HOMILY AGAINST EXCESS OF APPAREL

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<bkdv3 n="10643"><f t="rl">AN HOMILIE AGAINST<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="10644">excesse of Apparrell.
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<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-1"><bkdv3 n="10645"><f t="bk">W<f t="bl">HERE ye haue heeretofore beene exci{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-2"><bkdv3 n="10646">ted |&| stirred to vse temperance of meates
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-3"><bkdv3 n="10647">and drinkes, and to auoyd the excesse
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-4"><bkdv3 n="10648">thereof, many wayes hurtfull to the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-5"><bkdv3 n="10649">state of the common wealth, and so odi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-6"><bkdv3 n="10650">ous before Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, being the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-7"><bkdv3 n="10651">authour and giuer of such creatures, to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-8"><bkdv3 n="10652">comfort and stablish our frayle nature
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-9"><bkdv3 n="10653">with thankes vnto him, and not by abu{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-10"><bkdv3 n="10654">sing of them to prouoke his liberality to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-11"><bkdv3 n="10655">seuere punishing of that disorder. In
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-12"><bkdv3 n="10656">like maner it is conuenient, that yee bee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-13"><bkdv3 n="10657">admonished of another soule |&| chargea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-14"><bkdv3 n="10658">ble excesse: I meane, of apparell, at these
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-15"><bkdv3 n="10659">dayes so gorgeous, that neither Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by his word can stay
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-16"><bkdv3 n="10660">our proud curiosity in the same, neither yet godly and necessary lawes,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-17"><bkdv3 n="10661">made of our Princes, and oft repeated with the penalties, can bridle this
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-18"><bkdv3 n="10662">detestable abuse, whereby both <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is openly contemned, and the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-19"><bkdv3 n="10663">Princes Lawes manifestly disobeyed, to the great perill of the Realme.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-20"><bkdv3 n="10664">Wherefore, that sobriety also in this excesse may bee espied among vs, I
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-21"><bkdv3 n="10665">shall declare vnto you, both the moderate vse of apparell, approoued by
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-22"><bkdv3 n="10666"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in his holy word, and also the abuses therof, which he forbiddeth
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-23"><bkdv3 n="10667">and disalloweth, as it may appeare by the inconueniences which dayly
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-24"><bkdv3 n="10668">encrease, by the iust iudgement of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, where that measure is not
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-25"><bkdv3 n="10669">kept, which he himselfe hath appointed. If we consider the end and pur{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-26"><bkdv3 n="10670">pose whereunto Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath ordayned his creatures, we shall
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-27"><bkdv3 n="10671">easily perceiue that he alloweth vs apparell, not only for necessities sake,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-28"><bkdv3 n="10672">but also for an honest comelinesse. Euen as in herbes, trees, and sundry
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-29"><bkdv3 n="10673">fruites, we haue not onely diuers necessary vses, but also the pleasant
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-30"><bkdv3 n="10674">sight and sweet smell, to delight vs withall, wherein wee may behold the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-31"><bkdv3 n="10675">singular loue of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> towards mankinde, in that hee hath prouided
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-32"><bkdv3 n="10676">both to releeue our necessities, and also to refresh our senses with an ho{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-33"><bkdv3 n="10677">nest and moderate recreation. Therefore <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</name><f t="bl"> in the hundred and fourth

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10678"><bibl OT: Psalms 104.14-15><f t="r">Psal.104<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-34"><bkdv3 n="10679">Psalme, confessing <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> carefull prouidence, sheweth that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-35"><bkdv3 n="10680">not only prouideth things necessary for men, as hearbs and other meats,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-36"><bkdv3 n="10681">but also such things as may reioyce |&| comfort, as wine to make glad the

<bkdv3 n="10682"><fw t="catch">heart</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="103" sig="Ii4r" side="inner" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="10683"><fw t="header"><f t="r">excesse of Apparell.</fw><fw t="pag">103</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-37"><bkdv3 n="10684">heart, oyles and oyntments to make the face to shine. So that they are
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-38"><bkdv3 n="10685">altogether past the limites of humanity, who yeelding onely to necessity,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-39"><bkdv3 n="10686">forbid the lawfull fruition of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> benefits. With whose traditi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-40"><bkdv3 n="10687">ons wee may not be ledde, if we giue eare to S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl">, writing to the Co{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-41"><bkdv3 n="10688">lossians, willing them not to hearken vnto such men as shall say, Touch
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-42"><bkdv3 n="10689">not, Taste not, Handle not, superstitiously bereauing them of the fruiti{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10690"><cit work="NT. Colossians 2.21"><f t="r">Coloss.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-43"><bkdv3 n="10691">on of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> creatures. And no lesse truely ought we to beware, lest
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-44"><bkdv3 n="10692">vnder pretence of Christian liberty, wee take licence to doe what wee list,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-45"><bkdv3 n="10693">aduancing our selues in sumptuous apparell, and despising other, prepa{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-46"><bkdv3 n="10694">ring ourselues in fine brauery, to wanton, lewde, and vnchaste behaui{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-47"><bkdv3 n="10695">our. To the auoyding whereof, it behouueth vs to be mindefull of foure

