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payre of bryganders, where of vJM^ were coverd with clothe of gold
and sylk nailed with gilt nailes. Item, thei fownd iiiJMl peire of
white harnes complete, xxiJM^ crossebowes with alle thapparrell to
them belongyng, xxiiiJM^ swerdes, where of xm'. were gylt and
harnest with sylver, eche of them to the valeue of \.s. sterlynges.
Item, ther was founde in the saide cite, at soche tyme as it was yeld
up, the nowmbre of xxiij''c.M^ and xM^ people betwext the age of
xij and iij'^'^ yere, be side children and very olde people. Item, in
the chefe tempyll were iijc. laumpes of gold, the worst of "^ them to
the valew of xxiiij*' li. sterlynges. In the same temple also were
iiij chayres of gold, and xxij*' sylver setys for the kyng, the quene,
and other lordes. In the same temple also was founde grete plente

* 1492 according to the historical year which begins on the 1 Jan.
*" of repeated in MS,



HISTORICAL MEMORANDA. 87

of gold and sylver redy coyned, which the Kyng of Spaync left
there styll to byld therewith a chyrche, where as afore was the
tempyll of ydolatryc. Item, in one of the castels where as the kyng
and the quene of Garnartho logged, the walles of the halle and
chambers were of marbel, crystall, and jasper, set with precious
stones, and more over there was fownde grete and innumerable
ryches. Item, or thei wold yeld up the citee for lak of vytalles,
thei ete hors, dogges, and cattes, ijc. Crysten men ther beyng
prisoners.

IV. The Battle of Flodden, 1513.''
(At f. 204.)

Here folowyth the batyll be tAvyxte the Kyng of Scottys callyd
Kyng Jamys and the noble Eerelc of Surrey, foughtcn yn Bramton
Felde the ix*^' day of Septembre, in the fyfte yere of Kyng Henrye
the viij*'' [he then beyng in his warres in Fraunce.] ^

Fyrste whan bothe armyes were met with yn iij myles togedyr,
the Erie of Surrey sent an ofFycer of armes called Koger Crosse "^
un to the Kyng of Scottes desyryng hym of batell, and he answerde
he wolde abyde hym batell tyll the Fryday at noone. The Lorde
Howarde at xj of the clok the same day passyd over the brydge of
Twyssell with the fowarde and artyllerye, and the Erie of Surrey
folowde with the rewarde. The armye was devyded yn to ij batcUes,
and every batell ij wynges. The Kyng of Scottes armye was de-
vyded in to fyve batelles, and every batell arowe shote from another,
and all yn lyke fames from the Englyssh men, and they were in
greet plompes, parte of them were quadrant, some pykewyse, and
were on the toppe of the hyll, beyng a quarter of a myle from the
foote ther of. The Lorde Howarde cawsed his vowarde to scale yn

* This account is nearly the same as that printed in the State Papers of
Henry VIII. yol. iv. p. 1, from a MS. in the Public Record OflSce, hut there are
material variations, especially towards the end.

^ Added in a different hand.

<= MS. Rog' crosse, i. e. Rouge Croix.



88 HISTORICAL MEMORANDA.

a lytell valey tyll they were ^ of the wynge of hys batell ;

and then bothe wardes yn oone avaunced ageynste the Scottes; and
then they cam downe the hyll and met with them yn good ordre
after the Alhnens manner, with owte spekyng of any wordes. The

Erele of Huntley '' and CralFord with theyre hoste cam

uppon the Lorde of Howard with vjsi^ men, and shortley theyr
bakkes were turned and the most parte of them were slayne. Then
the Kyng of Scottes cam with a grete poysaunce uppon the Erie of
Surrey, havyng on hys lyfte hande the Lorde Dacars son,*^ whych
two bare all the brounte of the batell ; and there the sayde kyng
was slayne with yn a speere-length of the sayde erele and meney
noble men with hym, and no prisoners to these ij batelles. And

