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P I E T Y: 

Directing a Chriftian how to walk, that 
he may pleafe £ O D* 

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Highnefs does this without my admonition 5 
but becaufe I * would with the Apoftle have 
you to abound in every Grace, in Faith 
and Knowledge, and in all Diligence, 
and in your Love to God's Service and 
'true Religion, Never »<« then more need 
of plain and unfeigned Admonition : For 
theiZotmcki in that Saying, feems but to 
have prophefiod of ourjimes , Obfequiutn 
.auiicos, Veritas odjurn park. Ana* no 
marvel \ Seeing ibtf we are f alien into the 
'dregs of T\r$$ y which bevtg theh(k 9 muft 
needs be the worn; dajis< And how can there 
faworfe, feeing Vanity jytows not how to be 
vainer, nor Wickednefs how to be more 

wicked? And whereas heretofore thofe have 
fa'en, counted mq/l holy,; who have Jhewed 
themfelves moft : f zealous fc their Religioh5 
the/are now reputed mofiiikiecty who can 
make the kaft profeffion of their Faith. 
§ And that thefe are the laft daySj appears 
evidently 5 becaufe the Security of Mens e- 
ternal State. fo/A fo overwhelmed (45 Chrift 
foretold it fhould)\aU Sorts 5 4b at mofiwho 

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now live, are become lovers of Plcafures, 
more than lovers of God: A ndof thoje 
who ^pretend to love God, O God ! what 
fanRifyd heart can but bleed; tobehold how 
feldom they come to Prayers? How ir* 
reverently they hear God's Word? What 
Strangers they are at the Lord's Tabic ? 
What adiduous Spectators they are at 
Stage-Plays 5 Where (being Chriftians ) 
they Can [port themfelves to hear the Vaflals 
of the * Devil fcofing Religion, andbhC- 
phemOufly abufing Fhrajes of holy Scrip- 
ture on their Stages, as familiarly as they 
ufe their Tobacco-pipes in their Bibbing- 
houfes. So that he who would now^a-days 
feek, in mofi Chriftians for the power, JhaU 
fcarce -almofi find the Very (hew of Godli* 
nefs. Never was thert more finning, never 
kfs rtmorfe'for fin. Never was the Judge 
tnearef tocOme, never was there fo little 
preparation for hU coming. And if the 
Bridegroom Jhouldno^r cotne\ how many 

## *Exemplumadcidit, niulieris, Domino tefte,quxTheatrum ad- 
iit, 8c in4« com Dsemonio red iit. Itaque in exorcilmo cilm onerare. 
turimmundus fpiritus qu6d aufuscftfidelemaggredi; conftanter 
iuftiffimfei]ui<Sm (inquiOfeci : In meocam inveni, Ttrtul.de fretf. 
W- **f. 26. Therefore TertuUncsp. 26. Calls the Stage, DiaboliEc 
tkfttat* ScCathedram pfcfttlentiarum. + James 5.% Rev. 11. 20 

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Virgins, miihm one>draji of tb^Q^yf 
faying Faitfo v> their Lamps > ffc ii& 
gpeateft Wtfdom cfmjl'Men in this Age 
confift&in bebtgwifc, fir/},to'Jeceive others, 
and m tha end to Maine thcmielv^ 

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/« i»/W *o confide? tin uj^jctgincji $>&# 
£*/? P*?fiW£ '•■.«* k°n weajfc afe^lQ^/% ; 
kaveqi; Eternal Life ifthviwe wfcd: . 
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vbieb theymvfiw*dsre^k&%<l*: k p^ 
nijbed fef them in}jQ\fozw^&&m&* 
ty then fathvith tp&*jj*#to the, Hyffccritfh 
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he k yet: young, enough {$po\ he > cannot 
but- faow s that many nriMhnf as young 
as bimfelf are ahead f. in; Heft) fo r rpant x£ 
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pent 5 Jud ttoutomfoMt otheti die; yet he 
is f& enough from death, *»</ therefore 
mdfteAdly fatefet » longer time to enjoy 
his fweec Hcafures) and to ihefcafe his 
Wealth and Gfeathefe: And hereupon (like 
Solomon*; * fllugga*d)/k jfr/dfe Mw/ajf r* 
* fietfe-mort deep; a little more (lumber, 
a firtte mote folding of the Binds to 
flfeep in 0fc former fin-, tit dt lafa Zkfpxit 
(Se&lHt? '4 ugly HttAd-mait/} tomes in 6ii- 
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^lvatfott, : » ejpe^idfy of your Hign- 
riefo eWrtd/ltog Welfa&, f I hate enfcd- 
vbtirMib ekirjft{iji» of the Ghaos o/elid- 
lefe ^onttoiterfies) ^ old Pra&kfc of 
fMt\e^,whmpnHfhe^efore fhofeXm- 
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boms {in a (hort while) now come forth a- 
gam under the gracious protection of your 
Highnefs'j Favour 5 und b$ their enter*? 
tainment feem. not to be altogether unwel- 
come to the Church of Chrift. jf to be 
Pious, has tti all Ages been held fa trued: 
honour x,ffQw,much more honourable***?, 
in fo impious an Age, ft be the true Patron 
and Pattern of P iety > Piety made David, 
Solomon, Jehoftiaphat, Ezekias, Jofias, 
^erubbabel, Conftantine, Thcodofius, 
Edward the$ixih,Queen Elizabeth, Prince, 
Henry, and other religious Princes tobefo, 
honoured) that their names ( fince their 
death) * fmell in the Church of GO D 
like (t precious Oyntment, and their re- 
membrances, fweet as Honey in all 
Mouths, and as Mufick at a Banquet of 
Wine : Wlxn as the lips of other s t who have 
been godlcfs and irreligious Princes, do 
rot and ftink in the memory of God's Peo- 
.pie. And what honour is it for great Men 
to have great Titles on Earth $ when God 
counts their Names unworthy to be + writ- 
ten in his Book of Life in Heaven ? 

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It is Piety that Embalms, a Princes' s 
good Name, and make his face, to (bine be- 
fore Men, and glorifies his Soul among 
Angels. For as Mofes his Face, by often 
* talking with God, (hined in the eyes of 
the* People \foby frequent pray ing {which, 
is our talking with God) and hearing the 
Word, (which is God's fpeaking unto m) 
f we (hall be changed from glory, to; 
glory, by -.the Spirit of the Lord, to the. 
Image of the Lord. And feeing, this Life 
is uncertain to aUiefpecially to Princes 5) 
What Argument is more fit, both for Prin- 
ces and People to fiudy, than that whichl 
teacheth (infill Man to deny himfelf, bf 
mortifying ^Corruptions \ that he may 
enjoy Chrift, the Author of his Salvation i 
To renounce thefe falfe and momentany 
Pleafures of the World 5 that he may at- 
tain to the true and eternal Joys of Hea- 
ven: And to make them truly honourable 
before God in Piety, who are now only ho- 
nourable before Men in vanity ? What 
Charges foever wefpend in earthly vahi* 
. ties, for t he mofi part they either d ie be-. 

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But what tie, fpnct Hks * Mary; In f he 
Pr&fcice of Piety (tall remain our trWtf 
Memorial fQt,&tef. A^ f Piety ha$r v 
tfie Promife of this Lift, and of thaif 
which fhafl never end. But $»$&**/ ft" 
*/y there if no interna! Comfort- to U 
found in Confcience, ifo external £eate' 
/blfe looked for iathe World, W dnf& 
terrial Happihefs to be hoped for in Hea-' 
ven. How tan Piety fat pmhife to her fetf 
a zealous Patron of your flighneft $ Wing 
ibefo/eSoti and 1 . Heir of fo gtaeiofks'arirf 
^reataWohirthj Who is ridt oni? the 
Defender of the Faith by fide,' bur dip 
^Defender of the Faith in Truifc, ^"the 
Ghriftian WbVKi bath talfen notkeBytilt 
learned confuting of Beltermin^ obfr* 
fpreadlng Herefies, and his fttft5refling 
in the blade of VbrftusV Atfieaii Blitfi 
phemies ? And how ; eafie is ;tt fo* your 
Flighnefs ic egualXjH not exceed) jfiifbai 
tPBte before you^ in Grace and Gr&thefs j 
tf you do but fet your Heart tv (ttfc and 

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Vera eft pietas ; atefijuc il Ja vtrMaiif tfl: vel taercitbs vel imperato- 
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.all hearts, and underftandeth all the i- 
roaginationsof the thoughts: If thou 
feek him, he will be found of. thee: But 
if thou forfake him, he .will caft, thee 

off forever. ' . . . v ' "-■*'* 

To help you the better to leek and ferve 
this God Almighty, who muft fc jOKrchief 
Erote&or in Life, and only Proteelor in 
Death $ 1 here once again, on my bended 
feees* offer my Old Mite new fiampt^mto 
your Highnels s hands'. Daily for your 
Highncfs offering up unto the moft High ; 
wvhumbleft Prayers 5 that as you grovm 
Age and Stature, fo you may (Me your , 
Matter, Chrift) increafe in Wifdom and 
favour with God and all good Men. 
this Suit mill never ceafc : bt all other 
Matters I wiU ever reft 

Tour Highnefss humble Servant, 
during life to be commanded, 
Lewis Baily. 

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fave that the importunity of many devoutly 
diMed*.prevailed withjne to, add fomeppints, 
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Mtydeft, J Inhe dime my 6eft fendeavbury and. rbrthd 
finifhed all that J intend in this Argument. If thou 
fbalt hereby reap any more profit, &ve $od?U more 
praife-; and'rtmembef htm irifhy prayers, who bath 
vowed hoth his life and his labours, to further thy 
Salvation at his own. 

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I J]L Plato Defcdftion of God, 
f\ in refpeS if his Bfftncu, 
Ftffdn* and Attributes, fo far 
as every CbriftiaH fiould com- 
fetently endeavour to learn and 
know i With Jundry fweet Obser- 
vations, and Meditation tbett- 
nfouj, pffgg ± 

a* Meditations fettiug forth the 
Mijerjes of a Man in bis Life 
and Death, that is m reconciled 
tx> God in Cbidfi, 38 

3> Meditations of ike blefed State, 
bet kin. Lift and Death, of a Man 
that H reconciled to GodinCbrift : 
Wherein thou /halt ford not a 
few things worthy the Heading 

. and Obfervation y &i 

* Meditations onfeuen Hindrances, 
which t$ef hack * Sinntr from 
the Praclice of Piety , neceffary 
to he read of all, tat efreciafo 
of Carnal GefreBers in tbefe 
times* xoi 

$. Bow to begin the Morning with 
pim Meditations and Prayers, 

6 Hew to read the Bible with 
Profit and Eafi once over every 
Tear, 140 

7. A Morning Prayer 144 

Another Jhorter Prayer fir the 

Another brief Morning Prayer 

8. Meditations bow to walk with 
God all the Day, g^% 
EfteciaOy b$Wi H guide tbf 

Thoughts ' 1^9 

Thy Words jZ 

Thy A&ion* I7 * 

9. Meditations far the Evening 

10. An Evening Prayer 18ft 
Another Jhorter Evening- Prayer, 


11. Tbfrgs to be meditated neon at 
* thou art going to bed, 191 

I2-. Meditations for a godly Hon* 
fielder, i 9 ^ 

13* A Morning-Prayer for a Fa* 
mily, , 9 5 

14. Holy Meditations and Grates 
before and after Dinner and 

1^. Rules to kohfervedinjmging 
' of Pjalms, 308 

1 6. An Evening-Prayer for a Fa* 

«fc 2IO 

17* A PUligUu Difcourfe of the 
Sabbath-day, wherein k proved 
that the Sabbath was altered 
from the feventb to the firft Day 
of the Week* not by Humane 
Ordinance* but by Cbrift him- 
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fourth Commandment is perpetual 
and moral uvdtr the New Tefta- 
ment, m well as under the Old. 

* JLnd the true manner offanftify- 
in* tit Sabbath 4*y is defcriVd 
out of tie Word of God, 21$ 

18. A Morning-Prayer fir the Sab- 
bath-daft 260 

19. An Evening trayer for the Sab- 
bath-day, 27$ 

20. Meditations of the true man- 

■ tier of fafiinfr and giving of 

Alms, out of the Word of God, 


31 . Ihe right manner of holy Ptafl- 
ing^ ■ •' 298 

VU Holy and devout Meditations 

of tho worthy and reverend re* 

serving of the lord* i-S upper, 


*%> An #""&/' Confijfon of Sins 

-kit* fk Hoi 1 Communion ■-, 

84i A fioeet Soliloquy to he ford a 
little before the receiving of the 
holy Sacrament, 341 

* J. A Vrayer to be fad after the 

* reviving of the holy Sacrament* 

" %6- Medititions bow to behave 

- ik Win the time of ficknefs, 


27* A Prayer when one begins to be 

fitk> * 6 ° 

28. Viretlions fir maUng thy Will, 

and Jetting thy Boufc in order, 

ao, A Prayer before taking ofPby- 

jo* Meditations for tbeSnK,, 37 * 

31* Meditations for one that k re- 
covered from Sidtnefsy 3* % 
AnJta TbankJgmng* : &3 

32. Meditations for on? that k like 
? to dyer m *3$<* 

33. A Vrayer to he faid of one that 
is like to dye f 394- 

34. Comfortable Meditations againfl 
Defpair, 397 

3 J, pirtSions for theft who come 
to vifit the Sick* 4* * 

36. A Prayer to be faid for theftc^ 
by thole who vifit him, 414» 
And choice Scriptures fo be read 

unto bint* 4*7 

37. Covfolatwns agaiuft Impatience 
inficknefl* 41 8 

38* Confolations againft the fear of 
Death, 42% 

39. Seven fanSifiid Thoughts, and 
fo many fpiritual fijn, ft for * 
fici. Man ready to die, 4*6 

40. Of the comfortable ufe of true 
Absolution and receiving of the 

* Lord's Suffer , to the faithful 
and penitent, before they depart 
this life, if they may conveniently 
be bad, 432 

41. The laffl Speech ofagoMy Matt 

iying* 442 

42. Meditations of Mftrttrdom % 
wherein is proved that thofe who 
die for Popery cannot be thrift's 
Martyrs, 443 

43. A Divine CoUofty between 
Chrifi and the Sbui 9 concerning 
the Virtue and Efoacy of bis do- 
lorous Paffiou 4$*> 

44. The SouPs Soliloauy uutoCb/ifi 
her Saviour 9 4^ 


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H 6 ever thbii art that loolceft into! 
' this BOOKi, never undertake to 
read iri unlefs thou firft refohhjb 
to become from thine Heart an cuon 
?4\&,t&$rs8}twner of P## : Yet read i£ and that, 
fpeedily, left before thou haft read it over, God 
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Uolefs that a Man doth truly know God, he 
neither can nor will iwr/&//> him aright ; for how 
can a Man * love him, whom he knomth not ? And 
Who will aw/&//> him, wfiofc help & Mah thinks he 
needeth wxi And how mail a Minfeek Remedy 
by 6r^ who never underftood his Mifeiry by 
Nature* Therefore (faith the \ Apoftle) Be tha 
tometh to God, mufl believe that he is, and thai hi 
is a recorder if them that diligently feek htm. 

(j And forafmuch as there can tie no true Pietj± 
without the Knowledge of God ; nor any good 
tr&ice, without the Knowledge of a ManV orv* 
felf} we will thereforfc lay down the Knowledge 
of GodyMajefty, and ^fan^ Mifery, as the firft 
and chiefeft Grounds of the Praftfce df Piety. 

*Tum Denm amare libet, cflm pcrfuafuin habemus ipfum efle 
bprimuiD maximum, ubiquc prefentein, omnia in nobis efficient 
tern, cuto in quo vivimus, movemus, fumus. hucer. iiy Pfal. 1 15. 
THeb. iu 6. fl Daada imprimis opera eft, ut Deum tiorimus; 
^ubtquot felicfes eft trblwnus. Quid iibfcis 1! teipfutxi tiefcis i 

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£/<?w* and Attributes of Go J; bijt of t 

' Holy Scripture 5 fo far fet forth, as evi 
Christian muft competently know, and j 
Ceflafily believe, that will be favetL 

ALtho* no Creature! carl define what C 
is, becaufe He is a incomfrehenfibU y a 
b dwelling in indcceffible Ugh $ yet it ha 
pleafed his Majefty to reveal hrmfelf in I 
Word unto us, fo far as our weak Captfity can be 
conceive him. Thus, — ; 

God is that * one, *fpiritual and * infinitely 1 f erf e 
8 EJfenee^ whofe Being* h cf himftlf et&hauy. 
In the Divine EJfence We are to confider Tw 
Things : Firft, The Diverfe manner of being there 
in : Secondly, The Attributes thereof. 

The drt/erfe manner of being therein, are call 1 * 
j Perfons. 

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There are • Three Divine Perfons, the Father* 
the Son, and the Hob/ Ghofi :Thefc Three ^r>« 
are not Three fattTdXSuhftances, but Three diftinft 
Subfiflences ; or Three .iomv mmmw of Beings, of 
b <»w and the fame Subfltmce, and Www £/«*«, 
So that a Perfon y^the G(*#fti</ is an Individual 
Vnderfianding, and inncomunicahle Subffience, liv- 
ing of it felt, and not fuftained by another. 

In the Unity of the Godhead,' "there is a *jbh 
tditj which is not Accidental; (for God is a mo%t 
pre J&> and admits no accidents; ) nor effeniialT 
(for God is one Effence only ; ) but i Perfonal. 

The Perfons in this One Effence are but Three, 
In this e J#^«? there is *£«? & alius, another and 
another j but not aliud& aliud, another thing ancj 
another thing. 

The Divine Effence in k felf, is neither divided* 
nor difinguijbed', but the Three Perfons in th* 
Divine Effence are diftinguiflied amongft them, 
felves Three manner of Ways, 

. i. By their Names, 
%. By their Order, 
3. By their A3 ions. 

«Gen.i.a<5.&3.ii.& 1i-7.Exod.10. 2.Hof.i. 4 ,7.Ifc.<$3.o,ia, 
Zach. 3-a.Hag. a. $,6". ijohny .7.Mat.3. i<S,i 7 .&a8. lojohn 1*, 
26. a Cor. 13.13 bSujguUfuntinfinguIi$,&oniniaiJifinguli», 
ticfingula ipomnIbus,ctunum omnia. Ang.Ub.6. dtWn. f.«fccGca. 
1. 16. & 3. 2i.&ii.7.I6.tf.8. dPcrfotMBDivinitatisdiftinguun* 
tur pCTfonalker, five mgibru Cr^iQ-. e Dens eft, iodivil> 
Vnui m Trimt»te, & ioconfiife tijnos in pait*t#. ?^/». 

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I. By their Names, thus, 

THE firft Perfon is named the EtfA^r; Firft, 
in rcfpeft of his a - natural Son Chrifi : Se- 
condly, in refpeft of the £/<?#, his * adopted Sons; 
that is, thofe who being not his Sons by Nat#re y 
are made his Sons by Gra^e. 

The fecond Perfon is named the'&w, becaufe 
lie is ^ begotten of his? Father's Subjiance, or Nature y 
tmd he is called the WW; Firfl:, becaufe the f con- 
ception of a JfW in Man's Mind, is the neareft 
thing that in fotne fort can fhadow unto us the 
manner how he is eternally begotten of his Father's 
Sub fiance ; and in this refpedt he is alfo called, the 
Wifdom of- his Father, Prov. 8. 1 1. Secondly, becaufe 
that by ihim the Father hath from the beginning 
declared his will for our Salvation ; hence he is cal- 
led *ly&: 9 quafniy*?, the pet fpn fpeaking with or by 
the Father. Thirdly, becaufe he is the chief h Ar- 
gument of all the Word of Gpd\ or that WORD 
whereof GOD fpafce,when he promifed the blefled 
$eed to the Earners under the Old Teftament. 

The third Perfon is named the Holy l Ghofl ; Firft, 
Becaufe he is ^fpiritual, without a Body. Secondly, 
becaufe he is fpired 9 and as it were breathed from 

■■ a Mat.ii. af.ifc Si7. k Ifa^63.i6.Bph.3.i4,ij. ^foV.30.4^ 
* Pial. 2 . 7- c Heb. 1.3. Phil. a. 6, fBaft. /*/>. 5 Johan . Sicat mens co- 
gitando in feip fam refledicur, & Xo^y internum gign it: ita mens 
itta setfrha <ptx eft Dctis pater, in, ftipfem inteHigendo reflexa 
a&2*f seternuhi modo inefiabili genuit: Et ficut exterior Aiy©^ 
toy* iAterioris effigies quaft eft: ita aeterhus ille kiy& <&»sft7*» 
x*V«terni patris imago eft, & Majeftatis CharaGer. Hcb. i. *• 
S r 4r Afts 3. aa, 23, *4- s Dfc.tfj.io. 3 Cojr, 13. 14* 5 I John 4. **' 
aCbr ; .3;»7 : . ' ' '" f ' " " ' ' < ' ' . ■' ■ •' 

3Cfte practice rf f&tetp* 

fo/A the * father, and the •&*, that is, proceedeth 
from them both. And he is called holy % both be- 
caufe he is b holy in his own Nature, and alfo the 
immediate c Sanflifier of aR God's eleft People. 

z. By their Order, thus. 

THE Ferfons of the Godhead are either the 
Father, or thofe which are d of the Father. 

The Father is the c Firft Perfon in the glorious 
Trinity, f having neither his Being nor Beginning 
of any other but of himfelf \hegetting his 5^, and 
together with his Son fending forth the Holy Qhofi 
from cverlafting. The Ferfons which are of the 
Father, are thofe who in refpeft of their perfonal 
Exiflence, have the whole Divine Ejfenee eternally 
communicated unto them from the Father. And 
thofe are either from the Father alone, as the Son ; 
or from the Father and the Son, as the Holy Ghojt. 

The Son is the Second Perfon of the glorious 
Trinity, and the only begotten Son of his Father, 
not by Grace, but by Nature ; having hiss Being 
of the father alone ', and the whole Being of his 
father by an eternal and incomprehenfible Genera- 
tion ; and with the Fsther fendeth forth the Holy 
Ghoft. In refpeft of his ahfolute Ejfenee, he is of 
himfelf; but in refpeft of his Perfon he is, by an 

*John2o.n,n.Gal.4.0i Pcti. if, i$.«a Cor. 3. tj. 1 Theft 
$.13. 1 Pecx.ft. d OrigocffcntiaindiviniS nulla eft, origapcrfo- 
DAram tecum habct in Filio, & ibiricn San&o; Pater ♦mm eft 

generationein & paore exiftit: ideoque non eft difliitfy, John & 
3<f« & J. 19. Mic. 5. 1. John 1. 1. 

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eternal Generation, of his Father. For the Ejfemce 
doth not beget an Ejfence^ but the * Perfon of the 
Father begetteth the Perfon of the $on> and fq he is 
<W of G^, and. hath from his Father, the begin* 
ning of his Perfon md Order, but not of Ejfence 
and 'Time, 

The //<$ Gfoy? is the Third Perfon of the bleflfed 
Trinity, proceeding f and fent forth equally from 
(I both the Father and the fa*, by an eternal and 
incomprehenfible Spiration. For as the Son recei- 
veth the whole Diyine Eflertfce by Generation ; fo 
the Holy Ghofi receiveth it wholly by Spiration, 
\ This Order betwixt the Thr^e Per/dm appears, 
in that the Father begetting muft in order be be- 
fore the $0*- begotten;, and the Fathered Son 
before the Holy Ghofi proceeding from both. 

K Thls Order ferves to let forth unto us t w6 things : 
Firft, themanner how the. Trinity worfeeth in their 
external JBions; as, that the Father worktth of 
himfelf, by the $on and the Holy Ghofi; .the Son 
From the Father, by the Holy Ghpfi ; the Holy Ghofi 
from the Father and the Son, Secondly, To di-> 
ftinguifh the firft and immediate beginning, from 
which thofe external and common Axioms do flow. 
Hence it is, that forafmuch as the Father .is the 
> Fountain *n& Original ox t he Trinity-, the begin, 


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ping of all external Wor!dog 
in Relation, and the. Title of Creator in the Creed 
are given in a fpecial Manner to the Father; our 
Redemption to the So*, and our Salification to the 
perlbn of the Holy Ghoft, as the immediate Agents 
of thofe Anions. And this alfo is the caufe why 
the Son y as he is Mediator ■, referreth all Things to 
the f Father, not to the Holy Ghoft ; and that the 
Secure fo often faith, that we are || reconciled to 
the Father. 

This Divine Order or Ouonomy excepted, there 
is neither fir ft nor laft, neither Superiority nor infe- 
riority, among the Three Perfens', but for Nature 
tbey are 90-effential, for Dignity co-equal, for Time 

The whole Divine Eflence is in every one of the 
Three ferjhnsi but it was incarnated § only in tlie 
Second Perfon of the Word, and not in the Perfon 
of the Fathers of the Holy Ghoft , forthree Realons. 
Firft, That God the Father might the rather fet 
forth the greatnefs of his Love to Mankind, in gi- 
ying his Firft and only begotten Son to be incarnated, 
$nd to fuffer Death for Man's Salvation. 

Secondly, ^ That he who was in his Divinity the 
Son of God, (hould be in his Humanity the Son of 

*Hitac Dei nomenfepein fcripturis Patri jul)' Ifcojfiji tribui- 
tur Join 14. 1 . Rom. 8. 2. j Cor. 8.6, x Cor. 1 5. 24. f Matrh. 1 1 . 1 j f 
a6,a7.Johns.i9,2o,ai, 22, a3.& 11.41,42,6c 12.4^. laCor.j. 18. 
tfc. $Incarnatio verbi oroprife non patri, nee Spintui Sando nifi 
^iudM«r x)3*iW}»??w compctit. Damrf. 1. deOrth.fd, c. 13. 
Ifltykvit carnemChrifti pater. &Spiritus S, fed majeftate, non fufc 
ceptkme. Awg.Serm.i* dtTmf. Jtbn 3. i6.Rok.8.i a. & j. 8, 10. Hoc 
mimmfcedusfemper mens cogitat, uno Hoc tu ne dubita fede- 
re jjarta falus, M*Aw. H Ut qui crat in divinitatc Dei Filius, fie- 
retio hnmanitate faominis FUins,ne nomen filii ad alteram trao» 
wet; Qui non effet sterna nativitate Filip*. jug. 

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Man ; left the name of Son (hould pafs unto ano- 
ther, who by his eternal Nativity was not the Son. 

Thirdly, Becaufe it was a meeteft that That 
Perfon, who is the fubftantial Image of his eternal 
Father, ihould reilore in us the fpiritaal Image of 
God, tyhich we had loft. 

In ^.Incarnation the Godhead was not turn'd into 
the Manhood, nor the Manhood into the Godhead; 
but the Godhead as it is the fecond Per/on, or Word, 
affumM unto it the Manhood,thzt is, the whole Na- 
ture of Man, Body and Soul; and all the natural 
Properties and b Infirmities thereof, &* excepted. 

The fecond 'Perfon took not upon him the c Perfon 
of Man, but the Nature of Man. So that the 
6 Humane Nature hath no perfonal Subfiftence of 
its own (for then there Ihould be two Perfons in 
Chrift) but it fubfifteth in the Word, the Second 
Perfon. For as the Soul and Body make but one 
Perfon of Man, fo the Godhead and Manhood 
make but one Perfon of Chrift. 

The two Natures of the Godhead and Manhood 
are fo really united by a perfonalZ/nion, that as they 
can never be feparated aflmder, fo are they ne- 
ver * confounded; but remain ftill diftrnguifhed by 

« Congruebat filium aflumcrc humanam naturani, uc bst per- 
ibna quae eft fubftantialis imago sterni Patris reftitueret iroagi- 
nem Dei in nobis corruptam. Atban. b Hek 3. 17, i3. & 4* 15. Ia« 
firmitates merae pri vationis non pravae difpofitionis. c Hnm&na 
natura eft diftinftum indiyiduum a natura divini, etfi non fit di- 
ftinfla perfona, Keck. Sjft.Tbtol. lib. 3. pag. x 19. d Uniri hypoftari- 
ce. Deum & hominem, niki> eft aliud quam naturam humaaam 
non habere propiam exUbntiam, fed aflumptamefle fc Vetbb «- 
terno ad ipfara Verbi&bfiftentiam. Bellur. d§ incarnstJib. 3. c*f* 8. 
« Sal vis & diftin&is manencibus proprietatibus nature tan* aflfu- 
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their feveral and ellential Properties which they had 
before they were united. As for example, the /», 
finitenefs of the Divine, is not communicated to 
the humane Nature, nor the finitenefs of the Hu- 
mane, to the Divine Nature. 

Yet by reafon of this perfonal Vnion there is fuch 
a communion of the properties of both Natures, that 
That which is proper to the one, is fometimes at- 
tributed to the other Nature. As that God purchafed 

* the Church with bu own Blood; And b that he will 
Judge the World by that Man whom he hath appointed. 
Hence alfoit is, that tho' the Humanity ot Chrift 
be a created, and therefore z c finite and limited 
Nature, and cannot be every where prefent by 
aftual Pofition, or local Extension, according to his 

* natural Being ; yet becaufe he hath communicated 
unto It the perfonal Subfiftence of the Son of God, 
Which is Infinite, and without Limitation, and is fo 
united with God, that it is no where fevered from 
God ; the Body of Chrift, in refpeft of his * perfonal 
Being, may rightly be faid to be every where. 

3. The Attions hj which the Three Perfons he 

THE Actions are of two Sorts, either External, 
reipe&iag the Creatures ; and thofe are after 
' a Sort common to every one of the f Three Perfons: 
or internal, refpcfiting the Perfons only amongft 
themfelves, and are altogether Incommunicable. 

aSfts so. a'Jf." * A<&7- 3 1. «Dr- AV/i of the Church j Book 3. 
C. 3j. d secundum efle naturale, Chriftus non eft ubiqne. « So- 
CiindiMB.efle.pcr£bq9l4 Chiriftus eft ubigue. f Inoperibusadextra 
trcs pexGons opcaunur finmlj fervaco ordine pertonarnm in ope. 
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The External and communicable Anions of the 
three Perfons, are thefe, 
h The Creation of the World, peculiarly belonging 
t ) God the Father : The Redemption of the Church 
to God the Son: And the Ratification of the Ele& 
to God the Holy Ghoft. But becaufe tfe * Father 
created, and ftill governeth the World bytheSor^ 
in the Holy Ghoft ; therefore thefe external* Aft ions 
are indifferently f inf Scripture, oftentimes afcrib'd 
to each of the Three Perfons, and therefore adPd 
communicable and divided Actions. 

The internal ltd incommunicable Afti*n$ y or Pro- 
perties of the Three Perjbns, are thefe : 

i. To beget; and that belongeth only to the 
father, who is neither made, created nor begot- 
ten of any. 

a. Jobs begotten; and that belongeth only to 
the -Son, who is of the Father alone, not made, 
iror created, but rbegotten* 
; , 3. To proceed from both ; and that belongeth 
only to the Holy Qhoft, who is of the Father and 
the Son; neithgr m^de ? nor created, nor begotten, 
but proceeding, " 

So that when we fay, That the Divine Effence 
is in the Father unbegotten, in the Son begotten, 
and in the IJoly Ghofi proceeding ; we make not 
Three EJfences 9 but only (hew the divers manners of 
frbfiftingy by which the fame moft fimple, eternal 
and unbeaten Effence fubfifteth in each Perfon : 

* Rein. 11*36 f As Redemption, AQs 16.18. and Sanftification, 
1 Pet. 1. a. to the Father; Creation, 1 Johns, and San&ification, 
1 Cor. 1. 1. to the Son; Creation, Pfil. 33 . 6. and Redemption, 
Sph. 4. 30. to the Holy Ghoft ; joyntfy all to each, I Cor. tf. 1 1, 
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Namely, that it is not in the Father by Generation ; 
that*it is in the Son communicated from the Father 
by Generation: And in the holy G^/? communicated 
from both the Father and the Son by proceeding. 
Thefe are incommunicable Jit tons, and do make 
not an ejfential, Accidental, or rational, but a r**/ 
Diftiodion betwixt the Three perfons. So that he 
who is the Father iir the Trinity, is not the£**r 
He who is the Son in the Trinity y is not the /u- 
flfer* He who is the Holy Gho/t in the Trinity, is 
neither the Sonnet the Father, but the S/>/W/, pro* 
ceedhag from both l Tho' there is but One and the 
fame Eflence common to f all Three. As there* 
Jforewe believe that the Father is Go J, the So* is 
God, add the Maly Ghoft is God: So we like wife 
believe that God is the /^/fer, • God is the &>*, and 
God is the fifWy Gftqft But by reafon of this real 
Diftin&ion, thePerfonoftheone is not, nor ever 
can be the Perfon.of the other. The Three Per* 
fcns therefore of the Godhead, do not differ from 
the Effince but || formally : But they differ really 
one from another, and fo aire difttnguirtiM by their 
hyfoftatkal Proprieties. As the Father is God, b*> 
getting dod theS6fi f : The Son isGod, begotten of 

* Perfonas nomen, pop eft aliquid ab dTentiiabftra&iin, ac fepa- 
ratum: iate Tkf. #xh}< Perfona eft ipfiheiTentia Divina, con* 
ttag* ftjUcirtum ^pcculiarem fubfiftcndJrinodwn. Zmubiw. Pet* 
fona gigfiit> & gfemtujr •rEffcntia nee gignit» nee gigniuir, fed 
tommaracatur. Al&uL + Quom unum cogito, trium incompre* 
benjpbUiluccinvoIvbr. JtouVm.|tyamvi$peiTOna cum Eflentii 
rion £t£puuno idem, . ffp^ often ab e& eft omnuio eliud. Diflert 
enimpon numero, quia in nc Di vinis fbret quacernitas ; nonrc 
q*m eflentia de pcrfonispradicatur, fed formal! ter,W a&j,^ five 
ration* ratiocinante : Eileittia Divina non differt * perfonis, tic 

S, £ reta*. fid at res i £ui$ modis 2 nmnin Deo non eft res & 
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God the Father : And the /£>/? GAq/? is Gorfj pro- 
ceeding from both God the Father,and God thiSort. 

Hence it is that the Scriptures ufe the Name of 
God two manner of ways: Either ■ EJfentiatlj, and 
then it fisnifieth the Three Perfons conjointly $ or 
b perfooafiy, and then by a Synecdoche it fteaifl- 
eth but one of the three Perfons in the Godhead', As 
the Father, i Tim. *. j. or the Son, Afts 10. i8i 
t .Tim. 3 . 1 6. or the holy Ghojt, AQs f. 4. iCor.6. 1 6. 

And becaufe the Divine Effence (common to all 
the Three Perfons) is but one, we call the fame, 
Vnity. But becaufe there be Three difiinB FeffifHs 
in this one indtvifible Effence, we call the fame* 
Trinity. « So that this Vnity'm Trinity, and Tri- 
nity in Vnity is a holy *Myftery, rather to be reli- 
gioufly adored by Faith, than e curioufly fearcfc 
ed by Reafon, further than God hath revealed id 
his Word* 

Thus far of the Mverfe manner of Being in the Divint 
Effence ; new of the Attributes thereof 

ATtributes are certain defcriptions of theDiviae 
Eflence,deliver'd in the Scriptures according 
to the weaknefs of our f Capacity, to help us the 

■ - - ' ■■ — — - - ; 

a in*JS<. Nomcn Dei eflentiaMter pofitum, tion'mirttfc Fllhim 
& Spiritum San&um,auim Pattern defignat. b «fevptf rtffr * Sacral 
mentum hoc vcnerantfudt non lcrutandiijii, munttodo.praralicii 
, fit in imitate, & unitas in ptaralitate. Scintaft hoc,tefrciitaseft; 
credere, pictas; nofle Ve*fr, vita «tcnta. Utht « Neque atf lodpeni 
dumdigne dc Deo lingua fufticir, nequead percJrienfltim iiitclledi 
us prxvalet; fHagis ergo glorificare nos conVemt Dettw, qtiofrta^ 


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better to underftand the Nature of God'/ Eflence, 
and to difcern it from all other Eflences. 

The Attributes oi God are of Two Sorts, either 
motnittal, or real. 

The Nominal Attributes are of Three Sortl 
i. Thofe which fignify God'j Eflence. a. The 
Perfoos in the Eflence. 3. Thofe which fignific 
hu Effential Works. 

Ofthe firft fort is the Name * Jehovah, or ra- 
ther "fjebueh, which figoineth the eternal Being 
cf hmjelf in whom being without all beginning 
and end, all other Beings both begin and end, 
Ifa. 41. 8. Tfalm 83. 18. 

God tells Mofes, Exod. 6. p That he was not known 
to Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob by his Name Jehovah . Not 
but that they knew this to be the Name of God ; 
(for they uted it in all their Prayers) but becaufe 

real Pofeffio* of Cantons Land, and fo to be not 

only God Almighty, by whom all Things were 
made ; but alfo ferforming indeed to the Chil- 
dren that which he promifed in his Word to the 
Fathers, which this Name Jehovah efpecially fig. 
nifieth. And for this caufe, lUofis calls God firft 
Jibovah, when the universal Creation had its abfo- 

^^— ^ — ^ — I, 1 H I 1 1 .1 

*fhto& if. 3. ab H*vkh vel Hajth, Effc: nam ita Deus eft 4 
fripjo, ut fit fuum cffc, & *i/Joafr. Omnes hujus nominis litem 
font (jpiralcs, ut denote t*r Deum die Spiritum. p. Mar. he. com. tap. 
ai. F. VUntan. A arc. firm. c. i. tjehorah non habet plurale, &m 
I&^PCtirufcli vero Deo tribuitur. || Locus Exdi. 6. 3. intelligcndus 
eft d^gndibus divuiitnmpttefaaiontim. Ger. l$c. 3. it Nat. Dei. 
&T[iVftri{>ttif& reitone dicuntur fieri, qpancfa fiunt manifefbe :, 
SftwbSmSphittis^SinQns'Aondtun crat, id eft; nondum inno- 

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lute iking, Gen. x. 4. And this admirable Name is 
graven on the Decalogues Forehead, which -was 
pronounced upon the Ifrdelites Deliverance to be 
the Rule of Rigbteoufnefs, after which they fbould 
ferve their Deliverer in the promifed Land* 

This Name is fo full of Divine Myfteries, that 
the Jews hold it a Sin to pronounce it; but if ic 
be no * Sin to write it, why ftiould it be unlaWf 
fill to pronounce it? 

This holy Name of God teacheth us, 

Firft, What God is in himfelf ; namely, 1? art 
eternal Being of himfetf 

Secondly, How he is unto others, becaufe that 
from him all other Creatures have received their 
f Being. 

Thirdly, That we may confidently believe hi$ 
Promifes, for he is named Jehovah, not Only in 
refpeft of Being, and caufing all Things to hi; but 
efpecially in refpeft of his \\gratiou* Promifes^ which 
without Fail he will fulfil in his appointed Time, 
and fo caufe that to be,which was not before. Vtad 
fo this Name is a golden fledge unto Us, that becaufe 
he hath promi/ed,he will furely upon otlr'f H£ 
f enhance forgive us all our Sins ; at the Time of 
Death, receive our Souls; and in the RefurrtSfidfy 
raife up our Bodies in Glory to life everlaftingi 

The fecond Name denoting God V Effence is 
Erjtjeh; but once read, Exdl 3. 14. of the fcjne root 
dm JEHOVAHis,and fignifieth I AM,of I WILL 

BE ; for when Mojes asked God by what Namehei. 

— — - • ■ * ". " 1— " \ . 

* Quod licet fcribere, effari cur non Jiceret ? Tbeod. in Epit. fB» . 
seternum itfloiv. Foils eft t*V»k £#w. I in promiffionihusjeoo* 
Vah eft cfr. § Ifa. 55 . 7 John i a. %6 t & 14, a, vJoW.^ Jo]*?* 1. & 


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fhould call him, God then named himfelf £hejeb 9 
A/her Ehejeb ; / am that I am, dr / wiU be that I 
mSbe ; fignifying, that he is an eternal, unchange- 
able Being: For feeing every Creature is tempo* 
tary and mutable, no Creature can fay, Ero qui 
tro, I will be that I mB &e+ This Name in the New 
Teftament is given to oiir Lord Chrift, When he 
is called Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end- 
ing * which is, which was, and which is to come, thi 
Almighty, Rfev; i . 8/ For ill tithe paft arid to come j 
b aye prefent before God. And to this Name* 
Chrift himfelf alludeth, John 8. %%. Before Abra- 
ham was* 1 arn. 

This Name fhould teach us likewife to havd 
always jfrefent in our Minds our firft Creatiom 
prefent Corruption, arid future Glorification; and 
not content our felves with, 1 was good, or / vrim 
be good, but tobe good prefcntly ; that whenever 
God fends for us, he may.find us prepared for him. 
The Third Name is Jah, which as it comes of 
the fame Root, fo is it the contraft of Jehovah, and 
fignifietb Lord, becaufe he is the f Beginning and 
Being of Beings. It is a || Name for the riioft part 
afcribed unto God * when fome notable Delivers 
ance or Benefit comes to pafs according to his for- 
mer Promife; and therefore ail Creatures in Hea- 
ven and Earth are commanded to celebrate and 
praife God in this Name Job. 

^ he Fourth is xfe®-, Lord, ufed tifteii in thfe New 
Teftament $ : For xJ?*, or «**&*, fignifietlv / am 

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Hence a**©- Iignifieth the fiHiHTence cjF a Thiog, 
or Authority. When it is abjblufely given to God, 
it anfwereth to the fcebrewNzmeffiovah) and is fo 
tranQated by the Seventy Interpreters ;.fqr God is 
fo a 2>t/, that he is of * himfelf Lord, of all. : This 
Name fhould always put us in Remembrance *o 
f obey his Commandments, and to fear jtiis. Judg- 
ments, and fubmit our felves to his bkfled Will 
and Pleafure; faying with Eli, ft is the Lord, Jet 
him do what feemeth him goody i Sam. J* 18* 

The Fifth is Gih< God, Six Hundred times ufed 
in the New Tcftament* and the prophage ;Wriiters 
commonly. It is derived jj *VJ *S $$y; Becaufe he 
runs through, and CompafFeth all Things j or 
«va ™ a!$M>} which fignifieth to burn aqd kinw > for 
God is Lg£f, and the Abthor both pi Beat f 
$ £g£f, and L/f* in all Creatures, either ^medi- 
ately of himfelf, or mediately by Secondary Caufes; 
This Name is ufed either improperly, or proper* 
ly. Improperly, when it is given either figure 
tively to Magiftrates, or falfly to Idols. But when 
it is properly and abfolately taken, it fignifieth 
the eternal E(fence of God, being above ail Things, 
and thro 9 all tilings ; giving Life and Light to all 
Creatures, and preserving and governing them 
in their wonderful Frame and Order, God feet h 
all in all Places; let us therefore every where take 
Heed what we doin his Sight, - 

Thus far of the Names which fignifie Qofs EJfexce. 

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The Name which fignifieth the perfons in the 4^ 
7^, is chiefly one, * Elohim. 

Ehhim fignifieth the mighty Judges : It is a Name 
of the plural Number, to exprefs the Trinity of Per* 
Tons in f Vnityoi Effence. And to this purpofe the 
fiofy-^hofihtpantth. the Holy Bitle with this plural 
Name of God, joyned with a Verb of the Angu- 
lar Number, as Elohim Bara t Dii ereavit || The migh- 
ty Qa4s, or rather aS the Three Perfons iff the Godhead 
created. The Jews alfo note in the Verb Wp Bora 
confifting of Three Letters, the My fiery of the Tri- 
joity, By 2 Beth, Ben, the Son $ byn Refc Ranch 
.the Spirit; by K Alefh *b the Father . , But this 
holy My ftery is more clearly taught by Mofes, Gen. 
3» »j. And Jehovah Elohim /aid, Behold the Man it 
become as One of ut. And Gen. 19. ^.Jehovah rain- 
ed apoB.$odom and ufm Qomorrah, Brimfione and 
Fire from Jehovah out of Heaven j § that is God the 
Son, ffom God the Patlter, who hatbtommittedaA 
Judgment unto the Son, John 5. 12., See Pf$l, } 3. 6, 
/fa. 6. 8, 9, 1 o. The lingular Number of Elobirn 
isEbkk, derived Of 4lab, befivore; becaufethatin 
aD weighty Cawf^s, when Neceffity requirethan 
Oath! to decide the Truth, we are only to 1 wear by 
the Name of God ; which is the great and right* 
ecus Judge of Heaven and Earth. 

This Name Eloab is butiejdom ufed, as Hahah 
3- 3-5«»*l4» 9- & jkte.4. & 15.8,3 6>; Pfaf.tf, 31. 

*Nomen Hihim eft perfonarum AwwlTOwr. j*//frtf. *f (fcutim £- 
UhiM-ic uni-perfoni dicitur, Synecdochice dj&um eft propter 
Eflcpti? muwtem. 7w». 1 Tbe like you may read D«r 6.4. Jojh. 
24.19. jlSic mirens Aretbnfius in Smyrnenu Concilio fanfte ex- 
poftfc Stetat. Ettltf. fl#. /. 1. *• 30. • 

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Pfal. 1 147. Once it hath a Noun plural joyned to 
it, Job 35.10. * None faith, where isEloah Gofai, the 
Mmighty my maker ? To note the Myftery of the 
eternal Trinity. Many times alfo Elohim the plural 
number is joyned with a Verb fingluar, to exprefs 
more emphatically this Myftery, Gen.tf.j.xSam* 
7.%$AJo[b. xq. 1 9'Jer.io.to. Elohim is alfo fome- 
time Tropically given to Magistrates, becaufe they 
areGodV Vicegerents; as to Mofes, Exod.7a.3F*- 
havah /aid unto Mofes, I have made thee Elobim to 
Pharaoh, that is, I have appointed thee an AmbaC- 
fador to reprefent the Perfon of the true three^one 
God, and to deliver his Meffage and Will unto 
Pharaoh. As oft therefore as we read, or hear this 
Name Elohim, it (hould put us in Mind to confi- 
der, that in om Divine Effence there are Three ii» 
jlinff Perfons, and tfat God is Jehovah Elobtm* 

How follow the Names, which fignifie GoJPs EJfential 
Works, which are thefe Five efpccially. 

1. f^ L, which isas much as thzftrongGod, ||and 
£j teacheth us, that God is not Only mod 
ftrong, and Fortitude it felf, in his own Effence, 
hut alfo that it is he that giveth all Strength and 
Power to all other Creatures. Therefore Chrtflr is 
called, Ifa.9.6. El Gibbbr, theftrong, meft mighty God. 
Let not God^ Children fear the power of Enemies, 
for El $ our God is ftronger than they. 

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dofchiiri Hii,diifantti ipfe. M Hence £// in Hebrew, as Jt41tfA.27.46, 
mi Ehi infyriat; uMarh x 5.3 i.dochfignifiCjfltQrG*/, a Chron.32.8. 



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x. Shaddaiy* th&tis, Omnipotent. By this Name 
God ufually ftyled himfelf to the Patriarchs, / am 
El Shaddai, Jheflroni God Almighty. Becaufe he 
is perfe&ly able to defend his Servants from all 
Evil ; to blefs them with all fpirituaf and temporal 
Bleflings; and to perform all his Promifes which 
he hath made unto them for this Life, and that 
which is to come. This Name belongeth only to 
the Godhead, and to no Creature, no not to the 
Humanity cfChrift. This may teach us with the 
Patriarchs to put our whole Confidence in God, 
and not to doubt of the true Performance of his 

3. t Adonsiy My Lord, this Name as the Mof» 
forets note, if found One Hundred and Thirty Four 
times in the old Teftament ; and Logically it is gi- 
ven to Creatures, but properly it belongeth to 
God alone. It is ufe&Mol. i. 6*. in the plural Num- 
ber, to note the Myftery of the Holy Trinity. If I 
be Adon'm, Lords, where is my Fear ? Adoni, the An- 
gular j Adanim the plural Number. This Name 
is given to CAr/j?, Dan. 9. 16. Caufe thy Face t$ 
/hint upon thy San&uary, that is defolate, for .Adorn 
(the Lard Chrift) his fake. 

The hearing of this holy Name, may teach eve- 

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*ThcLXXturnit4rArV^wf. It 1$ dcrivcAof o^ f fufficicn^ 
cy, and the Relative^, thefrmethat Ml*?w, or of Sks4, adug, 
becaufe God feeds his C hrldren with fufficiency of all Grace, as th* 
lovingMother the Child withthe Milk of her Brtafts* f A Nan» 
compounded of Ai, My, and Ad*n> Lord Adon derivatur abEden, 
bafis, qui* Deus eft fiindamcntum Scfuftentator omnium creatq* 
varum. Hinc Adon, Dominus, cui rei domeftice enra incumbitt 
& ei tanquam columns innititur. Quandode creaturis ufurpatu* 
Adonai, eft Jod cum patach : Sed de Creatore cum qtftyetz* Ah 
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ry Man to obey God's Commandments, to fear him 
alone, to fuffer none befides him to reign in his 
Confluence, to lay hold (by a particular Hand of 
Faith) upon his Word and Promife, and to chal- 
lenge God in Chrift to be his God, that he may 
fay with 7 homos , Thou art my Lord and my God. 

4. Helion y that is moft High, PfaL 9. x. & 91. $*• 
e5* 91.9.0^.4. 1 7,144x7,3 4. ^#j 7,48. This Name 
Gabriel giveth unto God, telling the Virgin Mary 
that the Child which fhould be born of her, 
fhouid be the * Son of the mofi High, Luke 1. jx. 
This teacheth, that God in his Eitence and Glory 
exceedeth infinitely all Creatures in Heaven and 
Earth. Secondly, That no Man fhoujd beprdud 
of any earthly Honour or GreatneJL f Thirdly, If 

" we defire true Dignity, to labour to have Commu- 
nion with God in Grace and Glory* 

5. AbbAy a Syriac Nfarfie, figdifying Father, Rom* 
8. f 5*. This is fometimes usM f$mtia1ly, as in the 
'Lord's Prayer ; Secondly, Tvrfinally, as Matt.i i.Xf. 
For God is Chrift\ Father by Nature, and Chriftiant 
6y Adoption and Graced Chrift is calPd the ever/aft* 
ing Father 1 Ifa.9,6. becaufe he regenerates us under 
the New Teftament. God is alfo calPd §the Fa* 
'i her of Lights, Jam. 1. 17. becaufe God dwellethin 
inacceflibie Light* 1 Tim.(>,i6. and is the Author, 
not only of the Suns Light, but alfo of all the light, 
-both of natural Reafon, and fu per- natural Grace, 
^ which light e net h every Man that cometh into the 
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World. This Name teacheth us, chat all the Gifts 
which we receive from God, proceed from his meer 
Bather ly Love. Secondly, That we fhould Love 
him again as dear Children. Thirdly, That we 
may in all our Needsand Troubles, be bold to call 
upon him as a Father, for his help and fuccour. Thus 
fhould we not hear of the facred Names of God, 
but we fhould thereby be put in Mind of his Good* 
nefs unto us, and of our Duties unto him. And then 
fhould we find how comfortable a thing it is, to do 
every thing in the Name of God. A Phrafe ufuai 
in every ManV Tongue ; but the true comfort there-, 
of f thro' Ignorance) known to few Mens Hearts. 

It is a great Wifdom, and unfpeakable matter of 

the ftrengthening of a Chriftian'i Faith, to know 

how in the Mediation ofchrijl, to invocate God 

by fucb a Name, as whereby he hath manifefted 

himfelf to be mo ft willing, and beft able to help and 

fuccour him in his prefent Need or Adverfity. The 

ardent defire of knowing God, is the fureft Tefti* 

mony of our Lowe to God, and of God'j Favour to 

us. Becaufe he hath Jet his hove upon me, therefore 

mil 1 deliver him ; I will fet him on high, becaufe he 

hath known my Name : He {ball colt upon me, and I 

. mlf anfaer him, &c. Pfal. 9 1. 14, 1 j. And it is a 

great ftrengthening of Faith with Underftanding, 

to begin every Action in the Name of God, 

Thm far of the Nominal Attributes. 

The red Attributes are of Two Sorts j either 
rtfoUte, or relative* 

The dfolute Attributes are fuch, which cannot 

iwzPY Sort agree to any Creature, hut to God alone* 

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Thefe are two ; Simplenefs, and Infinitenefs. 

* Simplenefs is that, whereby God is void of all 
Compaction, Divifton, Multiplication, Accidents, or 
parts compounding, either fenfible, or intelligible 5 
fo that whatever he is, h$ is the fame eflentiaily. 

It hinders qot GodV Simplenefs that he is Three, 
becaufe God is Three, not by composition of Par t)^ 
but by cq exiftence ofPerfons. 

f Infinitenefs is that, whereby all things in God 
are void of all Meafure, Limitation, and Bounds;, 
above and bpneatb, before and after. 

From thefe Two do neceffarily flow Three other 
fhfolute Attributes. 

1. Vnmeafurablenefs, or Ubiquity, whereby he is 
pf infinite E^teqfion, || filling Heaven and Earth, 
containing all Places, a^d not contained of axiy 
Spac$, Place, or Sounds, and being no where abfent, 
is evp ry where prefent. 

There are Four degrees ofGod** Prefence: The 
Firft is Vniverfat^ \>y Mfhich God is tepktively every 
where, inclufivtty no wjiere. 

Secondly, Special, by whi<?h God is faid to be in 
Heaven, becaufe that § there his Power, JVifdom, and 

'* V inceiligcuitix haberit atiquicf fimile materise, al : qutd ftmile 
> formae. Solus Deus fimplex eft, in quo nihil in pof cntli, fed in 
a&u Omnia, imo ipfe putus," primus, medius, ulfur-u* afr-.: . Seal. 
Exerc tf. Se8. 2. Juft. Martyr, an. 1 29. ad Orthdoxos. t InteiKgea- 
ilx, cum fint cryia alia ab infinito Entc, finita eiTc needle eft : 
*iam dub infinita hecfueunt effe, neque in natura, neque extra 
naturam, f {Tent n. duo principia prima. Seal. Exerc. 359. Se&. J. 
||Afts7.48.^fal.t45.Job.ii. 7,&c. 2 Chron. 2. 5,<J. Pfal. 1 39 ^ 
&c. Jer.23. 23,24. Deus eft unique, nonitaut in a*midia pane fit 
(diTnidiuSj'aut tan<$uamin tnajore parte major Dei pars fir, in mino- 
ra minor j fed ubique totus, & in feipfo totus eft. Aug. Deusejft 
lntellc&ualijrSphaera; cuius centrum eft ubique, circumferential 
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Goodnefs.vi in a-morc excellent manner feen and in- 
• joyed ; as alfo becaufe that ufually he doth from 
thence pour forth his Blejftngs and judgments. 

Thirdly, morefpeciol, by which God * dweieth 
in his Saints, 

Fourthly, mofi fpecial, and altogether lingular, 
by which the whole fulnefs cf the Godhead b dweSeth 
in Chrifi bodily. 

x. Vmhutgeablentfsy whereby God is void of 
all change ; both in refpeft of his • Eflence, and 
'Will. ' 

3. Eternity, whereby God is without beginning 
of Days, or end of Time, and without all Bounds of 
'Preceffton or Saccefton. 

Thus far of the Abfolute Attributes ; now of the 
Relative, or fitch which have Reference to the 

Thofe are Five. 
I. Life. %. Vnderfianding, 3. WtL 4. Power. 

5- Majefly. 
i»'T 1 'HE Life of God, is that, by which, as by 
J. a moft pure, and perpetual A8 y he not 
only liveth of himfelf, but is alfo that ever and 
overflowing Fountain of Life, from which all Crea- 
tures derive their f lives \ fp as that in him. they 

a1C0r-3.16.and6.19. aCor.6. 16. 1>Col.a.8. cR0m.La3.IiL 
40. 18. Pfel. io;.i7,&c. d Rev. i.8. 1 Sam. 15.39. Numb.33.19. 
Mai. 3 . 6. Rom. 1 1 . 39. Jam. t . 1 8. Pcenitentia cum de Deo enuncia- 
tur, non affeflum in Deo, Ted effe&um Dei in hominibus figni- 
ficat. Alfitd. e Ifit. 44. 6- Jam. 5- 19. Dan. 6. a6.Heb. ia. Rev. 4. 8. 
Creaturx quxdam sternx funt \ pofteriori : \ priori fblus Decs 
eft seternus. 4lJltd.Lex.Tbetl.c*p. 3, f AGs 17. 35, 28. & 14, 15. 
Pfil. 4». a. & 36. 19. John 5. 26. Hep. 3. 1 v 



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live, move, breathe, and have their being. And becaufe 
only his Life differs not from his * EJJence ; therefore 
Godisfaid<w/f to have Immortality, i Tim* 6. 16. 

i. The Vnderjtanding or KjtOwledgeoi GOD, is 
that vyhereby (by Mr /wr* ^5f) he moft perfeftly 
f knoweth in hinjifelf all Things that ever we re, are, 
or Jhall be : Yea, the Thoughts and imaginations of 
Mens Hearts. . 

This Knowledge of God is either general, by 
which God knoweth (imply all Things eterflally,.the 
Good by himfelf, the Evil by the G^op^ofite to it, 
. impoling to things contingent, the lot of Contingen- 
cy, and to things Necejfary, the Law of tfeceffity. 
And thus knowing all things in and of himfejf, he 
is the Cauf* of all the Knowledge that is in all, both 
Men and Jngels. Or, Secondly, fecial, calPd the 
Knowledge of Approbation, by which he particu- 
larly knoweth, and gracioufly ackpowledgetk only his 
Eleft or hjs own. 

|| Vnder (landing alfo contains the Wifdom of God, 
by which he moft wifely created all Things fof no- 
thing, in Number, Meafure, and Weight, and ftill 
ruleth and difpofeth them to ferve his own moft 
holy Purpofe and Glory. 

*Henceit is, that as God is calPd of the Hebrews Ehejeb, fo likewifc 
Echeje : And as of the Grecians, o £r, fb alfo o f Sv : and as of the 
Lannes, ftimum e*s> fo alfo frimum vtvens: For to fc f and to live, 
is all one and the fame in God. t i Kings 8. 39. Pfal.44. si . &139.T. 
&c.Jer.i 7.10. & 20.1 2. Luke 16.15.Afts 1.24. Heb.4.12. Rora.11. 
33. &16, 17. i Tun. 2. 19. Matth.7. **• Ulhtellc&us,fcientia,8c 
iapientia, in Deo non dmingnuntilr. TV/ail Nam fapientia in ho- 

Flatonicks term God ^07}^ all-eye, feeing all. 

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3. The Will of God is that, whereby of* Necef- 
fity he Willeth himfelf, as the fovereign good\ and 
(by willing himfelf ) willeth moft* freely c all 
other good things which are out of himfelf. 

The fVMofGod) though in it felf it be but one, 
as is his Effence\ yet in refpeft of thediverfity of 
Otje&s 9 and Effefts, it is calPd in the Scriptures by 
divers Names: As, 

T i. Lwe> whereby is meant GodV eternal 

d good WiOj whereby he ordaineth his Eleft 

to be freely faved thro'Chrift, and c be- 

ftoweth on them all neceffary Graces for this 

Life, and that to come, £ taking P/eafure in 

their Perfons and Services. 

\ 2. Juftice, « is God'i cenftant WiS,whcrxby he 

i h recompenceth Men and Angels, according 

to their Works : * punifhing the impenitent, 

according to their Defer ts, calPd the Juftice 

of his Wrath ; and k rewarding the faithful, 

according to his Promifes, calPd the Juftice 

of his Grace. 

3. Mercy y which is l God'j tqeer goodwill, and 

* 1 Tim.2.j. Rom.9.i9. Eph. 1.5. b Deuf voluntatefui cunft* 
Conftituit. Trifrndn ±.Dial. Plin. Hinc Orpheus Deumvocac necef- 
fitatem ; c rationefc. inferiorum, quod omnia ipfi parerecoguntur. 
€ Voluntas Dei Temper impletur, aut de nobis, auc £ nobis. De 
nobis impletur, fed camen non implemus cam, quando peccamus; 
A nobis impletur, quando bonumfacimus.^«g.Ew<r£.<:. 100. Rom.9: 
3i.i3-Jam. 4 i.ai. d 1 Jqhn.3.1. « Pfal. 45.7. ** Gen.4.4. * Norma 
juftiti* divina, eft Dei voluntas. Quiasnim vult, ideoeft juftum ; 
non quia juftum, ideo vuk.Eph.i.ii.b Rom. 2.5. 2 TheflLi.6.&:c. 
,<a Tim,4.j. Deut.7.9,10. • Deus principium & finem & media re- v 
rum omnium tenens,re&aque line* inccdero,£veftigiohabec iixtu* 

divine legis vindicem, flmul ut quicquim San&ionum ejus pr*. 
.tprmiuum eft. Arifhu lib. de munch. k Rom. 9.1 j,i6. Ezek. 16. 6. 
1 Pw.io?.8,&c.Tir 4 3.4.SemDerinveniesl>eumbenignioremquam 
te culpabiliorem. Serm. 1 1. Bern. VindiSae gladium mifericordis 
rteft (cmpcr acuit. Nlcefh. lib. 17. cap. 3. ready 

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ready Affedion to forgive a penitent Sinner* 
notwithstanding all his Sins and ill Deferts. 

4. GooAnefs, a whereby God willingly comma- 
nicateth his good to his Creatures: And 
becaufe he communicates it freely, it 1% 
termed Grace. 

$. Truth, whereby b God willeth con ft Ant ly 
thofe things which he willeth .• effe&ing 
and performing all Things, which he hath 
fpoken, in his appointed Time. 

6. Patience, whereby God willingly for bearetb 
to puniih the wicked, fo long as it may 
ftand with his Juftice, and until their c Sins 

. be ripened. 

Ad pan&m tardiu Deus efi } adfr/emU velox ; 
Sed pen/are folet vi graviore moram. 

7. HotineJS, d whereby GodV Nature is fepa- 
rated from all ProphaneneJS, and abhorreth 
all Fikhtnefs : And fo being wholly pure 
in himfelf, delighteth in the inward and 
outward Purity and Chajlity of his Servants, 
which he infufeth into them. 

8. An</er % e whereby is meant G od'/ mod cer* 

*i*ial. 145.7,9,16. Matth.16.17. In crcaturismultainvcniuntur 
bona, ergo Creator multo magis eft bonus. Imo i\f\iyA*ii ipfum 
•bonum.^Jof.13.14. Pfal.i49.6.Numb.23.i9.Veritaseft barmonia 
turn infelle&fts & verborum cum rebus, tumetiam rerum ipfarum 
cum Ideis in mentcdivina. Keckerm. Veritas Dei in verbis, fides 
nDci dicrtur, qu6d cert6 riant, qua ab ipfo difta font. Item con* 
ftxntia, quia fententiam noh rhutat. Polau. * 2 Pet. 3.9. Rom.2.4. 
Gerhs.16. * 1 Pet.i.y,iT*heff.4.3.Heb.ia.i4.Mark 15 9. Quanta 
ian&iras Dei, a£ cujus afpcftum fan&i Angeli oculos pro lua te» 
nuitare alis ve}antes clamant, San&us, Sanftus, Sanftus, Jehovah 
Sabaorh ! Ifa.6i2,3. t Pfal. 106.2 3 ,29,40,41. Numb.2y.11. Ira Dei 
von eftaliudquW voluntas puniendi. Aug. 15. deCivit. Dei. c. if. 
Anfel. lib. 7. tap. 6. Cut Deus Horn. Furor & ira in Deo, non paf-% 
fionem mentis, fed ultionisacerbitatcm notant. G*rtb. injifc- 19* 


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tain and juft Wti in Chafiening the EleS; 
and in revenging and punifhing the Repro- 
bate for the Injuries they offer to him and 
his Chofen ; and when God will punifli 
with Rigour and Severity, then it is term- 
ed Wrath, » temporal to the Elefr, b eternal 
to the Reprobates. 

4. The fotver of Goaf is that whereby he* can 
limply and freely do whatfoever he will, that is a- 
greeable to his Nature : And whereby (as he hath 

' made, fb)hcM]ruleth Heaven and Earth, and all 
things therein. This Almighty Power of Goo' is 
either abfolute, by which he can will, and do more 
than he willeth or doth, Matth. 3. 9. and ao. 5 j. 
Rom. 9. 18. OraBual, by which 'Got doth indeed 
whatfoever he will, and hindreth whatfoever lie 
Win not have done, Pfal. 1 1 j. 3. 

5. Majefiy is that, by which God of his own ab- 
folate and free Authority d reigneth and ruteth, as 
Lord, and King, overall Creatures vifible, and in- 
vifible: Having both the right and propriety in all 
Things: « As from whom, and for whom, are all 
Things: As alfo fuch a plenitude of power, that he 
can pardon the Offences of all whom he f will have 
[pared ; zadfubdue all his Enemies, whom he will 
'■ have//^«Vanddeftroy , d,without being bound to 

* * _C«U9-a- b 1 ThclT.i.io. « Gea.17j.Pikl.1if. 3. Mat.xi. 
a6.E|fc.i.ii. Matth.8.3. Dtut poteft omnia qua contradi&ionem 
w» knplicaat. -*f«. 1 . p. *J. *«. 3 , 4. Omnipotentia excludk 
•oanet defidos, quilunt Impotcncia, feu, poffe mentiri, mori, 
f*eccue^>o>«. * iChron. ajMi, i». 3 Sam. 7.1a. Rev. f. 12,13. e 1 
Carou. t9.t4iline Dni* dicitur, ivJtx^Tvf. f Rom. 9.1 f . John 
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render to any Creature a reafon of his (Joigg : But 
making his own moft holy and juft WiH r his only 
mod perfeft and eternal Law. s 

From all thefe Attributes arifeth one, which is 
{/0/j fovereign Bleffednefs or Perfe&ion. 

Blejfednefs is that * /w/*# and y^PW^fuqable 
poiTeffion of jF^and G/tfrj, which Goaf hath in fcim- 
felf for ever : And is the caufe of all the Blifs'and 
Perfettion that every Creature enjoyed iy its 

There are other Attributes figuratively and im- 
properly afcribed unto God, in the holy Scriptures, 
as by an Anthropomorphofis, tbe Members Qf a Man 
Eyes, Ears, Noftrils, Mouth, Hants, Feety &c or 
the Senfes and A&ions of a Man, is feeing, hearings 
[melting, working, walking, firiking, 3fC. By an An» 
thropopatheia, the Affeftiojisandraffion^of^MaOp 
nsGladnefs, Grief \ Joy, Sorrow, Love, Hatred, &c, 
or by an Analogy, as when he is named a /L/^ a 
Rock, a Tower, a Buckler, &r. wljofe tfgnificatioa 
every f Commentary will exprefs. 

Of all thefe Attributes, m mpfi hold thefe' getter*/ 

NO Attributes can fufliciently expref? tlne^/ 
feme of God, becaufe it is jnfinite-and in? 
effkble. . 

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*Deut eft ShuHUA, ftve*</?<*fMK,*ion*>14m qui* l&mb&iiM* 
derat, fed etiam quia nihil in oo MM«*i?<w£ e * tu *"?? c ? 
perfeftas in fuo quafque genere, ergAipfcfwft&iffinwsxfcm** 
&,pcrfe. Seal. Exm. itf. StfoMaA .1*61 ,A&s 17.45 •»£««•*£ 
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Whdtfoever therefore is fpoken of GO D is not 
GOD; but ferveth rather to help our weak Ua- 
derftanding, to conceive in our Reafon, and co 
utter in our Speech* the Majefty of his Divine Ns- 
ture fofar, as he hath vouchfcfed to reveal himfelf 
unto us inhisWW. 

1. * All the Attributes of God belong to every of 
the Three Perfons, as well as to the Effence it felf, 
with tjhe limitation of a per fond Propriety. As the 
Mercy of the Father, is Mercy begetting ; the Mercj 
of the Son % is Mercy begotten ; the Mercy of the £/*» 
I) Qbofiy is Mercy proceeding : And fo of the reft, . 

x. The EjfentioIAttrtbutes of God differ not from 
his Effence : Becaufe they are fo in theEflence, that 
they are the very Effence it felf. f In God there- 
fore there is nothiqg which is not either his Effence 
or Perfon. 

3. The Effentid Attributes of God differ not 
effentiafy, or redly one from another, ( becauf? 
whatfoever is in God, is one moft fimple Effence^ 
and admits no Divifion ) but only in our Rea* 
fon and Under/landings which being not able to 
know earthly Things, by one fimple Act, without 
the help of many diftinft Alts, muft of Neceflity 
have the help of many diftinft Adts to know tho 
Incomprehenfille God. Therefore to fpeak (pro- 
perly 3 there are not in God many At tributes y but 
(| one only, which is nothing elfe but the Divine 
Effence k felf, by what Attribute foever you call 

1 * 1 r ,, 1, 

* Attribute omnia propter icnat Tttvli-nfl*. fingulls diviaitatis 

grfenis competunt. f In Deo nihil eft, quod non fit ipie Dera. 
inch. lOmniaindivirifefunt wium,ibi nonobviat reUtlonis 

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it. But in refpsft of our Reafon, they are faid to 
be fo many different Attributes* For oar a Vndef- 
ftandin* conceives by the name of Mercy, a thing dif- 
' ferent from thatwhich is called ^uftice. The ejfentid 
Attributes of God are not therefore reatiy fepavftted. 

4. The effential Attributes of God are not ^*rtt 
or qualities of the Divine Eflence, nor b Accidents 
in the Effence* nor a fubjeft : But the very c » bole 
arid entire Effence of God. So that every fuch At- 
tribute is not aliud & aliud, another and another 
thing* but one and the fame thing. There are 
therefore no Quantities in God 9 by which he may 
be faid to be Jo much andfo much, nor Qualities i 
by which he may be faid to be fuch and fuch 1 But 
d whatfoevei 4 God is, he is fuch and the fame by his 
EJfence. By his Effence he is Wife, and therefore 
, Wifdom it felf : By his EJfence he is good, and there- 
fore Goodnefs it felf : By his Effence he is merciful', and 
therefore mercy it felf : By his EJfence he is Juft, 
and therefore Jujlice it felf, d*f. In a Word <*wf is 
£*?*/, without Quantity : G^rf, /m, and ;></?, With- 
out Quality: Merciful^ without Paffion: An Aft 
without Motion ; **i/*r/ »fe prefent without fight i 
% Without time; the jfrft and the /^ ; the Lord of all 
Creatures, from whom c all receive themfelve^ and 

a Attributa Dei omniaita in ipfo Cunt, ut fint ipfumjim infant, 
tit nihil antecedat; nihil fubfequatur, fed ex intelleftione hoftra 
(quae peiquam umbratilis eft) alia aliis prhis aniflio comprehen- 
duntur. Scaliger Ex. 365. SeB. 6. bQu^ de deo dicuntur V^i^, 
relatione ad creaturas, & fie fecundum accldens, non exprimunt 
mutationem in divina effenttf, fed in creaturis fa&am. Negtfnfur 
ergo de Deo accidentia realia, non autem praedifta accidental^, 
c Omnia oua in Deo funt, ita infunt, ut fint ipfe Deus. dEflen- 
tia divina identificatfibi omnia que funt in divinis. Biel fa iJeni 
i*' *; I: .jExhibct omnia accipit nihil ; ipfum igitur bonumeft 
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ail the good they haVe, yet neither needeth, mr re- 
ceroethYvs any intreafe of Goodnefi or Happinefs 
from any Other. 

This is the plain Definition of God, fo far as he 
hath revealed himfelf to us in his Word. 

This Doftrine (of ail other) every true Pralfi- 
tlom of Piety miift competently know, and necef 
fariiy believe, for Four /fecial Vfes, 
■ i. Th4t we may discern our true and only God, 
from iMfslfe "Gods and /<&>&.* For the Defcription 
of ©*(, is proberly * known only to his Church, in 
whom he hath thusgracioufly manifettcd himfelf. 

m ±» To poffefs our Hearts with a greater awe of 
his Majefty, whilft We adniire him for his Simple- 
nefs and Infinitenefs ; iifari? him for his Vnmeafura- 
menefs, *Unihdngeahitneft, and Eternity ; feek Wif. 
don* from his Vnderfianding and Knowledge ; fuhmit 
titer fehtes to his blefled W/0 and Pleafure ; /nw £/» 
for his L&W, Mercy, Goddnefs,zad Patience ; truft to 
fe Iford, becaufe of his Truths fear him/or his Pm- 
er 9 JufiiceyZadi Anger $ Reverence him for his Holi- 
nefs ; and frtufe him for his Blejfednefs ; and to de- 
pend all our Life on him* who is the only Author 
of our Life, Being, and all tb& good Things we have. 

$. To fiir iu up to imitate the Divine Spirit 
io his holy Attributes ;'and to bear (in fome mea- 
fure) the Image of his Wifdom, Love, Goodnefs, 
Juftice, Mercy, Truths Patience, %jal, and Anger 
againft Sin ; that we may be wife, loving, jnfl, mer- 
ciful, true, patient, and zealdut, as our God is. 


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". 4. Laftly, That we may *a o»»r flyers 
Meditations conceive aright of Jus Dwip$ i*4 
and not according to thofe grofs and bJaiphei 
lfnaginations^v/\ach aaturattyarifeiQ MOPSfir 
As when they conceive Qfd. to be Ukq at) ## 
fitting in a Chain an4 tf* b|eff«d Jrktity, * 
like that Tripartite ld»L> which flapijfc few j 
ted in their Chu*ch-wiftd,Q\vft . I •:•;. 

When therefore, thou art to peay mrto <fy* 
thine /far? fpijak unto hjm> as to t^at ■:#*, 
^infinite, « aln\igf>ty, d ^, * w#>, f /a& * * 
H b Spirit, txvi **# l perffl, * mt&vifVt fid 
if three fever al Perfons, Father* San, and fjofy Gi 
who being x prefent in aU Plaffis, "rnietb j$m 
and Earth j under jlanfcth ° a$ Men* Heart % k 
etb aU Mens Mtferics ; and * **ty able H jtfiw 
hi all Graces which we wan?, and ft? dslkvAr.atf f 
tent Sinners t who with faithful #< •arts faKfil'Cb 
Sake)hif Help,, out of all f heir 4£t&itot tnd&tu 

The Ignorance of this true Knowledge of $ 
makes many to make an Idol pi the true Cj?«4 1 
is the only caufe, why Co many do prpfefa 4$ at. 
parts of God's Worlhipand Religion, mt)n fcxrw 
Irreverence and Hfpocrifi*. Whereaf, if tfrgy / 
truly know G<k/, they durfi not but. Qon/fe to: 
hdly Service ; and coming, fane him with few 
Reverence'. For io far doth a Man few (20 J?, 

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fie knoweth him; and then doth a Man truly know 
GO £>, when he joyns fraSke to /peculation; And 
chat fe, , 

Fkft, When a Man doth to acknowledge and 
celebrate GodS Majefiy, as he hath revealed himfelf 
in his Word 

Secondly, When from the true and lively Senfe 
of <W*Jr Attrihates, f there is bred in a Man*s Heart 
a Love, Avse, and Confidence in God : For* faith Goa 
fcimfelf, If 1 he a Father, where is in) Honour? If 
I he a Lord, where it my Peari tafie anifee ! , tint 
the Lord is good I faith * David. He that hath not 
by Experience tafled his Goodnefs, knows not hod 
good he is, fit (forth f John) thai faith be knoweth 
GOty and keepeth not his Commandments, is a Lyxr$ 
and the Trttttiis not fit hint. So far therefore as wd 
imetate GO D in his Gdodaefsi Love, Juflicc, JHer- 
*y> Patience^ and other Attributes^ Jo far do W 
tmnv him. 

Thirdly, When with ihWard Groans, and* the 
ferious Detires ofottr Hearts, we long to attain td 
the perfect and plenary Knowledge of his Majeftfr 
in the Life which is to come. 

Laftfy, This difcovers how few tliere are* whri ' 
flo truly 'know God; for no Man knoWeth God, but 
tie that tovetb him ; and how can a Man chofe but 
toot him* being the Sovereign pod, if he knoW 
liim; feeing the tfature of God is to endnmhr with 
the hve tf his Goodnefs? And whofoevef loveth 
any thing tnoreihan G OD t is Hoi worthy of GOD t 
And fiiehis everyone, who fettles theLove andite/? 

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of bis Heart upon any thing hefides GOD. If there- 
fore thou doft believe that GOD is Almighty, why 
doft thou fear Devils and Enemies, and not confi- 
dently fr«/? in GOD, and crave his Help in all thy 
Troubles and Dangers ? If thou believed that God 
is infinite, how dared thou provoke him to Anger ? 
If thou believed that GOD isfimple, with what 
Heart canft thou diffembU and play the Hypocrite? 
If thou believed that GOD is the Sovereign good, 
why is not thy Heart more fettled upon him, than 
on all worldly Good?. If thou doft indeed believe 
that God is tjufi .Judge, how dared thou live fo 
fecurely in Sin without Repentance? If thou doll 
truly believe, that God is mod wife, why doft 
not thou refer the events of Crojfes and Difgraces 
unto him, who knoweth how to turn aS Things 
.to the heft, unto them that love him * ? If thou art 
perfwaded that God is true, why doft thou doubt 
of his Promifes? And if thou believed that GOD 
is Beauty and f Perfection it felf,why doft nor thou 
.make him alone the chief end of all thine Affe&. 
ions and Deftres? For if thou loveft Beauty, he is 
moft fair : If thou defireft Riches, he is moft 
Wealthy: If thou feekeft Wifdom, he is mod wife. 
Whatsoever Excellency thou haft feen in any Crea» 
ture, it is nothing but a jfarkte of that, which is 
~m infinite || Perfection in GOD: And when in 
Heaven we fliall have an immediate Communion 
with GOD, we (hall have them all perfectly . in 
him, communicated unto us. Briefly, in all Goodnefs 

* Rom 8 . »8. t Si te habeam {blum,faofe ruatarduus setter, Tef» 
lus rupta fuo diffiliatque loco. | Creata omnia p ctfeft jjU fiwti^ 
Bwo quam in feipfo. Dim. it 4ivin. tef. %. # 

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be is all in 4Z. • * Love that one good GOD, and 
thou malt love him, ia whom all the good ofgoodr . 
nefi confifteth. He that would, therefore attain 
to the [wing KjumkdgeofGod, muft learn to know 
him by Love, For God is Love, and b the Knowledge . 
<f the Love of God faffeth all Kjtmledge. For all 
Knowledge befides to know « how to love God, 
and to ferve him only, is nothing) upon Solomon's . 
Credit, but d Vanity of Vanities, and Vexation of 

Kindle therefore, my * Lady, nay rather. O 
my Lord Charity, the love of thy felf in my Soul, 
efpecially, feeing it was thy good Pleafure, that 
being f reconciled by the Blood of Chrift I fhould 
be brought, by the Knowledge of thy Grace, to 
the Communion of thy Glory, wherein only confifts 
my fwereign good and happinefs for ever. 

Thus, by the Light of his mn Word, we have 
feen the hack parts of JEHOVAH Elohim, 
the eternal Trinity, whom to believe, is faving. 
Faith and Verity : And unto whom from all Crea- ■ 
tares in Heaven and Earth, be all Ttaife, Dominion, 
and Glory for ever. Amen. 

Thttffar of the Knowledge of God. Now efthe 
Knowledge of a Man's felf. Andfrfl of the State of x 
hi Mifery and Corruption without Renovatm h 

a Amatmmn illud boning, in quo omne booupi eft, 8c fufficic. 
4*W,i*9ht*.is, b Eph.3- i?- ijphn4. c^cmp.dclm. Chrift, 
c j, d £ cc i i; I7# e Domina, imb Domimu Cttyritas. Jfcr* 
'WIJ.^ John 17. 3, *a. |Cer,i5«f. 

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Meiitations of the Mifery of 4 #*»* not fetmeibA 
to God in Chfjt. 

O Wretched Man! where fl»H I begin to dc- 
fcribe thine ««*/<?/) mifery, who art * aw-, 
^MMr^ f as fbon as conceived-; and adjudged to 
interna/ death, before thou waft bora to a temporal 
life ?' A beginning indeed I find, but rtowwf of Ay 
miferies. For when Adam and 2Jw, being created 
after God's own #wg*, and Placed in Faradifc y that 
they and their Posterity might live in * 'Weffecl 
fta;e of life immortal, having Dominion overall 
earthly Creatures, and only reftrained .from the 
fruit of one Tree, as a fign of their ftAfe$fq*:tQ th* 
Almighty Creator ; though God forbad them this 
one fmall thing, under the Penalty p£ Internal 
Death ; yet they believed the'/IMfr jwir^before 
the Word of GO D\ making GO PC* much as. 
. in them lay) atyar. And fo beting unthutfd for 
r al 1 the benefits whidh God bellowed on ihbm j ihwy 
hecame male-content with their prefent ftatey as if 
God had dealt envioufy- or niggardly witli them ; 
And believed that the ifcw/ would itiiht the»Par- 
takers of far more glorious things, than -$jpf God. 
had heftowedupon them j ajm in theiriPride '^ey 
ft 11 into High Treafon againft the tnofi. Hkh)W& 
djfdaining to be God's Subjects, they affected blafi 
phemoufly to be Gods themfehes, equals unto God, 
Hence, till they rdpented (lbfing GoPs Jbtwrap^they 
became like untothe PkuHi'vafy fo. alf "p^rfre*- 

anteouintoatus. ^»?j 

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fterity, as a Traiterous Brood (wbilft they remain 
impenitent, tike thee) are fubjeft in this Life to all 
£o?/i4 Miferies, and in the Life to come, to the 
everlasting fire, prepar'd for the Dm/ and his 

Lay then afide for a while thy doting Vanities, 
and take the view with me of thy doleful Miferies i 
Which duly furveyed, I doubt not, but that thou 
wilt conclude, that it is far better, never to have 
Natures Being, than not to be, by Grace, a frafti* 
tuner of Religious Piety. 

ConTider therefore thy Mifery, 

x. In thy Life. 

x. In thy Death\ 

3* After Death, 

fa *k i?$t 

1. The Miferies accompanying thy Body* 

x. The Miferies which deform thy Soul. 

Jn thy Death, The Miferies which {hall opprefs 

thy Body and Soul. 

'JfterPeathi The Miferies which overwhelm both^ 

Body and Soul together in Hell, 

^rid firfly Let us take a view of thofe Miferies 
which accompany the Body, according to the four 
Ages of thy Lift. 

1.. Infancy^ 

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i. Meditations of the Miferies of Infancy. 

WHat waft thou being an Infant, but a Brute 3 
having the ffiape of a Man ? Was not thy 
Body conceived in the Heat of Luft, the fecret of 
Shame, and ftain of original Sin? And thus waft 
thou caft nakfed upon the Earth, all imbrewed in 
the Blood of Filthinefs ; (filthy indeed, when the 
Son Of God, whq diOained not to take on him 
Marfi Nature, arid the Infirmities thereof; yet 
thought it unbefeeming his Holinefs, to be conceii 
ved after the finful manner of Man's Conception.) 
So that thy Mother was afhamed to let thee know 
the manner thereof: What caufe then haft thou to 
boaft of thy Birth, which was ixurfedViih to thy 
Mother, arjd ro. thy felf the Entrance into a trota- 
blefortie Life? TBe greatnefs of which Miferies, 
becaufe tho r u couldft not utter in ^ybrds, thou didfl[ 
exprefs (as wellas thou couldft)in wefepingTeark 

z. Meditations of the Miferies of %outh. 

^Hat is Xouth % but an untamed Beafl> A\\ 
whofe Adions are rdfh and rude, not ca- 
pable- of good Cotinfel, when it is given ; and Api- 
like, delighting in nothing but in Toys and Babies? 
Therefore thou no fooner beganftto have a little 
Strength and Difcretion, but forthwith thou waft 
kept under the Rod, and Fear of Parents and Ma-* 
iters; as if thou had ft been born toitw under the 
difefjw of others, rather than at the diff option of 
thine own Will No tired Horfe was ever more wik 

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fing to be rid of his Burthen, than thou waft to 
get out of the fervile State of this Bondage. 4 
State not Worthy the Defcription. 

3. Meditations of the Miferies of Manhood. 

WHat is Man's Eftate, but a Sea, wherein (as 
Waves) one trouble arifeth in the Neck of 
another; the latter worfe than the former? No 
fooner didft thou enter into the Affairs of this 
World, but thou waft in wrapped about with a 
Cloud, of Mifiries. Thy Fleflt provokes thee to Lufi, 
the World allures thee to Pleafures, and the Devil 
tempts thee to all kinds of Sins : Fears of Enemies 
affright thee, fuits in taw do vex thee, Wrongs of 
ill Neighbours do opprefs thee, Cares for Wife and 
Children do confume thee, and Difyuietnefs 'twixt 
open Foes and falfe Friends, do in a manner con- 
found thee i Sin flings thee within ; Satan lays 
Snares before, thee; Confidence of Sins pad 
doggeth behind thee. Now Adverfoy 00 the Left- 
hand frets thee, anon Profferity on thy Right-hand 
flatters thee: Over thy Head God's Vengeance duo 
to thy Sin, is ready to fall upon thee; and under 
thy Feet, Hells, Mouth is ready to fwallow thee up. 
And in this ntiferable Eftate whither wilt thou go 
for Reft and Comfort? The Houfe is fall of Cares', 
the Field full of Zoyle, the Country of Rudenefs, the 
City of Faftions,t\& Court of Envy, the Church of 
Setts, the Sea of Pirate/, the Laid of Robbers,. Or 
in what 'State wilt thou live, feeing Wealth is envi, 
cd,aod Poverty contemned? Wit is diftrufted, aqd 
fjmflitity. is derided? Suferjlition is mocked, and 


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Religion is fufpe&cd ? W« is advanced, and Vertue 
isdifgraced ? Oh, with what a bodyofZin aft thou 
conipaffed about in a World of Wtekednefs t What 
are thine Bjes, bat Windows to behold Vanities ? 
What are thine Ears^ but Flood-gates to let ih the 
ftreams of Iniquity?' What are thy St*fti\ fcUC 
Matches to give Fire to thyLufts? What is tfciHe 
//wrr, but the 'inr^ whereon £4*40 hath forged 
the ugly thape of all Lewd AffefttOns? Art thou 
nobly defcended > Thou rtraft put thy felfitf peril 
i& foreign Wars, tQ get the, Reputation of rtrM^r 
Honour ; oft-times hazard thy £#fr in a defperate 
Combat, to avojd the Afperfion of a Coward 
Art thou born 10 a mean Eft ate? Lofd! What 
Fains and Drudgery muft thou iodtire at fate* arid 
*&road y to get Maintenance ? And aft perhaps ftafce 
fuiScient to ferve thy Neceflky > Add when fafter 
much Service und labour) a Man hath gbt tome* 
thing y how little certainty is there in ttfct which 
is gotten f Seeing thou feed by daily Erfpbrienc*, 
that he \frho was Rick Yefterday,is to day a j&g* 
gar; he that Yefterday way in Htakb, to day Is 
Stck\ht that Yefterday was Merry and Lau^ed^ 
hath caufe to day to mourn and fttep ; he that Ye* 
tfevday was in Fawozr* to day is in DjfgrapifZU^ 
he, who Yefterday was Alivt> to day is dead; and 
thou knoweft not bm foon, nor in »&# mimttr 
thou fhalt die thy felF. And who* can enumerate 
thp Lofpf 7 Cro{fes f Griefs y Difcrates f Skkmffft+tr& 
Calamities which are incident to finful Mao?. To 
fpeak nothing of the Death of Frhni$*n&ChHdrtr r 
which oft-times feems to be urito us far morebwwi; 
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; 4. Meditations of the Miferies of old Age. 

WHat is old Jge } but the receptacle of all «*«.' 
/*<&*? For if thy lot be to draw thy 
days to a long date, in comes old bald-headed age 
ftooping under dotage, with his wrinkled face, ro/- 
*** teeth, and ft inking fereath, •/<•/?; with Choler ? 
^Hhered with drinefs, dimmed with blindnefs, 06- 
/Smfat with Deafnefs, overwhelmed with Sicknefs, 
and £«a* i together with Weaknefs ; having no ufe of 
any feme, but of the fence of Pain: Which fo 
racketh every Member of his Body, that it never 
eafeth him of Grief, till it hath thrown him down 
to hi$ Grave. 

Thus far of the Miferies which accompany the 
fiodf. Now of the Miferies which accompany 
chiefly the Soul in this Life. 

Meditations of the Mifery of the Soul in this Life. 
*"J**H E mifery of thy Saul will more evidently 
\M- appear, it thou wilt but confider, 
1. The Felicity fhe hath loft. 
i. The Mifery which fhe hath puSed upon he? 

felfby Sin. 
x. The felicity lqjl t was firfl; the fruition of the 
huge of God, whereby the Soul was like unto God 
my&amledget enabling her perfectly to underftanc^ 
the f revealed Will ef God. Secondly, true Holinefs, 
fey 'Which fhe 'was free from all prophane Error* 
Thirdly, Righteoufnefs, whereby fhe was able to', 
iodine all her natural Power s^ and to frame Upright- 
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ly all her Actions proceeding from thofe Powers* 
^Vith the lofs of this Divine Image, (he loft the 
Love of God ? and the blefled Communion whiclj 
flie had with his Majefiy, wherein confifteth her 
Life and Happinefs. If the lofs of earthly Riches vex 
thee fo much, how fhoqld not the lofs of this Di*> 
vine Treafure perplex thee much more? 

a. The Mifer^which (he pulled upon forfelfo 
corififls iii Two Things ; 
I. Sinfulness, 
z. Curfednefs. 

j. Sinfulnefs i? ah univerfal Corruption both of 
her Nattire and Atfions : For her a Nature is infeft- 
cd with a pronenef^so every Sin continually, the 
^M'md is fluffed with Vanity, the c Vnderft ending 
is darkned with Ignorance, the ? #7// affefteth no? 
thing but vile ana vain Things: All her * Aftiow 
are evil : Yea, this deformity is fo violent, that of- 
tentimes in the regenerate Soul, the Appetite will 
not obey the Government of Redfon, and the Wil{ 
waijdreth after, and yields confent to finful Mo- 
tions. How great then is the Violence of the 
appetite and Will in the Reprobate Soul, which ftill 
mnains in her natural Corruption? Hence it is, 
that thy wretdied Sofil is lo deformed with <$/*, de-^ 
filed with Ltft, polluted with Filthinefs, outrage^ 
with Pajfions, over-carried with AffeSlions, pining 
with ^^over-charged with Gluttony, forfeited 
with Drunkennefsy boy ling with Revenge \ tranf- 
ported with Rage ; and the glorious Image of GOQ. 

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transformed into the ugly fhape of the * Devil, fo 
fir as it once b refented the Lord that ever he nude 

From the former flows the other part of the 
SouPs Miferies, called c Curfednefs, whereof there 
are Two Degrees. 
j. In fort, 
a. In thefulnefs thereof. 

7. Curfednefs in fort is that, which is inflicled 
upon the Soul in Life and Death, and is common to 
her with the Body* 

The Curfednefs of the Soul in Life, k the Wrath 
yfGod, which lyeth upon fuch a Creature, fo f»r t 
as that all Things, not only Calamities, hut alfo vef- 
ry d BUffings and • Graces turn to Ruine. f Terrour 
tfConfcience drives him from God and his Service, 
that he dares not come to his Prefence and Ordi^ 
nances j but is g given up to the h flavery of Satan, 
and to his own Lufis y and vile Affe&ions. 

This is the Curfednefs of the Soul in Life : Now 
follows the curfednefs of the Soul and Body in Death. 


Meditations of the Mifery of the Body and Soul 
in Death. 

AFter that the aged Man hath confli&ed with 
long Sicknefs, and having endured the brunt: 
of Tain, ihould now expedt fome Eafe ; in comes 
Death (Nature'* Slaughter-man, God'* Curfc and 
HelPi Purveyor) and looks the old Man grim and 

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black in the Face; and neither pitying fats sgt, nor 
regarding his long-endured Dolours, Wifl not be 
hired to forbear either for Silver or Gold : Nay, he 
will not take, to fpare bis Life, 8km far Skin* Jeh i . 
and all that the old Mao hath •> but haters all the 
principal Parts of his Body, and arrefti bMnioap- 
pear before the terrible Judge. . And as thinking 
that the old Man will not difpaich to go with him 
•faft enough $ Lord 1 How many Dans of Ca&mi- 
ttes doth he fhoot thorow hint, Stiithu, Athi^ 
Cramps Fevers^ Ofytrtttiions, Rktttmsi Fttgnj Cbo- 
iicki Stouts, tVind t 8rc. 

Oh what a ghafHjftgJtt it is, to fee hart then in 
his Bed, when Death bath given hiiii his mortal 
Wound 1 What a caldSaeat over- runs aH his Body! 
What a trembling pofleffeth all his Members! The 
Head fhooteth, the Fact waxeda pale, the Nofe 
black, the nether Jan-bone haagftth dbwn^ the %&> 
firings break, the Tongue falteretfr,tte£riM/j!rlhoc6» 
neth, ahdfmelleth earthly, and at every Gasp the 
Heat t-ft 'rings are ready to biea^ afimder. . 

Now the miferable SovXfenftblj perceiveth her 
earthly Body to begin to diet For, as towacds the 
diffolution of the uni verJal Frame of the great Worlds 
the Sun (hall be turned into darknefs, the Moon into 
Blood, and theStarstitoW fell from Heaven* tie ^ 
fliall be full of Storms, and flalhitic Btoucors r the 
Earth (hall tremble, and the Sen mail ro*v and 
Mens Hearts fhall fail for Fear, expoQing the Mid 
of fuch forrowful Bepmngs : So towards the difi 
fiktim of a Man, (which is die little Wotfdt)" tfis" 
fyes, which are as the Sun and M*$n f . lofc their 
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die reft of the £«j^m, as leffur Stars, do one after 
another fail and &B : His Af/W, Reafon, and Me. 
*aj 9 as heavenly Vomers of bis Soul, are fluke* 
with fearful ftorias of ifcfow., and fierce Fiafbioga 
of *M Fire ; His earthly Body begins to ihakeand 
tremble, and the humours, like an over-flowing Sea. 
roar and rattle in his Throat, ftill expe&ing the 
wofel «W of thefe dreadful Beginnings. 

Vfb&fii he is thus fummoned to appear at the 
great 4$jes cfGotPs Judgment, behold, a gusrtw- 
Stftens, and Jayl-deltvery is held within himfelf j 
where Jfo^M (its as Judge, the Devil puts in a 
JBitf of IndiAment, as large as that Book of *£> 
duty ; wherein is alledged all thy 'evil Deeds thae 
eve* thou haft committed, and all the £<*W /?«* 
that ever thou haft omitted, and all the Carfes ami 
Judmnnu that ace due to every San. Thine own 
Conjcience fhall accufe thee, and thy Memory fhaH 
give bifter Evidence, and De#A ftands at the Bar 
ready, as a cruel Executioner, to difpatch thee. If 
thou Halt thus condemn ^ /e^ how (halt thou 
f efcape the joft Condemnation^ 6W, who knows 
all thy Mifdoeds better than thy (elf ? Fain would'ft 
thou pat out of thy Mind, the Remembrance of thy 
wicked Deeds, that trouble thee : But they jfatfL 
fter> into thy Remembrance, and they will not be Pat 
m*f, but cry onto thee, We are thy Works, and m 
mttfojow thee : And whilft thy Soul is thus within 
out of Ptice and Order', thy Children, Wife, and 
Friends trouble thee as faft, to have thee put thy 
goods in order} fonae crying, fome craving, fome 

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pitying, fomc chearing ; all like Fkjh?Flies y help- 
ing to make thy * Sorrows tiiore/brr Onfdl. Now the 
Devils, who are come from Hell to fetch dwsy thy 
Soul, begin to appear to her; and wait, as foon as 
(he comes forth, to take her and carry her away. 
Stay (he would within, but that (he feels the Body 
begin by degrees to die ; and ready, like a ruinous 
Houfe, to fall upon her Head; Fearful (he is to come 
forth, Becaufe of thofe HefLhoands which wait for 
her coming* Oh; (he that fpent fo many Dqs and 
Nights in vain arid idle Paftimes, would now give 
the whole World, if fhe had It, for one Hours delay* 
that (he might have Space to repent, and reconcile 
her felf unto God. But it cannoLbe, becaufe her 
Body which joy ned with her in the Aft tons of Sity 
is altogether now unfit to joyn with her in the E*- 
erci'e of Repentance ^ And Repentance muft be of 
the whole Man. 

Now (he feeth that all her Pleafuref art gOfae,asi 
if they had never been : And that but only torments 
remain, which never (hall have end of Being. Who 
can fuffiriently exprefs her Remorfe for her Sins^*$f 
her Anguifb for her frefent Mifery, atid the Tcrtout 
for her Torments to come? 

In this Extremity, (he looks dvery where for 
help, and fhefinds her felf every way helpkfs. Thus 
in her greatejl Mifery ( defirous to hear the leajl 
word of comfort) fhe dire&s this, or the like Speech 
unto her Eyes ; f O Byes, who in times pad were 
fo quick fighted, can yzfpj no Comfort, nor any way 
ho w I might efcape this dreadful Danger ? But the 
Eye-firings are broken, they cannot fee the Candle 

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k that burneth before him J nor difcern whether it 
I be Day or Night. 

The Soul (findirig, rio Comfort irt the Eyes) 
fpeafcs to the IknX 6 Ear*, who were wont to 
Recreate your felves, with Hearing new pleafant 
Difiourfes, and Mufick's fweet Harmon;; can yott 
hear any ttews or Tidings of the leaft Comfort for 
me? The Ears are either fo deaf, that they cannot 
Hear at all; or the.Sence of Hearing is grown fo 
Weak, that it cannot endure to hear his dear eft 
Friends to Speak. And Why fhotxld thofe Ears hear 
Any Tidings of Joy in Death, who could never abide 
to hear the Glad-tidings of the Gefpelirk this £/#* 
The Bar can mittifter no Comfort. 

Then (he intimates her Grief Unto the tongue : 
Tongue, who waft Wont to hag it out With the 
Brarueft, where are now thy big and daring Words i 
Now (in my greateft Need) cartft thou \fpeak no- 
thing in my Defence ? Canft thou neither daunt 
thefe Enemies with Threatning Words, nor entreat 
them with Pair Speeches ? Alas, the Tongue two 
Days ago lay Speecblefs: It cannot, in his greateft 
Extremity, either c*^ for a littie. Drink, or defire a 
Friend to take away with his Finger the Flegm,th*t 
is ready to thoak him. 

Finding here no Hope of Help, (he fpeaks unto 
the Feet : Where are ye, O Feet, which fometime 
were fo nimble in Running? cad you carry me no 
where Out of this dangerous Place ? The Feet are 
Stone dead already : If they be not ftirred, they 
cannot fiir. 

Then fhe dire&s her Speech unto her Hands z 
O Hands, who have been fo often approved for 

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(6 ^» defended my /elf, and offended my #a«; 
never had X pare Need than now. Death Jqoks 
me grim in th9 Face, and kills, me.: /#//<# i%*«fr 
wait about my Bed tp <&*/*#«• me : Help *«*»♦ or l 

Scrim for #wr, Alas, the #W$ are fo iw^i, and 
ofo w*«W?, tb»t the,y cannot. r*acfo to the Mouth * 
fmrful of fuppingt to relieve languifljing Vtfure, 
The wetM &«1 feeing her felf thy? <*e/fl«W*, 
and altogether destitute of friends, Helpand Corn- 
fort j and knawwg %\\tt ; mthi» an Hour {he nauft 
be in ewkfi'm F*im % retires her felf to the fliwf 
(which of all Members is prim** ww, and */**• 
w«w moriens) from whence (he mate* this ^JWgfr/ 
Lamentation with her felf. 

