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Preached in

LE

N T.

[aid or done for

it~

Why

for Soules?

I

Why, take the foule out

of the body whichfomuch wee dote on,buteven halfean houre, and the body will

row fo out of our love, fo defo_rmed, fo ugly,fo every way lothfom_e, as they that

g

ad nireir will then abhorre lt ;and they that now cannot behold ltenough,wlll

now

1

'

·

· h"

h

fi

h

f ·

Th"

1

then endureoncerocomeneere1t, norw1r mt e 1g to

11.

1sanarural

norn

vo~ld

anliver: Thefoule is to be regarded of the body, for it makerh the body

Jll\~e

reaarded.

z.

Bur,aChrill:ianmanwillfaymoreforir. ThatrheLoveof

~

~ull

be rhe rule of the Love of Chrill:ians,and ours fuitablc to His. And

C:

R: ;

~

Tharh valued the foule,

_a6ove the world

it fe!fe,in _direct

a~rming,

:hat he,

that ro win rhe world

hazard< hu (oule,

makes but an unw.fe bargame: wh1ch bar-·

~.

1

6_,

6

;

oaine were wife enough, if the

world

were more worth.

vfppende ammam homo

(faith

cbryfojlome)

&

Impende in animam:

If.you would

prize yourfoules

better,you

would

6eflorv

more on them. This is nothing: C H

R

r

s

r

hath valued your foules;

valued and lovedthem above Himfelfe; Himfelfe, more worth than many worlds,

yea if rhey were ten thoufand.

I come now to the point.

Is CH

a

Is

r

to bee ·

lov~d ~

Why, all that Saint

Paul

hitherto harh profeffed,alland every parr ofit,it

was but to the

S9ules

at fecond hand. Hiseyewas upon CH"-

r s

T,all the time of

his profe!lion. But, becaufe C H

R

I

s r

hath, by Deed enrolled, fer over His love

to

mens foules,and willed us,toward them to !hew,whatfoeverroHim we profcffe;

therefore, and for no other caufe, iris, that hee fiandeth thus affected.

Forthar,

thofe foules

CH

11.

IST

foloved, that He loved nor Himfelfe,to love them.

Dilexi.

jli

me DPminepltH qu4m

te,

quando.mori vo!tlijUpro me

(It is

<.AHguj/ine :)

Dying fot

my [oule

(L

o

ll

o)

thou !hewed!!, that my foule was clearer to thee, than thine

owne fdfe.

In love rhen

to

CH

R

r

s

T,

wee are to love them rhat CH

ll I

s

r

loved . not

ficut feipftim

as Himfelfe, bur

plufquam feipfum

more than Himfelfe:

and therefore hath chanaed rhe

Sicut

of the Law,

Sicutteipfum,

as·thy felfe,into

Mlt.r 9 .•'·

a

new

Sicut,sicutegovos,a~I

have loved you. And, how did Helove

us~

Even that

Ioh.•J ·l-t·

Hee was the firfi that ever profeffed rhefe fourerous, •

Did6ejlow,

w.u

bejlowed,

3

mojl gladly,

4

yea though

the more He loved, theleffe weloved Him. Or (ro give

Him His right) a degree higher than

Paul:

Not, when we lovedHim little, as

faint

friends;

bur

bated

Hi·11

grearly,as

fworne enemies.

For,Heit was, that profcffed this

Ioh.as.i.4~

art, firll:.

The words are indeed CHill

srs

owne : Theprimitiveandmoll:pro-

per uttering them, belongerh to Him. None everfo fully orfo fitly fpake orcan

fpeake them, as the SoN N

E

of

God,

onthe

Crojfe,

from

thechaireof hi; profeji-

Lul<.sJ.f';

Dll.

And, of Him there, Saint

Paul

learned

Hoc

carmen amm!.

Himfelfecon-

feffeth as much (in the

r.

Chap.

of this

Epij/le)

that ir was

love;

Nor, his owne

love,

bm

C H

_R

I

s

T

s

love (

CbaritM

CH

ll

I

s

TI

extorjit)

_chat brought thefe

words from h1m. Hts, they be not,but

oretenus:

the tongueh1s, but CHill

sr

the

fpeaker. His they were; His they are, out of whofe mouth, or from whofe penfo·

everrhey come.

·

. Wee are come then now, where we may read

Love

in·the very

original! :

even

m

the moll: complete perfection,

that ever it was

:

Projtente

C H

ll

I

s r o,

CH

~

I

s

T

Himfelfe, rhe

Profejfour

faith

I

Impmdam

firlt:

Bejlow

He

will.

Ifyou

wtll make port.fale of your love,none !hall out.bidd Him. Even wharfoever Him-

felfe ts worrh, Heewill6e.Jiow; His

Ki11gdome,

and

rhefulnejfeof joy andglorieinit

for ever.

{<

2

hlmpendar.

That~

Why

Conrummatume

11 ,·

itisdoncalready·all

hands

and

Ioh.•f-l~:

eet

d

dh

.

1'

'!'

,

.

us '

ea

an

eart

c.pened w1de; and all, even to

thelaft drop of

bloudbellowed for

l }.

on Ht$

Crojfe :

where, the

love

of foules triumphed over rhe

lwe

of His owne

t.J

e.

"th

3

L~bentifime

,mojl

gladly.

Witneffc that fpeech

:

A

Rapt

if

me I have to 6e baptized

Luk,a>.

s~:

~~at'

an

q:;omodo

coarf1or,

how

am Ipained,

rill I be at it! And,that too,Thar,ro him

thedm<?lleh.

H~m,

not

tobejlorv,

but

favour himfelfe,

he ufed no other tcrmes than to

·

ho

1

e~

1

-

11

~m~l~He,AvoydS•t•n.

Proofe enough (fay I) how willingly He went,and

Mac.~~-~;

vu

Wl

mgy ewouldbekeptfromit.

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4-

And