The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3

Author: John Wycliffe

Wyclif

Rules for Decent Living

If thou be a laborer, live in meekness, and truly and wilfully do thy labor; so if thy lord or thy master be a heathen man, that by thy meekness and wilful and true service, he have not to murmur against thee, nor slander thy God nor Christendom. And serve not Christian lords with murmuring, nor only in their presence, but truly and wilfully in their absence, not only for worldly dread nor worldly reward, but for dread of God and good conscience, and for reward in heaven. For that God that putteth thee in such service wots what state is best for thee, and will reward thee more than all earthly lords may, ifthou dost it truly and wilfully for His ordinance. And in all things beware of murmuring against God and His visitation, in great labor and long, and great sickness and other adversities, and beware of wrath, of cursing and warying, or banning, of man or of beast. And ever keep patience and meekness and charity both to God and to man. And thus each man in these three states oweth to live, to save himself and help others; and thus should good life, rest, peace, and charity be among Christian men, and they be saved, and heathen men soon converted, and God magnified greatly in all nations and sects that now despise Him and His law, for the wicked living of false Christian men.

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Chicago: John Wycliffe, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3 in The World’s Famous Orations, ed. William Jennings Bryan (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906), 10–11. Original Sources, accessed September 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P2JPWNCFRBDV3HJ.

MLA: Wycliffe, John. The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3, in The World’s Famous Orations, edited by William Jennings Bryan, Vol. The World#8217;s Famous Orations, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906, pp. 10–11. Original Sources. 16 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P2JPWNCFRBDV3HJ.

Harvard: Wycliffe, J, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3. cited in December, 1906, The World’s Famous Orations, ed. , Funk and Wagnalls, New York, pp.10–11. Original Sources, retrieved 16 September 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P2JPWNCFRBDV3HJ.