A deuoute treatise vpon the Pater noster, made fyrst in latyn by the moost famous doctour mayster Erasmus Roterodamus, and tourned in to englisshe by a yong vertuous and well lerned gentylwoman of. xix. yere of age
Erasmus, Desiderius, d. 1536., Roper, Margaret, 1505-1544., Hyrde, Richard.

¶ The seconde peticion.

ADueniat regnum tuum. O father in heuen / whiche arte the onely causer / maker / sa∣uiour / restorer / & gouernour of all / bothe ī heuen and in erthe / out of whom cometh & procedeth all authorite / power / kyngdome / and rule / aswell to thynges vncreated as created / aswell to thinges inuisible as visible / whose trone and seate of ma∣iestie is the heuen: & the erthe as fotestole: whose kyngly septre & mace / is thyne eternall and most Page  [unnumbered] establisshed wyll / whom no power is able to with¦stāde. Ones thou promisest thy people by ye mou∣thes of thy prophetes / for the helth of makynde / a certayne spirituall realme whiche shulde brȳg into liberte / those that were thyne & borne anewe in the / and shulde delyuer them out of the tyran∣nous hādelyng of the fende / whiche in tyme past raigned as prince in the worlde / sore entangled & combred with synne. And to the gettyng & optay∣nynge of this realme / thou vouchsauest to sende from heuen downe into the erthe thy onely son̄e / whiche with the losse of his owne lyfe / redemyn∣ge vs / where we were afore seruauntes of the de∣uyll / shulde make vs the children of god: and ve∣rily thy sonne / while he lyued here in erthe / was wont to call his gospell / the heuenly kyngdome a the realme of god: whose knowlege yet he sayde to be hydde and kepte secrete from vs / but nat wt∣standyng / thy children humbly require / and with feruente desyre / beseke the that this realme / whi∣che our lorde Iesus chalged for the / myght day∣lye more and more be disclosed and opyned here in erth / vntyll that tyme come / in whiche that same thy sonne shall restore and rendre it vp to the full and hole / whan all those haue subdued themselfe / whom thy goodnesse or the begȳnyng of ye worlde hath apoynted to dwell in this realme. And whā all obstinate and rebelleous spirites / and all ma∣lycious and yuell desyres be fully quenched & wy∣ped away / whiche hiderto and at this day / make warre and insurrection agaynst thy maieste / whi¦che Page  [unnumbered] vexe and vnquiete thy cōmunalte / what time thy royalme shalbe in sure peace and trāquillite: For verily as yet the worlde / by all the meanes & subtilties it can / oppresseth thy childrē / wādryng here bodily in erth as yet: also corrupt & vnclene affections / and olde original synue / rebell & striue ayenst the spirite: as yet noyous and wycked spi∣rites / whiche thou banyssheddest / and put out of the heuēly cite / do assaut with fyrely dartes from aboue those / whom thou of thy mere goodnesse hast deuyded frō this worlde / and as chosen folke and parttakers of thy sōne / hast apoynted to thy royalme. Graunt father of all myght / that they / whom thy goodnesse ones hath delyuered frō the tyrāny of synne / and assygned to dwell in thy roy∣alme / maye by the benifitte of the same benygne goodnesse contynue / and stedfastly abyde in theyr liberte and fredome: and that none leauynge and fayling from the and thy sonne / retourne agayne in the tyrannous seruice of the deuyll: & so bothe we by thy sonne shall raigne in the to our welthe / and thou in vs to thy glorie: for thou art glorified in our blysse / and our blysse is of thy goodnesse. Thy son̄e Iesus taught vs we shulde dispice the realme of this worlde / whiche standeth all by ry∣chesse / and is holde vp by garrisōs of men / by ho∣stes and armour / which also what soeuer it doth / dothe by pryde and violence / and is both gotten / kept / & defended by fierse cruelnesse: & he with the holy goost / ouercame ye wycked spirite that ruled as chefe and heed in the worlde: afore he by inno∣cency Page  [unnumbered] and purenesse of lyuyng / had the victorie of synne / by mekenesse venquesshed cruelnesse / by suffraūce of many dispitefull rebukes / recouered euerlastyng glory / by his owne deth restored life / and by his crosse had triumphe vpon the wycked spirites. Thus wōderfully hast thou father war∣red and ouercome: after this maner thou both tri¦umphest & reignest in thy sonne Iesus / by whom it hath pleased the of thy goodnesse / to take vs in to the cōgregaciō of the dwellers in thy royalme. Thus also thou tryūphest and reignest in thy ho∣ly martyrs / in thy chast virgins and pure confes∣sours / whiche yet neyther by theyr owne strēgth nor power / dyde ouercome the fiersenesse and dis∣pleasure of tyrantes / ne the raging or the wantō∣nesse of the flesshe / ne the maliciousnesse of this worlde. But it was thy spirite father / Whiche it pleased the to gyue them to ye glorie of thy name / and the helthe of mankynde / that was bothe the begȳner and ender of all this in them: And we fa∣ther / hertely desire the / that thy realme may flo∣risshe also in vs: whiche all though we do no my∣racles / for asmoche as neyther tyme nor mater re¦quireth: albe it we be nat imprysoned nor turmen¦ted: though we be nat woūded nor brent / althogh we be nat crucified nor drowned: thoughe we be nat beheeded: yet natwithstandyng / the strength and clerenesse of thy realme: may shine and be no∣ble in vs / if the worlde perceyue / that we by the helpe of thy spirite / stande stedfast & sure