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INTRODUCTORY NOTICE.

Of the life of THOMAS Rogers, the author of the following Treatise on the Articles, but very scanty notices have been preserved. Wood says, (Athen. Oxon. Vol. II. col. 162-6. Lond. 1815):

Thomas Rogers, a inost admirable theologist, an excellent preacher, and well deserving every way of the sacred function, was born, as I conceive, in Cheshire, and came full ripe to the university before 1568. About which time being made one of the students of Ch. Ch. took holy orders very early, and afterwards the degree of master of arts, scil. an. 1576, before which time he was a sedulous and constant preacher of God's word. What his preferments were successively afterwards, I know not, only that he was chaplain to doctor Bancroft, bishop of London, and at length rector of Horninger near to S. Edmonds-Bury in Suffolk, where and in the neighbourhood he was always held in great esteem for his learning and holiness of life and conversation. Ilis works are theso :

A Philosophical Discourse, entit. The Anatomy of the Mind. Lond. 1576, oct. [Bodl. 8vo. II. 18. Art. BS.] Before which is a copy of verses in praise of it, written by his contemporary Will. Cambden of Ch. Ch.

of the End of the World, and second Coming of Christ, &c. Lond. 1577, qu. [Bodl. 4to. E. 5. Th. BS. again 8vo. 1582 and 1583.]"

l' In this work is a translations of some old 'Germanical rhythmes by John Stofler,' which Rogers says hc heard recited by Melancthon :

* This is a mistake. The work itself is only a translation. See below, p. vii, The verses are ascribed to Cyprian, who “by his Lalin verses doth shew that old and common prophecy turned into Germanical rythme by John Stoffler." These English verses are not the translation of the "Cicimanical rythme" but of the Latin lincs. Moreover it was not Rogers that heard Melancthon but Schelto à Geveren whom Rogers translates.-En.

The English Creed; wherein is containel in Tables an Exposition on the Articles which every Man is to subscribe unto. Where the Articles are expounded by Scripture, and the Confessions of all the reformed Churches; and Heresies are displayed. Lond. 1579, and 85, fol.

General Session, containing an Apology of the comfortable Doctrine concerning the End of the World and second Coming of Christ. Lond. 1581, qu.

The English Creed; consisting with the true, ancient Catholic and Apostolic Church in all the Points and Articles of Religion, which every Christian is to know, and believe that would be saved, &c.-In two parts. The first printed at London in 1585, the second there 1587, and both in fol. [Bodl. N. 2. 7. Jur.]

An Exposition on the 39 Articles of the Church of England. Lond. 1586, &c. qu.? Which book, at the first appearance, met not with that welcome entertainment, which seemed due to the author's endeavours. For besides the two extremes, Papists and Schismatics, who were highly enraged, many Protestants of a middle temper were much offended thereat. Some conceived it presumption for a private minister to make himself the mouth of the church, to render her sense

When after Christes birth there be expirde

Of hundreds fifteen, yeeres, eightie and eight,
Then comes the tyme of daungers to be ferde

And all mankind with dolors it shall fraight.
For if the world in that yeere doo not fall,

If sea and land then perish ne decaie,
Yet empires all and kingdomes alter shall,
And man to case himselfe shall have no way.

fol. 16. These have not been noticed by Ritson, wlio, probably, had not seen The Anatomy of the Mind, which adds two other names to his Bibliographia Poeticu.

1. Abraham Fowler, who prefixed an alliterative poem, (imperfect in the Bodleian copy) entitled Needeles Ilædera.

2. Josuu Hutten, who also contributed a Diulogue between himself and the Book.]

[My edition is, London, printed by John Legatt, 1621, 4to. the dedication to Dr Bancroft, archb, of Cant. is dated at llorniger, near St Edm. Bury in Suff. 11 of March, an. 1607. Your grace's poor chaplaine always at command, Thomas Rogers.' KEXXET.]

in matters of so high concernment. Others were offended, that his interpretation confined the charitable latitude, formerly allowed in those articles. Ilowsoever it was, sure it is, the work in some years wrought itself in good esteem, as dedicated to, and countenanced by, Dr Bancroft beforementioned 3.

