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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
An Answere to a Romish Rime
XXVII. J. Rhodes

The Papist’s Request.

I PRAY 1 thee, Protestant, beare with me,
To aske thee questions two or three;
And if an answere thou canst make,
More of thy counsell I will take.
If not, then must thou be content        5
That I remayne, as I am bent,
A Roman Catholike to be,
Which was a Protestant once with thee;
But now am gone away from you,
To those I take for Christians true.        10
The Protestant’s Answere.

I am content, Sir Catholike,
To heare, and grant the thing you seek:
But how should I assured bee
That you will then be rulde by mee,
When in your lawe it is set downe,        15
You may break faith with king and clowne?
Well—yet if God and learned men
Will giue me leaue to vse my pen,
I answere will, tho simply,
Your questions drawne from Popery.        20
The Papist’s Complaynt.

Many and sundry sects appeare
Now in the world, both farre and neere;
The Protestant, the Puritan,
The Caluinist, and Zwinglian,
The Brownist, and the Family of Loue,        25
And many more that I can proue;
Beside the Romane faith truely,
Which Protestants call Papistry.
All these are Christ’s true church, they say;
But now on which shall my soule stay?        30
The Protestant’s Answere.

Strange sects there are, and so will be,
The church to trye in eche degree:
But for the most of them you name,
They are not worthy of that blame.
The Brownist, he is punished;        35
The Familists from vs are fled:
If we were rid of Papists too,
Both kingdoms 2 should haue lesse to doo.
And you that will of sects complayne,
Shew which by law we doe maintayne.        40
The Papist’s further Complaynt.

All these with Rome in very deede
Rehearse all artikles of the creede,
And euery one of them still saith,
Theirs is the true Catholike faith.
But how should I, amongst all these,        45
Know truth from falshood, God to please?
This is the thing that still I seeke,
To know the true Church Catholike,
The fellowship and company
Of holy men in vnity.        50
The Protestant’s Answere.

If these with Rome, and thousands moe,
Receyue our creede, and yet will goe
So many hundred steppes awry
As Willet dooth in you descry; 3
They are not worthy once to beare        55
The name of Christians anywhere.
Returne agayne, therefore, I say,
To Christ, and to God’s word alway.
Then you shall see that Vnity
Is nothing without Verity.        60

The Papist proceedes.

I in your Bibles thus haue read,
The Church must through the world be spred;
For Christ he his apostles sent,
With power and with commandement,
That to all nations they should goe,        65
To preach and to baptize also.
What company then tooke in hand
To winne and to conuert this land,
With other countreyes farre and neere,
But Rome, our mother Church most deere?        70
The Protestant’s Answere.

Our Bibles teach all trueth indeede,
Which euery Christian ought to reede:
But Papists thereto will say nay;
Because their deedes it doth bewray.
Christ, he the twelue apostles sent; 4        75
But who gaue you commandement
To winne and gather anywhere?
To bind by othe, to vowe, and sweare
New proselytes to Popery,
Gaynst trueth, our prince, and countrey? 5        80
The Papist proceedes.

Saint Paul in his Epistle sayth,
The Romanes had the Catholike fayth,
And was so farre foorth renowned,
That none like it was published
Throughout the world in places all,        85
To be the trueth vniuersall.
If yours in England had bene so,
Then to your churches I would go;
But till you proue your faith thus cleere,
To yours I will no more come neere.        90
The Protestant’s Answere.

When Rome returnes to Christ againe,
And be as once it did remaine;
I meane, when Paul to them did write, 6
And when that fifteene popes in fight
Did suffer for the Gospell pure; 7        95
England for truth, you may be sure,
Will ioyne and ioy with Rome againe,
With Italy, with Fraunce and Spaine;
And Antichrist shall be cast downe,
Which now doth weare the triple crowne. 8        100
The Papist proceedes.

We reade in prophet Malachy,
There shall be offrings farre and nye;
A cleane oblation sacrifice
From place where now the sun doth rise
Vnto the setting of the same.        105
O, what is that? I pray thee, name.
If this be not the holy masse,
I’le be a Protestant as I was:
Wherefore resolue me speedily,
If thou wilt haue my company.        110
The Protestant’s Answere.

