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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,

Dear Sir,

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honour of the true and living God, and his Sun Je-

sus in the world. 2. As it promotes the good of

mankind. These tixio treated os in the chaster os

Zeal. 3. As it produces in the perfect man a full

assurance os eternal happiness and glory. 4. As it

puts him in possession os true happiness in this Use,

These two last, Assurance, and present tjappjnese

or Pleasure, handled in this chapter. Where the

pleasures of the sinner, and os the perfect Christian,

are compared Page 44-

•Chap. 5. Os the attainment os Perfection: with a

particular account os the manner, or the several steps

by which man advances, or grows up to it: with

three Remarks to make this discourse more useful,

and to free it from some scruples fj

Chap. 6 Of the Means of Perfection. Five, general

observations, serving for directions in the use of gos-

pel-means, and instrumental duties. 1. The prac-

tice of Wisdom and Virtue is the best means to

improve and strengthen both. 2. The two general

and immediate instruments, as of Conversion so of

Perfections, are- the Gospel and the Spirit. 3.

The natural and immediate fruit os Meditation,

Prayer, Eucharist, Psalmody, and good Conversa-

tion, or Friendship, is, the quickening and enliven*

ing the Conscience; the fortifying and cons.rmmg

our Resolun'ons ; r.nd the raising and keeping up ap

heavenly Frame of Spirit. 4. The immediate ends

of Discipline, are the subduing the Pride of the

heart, and the reducing the Appetites of the body.

5. Some kinds of life are better suited to the great

ends of religion and virtue, than others 9 j.

Chap. 7. Of the Motives to Perfection. Several mo-

tives summed up in port, and that great one, of

having the Other Life in our view, insisted upon


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Of the several Vans of Perfection, Illumination, Li-
berty, and Zeal. Page 14$

Chap. l.QF Illumination. I. The distinguififing cha-

v ratter of illuminating truths. 1. They

purify us. a. They nourijh and strengthen us. 3.

They delight us. 4. They procure us a glorious re

ward. II. The nature of illuminating knowledge.

1. It must be deeply rooted. 2. It must be distinct

and clear. 5. It must be throughly concocted 148

Chap. a. Of the Fruits and Attainments of Illumi-

nation. That Illumination does not depend so much

upon a man's outward Parts, extraordinary Parts,

acquired Learning, &c. as upon his moral Qualifi-

cations ; such as Humility, Impartiality, and Love

of the Truth. Four directions for the attainment

of illumination. I. That we do not suffer our minds

to be engaged in quest of knowledge foreign to our

purpose. a. That we apply ourselves with a very

tender and sensible concern to the study of illumina-

ting truths. 3. That we act conformable to those

Measures of light which we have attained. 4. That

we frequently address ourselves to God by Prayer,

for the illumination of his grace. The chapter con-

cluded with a prayer of Fulgentius 180

Chap. 3. Of Liberty in general. The notion of it tru-

ly stated and guarded. The fruits of this Liberty.

I. Sin being a great evil, deliverance from it is great

happiness. 2. A freedom and pleasure in the aits of

righteousness and good works. 3. The near relation

it creates between God and us. 4, The great fruit

of all, eternal life. With a brief exhortation to en-

deavour after deliverance from fin 205

Chap. 4. Of Liberty, as it relates to original fin. The

nature of which considered, chiefly with respect to its

Corruption. How far this distemper of nature is

curable. Which way this cure is to be effected, 169

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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

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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


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