*Omiferabte Caitiff that J ami How do the 
f £<?itr«M ^ Death tompajs me! Hw do %he Fko& 
of Btlidwkt ms afraid 1 New have, indeed^ the 

Snare? both of ti&wfi and fmad Death overtaken 
me at qwe. Oh how /*$!?<$ bath C»^ ftoln upon 
me with infenfible Degrees i tike fbe £*% which 
the Eje perceives not tq move, though it h* mdk 
fwift of Ration. Haw doth Death wreak on me 
bis Statt) without Fty\ The God of 4%* bath 
utterly forfaken me: And the Devil* who knows 
na ^fawji, wait? for to take me. How often have 
tbeen warned of this doleful Da?,hy the faithful 
freatfars cf God's Word, and I made b*jt a J*fl 
'thereat ? What Profit have I now of all my Pride*, 
jfye fioufe^ and brava. Apparel? What's become 0/ 
the fweet relifh of all my delicious Fare ? All the 
worldly Goods which I fo carefuDy gat hered, wou Id 

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I now give for a good Conference, which I fo 
carelefly negleAed. And what Joy remains now, 
of aD my former flefhly Pleafures, wherein I placed 
my chief Delight ? thottfodlifb Pleafutes were but 
deceitful Dreams, and now they are paft like va* 
ntjbing Shadows 1 But to think of thofe eternal Tains y 
which I muft endure for tho& /bort Pleasures, Paws 
me as ffeff before 1 enter into HeL Yet, juftly I 
coirfefs, as I have deferved, I am ferved ; That be- 
ing made after God's Image, a reafonable Soul, able 
to judge of mine own Eftate» and having Mercy 
fo often offered, and I intreated to receive it ; £ 
negiefted GoAs Grace, and preferred the Pie a funs 
of Sin, before the Religious Cart o£ plea/fog God t 
Lewdly fpending my /port Time, without confidef- 
ing what Accounts. I fhould make at my laJtEnd. 
And now aB the Pleafures of my Life, being put to- 
gether^ countervail not the leaft part of mytrefenf 
Pains. My %ys were but momentany, and gOflfy 
before I coufa fcarce enjoy them: My Miferies are 
eternal, and never fhall know E-id. O that I had 
lpent the Hours that I confum'd in Carding, Di~ 
ctn g* ^Uiyingy and other vile Exefcifes, in reading 
the Scriptures^ in hearing Sermons, in receiving the 
Communion, in weeping for my Sins, infyfting, watch* 
ing, fraying, and in preparing my Soul, that I might 
have now departed in the ajfuredbope of eveflafting 
Salvation \0 that I were now to Begin my Life 
again ! How would I contemn the World,znd the 
Vanities thereof! How religioufly and purely would . 
I lead my Life! How would I frequent the Church, 
and fahftify the Lord's Day Hi Satan fhould offer 
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"this World, he fhould never entice me to forget 
theje Terrors of this laft dreadful Hour. But,0 cor- 
1 rupt Carkafs, andrftinking Carrion ! How hath the 
Devil deluded us ? And how have wsferved and 
v deceived eacji Other ? And pullM/nvy} damnation up- 
On us both ? Now is my Cafe more miferable, than 
; the ifc*/? that periflieth in a Ditch : For I muft go 
to anfwer before the judgment-feat of the righteous 
Judge of Heaven and Earth, where I (hall have 
none to fpeak for me $ and thefe wicked Fiends, who 
are privy to all my evil Deeds, will accufe me, and 
I cannot excufe my felf. Mj own Heart already con- 
demns me j I muft needs therefore be damned before 
his Judgment-feat ; and from thence be carry 'd by 
thele infernal Fiends, into that horrible Prifon of 
endlefs Torments, and utter Darknefs,. where I 
fhall never more fee light, that/ry? mod excellent 
Thing that God made. I who glory M heretofore 
in being a Libertine, am now inclofed in the, very 
Claws of Satan, as the trembling Partridge is 'with- 
in the griping Talons of the ravenous Faulcon. 
Where (hall I lodge to Night? And who (hall be 
my Companion? Oh Horror to think ! Grief 
to confider ! Oh curfed be the Day wherein I. was 
born, and let not the Day wherein my Mother bare w*, 
be blejfed. Curfed be the Man that {hewed my Father y 
faying A Child is born unto thee, and comforted him. 
Curfed he that Man, becaufe he flew me not. Oh that 
my Mother might have been my Grave, or her Womb a 
perpetual Conception I How is it that 1 came forth of 
the Womb, to endure thefe hetlijh Sorrows! And that 
toy Days Jbould thus end with eternal Shame! Curfed 
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dy: Oh that I had but jo much Favour, as that I 
might never Jee thee more ! Our fatting is bitter and 
doleful ; but our meeting again, to receive at that 
dreadful Day, the fulnefs of our deferved Vengeance, 
will be more terrible and intolerable. But what 
mean I thus (by too late Lamentation) to feek to 
prolong time? My lafi Hour is come: I hear the 
heartstrings break : This filthy Houfe of Clay falls 
on my Head : Here is neither hope, help, nor Place 
of any longer abiding. And mult I needs be gone? 
thou filthy Carkafs, Oh filthy Carkafs, with fare-ill, 
fare-well, I leave thee. And fo all trembling, fee 
cometh forth, and forthwith is feized upon by In- 
ftrnal Fiends, who carry her with a Violence, tor- 
rents fimilt, * to the bottomlefs Lake, that burnetii 
with + fire and brim/tone : Where fhe is kept as a 
Prifoner in Torments, till the || general Judgment 
of the great Day. 

The loathfome Carkafs is afterwards laid in the 
Grave. In which A&ion, for the moft part, the 
Dead bury, the Dead, that is, They who are dead in 
Sin, bury them who are dead to Sin. And thus 
the godlefs and unregenerated Wmldling, who 
made Earth his Paradife, his Belly his God, his Lufl 
his Law} as' in his Life, he fowed Vanity ; fo he is 
bow dead, and reapeth Mifery. In his profperity he 
negle&ed to ferve God : In his adverftty God re* 
fuieth to fave him. And the Devil, whom he long 
ferved, now at length pays him his Wages. De- 
t eft able was his Life, damnable his Death. The De- 
vil hath his Soul, the Grave hath his Carkafs: In 
which Pit of Corruption, Den pf Death, and D 

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«w of Sorrow, let us leave the miferable Caitiff, 
rotting with bis Mouth full of Earth, his Belly 
full of Worms, and his Carkafs full of Stench ; cx^ 
peeing a fearful fLefurreftm, when it (ball be re- 
united with the S Jul; that, as they finned together, 
fo they may be eternally Tormented together. 

Thus f*r of the Miferies of the Soul and Body in 
Death, which is but Curfednefs in part: Now fol-» 
lows the fulnefs ef Curfednefs, which is the Mifery 
Of the Soul and Body after Death. 

Meditations of the Mifery of s Man after death , 
which is the fulnefs of Curfednefs. 

THE fulnefs of Curfednefs (when it falls upon 
*. Creature, not able to bear the brunt 
thereof) preffeth him down to that bottomleft 
«dc$p of the endiefe * wrafb of Almighty 6od y which 
is called the « damnation of Hell. This fulnefs of 
Curfednefs is either particular, or general. 

farfiwk*, is that which in a lefs meafure of 
fblnefs, lighteth upon the * Soul immediately, as 
Jbon as foe is feparated from the Bcdy. For in 
the very infiant of Diifolucion, (he is in the Sight 
and Prefence of God, For when fhe ccafeth to 
fee with the Organ of fiefhy Eyes, (he feeth after 
a Spiritual manner, like c Stephen, who faw the 
Glory of God, and Jefm'fianding at his RiobuHaud : 
Or, as a Man, who being born blind, and w- 
raculovfly reftored to his Sight, fhould fee the 
£«*, which he never faw before. And thereby 
the feftimo^ of her own Confcience, Cbrift the 
righteous Judge, who knoweth all things, maietb 

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lier by his Omniprejent Pdtoer, to urtderftand the. 
Doom and Judgment that is dud unto her Sins, and 
what mud be her eternal State. * And in this 
manner, landing in the fight Of Heaven, not fit for 
her Vneleannejs to come into Heaven-, fhe is faid 
to ftand before the Throne tfOol And fb forth- 
with me is carried b by the evil Angels, who came 
to fetch her with Violence, into Hell, where foe 
is kept fas in a Ptlfon) in eA/erlafting PainsttsA Chains 
under Darknefi, unto the fhtetnent of the great Dfi : 
But not in that Extremity of Torments^ which (he 
ihafl finally receive at the Iaft Daf . 

The general Fulncfs of Carfednefi is In a 'greater 
meaftire of fulnefs, which fliall be infli&ed up- 
on both d Soul and JWy, when (by the mighty 
Power Of thrift, th& Supreme Jatfee of HeaVen and 
Earth) the one mail be brought out of Hell, and 
the other out of the Grave, as Prifomrs^ to receive 
their dreadful Doom, according to their evil Deeds, 
How (hall the Reprobate by the roaring of the Set, 
the quaking of the Earth, the trembling of the e 
Powers of Heaven, and Terrours Of Heavenly 
Signs be driven, at the Worlds end, to his Wits 
end! Oh, what a woful Salutation will there be, 
betwhet the damned Soil and Body, at their re-uni- 
ting at that Day! 

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PttftMt. Mjtiin*dainniKacQntinu6in^ 

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5c?/// fay unto her Jfoty) how am 1 compelled to 
re-enter into thee, not a§ into an Habitation to 
reft, but as a P/t/m to be tormented together J How 
dofhhou appear in my fight, Wkejeptbd's Daugh- 
ter, to my greater Torment! Would GO D thou 
hadft perpetually rotted in the Grave, that I might 
never have feen thee again ! How (hall we be com* 
founded tpgethet •, to hear before God, Angels, and 
Men, laid open all thofe fecret Sins, which we^. 
mined together ! Have I loft Heaven, fqr the Love 
of fuch a (linking Carrion ? Art thou the Flejhy for 
whofe Pkafures I have yielded to commit fo many 
Fornications? O filthy Belly, how hecame I fuch 
a Fool as to make thee my God? How mad wa§ I 
for moment any Joys to incur thefe Torments of eter- 
nal Pains ! Te Rocks and Mountains, why skip ye fi 
like Rams, Pfal. 1 34. 4. and will not fall upon we, to 
hide me from the Face of him, that comes to fit on yon* 
der Throne yfor the great Day of his Wrath is come, 
and whofhatl he ahle tofjkand I Rev. 6. i6 % 1 7. Why 
tremhlefi thou thus, Earth, at the Prefence of the 
Lord, and wilt not open thy Mouth, and fwallow 
me up, as thou didft Kprah, that I be feen no more f 
O damned Furies ! I would ye might, without 
Delay, tear me in Pieces, on Condition that you 
would tear me into nothing ! But whilft thou art 
thus in Vain bewailing thy Mifery, the * Angels 
Jiale thee violently away from the brink of thy 
Grave, to fome Place near the Tribunal feat of 
€hrifi ; yhepe being, as a curfed Goat, feparated 
|o fund beneath on Earth, as on the Left-hand of 
the Judge, fCbrdfi (hall reap up all the Benefits tic 

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beftowed on thee, and the Torments he fufferM for 
thee, and all the^^ Deeds which thou hail omit- 
ted\ and all the ungrateful ^Monies which thou 
didft commit againft him, and his Holy Laws. 

Within thee thine own Conjcience (more than a 
Thoufand Witneffes) fhall accufe thee: The Devils, 
who tempted thee to all thy Lewdnefs, (hall on 
the on? fide teftifie with thy Coqfcience againft thee ; 
and on the other fide, Ihall ftand the Holy Stints 
and Angels approving Cbri/Ps Juftice,and detefting 
io filthy a Creature. Behind thee an hideous Noifif 
of innumerable Fellow-damned/fr/ri^to, tarrying 
for thy Company : Before thee all the World * burn- 
ing in flaming Fire: Above thee, an ireful Judge ot 
deferved Vengeance, ready to pronounce his Sen- 
tence upon thee : Beneath thee % the fiery and ful- 
phureoqs Mouth of the bottomlefs Pit, gaping to 
receive thee. In this woful Eftate, to hide thy 
felf will be impofftble( for on that Condition, thou 
wouldeft t with that the greateft Rock might fall 
upon thee :) To Appear will be intolerable ; and yet 
thou muft ftand forth, to receive with other Re- 
probates, this Sentence, Depart from me, je cur* 
fed* into overlaying Fire, prepared for the Dfvil anj 
his Angels. 

Popart from me] There is a J| Separation from all 
Joy and Happinefs. ; 

Xe cqrfef] There is a black and direful Excom* 

Into Fire] There is the cruelty of Paiq. 

* Anfel. Miditat. t Rcy. & \6> 17* l Bori^vcnt. Fciftil. Dom. 3 • 
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£verlaftiti$Thttt is the Perpetuity of Pkmjh- 

Prepared far ^tbe Devil and his Angels^ Here 
are thy inptml tormenting, and brmented Com- 

terrible Sentence J Prom which the Condemn- 
ed cannot tfcape ; which being pronounced can- 
not poflible be witbjtaod: Afpitift which a Man 
cannot except, and from which a Man can no 
where appeal- So that to the damned, nothing re- 
mains but hcllljb Torments, which know neither 
cafe of Pain, nor end of Time. From this Jn&&-. 
ment-feat thou muft be throft by Angels (together 
with all the damned Devils and Reprobates) into 
the * botimlefs Lake of titter Darknefi, that perpe- 
tually burns with Pite and Br'mflone. Whereunto, 
as thou (halt be thruft, there (ball be fuch Weeping, 
Woes and "Wailing, that the cry of the company of 
Kpfaby Vdtban, itAAhitam, when the Eaith fwal- 
lowed them up, was nothing comparable to this 
howling : Nay, it will feem unto thee a Belt, be* 
fore thou goeft into Bell, but to hear it. 

Into which bottomlefs Lake, after that thou art 
once plunged, thou {halt ever be falling down, and 
never meet a bottom : And in it thou {halt «vet 
lament, and none fhalf />/(/ thee : Thou (halt -al- 
ways tveep for pain of the Fire, and yet grtafb thy 
Teeth for the Extremity of Cold-. Thou fitelt uxep 
to think, that thy Miferies zxtfaft remedy: Thott 
fhalt weep to think, that to repent is to no purpofe : 
Thou fhalt mep to think, how for the ihadows of 
fbort Pkafkres, thou haft incurred thefe Sorrws of 

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Eternal 'Ps/m ; Thou (halt ww/, to fee how that 
weeptxg it ftlf can nothing prevail, Yea, in weep- 
ing, thou fhalt weep more Tears, than there is voter 
in the Sex ; for the Water of the Sea is finite, but 
the weepiugof* Reprobate fhall be infinite. 

There thy lafcivms Eyes fhall be affli&ed with 
fights oightftly Spirits : Thy mrtav £w fhall be 
affrighted with hideous Noife of howling Devils: ' 
and the gnafliing of Teeth of damned Reprobates*. 
Thy dainty Nofe fhall be cloyed with the noyfom 
ftenchof Sulphur: Thy delicate Tafte fhall be pain- 
ed with intolerable Hunger: Thy drunken Throat 
Jhall be parched with unquenchable Tbirft: Thy 
Mind (hall be tormented to think how for the 
love of abortive Pkafures, which perilhed e'er they 
budded, thou haft fo foolifhly loft Heaven's Joys, 
and incurred HeUijh Pains, which laft to all Eter- 
nity. Thy Confeience fhall ever fiing thee like an 
Adder, when thou thinkeft how often Chrift by his 
Preachers offered the Remiffion of Sins, and the 
Kingdom cf Heaven freely uato thee, if thou wouldft 
but believe and repent : And how eafily thou might- 
eft have obtained Mercy in thefe Days : How near 
thou waft many times to have repented, and yet 
didftfuffer the Devil and the World to keep thee 
ftill in impemtettcy, and how the Day of Mercy is 
now pad, and will never dawn again. 

How fhall thy Underftanding be racked, to 
confider, bow for Moment tny Riches, thou haft loft: 
tb&eternai Trtafnre, and changed Heaven's Felicity 
for Heffs Mifery J where every part of thy Body, 
without intermifllon of Jain, fhall be continually 
tormented tithe. 


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In thefe HeOifh Tprments thou (halt be for ever 
deprived of the Beatifical Sight of God, wherein 
confifts the fovereign Good, and Life of the Soul. 
Thou (halt never fee Light* nor the leaft Sight of 
Joy, but lie in a perpetual Prifon of utter Darknefs z 
Where fhali be no Order, but Honour ; no Voice, 
but of Blafphemers, and Howlers ; no Noife, but of 
Torturers, and tprtured $ no Society but of the Druit 
and his Angels, who being tormented themfelves, 
ffrall have no other Eafe, but to wreak their Fury 
in tormenting thee. Where fhall be Vunifhment 
without Pity, Mifety without Mercy \ Sorrow with- 
out Succour, Crying without Comfort ; Mi/chief with- 
out Meafure; Torment without Eafe: Where the 
Worm Jieth not, and the Fire is never quenched*. Where 
the Wrath of GOD fhall feize upon the Soul 
and Body, as the Flame of Fire doth on the lump 
of Pitch, or Brimflone. In which Flame thott (halt 
ever b$ burning, and never coufumed', ever dying, 
and never dead; ever r<wrag in the Pangs of Death, 
3nd never rid of thofe Pangs, nor knowing end of 
thy Pains. So that after thou haft endured them 
fo many Thoufand Years, as there zx^Grafs on the 
Earth, or Sands on the Sea-jbore, thou art no nearer 
to have an end of thy Torments, than thou waft 
the firft Day that thou waft caft into them : Yea, 
fo far are they from ending, that they are ever but 
beginning. But if after a Thoufand Times fo many 
jfhoufapd Tears, thy damned Soul could but con- 
ceive a Hope, that thofe her Torments fhould have 
an end ; this would befome Comfort to think, that 
at length an end will come. But as oft as the Mind 
thinketh of this Never, it is as another Hell, in the 
mdfi of Hell. This 


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This Thought (hall force the damned to cry, «*}, 
*tf, as much as if they ftiould fay, ***V}, ;*£}, O 
Lord wf ntfr, wf *iw torment us thus. Bur their 
Conference (ball anfwer them as aft &£<?, *VJ A? f 
ever % ev f er. Hence fliall afife their doleful ri^woe 
and 4/** for evermore. 

This is that Second Detth, the general perfeS F*l- 
nefs cfaffCurfednefsand Mifery 5 which every dam- 
ned Reprobate muft fajfer, fo long as God and his 
Saints (hall enjoy BlifsznA Felicity in Heaven for 

Thus far of tho Mifery of Mart in his ftate of Cdr- 
ruptwn y iinlefs he be renewM by Gtace in Chrifi. 

Now follows the Knowledge of Man's fe/fr in 
refped of his State of Regeneration by ChriJL 

Meditations of the State of a Chrifiian reconciled to 
< God in Chrifi. . 

NO W let us lee how £&/># a godly Man is, in 
his State of Renovation, being reconciled to 
God in Chrifi. 

. The godly Man % whole qorrupt Nature is renewed 
by Grace in C*ri/?> iind become a /**«> Creature^ is 
blefled in a Thr^fold Refpeft. TPirft, in his Ufe* 
Secondly, in his Death., Thirdly, after Death. 

1 • His Bleffednefs during this Life, is but in p*rt f 
and that confifts in Seven Things; 

1. Becaufe he is cdnceiy'd or the * Spirit in the 
Womb of his Mother the Chunk: And is f horn not, 
of Bloddj nor of the Will of the pU(h; nor if the Will *of 
Manfiut cfGod^ wtiq in Chrifih h\$\\JFather. So that 

* John 3- 5- tjoha 1.13- II Gal. 4*6* 7. * Cor. 9. 9. 



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the a /jmg* 0/ God his /vi/A*/ is renewed in him 
every Day more and more. 

x. He hath, for the Merits of thrifts Sufferings, 
all his Sins* original^ and *#«*/, with the Guilt and 
Funifamnt belonging to them, b freely and fully 
forgiven unto him: And all the c Righttoufnefs of 
C^ri/? as freely and fully impmttd unto him : And fo 
God is d reconciled unto him; and ' approvetb him 
as Righteous in bis Sight and Account. 

x. He is freed from £<tf 4«'s f Bandage, and is made 
a * Brother ofChrift, a Fdfa* h flfe/r of his Heavenly 
Kingdom $ and zfpiritaal » j(/i^ and Avflff* to of- 
fer up k fpiritu*l Sacrifices to Godly Jefus ChriJFi 

^Godfparetb him* as a Md»jparetb bu own Son y 
tbatferveth him. And this fp*r**& confrfb, 

^.1. Not taking Notice of every Faulty butler 
ing with his Infirmities,, Exodus 34. Verfe 
6, 7. A loving Ftf/i&i?r will not caft his Child 
put of Doors in hisSicknefo 
i. Not making his Puw(bwe»t when he is cbd- 
fterted^s great as his Deferts, PfaL .xojJ^id 

3. Chqjlening him moderately when hejeeth 
that he will not ^ ogy ^iipr Means be re- 
claimed > x Stm,?. Vey. i4v i J* * C»v 1 1# 

In^ Ver. jx. 

4. Gracioujly accepting his JB)«4fe4fvtWfri,notwith- 
Handing the imperfection of hisObedience, 
and fo preferring thetVMitgmfs of his Mind, 
before the worth wefs of bis Work, xCor.9.ti* 

^ — — ■ - * I h iii li 1 — w*i ■ ■■■— ^^»— *i 

aEph.4.a t 3,i3.Ccl.3.io.bRom.4.a. i^Kom. 8.1,1. iPet.i 14. 
cRom.*?*!?. daCor.s* *9* c Rom.4. 33,34. fAftsNS.i&.gEph. 
1.2. hjohnio. 17. Rqixl 8.20* 'Root,*, if. kRer. r.tf; trPec* 
a.';. Mil. 3> 17* 

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5, Turning the Curies which he deferved, to 
Crojfts, and fatherly Cwrt&knsx Yea, all* 
Things, all k CaUmitw of this Life, « Death 

l it felf .♦ Yea, his * «prj» Sw unto his Good. 

y. God gives him his Holy Spirit, which f 

t.'Saa&ifieth htm by D%rm thro'out ; fo 

that he doth more and more^/V to Sin, and 

4v» to Rigbtcoufoefs. 
i.. f Jffures him of his « Adoption, and that he 

is by Gr*«? the Child of God. 
3. Emoungeth him to come with h Baldneft 

and Confidant into the Prefeoceof Cod, 
4* MoveihhvEa. without /%4r,tp fay unto him 

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Prefer. .'•'•'• 

6. Perfodetb hip, that both heand his Pwjr- 
, • «•* are accepted and heard oif God, for 

Cbrifi his Mediator's fake. 

/•* t. k Pw« ot Conference. 

bini< a. l J«intheHolyGhoft:tncQm- 
with/ paritod whereof; all Earthly Jcyt 
L%f ■ v jeefu wife and tW* y^Qto him. 

6*. He bath a recovery of his m feveMgtty over the 

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Soul j 

Creatures^ which he loft by Adam's Fall : And from 
thence/re* Liberty * of ufing all Things which God 
hath not b re/trained, fo that he may ufe them with 
agood Q Conference* For to *tt things in Heaven and 
Earth, he hath zfure d title in this Life : And he 
fliall have the F Unary and peaceable c Poffeffion of 
, them in the Life to come. Hence it is that all Re- 
probates are but Ufurpers of all that they poffefs, 
and have no f place of their own but Hell. 

7. He hath the Aflitrance of God's Fatherly Care 
and Proteftion Day and Night over him ;' which 
Care confifts in Three Things. 

providing all Things niceffary for his 

and Body, concerning this Life, and 

which is to come: So that he (ball be 

I fare ever, either to have enough} oi P*ti+ 
ence to be content with that he hath. \- ♦* 
2,. In thatGod gives his Holy Angels as^mini- 
flers % a Charge to attend upon him always 
for his Qoodi Yea, in Danger, to fitch their 
Tents about him for his Safety , wherever he 
be. Yea, Gofs ProteSitm fliall defend him 
as a * Cloud, by Daj 9 an£ of a Pillar of fire by 
Night. t And his Providence k Jball hedge him 
from the Power of the Devil. 
J . In that l the Eyes of the Lord are upon hintyond 
his Bars continually open, to fee his State y and 
to hear his Complaint, and in hisgood'Tifae 
to m delivgr him out of all his Troubles... 

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Thus far of the bkffed Eftateof the Godly, and 
Regenerate Man in his Life: Now of his bleffei 
Eftate in Death 

i. Meditations of the faffed Eftate cf a Regenerate 
Man in his Death, 
^Hen God fends Death as his Mejfenger for 
the regenerate Man, he meets hita.A^fthe 
Way to Heaven : For his * convetfatiov, and b of* 
feftiou is there before him. Death is Aevcrftrange, 
nor fearful, unto him.- Not ftrange, becaufe he * 
died daily j not fearful, becaufe whiift he lived; he 
was tfe«(, and his Life was d hid mth (thrift in God* 
To Die 'uoto him therefore, is nothing elfe in ^&#, 
but to* reft from his Labour in this World, to. go 
f Home to his" Father's Houfe, unto, the b City cf, 
the living God, the Heavenly Jerufakm, to. an innu- 
merable Company of JHgtl's, to the genet al'JJJvmblj and 
Cburehof tlx firjthern,to God the Judge of aU y and. 
to the Spirits tf jufi Attn made per f eft, and. to Jefua 
the Mediator ef the Neto Covenant. Whiift his Body 
is fick; his Mnid As found : For God. 1 maketh h» 
hd /« jkhuefsj and ftrerigthneth him with faith and 
fttientej^itym his Bed of Sorrow. And when he. 
begins tttenter iato ih&.vftayof all the Worlds, he gi? 
veth (like* Jacob, Mafes4a& Jojhua) to his Children 
and. Friends, Godly Exhortations : and Cwtfaf/, : to, 
ferve the true God, to wot (hij> him/r*/?.aU tbe&ys" 
of their Life. 1 His bkffed Soul breatbeth nothing 
but kkjfygs, and fuch Speeches as favour afanftifi* 

■ i ' » i » . ' > i l . . . ." 'i ' ' . .; '; ' »":" > ' ., " ; '' . ' ' 

f *PWl. ! 3.ao.SCo1;3. a. <?iCor. i. 31.^ Col. 3. 3- eRev.14.ri. 
1 »Ctr.5.tf. rjo&.T4*.l«HelJ. ii. u,&e. iPfal^j.^kGo^* 

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^m^mmmnmmmmmmmmmmnnsnma^=Bsmeammmmmms==sssmmmmmmmm^^^ ■ • 

edfpirit. As bis outward Man 4fc fjtf/A, fobis/w- 
mW Man mroafttb, and waxeth ftronger. When 
the £/*«£ of his Tongue faltereth, the ftgfo of bis 
Heart j^m£ /^/rr unto G«4: When the Sight of 
the Bjei failetb, the /fr/r GAqjf illuminates him in- 
wardly with abundance of fiirHual Life. His Soul 
fear eeh not, but is bold to go * oat cf the Body, and 
U dweU 0itb bee Lord. He fokfd out with Paul, 
*CuphaHJJeevs\, lakfire to be diffblved, sad to be with 
Chrijt. And with « David, At the Hart pantetb 
after the Water Jbr«ob\,fo p*»tetb my Soul after thee, 
V God. ty Soul tbktfietb for God, fm fbe living 
God: When fbaU I come and appear before God? 
He prayeth with the Saints,' 4 Atom long, Lard, 
which art holy Mid true? ' Come, Lord jejus, came 
quickly. And when the f appointed time of his dif- 
folutioa is come, knowing that he goeth to his 
a Father and Redeemer in the Peace of a good Con- 
fcience, and the afliwed terjwajfom nf the Jbrgive- 
neisof all his Sins, in the blood of the Lamb, he fings 
with blcffed old Simeom his b Nunc dmittie : Lord, 
novo lettefk thou thy Servant depart in Peace, &c and 
fitrrenders Op his Soul, as it were, with bis own 
Hands, into the Hands of hie heavenly Father, laying 
with David: ' Into thy Hands , Father, 1 commend 
my Soul, for thou baft redeemed nit, Lord, thou 
God of truth. And faying with Stephen, k Lord 
^fefus reserve my Spirit*. He no toontr yields up his 
iacred Ghoft, but immediately the ' holy Angels, 
Who attend upo<i him from his iirtb, unto> his 

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desth, » carry and accompany bis Sout'ma fi9*ven % 
as they did the Soul of Ltzutrus into /ifadbam's 
hfomt which is the * Kingdom of Hoaton, whi- 
ther only good Angels and good Works fa accom- 
pany the Sou! : The one to deliver their* ffcge, 
the other to receive ' their d remtrd. . 

'the Body in convenient Timc,as tbefcnftified 
* 7mfU of the £fo/> <?^?, the f Mmfas of. Ckrfa 
nourifted by his « Body, the k Price of the jSUod of 
the Son of God, is by hjs/'&* Brethren reverently 
laid toUUef in his grsve, as in the Bed if Chrift: 
in an allured hope to k awskeimthe Rtfurrt&um <f 
th 9*A at the laft Day, to be partaker with toe 
Soul, vl Life and Glory everiaftiog. And in this 
refpoft. nor only the &w&, but die very Bodjeyof 
the ftnthfui aifo are termed Jfr0«« 

Thus fer of the kUlftdmfs of the $ouj.ao4 Bodf 
of die Regenerate Man ** 4*4. Now let us fee 
- the bUffednefsxti his Soul and Body ^ <fo«k 

3* MedHjtfau of the hkffed EfiAte tf fa Rege M r*(S 

;■«'_• Minuter DtMth. . / ■• . | 

T HI S^ftate bath three Degrees. ' . >i ? 
^,JProm. the Day of detrb, to the jtyflj^' 

*■«$»*. ;';■ ' •_\' • . /;•'• <••• 

z« From the RefareftioH) to the ^omnincm^ 
the Sentence. "■'"■', - 1-* - -.-V 

of the Sentence. 

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^8.2.*Oait,i2(a. John j^8ifl9.L?*c 14. 14. »Thcf. 4^1^17. 

F * J. After 

Digitized by VjOOQIC 

*8 Sty $mit& of l&tetp* 

3. After the Sentence, which lafts eternally. 

As foon as ever the Rt generate Man hath yield- 

' ed up his Soul unto Cbrtjt, the holy Angels take 

• her into their Cuftody, and immediately * carry her 

< into Heaven ; and there prefent her f fr/anr Chrift, 

where (be is crowned with a || Own of Rigbteouf- 

' «f/} and (Ww? j not which (he hath dejervedby her 

; £4*4 Wtfrfr, but which God hath promifed of Iris 

/rf e goodnefs to all thofe, who of love, have in this 

//^unfeignedly ferved him, and Jmgj&/ his Glory. 

Oh, what j*? will it be tfrthy £m/, which was 
wont to fee nothing but mifety and fitters, how to 
behold the /to ot the God of Glory\ Yea, to fee 
Chrift welcoming thee, as foon as thou art prefent- 
ed before him by the holy Angels, with an Bute 
bone [true I Well done, and welcome good mi faithful 
Servant, &a enter into thy Maker's joy. And what 
Joy will this be to behold ** tboufandthoufands ef 
Cherubms, Seraphims, Angels, Thrones, Dominions, 
Principalities, Powers? Ail the holy Patriarchs, 
Priefis, Pr offsets, Apofiles, Martyrs, Confcjfbrs, and 
all the Souls of thy Friends, Parents, Husbands, 
Wives, Children, and the reft of God's Saints, who 
departed before thee in the true Faith of Chrift, 
ttanding before God's Throne in Blifs and Glory ? If 
4he Queen ofSheba* beholding the Glory and Atten- 
dance given to Solomon, as it were ravijbed there- 
with, brake out and faid, 4-f Happy are thj Men, 
happy are tbefe thy fervants, which ft and before thee, 
and hear thywifdom: How ihall thy Soulbe raviih- 

*Lukeitf,n. fHcb.i* 14.& la. 14. I2 Tim. 4. 8. Rev* 2. icv 
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ed to fee herfelf by grace admitted to ftand with 
this glorious Company ! to behold theblefled Face 
of Chrifly and to hear all the treafures of his divine, 
Wtfdoml How ihalt thou rejoyce to fee fo many * 
thoujani tbqufands welcoming thee into their hea- 
venly SpcietyJ For as they all rejoyced at thy con* 
*verfion ; fo will they now be muph more joyful to 
behold thy Coronation, and to fee thep receive thy 
-f Crown, which was laid up for thee againft thy 
coming. For there the Crown of Martyrdom (hail 
be put on the Head of a Martyr, who for CJirift's 
Gofpel's fake endured Torments : The Crown of 
Virginity on the Head of a Virgin, which fubdu- 
ed Concupifcsnce : The Craw* of Piety and Chafiity 
on the Head of them, who fincerely profefTed 
Chrift, and kept their Wedlock-bed undefiled : The 
Crown of Good-works on the good Alms*giver*s head, 
who liberally relieved the Poor; The Crown of in* 
corruptible Glory on the head of thofe Paftors, who by 
their Preaching and good Ex£Uiiples,have convent* 
ed fouls from the corruption of-fin, to glorify God 
in holinefs of Life. Who can fufficiently exprefs the 
rejoycing of this heavenly Company, to lee thee thus 
t Crowned with Glory, arrayed with the Alining 
Robe of Righteoufnels, and to behold the Palm (f 
ViStory put into thy Hand? Oh what gratulation 
will there be, that thou haft efcapedall the Miferitf 
pf the World, the fnms of the Devil, the pains of 
Hell, and obtained with them thy eternal Reft and 
JIappimfs ? For there every one jcyetb as much in a- 
pothers happinefs,as iahi^own, becaufehe 0iaU fee 

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Him as much loved of God, as himfelf. Yea, the/ 
hare as many diftin&y^ as they have co-partners 
of their j<p* And in this joyful and blcffed Stare, 
the Sent refteth with Cbrift in Heaven, till the 
Rtfttrrtftion ; when as the a ^mfcr of her Fellow- 
Servants and Brethren be fulfilled, which the Lord 
ftermetti but a little Seafon. 

The fecond Degree of Man's Bleflednefs after 
HDeath, is from the RefurreHien, to the pronouncing 
Of the final Sentence. For at the laft Day, 

l» The Element try Heavens \ Earth, and all things 
theitin, ihall be h diffolvci, and pariftei with fire. 
* %. At the 9 found of the laft trumpet, or Voice of t 
thrift, the Archangel, the very fame Bodies y which 
the BleB bad before (tho* turned to Daft and Earth ) 
ihrilarHe again. And in the lame inftant^ every 
Man's Soul fttyll re-enter into his om Body, by wr- 
t*e of the 4 Refurre&ion of cbrift their Head, and 
lie • made alive and rife out of their ffaves+as if 
they did but apri* out of their Beds. And how- 
foever Tyrants bemangled their Bodies in pieces, or 
confirmed them to Ames ; yet lhall the Elf 8 find it 
true at that Day, that { not a hair of their head is 

3 .Theyfhall come forth out of their % graves % 1 ike 
fb many Jofephs out of Prifon, or h Daniels out of 
%\\t Lions Den, or Jonahs out of the Whale r s Belly. 
, 4, All the Bodies of the Ete$ being thus made 

:-*R*v.r.£. fcftPtt.4.10, 11,13. «i Cor. 15.51. xThef4.ftf.J0ll 

5.a8.Ezck.37.^«,&C.ARom.8.n. Phil. 3.10^11. iThefi^. i^ 

^ •^1t«| i 5.i7. 1C0r.15.2j. fMacth.19.30. giTFef.4. 14. hDan, 

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alive, (hall arife in that * perfection of /fa/«/v 
whereunto they fhould have attained by their **- 
/«m/ temparament, if no Impediment baa hindfed : 
And in that wgM*^ ifgethat a perf«& Man is at,a- 
bout three and thirty years old, each in their f pro- 
per Sex. Whereunto Divines think the Apoflle al- 
ludeth, when he faith, || tiff we all so/he unto a per* 
feft Man> unto the meafure of the Age (or Stature) of 
thefulnefs ofChrifi: Whatfoever ImperfeHion was 
before in the Body (as Blmdnefs, Lamentfs, Crook- 
ednefs) (hall then be done away. Jacob fhall not 
halt, nor Jfaac be blind, nor Leab Uear-efd, nor 
Mepbibojbetb be lame : For if David would hot have 
the Mmf and //uw to come into his ife*/£ j much left 
will £Ar# have llindnefs and lamttefs to dwell in 
his Heavenly Habitation, tf M0 made all the #i#4 
to fee, the dumb to (peak, the deaf to hear* the 
&«w to walk, <fr . that came to him, to feek his 
Grace on Earth : Much More Will he heal all their 
Imperfefthnsy whom he will admit to his Glory in 
Heaven. y Among thofe Tribes, iberi is not one fee- 
hlee : But the lame MauJbaU leap as an Hart, and the 
dumb Mans Tongue /ball Sing. And h is Very pro* 
bable, that feeing God created (mtjfrfi Parents, not 
Infants, or Old Men, but of * {effete A£e Of Stature ; 
the«r4»A«««, Qfnew Creation tfOrri Death, /hall every 
way be mdteperfett than the txdtn, otfirfl frame of 
Man, from which he fell into the State Of the dead. 
Neither k it like, that Infancy being bsperfe&ion, 

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and old Age Corruption, can well (land witt 
-State of a f «/«£ glorified Body. 

j. The JSo&rs of the #&# being thus raifed, 
have four moft excellent and fupernatural Q, 
tits: For, . 

T i. They (hall he raifed in * ftw*r,whereby i 
(hall for ever be freed from all Wants, 
Weakness, and enabled to continue wit! 
the Ufe of Afetf, Drink, Skep y and other 
mer Helps. 

i. In b «rw>r»pf/0*,whereby they (hall neve 
./#£/># to any manner of JmferfeBionsl t 
tntfb, Sicknefs, or Death. 

3. In Glory-i whereby their Bodies fhall c /i 
as bright as the Sun in the Firmament ; 1 
which being made tranfparent, their St 
(hall *y&iw through, far more gtarttw tl 
their Bodies. Three^/«ap/*iofwhich6< 
were feen, Firft, in d Mofess Face ; Second 
in the ' Transfiguration; Thirdly, in r $tepht 
Countenance. ThKelnfta#ces'andjiJfnra>t 
of the Glorification of our Bodies, at tl 
glorious Day; If hen (hall « jDa-wi lay afi 
his Shepherd's Weed, and put on the Role 
the King's Son Jefus, not Jonathan's. Th 
every true Jtfordecai f who mourned und 
the Sackcloth of this corrupt Jfc#) (hall be a 
rayed with the Ring's h royal Afparel^ ai 
have the Crown royal fet upon his Head, th 

.' « 1 Cor. i y. 4 j> f Cor. 1 ^iMft.6?."ib. 'jkg.Eick.ufoo. cM 
. icj.43. -Lake a/31. 4iTheC 4 .ir: «ExodiJ4.i9..fMa M h.i7 ; 
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all the World may fee, how it /ball be done to 
bim> whom the Kjng of^KJngs delight eth to 
honour. If now the rifibg of one Sun make 
the Morning fo glorious? bow glorious (hall 
that Day be, wheo4nnumerafele mi/lions of 
million* of Bodies 0/ S*/*//, and Angels {hall 
appear more glorious than the brigbtnefs 6f 
the Sun I The Jfojr ?T c ^ ri fi w Glory fur- 
palling all. 
4. InVg////;,whereby our Bodies (hall be able 
to afcend) and »wf the Lord At his glorious 
coming in the Air, as Eagles flying unto their 
bkffed carkafs. To this agility of the Saints 
glorious Bodies, the Prophet alludes, faying : 
f They fhall renew their fir ength : They /hall 
mount up with wings as Eagles : TheyJhaH run f 
And not he weary ; they Jhau walk and not faint. 
And to this ftate may that faying of Wifam 
be referred : || In the time of their vijjotfthey 
fhall jbine 9 and run ttfo^ftft «#»** among 
tbejlubble. •'£ \T/' # 

And in refpeft^4heftf four Qualities, 
§ PWcalleththe raited Bodies of the Elefr, 
Spiritual: For they (hall be fpiritual in qua- 
lities, but the fameilill iaftubftance. 

And howfoever fin and corruption make a Man 
in this ftate of mortality lower than Angels; yet furely 

* Ubi volat fpiritus, ibi crit & Corpus. Aug. Mat. 14. 28. f Hi. 
40. ji. lWifd.3.7. f 1 Con 15.46. Spiritualiapoftrefurreftionera 
enmt corpora, noil quia corpora efle defiftant, fed quia fpifitu yU 
TificantcUabfiftunt, 4*g. Ift. 1 3 . dt Clvif Dei, cap. a 2. 

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when God fl)all thus a *raw* him with Glory anc 
n*ur y I cannot fee, how Man {hall be any thin 
/rrior to Angels. For are they Spirits? So is 
alto in refpeft of his Soul: Yea, more than I 
they {hall have alfo a fpiritual Body, *fafkio*et 
unto the glorious Body of the Lord !jefu$ Chriff 
whom Man's nature is exalted by a c fcrfinal Z 
into the Glory of the Godhead, and individual 
ciety of the bleffed Trinity i An Honour whicl 
never vouchsafed Angeh. And id this refpeft A 
hath a Prerogative above them. Nay, they 
hxxtfpirits appointed to be MimJIers unto the Ei 
And as many of them, who at the firft difdai 
this Office, and would not keep their c firft fta 
ing, were for their Pride f hurled into Hell. 1 
lefleneth not the Dig/tity of Angels, but extols 
greatnefs of God s Lave to Mankind. 

But as for all the Mleft, who at that fecond i 
fudden coming of Chrift, (hall be found quick ; 
livings The « Fire that (hall burn up the Cofr 
tion of the World, and the Works therein, ft 
in a h Moment, in the twinkling of an Eye, overt; 
them as it ' finds them, either grinding in the Mil 
Provifion, or walking in the Fields of Pleafure, 
lyinginthe Bedot eafe; and fo (burning up th 
Drofs and Corruption) of mortal f make th< 
immortal Bodies : And this Change {hall be ur 
them inftead of Death. 
—Then fealfthe^ ^ff/with joyfolnefe greet 1 

»F1*1.8 y .l»Phil. j.«, eHeb. a . id. rfffctr.j. 14. Pfil.fi. 
tJudeV.tf. faPce.3.4. g*P«. j f »<>, ir, u. hiCor.t* 
i Lake 17. ji. k Tk* Etoft Soul's Jfofir^hcxa her fiody, ȣ J 
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Body, faying, O well met again, my dear Sifter, 
Howjweet is thy Voice J How comely is thy Coun- 
tenance, t having lain hid fo long in theClilts of the 
Recks, and in the fecret places ot the Grave ! Thou 
art indeed an Habitation fit, not only for me to 
dwell in, but fuch as the Holy (rethinks meet to 
refide in, as his Temple for ever. The Winter of 
our Affll&'um is now paft; the Storm of oar Mifery 
is blown over and gone. The Bodies of our Bled 
Bretheren appear more glorious than the UBy flowers 
on the Earth: The time of tinging Hallelujah is 
come ; and the Voice of the Trumpet is heard in the 
Land. Thou haft been my Toke-felUw in the Lord's 
Labors, and Companiauiti Perfections and Wrongs, 
for Cbrifi and his GofpePs fake; now mall we enter 
together into ourMafter'sjoy. As thou haft bornvtith. 
me the Crefs ; fo fhaltthou now wear with me thb 
Crown. As thdu haft with mc/owed plenteoufly 
in Tears, fofhalt thou reap with me abundantly io 
Joy, bleffei, aye blejfed be that God I Who 
(when yonder Reprobates fpent their whole time in 
Fride,flejblj L*fts, Bating, Drinking, and prophane 
Vanities) gave usGrace to joyn together in Watch- 
ing, Falling, Frying reading theScriptures, keeping 
his Sabbaths, hearing Sermons, receiving the Hohr 
Communion, relieving the Foot, exercifing ( in all 
humility the Works of Fietj to God; and walk- 
ing cottfchnably in the Duties of our Calling, to- 
wards Men, Thou malt anon, hear no mention of 
tby'Skt, for *they are remitted and covered} but 
every good Work, which thou haft done for the 
Lord's lake, (hall be rehearfed, and rewarded. 

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Cheer up thy heart, for thy Judge is a yfe/fr < 
j£ji& f and few* of thy bone. Lift up thy Hea< 
hold thefe glorious Angels, like fo many G* 
flying towards ijs, to tell us, b that the day of a 
jempsion a come, and to convey us in the CIouc 
meet our Redeemer in the Air. Lo they are at I 
* Arife therefore my Dove, my Love, my fair One 
tome dwaj. And fp like d Roes, or young h 
they run with Angels towards Chrift, over 
trembling Mountains of Betber. 

6. Both quick and dead being thus revived 
glorified, (hall forthwith (by the c Minifiryofl 
Holy Angels ) be gathered from all the quarters 
parts of the World, and f caught up together in 
Clouds, to meet the Lord in the Air, and fo (ball c 
with him, as a part of his glorious Train, *toj 
the Reprobates and evil Angels. The twelve Api 
ihall fit upon twelve Thrones (next Chrift) to ju 
the twelve Tribes, (who refuted to hear the G 
preached by their Miuiftry.) And all the h , Sa 
(in honour and order) (hall ftand nejft unto them 
Judges alfo, to judge the evil Angel*, and eart 
winded Men. And as every of them received 6 
in this Life, to be more zealous of his Glory;, ; 
more faithful in his Service, than others: So f 
their ' Glory and Reward be greater (ban other! 
that Day. 

The place whither they Qjall be gatherM wntoChi 
and where Chrijl lhall fit iri Judgment, lhall 
in the k Air, over' the Valley of Jebojbapbat, 

aDan.9. -aiy'&c. b Luke 21. 28. c Cant. 2.1, 3. d v.i7.eLuk< 
34> 35> 3<*- * 1 The£ + . it. 6 i Cor. 6. i, 3. b 1 Cor. 6, 2,3. * J 
. 3.2. 12,. 2 Cor, J. .6. « i Theft 4. 17, 

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Mount Olivet^ near unto Jerusalem, Eaft ward from 
the Temple, as it is problable for four Reafonsi 

i. Becaufe the holy Scripture f<xms to intimate-fa 
much in plain Words^ * / will gather all Nations into 
the vdley of Jehcfbaphat, and pteai with them there. 
fCaufe thy Mighty (met to come doion y Lord: Let the 
Heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley ofjeho- 
fhapbat : for there will I ft to Judge all the Heathen 
round about. Jehojhaphat fignifieth, the Lord will 
judge. And this Valley was fo called, from the 
great || ViSory which the Lord gave $ Jehofbaphat, 
and his People over the Ammonites, Moabites, and 
Inhabitants of Mount Seir. Which Victory was 
a Type of the final Viftoryi which Chrift, the fu. 
preme Judge, (hall give his Eleft over all their ene- 
mies in that Place, at the laft Day, as alfo the Jews 
interpret it. See Zach. 14.4, y. Pfal. ji. ij %,&*. 
all agreeing, that the Place (hall be thereabouts, 

1. Becaufe that as Chrift was thereabouts crucified, 
and put to open fliatne, to over that Place his glori- 
ous Throne (hall be ere&ed it* the Air, when he 
ihall appear in Judgment to raanifeft hisMajefty and 
Qlory. For it is meet that Chrift fhouid in that place 
judge the World with righteous judgment, where 
he himfilf was unjuftty judged and condemned. 

3. Becaufe, that feeing the Angels to\z\\ beferit/* 
gather together the Eletlfrom the four winds, from one 

*Joel.3. 1,3. |ver. 11, 12. \] iChron. 30. § Near this Valley 
was Mount Moriafcwherejlfrakam foe titiced ifaac, Gen. 22. JacU 
f*w Angels afamcufeg and defending on a Ladder, Gen. 18. The 
Angel put up m& Sword, and t Fire from Heaven burnt the Sacri- 
fice in Anmsh*$ Floor, a Sam. 24. Solomon builded the Temple, 1 
Chron j ; 1. Chrift preached the Gofpel, fuffered his Paffion, and 
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end of Heaven to the ether i It is moft probable, chat 
the f lace whither they (hall be gathered XQyfbxll be 
near Jernftlm, and tb&Z/aSeyefJehdfhefhati Which 
*Cqfmograpbers defcribe to be io the *w<# of the fu^ 
perficies of the Earth •* If toe termini a fnikna 9 be 
. the four Parts of the World j the teemvnk ad quem, 
mud be abput the Centre. 

4. Becaufe the ^f/f told the Difciples, that as 
they faw b Chrift alcend from Mount Olivet, which 
is over thef4% effehofkafbat ; to he (hall in like 
manner come down from Heaven. This is the O- 
pinion of ' Aauin4t> and all the SchookMen, ex- 
cept Lombard^ and Alexander Heles. 

5. Laftly, When Cbr$ is fet in bis glorious d 
Tbrone, and all the e «wp- Tbcufeads of his &ct«/s 
and /%*/», fhining more bright ttoo fo maaje £«*; 
in Glory, fitting about him; and the Body ioi Chrift 
in Glory and Brightnefs furpafling them all ; the 
Reprobates being feparate, ai*d remaining beneath 
upon the earth j (for the right hand ngntfetba blcf- 
fed, the left hand a »rjW Efltte :) f C/ftr# w^>^ 
pronounce the Sentence of Abfolntion, and Bias 
upon the EkSf; Firft, becaufe he will thereby, in- 
ereafe the grief of the ref rebate that, foal) hear ii. Se* 
condly,to (hew himfelf more /ftw* to sJWwejr than 
to judgment. And thus from bis Throne of Atafejlj 
in the W^» he. (ball (in the fight and bearingof all 

* The Sea beydn SJtrdm, towards 2>rt*», cutteth the midffof the 
World. Ant iftUab (kith *€ Jer*f»tem> In medio aenfitim pofui 
earn : That from Sim, as from a Centre, the Lr"r ftould be pitf- 
lifted to all Nations, and there allNations fluB be judged accord- 
ing to the Law, Rom. a . i *. •» Afts r. 1 1 . « Rftiprefcs <*m>/*» *«• 
Thorn, in i Sent.Difl.^^9. *Mat. is.Ji. «Jnae¥. i4.Rer.io;ri,r j. 
fMat.t9.1S. ttthrJnCmit.il. A*ftlm.inM*t.c.i%. gPJal*4? ?• 
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the World) pronounce unto bi$ EUSt^ * Came ye kef- 
fed of my Fdtbtri inherit the Ktngdotrf prepared fot 
yw,fremtbe Ugmningof theWorQ &c. 

Com ye] Here is our bleffcd Vnh* with Cbrift t 
and by few, with the whole 7>mU#. 

B/fjJifl Here is our sbfolution from all Shis, and 
our plenary endowments with aUgracettndbappiieefi. 

Qfm Father] Here is the Author, from whom, 
by Cifiy? proceeds our felicity. . 

Inherit] Here is our Adoptive, <; 

The Kjngdom] Behold our Birth-right and Fofc 

PreptreJ] See God's Fatherly Care for his Che* 
fen. :.''.-.' 

iPk-oif» /fa FoundAf'm tf the MMi] Q the/**, 
eternal, unchangeable £&#»» of God 1 

How much ate thofe Souls bound to tare Ooo% 
who of his later gopd will and pleaftre, cbofe arid 
loved thern^ before they || had<h*e either good «r 

Forlvw *«grjv&c.30 the (fa^rc/i <f Cbrfo 
who takes notice of ajl tbegw* nwfr of his GhuV 
dren to row/ them 1 How great is his /ra* p poor 
Chtiftfens, who takes every Workof Mercy dose 
to /*«* for his felj^as if it bad been done to him* 
fetf J Come ye to mi in whom ye have believed, be* 
fort ye f mm : And whom ye brae tafed and fought 
lor with & much devotion, and thro 7 fo many trim* 
Uttens. Com nm, from labour to re&, from difgr/v* 
to gfogi ; from the Jaws of </«/!>, to theji^tf ot etem 
aa\Ufe. For my fake ye have been ^r^i/^/ upon, 

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reviled^ and curfed: But jmw it (hall appear t 
thofe curfed Efau J s, chat you are the true 3& 
that (hall receive your Heavenly Father's b/ej> 
<An& bleffed (hall you be. Your * Fathers, Mot 
and nearefi kindre J forfook arid call you off, 
my Truths fake % which you maintained: But i 
jpgr firtfcr will be unto you a t Father, and 
4nall be his Sons and Daughters for ever. You v 
caft out of your lands and livings ^ vadforfook a 
my fake and the Goffefc : But that it may appear 1 
you have not lift your gain, but .gamed by y 
lofs ; inftead of an earthly inheritance and PofTefli* 
you (hall poflefs with me the Inheritance of 
Heavenly Kjngdom : where you (hall be for Lc 
$ons\ for Birth-right, Heirs \ for Dignity, Kjk 
for Holinefs, Prie/ls; and you may be bold to 
ter into the ? off e fan thereof now, oecaufe my . 
tber prepared and kept it for you, ever fihce i 
frfi Foundation of the World was-laidJ % . .: :% 

Immediately after this Sentence of Atfoluti 
and Bcnedtttion y every one receiveth his Cr^ 
which ft Chrifi the righteous Judge puts upon th 
Heads, as the Reward which he hath promifed 
his Grace and Mtrcy, unto the Faith and good Wo\ 
of all them /A** loved his Appearing. Then eve 
one taking this Craw from his Head* (hall 1 
it down ( as it were ) at the Feet of Chrifi \ ai 
proftrating themfelves, (hall with one Heart ai 
Voice, in an heavenly fort and contort, fay, § Prai 
and Honour, and Glory, and Power, and Thanks 

* Pfal. 27. 10. Matth. 19. 39. f John io7~i7. a Cor. 6. 
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**/0 fAiw, hlejfedLamb, tohofitt'eft upon the Throne\ ' 
weft killed, and haft redeemed as f Gftf ^ thy Biped* 
out of every Kindred and 'Tongue^ and People, and 
Hat ion, and' haft modi us into out God, Kjngs and, 
Priefts, to reigwvbitb thee in thy Kingdom fw'ei/er» ; 
more, Amen. ".''''' •..'.' ~~ 

Then fhallthey fit in their thrones and Ord&i 
as * fudges of the Reprobate's, and evil Angels *> fey 
approving, ^tA- giving TeJUmony to the Rlgfiteoui 
Sentence and judgment of- cbrift'tht BupreWi 

Judge. ;'.''. ' :i f ' :! ' 

After theprdnciincirigbf th£ /fc^^/i&SettettGtS 
and Condemnation) Chrift wift jterfbrm'Twbtb* 
lemii ^tfawrir. ' v " ' • '• V» <■ ' -J '-- {■'■■■■' 
i. The preferring tf all the Blefth&oitej&tWi 
t Behold, ^hteeusVather'thefi are they tibbm thorn 
gOvte/f me, /have kept them', And iktoe efthebt » £gft 
7^<w them thy Word, and they VetievedtK ami -the 
World hkted them, hetdufe they were %ot ofwWoryt^ 
even & I was not if the World,' • Aid rim Father, I 
will that thofe kbom thou haft give* me, fc vfitk- the 
when I ant, that they ma) heboid my Glory's whieh 
thou hd/i } given me; that they may he madeperftA if* one: 
That the World may know that thou haft fent nse i and 
thin baft loved them, as thou haft loved me. ' '■ 

z. Chrift fhall deliver Up the Kingdom to God* 
eveii the || Father, that is, (hall ceafe to execute bis 
Office of ' Mediator thifi Whereby as he 1 is Kjng, Prtejf, 
Prophet), and Supreme Head ottht ehurthf-hs fup- 

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prefled bis Enemies, and ruled his faithful people 
by his Spirit, Word, and Sacraments. So that his 
Kingdom of <5rti« over his Church in this World 
cftjfag; he fball rule immediately as be, is God, e- 
qual wjth the ftufcr, and the £to/r G^, in his 
Kingdom of Glory for evermore. Not that the Dig- 
nity ojf: b\s Manhood fhall be any thing diminifhed; 
but that the Glory of his Godhead fhall be more 
manifefted: So that as he is God, he fhall from 
thenceforth, in all fulnefs i without alt external 
Meansj rule all in all. 

From this Tribunal Seat, Chrifi (hall arife, and 
with all hjs glorious Company oSElett Angels add 
At/*?/, he fhall go up triumphantly, in Order and 
Array, unto the Heaven of Heavens, with fuch a 
heavenly Noife and Mufick, that now may that 
Sang of Qavid be truly verified, * God is gone up 
with .4 Triumph^ the Lord with thefoundof the Trum- 
pets, Sim Praifes to God, fin* Praifes j ftng Praifes, 
unto our Kjng % fing Praties if of God is the King of 
all the Earthy be is greatly to he exalted* And that 
Marriage Song of John j f Let us he Qlad and Re- 
joice t and give Honour to him $ for the Marriage of 
the Lamb is come, and his Wife hath mads herfelf 
ready. Hallelujah $ for the Lord God Omnipotent 

The Third and laft Degree of the bleffed State 
of a Regenerate Man after Death, begins alter the 
pronouncing of the Sentence, and lafteth eternally 
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Meditations of the ileffed Efi/tte of a Regenerate Man 
in Heave*) Jfter be bath received bit Sentence tf 
Abfolution, before the Tribunal-feat of Cbrtff, at 
the lafi bay of Judgment. 

HEre my Meditation datleth, and my Fen fa!* 
leth out of my Hand ; the one being not 
Able to * conceive, nor the other to defcriie, that 
mdft excellent Blifs, and eternal Weight of Glory 
(whereof all the AffiiQions of this prefent Life are not 
*>mbj) which all the Elect ffiaD with the blefled 
Trinity enjoy, from that time that they (hall be 
received with Chrift, as * Jdynt-heirs, into" that 
everlafting Kingdom of Joy. 

&ot withftandirtg we may tike a fcantling there- 
of, thus : 

The holy Scriptures fet forth, f to our Cabacity) 
the Glory of our Eternal ana Heavenly Life after 
tkath, in Four Refpeib: 

». Of the Place. 

i. Of the Obj'ea. 

3. Of the Prerogatives of the Eleft there; 

4. Of the JSffefts of thefe Prerogatives; 

i. Of the Place; 

THe Place is the * Heaven of titavens, or the 
* Third Heaven, called Paradife\ whither 
Chrifl in his (humane Nature) afcended/«ir above Ml 
vifible Heavens, the * Bridegroom** CbamBer, whicfi 
by the Firmament, as by an assured Curtain fpjng- 

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led with glittering Stars, and glorious Flanets, is 
hitf, that we cannot behold it with thefe corrup- 
tible Byes of Flefo The Holy Ghojl. cframing him- 
felf to our Weaknefs) defcribes the Glory of that 
Place, (which no Man can eftimate) by fuck things 
as are moft Precious in the Eftimation of Man. 
.And therefore likeneth it to a great and holy City, 
named the a Heavenly "]erufalm. Where only God 
and his People, (who* arefaved, and written in the 
Lambs Book') do inhabit; all built of ;« pure Gold, 
' tike unto Hear Glafs, <fr Chrjfial j the Walls of%4?er- 
fione', the foundations of the Walls' g&r^htd with 
.Twelve wanner of Precious Standi having d Twelve 
Gates, each lailt of one Pearti 'Three Gates towards 
each of the Four Corners of the World) and at each 
Gate an f Angel, (as fo many Porters) that *ttoun- 
■ (lean thing (bould enter info it. Itif h Four-fquArti 
\ therefore perfect ; the length, the breadth, and height 
6f it are equal: Twelve Thoufand Furlongs every way ; 
Therefore Glorious and Spacious. * Through the 
tnidft of her Streets ever runneth a pure River of the 
Water of Life, as clear as Chryftal; therefore whole- 
fom. And on the otner fi* e the River, is the Tree 
of Life, ever growing ; which bears Twelve manner 
of Fruits, and gives Fruit every Month', therefore 
fruitful. And the Leaves of the Tree are Health to 
the Nations ; therefore healthy. There is therefore 
. no place fo glorious by Creation, fo beautiful with 
Deletlation, fo rich in Pojfej/ion, fo comfortable for 
habitation. For there, the Xing is thrift; The Law 

•Rer.a*.*»&c. fc Ver.»4.&a7. c ycr.i8. Ver.n. V«vi9, aol 
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is Love ; the Honour, Verity j the Peace, Felici- 
ty ; the Life, Eternity, There is Light without 
Darknefs; Mirth without Sadnefi,- Healthy with* 
out Sicknefs; Wealth, without Want; Credit, 
withoyt Difgrace; Beauty, without Blemifh ; Eafe, 
wifhcut Labour ; Riches, without Ruft; Blcfled- 
nefs* without Miferyj and Confolation that ne- 
ver knoweth End. How truly may we cry out 
(with 18 David/ of this City, Glorious things are fpo- 
kenof thee* thou City of God? And yet all thefe 
things are fpoken but according to the Weaknefeof * 
our Capacity. Jtyr Heaven ejtceedeth all this in 
Glory, fo far, as that no Tongue u able to exprefs % 
nor Heart of Man to conceive the Glory thereof \ as 
witneffeth St. f Pa#l> who wa? in it, and few it* 
O let us not then dote fo much on chefe wooden Cot* 
tdges* and Houfes of moulding Clay, which are but 
the Tpnts of IJngodlinefs and Habitation of Sin- 
ners: But let us look rather, and long for this ^ 
heavenly City, whofe brilder and maker n God : which 
he (who is not afbamftL to be ca/lc4 (fur God) $ htfk 
$rq«4dfor us n » . <„;..;;• > 

['%. Of the (Mje&./ : \ . , '. 

THe bliftful and glorious Ohjeft pf all ' : in?& 
le£lual and reafonable CreatoreS in {leaven,* 
is the Godhead tn Trinity tf' Ttrfbni j without . 
which* there is neither Jy, xm^eluity v -But-th* 
vwyfujlnefs of Jxy confifteth i^r^j^g the &&!$> 
TmQbjeit we fhaUenjoy Two Ways,: ■"//..*» 

I. By £ Beatifical Fifion of God-. -. ' ;" ; 

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2. By poflefling an Immediate Communion with 
fhi$ Divine Nature. 

The* Beattfcal Vifion of God is that only, that 
can content the infinite Mind of Man, b Eor eve- 
ry thing tendeth to its Center. God i$ the Cen- 
ter of the Soul : Therefore (like Noah's Dove) (he 
^annot Reft nor Joy, till (he return and enjoy him* 

All that God beftowed upon Mofes, could not 
fatisfie his Mind, unlefs he might c fe* the Face of 
pod. Therefore the whole Church prayeth fo ear- 
Xleftly, f God he merciful unto us, and caufe his Face 
to /bine upon w- When Paul once had feen this 
^ieJfedSight,hc(c^vz^r)cq\imcd all the Riches, 
and Glory of the World (in refpeft of it) to be but 
' Dung;, and all his Life after was but nfighing oqt 
(cufio diffolvi) 1 1 defire to he diffofoed, and to he 
with Chrift. And Cfhrift prayed for all his Ele& in 
his tafi Prayer, that they might obtain this bleffed 
fci/?on. 8 Father y / will that they which thou haft 
gv^nwe, be fwhere?) even where I am\ (ro what 
(fend?) that they may behold that my Glory, &c If 
*Mofes's Face did fo fhine, wheAhe had been with 
God but Forty Days, and feen but his back Parts $ 
}iow fhall we fhihe, when we (hall fee him * Face 
to Face for ever ?• apd knovp him as u* are known, 
and as he is ? Then (hall the Spul no longer be teim* 
ed Mar ah, bitternefs, but Naomi, beautifulnefs : For 

• Vi'ffo Dei beatific* foil eft fommum bonunt noftrum. J*g. M. 
dt Trin. c. 13. *> Fftcifti not Domioe afl ce: inqujetum igituriell coj? 
noftrum, don<c requiefcat in jte. Jpg*Cmfolaui.c*t.i.&is c Exod. 
33.JJ. <iP&1.67.i.&8o.i. * Phil. 3. 8 n. i'fPhil r.aj. sjfohn 
J7.14, bExod.34. 29. Exod. 33.31. 11 Cor. 13. i2. aCor. 3.18. 

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the Lord fhal] turn htv fbort bitternefs, to eternal 
Beauty and Bleffeduefs, Ruth 1. xo f 

The Second Means to enjoy this Objsft, is, by 
having an immediate and an eternal Communion with 
Cod in Heaven, This we have, Firft, by being 
Cas Members of Chrift) united to his Manhood, 
s?nd by the Manhood (perfonally united to the 
Word) we are united to him, as he is God ; and by 
his God-head, to the whole Trinity. Reprobates 
at the laft bay fee Qod fas a juft Judge) to punilh 
them; But (tor lack of this Communion) they 
fhall have neither Grace with him, nor Glory from 
him. For want of this Communion, the Devils 
(when they faw Chrift) cryed out, Quid nobis /*• 
cnm? a What have yx tQ do with thee, thou Son of the 
mofthigh God? But (by virtue of this Communion) 
the penitent Sodomy boldly go and fay unto Chrift, 
fas b Ruth unto Boaz: Spread, Chrift, the Wing 
if the garment of thy m(rcj over thine hand-maid; for 
thou art my Kinfman. This Communion God promU 
fed * Abraham, when he gave him him/elf (or his 
great reward. And Chrift* prayeth for his whole 
Church to obtain it. This Communion Saint JW 
exprefieth in one Word, faying, e That Go^ (half 
be aS in aS to ut. Indeed, God is now all in all un* 
to us j but by Means, and in a fmall meafurp, But 
in Heaven, Qoi, himfelf immediately (jn jfutnefs fof 
Meafure, without all Means) will be unto us alt 
the good Things, that our Souls and Bodies can wiflj 
9r defire. He himfelf will be Salvation, and Joy to 
our Souls i Life and Health to our Bodies y Beauty ro 

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our £jw ; Muftck to our £jr/ ; Honey to our Mouths\ 
Perfume to our tfpftrih ; Meat to cu^r ;£'#'tt ; Lfgfo 

, %o our TJnicrfiandi^ \ Contentment io our Wr/Zr; 
?tnd Delight to oqc /ifofi ; And what can be lacjbf 1 
ing, >v here God himfelf will be the * Soul of our 
§ouls? Yea, all the Strength, WU, Pieafures, Vir- 
tues, Colours, Beauties,, Harmony, and Qoodnefs, 
that are in Men, ISeafts, Fifties, ^owk, Trees, 
Hsrbs, and all Creature^, are f nothjing but fpaikles 
of thofe thufgs, which are in in^nUeferJe3jon inGod. 
And \n him we (hall enjoy them in a far mone perfect 
and bleijed Manner. He hjyfefcwty *heri fupply 
their ufe : N?y, the faft Creature's (which ferve us 
now) (hall nqt have the Honour to ferye us then. 
There will be || no need of the Sun, nor of thebioontc 
tyine in that City ; for the Qlory of God doth Light it, 
JNfo more will there be any need, or ufe of* any ere** 
jure, when we (hall enjoy the Creator himfelf; 

When therefore we beho.kfariy Thing that is 
excellent in any Creatures, let lis fay tQ pur felve? 
How much t"aore excellent \% he, who gave their 

. this excellency* When we, behold the Wifdom oi 
Men, who over-rule Creatures ftronger than them 
(elves ; outrun the Sun and Moon in Rifcourfc 

Srefcribing many Tears before, in what Qourfes thej 
# lall be ecliffedi Lpi us fay to our felvesj \ How 
admirable is the Wifdom, of God a who m^de Men ft 
Wife! When w e 9°nfider the Strength pf While 
and Elephant s, theWipeft of Winds y and Terroui 

. * Anhruuaahnfcerit Deus. Bern. |Non poteft fummus rerup 
Conditorinlc hon habere quae rebus a fe conditis dedit; auemad 
modumfolaftris.H«j:tf/.4.desnima > M5. JReV. n.aj. §Senec! 
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pf Thunder j let us fey to our felves, How ftrong, 
how mighty, how terrihle is that God, that makes 
thefe mighty and fearful Creatures j When wetafte 
things that are delicately fweet, let us. (ay to our 
felves, O how fweet is that God, from whom aS 
thefe Creatures have received their Swcetnefs » 
When we behold the admirable Colours which are 
in Flowers, and Birds, and the loyeh Beauty of 
Women-, l<et us fay, How feir is that God, that 
made thefe fo Fair J 

And if our loving God hath t|ius provided us 
fo many excellent delights for our'paflage, thorow 
this * Bocbim, or Valley of Tears j what a/e tboj 
Pieafures which he hath prepared for us, when we 
ihall enter into the palace of oor Mafier's Jo%? How 
iball our Soulsbe there ravUbed with thelove of fo 
tovefy a G OD? So glorious is the Gbje&of hea- 
venly Saints: So amiable is the fight of our gra- 
cious Saviour. & 

|. Of the Prerogatives which the E/eff Jbaff enjoy 
'•> '< iie Heaven. 

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BX Reafon of this Communion with God, the 
Eieft in Heaven 'jhafl have Four jfbpcr-exeel- 
lent Prerogatives, ' ' : "" ■■ 

' i. They fliall' have the Kingdom of Heaven foe 
their f Inheritance ; arid they fhall be/r« \ Deni. 
ions oif the heavenly Jerufakm. S. Paul (by being a 
free § Citizctf of Rome) efcaped whipping '; biifc 
they,- who aige qncejfew Citizen s of the heavenly 

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Jer*faltm y (hall ever be freed from the Whips of 
Ecettiai Torments, For this Freedom was bought 
for VH f hot with** great jum of Money^ but with 
th£ •* precious Blood of the Son of God. 

t. They (hall be all Kj"g s a°d Pri*?/j ; c ty/V/-* 
fi?*/ 1 Kings, to rergo with Chrift, and to triumph 
cwter Satan, the World, and Reprobates; and fph 
ritiial Priefts, to offer unto God the d fpiritual Sa- 
crifice tA « Praife and Thankfgiving for evermore. 
Andthcrefore they V« faid to wear both Crowns 
and Robes. O what a Comfort is this to poor Pa- 
rents, that have many Children I If they breed 
them up in the Fear of God, and to be true Chri~ 
ftians, then are they Parents to fo many Kings and 

: 3. Their Bodies ihall f fiiae as the Brightnefsof 
thfe Sun in the Firmament : Like the glorious Body 
of Chrift, which * Ihined brighter than the Sun ae 
Noon, when it appeared to Paul. A glhnpfe of 
which glorious Brightnefs appeared in the Bodies 
of h Mcfes and Elias y transfigured with our Lord in 
the holy Mount, therefore (faith the 1 Apoftle) 
it {hall rife 1 glorious Body;; Yea, z fpiritual tody $ not 
in Sub fiance, but in Quality : Preferved by fpiritual 
Means y and having (as an Angel) Agility to afcend 
or defcend, * Oh what an honour is it, that our 
"Bodies (falling mor* vile than a Qarxitn) feould thus 
arife in Glory, like unto the Body of the Son of 

a Afts a». *8. b iPce. 1. iS.«Rev. $. 10. 1 Pet. a. 9. Rom. 16, jo, 
diPet.3.5. cHcb.13.15.fMatth.13-4i8PWa.a1. A6tsi2.fr 
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4. Laftly, They (together with all the Holy 
Angels) there, keep (without any Labour to diffract 
them; a perpetual Sahbath, to the glory, honour, and 
praife of the Aye-blefled Trinity., for the creating* 
redeeming, and Jimilifying of the Church ; and for 
bis Power, Wifdom, Juftice, Mercy, and Good- 
nefs in the Government of Heaven and Earth. 1 
When thou heareft a fweet Contort of Mufick, me- 
ditate how happy thou (halt be, when (with the 
Choir of heavenly Angels and Saints) thou (halt 
fing a part in that for it uaI Ha/leluja/t, in that (tern J 
kleffed Sabbath, where there (hall be fuch Variety 
of Pleafures, and Satiety of Joys, as neither know 
Tedioufnefs in doing, nor end in delighting. 

4. Of the EffeBs ef theft Prerogatives. 

From thefe Prerogatives there will arife to the 
Ele& in Heaven Fjve notable Effects, 

%. 'THHey (hall * know God with a perfect 
X Knowledge, fi> far as Creatures can poffibly 
comprehend the Creator, For there we mall fee the 
Word y the Creator ; and in the Word, aH Creatures 
that by the Word were created : So that we fball not 
need to learn (of the things which were made) the 
knowledge of him by whom 42 things were made. 
The ejtee&ntefi Creatures in this life, are but as. a 
"fdark veil, drawn betwixt God and lis; but when 
this mil (ball be drawn afide, then fliall we&e 
God Face to Face, and know him as we are known. 
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* i Cm. ho. 4q>.folil*q. tap. 3&NUul notum in wrr5l,nihiHgn<* 
turn ccelb.t1C0r.13.il. aCor.j.itf. Res vews font in rirand* 
invifibilit ia muade vifibiE umbrc reram. Htm. 

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We (hall know the Power of the Father^ the Wif- 
dom of the Son, the Grace of the Holy Gfoft ; and 
the iqdfyifible tyatijre of the blefled Trinity* And 
in him we fljall know, not only all our Fr\ends 
(who died in the Faith of Chriftj but alfo all the 
faithful that ever were, or fhaU be* For, 

i. Chrift tells the Jews, that thqr. flaall fee • 
graham, Ifaac, $nd Jacobs and all the ProphetSi in 
the JQngdom of God ; Therefore we (hall know 

/ a t Adam in bis Innocency knew Ei# to b be 
gone of bis Ronf, and Flejb of his flefh, a$ (oon a$ 
lie waked: Much more then (hall we know our 
Kindred, when we (hall awake perfected, and 
glorified in the Refurre&ion. 

?. e The 4poftles kne^ Chrifi after >is Refur- 
reft ion, and .the Saints which arofe with bim 7 anef 
d^ feared in the Holy City. 

4. d Peter, Jams, and John knew Mofes and £- 
Uai in the transfiguration : How much more fhaU 
we know one another, when we (hall be all glori- 
fied? " 

«•• 5. ? Cr^i knew Lazarus iq Abraham's Bofim; 
Much more thall the Eled know one another in 

I* f CAr# faith, that the Twelve Affiles (hall 
fit upon Xwclv6 Thrones, to >*£* (at that Day) 
f the tw&Iv;e Tribes:Thetefore tfrey fhaU beknowq, 
indaQoni^^n^yth^re^of th? Saints. "•' 

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* Luke j}. aa. : b G<6n. 2. 13.* Matth. 27, n* I Mattfuij, 4 
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7. JW faith, that .at that Day *weJbaJl know 
as tve are known of God'. And Amufiitie (aufof this 
place) comforteth a Widow, alluring her, that a* 
in this Life, fhe few herHusbrodwi&'ft/irnM/gvJf 
fo in the Life to come, fhe dhooid know ^tt i/orf, 
*»«/ »*&#• were' «ff /u» : Thoughts . and lmaginjttionf. 
Then Husbands and Wives, look to your A&ions 
and Thoughts: For ail fiall U made m&tfeft ont 
Day. Seer Cor. 4.$; . 

8. b The! faithful in thcjtfd Teftanetft; are kid 
to be gathered to their Fathers z Therefore the 
Knowledge of our Friends remains. 

9. * Low never falletb awaji Therefore Know* 
ledge, the' ground thereof, remains in another Lile* 

xo. Became the laft Day fliall be *•* Declaration 
oftbejnft Judgment of God, when he fhall reward 
every Mattactordingto bis works '.And if every Man's 
Work be brought to light, much more the worker. 
And if wicked Men mall account for every 
c idle Wwa\ much more mall the idle Speakers 
themfelves fee -known. And if the Perfon? be not 
known, in vain are the Works niade manifeft. 
Therefore (faith the f Apoftle) Evtry Manjbdl 
appear, to account for the Work that he Itath donejn 
his Body, &ci' See Wifdm, Chapter y, Verfe 1. 
Though the Refoedof Divcrfities of Degrees and 
Callings in Magiffracy, fitiniftry, and Oetopomy fhall 
ceafe; Yea,? Chrift fhall then ceafcto.culeJ as he 
is Mediator j and rule all m all, as he is Qfidequd 
with the Father, and the Holy Ghoft. 

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1 Kings 22. c i Cor. 13.8. d Rom.a.5. Rev.ji.ti. Eccl.12.14. 
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' The greateft Knowledge that Men caa attain un- 
to in ' /iw £#*, comes as far fhort of the /V<w- 
ledge which we (hall have in Heaven, as the A*mp- 
ledge of a CAM/ that cannot yet fjteak plow, cornea 
of the K/towkdge of the greateft Pbiiofopher in the 
World. They who thirft for Knowledge, let them 
long to he Students of this Vrtiverfity. For b alt 
the Light by which We know any thing in this 
World, is nothing but the very Shadow of God-* 
But when we wall know God in Heaven, we 
ftall in htm, know the manner of the Work of the 
Creation, the fityfterks of the Work of our Redemp- 
tion : Yea, fo much Knowledge as a Creature can 
poflibly conceive add comprehend of the Creator, 
and his Works. But whilft we are in tbk Life, we 
may (ay with e Job: How little a Portion bear toe 
of him ? And afiiireouf (elves with Syr oxides,, that, 
4 Tfcr* *r* hid yet greater things than theft Be, died 
that we have f ten but a /*» qf Gtwfr JflVf*. 

x. They mall lovi God with zsperfeft and *£/&- 
/«/<? 4 I*ttf, as poflibly a Creature can do. The 
manner of * loving God, is to love him for himfelf : 
The mtsfare, is to love him without meafure. For 
ia this Life {knowing God but in fart) we love him 
but in part : But when the Elect iri Heaven fhali 
jfety know God, then they will perfe&ly love God. 
And for the infinite Caufes of Love (which thev 
(hall know to be in him) they Hull be infinitely 
ravtih'd with the love of him. 

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3. They (ball be filled with Ml manner of 'divine 
Pletfures. * At thy rigbt>h*nd (j&ith D*v$d\ there 
ore Pleofures for evermore: -Te^ tbty{b*lt drink 
(faith t he) out tfthe River <f. P tenures. For as 
foon as the Soul is admitted into -the &ud Fruition 
of t\\t beit'tficd Eflence of God* (he hath all the 
Goodnefs, Beauty, Glory and Perfection of ill 
CYeuwet (in nil the World) united together ,:and 
at once prefented unto her in the Sight of C*od* 
If any be in Low, thete they (hall enjoy that 
which is more tmUhlex If any delight, tri. Fnirntfs, 
the faireft Beauty is but vduftj fbadom to,tha*t :■ He 
that delights in Pleafutet, (hall there find infinite 
Varieties without either Interruption of 6r*rf, or 
Diftrattion of Fain : He that loveth Honour (hall 
there enjoy it, without the Diferace of oxtered 
JSnvy: He that loveth -Treefe/re, (hall there poflefs 
it, and never be beguiled of it. There they fk& 
have Kjmoledge void of aS Ignorance j Heaitb that 
no Sickntfs JbdH impair ; and Life, that no Dettbcm 
determine. In a Word, look how far this wide 
World farpafleth, lor Light, PUafures and Comfort, 
the dark and narrow Womb, wherein thou waft 
conceived a Child : So much doth the World to come 
exceed in Joys t Sotoce, and Cinfolatien, this frefent 
World. How happy then /ft*? we be, when this 
Life is ehongedy and we trunJUted thither ? 

4. They (hall be replenijhed with an unfpeokdle 
Joy. In thy' Prepuce (faith j| D*W) iffo /v/W/} 
^* 3T<?y. And this Joy (hall arife aW$# from the Vi~ - 
jw* of God; And /wf^ from the fight of 4// the 

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flb/jr «<s7ge& and B^Sri Wx of juft and perfeft 
Men, who art in £/j/i and Glory with him. 

But efpxiaUy from tih&tlifsftd Sight of 7^&r, the 
* Mediator of the Afar teftament, our Entntanwv/j 
God made Man* His fight will be the chief caufe 
of our Btft and Joy. If the b Ifraelitts in c ]€rkfdm i 
fojbontedforfqy, that the Earth rang again, *#,/& 
Solomon crowned; how (hall the iftk#. rejoyce in 
Heaven, to fee O&r/y? (the true Solomon) adorned 
with Glory ? If John « £j/ftj? at his Prefertce did 
leaf in hi Mothers Wonahfof Joy; bowfifaH we ex- 
ult for Joy, when be will be, oot * onfy with us, but 
& us in Heaven ? If the Wifemen rejoyced fo great* 
ly to find him> a ' Babe, lying in a Manger ; how 
great fifi the Joy of the £&# he, to fee him fit 
fas a King) in his cetlefital Throne f If * Simeon was 
glad to fee him an Infant, in the Temple, prefented 
by the Hands of the Priefi ; how great /hall our 
Joy be, to fee him a JOg, ruling a// things at the 
Right-hand of his Jferfcr? If tjofeph zhd Mary 
were fo jF#jrf»/ to find him in the ntidjt of the 
DoSorSy in the T«w/>/f ; how glad /ball our 5<W/ 
be, to fee him fitting as the Lord among Angels in 
Heaven? This is that Joy of our Matter* which 
( as the Apoftle feith > h the Eye hath net fen, the 
Ear hah not beard, nor the Heart of Man can conceive: 
Which becaufe it cannot enter into m, we Chall 
enter into it* 

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glorious Eftate iovevetmore. Therefore iris term- 
ed everhftihgLife. And Chrift faith, that 6dt Jtf 
/ball no man take from tit. All other joys (be, they 
never To great) have an end; f Abajbuerui\ Feaffc 
lafted an Hundred arid Eighty Days : But he^ And 
it, and all his joys are gone. For mortal Man to bo 
aflumed to heavenly Glory, to be affociated :o A»* 
els, to be fdtiated with aS Delights and Joys, but 
or a Time, were much ; biit to enjoy them for 
ever without IntermifTion or end, who can hear ir* 
and not admire it ? Who can mufe of it, and dot 
be amaied at it ? All the Saints of Chrift (as foon 
as they felt once but a true Tafte o£theie eternal 
Joys) counted all the Riches and Pleafuns bf this 
Life to be but || Lofs and D&ng, in refpeft of that. 
And therefore (with unceflant Prayers, Fafting, 
Alms-deeds, Tears, Faith, and good Life) they 
laboured toafcertain themfelves,of this eternal Life^ 
and (for ibteldve thereof i they willwgty either *foJd, 
or parted with all their earthfyGoods and Pdjfejfions. 

Chrift calleth all Chriftians, Merchants, Luke 19. 
and eternal Life, a precious iW/, which a wife 
Merchant will purchafe, thef it coft hitn,4# tkatki 
hath, Matth. i?. . A 

§ Alexander hearing the Report of the great 
Miches of the Eaftern Country, divided^ forthwith 
among his Captains and Souldiers, all his King- 
dom o( Macedonia : Hfyhaftion asking him , 
What he meant in fo doing? Alexander iniwered^ 
that he preferred the Riches of India, (whereof he 
hoped fliortly to be Matter) before all. that his 
Father Philip had left him in Macedonia. 

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«&?)• ii Goaf: Xn4 ttfarefb're bod^tic fio £q*2, But 
Only & {jlace of Jttirtaf. *payU$t£tzrie& one pay 
in this place, before a Thbutatid elfewhere : Tea. 

joui into his Kingdom, and \jwenl % w^^l/(Aff in 
a 4)&7 Cifo#0 thrther. St* rauf (hkvxn^dncsttth 
Heaven) continually • Mreiio $eMoive& y that Be 
ri%bt te tiith Chrift* /^^(luvira-efgN^' l>yt a 

Shmpfe of that et^nolGU^m ttie Mouht) wifhed ? 
lat he might; dwell there all the Days of his Life j 
fiyl^gi * majtef it u good for jy to be here. ^ How 
much better doth Peter rio^ thiol* it p 6e i$ ^ji* 
^i jt fm/ thrift (a little before his Dta^prajr- 
etlb foFathpr *fo receive him into (hdt excellent glo+ 
ry< And the Apoftle withtueftij that *firtB£jqy 
whifbw4sjjet fyfore kim % Jfe endured the Crefs y 4M& de- 
jpfed the Shame, t £ a Man did but price fee f h6fe 

^\pt l Ju^ufiine faith that he would be cqi> 
tfiit to endure the Tdrmiis of Hdl y to gdth this ^foy % 

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*i/for /£** /a /^ it. Ignatiw QPauPs Scholar} be* 
iog threatned (is he was going to fiiflfer) with the 
cruelty of Torments, angered with great courage 
of Faith,, * Fifty Gak\t>s % . Beafls, breaking of my 
Bones, Quartering of my Members, crufki*g of my Body± 
alt the Torment* of the Devil together \ let them come 
upon me, fo 1 may enjoy my Lor J Jefes, end his Kjng- 
dom. The ljke Constancy {he w ed \ Polycarp r whd 
couid not by any Terrours of any kind of Death* 
be moved to deny thrift ip the leajl Meafure. 
With the like RefolUtion anfwered |j Bafif his Per- 
fecutdrs,. when they would terrifie hiffl with death* 
/ wilt never (faid hfe) fear Death) which can do no 
more that! reft ore toe to hi)n that Made me. If§ Ruth 
left her own Cduntry, and followed Naomi her 
Mottit?r-in Law, to gb and dwell with her in the 
Land of Canaan, ( which :was but a type of Heaven ) 
only upba the Fara^ which (he heard of the God of 
lfrad) (tho'fjie had no promife ofahy Portiori 
therein;) how fhoutdeft thou follow thy Holj 
Mother the CbArch to go unro thrift y into the hea- 
venly Canaany wherein God hath gived thee ari 
ttelrnd inheritance, affured by an hcity Gotenant, 
made in the #ordof God ; flgped with the Blood 
bf his Son; wdfealed with his Spirit and Sacra- 
mepts ? This ftiatl be thine eternal Haffmefs in the 
JCingddm of Heaven, where thy life fhall bea Com* 
munioa with the Melted Trinity ; thy Joy, the pre^ 
fence df the Lamb; thy exercife* frngingj thy dit. 
ty, Hallelujah i tliy Confdrts % Saints dnd Angels, 
where Youth flouri(hedi f thit never waxeth old . 

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ioo %$t ffoacttce of ffiety* 

Beauty laftech, that never fadeth ; Love abbundeCh 
that never cooleth j Health continueth, that never 
Jlackethiznd Life remained^ that never endeth. 

Meditations diretfing a Chrifiian how to apply to him- 
[elf without Ddty) the for ej aid Knowledge of God 
. and himfelf. 

/"Tp^Hou feeft therefore, Man, how wretched 
\ JL and eurfed thy State is, by Corruption of Na- 
ture, without Chrift : Infomuch, that whereas the 
Scriptures do liken wicked Men unto Lions, Bears, 
Bulls, Horfes, Dogs, and fuch Hke favage Crea- 
tures in their Lives; it is certain, that the Con- 
dition of an unregenerate Man, is in his Death more 
vile than a Dog, or the filthieft Creature in the 
World. For the Beafi (being made but for Man's 
UfeVwhen he dieth, end^th all his Miferies with 
his Death ; But Man (indued with a reafonable, and 
an immortal Soul, made after Go£s Image, to ferve 
God) when he ends the Miferies of this Life, muff 
account for all his Mifdceds j and begin toendure 
thofo Miferies that never lhall know end. No 
Creature but Man is liable to yield at his Death art 
Account for his Life. The brute Creatures, not 
having Reafon, (hall not be required to make any 
Account for their Deeds ; and good Angels, tho' 
they have Reafon; yet fball they yield no Account 
becaufe they have no Sin. Arid as for evil Angels', 
they are, without all Hope, already condemned; 
fo that they need not make any further Accounts: 
Man only in his Death, muft be God's accountant 
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On the other fide, thou feeft (0 Man) how hap- 
fy and J&J0W thy Eftate is, being truly reconciled 
unto Gocf in C/&r/# ; that (thro? the Reftauration 
of G^j /w^, and thy Reftituton into thy Sovc* 
raignty over other. Creatures) thou art in this Life 
link inferiour to the Angels \ and (halt be in the 
Li fe to come, equal to the Angels. Yea, (in refpeft 
of thy Nature, exalted, by a perfonalVnion^ to the 
Son of Gody and by ( him to the Glory of the Trinity ) 
fuperior to the Angels j a Fellow- Brother with An T 
gds in fpiritual Gr*c* and everlafting jS/0/7. 

Thou haft feen how glorious and perfect God 
is, and how that all thy chief Blifs and Happineff 
confifteth in having an eternal Communion with Hi? 
Malefty. - . 

Now therefore (impenitent Sinner) in thp 
Bowels of Chrfjl Jefusl intreat thee ; nay, I conjur^ 
thee, as thou tendered thy own Salvation; feriouf- 
ly to confidar. with me, how falfe^ how vain, how 
vile are thofs things, which (till retain and chain 
thee in this wretched a,n i curfed Eftate, whereia 
thou liveft ; and do hinder thee from the Favour 
of God, and the hope of eternal Life and Happinefs 

Meditations an the Hinder ances, which keep back a 
Sinner] from the Pratt ice of Vieiy. 

THofe Hindrances are chiefly Seven. 
1 . AnignorMt mifiaking of the true meaning 
of cert ah placets of the holy Scripture and fome other 
chief Grounds of Chriftian Religion. 
The Serif tures miftaken, are thefe : 
1 . Esek. 3 3 . 14, 1 6. At what time foever a fwnf'r 
rep enteth him of his 5/>, I will Hot out all, &c. Hence 

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the carnal Chriftian gathereth, That lot map repent 
f hen he wiff. ^It is trtfe, wherifeever a Sinner doth 
repent, God will forgive^ but: the text forth mot, 
that a Sinner may repent whenfoever he will^imt 
When God will gwe him £r*dr. Many (faith the* 
? Scripture) When they would have repented, were 
fejefled,VL(\A could not ripent,rho\thfy fought it care- 
fully with Tears. What 'Comfort yields this T*xt 
to thee, Who haft not repcntecl ,fi6rfkno weft whe- 
ther fhou'fhalthave Grace to repertt hereafter ? 

2. Matth. xi. ^6. C<wf unto >m* r *Uj$ that lar 
bour "arid, afe heavy Udcn, and I mil ^Jrve yo* C<$. 
Hence 1 the leKvdeft Man collects, that he<my com* 
unto (Shrift i^pn he j$. But hemiift iknow ; That 
ho man eiver ccmes to Cbrift, but he, who. (as b fe? 
ter fiith) Having hndwn the ityujof^ifhteeufnefs 
hath efcaped the Pollkiions of the WprU y thro 1 the 
Knowledge of our Lord and S^vbur *$efus thrift. To 
f come mto-'Chrfft, isto repett iznd beiieve. And 
this no ^an can do, except hisf Heavenly Eathef 
f drawe/h hinVby his Grace. . 

5. Rom. 8. t. There is no\ CtodannAtionto them, 
which, are in Chrifl fyfus* True ; bkt they are fuch, 
rvho walk not *fter the Flefh, (as thou doeft) but after 
the Spirit, which ihoa'dtofk never yet reiblve txvdo. 

4. 1 Tim. 1 . v. i j. Chfifi Jefutcameintothe World 
to fay e Sinners, kcl True; -but fuch' Sinners, who 
like S. fyul, ; are ton verted from theirwicked life : 
&ot Ulce thee, wfMfttll contintieft in thy Lwfaefs. 
For that * grace of God tohithfy 
all Men, teachetb aay that 'dttyfog %ngoMinef$ and 

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TfW.:jWt&h tqe.a$5 flpt falling latoSfa but falling 
into Xxmle, Whvch his malicious £«»» plots 

.su^iLthe JLi»ft jiofl froflfi ,wpich (Sod *^//Whyji. 
^d^o* it m^aot facing in, and ruing out of Sin $ 
,Vqa,t t isjlgi i to |)iee„ ^inojb.^cft all Men may fee 
.^v,e,ry Pa^j |>ut^5ul?er GVbbr Af4*,canat any 

( $«j ^,64.6. _^w fiigbteoufpejles are as filthy r^r. 
jMe^ce the ^r)w/.Chriilia^g^tlfers, that (cei^g'th? 
i^iW^W'W #&"' are no better jthpn 
.Bjs axe jgjO^a.epqujh ; ana. therefore Jie needs pot 

.But ^^ j^eai^nptw ,tlusj?lace, the Righteous 
^p$s pK.tffe §&wv/ite\ asferyeht Erayers in the 
. ^amp/)f.,gp^ .jj^rjtat>je $ms from, the Jewels 
of.iflfof ; 'fujjering jn\tl?e\9ofpeIs defence, tjpe 
^oirof r l^o^;^(i4 MOipg of f #W; and.fuch 
.lTCorks^w^ic|i t ^/.Qa.lIs.tjie Fruti.ifjhejfairit : But 
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Raiment $ yw r h pure fine.Ifinntn, dndjhiningj far 
uiihkc the. c Leopards fpots, and * jMrfc/ Garments. 
7. Jarp. 5.1. Inmany things we fin alt. True; btit 
C^'; children Sin not i# a# /&#£*, as thou doft ; 
without either bridling their Lulls, or mortifying 
their Corruptions. And tho' the retires of Sin re- 
main iq the dearety Children of God ; that they 
had need daily SO. cry, Our Father which art in Hex- 
ven, forgive 11$ out Trefpaffes: Yet irr the* Netv Te- 
fiament f none are properly called Sinners, but the 
" unregemra$e\ but the Regener ate \tiidfcQ. of their 
zealous endeavour taferve God in unfeigned Ho- 
linefs, ^re . every wh^re called Stints. Infomuch 
tha; S^int [ John faith, Whjoforusrh born of' God t 
finneth qdii that is, liyeth not in wilful Filthinejs % 
fuffering Sin to reign in him, as thou do(fc De- 
ceive nqt thy felf with, the name tf ^ChriJlUni 
. Whofoever liveth in any cuftomAtygrofs Sin, he 
li vetti not in the State 0? Grace. Let therefore (faith 
S. g Pau() every one that nameth tyi namevfChrift 
Jtpiirtfrom Iniquity. The regenerate$in % but upon 
FrailtyX they repent r and God doth pardon ; thete 
they ^JStk not Jo death: The Reprobate Sin maliciouf 
/y, wilful!) , and de fight therein: $othat by their 
good Will, Sin (hallleiVe them before they will 
leave it. They will nbt repent, and God wiH not 
pardon. Therefore their Sins are rnorialy (faith St. 
'■ John) or rather immortal, as faith S. Paul, Rpm.x. 
5, It is no excufe therefore to fay, iwd are ail Sin- 

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5,8. John 9. 31 s . * 1 John32. 1 J6hn5.|8. «a A Tim. 2.19/h 1 Jbhii 
5. 16. 1 Ibid. : : * .' . *+% 

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pets: X\ ue Ghriftians (Thou feeft) are all Saints. 

8. Luke 23.. 43. The thief converted at the laft 
Gafp, was received to Tarkdifex What then? If I 
may have but tiibe to fay, when I am dying, Lord 
have mere) upon me ; I fliall like wife be faved. But 
what if thau (halt not ? And yet* many in that Day 
fball fay, Lord, Lord> and. the Lord wii not know 
them. The Thief wzs fayed, for he repented: Btit 
his fellow had no Grace to repent, and was darpned. 
Beware therefore, left trufting to laU Repentance 
at thy laft end on Earth, thou be not driven to re- 
pent too late without end in Hell, * '" 

9. 1 John 1. -7. The Blood of JefsuChrift cleanfetk 
us frx>m all Sin. And 1 John 2. 1. If any Man jtn f 
we have an advocate with the Father \ Jtfus Chriftthe 
Righteous* &c. O comfortable! But hear what S. 
John faith in the fame place!: My little Children f 
thefe things mite I unto you\ that ye Sin not. If 
therefore thou leaveft thy Sin, thefe Comforts arc 
thine ; elfe they belong not to thee. 

10. Rom. ?. 20. Where Sin abounded, Grace did 
abound muck time. O fweet ! But hear what St* 
Paul addeth :'• What fh all mfxy then ? Shall ive conti- 
nue in Stir, that Grace may abound? God forbid. Horn 
fhall we that are dead to Sh % live any longer therein, 
Rom. 6. r, 2; This place doth not teach us to pre- 
fume? but only that we fboutd not defpaiiv None 
therefore of thefe Promifes, promifeth any <irace 
to any, but to the penitent Heart. 

' The grtm&ds of Religion miftaken,«*are thefe : 
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At that Day \%*k¥«M» mW Wf&'JtteCrpwp, 

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dButa juftifyiog Jfeith fywyjfoM* .£&«?, and f/2w 
i///f^ thjejwhole Man tfiro'jout, 

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&m«t't9»,<m& wcbapg^able /)««?, 4ieg4thcretJ], 
«7«&*/ // ft* j* frejeftiqdttdrtoikftyeri, be wwot buf 

Therefore all the Woik* of P/f^are bwt jn v,ajn. 

•But, be ftovjld Jeainy tJbat <hd&4th- t fr«bjiiv4edtlip 

•tke<wKM$, asw(U <u uo^the^ttd. Whom, therefore 

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f-eod, he hath iikewjfe pre4eftiaatcd p be fjfcjk 

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l fore tliyri^ that- tb<3U,art«w.o^ thofi;, j^ho,ai;e 

i^S^predeftinated to everlaftiog Salvation. If 

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unto God, and God will grasioufly receive thee, 
as the Father did the prodigal Son, and by thy con- 
verfion, it (hill appear, both to * Angels and 
h Men, that thou didft belong to his Eleaion. If 
thou Wilt not} why thould God fave thee ? 

III. When a carnal Chriftian hears, that Man 
hath not free wiS unto Good, he loofetf) the Reins 
to his own corrupt Will : As tho ? it lay # not in him 
%o bridle, or to fubdueir. Implicitly making God 
the Author of Sin, in differing Man to run into 
this Nueffiiy. But hefhould know, that God gave 
Adam free willy to ftahd in his c Integrity, if he 
would ; but Man abufing his free-will, loft both 
himfelf and it. Since the Fall, Man in his State 
of Corruption hath Free* Will to Evil, Bat not to 
Good: For;* in this State, d we are not ( faith the A- 
pottle ) fuffidient to think a good Thought. And 
God *is riot bound to reftore us, what we loft fo 
wretchedly, and -take no more care to recover a- 
jgain : But as foon as a Man is regenerated, the 
, Grace of God fret h bis Will unto good', fo that he 
doth all the good things he doth, with. a Free- 
Will: For lb the Apoftle faith, that c God of his 
own goqd Pie dure , worhthboth the Will and the 
deed in us 9 who (as the Apoftle expounderh) *cleanfe 
cm 'f elves from all Ftlthinefs of theflcfh and f fir it, and 

1 Luke i j. 10. ■'Ve/fe 24. c Magnas homo liberi arbitrii vires, 
* cum conderctiirj actepk: Scd eas peccando amifit. Aug. defpirit. & 
Ijb.cap.. 1. EccL 7 ; 29. Homo male mens liberofuoarbitrio. &fe& 
Jiberum iuum arbfoium perdidlt. Aug- Ench. ad Laur.c\\o* 2 Cor. 
3. ?. Per laplum arbkriilibertasinnfttaralibusmanet, infuperna- 
turalimis amifTa eft, donecgraria r efti«#atur. e Phil: a , 12,13. Atii 
tgimus. The Will is Paffi vein receiving thefirft Grace, afterwards 
AfHveinallGoadneii.taCor, 7. 1. •••••-' - ' - ; : 

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fi»?Jb our Salification in the fear of God. And in 

this Stdte^ every true Chriftia* hath Free Will, and 

as he increafeth in Grace % fo dof h his Will, in />«- 

dom : For * tohen thi Son /kail make us free 9 then 

fhall we be free indeed: Ancl, f where the Spirit of 

the Lord is r there is Liberty : "For the holy Spirit 

draws their Mirids, riot by Coafliori, but by the 

Cords of Love > , Cant. i. 4. by illuminating their 

Minds to iwu; the Truth ; by changing th6ir Hearts' 

to /w* the known Truth ; and by enabling every 

one of them (according to the Meafure of Grace 

which he hath received) to do the good which' 

he loveth. But thou wilt not ufe the Freedom of 

thy Willj/tf/ar as God hath freed it ; for thou doft 

many times wilfully (againft God's Law, to the 

haiard of thy Soul) that, which (if the Kingf 

Law forbad under the Penalty of Deaths or lofsof 

thy worldly Eflatt) thou wouldft not do. Make 

not therefore thy want of freewill urito good, to 

be fo much the caufe of thy Sin, as thy want of a 

loving Heart to ferve thy heavenly Father. 

