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exhorted them to uphold the Reformation. He preferred giving his testimony to the truth of what he had believed and preached, at whatever risk. Wherefore he was condemned to be burnt on the 4th of February, on which day he was warned suddenly by the keeper's wife of Newgate, to prepare himself to the fire, who then being sound asleep, scarce with much shogging (shaking) could be awakened.
At length being raised and waked, and bid to make haste, then said he, if it be so, I need not to tie my points, and 60 was had down first to Bonner, to be degraded; that done, he craved of Bonner but one petition. And Bonner asking what that should be, Nothing, (said he,) but that he might talk a few words with his wife, before his burning. But that could not be obtained of him. “ Then said he,) you declare your charity, what it is ;” and so he was brought into Smithfield, by Master Chester and Master Woodrofe, then sheriffs of London, there to be burnt, where he shewed most constant patience, not using many words, for he could not be permitted, but only exhorting the people constantly to remain in that faith and true doctrine which he before had taught, and they had learned, and for the confirmation whereof he was not only content patiently to suffer and bear all such bitterness and cruelty as had been shewed him, but also most gladly to resign up his life, and to give his flesh to the consuming fire, for the testimony of the same.
Now when the time came that he, being delivered to the sheriffs, should be brought out of Newgate to Smithfield, the place of his execution, first came to him Mr. Woodrofe, one of the foresaid sheriffs, and calling Mr. Rogers unto him, asked him if he would revoke his abominable doctrine, and his evil opinion of the sacrament of the altar, Mr. Rogers answered and said, “ That which I have preached I will seal with my blood.” “ Then (quoth Master Woodrofe,) thou art an heretic.” “ That shall be known (quoth Rogers,) at the day of judgment.” “ Well, (quoth Master Woodrofe, I will never pray for thee.” “ But I will pray for you," quoth Master Rogers, and so was brought the same day, which was Monday the 4th of February, by the sheriffs towards Smithfield, saying the psalm “ Miserere” by the way, all the people wonderfully rejoicing at his constancy, with great praises and thanks to God for the same. And there, in the presence of Master Rochester, comptroller of the queen's household, Sir Richard Southwell, both the sheriffs, and a wonderful number of people, he was burned into ashes, washing his hands in the flame as he was in burning.
A little before his burning at the stake, his pardon was brought, if he would have recanted, but he refused it *
Strype, Fox, and Southey.
Born 1495. Died February 9th, 1555.
The glory of faith shines with much greater brightness by our passing to immortality, through the shades of death.-Pascal.
The good Bishop of Gloucester, eminent for his piety and meekness of character. The same Monday at night, being the 4th of February, his keeper gave him an inkling that he should be sent to Gloucester to suffer death, whereat he rejoiced very much, lifting
his eyes and hands to heaven,and praising God that he saw it good to send him amongst the people over whom he was pastor, there to confirm with his death the truth which he had before taught them ; not doubting but that the Lord would give him strength to perform the same to his glory; and immediately he sent to his servant's house for his boots, spurs, and cloak, that he might be in readiness to ride when he should be called.
The next day following, about four of the clock in the morning, before day, the keeper, with others, came to him, and searched him and the bed whereon he lay, to see if he had written any thing, and then he was led by the sheriffs of London, and other their officers, forth of Newgate, to a place appointed, not far from St. Dunstan's Church, in Fleet Street, where six of the Queen's guard were appointed to receive him, and carry him to Gloucester, there to be delivered unto the sheriff, who, with the Lord Shandoys, M. Wickes, and other commissioners, were appointed to see execution done. The which guard brought him to the Angel, where he brake his fast with them, eating his meat at that time more liberally than he had used to do a good while before. About the break of the day he went to horse, and leaped cheerfully on horseback without help, having a hood upon his head, under his hat, that he should not be known, and so took his journey joyfully towards Gloucester. Upon the Thursday following, he came to a town in his diocese called Ciceter, (Cirencester) fifteen miles from Gloucester. Aster dinner he rode forwards, and came to Gloucester about five of the clock, and a mile without the town was much people assembled, which cried, and lamented his estate. He was lodged at one Ingram's house in Gloucester, and amongst others that spake with him, Sir Anthony Kingstone, Knt. was one ; who seeming in times past his very
friend was then appointed by the Queen's letters to be one of the commissioners to see execution done upon him. Master Kingstone being brought into the chamber, found him at his
prayers, and as soon as he saw Mr. Hooper, he burst forth into tears. Master Hooper, at the first blush, knew him not. Then said Master Kingstone, “ Why, my lord, do ye not know me, an old friend of yours, Anthony Kingstone ?” Yes, Mr. Kingstone, I do now know you well: I am glad to see you in health, and do praise God for the same.” Ile further said afterwards, “ True it is, Master Kingstone, that death is bitter, and life is sweet, but consider that the death to come is more bitter, and the life to come is more sweet. Therefore, for the desire and love I have to the one, and the terror and fear of the other, I do not so much regard this death, nor esteem this life, but have settled myself, through the strength of God's Holy Spirit, patiently to pass through the torments and extremities of the fire now prepared for me, rather than to deny the truth of his word, desiring you and others, in the mean time, to commend me to God's mercy in your prayers.” After these, and many other words, the one took leave of the other, Mr. Kingstone with bitter tears, Mr. Hooper also with tears trickling down his cheeks.
The same day, in the afternoon, a blind boy, after long intercession made to the guard, obtained license to be brought unto Mr. Hooper. The same boy, not long before, had suffered imprisonment at Gloucester for confessing of the truth. Master Hooper, after he had examined him of his faith, and the cause of his imprisonment, beheld him stedfastly, and the water appearing in his eyes,
said unto him, “Ah, poor boy! God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what consideration he best knoweth, but he hath given thee another sight much more precious, for he hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith.”
The same night he was committed by the guard,