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so witnessed the same for our instruction, saying: myne helpe is of the Lord or cōmeth from the Lorde whiche made heauē and earth. This interpretation, as nere as I remember, is after the mynde of saint Augustine: and I suppose verely that it is not contrarye vnto the mynde of God, ne disagreing with the sequele of scripture. Also this wyse it is reported in the newe testament by autoritie deduced oute of the old where it is wrytten. Euery persone that calleth vpon the name of the Lord shalbe saued & marke how wt energy it is said vpon þe name of þe lord, wtout any sēding vs other to s. Christopher though he be paītid neuer so stout ne to S. Patriarkes purgatorie in Ireland, ne to S. Iames in Galisia 

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I.e., the shrine of St. James in Compostella, a major European pilgrimage site.

in the yeare of grace, nor yet to any other saint or place, but would vs that we should call vpon almightie God, & vpon his name, for loue that he beareth to Christ, that is alway our Aduocate before our father to purchase mercie for our synnes only, and not for our sinnes only (quod saint Iohn) who is the wryter of this saying and testimonie, but also for the synnes of all the worlde. MarginaliaAugust. in Ioannem.Saint Augustine vpon that same noteth, that S. Iohn in that place, sayth: we haue an Aduocate, and that Christ is Aduocate for him as well as for other to purchase mercy for hym, lyke as he doth for all other that shalbe saued, MarginaliaChriste is aduocate as wel for sainctes and apostles, as for vs.and that S. Iohn wyl not be knowen for our Aduocate, but that Christe should be taken for Aduocate of all. Saint Bede 
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The Venerable Bede was never a saint.

(as I remember) vpon the same, MarginaliaBede vpon Iohn.maketh as muche for this purpose as doth saint Augustine or wel more. So that by course of scripture we are taught to resorte for all ayde and releue, as I haue sayde, vnto the head spryng and fountayne of al comforth and mercie, as S. Paule calleth hym the father of mercies and of all comforth, whiche is ready to comforte vs in all tribulations, whiche, as the Psalme reporteth, healeth all our infyrmities, and taketh mercie vpon all our iniquities, for he is sweate as is sayde in an other stede, and gentle, and many mercies are layde vp for all those that call vpon hym. Yet he sheweth vs no where I trowe of benefites that we shall purchase by prayinge vnto saintes departed, and if any persone can or wyl woutchsafe to teach me that, by some authorititie of scripture, I would thynke my selfe hyghly beholding to hym whatsoeuer he were other great or small, yong or olde, but I wene it can not be, I haue made truely long searche, yet could I neuer fynde any suche substantiall teaching. Howbeit, I offer my selfe euer to learne, and know that my rude wit, foolyshe youth, vnexpert experiēce, and feble discretiō, had nede of good instruction as muche as any other. Howbeit, I see thanked be God, that sometyme sheweth a sparkle of lyght and wisdome to chyldren, hydyng the same from otherthat are reputed of higher prudēce, so that the worlde thereby many tymes is broughte into admiration, seing suche factes done of God before their face, and laughe there at some tyme with indignation as the Pariseis did at the blynde man whome Christe had restored to syght, where they sayde to hym. Thou caytyfe wart borne blynde for thy synnes, and wylte thou teache vs that are a great multitude of hyghe officers of the temple, and doctours to teache the lawe? As who would saye, it becometh thee full ill, yet we ought not to maruel greatly at suche doyng, for so muche as saynt Paule. 1. Cor. 1. shewed of lyke practise done in his tyme, and that he wryteth for the instruction of all ages after ensuyng, so that it pertaineth (like as al þe holy scripture doth) as wel to our tyme as it did to that it was first written in. The doctrine of Christes crosse, that is to wytte of the new Testament, is to them that perishe foly saith he, but to vs that obtain therby saluatiō meaning therby, to such as beleue it is the might or poure of God, for it is written, saith he, by the Prophet Esay that God aforetime said he would destroy the wysdome of the wyse, and the vnderstanding or learninge of the learned, would he throwe away and despise. This prophecie alleged, Paule thought it autoritie sufficient to dissuade the Corinthians from the folishe fiaunce, vaine glorie or opinion that they had in men, whome they peraduenture euer highly estemed for their offices, or solempne titles. So that he proceadeth forth in this same, where ar ye now (quod he) the worldly wyse, the Scribes, that is to saye, doctors and suche other like officers. Hath not God shewed the wisdome of the worlde to be foolysh and vnsauery? for after that by the wisdome of God that is shewed in scripture, I suppose the worlde hath not studied to know God by wysdome, it hath pleased God now to saue them that beleue thorowe foly of preachyng. He calleth the word of God folish preachyng, not because it was folish, for afore he called it godly wysdome, but he spake after the opinion of them that set litle or nought thereby, esteming it as Esopes cocks did þe precious stone, and as swyne do pearles. After long processe in the same matter he concludeth thus. You may (quod he) brethren se your calling, you be not called by many natural wyse mē vnto the belefe of the Gospel, nor by many mighty mē, ne by many of noble parentaige. But these þt be fooles after the estimation of the worlde, hath God chosen to confounde the wyse. &c. Therfore I saye as I sayd afore that, thankes bee to God, albe it I am as I shewed before voyde of suche great prudencie that other bee well indued with, yet I see partly howe their great reasons be not very substantiall whereby they contend by the treatie of reason, when

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