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 Vvlnere 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 troble 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 overthrowen 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
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

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

A: Dowriche.

To the Reader that is frendlie to

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

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
“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.

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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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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: INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exodus 17.4. But falslie did conspire to worke their open shame, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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
“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
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
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,

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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)

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INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

He 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
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
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


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
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
Marie Queene
of Englande,
gave the Constable
of Frāance
a great overthrow,
afterward was
called the overthrow
of Laurence
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.

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
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
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,
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

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

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

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.

Which C2r 6

Princes are
maney times abused
by lying
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
our Christ
are the wicked
Princes & potentates
of the world, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Revel.
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
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

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
Themselves, their case, content to beare what ever God should

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
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 secōond
time written
to the king,
by the innocent
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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

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; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 1.2. A crowne immortall with this flesh, we shall receive againe. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job. 5.17. Now hath the Lord here brought, and placte us in this death, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Cro. 32 31 Not for because he hates his truth, but for to trie our faith. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 4.28. The counsell of the Lord hath sent what we receave, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephes. 1.11. And you to us shal doo no more than God shall give you leave. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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

But let us heere behold
Gods judgements just and true,

Which never faile to follow them,
which doo his truth pursue.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exod. 14.27. When Pharao followed fast Gods people to have slaine,

Amiddes the flouds then justlie fell both he and all his traine.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Nomb. 16.33. When Korath and his mates good Moses did deprave,

The earth did gape, and they went all alive into the grave.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exod. 17.8. And whilst at Bephidim Gods people did remaine,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Deut. 25.17. The Amalecks of Esaus brood poore Jacob would have slaine.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Sam. 15.33. But God did not forget this foule and filthie thing,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Wisdom. 11.3. Which after smote with fatall sword, both them and eke their

Though C4v

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Sam. 19.10. Though Saul did persecute Gods chosen Prophet long,

Yet did the Lord at length revenge poore David & his wrong:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Sam. 25.10. That Nabal which refusde his helpe to David send,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.vers. 38. Was striken so, that there he made a short and wofull end.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Sam. 16.5. And Shimei that revilde King David to his face,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. King. 46.1. It was not long but that he died in poore and wofull case.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.vers. 23. He got him home & hangd himselfe to ease his careful minde.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. King. 13.4. So Jeroboam felt Gods judgements sharpe and colde,

Whēen he thrust out his wicked hand his Prophet for to hold.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. King. 19.3. So Jezabel which did Elias once pursue,

When Jehu came to Jezrael, her faithfull servant threw

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.
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:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Matth. 26.47. As Judas was content his master to betraie,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts. 1.18. So guiltie conscience did consent to worke his owne decaie.

Maxentius, Julianus, Valens,
being persecutors
of the
faithfull, had
the like end.
Like as in former age to rebels stout and strong,

Gods justice hath been plainlie seene in lieu of cursed wrong:

So all this faithlesse troope, which leudlie did conspire

This murder in S.James his streete, have likewise felt his ire.

Munerius put
to open shame
and banished
his countrie.
For first the Prætor, which Munerius had to name,

For just desert, in publike view received open shame.

And yet besides all this, they straightlie did proclaime,

That D1r 9

That he should voide his native soyle, & not returne againe.

But whil’st he was in holde his conscience did confesse,

This plague was just; for that he sought Gods chosen to oppres

A A Judge that
gave sentence,
was strikēen with
sodaine death.
Judge that sentence gave against his knowen faith,

An angel strake him from the Lord with sharp & sodain death.

Another Judge that was now sicke and like to die,

Cride out; O the dedlie
sting of a
guiltie conscience.
“I see my judgement just, for that vile caitiffe I

By mallice have been faine Gods people for to kill:

Who praie, and live most godlie bent according to his will.”

Two Two others
cruell in the
former slaughter,
died sodainlie
in the
sight of all mēen.
others being cheefe in murder that was past,

By sodaine death in view of all like vengeance now doo tast.

And other Other two as
they returned
from the murder,
fell at contention, and at last were slaine one of an other.
two which now of blood had dronke their fill,

As they came from this murther, they did one the other kill.

