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1450 [1381]

I pray you els to confesse or deny christ in this worlde, but to maintaine the truthe taught in gods word, or for any wordly respect to shrink from the same? This one thing haue I brought for an example: other thinges bee in like case, which now particularly I nede not to reherse. For he that will forsake wittinglye, either for feare or gayne of the worlde, anye one open truth of gods word, if he be constrayned, he wil assuredly forsake God and al his truthe, rather then he will endaunger him selfe to loose or to leaue that he loueth better in dede then he doth God, and the truth of his woorde. I like very well your plaine speaking, wherein you saye, I must eyther agree or dye. And I thinke that you meane of the bodely death which is common both to good & bad. Sir, I know I must dye whether I agree or no: But what follye were it then, to make such an agrement, by the which I coulde neuer escape this death which is so common to all, and also incurre the gylt

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of death and eternal damnation? Lord graunte that I maye vtterly abhor and detest this damnable agrement so longe as I liue.

And because, I dare saye, you wrote of frendship vnto me this short earnest aduertisement, and I think verely wishing me to liue, and not to dye: therefore bearing you in my harte no lesse loue in God, then you do me in the world I saye vnto you in the worde of the Lorde (and that I saie to you I saye to all my frendes and louers in God) that if you do not confesse and maintayn, to your power and knowledge that which is grounded vpon gods word, but will either for feare or gayne of the worlde shrinke and playe the Apostata, in dede you shall dye the deathe, you know what I meane And I beseche you all my true frendes and louers in God, remember what I saye: for this maye be the laste tyme peraduenture that euer I shall write vnto you. From Bocardo 

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A Bocardo was a syllogism whose conclusion was supposed to be inescapable. As a joke the prison in Oxford, in the north gate of the town, was commonly called the Bocardo.

in Oxford the viii. of Aprill. 1554. yours in Christ N. R.

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¶ Ad fratres in captiuitate carnis, et per varios carceres dispersos, sed in vnitate spiritus, atque sacrosanctæ religionis in visceribus Iesu Christi, conglutinatos. N R S. 
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A Latin version of this letter was first printed in 1563. This English translation was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs (pp. 32-34) and then in all editions of the Acts and Monuments. A Latin version of this letter is ECL 262, fo. 99r-v. The final folio of a copy of the English translation of this letter is ECL 262, fo. 246r-v.

