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HAWKINS. 139 in all other places. Yet we buildnot our faith and religion upon them. Bishop. Will you be judged by the learned at Geneva? They are against you. Hawkins. We willbe judged by the word of God, which shall judge us all at the last day, and is, therefore, sufficient to judge us now. But how can they be against us, seeing they know not ofour doings ? Bishop. Here is a letter from Geneva ; and they are against you and your doings, in going from us. They tremble at your cause. Hawkins. The place is against you. For they tremble at your case, and the case of the prince ; because, by your severities, you driveus to a separation against our wills. Bishop. Then you enter into judgment against us. Hawkins. No; we judge not. But we know the letter well enough ; for we have it in our houses. It maketh nothing against us. Bishop. We grant it doth not. Yet they account the apparel, in its own nature, indifferent, and not impious and wicked ; and, therefore, counsel preachers not to give up their functions, or leave their flocks, for these things. Hawkins. But it is said, in the same letter, " that ministers should give up their ministry, rather than be compelled to subscribe unto the allowance of such things." Nixson. Let us answer to your first question. Bishop. Say on, Nixson. Nixson. We do not refuse you for preaching the word of God ; but because you have tied the ceremonies of anti- christ to your ministry, and set them before it, seeing no man may preach or minister the sacraments without them. Before you usedthis compulsion, all was quiet. Bishop. So you are against things indifferent, which for the sake of order and obedience may be borne with. Mayor. Well, good people, I wish you would wisely consider these things, and be obedient to the queen's good laws ; that you may live quietly, and have liberty. 1 ant sorry that you are troubled ; but, I am an officer under my prince, and therefore blame not me. The queen hath not established these garments and other things, for the sake of any holiness in them, only for civil order and comeliness ; and because she would have ministers known from other men, as aldermen are known by their tippets, judges by their red gowns, and noblemen's servants by their liveries. Therefore, you will do well to take heed and obey.