A NARRATION, BRIEFELY CONTAYNING the History of the French Massacre, especially that horrible one at Paris, which happened in the yeare 1572.

In the passage of which, are handled cer­taine Questions both Politike and Ethike, properly fit for Courtiers and States-men.

The condition also of this present time is dis­couered, by comparing it with the state of those lamentable times.

Which in true loue and sincerity are by Gods grace set downe, to be publikely read, and examined, by the Nobility and Gentry of England, France, Germany, and the Low-Countries.

PROV. SALOM. 24. They that say to the wicked man thou art iust, the people shall curse them, and the companies shall hate them: They which rebuke him shall be praised, and vpon them shall come a blessing.
Ibid. Cap. [...]9. A righteous King raiseth the earth, and righteous men abhorr [...] the vngodly man.

LONDON: Printed by Thomas Snodham. 1618.

To the RIGHT REVEREND Father in God, and most worthy Prelate, Doctor N. F. the famous Patron of Learning, and learned men, I doe humbly giue and dedicate (as a Monument and small Pledge of my great loue and dutie) this little Historie, touching the lamentable slaughter of godly men, throughout the Kingdom of FRANCE, which happened in the yeare 1572. on the Feast day of S. Bartholmew, and the next dayes following. *⁎*

A NARRATION, CONTAYNING THE Historie of the French Massacre, especially that horrible one at PARIS, which happened in the yeare 1572.

Right Reuerend;

I Thinke that no man is igno­rant, vnlesse he be altogether a stranger to worldly affaires, that many haue written ma­ny things touching the fa­mous persons in Learning, or Warre, whom this our Age hath brought forth, as also touching the sundry occurrences befallen in this blessed Kingdome of England, as also in France, Ita­ly, and the higher and lower Germany: But in so great a number of ancient and Moderne Writers, I doe wonder there hath beene none, that as yet [Page 2] hath particularly set sorth that cruell butchery of good men, made in the Kingdome of France, in the yeare 1572. on Bartholmew day. Truely, if I knew it had beene done by any (though it were but by snatches, or in parts, and peeces) I had rather be silent, after the passage of so many yeares, then bring forth any thing vnseasonably, that might ei­ther breed offence to your Lordship, or the Reader. But (as I haue formerly said) seeing I am fully per­swaded, there is none that already hath purposely dealt in this Argument, I deemed it as free, and as lawfull for me as for others, to runne in this race, and in this Field to make tryall of my slender ability.

Let it please you therefore (my good Lord) at this time, when others out of a plentifull & rich haruest haue brought to this Bartholmew Faire abundance and store enough of fruit; That I, out of my little, barren, and poore Garden, may with a pure heart and hand offer a few leaues to your liking. And I beseech you vouch safe to assist and further me with your honourable good will, and fauour, in the dis­course and discouery of this businesse, according to your accustomed piety, and your remarkeable ver­tue and Learning so famoused both in your owne Countrey, as also in forraigne.

Since then the whole matter is so plaine and eui­dent to all good men, and of vpright iudgement, it shall not be amisse, if in the beginning wee seeke out the cause from whence so hainous and barba­rous an Act proceeded. It is certaine (if wee may beleeue Caesar in his Commentaries) that the French [Page 3] Nation was of old so fierce and cruell, that they did be-smeare euen their Altars with humane blood, they would hale and teare innocent and harmelesse men to be sacrificed: Nay more, that robberies and out-rages, done out of the Walles and borders of their Cittie, they did not account dishonest, or to be blamed. But from the time that it was once re­formed by lawes, and worthy discipline, and that it learned to obey one King, it presently fell from that rude and barbarous kinde of life to humanity, and Ciuility; So as at this instant we may truly, and not vnfitly terme Fraunce, the Mother of Ciutill cour­tesie, and that from our selues, by our owne experi­ence. But before I wade further into other things, me thinks this one cause should be first chiefly ex­amined, namely, from whence that Nation (once so cruell and sauage, and now styled with the praise of Courtesie and Ciuility) should draw the matter and ground-worke of this wicked and perfidious deed we now speake of? And more; what should moue Charles their King, then of greene and tender yeres, (from whom nothing but Acts of glory and Nobi­lity were expected, both in regard of his excellent forwardnesse, as of his most Royall disposition both in body and minde,) that he should so fauour these men, which vnder the pretext and counterfait zeale of ancient Religion, bring about and compasse any thing with the simple people? From hence it is that these griefes arise; by this onely bait was King Charles caught; by these circumstances and by-wayes was that Prince led and misse-led, being in his first yeares Noble, milde, and gentle; That hee [Page 4] (with griefe I speake it) in whom (as Buchanan the Prince of Poets in our age, saith godly and truely) the Image of the most high God ought to be, and shine, should abandon himselfe to wickednesse and villany, and all manner of impudency and periury. But that Christ (the mouth of Truth) hath fore-told it should be so, that Religion, which should be the bond of Peace and Society, yet often through the subtilty of Sathan, and malice of men, proueth the occasion and matter of vproares, debate, and tu­mults. And verily, he that writ this, writ not vaine­ly, neither did hee write toyes or fables when hee said,—

Quod saepius lim
Relligio peperit scelerosa atque impia facta.
That Religion of yore hath brought.
Forth, deeds vile, wicked and nought.

And in another place;

Tantum Relligio potuit suadere malorum.
Religion hath the skill
To perswade to much ill.

But that we may come to the purpose, and our speech may returne from whence it hath digressed, he is farre out of the way that perswades himselfe, or imagineth, that this deed so detestable was bred or forged in any other place, then in the shop of the Bishop of Rome, the Anuile of all wickednesse. Ne­uerthelesse, it is not to be thought that this Pylote sate alone at the Helme in this Shippe, (so fully fraught with all impiety) but that he had Mariners, and Sea-faring fellowes enow of that sort, carefully [Page 5] trained vp in any villany. For first, what parts in this Act and deed may not the Conspiracie of the Councell of Trent challenge to it selfe? What Com­pany in this Army doth not the encouragement of the Cardinals and Spaniards lead? What hath not the furie and rage of the cut-throat Iesuits attemp­ted in these Tents and fields of vngodlinesse? who make their daily vowes and prayers to spill the life and bloud of godly Kings and Princes, especially of those, which either in words or deeds deny to yeeld any duty or homage to this rauenous Wolfe of Rome. And that nothing (forsooth) might be wan­ting, there was added to this Councell, (and so holy Congregation) the Councell deuised and aduised by that Family which long since hath so greedily thir­sted after the bloud of good and godly men, which when I name to be the family of Guyse, I doe euen in one breath shut vp the many, yea the infinite mi­series and calamities of France: This is that family that instructed the King in all the wicked principles of Craft & Deceipt, and egg'd him on to that foule & most abhominable deed. This is that, which had ra­ther haue all France vtterly to sinke and perish, then see (much lesse indure) any great man to reside in the Kings Court, who hath been either noted to be of Religion reformed, or accounted famous for lear­ning and vertue. Of this family (so praise-worthy) not any vnprofitable or base and vnworthy Mem­ber but the very Head was that notable and Memo­rable Cardinall, whom whosoeuer it was that mat­ched with a certaine Councellour of the Emperour Decius, did him right, of whom the Ecclesiasticall [Page 6] Historie writeth, that hee was called The Minister of the Deuill, because (farre worse, and more mischie­nous then the Emperour himselfe) he stirred vp and incensed as many as he could against the Christians. This is that scarlet Cardinall, whom one termed (not vnfitly) The Cateline of our time, that by fraude or treacheries, by right or wrong, omitted not to inuent a thousand meanes of doing mischiefe.

