An exhortation written by the Ladie IANE, the night before she suffered, in the end of the new Testa∣ment in Greeke, which she sent to hir sister the Ladie Katherine.
I Haue here sent you, good sister Kathe∣rine, a Booke, which although it be not outwardlie trimmed with gold, yet in∣wardlie it is more worth than pretious stones. It is the booke (deere sister) of the lawe of the Lord; it is his Testa∣ment and last will, which he bequeathed vnto vs wret∣ches, which shall leade you to the path of eternall ioie. And if you, with a good mind reade it, and with an ear∣nest Page 101 desire folowe it, it shall bring you to an immortall and euerlasting life. It will teach you to liue, and learne you to die. It shall win you more than you should haue gained by the possessions of your wofull fathers land. For as, if God had prospered him, you should haue inherited all his lands; so if you applie di∣ligentlie this booke, seeking to direct your life after it, you shall be an inheritour of such riches, as neither the couetous shall withdrawe from you, neither the theefe shall steale, neither yet the moths corrupt. Desire with Dauid (good sister) to vnderstand the lawe of the Lord your God, liue still to die, that you by death may ob∣taine eternall life: or after your death enioie the life purchased you by Christes death. And trust not that the tendernesse of your age shall lengthen your life. For as soone, if God call, goeth the yong as the old. And labour alwaie to learne to die, denie the world, defie the diuell, despise the flesh, and delight your selfe onlie in the Lord. Be penitent for your sins, and yet despair not; be strong in faith, and yet presume not: and de∣sire with Saint Paule to be dissolued, and to be with Christ, with whome in death there is life. Be like the good seruant, and euen at midnight be waking, least when death commeth, and stealeth vpon you like a theefe in the night, you be with the euill seruant found sleeping: and least for lacke of oile in your lampe, ye be found like to the fiue foolish virgins, and like him that had not on the wedding garment; and then be cast out from the mariage. Reioice in Christ, as I trust you do. And seeing you haue the name of a Christian, as neere as you can, folowe the steps of your maister Christ, and take vp your crosse; laie your sinnes on his backe, and alwaies embrace him. And as touching my death, re∣ioice, as I doo (good sister) that I shall be deliuered of this corruption, and put on incorruption. For I am as∣sured, that I shall for losing of a mortall life, win an Page 102 immortall life, the which I praie God grant you, and send you of his graces, to liue in his feare, and to die in the true christian faith, from the which in Gods name I exhort you that ye neuer swarue, neither for hope of life, nor feare of death. For if ye will denie his truth to lengthen your life, God will denie you, and yet shorten your daies. And if ye will cleaue to him, he will prolong your daies, to your comfort, and his glorie. To the which glorie God bring me now, and you heereafter, when it shall please God to call you. Farewell good sister, and put your onlie trust in God, who onlie must helpe you.
Your louing sister, Iane Dudley.