yn the tyme of theyr batell theerle of Ly ^ and Argylle with

theyre puysaunce yoyned with S^ Edwarde Stanley, and he boldely
met with them and put them bothe to flyte. Edmonde Howarde
had with hym m'. Chesshyre men and vc. Lankyshyre men, and meny
gentyllmen of Yorkshyre on the ryght wyng of the Lorde Howarde.
The Lorde Chamberleyn of Scotlonde, with many other lordes, dyd
set on the forsayde Edmunde ; and the Chesshyre men and Lankys-
shyre men never abode stroke, and verey few of the gentylmen of
Yorkshyre abode but fled. Master Grey and Sir Umfrey Lyle be
prisoners and Rycharde Harepotell slayne; and the seyde Edmunde
Howarde was twyse fellyd, and to hys relyfe cam the Lorde Dacars
with xvC. men and put to flyte all the Scottes, and of hys men were
slayne abowte the nomebre of viijc. ; in whyche batell a grot nomebre
of Scottes were slayne. The batell began be twene iiij and v of the
clok at aftyrnoone, and the chase lastyd iij myle, with mervylous
slawter of men ; and yf the Englyssh men had be horsyd to have
pursuede the chase they had slayne xm^ mo Scottes than there were

» Blank in MS. The reading in the Record Office MS. is, "tyll the rerewarde
were joyned to oon of the wynges."

b Blank in MS. The Record Office MS. reads, " Arell " (/. e. Erroll).

" The Record Office MS. reads, " my Lord Darcy son."

^ The latter part of the name is left blank in our MS. That in the Record Office
reads, "therles of Lynewes (/. e. Lennox) and Argyll."



HISTORICAL MEMORANDA. 89

slayno, for the Scottcs were above iilj score m'. And boredcrars not
oonely stale awcy horsys, but allso tlic oxen that drew the ordnaunce,
and cam to the pavylions and toke awey all the stufFe there yn, and
slew meny of them that kep the same. The Kyng of Scottcs body
is karryd to Bcrwykc. Allso on the morrowe after that the fcldc
was fawght the Lorde Howarde went yn to the felde ageyne, where
that the Scottes ordynaunce lay, with a smawle companye of men.
And then cam viijc. Scottes on hors bak presupposyng to have had
awey the ordynaunce which they lefte behynde them the day before ;
and when they sawe the Lorde Howarde they set apon hym, and
there they began a sore fray, for then were meny men slayne on
botlie partys; there were ijc. of Scottes slayne, and of Englyssh men
I can not tell. There was slayne oone gentyll man callyd JMorres
Bakley, and oone othyr callyd Warcoppe, with maney other whyche
be not yet knowen.

V. Books p7'ohibited, 1531.

(At f. 65.)

^Memorandum, the first Sonday of Advent, in the }'ere of our
Lorde M^ fyve hundreth and xxxj*'', these bokes folowyng were
opynly at Poules Crosse, by the autorite of my lorde of London "■
under his autentycal siale, by the doctor that that day prechide,
prohibite, and straytely commaunded of no maner of man to be used,
bought, nor solde, nor to be red, under payne of suspencion, and a
greter payne, as more large apperyth in for sayde autoryte. The
first boke ys this: —

1. The dlsputacion betwixte the father and the son.

2. The Supplicacion of Beggars.

3. The Revelation of Antechriste.

4. Liber qui de veteri et novicio'' Deo inscribitur.

" John Stokcslcy.

^ The wonl novo occurs before novicio, but is erased.
CAMD. SOC. N



90 HISTORICAL MEMORANDA.

5. Pie Precaciones.

6. Economica Christiana.

7. The Burying of the Masse, in English yn ryrae.

8. An Exposition in to the vij chapter to the Corinthians.

9. The Matrimony of Tyndal.

10. A. B. C. ayenst the Clergye.

11. Ortulus Anime, in Englisshe.

12. A Boke a yenst Saynt Thomas of Caunterbury."

13. A Boke made by Freer Roye a yenst the Sevyn Sacra-
mentes.

14. An Answere of Tyndal unto Sir Thomas Mores Dyaloge yn
English.

15. A Disputacion of Purgatorye, made by John Frythe.

16. The Firste Boke of Moyses called Genesis.

17. A prologe in the ij*^® Boke of Moyses called Exodus.

18. A prologe in Thyrde Boke of Moyses called Leviticus.

19. A prologe in the iiij'^ Boke of Moyses called Numeri.

20. A prologe in the v*^' Boke of Moyses called Detronomye.

2 1 . The Pi actyse of Prelates.

22. The Newe Testament in Englissh with a Introduction to the
Epistle to the Romaynes.

2,3. The Barable of the Wyked Mammonde.