IV; When the natural Mart hears, that no MaH 
(Jince the Fall) is able to fulfil the Law of Godj 
and to keep all his Commandments : He boldly pre- 
fumes to fin as others do r He contents himfelf with 
a few good Thoughts j and if he be riot altogether 
as bad as the worft, he concludes, that he is as tru- 
ly regenerate as the befh Arid every voluntary 
feftlfal of doing Good, of withftanding Evil, htf 

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* 1 John 8. 36. Liberurn arbitrlum, non nifi gratft Dei efficitsur 
Jiberum. Jug. ad Col. c. 17. f a Cor. 3. 17. Voluntas humananonli* 
ftertate grsuiain cdnfequicur, fed gratia libertate4i« Aug.degrat. 


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fearh, chit though (fince tfie^/yf) no Man but 
£**-/)?, Who wis' boefi. God and Matty did, or cad 
ptfefrfy fulfil tlte »&/<? Lw : Yet every true Chri- 
fViarL as ldoiJ as he is tegenerate y begins to'keep all 
Godv Gomrftandfmerits in Truth) tho* he cannot: 
fa abfblute ftrfe&ion. thus with Davidy they, * */>- 
/j§f tfati ; ffeafts tofolfil God*s Commandments always 
Unto the end. And then the B Spirit of Grace* 
^hich was" proiteifed to' be more abundantly poured 
forth under the Gofpely helptth them i» their good 
£ndeaSvours> add ajftfieth them to do what he tom- 
mands thebi to do. And in fo doing, God ac- 
ttpTdfh their * good will and endeavour y inftead of 
firfeft* fftffitltnR of the Law; foppFyiog out of the 
Merits of C#rijf f who 1 fulfilled the Law for usy 
WhatfoeVer wiaritetftin our Obedience* And in this 
fdpd& Saint John faith* that d Geafr Commandment* 
dfe not burihenouu And Saint /W. faith* • / am 
Alt to do all Tkitigiy through the help ef him thai 
fkrengtheneth me. And ZjehArj and Elizabeth are 
faid'fo walk in all the Commandments of the Lor d % 
loithout Reproof. Hereupon Chrift & com mends td 
Bis Difciples, the care ojf keeping his ComnLandmentSy 
as the frueft Teftimouyofoav Love urrto him. So 
far therefore doth a Man lotfe Chrift* as he makes 
Confcience to walk in his Commandments, and the 
thore unto Chrift is our love s the lefs will out* Fains 
fee* in keeping his Land. The Laws curfi (which 
under the- Old Tefhment was fi> terriWe ) is under 

*Wkl. ix'sr.iii. 'Jtfd.i. zt,i4. 2adi.ii.io.Quod jubec,juvat. 
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the i&i»;(by tne Death of d^/^abolilhed td Aid 
regenerate, The /Tjpwr which' Made vtfoirhpdfibU 
to our Paturi before, is noW to the ntw-forn, fo 
mollijfeafoiiaeSphrft, tliat'it' fetifts facile and eajtt. 

and 1 G«//Z?j the ImpoUibititj df ieeblhg' tW Law, 
by ABihry of i^giwfv cortitffed; But when they tiaVc^ 
to do with regenerate Chfiftiahs, they require w /ftr 
Irfw'fwhich is the r«£ of ltig^edufiiefs)tfue*6bttt-i 
ence in iftbrd and Deed; tb£*m$rtifjine oftheif Mem* 
Urs'i the • crucifying if ike FJeJh, with the Affe&iorii 
Mid Lifts fiiiretfi ■ Refut'retiion to newnefs of Life, 

jbu can rebate me of Sin ? Yet eVery regenerate L 
ffiari dan fay of himfetf, Wnkn of ybu can rebate 
me ojf Being an* Jdutterer. WfroVemonget, StPtarcr, 
Drtmiard, foief, Vfurer, Of prefer, Proud, Malici- 
ous, Covetous, Frcfaner of the Holy S Math, A Lja¥ 9 d 
tfegleOerf God's putlici Service, and fuch like gfofs 
Sins ? g^e ne is" no true Cnfiftian. When a Man 
Calls off the tonjeiehxe of Being fuKfd by <7^/ £**, 
then Gotf "gives nim over to be led oy hi* own 
Up,xktfurlft Sfgn 6f a reprobate State. Thus 
the Law, which fince the' i^atl ho Man by his o»d 
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God will * give to every Chriftian that ytiWprd) tor 
|t, and incline his Heart to keep his Laws. 

V. When the unregenerate Marl hears that 
teod f delight eth more in ibi inward Mind fbdn in the 
cutward Man ; then he feigneth within himfelf, that 
all outward Reverence and Profefliort is but either 
ffperjliiious, ovfuperfluous. Hence :it is that he feN 
dom kneeleth in the Church ; that he puts on hi* 
Hat at finging of Pfalm^ and the publifck Prayeri i 
Which the Propharie Yarlet would not offer to 
do in the Prefence of a Prince, or a Noble Man* 
And. fo that he keep his Mind unto God, he thinks 
he may fofkion himfelf (in other Things) to thd 
World* He divides his Thoughts, attd gives fa 
much to God, and fo much to his own Lujts: 
Yea, he will divide with God the Sabbath^ and 
will. give him almoft the dne half, and fpend the 
either wholly in his own Pleafaris. But know, 
carnal Man, that Almighty God will not be fer- 
ved by halves, bec^iife he hath created and re- 
deemed the whole Man. And as God dfcteft$ the 
Service of. the outward Man, withdut the inward 
Heart, as Hypocrifie : So he counts the iii ward Ser- 
vice without all external Reverence, to be! trieer 
Prophanenejs j he requireth both in his Worftrip. In 
Prayer therefore bow thy K/ieis, in Witnefs of 
thy Humiliation ^lift up thine Eyes, and thy Hands^ 
in Teftimoriy of thy Confidence \ hang down thy 
head, and fmite thy breafl, in token of thy contrition: 
but efpecially call upon God with zfincere Heart, 
ferve hitti/folily, ferve him wholly, ferve him 30/73 

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For God and the Prime of this World are Two 
contrary a Mafiers; and therefore no Mali can 
poflibly ferve both 

, VI. The unregenerate Chriftian holAi the bearing 
of the Gofpel preached, tohhtt an indifferent Mat- 
ter, which he may ufe, or notufeathis Pleafure; 
But whofoever thou art, that wilt be aflured in 
thy Heart 9 that thou art one of drift's Ele& 
Sheep ; thou muft have a fpecial care and confcience 
(if pojflible thou canft) to hear Gafs Ward preach- 
ed: For, firft the preaching of the Gofpel is th6 
chief ordinary Means which God hath appointed 
to convert the Souls of all that he hath *predefti- 
noted to he faved: Therefore it is called c the Pond- 
er of God unto Salvation to every one that believetty 
And where this Divine Ordinance is not, the 
d People Perijh I And whofoever fhall fefufe it, 
t it pat be more teieraUf for the Land of Sodom 
and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment, than for : 
ihofe People. Secondly, the preaching of the Got 
pel is the f Standard or Enjign ofChrijl; to which 
all Souidiers arid eleft People ihuft affemble thern- 
felves: When this Enfign is difplayed, as upon the 
Lorfis Day, he is none of ChriftV People^ that 

* flocks hot unto it; neither {hall any drop of the 

* Rain of his Grace light on their Souk* „. Thirdly* 

It is the ordinary Means, by which the Holy Ghoft 

'begetteth Paithitx our Hearts, whithout k which 

we Cannot pleafe God.* If the hearing of ChriJPs ' 

fyicebe the chief Mark of thrijPsEw x fl>eep, and 

of the * Bridegrooms friend ; then muft it be a fear- . 

* Mat. 6.*+. ^Afts 13.48. «Rom. i. 16. «Prov. 19. it. c Mat. 
to.aa.ll&.ii.i. tlfft.2.2. h 2ach. 14. 17. * Rom, 10.14. k Hcb. 
i 4. 6. ! John io. 27. ? John 3. a$, . , 

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fiil Awi df a Reprdbate* <?»**, either to »rg7«!? 
of contemn td Deaf the ft^achirtg oftRe GofpeL 
Let no man . think this pofitiori tbollflr ; for b by 
this fdoiifknefs rffrt Aching, it fletfith Grid to fave 
them which hlitvi. Their State is therefore fear- 
ful whd \iH in Peace, without carlrig for the 
pfeaehlhg of the; Gofpfel. Can Men look ifat God's 
mercy, and defoile W nitons* ' c He (faith Chrifi, 
of the teachers of his Gofpel) that defpifeth you, 
defpifelh. tit*. • He that is of God, heareth GoePs 
wtrdsi Te therefore hear them not, becanfe ye are not 
of God, Had not the' lfraeiites heard Phimoses 
tneffage, they had riever wept. Had hot the Bap- 
tijf preached, the Jews had iiever f monfnti. Had 
not tfiey whb crucified Chrift, heard Peter's Ser- 
ntotiy their hearts had never been * pricked. Had 
not the Ifittevites hea*d Jonah's h prevcbitt&they had 
never repented i And tflthoti wilt not l be» t and 
1 tepent, thoti (halt hevei* b&faved, 

Vll. The Opinion that the Sacraments are but 
lartStyis and Seats efGod*s Ptomife and Grace unto 
us, dotfi not a little hinder Piety: Wtiereas, in- 
deed, they are Seals, as well of our Serv ice, and 
Obedience Unto God j which Service, if we per- 
forin not unto him, the Sacraments feal no Grace 
unto tit. But if we receive them, upon the Refo- 
ltitiori, to be his faithful and penitent Servants, 
then the Sacraments do not only fignijk and offer, 
but alfo feal and exhibit indeed the inward fpiri- 

tual Grace, which they outwardly prmife and/v- 

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frejent. And to this end Bdptifm is called I'-fe 
* walking tf kegerietaffotl, arid renewing of the Holy 
Ghoft ; aha Che Lo+iPi Sapper, f 73&e Qonimunion of 
the Bbdy tni Blood of ChriH. Were this Truth 
believed, the fcfoly Sadranlent of the Ur&s Suf- 
fer would be of trier,' kaA tilth greater Reverence 
received. . ' * 

Villi The laft, and not the leaft 5/oc* whdfeat 
P/*//{rurnMeth in the Cotfrfe of Religititi, is by 
adorqing Vices, with the Names of Verttiesx Asf to 
call drtinkerii Caroafttk, drinfcirig of Healths j fpil- 
Iin-g.ihnocent Blood, Ifahat*, muttony, Hofpitdiij; 
C&vetMnifs, tbrtftinefs\ tyboteioth, loving a Mi- 
firifz i Sintony, Grataitft Pride ; Gracefiilhefs ; Dijfem- 
bllrig, dbriffjemerit } Children 6f Belial, Good-fellows j 
Wrathi tdtfthefij Rifoaldtj, . Mirth : So on the 
othW'fide, to t&nsbfrty) In Words and Aftionsi 
ffypdtfijy iJlthi-dieds, Viiin-glory ; Devotion, Super- 
flitftn; Zeal M Religion, Puritaniftn\ Humility^ 
Crotithitigl Scrqple cf Confcitute, Pretifenefs; &c 
And yVfttiSt thtisi v we Call Evil,good j and good, Evil', 
ttttititH fcfoutff nfhdrled in her progrefs. And tttuS 
tnutfrdr tteftrfffcft&tfnceof P/*#, by miftaklng 
the fcrtnf 1 Senfe of foriie fpeclal places of Scripture^ 
and Grounds of Chtffttan Religion. . 

/#* Setond hindrance of Piety. . 

x. jhfe? evil Example of great Ptrforis : The practice 
of \frhdS prdfaAe Lives they prefer fbr their Ifnita- 
tforf, BttofS the IV**>/>/j of God's holy Word. . So 
tftat .when they -fee the great eft Men iir the J?m/^ 

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and many chief Gentlemen in their Country, to 
make neither Care nor Conscience to hear Sermons, 
to receive the Communion, nor to (an&ifie the Lord's 
Sabbath, &c. but to be Swearers, Adulterers, Ca* 
rotifers, Opprejfors, &c Then they think, that the 
ufing of thefe holy Ordinances, are not matters of 
fo great Moment : For if they were ; fuch great 
and wife Men would not- fet fo little by them. 
Hereupon they think, that Religion is not a mat- 
ter of Neeeffity. 

And therefore where they fhould (like Chrifti- 
.ans)rwagaihft theftream of Impiety towards Hea- 
ven; they fuffer themfelves to be carry M with the 
Multitude, down-right to Hell; thinking it impof- 
fible that God will fuffer fo many to be damned. 
Whereas if the God of this World had not blind- 
ed the Eyes of their Minds; the Holy Scriptures 
would teach them, that* Afo many mfe. Mentyter 
the Flejh, not many mighty, not man; noble are called, 
&c. But that for the moil part the b Poor receive 
the Gofpel, and that 'few rich Men (ball befaved. 
And, that howfoever 6 many are called, jet the Cbofen 
are but few. Neither did the multitude ever fave 
any from Damnation. As God hath advanced Men 
in Greatnefs above others; fo doth God expeft 
that they in Religion and Piety, fhould go before 
others; otherwife, c Greatnefs abufed (in the time 
tof their Steward/hip) fhall turn to their greater Con- 
demnation in the Day of their Accounts. At what 
time finful great and mighty Men> as well as the 
fooreft Slaves and Bondmen, fhall with f that the 

» i Cor. i. *6. * Matth. 1 1. 5. cMatth. 19. aj, 34, d Match. aai 14. 
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Rocks and Mountains fbouldfall upon them, and hid* 
them from the Preface of the judge, and from hit jufi 
defervedWrath. It will prove but a miferable So- 
lace to have a great Company of great Men Partakers 
with thee of thine eternal Torments. The multi- 
tude of Sinners doth not extenuate, but aggravate 
Sin, as ia Sodom. Better it is therefore, witha few, 
to be Caved in the Ark, than with the whole World, 
to be drowned in the Flood. Walk with the few 
godly, in the Scriptures * narrow path to Heaven: 
But crowd not with the h godkfs multitude, in the 
Broad- way to HeH. Let not the Examples of irreli- 
gious great Men hinder thy Repentance : For their 
Greatnefs cannot at that Day exempt themfelves, 
from their own mofl: grievous Punifbmenc 

The Third hindrance of Piety. 

3. The bug efidping ofdefirved Pumjhment in this 
Lite. Becaufe Sentence (faith * Solomon) it not/pee- 
dily executed againfi an evtl worker, therefore the hearts 
if the Children of Men are fully fit in them to do Evil: 
not knowing that the Bountifulnefs of God d leadeth 
them to repentance. But when his patience is abufed, 
and Man's Sins are ripened ; his Jufiice will at once 
both • begin, and make an end ot the Sinner: And 
he will recompence the Slownefs of his Delay, with 
the Gtfkvoufnejj of his Puniflbment. Though they. - 
were fuffered to run on the Score ajl the Days of 
their Life j Yet they ihall be fure to pay the utmofi 
Farthing, at the Day of their Death. And wbilft . 

»M*rth. j. j 3 . fc Exod. 13. a. c Ecel. 8. s(t i&m^*> aP«C' 
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they fuppofe themfcl ves to be free from J udgraenc ; 
they are already fraitfen with the heavieft of God's 
Judgments ; * a Heart thajt caanot .repent. The 
Stone in the Reins pr Bladjkr, is a grievous pain 
that kills many a Man's Body : But there is no Di- 
feafe to the Stone, in the #<to*, whereof f Nahal dy- 
ed* and which killeth Millions of Smls. They re- 
fute the trial ofchrift and his O*/}: But they are 
ftoned by HeU's Execution**, to-eternal Death. 
• Becaufe many Nobles had Gentlemen are not 
fmitten With prefent J^gment^ £or their outragi- 
cnis Spearing* Adultery, Druiketnefs, Opprefioty pro* 
f honing of the Salfotb, and difgraceful oegtea: of 
God y s Worjkip mi Service; They begin CO doubt of 
Divine Providence and Jnfi&: Both which Two 
Zyw, they would as willingly put out in God, as 
the Philifiinef bored out the J^w ofSwpfon. It is 
greatly therefore to be feared, left they will pro- 
voke the LORD to cry out againft thega, j| asS**/- 
jon againft the Philiftinest By aegleftin^ the Law, 
arid walking after (heir ewft Hearts, they put out 
(as much as* in them lyeth) the Eyes of my Pro- 
videme and "Jttfikei lead me therefore to thefe 
chief $ P/for*, whereupon the Jtaf/*» flandeth: 
that I may pull the Realm upon their £&*£*, and 
be at once avenged of them for my Two Eyes! 
Let not God's patience hinder thy Repentance; 
but becaufe he is fo Patient, therefore do thou the 
rather Repent. '..';. 

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The Fourth hindrsnce of Piety, 

4. The Ptefumftitu of God's Mary. For whe» 
Men are juftly convine'd of their Sins, forth with 
they betake the mfe Ives to this Shield ; Chrift it mer- 
ciful: So that every Sinner makes Chrift the Pa- 
trpttoi his 8mi As though he had come into the 
World to holder Sin, and not todeftroy the * works 
of the Devil. Hereupon the carnal Chriftian pre* 
fmnetb, that though hecontinueth a while longer 
in bis Sin ; God will not fliorten his Days. But 
what is phis but to be an implicit AtheiH 9 Poubt- 
ing that either God feeth not his Sins; or jf he 
doth* that he is not Juft : For if he believetfi that 
Qo$ is JFufl, how can he think that God, who foe 
Sin fi> feyerely puniifcetn others, can love him 
wto ftW loveth to eoatifluein Sin? True it is, 
Chrift is Merciful: But to whom? Only to them 
that repeat \auAturn.fram Iniquity in $<wk • But 
tf vy 9Un bfcfs himfrif in hit Heart, f tying, I (kilt 
hunt Pepce, dtbdlxwk ucprdiug to the Stubhornuefs 
ef mne.ovw Heart, thus adding Druukenntfs. to Thirfti 
The Lord wiM Hat he Mercifu} u him, &c Omad 
Men I Who dare blafs themfclves, when GO D, 
pFOPQUrtcethcbemaccurfed Look therefore, how 
far thou art from finding 4 Repentance in thy fclf ; 
fe far act thou from any Aflaraace of finding Mer- 
cy in Chrift. e Let thentfore the wicked firjate his 
W^md-^timi^m^fm o#n Imagmationt, mi, 
retwtn uuiutke Let-baud he will have Mercy uptm. 

*Jofm.f. i- ^J9. «>*.* D4*& 29. 19- f N#a' ddinopuiHi fc* 
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bim\ And to our God, for he is very ready to forgive; 
Defpair is nothing (b dangerous as Preemption. 
For we read not in all the Scriptures of above Three 
or four, whom roaring Defpair overthrew : But 
ftcure Preemption hath fent Millions to Perdition 
-without any Noife. As therefore the Damfels of 
Jfrael fang in their Dances, a Saul bath kiWd bis 
Thoufands, and David bis Ten Tboufandsi So may I 
fay, that De/pair of Gods Mercy hath damned 
Thoufands ; but the b Prefumption of God «s Mercy 
hatlji damned Ten Tboufands, and fcnt them quick 
to Hell, where now they remain in eternal Tor- 
ments, without all Help of Eafe, or Hope of Re* 
demption. GodfparMthe c 7&i*f, but not his FeBom. 
God fpar'd 0#* , that no Man might Defpair; God 
fparM but One, that no Man Oiould prefumt. Joy- 
ful Affurance to a Sinner that repents: No Com- 
fort to him that remains impenitent. God is infi- 
nite in Mercy/ hut to them only, who turn from 
their Sins; to ferve hirfa in Holinefs, without which 
'no Manjhall fee the Lord, Heh. 12.14- To keep 
thee therefore from Trefummg, remember, that as 
. Chrifl fa a- Saviour, fo d M>fes is an Accufer. Live 
therefore, ds tho' tliere were no Gofpel: Dye as 
tho' there were no\E*r. Pafs thy Life, astho* 
thou wert under the ConduQiot Mofes: Depart 
this Life, as if thou kiiew'fif none but (thrift, and 
-him crucify \L Prefwfre not, if thou wilt not pe- 
rilh: e tt*f*ni, ifthcwwilt bejtortt 

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tfifli fperes de ifiif ericordia, incidfts 141 judicium, Au&$. c L«kfe 
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Jfo Fifth hindrance of Piety. 

5. Evil Company, commonly termM Good-feBowsi 
Bat indeed, the Devift chief Instruments, to hin- 
der a wretched Sinner from Repentance and Piety* 
The jSr/fign of Gtwfr Favour to a Sinner, is, to 
give him Grace to for fake evil Companions : Such 
who wilfully continue in Sin, contemn the Means 
of their Calling, gibing at the Sincerity of Profef- 
fion in others, ana (naming the Chriftian Religion 
by their own profane Lives. Thefe *Jt in the Seat 
oftheSeorners. For as foonas GOD admitsa Sin- 
ner to be one of his People j he bids him h Come out 
of Babylon. Every UwdCompany is a Baiylon, out 
of which, let every Child of God either keep him- 
felf, or if he be in, think that he hears his fa* 
titer's Voice founding in his Ear, Come out of Ba- 
bylon, my Child. As foonas Chriftlook'd in Mer- 
cy uobn 'Peter, he went out of the Company that 
was in the High Priefts Hall, and mpt bitterly foe 
his Offence. David vowing ('upon recovery,; a 
new Life j laid, 4 Away from me, aU ye workers of 
Iniquity, &c t\% if it were impoflible to become 
a new Man, till he had (haken off all old ill Com- 
panions. The trueft JJroof of a Man's Religion is 
the Quality of his Companions. Profane Companions 
are the chief Enemies of Piety, and Quelkrsof 
holy Motions. Many a time is poor Chrifi ( offering 
to be new-born in thee) thruft into the" Stable, 
when thefe lewd Companions by their drinking, 

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Plays 9 and 3f^ take up all the beft Rooms in the 
Inn of thy Heart. Oh, let m% the Company of 
earthly Sinners hinder thee from the Society of 
ft^vcflly ifrfcls ftnd Angeh. 

Tkt Sixth kimdrance of Piety. 

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6. 4 mttitei &er, left the frdtiu ef Witty ftmli 
mekf eMe* CefpeciaHy a young Man) ta wex too 
fad w4 fexftvti Whereas indeed) none can better 
J<Wi HPr have niQflecaufe to Rejoyet, than Piem and 
TleJigtQqs Qiriftian6. For as foon as they are 

* j'fMifitd ky F&tK they beve ft ace with 6oJ, than 
which there cart be no greater Joy. ■ Betides, they 
have already the K/"^domafGnue:de&sea^a4 iq- 
to their Hearts* as an Affuranoe that (ia God's 
goc>4 time) they iball tfosnd into his Kjngiom ef 
Gbry, This Kingdom &f Gr&e eorififts in Three 
Things s Firftj'r kVgkto*fmfotoc having C*«A 
Righteoufflefc to juftify them before God, they eiu 
deayour to live rtghfeoufy before Men. Second- 
Jy, PflVfj for the peace of Confcience mftpareil) 
ioTlQweth a Righteous Conversion. Thirdly, 
Tin Jey ef the Holy Gbcfi ; which Joy is only left in 
the fw^Qfa good Confcience; and isy^r^that 
II i* P*]j*tb «R Vvderfisoduig. . Na TeMgue.ari ex- 
press it, no Heart can conceive it,, but only he that 
fcpjs it. This is \\mfulaefs ef Joy, which $ Cbe'tfk 
promis'd his Qjfeiples, in the midft of their Trou- 
bles; *ycyth#mMa*wtd take from them*. The 
feeling Qf this fey, D*vj4 upon his Repentance 

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begg'd fo earneftlyat the Hands of God:* Rrjiore me 
to the Jg of thy Salvation. And if the Angels in 
Heaven ° rejqyce fo much at the Conversion of a Sin* 
ner 9 the Joy of a Sinner converted, mult needs be 
exceeding great in his own Heart. It is * wrlty 
Sorrow, that (hows fo timely upon Mens Hendt x and 
fills the Furrows of their Hearts, with the Sorrow of 
Death. Thegodly Sorrow of the godly (when God 
thinks it meet to try them) caufeth in them Repen- 
tance not to be repented oft For it doth but further 
their Salvation. And in all fuch Tribulation, they 
ftiali be fure to have the Holy Ghoft to be their 
d Comforter ; who will * make our Confolotions to 
Abound thro* Chrift, as the Sufferings of Chrift flaB 
ahoundin its. But whilft a Man lived* in Impiety, 
he hath f no Pease, faith Efay : His * Laughter is but 
Madnefs, (faith Solomon^) his riches are but h Clay, 
faith Habakkuk : Nay, the Apoftie efteems them 
no better than ' Dung in eomnarhon of the Pious 
Man's Treafure; All his foys mall end in Woe, 
faith Chrift. Let not therefore this falfe Fear 
hinder thee from the pra&ice of Piety. Better it 
is to go fickly (with Lazarus) to Heaven, than full 
of Mirfh and Pleafure, with Dives, to Hod. Bet- 
ter it is, to mourn for a time with Men, than to 
be tormented for ever with Devils. 

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Tfo Seventh hindrance of Piety* 

7. And laftly, 7fo hope of long Life: For« were 
it poffible that a wicked liver thought this Tear to 
behlslaftTear ; this Month, * his laft Month; this 
Week, his laft Week ; but that he would change and 
amend his wicked Life ? No verily, he would ufe 
the belt Means to repent, and to become a new 
Man. But as the rich Man in the f Gofpel pro- 
mifed himfeif many Tears to live in Eafe, Mirth, and 
. Fulnefs; when he had not one Night to live longer : 
So, many wicked Epicures falfely promifc them- 
felves, the Age of many Tears, when the Thread of 
their Life is already almoft drawn out to an end. 
So Jeremy afcribes the caufe of the Jews Sins and Ca- 
lamities to this, that \\fberemembrednot her laft end. 

The longefl: Space betwixt a Man's coming by 
the womb, and going by the grave, is but/bort : For 
§ Man that u born of a Woman hath but a (bort time 
U live; He hath but a few Days, and tho&fuMof 
nothing but Troubles. And except the Praftice cf 
Piety > how much better is the State of the Child 
that yefterday was Baptized, and to Day is buried, 
than M$tbuftkm% who lived Nine Hundred Sixty 
Nine Years, and then died ? Of the, two, happier 
the Babe ; becaufe he had lefs Sin, and fewer Scr- 
ews. And what now remains of both, but a 
bare Remembrance ? What truft ftiould a Man re- 
pofe in long Life? Seeing the whol^ Life of Man 

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is nothing but a lingring Death : So that as the 
Apoftle protefts, * a Man dieth daily. 

Hark in thine Ear, O fecure Fellow j thy Life 
is but a pujf \ of Breath in thy Noftrils, triift not 
to it Thy Soul dwells in a Houfe of Ctey^ohat 
will fall e'er it be long j as may appear by the Dim* 
»$/} of thy Eyes, the Dfafneft of thy Zkr j, the #W*- 
kles in thy Cfoffo, th^ettennefs of thy 7ft/£, the 
Weaknefs of thy Shews, the Trembling of thy Hands* 
the /Calendar in thy jBokj, the Shortnefs of thy 
£&*/, and every £r*? £/*/r, as fo many Summoners, 
bids thee prepare for thy /w^ f/0*i. Come, let 
us in the mean while walk to thy Father's Cqfin$ 
break open the Lid ; fee here, how that || Corrupt 
tion is thy Father, and the Worm thy Mother And Sifter: 
Seeft thou how thefe are ? So muft thou be e'er long: 
Fool ! Thou knoweft not how fooo. Thy Hour* 
glafs runneth apace, and in all places ; Death in the 
mean while waiterb for thee. 

§ The whole Life of Man (fave what is fpent 
in God's Seryice) is biit Foolery : For a Man lives 
Forty Tears, before be knows himfelf to be a Fool: 
and by that time hcfeeth his Folly, his Life ufini* 

Hark, Husbandman, before thou ieeft many more 
Crops of Harveft, thy felf (hall be Ripe, and Death 
will cut thee down with his Sickle. Hark Tradef- 
mam e're many Six Months go over, thy lafi Month 
will come on : After which thou (halt trace away, 

* QuotWie morimur : cpiotidie cnim demitur pars vies, & tune 
qtioqiiec&m crefcimils, vita decrefcit. Vivts. 1 Cor. 1 j . 31. tlfiu a. 
n%. || Job 17. 14. § Homo eft fatuus ufque ad 40. annum, deindo 
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and trade no longer. Har&* tmQtgHv e $*dj*e t with- 
in tfew Terms,tb» Term of thy Life appYoacfifeth ; 
wherein thou (Rait ceaTe to jtefee others, and go 
jjy y*^" /« J* >m£'A Haf fc* #*>» of Qod, that 
gofeft to the Palpit i preach tfifcSerniohi as it wete 
the /*/ that tbpu fhcftldeft make to thy People. 
Hark, /M/* J/**, lay aptf$ tfie %& conceit of thy 
Honour-, tomb, ere h be te8g* * wlf lay thy #<«tatf 
in the Dufl, and make'dfedas baffe as the FJrrth, 
that thou treadeft under thy Feet. Hatflfj rtfo* that 
fiontfeidtft thU Btoi t affur* thy ftlf e%r it Be fdflg, 
there will be bofc intf £W#< Where nOiw Ihy tftcrEjes 
are plac'd } and others ftitfllYead the truth of this let 
fori apod thy bare Scull j which flow theft readd! in 
thh little Book. How fodrt \ know - hoV/but tffis I 
am lure of ; That b d^ //»W * ■ appointed, thy « awwrfo 
<r* determined,' thy d afcipj <iW Hantbtted, and thy ^ery 
• /i/ horn U Mitifdf tayottl which thou fhilt not 
pafs : For then, the firft ho># of Death tfiotrtiretf on 
his* W<? tfotfe r Qto\\ ilightatthy Door ,' and ftaot- 
wwnftanfling jflltthy WeaUn f thy Honour^ and the 
far* of thy dtAteft FriMdiy^ffl catty thee atfay 
bvttnAband/tndfm&t hisprifoheristtid fceepfthy bbd jf 
under a /<W of Earth, until that day come, y herein 
thoir rnuft be btought forth' to » /•«*#* actor t&tlg to 
the tbims wbitbtkou hi ft doHi fit that Bddj)'tohe'tbef H 
be gxwaor evil. O f fef not tftentTiefdlfc hoprdfati 
uncertain long 1Mb, h%jdef tfte'6 from' becOrrirn* a 
frefettt Pratttfef 'of Religibti* Piety. Gotf •*• olfcf- 

fMorsSceptrafigqnibussequat.. Mob 14. 14, (Job****. *PfaI. 
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eth Grace td %', but whd pfotnlleth tdrhtrrvw* 
There are now in fiell matty >t>*^ Men, who had 
purpoled to re£ent : iri their alAAgy but Deathtut 
them Off in their ihtpnktnty^ ere ever they could 
attain td the time they had fet Rrf their Repentance! 
The longer a Man runs in a t/^4/*, the harder it 
is to be cured : For carfivm of Sin, breeds hardhifs 
of Heart : And the imptdimehtiy whlfch hinder thee 
frofn repenting wif, will hinder thee more, when! 
thdu aft awte *£&*. .'• 

A W#e M*n being to go a far and fbul Journey, 
will hot lay the kaviefl batihen upon the weakeft 
horft. And witff what dorirdehceeanft thou lap 
the great Loftd of Reberifaneej on thy fttbh and />' 
«<* old age? Whet&i doW in tbtf eblefeft Strength 
thou canft hot lift % but aft ready to ftaggerunde't 
it. Is It Wildom for him. that is fofail a long and 
dangeWus vdyage, td lie play ing ahd fleecing whflft 
the w^lerVetb.and the M* is fcalffl, the £% found, 
thfe PHot well. Mariners ftf otig j and then let fort ty 
when the.Wihds are tontraiy, the Weathet pm-> 
peftkaxs, iheSk ¥»&i*g> the Shiprtfw*, th;e Pftcii 
p(k y and the SaHors l&Hgnifbikg? Therefore, (>• 
ffnfal Soul, begin now thy Cohverfiori to GOD* 
Whllft tifti Hedtb^totntihi and $*** latt \ before 
thtole *ye*rs frith frlgb, #hen tkdufhdtfaj I have n6. 
plesfhre in tteM. '• God erer rettuired in his Service 
&&*fir]l fartr* and the ■•Jfc/tyW#i';. ahd thole to 
be<jffettd ttnto him Without delay. So jutt* Jf^/ 
Oflfcred urtto Odd, his. Tirfllbgs, ito&fxtiefi Limbs; 
and reafongoOd, that the ^Lar^UiOuid he jfr/?, 
a nd& /? fervid. All God's Servants tbould there-. 

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fore * remember to ferve thtir Creator in the Days of 
their Touth ; and b early in the Morning, like Abra- 
bam, to facrifice unto God the young Ifaac of their 
Age* « to fid ntt fee my face (faith Jofeph to his 
Brethren) except you bring your Brother with you. 
And how (halt thou look in the Face ofjejus, if 
thou giveft thy yiunger years to the Devil, and bring- 
eth him nothing, but thy blind, lame, and decre- 
pit oU Age f Offer it unto thy d Prince, faith Mdacbi. 
If he will not accept fuch a one to ferve him, how 
fhall the Prince of Princes admit fuch a one. to be 
bis Servant? If the c King of Babel would have 
young Men (mil favoured, and fuch as had Ability ia 
them) to ft and in his Palace ; (hall the Kjng of Hea- 
ven have none to (land in his Courts, but the 
Blind 2xA Lame, fuch as the Soul iff f David hated? 
Thinkeft thou, when thou haft ferved Satan with 
thy prime Tears, to fatisfie God with thy Dotage? 
Take heed left God turn thee over to thy old Ma* 
fier again; That as thou haft all the Days of thy 
Life done his Work ; fo he may in the end pay thee 
thy Wages. Is that time fit, to undertake by the 
ferious Exercifes ot Repentance /which is the Work 
of Works) to turn thy finful Soul to G 6 D ; when 
thou art not able with all thy Strength to turn thy 
mary Bones on thy foft Bed? If thou find'ft it to 
hard a matter now, || thou (halt find it far harder 
then. For thy Sin will wax ftfonger, thy Strength 
Will grow weaker, thy Conference will clog thee, 
fain will diftraflt thee, die fear of death will ama^e 
thee : and the Fijttdtion of friends will fo difturb 
thee; that if thou be not furnifhed afore-hand 
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with iftore of Faith, Patience, and Copfolation, thou 
foalt not be able either to meditate thy felf or to. 
hear the. word of Comfort from others j not to pray. 
done, nor to joyn wftjji others whopf ay for thee; It. 
may be*thou (halt be taken with & dumb Palfie, on 
fuch a deadly Senfeleffnefs, that thou fhaltneither re-. 
member God, nor thinly upon thine own Eftate ; and- 
doft. thou not well defer ve, that Godfhould forget 
to fave thee in thy Death, who art fq unmindful 
now toferve him in thy: Life? Ths-Fear of Death 
will drive many at that time, to ay, * Lord> Lord: 
But Chrifi protefteth, that he will not then know, 
them for his. Yea,many fliall then (like f Efau\ 
with Tears feek to Repent, and yet find no place of 
Repentance. For Man hath not Freewill to Repeat 
when he will, but when God will .ghre him Grac^ 
And if Mercy fhewed her felf lb inexorable r tha^ 
flie woqld not open her Gates to fo tender Suitors' 
as llj&rgins, to fo (earned Suitors as Kjioekers, be- 
cause they knocked too late ; how thinkefl: thou, 
that (he will ever fuffer thee to enter her Gatps,' 
being fo impure a wretch that never thinkefl: to 
leave.Sin^; till Sin firft jeaveth thee, and didft ne* 
ver yqtJpnock with thine own Fifis upon the Breajls 
of a p&iiteqc heart?. And juftly doth her Grace deny 
to open the Gates of Heaven, when thou knocked in 
tK\Q%Adzt&py, who in thy Profperitj wouldeft not 
fuffer^ CHRIS T, whilft he knocked, to enter 
in atthe door of thy ^eart. Truft not either late 
Repentance^ or long Life : Not late Repentance ; be- 
fcaugf iffi touch ia be feared, left tfhat the Repen- 

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tbflce, which the fear ef death enforceth* dies with 
a Mito ifrfcg* And the Hypocrite, who deceived 
dtheri in his Life, may deceive himfelf in his Death. 
God accfejptetf} ribne but free-will Offerings, and the 
Rteptentande ttetplealeth him, thuft be voluntary > 
arid fttofc of cbnfttitnt. Not long Ife ; for * old jg C 
^fll fell uport the Neck of Youth; and as nothing 
is itfort tore thin Death ; fo nothing is more uncer- 
tain than the tihte of dying. Vea, oftentimes when 
RipeAets 6f Sin is haftned by Outragioufnefs of Sitt- 
ing ; God ihddehty cutteth off fuch vicious Livers, 
either With the Srvdrd, Intemperatenefs, Luxury, 
Surfeit^ or {bofc other fearful Manner of Sicknefs. 
May*ft thdu not fee that it is fite-evil Spirit that per- 
fwades thee to defer thy Repentance till old Age ; 
wheh h Experience tells thee, that tiot one of a thou- 
fandthzt takes thy courfe, doth ever attain unto it? 
Let G6i*s Holy Spirit move thee not to give thy 
felf ahy longer c to eat and drink with the Drunken; 
left thy Mafter fend Death for thee in a Daj f when thou 
lookeft not for him, and in an Hour that thou art not 
Aware of, and fo fuddekly tut thee off, and apmnt thee 
thyTortionwith the Hypocrites, where {baD b&keping 
and gnafhing of Teeth. But if thou loveft * Itng Life, 
fear Odd, and long for Life everlafiing. Thtfjongeft 
Life here, when it is come to the period, wSH ap- 
pear to have been but as a c tale that is told, f a va* 
nifbingvapour, a flitting zjhadow, a feemmg h Dream, 
a glorious l flower, growing, and k ftourifhing in the 

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junto fencfia premit. Manil?> Ncquitics vitae non finit effe fenem. 
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morning, hut in the evening cut down and withered} 
or like a a Weavers Jhuttle, which by winding here 
and there fwifrly, unwindeth it felf to an end. It 
is but a b moment, faith St. P*ul. Oh then the 
madnefs of Man ! That for a moment of c Jft^*/ 
pkafure, will hazard the lofs of an d Eternal weight 
°f &°ry* 

Thefe are the &x** chief Hinderers of Piety, 
which mud he caft out like • Mary Magdalens Se« 
ven Devils , before ever thou canft become a r true 
Praflifer of Piety, or have any found Hope to enjoy 
either Favour from Chrift by Grace, or FeBowJbip 
with him in Glory* 

The Conclufion. 

TO conclude all ; forafmuch as thou leeft:^ 
that without Chrift, thou art but iflave of Sin, 
Death** V offal, and Worms Meat ; whofe Thoughts 
are Vain; whofe Deeds are vile, whofe Pleasures 
have fcarce Beginnings, whofe Miseries never know 
end ; What wife Man would incur thefe hetfifb 
Torments, tho' he might by living in Sin, purchafe 
to himfel£ for a time, the Empire of Auguftus, the 
Riches ofCrafus, the Pleasures of Solomon, the Poll* 
cy of Achitophel, the voluptuous Fare, and fine Appa- 
rel of Dives ? For what ftiould it avail a Man ("as 
our Saviour faith) to win the whole World for a Time\ 
and then to lofe his Soul in Hell for ever ? 

And feeing that likewife thou feeft how great 

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is thy Haffinefs in Chrift ; and how vain are the 
hinderances, that debar thee from the fame: Beware 
(as the* Apoftle exhorteth) of the Deceit fulnefs of 
Sin. For that Sin, which feems now to be fof&i- 
fing to thy corrupt Nature^ will one Day prove the 
bitter eft Enemy to thy diftrejfed Soul; and in the 
meanwhile harden ^ unawares) thine impenitent 

Sin ("as a Serpent) feems beautiful to the Eye ; 
but take Heed of the Sting behind ; whofe veno- 
mous EfFe&s if thou knewelt, thou would'ft as care- 
fully fly from Sin, as from a Serpent. For, 

i. Sin did never any Man Good: And the more 
Sin a Man hath committed, the more Odious he 
hath made himfelf to God, the more Hateful to 
all good Men. 

2. Sin brought upon thee all the Evil, Croffes, 
LojfeSj DiJgraceSy and SickneJJes, that ever befel 
thee : Fools (faith + David) by reafon of their Tranf 
greflionsj andbecaufe of their Iniquities, aye dffiiffed. 
II Jeremy in lamenting Manner asketh the Queftion, 
Wherefore is the living Man forrowful? The Holy 
Ghoft aiifwereth him, Man fujferetb for his Sin. 
Hereupon the Prophet takes up that doleful out-crj 
againft Sin, as the Caufe of all their Miferies, $ Wot 
now unto us that ever we have finned ! 

3. If thou doft not fpeedily Repent thee of thy 
Sinsj they will bring upon thee yet far greater 
Plagues , Lojfes, Crojfes, Shame and Judgments, than 
ever hitherto befel thee. ReadL*i/. 26. i8,&c. 
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4. And laftly, If thou wilt not caft off thy Sin, 
God ^ when a the meafure of thine Iniquity is full) 
will caft thee off for thy Sin : For as he is Juft, fo 
he hath Power to kill and caft into Hell all hardned 
and impenitent Sinners. If therefore thou wilt avoid 
the curfed Effetts of Sin in this Life, and the eternal 
Wrath due thereto in the World to come, and be 
affured that thou art not one of thofe, who are gu 
ven over to a reprobate Setife; b Let then (O Sin* 
ner) my Counfel be acceptable unto thee : Break off thy 
Sins by Right eoufnefs, and thine Iniquities by (hewing 
Mercy towards the Poor : let there (at length) be 
An healing of thine Errour* c Nathan ufed but one 
Parable, and David was converted! d Jonas prea- 
ched but once to Nineveh, and the whole City re* 
fentcd : Chrift looked but once on Peter, and he 
went out, and wept bitterly. And now, that thou 
art oft and fo lovingly entreated, not by a Prophet f 
but by Chrift the Lord cf Prophets ; yea, that z God 
himfelfi by his EmbaJJ odors doth pray thee to he recon- 
ciled unto him ; leave off thine Adultery with 
David i repent of thy Sins, like a true Ninevitei 
and whilft Chrift looketh in mercy upon thee, leave 
thy wicked Companions, and weep bitterly for thy 
Offences. Content not thy felf with that formal 
Religion, which unregenerate Men have framed to 
themfelves inftead of fincere Devotion: For, in the 
multitude of Opinions, moft Men have almoft loft 
the Pratfice of true Religion, Think not that thou 
artaChriftiangood enough, becaufe thou doftas 
the mo!i, and art not fo bad as the worft. No Man 

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is fo wicked, chat he is addi&ed to all kinds of Vi- 
ces, (for there is an Antipathy 'twixt (orae Vices :; 
But remember that Chrift faith, * Except your Righ* 
teoufnefs Jhall exceed the Righteoufnefs of the Scribes 
and Pbarifees, ye (ball in no cafe enter into the King- 
4pm of Heaven. Confider with thy fetf, how far 
thou comeft fhort of the Pkarifees in faftingj pry. 
ing y frequenting the Churchy and in giving of Alms* 
Think with thy felf how many Pagans, whenever 
knew Baptifm, yet in moral Vert ties ^ and Hone fly of 
f-*ft> <*° 8° far beyond thee. Where is then the 
lAfe of Chrift thy Mafler? And how far art thou 
from being a trueCbrtftian i If thou doft willingly 
yield to live in any one grofs Sin, thou canft not 
have a regenerate Soul ; tho' thou reform'ft thy felf 
like Herod from many other Vices. A true Chri. 
ftian muft have refpe& to b walk in the Truth of 
bis heart, in all the Commandments of God alike j 
For (faith S. « James) He that fh all offend in one point 
$f the Law Cwiilfully) is guilty of all. And d Peter 
bids us lay afiie (not fome, hutj aUMdice, Guile and 
fjypocrififs, &c. One Sin is enough to damn a Man's 
Soul, without Repentance. Dream not to go to 
Heaven, by any nearer, or eafier Way than Chrift 
bath trained unto us in his Word. The way to 
Heaven is not eafte or common, but* fir art and nar« 
row: Yea, fo narrow, that Chrift protefteth r that 
f a rich titan /hall hardly enter into the Kjngiom of 
Heaven ; and that thofe who enter y are but a *few: 
And that thofe few cannot get in, but by h ftrhing: 
And that fome of thofe who feek to enter in, 

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fhall not he able. This all God's Stints (whilft they 
here liv'd) knew well ; when with fo often jF4?- 
ings, fo earned Prayers, fo frequent Hearing the 
J*W, and receiving the Sacraments, and with fttch 
abundance of Tears, they devoutly begg'd at the 
Hands of God, for Chrijrs Sake, to be received in- 
to his Kingdom. 

If thou wilt not believe this truth ; I allure thee 
that the Devil, which perfwades thee now, that it 
is eafie to attain Heaven, will tell thee hereafter, 
that it is the bar deft bufimfs in the World/ If there- 
fore thou art defirous to purchaie found Affurance of 
Salvation to thy Soul ; and to go the right zadfafe 
Way to Heaven ; get forthwith (like zvrife* Vir- 
gin) the Oyl of Piety in the Lamp of thy Converfa- 
tion% that thou may ft be in a continual Readings 
to meet the Bridegroom, whether he cotneth by 
Death, or by Judgment. Which that thou maytt 
the better do, let this be thy daily Pra&ue. 

How a private Man muft begin the Morning with f'tety, 

AS foon as ever thou awakeft in the Morning, 
keep the Door of thy Heart faft (hut, that no 
earthly Thought may enter, before that God come in 
firft : And let him (before aB others.) have the ifirfi 
place therein. So all evil Thoughts, either will 
not dare to come in ; or (hall the eafier be kept 
out; and the Heart will more favour of Piety and 
Qodlinrfs all the Day after. But if thy Heart be 
not (at thy firft waking) jM with fome Medita- 
tions of God, and his Word ; and drefled like || the 

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• Lamp in the Tabernacle, every Morning and Evc- 
- nifcg, with the Oyl } olive of Godjs Word ; and perfu- 
:• med with the fweet a Iqcenfe of Prayer: Satan will 
' attempt to fill it with worldly Cares, or fleftly 

Dejires, fothat it will grow unfit for the Service of 

* God all the Day after, fending forth nothing, but 
the Stench of corrupt and lying Words> and of rajb 

■ and Uafphemous Oaths. 

Begin therefore every Days Work, with GoSs 
Word and Prayer. And offer up unto God upon 

•the Altar of a b contrite Heart, the c JSroam of thy 
Spirit ) and the d Calves of thy Lips, as thy morn- 
ing Sacrifice, and the firft-fruits of the Day : And 
as foon as thou awakeft, fay unto him thus ; 

Ajhort Soliloquy, when One fir ft wakes in the /Morning. 

Mt Soul winteth on tfoe, Lord y more than the 
Morning Watch watcheth for the Morning. 
f GO Dj therefore be merciful unto tne, and hlefs 
pe, and caufe thy Face to jhine upon me. -8 Fill me 
with thy Mercy this Morning, fofiaff I rejcyce and be 
%lad all my Days. ; ^ 

Meditations for the Mknifig. ' ' 1 

Then meditate*; - 
t[TQW Almighty God can (in the Refits 
JLi retfion) as eafily raife up thy Bocly out of 
the Grave, from the fieep of death ; as he hath this 
Morning wakened thee in thy Bed } ouiof the fieep 
of Nature.' At the dawning of which Refurreftion 

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Day* Chrift *Jhall come to be glorified in hu Saints- 
kaA every one of the Bodies of the b Ihoufands of 
™/*j»" !&*%* ffioned like unto his gloria* 
Body) fliall jbtne as high as the d San. All the 
4*gels fluning likewife in their Glory, the Body 
of Chrifi furpaffing them all in Splendor and Glorl 
and the Godhead excelling it. If "the ruing of 0m 
5un, make the Morning Skie fo Glorious, what a 
bright Aiming and Glorious Morning will that be 
when fo many Thoufand Thoufands of Bodies fer 
brighter than the Sw, foil appear and accompanJ 
Chrift as his Glorious 7™», coming to keep his 
general &?>»of e Righteoufnefs, and to judge the 
wicked Angels, and ungodly 8 M*? And let 
not anytranfitory Profit, Pleafure, or vain Glory 
of this Day, caufe thee to lofe thy part and portioh 
of the eternal Blifs and Glory of that Day, which 
is properly termed the h RefurreSlion of the lull 
Beafts have bodily Eyes, to fee the ordinary Light 
of the Day: But endeavour thou with thi Ew of 
Faitbg* for6fee the glorious light of that Dav 

2. Thatthou know'ft nothow* M rthe€vilfpirit 
(which' 'Ntght And Day like a roaring Lten,nJhth 
about jeekingto-fovour thee} was unto the whM&tho* 
ileptft, and waft not able to help thy [elf- and 
that thou knoweft not what Mrfchief he would 
hay^done to thee, had not God " hedged thee and 
thrae,with his l ever-wakingPjwafc^and guard- 
ed thee with his holy and bleffed ■ Angels 

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3. If thou heareft the Cock crow, remembei 
a Ptf *r, to imitate him : And call to mind thsxCock* 
trowing found of the lafi Trumpet, which (hall wa- 
ken thee from the dead. And confider in what! 
cafe thou wert , if it founded now ; and become fuch, 
as thou wouldeft wifti to be then: Left at that day 
thou wilt wifh that thou hadft never feen this ; 
yea, b curfe the day of thy natural birth, for want 

\ of being new born by fpiritual grace. d When j 
the Cock crows, the Thief defpairs of his hope, and 
gives over his nights enterprife : So the Dew/ceaf- j 
eth to tempt or attempt any further, when he hears 
the devout Soul wakening her felf with Morning 

4. Remember that Almighty God is about thy 
bed, and \\feetb thy down-lying, and thy up*ri$ng\ 
Vnderfiandetb thy thought^ and is acquainted with 
all thy ways. Remember likewife, that his Holy 
Angels, who guarded and watched over thee all 
night, do alfo behold how thou c wakeft and rifeft. 
Do all things therefore as in the awful prefenceoi 
God, and in the Jight of his holy f Angels. 

$. As thou art putting on thine Apparel, remem- 
ber, that they were firft given as coverings of 
fliame, being the filthy effeft of fin ; and that they 
are made but of the ofals and excrements of dead 
beafts. Therefore, whether thou refpeft the fluff, 
or the firft institution*, thou haft jo little caufe to 
be proud of them, that thou hajft great caufe to be 

. bumbled at the fight and wearing of them : Seeing 

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the rickeft Apparel are but fine covers of the foulefi 
Shame. Meditate rather; that as thine Apparel 
ferves to cover thy Shame, and to fence thy Bod/ 
from Cold: So thou fhouldeft be as careful to co- 
ver thy Soul with that * wedding Garment, which 
is the b Rigbteoufmfs of Chrifl, and ( becaufe appre- 
hended by our Faith) called the Right eoufnefs 0/ the 
Saints: Left whilft we are richly apparelled in the 
fight of Men, we be not found to walk * naked, (To 
that all our Filthinefs be feen) in the fight of God. 
But that with his Righteoufnejs (as with a Robe) we 
may cover omfelves from perpetual Shame ; and 
fhield our Soulsfrom that fiery cold, that will pro- 
cure eternal * weeping, and gnajhing of Teeth. And 
withal confider now bleffed a People were our Na- 
tion, if every filken Suit did cover a fan&ified Soul. ' 
And yet a Man would think that on whom God 
beftowed moft of thete* outward BleQings, of them 
he fhould receive greateft inward Thanks. But if it 
prove otherwife, their reckoning will prove the 
heavier in the Day of their Accounts. 

6. Confider, how God's Mercy is renewed unto 
thee f every Morning, in giving thee fas it were) a * 
new Life ; and in caufing the Sun, after his inceflant 
race, to rife again to give thee Light. Let not then 
his glorious Light burn in vain j out prevent rather 
(as oft as thou canftj) the Suthrifing, to give God 
h Thanks; and kneeling down at thy Bed-fide fa* 
lute him at the Day spring with fome devout Ante- 
lucanum,ov morning Soliloquy : Containing an hum- 

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bier Confeffion of thy £/*/, the pardon of all thy 
Faults, a Thankfgiving for all his Benefit s, and a 
craving of his gracious Prote&ion to his Church, thy 
felf, and all that do belong unto thee. 

Brief Directions how to read the Holy Scrip ores, once 
every Tear over, with Eafe, Profit, and Reverence. 

BUT forafmuch, that as Faith is the Soul, fo 
reading and meditating of the Word of God, are 
the Parents of Prayer, therefore before thou pray- 
ed in the Morning, firft read a Chapter in-the Word 
of God-, then meditate a while with thy felf, how 
many excellent /i/^gjthoucanft remerrtbetout of it. 
As firft, what good Counfelsor Exhortations 
to good Works, and to a Holy Life, 

Secondly, What Threatnings of Judgments a- 
gainft fuch and fuch a Sin ; and what fearful Ex- 
J amples of God's Punifhment or Vengeance upon 
fuch and fuch Sinners. 

Thirdly, what BleffingsGod/www/yi?/£ to Path 
ence, Chaftity, Mercy, Alms-deeds, Zjal'in his Ser- 
vice, Charity, Faith, and Tnfi in God, and fuch ] 
like Chriftian Vertues. 

Fourthly, What gracious Deliverances God hath 
wrought, and what fpecial Bleftngs he hath be- 
ftpwed upon them, who were his true and zealous 

Fifthly, Apply thefe things to thine own Heart, 
and read not thefe Chapters, as matter of Hiftaricat 
Difcour fc .• But as if they were fo many Letters or 
Bpiftles tent down from God out of Heave* unto 
thee : For whatfoever is written, is written for our 
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Sixthly, read them therefore with that Reve* 
rence, as if God himfelf flood by, and [pake thefe 
Words unto thre, to excite thee to thole Virtues^ 
to diffwade thee from thole Vices ; affuring thy 
felf, that iffach (ins (as thou rfcadeft there) be found 
in thee without Repentance, the like Plagues will 
fall upon thee j but if thou doft pra&ice the tike 
Viet) and Vertuout Deeds, the like Blejfings ftiall 
come unto thee and thine. '**.'"' 

In a Word ; apply all that\thou readeft in hotj 
Scripture, to one of thefe two heads chiefly; either 
to confirm thy Faith, or to encreafe thy repentance: 
For as * Suftine & Abftine, bear and forbear, was 
the Epitome of a good Philofophers Life ; fo Crede 
& Rejipifce, Believe and Repent, is the whole fum 
of a true Chriftians Profeffion. One Chapter thus 
read with Vnderflanding, and meditated on with 
Application, will better feed and comfort thy Sou!* 
than five read and run over without marking their 
Scope orSenfe, or making any ufe thereof to thin6 
own felf. If in this manner thou (halt read Three 
Chapters every Day ; one in the Morning, another 
it Noon, and the third at Night, (reading fo many 
Tfalms inftead of a Chapter, as our Church Lttur* 
g7 appoints for Morning or Evening Prayers) thou 
fhalt read over all the Canonical^ Scripture in zyear ; 

*Eplfteti di&. t In the Canonical Books of the old Teftament 
there are 931 Chapters: But diftributing the i5oPfalms intofi** 
ty parts, thou- fhalt find but 841 \ which being added to 260 (the 
number of the Chapters in the New Teftatnent) will arndurit ti 
1101, dividing which by Three into 365, (the number ofth* 
Days of the Year) there will remaiti but Six3 which thou majrft 
difpofc bf ai i« pr^fetibed, ; n. .<■ 

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*;ra^ Six Chapters, which thou may ft add to the 
task of the laft Day of the Year. The reading of 
the Bible in order, will help thee the better to un- 
derftand both the Htftory and Scope of the holy 
Scripture. And as for the * Apocrypha, being but 
penned by Man's Spirit j thou mayft i;ead them at 
thy pleafure j but believe them, fo far as they agree 
with the Canonical Scripture, which is indited by 
the Holy Ghbfi. 

But it may be thou wilt fay, that thy Bafmefs 
will not permit thee fo much Time> as to read every 
Morning a Chapter, &c. Mw, remember that 
thy Life is but Jbort % and that all this Bufmefs is but 
for the ufe of this (hart Life ; But Salvation or Dam* 
nation is everlafting \ Rife up therefore every Morn- 
ing by fo much time the earlier : Defraud thy foggy 
Flejh of fo much Sleep ; but rob not thy Soul of her 
Food, nor God of his Service: And iervetbe^f/- 
migbty duly whilft thou haft Time and Heahl?. 

Having thus read thy Chapter, as thou art a* 
bout to pray r remember, that God is a God of 
fHoHnefs; whereof he waraethus by repeating 
fo ofqpn, || Be ye Holy, for I am Holy. And when he 
devoured with a fuddenFire,^ Nadab and Abihu, for 
offering unto him Incenfe with $Jtrange Fire, elite 
thofe now a- days, who offer Prayers Irom Hearts 

* Hos viginti duos libros lege: Cunt Apocryphis nihU habeas 
negotii: Hastantitm ftudiofe medicare Scnptura&. quasinEccl* 
fi& confidenter legimus. Multo prudentior^s tc & Rcjigiofiorci 
foerunt Apoftoli & priori Eptfcopi veritatis tapes, qjzi nobis ess 
tradiderunt. Tu igitur ciimfenUus Ecclefifle, non tranfgrediarli 
illius ter.ipinos. Ac veteris Xeftamenti ( at diftum eft ) viginti 
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fraught with the Fite of Luft and Malice:) The £#nf 
would give no otherReafon of his judgment but this, 
* / will he fanftified in them that come near me. As 
if he (hpuld have faid, if I cannot be fan&ified by 
them who are my Servants, in ferving me with that 
Holinefs that they fliould j I will be fan&ified ox 
them, by confounding them with my juft Judg- 
ments, which their Lewdnefs doth deferve. God 
therefore cannot abide any wilful Uncleannefs, or 
Filthinefs in them, who ferve him : Info much that 
he commanded the Ifraelites, that when they were 
in Camp againft their Enemies, they fhould dig a 
bole with a Paddle, and cover their excrements: His 
Reafon is, f F& f ^ L&& *h G°& walketh in the 
midjl of thy Camp to deliver thee, and to give thee 
thine Enemies before thee : Therefoae thy Hoft /ball be 
holy^ that be fee no filthy thing in thee, and turn may 
from thee. 

If he will have Men to be fo holy in time of War 
in the field? How much more Holinefs expe&eth 
he at our Hands* in time of Peace, in pur Houfes? 
Therefore faith Zjfphar in || Job: If thou prepare 
thine Heart, and fir etch out thy Hand towards God 
to fray: If Iniquity be in thy Hand put it far away, 
and let no Wictednefs dwell in thy Tabernacle. For, 
as $ Efay faith, If there be any Vncleannefs in our 
Hands, (that is, any Sin whereof we have not re* 
pented) tho' we ftretch out our Hands unto him, and 
tn&ke mwy Prtyers, the Lord will hide his Eyes from 
us, and will not hear our 'Prayers. Therefore before 
tho u p r a ye fly let Godfee-that thy Heart isfirronfvi 

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for thy Sin ; and that thy Mind is refohed (thro' 
the Afliltance of his Grace) "to amend thy Faults. 
And then having wafhed thy felf, and ,adorned thy 
Body with Jpparel, which befeemeth thy Calling* 
and the Image of God, which thou beareft ; [but 
thy Chambef-dbor, and kneel down at thy Bed- 
* fiae, or fome other convenient Place ; and inreve- 
; ^ rent Manner lifting up thy Heart* together with 

thy Hands and Eyes, as in the Prefence of God, 
who feeth the inward Intention of thy Soul, offer up 
tjnto God from the Altar of a contrite Heart, thy 
Prayer, as a Morning Sacrifice, thro 7 the Media- 
tion of Chrift, in thefe, or the like Words. 

A Prayer for the Morning* 

• ..... * * - . 

OMoft Mighty and Glorious God, full of Irk 
comprehennble Power and Majefty, whofe 
Glory the very *■ Heaven of Heavens is not able to 
contain : Look down from Heaven, upon me thine 
unworthy Servant, who here proftrate my felf at 
the fc Foot-flooloi thy « Throne of Grace. . But look 
upon me, O Father, thro' the Merit s^nd Mediation 
ofjefw Chrift y i thy beloved Son, in whom only thou 
art well f leafed. For of my felf I am not worthy 
fo ftand in thy Prefence, or to fpqak with mine 
e unclean lip to fo holy a God as thou art : !For thou 
fenoweft that in f Sin 1 was conceived and torn, and 
that I have lived ever fince in Iniauity : So that I 
have broken all thy holy Commandments by finful 

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Motions, unclean a Thoughts* evil Jtftnfr, and wick* 
ed Works \ b omitting many of thofe Duties Ot Pi- 
ety which thoti required for thy Service, and com- 
mitting ttiany of thofe- Viges, which thou (under 
the Penalty of thy DifpleafureJ haft forbidden* 

[Here thou may'ft confefs unto God thy fecret 
Sins^ which do raoft burthen thy Confcience $ with 
the Circumftahces of the Time, Place, Peifon, and 
Manner, how they were committed, faying, But. 
more efpecidlly, Lord, i jo htre pith Grief of Hem 

cenfefs unto thee,&c<>] 

Acid for thefe my Sins, c O Lord, I ftand here? 
Guilty of thy Curft, with all the Miferiei of this 
\Afc&n&evtrUJkingTwme$HsiQ HeUrfir%, when this 
wretched Life is ended, if thou flbould'ft deal with 
me according to my Deterts. Yea, Lord, I confefs, 
that it is d thy Mercy, which endurethfor ever, and 
thyQofoptffwn which ttfver fails ^ that is the Caufe 
that ". I have not been long ago eonjumed. e But 
with thee, Lord, then u Mercy and fUnteous Re+ { 
Aemption* I n the f Multitude therefore of thy Mer- 
q, wdConfidtna in Cbttft y s Merits, I intrqat thy di- 
viae Majesty,- that thoo wouldqft * not enter into 
judgment mtbihy $Wvant, neither, he ex tr earn to mark 
what I have hitfarta done amifs : For if thou doeft, 
[hen no .Flejk can faj*ftifi*A in thy Sight, nor any liv- 
ing ftand in thy Pretence. But be thou Merciful 
unto me, and * #4$ way *& the ZfmUannefs of my 

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5^/W CMyf hath fhed for m* ( Attd feeing that he 
hath torn the 1 ftw/to?* of ttfftt a &*#*♦ whictr was 
<fae -to my TVahf^afflotK; O Lord, deliver me 
from tny 5»fr, and from aH thdfe 7<n&f»»<**/.wnich 
Hahg 6¥er iky ileady a* due unto me for (hem \ and 
lefttfate then* * a* far fro* iky Prefe/K», at the Baft 
& fro* the ff^jfi feuty themittthe&/-ii/^65r#, 
thai they may neVerftate • Power w rife up againft 
m*, to ftartie me kfrthisi^fy or to condemn me in 
the WWrf which is to come. And I befeech thee, 
O Lord, net odty to wafli away my Skis wkh the 
BbdJ of thine" Immaculate d Lmt', but aht* to 
purge my *»**» by thy Holy Spirit, from the 
cVofs of my natural Corruption ; That I may feet 
thy * Spirit, more and more 4/Xftg my Sin, in the 
Potter and fra&iee thereof i So that I may wkh 
more freedom of As^M and llibeny of Wt& Ctrve 
thee, the f B*erli/ti*g Gfitt it Righteotfmfi art Mo* 
IHtefs th\s D»y. And give me draefe, that by the 
Diftabn and Amftfifiee o**the fame thy Holy Spi- 
rit, I may perftvere to be thy/iiif*/<r/and «qfajg* 
WSerrant tomy Life's end : That when this8**r* 
MLift h ended,! rrmy be hiadea Pwtifcerof A* 
mortaliijy and everlaftirtg tlifpkieft in thy heaven* 
fy Ki ngdom. In the mean time, Lord, whim 
ft is rhy Wefled Will and Pleefore, that I nay con- 
tinue to fjtend, and trtd rfsatyM number and rem' 
nant of Days,, which thou haft .appointed for me 
to live in this vale of Mifery, b Teach mefo to namler 

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mj ddyi thit Imq aftlymy heart untomfddt* : And is 
thoti ddft add Day* unto my Life, fo»good Lord, 

Days j that, as t grow to 2W/> To I may enercaft 
in Grdte, and Favour with thee, and all thy Vttpte. 
And to this end, give unto me a fupply of all thole 
Graces, Which thou knoweft to be wanting in me, 
And iuc*jr*ry for me, with an encreafeof all thofe 
good Gifts* wherewith thou haft already endow- 
ed Me ; thatt> I may ba the better en J ft J to lead 
fucb ft goJtflJfe, i*J totieft 0*t*rf*ti<m f as that 
thy itfame may thereby be glorified, otken may 
take good Example by me, and my Soul may more 
cheatfully feed Oft the Ptdceof a good * Cotfritmt, 
and be mote replenilhed with the Jy of the fMj 
Gho/t* And here, O Lord, according to my bod*, 
den Duty, t give thee moft humble and hearty 
Tbtnks, fbr all thofe BlefRngs which of thy Good- 
hefi thou haft beftowM upon me* And namely, 
for that thou haft of thy free Love, according to 
thine eternal Patpdfe h ekftiA mt hfire tbt Founda- 
tion ef the WttU was laid, unto Sahithn in Jt- 
fas Otrfft i Pot that ttteu haft ertmi me after thine 
fc oam image, arid haft begun to reftore that ia me, 
which was 16(1 in our flrft Parent* .- For thai thou 
haft fcffefitually calPd me by the * Working of thy 
fyfr/r/irt tfie * Printting of the GoffceJ, and the 
receiving of the Satamtnts, to the Knowledge of 
thySavrng^arace, arid ' Obedience to thy Blef- 
fed Witf : For that thou haft bought and rtdtm- 

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ed me with the Blood of thine only begotten Son, 

JFrom the Tgrments of Hell, and thrall of Satan: 

For that thou haft by Faith in Chrift* freely juftif 

ed me, who am by Nature the Chili of Wrath : For 

that thou haft in good Meafure h fanftified me by 

thy holy Spirit, and given me fo large a Tune to 

repent, together with the Means of Repentance. I 

thank thee likewife,good Lord, formy£//*, Health, 

Wealth, Food, Raiment, Peace, Profperity, and P lew 

ty : And for that thou haft preferv'd me this Night, 

irdm all Perils and Dangers of Body and Soul, and 

haft brought me Cafe to the beginning of this Dsy. 

And as thou haft now waken'd my Body from Sleep; 

fo I befeeoh thee waken my c Soul from Sin, and 

carnal Security: And as thou haft caufed the light 

-of the D4y to jhine in tny bodily Eyes) fo, good 

Lord, caufe the Light of thy *.Word, and Holy 

•Spirit, to illuminate my Heart} and give me Grace, 

. as one of thy c Children of Light, to walk in all ho. 

ly Obedience before thy Ffcce this Day : And that 

. I may * endeavour to keep Faith and a clear Conference 

. towards thee, ayd towards all Men, in all ipjUThoughts, 

-Words, and Dealings. And fo,good Lord, blefs 

. all my Studies and A&ions, which 1 (hall take in 

Hand this Day fas that they may tend to thy Glory, 

the Good of others, and the fomfort of mine own 

Soul and Confcience in that Day, when I (ball 

make my iipal Accounts unto thee for them. O my 

: God, keep thy Servant, that I do no Evil unto any 

. Man this Day : And let it be thy bleflfed. Will, not 

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to fuffer cbe Devil nor his wicked * Angels, nor any 
of bis evil Members, or my malicious Enemies, to 
have any Power to do me any Hurt or Violence,. 
Bat let the Eye of thy holy Providence watch over 
me, h for Gotland net for Evil; and command thy 
holj Angels to fifth their Tents round about me, for my 
defence and (afety in my going out and coming in 9 
as c thou haft promifed they fhauld do about them 
that fear thy Name. For, d into thy hands, Father \ 
I do here commend my Soul, and Body, my Adions, 
and all that ever I have, to be guided, defended, 
and protected by thee ; being atfur'd, that whatfo- 
ever thou takeft into thy Cuftody v cannot perifb, 
nor fuffer any hurt or harm. And if I, at any time 
this day, (hall thro* frailty forget thee ; yet, L/>rd, I 
befeech thee, do thou.* in Mercy remember me, 
And I pray not unto thee* Father, for my felf a- 
lone, but I befeech thee alfo be merciful unto thy 
whole CburcbfitiAchpfen people,whe?efoever they 
live upon the Face^pf the Earth. Defend them 
from the rag^^rid tyranny of the Devil, the World 
and Antkhrift/ Give thy GofpeU free and a joyful 
Paffage thro 1 thq fVorld 9 for the converfton of thofe 
who belong to thine Eleftion and Kjngdom. 

Blefs f th&.Ckurches and KJng4oms (wherein wc 
live) with the Continuance of Peace, Juftice ancj; 
true Religion. 8 Blefs our gracious Sovereign Lord 
the King, and all the Royal Family. Incrcafe 
in them aU heroical Gifts, VLtidfpiritual Grace?, whidfc 
mav make them fit for thofeplaces, for which thou 
halt ~o?3HhaT them. Dire"2f ' all the "Hfobility^ 

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*B'Jho?s 7 MiftifterS) and Mogifirotos *f this Church 
and Common- wealth, to govern the Commons im 
true Religion, Jnfiicfj Ohedience r and Tranquillity* 
Be Merciful unto all the Brethren which fear thee, 
and call upon thy Name. And Comfort as tmny 
among them, as are b $i*k and ComfQrtlefs in Befy 
or Mind: Efpecially be Favourable to all fuch as 
fufer *ny Trouble or Ferfecutioq for the * Tefthnonjf 
of thy 1 ruth, and Holy Goffeli Arid give them a 
gracious * Deliverance out of all their Troubles, 
Whicti way it (hall feetn bed to thy Htfiom; for 
the Glory of thy Mf art, the fattier enlarging of the 
Truth, and the more ample encreafeof c their own 
Comfort and Confolation. Haften thy coming, O 
bUffed Saviour , and end thefe fhful Day^ And 

give me Grace, that, likp a f wife Virgin I may 
e prepared with Oyt in my Lam fa to tuqet thee 
the fweet Bridegroom of my Soul at thy coming, 
Whether It be by the Day of Death, or of Judgment : 
And then, Lord Jefus, come when thou wile j 
* even Lord Jefus eome quitkly. Tbcfe ? all oth$r 
Graces which thou kaoweft Needful arid Neceffiry 
for me, this Day and evermore, I humbly beg 
and crave at thy Hands, O Father; giving thee 
t*y Glory, in that form of Prayer, which thrift 
l|imfelf hath taught me to fay unto thee. 

* Our Father jphkh art in Medven^ Hallowed he tty 
liame y &c. 

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Meditations, tofiir up to Morning Prayer. 

IF when thou art about to pray, Satan ihaD fug- 
geft that thy Prayers are too long, and that 
therefore it were better either to omit Prayers, pr 
elfe to cut them fhorter : Meditate, that Prayer is 
thy *fpiritu*l Sicrffie, wherewith God is weB pua/ed', 
and therefore it isfodifpleafing to the Devil, and 
fo irkfome to the Fkjb. Bead therefore thy Jf- 
feHums ( will they, nill they ^ to ft) holy an Exer- 
cifc j afluriag tby fclf, that it doth by fo much 
the more pkafe God, by how much the more it is 
unpkafmg to thy Fkjh, 

a. Forget not bow the Holy Ghofi puts it down 
as a fpeeuU note of Reprobates : b They c4 not upon 
tbo Lord i Then call not nfon Goj. And when Eli- 
pk*c fuppo&d that JdMwStofthe Fear of God, 
and thai God hsdioft* Joh out of his Favour, he 
cbargeth htm that he rtfiwnoi Prayer before God: 
Making that a fare mte of the «**, and a fufficieot 
canfttf the other. On the other fide, that God 
hath promifcd that* l whofoever jbd 'eak Un his Name 
fbafi, kfoved* It is certain, that he who mafceth 
no CooCcienceof the Duty of Prayer t hath no Grace 
oftRebdytyr&iabifli. For the Spirit of c (?*v«*y 
and of Prayer, are one: And therefore Grace and 
Prayer go together. But he that can from a pi* 
nitemt Heart (Morning and Evening) pray unto 
God; k is fare-, that he hath his mtjjtre of Grgfe 
in this World j and he (hall have his Portion of 
Glory in the Life which is to come. 

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7. Remember, that as loathing of Meat, arid 
painfulnefs of fpeaking, are two Symptoms of a fick 
Body ; fo Irkfomenefs of Praying when thou talked 
with God, and Carelefsnefs, in hearing, w fen God, 
by his Word % fpeaks unto thee* are two jure Signs 
of a fick Soul. 

4. Oil to mind the zealous Devotions of the 
Chriftians in the Primitive Church} who fpent 
many whole Nights and Vigils in watching arid 
prkying for the Forgivcnefs of their Sins; and that 
they might be foupd ready at the comingof Chrift. 
And how that David was hot Content * tdprq at 
Mornings at Evening, and at Noon: But he woutd 
alfo b rife up at Midttight to pray unto God. And 
if 'Chrift did Chide his Difciples, becaufe they 
would not < watch with him one Hour in fraying; 
what chiding doft thou deferve, who thinkeft \t 
t6qi long to continue in Prayer but one quarter of 
an Hour ? If thou haft fpent divers Hours in feeing 
a vafn Mdsk y or Play ; yea, whole days and nights in 
tar ding and dicing; to pleafe thy Flejh : J$e alhamed 
to think a Prayer of a quarter of an Hour long, 
to be tod long an Exercife for the Service of God. * 
. 5. Confider, that if the Pspifts in their MndSu- 
perflition, do in an unknown, and therefore d urh 
edifying Tongue (fit only for theChilnren of c myf 
tied Babylon ) mutter over upon their f Be ads y e- 
very Morning and Evening, r fo taany Scores of 
Jve-Maries. Pater-Nofters* and Idolatrous Pray* 
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ers : How (hall they in xhtxvfuperfiithus Devotion, 
rife up in Judgment againft thee, profefling thy felf 
to be a true Worfhipper of Chrifll If that thou 
thinkeft thefe Prayers to be too long a Task, being 
(horter for Quantity than theirs, but far more Pro- 
fitable for Quality, tending only to God's Glory, 
and thy Good ; and fo compiled of Scripture phrafe, 
as that thou may'ft fpeak to God as well in his 
own holy Words j as in thine own native Language. 
Be afhamed, that Papifts in their fuperfiitions wor- 
fhippitig of creatures, fhould (hew themfelves more 
Devout than thou in the jincere worfliipping of the 
true and a only God And indeed, a Prayer in pri- 
vate Devotion, fhould hp one b continued Speech, 
rather than many broken Fragments. 

$. Laftly, When fuch Thoughts come into thy 
Heady either to keep thee from Prayer, or to diftraft 
thee in frayhgi Remember that thofe are the 
c Fowls which the evil one fends to devour the good 
£**i,. and the Cdrkaffes of thy fpiritualSacrifices: 
But endeavour, With d Abraham, to drive them a- 
waj. Yet ttotwithftadding, if thou perceiveft at 
fometimes, that thy Spirits are duB, and thy Mind 
not apr fotPrajier, and h6ly Devotion 5 ftrive not 
too much for that time; but humbttng thy felf at 
the Sineeoi tfaiae Infirmity and Dufnefs, knowing 
that God? accepted* the c willing Mini (thtf it b? 
opprefied with xfaheammfi tfthejkfii) endeavour 
the ^jcrthfneto^c^^^^thisDulnift, by redoub- 
ling thy Zeal ; and forihe Tim^^W, commend 

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Anther flwt Morning Pr*jir. 

OMoft gracious Get, and merciful Fa/Arr, I 
thine unworthy Strvvtt do here acknow- 
ledge, that ?$ I have been j*r/» in £**, fo I have /to- 
ft/ » Inifuitji and broken «t*g» 0* of thy Com- 
mandments, in Thought* Word and Deed; fbl- 
lowing the Dtfim of mine own Wit, and L*ftt of 
jny &efi t not earing to he govero'd by thy holy 
Word and Spirit ; and therefore I have jultly defer, 
ed all Shame and Mifto in this Life, and everlaftiog 
"Condemnation in tftU>]ire, if thou (houldcft but deal 
with me according to thy jfaifc* a nd my-ptftrt. 
Wherefore, O Heavenly frffe* I bcfeech thee 
(for thy Son jefm Ckrifi hit Sake, and for the Me- 
rit* of that wfisr Death wdbtody Paflioo, wbkh 
I believe t|»t ^ hatb fuffemd far wr) ithat thou 
would'ft pardon and mrgfae unto me all my Sins, 
and deliver me from, the Shame and Vengeance 
which i* dye to me for them. And teodthr holy 
Spirit in#>my fiiwrt, which may uflqre mo that 
ihou art my Ftftor* aod that I am thy Cfafii, and 
that thou iov'ft me with an unchangeable Love : 
&n$ let the &tna thy good. Spirit had me in thy 
3w«A, and fwrifrta me, more and mare, ail world, 
|y and cari»jj!,«fo» that my Sins may more and 
moroV^ jOAfflei and thatilmay ierveJKheein «* 
feigned Ri^Kteoutbefs and Hnlinefs this day,and all 
the Dayfof: my Lifej that when tbis mortal Uf? 
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heavenly Kingdom. And here, Q Lmd y from the 
bottom of ray Heart, I thank thee for aU thy Bkf~ 
Jf»gs, which thou haft Mowed upon ray Sam 
and Body: For «£#/*£ me in thy Z*v#, nuktm- 
4# roe by thy &>», f**8tfyivg me by thy ty»#, 
ana* prtJerviiigtiM from ray Youth up, until chfe 
frtfent Day and Hour, by diy moft gracious Pi*. 

I thank thee more efpecially, for that thou baft 
defended me this Night from all Perils and Dan* 
gers, and haft brought me fafie to the htgi*vtag of 
this Day. And now (good Lord) I befeech thee, 
keep me this Day from all Eyi! that may hurt mt t 
and from falling into. any grofs Sin that would of- 
fend thee. Set thy Fear before my Eyes, and lee 
thy Spirit fo rulo My Heart, that all that T &all 
think, do, or- fpeak this Day, may tend to thy 
Glory, the Good of others, and the Ptmt of mine 
own Conference. And to this end, I commend 
my fdf, and all my Ways and Anions, together 
with all that do belong unto me, unto thy graei* 
ous Dire8i<MiM JtaMtfio** praying thee to keep 
both thenvand me from all EviJ; and togise a 
Biefimg to all Our boneft £*W* and £*4t*iiyfri» 
Deftndthy whole Church from the Tyranny ofjrhe 
World, and of AntichriftH Prefervc our grackwi. 
Klfrg from all Confyiracies and Tfetibnss Grant 
Him a long and Prosperous Reigpover lis. ' Bkft 
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their Places. Be Favourable to all that Fear thee, 
and Tremble at thy Judgments ; Comfort all thofe 
chat are Skk and Comfortless. Lord keep me in a 
continual Readinefe, by Faith and Repentance, for 
my laft End ; that whether I Live or Die, I may 
& found thine own, to thine eternal Glory, and 
•mine everlafting Salvation, thro' Jefm Cbrift my 
x>dy Saviour. In whofe bleffecj iName I beg theft 
Mercies at thy Hands, and give unto thee thy Praife 
and Glory, in that Prayer, which he \mfanfti- 
ff& with his own Lips, faying, Our Father, which 
art in Heaven, Hallowed he thy Name, &c. 

Father Mediutions, to fiir uf to Prayer in the 

•*••§ *Hiak not any Bnfnefs or Hafie (tho' never 
J. fo great) a fufficient J&cufe to omit Prayer 
in the Morning: But meditate, 

i. That the gretter thy Bufinefs is, by. fo much 
the More Need thou haft to pray for God's good 
Speed and Bieffing thereon ; feeing it is certain, that 
nothing can Proffer vitbout bit Blefjbtg. 
j. "A. ; That many a Man, when be thought him- 
ktffareft, has ban fooneJi crafted, fo may 'ft thou. 
; ' 9 v -That many a Man has gone out of his Door, 
and never come in. again. * Many a Man who 
rofe well and lively in the Morning, has been ieen 
a'cfead Man elerfcJight. So may it befall thee; 
and if thou be faCarcfnl before thou goeft abroad 
to Drink,' to i^pce chy Body from ill. Airs j how 

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much more careful (hould'ft thou be to Pray, to 
prefer ve thy Soul from evil temptations ? 

4* That the time fpeat in Prayer never hindreth, 
but further eth and profpereth a Man's Journey and 

5. That in going abroad into the World, thou 
goeft into a F<?ri# full of unknown Dangers, where 
thou flialt meet many Briers to tear thy good 'Name, 
many Snares to trap thy Life, and many Hunters 
to devour thy Soul. It is a Field of pleafant Grafs, 
but full of poifonous Serpents. Adventure not thfcrcr 
fore to go naked ajnongft thefe Briers, till thou hall 
prayed Chrift to death thee with his Righteoufnefs: 
Nof to pafs through tbefe Snares and Ambufbmepts, 
till thou haft prayed for God's ProvidenceK.0 be thy 
Guide: Nor to walk Bare-foot through this fnaJty 
Field, till hzviagthy Feet jbod with the Preparation 
of the Gofpel of Peace, thou haft prayed to have//# 
the hrazen Serpent in the Eyes of thy Faith ; that fo 
if thou comeft not home holier, thou may'ft be 
fure not to return xvorfer than when thou wenteft 
out of Door. . 

Therefore tho* thy Hafte l?e never fo much, or 
thy Bufinefs never u> great ; yet go not about it, 
nor out of thy Doors, till thou haft at leaft us'd this, 
or the like ftiort Prayer. 

A brief Prayer for the Morning, r 

O Merciful Father, for Jefus Chrift his fake, \ 
befeech thee, forgive me all my knms^aaA 
fecret Sins, which in Thought, Word, or Deed*: I 
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dellvfef me from all thofe ^uigmems, which are 
due unto me for them! And finttify my ftetrt 
With thy Holy. Spirit, that 1 may henceforth lead 
a more godly and religious Life. And here, (O 
Lord) I praife thy holy Name, for that thou haft 
f efreihed me this Night with modertte fletp and teft* 
J befeech the likewifc defend me this Day from 
kit Perils and Dangers of Body and Soul. And to 
this end I commend my felf andall.my Aft ions on* 
ttf thy blefled Protection and Government : Be* 
leeching thee, that whether I Live at ttie, I may 
Live and Die rt thy Glory, and the 9alvatiori of 
my poor Soul, which thou hafi bought with thy 
precious Blood. Blels me therefore, Lord, in 
my goifigout and coming in; and grant that what* 
fcever 1 Thall think, he tk, or rake in tiattd this Day, 
may tend to the Glory of thy tfam&V tixtmi <f 
jothers, and the Cmftft of hiine dwn.pdmcfence, 
.When I lhall come to make before th*e tityiafr Ac* 
counts. Grant this, heavenly #athef. for 5 efiK 
Chrift thy Son's fake.* In whole fileffea Name I 

five thee thy G/ory, and bee at my Hands aft dither 
'rices which thou feeft tdbe needful for me this 
t>ay and ever, in that Prayer which Cbr$ hiraleff 
has Taught me, faying, Our Jtoifc^^c. 

MeditAtioHS) Hre&ing a Cktif&My 1ftk> be may walk 
7 . dll the Day n>ithGod> like Enpch. m _ 

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fyftifor thy Thoughts. 

t. TJfi fc careful to fupprefc every Sin in thejfrtf 

£3 4»»*w. Daft * Atytert Children (whUft 
they are jw*g) againft the Stones. Tread (be* 
tkties) ' the Cttkatritft Egg, left it break out into 
a Serpent. te{ Sin be to thy Heart a Stranger, not 
a Heme-dmller. Take heed of falling oft into tl» 
fame Sm, left "fe **/?»*» ^ ^w»i»g * takt a*ay the 
Cerftletce ef Sit* add then fcak thou wax To imp* 
dentty tffhktdi that thou wiit neither/wr God, m 
Reverence Mao, 

2; Suffer not thy Mhd to feed it fcif upon any 
Imagination, which is either impajfiUe for thee to 
do, or unpttftaUe if it be done; but rather think 
of the #V*V P*wr/y, co condemn iff of Death, 
to etpe& it t of Judgment) to avoid k; of HtM> to 
efcape it ; and of £/***#, to defire it* 

a. Defire not to fulfil thy Mind in all things $ 
bat learn to deny thy (elf theft Defires (tho' never 
fo pleating to thy Nature) which being attained* 
will draw either Scandal on thy Retigiott, or hand 
to thy Ptrfo*. Confider in every thing the End, 
before thou attempt the AStkm, 

4. Labour daily more and more to fee thine bWn 
Mtfhrj, through Vthetief, Self-Lev*) and ualfal 
br&cbesif OotTt Laws; and the tfeteffityrf GotHs 

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Mercy, thro* the Merits of ChriJPs Paffion, to be 
ilich j that if thou wert demanded, What is the 
vileft Creature upon Earth * Thy Confcience may 
anfwer, Mine .wn felf by Reafon of jny great Sins: 
And if on the other fide thou wert ask'd, What thou 
ifttemefi to be the molt Precious thing in the World ? 
Thy Heart might anfwer, One drop qf ChriJPs Blood 
to wafh away my Sins. And as thou tendered the 
Salvation of thy Soul,, live not in ainy wilful Filtbi- 
nefs. Vovjrue Faith, and the Pttrjfofe of. Sitting, 
can never (land together, . , 
* $. App^ovetbyfelftobea/r^^r't/iWr/ofChrifl:, 
not only in thy general Calling, as in the frequent 
«fc of the Word and Sacraments ; but alio in thy 
Particular, in making Confcietice to efcbew every 
known Sin, land tb obey God id every one of his 
Command mepts; like Jofias, who turned to Get 
jaitb aB his. ffeart,, according to\ all the Law of Mofes * : 
^And Zjchfty gnd Elizrf>eth,yoho waited in ail the 
Cpnmandjmenks\of God, without Reproof ; But if at 
any time thro* Frailty, tbpu flippeft into any Sin, 
lye riot in it, but fpeedily rife out of it by unfeign- 
ed Repentance; praying for Pardon, till thy Con* 
fcience be pacif/d*Shy hatred <^.Sin encreafed, and 
jthy purpofe rfdppendment confirmed. 
; (S. Beware of $ failing Popularity ty Adu|atiOun> 
the End never prQves goofc and tho? attaia^ by 
'ducDeferts, ye$,manage it wifely, left it prove naore 
'Dangerous than Contempt. For States defire \mt to 
hep down y whom they contemn for their V^mrthu 
nefs; but to tut-off, whornthey envy for. their G*eah 

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mfs : He therefore is truly Prudent (whocbnfider- 
ing the prtmifes) neither affeS'etb nor peglefteih P6L 
puiarity. But in arty tyife cake heed of harbouring 
a * difcqntemcd Mind?; for it may work thee more 
Woe, than thou art aware of. It is ifpecial Mercy^ 
in the multitude of fo many Bleftngs aS thou doeff 
enjov, to have f ome Crops. God gives thee many 
Bleflfaas, left thro 1 Want ("being his Child") thou 
fhoulaift Dp [pair : Arid he fends thee/oft* Crojfes, left 
by too much Profpefity (playing the Pool) thod 
fhoulcTft prefumfc. Many who have mounted tor 
great dignities, would have contented thefflfelves 
with b meaner, had they known their * great Dangers i 
Affe& therefore Competency, rather than Emineitcy. 
And m all thy #9// ever have an Eye to GodW/tf, 
left .thy Self-a8ion turn to thine own Deftruftion; 
Hajipy is the Man, wtioin this Life d is leaft knowrt 
bf the World, fo that he doth truly know God, 
and himfelf. . Whatfobver Crofs therefore thou hall 
to difeoxrent thee, remember, that it is tefs than thy 
Sins tywe&ftrved. CcJunt therefore Chrift thy chief- 
eft Joy\ ahd Sin thy. greateft Grief; efteem do Want, 
to t&voatot of Grkce\nov any L0/} to the JLo/x of 
God's Favour: ,And then the Difcontentment for 
outward Muns fhall' the lefs perplex thine inward 
Mind. And as oft i^SataH (hall offer any Motiotf 
ofdilcbptentmentto thy Mind, remember S. PauPs* 
AdnAprrition, * We brought nothing into this World, 

* Socrates in forum egrcflus, qufcmmultis ego; inquit, non c* 
go? Non eft ergo pauper; qui caret, fed qulc*getr: *> DimldiufiT 
plustQtQ. $tfiod. S Feriunt^ununos fujpaina montes. Horat. Tan* 
gunt i^afenos trlftia fata dleos^ Ovid. A*(U Ricipai. Qui hocus ai— 
rcis omnp>us, ighotusmoriturfibi. Sen. A t Tim. 6, 7, 8, 9. 'Infa- 
m«dapmandi furit qui t*nj.multa tarn anxjl congcrunr, quutri 
i mtirfj^uciibpfisVKta. : . ! 1 

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and it u certain^ we can carry nothing out. And. hav- 
ing food and Raiment \ let $u he p herewith content. 
But they that will he rich fall into Temptation^ and a 
Snare , and intojnanyfoolijh and hurtful Lufls y which 
drown Men in Deft raft ion and Perdition. Pray there- 
fore With wife * Agur : Lord % jyve me neither Po- 
verty nor Riches : Feed me with Food convenient for 
me; kfl J he toofulL and deny thet y and fay\ Who u 
mLordf Or hi I he Poor, and Steal, and take the 
Name of my God in Vain. 

7. fcftow no more Thought upon worldly things 
than thou needs muft, for the Difcharge of thy 
ttaceivA the b maintenance of thy Efiaie ; but ffiU 
let thy Care be greater for • heavenly, than earthly 
Things; and Be more grieved for a f ^ornurti^ 
to God, than for any Injury offered to thy lelf: 
&ut if any Injury Be offered unio thee, heat it as 
a Chriftian, With Patience, ftever was an innocent 
Man wronged, but if he patiently bore his Croft, he 
^overcame in the end. But thy good Name in the , 
mean while is wounded, bear that alfo with Pa- 
tience. For he that at the laft Day will give thy 
Body a Refur reft ion ; will as fare in his good time, 
grant a Refurre&ion to thy good Name. If impa- 
tiently thou frett'ft and yex'ft at thy Wrongs, the 
Hurt which thou doft thy felf, is more thanthat 
which thine Enemy caii do unto thee. Neither 
danft thou morer^rc him, than to hear that it 

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• Pirov. 30. 8. 9. b 1 TJm. <J. 8/9 . Gch. i*. so- • tdt.t 
thil,3.29,dj (h. j. 9. .Pfal. 'ij* c ii,ftc. * JWbife vSiceiW 
nus eft patientia : v vihcit qui patijfur : (1 vis Viftcere, difc£ ( r m*. 
Optima injuria ultio eft oblivio : efficlt cnim tit abuftuitt fcyetj 
&cc magi* l*dat, quam fi fafta non effct. 



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throughly vexed thee. But if thou canft fliew 
Patience on Earth, God will fliew himfelf Jnfi from 
tJeuveu. Pray for him ; for if thou be a good Mm 
thy felf, thou canft not tkut rejoyte if thou fliouldtt 
lee thy mrfi Enemy to become a good Mm too. 
But if he ftill tontiuuetfs in his Mtlicc, and iticresfeth 
in hi) Mifthief; give thou thy felf unto Prayer.; 
committing thy fetf, and commending thy C**fe 
unto the Righteous Judge of Heaven and Earth; 
faying with 3Mpy, * ° £<W <f H$s that judgefi 
krig>t*<mfy, wed ttytf the Reins and the Heart ; VeH~ 

?ttmce & thine, and onto thte have I oftfd my Cattfe. 
n die mean while* mat ( with David) on the Lord\ 
he of god Courage, and he JbtE xatnfort thine Heart* 

8. The more others f commend thee for an ex* 
cellent Aft, be 1 thou the more humlle in thine on* 
Thoughts. Affeft not the vain iVaifes of <Men : The 
Btefled Virgin was troubled when Ihe was truly 
praifed of an Angel. They (hall be praifed of An- 
gels in Heaven, who have efchew'd the Praifes of 
Men on Earth. Neither needeft thou praife thy 
^;deal but uprightly, || others will do that far 
thee* Be not thou Curious to know other Mi/is 
Doings, 'but father be careful that no Man know 
any HI dealings by thee. 

9. Eftee'm no Sin little; for the Curfe of Cod jfef 
due to the ie*ft j and the leaft would have damn'd 
thee, had not the 3ph tif <3od dfd for thee, .Be- 
wail Hierefare*he Wferi of thine, own State ; and 
*&G^ttmis>mkMked,§m0nrtifor the Iniquity of the 

* Jfer. 11.10. + Nc verbis quod fcis oflentes, icA rebdi te often- 
de fcirt. llPftl.49. i8.'5E«fc.9.4.*fid.5».9, 1c.Mtrk3.5- 

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1*4 lDt)e lattice of gtetg* 

7/w«. Pray to God to amend it, and be not thou 
one of them that make it warfe. 

i o. Laflj, Think often of the ■ Jbortnefs of thy 

■Lift, and certainty of Death: And wifli rather a 

■good Lift than a long. For as Ok* D*? of Mtns 
Life is* to be preferr'd before the longeft Age of a 

-StagfQV Rat/en; fo one Day fpent religioufly, is to 
be higher valu'd, than a Man's whole Life that is 

: coofum'd in Prophanenefs. 

••'•' Caft over therefore once every Day, the num- 
ber of thy Days, by fuhftrt&'mg thbfe that are paft 
(as being vanilh'd like Yefter-nights Dream) con- 

itra&ing them that are to come, (fmce the one half 
muft bejlept out, the reft made uncomfortable, by 
the Troubles of the Worlds thy own Sickmfs, and 
the Death of Friends) counting c the only prefer* 
Day thine, which fpend, as if thou wert. to fpeod 
m mote. 

Secondly, For thy Words, 


> |3 Emember, that thou muft Anfwer for c- 
v J\ very d idle Word^ that in c multiUxjuy, the 
wifeft Man (hall overjboct bimfeif. . Avoid there- 
fore all tediouf and idle Tdh^ whereof feldom ari- 
feth Comfort, many times f Repentance \ efpecially 
beware of rajh Afifwers, when the Tongue out-runs 

. < m -. ; : r— K ~ j- 

*Heufbgiuntfraenononremorantcdies. Pfkl, 90.9,10,11. Non 
qu*mditt,fcdqu£mfoMii. b Fuit,nonvixit.&rf» Non refert quan- 
ta fit vitae diuturnitas, fed qtHalis fitadminiftratio. Vvvt$. Tota vi- 
ta dies unu^at minim fit homines non exfariariiifdem toties re- 
deuntibus. c Nori poteft prarfentem diem re&fcvhrere is, quife 
non earn quafi ultimam vifturum effe cogitat. * Majth. 1 a. 36. 
a Pfov.10.19. f Dixcflcfepe psnituit, tacuiiTeyer^nunquam. 

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gig gggjg of giet^ 1^5 

the Mind. The WW * as thint whiPft flfrw Ap/# 
it in ; it is * Another's as foon as k is out. the 
fhame, when a Man's own Tongue (hall be produced 
a Witnefs, to the ccnfufion or his own Face I 

Let then thy Words be/w, but advifed ; fere- 
thlnfy whether that which thou art to (peak, be b 
/it to be fpoken ; affirm no more than what thou 
knoweft to be true; and be rather c filent, than ' 
fpeak to an ill, or to no purpofe. 

z, Let thy Heart and Tongue ever go together 
in Honefy and Truth ; hate d Diflembhng and Ly- 
ing in another, deteft it in thyfelf or God will de- 
teft thee for it : For he hatetb a Lyar, and his Father 
the Devil alike. And if once thou be difco vered to 
make no Confcience of [Lying, no Man will believe 
thee when thou fpeakeft a Truth ; but if thou loveft 
Truth, more credit will be given to thy WW, than 
to a Lya^s Oath. Great is the pofleffion which Sal- 
tan has in thofe, who are fo accuftomed to Lying, 
that they will Lye tho* they get nothing by it them- , 
[elves , nor are compell' d unto it by others. Let not" 
thine Anger remain, when thou feeft the caufe re- 
moved : And ever diftinguiihed *twixt him that of- 
fended! df c infirmity (or againft his mil) and him' 
who.offendeth f maiicioujly, and of let purpofe: Lee 
the one have Pity, and the other Jufiice. 

3 . Keep thy Speech as clean from all ohfcemty y as 

* Ncfit vox mifia reverti. Qutm pcriculofum illud, Lingua 
quo vadis ? b Ncfcit pcejiitenda loqm, qui profcrenda priils fuo 
tradiditexamini. C^dsrJib.io.Efifi.^. € James s. 19. Cdnfulttti* 
eft tacerequam incpti loquL * iPct.a.i. Pfal.j.a. Siiuendacem 
tc norkit, ncmotibtcrcdct,ctiamfiafiinne$ veriffima. -dr/7?. fOdi 
tanquaja amacurus. Prov.&jo, AGS3.J7 i Tim.*. 13. f Pfil.$9. 
3,5- &*<>*•*. \ . . 

Mj ihou 

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thou wouTcPft thy ^/*4f from Poifon : 4nd Jet thy 
Talk be a gracious, that he that hears thee, may 
grow better by thee $ and be ever more earned 
when thou * fpeakeft of Religion than when thou 
jaJkeft of Worldly Matters. 

ff thou perceive/1 that thou haft *rraf f perfevere 
not in thine nrw ; rejoyce to find the Tmth, and 
* magnify it. Study therefore three things efpecUl- 
ly j to undtrjtand well, to fay mR> and to do well* 

And when thou meeteft with God's Children^ be 
fafc to make fome holy advantage by them; learn 
of them all the good that thou capfl ; and commu- 
nicate with them aA the good things that thou 
fysomfl. The more good thou teacheft others, the 
more tyill God ftill d minifter unto thee. For, as 
the Gifts of Men, by much ufing, &operijb and de- 
snafc i fo the Gtfts of God, by much ufing, do 
the mor$ from and increale; Like the c Widmt 
ditcher of Oyl, which the more it pour'd to fill 
other Vtffels, the more it was ftill replenished ia 
its felf. 

4% Beware that ypu believe not all that is ioty 
you ; and that you tell not fall that you hear \ for 
if you do, you (hall not long enjoy true Friends, 
nor ever want great Troubles. Therefore in Accu- 
sations be firft affured of the Truths then cenfure. 
And as thou tendered the reputation of aa honefi 
Heart; never let malm v\ hatred tnake thee to 

»1ftoti.4.i9. Pfal.i.i. P1pv.31.atf. Pii eft alios 1*44®* pics* 
*> Ma, 1 39. 21 . tlfy .9. c Si veto* audit* fifcntio, mattmts *fevc- 
rfcic, ittiqac, tmnquta divine, rcl tftagitd. d Mark 4. ^ as- 
« Kings 4. a. fEcclcf.3.7. Luke 2. 19. Arcanum tibicrcdisw 
fillips cuflodi, quim depofioun pecuniam. M 

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revptfifcQ'yhicjfi Love in friend/hip bound thee a 
fagg junje to 'effaced. J&ut for fear of fuch ajftei> 
c^ap?, pqferye twp "fhings. 

