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 fourthe peticion.

PAnem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. O fa∣ther in heuē / whiche of thy excedyng good¦nesse / moost plentuously fedest all thynges yt thou Page  [unnumbered] hast so wondersly created / prouide for vs thy chil∣dren / whiche are chosen to dwelle in thy celestiall and heuēly house / and that hang holly and onely of thy son̄e / some spirituall and goostly fode / that we obeyng thy wyll and preceptes / may dayly en¦crease and waxe bigger in vertue / vntyl after the course of nature we haue optayned and gathered a full and {per}fyte strength in our lorde Iesu Christ. The children of this worlde / so longe as they are nat banysshed ne out of theyr frendes fauour / all that tyme they take lytell care of their meate and drynke: sithe their fathers of their tendre loue to∣warde them / make sufficient prouision for them. Than moche lesse ought we to be carefull or studi¦ous / whom thy sonne Iesus taught shulde caste away all care of the morowe meale / perswadyng and assuring vs / that so riche a father / so gentyll / so louynge / and that had so great mynde of vs / & whiche sente meat to the lytell byrdes / and so no∣bly clotheth ye lyles in the medowe / wolde nat suf∣fre his childrē / whiche he hath endued with so ho¦nourable a name / to lacke meate and bodily appa¦rayle: but all thyng sette asyde that belongeth to the body / We shulde specially and aboue all / seke and labour about those thynges / whiche pertay∣neth and belongeth to thy realme / and the iustice therof. For as touching the iustes of the pharises that sauereth all carnally / thou vtterly dispysest and settest nought by: For the spirituall iustes of thy realme / stādeth by pure faythe and vnfayned charyte. And it were no great mater or shewe of Page  [unnumbered] thy plentye / to fede with breed made of corne the body / whiche althoughe it perisshed nat for hun∣ger / yet it must nedes dye & perysshe within short space / eyther by syckenesse / age / or other chaūce / but we thy spirituall and goostly children / desyre and craue of our spirituall father / that spirituall & celestiall breed / Wherby we are verily relyued / whiche be verily and truely called thy children: y breed is thy worde full of all power / bothe the gy∣uer and norissher of lyfe: Whiche breed yu vouche∣sauest to sende vs downe from heuen / what tyme we were lyke to haue perisshed for hūgre. For ve∣rily / the breed and teachynge of the proude philo∣sophers and pharises / coude nat suffice and con∣tent our mynde: But that breed of thyne / whiche thou sendest vs / restored deed men to lyfe / of whi∣che who soeuer dothe eate shall neuer dye. This breed relyued vs: by this breed we are norysshed and fatted: and by this we come vp to the perfite and full strength of ye spirite. This breed though day by day it be eaten and distributed to euery bo¦well of the soule / yet but if thou father doest gyue it / it is nat holsome nor any thyng auayleth. The blessed body of thy dere sonne is the breed / wher∣of we be all parttakers / yt dwell within thy large house of the churche. It is one breed that indiffe∣rently belōgeth to vs all / lykewyse as we are but one body / made of sondrye and diuers membres / but yet quickened with one spirite: and though al take of this breed / yet to many it hath ben dethe and distruction / for it can nat be relefe / but to su∣che Page  [unnumbered] as thou reachest it vnto / mynglynge it with thy heuenly grace / by the reason wherof it maye be holsome to the receyuours. Thy son̄e is verite and trouth / trouth also is the breed and teachyng of the gospell / Whiche he lefte behynde hym for our spirituall fode / and this breed likewise to ma∣ny hath ben vnsauery / which haue had ye mouth of theyr soule out of taste / by the feuer of corrupte affectiōs. But and it wyll please the good father to gyue forthe this breed / than it must of necessite be swete & pleasaūt to the eaters: thā it shal cōfort those that be in tribulation / and plucke vp those that be slydden & fallen downe / and make stronge those that be sicke and weake / and finally brynge vs to euerlasting lyfe. And for asmoche as the im¦becilite and weakenesse of manes nature / is euer redy & apt to declyne into the worse / & the soule of man so cōtynually assauted & layde at with so ma¦ny subtile ingyns / it is expedient and necessary / that thou dayly make stronge & he•• thy children with thy breed / whiche elles are farre vnable to resyst so many and so stronge ennemyes so many assautes / and so many fearefull & terrible dartes. For who father might abyde to be had in derision of the worlde / to be outlawed and banisshed / to be putte in prison: to be fettred and manacled: to be spoyled of all his goodes / and by stronge hande / be depriued of the cōpany of his moost dere wyfe and welbeloued children / but if nowe and thā / he were hertened with thy heuēly and gostly breed? He that teacheth the lernyng of the gospell / he is Page  [unnumbered] he / ye gyueth vs forthe this breed / whiche yet he gyueth all in vayne / except it be also gyuen by ye. Many there are / whiche receyue the body of thy son̄e / and that here the worde and doctryne of the gospell / But they departe fro thence no stronger than they came / bycause they haue nat deserued that thou good father / shuldest priuely and inui∣sibly reache it forthe vnto them. This breed / O most benigne father / gyue thy childrē euery day / vntyll that tyme come / in whiche they shall eate of it / at thy heuenly and celestiall table: Wherby the children of thy realme shalbe fulfylled with ye plentuous abundancye of euerlastynge trouthe. And to take fruiciō therof / it were a marueylous felicite and pleasure / whiche hath nede of none o∣ther thyng at all / neyther in heuen nor erthe: For in the O father alone is all thynge / out of whom is right nought to be desyred / whiche toguyther with thy sonne and the holy gooste / raygnest for euer. Amen.