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zt, riously and abundantly. A Man must not weigh grains ne in the accounts of his Repentance; but for a great fin 20 have a great sorrow, and a great severity, and in this
take the ordinary advices; though it may be a less rigour might not be insufficient: dresBodixour, or Arithmetical measures, especially of our own proportioning, are but arguments of want of Love and of forwardness in Religion: or else are instruments of scruple, and then become dangerous. Use the Rule heartily and enough, and there will be no harm in thy errour, if any should happen.
4. If thou intendest heartily to serve God, and avoid fin in any one instance, refuse not the hardest and most fevere advice that is prescribed in order to it, though possibly it be a stranger to thee; for whatsoever it be, custom will make it easie.
s. When any instruments for the obtaining any ver: tue or restraining any vice are propounded, observe which of them fits thy perfon, or the circumstances of thy need, and use it rather than the other; that by this means thou maist be engaged to watch and use spiritual arts and observation about thy Soul. Concerning the managing of which, as the interest is greater so the necessities are more, and the cases more intricate, and the accidents and dangers greater and more importunate; and there is greater skill required than in the securing an estate, or restoring health to an infirm body. I wish all Men in the World did heartily believe so much of this as is true; it would very much help to do the Work of God.
Thus (my Lord) I have made bold by your hand to reach out this little scroll of cautions to all those, who by seeing your Honour'd Name set before my Book, shall by the fairness of such a Frontispiece be invited to look into it. I must confess it cannot but look like a Design in me, to borrow your Name and beg your Patronage to
my Book, that if there be no other worth in it, yet : least it may have the splendour and warmth of a buri ing-glass, which borrowing a flame from the Eye Heaven, shines and burns by the rays of the Sun its Pa tron. I will not quit my self from the fufpicion ; for cannot pretend it to be a Present either of it self fit t be offer'd to such a Personage, or any part of a juft re turn (but I humbly desire you would own it for an ac knowledgment) of those great endearments and noblef usages you have paft upon me. But fo, Men in theji Religion give a piece of Gum, or the fat of a chear Lamb, in Sacrifice to him that gives them all that they have or need: and unless he who was pleased to employ your Lordship as a great Minister of his Providence in making a Promise of his good to me, the meanest of his fervants, (That he would never leave me, nor forsake me? fhall enable me by greater services of Religion to pay my great debt to your Honour, I must still increase my score, since I shall now spend as much in my needs of pardon for this boldness, as in the Réception of those Favours by which I stand accountable to your Lordship in all the bands of service and gratitude; though I am in the deepest sense of duty and affection,
CHAP. I. Prayers and Devotions ac
cording to the Religion Conf
Onsideration of the ge and Purposes of the fore
neral Instruments and going Conliderations, 31 Means serving to a Holy Devotions for ordinary Days, Life, by Way of Intro
32 duction, Page 1. CHA P. II. Sect. I. Care of Time, and the Manner of spending of Christian Charity, it,
50 23 Rules for employing our Sect. I. Of Sobriety in the Time,
6 general Sense, ibid. The s Benefits of this Ex. 5 Evil Consequents of Vo ercise,
13 luptuousness, or SensuaSect. II. Purity of Intention, lity,
SI or Purpose in all our Ac- 3 Degrees of Sobriety, 52 tions, &c.
14 6 Rules for suppreffing Vos 10 Rules for our Intentions, luptuousness, 53
15 Sect. II. Of Temperance in 8 Signs of Purity of Inten Eating and Drinking, 55 tion,
18 4 Measures of Temperance 3 Appendant Confiderations,
56 21 8 Signs and Effe&ts of Tema Sect. III. The Confideration
58 and Practice of the Pre- of Drunkenness,
59 sence of God, 22 7 Evil Consequents to Druna 6 Several Manners of the kenness,
60 Divine Presence,
23 8 Signs of Drunkenness, 62 10 Rules of exercising this i1 Rules for obtaining TemConsideration, 26 perance,
ibid. The 5 Benefits of this Ex- Sect. III. Of Chastity, 65 ! ercise, 29 Tbe 110 evil Consequents of
Uncleanness, 68 8 Means to obtain Content by 2. A&ts of Chastity in gene Way of Consideration, 119 ral,
71 The Consideration applied to 5 Acts of Virginal or Mai particular Cafes, ibid. den Chastity,
73 Of Poverty, or a low For5 Rules for Widows or Vi tune,
126 dual Chaftity,
74 The Charge of manyChildren, 6 Rules for Married Per
132 fons, or Matrimonial Cha. Violent Necessities, ibid. ftity,
75 Death of Children, Friends, 10 Remedies againstUnclean &c. ness, 78 Untimely Death,
135 Sect. IV. Of Humility, 82 Death unseasonable, 137 9 Arguments against Pride, Sudden Death, or violent, by Way of Consideration,
138 ibid. Being Childless, ibid. 19 A&s or Offices of Humi- Evil or unfortunate Chillity, 84
139 14 Means and Exercises of Our own Death, ibid. 'obtaining and encreasing Prayers for the several
the Grace of Humility, 90 Graces and Parts of Chri17 Signs of Humility,
95 ftian Sobriety, fitted to the Sect. V. Of Modesty, 96 Necessity of several-Per4 A&s and Duties of Mo
140 desty, as it is opposed to Curiosity,
:97 CHAP. III. 6 Atts of Modesty, as it is
opposed to Boldness, 110 F Christian Justice, 145 10 Ats of Modesty, as it is Sect. I. Of Obedience
opposed toUndecency, 101 to our Superiours, 147 Sect. vi. Of Contentedness 15 A&ts and Duties of Obein al Estates, &c.
dience to all our Superi2 General Arguments for ours,
105 12 Remedies against Disobe8 Instruments or Exercises dience, by Way of Confito procure Contentedness, deration,
3 Degrees of Obedience 153 I. Of the Internal Actions of
part of Fustice which is due Sect. II. Of Faith, ibid.
Tiours, ist: 156 Faith, " . ibid.
the Supreme Power, as 8 Means and Instruments to
Låwo-givers, ibid. 'obtain Fairb . 190
reciprocally, 162 12 Means of Hope and Re-
civil Contra&s, ibid. The 3 Measures and Rules
9 As it concerns other cir. viz. The State of Obedi-