JFirft, Tho' . fi^qu ba$ tpany Jcquvntattts ; yet 
jp&e opt axytfryf/tttfitiar Ffiend, but him that /r*/p 
a j^r; G^: Such an, one thou never need'ft to fear. 
For tho* you fliould infotne particulars, fall but, 
y et,Chrifqap Love, the mtingroundof your Friend- 
flup, will nevqr fajf away ; and the Fear of God 
y#l never differ fywa to do thee any Villa ny. " Se- 
condly, Do .notching in the fight of a b civil Friend, 
for w&ch 4thou c^nft not be fafe, unlefs it be con- 
cealed, nor anyiKing, for which (jfj*ft caufe.^e 
offered) ,thou needll ,fear him, if he proves' thine 
ftjwft E^my, If thou haft done any jhiug amiis, 
ask<Gx*d forgive,ne&, and perfwade thy felt rather 
than %' Friepfy *? c keep tn *iJ e , own Counftl. 
For Jt>e affured, that wha> Friendftiip foeyer is 
^grounded upon any other 'Caufe than (rue Religi- 
on ; ,if e,ve.r that Catft fail, ,the friendlhip falleth 
.off; And the rather, becaufe that as God breeds 
among fylen, frnkt Pe*ce and Arpitji that we 
Jhould live to do qne anqt her good ; fo the Devil 
daijy foweth * fyubwd, Dtfcord and Enmity y to 
capfe (if he.cap) \t(e deleft Friends to devour one 

S* Make,not a * Jeft of another plan's Infirmity : 

* Vera amicitia tantumoaodo eft later bonos. Mali nee inter 
Je amici font, nee cum bonis. k Civilem amicum flc habeas, ut 
MfB "pofle intmknm fieri. c Good taceri vis, prior ipft faceas, 
'•"^Bnm j&bn eft:hojBwopw,,fetKquod verburofonat) bejlnarum, 
& com viriis, non hotninibus, gerendum! Eph 1 . f .'4.' Pfal. 1 y . > . 
elrridece phun ne&f: impfom, immape : hpeninem, inhnnjanum,. 

M'4 Remember 


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1*8 W& Itoacttce of Viuv* 

Remember thine own. Abhor the frothy fVit of 
a filthy Nature, whofe Brains having once conceiv- 
ed an odd fcoff y his Mind travails fas a Woman 
with Child; till he be delivered of it. Yea, he 
had rather lofe his beft friend, than his worfi jefi. 
But if thou be difpofec? to be a merry, have a fpecial 
care to Thr$e things. '* 

i, That thy mirth be not againft Religion; 

x. That it be not againft Charity; 

3. That it be not againft Chafiny, and then be 
as merry as thou ca»ft, only in the Lord. 

<*. Rejoyce not at the fall of thine Enemy j for 
thou knotf eft not what (hall be the manner of 
thine own End. But be more h glad to fee the 
porfi Man** Amendment, thin his PuniJhmnK Hate 
no Man, for fear left Cbrift loves him, who will 
not talfe it well, that thou fhould-ft hate whom be 
lovethi' Chrifi c loved thee, when thou waft his 
Enemy. By the Merits therefore of his Blood, he 
requireth thee, for his false, to. love thine Enemy. 
Deny hirp (being * Chriftiafi) if thou dareft. He 
asketh bin Forgivenefs for forgivenefs. The for- 
givenefs of One hundred Fence, for the forgivenefs 
of d Zen tboufand Talents ; of Sixty Hundred thou- 
fand Crowns for Ten Crowns : Petty forgivenefs, 
fif Man, for the inifjnite forgivenefs of Almighty 
GOD. Though thou think?ft thine Enemy un- 
worthy to be forgiven, yet Chrift is worthy to 
be obey 'd. J * ■ , : ^ . < » 

-. *iPhlI.4.4.?*ov. 23.17. b Valentiniamislmp. Cum fnppliciOi 
jnprtis aliquis afficiendus cflct, aiebat fe malic ad vkain revocare. 
frodeJ : ,s animi eft alienis malfc gaudcrc, & non mifereri commu- 
aem r uram. 'Rom. 5.8, 40. Eph,2.4. *Matth. 18,24,18. L 

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7. When the glory^ of God, or good of thy 
Neighbour doth require it, fpeak the truth, and 
fear not the face of Man. The * frown of & 
Prince may fometimes be the favour of God. 
b Neither fhall flattery ftill hold in credit, nor 
truth always continue in difgrace, 

8. Ever think him a true friend, who tells thee 
fecretly and plainly of thy faults. He that fce'h 
thee offend, and tells thee not of thy fault, either 
flatters thee for favour, or dares not difpleafe thee 
for fear. Miferable is his cafe, who when he needs, 
hath none to admonifh him. ♦ Reprehenfion, be 
it juft, be it unjuft ; come it from the mouth of a 
friend, or of a foe; it never doth a wife Man 
harm. For if it be true, thou had: a warning to 
amend : If it be fane, thou haft a caveat what to 
avoid. So every way it makes a wife Man better, 
or warier. But d if thou canft not endure to be 
reprehended ; do then nothing worthy of repre- 

9. Speak not of God, but with *fear and reve- 
rence, and as in his fight and bearing. For feeing 
we. are not worthy to ufe his Holy name in our 
mouths; f much lefs ought we to abufc it vainly 
in our talk. But ordinarily to ufe in vai/t, rajb «r 
faife Oaths, is an undoubted fign Of a Souj, tfiat 
never truly feared God. Pray therefore with f>& 
vid t whenrhou art to fpeak in any matter that 

»Pfal. 1 . 19. > Nee tnendacii utilitts eft diutuma, nee Veritad* 

damnum di - ' ™ L - --" ' ■ ■ 

tiores post 

efifa. epe^t^ftSsS. f Qui£Kileiaftrii$inrit,iniMttiiiraMti 
Qui in jocis, & in m'endacio. *?«».' •' 

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«oay move paffion .• * Sep a wttck, Lord, ttfore'my 
Mouth, 4*4 ketp thf ioorof m tips. 
. ra. Laftly, In b frrifct fee decreet ; in e * f*. 
Mi*g, courteous; in-* sdmnifiing, frienoly} in 
forgiving* merciful » in e pnmfofy faithful ; and 
bountiful in f rfcmfq&% good lervice : Making 
not the re^ar^s or* come, the Gifts Qffiiveitr. 

Tbrty for tty A&ms. 

i. T^llO *&«*//, tho* thou jBighteG : For Qod 
JL/ wiH not fuflfer «he « fc^SinX without bit- 
>cr rcipen^«€e) to (?/*<«# ,wp»niflied. Jjeatfe not 
undone wygwd that thou canft. But ^q nothing 
without a £#$«£, nor any tbita in >thy CaBiirg, 
. t+U thou have firit taken fi £<*/»$ 41 fyf* W wA y 
of the li«fulntfs thereof, and .prayed &r hjs JBlef- 
ijngs.HpoA thy endeavour} and then do itjn tbe 
.fcfame *f (God, vfoh cfoearfulnei& of Ijjeatt* com- 
mitting the fuccefs unto him j in whofe.^ower it 
£, to Scfe !V»th his <?**#, whatfoeve* BuGnefs is 
^tended to his GJory. 

*. Wbm thou att ! ftw&tof to do an /v*/ ; worJi, 
remenjber chat $<nw is where . bis Bufinefs is. Let 
pQt{he£httd ofiGod'be tho loftrument of fo bafc 
a$Z#v}hate tbe^r/Uft^abhorrefttte^*'^. 
Ask thy Cs/tfcience thefe two Qgeftioasi^Fftwr/t// 
£ivr **#&r 4? this unto m* ? Wb*t Jbaff I **>/*" 

"''Fial.141.3. *iPet.j.ia. cjRom.13.10: 'AfibHittS&ce- 
•: tfiieu font mdtiiw impend!], amicltias tamea mtgiuu' co'ngluti- 
- nam exhibit*, dMTolvunt pneterimife. 1 1W. J.3«: * 3 TWT- 

J.y. >L«V. 19.17. eP4l.iy.4.fp?ut.ij.ijji4. 6Pfal. 119.101. 
iSvn.30.8. « tCdr.7.4. Immin^tferaperocc^iUfos^bo: 
te. <?»%• 'JMatth.j.n. '"" ' " 


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Cbrijl in the day of my* account *, jf contrary to rnf 
Kjtmledge and Conscience, JJhoB do this mckednefs* 
oni Sin agoinji him} And remember with Jofepb, 
*» that tho' no Man feeth, yet God feeth «& Fly 
therefore (wjdi^fft) " om a ^ Sins, as well 
thofe that wc fit ret in the Sight of God, as thole 
that are manifeft in the Eyes of Men. For God, 
as he isjuft, without fpeedy repentance will bring 
the fecret Sins, as he did < DavuPs, to the open Ught, 
fefore aS Ifrael, and before the Sun. Be therefore 
as much afraid of * fecret Sins, as of open fhame. 
And fb avoid aB in general, as that thou doft not 
allow to thy feH" any one f Articular, or • darling 
Sin, which the Corruption of thy nature could belt 
agree withal; For the crafty Devil can hold a, 
Man's Soul as/*/? fy one, as by many Sins: And fa*: 
fter by that one which doth fleafe thee, than by all 
thofe which begin to be abominable unto thee. 
And as thou defireft to avoid a Sin ; fo he carefttf 
%o Ihua the * occajion. 

3. In affe&ing good Actions, which are within 
the compafs of thy Calling, diftruft not God's Pro- 
vidence, tho' thou fee the Means either wanting 
or* weal. . And if Means do offer themfeives, be . 
fure that they be lawful: And having gotten law- 
ful Means, take heed that thou rslie not more up- 
on them, than upon God himfelf. Labour, in a 
lawful Calling, is Gad's ordinary Means, by which 
iie WefletMiis Children with outward things. Pray 

J2.12. d Lukc8.i7.&ia.i. «Pn>v. ;><,£& 17. 'Omnisjpec- 
candi dccafio virandt eft j nam qui a&it pcricuhim, peribtt in 
illo. Ecckf.3. * Judges 7. 7. " ' 

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therefore for God's Bleflio^ upon his own means. 
In Earthly Bufinefs, bear an Heavenly Mind : Do 
thou thy bed endeavour, and commit the whole 
fuccefs to the fore ordaining Wijdom of Almighty 
God. Never think to thrive by thofe means 
which God hath accurfed. That will not in the end 
prove G*/*, whjch is gotten with the lofs of thy 
* Soul* In all therefore both Aftions and Means, 
endeavour with St. Paul, to have b always a char 
Confcience towards God, and towards Men. 

Look to your [elves (that Confcience ye have: 

For Confcience fhall damn, and Confcience JbaH fave. 

4. Love all good Things for GocPs fake : But God 
for his own fake. Whilft thou holdeft G D thy 
Friend, thou needed not 6 fear who is thine Em- 
my : For either God will make thine Enemy to be- 
come thy d Friend, or will e bridle him that hecan- 
not hurt thee. No Man is f overthrown by his 
Enemy, unlefs that firft his Sin have prevailed over 
him, and God hath left him to hirmeif. He that 
would therefore be fafe from the fear of his Ene- 
mies, and live ftill in the * favour of his Godi let 
him redeem the folly of the time fafi with ferious 
Repentance, look to the time frefent with Religious 
Diligence, and take heed to thp time to come with 
careful providence. 

' *Matth. 16.26. b Hic n\unisahcncuscfto, nil confclrcfibi, nuI- 
lJ pallcfccre culpl. Hot. Ads 24. 16. *Pfal. 118.6,7. Rojn.8.3i. 
Prov.16.7. d Gcn.32.3,&C cGcn.31.7. f Namb.l4;4a>4J- &0% 
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f . Give every Man the Honour due to his Plate ; 
but honour a Man more for his Goodnefs, than for 
his Greatnefs. And ofwhomfoevfr thou haft receiv- 
ed a Benefit^ unto him (as God (hall inable thee) 
remember to be thankful Acknowledge it loving- ' 
ly unto Men, and pray for him heartily unto <W: 
And count every Blejpng received from God, as t 
pledge oi his eternal Love, and nffur to z godly Life, 
t. Be not proud for any external worldly Goods* 
nor for any internal fpirituai Gifts. Not for external 
Goads, becaufe as they came lately, fo they will 
(bortly be gone again ; their Lofs therefore is the 
lefe to be grieved at. Not for any internal Gifts i 
For as God gave them, fo will he likewife take 
them away; if C forgetting the Giver) tbou lhalt a* 
bufe his Gifts, to puff up thy Heart with a pride 
of thy onto worth ; and contemn others, for whofe 
Good Almighty God beftowM thofe Gifts upon, 
thee. Haft thou any one Vertue that moves thee 
to be Self conceited^ Thou haft Twenty Vices that 
may better vilify thee in thy own Eyes. 

Be the * fame in the fight of God, who beholds 
thy Heart, that thou feeme ft to be in the Eyes of 
Men, that lee thy Face. Content not thy felf with 
t *» outward good Name, when thy Confcience ftialj 
inwardly tell thee it is undeferv'd, and therefore • 
| none of thine. A deferved good Name for ,any 
thing, but for : Godlinefs, lafts little, and is Je£ 
worth. In all the; Holy Scripures, I never read 
of an tfypocritts Repentance : And no wonder, for 

* Tu refit vives, fi curas cflc quod audis. Her. Ef. *jC§)$in. 
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whereas after Sinftonverfion is left as a Means to 
t*rc *# other Sinners; what Meads remain to re- 
cover him who hath converted Contierfitm it felf 
into Sin ? Woe therefore unto the Soul that is not, 
and yet (till feemeth Religious ! 

7. Mark the fearful Ends of notorious evil Men, 
to abhor their wicked Aft ions: Mark the Life of 
the epJly<> that thou tnay'ft imitate it, and his 
bleited * End, that it may comfort thee. 0% thy 
Betters, otferve the wife, accompany the honeft, and 
love the Religious. And feeing the corrupt Na- 
ture of Mart Is prone to Hypocrifie ; beWare that 
thou ufe not the Exercifes of Religion, as matters 
of Coarfe and Cajlom, without Care and Confcience i 
to grow more holy and devout thereby. Qbferve 
therefore how by the continual ufe of God's Means* 
thou feeleft thy fpecial Corruption* Weakened, krid 
thy Salification more and more encreafed : And 
b make no more fhew of Holinefs otttwurdfy to the 
World, than thou hail in the fight of God inward- 
ly in thine Heart. 

8. Endeavour to rule thofe who litre under thine 
Authority j rather by Love than by Fear : For td 
rule by c Love 7 is eajfe and fafe, but Tyrdmty is ever 
accompanied with Care and *Terft>uK Ojipreffiott 
will force the oppreffed to take any Advantage, to 
fliake off the Yoke that they ate not abte to bear : 
Neither will Gofo Juftice fuflfer thje Sway that is 
grounded on Tyranny, long to continue: Remem* 
ber that though by * hdtnane OrJinanci they 

.'Nimikaj.io. Pfal 37.35,35,37. blfa.j?i.5,tf. Mat.*}.*?, 
$8. Ffal. $ 1 . 5, 6. « Ama & impera. Bkndpvis keet imperio. 
**&- 4 Qui term, plus ille timet .-Sort ule Tyranno convetut. 
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ferfre thee ; £et bj a rtiore peculiar right they are 
God's Servants. Yea,, how being Chripiaks, * m* 
of /J&jr Servants, but dknte Servants,* Brethren 6e* 
loved in the Lord. Rote therefore Over e Chriftiant 
(being a Chriftian) in Love and Mercy, like 
Chrijrih? Matter. 

o. Remember, that of all A&ionsj none makes 
a Vtaglftratc more like, God, ( whofe Vicegerent he 
is) than doing Juftice fmftfy. For die due Execu- 
tion whereof. 

Firft, Have ever ah open Ear to tfie yig| Com- 
plaints tfHinfuJr Dealings. 

Secondly, So lend one Bar to the Aeettfir, as that 
ttiduiteep the other for the aee&d: For * he that 
<lecfeeth For either part, before itfofr be heard) the 
Decree :may be Jaift, but himfeff Uojuft. 

"thirdly. In hearing both parts, Incline not to 
rife kightfiaod ofaffeffioh, or to the Left <£hatred\ 
as to believe Arguments df Perfwafioh ftr a Friend! 
before Ammhentscorfcludtog fbra Foe; * 

itourthfy, Deny not Juftice, which is Regit 
menfitia, to the nrcatrcft Subjeft : But let the cairie 
of the Poor and Hetittj come in equal Ballance With 
the liich and Mighty. IF thou perceiveft on the 
one fide in a caule, the* high Pith of canning Ad* 
vantage, fpnerful Comlikjuhn, aad-biblktot Pro/ecu* 

• ftuleW id. 6 1 Corp. y. ' Si Pm'tlet, quotiesChlamydem 
indueret, apud fe dicere confuevit, Attend e, PrtfytAab&gtStki 

turns imperium esinlibcrosAthenienfts^utPfar./w^^M.jQu* 11 ' 
to might tu, miotics auiliuiuaieiu eieitiiaiuius csi apod teMuai 
dicere deberes. memento, homo, onbd Imperinm in liberates Chri« 
ttm&Smxmscs* dftuiffl^Ii^^p^inayiittmKerl. 
fcqutflto licet ftatberlt, had agqildi'ftjertt. SfahMtX. ej&dicioui 
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riw; and on the other fide, tie low FdUeys of Po- 
verty y and Simplicity, and Defolation: Prepare thy 
Way fas Gpd doth) to Judgment, by * roifing Vol- 

fes, and taking dmn HtUs, equalling Inequality : 
hat fo thou may*ft lay the Foundation of thy Sen- 
tence upon any even Ground, id matters of Right 
and fTrtug'twixt Party and Party, let thy Confci- 
ence be careful,, rather Jut b dicere, to pronounce 
the Law that is mzde fecundunt allegata & probata} 
than J us dare, to make a Law of thine own, upon 
the Authority of Sk volo, fo jubeo, fearing that 
fearful Malediftion: c Ctirfed be he that rmiroetb 
hit Neighbours Land-Mark. In Ti yals of Life and 
Death, let Judges, like Elohm, m Jufiice, remem- 
ber Mercy i and fo caft the-levere Eye QXjufiice, 
upon the Fa&, as that they look with the pit/fat 
Bye of Mercy upon the MalefaSor, wrefting the 
iavour of Life, where Grace frmmfeth amendment : 
But iijuflice requireth, that d one, rather than V- 
Miry, muft perim, and that a. ratten Member muft 
be • cut off, to fave the wfaie Body from purifying ; 
fie* JnftitU. But : whilft thou art pronouncing the 
Sentence of Judgment on another, remember that 
thine earn Judgment hangs over thy Head, In all, 
Caufcs therefore Judge erigbt, for thou Chalt be 
fore to find a Righteous Judge, before whom thou 
muft fbortly appear to be judged thy (elf : At 
what time thou may'ft leave to thy Friend this for 
thine Epitaph: : ■>' V -' . 


* Luke 3.4,;. I&.4P.3. • iChr6h.1j.xo. «DeutaJf. : f7.'H»b: 
5. 1. 4 Melius ut pereat urnis, quim ut pcreat ttttiw^ ^fiofefe- 
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tfuper eram Judex, jam Judicis ante TribuHdl 
SuhjifieJu 'pdi/eo: Judicor iffe mo do. 

Ma£y (I knbW not ppon what grounds) teem 
to be much aggribtfed with the Laws of the Land t 
But wife/ Me* may anfwer them With the * Apo- 
ftle, Nw /f/*tftfr #0/ww *^2? Legem, tnodo Judex eb 
legitime utatur ; We know, that the Law is good, if a 
Man iife it lawfully. And he (hall be unto me a 
righteous Judge, whofe Heart neither corruption of 
Bribes, fear of Foes, nor favour of Friends , can 
withdraw from the CpnfeionablePra&ke of thefe 
Precepts, • And to that rare and venerable JuJ$ % 
I lay with b Jehofliaphhti Be of good Courage, arid 
do. Jufiice, and the Lord will be with thee. 

to. Laftly, Make hot an Occupation of any He- 
creation. The tongffiilfe of Pleafu^e is but /br/.* 
But the P*w of . Pleafare abu&d* ard eternal. 
c Ufe therefore : /<*u>/*/ Recreation, fo far forth, as 
it makes thee the fitter in Bodjrand Mind, to do 
more chearfully the Service of God, and the Duties 
of thy Calling. d Thy Work is Great, thy time 
is but fhort. And he who will c recommence every 
Man according to bis Works, fiandeth at the Door. 
Think hpw much Work is behind, how flow thou 
haft wrought in the time which is paft ; and what 
a reckoning thou fhoukPft make, if thy f Mafier * 
ihould callthee thisDaj to thine Accounts. Be there* 

a r Tinui<8. b ftChron. 19.11. 0Prov.21.17. Phil.4.8. * Vira 
brcvis^opftipeaittltum, ©periurii pigri, & urget p«te?-&mttias. 
Rahk. 4 A^pntheg. «Rev»aa.»*. * James 5.9* 

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fore careful henceforth to make the mpft Advan- 
tage of thy wort time that remains, as a Man 
would of ah old Leafe t that were near expiring : 
And when thou art difpofed to recreate thy felf, 
remember how fmall a Time is allotted for thy 
Life ; and that therefore much of that is not to be 
confumed in Idlenefs, Sports, Plays, and toyijb Va- 
nities ; feeing the whole is but a fliort while, tho' it 
be all fperitin doing the beft good that thou canft : 
For a Man was not created For Sports, Plays, and 
Recreation; but zealoujly to ferve God in Religion^ 
and eonfetomably to ferve his Neighbour in his Vo- 
cation; and by both to afcertain himfelf of eter- 
nal Salvation. Efteem therefore the k>fs of* Time, 
one of the greateft Lofles. Redeem it carefully, 
to {pend it wifely ; That when that Time cotneth, 
that f thou may'ft be no longer a Steward on 
Earth, thy Waiter may welcome thee, with an 
(I Euge honeferve> and give thee a better Heaven; 
where thou (halt joyfully enjoy thy Matter's Joy 
for evermore* 

Meditations for the Evening* 

At Evening when thou prepared thy felf to take tbj 
'Reft, meditate on tbefifew Points, 

u '"T^Hat feeing thy $ Days are numbered, there 
J. »$ one more of thy Number {pent: And 
thou art now the nearer to thy End iy a Day. 

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* Nihil eft aliod tempus quia vies, quam umifquifque tan- 
Am fe amare profitctur; quum rci nullius magis fit prodigus 
quajn temporis. Eph.?*i*. fLukei*.*. ffMatth.a5.ii. $PlaL 
$o. JoV 14. ;. Vive rnemor goto & sfi Vrcvis. Jftr. 

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x. Sit down a while before thou goeft to Bed, 
and confider with thy fclf f what memorable thing 
thou haft feet, heard, or read 'that Day, more than 
thou fa weft, heardeft, or kneweft Before; and 
make the beft ufe of them : But efpecially, call to 
mind what Sin thou haft committed that Day 
againft God or Man, and what good thou haft 
omitted ; and humble thy felf for both. If thou 
findeft that thou haft done any Goodnefs, ac- 
knowledge it tobfe God's Grace, and give him the 
Glory j and count that Day * kft> wherein thou 
bail not done foihe Good. 

3. If by Frailty or -ftrbng Temptation; thott 
lhalt perceive that thou haft committed any grie- 
vous Sin of Fault; prefume not to fleep* till thoU 
haft upoti thy Knees made a particular Reconcilia- 
tion with God in thrift for the fame, both by 
confefling the Fault, and by fervent praying for 
the Pardon of the fame. Thus making thy Score 
even with Chrift every Nigh;, thou (halt have 
the lefs to account for, when thou art to make 
thy final Reckoning, before hiS Majefty in the 
judgment Day. 

4; If thou haft fallen out with ariy in the Day* 
let not the Sun \go down in thine Anger thdt Night 
If thy Conscience tells thee that thou haft wronged 
him, Acknowledge thine Offence, and |] entreat hiitl 
to forgive thee- If he have wronged thee, offer 
him Reconciliation ; and if be will not be reconciled. 

* Hen pcrdidi diem. Ttt. Feff. Apophthegm. Nullus fine line! 
dies, t Eph. 4. a<5. 1] Non turpe eft vcnitm prccori * turpe eft 
Deum *ut hominem habere inimicdm. 

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yet do thou from thy Heart forgive him, Matth. 5. 
Verfe 23. But in a$y cafe prefucne not to be thine 
own Revenger. For irt fo doing thoudoeft God a 
double Injury: Firft, in offering to take the Sword 
ofjufike out of his Hand, as tho' he were not 
jufi; having -referved the Execution of * Venge- 
ance to himfelf. Secondly, in ufurping Authority 
over his f Servant, without' deferring the Caufe to 
bis Hearing and Cenfure, being his, and thy Ma- 
tter. Befides, thou art too partial to be. a Reven- 
ger. For if thou be to execute Revenge on thy 
fclf, thou wilt do it too lightly ; if on thy Enemy, 
too heavily. It beiongeth therefore to God to 
revenge ; to thee to forgive. K 

And in Teftimony that thou haft freely || for- 
given him, pray unto. God for the forgivenefs of 
his Fault, and the amendment of his Life ; and the 
next time that occafion is offered, (and it lies in 
thy Power) do him good, and rejoyce in doing it: 
For he that doth good to his ** Enemies, fhews 
himfelf the Child of God j and his reward is 
With GOD his Father. 

f. Ufe not deep as a means to fatiate the foggy 
lithernefs of thy Flelh ; but as a Medicine to re- 
frefli thy tired Senfes and Members: Sufficient 
fleep quickneth the Mind, and reviveth the Body; 
but immoderate fleep dulleth the one, and fatneth 
the other. 

* Mihi vindiQa, dicit dominus. Rom. 12. 19. + Non eft tibi jus 
in fervum alienum, imb in confervum tuum. 1 Cui feraeligno- 
Vcris, cura ut ille fenciac bona* fide id effe aftum j & fi qua in re 
ilium juvare potes, experiatur te amicum. Pives. ** Matth. 3 . 39. 
Rom.12.20. Invita\tempu$ qwdfomftoimpenditui^noncft ?ica: 
Vita cnimvigiti* eft. 

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6. Remember that many go to Bed, and never 

rife again, till they be wakened and raifed up by the 

fearful found of. the laft Trumpet. But he that 

Jleepeth and wakeneth with Prayer , fleepeth and wa- 

keneth with Chrift. If therefore thou defireft to 

Jleep fecurely, and fafely, yield up thy felf into the 

Hands of God, whilft thou art waking : And fo 

go to Bed, with a reverence of GoJPs Majefly, and 

confideratipn of thine own Mifery, which thou 

may 'ft imprint in thy Heart in fome meafure, by 

thcfe and the like Meditations. 

Read a Chapter in the fame order as was pre* 
fcribed in the Morning : And when thou haft 
done, kneel down on both thy Knees at thy Bed* 
fide, or fome other convenient Place in thy Cham* 
ber, and lifting up thy Heart, thine Eyes and Hands, 
to thy Heavenly Father, in the name and media- 
tion of his Holy Son Jefus ; pray unto him, if thou 
have the Gift of Prayer : 

i. Confeffing thy Sins, efpecially thofe which 
thou haft committed that Day. 

2. Craving moft earneftly (for Chrift his fake) 
far Jan and Forgivenefs for them. 

3. Requefting the Affiftance of his Holy Spirit 
for amendment of Life. 

4. In giving Thanks for Benefits received, efpe» 
cially for thy Frefervatian that Day. 

j. Praying for Reft and ProteStion that Night 

6. Rcmembring the State of the Church, the 
KhigiwaA the Royal Pofterity, our Miniftersand Ma- 
giftnpes, and all ourBretheren vifited orPerfecutcd. 

7. Laftly, commending thy felf and all thwe % 
to tiis gracious Cuftody. 

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A fryer for the Evening. 

OMoft gracious God, and loving Father, rvb* 
art about my Bed, and * knowefi mydfixon-lyireg, 
and my ufcrifiug, and art b near unto all that call upon 
thee, in truth and Sincerity; I wretched.Sinner do 
befcech thee, to look upon me with the Eyes of 
thy Mercy, and not to behold me as I am in toy 
fetf : For then thou (halt fee but an unclean and de- 
filed Creature, * Conceived in Sin, and living in Ini- 
quity: So that I am afbamedto lift up mine Eyef to 
Heaven^ knowing how grievoufly * 1 have finned 
againjf Heaven and before thee ; For, Lord, I have 
tranfgrefled ail* thy Commandments and Righteous 
Laws, not only thro 9 negligence and infirmity, but 
oftentimes thro* wilful Prefumption y and contrary 
to my Knowledge; yea, contrary to the Motions of 
thy Holy Spirit, reclaiming me from them: So 
that Ihave wounded my Confcience, and grieve^ 
thy Holy Spirit, by whom thou haft { Sealed me to 
the Day of Redemption. Thou haft Confecrated my 
Soul and Body, to be the Temples of the Hclfy 
Ghoft : I wretched Sinner have defiled both, with all 
manner of pollution and uncleannefs ; my Eyes, in ta- 
fcirig pleafu^e to * behold Vanity ; mine Ears, in hear- 
ing impure and unchafk Speeches; my h Tongue, in 
leafing arid evil {peaking ; my { Hands are fo fuU of 

*Pfia.n9.a,3. b PpJ-H5 ^cPial^i.j. Luke 18.13. *L«te 
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Impurity, that I am afhamM to lift them up unto 
thee ; and my * Feet have carried me after mine 
own Ways ; my under ft aiding and reafoning, which 
are fo quick in all earthly matters, are only blind 
and Jiufidy when I come to meditate or difcourfc 
of fpiritual and heavenly Things; my Memory, 
which flbould be the Treafury of all Goodnefs, is 
not apt to remember any thing, as thofe things, 
which are vile and vain. Yea, Lord, by wofui 
Experience I find, that naty rally, h all the Imagina- 
tions of the Thoughts cf my Heart are only evil con- 
tinually. And thefc my Sins c are more in number % 
than the Hairs which grow upon mine Head, and they 
have grown over me like a loathfome Leprojy, 
6 that from the crown of my Head to thefoleofmy Feet % 
there remains no part which they have not infeft- 
ed. They make me feem c vile in mine own Byes : 
How much more abominable mull I then appear in 
thy fight? And the cuflom of finning hath almoin 
taken away the Confcience of Sin, and pulled upon 
me fuch Dulnefs of Senfe, and Har chefs of Heart, 
that thy Judgments denounced againft my Sins, 
by the faithful Preachers of thy Word, do not ter- 
rifie me to return unto thee by unfeigned Repen* 
tance for them. And if thou, £or</,(hould*ft but 
deal with me, according to thy Ju(Hce y and my de- 
fert, I fliould utterly be confounded and condenv 
ned. But feeing that of thine infinite Mercy y thou 
haft fpared me to long, and ftill waiteft for my Re- 
pentance: I humbly befeech thee, for the bitter 
Death and bloody Paffion f ake» wh ich Jefus Chrifi. 

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fiath fuffer r d for me, that thou would'ft pardon 
and forgive unto me all my Sins and Offences* and 
open unto qie that a ever-flreaming Fountain of the 
flood cfchrifl, which thou haft promis'd to open 
under the New Teftament^ to the penitent of the 
Houfe of David: That all my Sins and Unclean- 
nefs may be fo bathed in his Blocd, bury'd in his 
t)eath, and hid in hi? Wounds, that they may ne- 
ver be more feen, to fhame me in this Life, or to 
condemn me befo« e thy Judgment-feat in the World 
which is to. come. And forafmuch, O Lord, as 
thou know'ft, that b it is not in Man to turn hit own 
Heart, uplefs thou dofi fir ft give htm Grace to con- 
vert \ and feeing that it is as eafy h ith thee to make 
me Righteous and Ho/y f as to bid me to be fuch; 
my God give me Grace c to do what thou com- 
tnanaeft, and then command what thou wilt, and thou 
flialt find me willing to do thy bleflfcd Will. And 
fo this end, give unto me thy, 4 Boly Spirit, which 
thou haft promi? dto give (to the c World** end) unto 
all thine Elcft People. And let the famje thy Hoi/ 
Spirit prge my Heart, heal my Corruption, fanS'i* 
Jy my Nature, and consecrate my Soul and Body; 
jthat they may become the * Temples of the Holy 
Gboft, to ferve thee in « Righteoufnejs and Holiness d 
the days of my Life j that when (by the direSion and 
afliftance of thy holy Sprit' I {ball* jini/h my courfe 
In this fhort and tranhtory Life; I may chearfully 
leave this World, and refign my * Soul into thy 

Fatherly Hands, in the affjred Confidence of enjoy- 

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ing everlafting Life with thee, in thine heavenly 
a Kingdom, which thou haft prepar'd for thy 
ele&. Saints, who love the Lordjejus, * and ex- 
pect his; appearing. 

In the mean while, O Father, I befeech thee,Iet 
thy Holy Spirit work in me fuch a ferious Repen- 
tance, as that I may with Tears lament my Sins 
paft, with Grief of Heart be humbled for my Sins 
prefent,and with all my Endeavour, refill the like 
filthy Sins in time to come. And let the fame thy 
Holy Spirit likewife keep me in the Unity of thy 
Church, lead me in the truth of thy Wordy and pre- 
ferve me, that I never fwerve from the fame, to 
Popery, nor any Error or falfe Wbrmip. And let 
thy Spirit open my Eyes more and more to fee • the 
wondrous Things of thy Law: And d open my Lipsy 
that my Mouth may daily defend thy Truth, and 
fet forth thy Praife. Increafe in me thofe good Gifts 
which of thy Mercy thou haft already beftow'd up! 
on me, and give unto me ^patient Spirit, a chafte 
Heart, a contented Mind, pare Afle£Hons$ wife Be- 
haviour, and all other Graces which thou feelt to 
be Nectflary for mej to govern my e Heart in 
thy Fear, and to guide all my Life in thy Favour: 
That whether I live or dye, I may live and dye un- 
to thee, who art my God and my Redeemer. 

And here [O Lord) according as I am bound, 
I render unto thee from the Altar of my humbleft 
Heart, all poffible Thanks, for all thofe Bleffings 
and Benefits, which fo gracioufly and plenteoufly 
thou haft beftowed upon my Soul and Body, for 

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this Life, and for that which is to cooae: Namely, 
for my Election, Creation, Redemption, Vocation^ 
Jollification, Sanftification, and Prefervation from 
my Childhood until this prefent Day and Hour : 
And for the firm hope which thou haft given me of 
my Glorification ; Likewife for my Hnith, Wealthy 
Food, Raiment, and Profferity : And more efpecial- 
ly, for thar thou haft defended me this Day now 
paft, from all Perils and Dangers both of Body and 
Soul, furnifhing me with all necejfary^ood Things, 
that I ftand in need of. And as thou hail ordained 
the Day for Man to travH in, and the Night for him to 
toko his Reft ; So I befeech thee, fan&ifie unto me 
this Night's Reft and Sleep, that I may enjoy the 
fame as thy fweet Blefling and Benefit. That fo 
this iuUvcA wearied Body of mine, being refrefh- 
ed with moderate Sleep and reft; I may be the 
better enabled to walk before thee, doing all fuch 
good Works, as thou haft appointed, when it {hall 
pleafe thee, by thy divine Power to waken me 
the next Morning. And. whilft I Sleep, do thou 
O Lord, who art the Kpeper (f Ifrarf y that neither 
flumbreft, norjleepefo watch over me in thy holy 
Providence, to proteft me from all Dangers ; fo 
that neither the + evil Angels of Satan, nor any 
wicked Enemy, may have any power to do me any 
Harm or Evil. And to this end, give a Charge 
ynto thy || holy Angels* that they (at thine Appoint- 
ment) may fitch their tents round about me, for 
my Defence and Safety; as thou haft promifed 
^hat they ihould do about them that fear thy Name. 
And knowing that thy Name is a $ Prong Towe r if 
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Defence unto all thofe thai pit their truft therein ; I 

here recommend myjelf(znd off that do belong un- 

to me ) unto thy Holy Protc&ion add Cuftody. If 

it be thy bleffed will to call for mem my flcep ; O 

Lord , for Cbrift his lake, have mercy upon me, and 

receive my Soul into thy Heavenly Kingdom. And 

if it be thy bleffed pleafare to add more Days unto 

my Life ; O Lord, add more Amendment unto my 

Days • and wean my Mind from the love of the 

Worlds and worldly Vanities ; and caufe me more 

and more to fettle my Converfation on Heaven, 

and heavenly things. And perfect daily in me, that 

good work which thou haft begun, to the Glory of thy 

Name, and the Salvation of my finfol Soul. 

O Lord, I befeech thee likewife, fave and de- 
fend from all evil and danger, thy whole Church, 
the Kfngy and all the Royal Family; keep them all 
in the fincerky of thy Truth, and prof per them in 
all Grace and Happinefs. Blefs the Nobility, Mi- 
nifters, and Magiftrates of thefe Churches and 
Kingdoms, each of them with thofe Graces which; 
are expedient for their Place and Calling. And be 
thou, O Lord, a comfort and confolation to all thy 
People, whom thou haft thought meet to vifit 
w ith any kind of Sickuefs, Crofs, or Calamity. Ha- 
ften, * O Father, the coming of our Lord Jefm 
Cbrift. Make me ever mindful of my laft end, and 
of the reckoning that I am to make unto thee; 
therein .- And in the mean While, careful, fo to 
t follow Cbrift in the Regeneration during this Life, 
as that with Chrfti I may have a Portion in the 

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a RefurreSion of the Juft, when this mortal Life is 
ended. Thefe Graces, and all other Bleffings, 
which thou, O Father, knoweft to be requifite and 
neceffary for me, I humbly beg and crave at thy 
Hands, in the name and mediation of Jefu* Chrifi 
thy Son, and in that form of Prayer, which he 
himfelf hath taught me to fay unto thee. 

Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed he thy 
Name, &c. 

Another fborter Evening Prayer* 

O Eternal God, and heavenly Father, if I 
were not taught and affured by the Pro- 
mifes of thy Gofpel, and the Examples of * Peter, 
c Mary Magdalen, the d Publican, the e Prodigal 
Child, and many other Penitent Sinners; that thou 
art fo f full of Companion, and fo ready to forgive 
the greateft Sinners, who are 8 heaviefi laden with 
Sin, at what h time joever they return unto thee 
with Penitent Hearts, lamenting their Sins, and 
imploring thy Grace : I fhould defpair for mine 
own Sins, and be utterly difcouraged, from 
prefuming to come into thy Prefence ; confi- 
dering the hardnefs of my Heart, the unrulinefs 
of my Affe&ions, and the uncleannefs of my 
Gonverfation, by means whereof I have tranf* 
grefled all thy Laws, and deferv'd thy * Curfe, which 
might caufe my Body to bcfmitten with fame fear* 

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a Luke 14. 14. b Luke 22.6*. c Luke 7. 47. * Luke 18. 14. 
e Luke 1 $. 20. f Pfal.io3.8. *Matth.u.28.T>Ezek. 48.21,21, &c. 
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/»/ difeafe, my S<w£to hmgutfti- with ? the £to/A <?f 
£/*, my good Name to be traduced with fcand?- 
bus Reproaches, and make mine /?/?*/* liable to all 
manner of Croffes and €afualties. And I confefs, 
L0r<i, that thy * mercy is the cau{§ that I have not 
been * long ago tonfumed. But, O my God, as 
thy mercy only (laid thy Judgment from falling 
upon me hitherto ; fo I humbly befeech thee, in 
the c Bowels qf the mercy of Jefa Chrift, d {in whom 
only thou art weU pleafed) tfjarttrdu wilt not de4l 
with me c according tojHjDeferts, but that thttu 
wouldeft * freely* ^ndjuffy remit unto me air my 
Sins and Tranfgreffions : And that thou wouldeft 
* wafh them clean from me, with the virtue of that 
mdft Precious Blood, which thy Son Jefa Chrift hath 
jbiitfot me. For he alone is the* Vhyfttian, and his 
Blood only is the x Medicine that can fieal my Sicknefs. 
And he is the true k . brazen Serpent, that can cure 
that Foifon, wherewith the fiery Serpents of my Sins 
have ftung and PoifonM my fick and wounded SoljL 
And give me, I befeech thee, thine Holy' Spirit, 
which may allure me of mine l Adoption^ and that 
may confirm my* faith, encreafe toy Repentance, en- 
lighten my Z/nderJlanding, purify my £feart,re&\fy 
my Will and Jffeftions; and fo ^fanffify me through 
out, that my whole Body, Soul, and Spirit may be kept 
unllameahk until the glorious comhigofmyCordJeJtu 
Chrifi. And now O Lord, I give thee hearty Tlfatiks 
and Praife, for that thou haft this Day preferved me 

from all Harms and Perils, notwithftanding all my 

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Sins and ill Deferts. And I bcfeech thee like wife, 
defend me this Night from the * roaring Lion, 
which Night and Day feeketh to devour me. Watch 
thou, O Lord, over me this Night, to keep me 
from bis Temptations and Tyranny ; and let thy Mer- 
cy (bield me from his unappeafahle Rage and Ma- 
lice. And to this end, 1 f commend my felf into 
thy Hands and Protection: Befeeching thee, 
my Lord and God, not to fuffer Satan, nor any of 
bis evil Members, to have Power, to do unto me 
any Hurt or Violence this Night. And grant, good 
Lord, that whether I Jleep or wake, live or die, I 
may Jleep, woke, live and die unto thee, and to the 
Glory of thy Nome, and the Salvation of my Souli 
Lord, blefs and defend all thy chofcn People every 
where. Grant our KJng a long and happy Reign 
over us. Blefs all the Royal Family; together 
wkh all our Magiftrates and Mioifters: Comfort 
them who are in Mifery, Need, or Sicknefs t Good 
' Lordrgive me Grace to be one of thofe || wife Vit* 
gins, which may have my Heart prepared like a 
J^arnp furnifhed with the 0)1 tf Faith, and light of 
~g*U\Varks,to jneetthe Lordlefm, thefweet Bride- 
groom of my Soul, at his fecond and fudden coming in 
Glory. Grant thi^ good Father, for Cbriftjejus^s 
fake, lay onfy Saviour and Mediator, in whofe 
bkfled Name, and in whofe own Words I call 
upon thee, as he taught me. 

Our Father .which art in Heaven, Hallowed it 
thf Name, &c 

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Afterwards fay: 
Thy Grace, Lord Jefsu Chrifi ; thy Love He** 
venly Father ; thy Comfort and ConfoUtion, Holy 
and Bleffed Spirit, be with me, and dwell in my Hearty 
this Night, and evermore, Amen. 

Then rifing up in a Holy Reverence, meditate 
as thou art putting off thy Clothes, 

Things to be meditated upon, as thou art jutting off 
thy Clothes. 

i. r TT*Hat the Day is coming, when thou muft 
JL be as barely * unftript of all chat thou 
haft in the World, as thou art now of thy Clothes: 
Thou haft therefore here, but the ufe of all things, 
as a b Steward, for a time, and that upon Accounts, 
whilft therefore thou art trufted with this Stet*- 
ardfbip, be c Wife and faithful. 

x. When thou fceft thy Bed, let it put thee in 
Mind of thy d Grave , which is now the Bed of 
Chrifi: For Chrifi (by laying his Holy Body to 
reft Three Days, and Three Nights in the 'Grow) 
hzxhfanftified, and (as it were) warmed it for the 
Bodies of his Saints, to reft and f deep in, till the 
Moraine of the Refurre&ion ; So that now, unta 
the faithful, Death is but a fweet Sleep; and the 
Grave but thrift's * Bed, where their Bodies reft 
itidfleep in Peace, until the joyful ^Morning of Ae 
Refurreftion Day Jball dawn unto thefli. 

* Nudus in hunc mttndum veni, nudus quoqac abibo. b Luke 
i£a. cMatth. 24. a. 'tfJSbif.ij. U€ftTWfiti$Tn<Jrtis, flclcfttis 
imago fcpulchri, • Match. **.'4o. f 1 TheC* 1 J . * I&. 57- *• 
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Let therefore thy Bed-Clothes reprefenr unco 
thee the mould of the Earth, tjiat fhall cover 
thee ; thy Sheets, thy Winding Jheet ; thy Sleep, thy 
Death 3 thy Waking* thy Refurreftion. And being 
laid down in thy Bed, when thou perceived fleep 
to approach, (ay, || / wit lay me down dndjleep 
in Peace * for thou* Lord* only tnakefi me dwell in 

Thus religioufly opening every Morning thy 

Heart, and /hutting it up again every Evening, 

With the Word of God and Prayer* as it were with 

a Lock and Kjy* and fo beginning the Day with 

God's Worfhip, continuing it in his fear, and end- 

ing it in bis favour : Thou fhak be fure to find 

the Bleffing of God upon all thy Days Labours and 

.good Endeavours ; and at Night thou may 9 /): of- 

Jure thy fclf, thou ihalt fleep fafely and fweetly in 

.the Arms of thy Heavenly Father's Providence* 

r ' thus far of the; Piety* which eQery Chrifiian, in 
Private, aught to prattife every Day* Nowf&doweth 

,that 9 which he {being a Houlholder) mufi frafiife 
Publickly with his . Family. , ? . 


« ?. TF thou be called to the Government of a Fa* 
jl mily* thou m,uft not hold it fufficient to ferve 
God, and live uprightly in thine own Perfon ; un- 
lefs thou caufe all under thy Charge to do the fame 
with thee. For the Performance of this Duty, God 

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was fo well pleafed with Abraham^ that be would 
not hide from him his Counfel. For ( faith *God) 
/ know him that he will command his Sons y dnd his 
Houfbold after him, that they keep the way of the 
Lord \ to do Righteoufnefs and Judgment \ that the 
Lord may bring upon Abraham, that he hathfpoken 
unto him* And Abraham had b 318 Men-Servants* 
which were thus Born andCa/^i^inhisHoufe* 
With whafe help he refcued alfo his Nephew Lot 
from the Captivity of his Enemies* And Reljgi. 
ouQy valiant * Jofbua protefletb before all tlie Pco- 
pie, that if they ail would fall away from the 
true Worfhip of God; yet that he and bis Houfe 
would ferve the Lord. And God himfelf gives i v . 
fpecial Charge to all Houftiolders, that they dp 
inftruft their Family ip his Word, and train therii 
up in his Fear and Service. d theft Wards which t 
command thee this Day, JhaR he in thy Heart, dnd 
thou fbalt teach them diligently unto thy Children^ 
and (halt talk of them, when thou fittejl in thine 
Houfe) and at thou walkeft by the way, and when thou 
lied down, and when thou rtfeft up, &C* thou fbalt 
fear she Lor J thy Gjd, atidferve him. David accord* 
ing to this Law, had fo ordered his Family, i that 
no deceitful Perfonfbould dwell ia.bis Houfe, but fucfi 
as would ferve God, and walk in bis way : And Re- 
ligious r Eflher had tayght her Maids to ferve God 
in Fafiing and Prayer:. And ( the more rri further 
thy Family in thb Zgal of \Aeligi<tu) fettle : ever thy 
chiefeft Affe&ion on thofe whom thou ihalt per- 


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teivetobebeft addicted to ;r«« Religion. This 
«lfb will turn to thine own Advantage in a double 
Refpeft. Firft, God will the rather blefs and pro- 
Yper the Labour and Handy. Work of fuch godly 
'Servants. For * Lab an perceived, that God bleffed 
fjimfor JacoPs fake: And + Potiphar faw, that the 
Lord made aB that Jofcphdkl, to profper in bit Hand : 
Yea, When innocent (| Jofepb was caft into Prifon, 
"bit Kjeper faw, that whatsoever he did, the Lord made 
it to proffer : And therefore the Keeper committed 
all the charge of the Prifoners into JofepPs Hand. 
Secondly* The trulier a Man doth ierve God, the 
faithfuBier he will ferve rhee. 

2. If every Houfliolder were thus Careful, ac- 
cording to his Duty, to bring up his Children and 
family in the SerVice-and Fear of GeJ'm histtnk 
Houfe ; then the Houfe of God mould be better fil- 
led, and thtLord*s Table more frequented evepy Sab- 
'bath-day j and the Paftors publhk Preaching and 
Labour, would take more eflfeft than it doth. The 
Streets of Towns and Cities would not abound 
with fo many Drunkards, Swearers, Whoremon- 
gers, and Prophane Scorners of true Piety and Re- 
ligion i Weftminfter-haB would not be fo full of 
Contentions, wrangling Suits, and unchriftian De- 
bates: And the Prifons would hot be every Seffitms 
fo full of Thieves, Robbers, Traitors, Murtherers. 
But (alas) moft Houfliolders make no other life of 
their Servants, than they do of their Beafls. Whilft 
they may have their Bodies to do their Service, 
they care not if their SouU-krve the Devil. Yet the 

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common complaint is, that faithful and good itv- 
vants are fcarce to bis found. True; but the rea* 
fan is, becaufe there are (b many frophane aqd/r- 
religious Mailers: For the example and inftrti&ion 
of a Godly and Religion* Mailer, will make a good 
and a faithful fcrvant, as may wi.tn^fs the exam- 
ples of Abraham, Jofbua, David % Cornelius; '&c. 
who had good fervants, becaufe they were Refo 
gious Matters, fuch as were careful to make their 
Servants God's Servants. 

Jt is the chief Labour and Care of moft M^n, tt> 
raife, and to Advance their Houfe\ yet let thqn 
a rife uf early and lie down late f and eat the Bread of 
Carefv/pefsj all will he but in vain ; far except rhi 
Lor A build the Ftoufe, (that is, raife up a Family) 
thej labour in vain. For God hath fpaled this as 
an irrevocable Decree, that he will * four his Wrlfh 
upon the Families thtf call not upon hu ifame : Yea* 
c Go J will take the wicked \ and pluck him out of hi* 
Tabernacle, a#d root fym out of the land 9 &c* Yea, 
when his d Iniquities $re full y he will make e the 
lav J to Jiue out epery ,Cauaani t te. Religion then* 
and the jtrvtfepf God in a Family, is the befi build- 
ing* wdfareft intailing of Houfc and Land, to a 
Mm and his Pojlcrity; For, »the f Righteous Man 
Jbdl inherit the Land, anddvaell therein for ever. 

As therefore, if thou defined to have the BUffing 
of God \ipon thy felf and upon thy Family; pjher 
before or after thy own private Devotions, call 
every Morning all the Family to fome conve- 

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nient Room; and firft either read thy felf unto 
them a Chapter in the Word of God, or caufe it 
to be read diftin&ly by fome other. If kifure 
ferve r thou may'ft * admonifb them of fome remark- 
able Notes j and then kneeling down with them 
in reverent fprt, as is before defcribed, pray with 
them in this manner. 

Morning fryer for a Family. 

OLord our God and Heavenly Father, who 
art the only Creator and Governour of Hea- 
, ven and Earth, and all Things therein contained ; 
we confefs that we are unworthy to appear in thy 
Sight and Prefence, confidering our manifold Sins, 
which we have committed againft Heaven and be- 
fore thee : And how that we have been Born in Sin, 
and do daiif break thy Holy Laws and Command- 
ments^ contrary to our Knowledge and Confid- 
ences; ilbeit that we know that thou art our Crea- 
tor y who haft made us; our Redeemer x who haft 
bought us with the Blood of thine only begotten 
Son j and our Comforter •, who beftowett upon us, 
all the good and Holy Graces, which we enjoy in 
our Souls and Bodies. And if thou fhouldeft but 
, deal with us, as our wickednefs, and unthankful- 
. nefs have deferved ; What other Thing might we 
(0 Lord)expe& from thee, but Shame and Confufion 
in this Life, and in the World to come, Wrath and 

: * Origen would have the Word expounded in Chriftiai* Houfes. 
Horn. 9. in Lev. Augufline faith, That what the Preacher is in the 
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everlafting Condemnation? Yet, .0 Lordy in the 4 
Obedience of thy Commandment, and in the Con- 
fidence which we have in thy unfpeakable and 
endlefs mercy in thy Son, our Saviour Jefa Chrift; , 
we thy poor Servants, appealing from thy Throne 
of Juftice, where we arejuftly loft and condemn* 
ed, to thy Throne of Grace, (where mercy reign* 
eth, to pardon abounding Sinj) dq from the bot-v 
torn of our Hearts moft numbly befeech thee, to 
remit and forgive unto us all our offences and mif- 
deeds ; that by the vertue of the precious Blood of 
Jefus Chrift, thine Innocent Lamb, which he fo 
abundantly fhed {to take away the Sins of the World) 
all our Sins both Original and J3ual } may be fo 
cleanfed and wafhed from us, as that they may 
never be laid to our Charge, nor ever have power 
to rife up in Judgment againft us. And we be* 
ftech thee, good Father, for Chrift his Death and 
Paffions fake, that thou wilt not iuffer to fall upon 
us that fearful Curfe and Vengeance, which thy 
Law hath threatned^ and our Sins have juftly <fc* 
fervedi And forafmuch, Lnrd, as we are taught, 
by thy Word, that Idolaters, Adulterers, Covetou? 
Mtnt Contentious Perfons, Drunkards, Gluttons, and 
fuck like Inordinate Livers, /ball not Inherit the King* 
dvmofGod; pour the Grace of thy Holy Spirit, 
into our Hearts, whereby we may be enlightened 
to fee the Fikhinefe of our Sins, to abhor them j 
and may be more and more fiirred uf to live ill 
newnefs of Life, and love of tby Majeftj ; fo thai 
we may daily encreafe in the obedience of thy 
Word, and in a confcionable can; of keeping thy 

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• And now, O Lord, we render unto thee moft 
hearty Thanks, iot that thou haft elefted, created, 
redeemed, called, juftified, and fan&ified us in 
good Meafure in this Life, and given us an aftur'd 
Hope^ that thou Wilt Glorifie us in thy heavenly 
Kingdom, when this mortal Life is ended. Like- 
wife we thank thee for our Life, Health, Wealth, 
liberty, Profperity, and Peace : Efpecially, 
L&dj for the Continuance of thy holy Gofpel a- 
fftoftg uiy and for fparing us fo long, and granting 
ik To gracious a time of Repentance. Alfo we praife 
rife*, for all others thy Mercies beftoW'd upon us ; 
iftbre efpecially, for prefer ving us this Night pad, 
fftfcft all Danger that might have befali'n our Souls 
&c Bodies. And feeing ttioti haft now brought us 
&& §o the beginning of this Day, we befeech thee 
frdfeti dki direfl us in the fanie, Blefe and defend 
1iS ib our going cut, and comi/ig in, this Day and 
dVetriiore. Shield us, Lard, from the Tempta- 
tions of the Devily and grant us the Cuftody of 
thy holy Angels, to defend and direfl: us in all our 

* Arid td this end we recommend our felves, and 
all tfoofe that belong unto us, and are abroad from 
ii$, into thy Hands, and Almighty TuiUqtk Lord, 
defend them from all fit///, profper them in all 
t}race r and £111 them with thy Gooanefs. Preferve 
us likewife this pay, from failing into any grofs 
Sin, 'efpecially that whereutfto our Natures are 
moft prone. Set a Watch before the door of our Ups ; 
$hat we offend not thy Majefty by any raffy of falfe 
Oaths, or by any lewd or lying Speeches* Give 
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all other Graces of thy Spirit, which thou kpow'ft 
to be Needful for us; that we may the better & 
inabled toferve thee ioHolinefsand Righteoufnefs. 
And feeing that all Afe*'s Labour without thy Ble£ 
fing is in vqio, blefs every one of us in our fev^ 
ral Places and Callings, Aircft thou the Work of our 
Hinds upon us, even proffer thou our Handy worh\ 
(for except thou guide us with thy Gracc % our En- 
deavours can have no good Sacctfs.) And provide 
for us all Things which thou, O Father, know- 
eft to be Needful for every one of us in our Souls 
and Bodies this Day* And grant that we may (o 
pafs thro' the Pilgrimage of this fliort life ; that 
our Hearts being not fettled upon any tranfitory 
Things, which we meet with, in the Way, our 
Souls may every Day be more and more ravifhed 
with the Love of our Home, and thine everlaftii|g 

Defend like wife, OLerd, thy Univefrfal Ghun& 9 
and every particular Member thereof s Efpeci^IJy 
we befeech thee to continue the Peace and Profpe, 
city of rhefe Churches and Kingdoms wherein we 
live. Preferye and defend from all Evils and Dag- 
gers, our Gracious A?^, with all the Royal Fa- 
mily • multiply their Days in Btift and Felictty,and 
afterwards crown them with everfefttag Joy 904 
Glory. Blefs all our Minifters ^nd Magiftratgs, 
with all Graces needful for their places ; and go- 
vern thmt them, that they may govern us in Peace, 
and Godlinefs : And of thy Mercy, Lark com* 
fort all our Brethren that are diftreffed, fick, or 
any way Comfortlefs, efeoctalhr thofe who are afc 
fli#c(l either vith^a ^Goofcienec^ becaufe they 

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Have finned againft thy Wordy or for <|W Consci- 
ence, becaufe they will not fin againft thy truth. 
Make the jfrfi to know, that not one drop of the 
blood of Chrift, was a drop of vengeance, but all 
drops of grate, powerful to procure pardon upon 
repentance, for the greateft fins of the chiefeft fio- 
lier in the World. And for the other, let not, O 
Lord, thy long fufferance either too much difcou- 
rage them, or too niuch encourage their enemies : 
But grant them patience in fuffering, and a gracious 
and Ipeedy deliverance, which Way may Hand beft 
with their comfort, and thy glory. Give every 
one of us, grace to be always mindful of his laft 
end, and to be prepared with faith and repentance, 
as with a wedding garment, againft the time that 
thou (halt call tor us out of this finful World. 
Arid that in the mean while we may fo in all things, 
and above all things, feek thy Glory, that when 
this mortal life is ended, "we may then be made 
partakers of immortality, 'and life eternal, in thy 
fcjoft bleffed and glorious Kingdom. 
' Thefe, and all other Graces, which thou, O Fa- 
ther, feed to be neceflary for us, and for thy 
whole Church, we humbly beg and crave at thy 
• iiands : Concluding this our imperfect Prayer,' in 
that ahfdlute form of Prayer which Chrift htmfelf 
(lath taught us, faying, ' 

Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed te thy 
V Name, k c. "' '.".•' 

After Frayers, let every one. of thy Hottfhold {tt> 
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, %\)t ftsattite of ftietp* ao i 

<» «• jfr) A/wf : 17v Children to School^ the Ser- 
vants w /A«r Kfiwi J every one *o A« QfR», the Ma- 
tter «#<i Miftrefs of the Famify to their Cdings^ or to 
fome honeft Exercijesfor Recreation^ at thejt thigkfit. * 

The Pr office of Piety at Meals, and the manner 
of Feeding. 

BEfore Dinner and Supper, when the Table is 
, covered, ponder with thy felf upon thefe 
Meditations ; to work a deeper Impreffion in thy 
Heart, of God's Fatherly Providence and Goodnefs 
towards thee. 

Meditations before Dinner and Suffer. 

i. Tt yCEditate that Hanger is like the Sickntfs 
IVJ called a Wolf; which if thou doft not 
feed, will devour thee, and eat thee up : And that 
Meat arid Drink,, are but as * Pkyfuk^ot Means 
which God hath ordained, to relieve and cure this 
natural Infirmity, and neceflity of Man. Ufe there- 
fore to eat and drink, rather to reftrain and refrefli 
the Btf*£tf^ of Nature, than tofatisfie the Sehfua* 
lity and Delights of the Flefli. Eat therefore to 
live, but live not to eat. A Scavenger wlxofe Li- 
ving is to empty, is to be preferred before him 
that liveth but to fifl Privies. There is no Service 
fo + bafe, as for a Man to be a (lave to his Belly. 

1 ' ' ■— T- ». P - I | ■ ■■!■■ ■ I I — ■ — ■■ . „ 

* Hocjne^octoifti, ut guemaditfodiim m&lkutofat*, fie atfmen. 
tafumpniFusacccdam. AugJ.io.Cvnf: t Major fiini& ad nfcfthi ~ 
centos, quim ut mafccipiurt* fioi mei corporis, s#*, • - •- - 

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*>2 gge ggjgcg of ggg. 

The Apoftle termeth fuch, Bety-Gods, Phil. 3. ip. 
Therefore we may boldly term them, as the Scrip- 
tores do other Idols, * GiBklim % Dungy-Gods, Hak 
*~ 18, 19* % Kings ij. it. And as no one A&ion 
makes a Man more to refemble a Bead, than 
eating and drinking ; fo the abufe of eating and 
drinking to furfeitingy Drunkenness, and Spewing, 
makes a Man more vile than a Beaft. 

ju Meditate on the Ommtotency of God, b who 
imge jail thefe Creatures otnbthing: Of his W^ 
4/00* who c feedeth fo many Infinite Creatures thro 9 
the univerfal World, maintaining all their Lives, 
which he hath given them, which furpaffeth the 
wifdom of all the Angels in Heaven ; and of his 
d Clemency and Gtodnejs, in feeding alfo his c very 

3. Meditate, how many forts of Creatures, as 
Bcafls, Fifbj and /far/, have loft their Lives, to be- 
come Food to nourifb thee ; and how God's Provi* 
fence, from remote Places, hath brought all thefe 
Portions together on. thy Table, for thy nourifh- 
jnent j and how by thefe dead Creatures he main- 
tains thee in Health and Life. 

4. Meditate, that feeing thpu baft fo many 
, f Pledges of GODV Fatherly Houniy^ Goodnefs, and 

faiercy towards thee f as then? are Difies of Meat on 
thy Table j Qhfuffer not in fuch a Place, fo^r* 
mm a God to beabufed by fcurrility, ribaldry, or 

?r*lr,iPW.i4K*5»i* *Mttth.5.45,&c. eA&s 14.17. fHaop 
ofc cftufam Gtatiles mcn&s frcr as & feft* aominabiat* Vh*s. 

::\ fwearing: 


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f wearing : Or thy a Fellow- brother, by disgrace- 
ful Back-biting, Taunting, or Slandering. 

f . Meditate, how that thy Matter JefttsChrifi 
did never eat any Food, but iirft he blefled the 
Creatures, and gave b thanks to his heavenly Fa- 
ther for the fame. And after his laft Suffer, we 
read that he fung a c Pfaim. For this was the 
Commandment of God, d When thou haft eaten and 
filed thy felf, thou /halt blefs the Lard thy God, fire. 
This was the Pra&ice of the Prophets: For, • the 
People nDuli net eat at their Feafi y rt# Samuel came 
to hkfs their Meat, And faith Joel to God's People ; 
f Te {ball eat and be fatisfied, andpraifc the Home of 
the Lord your GOD* This alfo was the Praftice 
of the « Jpoftles. . For, St. Paul in the Ship, gave 
Thanks hefort Meat, in the Prefence of all the £eoi 
pie that wag therein. Imitate thou therefore io 
fo holy an Aftfofy fo blejfedz Mafter, and fomany 
worthy Precedents that have followed him, ana 
gone before thee. It may be, becaufe thou hajl 
never ufed to give Thanks at Meals, therefore thou 
art no w afham? d to begin. Think it no lhame to 
do what Chrift did $ but be rather a&amed that 
thou trail fo long negle&ed fo Cbrijlian a Duty. 
And if tht Son of God g^ve his, Father fuch great 
Thinks- for a Dinner of 41 Barky bread, and 'broiled 
F{fh\ wiftt Thanks (hould fa&ifirful Man as ti&i* 
art, render unto God, for fuch Variety of good and 

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¥ S. Aujlin had Written over his TabI* j (SHquis amat aiBfis afc. 
ftntttn rodercaifciama, Hdmc raeuftm Tetfcam coverit efli fibl, p«/l 
fU.iH4>ii&*u$. ^Luke?. 16. Mat 14. ip.&M- atf. Mark^i ,&*.£. 
Luke 14. 30, John 6, 11. c Mat. 26.30. Mark 14. 36. *£>cut.3.io. 
* I Mfc. 9. 13- f Jod *• * 6 - fi A&$ 27.3S* Joha6.9. 11. 

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dainty Cheer ? How many a true Chriftian would, 
be glad to fill his Belly with the Morfels which 
thou refufeft; and doth lack that which thou4eaveft? 
HOW hardly do others Labour for that which they 
tat, and thou haft thy Food provided for thee, 
without either Care or Labour ? To conclude, if 

* Pagan Idolaters at their Feafts were accuftomed 
to praife their &lfe Gods : What a Shame is it far a 
Chriflian, (at his Dinners and Suppers) not to 
praife the true Gbd, b in whom we live, move, and 
%ave our Being ? 

6. Medirate^ that thy BoJy, which thou doft 
now fo dainitly feed, muft be fthou knoweft not 
how loon) Meat for Worms i c When thou jhalt fay 
to corruption, thou art my Father ', and to the Worm, 
thou art my Mother •, and my Sifter. 

7. Meditate, how that many a d Man r s Talk 
is made bis Snare : So that through his Intem- 
perance and Unthankfulnefs, the Meat which 
should Nourifh his Body, kills him with a Sur- 
feit: Infomuch, that more are* killed with this 

* Snare, than with the Sword. And feeing that 
fince the Curfe> the ufe (as of all Creatures, fo 
iikewife) of Meat and Drink, is unto us unclean, 
till the/fame be * fanftified by the Word of God, 
and Prayer \ and that Man liveth not by » Bread 
only, but by the Word of GotPs Ordinance ; and his 
Blejftngt which is called the h ftaff of Bread: Sit 
not therefore down to eat, before you i pray, and 
rife not before you give <5od k Thanks. -Feed -to 

* • Daiu j . i, 4. ■> Afts 17.28. c Job 1 7. 14. d Pial. 6> aa; c Gen. 
3.17. f 1 Tim. 4.4,*. *Mattli.44. hLev.*6.a6. Ezek. 4 . 16.&5. 
i$. • iSam9.i3.Alatth.14.19. Luke 24.30. rCor.io*i(L * Jfitom. 
14.6. xTheffij. 18. . , 


Xpc giamce of ft f etp* gag 

fuffice * Nature, yet rife with an Appetite', and re- 
member thy poor Chriftian b 5/y/^w, who fuffer 
Hunger, and want thofe good Things, wherewith 
thou doft abound* 

thefe Things, or fame of them Premeditated, {if-thtrt 
be not 4 ' St&maelprefent) d lift up with aU come- 
ly ttvcrencc, thy Heart with thy Hinds and Eye.s $ 
unto the Great Creator and Feeder of all Crea- 
tures, and before. Meat; fraj unto him tint : 

Grace before Meat. 

OMoft gracious God, and loving Father, who 
feedeft e aS Creatures living, which f depend 
upon thy Divine Providence ; we befeech thee 
sjanftijie thefe Creatures, which thou haft ordained 
for us: Give them vertue to nourifh our Bodies, in 
Ltfe and Health} and give us Grace to receive 
them fiber ly and thankfully, as from thy Hands; 
that fo in the h Brength of thefe and other thy 
Blcflings, we may walk in the uprightnefs of our 
Hearts, before thy Face, this Day, and all the Days . 
of ouf Lives, thro' Jefus Chrift, out Lord and 6n« 
ly Saviour. Amen. ... . , . 

; . . Of thus,' 

MOft gracious God, arid merciful Father ; 
we befeech thee, fanffijfe thefe Creatures 

to our ufe ; make thtm healthful for our nounih- 

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* Mttth.14.19. • Pftl.id. :ifi f ijoeli.io. Pfi0.»*7.?. * * Tim. 
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meat; and us thankful for all thy Bieffipgs, thro' 
Cbrift our Lord and only Saviour. Amen. 

Another Grace before Meat. 

O Eternal God, in whom we live, move> and 
have our beings we befeech thee biefc unto 
thy Servants thefe Creatures, that in the Strength 
of them we may /rw, to the> fitting forth of thy 
Praife and Glory, thro* Jefus Cbrijt our Lord and 
only Saviour. Amen. 

After every Med be t artful of thy felf and Family 
as Job was for himfelf and his Children, Job. 
i. 4. left that in the Chearfulnefs of eating and 
drinkingyfome Speech hath flipped out y which might 
be either Offensive to God, or Injurious to Man; 
and therefor* with the like comely Gefturc and Rt- 

- vert nee give Thanks unto God, and Pray in thk 

BLeffed be thy holy Native* Q Lord our God, 
for thefe thy good Benefits, wherewith thoa 
liaft fo plentifully at this Time refreftfdout Bodies : 
O Lord vouebfafe likewife to feed our Souls with 
the fpiritual Food of thy holy Word and Spirit un- 
to Life everlafting. Lord, defend and lave thy 
whole Churpb; our grapioys J&ttg, with $e reft 
of the Royal Family. Forgive us our Sits and 
Vnthankfulqefsr* pais by our manifold Infirmities^ 
inafce^s^Mndful tf ouzUft End, and .oft be 
Reckoning th&t w$ are folate tp^hee therein, £od 
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Truth, in Jcfus Chrift our Lord and only Saviour. 

Or thus. 

BLdfcd be thy holy Name,(0£.«riQ for theft 
thy good Benefits, wherewith <thou haft re- 
frefhed us at this Time. Lort^ forgive us all 011: 
Shis and Frailties : Save and defend thy whole 
Church, our King and the Royal Family ; ate! 
grant us Health, feace, and Truth, in Chrifivour 
only Saviour. Amen. 

Or thus. 

T1I7E give thefc Thanks (Q heiverily Father; 
Y * for feeding our Bodies fo <graciou% with 
thy good Creatures to this temporal Life 4 hefeech- 
ing thee like wife xo feed our Souls with thy Hdiy 
Word unto Life everlafting. Defend (0 Lord) 
thy tJniverfal Church, the King, and the Royal 
Family ; and grant us Continuance of thy Grace 
and Mercy, in Chrift our only Saviour. Amen. 

The Pratt fa of Piety *t Evening. 

At Evenings when the due Tone of repairing to refi 
approaeheth, caU together -Again -all tfyfcmilj. 
Read a Chaffer in the fame manner, that was pre* 
fjbxihedin the Morning. Tbe*iri*ihvty e Imitatfyn-of 
<wr Lord, and his DifeipUs^ng .aJ>faJm* £# 
:'*£>>gin$ tf Pjahmsy either .aftew. Suffer,* or >ap *ny 
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ite/tf /o & obferved in Singing of Pfalms* 

i. "DEware of Singiog divine Pfalms for an or- 
•*-^ dinary Recreation ; as do Men of impure 

Spirits, who fing Holy P/i/w, intermingled with 

Prophane Ballads. They are God's Ward, take 

them not in thy Mouth in vain, 
i. Remember to iing David's Pfalms, with Da~ 

ivitPs * Spirit. 

. 3. Practice St PaaPs Rule, f I wiUfwgtPitb the 

Sprit, tat J will fing with the underftandingMfo, 

4. As you fing, || uncover your Heads, and be* 
have your felves in comely: reverence, as in the 
Sight of God, finging to God, in God's own 
Words : But be fore that the Matter make more 
**ntelodj in your Hearts, than the Mafick in your 
Eat: For the finging with Grace in our Hearts, is 
that which the Lord is delighted withal, according 
to that old Verfe: 

If on vox, fed votnm ; non mafic* cborduU,fid cor : 
jfon chmttns,fed amans, pfaSit in aare Dei, 

''Tis not the Voice, bat vowj 

Sound Heart, not founding String: 

True Zgal, not outward jkam, 
That in God's Ear doth Ring. 

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the Pfalms oyer in t >r4cr ; & aUHwemoft divine 
and .comfortable. £ijt tf than f'y^t cqufefome 
fpeci§lgf»l»s t as more fit for fame T/jww and *«ja 
/<jfa and fuehj.as $$ .the oft wage, thy People, 
may the Mjfcr commit to Memory. ^ 

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O^eVnalfcabyaad raott%ra<Sdus Father, we 
¥Hm* Mintf Oftihy Se¥v*ft$ %xfe atferrtMwl, 
fo'6lM'i# (elves afc&etfooeiftootof thy 
Grace, acknowle^in|*thatWeftWe%ihfei4Wd(eur 
Fathers Corruption, and a&ually in Thought, 
Word, and Deed, idnlgttft&l all thy holy Com- 
mandments, fo that in us naturally, there dwel- 
etb nothing tttft if go3d$ Fotftur 'Hearts'afe %H 
of fecret Pride; *»nfetj Impatience, Diffeinbling, 
Lying* «,^^ankyj ¥¥#rtment6, Dtftrtft, ft* 
MMtoteoPtot f&rteVatoflWfc 1tf erltfj; -rtw&n* 
Love of thee, and thy Kingdom; but efcnpty and 
void of Faitfc Btv^e, ftnfenee;«aM 4e*ery {griffon! 
Grace. If tta'tlto#^\SNttlffli!btt enter iwo 
JudgmfttlMilrtis; ah^feaR^iweW natttraTCor* 
nftftdn,4nd efelerlteHiH'«hek*n^^ts^& 
fetb thatwe bavederiv'd frpm thenceVf i/i* tm£ht 
jttRlt-^mflfeflgd W^rhteduJo,(§«d'wt coul^ttK 
alia- ouffCWHetaiAi*!, w^lo&^teVfr teiigagD 
defer**. *&, gfertFatfori feV^^(^^rhf dear 
Son's fake, *» vbom only thou txt m&fkljett; and 
fWtfttf-Me&*of *h^taer<12&tktti4 Woody^af. 
lion, which we believe that he fafch'ftftfctaS \for 
us: Have Mercy upon us, pardon and forgive. us 
aVttur 55ns, anffftee WhWtl|tSl*fye>aul Con- 
fmloh/wliicti ared^ WhW-tis Hk 'Aefci/fhat 
they may tiet&rfefee ttpon tts tottur t&nMRon in 
this Life, nor to our Condemnation in the World 
which is to come. And for as much as thou haft 
created w to ferve thee, a% sU other Crutitres to 
iervie m : So we befeeefc thee infpire thy holy Sfirit 



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into ou/ Hearts, that by his rjlumipatiPri and jef- 
feftual working, wq may h^vc f he inward fight 
and feeling of our Stysj and natural Corruption^: 
and that W rtiay 'iidt be kliaded jji theft r thr6* 
Cufltoffl, & the Reprobates afe, but that we may 
more arjd more loath them, ajid b^eartily gripved 
for th&ri, encjeavpurinftbylth? uf£ ofaU gpqd 
&Iean?,xo overcome '^i^ffet, put of then)V . O Hi 
u* ftel the Power of * (Xrjjrs peath, kiti ir^g Six) in 
pur mortal Bodies j aqd tjie verjtue pjf ] \ik fteftip 
region, raifing up opr Spy]* to newneft of jLJifr 
Contort, pur He*tts r fiibtli^epp hfyfaWhftJfli* 
nerate pur Mipd?, !^nd pjurifc pur N^ture^ a/ict 
I fuffer us not to he drowned jngtty e ftfeapiof%oj^ 
Jiltfiy Vices/ and firvfpl ^afui;cs " pf thi^ ttqi6, 
wherewith tbpiffands kr^ carried headlong iq ete?* 
nal p6UiHi£l1pn ; but , daily f raipe jus 4n6^ and 
more tp the ^X^enefs.'pfdiy'SM jTr/m cir^ 
.that iri | ,^ighteb^fnqljl and' t^jue Hol^npfs, J[ we 
mayTpiferye aad^Wi^iheei that living in thy 
ftar f if\& dying i^rfiy^^^r^we may, in thine 
appointed ^^.^ttaln^tqttw W?flW Re^irrcfltipn 
of tjie Juft,^ntp ^ef nal Xi^e. In the mean % VwjSL 
L^A ^npwlejQur fpfti\n tlie fvvcet Pro^iifes of 
'thp G?^^/, and pyr ^epenraoce from dead works, the 
&fr<}ttyc$$QtJirJfof?e in thy ^rprpifes^pur Fear pi 

fo, by *he Jftriilts ef Pieij, and a V|ghtl?ouls Life/^te 
may be aiiTured, that thy Holy Spirit dotti dweti in 

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* Rom. 6.6. Phtl.3.16. t Rom. 82$: HEpM-a* 

P % US, 

'us, and th^t we are tfiy.Chjldreh by'- Grace and 
Adofttov., And grant us, good Tather^ilie conti- 
nuance of Health, Peace, Maintenance, aod all 
mother outward Things, (b far forth, as thy divine 
wiCdom fliajil think meet and Decenary, fpr every 
*>neof u$> ,. '[> ,.„.";/;/ -!. r 

? And here, Lord* according to pur\be>unden 
'duty, we corifefs that thou haft been exceeding 
.merciful unto us all, in Things of this Life; but 
Infinitely more merciful in the Things qf ia better 
"j-ife; and therefore we do. here from our very 
"Soiik, render unto thee all humble and hearty 
thanks, for all thy Bleffings and Benefits beftowed 
>pon our Souls and Bodies; acknowledging thee to 
be that * father of Lights \jrqm whom we have received 
aO thofe good and perf eft Gifts ; and, unto thee alone 
for therii, we afcribe to bu due all Glory, Honour 
juyl Praife^ both now and evermore- But more 
.efpeeially, ^we praife thy. divine Majefty, far that 
t thou haft defended us this Bay from all £ertfs and 
Dangers; fd that, none of thofe Judgments (which 
buirSinsh^ye deferved) have fallen upon' any one 
pf uSp, /;Qppd pord, forgave us the Sins whicfrthis 
T)ay we kwc ^committedagainft thy divine Maje- 
fty, and Qiir Brethren : &ii& for Chrift his fake, be 
reconciled unto us for them." * And we befi&ch thee 
Jflkewifc of the fame thinp' infinite Goodnels and 
M^rcy, tq defend and protect us, and ajltfyat be- 
long untd>us, this Night from ill dangers of Fire, 
Robbery, Terrors of f evil 4*gels> Or; any other 
pear or Peri! ? which for our Sins might juftty, fall 

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upon us. And that we may be hte*> andtr the jbd»> 
daw of thy Wings; we here comtffeftd our Bodies 
atid Souls and all that we have, imto thine Al- * 
mighty Prore&ion. Lord, blefsand defend both 
us and them from all Evil. And whilft we fleep, ' 
do thou, Fdther,, who never flumbreft nor fle&p- ; 
eftj^watch over thy Children, and give a Charge • 
tb thy f Htly Angels, to pitch their Tents round a-'. 
bout our Houfe and Dwelling, to gutrd m from all \ 
Dangers : That deeping with thee, we may in the i 
next Morning be awakened by thee; and fo being . 
refreshed with moderate Sleep, we may be the fif. 
tier to fet forth thy Glory in the confcionable Du- 
ties of our Callings 

: And we befeech thee, O Lord, to be merciful 
likewife to thy whole Church, and to continued 
the Tranquility of theie Kingdoms whefein wc 
live, turning from us thofe Plagues which the 
trying Sins of this Nation do cry for, .: . V„ 

Preferve our Religious King % with the reft of 
the Royal Family : All our Magiftrates and Mini- 
tter$ } all that fear thee, and call upon thy Namc^ 
all our Chriftian Brethren and Sifters, that fuffer 
Sicknefs, or any other Affli&ion or MHery j Efpe^ 
cially thofe, who any where do fuflfer Persecution, 
for the T eftimohy of thy holy Gofpel, grant them . 
patience to bear thy crofs ; and deliverance, when, 
and Which way it fliaU feem beft to thy Diviiuy 
Wifdom. And, Lord, fuffer us never to forget 
our laft end, and thofe Reckonings, which then 
we muft render tftuo thee. In Health and Pro- 

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fpsrity, make us mindful of Sicknefs, and of the 
evtt DSy thatfis behind, that thefe things may not 
overtake us ae * * &w*, but that we may in good 
Meafare, like fr «*/* Vkgjint^ be found pr epar'd for 
t^e coming of Chtiflitht fweet Bridegraot* of our 
Sovls. And jidwr* O Lord moft hoi? and juft, we 
coitfefi that thetfr is no Caufe, why thou (who 
art fi> much dtfpleafed with Sin) ihouldeft hear 
tlte Prayer of Sinners j but for his fake only, who 
forTerod for Sm, and finned not. In the only Me? 
diatioti therefore of thine Vernal Son Jefus our 
Lord and Saviour, we humbly beg thefe, and all 
other Graces Which thou knoweft co be Needful 
for us, {hutting up thefe our unpeffeft Rcquefts, 
in that mfi hoi) Prayer, which Chrift himfeif 
hath taught us no fiy urrtD thee, 

. Gut Fstker which *rt in Heave*, Ht&owtA he thy 
}Same y &c. 

7ty Grate? Lord tyf** Cbrifi j thf Lobe Hfd* 
Vtnly PMhtr \ thy Comfort cud Cenfolatid/t, Hely 
tmi Stuffed Spirit, be with »s s And remaitt with tu y 
thai Night, shM tvermore, Amen. 
r iTbai fkluting one another, as becometh Cbri- 
jfoawv who are the Vtfielt of Grace* and JZmffes of 
the Holy Gheft, let them in the Fear of God de- 
part efrery one to his Reft ; ufing (brne of the for- 
mer ffrivate Meditations for Evening. 

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ALmigbty God *i|j bare &W&K w»&qfipe& 
not Only iO » /rwrf* Mtflfter, fey friyajf 
toftns and Families \ hut ajfo in «_ «ntrt f#j#«fr 
fort, of all the godly joined ftgetber in a vif&jp 
Cfow**; Tfaat by thifc Mfaoa fee way bp feoofta 
moaly to be tbttit/ttd £«tf of j?v^#»*ir 
Perfon j but atfe of the CreatUrW «he *&fc 8V 
*«**/*/ World. ■ 

^a</?. But wty do oot we ChtfivH* ^qjfar 
the Mm, keep d#&W*k oo thfejiaw Serengfe 
Day, whereon it was kept under the 0A< T<$^ 

I aafwer .- Bectufe that our £*"< ft/W (w& 
» the * Lard of tfee SMttb, aod who* % 
f £«? it ielf cwnmadds up to hear) did afeer it 
fromihat Sevrwrh Day, to this frfi Day qf iftp 
Week; whereon We keep tbe<£4&*& For the 
holy Evangdift notes ; That ow Lprd <^nae kft* 
the midft of the Holy AlTemWy.ofi the tw$ &£ 
Days of cbe two Weeks *fitawd«*ply:&llQ^flg 
hit Refurw&toivand then il^jtd the C^i)«?li, 
|l breathed o$ the Apoules the Afoft Ghoft, and gave 

thflw *h* MiA#*ri*hAj9Sfc aa& fe^yer- tf haadkig 
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be did id zjolem/t iwnaer every firft Day of the 
Week, during the forty Days he continued on 
Earth, betweeo his Refurre&ion aod jjceu/ieatfar 
the fiftieth Day after, being the firft Day of the 
Week, the Apoftles were aflemfcled) during which 
time he gave Commandments unto the Apofties, 
and *ffake unto them tho/e Things which appertain to 
the Kjngdm cf Goi> that is, teftruftcd them, how 
they fbould throughout the Churches ( which 
'Were to be Converted) change the Sabbath to the 
^Lord's Day ; the bodily Sacrifices of Beafts, to the 
Spiritual Sacrifices of Praife, Prayer, and contrite 
Hearts; the f Levitical Prieffhood of the Law, to 
*le Chriftian Mkiiftry of the Gofpel ; the Jenfi 
Temples and Synagogues, to Churches and Oratories; 
Tthe Old Sacraments.' of Circ'mntifim and Paffover, 
i6B»ptifm and die Lortts Supper , <£?.asoiay ap- 
pear- by the like'phrafe, A8s .19. 8. and J8s *8. 
2, j. Cob;*}* 1 x. Put for the whole frmm of fonts 
©Octane, by which were wrought all thefe chan- 
ges, Where it took EffecT:., So that as Chrift was 
Torty Days inflrufting Mefes in Sinai, what he 
fliould teach, and how he (hould rule the Ckurch 
binder the Law; Fo he continu'd forty days + teach- 
ing his Difciples in Sion, what they Ihould preach, 
*nd how they fhould govern the Church under 
itisGofpel. And feeing it is nianifeft, that within 
rfholeFort^ Days, tfto$apj[>ointed what Minifters 

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fhould teach, and how they fhould govern his 
Church to the Wbrld's end;' it is not tobe doUbN 
ted, but that within thofe forty Days he likewife 
ordained on what Day they fhould keep ihpw Stb* 
hath, and ordinarily do the Works of their Mini- 
ftry j cfpecially feeing that under thfe Old TTefta- 
ment, God (hewed himfelf as careful both bfy "his 
Moral and Ceremonial Law, to prescribe the 
Time j as well as the Matter^ df his wor/hip. Nei- 
ther is it a Thing to -be omitted, that the Lbrd^ 
* who hath Times and Seafons in his own Power, 
appointed the firft Day of the Week, to be the 
very Day v b wherein he fent down from Heaven 
the Holy Gfofl upon the£poftles;'(b that upon that 
Day they firft began, and evet after continued the 
piiblick exercifing of their Miniftry* in the c preach- 
ing of the Word, the d ^dmiriiftration of the. Sa» 
laments, and the e looting of the Sins df Penitent 
Sinners. Upon thtfe and the like Grounds, ^Atha* 
vafim plainly affirmeth, that the Skbb&th Day \i?i$ 
changed by the Lord htmfel£ ' :l 

As therefore our Communion ts termed {he Lord's 
Suffer } becaufe it was Jnftitiited of the^Lord, for 
the remembrance of his Death: So the Chriftia^i 
SMatb is called the * Lord's Daj y becaufe It was or- 
Gained of the Lord, for the Memorial, of h1$//fr* 
Urn ft ion. And as the Name of the * Lord* ho; 
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1 Aft$ t,i, * Afts a. i, &cv « ASs i. 1^4. * ASs 2.38,41, & 
' Aftsj. 38. t a than, in froptifpicio hogL-ric fenf , g Rev. *,«!<>. 
The Scripture of the New Teftamenr, f give£ not thjs .honourable 
Title to any Thing, but oidy to the WeBed Sibbath; and Holy 
»|»pper. For as he fubttitteted the Lord's Wppcr infttad of ffll 
-f aflbver, fiwiid he the Lord's Day, m tfce Jc wfl& StfbatiiVltodm; 
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nouretb the one, (b doth it the other: And as the 
Lord of tbe Sabbath, by his Rjyd Pcerogative, 
and Trtnfctnlcnt Authority, coui<±, Co he. had alfo 
Reafon to change, the Holy Sabbath from the So* 
vetfi Day to tb*+ whereon we keep it. For as 
concerning the Seventh Day, which followed the 
$ht Days, wherein God nnifhed the Creation $ 
there wasnafuch prtcife Institution, or Neceffitj 
of fan&ifyin& it perpetually, but foch, as by the 
lame Authority, or upoo grester Reaibn and Occa- 
Hon, it might very wefl be changed and altered un» 
tofoHM other Seventh pay. For the Command- 
ment doth •not fay, Remember to keep holy the 
Seventh Dy, text followimgthe Sixth Day ej the Cw 
ti*» t or this, or that Seventh Day : But indefinite- 
ly, remember that thou keep holy k 4 Seventh D*jh 
And to (peak properly, as we take a Pay for the 
pijlinftio* of time, called either a da} nttw*l % coo- 
Ming of x4 Hours, or a day miftidy conOfting of 
'%% hours, from fun-riling to fun letting ; and with, 
al cortfider the SunftaaJptgftiMix. noon, in * Jo/b*f$ 
time, the (pace of a whole Day ; and the Sun *go- 
fa fak Ten Degrees, {viz. Five Hours, abnoft 
half an artificial Day) in EteebidPs time ; the Jews 
themfelves could not keep their Sabbath upon that 
frecife&rid juft Diftitttion 0$ time* called at the firft, 
the Seventh Day from the Creation. 

Add hereunto, that in refpeft of the e Diverfity 
of tyeridia*}** and the mmptel rifi*g and feting of 

* WoJphnChrottolog.de Ttmp.l.i.cap.i.p.^i. *LegitfufaAtt- 
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the Sun* every Day varietur in foot* Place 2 0*4>« 
wy in fottie *jjf r i» Otter* a mMrf Day: Them* 
fore the Jemffi feventh Day cannot predftly to kept 
at thcyiaw /»/*** of time* every where in the 

Now our Lord Jefus having AuthoYky as *Lori 
&vtr the BMtthy had Iftewife now far gfeaeef 
reafon and occafion to tienflate the Sabbath from 
the Jew/fit feventh Day, unto- the Firft Day where* 
6|» Chriftians do keep the Sabbath. 

1. Bccaufe that by his Refurrettiou from the 
Dead, there is wrought b <* new'Jfiritmd Cumon 
of the World; withdut which all the Sons off 
jiddd had been turntd to everlafting Deftrnftim, 
and all the Works of the firft Creation had mini* 
ftred no tonftlaion unto us. 

a. And in refpe& Of this nelw fpititua-1 Crea«' 
nen, the Scripture faith, That • di Thing sr§ 
ptffed a iw/, a*d all Things are. btcomt mm ; * mm 
Creatures, * nttt People, f new Meri, « mm Know* 
ledge, b mm Teftathent, ' new ConfamndmeBt, * 
»e* Names, ' new Way, turn Song, m *«fr Garment* 
n nm Wine, aw Veflfels, • lietv Jatufatere, p «*ar 
Heaven, and a *ep Earth. Arid therefore of no* 
ceflity there mud be' infttadof the old, a *m\\ Sab- 
bath Day, to honour and nratiebur Redeemer, and 
to fttedhate upon the wot K of our Redemption, and" 
to fo*w the new change of theOld Teftarffcot. » 
5. Becaufe that on this Day ,Chfifi reftcd from 


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all the Sufferings of bis Paffion, and fimfhed the 
glorious. Work of our Redemption. If therefore 
the finijbing of the Work of the firfl. Creation, 
whereby God mightily manifefted himfelf unto his 
Creatures, defer vM a Sabbath for tofoiemntiethe 
meihdrial of fo great a Work, to the honour of the 
Workers, and therefor- God calk it a mine holy Day :. 
Much more doth the new Creation of the . World, 
affetfed by the Refuire&ion of Cbrift, (whereby 
b be mightily declared himfelf to be the Sen ofGrt) 
deferve aSabbath, for the perpetual Commemora- 
tion thereof, to the Honour of Chrift* and there* 
fore is worthily called the 'LorfsDay. For, as the 
deliverance out of the Captivity of Babylon, being 
greater, ^ took away the Name from the Delive- 
rance out of the bonda ge of Egypt : fo the day where-, 
on Chrift finished the Redemption of the World, 
did morejuftly deferve to have the Sabbath kept 
oir it, then on that Day, whereon God ceafed 
ftom creating the World. As therefore in the Cre* 
ation, die firft Day wherein it was finiflied, was 
confecrated for a Sabbath .• So in the time of Re- 
demotion, the firft Day wherein it was pcrfefted, 
muft be dedicated to a holy reft ; but ftill a feventh 
Day kept, according to God's Moral Command- 
ment. The Jews kept the lafi Day of the Week, 
beginning their Sabbath with the c Night, when 
Godrefted : But Chriftians honour the Lord better, 
on the f firft Day of the Week, * beginning the 
Sabbath with the Djjy when the Lord *rofe. They 
kepr their SdbbatbAn remembrance of the World's 

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T, Creation: 


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Creation : But Chnftians celebrate it in Memorial 
of the World's Redemption; Yea, the -Lor^VDay,, 
"being the fir ft, of ^hc Creation zad Redemption, 1 puts 
us in mind, both of the making of the 6td t and 
redeerriing of the Nlfw World. 
-As therefore under the Old Teftament, God., bir 
the Glory confining of * feven Lamps, faucn Bran- 
cbcs^&c put them in remembrance of the Credit- 
on, Light, and Sabbath's reft : So under the New tk- 
fi anient t Chrift, the true Light of the Wortd r zQ- 
peareth in the t tnidft pf the feven Lamps, and fey}* 
Golden Candlcftkks, to put os in mfnd to honour 
our Redeemer, m the. Light of t$e Gofpel % on tlfe. 
Lord's fcventh. Day of reft. And feeing the /_f- 
demption, both far Might and Mercy, fq far exceea- 
eth the Creation \ it ftodd with Great UeafOn, thl_: 
the Greater Work IhoUld carry the Honour x>t ^the 
Day. Neither dbtb : the: , Honour altle Title of thje 
Lord's Day dimiuifh the Glory pf the Sabbath fyik 
father being added* augments the Dignity theYeolj 
as the Name '^4i*/;;added untojiyifo^, made v *t1(i_ 
Patriarch the more Renowned. \\ . .. ' i ' ! " 

[ The. reafon taken from the example of Gdd$ 
hftkg from the wqrkqf the €rejiti6np\ the W6ty& 
cohtmued jri force; till the SoQof'God ceafid'W^Hx 
the ^or& of the Redemption.^ the World^'atp 
then t jie former 'gaVef place topttie'Jatterl '" ^ ^ 
^. 'feecaufe it Avas.forefold'in.thd Qtd teflMf, 
that'thtf Sabbath' flioulcl be kept (under the'fofc 
feftjminhotiiht.ftrft Day of the Week.. •"* ^ 
m frft, 'inite'i'io P/^^Kchrisa -rM 

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ey oichrifi, and ,hj$ Kingdom ; it Is plainly fpce- 
'told r that tbete ftjouW *bt atokmnJOaj o/^Jfemr 
Ming, wherein dtt.CfotjFs Peopfajbould mfftmqly ctmf 
together in the Beauty tf Hw*efs. IflfonjMCh tbajt 
% P9 Jttm (of Peace) Jhaii he »fa» tkqfe i Families, 
thitjn that Feaftwll tut -go uf to Jerufafa* (tfcp 
Chiircb) t,o worfhif the King, the Lor/l of Hfffis. 
"Now on what Day this Holy Feaft, and Affembjy 
"Jboujd be kept, />«>*/ /hewstb jjljaiofy, w QV. 
t it\wb\ch \ya$ a.Propfoecy tf Cbrift, is appears, 
^kfef^ »j.4», /Ufrs^iL-Bphef, %, iq. as'aj&by 
>be content of allfhe frap, asfrom witmfletb. 
Tor, (hewing bow cbrifl by bH J^oomwioqs 
3>ea"t|i. fhom be a* 4 Stwtyetfta'ofjbe BmlAer,, 
Jf thief Ruhrs fif^yfe^ and jet fy fa gfortQUJ fo. 
J fyrr4Bbn x fi^U.^meil^cluef.S$Qtte^tke Co*mtr : 
jft'V wiikBtb tfjewboj* Qjuph jp jfccp jfloly.ffer 
jpi^wherwipoa C/fr$0 flspuJd ^^.tbis^'oj^deif. 
1$ .Wort, . laying? j| £fc U ih O^jvH^ thl^ 
$*th cfM^y tet&m$(fanfitfygUiwJfi, $n&, Jew- 
ing that upon this I^y!,.j^t x wlu^"^fr(ai^^ 
gWft appear^ to^fl^nfoc Get Mtafy-fm 

Whole .Chyr^ivftertheilvw, Z*^^f, rottftcfe- 
jtefraiie tbe|ty^<#r^V Rcf«ixetijl»<** RffliBs? 
ehay alfo (aw ,by tfc$all ofylaU^bnltJie-fiith pa.y f 
tbat jao^he^me pay \pltMtt ffaptdfoifi skf york 
$ Mails RoMvpiw*, A«a allutfjnjg. no. *he\6peeQb 
of £m« to Rutb f fieef..mta tfa. Attwmi'lfat M§f 
jfar, Jbould reft in ,bis^iyc^|l tfreif oabbath. {fey. 
And he jjatheretK from tbat Speec h/ Ge n, jt.'gn 

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tbe firft Day, £** fAro; h Uebt y thu the jftfq^far 
ftould rife on the jM Dydffhe Wi*k> from ©eatfc 
to Life, ami caufethefpnitual Li^ofthe<3pf^l 
to enlighten the World, that lay in theihadojvof 
Darknefsand Death. The Hebrew Author oftbe 
Book called, * ithcr Olsm RMi y Uf.j* re cord ed 
many memorable Things, rthieh were done vpoft 
the firft Day of the'Week^as to many .Types,. that 
the chief Wotflrip of God HiouM '(under the M* 
Ttftwvtt} be celebrated upon this 1 Day. As, tha 
bn this jO^y the CkuJtfGofs W&fr firfifa mfo* 
hs Ycofle. Aaron ami hu xMmt'n frjk "cxt&ttt 
timr'+tisfthood: Mftp fitkmtfhH^fedhUP^ 
fbe Phxcesrfhis feofhfrfiiofind^i^kf^tMfttk 
$el ' fhxt it, was tfafxJtpity, whtniri Pirc'&f&a&d 
jrm l &eavt». The/ft f 'fr*y /if. 'iteWorUL of tfte 
iV^oftiie S^^,ofthe j >fb4t,'l&& AlllnaaW; 

~ «*» * .^ww^^^^ ^.^y^.^™, ~— r w.. -.^nb|y Send 
tor<tf£t the fitters, iM^'thm'Trip*® '*** 

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^a^TEjay BrqpSiefiidief tk^ ~keefiit& cftbe StSSiuh up- 
&t)oc.frft.D$t$ltheWeek+ \\ thisMyfiery was 
jfo cjearly feen by the Fathers, under the fhadows 
-©f the QlcLTtjlsmewt : Sure, the "God of this World 
Jbathjdeeply- blin4ed theit Minds, who-cannot fee 
the Truth thereof under the,*J(hjning Light of the 
jGofpeL Therefore this change of the Sabbath 
pay, uoder the New, was nothing but a fulfilling 
jbf that which was prefigured and;fore*prophefiea 
vnderthedldjXei^afnent.. ., . ', 
,'.f.. According to their ■&*$* Mind and ,Com- 
mandment, and the dire6tioji of the Holj Gbofi 
'( which always affiled t^ejn, y» their Mimfimd 
Office) the Apoftles in all the Chriftian Churches 
{which t&ey'pjantedj °*»fl'*«4 That the Chrifti; 
ans -{hould l^eo jthe Holy, jSab&adi upon that fe- 
venth Oajs Wpicb h ; % tnejj&#' Pay of the Week* 
\Qmcfr,^i^^^htrhgfor $<S*iats r at I.'fove 

{*otas. Suffer x ™ Jo. te^ntbqr. jwa IP** tbe.Lorjfs 
jfretfh,t$ hi tpn$£$e. tq VJjich. Words, note* 

im»" J -~- *-"■ - 

. • ,*C?r.,f 4. ;t.i Gw.if i, 2. ,8 The Sjprlack Tranflat£fl£tyth. 
Quum congregamini non, flout juftum eft, In die Domini floftri 
couiedhis & bitfhhr.' The Arabian Tranftat ion aMb haih tfaos : -Non 
|^:vitteflet&:Th»cfctancancim:(St«ek Copy, there *rea& 
friB.afVf/itKir,, dwnJLord'j Day, added -fa every, fit& Out, <&. 
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3. Every jirjt day of the week which fheweth a 

4. That it was ordained in the Churches tfG*> 
lath, as well as ot Corinth; and he fettled one uni* 
form order in all the Churches of the Saints: There- 
fore it was aniverfal; - ; 

. 5. That the exercifes of this day were * CoEettions 
for the poor (which appears by Alls 2.41^ and Jtp* 
ftin MarJyrs TcllimoQy mi ; J were 

gathered to* the holy Affembly after Pnyer % preach- 
ing of the Wordy and Jdmintjlrat ion oi the Sacra* 
ments\ Therefore it was fpiritual. ^ 

6. That he will have the Colle&ion ( though 
neceffary) removed, againft his cqrxiingj left ic 
(hould: hinder his preaching: But not their holy 
meeting on jhc Lord V day 5 for ic was the time 
ordained, for the pubjick worfhip of the Lord; 
tohich argueth a neceflity. \, • < 

And ia the; fame Epijle Saint P aul^qrt Acth, 
that he covered them, none other Ordinance, or 
Dodrine,* but f tot/at he had received of the 1 Lord. 
Infomuch that he ehargeth them, tlm\\.Ifa#y Man 
think bimfglftq he a Prqphef, orffiritualy let him ac~ 
kno\vkdge r ±ha£ the things, that I write umpyou^are 
the Commdkndments of the fjords , But hp, wroff untQ 
them, an$l prdained stmong them, to keep their 
Sabbath t oa the jfrft y d4y A q£ tt# weefe; Therefore 
to keep \tjie Sabbath Qf^t6af : dayy is, the .v c ery Com* 

- * As the phrafe of breaking fftrfaj, comprehended! alforher fir* 
ercifes of RefoiQfl, A6te 20. 7> . 'So thii phrafe of lw'"gty'»ftt r ** 
comprchenaeth all the other Exercifes of the Sabbath; Arid why 
(hould Ac Jptftti require the Colleaions to be made i>n the firft, 
day of the Week, but becaufc that orrrhis day the hofy*AtfemMy 
Was held in the J/tf It* .xims? JiQta.ji ». 23. || Cor. 14. 37. 

