A riche Storehouse, or Treasurie, for the Sicke, full of Christian counsels, hole­some doctrines, comfortable persuasi­ons, and godly meditations, meete for all Christians, both in sicknesse and in health.

¶ Wherevnto is annexed a Comfort for poore Prisoners, and also an Exhor­tation to repentance.

Written in Dutch, by Gaspar Huberine, and Englished by THOMAS GODFRIE Es­quire, late Remembrauncer of the first Fruits and Tenthes, at the request of his daughter Marie, wife vnto Iohn French, Gentleman of the Inner Temple.

SIRACH. 7. ¶ Take pleasure in visiting the sicke: For that will make thee beloued.

¶ Imprinted at London by Ralph Newberrie, dwelling in Fleetestreat a litle aboue the Conduit.

ANNO. 1578.



TO THE RIGHT noble and most vertuous Ladie, the Ladie Catharine Howard, all temporall prosperitie in this life, and in the life to come euerlasting happinesse.

RIght worthie and honourable, it is a maruel beyond all maruels, that man, amongest all the creatures of this worlde, in his creation so singular: namely, and onely endued with a reasonable soul, for his safetie atten­ded with Angels, and aboue al made vnto the image of God: so insensi­bly reiecting and forsaking him self, doth suffer to be snared & inchaun­ted with the vaine, transitorie, and counterfet felicitie of this worlde, griping so greedily thereat, as if this carcase, beeing subiect vnto so infi­nite and manifest calamities, and in [Page] the ende to death and destruction, had obteined euerlasting continu­ance: wheras the scripture, to represse oure presumption, and securitie of life, and to manifest our corruption of nature, cōtinually putteth vs in re­membrance, that all fleshe is nothing but grasse, wormes meate, dust, and putrifaction: yea, and that the grea­test and the goodliest of this whole world, with all their shewe of com­moditie, brauerie, and beautie, which men so muche adore and imbrace, is but vanitie: and that, if they were weighed in balance with nothing, nothing would bee found heauier then they: then, what manifest want of iudgement and sound knowledge may be thought to be in man, that so highly esteemeth things of so small value? whereas, if they would with their inwarde and immortall man, iudge and examine the ende of all [Page] things, thereby discouering the no­blenesse of their owne creation, then would they perceiue, that the grea­test bladder puffed vp with the wind of worldly vanitie, is easily dissolued with the smalest needle of Gods iu­stice: And so retire from sinne full wayes that lead to destruction, and indeuour to tread the tracke of eter­nall felicitie. Meaning, in no wise hereby, to persuade the contempt of the good gifts and blessings of God, namely, health, wealth, beautie, and infinitely such others: but warely to vse them, as Abraham, Iob, Dauid, Iudith, Susan, with innumerable o­thers, as gifts not of their own, but of God, giuen for the aduauncement of his glorie, and profite of their bre­thren, to which euery man, what so euer, especially is borne: without which ende, muche better had hee neuer beene created: and wisely [Page] to examine the life & end of Diues, who in the eyes of mē, was the hap­piest in this world, but woful wretch that so abused the good gifts of God, wold haue giuen all, and much more if he might, to haue made exchaunge with Lazarus estate, whiche in this worlde was most abiect and misera­ble. This matter being of more im­portaunce, then the toung may ex­presse, or mans heart may imagine, the rather to moue the dulnesse of our disposition, hath bene set downe by the wisest that euer was amongst men, in speache and termes no lesse straunge then maruellous, after this maner: Put away displeasure out of thy heart, and remoue euill from thy body: for childhood & youth is but vanitie. Remember thy maker the soner in thy youth, or euer the days of aduersitie come, and or the yeares drawe nighe, when thou shalt say, I [Page] haue no pleasure in them, before the Sunne, the light, the Moone & stars be darkned, and or the cloudes turne againe after the rayne, when the kee­pers of the house shall tremble, when the strong menne shall bow them selues, and when the millers stande still bicause they be so few, and when the light of the windowes shall waxe dim, when the doores in the streates shall be shut, when the voyce of the miller shall be laide downe, when men shall rise vp at the voyce of the birde, & when the daughters of Mu­sicke shalbe brought low, when men shall feare in high places, & be afraid in the streates: when the Almond tree shall flourish, and be laden with the Grashopper, and when all lust shall passe, by cause man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go a­bout the streates: or euer the siluer lace be taken away, and or the gol­den [Page] well bee broken, or the pot bee broken at the well, and the wheele vpon the cisterne: then shall the dust bee turned againe vnto earth, from whence it came, &c. For as much as these certeine and terrible dayes shall come vpon vs, when no time may be reuoked, no remorce accepted, no remedie vsed, or any succour obtei­ned, but by the onely meanes con­teined in this small treatise, left into my handes without any patrone, I thought it no lesse conuenient vnto my bounden duetie, then meete for the viewe of your reposed minde, to make a present thereof vnto your honour, not onely hoping, but also most humbly beseching, that it may please you of your great noblenesse, to accept the patronage thereof. Thus crauing pardon for my pre­sumption, I committe your good Ladishippe to him, who is plenti­full [Page] in all good graces and blessed giftes, beseeching him, in this life, to be your chiefest riches, and in the life to come, your perfect honour, &c.

Your humble seruaunt, Ralph Newberrie.

To the Christian Reader.

AS all actions (Christian Rea­der) in generall, depend vpon their speciall occasions: so the publishing of this preset boke or manuell, proceedeth from [...]e seuerall reasons. The first, from the na­ [...]ll affection and louing kindnesse, which [...]ildren are bound in conscience to shew [...]eir tender parents, wherewith I, among [...]ther aboue the rest, feele my selfe in­ [...]dly touched towards my good and louing [...]er: whome, as in his life time obedient­ [...] [...]euerenced: so nowe also, after his death [...]unerall, I am no lesse carefull to haue remembred: and therefore vnder his [...]e, haue caused to be set foorth this god­ [...]d Christian exercise of his own transla­ [...] for the comfort of all faithfull people, as [...]onument of maintenance in his memo­ [...]. The second, from Christian loue and [...]ritie, the bond of all perfection, where­ [...] the souldiers of Christe are specially [...]rged: which then (indeede) most natu­ [...] appeareth, when we, (perceiuing the bo­dies [Page] of our brethren and sisters so infeebled and consumed with sicknesse, or otherwise by lawe, through desert of death, iudged and condemned, that they are past all temporall recouerie,) succour neuerthelesse their ap­passionate soules, with comfortable restori­ties of the spirite, that they may the more willingly forsake the wildernesse of this worlde, and constantly trauell the high way to heauen. The third, from a godly desire, to haue other semblably occupied, in bestowing (I meane) such their talents, as GOD (the riche and gratious giuer of all good thinges) hath committed and put vnder their cre­dite: that in so labouring, they in their Chri­stian calling may feele their consciences dis­charged, the members of Christ his mystical body benefited, and finally, almightie GOD our Creatour glorified. To whom, with the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, be all honor, power, maiestie, and dominion, for euermore. Amen.

Thine in Christ, Marie Frenche.

To his worshipfull and [...]ell learned brother in lawe, Adolph Baunweyler, grace and peace through Christ.

SIrach in his writing, the seuenth Chapter, war­neth vs, that we should willingly visite the sick. And our sauiour Christ, Matth. 25. will at the last [...] accept and take this woorke of cha­ [...], that is to say, to visite the sicke, euen [...]hough it were done to him selfe. For [...]r Lord Christ him self saith) What so [...] you haue done to any amongst these my [...]llest brethrē, that haue you don vnto me. [...] as much then, welbeloued brother, [...] this worke to visite the sick, is such [...]ighe and speciall worke of charitie, [...] such a one, as Christ at Doomes day [...] allowe and thereby acknowledge vs [...]e his disciples: therefore it will be­ [...] vs, not alonly with our whole [...]rtes delight to shewe it, but also to [...]e diligent care, howe and after what [...]t, we may properly and rightly visite [Page] the sicke. And that is specially done in two manner of wayes. For euery sicke body hath specially neede of two maner of remedies. First, that his soul be holpē, for if the soule be once holpen, then will the body be easily holpen afterward. Therfore, first to remedie the soule, is to exhort the sicke body to repentance, & make him to vnderstand his sinne, teach him to call to God for helpe, and after that againe, to comfort and lift vp his fearefull conscience, and set foorth and paint vnto the sicke body liuely Christ, (which is the throne of grace) whereof we haue a fine example of king Ezekia, there did the Prophete Esaias vse this maner & order with the sick king: war­ned him first to repentance, layd before him Gods iudgement, 2. Paral. 32. And as soone as he had humbled the king, & called to God for grace, the Prophete then comforted him, and after that, re­medied his bodily sicknesse. 4 Reg. 20. and Esaias. 38. Sirach also putteth vs in minde of like order, in his 38. Chapter. specially, that we in our sicknesse shuld confesse our sinnes, and amend, then to [Page] call to GOD for grace and helpe, after [...]e to take physicke. Seeing then that visitation of the sicke, is to bee prac­ [...] after two manners, as is abouesaid: [...]efore haue I taken vppon mee to [...] the first way, after the order of the [...]ptures: but not for the learned, for [...] neede it not, but for the wel dispo­ [...] that they might haue some smal en­ [...], and one Christian to visite and cō ­ [...] an other, as much as is necessarie to [...]tion. The other way to visite the [...], as touching the body, is done in [...]y wayes, specially with attending [...]n them, giuing them meat & drink, [...]ng them vp, & laying them downe, [...]nselling them wherein they neede, [...]n other like helpings, exercises, and [...]ngs: these wayes can euery man after [...] sort doe, if he be disposed after the [...] of charitie, to deale with his bro­ [...]: and therefore here not necessarie [...]y much more, although that I before [...] time, in my booke of Gods wrath, [...] sufficiently shewed, how one shuld [...] fort the sicke: Yet I haue thought it [...]d at this time, to set foorth a little [Page] forme very short, & also declare briefly certeine warnings & comforts, after di­uers sorts: out of which euery man may take one, two, or moe comfortes, to be made vnto the sicke, as a man thinketh good, or as his spirit shal moue him, and as he for the time shall thinke necessarie for the sicke person. For one sicke body is farre vnlike an other, some haue more tēptation thē an other, one hath ben be­forehand beter instructed in gods word then an other: therefore no man shal be bound to bring out al that is herein wri­ten. And welbeloued brother in lawe, I haue thought good to cōmend this litle comfortable booke vnto you, to the in­tent that you, & other good folk, as time and oportunitie shall serue, may vse it as necessitie shall require: and you shall see it good chiefly therfore, bicause you hi­therto with great diligence and earnest­nesse, haue taken vpon you to studie the scriptures. Our Lorde God graunt you his grace, that ye may vse the holy scrip­ture to his prayse, and to the profite and commoditie of your neighbors. Amen.

Gaspar Huberine.

Howe sicke folke are to be visited, persuaded, admoni­shed, and comforted.

FIrst welbeloued, Al­mightie God hath sent you this sicknesse, al for the best, (as without dout will soone appeare) for, To thē that loue God, Rom. 8. things must serue to the best. As Saint [...]aule witnesseth in his. 8. Chapter to [...] Romanes. Therefore be not afraid, [...] the Lord God is so good, that he can, [...]d will turne all troubles and aduer­ [...]ies which happen or come to his elec­ [...] to the best purpose.

What is to be saide to them that be about sicke folke.

Secondly, welbeloued in the Lorde, [...]he holy Apostle Saint Paul in the 12. Rom. 12. [...]hapter to the Romanes warneth vs, [...]at we shoulde wéepe with them that [...]lepe.Eccle. 7. And Syrach also remembreth [...]his 7. Chapter, where he saith, Be sor­rie [Page] with them that be sorrowfull. For as much then as we in the Lord Christ be all members amongst our selues, each one to other, it is méet, that euery mem­ber, according to his proprietie, nature, skill, and abilitie, with comfort make hast and repaire vnto the sicke, féeble, sicke, and diseased member. Therefore shall we as it were suffer, take, and pi­tie, and be troubled with this sicke bo­dy, and each of vs with all diligence and carefulnesse and earnestnesse, of heartie loue looke vnto, and attend vppon it: be carefull for it, pray to GOD for it, and (to be short) helpe and comfort it the best we can, euen as euery of vs woulde, (if we were sicke,) require of other.

Thirdly, welbeloued, ye shal marke and consider, that all things come from God, whether they be sicknesse, pouer­tie, aduersitie, as witnesseth Syrache in his 11. Chapter, where he saith thus, All things come from GOD, [...]le. 11. aduersitie and pro­speritie, life and death, pouertie and riches. And further, holy Saint Paule in the [Page 10] [...]rst Epistle to the Corinthians, and 11. 1. Cor. 11. Chapter, saith, When we are iudged, then [...] we corrected by the Lord. He saith, By the Lord, (not by an euill man, or by the [...]uel,) but by the Lord him selfe are we [...]rrected. Therefore, If we liue, we liue to [...]e Lorde: If we dye, we dye to the Lorde. Rom. 12. Therefore whether we liue or dye we be the [...]ordes. As Saint Paule saith in the 12. [...]o the Romanes.

Fourthly, you shall further earnest­ [...] marke, vnderstand, and knowe, that [...]ot only al punishments and sufferings [...]me from God, and be layde vppon vs [...]y God: but ye shall also earnestly be­ [...]eue, that GOD fendeth vnto his chil­ [...]en, as a very merciful father, such pu­ [...]shmentes and sufferings of méere fa­ [...]our and grace (to his owne) for their [...]ofite and commoditie.

For there be two causes, why God [...]ndeth vnto vs aduersities, troubles, [...]d passions, séeing that God hath two [...]tes of children vpon the earth.

Some many times lead a long time [...] vnrepentaunt life, they cannot not [Page] abide that a man of loue and good will say any thing vnto them, but continu­ally runne foreward in their mischief­ous, frowarde, and naughtie wayes. They haue GOD very little before their eyes. Therfore must God lay hold on them, restraine & draw them backe, and to true repentaunce and godly li­uing driue and inforce them, or els they will dye in their wicked & froward con­uersation. Therfore doth God lay in the necke of backsliders from him, some ad­uersitie, that they may looke well about them, and marke well who is at their backes, and layeth such a yoke on their neckes, at the last to knowe themselues, and learne what they be, whereabout they goe, and howe they against GOD haue so grieuously offended. Thus God correcteth them through punish­mentes, and learneth them (as the Prophet Esaias saith in the 28. Chap.) that doth the soule very much good, [...]tie. 28. and suche aduersitie is a precious medicine, for trouble onely maketh a man take héede to the word. Esaias 28. Then doeth [Page 11] [...]e worde of God very well sauour vnto vs, [...]en it is pouldred, mingled, or sawced with [...]ubles and passions. For when trouble is at [...]de, then we seeke to God, and when God [...]h visite vs, then we call earnestly. Esai.Esai. 26. [...]. Therefore doeth God many times [...]mplaine against his foolish ignoraunt [...]ople, Esaias. 9. where God saith,Esaie. 9. The [...]ople do not turne backe to them that haue [...]icken them, nor inquireth after the Lord [...]d of Sabbaoth. Which is a great token [...]an vnrepentant and stubberne heart. [...]esides that, it is a great and heauie [...]ne against the Lord God: from whi­ [...]e God mercifully defend vs. Amen. The other cause wherfore our Lord [...]d layeth troubles and aduersities vp­ [...] [...]his children, is this specially, bicause [...]e Lord God will leade his chosen chil­ [...]en from faith to faith, and continual­ [...] maketh them expert and cunning in [...]e knowledge of God, and will thus [...]oue them in faith and godly know­ [...]ge, whereby his name by this mea­ [...]s may be the better knowne, cōmen­ [...]d, & praysed, as we sée in good Dauid, [Page] Ionas, and Iob, &c.

Fiftly, séeing that ye perceiue and knowe that ye are flesh, & fleshly weak­nesse, hath many times preuailed, and you had the vpper hande vpon you, and you haue oftentimes giuen ouer your selfe to your olde Adam, and followed fleshe and bloud too muche, and thereby many times displeased our Lord God. Thus shall you therefore before the high ma­iestie of GOD, humble your selfe, ac­knowledge your offences, aske mercy, haue a seuere purpose to absteine from sinne, and (if God will againe restore you) to liue in a good, perfect, Christian, penitent life, to embrace Gods mercy in Christ our deliuerer, & stay and holde your selfe, with an holie hope vpon his comfortable promises. Therefore thus say earnestly after me with heart and minde.

ALmightie, euerlasting, & most mer­cifull God & Father, I acknowledge from the bottome of my heart, and say with my mouth, that I am a poore and damnable sinner. For I am in sin con­ceiued [Page 12] & borne. Besides that, from my youth hitherto, all the imaginations & thoughtes of my heart haue bene very wicked, and inclined to al sinne and vn­righteousnesse. There is also no true feare of God, no faithful loue of God, no perfect faith of God in my heart hither­to, (oh Lord) founden. Also I haue with my mouth (oh God) little called vppon God my lord, & in my trouble fled vnto him for succour. I haue also bene very vnthankfull to God my Lord, for all his wonderfull benefites, both bodily and ghostly. Likewise also haue I litle pray­sed or set foreward the thankes due to God, and the same acknowledged & con­fessed: much lesse haue I rightly ben de­sirous to set forward, & maintein Gods true seruice. To be short, I haue not in my whole life time done and brought forth any good thing, wherby before god I haue brought foorth any godly cōuer­sation, to his glory, honour, and praise, wherevnto he hath chiefly created and made me. Al this I confesse, and it grie­ueth me from the bottome of my heart, [Page] that I haue so grieuously offended thée, my very God, Lord, & father, especially with euill thoughts, words, and déedes.

Againe, I acknowledge and confesse thée my Lord and God, that I haue not rightly and truly obeied them, to whom I ought obedience. Also I haue often­times grieuously offended my neigh­bours, and not sufficiently shewed vnto them Christian charitie and loue: but haue bene many times disdainefull, an­grie, fierce, and very sowre. Also I haue bene many times kindled in euil lustes and desires, in forbidden loue. Also I haue bene many times ouerséene with lewd thoughts. I haue also many times ben too streight to my neighbours, har­med them, not holpen them, defended them, nor comforted them. I haue like­wise offended and hurt my neighbour by word, spoken euill behinde his back, and condemned him. To be short, all wicked desires and lustes haue taken in me very mightie vpperhand. Therefore I acknowledge this my sinfull life, re­quire mercy, haue pitie vpon me Lorde [Page 13] heauenly father, for the bitter passion & death of thine onely sonne our Lorde.

¶ Heare your comfort.

Thus saith Saint Paule in the first Epistle to Timothie the seconde Chap. There is one God and one mediatour be­tweene God and man, 1. Tim. 2. specially the man Ie­sus Christe that hath giuen him selfe for all, for our deliuerance. Beléeue this com­fortable saying, holde fast on Iesus Christ our onely Lord and Sauiour, so shall you in your consciences rest in peace and quietnes with God the Lord. God graunt his grace thervnto, Amen.

¶ But if the sicke bodie be so weake, and cannot make such a long confession, you may vse an other shorter in this maner.
An other confession to the Lord God.

OH thou merciful, gratious, good God and father, I wretched, sinfull, sicke, miserable, forsaken creature, come nowe before thy high and mightie ma­iestie, as a poore sinfull creature, full of sinne and vnrighteousnesse, and con­fesse [Page] vnto thée frō my heart, that I haue grieuously sinned against thée from my youth hitherto, with wicked thoughtes, words, and déedes. These do I acknow­lege and confesse altogether generally, for I am not able to remember & num­ber thē all at length particularly, there­fore my God, be gratious to me a poore sinner, through the deserts of thy louing Son our Lord Iesus Christ, which was therfore slaine for me wretched sinner, to the intent that I should be and re­maine thy childe for euermore. Amen.

Hearken to this comfort.

Thus saith S. Iohn the holy Euan­gelist, in his first Epistle and the thirde Chapter, The bloud of Iesus Christe Gods Sonne, [...]. Iohn. 3 maketh vs cleane from all sinne. Be­léeue these wholsome, comfortable, and gratious wordes, stande stedfastly in a true beléefe, so shall you be a childe of euerlasting life. Amen.

Sixtly, nowe dearely beloued, séeing you haue humbled your selfe before our Lorde God, confessed your sinnes, and haue cryed for grace and mercy, ye shal [Page 14] nowe call vnto our Lord God, from all your heart, first and chiefly séeke for helpe, and say thus.

OH thou mercifull good God & father, I come now to thée in my great ne­cessitie, and cry vnto thée, and complain from the bottome of my heart, as to my louing father, my greuous passions and griefes, and exhort thée that thou wilt remember thy comfortable promises, for thou hast gratiously promised that I shal be heard, where thou in ye 50.Psal. 50 Psal. saiest, Cal vpon me in thy necessitie or trou­ble, and I wil heare thee, & thou shalt praise me. And Saint Marke in the 11.Mark. 11 Chapter saith, What so euer you aske in your prayers, onely beleeue that you shall receiue it, and so shall you haue it. Vnto these thy promi­ses come I forsaken, miserable wret­che, and craue of thée helpe and com­fort, therefore my chiefly beloued Lord and father, help me out of this my griefe and trouble, and forsake me not in any of my tormentes, for thine onely begot­ten deare Sonne Iesus Christes sake. Therfore shall I alwayes highly laud & [Page] praise thy name, & giue thée thanks frō ye bottom of my hart for al thy benefits, & set foorth & number the same always.

Seuenthly, nowe deare friend, sée­ing that your offences commited might make you afraide, and weaken your faith, that ye dare not with all confi­dence and sure trust require at Gods hand, and hope for helpe and grace, and trust surely vppon his mercie, you shall in this manner call vppon God for for­giuenes of your sinnes, and speake thus.

Oh thou most deare Lorde, and very louing God, séeing thou hast made vs so many and great promises, whereby we might be richly comforted & strengthen­ed in all our troubles and aduersities, I am bolde to put thée in remembraunce once againe very earnestly of thy true promises, whiche thou hast made vnto me, in the 6. of Saint Matthewe, where thou hast promised me forgiuenesse of all my sinnes, if I do forgiue my neigh­bours that wherein they haue offended against me.Matt. 6. For these be thy wordes, If you forgiue other their faults, so wil also your [Page 15] heauenly father forgiue you your offences. Therefore come I vnto thée, and stay me vpon thy worde, specially that thou wilt forgiue me all my sinns, according to thy mercifull promise, fréely, for no­thing, so that I also doe forgiue other. For these nowe I praye vnto thée my Lord and God, that thou wilt send into my heart thy holy spirite for thy bitter passion & death sake, that he may make cleane my sinfull hart, lighten and kin­dle a feruent heate in me, that I also may forget and forgiue. For (of myne own power) I can do nothing, & so from the bottome of my heart shall I forgiue euery man, both my friendes and eni­mies, what so euer they haue done a­gainst me, and put out of my heart all manner of malice, hatred, enimitie, and displeasure.

