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Queene Mary. A comfortable letter of the Lady Iane to her fathers Chaplayne reuolted.

throwne from his worldlye and temporall kingdome. Shalt thou then that doest deface Gods honour, and rob him of his right, inherite the eternall and heauenly kingdome? Wilt thou for a good intent dishonour God, offend thy brother, and daunger thy soule, wherefore Christ hath shed his most precious bloud? Wilt thou for a good intent plucke Christ out of heauen, and make his death voyde, and deface the triumph of his crosse by offering him vp dayly? Wilt thou either for feare of death, or hope of life, denie and refuse thy God, who enriched thy pouertie, healed thy infirmitie, and yeelded to thee his victory, if thou couldest haue kept it? Doest þu not consider that the threed of thy life hangeth vpon him that made thee, who can (as hys will is) eyther twine it harder to last the longer, or vntwine it againe to breake it the sooner? Doest thou not then remember the saying of Dauid a notable King, to teach thee a miserable wretch, in his 104. Psalme, where he sayth thus: When thou takest away thy spirit (oh Lord) from men, they die and are turne agayne to their dust: but when thou lettest thy breath go foorth, they shall be made, and thou shalt renue the face of the earth. MarginaliaPsal. 104. Remember the saying of Christ in hys Gospell: Whosoeuer seeketh to saue his life, shall lose it: but whosoeuer will lose his life for my sake, shall finde it. MarginaliaMath. 10.And in the same place: Whosoeuer loueth father or mother aboue me, is not meete for me. He that will follow me, let him forsake hymselfe, and take vp his crosse and follow me. MarginaliaMath. 16. What crosse? the crosse of infamy and shame, of misery and pouerty, of affliction and persecution for his names sake. MarginaliaThe crosse for Christes sake. Let the oft falling of those heauenly showers, pearce thy stony hart. Let the two edged sword of Gods holy word shere asunder the sinowes of worldly respects, euen to the very marrow of thy carnall hart, that thou mayest once againe forsake thy selfe and embrace Christ. And like as good subiects will not refuse to hazard all in the defence of their earthly and temporal Gouernour, so flie not like a white liuered milkesop from the standing wherein thy chiefe captaine Christ hath set thee in array of this life. Viriliter age, comfortetur cor tuum, sustine dominum. MarginaliaPsal. 26.Fight manfully, come life, come death: the quarell is Gods, and vndoubtedly the victory is ours

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MarginaliaAntichrist also hath his vnitie, which is not to be kept.But thou wilt say, I will not breake vnitie. What? not the vnitie of Sathan and his members? not the vnitie of darkenes, the agreement of Antichrist aud his adherents? Nay thou deceauest thy selfe with the fond imagination of such an vnitie as is among the enemies of Christ. Were not the false Prophetes in an vnitie? Were not Iosephes breethren and Iacobs sonnes in a vnitie? Where not the Heathen, as the Amelechites, the Pheresites and Iebusites in an vnitie? Were not the Scribes and Phariseis in an vnitie? Doth not King Dauid testifie: Conuenerunt in vnum aduersus dominum? Yea theeues, murtherers, conspiratours, haue their vnitie. But what vnitie? Tully sayeth of amitie: Amicitia non est, nisi inter bonos. But marke my friend, yea friend, if thou be not Gods enemie: there is no vnitie but where Christ knitteth the knot among such as be his. Yea, be well assured, that where his truth is resident, there it is verified that he himselfe sayeth: Non veni mittere pacem in terram, sed gladium, &c. but to set one against another, the sonne against the father, and the daughter against the mother in lawe. Deceaue not thy selfe therefore with the glittering and glorious name of vnitie: for Antichrist hath this vnity, not yet in deede, but in name. MarginaliaThe agreements of euill men is no vnitie but a conspiracie.The agreement of ill men is not an vnitie, but a conspiracie.

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Thou hast heard some threatnings, some curses, and some admonitions out of the scripture to those that loue themselues aboue Christ. Thou hast heard also the sharpe and biting words to those that denie him for loue of lyfe: Sayth he not: He that denieth me before men, I will denie him before my father in heauen? MarginaliaMath. 10.And to the same effect writeth Paule Heb. 6. MarginaliaHeb. 6. It is impossible (sayth he) that they which were once lightned, and haue tasted of the heauenly gifte, and were partakers of the holy Ghost, and haue tasted of the good word of God, if they fall and slide away, crucifyeng to themselues the sonne of God afresh, and making of him a mockingstocke, should be renued againe by repentance. And againe saith he: if wee shall willingly sinne after we haue receiued the knowledge of his truth, there is no oblation left for sinne, but the terrible expectation of iudgement and fire which shall deuoure the aduersaries. MarginaliaRom. 10. Thus S. Paule writeth, and this thou readest, and doest thou not quake and tremble?

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Well, if these terrible and thundring threatnings can not sturre thee to cleaue vnto Christ, and forsake the world: yet let the sweete consolations and promises of the scriptures, let the example of Christ and his Apostles, holy Martyrs and confessours encourage thee to take faster holde by Christ. Harken what he sayth: Blessed are you when men reuile you, and persecute you for my sake: reioyce and be glad, for great is your reward in heauen: for so persecuted they the Prophetes that were before you. MarginaliaMath. 5.Heare what Esay the Prophet MarginaliaEsa. 51.

