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Actes and Monumentes Of the Churche.

veritate, Nam idipsum actum est temporali dispensatione ad salutem nostram, vt naturam humanam ipsam de virtus & dei sapientia incommutabilis & consubstantialis patri & coeternus suscipere dignaretur, per quam nos doceret, id esse homini colendū quod ab omni creatura intellectuali & rationali colendvm est. Hoc est ipsos optimos angelos & excellentissima dei ministeria velle credamus, vt vnum cum ipsis colamus deum, cuius contemplatione beati sunt, ne que enim et nos videndo angelum beati sumus, sed videndo veritatem quo etiam ipsos diligim9 angelos et his congratulamur. Ned inuidemus quod ea paraticres vel nullis molestijs interpediētibus perfruuntur, sed magis eos diligimus. Quoniam et nos tale aliquid sperare a communidomino iussi sumus. MarginaliaDux lex honor, charitatis: seruitutis.Quare honoramus eos charitate non seruitute, nec eis templa construimus. MarginaliaAungels wold haue no temples buylded to them.Nolunt enim se sic honorari a nobis. Quia nos ipsi cum boni sumus templa summi dei esse nouerunt. Recte itaque scribitur hominem ab angelo prohibitum, ne se adoraret, sed vnum deū sub quo ille esset & cōseruus. Hæc Augnstinns fusins adhuc idem ibidem prosequens.

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The content of this, vnto you I speake, that knowe no latin, for that I couet that all persones should knowe both my thought in this, and al maner of doyng, to the intent that of all persones I would haue true reporte, and testimony whatsoeuer shall betyde me. Saint Augustine in these wordes woulde haue that we shoulde worshyppe no menne departed, be they neuer so good and holy, no nor yet no aungel, ne honor the same but only in imitation of them folowyng their good actes in our liuyng as thei folowed our moste mercifull God, whyles they were aliue, not building churches in the name or honor of them, for they would haue no such honour done vnto them. it is to them no pleasure, but contrariwyse. No the aungels will not, that we should builde any churches in reuerence of them, but wold that with them we should honoure the originall maker and perfourmer of all. They refusing all honour, sauing that is called honor charitatis, that is nothing els but to be loued: thus said S. Augustine, whiche loue we shal testifie in folowing their good actes, by helping the poore, or helpeles with almes and mercy, and dealing truely in worde and dede, according to our state & calling, both towardes God and man. Which is no light matter to them that doth consider the thyng well. But whosoeuer shall truely & duely folowe that trade, shall feale it, I dare saye, as the burden of Christes crosse was vnto hym ryght weyghty and greuous, when he bare it to Caluarie: sauing we nede not to fear for he hath promysed to be with vs in tribulation to rydde vs from the same. For the Prophet Dauid saith, Cum ceciderit iustus non collidetur quia dominus supponit manum suam.That is to witte when a iust persone begynneth to fall, he shall not be borne flate downe to be broken, for the Lorde shall put his hande vnder hym to rere him vp agayne, and in the Gospell he biddeth: Venite ad me omnes qui laboratis & onerati estis & ego reficiam vos, that is to saye, come you vnto me all that doo trauayle and are sore charged, and I shall cōforte or refreshe you. Take my yoke vpon you, learning of me that I am softe and meke mynded, and you shall fynde ease thereby in your soules, for my yoke is easy, and my burden light. So you here how he is euer ready to supporte them that for truthe shall sustein the chargeable and sore vexations put vpon them of the worlde, whiche can not endure the truthe to preuayle, and the vntruthe disclosed. MarginaliaInuocatiō.As touchyng inuocation, that is to witte, calling vpō them, we haue in scripture how we should call vpon almightie God in al necessities or tribulation, as in the Psalmes euery where: as in this: cal vpon me in time of your tribulation, and I shall deliuer you. Marke howe he sayeth euer calling vpon me, appointing neyther S. Thomas, ne maister Iohn Shorne 

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The reference is to Thomas Becket and John Schorne, who were venerated at popular shrines in Canterbury and Windsor respectively. John Schorne was a fourteenth-century rector of North Marston, who was popularly venerated as a saint. His body was moved to Windsor in 1478, where it was an extremely popular pilgrimage site. Schorne was credited with trapping the devil in a boot during an exorcism and his boots were credited with the power to heal gout.

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. Also in an other place, the Lord is nyghe vnto them that call vpon hym, that call vpon hym truely, and with that he sheweth who calleth truely vpō him saying thus. He shall do the will or desyre of them that reuerenceth hym, and shall heare graciously their prayer, and make them safe, for the Lorde loueth all that loueth hym, and all synners shall he destroye. And thus vsed þe holy Prophetes, Patriarkes, Apostles, and other good faithfull people in olde tyme, in all tribulation and anguyshe resorted vnto the head fountayne, whiche is of grace infinite, as is shewed in other places thus wyse. In my trouble I called vpon the Lorde, and he harde me graciously, when I was troubled, I cryed, (sayde Dauid) vnto the Lorde, and he mercifully heard me. Also I lift myne eyes vp vnto the mountaynes, but from whence shall helpe come vnto me: myne helpe (quod he) shal come from the Lord that made both heauen & earth. I reade the first of these verses in forme of interogation folowyng saint Augustine, whiche as I remember interpreteth it in this wyse, if I wryte not authorities in all places in the moste perfight forme, I would pray you some what to pardon me, for you knowe that I lack bookes, and haue not them lying by me. Notwithstanding I am certain I shall not decline muche from him. Hylles toward the whiche Dauid did lift vp his eyes were sainctes and & holy men, of whome when he could not haue his mynde satisifed, he turned another way saying: from whence shall helpe come vnto me? Anone he remembring hym selfe better, sued vnto God him selfe, MarginaliaGod onely is the geuer of helpe & not saints of whome incontinent he obtayned the accomplyshement of his wyshe, &

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