And séeing that I now, through thy grace, perceiue such loue against myne enimie, so am I nowe persuaded, accor­ding to thy promises, that thou nowe hast clearely forgiuen me all my sinnes, of méere mercy without my desertes. [Page] For there haue I a perfect signe & good assuraunce, séeing I haue (according to thy promise) forgiuen euery man, that thou also hast forgiuen me all. Do with me according to thy promise, for thy word is true, & whatsoeuer thou sayest, that kéepest thou assuredly. Vpon this thy word do I stay, & without all doubt beléeue I thy promise, that I haue now gotten forgiuenesse of all my sinnes, wherefore I haue nowe a frée, safe, and ioyfull conscience, that I know not now of any sin in me, & that I haue obteined from God peace & ioy in the holy ghost, that I certeinely persuade my selfe of. Amen. Eightly, now welbeloued, the holy scripture sheweth vs of two gi­uings of Christ our lords body vnto vs. The first is the generall giuing, where Christ gaue vs wretched sinners his bo­dy vpon ye crosse, for an offering for our sinnes, this giuing is made vnto vs our owne through true faith, specially when we surely beléeue Gods promises. Ioh. 6.Iohn. 6. Of this giuing witnesseth Christ himself. Ioh. 3. [...]ohn. 3. where he saith thus, So hath [Page 16] God loued the world, that he hath giuen his owne sonne, to the intent that al that beleue on him, shuld not be destroied, but inioy euer­lasting life. And further, the holy Apostle S. Paule, Rom. 8.Rom. 8. witnesseth likewise & saith, If God be on our side, who can be a­gainst vs, whiche hath not spared his owne sonne, but hath giuen him for vs all? And Rom. 4.Rom. 4. Christ is for our sinne sake giuen, and for our righteousnesse sake raised vp a­gaine. And to the Ephe. 5.Ephe. 5. saith S. Paul moreouer, Christ hath loued vs, and giuen him selfe for vs an oblation & sacrifice. These & such like sayings you shal dili­gently marke, & stedfastly beléeue, that Christ our only sauiour hath giuen and offred vp his body & bloud vpon ye crosse for you a sufficient sacrifice for euer, & ye shal not néed to séeke or to hunt after any other sacrifice, satisfaction, or re­demption for your sin, but lay fast holde vpon this innocent lambe,Iohn. 6. which hath borne the sinnes of the whole worlde.

The other giuing of the body & bloud of our lord Christ, is an especial giuing which is deliuered vnto vs in ye sacra­ment. [Page] Whereof Christ speaketh, Mat­thewe 26.Math. 26 And holy Saint Paule in the 10. & 11.1. Cor. 10.11 Chapter of his first Epistle to the Corinthians. This second deliuering of the body and bloud of Christe, in the sa­crament, is an assuring and an a certey­ning of the establishing of the first deli­uering or giuing. For it confirmeth the first giuing, which we receiue by faith. And the second doth not profite or com­fort vs, without the first, but is rather hurtful and damnable. Therefore war­neth vs also the holy Apostle S. Paule,1. Cor. 11 in the 11. Chap. of his saide first Epistle to the Corinthians, that we shoulde well try our selues, before that we re­ceiue the holy sacrament of Christes body and bloud, that no man receiue them to his condemnation. This proofe standeth vpon thrée points.

First ye shal acknowledge your selfe for a miserable sinner, that of him selfe and by him selfe can doe nothing, nor hath any power to do any thing, where­by he might be deliuered from his sinne. God him selfe doth forgiue, reconcile, [Page 17] and pardon, giueth true comfort, & pur­chaseth blessednesse, specially to them that doe thirst after the grace of GOD. And so of méere grace and mercie in Christe onely, doe long after the king­dome of heauen.

Secondly, examine well your selues, whether ye beléeue as Saint Paul saith in the 13. Chapter of his seconde Epistle to the Corinthes,2. Cor. 13 Try your selues (saith he) whether ye be in belefe, proue your selues &c. Specially yt ye earnestly & stedfastly beléeue the godly promise, yt is promised in the Sacrament. Item, wherfore that godly meate is giuen vnto you.

Thirdly, examine your selfe well, whether ye canne and will forgiue your neighbor, whether they be friends or foes that haue offended or hurt you, whereby ye can shewe towards al men, a Christian, friendly, louing and courte­ous heart, and good will. For this pray vnto our Lord God nowe once againe. And if for your sicknesse you can not speake it with your mouth, yet in your heart inwardly say thus.

My Lorde Iesus Christe I come a­gaine as a wretched sinner vnto thée, that haue many times offended thée, & haue deserued nothing but thy euerla­sting displeasure and punishment. But seeing thou art so gentle and mercifull, thou willest not the death of a sinner, but that he repent and liue: therefore hast thou established among vs a newe Testament, whiche was long before promised by thy holy prophetes, that thou wouldest take our sinnes from vs, through thy death, and the same neuer after remember. And also before thy death hast made thy last will, and there­in hast made vs an assured promise that thou wouldest giue vs thy body (for our redemption) to be slaine, and shed thy bloud for remission of our sinnes, For thus soundeth thy gratious promise: Take, eate, this is my body, which shal be gi­uen for you. This is the cupp [...] of the newe testament in my bloud, which shalbe shed for you, for the forgiuenesse of your sinnes. This thy promise doe I beléeue sted­fastly, and for assurance thereof, I haue [Page 18] before this time in my good health of body, many times in the congregation of God receiued the holy Sacrament of thy very body and bloud, wherof at this present I doe not doubt, but am nowe certeinly and assuredly persuaded of al thy graces and mercies. Be it vnto me according to thy word.

¶ Here it is good to put the sicke body in re­membraunce shortly, what hath beene saide before, after this manner.

Ninethly, now deare friends I haue tolde you in the beginning, how that all aduersities and troubles come from our Lord God, and be laide vpon his (of fa­therly and true loue.) Therefore shall you be certeinely persuaded, that this your sicknesse is by God therefore laide vpon you, that the old man with Christ shoulde be nayled vpon the crosse, that the sinfull body shoulde cease, and a new and perfecte man appeare thereof, whi­che with Christe shall inioy euerlasting ioy and felicitie: For, Flesh and bloud can not enherit the kingdome of God, 1. Cor. 15. As saint [Page] Paule witnesseth 1. Cor. 15. The olde man must full and whole be destroyed, and as Christe in the 12. Chap. of Saint Iohn saith, [...]ohn. 12. Except that the wheate corne fall into the earth and die, so remaineth it but one corne: But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruite. Thus must all both within and without vs be forsaken, the olde A­dam with all his wisedome, reason and vnderstanding come to nought, wherby a newe man may appeare at that day, as Saint Paule saith 1. Cor. 15. Where he speaketh thus: [...]. Cor. 15. That whiche we see is not liuely, except it first die. It is sowen in corruption, and shall rise againe in glorie. It is sowen in dishonour, and shall rise againe in honour. It was sowen in weakenesse, and shall rise againe in might. It was sowen a naturall body, and it shall rise againe a spirituall body. When this corruptible body hath put on in­corruption, and this mortalitie hath put on immortalitie: then shalbe fulfilled the say­ing which is written, Death is swalowed vp in victorie, Death where is thy sting? Hell where is thy victorie? God be praised that hath giuen vs the victorie through our Lord [Page 19] Iesus Christe.

Secondarily, séeing the case standeth thus, you shall nowe further resigne and forsake your owne wil, and giue it ouer to Gods wil, and pray as our Lord God hath taught vs to pray Matth. 6.Matt. 6. and say: Father, thy will be done in earth as it is in heauen. And as Christe Gods sonne him selfe at the houre of his death hath done, and hath set forth vnto vs, an example to be followed, where he saide vpon mount Oliuet, Matth 26.Mat. 26. Father, not my will, but thy will be done. So shall ye also doe vnto him, conforme your selfe in all thinges to God him selfe our Lord, and giue ouer all thinges to him, our body, our life, our soule, our estima­tion, our goods, friendes, wife, children, and all, &c. and say thus.

NOw my Lord and God, wil it none otherwise be, but that I must at this time néedes drinke the cuppe of my passion, that thou haste filled for me to drinke, let thy will be done. As thou willest, so will I also, I am willing and readie, I am thy childe, and thou arte [Page] my louing father, thou wilt not destroy me, that I knowe right well. Oh one­ly giue thou me grace, strength, power, mercie, patience, to suffer all thinges willingly, that I may to thée kéepe a right holy day, continually holde fast by thée, and willingly to suffer thée to doe with me according to thy fatherly good will and pleasure. Then shall I thrée dayes long rest & lie with Christe in the graue, & hope for a ioyfull resurrection of all beléeuers at domes day, according to the comfortable promise of Christe, Iohn the 6.Iohn. 6 where Christe saith thus: This is the will of him that sent me, that he that seeth the sonne and beleeueth on him, haue euerlasting life, and I will raise him vp at the latter day.

Thirdly, ye shall also further vnder­stande and beléeue certeinely, that this your sicknesse, howe great, howe sore, howe gréeuous to suffer, howe long and painefull soeuer it bée, yet is it not suf­ficient to appease & pacifie Gods wrath, to take away your sinnes, and to pur­chase you euerlasting life. For ye shall [Page 20] stedfastly beléeue this, that deseruing of any Saint, nor your owne worke, how precious so euer it bée, or may bée, can gett you heauen, or can deserue it. For Saint Paule saith Rom. 8.Rom. 8. That All the sufferinges in this worlde be not worthie of that glorie that shalbe shewed vnto vs.

Fourthly, ye shall vndoubtedly be­léeue, that the onely passion and death of our Lorde Iesus Christe, is a suffici­ent oblation for your sinnes. For, The Lorde Iesus is made for vs from God, to be our wisedome, our righteousnesse, our sancti­fication and deliuerer, as the Apostle saint Paul witnesseth in ye first to the Corin­thians the first Chapter.1. Cor. 1. For there is none other name giuē to men, nor there is in none other helth wherin we shalbe saued, then on­ly in the name of Iesus Christe, &c. As like­wise witnesseth Saint Peter Acts the fourth,Act. 4. For God hath made him that neuer knewe sinne, for our sakes to be sinne, to the intent that we shoulde be made in him righ­teousnesse, auayleable before him. 2. Cor. 5.2. Cor. 5. Therefore we nowe beleeue (saith Saint Paule further,) Rom. 3. that man is [Page] made righteousnesse without the workes of the lawe, onely through faith, As Saint Peter also saith in the tenth Chapter of the Actes. [...]ctes. 10. Of Christe (saith he) witnesse all the Prophets, that through his name al that beleeue in him, shall haue forgiuenesse of their sinns. For Christ (saith S. Peter fur­ther) 1. Pet. 2. [...] Pet. 2. hath offered vp our sinnes on his body vpon the crosse, that we being dead to sinne, might liue to righteousnes, by whose wounds ye are made whole. Such and like sayings is the holy Scripture very ful, that altogether witnesseth that we be made iust, righteous, and sanctified through faith in Iesus Christ, without any our owne doinges. For Christe is the only ransome for our sinnes, for we be bought through the precious bloud of Christe.

Fiftly, ye shall nowe forgiue euery man willingly from ye bottome of your heart, forget, and forgiue what so euer hath béene done against vs, whether ye knowe it, or knowe it not, whether it be with worde or déede, by any meanes done against you: for séeing that our [Page 21] Lorde God of méere grace hath cast be­hinde him, and forgiuen you so many sinnes, which you haue so many times committed against him, from your childhoode till this time, small and great sin­nes, which many & oftentimes ye haue committed all the dayes of your life, so that if God should reckon all your olde sinnes, and deale with you after his strong iudgement, aske satisfaction, pu­nish those offences, he might gréeuously visite you as a righteous God: and yet doth he not so, nor neuer hereafter will doe, but as a mercifull father, of speciall grace forgetteth and forgiueth all, and the same will neuer more thinke vpon, nor reckon, but couer them, and scrape them out.

Likewise doeth he also require for thankes, laude, and prayse, none other thing, but ye forgiue and forget your neighbours, what so euer they haue at any time offēded against you. And you shal not only your offenders gladly and heartily forgiue: but also againe, shewe your selfe against them thankfull. And [Page] for the poore widowes and fatherlesse children, according to your abilitie pro­uide something, whereby they may be fed, clothed, and mainteined, so shal they at the last day be your witnesses, that your faith was a perfect faith, séeing it is liuely by workes, [...]ala. 6. [...] Pet. 1. Gala. 6. Make your election sure, through such works of loue, as Saint Peter saith. 2. Pet. 1.

¶ If the sicke body be any thing rich, then a bo­dy may bee the more earnest and diligent, to exhort them to almes giuing: but so, that the sicke person be not persuaded to put trust in his owne workes, and bring him into a vaine hope, that he shal purchase heauen by his almes. Therefore consideration must be had to the soule, that it be not lead out of the right way, into the way that is full of briers and thornes.
Howe they that stand by, are to be ex­horted to pray for the sicke.

Tenthly, beloued in Christ our Lorde, séeing we be at this present here ga­thered together, I put you in remēber­ance yt ye will be mindfull of our true & [Page 22] Christian duetie, that we are bound one to an other as members of Christe, that ye will diligently and earnestly re­member the griefes and sicknesses of this our friend, and not onely haue an earnest compassion vppon him, but also earnestly and truely pray to our Lorde God for him, that our Lord God will be­hold his owne sonne, in whom he doth much delight, that he will mitigate and shorten the great sicknesse, paines, and passions of this our sicke friende, and graunt vnto him a true Christian pati­ence, that with all confidence, he may wholy put his affiaunce and comfort in Gods mercy, and continually vnto the end stedfastly abide in true faith vppon Christe our deliuerer, and in those thin­ges that apperteine to our blessed hope, to remaine and abide willingly, and pa­tiently take and beare suche his crosse layde vpon him, vntill our Lord God of his mercy do visit him, and deliuer him, and bring him at his appointed time out of this trouble and miserie, to euer­lasting ioy and felicitie. Séeing then [Page] that our Lord Christ hath promised vs, then we be gathered together in his name, he will gratiously heare vs, and graunt those thinges that we desire. Now let vs call vpon almightie God in true faith, and pray, in the name of Christ our Lord, so will he certeinly at the last heare vs, according to his father­ly will & good pleasure, therefore make your prayer to GOD our heauenly fa­ther, and say, Our father, &c. Almightie GOD, vouchsafe mercifully to graunt our prayer, through Christe our Lorde. Amen.

¶ If the sicknesse do linger and driue off, so that the patient be assaulted with grieuous sick­nesse, then may a body sometime shewe him of these comforts following, and alwayes de­clare one comfort or two. For like as a body must nowe and then releeue the sicke body, with comfortable medicines, and brothes: likewise shal now and then releeue and quic­ken the soule, whereby the soule may haue her sustenaunce. And yet we shall not be te­dious to the sicke, and make him haue no de­light, or be offended in his head, and euer to haue regard, whether he be troubled with any temptation, and whether he haue a desire and [Page 23] lust to heare Gods word: for the sicke must haue his ease and quietnesse. So that with too much reading and crying vpon him, ye bring him into raging, or passions, and make his head ydle, feeble, and weake. Herein ought e­uery body to vse discretion, and put diffe­rence.

FFirst welbeloued in Christe, let not any tentatiō make you faint harted: for Christe is a valiant & mightie king, ouer death, sinne, and all aduersitie. Therefore abide vpon this stone, which is Iesus Christ, stande fast, and so can­not the gates of hell preuaile against you. Then this Lord and King is gone before you vnto death, he hath trodē the pathe, and made the way, and also hath ouerthrown death, & taken his strength from him: so that death cannot hurt you, hinder you, nor kéepe you backe. Therefore be not dismayed euen in the middest of death, and thinke thus. In the name of God, Gods will be don. All this geare will be gone within a twink­ling of an eye. Then shall I passe tho­rough the snares of death. Then haue I throwen at my backe all misfortune, [Page] feare, and desperation. For this pre­sent death is vnto ye faithful a safe port, through which I shall goe into heauen. Then muste sinne, death, hell, paines, passions, hunger, thirst, frost, trouble, and all aduersitie together ceasse and leaue-off. Therefore be not dismaied, for if GOD be with you, who shalbe a­gainst you? Say, avaunt and fare well nowe the whole worlde, and also the Prince of this worlde, whiche woulde hinder you the way to euerlasting life: for as much as Christe is your Iustice, your Loadesman and your Guide.

Secondely, well be loued, if Gods wrath, threatening, and punishment, shoulde feare you, dismay you, or trou­ble your mind, as though our Lord God as an earnest and seuere Iudge, should deale with you according to his extreme iustice for your sinnes past, then shall you from henceforth call vpon our Lord Christe, the vnspotted Lamb of GOD, whiche hath taken your sinnes vppon him, and thus flée from ye place of Gods iustice, & commit your selfe to the mer­cie [Page 24] seate of Christe our Lorde. For ye haue a speciall and faithfull promise of our Lord Iesus Christe: for he hath be­stowed and giuen him selfe for wretch­ed sinners, and so bound and pledged him selfe for all penitent sinners, that he will stand to them, and deliuer them from Gods wrath. Also Saint Paule witnesseth 1. Thes. 1.1. Thes. 1. God hath our Lorde Iesus (saith the holy Apostle) raised vp from death, that hath deliuered vs from the wrath to come. And 1. Thes. 5.1. Thes. 5. saith Saint Paule further, God hath not appointed vs to inherit his wrath, but to inherit his bles­sednesse, through our Lorde Iesus Christe, whiche died for vs. Marke and consider this diligently.

Thirdly, welbeloued, if the worlde do trouble you, and though some folkes, specially your enimies and euil willers reioyce and be glad that you (according to their desires) be so gréeuously hand­led, and that you be now by God so fore punished, and that they therfore mocke, scorne, despise you, and make greate cheare at your trouble: yet let not that [Page] trouble nor tempt you: for séeing that wicked people mocked Christe at the houre of his death, and made great cheare at it: likewise shall you of the worlde not escape such thinges. Séeing you be a member of Christe, you muste suffer in your body, all such troubles as wanted in Christes passion, as Saint Paule saith,Col. 1. the first Chap. to the Colos­sians. Therefore is the worlde a stub­borne, proud, and wicked child of sathan whiche is full of all wickednesse, dissi­mulatiō, mockerie, & backbiting. Christ for our comforte hath tolde vs before, that we muste suffer and beare many thinges of the worlde, and that the worlde shoulde laugh vs to scorne, and shoulde reioyce at our trouble: and we on the other side, a little while shuld be pensiue and sorrowfull. But Christ comforteth vs and saith, Your sorrow shal be turned into ioy. Iohn 6.Iohn. 6 And Iohn, 17.Iohn. 17 In the world you shall haue sorrowe & care: but comfort your selfe, I haue ouercome the worlde. Thus shall you in faith beare all the wickednesse of the world, suffer, [Page 25] and ouercome. For, Our faith is the vic­torie that hath ouercome the worlde, Iohn. 15.Iohn. 15

Fourthly, moreouer dearely beloued, if Moses the lawegiuer set vppon you, and will make you afraid with his debt booke, and put you out of countenaunce for your great debtes & notable sinnes, whiche you are bounde to satisfie and pay the terrible iudgement of God, as yt ye are a breaker or transgressor of gods lawes, and therfore, will call you to ac­compt, and giue euidence against you, and condemne you with your own hand writing & your own consciēce (knowing ye same to be true) complaine vpon you, and accuseth you: then shall you before Moses by and by bring forth your Chri­stian libertie, wherby Christ hath made you frée, and deliuered you from the lawe, and from the curse and maledic­tion thereof. For, If Gods sonne haue made you free, then be you free in deede, Iohn. 8.Iohn. 8 And as Saint Paul further doth shew and confirme such fréedome, Galat. 3.Galat. 3 where he saith thus, Christe hath deliue­red [Page] vs from the curse of the lawe, when he was made a curse for vs. Thus can the curse neuer more ouerrunne nor trou­ble you, séeing it hath once all together fallen vppon Christe the most innocent Lambe. Therefore, séeing Christe is the ende of the lawe, whosoeuer beleeueth on him is made righteous, Rom. 10. [...]om. 10. Ther­fore saith Saint Peter, Be you lustie and strong. Actes, 15. [...]ctes. 15. that [...]e are nowe taught, that forgiuenesse of sin [...]es commeth by this man, and of all them whereof ye could not be made righteous in the lawe of Moses. Who so euer beleueth on Christ, is righteous. Here is nowe onely all sinnes taken a­way. So that no man can, or dare, lay any thing to the charge of the faithfull, neither Moses nor the lawe. Therfore be of good comfort.

Fiftly, furthermore dearely belo­ued, I doe aduise you, that you will not suffer the great weight and burden of your sinnes to presse, and weigh you downe, and trouble you. For sinne, I assure you, is an heauie burden, to a fearefull conscience. Wherefore con­tinually [Page 26] cast your sinnes from you, and out of your consciences, and caste them vppon Christ, for he is the right carrier of our sinnes as holy Saint Iohn wit­nesseth, Iohn. 1.Iohn. 1. where he saith, Behold, this is the Lambe of God that beareth or carrieth away the sinns of the world. Therefore let the Lorde and valiaunt Champion take vppe your sinnes, and carrie them vppon him selfe. For God hath appointed him thereunto, as Saint Paule saith, where he saith thus, GOD hath appointed him (namely Christ) that neuer knewe sinne, to be sinne it selfe for our sakes: to the intent that we shoulde be by him that righteousnesse, that is auayleable before God. Behold, this righteous and innocent Lord hath taken all your sinnes vppon him selfe, borne them, satisfied for them, and ran­somed them, and hath clothed you, deck­ed and trimmed you, with his innocent righteousnesse and iustice: For, Christ (saith the Prophete Esaie. 53.Esaie. 53.) is for our sinns wounded, and for our sinnes beaten and smitten. Correction is laide vppon him, to [Page] the intent that we should haue peace, and by his wounds should be healed. Behold, for Gods sake, & thinke vpon this wt all dili­gence ernestly. Christ (saith ye Prophet) is wounded for our sinnes, whereby we might be made whole. The wrath & the correctiō is cleane gone ouer him, to the intent that we should be wtout correcti­on, & might inioy peace with GOD. So haue you deliueraunce in Christe by his bloud, namely forgiuenes of your sinnes according to the richnesse of his grace, Ephe. 1. [...]he. 1 For, Christe is therefore come into this worlde, to make sinners holy & blessed. 1. Tim. 1. [...]im. 1 As Christ witnesseth of him selfe, Matth. 18. [...]tt. 18. And Luke. 19. [...]k. 19 The sonne of man (saith he) is come to seeke and to make blessed that that is lost. For God hath not sent his sonne into the worlde, that he should condemne the world, but that the world by him shold be made hapie, whosoeuer beleeueth on him shall not be iudged, [...]m. 3 [...]ohn. 4 Also, Christe is the forgiuenesse of our sinnes. Beléeue this comfortable saying, from the bottome of your heart, and stay your selfe more vppon Gods mercifull pro­mise, [Page 27] then of the deceites of sathan, and of the daungerous imaginations of your reason. Giue God the honour, bicause he is so merciful a God, that of a wretched sinner he will make a child of God, if a man will only trust vpon him.

