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Of

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Sermon

7~

1 ., •h•

.Aorijl,

Nay,t~enit

fits neerer: For,to tell you

t~ tr~th

as it is,

Theword;i~

not

Bring

""'C"7•.

forth,

at tlus

tum,

110'11';

then, tt l110uld

be~"""''

m the

Pre[tnt:

But,tt •s not: It is

"'""C"l•,

mthe

Aorijl;

(a

ten[t

the

Latine

hath not, nor our

Tongrte

neither.)

It

fignifies

rather,

Have done hringing forth;

rather, than

1Jrini forth prefently.

And I would to

Go o wee had even done fo; had done

bringing them forth;

for then,

allfeare

were

pall:.

rentura

is

tocome,'

but

coine

it will; and, when we know not. Both, are yetto

come(for ought I fee)

wrath,and ourfruit.

Ifthe

fruit

come before the

wrath

come

it is well: But,ifthe

wrath

come,before the

fruit

come,where are we

then~ Wear~

pa(t recovery.

,

Bur, what fpeakes he to us, of having

done?

We have fcarfe yet

begtm,

fcarfe

fet the root that lhould beare this

fruit,

Well yet, this lhewes us, it is

time

we were

about it, feeing Saint

John

faith, it is morethan rime, wee bad done

bringing them

forth,

But well,to takeno advantage of that tenfe,we will be content with the

pre[tnt,

if we may obraine that. And fo would he haveir,now: For,

now

(faith he)

i<the

t~xelaidto

theroot: Now

then,or oorat all. Nay, not

now:

this is nota

time;

we have

appointed orher bufinef(e which wee cannot put off. Well,one quefiionmore will

make an end; ifnor at this

time,

at what

time

?

If not

now,when?

Butthen, this mu!!

be

fer downe,now before we fiir hence; And Jo fer downe, as if it be not

now,it

beas

ncere

wo)l1,

as may be,for feare

wntura

come nor too foone,and take

tree

and all.This

is fure

;(hefooner

the

better,

becaufe the more

likely;

thelatfr,

the

wor[t,

becaufethe

lelfe cerraine.

1'hmime

But,when we fpcake of the

prefent,

we lhut it not up in

ip{o nnnc,

in a

d•y

ortwo,or

morcrhana

three. Fruits

require a

timetobringthemf8rtk:

who_ ever heard of

fruits

brought

E~~~·

1

.

forth on

~fudtlen?

Sawever any man fuch a

thmg~

(lt!sEfay) shallthe tree bri»g,or

tllefruit bebroughtfmharonce?

A

GDtlrdora Mujhrome

may lhoor up in a

night;

So

cannot

fruit:

It askes

time.

I takeirtoheanerrour, andrhatof dangerousconfe.

quence; teaching

repentance,

to rhinke it a

m•tter

of no more

IIJOment,

than to be dif. .

patchedin a

moment.

Commonly,our

repentance

is too foonedone.

Apf'limion to

Go o knew it well; and therefore He allowcs a

time

for ir:

Eoce dedi ei tempra

Ltm

(faith Hee to the

church ofThyatira)

He gave a

time to repent,

to

bring forth

t:~·~t ·

the{e fruits,

What time might that bee

I~

He never gave certaine

time.,

but eo

Ni.

nive;

and that was

forty

D•yu.

Youlmow, where weearenow, andwharrhat

meanes.

·

Wee are notagainfi:allowance of

time,

fo it bee not to

flip

the

coHar,

tobe fiill

"~··•·•S;

11ncert•ine.

Bur,I like not his faying

~.,.. ''"""P"C~.

yea,

when

I

jinde

a

con'tlenient

timr,

then He that faidit, never

found

it:

h•dit then,never found it aftfr.

Bur,if we meanc, as we fay,would doe it at a convenient

time,

we cannot find fo

ronvenient atime

as

thu.

Take it firll:, as the

time

of the

Fajl;

thattimemayfeemeto

claime a propertie in it. They goe alwayes together; In the

Larv,

their

folemne

repen.

timce

was ever at the

time

of

rhcirgenerallFaR.

In the

Prophets,

I11elrellsus the bell

turning to

Goo (that

is,repentance) iscum jrjunio.

They that had not the

Law

(as

Nt·

nive) ']{gt11re

it felfe taught them to doe it

faRing;

when they tookcthisfuit, to

.

Lev1r.t'6.~.,.

'

.

Ioekt..Ji,

lon,J.f·

taRe nothing.

In the

Gojfe/1, John Baptifl

the

Preacher ofrepentance, came neithtt

chap.r

,_,s.

eating nor drinking.

And our

Saviottr

though Hec did both, yet this

fajl

Hce

kcpr~

loh.•

i·•

though not for any need He bad ofir Himfelfe, but (as in orher) for

Extmplumd:d~

vobi<,

to

give

us an example, and to point us that bad need, what time

to

doe

lt

m.

Which harh ever fince, from yeare to yeare beene religioully obferved; both,

as~

time of

publikepmance,and

as a time of

GemraUab.ftinence

in the

Chur&h of

CH

aur,

Convenient,forthe time of

FaR.

!lilm,

1 •

1 ;

And,convet1iem,forrherime oftheyeare.For,ifitwill be the

tree

in the

I.

Pfaltu:,

to

bringforthfruit in due(eafon,this

way itfits ourturn:

tbarfeafo~

is at

thu (eafo11.ltl>

now

tempmprofmndi:

when canwe better fay

Proferttfruefungztur

~

You can never

lrriwgforth

at a better time. The feafon is now come; and

bringingfmhwiU

lborcly

be in feafoa of which the Poet

[aith._Nunc.

~mnis

ager, nunc 11mni;pArttmt

ArPP!,

'

when