|Title:||A riche storehouse, or treasurie, for the sicke, full of Christian counsels holesome doctrines, comfortable persuasions, and godly meditations, meete for all Christians, both in sicknesse and in health. Wherevnto is annexed a comfort for poore prisoners, and also an exhortation to repentance. Written in Dutch, by Gaspar Huberine, and Englished by Thomas Godfrie, esquire, late ... fruits and ... at the request of his dangter Marie, wife ... Iohn French, gentleman of the Inner Temple|
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A riche storehouse, or treasurie, for the sicke, full of Christian counsels holesome doctrines, comfortable persuasions, and godly meditations, meete for all Christians, both in sicknesse and in health. Wherevnto is annexed a comfort for poore prisoners, and also an exhortation to repentance. Written in Dutch, by Gaspar Huberine, and Englished by Thomas Godfrie, esquire, late ... fruits and ... at the request of his dangter Marie, wife ... Iohn French, gentleman of the Inner Temple
Huberinus, Caspar., Godfrie, Thomas.
Imprinted at London: By [H. Middleton for] Ralph Newberrie, dwelling in Fleetestreat a litle aboue the conduit, Anno. 1578.
Consolation -- Early works to 1800.
Lord's Supper -- Church of England -- Early works to 1800.
TO THE RIGHT noble and most vertuous Ladie, the Ladie Catharine Howard, all temporall prosperitie in this life, and in the life to come euerlasting happinesse.
To the Christian Reader.
To his worshipfull and ell learned brother in lawe, Adolph Baunweyler, grace and peace through Christ.
Howe sicke folke are to be visited, persuaded, admoni∣shed, and comforted.
¶ Heare your comfort.
¶ But if the sicke bodie be so weake, and cannot make such a long confession, you may vse an other shorter in this maner.
¶ Here it is good to put the sicke body in re∣membraunce shortly, what hath beene saide before, after this manner.
¶ If the sicke body be any thing rich, then a bo∣dy may bee the more earnest and diligent, to exhort them to almes giuing: but so, that the sicke person be not persuaded to put trust in his owne workes, and bring him into a vaine hope, that he shal purchase heauen by his almes. Therefore consideration must be had to the soule, that it be not lead out of the right way, into the way that is full of briers and thornes.
¶ If the sicknesse do linger and driue off, so that the patient be assaulted with grieuous sick∣nesse, then may a body sometime shewe him of these comforts following, and alwayes de∣clare one comfort or two. For like as a body must nowe and then releeue the sicke body, with comfortable medicines, and brothes: likewise shal now and then releeue and quic∣ken the soule, whereby the soule may haue her sustenaunce. And yet we shall not be te∣dious to the sicke, and make him haue no de∣light, or be offended in his head, and euer to haue regard, whether he be troubled with any temptation, and whether he haue a desire and lust to heare Gods word: for the sicke must haue his ease and quietnesse. So that with too much reading and crying vpon him, ye bring him into raging, or passions, and make his head ydle, feeble, and weake. Herein ought e∣uery body to vse discretion, and put diffe∣rence.
¶ Hereafter followe certeine prayers, whiche may be said before the sicke body, if the sick∣nesse haue any continuance, whereby some∣time the sicke bodies heart may be touched, moued, and kindled, that the sicknesse may not preuaile, and haue the ouerhand vpon the sicke.
If it please any man to say all the whole Psalms, to be said to the sicke, I will not complaine vppon him. Therfore they that list may when he list sometime take these Psalmes hereafter following, and read the same to the sicke, and sometime make some shorte rehearsall of them, and with them comfort the sicke body, specially the 25. 51. 70. 71. 77. 87. 88. 103. 130. &c. And if neede require, a man may often re∣peate them or take some comfortable part of them, and also like comfortable sayinges out of my litle booke, called The spiritual con∣flict, all which for shortnesse I leaue heere vn∣touched.
Fiftly, if the partie lye long in a traunce: For I haue many times seene, that some haue lyen a long time (as it were) in a traunce, and af∣terward haue begunne againe to speake, and haue said, that they very well heard and did vnderstand what hath then beene said vnto them. Therefore they that will, may rehearse to the sicke, this short exposition of our be∣leefe.
¶ If any be disposed, they may rehearse againe to the sicke, the twelue Articles of our beleefe, for they be the very ancor, yea, the very foun∣dation of our beleefe, which wee can neuer sufficiently meditate and thinke vpon. It is therefore very meete and necessarie, seeing in our youth wee bee baptised in them, that wee continually be fed with them: then shall wee ioyfully die in them. It were very good that we should alwayes in time of our health remember them, and learne perfectly to vn∣derstande them. Then, when we lye on our death bed, we shall not so much neede to be put in remembraunce. And if a man ready to die in time of neede (specially if death come soudenly vpon him) confesse no more but the onely articles of our true and auncient faith, and Christian religion, it were sufficient, spe∣cialy if those articles were holden and profes∣sed by him that lyeth dying with a faithfull heart. For we hope, yea, we earnestly beleeue, that our beloued ancestors, in the great dark∣nes, though they knew nothing of the bright∣nesse of Gods holy light and knowledge, and yet confessed and dyed in this Christian be∣leefe, and haue inioyed euerlasting life: Ther∣fore shall we bestowe our possible diligence, to bring young children to be baptised, those that be elder to be taught, and those that bee at the point of death to be comforted, euery man according to his measure and gift, wher∣by (as much as lyeth in vs,) no body shall bee taken tarde, be vnprouided, or dye in his er∣rour and vnbeleefe. But so to vse our selues, that euery body may come vnto the know∣ledge of the truth, be blessed, and saued, and so at the last, commend in our prayer euery man one with an other vnto God, which can migh¦tily bring to passe al that we desire or require according to his power that worketh in vs. To him be prayse in the congregation, which is in Christe Iesus, for euer and euer. Amen.
A short exhortation to them that be present, and shall attend vppon the dead body.
¶ To the Reader.
How to aduise and com∣fort them that lye in prison, and be by the Magistrate iudg∣ged to dye.
If the poore prisoner, by reason of weakenes, or for faint heart, cannot speake himselfe, and in the place of execution cannot warne the peo∣ple and speake vnto them himselfe, then may his appointed minister, Or (as it is in some place) the hangman himself speake vnto him, without danger, in this maner, and warne the people thus.
A faithful and Christian exhortation to repentaunce, and to leade a life in the feare of GOD.
An instruction to teache children howe they ought to goe to the Lordes Table.
For what cause a man ought to goe to the Sacrament.
When or howe often a man ought to goe to the Sacrament.
What beleeue you of this sacrament?
What is Christes Supper, or Gods boord.
Whosoeuer will receiue the Sacrament of the body and bloud of Christ, ought to know how to answere to the fiue questions folowing.
A breefe declaration of the Lordes Prayer, cal∣led, Our Father.