kill. A murder to be done the King doth now requeſt, My God cōommands the contrary: now which to chuſe wer beſt? The King doth threaten death, and God doth threaten hell, If for the King I ſhould forſake my God, ſhould I doo well? His ſpeeches to the king. VvWhat others ſee ô King, I cannot well divine, To kill the uncondemned man it is no charge of mine. To ſlaie my deadlie foe except there were ſome cauſe I would not yeeld; much leſſe my frēend againſt our ſacred laws. What envie doth report, ô King I cannot ſaie; But this my frend a faithfull man to me hath been alwaie. Therefore I praie your Grace your rigor to aſſwage, Or bid ſome other whom you liſt to execute your rage. In matters that be good if that you liſt to uſe My ſervice, you ſhall ſee that I no perill will refuſe. There- I I1v

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 office, 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.

It grieves me for to live ſince faith from Princelie ſeate Abandonde is, and in her place raignes falſhood and deceite. It I2r 30 It grieves me for to ſee this ſad and irkſome daie, Wherein ſo great and famous King, a traitors part ſhuld play. It grieves me for to heare poore ſoules deceived crie The Admirall at firſt doubting ſome policie and il meaning, ſtaide a while, & durst not truſt the King: but at length overcame with the perſwaſions of Theligni his ſonne in law, & other his frends that there could be no hurt ment, they all being deceived with the Kings curteſies, he yeelded and came in upon truſt. Too late, for that they did too much on Princes oath relie. Woe worth my harmleſſe heart too ſoone that did beleeve, And to the kings diſſembling words too ſoone did credit give. Woe worth the wicked time when firſt I did begin To worke the meanes, for to perſwade my father to come in. Woe worth my lying tongue which firſt aſſaid to bring My fearfull Father in the minde, that he ſhould truſt the King. How oft did I commend the Kings aſſured love? How did I thinke that nothing might us frōom the ſame remove? How oft did I recount the Kings repeated oath? How many frendly ſignes were ſeene of force to bind us both? How often did I urge there was no cauſe of feare, Becauſe for this we ſaw the King moſt willing for to ſweare? But ſith it is too late this error to lament, My truſting hath deſerved death; and therefore am content. Sith I am not the firſt whom truſt hath thus betraid, To ſuffer death for no offence I am the leſſe diſmaide. And ſince my greateſt hope hath wrought me moſt deſpite, What ſhall I ſie? I ſaie no more: but Lord receave my ſprite.

Thus came this noble impe untimelie to his grave,

For that he to a Beware of the guilfull promiſes 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.

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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 had 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 ſervāants, 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.

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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.

The vehement words of Monſieur De Pilles, uppon the Kings traitrous infidelitie. O falſe unworthie King, ô whelpe of ſavage kinde! O traitrous heart in kinglie breaſt! ô baſe polluted minde! Is this a Princelie part, by treaſon to procure The murder of thy chiefeſt frends? Is this thy Popiſh lure, To traine us in by truſt, to thruſt us thus to death? Is this thy ſolemne Kinglie oath? is this a Princes faith? Is this thy frendlie cheere? Is this thy fawning face? Is this the fruite of Romiſh faith? ô falſe diſſembling race! And dooſt thou honor ſo thy ſiſters ſpouſall daie? And couldſt thou finde no other time thy treaſons to bewraie? Is this the truſt that is in mother, ſonne, and kinn? Let France thēen curſe the man that did firſt bring this kinred in. How are thy wits bewitcht? what furie doth inrage Thy tigers heart, that nothing can thy thirſt but blood aſſwage? And waſt thou not afraid to give thy leaud conſent To murder them, which to beleeve thy promiſe were content? VvWhere are thy frendlie words? where is thy feined love? VvWhat, hath thy flintie heart forgot there is a God above? And thinkſt that thou ſhalt ſhed our guiltleſſe blood in vaine? Shall not the Lord (ô wretch) of thee require the ſame againe? How dareſt thou to behold the creatures of the Lord; VvWhen for thy falſe and bloodie fact this place ſhalbe abhorde? I3 Vvhat I3v What anſwere canſt thou make to this unhappie towne, Which for thy traitrous act ſhall looſe his glorie & renowne? What anſwere canſt thou give to manie a weeping childe? To manie matrones husbandles what reaſon canſt thou yeeld? And deemſt thou not that God will plague this ſinfull land For this our blood? & fearſt thou not Gods juſt revēenging hand? Yes though at this our greefe thou proudlie now doo jeſt, Pſal.19.12 Yet God will not forget the blood of them that be oppreſt. 2.Sam.3.27 & 20.10. Did Joab die in peace that had by treaſon ſlaine Two noble men? Did not his blood requite the ſame againe? 1.Ki.2.34. Did Abſolom likewiſe that wrought his brothers death 2.Sam.13. 28. By treaſon, under frendlie ſhow, and falſing plighted faith, Thus proſper long? No, no, for God did quicklie ſend 2.Sam.18.9 To this rebellious wicked wretch a ſwift and fearfull end.

