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K. Henry. 8. The aunsweres of Iohn Lambert to the Byshops Articles.

the dispensation of the Pope, and begettyng also children of her without slaunder geuing, do sinne deadly?

33. Item, whether a latin priest after he hath taken the order of priesthode, beyng sore troubled and styred with prickyng of lust or lechery, and therefore marying a wyfe for remedy of the same, do sinne deadly?

MarginaliaPraying for Wickliffe Hus and Hierome of Prage. 34. Item, whether thou didest euer pray for Iohn Wickliffe, Iohn Hus, or Hierome of Prage condemned of heresie in the Councell of Constance, or for any of them sith they died, or whether thou hast done openly or secretly any dedes of charity for them, affirmyng them to be in blesse and saued?

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35. Item, whether thou hast recounted them or any of thē to be saintes, and worshipped them as saintes?

MarginaliaGenerall Councels. 36. Item, whether thou doest beleue, holde and affirme, that euery general Councel, and the Councel of Constance also, do represent the vniuersall congregation or church?

MarginaliaThe Councell of Constance. 37. Item, whether thou doest beleue that the same things which the Councell of Constance (representing the vniuersal church) hath approued, and doth approue for þe maintenance of faiyh, and soules health, that the same is to be approued and holden of all christians?

38. Whether the condemnatiōs of Iohn Wickliffe, I. Hus, and of Hierome of Prage, done vpon their persons, bookes, and documents by the whole generall councell of Constēce were duely and rightfully done, and so for such, of euery catholike person, they are to be holden?

MarginaliaIohn Wicklieffe, Iohn Hus and Hierome of Prage. 39. Whether thou beleuest that Ioh. Wickliffe of Englād Iohn Hus of Boheme and Hierome of Prage, were heretikes and for heretikes to be named, and theyr bookes and doctrines to haue bene and now be peruerse, for the which bookes and pertinacie of their persons, they are condemned by the holy councell of Constance for heretikes?

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40. Item, whether thou beleue or affirme, that it is not lawfull in any case to sweare?

MarginaliaTo sweare. 41. Wether thou beleue that it is lawfull at the commaūdement of a iudge, to make an othe to say the truth, or any other othe in case conuenient, and that also for purgation of infamie?

MarginaliaThe number of Sacraments. 42. Item, whether a christian persone despising the receite of the sacramentes of confirmation, extreme vnction, or solemnising of matrimony, do sinne deadly?

MarginaliaThe power of Peter. 43. Item, whether thou beleue, that S. Peter as Christes vicar, haue power vpon earth to bynd and lose?

44. Item, whether the Pope ordinately chosen for a time hys proper name being exprest, be the successor of S. Peter?

MarginaliaThe power of the Pope. 45. Item, whether thou hast euer promised at any tyme by an othe, or made any confederacie or league with any person or persons, that you would always hold and defend certain conclusions or articles, semyng to you and your accomplices, right and consonant vnto the fayth, and that you certifie vs touching the order and tenour of the sayd opinions and conclusions, and of the names and surnames of them that were your adherents, and promised to be adherent vnto you in this behalfe?

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¶ The aunswer of Iohn Lambert to the first Article.

MarginaliaAnswer to the first Article. VNto your first demaund wherin you do aske, whether I was suspect or infamed of heresie, I aunswer that I am not certayne what all persons at all seasons haue demed or suspected of me, peraduenture some better, some worse, MarginaliaThe speach of the people diuers & inconstant. like as the opiniō of the people was neuer one, but thought diuersly of all the famous prophets, and of the Apostles, yea and of Christ hymself: as appeareth in S. Iohn, how, MarginaliaIohn. 7. whē he came into Ierusalem in the feast called Scenopegia, anone there arose vpon hym a great noyse, some saying that he was a very good man, other said nay, and called hym a seducer, because he led the people frō the right wayes of Moyses law, into errour. Seyng therfore that all men could not say wel by Christ, which is the author of veritie and truth, yea, the very truth it selfe, and likewise of his best seruāts: what should I nede to regard, if at some tyme, some person for a lyke cause should suspect of me amisse, and euill reporte of me. Seyng moreouer it is sayd in the Gospell. Væ vobis cum laudauerint vos omnes homines, &c. MarginaliaLuke. 6.
Prayse of the world not to be regarded.
Woe be to you when all men speake well of you: for so did their fathers to the false Prophetes. If therfore at any season such infamie was put vpon me, I am glad that I haue so litle regarded the same, that now I haue forgotten it. And though I dyd remember any such, yet were I more then twise a foole to shew you therof: for it is written in your owne law: Nemo tenetur prodere seipsum: MarginaliaNo man bounde to bewray himselfe. No man is bound to bewray hym selfe. But this I ensure you, I was neuer so charged with suspicion or infamie of this crime, that I was therefore at any tyme, conuēted and reproued afore any iudge afore that I was troubled for these causes, for whiche I was at the first put into your handes: and of them seyng you could not proue me faultie, I wonder why you woulde neuer yet pronounce me quite and innocēt, accordyng as I haue euē lowly desired of you, and required full instantly the same. But lettyng those passe, you haue imagined new matters to chardge me with, wherin I thinke certainely, that you could no more haue proued me culpable, then you did in the first: that is to wit no whit culpable in neyther, had it not bene þt by long imprisonmēt you enforced me to tel what I thought in them, which I haue and will freely do: and that indifferently considered, I suppose shal not deserue any sore punishement, vnlesse you wyll beare the truth, wherunto I hope it shall not disagree.

