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The Oration of K. Edgar. The order of the Archbishops of Canterbury.

MarginaliaNume. 25.Where is Phinies the priestes dagger, which pacified Gods anger by his holy zeale, when he killed him that plaied the harlote with the Madianite? MarginaliaActes. 5. 8.Where is Peters spirite, by whose power couetousnes is destroied, & simonical heresie is condemned? Be earnest ye Priests, be earnest, to followe the waies of the Lord, & the righteousnes of our God. MarginaliaDeut. 33. It is time to doe against them that haue broken the law of God. I haue Constantines sword, and yee haue Peters sworde in your hands, let vs ioyne right hands, let vs couple sword to sword, that the lepers may be cast out of the tēples, that the holy place of the Lord may be purged, and the sonnes of Leuie may minister in the temple, who said to his father and mother I know you not, and to his brothers I know not you. Goe to diligently I pray you, least we repent to haue done that, that we haue done, & to haue geuen that, that we geue. If we shall see that to be spent not in Gods seruice, but on the riotousnes of wicked men, through vile and corrupt liberty of life for lacke of chastisement: let the reliques of holy saintes which they despise, and the holy altars, before which they play the madde men, mooue you. Let the great deuotion of our ancetours moue you, whose almes the madnesse of the Clearkes doeth abuse. My great graundfather (as yee know) gaue the tenth parte of all hys landes to Churches and Abbeys. My greate greate graundfather Alfredus of holy memorie, thoughte it not meete to spare hys Treasures, his goodes, no costes, nor rentes, that he might enriche the Church. My grandfather the elder, Edward, your fatherhoode is not ignoraunt, howe great things he gaue to the Churches It becommeth you to remember with what gifts my father & his brothers did enrich Christes altars. O father of fathers Dunstane, beholde I pray thee the eyes of my father looking on thee, from that bright place of heauen. Harken his complaining words, sounding in thine eares thus pitifully lamenting. O father Dunstane, thou, thou I say, geuest me counsell to builde Abbaies and Churches, thou wast my helper and fellow worker in all things. I chose thee as a shepheard and bishop of my soule, and a keper of my maners. Whē did I not obey thee? what treasures did I preferre in respect of thy counsels? What possessions did I not despise, if thou badde me? If thou thought meete to geue any thing to the poore, I was ready. I thou thought meete to geue any thing to Churches, I deferred not. If thou complained that Monkes or Clearkes wanted any thing, I supplied. Thou saidest that almes lasted for euer, and that there was none more fruitfull then that which was geuen to Abbeis or Churches. For with that, both Gods seruaunts are sustained, and that which remaineth is geuen to the poore. O worthy almes. O worthy price of the soule. Oh wholesome remedie for our sinnes, which nowe doeth stincke in the sweete furres of priests lemmans, wherwith they adorne their eares & decke their fingers, apparelling their delicate bodies with silke and purple. O father, is this the fruite of mine almes, is this the effect of my desire, and of thy promise? What wilt thou answer to this complaint of my fathers? I know, I know, when thou didst see a thiefe, thou runnest not with him, neither hast thou put thy portion with adulterers. Thou hast rebuked, thou hast exhorted, thou hast blamed them, but wordes haue bene despised. Nowe we must come to stripes of correction, thou hast here with thee the worshipfull father Edward bishop of Winchester. Thou hast the reuerend Prelate Oswold bishop of Worcester, I commit this businesse to you, that both by Bishoply correction, and the kings authority the filthy liues may be cast out of the Churches, and they that liue orderly may be brought in. &c.

