MarginaliaRefer this to the page 1101.TOmkins, of whom mention is made before pag. 1101. on a tyme beynge prysoner wyth Boner Byshoppe of London, was sette of the Byshoppe to make haye aboute Fullam: and Boner beholding his labour, sayd: Ah Tompkyns, like thee, for thou labourest wel. I trust thou wilt be a good catholyke. Vnto whome Tompkyns aunswered and sayde: my Lorde, S. Paule sayeth: he that doth not labour is not worthy to eate. Boner. Ah, saynt Paule is a gret man with thee: so after other talke he wyshed his beard of, because he sayde it woulde make hym loke lyke a catholycke. To whome Tomkins answered: my Lord, before my beard grewe, I was I trust a Christian man, and so I trust to be with my berd. But Boner in time afterward, sent for the Barber, and caused his beard to be shauen of. I thynke it was because he had pluckt of a peace before, and in the ende burnt hym, as ye haue heard before: suche was the burnyng charitie of that bloudy man.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaRefer this to the pag. 1139.OH eternall God, most mightie and mercifull father, who hast sent downe thy sonne vpon the earth to saue me and all mankind, who ascēded vp into heauen again, & left his bloude here vpon the earth behind him, for the redemption of our sinnes, haue mercy vpon me, haue mercy vpon me, for thy deare sonne our sauiour Iesus Christ sake, in whome I confesse onely to be all saluation and iustificatiō, and that ther is none other meane, nor way, nor holynes in which or by which any man can be saued in this worlde. This is my faith, whiche I besech all men here to beare witnes of, and so said the Lords prayer and made an ende.[Back to Top]
Then master Cholmley came to him, willing hym to recant his heresy, wherby he myght doe good to the people, or els he wold be damned.
Who aunswered as followeth: Syr I beseke you for Gods sake be cōtented. For that I haue said, I haue sayd: and I haue ben of this faythe from the beginning. And I trust to the louyng God he wyl geue me his holy spirite to cōtinue to the end. Then he desyred al the world to forgeue him, whom he had offended, as he forgaue all the world: and than his hand was striken of and fyre put vnto him. who burning in the fyre, cried with a loude voyce. Oh the spirite of the Lorde, haue mercy vpon me. Oh the spirite of the Lord receyue my soule. 3. tymes & no more, and after his speach was gone, he lifting vp his handes, yelded vp his spirite.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaRefer this to the pag. 1169.IT happened vpon a tyme in the reigne of Q. Mary, that one Iohn Ardley, of whom mention is made before pag. 1169. with certayne other companions in that persecution, beynge brought before her commissioners, were by thē greatly charged of stobbornes and vain glory, vnto whome they answered in defense of theyr own simplicitie, that they were cōtent wyllingly to yelde to the quene al their goods & lands, so that they might be suffered to lyue vnder her, in keping their conscience free from al idolatry, and Papisticall religion. But this woulde not be graunted, although they hadde offered all to theyr hart bloud, onlesse they had had lyfe with it also: so burnynge and pernicious was theyre[Back to Top]
whote charitie. The Lorde geue them repentaunce if it be hys wyl, and kepe from them the iust reward of suche a vyle worke. Amen.
MarginaliaRefer this to the pag. 1252.RObert Smith, of whome before mention is made pag. 1252. a comfortable man to all them that were in pryson with hym, standyng at the stake, he comforted also the people lokynge on, and wylled them to thinke well of his cause and not to doubte, but that his bodye dyeng in that quarell, should ryse agayn to life. And sayde he, I doubte not, but that God wyll shewe you some token thereof. At length he being wel nigh halfe burnt, and al black with fyre, clustered together as in a lumpe lyke a blacke cole, all men thynkyng hym for dead sodenly he rose vp ryght before the people, lyfting vp the stompes of his armes, and clappyng the same together, declaryng a reioycing hart vnto them, and so bendyng downe agayne, and hanging ouer the fire slept in the Lorde, and ended this mortall lyfe.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaRefer this to the pag. 1273.MAister Robert Glouer, of whom mention is made pag. 1273. all the tyme he was prysoner for the Lordes cause, he felt no strength nor comfort in hym selfe to dye. But in going to the stake, to geue his lyfe for the truth, one maister Augustine laboured and comforted hym what he coulde, in the promyses of Iesus Christ: but it would not be, he founde hym selfe very infirme. Then the sayde Augustine desyred hym. if he felt any comfort to his spyrite, as he was sure (he sayd) the Lord would geue it him, that then he woulde shewe some signification thereof, that he myght wytnesse with hym the same. Whereupon departyng from hym, as he was going to the stake, vpon hope of the Lords goodnes, although as yet he had tasted no consolation nor strengthe in the manifolde mercies of Christ: sodenly beyng mightely replenyshed with Gods holy comfort, cryed out to the sayd Augustine in thys sorte. Augustine, he is come, he is come, and that with suche ioye, that he semed rather as one rysen from some deadly daunger to the lybertie of lyfe, then he that should passe this lyfe, through the dinte of death: suche was the chaunge of the maruelous woorkes of God.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaRefer this to the pag. 1283.MAister Doctor Ridley, sometyme Byshop of London, of whome mention is made pag. 1283. was a man so reuerenced for his learnyng and knowledge in the scriptures, that euen his very enemies hath reported hym to haue bene ben an excellēt clerk, whose life if it myght haue been redemed wt the som of. 10000. markes, yea, 10000. poundes, the Lord Dacres of the North. beyng his kynsmā, would haue geuen to quene Mary, rather then he should haue burned. And yet was shee so vnmercifull, for al hys gentlenes in kynge EdWardes dayes, that it woulde not be graūted for no suyte that could be made. Oh, that she had remembred his laboure for her to kyng Edwarde the syxt, with Cranmer, before mentioned pag. 885. in such sorte that euen she hadde yelded but the reward of a Publicane Math. 5. then had the earth, not so beene berefted of hym as it was: but the Lorde forgeue vs our synnes whiche was the cause thereof, and graunt that we neuer so prouoke his anger agayne, if it be his blessed wyll. Amen.[Back to Top]