A Golden Chain taken out of the rich Treasure-House of the Psalms of David. Lond. [1579] 1587, in tw.

The Pearls of K. Solomon, gathered into common Places.-Taken from the Proverbs of the said King. Printed with the former book.

Historical Dialogue touching Antichrist and Popery; drawn and published for the Comfort of our Church, &c. Lond. 1589, oct. [Bodl. 8vo. B. 169. Th.]

Serm. on Rom. 12. ver. 6, 7, 8. Lond. 1590, qu.

Miles Christianus, or, a Defence of all necessary Writings and Writer's, written against an Epistle prefired to a Catechism made by Miles Moses. Lond. 1590, qu. This Miles Moses was Bach. of Div. and published besides the former things, The Arrangement of Usury in six Sermons. Lond. 1595, qu.

Table of the lawful Use of an Oath, and the cursed State of vain Swearers. Lond.

Two Dialogues, [or Conferences concerning kneeling in the very Act of receiving the Sacramental Bread and Wine in the Supper of the Lord.] Lond. 1608. [Bodl. 4to. M. 17. Art.] Ile also translated into English, (1) A Discourse of the End of the World and Second Coming of Christ'. Lond.

[? See Tho. Fuller's Ch. llist. lib. I. an. 1584.]

{There are two copies of this book in the Bodleian. One printed London 1633, 4to. R. 29. Th. The other at Cambridge in 1691. 4to. Rawl. 132. The latter is interleaved, and contains a MS. comparison between Rogers's view of the subject and bishop Burnet's, drawn up by Nicholas Adams of Corpus Christi Coll. Oxon. in 1704.)

(' A copy in the library of the archb. of Canterbury at Lambeth.)

6 Already noticed above. See p. v. note.-Ed.

1577, 78, oct. written by Schelto à Geveren of Emden in Friesland. (2) General Discourse of the damnablc Sect of Usurers, &c. Lond. 1578, qu. written by Philip Cæsar. To which is added, A Treatise of the lawful Use of Riches : written by Nich. Heming. (3) The Profession of the true Church, and Popery compared. Lond. 1578, oct. (4) Exposition on the 84th Psalm. Lond. 1581, oct. written by Nic. Heming for the instruction of the ignorant in the grounds of religion; and confutation of the Jews, Turks, &c. (5) S. Augustine's heavenly Melitations, called, A private Talk with God. Lond. 1581, in tw. purified by our translator T. Rogers, and adorned with annotations of scripture. (6) Of the Foolishness of Men and Women in putting of the Amendment of their Lives from Day to Day. Lond. 1583,

and 80, oct. written by Johı. Rivius. (7) Of the Imitation * of Christ. Lond. 1584, 89. [1592 and 1596] in tw. [and 4to.]

written in three books by Tho. de Kempis ; and for the worthiness thereof oft since translated into sundry languages. Now newly translated by Tho. Rogers, corrected, and with most ample texts and sentences of holy scripture illustrated. (8) A Níethod to Mortification, called heretofore The Contempt of the World, &c. Lond. 1586, in tw. written by Didac. Stella. (9) S. Augustin's Prayers. Lond. 1591, in tw. &c. Purged by our translator (T. Rogers) from divers superstitious points, and adorned with manifold places of scripture. (10) S. Augustine's Manual, containing special and picked Meditations and godly Prayers. Lond. [1581] 1591, in tw. with corrections by the translator. (11) Enemy of Security; or a daily Exercise of Godly Meditations. Lond. 1580', and 91, in tw. written by Joh. Avenar, public professor of the Hebrew tongue in the university of Wittenbergo. (12) Enemy to Atheism : or Christian Godly Prayers for all Degrees. Lond. 1591, in tw. written in the German language

[' I have this book printed in 1579, small 8vo. or 12mo, newlie corrected, with a dedication to Sir Francis Walsingham. Cole.)

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