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The shippe of assured safetie wherein wee may sayle without danger towards the land of the liuing, promised to the true Israelites: conteyning in foure bokes, a discourse of Gods prouidence, a matier very agreable for this time, vvherof no commo[n]ly knovven especiall treatise hath bene published before in our mother tong. What great varietie of very necessarie and fruitfull matier is comprysed in this worke, conuenient for all sortes of men, by the table of the chapters follovving after the præface, ye may perceyue. Compyled by Edward Cradocke, doctor and reader of diuinitie in the Vniuersitie of Oxford.
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standeth still inuincible Cap 1. pag. 268. That Gods Prouidence is neither Destinie nor Predestination and what it is cap. 2. pag. 271. Of this that Gods Prouidence is an order what may be gathered ca. 3 pa. 279. That Gods Prouidence beeing an order thoughte vppon from euerlasting is immutable cap. 4. pag. 281. Gods Prouidence alwayes beeing certayne whether chaunce and fortune may take place cap. 5. pag. 291. An answere to them that deny Gods especiall Prouidence to extende to all his creatures aswel smal as great ca. 6 p. 294. Gods speciall Prouidence is proued to extend to small creatures aswell as great out of the sacred scriptures cap 7. pa. 314. Auncient fathers are alleaged to the same purpose cap. 8. pag. 316. That Gods speciall Prouidence pertayneth also to the meanest creatures he sheweth out of Plotine and Plato hym selfe cap. 9. pag. 324. He answereth an obiectioÌ made against him out of S. Paule wherby it would seme that God hath no care of oxen ca. 10. p. 327 He intreateth of prouision to be made for Ministers and namely of tithes declaring how far foorth they depend of Gods worde and what they borrowe of mans lawe cap. 11. pag. 332. He returneth thither from whence he digressed and sheweth that the gouernement of Gods Prouidence is continuall cap. 12. pag. 357. That God gouerneth all things according to the state of their owne nature cap 13. pag. 362. The Chapters of the fourth booke Of the ministerie of Angels in general and of the order and maner of Gods gouernement wherin a sentence of Gregorie and Aristotle is discussed Ca. 1. pa. 379. The preheminence of Angels their authoritie is proued by the circumstance of reason cap. 2. pag. 386. The gouernment of Angels is proued by Scripture cap. 3 pag. 392. The authoritie of Angels is made manifest also by the learned fathers c. 4. p. 393 The fifth chapter conteineth a disputation touching a proper Angell which the consent of antiquitie ascribeth to vs and sheweth that it is a probable doctrine and not directly as some learned thinke repugnant to the authoritie of holy scripture cap. 5. pag. 399. The ayde and furtherance that we haue by the ministerie of Angels is shewed by the exaÌples of the sacred Byble c. 6. p. 405. The furtherance that we haue by Angels is declared also by the examples of our tyme cap. 7. pag. 409. Angels notwithstanding their gouernment must not be called vpoÌ in our praiers more thaÌ any other creature c. 8. p. 414 The profit that is to be takeÌ by gods ProuideÌce as also by al other things staÌdeth in the due vse and application ca. 9. pa. 424. The coÌfort which we receiue by Gods Prouidence cap. 10. pag. 428. VVhat lessons we may pike out of Gods Prouidence for the mayntenaunce of godly life cap. 11. pag. 448. Gentle reader I pray thÃ©e in perusing this discourse obserue diligently these faults escaped in the print hereafter noted if there be any other smal errors I shal desire thÃ©e to vse both thy pacience and iudgement and to correct them as thou sÃ©est cause In the fifth page of the Epistle Dedicatorie and first line for Rabinio reade Rabirio In the sixth page of the Preface to the reader line 4. for thy reade their In the 13. page of the Preface line 23. for power reade maner Pa. line Â Fault Â Correction 2 16 for wayes read thus way ibi 21 godly godlily 13 8 Achams dial Achaz his dial For so I haue since found it in printed copies And so neither doth the note in the margente altogyther holde for I find it touched Esai 38. and also 4. Reg. 20. 