He would reioyce and take a great delight,
If he could once draw Brethren euen to fight.

All his felicity was to fill housholds full of batred and enmity, that purpled hindge and proppe of the Romaine Bishop, left nothing vndone that might cut asunder the conditions of Peace, and might nourish the seeds of warre, and discords, or giue fuell to the fire of factions, vproares, and murthers. To conclude, in that very deed, that vassaile of Anti­christ might shew there is no mischiefe or attempt so fowle or hatefull, which hath not issued from out the Popes roofe. There is nothing in this Clergy sound or vnspotted; Nothing so holy or sanctified, which perfidious people vse not to breake and ble­mish with their periuries. Witnesses hereof are in­numerable Popes, many Cardinals, and he Princi­pall, of whom (euen now) we made mention, not to his praise or good report, but as he deserued, for his cruelty and inhumane dealings, committed against good and learned men; yea, against his own Coun­trey, to his perpetuall shame and infamy. This marke hath that man (in life and conuersation so [Page 7] impure and impudent) branded himselfe withall, and it will neuer be wiped away, or blotted out of remembrance, so long as there remaines in France any relique of Vertue or Learning; Nay, the [...] impostures, and wicked practises of this Scarlet-Prelate, shall liue to the memory of Posteritie, so long as the Christian world endures. This Man forsooth, and Men of the same coate (whose hearts harbour nothing but wicked thoughts and purposes) will be the light of the world, and not the spight; the band, and not the fire-brand; the best, and not the beasts; These (I say) will be the Salt of the earth, who not onely haue that little they haue vnsauory, and vnfit for vse, but as Salust sayes of Cateline, which is worse, are of an euill and peruerse disposition, im­pudent, vndermyning, and changeable: These (to be short) are those good Shepheards which endea­uor not to teach & feed their flock, but are no soo­ner entred into holy Orders, but are giuen to ciuill warres, murthers and rapines, learne to deuoure their sheepe, and (as I may speake with Homer) to weaue deceipts; or as Plautus sayes, neatly to frame tales and entrappings for them. And this (I warrant you) gets them great praise. Let men of vpright iudgement censure these things, and if they be silent and will not, the very stones will speake in many Prouninces of France especially, as also in the greatest part of Italy, and throughout all Spaine, where the Popes crafts are not yet discouered, but by the iust iudgement of God, lye still lurking, and vnreuea­led: Which notwithstanding, that in their due time they may be brought to light, in spight of Sathan [Page 8] and the wicked-minded, Time, nay, God himselfe will bring about. Howsoeuer let this be throughly imprinted in all mens minds, that there is neuer any thing more cruell, or more working, then is Idolatry, or the false worship of God, which as often as it is voyde of Reason and Truth, seekes to maintaine it selfe by force, fire, and sword, and by all meanes to bereaue the true worshippers of God, of the goods and wealth they possesse; of the life and breath they draw; of the light they enioy. Neither let any won­der here, or be dismayd, that this both is and was from time to time, and is like to be still, the lot of the Church, which, as the kingly Prophet witnesseth, hath from her Youth vpwards beene afflicted with many distresses, vexed with iniuries and revilements, and tossed with many stormes and tempests: Yet let not any man be in this heresie, that hee iudge the true Religion, which we learne out of the Olde and New Testament, to be the cause of warres, vproares, and seditions, nor that these things are to be ascri­bed to true -Religion, which by accident proceed a­gainst the Truth, through the malice of men, and of the Deuill, God forbid. Neither, when I write this, doe I write contrarieties; for here I meane the true and right Religion, peaceable and quiet, not that which out of Lucretius we haue noted to be wicked, turbulent, and quarelsome, nor that Religion so stai­ned and disfigured with Popish infections, and with the Iesuiticall itch of lying & scandalizing. Let them (whosoeuer they be) that liue in the Popish blind­nes deny if they can, with a safe and sure conscience, whither, since through the goodnesse of God, the [Page 9] light of the Gospell, and true Religion hath cleerely shined, the rage and outrage of the Popish kingdome hath not encreased? whether out of the same store­house haue not come innumerable lyes, menaces, & hatreds against the Churches of the Gospel? yet it was so. For (to confirme this our obseruation) as soone as (King Henry being dead) the Churches in France, which were neglected afflicted, and oppressed, and lay in obscurity, began to peere out, and rise; be­hold that Arch-worke-master of all deceipt and wic­kednesse, that Factor for the Romane Bishop, the Car­dinall of Lorraine, (whom a while since wee haue somewhat deciphered) that he might make all pos­sible way to his impious deeds and Tyranny, and might purchase Power ouer the life and goods of such as were good men, began to driue all those from the Kings Court, whom he thought able to crosse his faction, or withstand his godlesse and wic­ked attempts, and behaued himselfe with such ma­lice and insolence against the Peeres, and other No­bles of Fraunce, that they consulted together how they might suppresse the immeasurable ambition of this Man, and of his whole family; wherupon did arise many grieuous and deadly ryots and insurre­ctions, as well at Amboyse, as elsewhere in Fraunce. Then did hee hereupon scandalize the Churches, and the chiefe Men and Rulers of the true Religion, with inspeakeable calumniations. Then did hee burthen them with lyes, slanders and deceipts; nay, that this desperate miscreant and out-cast-wretch, might not ouerslip any nefarious enterprise, he did then charge them with many faigned and deuised [Page 10] offences. It is surely a thing worth the telling, to shew with what wiles and tricks this Cardinall could leade and misse-leade a number of people: For e­uen as once the Iewes were, in scorne, called of the Gentiles, the Sabbotheans; and the Christians, of Iulian the Apostata, the Galileans: Euen so then, they which imbraced the true Doctrine, that they might be accused as of strange errours before the Solem­nity of the Cardinals holy-dayes, were begun to be called Hugenets; which in-auspitious name, first found and inuented by an vnfortunate and accur­sed Man, sticke in the memory of the people of France; Fye vpon both the manner and matter of a wicked deed, and wicked seed: Neuerthelesse, let vs see vpon what ground-worke this ridiculous de­uise is founded, and that the Cardinall, and his As­sociates, are busied rather in any other thing, than in reading and meditating the holy Scriptures. Thus therefore it is that this honest man would haue them named Hugonets, of a certaine vision, which about that time in the night neere vnto the Towne of Tisrwin, the common people (that beast of many heads) beleeued to wander vp and downe: And now my friends can you forbeare laughing? It was thought to be the Ghost of a certaine Monke called Hugh, lately deceased, and because in those times the Christians, through persecutions, were compelled to keepe their meetings in the night, hee caused them to be named Hugonets. Whilest these things were in doing, and that not one in the whole kingdome was found that durst take in hand the cause godly men, & of the afflicted Church, our [Page 11] Lord God euen beyond all hope & expectation en­dewed that most honourable and valiant Noble­man Caspar Caligni, high Admirall of France, with the spirit of fortitude and incredible zeale, so as with an vndaunted courage, in the very middest of the tu­mults and vproares, he presented a Confession of their faith to the King himselfe, Francis the second, in the name of the reformed Churches in Fraunce, and pleaded their cause with wonderfull wisedome and stoutnesse, at the Kings Priuie Councell Table, in the Tower called Callirrhoe. This deed of his, how much hatred and enuie it purchased vnto him, (though otherwise a man in high fauour with the King) cannot easily be expressed. After this, all the rowte and crue of the Popelings made him their onely marke to shoote at: He was the man whom they assalted with all their weapons: He the Prince on whom those wicked and loathed society cast all their reproaches and contumelies: Aboue the rest the family of the Guyses were neuer wearied with rolling this stone, and aduancing this abhominable and prodigious designe, that it might glut it selfe with the French blood, for which it thirsted, and might alone gouerne all the affaires of the King­dome. They haue in very deed approoued that Verse of Lucan to be no toye or idle tale,

Nulla fides regni sociis omnisque potestas,
Impatiens consortis erit.

