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are clad with frailtye, and ther charity is not minished after they be hence departed but incresed therfore I beleue verely þt they do pray for vs as peticioners, but not as mediators so farforth as I can see. For scripture vseth to speake but of one mediator þt I thinke, signifieth a maker of peace or atonmēt betwixt God þe father & man, record I take of Paule which 1. Timo. 2. saith vnus est deus, vnus est et mediator, dei et & hominū homo christ9 Iesus quid dedit semetipsum redemptionem pro omnibus. Erasmus trāslateth it, consiliator dei et hominū. That is to say ther is one God and mediator or peace maker betwixt god & mā, a man called Christ Iesus which gaue him self for þe redemtion of all. Thus I say I beleue saintes in heauē do prai for vs as petitioners, but not as mediators. Ye all they I wene do pray and long that the day of iudgement may sone come accordinge to the saing of Paul: Sollicita creaturæ expectatio cōgemiscit similiterq; nobiscū parturit usque ad hoc tēpus, Which shal be for accomplishment of glorye both to them and to all other elect of God to be his children and coinheritors with christ.

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MarginaliaAunswere to the. 16. article.In þe xvi. article wher you demaund whether I beleue oblacions and Pilgrimages may be deuoutly and meritoriously done to the Sepulchres and reliques of saintes I say that what they may be I canne not perfectly tell. MarginaliaPilgrimages and oblations.For god can so worke that vnto those whome he hath chosen for to be inheritors with him, all thinges shall tourne to a good conclusion as saith Saint Paule to the Romaines in this wise: Vnto these that loue God all things shal well succede and worke together for ther furtherance in goodnes. Of which is written in the Psalme. Blessed is that nation that hath the Lord ther god, the people whom he hath chosen to be his inheritors. Ye ther euil dedes shall not hurt them but come well to passe for the incremēt of vertue. For as it is said, in the Gospell: cui minus remittitur minus diligit. And againe it hurt not Onesimus that he ran away from his maister Philemon. But God wrought that by occasion therof, he met with Paule which conuertid him to the faith of the Euangely, that before was without beleue 

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. Therfore whether they may be done meritoriously or no, I will not diffine, God wotteth. But this I say that God did neuer institute any such thing in the new testament. Which is the verity & rule for all Christen people to folow and beleue. Ye that only is of perfit surty and none other, but as other be agreable and hath ground of the same. And like as we haue no certaine doctrine institute of Christ ne his disciples teachinge vs thus for to do: no more is ther no merit apointed of him therfore, as I shewed afore where I told my mynde of oure merites. MarginaliaPie Pietas defyned.More ouer wher ye put, Pie. which Ical deuoutly, very true deuotion (that is caled in latten pietas) as that which haith annexid therwith deuine promises for this present life & the life to come: As witnesseth Paul. 1. Ti. 4. which is not els but the obseruation of christs law, that in the psalme for the purenes is called argentum igne examinatum purgatum sextuplum. siluer coron and finede often and many sithes thorowe fier, it hath no chaffe in it, as hath mens traditions but is pure cleane whete as sheweth Hiereme writinge in this wise. Quidd paleis ad triticum, propter hoc ego ad prophetas dicit dominus qui furantur verba mea vnusquisque a proximo suo & sed vcunt Populū menm in mendatis suis et in erroribus suis. MarginaliaTrue deuotion or pvre celigion what is it.And this deuotion is that which S. Iames calleth pure religion of Christ. Saiyng pure and imaculate religion afore: God the father is to visit fatherles children & widdowes in their vexation, wherby he meaneth al nedy people that are succourles, that be helplesse wt councell and other almes, according after our habilitie when so euer we see them in nede or distresse. The other part of thie religion, shewed by sainte Iames is, that a man shoulde kepe him selfe cleane from the world and that doo they, which be not affectionate so vnto any thing ther in, but that they haue the things of the world or occupy the same by true dealinge that they can finde in ther hart to depart from them when God shall please, or charity so require. Thus doinge we shall folow the exhortacion of blessed Paul, whiche writinge to the corinth. saithe thus: Brethren, quod he, the time is short, this remayneth I bydde that they which haue wifes should be, as they had them not, and those that wepe, should be as they wept not, & those that reioyce as though they ioyd not, & those that bye as if they were without possession, and they that occupy this world, as though they occupied it not, for the fashion of this world passeth way. And this meaneth noon other thinge but that we shuld not loue ne dread any wordly thinge passinge mesure or inordinatly, but god aboue al thinges, & all other things in him or for hym, & he that thus dot, fulfilleth the commaundement of Christ spokē to the rich man in the gospell, where he saith, go and sell all that euer thou hast and come folow me. For he hath sould away all that ever he hath that surely entēdeth for the loue of christ to helpe the pore with all that he may voluntas reputatur, facto as is said commonly and this saing bothe of Iames and also of the Euangeliste, I thinke verely belongeth to all Christen that they shuld it performe none except, nother lay man ne woman, as we vse to say but to thē as wel as to any whō we call religious. MarginaliaReliques & tombes.As concerning the reliques and tombes of saints I haue saide vnto your Lordship afore. What I doo thinke of milk of

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