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riously and abundantly. A Man must not weigh grains in the accounts of his Repentance; but for a great fin have a great forrow, and a great severity, and in this take the ordinary advices, though it may be a less rigour might not be insufficient : éretBodixcur, or Arithmetical measures, especially of our own proportioning, are but arguments of want of Love and of forwardness in Religion: or else are inftruments of scruple, and then become dangerous. Use the Rule heartily and enough, and there will be no harm in thy erroạr, if


should happen.

4. If thou intendest heartily to serve God, and avoid sin in any one instance, refuse not the hardest and most fevere advice that is prescribed in order to it, though poffibly it be a stranger to thee; for whatsoever it be, custom will make it easie.

5. When any instruments for the obtaining any vertue or restraining any vice are propounded, observe which of them fits thy person, 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 with 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 boșrow your Name and beg your Patronage to


my Book, that if there be no other worth in it, yet at least it may have the splendour and warmth of a burning-glass, which borrowing a flame from the Eye of Heaven, shines and burns by the rays of the Sun its Patron. I will not quit my self from the suspicion ; for I cannot pretend it to be a Present either of it self fit to be offer'd to such a Personage, or any part of a just return (but I humbly desire you would own it for an acknowledgment) of those great endearments and noblest usages you have past upon me. But so, Men in their Religion give a piece of Gum, or the fat of a cheap 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 servants, [That he would never leave me, nor forsake me] shall 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 Reception 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,

My most Honoured Lord,

Tour Honour's most Obliged and

most Humble Servant,



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Confideration of the ge


CHAP. I. Prayers and Devotions ac

cording to the Religion

and Purposes of the foreneral 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,

in Eating,

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
in Ats of Chastity in gene- Way of Consideration, 119

71 The Consideration applied to

5 Acts of Virginal or Mai- particular Cafes, ibid.

den Chastity,

73 Of Poverty, or a low For-

5 Rules for Widows or Vi- tune,


dual Chastity, 74 The Charge of manyChildren,

6 Rules for Married Per-


fons, or Matrimonial Cha. Violent Necessities, ibid.


75 Death of Children, Friends,

10 Remedies againstUnclean- &c.


78 Untimely Death, 13

Sect. IV. Of Humility, 82 Death unseasonable, 137

9 Arguments against Pride, Sudden Death, or violent,

by Way of Consideration,


ibid. Being Childless, ibid.

19 A&s or Offices of Humi- Evil or unfortunate Chil-




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 Chri-

17 Signs of Humility, 95 ftian Sobriety, fitted to the

Séct. V. Of Modesty, 96 Necejħry of several -Per-

4 A&s and Duties of Mo- Sons,


desty, as it is opposed to




6 AES 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 Afts and Duties of Obe-
in all Estates, &c.

dience to all our Superi-

2 General Arguments for ours,



105 12 Remedies against Disobe-

8 Instruments or Exercises dience, by Way of Confi-
10 procure Contentedness, deration,



3 Degrees

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