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themperours court. Tharchbishop of Triers abode, accompanied with his official Ihō Eck, and Cochleus, and commaunded Luther to come into his chamber, Ierome Schurff, and Nicolas Ambsdorff assisted to maintaine Luthers cause. Then the official began to frame an argument like a Sophist and Canonist, defending the Popes cause: MarginaliaFals arguments for the Pope.That for the mooste part all all times holy scriptures haue engendred erroures, as the error of Heluidius the Arian, out of that place in the Gospell, where is expressed, Ioseph knew not his wife till she was deliuered of her first childe. Further, he went about to ouerthrow this proposition, þt the Catholike church is þe communiō of saints presuminge also of cokle to make wheate, and of bodely excrementes to compacte members.

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Martin Luther and Ierome Schurffe reproued these follyes, and other vaine and ridiculous matters, which Eckius broughte forthe, but modestlye, as thinges not seruinge to the purpose. Sometime Cochleus would come in with his v. egges, MarginaliaAnd iiii. of them rottenand laboured to perswade Luther, to desiste from his purpose, and vtterly to refraine thenceforth to wryte or teache, and so they departed.

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About eueninge, the Archbishop of Triers, aduertised Luther by Ambsdorff, that the Emperoures promise made vnto him, was prolonged two daies, and in the meane season he would conferre with him the next daye, and for that cause he would send Peutinger, & the doctor of Bade the morrowe after to him, and he him selfe would also talke with him.

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MarginaliaSollicitacion to cause Luther yeldThe Friday then that was S. Markes day, Peutinger, and the Doctor of Bade trauailed in the forenone to perswade Luther simply & absolutely to submit the iudgemēt of his wrytinges to themperor and Empire. He answered he would do it and submit any thing, they woulde haue him, so they grounded wyth the authority of holy scripture, otherwise he wold not consent to do any thing. For God said by his Prophet (saith he): trust ye not in princes nor in the children of men, in whome there is no healthe. Also, cursed be he that trusteth in men. And seing them vrge him more vehemētly, he answered: We ought to submit no more to the iudgement of men, thē the word of God doth. So they departed, and prayed him to aduise for better answer, and said they would returne after dinner.

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After dinner they returned, exhorting as before, but in vaine. They prayed him at þe least he wold submit his wryting to the iudgement of þe next general councel. Luther agreed ther vnto, but with this condition, that they them selues shuld present tharticles collected out of his bokes to be submitted to the coūcel in this manner, þt notwithstanding the sentēce awarded by the councel should be authorised by thescripture, and proue the contrary with the testimonies of the same.

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Then leauing Luther, they departed and reported to tharchbishop of Triers that he had promised to submit his wrytinges in certaine articles to the next councel, and in the meane space he would kepe silence, which Luther neuer thoughte, who neither with admonitions, ne yet menaces coulde be induced to denye or submit his bookes to the iudgements of men, he had so fortified them with cleare and manifest authorities of the scripture, vnlesse they coulde proue by sacred scripture, and apparant reasons that he had erred.

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It chaunced then by the special grace of god that tharchbishop of Triers sent for Luther, resolued presently to heare him. And when he perceiued otherwise then Peutinger, & the doctor of Bade had told him, he affirmed þt Luther shuld not haue reuoked for a great deale, þt he had said, vnles he had heard him speake, but that straight he woulde haue gone to the Emperoure, and declared what the Doctors had reported.

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MarginaliaFamilier talke betwene the archbishop and LutherThen the Archbishop treated and conferred with Luther very gently (fyrst remouing such as were present,) as well of the iudgement of themperor and Empire, as of the sentence of þe next generall councel. In this conference Luther concealed nothing from tharchbishop, affirminge it was daungerous to submit a matter of so great importance to them, who after they had called him vnder safe conduict, attēpting him with new commaundementes, condempned his opinion, and approued the popes Bull.

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Moreouer, tharchbishop bidding a frende of his drawe nighe, required Luther to declare what remeadye mighte be ministred to healpe this. Luther answered: There was no better remedy, then such as Gamaliel alledgeth in þe v. Chapter of the Apostles, wytnes S. Luke, saying: MarginaliaCounsell of Gamaliel.If this councel or this worke proceade of men, it shall be dissolued, but if it be of God, ye cannot dissolue it. And that themperor and the estates of the Empire mighte aduertyse the Pope that he knewe certainlye if thys his enterprise proceaded not of God, it wold be abolished within iii. yea within ii. yeres.

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The Archbishoppe enquired of hym what he woulde doo, if certaine Articles were taken oute of his bookes to be submitted to the generall Councell. Luther answered: So þt they be not those, whyche the councel of Constance candempned. The Archbishoppe saide, I feare they will be the verye same: but what then? Luther replied: MarginaliaLuthers constancye.I wyll not, nor I cannot hold my peace of such, for I am sure by their decrees the word of God was condempned. Therfore I will rather lose head and life, then abondon the manifest word of my Lord God.

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