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The vision which appeared vnto the king at his being at Cardiffe.

BUT before we doo proceed anie further, it were not amisse to declare what happened and befell vnto the king in his returning through Wales, after his comming from Ireland. In his iourneie he came to the towne of Cardiffe on the saturdaie in the Easter wéeke, and lodged there all that night. On the morrow being sundaie, and commonlie called little Easter daie or Low sundaie, he rwent somewhat earlie to the chapell of saint Perian, and there heard diuine seruice, but he staied there in his secret praiers behind all his companie, somewhat longer than he was woont to doo: at length he came out, and leaping to his horsse, there stood before himl one hauing before him a stake, or a post pitched in the ground. He was of colour somewhat yellowish, his head rounded and a leane face, of stature somewhat high, and aged about fortie yeares; his apparell was white, being close & downe to the ground, he was girded about the middle, and bare footed. This man spake to the king in Dutch, saieng; "God saue thée O king," and then said thus vnto him: "Christ and his mother Marie, Iohn baptist, and Peter the apostle doo salute thée: and doo strietlie charge and command thee, that thou doo forbid, that hensefoorth throughout all thy kingdome and domions, there be no faires nor markets kept in anie place vpon the sundaies: and that vpon those daies no maner or person doo anie bodilie worke, but onelie to serue God, sauing such as be appointed to dresse the meat. If thou wilt thus doo, all that thou shalt take in hand shall prosper, and thy selfe shalt haue a happie life." The king then spake in French to the gentleman, who held his horsse by the bridle, and whose name was Philip Meitros, a man borne in those parts, and who told me this tale: "Aske him whether he dreame or not." Which when he had so doone, tlhe man looking vpon the king said: "Whether I dreame or not, marke well and remember what daie this is; for if thou doo not this, and speedilie amend thy wicked life, thou shalt before the yeare come about heare such euill news of those things which thou louest best, and thou shalt be so much vnquieted therewith, that thou shalt not find anie ease or enl vntill thy dieng daie." With this word the king put spur to the horsse and rode awaie towards the towne gate, which was at hand: but thinking vpon the words areigned his horsse and said; "Call me yonder fellow againe." Whelevpon the foresaid gentleman as also one William, which two were onelie then attending vpon him, first called and then sought him in the chappell, and, finding him not there, sonught him throughout the court, the towne, and in all the Ins, but could not find him. The king being verie sad and sorie that he had not throughlie talked with the man, went abroad himselfe to seeke him, but finding him not, called for his horsses and rode from thence by Rempinbridge to Newberie. And as this man had before threatned and said, it so came to passe before the yeare was ended: for his eldest sonne Henrie, and his two yoonger sonnes Richard earle of Aquitaine, and Geffreie erle of Britaine, in the Lent following forsooke and shroonke from him, and went to Lewes the French king. Whereof grew and insued vnto him such vexation and vnquietnesse, as he had neuer the like before, and which by one means and other neuer left him vntill his dieng daie. And suerlie it was thought the same by Gods iust iudgement so befell vnto him: for as he had béene and was a disobedient sonne to his spirituall father, so his carnall sonnes should be disobedient and rebellious against their carnall father. Manie such forewarnings the king had by Gods mercie and goodnesse sent vnto him before his death, to the end he should repent and be conuerted, and not be condemned; which would to God that euerie prince and other man did not frowardlie and obstinatlie condemne, but rather with an humble and a penitent heart they would (as they ought to doo) receiue and imbrace the same! And therefore I haue and mind to write more at large in my booke, concerning the instruction and institution of a christian prince.

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