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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.


MarginaliaAunswere to the. 34. article.In the xxxiiii. wher you doo aske whether euer I praied for Iohn Wiccleffe, Iohn Hus and for Hierom of Prage condempned of heresy in the counsell of Constance, or for any one of them sith they died, and whether I haue opēly or secretly don any dedes of charitie for thē affirming them to be in blisse and saued? I say that I neuer prayd for any of them so far forth as I can remember, except I prayed for them when I haue sayd some prayers in forme and fassiō that my father taught me being a child. MarginaliaHow and for whome to pray for. He vsed this forme, for the welfare of my father and mother, godfather and godmother & of all other that God would haue me to praye for, pater noster, and the same taughte he me, whiche I haue obserued. Otherwise doo I not remember that I haue prayd for them or for any of them, nother haue I any otherwise done any almes dede for them, nether openly nor secretly, neither haue I euer ernestly said that I can remember that they are in blysse or saued: And though I had, I am not certen that in so doing I shoulde be an heritick. For you note well that there is a myghtye greate countrey called Boheme, whiche yet doo folow as men saye, that same doctrine whiche Iohn Hus and Hierom of Prage taught theyr auncitors, whō as I trowe neyther the Pope nor you doo recounte heretickes and infidels.

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MarginaliaAunswere to the. 35. article.In the. xxxv. where you axe whether I haue recounted and sayd them or any of them to be saynctes and worshipped them as sainctes? I say that in such secret and hid thynges whiche I doo not perfectly know, I folow the councel of Paule, whiche byddeth that we should not iudg ouer sone, but to abide, onles the things whiche we shoulde pas apon, be the more euident, vntill the comming of the Lorde, whiche shall illumine and shew forth clearly thinges that now lyeth hyd in darknes. Therfore hytherto haue I nother iudged with them ne against them, but haue resigned such sētence to the knowledge and determination of God. whose iudgment I wote is vnfalible, and not as mens vncerten and variable accordinge to the sainge of Daued: God (quod he) knoweth the mindes of men that they be vain, and therfore he biddeth vs that we should not put our confidence in high rulers in whom consisteth not saluation. And wher as you say they were condēpned of heresy in the counsel of constāce. If so the councell did right, God shall alowe it I dought not, and that shall suffice to haue commēdation of him. So that it is no nead to aske of me whether the actes of the same are commendable or no? Nother can I giue any direct aunswere ther to. For I doo not verely know them and though I did, yet am not verely perswaded that I, bycause the councel haue condempned them, must therfore beleue themto be dampned: for a counsel, as I wene maye some time slippe by side the right truth. MarginaliaCouncell may some time slip a wry. But what that same councell did in condempninge them I cannot precisly say. God wotteth, ye & one singuler parson may iudg more straightly then a great multitude assembled in a coūcel, apereth both by godes lawe and by the law of mā. Experience hereof may you se by the coūcell that is spoken of in the. xi. of Iohn, wher is shewed that after our sauiour had restored Lazerus to life, the Bishoppes and pharasies then being gathered in a councel saieng, what shall we do, truth it is þt this man Iesus doth many miracles, and if we suffer him thus all the worlde will beleue him, wherupon the Romaines will come, and put vs out of Hierusalem our dwellinge, place, and distroy our nation. Wher as only Cayphas did arise shewing fourth his sentence that the whole councel did admitte. In like wise is shewed actes the. v. wher in a coūcell that the bishopes and priests had assembled to know what ponishmēt shuld be don vnto Christes apostles, for bicause they preched in þe name of Christ cōtrary to the precept of thē for they before had commaūded the Apostells no more to speake in Christes name wher a monge a shrewed multitude of them gathered to gether, did arise a certayne wise man called Gamaliel (a pitefull thing verely to see but one good man in such a great conuocation or coūsell of priests, that shuld be the lightes of vertue to all the people) which Gamaliel was a doctour of the lawe, had in good reputacion amonge the people, muche like he was (as seameth to me) a doctor Collet sometyme deane of Paules at London whyle he lyued. I may come no more for to name some other of our time, lest I shuld be thought offensiue. This Gamaliell did bid the Apostles to go a syde for a whyle out of the councell to cōvocation house. And so he spake vnto the othrr priestes or bishopes in the councel thus. You men quod he, of Israel take heede to your selfs what you shal doo vpon these men þe Apostles For a fore this time haue arysen one called Theudas & after him an other named Iudas of galyly, which haue turnid the people after them and in conclusion, they perished and all they that followed after them vanished away. And now (quod he) I say vnto you refraine from hurtinge these men the Apostles and lete them aloue, or suffer them. For if this enterpriese and worke, that they made be of men. Vndoughted it shall perish and bee fordone. But if quod he, it be of God. You cannot for do it. And this I tell you said Gamaliell least you shuld be found to striue and fight against God, vnto this sentence of Gamaliell did all the other of the conuocation and parlamente agree and so they called in the Apostles of christ afore them, causinge them to be scourged

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