There is no trust in fellow-Kings,
Rule, with a Riuall, enuy brings.

A great power being leuied and gathered at [Page 12] Orleance, where they ruled K. Francis as they listed, this vngodly family held a Counsel concerning the Prince of Condee, whom they had imprisoned, and concerning many other honourable Personages, ei­ther to behead them, or to punish them with the amercement of some great fine to be imposed vpon them: Or if they dealt more mildly with any, to banish and out-lawe them. Who may not here cry out?

Quid non impietas designat?
Oh what will not sinne and vice attempt?

Item.

O furor, ô nimium dominandi innata cupido!
Oh rage, oh too much inbred thirst of rule!

Meane while, he that by his prouidence, as out of a watch-Tower, beholdeth all things did breake a­sunder these cruell complots, and commaunded King Francis, breathing out fearefull slaughters, to yeeld and surrender his last breath▪ But what of that? Doe you thinke that this wicked generation was any thing mooued at the iudgements of God, or at this example, so fresh and euident? No, nothing at all: But as the Prophet sayes, The brutish generation of the wicked, is starke blinde in the iudgements of God, and hath their brest ouercast and clowded with a thicke mist of ignorance: And a factious company, deuoted and giuen ouer to sinne, reioyce with triumph in their sinne, and say in their hearts, God doth not looke vpon these things.

Therefore these blinde men, and leaders of the blinde, these enemies of Truth, were not beaten backe from their wicked hopes and sinnefull practi­ses [Page 13] against Christ, no, not then, when (young King Francis being dead) whom they had abused to the destruction of good and godly men, the Churches began euery where to take breath, and sprowt out; but euen presently they renewed their consultati­ons, and went about to entangle some with plea­sure and cunning deuises, as Anthony King of Na­narre; some to affright with murthers, and all sorts of cruelty, the foundation of which they lay in the Towne of Vassien, and thrust the miserable Realme into three most bitter ciuill warres, for the space of tenne whole yeares. It were a hard thing (or rather impossible for me to reckon vp all their kindes of cruelty by which the Popelings in France haue out­stripped the very Tigers and Lyons themselues; Yet can I not winke at, or ouer-skip the horrible deedes of the men of Orleance: These men in the yeare 69. in one day putting fire vnderneath, burnt in diuers prisons aboue two hundred men of all degrees. Who so vnderstandeth not, that from them, that sa­uage and barbarous hatred against the Admirall, and the French Churches, tooke beginning, and en­crease, him I iudge to see nothing in a most cleare light.

Let vs in the meane while consider what we may learne from that selfe-same hatefull peace, which once was restored and set on foote in France. And first this that the Lord doth graunt certaine truces for a time, lest with the continuance of mischiefes, the godly should altogether faint and grow feeble, next, in the vncertainty of that Peace, and the great alteration of things which for full ten yeares was in [Page 14] France, wee may obserue that no true Peace can be between the World and the true Church: which let the Low-Countries and Christian Princes marke, that we may wholly relye on that peace which God affor­deth vs, and alwaies take heed to our selues of the world, which hateth the light, and the Sons of light, and hath this resolution, if it can, to blot and raze out the very name of Truth, and the Gospell.

But now to the purpose: When as the enemies in two sull yeares could not by skirmishes ouerthrow the forces of the reformed, who wearied, did often refresh themselues; nor were able either with poy­son, which they often attempted, to make away, or in battaile to ouercome and get the victory, the Ad­mirall being Generall of the hoste, a man for paines vntyred, for dangers valerous, for practise skilfull, for aduice discreet and wise, they determined to try it another way; seeing by open fight they could profit nothing, that by subtilties and deceipt, in which the vngodly are most experienced, and by putting on the false name of Peace, they might get the vpper hand: So, when they knew the reuerence of the reformed Princes, of the Admirall, and of the whole Nobility, to be great towards the King, and that little credit would be giuen to them if they should treate of Peace, which they had so many times broken and infringed, they make the King himselfe to personate and be actor of their Tragedy, who to that purpose auowed hee would haue no­thing more holily and more religiously obserued then the Peace, and thereupon in countenance and speech yeelded the greatest intimation hee could of [Page 15] rendering and wishing well to the Nobility of the Gospell, and entertained Teligni, the Sonne in law of the Admirall, to many his secret counsels. He did moreouer by all meanes set forward that marriage of the King of Nauarre with his Sister, as the most holy bond and pledge of Peace, and made often motion that it might be hastened. What did hee more? He fained he was farre at oddes with the Pope himselfe, and tooke it exceeding ill at his hands, that he should warne him by his Legate not to marry his Sister to an Heretique Prince. But oh accursed and vnlucky Nupitails. Oh dismall and vnhallowed Bridall. A Bridall they call it: That name they do paint on their Sinne, for that was the dismall day, the first of annoy, not of ioy, and the first sowrce and spring of all mischiefe.

And although that marriage might then seeme to the French Nobility full of honour and concord, there were notwithstanding some politike persons, & of greater iudgement then others, who thoght o­therwise, & were not beside the matter; for by this it came to passe that the King very earnestly sent for the Peeres and Nobles of the Reformed Religion, out of all his kingdome, not so much to a Bridall, as to a Buriall: At which time, had not their minds been very carelesse, or rather had it not beene the Chri­stians destiny (if I may so speake) that their houre of death and extreame calamity was come, many fore-tokens and vnhappy signes might haue fore­warned that mischance, as the sodaine and vn­thought-of decease of the Queene of Nauarr: the bitter menaces of the Popelings throughout all the [Page 16] Realme, who vaunted that Peace would be slight and short; the secret conference of the Cardinall Lorraine with the Duke of Alba; his going to Rome about a Sinode; great troopes of Souldiers placed in Roane field, vnder this pretence, that a Nauie must be rigged out against the Duke of Alba, and many like matters.

But yet when the Princes of the reformed Religi­on had wholly prepared themselues, at their great charges, to this wedding, (as the Sonnes of God are more simple and lesse apprehensiue then the sonnes of this world, and light beleofe is rather an ouer­sight, then a fault) as to mirth, and the delight of the King, and that the King did daily either enrich them with gifts, or bewitch them with flatteries, who would not haue thought here had beene sure trust? But, good God, how easily doth the coun­tenance deceiue vs; when as the selfe-same King did so entertaine the Admirall himselfe, as if hee had beene the most inward partaker of his deepest secrets?

