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178 [1628]

Actes and Monumentes of Marters.

The cote he geueth vnto the spiritualty, that thei shuld not lacke clothing, and that they shuld not possesse more then necessyty doth require. Wherfore we iudge and thinke it good that all these aforesaid be deuided by reason and equity. And wheras the cloke and the cote are both found, ther the cloke be taken away, and geuē vnto the nedy, that they do not perish for lack or want These aforsaid spake the virgin Hildegardis, plainly for shewing the taking away of the Temporalityes from the clergy by the seculer Lordes, and shewing for what cause they shall be so taken away. And what manner of deuision shall be made of those thinges that are taken away, that they be not consumed, and spent vnprofitably.

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For so much as mētion 

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Because Hus referred to Hildegard of Bingen in his defence of the seventeenth article attributed to Wiclif, Foxe inserts here, in the 1563 edition, the section on Hildegard from Matthias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis [Strasbourg, 1562], pp. 391-3. (Confusingly, Foxe had already printed this material in 1563, fo. (71)r-v; 1570, pp. 340-341; 1576, p. 264 and 1583, pp. 260-261). The Hildegard passage would be reprinted, along with everything else in the 1563 version of Hus's defence of Wiclif, in the 1583 edition.

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is here made of Hildegardis, it shall not seme impertinent, moued by thoccasion here of to geue forthe vnto the reader such things as we haue found in certen old volumes, touching her prophecye of the comming of certaine false Prophets, only meaning as it semeth, the begging friers, which sprang vp shortly after her time. The tenoure wherof is this, word for word, as we finde it wrytten.

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MarginaliaHildegardis prophecying of friers and monkes.In those daies, there shall rise vp a people without vnderstanding, proud, couetous, vntrusty, and deceitful, the which shall eat the sinnes of the people, holding a certain order of folish deuotion, vnder the fained cloke of beggery, preferring them selues aboue all other, by their fained deuotion, arrogant vnderstanding, and pretended holines, walking without shamefastnes, or the feare of God, inuenting many new mischiefes being stronge and stout, but this order shall be accursed of all wise men, & faithfull Christians, they shall cease from labour, and geue them selues ouer vnto idlenes. Chusing rather to liue thorow flattery, then by begging. Moreouer they shall together study, how they may peruersly resist the teachers of the truth. And stay them together with the noble men, how to seduce and deceiue the nobility, for the neceßity of their liuing & pleasures of this world, for the Deuel will graft in thē iiij. principall vices: that is to say, flattery, enuy, hipocrisy, and slaunder. Flattery, that they may haue large gifts geuen them. Enuy, when they se gifts geuen vnto other, and not vnto them. Ipocrisy, that by false dissymulacion, they may please men. Detraction, that they may extoll & commend thē selues, & backbite others, for the praise of men and seducing of the simple. Also they shall instantly preach without deuocion or example of the martirs, and shall detract the seculer princes, taking away the sacraments of the church frō the true pastors, receiuing almes of the pore, diseased, and miserable, and also associating them selues with the common people, hauing familiarity with wemen, instructing them how they shall deceiue their husbands and frēds by their flateri & deceitful words, & to rob their husbāds to geue it vnto thē for they will take all these stollen and euill gotten, and saie, geue it vnto vs, and we will pray for you, so that they being curious to hide other mennes faultes, do vtterly forget their owne, and alas, they will receiue all thinges, of rouers, pickers, spoilers, theues and robbers, of sacrilegious persons, vserers, adulterers, Heretikes, Scismatikes, Apostataies, whores, and baudes, of noble men, periurers, merchants, false iudges, souldiours, tirantes, princes, of such as liue contrary to the law, and of many peruers and wycked men, following the perswasion of the deuell, the swet-nes of sinne, a delicate and transitory life, and fulnes euen vnto eternall dampnation. All these thinges shall manifestly appeare in them vnto all people, and they day by day, shall waxe more wicked and hard harted, and when as their wickednes and disceits shalbe found out, then shall their giftes cease, and then shall they go about their houses hungry, and as mad dogges loking down vppon the earth, and drawing in their neckes as doues, that they might be satisfied with bread, then shall the people cry out vpon them. Wo be vnto you ye miserable children of sorow, the world hath seduced you, the deuill hath bridled your mouthes, your fleshe is frail, and your harts without sauour, your mindes haue bene vnstedfast, and your eies delited in much vanitie and folly, your dainty bellies desire delicate meates. Your fete swift to run vnto mischief, remember when you were apparantly bleßed, yet enuious, pore but rich, simple, mighty deuout flatterers, vnfaithfull betrayers, peruers detracters, holy Ipocrites, subuerters of the truth, ouermuch vpright, proud, vnshamefast, vnstedfast teachers, delicate marters, confessors for gain, meke slaunderers, religious, couetous, humble, proud, pitifull, hard harted liers, pleasaunt flatterers, peace makers, persecuters: oppressors of the pore, bringing in new sectes newly inuented of your selues, merciful, wicked, louers of the world, sellers of pardons, spoilers of benefices, vnprofitable orators, sedicious conspirators, dronkardes, desirers of honours, maintainers of mischief, robbers of the world, vnsaciable preachers, men pleasers, seducers of wemen, and sowers of discord, for Moises the glorious prophet, spake very well of you in his song. A people without councel or vnderstandynge, would to God they did knowe, vnderstand and forse thend. You haue builded vp an high, and when you could ascend no hier, then did you fall euen as Symon Magus, whome God ouerthrew, and did stryke wyth a cruell plage, so you likewise thorow your false doctrin, naughtines, lies, detractions, and wickednes, are come to ruin, and the people shall say vnto them, go ye teachers of wickednes, subuerters of the truth, brethren of the Sunamitie, fathers of heresies, fals apostles, whych haue fained your selues to follow the life of the Apostles, and yet haue not fulfilled it in no part, sonnes of niquitie, we will not follow the knowledge of your waies, for pride and presumption hath deceiued you, & insaciable concupiscence hath subuerted your erroneous hartes. And when as you would ascend hyer then was mete or comely for you, by the iust iudgement of God, you are fallen backe into perpetuall opprobry & shame. This blessedHildegardis whose prophecy this is, florished about the yere of our Lord, a M.C.xlvi. as it is wrytten in Martins chronicles 

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At this point, the citation of Flacius ends and the text resumes with Hus's defence of Wiclif.

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AlsoHugo in his second boke of sacraments, in the second part 3. chapter and 7. saith, MarginaliaHugo de sacramētis part. 3.the laity forsomuch as they entermedle with earthly matters necessary vnto an earthly life, they are the least part of the body of Christ. And the cleargy for so much as they do dispose those thinges which pertain vnto a spirituall life are as it were the right side of the body of Christ, and afterward interpreting both these partes him selfe, he sayeth: A spirituall man ought to haue nothing, but such as pertaineth vnto God, vnto whome it is apoynted to be sustained by the tithes and oblations which are offered vnto God. But vnto the Christian & faithfull laiety, the posseßion of the earth is graunted, and

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