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cum multo populo dicebant, veniant Episcopi et sacerdotes et deleāt nobis? Quofacto multi populi gaudebant in Bethlehem, et ego cum eis, et excitatus sensi me ridere.

¶ In Englyshe thus.

I praye you expounde to me the dreame whiche I had this nyght. I sawe that in my churche as Bethlehem (wherof I was parson) they desyred and went about to abolishe al the Images of Christ, and did abolishe them. I the next daie following, rose vp and sawe many other painters, whiche paynted both the same & many more images and more fayrer, whiche I was glad to beholde, whereupon the paynters with the greate multitude of people saide: Nowe let the byshops and priestes come, and put vs out these Images if they can. Whiche thing done, muche people reioysed in Bethlehem and I with them. And rising vp, I felt my selfe to laughe.

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This dreame, maister Iohn of Chlum first expoūded. Thā he in þe next epistle after, expoūded it him selfe to this effecte. Stante mandata die. etc. That is: the commaundemēt of God standing, that we must obserue no dreames, yet notwithstandinge I truste, that the lyfe of Christ whiche was painted in Bethlehem by me, through his worde in the hartes of mē, the which preaching, thei went about in Bethlehem to destroye, first in commaunding that no preaching should be neyther in the churche of Bethlehem nor in the chappelles thereby, secondly, that the churche of Bethlehem shoulde be throwen downe to the grounde. The same lyfe of Christ shalbe paynted vp agayn, by mo preachers muche better then I, and after much more better sort, so that a great nomber of people shal reioyce therat, all suche as loue the life of Christ. And also I shal reioyce my selfe, & at what time I shall awake, that is, when I shall ryse againe from the dead.

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By these and suche lyke prophecies it is euident to vnderstand, the tyme not to be farre of, whan God of his determinat prouidence was disposed to reforme and to restore his churche. And not only by these prophecies that myghte well appeare, but also and much rather by the heartes of the people at that time, whose myndes where so incensed and inflamed with hatred against the pompe and pryde of Rome, bothe through all nations, and especially the people of Germanie, that it was easie to perceiue, the time was neare at hand whan the pryde of popish prelacie would haue a fall. Such disdeyne there was, suche contempt and derision began to ryse on euery syde then against the Pope & the courte of Rome, that it might sone apeare by the heartes of the people, that God was not disposed to haue it longe to stande. For neyther were there detestable doyngs so secret that men did not see them: neyther did any māsee them, hauing any sparcle of godlines, that could abyde them. And thereupon grewe these prouerbes 

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These anticlerical proverbs and quotations, down through the quotation from Becket, are all taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 564.

to their derision, in euery countrey. As in Germany it hathe bene a prouerbe amongest them.

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VVwas ist nu in der welt fur ein wesen,
VVir moegē fur den pfaffen nicht genesen.

What is this, to see þe world now roūd about,
That for these shaueling priestes no man that once may rout.

In Italy they haue a commen saying: Quam primum clericus suscipit rasuram, statim intrat in eum diabolus.

In Germany likewise an other saying ther is:

Nerer Rome, farther from Christ.

Agayn: In nomine domini incipit omne malum. Aluding to the first beginning, and deceates of the Popes bulles. &c.

Item whan bulles come from Rome, bynde well your purses.

Item, he that goeth once to Rome, seeth a wicked man. He that goeth twyse, learneth to knowe him. He that goeth thryse, bryngeth hym home with him.

Muche lyke is the saying: The court of Rome neuer regardeth the shepe without þe woll.

Neither is this vnlyke which is sayd: Once were wodden chalices and golden priestes: Now we haue goldē chalices, & woddē priests.

MarginaliaEx Auenti.To this also agreeth the saying of the Benarians: Once Christen men had blynd churches and light hartes. Now they haue blynde hartes and lyght churches.

To this may be addid also which is an old saing: That many are worshipped for saintes in heauen, whose soules be burning in hell.

What shuld I speake of our English prouerbe which so vily estemeth the filthy friers, that it compareth them (reuerence to readers ears) to a fart.

In France Gallus Senonensis writeth. 400. yeares agoo, that amongest them it was an old saing: Romæ solui Satanam in perniciem totius ecclesiæ. That is: that Satā was let lose at Rome to distroy the whole church.

Thomas Becket him selfe in his time, writing to the colledge of Cardinals denieth it not but to be commen word both through towne & city, quod non sit iustitia Romæ. That is: That ther is no right at Rome.

To theise may be adioned also the A B C. Which we find in the margent of a certen old register to be attribut to William Thorpe, 

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Foxe's meaning is obscured by his tortured syntax. What he is saying is that an annotation in a register attributed the work to William Thorpe, not that the register was attributed to Thorpe. In fact, Foxe is probably referring to the marginal note in Bishop Tunstall's register (Guildhall Library MS 9531/10, fo. 143v).

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whose story we haue comprehēded in the booke before. 
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See 1583, pp. 527-43; 1576, pp. 511-27; 1570, pp. 629-49; 1563, pp. 143-72.

¶ Awake 

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Foxe is quoting an anticlerical tract, A proper dyaloque betweene a gentillman and a husbandman, printed c. 1529 (STC 1462.3). It takes its popular name, the A.B.C., from the acrostic verses printed on its title page. These verses are printed by Foxe.

ye gostly persones, awake, awake
Both priest, pope, bishoppe and Cardinall.
Considre wisely, what waies that ye take
Daungerously being like to haue a fall.
Euery where, the mischife of you all.
Farre and neare, breaketh out very fast

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