Now let us learne by this, Gods truth for to imbrace,

That we feele not by due desart his anger in like case.

The notable, famous, and constant Martirdome of Annas Burgeus,
which, being one of the Kings Counsell, was burnt for the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The second example
of the
French crueltie.
bout this verie time
by force of sodaine jarre,

Betweene the Kings of Spaine and France,
was likelie to be warre.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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
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
“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

And therefore wisheth all with him to give consent,

That death might end this strife, which thing the king hath alwaie

This was a This was Sathans
to bewray such
of the Judges,
as were suspected
for Religion:
after was
the cause of
Annas Burgæus
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
the Papistes
But if for Heretikes the godlie should be slaine,
God would revenge their blood, and we by this should reap no
And those which you do think the truth do now denie, Their reasons, deeds & faith we see, wherein they stoutlie die. There- D2r 10 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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,

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
to the
K. coloured
with lies,
the more to
move him
to wrath.
“That in the Senate such were found which stoutly now did
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
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.
he 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
of Annas
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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2.
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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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2.Kinges.
Hilkiah found:
Which read before the King, did give a sweet & silver sound.
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Gedeon did appeare:
This is the deaw upon the fleece, which set him void of feare.
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Balaams Asse to speake.
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flame the Prophet forst his silence for to breake.
This is the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal 42.1.
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livelie spring, which cooles the thirstie heate
This is the shining lanterne, which gives light unto our feete.
This is the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exod 13.
flame that earst by night did shew the way:
This is the blessed cloud that led Gods chosen in the day.
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Elgathes flake that made his offering fume:
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blast which frōom the Lord great rebels did cōonsume.
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were carried captive to Babylon by the King of the Assyrians for dispising the Woord and Commandements
of the Lord. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk.24.3 way the truth to intertaine, It’s he that INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Apo.3.20 we let him in, his promise is to staie: But when from us he shall depart, ô most unhappie day. The INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Reve.19.7.
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The marriage of the Lambe, that blessed Lambe is nie;
Which makes with al her Romish trickes that whore of Babel
Then happie is the man & blessed from the Lord, That with the Lambe maie have a place, & sit at sacred bord. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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
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If Truth do conquere Kings; if Truth do cōonquere al?
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Then leave to love these Popish lies, let whorish Babel fall.
Greeve not that blessed Spirit of life that seales the band, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk.21.15. For which king David did request; by which we understand INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act.6.10. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Reve.18.2. Our calling to be sure, our striving not in vaine; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph.4.30. By which we know we are ordaind for Christ to suffer paine. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal.50.11 Now sith we have the seale from feare that makes us free, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2.Pet.1.10 And shining light frōom popish shades the Lord hath made us see: INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phill.1.29 We may no longer then dissemble in this case: INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom.8.15. But what we thinke must plainlie showe (ô King) before your
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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: INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom.1.18.
Lest God with blindnes strike your hart, your frēends may justly
For they that doo not care aright to serve the Lord, He leves them to their filthie lusts to make thēem more abhord. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1.Ki.21.20 Remember Ahabs fall that solde himselfe to death; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exod.7.11.
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Forget not those two wicked men which long withstood the
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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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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

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
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
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
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 & Democharis.
But such appointed were to judge this weightie case,

Which hated him, and sought the truth by falshood to deface.

Which E1r

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.

Poperie, &
Popish ceremonies.
“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.

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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

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
from this unjust
but seeing his
could not bee
admitted, he
lastlie appealed
to Jesus
Jesus Christ, as his supernall Judge.

And being sent againe to place from whence he came,

He was content for Christ to beare this grief, rebuke & shame,

But Sathan did rejoyce his matters framde so well;

Whose bloodie minde had cast the plot Christ Jesus to expel.

Great troubles did he stirre, and mischife still devise

To shred the truth in everie place so fast as it should rise.

And though Burgeus did from sentence oft appeale;

Yet Sathan seeking for his blood this thing could not prevaile.

