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Of

R

E p E N TAN

c

E,

SermonS.

the

Churches peace. .

And the

Cano!Js pmitentia!l

which weremade in

th~

tim<s under

perfurwon, the very bej!ttmes ofthe church,

lay forth plainly, what is

to

be follow d

and obferved in this kinde.

.

e

And(fure)ltake it tobean·ertourro be added to thcformet, to thinke,thefrttitsof

repentance

and the

worth oi:'

them to bee a matter,

any common man

canskill ofwell

enough; needs never aske Saint

John,

or

S~int

Paul,.

what he lhould d? ; knowes what

helhould doe,as well as Samr

Paul,

or Samt

John

ctther: And that 1t

IS

not (rather)

a

p1lltter, wherein we need the counfell and direction offuch, as

areprofcJ!ed

that way.

Truly, it is

n~ither

the le

ail:

northe ,lafi pan ofoudearning, to be able ro give

mt{wrr,

and

dmflton

m

rh1s pomr. But, therefore la1d afide; and neglected by

m

,becau[enor

fought after by

y11t1.

Therefore not

ftudied,

bur by very

few, q11ia nemo nos interrogat

becaufe it is growneour ofrequefi quire.

.

.

·

.

'

Wee have learned

(I

knownor where)

a

new, alhorrercdmfe, which

tlcflnnd

bloud better likes of; to pa!fe the whole tourfc ofour life, and, in the whole courfe

of ourlife;norto be able to fer downe, where, or when,orwhar we did,when we

did

that; which we call

repenting:

what

fmits

there came ofit; what rhofe

jr11its

miohr

be

worth.

And, but even a lirde before our

death

(and,

as

littleas may

be)not,till~he

world have given us over, rhen (loe) to come to our

qt<idfaciemm?

to aske,

whatwe

f/Judd doe,

when we areable to doe

nothing.

And then mull: one come,and(asweca/l

it)

JJealte comfortably

to us, that is, minifl:er to us a

little Divinity Ladamtm,

rather

j!ttpefat!ive

forrhe prefenr,than doing any found good: and fo,takc our leavesrogoe

mecre with

it>~>

ventura.

Thisway,this failiion of

repenting,Saint John

knew it

nor:

it is far frm]J

hisfruiiUt

dignos:

Saint

Paul

knew it not: it is farre from his

opera digna:

And I can fay littlero

El>y.

4

o.J.

ir, but I pray Go

o

it deceive

us

not.

·It is nor good Hying conclufions abourour

P·"·

(oules.

Here is the

plaine

ivay,

this is the firaight path laid our before us, by him that

wasfent toprepare thewayes ofthe

L

oR.

o,

and

to make

hiS

p•ths ftraigbt:

andgoewe

which way we will,we lhall heare the voyce behinde us,cryirlg to us ;

ll"ceft

via,ttm.

btdate inta.

Set your

tree; bring forth

your

fmits;

fee to them : altogether

umvorthy

'thexwould not be; Somewhat

wol"th;

raifed to fome degree of

worthineffi•

.£god

potllitfecit,

did C

a

R.

1

s

T

accept

ioMary Magdalenscafe;

and

rp16dha1JIIit

::;~: ::.~·

4

dedit,in

the poore

Widowes

cafe,with her(but)Mo

mit<s,

Wedoing our endevoursto

raifethem, to what degreewe can, He for His parr, will not be behinde; but

releevc

Efay:jo .•s.

and helpeusout.

Forlexpeflat

Do

M I Nu

s,utmifereatllr noflri;

GoD (even}

waits

that He may h:tve.mercy on us. Aad theTefore,laying away His rigour,will notgoe

exactly to,worke,but be ready to releeve,and repute that

worthy,

that is not all ootfo.

Revel.;.>.

So, in the Church of

Sardi,

we finde,

He

faith,

Non inveJ<io opera tttaplena,

their

W1!rk1S

4 ,

were notfoundro

have tliefu/l

poi{e,

yet notwithfianding He faith,

dignitnim

frmt,the

• ",, .•

Partiesfo~ndworthyforall

thar.

.

.

~e

,o.

· I·

j

.

Allthe

worth

is

notintrin[ec1!l,

to_rhe thing it

fel~e

: When allis faidrhat can be

./ ;<.

f:ud, that whichmakes

allfu!l,

the ch1cfepm ofthe1r

worth

lycrh m

dtgm ha6eb11nt11r.

· It Is therefore G

if

1t

I

s

'r·scounfdl,orate,ut digni habeamini ;Pray, they maybe fo•nd

infogood a

degree

to;vards-!t, ;is Go o

may

CO/fnt

them,

and fo

accouming make them:

f!l.!sanquam {at digni

ji

qttos dignatttr(f.1ith

the

Cbriftian Poet.)

In one Chapter,wehave

tthe~p

both (in the II

Thelf.

1.)

cMntedwotthy

at the

5. verfe, m•deworthj

at

the'

1.

v(r]e.

Both come to one.

'T

wiJ

words

rhere are in the

Greeke,.;~,&,."'.and ~~iu'":

Two,in

Latine,dignit,t.r,and dignatio ;

Al1d,as

tbcre)sdignatio ex dignitate;

So is there

dignit.a

ex

dign~tione.

And,that is it<

Worthy

is the

fr~it

,He (• efteemeth :

But,upon the

poi~r,

rather

dignatione

Ejt«,

than

dignitate.fua,

·rather by

H_i&

digning or dignifying the"';

tl1~n,hy

theintrinfeca/1, by thetr owne dzgmty,

they_have

10

tbemfelves.

. Yer,lct us neverthmke, be fo bafe asroconcetve, lie Will hold for fuch,any at all,

let them be what they wlll, it skills not how

wortblejfe,how

farrefrom all

degrees

1,()–

wardir. No: Burfuch,as wl\erin, Hefeerh

Ca,meconfcience made,[omec4ret.<kenJome

zealot« deftre,(omeearnefl endeavour

appcare.Some

profft!rs(at

leajl)roward thofefrvm

• Cor:

7·1'-

degrees,iJ'I

i

Corinth.

7· wluch roay

fer~eto

a!fureour [elves and to fl1ew theworld,

we