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yea and high time doth require it, that we now forsaking & waxing weary of our old corruptions and euels, may at the lengthe conuert and turn the wrath and displeasure of God into hys mercy and fauour, the which thing we shal sone do, if that we first of al our selues do correct and amend our liues, and chaūge our vyce into vertue, but of this matter (God willinge) we wyll finde an other place to intreat of. MarginaliaThe testimony of my Lord Cobham vpon Wickliffe.Now we will retourne againe to the fauourers of Wickleffe, amongst whome, the Lorde Cobham is to be accounted. Who is reported openly to haue confessed (as Walden wryteth) that he did neuer wt his hart hate sinne, before he was instructed, and taught by wyckleffe. All these were noble men, yet was there no want amōgst the meanest sort of suche, as wythall their diligence dyd defend his doctrine, MarginaliaOxford mē maintayners of Wickleffe.And specially amongst the Oxford men. Of the which nomber there was not one, that scaped free wythout some kinde of marke. for either they were most shamefully forced vnto recantation, or els mooste cruelly iudged to the fire.

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¶ Here followeth the story of Robert Rigges Vice chauncelloure: of Harford: and Phillip Repington.

MarginaliaHarford.AS touching Herford and Repington, we haue before spoken some thing, and nowe the place requireth, that we should further procede in the same. Howbeit we do not intend to be very long, for we do not intreat of common places, but only wryte a brief Cataloge, rather minding to speke of al their names, then of all their matters. This Herford, after he had long fauoured and maintained Wickliffes part, grew first in suspition, amongst the ennemies of the truth. For assone as he began somewhat liberally and frely, to pronounce and vtter any thinge, whiche tended to the defence of Wickliffe. By and by the Carmelites, and all the orders of religion, were in his top, and layde not a few heresies vnto his charge, the whiche they had strained here and there oute of his sermons, and had compiled together in a certayne forme, by the hands of certain notaries, through the industry and diligence of one Peter Stockes a carmelite: a kinde of people prone and ready to all kinde of mischief, vprours, debate, and dissencion, as though they were born & prouided, only for that purpose, vtterly vnprofitable, & nothing worthe for any thing els. MarginaliaThe poysōful nature of PapistesMuch like thynge, do diuers wryters, suche as entreat of the properties of beastes, wryte of the nature of certain spiders, that whatsoeuer pleasaunte ioyce is in hearbes, they sucke it oute, and conuerte it into poyson. But theese cowled marchauntes (inthis behalf do passe al the spiders: For whatsoeuer is worst, and most pestilent in a mā, that do they hunt out and seke for, and with their tethe euen as it were knaw it out. And of the opiniōs which be good and agreable with veritie, they do make schismes and heresies. Such is the aptnes of art, when nature helpeth thervnto. Marginalia1382.In the yere of our Lord 1382, it hapned that Nicholas shoulde preach openly vnto the people, in the cloister of s. Friswide, (which is now called Christes church in Oxford) vpon the Assension day. MarginaliaHardford accused for his sermon.Here they began to attempt new Schismes against Herford, because he enterprised openly, to defend Wickleffe, as a faithful, good, and innocent man. Nowe the feast of Corpus Christi drue neare, vppon which day it was loked for, that Repington should preache. MarginaliaRepington first cannon of Lecester, after byshop of Lincolne.This man was a cannon of Leycester: and had nowe taken hys first degree vnto doctorshippe, at what time he made a certaine sermon at Brodegates, for the which he became greatly suspected, and hated of the Pharisies. But thorow the great and notable dexteritie of his wit, (which all men did behold and see in him) accompanied with like modestie and honestie, he did either ouercome, or (at the least) asswage this great crueltie and persecution, which was towardes him, MarginaliaRepington commensed doctor.and immediatly after, by the consent of the hole felowshiyp, he was admitted doctor. The whiche assone as he had taken it vppon him, by and by he stepped forth as it were vpon a stage, to play his parte, and began immediatly to shew forthe and vtter that, which he had longe hidden and dissembled. Protestinge openly, that in all morall matters, he would defend Wickliffe. But as touchynge the sacrament, he would as yet holde his peace, vntill such tyme as the Lorde shall otherwyse haue illuminate the hartes and myndes of the cleargie.

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Whervpon, when the Babilonians vnderstode that this man should preache shortlye, fearing least that he woulde scarse ciuilly or gentelly, rubbe the galles of their religion, they conuented wyth the Archbyshoppe of Canterbury, that the same day, a little before that Phillip shuld preach, Wickleffes conclusions which were priuatly condempned, should be openly defamed, in the presence of the whole vniuersitye. MarginaliaO crafty papistes.Surely a very suttle and craftye deuice, if anye worldly pollicy or craft of man, could preuayle against the determinate counsels of God. MarginaliaPeter Stokes, slander berer to the Papistes.But (to be shorte) this matter was committed vnto Peter Stokes, standerd bearer of all the same false Priestes, and the onlye dearlynge of that whole sect.

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There wer also letters sent vnto the commissary, that he shoulde helpe and ayd hym, in the publishinge of the same conclusions, MarginaliaRobert Rigges, vicechauncelor of Oxforde.Robert Rygges (as we haue saide before) was Vicechauncellour at that time, who (allbeit priuely)

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