Of Septuasgesime. chap. 28.
SEeptuagesimè is the space of .70. daies: & stretcheth from the sunday, yt is called Septuagesima, to ye saterdaye in Easter wéeke: yt is called Sabbatū in Albis. These .70. daies betoken those .70 yéeres, in yt which the children of Israel wet bomde in seruage in Babylon, & wet continually al those .70. yeres in wretch∣ednesse, & in sorrow: but they toke leaue of Ciro ye king, & came again with ioy & worship, when those .70. yeres were en∣ded. And by these .70. yeres of thraldome in Babylon, all ye time of our life is beto∣kened: all the while it is subiect to sin or to paine. And therfore the sin of the first man with paine that he had for it, is red in holy Scripture in the first Sunday, when Septuagasima beginneth. And so in token of the wretchednes of this world, songs of wealth & of ioye be still: & wed∣d•ng & spowfalls be suspended,* till it be after Easter. For by ye passion of Christ, shraldome of sin of mankind, is released: but yet paine dureth & abideth. As ye peo∣ple of Israel made great ioy & mirth for their fréely cōming againe into Ierusalē: but neuertheles for hardnesse of the way they trauailed full sore. So we passing toward our country, make ioy because of our redemption: but yet we make sorow & wo for our sins. When the Septuagesi∣ma of this life is ful ended:* then we shall shine in white in presence of the lambe: for when ye trauell of this life is ended: & that we come to the Sabboth of endlesse rest: then we shal haue ioy & double stole, yt shal be restored to vs that time. In to∣ken of wretchednesse of this life, and in the gospel be taught to trauell in ye vine∣yard of our Lords Sabboth.