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of our lady, the blood that they say is at haile Norwitch and other places with such other where of I trust ye doo know what ought to be don. And I beseche god you may do therin as your office doo require so shewing example vnto other prelates to folow your lordeshippe in good doing, as is comely for a primate to do remembering alway, as Paul saieth the time is shorte and therfore it were good to set to hād in time. Finally holy Moises when he died wold be buried that no man shuld know which was his graue, MarginaliaMoyses tombe vnknowne.as it is witnessed in the booke of Deuteronomy & that as thexpositors testifieth was bycause the Iewes which were prone to new fangled worshipping, should not fall into Idolitry, worshipping him as god, for the great and many myracles that were wrought by him while he was in life. To conclude I say, it is no poynt of my beleue for to thincke þt oblations and pilgrimages at saints graues & reliques are meritorious workes ne yet deuotion is in so doing, That is godly which is institute by scripture. If you thincke contrary I woulde desire to knowe for mine instruction what part of scripture should make therfore against me.

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MarginaliaAunswer to the. 17 article.In the xvii. where ye do ask whether the fast of lent and other apointed by the common law and receaued in common vsage of christen people vnlesse necessity otherwise requireth, are to be obserued. I say that in mine opiniō they are to be obserued, MarginaliaFastinge.& fasting discretly don is cōmendable. for so shal a man auoide slouth and be the more redy for to serue god and also his neighbour and therby came the rebellion of carnal concupiscency accordinge to the saying of þe poet: Sine cerere et baccho friget ven9, And as S. Hierom MarginaliaThe saieng of Hierom.venter mero estuans spumat in libidinem, Yet shall not the breakinge of these fastes make a man to do deadly sinne, excepte in his minde be some other malicious affectiō therwith annexed as rashnes of mind, despite, or such like, MarginaliaNo positiue law without the fondacion of ripture bindeth to dedly sinne.for so much as no positiue lawe of manne made withoute foundacion of scripture maye bind any parsonne: so, that in breking of such he shal therfore sinne deadly and of this sort made by man is the fast of lent and other dayes ordeined in youre lawes without authority of scripture which willeth vs to fast perpetually eatynge and drinking, but when nead requireth not for any voluptuousnes as many that recounteth them selues great fasters, I feare haue done ye and that sparely, for seing alway that our stomaks be neuer cloied with dronkēship or surfettinge, as is commaūdid by our sauior in Luke. MarginaliaHow fast truly by the scripture.But contrary wise after the fassion rather of a certen prince that is mentioned of I trow in Valerius maximus that neuer rose from his meales meate with a full stomake but some what rather empty or hūgry which, as the story testifieth, causid him to liue so wonderful a long season, that a mancould vnnethes think possyble for ones life to be so prolonged had not such a notable author it reporte. Marginaliafastinge rather to be perswaded then enforced.And to tell the truth, I suppose the prelates should better haue perswaded the people to pure fasting by instant preaching of the word of God and fatherly exhortacions, than by ordeining of so sore a multitud of Lawes and constitutions. for the nature of man is wel discribed of Horace saying: Nitimur in vetitum cupimus que negata sequentes. 

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The text is not, in reality, from Horace, but from St Augustine, De vera religione (Aurelii Augustini Opera. [Pars 4.2 De vera religione] (ed. K.-D Daur). Corpus Christianorum Seria Latina, vol 33. (Turnhout: Brepols, 1972), 55.108).

And in an other prouerbe: Finis plus æquo tensus rumpitur. accordinge to this saide a good olde father once in cambridge I remember his saiyng wel yet. He was an old doctour of diuinity, when a Legate cāe into England at a time and he with certain bishopes had ordeined MarginaliaChurch holy dayes solemnisid in Englande.that the dedication of all churches thorow England as I remember should be kept holy and solemnizid vpon one day, & priests shuld haue their gowns made close before, with such other like ordinances: he resisted not condescending to haue thē put in execution, when his diocesane requirid him saiyng thus, these multitude of lawes pleseth not me: For we had anow aboundantly afore adding this reason Adam beinge in paradice had but one law to obserue & yet he brake it what other thing then shall this multitude do, quod he, but multiply transgression? MarginaliaMultitude of lawes vnprofitable.For when a faggotte is bounde ouer straighte the bonde must break. God therfore I besech him send vs of the swete dew of his heuenly doctrin to moist & supple the erthly ground of our hartes that we may grow like fashioned vnto him puttinge aparte oure olde Adam with all his dissimulation and painted show that is much causid by lawes munday, and do vppon christ þt is the very truth and þt way directing men to the same. Amen.

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MarginaliaAnswere to the. 18. article.Vnto the. xviii. where you ask whether it be laudable and profitable that worshipfull Images be set in churches for the remembrance of Christ and his saints. I say that I know of no Images that ought to be worshipped specialy made by the hand of men, for the psalm saieth confusion or shame be vpon them that worship or make obeysance vnto carued Images and that glory in their pictors. More ouer S. Augustine in his boke de vera religione saieth thus, Let vs not haue deuotion in worshippinge the workes of men or ells thus let vs not be bounde to worship the workes of men for the worke men are more exellent then the thinges which they make: MarginaliaImages not to be worshipedWhome not with standing we ought not to worship. The laten is thus. Non sit nobis religio humanorum operum cultus, meliores enim sunt ipsi artifices, qui talia fabricantur quos tamē colere non debemus. Lactantius also maketh strongly with the same. I cannot with out the booke recite his sainge. For he treateth largely of the saide matter Origin also cōtra celsū I trow wyl likewise testify where as I remēber he concludeth

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