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7. The Happiness of an humble Poverty in Spirit 148

8. An Incitement to more Caution, and faster Ad-

herence to God.

ib.

Chap. V. COMFORTS AGAINST INFAMY AND DISGRACE.

Sect. 1. Like Sufferings of the Holiest ; yea, of Christ

himself

149

2. Our Recourse to God

. 150

3. The Cleanness of our Conscience

ib.

4. The Improvement of our Reason

. 151

5. The Cause of our Suffering

ib.

6. Our envied Virtue

152

7. Others' slighting of just Reproaches

ib.

8. The Narrow Bounds of Infamy

153

9. The Short Life of Slander

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Chap. VI. COMFORTS AGAINST Public CALAMITIES.

Sect. I. The Inevitable Necessity of Changes ; and God's

over-ruling them

154

2. The Sense and Sympathy of Common Evils ib.

3. The sure Protection of the Almighty

155

4. The Justice of God's Proceedings

· 156

5. The Remedy, our particular Repentance

6. The Unspeakable Misery of a Civil War ib.

7. The Woeful Miseries of Pestilence allayed by

consideration of the hand that smites us 158

Chap. VII. COMFORTS AGAINST Loss of Friends.

Sect. 1. The True Value of a Friend and the Fault of

over-prizing him

160

2. The True ground of an Undefeasable enjoying

of our Friends

161

3. The Rarity and Trial of True Friends

ib.

4. Is but a Parting ; not a Loss

162

5. The Loss of a Virtuous Wife Mitigated

ib.

6. The Mitigation of the Loss of a dear and hope-

ful Son

· 163

Chap. VIII. COMFORTS AGAINST PovertY, AND Loss of

Estate.

Sect. 1. The Fickle Nature of these Earthly Goods 164

2. They are not Ours : but Lent us

165

3. The right Valuation of Riches is in the Mind ib.

4. It may be good for us to be held short

166

5. The Danger of Abundance

ib.

6. The Cares that attend Wealth

167

7. The Imperiousness of Ill-used Wealth

ib.

8. The Causes and Means of Impoverishing us ib.

9. The Examples of those who have affected

Poverty

168

Chap. IX. COMFORTS AGAINST IMPRISONMENT.

Sect. 1. The Nature and Power of true Liberty . 169

2. The sad Objects of a Free Beholder's Eye ib.

3. The Invisible Company, that cannot be kept

from us

170

4. The Inward Disposition of the Prisoner . 171

5. The Willing Choice of Retiredness in some

Persons

ib.

6. The Causes of Imprisonment

. 172

7. The Goodness of Retiredness; and the Part-

nership of the Soul's Imprisonment . 173

Chap. X. COMFORTS AGAINST BANISHMENT.

Sect, 1. The Universality of a Wise Man's Country ib.

2. The Benefit of Self-Conversation

174

3. Examples of those holy ones, that have aban-

doned Society

175

4. Advantage that hath been made of Removing ib

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5. The Right that we have in any Country, and

in God

176

6. The Practice of Voluntary Travel

ib.

7. All are Pilgrims

177

Chap. IX. Com FORTS AGAINST THE Loss of our SENSES OF SIGHT

AND HEARING.

Sect. 1. The two inward Lights of Reason and Faith ib.

2. The Supply of better Eyes

· 178

3. The better Object of our inward Sight

ib.

4. The ill Offices done by the Eyes

ib.

5. Freedom from Temptations by the Eyes, and

from many Sorrows

179

6. The Cheerfulness of some Blind Men

7. The Supply that God gives in other Faculties . 181

8. The Benefits of the Eyes, which once we had . 182

9. The Supply of one Sense by another

. 183

10. The better Condition of the inward Ear • 184

11. The Grief that arises from hearing Evil

ib.

Chap. XII. COMFORTS AGAINST BARRENNESS.

Sect. 1. The Blessing of Fruitfulness seasoned with,

Sorrows

ib.

2. The Pains of Child-bearing

185

3. The Misery of ill-disposed and undutiful Child-

. 186

4. The Cares of Parents for their Children

ib.

5. The great Grief in the Loss of Children

188

Chap. XIII. COMFORTS AGAINST WANT OF SLEEP.

Sect. 1. The Misery of the want of Rest ; with the best

Remedy

189

2. The Favour of Freedom from Pain .

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3. The Favour of Health without Sleep

ib.

4. Sleep but a Symptom of Mortality.

191

5. No use of Sleep whither we are going

ib.

Chap. XIV. COMFORTS AGAINST THE INCONVENIENCES of Old AGE.

Sect. 1. The Illimitation of Age ; and the Miseries that

attend it

192

2. Old Age a Blessing

193

3. The Advantages of Old Age (1.) Fearlessness :

(2.) Freedom from Passions : (3.) Experimen-

tal Knowledge : (4.) Near approach to our

End

194

Chap. XV. COMFORTS AGAINST THE FEARS AND Pains of Death.

Sect. 1. The Fear of Death Natural

198

2. Remedy of Fear, Acquaintance with Death 199

3. The Misapprehension of Death

ib.

4. The common Condition of Men

. 200

5. Death not feared by some

. 201

6. Our Death-day better than our Birth-day . 202

7. The Sting of Death pulled out

ib.

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Chap. II. The KIND and MANNER of this Union with Christ 227

Chap. III. The RESEMBLANCES of this Union.

Sect. 1. By the head and BODY

228

2. By the HUSBAND and wife

. 229

3. By the NOURISHMENT and the BODY

. 231

4. By the branch and the stock

232

5. By the FOUNDATION and the BUILDING

233

Chap. IV. The CERTAINTY and INDISSOLUBLENESS

of this Union.

234

Chap. V. The PRIVILEGES and BENEFITS of this Union 236

Sect. 1. The first of these Benefits-Life

. 237

Wherein

(1.) A complaint of our Insensibleness of this mercy ;

and an excitation to a cheerful Recognition of it 239

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