HOMILY ON ALMS DEEDS

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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-1"><bkdv3 n="13292"><f t="rl">AN HOMILIE OF<f t="r">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-2"><bkdv3 n="13293">Almes deedes, and mercifulnesse toward
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-4"><bkdv3 n="13295"><f t="bk">A<f t="bl">Mongst the manifold dueties that Al{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-5"><bkdv3 n="13296">mighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> requireth of his faithfull
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-6"><bkdv3 n="13297">seruants the true Christians, by the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-7"><bkdv3 n="13298">which hee would that both his name
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-8"><bkdv3 n="13299">should bee glorified, and the certaintie of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-9"><bkdv3 n="13300">their vocation declared, there is none
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-10"><bkdv3 n="13301">that is either more acceptable vnto him,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-11"><bkdv3 n="13302">or more profitable for them, then are the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-12"><bkdv3 n="13303">workes of mercy and pity shewed vpon
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-13"><bkdv3 n="13304">the poore, which bee afflicted with any
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-14"><bkdv3 n="13305">kinde of misery. And yet this notwith{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-15"><bkdv3 n="13306">standing (such is the slothfull sluggish{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-16"><bkdv3 n="13307">nesse of our dull nature, to that which
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-17"><bkdv3 n="13308">is good and godly) that wee are almost in nothing more negligent and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-18"><bkdv3 n="13309">lesse carefull then we are therein. It is therefore a very necessary thing,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-19"><bkdv3 n="13310">that <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> people should awake their sleepie mindes, and consider
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-20"><bkdv3 n="13311">their duty on this behalfe. And meet it is, that all true Christians should
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-21"><bkdv3 n="13312">desirously seeke and learne what <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by his holy word doeth heerein
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-22"><bkdv3 n="13313">require of them: that first knowing their duty (whereof many by their
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-23"><bkdv3 n="13314">slackenesse seeme to be very ignorant) they may afterwards diligently en{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-24"><bkdv3 n="13315">deuour to performe the same. By the which both the godly charitable
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-25"><bkdv3 n="13316">persons may be encouraged to goe forwards and continue in their merci{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-26"><bkdv3 n="13317">full deedes of almes giuing to the poore, and also such as hitherto haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-27"><bkdv3 n="13318">either neglected, or contemned it, may yet now at length (when they shall
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-28"><bkdv3 n="13319">heare how much it appertayneth to them) aduisedly consider it, and ver{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-29"><bkdv3 n="13320">tuously apply themselues thereunto.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-30"><bkdv3 n="13321">And to the intent that euery one of you may the better vnderstand
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-31"><bkdv3 n="13322">that which is taught, and also easilier beare away, and so take more
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-32"><bkdv3 n="13323">fruite of that shall be sayd, when seuerall matters are seuerally hand{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-33"><bkdv3 n="13324">led: I minde particularly, and in this order, to speake and intreat of these
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-34"><bkdv3 n="13325">points.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-35"><bkdv3 n="13326">First I will shew how earnestly Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in his holy word,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-36"><bkdv3 n="13327">doth exact the doing of almes deeds of vs, and how acceptable they bee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-37"><bkdv3 n="13328">vnto him.

<bkdv3 n="13329"><fw t="catch">Secondly,</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13330"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of almes deeds.</fw><fw t=page>155</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-38"><bkdv3 n="13331">Secondly how profitable it is for vs to vse them, and what commo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-39"><bkdv3 n="13332">dity and fruite they will bring vnto vs.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-40"><bkdv3 n="13333">Thirdly and lastly, I will shew out of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, that who so is
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-41"><bkdv3 n="13334">liberall to the poore, and relieueth them plenteously, shall notwithstan{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-42"><bkdv3 n="13335">ding haue sufficient for himselfe and euermore bee without danger of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-43"><bkdv3 n="13336">penury and scarcitie.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-44"><bkdv3 n="13337">Concerning the first, which is the acceptation and dignity, or price of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-45"><bkdv3 n="13338">almes deedes before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: Know this, that to helpe and succour the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-46"><bkdv3 n="13339">poore in their neede and misery, pleaseth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> so much, that as the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-47"><bkdv3 n="13340">holy Scripture in sundry places recordeth, nothing can bee more thanke{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-48"><bkdv3 n="13341">fully taken or accepted of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. For first wee reade, that Almighty
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-49"><bkdv3 n="13342"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> doth account that to be giuen and to bee bestowed vpon himselfe,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-50"><bkdv3 n="13343">that is bestowed vpon the poore: For so doeth the holy Ghost testifie vnto
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-51"><bkdv3 n="13344">vs by the wise man, saying, Hee that hath pitie vpon the poore, lendeth

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13345"><cit work="OT. Proverbs 19.17"><f t="r">Prou 19.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-52"><bkdv3 n="13346">vnto the Lord himselfe. And <name t="ps">Christ</n> in the Gospel auoucheth, and as a
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-53"><bkdv3 n="13347">most certaine trueth, bindeth it with an oath, that the almes bestowed
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-54"><bkdv3 n="13348">vpon the poore, was bestowed vpon him, and so shall be reckoned at the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-55"><bkdv3 n="13349">last day. For thus he saith to the charitable almes giuers, when he sit{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-56"><bkdv3 n="13350">teth as iudge in the doome, to giue sentence of euery man according to his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-57"><bkdv3 n="13351">deserts: Verily I say vnto you, whatsoeuer good and mercifull deede you

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13352"><cit work="src=NT. Matthew 25.40"><f t="r">Matth.25.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-58"><bkdv3 n="13353">did vpon any of the least of these my brethren, ye did the same vnto me. In
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-59"><bkdv3 n="13354">releeuing their hunger, yee releeued mine, in quenching their thirst, yee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-60"><bkdv3 n="13355">quenched mine, in clothing them, yee clothed mee, and when yee har{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-61"><bkdv3 n="13356">boured them, yee lodged me also, when yee visited them being sicke in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-62"><bkdv3 n="13357">prison, yee visited mee. For as hee that hath receiued a Princes embas{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-63"><bkdv3 n="13358">sadours, and entertaineth them well, doth honour the prince from whom
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-64"><bkdv3 n="13359">those embassadours doe come: So he that receiueth the poore and needy,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-65"><bkdv3 n="13360">and helpeth them in their affliction and distresse, doeth thereby receiue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-66"><bkdv3 n="13361">|&| honour <name t="ps">Christ</n> their Master, who as he was poore and needie himselfe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-67"><bkdv3 n="13362">whilest hee liued here amongst vs, to worke the mysterie of our saluati{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-68"><bkdv3 n="13363">on, at his departure hence he promised in his steed to send vnto vs those
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-69"><bkdv3 n="13364">that were poore, by whose meanes his absence should bee supplied: and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-70"><bkdv3 n="13365">therefore that we would doe vnto him, wee must doe vnto them. And for

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13366"><cit work="OT. Deuteronomy 15.11"><f t="r">Deut.15.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-71"><bkdv3 n="13367">this cause doth the Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> say vnto Moses, The land where{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-72"><bkdv3 n="13368">in you dwell, shall neuer bee without poore men: because he would haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-73"><bkdv3 n="13369">continuall triall of his people, whether they loued him or no, that in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-74"><bkdv3 n="13370">shewing themselues obedient vnto his will, they might certainely assure
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-75"><bkdv3 n="13371">themselues of his loue and fauour towards them, and nothing doubt,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-76"><bkdv3 n="13372">but that as his lawe and ordinance (wherein hee commanded them that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-77"><bkdv3 n="13373">they should open their hand vnto their brethren that were poore and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-78"><bkdv3 n="13374">needy in the land) were accepted of them and willingly performed: So
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-79"><bkdv3 n="13375">hee would on his part louingly accept them, and truely performe his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-80"><bkdv3 n="13376">promises that he had made vnto them.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-81"><bkdv3 n="13377">The holy Apostles and Disciples of <name t="ps">Christ</n>, who by reason of his day{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-82"><bkdv3 n="13378">ly conuersation, saw by his deedes, and heard in his doctrine how much
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-83"><bkdv3 n="13379">he tendered the poore: the godly Fathers also, that were both before and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-84"><bkdv3 n="13380">since <name t="ps">Christ</n>, indued without doubt with the holy Ghost, and most certain{\-}

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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-85"><bkdv3 n="13383">ly certified of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy will: they both do most earnestly exhort vs,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-86"><bkdv3 n="13384">and in all their writings almost continually admonish vs, that wee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-87"><bkdv3 n="13385">would remember the poore, and bestow our charitable almes vpon them.