24. The Obediens of a Chrysten Man.

25. A Boke of Thorpe, or of John Oldecastell.

26. The Some of Scripture.

27. The Prymer in Englissh.

28. The Psalter in Englissh.

29. A Dyalog betwyxt the Gentylman and the Plowman.

30. Jonas in Englissh.

And all other suspect bookes, bothe in Englissh and in Laten, as
well now printed or that here after shall be printed, and not here
afore namyd.

* The words " in Englissh " were here added, but are struck out.



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HISTORICAL MEMORANDA. 91

VI. Si. Feter's Cornhill, 1435.

(At f. 202 b.)

A decre and statute made by the honorable couuiseyle of the Cite
of London for the gevyng of the benyfice of Seynt Peters in Corne-
hull.

Where some tymc there was greate contraversy and stryfe betwixt
the Mayre of London, the Aldermen, and the Commen Counsayle
of the same Cite of London, for the gyfte and presentacyon of the
saide henifyce and parissh church of Seint Peters in Corne hull ;
and for to avoyde, exscue, and put away the greate stryfe and con-
traversy be twyxte the seyde Mayre, Aldermen, and the Commen
Cownseile, and to set them in a peaceable order, it was enactyd,
statuted, and decredc by all the hole counsel of the saide cite, which
counsaile was kept in the tyme of Henry Frowyke, then beyng
mayre of the sayde cite, and the aldermen of the same cite, holde
and kept the xxvij'^' day of the moneth of Octobre, the yere of the
reygne of Kyng Henry, the Syxt aftir the Conquest, xiiij"S by the
foresaide mayre, aldermen, with the hole assent, mynde, and
grement of the comynalte godly and holsomely to be provided
from that day for evermore, that whan so ever the sayde churche
chaunceth to be voyde, that as then fowre clerkys flxmous and seculer
clerkes dwellyng with in the seide cite or a myle a bought the same
cite, able yn maners and scyens, to be assigned and chosyn by the
sayde ]\Iayre and Aldermen for the tyme being to name to the
Comen Councel, foure persones after ther consciens, moste mete in
maners and conyng to the same cure and benylice, of which foure
thus namyd by the foure clerkes, they must be doctors of holy
divinite or ellys bachylers of the same. And the persons thus named
they must be seculer persons and not promoted. And of these
maner of foure persons thus named, one of them, which semyth
moste appte and expcdyent bi the saide Mayre, Aldermen, and the



92 HISTORICAL MEMORANDA.

Comen Counseyle, to be take and presented to the same cure, pro-
mysing to them to keep residence there in the same cure, and so
canonically there to be institute and inducte.

YII. Notes of various Occurrences.

(Inside the Cover.)

The listcs that Anthony Lord Scales and Anthony the Bastarde
of Burgoyne justyd yn in Smythfelde, the tymbre and workman-
shippe ther of cost ijc. mavke, and was of six of the thryftiest car-
penters of London bought and made. The length vj^^' taylours
yardes and x foote, and iiij"" of brede and x foote, dowbyll barred;
the inner barres were mytche gretter then the utter, and be twixt
botlie V foote. The justes began the Thirsday next after Corpus
Christi Day, Anno Domini MUiijc.lxvii, and in the vij^^ yere of
Kyng Edwarde the iiij^'', Thomas Howlegrave, skynner, then beyng
may re of London.

Below this is a catalogue of the mayors of London, giving generally the mere
names with hardly any dates api^euded, beginning with William Taylour, Mercer,
who was mayor in 1468-9. In one or two cases, however, important memoranda
are added, which are here transcribed. Opposite the name " Johannes Stokton,
mercer," is the marginal note " Barnet feelde." Three lines lower down occixrs
" John Tate with the powlyd hed." Under the name " Stevyn Jenyn " occm-s the note
" Henricus Septimus hie moriebatur," and the succeeding entry is as follows : —

Thomas Bradbery, mercer. Capel successit pro residue anni,
quia Bradbery moriebatur.

It is remarkable that the death of Bradbury and succession of Capel are not men-
tioned by Fabyan. Three years later we have the following entry: —

A.D. 1512-.S]. Copynger, fysshmonger, moriebatur. Richard Haddon, secundo

successit pro residuo anni.

And immediately after —

[ A.D. 1513-4]. Wyllelmus Browne, mercer, moriebatur, et dominus Johannes

Tate, miles, successit pro residuo anni.