22 34 which we which if we 38 23 posidonius Possidonius 48 10 trieth trie 49 12 ninth foure ninetie foure 52 2 param paratae 69 2 to worke to worke them 70 8 a thing of a thing 75 5 Chareas Charras 77 20 brayded broyded 86 26 the stayednesse stayednesse 89 1 honoured honoured 93 1 abashed abashed 98 4 auaile auale ibi 15 quodthey making answer quod they making answere 110 20 the salte and the salte 111 21 fantasie phrensie 114 13 to approche approch 115 23 Gods. Gods 138 8 creature creator 146 15 Saying Sauing 168 8 decrÃ©e decre 169 18 destinie destinie 180 16 methink this methinketh is 181 21 reason reason 182 1 sense sense 257 14 doluor dolour 280 8 in and 290 2 no not 299 6 alone all one 307 22 sÃ©eme sÃ©e 310 3 debating debasing 316 24 doutlesse the whole doubtlesse without the regard of euery small seueral part the whole 330 23 liberally litterally 336 12 will fully wilfully 356 25 not all not at all 366 16 it please him it might please him 367 12 shalt not that shall that 371 11 Bertrome Bertrame 424 1 in selfe in him selfe 465 12 you him The first Booke of Gods Prouidence The first Chapter VVherefore the Author vvrote this vvorke EVer since the time that our father Adam offending agaynst the Maiestie of almighty God had wilfully desperatly cast down him self into the gulf and whirlepoole of all mischiefe so importable hath bÃ©ene the penaunce that mankinde hath suffred that neuer after he hath enioyed any quietnesse or any safetie and assuraunce in this wretched worlde For whither coulde he cast his eyes to sÃ©e any matter of comforte The earth he knewe was accursed for hys sake the freshe ayre so comfortable to him before did nowe fayle him when he most nÃ©eded the fire and the water was as ready to swallow him deuour him as to minister any thing for his necessarie vse yea the very powers of heauen the sunne the moone and the stars vapouring downe contagious exhalatitions crossing him in all his doings with their crooked and ouerth warte constellations sÃ©emed often as the very instruments of Gods wrath moste cruelly to conspire agaynst him By meanes wherof man bÃ©eing grÃ©euously encombred hath bene driuen as it were by force to sÃ©eke out some refuge for himselfe And many wayes surely it hath bene attempted of many sundry kindes of men Some one ways some an other according to the measure of their capacities Worldly nâm haue alwayes thought of worldly ayâes Therfore the stay they sought for coulde not be surer than the world it selfe Such as wer godly affected shot euermore at a further mark not contented with the vanities of thys present life but ernestly aspiring preaâing forwarde to that their peaceable countrey in the world to come Therfore where their tresure was there also they reposed their comforte that is to say with their God. Whom guiding their ships they neuer feared any tempests nor rashly ran to their destruction vppon the rude ragged rockes Therefore nothing more rife in their mouth thaÌ the saying of that kingly prophet Although I vvalk in the middest of the shadov of death yet vvil I not be agast bicause thou art vvith me Agreably whervnto Isahac not knowing what sacrifice his father ment yet bicause
THE SHIPPE of assured safetie Wherein wee may sayle without danger towards the land of the liuing promised to the true Israelites Conteyning in foure Bokes a discourse of Gods Prouidence a matier very agreable for this time vvherof no commoÌly knovven especiall Treatise hath bene published before in our mother tong What great varietie of very necessarie and fruitfull matier is comprysed in this vvorke conuenient for all sortes of men by the Table of the Chapters folovving after the Praeface ye may perceyue Compyled by Edward Cradocke Doctor and Reader of Diuinitte in the Vniuersitie of Oxford 1. CORINTH 4. As touching me I passe very little to be iudged of you or of mans iudgement 10 I iudge not mine own self 1. PETR 5. Cast all your care vpon God for he careth for you Â¶ Imprinted at London by H. Bynneman for William Norton ANNO. 1572. HONI SOIT QVI MAL Y PENSE That beareth vp this ioly Beare A vvoodden staffe some say it is Ragged in forme But vvill ye heare I tell you plaine they say amisse Gods care it is that vvatcheth aye And neuer sleepes at time nor tide That of this Beare is th' only stay The only supporte and the guide So long then as he holdes it right Stand sure he shall against his foe And man nor deuill day nor night Shall aye be able to vvorke him vvoe God graunt him many blessed dayes To liue before his parting hence And that he may in all his vvayes Make God the staffe of his defence AMEN quoth E. C. To the right honorable and his especiall good Lorde and Patrone Lorde ROBERT Earle of Leycester Baron of Denbighe Knight of the Honorable order of the garter of the Quenes Maiesties priuie Counsaile and highe Chauncellar of the Vniuersitie of Oxforde c. Edvvarde Cradocke Doctor and Reader of Diuinitie in the layde Vniuersitie vvisheth muche health vvith encrease of honoure and prosperous successe in all his godly affaires THere were three causes righte Honourable and mine especial good Lord which moued mee at this time to take penne in hande The firste and principall vvas the dutie and seruice vvhich I ovve to God vvho vvoulde not onely that by preaching and reading but also by