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Moreouer (derely beloued frendes,) there is yet somewhat that I must put you in mind of, verely, as touching christian religion: whiche so long as I was in autority, I haue alwayes diligētly set forth vnto you. Neither do I repent me of my doinges, but rather therof take moste aboundaunt and true occasion of reioysynge, nowe that the state of Christian religion, seameth to drawe most nere vnto the fourme and order of the primatiue churche: of whiche thyng I doo not onely reioyce, but also interprete it as a greate benefite geuen of God, bothe vnto you and me, most heartelye exhortyng you all, that this whiche is most purely sette foorth vnto you, you wyll with like thankefulnesse accept and embrace, and sette oute the same in your liuyng: whiche thyng if ye doe not, without doubt, greater mischief and peryls will follow.

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When he had spoken these wordes, sodeynly a terrible and vnspeakeable horrour, & feare, possessed all mennes heartes, in similitude and likenes, as it had bene the noyse of some greate storme or tempest, whiche vnto some semed to be heard from aboue: not very vnlike, as yf a great deale of gunnepouder, being inclosed in an armorye, and hauyng caught fyre, had vyolently broke out. But vnto some agayne, it semed as though it had bene a great multytude of horsemen, runnyng together, or running vpon them. 

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John Stow, who was present at Somerset's execution, blamed the noise on the huge size of the crowd (John Stow, The Annales, ed. E. Howes (London, 1615), p. 607). Another contemporary account - independent of Foxe - also compared the noise to gunpowder set on fire (BL, Cotton Charters, IV.17). Henry Machyn, also present, thought that the noise sounded like gunfire or horseman riding in the distance. Machyn also observed that the soldiers on guard panicked at the commotion (Diary of Henry Machyn, ed. J. G. Nichols. Camden Society, original series 42 (1848), p. 14).

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Suche a noise was then in the eares of all men, albeit they sawe nothyng. Whereby it happened, that all the people being amased without any euident cause, withoute anye vyolence or stroke stricken, or anye man seene, there ranne awaye some into the ditches, and puddels, and some into the houses therabout: other some beynge affrayde with the horroure and noyse, fell downe grouelynges vnto the grounde with theyr Pollaxes and Halbardes: and moste parte of them cryed out, Iesus saue vs, Iesus saue vs. Those whiche taryed still in their places, for feare knewe not where they were. The diuers and sondrye noyses of those whiche cried oute, made the soddaine tumulte much more confused, then it would haue bene, albeit of it selfe, it was troublesome ynoughe. for as euery man thought himselfe to be in daūger, so he cryed out, and as many as cryed oute, so many and sondry noises wer heard: this way and that way they come, let vs runne awaye. Thus euery man cryed out as he thought him self in daunger. And I my self (which was ther present among the rest) beinge also affrayde in this hurly burly, stoode styll altogether confused in my minde, looking if any manne would knocke me on the head. The like vnto thys, semeth to haue happened vnto Christ, as the Euangelistes wryte, when as the Bishops gard 
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In this very interesting Freudian slip, Foxe refers to high priests who ordered Christ's arrest as 'bishops'.

came to take him, all in armour running backward, they fell all downe. 
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This passage appeared in the Rerum and 1563. In the 1570 edition, Foxe introduced this caveat: 'this is not to be expounded as though I compared in any part the Duke of Somerset with Christ' (the last page of the prelims in the 1570 edition, 1576, p. 2008 and 1583, p. 2149).

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In the meane tyme, whylest these thynges were thus a doyng, the people by chaunce spyed one syr Anthony Browne, riding vnto the Scaffolde, whiche was the occasion of a newe noyse. For when they sawe hym commyng, euen at that time they suspected that which was not true, but notwithstandinge that whyche they all wished for, that the king by that messēger had sent his Vncle pardon. And therefore with great reioicing they cried out, pardon, pardon is come: god saue the King. In thys maner the Duke, althoughe hee was destitute of all mannes helpe, yet this he did see before hys departure, in howe greate loue and fauoure he was of all men: and truelye I dooe not thynke that in so greate slaughter of Dukes, as hathe bene in England within these few yeares, ther was so manye wepyng eyes at one tyme, and not without cause. For all men dyd see in the decaye of this Duke, the publique ruine of all Englād, except such, as in dede did perceiue nothing. but now to returne frō whence we haue strayed. The Duke in þe mean time stādyng stil both in the same place and minde, with his cap whiche he shooke with his hande, he made a signe vnto the people, that they shoulde keepe themselues quiete, whiche thyng being done, & silence obteined, he spake vnto them in this maner.

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Dearely beloued frendes, there is no suche matter here in hande, as you vainelye hope or beleue. It semeth thus good vnto þe almighty God, whose ordinaunce it is mete and necessarye that we all be obedient vnto. Wherefore I pray you all to be quiet, and without tumulte. For I am euē now quiet, and dnow let vs ioine in prayer vnto the Lorde, for the preseruation of our most noble king, vnto whome hitherto, amongest the most obedient subiectes, I haue alwaies shewed my selfe a most faythfull and true subiect, and client vnto hym. I haue alwayes bene moste dilygente aboute his Maiestye, in doyng of his businesse, bothe at home and abroade, and no lesse dyligent aboute the common commoditye of the whole Realme. At whiche woorde, all the people aunswered that it was moste true: and some sayde out aloude, that it was nowe to muche apparaunte vnto them.

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Then the Duke proceadyng, sayde: vnto whose Maiestye I wyshe continuall healthe, with all felicitie and aboundaunce, and al maner of prosperous successe: whereunto the people agayne cryed oute, Amen.

Moreouer, I doe wish vnto all hys Counsaylours, the grace and fauoure of GOD, whereby they maye rule all thynges vpryghtlye wyth Iustyce: vnto whome I exhort you all in the Lorde, to shewe youre selues obedyente, the whyche is also very necessary for you, vnder the payne of Condempnatyon,

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