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<bkdv3 n="13386"><cit work="src=NT. 1 Thessalonians 5.14"><f t="r">1.Thess.5.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-88"><bkdv3 n="13387">Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</n><f t="bl"> crieth vnto vs after this sort, Comfort the feeble minded, lift

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<bkdv3 n="13388"><cit work="src=NT. Hebrews 13.16"><f t="r">Hebr.13.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-89"><bkdv3 n="13389">vp the weake, and be charitable towards all men. And againe, To doe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-90"><bkdv3 n="13390">good to the poore, and to distribute almes gladly, see that thou doe not for{\-}

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<bkdv3 n="13391"><cit work="OT. Isaiah 58.7"><f t="r">Esai.58.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-91"><bkdv3 n="13392">get, for with such sacrifices <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is pleased. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esay</n><f t="bl"> the Prophet teach{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-92"><bkdv3 n="13393">eth on this wise, Deale thy bread to the hungrie, and bring the poore
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-93"><bkdv3 n="13394">wandering, home to thy house. When thou seest the naked, see thou
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-94"><bkdv3 n="13395">cloth him, and hide not thy face from thy poore neighbour, neither despise

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13396"><cit work="OT. Tobit 4.7, 16"><f t="r">Tobi.4.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-95"><bkdv3 n="13397">thou thine owne flesh. And the holy Father <f t="r"><name t="ps">Tobie</n><f t="bl"> giueth this counsell,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-96"><bkdv3 n="13398">Giue almes (sayth hee) of thine owne goodes, and turne neuer thy face
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-97"><bkdv3 n="13399">from the poore, eat thy bread with the hungry, and couer the naked with
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-98"><bkdv3 n="13400">thy clothes. And the learned and godly Doctour <f t="r"><name t="ps">Chrysostome</n><f t="bl"> giueth this

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<bkdv3 n="13401"><f t=i"><cit work="src=Chrysostome, `Ad Pop. Antio. hom.' 35><lang t="l">Ad pop An{\-}
<bkdv3 n="13402">tio.hom.35. <f t="bl"><lang t="e"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-99"><bkdv3 n="13403">admonition, Let mercifull almes be alwayes with vs as a garment, that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-100"><bkdv3 n="13404">is, as mindefull as we will be to put our garments vpon vs, to couer our
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-101"><bkdv3 n="13405">nakednesse, to defend vs from the cold, and to shew our selues comely: So
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-102"><bkdv3 n="13406">mindefull let vs be at all times and seasons, that wee giue almes to the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-103"><bkdv3 n="13407">poore, and shew our selues mercifull towards them. But what meane
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-104"><bkdv3 n="13408">these often admonitions and earnest exhortations of the Prophets. Apo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-105"><bkdv3 n="13409">stles, Fathers, and holy Doctours? Surely, as they were faythfull to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-106"><bkdv3 n="13410">Godward, and therefore discharged their duty truly, in telling vs what
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-107"><bkdv3 n="13411">was <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> will: so of a singular loue to vs: ward, they laboured not
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-108"><bkdv3 n="13412">only to informe vs, but also to perswade with vs, that to giue almes, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-109"><bkdv3 n="13413">to succour the poore and needy, was a very acceptable thing, and an high
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-110"><bkdv3 n="13414">sacrifice to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, wherein he greatly delighted, and had a singular plea{\-}

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<bkdv3 n="13415"><cit work="OT. Ecclesiastes 33.1, 6-7"><f t="r">Eccle.33.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-111"><bkdv3 n="13416">sure. For so doeth the Wise man the sonne of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Sirach</n><f t="bl"> teach vs, saying, Who
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-112"><bkdv3 n="13417">so is mercifull and giueth almes, hee offereth the right thanke-offering.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-113"><bkdv3 n="13418">And he addeth thereunto: The right thanke-offering, maketh the Altar
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-114"><bkdv3 n="13419">fat, |&| a sweet smell it is before the Highest, it is acceptable before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-115"><bkdv3 n="13420">and shall neuer be forgotten.
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<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-116"><bkdv3 n="13421">And the truth of this doctrine is verified by the example of those holy
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-117"><bkdv3 n="13422">and charitable Fathers, of whom wee reade in the Scriptures, that they
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-118"><bkdv3 n="13423">were giuen to mercifull compassion towardes the poore, and charitable
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-119"><bkdv3 n="13424">releeuing of their necessities. Such a one was <f t="r"><name t="ps">Abraham</n><f t="bl">, in whom <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-120"><bkdv3 n="13425">had so great pleasure, that he vouchsafed to come vnto him in forme of an
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-121"><bkdv3 n="13426">Angel, and to be intertayned of him at his house. Such was his kinse{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-122"><bkdv3 n="13427">man <f t="r"><name t="ps">Lot</n><f t="bl">, whom <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> so fauoured for receiuing his messengers into
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-123"><bkdv3 n="13428">his house, which otherwise should haue lien in the street, that hee saued
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-124"><bkdv3 n="13429">him, with his whole family, from the destruction of <f t="r"><name t="pl">Sodome</n><f t="bl"> and <f t="r"><name t="pl">Go{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-125"><bkdv3 n="13430">morrha</n><f t="bl">. Such were the holy Fathers, <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iob</n><f t="bl"> and <f t="r"><name t="ps">Tobie</n><f t="bl">, with many others,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-126"><bkdv3 n="13431">who felt most sensible proofes of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> speciall loue towards them.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-127"><bkdv3 n="13432">And as all these by their mercifulnesse and tender compassion which they
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-128"><bkdv3 n="13433">shewed to the miserable afflicted members of <name t="ps">Christ</n>, in the relieuing, hel{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-129"><bkdv3 n="13434">ping and succouring them with their temporall goodes in this life, obtay{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-130"><bkdv3 n="13435">ned <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> fauour, and were deare, acceptable and pleasant in his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-131"><bkdv3 n="13436">sight: so now they themselues take pleasure in the fruition of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, in

