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neither would she be too hasty in promoting herself to honor.
Here may all women learn to follow the ensample of Mary, to leave their talk and vain speaking, and to keep silence. For what was the cause of the fall of mankind, but the unmeasurable talk of Eve which took in hand to reason the matter with the serpent ? She thought herself
learned, and able to convince him. So are there too many now which take too much upon them. Such women may learn here of Mary to keep their tongues in better order. All women commonly make much of the mother of Christ, yea, some call upon her: but for all that they will not follow her ensample and goodness.
Jesus and Mary with all their neighbours were at Jerusalem; and after they had done their business, they came home again, Mary in the
company of other women, and Joseph her husband in the company of men. But Jesus the child was left behind, for Mary thought he was with his father, and Joseph thought he was with his mother. At night when they were met
together, she asked him, and he asked her for
should be the Saviour of the world! This Saviour is lost now through my negligence and slothfulness. What shall I do? Where shall I seek him ? In this great heaviness, she turned back again to Jerusalem, inquiring for him by the way amongst their friends and acquaintance. But he could neither be heard of nor found until they came to Jerusalem, where they found him amongst the doctors and learned men, arguing with them, and posing them.
ce him ake too T learn better much on her:
In the time of popery, before the gospel came amongst us, we went to burials with weeping and wailing, as though there were no God: but since the gospel came unto us, I have heard say,
that in some places they go with the corses grinning and flearing, as though they went to a bear-baiting. Which thing no doubt is naught: for like as too much weeping is naught, so to be asogyos, without affection, is naught too; we should keep a measure in all things. We read in holy Scripture, that the holy patriarch Abraham mourned for his wife Sarah. So likewise did Joseph for his father Jacob. Therefore to weep charitably and measurably is not ill, but good, and allowed in God's word. So likewise in the New Testament, when that holy man St. Stephen was 'stoned to death, the text saith, that the church “ fecerunt planctum magnum, made great lamentation and weeping over him. Here I might have occasion to speak against those women which so soon forget their husbands that be departed; which thing I cannot very well allow, for it is a token of imper. fect love. It was a law among the Romans, that no woman should marry again before twelve months were expired; which no doubt was an honest law.
A SAUCY FELLOW.
You have heard now who is the maker of this feast or banquet; and again you have
But now ye
heard what meat is prepared for the guests; what a costly dish the house-father hath ordained at the wedding of his son. know, that where there be great dishes and delicate fare, there be commonly prepared certain sauces, which shall give men a great lust and appetite to their meats, as mustard, vinegar, and such like sauces. So this feast, this? costly dish hath its sauces; but what be they ? Marry, the cross, affliction, tribulation, persecution, and all manner of miseries ; for, like as sauces make lusty the stomach to receive meat, 60 affliction stirreth up in us a desire to Christ. For when we be in quietness we are not hungry, we care not for Christ. But when we be in tribulation, and cast in prison, then we have a desire to him, then we learn to call upon
then we hunger and thirst after him; then we are desirous to feed upon him. As long as we be in health and prosperity, we care not for him; we be slothful, we have no stomach at all; and therefore these sauces are very necessary for us.
We have a common saying amongst us, when we see a fellow sturdy, lofty, and proud, men say, this is a saucy fellow; signifying him to be a high-minded fellow, which taketh more upon him than he ought to do, or his estate requireth; which thing, no doubt, is naught and ill; for every one ought to behave
himself according unto his calling and estate.
But he that will be a christian man, that intendeth to come to heaven, must be a saucy fellow
; he must be well powdered with the sauce of affliction and tribulation, not with proudness and stoutness, but with miseries and calamities ; for so it is written, “Omnes qui pie volunt' vivere in Christo, persecutionem patientur," Whosoever will live godly in Christ, he shall have persecution and miseries : he shall have sauce enough to his meat.
Now you know, at a great feast, when there is made a delicate dinner, and the guests fare well, at the end of the dinner they have certain subtleties, custards, sweet and delicate things ; so when we come to this dinner, to this wedding, and feed upon Christ, and take his sauces which he hath prepared for us; at the end cometh the sweet meat ; what is that? Marry, remission of sins, and everlasting life; such joy, that no tongue can express, nor heart can think ; which God hath prepared for all them that come to this dinner, and feed upon his Son, and taste of his sauces.