agaynst all assautes of the deuyll / and agaynst the flesshe: Page  [unnumbered] whiche alwaye stereth and prouoketh vs to those thynges / that be contrary to the spirite / & agaȳst the worlde / whiche by all the wayes it can / mo∣ueth vs to forsake and leaue the trust that we ha∣ue ones put in the / As often so euer as for thy loue we despice and sette nought by the realme of this worlde / and with full trust hange vpon the heuē∣ly kyngdome / that thou hast promysed vs: as of∣ten also / as we forsake and leaue honourynge of erthely richesse / and onely worshyp and enbrace ye precious and gostly lernyng of the gospell / as of∣ten as we refuse those thȳges / that for the season seme swete and pleasaunt to the flesshely & carnal appetite / and in hope and trust of eternall felicite we suffre paciently and valiantly all thynge / be it neuer so harde: as often also as we can be content to forsake our naturall affections / and that whi∣che we haue moost dere / as our fathers and mo∣thers / wyues / chyldren / and kynsefolke / for the loue of the: Likewise as often as we oppresse and refrayne ye furious and fiersely braydes of angre / and gyue mylde & meke wordes / to those y chyde and raule with vs / and do good to them / whiche do vs iniury and wronge: and all for thy sake. So often father thou warrest in vs / and ouerco∣mest the realme of the deuyll / & openyst y myght and power of thy realme. Thus it hath pleased and lyked thy wysdome father / by continuall and greuous batayle / to exercise / confyrme / and make stedfaste the vertue and strengthe of thy people. Encrease suche strengthe in thy childrē / that they Page  [unnumbered] maye euer retourne stronger from their batayle and that whan by lytell and lytell / their enemies and aduersaries myght is minysshed and broken thou mayest euery day more and more raygne in vs: But the tyme is nat yet come good father / in whiche all the worlde haue subdued them selfe to thy yoke: For as yet / that tyrannous fende hath a do with many and diuers naciōs: There is nat yet one herde / and one herde mayster / whiche we hope shalbe / whan the iewes also shall bryng and submyt them selfe to the spirituall and gostely ler¦nyng of ye gospell: for yet many knowe nat howe great a liberte it is / and what a dignite / and how great a felicite / to be subiectes to the heuenly re∣alme: and that is the cause why they had rather be the seruaūtes of the deuyll / than thy children inheritours with Iesu / and parttakers of ye kȳg∣dome of heuen / and amongest those two father / that walke within the cloyster of thy churche / & seme as chefe in thy realme / there are nat a fewe / (alas) which holde on their aduersaries side: and as moche as lyeth in them / abate / shame / & dis∣honest the glory of thy realme. Werfore we speci∣ally desyre and wisshe for that tyme / whiche thou woldest none to knowe but thy selfe alone / in whi∣che / acordyng to the promyse of thy sonne / thy an∣gels shall come and make clene the floore of thy churche / and gader to guether into thy barne the pure corne / deuyded and seuered fro the cockle / & plucke out of thy realme / all maner occasyon of sclaundre / What tyme there shall neyther be hun∣ger Page  [unnumbered] nor pouerte: no necessite of clothīg: no disease: no dethe: no pursuer: no hurt or yuell at all / ne a∣ny feare or suspicion of hurte but than all the bo∣dy of thy dere sosie heaped togyder in theyr heed / shall take fuicion and pleasure of thy blessed com¦pany of heuen. & they whiche in the meane tyme had rather serue the tyrannous fende / shall togy∣ther with their maister be banysshed and sente a∣waye to euerlastyng punisshement: And trewely this is the realme of Israell / whiche whan Ie∣sus Christ forsoke the erthe / & retourned agayne to his disciples / desyred / myght shortely be resto∣red. Than thou madest heuen free and rydde frō all rebellion / what tyme Lucifer with his com∣pany was caste out. So ones in the day of dome and iugement whan the bodyes shall aryse / thou shalte departe the sheepe from the gottes: & than who so euer hath here with all d•••gēce embrased the spirytuall and goollely realme of the gospell / shalbe desyred and brought to the / to the inhery∣taūce of the euerlastynge kyngdome / to ye whiche thy goodnesse had apoynted theym or the worlde was made. This fortunate and happy day whi∣che thy sonne Iesus promysed shulde come / we thy children good father / greatlye desyre / whiche dwelle here in erthe as outlawes in exyle / sore lo∣dened with the hugenesse of the erthely body / suf∣fryng in the mean tyme / many greuous displea∣sures / and sorowyng that we be withdrawen frō thy company / wherof than we shall haue perfite pleasure and fruycion / Whan face to face we shall Page  [unnumbered] se and beholde our kyng and father / raignyng in his great glorie. And yet we haue nat this hope & truste of our owne merites and desertes / whiche we knowe verily as non / but onely of thy liberall goodnesse: Wherby it lyked the to bestowe thyne owne sonne holly for vs / and to sende vs the holy goost as pledge and token of this inheritaunce: & if it wyll please the also to graunt / that we maye stedfastly and without any waueryng / contynue in thy sonne Iesus: than thou canst nat departe vs from the company of thy realme: To whome with that same thy son̄e and the holy goost / all re¦nome / honour / and glorie is due worlde without ende. Amen.