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<bkdv3 n="13438"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of almes deedes.</fw><fw t=page>157</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-132"><bkdv3 n="13439">the pleasant ioyes of heauen, and are also in <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> eternall word set
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-133"><bkdv3 n="13440">before vs, as perfect examples euer before our eyes, both how wee shall
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-134"><bkdv3 n="13441">please <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in this mortall life, and also how wee may come to liue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-135"><bkdv3 n="13442">in ioy with them in euerlasting pleasure and felicitie. For most true is
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-136"><bkdv3 n="13443">that saying which <f t="r"><name t="ps">Augustine</n><f t="bl"> hath, that the giuing of almes and releeuing
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-137"><bkdv3 n="13444">of the poore, is the right way to heauen, <f t="r"></l><lang t="l">Via c_li pauper est<f t="bl"></l><lang t="e>, The poore
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-138"><bkdv3 n="13445">man (sayth hee) is the way to heauen, . They vsed in times past, to set
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-139"><bkdv3 n="13446">in hye wayes sides the picture of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Mercurie</n><f t="bl">, poynting with his finger which
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-140"><bkdv3 n="13447">was the right way to the Towne. And we vse in crosse wayes to set vp
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-141"><bkdv3 n="13448">a wodden or stone crosse, to admonish the trauayling man which way
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-142"><bkdv3 n="13449">he must turne when hee commeth thither, to directe his iourney aright.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-143"><bkdv3 n="13450">But <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word (as Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Augustine</n><f t="bl"> sayth) hath set in the way to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-144"><bkdv3 n="13451">heauen the poore man and his house, so that whoso will goe aright thi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-145"><bkdv3 n="13452">ther, and not turne out of the way, must goe by the poore. The poore
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-146"><bkdv3 n="13453">man is that <f t="r"><name t="ps">Mercurie</n><f t="bl"> that shall set vs the ready way: and if wee looke well
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-147"><bkdv3 n="13454">to this marke, we shall not wander much out of the right path. The
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-148"><bkdv3 n="13455">maner of wise worldly men amongst vs is, that if they know a man of a
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-149"><bkdv3 n="13456">meaner estate then themselues to be in fauour with the Prince, or any
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-150"><bkdv3 n="13457">other noble man, whom they either feare or loue, such a one they will be
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-151"><bkdv3 n="13458">glad to benefite and pleasure, that when they haue neede they may be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-152"><bkdv3 n="13459">come their spokes man, either to obteine a commoditie, or to escape a dis{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-153"><bkdv3 n="13460">pleasure. Now surely it ought to be a shame to vs, that worldly men for
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-154"><bkdv3 n="13461">temporall things that last but for a season, should be more wise and proui{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-155"><bkdv3 n="13462">dent in procuring them, then wee in heauenly. Our sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</n> testi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-156"><bkdv3 n="13463">fieth of poore men, that they are deare vnto him, and that hee loueth them
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-157"><bkdv3 n="13464">especially: For hee calleth them his little ones, by a name of tender loue,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-158"><bkdv3 n="13465">he sayth they be his brethren. And Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iames</n><f t="bl"> saith, that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-159"><bkdv3 n="13466">chosen them to be the heyres of his kingdome. Hath not <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> (sayth

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13467"><cit work="src=NT. James 2.5"><f t="r">Iacob.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-160"><bkdv3 n="13468">he) chosen the poore of this world to himselfe, to make them hereafter
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-161"><bkdv3 n="13469">the rich heires of that kingdome which hee hath promised to them that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-162"><bkdv3 n="13470">loue him? And wee know that the prayer which they make for vs, shalbe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-163"><bkdv3 n="13471">acceptable and regarded of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, their complaint shalbe heard also.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-164"><bkdv3 n="13472">Thereof doeth <name t="ps">Iesus</n> the sonne of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Syrach</n><f t="bl"> certainely assure vs, saying:
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-165"><bkdv3 n="13473">If the poore complaine of thee in the bitternesse of his soule, his prayer

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13474"><cit work="OT. Ecclesiastes 4.6"><f t="r">Eccle.4.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-166"><bkdv3 n="13475">shalbe heard, euen hee that made him shall heare him. Bee courteous
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-167"><bkdv3 n="13476">therefore vnto the poore. We know also, that hee who acknowledgeth
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-168"><bkdv3 n="13477">himselfe to bee their master and patrone, and refuseth not to take them
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-169"><bkdv3 n="13478">for his seruants, is both able to pleasure and displeasure vs, and that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-170"><bkdv3 n="13479">we stand euery houre in neede of his helpe. Why should wee then bee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-171"><bkdv3 n="13480">either negligent or vnwilling to procure their friendship and fauour, by
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-172"><bkdv3 n="13481">the which also we may bee assured to get his fauour that is both able and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-173"><bkdv3 n="13482">willing to doe vs all pleasures that are for our commoditie and wealth?
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-174"><bkdv3 n="13483"><name t="ps">Christ</n> doth declare by this, how much he accepteth our charitable affecti{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-175"><bkdv3 n="13484">on toward the poore, in that he promiseth a reward vnto them that giue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-176"><bkdv3 n="13485">but a cup of cold water in his name to them that haue neede thereof, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-177"><bkdv3 n="13486">that reward is the kingdome of heauen. No doubt is it therefore that

<bkdv3 n="13487"><fw t="sig">O o</fw> <fw t="catch"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"></fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13488"><f t="r"><fw t=page>158</fw><fw t="header">The I. part of the Sermon, |&|c.</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-178"><bkdv3 n="13489"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> regardeth highly, that which he rewardeth so liberally. For he
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-179"><bkdv3 n="13490">that promiseth a Princely recompence, for a beggarly beneuolence, de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-180"><bkdv3 n="13491">clareth that he is more delighted with the giuing, then with the gift, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-181"><bkdv3 n="13492">that he as much esteemeth the doing of the thing, as the fruit and com{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-182"><bkdv3 n="13493">modity that commeth of it. Whoso therefore hath hitherto neglected
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-183"><bkdv3 n="13494">to giue Almes, let him know that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> now requireth it of him, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-184"><bkdv3 n="13495">he that hath beene liberall to the poore, let him know that his godly do{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-185"><bkdv3 n="13496">ings are accepted, and thankefully taken at <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> hands, which
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-186"><bkdv3 n="13497">he will requite with double and treble. For so sayth the Wise man:
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-187"><bkdv3 n="13498">Hee which sheweth mercy to the poore, doeth lay his money in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-188"><bkdv3 n="13499">banke to the Lord, for a large interest and gaine: the gaine be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-189"><bkdv3 n="13500">ing chiefly the possession of the life euerlasting, through
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-190"><bkdv3 n="13501">the merits of our Sauiour <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</n>, to whom
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-191"><bkdv3 n="13502">with the Father and the Holy Ghost, bee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-192"><bkdv3 n="13503">all honour and glory for euer,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.1-193"><bkdv3 n="13504"><f t="OR>AMEN<f t="bl">.

