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 thyrde peticion.

EIat voluntas tua sicut in ceso et in terra. O fa∣ther whiche art the noryssher and ordrer of all / whom it pleaseth thy sonne to aknowlege as his bretherne / and he so aknowlegeth all those / yt in pure faythe professeth his name in baptysme: Thy children here in erthe call and crye to ye dwel¦lyng in heuen / a place farre out of all chaūgeable mutabilite of thynges created / desyryng in dede / to come to thy heuenly and celestiall cōpany / whi¦che is defouled with no maner spotte of yuell / sa∣uyng they knowe well that non can be taken and receyued in to so great a tranquillite & quietnesse / but onely they / whiche with busye studye / whyle they lyue here / labour to be such as ther must be: Page  [unnumbered] Therfore it is all one realme / bothe of heuen and erthe / sauyng this difference / that here we haue sore & greuous conflicte wt the flesshe / the worlde / and the deuyll: and there all though there is no∣thyng that might minysshe or defoyle the welthe of blessed soules: Yet as touchynge the full perfe∣ction of felicite / there is some maner mysse / whi∣che is / that all the membres and partes of thy sonne be gathered together / and that the hole bo∣dy of thy sonne / safe and sounde be ioyned to his heed / Wherby neyther Christe shall lacke any of his partes and mēbres / nor good mennes soules theyr bodyes: whiche lykewise as they were euer here in erthe parttakers of theyr punīsshementes and afflictiōs: so their desyre is to haue them com¦paniōs of their ioye in heuen. And they finally in this worlde / go about to folowe the vnite and con∣corde of the heuenly kyngedome / whiche all the tyme they lyue bodily in erthe / as it becometh na∣turall and obedient children / studye with all dili∣gence to fulfyll those thȳges / whiche they knowe shall cōtent thy mynde & pleasure / and nat what their owne sensuall appetite gyueth them / ne iu∣gyng or disputyng why thou woldest this or that to be done / but thynkyng it sufficient / that thus thou woldest it / whom they knowe surely to wyll nothing / but that that is best. And what thy will is / we lerned sufficiently of thy onely begotton & moost dere sonne. He was obeydient to thy wyll / euyn to his owne dethe / and thus he sayd / for our lernyng and instruction. Father / if it may conue∣nyently Page  [unnumbered] be / suffre this drynke of my passyon to be withdrawen from me / howe be it / yet thy wyll be fulfylled and nat myne. So that thā nedes must man be a shamed / to preferre & set forth his owne wyll / if Christ our maister was cōtent to cast his owne wyll awaye / and subdue it to thyne. The flesshe hath his propre wyll and delyte / whi∣che man naturally desyreth to kepe and folowe. The worlde also hath a wyll by it selfe / and the de¦uyll his wyll / farre contrarye to thyne. For the flesshe coueteth agaynst the spirite whiche we ha¦ue receyued of the: and the worlde entyseth vs to sette our loue on frayle and vanysshyng thynges: and the deuyll laboureth about that / that might bring mā to euerlasting distruction. Nor it is nat inough / yt in baptyme we haue {pro}fessed / yt we wyll be obedient to thy preceptes / and there to haue re¦nounced the deuyls seruice / excepte we labour all our lyfe / to perfourme stedfastly that / whiche we haue professed: But that we can nat perfourme / but if thou gyue vs strengthe / to helpe forthe our purpose: so that our wyll haue no place in vs / but let thy wyll father worke in vs that / whiche thy wysdome iudgeth and thynketh best for vs. Who so euer lyueth after the flesshly & carnall appetite they are deed to the / and than nat as thy childrē. Ye / and we thy children also / as longe as we are here bodily in erthe / haue among nat a litell busi∣nesse and a do / in venquesshyng the flesshly delite: whiche laboreth to preuent thy wyll: but graunt good father / that thyne euer ouercome & haue yPage  [unnumbered] better / whether it lyke the we lyue or dye / or to be punisshed for our correction / or be in prosperite / to the entent we shulde gyue the thankes for thy li∣berall goodnesse. And they folowe and obeye the wyl of the deuyl / whiche do sacrifice and homage to idols / whiche sclaūderously backebite thy most honorable sonne / and for enuy and yuell wyll / go about to brynge theyr neyghbour in to perill and distruction: and so they may shortly waxe ryche / care nat whether they do ryght or wrong / and are al fulfylled with corrupt and vnclene thoughtes / But this is thy wyll father / that we shulde kepe both our body and mynde chast and pure from al vnclenesse of the worlde / and that we shulde pre∣ferre and set more by thyne honour & thy sonnes / thā all other thynges besyde. And that we shulde be angry with no man / ne enuye or reuenge any man / but alway be redy to do good for yuell: ye / & to be content rather with turmentes / hūger / im∣prisonement / banysshement / and dethe / than in any thynge to be contrarye to thy pleasure: And that we may be able euery day more and more / to perfourme all this / helpe vs O father in heuen / that ye flesshe may euer more and more be subiect to the spirite / and our spirite of one assent / and one mynde with thy spirite. And likewyse as nowe in dyuerse places thy children / whiche are obedient to the gospell / obey and do after thy wyll: so graūt they may do in all the worlde besyde / that euery man may know and vnderstāde / that thou alone art the onely heed and ruler of al thyng / and that Page  [unnumbered] in lyke wyse as there are none in heuen / Whiche mutter and rebell agaynst thy wyll / so let euery man here in erthe / with good mynde and gladde chere obey thy wyll and godly preceptes. Nor we can nat effectually and fully mynde what y good lorde wyllest / excepte it wyll please the to plucke & drawe vs therto. Thou cōmaundest vs to be obe∣dyent to thy wyll and pleasure / and in dede they are nat worthy to be called children / but if in all poyntes they folowe and obey theyr fathers byd∣dyng: but sithe it hath liked thy goodnesse to take vs / although farre vnworthy into so great an ho∣nour of thy name: let it please the also of thy gen∣tylnesse to gyue vs a redy and stedfast wyll / that in nothyng we ouerhippe or be agaynst that / whi¦che thy godly and diuine wyll hath apoynted vs / but that we kyll and mortifye our flesshly and car¦nall lustes / and by thy spirite be ledde to ye doyng of all good workes / and al thyng that is pleasaūt vnder thy sight. Wherby yu father mayst aknow∣ledge vs as thy children naturall / and nat out of kynde / and thy sonne as kynde & good bretherne: that is to saye / that bothe twayne maye aknow∣ledge in vs his owne propre benefyte / to whome with the holy goost equall and indifferent / glorie is due for euer. Amen.