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10696"><f t="i">4 Lessons. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-48"><bkdv3 n="10697">lessons, taught in holy Scripture, whereby we shall learne to temper our
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-49"><bkdv3 n="10698">selues, and to restraine our immoderate affections, to that measure which
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-50"><bkdv3 n="10699"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath appoynted. The first is, that we make not prouision for the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-51"><bkdv3 n="10700">flesh, to accomplish the lustes thereof, with costly apparell, as that harlot

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10701"><f t="r">1
<bkdv3 n="10702"><cit work="NT. Romans 13.14">Rom.13.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="10703"><cit work="NT. Proverbs 7.16-17">Prou.7<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-52"><bkdv3 n="10704">did, of whom <f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomon</name><f t="bl"> speaketh, Prouerbes the seuenth, which perfumed
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-53"><bkdv3 n="10705">her bed, and deckt it <app>wich<rdg resp="IL">with</rdg></app> costly ornaments of Egypt, to the fulfilling of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-54"><bkdv3 n="10706">her lewd lust: but rather ought we by moderate temperance to cut off all
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-55"><bkdv3 n="10707">occasions, whereby the flesh might get the victorie. The second is writ{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10708"><f t="r">2
<bkdv3 n="10709"><cit work="NT. 1 Corinthians 7.31-33">1.Cor.7.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-56"><bkdv3 n="10710">ten by Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl">, in the vii. Chapter of his first Epistle to the Corinthes,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-57"><bkdv3 n="10711">where he teacheth vs to vse this world, as though we vsed it not. Where{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-58"><bkdv3 n="10712">by he cutteth away not onely all ambition, pride, and vaine pompe in ap{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-59"><bkdv3 n="10713">parell: but also all inordinate care and affection, which withdraweth
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-60"><bkdv3 n="10714">vs from the contemplation of heauenly things, and consideration of our
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-61"><bkdv3 n="10715">duetie towards <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. They that are much occupied in caring for
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-62"><bkdv3 n="10716">things pertaining to the body, are most commonly negligent and carelesse
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-63"><bkdv3 n="10717">in matters concerning the soule. Therefore our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name> willeth

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10718"><cit work="NT. Matthew 6.31, 33"><f t="r">Matth.6.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-64"><bkdv3 n="10719">vs not to take thought what wee shall eate, or what we shall drinke, or
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-65"><bkdv3 n="10720">wherewith wee shall bee clothed, but rather to seeke the Kingdome of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-66"><bkdv3 n="10721"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and the righteousnesse thereof. Whereby wee may learne to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-67"><bkdv3 n="10722">beware, lest wee vse those things to our hinderance, which <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-68"><bkdv3 n="10723">hath ordained for our comfort and furtherance, towards his Kingdome.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-69"><bkdv3 n="10724">The third is, that we take in good part our estate and condition, and con{\-}

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<bkdv3 n="10725"><f t="r">3<f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-70"><bkdv3 n="10726">tent our selues with that which <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> sendeth, whether it bee much or
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-71"><bkdv3 n="10727">little. He that is ashamed of base and simple attire, will be proud of gor{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-72"><bkdv3 n="10728">gious apparell, if hee may get it. Wee must learne therefore of the Apo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-73"><bkdv3 n="10729">stle S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> both to vse plenty, and also to suffer penury, remembring

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10730"><cit work="NT. Philippians 4.12"><f t="r">Phil.4.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-74"><bkdv3 n="10731">that we must yeeld accounts, of those things which wee haue receiued
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-75"><bkdv3 n="10732">vnto him who abhorreth all excesse, pride, ostentation, and vanitie, who
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-76"><bkdv3 n="10733">also vtterly condemneth and disalloweth whatsoeuer draweth vs from
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-77"><bkdv3 n="10734">our duety toward <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, or diminisheth our charity towards our neigh{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-78"><bkdv3 n="10735">bours and children, whom we ought to loue as ourselues. The fourth

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10736"><f t="r">4<f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-79"><bkdv3 n="10737">and last rule is, that euery man behold and consider his owne vocation,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-80"><bkdv3 n="10738">in as much as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath appointed euery man his degree and office,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-81"><bkdv3 n="10739">within the limittes whereof it behoueth him to keepe himselfe. There{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-82"><bkdv3 n="10740">fore all may not looke to weare like apparell, but euery one according to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-83"><bkdv3 n="10741">his degree, as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath placed him. Which, if it were obserued, many

<bkdv3 n="10742"><fw t="catch">one</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="104" sig="Ii4v" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="10743"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">104</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The Sermon against</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-84"><bkdv3 n="10744">one doubtlesse should bee compelled to weare a ruffet coate, which now
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-85"><bkdv3 n="10745">ruffeleth in silkes and veluets, spending more by the yeere in sumptuous
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-86"><bkdv3 n="10746">apparell, then their fathers receiued for the whole reuenue of their lands.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-87"><bkdv3 n="10747">But alas now a dayes how many may wee behold occupied wholy in
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-88"><bkdv3 n="10748">pampering the flesh, taking no care at all, but onely how to decke them{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-89"><bkdv3 n="10749">selues, setting their affection altogether on worldly brauerie, abusing
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-90"><bkdv3 n="10750"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> goodnesse, when he sendeth plenty, to satisfie their wonton lusts,