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<heading>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-194"><bkdv3 n="13507">The second part of the Sermon of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-195"><bkdv3 n="13508"><f t="i">Almes deedes.
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-196"><bkdv3 n="13509"><f t="bk">Y<f t="bl">E haue heard before (dearely beloued) that to giue almes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-197"><bkdv3 n="13510">vnto the poore, and to helpe them in time of necessity,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-198"><bkdv3 n="13511">is so acceptable vnto our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</n>, that he coun{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-199"><bkdv3 n="13512">teth that to bee done to himselfe, that we doe for his sake
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-200"><bkdv3 n="13513">vnto them. Yee haue heard also how earnestly both the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-201"><bkdv3 n="13514">Apostles, Prophets, holy Fathers, and Doctours, doe ex{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-202"><bkdv3 n="13515">hort vs vnto the same. And ye see how welbeloued and deare vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-203"><bkdv3 n="13516">they were, whom the Scriptures report vnto vs to haue bin good almes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-204"><bkdv3 n="13517">men. Wherfore if either their good examples, or the wholsome counsell of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-205"><bkdv3 n="13518">godly Fathers, or the loue of <name t="ps">Christ</n>, whose especiall fauour wee may be
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-206"><bkdv3 n="13519">assured by this meanes to obtaine may mooue vs, or doe any thing at all
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-207"><bkdv3 n="13520">with vs: let vs prouide vs that from hencefoorth wee shew vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-208"><bkdv3 n="13521">ward this thankefull seruice, to bee mindfull and ready to helpe them
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-209"><bkdv3 n="13522">that bee poore and in misery.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-210"><bkdv3 n="13523">Now will I this second time that I entreat of almes deedes, shew
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-211"><bkdv3 n="13524">vnto you how profitable it is for vs to exercise them, and what fruit ther{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-212"><bkdv3 n="13525">by shall arise vnto vs, if we doe them faithfully, Our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-213"><bkdv3 n="13526">in the Gospel teacheth vs, that it profiteth a man nothing to haue in pos{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-214"><bkdv3 n="13527">session all the riches of the whole world, and the wealth or glory thereof,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-215"><bkdv3 n="13528">if in the meane season hee lose his soule, or doe that thing whereby it
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-216"><bkdv3 n="13529">should become captiue vnto death, sin, and hell fire. By the which saying,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-217"><bkdv3 n="13530">hee not onely instructeth vs how much the soules health is to bee prefer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-218"><bkdv3 n="13531">red before worldly c&omacron;modities: but it also serueth to stirre vp our minds,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-219"><bkdv3 n="13532">and to pricke vs forwards to seeke diligently, and learne by what meanes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-220"><bkdv3 n="13533">we may preserue and keepe our soules euer in safety: that is, how we may
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-221"><bkdv3 n="13534">recouer our health, if it bee lost or impaired, and how it may be defended
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-222"><bkdv3 n="13535">and maintained, if once we haue it. Yea, he teacheth vs also thereby to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-223"><bkdv3 n="13536">esteeme that as a precious medicine and an inestimable iewell, that hath
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-224"><bkdv3 n="13537">such strength and vertue in it, that can either procure or preserue so in{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-225"><bkdv3 n="13538">comparable a treasure. For if we greatly regard that medicine or salue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-226"><bkdv3 n="13539">that is able to heale sundry and grieuous diseases of the body: much more
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-227"><bkdv3 n="13540">will wee esteeme that which hath like power ouer the soule. And because
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-228"><bkdv3 n="13541">wee might be better assured both to know and to haue in readines that so
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-229"><bkdv3 n="13542">profitable a remedy: he, as a most faithfull |&| louing teacher, sheweth him{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-230"><bkdv3 n="13543">selfe both what it is, and where we may finde it, and how we may vse and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-231"><bkdv3 n="13544">apply it. For when both he |&| his disciples were grieuously accused of the

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13545"><cit work="src=NT. Luke 11.41"><f t="r">Luke11.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-232"><bkdv3 n="13546">Pharisees, to haue defiled their soules in breaking the constitutions of the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-233"><bkdv3 n="13547">Elders, because they went to meate, |&| washed not their hands before, ac{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-234"><bkdv3 n="13548">cording to the custome of the Iewes: <name t="ps">Christ</n> answering their superstitious
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-235"><bkdv3 n="13549">complaint, teacheth them an especiall remedy how to keepe cleane their

<bkdv3 n="13550"><fw t="sig">Oo 2</fw><fw t="catch">soules,</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="160" sig="Oo2v" side="inner" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="13551"><f t="r"><fw t=page>160</fw><fw t="header">The II. part of the Sermon</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-236"><bkdv3 n="13552">soules, notwithstanding the breach of such superstitious orders: Giue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-237"><bkdv3 n="13553">almes (saith hee) and behold all things are cleane vnto you. He teach{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-238"><bkdv3 n="13554">eth them, that to bee mercifull and charitable in helping the poore, is
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-239"><bkdv3 n="13555">the meanes to keepe the soule pure and cleane in the sight of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Wee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-240"><bkdv3 n="13556">are taught therefore by this, that mercifull almes dealing, is profitable to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-241"><bkdv3 n="13557">purge the soule from the infection and filthie spottes or sinne. The same
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-242"><bkdv3 n="13558">lesson doeth the holy Ghost also teach in sundry places of the Scripture,

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13559"><cit work="Apocrypha. Tobit 4.10"><f t="r">Tobit.4.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-243"><bkdv3 n="13560">saying, Mercifulnesse and almes giuing purgeth from all sinnes, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-244"><bkdv3 n="13561">deliuereth from death, and suffereth not the soule to come into darkenes.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-245"><bkdv3 n="13562">A great confidence may they haue before the high <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that shewe

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13563"><cit work="OT. Ecclesiastes 3.30"><f t="r">Eccle.5.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-246"><bkdv3 n="13564">mercie and compassion to them that are afflicted. The wise preacher the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-247"><bkdv3 n="13565">sonne of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Sirach</n><f t="bl"> confirmeth the same, when hee saith, That as water
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-248"><bkdv3 n="13566">quencheth burning fire, euen so mercie and almes resisteth and recon{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-249"><bkdv3 n="13567">cileth sinnes. And sure it is, that mercifulnesse quaileth the heate of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-250"><bkdv3 n="13568">sinne so much, that they shall not take holde vpon man to hurte him,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-251"><bkdv3 n="13569">or if yee haue by any infirmitie or weakenesse beene touched and annoyed
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-252"><bkdv3 n="13570">with them, straightwayes shall mercifulnesse wipe and wash away, as
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-253"><bkdv3 n="13571">salues and remedies to heale their sores and grieuous diseases. And
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-254"><bkdv3 n="13572">thereupon that holy father <f t="r"><name t="ps">Cyprian</n><f t="bl"> taketh good occasion to exhort ear{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-255"><bkdv3 n="13573">nestly to the mercifull worke of giuing almes and helping the poore, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-256"><bkdv3 n="13574">there he admonisheth to consider how wholsome and profitable it is to re{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-257"><bkdv3 n="13575">leeue the needy, and helpe the afflicted, by the which wee may purge
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-258"><bkdv3 n="13576">our sinnes, and heale our wounded soules.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-259"><bkdv3 n="13577">But yet some will say vnto mee, If almes giuing, and our charita{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-260"><bkdv3 n="13578">ble workes towards the poore, be able to wash away sinnes, to reconcile
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-261"><bkdv3 n="13579">vs to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to deliuer vs from the perill of damnation, and make vs the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-262"><bkdv3 n="13580">sonnes and heires of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> kingdome: then are <name t="ps">Christes</n> merits de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-263"><bkdv3 n="13581">faced, and his blood shed in vaine, then are we iustified by workes and by
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-264"><bkdv3 n="13582">our deeds may we merite heauen, then do we in vaine beleeue that <name t="ps">Christ</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-265"><bkdv3 n="13583">dyed for to put away our sinnes, and that he rose for our iustification, as
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-266"><bkdv3 n="13584">Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</n><f t="bl"> teacheth. But yee shall vnderstand (dearely beloued) that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-267"><bkdv3 n="13585">neither those places of the Scripture before alledged, neither the doctrine
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-268"><bkdv3 n="13586">of the blessed martyr <f t="r"><name t="ps">Cyprian</n><f t="bl">, neither any other godly and learned man,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-269"><bkdv3 n="13587">when they, in extolling the dignity, profite, fruit, and effect of vertuous
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-270"><bkdv3 n="13588">and liberall almes, doe say that it washeth away sinnes, and bringeth vs
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-271"><bkdv3 n="13589">to the fauour of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, doe meane, that our worke and charitable deede,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-272"><bkdv3 n="13590">is the originall cause of our acception before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, or that for the dignity
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-273"><bkdv3 n="13591">or worthines therof, our sinnes may be washed away, and we purged and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-274"><bkdv3 n="13592">cleansed of all the spottes of our iniquitie: for that were indeede to deface
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-275"><bkdv3 n="13593"><name t="ps">Christ</n>, and to defraude him of his glory. But they meane this, and this
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-276"><bkdv3 n="13594">is the vnderstanding of those and such like sayinges: that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-277"><bkdv3 n="13595">his mercy and speciall fauour towards them whom he hath appointed to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-278"><bkdv3 n="13596">euerlasting saluation, hath so offered his grace especially, and they haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-279"><bkdv3 n="13597">so receiued it fruitfully, that although by reason of their sinfull liuing
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-280"><bkdv3 n="13598">outwardly, they seemed before to haue beene the children of wrath and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-281"><bkdv3 n="13599">perdition, yet now the Spirit of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> mightily working in them, vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-282"><bkdv3 n="13600">to obedience to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> will and commandements, they declare by their