al other meanes possible I should seke the aduauncement of his kingdome The nexte vvas my zele tovvardes the house of God the ruinous and decayed state wherof in this later age of the world I coulde neither forget vvithout impietie nor remember vvithout compassion nor passe ouer and neglecte vvithoute great burden of conscience The third and last cause that prouoked me vvas that I mighte enter into some pore account touching the course race of my vvhole life spent for the most parte of it in the Vniuersitie of Oxford asvvell to other my good Lords and Patrones to whom I am muche beholding as namely also to your Honoure vvhom not only we Oxford men acknovvledge as oure good Lord and Chanceller but also next vnder the Queenes Maiestie our cheefe heade VVhose honourable and curteous nature both shevved to other my far betters and from me thoughe vnworthye at no time vvithdravvne vvhat it mighte iustly chalenge and whose great authoritie and iurisdiction ouer vs what laufully and orderly it might commaund I could not be ignorant in any vvise It came therfore oftentimes to my remembraunce that seing your Honor with other the furtherers of our studies haue so honorably spared me your good vvord I could neither without infamie hold my peace nor without want of good aduisement not giue oute some testimonie of my bounden duetie And for this purpose to confesse vnto your Honor the very truthe howe small soeuer mine habilitie vvas yet rather conuenient leasure of me muche desired this great vvhile than any goodvvill vtterly was waÌting But as God worketh secretely many sundry vvayes to helpe that forward which he wold haue done at the last in dede fell oute oportunitie of me not so muche coueted or vvished for as heartily lamented and bevvailed that the plague daily growing and encreasing in the Vniuersitie of Oxford the publike lectures being for the very same cause intermitted hoping by Goddes assistance to prouide sufficiently for meself more of a studious minde than greatly vrged by any neede for my frendes hearing at the last where I vvas vvrote me earnest letters to come downe vnto them amongst other I there remained VVholely therefore being addicted and giuen to contemplation from the which at that time there was no great encombrance that might pull me backe I began nowe seriously to minde the setting oute and publishing of some booke And being fully determined to wryte vpon the matter notwithstanding vvhervpon I might fitliest grouÌd my processe I was not by and by resolued Sometimes it came into my minde to take in hande some controuersie of this time But considering with meself what great learning hath bene lately shewed in such questioÌs I was quickly chaunged from that mind For vvhat could any body novv vvryte of for the improuing or defending of suche things which very plentifully alredy hath not bene discoursed VVould a maÌ gladly be instructed touching the vse of images let him peruse D. Calfehils boke against Martial VVold he heare what can be said of the Masse Not only master Deane of Paules his bokes against Dorman are to be sene but also the treatise of the righte reuereÌd father bishop Cowper entituled The defense of the truth against the masse and the works of the late famous bishop of vvorthy memorie D. Iewel VVho in tvvo of his greate Volumes hathe gone through with so many so profouÌd maters of religion that for diuers needefull poynts to be spoken of they might vvell serue a Diuine for common place bokes Therfore taking more diligent perfite deliberation after many other things vvhich I thought vpon the very time and place vvhere I then vvas and the remembrance of Goddes Prouident care for me from my youth and notwithstaÌding my diligence in taking heede not least of al declared towardes me at that time made me in loue as it vvere vvith the argument of Gods Prouidence Therwithal which inflamed me not a litle the more it could neither be hidden nor vnknowne vnto me howe graciously besides our deseruing hovv vvonderfully beyond al reason God hath lately protected with his mightie hand not only our soueraigne Lady the Queenes highnesse but vniuersally the vvhole state of this realme For o good Lorde vvhat subtile vndermining what crafty coÌueying what cruell conspiring hathe bene attempted VVhat mischeuous heades vvhat slie practises vvhat vngodly deuises haue beene founde oute VVhiche neither by anye mannes vvisedome coulde come to light vvhen they vvere hidde nor by mannes strength and pollicie coulde be repressed when they were broken out But that god whose prouident eye neuer slepeth whose head is alvvayes carefull and mindefull of vs whose arme stretched out is neuer idle vvhen none other vvise couÌsel could take place by his maruellous forsighte hathe prouided