Sixtly, moreouer welbeloued, though nowe death at the last will come and stare in your face, and should with his greuous countenance make you afraid: for he is such a capteine and giant, that he will make one beléeue, he will eate vp the whole world, and therfore he ga­peth so wide: yet be not afraide of him, for he aduaunceth him selfe maruel­lously, and is ougly to behold: howbeit, he hath no power nor strength anye more, to ouerthrowe you. For Christe hath matched him, & throughly woun­ded him, séeing that he hath layd hande vpon Christ the right Lion, therefore is all his strength taken from him. Ther­fore he shall be to the faithfull no more death, but only a sléepe, as Saint Paul in the second Epistle to Timothie,2. Tim. 1. the first Chapter, doth witnesse and declare [Page] very plainly and comfortably, where he saith, Christe Iesus our sauiour hath taken the strength from death, and brought vs the light, life, and a being, by meanes of the Gospell, that shall neuer corrupt nor perish. Yea, the faythfull shall neuer taste of death, as Christe witnesseth him selfe, being the very trueth, Iohn the eight Chapter, where he saith thus, Ve­rily verily I tell you, [...]hn. 8 if any man will keepe my word (by faith) he shall not taste of death e­uerlastingly. Looke and marke well what a noble, vertuous, and right beléefe is, for that ouercommeth and driueth a­way all aduersitie, all plagues, sinne, & death it selfe. And a faithfull person go­eth cleane through death, to the right life, as our Lord Christ againe witnes­seth, Iohn 5. [...]hn. 5 where he saith thus, Ʋerily verily I say vnto you, he that heareth my worde, and beleeueth on him that hath sent me, he hath euerlasting life, and shall not en­ter into iudgement, but he passeth through death to life. There doe you sée what is necessarie for you: yea, you shall escape the iudgement of God, ouercome death, [Page 28] and inioy euerlasting life: namely, to heare Gods word (as Christe saith) and beléeue the same. It requireth no great cunning, wisedome, strength, might, liueland, and preparation, to ouercome death, but this ouercomming, victorie, or triumphe, is in these two pointes, to heare and to beléeue.

Surely, my thinketh, this is a mar­uellous victorie, that a poore, wretched, weake, and sicke man, that by reason of weakenesse, can scant moue hande nor foote, can ouercome so great a giant, as death onely, with a Christianlike hea­ring, and a beléeuing heart. But thus can Christ auenge him selfe vpon suche a strong enimie death, that would glad­ly haue eaten and swalowed vp Christ, that he hath so wonderfully taken away the strength from death, that a poore wretched man may ouercome death, & besides that, may mocke and laugh him to scorne, that is (I thinke) death right­ly to despise and contemne. But howe commeth that to passe, that we ouerrun and wearied by death, shall neuerthe­lesse [Page] abide still aliue. That is (as Christ him selfe saith) Iohn 11. [...]ohn. 11. where he sayth thus, I am the resurrection and the life, who so euer beleeueth on me, shall liue, al­though he seeme to dye. And whosoeuer li­ueth, and beleeueth on me, shall neuermore dye. This is the right and onely cause, that the faithfull, yea, in the middest of death, imbrace the right life, Christ our Lord that giueth againe vnto them life. For, as little nowe can death any more wearie or ouercome our Lord, or holde him in death: so little can he either pu­nish or quarell with any faithfull men. For seeing that Christ, which is the life, doth still liue, and can neuermore be ouercome, so may the faithfull neuer abide prisoner in death, but he breaketh out valiantly with Christe, and singeth the merrie song of thankes giuing, and of triumph, Death is swallowed vp in vic­torie, for where is thy sting? Thus shal a Christian souldier looke death betwéen the browes, and manfully wage battell with him, or else woulde death eate vp, and swallow the whole world. But [Page 29] if you will with a true faith encounter [...]ith him, then will he quietly let you [...]lone. Wherevnto Christe helpe you, he valiaunt and puissaunt king ouer [...]eath and life. Amen.

Seuenthly, also welbeloued, if the di­ [...]ell the tempter would lay hand vpon [...]ou, assault or make you despaire, as [...]hough you did belong to his kingdome, [...]r were in his claws, thus shal you en­ [...]ounter him, stande against him, beate [...]im, ouercome him, first by earnest [...]rayers and calling vpō God for grace, helpe, and comfort, as our Lord Christe admonished his Disciples, Matth. 26.Mat. 26. where he saith thus, Pray you, least ye fall [...]nto temptation. As also our louing Lord Christ him selfe hath taught vs to pray, Luke. 12.Luke. 12. Oh Lord and father, leade vs not into temptation, specially when we [...]re tempted by sathan, and assaulted, that we through thy grace and holy spi­rite, may withstande him, and that we may eschue his persuasions and entice­mentes to doubt. Therefore thus with­stand him by prayer, for sathan is falne [Page] downe hither to vs swiftly and inuisi­bly, as Christe our sauiour witnesseth, Luke. 10.Luk. 10. where he saith thus, I sawe Sa­than fal from heauen like a lightening. But wherefore? Truely therefore, as Christ further teacheth his Apostles. Luke. 22.Luke. 22. where he saith thus, Simon, Simon, beholde Sathan hath desired you, that he might fift you as wheat is sifted. But I haue prayed for thee, that thy faith shall not faile. Beholde nowe how sathan prouleth after euery man, he spareth no man, he durst assault the best and holiest men, namely, Adam and Eue in Paradise, though they were made to the Image of God. Also he hath not spared Gods own sonne, but assaul­ted and tempted him in the wildernes, so hath he also desired to doe ye like with the deare Apostles, as you heard euen nowe: therefore it is to be feared, he will also not spare you. Séeing then that is to be feared, and that we knowe his meaning, as Saint Paule saith in his second Epistle to the Corinthians, the second Chapter, that we shuld looke about vs, that we be not deceiued of sa­than. [Page 30] For (saith he) It is not vnknowne vn­ [...]o vs, what he purposeth and goeth about. 2. Cor. 2. Therefore haue a good eye vppon this [...]armefull and perillous tempter, and [...]riue him away by godly prayers.

Againe, thus shall you desend & stand [...]gainst sathan, with a stedfast faith on Christ our Lord, chiefly, that Christe is [...]ur high Priest and King, which hath o­ [...]ercome sathan, the same Lord can for our commoditie destroy sathan, & ouer­ [...]ome him: therefore shall you stedfastly [...]eléeue, ye Christ your mightie King can [...]unt & driue away sathan frō you, with [...]ll fantasies, dreames, toyes, and de­ [...]eites. For, He goeth (as saith Saint Peter. 1. Pet. 5.1. Pet. 5.) about as a roaring Lion, and seeketh whom hee may deuour, whome (saith the Apostle) resist you, being strong in faith: therefore take the shield of faith, (As Saint Paule further warneth vs,Ephes. 6. where he (in the 6. to the Ephesians) saith thus, Before all things (saith he) take the shield of faith, whereby ye may quenche [...]all the fierie dartes of the wicked. Therfore beléeue stedfastly, by this noble counsell [Page] of the holy Apostle Saint Paule, where be speaketh in the first Chapter to the Ephesians, and in the first to the Colos­sians,Ephes. 1. Coloss. 1. in this maner, God hath deliuered vs from the Prince of darkenesse, and hath established vs in the kingdome of his louing sonne, of whome we haue our deliueraunce through his bloud, specially the forgiuenesse of sinns, acording to the richnes of his grace. There doe you heare, and must with your whole heart beléeue, that our Lord Christe hath deliuered you from the po­wer of sathan, so that the gates of hell can not preuaile against you. Matth. 16.Matth. 16.

Thirdly, if sathan moreouer will encounter with you, then take you the sword of the holy ghost, (which is Gods worde) after the counsell of the holy A­postle, in the 6. to the Ephesians,Ephes. 6. and set vpon him with Gods worde, after the example of Christ, Matth. 4.Matth. 4. Therefore, if he will say vnto you this or such like wordes, The vnrighteous shall not inherite the kingdome of God. 1. Cor. 6. the sixt Chapter of the first Epistle to the Corinthians. Itē it is written,1. Iohn. 3. Who so euer sinneth, is of sa­than, [Page 31] the first Epistle of Saint Iohn, the [...]hird Chapter. Then shall you answere [...]im againe with Christ, and say, Away [...]athan, for it is also written, &c. And also,Ezech. 18. & 33 [...] desire not the death of a sinner, (saith our Lord God) but that he amend him selfe, & [...]ue. And Christe in the 9. of Matthewe,Matt. 9. Matt. 18. Luk. 19 [...]aith thus, I am come to call sinners to re­ [...]entance. And Matthewe 18. and Luke 9. The sonne of man (saith Christ) is come [...]o seeke, and to make blessed that that was [...]st. Nowe looke sathan, though I be in­ [...]éed a wretched sinner, yet is not Gods will that I should be for euer condem­ [...]ed, but that I should liue. Albeit then that I be a lost shéep, yet will Christ the [...]igh shepheard of my soule, séek me out, and saue me, of this I doubt nothing at [...]ll. Therefore avaunt harmefull diuel, thou hast nothing to do here, séeing that Christ my Lorde hath clothed and coue­ [...]ed me with his innocencie, vertues, & holinesse: for I haue put on Christe my Lorde in my baptisme. Galathians the [...]hird Chapter.Galat. 3 I haue put on the wed­ [...]ing garment, in which I shall appeare [Page] before God, and dwell in his kingdome for euer and euer. Amen.

Beholde, thus shall you driue away the wicked flend, and striue and fight a­gainst him as a Christian Capteine, to the end that ye may atteine at the great day, vnto the euerlasting crown. Thus wil our Lord God (which is the God of peace,) tread downe sathan after a litle time vnder your feete,Rom. 16. as Saint Paule writeth, in the 16. to the Romanes.

Eightly, if welbeloued, the euerlast­ing iudgement, hell, and euerlasting damnation assault you, as though you were one that should be damned, or for­saken and lost, and woulde make hell mouth gape, and open wide vppon you: thus comforte and refreshe your selfe euer and quickly with Gods word, re­léeue and coole your selfe with the freshe water that springeth and floweth out of the treasure of Gods mercy, against sin and filthy liuing, which water we haue in the Gospell, where also the holy pro­phet Zacharias maketh mention in the 13.Zach. 13. Esaie. 55. Chapter, and the Prophete Esaie in [Page 32] 55. Cha. Thus imbrace now with true [...]ith ye noble, cōfortable, & pleasant say­ [...]ngs & promises of God, of euerlasting [...]fe, whereof this is one, Iohn. 3.Iohn. 3. where [...]ur Lorde Christe speaketh thus, God [...]th not sent his son into the world, that he [...]uld cōdemne the world, but that the world [...]hrough him should be saued. Whosoeuer be­ [...]eeueth on him, shall not be condemned. [...]. I­ [...]em, Iohn. 5.Iohn. 5. Ʋerily verily I say vnto you, saith Christ our Lord,) Whosoeuer hea­ [...]eth my word, & beleeueth in him that hath sent me, shal neuer enter into condemnation, [...]t he hath a through passage from death to [...]e. Item the third of S. Iohn, Whosoeuer [...]eleueth on the Sonne, hath euerlasting life. Iohn. 3. And moreouer he saith, Like as Moses set vp a serpent in the wildernesse, likewise [...]ust the sonne of man also be lifted vp, to the intent, that all they that beleeue in him, [...]hould not be lost and perish, but inioy and in­ [...]erite euerlasting life. And, God hath so lo­ [...]d the world, (saith ye euerlasting sonne [...]f God him selfe,) that he hath giuen his [...] sonne, to the intent that all that be­ [...]eeue in him, shoulde not be destroyed, but [Page] should inioy euerlasting life. Item, Iohn the sixte (thus saith Christe,Iohn. 6) Ʋerily verily I say vnto you, he that beleeueth on me, hath euerlasting life. Item (our Lorde Christe saith further thus,) This is the will of him that sent me, that whosoeuer beholdeth the sonne, and beleeueth on him, shal haue euer­lasting life, and I will raise him vp at the last day.

By this may you ioyfully say, con­clude, and through true faith acknow­ledge, that hel (through the resurrection of Christe our deliuerer) is shut vp a­gainst you, for you beléeue the highest article of Christian religion, where we beléeue and acknowledge, that Christe our Lorde is gone downe into hell, not for his owne sinne and vnrighteousnes sake, but for the cause of our wickednes­ses, by whiche we haue deserued the e­uerlasting plagues, hell, and damnati­on. There hath Christ himselfe taken a­way that euerlasting correction, done penaunce for it, and made satisfaction, broken hell, and shut and stopped it vp, and to be short, in stead of euerlasting [Page 33] imprisonment, dungeon, and destructi­on, purchased and giuen vs euerlasting life, and brought vnto vs, and giuen vs a triumphant victorie, that we with him may nowe merily sing, Hell, where is thy victorie? Beholde, it behoueth you in such sore dangerous, and linger­ing sicknesse and battel, to shew and in­struct your selfe that you be a childe of God, and suffer not your selfe to be de­ceiued, albeit it doeth not as yet appeare in this world, nor can easily be percei­ued whether we be presently through faith fully Gods children or not.Iohn 1. Iohn the first saith. It doeth not yet nowe ap­peare what we be, but we knowe, that when it shal appeare, then shal we be like vnto him, The first of Saint Iohn the third.Iohn. 1.3. Cap. Then shall we see him as he is, and then shal we be pertakers of his Godly nature. The seconde Epistle of Saint Peter the first Chapter.2. Pet. 1. Albeit that yet our knowledge and appearance what we be, is vnperfecte, and that we as yet beholde the maiestie of God, (as it were through a glasse, & in dark­nesse) or in a cloude. Yet shall we hereafter [Page] beholde him face to face. Thus doe we waite for neuerthelesse these thinges in the meane season in blessed hope. For we beholde our selues likewise, by our selues, childishlye, and looke for the deliueraunce of our bodies, for we shal be throughly blessed, albeit in hope. This hoping neuerthelesse, that we sée, is no hope, for how can a man hope for that he seeth? But if we hope for that we sée not, then doe we looke after it by patience, [...]om. 13. the 13. to the Romans Ther­fore doth belong hereunto, yt is there to the time of sufferinges, these two ver­tues, patience, and hope, for with these two winges specially, faith and hope, you must enforce your selfe to flée vp in­to heauen. But patience muste fight the battell with the dragon, which wil strengthen and hinder your way to hea­uen.

Ninthely, nowe welbeloued, séeing that your sicknesse somwhat lingereth, and that God for a time doeth prolong his helpe and deliuerance, and will not soudenly, as we desire, pray, and think, [Page 34] deliuer you, but wil awhile try & proue your faith, for your faith must be tried by aduersitie, and temptation, as gold is tried and proued in the fire: There­fore you must be patient. For albeit our Lorde GOD for a time, withdraweth his merciful helpe, yet will he not long be absent. It should not stande with his godly nature & mercie, that he shoulde for euer forsake you, being his childe through faith in Christe. Wherfore, though you a little while for the time of your suffering must sing with Christe, the lamentable song, and say, My GOD my GOD, wherefore hast thou forsaken me? yet will not God long tarrie nor be ab­sent, he suffereth you to swimme a while, but not vtterly so be drowned, he suffereth you peraduenture one day, but he will by and by afterwards raise you vp againe, and giue you euerlasting peace and happinesse. Therefore, al­beit you doe not for a little time sée Christe in his throne of grace, yet shall you shortly sée him againe, Iohn the .16.Iohn. 16. For his anger, that is to say, his fatherly [Page] correction endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and he hath pleasure and de­light to saue. And therefore doeth our Lorde God him selfe comfort you in the Prophet Esai the .54. [...]saie. 54. Cap, saying thus. Beholde I haue hidden my face a little from thee, in the short time of anger: neuertheles, I will haue mercie vpon thee with my conti­nuall fauour, saith the Lorde God our de­liuerer. Therefore saith Saint Paule the seconde Epistle the .4. Chap. to the Cor.Cor. 4. Although our trouble, whiche is but transitorie and easie (though we thinke it very heauie, much and long) yet doth it breede and bring foorth an euerlasting and a mer­uilous weightie and vnmeasurable dignitie and estimation vnto vs, whiche we cannot beholde with these eyes, but with inuisible eyes. For no eye hath sene, nor no eare heard, nor no mans heart can expresse that GOD hath prepared for them that loue him. Esai. 64.Esaie. 64. And .1. Cor. 2. [...]. Cor. 2. But in these things must Gods children a while be pacient, suffering, polished and pressed, and ful­ly bethinke and consider these comfor­table sayings, which be spoken vnto vs [Page 35] as to children the .12. to the Hebr.Hebr. 12. out of [...]he Prouerbes of Solomon in the third Chapter, as it is there written.Prouerb. 3. Take [...]ot slightly, but earnestly regard the Lordes [...]hastening or correction, and dispaire not [...]hen he punisheth thee. For whom the Lord [...]oueth him doeth hee punish, & correcteth [...]uery childe that he taketh to him selfe. If [...]ou abide his correction patiently, then [...]oeth God shewe him selfe as to his [...]hildren, for where is a sonne whome [...]he father doeth not correct. Howbeit, [...]uery chastening while it is a doing, it [...]oeth not reioyce vs, but maketh vs sad [...]nd pensiue, but afterward it bringeth [...] ioyful fruite of righteousnes, to them [...]hat be exercised in it. And therefore [...]aith Saint Iames in his first Chapter.Iam. 1. Esteme it for a perfect ioy when you chance [...]o fall into many temptations, and know, that [...]our faith if it be perfect worketh pacience, [...]ut patience shall perfectly abide vnto the [...]nde. To the end it may be perfect and haue [...]t all no manner of imperfection.. For, He that abideth to the ende he shalbe bles­ [...]d, Matth. the .10.Matth. 10. Therfore a Christian [Page] may well boast him selfe of trouble, sée­ing that we knowe, that Trouble bring­eth patience, patience bringeth experience, experience bringeth hope, hope will neuer be confoūded. Let vs not be ashamed, for the loue of GOD is powred out into our heartes through the holy ghost, which is giuen vnto vs, the .6.Rom. 6. to the Rom.

Thus shall you in patience looke for the mercifull helpe and visitation of God, and in your heart sing the plea­saunt song of thankesgiuing, of the holy man Simeon,Luk. 2. Luke the second, and say thus: Lord nowe lettest thou thy seruaunt departe in peace, as thou hast saide. For mine eyes haue seene thy saluation, whiche thou hast prepared for al people. To be a light to lighten the heathen, and to be the praise of all thy people of Israel. For I haue nowe (God be praised) obteined ye knowledge of thy saluation, which is in the forgiue­ing of sinnes: Through the tender mercie of our God whereby he hath vi­sited vs, that came from aboue, That he might appeare to them that satte in darke­nesse, and in the shadowe of death, and leade [Page 36] our feete into the way of peace, Luke. 2. as Zacha­rias did sing, Luke the second.

The tenth, welbeloued, your sicke­nesse continueth and doth not leaue off, and you thinke long for helpe, yet must you giue ouer these things, ye must not shrinke from God, nor be faint harted, but in patience haue a perfect and sted­fast hope, that God will not be long a­way, though he séeme to tarrie, but or it be long will come and help you: yea, the longer God withdraweth from you his gratious helpe, the mightier and better hereafter will your helpe and comfort be: for God standeth yet a while behind the wal, as a louing and friendly bride­grome, and looketh through the window priuily in vpon his spouse, and marketh whether she doth so loue her bridgrome, that she will wayt and tarrie for him, and that she may perceiue that he at the length will reache out his hande to her, plucke her foorth, & bring her home. His loue is as strong as death, but vn­der it is hidden very life and felicitie. Therfore despaire not euen in the very [Page] daunger of death, and sing once againe with this congregation, and with all the holy elected Saintes of GOD in your heart, in this manner.

In the middest of our life we be com­passed about with death, whom shal we séeke to for help, that we may get grace? thou only, oh Lord, art high, we be sorry for our misdéedes which haue offended thée, oh holy Lord God, oh mightie Lord God, oh holy merciful Sauiour euerla­sting God, let vs not be drowned in the bitter danger of death. Lord haue mer­cy vpon vs.

In the middest of death, the gaping of hell assaulteth vs, who can deliuer vs from this great peril? that canst thou Lorde alone doe, thy great mercy hath compassion on our complaint and great miserie, Holy Lorde GOD, oh mightie Lord God, oh holy mercifull Sauiour, oh euerlasting God, let vs not dispaire for the déepe pit of hell. Lord haue mer­cy vpon vs.

In the middest of the sorrowes of hell our sinnes lye hard vpon vs, then whe­ther [Page 37] shal we flée from hence? where may we abide in safetie? to the Lord Christe alone. Thou hast shead thy bloud that hath satisfied for our sinns, oh holy Lord God, oh holy mightie God, oh holy mer­cifull sauiour, oh thou euerlasting God, let vs not fall backe from the comfort of our faith, Lord haue mercy vpon vs.

Behold, thus shall we reioyce in our greatest daunger, and withall our heart Sing vnto our Lord God a song of thankes­giuing, which is the right sacrifice of than­kes. Psal. 50.Psalme. 50. These be the right singers to God, when the whole armie of hea­uen singe with vs, and giue vnto God prayse and thankes. Therefore nowe without all feare and trembling, hope vppon the endlesse mercy of God, that this your trouble and heauinesse, and dangerous gronings and sighings com­meth vp to Gods compassion, and com­meth neare inough to his heart. But herein shall you stay your self and hope, and so shall you be strengthened, Esaie 30.Esaie 30. And thus shal you conclude in your heart, and earnestly hope, and with S. [Page] Paule say thus, Rom. 8.Rom. 8. I knowe certein­ly, that neither death nor life, neither An­gel nor principalitie, neither power present or to come, neither aboue nor beneath, nor none other creature may remoue vs from the loue of God, which is in Christ Iesus our Lord. To be short, Who will accuse the e­lected of God, God is hee that doth iustifie, who can condemne vs? Christe is hee that died, yea rather that is risen againe, which sitteth on Gods right hand, and forgiueth vs. Nowe if death, sinne, diuel, hel, all trou­ble, aduersitie, and plague fall vpon me in heapes, yet will I before you all abide still in my God, and still remaine a childe of euerlasting ioy and felicitie. Amen.

The eleuenth, though welbeloued, that ye do persuade your selfe as though God himselfe were against you, and were angrie with you by reason of fore­passed sinnes, yet ye shall not be afraid nor dismaye your selfe. For God many times doth proue his, & appeareth vnto them outwardly as though he were ve­rie angrie with them, as thoughe he [Page 38] would lay hands on them, punish them, and vtterly condemne them. Therefore séeing God first will make you to liue, he wil before hūble you, & seeing he will bring you to heauen, he will first caste you downe into hel. For,1. Sam. 2. Our Lord sley­eth and reuiueth, God doth cast vs into hel, and leadeth vs out againe. As holy Anna saith, the first of Samuel the 2. There­fore in this temptation, learne rightly and properly to knowe the nature and propertie of God. He meaneth not euil towardes you, but by this meanes he tryeth your faith and your hope, that ye may be found to be perfect. Surely, it is a hard fight to wage battel with God him selfe, as the good Patriarch Iaacob did a whole night long, but at ye length he had the victorie and lay aboue: And therefore was he called Israel. Like­wise also must the spirituall Israel doe, and in spiritual fight preuaile and haue the ouerhand. And to be short, at length it must come to passe with you thus, that you must nowe onely beléeue vpon hope where no hope is, Rom. 8.Rom. 8. For, [Page] True faith is a certeine assuraunce to ob­teine those things, and not doubt on, the whi­che we can neither beholde nor see. [...]ebr. 11. Heb. 11.