Saint Jerome and Tertullian,
Or any other learned man,
Writing on this short prophecy
Preached by prophet Malachy, 9
Shall iudge in this for vs and you,        115
Who giues best sence and meaning true.
We say it speakes of pure prayer;
Not of your masse, but Christ’s supper:
And you, to make poore soules your asse,
Doe saye its meant of popish masse.        120
The Papist proceedes.

In th’ eighteenth Psalme there it is found,
That all the world shall heare their sound:
That is to say, shall vnderstand,
In euery nation, realme, and land,
That Rome, and eke the fayth of Rome,        125
Is vniuersall without doome.
Goe where you will the world throughout,
And Rome is famous without doubt.
And if this marke you doe not want,
Then presently I will recant.        130
The Protestant’s Answere.

The Psalme for number you mistooke,
Eighteene for nineteene in your booke:
The sense thereof first literall
Is meant of creatures great and small.
And to the Romanes for the sound 10        135
Is meant God’s word which doth abound:
And not for Popish doctrine taught,
Of which in that age no man thought.
Therefore your sound, glory, and fame,
Is now nought else but open shame.        140

The Papist proceedes.

This is another marke most sure,
The fayth of Christ must still endure;
According as our Sauiour sayd,
When for Saint Peter once he prayd:
Simon, thy faith shall neuer fayle;        145
The gates of hell shall not preuayle;
The Holy Ghost your Comforter,
He shall remayne with you euer;
And myselfe, your surest friend,
Will be with you to the world’s end.        150
The Protestant’s Answere.

We graunt the trueth must stil endure;
But of this one thing let’s be sure:
And that is, whether we or you
Doe hold the fayth of Christ most true.
Your doctrine is a doung-hill heape        155
Of man’s traditions, 11 which did creepe
Into the Church by some and some,
Vntil you had spoyled Christ’s kingdome.
Christ’s words to Peter you abuse;
Therefore your sense we doe refuse.        160
The Papist proceedes.

Saint Paul doeth playnly write, and say,
There shall be in the Church alway
Apostles, prophets, and such like,
That for the flocke of Christ shall seeke,
And by their preaching bring them home,        165
Of Jews and Gentiles, where they roame.
Our Church haue these, and many moe,
Which labour thus, and bide much woe.
If this be false, and not at Rome,
Then will I be conuerted soone.        170
The Protestant’s Answere.

Saint Paul in places three 12 doth showe,
What men into the world should goe;
And after those, of pastours all,
That should bring men from Sathan’s thrall,
In setled congregation stil,        175
There to be taught God’s word and will. 13
But as for munks, for priests, for fryers,
For jesuites, and common lyers,
They haue no warrant in God’s word,
Although they reign with fire and sword.        180

The Papist proceedes.

This is another marke most cleare:
The Church of God must still appeare,
And as a city on a hill,
So must we see it flourish still;
And as a candle shining bright,        185
So must God’s Church appeare in sight.
Our Sauiour saith, If one offend,
And will not by rebukes amend,
Esteeme him as a wicked man,
A heathen or a publican.        190
The Protestant’s Answere.

How long will papists blinded be
In that which euery eye may see?
The Church is called militant,
And troubles it doth neuer want: 14
So that sometimes, as sunne and moone,        195
It is eclips’t and hath her doome,
In man’s conceit to shine no more;
But God againe doth her restore,
To shine and shew her beautie bright,
To teach and censure men aright.        200

The Papist proceedes.

And is not that the Church most true,
Wherein succeeded, still in viewe,
Of bishops some two hundred, three,
As thou in histories mayest see?
Saint Peter first, and then the rest,        205
Which haue the people taught and blest? 15
Shew me this marke once amongst you,
And I will say your faith is true.
If not, it is the Church of Rome
That I will cleaue vnto for doome.        210
The Protestant’s Answere.

For trueth, this your succession
Came from false prophets euery one,
From Balaam’s time vnto this day,
With high priests and such like alway.
And holy Scripture doth describe        215
The pope with his condemned pride:
And though you say he doth excell,
Yet he and you may burne in hell.
John in the Reuelation
Writes of Rome’s desolation.        220

The Papist proceedes.

