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Chap.~·'·

ProY.•~~.''9·

ACI.t.J7.

Of

RE

FE N

TAN

c

E;

Sermon

7 .

.

-

ioit,wepreachfor,

Not

thefrtlits

of your

lips;

they bebut

leaves: but,fi'uEim operii

that

frutt.

.

'

Now if you marke, what it is our belt

Sermons

brirtg

forth;

welhall eafily ob.

ferve,themolt is a

few goodwords

offome point or other in.the Sermon,handledrper–

advemure) not ami!fe : and (heare you) well,if that: but,if that, looke for no more.

there's all. And this

leafe,itla!l:s

not

long neither;

fades

quick!y, as did the

leaves

0

£

Iona's gourd:

Onedaygreene,thenextdrie.

.

And, is this.the

fruit of our labours

?

Is not this

thePhari{m Ampiflumercedem

veftram

?

Ifthe

frllit

ofout labours be but the

fruit

of

merts lips,

we are.like to

make

but a cold reckoning of it,

to inherit the1vind.

As if we c;1me hitherto

bring forth

a

/eafe

of

prai[~;

to

F_re_ach art

,and not

Spirit :Art

,to draw from men a va!ne applaufe;

And not

Spmt,

to

~rzng

forth

the

frutts

of the

Spmt,fruElifymgto newnejfe of

life,by

fru8ta factte

;frutt,thatmay abound to your account and

ours: rours,that

did;

Ourt,

that preached to havethem done.

The only true praifc of

a

Sermon

is, fome

evi!lleft,

or

fomegood done,

upon

the

hearing

of it.

0

ne fuch

fruit,

fo brought forth, were a more ample

commendation,

than many mouthes fu_ll of

goodwords

fpent, and

copies take!',

an~

printing,

and

I

wot

not what. And fure 1t1s, OnwhomaSermonworkesanght, ltleaveshimno/ca–

fure to

{

..y

mt~ch,to

ufe many words,but

make~

him rather

f~ll

of

thot~ghts.

And when

all comes

roall,fruBut

fa8~U, thede~d

done,

IS

lt. And, 1t

1S

~o

good fignein

atftt;

when

all

thc.[ap

goes upmto leaves ;1s fpent that way: Nor,m

anAHditor,

when

all

is

verbal!

that comes, and nothing elfe: No

rulity

at all.

Saint

John

himfelfe(in the next

~ords

following) tells us, the

fruit

he meanes it

is not

Di.-mtes:

And

hegin

not(f~i~hhe)to

Say:

For,it is nomatter of

{aying,eitl;er

to your felvcs, or to ot110·s. Th1sts

butagreene le4fe;

and, With the

fruit,

dathnot

ami!fe ;withoutit,is

little worth.

It is not

repentance

in the

leaves,but

with the

frnit,he

calleth for.

I willlhut up this point with St•

.Augu.ftines

prayer, before one of his Sermons

i

that Godwould vouchfafe,

qugd ufiliter meditatum

eft

cor meum,

whatmy heart hath

profitably thought on, robring it thence into my

tongue,

and from thence into your

tares,

and from thence int0 your

hearts,and

from thence into your

deed~;

that fo,

:ill

may

endinProferte fru8tu,Bril•g forfh fmits.

II I.

Prcftrte

fruCI~U

igitur.

Igitur

;every where you finde,flippe it you mull not: the

l!ri~g

forth

whole weightofthe fentence lyeth upon it.There is in it the

ground

and

reafon,whm-

~~~· ~~fo7·

fore;

And fo

is

indeed the

root,

all thefefmits mull grow from. And the

Prophet's

·It•iJ••·

Rule is, to looke to the

root downwar.l,before

to the

fruit upward.

Firll: then, to finde

Jir~y

l 7· l'·

a

wherefore

for this

therefsre. Therefore,

is the knowne note of a

conclu.fion :

Then

mull: there be

asyllogifmel :

and here it is,

f<!!jcunqtu vult, whof.ever of you will

ftJ

from the wrath to collie, hee u

to

bring forth fruit worthy of repentance

?

But you

are all of this minde, that you would

fly

from the wrAth to come; Bringforth fruil

therefore.

F:,;n(f"'•

Vvee

mull: then call: our eye backetothis

flying from the wrath to come,

which is

~:'::."'b"

the

mediut terminm; orcardo,

whereupon allthe argument runs, and the very lifeof

the whole inducement. There is

'tflrathto come.-

Thatmu!l:youjly

from.- Fly fromtt

you capnot,but by this

igitur: Proferte fruBm igitur.

.

Many are the

Therefore's,

why we lhould

repent,and

of d1vers natures.

Th~gooJ.

Il.om......

·

;,elfe

of God (faith the

Apoftlt)

doth

(cven

1

)dle11Sdm tohrependtanlicde:

And

~e!bs(htm

that will

bcled.

But,thefe(here)would not

ea

t.

Io

nha u e that bexore

'IJ"·

Verb.

2.)

Doe it

;Repent,

and the

1'\ingdome of heaven iut

h~nd,

har_dby you. One would

thinkc this would h;wedone lt; haveeven/edthem tolt. It ftmed them not: He J>

fainc ;o

iav

Heaven

by, and the

life,joy,glory to come;

And to take him

tohell,ro

the

an"ui{h trilmlation, torments

there (for,all thefe are in the

wrath

t1 &Prpl.)

So,to

Jrrlit

th~m

df

it maybe) to it,fince

twling

will

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