IIISTOUICAL MEMORANDA. 93

Then passiug over two mnyoraltics wc couic to tlie followhij;- entries, the first of
whieh refers to the riot known as Evil May day: —

John Eeste, grocer. In whose tynie on May Evyn at mydnyght [a.d. ir,if,-i7]
a grctc nowmbrc of nicnnys servauntcs and prentis of London rose
and spoylcd the alyentes of Scynt ^lartens and of BUiw[n]chapylton;
and also one Nutas," the kynges Frcnchc secretary, dwellyng in the
parsonage at Saynt Andrew Undcrshafte, was put to flytc.

Exmewe, goldesniyth. Here cam in the legate'' from Rome, and l-^-^- I''il7-l8j.
the amerall*^ and lordes of Fraunce.

A little lower wo read : —

On the xvij"' day of May, beyng Fryday, in the xilj*'' yere of

Kyng Henrye the viij"', '^ Duke of Bokyngham was

beliedyd at the Towre Ilyll of London, be twene xj and xij afore
none, and his hede and body forth with put in a cofyn and borne
to the Austen Freers of London upon vj freers bakkys of the same
place.

Next after Barges, draper, Mr. Mylborn, draper, Mundy, gold- [a.d. 1522-3].
smyth. The xviij"' (lay of June, in this yere, the Kyng of Den-
marke cam to Gre[n]wyche [152?].

Baldry, mercer. [a.d. 1.523-4].

Syr Wylliam Bayly made knyght at Bryde wel by K. H. the [^.d. 1524-5.]
viij"', the xix"' day of Feveryere, beyng Sonday.

Memorandum, the vlj*'' day of Septembre, in the xviij"' yere of
Kyng Henry the viij*'', the proclamatyon was made in London of
the enhawnceyng of gold.

" His true name was John Meautis. ^ Cardinal Campeggio.

^ William Gouffier, Siem- de Bonnivet ^ Blank in MS.



HISTORICAL MEMORANDA

IN THE HANDWRITING OF JOHN STOWE,

FROM THE SAME MS.



A proclamation made by Jacke Cade, Capytayn of y" Rehelles in
Kent. Anno M.iiijc.l.^

Thes be the poyntys, causes, and myscheves of gaderynge and
assemblinge of us the Kynges lege men of Kent, the iiij day of
June, the yere of owr Lorde M.iiijc.l., the regne of our sovereyn
Lorde the Kynge xxix^', the whiche we trust to All myghte God to
remedy, withe the helpe and the grace of God and of owr soverayn
lorde the kynge, and the pore commyns of Ingelond, and elles we
shall dye there fore :

We, consyderyng that the kynge owre sovereyn lorde, by the
insaciable covetows malicious pompes, and fals and of nowght
browght up certeyn persones, and dayly and nyghtly is abowt his
hynesse, and dayly enforme hym that good is evyll and evyll is
good, as Scripture witnesseth, Ve vobis qui dicitis honum malwn et
malum, honum.

Item, they sey that owre sovereyn lorde is a bove his lawys to his
pleysewr, and he may make it and breke it as hym lyst, withe owt
eny distinction. The contrary is trew, and elles he shuld not have
sworn to kepe it, the whyche we conceyvyd for the hyghest poynt

"^ This heading is struck through with the pen, and below is written in small
characters: " An othar copi hathe 1-160 at y"^ comyge in of y" Erles of Marche, Wai*-
wyke, and Sarum, with y" Lordes Faconbridge and Wenloke, from Calais to y®
battayll at Northampton." But this note is likewise cancelled.



stowe's memoranda. 95

of treson tliat cny sogct may do to make his pryncc rcnn in
perjury.

Item, they sey that the commons of Inglond woldc fyrst dystroye
the kynges fryndes and alFtarwardc hym selfT, and tlien brynge the
Duke ot" Yorke to be kyng, so that by ther (als menys and lyes they
make hym to hate and to distroy his frendys, and chcrysythe his
fals traytors. They calle themselves his frendys, and yf ther were no
more reson in y'' worlde to knowe, he may knowe they be not his
fryndes by theyr covytysnes.

Item, they sey that the kyng shuld lyve upon his commons,
and that ther bodyes and goods ben the kynges; the contrary is
trew, for then nedyd hym nevar perlement to syt to aske good of his
comonys.

Item, they sey tliat it were gret reproiFe to the kynge to take
ageyne that he hath gevyn, so that they woU not sufere hym to
have his owne good, ne londe, ne fbrfeture, ne eny othar good
but they aske it from hym, or ells they take bribes of othar to gett
it for them.

