One day the Regent Morton summons Andrew Melville, one of the earliest heralds of the
Scottish Reformation, and denounced his writings. "There will never be quietness in
this country," he said, "till half a dozen of you are hanged or banished from
the country." Melville replied, "Sir, threaten your courtiers in that fashion.
It is the same to me whether I rot in the air or in the ground. The earth is the
Lord’s; my fatherland is wherever well-doing is. I have been ready to give my life
when it was not half as well worn, at the pleasure of my God. I lived out of your country
ten years as well as in it. Yet God be glorified, it will not lie in your power to hang
nor exile His truth!