and more bright thē the sunne, that her grace was only preserued by the mighty hand of the helper Christ, and playne miracle of diuine prouidence. Otherwise verely it could not possible be, that her maiesty so longe in safetye could contynue, being a Ladye of so excellent vertue, so well qualyfyed, so godly disposed, so constant in Christes religion, and beinge placed in the daungerous tyme and hurlyburly amongs the thickest of her enemyes, at whome only they shotte, and by all kinde of wayes and policies trayterously & violentlye sought to dispatch.[Back to Top]
Which this her escape I cannot otherwise so wel ascribe, as vnto the deth of Winchester. Who if any longer had contynued, it had bene a greate hasard if that by hys wycked and blody fetches, both her grace had not lost her head and England bereft of her liege Lady & righte lawfull inheritor. But laude and prayse bee vnto God, England quietly enioyeth her, shee lyueth and prosperously reygneth amongs vs and that by hys diuine prouidence, which by his inscrutable goodnes, searcheth, ruleth, and worketh al thinges. And here by the way, vnder your maiestyes correction with desyre of your graces pardon I referre my selfe to your highnes in what extreme misery, disease daunger and perill ye were, how from poste to piller ye were tossed how narrowly, nerely, and hardely ye escaped, how straungelye miraculously frō daunger ye were delyuered, what fauour and grace you found at thalmightyes hands, which when all hope of recouery was past, stretched out his mighty arme, and preserued your maiesty, and placed your grace with such quietnes, reioycing and sufferings of al, as seldom hath bene herd of in this your rightful throne of England, ther to lyue and raigne ouer vs, your liege & natural people, teach and trade vs in the righte pathes of the gospel of Christ, to be a zealouse example of it to the rest, to maintaine the teachers and prechers therof, to bridle the stouborne transgressors and breachers, and finally to be hys very substitute, and Vicar here in this Realme vnder hym? beseching your highnes after most humble maner, and that in the bowels of our Sauiour Christ, and in the name of my Contrye, thys your most high and worthy function, as you haue most godly begonne, with earnest zeale to rule & go thorough with courage to maintayne Christes quarrell, with al your strengthe to defende it agaynste the enemyes, wherin ye shall do your maister Christ most thankeful seruice, shal answere to hys holy giftes bestowed vpon you, and finally after long helth & prosperity in this your earthly kingdom, which is but temporall, shall enioy the heauenly kyngdome which is euerlastyng.[Back to Top]
Many other lyke examples of Gods healpinge hand haue bene declared vpō hys electe Saintes and Children in delyueringe them out of daūger by wonderful and miraculous wayes: MarginaliaSimon Grineus meruelously preseruedwhat a notable worke of Gods mightye hand was sene in Symon Grineus mencioned in the Comentary of Melanchton vpon Daniel, and also partly touched in this history, pa, 441. Who hauing a sodeyn warning by a certaine olde man, who was not seene after, nor knowen then of any what he was, auoyded the peril of taking and burning[Back to Top]
With such lyke examples of Gods myghty and mercyful custody the Church of England doth abounde, as by many experiences maye appeare, in these that follow, and many other mo, to vs yet vnkowen.
There were two men persecuted in Quene Maries daies, one called Thomas Christmas, MarginaliaThomas Christmasand the other William Wattes, MarginaliaWilliam Wattes. which dwelleth now at Tunbridge in Kent. And as they trauayled frō place to place, not restinge one night, where they lay another, it happened thē on a time to come to Rochester in Kent aforesaid, wheras in entring into þe towne, euen at the townes end they mette a little damosel of viii. yeares of age, but whether she went they knewe not. It was night, and they wearye, and therfore faine would haue lien in the same towne, but could not tel where, they feared so the persecuting papistes. At the last they deuised to aske the damosel, whether there were any heretickes in the towne or no? and she said yea. they asked her where. and she answered them, at such an Inne, telling them where the Inne was. Then these two men, as they wer going from her, paused and God mouing their hartes, they went to the childe againe, and asked her how she knewe, that the Inkeper (of whom she spake before) was an hereticke. Mary quod she, well enoughe, and his wife also. How knowest thou preaty mayden said they? I pray the tel vs. How know I said she? mary because they go to churche: and those that will not holde vp their hands there, they will present them, and hee himselfe go from house to house, to compell them to come to church. When these twoo men heard this, they gaue god prayse and auoyded that house, takinge the warning of that mayde (of good bringinge vp, as it shoulde seeme) to be Gods maruelouse prouidence towards them.[Back to Top]
This foresayd William Wats, dwelling in Quene Maries daies at Seale in Kent, þe last yere of her reigne saue one, was apprehended by his enemies, and broughte by the Constables before the Byshop, and iustices at Tunbridge, which when he came, the saide byshop and iustices perswaded him al that they could, to turne from the truthe: but in vaine. for they[Back to Top]