Detail from Ford Madox Brown, Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the New Testament to his Protector, John of Gaunt, 1847-48.

John Wyclif

They burnt his bones to ashes and cast them into Swift, a neighboring brook running hardby. Thus this brook hath conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the main ocean.   And thus the ashes of Wicliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed the world over.

— Thomas Fuller, The Church History of Britain (1655)