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10751"><bibl OT: Deuteronomy 29.5><f t="r">Deut.29.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-91"><bkdv3 n="10752">hauing no regard to the degree wherein <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath placed them. The
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-92"><bkdv3 n="10753">Israelites were contented with such apparell as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> gaue them, al{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-93"><bkdv3 n="10754">though it were base and simple: And <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> so blessed them, that their
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-94"><bkdv3 n="10755">shooes and clothes lasted them fourtie yeeres, yea, and those clothes
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-95"><bkdv3 n="10756">which their fathers had worne, their children were contented to vse af{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-96"><bkdv3 n="10757">terward. But we are neuer contented, and therefore we prosper not, so
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-97"><bkdv3 n="10758">that most commonly hee that ruffeleth in his Sables, in his fine furred
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-98"><bkdv3 n="10759">gowne, corked slippers, trime buskinnes, and warme mittons, is more
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-99"><bkdv3 n="10760">ready to chill for colde, then the poore labouring man, which can abide
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-100"><bkdv3 n="10761">in the field all the day long, when the North winde blowes, with a few
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-101"><bkdv3 n="10762">beggerly cloutes about him. Wee are loth to weare such as our fathers
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-102"><bkdv3 n="10763">haue left vs, we thinke not that sufficient or good ynough for vs. Wee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-103"><bkdv3 n="10764">must haue one gowne for the day, another for the night, one long, ano{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-104"><bkdv3 n="10765">ther shorte, one for Winter, another for Summer, one through furred,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-105"><bkdv3 n="10766">another but faced, one for the working day, another for the holie day, one
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-106"><bkdv3 n="10767">of this colour, another of that colour, one of Cloth, another of Silke or
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-107"><bkdv3 n="10768">Damaske. We must haue change of apparell, one afore dinner, and a{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-108"><bkdv3 n="10769">nother after, one of the Spanish fashion, another Turkie: and to bee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-109"><bkdv3 n="10770">briefe, neuer content with sufficient. Our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name> bad his

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10771"><cit work="NT. Matthew 10.10"><f t="r">Mat.10.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-110"><bkdv3 n="10772">disciples they should not haue two coates: but the most men, farre vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-111"><bkdv3 n="10773">like to his schollers, haue their presses so full of apparell, that many know

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10774"><cit work="NT. James 5.1-2, 5"><f t="r">Iames 5.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-112"><bkdv3 n="10775">not how many sorts they haue. Which thing caused Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iames</name><f t="bl"> to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-113"><bkdv3 n="10776">pronounce this terrible curse against such wealthie worldlings, Goe to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-114"><bkdv3 n="10777">yee rich men, weepe and howle on your wretchednesse that shall come
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-115"><bkdv3 n="10778">vpon you, your riches are corrupt, and your garments are moth eaten, ye
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-116"><bkdv3 n="10779">haue liued in pleasure on the earth, and in wantonnesse, yee haue nou{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-117"><bkdv3 n="10780">rished your hearts, as in the day of slaughter. Marke I beseech you,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-118"><bkdv3 n="10781">Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iames</name><f t="bl"> calleth them miserable, notwithstanding their richesse and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-119"><bkdv3 n="10782">and plenty of apparell, forasmuch as they pamper their bodies, to their
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-120"><bkdv3 n="10783">owne destruction. What was the rich glutton the better for his fine fare
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-121"><bkdv3 n="10784">and costly apparell? Did not he nourish himselfe to bee tormented in hell

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10785"><cit work="NT. Luke 16.19-25"><f t="r">Luk.16.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-122"><bkdv3 n="10786">fire? Let vs learne therefore to content our selues, hauing foode and ray{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-123"><bkdv3 n="10787">ment, as Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> teacheth, least desiring to bee enriched with aboun{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-124"><bkdv3 n="10788">dance, wee fall into temptations, snares, and many noysome lustes,

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10789"><cit work="NT. 1 Timothy 6.9"><f t="r">1.Tim.6.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-125"><bkdv3 n="10790">which drowne men in perdition and destruction. Certainely, such as
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-126"><bkdv3 n="10791">delight in gorgious apparell, are commonly puffed vp with pride, and fil{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-127"><bkdv3 n="10792">led with diuers vanities. So were the daughters of Sion and people of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-128"><bkdv3 n="10793"><name t="pl">Ierusalem</name> whom <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esai</name><f t="bl"> the Prophet threatneth, because they walked

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10794"><bibl OT: Isaiah 3.16-23><f t="r">Esaias.3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-129"><bkdv3 n="10795">with stretched out neckes and wandering eyes, mincing as they went,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-130"><bkdv3 n="10796">and nicely treading with their feet, that Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> would make

