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Last Night, when Sleep my heavy Eyes had clos'd,
Lady Jane Gray to Lord GUILFORD
Dudley, who were separated from each other by Imprisonment.
Anguish that no Force of Words ca
tell, In these fad Lines I take my last farewel. Could I with less Reluctance part from thee, Approaching Death had no Surprize for me ; That folemn Prospect should my Thoughts employ, And banish every tender Scene of Joy : But thou doft ftill return upon my Soul, What Force the soft Temptation can controul ? I meet thee ftill refiftless in thy Charms, Sigh on thy Breaft, and languish in thy Arms, O Guilford, 'tis no wretched Love of Life, That fills my Thoughts with this uneasy Strife ; The flattering Blandishments of youthful Years, A promis'd Kingdom, nor my Country's Tears ; For thee alone I'd live, for thee alone I took the fatal Proffer of a Crown. No fond Ambition stain'd my guiltless Mind, Inspir’d with Passions of a gentler kind: With thee I would have chose fome calm Retreat, Far from the dull Formalities of State ;
How careless, how serene my fleeting Hours
Lord GUILFORD Dudley, to Lady
AY every watchful Angel guard thy Life,
O could my Death the angry Queen appease,
Q. Who was the first Martyr in Queen Mary's Reign.
A. Mr. John Rodgers; he was Minister of St. Sepulchras Church in London, and was burnt in Smithfield, February 14th, 1554. His Wife with nine Small Children, and one at her Breast, followed him to the Stake, with which sorrowful Sight he was not in the leait daunied, but with wonderful Patience and Refignation dy'd courageously for the Gospel of Jesus Chrijl.
Q. Which were the ten general Persecutions fo famously known in the Primitive Church ?
A. The first was under Nero, (that bloody Per fecutor and Enemy to Mankind, who ript up his Mother's Belly to see the Place of his Conception) in the 67th Year of Christ. The second was under Domitian, in the Year 96. The third under Trajan j. 100. The fourth under Marcus Antonius, in 167.
The fifth under Severus, in 195. The fixth under Maximinianus, in 237. The seventh under Deo cius, in 250. The eighch under Valerianus, in 259. The ninth under Aurelianus in 278. The Toth under Dioclefian, in 293. Yet notwithstanding these cruel Persecutions, wherein, as one of the Fathers writeth, there were murdered five thousand every Day in the Year, excepting only the first Day of January ; Yer were they like Chamomile, the more they were trod on, the thicker they grew, and the Blood of the Martyrs proved to be the Seed of the Church.
Q. What Passion is the most prevailing over the Nature of Men?
A. fear; of which we read that it hath in one Night turned the very Hairs of the Head from black to white. But moft memorable is that Example of one, who being pretended to let Blood to Death, and being blinded, and his Arms tied fast, fome about him saying, bow bravely be bleeds on tbis Arm! how gallantly on that I though they did nothing to him, yet unbinding him, they found him quite dead with a panick Fear. Two Schoolboys daily passed by a Cobler, who used to cry out, which of you has been whipt To-day. They to be even with him agreed, one to fire a Piitol, and the other with a Squirt to squirt Blood the fame Instant at him, which they did fo dextrously and took to their Heels, that, with the Noise of the Pistol, and Blood on his Breast, he dropt down dead in his Stall; the Neighbours drew him out and Itript him, but could find no Wound.
Q. What Day was that, that the like never was before, nor never shall be hereafter ! A. When
yojua prayed in the midst of the Battle, so that the Sun haltened not towards his Western Period so long, that, as Juftin Martyr writeth, it made the Day thirty-fix Hours long. And some