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Ch•p.u.6.

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Ch<lp,~::r:.~:t.

drJw like.loveto it againe. Therdhould be : but was not. For, theirlittlelon ap.

peared, by thctr many unlov•ng excepnons wluch they tooke to hun. To lus

O.lfite,.

That, he was but an

ApOjile

ofthe fecond head, and no

waye~

to be matched with

theChiefe dpo.ftles, rerj:u.

To his

Ptrfon:

That he was one ofno prefencc: Some–

what good

at

an

Epijfie;

but his

Peifm<or pre{ence) nothingworth(Chap.ro•

.ro.)To

hispreacliing,.

tlut he was but

i!>w'""

,r,&_y~,

not fo eloquent by

much~as

dlVer[e of

them were; nor his Sermons

ex opere Cortnthtaco,of

the

Cmnthian

fafluon.

Indeed,

Iknow not how, but he could not lut on thm veme.

This cold inf[,Gon of

{o

fJint regard on their pd.tts, might have quenched his

love. It did,

Apollo's,

for

Apollo

was once at

Corinth,

but found them fo diverfc to

pleafe,as he waxed weary and got

!urn

away; and when he was moved to returnc to

them ""'' ,..,,

r,.J

<~•'"~"''

his minde was not at all

to

come there againe as yet, faith

Saint

Paul

( r

Cor.

r

6.)

l

t_made

Apollos

give over. So mightit Saint

Paul

too.Bur,hitn

it did not:

Charit,u

quA

,edtjicabat,

the love wherewith he built,was like

lime,

flaked

not, but rather kindled with water. For, nOtwith!l:anding all thefe, fuel{ was his

zeale, and he

T,mtm ulator anim•rrem,

tharwe fee his affechon, and we hearc his re–

folution whJt it is: unkinde they might be, but no unkindneffe of theirs, or

verditl

nevn fo hard,or cenfure never fo !harpe; no

minu. diligar

fi10uld move him,ot make

him love their

{ouiu

a whit theleffe.

Wherein,

left

they might be jealous, he fought to

Coriuth

fo oft,for the

ore

ofir.'

becaufe the foile was rich, there

wa~

good to be done (as men are ever that

way

quick-eyed:) he appealed to all

IllS

former courfewtth them, that he

hadfoughtno–

thing hitherto.

Nothing he had fought, nor nothihg he wouldfeeke: And (to come

to this our vcrfe) not only !eeke nothmg;

1

Bnt he

wouldhtjlow:

'Befiow, and

be

heffswed

himfclfe:

3

and that,

moff willingly

(

indeed it is higher,

.Id\,~,

moJIgladly)

4

and J!l this (to ule

Chry{oJiomes

words) not,

\4"o/'!hli

~"~'7w,,

forrho(e that had not

begun to love him firfr, but

\4'1",hl''

b1•~"!'1"''

forrhofe that b.eing loved firfr

did

not love him againe.

sAnd that, not

,.r·

''""m equall meafure (that, is·not his com–

plaint) but fuch, as

the more

(it is fuller, in the

Greeke,

*'"'""I"''

the

more almndantly)

they were loved, loved him the lejfe

for it. The degrees are many

:

and'looke how ma·

ny degrees, fo many feverall pomtsofelevation.

·

All which when I conlidcr,I cannotchoofe but marvel! at his

love;

which truly

is right admirable: And more, at their

minus,

than his

magis:

But, at his heroicall

fpirit, moll: ofall, whom fuch and fo great unkindneffe could not over-come. The

rather, when Ilay it to, and compare it with ours in thefe times: in which,a kindeof

love we have ( fuch as it is) but fuch as will not endure Saint

Pa11ls

affay; Or, if in

fome degrees it doe , ifit be notrefpecred !l:raight (not as it

difervetb,

for fo haply it

is, but as it

{uppo[eth

it felfe

to

defcrve) ifit be croffed with any unkindneffe,ir grow·

cth

abrupt. Every

minm diligdr

makes it abate; and farre we are from this Chri·

fiian magnanimitie, to refolve with him (in the

rr.

Chap.) q11odfacio, hoc

6,~

faciam,

whati doe, that I will doe frill: Or, here:

Love

I

wilt

frill

;though, the

mm

I

love,

the le/fe

I

be

loved.

The thing loved, is the

CorinthiansJoules.

And (as

Corinth

it fe!fe was liruate

in

a

narrow land, betweenetwo Seas) fo arethey, in the verfe: having, on'theone!ide,

the

Seaof{elfe-love

(in the former parr: ) and, on the other, the Gulfe

ofttnkindntlf~

(in the latter.) Through either ofwhich, Saint

P~rd

makerh a fir!l: and fecond navi·

gation, ifhaply he may fo

adire Corinthnm,

gaine their foulcs to

CH

R

r s ·r,

more

precious to him, than

Corinth

it felfc and all the wealth in it.

'l'b•l'Jivifi•H.

In the

Love

two things are offered.

For~

in

~he

former moitie of the vcrfe, he

is

I.

encountredwith

{elfe-love,

'

which be!l:oweth nothing; • but, lean ofall, his

life:

·

l

Or ifit doe, .it is not

moJfgladly;

nay, not

gladly

at all.

Thefe three he beareth

downe: the firft, with

Impendam

;the fecond, with

Impcndar :

the third,

wirhiiben~

ti.jiml:.

Thus havingvanquifl1ed the love of himfclfe in the former; in thcl.ttrer

moity,

rnkindnejfe

rifeth up. Vnkindneffe, in them, for whom he had done allrhe

former•