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demeinor, found nothing faulty, 'nothing worthy of blame."
“ Rodulph Sherwin, a stoute, wise, discret, and lerned preist, was brought vnto the cart, a man so mortified, so febled with fasting, watching, and suche like spirituall exercise, as was wonderful vnto suche, who had conuersed with him before his imprisonment.”
• Alexander Brian, a man, although in lerning & knowledge inferior to them, yet equal in patience, constancie and humilitie."
In the following passage are the names of the leading disputants who wrote in favour of Protestantism, or rather combined to unveil the errors and insufficiency of the Catholic system. “ Truly it is a world to see the raggid rable of these petti pratres who since M. Campion's imprisonment and death, haue caste vp their chargid gorge againste priesthoode, priests, and the societie of Jesus, who yf it would please her Highnes and her honorable counsel to lay open ether pulpit, or print, would shortly plume these dawes in suche short, that their nakednes aparently discouered wold shew them in their kind then should neiher Charke, Hanmer, Whitakers, Fyld, Keltrigh, Eliot, kogging Munday, riming Elderton, and lohn Nichols the disciple of bawdy Bale, all worshipful writers at this time against preistes and Jesuites, so daunse in their nettes, as now by sway of time they do, to the great hurte of infinite innotent soules then should not William Wiborn's Magg Howlet (a false and malicious practise of some fewe melancholike heretikes first broched and now renued by himselfe to diminish the credite and authoritie of councels) flye free in the day from pure suite and wonder of other birds; at whom nowe with
the rest I think the lerned and wise Catholike will looke and laugh, as not worthy of refutation & answere, howsoeuer some yonger scoler may shortly exercise himselfe in reply vpon him whome all Englishe Catholikes (as they say) can not answere."
This virulent attack is resumed against Munday at the end of the report by “a caueat to the reader touching A. M. his discouery. Anthony Munday, or as it is (oot without some consideration) thought, that some Macheuillian in Mundaye's name hath shuffled out of late a discouery of M. Campion's & his confederates treasons, the same in effect & substance with the aduertisement before rehearsed. My self considering this neiwe hatched discouery to peepe out by sene & alowed: haue thought good in the conclusion of this reporte for the more credit of this his discours to aduertise the reader, of the qualities and conditions of this davus, so rayling and rauing at uertuous and good men deseassed, that thereby he may the better judge and value the truthe of that neiwe pamphlet which hathe byn perused by no wurs man then by M. Norton a supposed traytor in the Tower, and now deliuered out by Munday, who first was a stage player (no doubt a calling of some creditt*) after an aprentise which tyme he wel serued with deceauing of his master then wandring towardes Italy, by his own report became a coosener in his iourney. Comming to Rome in his short abode there, was charitably releiued, but neuer admitted in the seminary as he pleseth to lye in the title of his booke,t and being wery of well doing, re
* “ Northbrooke's booke against plaiers." of " The English Romaync Lyfe. Discouering the lives of the Englishmen at Roome: the orders of the English Seminarie : che dissention bem.
turned home to his first vomite againe. I omite to declare howe this scholler new come out of Italy did play extempore, those gentlemen and others whiche were present, can best guie witnes of his dexterity, who being wery of his folly, hissed him from his stage. Then being therby discouraged, he set forth a balet against playes, but yet (O constant youth) he now beginnes againe to ruffle vpon the stage. I omit among other places his behauior in Barbican with his good mistres and mother, from whece our superintendent might fetch him to his court, were it not for loue (I woulde save slaunder) to their gospel. Yet I thinke it not amiss to remember thee of this boyes infelicitie two seueral wayes of late notorious. First, he writing vpon the death of Euerard Haunsc, was immediatly controled and disproued by one of his owne hatche; and shortely after seting forth the apprehension of M. Campion, was disproued by George (I was about to saye) Iudas Eliot, who writing against him, proued that those thinges he did were for very lucre's sake only, and not for the truthe, althogh he himselfe be a person of the same predicament, of whom I muste say, that if felony be honesti, then he may for his behauiore be taken for a laweful witnes againste so good men. * Al which considred, I wishe the reder to think that the credit of this discourser (at the time of their arraignment an accuser) shuld be such as in euery indifferent man's iugement we know and see by experience the accusers report against the accused doth deserue. Therfore, good reader, examine this man's honesti so reporter, & suspend thy iugement against these good preists, vntill by God's grace the whole maner, course, and order, araignment, accusation, condemnation, and answeres, shal come forth, which is shortly inteded for thy benefite and satisfaction.”
tweene the Englishmen and the V Velshmen: the banishing of the Englishmen out of Rome : the Popes sending for them againe: a reporte of many of the paltrie Reliqucs in Roome: their vautes vnder the grounde : their holy Pilgrimages : and a number other matters, worthy to be read and regarded of euery one. There vnto is added, the cruell tiranny, vsed on aa English man at'Roome, his Christian suffering, and notable martirdome, for the gospell of Icsus Christe, in Anno 1581. V Vritten by A. M. sometime the Pope's Scholler in the Seminarie among them. Honos alit Artes. Seene and allowed. Imprinted at London, by lohn Charlewoode, for Nicholas Ling; dwelling in Paules Churchyarde, at the signe of the Maremaide. Anno 1582. 4to. pp. 75, withont dedication A frontispiece in four compartments to o liuely decipher the order of the martirdom," of Richard Atkins.
6. The certain verses made by sundry persons” are only material as again enumerating several writers of that period. From the first piece, of thirty stanzas, the following are taken.
"England looke vp, thy soyle is staind with blood,
thou hast made martirs many of thine owne, if thou hast grace their deaths will do thee good,
the seede wil take which in such blood is sowne, and Campion's lerning fertile so before, thus watered too, must nedes of force be more,
Repent thee Eliot of thy Iudas kisse,
I wish thy penance, not thy desperate ende let Norton thinke which now in prison is,
to whom was said he was not Cæsar's friend, and let the judge consider well in feare, that Pilate washt his hands, and was not cleare,
• A portion respecting Munday is inserted in the Biographia Dramatica.
The The witnesse false, Sledd, Muuday, and the rest,
which had your slanders noted in your booke, confesse your fault before hand it were best,
lest God do find it written when he doth looke in dreadfull doome vpon the soules of men, it wil be late (alas) to mend it then.
You bloody iury Lea and all the leauen,
take hede your verdit which was giuen in hast do not exclude you from the ioyes of heauen,
and cause you rue it when the time is past: and cuery one
whose malice causd him say crucifige, let him dread the terror of that day. Fonde Elderton call in thy foolish rime,
thy scurile balates are to bad to sell, let good men rest, and mend thy self in time,
confesse in prose thou hast not meetred well, or if thy folly can not choose but fayne, Write alebouse toys, blaspheme not in thy vain."
“Another vpon the same," consisting of nine stanZas; then “a dialogue betwene a Catholike and Consolation,” in ten stanzas, both similar measure, and eighty-eight divided Alexandrine, or fourteen syllable verse, as “the complaynt of a Catholike for the death of M. Edmund Campion.” In the second piece a storm of the elements is succeeded by clouds of brinish tears, while, " The riuer Thames a while astonied stoode,
to count the drops of Campion's sacred blood.”
And in the last it is described that
Rodulphus court is sad,
What vertues Campion had.