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holde hys peace: whereby it came to passe, that those bishoppes, which last of all disputed with him, spake what they list without interruption, excepte that Lambert now and then, wold alledge somewhat oute of S. Austine for the defence of his cause, in which author he semed to be very prompt and ready, but for the most parte (as I said) beinge ouercome with wearinesse, and other griefes, he helde his peace, defending him selfe rather with silence, thē with argumentes which he saw would nothinge at all preuaile.

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At the last when the day was passed, & that torches began to be lighted, the kinge myneding to breake vp this counterfect disputation saide vnto Lambert in this wise. MarginaliaThe kings wordes vnto Lābert.What sayest thou now (said he) after all these great labors thou hast taken vpon thee, and for all the reasons and instructions of these learned menne, art thou not yet satisfied? wylte thou lyue or die? What sayest thou? Thou haste yet free choyse. Lambert aunsweared, I yelde and submit my self wholy vnto the will of your maiesty. Then said the king. Commit thy soule vnto the handes of God, and not vnto mine. Lambert. I commend my selfe vnto the hāds of God, but my body, I wholly yelde and submit vnto your clemency. Then said the kyng, if you doo commit your selfe vnto my iudgement, you must die, for I wil not be a patrone vnto heretickes, and by and by turninge hym self vnto Cromwell, he said: Cromwell, reade the sentence of condempnation againste hym. This Cromwell was at that time the chiefe frende of the Gospellers, whereby it was so muche the more to be maruailed at, howe vnfortunatelye it came to passe in thys matter throughe the pestiferous and craftye counsaile of this one Bishoppe of Winchester, or rather of Sathan, which oftentimes as he doth, raise vp one brother to the destruction of a nother, euen so did he performe the condempnation of this Lambert, beinge no other ministers, then Gospellers them selues, Tailor, Barnes, Crāmer and Cromewell, who afterwardes in a manner al, suffred the like for the gospels sake of whome, God willinge we will speake more heare after.

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MarginaliaCromewel reader of he sentens against Lābert.This vndoubtedly was the malityous and crafty subtilty of the bishoppe of Wynchester, whiche desired rather that the sentence should be reade by Cromewell then by anye other, so that if he should refuse to doo it, he should likewise haue incurred the like daunger, but to be shorte, Cromwell at the kinges commaundemente takinge the scedule of condempnation in hande, read the same. Wherein was conteined the burninge of heretickes, whiche eyther spake or wrote anye thinge, or had anye bokes by them repugnaunte or disagreinge from thePapisticall churche, and their tradition, touchinge the Sacrament of the aultare, also a decree that the same shoulde be sette vp vpon the Church porches, and be redde iiii. times euery yeare, in euerye Churche throughoute the realme, wher by the worshipping of the bread shoulde be the more firmlye fixed in the harts of the people. And in this manner, was the cōdempnation of Ihon Lambert, in the whyche besides manye lamentable, and vnworthye actes, nothinge seemed more vnworthye, then the vndecent and the vncomelye behauiour of the kinges maiestye at that daye, whiche assysted so manye proud and furious bishoppes to execute their cruelty in the death of one poore and miserable manne. MarginaliaAn apostophe to king Henrye.But howe muche more commendable had it beene for thee, O kynge Henry (if that I maye a little talcke with thee where so euer thou arte) if thou haddest ayded and holpen the poore litle sheape, beinge in so greate pearils and daungers, requiringe thy aide and healpe againste so manye Vultures and Libardes, and haddest graunted hym rather thy autoritye to vse the same for his sauegarde, rather then vnto the other to abuse it vnto slaughter. For they euen of them selues were cruell inoughe, that thou shouldest not haue neaded to haue geuen thy swearde of autority vnto those madde men, whose force and violence, if you hadde that daye broken, beleue me, you shoulde haue committed a worthye spectacle vnto all menne, and haue doone a mooste commendable and prayse worthye thinge for your selfe, for what hathe that pore manne Lambert offended against you? whiche neuer so muche as once willed you euill, neyther coulde resist against you.

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But peraduēture you thought him to be an heriticke. At the leaste his reasons and allegacions shoulde haue bene moderatelye hearde, whiche if they hadde seemed more sounde, you should haue geuen place vnto the truth, if not? Notwithstandinge he shoulde haue bene conuinced, either with the like or more stronge arguments, and haue bene reclaimed by all manner of meanes againe into the waye, for an erroure is not ouercome with violence, but with truthe. Truelye, it was note meete that you shoulde haue refused him, whiche so obediently yealded and submitted hym selfe vnto you. But O kynge Henrye, I knowe you did not follow your owne nature there in, but the pernitious councels of the btshoppe of Wynchester, notwithstandinge your wisdome shoulde not haue bene ignoraunt of this, whiche all other kinges also oughte to consider, whyche at this present through the wicked instinctions of the Bishops and Cardynals doo so rage against the simple seruaunts of Christ: that the time shall once come, when as ye shall geue

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