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df the Lord. And how din he be either 
a true Prophet, or have any Grace of God's Spirk 
in his Heart, who feeing fo clearly the LordVday 
to hare beenmftiruted and ordainM by the Apo- 
ftks, w31 not acknowledge the keepingHbry of ttc 
Jjrtfs-dai, to be a CotumaaamentcXthe Lord 1 

The Jem coniefs this change of the Sabbath to 
Jjave been made by the Apoftles, Peter Alpbvn. in 
Vial*, centra Ju&os, tit. n. they are therefore 
more blind and fottifh than the jews, who pro* 
phanely deny it. 

At * Treat likewHe St. Paul, together with Se- 
Tenofther^Evangelifts of the Church, Sopater, 
jirifiruxhas, Secundus, Onus, Timotbtuh Tjcbnus, 
md Tropbmus, and all the Chriftians that wene 
Ytiere, kept the Holy Sabbath on the JftfDay of 
*he Week, in praying, preaching, and receiving 

■ Afld tt is a thing to be noted, that Luke faith 
f&b, that the Difciples were fent to hear Paul 
preach ; bat the Diftipies heiag come. together to break 
ftnoi ufentbefrfi Day of the Week, that is, to be 
partakers of the holy Communion, at what time 
theLord's Death was by the preaching of the Word 
ftewM, x Cor. 18. %6. Paul preached unto them, Src 
And that flone kept thofe meetings but Chriftbms, 
WboareealW TM^ks^s 1 1.16. But at Pbilippi, 
where as yet there were no Difciples, Paul is laid 
to go 00 their Sabbath-day to the place where 
the Jews and their Profelytes were wont to pray, 
and therepreacheduntpthem,^^,id.ia > 13. Se 

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-ttotk is as cl«5Vj5iS tfce&«, Jtftat \t w*s.tfj ! e,£hn- 
it*os uMfnanper, |o * paft 9^ tfw f«/#,(c- 
Vflwh |>ay, a#d #> fcepjhe $?W& *W i*Wr 
boty meetings op MM ;Q?y *J «fc J%Pf- A$ 
wJby dq$h St* ftV <%ty !foM*e £orjT/ to ; l>w fo 
qayfe it was a p*y Jfpowp#> I* MnetaJTy ,&ep,E,h^ 
Iy» t9 c|ie ppnptv pf jihe .4«<*$# («# xpjj; frj 

Pqith to *.& Hppn Iftat -Dfcy) jt^o^gjiQUt ,aj 

-St. 3fa# caJPd rtie tJLwl'srQto $e j^her jolty 
•up £fcrifti»ns *o a tkwtftf jje^mbra^aqf ifc# « 
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(1 *<w #V# U in Cforift, flp4 Jrpift &f* -fttfWFy,? 

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grtfi/fer Autpprity, *ban t^t pU#r# .an^fe i$»- 

JlJesi.iQC the lU<ccauil;,^s,the,^^Cf^M»pjf t-fye 

World ; Therefore the Sabbath q^jqi^er. 5*^ al^f- 

ed from this Day* to any otber t 'whim this World 

fcftpth, . A44 ,beRefljitp,.iv>jy tl^e 3cfiptu<e spijeth, 

that in the/ry?.pja$tirtg a.pd fetthng of the Church, 

nothing was done* but by the Ipecial order and 

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& fa&.H%-4' 4&SfiS. t A2friZ$XW apples 

.djd wfihiog,biit.>wbat .^y.b^d ^aqra^t .^r f frpjp 

ilkfon#ify th^tjie.^^ 90 1 hpfeuftf %* 

^^U'^&c. f R<v. i. xo. Ji/tf/ chtiftiatyu, &c. r ft is the man- 
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Is. not a Ceremonial Law abrogated, but the mo- 
ral and perpetual Law of God perfefled So that 
the fame perpetual Commandment, which bound 
the Jews to keep the Sabbath on that feventh day, 
to celebrate the World's Creation^ binds Chrifltans 
to folcmnize the Sabbath on this feventh day, in 
memorial of the Worlds Redemption: For the 
fourth Commandment, bting a Moral Law, re- 
quireth a feventh day, to be kept holy for ever. 
And the Morality of this, as of the reft of the Com- 
tnandments, is more religioufly to be kept of us 
under the Gofpel y thzn of \he Jews under the Lav; 
T>y how much we fin Baptifm^ have made a more 
fpictal Covenant with God, to keep his Com* 
mandments; and God hath covenanted with us, 
to free us from the curfe, and to aflift us with his 
Spirit to keep his Laws. And that this Com- 
mandment of the Sabbath fas well as the other 
nine) is moral arid perpetual, may plainly appear 
.by thefe Reafons. 

Ten Reafons demon ftrating the Commandment of tk 
Sabbath to be Moral. 

I. r^Ecaufe *// the Reafons of this Comnrtand- 
±j ment, iare moral and perpetual : Arid God 
hath hound us to the obedience of this Comtnand- 
merit, with more forcible Reafons thain to' any of 
* the reft. Firft, becaufe he did fdrefee; that irre- 
ligious men- would either morecarelefly neglect*® 
more boldly break this Commandment, than any 
other* Secondly, becaufe that in the p'raftkt of 
this Commandment, the keeping of all die other 

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confirtgeh ; Which makes God fo often complain, 
that all his Wo*Jhip is negle&ed or overthrown, 
when the Sabbath is either a riegle&ed or trarif- 
greffed. It would make a Man amaz'd ( faith Mr. 
b Calvin) to confider how oft, and with what zeal 
and prctefttfioffy God required! all (that will be his 
People ) to fan&ify the fevqnth Day z Yea, how 
the Goet of Mercy puhilheth the breach of 
this Commandment with Death; as tho' it 
were .the fumm of his whole Honour and Ser- 

And. it is certain, That he who makes no con- 
ference to break the Sabbath, will not (to ftrve 
his turn) make any conscience to break any of the 
other Commandments; fo he may do it> without 
discredit of his reputation, or danger of Man s Law. 
Therefore God placed this Commandment in the 
midft of the Two Tables ; becatffe the keeping of 
it, is the belt help to the keeping of all the reft* 
The confcionable keeping of the Sabbath, i^ the 
Mother of all Religion, and good Difciplinein the 
Church. Take away the Sabbath,, and let every 
Map ferve God when he lifteth; and what will 
fliOrtly become of Religion, and that c Peace and 
Order, which Qod will have to be kept in his 
Church? The Sabbath day is God's Market ef^ for 
the Week's Provifion ; wherein ffe will have us to 
come unto him, and d buy of him* without Silver hr 
Money, the Bread of Angels, and Water of Life, tile 
Wine of the Sacrament, and Milk of the Word to 


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feed our Souls ; * tryed (jold y to enrich our faith ; 
pffecieus Eye-faye, %o h*al our fpiritual Bfiridhefs; 
^nd the wfc/Ve Raymtnt of ChriflPs Righteoufriefs, t6 
CDver our filthy MafcedneTs. He is not fat from 
true Piety ^ who makes Confcience to keep the 
Sabbath-day; But he who can diffinfe with his 
Confcience to break thoSabbathfox his owaqprofit or 
pferfurc, his hem vmtx ytc felt, whttckhcr ihe/Air 
pf God, or trpe Religion meaneth. £dr, of this 
Commandment may that Speech ttFSt fames be 
verified :* fi$t thatfoiletb in one, is guilty tf off. See- 
jng dierefopfc, that &od hath fet fid this Comma ftd* 
ftjent^with fb many moral Reafohs, it is evident, 
Ibatthe Commandment it (elf is wbr**/. 

a. Becaufe it was <:om landed of God td Add* 
in Ms innoccney: Wfeilft (holding hfc HAppiftefs, 
"ftot.hy Faith .in thrifts Merits, but by Obedtencfc 
jfo Giwfo £*») he needed no Ceremony, fhadow- 
*rtg die Redemptian of Chrlft. A Stf&ath there- 
fore ofa Seventy day cartnbt be fimp!y kCetemOny. 
but an efteotial Part ef God^s Worfhip, Cilyjoynea 
iflnto Man, when -their was but onfe condition of 
aJl Men. And 'if it was neceftary for our * jfrjf 
fbrettts to have a SMathddy, to fertfe God in their 
P*rfeflion\} much more heed their Pefi'eritj to keep 
the Satiath in the ftateof \hc\rCorrttptioh. And 
feeing <iod himfetf \&$t this Day holy, ht)W cat) 
that Mam be holy, that doth wilfully prophatie ft. 

3. Becaufe it isone of thfe Commandments which 
God (pake with his Mbdth, and twice 4 wrott ; 
withliis own Ptogerstn Tatrfestrf Stone, toitgo*' 

f,a 1t utilliiii 

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fie their Authority and Perpetuity. AH that Qodk 
wrote, were nwrji and /wwrn^GommaMlfljcnB, 
and tbofe are reckoned • Ten la number. If th* 
were now but an abrogated Ceremony, then them 
were hue Mf*e Cm mmdim*t %> Tee Ceremonial 
that wore to be ^awAKis} Ckrifo weie written 
afl by b J&^ju Bufi thisof tile Sabham, with tile 
other Niric, written, by God htmfelf, were put in* 
to the Ark : * No ceremonial Lew was put, to 
(hew that they (hould he the perpetual Jwfoof 
the GhnrcJbh, yet fuch as none could pcrfeftly fuW 
fit and keep* hut only Chrt& 

4. Becaufe Chrift nrofenedk, ' tkttt h umt ert 

to Aejkmy th Moral. Lswi And that the kefi of 

them QaouW not fcei^^Jrtiitthi&Kieadom of the 

&* Tej**mt»n Infotoach, this * vaboftnm toahth 

ontoftbi buftafthtfa TenC0mmd»Jt»atti,4xJt§aob> 

tth Me* fa he fault h catod. thtlufiintk* Ki*g* 

Jom QfHd#wft;tbax is, he flttuld have no piece 

in his Church. Now the moral Law canomandeth 

one Day of fevtan© he perpetually kept a HolySab* 

tab. And: Cbrift b\mfcWex*refy naentkwetb the 

keeping of a Sabhitk among his Chriftians, at the 

deftructionof Jerufdem^ about 4% Teats after his 

fciUffecriqow By which time, alt the ' A^ti- 

i*i. Ceremonies (except eating ©f blood, and things 

ftrwglgd; were by a puhlick Decree of all the A- 

poftieg q*m afotijbed, and abrogated in< Chriftiae 

Churches, And therefore Chnft admofiifhed his 

Dtfciples, » tvprajtbaf their fight btootintheWii* 

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ter , /for m ffo Sabbath day. Not in the Winter j for 
that (by reafon of the foulncfs of the Ways and 
Weather) their flight fhould be more painful and 
troublefome onto them : Not upon the Sabbath, be* 
Caufe it would be more grievous to their Hearts, 
to fpend that Dy in toyTing to fave their 'Lives, 
which the Lord had commanded to be fpent in 
holy E$ercifesi to comfort their Souls. Now if the 
fanftifying of the Sabbath on this Day had been 
but ceremonial; it had been ho Grief to have fled 
en this Day, any more than any other Day of the 
Week* But in that Chrift doth tender fo much this 
fear and grief of being driven to fly on the Sabbath- 
day ; and therefore wifheth his to pray unto God 
to prevent fuch a n occa (ion : He plain ly demonftra tes 
that the obfervation of the Sabbath is no abrogated 
Ceremony, but a Moral Commandment, confirm- 
ed and eftablifhed by Chrift among Chriftians. If 
you would know the Day whereupon Chrift ap- 
pointed Chriftians to keep the Sabbath, St. John 
will tell you, that it was on the Lortts day, Rev. 
x. I o. If you will know on what Day of the Week 
that was, St. Paul \yill tell you, that it was on eve* 
tyfirjl Day of the Week, i Cor. 16. 1. 

As Chrift admonifli'i, fo Chriftians pra>?J, and 
according to th&r Prayers, God ( a little before the 
Wars began) warned by an * Oracle^ all the Chrijlh 
xns in Jerufalem, to depart thence, and to go to 
PeHdj a little! Town beyond Jordaih and fo to e- 
feape the Wrath of God, that fhould fell upon that 

• *Eufel>.Htfrt£nl.i.c.sr It is probable that this Oracle was that 
Voice ( biigremtishinc) wjnch,with.aii Earthquake was heard bynight 
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City and Nation. If then a: Chriftian (hould not 
without grief of Heart, fly for the fafetjoi his Life 
on the Lord's aky; with what sty or comfort can a 
true Chriftian *?g/f# the holy Exercifes of Gods 
Worihip in the Church, to fpend the ^reateft part 
of. the Lortfs-day in prophane and carnal Sports, 
or fervile Labour ? And feeing the Deftruftion of 
Jerufalem, was both a a Type, and an affurance of 
the Deftru&ion of the WorU\ who feeth n6t, but 
that the holy Sabbath muft continue till the very 
end of the World? 

5. Becaufe that all the CeremdnialLtiwwzs en- 
joyn'd to the Jews only, and not to the Gentiles : 
But this Commandment of the holy Sabbath, (as 
Matrimony/ was inftituted of God, ii*the ftateof 
hmcency, when there was but' one State of all 
Men, ahd therefore enjoy *d to the Gentiles, as 
well as to the Jews. So that all Magiftrates and 
Houflholders were commanded, to u conflrain aU 
Strangers (as well as their own SubjeEts, and Et- 
y»ily)\o obferve the holy Sabbath, as aippears by the 
fourth Commandment, and praftice of * Nehemi- 
*b. AH the Ceremonies were a *' PartitionvtM to 
fcparate Jews and Gentiles: But feeing th&Gentiles 
are bound to keep this Commandment^ as wejl 
as the Jews ; it is evident that it is no Jemfh Cere- 
mony,, And fecing.the fame Authority \\ for the 
Sabbath, that is for Marriage ; a Man may as well 
fay, that Marriage is but a Ceremonial La^,* as the 
Sabbath And remember, tt#t whcreaSiAforr/^is 
termM but once the e Covenant of God, t>e«*ufe 

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ipftituced by God in the * legtnM/tg: The &&*& 
is ewry where called the sltiath of fa hard tby 
($edt becaufe ordained by God in the fam begin- 
inog, both of Xrt*r, $«r# j*4 Perpetithj : There- 
fore not Ceremonial. 

6\ The Cnmftio* of our Nature: found in the 
**4»ifeft ypfitivxtf wicked Men* and in che/W 
mm6i%0^s of good Men to fan&ifc/fwewgf the 
$aJtath»fufficiently demonftrateth that the Com* 
mandate nt of the Sabbath \sffiritu4 and jmtu/L 

7. Becaufc that as 6m/ by a ptrpitud Decree, 
made the «• Sun, the Moon, and d other lights ia 
the Fimamnt of Heaven, not only to divide tbc 
Dyfrom the Night, hut alfo to be for ' $jga» and 
for *Se*fi*s t and for * Oi/x, and for h Years : S6 
he ordained in the Church on Berth, the holy 
Sabbath to be not only the appointed Se*fnh for his 
{oleum Wor&ipj but alfo the perpetual rule, *nd 
weafiirttf Time. So that as Seven Days make 
% W&k t Four Wnk$ a Mo»*k y twelve Afcsw a Tear j 
fo 5w #» ywi make a Sablitk cfXmt ; Seven f «&. 
toiv of Years, make a ?«&/<* j eighty JaktUts t or 
Four Thousand Years, or after £«rto/, Four thou- 
sand Cubits, the whole time of the QU Ttfimeaty 
till drift by his B'ptifm and ?r**thtng x began the 
fate of the Nw Tepvmnt, Neither can J here 

»Mat»$,£,a. b Nm«iurmvetiram, If*. c Gt«.i.i». 'Job. 
•.«.&}?.}> Amost.S. < To difHiMutthVwixt Spring and* H«i- 
veft, S«nmtr and WiM«r, and to fereflww Judgments to cost*. 
**«*•. 0jp. JacwdttiwaafpolMedfcf Cod's Holy W«fflut> 
na m in g far cl a l Si g ni fi cat ions ana Promifcj. f One of ths Seven 
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pais ever without admiration, how the 
merit of Cheumcifton continued in the Onirdl Thir- 
ty- nine jubilees from Atraham, to whom it wat 
firft given, unto the Baftifin of o&r# in Jortlmx 
Which was jsft (b many ?«*zita rafter * A**fo#» 
r«-/f account) as the World had continued before 
from Adam to the Birth of Abraham. Mefts began 
his Miniftry in the Eightieth Year of his Age: 
Chrift enters upon his Office in the eightieth Jubilee 
, of the World's Age : Jofefb was Thirty Years old, 
when he began to rule over Egyft&n. 4. i.46.and 
the Levins began to ferve in the Tabernacle at 
Thirty Yeats old ; fo Chrift lifcewite to anfwer thefe 
■Figures, began his Miniftry in the Thirtieth ?«fc> 
lee of Moftty and rtben he btgtn to ie Thirty Tears ef 
Age, Lake j.a 3. In the midtt of DaniePs laft week; 
ami To (continuing his Miniftry on Earth Three 
fears and a half) finifhed our Redemption, and 
DatthfPs Period, by his innocent Death upon the 
Cnofs. The moft of all the great Alterations, and 
"range Accidents, which fell out in the Church, 
came to pafs either in a SMatieal Year, or in a 
Year of jF«fe/«, lor Example: 

The f Seventy Wetks of Daniel beginning the 
Firft Year of Cjtus % and the 3439'A Year of the 
World, contain fo many Tears, as the World did 
Wetis of Yeats unto that time: And fo many Wetkt 
*(Te*rs, as the World had laftcd Jubilees. DaniePs 
&venty Weeksof Years, contain four hundred and 

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computation. Treatfle of the laft decaying Age of the WprW, puV- 
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ninety fingle years : The world before that~ time 
four hundred and ninety weeks, or Sabbaths of years : 
Daniels, period feventy Weeks; The world's fgventy 
jubilees: So that to comfort the Church for their 
ffcventy years Captivity, which they had now acr 
cording to a Jeremy's Prophecy, endyred iq Baby- 
lon \ Gabriel tell? Daniel, that at the end of feventy 
weeks, or Sabbaths of years, that is feventy times 
(even years, or four hundred and ninety years, 
f heir eternal redemption from Hell, fhould be ef- 
fected b.y the death of Chrift, as fure as they were 
now redeemed from the Captivity oiBabylon. This 
period of Baniel y containing feventy, Sabbaths, or 
ren Jufctees of years began at rhe/ry? Liberty grant- 
'?& the Jews by Cyrm, in the, firft year of his reign 
pver the Babylonians, mentioned, Ezra. i. i. and 
ends juft at the time that Chrift dyM upon the 
jCrofs. From the Death ofchri/t, or the Jaft end 
<0f : DdMeP$ Weeks to the Seventy and one year of 
thrift, the World is meafur'd by Seven b Seals, or 
r Seven Sabbaths of Years, making one compleat Jubi- 
ice.. From the end of thofl- Seven Seals, the World 
is meafur'd to her end by c Seven Trumpets, each 
containing Two hundred and forty Years (as fome 
conjecture, abopt Four hundred and forty Years 
jhence the tru,ch will appear:) Enoch, the feventh 
irom A4aw, having liv'd fo many Teaxs, as there 
,are Days in the Tear, Three hundred fijuy-five N was 
. predated of God in a ; Sabbatical year, d Aloft 
the fevep'h from Abraham^ as another Enoch, u 

„ »Je^.i5. ^1,12. b Rev.5.i. c Rev 8.2.&P.7. Napiez onxh$Jpoc. 
4 Pi ripofitiori 6, 8, 9. and his Refolutlon . ' * Pont. Of tne laft age of 
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buried of God, but born in a Sabbatical. year ot the 
World, two thoufand chree hundred and feyentv 
feventh year fince the Flood (after a Broughtox$ 
Computation) is faved, as a new Noah in a Reefl 
Ark) and lived Builder of the Church, fo long 
as JVWr was building the v*/i, one hundred abfl 
twenty yeai?s. The prqnpife was. made to.Abr4- 
ham irt a Sabbatical yeas, being tjie two.thouiartd 
and twenty third.) ear of the Worid. .The (ix$h 
year of Jojbua> being two thoufand five hundred 
years from the Creation of rhe World, wherein tfye 
land wa* poflefled, and divided among thechildren 
oflfraely was a Sabbatical year, and the b fiftieth ^Waf- 
lee frdta .the Creation of the World. 1 At this year 
fliafes begins his Jubilee^ by which (as with a chain 
of thirty Itnte) he tyeth the parting of Canon? i 
pojfefftov to the Jfraelttes by Jcfbua^tQ the opening 
of the Kingdom of Heave* to all Believers by 
Jefus.* And fo carrieth the Chuych of the Jews, . 
by a c joyful itream of Jubilees $ from the Type to 
the Sttbftanct, from Canaan to He(iven s iiwxi jojbus 
to Jejfcs^Vov Chrift at thie end 9f i*fo/^j*s thirty 
lubilt&jmd the beginningpf the thirtieth year 9? 
his Age, at bis Baptifm ppeneth £fyaven r and givts 
the ckarefi. Fifwn pf the MejfeJ. trinity, that-.wsjs 
feea fince the! .World bflgaa And by the filver- 
Trumpfi r of his G^/ proclaims^ according to > die 
TProphefie of" 1 * i/S^" efeiliat Redefflpcioirto^atl 
. that r?peui: and beUeyjet inhinu.^ .> v^ <. • ♦ 

a ^^*«» , scqncent.^.Ai.i43o, Dcut.'3?«4.' PQnt;#<^.'&Sca* 
ligcr,BncJiol. b Ponc, p!ti *Bu^b\CJrtf.^]>Wyf« AJ» 1500..,,* Jubilee 
fomc derive pf trumpets Qi^Ranis-hgms, VJieircwitli 4 the Jtibifie 
wasftun4?^: Others ftoai.JuM a ftream,"becajife they carry ^ 
to the death of' Chrift > the Awhor ofoiir .eternal rett ana jdy. 
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Andthe Year of our Saviour Cbrift's Birth, be* 
ing the Three thoufand nine hundred and forty 
eighth of the World, was at the end Of 3 Saiijrti- 
ad Year, and the 1 * Five hundred and fixty fourth 
Septenary of the World. Mofes maketh *he com* 
mon Age oF all Men, to be ten times ftve*, Pfel. 
too* and tvtryfiventb ¥eat, commonly jjroduceth 
lomeisotable f change or accident in Maris Life: 
And 110 wonder j for, tx/ fiipfocrdtts affirmeth, a- 
Child in hisMother^Womb^on the feventh Day, 
ibf Tlis Conception, hath all his Members finifl&f, 
and from that Day groweeh to tbefetfeftion of 
Birth; which is always -cither the ninth or fe- 
*enth Month. At Seven Years old the Child csfh 
trie Teethe and receives new* And evety ievemh 
Tear after, there is Tome alteration or change in 
Plan's Life, especially at nine times frv$n % *\ikC It* 
mafterick YtzVy winch by Experience is tfound to 
have -been-fatal to many of thofe Learned || Men, 
-who have been the chirfeft Lights of the Worfcd -i 
And .if they dcap'd that Year, yet moft of tbcm 
foave departed tHisLife invfeptenaryXiar. %a&eck 
dyM in the Yearcif his Life Seven Jmndfi*d&v«iKy 
feven. c Methnfdtm y the longefft Liver ctf, the ^ns 
of Men, dy*& when he toegan toenten his 'Nine 
inmdredund feventicth Year, Jfcakim&fW when 

. * A* . of tbckft dcarymg Age efl tbe World, f. t*** J, ** ••***■ 
ftttnm eft in plerifque omojbusTfy cmum turn pciinulo 8 t tl a d c 
Idiqua venire, tut corporis maffl^gri^ris^ 
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he had iiv'd Twenty-five times fcven Years. Jaeck 
when he had h>M Twenty*one rimes feven Year*. 
&avid a after he had Uv'd Ten timet Seven Years. 
So did Gak* t redid Pttrsrch, who (as Bodin no* 
teth) dVd ^ thc famc Day -of the Year that he 
was/bom: So did the Maiden Quten *EUz^th y of 
Wcflfed apd never-dying Memory, who came in- 
to this WotM, the Evetftht Hattvitjiftbe t/ejfed 
P/rgi* Mary ; and went out of this World, on the 
Eve of the Annnncimm iftbelMejrkfi* Mary. 
Bpp<>cr*tes dy'd in the fifteenth Tqieuttr}. * Hierom % 
and lfotTAtcs, in their thirteenth; Pliny, Bartoim, 
zndCafir, in their ctghthy?pf«Mr;. And t $fa» 
m de tetnporibaty who liv'd Three hundred and 
fixtyone Years, dyM in the V\fa*\ax&feptc»*y of 
his Life. The like might be obferv'd of innume* 
rabk othem. And indeed, the whole life of a 
Man is meafur'd by the Sabbath : For how man* 
Years foever a Man hveth fierce yet his Life « 
but a fl Life of Seven Days ntuitiply'd : So chat in 
the number of Seven there is a myiticaj perfection, 
which our Underftandhig cannot attain unto. 

All which Drpint Diftofition of admirable 
Things, woftby Sevens, cans upon us to a conti- 
nual meditatiooof the bieffedfeverttb Dig SMtth % 
in knowing and worthing of God m this Life : 
That fb from Sabbath to Sabbath, we may be 
traaflated «othe eternal glo ri ous SMvtkvi Reft 
ai>d, Bltf* in the Life.jp come* 

t*«lfti. £**»/«. l^<MK^t»virMUmfi^&0ieauii>,mt 
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By Ihe confideration whereof, any Man thac 
looketh into the holy Hiftory, may eafily perceive, 
thac the whole courjeoi the World is drawn, and 
guided by a certain chain of God's Providence, 

* difpofing of all thmgsin number jneafurt>znd weight. 
All times are therefore meafured by the Sabbath: 
So that Time and the Sabbath can never be fepa- 
rated. And the b Angtl fwears, that this meafurt 
of c time (hall continue, till that time fhall he no 
more. And as the Sabbath had its * fir ft inftituti- 
bn in the firjl hook of the Scriptures ' y fo hath it its 
confirmation in the Ufi. And as this Book doth 
e authorize this day ; lathis day graceth the Book : 
In that the matter thereof was revealed upon fo 
holy a day ; the Lord's revelation upon the f Lord's 
Jaj. As well therefore may they pull the Suo, 
Moon, and Stars out of the Heavens, as abolifh 
the holy Sabbath (times mete-rod) out of the 
Church: Seeing. the Sabbath is ordained in the 
Church (as well as the Sun and Moon in the 
firmament) for, the diftin&iou of times. 

8. Becaiife that the whole Church, by an * uni- 
verfal confent, ever fince the Apeflles time, have 
ftill held the Commandment of the Sabbath, to be 
the moral and perpetual Law : o£ God ; and; the 
keeping Qf the Sabbath on the firff day of the week 
to be the inftituciqnof CbriflwA ti\$ r Jpo/iles~ 

• ■ ■ j \ .. \ t j 1 ,'r -^ .j s .•'.•. ,;'» — ■—» 1 . 

• Wiffl.11.7. Wolph.Pro«m.Chf6n; ;|< RcV.io/9. e Tempuseft 
i€TOg^mundtnarum-dt ifa t io extrinfceus ubf e ivaia , * H. Wolpfa. 
Chron. c. 1 1 Temp us aim muirdo coepit, & tftie defiftiturum eft. 
Ibid* c GdU2.3. f Rcv.i.k* *Siquidhonimtotodicperorbem 
fimquentmt Ecdeii*; i:Na«i hoc qcin Ita fatiendum fit difputare, 
ii^lcatiflima injuria «fc *iug.Btift.iM*d?**. 

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The * Synod, called Synodtu CoUniefis, (kith, 
that the Lords-day hath been famous in the 
Church ever ftnce the Apo files time. b Jgnatitu 
Bilhop of Antioch living in St. Jobnh time faith* 
Let every one that loviih Chrift, keep holy the 
Lortfs-day, yrenotvnid by his Rtfurre&ion, tohich is 
the Queen of days, in which death it overcome, and 
Ife is fprung up in Chrifi. • Juftin Martyr, who li- 
ved not long after him, fheweth, how the Chri- 
ftians kept their Sabbath on the Lord's- day, as Wti 
do. * Orige», who lived about one hundred and 
eighty years after Chrift, fllews the reafon why 
the Sabbath is tranflated to the LordVday. • J*- 
l»flim faith, That the Lords-day was declared Onto the 
Church by the Refurrettion of the Lord upon that day. 
pexillo caepit habere feftivitatemjuam, and byChrift 
it was firft ordained to be kept holy. And in f a- 
nother place, that the Apo files appointed the Lord's- 
Ay to be kept with aS religious Solemnity, hecaufe that 
«fon that day our Redeemer rofefrom the dead; which 
dfo » therefore Called the Lords-day. 

As therefore * David faid of the City of God, fo 
may I fay of the Lords-day, h Glorious things are ' 
fpoken of the day of the Lord : For it Was the birth* 
jty of the world, the firfi'day Wherein all Creatures 
began to have being. In it light was given Out of 
dvkhefs. In it the Law was given on Mount 
&»«. In it the. Lord rofe from death to life. la 
" the » Saints came out of their Graves, aflu« 

" " " ■■■,.. , — 1 m - . ... -• ■■•■■ j -» 

*Synod.Col.pari.9.c.9. *> Ignat.adMagnfcf. cjfol.z. d Origeq. 
h ?milia7.fupcrExod.i. c Epifl. ad Janitor. 11 ^.0.13. & ad Caful.E- 
pm.86. f ^«g.detemp.fer.3 ji. 6Pfal.87.3. * ^g>detemp.fer.25T.- 

k f A' Conc - Conflr. Can.8. WbbhiiChr.lih. 1. c. io.Muff.Biponu 
POftDora.Pafch. lMat.27.y2. Codoman. AnntL Anlimd.\%.i%. 

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ring that on it Chrifiians (hould fife to newnefs of 
Life. In ijt the Holy Ghofi defcended upon the Apo- 
files. And if is very probable, that on the fevenr h 
Day, when the a Seven Trumpets have blown, the 
curfed b Jericho of this World (hall fall, and our 
true Jefus Ihall give us the promifed poffeffion of 
the heavenly Cm am. 

He that would fee the uniform Confent of An- 
tiquity, and Practice of the Primitive Church in 
this Point, let him read c Eufebim\ Ecclefiaftical 
Hiftory, t /i£. 4. cap. z^. Tertullianilib. de Idololatria^ 
cap. 14.Chrjf.Serm. J. de Refurretf. Conflitut. d A- 
poftoL I. cap. 37. Cyril, in J oh an. 1. 1 %. c . 5 8. Of this 
Judgment are all the found new Writers. See pox 
on Rev. u 10. Bucer. in Matth. \x.i\. Gualt. in 
Malach. $.hom. %y Fulke on the Remifh Teftam. 
Apoc* 1 • 1 o. Chemnit. Exam. Cone. Trid. par. 4. de die- 
bus f eft. Wolph. Chron. lib. z. cap. 1. c Armin. Thef. 
in 4* pracept. and innumerable others. Learned 
f Junius (hall fpeak for all ; Quamobrem cum dies 
dominicm % &c» Wherefore feeing the Lord*s*day is 
loth by the fail ofChrifl f viz, his Refurreftion, and 
often appearing to his Difciples upon that Day % ) by the 
example and infiitution of the Apoftles y and by the 
continual pr ail ice of the ancient Churchy and ly the 
tejlimony of the Scripture, ohferved and fabftituted in- 
to, the place of the Jewifh Sabbath: Inept e faciunt, 
they dpfoolifbly, who fay, that the obfervation of the 

1 Rev. 10.7. b Jpfh'. 6, 1 3 . c Aug. ad Cafulam. Ep. 86. & ad Januar. 
119 .c. 19. a Aug. Ser. detemp. 2J1, & 1 $4. & Cone. 6.Conft. 
Can. 8. c Non dabitamus guin varifc apud Chriftianos Sabbatum 
vfaletur, non abftinendo ab iis quse aliis diebus lkita funt. 4rmin. 
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Lor £s- day is of Tradition, and not from the Scrip* 
ture, that hy this means they might efiablifh the Tra- 
ditions of Men. And again, The CAufe of this change 
is the Rtfurreftion ofChrifl, and the benefit of the re- 
Jloring of the Church hy Chrifl, the remembrance of 
which benefit did fucceed into the place of the memory 
of the Creation. Non humana tr adit ione, fed Chrijti 
ipfiiis obfervatione & inflituto ; Not by the Tradition 
of Man y but by the obfervation and appointment of 
Chrifti who both on the day of his Refurreciion 9 and 
on every eighth day after, unto his Afcenfion into Hea- 
ven , did appear unto his Difciples, and came into 
their Jjfemblies. 

9. Bscaufe that the Lord himfelf expoundeth 
the end of the Sabbath, to be a *Jign and document for 
ever y hetwixt him and his People, that h$ is Jeho- 
vah, by whom they are fahihfed ; and therefore 
muft only of them be b worfhipped\ and upon the 
pain of Death, chargeth his people for ever to keep 
this memorial c unviolated. But this end is mo- 
ral and perpetual : What d Gotl hath perpetually 
Janftifiedj let not Man ever prefume to make common 
or prophane. Upon this ground it is, that the Com- 
mandment terms this day, the Sahbath of the Lord 
thy God. And God himfelf calls it e his holy day. 
And upon the fame ground likewife the Old 7V- 
flament ccnfecrated all their Sabbaths and holy 
days to the worihip and honour of God alone. 
To dedicate therefore a Sabbath to the honour of 

'Exod. 31.13, 14, &c. Ezek. 20. 12,20. b Ezek. 46. 1,2, 3, &c. 
c Excd. 35.2. ' Armin. Difput. Theolog. in Prxcep. 4, Thei". 1. 4* 
a A&5JO. 15. c Ifa. 58 13. 

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any Creature, is grofs Idolatry. For the firft Ta- 
ble makes it a part of God's worfhip, to have a 
Sabbath to his honour: fo doth Levit. 23. 3. 37, 
28, drc. and Ezek. xo. 20. Neh. 9. 14. the £*/- 
bath is put for the whole worfhip of God. And our 
Savionr teachetb, that we muft worfhip the Lor A 
God only, Matth. 4. 10. and therefore keep a Sab- 
bath to the only honour of God. The Holy Ghoft 
notes it as one of Jeroboam's greateft fins, that he 
ordained a Feaft from the device of his own heart, 
1 Kf*g* «■• 33- And God threatneth n vifit Ifrael 
for keeping the dajs of Baalim ; That is, of Lords, 
as Papifts do of Saints, Hof. x. 13. and faith, that 
fuch forget him. And fo indeed none are lefs care- 
ful in keeping the Lord's Sabbath, than they, who 
are moft * fuperfiitious obfervers of Mens hofy-dajs* 
The Church of Rome therefore commits grofs /- 

. Firft, In taking upon her to ordain Sabbaths, 
Which belongs only unto the Lord of the Sabbath 
to do* 

Secondly, In dedicating thofc holy-days to the 
Honour of Creatures, which in etfeft is to make them 
fanftif)ing Gods. 

Thirdly, In tying to thefe days, Gofs Worfhip, 
Prayers, Fafting, and Merit. 

Fourthly, In exaftingon thefe days of Mens in- 
vention, a greater meafureof folemnity and fan&i* 
fication, than upon the Lor£s»day, which is God's 
Commandment : Which in effeft is to prefer AntU 
chrift before Chri(l. Our Church hath juftly abo- 

* Read H. Wolphii Chrort. dc Temp. 1. x. c. 4. p. 118. & c. 7; 
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[ lifted all Superftitious and Idolatrous Feafts: 
and only retains a few holy-days, to the honour 
i of God alone, and eafing of fervants, Deut. 5. 14. 
though long cuftom forceth to ufe the old names, 
for civil diftin&ioto: as Luke ufed the profane names 
of Caftor and Pollux, Afts a 8. 11. and Chriftians 
of Fort unit us, 1 Cor. 16. 17. Mercurifta, Rom. 1 (J. 
14. and Jews of Mardocbeush day, x Mac. i y. J7. 

16. Laftly, The examples of God's Judgments 
on Sabbath-breakers, may fufficiently feaf unto 
them, whofe hearts are not feared, bow wrathful- 
ly Almighty God is difpleafed with them, who 
are wilful prophaners of the Lord's*day. 

The Lord (who is other wife the God of mercy) 
comanded * Mofes to ftone to death the Man, who 
Cof a frtfumpuous mind) would openly go to ga- 
ther ftickson the Sabbath-fay. Thefaft wasfmall: 
true; but his fin was the greater, that (for fo fmali 
an occafion) would prefume to break fo great a 

b tfkanor offering to fight againft the Jews on 
the Sabbath-fay, was (lain hirnfelf and 35000 of 
his Men. 

c A Husbandman grinding Corn upon thp 
Lord? s- day, had his Mill burned to aihes. 

Another carrying Corn on d this day, had his 
Barn, and all his Corn therein burnt with fire from 
heaven the next night after. 

Alio a certain Nobleman c prophaning the«M* 
^//^ufually in hunting) had a Child by his Wife 

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"Num.15.32. *2Macc.8.ii. c Ccnt.Magdcb.i2.c.tf. d DH£? 
4« Tempore. Scr. 117. • Tho. Cantipra{. Ub. 2,deapid« Timpifc 

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with a head like a Dog, and with ears and chaps, 
crying like a Hound. 

.. A covetous * \Flax-wife at Kingfiat in France 
Anno 15:59. ufing with her Maids to work at her 
trade on the Lord^s-day, it feemed unto them that 
fire iffued.out of the flax, but did no harm: The 
next Sabbath it took fire indeed, but was quickly 
quenched : But not taking warning by this, the 
third Sunday after it rook fire again, burnt the 
houfe, and fo fcorched the wretched Wornan^ with 
two of her Children, that they died the next day : 
but (through .Gods mercy) a child in the Cradle 
was taken out of the fire alive and unhurt. 

On the 1 3 th of 'January r Anno Dom. 1 5*8 2. be- 
ing the Lerfs-cUy, the Scaffolds fell in f Paris Gar* 
Jen under the People, at a Bear-baiting; fo that 
eight were fuddegly ilain, innumerable hurt and 
maimed, A warning to fuch, who take more plea- 
fure on the Lord's-day, to be in a Theatre behold- 
ing carnal fports, than to be in x\\q, Church fer- 
ying God with the fpiritual worksof ?ietj. % 
• Many fearful examples of God?s judgments by 
fire, have in our days been fhewed upQn divers 
towns , where the prophanation of the LordPs-day 
hath been openly countenanced. 

Stratford upon Avon was twice on the fame day 
twelve- month (being the LvrXsJay) almoft con- 
fumed with fire: chiefly for prophaning the Lerd^s 
Sabbaths, and for contemning his Wprd in the 
mouth of his faithful Minifters. 

* Johan. Fine. 15<j . 3 . dc miraculis. f $t m Ahridgment, <>bt. 15S2. 
Diicitc jam moniti Doorimim non tcauieis ChaJftum. ' 

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Teverton in Devonfliire, (whofe remembrance 
makes my heart bleed) was oftentimes admonifhed 
by her godly Preacher, that God would bring 
fome heavy Judgment on the Town for their 
horrible * prophanation of the Lorfs-Asy, occasi- 
oned, chiefly, by their Market on the day fol- 
lowing. Not long after his death, on the third 
of April, Anno Dom. if 98. God (in lefs than half 
an hour) confumed, with a fudden and fearful 
fire, the whole Town, except only the Churchy the 
Court-hoafe and the Alms~hoafes t or a few poor 
Peoples Dwellings ; where a Man might have feen 
four hundred Dwelling- houfes all at once on fire, 
and above fifty Perfbns confumed with the flame. 
And now again, fince the former Edition of this 
Book, on the fifth of Auguft laft, 1 6* ia. (fourteen 
years fince the former fire) the whole Town was 
again fired, and confumed) except, fome thirty 
Houfes of poor People^ with the School-houfe 9 ana 
Alms-hoaffs: They are blind, who fee not in this 
the finger of God. God grant them grace when 
it is next built, to change their Market-day, and 
to remove all occafions of prophaning the Lord's- 
day. Let other Towns remember the Tower of 
Sitae, Luke tj. 4. and. take warning by their Neigh- 
bours Chaftifements, fear God's Threatning, Jer. 
17. 17. and believe God's Prophets, if they will 
profper, 1 Chron. 10. 20* 

ManyotherExamples of God's Judgments might 

* WhiJft the Preachers cried in the Church, Prophanenefs> Fro* 
phanenefs, Gain would not fuffer them to hear: Therefore when 
they cried Fire, Fire, in the Street, God would not fitfftf an} :> 

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be auedged j but if thefe are not fufficienc to ter- 
rifie thy heart from the wilful propha nation of 
the Lorts-dq, proceed in thy prophanation ; it 
may be the Lord will make thee the next Exam* 
'fie, to teach others to keep his Sabbaths better. 

He punifbeth feme in this life, to fignifie how 
he will plague all wilful Tranfgreilors of his Sab- 
baths at the laft day. 

Thus we have proved, that the Command- 
ment of the Sabbath is Moral, and that the 
change of it from the feventh to the firft day of 
the meky was inftioited by the Authority of Cbrtf, 
and of his Jpoftles. But as in promulgating of the 
Law, divers Ceremonies peculiar to the Jews, were 
annexed, the rather to bind that People to the 
more careful performance thereof; as to the firft 

• Commandment, their deliverance from .&#/, 1ha- 
' jtowiogtheir redemption from HeB, to the fifth Com- 
mandment, length of days in Canaan, typifying 
eternal life in Heaven, to the fixth Command- 
ment, attaining from blood and things firangled, fi- 
guring the care to abfiain from all kind of Mur. 
ther ; and to the whole Law the Ceremony of 
* Parchment lace, putting them in mind to keep 
within the limits of the Law: So likewife to the 
fourth Commandment were added fome Certmo- 

• pies which peculiarly belonged to the Jews, and to 
no other People *, as firft, the doable f Sacrifices ap, 
pointed for them on the Sabbath day, fhadowing 
how God will be fervedt>n the Sabbath, with grea. 
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the a rigid and ftrift ceafingfrom making of fire, 
b dreffins of meat, and all bodily labour, botfy 
* remempring them of their full deliverance by 
Mofefs conduft from the fiery Furnaces, and fla- 
very of Egypt % upon d that day ; as alfo fhadow- 
ing unto them the eternal redemption of their Souls 
from Hell, by the death of Chrift : Thirdly, The 
keeping of the Sabbath upon the precije feventh day 
in order of the Creation ; fhadowing to the Jews 
that Chrift by his death, and refting on their 
Sabbath, in the grave ihould bring them reft 
and eafe from the burthen and yoke of the Le- 
gal Ceremonies which neither they, nor their Fathers 
mre able to bear. A&s I J. 10, CoL x. 16,17. 

And howfoever in Paradife before Man's Fall, 
the keeping of the Sabbath on the feventh day of 
th& Creation, was not a Ceremony, but an Argument 
bfperfe&ion ; Yet after the Fall, it became Ceremth 
nialj and fubjeft to change in refpeft of the re- 
ftauration by Chrift, As Man's life before the Fall, 
being immortal, became afterwards mortal; and na- 
kednefs being an Ornament before, became after- 
wards zjhame ; and Marriage became a type of the 
rnyftical union betwixt Chrift and his Church Ephef 
5. And to fulfil the Ceremonies (added for the 
Jews fake unto the Sabbath) Chrift at his death reli- 
ed in the grave all the Jewi/b Sabbath-day ; and by 
that reft, fulfilled all thofe ceremonial acctffaries. 

»Exod.35.i,|. *ExocLj<J.3J. « Dent. 5.1$. *Itwtsthef*£» 
bath-fax on which Mtfa, and th$ Cbitarm if ifrml fang to God, 
When Pharaoh and his Hoft were drowned in the Sea* Exod. 15. 

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Now as the ceafing of the Ceremonies annexed to 
the firft, fifth, and fixth Commandments, and to 
Marriage, did not abolifh thofe Commandments 
and Marriage ; nor caufe them to ceafe from being 
the perpetual Rules of Gods worftiip, and Man's 
righteoufnefs: No more did the abrogating of 
the Ceremonies, annexed to the Sabbath, abolifh 
the morality of the Commandment of the Sab- 
bath: fo that though the Ceremonies be aboliftied, 
by the accefsof the Sulfiance ; and the Shadow over- 
shadowed by the Body, (which is CbriJT) yet the 
'holy reft (which was commanded and kept, be- 
fore either the Jews were a people, or thofe Cere- 
' monies annexed to the Sabbath) dill continueth 
as God's perpetual Law, whereby aS the pofterity 
of Adam are bound to reft from their ordinary bu- 
; finefs, that they may wholly fpend every fevsnth 
day in the folemn worfliip, and only fervice of 
God their Creator and Redeemer ; but in the 
fubftance of the fourth Commandment, there is 
not found one wonj of any Ceremony, 

The chief Obje&ions againft the morality of 
the Sabbath are three. 

' Obj.i, That of Paul to the Galatians * Te olferve 
days, and months, and times, and years, &c. But 
there the Apoftle condemns not the moral Sabhathy 
(which we call the Lord's- day ; and which he him* 
y*if ordain d according to Chrift's Commandment, 
in the fame f Churches of GdatiaixA Corinth, and 

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kept himfelf in other Churches j) but he fpeaks of 
the Jemjb days, and times, and years, and the 
keeping of the Sabbath on the feventh day from 
the Creation, which he termeth * (badows 0} things 
to come, abolifhed now by Chrift the body j and 
in the Law are called b Sabbaths, but diftingijifh- 
ed from the moral Sabbath. 

Obj. 2. That of Paul to the c Coloffians: Let no 
Man therefore condemn you in meat or drink, or in re- 
fpefi of an holy-day, or of the new Moony or the Sal- 
bath-days. But here the Apoftle meaneth the 
Jewifb Ceremonial Sabbath, Hot the Chriftians 
Lord's day as before. 

Obj. 3. That of the fame Apoftle to the Romans, 
d This Man efteemeth one day dove another day; and 
another counteth every day alike, &c. But St. Paul 
makes no fuch account. For the queftion there is 
not between Jews. and Gentiles, but between the 
c ftrovgeraml weaker Chvi&iaAs. Thejfro^erefteem- 
ed one day above another, as appears, in that 
there was a day both commanded, and received in 
the Church, every where known and honoured by 
the name of the Lor£s-day* And therefore Paul 
faith here, that he thdt obferved this day, obferved it 
unto the Lord 9 The obfervacion whereof, becaufe 
of the change of die Jewifi feventh day, fome 
weak Chriftian (as many now a-days]) thought 
not fo n< ceflary : fo that if Men (becaufe the Jew- 
ijb day is abrogated) will not honour and keep ho- 
]y the Lord's- day, but count it like other days; it 

■ Col. 2. 17. *Lev. 23. 37, 3*. c .Col. 2.16*. f Rom. 14. 5. 
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is an argument (faith the Apoftle) of their weak- 
nefs, whofe infirmity muft be born, till they have 
time to be further inftruded and perfwaded. O- 
tber Objections are frivolous, and not worth the 

The true manner of keeping bolj the Lord's dtq. 

NOW the fan&ifying of the Sabbath confifts 
in two things. Firft, In reftingfrom oSfer- 
vile and common bufinefs pertain trig to out natural 
life. Secondly, In confecrating that reft wholly to 
thefervice of God, and the ufe of thofe holj means 
which belong to our fpiritual life. 

For the Firft. 

l. the fervile and common works, from which we 
are to ceafe, are generally all civil works from the * leafi 
to the grtateft. More particularly ; 

Firft, From all the works of our Calling, tho' 
it were b reaping in time of harvefi. 

Secondly, From carrying c Burthens, as Carriers 
do; or riding abroad for profit, or for pleafure: 
GOD hath commanded that the Beads fhould reft 
OH the Sabbath-day, becaufe all occasions of tra- 
velling or labouring with them fhould be cut oft 
from Man. GOD gives them that day a d reft; 
and he that without neceffity, deprives them of 

a ExQd.3i.i2,!3.&3t-'f-&$- 5Exod.3*.2i. ^Ndi.13.15. 
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their reft on the Lord* s* day, the * groans of the 
poor tired Beafts (hall in the day of the Lord rife 
up in "Judgment a gain ft hitp. Like wife fuch as 
fpend the greateft part of this day in trimming, 
fainting^ and pampering of themfelves, like Jezebels, 
doing the Devils work upon GotPs day. 

Thirdly, From keeping of t Fairs, or Markets, 
which for the moft part God punifheth with pefti* 
lence, fire, and ftrange Floods. 

Fourthly, From ftudyingany Books of Science, 
but the holy Scriptures and Divinity. For our 
ftudy muft be to be \\ ravijbed in fpirit upon the 
Lorfcs~day. In a word, thou muft on that day ceafe 
in thy calling to do thy work ; that the Lord by 
his calling, may do his work in thee. For what- 
fcever is gotten by common working on this day, 
fhall never be bhffeJ of the Lord : But it will prove 
like Achats gold, which being got contrary to 
the Lord's Commandment, brought the fire of 
God's curfe upon all the reft which he had law- 
fully gotten. And tfchrift fcourged them out as 
Thieves, who bought and fold in his Temple, 
(which was but a ceremony fhortly to be abrogated) 
is it to be thought, that he will ever fuffer thofe 
to efcape unpunifhed who (contrary to his Com- 
mandment) buy andl fell on the Sabbath-day, which 
is his perpetual law ? Chrifi called fuch, facrilegi- 
ous Thieves ; and as well may they fteal the Com* 
munion Cup from the 'LenPs Table* as fteal from 
God, the chief eft part of the Lord's- day to con* 
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fume it in their own lufis. Such (hall one day find, 
the Judgments of G<?</ heavier than the Opinions 
of Men. 

Fifthly, From all recreations and [ports \ which 
at fome other times are lawful: For if lawful 
works be forbidden on this day ; much more law- 
ful iports, which do more *Jleal away our affe&i- 
ons from the contemplation of heavenly things, than 
any bodily work or labour. Neither can there be 
unto a Man {that b delighteth in the Lord) any 
greater delight or recreation^ than the fandtifyiog 
of the Lora*s-d*y. For can there be any greater 
joy for a perfon condemned, than to come to his Prin- 
ce s houfe to have his pardon fealed? For one that 
is deadly fic%> to come to a Phyfician that can 
cure him ? Or for a prodigal child that fed on the 
husks with Swine, to be admitted to eat the bread 
of Life, at his Father** Table ? Or for him who fears 
for fin the tidings of death, to come to hear from 
God the affurance of eternal life? If thou wilt al- 
low thy felf, or thy fervant, recreation,; allow it 
in the fix days which are thine ; Not on tlie Lord's- 
day , which is neither thine nor theirs. No bodily 
recreation therefore is to be ufed on this day j but fo 
far, as it may help x&foul to do more chearfulty 
the fetvice of : God. 

Sixthly, From c grofs feeding, literal drinking of 
Wine, or ftrong drink; which may make us 
either d drowfie or unapt to ferve God with our 
hearts and minds. 

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Seventhly, From all talking about worldly 

thtogs, which hindreth the fanflf ifying of the Sab* 

bath\> more than working ;> feeing one may Work 

alone, but cannot Talk buc with others. 

He that keeps the Sabbath, only by refting from 
his ordinary Work ; keeps it but as a Beaft. But 
reft on this Day* is fo far commanded t<? Chrifti- 
ans, as it is an help to Salification; and labour fo 
far forbidden, as it is an impediment to the outward 
and inward Worfhip of God. 

If then thofe Recreations, which are lawful xt 
other times, are on the Sabbath not allowed', much 
more thofe that are altpgether at all times unlaw- 
ful. Who without mourning can endure to fee 
Chriftians keep the LordVday^as if they celebra- 
ted ja Feaft father to Bacchus, than to the honour 
of the Lord Jefus, the Saviour and Redeemer of 
the World ? For having fervM God'but an Hour in . 
outward fliew, they fpend the reft of the LordV 
day, in * x fitting down to eat and drink, andrifing ufr„ 
to plays Firft* f bdafting their Bellies, with eating 
and drinkwg ; and then feeding their Lufts with 
playing and dancing. Againft which Prophanations* 
all holy Divines, both old and new, have in 
their times moft bitterly inveighed. Infomuch, 
that Auguftine afKrmeth, || That it was better to. 
Plough than to dance upon the Sabbath day. 

Now in the Name of Almighty God, ( who 
refted, having Created Heaven and Earth) and : 

* 1 Cor. 10. 7. tExod.32.6.18,19. II Melius enjmararequ&m 
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of his eternal Son 3fe/**> the Redeemer of his 
Church, who (hall fhortly come, on the dreadful 
* Day of Doom, to judge all Men according to 
the obedience, which they have fljewed to his 
Commandments: I require thee, who readeft 
thefe words, as thou wilt anfwer Before the face 
of Chrift, and all his holy Angels at that day, that 
thou better weigh and confider whether Dancing, 
Stage-playing, Masking, Carding, Dicing, Tailing, 
Chefs-playing, Boiling, Shooting, Bear-baiting, Ca- 
roufing, Ti fling, andfuch others fooleries of Robin 
Hood, Morrice-dances, Wakes, and May games, be 
Exercifes that God will blefs and allow on the 
Sabbatfad&y. And feeing that no ASion ought to 
be done that day, but fuch, as whereby we either 
blefs God, or look to receive a bleftng from God : 
how dared thou do thofe things on that blejfed 
day, on which thou dareft not to pray to God 
to beftow a bUffing on it to thy ufe ? Hear this, 
and tremble at this, prophane Touth, of * pro* 
phone Age. 

O Heart all frozen, and void of the feeliog of 
the grace of God! That having every day in fix, 
every hour on every day, every minute in every 
hour,(b tailed the fweet mercy of thy God in Chrift, 
without which thou hadft perifhed every mo- 
ment ; yet canft not find in thy corrupt and irreli- 
gious Heart, to fpend in thy Matter's fervice that 
one day of the week, which he hath referved fof 
his own Praife and Worfhip. Let Men in defence 
of their Prophanenefs, objett what they will, and 

* A3* 1 7. 31* Rom.a.u,fcc, 2Theff.2**,&c. 



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anfwer what the Devil puts in their mouths; yet 
I could wifli them to remember, that feeing it k 
an ancient Tradition in the Church, that the Lord's 
*fecond coming (hall be upon the Louts-fa, how 
little joy they fhould have, to be overtaken in 
thofe Carnal Sports, to pleafe themfelves, When 
their Matter fiiould find them in Spiritual Exerti* 
fes ferviag him* The prophaneft Wretch would 
then wifh rather to be taken kneeling at Prayers 
in the Church, than skipping like a Goat in a 
Dance. If this cannot move, yet i would wiflk 
our impure Gallants to remember* that whilft 
they thus dance on the LonPs-day ^contrary to the 
Lor^s Commandment) they do but dance about the 
Pii*s brink; and they know not which of them 
mall firft /tfthereim Whereunto being once fat 
len without Repentance, no Greatnefs can exempt 
them ftom the vengeance of that ^4/ God, whole 
Commandment f contrary to their Knowledge 
and Confcience) they do thus frefumptuoujly tranfc 
grefs. If then God's Commandment cannot de* 
ter thee j nor God's Word advife thee: I fay no 
more> but what St. John laid before me, f f& 
that is filthy, let him be filthy flik 

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i. JThe tonfecrstionef the Sabbaths reft eonftfts in 
performing three forts cf Duties. Firftj before; Se* 
condly, at; Thirdly, after the Publick Bxercifes 
of the Church. 

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tifc*, §rty 

I. To ghe otottr Working betimes on the Eve, 
that thy Body may he the more refrcfhM and thy 
Mind the better fitted tofanftify the S*H>*tk on the 
next Day. For want oftbisfrepdratio*, thy felf and 
thy Servants being tired with labour and watch- 
ing the Night before, are fo heavy, chat when 
youfliould be ferving God, and * hewing wb*t bit 
Spirit faith nnfo the Church for your Souls Ioftru&i- 
on, you cannot hold up your Heads for flceping; 
<o the difiomttr of God, the offence of the Churth, 
and the {bunt of your fehes : Therefore the Lord 
commands us not only to keep Heiy, hut alio to re- 
member afore-hand the Sabbath-day, tojreep it Ho- 
ly, by preparing our Hearts, and removing all Bu- 
fioefe that might hinder us to t eonfetrate it, at i 
gtoriom Dq unto the Lord, Therefore, whereas the 
Lord in the ether Commandments, doth but either 
bid or forbid ; he doth both in this Commandment, ; 
and that with a fpecial Memornndnm : As if a Ma- 
iler fhould charge his Servant to look well unto ' 
Jen Things of great truft, but to have a more fpetitl i 
care to remember Oneef thofc Ten, for divers weigh- 1 
ty Reafons; fhould not a faithful Servant, that 
loves his Mailer, (hew a more fpetid cm unto that 
thing above all other Bufioeffes? 

Thus Atofes taught the People over Night to re* 
member the || Sabbath : And it was a holy Cuftom 
among our Forefa thers, when a t the ringing to 

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Prayer on the Eve before, the tittshandman would 
give Over his labour in the field, and the Trufef- 
mnn his work in the Shop, and go to Evening 
prayer in the Church, to prepare their fouls, that 
their minds might more chearfully attend GoePs 
WorJhlP on the SM*tb><Ly. 

*. To poffefs that Night * tfy Veffel in botinefi 
snd honour, that thou may ft prefent thy Soul more 
purely in the fight of God the next Morning. 

3. To rife up eorfy in the. Morning on the Son» 
bxtb-dq- Be careful therefore to rife fooner on 
this day, than on other days; by how much 
the Service of God is to be preferred before all 
Etrtblj Bufinefs. For there is no Mofltr to ferv* 
fo sood as God : And in the end, no work (hall 
be better rewarded than his Service* 

4. When thou art up, confider with thy felf, 
what an impure finner thou art, and into what an 
holy place thou goeft to appear, before the mofi 
holy Gou\ who feeth thy heart, and hateth all im- 
purity and hypocrite. Examine thy felf therefore 
before thou goeft to Church, what grievous fins 
thou haft committed the week paft ; confefs them 
unto God, and earneftly pray for the pardon and 
forgivenefs of them, and fo reconcile thy felf with 
God in Chrift. Renew thy i>om to walk more 
coafcionably, and pray for an increafe of thofe 
Graces which thou haft, and a fuppry of thofe 
which thou wanteft. But efpecially pray that thou 
may'ft have Grdce to hear the Word of God read 
and preached, with profit ;And that thou may*ft 

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receive the Holy Sacrament with comfort (if it U 
Communion Day) that God by his Hbly, Spirit 
would * afli# the Preacher,, to fpeak fortieth ing 
that may kit thy Sin, and comfort thy Soul; WhicS 
thou may'ft do in this or the like fort. 

. . A. Morning F 'foyer fir the Sabbath-day. 

OLord mofi high, O God eternal, all + whofe 
Works are Glorious, and whofe Thoughts are 
very deep : There can he no better thing, than to fraife 
thy Name, and to declare thy loving kindnefs in the 
Morntng, on thy holy and bkffed Sabbath-day. For 
it is thy Will and Commandment, that we would 
fanftifie this day in thy fervice and praife; and in 
the thankful remembrancers of the Crm/m* of the 
World by the Power of thy Word; fo of the re- 
demjiion of Mankind by the Death of thy Son, 
Jl thine (0 Lord) I confefs, is Greatnefs, and Power, 
and Glory, and Victory, and Praife : for all that is in 
Heaven and Earth is thine : Thine is the Kjttgdom, 

Lord, and thou exceOeft as Head over au\ Both 
Riches and Honour come of thee, and thou reigneft 
over at, and in thine Hand is Power and Strength*, 
and in thine Hand it is fo make great, and to 
give Grace unto all. Now therefore, O my God, 

1 praife thy glorious Name, that whereas I a 
wretched Sinner, having fo many ways provoked 
thy Majefty to Anger and Difpleafurej thou, not* 
withftanding of thy Favour and Goodnefs, (pat- 
ling by my Profanenefs and Infirmities) haft 
vouchfafed to add this Sabbath again unto the num- 

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ber of my Pays. And vouchfafe, O heavenly Fa- 
tbery far *1» Merits of J<y«* Cbrift thy Son i whofe 
glorious Rcfiirredion thy whole Church celebra* 
teth this Day; to pardon and forgive me a II my Sins 
and ftfifdeeos. EfpeciaUy, O Lord, * cleanfe my 
Soul fcomthofe fikhySins, with the blood of tby . 
moft -pane and undefined Lamb, which uketb msy 
the, Stns of the WttrU\. And let thy Holy Spirit 
moreiaad more fubducmy Corruptions,tbat I may- 
be renewed after f hjne mn Image, to ferve thee m 
m»Mfs)cfIJft,andb<>li»efsofCom>erf*tian. And as 
of xhy Mercy, thou haft brought toe to the begin- 
ning of this blefled; Day; fd 1 befcech thee, make 
it ai.Diy of BxconuRation* betwixt my fitful 8oul t 
andthiy, : ^vhe Mtjtfty. , Give me Grace, to make 
it alDnjplof Reptitotwafiawi thee, that thy Good- 
nefsftaky Jsai it tolbc a f Etey of JRar^n. unto me i 
And>ilia*£ may rcthember, that tihejKeping Holy, 
of this; Day, is a Commandment which thine own] 
Finger hath, written: ,, That on thjts Pay I might- 
medtttteon thy glorious Works of our Cre4tio»$nd 
Redemfimi and leaea how to know, and to keep 
all the reft of tby holy Laws and Commandments, 
Anjltwhcn anon,. I fhall with the reft of the holy 
Afl*mbly,appean before thy Prefencein thy houfe. 
to afler" unto thee our Moruit^-faerifice if Prttfe 
d*d PrqtK} aod- to.Mtr wfat tty Spirit, fy the 
freaqjtbtgofjh} fVerdyjkaBfpeak utfd thy Serv*»ti 
ers. from tfexdiag onto, thee ; or to keep backt^ 

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Grace from descending by thy Word, into my 
heart. I know, O Lord, ana tremble to think, that 
three parts of the good Seed fells upon bad! ground. 
O let not my heart be like the high- way, which 
through hardnefe, and want of true underftanding, 
receives not the * Seed, till the evil one cometh, 
and eatcheth it away : Nor tike to thtjkomgtvaml, 
which heareth with joy for a time, but feHeth a. 
way as foon as perfecutibo arifith for the Gofpels 
fake; Nor like (he Moray £****/, which by the tares 
<fth* toortii std tkt iKiitfiAmfs tf rubes, cbotketb 
the W*r& vohitb it hearetkf tuU wuht it sltegttber 
unfruitful: But that like untO> the goid gtomd, I 
may hear thy Word, with zn-Jton/l mmI gwl hat* 
W&rftAfditi a»db«p £} aft^^bnkg forth fr mi toitb 

Jrstte/tteyiti that tneafure tbacthy WjWqntflnll 
hink meet for -thy ^ory,, and mine everkrfting 
comfort. OpetfKfcewift,1 befeochthed, 6. Lord, 
the * far of tiiWri/tct, ifflto tby farfafai ftiamnr, 
whom thou ha^t ftttf unto us *w»tn o*n eyes,thu 
p* m*f m# ftim JgrtofsMtigf, siU ftmt'.thi 
fide? if &at*» unt» God: Th* m may *nm*/wr- 
gkrevefi if fits, ahd- mbcthbn* Among tbixn whttb 
aefdnffifiedhj faith tit Ckrijh i ,v And give tntagtace 
to fubmit ffly wtf unto bis Mioiftry, as welt wnen 
he terriiteth me with judgments, as when he com- 
fbrtetn me With thy Mercies. And that I^may 
have him \n^Jh%*l** l*e*fi* -M' ptittfs+fy/*',. be- 
came; he. iwitfhcfo for my ib\»Vas he tfaac inuft 
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And give me grace to behave my feif in the holy 
Congregation with cotrielinefs and reverence, as 
in tbypreftnee, and no the fight x&tkfhoij* AngtU* 
Keep. me from drowfineft and deeping, and from 
all wandring thoughts, and worldly imaginations! 
fanftifie my Memory, that it may be apt to receive, 
and firm- to remember thofe good and profitable 
Doftrines, which mall be taught onto us out of 
the Wordj And that through the affiftance of 
thy Htly 'Spirit, I may put the fame leflbns in 
pra&ice, for my direction in profperity, for my 
confblation in mifery, for the amendment of my 
life, and the glory of thy Name. And that this 
day, which godlefs and prophage perfons (bend in 
their own lufts and pleafures, I (as pne of thy o- 
bedient fervants) may make j^y chief delight to eon* 
[urate tajhy glory and honour, net doing mike own 
nays, nor faking mine own mfil, nor [peaking a vain 
word: f But that ceafing from the works of fin as 
well as from the works of mine ordinary tilling, I 
may through thy blefling, feel in my heart the 
beginning of that eternal Sdbsth, which in un- 
fpeakable joy and glory t ihall celebrate with 
Saints jotd Angels, to thy praife and wormip, in 
thy Heavenly Kingdom for evermore. All which 
I humbly crave at thy hfn4s, in the Name and 
Mediation of my J*ord Jefus; in that form of 
Prayer which he hath taught me y 

Oar Father which art in Heaven, HaUemi U tJy 
If ante, 6rc , 

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Having thus in private prepaid thine own Soul, 
if thou haft the charge of a Family ; call all thy 
heufbott together, read a Chapter, and pray as iii 
the Week Days: But. remember fo to difpatcb 
thefe private preparations and Duties, as that thov 
and thy Family may be in tbc Church, before the 
beginning of Prayers. Elfe your private Exerci- 
fes are rather an hindrance than a Preparation, 
And as thou and thy houfbold do go in all reve, 
rence towards the Church, let everyone mediate 
thus with himfelf: ,j>" 

Things to he meditated as thpu^otfi to the Gkwfa 

jj i *T*Hat thou art going to the * Court of the 
X., I^rd, abd to fpeak with the great God 
by Trayer ; and to hear bis Majefty$ftf* unto thee 
by his Word ; anil to receive his Blcffing on thy 
SouL and thy honeft Labour ; in the Six Days laft 
jpafh -' '* ' ;••■•• ' ' * ' ' 

a. Say With thy felf by the ynyS AstbeHart 
brayeth for the rivers qfwater^fi panteth my foul af- 
ter thee, God, "' My' foul ihirftetb for God, even 
for the living Go J: When (hall I come and appear 
■ before* the Vrefinte of Qod? « For a Day in thy 
Courts it better than.'a tboufand oiftertibere. 1 bad 
rather he a Door 'keeper in ihe Houfe of my GoJ, 
than to dwell in toe Tabernacles of Wickednefs. 
* Therefore J mil come into thy 'Houfe in the multi- 

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fade of thy mercies, and in thy fear wiUl worfhif Ph 
vmt4 thyme holy Temple. 

3. A$ thou entered into the Church, fay, 
% am fearful ^t tbit flue I Tbit it none other but 
the Houfe of God, this it the Gait of Heaven. Sure- 
ty the Lord it in this flute : > God is in tbit peo- 
ple indeed. And proft rating with thy Face down- 
ward, being come to thy place, fay, • O Lord, I 
kave loved the habitation pftby Houfe, and the Place* 
where thy/Honour dweUetb : 4 Qne thing therefore have 
I defired of tbee that J will require, even that I may 
ipeA in thy. Houfe all the Days of my Life, to be- 
held thy Beauty, and to vi/it thy Temple : ? There- 
fore, will J offer in thy Tabernacle Jacrifices of Jay, J- 
mUJing and fraife the Lord. Hearken unto my Farce, 
Lord, when I cry ; have mercy a^o upon me, and 
bear tup. f Doubt left, Kindneh and tykrcy fbaUfefc 

t' me att tbf> DJffsof 'try Life, and 1 flail remain 4 
gfeafon in the Houfe of the Lord\ And this is that 
Preparation or looking to our } feet, whereto So- 
lomon a>dvifeth us, before we enter into the Houfe 

pfGoa. : ;.>/,' ; ■;..* " • ■ . 

TbefecondforjofiEfrttfes, which ar;e t,o he performed of 
the time of the holy Aftcmbly. ■ ' 

WHen Prayers bejjin, lay afide thy bw,n pri- 
vate Meditatiohsi and let thy Heart, joyq 
With the Minifter, and the whole Church, as being 
)»ne Bodyoi Chriftj and becaufe that God is the 

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God cf order, he will have at things to be done 
in the Church with * one heart and sccortl: And 
the Enemies of the Church are b common and pmb- 
Ikk. It is therefore an ignorant pride, for a Man 
to think his own private Prayers more efle&oal 
than the public* Prayers of the whole Church* 
Solomon therefore advifetka Man • not to be r^fr, 
to utter a thing ifr the Church before God. Pray 
therefore when the Church prayetb, fing when they 
fing, and In the aftion of d kneeling, jtanding, fit* 
ting, and fuch indifferent Ceremonies (for the a- 
voidingof fcandal, the continuance of charity, and 
in teftimony of thine obedience) • conform thy fclf 
to the manner of the Church wherein thou It* 
yeft. v 

Whilft the Preacher is expounding and apply- 
ing the Word of the Lord, look upon him: For 
it is a great help to Air up thine Attention, and 
to keep thee from wandring Thoughts : So f the 
eyes efaS that are in the Synagogues, are faid to he 
fafiened on Chrifk whrlft he preached: And that 
* all the people hanged upon him when they heard him* 
Remember that thou art there as one of Chri/Ts 
Difciplts, to learn the knowledge of Salvation, by the 
remiffion of fins, tbr& the tender mercy of God, Luke 
i, verfe 77. 

Be not therefore in the School of Chrift, like an 
idle Boy in a Grammar School, that often heareth, 

a Aa$4.4<S. b Chap. 4. 32. c EccLf.i. *Eiek. 4 6. 10. Fftl. 
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icjuno- Sic 8c tu ad quamforte Ecclcfiam veneris, ejus morem 
ferva, A euiquamnon Vi$ eJBfe fcartdalo, nee quenquam tibi. 4*tb* 
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but mever Utrnetk his Leflbn ; and ftill goeth to 
School, bat profitbth nothing. Thou hateft it in a . 
Child ; Chrift detefteth it in thee. To the end 
therefore, that thou may'ft the better profit by 

heaving, mark, 

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1, &be thief fum orfeefeofthe Holy Gbofi in that 

Text* •> ,'■■■■ 

3. Thed*vij»» ffartt tfthe Text, 

4. the Dt&rineiY **>& *» etfiry Dotfriae, the 
?r«fs y the. Jleafons, *nd the Ztfij Weretf. 

A MsUwd of allTeit&ers; :ej$eftfi>rthe People 
(being accoftefeed > 'thereto) Whdbihem toTe- 
me«ber*h6Serfa»rt}'afld therefore much wifhed 
to be put in pra&ice- ef all faithfiiF Psfftors, who* 
defire to edifie their People in the Knowledge of 
God, and in bis true Religion. < - 

If the Preacher's method be too curious or con* 
f4td, Uwolaboui* to rtmonber, ' 

xj Udm maty t&togf he Haght y wbith jhou hei^ 

U8s Hit that ibo* #ti&Utj i aif^tkekpn muji U 
ameud&bi': •'—' \ ' • -'-- '. l ' ~' A 

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,. But in hearing, apply eyecy/fpeecft a$ ipjKui to 
thy felf, rather i?y » G«f;,chaft by Man\ and !a» 
bjour not fo niuchto hear the words of the Preach* 
ep founding in thine; ear, a^t* feci the operation 
of the Spirit, working in thy heart Therefore it 
is faid fo often, b Let him that hath oh ear, hear what 
the Spirit /peaks ft tfoChmrtb* : Aad, c Dtdm mr 
hearts faru^ within m> whilA ha qenesf tntto w the 
Scriptures ? And thus to near the Word, hath a 
d j% F™wM thereto,* It;fctbeateq*abjeft 
*forifci»$ °f W: felves un^Ood, It is jtbe 
'fiqrtf note of (Shrift's Sajft&j The % t*ktfi y mark 
of Chrift's Sheep ; the h apparentefi fign of God's 
Eleft; thcwg Mw^as it **ert, A^hi<th uni^tb us 
to te the ' j#fnfow/ *«>^fi Brethren and Sifters 
of theSon^f GQl^. i This is the beft Aw of 
J&Jemory ; fori a; good Header, ...■■..• - : r _. 

When the, -Sermon; is ended* 

*' i. Beware thou depart mij&e the Mmt Lepers, 
till that for thine Inftruftion in the way of thy Sal- 
vation, thoi*ha#- renirnedThaoteandPraUe toOod 
and after Prayer, and fingmg of a PfaJh^ Ap& 
w te d* Wing is pronoumeed, ftanfc up to 
W?. 9FJWK jhereinyaud^ear it, asSf * JChrffi 
bmfelf (wfiofe Minifter he is) did pronounce 
the fame uajq,thee; For in fhis, cafe it is; true ; 

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H3>- *Lukeii.a8.eRorti.iy.i«J. 'Deut.jj.j. «fohnio.4. 
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* Be that he*rethjon t hemreth me; and the Sabbath- 
da} . is blefied, becaufe God hath appointed it to 
be the d*y, -\ wherein by the month of his Minifiefe, 
he mti blefs hit people, which hear hit word, snd 
^tor/fie his Name, For though the Sabbath-day W 
it f elf be no more blefled than .the other fix days; 
yet (becaufe the Lord hath appointed it to holy 
ufes above others; it doth as far excel the other 
days of the Week) as the Confronted J3r*«{ (which 
we receive at the Lorfs Table) doth the common 
bretd which we eat at our own J Ah, 

1. If it be a Communion day, draw near to the 
Lord's Table in the Wedding Garment of a faith- 
ful and penitent heart, to be partaker of To hoi// 
a banquet. 

And when Baptifm is to be adminiftred, flay 
and behold it with all reverent attention, that (o 
thou may'ft, Firft, fhew thy reverence to God's 
Ordinance. Secondly, that thou may'ft the bet- 
ter confider thine own ingrafting into the vifible 
body of Chrift's Church * and how thou perform- 
ed the vows of thy new Covenant. Thirdly, that 
thou may'ft repay thy debts in praying for the In- 
fant which is to be baptifed (as other Chriftians 
did in the like cafe for thee) that God would give 
him the inward effe&s of Baptifm, by his blood 
and Spirit, fourthly, that thou may'ft afBft the 
Church in praifing God for grafting another 
member into his my ftical Body. Fifthly, that thou 
may'ft prove whether the efTeds of Chrift's death 
kill Sin in thee, and whether thou be raifed to 

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oewnefs of life, by the venue of his refurre&ion t 
, and fo to be humbled for .thy wants, and to be 
thankful for his graces. Sixthly, tolhew thy felf 
to be a Freeman of Chrift's Corporation : Having 
a voice or confent in the admiffion of others into 
that Holy Society. 

3. If there be any Colle&ion for the poor, 

* freely without gtudging beftow thine Alms, as I 
God hath bleffed thee with Ability. j 

And thus far of the dudes to be performed in j 
the Holy Membly. 

Nowcf the third fort of Duties *fttr the holy Jffca* j 

AS thou returneft home, or when thou art en* 
tred into thy Houfe, meditate a little while 
upon thofe things, which thou baft heard. And 
as the clean beafts Which h ebew the cud\ fo muft 
thou brine again to thy remembrance, that which 
thou haft heard in the Church* And then kneel- 
ing down, turn all to a Prayer; befeecbing God 
to give fuch a bleffing to thofe things which thou 
haft heard, that they may be a • dtrettion to thy 
life, and a confolation unto thy foul. For till the 
Word be thus made our own, and as it were 
dole hidden in our hearts; we are in danger left 

* Satan fteal it away, and we (hall receive no pro- 
fit thereby. And when thou goeft to dinner, in 

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chat reverent and thankful manner before prefcrib- 
cd, remember according to thy ability, to have 
one or more poor Cbrifiians, whole hungry bow- 
els may be refreOied with thy Meat: Imitating ho- 
ly Joh, who protected, that * be did never eat hu 
morfelt atone, without the geedCampanyof the Poor sad 
Father lefs. That is the Commandment of Chrift 
our Mafter, Luke 14. 1 3. Or at kaft wife, fend fome 
part of thy Dinner to the Poor, b who lies fick in 
the Back-lane, without any Food. For this will 
bring a c Bleffing upon all thy Works and La- 
hours, and it will one Day more rejoyce thy Soul, 
than it doth now refrefh his Body, when Chrift 
4haH fay unto thee, hleffed Child of God * law am 
bt/ngrea, and thou gavefi me Meat, &c And for af^ 
muse at thou baft done it for my fake, te the leafi ef 
thefe my Brethren', J take it in at good pert, at if thorn 
badjt done it te my own f elf. 

When Dinner is ended, and the Lord praifed% 
call thy ' Family together, f examine what they 
have learn'd in the Sermon : Commend them that 
do well, yet difiourage not them whofe Memoriet 
or Capacities are weaker ; but rather help them, 
for their Wills and Minds may bo as good. Torn 
to the Proofs which the Preacher alledg'd, and 
t nib thofe good things over their Mcmoriesagain. 
Then fing a h P faint or more. If time permit, thou 
may ft teach and examine them in fome part of 

•Jobji.ifttt. k Efth.o.l*. * Denti$.io,&C * Matth.ay.j$.8cc' 
' If thou be a private Man, either perform thefe holy Done* by 
thy felf, or joyn with fome godly Family in the performance of 
then. ?Aftsi7<ti. Heb.j.i* •Deut.6.7. •'Mat.atf.30. Jam.j.«. 


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the * Catechifm : Conferring every point With 
the proofs of the holy Scripture. This wilt both 
increafe our knowledge, and iharpen our memory ; 
feeing by experience we find, that in every Trade 
they who are moft b exereifed, are ever beft expert. 
But in any wife, remember fo to difpofe all tnefe 
private Exercifes, as that thou may'ft be with the 
firft in the holy Congregation at the Evening exer. 
rife; where behave thy (elfin the like devotion 
and reverence, as was prefcribed for the Holy 
Exercife of the Morning. 

After Evening Prayer, and at thy Supper, behave 
thy felf in the like religious and holy manner, as 
was formerly prefcribed. And either before, or 
after Supper, if the fcafon of the year and weather 
do ferve, 

i. Walk into the fields, and meditate upon the 
Works of God : For in every * Creature thou may'ft 
read, as in an open Bock, the Wifdom, Power, Pro. 
videnee, and Goodnefs of Almighty God. And how 
that none is able to make d all thefe things in the 
variety 1 of their forms, vertues, beauties, fife, mots- 
am, and qualities, but our moft Glorious God. 

i. Confider how • gracious he is, that made all 
thefe things to ferve us. 

a. Take occafion hereby, to ftir up both thy 
felf and others, to admire and adore his Poorer, 
Wtjdom, and Goodnefs, and to think what ungrate- 

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Rom. 1.19,10. ProfotcmaarretquxlibctherbaDciinfc *lfi. 
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ful Wretches we are, iFwe will noc (In all Obedi- 
ence^ ferve and honour him. 

4. If any Neighboorbe Sick, of in any Heavi- 
nefs, go to* vifit him. If any be fallen at Vari* 
ance, help to reconcile them. 

To cdnctude, three forts of Works may lawfully 
be done on the Sabbath-day. . 

z. Works of Pfcty, , which either dire&ly con^ 
cern the Service of God, tho' they be performed by 
bodily Labour j as under the Law, . the b Priefls did 
Labour in killing and <&r effing t of Qatrifces, and 
burning them on the Altar.' And Chriftians un- 
der the Gofpel when they travel far, tp, the Places 
of God's Worihip, it is but a • SahbathJafs Jour- 
ney, like to that of the i Shunamite,vi^6 Travelled 
from home, to hear the Prophet on the Sabbath-day, 
becaufe Ibe had no teaching near her own dwelling. 
And the Preacher, tho* he laboured) in the Sweat 
of bis Brews, to the wearying of his £(6c|y« yet he 
doth but a Sahbath*dajs Work, for the holy Bnd 
fan&ifieth the Work, as the e temple, did the Gold, 
or the Altar the Gift thereon. Or elfe {uch bodi- 
ly Labour^ whereby the People of Gbdarqaflem- 
bled to his Wortbipj. as the bounding of Trum- 
pets under the L*r», or the ringing of Bells under 
the Gofpel. '•'•". 

%. Works of Charity, as to 8 fave the tife of a 

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M», or* of a Besft;' to *fodiTer t Water, and drejs 
Cattle j to d refrejb. our f feWes., ' and to * ft&ee * j& 
foor\ tovi^}he'Suk; : t&hi^e*eomh»-for the 
J^, 'arid fiich like. . . 

2. Works of N&efffyf hot /wg»W, • bot /r^*/ 

and imminent ,w\ fuch as could not bt prevented 

fcefbre, tiaFc&BeaeferteJl unto' another Bay^ As 

to refift the Invafion of Erie" mies,' br the'Rdhfce. 

ries of Thieves ; to quench the rage of Fire, and 

for' ^/fi-foi to'Skaqfchj 'or let Blobd ; orto cure 

jkny ,dther d 'i!efperatd Dheaie ; } atid for JkuMvesto 

help Wonren'in taDour: flldtiiiersih&y do their 

1 Labour ,• Souidiers bewg affefjed may r figbt ; and 

" r Pop may 'ride for ihe puttfck°j|ood, and fofeb 

; fike* Qn'thefe or the' like. ^Kicaffons, a" Man may 

;la^fuilyV^'drk; Yea^ahcPVBehrliey are; Called, 

they nwu jpbri any bf theft Occafions, 1 go •out of 

twChutth, ' arid 5 from the 1 foft E&rcifeof the 

Wer4 J arid StcfamMs: , ProVidid always, that 

they be'b ( i\#le£ that ltich Cta*/fo*i 'fell -bur upon 

[ that Doj'M time j f and that {hey take no 1Wony 

v ,Fot rfheir; Pafos on/'thaF Day, but 6nry 1, fbr their 

' 'tijtfi zi}tithefe*r e/^'and Cv/tfdthce oF ; his 

' Cbmroa'ndinent. 

"When the: Time of'Reft apprc#cheth;iretfre thy 

" felf to tome 1 private place f and kdownijf that in 

the ftatebf Corr^pfioii hoMah Irving can fatiflifie 

a Sabbath in that Spiritual manner that he feould, 

'Mtt.nn, '•Luke 13.1$. *Matth. u. i.*i 1C0c.11.-aa, 3f 
. r V Cpr. i$a-, f Nuncios pticcpscxcipitur a Stf>l>aKf.7«tf. Coo* 
»ent. fup. «um. 13. 3- 

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tranlrariie commits many breach es ther eof, in 
his Thoughts; Wor&i.' &nd Dteds j hfrmbly crave 
pardon for th£ Defers, ^and rcconcilelfty fetf un- 
to God, with' this or the like Bvemng Sucr^ca • 

* ' l- . ' * • " ' * • * » i i I ' ' 

A private Evening Prayer for the Lord*s-day* 

f l - ' • <' : '-- f - -' • I u„, 

| ( /y^, * £fo#, //*//, Lord God of Sabbath / 
_ ' Suffer die, 'who am but* Dtf# */*/ ^/, : to 

k fpfeak uttto thy moft Giottous Majcfty; 'I knew 
that rh6u art a t con/ufning /r*;'I afcknowledgethat 
that I a ! tri but withered 4 Stubhle. My * Sim we 
in my 'fybt, atid SAtari * ftartfa at th Right-hand to 
adcuft me for foeift ; 1 tdmc not to ixcdfej but 

' to'? fudge my felf worthy' of H\ thofe jddgrtteits, 
which th^ juftiee^mislit'moft jtiftly itoflifriigoii 
me a Wretched Creature, for ttiy SioS arid Trfcnf* 
greffipns. The Number of themfefo gfeaty the 

' Nattifeof them is (o grievous, that they inake me 
feem ^vite ih;my;6wn Byes^ how rtttush -more 
loathfome in thy'Jighttl cbnfefs they itiakfe me fo 
fir fr<3m bdng * worthy to be called thy Boh;* thai I 
am altogether 'unvborthy to Have the Name of thy 
mea'rtfit S'erDantl And if thou fhould'ft but re- 
compense rtie according to my defert,the Earth^as 
weary of fuch a finful burthfcn) ftiould openiier 

, Mouth and fallow trie uj> > like one of Dathans 
* family, into the Bottotaiefi Pit'of Hell. F<lr if 
thot didft not: fpare 4 the' Natural branches, tHofe 

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£. fZach. 3. 1,2. Sj Cor. if. 31. k2Sara.6 22. *Lukei$:aj. 
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* Angels of glorious Excellency; but hurld\t them 
down from the heavenly Habitations into the Pains 
of beltifb Darknefsj to be kept unto Damnation, 
when they finned but once againft thy Majefty : 
and did ft expel our Firft b Parents out of. ParaJije, 
when they did but tranfgrefs One of thy Laws : 
Alas, what Vengeance may I expeft, who have 
not offended in One Sin only, 'heaping daily Sin 
upon Sin, without any true Repentance, d drinking 
Iniquity as it were Water, ever pouring in, butnc- 
. ver pouring out any Filthinefs ; and have tranf- 
- grefied not One, but all thy holy Laws and Com- 
mandments/ Yea, this prefentDay, which thou 
haft ftriftly commanded me to keep holy, to thy 
Praife and Worfhip j I have not fo reli§ioufly 
kept and obferved, nor prepared my Soul in that 
Holinefe and Chaftity of Heart, as was fie to 
meet thy bleffed Majefty in the holy Aflembly of 
the Saints. I have not attended 'to the Preach- 
ing of thy Word, nor to the Administration of 
thy Sacraments, with that Humility, Reverence, 
and Devotion, thatlfhould. For tho' I was pre- 
sent at thofeholy Excercifes in my Body, yet, Lord, 
I was overtaken with much Drowfinefs. And 
when I was awake, my Mind was fo diftraQed 
and carry'd away with vain and worldly thoughts, 
that my Soul feemM to beabfenj, and out of the 
Church. I have not fo duly (as I mould) medita- 
ted with my felf, nor conferred with my Fami- 
ly, upon thofe good Inftruftions which we have 
heard and receiv'd out of thy holy Word, by the 

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publick Miniftry. For default whereof, Sattn 
hath ftoPn the moft part of thofe Inftru&ions out 
of my Heart, and I wretched Creature have for- 
gotten them, as though they had never been 
heard . Aod my Family doth not thrive ia^qg$r~ 
ledge and San&ification under my Government* 
as they fhould. Though I know where many 
of my poor Brethren live in Want and Neceffity, 
and fome in Pain, and Comfortlefs ; yet I have 
not remembred to relieve the one with my Alms, 
nor the other with Confolations: But I have 
feafted my (elf, and fatisfy'd my own Lufts. I 
have fpent the moft part of the Day in idle Talk, 
vain Sports and Exercifes: Yea, 
Lord, I have, &c. * And for ail f Here conftfs 
thefe my Sins, my Confcience. "******. *«*•■ 

r* :•!«. *L w j thou haft done that 

cries Guilty, thjr Law condemns Day by omiffion or 
me, and I am in thy Hand to commiffion,andthea 
receive the Sentence and the gg?{ f™ <g- 
Curfe due to the wilful Breach fay, 
of fo Holy a Commandment, 
But what if I am by thy Law condemned ? Yet, 
Lord, thy Gofpel aflures me, that thy Mercy is 
above all thy Works; that thy Grace tranfeends 
thy Law; and thy Goodnefs delighteth thereto 
reign where Sins do moft t Abound. Tn the 
multitude of thy Mercies and for ihe Merits of 
Jefus Chrift my Saviour, I befeech thee, O 
Lord, (who defpifeft not the fighings of a con- 
trite Heart, nor defireft the Death of a pe- 
nitent Sinner ) to pardon and forgive me all 
thofe my Sins, and all the Errors of this 

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Pay ' , and of my : whole /Life } and free my Soul 
from that Curfe/and Judgment which is due unto 
me for them. Thou that didft juftify the contrite 
Publican for*, four Words of Confeflion, and re- 
ceivedft the Prodigal <;bild,i^hea he had fpent all 
the ftock of thyGra.ce! into favour upon his Re- 
pentance ; Pardon my Sins likewife, O Lord, and 
fufe me not to perifh for my tranfgreffion. O 
fdareme, aad receive me into thy favour again. 
Wilt thou {O Lord) ^ejecT; me, who haft receiv'd 
altt Publicans, Harlots, and Si/i/ters,<thtt upon Re- 
pentance fuM to thee for Grace? Shall Ialooe be 
excluded from, thy mercy? Fair-be it from nie to 
thinJt to; Fpr.tWart the fame God of Mercy unto 
nieythat> tiheu waflruntp-chem, .and thy compaffio*s 
riven fail, Whefefbre,0 Lprd,dealnot with meaf- 
UE^m^cUieiitSr but according to thy great Mercy. 
ES&cute not thy.fe vere Juftice againft me a Sinner : 
But exercife thfLong-fuffe'rance in forbearing thy 
o w» Creature., I have nothing to prefent unto thee 
fix a fausfa&ipnJJUt only \kto{%hloo&yW<mnfo> bitter 
hath, and Pafllon , which thy Blefled Sort, my 
drily Saviour ■„ hath. fuffered for me. Him (in 
yhorn onlythqu^trt yettpleafet) I offerunto thee for 
all my Sins, wherewith thou art difpleafed. Him 
py Mediator;ther?queft of whofe Blood, W/peah 
im bettor things th$h that of Abel, thy Mercy can 
qeyer gain-faj(: > Illuminate- my Underftanding, 
and fanftjfy my Heart with thy Holy Spirit, that it 
may brink to n>y remembrance all thofe good and 
profitable Leflons, .which this Day, and at other 
tim es have been taught meotit of thy holy Word $ 

*"" ' ♦ Luke x8. 13. f Mawh. ai. 31, 3a. iHeb. 1 z. *f. 

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tEat I may remember" thy Commandments to 
keep thsq*?, tfcy Judgm^tstp.a^voto t^iq ; and 
the fweet Promifes to rely upon them in Time 
of Mjfecy and* I?jftre#. Aad,npw, O.tord, I re- 
f^rayjetftothy ny>$lH)ly \fftll: p .receive me t 
»P$ Mw-Rwoqt;. ^l^dr^y,me,by tM Grace. 
09&tty Tejfi tJiaA^raay as, well be t^riebylpye 
an<J Imitation, as.bj CaJJipg and! Creation, ^ndr 
give me. Grace fa to keep, holy thy ^abbathVia 
thisLife,;: ai tljiai;(wh$n ^t^.^jjeisendedjlmay 
with all thy Samp anxj Angels, celebrate, an e/er- 
wl. Safttth of Joy and Pra^e, ^o the ^oijour of 
thy mpft glorious Najme, in tby. Heavenly' King- 
dom fQ? evermore. Amen. 

Ao4 tfe n calUng thy Family together, {bu$ up 
the %iH>ith with the Meditations and Prayers 
before psejcsibed for thy Family. 4ha* theLord) 
will give thee that Night a more fweet Mid quiet 
Refi thsti, ox&nary* a nd profper thee $he better in 
a]l the. taints of tke Week following. 

Thm JAT <tf fa orfynarj Pra&ice of Pieij, tyth in 
frfatfe wj putyck; 

Kmfflomth the extraordinary Bratijce of Ptety y 
*Wjby Go,d is glorified in our, ijWff • 

THE extraordinary Prdlficeof Titty confifts* 

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i. Of th fra&iee of Piety in Fafiing. 

There ac^djj^rs kinds- of Fafiing. Firft, A 
t conftrain 9 d^jff^zs when Men either have not 
F'pod to dtf/'as in the b Famine of Samaria; Or, 
Ijkvjtog Food, cannot eat it for Heavinefs or £/>*. 
#<3fjV as'ix Mel them, who were in the c Ship with 
St. Paul,* This is rather Famine than Failing. 

Secondly, 'f A natural Faft> which we undertake 
VhfieaDjl for the health of our Body. 

Thirdly, * A civil Fa/l, which the Magiftrate 
enjoyneth for the better Maintenance of the Com- 
mon-wealth ; that by uftng FHh as well as Fie/h, 
there may be greater plenty of both. 
r Fourthly, * Amir action* Fafi, as the Forty Days 
fall of Mofes kn&'£liasi the Types; and of Cbrijt, 
the Subftante. This is rather to be admired than 
imitated. - 

* Fifthly, g A daily Faft. when a Man is careful 
to ufe the Creatures of God in fach Moderation, 
that he is. qot made heavier^ but more h chearful, 
to ferve (Sod, and to do the Duties? of his Calling. 
This isefpecially to be obferv'd of Minifters and 
| Judgps. 

Sixthly, k A Religious Faft y which a Man volun- 
tarily undertakes, ro make his Body and Soul the 

1 i. Coaftum. b % Kings tf. *$. c Afts ^7. 33. d *. Phyfi«um. Ni- 
hil pcriculofius habitudine corporis extremfe bonl ': detrahenda 


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fitter to pray more fervently unto God upon fome 
extraordinary Occafion. And of this fait only we 
are to treat. The Religious Fafi is of two forts, 
either private or publish, 

1. Of a private Fafi. 

THat we may rightly perform a private Fail:, 
Four Things are to be obferved : Firft, the 
Author: Secondly, the Time and Occafiou : Third- 
ly the Manner ; Fourthly the Ends of private Fatt- 

1. Of the Author, 

The jhrft that ordained Fading, was God him- 
felf in * Paradife; and it was the firft Law that 
Go*/ made in commanding Adam to abftain from 
eating the forbidden Fruit. God would not pro- 
nounce nor write his b Law without Fa/ting, and in 
his Law commands all his People to Fail. So 
doth our ' Saviour Chrifi teach all his Difciples 
under the tfew Tefiament likewife. By religious 
Faftingz Man comes neareft the Life of d Angels 
and to God's Witt on Earth, as it is done in Hea- 
ven. Yea, Nature feemeth to teach Man this 
Duty, in [giving him a e little Mouth and a nor- 

.f us p ft, fimilitud inem ?um ilUs afieq«itur. Bafil, hom. de Jejup. * 
Natura os parvum, & guttur arQum homlni dedlr. 

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raiw /fcrotf j for /#****** is content with «a/r«/f, 
Oft;* with lefs, . Neither do-Jfatf* andi<&*«. 
agree in any one A& better, than in this-Execcife 
of religious Ufting: For it ftreng^benetib. thp Me- 
mory, and cieareth the Mind\ illuminateth the Z>n> 
derft ending, andbridfeth-the Afiflitos j mortifieth 
the Flejb,. and preferveth Chaflity; preventeth 
^/^W>,an*.continuethiMfeateh ; itdeltoethfrQm 
Bvih, and- procuretb-all- kind q£ Blefflngs. 

Bfe brewing this Fafo the S*r/*»* overthrew, 
the Firfi* Jdam y fothathe loft Patadife. But by 
keeping a Fajt, the Second Adam vaoquifhed J;be 
&r/>«»f, and reftored us into #mz*». /^Ag 
was me who coverd Weak fafs in the Ark, whom 
Intemperance uncovered, and left ftark naked in 
the kwyard. By Fafting, Let quenched the 
Flame of Sodom, whom Druniennefo {couched, with 
the Fire of Incejt. Religious fafting, and talking 
with God, made Mofet's Face to fliine before Me*, 
when Idolatrous eating and drinking caufed the 
Jfraelites to appear abominable in the fight of 
6od. It wrapt up BUas in an Angelical Coach to 
Heaven when voluptuous Jhah was lent in a 
BW? Chariot to Het It made Herod believe 
that* ?<»£« Baftijl mould live after Death by a blef- 
fed Refurreclion; when after an intemperate Life, 
he could promife nothing to Wmfelf, but eternal 
Death and Definition* divine Ordinance of a Di- 
vine Author ! 

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2. Of the Time. 

The * holy Scripture appoints no Tim* under 
the New Teftamentto Faft j but leaves icunto 
Chrlftiansown/>W£A0»*} Row. 14.3. 1 Cor. 7.5: 
toffeft'as occafions {hall be ofFer'd unto them, JKtt **- 
9. 1 y. As when a Man becomes an humble and ear* 
neft Suitor unto God for the pardon of fome grofi 
Sin commited; or for the b prevention of fome 
Sin, wliereunto a Man feels himfelf by Satan foU 
licited : or to obtain fome fpecial Bleffing which ho 
Wants ; or to avert fome Judgment which a Mam- 
fears, or is already fall'n upon himfelf or others r 
Or laftly, to fubdue his Ftefh unto his Spirit, thac 
he may more cheerfully pour forth his Soul unto* 
God by Prayer. Upon thefe Occafions a Man* 
may faft a c Day or d longer, as his occafions re-* 
quire, and the eorifiitatiou of his Body, and other 

needful Affairs will permit. 

3. Of the manner of '4 private Faft. 

The trde manner of performing a frivate Faft, 
corififts partly in outward, partly in inward A&ions. 

THe outward Actions are, to abftain, for the 

•JPraeceptum" eflefejflnlinfi Vliteo, qnifans au tct n non diebus opor- 
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time that we faft : Firft, from all a worldly Bufinefs 
and Labour, making our f aft tag Day, as it were a 
Sabbath-day, Lev. 1.3. 28. - for worldly Bufinefs 
will diftraQ: our Minds from holy Devotion. 

Secondly, from all manner of Food, yea, from 
b Bread and Water, fo far as Health will permit. 
, 1. That fo we may acknowledge our own Indig- 
nity, as being unworthy of Life, andallthedfowx 
for the Mainteinance thereof. 2. That by affix- 
ing the Body, the Soul, which followeth the Confu- 
tation thereof, may be the more humbled, j. That 
fo we may take a godly c Revenge upon our felves, 
for abufing our liberty in the ufe of God's Creatures. 
4. That by the hanger of our Bodies^ thro* want of 
thefe earthly Things, our Souls may learn to hun- 
ger more eagerly after fpiritud and heavenly Food. 
jT. To put us in Mind, that as we abftain from Food, 
which is lawful, fo we fhould much more abftain 
£rom d Sin, which is altogether unlawful. 

Thirdly, From good and cofllyt apparel; that 
as the abufe of thefe puffs up with Pride ; fo the 
laying afide their lawful ufe may witnefs our Humi- 
lity. And to this eqd in ancient times they ufed 
(efpeciaily in publick Fafts) to put on f Sackcloth, 
or other courfe Apparel. The equity hereof ftill 
rcmaineth ; efpeciaily in publick Fafis, at what 
time to come into the aflembly with ftarched bands, 
crifped Hair, brave Apparel,z\A deck'd with flowers; 

•Lev. 23. 28,35. Joel 1. i4-&.2.i5. b iSam.3.35. Ezra 10.6 Dan. 
10.3. Efth.4.16. A&s 9.9. c 2Cor.7.u. * Quid prodeft vacuarc cor- 
pus ab efcis, & animum repler? peccatis ? dug. detemv. S$r.\6. 
c Eod. 33. 5, 6. f Efth.4. 1,). Jon. 3,5,6. Joel 1.13 Mat. 11.2^. 


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or Perfumes,, argueth a Soul that is neither hum- 
ble before God, nor ever knew the true ufe of fo 
holy an Exercife. 

Fourthly, From the full Meafure of * ordinary 
Sleep. That thou may'ft that way aifo humble thy 
Body; and that tby Soul may watch und pray, to 
be prepar'd for the coming of Chrifi. And if thou 
wilt break thy Sleep early and late for wortdfygain; 
how much more fhould'ft thou do it for the Service 
of God? And if t Ahab (in Imitation of the God- 
ly} did in his Fafi lie in Sackcloth, to break his 
Sleep by Night ; what (hall we think of thofe who 
on a Fafiing-day will yield themfelves to fleep in 
the open Church I 

Fifthly and Laftly, From all outward Pleajures 
of our Senfes. So that as it was not the (} Throat 
only that firmed, fo muft not the Throat only be/#- 
nijbed: And therefore we muft endeavour to make 
our Eyes ( as at all times, fo ) efpecially on that 
Day, to faft from beholding Vanities ; our Ears 
from hearing Mirth or Mufick, but fuch as may 
move to mourn , our Noflrils from pleafant Smells ; 
our Tongues from lying, diffembling and Jlandring : 
Yea, the ufe of the Marriage-bed muft be omitted 
in a religious Reverence of the Divine JUajefiy. 
That fo nothing may hinder our true Humiliation, 
but that all may be Signs that we are unfeignedly 
humbled. Thus much of the outward manner. 