This is your case, for in outward ap­pearance and féeling, ye sée nothing but death him selfe, but the eyes of your faith looke further, for they sée life in the middest of death, in the middest of sinne true ioy and perfection: in the middest of hell, heauen: in the middest of Gods anger and punishment, grace and euer­lasting welfare. This is surely a strang and wonderfull sight, and this is also an excellent, passing, and fine knowledge, a cunning aboue all cunnings, whiche declareth vnto vs, howe we shall find in death, perfect life, howe we in the dée­pest miserie shall be comforted, how we in the greatest doubtes shall be instruc­ted, to be short, when it appeareth vnto vs, that we are vtterly vndone, euery body hath forsaken vs, euery body with­draweth their succour from vs, and be­fore our eyes there appeareth nothing but destruction, and vtter vndoing, we shall make much adoe, and wonderfully [Page 36] busie our selues, and in our reason and opinion, knowe not whether to goe, we seeme to liue, and yet we dye, we sée and féele, and yet be in the middest of death. But here we must lay aside all féeling, seeing, vnderstanding, wisedome, and reason, and vtterly forsake them, and with these comforts, to be merrie in the middest of death, and slide through it as through sléep, to the blessed hope, that God will through his mercy in the pro­mise of Christe euerlastingly kéepe vs, and make vs inioy his blessings. What so euer Gods wil be, let things appeare outwardly as they will, let thinges goe and stand with vs as God will, yet be­leue we stedfastly, that Gods grace and goodnesse will defende vs for euer, con­trarie to all mans reason and imagina­tion, for he will not ascribe our saluati­on, nor giue the honour, glory, & prayse thereof, vnto vs or our workes, eyther to our indeuour, but vnto his endlesse mercy, that at the last day we should & must confesse, that our saluation was not in our power, in our doings, in our [Page] will and might, but onely in the mercy and onely grace of God, which we haue obteined through Christ our onely Sa­uiour. For which grace and good will, we are bound to giue to God continual thankes, and only laude and prayse his holy name, and ascribe vnto him all ho­nour, power, might, and maiestie: behold thus shal you fight and striue with God, against god, and push and enforce your selfe as it were through very thistles & thornes, to enter into heauen, and there againe beginne in your heart to sing the comfortable song of the holy Dauid, Psalme. 73. [...]sal. 73. where he thus singeth, If I haue onely thee my Lord and my God, I passe of nothing, neither in heauen, nor in earth, though my body and my soul be in contempt, yet art thou my God alway my heartes com­fort, and my health. And then will GOD comfort you, and say thus, Esaie. 41. [...]aie. 41. Be not afraid, I am with thee, be not faint hear­ted, for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, I will helpe thee out, I will holde thee vppe, through the strength of my righteousnesse.

Twelfthly, if welbeloued, many as­saultes [Page 40] and temptations fall vpon you, as it were by heapes, yet let them not [...]ismay or discourage you, for sathan [...]oth willingly bestowe all his cunning, when the matter commeth to the push, [...]r extremitie. If he could not ouercome you in your life time, whilest ye were [...]n perfect health, then wil he now more [...]trongly withstande and assault you, now in your weaknesse. Therfore now [...]earne, and be expert in deede, what the [...]ubtiltie and craft of the wicked fiende [...]s, what sleightes and deuises he vseth and practiseth against you: for his na­ture and condition is with great rage and fiercenesse to set vpon men, he com­meth to you very stoutly, and that con­tinually with many and diuers temp­tations, and thinketh thus with so ma­ny and sundrie assaults and forces to dismay, amaze, enféeble, match, & make desperate a féeble, and vnexperienced Christian, wherby he may driue an vn­experienced Christian at the last, to put him selfe at all aduentures, to giue ouer, and yeld him selfe to euery temp­tation, [Page] and to be ouercome, to the in­tent, that at the last, he may fall into doubt, yeald him selfe wholy prisoner to the wicked enimie, and to submit him selfe vnto him, from which our Lord de­fend you of his good grace, with his holy spirite. Amen.

Therfore if now at the last any such come vnto you, and that sathan will lay vnto you that God (after his maiestie) is a great deale too high & mightie to haue any regarde, or to make any reckoning of you, be gratious to you, & shewe you mercy, then let such high imaginations and thoughts passe, which touch the vn­searchable maiestie of God, and come from thence to Christes humanitie, and howe he tooke vppon him our nature, and beginne at his cradell to take holde vpon God that is most high, and too farr aboue our reach, For, In Christ dwelleth the whole fulnesse of the Godhead bodily. Colos. 2.Col. 2. And as Christe him selfe saith, Io. 14.Iohn. 14. He that seeth me (saith Christe to Philip) hee seeth the father. Doest thou not beleue that I am in the father, and that [Page 41] the father is in me. Therefore thus begin with Saint Thomas, Iohn 20.Iohn. 20. and call thus vpon Christ, & say, My God, & my Lorde. Thus shall you séeke out the ma­iestie of God, finde him, and take holde on him, that is only in Christe: there is the euerlasting godhead and high maie­stie onely to be sought and found, and without our Lorde Christ shall you ne­uer finde God, nor lay hand vpon him: therefore thus cry with the woman of Chanaan, Oh thou sonne of Dauid, haue mercy vpon me. Matth. 15.Matth. 15

The thirtéenth, And if beloued, temp­tation after this sort would preuaile a­gainst you, as though god were not nigh you, neither in heauen, nor in earth, to succour and helpe you, but that he doth vtterly despise and forsake you, & that sathan woulde lay and cast before you mocking and blasphemie, and say, Be­holde, where is thy God, vppon whome thou hast so long trusted? beholde howe well he heareth thée? beholde what haste he maketh to help thée? how wisely hast thou committed thy selfe to him? either [Page] what great care hath he of thée? he suffereth thee to sticke fast, and starue in thy greatest danger & perils. Oh, surely this is not ye right God yt thou takest for the right God, and whom thou honourest, & callest vpon, else would he neuer suffer thée now so miserably to be destroyed & perish, &c. Whē any such or ye like blas­phemie of sathan is laid before you, then holde your peace, & be quiet at such blas­phemie, & neuer dispute with sathā, but by & by turne you to Christe crucified, to Gods sonne him selfe, and cal vpon him with your whole hart, that he will come and ayde you with his holy spirite, and strike sathan, that he may be driuen a­way from you, and call vppon Christe your mediatour onely, that he wil stand betwéene the high maiestie of God and you miserable sinner, and do like a good mediatour, & will withdrawe his great and mightie righteousnesse and iustice, take your sinnes vpon him, and so goe before you, intreate, and reconcile you. Otherwise will the maiestie of God be too much, too highe, and terrible, so that [Page 42] you shall before God be afraid, amazed, and out of countenance. Therefore take this Lord and mediatour by the hand, if ye will drawe nigh to God, and haue a­ny thing to do with him. For this medi­atour hath ben a long time ordeined by God himselfe for vs, that we through him might be reconciled to God, as wit­nesseth Saint Paul. 1. Tim. 2.1. Tim. 2. where he saith thus, There is one God, and one meediatour betweene God and man: namely, the man Iesus Christe, that hath giuen him selfe for all for deliueraunce.

The fourtéenth, If welbeloued, your sinne doth nowe accuse you, for that you not onely in your youthe, when your body was sound and lustie, did sinne & offend God: but also euen now in your sicknesse, ye haue displeased God by im­patience, murmuring, misbeléefe, &c. as we al be borne in sinne, be sinners, and so remaine and abide, till we come to our graue: therefore let not your sinne in any case make you despaire, but ac­knowlege and confesse, and accuse your selfe before your Lord God, and be sor­rie [Page] for them with all your heart, aske mercy therefore before God, in Christe our Lorde. For it is impossible in this life, that in the sight of God we shoulde be found so cleare, pure, and without fault or sinne, as holy Saint Iohn wit­nesseth .1. Iohn .1. where he saith thus, If we say we haue no sinne, Iohn. 2 then shall we de­ceiue our selues, and the trueth is not in vs. Therefore in the middest of sinne we haue this onely comfort, (when we ac­knowledge our sinne, the vnquietnesse of our conscience, and the trouble of our hearts cumbereth vs) that we call then vpon our atturney Christ the Lord, to ye intent that he for euer be gratious vnto vs, & intreat & speak for vs towards his deare father, as then Saint Iohn (when we sticke in sinne) comforteth vs. 1. Ioh. 2.Iohn 2 where he saith thus, If any man sinne, yet haue we an aduocate to the father Iesus Christe, that maketh vs righteous, and he is the attonement for our sinnes. From hence shall you séeke youre refuge and suc­cour, and in euery assaulte of your sin­nes, comfort your selfe, that you haue [Page 43] such a peacemaker before God the fa­ther, whome the father doth accept and allowe, that can speake well, and is elo­ [...]ent, and can handle your cause, and plead for you best. Surely, this is a gret and a perfect comfort, that we haue our fleshe and bloud sitting aboue at Gods right hand the father, which doeth take vppon him the whole progenie of man, intreateth for vs, pleadeth our cause, & turneth the wrath of GOD from vs, as holy S. Paule also witnesseth. Rom. 8.Rom. 8. where he saith thus, Christ is at the right hand of God, and maketh intercession for vs. This is his holy office, that he deliue­reth wretched sinners from Gods an­ger, defendeth and kéepeth them, there­fore flée only to this Lord Christe, when your sinne grieueth or troubleth you.

The fiftéenth, If now in these long lingering assaults and conflicts, welbe­loued, your heart waxe cold, be vnlu­stie, & drowsie, as you thinke that there is no more faith in your heart, and that for vnlust you can neither pray nor be­léeue, yet shall you not therefore giue o­uer, [Page] [...] [Page 43] [...] [Page] or be afraid: for the Lord God brin­geth his many times so déepe vnder the crosse, that they can neither beléeue nor hope, and thinke with them selues, that their heartes be vtterly cold and fro­sen: yea, very stiffe, that neither faith, loue, prayer, nor no good thought can a­ny more appeare in their heartes. If this great & sore temptation shall hap­pen also to trouble you, yet despaire not therefore, but be of good cheare, & thinke thus with your selfe: I perceiue that I must altogether be naked and vnclo­thed, and put off all that I haue, & spoile my selfe of euery thing that I haue or may doe, all that euer I haue falleth cleane from me, and forsaketh me. My louing bridegrome our lord Christ wil cloath me anew, adorne and dresse me, and trimme me with all his iewels. Therefore call now againe vpon him, as vppon your highe priest, that he will haue mercie vpon you, intreat and pray for you, and wil haue heartie compassi­on of your weakenesse. For, We haue not an high priest that can not take cōpassion of [...]eb. 5. [Page 44] our feeblenesse, but such an high priest that hath beene thoroughly tempted, and is like vnto vs in all things (except in sinne.) Ther­fore let vs goe vnto him, with ioy to his mer­cie seate, that wee may obteine mercie and finde grace, at that time when helpe shalbe necessarie for vs. Heb. 5.

Here haue you a very great comfort, that Christ is your high priest. Call vp­pon him earnestly, that he wil send into your colde heart his holy spirite, which shall call within you, father, father, lo­uing father: Euen then shall the holy Ghost helpe vp your weakenes, and in­treateth for you also mightily, with sighings not able to be expressed. Rom. viij.Rom. 8. Then also doeth Christ himselfe pray for you, like the high priest before the father, & suffereth not your weake­nesse to be laid to your charge, despiseth you not, because of your vntowardnes, your ignorance, or faint heart: for this high priest hath great compassion with our weakenes, he doth not only intreat for vs, but also he sheweth foorth before the father his innocent bodie, which he [Page] hath offered vppon the Crosse for you, a perfect sacrifice for euer. Heb. 9. [...]ebr. 9. As also S. Paule witnesseth, Ephes. 5. [...]phes. 5. where he saith thus, Christ hath loued vs, and gi­uen himselfe for vs for a gift and offering vnto God for a sweete sauour. This is the noble gift, and this is the auaileable of­fering for you, which is richly accepted before God.

Thus haue you now your high priest Christe oure Lord himselfe, the altar wherevppon he was offered his crosse, the offering his cleane vnspotted and pure bodie. Nowe marke how and in what manner or fashion Christe your high priest did hang vpon the crosse, for such maner of hanging is very comfor­table, if one would behold it with belée­uing eyes.

For first, Christ hangeth vppon the Crosse with his armes and hands stret­ched out, to signifie, that he is readie to giue grace, accept and imbrace with his armes all poore and wretched sinners: for he hangeth there for the comforte of poore sinners, & reacheth out his armes [Page 45] to troubled consciences.

Secondarily, his féete also be heaued vp and fast nailed, in token that he tar­rieth there for all wretched sinners: for he wil not start aside nor flie from you, but will continually be found, and tar­rieth for you.

Thirdly, he turneth his face and not his backe to you, he boweth downe his face like vnto a gentle and milde Lord to the prayers of all poore and troubled persons, will gladly with all his heart heare them, he is willing and readie, he openeth his eares wide, wherby he will certeinly heare you.

Fourthly, his heart is wide open to­wardes you, for it is pearced with a speare, whereby he may haue heartie compassion with your aduersitie, and will set your trouble very neare vnto his owne heart.

Fiftly, he weareth a crowne of thorne vpon his head, to signifie, that he will be your king, and defend and kéepe you from all misfortune, from sinne, from death, from the diuell, and from hell. [Page] This is a maruellous gratious and lo­uing beholding to all troubled sinners, for he hangeth in the middle of sinners, as a sinner, bycause he will receiue all miserable, forsaken sinners, giue them grace, and preserue and kéepe them for euer.

¶ Hereafter followe certeine prayers, whiche may be said before the sicke body, if the sick­nesse haue any continuance, whereby some­time the sicke bodies heart may be touched, moued, and kindled, that the sicknesse may not preuaile, and haue the ouerhand vpon the sicke.

First welbeloued, let vs lift vp our heartes to almightie God, and put him in remembraunce of his gratious pro­mise, which he hath made vs at our holy baptisme: therfore say after me, though not with your mouth, yet with your heart chiefly thus.

MY Lorde and God, remember the holy couenant whiche thou hast made with me in my holy baptisme, wherin thou hast receiued me to grace, [Page 46] and to be thy childe, and promised me, that I beléeuing and béeing baptised, should be saued. Marke. 16.Mark. 16. Séeing then thou Lorde hast so assuredly bound thy selfe vnto me, to be my gratious, mer­cifull, true, and louing father, my com­forte and hope is alonely in thée, there­fore I stedfastly beléeue, that as surely as I am baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the ho­ly Ghost, that thou wilt be my defender, deliuerer, and comforter, and helpe me out of all daunger, leade me and defend me from all perill, that neither sinne, death, nor hell can hurt me. Therefore I will not despaire in all aduersitie, and euen in the extremitie of death turn my heart vnto thée, and stedfastly beléeue, that thou wilt neuer forsake me, but giue vnto me euerlasting blessednesse, through the deseruing of Christe my Lord and Sauiour.

Secondarily, welbeloued, let vs now againe turne our selues vnto almigh­tie God, from whome commeth al help, and call vpon him from the bottome of [Page] our hearts inwardly, as our onely God and father, and say thus.

OH almightie euerlasting God, and father, I being full of all vnrighte­ousnesse and sinne, come vnto thée, and yet am I thy welbeloued childe. There­fore séeing thou art the euerlasting true God, I comfort my selfe with thy pro­mise, that thou wilt faithfully performe all that thou hast promised me. Nowe thou hast saide, Matth. 11. [...]atth. 11. When I am troubled in my conscience with sinne, care, néede, heauinesse, and am heauie laden many wayes, and I repaire vnto thée, that then thou wilt help me, and re­ceiue me in my heauinesse.

For as much as thou art my welbe­loued father, and I am thy childe, there­fore doe I looke for from thée wholy, all good things, help & comfort in al trouble, for thou art not an earthly father, whi­che somtime can neither help him selfe, nor his children, but thou Lorde art the almightie & heauenly father, that wilt willingly with all thy heart helpe me, & [Page 47] likewise art able so to doe, by reason of thy almightie power. For thou art the maker of heauen and of earth, thou hast all thinges in thy hande and power, all cretures of heauen and of earth be sub­iect vnto thée, and must serue and obey thée euen as thou listest. Therfore Lord despise me not, though I be a very wretched sinner altogether, for these cau­ses, séeing that thou by thy worde hast commaunded and promised, that I shal be heard in what daunger and trouble so euer I be, when I call vpon thée, and that then I shall honour thée, and euer acknowledge thée to be the true and ve­ry God: séeing I perceiue, that what so euer thou promisest, that thou dost per­fourme effectually. Therefore beléeue I certeinly thy worde, that thou wilt not denie it, but vndoubtedly perfourme whatsoeuer thou hast once spoken: ther­fore I beséech thée, from the bottome of my heart, that thou wilt help me out of my trouble and sicknesse, and neuer for­sake me, but gratiously send me thy fa­therly helpe, and deliuer me from my [Page] distresse. For there is no body vpon whō I can perceiue any helpe or goodnesse, but only vpon thée, therefore helpe thou me my lord and God, but not according to my deserts, worthinesse, or goodnes, but through the deserts of thy sonne Ie­sus Christe, which hath purchased vnto me, from thée, all grace and fatherly fa­uour, him dost thou loue, and hast great pleasure in him, and therfore thou wilt not forsake me for his sake, but rather shewest vnto me all goodnesse: therfore I commit my self wholy vnto thy mer­cy and fatherly goodnesse, and put my whole cause vnto thée, as to my louing father, yt thou wilt deliuer me out of all this trouble, griefe, weaknes, & paines, when it shal please thy godly will: ther­fore I will not appoint vnto thée ney­ther time nor space, but earnestly hope vpon thée, that thou wilt heare me, and defend me, though my case appeare ve­ry straunge, and as impossible as it may be: for thou art almightie, hast might and power ouer all things, and besides this, thou art my father, and art willing [Page 48] to doe it, if it were nowe necessarie. Therfore at thy hand I looke for al good­nesse, be it vnto me according vnto thy true promise. Amen.

Thirdly, moreouer welbeloued, let vs once againe lift vp our heartes and mindes vnto him, from whome all help and goodnesse commeth, chiefly vnto the father of all light, which giueth euery good gift, & gratiously heareth vs. Ther­fore, séeing that your paines, necessitie, miserie, and griefes stil continue, there­fore pray vnto our Lord God, with holy Dauid, and say thus, Oh Lord, punish me not in thine anger, & correct me not in thine me. Lord be gratious vnto me, for I am fee­ble: heale me Lorde, for my bones be afraide. Turne thee Lord, and deliuer my soule, help me according to thy pleasure: be not far from me, for trouble is at hand, for here is none that can helpe. Remember Lorde thy mercy and thy goodnesse, which hath ben since the world beganne. Remember not the sinnes of my youth, nor mine offences, but thinke vpon me after thy mercy, and according to thy goodnesse. Lorde haue mercy vppon my mis­deedes, [Page] which be very great, turne thee to me, & be gratious vnto me, for I am forsaken and in miserie, the heauinesse of my heart is great, lead me out of my necessitie and need. Behold my miserie and distresse, and forgiue me all mine offences. Lorde be gratious vnto me according to thy goodnesse, and blot out all my sinnes, after thy great mercy, wash me cleane from mine offences, & make me pure from my sinnes, for I acknowledge myne of­fences, and my misdeedes be euer before me. On thee alone haue I sinned, and haue done euill in thy sight. Hide thy face from my sin­nes, and blot out all mine offences. Make a cleane heart within me, and giue me a newe right spirit. Cast me not out of thy sight, and take not thine holy Ghost from me. Comfort me againe with thy helpe, and giue in me the spirite of peace. Be vnto me a strong tower, whether I may for euer flee for succour: for thou hast promised to helpe me, for thou art my rocke, and my hill. Oh Lorde, I cry vnto thee, bicause thou art gratious, Lord for thy great goodnesse heare me with thy true help, heare me Lorde, for thy goodnesse is comfor­table, turne thee vnto me according to thy [Page 49] great mercy. Lord be not farre from me. My God make hast to helpe me. Ʋpon thee Lord do I trust, God helpe me out of all my needs, and set me at libertie. Looke vppon me, and heare me Lord my God. Lighten myne eyes, that I may sleepe soundly in the middest of death. I loue thee with all my heart, Lorde God my strength, Lorde my rocke, my hill, my deliuerer, my God, my castell, vpon whome I trust, my buckler and horne of my saluation, my defence. Lord in thee doe I trust, let me neuer be confounded. Deliuer me for thy iu­stice sake. Bowe downe thine eares to me, make speede to help me. Be vnto me a strong rocke and an hill, where thou maiest helpe me. For thou art my rocke and my hill, and for thy name sake leade me and bring mee foorth, come to my soule and deliuer it, keepe my soule, and deliuer me. Let me not be con­founded, for I trust in thee. Lorde quicken me for thy name sake, leade my soule out of this daunger, for thy righteousnesse sake, for my soule fainteth in my bodie, and the feare of death is falen vpon me. Feare and trem­bling compasseth me, and loathsomenesse is falen vpon me. I lie with my soule among the [Page] Lions, therefore, oh Lorde, heare my prayers, and let my crie come vnto thee. Hide not thy face from me in my neede. Bowe downe thine eare vnto me, when I call vpon thee, then heare me betime. Nowe Lord wherein shall I comfort me? I hope vpon thee, leaue off from troubling me, that I may refreshe my selfe before I goe hence, and come no more againe.

If it please any man to say all the whole Psalms, to be said to the sicke, I will not complaine vppon him. Therfore they that list may when he list sometime take these Psalmes hereafter following, and read the same to the sicke, and sometime make some shorte rehearsall of them, and with them comfort the sicke body, specially the 25. 51. 70. 71. 77. 87. 88. 103. 130. &c. And if neede require, a man may often re­peate them or take some comfortable part of them, and also like comfortable sayinges out of my litle booke, called The spiritual con­flict, all which for shortnesse I leaue heere vn­touched.

Fourthly, if the sick bodie draw on, and is neare his ende, then say our be­léefe, that is, the xij. Articles of our holy faith thus.

J Beleeue in God the father Almightie, maker of heauen and earth: And in Ie­sus Christ his onely sonne, our Lord, whiche was conceiued by the holy Ghost, borne of the virgin Marie, suffered vnder Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead and buried, hee descended into hell, he rose againe the third day from the dead, he ascended into heauen, he sitteth on the right hand of God the fa­ther Almightie, from thence he shal come to iudge the quicke and the dead. I beleeue in the holy ghost, The holy catholique Church, The communion of Saintes, The forgiuenes of sinnes, The resurrection of the bodie, and the life euerlasting. Amen.

Oh highest comfort in all trouble, helpe, that we neither feare shame nor death, that our senses be not dismayed, when ye enimie accuseth vs, Lord haue pittie vppon vs.

Fiftly, if the partie lye long in a traunce: For I haue many times seene, that some haue lyen a long time (as it were) in a traunce, and af­terward haue begunne againe to speake, and haue said, that they very well heard and did vnderstand what hath then beene said vnto them. Therefore they that will, may rehearse [Page] to the sicke, this short exposition of our be­leefe.

