The discord of the kings.
A SUDDEN discord rose betwene the kings and that (which was woorse)
betwéene the father and the earle, through the working of the old enimie, & their
sinnes deseruing the same, to the great hinderance of their noble enterprise: as
though they being vnfit for it, the honor thereof was reserued for other; or perchance
according to the sentence of Gregorie: Aduersitie, which is obiected against
good vowes, is a triall of vertue, and not a signe of disproofe. Who is ignorant how
happie a thing it was that Paule was driuen into Italie, and yet he suffered shipwracke?
But the ship of his heart was safe among the surges of tle sea. Likewise
therfore as vertue is perfected in infirmitie, and gold tried in the fire: so the constancie
of faith that cannot be craized with tribulations, dooth increase more as
sinapis; and the courage of the mind is more valiant againe than troublous assaults
of fortune. O how much raiher would I, that these kings accompanied with a few
men acceptable to God, had taken vpon thein this laborious, but yet a glorious
iourneie, than to wax proud for the great wealth that they had gathered of manie
people to this end. Read ouer the whole bible, and consider these latter times, and
you shall fiud. That victorie hath béene gained, not with force and humane power,
but with Gods grace and store of vertues. For as Cassiodorus saith: "An armed
people without the Lord is vnarmed." And as Seneca saith, "Not the number of
the people, but the vertue of a few get the victorie." Of the toure before named, the
emperour Frederike, albeit he was the last croised, yet in the execution thereof he
was the first: whome therefore I account so much the more woorthie of victorie in
heauen, and glorie in earth, that he forsaking large kingdomes and his empire,
delaied not out the matter.