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Chap. IV. The HIST ORY of the PURITANS. 103 the blood of the martyrs, which had been (bed there. Nay, they went ttteen further, and in the warmth of their zeal, broke the painted glafs win Elizabeth, dows, rafed out fome ancient infcriptions, and fpoiled thofe monuments of the dead that had any enfigns of popery upon them. " The divines " of this time (lays Mr. Strype) could have been content to have been " without alt relifts, and ceremonies of the Roman church, that there " might not be the leaft compliance with popifh devotions." And it had not been the worfe for the church of England, if their fucceffors had been the fame mind. But the queen diflik'd thefe proceedings; the had a crucifix, with the Z3Jlik'd by ble,fed Virgin and St. john, Hill in her chapel ; and when Sandys bifhop the queen. of Worcefter fpoke to her againfl it, the threatened to deprive him.. The Hilt. Refor: crucifix was after fome time removed, but replaced in the year t 57o. To vol. III. put Tome flop to thefe proceedings, her majefly iffued out a proclamati- p'. 1' Lif 29 , op. Par. on, dated September Igth. in the fecond year of her reign, prohibiting ker, p. gro: The defacing or breaking any parcel of any monument, tomb or grave, Strype's Ant " or other infcription, in memory of any perfon deceafed, or breaking Pu1175 1176., any images of kings, princes, or nobles, &c. let up only in memory " of them to pofterity, and not for any religious honour; or the defa- " cing or breaking any images in glafs windows in any churches, without " content of the ordinary." It was with great difficulty, and not with- out a fort of proteftation from the bithops, that her majefly confented to have fo many monuments ofidolatry, as are mentioned in her 23d injunc- tion, removed out of churches; but the would not part with her altar, or, crucifix, out of her own chapel. The gentlemen and Pinging children . appeared there in their furplices, and the priefts in their copes; the altar was furnifhed with rich plate, with two gilt candlefticks, with lighted . candles, and a mafiy crucifix of filver in the midft: The fervice was Lung not only with the foundof organs, but with the artificial mufick of cornets, fackbuts, &c. on folemn feftivals. The ceremonies obferved by the knights of the garter, in their adoration towards the altar, which had been abolithed by king Edward, and revived by queen Mary, were re- tained. In thort, the fervice of the queen's chapel, and in fundry ca- thedrals, was fo fplendid and lhowy, that foreigners could not diftinguifh it from the Roman, except that it was performed in the Engles tongue. By this method moft of the popifh laity were deceived into conformity, and came regularly to church for nine or ten years, till the pope being out of all hopes of an accommodation, forbid them, by excommunica- ting the queen, and laying the whole kingdom under an interdiét. When the vifitors had gone through the kingdom, and made the re-Numbers of port of the obedience given to her majefly's injun'dons,' it appeared that Pop;'/h Clergy above 243 clergymen had quitted their livings, (viz.) 14 biffhops, and deprtv'd. 3 bishops