But alas, alas, on the fourth day after this Wed­ding, came that last day and ineuitable fate: For as that most valiant Prince, the Admirall, at dinner­time returned homewards from the Court, hee was shot through both his hands with a bullet out of a Pistoll: And (oh griefe) what hands? Let him heare, and all France remember, euen those hands which had beene borne, made, and vowed for recouering the liberty and Peace of France. But when as, after this wound receaued, he presently fell not dead, and that the bullet had pierced his hands onely, and not [Page 17] his heart, as that impious faction and crew had well hoped, the Conspiratours and bloud-suckers thought fit, with their wondrous dissimulation, to draw our men on still, and to conceale their trea­son: The King vpon that report, bends his eyes and countenance to sorrow, and commaunds that the party guilty of that act should be enquired out, promising and proclayming rewards to him or them which should apprehend him; sends Letters by Post-horses into all the Prouinces of France; in which he protests that this heauy mischance of the Admirall grieues him to the heart, and that he will reuenge this deed by some notable exemplary pu­nishment.

To conclude, that the Nobility of the true Reli­gion, which was grieuously troubled with so hay­nous an act, might be secure, and all suspition ta­ken away, that they might at vnawares and vnpro­nided be surprized; the King himselfe, accompani­ed with his Mother, and Brethren, repaires to visite the Admirall, layd on his bed, speakes to him very kindly, and encourageth him to be of good cheere, assuring him certainely that he will throughly re­uenge so vilde an offence. That vertuous Noble­man then turning himselfe to the King, I am not (saith he, my Soueraigne Liege) carefull about this my wound, nor about the punishment of the Au­thour of this deed, for that I referre, as this my life, so all my reuenge vnto God, to whom I wholly make my complaint, and whose sight in Heauen will be the end of my labours, which I had beene to vndergoe in this life, and the full fruition of my [Page 18] true happinesse: But if it shall please my gracious and great God to call me from this my worldly sta­tion, these three things (my dread Soueraigne) do I most humbly craue and entreat of your Highnesse;

First, That you neuer will suffer the Peace now set­led in your Realme to be broken.

Next, That you fully perswade your selfe, that it con­cernes the renowne, glory, and safety of your state, to giue ayde and assistance to the people of the Low-Coun­tries, most vpright men, and most vnworthily oppressed, against that cruell and barbarous Tyrant the Duke of Alba.

Lastly, Let this be stedfastly beleeued of you, that in all my actions I accounted nothing more worthy, or more to be regarded, then to defend the authority of your Ma­iesties commands against men turbulent, enemies of their Countries liberty, and endeauouring nothing but the o­uerthrowe of their King, and the lawes of God: And this assure your selfe, that I alwayes haue, and will be ready for the good and safegard of your Realme, to ex­pose my life and bloud to all kindes of danger.

These, and such like speeches did that worthy Nobleman, full of courage and magnanimity, though at that time faint and feeble of body, pro­nounce constantly and sincerely. The King gone from thence, to free the Admirall and the other Peeres of all feare and suspition, commandeth some select Souldiers of his Guard, such as the Admirall himselfe would appoint, to be placed in that street, who should take care lest either the people of Paris, or any others should assault the Admirals house: The King likewise commandeth, that for many of [Page 19] the Peeres and Religions Nobles, addicted to the Ad­mirall, which were here and there diuersly dispersed through the Citie, there should be lodgings proui­ded in the selfe same streete, that so ioyned together they might be the safer, or rather, that coupled to­gether in one heape, as sheepe appointed for the slaughter, they might at one blowe be butchered. Who then will doubt, that there are many regions between the tongue and the thoughts, many cranies and blinde corners in the mindes of men? who waighing these things, may doubt the speech of Truth to be simple, but faynings, craft, & lyes to be full of intricate inuolutions, and to stand in need of many shadowes, and pretences? There cannot as­suredly any more plaine or foule example be giuen of a dissembling and deceiptfull minde.

Oh good God, that such things should enter into the heart of a Christian, yea, into the minde of any man, were he neuer so vile, much lesse into the heart of a most Christian king, the Maiesty and dignitie of whose name onely, vnlesse it withhold vs, what shall we here finde either kingly or commendable? But I pray you: To be changeable, subtile, thir­sting after the blood of the Nobles, to be a fainer and dissembler, may you say these are vertues beseeming a Prince, and Christian king? God forbid. Let vs there­fore learne by this that we are oftentimes, most sim­ple in those things wherein we should be most wise, That the fauour of Court is as brittle as Glasse. And let all Courtiers learne here that be honest men, and such as best desetue at their Princes hands. That it can hardly be they should escape ENUY, HATRED, DESTRUCTIŌ, [Page 20] imprisonments and other calamities. Let them be­sides marke aduisedly. how changeable the course of things is in Court. I will, though I digresse a little, briefly and closely expresse what I meane. I omit ancient matters. But is there any that knows not the example of a lamentable case which wee haue in Papinian, in Peter de Vineis, Moore Aluar de Luna, Iames Corde, & Columbus, who was most shamefully and vnworthily ouerthrowne by Bombadilla; in Co­minaus also, Bussonus, Consaluns, and infinite others? Nor are there examples old, and new wanting of this, in the Courts of the Germane Princes. What if we think of that so late, and fresh in memory, which fell out in this your blessed Realme of England, and in the Realme of France? Doth not this Italian, so quick­ly raised out of the dust, without any desert of his, to such great wealth and honours, giue vs an apparant example hereof? vnlesse they be starke blind, all men see it plainely. Therefore if we haue any wit, let vs be taught by the example of others, and not slightly passe ouer the remembrance of what happened to the Admirall, a most valerous Peere of happy me­mory. For (Oh good God) how soone, how easily, was King Charles carried from his accustomed cour­tesie, and mildenesse towards the Admirall and his followers, vnto an incredible distaste, and bitternes; so as himselfe procured the cheife Nobles of the re­formed Religion, & amongst therest that most valiant worthy, and the very Atlas of all France, to be mur­thered in the Court and entrance of his Pallace, and out of his windowes (with shame enough) called vpon his guard, and animated them on to doe those [Page 21] villanies? yet could they scarce satisfie his desire therein, it was so great, and greedy. On the same day therefore which was the foure and twentieth of August, about foure of the clocke in the morning, when those Noblemen were all of them sound a­sleepe, and the Admirall himselfe had prepared himselfe ready for rest: Behold, at vnawares, there was a great hurly-burly in the same streete, a huge noyse, and at the very same instant Ryots and As­saults on euery house. What doe they then thinke you? The sauage and vnruly Souldiers breake downe the dores, hurry and ouerturne all things. Then, I beseech you, of what minde shall we thinke that godly and sore-wounded Peere was? Surely, not forgetting his woonted constancy when hee saw his death, yea most cruell death, instantly to approach, hee willed a Minister of Gods Word, whom hee had about him in his Chamber to say prayers, and wholly gaue himselfe to godly and de­uout meditations: Afterwards sending away his Seruants, that euery one as well as he could might shift for himselfe, weakely raising himselfe out of his bed, he sat downe on a stoole, that hee might, as it were, goe meete death, which hee knew, and did foresee would be happy for him in the Lord: And what he had formerly presaged in his mind, fell out afterwards so indeed; for without any stop or stay, a damned villaine, chosen out of the whole rabble, a shamelesse cutter and cut-throat of the traine of the Duke of Guyse, after he had made himselfe way with his sword to the Admirals Chamber (oh deed most wicked and accursed) driuing his Launce [Page 22] with all his maine force, he pearc't through his sides and intrailes. Then came another ympe of Sathan, who with gashes bemangled his Heroicall and Peere­lesse face. Oh desperate villaines, oh Deuils incar­nate, oh monsters and prodigious men! Could not the reuenging hand of the most powerfull God (oh wicked and detestable Souldier) restraine and asto­nish thee? Could not the Chambers threashold, the very walls, nor the countenance of so great a Peere (whose name had always beene dreadfull to all wicked and hatefull persons) affright or amaze thee? Could not the words of this great & godly Captain moue thee to pitty; who with a loud voice admoni­shed that first cut-throat rushing into his Chamber, that he should spare him, a man now of great yeres, and sore wounded? Nay, which is more, this Peere more then halfe dead, was then throwne headlong out of his Chamber window, that the eyes of the Dukes of Annale, of Guyse, and his other enemies, who in the backeside of the house stood longing for that sight, might be glutted and satisfied; and that (as the Grecians did in times past to dead Hector) they might insult and triumph ouer him.

