Christ sayth, Whosoeuer is ashamed of me before men, hym will I be ashamed of before my father and his Angells. And by that reason all other hys commaundementes and godlye offices are to be forsaken of me: As if in case the aduersarye do obiecte agaynst me, beyng in my prayers, that for myne vnworthynesse I should not lifte vp myne eyes to almyghtye God, In no wyse therefore I will praye, nor yet cease from periurie, thefte, and homicide, for that I am vnworthy to execute Goddes commaundementes. these be the snares and wrynches inuented of the author Satan, which are to be resisted and conuinced by holy prayer, and other remedyes out of the holy Scripture of God are to be reproued.[Back to Top]
The Bishop was not so soone come to Lichefelde, but I was sent for. And appearing before hym in hys vtter chamber, I found about hym none ells but only hys Chaplens, and other of hys house, excepte one or two olde mumsibus Priestes. Whereat being fyrst dysmayde, I lifted vp myne harte to almyghty God, beseching hym of hys helpe and ayde in thys doubtfull and daungerous case. Where fyrste the Bishoppe begynnyng, demaunded of me howe I lyked the Priestes? Whereto when I woulde make no answer, leauing that talke perswaded me to be a member of hys Churche, which had bene of so long a continuance, declaryng that my Church was but fresh and new, taking the originall in Kyng Henrye the. viii. and Kynge Edwards times, and neuer before was knowē or heard of: I tolde hym that I was a member of that Church which was founded vpon the Apostles and Prophets, the chiefe & principal piller and corner stone being Christ Iesu: alledgyng a place out of. S. Paule, declaryng that thys Churche was euen from the begynnyng. And no maruel is it, although accordyng to the course and rase of thys world, it doth not shew forth the externall lyghte, for that it is afflicted with continuall crosses, euen that there is no tyme or respite graunted to it from feare and tyrannical vsage. The Byshop on þe other side manfully contended that he was of the church. So (said I) the whole congregation of þe Church once cryed to the hierosolomyes agaynste the Prophetes, the Temple of the Lorde, the Temple of the Lorde: But when I sayed any thyng for my selfe, by and by the Bishop interrupted me, saying, Holde thy peace: I cōmaund thee vpon thy alleageance, hold thy tonge, callyng me a proude & arrogant heretyke. I on the other syde desyred of him, if he had any particuler thyng to obiecte agaynst me, that he woulde conuynce it by learnyng & Scripture. Whereupon he proposed certayne questions to me: whereunto I denied to answer in hugger mugger, besechyng him that it might be done in the open face of the worlde. Whereat whē he being very earnest, and vrging me thervnto I denyed his pleasure, he threatened me to prison from[Back to Top]
whence I came, and there to be kepte withoute meate & drynke while I woulde answere hym. And so finally hauing my mind attent vpō god, secretly with my self eftsoones desyred of him to geue me grace frely & without feare to answer, so as should be agreing vnto his will & worde.
The fyrst question was, howe many Sacraments wer instituted by Christ? I answered þe Sacrament of Baptisme, & the supper: And no more sayd he? Yes truely, I graunte that to thē whiche shewe a true and vnfained repentaunce of their former life, with a ful confydence in the death of Christ þt ministers by the worde of God haue authoritye to pronounce forgeuenesse of their sinnes. Here the bishop would nedes haue it, that I called it a Sacrament, & would not be perswaded to the contrarye. I would not striue further hereabout, for that it semed not much to the purpose. Althoughe I was falsely borne in hand to holde it as a Sacrament.[Back to Top]
Afterwardes he required, whether I allowed confessiō or no? I denyed it. At length we came to the presence of the true body in þe Sacrament, wherin he commaunded me to say my minde. I answered, that their Masse neither semed to me a Sacrament, nor yet a sacrifyce, for that they differ frō the true institution of Christ, takyng cleane away the same: Whch whē they will restore, I then sayed I woulde answere what I thought of the presence of Christ in þe sacramēt. And thus beinge preuented and letted by sufferyng his martyrdome, he wrote no more,
This more cautious declaration replaced a more sweeping statement in the 1563 edition that Glover wrote nothing in prison besides the letter to his wife. Bull, however, had found another letter of Robert Glover to his family (Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 542-43).
IN the same fyre with the foresaide Maister Glouer, was burned also Cornelius Bungey, a capper of Couentry, and condemned by Rodulph B. of Couentrye, & Lichfield. Concerning his examination, the articles obiected to him were to this effecte.
BL, Harley 421, fo. 80r-v is the original of the articles charged against Bungay. The version Foxe printed is accurate; unfortunately there is no surviving copy of Bungay's answers to the articles.
MarginaliaThis article firste graunted, after he revoked itSecondly, that he didde holde, teache, and maintaine, that by Baptisme synnes bee not washed away, because he said that the washing of the fleshe purgeth the fleshe outwardly, and not the soule.
MarginaliaTo the 3 artic he grāted, addyng this withall, that in Scripture there be no more cōteined.Thyrdly, þt he, al this foresaid time, did hold, teach, & mayntayne, that ther be in the Church only. ii. Sacraments, that is, of Baptisme and of the Lordes Supper.
MarginaliaTo this article he grāted, & to euery part therof.Fourthly that he did holde, affirme, & maintaine, that in the sacrament of their popish aulter, was not the reall body and bloud of Christ, but the substance of breade and wyne there remaynynge still, bycause. S. Paule so calleth it