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Actes and Monumentes of the Church.

a halfe that he let no time therein, but al that tyme followed with most diligent attendance to and fro. And from Louen to Bruxelles, & to Fylford, with processe to haue sentence against him. And hauing ther no other thing to do, nor applied hym self with nothing els, the which was not don wt smal expēces & charges, from whome so euer it came. And as I haue heard saye there in that coūtrey. Maister Tindall found them in the vniuersitie of Louen, (the which was not past ix. or x. english miles from ther he was prisoner) inough to do. And yet in all that whyle, if they had not taken to helpe them an ordinaunce of the Emperours making, the whiche ordinaunce was made by thaduise and counsell of the Popes soldiours, for the vpholding of his kyngdome. And also ioyned with his owne lawes, they knewe not els how to haue brought him to his death by their disputing with him in the scriptures, for he was permitted to dispute in answeryng to them by wryting. And that traytour Philips was not satisfied with that, he knewe to haue monie enough as him selfe before had sayde to Points. But as Iudas did ronne away with the bag when he went to betray Christe, with the whiche he went his waye: the other Apostles thought he had gone to haue bought thīgs necessary, but he went to appoint with the Iewes for the taking of his maister Christ. So in like maner this traytour Philippes, the same morning that he brought his trayterie to purpose, with bringing maister Tyndall into the handes of Gods ennemies, toke mony of hym vnder a colour of borrowyng, and put it into his bag, and then incontinent went his waies therewith, and came with his companie of soldiours the whiche layde handes vpon him as before, & led him. And about one whole yeare and a halfe after, he was put to death at Fylforde with fyer 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe declared that Phillips was burned at the stake; in later editions this was changed to his being devoured by lice. In fact, Phillips died of natural causes in 1542.

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This good man Williā Tyndall the faithfull minister and constant martyr of Christe, was borne vpō the borders of wales, & brought vp euē of a childe in the vniuersitie of Oxford, being alwayes of moste vpright maners and pure lyfe. This man as sone as he had receyued some taste and sauour of the diuine truth by reading of Luthers bookes, he thought no labour or trauaill to be pretermitted to allure and to drawe all other englishmen to the like knowledge and vnderstanding. For the better & more easy accōplishing wherof, he first together with Frith, labored in trāslating the olde and new Testament into English, a most holsome worke for the English nation, he wrote also diuers other workes of Sundry tytles, amonst the whiche is that moste worthy monument of his intituled Thobedience of a christē man, wherin with a synguler dexteritie he instructeth all menne to the office & dutie of christian obedience, with diuerse conflictes & disputations against More & others, no lesse delectable as also frutefull to be read.

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You haue heard before how that he was burned at Bylforde wheras for the holines & sinceritie of his life he was called an Aapostle. & the procurour general who is themperours attorney commendid him to be a good & godly man & well learned. But among all other testimonies of his godly life, there is none more famous and worthy of remembraūce then this whiche was reported vnto me by a graue marchaunt worthy of credit, the story wherof was this.

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There was at Andwarpe on a time amōgst a cōpany of marchauntes as they were at supper, a certain iudgler whiche throgh his deuelish magick artes wold fetche all kind of viandes & vine from any place they woulde & set it vpon the table before them with many other suche lyke thinges. When as this good man maister Tyndal heard of it, he desired certayn of the marchaunces that he might also be present at supper to se him play his partes.

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To be brief, the supper was appointed, & the marchantes with Tindal were there present. Then the iuggler being desired to showe his cunning, vtterid all that he could doo, but all was in vaine. At þe last, with his labour, sweating and toyling, he sawe that nothing would go forward but that all his enchauntementes were voyce, he was compelled openly to confesse that there was some man present at supper whiche disturbed & letted all his doinges. So that a mā euen in the martyrs of these our dayes cannot lack the miracles of true faith, if miracles are to be desired. This man wrote al so diuers & sondrie godly Epistles, wherof one cōfortable Epistle, he wrote vnto Iohn Frith being prysoner in þe tower, & another vnto one Iacob the copies wherof here ensue.

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¶ A letter sent from M. Tyndal being in Andwarpe, vnto M. Fryth being in the tower of Lōdon in England.

THe grace & peace of God our father, & of Iesus Christe our Lorde be with you. Amen. Dearly beloued brother Ihon, I haue hearde saye, that the hypocrites, nowe they haue ouer com that great busines that letted thē, or þt now they haue at the lest waye brought it at a staye, they return to their old nature again. The wil of god be fulfilled, & that he hath ordeined to be yer the world was made, that come & his glorie reigne ouer all.

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Derely beloued howe so euer the matter be, cōmyt your selfe wholly & only vnto your moste louing father, and moste kinde lorde, & fear not mē that threate, nor trust mē that speake faire: but trust him that is true of promise, and able to make his worde good, your cause is Christes gospell, a light that must be fed with the bloud of faith. The lampe must be dressed and snoffed daily, and that oyle poured in euery euening &

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