There is another marke also,
By which the true Church you may know;
And that indeede is vnitie,
Set out in many a similie
By Christ our Sauiour; who foretold        225
Of one shepheard, and one sheepefold;
One spouse; one husband her to loue;
One derling deare, and one fayre doue:
One fayth, one baptisme is heere,
And no dissention dooth appeare.        230
The Protestant’s Answere.

The name of Church I know you seeke,
Though euery way you be vnlike:
By these your markes eche filth may proue
Themselues to be Christ’s Church and doue.
Eche sinne is spred vniuersall;        235
Its visible to great and small.
Idolaters haue vnity,
And hypocrites antiquity:
But trueth, which euery one should bring,
They and you want in euerything.        240

The Papist proceedes.

You Protestants doe daily read,
In Nicen and Apostles’ creed,
The Church of God must holy bee,
Which we performe in each degree;
Most holy men and sacrifice,        245
Sweet seruice and fine ceremonies; 16
Seuen sacraments we haue alwaies,
Double and treble holydaies;
Virgins and saints, martyrs, and all,
Be ours, and you haue none at all.        250
The Protestant’s Answere.

God’s Church, we know, is sanctifide
By Christ his Spirit, who is their guide;
And holy dueties still they doe
On Sabboth daies, and other too.
But your vaine seruice we detest,        255
Your May-game pastimes, and the rest;
Your popish saints and votaries all;
Your traytrous martyrs, great and small.
Nothing in you but holynesse,
When none commit more wickednesse.        260

The Papist proceedes, and concludes with this speach.

Our Sauiour warnes vs to haue care,
And of false prophets to beware;
Which in his name to vs will come,
Not sent by him, and yet they runne;
Strong theeues, not entring in aright        265
By Christ the dore; but in the night
They breake in at the window hie,
And steale that none may them espie:
Their comming is not to doe good,
But like to wolues they thirst for blood.        270
Yet in sheepe’s clothing these doe goe,
Because God’s people should not knowe
But that they are his pastors sure,
Which Christ hath sent with doctrine pure,
To teach, to preach, to set, and sowe,        275
That Christ in th’ end might reap and mow:
But when their seeds are somewhat sprung,
They proue but tares and darnell young;
Thistles and thornes so are they found,
Choking and cumbering the ground. 17        280
These liue ene as they list truly:
Their god we see is their belly;
Like dogges and foxes so they range;
Sects they deuise, and schismes strange;
Heaping vpon themselues damnation,        285
For liuing after such a fashion.
These notes and marks we find in you,
More then in any Turk or Iew,
Who doe deny the name of Christ,
And doe not make them any priest.        290
You say, that your faith did appeare
To be the truth sixe hundred yeare:
But tell me then, Sir, if you can,
When Popery at first began?
Where were the seruants of the Lord?        295
Durst none of them then speake a word?
Where were the feeders of the sheepe?
Were they all dead, or fast asleepe?
Did none of them defend the trueth,
But was controld in age and youth?        300
Did now St Peter’s strong faith fayle?
And did the gates of hell preuayle?
Or did the salt his sauour lose?
Did Christ some other spouse then choose?
Or was truth’s piller ouerthrowne,        305
By which all truth was to be knowne?
If this were so, Christ’s word so playne,
And promises, must be but vaine;
Which was that heauen and earth should quaile,
Before his word one iote should faile.        310
Where haue you byn so long a time?
And vnto whom did your light shine?
Where did your chiefest pastor sit?
Who kept your keies, your helme, and ship?
Shew vs some churches you haue built,        315
As we can shew where you haue spilt.
What, were all damned eternally,
That were not of your company? 18
How might a man haue found you out,
To heare and helpe in things of doubt?        320
When Luther, like a lying fryer,
One whom the diuell did inspire,
Did breake his vow to wed a nun,
Euen then your heresie begun,
And fauouered was in Saxony        325
By dukes that loued liberty;
And in king Edward’s time agayne
It gan to growe and spread amayne. 19
A thousand yeeres, you write and say,
That papistry did beare the sway.        330
And during all that time and space
We say you durst not shew your face.
Who kept the holy Scriptures then
From hands of vilde and wicked men? 20
Who had authority to ordaine        335
Bishops, doctors, and priests, againe?
For he that came in without order,
Comes as a theefe to steale and murder:
He is a wolfe, and not a priest;
An enemy, no friend to Christ. 21        340
And one thing more dooth make me muse,
That our priests you did not refuse
To say your seruice, and to sing
A psalme of Dauid. Note that thing.
This man a benefice might haue,        345
If he at any time did craue.
Like Iereboam, so dealt yee,
And tooke all sorts of eche degree:
A worthy mingle-mangle then
Was made of you, for lacke of men.        350
How may your Church make any priest,
If she be not the Church of Christ?
Answere these questions, if you can,
And I will be a Protestan.
But while your answere you deuise,        355
I counsell all men that are wise
To hold the fayth mayntayned heere
The space of fifteene hundred yeere,
Or of one thousand at the least;
From which who turnes shall proue a beast.        360
Saint Austin our apostle was,
Who came from Rome and here said masse: 22
He first arriued here in Kent,
And so to other places went.
His fayth came from pope Gregory, 23        365
Which fayth was kept successiuely
By many bishops, as we read,
From Peter’s time, who was the head:
Who learn’d his fayth of Christ, I say,
To whom be prayse now and alway.        370
Amen. Amend. Papist, amend.
The Protestant’s Answere to the Papist’s large conclusion.