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sayth: Feare not the cursse of men, be not afrayde of theyr blasphemies, for woormes and mothes shall eate them vp like cloth and wooll, but my righteousnes shall endure for euer, and my sauing health from generation to generation. What art thou then (sayth he) that fearest a mortall man, the child of man which vadeth away like the flower: and forgettest the Lord that made thee, that spread out the heauens, and laid the foundation of the earth? I am thy Lorde thy God, that make the sea to rage, and be still, whose name is the Lorde of hostes. I shall put my word in thy mouth, and defend thee with the turning of an hand. And our Sauiour Christ saith to his Disciples: They shall accuse you and bring you before Princes and Rulers for my names sake, MarginaliaMath. 10. and some of you they shall persecute and kill: but feare you not (saith he) nor care you not what you shall say: for it is the spirit of your father that speaketh within you. MarginaliaLuke. 12. Euen the very heares of your head are all numbred. Lay vp treasure for your selues (sayth he) where no theefe commeth, nor moth corrupteth.  

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Matt. xiii.

Feare not them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soule, but feare hym that hath power to destroy both soule and body. MarginaliaMath. 10. If ye were of the world, the world would loue his owne: but because ye are not of the world, but I haue chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. MarginaliaIohn. 15.

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Let these and suche like consolations taken out of the Scriptures, strengthen you to godward. Let not the examples of holy men and women go out of your minde, as Daniel and the rest of the prophets, of the three children, of Eleazarus that constāt father, of the vij. of the Machabies children, of Peter, Paule, Steuen, and other Apostles and holy Martyrs in the beginning of the Church: As of good Symeon Archbishop of Seloma, 

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"Seloma and Zetrophone" in Foxe's text is evidently a corruption for "Seleucia and Ctesiphon;" for Simeon, archbishop of Seleucia and Ctesiphon, was martyred under Sapor, king of Persia; see supra, vol. i. 280. It is curious that there, also, Foxe's text (corrected however in this edition) makes a second martyr out of the second part of Simeon's title, for his text there reads, "Symeon, archbishop of Seleucia, with Ctesiphon, another bishop in Persia;" and a few lines lower, in a translation from Sozomen, "accused Symeon and Ctesiphon." It is most probable that Foxe and Lady Jane were led into their mistake by Simeon Metaphrastes, or some other martyrologist, who did not quite comprehend Sozomen's Greek. "Seloma" cannot be a corruption of Solyma or Jerusalem; for though Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, was a martyr (see vol. i. pp. 104, 116), he is never called "arch-bishop;" and "Zetrophone" is not to be met with in any of the martyrologies.

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and Zetrophone, with infinite other vnder Sapores the King of the Persians and Indians, who contemned all torments deuised by the tyraunts for their sauiours sake. Returne, returne agayne into Christes warre, and as becommeth a faithfull warriour, put on that armour that S. Paule teacheth to be most necessary for a Christian man. MarginaliaEphes. 6.And aboue all things take to you the shield of fayth, and be you prouoked by Christes own example to withstand the diuell, to forsake the world, and to become a true and faythfull member of his mysticall body, who spared not his owne body for our sinnes.

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Throw downe your selfe with the feare of his threatned vengeaunce for this so great and haynous an offence of Apostasie: and comfort your selfe on the other part wyth the mercy, bloud and promise of him that is ready to turne vnto you whensoeuer you turne vnto him. Disdayne not to come agayne with the lost sonne, seing you haue so wādred with him. Be not ashamed to turne againe with hym from the swill of straungers, to the delicates of your most benigne and louing father, acknowledging that you haue sinned against heauen and earth. Against heauen, by stayning the glorious name of God, and causing his most sincere and pure word to be euill spoken of through you. Against earth, by offending so many of your weake brethren to whom you haue bene a stumbling block through your sodaine sliding. Be not abashed to come home againe with Mary, and weepe bitterly with Peter, not only with sheding the teares of your bodily eyes, but also powring out the streames of your hart, to wash away out of the sight of God the filth and mire of your offensiue fall. Be not abashed to say with the Publicance, Lord be mercifull vnto me a sinner. MarginaliaLuke. 18. Remember the horrible hystory of Iulian of olde, and the lamentable case of Spyra of late, whose case (me thinke) should be yet so greene in your remembrance, that being a thing of our time, you should feare the like inconuenience, seeing you are falne into the like offence.

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Last of all, let the liuely remembrance of the last day be alwayes afore your eyes, remembring the terrour that suche shall bee in at that time, with the runnagates and fugitiues from Christ, which setting more by the worlde then by heauen, more by theyr lyfe, then by him that gaue them lyfe, dyd shrinke, yea, did cleane fall away from him that forsooke not them: and contrarywise, the inestimable ioyes prepared for them, that fearing no perill, nor dreading death, haue manfully fought, and victoriously triumphed ouer all power of darkenesse, ouer hell, deathe, and damnation, thorough theyr most redoubted Captaine Christ, who nowe stretcheth out his armes to receaue you, ready to fall vppon your necke and kysse you, and last of all to feast you with the deynties and delicates of his owne precious bloud, which vndoubtedly, if it might stand with his determinate purpose, he woulde not let to shed againe, rather then you should be lost. To whome with the Father and the holy Ghost be all honour, prayse and glory euerlasting. Amen.

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Be constant, be constant, feare not for no payne,
Christ hath redeemed thee, and heauen is thy gayne.

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