O sauage and barbarous men, who breaking all the barres of shame and of Nature her selfe, that one vnpardonable sin might be heaped vpon the necke of another, doe furiously assault all the other Peeres and Nobles; Men of all degrees are massacred; all the houshold of the King of Nauarre, and Prince of Condee are slaine; they of most name amongst the other Nobles, the Earle of Rupefueldanus, and Te­l [...]gni, the Admirals Sonne in Law, whom the King [Page 23] before seemed to hold so deere, that hee could not be without them, were all put to the sword.

Oh damnable and inexorable Man-killers, for whom it was not enough to slaughter and mangle their bodies, but that they runne also vpon their goods, which were then layd open to the will and prey of these cut-throats, who in their owne estates before, hauing been most needy, base, & ragged, are now with other mens goods profuse and riotous: Neither had any good man any thing in his house of any ancient Monument from his Ancestors; any thing (I say) neuer so deare, or well-esteemed, that could scape the clutches of these rapinous theeues and burglarers. The carkasse of the Admirall was haled into the streetes, and abused with infinite re­proaches by the rash, base, and ignoble vulgar, and a long time tumbled vp and downe in the kennels and durt: At last, the head being cut off (which some say was sent to Rome was most despightfully hanged vp on a publique gallowes without the Ci­tie. Oh vnworthy deed! oh madnesse! oh barba­rous furie, and most estranged from all sence or fee­ling of humanity! Did it become your enuy and treachery to dragge a man to an ignominious exe­cution of Natures frame, almost diuine, and of a minde altogether good and great; a man fit to haue beene kept for the doubtfullest and hardest times of the Common-wealth, whom his most famous de­seruings towards his Countrey, his many noble acts, and the glory of his vertue had raised vp to Heauen? And yet for all this he had nothing left him, which the rage and fury of the Souldiers could deprine [Page 24] him of. But what could not be taken from a vali­ant and godly man, a stedfast faith in God, an im­mortall memory of his name and reputation; those, neither wounds, nor words, nor bloudy cut-throates could bereaue from him.

Whilst these things are thus done at Paris, and that the King had willed the Captaine of these men to stay the sight, whilst the body of the Admirall was abused in the streets with all manner of iniuries; then after this began the seditious Cittizens to run in heaps into the streets to assaile people of euery Sex, and degree, and to rush euery where in the darke, making confusion of all things, as if an eternal night had ouerspred the kingdome: What say you to this? That very many, euen well affected to the Popsh Religion were slaine, and extremitie showne euen to the very Counsellors of the Parliament, if any amongst them were of a milder temper then they. Be this knowne to all good men, that no light or fluency of Eloquence can be such; no man can be stored with such abundance, and facility of speech, that he may be able to deliuer the deadly spoiles and deaths of that day: For what degree of mischiefe can be added to the vnbridled, and vntamed lycentious­nesse of these conspirators, seeing there is nothing so common as breath to the liuing, earth to the dead? These men after they had taken away life, did either cast the very carkases to be torne and rent of dogs, or threw them into the riuers: so was a Woman, for vertue and lynage most noble, and excellently learned aboue her Sexe, the Lady of Iuern, with her daughters: so were two sisters, women of Orleance, [Page 25] throwne into the Riuer of Soame, because they re­fused to heare their sacrilegious Masse; and had ra­ther shed their life and bloud, then that they would forsake the true, and sincere Religion. After these sinnes so horrible, and abhominable; What thinke you was done next? Any brest, in which there is the least drop of remorse, may heare it, and lament. The Parisians reioyce, with all merriments; they triumph openly with ioy; they goe on Procession, to giue thankes to their Saints and Idols, as for a thing done brauely. Oh blinde, and impious thoughts of men, oh trunkes, oh stockes and stones! Good God, can these things enter into the hearts of Christians? But let vs proceede, and with griefe wee shall see, that no sort of wickednesse was omitted in this en­terprise. They fained, that God by a new miracle, did approue and allow of these murthers, and that in the great Church-yard of Saint Innocents, as they tearme it, a certaine Hawthorne-bush, that neuer before had budded, did on the sodaine, in that ac­cursed day, bud and flourish; which bush, the Duke of Aniow the Kings brother, with a great traine of them of Paris and Orleance, would needes see, kisse, and adore. What impiety, (I pray you) what bar­barousnesse can be greater then this? or what more franticke part is there, then that these men should inuent such a m [...]racle, to witnesse their phrensie, and make their madnesse more manifest to the world?

Then forsooth did bushes flourish; it was not the bush, but deceit that flourished, wickednesse flourished; & for a time the vngodly flourished, but they shall wither at the last, & be adiudged to euer­lasting [Page 26] fire; as straw, or stubble, they shall be con­sumed. Neither yet, after that dismall day, did the cruelty of these robbers and Assassines cease or giue ouer; for there were then sent, euen when there was weeping and wailing through the whole citie, and that in all the streetes thereof many were cruelly slaine; either of the Nobilitie, or of the Counsellors and Aduocates, or of the most notable Professours of the Vniuersitie, or of the Merchants: Some (I say) were sent, euen of the King (oh deede nothing king­ly!) which in euery house, and inward roome of the house should make diligent search, if any hidden by chance, had escaped the hands of these murtherers. Hereupon a most huge slaughter is made againe; neigther (as I may speake with the Poet) was then, the Hoste from Guest, or Guest from Hoste was safe. Ma­ny persons, of great and high name and estimation, were committed to the Goales; if any of them refu­sed to heare their execrable Masse, they had straight their throates cut, and tumbled headlong into the Riuer. For the vpshot, that all in generall might taste of their rage and cruelty, and that all things in the whole kingdome might be turned topsi-turuie, with Letters sent by Postes, and with what meanes they can, they perswade the Gouernours of Prouin­ces, and the Cities of the Kingdome, by their exam­ple, vtterly, and without exception, to make away and roote out all those that were of the reformed Religion. Neuerthelesse there wanted not some, euen the most heauy enemies of Religion, that refused to obey these Edicts; and amongst the rest, the Gouer­nour of Burgundy, who plainely disallowed of the [Page 27] Kings proceedings; yet to them of Orleance, and the seditious people of Lions, this message was most welcome aboue all things, where beyond measure they exercised cruelty; and where Butchers were hy­red, as in the time of Licinius the Emperour, to bow­ell vp the Christians; nay more (which is an horrible thing to speak) to buy the far & grease of them, which were fattest. This likewise is a dolefull and lamenta­ble case, that very few Cities at all in the Kingdome, very few Townes, very few Villages, and Riuers there are, which haue not beene filled with the goare of the godly Martyrs. This is more, that their inhumane cruelty was so great, as in so grie­uous an affliction it was not lawfull for Widowes to bewaile their Husbands, nor Orphanes their Pa­rents; but that, at Paris, little ones and infants were found, who when they did see themselues hal'd from their Mothers brests, their Mothers hurried to exe­cution, did not forbeare to cry out, till themselues likewise had their tender bloudshed: Oh more then Scythian barbarousnesse! for what Tyrant did euer doe this in any part of Scythia? not to suffer them to mourne, to whom he gaue cause of mourning. Right­ly didst thou, most graue Orator and Philosopher, that didst not well endure, nor couldest abide to beholde men so barbarous and mischieuous.