<bkdv3 n="13601"><fw t="catch">outward</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13602"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of Almes deedes.</fw><fw t=page>161</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-283"><bkdv3 n="13603">outward deeds and life, in the shewing of mercy, and charity (which can{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-284"><bkdv3 n="13604">not come but of the spirit of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and his especiall grace) that they
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-285"><bkdv3 n="13605">are the vndoubted children of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, appointed to euerlasting life. And
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-286"><bkdv3 n="13606">so, as by their wickednesse and vngodly liuing, they shewed themselues
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-287"><bkdv3 n="13607">according to the iudgement of men, which follow the outward appea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-288"><bkdv3 n="13608">rance, to be reprobates and castawayes: So now by their obedience vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-289"><bkdv3 n="13609">to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy will, and by their mercifulnesse and tender pity (wher{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-290"><bkdv3 n="13610">in they shew themselues to be like vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, who is the fountaine and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-291"><bkdv3 n="13611">spring of all mercy) they declare openly and manifestly vnto the sight of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-292"><bkdv3 n="13612">men, that they are the sonnes of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and elect of him vnto saluation.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-293"><bkdv3 n="13613">For as the good fruit is not the cause that the tree is good, but the tree
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-294"><bkdv3 n="13614">must first be good before it can bring foorth good fruite: so the good deeds
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-295"><bkdv3 n="13615">of man are not the cause that maketh men good, but he is first made good,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-296"><bkdv3 n="13616">by the spirit and grace of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> that effectually worketh in him, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-297"><bkdv3 n="13617">afterward he bringeth foorth good fruites. And then as the good fruite
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-298"><bkdv3 n="13618">doeth argue the goodnesse of the tree, so doeth the good and mercifull deed
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-299"><bkdv3 n="13619">of the man, argue and certainely prooue the goodnesse of him that doeth
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-300"><bkdv3 n="13620">it, according to <name t="ps">Christes</n> sayings: Yee shall know them by their fruites.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-301"><bkdv3 n="13621">And if any man will obiect, that euill and noughty men doe sometimes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-302"><bkdv3 n="13622">by their deeds appeare to bee verie godly and vertuous: I will answere,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-303"><bkdv3 n="13623">so doeth the crab and choke peare seeme outwardly to haue sometime as
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-304"><bkdv3 n="13624">faire a redde, and as mellowe a colour, as the fruite that is good indeede.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-305"><bkdv3 n="13625">But hee that will bite and take a taste, shall easily iudge betwixt the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-306"><bkdv3 n="13626">sower bitternesse of the one, and the sweete sauorinesse of the other. And
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-307"><bkdv3 n="13627">as the true Christian man, in thankefulnesse of his heart, for the redemp{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-308"><bkdv3 n="13628">tion of his soule purchased by <name t="ps">Christes</n> death, sheweth kindly by the fruite
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-309"><bkdv3 n="13629">of his faith, his obedience to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: so the other as a merchant with
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-310"><bkdv3 n="13630"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, doth all for his owne gaine, thinking to win heauen by the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-311"><bkdv3 n="13631">merite of his workes, and so defaceth and obscureth the price of <name t="ps">Christs</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-312"><bkdv3 n="13632">blood, who onely wrought our purgation. The meaning then of these
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-313"><bkdv3 n="13633">sayings in the Scriptures and other holy writings: <f t="r">Almes deedes doe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-314"><bkdv3 n="13634">washe away our sinnes<f t="bl">, and, <f t="r">mercie to the poore doth blot out our offences<f t="bl">, is,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-315"><bkdv3 n="13635">that we doing these things according to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> will and our duetie,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-316"><bkdv3 n="13636">haue our sinnes indeede washed away, and our offences blotted out: not
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-317"><bkdv3 n="13637">for the worthinesse of them, but by the grace of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> which worketh
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-318"><bkdv3 n="13638">all in all, and that for the promise that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath made to them that are
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-319"><bkdv3 n="13639">obedient vnto his commandement, that hee which is the trueth, might
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-320"><bkdv3 n="13640">be iustified in performing the trueth, due to his true promise. Almes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-321"><bkdv3 n="13641">deedes do wash away our sinnes, because <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> doeth vouchsafe then
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-322"><bkdv3 n="13642">to repute vs as cleane and pure, when we doe them for his sake, and not
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-323"><bkdv3 n="13643">because they deserue or merit our purging, or for that they haue any such
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-324"><bkdv3 n="13644">strength and vertue in themselues. I know that some men, too much
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-325"><bkdv3 n="13645">addict to the aduancing of their workes, will not be contented with this
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-326"><bkdv3 n="13646">answere, and no maruaile, for such men can no answere content or suffice.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-327"><bkdv3 n="13647">Wherefore leauing them to their owne wilfull sense, we will rather haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-328"><bkdv3 n="13648">regarde to the reasonable and godly, who as they most certainely know
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-329"><bkdv3 n="13649">and perswade themselues, that all goodnesse, all bountie, all mercie, all
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-330"><bkdv3 n="13650">benefites, all forgiuenesse of sinnes, and whatsoeuer can bee named good

