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'Jhe jixth

S

E R M 0 N

(faith St.

Bmwd)

Thouhadll: greater, for thou bell:owedll: thy life forthy very;

mies,

And, tothislovcit is, that St.

Paul

afpireth; and neere it he commeth

·tha~

in fome fort, wee may likewife

[aytohim, Tt~majoremhabuijliPaule,yes,thylove

(PAul)

wasgrearer: for,thou art ready to doethe like; not forthine

enemies,

but for

thy

11nliinde friends,

the next degree to profeifed enemies. '

To.fiend, • To!fendand

heJPent :

l

ToJPendandbe JPent,Andthat moflgladly:"

Nor only

moflgl•dly

1

butmojl

gladly,

rea

though.

·

·

Thus you have now hisdoubleconquell:: Overrhe

Love

of

himfe!fefirfl:;

and

now, over

Minils diligar,

an unkind rcpulfc coo. And,in figne of victory, he fetteth

up his colours, even thefefoure : •

Impendam, • Impendar,

l

Libmtifime,and

~

Etfi,

ButEtjiisthechief~;iris

CH

a x s

T

s colour;and,tharno

perfeCl:Love,thatwa~~.

tethEtji.

Il

Thus we have leene

L01Je

;n his higheft:

afcendent

,and heard

Lo-ve

in his

MagiJit;

The 'ob;ll ol

rittm,

the hardell: and highefl:, and

in?~ed

the

M4jler-point

of this

Art•.

Which

f~.

!tis

Lout.

teth us new on worke, to paife over mro.the fecond part, and to enqmre, wharthts

ohjel1

may be, foamiable, whereon Saint

Paul

h:;th fer his affection fo, that fotit, he

will doe and fuffer all this; and that, fo willingly without any exception, fo

con–

fianrly, withour any giving over. All this, is nothing bur the zeale of foules,

ZdtH

ammarum f•ciet hoc :

Ir is, for their

Joules,

all this. For their

f~ttles;

and let their

6odies

goe.

1

Which (firll:) draweth thediamettrrhatmaketh the partition betweenethe

tvia

Pra

·ani,.bt~~,

Lo""es :

The love whichSt.

Paul

found; and the love which St. Paullefrat

Co;iNth.

forrourfo•les.

For, he found that which is

Scelm corporum,

the

bodies

unruly

A./feE1iM,

and

infeHion

too otherwhile; (if ever in any place, there, it abounded: bur,he left

Ze/&

anim

4 •

rttm,the

Soules per{eE1ion.

Indeed, it falleth our fometimes,thar,in carnalllove (or ra.

ther

lu.ft

,than love) wemay patterne all the former ; and finde (as rhe

Wi(eman

fpea–

keth) fome one

de.ftitute of underjlanding,

wafting his whole fubfl:ance, hazarding his

life (andthat, more

willingiJ

than wifely) perhapsto gaine nothing but a

fcorne

for

his labour ;and yet perfill:ing in his folly ll:ill: and all this,in the paffion ofconcupi·

fcence, toa vainecreature; pleafing his phanfieto the difpleafing of Gon,and to the

piercing of his fouleoneday withdeeperemorfe for it : and except it doe, rorheut–

ter ruineboth of body and foul

e.

We have, here at

Corinth,

afirange example ofit,

~LAIS.

.

Of* one,--Ad

cujusjacuit Gr.eciatotafom,at

whofedoores,fundryofall forts wai-.

D<m•flb<nll,

ted, fuing and feeking and (as one of them faid)

buying repentance

at too dearc arate.

But,what need we faile to

CorinthlEven

in our owne Age,we have enow fond

cxa·m.

ples .of it: of

Lwe

fer awry and fortedamiifc; diverredfromthefoule,whmit

fuould be bell:owed,and

lavifi~ed

on the

body,where

agreat deale leife would fcrve.Ir

isSaint

Artgujlines

wilh:

0

fi excit11repoj[emm homi11es

&

cum

iu

pariter excit&ri, ut

14·

lel4matores,

&c!

0

that we would in thiskinde

fiir

up others, and our[elves (with

them) be fiirred up,but even to bell:ow fuch love on the

immortal!Joule,

as we fee dai–

ly

call away

onthemruptiUebody!

What, bur fo much

~and

no

more~

Abjitut

fie:

fed utinam vel fie :

Till it might be more, would Go n, it were but as much in the

meane time. Yet, more, and much more it ihould be.

Sedinfelix Pop11lru Dei non

h4·

bet tantttmfervorem in bono,

qt~antNm

mali in malo,

is St.

Hierom's

complaint. But the

People of G o n (unhappie in that point) harh not that courage or conflancie in the

love

of the Spirit,

that the wicked world hath, in the

luflpf thejlejh.

That

courage~

iCor..6.f;

Nay, nothing like :

lAd erubefeenti•m noflram dico,

to our ihameitmull:beefpo–

ken. Looke but to thefirft point,

Impendom :

cloth notthe body takeit wholly

ll£

~

And, ifwefaile in the lowell:,what fh•ll become oftherefl:

~Well:

St.

~au/s lovets;

and ours mull: be,ifit be right,pro

animah114

,Soule-love,which may ferve for the

firft

point of the fequell:ration.

·

But,why

Prq

~nimavm

,·what is there in

thefoule

Co

lovely, that

all

this fhould

~e

·

fatd