Actes and Monumentes of the Churche
¶ Thy peeple saue and blesse also,[Back to Top]
Thy righte inheritage:
Our Queene, where she doth ryde or goe,
Thou kepe from all dammage.
¶ And gouerne them, that here be thyne,
Extolling (by thy grace)
Vp to the heuen Christalline,
There to beholde thy face.
Here day by day (as we are bounde)
Thy name we magnifie:
Our Queene, see thou with honor cround,
who loueth thee specially.
And in the worlde of worldes to come,
we shall thy prayse enure:
Thither to come, graunt all and some
There euer to endure.
Vouchsafe this day, from sin, and crime
To gouerne vs we praye,
Our quene graunt here to reygn lōg time,
And to obserue thy waye.
Haue mercy (Lorde) on vs synners,
Haue mercy on vs all:
Our synnes are manye and dyuers,
Remitte them greate, and small.
Thy mercy (Lorde) let on vs light,
As we do trust in thee:
And saue our Quene both day and nighte,
In high prosperitie.
In thee O lorde hath our whole truste
Bene stedfastly grounded:
Let neuer vs as thou art iuste,
Be clearely confounded.
Finis. ф VV. Forest.
THus much as touchyng theyr deuout praier for Queene Mary. And now about this month of May,
Note that Foxe corrected the month in the 1570 edition.
because her time was thought to be nygh, Midwifes, Rockers, & other thynges were prouided & in a redines. By occasion of a certayne vain rumour in London, the bels were runge, bonefyars and processions made not only in the citie, but (by meanes therof,) in most partes of the realme, in reioycyng for the Queenes deliuery, and that there was a prince borne. yea diuers prechers namely one, the parsō of s. Anne within Aldersgate,
St Anne's was the parish in which John Day's home and printshop were located.
start vp into þe
pulpit: & toke vpon him to describe the proportion of the child, how faire, how beautiful, and great a Prince it was, as the like had not ben sene. In the myddes of this great adoo, there was a symple man this I speake but vpon information) dwellyng within foure myles of Barwyke, that hadde neuer bene before halfe way to London: whiche saide concernyng the bonefyars made for quene Maries child. Here is, saith he, a ioyly triumphe: but at length all wyll not proue worth a messe of potage:
As in deede it came to passe: for in the ende al proued cleane contrary, and the ioy and the expectations of men were much deceaued. For the people were certified, that the Quene neither was as then deliuered, nor after was in hope to[Back to Top]
haue any childe. At this tyme many talked diuersly: some said this rumour of the Queenes conception was spread for a policie: some other affyrmed that she was deceiued by a tympany
A swelling or a tumor (OED).
or some other lyke disease, to thynke her selfe with chyld, and was not: some thought she was with childe, and that it dyd by some chaunce myscary, or elles that she was bewitched: but what was the truth therof, the lorde knoweth to whome nothyng is secrete.[Back to Top]
Among manye other greate preparations made for the Queenes deliuerance of chylde, there was a cradell very sumptuously and gorgeously trimmed, vpon the which cradel for the childe appointed, these verses were written.
MarginaliaVerses vpon the cradell for quene Maries childe.Quam Maria sobolem, Deus optime, summe dedisti
Anglis incolumem, redde, tuere, rege.
MarginaliaAnswer to the verses aboue.Quam Maria sobolem, Deus optime, summe negasti
Hanc ferat auspiciis, Elizabetha tuis.
IOhn Cardmaker, alias Taylour, one of the prebendaries of the Cathedrall churche at Welles, beyng apprehended with Barlow bishop of Bathe, was brought to London
In August 1553, Cardmaker, together with William Barlow, the bishop of Bath and Wells, were apprehended while trying to flee England disguised as merchants (Machyn, p. 75 and APC IV, p. 321).
and layde in prison in the Fleete, Kynge Edwardes lawes yet being in force.
What Foxe means is that Cardmaker and Barlow were not charged with heresy because there was no law then in force against it. They were arrested for trying to leave the realm without royal permission.
But after the parliamēt was ended, in which the Pope was agayne admitted as supreme head of the churche, and the bishops had also gotten power & authoritye, ex officio,
There were technical meanings to the phrase 'ex officio' but here Foxe means it literally: the bishops now had offcial authority to proceed against Cardmaker and Barlow for heresy.
to exercyse their tyrannye: these two were bothe broughte before the Lorde Chauncelour and others, appointed by commission (as before is mencioned) to examine the faithe of suche as were then prisoners. And as vnto others before, so nowe vnto them, the Lorde Chauncelour offered the Quenes mercye, if they woulde agree and bee conformable &. To thys they both made suche an answere,
Although Foxe had an official account of their examination (BL, Harley 421, fol. 39v), he is following the narrative he printed in the Rerum.
as the Chauncelour with his fellow commissioners allowed thē for catholike. Whether they of weakenes so aunswered, or he of subtilitye would so vnderstande theyr aunswere, that he mighte haue some forged example of a shrynkyng brother, to laye in the dishe of the reste, whiche were to be examined, it is easely perceiued by this: that to all them which folowed in examination, he obiected the example of Barlow, and Cardemaker, commendyng theyr sobernes, discretion, and learnyng. But what soeuer their answer was, yet notwithstanding Barlow was ledde agayne to the Fleete, from whence he afterwarde beyng deliuered dyd by exile cōstantly beare witnes to þe
truth of Christes gospel.
Foxe's account of what happened during the examination of Barlow and Cardmaker is tendentious. Barlow and Cardmaker did agree to recant (BL, Harley 421, fol. 39v; cf. Machyn, p. 75; Wriothesley II, p. 126 and OL, I, p. 171). Barlow recanted and was released from prison; he then fled into exile (Garrett). Cardmaker refused to recant as promised and was ultimately executed.[Back to Top]
Cardmaker was cōueyed to þe
Coūter in Breadstreate, the bishop of London procuryng it to be published, that he should shortlye be deliuered, after that he had subscribed to transubstantiation and certaine other articles.[Back to Top]