<bkdv3 n="10797"><fw t="catch">their</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="105" sig="Ii5r" side="inner" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="10798"><fw t="header"><f t="r">excesse of apparell.</fw><fw t="pag">105</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-131"><bkdv3 n="10799">their heads baulde, and discouer their secret shame. In that day, saith
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-132"><bkdv3 n="10800">hee, shall the Lord take away the ornament of the slippers, and the caules,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-133"><bkdv3 n="10801">and the round attires, and the sweete balles, and the bracelets, and the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-134"><bkdv3 n="10802">attires of the head, and the sloppes, and the head bandes, and the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-135"><bkdv3 n="10803">tabletes, and the eareringes, the rings, and the mufflers, the costly
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-136"><bkdv3 n="10804">apparell, and the vailes, and wimples, and the crisping pinne, and the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-137"><bkdv3 n="10805">glasses, and the fine linnen, and the hoodes, and the launes. So that
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-138"><bkdv3 n="10806">almightie <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> would not suffer his benefits to bee vainely and won{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-139"><bkdv3 n="10807">tonly abused, no not of that people whom he most tenderly loued, and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-140"><bkdv3 n="10808">had chosen to himselfe before all other. No lesse truely is the vanitie that
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-141"><bkdv3 n="10809">is vsed among vs in these dayes. For the proude and haughtie stomacks
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-142"><bkdv3 n="10810">of the daughters of England, are so maintained with diuers disguised

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10811"><cit work="Tertullian, `Apolog. Con. Gentes,' chap. 6"><f t="i"><lang t="l">Apolog.
<bkdv3 n="10812">Con.gentes.
<bkdv3 n="10813">cap.6. <f t="bl"><lang t="e"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-143"><bkdv3 n="10814">sortes of costly apparell, that as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Tertullian</name><f t="bl"> an auncient father saith, there
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-144"><bkdv3 n="10815">is left no difference in apparell betweene an honest matrone and a com{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-145"><bkdv3 n="10816">mon strumpet. Yea many men are become so effeminate, that they care
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-146"><bkdv3 n="10817">not what they spend in disguising themselues, euer desiring new toyes,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-147"><bkdv3 n="10818">and inuenting new fashions. Therefore a certaine man that would
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-148"><bkdv3 n="10819">picture euery countreyman in his accustomed apparell, when hee had
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-149"><bkdv3 n="10820">painted other nations, he pictured the English man all naked, and gaue
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-150"><bkdv3 n="10821">him cloth vnder his arme, and bade him make it himselfe as hee thought
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-151"><bkdv3 n="10822">best, for hee changed his fashion so often, that he knew not how to make
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-152"><bkdv3 n="10823">it. Thus with our phantasticall deuises, wee make our selues laughing
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-153"><bkdv3 n="10824">stockes to other nations, while one spendeth his patrimonie vpon
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-154"><bkdv3 n="10825">pounces and cuttes, another bestoweth more on a dauncing shirte, then
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-155"><bkdv3 n="10826">might suffice to buy him honest and comely apparell for his whole bodie.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-156"><bkdv3 n="10827">Some hang their reuenues about their neckes, ruffling in their ruffes,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-157"><bkdv3 n="10828">and many a one ieopardeth his best ioynt, to maintaine himselfe in sump{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-158"><bkdv3 n="10829">tuous rayment. And euery man, nothing considering his estate and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-159"><bkdv3 n="10830">condition, seeketh to excell other in costly attire. Whereby it commeth to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-160"><bkdv3 n="10831">passe, that in abundance and plentie of all things, we yet complaine of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-161"><bkdv3 n="10832">want and penurie, while one man spendeth that which might serue a
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-162"><bkdv3 n="10833">multitude, and no man distributeth of the abundance which hee hath
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-163"><bkdv3 n="10834">receiued, and all men excessiuely waste that which should serue to supply
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-164"><bkdv3 n="10835">the necessities of other. There hath beene very good prouision made a{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-165"><bkdv3 n="10836">gainst such abuses, by diuers good and wholsome lawes, which if they
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-166"><bkdv3 n="10837">were practised as they ought to bee of all true subiects, they might in
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-167"><bkdv3 n="10838">some part serue to diminish this raging and riotous excesse in apparell.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-168"><bkdv3 n="10839">But alas, there appeareth amongst vs little feare and obedience either
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-169"><bkdv3 n="10840">of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, or man. Therefore must wee needes looke for <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-170"><bkdv3 n="10841">fearefull vengeance from heauen, to ouerthrowe our presumption and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-171"><bkdv3 n="10842">pride, as hee ouerthrew <name t="ps">Herode</name>, who in his royall apparell, forgetting

