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 fyfte peticion.

EL dimitte nobis debita nostra / sicut et nos dimitti∣mus debitoribus nostris. This is thy wyll and mynde O father in heuen / whiche art the maker of peace and fauourer of concorde / that thy chyl∣dren / whom it hath pleased thy goodnes to cou∣ple and ioyne in the bōdes of one assent: & whom thou quickenest with one spirite / & with one bap∣tysme purgest and makest clene / and in one house Page  [unnumbered] of the churche acōpanyest / and with the cōmen sa¦cramentes of the churche doest norisshe: & whom thou hast indifferently called to the inheritaunce of the kyngedome of heuen / bycause they shulde be of more strength / and shulde lyue toguyder in thy house of one mynde: and that there shulde be no stryfe or contencion amongest the partes and membres of one body / but eche to lyue in charite with other: Yet in so moche as they are fayne to kepe styll theyr mortall body / it can nat be chose / but by reason of the weakenesse and frailte of na∣ture amonge / displeasure & offences shall chaūce / wherby though the clerenesse of brotherly loue & concorde be nat vtterly extinct and quenched / yet it is made all faynt and colde / and lyke in conclu∣sion to be quenched: Except yu father of thy great gentylnesse & mercy / shuldest dayly forgyue those that euery day offended the: for as often as we of¦fende our brother / so often also we offende and dis∣please ye father / whiche cōmaūdeddest we shulde loue our brother as our owne selfe / but thy sonne knowyng well inough the imbecilite and weake∣nesse of this membre / shewed vs a remedy ther∣fore / gyuyng vs sure hope yt thy goodnesse wolde remytte and forgyue vs all our offences / if we on the other side with all our hert wolde forgyue our brother / what so euer he trespaceth agaynste vs / and this is a very equall and indifferent waye to optayne {per}don and forgyuenesse / whiche thy son̄e Iesus hath assigned: For howe can any mā be so bolde to desyre his father to withdrawe his reuē∣gynge Page  [unnumbered] hande from hym / if he hym selfe go about to reuenge a lytell offence in his brother / or who is of so shamelesse boldenesse / that wolde nat be a¦frayde to saye to the / Slake thy angre / whan he contynueth in rancoure and malyce styll towarde his brother? And howe can he surely boost and a¦uaunce hym selfe as a membre of thy sonne / whi∣che beyng fre from all synne hym selfe / prayde the to forgyue the theues on the crosse / if he all entan¦gled with synne / and a synner coulde nat fynde in his hert to forgyue his brother / agaynst whome nowe and than he offendeth? so that amōgest vs it maye be called rather as mutuall chaūge of {per}∣done / than very forgyuenesse: that sacrifice is im¦pleasaunt in thy sight / whiche is offred in remē∣braunce of displeasure or neglygence / of reconcy∣lyng his brothers good wyll. Therfore thy sonne gaue vs this in cōmaundement / that we shulde leaue our offring euyn at ye auter / & hye vs a pace to our brother / and labour to be in peace with hȳ / and than returne agayne & offre vp our rewarde: Lawe nowe / we folowe yt thy sonne hath taught vs / we endeuer to performe that he hath done / if thou aknowlege the couenant & bargayne made of thy son̄e / as we dout nat but thou doest / graūt vs we beseke the / that thyng wherof we had full hope & trust by thy sonne: Thus he bad vs praye whan he answered nat a fewe tymes / yt we shulde optayne what soeuer we desyred of y in his name he made vs bolde to pray to the / vouchesafe thou by him / to forgyue those that call vpon the: we a¦knowlege Page  [unnumbered] our owne imbecilite & feblenesse / wher∣by we well perceyue / in to howe shamfull and ab∣homynable offences we were lyke to fall into / ex∣cept we were preserued by thy goodnesse frō gret∣ter synnes: and the same mekenesse thou leftest in vs / as a remedy against ye pride which we shulde haue ben in ieopardy to haue fallen in dayly: We offende and fall / to the entent that euery daye we might glorify thy gētylnesse: Graunt father that we may hertely forgyue our bretherne / that whā we be in peace and vnite amongest our selfes / we may haue the alway mercyfull vnto vs / and if in any thyng we offende the / amēde vs with thy fa∣therly correction / so that thou vtterly forsake vs nat / nor disinherite vs / ne cast vs in to hell: ones in baptyme thou hast remytted vs all our sȳnes / but that was nat inoughe / for thy tendre loue to∣warde vs / but thou hast also shewed a sure & redy remedy / for the dayly offences of thy children / for the whiche we thanke thy great gētylnesse / whi∣che vouche sauest by thy sonne and the holy gost / to endewe vs with so great benifytes / to the euer lastyng glorie of thy moost holy name. Amen.