MarginaliaWhether the papistes doinges are more to bee lamented, or to be derided.of the papistes were more to be lamented for their detestable absurditye, of graue persons, or els more to be scorned and derided for their so trifeling & extreme follye. What Democritus or Calphurnius could abstaine from laughter, beholding only the fashion of their masse, from the beginninge to the later end, wyth suche turning, returning, halfe turning and hole tourning, such kissinge, blissing, crowching, becking, crossing, knocking, ducking, wasshing, rinsing, lyfting, touching, fingring Whispering, stoping, dipping, bowinge, licking, wiping, sleping, shifting, with an hundreth thinges mo. What wise man, I saye, seing such toysh gaudes can keepe from laughter? And what bee all the Popes doynges, with the whole circumstance of his religion, and maner of his popelinges, but matters almoste to bee laughed at. &c. But to returne again, wher as we left. Thus maister Latimer passing a longe time in the Tower, with as much pacience as a man in hys case could do, from thence he was transported to Oxford, with Doctor Cranmer Archbyshop of Caunterbury, and maister Ridley bishop of Londō there to dispute vpon articles sent downe frō Gardiner Byshop of Winchester, as is before touched. pag. 936. the maner and order of which disputations betwene them and the Vniuersity Doctors is also before sufficiently expressed. pag, 938. Where also it is declared, how and by whome the sayd Latimer with his other felow prisoners wer condemned after the disputations, and so committed again to the prison, where they continued from the moneth of Apryll aboue mencioned, to this present moneth of October. Where they wer most godly occupied, eyther with brotherly conference, or with feruent prayer, or with fruitfull writing. Albeit maister Latimer by reason of the feblenes of his age, wrote leaste of them al, in this latter time of his imprisonment. But in prayer he was feruently occupied, wherin often times so long he continued kneling, that he was not able to rise without helpe: and emongs other thinges, these were three principall matters he prayed for. MarginaliaThree requestes of master Latimers praier.Fyrst þt as God had appointed him to be a preacher of his word, so also he would gyue hym grace to stād to his doctrine vntil his death, that he might geue his hart bloud for þe same. Secōly, that God of hys mercy would restore hys gospel to England once agayn, & these words MarginaliaOnce againe, once agayne.once a gaine, once againe, he did so inculcate and beate into the ears of the Lorde God, as though he had sene god before him, and spokē to him face to face. The thyrd matter was, to praye for the preseruation of the Quenes maiesty, that now is, whome in hys prayer hee was wonte accustomably to name, and euen with teares desired God to make her a com-[Back to Top]
forte to hys comfortles Realme of England. These were the matters he prayed for so earnestly. Neither were these thinges of hym desired in vaine, as the good success therof after folowing did declare. For the Lorde most graciously did graunt al these his requests.
Fyrst, concerning profession, euen in the moste extremitye the Lorde graciouslye assisted him. For whē he stode at the stake with out Bocardo gate at Oxford, and the tormentors about to sette the fire vpon him, and vppon the lerned and godly byshop mayster Ridley, he lifted vppe his eyes towardes Heauen with an amiable & comfortable coūtenaunce, saienge theise wordes: fidelis est Deus qui non sinit nos tentari supra id quod possumus: God is faithful, which doth not suffer vs to be temted aboue our strength. And so aftewarde by and by shede his bloude in the cause of Christ, the which bloud ranne out of his harte in such abundaunce, that all those that were present, being godly, did meruell to see the moste part of the bloud in his bodye so to be gathered to his hart, and with such violence to gushe out, his bodye being opened by the force of the fire, by the which thing god most graciously graūted his request, which was that he might shed his hart bloude in the defense of the gospell. How mercifully the Lord heard his second request, in restoring his gospel once again to this Realme, these present dayes can beare record. And what then shall Englande say nowe for her defense, which so mercifully visited and refreshed with the woorde of God, so vnthankfully considereth either her owne miserye past, or the great benefit of God now present. The Lorde be mercyfull vnto vs.[Back to Top]
Agayne concerning his thirde request, it seameth likewise moste effectuously graunted, to the gret prayse of God, the furtherance of his gospel, and to the vnspeakable comfort of this Realme. For whether at the requeste of his prayer, or of other gods holy saintes, or whether God was moued with þe cry of his whole church, the truth is, that when all was deplorate and in a desperate case, and so desperate, that the enemyes mightely floryshed and triumphed, gods word banished, Spaniards receaued, no place lefte for Christes seruantes to couer their heades, sodenly the Lord called to remembraunce his mercy, and forgettinge our former iniquity, made an ende of all these miseries, and wrought a meruelous chaunge of thinges, at the change wherof, she was appointed and anoynted, for whom this graye headed father Latimer so earnestly prayed in his imprisonment, through whose true naturall, and imperiall crowne the brightnes of gods word was set vp againe to confound the dark and falseuisured kingdom of Antichrist, the true tēple of Christ redified, the captiuity[Back to Top]