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10843"><cit work="NT. Acts 12.21-23"><f t="r">Act.12.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-172"><bkdv3 n="10844"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, was smitten of an Angell, and eaten vp of wormes. By
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-173"><bkdv3 n="10845">which terrible example, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath taught vs that wee are but
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-174"><bkdv3 n="10846">wormes meate, although we pamper our selues neuer so much in gorge{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-175"><bkdv3 n="10847">ous apparell.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-176"><bkdv3 n="10848">Here we may learne that which <name t="ps">Iesus</name> the sonne of <name t="ps">Sirach</name> teacheth,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-177"><bkdv3 n="10849">not to be proud of clothing and rayment, neither to exalt our selues in the

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10850"><bibl OT: Ecclesiastes 11.4><f t="r">Ecc.us.11</cit>
</note>

<bkdv3 n="10851"><fw t="catch">day</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="106" sig="Ii5v" side="outer" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="10852"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">106</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The Sermon against</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-178"><bkdv3 n="10853">day of honour, because the workes of the Lord are wonderfull, and glori{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-179"><bkdv3 n="10854">ous, secret, and vnknowen, teaching vs with humblenesse of minde, eue{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-180"><bkdv3 n="10855">ry one to be mindfull of the vocation whereunto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath called him.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-181"><bkdv3 n="10856">Let Christians therefore endeuour themselues to quench the care of plea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-182"><bkdv3 n="10857">sing the flesh, let vs vse the benefits of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in this world, in such wise,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-183"><bkdv3 n="10858">that we be not too much occupied in prouiding for the body. Let vs con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-184"><bkdv3 n="10859">tent our selues quietly with that which <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> sendeth, bee it neuer so
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-185"><bkdv3 n="10860">little. And if it please him to send plenty, let vs not waxe proud thereof,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-186"><bkdv3 n="10861">but let vs vse it moderately, aswell to our owne comfort, as to the reliefe
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-187"><bkdv3 n="10862">of such as stand in necessity. He that in abundance and plenty of apparel
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-188"><bkdv3 n="10863">hideth his face from him that is naked, despiseth his owne flesh, as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esay</name><f t="bl">

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10864"><bibl OT: Isaiah 58.7><f t="r">Esai.58.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-189"><bkdv3 n="10865">the Prophet sayth. Let vs learne to know ourselues, and not to despise
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-190"><bkdv3 n="10866">other, let vs remember that we stand all before the Maiesty of Almighty
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-191"><bkdv3 n="10867"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, who shall iudge vs by his holy word, wherin he forbiddeth excesse,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-192"><bkdv3 n="10868">not onely to men, but also to women. So that none can excuse them{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-193"><bkdv3 n="10869">selues, of what estate or condition so euer they be. Let vs therefore present
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-194"><bkdv3 n="10870">our selues before his throne, as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Tertullian</name><f t="bl"> exhorteth, with the ornaments

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10871"><cit work="NT. Ephesians 6.14-15"><f t="r">Ephes.6.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-195"><bkdv3 n="10872">which the Apostle speaketh of, Ephesians the sixt Chapter, hauing our
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-196"><bkdv3 n="10873">loynes girt about with the verity, hauing the breast-plate of righteous{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-197"><bkdv3 n="10874">nesse, and shodde with shoes prepared by the Gospel of peace. Let vs take
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-198"><bkdv3 n="10875">vnto vs simplicity, chastity, and comelinesse, submitting our neckes to

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10876"><cit work="NT. Matthew 11.30"><f t="r">Matt.11.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-199"><bkdv3 n="10877">the sweet yoke of <name t="ps">Christ</name>. Let women be subiect to their husbands, and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-200"><bkdv3 n="10878">they are sufficiently attired, sayth <f t="r"><name t="ps">Tertullian</name><f t="bl">. The wife of one <f t="r"><name t="ps">Philo</name><f t="bl"> an
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-201"><bkdv3 n="10879">heathen Philosopher, being demanded why she ware no gold: she answe{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-202"><bkdv3 n="10880">red, that she thought her husbands vertues sufficient ornaments. How
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-203"><bkdv3 n="10881">much more ought Christian women, instructed by the word of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-204"><bkdv3 n="10882">content themselues in their husbands? yea, how much more ought euery
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-205"><bkdv3 n="10883">Christian to content himselfe in our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name>, thinking him{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-206"><bkdv3 n="10884">selfe sufficiently garnished with his heauenly vertues. But it wil be here
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-207"><bkdv3 n="10885">obiected |&| sayd of some nice |&| vaine women, that al which we do in pain{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-208"><bkdv3 n="10886">ting our faces, in dying our haire, in embalming our bodies, in decking
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-209"><bkdv3 n="10887">vs with gay apparell, is to please our husbands, to delight his eyes, and to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-210"><bkdv3 n="10888">retayne his loue towards vs. O vaine excuse, and most shamefull answer,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-211"><bkdv3 n="10889">to the reproch of thy husband. What couldst thou more say to set out his
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-212"><bkdv3 n="10890">foolishnesse, then to charge him to bee pleased and delighted with the Di{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-213"><bkdv3 n="10891">uels tire? Who can paint her face and curle her hayre, and change it into
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-214"><bkdv3 n="10892">an vnnaturall colour, but therein doeth worke reproofe to her maker,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-215"><bkdv3 n="10893">who made her? As though shee could make her selfe more comely then
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-216"><bkdv3 n="10894"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath appointed the measure of her beauty. What doe these wo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-217"><bkdv3 n="10895">men, but goe about to reforme that which <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath made? not know{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-218"><bkdv3 n="10896">ing that all things naturall are the worke of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and things disgui{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-219"><bkdv3 n="10897">sed and vnnaturall be the workes of the Diuell. And as though a wise
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-220"><bkdv3 n="10898">and Christian husband should delight to see his wife in such painted and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-221"><bkdv3 n="10899">flourished visages, which common harlots most doe vse, to traine there{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-222"><bkdv3 n="10900">with their louers to naughtinesse, or as though an honest woman could
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-223"><bkdv3 n="10901">delight to be like an harlot for pleasing of her husband. Nay, nay, these
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-224"><bkdv3 n="10902">be but vaine excuses of such as go about to please rather others then their