* a Sam. 12. 16. Joel 1. 13. Eflh. 4. 3. f J Kings 11. 27. H Slfola 
gula peccavit, fola jejunec, &fufficit; Si vcr6 peccaverunt& 
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The inward manner of Puffing confitts in Two 
Things, z f Repentance. 2, fryer. 

.. Jtepentanee bath Two parts. 
1. * Penitency for Sinspaft. 
a. f Amendment of Life in fime to come. 

This Potency copfifts ity Three Things. Firft, 
An inward i^A/ of Sin, and /^^ of /Mifery^ .Se- 
condly, A. tcwriting of t,hy vilp Eflate. .Thirdly, 
An |iif»^& ;and particular, fonfefion of all thy 
known Sins. 

jr. Of the inward fight of fin, *a&J*nfoof^jnifery. 

Th\sfcnJe,Mdjnfigkt will bp effe&ed in thee: 
Firft by confidering thy Sins, Specially thy grofc 
Sins, according to the circiraiflances of the time 
whep, plane whsv^ manner how, and Peirfons. with 

1 whom if was committed, ^bhdfy> ^Tfte Majefty 
of God againft whom it was done; and, the father^ 
becaufe thou didft fuch things ^gajnft Jiim fipce 

, he became a Father untp^heeVand beflpw'd fo 
.many toqestkUfings in bountiful niaqnejr i^pon thee. 
Thirdly, lb eppfidering the t curfes .which God 
hath thrsatnttfbr thy Sin; How grievoufly God , 
hath plagued others for the Jam Fault, anq how j 
that no means in Heaven or Earth could deliver , 
thee from being eternally damned iot them, had ' 
not the Stmtf Godio lovingly dy'd for thee. Laft- I 
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: Repcntafrce. Leeihefe and the fckd Qmfideiatieiis, 
'fofpNtbtky* Heart wiriP9oprow,ttfaatj<wBfti^p ibr 
*JUifloffe Within thee, 'titwiay: be^?j^/^^,ioto:a 
Fount*/* of Tears, txickling^i&ohra tby *MHfra&l 
< Cheeks. This rtwumi rig is tlwbcgirm'mg of tide 
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« ^he inward HokrniHg of the fdearf^ty the^utwat;d 
•• Me&&(f-tb€Foice$*6aT*ars?tf*tfo Ejes.^ With (u^h 
Jffi*/J^^ Prayer, is our 

heavenly Father well plea$d.£ j&Jfy, wheaitas 
the /^tfif of his ty/r/>, and the *^# of our i 7 */*)*, 
hetaOTOtbedifpleafedwit^^r. -For- if he beard 
the Mwk wtotfh extremity wrttfjg. from Q ljn*el 
audW^r; -ind^heaFeth -t-h^ HQry- c^thc^you^g 
* Ravens? bnd roariqg of e ^*w : How much fa- 
ther wilkheheai* t he >w^ 
hishwfcfr C*^^5roiakte uflttf hipi in their Miferyi 

3, C^/A* humble ConfeQion of Sins. K 

In this A&ion thou mud: deal plainly with Go J, 
and f acknowledge all the Sins thou knomft, not 

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"" &38, & 79. and??r?^^VtamenTatiDnsrJoel 2. 12, ^r^Jer.- ji. 

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only in general 9 but alfo in particular. This hath 
been the manner of all God's Children in their 
Fails. Firft,Becau(e that without *ConfeQi»H thou 
haft no prmife of Mercy or forgivenefs of Sins. 
Secondly, that fo thou may'ft acknowledge *God 
to be jujt 9 and thy felf unrighteous. Thirdly, 
That by the nuntbring of thy Sins, thy Heart may 
be the more humbled and pulled down. Fourth- 
ly, That it may appear that thou art truly Peni- 
tent: For till God hath given thee Grace to repent, 
thou vfikbc vtoreafhMmed to confefs thy Fmlty than 
. to commit thy Sin. The plainer thou dealeft in 
this refped with God, the more tracioufy will 
God deal with thee : For if thou doft « acknowledge 
thy Sins, God is faithful and juft to forgive thee thy 
Sins; and the Blood of JefusChriftbU Sou jbaffchanfe 
thee from aU thy Sins. 

To help thee the better to perform thefe Three 
farts of Penitency, thou may*ft diligently read 
fuch Chapters and Portions of the holy Scriptures, 
as do chiefly concern thy particular Sins : That thou 
may'ft fee God's Curfe and Judgments on others 
for the like Sins, and be the more humbled thy 

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The other Part, which is Amendment of tiff* 

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confifts; Firft, In devout Prayer*. Secondly, io 
devout Attions. 

This devout Praydr, which we make in tirtie of 
fafling, is either * Deprecation of£vil 9 or craving 
needful good things. 

Deprecation of Evil, is, when thou befeecheft 
GOD, for Chiift the Mediator's Sake, to pardon 
unto thee thy Sins y which thou haft confejfed; and 
to turn from thee thofe Judgments which are due 
unto thee for thy Sins : And as Benhadad, becaufe 
he heard b That the KJng of Ifrael was merciful, 
proftrated himfelf unto him with a Rope about his 
Ned; fo becaufe thou knoweft that the King of 
Heaven is merciful, caft down thy felf in his Fre- 
fence, in all true figns of Humiliation (efpecially, 
feeing he calleth upon thee to come unto him in 
thy c iroulles) and doubtlefs thou (halt find him 
moft merciful 

The craving of ntedful good things is, Firft, a 
fervent and faithful begging of God, to feal by 
his Spirit in thy Heart, the Affurance of the for- 
givenefs of all thy Sins. Secondly, To d renew thy 
Heart by the Holy Ghojl, fo that Sin may daily de- 
cay, and Righteoafnefs more and more increafe in 
the. Laftly, In defiring a fupply of e Fdith, Pati- 
ence, Cbdftity, and all other Graces ^hich thou 
nantefi , and an encreafe of thofe which G D of 
his Mercy hath beftowed upon thee already. 

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Thus jar of Prayer and Fafting. 

The devout A&ions in faftiag, are Two. Firft, 
avoiding Evil, Secondly, doing Good. 

I. Of avoiding Evil. 

This Abfiinewefrom Evil, is that which is chief- 
ly fignified by thy Abfthence from food, &c. and 
is the chief end of fafting, as the a Ninrvites very 
Well kfiew. A Vay off aft, and not fafting from Si* % 
the Lord dborretb. It is not the vacuity of the Sto- 
mach, but the b purity of the Heart that God ref- 
fpe&etliL If therefore thou wouldeff have God to 
turn from thee c the Eviloi Afflitfion; thou muft 
firft turn aw*y from thy felf the Evil of Tranfgrtf- 
fori* And without this fafting from Evil^thy Faft 
{avours more noyfom to God, than thy Breath doth 
to Mao. This made God fo often to rejeft the 
Paft of the d Jews. And as thou mud, endeavour 
to avoid all Sin ; fo efpecially that Sin, wherewith 
thou baft provoked God t either to /bait his Rod at 
t;hee, or already to lay his chafteping Hand upon 
thee. And do this with a Refolution, by the Af- 
fjftance of God's Grace, never to commit thofe 
Sins ^gain. For c what l hall it profit a Man by 

"John 3.8, 10. b Pulchrum eft corporis jejunium, cum fit ani- 
mus \ vitiis je junus. Hier. adCelant. Ep. 1 4. « Jejuna k malis a&ibus, 
abftine & malis fermonibus, contine a cogitationibus peflimis. 
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Abfttnence to humble his Body, if his Mind fwell 
with Pride ; Or to fbrbear Wine and flrong Dr//wP, 
and to be drunk with Wrath and Ma/ice? Or to 
let do Flefb go into the Belly, when Lies, Slanders 
and Ribauldry (which are worfe than Meat) come 
out of the Mouth ? To abftarn from Meat a , and 
to do Mifcbitf, is the DeviPs Fa/t^ who doth Evil % 
and is met Hungry 

t. Of doing good Worh. 

The h good Works which as a Chiiftiari thou 
muft do e?iwy Day, but specially on thy Faftfag. 
day, are either the Works of. Piety to God, or the 
Works of Charity towards thy Brethren; 

Firft, ,f he Works of Piety to God, ire the pratl- 
ice of all* the former Duties in the (tncerity of a 
good Confcience, and in the fight of God. 

Secondly, The Works of Charity towards our 
ftrethten are, * forgiving Wrongs, remitting Debts to' 
the Poof that are not well able to pay ; but efpeci- 
ally in thing Alms to the Poor, that want Relief 
and Suffenance. Elfe we fhall d under pretence of 
Godlinefs, pra&ice Miferablenefs : Like thofe, who 
will pinch their, own Bellies* to defraud their la- 
bouring Servants of their due Allowance. As there- 

* Qui clbis abftinet, & mala agunt, daembnes imitantur, qui- 
bus culpa adeft, & cibus deeft. ifid. b Vis oratioacm tuam Volare 
ad coeluni ? Fac 111* duas alas, Jujunium & Elcmofynam. Aug. 
«Ifa ; 58.6,8cc. Zach.7.9,10. * Qui jejunatutparcat,nonad Dei 
gloriam je junat, fed fubftantiae fuse parcit, Chryjofi* in Match. $ . 

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fore Chrift joyned Faffing, Prayer, and ^/«w toge- 
ther in Precept ; fo muft thou joyn them toge- 
ther^ like * Cornelius, in Practice. And therefore 
be fure to give at the leafi ib.much to the b Poor, 
on thy Faffing- day, as thou wouldft have fpent in 
thine oton Diet, if thou hadft not failed that Day. 
And remember, that *Jhe that fotoetb pknuoufly, 
fhaS reap plenteoujly; and that this is zjpecialjow 
ing day. Let thy Fafting fo d afflitt thee, that 
it may refrejh a poor Chriftian ; and rejoyce, that 
thou haft dined andfupped in another i Or rather, 
that thou haft c feafled hungry Chrift, in his poor 

tri giving Alms, obferve Two Things : Firft, 
The Rules: Secondly, The Rewards. 

i* Rules in giving of Alms and doing good Works. 

, I. They muft be done in Obedience to God's 
Commandments : Not becaufe we think it to be 
good ; but becaufe God requireth us to do fuch 
and fuch a good Deed j for fuch f Obedience^ the 
worker, God preferreth before all Sacrifices, and 
the greateft Works. 

* Afls 10. 30. "b Non Deo, fed fibi jejunat, qui qu* ad tempt* 
fubtrahit, non inopibus fubtrahit j fed ventri poftmodum ofer 
1-enda cuftodit. Greg. M. Paft. c. 44. c 2 Cor. 9. 6. * Jejunium tuuii 
te caftigat, fed altcrum laetificat. Aug. Ser. de temp. 64. e Accipi- 
at efuriens Chriftus quod jejuharis minis accipit Chriftianus. 
Auguft. de temp. Ser. 157. Beatus qui jejunat ut alat paypereffl. 
Imitatur enim Chriftum qui ainiinam fuam pofuit pro fratribus 
fins. Cyril, in Lev. lib. i o. * 1 Sam .15,21. 

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m***? plea/e God; Nay, without Faith the moft 
ffcctim Works are but *jhini*g Sips anfl Pharifees 

3. Thou muft not thick by thy good Works 
and Alms to merit Heaven ; for in vain had the 
Sotf of Gpd died his Blood, if Heaven could have 
feieen furchafed eijther for Afo/wy or /V^A Thou 
muft therefore feek Heaven's Pojfeffhn by the/*r- 
c£*/* of CAr/^s #W, not by the Merits of thine 
own Works. For c eternal Life is the Gift of God 
through Jefus Chrifi. Yet every true Chriftian that 
believes to be faved, and hopes to come to Hea- 
ven, muft do good Works (as the Apoftle faith) 
fpr npcpjfary Vfei, which are Four. 

Firft, That d Go4 may be glorified. Secondly, 
ThAf thou mafjlfibew thyfelf* thankful for thy Re- 
demption. Thirdly, That thou msfji *makefure thine 
Eletfjon uuto thy f elf Fourthly, That thou may 7 Jl 
* vain others, by thy holy Devotion, to thiqk the 
better of the Chriftian Profeflion. And for thefe 
'ufes we are faid to be h Go£s Worimanjbip, crea- 
ted in Chrifi Jefus unto good Worts, and that God 
hath ordained us to wa^k in them. 

4. Thou mqft not give thine Alms to mpudeni 
Vagabonds, who live in wilful idlenefs and filthinefs 9 
but to the Religious and honefi Poor, who are ei- 

f Hcb.u.tf. Rom.14.13. * Splencfida [toccata, Aug. c RojB-tf» 
ult. a iCor. 10. 31. 2 Cor. 8.19. PhiLi.ii. * Luke 1,74,75. 
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ther Sick, or fo old that they cannot work : Or 
fuch who work, but their work cannot compe- 
tently maintain them : Seek out thofe in the Back- 
Lanes and relieve them. But if thou meetelt one 
that asketh an Alms for Jefus fake, and knoweft 
Jiim not to be unworthy, deny him not: For it 
is better to give unto Ten Counterfeits, than to fuf- 
fer Chrifi to go, in one poor Saint, unrelieved. Look 
not on the Perfon, but give thy Alms as unto 
Chrifi in the party. 

%. Of the rewards of Jims- deeds and good Works. 

%. Alms are a facial Means to move God in 
JMercy toturn>way his* temporal Judgment from 
us j when we by a true Faith, (that (heweth it 
jptif by fuch Fruit?) do return unto him. 
'' "%. Merciful Alms-givers* fftall be the Children of 
the Higheft) arid be like their Father, who is the 
' Father of Mercies. They fliall be fris d Stewards 
to difpofe his Goods ; his Hands, to diftribute his 
Jims ; and if it be fo great an Honour to be the . 
Ifing Almoner, how much greater is it to be the 
God of 'Heaverfs Alms-giver ? 
' 3. When ail this World {hall forfake us, then 
only good Works and good Angels fhall accompany 
us, the 6ne to c receive their reward, the. other tQ 
deliver their f charge. 

'■ r 4. Liberality in AlmSrdeeds is our *funjl Foun- 
dation, that we [hall chain in eternal Life, a liberal 

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reward, thro'thc Mtrcy and Merits of Chrift. 

Laftly, By Alms-deeds w« feed and relieve 
Chrift in his Memhets; and a Chrift at the laft &*/ 
will acknowledge bur love, and reward us in hi* 
Mercy; and then it lhall appear, that what we 
gave to the Poor, was not /<$, but h tent unto the 
Lord. What greater Motives can a Chriftian wifh, 
to excite him to be a liberal Alms giver? 

Thus far of the Manner of Fading. Now fol- 
low the Ends. 

3. Of the Ends of Fafiing. 

The true ends of Editing are not to merit God's 
Favour or eternal Life (for that we have only of 
the Gift of God thro' Chrift) nor to place Relight 
in bodily Abftinence (for falling in it felf is not 
the nmrfbif of God, but an helf to further us thd 
better to worship God.) But the true Ends of 
Pafling are Three: 

Firft, To fubdue our c Flelh to the Spirit ; but 
not fo to d weaken our Bodies, as that we are made 
unfit to do the neceflafy Duties of our Calling. A 
good Man ( faith Solomon is merciful to his Beaft, 
Prov. 1 x. vet. 1 p. much more to his own Body. 

Secondly, That we may more devoutly con- 
template God^s Holy Will, and fervently e pour 

*Matth.a$. fcProv.19.17. «Efdr.8.2. **Tiin.$,2*. Jejuni- 
um orationcm roborat, oratio fan&ificat jcjuninm. Bern, Ser. de 
leiun . «Jocl 2. 17. Luke 2.37- 1 Cor. 7. j. 

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forth our Souls unto him by Prayer: For as there 
are fome Jcind of Devils, fo there are alfo forae 
kind of £/*/ which cannot be fubdued but fry #c/- 
M& joynecj unto Brayer, A/4tf6. 17. xx. 

Thirdly, That by oijr *feriow Humiliation, and 
judging of our felves, we may efcape the Judgment 
cf the Lord; not for the merit of our Fafting 
(which is none) but for the Mercy of God, who 
hath promifed to remove his Judgments from us, 
when we by parting do unfeigned ly humble our 
felves before him. And indeed no Child of God 
ever confcionably ufed this holy Exercife , but in the 
End he obtained his Requeft at the Hand of God : 
Both in receiving Graces which he wanted, as ap- 

fears in the Examples of b Hannah, c Jehefcaphat, 
. Nehemiah, e Daniel, r t Qfdras, « Efther*, 3s alfo 
jn turning away Judgments fhreatned, or fallen upon 
him, as may be feen in the Examples of the h Isra- 
elites, the J l$inev(tes 9 ) Rehobaa^m^ 1 4h«b, ^Heze- 
kiah, n Manaffah. lie who gave his dear Son from 
Heaven to the Death, to ranfom us when we were 
his Enemies, thinks nothing too dear on Earth to 
|)eftou r upon us, when we humble our .felves, be- 
ing |n^de his reconciled Friends and Children. 

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AVuhlick Fsft, is, y hpn by the • Authority qf 
the Magijlrate, either the *Mr Ghurch with- 
in hisDominion, or fame fpccial Congregation f whom 
it concerneth) 1 do aflemble themfelves together, 
to perform the forementioned Duties of htumtlia* 
tion\ either for the removingoi fom$ pyblick b Ca* 
/amity threatned or already infli&cd upoq them, 
as the Sword, Invafion, Famine, P eft Hence, or other 
fearful Sickoefs; or elfe for the obtaining of forac ^ 
publick Bleffing, for the good of the c Church, as tq 
crave theafftftance of Go&hboly Spirit, \nthz Elettion 
and Ordination of fit and able Pajlors, &c. or, for 
the tryal cf Truth, and execution of Juftice^ in mat* 
tpre of Difficulty and great Importance, efc 

W&en any Evil is to fee removed, the ^Pcfiors 
^re to lay open unto the People, by the Evidence 
of God's Word, the §ins which we^e the /fecial * 
caufesof that Calamity ; tall upon ttam to repent, 
and publifk uiito them the Mercies of God in Chrift 
upon their Repent we. The People muft hear 
the Voice qf God's Mtffengers with hearty Sorrow 
for their fins/, earne^ly leg Pardon in Chrift, and 
promife unfeigned ' 4mendment of tbgjr Life. 
When "any Qleffing is to be obtained, th§ Pajtors 
muft lay open tq the People (he fyceffity of that 
Bleffing, and the Goodnefs of God who giveth 

■Jonahs- 7. aChron.30.3. Ezi*.8.n.l>rSain.7.j,tf.Joe].2.ij; 
aCjiron.icJoiuths. 5. Efth,4,itf. *E*<wI. 1?, Efl.fc Afiii.n. 
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f uch Graw for the g<wf of Men. The /tap/* tnuft 
devoutly fray unto God for befto wing of that Grac*, 
and that he would blefs his own Means to his own 
Glory, and the good of his Church And when the 
holy Exercife'is done, let every Chriftian have a 
fpecial care according to his Jbility y to * Remem- 
ber the Poor. And'whofoever (when juftOccafion 
is offered) uftth not this holy Exercifc of Fajting, 
he hiay juftly fufpeft, that his Heart never yet felt 

the Power of true Christianity. 

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So much of Fafiwg. Now followeth the Exer- 
cife of holy Feafting. 

Of the practice of Piety in holy Feaft fog. 

HOly Feafting is a folemn Thank/giving (ap- 
pointed by Authority) to be rendred un- 
to God on fome fpecial Day j forfome extraordinary 
Bleffings or Deliverances received. Such among 
the Jews was the Feaft of the f Pajfover, to re- 
riiember to praifeGod for their Deliverance outof 
jEgypts Bondage; or the Feaft of || Purim, to give 
I'hanks for their Deliverance from Hamatfs Confpi- 
racy.. Such amongft us are the Fifth of Auguft, to 
praife God for delivering our Gracious K)ng> from 
the bloody Confpiracy of the Traiterous Gowries : 
And the Fifth of November, to praife God for the 
Deliverance of the Kjng and the whole State, from 
the fofifh Gm pmder Treafon. Such Feafts are to 

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be celebrated by a publick rehearfal of thofe fpe- 
cial Benefits, by ffiritud P films and Dances, by 
mutual Feafting, and [ending Prefents every Man to 
his Neighbour y and by giving Gifts to the Poor. 

But forafmuch as the benefit of our Redemption 
was the greateft that Man needeth from God, or 
that God ever beftowed upon Man j and that the 
Lord's Suffer is left by our Redeemer, as the chief* 
eft Memorial of our Redemption : Every Chrift- 
ian fhould account this holy Supper, his chiefeft 
and joyfulleft Feaft in this World. And feeing 
that as it rainiftreth to worthy Partakers, the 
greateft Affurance which they have of their Sal- 
vat ion; fo it pulleth temporal Judgments on the 
Bodies, and (without Repentance) eternal Dam- 
nation on the Souls of them who receive it unwor- 
thily : Let us fee how a Chriftian may beft fit 
himlelf to be a due Partaker of fo holy a Feajl % and 
to be a worthy Gueji at lo J acred a Suffer. 

Meditations concerning the due Manner of prattiftng 
Pitt) ', in receiving the holy Suffer of the Lord. 

THo* no Man living isDf himfelf worthy to be 
a Gueft at fp holy a Banquet ; yet it plea- 
feth God of his Grace to ? acceft him for a worthy 
Receiver^ who eodeavoureth to receive thar holy 
Myftery , with that competent meafure of Reverence 
that he hath prefcribed in his Word. 

He that would receive this Holy Sacrament 
with due Reverence, muft confeionably perform 
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*aThcf. 1. ix. Col.- 1. *,*. Liikeao. if. Apoc.3.4. 

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Three forts of Duties? Firft, Tbofe which pe tq be 
done before he receiyeth. Secondly, Thofe that are to 
be done in the receiving. Thirdly, Thofe that are 
to ie done ffter that he hath received the Sacrament, 
The Firft is called Preparation, the Second Medita- 
tion, the Third Attion or Practice. 

Of Preparation, 

That a Chriftjan QUght n?ceflarily to prepare 
hirafelf before fie prefume to be a Partaker of the 
holy Communion, may evidently appear by Five 

Firft, Becaufe it is God's Q>mm*ndment, £or 
if he commanded under the pain of Death, that 
none * uncircurpcifed (liould eat the Pafchal Lamb ; 
por any circumcifed upder Four E|ay s Preparation : 
How much greater Preparation doth he require 
of him, that comes to receive the Sacrament of 
his Body and Blood? Which as it fuccedeth, fo 
doth it exceed by many Degrees the Sacrament of 
the Pajfover. 

Secondly, Becaufe the Example of Cbrifi teach* 
eth us fo much : For he f rvajbtd his Difciples* Feet 
before he admitted them to eat of this Stopper \ 
(Jgnifying how thpvi fhould'ft lay afide all impare- 
nefs of Heart, and uncleannefs of Li fa and be fur- 
nifhed with Humility and Charity, before thou pre- 
fumeft to tafte of this fjoly Supper. 

Thirdly, Becaufe it is the Counfelof the Ho- 

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ly Ghoft ; a Ltf every Man examine himjelf and fo 
let him eat, &c. And if a Man when he is to eat 
with an earthly Prince, mufi confider diligently whit 
is before him y b and put a Kjsife to his Throat, rather 
than commit any Rudeneis ; how much more 
oughteft thou to prepare thy Soul, that thou may 'ft 
behave thy felf with all Fear and Reverence when 
thou art to feaft at the holy Table of the Prince 
of Princes. 

Fourthly, Becaufe it hath been ever the pra- 
ftice of all God's Saints, to ufe holy Preparation, 
before they would meddle with Divine Mjfteries* 
David would not go near to God'; Altar y till he 
had firft c wafted his Hands in Innocency: Much 
lefs fhould'ft thou, without due Preparation, ap- 
proach to the Lords Table. Abimelech would not 
give, and d David and his Men would not eat 
the Skew-bread, but tin Condition that their Vefielt 
were holy ; how much lefs fhould'ft thou prefume 
to eat the Lord** Bread, or rather the Bread which 
is the Lord, unlefs the Veflel of thy Heart be firft 
cleanfed by Repentance ? And if the Lord requi- 
red c Jofltua (as he had done Mofes. before) tofuf 
off his Shoes, in Reverence of his Holinefs, who 
was prefent in that place, where he appeared with 
a Sword in his Handy for the Deftru&ion of his Ene- 
mies ; how much rather fhould'ft thou put off all 
the Affe&ions of thine earthly Convention, when 
thou com'il near that place, where Chrift appear- 
eth to the Eye of thy Faith, with Wounds in his 

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faufe «m/ fide, for the Redemption of his Friends ? 
And for this caufe it is faid,* that the Lambs Wife 
bath made her felf ready far the Marriage. Prepare 
therefore thy felf, if thou wilt in this Life be be- 
trothed unto Cbrifi by Sacramental Grace, or ia 
Heaven married unto him by eternal Glory, 

Fifthly, Becaufe that God hath ever fmitten 
with fearful Judgments, thofe who have prefum- 
ed toufe his holy Ordinances without' due Fear 
^nd Preparation. God fet a b flaming Sword in a 
Cherubim's Hand to fmite our fir ft: Parents, being 
defiled with Sin, if they fhooid attempt to go into 
Paradife, to eat the Sacrament of the Tree of Life, 
Fear thou therefore to be fmitten with the Sword 
of God's Vengeance, if thou prefumeft to-goto the 
Church with an impenitent Heart to eat the Sa- 
crament of the Lord of Life. God fmote joboo 
of the e Betbfbemites, fee looking irreverently 'into 
his Ark, and kuTd d Vzea with fadden Death, 
for but rafb toacbtagof the Ark* and fmote c Vz- 
ziah with a Leprefeioc medlihg with the Prieftfr 
Office, which pertained not unto him. The fear 
of fuch a ftroke made Hezekiab foearneftly to pray 
unto God, that he would hot (mite the People 
that wanted time to prepare themftfoes as tbeyfhould, 
to eat the Paffover : And it is faid, that the Lord 
heard Hezekiah, and healed the People : Intimating, 
that had it not been for HezeJciah's Prayer, the 
Lord had fmitten the People for their want of due 
Preparation. And the Man who came to the Mar- 

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r*g[* f>4/? without his Wedding-garment, or ex- 
amining of himfelf, was examined of another : 
and thereupon famf AW *W /w;, W soft into 
utter Darknefs, Matth %%. 12. Afld St. Pa*/ teUs 
the Corinthians, that for want of this a Preparation 
isa examining and judging them/elves, before thfydid 
eat the Lord's Supper, God had teqt that fearful 
Skkneft among them, whereof b /ewe nwr* then 
Sick, others Weak, and many faBen Afleef, that is, tar 
ken away by temporal Death. InfomiKjh tha t the 
Apqftle c faith, that e*ery unworthy receiver, em 
his own Judgment; temporal,, if he repeats; yter- 
mi/, if he repents not; acid that in fo heinous a 
meafure, as if he d were guilty of the very Body 
and Blood of the Lord, whereof this Sacrament is % 
holy Sign and Seal. And Princes punifh the Indigni- 
ty offered to their great Seal^ in as deep a raealpre, 
as that which is done to choir own Perfon*% 
whom it reprefenteth. And how heinous the guiir 
tinefs of ChriJPs Blood is, may appear by. the f$ife- 
ry of the Jem ever fince they wifted e his Blond to 
be^an.them and their Children. But thejn thoi^wilt 
fay, It were fafer to abftain from coming at all to 
the Holy Communion: Not fo, for God hath 
threatned to punifh the f wilful Neglefl of his Sa- 
craments, with eternal Damnation both of Body 
and Soul. And it is the Commandment of Chrift% 
Take, eaty do this in remembrance of me: A nd he will 
have his Commandment under the Penalty of this 
Curfe obeyed. And feeing that this Sacrament 

•"Cor.ri.a8. b Ver.3o. c Ver.i9, d Ver. 27. c Matth. xy. t j. 
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wajs the greatefi Token of ChriJPs* Love, which he 
left at his <W, to his Friends whom he loved to 
the mi; therefore the HfegUS&nd Contempt of this 
Sacrament muft argue the Contempt and Negfcfi of 
his 2>w b and Blood jbedding : Than which no Sia 
in God's account can feem more heinous. Nothing 
hinders why thou may'ft not come freely to the 
Lord's Table j but becaufethou hadft rather want 
the Love of God, than leave thy filthy Sins. Oh 
come, but come a Gueft prepared for the Lord's 
Table; feeing they are e hlejfed, who ire celled to 
the LamPs Sapper. Oeome, but come prepared ; 
becaufe the d Efficacy of this Sacrament is received 
according to the Proportion of the Faith of the Re- 

This preparation confifts in the feriotis Confide* 
ration of Three Things : Firft, of the Worthinefs of 
the Sacrament, which is termed, to difcern the 
Lard's Body. Secondly,\>f thine own Vnworthiaefs, 
Which is, to judge thyfelf. Thirdly, of the MtA»s> 
whereby, thou may'ft become a worthy Receiver, 
called Communication of the Lord's Body. 

i. Of the worthinefs of the Sacrament* 

THEtPortbmefs of this Sacrament is confider- 
ed Three Ways: Firft, By the Majefif of 
thy Author ordaining. Secondly, By the freciouf 

• Johni3. i. bHcb. 10. 39. cRev. 19. 9. d Efficacia Euchari- 
fti* non xqnaliter fe habct quoad omnes fideks, fed pro ratione 
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»«/*■ of the Parts whereof it confifteth. Thirdly, 
By the excellency of the Ends for which it was or* 

x. C)f /fo ^<tf£<?r <?f ffo Sacrament* 

The ^fc/W wis not any &£* or ^<r/, but 
our .£«>•</ 7<p/«f, the eternal Son of God. For it 
pertaineth to Cbrifi only, under the Nen> refit- 
ment, to inftitute a Sacrament, becaufe he only can 
promife and perform the Gr** e that it fignifieth. And 
we are charged * /o tair #0 Voice but hit in his 
Church. How facred fhould we efteem the Ordi- 
nance that proceedeth from fo divine an Author t 

a. Of the farts of the Sacrament. 

The parts of this bleffed Sacramedt are Three. 
Firft, The earthly figns fignifying. Secondly, The 
divine Word fan&ifying. Thirdly, The heavenly 
Graces Ggnified. 

Firft, The earthly figns are t %"*& and Wine, in 
number Two, but One in ufe. 

Secondly, The divine Word % is the Word of 
Chrijt's Inftitution ; pronounced with Prayers and 
Blefings by a || lanfulMlnifttr. The Bread and Wine 
without the Word are nothing, but as they were 
before; but when the#Wcometh to thofe Ele- 
ments, then they are made a. Sacrament i and God 

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1 16. 40. 1 Cor. xo. 16. EuCharlftiae Sacraraenrum non de aliorum 
' aanu <juim prsiidentium Jjimimus. Ttrt, tibr. dt Cmn. c. 3. 

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is prcfcnt with his own Ordinance, and ready to 
perform whatfoever he doth promife. The Divine 
Words of Bleffing do not change or annihilate the 
* Subfiance of the Bread and Wine : (for if their 
Subftance did not remain, it could be no Sacra-* 
ment: ) but it changeth them in Vfe and in Name. 
For, that which was before but common Bread and 
Wine to nourifli Mens Bodies ; is after the Bltffing 
deftinated to an holy ufe, for feeding of the Souls 
of , Chriftians. And where before they were 
called but Bread and Wine ; they are now called 
by the Name of thofe ^Things which they fig. 
nifie, The Body and Blood ofChrifi : the better to 
draw our Minds from thofe outward Elements to 
the heavenly Graces, which by the fight of our Bo- 
dies they reprefent to the fpiritual Eyes of our Faith. 
Neither did Chrift direft thefe Words f This 
is my Body y This is my &lood, to the Bread and 
Wine ; but to his Difciples, as appears by the 
Words going before, Take ye ', eat ye. Neither is 
the Bread his Body, but in the fame fenfe that the 
Cup is the New Tefiament % viz,, by a facramental 
Metonymie. And St. Mark notes plainly, that the 
Words, This is my Blood \ &rc. were not pronounced 
by our Saviour 9 till after that all his Difciples hd 
drunk of m theCup % Mark 14. 23.14. And afterwards 
in refped of the natural Subftance thereof, he calls 

* Qui eft i terra panis, percipiens vocationem Domini, rion jam 
communis paniseft,fed Euchariftia,ex duabus rebus conftans, terre- 
n48ccoelefti./r«.//^.4.^.34.Per Sacramentum corporis,&fangui- 
nisDomini divinse efficimur confortes nature, &tamcn ejfenonde- 
finit fubftanda vel natura panis & vini. Gtlafm emir a Eutjcb. f Chri- 
ftus vifibiliafymbola, corporis & fanguinis apoellatione honoravit, 
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that the fruit of the Vine* which in tefpeft of the 
fpiritual Sgnification thereof, he had before fdrtit- 
ed his Blood, verfe 15. after .the maimer of t'ernft- 
iag all Sacraments. And Chrift bids lis riot* to 
w^ &//*, but to do this in Remembrance of bim } 
and he bids Us. to eat not (imply his Bod), but his 
Body as it was then hoken, and £& Blood Jheeti 
Which St. IW ejcpoijndsw be but the CqmmunU 
on of ChriJPs Body, and the* Communion of his Blood, 
that is, an effectual /Vtdfgf that, we are partakers of 
Chrift^ andof 4// the Attrits pf his Body and Blood. 
And hy the frequent ufeof this Communion, Paul 
will have us to *&ake a/hew of the Lord's Death till 
he come c from Heaven, and till we, as d Eagles 
fhaS he caught up into the air y to meet him wlio is the 
blefled Carkajs and Life of our (Souls. 

Thirdly, The fpiritual Graces are likewilje Two • 
the Body of Chrift, as it was with the feeling of 
God's Anger due to us, crucified: and his' Bloody 
as it was (in the like fort) foedfor the remijjion of 
our Sins. They are in number two, but in ufa one, 
viz. whole Chrifl, with all his Benefits offered to all, 
and given indeed to the faithful* Thefe are the 
Three integral Parts of this blejje J Sacrament, the 
Sign, the Word,, and the Grace., The Sign with- 
out the Word) or the Word without the Sign can 
do nothing; and both conjoyned are unprofita- 
ble without the Grace fignified ; but all Three con- 
curring, make an effectual Sacrament to a worthy 
Receiver. Some receive the outward Sign-without 

• a iGw\io. 16. * 1 Cor. 11. 26. c Afts 3.21.&1.JI. *JVSatth, 

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the fpiritual Grace, as 3M*f, who ^as ^ia///» faith) 
received * the Bread of the Lordy but not the Bred 
which was the Lord. Some teceive the fpiritual Grace 
without the outward fign, as the Saint-Thief on 
the Crofs; and innumerable of the faithful, who 
dying defire it, but cannot receive it, thro' fome ex- 
ternal Impediments ; but the worthy Receivers to 
their Comfort receive both in the Lord* s* Supper. 

Chrift chofe Bread and Wine (rather than any 
other Elements^ to be the outward Signs in this 
bleffed Sacrament: Firft, becaufe they are eafteft 
for all forts to attain unto : Secondly, to teach us, 
that as Man's temporal Life is chiefly nouriflied by 
+ Bre*d<> and cheriEhed by Witse\ fo are our Souls 
by his Body and B/<Wfuftained and quickned unco 
eternal life. Chrift appointed Wine with the Bread 
to be the outward Signs in this Sacrament, to teach 
us, Firft, That as the perfeft Nourijhment of Man's 
Body confifts bothot Meat and Drink; fo Chrift 
is unto our Souls not in party but in Perfe8ion y both 
Salvation and Nourijbment. Secondly, That by fee- 
ing the Sacramental Wine apart from the Bread, we 
fhould remember how all his precious Blood was 
nit out of his bleffed Body for the remifjion of our 
'ins. The ouiward Signs the Paflor gives in the 
Church, and thou doft eat with the Mouth of thy 
Body\ the fpiritual Grace Chrift reacheth from 
Heaven, and thou muft eat it with the Mouth of 

* PanemDomini,non panem Domlnum. Aug. \ David calls Bread 
the ftrcngth of Man's heart, Pjal. 1 04. 1 $ . Efay t the it ay of Bread , csp. 
3 x. £&eJbV/,theftaffofBread,r*J>.4.i6. Hmer, M^sa©- riaruu*. 

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3. 0/ /A* Ends for which this holy Sacrament wot 

The excellenr and admirable Ends or Fruit /, for 
which this bleffsd Sacrament was ordained, are 

Seven. , 

Of the fir fi end of the Lorfs Supper. 

1. To keep Chriftians in a continual * Remem- 
brance of that propitiatory Sacrifice, which Chrift 
once for all, offered by his Death upon the Crofi, 
to reconcile us unto God. b Do this (faith Chriftj 
/* Remembrance of me. And ('faith the Apoftle,) c ^ 
of t as ye JhaS eat this Bread and drink this Cup, yt 
do fbe» the Lord's Death till he come* And he faith, 
that by this Sacrament, and the Preaching of the 
Word d Jefus Chrjl was fo evidently fet forth before 
the Eyes of the Galatians y as if he had been crucified 
among them: For the whole Aftion reprefenteth 
Cbrift's Death ; the breaking of the Bread bleffed, 
the crucifying of his bleffed Body ; and tht pouring 
forth of the fan&ified Wine^ the (bedding of his 
holy Blood. Chrift was once in himfelf c really of- 
fered : But as oft as the Sacrament is celebrated; 
So oft is hefpirituafly offered by the faithful. 

Hence the Lord'* JSupper is called a propitiatory 

a Mattb.26.2<S. b Lukc32.i9. c 1C0r.11.26. *Gal.3.i. •Hcb. 
9.26. & 10.1 2. Quotidic nobis Chriftuscrucifigitur Aug. inPfsl.ft. 

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Sacrifice, not properly or really, but * figurat-vely, 
bpcaitfe it is a memorial of that propitiatory Sacrifice, 
which Chrift offerM upon the Crop And to duhn- 
guilh it from that red Sacrifice, the Fathers call it 
the t mtooodj Sacrifice. It is called the Eucbarifi, 
ijecaufp that the Church in this A&ion, offereth 
unto God the Sacrifice of Prayer and Thankjgivin% 
for her Redemption ; eftefted by the true and only 
expiatory Sacrifice of Chrift upon the Crofs. If 
the fight of Mo&s King, facrificing on his Walls 
his own Son, to move his Gods to refcue him, z 
King* 3. 17. moved *he aflailing Kings to ftjch pi- 
ty, that they cefts'd the Aflaulr, and »ifed their 
Siege 5 how Should, the fpiritual Sight of God the 
Barber i j] fcfiri&cipg on the Crflfc ki& only betptten 
£a^ to favp tby §Wl» n?ove th$e fo love God thy 
Hejieiwer, and to leave Sin, that could not in Ju- 
stice be expiated hy «oy meatier Raoipoi ? 

><tf the $ec<^ endvf the Lor£$ Sapper. 

%. To confirm ot# Faith : For God by this Sacia- 
^ift&tohfignifii *nd feat unto us from Heaven, 
that according to tfce Promife and new Covenant 

* Ufivvvyuws. flncjrucntum facrificium. If it be unbloody, be- 
caufc it is ' void of blood ; then/it is not Chf ilVs natural body : Iftc- 
fcaufe it is offered without fhedding of Wood ; then it is not avail- 
able^ fteremifllon of fins. H*b-9- ll - Ghrifto cum patrc & Spiritu 
fan&ofacrificium panis & viiii in fide &t har irate fa n&aEccIefiaCa- 
ihfilkn pffcf^e non ceflat. Aug. defid. ad Pet. diac. cap. 19. || Cum firan- 
feitur hoftia; dum fanguis de calce in offe ndetmhi tuhditur, quid 
|li«4 qu^p Dominicicorporisin cruce emolatio, e jufque fanguinis 
fl? j^ff'ra efiiifip defignatur? Can. fifi- 2. dewfec, *wmjr*ngitur. 37.' 


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which he "hath made in Chrift t he will truly re- 
ceive into his Grace and Mercy all penitent Beleivers, 
who duly receive this holy Sacrament; aad that 
fpr the Merits of the Death and. Patftoa of Chrift b& 
will as verily forgive them all their Sins, as they 
are made Partakers of this Sacrament. In this re- 
fpe&the holy.Sacrament is called,* Thejealcfihe 
new Covenant and remijjion of Situ. In our greateft 
Doubts,, we may therefore, receiving this Sacra- 
ment, undoubtedly lay with Sampfon's Mother: 
b If the Lord would kill us, he would not have receiv- 
ed a Burnt-offering and a Meat-offering at our Hands, 
neither, would be have /hewed us aU theft Things, per 
would as this time have told us fuch Things , aw 
fhefe. '.."■'. 

Of the Third end of the Lord's Suffer* 

3, "To be a Pledge and Symbol of the moftnear 
and effectual. Communion which Chriftians have 
with Chrift. e The cup of Bleffing which we fiefs, 
is if. not the Communion of the Blood of Chrift ? the 
Bread which m. break, is it not the Communion of the 
Body. of Chrift I That is* a moft effectual fign and 
Pledge of our Communion with Chrift? This U- 
nion is called a abiding in us, 'joyning to the Lord, 
f dwelling in our Hearts: and fet forth in the holy 
Scriptures by divers Similies. Firlf, of the * Vine 

. Mlcun.4, 11. Matth. »6. a8. i Cor^ rij. b Judg. 13 .53. « 1 Cor. 
10.16.* John 14.16,13. e iCbr.6. 17. tfKKwi. r Eph.3.i7.j»- 

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and Branches. Secondly, of the * /&*/ and Body. 
Thirdly ,< of the b foundation and building. Fourthly, 
of one c l.oaf confe&ed of many Grains. Fifthly, 
pf t^e 4 matrimonial Vnion 'twixt Man and Wife, 
and fuch like. And it is Three-fold betwixt Chrift 
and Chrift ians. The firft is natural, betwixt our 
human Nature, and ChriJPs divine Nature, in the 
perfon of the Word : The fecond is myffical, *t wixt 
pur perfons abfent from the Lord, and the perfon 
of Chrift God and Man, in One myffidttt Body. 
The third is celedial, betwixt our ptrfons prefent 
with the Lord, and the perfon of Chrift in a Body 
glorified. Thefe three Conjun&ions depend each 
upon orher. For, had not our Nature been firft 
Hypoftatically united to the Nature of God in the 
fecond Perfon ; we couJd never have been united 
to Chrift in a myHical Body. And if we be not 
in thk JJfe (though abfent i uniced to Chrift by ^ 
wySiictl Union, we lh?ll never have Communion 
of Glory with fym in his heaveqly prefenct* The 
fnyHical Ziniop (chiefly here meant) is wrought be- 
twixt Chrift arid us by the Spirit q( Chrift appre- 
hending us; and by our Faith (ftirred up by the 
lame Spirit) apprehending Chrift again. Both which 
St. Paul dpth mpft lively exprefs j c J follow after, if 
that I may apprehend thqtfor which alfo 1 dm afpre<- 
fended of Chrift *]efia. How can he fall away 
f hat holdeth, andisfo firmly holden? This Uni- 
on he (hallbeftunderftand in his Mind, who doth 
jnoft feel it in his Heart. But of all other times, 

I pph. 3. 6. *r<*f*r. Eph. 5. 13. Col.j.i8.Ror»,i2. 4^ bEpb. 2. 
}9. 26. cj Cor.10.17. d Eph. 5.31, 52.Rey.21. 2. cfhU* ?• J?- 


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this Union is beft felt, and moft confirmed, when 
we duly receive the Lord's Supper. For then we 
mall fenfibly feel our Hearts knit untoChrift, and 
the defires of our Sou Is drawn by Faith and the Ho- 
ly Ghoft, as by the Cords of Love, nearer and near- 
er to his Holinefs, 

From this Communion mth Chrifi, there follow 
jto the faithful many unfpeakable Benefits. 

As Firft,Chrift took by Imputation all their * Sins 
and Guiltinefs upon him, to fatisfie God's Juflice 
for them: And he freely gives, by Immputttion, 
untousallhis^Righteoufneis in this Life, and all 
his Right unto eternal Life when this is ended ; and 
counteth all the good or iU that is done unto us, as 
done unto his 'ownperfon, ■ - 

Secondly, There floweth from ChrifiTs Nature 
into our Nature, united to him, the lively Spirit 
and Breath of Grace, which d reneweth ustoa fpi- 
ritual Life; and fo fan&ifieth our Minds, Wills, 
and AffecTtons, that we daily grow more and more 
e conformable to the Image of Chrift. 

Thirdly, He befloweth upon them all faving 
f Graces, neceflary to attain eternal Life, as the 
fenfe of God's Love, the affurance of our Election, 
with Regeneration, purification, and grace to. do good 
Works, till we come to live with him in his hea- 

i ■». 1 

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venjy. If rogdtten. This*fljQqki teach all true Chri- 
ftianfrtokeep themfelves asthe undefikd Members 
Hi GbriJftTs twly Body,*fl(} to beware of all £>*- 
dw*ef$ and JW*A>^$fc»owing that tbejy iive in 
Ghr iftfyOE ctthcr, that thrift /#**/£ in them. • From 
this Vnion with Chrift (fealed unto us by the 
Xor<Tj £»/per ) Saint Paul draweth Arguments, to 
with drawithe Cor^A^*»ifr<3Gi the Foliation both 
of Idolavy'i'.L'CQr* iq,:i& and Adultery^ i Cor n 16, 
1*, 16*. 

<. Laftly, From the for-atar Communion 'twiit 
Chrift atodChoftians, ttwre flows another Com- 
jntwiflio-'twiif t Chriftiaosainoiig tbemfilveu Which 
i* alfftHvfcly reprefeated by the Sacraaqent of the 
lM$i SufpcKiln that the whole Church beipg 
jrw/yydo-aB cjramwwfcate of ok Bread, in that 
holy Action. * W? £«»£ ««gf, *rr at* B*?<wf, utAom 
&#&\fof*rm d Part'abrs if that one ErtUx That 
t»the Bread which wfeeat in the Sacrament, is but 
<wr» though it fee confe&ed of many Grains* lb aU 
the faUhfoV. though they be matg t yet are they 
butt vbtwjfiifd Bvdjf, under one Held, which is 
Chrift. Our Saviour prayed ^ times in that pray* 
er wbiclh be made after .his. laft Supper, that his 
Difciples might foe i <m$ to teach us at once % how 
much. this. Vilify pleafeth him. Tiv&Zbiion be- 
twixt the. faithful, n. fa. ample, that 00 Diftance 
of place can part it; to fang, that..Qeath can- 
not diffolve it ; fo durable, that time cannot wear 
it oun'fo ejfeftimt) t hat i t br e eds a fervent love be* 

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twixt thofe who never faw one anotofliVFace. 
And this conjunSf ion of Souls is termed tbe>l£«KOT*. 
tnon of Aw***, wbich Chrift eiFedeth bytSix fpe* 
cial Means, Firft, by governing them ah by aw 
and the fame Aqfy a fyirtf. Secondly, by enduing 
them all with o/w? and the fame b Faith. Thirdly, 
$y ftiedding abroad his ow* e Love into all. their 
Hearts. Fourthly, By J regenerating them all by 
one and the fame Bapttfm. Fifthly, By • nourifbing 
them all with one and the fame fpiritual JW. 
Sixthly, By being one ^quickning Head of that one 
body of his Church, which he * reconciled to God 
in the Body of bk Flefb. Hence it was that the mul- 
titude of Believers in the Primitive h Church, were 
of one Heart and of one Soul, in Truth, Affthion 
and Comp^fm, And this ihould teach Chriftians 
to love one another ; feeing they are sli Members, of 
the fame holy and my ftical Body ; whereof Cbrifl is 
Head. And therefore they would have all a Ckri- 
fiian Sympathy, and ffBm-feeling, to rej^ee one in 
anothers Joy, to condole one in anothers Grief, to 
tyar with one anothers Infirmity; arid mutually to 
relieve one anothers Wants. 

Qf the Fourth end of the LorePs Supper? . 

4. To feed the Souls of the faithful, in thiajfured 
liope of Life everlafting. For this Sacrament isa.fign 
and Pledge unto us as many as (hall receive the fame 
according to Chrift 's Inftitutipn, thathe yjll ac- 
cording to his Promife, by the verttieJipf his 

•iCor.i*. 13. *Epb-4j- cRom.y ; jf. dTitj.y. B*k. 4 , ? 
i Cor.io. 17. 11. 33. «qpKi, i8. f Verftaa. *Aa»^a. 7 • 


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aucifi&Btid^nd Blood, as verily feed our Souls 
to Lifo»fl&J*2ls our Bodies are by Bread and Wine 
nouri(hec^«o tbi*J temporal Life. And to this end 
Chrift in the adion of the Sacrament * really giv* 
eth his very body and blood to every faithful Re- 
ceiver. Therefore the Sacrament is called the 
* Communion tf the Body, and Blood of the Lord. 
And c Communication is not of things abfent % but 
prefent: Neither were it the Lord's Sapper, if the 
Lord's Body apcl Blood were not there. Chrift is 
verity prefent in the Sacrament, by a double Vnion : 
Whetwrf die firft isfpiritual, 'twixt Chrift and the 
worthy Receiver ; the Second is Sacramental, be* 
twixt the Body and Blood of Chrilt, and the out- 
ward Signs in the Sacrament. The former is 
wrought by Means that the/**** holy Spirit, dwell- 
ing in Chrift and in the Faithful^ d incorporated 
the Faithful, as Members unto Chrift their Head, 
and fo makes them one with Chrift and partakers 
of all the Graces, Holinefs, and eternal Glory ; which 
is in him ; as fure and as verily, as they hear the 
Words of the Promije, and are partakers of the out- 
ward Signs of the holy Sacrament. Hence it is* 
that the Will of C hrift is a true Chri ftian's Will: 

* Audio quid verba foncnc, neque cnim mortis tantum ac re- 
furrc&ionis fu* beneficium nobis offcrt Chriftus, led corpus ip- 
fum in quo partus eft ae refurrcxit, Concludo, realiter, hoc eft 
verfe nobis in ccena dari Chrifti corpus, ut (it animis noftris in cU 
bum falutarem, Calv. inCom. in i Cor. it. a?. b i Cor. jo. 16*. 
c Quod fe nobis communicated fit arcani fplritfis fanfti virtute, 
quae res lpconim diftaatii fejurtftas, ac procul difiitas non mod6 
aggregate, fed co-adunare in unum poteft. Calv. in i Cor. 1 1. 1 j. 
* Haet (fc corpus & fangui* Domini) accepta atque haufta id ef- 
ficimUr a t & no a w €hrtft»^r€hriftgs hr nobis fit. Hil. lib. 9. de ' 
Trin. Jfofe corpus Chrifti n»o corpofi fociatum eft, & fanguis c- 
jus rn«fspni**it genas. • Bl Aptttit dift. af. Amb. 

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and the Chriftian's Life is Chrift, who livefh in him, 
Galatians 2. verfe 20. If ye look to the things that 
are united ; this Union is ejfential; if to the truth 
of this Union ; it is real: If to the manner how it 
is wrought ; it is fpiritual. It is not our Faith, 
that makes the Body and Blood of Chrift to be 
prefent; But the Spirit of Chrift dwelling in him 
and us. Our Faith doth but receive and apply unto 
our Souls thofe heavenly Graces* which are offered 
in the Sacrament. ; 

The other, being the Sacramental Union* is not 
a Phyfical or Local, but a fpiritual Conjunction of 
the earthly Signs, which are Bread and Wine, 
with the heavenly Graces, which^are the Body 
and Blood of Chrift in the aft of receiving ; as if 
by a mutual Relation, they were but one and the 
fame thing. Hence it is that in the fame * inftant 
of Time, that the worthy Receiver eateth with his 
Mouth the Bread and Wine of the Lord, he eateth 
alfo with the Mouth of his Faith, the very Body 
and Blood of Chrift. Not that f Chrift Is brought 
down from Heaven to the Sacrament, but that the 
holy Spirit by the Sacrament, lifts up his Mind un- 
to Chrift ; not by any local Mutation, but by a de» 
vout Affettion ; fo that in the holy || contemplation of 
Faith, he is at that prefent with Chrift, and Chrift 

* Corpus non adcft, cum pane, «(**, id eft, fimul Ioqo, fed ©/*?, 
id eft, fimul tempore, t Quum ccena cceleftis fit aftio, minime ab- 
lurdum eft Chriiium in coelo manentem a nobis recipLc*J.t» iCor. 
11 .2 J. II Fidem mittc in ccelum, & eum in tcrris tanquam prefer*. 
tem tenuifti AugXf. s.tdVol. Fidem quumdico,non intclligoquam- 
libetopinionem, fedfiduciam qua quum audis pancm tcileram effe 
.corporis Chrifts, non dubitas impleri k Domino, quod verba (onant? 
corpus quod nequaquam cernis,rpirituale effe tibialimentum ,vim- 
que exCibr;7?/carne vivificam in nos per ipiritum difiundi.C#/w»tf ;V. 



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&/*£ to*. And thus believing and medicating how 
Chrift his Body was crucified z and his precious 
Blood ihed for the remiffion or his Sin^.and. the 
reconciliation of his Soul unto God ; his Soul is 
hereby 1 more ejfetfudly fed in the affur^nce of eter- 
nal Life, than Bread and Wine can nourifh his 
Body to this temporal Life. Thene mxtft be there- 
fore^ Neceflity in the Sacrament,, both* the out- 
ward Signs to be : vifibly feen with the Eyes of the 
Body } and the Body and Blood of Chnfty to be 
fpirifudfy Jijcerned with the Eye of Fmh. But the 
rorm, how the Holy Ghoft makes the Body of 
Chrift bping abfent from us in placenta b^fnfem 
with vis by our, Union, Su Paul terms a * great My. 
fiery >; fuch asour Underftanding cannot worthily 
comprehend. The Sacramental Bread and Wine 
therefore, are not \^z^gnifymg S'g*f, but fuch as 
wherewJjthChrift doth indeed exhibit and give toe- 
very riprf/jy Receiver, f not only hisdi vine vertue and 
efficacy*, but alfo his very Body and J$fat» as verily 
as he gave tohis Difciples th&ffply G/^,by thefign 
of Hsfacredtreath, or health to the difeafcd, by the 
Word of hu Mouth+ot touch of his Hand or Garment. 
And the afprehewftonby Faith is n*ore forcible, than 
the eyquifiteft comprehension oiSenfe ox Reafon. To 
conclude this Point ; this holy Sacrament i* that 
BJejfrd Jiread, which, being eaten, opened the 

* Eph., 5. 3 *. t Ego tunc nos demum participare ChrifU boms 
agno(co,poftquam Chciftum ipfuraobtuiemus* Obtinetur nontan- 
turn quum pro nobis faflum fuifle vi&imam crcdimus: fed dum ia 
nobis habitat, dum ejus fumus membra, ex carne ejus, dum in u- 
nam denique & vitam & fubftantiam (ut ita loquar) cum ipfo co- 
alcfcimus. C*/v, ibid. 



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Eyes of the |) #wwa//«, that they 'khe^C/ht/t, Thfe 
is that Lord/j CuL by Wfiich *WW$ku<feto 

w*r* b j%, that revivetH th^ F^rftfii^Spirirs of 
every true Jonathan,, that'tafts itwift the Mouth 
of Faith. This is that c Bdrlj Z^/ which tum- 
bling from above, ftrikes/doWn the Teats of * the 
Midianites of infernal Datknefs. iS?/i» , Ss Angelical 
"•Cafe and ^/frpreferVedhidi Forty 13aysin#k- 
rebi 2lm\* Manna (Jnj>el\fyod)fedth$ i ffraelites 
Forty Years in the Wilcernefsj hut this is that 
f true Bread of Life y and heavenly VHdnnd, which if 
we ihall'^/p eat, will liqurifh our Souls for ever 
unto Lift* eternal. How mould theri bur Souls 
make unto thrift that requeft from zfiiHfyal De- 
fire, which the Caper naites did from a (atrial Ma» 

tion ? h Jjot d evermore give us tbii Bread.: • 1 - 

'• • '' '-' < ' ! - • .'j j.' i • .'■: 

The fifth end of , the jLord*S.SMr. ' J 

5« Tolbe <w affuredpleel£e tinto us ofotpRtfi'rreEttioj. 
The Refurreftion Of a Chriftjan is tw&Jbld ; Firft, 
the 5 j^/r/>*a/Refurre&i6n of our&wifofyithis Life, 
from the death of Sip called xhtfrftkeJjwre&ipH'i 
Becaufe that by the Trumpet-voice oft. Chrjftyinthe 
preaching of the Gofpd r we .are ra'ifed ftoni the 
death of Sin, to the Life' df prate': k! 8feffedandfofy 
is he (faith Saint ^ohn) who hath 1 pari in the 'firft A?- 
fu rte&ion ; for ft? fitch, the, s^on i Death hathjip 

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3*> 35,49, jo 8 John £.rf.t f ,5«/ jA JoJin^.>*, ! John 5. a£ 
Rom. tf. 4, 5> iz. *Rev. 20. ff. 



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?(»wr: The a ZinPs &ta»tr is both a #/*** and a 
Pledge unto us, of this ipiritual and Firft Refurrec- 
tion. h He that eateth me, even he fh all live by me. 
And then we are/f Gueftsto* fit at tfo Table with 
Chrifi ; when like Lazartu, we are raifed from the 
2>Mf£ofSui, to newnefs of Life. 

The Truth of this firft Refurre&ion will appear 
by the Motion wherewith they are internally mov- 
ed; for if, when thou art moved to the duties of 
Religion, and praftice of Piety ; thy Heart anf wer- 
eth, with Samuel 1 d Hear 1 am, fpeak Lord, for 
thy Servant heareth. And with David, c Gad, 
my Heart is ready. And with f Paul, Lord what 
wilt -thou have me to do ? Then furely, thou art 
raifed from the death of Sin, and haft thy part in 
the firfi RefurreUion : But if thou remained Igno- 
rant of the true Grounds of Religion, and firideft 
in thy felfa kind of fecret loathing of the Exer- 
cifes thereof, and muft be drawn, as it were a- 
gainft thy Will, to do the Works of Piety, &c. 
then furely thou haft but a name that thou tiuefjt, but 
thou art dead, as Chrift told the * Angel of the 
Church of Sardv, and thy Soul is but as Salt to 
keep thy Body from ftinking. 

Secondly, The corporal Refurre&itin of our Bo» 
dies at the laft Day* which is called the fecond Re- 
furrettion, which freeth us from the firft Death. 
*£fe that eateth my Fle/h and drinketh my Blood, hath 

aHinc apud prifcos Sacramentum baptifmi appellabatur Salus ; 
Sacramentum vero Domini corporis, Vita. Aug. lib. 1 . deftccatvrum 
vtmthy cof. 14. * John 6. $7. cjohn ia. 2. d 1 Sam. 3.10.* Pial. 
108. 1. *A(k$9-6. *Rcv. 3, i. * John 6. 54- 



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5E|>0^^ticfdf^tety> gat 

tfwW L//*, flW / wiSraife him up at the laft Dor* 
For this Satrament fignifieth and iealeth uritd us* 
jhat Cbrtfi died and r<^ again for us 5 and that his' 
Flefh quiekmtb aaAnounjbeth us unto eternal Life: 
and that therefore our Bodies ftall furely be raifed 
W eternal Life at the laft Day. For feeing our Head 
is rifen, all the Members of the Body (hall like* 
wife furely rife again. For how can thofc Bodies 
Which (being the weapons of Rigbteottfntfs, Ron* 

l u '}' Tem P les °f the Ho b tiboA 1 Cor. 6. 19. and 
Members of Chriji) have been ffed and nostrified 
with the Body and Blood of the lord of Life, but 
be raifed up again at the laft Day ? And this is the 
caufe that the Bodies of the Saints, being dead, 
are fo reverently buried and laid to fleep in the 
LORD. And their burial places are termed the 
\\Beds and Dormitories of the Saints. The Repro- 
bates fball arife at the laft Day $ but by the Almigh- 
ty Power of Chrift, as he is Judge, bringing them 
asMalefa&ors out of the Goal, to receive their 
Sentence, and deferved Execution.' But theBlefcV 
wall arife by virtue of ChriJPs Refurrettion, and of 

, Hinc panis & vlnum a veteribusnominantur iymbola reforrc£U 
™u», Cmt. ifite». John 6 J i. Caro Chrifti non in fefe, fed in ver- 
V >pu hypoftatice nnito, vivifica eft : Cyr. in jthm. io. 1 3 , Et quia 
«t propria caro yerbi cuncla viyificantii. Syntd. &ph. DirtftanWe 
**«-tgin«. Vivificat j . ratiOne lher iti obedientie, quia Chrifti caro 
pocredentibus oblata fuit in facrificium j 1. ratione copulationiS' 
?"* craft Chrifto, quia non poffimus ad Deiim vit* fonteta per- 
«>gere, nifi carne ilia Chrifti mediante, & quatenus carni ifli quad 
■Jembrafnmusiiifiti Caro non prodeft.y«fc«i.6'.63. i.e.<arnalisopiV 
™» non conveniens cum myfterio manducationis carrtis ChriftL 
t Vuomodo negant carnem capacemefle refurreaionis.fluselknffuU 
"•^WxporeChriftinntritBr? imM. 4 .^. 34. fife ,«. ,g, ,r« 

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the Communion which they have with him, as 
with their Head. And his Refurre&ion is the 
a ***/* and ajfurance of ours. The b RefurreSion 
of Chrift is a Chriftiatfs particular Faith : The 
Refurre&ion of the Douf, is the Child of God's chief- 
eft confidence. Therefore Chriftians in the Primi- 
tive Church were wont to falute one another in 
the Morning, with theft Phrafes; c The Lord is 
rifen : And the other would anfwer» True> the 
Lard is rifen indeed. 

The fix tb End of the Lord's Supper. 

6. To fed unto us the ajfurance of everlafting Life. 
Oh what more wilhed or loved, than Life? Or 
what do all Men naturally more, d either fear or 
abhor than Death ? Yet is this firfi Death nothing, 
if it be compar'd with tht fecond Death: Neither 
is this Life any thing worth* in comparifonof the 
Life to come. If therefore thou defireft to be af- 
fured of Eternal Life, prepare thy feif to be a 
worthy Receiver of this bleffed Sacrament. For our 
Saviour affureth us, c That if any fian eat of this 
(read, he fhd live for ever ; and the head that I 
will give j is my flefh, which I will give for the Lift ef 
the World. He therefore who duly eateth of this 
holy Sacrament, may truly fay, not only Credo vh 

* ChrUH refurreftio, in qvk noftra innititur, communis rcfarre- 
Ctionis Fidfc juflbr eft. Theod* b Mortuum cflc Chriftum ctum Fa* 
ganicrcdunt : refurfexifle verOpropria Fides eft Cbriftianoram.- 
Aug* *- 1 &- ****** F**ft- caf. 19. Tots fiducia Chriftianorum eft re- 
furreftio mortuorum. Ten. lib. f. tie refurreB. Cam. KJejt&- ifhrit 
lt$£t «rfai. 4 Omnium tcmbilium ttrribiliffimnm mors* Arifi. 
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tarn aternam, I believe Life everlafting j but alio 
£fo vitam tternam, I eat Life everlafting; And 
indeed^ this is the true Tree of Life* which God 
bath planted in the midft of the Paradifi of the 
Church: And whereof he hath promis'd * to give, 
every one that overcometh, to eat. And this Tree of 
Life, by infinite degrees excelleth the! Tree of Life 
that grew in the Paradife of Eden ; for that had his 
Root in the Earth, this from Heaven ; that gave but 
Life to the Body, this to the Soul; that did but 
prefer vie the Life of the Living, this reftoreth Life 
to the Dead. The t Leaves of this Tree heal the Na* 
lions of Believers, and it yields every Month a new 
manner of Fruit, which nourifheth them to Life 
fcverlafting. Oh, blefled are they who often eat 
of this Sacrament ! At leaft, once every Month ^ 
tafte abew of this renewing Fruit, which Chrift: 
hath prepared for us at his Table to heal our In* 
firmities> and to confirm our Belief of Life ever- 

Ofthefeventh End of the Lordts Supper. 

7* To bind all Chrifiians, as it were by an || Oath 
<f Fidelity, to ferve the One only true God j and td 
admit no other propitiatory Sacrifice for Sins, but that 
one real Sacrifice which by his Death Chrift onct 
offered, and by which he finifhed the Sacrifices of 
the Law, and effe&ed eternal redemption and Righte- 

*Rev.a.7- tRcv.n.a. H Milites Sacramento erant jurat! &ob- 
wifti ad preftandam foli impcratori fidditatem & Qbedientiain. 

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m/m/} for all believers. And fo to remain for 
ever a publick mark of profefion, CO diftinguifh 
Chrift'rans from all Se&s and falfe Religions. And 
feeing that in the Mdfs there h zjtrauge Chriji ado- 
red, not he that was born of the Virgin Maty, but 
One that is made of a Wafer Cake ; and that the 
offering up of this Breaden God is thruft upon 
the Church, as a propitiatory Sacrifice for the Qgick 
and the Dead: All true Chriftians upon the danger 
of toilful perjury before the Lord Chief Juftice of 
Heaven and Earth, are to deteft the Mafs as the 
Idol pf Indignation, which ismoft derogatory to 
the all fufficient world-faving merits of Chtifts 
Death and Paffioo. For by receiving the Sacra- 
ment of the Lord's Supper, we all fwear that all 
real Sacrifices are ended by our Lord's death: And 
that his body and Hood once crucified and (bed, is 
the perpetual food and nouriflunent of our fouls. 

4. liovt to conjtder thine otonHnworthinefs, 

A Man fhall beft perceive his own unwortbiuefs, 
by examining his life according to the ten 
Commandments of Almighty God. Search there- 
fore what duties thou haft omitted, and what vices 
thou haft committed, contrary to every one of the 
Commandments ; remembringthat without repen- 
tant* and God's, Mercy m Chrift, the * Curfe of God 
(containing all the miferies of this life, and ever- 
jafting torments in hell frre, when this is ended) is 
due to the breach of the leaft of God's Command- 

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ments. And having taken a due furvey both of 
thy Sins and Miferies, retire to fome fecret place, 
and there putting thy felf in the fight of the J*Jg* % . 
as a £**/# Mdefmor (landing at the Bar to receive 
his Sentence, tiowing thy Knees to the Earth, (mi- 
ting thy Breafi with thy Fifls, and bedewing thy 
Cheeks with thy Tears, confefs thySins, and humbly 
ask him Mercy and Forgivenefs, in thefe, or the 
like Words, 

An humble Confefjion of Sins, to he made unto God 
before the receiving of the Holy Communion** 

OGod ap0 heavenly Father, when I confidcr 
the Goodnrfs which thpu haft ever (hewed 
unto me, and the Wickednefs which I have * com- 
mttedTagainft Heaven and againfi thee, I am afha- 
med of my felf, and Confufion feems to cover my 
Face as a Veil; for which of thy Commandments 
have I not tranfgrelTed > O Lord ? I ftand here guil- 
ty of the Breach of all thy Holy Laws. For the 
love of my Heart hath not fo entirely cleaved unto 
thy + Majefty, as to *>#» and earthly things. I have 
not feared thy *jfadg&ent$ to deter me from Sins, nor 
frrfej to thy frqmjfes, to keep me from doubting 
of my temporal, or from dtff airing of mine eternal 
State, % have macle the rule of thy || divine Wor- 
fhip, to be what my Mind thought fit, not what thy 
Word frefcribed; finding my Heart more prone to 

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38,8; || the Sic mdCwim andmint. Deut.12.32. Matth<(5.9. • 

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remember my lie jfed Saviour in a painted figure of 
Jf'jft ^fevitt, rather than to behold him a */w- 
jfof in his Word and Sacraments, after his own ordi- 
nance. Whereas *• I fhould never ufe thy //4w 
(whereat all knees do bowjbut with religious reverence} 
por any part of thy worfliip, without due prepara- 
tion and **<i/: I have blafphemoufly abufed thy 
holy name by raft? and cuftomary Oaths; yea, I have 
ufed Oaths by thy [acrid name, as falfe covers of 
my filthy fins. And I have been prefent at thy 
fervice oft-times more for ceremony than confcience^ 
and to pleafe men more than to pleafe thee, my 
gracious God. 

Whereas I fhould c fan&ifie thy Sab6ttb-d*y t , by 
being prefent at the *puhlic\ exercifes of the C6urcb t 
and by meditating privately '..on the n^r^and uwJb 
pf God, and by viftting the ftck, and * relieving of 
"my jMwr brethren: alas, I have thought thofe ho- 
ly Exercifes a burden, becaufe they hinder my 
vain fport±\ yea, I have fpent many of thy Sab- 
baths in my own * propham pleafures, without be- 
ing prefent at any part of thy divine mrfbif. 

Whereas I fhould have given all due reference 
to roy * Natural, Ecclefiafiicaf, and Political f Pa- 
rents.; I have not fhe\yed that meafure of duty 
and affeftion to my Parents, which th?ir care and 
kindne[s hath deferved. I have not had thy Mu 
niters in {\xch fingular h love for their works Jake, as 

t Gal.3. i . b The third Commandment. Philip. 2.10, 1 Kings 19. to. 
Jer. 5. 2. Here cohfe& thy rafli ftljfe (wearing. . c Thifow&b Cm* 
mandmtnt. d A&sao.7. e iCor.itf.a. f Here cohfefsthy travelling 
pn the Safcbajh,and thyleaving the holy exercife, to go to fpordog 
(ft feafting. & The fifth Commandment. * x TheJf. 5.13. Gal 4, 1 5. 

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I ougnt : but I have taunted at their m/ 9 and 
hated them becaufe they rtfrvved me >*//?. And 
I have carried my felf contemptuoufly againft thy 
Magiflrates and Miniflers, though I knew that 
it is thine ordinance, that I Ihould be obedient 
unto them. 

a Where I (hoiuld be h flow to wrath, and c r**# 
to forgive offences, and not fuffer the Sun to go down 
upon my wrath* but to do good for evil, loving my 
very enemies, for thy fake : I alas, for one fan j wordy 
have burft out into open rage; and harbouring 
thoughts of mifchief in my heart, I have prefer- 
red to feed on mine own malice, rather than to eat 
of thy holy Suffer. 

4 Where I (hould keep my Mind from all /fob 
luft, and my Body from all uncleannep : O Lord, 
I have defiled both, and made my heart a Cage of 
all impure thoughts, and my Mind a very Stye of 
the unclean Spirit. Yea the remedy which thou 
(Lord) haft ordained for Jntontinency, could not 
contain me within the bounds of Chafiity: for by 
doating on beauty, whofe ground is but daft, Satan 
hath Bewitched my flefh to luft after ftrange flefh. 

Where I fliould have lived in • ufrightnefs, giv- 
ing every Man his due, being contented with mine 
own eftate, and living confeionably in my lawful 

i Herccon£rf$thyDifobcdicncctothyPiurcnts,Miniftcrs,Magi. 
ftrates, Matters or Tutors. b ThefintkCommttubinnt. * Prov. 19. 1 1 . 
* Eph.4.31. Matth.f 44. HcrecQnfef$thyhaftincfeandfury,andif 
thou haft been any way the caufe of any Man's death unjuftly or 
ttvrfLy.tTbefeventbCmmandnm*. iThef.^fccRom* 1 J. Here 
confcfs unto God thy fecret pollutions, fornication, or adultery, if 
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Calling, (hould be ready according to mine Abi- 
lity) to lend and * give unto the Poor ; O Lord, I 
have by Opprtffion, Extortion, Bribes, Cavillatton, 
and other indirect Dealings, under pretence of my 
Calling and Office, robbed and purloined from my 
fellow Christians ; Yea, I have received and fuflcr- 
ed Chrijiy where I was trufted many a Time, in 
his pur Members, to ftand hungry* cold and naked 
at my Door, and hungry , a?A/ and /**&</, to go away 
fuccourlefs, as he came; and when the leannefc 
of his Cbt.ks pleaded Ttty thehardnefsofmy Heart 
would (hew no Companion. 

Where I flwuld have made b Confcience to 
*fpeak the Truth in Simplicity, without any falfehood, 
prudently * judging aright, and charitably conftru- 
jng all Things in the beft part) and flioud have 
defended the c good Name an i Credit of my Neigh- 
- bour ; alas, (vile wretch that I am) I have htlyed 
slid f JlanJrrd my Fellow brother, and as foon as 
I beard an ill Report, I made my Tongue the fx/Iru- 
ment df the Devil, to blazon tnat abroad unro o- 
thers, before I knew the Truth of it my fdf I 
was fo far from Tpeaking a good Ward, in defence 
of his good Name \ that it tickled my Heart in fecret 
to hear one that I envyM to be taxed with fucb a 
Blemifli ; though I knew that otherwife the Gra- 
ces of God fhined in him in abundant Meafir e. I 

a Eph.4.iS Luke^.34,35. Ltv.15.35. HereconfeftirVhouhaft 
fteretly #ofn, or, openly robbed anything, or haft detained from 
any fttherkfs Child that which is his by right. • b The Ninth Ccm- 
msndment. cZaeh 8.16. Matth.10.tA <* 1 Cor. 13.7. eMatth. i.if s 
19. k Pikl.50. 20,8c 15. 3. Hareconftfsif thoii haftbelyedorflan* 
dejred thy Neighbour, or not fpoken the Truth to dear his iniKK 
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made 7*/?/ of officious, and advantage of pernicious 
Lies; herein fbewing my fclf a right *Cretian 9 ra- 
ther than an upright Clmftia*. 

And laftly, (O Lord} where I + fbould have 
refted || faHy contented with that. Portion which thy 
Majeft y thought meeteft to bellow upon me in this 
Pifgrimage; and rejoyced in another s good as in 
mine «»»; alas, my Life hath been nothing elfc 
but a greedy tufting after this neighbours Houje, and 
that neighbours Land\ yea, fecretly wiihing fuch 
a Man dead, that I might have his Living or Office ; 
coveting rather thofe things which thou haft be. 
flowed on another, rather than being thankful for 
that which thou haft given unto i*y]elf. Thus J, 
O Lord, who am a carnal Sinner, and Jold tinder 
Sin, have traofgrefled all thy holy and fpiritual 
Commandments, from the firft to the laft 9 from 
the greateft unto the leaft ; and here I ftand Guilty 
before thy judgment Seat, of the breach of 
all thy Laws; and therefore liable to thy Curfe, and 
to all the Miferies that Juftke can pour forth up- 
on fo Curjed a Creature. And whither fhall I go 
for Deliverance from this Mifery ? Angels blufh at 
my Rebellion, and will not help me: Men arc guil- 
ty or the like Tranfgreffian, and cannot help them- 
felves. Shall I then defpair with Cain, or make a- 
way my ,felf with Judas? No, Lord ; For that 
were but to end the miferies of this Life, and to 
begin the endlefs torments of Hell: I will rather 

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appeal to thy * Throne of Grip, where mercy reigns 
to pardon abounding fins ; and out of the depth of 
my miferies, I will cry with h Druid, for the depthtf 
&y mercies, thought boa fbauldcjt kill me with af> 
£&iem*, yet will /, like Job^futmy tru)i im thee. 
Though thou (houldeft drown me in the Sea of 
thy dfpleafure, with Jonaty yet will I catch fuch 
field on thy Mercy, that I will be taken up dead, 
dafpieg her with both my hands. And though 
thou Ihouldeft caft me into the novels of Hek\ as 
f %mat into the Bthy of the Whale: yet from 
thence would I cry unto thee ; God the Father 
of Heaven, Ojefut Cbrifthe Redeemer of the Worla\ 
.0 Holy Ghofi toy S*n8$er, three ferfons, end en* 
eternal God, have mercy upon me a miserable patter. 
And feeing the goodnefi of thine mm nature firft 
moved thee to fend thine amy begotten Son to die 
<br my fins, that by his death I might be recon- 
ciled to thy Majefty : O rejeft not now my peni- 
tent foul, who being difrleafed with her felf for fin, 
4efireth to return to ferve, and/Z^theein newneis 
of lift : And reach from Heaven thy helping hand 
to fave me thy poor fervant, who am (like Peter) 
ready to fink in the Sea of my fins and mhery. 
Warn away the multitude of ray fins, with the 
merits of that blood which I believe that thou haft 
fo abundantly (bed for penitent finners. 

And now that I am to receive this day the blef- 
fed Sacrament of thy precious Body and Blood; O 
Lord, I befeech thee, let thy holy Spirit, by thy 
Sacrament, feal onto my foul, that by the merits 
of thy. Death a nd ¥ affipn, all my fins are fo free- 

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ly and fully reamed and forgiven, that the cur* 
fes and judgments which my fins have deferved, 
pay never have power either to confound me iq 
this life, or to condemn me in the World which is 
co come. For my ftedfaft Faith is, that * thou haft 
died for my fins, and rifen again for my juftificAtioK 
This I believe, Lord, help mine unbelief. Work 
in me likewife, I befeeeh thee an unfeigned Repen- 
tance; that I may heartily bewail my former fins, 
and loath 'them, and ferve thee henceforth in nm- 
pefs of life, and greater meafure of holy devotion* 
And let my foul never forget the infinite love of 
fo fweet a Saviour, that hath laid down his life to 
redeem fo vile a finner. And grant, Lord, that 
having received tneie ieals and pledges of my Com- 
munion with thee ; thou may'ft henceforth fo 
dwell by thy Spirit in me, and I fo live by faith, 
in thee $ that I may carefully walk all the days of 
my life, in godlinefs and piety towards thee, and 
in Christian love and charity towards all my 
Neighbours; that living in thy fear, I may dye 
in thy favour, and after death be made partaker 
of eternal life, through jf<?/«* Cbrije my Lord and 
only Saviour, Amen, • 1 

3. Qfrtbe means whereby thou Ma/ft become a worthy, 

■ ■ > Receiver. ' 

THefe me*n$*x$ duties of t wo^fbrts • The for- 
mer refpetttng God; the latter our Neigh- 
bour. Thofe which refpeft God, are three ', Firft^ 

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found Knowledge*. Secondly, true Faith'. Thirdly, 
unfeigned Repentance. That which refpefteth our 
f^eiffhrn^f'ti bat one^fimcere Charity. 

1. Of found fyoowjedge, reunite in a worthy Con* 

. found Rjtowledge is zfauW&td Vnderfiandimg of 
the firfi Primaries of Religion. As firft of the Tri- 
mitj of Perfons in the Vrntyefthe Godhead. Second- 
ly, if the Creation of Man, and his FaB. Thirdly, 
of the Curfi ami Mifery due to Sim. Fourthly, of 
the Nature and Offices ofChrif, and Redemption by 
faith in his Death, efpeeielfy of the DoSrime of the 
Sacraments, footing the fame unto us. For as an 
Honfe cannot be built uolefs the Foundation be firft 
laid, fo no more can Religion ftand, unlets ic be 
firft grounded upon the cert aim Knowledge of God's 
Word. Secondly, if we know not God's Will, 
ire can neither believe nor do the fame. For as 
worldly Qufinefles cannot be done but by them 
who have Skill therein; fo without knowledge 
muft Men be much more ignorant in divine and 
ffiritual Matters. And yet in temporal Things a 
Man may do much by the light of Nature: But in 
religious Mj/leries, the more We rely upon t na- 
tural Reafon, the further we are from comprehen- 
ding fptritud Truth. Which difcovers the fear- 
ful Eftateot thofc who receive without Kuowlefe, 
and the more fearful Eftate of thofc Payors who 
minifier unto them without Catechizing; 

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i. 0/ Jfocw* /to J&, required to make a uorthy Com* 

Sincere Faith is not a bare knowledge of the 
Scriptures, and firft grounds of Religion, (for thai 
4 Devils and Reprobates have in an excellent rnea- 
fure, and do believe it and tremble) but b a true 
pirftvafion % as of all tbofe things wbatfoever the Lord 
hath revealed in his Word\ foalfoa Particular apple* 
est ion unto a Marls oven foul, of all the promifes of 
ntercy. which Ged bath made in Cbrifl to all believing 
fnners. And consequently, that Chrifi *nd aM 
bis rherits do Belong unto hint, as weSon to any other. 
For firft, if We have not the c rigbteoufnefs of FattJL 
the Sacrament^ als nothing unto us ; and every Mam 
in the Lord's Supper recervethfo much as he helieveth m 
Secondly, Becaufe that without Faith we commiu 
nicating on earth 9 cannot apprehend Chrift in 
Heaven. For as he d dveSetb tnusby Fsith, fo by 
faith we muft likewife eat him. Thirdly, becaufe 
that without faith we cannot be perfwaded in our 
confeiences that our receiving is * acceptable unto 

J. Of unfeigned repentance require for a true Com* 

f True repentance is 4 holy change of the mfod, when 

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jGptw ffo feeling fight of Go£s mercy, and of a Man's 
own mifery, b* Utrnethfrom all his known andfecret 
fins, toferve God in holinefi and right eoufmfs att the 
reft of his Days. For as he that is glutted with 
Meat is not apt to eat Bread; fo he that is fluffed 
with ■ Sins, is hot fit to receive Chrifi. And a con- 
fidence defil'd with wilful filthinefs, makes the ufe 
of all holy things unholy unto us. Our facrificed 
fpotlefs Paflbver cannot be eaten with the fower 
leaven of malice and wickednefs, faith Paul, i Con 
f. 8* Neither can the old Bottles of our corrupt 
and impure Confciences, retain the new Wine 
of Chrift's precious Blood, as our Saviour faith* 
Mark %. %%. We mud therefore truly repent, if 
We will be worthy Partakers. 

j^ The Duty to be performed in refpett of our Neigh* 
hour, is Charity. 

Charity it a hearty forgiving of others who hmt 
offended us, and after reconciliation, An outward un- 
feigned teftifying oftbt inward ajfettions of our hearts 
fygefiures, words, dnd deeds, as of t as we meet, and 
occafion is offered. For firft, without h Lovt to our 
Neighbour, no Sacrifice is acceptable unto God. Se- 
condly, becaufe one chief End wherefore thtLortfs* 
Supper was ordain'd, is to c confirm Chriftians 
Love one towards another. Thirdly, no Man 
can affure himfelf that his own Sins are forgiven of 
God, if his Heart cannot yield ro forgive die 

* faults of Men that have Qffbnded him. 

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Taus tar ot tticjirfiforrof Duties which weara 
to perfbrm before we cotoe to the Lord's Table* 
called Preparation. 

t. Of the fecond fart of Duties which a worthy Com* 
municant is to perform at the receiving of the Lorfi 
Supper, called Meditation. 

THis Exercife of Spiritual Meditation, confifts 
in divers Points. 

Firft, Whed the Sermon is ended, and the Ban* 

pet of the Lords Suffer begins to be celebrated, 

meditate with thy felf how thou art invited by 

* Chrifi to be a Gueft at his holy Table, and hoW 

lovingly he inviteth thee, f Ho, every one that tbir- 

fttth, come ye h the Waters of Life, &e. Come, hit} 

Wine and AtHk, without Money, tod without Price s 

Sat ye that which is goody let your Soul delight it /elf 

infatnefs § Take ye, eat ye j This is my Body, which 

is broken for you ; drink ye all of this ; for this is 

my Blood which was fhedfor the remiffionof your fms< 

What greater honour can be vouchfafed, than to 

be admitted to fit at the Lord's own Table ? What 

better fare can be afforded, than to teed on the Lord's 

own Body and Blood? If David thought it to be 

the greateft favour that he could (hew unto good 

|| BarziUaiy for all the kindnefs that he fhew'd unto 

him in his troubles, to offer him, that hejbould feed 

tx>ith him at his own Table in Jerufalem : How much 

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greater favour ought we to account it, when chrtfi 
doth indeed feed us in the Church at hit own Table,, 
and that with hit own mofi holy Body and Blood f 

Secondly, As * Abraham, when he went up to 
the Mount, to fecrifice Jfaae his Son, left his fer- 
vants beneath in the Valley i fo when thou coraeft 
to thtffiritual Sacrifice of the Lord's Suffer, lay a- 
fide all earthly thoughts and cogitations, that thou 
may'ft wholy contemplate of Chrifi, and offer up 
thy Soul unto him, who facrificed both his Soul 
and Body for thee. 

Thirdly, Meditate with thy felf, how frectous 
and vpnerahU is the Body and Blood of the Sou of 
Cod, who is the Ruler or Heaven and Earth, the 
tord, at whofe beck the Angels tremble, and by 
whom both the quick and dead fhall be judged at 
the laft day* and thou among the reft. And how 
that it is he, who having been crucified for thy 
fins, offereth himlelf now to be received by faith 
into thyfoul^ On the other fide, confider how (in- 
ful a Creature thou art: how altogether unworthy 
of fo holy a Guefi : how ill deferving to tafte of fuch 
f acred food, having been conceived in filthinefs,z\A 
wallowing ever fince in the mire of Iniquity i bear- 
ing the Name of a Cbriftian, but doing the worts of 
the Devil', adoring Chrift with an Hail King in 
thy mouth, but fpitting Oaths in his face, and crtn 
cifring him anew with thy gracelejs odious. 

Fourthly, Ponder then with what face dareft 
thou offer to touch fo holy a Body wu;h fuch de- 

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filed rtarids? or to <6w* /*<rA precious Blood with. 
fo /«w/ and lying a Mouth? Or to lodge fo bleffed 
a Gueft io fo unclean a Stable? For if the Bethfbe* 
mtts were (lain, for but looking irreverently into 
the ^r* ^7£e o/rf Ttfiament, what Judgments may- 
eft thou juftly efcpeo:, who with fuch impure Eyes 
and Heart, art come to fee and receive the Ark of 
the New Tefiament, in which * dwetltth aU thefulneft 
tfthe Godhead, bodily ? 

Iff VxAah for but touching ftho* not without 
Ks*l) the Arkoi the Covenant, Was ftricken with 
Mfe* De4f£ ; wh&t Jlroke of <frw** Judgment may- 
eft thou not fear, that fo rudely , with unclean hands, 
doft prefumc to handle the ^r/r of the e/enM* 
Tefiament, wherein are hid at the Treasures of Wif- 
dom and knowledge ? 

If John Baptift (the hotieft Man that was bora 
of a Woman J thought himfelf || unworthy to bear 
his Shoes ; how unworthy is fuch zpropbane wretch^ 
a thou art, to eat his holy flefb, and to drink his 
peeioui Blood? 

If the bleffed Apoftle Saint Peter, feeing but a 
glimpfeof Chrift's Almighty Power, thought him- 
felf unworthy to ft and in the fame Boat with him* 
how unworthy art thou to fit with Chrift at the 
Jme Table, where thou may'ft behold the infinite- 
*I* of his Grace and Mercy difplay'd ? 

If the $ Centurion thought that the roof of hit 
Kottfe was not worthy to harbour fo divine a Gueft, 
what Room can there be fit under thy Ribs, fob 
C hrifPs Holimfs to dwell in ? 

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If the Blodtytjfued fick Woman feared to touch 
the . Hemm of his Garment; how fbould'ft thou 
tremble to eat his Flefb, and to drink his. all-healing 

Yet if thou comeft humbly in Faith ^ Repentance, 
and Char it j) abhorring thy Sins paft,and purpofiog 
unfeignedly to amend thy Life henceforth, let not 
thy former Skjs affright thee ; for they (hall never 
be laid unto thy charge ; and this Sacrament fhall 
fed unto thy Soul, that al] thy Sins and the Judg- 
ments due unto them, are fully Pardoned, and clean 
too/bed away by the Blood or Chrift. For, this 
Sacrament was not ordained for them who are 
perfeft ; but to help penitent Sinners unto perfefti- 
on* Chrift came, * not to call the Righteous, bat 
Sinners to Repentance. And he faith, that the whole 
need not the Phyfician, hut they that are Sick : Thofe 
hath Chrift called, and when they came, them 
hath he ever helped. Witnefs the whole Gofpel, 
which teftifieth, that not one Sinner who came to 
Chrift for Mercy, went ever away without his Er- 
rand. Bathe thou likewife, thy fick Soul, in this 
Fountain of ChriJPs Blood', and doubtlefs according 
to his Prom^e, Zjch. 13. 1. thou ihalt be healed 
of all thy Sins and Vncleannefs. Not Sinners there- 
fore, but they who are unwilling to repent of 
their Sins, are debarred this Sacrament. 

Fifthly, Meditate, that Chrift left this Sacrament 
unto us, as the chief Token and Pledge of his Love : 
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6. i j:. ( which might; Jjave feemcd a requital of 
Kindnefs) but when 3$&f and the High Briefts 
were confpiring his Death, therefore wholly of 
his mere Favour* When Nathan would fllew 
Dw<i how entirely the ^w Af#» Zmw/ bis Sbey> 
that was killed by the rich Man j bet/we her (faith 
he) to Atf ^ to <w* Morfels, and of bis own Cup to 
&rink r z Sam. ix. 3. and null not then the Arc* 
tfChri/t to his cWt/> be unfpcakable, when he 
gives her his own Flejb to a*?, and his *#* UAW to 
bink, for her fpiritual and eternal Nouriihment? 
If then there be any love in thy Heart, take chfe 
Cup of Salvation into thy Hand, and pledge his 
Love with Lave again, Pfal. 1 16. 1 1. 

Sixthly , When the Minifter beginneth the holy 
Coafecration of the Sacrament, then lay afide aft 
fraying, Reading, and all other Cogitations what- 
soever ; and fettle thy Meditations only upon thofe 
holy Actions and Rites, which according to ChrtJIs 
hfatution, are ufed in and about the holy Sacra- 
ment: For it hath pleaded God (confidering our 
Weaknefs) to appoint thofe Rites, as Means the bet- 
ter to lift up our Minds to the ferious Concempla* 
tion of his heavenly Graces. 

When therefore thou feeft the Minifter putting 
tpart Bread and Wine on the LeuPs Table ; and 
confarating them by Prayers and the rehearfal of 
CbrifP's hptution, ro be a holy Sacrament of the . 
WefTed Itofy and Blood of Chrijl; then meditate, 
how God the Father, of his meer Love to mankind, > 
fa apart) and jealed his only begotten Son* to be the 
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us from Sin, and to reconcile us to bis Grace, 
add to 'bring us to bis Glory i 

When thou feeft the Minifter break the Bred, 
being bleJTed ; thou triwft meditate, that Jefw 
Chrifi the eternal Son of God was put to Death, 
and his bleffed Soul and Body (with the fenfe of 
God's Anger) broken afunder for thy Sins, as veri- 
ly as thou now feeft the holy Sacrament to be 
broken before thine Eyes. And. withal call to 
mind the heinoufnefs of thy Sins, and the greatnefs 
of God's Hatred againft the feme ; feeing God's 
Juftice could, not be fetisfvM but by fuch a S*- 

When the Minifter hath blefled and broken the 
Sacrament, and is addrefGng himfelf to difttibute 
it ; then meditate, That the * King (who is the 
Matter of the Feaft) (lands at the Table to fee bk 
GueHs\ and looketh upon thee, whether thou 
haft on thee thy f Wedding Garment. Think alfo, 
that all the holy ft Angels that attend upon the 
EleB in the Church* and § do defire to heboid the 
celebration ofthefe bofy Myfteries y do obferve thy Re- 
verence and Behaviour. Let thy Soul therefore, 
whilft the Minifter bringeth the Sacrament unto 
thee, offer tbis t or the lute fhort Soliloquy unto 

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and receiving of the Sacrament* 

IS rt tpu* indeed, that * God wilt dwell on Earth? 
Behold the Heaven, and the Heaven of Heavens 
ire not able to contain thee ; how much more unable is 
the Soul tf fitch a fitful Caitiff as J am to receive tbee i 
But feeing it is thy bJeffed Pleafure to come thus 
to b y«/> with me, arid to c dwell m me: t cannot 
for Joy but burft out and fay, what is Man that 
thou art fa mindful of him, and the f on of man } that thou 
ftregardejl him ? What favour foever thou vouchfe* 
feft me in the abundance of thy Grace, I will free* 
ly confefi what I am in the wretchednefs of my Na* 
ture. I am, in a word,a carnal Creature, whofe very 
Soul is * fold tmder $i»; a wretched Man r compaf- 
fed about with c a body tf Death. Yet, Ltrd, fee- 
ing thou { caffeftj here I come; and feeing thou 
calleft Sinners, I have thruft my (elfin among the 
nfi ; and feeing thou called aS with their bfaviejt 
h*dt % I fee no reafon why I (hould (lay behind. O 
Lord, I am fick, afcd whither (hould I go, but unto 
thee the Phyftcianoi my Soul ? Thoq haft cqred mar 
q, but never didft thou meet with a more miferabl? 
Patient ; for I am more leprous than Gehazi t njore 
unclean than Magdalen % mor? blind in SouJ^ifcan 
Bartimeus was in Body; for I have lived all this 
while, and never feen the true light of thy Word. 

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My Soul runs with a greater JUx of Sin, than was 
the Hemorrhoids iffut of Blood Mepbihojbeth was 
not more lame to go, than my Soul is to walk after 
thee in Love. Jeroboam's Arm was not more iw- 
tjmredto ftrtke the Prophet, than myJHanJis mxim- 
ed tQ relieve the Pw\ Cure a**, O Lord; and 
thou (halt do as great a Work as in curing them si 
And though I have all their Sins and Sores \ yet f 
Lord, fo abundant is thy Graf, fo great is thy ;&l, 
that if thou wilt, thoucanft with a Word forgive 
the 4*). and. heal the tffor: And why fhould I 
doubt of thy good WiU, whqp to fave me, will 
coft thee now but one loving Smile ;, who didft. 
fhsw thy fclf foir/i7/>^to p re(deenji me* though it 
fli^uld cpft thee all thy Heart-blood ; and now of. 
fereft fo gracioufly unto me the affured Pledge of 
jmy Redemption, by thy Blood? « J**** iw /, 
£ofd<jqft And what i? my Merit, that thou haft 
bought me with fo dear a price? It is meerly thy 
Merc} ; and. b /, llpr^, am not worthy the hafl of 
4% \thy Mercies ; much fcfs* to be a partaker of this 
Jply Sapr^njfint, the grgateft^P/^of the greateft 
Mercy, that ever- thou didft'beftdw upon thofe Sons 
of Men whom thou lovefi. How might I, in tc« 
ipeft of my own Vnworthinefs, cry out for Fear at 
the fight of thy holy Sacrament, as the * Philiftimi 
^1(1, whqn they faw the Ark of God tome. Into the 
*Jfv*bfy\$ Woe now unto me' a Sinner ; but that thy 
Amel-6oth comfort me, as. he. did the Woman, 
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»iwi!r tr 4^ cructfied. it is thou indeed that my SonI fc 
fteketh after. And here thou offered thy felf unto 
me in t by blefled Sacrament. If therefore a Eliza- 
beth thought herfelf fb mucH honoured at thy Pre- 
fence in the Womb of thy tlejfed Mother, that the 
babe f prang in her Belly for Joy; how (hould my &>*/ 
leap within me for Joy, now that thou comeft by 
thy boiy Sacrament k , to dwell in my Heart for ever? 
Oh what an Honour is this, not that the Mother of 
my Lardy but my "Lord himfelffhould come thus to 
vifit me ! Indeed Lord, I confefs with the faithful 
b Centurion, that lam not worthy that thou jhouldeft 
come under my Roof; and that if thou did 9 It but 
fpeak ; the word only, my find /hould be faved ; yet fee- 
ing it hath pleafed the richer of thy Grace y for the 
better ftrengthning of my Weaknefi y to feal thy 
Mfefcy urito me, by thy vifible fign^ as well as by. 
thy tAftblt Ward ; in aB thankful Humility my Soul 
fpeiks unto thee with the blejjed Virgin: * J?e- 
hold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according 
to thy Word. d Knock thou, Lord, by thy Wprd an3 
Sacraments at the door of my Heart; and I will, 
like the € Patiicdn, with both my Fifts, knock at 
my breaftj as faft as I can, that thou may 'ft enter 
in; and if the Door will not open faft enough, 
break it open, O Lord, by thine Almighty Power, 
and then enter in, and dwell there for ever ; ttiac 
I may hive caufe with Zjccheus to acknowledge, 
that ' this Day Salvation is come into mine Honft % 

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And caft out of me whatfoever fhall be offenfive 
unto thee ; for I refign the wjiole Poffefcon of my 
Heart unto thy {acred Majefty, intreating, that / 
may not livt henceforth, but that thou inay^ft live 
in me, /peak in me, rva/k in me, and fo£oz/*r* me 
by thy Spirit, that nothing may be pkafwg unto 
me, but th^t which is acceptable unto thee. That 
finilhing my courfe in the Life of Grace, I may 
afterwards live with thee for ever in the Kingdom 
of Qlory, Grant this, Lord Jefa, for the me- 
rits of thy Death and Blood-fhedding. Amen. 

When the Minifter hringeth towards thee the 
Bread thus lleffed and broken; and offering it un- 
to thee, bids thee, Take, eat, &c then meditate 
that Chrift himfelfcometh unto thee, and both <fi 
ferethy and givetb indeed unto thy Faith, his very 
Body and Blood, with all the merits of his Death 
and Paffion, to feed thy Soul unto eternal Life; as 
furely as the Minifter offereth and giveth the out* 
ward Signs, that feed thy Body unto this temponl 
Life* f be Bread of the Lord, is given by the Mu 
mfter, but the Bread which is the Lord, is given by 
Chrift himfelf. 

* When thou takeft the Bread at the Minifter's 
Hand to eat it, then roufe up thy Soul to apprehend 
Chrift by Faith, and to apply his Merits to heal thy 
Mtferies. pmbrace him as fweetly with thy J?aitk 
in the Sacrament, as ever Simeon hugged' him 
with his Arms in his fwadling Clouts. 

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As thou h;*/? the Bread, imagiq that thou feed: 
Chrift banging ufon the Crofs y and by his unfpeak- 
able Torments, fully fatisfying God's Juftice for 
thy Sins; and ftrtve to be as verily Partaker of the 
fpiritual Grace, as of the elemental Signs. For, the 
Truth is not ahfent from the Sign ; neither doth Chrift 
deceive, when he faith, This is my Body; but he giv- 
eth himfelf indeed to every Soul that fpirituaUy re* 
ceives him by Faith. For as ours is the fame Suffer 
which Chrift adminiftred ;fo is the fame drift ve- 
rily prefent at his own Supper, not by any Papal* 
TranftihJrantiatioH t but by a Sacramental Participa- 
tion, whereby he doth truly feed the faithful un- 
to eternal Life; not by coming down out of Heaven 
unto thee, but by lifting thee up from the Earth un* 
to him. According to that old faying, Surfnm tor* 
da, Lift up your Hearts. And, where the Carkafs 
», thither will the Eagles, refort, Matth. 14. 

When thou feeft the Wine brought unto thee 
apart from the Bread, then remember that the 
Blood of Jefut Chrift was at verily feparated from his 
Body upon the Crofs,/or the remiffon of thy Sins: 

* Chrift calls it his Body, not the fign of his Body ;becaufe this 
Sacrament was inftituted not only to fignifie, but alfo to commu- 
nicate the fpiritual Graces that they reprefent ; and by the figns to 
draw our Myuls to the Graces fignified. So Eutb Jm ,'u S | n NUtth. 
19- Non dixit domimis, Hxc funt figna corporis mei, fed, Hoc 
eft corpus meum. Oporief ergo, non ad naturam coram que pro. 

