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Tet this notwithstanding , So was I surprized and pleas'J with the perusal of his Discourse concerning the Mind's Ascention to GOD, that I resolv'd to make also many of my Friends, and all common Readers, share with me in that Satisfaction ,- by helping him so to Speak, as every one among us Understands: But my Design in that being Antici- pa ted, and notice given me, that I was Prevented, I laid aside what I had so prepard: That I might not be Injurious to a more wor-, thy Translator, nor trouble the Tublick with a second Service of that, which was already done much bitter.
But this little Manual, since falling into my Hands , and no less than the other suiting with my Tast j Tea, (I must needs own,) sweetly surprising my Mind, with the great Pariety os fine Entertainments here prepard , in a peculiar Affecting mannerj I soon renewed the same Intention, to recompence that Frustration , in giving my self this pleasing Office of the like Nature; where I cannot Learn , that any one else (in almost a Hundred Tears new since it was Write,) has gone before mt.
Anil am not asham'd to own, Thattht Motive of my Translating is much the fame, as the Author tells us, his Was for the Writing: Which in the Preliminaries to his Book, he gives to the purpose following.
( Out of the Dedication and Proem.)
SO great and deplorable is the human Frailty, and Propenfion to these Inferior things, That unless the Mind of man he Rowzld, and raised out of the dust and dirt of the Earth, to engage in the Meditation of things Above t Even Religious Hearts are here in danger to be Mir'd and Lost.
'Tis therefore no small Favour wherewith they oblige us, who bestow their fains even all manner of ways , in Admonishing and Quickening us, to Look up, and Quarrey at Higher and better Fruitions, than any are here to be found. For by such means, our Hearts come to be Purged, and our Soul's Palate ReBify'd; Till the Inner-man begin to discern the true Beauty, and to Relist* the genuine Sweetness. And tons, by degrees, the Glory of the World is '.Tarnistl'd in our Eyes , and the Pleasures of the Flesh grow Insipid to our Tast j whereupon an Entrance is ministred to us abundantly • fcito the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Pet. 1. xi.
Now this abundant Ministration we may
suppose to be made, by various Considerations
„ opening opening divers Avenues before ,us, for our Admittance into that House not made wkh hands,,Eternal in theHeavens: Which holy Scripture calls also a City on High, and the Kingdom of Heaven. And here we have Twelve several Considerations proposed, as ft, many Ways, Leading to that everlasting Blijs To Traverse which paths in serious Thoughts , may give the contemplative Christian no les. Delight to his Mind, than Advance to hi Soul: Nor only set before him an inviting TrofpeB by the Way , but also contributt muci to speed him on to the Joyful End.
And in this melancholy Vale of Mortality
where we poor sons of Adam are now groaning
as uneasy Exiles , after our better Heaveni
Country, Those holy Scriptures, which areti
consolatory Letters from our Father above, c
use Sour very significative Appellations%of a Ps
radise, a House, a City, and a Kingdbn
To Notify , and also Recommend the Goods
that Glorious Seat. A Paradise, as the fwee
est Place, flowing with all forts of the bt
Delights. A House, or royal "Palate , tvi
all stately Apartments , and the richest Fur%
ture. A City, consisting of many Houf
Gardens, noble Piles, and fair Retreats. ui\
a Kingdom of widest Extent, To contain
multitude of Towns and Cities, Mountains a
Vales, Groves and Waters, Fields and "Plai\
in the greatest Plenty, and most entertaini
Variety. I But because, in a vast Kingdom replenish'd with innumerable Inhabitants, they may never have the opportunity to See or Know one another; and many thousands there are, concerning whom you cannot so much as tell, whether there be any such Persons in the World; yet no doubt but the Blessed above do all See and Know one another, and Converse as.the most familiar Friends together; Therefore, to the Title of a Kingdom is added that of a City. And as ample as ever Heaven is, all the Saints dwell there as Fellow-Citizens , sweetly united together. Tea, not only as Citizens, but Domesticks, of the fame Heushold of God. Therefore , what's in one place call'd a City , elsewhere goes under the name of a House. And because they Live all there in the highest Raptures of Delight ; Therefore, to all the other Terms is added that of a Paradise : Where art no Void, Wast, or unagreeable Places; but everf thing with utmost Pleasure to entertain and Regale the Sense. A Kingdom then it is, because so Spacious j A City, because so Compact', A House, for close Conversation; And a Paradise, for all manner of pleasurable Diversions and the sweetest Satisfaction.
PJge 38. Line 8. fir so read to.
72. 10. /or when read where.
77. a 1. fir even readever.
78. 13. /or Imigation r«r^ Irrigation.
137. iy. fir who read whom.
160. a 3. /or starting r. startling.
176. '9. r«i his.
180. antepenult, r. forth.
aai. y. fir First r. Fifth.
334. 6". fir 1 Cor. 13.^ r. 2 Cor. 12. 4,
Ibid. 8. fir «p*«7» r. appmu.
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