<bkdv3 n="10903"><fw t="catch">husbands.</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="107" sig="Ii6r" side="inner" forme="1">

<bkdv3 n="10904"><fw t="header"><f t="r">excesse of apparell.</fw><fw t="pag">107</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-225"><bkdv3 n="10905">husbands. And such attires be but to prouoke her to shew her selfe abroad,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-226"><bkdv3 n="10906">to entice others: a worthy matter. She must keep debate with her hus{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-227"><bkdv3 n="10907">band to maintaine such apparel, whereby shee is the worse huswife, the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-228"><bkdv3 n="10908">seldomer at home to see to her charge, and so neglect his thrift, by giuing
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-229"><bkdv3 n="10909">great prouocation to her houshold to waste and wantonnesse, while shee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-230"><bkdv3 n="10910">must wander abroad to shew her owne vanity, and her husbands foolish{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-231"><bkdv3 n="10911">nesse. By which her pride, she stirreth vp much enuie of others which bee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-232"><bkdv3 n="10912">as vainely delighted as she is. She doeth but deserue mockes and scorns,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-233"><bkdv3 n="10913">to set out all her commendation in Iewish and Ethnicke apparell, and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-234"><bkdv3 n="10914">yet brag of her Christianity. She doeth but waste superfluously her hus{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-235"><bkdv3 n="10915">bands stocke by such sumptuousnesse, and sometimes shee is the cause of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-236"><bkdv3 n="10916">much bribery, extortion, |&| deceit, in her husbands dealings, that she may
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-237"><bkdv3 n="10917">be the more gorgiously set out to the sight of the vaine world, to please
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-238"><bkdv3 n="10918">the Diuels eyes, and not <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">, who giueth to euery creature suffici{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-239"><bkdv3 n="10919">ent and moderate comelines, wherewith we should bee contented if wee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-240"><bkdv3 n="10920">were of God. What other thing doest thou by those means, but prouokest
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-241"><bkdv3 n="10921">other to tempt thee, to deceiue thy soule, by the baite of thy pompe and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-242"><bkdv3 n="10922">pride? What else doest thou, but settest out thy pride, and makest of the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-243"><bkdv3 n="10923">vndecent apparell of thy body, the deuils net, to catch the soules of them
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-244"><bkdv3 n="10924">which behold thee? O thou woman, not a Christian, but worse, then a
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-245"><bkdv3 n="10925">Panim, thou minister of the deuill: Why pamperest thou that carren
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-246"><bkdv3 n="10926">flesh so high, which sometime doeth stincke and rotte on the earth as thou
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-247"><bkdv3 n="10927">goest? Howsoeuer thou perfumest thy selfe, yet cannot thy beastlynesse
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-248"><bkdv3 n="10928">be hidden or ouercome with thy smelles and sauours, which doe rather
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-249"><bkdv3 n="10929">defourme and misshape thee, then beautifie thee. What meant <f t="r"><name t="ps">Solomon</name><f t="bl">

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10930"><bibl OT: Proverbs 11.22><f t="r">Prou.11.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-250"><bkdv3 n="10931">to say, of such trimming of vaine women, when hee sayd, A faire woman
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-251"><bkdv3 n="10932">without good manners and conditions is like a Sowe which hath a
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-252"><bkdv3 n="10933">ring of golde vpon her snout? but that the more thou garnish thy selfe
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-253"><bkdv3 n="10934">with these outward blasinges, the lesse thou carest for the inward gar{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-254"><bkdv3 n="10935">nishing of thy minde, and so doest but deforme thy selfe by such aray, and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-255"><bkdv3 n="10936">not beautifie thy selfe? Heare, heare, what <name t="ps">Christes</name> holy Apostles doe
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-256"><bkdv3 n="10937">write, Let not the outward apparell of women (saith Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Peter</name><f t="bl">) bee

