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hod: Shall any sedicious person perswade you, that the Sacrament is despised, whiche is by our lawes, by our self, by oure counsaill, bu all our good subiectes, estemed, vsed, participated, and dayly receiued? if euer ye were seduced, if euer deceiued, if euer traitors wer beleued, if euer Papistes poysoned good subiects, it is now. It is not the christning of children, not the reuerence of the sacrament, not the health of your souls that they shote at, good subiectes. It is sedition, it is hyghe treason, it is your destruction they seke, how craftely, howe piteously, how conningly so euer they do it. With one rule iudge ye thend, which of force must come of your purposes. Almighty God forbiddeth vpon pain of euerlastyng damnation, disobedience to vs our kyng: and in his place we rule in earth. If we should be slowe, would God erre? if your offence be towardes God, thinke you it pardoned without repentaunce? Is Gods iudgement mutable? your paine is damnation, your iudge is incorruptible, your faultes are most euident.

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Likewyse are ye euill enformed in diuerse other articles, as for confirmation of your children, for the masse, for the maner of your seruice, of Mattins, & Euensong. whatsoeuer is therin ordered, hath ben long debated and consulted by many learned byshops, doctors, & other mē of great learning, in this Realme concluded, in nothyng so much labour and time spent of late time, nothinge so fully ended.

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Marginalia3 Mattins.As for the seruice in the English tongue, hath manyfest resons for it, and yet perchance semeth to you a new seruice, & in dede is none other but tholde. The selfsame wordes in english whiche were in latin, sauing a fewe things taken out, so fond that it had ben a shame to haue harde them in english, as al they can iudge, which list to report the truth. The difference is, we ment godly, that you our subiects shold vnderstand in egnlish, being your naturall countrey tongue, that whiche was heretofore spoken in latin, then seruing only thē, which vnderstode latin, & now, for all you whiche be borne english. Howe can this with reason offend any reasonable man, that he shall vnderstād what any other saith,& so to cōsent with the speaker? If the seruice in the latin church was good in latin, it remaineth good in English, for nothing is altired, but to speake with knowledge, that was spoken with ignoraunce, & to let you vnderstand what is sayde for you, to the intent you maye further it with your own deuocion. An alteration to the better, except knowledge be worse then ignoraunce. So that whosoeuer hath moued you to mislike this order, cā geue you no reason, nor answere yours, if ye vnderstode it.

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Wherefore you our subiectes remembre, we speake to you, being ordeined your prince & king by almighty god, if any wise we could aduaunce gods honor more then we do, we wold do it: and se that ye becom subiects to gods ordinaunces, obeying vs your prince, & learne of them, whiche haue autoritie to teache you, which haue power to rule you, & will execute our iustice, if we be prouoked. Learn not of them, whose fruites be nothing be wilfulnesse, disobedience, obstinacie, dissimulation, and destruction of the Realme.

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Marginalia4 The MasseFor the Masse, we assure you, no small study nor trauail hath been spent by al the learned clergie therin, & to auoyd al contention, it is brought euē to the very vse as christ left it, as thapostles vsed it, as holy fathers deliuered it, in dede somewhat altered from that the Popes of Rome for their lucre brought to it. And although ye may here the contrary of some popish euil men, yet oure maiestie, which for our honor may not be blemished not stained, assureth you that they deceiue you, abuse you, & blowe these opinions into your heads, for to finish their owne purposes.