I put all my trust, hope, and comfort, onely in the méere grace and mercie of God, that he onely himselfe can helpe me, and none other creature (howe holy soeuer he be) in all my néede and trou­ble. And séeing he is my father, I be­léeue stedfastly, that he with all his hart will gladly helpe me, neuer forsake me neither in this world, nor in the world to come. And because he is almightie God, I beléeue that he can defend me, and kéepe me, from all that is against me: For he onely is strong ynough for mine enimie, by reason of his almightie power. And séeing he is the creatour of heauen and earth, I beléeue he can com­maund all other creatures, that none of them shall haue any power ouer me to my harme, without his fatherly good will.

Therefore do I looke for onely from this almightie God, father, & creatour, all good things and euerlasting life. For all thinges come onely from him, and [Page 51] are giuen vnto him: for he will giue himselfe wholy and fully vnto me, with all that he is, and hath with heauen and earth, with al creatures, that they must serue me, and profite me, and further me toward euerlasting life.

I beléeue with all my heart, that Ie­sus Christ the onely begotten sonne of the father, from the beginning, hath for my sake taken vpon him mans nature, and that he was conceiued of the holy Ghost, and borne of the holy virgin Ma­rie as a right naturall mother, and that that man is very truly God as an euer­lasting and vndiuided person of God and man. And that this sonne of God & Marie, our Lord Iesus Christ, hath for me wretched sinner suffered, was for me crucified, and dead. Wherby he hath deliuered me from sinne, from death, and from the euerlasting wrath of God, by his innocent bloud: whiche in his owne person suffered the pangues of death, and hath tasted euerlasting hell, and ouercome it, to the intent that I should be reconciled with God, and be [Page] made Lord ouer al mine enimies. I be­léeue, that except the death of this sonne our Lord Iesus Christe, I could neuer haue atteined vnto Gods fauour, and my saluation, neither by works, nor by any manner of desert.

I beléeue that Iesus Christ my bro­ther is risen from death for my righte­ousnesse, and hath for my sake taken death and hell prisoner, that they can neuer hurt me. For I confesse, that I shuld haue dyed for euer, if Iesus Christ had not come to help me, and taken vp­on him, as an innocent lamb, my sinne, faults, curse, and euerlasting death, and hath satisfied for me by his passion, and hath taken away the curse for me. I be­léeue, that he doth daily like a faithfull & mercifull Mediatour, Sauiour, and on­ly Priest, and Byshop of my soule, ap­peare and intreate for me.

I beléeue, that Christe with God e­qually ruleth and fulfilleth all thinges, and that he is of equal power and might in heauen and in earth, Lorde ouer all Lordes, King ouer al Kings, and aboue [Page 52] all cretures in heauen and in earth, and vnder the earth, aboue death and life, a­boue sinne and righteousnesse. This King and Lorde shall goe before me in my passion and death, shall hold battell, and fight for me, so that I with him shal be a Lorde ouer all mine enimies, for e­uer and euer.

I beléeue that Christe crucified, shall come againe at the last day, and shall iudge and condemne those that will not beléeue on him, but will defend me, and all faithfull from the terrible iudgemēt of damnation perpetuall, and say vnto vs, Come ye hyther, ye blessed of my Father, inherite the kingdome, whiche is prepared for you from the beeginning of the worlde, & coet.

I beléeue in the holy Ghost, whiche with the father and the sonne is one ve­ry God, and is procéeded from the father and the sonne euerlastingly, and yet in one and the same godly being, and na­ture, an vndiuided person. I beléeue that I by him shall be adorned with faith, as with a liuing, euerlasting, god­ly [Page] gift and reward raised vp from death made frée from sinne, and in my heart made merrie, comforted, and frée, and safe in conscience. For this is my reioy­cing, that if I can finde in my hart such witnesse of Gods holy spirite, that then God will be my father, forgiue me my sinne, and reward me with euerlasting life.

I beléeue, that the holy Ghoste will help to beare mine infirmities, and in­treate for me with vnspeakable sigh­ings, strengthen me, and light my hart, that I may knowe the excéeding riches, fatherly mercy that he hath giuen me, & rewarded me with, of méere grace, wt ­out all my deseruinges, onely through Christ his beloued sonne, by whome the father hath rewarded me with those his giftes. But the holy Ghost teacheth me to knowe all these thinges, he kindleth my heart, and lighteneth me, that these giftes come from aboue, as Christe hath promised vs, where he saith, Iohn. 7. [...]ohn. 7. He that beleueth in me (as the scripture saith) from his bodie shall flowe streames of liuing [Page 53] waters.

I beléeue, that there is vpon earth one Christian church, that is the congre­gation or number, or assemblie, & mée­ting of all Christians: in which there is one God, one Lord, one holy Ghost, one faith, one baptisme, of which Churche Christ onely is the spouse and husband.

I beléeue, that this Churche is the spirituall body, and that Christ onely is her head. I beléeue, that Christ is the sa­uiour of this his body and Church, and hath giuen him selfe for her, that he might make her holy, and hath cleansed her through the waterbath of his word, that he may haue for him selfe a speciall congregation, that neither hath spot nor wrinckle, or any other infirmitie, but that she may be holy, and without fault, a piller and foundation of trueth.

I beléeue, that in this Christian con­gregation, and where so euer it be, that there also is forgiuing of sinnes. There is the kingdome of grace, and right par­don, and that there is no saluation nor forgiuing of sins, wtout Christendome.

I beléeue, that no man can be saued, except he be in this congregation and Church, as a liuely member planted in his owne body.

I beléeue, that in this kingdome, there is not only once forgiuing of sinnes, but as oft as we require and aske it. For Christ is such a maister of the hospitall, that doeth nothing else then looke to the sicke, helpe them vp, strengthen them, and maketh them whole, and as Esaie saith, He will not breake a brused reede, nor he will not quench the smoaking flaxe.

I beléeue also the rising of the body, that my body, whiche the wormes shall eate, shall arise againe, euen as it was before. For Christe at the last day shall raise it vppe, according to his promise, where he saith, Iohn. 6. [...]ohn. 6. This is the will of him that sent me, that whosoeuer seeth the sonne, and beleeueth on him, shall haue euer­lasting life, and I will raise him at the last day. And, Whosoeuer eateth of my flesh, and drinketh of my bloud, hath euerlasting life, and I will raise him vp at the last day.

I beléeue, that after this life, there [Page 54] shal be an euerlasting life, so that I shal liue with Christ for euer, according to his promise, Iohn. 5.Iohn. 5. where he saith, Ve­rily verily I say vnto you, who so euer hea­reth my worde, and beleeueth on him that sent me, he hath euerlasting life, and com­meth not into iudgment, but he passeth clean through death to life. And, Whosoeuer bele­ueth on the sonne, he hath euerlasting life. And, Ʋerily verily I say vnto you, if any mā will keepe my word, he shall not see euerlast­ing death. Item, I am the breade of life, (saith Christ, Iohn. 6.Iohn. 6.) which is come from heauen, whosoeuer shall eate of this breade, shall liue for euer.

Nowe welbeloued, séeing your time draweth on, stand stedfast vpon the only rocke, Christe our Lorde. Then can no storme, no whirlwinde: yea, hell gates them selues can not remoue nor ouer­whelme you. For whosoeuer beléeueth vpon our Lord God, shal neuer fall, nor be ouerturned, but shall abide for euer. Therfore call vpon our Lord God with your whole heart, for he is rich ouer all that call vpon him, and he will be nigh [Page] to all them that pray to him, to al them that call vpon him with their heartes, and graunteth all thinges which they that feare God do require, heareth their cry, and helpeth them. Therfore cal vp­on God the most highest, in the name of Iesus Christe, that he will shewe vnto you his great plentifull mercy, and po­wre out vpon you in the time of grace, richly his mercy. For séeing that our Lord is the spring it selfe of Gods mer­cy, and Christ his onely begotten sonne is the pipe & conduit, wherby such plen­tie of grace and mercy floweth, and is conueyed vnto vs, take yet againe fast hold, in this your extreame néede, of the ouerflowing and floud of Gods grace, specially Iesus Christe, the scrine and casket wherein Gods mercy is locked vp: for Christ is ful of grace and truth, Ioh. 1. [...]hn. 1. For the euerlasting sonne of God hath brought with him such great plen­tie of grace, that he hath therewith ful­filled the whole worlde: for heauen and earth is full thereof. And also Christe is full of truth, so that he is not alonly the [Page 55] truth it selfe, but also meaneth heartily and truly with vs, and will take to him selfe your soule, with great veritie and earnestly. Therfore be of good comfort, that your name is written in the booke of life: you are fully cleansed with the bloud of Christ, and annoynted with the holy Ghost: The same holy spirite assu­reth your heart, that you also be one of the very children of God. And albeit it doeth not as yet appeare what you be, yet knowe you, that when it shall ap­peare, then ye shall be like vnto him, Iohn. Chap. 8.Iohn. 8. For ye shall be parta­ker of the godly nature. Pet. 2. Chap. 1.2. Pet. 1. specially when Christe our sauiour shall come hither from heauen, and glorifie your miserable body, and make it like vnto his glorified body, after his mighty power and working. Phil. 3.Phil. 3. Christe Ie­sus is the onely refuge of all poore peni­sent sinners, he onely is your strength, your comfort, hope, and strong tower, in all néede and aduersitie. Therefore goe without feare into the danger of death. Christ, in the twinckling of an eye, be­ing [Page] your euerlasting king, will plucke you out againe, bring you to light, and make you righteous and liuing. Wher­fore giue your self ouer valiantly from this life vnto death, and be not afraide, séeing that death hath lost all his might and strength on the faithfull. Christ the victorious conquerer hath taken from death al his strength, so that from hence foorth he can no more hurt, wearie, or deuour any Christian. Wherefore will ye then be dismaide or afraide, for suche a shadow or visar of death? Death may for a litle while roare & whet his téeth, but he can do no more: for Christe hath taken his sting from him, and likewise is Gods euerlasting iudgment, through the Sauiour of the worlde, taken from you. And Christ the only sonne of God, hath appeased the iustice of God, & layde the same farr enough out of your way: So that from hencefoorth you shall ne­uer be called to appeare before the iudg­ment seate of GOD, nor you shall not néede to appeare, neither aunswere for your sinne, bicause Iesus your sauiour [Page 56] hath made you frée from it. Therefore chearefully appeale from the iudgment seate, vnto the throne of mercy, which is Christ your deliuerer, call earnestly vpon the stoole of grace, whervpon gods mercy resteth and dwelleth in Christe Iesus, the sonne of the highest, therfore can no complaint come against you, ne­ther sinne, death, hell, nor sathan him selfe. Christ is the true Lion of the tribe of Iuda, which for your sakes hath sub­dued vtterly all your enimies, wiped & blotted out all sinne, and swallowed vp death: so there remaineth now no more, but that the body must suffer and abide only one litle shiuering and shrinking, after that you shal be perfectly safe and sure. Fight therefore manfully as a va­liant Rutter or Capteine, against the dragon and hell gates, then will Christ with the hoast & armie of heauen, méete you, and receiue your soule, to carrie it with him into euerlasting ioy and feli­citie. Amen.

¶ If any be disposed, they may rehearse againe to [Page] the sicke, the twelue Articles of our beleefe, for they be the very ancor, yea, the very foun­dation of our beleefe, which wee can neuer sufficiently meditate and thinke vpon. It is therefore very meete and necessarie, seeing in our youth wee bee baptised in them, that wee continually be fed with them: then shall wee ioyfully die in them. It were very good that we should alwayes in time of our health remember them, and learne perfectly to vn­derstande them. Then, when we lye on our death bed, we shall not so much neede to be put in remembraunce. And if a man ready to die in time of neede (specially if death come soudenly vpon him) confesse no more but the onely articles of our true and auncient faith, and Christian religion, it were sufficient, spe­cialy if those articles were holden and profes­sed by him that lyeth dying with a faithfull heart. For we hope, yea, we earnestly beleeue, that our beloued ancestors, in the great dark­nes, though they knew nothing of the bright­nesse of Gods holy light and knowledge, and yet confessed and dyed in this Christian be­leefe, and haue inioyed euerlasting life: Ther­fore shall we bestowe our possible diligence, to bring young children to be baptised, those that be elder to be taught, and those that bee at the point of death to be comforted, euery man according to his measure and gift, wher­by (as much as lyeth in vs,) no body shall bee taken tarde, be vnprouided, or dye in his er­rour [Page 57] and vnbeleefe. But so to vse our selues, that euery body may come vnto the know­ledge of the truth, be blessed, and saued, and so at the last, commend in our prayer euery man one with an other vnto God, which can mightily bring to passe al that we desire or require according to his power that worketh in vs. To him be prayse in the congregation, which is in Christe Iesus, for euer and euer. Amen.

Last of all, now when the last pang commeth when the sick body beginneth to scrocle and shrincke vp his bodie, as when one biteth vppon a sowre apple, (as the biting of Adams apple teacheth vs: séeing the same bit and sinne is runne ouer vs all, and therefore we all must raunsome it with our skinne and with death,) then may a man (to con­clude) say to the sicke as followeth: Lord into thy hand I commend my spirite. Almightie God lead thy soule into euer­lasting peace and blessednesse. And our Lorde Iesus Christe raise vp againe, at the last day, this dead body to euerla­sting honour and glorie. Amen.

A short exhortation to them that be present, and shall attend vppon the dead body.

WElbeloued in our Lord, you haue nowe seene for a time the course of this departed bodie, and howe like a good Christian and warriour, it is de­parted out of this life. Yea rather, howe fatherly and gratiously our Lord God hath visited it, & how at the last he hath deliuered it from al aduersitie and trou­ble, wherevnto the old Serpent of all mans progenie had brought vs. There­fore, séeing this dead person is so Chri­stianly departed out of this life full of miserie, let vs, to the euerlasting praise & thankes of God, say ioyfully, We praise thee ô God, &c. And to conclude, in­wardly with all our heartes call vppon him, & pray vnto him, that he wil vouch­safe, wh [...]n we shal be in extremitie and perill of death, gratiously, defende vs, and blesse vs, and giue vnto vs a blessed houre, thorough Christ his onely begot­ten sonne. Therefore wéepe not as the [Page 58] heathen and infidels, that beléeue not the resurrection, and haue no hope ther­vppon. For, If we beleeue (as witnesseth S. Paule, 1. Thess. 4.1. Thes. 4.) that Iesus died and is raised vp againe: likewise also shall God with him lead all those that bee departed through Iesus.

Heare may we sée what it is to die well, namely the death of Christ that of necessitie died for vs wretched sinners, whereby through his death he hath pur­chased, that we shal neuer die, but sleepe only. Out of which sléepe Christ a migh­tie Lorde and king shall at the last day raise vs vp, if we beléeue vppon him, and lead vs with himselfe into euerla­sting blisse and peace. Therefore, suffer this sléeping bodie lie and rest, and his soule in ye meane season refresh it selfe, and reioyce vntill that day, when body and soule shall come againe together, and enioy euerlasting felicitie. Wher­vnto our Lord Iesus nowe helpe vs all together. Amen.

Secondarily, it is not possible that man may so much bridle nature, that [Page] we should not be heauie and complaine after the death of our friendes. And also Syrach saith, [...]cle. 38. the 38. chapiter. My sonne, powre foorth [...]eares ouer the dead, and be­ginne to mourne as if thou haddest suffered great harme thy selfe, and then couer his bo­dy according as he hath appointed, and neg­lect not his buriall. Make a greeuous la­mentation, and be earnest in mourning, and vse lamentation as he is worthie, and that a day or two, least thou be euil spoken on, and then comfort thy selfe for thine heauinesse. For of heauines commeth death, & the hea­uines of the heart breaketh the strength. Of the afflictions of the heart commeth sorrow: and the life of him that is afflicted is accor­ding to his heart. Take no heauines in heart, driue it away, and remember the last end. Forget it not, for there is no turning againe, thou shalt do him no good, but hurt thy selfe. Remember his iudgement, thine also shalbe likewise. Vnto me yesterday, and vnto thee to day. Seeing the dead is at rest, let his remem­brance rest, and comfort thy selfe againe for him, seeing his spirite is departed from him.

Thus we sée, that also the good Pa­triarches [Page 59] and holy people haue after this maner mourned, as Abraham, Io­seph, Dauid, &c. But at the length they haue layd mourning aside, and comfor­ted themselues with the ioyefull resur­rection: Yea, Christ himselfe mourned for dead Lazarus. Iohn. 11.Iohn. 11.

Thirdly and last of all, you shal wor­shipfully bring this dead body to the earth, and shewe vppon it such manner of worke of loue,Eccle, 7. as Syrach willeth vs in the vij. Chapter, saying, Shewe thy good will vpon the dead, specially worshipful­ly accompanie him, conuey him, and help him to his graue, for the resurrection sake. As Syrache also saith in the 38. Chapter,Eccle. 38. When any dyeth, burie him decently, and bring his body worshipfully to the graue. As did good Tobie, Dauid, and many moe, to giue vs example how we ought to be­haue our selues towardes the dead.

Our Lord God graunt vs his grace, that euery of vs, each one for other, may be diligent in this behalfe, whereby we all, to the prayse of God, and to the pro­fit of our neighbours, without let or of­fence [Page] may begin, goe forward, and happily end through Christe our Lorde, in the holy Ghost. Amen.

Thus you sée, welbeloued in Christe our Lord, vpon this dead body, the ear­nest and high iudgement of GOD, and what an extreme horror our Lorde God hath vpon sinne. For who hath thus iud­ged this dead body, taken from him his comely countenaunce, giuen vnto him such an ougly looke & face? Onely death. But wherfore? Only bicause, Death is the wages for sinne. But if this dead man since his birth had not sinned, then had sinne neuer had suche power ouer him. But from whence hath death this po­wer? Only from Gods wrath and iudg­ment. Therefore tremble, looke vp to GOD, auoyde sinne, for this dead body maye be a warning vnto you, that ye kéepe your selues from sinne. Christ Ie­sus kéepe and defend vs altogether. A­men.

¶ To the Reader.

FRiendly and Christian Reader, hi­therto haue ye perceiued in plaine & [Page 60] simple manner, howe sicke persons are to be comforted, I haue also shortly she­wed you, first of Repentaunce, then of Faith, and afterward of Good workes, which I haue not done only for the sick, and for such as be ready to dye, but also for them that be in health: to the intent that they that be whole, in the time of their prosperitie and good health, maye learne how to vse and behaue them sel­ues, and learne in time to dye. For no­thing is more certeine then death, and nothing more vncerteine then to come vnto the right knowledge to dye. Ther­fore ought euery man before to prepare himselfe, and to make ready to take this iourney in hand, and go forward, wher­by he may be carefull for that that will necessarily followe. But specially ought we to remember these thinges before­hand, and cōtinually exercise our selues in the crosse of warre, specially nowe in the sore daungerous warre against the cruell enimie of Christendome ye Turke, which if he haue the victorie, spareth no man, but without all mercy, heweth [Page] downe the miserable Christians, stri­keth them, and shooteth them through, where many times ye wounded bodies a long time lye in the gréene medowes, before they be brought into the slaugh­ter house, in great daunger of despera­tion, if he were not before well prepa­red and exercised in Gods worde. So that this souldier must fight with his bo­dy against the Turke, and with his soule against the Diuell him selfe. Howbeit, this shall be their comforte, out of the Prophet Daniel, the 7. [...]aniel. 7. Chapter: That these murtherers of christians & bloud­houndes, doe onely by this meanes pre­pare Christian soules, and doe further them to euerlasting life. For he setteth him selfe with all his might, in greate force against the Saintes of God, and chiefly warreth against them. Where­fore, without all question, when so euer a Christian man is slaine and ouercom by the Turke, yet dyeth he with a safe cō ­science, in that that he is a Christian: for he séeth, that this warre is against the Saintes of GOD, without cause. [Page 61] For the Turke hath no lawfull occasion to fight against the Christians, and so miserably to spill Christian bloud. Thus therfore dye they so much the ioy­fuller, séeing they go foorth in the obedi­ence of their superiours: and do not on­ly defend their owne countrie and peo­ple, but also with their owne bloud, help to preserue Christian religion. There­fore good Christian, learne in time to dye, for thou knowest neither time nor houre, neither place nor manner, when, howe, either what maner of death thou shalt haue, specially in this last and dan­gerous time. Therefore deferre not till the last pushe, least that you tarrie too long. Learne, learn this cunning while thou hast time, memorie, and oportuni­tie therevnto. Then shall you go the su­rest way, séeing the daye must néedes come, yeald thy selfe in time, with desire and will therevnto, for it can not be a­voyded. Wherevnto our Lorde GOD giue vs grace, that we may well and happily depart. Amen.

Howbeit, no man is to be tied and [Page] bound to vse euery matter, as it is here­in conteined, but if any other can or haue better, much good do it them: for I haue here remembred certeine tempta­tions, wherein I my selfe like a poore, simple, plaine man, haue bene tempted and assaulted with, and haue experien­ced, (if I may boast my self of my weaknesse:) for I haue thrise béene at that point, that euery man gaue me ouer, and despaired of my life in this worlde, yet at the last, our Lorde GOD by his great power reuiued me: wherefore I giue vnto him euerlasting prayse and thankes in Christ our Lorde. I will not say, that in my days I haue gone to ma­ny Christian people, I haue comforted them, and haue bene at their end, whose names be written in the booke of life: where I haue experienced diuers and many temptations. GOD graunt both thée & me his godly grace, that we may also blessedly sléepe at the last in Christe our Lorde, and through Gods power at the last day, may be raised vp to euer­lasting life. Amen.

How to aduise and com­fort them that lye in prison, and be by the Magistrate iudg­ged to dye.

FIrste welbeloued, Al­mightie God giue you his grace, and true pati­ence, whereby you may beare and patiently suf­fer this your deserued crosse layde vpon you, séeing the matter is come thus far with you, yt Gods iudg­ment and the punishment of the magi­strate is falne vpon you, yeald your self willingly therevnto, and thinke that this correction commeth from God him selfe. Therefore refuse not the correc­tion of the Almightie, as it is written in Iob the 5.Iob. 5. Séeing then that euery mans iudgement commeth from God our Lord, as it is in Solomon, the 29. of his Prouerbes,Prou. 29. receiue such iudgement and punishment vp from our Lord God as a fatherly correction, as the Epistle [Page] to the Hebrues witnesseth, Chapter 12. where the text saith thus,Hebr. 12. My sonn, make not light of the correction of the Lorde, and despaire not when thou art punished by him. For the Lord doth correct him whom he lo­ueth, and he beateth euery sonne which he taketh to him selfe. And so it commeth to passe,Cant. 8. as Solomon saith in his highe song, the 8. Chapter, that the loue which the Lorde beareth vs, is as strong as death. It appeareth vnto the world, as though the loue of God were very mis­fortune, death, and destruction. Howbe­it, there is vnder such loue, great mercy, goodnesse, life, and blessednesse hidden. For, If we be iudged, we be corrected by the Lorde, to the intent that we should not be damned with the world, as saith S. Paule in the first epist. to the Corinthians, the 10. [...] Cor. 10. Chap. Therefore, learne here with spirituall eyes to beholde, that you vn­der punishment may sée grace, vnder correction peace, and vnder death life. Thus shal not this crosse layd vpon you be very sore and fearfull, but you may beare it, and you also shal patiently suf­fer [Page 63] it. For God can soone end this crosse, that you shall be able to carrie it. For as much then, as God our Lorde hath ap­pointed to euery man a certeine end of his life, which he shall not passe. Iob. 14.Iob. 14. thinke you nowe that your appointed time by God is nowe come, and this day is by God appointed vnto you, for a certeine end of your life. Trouble not your selfe much therefore, after what maner you haue taken your life from God, and that you shall so soone deliuer it him againe. But set your will to Gods will, and say, Father thy will be done, and not mine, if it be thy pleasure that I shall drinke this cuppe which thou hast filled for me, giue me thy grace thervnto, that I may continue in a true Christian belefe, vn­to mine end, and that I may vnder this my crosse and suffering, in perfect pati­ence, passe through it to euerlasting life. Amen.

