¶I haue set downe foorth of Or∣telius, the vniuersall descripti∣on of the whole earth (for the better vnderstanding wherof) Orbis terrarum, Nouus orbis, America, Asia, Africa, and Europa. All which is added.
The introduction of Vesper be∣fore the discourse.
THE world is a wonderfull gathe∣ring together of things created, the placing of Elementes, the mutiplyeng of Creatures, the dissoluing of Influen∣ces, the beginning place of time, and the ende by death. In which worlde there are in infinite number of varia∣bles, and an endlesse number of discords: Notwithstanding concord béeing placed by a secreate mysterye in the imperfect,* showeth the value of the minde to bée more noble, then the bodye, as the Cre∣ator is farre more excellent, then the thinges created: for all that is in the worlde is not of the Father, but of the worlde made and created, but not iusti∣fied and saued: wée liue together, but not loue together: the cause is discorde betwixt Errour and Ueritye.
Herein appeareth the loue of God a∣mong those in whome hée abideth euer, and is called Mundus, which signifieth cleanenesse, as also the worlde. The worlde was made by him, and yet they knewe him not, hée came among his owne, and they receiued him not, hée sent his seruauntes, and they intreated them shamefully and slewe them. Héere∣in appeareth the nature of Discorde, the powre of Errour, by Tyrtannye, and the simple interteinement of Ueritye, as appearth among the seuerall kindes of Birdes, Beastes, Fishes, Wormes, Flyes, Flowers, Hearbes, Plantes, Trees, Fruites, Seedes, and manye o∣ther things of increase. And man whom God hath made cleane bodied, chéerefull countenaunced, swifte to heare, prompt to speake, apte to learne, poure to be∣léeue, hauing all these Angelicall ver∣tues, shoulde stirre by the minde, whi∣lest hée taking of materiall nourishment abideth, vnto the singular consideration of vertuous exercises, whereby the soule tasting with the bodye; might through Faith and good workes, féele that end∣lesse nourishment which is prepared for the children of God: but whilest they studie to subdue Kingdomes, to ouer∣come theyr neighbours, to robbe the fa∣therlesse and Widdowes, to rauish the virginnes, to gouerne, and not to bée gouerned, the spirits of all such terrestri∣all ferryes doe bréede the shape of sinne, and hatch forth so manye abhominable euills, that theyr whole race of yeares are spent in vaine glorious beasting, and filthye liuing, whose endes is dampna∣tion, whose vellye was theyr God, and glorye was theyr shame, because they were worldlye minded. The Earth is the Lordes and all that therein is, the round worlde, and they that dwell there∣in, Man was made, not to robbe, kill, and destroye, but to giue a continuall praising vnto God, and to learne of God, to bée bountifull, mercifull, and li∣berall, and to bée contented with that he hath. Which who so regardeth not the verye simplest creatures in theyr kindes, shall bée the onelye accusers of fleshlye violence before God, without remission.
Consider that the ioyes of the worlde are disturbed by afflictions, and are frayle, and weare awaye, but the ioye of Fayth is not onely disquieted by ex∣tremityes, and by the crosse of perse∣cution, but is made perfect more and more, and when those stormes be most daungerous, then is Faith of most ef∣fect. All the godlye béeing fenced with the strength of Faith and patience, doe containe all the whole worlds, and the tirrannie thereof. Nolli intelligere vt credas, sed crede vt intelligas:* Under∣stand not that thou maist beléeue, but beléeue that thou maist vnderstand.