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Another preacher who draws upon these lines, and this time with exacter source reference, is Thomas Wimbledon in his famous sermon on the theme Redde racionem villicacionis tue, preached at Paul's Cross, London, about 1388.
Indeed, as Johnson points out in Sermon 2, reason itself tells us that if God did insist on perfect obedience, human worship would be vain: If God were a power unmerciful and severe, a rigid exacter of unvaried regularity and unfailing virtue; if he were not to be pleased but with perfection, nor to be pacified after transgressions and offences; in vain would the best men endeavour to recommend themselves to his favour; in vain would the most circumspect watch the motions of his own heart, and the most diligent apply himself to the exercise of virtue.