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mote the joyes of true believers, and to difswade them from such causeless despondencies and troubles as would rob them of their comforts, and, God of their love, and thanks and praise. Had you but tafted once the difference between this inward feast, and yours; I should need no more words with you, to perswade you that godlimess' is a life of joy. Dare any of you say and stand to it, that there is not greater matter for jog in the love of Christ, then in the love of a harlot ? in the assurance of salvation, then in lands and Lordships in the foresight of heaven, then in the company of lightheaded voluptuous people , that have not wit enough to be serious, nor faith enough to foresee that which will lo fadly and speedily spoil the sport? To be foolishly merry in the midst of misery, doch but make you the objects of greater compassion. Be as merry as you can, so it be grounded, and durable, and cansed by that which God, and faith, and solid reason will approve; and doch not tend to greater sorrows. Bethink you well whether Christ and his Apostles lived not a more comfortable life then you? And imitate them in their way of mirth and spare

greater

not.

But if you are unsan&tified fensual worldly men, lay by your mirth till you are fitter for it; and take your portion from the Apostle Žames 5.1,2,3,5. [Go to now ye richmen; weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and genr garments moth-eaten: your gold and silver is carkered, and the rust of them Mall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire : ye have heaped treasure' together for the last

dages.

dayes.

Te bave lived in plesJure on earth, and been wantor: Je have nourished yoær hearts as in a day of Naughter.]

What piccy is it to see men destroy themselves with the mercies of the Lord! what pitty is it to see them so eager for prosperity, and so regardless of the proper use and benefit of it ? O be not like the Bee that is drowned in her own honey. And do not so greedily defire a greater burden then you can bear; and to have more to answer for, when you have been so unfaithful in a little ! And if you believe Christ that tells you how hardly rich men come to heaven, and how fell of them are Javed, long not for your danger, and grudge not if you

have not these exceeding difficulties to

You would be afraid to dwell in that air where few men'scape infection : or co feed

Overcome.

on

on that dyer that most are killed by. Its evident by che effets chat prosperity befooleth and undoeth the moft ; we find you on your fick beds in a more tractable frame.

1. Then a man may speak 'to you about the case of your immortal souls, with less contempt then now we meet with. You look not then for laced fpeeches, but will more patiently hear our plain discourses of ecernal life. 2. Then you will seem serious your selves, and speak almost like those that you called Precifians and Puritans, for remembring you of these things in your prosperity. 3. Then you have some better relish of truth and dury; and judge better of the matter and manner of exhortation and prayer then you do now.' 4. Then

you

have charity and moderation to others; and are not enraged to the destroying of those that are not of

your

more

Eies,

7. And

your opinions in all your formalities. 5. You would then shake the head at him that should offer you cards, or dice, or fleshly vani

and you would tell others that its wiser to be delighted in the Law of God, and meditate in it day And night. 6. Then you will speak as contemptuouQy of the honour, and pleasures, and profits of the world, and of pleasing men before the Lord, as we do now. then you

will confess the preciousness of time : the folly of mispending it ; and that one thing is necelary, for which we can never (regularly) do too much. And why are you not now of the mind that you

will be at death or judgement, but that your folly doth turn your prosperity to your bane? Once more I beseech

you for the Lords fake, retire from the deceiving world to God: And if you care where you live to all

eternity,

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