<bkdv3 n="13651"><fw t="sig">O o 3</fw><fw t="catch">and</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13652"><f t="r"><fw t=page>162</fw><fw t="header">The II. part of the Sermon</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-331"><bkdv3 n="13653">and profitable, either for the body or for the soule, do come onely of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-332"><bkdv3 n="13654">mercie and meere fauoure, and not of themselues: So though they doe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-333"><bkdv3 n="13655">neuer so many and so excellent good deedes, yet are they neuer puft vp
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-334"><bkdv3 n="13656">with the vaine confidence of them. And though they heare and read in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-335"><bkdv3 n="13657"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, and other where in godly mens works, that almes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-336"><bkdv3 n="13658">deedes, mercie, and charitablenesse doth wash away sinne, and blot out
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-337"><bkdv3 n="13659">iniquitie: yet doe they not arrogantly and proudly sticke and trust vnto
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-338"><bkdv3 n="13660">them, or brag themselues of them, as the proud Pharisee did, lest with
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-339"><bkdv3 n="13661">the Pharisee they should bee condemned: but rather, with the humble
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-340"><bkdv3 n="13662">and poore Publicane confesse themselues sinfull wretches, vnworthy to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-341"><bkdv3 n="13663">looke vp to heauen, calling and crauing for mercie, that with the Pub{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-342"><bkdv3 n="13664">licane they may bee pronounced of <name t="ps">Christ</n> to bee iustified. The godly doe
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-343"><bkdv3 n="13665">learne that when the Scriptures say, that by good and mercifull works,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-344"><bkdv3 n="13666">wee are reconciled to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> fauour: wee are taught then to know
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-345"><bkdv3 n="13667">what <name t="ps">Christ</n> by his intercession and mediation obtaineth for vs of his Fa{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-346"><bkdv3 n="13668">ther, when we be obedient to his will, yea, they learne in such maner of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-347"><bkdv3 n="13669">speaking a comfortable argument of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> singular fauour and loue,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-348"><bkdv3 n="13670">that attributeth that vnto vs and to our doings, that hee by his spirit
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-349"><bkdv3 n="13671">worketh in vs, and through his grace procureth for vs. And yet this
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-350"><bkdv3 n="13672">notwithstanding, they cry out with Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</n><f t="bl">, Oh wretches that wee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-351"><bkdv3 n="13673">are: and acknowledge (as <name t="ps">Christ</n> teacheth) that when they haue all done,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-352"><bkdv3 n="13674">they are but vnprofitable seruants: and with the blessed king <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</n><f t="bl">, in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-353"><bkdv3 n="13675">respect of the iust iudgements of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, they doe tremble, and say: Who
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-354"><bkdv3 n="13676">shall be able to abide it, Lord, if thou wilt giue sentence according to our
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-355"><bkdv3 n="13677">deserts? Thus they humble themselues, and are exalted of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: they
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-356"><bkdv3 n="13678">count themselues vile, and of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> are counted pure and cleane: they
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-357"><bkdv3 n="13679">condemne themselues, and are iustified of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: they thinke them{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-358"><bkdv3 n="13680">selues, vnworthy of the earth, and of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> are thought worthy of hea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-359"><bkdv3 n="13681">uen. Thus by <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word are they truely taught how to thinke
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-360"><bkdv3 n="13682">rightly of mercifull dealing of almes, and of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> especiall mercy
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-361"><bkdv3 n="13683">and goodnesse are made pertakers of those fruites that his word hath
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-362"><bkdv3 n="13684">promised. Let vs then follow their examples, and both shew obediently
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-363"><bkdv3 n="13685">in our life those workes of mercy that wee are commanded, and haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-364"><bkdv3 n="13686">that right opinion and iudgement of them that we are taught, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-365"><bkdv3 n="13687">we shall in like maner, as they, be made partakers, and feele
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-366"><bkdv3 n="13688">the fruites and rewards that follow such godly li{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-367"><bkdv3 n="13689">uing, so shall we know by proofe what
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-368"><bkdv3 n="13690">profit and commodity doth come
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-369"><bkdv3 n="13691">of giuing of almes, |&| succou{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.2-370"><bkdv3 n="13692">ring of the poore.

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<bkdv3 n="13693"><fw t="catch">{P}The</fw>

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<heading>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-371"><bkdv3 n="13695">{P} The third part of the Homily of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-372"><bkdv3 n="13696"><f t="i">Almes deedes.
</heading>
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-373"><bkdv3 n="13697">Y<f t="bl">Ee haue already heard two parts of this treatise of almes
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-374"><bkdv3 n="13698">deedes. The first, how pleasant and acceptable before
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-375"><bkdv3 n="13699"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> the doing of them is, the second, how much it
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-376"><bkdv3 n="13700">behooueth vs, and how profitable it is to apply our selues
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-377"><bkdv3 n="13701">vnto them. Now in the third part will I take away
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-378"><bkdv3 n="13702">that let that hindereth many from doing them. There
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-379"><bkdv3 n="13703">be many that when they heare how acceptable a thing in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-380"><bkdv3 n="13704">the sight of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> the giuing of almes is, and how much <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> exten{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-381"><bkdv3 n="13705">deth his fauour towards them that are mercifull, and what fruites and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-382"><bkdv3 n="13706">commodities doeth come to <app>then. <rdg resp="IL">them</rdg></app> by it, they wish very gladly with them{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-383"><bkdv3 n="13707">selues that they also might obteine these benefites, and be counted such of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-384"><bkdv3 n="13708"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> as whom he would loue or doe for. But yet these men are with
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-385"><bkdv3 n="13709">greedie couetousnesse so puld backe, that they will not bestow one halfe{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-386"><bkdv3 n="13710">peny or one peece of bread, that they might be thought worthy of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-387"><bkdv3 n="13711">benefites, and so to come into his fauour. For they are euermore feare{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-388"><bkdv3 n="13712">full, and doubting, lest by often giuing, although it were but a little at a
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-389"><bkdv3 n="13713">time, they should consume their goods, and so impouerish themselues, that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-390"><bkdv3 n="13714">euen themselues at the length should not be able to liue, but should be dri{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-391"><bkdv3 n="13715">uen to begge, and liue of other mens almes. And thus they seeke excuses
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-392"><bkdv3 n="13716">to withhold themselues from the fauour of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and chuse with pin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-393"><bkdv3 n="13717">ching couetousnesse, rather to leane vnto the deuill, then by charitable
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-394"><bkdv3 n="13718">mercifulnesse, either to come vnto <name t="ps">Christ</n>, or to suffer <name t="ps">Christ</n> to come vnto
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-395"><bkdv3 n="13719">them. Oh that wee had some cunning and skilfull Physition that were
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-396"><bkdv3 n="13720">able to purge them of this so pestilent an humour, that so sore infecteth,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-397"><bkdv3 n="13721">not their bodies, but their mindes, and so by corrupting their soules, brin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-398"><bkdv3 n="13722">geth their bodies and soules into danger of hell fire. Now lest there bee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-399"><bkdv3 n="13723">any such among vs (dearely beloued) let vs diligently search for that Phy{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-400"><bkdv3 n="13724">sition, which is <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</n>, and earnestly labour that of his mercy hee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-401"><bkdv3 n="13725">will truely instruct vs, and giue vs a present remedy against so perillous
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-402"><bkdv3 n="13726">a disease. Hearken then, whosoeuer thou art that fearest lest by giuing to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-403"><bkdv3 n="13727">the poore thou shouldest bring thy selfe to beggery. That which thou ta{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-404"><bkdv3 n="13728">kest from thy selfe to bestow vpon <name t="ps">Christ</n>, can neuer be consumed and wa{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-405"><bkdv3 n="13729">sted away. Wherein thou shalt not beleeue me, but if thou haue faith, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-406"><bkdv3 n="13730">be a true Christian, beleeue the holy Ghost, giue credite to the authoritie
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-407"><bkdv3 n="13731">of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word that thus teacheth. For thus sayth the holy Ghost by
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-408"><bkdv3 n="13732"><f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomon</n><f t="bl">: He that giueth vnto the poore, shall neuer want. Men suppose
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-409"><bkdv3 n="13733">that by hoording and laying vp still, they shall at length be rich, and that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-410"><bkdv3 n="13734">by distributing and laying out, although it be for most necessary and god{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-411"><bkdv3 n="13735">ly vses, they shalbe brought to pouerty. But the holy Ghost, which know{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-412"><bkdv3 n="13736">eth all trueth, teacheth vs another lesson, contrary to this. Hee teacheth
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-413"><bkdv3 n="13737">vs that there is a kinde of dispending that shall neuer diminish the stocke,