So now from out againe the prison he was brought,

And E E1v

And then For Burgæus
had in his
youth receaved
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
“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 aje 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
by the
B. of Paris, the
1559-12-2020. of December
“Burgæus, I pronounce the sentence of thy death,

For that thou like an Heretike hast slidden from our faith.

And tied to a stake, there still remaine thou must

Till that thy flesh by fierie flakes be all consumde to dust.”

Which when Burgæus heard he did no white repine:

But cheerfullie for Christ he said, “my life I will resigne.”

To E2r 14

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.

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

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
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
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
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
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,

With E4v

With sighes he praid, til to the stake by hangmāan he was boūund.

Where he did oft repeate; The last
words of Annas

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

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:

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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.

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INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.23. For which he was by Jehu spoild, and taken by the sword.

So Zedekiah proud from sinne would not returne:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jere.36.23. But Rebel-like, the word of God he did with fire burne.

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And Jeremie by him was oft in prison pent;

Because he said, the King and all to Babel should be sent.

But let us see his ende; the King of Babel came,

F Who F1v

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jeremie 39 5. Who toke him captive with his men, & put them al to shame.

And he that was content Gods Prophet to disgrace,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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,

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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

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
bewraies it
“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
For ere Burgeus was unto the fire led,

Mongomerie had those eies of his thrust cleane out of his head.

Now here we plainlie see the life, and heavie end

Of thēem which persecute the truth, which God doth often send.

And let us warning take by this most fearfull fate,

For to returne and loath our sinne, before it be too late.


The bloodie marriage, or butcherlie murder of the Admirall of
France, and divers other noble and excellent men, at the marriage
of Margaret the Kinges owne sister, unto Prince Henrie
sonne to the Queene of Navarre, committed the 1572-08-2424. of August
in the Citie of Paris Anno 1572.

Now have you heard before,
of faggot, fire, and sword

Inhaunst by Sathan, for to quell
Gods truth and blessed word.

But now I must begin
such treason to unfold,

As former times for crueltie,
And ages new and olde

Have never seene the like in Christendome, till now

When sacred faith by flatterie, and oath of Princelie vow

By treason, did contrive to shed the guiltlesse blood

Of thēem which now by peace did seek to do their coūuntrie good.

For when the Lord did send his truth into the land,

He raised up some Noble men to take this cause in hand.

Among F2 F2v

Among the which, as chiefe and souvereigne of the field,

There was Prince Henrie of Navarre, with such as would not

Unto the Guisian race; the Prince of Condee next;

Gasper de Coligni
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
of the fonterie.
How to oppresse the word of truth, which Christ had thether

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

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
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
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
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
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.

Which F3 F3v The Kinges
fained and
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 mislikte, 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

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
“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
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
and used
this and such
other like filthie
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

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 king
after the
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 increase 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
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
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

The Queene
Mother ledde
out the King,
the Duke of
, Gonzague,
the Coūunty
de Rets, called
, into
her gardēens called
ut heere the Prologue endes, and heere begins the plaie,

For bloodie mindes resolved quite to use no more delaie.

The Mother Queene appeares now first upon the Stage,

VvWhere like a divelish sorceresse with words demure and sage

The King she cals aside, with other trustie mates

Into a close and secret place, with whom she now debates

The great desire she had to quit them all from care,

In G3 G3v

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

“O The Oration
of the
Queene mother
the King.
and other of
her bloodie
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
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,
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.Theor.
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, &
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
, the opinion
of Gonzague
place that he
should with
feare of death
be drawen frōom
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
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.

Heere is the first part plaide; and heere I doo lament,

My slender skill wants fitted phrase the sequele to depaint.

The Duke in office put begins for to prepare,

So that in troopes the armed men ranne busling here and there

With noise & threatning words, as though some tumult were

Preparing now in everie streete; which made the wisest feare

VvWhat would insue. At length the Admirall did heare

This tumult, and not knowing how the truth for to inquire;

He sent unto the King to know the full intent,

VvWhy in the night in riot wise these armed people went

Thus raging in the streetes: and where it were his will?

If so, he would not feare; but rest in hope of safetie still.

The King returned word, and wilde him not to feare:

For this was done by his advise, yet not in everie where,

But in some certaine waies these armed men were set:

The foolish rage of leaud attempts by this in hope to let.