Item, it ys to be remedied that the fals traytours wyll sofre no
man to come to the kynges presens for no cawse with out bribes
where none owght to be had, ne no bribery about the kynges
persone, but that eny man myght have his comynge to hym to aske
hym grace or jugement in such cas as the kynge may gyve.

Item, it is a hevy thynge that y*' good Duke of Gloucestar was
apcchid of treson by o fals tray tour alone and so sone was morderyd
and myght nevar come to his answer; but the fals traytur Pole was
apechyd by all the hoU comyns of Ingelond, the whiche nombre
passyd a quest of xxiiiJM., and myght not be suffryd to dye as y" law
wolde, but rather the sayd trayturs of the affinite of Pole that was
as fals as Fortager "^ woldc that the kynge owre soverein lord shuld
hold a batayll with in his owne realme to dystroy his pepyll and
aftarward hym selffe.

'^ Sic MS.



96 stowe's memoranda.

Item, tliey say that wliom y® kyng woU shall be traytur and
whom he woll shall be non, and that apperyth hederto, for yf eny of
the traytours about hym wolde malygne ageynst eny person, hyghe
or low, they wolde fynd fals menys that he shuld dy a traytor for
to have his londes and his goods, but they wyll sufer the kynge
nethar to pay his dettes with all, ner pay for his vytaylls ner be the
rychar of one peny.

Item, the law servyth of nowght ellys in thes days but for to do
wrong, for nothyng is sped almost but false maters by coulour of
the law for mede, drede, and favor, and so no remedy is had in y«
cowrt of conscience in eny wyse.

Item, we sey owr sovereyn lord may understond that his fals
cowncell hath lost his law, his marchandyse is lost, his comon people
is dystroyed, the see is lost, Fraunce is lost, the kynge hym selfFe
is so set that he may not pay for his mete nor drynke, and he
owythe more then evar eny Kynge of Yngland owght, for dayly his
traytours abowt hym wher eny thyng shuld come to hym by his
lawes, anon they aske it from hym.

Item, they aske jentylmens goodys and londes in Kent and call
them rysers and traytors and the kynges enimys, but they shall be
fond the kynges trew legemen and best frendys with the helpe of
Jesu, to whom we cry day and nyght with many M. mo that God
of his grace and rytwysnese shall take vengawnce and dystroy the
fals govournors of his realme that hath brought us to nowght and
in to myche sorowe and mysery.

Item, we wyll that all men knowe we blame not all the lordys,
ne all tho that is about y^ kyngs person, ne all jentyllmen ne
yowmen, ne all men of la we, ne all bysshopes, ne all prestys, but
all suche as may be fownde gylty by just and trew enquery and by
the law.

Item, we wyll that it be knonc we wyll not robbe, ne reve, ne
stelle, but that thes defautes be aniendyd, and then we wyll go
home ; where fore we exort all the kyngys trew legemen to helpe
us, to support us, for what so evar he be that wyll not that thes



stowe's memoranda. 97

defawtes be amcndyd, he is falser than a Jewe or Sarasyn, and we
shall with as good wyll lyve and dye upon hym as apon a Jewe or a
Sarasyn, for who is a gcnst us in this casse hym wyll we marke, for
he is not the trewe kyngys legeman.

Item, his trewe comyns dcsyrc that he wyll avoyd from hym all
the fals progeny and aiFynyte of the Dewke of SufFolke, the which
ben openly knowne, and that they be p[u]nyshyd afFtar law of lond,
and to take about his noble person his trew blode of his ryall
realme, that is to say, the hyghe and myghty prynce the Duke of
Yorke, exilyd from owre sovereyne lords person by the noysyng of
the fals traytore the Duke of Suffolke and his affinite. Also to take
about his person the myghte prynce, the Duke of Exceter, the
Duke of Bokyngham, the Duke of Xorffolke, and his trewe erlys
and barons of his lond, and he shall be the rychest kynge crystyn.

Item, the trewe comyns desyryth the punyshement upon the
fals traytours, the which conterfetyd and imagcnyd the dethe of the
hyghe and myghtfuU and excellent prynce the Duke of Glowcester,
the which is to mych to reherse, the which duke was proclaymyd
at Bery openly in the parlement a traytur, upon the whiche qwaryll
we purposse us to lyve and dye that it is fals ; allso owre fadyr the
cardenall, the good Duke of Exeter, the nobyll prynce the Duke of
Warwyke, the wiche ware delyveryd by the same menys untrew;
allso the realme of Fraunco lost, the Duchy of Normandy, Gascon,
and Gyan, and Anjoy demayn " lost by the same traytours, and owr
trew lordys, knyghtes, and squyres, ind many good yemen lost and
wer sold or they went, the whiche is gret pyte and gret losse to our
sovereyn Lord and to all the realme.