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Marginalia5 Confirmation.And so likewyse, iudge you of confirmation of chyldren, and let them aunswere you this one question. Thinke they that a child christened is dampned, because it dieth before bishopping. They be cōfirmed at the time of discretion, to learne that they professed in the lack therof, by Baptisme taughte in age that whiche they receyued in enfancie: and yet no doubte, but they be saued by baptisme, not by confirmation, & made Christes by christenyng, & taught how to cōtinue, by confirmatiō. wherfore in the whole marke good subiects, how our doctrine is founded vpon true learning, and theirs vpon shamles errours. To conclude, besyde our gentle maner of information to you, whatsoeuer is conteyned in our Booke, either for Baptisme, Sacrament, Masse, Confirmation,and seruice in the Churche, is by our Parliament established by the whole clergye agreed, yea, by the Byshops of the realme deuysed, and futher by Gods word confirmed. And how dare ye trust yea how dare ye geue care, without tremblyng, to any singuler person, to disalow a Parliament, a subiect to perswade against our maiesty, any man of his singler arrogancie against the determination of the Bishops, and all the Clergye any inuented argument against the worde of God: But now you our subiects, we resort to a greater matter of your blindnes, of your vnkindnes, a great vnnaturalnes, and suche an euill, that if we thought it had not begō of ignorance, and continued by perswasion of certayn traitors amōgs you, whiche we thynke few in nomber, but in their dooyngs busye, we coulde not be perswaded but to vse oure sworde, and doo iustice, and as we be ordeyned by God, that is, to redresse youre errors, by auengemente: But loue and zeale yet ouercommeth oure iuste anger: howe long that will be, God knoweth, in whose hand our hart is: and rather for your owne causes, beyng our christened subiects we would ye wer perswaded, then vanquished, informed, then forced, taught then ouerthrown, quyetlye pacifyed then rigorously persecuted.

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MarginaliaThe. vi. Articles.Ye require to haue the statute of sixe Articles reuiued: and knowe ye what ye require? Or knowe ye what ease you haue, with the losse of thē? They wer Lawes made, but quickely repented, to bloudie they were, to be borne of our people, and yet at the firste, in dede made of some necessitie. Oh subiects, how are ye trapped by subtil persons? we of pitie because they wer bloudy, tooke them away, and you now of ignoraunce will aske them againe. You knowe full well, that they helped vs to extende rygoure, and gaue vs cause to draw our sworde verie oftē: they wer as a whetstone to our sword, and for your causes we left to vse them. And since our mercy moued vs, to write oure Lawes with milke and equitie: how be ye blinded, to aske them in bloud? But leauyng this matter of reasoning, and resorting to the truth of our authoritie, we let you wit, the same hath ben adnulled by our Parliament, with great reioyce of our subiectes, and not now to be called by subiects in question. Dare then any of you with the name of a subiect, stand against an acte of Parliament, a lawe of the whole realme? What is oure power, if lawes should be thus neglected, yea, what is youre surety, if lawes be not kept? Assure you most surely, that we or no yearthly thing vnder the heauen, make suche a reputation, as we do of this one thyng, to haue oure law obeyed, and this cause of God, whiche we haue taken in hand, to be throughely mainteined: from the whiche, we will neuer remoue a heares bredth, nor geue place to any creature liuyng, muche lesse to any subiect, but therein will spende our owne royall person, oure croune, treasoure, realme, and all our estate, wherof we assure you of our high honor. For herein in dede resteth our honor, herein standeth our kingdome, herein doo all kynges knowlege vs a king. And shal any of you dare breath or think against our honour, our kingdom, or croune?

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MarginaliaThe kings age.In thend of this your request (as we be geuen to vnderstand) ye would haue them stande in force vntill oure full age. To this we thinke, if ye knew what ye spake, ye woulde neuer haue vttered the motion, nor euer geuen breathe to suche a thought: for what thynke you of oure Kyngdome? Bee we of lesse authorytye for oure age? Bee wee not youre Kynge nowe, as wee shalbe? Or shall ye bee subiectes hereafter, and nowe are ye not? Haue we not the right we shall haue? If ye would suspende & hang our doings in doubt vntill our full age, ye must first know as a kyng, we haue no differēce of yeres nor tyme, but as a naturall man, and creature of God we haue youth, & by his sufferaunce shall haue age: wee are your rightfull king, your liege lord, your king anointed, your king crowned, the soueraigne king of Englād, not by our age, but by gods ordinaunce, not onely when we shall be. xxi of yeares, but when we were of x. yeres. we possesse our crowne, not by yeares, but by the bloude and discent, from our father kyng Henry the eight. You are our subiectes because we be your kyng, and rule we wyll, because God hath willed. It is as great a faulte in vs, not to rule, as in a subiect not to obey. If it be considered they whiche moue this matter, if they durst vtter them selues, would deny our kyngdome. But our good Subiectes knowe their Prince, and will encrease, not diminish his honor, enlarge, not abate his power, knowlege, not differre his kingdom to certayn yeares: all is

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