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10938"><cit work="NT. 1 Peter 3.3-5"><f t="r">1.Pet.3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-257"><bkdv3 n="10939">decked with the brayding of haire, with wrapping on of golde, or goodly
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-258"><bkdv3 n="10940">clothing: but let the minde, and the conscience, which is not seene with
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-259"><bkdv3 n="10941">the eyes, be pure and cleane, that is, sayth hee, an acceptable and an ex{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-260"><bkdv3 n="10942">cellent thing before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. For so the olde ancient holy women attired
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-261"><bkdv3 n="10943">themselues, and were obedient to their husbands. And Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> saith,

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="10944"><cit work="NT. 1 Timothy 2.9-10"><f t="r">1.Tim.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-262"><bkdv3 n="10945">that women should apparell themselues with shamefastnesse and sober{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-263"><bkdv3 n="10946">nesse, and not with braydes of their haire, or gold, or pearle, or precious
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-264"><bkdv3 n="10947">clothes, but as women should doe which will expresse godlinesse by their
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-265"><bkdv3 n="10948">good outward workes. If ye will not keepe the Apostles preceptes, at
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-266"><bkdv3 n="10949">the least let vs heare what pagans, which were ignorant of <name t="ps">Christ</name>, haue
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-267"><bkdv3 n="10950">sayde in this matter. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Democrates</name><f t="bl"> saith, The ornament of a woman, stan{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-268"><bkdv3 n="10951">deth in scarcitie of speach and apparell. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Sophocles</name><f t="bl"> saith of such apparell
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-269"><bkdv3 n="10952">thus, It is not an ornament, O thou foole, but a shame and a manifest
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-270"><bkdv3 n="10953">shew of thy folly. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Socrates</name><f t="bl"> saith, that that is a garnishing to a woman,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-271"><bkdv3 n="10954">which declareth out her honestie. The <f t="r">Grecians<f t="bl"> vse it in a prouerbe: It

<bkdv3 n="10955"><fw t="catch">is</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="108" sig="Ii6v" side="outer" forme="1">

<bkdv3 n="10956"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">108</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The Sermon against</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-272"><bkdv3 n="10957">is not gold or pearle which is a beauty to a woman, but good conditions.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-273"><bkdv3 n="10958">And <f t="r"><name t="ps">Aristotle</name><f t="bl"> biddeth that a woman should vse lesse apparell then the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-274"><bkdv3 n="10959">lawe doth suffer. For it is not the goodlinesse of apparell, nor the excel{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-275"><bkdv3 n="10960">lencie of beautie, nor the abundance of gold, that maketh a woman to bee
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-276"><bkdv3 n="10961">esteemed, but modestie, and diligence to liue honestly in all things. This
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-277"><bkdv3 n="10962">outragious vanitie is now growen so farre, that there is no shame taken
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-278"><bkdv3 n="10963">of it. We reade in histories, that when king <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dionysius</name><f t="bl"> sent to the women
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-279"><bkdv3 n="10964">of <f t="r"><name t="pl">Lacedemon</name><f t="bl"> rich robes, they answered and sayd, that they shall doe vs
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-280"><bkdv3 n="10965">more shame then honour: and therefore refused them. The women in
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-281"><bkdv3 n="10966"><f t="r"><name t="pl">Rome</name><f t="bl"> in old time abhorred that gay apparell which king <f t="r"><name t="ps">Pyrrhus</name><f t="bl"> sent to
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-282"><bkdv3 n="10967">them, and none were so greedy and vaine to accept them. And a law
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-283"><bkdv3 n="10968">was openly made of the Senate, and a long time obserued, that no wo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-284"><bkdv3 n="10969">man should weare ouer halfe an ounce of gold, nor should weare clothes
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-285"><bkdv3 n="10970">of diuers colours. But perchaunce some daintie dame will say and an{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-286"><bkdv3 n="10971">swere mee, that they must doe some thing to shew their birth and blood,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-287"><bkdv3 n="10972">to shew their husbands riches: as though nobility were chiefly seene by
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-288"><bkdv3 n="10973">these things, which be common to those which bee most vile, as though
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-289"><bkdv3 n="10974">thy husbands riches were not better bestowed then in such superfluities,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-290"><bkdv3 n="10975">as though when thou wast christened, thou diddest not renounce the pride
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-291"><bkdv3 n="10976">of this world, and the pompe of the flesh. I speake not against conueni{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-292"><bkdv3 n="10977">ent apparell for euery state agreeable: but against the superfluity, against
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-293"><bkdv3 n="10978">the vaine delight to couet such vanities, to deuise new fashions to feede
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-294"><bkdv3 n="10979">thy pride with, to spend so much vpon thy carkasse, that thou and thy
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-295"><bkdv3 n="10980">husband are compelled to robbe the poore, to maintaine thy costlinesse.
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-296"><bkdv3 n="10981">Heare how that noble holy woman Queene <f t="r"><name t="ps">Hester</name><f t="bl">, setteth out these good{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-297"><bkdv3 n="10982">ly ornaments (as they be called) when (in respect of sauing <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-298"><bkdv3 n="10983">people) she was compelled to put on such glorious apparell, knowing
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-299"><bkdv3 n="10984">that it was a fit stable to blinde the eyes of carnall fooles. Thus she pray{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-300"><bkdv3 n="10985">ed, Thou knowest, O Lord, the necessity, which I am driuen to, to put
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-301"><bkdv3 n="10986">on this apparell, and that I abhorre this signe of pride, and of this glory
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-302"><bkdv3 n="10987">which I beare on my head, and that I defie it as a filthy cloth, and that
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-303"><bkdv3 n="10988">I weare it not when I am alone. Againe, by what meanes was <f t="r"><name t="ps">Holo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-304"><bkdv3 n="10989">phernes</name><f t="bl"> deceiued, by the glittering shew of apparell, which that holy wo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-305"><bkdv3 n="10990">man <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iudith</name><f t="bl"> did put on her, not as delighting in them, nor seeking vaine
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-306"><bkdv3 n="10991">voluptuous pleasure by them: but shee ware it of pure necessitie by
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-307"><bkdv3 n="10992"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> dispensation, vsing this vanitie to ouercome the vaine eyes of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-308"><bkdv3 n="10993"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> enemie. Such desire was in those noble women, being very
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-309"><bkdv3 n="10994">loth and vnwilling otherwise to weare such sumptuous apparell, by the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-310"><bkdv3 n="10995">which others should be caused to forget themselues. These be commen{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-311"><bkdv3 n="10996">ded in Scripture for abhorring such vanities, which by constraint and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-312"><bkdv3 n="10997">great necessitie, against their hearts desire, they were compelled to weare
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-313"><bkdv3 n="10998">them for a time. And shall such women bee worthy commendations,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-314"><bkdv3 n="10999">which neither bee comparable with these women aforesayd in nobility,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-315"><bkdv3 n="11000">nor comparable to them in their good zeale to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and his people,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-316"><bkdv3 n="11001">whose dayly delight and seeking is to flourish in such gay shifts and chan{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-317"><bkdv3 n="11002">ges, neuer satisfied, nor regarding who smarteth for their apparell, so
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-318"><bkdv3 n="11003">they may come by it? O vaine men, which be subiects to their wittes in

