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Of~

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TA

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SermonS.

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IIII.

The

"'"'b

of

Inour

re~enting(

commonly)we make_fuch hafl:e;as we

t~ke

away befo.

e thefruitt

his

fruit.

cm:ne.

But1fthere happento come any,ts nor tlus even our cafe Our

Ttares,

ifan

drte Jlratght:

Our

Prayers,tf

any, qutckly

tedious:

Qur

Almes,

indeed

piti~"uU:

Oyur'

!CEl1".7,1-o.

:t

-l',ll

1

r,

1

fl:

t:

A

r

Fa1is,

1

"J'

or

•oo

1

euponanyrhe ea occa,wn:

nd

10

our

RepmtMce(ifany)p<tnitmti

p«nitenda,a repemance needing another,

a

new,

a

fecund repentance,

to

repent

us

ofir. T

4

rep_ent

us,ofour

repentance,

no leffe than ofour

jinne

it fdfe. So that, ifany

fmit;fmi~

<it

no

worth.

And tfthe

frmt

be of no

worth,

no more is the

tree: unworthy one,un.

t!iorthy both.

Thus we are not yet where we ihould be, till untofruflm we have added

dtgnos.

Nay then, .if you fall to talke of

worthinejfe,

we ihall have

f:•ti>fac1ion

up Jgaine;

·

A~b6.to.

And had we not befl:then to aske firfl:,are there any

worthy

r

For,ifthere be none fuch

bid Saint I oH

N

beware how heralke of

worthy frnits :

bid Saint PAuL

·bewar~

how he fpeakeof

worthy workes ofrepentance.

Ifnone fuch be,rhey did ill ro

cloggerhe

hill

with any fuch word. But they knew well, what they faid: therefore, fuch th:re

be (fure)gerrhem where we can.

lio>Yit is,..,_

Onely,when we fay

worthy,

it wouldbeunderfl:ood

ct~mgrano

fali;,

How

worth]?

tbie.

in what fcnfe

~whither

referred?

rhar wcmifl:ake not.

I demand then

jirft,

fhallw~

put them into the

balance,

to weigh the

worthinej(e•fourfmits,

wirhthe

unrvorfhineffi

ofour

.fins,

and theconfequem ofour fins the

wrath of

GoD

~

thedtgmtt{oftheone

wirh the

indignity

ofthe other, and rhinke by their

dignity

ro fatisfie Go n s

junin~

dignation?

I trow not. _At this

heame,

no

fruits

ofours will hold

ll'etght:

Non~,fo,

found

worthy :

No, not 1fwe-could

(I

f.1y not,jhed, or

powreout,

but) even

mtltint~

llom,8 .18.

teares

,and every

teare

:t

drop of

hloud.

No :

Nonfunt condign« pafiones

(faith the

ApD.

file)

we

canJt'.lfer nothing wnrthy ourfins,

but (that, we cannot Cuffer)

ira ventura,

rhe

wrath ofG

o

D.

The

infinite

inc~mparabte

high worth ofHim,

that in our

.fin

is

wronged;

the

fottle contempt

rhaostheremolflred, are farre·above the

worth

of any our

fruitr;

«'Pf:a.\.so.ro.

bD.m.

s.:.7.

cLuk.as.H.

d

~ht.

8.8.

tVer.u,

weighthem downc as any

feather.

Why,all

Lebanon(fatth

the

Prophet

)is

notfufficient

to find

wood;

nor, all the •

heafls upon a thou(andhills

nor enough for a

Sacrij1r,

b

Tekel, tekel,too light all.

Takethem out ofthe

fcales,away

with

them,Nonfunt digni,

in that fenfe. In whtch fenfe,

~ot

the wtcked

'prodt~afl

chtld

only, bur even the good

d

Centurion;

nay then, even Satnt

John Baptijl

here htmfelfe,cry all,

e

Nonfum digmu;

' neitherrheir

frt~its,nor

they.

The honor of

dignos(in

this fenfe)bdongs to the

frttits

no

tree,but

the

tree

ofthe

CroJ!eofCH

RHT

;ro

Hi;friffirings,

and ro none bur

Hr<.

Y

er(

I wote well)

ther~

hath.been another manner efl:imare by fome men ofrheir

ownefruits;

but they wdghed the;:n with their owne

falfe weights,

and made rhe;n a

difcharge

both from

pa-na

and from

culpa,and

that

toties quoties.

Nay then

,invenwujl

plm habens,

they found a further

furplttf{age too

ofl know not what bcGdes. Wharof

that

~

CH,.. 1

s

T's

Caveat

is hereto take place: that

weedmg

out the

t1res,

we rake

heed,wc pluck not up rogerher,g-ood

corne

and all. That to avoid cerraine

wormer,tlut

may happe bn;edinrhefrrdt, if it be not the better looked to, we beat not all

chefmt

offthe

tree

,and leave i-t all naked and bare; no

fmits

at all: and, for feare ofreaching a

proud,teach

a

fruit-lejfe repentance.

Well: though not

Co

compared,not this way,yct

mufl: we have

fmc1tt< dignos.

How,

worthy

then

~

referred

whither

~

As

worthy,

;;s the

plj?ihility

ofour 1Y

ature

will reach to; as our

foi!e

will bcare, or hath ever yeddcd; as the

Saints

and

Servants

of Go

D

are reported to have brought forrh in former ages : what fay you

to

rhat

•Pral.

u

9 .s3.

dignos

r

That (indeed) wcrefomewhatwonh,ifit might be had.

They~

they have

b

10

9· •4·

become

•like bottles in thefmoake,

b

thetr

knees havegrowne weake throughfaJimg,they

d

Luk., 9 .:: 7 ·

have'

all-to-wet their pillowes with their teares;

they have

d

reJ!oredbribes,andtl;at (our-

fQ/d;

given in

almu

at once,

halfeofallthat ever they had:

Tl11S were

(mde~d)

fame–

what worth : But ofthis (I doubt) our

worthmeffi

Will be found !hort: or rathctl

doubt not: I dare ;or put it upon

rhis~ignosneither.

.

. .

. .

Andyer were there

in

us any portion ofrhat

herotc•fl free!fmt,

ofthat

chnJlran

)

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