¶Of the order of Vertues. Cap. 16.
THe seuēth order is of vertues. Uer∣tues be a company of Angells, and their seruice is to vertues and to do mi∣racles, in them principally the vertue of God shineth: and therefore they be cal∣led vertues as Isidore saith. The An∣gells of this order, receiue illumination, purgation, and perfection of the orders of the middle Hierarchie. Therefore De∣nys saith, that vertues haue strength to worke as God graunteth them, yt which strength chaungeth not. In this they be formed and lyke to God: for they haue taken unchangeable strength of vertue, to doe all ••edes. And therefore Denys touching the working vertue of these spirites saith, That the name of these ho∣ly vertues, meaneth a mightie strength, that chaungeth not, that is giuen them asset the lykenesse of God, the which is neuer ••ble •••uer vnstedfast to receiue the illuminations and shewing of God: as though-he-would meane, In yt these Angells be called vertues, it is knowen that they are confirmed & like to God: for the vertue of God is strong & migh∣tie to ••• and which not for difficul∣tie of ••ty worke, and •• vnstedfast to dure and ••• and wearieth no•, neyther fée∣bleth for so long 〈…〉ing • of 〈…〉. So these Angelles •• lyke for they are found strong, and incom••table to doe all déedes. Therefore they be vertuous, not onely in working, but also in recei∣uing of lyght and of brightnesse. For the vertue of these Angells, though it séeme feeble and vnstedfast, is likened to the vertue of God, and is not féeble, but by grace they are likened to the vertue of God• They be féeble concerning their vn∣ablenesse without God, by condition of kinde, but they are not féeble by any •••∣ruption: but they receiue all that is due to a creature, that is to meane, suffici∣ent strength according to the kind there of. Therefore Denys sayth, that the• haue motion like to God, that beareth them stedfastly, into the passing Essence of God, for by that vertue, they and us to God w•••: and therefore theyr vertue is borne vp, into the passing vertue of the Creator, therfore the likenesse of the Image of God is found in them. The likenes of that they resolue, they send it forth to the neather Angells, they take by gifte, and giue foorth by example. De∣nys saith, that the office of these. An∣gells is to teach Prelates to doe the of∣fice of Prela•ie, profitably, and p••elys, and stedfastly, that they may beare their sharpe patiently: Gregory. 4. Mor, saith. That the office of these Angelles, is to teach them that haue vertue, how they should in themselves repaire the image of God: and reforme it, and kéepe it, and •••e it mightely. ••• so by the seruice of these Angels the vertue of doing mi∣racles, is graunted to the perfect, that they may be brought to the first state, in the which God made man to his owne Image and lykenesse. By such miracles shewed, the Angells of this order sée al∣waye and behold the vertue of God, and tremble an contemplation thereof: but this feare, in••red 〈…〉 fliring to set foorth the will of God, as not painfull, but it is rather wonderfull, & not dredfull feare, as saith Gregory in Mor. li. 4.