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<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-319"><bkdv3 n="11006">these inordinate affections. O vaine women, to procure so much hurt
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-320"><bkdv3 n="11007">to themselues, by the which they come the sooner to misery in this world
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-321"><bkdv3 n="11008">and in the meane time be abhorred of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, hated and scorned of wise
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-322"><bkdv3 n="11009">men, and in the end, like to be ioyned with such, who in hell, too late re{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-323"><bkdv3 n="11010">penting themselues, shall openly complaine with these wordes: What
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-324"><bkdv3 n="11011">hath our pride profited vs? or what profit hath the pompe of riches
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-325"><bkdv3 n="11012">brought vs? All these things are passed away like a shadow. As for ver{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-326"><bkdv3 n="11013">tue, we did neuer shew any signe thereof: And thus wee are consumed in
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-327"><bkdv3 n="11014">our wickednesse. If thou sayest that the custome is to bee followed, and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-328"><bkdv3 n="11015">the vse of the world doeth compell thee to such curiosity, then I aske of
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-329"><bkdv3 n="11016">thee, whose custome should be followed? wise folkes manners, or fooles?
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-330"><bkdv3 n="11017">If thou sayest the wise: then I say, follow them: For fooles customes,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-331"><bkdv3 n="11018">who should follow but fooles? Consider that the consent of wise men,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-332"><bkdv3 n="11019">ought to be alleadged for a custome. Now if any lewd custome be vsed, be
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-333"><bkdv3 n="11020">thou the first to breake it, labour to diminish it and lay it downe: and more
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-334"><bkdv3 n="11021">laud before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and more commendation shalt thou win by it, then
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-335"><bkdv3 n="11022">by all the glory of such superfluity.
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<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-336"><bkdv3 n="11023">Thus ye haue heard declared vnto you, what <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> requireth by his
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-337"><bkdv3 n="11024">word concerning the moderate vse of his creatures. Let vs learne to vse
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-338"><bkdv3 n="11025">them moderately as he hath appointed. Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hath taught
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-339"><bkdv3 n="11026">vs, to what end and purpose we should vse our apparell. Let vs therefore
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-340"><bkdv3 n="11027">learne so to behaue our selues in the vse thereof, as becommeth Christi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-341"><bkdv3 n="11028">ans, alwayes shewing our selues thankefull to our heauenly Father for
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-342"><bkdv3 n="11029">his great and mercifull benefits, who giueth vnto vs our dayly bread,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-343"><bkdv3 n="11030">that is to say, all things necessary for this our needy life, vnto whom
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-344"><bkdv3 n="11031">we shall render accounts for all his benefits, at the glorious
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-345"><bkdv3 n="11032">appearing of our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name>, to whom with the
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-346"><bkdv3 n="11033">Father and the holy Ghost, bee all honour,
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-347"><bkdv3 n="11034">prayse, and glory for euer and
<ttdv4 n="II.6.1-348"><bkdv3 n="11035">euer. Amen.

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