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by a singular grace to God to liue chast. Then he preceadeth saying. MarginaliaGelded mē thre waies to be taken in scriptureThere be (quod he) gelded men, that so were borne from theyr mothers wombe. And there be some gelded men, that haue beene so made by men, and there be gelded men that haue so made them selues for loue of the kingdom of heauen. In conclusion he sayeth, who that receiueth this saying, thinking that it shoulde be vnexpedient for him to marye, and that he may liue chaste thorow the gift geuen him of God, Let him take it, and so liue. So he leueth singlenes of life to al mens election, without any compellinge them there to. Here vnto assenteth S. Paule, when that by manye reasons he had perswaded the Corrinthians to single life.

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Finallye he concludeth thus, this quod he, say I vnto you willynge that, whyche shoulde be for your profite. But not to bringe you in bondage. And a little afore: I would quod he, that al men were euen as I my selfe am. But euery one hathe a seuerall gifte of God, one in one wise, an other in an other wise, shewinge there by that vnto some it is geuen of God to liue continent. And to other, for to engender and procreate children, and therfore hys wyll can not come to effect. Which thyng you may easily perceiue in this, for after he had shewed forth his good wish and desire, sayinge: Velim omnes homines &c. He putteth a coniunction aduersatife, that reporteth an obstacle or stop saying: Sed vnusquisque proprium donum habet. &c. Vpon this he procedeth further, wherby you may apertly see that he would haue al men, none except, to marry, wanting the gift of continency. MarginaliaMaryage necessary for all men. who so euer lacke contynency of hart.This, quod he, said I to the vnmarried and wydowes: expedient it were for them to remaine as I doo, but if they can not liue continente, let them contracte marriage, for better it is to marrye then to burne. Thys proueth well that all Priestes, or no Priestes wantinge continencye of hart, hadde neade to marrye for to auoide burninge luste, onlesse they be inobedient to the minde of Christ, that spake in Paule, in obseruing the traditions of men. In the beginning also of the same Chapter, he sayeth, that it is good that a man shuld not deale with a woman. Notwithstandynge for auoidinge fornication, quod he, let euerye manne haue his wife, and euery woman haue her husband. He saith here. Marginaliaquisque. Queque. not quidā quedam.Quisque, et queq; and not quidam, nor quædam, He excepte nother priest ne nunne, but euery both man and woman is bound for auoiding of burning and fornication to marry, not hauinge the gift geuē of chastity. The same also confirmeth your owne law dist. xxix. MarginaliaDist. xxix.Where it is wryttē thus. Si quis discernit presbiterum coniugatum tanquam occasione nuptiarum quod offerre non debet, anathema sit, et dist. xxxi. MarginaliaDist. xxxi,Si quis vituperat nuptias, et dormientem cum viro suo fidelēac religiosam detestatur: aut culpabilem estimat velut qui regnum dei introire non possit, anathema sit. Et alibi passim hoc genus alia.

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Moreouer in historia tripertita, it is wrytten Marginaliapaphnuciū.that a noble martir of Christe called Paphnucius in Nicene councell, whē all other bishops were purposed to haue enacted there that priestes shoulde liue vnmarried. This holye man resisted them so mightely both with reasones, and also with authority of scripture, that then their purpose aultered, and their firste deuyse could not passe. And one autority I remember was this which he borowed of Paule in the second Pistle to Timothe. Your deuise quod he may haue a semblance of holines. But in dede it shall be the destruction and vndoinge of the same. MarginaliaLes illustrations du gall.Moreouer in one of the principall histories of France called les illustrations due galls: who so euer please, may there read it as it stādeth wythin vi. leaues afore the ende of the same. How the author with depe sorow lamēteth the ordinaunce, that decreed firste priestes vnmaried to liue, shewing and that amply the miseries that hath ensued in Fraunce ther by, imputing it vnto Calixte the Pope, of whome he maketh a doleful mention in meter, where of the firste I yet remember, and it is thus. O sancte Calixte totus mundus odit te. &c. Which foloweth in wryting to al that lust to beholde therin. But what nead I to make longer treatise here of: for so much as you do dailye bothe heare and see what foul abhomination ariseth in euery corner of this pitifull law made of mē that woulde presume to be wiser then God, thinking as we euer do þt other he would not, or els for lacke of wisdome he could not shew vs a sufficient law or way to direct oure lyfe & conuersation to come to the ioy and reastynge place of him promised, and so of vs lōged and loked for. Wherby we both be farre vnreasonable in so dreaming of him after our vnwyse wit, and he much dishonoured. The whyche I beseche him to helpe. Amen.

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MarginaliaAnswer to the v. artycle.Vnto the v. where ye do aske whether I beleue that what so euer is don of man whether it be good or il, commeth of necessity. That is, as you construe, to wit, whether man hath fre wil, so that he may deserue ioy or paine, I say I said at the beginning, that vnto the first part of your riddle: I nother can ne will geue anye diffynitiue answer, for so much as it surmoūteth my capacity, trusting that God shall send here after other that shalbe of better learning and wit then I for to endight it. MarginaliaFre wyl to deserue ioy or paine.As cōcerning the second parte where as you do interpreate, that is to say, whether manne haue free wil or no, so that he may deserue ioy or paine, as for our deseruing specially of ioy, I thinke it very slender or none, euen when we doo the verye commaundements and law of God, and that am I taught by our sauiour of S. Luke where

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