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Ch.5. Frederick the II. wherein famous. 155 afterwards they were overcome and scattered further into many places of Christendome. So in regard of these troupes of many thousands, Christ is here called the standard bearer, as the word signifieth, or the choice of ten thousand. Again, at that time Christ


be said to be white and ruddy in regard of his members who were then white with innocency of life, yet ruddy, enduring perfecution.

His head is as the most fine gold, his locks Ver. 11. are bushie, and black as a raven.

His head is as the most fine gold.] Christ comes now to be described in his members more particularly: This head of goldChrist Newedonthe earth in the person of Frederick, the second Empcrour of Rome,a Prince of much purity and worth, as an head of the Church of fine gold: He contended with many Popes about the headship of the Church, advanced the headship of Christ and of himselfe, his Vice-gerents, above he counterfeit head of the Popes Supremacy. He wra ftled for Christ against them with much difficulty, yet prevailed; so that even in the popish schools his clection of God was agreed and condescended unto by sundry.


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Ver. 12.

What meant by Doves eyes. Ch.5. His locks are busie,or curled, and black as araven. ] Curled black haire is a signe of heat and courage, and wit in him that it groweth upon: Such was the Emperour himselfc,& such were the common Christians of that age that did depend upon their Emperour; they stuck close to him: learned men with wit, more then former ages had yeelded, and souldiers with cou. rage maintained his person and cause.

His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of water, wasbed with milke, and fitLyset. ]

Doves, diving in rivers of waters, dive their bellies deepe into the waters; so that their eyes looke close and narrowly upon it.

First, the eyes are here set forth by their care of the Church; he is not so farre off removed from it, that he had need of the Pope to be his visible Vicar to looke to it.

Secondly, by their milde innocency,implied in that they are doves eyes and washed with milke; whereas the Popes eyes were as hawkes eyes,looking eagerly after the prey.

Thirdly, by their fit standing, soe as they may well looke to the whole bodie;


Ch.5. The doétrine of the Church like myrrh. 157 whereas the Popes eyes cannot possibly watch to looke well to the estate of the Church so far off him.

To this purpose tended the doctrine of the faithfuli Divines in the following age, such as Michael Celenus, Petrus de Carbania, Johannes de Poliaco, and such as followed them.

His checkes are as a bed of Spices,as sweet Ver. 13. flowers : his lips like lillies, dropping sweet smelling myrrhe.

His cheeks are as a bed of spices. ]

Cheekes implie the outward face of the faithfull Church, for the cheekes are a place most conspicuous, which shewes that the faithfull of those times were as beds of spices and sweete flowers, to wit, not gathered into any ser garden, as afterward in Luthers time, * but scattered *Cha.6.2. here and there, yer of sweet and precious savour in the nostrils of Christ: yea one Nicholaus de Bibrath, living about that time, compareth faith and pietie in the Church to spice rare and deare.

His lips like lillies, dropping sweet smel. ling myrrh.] The doctrine of the Church at those times was such as, like myrrhe, served to preserve the faithfull from pu




Ver. 14

158 What meant by the Churches Ch.5. * Rev.2. trefaction, according to that, * That which

| ye

have already, hold fast till I come. In the Primitive Apostolique Church her lips dropped like an hony-combe, being

of strong sweet relish to delight and nouCan.4.

rish to full growth: * But the lips of this Church drop rather myrrhe then hony; they rather preserved fome trueth of grace, then yeelded any abundant nourishment to procure increase to the Church.

His hands are as gold rings set with the Berill : his belly is as bright Ivory overlaid with Saphires.

His hands are as gold rings set with the Berill : ] Hands are instuments of action; their being set with gold rings implyeth their purity and dignitie: The Berill cleer. eth moisture and dimme fight: Franci, Scus Rudis, de Goma. libr. 2.cap. 8. All these shew that the Ministry of the Gospell should be then more powerfull

; and indeed God, about that time, Anno 1300. stirred up Dantes, Marcillius, Potavinus Ocham, Gregorius Ariminensis, Petrarchus, Wickliffe, and many moc, whose Ministry brought on so many, that fome have counted it the first resurrection ; yea,

thc Magistrates of that time, Ludovicus Bava


Ch.5. Hands and Belly.

159 rus the Emperour, Philip of France, Edward the third of England, stood out in many things against the Pope, as those whose hands had got more strength, and better felt their owne worth, and whose cies were clecred to soc more light then their predecessours.

His belly as bright Ivory over laid with Saphires. ] The belly is an hidden part of the body, yet such from which the rest is nourished; which fitly resembleth the Sacraments here,as alsoch.7.2.which beiog hid from those that are without, yet nourish the whole body, as an heap of wheat. The doctrine of the Sacraments, and che pure administration of the same, was at this time restored by John Wickliffe, and embraced by his followers, though condemned in the Councell of Constance. These Sacraments are said to be overlaid with Saphires, whose property is to strengthen and cherish the principall solid parts,* because of the efficacy of the Sacraments Deginus truely taught and adminiftred, to strengthen and quicken Gods graces in us.

Hus legs are as pillars of marble, fet upon Ver. 15. sockets of fire gold: bis countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the Cedars.



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