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Sermon

8.

Of

REp

E N TA N

c

E,

·That

tree

failing, it pleafed Goo, of his great goodnefl'e, to graft upon a new

fiocke,this fecond plant,thc

Plant of.Repentance:To

the end it mighi:Terve for

a

coJm–

terpoyfon :

the

fruit

of it again!l: the venome

of

the

forbidden frujt.

To the end alfo

that it might ferve

to

fupply that other of

Innoccntie

(they be

E_lihu'

swordsin

lob)

10

reftore unto man-his innocmcie.

For,

quem pll'nitetpeccJ.jJeplEne

e~

in'ii.ocens,

(could the

Heathen mail fay) the next degreeto

Innocence, isi'enitmcie.

That'ifwe can.not pre-

fent God ,with the

fruit oflnnocencie,

at the feat of

Hi~ Iu.ftjc(~

yet,;with the

fruit

of

RepmtAnce,werpay,at't.h.ethroneofhisgrace.

i

·

~

And thistreewillgrow in our [oile; our foile will beare it,·and with good ten-

ding,bring forth

fruits ,worthy fruits

,which we may offer unto

God,

and He will take

it ingood wprth. And this is the

tree

we mull: rru!l: to.,now :andbleffed be God,that

fowemay.

·.

TheDivifo~

.

To keepeils

do[~

to

our metaphore. We

~ay

fir!l:,thad'epentance,

if it be right;

].

IS

no

J,ogge,

no

dry peeoe'()f I!Jood :

A

Trent

IS;

hath

life

mtt;

vegetable life

at

th~

lea!l:.

• '

U.

z

AITm, and

th~tno6armitr~e:

Such there be, thatforalltheirroot,

6ring

forth no {ruzt

at all.Th1s

trens·a

beanng

t_ree,you

rnay fay

Proferte

to

tt.

It

will

bring

forth.

. ,

.

·

11 I.

3

Bring forth,and

what~

That,tt was fet for.

It

was notfetforfoadow, nor for

Jewel/.

It

~s

planted for

fruit,

and

fruit

it is to

6ring.

IV.

4

But, will any fruit ferve

~

No :

trees

there be that carry

fruit,

bot

fruit,

of no

worth ;porch comedend&,for[wine

(perhaps) not for

men.

Neither for

meAt

nor

mtd/.

cine.

Neither meer to be prefented

eo

God norufefullfor the

ferviceof men.

So

•a

tree:

a

bearing tree :

•3'

a

fmit-bearing tree;

aod

~

thefmit

it.beares

worthy

the

tree

that beares it. • If it be a

deAd.ftocke,

and no

li'!Je tree.

I(it be a

tree,but bare

and

~~r.

ren;

1;-1

o

proferee·; Bring notforth.ll.f

it

bring forth,beit

what it will,ifit be not

frnit.

4

Ifit be

fructus

and not

dtgnos,fruit

,but fuch as is nothing

worth,it

comes not hence:

St. Iofmacknowledgesit not. None ofhis tree,fomebafiard llippeit is : None of his

fetting. His, lies faire before us.

Bring forth therefore,&c.

Ofthefefoure wee are to

proceed. •Ofthe

tree,

The

bearing

of the

tree,

3

Thcfmit it

beares,

4

The

worth

of

V.

the

fruit:

and aword (if youwill)of

thefrHit time,

the

time

ofall this :which will

fall outto be at this very time.

I

I.

Ofthc:rree.

V

'.

r{

7E

are

to treat oF

Repe11tance,

as a tree,fidl:. To fpeake properly,

Repentancei;

V

aVerrue,amora//Vertue,abranch of

It~f/ice,ofIt~jlicecorreelive;and

[o

lhould

be delivered in

moraO termes,

as (in the

Ethikes)

other Vertues ufe to be. It is nor,

though : you !hall feldome find it fo : but moll:-what fer outin the termes of

Come

oncpallionof the mind or other. Andwhy fo

~

For no other caufe, but that we

art

fodeadand dull, when, we are about it(this bufineffe) as if

Repmtance

were avery

/og;and no

qtticke

or

live tree.

Which cannot

be;Repentan.-e

being from

deadworks

,and

therefore cannot bee a

dead thing

it felfe, but have

life

init. Markeit when you

will,

the

Holy

ahofl

(as it were of purpofe) {till choofeth toexpreffe it, underfome

rerme

of pallion (as

forrow,fege, anger,

and the like) rather than the other way : Rather in

Patheticall

than in

Ethical!

termes. And this he cloth in a manner continually. For,

Pafions

be

quicke

;

there is

life

in them. Therefore,their termes He choofeth, ro put

life

in

us.

To {hew He would haveusaffeBion•te,whenweare about this worke: and

not fo cold and fo calme,as wee ufe to be. And indeed,thefe

ajfeflions

bee the

ve:Y

radicalthumouror

fap:

Iftheygoeup,

there is hope of Come

fruit:

If

downe,

andnfe

\

not,no

pr~ferte

to

belo~kcd

for.

.

. .

.

. .

.

Now, if

ajfiflims

gtve

life,

the

qutel<er

the~Jfieltun,

the:

more

life

1t gtves. And

thcr~