There remaineth nothing, that these combined enemies of the Truth haue, wherewith to main­taine themselues, either before God, or nature it selfe, or any Christian; but that they may be con­founded of the very Ethnicks themselues, which nei­ther endued with the knowledge of the true God, [Page 28] nor instructed with holy-writ, nor puft vp with that great and glistering name of Romane Catholike, doe gather these things euen by the very law, and light of Nature it selfe, by which they are a shame to you Scribes and Pharisees. Doe therefore the Law, and Prophets, (in GODS name) depend vpon you? vpon your counsels and traditions? vpon the Cup­borde of the Pope (father of mischiefe)? and vpon his Messengers and Assassines? Blush you Theeues and Pyrats, woe to you Hipocrites, which attribute to your selues the Supremacie of the Church, vnder a false and forged title; You (I say) conscript and sworne Fathers, who haue forsworne Piety, and the knowledge of good things, and a sound Con­science.

But lest any man should thinke wee grow teastie without cause, and speake preiudicially, which vseth to take away right iudgement; Let vs heare, and go forward with the rest, and that by the tops and chiefe points of the matters, lest our discourse grow to be infinite. The things already spoken of, though they were cruell and abhominable, yet did they not fully satisfie the desires of these bloudy butchers. They goe on therefore, and at Paris in the middest of the Market-place, they cause to be hanged vp Brickmald, a most renowned man, and most skilfull in warlike affaires, being almost of the age of three-score and ten yeares, who by chance had hid him­selfe in the house of the English Embassador; as al­so one Cauagne, a man of great wisedome, and Chan­cellour to the Princes both of Naturre & of Condee; then made they a laughing-stocke of the Picture [Page 29] and coat of Armes of the Admirall, which through the streets they ignominiously abused: and euery day they were altogether busie in this, either how they might kill, or by fearefull threatnings enforce to their impious and forbidden superstition, the professors of the true and reformed Religion, By this it appeareth more cleare, euen then noone-day, that the cruelty of these men was in the highest de­gree, their Nature fierce, and sauage, themselues ne­sarious bloud-suckers, and that neuer any Pyrate was more barbarous.

Antiochus was cruell, but an open enemy of the Church, and an Heathen. Nero was cruell, but for full fiue yeares most mercifull, and afterwards open­ly euill. Domitian was cruell, but when hee vnder­stood that the Kingdome of Christ was Heauenly, not earthly, he left off to persecute the Christians. In the Raigne of Charles the sixt, King of France, hee being young, foolish, and witlesse, (as the Chronicles report) France was grieuously distressed: But there can nothing be repeated out of all the records of Antiquity, which comes neere vnto the cruelties we haue rehearsed, if we well waigh the circumstances. And although these things be thus true, apparant, and approoued; yet dare they charge these godly Noblemen with an idle accusation, and an imputa­tion of forged conspiracie; when amongst them all, not one (though prouoked) did vnsheath his sword; when those pittilesse cut-throats did likewise put to death Women and Children; when their very co­sin Germans, and amongst them, some Earles, Ba­rons, and Nobles, did not escape from them without [Page 30] great danger; when they banished from the Court, and kept prisoner Michaell Hospitalis, the high Chan­cellour of France, and a most honourable person, for this cause onely, That he withstood their wicked Coun­sailes; when they enforced no small number by vi­olence and threatnings, to their idolatrous Masses; lastly, when Christopher Thouanus the first President in the Parliament, gratulating to the King that (for­sooth) his famous victory, did openly amongst o­ther things, repeat that saying of Lewis the elea­uenth, Who knowes not how to dissemble, knowes not how to rule.

But I detaine your Lordship with an Oration o­uer-long; lest therefore I should abuse your Lord­ships patience, I will make short of what remaines. Let vs then but looke into this one thing, whether these matters which wee haue already vttered, doe not so palpably shew forth the impious combinati­on of the Popelings, that it may be viewed euen with our eyes. From hence let all Christian Kings and Princes that are wise, see, and vnderstand this be­times, that this French calamitie cannot be disioy­ned from theirs, when the Religion common to ei­ther is assailed, and the Tyrants invred to so many mischiefes, and greedy of good mens bloud, cannot so rest and content themselues.

Oh most renowned Princes, do you still remaine in doubt? Doe not so: but marke and note what (after these times which we haue recounted) at an­other time, and not fiue yeares since, befelt that great and most Christian King Henrie the fourth? Consider with how many ambushes, fraudes, and [Page 31] deceipts they belayed the most famous Queene of England, ELIZABETH of happy and blessed me­mory. Call to minde with how many engines they battered the poore wretches of the Low-Countreyes, both publiquely and priuately, for the space of these fortie yeares and vpwards. Remember all you of the English Nobility, that horrible Gunne-powder Treason, which enterprized at one stroke to destroy and blow vp your most mighty KING, your no­ble QVEENE, together with their Royall Pro­geny, and the flower of all the Nobility of England.

This is worth the labour to know, with how plausible and goodly a name these glozing Para­zites, and Pillers of the Romish Religion, doe entitle such like abhominable misdeeds; marry, A stroke giuen from Heauen.

Oh vowes, oh words, and men of Hell! Doe you, you hell-hounds, bring downe from Heauen the forge and fountaine of your sinnefull actions? I speake truth (oh Christians) and your selues know it to be so, that had not the Lord of Heauen and Earth hindred this stroke, England had not for one yeare onely beene miserable, and tormented, but stab'd and mangled with infinite wounds, iniuries, violences, murthers, and rapines should hardly haue drawne their begged breath amidst her deadly enemies. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, you Princes and Noblemen, that the painted shew of Christian Religion, and the name (Catholike) deceiue you not; let this rather be your resolutions, That force by force, is to be beaten backe from your bodies and liues. For this defence, Reason to the Learned, [Page 32] Necessity to the barbarous, Custome to all Nations, and Nature it selfe, hath prescribed to the bruite beasts. What need I speake more; let vs haue no league with this brood of Antichrist, but warre ra­ther. Let vs bethinke our selues, all and euery one of vs, who haue any care and liking of Religion, or of the safety, renowne, and liberty of their Countrey, that we ought to beware of the Popish traines and entrappings: For sooner or later, whatsoeuer they now intend and couer, will they at their time ef­fect, and bring to passe; Whosoeuer thinkes they haue giuen ouer, thinkes farre amisse, seeing that rule so old, true, and religious, doth neuer faile, There is no peace with the vngodly. Therefore let it be so farre from vs, to hold consederacies with these Ie­suited Traytors, that we rather account them con­spiracies, which although they lye hid perhaps for a time, yet at last they appeare, and are as easily dis­cerned by their actions, as the Lyon by his clawes. What? Is there for vs greater security now, then was in those French vproares, when these Iesuites, these plagues of men, haue lowly insinuated them­selues into very many Prouinces, Cities, Townes, Castles; yea, and into the Courts of Princes, and their familiarity; for so exceedingly well do these runnagate common Barretors know at first how to humilitate themselues, as also to faigne Pouerty, and aboue all things, to seeme godly; that these coyne-mongers haue not onely by their forged name gotten incredible wealth, and opinion of true Religion, but like Bloud-bounds, of better scenting then euer Verres had any, they haue also cunningly [Page 33] smelt out the purposes of Princes, and their secresies and mysteries of State.

