Alexander Nowell on the tenth commandment and corrupt affections

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Ma. Now remaineth the last Commmandment?

Sch. Thou shalt not cover thy Neighbour’s house.  Thou shalt not covet thy Neighbour’s wife, nor his servant, nor his Maid, nor his Ox, nor his Ass, nor any thing that is his.

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. What is more commanded here than was before?

Sch. God hath before forbidden evil doings & corrupt affectations of the mind;  but now he requireth of us a more precise pureness, that we suffer not any desire, be it never so light, nor any thought, be it never so small, in any wise swerving from right, once to creep into our heart.  For it is meet that even in our very hearts and minds, should shine before God most perfect pureness and cleanness.  For no innocency and righteousness, but that which is most perfect, can please him:  whereof he hath also set before us this Law as a most perfect Rule.

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