The Ballad which Anne Askew made and sang when she was in Newgate

By Anne Askew
Like as the armed knight
Appointed to the field,
With this world will I fight
And Faith shall be my shield.

Faith is that weapon strong
Which will not fail at need.
My foes, therefore, among
Therewith will I proceed.

As it is had in strength
And force of Christes way
It will prevail at length
Though all the devils say nay.

Faith in the fathers old
Obtained rightwisness
Which make me very bold
To fear no world's distress.

I now rejoice in heart
And Hope bid me do so
For Christ will take my part
And ease me of my woe.

Thou saist, lord, who so knock,
To them wilt thou attend.
Undo, therefore, the lock
And thy strong power send.

More enmyes now I have
Than hairs upon my head.
Let them not me deprave
But fight thou in my stead.

On thee my care I cast.
For all their cruel spight
I set not by their haste
For thou art my delight.

I am not she that list
My anchor to let fall
For every drizzling mist
My ship substancial.

Not oft use I to wright
In prose nor yet in rime,
Yet will I shew one sight
That I saw in my time.

I saw a rial throne
Where Justice should have sit
But in her stead was one
Of moody cruel wit.

Absorpt was rightwisness
As of the raging flood
Sathan in his excess
Suct up the guiltless blood.

Then thought I, Jesus lord,
When thou shalt judge us all
Hard is it to record
On these men what will fall.

Yet lord, I thee desire
For that they do to me
Let them not taste the hire
Of their iniquity.

The lattre examinacyon of Anne Askewe, latelye martyred in Smythfelde, by the

wycked Synagoge of Antichrist, with the Elucydacyon of Johan Bale


([Wesel: D. van der Straten,] 1546): 63-65. STC 850. In The Early Modern

Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works. Part 1: Printed Writings,

1500-1604
, Vol. I: Anne Askew, ed. John N. King, general ed. Betty S. Travitsky

and Patrick Cullen (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996). BR 350 .A75A3 Robarts Library