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MarginaliaThe ignoraunce and superstition of the tyme of K. Edgar noted.In this Oration of K. Edgar aboue prefixed, 3. things are chiefly to be noted & considered, to them þt haue iudgements to marke and vnderstand, to witte: The religious zeale and deuotion of kings, both in geuing to the church, & also in correcting the maners of churchmen. 2. Secondly, the dissolute behauiour and wantonnesse of the clergie, then abusing the great donatiōs and patrimonies of princes bestowed vpon them. 3. Thirdly, the blinde ignorance and superstition of that time in both states, as well Ecclesiastical as temporal, in esteeming Christes religion chiefly to consist in geuing to Churches, and in maintaining of Monkery, falsly being perswaded that remission of theyr sinnes, & remedy of their soules therein did lie in building monasteries, erecting churches and cloysters, and in placing monks in the same, and such other almes deedes, and workes of deuotion. MarginaliaThe doctrine of iustification vnknowne.Wherin appeareth how ignorāt that time was of the true doctrine of Christes faith, and of free grace of the Gospell, which promiseth life, remedy, and iustification, not by any deuout merits of oures, nor by any workes either of the lawe of God, or of the inuentions of man, MarginaliaIustification by fayth in Christ.but onely and freely by our faith vpon Christ Iesus the sonne of God, in whom only consisteth al the promises of God. Amen.

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Nowe remaineth as in the former booke before, so in this likewise, to prosecute the order & race of Archbishopsof Canterbury, as we haue done the race of kings, beginning with Etheredus, who succeded next after Celnocke, the seuententh Archbishop of that Sea mentioned, where we last left before, Pag. 131.

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The names and order of the Archbishops of Caunterburie, from the time of king Egbert to William Conquerour.
18. Ethelredus.18
19 Pleimūdus.29This Pleimundus was schole-
master to king Alfrede.
20. Athelmus.12
21. Vlfelmus.13
22. Odo.20.By the prayers of thys Oddo,
the Monkish stories say, that the
sworde of King Ethelstane was
brought again into his scabberd.
As touching the Epistle of thys
Odo, sent to other Byshoppes,
vide pag. 151.
23. Elfius, or Elfi-This Elfius first bishop of Win-
nus.1chester, came to the sea of Cant.
by the commaundement of King
Edgar, some say by bribes, con-
trary to the mind of Odo. Wher-
upon in the first day of hys con-
secration, he insulting vppon the
tomb of Odo, with despite, short-
ly after wēt to Rome for his pal,
where in his iorny vpon the alps
he died for colde, in so much that
his horses being killed, & he put
in their warme bellies, yet could
get no heate. Malms.
24 Dunstan.20.Of this Dunstane many mon-
kish miracles be fained, as of Marginalia

S. Dunstanes harpe vpon the wall, fast by a pinne did hang a:

Without mans helpe with lye and all, and by it self did twang a.

it self, Gaudent in Cœlis, &c. of our
ladie with her companie appea-
ring to him singing, Cantemus
¶ Polydorus ma-domino sociæ, Cantemus honorem.
keth Dunstane toDulcis amor christi personet ore pio.
be the 23. archb.Also of the Angels singing Kyrie-
leyson, &c. Item, of holding the
Deuill by the nose with a paire of
tonges, tempting him with wo-
men. Malmes. Item of seeing the
holy Ghost at his masse in like-
nesse of a Doue. Item, in deliue-
ring the soule of Edwine from
the Deuill. Item, in foresee-
ing the death of King Edred, by
Item, of his mother being great
with Dustane, when all the can-
dels of others went out, her one-
ly candle remained light, & ma-
ny other like fables, &c.
25. Ethelgarus.1This Siricus was the coun-
26. Elfricus.11seller to king Egelred, to redeme
27. Siricius.5peace of the Danes, with a great
28. Elphegus.6Elphegus because he denied
29. Liuingus.7to paye to the Danes a tribute,
30. Egenoldus.17was stoned to death at Greene-
31. Edsius.11wich, & of some is called a mar-
32. Robertus.2This Robertus caused God-
wine and his sonnes to be bani-
shed, accusing them of Treason.
But afterward they being resto-
red, he went to Rome, and at his
returne died.
33. Stigandus.17Stigandus being an English
man, in the time of W. Conque-
rour the Normane, was by the
craft of the sayd William conuei-
ed into Normandie, where a
while with great honour he was
entertained. At length the sayde
William procured secreately the
popes letters to depose him, that
34 Lanfrancus.19hee might place Lanfrancus in
his roume. This Stigandus di-
ed at length in prison.

The ende of the thirde Booke.

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