Secondarily, For as muche as you haue now heard, that this crosse and pu­nishment commeth from God him selfe, and is laide vpon you by God, through [Page] an ordinarie magistrate, you shall vn­derstand nowe further, well learne to knowe the great and earnest anger of God ouer sinne: for it is no smal matter before God, when a man behaueth him selfe contrarie to Gods lawe, and con­tinually without ceasing, offendeth and prouoketh God, with his vnpenitent li­uing. GOD is very angrie with suche déedes, and is muche offended against sinne, not only with temporall punish­ment, but also with euerlasting.

Therefore, you shall vnderstande, well knowe, and learne, that you by meanes of your doings and sinne, haue wrought and deserued, not only a tem­porall, but also an euerlasting death. For if God would deale with you, acor­ding to his earnest and vttermost iudg­ment, then should your punishment be euerlasting, and neuer haue end. But séeing that God hath forséene you from the beginning, and hath taken and re­ceiued you through his fatherly correc­tion in the time of grace, but specially nowe at this time, he will turne your [Page 64] euerlasting punishment into temporal punishment: cut short his euerlasting anger and displeasure, to a timely and tēporal anger. And yet the same before him is no anger, but a fatherly visitati­on, whereby he will make you leape o­uer the way to euerlasting damnation, and lead you out of it, and by this crosse he will bring you to the right way to heauen. Therefore, our Lord GOD of grace and fauour, by meanes of the in­nocent death of his welbeloued sonne our Lord Christ, will take from you the euerlasting punishment, and take the same from your soule, and lay it vppon your body, so that both your body and your soule may at the length be made frée, and deliuered wholy, both from worldly and euerlasting punishment. Therfore this worldly correction is laid vpon the body, but as it were the space of the twinckling of an eye, whereby you being warned of your vnpenitent life, might leaue off to sin, which other­wise will not be, and you would still haue continued in sinne, and thereby at [Page] the last, haue fallen into the feareful an­ger of God, and euerlasting torment & plague. Howbeit, God of his great mercy, hath taken mercy of your fall, and will deliuer you from his great, migh­tie, strong, and euerlasting iudgement. The righteousnesse and iustice of God hath earnestly sought, and required, to haue her right vpon you, that is to say, euerlasting punishment and paine: but the mercy of God hath on your behalfe stept in the middle, and hath foughten against iudgement, and mercy hath ob­teined the victorie, and driuen iudge­ment backe, so that she shal neuer here­after lay any thing to your charge: how be it so, that righteousnesse is partly a­gréed with all and satisfied, but onely temporally, as farre as concerneth the body, but not the soule. This is a won­derfull battel, and on your side maruel­lously brought aboute, through grace. For what is this temporal & transitorie suffering, enduring (as it were) but the twinckling of an eye, in comparison of the euerlasting tormentes, where you [Page 65] should haue abidden the euerlasting death and paine. Therefore is this a tollerable, yea rather an acceptable and pleasaunt exchaunge, séeing we, by our sinne, haue deserued the euerlasting wrath of God & punishment, that this punishment now shall endure but for a time, yea rather but the twinkling of an eye, which else should haue béene e­uerlasting and fearefull, if God in his anger would haue delt with vs. There­fore nowe welbeloued, you shall doe like one that hath his house a fire, and bur­neth all in a flame, so that it is vnpossi­ble to be quenched: Then wil he throwe out, and fetche from thence all his trea­sure & iewels: And if he can saue them from burning, he may with them build vp an other house. Thus must you like­wise do. Your house, I meane your bo­dy, is of a light flame, it so burneth with sinne, that there is no hope to quench it, you must now let your old house burne, and now looke about and bethinke you, howe to saue and deliuer your treasure and iewels, that is, your soule, through [Page] a true faith in Christ your deliuerer, & then shall you wel at Doomes day, tho­rough that iewel, come to a new house, where you shal haue a new bodie in the blessed resurrection of the elected and chosen people of God: which neuer di­eth, nor thorough fire can be consumed. But you shal then haue such a bodie, as shal neuer die, nor at any time suffer a­ny griefe, punishment, paine, harts sor­row, trouble or néed, neuermore forsakē but enioye euerlasting peace and bles­sednes. Therefore praye now, that he wil rule and turne the harts of the ma­gistrates, that they will lay vpon you, of fauour, such correction, as shalbe most séemely in this case, that you may quiet­ly suffer and beare. For, God ruleth the heartes of the magistrates, and sitteth amongst them in their counsel & iudge­ments. And séeing the great magistrate is of your side, you haue altogether, and can lacke nothing.

Thirdly, marke also further (welbe­loued) that Gods iudgement euer begin­neth at his owne children. For, whenso­euer [Page 66] he purposeth to correcte the world with his displeasure, and earnest pu­nishment, first of all he séeketh out his owne, and visiteth them, and correcteth them first of all with his fatherly rodde, whereby he may saue and deliuer them from the endlesse and euerlasting dam­nation,1. Pet. 4. as S. Peter sheweth in his first Epistle and 4 Chap. out of the holy pro­phet Ieremie in the 25. Chapter,Iere. 25. The iudgement of God (saith he) beginneth at Gods house. And as Dauid saith, Psa. 75.Psal. 75. The Lord hath a cuppe in his hand, which is full of mightie wine, he skinketh, and filleth out of it. But godlesse people must drincke all out, and make a carrouse, and suppe vppe the very dregges of Gods wrath. It is hereby ment, GOD giueth euery bodie their measure, that they shal suffer: but the grounds and dregges remaine for the vngodly, especially for the stubborne, froward, and vnpenitent world, which will néedes perishe in their stubbornes. But the iudgement, anger, correction, and visitation, which God of his grace layeth vppon his children, is after ma­ny [Page] sortes. God correcteth some of his children with sicknes, some with pouer­ty, some with imprisonment, some with contempt, that they be not regarded nor any accompt made of them, some other with temporal death by the magistrate, as he hath now purposed to correct you: therefore it appeareth outwardly, that God sheweth himselfe as thoughe he were angrie with you. But, With him there is no anger, [...]saie. 54. for his anger lasteth but the twinkling of an eye, after that he taketh vppe his againe with euerlasting grace and mercie. As the prophet Esaias in his 54. Chapter saith. And as Dauid remem­breth in his 89. Psalme,Psal. 89. If the children of grace breake and forsake Gods comman­dementes, and keepe not Gods lawes, then will God with his rodde seuerely visite them: But hee will not turne his grace from them. The cause is, the mercifull couenaunt which God hath, by meanes of his onely begotten sonne, made and established with his children.

Fourthly, thus you shall earnestly beléeue, that this your suffering, care, [Page 67] shame, martyrdome, and death, is not sufficient, thereby to purchase euerlast­ing life. For, if you by your death and paines, might (before God) do penance, and satisfie, then dyed our Lord Christe in vaine: but séeing he dyed, he hath by that his suffering, passion, and death, done sufficient penance for your sinnes, appeased Gods wrath, reconciled you to GOD his father, and purchased for you euerlasting righteousnes & blessed­nesse. Therefore by this your suffering & death, you can not escape Gods iudge­ment, nor make amendes to Gods iu­stice, nor make satisfaction for euerla­sting punishment, but only thereby you do make satisfaction before the worlde. For séeing that you haue done amisse, & offended the outwarde, temporall, and worldly iustice, and transgressed, and found guiltie thereof, you must necessa­rily satisfie the same externall and out­ward iustice, with such outward punish­ment, as the worlde and the magistrate can doe: for aboue that, the world nor the magistrate can not reach, nor giue [Page] correction. But for as much as the of­fence, whiche you haue committed a­gainst the Magistrate, is also against God, and his holy commaundementes, specially this sinne, whiche you at the first on the racke, or pyning banke, and after by your owne confession haue ac­knowledged, besides other grieuous faultes, wherewith in your life time, from your youth hitherto, you haue of­fended God your Lord, in such manner, that he might punish you for such offen­ces euerlastingly, and not for a time, yet will he not do so, as I haue told you before, but he will mercifully forgiue you such offences altogether, both small and great, howe so euer you haue com­mitted them, through the deseruing, mi­serie, shame, & bitter death of his deare sonne our Lord Christ Iesus, your Sa­uiour. So that Gods iustice is satisfied for you by Christ our Lord. For, GOD hath made his sonn for our sakes, to be righ­teousnesse, holinesse, and our deliuerer. 1. Cor. 1. [...] Cor. 1. Therfore you must beleue this, & not doubt, & confesse it with your mouth. Do [Page 68] you beléeue this deare beloued? Say yea.

Fiftly, lest peraduenture you should imagine and say, How commeth it then to passe, that God hath only laide vpon me this shame, reproch, & death? Howe commeth it to passe, that he hath spyed me out only? Am I then alone, the most wicked, the most vnhappie man vppon the earth? There be yet many worse then I. Why could he not visite and pu­nish me after some other fashion? Marke wel here and learne, that it becommeth you not to murmur and be vnpatient, (by your leue) against God, nor his pur­posed worke: for if God will thus visite you, you ought not to weiue it, nor re­fuse it: for God can best skill, according to his fatherly goodnesse, how to intreate and handle his children, and he will not deale alike with one childe as with an other. He hath many crosses and rodds, whereby he will chastice his. He forbea­reth some long, and another he patient­ly abideth, he leadeth him therby to re­pentance: the thirde he taketh foorth to him selfe with this rod, but he taketh vp [Page] an other with an other rod, after them our Lorde God layeth vpon euery one his crosse. Therfore (by your leaue) you shall not despaire nor doubt, neither wishe nor desire that you were dead, or that this or that carrie you away, as some haue done, of impatience, feare, and shame of the world. What hurt is it to you, that you must (in déede) be shamed before the worlde, and that eue­ry man beholdeth you, as vppon a great offender, séeing neuerthelesse that you be the child of God, through your beléefe vpon Christ? Which our Lord God, and the whole armie and hoast of heauen doth nowe heholde, & looke vpon, though it doth not apeare before the world. All that you haue to doe, shal passe away in the twinckling of an eye: after that the worlde shall beholde you after an other fashion, I mean, at doomes day, in great ioy and glory, as one of Gods chosen children. What shal it then hinder you, though you for an hour or two, must be kept to be shamed, and openly executed or put to death? Reioyce, be frolike, that [Page 69] at the general day thou shalt escape con­demnation, before the whole earth, and all the hoast and armie of heauen. It is much better, that you should suffer re­proch and shame a little while, before a smal number, then that at that day, you shoulde be shamed and confounded be­fore the Angels and the whole worlde, for euer and euer. Therfore yeald your self thervnto willingly, and behold this shame & death, not with your bodily eye but with your spirituall eye. Doe away your eyes, remembraunce, and reason: let euery man laughe, mocke, looke, say, and doe what they will. Looke not vpon man, but vpon God, he is at hand with all Angels, they behold you gratiously, they haue pitifull hearts with you, and our Lord Christ, and our deliuerer will take you with him into euerlasting peace and blessednesse. There be also a­mong this companie, heape, and cluster of people, many good men that feare God, that be very sorrie, and take griefe with you, and doe truly pray to God for you. Therefore do you not suffer alone, [Page] but Christ our Lord and head suffereth with you. Likewise, al Christian mem­bers suffer with you: likewise all crea­tures beholde with you, and heartily long for your deliuerie, as witnesseth Saint Paule, Rom. 8. [...]om. 8. Therefore turne you to him that striketh you, that is, to God your true louing father, and praye vnto him, that he will mitigate, shor­ten, and ease your paines and smartes, and lend vnto you a strong and merrie heart, manfully and patiently to beare this crosse laide vpon you, and to stande vpright: And then you shall proue in the midst of your trouble, that he is merci­fully on your side, & doth helpe you, suf­fer, and beareth your crosse; for he will be with you in your aduersitie: therfore lay al your trouble only vpon our Lord God, he wil first make your troubles in your heart and conscience easier, and take them cleane away. And after that your heart is once at peace with God, and that you haue obteined a quiet con­science, then will all bodily paines be very little, and nothing in comparison [Page 70] of the conscience. Then, séeing that to e­uery man particularly, or by him selfe, death as a iust rewarde of sinne is ap­pointed, and that we all which shall re­main after you, must also get vs hence, and no man remaine, but that death must swallowe vppe the whole worlde: what hurt is it to you, that you go a litle before vs, to the way of blessednesse, and haue possessed and inioyed euerlasting life before vs? Though you nowe by the way to blessednesse, shall tread a hard, bitter, sharpe, and rough way, yet haue you this aduantage, that you in a whole body, and good memorie, and perfect re­son slide hence: and in death, you doe thrust into euerlasting life, and all we must come after. And who can tell, how we, poore, néedie, and forsaken men shal doe, and what shall come of vs? We be sure to be assaulted with many misfor­tunes and plagues and at the last, some long time lye stretching, and suffer ma­ny smarts and troubles vpon our sicke bed, all which you haue escaped, and in the meane season rest quietly, and com­fort [Page] your selfe, and inioy euerlasting peace and happinesse.

Sixtely, Nowe welbeloued, while you be in the way to the kingdome of heauen, and that you will euen now go thither: it is good for you to knowe the way, and diligently to learne it, and to inquire after it, least you wander, or be lead or driuen from it. Therfore learne well to lay hande and holdfast vpon the ladder to heauen, which ladder the good Patriarch Iaacob did sée, Gen. 8.Gen. 8. That is the ladder whereby the Angels clime vp and downe vppon, whiche from the earth with his top, reacheth vp to hea­uen, wherevpon at the vppermost part our Lord God standeth. Christ him selfe is this ladder, Iohn. 1. [...]ohn. 1. Therefore holde fast by true faith vpon this ladder, for, No man can go to heauen, but he that came from thence, that is, the sonne of man which is in heauen. This Lord is the very lad­der to heauen. For by his manhoode he standeth vppon the earth, and with his godhead he reacheth to heauen, where God him selfe doth appeare. If you will [Page 71] goe to heauen, you must begin at Chri­stes humanitie to clime vp, specially through his passion and death, and to séeke after his very godhead aboue, vp­on the top of the ladder, where God him selfe is, and say thus. My Lorde and my God, for as much as I must goe to hea­uen, as I am very willing, and euen now haue begunne, be thou my ladder, leader, and guide, for thou art the very way to heauen. Iohn. 14.Iohn. 14. And no man commeth to the father but through thée, and by thée, as thou thy selfe doest wit­nesse. Iohn. 10.Iohn. 10. where thou sayest thus, I am the doore, if any man enter in by me, hee shall bee safe. Thus shall you, vnto the right way to heauen, prepare and dresse your selfe: for Christ is the onely gate into heauen. Heauen it selfe is ve­ry wide and large, but it hath but only one gate, through the which a man may come, but as soone as you haue gotten this gate, and gotten through it, then haue you left behinde you (as it were in a heape) al misfortune at once, and then are you assured and defended by this [Page] gate, that no aduersitie hereafter for e­uer can hurt you. There do you lay at once at your backe, death, sinne, diuell, hell, and all that can be against you. There be you then sure and safe as in a strong castel, that no man can any more stirre vp hurt against you. Therefore, let no man withdrawe you from this way, goe vnto it boldly, you shall come safe from thence to the kingdom of hea­uen; thither shal the good angels be your guides, that harme can not once touche you. Be therefore of good courage, our Lord Christe is your king, which hath dyed before you, & hath made the pathe plaine, and sufficiently strengthened and made safe this iourney: therefore go streight foorth, & hold right on in this way, turne of no side, for, You shall ney­ther goe on the right hande, nor of the left, as our Lord God doth cōmaund, Deut. 12.Deut. 12. You take the left hande, out of the right way, when you despaire of Gods mercy, where God is before you. And on the right hand you go out of the way too wide, when you trust in your worke, [Page 72] death, passion, and shame: therfore abide in the middle way toward heauen, and then shall you not goe out of the way. Vpon this way shall you vndoubtedly finde the true life, for our Lord Christe is not onely the way, but also the life, so that you shall receiue in Christ the true life, as he saith, and witnesseth of him selfe, Iohn. 11.Iohn. 11. I am (saith Christe) the re­surrection, and the life, but not only the life for him selfe, but suche a life, as giueth the right life, and diuideth it among all them that put their trust vpon Christe. For, Christ saith further also, Whosoeuer beleeueth on me, he shall liue, though he be dead. Suche a valiaunt and almightie thing is it about faith, and about all the faithfull of Christe, that they lay hande vpon life in the middest of death, that they sing merrily, In the middest of death we be in life.

Welbeloued, you must vnfeignedly beléeue al this, that it is no sport nor de­ceite that Christ saith and promiseth: for he is the trueth it selfe, his wordes be true and certeine, therevpon shall you [Page] haue no manner of doubt, for the truth it selfe doeth say, I am the way, and the trueth, and the life, and also the resurrecti­on. Whosoeuer beléeueth truely vpon him, he receiueth in the midst of death the resurrection, so that nowe you shall lye the twinckling of an eye in death, & slide thence to life. But by this death, through Christ, you shall inioy euerlast­ing resurrection, where you shal neuer­more dy. These be vnspeakable words, and aboue measure comfortable, grati­ous wordes, that a wretched sinner on­ly through beléefe in Christe, shall finde life in death, in dying resurrection, and in the middest of the dongeon of darke­nesse shall find the right way to heauen. Therefore be of good comforte before death, séeing that God is such a mightie Lorde, that bringeth vnto you out of death life, and bringeth you through the snares of death, to euerlasting peace [...] quietnes. God graunt you this. Amen

Seuenthly, Welbeloued, for as muc [...] as you be nowe, through faith, a member of Christ, the olde serpent will now [Page 73] set vppon you: and as he hath bitten Christe our head in the héele, so will he a little whip your héele, for that you are kept here and must dy, that is his stroke and byte, yea, the poyson wherby the old serpent hath stinged and poysoned you. Howbeit, it is nothing else but a byting by the héele, that can do you no hurt to­ward the right life. She biteth the chil­dren of God after many ways, but they againe treade vpon the olde serpentes head, through our Lord Christe, in that that they through beléefe, as through the right Triacle and medicin, driue away, heale, and quenche the stripe, the biting, and the poyson of the serpent. Therfore valiantly tread down the serpents head in thy Lord Christ, through a true Chri­stian beléefe, on the gratious promise of God, that Christe is the onely head of Christendome, which first of al with his passion, death, and ioyfull resurrection, ouercame sathan, and brake the ser­pents head. The dragons head is di­uers, specially sinne, death, and hell. There hath the old serpent opened his [Page] iawes, & would swalow vs vp in sinne, death, & hel. But our louing lord Christ hath broken the serpents scull, so that she is not able anymore to gape against the faithfull, that she may swalow them vppe, as she hath purposed. Therefore learne nowe, howe you shall trouble, charme, coniure, and ban or curse this serpent, so that she shall not hurte you, which you shall do, if you ouercome her through beléefe in Christ, and so shal you treade vpon her head.

Eighthly, Although my welbeloued, your wife, children, brother, sister, and your friends, may tempt you, that they shall nowe be in néede, and must suffer for your misdéedes, let goe and let passe altogether all such thoughts, and earth­ly temptations, and thinke thus: Well now, albeit that I hitherto haue béene by God appointed, and set to be a pur­ueyor to take care, & to mainteine my wife, children, &c. and I haue not ho­nestly behaued my selfe in that calling, I hartily therfore desire my Lord God, in Christe Iesus my deliuerer, that he [Page 74] will not lay to my charge that sinne, but through grace pardon me: for I am ve­ry sorie. Therefore almightie God, sée­ing thou wilt take that my care and of­fice from me, and put me besides it, I commend them vnto thée, as to the chie­fest magistrate, & their Lorde, defender, & father, that thou wilt vouchsafe that I maye commende vnto thée my wife, children and friendes, and not to suffer that they shalbe charged with mine of­fences, but to take care for them, defend them, féede them and mainteine them, as the true onely father in heauen and earth. And that thou wilt vouchsafe, in my stéed, to send them some other, that may leade them, and bring them vp in godly feare, and Christianlike conuer­sation. And althoughe that they, before the world, must be charged with my faultes, that thou wilt richly requite those things vnto them, and lay against that, thy gentle, gratious, and fatherly blessing, so that they may enioye their innocencie. All these thinges I cōmend vnto thée together, Oh most mightie [Page] Lord and God, into thy gratious hand. Wherevnto also I commit my life and soule. Therefore doe I yéeld vnto thy mercie altogether, and in perfect trust & blessed hope, that thou wilt gratiously accept this my poore prayer, & heare me in Iesu Christ thine only louing sonne. Amen.

Now welbeloued in this ouergiuing and prayer, wherein you haue giuen o­uer al things vnto God in your prayer, and offered them vp, you shall wholy & throughly persuade your selfe of Gods mercie. For, God is rich toward them that call vppon him. Beléeue this thing onely, and so it will in déede come to passe, ac­cording vnto the comfortable promise of Christ our Lord, in the 11. of Marke (where he comforteth such as doe pray, and promiseth to giue them all.) Oure Lord Christ saith, Whatsoeuer you pray for in your prayer, Marke. 11. onely beleeue that ye shall receiue it, and you shall haue it. And in Marke the 9.Marke. 9. Christ saith thus, If you can beleeue, all thinges are possible to them that beleeue. Therefore giue vnto our Lord [Page 75] God the glorie, and estéeme him to be a true God. Then will he for his trueth sake heare your prayer and kéepe you: For, He is gratious and mercifull, of great goodnes & trueth. God surely is the highest, but he looketh vppon the lowest very gladly, and of them that be of gentle and courteous minde and heart. Onely for his loue sake, that he beareth towardes them that be of troubled and heauie hearts. For they be so commended vnto him, that he hath special regard vpon them. As our Lord God himselfe acknowledgeth, Esaie 66.Esaie. 66. where God saith thus, I behold such as be in miserie, and haue a contrite heart, and on such as feare my word. This is the right offering, that pleaseth God, specially a troubled spirit. For, A sorrowful & trou­bled heart will not God despise. Psalm. 51.Psalme 51. If you then can commend all your cau­ses to God, your very creatour, & giue ouer all to him, then will he doe like a louing and gentle father, & can well tell how to prouide for all yours. For, he is the Iudge of the widowes, and the father of orphanes and the fatherlesse. As vpon him [Page] it is written in the Psalme. 68.Psal. 68.

