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THE TREATISES FOLLOWING.
1. A Supplication to the Privy Council, by Walter Travers. II. Hooker's Answer to that Supplication. III. A Learned Discourse of Justification, Works, and How the Foun
dation of Faith is overthrown. IV. A Learned Sermon of the Nature of Pride. V. A Remedy against Sorrow and Fear: delivered in a Funeral
Sermon. VI. Of the Certainty and Perpetuity of Faith in the Elect: especially
the Prophet Habakkuk’s Faith. VII. Two Sermons on part of St. Jude's Epistle. VIII. A Sermon on Matt. vii. 7, 8.
~ 1. The manifold benefits which all the subjects within this Dominion do at this present, and have many years enjoyed under her Majesty's most happy and prosperous reign, by your godly wisdom and careful watching over this Estate night and day, I truly and unfeignedly acknowledge, from the bottom of my heart, ought worthily to bind us all to pray continually to Almighty God for the continuance and increase of the life and good estate of your Honours, and
[An. 1591. Printed, together with Hooker's Answer, at Oxford, 1612. 4to.—and, in a subsequent edition, with the following Address :
“ To the Reader. - The pleasures of thy_spacious walks in Mr. Hooker's Templegarden (not unfitly so called, both for the Temple whereof he was Master, and the subject, Ecclesiastical Polity) do promise acceptance to these flowers, planted and watered by the same hand, and, for thy sake, composed into this posy. Sufficiently are they commended by their fragrant smell, in the dogmatical Truth; by their beautiful colours, in the accurate Style; by their medicinable virtue, against some diseases in our neighbour Churches, now proving epidemical, and threatening farther infection; by their straight feature and spreading nature, growing from the root of Faith (which, as here is proved, can never be rooted up), and extending the branches of Charity to the covering of Noah's nakedness; opening the windows of Hope to men's misty conceits of their bemisted forefathers. Thus, and more than thus, do the Works commend themselves : the Workman needs a better workman to commend hini, (Alexander's picture requires Apelles his pencil); nay, he needs it not, His own Works commend him in the gates' (Prov. xxxi. 31.); and, being dead he yet speaketh' (Heb. xi. 4.); the syllables of that memorable name, Mr. RICHARD Hooker, proclaiming more, than if I should here style him, a painful Student, a profound Scholar, a judicious Writer, with other due titles of his honour. Receive then this posthume Orphan for his own, yea, for thine own sake ; and if the Printer hath, with overmuch haste, like Mephibosheth's nurse, lamed the child with slips and falls, yet be thou of David's mind, shew kindness' to him for his father Jonathan's sake' (2 Sam. ix. 7.). God grant, that the rest of his brethren be not more than lamed, and that as Saul's three sons died the same day with him (1 Chron. x. 6.), so those three promised to perfect his Polity, with other issues of that learned brain be not buried in the grave with their renowned Father. Farewell.
W. S.”*] * (Query, WILLIAM Somner? See Life of Hooker, App.]
to be ready, with all good duties, to satisfy and serve the same to our power. Besides public benefits common unto all, I must needs, and do willingly, confess myself to stand bound by most special obligation, to serve and honour you more than any other, for the honourable favour it hath pleased you to vouchsafe both oftentimes heretofore, and also now of late, in a matter more dear unto me than any earthly commodity, that is, The upholding and furthering of my service in the ministering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For which cause, as I have been always careful so to carry myself as I might by no means give occasion to be thought unworthy of so great a benefit, so do I still, next unto her Majesty's gracious countenance, hold' nothing more dear and precious to me, than that I may always remain in your Honours' favour, which hath oftentimes been helpful and comfortable unto me in my Ministry, and to all such as reaped any fruit of my simple and faithful labour. In which dutiful regard I humbly beseech your Honours to vouchsafe to do me this grace, To conceive nothing of me otherwise than according to the duty wherein I ought to live, by any information against me, before your Honours have heard my answer, and been throughly informed of the matter. Which, although it be a thing that your Wisdoms, not in favour, but in justice, yield to all men, yet the state of the calling unto the Ministry, whereunto it hath pleased God of his goodness to call me, though unworthiest of all, is so subject to misinformation, as, except we may
find this favour with your Honours, we cannot look for any
other, but that our unindifferent parties may easily procure us to be hardly esteemed of; and that we shall be made like the poor fisher-boats in the sea, which every swelling wave and billow raketh and runneth over. Wherein my estate is yet harder than any others' of my rank and calling, who are indeed to fight against flesh and blood in what part soever of the Lord's host and field they shall stand marshalled to serve, yet many of them deal with it naked, and unfurnished of weapons : but my service was in a place where I was to encounter with it, well appointed and armed with skill and with authority; whereof, as I have always thus deserved, and therefore have been careful by all good means to entertain still your Honours' favourable respect of me, so have I special cause at this present,
wherein misinformation to the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, and other of the High Commission, hath been able so far to prevail against me, that by their Letter they have inhibited me to preach, or execute any act of Ministry, in the Temple or elsewhere; having never once called me before them, to understand by mine answer the truth of such things as had been informed against me. We have a story in our books wherein the Pharisees, proceeding against our Saviour Christ, without having heard him, are reproved by an honourable Counsellor (as the Evangelist doth term him,) saying, ' Doth our Law judge a man before it hear him, (John
vii. 51.) and know what he hath done?' Which I do not mention, to the end that by an indirect and covert speech I might so compare those who have, without ever hearing me, pronounced a heavy sentence against me; for notwithstanding such proceedings, I purpose, by God's grace, to carry myself towards them in all seeming duty, agreeable to their places : much less do I presume to liken my cause to our Saviour Christ's, who hold it my chiefest honour and happiness to serve him, though it be but among the hinds and hired servants that serve him in the basest corners of his House : but my purpose in mentioning it is, to shew, by the judgment of a prince and great man in Israel, that such proceeding standeth not with the Law of God, and in a princely pattern to shew it to be a noble part of an honourable Counsellor, not to allow of indirect dealings, but to love and affect such a course in Justice as is agreeable to the Law of God. We have also a plain rule in the Word of God, not 1 Tim. to proceed any otherwise against any Elder of the Church; much less against one that laboureth in the Word, and in ver. 17. Teaching. Which rule is delivered with this most earnest charge and obtestation, 'I beseech and charge thee in the ver. 21. sight of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, "and the elect Angels, that thou keep those (rules) without preferring one before another, doing nothing of partiality,' or inclining to either part; which Apostolical and most earnest charge, I refer it to your Honours' wisdom how it hath been regarded in so heavy a judgment against me, without ever hearing my cause ; and whether, as having God before their eyes, and the Lord Jesus, by whom all former judgments shall be tried again ; and, as in the presence of the elect Angels, witnesses and observers of the Regiment of the Church,