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Serious Truths seriously delivered are not indeed very agreeable to the reigning Genius of Gallantry and Pleasure, so much in fashion, s and so tenderly indulged. But as there is a Time to be allowed for the innocent Pleasures of Mirth and Diversion, so the Hours that are ernploy'd in the more studious Contemplation of Wisdom and Virtue, are naturally productive of that sort of Pleasure which is above all other the most solid, satisfactory, "and durable.
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Of this, Sir, your own delightful Experience may give you a Proof. Of this every knowing • and unprejudic'd Person is so far sensible, that
"he cannot easily dislike a sincere and impartial Representation of the true State of Things, especially where there are great Dangers and Difficulties to be avoided or conquered, great Advantages to be improved, and immense Rewards to be won or lost, all which require Care and Conduct, Courage and Industry, and will
"never be slighted or supinely neglected by sagacious, noble, and generous Minds.
If you shall be pleased to reflect a little on the laborious and hazardous Atehievments of ancient Heroes recorded in History when they have only aim'd at Secular Glory, or on those of our ^own Times nearer in view; if you recollect vwith what Sweat and Toil, with how many perilous Expeditions and Fatigues of Camps, .with what sharp and bloody Conflicts many
Young Gentlemen of our own Nation have of late Years eagerly pursued Military Fame, and ■ such Temporary Felicities, as the Favour of their Prince, and the Applause of their Country, you will certainly be willing to take some Pains, and use the serious Application of your Powers and Faculties for overcoming more formidable, because Spiritual Enemies, for procuring the Favour of Almighty God, and obtaining a far more exceeding and eternal Weight of Glory. We may remember, that neither the Heat of Spain, .nor the Cold of Germany, nor the ill Temperature of any foreign Climate, nor the Scarcity of Provisions, hor the Strength of the Enemy, nor the Face of any Danger, could rebate the Courage of our brave Captains, after it was once inflam'd by the Esteem they had of the Merit and Distinctions of the Field, and their Ambition to augment the Lustre of their honourable Profession, tho' when it rises highest and shines brightest 'tis but sublunary and fading. Why then should any Difficulties, Trials, or Dangers, since to Divine Grace none of them are insuperable, .discourage any Christians, of what Rank or Quality soever, from sighting.under the Banner of their Lord and Saviour, who will confer infinitely better Rewards on all his faithful Soldiers and Servants.
In this greatest and highest Warfare there are many illustrious Examples of renowned Worthies that have triumphantly march'd- before you, some of which the Second Chapter of this
Essay offers to your Consideration. God grant you may constantly and unweariedly follow the noble Patterns they have set you, until you your self, as well as they, shall give a bright Example to a degenerate Age, and render your self as eminently conspicuous in resisting and conquering all that is opposite to Piety and Virtue as any of them ever were. These are the Hopes, Willies, and Prayers of him who is with all Respect,
Some general Description of these Difficulties, p. i
Whether a rich, honourable, and prosperous, or a poor and mean
The Possibility of overcoming the greatest Difficulties and Temptations to which any young Persons of better Rank may be exposed. p. 17
Ni Allurements of the World can hinder the i\icb find Great from living a holy Life, if they vigorously resist them- and and daily implore the Divine Grace to enable them to persevere in so doing, p. 18 This evinced from the Promise of God's Spirit made to all Men, of what t\ank. soever, that petition for it, p. 19 This further proved from the Examples of those who amidst the Charms of Worldly Grandeur have firmly maintained tSeir Innocency and Integrity, p. 19 The treasons why so large a ColleSion it here made of such worthy Patterns- v p. 20 Many Examp'es of this fort extracted from the sacred History,
p. ZO Some choice. Instances of this kjr.d which our own Nation has produced in the excellent Lives of divers young Princes, Not blemen- Gentlemen- and Ladies- who have been eminently religious- notwithstanding the Affluence of their Earthly Enjoyments, p. 29 The'EXAMPLES of Kjng Edward VI. p. 30 Queen Elizabeth, . p. 32 Queen Mary II. and her Sister Queen Ann, our present most gracious Sovereign- 'p. 34 Prince Henry, the Eldest Son of Kjng James I. p. 37 Edward Earl of Darby, one of the Ministers of State to Queen Elizabeth, p. 39 John Lord Harrington,'in the i\eign of K.. James I. p. 40 Simon Lord Digby, who died at Coles-hill in Warwickshire
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The Lord Chief-Justice Hale, p. 51
Mr. George Herbert, of the Family of the Earls of Pembroke,
Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston, who lived in the t\eign of Kjng
James I. and Kir>g Charles I. . p. 6%
James Bonnel, Esquire, late Accomptant-General of Ireland,
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