O leaud and filthie lie! unseemlie for a King:

VvWhat Turke or Divell could devise, a more unworthy thing.

For H1r 25

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
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
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
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
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
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
and the
chevalier come
to the Admirals
Came posting to the gate which Cossin tooke to keep,

Woe worth the time whēen they did trust the wolfe to gard the

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
of this
stir, comforteth
& his cōompany,
with the
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
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
the treason
that was in
tended against
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

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
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
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
whose names
were, Benvise
a Germaine,
Coffin a Gascoine,
Attin a
By this came up the staires ere ended were his words,

One Benvise & two other mates with targets & with swords.

The chamber broken up, this Benvise swearing came

VvWith sword drawn to the Admirall, & asking for his name;

“Art thou the Admirall?” the man not much appalde,

VvWith quiet minde gave answere thus; “Indeed so am I calde.”

Then seeing Benvise bend his naked sword to slaie,

The Admirals
last words.
“My frend” (quoth he) “that bloodie blade I pray thee for to staie,

And have respect unto my age, and weake estate

To which by treason wrought by trust I have bin drawn of late.”

But H3 H3v

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

And therewithall devise a larum for to raise

Pretending with some solemne lie the people for to please.

So now the trumpets sound this lie and shamefull thing,

“That certaine traitors were in armes about to kill the King.”

Gonzagues an
Italian cut off
the Admirals
head, & sent
it to the Pope.
Heere, one among the rest from Rome that latelie came,

(Desirous by some valiant act perhaps to get a name)

Cut off the bleeding head (imbrude with reaking blood)

Of that most worthie Admirall in hope to doo some good;

The Cardinall of Lorraine. And sent it straight to Rome as Lorraine had requirde,

A present welcome to the Pope, which he had long desirde.

His hands cut off by some, by some his secrete parts,

Declares what hate to shining light lies hid in blinded harts.

His H4v

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

These 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
of the
gard, refuseth
to kill
the Countie
refuse this guiltlesse blood to spill.

His speeches
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?

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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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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

Whēen De Nāance
had refused to
kil the Countie

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
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

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
some policie
and il meaning,
a while, &
durst not
trust the
King: but
at length overcame

with the
of Theligni
his sonne in
law, & other
frends that
there could
be no hurt
ment, they
all being deceived
the Kings
curtesies, he
yeelded and
came in upon
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 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

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.”

I2 And I2v

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

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
, and
the Prince of
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
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
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.

Vvhich I3r 31

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
of Monsieur
De Pilles
uppon the
Kings traitrous
“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, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 19.12 Yet God will not forget the blood of them that be opprest. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Sam. 3.27
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Did Joab die in peace that had by treason slaine
Two noble men? Did not his blood requite the same againe?
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By treason, under frendlie show, and falsing plighted faith,
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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
by one of the
Gard with a
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.

houses in Paris
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 Cities
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
the professors
of the Gospel
at Lions in
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
of Lions,
had more
grace & honestie,
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
also refuse
to commit
this vilde
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
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
the streetes of
the towne into
the river of
Gaole in sight of shining Sunne,

The smoking bloud from streat to streat with grief was seen to

But one amongst the rest, an old & aged man

Calde The valiant
& constant
of Francis
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
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
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
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
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 kislse:

“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
hurt, betraied
her husbāand to a
flattring murderer.
she) “my husband now doth walk.”

And K2 K2v

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
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 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Numb. 35.
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
that he maketh
creatures to
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.

VvWho so saith God shall shed the blood of man in vaine,

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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.
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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
was taken frōom
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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
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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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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
this attempt,
being a frend
unto Antiochus.
Triphon feining
great frēendship
unto Jonathan,
with flattering
words so
trained him by
trust, that hee
perswaded him
of 40. thousand
men which Jonathan
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
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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 Aristobolus 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
of the
with a wicked
Oration commended
the K.
for that he had
by treason and
flattery now overcome
whom by arms
he could not
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
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 right 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
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.

L Now

The Conclusion
of the
French Pilgrime
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
the French
“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

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 Vvlnere 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.