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sicut obedivimus in cunctis Mosi, ita obediemus et tibi; tantum sit Dominus Deus tuus tecum sicut fuit cum Mose: qui contradixerit ori tuo, et non obedierit cunctis sermonibus quos præceperis ei, moriatur: tu tantum confortare et ciriliter age. Who shall consider what was concluded by such as named themselves by the state, and withal the auditory, the time, and other circumstances, he shall easily see that this text most fitly served for the purpose. And as God gave the text, so gave he such order and utterance, as pulled many tears out of the eye of the biggest of them.
"In the time of his sermon one of the guard lift up to him into the pulpit a mass book and a graile, which Sir George Haward with certain of the guard had taken that night in Master Hurlestone's' house, where Lady Mary had been a little before, and there had mass. The duke with the rest of the nobility required Doctor Sandys to put his sermon in writing, and appointed Master Leaver to go to London with it, and to put it in print. Doctor Sandys required one day and a half for writing of it. At the time appointed he had made it ready; and Master Leaver was ready booted to receive it at his hands and carry it to London. As he was delivering of it, one of the beadles, named Master Adams, came weeping to him, and prayed him to shift for himself, for the duke was retired and queen Mary proclaimed.
"Doctor Sandys was not troubled herewithal, but gave the sermon written to Master Layfield. Master Leaver departed home; and he went to dinner to one Master Moore's, a beadle, his great friend. At the dinner Mistress Moore, seeing him merry and pleasant (for he had ever a man's courage, and could not be terrified), drank unto him, saying, Master vice-chancellor, I drink unto you; for this is the last time that ever I shall see you. [Compare p. vi. 1. 17.-ED.]
And so it was; for she was dead before Doctor Sandys returned out of Germany. The duke that night retired to Cambridge, and sent for Doctor Sandys to go with him to the market-place to proclaim queen Mary. The duke cast up his cap with others, and so laughed, that the tears ran down his cheeks for grief. He told Doctor Sandys that queen Mary was a merciful woman, and that he doubted not thereof; declaring that he had sent unto her to know her pleasure, and looked for a general pardon. Doctor Sandys answered, My life is not dear unto me, neither have I done or said any thing that urgeth my conscience. For that which I spake of the state, I have instructions warranted by the subscription of sixteen counsellors; neither can speech be treason, neither yet have I spoken further than the word of God and the laws of the realm doth warrant me, come of me what God will. But be you assured, you shall never escape death for if she would save you, those that now shall rule will kill you.
"That night the guard apprehended the duke; and certain grooms of the stable were as busy with Doctor Sandys as if they would take a prisoner. But Sir John Gates, who lay then in Doctor Sandys his house, sharply rebuked them, and drave them away. Doctor Sandys, by the advice of Sir John Gates, walked into the fields. In the mean time the university, contrary to all order, had met together in consultation, and ordered, that Doctor Mouse and Doctor Hatcher should repair to Doctor Sandys' lodging, and fet' away the statute book of the university, the keys, and such other things that were in his keeping: and so they did; for Doctor Mouse being an earnest protestant the day before, and one whom Doctor Sandys had done much for, now was he become a papist, and his great enemy. Certain of the university had appointed
a congregation at afternoon. As the bell rang to it, Doctor Sandys cometh out of the fields; and sending for the beadles, asketh what the matter meaneth, and required them to wait upon him to the schools, according to their duty. So they did. And so soon as Doctor Sandys, the beadles going before him, came into the regent-house and took his chair, one Master Mitch with a rabble of unlearned papists went into a bye school, and conspired together to pull him out of his chair, and to use violence unto him. Doctor Sandys began his oration, expostulating with the university, charging them with great ingratitude, declaring that he had said nothing in his sermon but that he was ready to justify, and that their case was all one with his; for they had not only concealed, but consented to that which he had spoken.
