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To

the

Reader.

dying.;·writeth thus, .

An aEt ofliving in Chrift,

t~nd

on Ch1ift,

in.

the

11rts

offeeing, enj9Jing, embracing , loving, refting

on

?im,

is

that

ndone-day divinity, and fheology ofbeatijical vijion: there ss agmm!l

affi.mbly ofimmediAtely illumin;md f])ivine.; round about the throne,

who ftudy,leEturt,preach,prlli{e Chrifl night and day:Ohwhat rayes,

.

what

irradi~ttions

and d,mings of

inte/leCtu~lfruition,

beholding, en- ·

joying, lfving in him, andfervour of loving come from rhat face, that

God·v~fage

of

the

Lord Goa Almighty, 11nd ofthe Lambe that

is in

,

the midftof them? and oh what rijleElsans, and reAchingsforthof

intelleEtual 'lJijion, embracing, loving, wondering

ttfe

returning

b~tcft

to

himagAin

in

H

circle ofglory?

Now if this be the Saints duty,

who arc perfeCt in glory; do not we .imitate them, and feele ·

foinething of heaven in our imitation, in our

/ookjng

~tlfountu

Je–

fm?

I

write what in fome mcafln:e

I

have.felt; and of which

I

hope to feel net morc;and therefore wboevj!r thou art that read–

eft,~

bcfeech thee, come, warmc thy heart at this bleffed fire

!

0 ,

,come, and fmell the preciou> oyntments of

J

efus Chriil:

!

0

come, .

an1Jit

~own ~mder

hu fhadowwith

,gre~~t deli,~ht

!

Oh that all men .

(

clpeC!ally into whofe hands th1s book

{ball.

come) would pre–

fently fall upon the pracbfe ofthisGofpel-art of

lookjnj unto [e–

fm

!

ifher~in

they finde nothing of heaven, my skill will faile me;

only let.them pray, that as they

lookJo.him,

fo venue may go out

ofhim; and

fill

their fouls: ,

Reader

, One thing more

J

have to fay

to

thee;if thou wouldft ':

know how·to carry on this duty conftantly, as thou doft thy

morning, and thy evening prayer; it were not

a

mifs if every day,

~ither

morning, or evening, .thou wouldft takeiome part ofit

at

one time, andfomepart

of

it at another time, · at leaft for fotne

fpacc:.oftime together.

I

know fome,

that in aconftant dayly

.courfe carry Qn in fecrc:t thofe two neceffary dutyes of

medit,uion

and pra/!!;

what the fubjeet matter of their meditation is

I

am

not very certaine; only our experience caa tell us that be it hea–

ven, or be it hell ; be it fin, or be it grace, or be

it'

what it will if

we be in exercife ofthe felf-fat;le fubject either conftantly or fre–

quently, we are apt to grow remiffe or cold or formal; and the

:eafo~

is,

one; thing tyre> quickly

,u~lefs

that'one be all; now that

lS

Chnil/or

he

i5

ali~Col.p

I

._if-

hen but once

a

day thou woul4ft

make

~hts.'fe/m

Chrift

thy fubJeCt to

kzww,cQnjider, dejire,h<pe,be–

leeve,Jv) tn, call upqn, and conforme unto,

in his fc:veral rc:fpcets of

plotting, promifing, performing thy redemption in his birth, life, ,

death,

.1.