By this time you are out of breath;
Such periods may breede your death.
But I will set out with such pace,
As shall, and may, I hope, winne grace        375
With God, with Christ, and all good men
That euer wrote with inke and pen:
The goale I trust to winne at last,
And when I haue it, holde it fast,
Unto the honour of his name,        380
That gaue me power to winne the same.
The most of these I might reuert
Vpon your selues, which can peruert
Both word and history of times,
To cloke your lewd and open crimes.        385
But something briefly I will say,
For that which you cast in our way,
As stumblingblocks for euery one
To stumble at, where you make mone.
Consider well that you, therefore,        390
Are euen those men whom ye abhore.
Ye are false prophets teaching lies; 24
You weare sheepe’s clothing to disguise;
You runne and range not being sent, 25
For which you ought still to repent.        395
You are those theeues that enter in
To Christ his Church, and neuer lyn;
While you haue stor’d yourselues with good,
And fil’d yourselues like wolues with blood. 26
You enter not by Christ the doore,        400
But by the pope, the Romish whoore.
You blind men’s eies with outward showes,
And say that you are no man’s foes:
You fast from flesh to eat good fish,
With fruites and many a costly dish. 27        405
You pray on beades, and prey on men;
You doe deuoure maids and women.
You seldome preach, and that but lies,
The pope and popelings to suffice:
Your doctrine comes from the pope’s schoole,        410
Where many a wise man proues a foole.
Your doctrine comes not from God’s booke,
But you on lyes and legends looke;
On festiuals and liues of saints,
Which you haue made with your owne paints.        415
God’s word you count of little force,
And to the same haue small recorse:
Your people from it you disswade,
Because that, like two-edged blade,
It doth deuide, and eke descry        420
Man’s sinne and popish treachery.
Your doctrine is but darnell sure
Vnto this graine, God’s word so pure.
What is the chaff vnto the wheat?
What is man’s wit to wisdome great?        425
Your gold is brasse; your siluer tinne;
Your teaching drosse; your deeds but sinne.
Remember what you taught and did,
Before that your bad tricks were spi’d:
Remember persons, time and place,        430
And so repent and call for grace.
Whereas you charge our liues for bad,
We grieue thereat: we are not glad:
If you did rule, it would be so,
And ten times worse, full well I knowe.        435
This realme is very populous,
And you, like night-birds, hinder vs.
Christ said, you know, that in each land,
Sinne, it would get the vpper hand: 28
Let all men striue, therefore, say I,        440
Against all sinne and popery.
You liue at ease, and as you will;
Like epicures yourselues you fill:
Your belly is your god, indeede; 29
Your puffed cheekes your hands doe feede.        445
The best of all things in eche land
By slights you got into your hand. 30
Thus did you fast, thus did you prey
On men and women night and day.
A thousand waies your gaines come in        450
Through Antichrist, that man of sinne.
You would no wiues, for that was ill; 31
But whoores and harlots at your will:
No woman must come in your sight,
Vnlesse it were some nun by night.        455
Your common stewes you still maintaine;
For why? they bring the pope much gaine.
When manasteries brake vp here,
Then did your filthinesse appeare:
Thousands of infants’ heads were found        460
In ponds and places, which you drown’d. 32
Like dogges and foxes therefore you 33
Did lead your liues: it is your due:
Like swine, 34 like wolues, like Sathan’s brood,
That neuer did God’s people good.        465
Like hypocrites 35 in euery place
You liued, and doe, without God’s grace.
You make poore people to beleeue,
That you can all their sinnes forgiue.
It were too long to make relation,        470
