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tth well, may ever come there to know, how hot that

fire,

or how terrible that

TI1ej!yning,

er'I't1l4n.

lil.mve10.

VerlCJf:

torment

is.

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Thefefivewords are (all) withinthecompaffe ofthe Verfe it felfe; and may

ferve(every one)as

an.Ule,

to

fall:~nourmerm>ryto

this croffe: that, we may ever

remember it and never forget it, and, never forgetting it, never feele it.

,This tl}enis

hiscroff'e.

Welong ·(I know)

t0

have it

takend~wne;

outearesare

dainty, and the matter melancholike, and we litrldove to heate rt ftood on fo long.

But,

chryfojlome

faith well of rhatjire:

Nrmqt~id,

fi tMflimm, extinximm

?

If

we

fpeakenot ofit, willitgoe

out~

No, no

:jive loqrwnrer, jive· ta,·eamm, ardet ille:

fpeake we, or keepe we filence, it burneth

frill,

frill

it burneth. Therefore, let us

JJe•ke,

and

thinke

of it, and let it ftand in the name of G

on .:

Et exerceamm audit""'·

(faith the good Father)

ne tta mollc(c,,t,and

keepe our eares m·exercrfe,thatthcy grow

not nice. If, to heare ofit, be painfull; to feele it will be more. The

invention

is to

kecpe the

exaltation,

to rake it up. For, none fo neare it as they,

qrti nun toflunt, donee

fnper.imponitrer,

that rakeit not up,till it belaid upon them.

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Thus, we have feverally feene the counter-points ofthis

crojfe:

the

top,

which

is

in vit!t,

in this life; and the

foot,

which reacheth

ad novijima inferni,

to rhe bor–

tome ofhell.

It

remaineth we tenon both thefe together,as

Antecedent,

and

Con–

flquent: Th•r• didjl receive: Now therefore.

'

Firft, that they may be: • And then,

how thl}y may be joyned.

Fdlf..then we finde, that

Recepifli

is, as it ends : and that, by this example, it may

end in

meciaris,

and prove the one end ofan heavie Croffe. Which firfl: bringeth us

out ofadmiration of the

riches

ofthis life. When we fee, that thefe

good things,

which (afterthe tax ofthe world) are counted, and (in a manner) ftiled the

onlygood

things,

and in the deceitfull ballance ofthis world, weigh downe

Ahrahams bofome;

be not ever demonftrative fignes of Go o's fpeciallliking : Norrhey,

ipfo faflo

highefiin His favour, that receive them in greateft meafure: Nor peradventure

(as

CH

R

r s

T

faith) fo highly accompted of in Heaven, as they be on earth. There–

fore,rhey that haverhem,not to reflect too much on them; nor be

ideo injlati

(as faith

Saint

Aregujline) qreia ohferi.-ati;

as much pride in their foule, as

purple

on their body.

And they that have them not, not to

«mulari,

vex and grieve rhemfelves at

Naba!t

wealth, Hamans preferment,

this mans

table;

feeing therecommeth

a

lam vao;

and

when that commeth, we lhall fee fuch an alteration in his ftate, as he that wifheth

him worfl:, lhall wilh, ;hat for every

goodthing

he

received

here, he had received a

rhoufand; and (with Saint

Eernard) Vt omnes lapidcsconverterentut in rof"'

,that eve–

ry

ftone under his feet here had beene turned into a rofe. Such is his cafe,now: and

fuch theirs, that come where he is.

Is this

all~

No. But, as it bringerh us out of

admiration;

fo it bringeth us into

fMrc.

for, two things it offereth, either of which is, or may be matter of

fem.

r.

Firfl:,inthat heis

Abraham's{Bnne.

That

Ahraha1n

hath, ofhis feed, in

he//:

and

that all his fonnes lhall not reft in their Fathers

bofoiiJe,

Which olfereth us occafion

to

feare,

for all our

Profejion.

For, though he were

afonne

too, and fo acknowled·

ged by

Abraham,

yet, there he is, now.

::t

In that he is of

Abraham's richfonnes,

and one that

receivedgoodthings

in his

life. Which miniftreth new matter of feare : that (as the

Prophet

faith)

Tophet

ispreparedofold,

and that

evenfor great ones;

for fuch

asgoe in purple,

and weare

fine limun,

and

fare

fit!!

daintily :

Even for fuch, is it prepared. Nor, as every

prifon, for common perfons; but, as

Tophet

(or the Tower) for great Eftates.

So that it may feeme,.either ofboththefe have their danger at their heeles;For,

that, they to him were; to many, they are: and to us, they may be, as

Antecedents

to an evill

Confeq~tent.

.

Men verily may flatter themfelves : But fure, I can never rhinkc but there

JS

more, in this

2'{.ow therefore,

than the World will allow. And that tbis

Recordare

of

AhrAham's