“The Paraphrase”: Bloudy Slaughter Of Ernest Christian Beleeuers
1 And I sawe (saith Saint Iohn) in mistery a woman (for an whore at first bloush semeth only a woman) sitting vpon a rose coloured beast.
2 All rose coloured is this beast, in token of tirannous murther & blodshedding ouer those that will not agree to their diuillishnesse…….
5 Upon this beast sitteth a woman. For what els auau~ceth or beareth out this malignant muster in their copes, crosses, oyles, myters, robes, relickes, ceremonyes, vygiles, holy dayes, bles|sings, sensings, and foolings, but a wa~|ton foolish and fantasticall religion, a vayne glorious pompe, and a shinyng pretence of holynesse in superstition, (callyng it theyr holy church). Shée is sayd here to sit vpon this bloudy beast, as to be stayed, quieted, and setled by them…….
9 Ful of abhominacions is the drink of the excreable faith of that Romish religion receiued of other, & full of filthynes also, for both retaineth people therof innumerable kinds of Idol worsippinges vnder the title of Gods seruice, and also their shauelinges of prodigeous beastlynes in lecherouse liuing vnder y colour of chastity.
15 And when I perceyued and sawe hir with all hir adders whelpes so beastyshe (sayth saynt Iohn) with exceading wonder I marueyled. Not only that she was thus ouerset with bloud, drinking, or outragious murthering of inocentes, but also of hyr excéeding great abhominacions.
16 And most of all I wondered that the almighty God could with so much pacince suffer hir in such mischiefe.
John Bale, The image of both Churches after the most wonderfull and heauenly Reuelation of sainct Iohn the Euangelist, contayning a very fruitfull exposition or paraphrase vpon the same. Wherin it is conferred vvith the other scriptures, and most auctorised histories. Compyled by Iohn Bale an exyle also in thys lyfe, for the faithfull testimony of Iesu.
“for an whore at first bloush semeth only a woman”
Seems to contradict the statement I made in the previous discussion on Irish blood drinking. Return to that later.