The First Printed English New Testament

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Edward Arber
1871 - Bible - 132 pages
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Page 17 - I defer to speak at this time and understood at the last not only that there was no room in my lord of London's palace to translate the new testament, but also that there was no place to do it in all England, as experience doth now openly declare.
Page 12 - He said he had none at all, but he trusted to be with my lord of London in his service : and therefore I had the better fantasy to him.
Page 16 - ... and to keep the world still in darkness, to the intent they might sit in the consciences of the people, through vain superstition and false doctrine, to satisfy their filthy lusts, their proud ambition, and unsatiable covetousness, and to exalt their own...
Page 65 - ... black-letter sheets in English. These, upon examination, proved to be part of St. Matthew's Gospel, preceded by fourteen pages of a prologue. Neither Mr. Rodd, nor his friend, understood at the time what it actually was. By degrees this was ascertained, through the accidental discovery of the initial, with which the first page of the prologue is decorated, in another book printed at Cologne in 1534.
Page 25 - I had no man to counterfet, nether was holpe with englysshe of eny that had interpreted the same, or soche lyke thinge in the scripture before tyme.
Page 46 - ... found the sayd Freer Barons in his chamber ; wheras there was a merchant man, reading in a boke, and ii. or iii. more present. And when they came in, the Frear demawnded them, from whence they cam. And they said, from Bumstede ; and so forth in communication they desyred the sayd Freer Barons, that thy myght be aquaynted with hym ; because they had herd that he was a good man ; and bycause they wold have his cownsel in the New Testament, which they desyred to have of hym. And he saithe, that...
Page 25 - I will not rehearce/ lest we shulde seme to bost oure selves/ caused that many thynges are lackynge / whiche necessaryly are requyred. Count it as a thynge not havynge his full shape/ but as it were borne afore hys tyme/ even as a thing begunne rather then fynnesshed. In tyme to come (yf god have apoynted vs there vnto) we will geve it his full shape: and putt out...
Page 11 - Do you not know that the pope is very antichrist, whom the Scripture speaketh of? But beware what you say ; for if you shall be perceived to be of that opinion, it will cost you your life : " and said moreover, " I have been an officer of his ; but I have given it up, and defy him and all his works.
Page 25 - Christis blouddis sake / to whom commit thy silfe all togedder/ with out respect/ other of thy good dedes or of thy badde. Them that are learned Christenly/ I beseche : for as moche as I am sure/ and my conscience beareth me recorde/ that of a pure entent/ singilly and faythfully I have interpreted itt/ as farre forth as god gave me the gyfte of knowledge/ and vnderstondynge : that the rudnes off the worke nowe at the...
Page 23 - Englishmen lurking there, learned, skilful in languages, and fluent, whom, however, he never could see or converse with. Calling, therefore, certain printers into his lodging, after they were heated with wine, one of them, in more private discourse, discovered to him the secret by which England was to be drawn over to the side of Luther — namely, That three thousand copies of the Lutheran New Testament, translated into the English language, were in the press, and already were advanced as far as...

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