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.

Take this, and let the ſame a token ſtill remaine, That Pilles thy frend by treaſon was here moſt unjuſtlie ſlaine.

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 oppreſſe

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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 cōommon hangman of Lions, had more grace & honeſtie, 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.

On ſuch as are condemnde by Juſtice and by law, I onelie am in publike place my deadlie blade to draw.

The man repelled thus, invents another waie;

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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

Poore ſimple naked men bound proſtrate at their feete, It is a ſervice (fit ſaie they) for ſouldiours farre unmeete: And therefore if you have this murder thus decreed, Chuſe out ſome other men that liſt performe ſo hard a deed. Yet if in Rebell fort their banners were diſplaide, To put them all unto the ſword we would not be afraid. But now ſith that we know no fault that they have done, Let them (for us) proceed heerein that have the ſame begun.

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 committing 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,

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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 & ſmoking 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 merch āant 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 Collute to his 2 ſonnes lying with them upon the ground, readie to be ſacrificed. he) my Sonnes, what pain & tender care

Your loving Father from your youth hath had for to prepare

Your hearts to know the Lord, his truth to intertaine; Which farre ſurmounteth fading wealth, & hope of worldlie gaine. Now is our harveſt in, now muſt our fruite appeere, Now wil the Lord require accompt how we have lived here. The finall axe is laid to roote of falling tree; And how we hav the truth imbrac’t, the world forthwith muſt see. Be ſtrong therefore my Sonnes, refuſe not profred death; Which from the Lord is ſent to be a triall of our faith. But how ſhould we be ſtrong, when fleſh doth dailie fall? O Lord increaſe our faith, that we maie come when thou doſt call. And from the Lord I know this butchring axe is ſent, Who Sathans ſword hath loſed now no doubt for ſome intēent. This is no new deviſe which Sathan puts in ure; For they that will imbrace the truth of this ſhall ſtill be ſure. For unto Truth belongs both fier, ſword and racke, And naked Truth hath alwaies tied a whip unto her backe. The K K1v The ages that are paſt doo yet declare the ſame, Whoſe conſtant death for Chriſt, depaints the glorie of their name. For as the ſillie ſheepe betweene the Lions jawes. And like the meek & wailing dove in goſhauks greedie pawes So is the preſent ſtate of Chriſts afflicted flocke, Who are content with Chriſt to lay their head unto the block Feare not therefore to taſt this cup of joyfull paine, That with the Lord in laſting joy we all may meete againe. Let nothing force your faith from Chriſt to goe aſtraie, For I your Father (as your guide) will lead you firſt the waie. One houſe hath helde us all, one Chriſt hath been our joy; This ſweete and noble union let Sathan not deſtroy. And let us joyne in one this death for to imbrace, So joyned with Chriſt we ſhalbe ſure with him to have a place. I was not he that gave your uſe of livelie breath; I am not he that ſets the time and order of your death. It is the Lord alone, which will reſtore againe A better life, if for his law by death we ſuffer paine. Come, let us gladlie give our throate unto the knife; And for our Chriſt let us rejoyce to leave this wretched life. And ſaie you all with me; ô Lord from theſe our bands, Receave (we praie) our ſinfull ſoules into thy bleſſed hands. And lend us Lord thy grace and mercie to the end, Thy bleſſed helpe to come to thee, ô Lord of mercie ſend.

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.

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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 miſtruſting no hurt, betraied her husbāand to a flattring murderer. ſhe) my husband now doth walk.

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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.