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MarginaliaA letter of M. Ridley to the dispersed bretheren in bāds, & prison.GRatia vobis et pax, ac misericordia multiplicetur. Quā gratiarū actionē pro vobis, fratres, reddere poßumus domino, super omni cōsolatione quā de vobis concepimus in domino. qui Sathana sæuiente, et per omnia fallaciarū genera mundo imponere studēte, et regnū suū iampridē collobascere, ruināq̀, minitari incipiens, erigere atq;, denuo instaurare sedulo satagente tanquā in Petra firmissime fundati permanetis īmobiles. Iamq̀ licet Sathan per suos satellites ac suos ministros multos (vt audiuimus) quotidie pertrabat ad sese, vt stellas etiā e cœlo, prosternere dicatur, alijs nimirū metū mortis, aut amißionis cōmodorū huius mundi incutiendo, alijs pollicendo aut ostentando illecebras huius mundi, oves videlicet, atq̀ omnis generis lautitias, ædes amplas, lata prædia, opima sacerdotia, (ac quid non?) vti prostrati adorent non in domino, sed in dracone, serpente antiquo, qui est diabolus, magnam illam bestiam & imaginē eius, vtque cū regibus terræ et minore bestia et pseudoprophetis scortari velint cum Babilonica meretrice, et cū illa lætari, atque luxuriari, atque de vino prostitutionis eius inebriari. Benedictus tamen deus et pater domini nostri Iesu Christi, qui vobis dedit pectus masculum, quique fortitudine spiritus, ita vos in interno homine corraborauit, vt istæc omnia siue terriculamenta, siue vanas mundi illicebras pro vanitatibus ac meris nugis nihiliq̀ tricis contemnere poßitis, quique ita cordibus vestris tanta constantia fiduciam, ac amorem domini nostri Iesu Christi persuasit, insæuit, tamq; alte impressit, vt nullis Antichristi machinis, quātumuis alioqui, aut terribilibus, aut plausibilibus sinatis vobis alium Iesum, aut alium Christum, preter eum quem prophetæ prædixerunt, Apostoli annunciauerunt, et sancti dei martyres suo sanguine confeßi sunt. In hac fide fratres state, et ne rursus iugo seruitutis, aut superstitionis implicemini. Nostis enim fratres quemadmodum seruator noster præmonuit suos, futurum vt venirent qui alium Christum mundo ostentarent, eumque tot miraculorum et fallaciarum dolis atque fraudibus commendarent, vt electi quoque, si fieri posset, seducerentur. Tam fortem futuram esse prædixit illusionem seruator. Sed durate (fratres)atque confidite, et memineritis mundum a nostro Agonotheta deuictum esse. Maior enim est qui in nobis est, quam qui est in mundo: et pollicetur nobis dominus vt propter electos, dies malitiæ abbreuientur. Interea vos (quod facitis, fratres) durate, durate inquam, et vos rebus (vt quidam gentilium poetarum dixit) seruate secundis: pergite præbere vos strænuos athletas domini, et adiuuate decertantem euangelij fidem, patientia vobis opus est: vt cum voluntatē domini peregeritis, reportetis promissionem. Adhuc enim pusillum temporis, et qui venturus est veniet, et non tardabit. Iustus enim ex fide victurus est: et si se subdustrit, non probabitus animo meo, dicit dominus. At nos non sumus qui subducamus nos in perditionem, sed ad fidem pertinemus in acquisitionem animæ. Non sinamus fratres, vllis mundi tonitruis verba Christi nominis cordibus excidere. Ne terreanimi ab illis qui occidunt corpus, reliqua nostis. Non enim scribo vobis vt ignorantibus veritatem, sed vt eam cognoscentibus, tantum vt per mutuam fidem consolationem cōmunem capiamus, confirmemurque. Nulla vnquam melior aut maior causa, vel contemnendæ vitæ, vel profundendi sanguinis. Nulla esse potest causa, aut certioris veritatis, euidentiæ, aut claritatis:

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Non enim agitur controuersia de ceremoniola aliqua, sed de substantia vniuersæ religionis nostræ, adeoq̀ de Christo ipso, nū alium Christū pro eo qui solus est æterni patris æternus filius, qui est spendor gloriæ et expressa imago substantiæ patris, in quo vno plenitudo diuinitatis corporaliter inhabitat, qui est solus via, veritas, et vita admittere agnoscereq̀ volumus, aut possumus. Absit fratres, absit tāta procul impietas a nobis. Nam quanquam etiam sint qui dicantur dij, siue, in cœlo, siue in terra, quemadmodum sunt dij multi, et domini multi, nobis tamen vnus est deus, qui est pater ille ex quo omnia et nos in illū, et vnus dominus Iesus Christus, per quem omnia, et nos per illum. Sed non in omnibus est scientia. Hæc est (inquit Iohannes) vita æterna, vt cognoscant te solum verum deum, et quem misisti Iesum Christum. Si quis igitur nobis alium deum obtrudere velit, preter eum quem Paulus et Apostoli docuerunt, nō audiamus, sed anathema procul fugiamus. Profunditates Sathanæ non ignoratis (fratres). Non enim cessabit ille circuire nos, vt querat quouis modo quem deuoret. Sed viriliter agite, vt confortemini in domino: et licet hostes vestri, et aduersarij veritatis omnibus mundi presidijs muniti fuerint, et vos adoriantur, nolite tamen propterea animum despondere, sed confidite duci vestro Christo, confidite spiritui veritatis et veritati causæ vestræ, quæ vt tenebris per nequitiam Sathanæ obduci, ita extingui non potest. Stant enim a nobis (ingentes deo gratiæ) certißime, euidentißime, clarißimeq̀ omnes prophetæ omnes apostoli, et omnes procul dubio veteres ecclesiastici scriptores,vsq̀ ad tempora Neotericorum. Confidamus ergo et plenam in domino capiamus consolationem, nec terreamur ab aduersarijs. Quæ enim illis causa est perditionis, vobis autem salutis, et hoc a deo? Quia vobis donatum est non

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