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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Thus ended this prince his mortall life with infa|mie and dishonor, which neuer preferred fame or ho|nestie EEBO page image 761 before ambition, tyrannie and mischiefe. And if he had continued still protector, and suffered his nephues to haue liued and reigned, no doubt but the realme had prospered, & he as much praised & loued as he is now had in hatred: but to God, which knew his inward thoughts at the houre of his death, I remit the punishment of his offenses commited in his life; [which if the one be as manifold as the other, Gods iu|stice were not to be charged with crueltie. For by na|ture he is mercifull, slow to anger, and loth to smite: but yet euerie sinne (in respect of his righteousnesse) being deadlie (much more heinous and horrible) how can he but by iustice (which is an essentiall vertue in him) punish it seuerelie? And if he did it with ten thousand torments, who shall be so hardie as to expo|stulate and reason why he so dooth?]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 But to leaue the tyrant as he died, you shall vnder|stand that K. Henrie the seuenth caused a toome to be, made and set vp ouer the place where he was buried, in the church of the graie friers at Leicester, with a picture of alabaster representing his person, dooing that honour to his enimie, vpon a princelie regard and pitifull zeale, which king Richard (mooued of an hypocriticall shew of counterfeit pitie) did to king Henrie the sixt,Sée pag. 690, [...]91. whom he had first cruellie murthered, and after in the second yeare of his vsurped reigne, caused his corps to be remooued from Chertseie vnto Windsore, and there solemnlie interred. And now to conclude with this cruell tyrant king Richard, we may consider in what sort the ambitious desire to rule and gouerne in the house of Yorke, was puni|shed by Gods iust prouidence.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 For although that the right might seeme to re|maine in the person of Richard duke of Yorke, slaine at Wakefield,Sée pag. 659. yet maie there be a fault worthilie, re|puted in him, so to séeke to preuent the time appoin|ted him by authoritie of parlement to atteine to the crowne infailed to him and his issue; in whome also, and not onelie in himselfe, that offense (as maie bée thought) was dulie punished. For although his eldest sonne Edward the fourth, beeing a prince right pro|uident and circumspect for the suertie of his owne estate and his children, insomuch that not content to cut off all his armed and apparant enimies, he also of a gealous feare, made awaie his brother the duke of Clarence, and so thought to make all sure: yet Gods vengeance might not be disappointed,Sée pag. 703. for (as ye haue partlie heard) he did but further thereby the destruction of his issue, in taking awaie him that on|lie might haue staied the crueltie of his brother of Glocester, who inraged for desire of the kingdome, be rest his innocent nephues of their liues & estates.

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