The King commanded hath that now without delaie, Within this place I ſhould not miſſe thy life to take awaie. And that thou maiſt be ſure the King hath thus decreed; Lo here are letters from his grace, which letters thou ſhalt read.

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.

I mervaile whie the King this murder ſhould intend; I know not anie thing wherein his lawes I did offend. It doth become a King a Princelie heart to have: And not unjuſtlie for to kill the people he ſhould ſave. And what are you that can the uncondemned kill? And what are you that ſeeke my life, which never ment you il? And why ſhould you deſire to ſuck my guiltleſſe blood, Which in the Lord unto my power have ſoght to do ye good? But ſtaie; I know the cauſe: you hate the ſhining light Of Gods eternal Truth, which now you thinke doth ſhine too bright. But frend take heed how that thou welter in the dark Take heed of Gods eternall, plague & Cayns accurſed marke. The men that meate refuſe with famine ſhalbe pinde, To ſatisfie their hungrie ſoules, they ſhall no comfort finde. And they that knowen Truth doo wilfullie reject, Shalbe deceivde by lying ſprites their follies to correct. I weigh not for to die, ſith death the Lord hath ſent; But more to view thy wretched ſtate it maketh me lament; For after death with me I know it ſhall be well; But for this murder thou maiſt feare leaſt thou be ſent to hell. There is a fearfull lawe, let it be rightlie ſcand; The K3r 35 Numb.35. 33. The Lord himſelf hath trulie ſaid that blood pollutes the land. The Land from bloodie guilt ſhall not be cleanſde or quit, God is ſo mindful of blood wrōongfullie ſhed, that he maketh dumbe creatures to demaund vengeance thereof. But by his blood which wrongfullie the murder did commit. Take heed therefore (good frend) and yet beware in time, Pollute not this ſo famous place with this ſo bloodie crime, But yet if thou obey a Princes wicked word, Know in the end that thou likewiſe ſhalt periſh by the ſword. Now if my hoarie haires no mercie can procure; Yet let the ſafetie of thy ſoule to pitie thee allure. And if the wailing teares of this my wofull wife, Can not by anie meanes prevaile with thee to ſave my life; Yet ſee theſe ſillie babes, and weigh their wofull mone, Which fatherleſſe before their time ſhould now be left alone. If nothing yet but blood can quench thy hot deſire, Then in the ende be ſure to taſt the Lords revenging ire. Have mercie Lord on me, whom Sathan would deſtroie; Thy godlie flocke he ſeekes to quell, thy Truth for to annoie. Let them not longer Lord exalt their pridie crowne: Let thēem not ſcape that dailie ſeek to throw thy kingdom down. Thy promiſe is my hope, thy word is all my ſtaie: My comfort is the living Lord, which ſhields me from decaie. While Chriſt is on my ſide by faith that makes me free, By death or life I little feare what man can doo to me. To thee my living God for mercie now I call, So in this place my promiſd vowes ſhalbe performed all. O Lord receave my ſoule, the force of death deſtroie, That preſentlie before thy face I may appeare with joy. O Chriſt thy pitie ſend, with mercie come to me; For from my youth & tender yeres my hope hath bin in thee. My heart is fixed Lord, my heart is ſurelie ſet; To ſave my ſoule (my God) let not my ſinnes be anie let. Now to thy bleſſed hands whether I die or live: My ſinfull ſoule, receive it Lord, I gladlie here doo give. And K3 K3v And thou that hether cameſt to plaie this bloodie part; Loe this thy wicked deed I doo forgive with all my hart: Deſiring God that this my blood now ſet at large, VvWhen he doth come maie not at all be laid unto thy charge. Come ſtaie no longer now if God ſhall give thee power To take my life, thēen welcom thrice this ſweet & happy hower;

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.

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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, & raigned as king 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.

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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 conſpiracie to kill his maſter, thoght that Jonathan being hie prieſt of the Jewes, would be a hinderance 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 judgment. 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.

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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 Th2–4 charactersflawed-reproduction 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 judgment 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.

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The Concluſion of the French Pilgrime unto the Engliſhman. 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.

Anna Dowriche.

Give God the praiſe.

Veritie purtraied by the French Pilgrime.

Oval woodcut emblem of Truth with the phrase Virescit Vulnere Veritas, which translates to Truth flourishes through a wound. Same figure as on the title page.

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.