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[Transcriber's notes:

Original spelling and puctuation were retained, including u/v and i/j substitution. Text has been put on the left side of the dividing line and notes on the right to make the plain text version easier to work with. Some of the Latin note text was illegible, many thanks to the Distributed Proofreaders Volunteers who helped look up the references in various internet sources.]


A Sermon preached at the Solemne Funerall of the Right Honourable Ladie, the Ladie FRANCES ROBERTS, at Lanhide rock Church in Cornwall the tenth of August, 1626.


HANNIBALL GAMON, Minister of the word of God, at S^t. Maugan in the same Countie.

1 Cor. 4. 5.

Therefore iudge nothing before the time, vntill the Lord come, who will bring to light the hidden things of darknesse, and will manifest the counsells of the hearts, and then shall euery man haue praise of God.

Galath. 3. 28.

{ Neither Iew nor Greek, There is { Neither Bond nor Free, { Neither Male nor Female, for yee are all one in Christ Iesus.

S^t. Hierom. Eustoch.

In seruitute Christi nequaquam Differentia sexuum valet, sed mentium.

Idem ad Principiam.

Non facie vllam inter Sanctas Feminas Differentiam, quod Nonnulli inter Sanctos Viros & Ecclesiarum Principes, stulte facere consueverunt.


Printed by I.H. for Iohn Grismond , and are to be sold at his shop in Ivie Lane at the signe of the Gunne. 1627.

TO THE TRVLY NOBLE IOHN ROBERTS, Son and Heire to the Right Honourable RICHARD Lord ROBERTS of Truro : the Vnualuable Riches of sincere Grace here, and of Eternall Glory hereafter.


Although it bee true (which a worthy Diuine[a] obserueth) that [Note a: M^r. Bolter Disc. of formall Hypocrites are heartned and true Happinesse, p. 61.] hardned in their lewd courses & false conceits of happinesse, when they heare more infamous Sinners than themselues, gloriously and flatteringly commended at their Deaths; yet we need not feare any such bad effect by the Funerall commendation of Gods true Saints; because the publike Testimonie of their iust Praises doth not onely make the wicked more inexcusable, and the Glory of Gods Graces shine farre brighter to Posteritie; but also enkindleth in the hearts of the godly a greater fire of Zeale for imitation. These [Note b: Psalm. 37. 37. Deut. are some of the Ends, why it hath 34. 7, 10, 11, 12. Hebr. 3. 2. & euer been and is still an 11. cap. ] vnreproueable Custome in Gods Church, that the Godly should be [Note c: 2 Chron. 32. 33. ] Marked [b] and Honoured [c] at their Deaths, as Hezekiah was by all Iudah & Ierusalem : Valentinean , Satyrus and Theodosius by Saint Ambrose [A]: [Note A: S. Ambr. tom. 3. ] Basil , Gregory and Gorgonia by Nazianzen [B]: Nepotian , [Note B: Greg. Nazian. Paula and Marcella by S. { 30. Ierom [C]. Had not their Holy Liues Orat. { 28. and Happie Deaths beene published { 25.] by such vnpartiall Pens, wee should haue bin ignorant now of many [Note C: S. Ierom... Continue reading book >>

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