A fruitful treatise of fasting wherin is declared what ye Christen fast is, how we ought to fast, [and] what ye true vse of fastyng is. Newlye made by Thomas Becon.
Becon, Thomas, 1512-1567.

The .v. Chapter.

THus haue we learned out of the holye Scriptures,* that the true and Christen fast is Page  [unnumbered] to abstayn not only from al kind of meates and drinkes (durynge the tyme of fastyng) but also frō al those thinges wherin the flesh hath pleasure and delectacion, & to occupy our selues in all godly and spiritual exercyses vnto the glory of God, the comfort of our neyghbour, and the helth of our own soules.* But it is to be noted that thys abstinence or fast must be frely and wyllynglye done, or els canne it by no meanes please God. For what so euer commeth from an vnwilling and constrai∣ned mynde, God abhorreth, ap∣pere it neuer so godly and praise worthye before the worlde. God loueth a cherefull geuer,* sayeth Saynte Paule. And the Psal-inographe sayeth:* An offerynge of a free hearte wyl I gyue the, Page  [unnumbered] and prayse thy name, O Lorde because it is so cōfortable. They therefore that faste for custome sake or at the commaundemente of man onlye, and not of a good wil and fre spirit, do nether please God,* nor profit thēselues. Ther∣fore shal that chaunce vnto them that God threatneth by the Pro∣phet, sayinge: When they fast I wil not heare theyr praiers.