How you and yours deserue damnation.
But where you say that we doe write
Of this our faith, which you despite,
That it was found and did appeare
To be the trueth sixe hundred yeare:        475
We say, that from Christ his assension
For our fayth was no such contention,
As papists make now at this day,
Nor in that space of yeeres, we say:
But this our faith it euer stood,        480
Euen since that Abel lost his blood.
On God’s sweet word we doe depend, 36
For it shall iudge vs in the end:
It is our wisdome and our ioy,
And man’s tradition 37 are a toy.        485
Though some things hard doe there appeare,
The rest we read in all the yeare,
And find that it sufficient is
To guide all men to heauenly blisse. 38
What would you more, but that you stand        490
For popish trash in euery land?
Now where you ask of popery,
When it begun and to sit hie;
I answere will to your demand
Both readily and out of hand.        495
It bred in the Apostles’ time,
And so increaste by many a signe:
Great strife then grew three hundred yeres,
As in Church stories it appeares,
For many things; but chiefly, one—        500
Who should be supreme head alone. 39
All bishops wrote against this thing:
No emperour would euer bring
Any one bishop to the same,
Till wicked Phocas’ time by name:        505
But he, a wicked murtherer,
Vnto this act was furtherer,
That none might checke him for that deede
Of killing father, mother, and seede.
Thus did proud bishop Boniface,        510
Third of that name, set in highest place. 40
And now the other bishops three,
That made vp foure of one degree,
Were first made vassal vnto Rome,
From whence all popish trash doth come.        515
When Boniface was thus aloft,
He play’d his part, and wonders wrought:
And so did all of Rome beside,
Untill they grew to their full pride;
And were of late unhorst agayne        520
By Christian kings that them disdayne. 41
The true Church was eclipsed then,
And had in scorne of carnall men:
The prophesies fulfilled were
Of Daniell, who pray’d in feare; 42        525
And those in Reuelation,
Which God did giue vnto St John. 43
A thousand yeeres this held out so,
That Christ’s true flock you could not know,
But by their persecution sharpe,        530
Which they endur’d with willing hart.
Yet still Christ and his Gospell stood,
In persecution and in blood.
The popes left off to preach and teach,
And after worldly things to reach.        535
In time they grew so fierce and fell,
That no good man with them could dwell.
They put down kings and princes hie,
Abusing them to slauery.
And what they said or did was lawe:        540
Thus euery one was kept in awe.
In all your popes true faith did faile,
And hell itselfe did much preuaile: 44
The salt his sauor lost in them;
Christ was in truth reiected then.        545
Yea, all his death and glorious passion
Was turn’d into another fashion.
Each pope a new toy did deuise
To blind and bleare the people’s eyes:
Fooles, apes, and asses still they made        550
Of God’s poore people by this trade. 45
The second question that you make,
I answere will for each man’s sake,
That cannot answere readily
Your arguments and sophistry.        555
Where was our Church, you say, that time?
Where did the beauty of it shine?
Where did our chiefest pastour sit?
Who kept our keyes? who rulde our ship?
You bid vs shew you churches built,        560
As you can shew those we haue spilt.
To these, in order as they lye,
I will in few words now reply:
Where is the sunne, the moone, the stars,
When cloudes and darknes make them wars?        565
Doe they not shine still, where they be,
Vnder those cloudes? euen so did we.
Our chiefest pastour, he is Christ;
And he sits in the heauens highest.
He hath the keyes, and guides our ship,        570
And laughes to scorne our little wit. 46
For churches, first we answere you
By churches of another hiewe:
