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dress of this publick nature: you love the real and solid satisfactions, ndt the pomp and shew, those splendid incuinbrarices of life : your rational arid Virtuous pleasures buril like a gentle and chearful flame, without noise or blaze. However, I cannot but be confident, that you'll pardon the liberty which I here take, when I have told you, that the making the best acknowldgement I could to one, who has given me so many proofs of a generous and passionate friendship, was a pleasure too great to be resisted. I am,
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Chap. l.~T^Erfe3ion, a confirmed habit of balinefs.
ends of religion and virtue, than others 9 j.
Of the several Vans of Perfection, Illumination, Li-
Chap. 5. Of Liberty, with refpefl tosins ofInfirmity. An Enquiry into these three things. 1. Whether there he any fitch sins, viz. Sins in which the most perfect live and die. 2. If there are, what they be; or what distinguishes them from damnable or mortal fins. 5. H'tw far we are to extend the liberty of the perfect man in relation to these fins Page 296
Chap. 6. Of Liberty, as it imports freedom er deliverance from Mortal Sin. iVhat mortal fin is. Here the perfect man must be free from it ; and which way this Liberty may be best attained. With some rules for the attainment of it 316
Chap. 7. Of Unfruicfulnefs, as it consists in Idleness. Idleness, either habitual or accidental. Consi" derations to deter men from the fin of Idleness 352
Chap. 8. O/Un-rruirfulness, <bs it consists in Luke- . y/wmness er Formality. The censes from -which Lukeivarmness proceeds. The fvlly, guilts and danger of a Laodicean state 367
Chap. 9. Of Zeal. What in general is meant by Zeal; and what is that Per fe Him us holiness i* which it consists. Whether the perfect man must be adorned with a cvnflnence of-all virtues; and to what degree of holiness he may be supposed to arrive 398
Chap. 10. Of Zeal, as it consists in good Works. That our own security demands a Zeal in these good ivorks : so likewise do the Good itfjiur .Neighbour, end the Glory of God, which are much more promoted by good war hi 41 8
Chap. 11. Of Humility. How necessary it h to A?r$t&io» 430
Of the Impediments of Perfection.
IV E Impediments reckoned up, and insisted on. I. Too loose a nation of religion, z. A:i opinion that Ptrfeftion is not attainable. 3. That religion is an enemy to pleasure. 4. The love <f the worjd. 5. The infirmity of the fiejh. The whole concluded ivitb a prayer 44 a