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The

Jixth s

E R M

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3

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~----~~~~~--~----~~~~~--~~~~~-------Libemifirne,

the good

heart,

wherewith it is bell:owed. And, will you feethe mindf

wherewith Saint

Pat1l

will doe both thefe

~

By this

adverbe

nJ';<•>

you may looke

into his very

heart. Beflow

he will, and

be bejlowedtoo;

and that, not

Vtcrmque,

in

any fort, be contented

to

come to it

~·but

willingly:

wil_lingly, Nay

readily;

lteadi.

ly,

n~y

gladly (and the

degree

is fomewhat,

>iJ'I<«)

moftgladly,

inthe very highell of

all, in the

[uperlative degm.

To

JPmd,

and [pending to make no more reckoningofit,

than of chafFe : Nay (it is more)

to

be

glad

of our lo!fe; more glad, than others

would be oftheir gaine. To

beJPent,and

in being fpenr,not

to

hold our life precibus:

Lu~.

17. 1+,

.1s,&c.

Nor fo,but to

rejoyce

init,and as if death were advantage;

In hoc

eft

charitM,

cedain.

ly.

Death

(of it felfe)is bitter,and

loffe

is not fweet: Then,fo, to altcrtheir

narures~s

to find

fweetnejfe

in

lojfe,

whereatallrepihe;

andgl•dnejfe

in

death,

which makethall

to mourne; verily,hereinis

love:

Or,ifnot here,

where~

Nay,here iris indeed;and

before now, we had it not. For,inllattermes,heavoweth (in the

X//1,

chapterbe–

fore,ofhis former

Epif/le)if

we feverthis from the other two : One may

part

wi!h,g

hi<goods tofeedthepsore, andyet have no love: Onemaytiyehis b1dy.to !fe b11rnt, andyn

have no love :

And then,_

though he

doeimpendere,_

bej~ow

all he bath; and

~hough

he

doe

impendi,be bejloovedhlm[elte,mhzl

ejl

,he

IS

nochmg,1fhe want th1s affcthon,which

is

love

indeed,the very foule oflove, and

~heot~er

but •.,.,ja,,but theskin and

bone~

and indeed nought elfe but

thecarc•Jfe,

Without lt. Therefore,tt was, char St.

Paulfee

this in thefir£1: place before the othenwo, becaufc the othertwo be.bm

ciphers,and

afterthis (the figure) fer, they be

tens

and

hrmdreds,

andhavetheirvaluation:buc

without ir,of themfelvestheybe but

ciphers,

juil: nothing. Thus much St. Paulhath

Iaid,in fayiogthcfe three words, •

lmpmdam,

~

lmpendar,

3

Libentijilf/?~

Thus·much

they amount to.

_,.

l

•.

J

And no\v mult we

paui~

a little, to fee, what will become of all ·chis,and

what

thefe three will worke in the

Corinthians.

;

We marvel! atthe

Love :

we Otall moremarvell,

whet~

we fee, what manner of

men,on ,yhom iris

beltow~d.

What his

proofesa~e,

we have heard; how largeand

how lovmg; and thlls fans he come, onely towmfwour and like mmuallloveat

their

hands,withou~eyetoany

other thing in the world. No

Vef/ra :(no )

bur

Voson–

ly. This is all. And, not this; not fo much; Nay not fo little,as this,will

come.

Which

if

it did come, what lingular thing were

it~

lince the

very Pztblicans

doethl

like ;love him, that lweththem,

Which we gather by his

Etji.

Wherein (as he may)

in

no lowd and bitter manner he cornplaineth, but

complaineth

though ; that,

feekin~·

their

love,

and nothing elfe,fo hard was his hap,he found it not

:

Not,in a

grcater,o~

asgreat a meafure, as his; but,

minus

for

magi<,

and fo he a great lofer by it. The

more, the higher, the neerer, his; the le!fe, the lower,the further off,theirs: fothar,

little likelihood of ever meeting.

This is St.

Pattls

cafe, to meet with unkindnelfe :and not only his, but

CHusr

met with

nine for one,

too. Indeed,itis common,and notto be noted, but forcom·

monr~effe.

De ingratrs etiam ingrati

qt~mmtttr,

They that are

zmkinderhemfelv~sin•

velgh

agair~il:

the

rmlcindnejfc

of others. And, as it was laid ofthem that made

Ct·

f ar

away

l

oderunt tyraJ<rlllm, non tyrannidern,

fo may it truly here :

1h:

Perfons

(that

are ,unkinde)

they hate, rather than the

vice

it fdfe. Yet, even

to

know

this, cloth no hurt, what Saint

Pa11l

met with in the

Corinthians;

and this too,thatall

·

unkinde

perfons dwell not at

Corinth.

And, as he

to

be pitied, fo they to bee blamed.

All other commodities rcturnewell from

Corinth

;

onely

Love

is no trafficke. Saint

Pard

cannotmakehU

swne

againe, but mufi·be agre:ttlofer, withall. We can·

not but pitie the

t.Ap'!flle

in this

<.Mimls

of his. Saint

t.Augzefline

faith well :

'Z{gU4

dJ

major adarnoremprovocatio, quampr£venire

~tm~tndo

: 1'{imu enimdrmu eft animm,

quiamoremetfi nolef7at impendere, nolit tamm rependert,

No more kindly

attrac1ive

1{

love,

than

it~

loving

to

prevent:

For, exceeding il:ony is that heart, which, though

it

like not to

Love

firft,

will not

Loveagaine

neither; neirhcrfirfi, nor fecond.

1

Yet fo hard were theirs thacneitheroncwaynorother,

rem,

norrql'rKe, w?uld

en

he-: