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PARDON BRASSES.                             19
grouped round him."# These symbols were about the year 1487, formed into a border for the central figure. In Caxton's Primer issued about that year, there is a figure of Christ standing half out of a tomb or altar. The inscription promises three thousand two hundred and fifty-seven years of pardon for the devout saying of five paternosters, five aves, and a creed. This is repeated in an edition of the HorcB believed to have been printed in 1494 by Wynkyn de Worde in the house of Caxton. A broadside indulgence printed by Caxton about 1490 represented Christ wounded and rising from a tomb. The inscription likewise grants three thousand two hundred and fifty-seven years of pardon. The " Ecce Homo" indulgence dis­covered by Mr. W. Y. Ottley, is now in the British Museum. The text is :—
" Seynt gregor' with o/ir' popes and bysshoppes yn feer' Haue grauted' of pardon xxvi dayes and xxvi Mill' yeer. To/eym that before /is fygur' on/eir knees. Deuotly say v paternoster and v avees."
The extent of the pardon, it will be noticed, is the same as on the Macclesfield and Manchester, but the repetition of the creed is not laid down as
* See Bradshaw's Collected Papers, p. 84, et seq. c/., also p. 256.
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