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6 by you, by whom my life should rather have been “ lengthened, yet can I so patiently take it, as I yield “ God more hearty thanks for shortening my woeful

days, than if all the world had been given unto my " possessions with life lengthen'd at my own will. And 66 albeit I am well assured of your impatient dolors, re6 doubled manifold ways, both in bewailing your own

woes, and especially, as I hear, my unfortunate state; “ yet, my dear father, if I may without offence rejoice 66 in my own mishaps, meseems in this I may account “ myself blessed, that washing my hands with the inno

cency of my fact, my guiltless blood may cry before “ the Lord, mercy to the innocent. And yet, though “ I must needs acknowledge, that being constrained, " and as you wot well enough, and continually assayed, 6 in taking upon me, I seemed to consent, and therein grievously offended the

queen and her laws; yet do I assuredly trust, that this my offence towards God is so much the less, in that, being in so royal estate as I was,

mine inforced honor never blended with mine 66 innocent heart. And thus, good father, I have opened “ to you the state in which I presently stand, whose 66 death at hand, although to you perhaps it may seem “ right woeful, to me there is nothing that can be more

welcome, than from the vale of misery to aspire to " that heavenly throne of all joy and pleasure with “ Christ our Saviour; in whose stedfast faith, if it may “ be lawful for the daughter to write to the father, the 66 Lord that hitherto hath strengthened you so continue

you, that at the last we may meet in heaven with the “ Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Another letter of this lady's is preserved, which was written in Latin, or as some authors say in Greek, at the end of a Greek Testament, and was sent by her to her sister Catharine,* the night before lady Jane was beheaded. The following is a translation:

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* The lady Jane had two sisters younger than herself; this lady Catharine the eldest, and lady Mary the younger. The former was married 10 Lord Herbert, eldest son of the Earl of Peobroke.

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“ I have here sent you, good sister Catherine, a book “ which although it be not outwardly trimmed with gold,

yet inwardly it is more worth than precious stones. “ It is the book, dear sister, of the Law of the Lord. 66 It is his testament and last will, which he bequeathed “ unto us wretches, which shall lead you to the path of “ eternal joy, and if you with a good mind read it, and 56 with an earnest mind do purpose to follow it, it shall “ bring you to an immortal and everlasting life. It shall “ teach you to live, and learn you to die. It shall win you more than


should have gained by your woeful 6 father's lands ; for, as, if God had prospered him,

you should have inherited his lands, so, if you apply diligently this book, seeking to direct your life after

shall be an inheritor of such riches, as neither “ the covetous shall withdraw from you, neither thief « shall steal, neither yet the moths corrupt. Desire 6 with David, good sister, to understand the Law of " the Lord God. Live still to die, that you by death

may purchase eternal life, and trust not that the ten66 derness of your age shall lengthen your life, for as

soon, if God call, goeth the young as the old, and “ labour always to learn to die. Defy the world, deny “ the devil, despise the flesh, and delight yourself only “ in the Lord. Be penitent for your sins, and yet de

spair not; be strong in faith, and yet presume not; 66 and desire with St. Paul, to be with Christ, with “ whom even in death there is life. Be like the good

servant, and even at midnight be waking, lest when “ death cometh, and stealeth upon you as a thief in the 66 night, you be with the evil servant found sleeping, 66 and lest for lack of oil you be found like the five so foolish women, and like him that had not on the wed

ding garment, and then ye be cast out from the mar- riage. Rejoice in Christ, as I do. Follow the steps 6 of your master Christ, and take up your cross. Lay

your sins on his back, and always embrace him. “ And as touching my death, rejoice, as I do, good

sister, that I shall be delivered of this corruption, 56 and put on incorruption, for I am assured that I shalí


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66 for losing of a mortal life, win an immortal life, the “ which I pray God grant you, and send you of his

grace to live in his fear, and to die in the true chris“ tian faith, from the which, in God's name, I exhort you,

that you never swerve, neither for hope of life,

for fear of death; for, if you will deny his truth " for to lengthen your life, God will deny you, and yet 6 shorten your days; and if you will cleave unto him,

he will prolong your days, to your comfort, and his

glory; to the which glory God bring me now, and “ you hereafter, when it pleaseth him to call you ! Fare “ you well, good sister, and put your only trust in “God, who only must help you."

We shall in a manner conclude the excellent compositions of this worthy lady, with a prayer drawn up by her in the time of her trouble, which will open to our readers the state of her mind in the near views of death and eternity.