<bkdv3 n="13738"><fw t="catch">and</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="164" sig="Oo4v" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="13739"><f t="r"><fw t=page>164</fw><fw t="header">The III. part of the Sermon</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-414"><bkdv3 n="13740">and a kinde of sauing that shall bring a man to extreme pouertie. For
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-415"><bkdv3 n="13741">where he sayth, that the good almes-man shall neuer haue scarsitie, hee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-416"><bkdv3 n="13742">addeth: But he that turneth away his eyes from such as be in necessity,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-417"><bkdv3 n="13743">shall suffer great pouerty himselfe. How farre different then is the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-418"><bkdv3 n="13744">iudgement of man, from the iudgement of the holy Ghost? The holy

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13745"><cit work="src=NT. 1 Corinthians 9.10"><f t="r">1.Cor.9.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-419"><bkdv3 n="13746">Apostle <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</n><f t="bl">, a man full of the holy Ghost, and made priuie euen of the se{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-420"><bkdv3 n="13747">cret will of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> teacheth: that the liberall almes-giuer shall not
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-421"><bkdv3 n="13748">thereby bee impouerished. He that ministreth (saith he) seede vnto the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-422"><bkdv3 n="13749">sower, will minister also bread vnto you for foode, yea, he will multiply
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-423"><bkdv3 n="13750">your seede, and encrease the fruits of your righteousnesse. He is not con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-424"><bkdv3 n="13751">tent to aduertise them that they shall not lacke, but he sheweth them also
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-425"><bkdv3 n="13752">in what sort <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> wil prouide for them. Euen as he prouided seed for the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-426"><bkdv3 n="13753">sower in multiplying it, and giuing great increase: so he wil multiply
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-427"><bkdv3 n="13754">their goods, and increase them, that there shall be great abundance. And
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-428"><bkdv3 n="13755">lest we should thinke his sayings to be but words and not trueth, we haue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-429"><bkdv3 n="13756">an example thereof in the third booke of Kings, which doth confirme and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-430"><bkdv3 n="13757">seale it vp as a most certaine trueth. The poore widow that receiued the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-431"><bkdv3 n="13758">banished Prophet of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, <f t="r"><name t="ps">Elias</n><f t="bl">, when as she had but a handfull of meale
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-432"><bkdv3 n="13759">in a vessel, and a little oyle in a cruse, whereof she would make a cake for
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-433"><bkdv3 n="13760">her selfe and her sonne, that after they had eaten that, they might die, be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-434"><bkdv3 n="13761">cause in that great famine there was no more foode to bee gotten: yet
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-435"><bkdv3 n="13762">when she gaue part thereof to <f t="r"><name t="ps">Elias</n><f t="bl">, and defrauded her owne hungry belly
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-436"><bkdv3 n="13763">mercifully to relieue him, she was so blessed of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that neither the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-437"><bkdv3 n="13764">meale nor the oyle was consumed all the time while that famine did last,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-438"><bkdv3 n="13765">but thereof both the Prophet <f t="r"><name t="ps">Elias</n><f t="bl">, shee, and her sonne, were sufficiently
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-439"><bkdv3 n="13766">nourished and had enough.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-440"><bkdv3 n="13767">Oh consider this example yee vnbeleeuing and faithlesse couetous per{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-441"><bkdv3 n="13768">sons, who discredite <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> worde, and thinke his power dimi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-442"><bkdv3 n="13769">nished! This poore woman, in the time of an extreme and long
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-443"><bkdv3 n="13770">dearth had but one handefull of meale and a little cruse of oyle, her
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-444"><bkdv3 n="13771">onely sonne was readie to perish before her face for hunger, and shee
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-445"><bkdv3 n="13772">her selfe like to pine away: and yet when the poore Prophet came and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-446"><bkdv3 n="13773">asked part, she was so mindefull of mercifulnesse, that she forgate her
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-447"><bkdv3 n="13774">owne miserie, and rather then shee would omit the occasion giuen to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-448"><bkdv3 n="13775">giue almes, and worke a worke of righteousnesse, shee was content pre{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-449"><bkdv3 n="13776">sently to hazard her owne and her sonnes life. And you, who haue great
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-450"><bkdv3 n="13777">plenty of meates and drinkes, great store of motheaten apparel, yea, many
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-451"><bkdv3 n="13778">of you great heapes of gold and siluer, and he that hath least, hath more
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-452"><bkdv3 n="13779">then sufficient, now in this time, when (thankes bee to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">) no
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-453"><bkdv3 n="13780">great famine doeth oppresse you, your children being well clothed and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-454"><bkdv3 n="13781">well fed, and no danger of death for famine to bee feared, will rather cast
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-455"><bkdv3 n="13782">doubts and perils of vnlikely penury, then you will part with any peece
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-456"><bkdv3 n="13783">of your superfluities, to helpe and succour the poore, hungry, and naked
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-457"><bkdv3 n="13784"><name t="ps">Christ</n>, that commeth to your doores a begging. This poore |&| seely wi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-458"><bkdv3 n="13785">dow neuer cast doubts in all her miserie what wants she her selfe should
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-459"><bkdv3 n="13786">haue, shee neuer distrusted the promise that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> made to her by the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-460"><bkdv3 n="13787">Prophet, but straightway went about to relieue the hungry Prophet of

