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Funerall Sermon.

l!p'fJ.nN.n.

Saint

Cyprian's

fenfe, butl

ehtained

mercy, and f<Hhe Vulgar reades that place

Againe, [peaking; ofcho!e chat

w~rc

baptized,_and figned

in

the fore-head

~ith

the

~gne

ofthe Cro!J<:,he

f~rrh

of

oztM

the

Leper

,that he was

maculated

with

Jcpro•

fie,

10

that:part of his l;>ody

10

whJCh they are

figned,qt~•

Dommumpromeremur

which

promeritthe

L o

_ll

o;

~o

would our

R.hemifts

reade it : But the

tru~

underll:anding is,

they that

prommtcdthe-J:;

o

1t

o, that

IS,

they that

enter covenant

wuh the L

0 R D

in

..., Baptifme

(De

unitat~

Eccleji,., Num.r

6.)And I_ prefume, ratherrhe

lueping

the CO-

venant, than the

entrmglhould

be memonous, rf therebe any

merit

at all.

·

And Saint

-'fttguJfine_ (De gr•tta,

&

libero arbitrio,cap.5

.&

6.)

[peaking ofSaint

Paul,

f~tth,

M

(rttt~m

ftttt m P

at~lo,fedm~!um

;

In

Paul,

there was

mmt;

but

eviU

me–

rit,

when

heperfecNted

the

chur&h,

an~

received good for it. And after; Let usre–

-turne to the

Apoftle,

whom

we

finde w•thoucany

good mmts (StneuHu homi meritd

-imo cnm mu!tumalu mcritu)

yea with many

evil/ merits,

to

have obtained the

grac~

o£ Go o : and then he.addes,

rt

poff bo_na mmta

co»fequ~tur

cor.onam,

qtt~poft

mala

. 1

,merituoP_fec'!tru eftgrattam

;

that after hrs

goodmmts

obtatrJed the

crowne,

whoafter

i

his

evil! merits

had obtained

grace.

I.

Here, firll: it is plalne;

merit

~s

joyned in

both

1.

2.

~wicho6taining.

2.

Againe,Merits.aregood,andMeritsare

bad :

the word is com-

3

mon eo borh.

3•

Merit

fignifies in.Saint

Aug11ftines

fenfe, no

dignity of worke,

brn:

ondy a

meAnes ofobtaining.

For, it

is

impoflible,that

evil! merit

(that

is,jinne)

out of

the

dignity

of the

w11rke

lhould

meritgrace;

and by the fame proportion and forme of

fpeech, it is as impoflible, that the

dignit7

of the

worke

lhould

merit a crowne,

.fince

Saint

Aregt'.ftine

in thefame place doth fay, Therewould be none untdwhom 'G o n

the jull: Iudge,

redderet coronam;

lhould render a

crowne

,unlelfe firll:,as

a

mercifull Fa–

ther,

don4Jfergrlttiam,

He had given His

grace:

And then he addes

Dona

foa

coronal

Dezu

~nontnerita

tu";

Go o crownes not

thy merit,

but

llu ownegifts:

His reafonis;

for,ifthey be fuch(thatis,thine) they are

evil!,

and

if

they be

evil/,

Go n

cronmu

them not; ifthey be

good,

they are Go o'sgijts,and Hecr8wncschem not as

thy

me:

rtts,

buc as

llu owne gijts,cap.7.

Bnt I have troubled you too long with this

Schoole-doflrine

and

pu!pit-divinitit

of magnifying

mans merits,

before men, fince their

dwh-bed-divinitie

recants in

all; and then, they are all forced, learned and ignorant, unerly to renounceit, and

put all their rrull: in .C H·

R 1

s

T'

s

.mercie

and

merits,

as their fure Anchor-head:

Of which I haveonely this to fay; that

merit

may have fame place in

their {ci.

ence,

buc their owne

co11(ciences,

unlelfe they be feared, tell them, there is no trpe

merit, but CH

Ill

s

T's

.onely.

I

"·'I have nowdone with my Texr: and now I apply my felfeand my

Texttci

the prefent Text,

thatlyesb~fore

us:

Vir nee

ftlendt~S,

ne; dicendUfjinecur/.,

A man

whofe worth may not be palfed over in filence, whom all ages with us may cele–

brate and admire ; nor to be fpoken of without great care and ll:udy : Of whorn I

can fay nothing, but his wonh and vermes will farre exceed all mens words. Here I

defire neither the tongue of man, nor Angels: if it were lawful!, I lhould wiih no

mher but his owne tongue and

pen,Ipfe,Ipfe

qmm

loquar, l1quatt1r

:let him fpeake

~f

himfelfe, none fo fit as himfelfe was, of whom lam to fpeake this day

.Et

j•m

loiftll·

tur,

And he now fpeakes : Hee fpeakes in his

learnedWorlw

ancf

SermDP>,

and hee

fpeakes in his

life

and

wDrkes ofmercie

l

and hee fpeakes in his

death :

An,d what bee

taught in his_ life andworkes, he taught and exprelfed in his death. Hee rsthe great

...Alter

and

performer,

I but the poore cryer,

vox clamantu,He

W3S

the

rox

~la'!'•ns:

he was the

~oud

:md great

crying royce;

I am but the poore

£echo :

an~

tt ts well

with me, ifas an

Eccho,

of his large and learned bookesand workes, I onely repeat

a few ofthelall: words.

,

. No man canblame

me;

if I commend him at his death, whofe who1e life was

_!ery

way

c~m!l!C!!dablc :J;~/!!:!}.»i wmdA~io ~4ndP!L!Jtltl

bunos

crimini

non

eP:

Julh