Then, séeing that God by this means and crosse layd vppon you, wil take you away from yours, you shall not there­fore sorrowe, nor be dismayde, specially séeing that within a short time, you shal finde againe all your friends in euerla­sting life, euen as you beléeue the ioyful resurrection of all Christians, to enioy euerlasting liuing. There shall you find for your earthly friendes, heauenly friendes. To die you must necessarily, and prepare your selfe therevnto, as all mankinde must, and no man be left be­hinde. God doth this thing vnto you for the best, bycause this way he doth shor­ten your griefes and pains, helpeth you this way through all paine, shame, slan­der, and death, very easily and fatherly. Therfore be lustie and of good courage, he that layeth this crosse vpon you, he will also helpe you to beare it, giue you patience, & make a blessed end of it.

Ninethly, Séeing then that God hath laid this crosse vpon you, that you shuld heare it a very litle while, therefore you [Page 76] shall not excuse your selfe, nor make your fault light to the world, nor smooth it, as though you were guiltlesse, or as though you had not deserued this your punishment laide vpon you. Take not the figge leafe before thée, thereby to co­uer thine offence, as the nature of olde Adam is to doe, and as Adam after his sinne would thereby haue couered him selfe. But giue God the glorie, as Iosua warned the offender Achan, when he tooke him with the things that were cursed, Iosua. 7.Ios. 7. Then said Iosua there vn­to him, My sonne, giue to the Lord God of Israel the glory, and giue him the prayse, and tell me and confesse what hast thou done, & lye not. Then also said Achan therevpon, Surely I haue sinned against the Lorde the God of Israel, thus & thus haue I done, &c. There did Achan before all folke ac­knowledge his offence: and albeit he were by the Magistrate condemned to dye by Gods appointment, yet is he (no doubt thereof) taken vp through Gods mercy, and much commended for his confession, he gaue God the glory, and so [Page] departed in Gods mercy. Likewise wel­beloued, shall you also doe, searche your heart, giue God the glorie, which alonly is good, wise, righteous, and holy, but all men be euill and false. Take no­thing hence with you, carrie nothing a­waye with you, but searche your heart and conscience, and what you haue don, denie it not, do not make it lesse: but sée­ing it is manifest and knowne, and sée­ing GOD hath brought your offence to light, and by the magistrate ordeined will punish you: therefore giue God prayse and thanks, that he will of grace not punishe you for euer. Thinke it is much better here, before fewe folke, to be a little while shamed, then hereafter before al the world, and the whole com­panie of heauen: for all must come to light, and be openly knowne, therefore it is much better here then there. Then séeing that God by the Magistrate, hath made it knowne, therefore suffer it pa­tiently & willingly, and blame no man, as though any man had opened it of ma­lice, or condemned you as your enimie. [Page 77] The Magistrates iudgement is Gods iudgement, and the sentence hath also pleased him. He is the highest Iudge, therefore blame no man, and charge no man that is vnguiltie in this case. If you haue at any time cōfessed any thing to charge the innocent, whereby you might cleare your selfe, or thereby to es­cape and be at libertie, then burthen not your selfe therewith, nor let your soule carrie any such thing away, but excuse the innocent, and pray to God for mer­cy, that he will pardon you, and not suf­fer your heart to be bent to any vngod­ly way, to excuse your offence, and to de­fend it. But before God confesse it, aske grace, and séeing it is come to light, con­fesse it before the whole worlde, or else you striue against Gods iudgement, his will & his worke, which surely is horri­ble, from which our Lord defend you, of his grace, through Christ Iesus his wel­beloued sonne in the holy Ghost. Amen.

Tenthly, I further also charge you, my deare friend, that from the bottome of your hart, you wil reconcile, forgiue, [Page] and forget all men that haue done any thing against you, either by worde or déede, whether it be for this matter, or for any other before. If you haue by any mā bene hurted or harmed, though they be guiltie of this your iudgmēt, suffring, and death, either if they haue espyed, or laid hand vpon you, al this together shal you cast out of your heart, and lay aside all maner of swelling, snarling, malice, hatred, enimitie, and euill will: and contrarie shewe a gentle heart, friend­ly loue, and gentle speach, without all hatred, bitternesse, and euill will, as a patient lamb, as Christ our Lord, which was altogether innocent, yet vpon the crosse prayed for his enimies, and said, Father, forgiue them, for they knowe not what they doe. Thus shall you likewise do and thinke: Well, now welbeloued Lord and father, though I be not guilt­lesse and innocent, as thy welbeloued sonne, but haue worthily deserued all punishment, wrath, and vengeaunce: Likewise, séeing thou of frée grace and mercy through Iesus Christe, hast for e­uer [Page 78] pardoned me, & after my departure wilt neuermore remēber my sin: there­fore I require thée, that thou wilt giue vnto me such a gentle, friendly, & Chri­stian hart through thy holy spirit, wher­by I may forgiue, and forget, and also reconcile my selfe vnto euery man, as well friendes as foes: for thou wilt also forgiue me, yea, thou hast already clearly forgiuen all my sins & misdéeds. And for better assurance hereof, giue me grace, might, and suche a burning charitie to­ward my neighbours, that I may for­giue euery man, and that from the bot­tome of my heart: So shall I be sure, that thou hast forgotten and forgiuen me, and at the last day, this shall be the signe, that is, the Christian and brother­ly loue, that we also be thy disciples, sée­ing that we doe shewe Christian loue one toward an other. Kéepe in me also ye gratious promise of Christe my louing Lorde, that saith thus, Matth. 6.Matth. 6. When you forgiue men their faultes, then will also my heauenlie father forgiue you your faults. With these Christian comforts I com­fort [Page] my selfe, and stay my selfe altoge­ther vpon thy mercifull promise. Doe with me after thy godly saying and pro­mise, for thou doest require of me that I be merciful, as thou also art merciful towards vs. Therfore I do knowe, that in this my departure to death, there is no better, nor more acceptable offering, then that I should shewe charitie, and of mercy with well vnto all men, pray for all men, intreat and do well vnto al men, as much as is possible for me. For God hath pleasure in mercy, [...]see 6. and not in offe­ring. Osée. 6.

Twelfthly, You haue also welbelo­ued, for a comfortable example, ye théefe which also had done very wickedly, for whiche he also receiued punishment of the magistrate, but this punishment was vnto him onely the cause and fur­theraunce, that he did not onely knowe GOD, and was faithfull, but was also hanged beside Christe his saluation: whereby he conceiued speciall comfort, that Christ the innocent Lorde woulde pitie his miserie, and would forgiue him [Page 79] all his sinnes and wickednesse, where­vnto otherwise he shoulde neuer haue forsaken his naughtie life, but woulde haue continued in his wickednes, stub­bornesse, and vsed his stiffnesse and ar­rogancie his whole life long, without al repentance, & turning from his naugh­tie liuing.

And so peraduenture had it ben with you, you would haue gone forwarde in your vnrighteousnesse, therein abiden, withered, and starued for euer, without al penance, or repentance, godly know­ledge, vnder the feareful anger of God, being bound with Gods iudgement, & condemnation. Therefore, séeing that God hath deliuered you from this mise­rable blindnesse and error, he shall from hencefoorth leade you by this occasion, means, and purpose, first bring you to know your selfe, & bring you to true re­pentance, & penance, suffer godly knowledge to light in your hart, kéepe you in the true faith of Christe Iesu, and will suffer you to depart in the same at the last without all doubt.

Behold now, dearely beloued, howe our Lorde God, is a valiant almightie father, that of al naughtinesse can make all goodnesse, and will to his turne all worst thinges to the best. Sathan had thought that through this your fall, and misdéede, he would for euer haue kept you in his kingdome, and to haue made you a member of himselfe. But our lord God commeth, and bringeth to passe by this means and crosse, that he hath bro­ken and hindered all sathans purpose. Sathan thought he had made all cocke sure with you, and had brought you to euerlasting sinne and shame, and inten­ded to haue kept you continually there­in. But God commeth, and turneth the leafe vp, and maketh of you that were the childe of darkenesse, the childe of light, and of euerlasting blisse. Amen.

Twelftly, Nowe deare friende, I warne you nowe (at the last) that you will depart hence to death without all feare, nor be not dismaide of death, by reason of your sinne. But herein take héede, that thou do not alonly looke vpon [Page 80] death vnder the eyes, and doest wrestle with him, but take thine almightie god with thée, which hath before laide hand vppon death, and hath ouercome him, that is, Iesus Christ thy Lord and king, which in the garden so mightily wrest­led with sinne and death, that bloudie sweat dropped from him, Matth. 26.Matth 26. therefore weigh it not. And againe, be not afraide of death, séeing you meete with him, with this king and Lord, but you shall do thus to him, set all your on­ly comfort, hope, and assurance, vppon your Christe, that hath made your way for you, broken the hedge, and kéepeth the field, and hath for you ouerthrowne the mightie Goliah, and hath brought the blessed victorie home to your doore, as I haue before this time shewed you, and yet againe must sette before your face. For nowe is the time, seeing you are come to the very push, and this your daungerous enimie (that is very terri­ble vnto the whole worlde) will stande chiefly with you, to bring and driue you from this point, and so lay hande vpon [Page] you. Therfore take to yourselfe the true shielde, which is Christe your defence, whome you shall set against death. For death hath layde hand vpon this inno­cent Lord, and wearied him without al right and equitie, whereby death euen lost al his strength and might, so that he can do no more, when this Lord laieth hand vpon him, and taketh to him selfe those that be his. Therefore be not a­fraide, for, Death is swallowed vp in victo­rie. 1. Cor. 15. [...]. Corinth. 15 You haue a great vordeale or aduauntage, for as much as you haue of your side, the most valiant, and most mightie, which shall neuer be able to be ouercome, yea, him that is Lord both of death & of life. If death come vnto you, would deuour you, wil eate you vp, and swallowe you downe: yet can our Lord God, whiche is the right life it selfe, by his almightie cōming, and might, make you aliue againe, yea, in the middest of death, holde you by life, and make you liue for euer. For you shall not denie or refuse to make this exchaunge, where you shall haue an euerlasting and bles­sed [Page 81] life, in stead of a transitorie, peri­shing, and labourious life, which is ful of miserie, misfortunes, and plagues. Let death take from you such a life, as will last but the twinckling of an eye, which fléeth and passeth away like a shadowe, and our Lorde giue you an euerlasting life. Amen.

Thirtéene, Well nowe (dearly belo­ued) if your sinne done and committed, do tempt you again, and your sore mis­déedes which you haue done, & therefore would dismay you, make you faint har­ted, heauie, & pensiue, as though Christe would disdaine you, bicause of your sin­nes, and so not take you to him and to his fauour: then shall you set before your eyes, Christ your God and Lorde, as the holy scripture setteth him foorth, & not follow your owne imagination, & your reason. For in the holy Scripture you shal finde here and there, how mar­uellous comfortable our Lorde Christe hath ben, at all times, to miserable sin­ners, howe loath he is to contemne or despise the miserable, troubled, assaulted [Page] and sorrowful sinner, howe he doth not withdraw him selfe from them, or with drawe his helpe from them, whiche vn­doubtedly is a great comfort to al trou­bled sinfull hearts. For behold and re­member the whole life of our Lorde Christ, then shall you not only perceiue that he hath not onely taken to his fa­uour, one or two sinners, & hath taken pitie only vppon them, but he hath floc­ked into the middest of sinners, wherby he might helpe them foorth of their sin­nes. First sée his generation, his great grandfather, had he not many sinners in his petigrée, as Iuda by name, Da­uid, Manasses, Thamar, Rachab, Bar­saba, and such like, and very many moe. Wherefore doth our faithfull and good Lorde not be ashamed, flée from sor­rowful and penitent sinners? why doth he not? Surely euen therfore, that ther­by all sorrowfull sinners shuld the more boldly haue a hartie resort and recourse vnto him, specially séeing that he vppon such sinners, could take and shewe his truth, loue, and friendship, wherby they [Page 82] might thereby winne and haue a liueli­er passage and fréedome, to beholde all goodnesse, all trueth and helpe, to be in this only bearer and carrier of our sin­nes. Beholde further, and looke vpon the birth of our lord Christ, in his birth. So soone as he was borne into ye world, he suffered him selfe to be séene, made o­pen, and to be knowne through the An­gels from heauen, to the poore people, specially to the shepheards in the fielde, there must to them be shewed this com­fortable ioy, Behold, to you this day is borne a Sauiour. This ioy shal all people haue. There by his Angels is the innocent childe Iesus giuen and declared, first to the poore shepheards, and after that to the whole world. But who be the shep­heards? who be al people? surely al poore and miserable sinners, for whose sake Christe came, and was borne, to helpe them out of their sinnes. As also then such a name was giuē vnto him, name­ly Iesus, that is to say, a Sauiour that shall loose his people from their sinnes. Behold also, and sée vprightly, wherfore [Page] was Christe at the eight day circumci­sed, & so shed his innocent bloud? Sure­ly for the cause of poore and wretched sinners. For Saint Paule saith, Gala. 4Gal. 4. that, Christ hath yealded him selfe therfore vnder the lawe and circumcision, to the in­tent he might deliuer them that were vn­der the lawe. But who were more hard­ly snarled vnder the lawe, then the wretched sinner? Sée yet to whom did Christ preach, and whome did he turne and conuert? Any other then the poore sinner? To whome hath he friendlier spokē, helped, or counselled, made whole both in body and soule, then euen the poore, cumbred, and sorrowfull sinner? Mark also, with whom did Christ wan­der, & goe about here through the Iew­ishe lande, and commaunded that they should preach abroad his wholsome Gos­pell? Surely with his welbeloued Apo­stles. But what were they? Wretched sinners, as Matthewe, and likewise Peter: yea, did they not shewe them sel­ues many times before Christe to be weake, worthy reproch, and fraile? How [Page 83] oft hath our good Lord friendly rebuked them, taught them, taken in good part their weaknesse, helped them, suffered, and borne with their faults and wants, and yet neither condemned them, nor cast them away: but continually hand­led them after the best manner, where­by at the last he might deliuer them frō their sinnes? There hath Christ not on­ly receiued poore sinners, in so much as he touched the hurt of their soul, but also the harmes of their body. Howe many thousand men hath he many times fedd, when their hunger and néede went in­to his heart, and he tooke pitie of their miserie? Oh, how many amongest them were miserable sinners, yea, infidels, and not worthy to haue and receiue such goodnesse at Gods hand? How ma­ny hath he healed in their bodies, from agues, dropsie, and leprosie? Item, such as were lame, crooked, blind, and haun­ted and possessed with euill spirits? Yea, some he did raise from death it selfe, and alwayes shewed him selfe in all things, as the very true Sauiour of the whole [Page] world, by that meanes to bring the In­fidels to faith, and to be short, done the best to euery man, and shut out no man that had néede of his helpe, and had cal­led vpon him, as the holy Euangelistes here and there do euidently and plainly declare. With which louing, comforta­ble, and gratious examples of Christe, they shew vnto vs his great & vnspeak­ble loue and mercy, and declare & shew the same vnto vs, with all diligence. Whereby we may learne to knowe a­right our Lorde Christe, specially that he is therefore come to helpe miserable sinners, both in body and soule, both from temporall and euerlasting hurte, whervnto sathan hath brought al man­kinde. For, Christe is therefore come, that he should destroy the worke of sathan. 1. Ioh. 3. [...]hn. 3. Whome so euer he helpeth in soule, him helpeth he also in body. And though he doe not alwayes hourely declare the same in this world, yet at Doomes day it will appeare, where he mightily hel­peth the body out of dust and mire, and all maner of destruction, for euermore. [Page 84] For he doth helpe in déede: yea, the lon­ger he séemeth to withdraw his help, he sheweth it afterward more mightily, therefore he is the only comfort and re­fuge, or helpe, to miserable sinners. Furthermore, Christe hath walked a­mong sinners, in the middest of them, gone to sinners, and hath runne after them, and deliuered them from their de­struction, blindnesse, and sin. Shal not all this make worthily a mans heart merrie, and to haue a good conscience, yea, a perfect assurance to all troubled and sorrowful sinners, that they may in all their néedes, sinne, griefe, sorrow, and death, with al their heartes run and come vnto suche a friendly Lorde, that wisheth euery man good, prayeth for it, and doth it, that neuer hath driuē from him any wretched sinner? Yea, they at the last, in his death, were partakers with him on the crosse, that he by the [...]peciall foresight of God, shoulde hang betwéene two grieuous offenders, in t [...]ken that he would willingly dye for miserable sinners, and for their cause [Page] willingly giue him selfe to death: yea, they had their part with him after his glorious resurrection, to signifie there­by, that he hath not forgotten miserable sinners, albeit that he hath conquered sinne, death, hell, and sathan him selfe, and yet might he well haue let alone this his conquest and triumph, and haue neglected vs miserable sinners. But he hath now sought out miserable sinners, that he might helpe them and comfort them, as namely, vnbeleuing Thomas, the penitent Magdalene, and many mo, as he was going towards heauen, and nowe sitteth at the right hande of God, in great glory and maiestie: yet doth he not at all forget the poore sinners, but o­pened Sauls eyes, put away all his sin­nes, and made of him a chosen witnes: yea, euen in these dayes, from time to time, doth our good faithfull Lord with­out ceassing, take vp sinners vnto him. For what doth he else at the right hand of God, then intreat, speake for, and de­fend the miserable sinners, as a faithful Attorney, Mediatour, peacemaker, an [...] [Page 85] highe priest, reconciler, and continuall king, as he hath taken vp al vs, you and me, and all sorrowfull, repentant, faith­ful sinners? In mercy he giueth vs now daily his holy Ghost, which doth lighten and purifie our heartes, strengtheneth them, giueth them power, and defen­deth vs in all our néedes. Therefore be of good comfort, séeing Christe nowe li­ueth, there can no miserie come vnto you, séeing that Christe sitteth on the right hand of God? Who can doe vs a­ny harme? Who can condemne vs? If Christ him selfe doe absolue vs, and ac­counteth vs to be quit, frée, loose, and vn­bound, and so pronounceth vs? To this Lord do I nowe commend you: let him not depart from your hart. For albeit I must depart hence frō you, & must suf­fer you to go to death, & neither I nor ye whole world any more help you: yet wil not this Lorde depart from you, he is with you, and by you in your execution. And he is also faithful vnto you, and so gratious, yt he wil go with you to death and will plucke you out againe from [Page] him, by his almightie power. Holde you vpon this Lorde by a stedfast faith, for I nowe commend you vnto him with all my heart.

The fourtéenth, Dearely beloued, séeing you shal euē now be caried hence to the place of execution, & shalbe séene of many folkes, take a merrie hearte vnto you, and speake vnto the people, like a man: and louingly, and giue them warning before your death of these thrée pointes following. First, that they will well thinke vppon and remember, the earnest & strong righteousnes of God, and take you before their eyes for an example of Gods Iustice, albeit his iudgement vppon you in comparison of Gods righteous iustice and euerlasting punishment, which ought worthily to stirre and moue all men to the feare of God, but (as it were) a flap with a foxe taile. Secondarily, that they fréely for Gods sake, and of his mercie, euery of them all will forgiue you, forget your fault, and forgiue it, wherewith you at any time haue offended any man, whe­ther [Page 86] it be in this place or in any other, for Iesus sake with all their heartes wil forgiue you, where and how soeuer you haue offended any of them, whether it be by word or déede. And that you also doe forgiue from the bottome of your hart willingly, both friend & foe, where­in soeuer you haue béene offended.

Thirdly, that they will praye to our Lord God truely for you, whereby our Lord God, for his deare sonns sake, may giue vnto you a Christian, and bles­sed passage out of this miserie, by the ioynt working of the holy ghost. Amen.

If the poore prisoner, by reason of weakenes, or for faint heart, cannot speake himselfe, and in the place of execution cannot warne the peo­ple and speake vnto them himselfe, then may his appointed minister, Or (as it is in some place) the hangman himself speake vnto him, without danger, in this maner, and warne the people thus.

WElbeloued, as you are now here present, and minde to behold this miserable sight: First remember wher­fore this poore prisoner standeth here: [Page] surely not therefore, that in Gods sight he is the greatest sinner amongst vs: But to the intent that Almightie God, through this condemned man, will set before your eyes an example of his god­ly iustice, whereby, by him you might be moued to a godly feare, to amend your life, and come before Gods anger, cor­rection, and displeasure, repent in time, abstaine from your wicked life, and go in a godly liuing. Is it not thus welbe­loued? say, Yea. Againe, the tyed priso­ner desireth you all here heartily and humbly, that al you here together speci­ally and generally, that you wil forgiue him whatsoeuer he hath spoken, done, or committed, whether it hath béene priui­ly or openly, he is hartily sorie for them all, he desireth you all humbly and Chri­stianly. Therefore he requireth that you wil bestow also vppon him this mercie, that his Lord and God thorough Christ hath shewed vnto him, in that that he of méere grace and loue, hath forgiuen and forgotten all his sinnes, & that you haue a heartie compassion with him, not to [Page 87] be offended at him, but beare with his weakenes, helpe it, suffer it, and carrie it, as the Christian rule willeth, where S. Paule the 6.Gal. 6. to the Galathians saith thus: Euery one beare an others burthen, and so shall you fulfill the lawes of Christ. Is it not so my welbeloued? say, Yea.

Thirdly and lastly, this bounden pri­soner also requireth and prayeth you, for Gods mercie sake, that you now at the houre of his departure out of this mise­rie, for Christian duetie and loue sake, that you will inwardly from ye bottome of your heart, call vppon God and pray that he will increase in this poore man the faith of Christ, strengthen him, and kéepe him therein for euer, and euer, wherby he may of grace enioy a blessed houre: and that the holy Ghost wil lead him, carrie him and guide him in the right way to saluation, and that he may obteine, at the length, euerlasting peace and felicitie. We now require that this may be done. Therefore say, Our father which art in heauen, &c. Doe you require this? say, Yea.

Well, now welbeloued, say you also, Our father, &c. And yeld your selfe wil­lingly to die, and say, Father thy will be done, &c. Almightie God kéepe you going out of this miserie from hence­foorth euermore. Amen.

Say: Lord into thy hands I com­mit my soule. Amen.

¶ In some place while the Executioner doth lead foorth the poore man, and is about the exe­cution, some sing in the meane season. Nowe pray we the holy Ghost, as in Michshen, and Sachsin, &c. And in some place the minister in ths meane time saith the belefe. Whatsoeuer any man thinketh good and profitable, that may he set foorth and doe, and let the poore condemned man sleepe in the Lorde, in holy hope, that whatsoeuer is now sowen in shame and dishonour, shall be at the last day in grea­ter honour and glory raysed vp againe. Our Lord vouchsafe to preserue vs all, one with an other, gratiously from sinne, and keepe vs from sinne and shame for euermore, through Christ Iesus his only be­gotten sonne, in the holy Ghost. Amen.

A faithful and Christian exhortation to repentaunce, and to leade a life in the feare of GOD.