Item, they desyre that all the extorsiners myght be leyd downe,
that is to say, y^ grene wexe, tl^.e which is falsly used to the per-
petwall hurt and distructyon of the trew comyns of Kent; also the
extorsiners of the Kynges Benche, the which is ryght chargeable
to all the comyns with owten provysyon of owr sovereyn lord and
his trew cowncell.

» Sic.

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^8 stowe's memoranda.

Item, takynge of whet and othar greyns, beffe, motton and other
vytayll, the which is inportable hurt to the comyns, with out pro-
vysyon of owr sovereyn lord and his trew councell, for his comyns
may no lengar here it.

Item, the statute upon the laborers and the grefc extorsiners of
Kent, that is to sey, Slegge, Crowmer, Isle, and Kobert Est.

Item, where we meve and desyre that same °' trew justyce wyth
certeyn trew lords and knyghts may be sent in to Kent for to
enqwere of all fuch traytors and brybors, and that the justice may
do upon them trew jugement, what some evar they be; and that
owr soverayn lorde dyrecte his lettars patentes to all the pepull
ther universall opynly to be rede and cryed, that it is owre sovereyn
lordys wyll and preyar of all his peple trewly to enquere of every
mans govarnawnce and of defawtes that reygneth, nother for love,
favor, dred ne hate, and that dewe jugement shalbe forthe with and
ther upon. The kynge to kepe in his owne handes theyr londes
and goodys, and not gyve them aweye to no man but kepe them
for his rychesse, or ells owre soverayn lorde to make his emarme '' in
to Fraunce, or ells to pay his dettes ; by this owr wrytynge ye may
conceyve and se whethar we be the fryndes ethar enimys.

Item, to syt upon this enqwerye we refuse no juge except iij
chefe juges, the which ben fals to beleve.

Item, they that be gylte wyll wrye ageynst this, but God wyll
brynge them downe, and that they shall be ashamyd to speke
ageynst reson, but they wyll go to the kynge and say that yf they
be taken fro hym that we wyll put hym downe, for the traytours
wyll lyve lenger, and yf we were disposed ageynst owr sovereyn
lorde, as God it forbyd, what myght then the traytowrs helpe hym ?

Item, thes defawtes thus dewly remedy d, and from hens forthe no
man upon peyne of deth beyng abowt the kyngs person shall take
no maner of brybe for eny byll of petysyons or caws spedynge or
lettynge, owr sovereyn lord shall regne and rewle with gret
worshipe, and have love of God and of his people, for he shall have
» " same." So in MS. for " some." ^ So in MS.



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so gret love of his people that he shall with Gods helpe conqwere
where he wyll; and as lor us, we shall be all wcyc redy to defend
owr cuntre from all nacions wltli our owue goods, and to go withe
owr sovcreyue lordo where lie wyll conrmaunde us, as his trew
legemen.

Finis.



Here folowythe a dyrge made by the comons of Kent in the tyme
of ther rypynge, when Jake Cade was theyr cappitayn.''

In the moneth of May whan gres growes grene,
Fragrans in there floures with a swet savor,
Jake Napis in the see a maryner for to bene,
With liis clogge and his choyne to sell more tresowr.
Suche a thynge prykkyd hym, he axid a confessour.
Nycolas of the Towre ^ seyd I am redy here to se ;
He was holde so hard, he passyd the same houre.*^
For Jake Napes sowle placebo and din'ge.

Who shall execute y*^ fest of solempnite?
Bysshoppis and lords as gret reson is,
Menkes, chanons, and prestis, with all y^ clergy,
Prayeth for hym that he may com to blys,
And that nevar such anothar come aftar this.
His interfectures blessid mot they be,
And graunt them to reygne with aungellis,
For Jake Napys sowle placebo and dirige.

" Another version of this satirical dirge has been printed by Ritson in his Ancient
Songs and Ballads (p. 101, Hazlitt's edition), and by Wright in his Political Poems
(ii. 232), from the contemporary Cottonian MS. Vespasian, B. xvi. f. T. But it con-


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