The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe: Illustrated Principally from His Unpublished Manuscripts; with a Preliminary View of the Papal System, and of the State of the Protestant Doctrine in Europe to the Commencement of the Fourteenth Century, Volume 2

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Holdsworth and Ball, 1831

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Page 240 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Page 44 - Wiclif translated it out of Latin into English, and thus laid it more open to the laity and to women who could read, than it had formerly been to the most learned of the clergy — even to those of them who had the best understanding. And in this way the Gospel pearl is contraband, and trodden under foot of swine...
Page 14 - In an unpublished tract against the monks.J he says, " The highest service that men can arrive at on earth is to preach the word of God. This service falls peculiarly to priests, and therefore God more straitly demands it of them. Hereby should they produce children to God, and that is the end for which God has wedded the church. Lovely it might be, to have a son that were lord of this world, but fairer much it were to have a son in God, who...
Page 80 - ... containing heresies and notorious errors, to the great emblemishing of the Christian faitn and destruction of the laws and of the estate of holy church, to the great peril of the souls of the people and of all the realm...
Page 9 - CHAP. number of civil officers, called senators of the city, ! — and aldermen of the wards, were added. When this embassy. entered the apartment of the rector of Lutterworth, he was seen stretched on his bed. Some kind wishes were first expressed as to his better health, and the blessing of a speedy recovery. It was presently suggested, that he must be aware of the many wrongs which the whole mendicant brotherhood had sustained from...
Page 9 - The sick man remained silent and motionless until this address was concluded. He then beckoned his servants to raise him in his bed; and fixing his eyes on the persons assembled, summoned all his remaining strength, as he exclaimed aloud, " I " shall not die but live, and shall again declare the
Page 48 - As the faith of the Church is contained in the Scriptures, the more these are known in an orthodox sense, the better. And since secular men should assuredly understand the faith, it should be taught them in whatever language is best known to them. Inasmuch, also, as the doctrines of our faith are more clearly and precisely expressed in the Scriptures than they may possibly be by priests, seeing, if one may venture so to speak, that many prelates are but too ignorant of Scripture, and as the verbal...
Page 43 - Christ delivered his gospel to the clergy and doctors of the church, that they might administer to the laity and to weaker persons, according to the state of the times and the wants of men.
Page 369 - Lord, most grievously in pride, wrath, and gluttony, in covetousness, and in lechery. Many men have I hurt in mine anger, and done many other horrible sins ; good Lord, I ask thee mercy.
Page 49 - Scriptures contain the whole of truth, and this translation of them should therefore do at least this good, namely, placing bishops and priests above suspicion as to the parts of it which they profess to explain. Other means also, as prelates, the pope, and friars, may prove defective ; and to provide against this, Christ and His apostles evangelized the greater portion of the world, by making known the Scriptures in a language which was familiar to the people.

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