The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Sources and by Kate Aughterson

By Kate Aughterson

This accomplished anthology collects in a single quantity basic texts and files correct to literature, tradition and highbrow existence in England from 1550 to 1660. via either famous and forgotten texts that have been influential on the time, the amount introduces controversies, principles, and perspectives on all parts of cultural curiosity in early smooth England. Sections comprise: * faith and theology* politics and economics* society* schooling and humanism* literary and cultural theories* technology and magic* exploration and site visitors. each one part presents ancient breadth, displaying swap and continuity. The English Renaissance allows scholars to match the ideology, content material and rhetorical ideas of 'literary' and 'aesthetic' texts with 'historical' or 'political' occasions and texts.

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Even so, though we read the Scripture and babble of it never so much, yet if we know not the use of it, and wherefore it was given, and what is therein to be sought, it profiteth us nothing at all. It is not enough therefore to read and talk of it only, but we must also desire God day and night instantly to open our eyes and to make us understand and feel, wherefore the Scripture was given, that we may apply the medicine of the Scripture, every man to his own sores, unless then we intend to be idle disputers, and brawlers about vain words, ever gnawing upon the bitter bark without, and never attaining unto the sweet pith within, and persecuting one another in defending of lewd imaginations and fantasies of our own inventions.

That is, the examples that are in the Scripture comfort us in all our tribulations and make us to put our trust in God and patiently to abide his leisure. And in the tenth of the first to the Corinthians, he bringeth in examples of the Scripture to fear us and to bridle the flesh, that we cast not the yoke of the law of God from our necks, and fall to lusting and doing of evil. So know the Scripture is a light and showeth us the true way, both what to do and what to hope for. And a defence from all error, and a comfort in adversity that we despair not, and feareth us in prosperity that we sin not.

Considering how necessary it is that the word of GOD, which is the only food of the soul and that most excellent light that we must walk by, in this our most dangerous pilgrimage should at all convenient times be preached unto the people, that thereby they may both learn their duty towards God, their prince and their neighbours according to the mind of the Holy Ghost expressed in the Scriptures. And also to avoid the manifold enormities which heretofore by false doctrine have crept into the Church of God, and how that all they which are appointed ministers have not the gift of preaching sufficiently to instruct the people which is committed unto them, whereof great inconveniences might rise and ignorance still be maintained, if some honest remedy be not speedily found and provided.

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