SYrach amongst his say­ings, in the 18. Chapter, warneth vs yt we should in time refraine our sel­ues from sinne, and re­pent our selues, whilest we can sinne, where he also saith,Eccle. 18. Doe not delay your repentance vntill you be sicke, but amend your selues whilest you may sin, driue not off the time to be good, nor tarrie not to better thy life, til the time of thy deth. In this matter he mindeth to set before our face the feare of God, whereby we should not onely absteine or forbeare to sinne, but also for the residue of our life, kéepe our selues from sinne with greate diligence: Specially, if we groundly & déepely consider, the earnestnesse and righteousnesse of God, howe our Lorde God is an earnest enimie to sinne, but [Page] specially to such sins, as man estéemeth to be no sinne, or will not acknowledge for sinne, but will holde and take them as vertues and rightly done, and defend them as things well done, and so wholy goe forwarde, and continue in an vnre­pentant and stubborne life, whereby he falleth from thence without all sorrowe and repentance, without ceassing grie­uously to sinne against God his maker, in great contempt, despite, pride, and carelesnesse, whereof then God taketh a great misliking, and abhomination, so that he must néedes méete with suche of­fences, with all punishment, reuenge­ance, & plagues, especially, with dearth, war, pestilence, &c. And God our Lorde bendeth him selfe also against all suche sinnes, with all manner of power, with all his elements, as the aire, the fire, the water, and the earth, that we may be­hold with our eyes such apparent anger and punishment of God, and must néeds taste of them in all places. For from whence commeth suche warre, & bloud­shead? Who is guiltie thereof? what is [Page 89] the very cause? Is not sinne, and our vnpenitent, froward, and proude liuing? when man without all shame, without all feare of God, gréedily, wantonly, ra­gingly, and stubbornly doth sin against our Lord God and maker? Whereby it commeth to passe, that many proude, wanton, filthy liuers be taken by God, and punished very straungly. Here lye in an houres space many thousandes slaine, there be many times many hun­dreds drowned: there many executed with the sworde, fire, water, the whéele, and gallowes: There suffereth GOD many times within one halfe yere, ma­ny thousands dy on the pestilence, there many to be hungerstarued, here many thousandes swallowed vp with earth­quakes: there many perishe in vprores and rebellions. And to be short, no man is able to reckon or remember, howe many God must take and punishe, and likewise, cause to be made an example in the world, whereby such foolish, stub­borne, and godlesse wayes might be a­uoyded and shunned. But who doeth [Page] earnestly once think vpon these things? who doth turne him selfe, or studie to a­uoyde these fearefull plagues of God? who setteth before his eyes such exam­ples of Gods anger, thereby to amend his life? Surely very fewe come before such execution and punishment of God, and in time turne them selues before such fearefull iudgement of God, auoyd sinne, and thinke to begin a godly and vertuous life. But in these dayes, the proude, froward, and wicked world, ne­uer thinketh of any of these things: And thereby it commeth to passe, that so ma­ny lewde, so many false, so many stub­borne, so much falshood, so much sinne & filthinesse beareth such a great swinge, that at the length almightie God wil be so angrie, that within a while, there wil be no way to escape, no forbearing, no forgiuenesse more take place, but God must in the end, without more pi­tie or mercy, hurle the pitcher to the ground with great violence, and with­out all grace and forbearing, dash them together with thunder and lightening, [Page 90] with haile, and shewers, and with grie­uous feare and tempestuous stormes. Therfore on the behalfe of weaklings, and of suche as be fraile in their liuing and conuersation, I thinke good to ad­uise and warne them, that they doe not make of their weaknesse and frailtie, a wicked custome, least at the length, they fal into an vnpenitent and blockish life and conuersation, whereby God will be grieuously offended. Therefore it beho­ueth them in time, beforehande, to ac­knowledge their weake and sinfull li­uing, be sorrie for them, and haue full purpose to amende their life, after that sighe to obteine a heartie longing to­wardes a godly life, and at the last to fight against sin, & to withstand it with all our power, that there do not followe of our weakenesse an vnpenitent and blinde conuersation, and least they mi­serably dye in that blindnesse, and after that perishe euerlastingly, from whiche our Lorde gratiously vouchsafe to kéepe vs, Amen. Againe, that such weake­lings in their conuersation, receiue the [Page] time of grace, in season, not loyteringly seeking for it, contemning it, nor be slouthfull therein. For, Here is the accep­table time, now is the day of grace, as holy Saint Paule writeth, in the second to the Corinthians, the sixt Chap. [...] Cor. 6. There­fore, let vs to our profite, and for our blessednes sake, imbrace it in time con­uenient, and not suffer it to passe away from vs, or suffer suche an acceptable time of grace from God, ye very Iubilie yeare, yea, the golden yeare, for euer to flée in the winde, but rather pray for grace, in the right and in the time méete & conuenient. Whereof Dauid saith in the 32. Psal. [...]al. 32. In which time, al holy, and suche as be weake in faith, doe séeke for our Lorde God, and pray for our Lorde God, and call for grace and forgiuing of their sinnes, and hope vppon his mer­cy, which is promised vnto vs in Christ Iesus. Therefore let no man driue off too long, to better his life, but let euery man remember and thincke vppon the wrathe of God, and vppon his punish­ment: in time preuent or come before [Page 91] them, driue not the time off till your death bed: for you are not sure howe it will frame and fall out with you, whe­ther you shall haue then your reason & your wittes, or whether you shall be a­ble to heare, or speake your selfe, or whether you shall dye soudenly, and dye in the twinckling of an eye: wherefore, albeit we be all subiect to death, and that therefore we must all dye, yet doth our Lord God many times shorten ma­ny a mans life before his time, chiefly bicause such a man doth not remember his sinfull and vnpenitent liuing, that he may let him smart, whereby he may win vnto him a good purpose to amend and better his life. I am afraide, there be very fewe that God taketh away be­fore their time, bicause they be vertu­ous, whereby he may saue and deliuer them from great mischaunces, and from the plagues at hand: and therefore God can take but small pleasure of such peo­ple, as then only call vpon God, and sue vnto him in the time of their mishappes and punishmentes, and by and by, as [Page] soone as God our Lorde hath taken his correction from them againe, they also by and by forget it, and afterwarde be­come worse then euer they were be­fore. Experience daily teacheth this: therefore, when so euer God helpeth vp such a man, he helpeth a great offender only vp againe vpon his sound limmes, so that afterwarde he is worse then he was before. Therfore is this the cause, that God many times hath little plea­sure, lust, or will, to helpe suche people, turne their punishment from them, or to take it from them. It is better they ly there sick, or else buried in their graue, then that they shoulde more grieuously offend God, or any longer hurt good mē. Howbeit, if it so come to passe, that God lay hand vpon his owne, that is to say, weaklings and straglers, and take them vnder his fatherly correction, looke well, whether you be one of those or not, and that ye doe not suffer such cor­rection in vaine, but rather imagine & learne, what our Lord GOD meaneth thereby, and what profite and good [Page 92] our Lord God purposeth to set foorth by you.

First you shall knowe, that by this meanes, God will lead you to true re­pentance, after that giue you cause that you earnestly séeke vnto him, and with your heart call vpon him, and from him onely looke for helpe and comfort: which be the very good and precious woorkes of the second commaundement, where you are commaunded, that you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vaine, which is then done, when you in­wardly call vppon God in your necessi­tie, haue all your refuge for succour to him, & looke for all goodnes at his hands. Those be most precious good woorkes, that doe passingly please GOD. After that, as soone as God hath helpen you, that you thancke him for his gratious helpe, thanke and praise his holy name, which is the right offering vp of thanks of the newe testament. As holy Dauid witnesseth. Psal. 50. Psal. 50. That is then the right true Gods seruice, to which Gods seruice our Lord God sometime with­out [Page] our minde and will, must force or driue vs with great crosses and smarts, or else we would neuer walke in any such good woorkes. Also we must lastly, with holy Dauid in the 119. Psalme, [...]salme. 119. ac­knowledge and say: O Lord it is very profitable for me, that thou hast humbled and brought me lowe, that I might know thy lawes. And hereof it commeth to passe, that our Lord God suffereth Sathan to trouble & to vexe his, that he doth tempt them somtime with some special sinne, and plagueth them therewith, whereby they be moued or driuen first to knowe themselues, their weake nature & frail­tie: then to sigh vnto God, to call vppon him and flie vnto him: they be our spurs and prickes whereby wée be driuen to God. And againe, that is our comfort, that God is so good, and that he can shew himselfe so almightie, that he can turne the wickednes of his to the best. For he is such a God, that he wil suffer no euil to be done, whereof he doeth not worke some good. But our Lord God is so cun­ning, and many times doth shew it vn­to [Page 93] his, to shame the diuell, whereby he doeth very often breake and hinder Sa­thans purpose, and vtterly destroy it. To this onely God and Lord he euer­lasting thankes and praise, in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Exhalt mich durch dein wort.‘Keepe me according to thy promise.’Psalm. 119.

An instruction to teache children howe they ought to goe to the Lordes Table.

I haue herein something varied from mine Au­thour, both because hee is not named in the booke: and also for that it did in the woordes varied something sound contrary to our Eng­lish Churche. I thought it meete to be added, because it was bound with the former Dutch bookes, and necessary to be read to them that be in extremitie, if time will serue for it.

FIrst, you must beléeue, if you will receiue the sa­crament of the body and bloud of Christ to your commoditie. After that must you trye or proue your selues, whether you doe worthily eate it, or take commoditie by it.

¶ Faith.

First of all you must well embrace the wordes of our louing Lord God Ie­sus [Page 94] Christ, wherein he hath appointed vnto you his body and bloud to be a te­stament, whereby you may be assured and certeined of his grace and blessed inheritaunce for euer, and with Christ and al good Christians, to enioy their fe­lowship in all thinges, and that you doe belong to the fellowship of Christ. For Christian faith hath in it these 2. partes, First, that by Gods grace we are made frée from all our sinnes, and miseries. A­gaine, that we be partakers and felow woorkers of all the goodnes of God in Christ Iesus. These two partes be pro­mised vnto vs in the Gospel, & belong to as many as beléeue the Gospel.

Howbeit, to the intent euery man should be the more sure of his faith, and better certified that it belongeth vnto him, whatsoeuer is conteyned and pro­mised in the Gospel, Christ our Lord hath ordeined two Sacraments or out­ward signes: So that euery man that should receiue them in a fast and perfect faith, thereby should be assured, that the two before remembred parts do belong [Page] vnto him, which he hath bound and tyed to no time, place or person: so yt where­soeuer it be receiued, it is sure that the faithfull receiue those partes.

Therefore, beléeue stedfastly, that through Baptisme almightie God wor­keth forgiuing of all sinnes, as we pray in our beliefe: I beléeue one Baptisme for the forgiuenes of sinnes. That is to say, I beléeue that through Gods mercy, by Iesus Christ, in the holy Ghost only, my sinnes altogether be forgiuen me, whereby I am assured and made safe in and by that onely Baptisme. For albeit that the outward Baptisme is but one­ly once done and ministred: yet doeth Gods worke, that he then doeth by it a­bide for euer and euer. This comforteth me at all times.

I beléeue also, that God by the deser­uing of the passion and death of Christ, by the holy Ghost hath made me all one with Christ and all good Christians, and hath made me a member of the holy v­niuersall congregation or Church: So that I haue felowship in all things with [Page 95] all Gods holy children, & that whatsoe­uer toucheth me, the same also toucheth them: and what so euer they haue, that is mine also.

And that ye shall not doubt hereof, he hath likewise giuen vnto you the sa­crament of his body and of his bloud. When you receiue them, doubt not, but truely beleeue, that God in the power of his worde, vnder such true signes, wor­keth in you the aboue remembred fel­lowship, according to the contentes of his worde, where he saith, Take, eate, this is my body, which shall be giuen for you. A­gaine, Take and drinke all, for this is the cup of the newe Testament, which shall be shead for you, and for many, for forgiuenesse of sinnes. Take holde of this worde, and comfort your selues therewith, for here doth Christ promise you, that you thro­ugh his passion, or offering of his body, which was done vpon the crosse, shal be one body with him, and with all his: so that he in you, and you in him, and all Saintes, shall be in one fellowshippe. Therefore, saith he, his body is offered, [Page] or giuen for you. But that you shoulde not doubt that it is giuen vnto you, he saith thus, This is my body. When you re­ceiue it, then doubt not at all, that God by this sacrament worketh assuredly, that you shal be partaker of the aboue­said fellowship, and that you are put in remembraunce, and assured thereof, as oft as you receiue the sacrament.

Likewise, when our Lord Iesus saith, This is my bloud, &c. beléeue stedfastly, without all manner of doubting, that Christes bloud is shed for you, and your sinnes thereby forgiuen. But that you should be throughly persuaded and safe that it is don for you, you haue a pledge or a sacrament. As oft as you take it, re­member your selfe, and thinke on our Lord Iesus Christe, that euen God by this sacrament worketh those things in you, namely, that Christes bloud maketh you cleane from all your sinnes. O what great comforte is in this sacrament, therefore ought we very earnestly to receiue it.

Further, deare childe, when you wil [Page 96] receiue this sacrament, thinke well vp­pon the abouesaid wordes of Christ, and stedfastly beléeue that God worketh in you that which the words do promise, & say, Therefore doe I come vnto the sa­crament, bicause I beléeue, that his bo­dy was giuen for me, and bicause his bloud was shedde for me, whereby I am losed from all my sinnes, and am one body with him, in a full and per­fect fellowship of all his goods, as a bro­ther.

And bicause it is very hard to beleue such high things, specially that it shall auaile and profite me, being a poore sin­ner and wretched caytife, therfore do I take with Christes word the outwarde pledge, for the assuring and strengthe­ning of my beléefe, that I may be sure, that it is done in déede for me.

¶ Prouing.

But howe a man shall prepare or make him selfe ready to this Sacra­ment, Sainte Paule doth teache vs in his first Epistle to the Corinthians, the [Page] 11. [...]. Cor. 11. Chapter, where he saith, Let a man try him selfe, and then eate of this bread, and drinke of this cuppe, &c. that is, You shall not account nor reckon your selfe to be holy, not condemne other men, not des­pise other men, not be quarelling, but diligently looke about, howe néedie and miserable you your selfe be, howe déepe you sticke in sinne, howe muche faith and other ghostly giftes you lacke, howe much you are bound and indebted vnto God, for many things, whereof you are not able to pay the least.

Thinke vpon, and remember these and suche like pointes, howe you may haue remedy, and be holpen. And séeing that Christ in this sacrament, hath pro­mised you all these thinges, it behoueth you with earnest desire to séeke there. Here is the best proofe & preparatiō vnto this sacrament, that a man with all ear­nestnes behold his own miserie, griefe, sinne, temptation, trouble, and begge­rie, &c. whereby he might lay downe his Peacockes taile, and humble him selfe, and be as hungrie and gréedie after the [Page 97] helpe and grace of God, as a man is de­sirous to eate after sower lettice. This is the right hunger to this meate. Oh that we knewe in what daunger we stand, what lacke we haue, howe déepe we sticke, then would we be desirous to this sacrament, and make as much haste therevnto, as the thirstie Hart maketh to the waters.

For what cause a man ought to goe to the Sacrament.

NOt for custome sake, because at Easter euery man goeth vnto it, not at ye commaundement of the Pope, or any other man: Not for our owne worthines, or because we haue prepa­red our selues: Not because we shall make a good woorke of it, or make Gods seruice thereof: but onely because that therby, in the power of Gods word, and pledge of Christ, I may receiue ye inhe­ritance which my Lord Christ Iesus by his deth hath purchased for me, & beque­thed me in his testament, specially that [Page] I should be frée from all my sinnes, that I might be a brother and inheritour with Christ, and with Christe and all Christians be a church and communal­tie: wherein, I shall haue felowshippe with all Sainctes: so that, whatsoeuer Christ with al Christians haue, is mine. And againe, to be short, that Christe is mine, and I am his, and that I shal not depart from him, but still abide where he is, and that I haue him with me, and by me, whether that I be in wealth or in woe: whether I be in prosperitie or in aduersitie. And besides this, he neuer forsaketh me, whether I be in néede, or in any other temptation, and that I shal beside, enioy what other fruite soeuer belongeth to this Sacrament.

When or howe often a man ought to goe to the Sacrament.

AS often as you be troubled & temp­ted through your sinns in your con­science, cumbred thorough the feare of death, or of hell, troubled by weakenes, [Page 98] either of body or of soule, or that you be faint harted in faith, or that you be bur­thened with any weakenes or féeblenes whatsoeuer it be, wherewith the diuel, the world, or the flesh wil hinder you in your inheritance or blessednesse, séeke here comfort in the word and signe gi­uen in this sacrament by Christ, which he hath at his last supper left vnto you, where vppon he died, and haue no doubt at all, but that God in temptation wor­keth whatsoeuer the word and token, or signe do promise or bring. Herein let no mans fantasie or imaginatiō make you forsake the right way.

What beleeue you of this sacrament?

J Beléeue, that there is, according to ye word of Christe, giuen vnto me the body and bloud of Christe, (though in such sorte as reason can not perceiue:) So that God almightie worketh in me, and towards me, in the receiuing ther­of, all that which my Lorde Iesus hath there promised, as specially that his bo­dy [Page] maketh me cleane, and maketh my body to be in fellowshippe with Christ, and with all Christians, and that his bloud doth washe away all my sinnes. Therefore I doubt nothing at all, but that I doe receiue there the body & bloud of Christe, albeit that by reason I can not perceiue how, or by what manner, and way, neyther is it necessarie for me to knowe. It was sufficient to Christes Apostles, that they knewe that Christe was risen from death, albeit they could not tell nor perceiue how he came vn­to them, the doores being shut in.

What is Christes Supper, or Gods boord.

IT is nothing else, but the Testament of Iesus Christe our Lorde, which he made and ordeined before his passion and death, for all them that beléeue vp­on him, and for them that in their bap­tisme through the deseruing of his death and resurrection, be made frée from the power and kingdome of the diuell, and [Page 99] chosen to be Gods children, or inheri­tours of the kingdome of heauen. To them hath he promised, and giueth in this sacrament truely, his body and his bloud for their comfort, wherby they be fully assured, & made certeine by faith in their consciences, that he will giue vnto them all the goodnesse of God, and make them coheires with him, & with the whole Christian congregation, in a perfect fellowship of all Saints. For in as much as Christe hath promised and giuen vnto them his body and his bloud, why can he not giue vnto them al other good things that he hath, either in heauē or in earth? Herevpon shal his body and his bloud certenly be receiued, to assure vs, that our louing Lord Christ wil not betray vs, but make vs with him to be Lordes and inheritours of all the good­nesse of God.

Whosoeuer will receiue the Sacrament of the body and bloud of Christ, ought to know how to answere to the fiue questions folowing.

The first Question.

1 WHerefore receiue you this Sa­crament?


Therefore, bicause I may be a co­heire with Christe, and haue fellowship with him, with all holy Saintes, and with all good Christians, with them to suffer and to dye.


2 What doe you beléeue, or what doe you confesse is in this sacrament?


When I receiue the Sacrament, I beleeue, that vnder breade and wine, I receiue the body and bloud of Christe: but it is not sufficient that I know, but also I must beléeue, that my lord Christ hath giuen me them for a perfect signe and token, seale and testament.


3 What be the wordes of this Testa­ment, which our Lord Iesus did vse?


Thus said the Lord to his Apostles, when he gaue vnto them this breade, [Page 100] Take ye, and eate ye, This is my body, which shall be giuen for you. And when he gaue them the cup, he saide, Drinke you all of this, This is my bloude of the newe Testa­ment, whiche shall be shead for you, and for many, for the forgiuenesse of sinnes. Do this in the remembrance of me.


4 Wherefore do you take that token or signe, séeing that faith is sufficient?


I receiue the signes and tokens ther­fore, bicause I may strengthen my faith, not bicause I doubt in my beléefe: but bicause God hath giuen me the signe, with the word, of his tender grace and mercy. Therefore I will not despise to vse and acquaint my selfe with them.


5 How will you vse the Sacrament?


I will eate and drinke, and beléeue this word, which he spake vnto his Apo­stles, when he gaue them this sacramēt. We ought to take these comfortable promises, with a faithfull heart.

A breefe declaration of the Lordes Prayer, cal­led, Our Father.

FIrste we must consider, wherfore we pray, what is meant by wherefore, the time, & occasion doeth always bring them. But bicause we should not be carefull, nor trouble our selues, wherfore we should pray, séeing we be now in such extremi­ties, that many troubles daily fall a­mongest vs, and that from day to day, the longer the worse, although we shuld very much pray. For, The diuell is a liar, and a murtherer. And neither is the Pope nor the Turke, nor many other tyrants, which be against Gods worde idle. Besides this, we haue experience that euery aduersarie is sufficient of it selfe, though this generall trouble were not, therefore we haue euery where oc­casion sufficient, which may driue vs to prayer.

Whosoeuer therefore cannot remem­ber all our necessities, let him take in hand and haue before his eyes, the holy prayer of our Lord, called Our Father, in it be seuen petitions. In which be con­teined all troubles, & things necessarie.

1. In the first prayer, Hallowed be thy name, we pray for the holy Gospel, for all true preachers, against all heresie, & misbeléeuers, against ye Iewes, heathen, Turke & Pope. For all these blaspheme and slander Gods name, and vnhallow him: that God will cut them short, send good preachers, & kéepe his word cleane and pure against all heresie, & make vs apt hearers. This is to intend or before to meane somewhat.

2. In the second, Thy kingdome come, we praye, that the kingdome of the di­uel, & of death may be destroyed. That is a great and a large petition, for in it is conteyned the whole kingdome of the diuel, that it would please God to make an end of it, and set vp in vs and al men his owne kingdome, through his word, and the holy Ghost.

[Page]3. In the third petition, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heauen, we desire, that all their willes be disappointed which striue against Gods gratious wil. That is a great & vnsufferable prayer against the diuel and all wicked people, & mer­uellously putteth back many perils and misfortunes, whiche the diuel and wic­ked people imagine and sett abroche, if they were not thorough this petition disappointed.

4. In the fourth petition, Giue vs this day our daily bread, wée do praye for the Quéenes maiestie, for our magistrates, for our elders, for our wiues and chil­dren, for our meate and drinke, for the fruite in the field, for peace, and for such thinges as we lacke toward the main­teyning of this present life, euery one in their vocation, that God will blesse them therein, giue them good fortune, and kéepe them from all misfortune mercifully.

5. In the fifte petition, Forgiue vs our sinnes, as wee forgiue them that trespasse a­gainst vs, we desire that God will be [Page 102] gratious to vs, to turne from vs his an­ger, whiche we haue deserued, & not pu­nish vs for our wickednes: and that he will deale gratiously with vs, to the in­tent we, from day to day, maye waxe better, and that we maye liue after his holy will, and liue friendly one with a­nother, and that euery of vs maye for­giue an other their offences.

6. In the sixte petition, Lead vs not in­to temptation, we pray that GOD will come and helpe all troubled heartes, not suffer them to sticke in temptation, but help them out therof gratiously through his word and holy spirite: and that he wil vouchsafe to destroy the diuels pur­pose and might.

7. In the seuenth petition, But deliuer vs from the euill, wée praye for a good houre, that our Lord God will take vs out of this miserie, with grace, and make vs blessed for euer.

Thus, in the Lords prayer, are plenti­fully al thinges conteyned, whatsoeuer by any meanes shal vexe or trouble vs, or els whatsoeuer is méetest and most [Page] necessarie for vs. Therefore the first i [...] that we purpose or intende something, wherefore we will pray, that will Al­mightie God surely giue. For the com­maundement is plainly there, that Wee must pray, & the promise is also there, that We shalbe certeinely and surely heard. And our mercifull Lord Christe him­selfe hath sett foorth vnto vs, both the words and the manner how we shal pray: in the which all things necessarie for vs be conteined.


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