"And thus while he remembered unto them how beneficial he had been to the university, and their unthankfulness to him again, in cometh Master Mitch with his conspirators about twenty in number. One layeth hand upon the chair, to pull it from him; another told him that that was not his place, and another called him traitor. Whereat he perceiving how they used violence, and being of great courage, groped to his dagger, and had despatched some of them as God's enemies, if Doctor Bill and Doctor Blith had not fallen upon him, and prayed him for God's sake to hold his hands and be quiet, and patiently to bear that great offered wrong. He was persuaded by them; and after that tumult was ceased, he ended his oration, and, having some money of the university's in his hand, he there delivered the same every farthing. He gave up the books, reckonings, and keys, pertaining to the university, and withal yielded up his office, praying God to give the university a better officer, and to give them better and more thankful hearts; and so repaired home to his own college.
"On the morrow after there came unto him one Master Gerningham, and one Master Thomas Mildmay. Gerningham told him, that it was the queen's pleasure that two of the guard should attend upon him, and that he must be carried prisoner to the Tower of London with the duke. Master Mildmay said, he marvelled that a learned man would speak so unadvisedly against so good a prince, and wilfully run into such danger. Doctor Sandys answered, I shall not be ashamed of bonds; but if I could do as Master Mildmay can, I needed not to fear bonds. For he came down in payment against queen Mary, and armed in the field, and now he returneth in payment for queen Mary; before a traitor, and now a great friend. I cannot with one mouth blow hot and cold after this sort.
"Upon this his stable was robbed of four notable good geldings: the best of them Master Huddlestone took for his own saddle, and rode on him to London in his sight. An inventory was taken of all his goods by Master Moore, beadle for the university. He was set upon a lame horse that halted to the ground, which thing a friend of his perceiving prayed that he might lend him a nag. The yeomen of the guard were contented. As he departed forth at the town's end, some papists resorted thither to jeer at him, some of his friends to mourn for him. He came in the rank to London, the people being full of outcries. And as he came in at Bishopsgate, one like a milkwife hurled a stone at him, and hit him on the breast with such a blow, that he was like to fall off his horse. To whom he mildly said, Woman, God forgive it thee. Truth is, that journey and evil entreating so mortified him, that he was more ready to die than to live.
"As he came through Tower-hill-street, one woman standing in her door cried, Fie on thee, thou knave, thou knave, thou traitor, thou heretic. Whereat he smiled. Look,
the desperate heretic (saith she) laugheth at this gear. A woman on the other side of the street answered, saying, Fie on thee, neighbour! thou art not worthy to be called a woman, railing upon this gentleman whom thou knowest not, neither yet the cause why he is thus entreated. Then she said, Good gentleman, God be thy comfort, and give thee strength to stand in God's cause even to the end! And thus he passed through fire and water into the Tower, the first prisoner that entered in that day, which was St James' day. The yeomen of the guard took from him his borrowed nag, and what else soever he had. His man, one Quinting Suainton brought after him a bible and some shirts, and such like things. The bible was sent in to him; but the shirts and such like served the yeomen of the guard.
"After he had been in the Tower three weeks in a bad prison, he was lift up into Nuns' bower, a better prison, where was put to him Master John Bradford.
"At the day of queen Mary's coronation, their prison door was set open, ever shut before. One Master Mitchell, his old acquaintance, which had been prisoner before in the same place, came in to him, and said, Master Sandys, there is such a stir in the Tower, that neither gates, doors, nor prisoners, are looked to this day. Take my cloak, my hat, and my rapier, and get you gone: you may go out of the gates without questioning: save yourself, and let me do as I may. A rare friendship; but he refused the offer, saying, I know no just cause why I should be in prison: and thus to do were to make myself guilty. I will expect God's good will; yet must I think myself most bound unto you. And so Master Mitchell departed.
"While Doctor Sandys and Master Bradford were thus in close prison together twenty-nine weeks, one John Bowler was their keeper, a very perverse papist; yet by often persuading of him, (for he would give ear,) and by gentle