How many churches hath Christ built,
And you the blood of them haue spilt?        575
Of other churches that you speake,
God in his iudgement doth them breake,
Euen as he did Hierusalem
For killing of his prophets then;
And as he did the hill-altars        580
And groues of all idolaters. 47
You aske what are become alway
Of all that dyed to this day?
We are no judges in this case;
We leaue them to the throne of grace.        585
Idolaters may aske you so,
Of those that haue died long agoe:
What answere can you make therein
But this? that God for all their sinne
May iustly damn them if he will,        590
Or saue, where he likes not to kill.
When Abram was with Tera, he,
His father deare, as children be,
And God cald Abraham away,
What, should he not God’s call obay?        595
Or should he answere as you doe,
“As my friends did, I will doe too?”
But you will say, you be none such,
When yet you vse like things too much
Try by the Scriptures well, and see        600
Who comes neer’st idoles, you or me.
You aske, how you might find vs out,
To answere things that were in doubt.
I say, that euen as wolues by kinde
The sheep and lambes in field can finde.        605
So did you find vs to our cost;
Or else how were our liues so lost,
First in the persecutions ten,
And in the rest succeeding them,
In England, Scotland, and in Fraunce,        610
And euery place you taught that daunce?
But when the day of count shall come,
That you shall answere all, and some;
When Christ, the Master of the sheepe,
Shall reckon vs, as it is meet;        615
Then from the blood of Abel’s time,
Vnto the last of such like crime,
You and the rest shall answere all,
Vnto your sorrowe, griefe, and thrall.
Vnlesse you doe repent with speed,        620
Your count will fearefull be indeed. 48
Till Luther’s time you say that we
Heard not of Christ; but you shall see
That we, not you, haue heard of him,
As onely pardoner of our sinne.        625
Thrise happy Luther, and the rest,
(Except some faults which we detest;)
And ten times happy euery land,
That hath receiued with strong hand
The Gospell pure of Christ on hie,        630
And haue put downe all popery!
You aske, Who kept all Scripture then?
Who made our priests, and all church-men?
We answere, that our God of loue
Did saue and keepe it from aboue,        635
As in the time of Jeremy,
When it was burnt by Jehudy; 49
And as the arke deliuered was
From Philistins, as came to passe; 50
And finally, as God can make        640
All creatures serue his Church, and quake.
Now for our Churche’s ordination,
We know the Scripture’s good relation;
And so were made our bishops all,
Our ministers both great and small. 51        645
Salamon made Sadock he
Priest in Abiathar’s room to be:
So that, insteed of popish priests,
Our queen sent ministers for Christ;
And though a time some were but weake,        650
Yet now a number can well speake.
And when you say, you marvell how
We did receyue such as did vow
Themselues your priests of popish order,
To serue with vs in any border;        655
My answere is, that you might see
What men of mercy protestants be;
Which would receiue all to saluation,
And not condemne them in your fashion.
You did deuise and striue to keepe        660
All heere from feeding of our sheepe.
An ordination may be good,
Though some men guilty of soule’s blood
Unworthy be in Church to serue,
For punishment that they deserue.        665
Some things took ill in hand also
At first, may yet in time, we know,
Proue good againe; and so may this:
The churchman’s calling is for blisse.
If yours not so, or be not right,        670
Amend your fault: beare vs no spight.
And to conclude: you bragge and say,
That Austin first did here bewray
The trueth of Christ: but it’s not so;
True histories does name vs moe.        675
But graunt that hee first taught this land:
