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;

i

IO

Book.

I.

Chap.

z.Sed.

r.

as

if

a

man fhould run up and down ftreets after a feather flying

in the aire, and

to

!fed hither and thither with the gull:s and blafts

of infinite mens mouths; it is a queftion whether ever he get ir,

but if he do,

it

is

but

a

feather; fuch is this pride oflife, ho–

nour, vain-glory; itishard toobtaineit, but if obtained, it is

but the breath of a few mens mouths, that alter upon every

light occolion ; bur that which is worft of all , it hinders our

fight

of jdi1s

Ch~·ill.,

>W

liN

n_Y

lvife

men after theflefh , not many

1

Cor.

1.

1

6.

mighty, not

man.1

r;nh:r

• .

.:.

tied ;

woridl·y honour keeps many

back from Chrill: ;

~

..

u

there(ore

MofeJwhtn he was come to year>,

Hrb

11 _14 , 16 ;

refufed to bhe

c~(lcihltifl?e

{otme

CJ

Phharahohs

d

1

ath~ghter,

--

efleeming

the reproac

es

o

1

C

rr

greai'Pr

rrc

.eJ

z

en

4

t .e treafu1'eJ of

Egypt.

Jfthe bimde

man

in the way to

'ferico

had depended on the

breath, or liking,

or

approbation of the multitude, he had never

rec-eived thebenefitofhis fight,for

they

(faith the text)

which

Luko8.

~9-·

1

z..

b h

l'J h ·Jh

went before

mm~d

him

t

.at

e

jh011

a

·

ola

u

pettcr

·

they dif-

fwadcd him from· running and crying fo

vehem~ntly

after

Chrill;

experience tells us, how the(e things pull and draw

us

off.

from

Jefus (hrift~the

tufts of

the

eyes, the tufts ofthe flefh, and

p~idc

oftife.

.

-

~eft·

2

~

But why muft we

/()()k..off

every thing that diverts our

looking

unto ]-'tfzu?

r

I.

Becaufe we cannot look fixedly on Chrift, and fuch things.

together, and at once ; the eye cannot look upwards and down–

wards, at once in - a direct

line~

w..: cannot ferioufly.minde hea.

Mat.6,

14

ven and earth in one thought;

noman canferve two maflers,faith

Chrill,efpecially fuch as jar,and who have contrary imployments.

as Chrift.and Mammon have.

2.

Becaufe whiles we look on thefe things we cannot fee the

beauty that is in Chrift; fuppofe a fquint look on Cbrift,

while't we have a dired look on other things, alas Chrift will

be ofno efteem that while ; this was the voice offinners concern-

B[~y

B· , .

ing

<~ hrift,

hehtttb no j&rme, nor comelineffc, and

w!;rrJ

we fee

him-, there is no

b~aaty

that we fhould dejire him.

Indeed

be~uty

is the attradive of the foule, the

foul~

muft fee a neauty in

that which it lets out it felfe to in deGring: but our

wilhing~

looks on other thir.gs, makes Chrift but mean and contemptible

inour

eyts.

3.

Becaufe all othenhings, in comparJfon ofChrift, are not:

·

·

worthy:

.