Sofita funt afpUjere, fed ad ipforum virtutem & gratiani. Non 
oc corpus quod videtis manducaturi eftis, & bibituri ilium fan- 
gutnem quem fufuri funt qui me crucifigent Sacramentum all- 
quid vobis commendo; fpmtualiter inteUe£him vivificabit vos 
Mgufi.in Pfal 98. Speakingin the Perfon of Chrift. TheDifcipki 
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Add that this is the jeal efthe new Covenant, which 
God hath made to forgive all the Sins of all penitent 
Sinners that Relieve in the merits of his blood fhedding. 
For the Wine is not a Sacrament of Chrijfs blood 
contained in bis Veins ; but as it was fbed out of his 
Body upon the Crofs, for the remijfion of the Sins 
ef all that believe in him. 

As thou drinkeft the Wine, and poured it out 
of the Cup into thy Stomach, meditate and believe, 
that by the merits of that Blood which Ghrift fhed 
Upon the Crofs, all thy Sins are as verily forgiven, 
as. thou haft now drunk this Sacramental Wine, 
and haft it in- thy Stomach. And in the injlant of 
drinking, fettle thy Meditation upon Chrift, as he 
hanged upon the Crofs ; as if like Mary and John, 
thou didft fee him nailed, and bis Blood running 
down bis blefftd Sick out of thzt gafily wound, which 
the Spear made in his innocent Heart ; wishing thy 
Mouth clofed to his Side that thou mi*htdft receiVe 
that precious blood before it fell to the dufiy Earth. 
And yet the aftual drinking of that real blood with 
thy Mouth, would be nothing* fo* effeftualzs this 
Sacramental drinking of that Blood fpirituaOy bj 
Faith. For one. of the Souldiers might have druok 
that, and beenftill &reprobate;b\it whofoeverdrink- 
eth it fpiritually by Faith in the Sacrament, ftia\] furely 
have the f remifion of his Sins, and Life everlafting. 

As thou feeleft the Sacramental Wine, which 
thou haft drunk, warming thy cold Stomach; fo 
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appropriated to the drinking of the real Blood, doubtlefs John and 
Msry would have made means to have drunk it ; But John afcribe* 
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endeavour to- feel the Mr Ghofi chetijbing thy Soul 
in the joyful aflurance of the Forgivenefsof all thy 
Sins, by the merit of the Blood of Chtifi. And to 
this end God giveth every faithful Soul, together 
with the Sacramental Bloody the Holy Ghofi to 
drink: * We an all made to drink into one Spirit. 
And fo lift up thy Mind from the Contemplation 
of Chrift, as he was crucified upon the Crofs, to 
confider how he aovr b fits in Glory at the Right-hand 
<f his Father, making « Inter ceflion for thee, by pre- 
fenting to his Father the unvaluable Merits of his 
Death, which he once fuffer'd for thee, to appeafe 
his Juftice for the Sins which thou doft daily com- 
mit againft him. 

After thou haft eaten and drunk both the Bread 
and Wine ; labour that as thofe fur omental Sign* 
do tutu to die oourifhment of thy 'Body, and by 
the dtgeftionof Hesfibecomc one with thy fubftance; 
fo by the Operatmr of Faith, and the holy Ghofi; 
theodiayeftr.become.M7tf with Chrift, and Chrift 
With \thee $ attdfo may 'ft feel thy * Communion 
with Chrift confirmed and increafed daily more and 
more. That as it is impoffible to feparate the 
Bread arid Wine digefted into the Blood and fub- 
ftance of thy Body; fo it may be more impoffible 
to part Chrift torn thy Soul, or thy Soul from 
Chrift. ■ ■ ■ : 

Laftly, As the Bread of the Sacrament, though 
corife&cd Of many grains, yet makes but one Bread \ 
jEbmuft thou remember, that'tho' all the faithful 

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are many; yet are they il but one myftical Body, 
whereof thrift is Head. And therefore thou muft 
love every Chriftian as thy felf, and a fwmlir of 
thy Body. 

Thus far of the Duties to be done at the receive 
|ng of the holy Sacrament, called Meditation. 

3. Of the Duties which we are to perform after re- 
ceiving of the holy Communion, called Aftion, of 

TH E Duty which we are to perform after the 
receiving of the Lord's Suffer, is called 
'Aft ion or PraQice; without which all the reft will 
minifter unto us no Comfort. 

•The Ailion confifts of Two forts of Duties: 
Fir ft, fuch as we are to perform in the Church: or 
elfe* after that we are gone home. 

Thofe that we are to perform in the Church, 
Wp either fevered from our own Souls; or elfe, 
jointly with the Congregation. 

The feveral Duties which thou muft perform 
from thine own Soul, are Three ; Firft, thou muft 
be careful (that forafmuch as Chrift now dwe&etb 
ill thee, therefore) to entertain him in a clean Heart, 
and with * pure Ajfetfious ; for, the moft Holy will 
be holy with the holy ; for if Jofeph of Arimathea 
when he had begged of Pilate his dead Body, to bu- 
ry it, wrapped it infweet Odours, and/w Linnen, 

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and laid it in a new Tomb ; how much more 
fhould'ft thy lodge Chrijl in 4 *w /fort, and 
perfume his Rooms with the odoriferous fncenfi of 
Prayers, and all pure Affeftions ? If God required 
Mojes to provide a pot of pure Gold to keep the 
Manna that fell in the IVildernefs; what a pure 
Heart fhould'ft thou provide to receive this divine 
Manna, that is come down from He wen ? 

And as thou cameft forrowing like * Jofepb and 
Maty, to feek Chrift in the Temple; fo now hav- 
ing there found him in the midftdi his WordztA 
Sacraments, be careful with Joy to carry him &ww 
with thee, as they did. 

And if the Man that found but f his loft Sheep] 
rejoyced fo much ; how canft thou having found 
the Saviour of the World, but rejoyce much more? 
Secondly, thou muft offer the Sacrifice of a private 
Thank/giving unto God for this ineftimable Grace 
and Mercy ; for as this aftion is common unto the 
whole Church ; fo it it applyed particularly to every 
one of the faithful in the Church ; and for this par- 
ticular Mercy, every Soul muft joyfully offer up 
a particular Sacrific^of Thank/giving. For if the 
Wifemen rejoyced fo much, when they faw the Star 
which condufted them unto Chrift $ and worlhip- 
ped him fo devoutly when he lay, a Babe, in the 
Manger ; and offered unto him their Gold, Myrrhe, 
**d Frankincenfe: How much more ihould'ft thou 
rejoyce, now that thou haft bothy*** and received 
this Sacrament, which guideth thy Soul upto him, 

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where he fittetb at the Right-hand of his Pother in 
Glory ? And thither lifting up thy Heart, adore him, 
and offer up unto him, the Gold of a pure Faith, 
the Myrrhehli* mortify* J Heart, and this or the like 
fweet Jncenfe ef Prayer and Tbankfgiving. 

A Prayer to be [aid after the receiving of the* Comma* 

WHat (hall I render unto thee ( bleffed Sa- 
viour) for all thefe Bleffings, which thou 
haft fogracioufly beftowed upon my Soul? Mow 
can I fufficiently thank thee, when I can fcarce ex* 
prefs them ? Whereas thou might'ft have made me 
a Beaji, thou madeft me a Man, after thine own 7- 
mage. When by Sin I bad loft both thine Image, 
and my felf \ thou didft renew in me thine Image 
by thy Spirit, and did'ft redeem my Soul by thy 
Bhod again ; and now thou haft given unto me 
the Seal and Pledge of my Redemption; nay, thou 
haft given thy felf unto me, bleffed Redeemer. O 
what an ineftimatye treafure of /&£*/, and over- 
flowing Fountain of Grin hath he got who hath 
.gained thee ! No man ever touched thee by faith, but 
thou didlt heal him by Grace ; for thou art the 
Author of Salvation, the raw^ of all Zfc/fr, the «rc- 
<&7w> of the &V£, the Life of the j/wofr, and the/*- 
furreiHon of the Dm<£ Seemed it a fmall matter 
unto thee to appoint thy holy Angels to attend up- 
on foW* a Creature as 1 am ; bur that thou fliould- 
eft enter thy felf into my Soul, there to prejirv*, 
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If the * Carkaft of the dead Prophet could revive 
zdead Man that touched it; haw much more (hall 
the living Body <f the Lord of aS Prophets, quick* 
en the faithful, in whofe Heart he dwe&ethl Add 
if thou wilt raife my Body at the lafl Day out of 
the Dull ; how much more wilt thou now revive 
my Soul which thou haft fanftified with thy Spirit, 
and purified with thy blood ? O Lord, what could 
I more defire, or what could'ft thou more bellow 
upon me, than to give me thy body for meaty thy 
blood for drink, and to lay down thy Soul for die 
price of my Redemption? Thou Lord enduredft 
the Pain, and I do reap the prop : I received Par* 
ion, and thou didft bear the Punifhment. Thy 
Tears were my Bath, thy Wounds my Weal, and 
the Injaftiee done to thee, fatisfied for the Judg« 
ment which was due to me. Thus by thy birth 
thou art become my Brother, by thy Death my ran* 
fom, by thy Mercy my Reward, and by thy Sacra* 
ment my tfouriflment. O divine Food, by which 
the Sons if Men are transformed into theScnstfGodi 
fo that iMwV Mature dyeth, and God's Nature liv- 
eth and ruleth in us. Indeed, all Creatures wondred 
thatthcCrofttrwould be inclosM nine months in the 
Virgin* s Womb ; (tho* her Womb being replenifli'd 
with the Holy Gboft, was more fplen did than thzftar- 
ry Firmament ; ) But that thou fliouid'ft thus humble 
thy felf to dwell for ever in my Heart, which thou 
foundeft more unclean than a Dung-bill, it is able 
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ftand amazed. But feeing it is thy free Grace and 
meer pleafure thus to enter and to dwell in myheart, 
I would to God that I had fo pure a heart as my 
Heart could wifli to entertain thee. And who is fit 
to entertain drift? Or who, tho' invited, would 
not chufe with Mary rather to kneel at thy Feet, 
than prefume to fit with thee at thy Table? Tho' 
I want a pure Heart for thee to dwell in, yet weeping 
Eyes fhall never be wanting to wafh thy ilejfed Feet, 
and to lament my filthy Sins. And albeit 1 cannot 
weep fo many Tears as may fuffice to wafh thy holy 
Feet; yet Lord, it is fufficient that thou haftihed 
Blood enough to cleanfe myfinful Soul. And I am 
fully (O Lord) ajfured, that all the dainty fare where- 
with the difdatnful Pharifee entertained thee at his 
Table, did not lb much pleafe thee, as tbofe Tears 
which penitentAkry pour'd under the table . I would 
therefore wifh withjeremy, that my Head were waters, 
and mine eyes a fountain of Tears ; Jer. 9.1. that feeing 
I can by no Means yield fufficient Thanks for thy 
Love to me ; yet I might by continual Tears, teftifie 
my Love unto thee. And though no man is worthy 
of fo infinite a Grace j yet this is my Comfort, That be 
is worthy whom thou in Favour account efl worthy . And 
feeing that now of thy meer Grace thou haft count- 
edme(among others thy chofen) worthy of this uo- 
fpeakable Favour, and fealed by thy Sacrament 
the affurance of thy Love, and the forgivenefs of 
my Sins, O Lord, confirm thy favour unto thy 
Servant ; and fay of me as Ifaac did of * Jacob, I 
have bleffed him, therefore he [ball be bleffed* And 
that I may fay unto thee with t D avid, Thou, 

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Lwi, baft bleffcd my Soul, and made it thy houfe, and 
itfiaSbe bleffedfor ever. And feeing it pleas'd thee 
to * blefs the houfe of Obededom and all his houfkold 
whilft the Ark of the Lord remained in his houfe ; I 
doubt not but thou wilt much more blefs my Soil 
and Body, and all that do belong unto me, now 
that it bath pleafed thy Majefty of thine own 
good Will to enter under my Koof % and to dwell fdr 
ever in my poor Cottage. Blefs me, O Lord, fb f 
that my Sins may wholly be remitted by thy blood, 
my Confcience fan&ified by- thy Spirit, my Mind 
cnlightned by thy Truths my Heart guided by thy 
Spirit, and my Will in all things, fubdued to chy 
bleffed Will and Pleafnre. Blefs me with all Gra- 
ces, which I want, and increafe in me thofe good 
Gifts which thou halt already be flowed upon me. 
And feeing that 1 hold thee not by the Arms, as f 
$acob wrejiltng without me ; but inwardly dwell- 
ing by Faith within me : Surely, Lord, / will ne- 
ver let thee go, except thou blefs me, and give me a 
new name,-* new Heart, a new Spirit^ and Strength 
by the Power of God to prevail over Sin and Satan. 
And I befeecb thee, O Lord, delirc not to depart 
from to-, as thou did ft from Jacobs becaufe the Dfy 
breaketh, and thy Grace beginneth to dawrt and ap- 
pear: But I from my Soul, humbly* with the Peo- 
ple of Emmaus intreat thee, O fweet Jefvt, to abidi 
with me, htaafe it draweth toward Night. For the 
fright of Temptation, the Night of Tribulation, yea* 
my loft long Night of Death apprdachfeth. O blefr 

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fed Saviour ftay with me therefore now and ever. 
And * if thy prefence go not borne with me, carry me 
not from hence. Go with me, and live with me, 
and let neither Death nor lAkfeparate me from 
thee. Drive me from my felf, draw me unto thee. 
Lei; me be fick; but found in tbee 5 and in my weak- 
nefs let thy firength appear. Let me feem as dead, 
that thou done may 'ft be feen to live in me; fo that 
nil my members may be but inflruments to a& thy 
motions. h Set me as * fed upon thine heart ; and 
let thy zeal-be fettled upon mine, that I may be out 
of love with all, that I may he only in love with 
thee. And grant, O Lord, that as thou now vouch- 
fafeft me this favour to fit at thy Table, to receive 
this Sacrament in thy houfe of grace : So I may here- 
after through thy mercy, be received to c eat and 
drink at thy Table in thy Kjngdom of glory. And 
for thy mercy, I do here with the four beafts, and 
twenty- four Elders, caft my felf down before thy 
Throne of Grace; acknowledging that it is thou that 
haft d redeemed me with thy blood, and that falvathn 
cometh only from thee. And therefore unto tbee e / 
do yield a/l praife, and glory, and w/fdom, and thanks, 
and honour, and power, and might, and Majefiy, 
my Lord, and my God for evermore Amen. 

Thirdly, feeing Chrift hath facrificed himfclf 
for thee ; (and all that thou canft give, is too lit- 
tle) therefore thou muft Offer thy felf a f Zw- 
ing, holy, and acceptable Sacrifice unto God ; by fer- 

•Exod.33.i4. * Cant. ft. 6. c Lulw22.3o. *Rcr.*.9. eChap. 
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ving him in * righteoufnefs and hoiinefs all thy Days. 
Thus TertuOian witnefletli that in his Time a Chri« 
ftian was known from another Man, only by the 
Hoiinefs and tfprigbtntfs of his Life. 

2. Of the Duties which ive are to do after the Com* 
munion jointly with the Congregation. 

TH E Duties to be pcrform'd joint Ij wjtH the 
Church, are Three. Firft, publick Thankf 
givingi b^th by Prayers, and b finging of Pfalmst 
thus Chrift himfelf and his Apoftles did. Secondly, 
^Joining with the Church, c in giving (every. Man 
according to his AbJity) towards the relief of the 
Poor. This was the manner of the Primitive 
Churches, to make Colle&ifas and d LoveFeafts af r 
ter the Lord's Supper for the. relief of the Poor 
Chriftians. Thirdly* when Thanks and Praife i* 
ended, theh with all Reverence to ftand up, and 
to receive the Bleffing cf God, .by the Mouth of 
his Minijler; and to receive it, as if thou didrf 
hear God himfelf pronouncing it unto thee froni 
Heaven; For by t their Bleffing, God doth bie/s his 

Thus far the Duties to be praSifed in the Church. 

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& quod Ita colt igitur, apud prsepoFitum 3eponitur, atque mete illeo- 
pitulatur pupillis&viduls,8^qui propte/ mcrbum out aliquam aliam' 
caufamegeht^&c. Juftin. Martyr. $poltg.i?*JiyiLm. Lucrum eft pie,- 
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The Duties which thou art to praftice after that 
thou art departed home, are Three. Fir ft, to ob- 
ferve diligently, whether thou haft truly received 
Chrift in the Sacrament. Which thou may 'ft thus 
eafily perceive .• For * feeing bis Flefb is meat indeed, 
dnd bis Blood is Drink indeed, and that he is fo/*l 
of grace that no Man ever touched him by Faith, 
but he received Vertue from him; it cannot pofli- 
bly be, that if thou haft eaten his Flefb, or drunk 
his Blood, but thou (halt receive Grace and Power 
to be cleanfed from thy Sins and Filthinefs. For 
if the Hemorboife that did hut touch ^Garment, 
had her bloody ijfue that continued fo long, b forth- 
with ftanched j how much more will the bloody ijfue 
of thy fin be ftanched, if thou then haft truly eaten 
and drunk the very flefh and blood of Chrift? But if 
thy Iffue (till runneth, thou may'ft juftly fufpeft 
thou haft never yet truly touched Chrift. 

Secondly, Seeing thou haft now reconciled thy 
fclf to God, and renewed thy Covenant) and vow- 
ed newnefs and amendment of Life ; thou muft 
therefore have a fpeciai care, that thou doft not 
yield to commit thy former fins any more : know- 
ing that the c unclean Spirit, if ever he can get in- 
to thy Soul again, after that it is (wept and gar* 
nifbed; he will enter by forcible Pofleffion with Sc 
ven other Devils worfe.tban himfelf : So that the 
end of that Man fhaM be tvorfc than his beginning. 
Be ye not therefore like the Dog, that d returns to 

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his Vomit, Or the tva/bed Sow that walloweth in the 
Mire again. And return not to thy Malice, like 
to the Adder % who laying afide her Poifon while 
(he Drinksy takes it up again when flje hath tone* 
But when either the Devil or thy Flefb fhall offer 
to tempt and move thee to relapfe into thy for- 
mer Sins; anfwer them as the Spoufe doth in the 
Canticles, * / h we Put off my Coat (of my former 
Corruptions ) how /hall J put it on f I wafhed my feet, 
how fhall J defile them again ? 

Lafilji If ever thou haft found either Joy or 
Comfort in receiving the holy Sacrament, let it 
appear by thy eager Dejire of receiving it b often 
again. For the Body of Chrifl as it was c anointed 
with theOylofgladnefs above his Fellows; fo doth it 
yield a fweeter Savour than all the Oyntments of 
the World : The fragrant find whereof allureth 
all Sauls who have once tailed the fweetnefs there* 
of, ever after to defire oftner to tafte thereof again. 
d Beeaufe of the favour of thy good Oyntments % there* 
fore do the Virgins love thee. e /^therefore of* 
ten, 2nd fee how good the Lord is, faith David. This 
i$ the Commandment of Chrifi himfelf, Do this in re* 
tpemlrance of me \ and in doing this, thou (halt (hew 
thy felf beft mindful and thankful for his Death. 
For as oft as ye fhall eat this bread and drink this cuf y 
ye fhall fbew the Lord's Death until he come. And 

■ Cant. 5.3. * Scio Rome hanc efle confuctudincm, ut fideles 
temper Chrifti corpus accipiant. Hier. jpol.adv.jovin. Quotidie 
communionem Euchariftiz precipcre non laudo, nee reprehendo. 
Omnibus Dominicis dicbus communicandum ibadeo & hortojr, 
fi mens (Ineaffe&u peccandifit. Aug* (vel potius Gennadiw). ltk.de 
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let this be the chief end whereunto both thy re- 
ceiving and living tendeth, that thou may'ft be a 
holy ChrifiianS zealous of good Works, fur get from 
Sin, to livefoberly, righteoujly and godly, invbn pre- 
Cent World; that thou may'ft be acceptable to God, 
profitable to thy Brethren, and comfortable unto thine 
own SouL 

Thus far of the manner of glorifying God in thy Lift. 

tfon folbwetb the Practice of Piety in glorifying Gad, 
in the time of Sickvefs, and whin thou art called to 
die in the herd. 

AS foon as thou perceiveft thy feif to be viG- 
ted with any Sicknefs, meditate with thy 
felf •..--,-.■ 

i. That 1 'mifery cometh not forth of the duft\nei- 
ther doth Ajfiittionffring out of the Barib. Sickoefs 
comes not by Hap or Chances (as the \ PhUiftinet 
fuppofed thaj their Mice and Emrcds came) but 
from Matfs Wickednefs, which, as SpirkUs,breakctb 
out. Man fuffereth C faith d Jeremy) for hU Sins, 
Fools \ faith e David; by Reafon of their Tranfgrejfiens, 
and becaufe of their Iniquities are aflUfled. As there« 
fore' Solomon advifeth a Man to carry himfelf to- 
wards art earthly Prince j f '/ the Spirit of him thtt 
rukth* rife, up againft ' tkee, leave not thy place ; for 
gwtlenefs pacifeth great Sins:' So counfel I thee to 

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deal with the Prince of Prinres. If the Spirit of 
him that ruleth Heaven and Earth, rife up againft 
thee, let not thy Heart defpair ; for Repentance 
pacifieth great Sins. And whofoever * returneth in 
bis AffliQion to the Lord God of Jfrael, And feeks 
him, be wiU be found of him. 

x. b Shut to thy Chamber door j c Examine thine 
own Heart upon thy Bed ; d Search and try thy Ways; 
Search as diligently for thy capital Sin, as e Jojiua 
did for AchaU) till thou findeft it. For albeit God, 
when he beginneth to chaften his Children, hath 
refpecl: to aU their Sins ; yet when his Anger is 
incenfed, he chiefly taketh Occafibn to chaften, 
and enter with them into Judgment, for fome 
one grievous Sin, wherein they have lived with- 
out Repentance. 

3. When thou haft thusconfidered all thy Sins, 
put. thy felf before the Judgment Seat of God, as 
a Felon or Murtherer, ftanaing at the Barr of an 
earthly Judge ; and with grief and forrow of heart 
confefi uiitp God all thy known Sins, efpecially 
thy capital Offences, wherewith God is chiefly dif- 
pleafed. Lay them open, with all the Circumftan- 
ces, of the time, place, and manner how they were 
committed, as may moft ferve to aggravate the 
beineufnefi of thy Sins, and to fhew the Contrition 
of tby Heart for the fame. Lift up thine Hand 4 
and acknowledge thy felf before the Righteous 
Judge of Heaven and Eirth, guilty of eternal death 

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and Damnation for thofe thy heinojs Sins and 
Tranfgreflipns. And having thus accufed and judg- 
ed tby (elf, caft down thy felf before the a toot* 
Jtool of his Throne of Grace, a (Turing thy felf, that 
whatfoever the b Kings of Ifraet be, yet the God 
of Ifrael\s a merciful God : And cry unto him from 
a penitent and faithful Heart, for Mercy and for. 
givenefs, as eagerly and earneftly, as ever tbou 
koe^eft a Malefaaor, being to receive his Seiv 
tence, crying unto the Judge for Favour and Par- 
don ; vowing amendment of Life, and (by tfo. a£ 
ilftance of his Grace) never to commit the like Sin 
any more. All which thou may'ft do in thtfe^ 
or the Tike Wbrds. •■••-. 

A. Prayer when one begins, to be fick. 

OMoft righteous Judge, yet in Jefus Chrift my 
Gracious Father : I wretched Sinner do here 
return unto thee (though driven with Pah and 
Sicknefs) like the prodigal Child with Want and 
Hunger. I acknowledge that this Sicknefs and Pain 
comes not by blind Chance or Fortune, but by thy 
divine Providence, and fpecial Appointment. It is 
the firojjje of thy heavy Hand, which my Sins have 
juftly deferved: and c the things that I feared, are 
now fallen upon me* Yet I do well perceive, that 
d in Wrath thou remembrtft Mercy^ when I confider 
how many, and how heinous are my Sins, and 
how few and eafie are thy Corre&ions. Thou 
mighteft have ftricken mie with fome fearful and 

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fudden Death, whereby I (hould not bave had ei- 
ther Time or Space to have called upon thee for 
Grace and Mercy ; and fo I (hould have periflwd 
in my Sins, and have been for ever condemned 
in Hell. 

But thou, O Lord, vifiteft me with fuch a Fa« 
therly chaftifement, as thou ufeft to vifit thy dear- 
eft Children whom thou beft loveft ; giving me 
(by this Sicknefs) both warning and time to re- 
pent, and to fue unto thee for Grace and Pardon. 
I take not therefore, O Lord, this thy Vifitation, 
as any fign of thy Wrath or hatred ; but as an a(- 
fured Pledge, and token of thy Favour and Loving-, 
kindnefs, whereby thou doft with thy temporal 
Judgments draw me to * judge myfelf and to re- 
pent of my wicked Life, that I mould not be eon? 
demned with the godlefs and unrepenting World. 
For thy holy Word allures me, that f whom those 
kvefij thou thus ehafteneft; and that thou fcourgefi 
every Son that thou reeeiveft. that if J endure thy 
ehaftening, thorn offer eft- thy f elf unto me as unto a Son : 
And that aU that continue in Stn t and yet efcape with* 
out Correction (whereof all thy Children are partaker s\ 
are Baft ards and not Sons : And that thou shaft eneft 
me for my profit L , that 1 may he a partaker of thy Holt' 
tiefs. O Lord, how full of Goodnefs is thy Nature, 
that haft dealt with me fo gracioufly in the time 
of my Health and Profperity ; And now being pro- 
voked by my Sins and unthankfalnefs, haft fuch 
fatherly and profitable Ends, in inflicting upon me 
this Sicknefs and Correction ! 

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i confefs, L/H-d, th*t thou doft juftly afflifl my 
Body with ficknefe; for my £00/ was lick before of 
a long profperity, and forfeited with cafe, peace, 
plenty, and fulnefsof bread. And now, Q Lord, 
I lament and mourn for my Sins, a / acknowledge 
ny WickedmfS) and my Iniquities are always in my 
fight. Oh, wliat a wretched Sinner am I, void of 
all good nefs by Nature, and full of evil by finful 
Cuftom ! O, what a world of Sin have I commit- 
ted againft thee, whilft thy Long-fufFerance expell- 
ed my Conversion, and thy Bleflings wooed me to 
Repentance ! Yet, O my God, feeing it is thy pro- 
perty more to refpett thtgoodmefs or thy own Na- 
tore than the deferts of Sinners; I befeech thee, 
O Father, for thy Son Jrfm Chrifis fake, and for 
the Merits of that aB-faving Death which he hath 
voluntarily fuffibred for all which believe in him ; 
b -Hope mercy ufon me % according to the multitude of 
tky Mercies \turn thy face. away from mySins^ and blot 
e*t aU rny Iniquities: c Cafl me mot oat of thy Pre- 
fence* d neither, reward me according to, my defer ts : For 
if thou doft rejeflt me, who wifl receive me? 
Or, who will {uccour me, if thou doft forfake me? 
But thouy Lordf art the Heifer of the belplefs, and 
c . in tbep the Fatherkfs findeth\ Mercy : For though 
rpy Sins be exceeding great, yet thy Mercy, O 
Lprd, far eaceedeth them all ; neither can I com- 
mit fo many v as thy Grace can remit and pardon. 
Wafh therefore, Q Chrift, my Sins with the vir- 
tue of thy precious Blood, especially thofe Sins, 
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whicirfrom a penitent Heart I have confcfled un- 
to thee: But chiefly, O Lord, for Chrift his false 
forgive mfe. * And feeing that of thy love thou 
didlt lay down thy Life for my Ranfom, when I 
was thine Enemy ; Oh, fave now the price of 
chine own Blood* when it fhall coft thee but a 
Smile upon me, or a gracious Appear $me in thy Fa- 
ther's tight in my behalf. Reconcile me once a- 
gain, O merciful Mediator, unto thy Father: For 
though there be nothing in me that can pleafe 
him ; yet I know that in thee, and for thy fake, 
he is i well f leafed with all whom thou accepted and 
loveft. And if it be thy blefled Will, remove this 
Sicknefs from me, and reftore me to my former 
Health again ; that I may live longer to fet forth 
thy glory, and to be a comfort to my friends which 
depend upon me ; and to procure to my felf a 
more fettled Affurance of that heavenly Inheritance 
which thou haft prepared for me. And then, 
Lord^ thou {halt fee how religioufly and wifely I 
fhall || redeem the time, which heretofore I have 
fq leWdly and prophanely fpent. And to the end 
that I qiay the fooner and the eafier be delivered 
from this Pain and Sicknefs j direft me, O Lord, \ 
befeech thee by thy divine Providence, to fiich 
a Phyficun and helper, as (that by thy hlejfmg up- 
on the Means) 1 may recover my former Health 
and 'Welfare again* And good Lord vouchfafe, 
that as thou haft fent this Sicknefs unto me, fo 

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thou would'ft likewife be pleas'd to fend thy Hoh 
Spirit into my Heart, whereby this prefent Sicknefs 
may be fandify'd unto me ; that I may ufe it as thy 
Scheol, wherein I may learn to know the greatnefi 
of my Mifery,and the riches of thy Mercy; that I 
may be fo bumbled** the one, that I defpair not of the 
other: And that I may fo renounce all Confidence 
of Help in my ielf, or in any other Creature • that 
X may only put my whole reft for Salvation in 
thy All-fufficient Merits. And forafmuch as thou 
bnbweft, Lord, how weak a Veflel I am, full of 
Frailty and Imperfections? and that by Nature I 
am Angry and Froward under every Crofs and Af. 
fliftion ; O Lord, who art the * giver of aU good gifts 
arm me with Patience to endure thy blefled Will 
and Pleafure ; and of thy Mercy f lay no more upon 
tw, than I (hall be able to endure and fuffer. Give me 
Grace to behave my felf in all Patience, love, and 
Meeknefs, unto thofe that fhall come and vifit me- 
that I may thankfully receive, and willingly i m - 
brace all good counfelsand confolations from them; 
and that they may likewife fee in me fuch a good' 
example of Patience, and hear from me fuch god^ 
ly Leffbns of Comfort, as may be Arguments of my 
Chriftian Faith and Profeflion, and inft ruftions un- 
to them, how to behave themfelves when it ftiall 
pleafe thee to vifit them with the like Affliction of 
Sicknefs. I |mow, Q Lord, I have deferved to dye; 
and I defire not longer to live, than to amend my 
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thy Glory. Therefore, O Father, if it be thy blef- 
fed Will reftore me to Health again, and grant me 
a longer Life* But if thou haft, according to thy 
eternal Decree, appointed by this Sicknefs to call 
for me out of this tranfitory Life, I refign my felf 
* into thy Hands, and holy Pleafure .• thy bleffedWik 
be done, whether it be by Life or by Death. Only 
I befeech thee of thy Mercy forgive me all my 
Sins, and prepare my poor Soul, that by a true^ 
Faith and unfeigned Repentance, (he may be ready 
againft the time that thou flialt call for her out of 
my {ick and finful Body. O heavenly Father, 
who art the b hearer of Prayer s, hear thou in Heaven 
this my Prayer j and in this extremity grant me 
thefe Requefts ; not for any Worthinefs that is in 
me, but for the Merits of thy beloved Son Jefue, 
my only Saviour and Mediator ; for whofe fake 
thou haft promis'd to hear us, and to grant c what' 
Joever we jfhaS ask of thee in hit Name, In his Name 
therefore, and in his own Words I conclude this 
my imperfeft Prayer, faying, 

Oar Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy 
Name, &c» 

Having thus reconciled thy felf unto God in 

1. Let thy next care be tofet thy Huufe in order, 
as Jfaiab advis'd King Hetekiah ; making thy laft 
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it bejrfade, then per ufe it, confirm ir, and for avoid- 
ing all Doubts aod Contention, f*AS0ft it before 
Witnefles, that (if God calleth for thee out of this 
Life} it may ftand in force and unalterable as thy 
lift WillixA Tefiomtnt ; and fo deliver it locked or 
fioled up in fome Box, to the keeping of a faithful 
friend, in the frefence of hoheft Wtneffes. 

a. But in making thy Teftdmeut, take a Rcligi- 
jbus Divine's Advice, how to bellow thy benevolence) 
and fome honeft Lawyers Counfel, to continue it 
according to Law. 

Difpatch this before thy Sicknefs doth increafe 
and thy Memory decay: Left otherwife thy Te- 
fiomtnt prove a Doatment, and fo another Man's 
fancy f rather than thy Will 

3. To prevent many Inconveniencies, let me re^ 
commend to thy Difcretion Two Things. 

1. If God hath bleffed thee with any competent 
State of Wealth, make thy Will in thy Health time. 
It will neither put thee further from thy Goods, 
nor batten thee fooner to thy Death j bilt it will be 
a greater eafe to thy Mind, in freeing thee from a 
great Trouble, when thou fhalt have moft iieed of 
Quiet. For when thy Houfe is fet in order, thou 
fhalt be better enabled to fet thy Soul in order, and 
to difpofe of thy Journey towards God; 

2. If thou haft Children, give to every one of 
them a Portion, according to thine Ability > in thy 
Life time j that thy Life may feem an eafe> and not 
zyoke unto them: Yet fo # give, a$ that thy Children 
may be ftill beholden unto thee, and not thou 
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whilft thou liveft, they may thank death and not 
thee, for the portion that thou kaveft them. If 
thou haft no Children, and the Lord hath Weft 
* thee with a great portion of the Goods of this 
World ; and if thou meaneft to beftow them up* 
on any charitable or pious ufes : Put not over that 
good work to the truft of others, feeing thou feed 
how moft of other Mens Executors^ prove almofi 
Executioners. And if friends be fo unfaithful m a, 
Man's life: How much greater caufe haft thou to 
diftruft their fidelity after thy death? Lamentable 
experience fheweth how many dead Mens WtiU 
have of late, either been quite concealed, utterly 
overthrown, or by Cavils and Quirks of Law/r</?r«- 
ted or .altered: Whereas by the Law of God, the 
will of the dead Ihould not be * violated; but all 
his godly intentions confcionably performed and 
fulfilled, as in the fight of God, who in the day of 
the Rejurretl ion, will be a b jufi )udge both of the 
quid and dead. And if any thing ihould hap in 
his Will to be ambiguous or faultful, it ihould be 
* conftrued, as it might come neareft to the honour 
of God, and the honefi intention of the Teflator* 
But let the vengeance, due to fuch unchriftian deeds* 
light on the J8ors that do them ; not on the KJng* 
dam wherein they are fufFered to be done. And 
let other Rich Men be warned by fuch wretched 
examples, not fo to d niarrj their minds to their 

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Money ; as thac they will do no go** with their 
Goods, till Death divorceth them. Confidering 
therefore the (hortnets of thine own Lift, and the 
uncertainty of <*&r* juft Sealing after thy Death, in 
tbefe **/*/£ D*p : Let me advife thee (whom God 
bath blefled with ability, and an intent to do good) 
to become in thy lifetime, thine own Admimfirttorx 
make thine own Hands thine Executors, and thine 
own Eyes thy Overfeers ; caufe thy lanthorn to give 
her light before thee, and not behind /foe; give 
God the Glory, and thou (halt receive of him in 
• due time the b Reward, which of his Grace and 
Mercy he hath promifed to thy good Wsrks. 

4. Having thus fet thy Houfe and Soul in order 
(if the ' determined number of thy Days be not 
expired) God will either have Mercy upon thee, 
and fay, i /pare him (O killing Malady) that he go 
not down into the Pit: For J have received a Recon- 
ciliation : Or elfe, his Fatherly Providence will di- 
rect thee to fuch a Phy$cian,ixA to fuch e Means, as 
that by his Bleffiugxxyon. their Endeavours thou (halt 
recover, and be reftored to thy former Health again. 
But in any wife, take heed that neither thou, nor 
any for thee, fend unto Socerers, Wizards, Char" 
mers, or Inehanters for help : For this were to leave 
the Godoflfraelt and to go to f Baalzebuh the God 
vf Ebon for help, as did wicked Ahaxiah ; and to 
break thy Vow which thou haft made with the 
blefled Trinity in thy Baptifmi And be fure that 

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God will never give a a bleiling by thofe means 
which he hath accurfcd ; but if he permit Satan 
to cute thy body, fear left it tend to the damnation 
of thy foul. Thou art h tryed, beware. 

When thou haft fent for the Phyftcian, take heed 
that thou put not thy truft rather in the Phyf%cian y 
than in the Lord, as Afa did ; of whom it is faid, 
that c he fought not to the Lord, in his difeafe, hut 
to the Phyfician : which is a kind of Idolatry, that 
will increafe the Lord's anger, and make the Phy- 
fick received uneffe&uaL Ufe therefore the Phy- 
ficiad as GodV Inftrument, and Phyfick as GodV 
means, And feeing it is not lawful without Pray- 
er to ufe ordinary Food, t Tim. 4. 4. much Ief9 
extraordinary Phyfick whofe good effeft depends 
Upon the bleffing of God ; before thou rakeli thy 
Phyfick, d fray therefore heartily unto God to blew 
it unto thy ufe, in thefe or the like words* 

A Prayer lefore taking of Phyfick. 

O Merciful Father, who art the Lorctof health) 
and of ficknefs, of life, and of death; who 
kiUefty and makefi alive ; who * bringefl down to 
the grave and raifefi uf again: I come unto thee* 
as to the only Phyfician, who canft cure my foul 
from yfo, and my iody from ficknefsi I defire nei* 
ther life nor death, but refer my felf to thy moft 
holy will, for, though we mufi needs dye and be* 
tng deadydur lives are as * water fpiit on the ground^ 

9 J. i .. Jf • 'f il m 1 1 ■ ■ ' ,. * ' 

i Jcr. 8. is. • x Sam. 1. 6, i 2 Safli. 14. 14. . 

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*?£/;& cannot be gathered up again ; yet hath thy gra- 
cious providence (whilft life remaineth; appointed 
means which thou wilt have thy Children to ufe j 
and (by the lawful ufe thereof) to expeft thy bJcf- 
fing upon thine own means, to the curing of their 
-ficknefs, and teflitution of their health And now, 
O Lotd, m this itay neceffity, J have, according 
to thirie Ordinance, fent for thy Servant ( the Pfy. 
fician) who hath prepared fbr me this Phyfick, 
which I receive as means fent from thy fatherly 
band: I befeech thee therefore, that as by thy 
hUffing on a E lump of dry Jigs, thou did'ft heal He- 
zekiah J s Sore, that he recovered; and by Seven 
times iva/hing in the River of h Jordan, didft cleanfe 
Naaman the Syrian of his Leprofiej and didft re- 
ftore the Man that was blind from his birth, by 
* anointing his eyes with clay and Cpittle, and fend- 
ing him to wafh in the pool cf Siham, and by 
touching the hand of d Peter's Wive's Mother, didft 
cure her of her Feaverj and didft reftore the 
Woman that c touched the hemm of thy Garment, 
from her blood; ijfue: So it would pleafe thee of 
thy infinite Goodnefs and Mercy, to fan&ifie this 
Phyfick to my ufe, and to give fuch a blefling un- 
to it, that it may (if it be thy will and pleafure) 
reriiove this my ficknefs and pain, and reftore mc 
to health and Jhength again. But if the number of 
thofe days which thou haft f appointed for me, to 
live in this vale of mifery, be at an end ; and that 

* Ha 38.11. Virlfings 5. 14. *Johfl9.$,7- * Matth. *. U- 
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thou haft lent this iickneis as thy Meflenger, to 
cafl me out of this mortal Life : Then Lord, let 
thy lltffed will be done : For I fubuitt my will to thy 
moft holy pleafure. Only I befeech thee, encreale 
my Faith and Patience, and let thy grace and mer- 
cy be never wanting unto me; But in the midft 
of all extremities amft me with thine holy Spirit, 
that I may willingly and cheerfully refign up my 
Soul ( the price of thine own Blood) into thy moft 

fradous hands and euftody. Grant this, O Father, 
or Jefiis Cbrift his fake; to whom with thee, and 
the holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, both 
how and evermore. Amen. 

Meditations for the fick. 

T \ THilft thy (kknefs remaineth,ufe often (for 
YV thy comfort ) thefe few Meditations^ ta- 
ken from the ends wherefore God fendeth afflift- 
ions to his Children. Thoie are ten. 

i. That by afflictions God may not only * cor* 
reft our fins paft, but alfo work in us a deeper 
loathing of our natural corruption ; and fo pre* 
vent us from falling into many other fins, which 
otherwife we would commit ; Like a good Father* 
who fufters his tender Babe to fcorch his finger in 
a candle, that he may the rather learn to beware 
of. falling into a greater fire. So that the Child of 
God may fay with David f it is good for me that 

* Deui fuospercutit ut cmenctet, Hicr. com in Efa. i . 6. Dens 
cmhmltateinfflgit, non ejetingnefe, fedcaftigarenoscupiens. Am 
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/£mi/* few* dfflitfed, that I may learn thyftaiutes ; for 
4 before I was afflicted /went aft ray, but now banc I kept 
thy word. And indeed (faith Su Paul) b We are 
chaftened of the Lord, becauje we fbould not be con- 
demned with the World. With one crofs God ma- 
keth two cures ; the chafiifement of fins part, and 
the prevention of fin to come. For though the 
eternal funijhment of fin (as it proceedeth from Ju- 
ftice) is fully pardoned in the Sacrifice of Chrift; 
yet we are not ^without ferious judging our felves) 
exempted from the temporal chafiifement of fin; 
for this proceedeth only from the love of God, for 
our good. And this is the rcafon, that when Na- 
than told David, from the Lord, that his fins were 
forgiven ; yet that the c Sword of Chafiifement fkould 
not depart from his houfe ; and that d his Child Jbould 
furely die. For God, like a skilful Phyfician, fee- 
ing the Soul to be foifoned with the fettling of fin; 
and knowing that the reigning of the Jft/ft will prove 
the ruin of the Spirit: miniftreth the bitter pill of 
affli&ion, whereby the reliques of fin are purged, 
and the Soul more found Iy cured ; thzflejb is fob- 
dued, and the Spirit is lanttified. Oh the odioufr 
nefs of fin, which caufeth God to Chajlen (ofevere* 
Iy his Children, whom otherwife he* loveth fo 

x. God fendeth affii&ion to feal unto us our 
Adoption : for e every Child whom God loveth f be cor* 
reflet h : And he is a Baflard that is not cor retted : Yea* 

•Pfil.119.tf7. *i Cor. 11.31. 5iSam.lt. io. dVerfei* 
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ic is a Cure Note, that where God feeth Sin and 
[mites not, there he detefls and loves not. There- 
fore it is laid, that he * differed the wicked Tons 
of Eli to continue in their fins, without correflion, be* 
csufe the; Lord would flay them* On the f other fide, 
there is no furer token of God's fatherly lovezxA 
we, than to be corre&ed with fome crofs y as oft as 
we commit any finful crime. Affli&ioa therefore 
is a feai of Adoption, no fign of Reprobation. For 
the pureft Corn is cleaned fanned, the fineft Gold 
is ofteft tried, the fweeteft Grape is hardeft prefr 
fed, and the trueft Chriftian heavieft croffed. 

3 . God fendeth affit&ion to man our hearts from 
too much loving this world and worldly vanities : 
and to caufo us the more earneftly to dcfire and 
l90g for |l eternal life. As the Children of Ifrael (h&d 
they not been ill intreated in Egypt j would never 
have been fo willing to go towards Cannan; So 
(were it not for the Croffes and Afflictions in this 
life) God's Children would not fo heartily long 
and willingly define for the kingdom of Heaven. 
For, we fee many Epicures y that would be content 
to foregoe Heaven, on condition that they might 
ftill enjoy their earthly Pleafures ; and (having 
mver tafted the joys of a better J how loth are 

* Ad mlla fcrvantur non moritura mail, i Sam. 2.25. + Nam* 
que favor nimius non eft favor, ira fed ingens: At favor in mag- 
no fepe dolore latet. Bafil. Anthofacr. || Crebris tribulationibus 
Ecclefiam fuam Dominus exercec : nfe fi cun&a temporalia fortfe 
proipcre currant ; incolatu pnefentis exilii dilefta, minds coded- 
em patriam fufpiret. Beds in Cant. Mundanus affe&us prefentia 
amat, temporalia cumulat, fpiri tualia negligit , & cilm totus fe fpar- 
git in tmis, ail pottft pmarc defummis. Tqjf /19. Btttitrch dedifc. m** 

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they to depart this life ? whereas the Apoftle (that 
fa w * Heaven's glory ) tells us* that there is do more 
comparifori betwbit the joys of eteroal life, and 
the fkafares of this world, than there is betwixt 
the fthiefi dung, and the fkafanufi meat: Or be- 
twixt the ftinkingeft b dung-hill, and the faireft bed- 
chamber. As therefore a loving Nurfe, puts Worm- 
wood or Muflard on the bread, to make the Child 
the rather to forfake the Dug ; fo God mixeth 
fometimes * afBidion with the pleafares and pro- 
fpertty of this life, left (like the children of this ge- 
neration! they fliould forget God, and fall into 
too much love of this prefer* evil World ; and fo 
by riches grow proud ,• by/*w» infolent • by tiber- 
tj wanton j and d ./f*r» with their beel agatnf the 
Lord, when they wax fut. For if God's Children 
love the world (6 well* when (like a ourft fief- 
mother flie mifufeth and ftrikes us; how (hould we 
love this harlot, if {hefmittd upon us, zoAftroak- 
ed us, as me doth her own worldly Brats? Thus 
doth God (like a wife and loving Father) embit- 
ter wi h erodes the pleafuresof this life to his chil- 
dren, that(finding in this MwtyAate no true zvApr- 
maxentj<ys)they might fighand long for eternal life, 
where firm and everUflingjoys are only to be found. 
4. By afBi&ioa and fickoefs God exercifeth his 
Children, and the graces which he beftoweth upoo 
them. He refineth and trieth their faith, as the 
Goldfmith doth his Go/dm the* Furnace, to make 

ijCor. i»-4- b Phil. 3&» «Nef«i{Hviriallqul elarioae in 
h»c vita fuperbiant, quibufdam teatationibus rcpritpwHiv. Smth. 
in 1 Reg- d V*"*- 1'- ' J- e ' Pet - *• 7* Ut itf* 9******, & at> ad- 
mixtione vitiorum carnalium defecati, fpkndcaat «oinati in* 
nocentise clatitate. HiU.inPfal.tf. 



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it Ihine mo«e glittering and bright: he ftirreth us 
up to pray more diligently, and zealoufly, and pro- 
veth what patience we have learned all this while 
in his * School. The like experience he maketh 
of our Hope, Love, and all the reft of our Chrifiian 
Vcrtues: Which without this trial, would rujf, 
like Iron unexercifed ; or corrupt like ftanding wa- 
ters, that either have no current, or elfe are not 
* poured from vejfel to vejfel; whofi tafte remaineth> 
and wbofejcent is not changed. And rather than a 
Man ftiould keep ftill the Jcent of his corrupt Na- 
ture to damnation ; who would not wilh to be chan- 
ged from ftate to ftate, by crofles and ficknefs, to 
[dvai'tonl For as the Camomile which is trodden % 
growethbeft, and fmelleth moft fragrant j and as 
ttejijb-isfiieetejl that lives in they*//*/? Waters: 
So %hofc fouls are moft precious unto Chrijf, who 
are moft exercifed and afflifted with his Crops. 

.5. God fendeth afflictions, to dejmonftrate un- 
to the world the truenefs of his child rens love and 
Service. Every hypocrite will ferve God whilft he 
prqfperetb and bleffeth him, as the Psw/falfely ao 
cufed c Joh to have done; but who (faving his loving 
Child) will love and ferve him in adverftty, when 
God feemeth to be angry and iifpleafed with him ? 
Yea, and cleave unto him moft infeparately, when 
he fqemeth ("with the greatefi frown and difgrace) 

» Schota cruris, fchola lucis. Gubernator in tempeftate dignof- 
eitur, in act* m»«s probata* $ delicata iaOatio eft, c&ra pericu- 
lum npn eft : confliQatio in adverfis, probatio eft Veritas. Cyfr. 

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to rcjed a Man, and to caft htm out of his favour? 
yea, when he feemeth to wound and kit as an enemy : 
yet then to fay with job * Tbf thou Lard, kit 
me^yet wit I put mj trufi in (beef The loving and 
the ferving of God ; and trailing in his mercy in 
the time of our correction and mifery, is the truefi 
note of an unfeigned Child And Servant if the Lord. 

6. Sanftified affli&ion is a Angular help ta further 
our true comer fion-, and to drive us home by repe* 
tance to our heavenly Father, f In their tfJUfttons 
(faith the Lord) they vpitfeek me diligently. Egyfth 
burthens made a Ifrqel cry unto God. b David's trou- 
bles made hicnprsy. c Hezekiah** ficknefs made him 
to ipeep : and miiery drove the d Prodigal Child to 
return and fue for hi? Bather's grace and mercy. 
Yea, we rtfid of many in the Gqfpel r that by fuk- 
nejfes and afflictions were driven to come unto 
Chrift, who if they had had health and prof peri* 
ty as others, would hav4 (like others) neglected 
br contemned their Saviour, and never have 
fought unto him for his faving health and grace. 
For as %bv Ark of Noah ', (he higher it vra$ toflfed 
with the flood, the nearer it pipunted towards fica- 
ven-y fa the fan£tifed foul, the more it is exercifed 
with affliflion, the nearer it is lifted towards God. 
O! blejfedv* that crofs that drawetb a finner to * come 
("upon the knees of his heart) unto Chtifi, to coo- 
fefe his own Mifery, and to implore his endlefe 
m^rcy ! O blejfed, ever hleffed be that Chrifi % that 

Mobn.i*. tHof.5.15. ?Exod.5;7. b £<*].*&£. clft.38. 
1,3. * Luke 13. itf,&c. c Dens non dclcftatur pcenis aoftds, fe4 
SPafeffic qem qwerit erroris. Ah. in Pfsl. 4. Penitent. 

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never refufeth the Tinner that cometh unto him, 
tbo* weather driven by affii&ien and mijeryl 

7- Af&i&ion worketh in us pity and compaffio* 
toward our feBoi»-irethren 9 that be in diftrefs and 
mifery ; whereby we learn to have a a fellow feel* 
ing of their calamities ; and to condole their eftate, 
as if we fuffered with fbem. And for this caufe 
Chrift himfelf would fuffer, and *be temfted in all 
things like unto m (fin only excepted/ that he might 
he a tntrctful HigbPriefij touched with the feeling of 
our infirmities. For none can fo heartily bemoan 
the mifery of another, as he who firft (uttered himm 
felfthv fame affii&idih Hereupon a (inner in mife* 
ry may boldly fay v unto Chriftj 

if on ignore midi^ miferis fuccurito Chrifte. 

Oar frailty ftth (0 Cbrift) thou didj? perceive ; 
Condole our fiari,i$hhfli& in frailty cleave. 

&. God ufeth pur (fckneffes and affltftions, as 
means and examples both to c mauifeft unto others 
the fdifb and vertuej which he hath beftowed upon 
us j as alio to ftrehgthen thofe who have not rcceiv- 
ed-fo great a meafure of Faith as we. For there can 
be; no greater encouragement to i weak Chriftian, 
than to behold a true profeflbr (in the extreameft 
ficknefeof his body) fuj?port<?d with greater patience 

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and confoktion in his /mil And the comfortable 
and bleffed departure of fucb a Man, will arm him 
againft the fear of death, and aflure him, that the 
hope of the godly it afar mart precious thing than that 
ftejk and blood can uwtfrft«nd> or mortal eyes behold, 
in this vdtofmifery. And were it not that we did 
fee many of thofe whom we know to be the un- 
doubted Children of God, to have endured fuch 
aJBt&ians and calamities before us ; the greatnefs 
ofthe miferies and. erodes which oft-times we en* 
dure, would make us doubt, whether we be the 
Children of God or no. And to this purpofe S. 
Jsmts faith, God. made Job and the Prophet t an ex- 
ample of fuffering adn/erfity, and pf long patience. 

9. By * afflictions God makes us conformable to 
the Image of Ckrtfl his Son, who being the b Cap- 
tain of our Salvation, was made perfeft through J of- 
ferings. And therefore he fir ft bare the Crofs in 
jharr.e, before he was * crowned with glory; did firft 
tafte d gall, before he did eat the e honey-comb: 
and was derided King of the, Jem, by the Souldiers 
in the High-grkfts Ml, before he was fainted 
f Ktnr of Glory, by the Angels in his Fathers Court. 
And t be mare lively our btaven/y Father (hall per- 
ceive the noge of his natural Son. to appear in us, 
the better he will love us, and when we have for 
a time, born bis Likenefs io his Sufferings, and 
* fought and k overcome , we (hall be crowned by 

• Rom. 8. 1 a. 1 Pjet. 4. 14. b Heb. a. w.. cHeb. 3. 7. d Mtt.37. 
}4-. ' e. Luke 34.43, ' Ftvtt P»Jl ftl gmfisvlt. Tore lib. de Coroo. 
ttuMt.cap.34. »piU^34.7. • rfim.*?,.*. iRev.j,.*!. 
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Chrifi j and with C/ir/// 9 fit on bis Throne ; and 
oiChrift receive the a fruhsts white Jione acid morn- 
ing fiar that Jbafl make us h Jbine like Chrifi tor ever 
in his glory. 

io. Laftly, That the godly may be humbled 
in refpcft of their own ftate and mifery ; and 
c God glorified by delivering them out of their 
troubles and afflictions, when they call upon him 
for his help and fuccour. For though there be 
no Man to fare, but if the Lord wi\]ftrattfy d mark 
iniquities y he fhall find in him juft caufe to punifli 
him for his Sin: yet the Lord in Mercy doth 
not c always in the affliftion of his Children, re- 
fpeft thtir fins ; but fometimes layeth affli&ions 
and croffes upon them for his glorfs fake. Thus 
our Saviour Cbrift told his Difciples, that the Mm 
was not born blind for his own or his Parents fimi 
But that the mrk of God fhould bejbewed on him. . So 
he told them likewife, that Lazarus's ficknefs was 
not unto the death, but for the glory of God. O the 
unfpeakable goodnefs of God, which turneth thofe 
affli&ions, which are the jbame and funifbment due 
to our Sins, to be the fubjeft of his hononr and 

» Rev. 2. 17. b Phil. 3. 11. c Hco tentantur Sanfii, ut ipfi fe 
agOQfcant. Prima/, Effc fc magnarum virium homo crederet, (i 
nullum unquam carundem virium dcfe&um fentirct. Greg. I. z. 
M°r*l- Job. d pfai. 130. 3. c In his qu« patimur, nullum contra 
Dcum murmur cordi noftro fubrcpat : quia ad quid hoc Creator 
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Tbefe ate the bleffed and profitable * ends, where- 
fore God fendeth ficknefs and affliction upoon his 
Children; whereby it may plainly appear that 
aflliftions are not figns either of God's hatred, or wrr 
reprobation ; but rather /ofatf and f Jr^M of his fa- 
therly love unto Children, whom be loveth, and 
therefore chafteneth them in this life, where, up- 
on repentance, there remains hope of pardon i ra- 
ther than to refer the Puoifliment to that Lift, 
where there is no hope of pardon, nor end of Pu- 
ttifbment. For this caufe, the Chriftians in the 
Primitive f Church, were wont to give God great 
thanks* for afflicting them m this Itfk. So the A* 
poftles rejoyced, that they were counted worthy tofuf- 
ftr for CbriJfs.Vame, ASfs $. 41. And the Chrift- 
ian Hebrews f offered with joy the fpoilwgof their goods, 
knowing that they had in Heaven a better, and an en- 
storing fubftanct, Heb. 10. 34. And in refpeft of 
thofe holy ends, the Apoftle faith, || That though no 
affliction for the prtfent feemetb joyous, hut grievous 1 
Yet, afterwards it bringeth the quiet fruit of rigbteouf, 
nefs to them who are thereby exercifed. Pray there- 
fore heartily, that as God hath fenf untG thee 
this ficknefs ; fo it would pleafe him to come h'mr 
felf unto thee, with thy ficknefs, by teaching thee 
to make thofe fanclified ufes of it, for which he b,atb 
jpflifted the fame upon thee, 

* Malum pat! malum non eft : malum facere malum eft.. Chyf: 
de prod. Jul. i Cum vexamur ac premimur, turn maximas gra- 
tias aglmus induJgentiflimo patri, a_uod corruptelam noftnun non 
patitur longiCjs procedure, fed plagisac yerberibua emendat. Ls%. 
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Meditations for one that is recovered from Sicknefs. 

IF God hath of his mercy heard thy Prayers* 
and reftored thee to thy health again * ponfider 
with thy felf, 

1. That thou haft now received from God, as 
it were, another Life. Spend it therefore to the 
honour of God, in newnefs of Life. Let thy Sin 
die with thy ftcknefs : but live thou by grace to 

x. Be not the more fecure, that thou art reftor- 
ed to healthy neither infult in thy felf, that thou haft 
efcaped death : But think rather, chat God (fee* 
ing how unprepared thou waft) hath of his mercy 
heard thy Prayer, fpared thee, and given thee 
fdme little longer time of refpite $ that thou may'ft 
both amend thy life, and put thy felf in a hetter 
readinefs againft the time that he (hall call for thee 
without further delay, out of this World. For 
,tho' thou haft efcaped this, it may be, thou (halt 
not efcape the next ficknefs. 

3. Confider how fearful a reckoning thou hadft 
made before the Judgment feat of Cbrift, by this 
time, if thou haft dyed of this Jfcknefs : Spend 
therefore the time that remains, fo as that thou 
may'ft be able to make a more cheerful account of 
thy felf, when it muft be expired indeed. 

4. Put not far off the daj of death: thou know- 
eft not for all this, how near it is at hand; and 
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taken unprovided the next time, thy excufe will 
fee kfe, and thy judgment greater. 

$ . Remember that thou haft vowed amendment 
and newnefs of life. Thou haft * vowed a vow un- 
to God, defer not to pay it : for be deligbtetb not in 
fools j pay therefore that thou haft vowed. The un- 
clean Spirit is caft out : O let him not re-enter 
with h feven worfe than himfelf. Thou haft fighed 
out the groans of Contrition, thou haft wept the 
tearS of Repentance ; thou art waflbed in the Pool 
of Betbefda, dreaming with five bloody wounds, 
not of a c troubling Angel, but of the d Angel tf 
God's prefence, troubled with the wrath due to thy 
fins ; who defended into Hell, to reftore thee to 
faving Health, and Heaven. c Return not now, 
with the Dog, to thine own vomit, nor like the 
wafied Sow % to wallow again in the mire of thy for- 
ner fins and uncleannefs; left f being intangledani 
overcome again with the fltbinefs of Jin, (which now 
thou haft efcaped ) thy latter end prove worfe than 
thyfirfi beginning. Twice therefore doth our Savi- 
our Chrift give the tame cautionary warning to 
healing finners. Firft, to the Man, cured of his 
thirty-eight years difeafe $ * Behold thou art made 
tojfole ; fin no more, left a worfe thing fall upon thee. 
Secondly, To the Woman taken in adultery ; 
b Neither do I condemn thee : Go thy wop and fin 
no more. Teaching us, how dangerous a thing it 
is, to relapfe and fall again in to. the former ' excefs 

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tf riot. Take heed therefore unto thy ways j and 
pray for grace that || thou maffi affty thy bean un- 
to wifdom, during thttfmaB number of days which 
yet remain behind : And for thy prefect mercy 
and health received, imitate the thankful Leper, 
and return unto God, this or the like Thankfgtv* 

A Thankf giving to be fad of one that it recovered 
from Sicknefs. 

O Gracious and merciful Father, who art the 
Lord of health and fickneft, of life and of 
death ; * who kiBefc and maiefi alive; wtho hring* 
eft dawn to the grave \ and raifeft uf again ; who 
art the only preserver of all thofe that truft in thee: 
I thy poor and unworthy fervant having now (by 
experience of my painful ficknefs) felc the grie- 
voufnefs of mifery due unto fin, and the greatnefs 
of thy mercy in forgiving finners, and perceiving 
with what a fatherly companion thou haft heard 
my prayers, and reltored me to my health and 
ftrength again ; do here (upon the bended knees" 
of my heart) return (with the thankful Leper) to 
acknowledge thee alone to be the God of my heajjth 
and falvation; and to give thee praife and glory 
for my ftrength and deliverance out of that grie- 
vous difeafe and malady ; And for thus turning my 
.mourning into mirth* my ficknefs into health, and 
my death into life. My fins deferred puniffimenr, 

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and thou haft combed me, but baft not given me 
Iter unto Death. * lk*\ if™ ^ >J f 

«*i*r fib - Crane, or a SwaBfi I mourned (m a 
Dave) when the biuernefsof Hcknefs oppreffed jneyj 
lifted up mine eyes unto thee, Lord, and thpu diffl 
Vomfjmex For thou difift caftaB my fins bebmd thy 
tact and did'(l deliver my foul from the P'f°f Cor- 
ruption : and when I found no help in myfelf, nor in 
pother creature faying I am deprived of the refine 
of my years, 1 /ball fee Man no more amon* the Inba. 
iitaits of the world) then did ft thou fore mete 
health again, andgaveft life unto me: I found tbee, 
Lord, ready to Jave me. - 

And now, Lord, I confefs, that I cad never 
vield unto thee, fuch a meafure of thanks as thou 
haft (for this beneEt) deferved at my hands. And 
(feeing that I can never be able to repay thy good- 
nefs with acceptable works) O that I could with 
Mary Magdalen teftifie the love and thankfulnefs of 
my heart, with abounding tearsl O, what ftafl I 
be able to render unto thee, O Lord, /or aBtbeJe 
Benefits which thou ha/ beftowed upon my Soul I 
Surely, as in my ftcknefs, when I had nothing elfe 
to give unto thee, I offered Chriffi and his merits 
uffto thee us a ranfom for my fins : So being now 
reftored by thy grace unto my health and ftrength. 
and having no better thing to give; behold, O 
Lord, f I do here offer up my/f//iinto thee,, be- 
^eching thee fd to affift me with thy holy Spirit, 

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that the' remainder of my life may be wholly 
fpent in fettlng forth thy praife add glory. 

O Lord, forgive me 1 my former follies and tin* 
thaokfulnefs; that 1 was no more careful to love 
thee, according to itiy goodkefs, nortoferve thee, 
according to thy wtB, nor to obey thee, accord* 
ing to. thy Commandment s t nor to thank thee, ac- 
cording to thy benefits. , And feeing thou knoweft 
thaiofmyfelfl am not fu$cient fo math as to think 
t good thought, (much lefs to do that which is good 
and acceptable in thyfight) affift me with thyGrace 
and hqiy Spirit, that' I may (in my profperity) as 
devoutly fbend my health in thy fervice,as I was 
earneli in my ficknefs to beg it at thy hands. And 
fuflfer me never to forget either this thy mercy id 
reftoring trie.td my health, or thole i/ows&hd pro- 
mifes, which I have made unto thee in my ficknefs* 
With my new healtbi reaew.in me, O Lord, a right 
Spirit : which may free me from theflavery of fin, 
and eftabliJb my heart in the fervice of grace. 
Work in me a great deteftation of all fins (which 
were the caufes of thy anger and my ficknefs) and 
increafe my Faith in Jefus Chrift, who is the Au- 
thor of my health » ahd fahation. Let thj good Spi- 
rit lead we in the way that I/hoald walk j and * teach 
me to deny all at>goMinefs t and xvorldl) lufts,wd td* 
live foterfc rigbteottjly and godly in this world; that 
others by my example may think better* of thy. 
truth. And fith this time f which I have yet to* 
live; is but a little refpite and fmall remnant of 
days, which canndt long continue;^ Teach me 

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ty nytfst, fo fo number m taji % that Im*y ~mpty wj 
heart to that fpiritturf mmm^yhiih direftctb ttfaf- 
nation And to cTiis end, make me more aealoas 
than T nave, been m Religion, more devout in pray- 
er, more fervent in (pint,, more careful to hear 
and profit by the preaching of thy Gofeely to/an 
helpful to my poor brethren, more watchful over 
my ways, more faithful in my catting, and every 
tray more abundant in aU>0bi Works, Let me 

Sin the joy'fut time of ProTperity) fear the evil 
'ay of affliction; in- the time of health, think on 
fickrieft j in the time of ficknefs, make my felf rea- 
dy for detth j and when death approjrche-ih. pre- 
pare hVyiEtf &r jit foment. Let nVy whole fife be an 
exprefling. thank'fulnefsunto'thee for thy grace and 
niercy. And therefore, O Lord, t clo here from 
the very bottom of my heart, together With the 
* thoufdhdthnjands of JjMets % the four %*jLs y and 
fmnijfiitr Efit&s % and aUthit Creatures in Heaven 
and on the Earth* acknowledge to %e due unto tbto, 
Father, wbiebfkteth upon the Jhront % anXtothe ham, 
thy Son, who'fitteth at thy righr-hahd, and to the 
hot} Spirit^ which^procsedeth'from both, the holy 
Trinity of perfon's in *wVof fiibftance, all Praife, 
hohMK, glory and power, kom this time forth and 
Jbr evermore. Amen. ' 

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God deajerig with thee; Secondly, from wteat *wJ 
death wiS free theei Thirdly, what ^ttrf death 
win bring; unto thee. 

Firft, Concerning <3aPj favourable dealing with 

i. Meditate* that God uCeDh this tbaftijement of 
thy Jm$ but as a Medkine to cure thy >»4 by 
drawing thee {who art ficfc hi fin) to come by re» 
peatanoc unto » £*>■# (thy ?hyfici*»y to have thy 
foul heated. 

%. That die fcreft ficknefsor feinfnSefi Difeafe 
which**wu caaft endure, is nothing, if it be com- 
pared to /%? dolours and ^4«m which y*/*/ Chrijt 
thy Saviour hath foflfered for thee: when in a 
b Mood} fate* be endured the • tvrtth of (7^ the 
paimiWl^QadtktcKrfed death which was due 
to thy fins. Juftly therefore may he ufe thoie 
words of Jeremy, Behold, #td fee if there $t anjfor* 
vtm> Me unto m fomto, tohfchis done unto me x where' 
with the Lord hath ajfflifted me in the fay of his ford 
wrsth. Hath the Son of God endured fo much for 
thy redemption *and wilt not thou a/*/*/ Man tat 
dure a little fieknefs for bis pieafure ; efpecially 
wften it is <fer thy good? 

$. "itiat^hen thy Adtnefsand difeafe is at the 
ejotmnofti yet it is kfs and eajser than thy fins have 

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defer ved. ' Lee thine own conscience judge whe- 
ther thou haft not defifvri wfe than ail that thou 
doft fufFer. . 

Murmur not therefore, but confidering thy 
manifold fend gYkvous )fcj; 9 tliank God that .thou 
art not plagued with far more grievous punijbments. 
Think how willingly the damned in Hell would 
endure the extrearneft Pains a thoufand/ Years, on 
condition that they had but the hope t$ be fa ved; 
and \ after fo many years) to be eafed of tHeir eter^ 
^/.torments. And feeing that it is his mercy that 
thou art not rather *' confUmed than cor retted ; 
how canft thou but bear patiently his temporal 
correction,; feeing the end is to fave- thee from 
b eternal condemnation? 

4. That nothing corneth tp;pafs iti this cafe un- 
to chee, but fuch as ordinarily befel to others thy 
brethren ; who (being the f btjoved and undoubt- 
ed ftrvants of God whenahey lived on. earth) are 
now moft * blejfed and glorious Saints >vith Chrift 
in Heaven; as Job, David> Lazaru^ &c. They 
groaned for a. time, as thou doeft, under the like 
burthen: but they are no\^ delivered from all their 
m ferie<, troubles, and calamities. And fo lrkewife 
e'er long (if thou wile patiently tarry, the Lord's 
•leifure) thou (halt alfa be delivered from thy 
ficknefs and painj either by; reftitution to thy 
former health, with .Jab; pr (which is far better) 
by being received to heavenly reft, with Lazarus. 

5-. Laftly, That G<?^ ilatlnfOt given thee over 

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into the hand of chine enemy, to be punimed and 
difgraqgd-; but v being thy. loving Ftther) he cor- 
refteth thee with his own merciful hand. When 
David had tiis with, to chufe his own chaftifement, 
he chpfe rather tq be corrected by the hand of 
God, tfran by any other means ; a Let, us fall into the 
band of' the Lord, for his mercies are great ; and let 
we not .fail into the hand of man. Who will not take 
any aftti£tkm in good part, when it cometh from 
the hand^gf G^from whomcthouflhno b ^/^/» 
oh feemeth joyous far theprefent) we know nothing 
Cometh : but what is good f The confideration here- 
of made * David to endure Shimefs curfed railing, 
with greater patience ; and tocorred himfelfano* 
ther time for his impatience ; d I Jbould not have 
opened my mouth, becaufe thou didji vit: and Job, tO : 
reprqvp the unodvtftd fpeech of his Wife, e Tho*- 
fpeakeft lite a fpoltfb Woman* ' What?, fiat we re« 
ceive good at the hand of God, and not revive evil? 
And though the cup of Gods wrath due to our fins r 
was fuch a horror to our Saviours Humane N^ s 
ture t ' that h? earneftly . prayed that it might f pafs ' 
from him j yet (when he confidered ,that it was 
reached' linto him by the « hand and will of his 
Father) he willingly fubmitted bimfelf to driokit 
to the very dregs thereof. Nothing will more arm 
thee Vitfi patience iij thy fkknefs, than to fee that, 
it c^meili.frpm the hand of thy heavenly Father^ 
who would never fend it, but that he fees it to he 
upto thee both needful and profitable. 

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irkti tvih tktih Mjftrie the, 

IT ffeeth thets frottt a cohmpibte &*, «*& 
was conceived in the «****#> ttf fldhj the to* 
of left, the /?«/* of fid* and bom in the f Atti of 
fiichttoefs: a living pi/b» tot thy fbut, * Ihrdy *» 
fhj&totftih a very feck of ranking dtmg: the 
eXtntMnis of Whofe ttofttHs, ear* pore** attS o* 
the* «a«fege$ fdiily confideTed) Win item fflofc 
jpatbtotoethan the uttdeaneft ft* ot vault, I«* 
ibWiueb that Whereas *>t« and t km oring fcrth 
leaves, itowers, fruiw, acid (Weet fbtelH iJ*#* 
body &tfhgsfbirth natur^ hbtfiidfebiit/;^,itt»f»w, 
rttteMi, titdfilfy jffiWb. Hfe aflfefiHctas. ate at. 
together * cttrrhpleA: krid irihet bMght#i#tt dfhit 
f&t ire Vify 'e>i*l lbnt'i»tt%. Jlttfce It Ss that f he 
i&£aity is tit* fjftisfied With pwphsmtfi, tm the 
*2^ftwi^with ftt*fuHs x hat tfte MHbktttfr With 
freferM>#S, A# th£ n»ri0ttSr wfch jprtcfetotfr, not 
the miihim With te*enge % nttr Ac Ua&jetm with 
irickatinefs, nbt %\te tirvetous with g***, nbr the 
''MtkH With drbttiiig. NeW Agjfatf Sffld /iij&tow 
d6 auily grow : titw'ftm arid atffeSM* do ftffl 
aVife i tietfe »rtf/£ lies in wair, theft lttinyft<h vei- 
etn : befej^ Hfts Up, tfiere IHftntttf tM$ ; dbwnj 
and every one wafceth who fliaffl aH?e. id the raw* 
of attbthet." NbW a Man is privily fifing with 
Pack biters, like fifty Serpents: Anon he&in dao- 

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ger ^9 be openly devoured of his Enemies, li!$e 
tfttieVYMonu And a godh/ Man, where ever he 
fiveitt, (hatJever bij vexad Cfik? £*} ™* Swftpfli 

i. t^e«th brings unto the Godly an end «f a jG» 
*&g, and of all the miferies which are .due untp 
fin: fo that after death * ihtrtfbaA }e no more for- 
row, nor crying \ wither JhaS there U any -more fain ; 
for QoJ Jhaf! wipe away all tears from then eyes. Xea, 
by djeatp we are feparated from the Company of 
wicked Men j and Qod e S**??* 4»<r minifkl ***4 
right ious Men from the evil to come. So lie dealt 
witty d ^ftob : I vi/t gather tbcfi tp thy Father -t 9 and 
thou Jhtfr fa fH* **tP fty \ grave in peace \ op J thy 
yss jfo/1 not fee att tk'ewvk&i / »# fr/« *«/• 
*&* J>/««. And Gpd e JN» f fc» fir * «w* f 
tbfgrjnte, until the i*4f&*4tifm Pafs over. So that 
as ?4r*M i? &« &ejfvep<if the fotilsj<y\ fo the 
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3{ Whereas this w«$ejlbc$y li«esio 3 World 
of wictedBfi fo jthat fhe pqor fopl cannot Jpqk 
out #t *be r ey§, and not bejnfefled ; nor hear by 
the^M»,a»d *©t be dUfraeted,; W fmell at the 
noftrils, and not be tainted; nor tafte with the 
taaftw.and ootfce alltfrld ;*iDr touch by thelpnd, 
and eot he akfilM; and every fcpfc V99P * v ?*y 
temptation is ready ce betray die fouk.By fl?ath 
the foul lhall be delivered from this thraldom, 

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and this corruptible body jhaUput ontucQrrtiftiqn^Mi 
this mortdjmmqrtdlity, i Con if. 53* Q faffed, 
ghrice blefled be that death iq the Lord, which 
delivers us out of To evil a World, and freeth u$ 
from fuch a body of bondage andcorruptiooi 

Jie third fort of Mfiiutims are, U conftfer wkt 
g<K>4 death mBhring unto the?. 

jT^Eath bringeth the godly Mftri's fof/foeo. 
JL/ joy an immediate Cqmmunion with the 
blefled ftwtjy in .everlafting ////} andg/07. 

V It franflates the foul from the; Aifijries of 
r tnis .World, the contagton of fin, and toqety of 
'finnersi to the * City ofth} /«//*& G*£ r& tUtfiid 
^irufalemyani the company' of innumerable Amk 
' and to the. "Affetnbly and Congttyaiqn of the 'Tkfl-hrt, 
which arf mitten * n fJeaven,andto Gqdtfrejufyef 
l *JZ, and to the fouls of juft *M> ntade'j>erfitt,adti 
*fefus the Mediator of (he New Cavtnant, 

, 3. Death putteth the Soul into the a&oal and 
full pofleflion of all the Inheritance and happinefs 
which Cjhriit' hath either promifed/ufctd thee in 
! his Wor3, or purchased for thee by his Blood. 

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' blefled death will bring thee. And what a truly 

religious Chrtftian that is young, would not wift 

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fobncr approach, ,tQ ent^r into this Ccelefti al Para* 
clife ? Where thou may'lt exchange tKy Brafs for" 
Gqlf^ £hy Vanitjr for .Pdicjity^ thy r Vilen<?f$ 'for 
Honour, thy Bpn^gefor Freetfot&thy Leafe fitf 
an Inheritance, and thy Mortal ftate for an Ira- r 
mortaVLife? He that doth not 'daily defire thi* 
Bleflednefs above all things^ of *U others he is led 
WQnUy to enjoy it[. .. ..*,-... . ~, . 

If * C*fa Vtitftfisi and CkomBrofm, two Ftea* 
then Men, (reading P/tf^s Book of the Immorta- 
lity of the Soul) did voluntarily, the one break 
h&Netk, the other run ppon his Sword, that they 
migfit the fooner(^s they thought) have enjoyed 
tbojj Joys; what a jtyap»is it for Chriftians (kno w- 
ing t^QKi things }ri* mpre excellent meafure and 
manner out of($9<l sown B 00 ^^ not t0 be willing 
to enter into thefs heavenly Joys ? Efpecially when 
t\j&\r $ Mqfter calte for them thither. It there* 
fqre,thpre be in theeany love of God, or defire of 
thih^ownha^ when the time 

of tby departing 4rajWeth near; that time I fay, 
and manner of death, which God in his unchange- 
able cpimfel hath appointed and determined before 
thou wsft born ; yield aijd furrender up ; willingly 
andcjiserfully^lhy foul into the merciful hands 
of Jefus Chriff^thy Saviour And to this end, 
when the time.isr come; as the || Angel in the 

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niasinTartara faxo, Uc qui Socracicum de nccc legit opus, Ovid. 
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fight of Msnotb and bis Wife, attended from the 
Alt sr up to Hiatoen in the flattie if the $«*$&?; ft 
endeavour thou, that thy spirit in the frfa 
oF thy Friend*, may from the Altar of a Coo- 
trite Heart* afxttd up to Heaven, in the fVeet 
perfume of this, or the like fpirjtud Sacrifice of 
rrsyer. " ' 

A Prayer for djuk Ms*, when he v toil that he * 
fiot a Md» fot this Wofid % i$tt Viafl frefm bim- 

OHea-vemy Father, who $rt * r& fyri Qbd 
oftht'frii'itiofdSjfelb. aUhift mtde uj theft 
Efc/r, **& ^ a « b appointed us tfttf tmii^ if* to ttome 
Into, this Wo^lft, fo ft»vfag ^hi£bod our" a "" 
«o : £o out of .ad fame; the * iwtfto' of my 
wh#h thou haft * thtrmiued. art now; e*i 
■a'nd 1 am come: to the utrtioft ^bodnfh; vhicb thoji 
Haft ippointedyleyfo'J ttbjthlc4»ttdt]>Mfs. I know, 
Q'tflrd,that iFmu euterejiikby*temmi mftfk 
\knbe jujlified i* thy fight : Alfa VfO Lord) of all 
others ihould appeal 1 ffloft imotireand Tjrrjuft : fijr 
I nave nw* fo^hl that good jfght for the defence 
of thy J?aith and keligion, with that Zeal and 
coriftancy that I ftiould : But for Fear of difpfofmg 
fbe' World, I have given way unto Sins and Br- 
fours; and for defire to Jiteale my flefti, I have 
broken -all -tfay Comnaanrimrnryin Xhoaght, 

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Word, and Deed: *S6 that mj fyisbaVeukth filck 
bM rt* *ki that I urn not Me to took Ufa ancj 
t$fr Artinm in number than the hairs on tyheid'. 
b # thou mh fintHlr mark mint iniquities, 6 totL 
*h&ijbo*U tftandT* If ' thauibeighefi mh thelaU 
hm^I fi&Blefcmni too light. For 1 am voidofafl 
r^tsdufnetVthat might merit tliy mercy: antf 
*Ba#eA wiflrafl iniquities; that raoft juftfy defer vc 
thjr ftpekvieft wrath. But, O my Lord, and my 
Odfl; '-Bt-ft/it Chtifiihy Son** fake, *i* n^ 
d*/jr /fed -irt •mtfUqte with all penitent and be- 
tteving tinners s tafce pity and companion upon 
m«, who am the v thief tf fhttterj. Btot out all 
my -fins fort of thy «. rtmemtraoce, and b mjh d* 
may afl mjr tranfgrefflotis out of thy fight, with 
the l frttiom hhoA xS. thy Son; which 1 1>e?ieve 

jfc*, hnitcfi *&*ittfor toyjitfltfcitidu: Arid feeing 
tfoat fee hath endured that death, and * born the 
lur&ektf that jafypeHt which Was" flue onto my 
fins; Father, lor his deam afld|>affions fake, 
now f that 1 am coming to appear before thy jud& 
mentVeat^acttuit and deliver me from that fearful 
jndgmtnt, which my fins have juffly 'deferred', 
Aad perform onto me that gracious and comfor- 
table promife which thou haft made in thy Gorpel ; 
That jsbofacver Uikwth m -thee, hash tv e rhfting 

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lift) and $> d not com intafi2gment r Im fink ptft 
Jfom detth untiiifc* Stfeijgth^n, O Chrift, my 
* Fqib ; that 1'ipayjpiit the whole confidence of 
my x Salvation, in the merits of thy obedience and 
blood. Encreafe, holy Spirit, my patience; 
lay no more upon me b than 1 dm able to bear ; and 
enable me to bear fo much as '(hall ftand with thy 
blejSed will and pleafure. O Welled Trinity in U- 
nijty, my Creator, Re^emer, and San&ifier, vouch* 
£fe, thatjas ray oik ward Man doth decay; foiny 
inward Man may pore and more by tby grace and 
cjonfplation, increafc and gather ftrength. Q Savi- 
our; jMt my foul in feadinefs, that (like ^voife Vir- 
gin? ^having the ^Wedding Garment of thy righte- 
piifnefs and holinefs)' flie maybe ready to iqefjtthee 
at thy cqmin& mtkOyl inker L^mp. e M4fTy her 
unfc> thy felfthat fhe {nay/be f one with thee in 
everfafting love iVL&feftowJbip. Lord, reprove tS+> 
Un y and chafe him away ; h Deliver m^ foul from 
the power -of the Dog. Save we from the .Lions 
mouth. \ thank thee, O Lord, for all thy bleflings 
both fpiritual and temporal, beftowed upon me; 
efpepially for. my Redemption by the death of. my 
Saviour Chrift. I thank thee, that thou haft pro* 
te&ed me with thy holy ■ Angels- from my youth 
up until now. O Lord, I befeech thee, give them 
a charge to attend upon me^ till thou calleft for 

my foul ; and then to carry her (as they did the 



^ a JUqki7-5- ijXQjr.Jo. i}. «Matth.aj.4. d M*tth» %%. u. 
ftev.19.8. c Rcv.i9.7. f Johni7.a2. *Zech.3,i. fc Pfal,aa. 
&iif. fMatth; 18.10. Heb.i.i* 4 

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foul of* Lazarus y itito thy heavenly b Kjngdom. 
And as the tftrie of rtly departure (hall approach 
nearer unto me; fo grant, O Lord, that my foul 
may draw nearer Unto thee: And that I may joy- 
fully xmimtnd my foul into thy hands as into the. 
hands of a loving Father, and a merciful c Re- 
deemer: and at that inftant, d Lord, grdcioufh 
receive my [fir it. All which that I may do, affift 
me, I befeech thee, with thy grace: and let thy 
holy Spirit continue with me unto the end 9 and 
in the end, for Jefus Chrift his fake, thy Sort, my 
Lord and holy Saviour : In whofe name I give 
thee the glory, and beg thefe things at thy hand, 
in that Prayer which Chrift himfelf hath taught 
me, faying, 

Qstt ; Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be 
thy Name, &a 

Meditations againfi deffair, or doubting of God's 

IT is found by continual experience, that near 
the time of death, (when the Children of God 
are weakeft) then Satan makes the greateft JUuriJh 
ofhis ftrength: and aflails them with his ftrong- 
jeft temptations. For he knoweth that either he 
ihuft now or never prevail j for if their fouls once 
go to Heaven, he (hall never vex: not trouble them 

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afiy rooc c. And therefore be wo! oow beftir bis* 
fcff as mucjb as be can, and kboup to fcttofetf 
iheir e?es all the /*# ^ which wer tbey mo* 
mitted, apd cbe Jmigmrttj of Cod wbicfc ape 4w 
uojo then) $ thereby to drive thpgitf be can, » 
to defpatr ; which is a grievou&r fin tbafeaB tk 
fins that they oqmm i tt e d, or be »a MEufeibw 

y * Acfe* therefor* tntuUe thy Cnrftiew mt» 
w/trds tip dusk, than tm thj tffj 

i. * Coafefs % Sins ui*o q*xj, «** j»ly io 
general, but alfo it* particqlar* 

x. Make fatisfa&ion unto thole Nfcnt whom 
thou baft wronged, if thou beeft able. And if thou 
doft in^rtauOy or fraudulently dgtaim mtyin 
thy fojfetfion> any Umit or goods*, that *f right (b 
belong to any *f/<£»> or Fatherless child, prefume 
not, as thou tendereft j&y $>ufrtaritfc, i*ta* 
the Righteous Judge in the face ; unlefs thotfedoft 
firft make refiitution thereof to the right mitrs\ 
for the JUrn^fW, under j&e penalty of jfeis.or^ 
requioeth *nee> to * *#>r* vhrtfaw m* gi>* 
thee * lutfy or 1)1*4* s*s. temWti frity »4r 
or wbaffaever hy -rUby* <* W*fo* Qfprtfm H* 
toAJJrmttb^4mg^m\ wthefifthfrntfarmuik 
added tc tbeftw^d. /And wfefcthftC-tfee X^aebe- 
«u, thou 4oft-<pake * itfitoiim4fy*.gxis ** 

» Satan's firft Stratagem, in time of death, b The defeature 

tufi reftituatur ablatom. * Luke 19. 8, 9. Mic. 4. to, «r.- 



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kw&, according to CocTs Law ; thou csnlt never 
truly r*/v#/j and without true Repentance thou 
canft never be faved. But though by the temp- 
tation of the Devil, thou haft done wrong and 
injmy; yet if thou doft truly ■ repent, and make 
rtjlttution to thy power, the Lord hath protflifed 
to be merciful unto thee, to hear the b Frayers of 
Us faithful Minifiert for thee» to forgive thee thy 
trefiafs-wd fa and to receive tby foul in the/ve- 
riAf of C^i/ r J bkaa\ as a Xom^ without blemifi. 

3. Ask God for Ghrifthts feke,/Ww andjfiwr- 
gtvenejs. And then thefc troublesof mind a*e no- 
Afccur4gme*ts, buf rather cemforii ■: Exmffes^ not 
ptntfimenti. They arc ajfursntes unto thee, that 
thou a*t in Unc^iffit waj : for the nup tofkawen, 
it Iff tie gates if Ntlli that is, by fuffering pains 
in the ifagy, and £bch doubting? in the mur4» thai 
thy eftate in this life being every way madefeterj, 
the joys of eternal life may relim unto thee better 
and more fweet. 

If e Satan teS thee that thou haft, no Faith U- 
caufi thou haft no feeling ; meditate, 

1. d That the trueft faith hath oftentimes the 
Ieajtfistling, i*&&*atift doubts - 9 but foloqg as thou 
bateft e fucb doubting^ they ftull not be laid un- 
to thy charge; for they belong to the flelh, f«ona 


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which thou art divorced., When thy HefbMhafl 
perilh, thy weak inward Man, which ***** them, 
and k/ the Lord Jefus, ihafl be faved, - ; 

i. That it is abetter faith to believe Without 
feeli*g> than with feeling. The fcaft Fakir (fd 
much as a b grain of muftardfeed, b much as i* 
in ah infant faptized] is enough to five the foul 
which loveth Chrift, and believeth in him. 

3. That the Child of God which defittth to 
feel the aflfurance of God's favour, fhall have hit 
defire, when God (hall fee it to be for his good: 
For God hath promifed to give them the e water 
of Itfe, who third for it We have an example in 

* Mafter Glover the holy Martyr, who could have 
ton Comfortable feeling till he catne to the fight off be 
flake j and then cryed out, and clapped his hatids 
for joy to his friends, faying, Atiftin^ be is tom^ 
he is come : meaning the feeling jov of Faith and the 
Holy Ghoft. Tarry therefore the Lord*s leifurer 

• hejtrongy and be fhall comfort thine heart. 

x If Satan [baS aggravate unto thee the great*]*) 
the multitude, and heinoufnefs ef thy fins ; meditate, 

1. « That upon true repentance it is as eafie tfith 
God to forgive the greateft fin as the leaft; aodie 
is as willing to h forgive many, as to pardon one. 
And his mercy fliuieth more in pardoning^'* 
finners, than fmall offenders; as appears in the 

a JoM3 1$. iwL$L. 17.10. cRcv.ar^lfi^j.x. * **H^ 
and Monuments. * * Ffal. 27. 14, f Satan's third Aflkuft. |W 
Encounter. J 1 Tim, 1.15. { ( 



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Examples of Munaffes, Magdalen, Peter, Paul, Sec. 
And || bhere Sin mofi abounded, there doth bit Grace 
rejoice to abound much tnore. 

*> That God did never forfake any Man, till a 
Man did firft forfake God, as appears in the Ex- 
amples of Cain, Saul, Achitopbel, Aha&iah, Judas* 

3. that God callcthall, even thofe Sinners who 
are * beany laden with Sin :■ and that he did never" 
deny his Mercy to any Sinner that asked his Mercy 
with a penitent Heart. This the Hiftory of the 
Gofpel witnefleth: There Came unto ChriftsW forts 
of fick Sinners; the Blind, Lame, Halt, Lepers} 
fach as were fick of Palfies, Dropftes, Bloodj-fluxes i 
fach as: were Lmaticks, andpojfejfed with uncle** 
Spirits **d Devils: Yet of allthefe not one that 
came and asked his Mercy and Help, went aWay 
without his Errand : If Mercy he asked/Mercy 
he found, were his Sin never fo great, were his 
Difeafe never fo grievous. Nay, he offered and 
gave his Mercy to many that never asked it j (be- 
ing moved Only with the Bowels of his own Conu 
l4pon> and the fight of their Mifery) as to the 
Woman of a Samaria, the Widow of b Nairn, and 
to the fick Man that lay at the Pool of Bethefdd, 
who had been thirty eight Years fick. If he thus 
willingly gave his Mercy to them that did not ask' 
i*i and was found of them (as the c Prophet faith) 
that fought him not', will he deny Mercy unto thee, 

||Rom.s.ao. *Matth. 11.28. *John 4 . * Luke 7. 13. «ifti 
•j. 1. Rom. io. 20. 

D d who 

wholldU lb eMrixftJj (?& for it with 'e<ir»? and 
<loft like the poor P#JicM*, fy k<*t*b **** Ipr ifc 
with fenitentfits upon a brmiftJ aqd fafe* /far*? 
Especially when thou prayeft to thy #tf$*r, in 
the dame and roediafioo of C4r(/?, fof whofe fefce 
he h?tb prproifed to t gr4»f wk*ifavg[ we 
JbdBask of himi As fure as God is true, he wjU 
not. Though Niuevejfs Qns bad pAPxafcpd the 
tord to feod out his fenfence agajpft tbam, yet 
upqq (heir repenuoqe, he recalled it agaifU and 
Qpared the City' : |[ How much mors if. thro like* 
witere^epJKtf, willbefpare thee, <§eiflg Wfefr 
teqce i* not yet gone forth again/* thee? If he de- 
ferred the judgments all ^*#s digs, for the e* 
Vernal (hew only which he madeql tanwlktUHit 
how qjuchrnpre will he clean tuxa awajs b« vtn*- 
geanct, nt thou wjlj: unfejg&fy. repeat of ifry fin, 
ana^ return unto him for gra.ce and BKCfiji ?•...? 
" Heofferd'bjs mercy. %Rtp. Cain. ( who mmhet- 
ed his iqnoceqf Brother) * If thou ifotf.wpfa fait, 
thou 'npt.b$.uce$e& As if he. topuW ha^ laid ; 
If thpu Wilt leave thy. envy and eialipe, ajjdofler 
unto pie from a faithful apd contrite heajj, both 
thou apd thine, Qhfeiqn ajfp JM. is acceptable 
tinto me, Apd to jforfw (that fojreacfeeawily 
betrayed him, ) in cajlipg hjm. • frjfu£ a Jvm 
>nppelJatian of /ovet : A i t^'vfhegi Jujaf oflferedV 
he willingly confentfdy/tib that msyth (uikew^ 
never wot found} gui/e) t^Iyfs thofediiflJBOBWing, 

t John 14. 14. || Novit Dominm martre ftntentiam, fi raj*. 
VerisMnendareVindn.**: &>y»f j6.' *QHt:^ /T'MJfeO;. 
*o. * 1 Pet. a. *». ' ' " '"'w^' * 


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SMiffi i i 

/*<*«» .apraenenaea mis wora rra 
^tWdf'pmjf^ as' fBentiM did tire' Word* 
4MM* *M)A tihe tridtitft of A*; doubtfefs j** 
<«£ ffioliltf hk<ffbtfHa ( toe 1 (ftirf 0/ JWntore mer- 
MWft f'&hmU fotihd the KM tfltraeU 
m Gd»^ ^ te6te difbleafed : With 0$ for 4£ 

&r ffftV^'fafe' ^VriWrfcthfex^olildiriake'' 
iWM/jtfPtforiai'' Meti sVeate^ than the infinite 1 

W/ ; oft 

tBlfaft' .„ . ... 

to' ptoftj^W mWcy fdr ibffifydti^ tftaft a'lf 
tKfr f fms;' 'tee t#o\i Ka(f ! committed) caWbe of 
f<8r& tiff prbyofeelrfs Wath to t&i Jdtnna'iioti, 
■ ^S^j0fiiUl''jM4^yaMa\»M of.6od*s 
M'^'/WVW 'tot' belong tMo tb& y Jecau/e' 
ttyffi. tiPftiate? ttifl other MeiiSy.d^irigJtnsof, 
Imo^/tiAk^y aiid'of' m'atyjears continuance: andfucb ! 
<*f whereby btMri hivikiri Undone':, and all [for the 
*hvjl fWtf l cbtithitlJd 'tiilfutty. and fiefutntuoujlj a- 
giinfGo'd^n'd l tf>yionfiUnce\ And therefore though 
b&wkhtM^ihVuafo other s y Vet he will not Be. mer- 


i.' 1* 't fiat*hiaiy fM>no aVe now in' f?eav€id moftv 

. .-. .••.. j ••-. . r : ,.'.:■.■: •' ; ' lit. ■ - ■ • v 
* / ..-,*>'' " ■ 1 - — ■ " , 'i '.,.•■ - . — ■■ -• 

* Pfal. 140. 3.f i Kings 20.32,33. || Ver. 34. Sudani hon tarn 
fccl m yww i dcfpcratiu f c cii i u t niius imcuiie. Au&ttttFuin. Ymit, 
. Sccleratioromnibus,OJuda,cxtitifti,quein nonpcenitcntiaduxit 
ad Dominm, fed Jlf%ritip xxMxi att laqati'm; £™. * Satan's 
wyrtte/UTault. t The Encounter. 

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t>leffed and glorious Saints) committed id the fame 
kind (when they lived upon earth) as great and 
greater fins than ever thop haft committed, and 
continued . before they repented) in thofe fins as 
long as ever thou haft done. As therefore all 
their (ins *nd the continuance in them* could not 
Binder God's mercy upon their repentance, from 
forgiving their fins, and receiving them into fa- 
vour : No more fliall thy y?*/,and continuance there- 
in, hinder him from being merciful unto thee, if 
thou doft repent as they did; Yea, upon thy reptn* 
iance, every one of their examples is a * pledge 
that he will do the fame unto thee that he did un- 
to them. For as the leafi fin, in GocPs Jufiice 
without repentance is damnable ; {otbigreateft fin 
upon Repentance is in his Mercy pardonable. Thy 
greateft and inveterate!! fins are but the^qs of a 
Aim } but the leafi of his merries is the tfiercy of 
God. Becaufe tliou knoweft thine own fins, thou 
doubted whether they (hall be pardoned: Mark 
how this doubtful cafe is refoived by Godbimfeff. 
Many in lfaiah'% days thought as thou doft} that 
they had continued fo long in fin, that it was too 
late for them now to fe< k to return untp God for 
Grace and mercy. But (/*JanfweretK them, \\ Seek 
je the Lord rvhilfi he may be found : Call ye, upon him 
whilfi he is near. As if he had faid, Whilft life 
tafteth, and my Word is preached, I am near to be 
found of all that feek me, and pray unto me. 
The People feply, But we(OLord)are grievout 

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W—— — — —— «»^— — M— ■ ' ■■■ — — — ^W— ————— — ,, rf 

Stnners, and therefore dare not prefume to call 
upon thy Name, or to come near thine Holinefs. 
To this the Lord anfwereth, Let the wicked for* 
fake bis Wq, and the Man of Iniquity his Thought s\ 
And let him return unto me, ana I will have Mercy 
upon him, and to his God, and I will far don him 
abundantly. But we would think (fay the Peo- 
ple) that if our Sins were but ordinary Sins, this 
Promife 0$ Mercy might belong unto us : But be- 
caufe our Sins are fo great, and of fuch long 
Continuance^ therefore we fear leaft when we ap- 
pear before God, he will rejett us. To this, GOD 
anfwereth again : My Thoughts (of Mercy) are not 
your Thoughts, neither are your ways (of pardoning) 
my Ways: For as the Heavens are higher than ths 
Earth, fo are my Ways higher than your Ways, and 
my Thoughts than your Thoughts. \i therefore every 
Sinner in the World were a World of fuch Sinners 
as thou art; do thou but yet (what God bids thee) 
Repent and Believe, and the a Blood ofjefm €hrifi % 
being the Blood of God, will cleanfe both thee and 
them from all your Sins. 

x. That as God did forefee all the Sins which 
the World fhould commit, and yet * all thofe could 
not hinder him from loving the World, fo that he 
gave his only begotten Son to Death, tofave as many 
of the World as would Believe and Repent ; much left 
fhail thy Sins (being the Sins of the leaft Member 
of the World j be able to hinder God from loving 
thy Soul, and forgiving thy Sins, if thou doft Tfo, 
pent and Believe. ~ m 

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f AGs ao. 28. 1 John 1. 7. * John 2 . ; 6. 

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m* , 1 

y That if he kwjed thee f jb dftrij (when ihqu 
wait bis Enemy) th^t he payed 'for thai fa dear a 
firice as the fpdling of his heart Moqj; bow cad 
be now but be gracious unto thee, when to iave 
thee wiU coft hifri but the calling of a gracious fak 
upon thee? Look not thou therefore to the^r**- 
icfs of thy fins, but to the infinitewefs of hir mer- 
cy, which is fo furpaffiog great, that if thou put* 
tpft all thine own grievous fins together, and ad* 
cfeft unto thofc the fins of Cats and J*da* y and 
piitttSt unto them aU the fins of the Rtfiebates ia 
the World ; fdbubtlefs it would be a bug heap) 
yet compare this huge heap with the infinite met* 
y of G6d, arid there will be ftd more comparison be- 
twixf them, than betwiit the &?# Mofabiiand the 
greatefl Mountain in a £oi8itry. The cry of the 
grievdufeft ffnsthat tvec we toad of, could never 
teach tip higher than uqtcr Hearten, as the cry of 
the fins of "'« £aA»»: but ifA* ^rc> ^TjW (fittth 
fc David J re achy h up hi^bejf than, the KLeasue*^ and 
fo overtoppeth all our fins* And # Air * «wrgr if 
greater than att his works, it tivdQ. deeds be greater 
than all thy )f#j. And fq Ibng as his mercy is great** 
er than the fins of the. whdle World, do thoU but 
repent, there is op doubt of pardon* 

fl // Satan /ball obje£t> that thou btfmaty timet 
y owed to repent, and baft made a fbew ef\ repentance 

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fir tb* time, and yet didjtfdtl to th^ fame fins a^aii 
ami again ; and that all thy repentance was but feign- 
&fy Arid a mockirtg of Qod Atid that feting thou haft 
fo tftenyrdkintkf volt, therefore. God bdtbwithdraM 
his mercj/i aHd huh ch'ditged htifove;&£. medittfte,' * 

i. * That tlio^b'this\vnrd true (which indeed 
is heinous "> yet it is no fufRcient caufe why thou 
fhould'ft defpair ; feeing that this is 4 thd common 
edfe cf all the ChitdreA of Qoi in this /^y who vow 
fo ofa to forbear -footo -fin, 4 rill perceiving then: 
maknefs not able to perform it, they vow that 
they will vow pa more. Their vim Jnew thbdd» 
fires' of their fpiritual Martj their breaking* the 
*m&w/5 of their co^nxptjfe/k Arid oat eft flrps it* 
to the^ fame fins cbr$ forfcfaW, wfhe& he. taugfifc 
us to pi'ay daily ; Forfar, fof give m oatTref^n* 
And /tfhy doth Chrift enjaiij thefe f (who art btfc 
* fitlfuf Man) toforgivh rty brother jh>$n timet in 4 
day, if be /hall tetartiftveti ttfrn in a 'M^mA faj^ 
jr repenteth met bttt x to affqpe the£ that- he f b©» 
jug the 6^ of mercy atjd goodnfefs itfeif) will 
forgive unto riffee 1 thy ffatHtytmesfevenfotd 
faw & day, whteh thou" hrkft * dofa^iiitted 1 agalnft 

* The encounter. b lr$ki?^evJifpt)xL4tht$ jhijt $ta*$friMy&s 
wont to tell me, Ego plus quam millies Deo Vbvi, &c. f have mom 
than ^thouj&ad JunejLVQJJ£ejLiintO Gftd, that | lyqulfl mend^iy 

jIET but I could never per form my vow HeneforthI willmakcno 
iuch vow,,b*caufeI verily kaowtbulcannot.fcjsep if, Unlefs there- 
fore God wit fb.e irocrciful unto mefofXhrlfthisfake, and grant p\c 
a blefled departure out of th^ wretched life, all my vows and good 
works wijl ftand me in np ftead/ This is the ffate.of rhe dcareft 
ChiMrenp^GodJiithlslife. Readl^J&^onGi/^CJhap; Y- c tuke 
i7-3 ? 4- d Matt£'i«.ai,ai. 