<bkdv3 n="13788"><fw t="catch"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13789"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of Almes deedes.</fw><fw t=page>165</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-461"><bkdv3 n="13790"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, yea, preferring his necessity before her owne. But we, like vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-462"><bkdv3 n="13791">beleeuing wretches, before we will giue one mite, wee will cast a thou{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-463"><bkdv3 n="13792">sand doubtes of danger, whether that will stand vs in any stead, that we
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-464"><bkdv3 n="13793">giue to |&|the; poore, whether we should not haue need of it at any other time, |&|
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-465"><bkdv3 n="13794">whether heere it would not haue been more profitably bestowed. So that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-466"><bkdv3 n="13795">it is more hard to wrench a strong nayle (as the prouerbe sayth) out of a
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-467"><bkdv3 n="13796">poste, then to wring a farthing out of our fingers. There is neither the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-468"><bkdv3 n="13797">feare nor the loue of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> before our eyes, we will more esteeme a mite,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-469"><bkdv3 n="13798">then we either desire <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> kingdome, or feare the Diuels dungeon.
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-470"><bkdv3 n="13799">Hearken therefore ye mercilesse misers, what will bee the end of this your
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-471"><bkdv3 n="13800">vnmercifull dealing. As certainely as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> nourished this poore wi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-472"><bkdv3 n="13801">dow in the time of famine, and increased her little store, so that shee had
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-473"><bkdv3 n="13802">enough, and felt no penury when other pined away: so certainely shall
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-474"><bkdv3 n="13803"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> plague you with pouerty in the middest of plenty. Then when
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-475"><bkdv3 n="13804">other haue abundance and be fed at full, you shall vtterly waste and con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-476"><bkdv3 n="13805">sume away your selues, your store shall bee destroyed, your goods pluckt
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-477"><bkdv3 n="13806">from you, all your glory and wealth shall perish: and that which when
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-478"><bkdv3 n="13807">you had, you might haue enioyed your selfe in peace, and might haue be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-479"><bkdv3 n="13808">stowed vpon other most godly, yee shall seeke with sorrow and sighes, and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-480"><bkdv3 n="13809">no where shall finde it. For your vnmercifulnesse towards other, ye shall
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-481"><bkdv3 n="13810">finde no man that will shew mercy towards you. You that had stony
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-482"><bkdv3 n="13811">hearts towards other, shall finde all the creatures of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to youward
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-483"><bkdv3 n="13812">as hard as brasse and yron. Alas, what fury and madnesse doth possesse
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-484"><bkdv3 n="13813">our mindes, that in a matter of trueth and certainety, wee will not giue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-485"><bkdv3 n="13814">credit to the trueth, testifying vnto that which is most certaine. <name t="ps">Christ</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-486"><bkdv3 n="13815">sayth, that if wee will first seeke the kingdome of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and doe the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-487"><bkdv3 n="13816">workes of righteousnesse thereof, we shall not be left destitute, all other
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-488"><bkdv3 n="13817">things shalbe giuen to vs plenteously. Nay say we, I will first looke that
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-489"><bkdv3 n="13818">I be able to liue my selfe, and bee sure that I haue enough for mee and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-490"><bkdv3 n="13819">mine, and if I haue any thing ouer, I will bestow it to get <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-491"><bkdv3 n="13820">fauour, and the poore shall then haue part with me.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-492"><bkdv3 n="13821">See I pray you the peruerse iudgement of men, we haue more care to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-493"><bkdv3 n="13822">nourish the carcasse, then wee haue feare to see our soule perish. And as
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-494"><bkdv3 n="13823"><f t="r"><name t="ps">Cyprian</n><f t="bl"> sayth, whilest we stand in doubt lest our goods fayle, in being o{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<f t="i"><lang t="l">
<bkdv3 n="13824"><cit work="src=Cyprian, `Sermon. de Eleemosina'">Sermon. de
<bkdv3 n="13825">Eleemosina.</cit>
<f t="bl"><lang t="e">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-495"><bkdv3 n="13826">uer liberall, we put it out of doubt, that our life and health fayleth, in
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-496"><bkdv3 n="13827">not being liberall at all. Whilest wee are carefull for diminishing of our
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-497"><bkdv3 n="13828">stocke, we are altogether carelesse to diminish our selues. We loue Mam{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-498"><bkdv3 n="13829">mon, and loose our soules. Wee feare least our patrimony should perish
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-499"><bkdv3 n="13830">from vs, but we feare not lest we should perish for it. Thus doe wee per{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-500"><bkdv3 n="13831">uersly loue that, which we should hate, and hate that we should loue, we
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-501"><bkdv3 n="13832">be negligent where we should bee carefull, and carefull where wee neede
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-502"><bkdv3 n="13833">not. Thus vaine feare to lacke our selues if we giue to the poore, is much
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-503"><bkdv3 n="13834">like the feare of children and fooles, which when they see the bright glim{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-504"><bkdv3 n="13835">mering of a glasse, they doe imagine straightway that it is the lightning
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-505"><bkdv3 n="13836">and yet the brightnesse of a glasse neuer was the lightning. Euen so, when
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-506"><bkdv3 n="13837">we imagine that by spending vpon the poore, a man may come to pouer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-507"><bkdv3 n="13838">ty, we are cast into a vaine feare, for we neuer heard or knew, that by that

<bkdv3 n="13839"><fw t="catch">meanes</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="13840"><f t="r"><fw t=page>166</fw><fw t="header">The III. part of the Sermon, |&|c.</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-508"><bkdv3 n="13841">meanes any man came to misery, and was left destitute, and not conside{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-509"><bkdv3 n="13842">red of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Nay we read to the contrary in the Scripture (as I
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-510"><bkdv3 n="13843">haue before shewed, and as by infinite testimonies and examples may
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-511"><bkdv3 n="13844">bee prooued) that whosoeuer serueth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> faithfully and vnfeinedly
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-512"><bkdv3 n="13845">in any vocation, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> will not suffer him to decay, much lesse to perish.

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13846"><cit work="OT. Proverbs 10.3"><f t="r">Prou.17.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-513"><bkdv3 n="13847">The holy Ghost teacheth vs by <f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomon</n><f t="bl">, that the Lord will not suffer the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-514"><bkdv3 n="13848">soule of the righteous to perish for hunger. And therefore <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</n><f t="bl"> sayth
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-515"><bkdv3 n="13849">vnto all them that are mercifull: O feare the Lord yee that bee his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-516"><bkdv3 n="13850">Saints, for they that feare him lacke nothing. The Lions doe lack and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-517"><bkdv3 n="13851">suffer hunger, but they which seeke the Lord shall want no manner of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-518"><bkdv3 n="13852">thing that is good. When <f t="r"><name t="ps">Elias</n><f t="bl"> was in the desert, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> fed him by the
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-519"><bkdv3 n="13853">ministery of a Rauen, that euening and morning brought him sufficient

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="13854"><cit work="OT. 3 Kings 17.5-6"><f t="r">3 King.17.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-520"><bkdv3 n="13855">victualles. When <f t="r"><name t="ps">Daniel</n><f t="bl"> was shut vp in the Lions denne, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> pre{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-521"><bkdv3 n="13856">pared meat for him, and sent it thither to him: And there was the saying
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-522"><bkdv3 n="13857">of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</n><f t="bl"> fulfilled, The Lions doe lacke and suffer hunger, but they which
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-523"><bkdv3 n="13858">seeke the Lord, shall want no good thing. For while the Lions, which
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-524"><bkdv3 n="13859">should haue beene fed with his flesh, roared for hunger and desire of their
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-525"><bkdv3 n="13860">pray, whereof they had no power, although it were present before them,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-526"><bkdv3 n="13861">he in the meane time was fresh fed from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that should with his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-527"><bkdv3 n="13862">flesh haue filled the Lions. So mightily doth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> worke to preserue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-528"><bkdv3 n="13863">and maintaine those whom he loueth, so carefull is hee also to feede them
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-529"><bkdv3 n="13864">who in any state or vocation doe vnfeinedly serue him. And shall we now
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-530"><bkdv3 n="13865">thinke that he will be vnmindfull of vs, if wee bee obedient to his word,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-531"><bkdv3 n="13866">and according to his will haue pity on the poore? He giueth vs all wealth
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-532"><bkdv3 n="13867">before we doe any seruice for it: and will he see vs lacke necessaries when
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-533"><bkdv3 n="13868">we doe him true seruice? Can a man thinke that he that feedeth <name t="ps">Christ</n>,
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-534"><bkdv3 n="13869">can be forsaken of <name t="ps">Christ</n>, and left without food? Or will <name t="ps">Christ</n> denie
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-535"><bkdv3 n="13870">earthly things vnto them whom he promiseth heauenly things for his
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-536"><bkdv3 n="13871">true seruice? It cannot be therefore (deare brethren) that by giuing of
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-537"><bkdv3 n="13872">almes, we should at any time want our selues, or that we which releeue
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-538"><bkdv3 n="13873">other mens need, should our selues bee oppressed with penury. It is con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-539"><bkdv3 n="13874">trary to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, it repugneth with his promise, it is against <name t="ps">Christs</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-540"><bkdv3 n="13875">property and nature to suffer it, it is the crafty surmise of the Diuell to
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-541"><bkdv3 n="13876">perswade vs it. Wherefore sticke not to giue almes freely, and trust not{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-542"><bkdv3 n="13877">withstanding, that <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> goodnesse will minister vnto vs sufficiency
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-543"><bkdv3 n="13878">and plenty, so long as we shall liue in this transitory life, and after our
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-544"><bkdv3 n="13879">dayes heere well spent in his seruice, and the loue of our brethren, we
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-545"><bkdv3 n="13880">shalbe crowned with euerlasting glory, to raigne with <name t="ps">Christ</n>
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-546"><bkdv3 n="13881">our Sauiour in heauen, to whom with the Father
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-547"><bkdv3 n="13882">and the holy Ghost, be all honour and
<ttdv4 n="II.11.3-548"><bkdv3 n="13883">glory for euer. Amen.

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