Were all things good come from his hand?
No, no; he taught much popery,
But not so much as now doth fly.
Simon Zelotes, and Saint Paul,        680
Are said to teach vs first of all.
Till you these things doe well disproue,
I wish all men in tender loue
To note what I haue sayd herein,
To turne to God, and leaue their sinne;        685
To trust no popish Jesuite,
Nor yet in masse-priests to delight.
For certainely their hierarchy,
Their kingdome and their policy,
Shall, will, and must of force fall downe,        690
For Christ abhorres the triple crowne.
This Christ in mercy, therefore, saue
Our queene and vs with that we haue;
Our children and posterity,
And keepe vs from all popery:        695
His holy gospell graunt vs still,
And frame vs to his holy will;
That we may know and loue the same
Vnto the glory of his name:
Pray, heare, and reade continually,        700
That from his truth we neuer flye!
Note 1. XXVII. J. Rhodes.—In 1602 appeared “An Answere to a Romish Rime lately printed, and entituled, ‘A proper new Ballad, wherein are contayned Catholike Questions to the Protestant.’ The which Ballad was put forth without date or day, name of authour or printer, libel-like, scattered and sent abroad, to withdraw the simple from the fayth of Christ vnto the doctrine of Antichrist, the pope of Rome. Written by that Protestant Catholike, I. R.” These are the initials of J. Rhodes, whose very rare production is now presented to the reader in an entire form. [back]
Note 2. England and Ireland. [back]
Note 3. In Synopsis Papismi, printed 1600; where five hundred heresies are found in popery. [back]
Note 4. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. [back]
Note 5. Jesuit’s doctrine. Matt. xxiii. 15. [back]
Note 6. Rom. i. 7, 8. [back]
Note 7. See The Pagent of Popes, made by J. Studly. [back]
Note 8. Rev. xviii. [back]
Note 9. Malachi i. 2. [back]
Note 10. Rom. x. 18. [back]
Note 11. Matt. xv. 10, xxiii. See Beacon’s booke entituled The Reliques of Rome. [back]
Note 12. Rom. xii. 6; 1 Cor. xii. 8; Eph. iv. 11. [back]
Note 13. Acts xx. 20. [back]
Note 14. Zech. xiii. 7; 1 Kings xix. 14; Matt. ii. 16. [back]
Note 15. Read for disproofe of this the councill of Hippo, and the third councill of Carthage. [back]
Note 16. Prov. xxvii. 2, teacheth another lesson. [back]
Note 17. Matt. xiii. 3–8. [back]
Note 18. We are not judges in this matter: we leave them to God. [back]
Note 19. Note this his impudency and slaunder. [back]
Note 20. God did preserve his word at all times. Jer. xxvii. [back]
Note 21. John x. [back]
Note 22. It is more than ever he did challenge. [back]
Note 23. Faith is the gift of God: no man can give it. James i. 17. [back]
Note 24. Matt. vii. 15. [back]
Note 25. Jer. xxiii. 21; John x. 8. [back]
Note 26. Matt. xxiii. 14; 2 Tim. iii. 6. [back]
Note 27. Matt. xxiii. 25. [back]
Note 28. Matt. xxiv. 12. [back]
Note 29. Phil. iii. 19. [back]
Note 30. Amos vi. 1, 2. [back]
Note 31. 1 Cor. vii. 1, 2. [back]
Note 32. See Synopsis Papismi. [back]
Note 33. Cant. ii. 15. 3. [back]
Note 34. 2 Pet. ii. 22. [back]
Note 35. Luke xi. 39–42. [back]
Note 36. John vi. 68; xii. 48. [back]
Note 37. Matt. xxiii. [back]
Note 38. Ps. xix. 7; 2 Tim. iii. 15–17. [back]
Note 39. Read the Acts and Monuments, and other stories. [back]
Note 40. See Beda, Eusebeius, Jewel, and Foxe’s book. [back]
Note 41. 2 Tim. iii. 9. [back]
Note 42. Dan. ix. [back]
Note 43. Rev. xii. [back]
Note 44. 2 Thess. ii. 4. [back]
Note 45. See Beacon’s booke Of the Reliques of Rome. [back]
Note 46. Isa. ix. 7; Rev. ii. 27; 1 Cor. v. 25; John x. 16; Ps. ii. 9. [back]
Note 47. Deut. vii. 5; 1 Kings xviii. 4; Luke xiii. 34. [back]
Note 48. Luke xi. 47–52; Matt. xxv.; Rev. ii. 4–20; iii. 16–19; vi. 9, 10; xx. [back]
Note 49. Jer. xxxvi. 27. [back]
Note 50. 1 Sam. v. [back]
Note 51. Acts xx.; Tit. i. 5. [back]

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