A vision of Balaams asse VVherein hee did perfectly see the present estate of the Church of Rome. Written by Peter Hay Gentleman of North-Britaine, for the reformation of his countrymen. Specially of that truly noble and sincere lord, Francis Earle of Errol, Lord Hay, and great Constable of Scotland.
Hay, Peter, gentleman of North-Britaine.
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❧ The Contents of the seuerall Chapters wherein this Trea∣tise is diuided.
- CHAP. I. Folio 1. COntaineth the occasion of the Treatise: Some cl•…ere te∣stimonies of the perfection and plainenesse of the Scrip∣ture: The Apologie of the Asse to shew the reason of the Title.
- CHAP. II. fol. 17. Containeth two infallible grounds set downe for the better triall of idolatrous worship and preuarication in Gods seruice: The first is the force of our naturall light and diuine instict of our conscience: The second is a true definition of Idolatry.
- CHAP. III. 37. Containeth a faithfull relation of the lewd & open supersti∣tions, and of the ridiculous Iests of pretended Miracles which the authour did contemplate in the Church of Rome.
- CHAP. IV. 51. Containeth a rehearsall of the impiety of Papall Indulgen∣ces, that is to say, Pardons and dispensasitions: Of the auowed pollution of the celibate and monasticke life, and of other capitall vices which be pregnant in the Court, in the Cloysters and in the city of Rome, to the manifest discredit of all Christi∣an doctrine and profession.
- Page [unnumbered]CHAP. V. 65. Containeth a perfect discourse of the Orthodoxall authori∣tie of Christian Princes ouer the state Ecclesiasticall in the pri∣matiue Church: Of the pernicious Doctrine of the Iesuites, which doe impugne the same contrary to the opinion of the French Church and of that famous Palladium of the Sorbon: A discouery of the ambitious designe of this wicked and trea∣cherous Cleargie.
- CHAP. VI. 114. Containeth the particular means whereby it pleased God to reclaime the Authour from that idolatrous religion, together with his Counsell against superstitious and popish obduration.
- CHAP. VII. 124. Containeth a paralell or comparison betwixt Ierusalem and Rome, that as Rome fell away with Ierusalem, so must shee bee with her subiect to reformation and restitution. The order and meanes of Christian Reformation after the Example of Ieru∣salem: Aiust expostulation against the desperat paroxisme and implacable contentions of the religious Cleargie on both sides, with a most Christian admonition to them, to carrie simple and vpright mindes of pacification. The occasion of the euill carri∣age which hath be•…e in Christian reformations: The reforma∣tion of the Church of England most perfect and most happy.
- CHAP. VIII. 148. Containeth a limitation of the Primitiue Church, whereun∣to, and to no other, all Christian People are to appeale for true reformation. The infallible auctority thereof: The iudgement aswell of the ancients as of our Archi-reformatours touching the retaining in reformed Churches, of the Primitiue and Ca∣tholike policy of Episcopall gouernment, and of in different Ce∣remonies receiued from antiquity not contrary to Gods word.
- CHAP. IX. 159. Containeth a search of the best and surest policies which be Page [unnumbered] in nature, in the ciuill state in Oëconomy, in morality, shewing that the Monarchicall authority is most agreeable with Gods will expressed in Nature.
- CHAP. X. 171. Containeth a discourse in fauor of Episcopall Iurisdiction by some chiefe and ingenuous Reasons which do approue the same.
- CHAP. XI. 191. Containeth the opinion of all the famous reformatours, who haue beene since Luther hitherto: of the Church Policy: an excellent and necessary point for our information: some graue and pithy speeches touching the waight of Episcopall function.
- CHAP. XII. 205. Containeth the reasons why wee should receiue againe into the Church Organs and Musicke, for honour of antiquity for our domestick vnion with our more then halfe arch the Church of England, and for the holy and deuote importance which is shewn to be in Musicke: together with the like discourse for re∣ception of the clerical garments which be in the same Church.
- CHAP. XIII. 233. Containeth briefly a suruey of the Princes and States which are Catholike Romans, & out of that a consideration of the pos∣sibilities to practise an vniuersall Reformation of Christendom.
- CHAP. XIV. 259. In the last chapter from the present condition of this King∣dome of Great Britaine is drawen a principall argument of the falling of Babel, and of the approach of the Iubile of Catholike reformation, the contemplation whereof is heere set downe in sundry waightie circumstances and worthy of consideration, to rectifie the iudgement of euery well disposed subiect, that they may truely vnderstand the mystery of this time, the rare bles∣sings of God so long reserued for our age, and rightly discouer the clandestine and pretended grudges of those who carry sedi∣tious and distractedmindes from the State.