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him, if thou return unto him by true Repentance. 
The Israelites were curat by looking (tho'with 
Weak Eyes) on the brazen \\ Serpent, as oft as they 
were flung by tht jlery Serpent in the Wildernefc; 
to ^ffure thee, that upon thy Tears of Repentance, 
thou (halt be recovered by Faith in C^r#, as often 
as thou art wouoded to Death by Sin, 

%. That thy Salvation is grounded, not upon 
the confiancy of thine Obedience, but upon the 
firmneft of God's Covenant. Tho' thou varieft 
with God, and the Covenant be broken on thy 
behalf, yet it is firm on God's Part; and therefore 
all is fafe enough, if thou wilt return ; for there 
is! no a VaxialUnefs mth him, neither Sh adorn of 
Change. He hath locked up thy Salvation, and 
made it fure in his own unchangeable Purpofe; and 
hath delivered to thy keeping the Keys, which are 
Faith and Repentance ; and whilft thou hail: them, 
thoumay?ft perfwade thy felf that thy Salvation 
is fure and fafe : For, whom Gad bveth, helovetb 
to the end,, and never repenteth of beftOwing his 
Love on them who Repent and Believe. 
; Laftly, * If Satan {hall: perfwade tbee f that thou 
haft Been doubting a long Time, and that it it heft for 
thee nowTo ~DeJpair y feeing thy Sins increafe, and thy 
Judgment drawcth hear ; meditate, ■• 

" z ~ — i , ■ . ■ • . ■ " ' ' — "»'•- * .11 

*' jJNumbrit,9Poftlachrypias, gemitufque graves, dementi* 
Chrifti cohfeftim $ft oculos 5 Ante locarid* tubs. ■ Jam. 1.17. Rom.*. 
£?.&o. 1 1 :\By thfcfekeys Ppfftoperi'd Heaven to himfelf, and altcf- 
^ard$,Wittithereft6f the A potties, unto others. Luke ti.6%. 8c'a^. 
^7.Johnie.2i;&x3;i.Rom.ii.i9.&8.3o. * Satan's Sixth Af&ult. 

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i. That no Sin (tho* never fo great) fbould be a 
caufe to move any Chrillian to Defpoir, fo long as 
God*% Mercy by fo many Millions of Degrees is grea- 
ter ; and that every Penitent and Believing Sinner 
hath the Pardon of all his Sins confirmed by the 
Word and Oath of God; * Two immutable Things 
wherein it is impoftble that Godfbould Lye. His Word 
is, that at what Time foever a Sinner, whofiever % 
doth repent of his Sin, wbatfiever, (for both Time 
and Sins, and Sinners are indefinite from the bottom 
efbu Heart, b God wiB blot forth all his Sins oat of 
H Remembrance t that they (hall he mentioned unto 
bins no more 9 If we will not take his Word (which 
God forbid we Ihould doubt of) he hath given us 
his Oath, t As I live, 1 defire not the Death of the 
wicked, hut that the wicked turn from his way and 
live. As if he had faid, Will ye not believe my 
Word? Ifwear by my Lift, that I delight not to 
damn any Sinner for his Sins, but rather to fave 
him upon his Conversion and Repentance. The 
Meditation hereof moved || TertuUianvo exclaim: 
bm happy are we, when Godjweareth that he wig's 
not our Damnation I what miserable wretches are we, 
if we wiS not believe God when he fwearetb this Truth 
mto sts I Liften, O drooping Spirit, whofe Soul is 
aflailed with Waves of faithlcfs defpair ; how hap* 
py were it to fee many like thee and Hezekiah? 
Iwbo * mourn like Doves for the Senfe of Sin, and chat- 

•_Heb.rf.i8. *Ezek. 18.11. Dr. King of Uni. his LeSurcs 
a Jonah. fEzek. 33 •- ■"*-••-■ 
>eBs! OmUerrimos 
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tar kke Ctutts and SwaBmsf&r tbtfeilrtfGo&s an- 
ger) miter than to behold many whd&e liketafa 
without any/Wajg of their owfl ^i*#, or toyfitir 
•f GdS^i OAtfiK or Tribtnal Sett, before which 
they are to appear ? Comfort thy filf, O feng^iffi- 
jog Soul; for if thk earth hith idf for whett 
Chrift fpiit bis blood on the Crofc, rhoii affored. 
|y an owe. Cheer up therefore thy ftlf in- the d. 
Ajkieto atonement of the fefoorf of the Lamb, 
which ^ ffe&etk fater ibbigs who* thai ef jBntl 
And pray for thofe^ who never yet. obtained th$ 
pace to have jCw* a Jl&we and deteftariofr of fir. 
Thftw art one htdtid, for whort* Cnrift- dyed; sod 
#om whoi* * xtounid (pint (judging fatbfer at- 
cor(Jingtohisj/%^J^th*i hte AfcA)"hatfi wnme 
that dokfct voice of Chrift, * AffGntr Mj Oof) 
%by baft' thou forfukn the ? : Aridf dbufet not but e'er 
fcuig tho« fhaltt a»tfufy b rettn wittthiiif, as'ttbtf 
thou dti&fitfer with- Kirii: For C T** arid d A 
Jiath fpoheo it. Mo fin bars a 1 Nftrfftom'fafvajion, 
bnc onty || wrsduihyi and mpenitenc} : nothing 
rtraket the fm again0 the Holy Gftoft u»pktibnS>^ 
hat^wam of repentance. Thy unfeigned defire to 
tepchc, is sis* acceptable unto God, as the perftft- 
eft repefltanee, that thou cpuWft wiffi to perform 
uwo hit*.. 

• Mediate u$>oir tfeete Bvmgtlkd €omfms;vA 
thou flialt fee that in the very agosxof^afh 0$ 

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will fo aflift thee with his fpirit, that when Sato* 
loofceth lor the ^ vi&ory, he ftall receive the 
foulefi foil; yea, when thy eye-flrings are broken 
that thou can'it not fee the Jigt>t, Jefas Chriji will 
appear unto thee, to comfort thy $atf, and his 
(I Hokf Angelt will carry thee into his HeaterA 
Kingdom* Then lhall thy friends behold tbee, 
Ijke t Mammas Angel, doing wonders indeed J 
when thty lhall fee zfrtilMa* ift hisgreateji tcttk- 
**fo (Py the meer affiftance of God's Spirit) over, 
coming the ftrtngtb of fin, the litternefs of death 
and air the power of Satan $ and in the Jire of F*itb 
*t& perfume of Prayer, attend up with ^*w/f vifto- 
rioufiy into Heaven. «? • 

A» 4d*mhio9 to them who come to vijk tbejkk. 

>Hey who come to vifit the fick, maft hjve * 
^_ fpecial care not to ftand Aun& in&ftaritrtr 
in the ffek perfons face to difquiet him $ not y«t tp 
fpeak «gtj and toask *»/r<^i*/*queftipps, asmoft 

If they fee therefore that the fick party is like 
to die, let them not diffemble -; but lovingly and 
diftreetly admonifh him of His maknefy, and to 
prepare f&F eternal life. One-hour weHfftnt when a 
Matfis life is almofr out-font, may gain a Man the 
affurajice of eternal life. Sooth him not wkft the 
vain hope of this life, left thou, betray his foul to 
ttemal d&atb. '■ • Admonifh him plainly of ms effete, 
*0d ask, him, briefly thefe, or the like Qujftipns. 


4 i2 Xty&mKtd&tty. 

80*$iom to be asked of afick Man % that is like to die, 

DOST thou believe that Almighty God, the 
Trinity of Perfons in Unity of Eflence, hath 
by his Power made Heaven and Earth, and all 
Things therein ? and that he doth dill by his Di- 
vine Providence govern the fame? fo that nothing 
pomes to pafs in the World, nor to tfyfclf, but 
what bis Divine Hand and Counfel bad determined 
before to be done* 

%. Doll thou confefs that thou baft tranfgrefled 
and broken the Holy Commandments of Almigh- 
ty God, in Tboaghtj Word, and Deed} and haft de- 
fended for breaking his Holy Laws, the CurfeofGol 
which containeth all the Miferies of this Life, and 
overlaying Torments in Hell-fire, when this Life is 
ended, if fo be that God (ball deal with thee ac- 
cording to thy Deferts ? 

3. Art thou not forry in thy Heanf, that thou 
Baft fo broken his Laws, and neglefted his Service, 
and Worihip, and fo much followed the World, 
and thine own vain Pleafures f A*d woujd'ft thou 
OQt lead a holier £ife 9 if thou wert to begin agaio f 
, , 4, Doft thou not from thy Heart defir* to be re- 
conciled unto God in Jefus Chrifi his Blejfed Son, 
thy MedUtor y who is * a$ the Right-hand of God i? 
Htaven b now af fearing for thee in the fight of God, 
and making Requefi unto him for thy §ouI? 
. 5. Doft thou renounce all confidence in all Q- 

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flier* Mediators, Qtjntercejfors, Skints, or Angels, 
believing that ?e/«rj CAr//?, f At * only Mediator *f the 
new Teftament, b is. able per fettfy to Jave them that 
come unto God, by him,. feting be ever liveth to make 
Intent ffion for tbemt And wilt thou with David 
lay unto Chrift, c W&w A<«/t / in Heaven but tbeei 
And //fore is none upon earth that J defire befides thee ? 
. 6. Doft thou confidently Believe and Hope to be 
favedrby the only Merits of that bloody Death and 
Paflion, which thy Saviour Jefus€brjfl hath fuller- 
ed for thee? not putting any Hope of Salvation in 
thine own Merits, npr jn any other Means ox Crea* 
tures? being afluredly.perfwaded, d that there is no' 
Salvation in any other ; and that. there is none other" 
Name under Heaven, whereby thou mufl befaved? 

. 7; Doft thou heartily forgive all Wrongs and 
Offences done or offer'd unto thee, by any manner 
of Perfon whatfoever ? And doft thou as wilHng^ 
ly (from thy Heart) ask Forgivenefs of them whom 
tJjQUfliaft; arovoufly wronged in Wotd or Deed * 
AndidcwlKou cajfc out of thy Heart all Malice 
and Hatred, ^hiicfe thou haft born to any Body ; 
tlja* tjhpu may'ft appear befbre v the* Face ofcbrifl 
(the Prince of Peace) "in perfect Love and Charity f 
8. Doth thy Conference tell thee of any thing, 
which thou haft wrongfully taken, and doft ftill 
witb-hold from, any Widow or fatherlefs Children, 
or from any other Perfon whatfoever ? Be a.fured - 
tbw unlefs thou (halt reftore, like Zjechetu, thdfe ' 
Goodreod Lands (if thou beeft able) thou canft not ' 

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truly rtfcitt : and without tra*ripentd*c& thou catflff 
pot be V^ nor look <&&*# id tht i^wlftij t!*5S 
fcaJU .appear before bis Judgment-feat 
, 5>. Doftj*oii/&w^rfiwr,.thsk <hy &£flfe*B» 
rJfotMf out of the Gfcit*, atth* found of fiheTft)£ 
Trumpet* andtbactfcy Bb4y astfSotf flkflWuW- 
ced together agsWin the tyMf*0teF®fy>&'-£$ 
Mar befatf the £#*! fejtochiijh, and «henc**to 
go with h«n into the Kiug<loi4» r oPHe^«v^fi*c 
in tfverbfting bins and glory ? ''"'.' 

KtlKfick party IhaHanfw^ to ^rth^^dff?^ 
ons &ks a fitttttfui Chriftiani; • the* let alt wttfsire 3 
n/e&at, jayii together aaApfyfot hkriy-tn inW 
qr the Uite words. . 

4 fr*** at tkfihi forth* frktythe* vb&tfjk tim. 

OMercifa* Rather, who att^Lttdfttttefter. 
of lift, and to, wtaa *»£*£ M? rfMsV 
*«*; We* thy Cbildrctr h«-^affert*J*4 db^ 
koowfedge, thai (hsrefnea off ouY nl&if&toton*/ 
we are not worthy toi ask; atfybiefio^^for^o^ 
fdvotsttby D<fads.;-much -fe&loJteontfflsMtf' 
ro tby ^'^/jnche behalf of oehefci • yttfcecauK 
/Aw 64? conotoetikd tus to prdy^ one fob anotheY, 
ejfttfdly fbr tnetjfebsy and ' haft' pt&uiS^'tbdf-tie 
nqtrs «fi thl righteous jhiatiwdfc Miilfr Mi& tM : 
m obedunci therefor to- tKy torMunmfit, :• add : 
coxfi&oce of th£ gteioiB frt>tii$ we are bbWW 
b^ome humble fcirtors unco thy divine M^'fly^ifr 
the behalf of tjusaur dear Br o th e r (tr£ifl m> ) whom 
thou haft vifited witb the cktijk'tUifentcfi thineown 
Fftherly hand. r We could gtoOfy wifl^tfteV^fi^ 



ttonoi his health, veA itomgdr txmttnasncc of hill 
life, add Chrtftian Mo&jbtp amongft us : but f&* 
afmuch ask appeareeh (as far as we can difcern) 
that; thou haft appointed by tiis 'vifitatio*, to cafl 
fee him out of this mortal Me; wefubmit our&ilk 
to % J/<$r^ «»<//, and humbly imteat for J*yU 
Ghrift his fake, and/ the meshi of his Bitter DeatM 
aad Paflion i^hichhehath fufferedfor him) that 
thou wouldHt patdon and forgive unto him Mi 
ka p»s ; as well that whereinhe visucimehied And ■ 
hatHi as alfo all the, ofieoees and ttadigceJfidiftj 
which ever fmoe, to this i/a/afid £«»y he hath* 
committed' in thought i word, andJwL, ageitlft ihf 
divine Majejfcy; Cait them behind thy back .- A 
Wwejbeto&far frototky priftnte, as.th£kJHtft<of# 
tktifltfi *Biot them out of thy remembrance^ lay 
them not to his charge; waffe them a Way wttNhtf 
B/W of Chrift, that they may no more be feetf > 
And deliver him from all the Jodgnents whiohar^ 
djie unto, him for- his fins* tint they may heve*> 
trouble his Conference, nee rife in judgments J 
gaioft his Soul ; and imfute unto him tmtigit^ 
o*faf* oft Jefus Ghrtft, whereby he may appear* 
righteow in nby fight. AndifitoifceHtremkyatfthitf 
tifeie> we befeectvthee, look down-' from Heaven 
upon him with thole eyes of 'grace and compaffiort . 
wherewith thou art wont to look upon thy ChU-- 
dren in their affli&ionand mifery. ftty thy wounds 
dedServanr, like the good S*m*rit*m For he#»h& 
a &fc 8ou/th&% needeth the help Qlfuchu Hta^khif- 
Fbyfm**. 6 > Lord intretft hi*F*m r ihii he may ' 

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believe chat Chrift died fa him, and that his 
Blood cleanfeth him from all his Sins: and either 
afwage his Fain, or elfe incriafe bis Patience to en- 
dure thy Bleffed Will and Pleafure. And good 
Lord, lay oo more upon him, than thou flialt co- 
able htm to bear, hkavt him up unto thy fclf f 
With thofef ighs and Groans, which cadpot.be ex. 
preffed. Make him now to feel what is the Hope 
of bis Calling, and what is the exceeding Greetufs 
of thy Mercy and Power towards them that bebeve 
jn thee: And in bis Weaknefs, O Lord (hew thou 
thy Strength. Defend him againft tb&Saggeftm 
and Temptations of Satan : who (as he hat hall his 
Life time) will now in bis Weaknefs efpeciaJly feek 
to affail him, and devour him. Ofave his Aw/, 
and reprove Satan, and command thy Holy An^U 
to be about himto aid him, and to chafe away ail 
evil and malignant Spirits fax from him. Make 
him more and more to loath this World* and to 
defirc to be toofed, and to be with Cbrifi. And whep 
that good Hour and Time (hall come (wherein thou 
haft determined to call for him out of this pre- 
. fent Life) give him Grace peaceably and joyfafyto 
yield up hk Soul into thy merciful Hands, and do 
thou receive her into thy Mercy, and let thy Bkf 
fed Angels carry her into thy Kingdom. Make his 
lafi Hour his beft Hour, his Uft Words his befi iVords, 
and his Uft Thoughts his befi thoughts. And when 
th^ fight of his Eyes is gone, and his Tongue tt&W 
fail to do its Office ; grant, O Lord, that his Aw/ 
may (with Stephen) behold Jefus Chrift in Heaven 
ready to receive him J and that thy Spirit within 


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him, may make* requeft for bim y with fight which 
cannot he expreffeJ. leach us in him to read and 
fee our own end and mortality 1 And therefore to 
be careful to prepare our felves for our lap ends, 
and put our (elves in a readinefsagainft the time 
that 4 thou (halt call fer us in the like ftianrier. 
Thus, Lord, we recommend this our dear Brother 
(or Sifter) thy fick Servant, unto thy eternal Grace 
and Mercy, in that Prayer, which Chrift our Sa- 
viour hath taught Us, faying^ 

Our Father which art in Htavtn % H domed fo thy 
flame, Sec 

Thy Orate, Lord ' Jefut Cbrift ; thy L&vc bed 
veniy Father ; thy Comfort and Co»Jolation y holy 
Sfirit,, it wkk us all, andeffecialty with this thy fick 
&erv4*t r t* the end, and in the end, Amen. 

Let them read often unto the fick, fome fpecial 
Chapters of the holy Scriptures; As, 

The three firft Chapters bf the Book of JoL 
The 14th and 19th Chapters of Joh. 
The 34th Chapter of Deuteronomy. 
The two Iaft Chapters of Jofbua. 
The j ? tb Chapter of the firft of King$ t 
The 2d, 4th, and 12th Chapters of the fecond 
of Kjngs. 
The j8th, 40th, and 65th Chapters of /faith, 

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"Tfeellittory of the Paflion of Chrift. 

The 8th Chapter to the %omu%s. 

The 15th Chapter of the. irft Epiftle to the 
The 4th Qbap.of the firftEpiftk to the Tbgffaionim. 

The $th Chapter of the fecoadEpiftk of Pud 
tip. the Corinthians. ■ . 

The firiVand laft Chapters of -Saint ?«»«. 

The 1 1 th. a ntf i a*hi to the Hebrews. 

The firft Epiftle of St. Peter- 
The three firft, and the three laft Chapters of 
the Revelati**, .or fome of theft. 

And fo exhorting the fick Party to wait upon 
Opd by Faith ^nd Ptthiut, M be fend for bim; 
and praying (he Lord W fena\ them a joyfol meet- 
ing in the Kjngkw of Hewn, and a A4J0M #/<*• 
i*#«w at the laft day ; they may departs that 
pleafure in the peace of God. 

Copfotatim againfi impatience in Sichtfu 

F in thy Sicftofifc by extremity of Pain thou be 
driven to impatience, Meditate, 


i . Thaj thy S\nt have deferred tbcjMtflfc 
Therefore thoU may'ft wjth greater Ea^enflc *n- 
dure thefe Fatherly Corfeftion* . 

a. That thefe are the Scourges of thy .hsftWnly 
Father, and -the Rod is in his ffaud, IFfboB (Udfl 
fuffer with reverence being a C&/</, the corre&ioos 
of thy earthly Parents ; how much rathtfthoultTO 
thou now fubjeft thy felf /being the ChtidefGd 




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to the cha'ftifemfcnt of thy heavenly Father, feeing 
it is for thy f /*w<i/ good ? 

3. That* Chrift fufferM in his Soul and Body 
/*r grievoufer pains for thee : therefore thou mult 
more wittingly fuflfer his bldTed^foi/^for thy 
own good. Therefore* faith Peter, b Chrifi [offered fdr 
yeu, m leaving you an example, that you fbould follow hit 
ftips. And t Let m (faith St. Paul) run with joy the 
Race that is fit Before us, leaking unto Jefue the Au» 
tbor kndFinifher of our Faith, who for the joy that mm 
fit before him, endured the Crofs, && 

4. That thefe Affli&ions which now you fuflfer, 
are none other, but fuch as d *rs actomplifhed i* 
your Brethren that are in the World, as wit aefleth 
Peter, yea, Jd&$ Afflitfions wcte far more grid 
Vtoti. There is not one of the Saints which notf 
ire at reft hi heavenly Joys, but endurM as touch 
as you do, before they went thither : Yea, many 
fcf thethmllingly fufferM all the torments that Ty* 
rants could inflift upon thefn, that they might 
come unto thofe heavenly Joys whereunto you are 
bow caHU And you have a Promife, That e the 
God dfaiBGrpoe, after that you have fujfered a while 
will make you petfeff, ftdhlifb, ftrengtben, and fettle 
you. And that f God of his Fidelity, will not fuffef 
you to be tempted above that you are able j hut will with 
the Temptation, alfo make a way to efcape, that ye may 
he abie to hear it* 

S. Rcanituscumquoouinis gravl morbo tcntaretur a Deo, doluir, 
4u»d aimaiibet efict, ac fi a Deo tuncdefertus fkiflet. Vit. Patr. 
c*S. * i Pet 5« 10* U Cor. to. i j. 

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-• 5. That God hath determined the time when 
thy Affliction (hall *»/f, as well as the time when 
it began. Thirty eight Tears were appointed the 
\ftck Man at a Bethefda's Pool. Tm/i* Tar/ to the 
Woman with the b bloody IJfue. Three Months to 
* Mofes. Ten Days Tribulation to the d Angel of 
the Church of Smyrna. Three Days plague to * JDo* 
vid Yea, the number of the godly Man*fc Tears 
are regiftred in f Godfc Bock, and the quantity kept 
in his Bottle. 

The time of our Ti ouble (faith Chriff) is bjut 
a g Modicum. God's i4*g;r lads but a ■ Moment 
(faith David). A little « ya/w (faith the Lanf) 
and therefore calls all the time of our Pain, 
but the k W <jf Sorrow. David, for thcfwiftnefs 
thereof, compares our prefent Trouble to a \ Brook, 
and m Atbanafius to * flower. Compare the long ft 
Mifery that Man jendures in this Life, to the eter- 
nity <f heavenly Joys, and they will appear to be 
nothing. And as the fight of a Son fafe born, 
makes the n Mother forget all Jier former deadly 
fain; fo the fight ofCbrtftin Heaven, who was horn 
for thee, will make all thefe pangs of Death to be 
quite forgotten, as if they had never been : Like 

Stephen, who as foon as he faw Chrift, forgat his 
own Wounds, with the horror of the Grave, and 
terror of 'the Stones; and fweetiy, yielded bis Soul. 
into the Hands of his Saviour. Forget thy own 
Pain, think of ChriJPs Wounds, f Be faithful unto 

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/A* deaths and he will give dee the Crowmrf eternal % 

6. That your are now called to Repetitions in 
Chrift's School ; to fee how much Faith, Patience^ 
and G odd nets you have learned all this while : And 
whether you can like Jot * receive at the hand of 
God fome evil, as Well as you have hitherto re» 
caved a great deal of Good? As therefore you have, 
qlways prayed, Thy mil he done} fo be not now 
of ended at this which is done by his Jfofy will 

7. Thatt*# things Jhdl work together for the hep 
to them that love God; infomuch that neither death 
nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers^ 
fcc. Shall he able to fe far ate us from the lave of God> 
which ifinChrifi Jejus our Lord. Aflure your felf, 
that (very pang is a prevention of the pains of fftll i 
every refpite an earneft of \\ coven's ^ : And hovi? 
many firipes do you eft?em Heaven worth ? As 
your Life hath been a comfort to others ; fo g ve 
your friends zChrijtiw example to die, and deceive 
the Devil, as Job did. It i$ but the Croft ofchrifi 
ferit before, to crucifie the love of the World in 
thee; that thou may 'ft go eternally to live wkh 
Chrifi who was crucified for thee. As thou art there- 
fore a trueCbriftian take up (\i\sz Simeon of Cjrene) 
with both thy arms his holy Crofs, carry it after 
him, unto him j thy pains will ihortly pafs y thy 
joys (hall never pafs awap. 

*Job 1. 10. t Rom. 8.29,38,39. Morbus non nulis adnumeraft- 
dus, quumukisutilitcrtccidit.B#/2/. inHtf^w. Morbus eft ujtU 
lis quxdam inftitucio, que docct, caduca ipcmere, & cqrieftia 
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Consolations again fi the fear #/ Death. ' 

F iff the time of thy ftckuefs, thou fiadcft thy 
fclf fearful to dye, Meditate, 

i. That it argueth a dafiardlymaA to fear that 
vbieb is not : For in the Church efCbrift there ir 
no Deaths Jfa.x§. Jj 8. And whofoever Irvttb-and 
htlievetb fa Cbrijl y JbaB never dye, John n. %<* 
Let them ftar Death, who live without Chrift. 
Chriftians die not: But when thejr fk^e God, 
they are fike * Enoch tranflateduQUy G*>d. Their 
gains are bat f Elijahs fiery Chariot to carry them 
tip to Heaven; or like Lazarufs fires, lending 
them to Abraham** bofom. In a word, if thocr 
be one of them that like Lazarm^lovefifefu^ thy 
fitknefsM not unto the deaths bat for the glory of God; 
who of his love changed* thy living death to an 
everlajting life. And if many Heathen Men, as 
$ocr4tes> Curtiusy Seneca, &c Died mtffhtglj (when 
they might have lived) in hope of the immortality 
tof the foul: Wilt thou, being trained fo long in 
ChriJPs School^ (and now called to the Marriage 
Supper of the hleffed Lamb, Rev. 19. 7.) be one 
of thofe Quefts that refafe to go td thzt jgful Ban- 
quet? God forbid. 

x. Remember th^t thy abode here is but the fe+ 
eaml degree of. thy life.- for after thou hadft/rj? 
lived iine months in thy Mothers Wbmb 9 thottr 

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waft <rf neceffity driven thence to live here in a 
ficoHd' degree of Life. And when chat number ef 
Months * which God hath determined for this Lifa 
is exptr'd j thou muft likewife leaved, and pais 
to a third degree in the other World, which mvew 
endsi Which to them that live and die in the 
Lord, furpaflbth as far this iindof Lifers this dotft 
that which one live* in his Mother's Womb, To this 
laft and excellentefi degree of Life, through this doer 
pafsM Chrift himielf, and all his Saints that were 
before thee \ and fo (hall all the reft after them and 
thee. Why lhouldft thou fear that which is com- 
mon to all God's Elefci Why fhouid that be un- 
couth to thee, which was fo welcome to z\\ them? 
Fear not Death, for as it is thef Exodus of a bad, 
fo it is the Genejis of a better World j The end of z 
temporal, but the beginning of an eternal Life, 

3 . Confider that there are but three things that 
can make Death {q fearful unto thee: Firft, The 
lofs thou haft thereby : Secondly, The fain that is 
therein: Thirdly, The terrible effeSs which fob 
low after. All thefe are but falfe Fires, and caufe* 
lefs Fears. 

For the Firft, if thou leaveft here uncertain 
goods which Thieves may rob, thou (bait find ia 
Heaven a \\true treafure, that can never be takes 
away .• Thefe were but lent thee as a Steward up- 
on accounts ; Thofe (hall be given thee as thy Re* 
ward forever. If thou leaveft a loving Wife, thou 

* Job if. j. t Mors prsefenris vits exitus 8c tatroituf tnelioris. 
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fhalt be married to Cbnft, which is more lovely. 
If thou leaveft Children and Friends, thou ftalt 
there find all thy religious Anceftors, and Chil- 
dren departed ; Tea, Chrift, and all his bleffed 
Saints and Angels. And as many of thy Children 
as be God's Children, /ball thhhtv fafom after thee. 
Thou leaveft an earthly pofftffion, and a * f/ouje of 
Clay, and thou (halt enjoy an Heavenly inheritance 
and b manfion ef glory: Which is purchafed, pre- 
pared, and referved for tbee. What haft thou 
loft ? Nay, is not death unto thee gain ? Go home, 
go home, and we will follow after thee. 

Secondly/ f For the pain in death ; the fear of 
death more pains many than the very pangs of 
death j for many a Chriftian dies without any 
great pangs or pains. Pitch the Anchor of thy 
Hope on the firm ground of the ward of God, who 
tiath promifed 4 in thy weaknefstoperfcft hitfirengtb, 
and e not tojujfer thee to be temped glove that tbon 
art able to bear. And Chrift will fhortly turn all 
thy temporal pains to his eternal joys. 

Laftly, as for the terrible effetts which follow 
after death they belong not unto thee being a 
Member of Cbrift; for Chrift by his death hath 
taken away thtfting of death to the faithful; fo 
that now there is no * condemnation to them that art 
*> Cbri/t fefuu And Chrift hath protefted, that % 
he that believer b in him, bath eperlafiing life, and 
JbaU not come into- condemnation^ but hath faf- 
fed from death unto life. Hereupon the holy Spirit 

— ■ — — - ■■ -* 

■2 Cor. y. l. *Johni4.». c Timor mortis ip$i inorte pejor. 
I ? Cor l \- 9- e * Cor. 10/13. f Rom. fc. 1. sjbhn j. 14. : 

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from Heaven faith, £/r//o/ <wr the dead which dye in 
the Lord: And that from henceforth they reft from 
their Labours, and thir Works do follow them. In 
refpeft therefore of the Faithful, * Detth is fwal~ 
lowed mp in viffory : And hit fting, which is Sin, and 
the punifbment thereof, is taken away by Chrift. 
Hence Death is call'd in refpett of our Bodies, a 
^fleep and reft : In refpeft of our Souls, agoing to 
our heavenly Father, a * departing in peace, a remov- 
ing from this Body to go to the Lord i « d devolution of 
Soul and Body to be with Chrifl. What (hall I fay ? 
Precious in the fight of the Lord, u the death of his 
Saints. Thefe pains are but thy throes and travail 
to bring forth efernal life. And who would not 
pafs through Hell to go to Paradue ? Much more 
through Death f There is nothing after Death that 
thou need'ft fear ; not thy Sins, becaufe Chrift 
hath paid thy Ranfom', not the Judge, for he is 
thy loving Brother; not the Grave, for it is the 
Lord's Bed; not Hell, for thy Redeemer keeps the 
Kjys\ not the Devil, for God's holy Angels pitch 
their Tents about thee, and will not leave thee till 
they bring thee to Heaven. Thou wad never 
nearer eternal Life ; glorify therefore Chrifl by a 
hleffed Death. Say cheerfully, Come, Lordjejus, 
for thy Servant cometh unto thee, I am mlltng, 
Lord help my weaknefs. 

* 1 Cor. 1 j 54. bi Theft 4. 13. !&. stf. Rev. 14. tJiritomt 
i*ti(nt». Luke 2. 19. <* 2 Cor. j. PhiL i f x\. iniKumt. Mors. 
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Stvett fx»8ifit£Ttoi<gh?ir 9 a*&m*rfifkt$j%h* of « 
fisli Mut read? to die. 

NOW teraftnuch a? God of hfc infinite m»» 
cy doth fo tthtper our pain/and fic&hefi, 
that we are not always opprefled with extremity; 
but givtS us in the midft of out* extremities fome 
refpife, to eafe and refreflrour (elves: Thou muft 
have ad efpecial care (confidering how fhort a 
time thou haft, either fbf ever to lofe or to obtain 
Heaven) to make u(e of every breathing time, 
which God doth afford thee: And during ttot tit- 
tle time of «/e, to gather ftrength againft the fits 
of greater anguifli. Therefore iri thefe times of 
relaxation and eafe, uft fome of thefe fhort 
Thoughts and Sighs. 

tbtpfi Thought. 

SEeirig every Man enters iawthis life intaar&t 
paffcth it in fweat, and ends it in fonom; ah I 
what is there in it, that a Man fhould defire to 
live any longer in it? O! what a folly is it, that 
when the Mariner roweth with all his force to 
arrive at the wifhea part; and that the Traveller 
never refteth till be come to bis Journey's end ; 
We fear to difcry our port ; and therefore would 
fut back our Bark* to be longer tojfed ia this con- 
tinual Tempejl? We weep to lee our jourqefs eni% 
and therefore defire our journey to be lengthened, 
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7*/fe ffiritual Sigh thereupon. 

OLord, this life is but a troubjefome Pilgri- 
mage >"/w in days, but /ȣin evilis; and 
I am weary of it, by reafon of my fins. Let me 
therefore (OLord) entreat thy Majefty, in this 
my Bedof'Jfcknefs, b as Elias did under the J***. 
per tree in his affliction'. It is now enough^ Lord, 
that I have lived fo long in this vale of mifery j 
take my foul into thy tnerctful hands, for lam no bet- 
tor than my fathers. 

tht feeond Thought. 

THink with what a e body of yfothou art lba- 
den, what great * civil wars are contained 
in a little world', the e Flejh fighting agaihjt the Spi- 
rit, Parson againft Reafon f Earth againft Heaven} 
and the World within thee banding it felf for the 
World without thee ; and that but one only means 
remains to end this conftift, death which (in God's 
appointed time) will feparate thy fpirit from thy 
fiefh ; the pure and regenerate part of thy foul, from 
that part which is impure and unregnerateJ. 

the fpiriiual figji upon the feeond Thought, 

t~\ Wretched * Man that I ami who fhaS deliver 
V/ me f rom t p, e foiy f (fa j eat f, ? q m y f Wcet 

*Gep.47 9- " J King? 19. « f e iflm.7 <*♦• * J«a»'4. «. « G»k * 
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Saviour Jefus Chrift, * /Aw ^4/? redeemed me with 
thy precious blood. And b becaufe thou koft deliver- 
ed my foul from fin, mine eyes from tears, And my feet 
from fMliugi I do here from the very bottom 
of my heart 9 afcribe the whole praife and glory of 
my (alvation c to thy ooly grace and mercy, faying 
( with the holy Apqflle ) d Thanks be unto God, 
which hath given me the viflory through our Lord Je* 
fus Chrift. 

Jhe third Thought. 

THink how it behoves thee, to be affiired 
that thy foul is ebriJPs; for death hath tak- 
en fufficient gages to affure hirofelf of thy tody, 
in that 4// thy fenfes be all ready to die, fave only 
the feafe of pain : But full the beginning of thy be- 
ing began with pain ; marvel the lefs if thy end 
conclude with dolours. But if thefe temporal do* 
loursf which' only affti&the body) be fo painful; 
O Lord, e who can endure the devouring fire ? who can 
abide the ever lofting burning ? 

The fpiritual Sigh upon the third Thought. 

OLord Jefus Chrift, the fon of the living God, 
who art the only Phyjfcian, that canft cafe 
my body from pain, and reftore my Soul to life e- 
ternal: Put thy Paffton,Crofs, and Peath, betwixt 
my Soul, and thy Judgments : and let the merits of 

* Rev. 5. 9. t>Pfid. x i6JMPfal; i 4 j. d 1 Cor. 15. 57. tlik.33.14. 


%ty pimtt of pitty. w 

thy Obedience ftand betwixt thy Father's Juftiee 
and my Difbhediencc 4 and from thefe W/£ paint 
..receive iroy. Soul into thy everlafting Peace : For 
I cry. umothee with * Stephen, Lordjefut, receive 
my Spirit, 

The fourth thought. 

THiok that the vmfi that Death can do, is 
but to fend thy Soul fooner than thy Flefli 
would be willing* to Chrift and his heavenly Joys 
Remember, that that worft, is thy heft Hope. The 
wor/t therefore of Death, is rather a help than a 
harm. - 

7he fpiritual Sigh upon the fourth Thought. . 

OLord Jefus Chrift, the Saviour of all them 
that put their truft in thee; forfake not 
him, that in Mtftrj flyeth unto thy Grace for fuc- 
cour and mercy. O found that fweet Voice in the 
ears of my Soul, which thou fpakeft unto the pe- 
nitent Thief on the Croft; f Thit Day thou fhalt be 
with me in Paradife : For I, O Lord, do fwith th£ 
Apoftle) from my Soul fpeak unto thee, |J / deftre 
to be difjolved, and to be with Chrift. 

The fifth thought. 

THink (if thoufeareft to dye; a That in Mount 
Siou there is no Death : For he that belUveth 

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im Cbnfi, jbd never Jfre. And if thoa dcfireft to 
live ; without doubc the IMteumd Ohtreunto 
this Death is a t*ff<ge) J*rju(feth off. There A) 
all the faithful departed (having coded their Mi- 
ferias) live with Cbr'/fl in Joys: And thither (hall 
all the Godly which fmrvhXy be gathered out of 
tbeit Troubles to enjoy with bametcrnol Rtfi. 

Tiejfirimd S^bmtke fftbThmgx. 

OLord, thou fceft the Malice of Sttm, who 
(not conteotiog bimfelf, * iikt* rotrUg Lien 
sH the Dsfs and ffijpts of our Life, to "feck oat 
deftru&ion) (news himfelf tufieft, when thy Chil- 
dren are wcdkeft and neareft to their end : Lard 
reprove him, and preferve tny So»k ffete&sto 
terrify me with Df a/ 6, which my Sins have defer- 
mix butktthy^^^/mcoiTjfart mjrSouLwiti 
the aflurance of eternal Life, which -thy Blood 
hath fmrcbofed. AfTwage my -J****, increafe my 
p*i*0ce,*o& (if it be thy bleued will ) end my Trw 
Uu : For my Soul befeechetb thee with old Simeon, 
tLori, mm let me thy Servant depart in petcex- 
wording to tbj War A. 

The fixth thought. 

THinfc with thy felf what a bfeffing God hath 
beftow'd upon thee above many Millions in 
the World; that whereas they are either Pagans, 


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whoworflup ooc thetrue God-, pr Idolaters, who 
worflup the true God foWty ; Thou baft liv'd in 
t trueChrifiun Church, and baft Grace to dye in 
the true Cirijtiau Ftitb, and to be bwy'd in the 
Sepulchre *f<h>d?s Servants; who aU wait for the 

* Hafexf Ifraet, the raiting of their Bodies in the 
b refurreftion of the 3te£ 

Thefprkital Sigh Mpem the fixtb Thought. 

OLord Jefus Chrift, who art * >/£* RefitnrefH- 
on, and the lty,totpkmrphtfQeverbelhvetb 
JboM&ve though he mare de*d' 9 /Relieve that whom- 
ever Mveth. and heUevefh in the** fhofi never djt. 

* I Jbtomihatl fhoU rtfeagtitt in the Mtfitrre&m^f 
the loft Hoy ; *for Ismfttre^ that thou, my Redeem- 
er Jiueft. And though that after «jr Qeoth Warms 
defix& .thu.Badyi yet IjhaAfee )hee t **) Lard, and 
m Gad, m this Flejb. Grant therefore, Q Chrift, 
for thy bitter Death and Paflion's fake, that, or 
that Day I may be one of them to whom thou 
wilt pronounce that joyful Sentence ; { Cmey* Muf- 
fed of iny Father t inherit the Kjngdm$r*$attdfer$ou 
before the foundation of the World* 

Ihe fkventh < Jbonght. 

THiftk with thy .felf how Chrift: endured (for 
thee a* tntfed Death* andthe. ffMnfGad 
whieh was due unto thy Sins; and what terrible 

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4?T %tie $i*Mtt of idietp. 

^ j_ | Jl I I III ■-! — ^~ — — — ~-fc— ^^— — — — ! 

Putts and cruel torments the Apofkles and Martyrs 
nave voluntarily fuffer'd for the Defence of Chrift's 
Faith, when they might have liv'd by diffemUing 
or denying bim: How much more willing fhouldlt 
thou be to depart in the Faith ef Chrijf, having 
lefs pains to torment thee* and more means to com* 
fort thee? 

The fpiritual Sigh upon the /event b Thought. 

OLord, my Sins have deferved the pains ef 
Hell, and eternal Death ; much more thefe 
Fatherly Cor regions wherewith thou doft afBift me: 
But a bleffed Lamb of God, which take ft. may the 
. Sifts of tbe World, have mercy upon mo, and h wafb 
away dS my jflthj Sins with thy moft precums Blood, 
and e receive my Soul into thy heavenly KJngdom ; 
for 4 into thy Hands, Father, /commend my Spirit, 
for tboa baft redeemed me, Lord, thou Ged ef 

Thefick Perfon ought nan to fend for fame goaty and 
' religious P after. 


T Naoy wife, remember (if conveniently it may 

I be) to fend for fome godly arid religious Pa. 

fior, not only to pray for thee at thy Death (for God 

in fuch a cafe hath promisd to bear the Prayers' of 

the righteous e Prophets,and * Elders of the Church J but 

•John 1.29. fc Rev. i.j. «Luke 23.41. * PfiL ji. j.« Geo.20,7. 
Jcr. 18. 20. & 1 j. « Sam. 12. 19, 23. > Jam. j. 14, itf. 

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alfo upon thy confeffion and unfeigned repentance to 
d^far thee of thy fins* For, as Chnft hath given 
him a ^/w to • bsptizi tbet unto repentance, for the 
rtmiffton of thy fins \ fo he hath likewife given 
hini a c dingy and h powir f and c authority, (upon 
repentance) ^ j^ofoe thee from thy fins. d IwiBgtfe 
thee the Keys of the Kingdon* of Heaven e And what- • 
fiever thou {halt bind upon earthy jhatt be bound in 
bmven : Andfrhatfoevtr thou (halt loofe on eattb, (ball 
be loofid in heaven. And again, c Verily, I fay unto* 
pa, tobatfieverye {ball bind on earth) fbsllbe bound in 
heaven: Andwbatfoever ye fbatl loofe on tattb,fhallbe 
bofed in beawefi. And again, * Restive ye the Holy 
6bqft. Whoft foeiter fins ye remit,, they are remitted 
unto them ; and whofe foever fins ye retain, they are re* 
tained This Do&rine was as ancient in the Church 
6f God as Job, for Elihu tells him, * That when 
God Jirikes a man with malady on his bed, ft that 
bis foul drawethneat the Grave, and his life to the 
buriers : If there be any mejferiger with him, Or an In- 
terpreter, one ofatboufand, to declare unto Man his 
right eoufhefs, thtn will be have mercy upon him, Sec. 
And anfwerable hereunto (faith Saint Jamet) 
if the fick have committed fins (upon his repentance, 
and the prayers of the Elders) thty fbaU be forgiven 
him. h 7hfe have power to /hut Heaven, and to ' de* 
liver (the fcandalous impenitent Sinner; to Satan: 
For, k the weapons of their warfare aire not carnal, 
tut mighty through God, to cafi down, &c Audio 

'■1 l ia^tft witi i 1 t 1 • i 1 n • ■ - . r 1 ■ 

.' 'Mark 14. Aftrx?.* *i Cor. 5.8. c % Cor. 1©. 1. *Mat.i&i9. 
* Mtt.i8.it* f John 10.32,13. * Job 33.19,22,23,24* rj*mcs$4$< 
: Rey. 1 1 A fc i Cor. 5 . 5. a Cor. 10. ^ &*. 

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have vengeance w readinefs agamfi all difobeiience. 
They h&ve ube * key ^ loojt»g t therefore the fatt- 
er or abfcfaing. 

. The BiJbopSy and P4/?<?r/ of the Church, do not 

forgive (la by wyfatfb/Hte Power of their own, 

(for fo only Chrift their Matter forgiveth fiasj) but 

\\.mi»i/hrt*fy> $&$* ftrvattts o( Chrift, and S/w- 

<r4, to whofc fidelity their Lord and Matter hath 

committed his KCys, and that is, when they do 

deelve and protmarxe, either pullUily % or privately, 

by the Word of God, what bmdeth, what £*?T- 

**, and the merries of God to penitent finners, 

or his judgmwts to impenitent and obftinate per* 

fons $ and {b do apply the general promifes or threat* 

nings to the penitent or impenitent. For CJirift from 

Heaven doth by *fc«» (as by his *• Jh&njters oo 

&»/;&) tedzxtwbom he remrtteth andbindetb, and 

*p *&<m» to wiJSf open the Qates of ffeavs*, and i- 

gainfi whom he will ihut them. And therefore it 

is is not faid, Whofe fat ye jignifito he rem#te*\ but 

whofe fins ye remit. They then do remit £ns, be- 

cnife Chrift by their Mm/try remittetb fins, as Chrift 

by his Difciples loafed Lazarus, John H. 44. Aod 

as no water could walh away tfaama/fs Leprofie, 

but the waters of Jordan, (though other Rivers 

were as clear) becaufethe promifi was-aflnexed w> 

* Mat. i«. 19. Mialftri peccata remituM non att'r«jW«-*, fid 
itytrimt. 1 1 Cor. $.4. 1 1 Cor.4! 1,2. Afts 1]. j8. * To this end 
faith BW?/,in //i. f.i 3. Chriftus omnibus paftoribus & Dodoribui 
Fccleftas, l#b» fWfi^afowaus ttqua l cm tribuit poteft a wat, <aq« 
fignum eft quod omnescx ajquo ligant $c folvunr,. uc P«w, P«* 
piftttxti n6t dehr this. Quilibec racerdos (guattttim eft ex vir- 
tute clavium) htbet poteOatem lAdjftfcnter in otaocs. In ftp* 
plement. ihms. 4. tt Verie.. 

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to the water of Jorde» t and not to other Rivets; 
fo though another Man may pronounce the feme 
words* yet have they not the like efficacy and fower 
to work on the conference, as when they are pro- 
nounced from the mouth of CbrijTs Mi»iften y be* 
caufe the * promife is annexed to the Wo'rd of 
God in their mouths j for them he bath b cbofen f 
* fepnrsted, and d jet a-fnrt for this tvork, and to 
?£«» he hath committed the * minijhy and word' of 
monciltation : by their holy f caMing and « or dim* 
tion they have received the > bo{f Qhofa and the 
mimfterUl power of binding and looting* They 
are font forth of the i Hoiy Gbojt for this wort, 
toheteuM6.be betb ceiled them. 

And jChrift gives his Minifters power to forgive 
fins to the penitent in the k fame words' that he 
teacheth us in the Lord's Prayer to defire God to 
forgive* us our (ins : To affure all penitent tinners, 
that God bf his Minifters abfolution doth fully, . 
through the merits of Quiffs blood, forgive them 
all their fins. So that what Chrift decreeth in 
Heaven* jnforo juJiciiy the famehedeclarethori 
earth by his reconciling Minifters, in foro fenitentin: 
So that as God hath \ reconciled the World to bint* - 
[elf by Jefiu Chrift : So heth he (faith the Apoftle) 
given unto tu the minijhf of this reconciliation. 

He that fent them to baptize, faying, Go and 
1 etch at N At ions, beptizing them, &c. Sent them ak 

"•Joint ao. ijv * Afts r. 14. * Aftrrj. a. * Rora ; 1. 1. e 7 Cot. ■ 
5. 1 8, 19. f Afts 13 . a. r Cor. i- 1. Heb. $.4. « Tit. 1. y. hjohn ao.- 
aa, aj. » Afis 1 3 44. k it mmTdtfr* itf* £y*(\i*t. Jem ao.aj. 
K*i dftf niiif its *i*fi\*t tutor*' } a Gor. f . i«. • 

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fo to remit fins, faying, *,As my Father feat me, 
ft fend Jyou; wbofefiever fins ye remit ', they *re remit- 
ted unto them, &c. As therefore none can taptize, 
(though he ufe the fame water and words j but 
only the lawful Minifier y which Chrift hath 
tated atid authorized to this divine and minifterid 
Funftion : So though others may comfort vrithgood 
words ; yet none can * obfohe from fin, but on- 
iy thofe to whom thrift hath committed the holy 
c Miniftery'mdvVotd of Reconciliation : And of their 
atfolution Chrift fpeaketh, be tbst hetrethyou, hear- 
eth me. In a doubtful title thou wilt ask the coun- 
sel of a skilful Lawyer: In peril of ficknefs thou 
wilt know the advice of the learned Pbyficiam : And 
is there no danger in dread of damnation, for a 
jmner to be his own Judge ? 

Judicious d Calvin teacheth this point of do- 
ctrine moft plainly ; Etfi omnes mutuo nos deheamus 
.con/olarif &c. *. Although (faith be) we ought to 
4 comfort and confirm one another in theconfi- 
' dence of God's mercy ; yet we fee that the Mi- 
« .'nifters are appointed as witneffes and fureties to 

* afcertain our conferences of the remifiion of fins : 
' Infomuch, as they are faid to remit fins, and 
« to loofe fouls* Let every faithful man therefore 

* remember, that it is his duty (if inwardly he be 

* vexed and afflicled with thefenfe of his fins) not 
c to neglect that remedy which is offer'd unto him 
1 by the Lord, to wit, that ( for the eating of his 

•John ao. ai, aj.^a Cor. a. 7, 10. Heb.5.41. « a Cof.j.iS,ia 
i Luke 10. 16. e Lib. j. Inltu, cap, 4. fe&. ia« 

* con* 

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4 conference) be make private confeflion of his 
€ Sins unto his Paftor ; and that he defire his pri- 
( vate. endeavour for the application of fome com* 
' € fort unto his foul ; whofe Office it is (both puk 
1 lickly and privately i to adminifter Evangelical 
1 Coniolation to God^s People., . , 1 

Bex* highly a coirimendeth this pra&ice: Arid 
b Luther laitb, That he had rather loofe a tboufand 
World >, thorn fuffer private confeffton to he tbrufi out 
of the Church. Our Church hath ever irioft *foundh 
maintained the truth of this Dottrine; but moft 
jufily abolifh'd the Tyrannous and Antichriftia^ 
abufe of Popifh Auricular Confeffionsy which ttiey 
thruft upon the Souls of Chriftians, as an Expiatory 
Sacrifice^ and a meritorious Sat isf attic? for Sin ; rack- 
ing their Confctences to confefs r when, they fedi 
no dlftrefs; and toenumerate^f their Sins, which 
is iippoftible j that by this means they might dive 
into the fecretsof.afl Men, which oft-times h^tTt 
provM pernicious, not only to private. Perfous, but 
alfo to fubltik Eftates* But the truth of God's 
Word is, that no Perfon having received Orders 
in the Church of Rome, can truly abfolye a Sinner^ 
for the Keys of Ahfolution are two ; the one is the 
Key of Authority, and that only * thrift hath ; , the 
other is the Key of Minifiry\ and this he e gives 
to his MimjlerS) who are therefore called the 
f Miftijlers of Chrijl> thp Stewards of God's Mjfteries, 

8 la Antith. Papatus & Chriftianiflni vol. fol A 66. b Lather 
torn.- 4J6L 100. &fequ. « Witncfs our Liturgy. Dt. Hottmufsii- 
folvcd Or. Reynold;, wLo not being able to fpeak, fcHTcd the Hand 
herewith he was abfo^lvcd. d Rev. 3, 7. Marfca. 7. kukc f . ii. 
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' #>* * /imbaffaddrs of Rt£Oforliatio» y Rilkops, Pm^vts % 
Elders', &c: But CAr?^ never ordained in the 
$few TeffamCnt, any Ordef of facrificifs^ Pricfts | 
neither is the Natne of 1«f<&, which properly fig. 
nffieth Sscercbs, ot furtfiting Prieft, given to any 
Qj^cer of Chrift, in all the New- Teftament ; net. 
ttier do we read in all the New Teftament, of g 
py, who confefled himfelfto a Priejt, but b 3<*. 
da4. ty$jtner is there ^dy real Prieft m the New 
Ifxjtejnejit,; huU/ify ' Cbr$: ^Neither is/there any 
irf'of fc'f rV/HM to bfe bow accompfifbed on 
f, $artb t .hlix *4t which he A fa!fiiIeth in Heavt/i, 
W ' making jntertej^'fotiis:," Seeing therefore 
jPirift neVer araainetf Vrajr' Order of ficnficing 
"Prieftsi and that Popith Pitefts fcorn the Name 
pt/kliipirs.ft the Go/ftl; to whom only Chrift 
'committed hts' keys; itnjfec^&fn'y folio, weth, that 
jf<? Pi/$& Pyfyjft cktt truly , either exeotimunuste or 
jfcjplve any' Sinner, or have any Uaf alright to 
meddle with qhr<(PsJOjf. Buuhe Anti*cbriftU» 
tlufe of this Divine Ordinance fhould not. abolifli 
the knjfr/ *j£ thereof betwixt'Chriftians. and their 
Tailors in Cafis of dtfirefs of Qo^fcieiue^ for which 

.jt^was chiefiy 1 prdained. ; r 

And verily, there is not ahy means more ei* 

"cellent to humble* proud He*rT y nor to taife up aa 

bumble Spirit, than this fpiritual conference betwixt 

the Paftqrs and the People committed ; to their 

" charge. If any Sin therefore troubleth thy Confci- 


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>and ifthou doft truly repent, receive his Jjfa 
iution. And then.deube not in fin co»jeieutU t but 
thy fins lie as verify forgiveo on Earth, as if thou 
diqft heac Chrifthim&lf to fir* /*4««*, pronoun* 
dog them to be forgiven in Heaven..* Qui vot 
audit « me audit i he that . bewetfaypu heareth mc 
Try -this; and tell me, .whether thou (bale not find 
more cafe in thy Canfcience, than can be exprefled 
in words. Did prophane Men .coofider the dig- 
nity of this divine sailing, they would the more 
honoqr the CaBlng, and reverence the gerfous. , 
Thefick Man ( having th us eafed bis Confcienoe, 
and received his Abfeltttion) may do well (having 
a convenient number of faithful Christians joyned 
with him) to receive the holy Sacrament ot the 
Lorfs Suffer ; to encourage htm w hi»Faith r zp^ 
to dilcouragethe Devil in his Aftouks. In this re- 
fpe£ttbe> Caawa/of Nw termed this Sacrament, 
ViatUim\ the fjmhfrovifm fir her journey* And 
atbehnhe LonaTs &r#w: be an Ecdefiaftical s&ipn, 
yet forafmnch as our Lor J (the firft Inftjtutor) ce- 
Jebrated it in a • private houfe, and. that. d Saint 
Paul termeth the houjks of Chriftians* tb&Churches 
of Cbrifti aod that e Chrifi himfelf hath proroifed 
to le in the midft of the faithful, where buf two or 
three are gathered together in his Name : I fee "no 
reafon, but if Chriftians dejfreit (when they are 
nor, through fickneft, able tocOme.to the Church) 

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» Lu4c jou i£, > Cone- Nioen. Can. 1 1. c Mat. *« *$. Luke a*. 
i;. <* Rom. i&.j.fhifcoi. vcrfc a. • lyfa^ t%. %d.w 

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but that they ihould receive, and Pai tors ought to 
adminifter tnc Sacrament unto them at home. He 
fheweth more fimplicity than knowledge, who 
thinks that this favours of a private Mofs: For a 
Mais is called private f not becaufe it is (aid in a pri- 
vate Houie, but becaufe (asBifhop • JeoWteach- 
cth out of h Aptinm) the Pricft rcoeiveth the Sa« 
cramenthimfdfalone, without diftribution made 
onto others, and then it is private, although 
the whole Partfh be prefent and look upon him 
There is as much difference between fueh a Com- 
munion, and the Anti-cbrifiion IdoLcf a private 
'flfafs, as there is betwixt Heaven and Hell, For 
• at Communion in a private Family upon foch 
an extraordinary occafioh, Chrsfslajlitutionisobh 
:&rv'd* Many faithful Brethren meet together, and 
tdrry one fir *w/A*r,£hrift's Death is remembred 
and (hewed j and the Minifter, together with the 
'Faithful and the fick Party do communicate. Ma- 
iler c £*4s** faith, 7b*t be doth very willingly admit 
adminiftring of the Communion to them that Me fick, 
when the cafe and opportunity Jo refutretk And in 
d another place he faith, That be hah many weigh- 
ty Rea/ons to compel him not to deq the Lord's Supper 
unto the fick. Yet I would with all Christians to 
ufe to receive often i in their health ) efpecially 

1 fmel againft Hiding, Artie, i. of private Mafs, fbl, 4, k In 
miflu privatis fufficit fi arias fit prefens, fcilicet Miniftcr, qui 
populi tet«us- perfbnam gcrit, Aquin. part ?. q. }*. art 5. c Do 
tasnx adminiftrationeita fentio, libenter admjttendum cflc hunc 
tootf m, f\ »ud ipgrotps qelebretur gommunjo^ cum ;ta res & 
opportumtas&rant. Eg. $1. d Cur Coenaip a^gtotis ncgandani cfl^ 
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pace every month with the whole Church ; for 
then they (ball not need fo much to affemble their 
friends upon fuch an occasion, porfo much tp be 
troubled themfelves for want of the Sacrament; 
For as Mr. * Perkins faith very well, The fruit aid 
efflcdey tf the Sncrnment is not to he refrained to the 
time of receiving! but it extends it fcjfto the whole 
time of M*n*f life afterwards ; The efficacy where, 
pf, aid Men throughly underftand, they would 
not need to be Co often exhorted to*receive it. 

b f aft ores omnet hie exoratos vellem, ut in httjus 
contravetfie ftatum penittjts intr officiant °- nee ji "deles 
exhac vitamigr antes, & fanemvitafetentes, vtati- 
tofito frandari finant, ne lugubris ijt'a iniis ad id*, 
fleatur lament at io: • Parvulipanempetunt, &noh 
fit qui frangat eis. 

As therefore when a wicked Uvtr dieth, he may 

(ay to death as d Ah A faid to Elijah ; Uafl then 

found fee* mint Enemy? So on the other fide, 

when it is told a penitent (inner, that Death knocks 

at the door, and begins to look him in the face j 

he may fay of Death, as David faid. of Ahimaaz, 

* Let 'him conte dnd welcome, for he is a good Matt, 

sad conuth with good tydingt} He is the Meflefl- 

ger of Chrift, and bringeth unto me the joyful 

new$ of eternal life, And as the Red Set was a 

gulf tp drown the Egyptians to deftru&ion. ; but 

a paffage to the Ifraelties, to convey them tp 

Xanajrts po.Teffion: fo death tp the wicked, is a 

* ptrtinr his right way to dying well. * Admonitio ad pafto- 
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the gste toerrerlafting life and falVation.. And one 
4*yef* Meffed* death will make an amends for 

4O the forrowt of a titter life. " 

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When therefore thou perceiveft thy foQl <fe- 
parring from thy oedy> pray with thy tongntf if 
thou can'ft, elfe pray in thy heart and mind 
tbefe words* fixing thd eyes of thy foul upon 
Jefut Chrifl t'hy Saviour. ; 

' A Prayer at the yielding up of the Ghcft. 

b £«»£ cf God, which by thy Wood haft 
taken away the fins of the World;; have 

mercy « **»» ot* 4 Jfawr. Z.0fi J«/W mttifei? mji 

ty/rft, Amen..' 

ffcfe* flfe fiti party is departing, kfth* fakkfaivfa 
are prefent kneel etou>n> and commend hie font to 
God in thefe or the like words. 

O Gracious God, and merciful Father, who 
art * our refkge and ftr*ngth % and a very 
prefect help fa trouble ; lift up the * light of thy fa- 
your able countenance at this inftaot upon thy tef- 
vant, that now corrieth to appear ki thy pretence. 
Wafb awq ', good Lord, all his fins by the f merits of 
Chrifi Jefus*s blood* that they may never befetd to 
his charge; Increafe his Faith f .preferve and keep 

'- * Strnimum hominisfednum, bonusex-tiac vitA exitrrs. ' h JofefM . 
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fafe bis Sent from the danger of the Devil and his 
wicked Angels. .Comfort him with thy Holy Spi* 
fit, caufe him now to feel that thou art his loving 
Father, and that he is thy Child by Adopt ietr ana 
praee. Save, OChfiftythe price of thy own 
Blood ; and ftiflfer him not to be loft, whom thou 
haft bought fo dearly. Receive his Soul, as thou 
did'ft the petit tern Thief \ into thy heavenly Para* 
Sfe. lit thy bklkctAtgels conduct him thither, 
as they carryed the Soul of Lazarus; and grant 
unto him a joyful Refurre&ion atthe laft Day. O 
Father, hear us for him, and hear thy <m$ Son, 
our only Mediator, that *fits at thy Right hand, for 
him and us all \ even for the merits of that bitter 
Death and Paffiori, which he hath funer'd for us. 
In confidence whereof, we now recommend his 
Soul into thy Fatherly Hands, in that bleffcd 
. Prayer, which our Saviour hath taught us in aO 
times of our troubles to fay unto thee : 

Oar father rxhidi art in Heaven, Hollowed k thy 
Name, &c. 

Thus far cf the Pratficeof Piety, fo dying m the Lor J. 

HtoP fottws the Pr off ice of Piety in dying for the Lord* 

T r H F Pra&ice of Piety in dying for the Lord, 
is termed Martyrdom. ~\ 

f Martyrdom is the Teftimony which 4 ChriflUn 

% Rom.8.34. t Sanguis Martyrum femen Ecclefi*. Martyrcs 
accepcrunt, norf fcdpnjnt coronas. Leo Afartyrio coronati* 
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tWȣ to the Do&riue of the GoffeL, by enafuring any 
kind tf Death ; to invite many, and to confirm all, 
to embrace the truth thereof. To this kiwi of Death, 
Chrift bath promis'd a Crown: * Be thott faithful 
etnto Deaths and I wiB^gwe .thee a Crown of Life, 
Which Promifc the Church fo firmly .believed, 
ihat they term'd Martyrdom it felf z -Crown. 
iAnd God, to animate Cbriftians to this excel- 
lent Prize, would by. a Tred&ion, that b Stephen, 
'the firft Chriftian Martyr, fhould have his Name 
of a Crowe. 

Of Martyrdom there are three kinds, 

. i. Sola volamtate, in Will only as ?«&* the 
Eyaugetift, who (being boiled in a Cauldron of 
Oyl ) came out rather anointed than ,/W $ and 
rdy'd of Old age at Bpbefue. 

%. Solo ofere, in Deed only i as the innocent t of 
« Bethlehem. 

j. VoUmtate & ofere,bocbm WiD and Deed; as 
in the Primitive Church, Stephen, Pofyearfue, Ig- 
natius, Laurent ins , Romauus, Antiecbionus, ami 
Thousands. And in our days, Creamer, Latimer, 
Hoofer, Ridley, Ferrari Bradford, Philpot t Saw- 
ders, Glover, Taylor, and others innumerable:, 
whofe fiery zeal to God's Truth brought them to 
the Flames qf Martyrdom.* to feal Chrift's faith 

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It is noc the cr**//? of the death, but the * inno- 
ttmy and holinefs of the caufethat njaketh a Mar. 
ty r. Neither is an erroneous Confcience a fuffici- 
ent warrant to fuffer Martyrdom : Becaufe Science 
in God's Word mud direft Confcience in Man's 
heart. For they who killed the Apoftles, in their 
erroneous Confcience, thought fthey did Cod good 
fervice : And Paul of zeal breathed out j| /laughters 
againft the Lord's Saints. Now whether the caufe 
oT our Seminary Priefts and Jefuits be fo holy, true, 
alnd innocent, as that it may warrant their Confci- 
eoce to fuffer death, and to hazard their eternal faU 
•vasion thereon, let • TW's Entitle' written to the 
ancient Chriftian Romans, ( but againft our new 
Antucbr$iaH Romans) be judge. And it will plain- 
ly appear, that the Doctrine which St. Paul taught 
to the ancient Church of Rome, is ex diametro op- 
pofite in x6. Fundamental points of true Religi- 
on, to that which the new Church of Rome.teach- 
eth and maintainetb. For Saint Paul taught the 
Primitive Church of Rome. 

s. That our EleclionisofGotfsfree Grace, aa&' 
not ex oferibus frxvifts, Rom. o. n. Rom. <k t. 
5,6. x • 

x. That we are j*/jM before<3od by /&£ «*. 
/jr, withoutgo*/ works, Rom. > xo, 18. Rom. 4. x. 
&c Rom. 1. 17. 

3. That the goo* works of the regenerate are not 
of their own condignity meritorious, nor fuch as can 

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mortet fed mores, Dr. Boft. Tha. Ajuin.i. a. qusefh 17. art 6 
I Jcfcn *6. a: || A«s* i. Phil. 3. 6. JEpiftola ad Roinanos, u nov 
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4. That tbqfe Books, only at& Goafs Or*kr/« and 
Canonical Scripture, which were committed to rho 
eufiodj and credit of the Jifws, Rom. j» a* Rom. 1. 
x. Rom. 16. xo\ fuch were never the Jpocrypho* 

5. That the Holy Scriptures have Go^s autho- 
rity, * Rom. 9. 17. Rom. 3.4. Rom. 1 1.31. confer* 
red with Gal. 3. ax. Therefore above the Atttho* 
rity of the Church. . ' 

9. That all, as well L*tfy as Oerjft that will be 
faved, muft familiarly read or ifwv the Holy Scrip, 
ture, Rom. 15. 4> R °n»* io. x, x, 8. Rom. 16. %6. 

7. That all t Images made of the true God are 
very Idols, Rom 1. a 3. and Rom.a»xx. Conferred* 

8. That to Imp ftfe Awe rdfghujty to an /mg?, 
or to worflitp any Creature, is meer ldda&j\ 
Rom. 1.1.4. an ^ a fyf"g fi^vice,' Kara. i.%$.- 

9. That we muft not pray unco any but to God 
o»lj, in whom we believe, Rom. xo. 1 3, 14. Rom. 
8. 1 j, x?. therefore not to Saints and Angels: 

10. That Chrift is our only Intertejfor in Hea- 
ven, Rom. 8. 34. Rom. 5^ a. Rom. 16. ay. 

?i. That the only Sacrifice of Chriftians, isno- 
thing but tat Jpiritual Sacrificing of their fouls and 
£ofcj to ferve God in &»&»/? and rightebu/hejs, 
Rom. 1 a. x. Rom. 15.16. Therefore no ^^/facrift* 
cing of Chrift in the Mafs. 

12. That the religious worflitp called dulia, as 
well as £#?/«, belongeth to God ohm, Rom. 1.9. 
Rom. ix. 11. Rom. 16. 18. Conferred. 

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* Nth, TTiat the Scripture fiuth, God fjnth, an4 the Scripture- 
concluded!, is all one with i>#«/, t T«i «<&** having reference* 
what he fpake before, Roof. i. 33. Of Imam.' 

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i \. That all Chriftians are to fray unto God in 
their, own ftatrvt, language, Rom. 14. ix. 

1 4. That we have not of our felves in the ftate 
of corruption, free wii unto Good, Rom;;. 18. &C. 
Rom. 9. 16. 

15. That Concupifence in the regenerate, is fin, 
Rom. 7. 7. 8. 10. 

1 6. That the Sacraments do not confer grace 
ex of ere operato, but jign and ^4/ that is conferred 
already unto us, Rom. 4. 11, ix. .Rom. x.x8,x9. 

^7. That every true believing Chriftian may 
in this life beajfured of but Salvation, Rom. 8. 9, 
16, 35. &a 

18. That no Man in this life fince Adam's faO t 
can perfectly fulfil the Commandments of God, 
Rom. 7. 10. &c. Rom. 3. 19, &c. Rom. 11. jx. 

19. That tq place Religion in the difference of 
meats and days, is fupeftition, Rom. 14.. 3 » f, <5, 

xo. That the hnpnted Rigbteoufnefs of CJirift, is 
that only that makes us juft before God, Rom. 4. 

9, 17**3- 

xi s That Chrift's Jfcyfc was made of the&ei 0/ 
David, py Incarnation: not of a Ff^fvr ftifc by 
Tranfubfiantiation, Rom* 1. 3. 

xx. That all * r*e Chriftians are &f/#tt, and not 
thofe whom the Pope only doth ctmmize, Rom. 
i* 7. Rom. 8. 17. Rom. 15.31. Rom. 1 6. x. & 1 j. 
Rom. if. 3^5. 

23. That 7^/e* Chrift,the God of peace, and 
sot //>/*, the Woman, would bruife the Serpent's 
head, Rom. 16. xo. 

x4« That every Soul muft oUconfdenc* bcfubjecT. 
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and pay tribute to the Higher powers, that is, the 
Magiftrates which 'bear the /word, Rom. 13.1,1, 
&c. aftd therefore the P*/* and all Prelates mull be 
fubjeft to their Emfereurs, Kjngs, and Magiftrates, 
unlefs they will bring damnation upon their fouls, 
as Traitor s> that re/50 God and bis Ordtam^ 
Rom. 13. z. 

% j. That P**/ fnot Pertr) Was ottfciiied by the 
grace of God, \o be the chief Jpoftle of the Gtih 
tiles* and confequently of Rome, the chfcf City of 
the Gentiles, *Rom.ij*i j, 16, 19,10* &c Rom. 11. 
14. 16.4. 

x6 That the Church of Rome may err, and fall 
jn)4y from the true faith, as well as the Church tf 
Jerufakm, or any other particular Church, Ron. 
xi.zo, %!,%%• 

And feeing the new upftart Chutch of Rome teach* 
eth in all thtfe/and in innumerable other points, 
clean contrary to that which the ApoftJe taught 
the Primitive Romans, let G*d and this Efiftb 
judge betwixt them and us ; whether of us both 
ftands in the true ancient Catholick Faith, which the 
Apoftle taught the old Roman*? And whether we 
have not done well to depart from them, fo far as 
they have departed from the Afo files Do&rine? 

* It fecitts by R§m. 1 5. 10, 19. And the whole laft Chapter, that 
the Chriftians who were in Rime before Psul came thither, were 
converted by thofe Preachers whom he had fent thither, before 
him: For he caUs them bis htlfcts, ver.3.9. kinfmtn, v.7,1 j/***J 
. prifmertyV.y.tbefrft frmits of Achats, where he had preached, W" 
fsmtiisr t$ him, *nd n Tertius, who writ the Epiftle, v.ai. And 
therefore they came To joyfully to meet Paul at Affit fmm, b&' 
ing that he was coming towards Rmt, Afts 18.^1 j« ~ ' , 

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And whether it be not better to return to >t. PauPs 
Truth, than ftill to continue in Romeh Error? 
And if this be true ; then let Jefuits and Seminary 
Priejts take heed and fea^ left it be not Faith, 
but Edition $ not Truths but freafon ; not Religion, 
but Rebellion, beginning at Tyber, and ending at 
Tyburn^ which is the caufe of their Deaths. And 
being lent from a troublefotae^/^itar<*/See, ra- 
ther thpn from a peaceable At>ofioltcd§zzx., becaufe 
they cannot be fufferM to peviuzde Sufyetfs to break 
their Oaths, and to withdraw their Allegiance from 
their Sovereign ; to raife Rebellion, to move In- 
vafion* to ftab and poyfon Queens, to kill and 
murder Kjngs, to blow up whole States with 
Gunpowder ; they defperately caft away their own 
Bodies to be hang'd and quartered, and their Souls 
fav'd, if they belong to God ; (I wiflj *fuch ho- 
nour to d bis Saints that fends them-J And I have 
jufi caufe to fear, that the f Miracles of Lipf%m\ 
two Ladies, Blunfton's Boy, Garnet's Straw, and 
the Maid's fiery Apron* will not fuffice to clear, 
that thefe Men are not Murderers of themfelves, 
rather than Martyrs of Chriftk 

And with what Confcienee can any Priefi count 
Garnet a Martyr ; when his own Confcienee forced 
him to confefi, that it was for Treafo*, and not for 
Religion that he dy'd ? But if the Priefts of fuch 
a Gunpowder Gofpel be Martyrs^ I marvel who are 
Murderers ? If they be Saints, who are Scythians ? 
and who are Cannibals, if they be Catholicks ? 

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propter profeflionem nomen,fed propter perpetrata latrocinia, cim 
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But leaving thefe, if they will be filthy, to 
their Filthinefe ftil), let us (to whofe Fidelity the 
Lord hath committed his true Faith, as a precious 
* depofitum) pray unto God, that we may lead a 
holy Life, aofwerable to our holy Faith, in Piety to 
Cbrtfi, and Obedience to our b King ; that if our Sa- 
viour (hall ever count us c worthy that honour to /offer 
Martyrdom for his Gqfpefs fake ,- be it by open 
burning at the Stake, as in Queen Mary*/ Days, or 
by fecret Murtherim^ as in the Inquifition houfe ; or 
by outragious mafjacring, as in the Parifian Mtt- 
tins; in being blown uf with Gunpowder, as was 
intended in the Parliameni-houfe : We may have 
Grace to pray for the Affiftance of his holy Spirit, fo 
to ftrengthen our Frailty^ and to defend his Caufe, 
as that we iflay Teal with our deaths the EvangeUcd 
Truth which we have profeffed in our Lives :That 
in the Days of our Lives we may be d M#i by his 
Word 1 in the D*y of Death be blefled in the Lord, 
and in the Day of Judgment be the c blefled of his 
father; * Even fo grant % Lordjefu*. Amen. 

A Divine Colloquy between the Soul and her Saviour \ 
concerning the Bffc&ual Merits cf his dolorous 


LOAD, wherefore didft thou tvsjh thy Difciples 
Cbrijf. To teach thee how thou (houldft prqknre thy 
ielf to come to my Supper. • 

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C. To teach thee Humility if thou wilt be my Diftiple. 

S. Lord, wherefore didft thou before thy Death inftitute 
h thy laft Supper > 

C. That thou mighteft the better remember my Death, 
and be allured that all the Merits thereof are thine. 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldft thou go tofuch a place, where 
c Judas knew to find thee ? 

C. That thou mighteft know that I went as willingly 
to fuffer for thy Sin, as ever thou wenteft to any place 
to commit a Sin. 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldft thou begin thy Pajlon in a 
* Garden ? 

C. Becaufe that in a c Garden thy Sita took firft Be- 

& Lord, wherefore did thy three feleS Difiiples fall 
f &f a ft *fl**P* when thou beganft to fall into tin Jgony ? 

C. To fliew, that I 8 alone wrought the Work of thy 

S. Lord, why were there fo many h Plots and Snares laid 
for tbee<? 

C. That I might make thee to efcape' 1 all the Snares 
of thy ghoftly Hunter. 

S. Lord, why Jhouldft tboitfufer k Judas (betraying thee) 
to kifs thee ? 

C. That by enduring the Words of dijfembling Lips., 
I might there begin to expiate Sin, where Satan \ firft 
brought it into the World. m 

S. Lord, why wouldft thou be m fold for thirty pieces of 

C. That I might free thee from perpetual Bondage. 

S. Lord, why didft thou "pray with Juch ftrong cryinf 
and Tears £ 

'John 13. 4! b Luke 22.19,10. c John 18. 1. d Johnx8. 1. 
c Gen. 3. 3. f Mat 26.40. slfa. 63. $. 8 Mac. 20*. 4. l Pial. 1247. 
k Matth. 16. 49. ? Gen. 3.4, 5- m Match. 27. }• * Match. 26. 39. 

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C. That 1 might quench the Pmry of God's jfc/i«, 
whkh was fb fiercely Kindled againft thee. 

S. Lord, v£y v*/ f 60* y© * 4/ra£, «i caft into fab 
an Jgony ? ' 

C. That fullering the Wrath due to thy Sins, thou 
mighfft be more fecure in thy Death, and find more 
Comfort in thy Croffes. 

5. Lord, wherefore didft thorn pray Jb h oft, and fo ear- 
fteJHj that the Cup might pafs from thee. 

C. That thou mightelt perceive the Horror of that 
« Cmfe and Wrath, which being doe to tbj Shu, I was 
thai to drink and endure for thee. 

S. Lord, wherefore didft thou after thy vnlb , d fib- 
met thy WiUtotbe JTiBoftby Father} 

C. To teach thee what thou fhould'ft do in all thy 
Affii&ions* and bow willingly thou fhould'ft yield to 
bear with Patience that Crqls, which thou feeft to ctne 
ftom the juft Hand of thy heavenly Father. 

5. Lord, wherefore didft thou c fweat fucb drops of 
Water and Blood? 

C. That 1 might cleanfe thee from thy ftom 
and bloody fpots. 

£. Lord, *Aj Jbouiitfl thou be taken f pfcir rios 
Viigbfft have efcaped thine enemies? 

C. That thy fpiritual Enemies (hould not take thee, 
and caft thee into the s Prifon of utter Darknefs. . 

£ Lord, wherefore wouldfi thou be h forfahen of all tbj 
Difciples ? 

C. That I might reconcile thee unto God, of whom 
thou waft forfaken for thy Sins. 

iS. Lord, wherefore wouldfl thou [ ftandtobeapprebendei 
alone ? 

C. To (hew thee that my Love of thy Salvation was 
more than the Love of all my Difciples. 

•« Luke i2. 44. b Matth. 2$. 39. &41. 44, cGal. 3, 13. * Luke 
2. 42. c Luke 3.1. 44- * Luke 2a. 54. 6 Matth, 5. 25. Mat. 22.13. 

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<S. Lord, wherefore was the « jmOT£ ittoi ong&t by the 
Souldiers^ and mftript of bislinnen, who came out of his 
bei^ hearing the fiir at thy avprebenfipn and leading to thp * 

C. To (hew their Outrage in apprehending me, and. 
my Power in preserving out of their outragious Hands, 
all my Difdpks, who otherwife had been worji handled 
by them, than was thatyoiwg Man 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldft thou b be bound ? 

C. That I might loole the Cords of thine Iniquities. 

S. Lord, why waft thou « denied of Peter ? 

C. That I might confer* thee before my Father, and 
thou mightft learn, that there is no Truft in Man, and. 
that Salvation proceeds of my meer Mercy. 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldft thou bring Peter to Regen* 
tance-by the d crowing of a Cock ? 

C. That none fliould delpife the Means which God 
hath appointed for their Canverfiob, thongh they feem 
never fo mean. 

S m Lord, wherefore didft thou at the *GochCr owing turn 
and look upon Peter? 

C. Becaufethou might'ft know, that without thp 
help of my Grace, no Means can turn a Sinner unto 
Goi, when he is once falPn from him. 

S. Lord, wherefore waft thou f covered with a purple 

C. That thou might'ft perceive that it was I that did 
away thy fcarlet Sins ? 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldft thou be g crowned wilbTborns£ 

C. That by wearing Tbqrns^ .the Firft Fruits of the 
Curfe, it might appear, that it is I which take away 
the Sins and Curfe of the World, and crown thee with 
the h Crown of Life and Glory. 

S. Lord, wherejore was a { Reed put into thy Hand ? 

•Mark 14. 51,5a. *Matth.27.2. «Luke a2.57.5fr, 60. dMatth- 
26. 74^75? c Lukeaa.tfi. » John 19, 5- • Ifii i.i€U * Matth.27.2j. 
• X Pet 5.4, Rev. 2* lo, kMatth.27.20. 

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C. That it might appear that I came not to * break 
the BrmfedReedf 

S. Lotdjpberefore waff thou b mocked of the Jews ? 

C, That thou might'ft infult over Devils, who other*, 
wile would have mock'd thee, as the c Pbiliftines did 


S. Lord, wherefore wouldfi thou have tbj blejfed Face 
defied with* Spittle? 

C. That I may cleanfe tby Face from tbejbame ofSh ? 

S. Wherefore* Lord, were tby Eyes bood-winfcd with a 

C. That thy Ipiritual Blindnefs being retrtov'd, thou 
fttighrft behold the Face of my Father in Heaven, 

S. Lord, wberefore did they f buffet thee with Fifis^ ad 
beat tbee with t Staves ? 

C. That thou might'ft be freed from the Strokes and 
Tearing* of infernal Fiends. 

S. Lord, wherefore wouldfi thou be * revikd ? 
.. C. That God. might ipeak Peace unto thee by his 
Word ahd Spirit . 

f, . Lord, wberefore was tby l Face disfigured with Blows 

C. That thy Face might (hine glorious as the k Angth 
|n tfeaven* 

£ 4 Lotd, wberefore wouldfi thou be fo cruelly x fcourgei? 

C. That thou might'ft be freed from the Sting ofOm- 
fciertce, and Whips of everlafting Torments ? 

S. Lord, wherefore would" ft thou be arraigned at m Pilate'* 
Bar ? 

C. That thou migh^ft at the Laft Day be acquitted 
before my Judgment-feat. 

£ Lord, wberefore wouWfi thou be n faljly accufed? 

C. That thou fhpuld'ft not be juftly condemn'd. 

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& Lord, wherefore wmld'ft tbou be * termi over to be 
condemned by ajhange Judge ? 

C. That thou being redeemed from the Captivity of 
a hellifh Tyrant, raight'ft be reftoxed to God, whole 
own thou art by right. 

S. Wherefore, Cbrift, diifi thou acknowledge, that 
Pilate had b Power over thee from above i 

C. That Antichrifi y under pretence of being my Vicar, 
fhould not « exalt bimfelf above all d Principalities and 

S. Lord, why wouVTft thou fufer thy Pafim % wide* 
* Pontius Pilate, being a Roman Prefdent to the Csfiir 
of Rome ? 

C. To (hew, that the Cafarian and Pontifician Polity 
of f Rome fhould chiefly perfecute my Church, and 
% crucify me in my Members. 

S. But why., Lord, wouhTJt thou be h condemned? 
C. That the Law being condemned in nje, thou 
might^ft not be condemned by it. ^ .'. 

S. But why waft tbou condemned, feeing notbipg could 
be x proved again fi thee ? r 

C. That thou might'ft knovir, that it was not for mj 
Faults, but for thine, that 1 fuffered. 

S. Lord, wherefore waS tbou led to k fufer out of tie 

C. That I might, bring thee to reft in the heavenly 

S. Lord, why did the Jews compel Simon of Cyrene, 
coming out of the l Field, to carry thy Crofs ? 

C. To fhew the Weaknefr whereunto the Burden of 
thy Sins brought me, and what muft be every Chriftian's 
Cafe; which goeth out of the Field of this World, to- 
wards the heavenly Jerufalem. 

■ 1 1 . 11 1 1 1 . 1 j 1 ■ 

* Matth. 27. a. b John 19. 11. c Tit. 3.1.4 Rom. 1 3. i. 1 Pet, 
; 2. 13, 14. c Luke 23. 1, 2. John 10. 13, &c. f Note veB^ Rev.n.8. 
. <rwrfRev.17.5-6. S John 19.16. b Luke 23.24. Rom. 8. 3. *Mac. 

*7 24. John 19. 6. * Matth. 27.33. Heb.13.12. * Luke 23. 26. 

Afatth. 27. 3*. ^ " _ r 3 

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& Lord, v&y »*# tie* * ftripped of thy Garments * 

C. That thou might'ft lee how I forfook aS to redeem 

SI Lord, wherefore woulfft thou be * lifted upon the 

C. That I might lift thee op with me to Heaven. 

S. Lord, wherefore didft thou c bang upon a curfedtree ? 

C. That I might fitisfy for thy Sin committed in 
eating the d forbidden Fruit of a Tree. 

S. Lord, wherefore wouWft thou bang between two 
« Thieves ? 

C. That thou my dear Soul might'ft have place in 
the midft of heavenly Angels. 

• S. Lord, wherefore were thy Hands and Feet f nailed 

C To enlarge thy Hands to do the Works of Righ- 
teoufhels ; and to let thy Feet at Liberty to walk in 
the ways of Peace. 

S. Lord, wherefore did tbey crucifie thee in Golgotha, 
the place of s dead Mens Soub ? 

C.To allure thee that my Death is Life unto the Deal 

S. Lord, why d\d not the Soldiers h divide thy feamlefs 

C. To (hew that my Church is One, without Rent or 

$. Lord, wberefori didft thou tafte l Vinegar and GaS ? 

C. That thou might'ft eat the Bread of Angels, and 
drink the Water of Life. 

S. Lord, why faidfl thou upon the Crofs, k k isfinijbed? 

C. That thou might'ft know that by my Death, the 
l Law was fulfilled, and thy Redemption effe&ed. 

$. Lord, wby didft thou cry out upon the Crofs, 4 m U) 
God, nty God, why baft thou forfalen ml 

\ John 19. 23 . fc Luke 25 . 3 3. « ibid. d Gen. 2. 17. e Luke' aj.M. 
f Pikl. 12. 16. Johft 20. 2?. * Matth. 27. 33. h John 19.24. Up. 
?7-34- *Johni9-3°- ' Rom. jo.*; 2 Cor.j. 13. ■? Mark if " ; 


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C. Left thou being foriaken of God, fhouldft have 
been driven to cry in the Pains of Hell, wo and alas, 
for evermore* 

S. Lord, wherefore was there fucb a general * Darbtefi, 
when thou iiifi fifffer and cry out won the Crofs ? 

C. That thou might?ft fee an Image of thofe hellilh 
Pains which I fufferd, to deliver thee from the eqdlefs 
Pains of Hell, and everlafting Chains of Darknefc 

S. Lord, why would' f thou have thy b Arms naiVd abroad? 

C. That I might embrace thee more lpvingly, my 

fweet Soul. .«..,., , 

S. Lord, why did the Thief that never c wrought Gooi 
before* obtain Paradice upon fo Jhort Repentance ? 

C. That thou may'ft fee the Power of my Death to 
forgive them that repent, that no Sinner needs defpair. 
S. Lord, why did pot the other d Thief which banged as 
near thee, obtain the lihe Mercy? 

C. Becaufe I * leave whom I wiU^ to harden themfelves 
in themfelves, to Deftruftion, that all fliould fear, and 
none prefume. 

S. Lord, wherefore didfi thou cry with fucb a f loud and 
pong Voice in yielding, up the Qhcfi ? 

G. That it might appear s that no Man took my Life 
from me^ hut that I laid it down of my felf 

S. Lord, wherefore didfi thou h commend thy Soul into 
thy Father's (lands ? 

C. To teach thee what thou fliould'ft do, being to 
\ depart this Life. 

S. Lord, wherefore was the Veil of the k Temple rent 
in twain at thy Death ? 

C. To (hew that the Levitical Law fhould be no 
longer a l Partition JVall between Jews and Gentiles^ 
and that the Way to Heaven is now open to all BeUevers ? 

* Matth. 27- 45- * * ? ct - * *' . J u . dc v * £ C Luke **• 43- 
* Luke aj. 39. c Rom. p. J|8. f Macth. 27. 50. 8 John 10. 18. 
h Lt*c n* 46 * Jofep *J- «*• * Matth. 27. st. \ Eph. 2. 14. 

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S. Lord, wherefore did the Earth quake, a oxi t£* 
Stones cleave at thy Death ? * 

C. For Horror to bear her Lord dying, and to upbraid 
the cruel Hardneis of Sinners Hearts. 

S. Lord, wherefore did not the Soldiers b break thy 
legs % as they did the Thieves who hanged at thy right 
and left Hand ? 

C. That thou mightlt know that they had not Power 
to do any more unto me than the Scripture had foretold 
that they (hould do, and I fliould fufier fo lave thee. 

S. Lord, wherefore was thy fide opened with a Spear ? 

C. That thou might'ft have way to come nearer my 

S, Lord, wherefore ran thereout of thy precious Side 
Blood and Water* t 

C. To affuae thee that I was flain indeed, feeing my 
Heart-blood gufted out, and the c Water which com- 
pafled my Heart flowed forth after it, which once fpfo % 
Wan mutt needs die. I 

.. S. Lord, wherefore ran the Blood firft by d it felf and 
the Water afterwards by it felfc out of thy bkffed Wound? 
. C. To allure thee of Two Things : ^, v That by my 
Blood (bedding, Jufiification and SanSification were ef- 
fected to five thee. 2dly> That my Spirit by the con- 
fcionabie ufe of th$ Water in Baptifn^ and Blood in the 
Eucharifi y will effe& in' thee Rigbteoufnefs and Holinefs, 
by which thou (halt ghrifie me. 

S. Lord, wherefore jdid the e Graves open at thy Death > 

C. To fignify, that Death by my Death, had now 
receiv'd his Death's Wound, and was overcome. 

S. Lord, wherefore wonldfi thou be s burfd? 

a Matth.27.5i. b Exod.i2.46. Johni9.j3. John io.34. c There 
is about Man's Heart a Skin called Pericardium, containing W% 
ter, which cools and moiftens the Heart, left it fhouJd be fcorched 
with continual Motion. This Skin once pierced, Man cannot 
live* Columb. jfnatom. 1. 7* Horjf. dt not. human l.i, Exerc. 8. q. J. 
d i Jofen 5. 6. e Matth. 27. 52. f'Matth. 27,60. 



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C. That thy Sins might never rife *p to Judgment 
againft thee. 

5, Lord, wherefore would/} thou be burfd by two ficb 
honourable a Senators as Nicodemus and Jofeph of Ari- 
mathaea > 

C. That the Truth of .my Death (the Caufe of thy Life) 
might more evidently appear unto all. 

S. Lord, wherefore waft thou burfd in a h New Sepulchre, 
wherein was never Man laid ? 

C. That it might appear that I, and not another arole* 
and that by my own Power, and not another's Verttae * 
like him who reviv'd at the touching of Elijba s Bones. 

S. Lord, wherefore didft thou c raifeup thy Body again ? 
. C That thou may'ft be aflur'd that thy Sim are difc 
charg'd, and that thou art juftify'd. 

S.Xord, wherefore did fo many Bodies * of thy Saints 
(which Jlept) arife at thy RefurreSion ? 

C. To give thee Affurance, that all the Saints fha8 
arife, by Virtue of my Refurre&ion at the laft Day. 

S. Lord, what Jhatl 1 c render unto thee for all theft 

<?. Love thy Creator, and become a new Creature. 

The SouPs Colliloquy ravifbed in Contemplation of the 
Paffion of our Lord. 

WHat hadft thou done, my fweet Saviour, and 
ever-bleffed Redeemer, that thou waft thus be- 
trayed of Judas, fold of the Jews, apprehended as a Ma- 
lefactor, and led bound as a Lamb to the Slaughter > 
What Evil hadft thou committed, that thou fhouldft 
be thus openly arraigned, accufed falfly and uniuftly, 
condemned before Annas and Caiaphas, the Jewijh Priefc 
at the Judgment Seat of Pilate', the Roman Prefident > 

* Matth. 27. 57. John 19. 39>4°- * John 19. 
c 2 Kings 13.21. Matth. 28. 6. Rom. 4. 25. <* 
Aps 1731* « Hal. 116. is. Gal.tf.17. 

». *John 19.41. Matth. 27.60. 

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What was thine Offence ? Or to whom didft thou ever 
Wrong? That thou fhouldft be thus pitifully fcourgei 
with Whips, crowned with Thorns, fccffed with Flouts, 
reviled with Words, buffeted with Fills, and beaten with 
Staves > O Lord, what didft thou deferve to have thy 
Bleffed Face fpit upon, and covered as it were with 
Shame? To have thy Garments parted, thy Hands and 
Feet nailed to the Crofs ? To be lifted upon the curfed 
Tree, to be cfucify'd among Thieves, and made to 
taft Gall and Vinegar : And in thy deadly Extremity, 
to endure fuch a Sea of God's Wrath, that made thee 
to cry out, as if thou hadft been forfaken of God thy 
Father ; Yea, to have thy innocent Heart pierc'd with 
a cruel Spear, and thy precious Blood to be fpilt before 
thy bleffed Mother's Eyes ? Sweet Saviour, how much 
waft thou tormented to endure all this, feeing I am fo 
much amaz'd to think upon it ! I enquire for thy Of- 
fence, but I can find none in thee $ no, nor fo much as 
guile to have been found in thy mouth. Thy Enemies are 
challeng'd, and none of them dare rebuke thee of Sin $ 
thy Accufers (that are fuborn'd) agree not in their Wit- 
nefe-, the Judge that condemns thee, openly cleareth 
thy Innocency 5 his * Wife fends him word (he was 
warned in a Dream that thou waft a juft M*n, and 
therefore (hould take heed of doing Injuftice unto thee. 
The Centurion that Executed thee, confefs'd thee of a 
truth to be both a juft Man, and the very Jon of God. 
( lie Thief that hanged with thee juftifieth thee, that 
thou baft done nothing amifs. What is the eaufe then, 
Lord, of this thy cruel Ignpminy, Pafl&on and Death? 
I, O Lord, I am the caufe of thefe thy Sorrows, my 
Sins wrought thy Shaye, my Iniquities are the occafion 

« of thy Injuries. I have committed the Fault, and thou 
art plagued for the Offence h I am guilty, and thou art 

, arraigned •, I committed the Sin, and thou fuiFered'lt 

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the death $ I have done the Crime, and thou harigeft on 
the Crofs : Oh the decpnefe of God's Love ! Oh the 
wonderful Difpofition of heavenly Grace ! Oh the un- 
meafurable Meafure of Divine Mercy ! the wicked tranf- 
greffeth, and the Juft is punifhed •, the Guilty let efcape> 
and ithe Innocent is arraigned 5 the MalefaSor is acquit- 
ted, and the barmlefs condemned * what the evil Man 
defervetb, the good Man fuffereth $ the Servant doth 
the Fault, the Mafier endures the Strokes. What fhall 
I lay ? Man finneth, and God dieth. Son of God! 
who can Efficiently exprefs thy Love, or commend thy 
Vity, ox extol thy Praife ? I was proud, and thou arc 
bumble $ I was difobedhnt, and thou becam'ft obedient-, 
1 did eat the forbidden Fruit, and thou didft hang on 
the curfed Tree-, I played the glutton, and thou didft 
faft, evil Concupifcence drew me to eat the pleafant Apple, 
andperfeS Charity led thee to drink of the bitter Cup 5 I 
eflayed the fweetnefi of the JRri/fr, and thou didft tatte 
the bkternefs of the Gall. Jbolifh Eve fmiled when I 
laughed * but blefled Mary wept when thy Heart bled 
and died. O my God, here I fee thy Goodnefs, and my 
Badnefs * thy JuSice, and my InjuSke, the Impiety of my 
Flefh, and the Piety of thy Nature. And now, O 
blefled Lord, thou haft endured all this for my lake ; 
what JhaU 1 render unto thee for all thy Benefits bellowed 
upon me a finfui Soul > Indeed, Lord, I acknowledge, 
that Lowe thee already for my Creation more than I 
am able to pay : For I am in that refpefl: bound, with 
all my Powers and Afle&ions to love and adore thee. 
If I owed my Jelf unto thee for giving me my f elf, in my 
Creation, what (hall bnow render thee for giving thy 
felfiot me to fo cruel a Death, to procure my Redemp- 
tion? Great was the Benefit that thou wouldft create 
me of nothing : But what Tongu? can exprefs the Great* 
nefs of this Grace, that thou didft redeem me with 
fo dear a Price, when I was worfe than nothing > Surely, 
Lord, If I cannot pay the Thanh I owe thee (and who 


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can pay thee, who beSoweft tby Graces without reJpeS of 
ment or regard of meafure *) it is the abundance of thy 
Bleffings that makes me fuch a Bankrupt, chat I am lo 
£ur unable to pay the Principal, that I cannot poffiblypq 
Jo utucb as the Intereft of thy Love. 

But, O my Lord, thou knoweft, that fihce the lofc 
of thy Image (by the Fall of my unhappy Parents) I 
cannot love thee with all my Might, and Mind, as I 
fliould *, therefore as tbou didft firit caft thy Love upon 
me, when I was a Child of Wrath, and a lump of the 
loft and condemned World \ fo now, I befeech thee, 
fhed abroad thy Love by thy Spirit, thro' all my Facul- 
ties and AfFe&ions \ that tho' I can never pay thee in 
that meafure of Love which thou haft deferved, yet I 
may endeavour to repay thee in fuch a manner, as thou 
vouchfafeft to accept in Mercy : That I may in truth of 
Heart love my Neighbour for thy fake, and love thee 
above all, for thine own lake. Let nothing be plca- 
fant unto me, but that which is pleafag unto thee. 
And fweet Saviour, fuffer me never to be loft or caft 
away, whom thou Tialt bought fo dearly with thine 
own moft precious Blood. Lord, let me never forget 
thine infinite Love, and this unfpeakable Benefit of nay 
Redemption*, without which, it had been better for me 
never to have been, than to have any Being. 

And feeing that thou haft vouchfafed me the Affi- 
ftance of thy hoi/ Spirit -, fuffer me, O heavenly Fa* 
tber, vyho art the Father of Spirits, in the Mediation 
of thy Son, to fpeak a few Words in the Eon of my 
lord* If thou, O Father, defpifeft me for my Iniqui- 
ties, as I have deferved*, yet be merciful unto me for 
the Merits of thy Son, who fo much for me hath fuf- 
fered. What if thou feeft nothing in me but nnfery, 
which might move Anger and Pafion ? yet behold the 
Merits of thy Son, and thou (halt fee enough to move 
thee to Mercy and Compajlon. Behold the Myfteryoi 
his Incarnation, and remit the Mifery of my Tranfgref 
fion. And as oft as the Wounds of tby Son appear 


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*n thy fight, O let the Fb« of my Sins be hid from thy 
Pitfence. As oft as the rednefi of his Blood glitters in 
thy Eyes, O lee the guiltinefi of my Sins Jbe blotted 
out of • thy Book. The wantonnefs of my FUJI) provokes 
thee to Wrath, O let the Chaftity of his Flejb perfwade 
thee to Mercy * that as my FUJI) feduced me to Sin, fo 
his Flejb may reduce «je into thy Favour. My Disobe- 
dience hath deferved shjreat Revenge > but his Obedi- 
ence merits a greater Weight of Mercy : For what can 
Man deferve to fuffer, which God, made Man, cannot 
merit to have forgiven ? When I confider the greatneis 
of thy Paffion, then do I fee the trt^nefs of that laying : 
Thai; Chrift came into the World to fave the chiefeft 
Sinners. Dareft thou, O Grin, fiy that thy Sins are 
greater than may be forgiven ? Thou lieft like a Mur- 
derer, the Mercies of one Chrift are able to forgive a 
world of Cains, if they'll believe and repent. 4 The 
4 Sins of all Sinners are finite, the Mercies of God are 
c infinite. Therefore^ Father, for the Death and 

* Paffion's fake, which thy Son Jefus Chrift has fuf- 
' feted for me, and I have now remembred to thee ; 
€ pardon and forgive thou unto me all my Sins, and 
€ deliver me from the Curie and Vengeance which they 
c have juftly deferv'd, and thro' his Merits, make me, 

* O Lord, a Partaker of thy Mercy. It is thy Mercy 

* that 1 fo earheftly knock for : Neither fhall my Im- 

* portunity ceaie to call, and knock, with the Man 
c that would borrow the Loaves, until thou arife, and 
c open unto me thy Gates of Grace. And if thou 
c wilt not beftow on me thy Loaves, yet, © Lord, 
€ deny me not the Crumbs of thy Mercy, and thofe 
( (hall fuffice thy hungry Hand-maid. And feeing thou 
' requireft nothing for thy Benefits, but that I love 
c thee in- the Truth of my inward Heart (whereof 
€ a New Creature is the trueft outward Teftimony) 

* and that it is as eafy for thee to make me a new 1 

* Creature, as to bid me to be fuch : Create in me,- O 

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' Chriftj a new Heart, and renew in me a right 

* Spirit ,\and then thou (hale fee how Cmortify. 
' ing Old Aiam and his corrupt Lilfts) I will 
c ferve thee as thy new Creature, in a new Life, 

* after a new way, with a new Tongue, and new 
' Manners, with new Words, and new Works, 

* to the glory of thy Name, and the winning 
' other finful Souls to thy Faith, by my devout 

* Example. Keep me for ever; O my Saviour, 
' from the Torments of Hell, and Tyranny of 

* the Devil. Aqd when I am to depart this 
' Life, fend thy holy Angels to carry me, as they 
< did the Soul of Lazarus \ into thy Kingdom^ 

* Receive me into that joyful Paradice, which 
4 thou didft promife to the -penitent Thief, who 

* at his laft Gafp upon the Crofs fo devoutly 

* begg'd thy Mercy , and Admiffion into thy 

* Kingdom. Grant this, O Chrift, for thy own 

* Name's Sake, to whom (as is raoft due/ 1 af- 
' cribe-all Glory and Honour, Praife and Domi- 

* nion, both now and for ever. 


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