Excerpt from The Acts and Monuments of the Church: Containing the History and Sufferings of the Martyrs; Wherein Is Set Forth at Large the Whole Race and Course of the Church, From the Primitive Age to These Later Times
Such were the means by which it was proposed to re-establish Popery in this land. Rea bellion in Ireland - treason in England - a foreign invasion in both!
But, by the Providence of God, the rebellion in. Ireland was crushed, the treason in Eng land bafﬂed, and the armada of Spain destroyed. 'we could mourn over the fate of that gal lant armament, were we not acquainted with its object. The pomp of the chivalry of Spain, the ﬂower of all her gallant youth were there. All that high hope could expect from noble daring, and all that the enthusiasm of superstition could achieve, might have been expected there. The voice of Papal infallibility had proclaimed it invincible. It walked the mighty ocean in its pride. It spread its ﬂuttering wings for the shores of England. But an Angel of Heaven was moving over it unseen. The winds rushed in their fury above it. The waves swept in their madness beneath it. There were fearless hearts before them, and mighty arms to meet them. The chivalry of England manned her ﬂeets, and the yeomanry of Eng land lined her shores; and this invincible armada, scattered on the deep, or stranded on our cliffs, strewed our shores with the mouldering bones of the youth of Spain.
Thus ended the second great effort to restore the inﬂuence of Rome in this country. Its characteristics were rebellion and invasion - suitable precursors of the next attempt of these Italian Priests.
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