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I or any mans tongue can expresse. And that alwaies I haue spoken reuerently and praised them as much as scripture willed me to doo. And that our lady (I say) was a virgin immaculat and vndefiled and that shee is the most purest virgin that euer god created, & a vessel elect of god of whom christ shoulde bee borne. Then saied maister Shirife you haue said well of her before. And beinge affraide that maister shirif had bene or shuld be agreued wt any thīg that he shuld say, said maister shirife if I speke any thing that you will me not, doo no more but becken me wythe your hande and I will straight way hold my peace. For I will not be disobedient in any thinge but will obey.

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MarginaliaPraying to saintes.Then there was one that asked him his opinion of prayeng to saints. Then said he: Now of saintes you shall here my opinion. I haue saide before somewhat I thinke of them, howe that I beleue they are in heuen with god, and that they are worthy of all the honoure that scripture wyllethe them to haue. But I saye thorough out all scripture we are not comaūded to pray to any saintes: Therfore I cannot nor will not preach to you that saints oughte to be prayed vnto. For then shoulde I preach vnto you a doctrine of my owne hed. Notwithstanding whether they pray for vs or no, that I referre to God. And if saintes do praye for you then I trust to praye for you withe in this halfe houre. M. shirife, and for euery christian man liuinge in the faith of christ and dienge in in the same as a sainte. Wherfore if the deade may pray for þe quick I wil surely pray for you.

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Well, haue ye any thinge more to say? Thē called he M. shirife & said, haue ye any articles against me for the whiche I am condemned? And the shirife aunswered no. Then saide hee, is there here any man ells that knoweth wher fore I dye, or that by my preaching hath taken any erroure? Let them now speake and I will make them aunswere. And no man aunswered Then saide he, well I am condemned by the law to dye, and as I vnderstande by an acte of parliament, but wherfore I cannot tell, but belike for heresy for we are like to burne. But they that have benne the occasion of it I pray God for geue them as I woulde bee forgeuen my selfe. And doctor Steuen 

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This barbed word of 'forgiveness' to Gardiner appears to have laid the foundation of the claim that Gardiner was the mastermind behind the executions.

Bishop of Winschester þt now is, if he haue sought or wrought this my death other by worde or deede I pray God forgeue him as hartely, as frely, as charitably, and with out faininge as euer Christe forgaue them that put him to death.

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And if any of the councell or any other haue sought or wrought it thorough malice or ignorance, I pray God forgeue their ignorāce and and illuminat their eies that they may see and aske mercy for it. I besech you all to praye for the kinges grace as I haue donne euer since Iwas in pryson and doo nowe, that God maye geue him prosperity, and that hee maye longe raigne amonge you, and after him that godly prince Edward may so ragin, that he may fynishe those thinges that his father hathe begonne. I haue beene reported a preacher of sedicion and disobedyence vnto the Kynges maiestye but heare I saye to you that you all are bounde by the commaundemente of God to obey your prince with all humility, and wt all your hart, yea not so much as in a looke to shew your selues dissobedient vnto him and þt not only for feare of the swerde, but also for consciēce sake befor god. Yea and I say furder if the kinge should commaunde you any thing against goddes law if it be in you power to resist him yet may you not do it.

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MarginaliaFoure requestes to the kyng.Then spake he to the shirife and said, master shirife I require you on Godes behalfe to haue me commēded vnto the kings grace, & to shew him that I require of his grace those requests first that wher his grace hath receiued into his handes, all the goodes and substance of the abbeis. Then the shirif desired him to stop their. He aunswered Maister shirife I warrant you I will speake no harme, for I know it is well donne that all such supersticion be cleane takē away and the kinges grace hath well doon in taking it away. But his grace is made a whol king, and obeyed in his relme as a king (which nether his father or graundefather neither his aunceters that raigned before him euer hadd) and that thorough the preachinge of vs and such other wretches as we ar, which al waies haue applied our whole studyes, and gaue our selues for the setting forth of the same, and this is now our reward. Wel it maketh no matter Now be raigneth among you I pray god long may he liue and reigne amonge you. Would to GOD it mighte please his grace to bestow the saide godes or some of them to þe comforte of his poore subiectes, which surelye haue great neade of them.

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The seconde that I desire his grace is, that he will see that matrymony be had in more reuerence thē it is, and that men (for euery light cause inuented) caste not of their wiues and liue in adultry and fornication, and that these that be not maried shoulde not abhominably liue in whoredome, folowinge the filthy lusts of the fleshe.

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The thirde, that the abhominable swerers may be punished and straightly loked vpon. For the vengeance of God wil come one them for their mischeuous othes. Then desired he maister Pope to haue him commended to M- Edgar and to desire him for the deare bloode of Iesu christ, þt he wold leaue that abhominable swearing he vseth, for suerly except he forsake it, he will come to some mischeuous end.

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