66 O Lord, thou God and Father of my life, hear me poor

and desolate woman, which flieth unto thee only 66 in all troubles and miseries. Thou, O Lord, art the

only defender and deliverer of those that put their “ trust in thee, and therefore I, being defiled with sin, 16 encumbered with amictions, unquieted with troubles, “ wrapped in cares, overwhelmed with miseries, and “ grievously tormented with the long imprisonment of “ this vile mass of clay, my sinful body, do come unto " thee, O merciful Saviour, craving thy mercy and help, 66 without the which so little hope of deliverance is left, " that I may utterly despair of any liberty. Albeit it " is expedient, that seeing our life standeth upon trying, 66 we should he visited sometime with some adversity, 66 whereby we might both be tried whether we be of thy « flock or no, and also know thee and ourselves the " better; yet thou that saidest thou wouldest not suffer

us to be tempted above our power, be merciful unto

me, a miserable wretch, I beseech thee, that I may 66 neither be too much puffed up with prosperity, nei“ther too much pressed down with adversity, lest I “ being too full, should deny thee, my God, or being

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Lord and Saviour. O merciful God, consider my misery, best known unto thee, and be thou now unto

me a strong tower of defence, I humbly require thee. 66 Suffer me not to be tempted above my power; but 66 either be thou a deliverer to me out of this great mi

sery, either else give me grace patiently to bear thy 66 heavy hand and sharp correction. It was thy right 66 hand that delivered the people of Israel out of the 6 hands of Pharaoh, which for the space of four hun.



oppress them, and keep them in bondage.

Let it therefore seem good to thy fatherly good. ness to deliver me, sorrowful wretch, for whom thy « Son Christ shed his precious blood on the cross, out 66 of this miserable captivity and bondage, wherein I am How long will thou be absent?

For ever? “ Oh Lord, hast thou forgotten to be gracious, and hast 66 thou shut up thy loving-kindness in displeasure? 66 Wilt thou no more be intreated ? Is thy mercy clean

gone for ever, and thy promise come utterly to an 66 end for evermore? Why doest thou make so long “ tarrying ? Shall I despair of thy mercy, O God? “ Far be that from me. I am thy workmanship, created' « in Christ Jesus; give me grace therefore to tarry thy “ leisure, and patiently to bear thy works, assuredly 66 knowing, that as thou canst, so thou wilt deliver me, 16 when it shall please thee, nothing doubting or mis“ trusting thy goodness towards me, for thou knowest “ better what is good for me than I do ; therefore do 66 with me in all things what thou wilt, and plague me “ what way thou wilt. Only in the mean time arm me, " I beseech thee, with thy armour, that I may stand

fast, my loins being girt about with verity, having on “ the breast-plate of righteousness, and shod with the 66 shoes prepared by the gospel of peace, above all “ things taking unto me the shield of faith, wherewith I

may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, 66 and taking the helmet of salvation, and the sword of - the Spirit, which is thy most Holy Word, praying always with all manner of prayer and supplication,

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“ Hat I may refer myself wholly to thy will, abiding " thy pleasure and comforting myself in those troubles “ which it shall please thee to send me, seeing such " troubles be profitable for me, and seeing I am as

suredly persuaded that it cannot but be well all that " thou doest. Hear me, O merciful Father, for his

thou wouldest should be a sacrifice for my sins; to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghost, “ be all honor and glory. Amen.”

These are the principal remains of this most excellent lady. It may not be displeasing to our readers to hear what judgment bishop Burnet has passed upon them : “ One effect,” says he, “ of this, that is, of the frus“ trated rising of Sir Thomas Wiat, was the proceeding

severely against the lady Jane and her husband, the “ lord Guildford, who both suffered on the 12th of “February, 1554. The lady Jane was not much dis“ ordered at it, for she knew, upon the first jealousy " that she must be the sacrifice, and had now lived six “ months in constant expectation of death. Feckenham, « afterwards abbot of Westminster, was sent to her by " the queen, three days before, to prepare her to die. 66 He had a long conversation with her; but she answer" ed him with that calmness of mind and clearness of

reason, that it was astonishing to hear so young a

person of her sex and quality look on death so near “ her with so little disorder, and talk so sensibly both 66 of faith and holiness, of the sacraments, the scriptures,

and the authority of the church. Feckenham left her « seeing he could work nothing on her; but procured

her, as it is said, the continuance of her life three days

longer and waited on her to the scaffold. She wrote “ to her father to moderate his grief for her death, " which must needs have been great, since his folly had " occasioned it. She expressed her sense of her sin in

assuming the royal dignity, though he knew how un" willingly she was drawn into it; and that in her royal 66 estate her enforced honour had never defiled her inno“ cent heart. She rejoiced at her approaching end, “ since nothing could be to her more welcome than to

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