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worke niight be publike. your

n~cond

was for the

'Wor{e

it

felfe, that it might con)t forth worthy the

ul51thor;

which

could not be,ifit came not forth as he left it.

In

purfuance of

thefe two, we have brought the worke to Iighr,and we have

done it with care and fidelity ; for as the

Sermons

were

prea~

ched,fo are they

pu6lijhed. When

he

preached

then), they had

the generall appi·o bation ofthe

Court,

andtheymade him

fa~

mous for making them.No\v they are

printed,

we hope they

will

have agenerallliking ofthe

Church,

and inlarge and

in~

deare his name, to them that knewnot him.

VVe Imow there is a great prejudice attends the

after~

printing of

deadmens

'Jiior~s.

For the living maymake the

dead fpeake as they will, and as the dead would

not

fpeak,

did they live. And many worthy

lfuthors

in allprofefsions,

l1ave had fuch 'unfutable peeces fl:itched to theic former

works, as make them fpeake contrary to themfelves, .and to

their known judgementwhile they lived..As ifthey had feen

fome

vijion

after deathio

cro/Jeor recalltheirjudgement

in·their

life.

VVe would be loth to fuffer under the fufpiti on ofthis.

And therfore in a fu11 obedience to

'Your Majefties Command,

;~s

we have printed all that we could find perfeCl:,and worthy

l1is

J\(ame:

fo have we not added or detracted in the leaft,

to

-alter or divert hisfinfe. Thatfo the worke may not only be

his, but as himfelfmade it: And the

honourTour

~ajejlies,

(hat fo carefully commanded it : .And the

faithfulne!Je

ours

in our obedience

to

'Your

~ajeflie,

and our love to'his

memory.

.And nowwill

'Your Mqjeftie

gracioufly be pieafed to give

us leave, to commend this \vork to

'YourProteflion,

which

would have needednone,had

notyour .i'IJajeftie

commanded

.it to be

puhlik:

F

or,publif<.,_~Jiew

is as great a fear eh as many eys

,can make. Andmany eyes can fee what two cannot,be they

never fo good. And amongmany eyes,fome will ever looke;

~quint

upon worth,andmaligne

th~t

which they cannot

e~

quaiL And if ever any mans patrence and temper could

prevent this

evi/l8ye,

we hope his may:And yet,evenwhilfl:

we