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Sermon 8.

and

FAsTING.

2-59

we dally not with

repewtance

,_but make a

ferioll<f

matter ofir,and goe to it in good ear–

nefi. In wimclfe whereof rh1s and tb1s

frmt

we have brought forth. Somewhat hke

yer, fomewhat befeeming perfons truely

pemtent,

whereto He would

fay,{tifficit tibi

,

Cqr.n. 9 :

gratia mea, My gracw

~ifficrent

for thet.

And,

m

that we

ma~

rdl:. _

..

It 1\Cmaines, wcexammc our felves,

rouc~mg

thcfe potnts :.

~~r.repentance,

1s 1t

like

alive tree,

and nota

dull heavy mood,

nelther/ifenor

fot~lemlt.

Have we fet 1t

on

growing,hrings itfor;hat all?

l

lslt{rtttt,

1t [mngs

~orth ~

For, whatfoever elfe 1t

is

it is

not

forSainriohn nurne. • The

frurt

1t bnngs, IS lt oughtw,;rth,forrhc

quan–

ti;ie, chcqualitie,

the

welllaJiing

of

it~

Go

o

grant it be fo: and thankcs be to Go

o,

ifir befo.

But this

Prifertewillaske

fometime.

Jona'sreptntance

was not

likc1611a'sgourd.

V.".

Htt

got~rd

1

va<

"Pin

anight,ft~ddenly

: Trees

come QOt up fo

qrttclrly :

they rcqune more

Jhefo•;trane

rime than fo. Never trufi a

repentance repentine

;

n.o

fuddenjlajb

or

6ru11t.

It

is alroge-

00

'

1 ' ·

rheran error,ro

rhinke;Reeentance

is amatter ofno more momenr,rhan to be

diJPatch-

ed in amommt.

There berwo words(\vordsofweight:) One is Saint

Peter's,

and that is

?6"PiiC:.,,;,

,

Pet.

3-9;

~·1"',;"',

to

rvithdr.<w,goe Ajide,

to

retire

and be

private,

to

fequeffer

our

[elves

to our

re·

pentance :

The other is

s~int

Paul's

'X"~(Mo

<V'...,::"'J

'!)

,.,,.;~,

to

take

tU"

time,

nay to

t.COE· 7·f•

make

1/.f

a

time,

a

vacant time,

atin;Je ofleafure to mtend

fafting

and

prayer,

two

fruits

of

repentance.

I aske rhen,did wenever

~~;re.,,

withdraw our{elves

to that

end

?

what

was the

place,

where we fo

did .~

did we at any

t~me•x••d~Mr,

take any fuch

vacant

time?

what was the

time

and when, when we fo d1d

~I

doubr,ourshathbeen rather a

jlajb,a qualme,

a

hrtmt,

than orherwife; rarhe_r,

agMrdifrepentance,

than any

growing

tree.

A

time

there mufl: needs be taken for th1s

Proferte.

Now the

time

Saint

Iohn

gives, is, bur while

lrd ventura,

the

wrath tocome

is in

comming.

Jra,

veJ:Jtur~,

are

tw~

words:

In that it is

wrath,

and Go

o'

s wrath,

there

is jufi matter

o£feare:

In that 1t IS

ventura,to come,but tuome,and

not yet come; there

is

hope

yet, fame good may bee done, before

venit

qt~£

ventura,

that come that

is

t6

come.

If

che[efruits

come, the

wrath(

when it collles)lha_ll n<it come upon us, but palfe by

us, andnot touch any

fmit.bearing t{ee.

To take a nme then.

.

Now there cannot beafittertimethan thatthe

Church

hath fer us forth ; that is,

(now) at this

time

ofthe

yeare.

For, now, is the

time

ofrhe

yearetoplant

in. In the

prc1tm

of.the

mormhs,in

t~is

next

maneth

at hand, you lhall fee nothing but

meograf–

tzng

and

fettmgtrees :

It 1s the

Hu<handm

and bufinelfe ofthe moaeth : wonderfull

fitly chofen therefore, rhatthis

tree

may keepc time with the rcfl:. And, now is the

time

that the

fappe'goes

up:

So as there could not be a

fitter time

for Saint

John

to call

upon us. Looke abroad, they begin now to

bringfimh :

now befi [peaking for

Pro–

ferte ..

To wh1ch

Priferte, Dijferte

is deane contrary.

Defet'

it rtot then, but take the

time

while it is in

feafon.

_And

withh~gh

wifdome is this

time

fo fet,that the time ofour

Repentance,the

forty

.

.

da1es of1t end mthe

P~Jleover

,m the

pajmg efJra_ ventura

overus, as did the

de.flroying

l!xo,••·•

Ange!l

overrhe

ho11{es

m

JEgypt.

That the

mortifymg

of

J:n.

m1ght end in the

rifing

of

CH

a

I

s

T

mus. The ufe of

frutt

lS

fruttton :

And th1s 1s the

fmition

in this life

CVenrhefmitsofrheSpirit,feareand love

andjoyinrhe

HoLy

GHOST. And

In

the

life

to come, the

frt<it

of the

Tree of Life

in the middcll: of

Paradi(e

;

In

fiead of

Jra vmtura, vita vent11ra, gaudia ven–

tura,

the

glory

and

joyes etema/1

ofthe

life

to

come.

To which

Life,_G{ory

and

Joy,

bring us

u1lmtghty

Go o.

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