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Name Description Original Text
William WithersA young boy from Walsham-le-Willows in the county of Suffolk, who on December 24th at eleven years of age "laye in a traunce the spaceof tenne dayes." During this time, he took no sustenance, nor said a word. Upon coming back to himself, "he declareth most straunge and rare thinges, which are to come," and continued to do so for three weeks. Generally, his prophecies relate to praising God, and are told in a "voyce seemeth to bee of such power that all the bedde shaketh." Master Ashley, Esquire, visits the child with a company of men. During this visit, William Withers singles out the servant, Smith, and scolds him for wearing "great and monstrous ruffes," which make the servant vain and "in such abhominable pride," as to subject him to "euerlasting tormentes in hell fire." This was Smith's second warning, and upon hearing it, "as one prickt in conscience, he sorrowed & wept for his offence." He took the cloth band from around his neck, and cut it into pieces using a knife, and vowed never to wear anything like it again. A minister, Mr. Gatton, and two knights, Sir William Spring and Sir Robert [...]armine, visit William Withers during this time as well, who all believe the child's word is true, and that he is an instrument of God.(Cover)The wonderfull worke of God shewed vpon a chylde, whose name is William Withers, being in the towne of Walsam, within the Countie of Suffolke: who being eleuen yeeres of age, laye in a Traunce the space of tenne dayes, without taking any manner of sustenaunce, and at this present lyeth, and neuer speaketh, but once in twelue, or foure and twentie houres, and when he commeth to himselfe, he declareth most straunge and rare thinges, which are to come, and hath continued the space of three weeks.()