All which, as soone as afterwards they haue in particular beene related to their fellowes, and by common aduise handled and discussed; then pre­sently are sent into sundry Prouinces, such men, as some call the Kings, some the Popes Legats, others the Apostolicall Nuntioes, and others call them with other Titles; but as for me, by what name I may call them, I know not, vnlesse peraduenture in that they tempt and sollicite some by rewards and bri­beries, some by hope and promises, some by feare and threatnings; they may rightly be called Trai­tors, and betrayers of their Countrey: who if in the beginning, the consines and entrance of Kingdomes and Regions had beene forbidden them, and com­mandement to abstaine hereafter, they had beene deliuered by the consent of all the States, either these Mountebanckes had not at all brought their poyson into diuers Prouinces, or else they had receiued con­dign paiment for their paines: But after it was lawful for them to betray Kings and Princes, to effect their busines either by gold or siluer, to send intelligencers abroad, to retaine Pentioners, and to turne and re­turne at their pleasure, to what place soeuer, infi­nite mischiefes did presently ensue thereupon, and doe daily; Let euen Spaine her selfe, the chiefe nurse of these Waspes and Locusts, beare witnesse; be I­taly also witnesse; let France speake, and the (not meane) Cities of Germany, and Low-Countries: from my very soule I reioyce that the Iland of England is blest, and free from these Flyes and Locusts, (vnlesse [Page 34] some that perchance lurke, and lye close in cor­ners) and I pray God it may so remaine euerlasting­ly. Meane while, most noble (King Iames,) most mighty, valiant, and constant defendour, and reuen­ger of the faith, goe on to chase out thy kingdome this Vipers-brood, men, mockers and contemners of God (from whose onely power, all mans power is deriued) which goe about vnder the pretext of Re­ligion, vtterly to roote out all iust and lawfull do­minion. Your Maiestie, according to your singu­lar wisedome, doth see what that wicked desire of the Pope went about to doe with your selfe, your children, your posteritie, and your subiects: Hath not that Romane gulfe long since deuoured all the wealth, bloud, and life of England? Are not these holy men, the fathers of the Societie? such as striue to enter not onely vpon our goods, chests, and mo­ney; but vpon the liberty also, and safety, and as it were, the very bones and marrow of vs all? Are not these the men, that were accustomed, not onely to set vpon, but to sell our liues and soules, and hea­uen it selfe at a price? To these men then must we listen, of these and none other are Kings, and Prin­ces to be iudged; if they refuse, and doe not of their owne accord, accept of any most vnequall conditi­on, they strait cry out, that they are to be pur­sued and persecuted to death. Are not these those companions, that euery-where labour with tooth and naile to bring in that Spanish Inquisition? which at first was practised onely against the Sarazens, and Infidels? and I pray you, what good comes of it? of what vse is it? Truely none, vnlesse, as miserable [Page 35] wretches, wee shall be constrained to looke for murther vpon murther, and most cruell slaughters. But God forbid, most gracious King, and you all, vertuous and great Princes, that we, who by so long and large distance of ground seuered from Spaine, haue no communitie at all with the Religion, man­ners, and custome of that Nation, liue in a well go­uerned Kingdome & Commonwealth, should beare the same yoake, as this people doth; or that the same euill should be put vpon vs, or any good peo­ple, which hath in it all euils, The Spanish Inquisition. For this is that (if any man knowes it not already) which not onely by poysoning takes away the liues of famous men, the Countries best commoners, teares in peeces the ciuill lawes of Commonwealths, but also breakes in sunder the very lawes of nature and Nations. Listen further, and vnderstand ye Prin­ces; could euer yet, euen Spaine her selfe, and Arra­gon; could they of Granato, the Castellans, the Neapo­litans, the Italians, the French-men, and amongst all, the most miserable men of the Low-Countries, nou­rish that direfull and vgly monster with so many sheddings of their bloud: so cruell a wilde beast, so vntamed, and so vnsatiable is that Spanish-Romane beast; which cannot (I say) be fattened, nor so much as haue her paunch filled vp with Christians bloud. And to this Beast, so wilde and sauage, will the cur­teous French-men, the wise men of the Low-Coun­tries, and the Gentles, and Nobles of England, refuse to yeelde obedience? with good reason. Set before your eyes examples, which for the most part doe chiefely moue; consider them, call to remembrance [Page 36] the late and fresh memory of the French, Germanes, and Low-Country-men, and you shall haue cause great enough (oh Princes) to defend your right, your priuiledges, and especially Christian Religion, purged from the Popish dregs and filth: All which truely, according to your faith and dutie, wish to be protected by your prouidence, and cannot be forsaken of you, without the manifest destruction of all that's Gods, or mans: Neither is it likely that, that Stoicall numbnesse, is so ingrafted & imprinted in your mindes, that the many wishes, prayers, yea, and iust complaints of good men, may finde in you no sense of humanitie, no protection for their inno­cency: I beseech you (most noble Princes and Peeres) that you thus fully perswade your selues; if there be any of all men liuing, who ought to haue care of such, and so great a cause; that you especial­ly are they, and that to you aboue the rest, this cause belongs, whom the most mighty good God, hath in this rotten and festered age, placed here, the Champions of his restored Religion and saluation; that each of you, to the vttermost of his power, so farre with your wisedome, temperance, faith, la­bour, vigilance, and (in one word) with that an­cient and inborne English valour, whose glory with all Nations is immortall, doe so much study to pro­uide and aduise for your Countrey-men, as that our God, according to his mercy will, no doubt, aide your endeauours; and as good men, not one­ly desire, but will also celebrate, to the memory of Posteritie. But that in this one onely thing, of all the most honourable, there needes agreement, both of [Page 37] mindes and counsels, I thinke no man is ignorant, vnlesse of what belongs vnto man he be ignorant; for this alone is it which affordes vs good counsell in dangers, Constancy and valour in mischances, moderation in Prosperity, and in euery fortune that gift of Discretion, without which nothing can be well thought, nothing well done: This one, and alone Concord is it (I say) which safe-guards that straight knot of Charity, that yeelding neither pri­uately to Enuie, nor publikely to Ambition, vpholds the Tower of your happinesse, which if it remaine strengthned, and confirmed amongst vs. There shall not be (as I hope, nay confidently trust) any cause why wee should any longer doubt either of the safety of the Common-wealth, or of our refor­med, and restored truely-Catholike and Aposto­like Religion.