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MarginaliaAnswere to the second Article. À To your second demaund, where you doe inquire whether euer I had any of Luthers bookes, and namely sith they were cōdemned, and how long I kept them and whether I haue spent any study in them? I say that in dede I haue had of them and that both before they were cōdemned and also sith, but I neyther will ne can tell you, how long I kept them: but truth it is that I haue studied vpon thē and I thanke God that euer I so dyd: MarginaliaThe profite of Luthers bokes. For by them hath God shewed vnto me, and also to an huge multitude of other, such light, as the deceiuable darkenes of them (I beseche God amend it) that name them selues (but amisse) to be the holy Church, cannot abyde, And that appeareth euidently, for they dare not stand to any triall. Hee coueteth aboue all thyngs, as all his aduersaries doe well know, þt all his writings & the writings of all hys aduersaryes myght be translated into all languages, to the intent that all people might see & know, what is sayd of euery part, wherby men should the better iudge what the truth is. And in this me thinketh he requireth nothyng but equitie, for þe law would haue no body condemned, ne yet iustified, vntill his cause were both heard and knowen.

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MarginaliaOuer riche prelacie. But the contrarye parte, I meane our ouer riche prelacy which is so drowned in voluptuous lyuyng that they can not attende to studie Gods Scripture ne preache the same, whiche should be the principal parte of theyr office, abhorre this fashion (albeit it is right indifferent and full of equitie) no lesse thē they do abhorre death. MarginaliaPopishe doctrine will abide no tryall And no meruell for doubtlesse if it so coulde be obteyned, that the writinges of all parties might be openly seene and conferred, MarginaliaThe facing doctrine of the papistes. we woulde soone see their sleightly dealyng and facyng doctrine, with all other cloked abusion, lightly ouerthrowne: MarginaliaTriall and reading of bokes free in Germanie. As appeareth well in Almayne, for there be þe bookes of euery partie sene openly and translated in the vulgare language, that all people may see and read vpon them: and so vppon the sight of the bookes, they lightly folowe the true light of Gods word refusing the horror of darkenes and false doctrine, whereby before, they haue bene seduced from the right teachyng and way shewed in the Bible. And this is done, not of an hundreth ne of a thousand, but generally of whole Cities & countreys, both high and low, few or none except.

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MarginaliaWhy Luthers bokes be restrained of popishe prelates. But our Prelates seyng this, and that their dealyng should, if this light were set vp, soone be detect and discouered, haue sent out commaundementes, that if any persons shall aduenture to keepe any suche bokes, they shal be, in so doyng, excommunicate from God, and al hys Saintes, and cursed as blacke as pitche, whether the bookes be in Latin, Englishe, Frenche, Dutch, or any other tongue: as in dede men seyng the frute conteined in them haue set them forth in all languages. But this ought not Christē men to think any neweltie, for so dyd their forefathers the Prelates in Christes time, and after to the Apostles, yea, and if it were well tryed I thinke it should be soone founde out, that they haue so dealt euer since, vnto this day. MarginaliaThe tyme of popishe prelates, and of the Pharises resembled and compared together. For when Christe went about preachyng, the Scribes and Phariseis which were Byshops then & Prelates gaue a generall cōmaūdement, that who soeuer confessed him to be Christ, should be cursed and put out of the Synagoge, that we cal þe church, and so they were. Looke in the Actes of the Apostles, and you shall finde how they were in lyke maner serued: yea looke in the olde Testament and you shall finde (as I remember) how they procured of one that was a temporall ruler at that season, to haue the prophecy of Ieremy (for he of all other is most vehement agaynst the dissimulation of priestes) to be burned: MarginaliaThe Papists render no reason of their doings why then should we eschew them or their workes, vnles we knewe a better cause why, whome our prelates reiect and cast away, seyng they render no reasonable cause of theyr enterprise? but presumyng of theyr power, without any due authoritie, that I can find, graunted vnto them so to do, MarginaliaThe proud procedinges of the papistes only vpon will and commaundement without all reason. will, because they so commaunde, so haue all done, accordyng to the tyrannicall saying (as I trow) of Sardanapalus 

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In legend, Sardanopalus was the last Assyrian emperor.

: Sic volo, sic iubeo, sit pro ratione voluntas: That is to say: So wil I, so do I commaund: and that my wyll for reason stand.

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But I would to god that such knew what spirit they haue in thē. For if they had in dede, the spirit which they clayme & pretend to haue, I meane the spirit of Christ, I dare say,

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