ALmighty and most high God, which gouernest the Heauens, Seas, Earth, Warres and Peace, which puttest Lawes, and Statutes on Kings, Prin­ces, and the vniuersall people of the World, which orderest and decreest victories, Triumphs and Tro­phies, which with-holdest and puttest backe afflicti­ons, dangers, iniuries, make firme to vs, and con­firme this Concord, this Religion, in this blessed Realme of England, that is at this time the largest Theater, and very eye of the whole earths compasse. Arise (great God) and raise thy selfe against the enemy of all Iustice and Peace, the enemy of thy praises, & glorie: With thy diuine prouidence guide the ways, and prolong the dayes of our Soueraigne [Page 38] King IAMES, renowned for godlinesse, learning, iustice, wisedome and clemency, deliuer him and vs thy people from the out-roades and in-roades of our most cruell foes, from those sacrilegious con­spiratours, and wicked Idolaters, which will not endure that wee worship thy most holy name with godlinesse, and true religion; and who, as in that lamentable and miserable Massacre of France, took life from good thousands of thy deare seruants, and still endeauour to take from vs both life and liber­tie, to write and speake freely: Lastly, who hold it not lawfull for any man liuing to discourse out of the Councell, either touching the Articles of Faith, or any controuersie of Religion. Restraine (oh Lord) the vpbraidings and attempts of such kinde of men, who leaue to vs (being Men that onely argue for our right and the Truth) neither free tongue, nor free minde. Blesse the Reuerend, godly, and lear­ned Bishops of the Church of England, and the professors of Diuinity in the Vniuersities: Let those most bitter times warne them, and euery Christian man, that setting apart the vnseasonable contenti­ons, invectiues, and preiudices of many Diuines in the Low-Countries, Germanie, and elsewhere, they would rather apply their mindes to the establishing and confirming of true Peace and Concord, (as once when Valens the Emperour persecuted the true Christians, Basill, and Eusebius of Caesarea did) then in wrath and spleene to seeke out new matters of strife. If wee haue a purpose to striue and con­tend, let it be with mutuall duties and godly emu­lation in the race of piety. If wee haue a desire to [Page 39] fight, goe to it in Gods name, let vs skirmish against Pride, Couetousnesse, Ambition, and against our naughty and froward affections. Let vs with our teares, and deuout prayers, quench the fire of Gods anger, which is kindled for our sinnes. Let vs pos­sesse our Soules with Patience, Silence, and Hope. And meane while, howsoeuer it be, let vs take cou­rage, and sustaine our selues on this hope, that the end of Homicides, and Iesuited Traytors hath al­waies beene most miserable, being such whom dai­ly and domesticke furies doe torment, an ill consci­ence doth affright, and sodaine destruction doth follow: And as Iuuenall saith in his 13. Satyre.

—Diri conscia facti
Mens habet attonites, & surdo verbere caedit,
Occultum quatiente animo tortore flagellum
Paena autem vehemens, & multo saeuior illis,
Nocte dieque suum gestare in pectore testem.
Hi sunt qui trepidant, & ad omnia fulgura pallent.
A guilty minde, whom cruell bloud be-smeares,
Still beats it selfe with deafe and vnseene feares,
The hidden scourge with dread still shakes their soules,
And with a sharper paine the minde controules,
To beare a selfe-accusing Conscience day and night;
These thunder-feares, and lightnings doe affright.

Verily it is so indeed, and (Iuuenall) thou hast (as they say) hit the nayle on the head. And euen Caligula, Domitian, Nero, and in our memorie the Duke of Alba, and such like Monsters, would ap­proue what thou hast affirmed, if they might return [Page 40] from hell againe. Of these things, and such like, let good men meditate and comfort themselues, chiefly those French-men, which once snatcht out of those French flames, and forsaking that vnhappy Kingdome, forsaking those fierce and rauenous Wolues, haue arriued into this Realme of England, (that is) into the lappe of Peace; not as into a ba­nishment, or any vulgar or common Inne, but as into certaine blessed and fortunate Ilands. And for vs Low-Countrymen, if we be not vnthankefull, there is one most iust and waighty cause why wee should acknowledge the great blessing of God be­stowed vpon vs, namely, the courtesie and hospita­lity of the English Nation, for (with griefe I speake it) when with wringed hands, and wronged hearts we were constrained to behold the funeralls, and wofull burialls of out Countrey; when the cruell did rend and teare, and like a greedy beast did de­uoure the body of our Common-wealth, and wee (our laws, priuiledges, and all liberty bereft vs) did as slaues, hold our liues and all our goods by entreaty: this kingdom, this Realme of England, which we may freely write, & dispute against the Popish Tyranny, crafts and superstitions, with the good leaue of the most gracious Queene Elizabeth, (whose name and memory be alwayes blessed euen in that respect) was to a great many of vs a safe refuge, a sure hauen and a secure Sanctuarie. This leaue and singular fauour from thence hath continued, and yet hither­to doth most graciously continue towards vs, by the most mighty King of Great Britaine: To whom likewise, and his Royall Progeny, for that cause be [Page 41] God propitious and fauourable. As for vs, we con­fesse our selues most highly bound and beholding to his Maiesty.

With a cheerefull heart (most worthy Lord) pardon my passion, which now I stay, and cease to say any more of these Theeues and Murtherers, whom neuertheles I haue but rather shadowed out, then expressed, for, how farre should I then passe? what end would there be of my speech, if I had a purpose to rehearse all the misdeeds, of Popes, Ie­suites, Priests, and Shauelings, clad in the religious habite? If I should vtter their pestilent and deadly commands, which not being able to maintaine by humane Iustice, they vse to defend by the painted shew of Christian Religion, and Catholike name; if I should prooue and set forth which is the greatest ar­gument of all their wickednesse, that they canonize theeues & cut-throats into their Beadroll of Saints, and aduance to titles and Cardinall-honours their Allyes and kinsmen, taken from the dust and dung-hill? Oh sinnes, oh plague, oh pestilence! O God! if this be not madnesse and frenzie, what is?

I cannot for anger, any more; onely one thing I adde, cry out, and so make an end of my speech; O excellent Interpreters of Diuinitie, increasers of ini­quity, Correcters and reformers of Religion, and Gods word, O excellent Bishop, a keeper of Sheepe, as (they say) is the Wolfe.

I beseech the most great, most good God, (wor­thy Bishop) that he will long prosper you, sitting at the sterne of the Church of England, together with the rest of the Lords Bishops, and Reuerend Fa­thers [Page 42] in Christ, and guard you safe from all euill; no otherwise then the white of his eye; and at the last, that he will receiue you (most worthy Lord, after that godly, good, and learned combate, which you sight, and haue sought) out of this vncleane world, out of this mist, or misery, and griefe, into his hea­uenly and euerlasting Kingdome, flowing with brightnesse and blessednesse, and eternall ioy with­out any sorrow.

Of the Feast day of Saint BARTHOLOMEVV.

BArtholmew, why doth France each yeare to thee
Make Holy that bad day? which should not bee
The cause of mischiefe much, was that one day,
That onely day did many good men slay:
The good to good, the bad to bad incline,
Then this day none more good, or bad did shine:
Trust Popelings all, and trust you Shaued rout,
God will at last your wicked deeds bring out.
FINIS.

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