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Of the

NATIVITIE.

Sermonz.

Princeps cft,.neojfendas.

And againe; To

NatU<;

is Heborne

~

then

cherifh

Him. (Ifpeake

of H1s

jj~trztttalt

btrth,

wherem, we by heanng and domg H1s

word,

are(as Himfelfe (

1

ith)

~llt,U.49

His

Mothers.

To

DattH;isHegiven

r

then

keepe

Him. To

Oneratus:

is He

burthencd.? (•·

10 .

vottr

Him; lay no moreon,thanneeds you mutt.

This is good morall counfell. Bur, Saint

Bernard

gives us polirike advice; ro looke to

our imerell:,tothinkeof making our bell: benefit by Him.

De nobis nat.J

&

datofaciamtts id,

adquod, natus

eft

&

datus

;

tttamnr noJlro, intltilitAtem nojfram

;

de.fervatore nojfro,faltdem ope–

remur

:With this

borne

and

given childe,

let

~~s

then doe that, for which He was

borne

and

given

us : Seeing He is ours, let us ufe that, that is ours, to our bell: behoofe; and even

worke out our

[alvation,

out ofthis

ottr Saviottr.

His counfell is, to make our ufeofHim:

but, that is not, to doe with H>m what welifr; but, to imploy Him to thofe ends, for which

He wasbell:owed. Thofe are foure:

L.

He

isgivent~s([aith

Saint

Peter)

i"""'H"~'~'a,for

an

example,

to follow. In all; bur (that

•Pet.>.><

which is proper to rhis diy,)ro

doe it, inh11militie.

Itistb~t,whichtheLAngel/

fetup,

foraligneandfample, uponth1sveryday. It1s the venue appropnate ro His

birth.

As

faith,

to His

conception, (Beataqn.uredidtt ;)

So

hr•militie,

to Hts

birth, (

&

Hocerit (lgnum:)

Fierivolrtit in vitd.prim11m, q11odexhibrtit in ortttvit£,

(it is

Cyprian ;)

That, He would have

us, fitll:

to

exprelfe in<>urlife, that He firll: !hewed us, in the very enrrie of ourlife. And to

commend to us this venue the

more,Placuit neo majorapro nobi; •perari,It

bath pleafcd Him

todoegreaterrhings for us, in this ell:ate, than ever He did, in the high degree of His

Maje–

ftie:

as, (we know) the worke of

Redemptron

pa!feth that of

Creatron,

by much.

~

He is

givenusinpretittm,

fora

price. Aprict,

either'?f

ran[ome,

to

bringusourdeloC~

•Pct.t.r 9

caliginofo:

or

aprice,ofpurchafe,

of(that, where, wtthoum, we havenointerell:,)

the King–

dome ofheaven.

For both, He

IS

grven;

off~r

we Htm for both. W c fpeake of

.f!Edmriba–

am;

We can never retribute the like thing. He was given us, ro that end, wee might give

Himbacke. We wanted, we had nothmgvaluablc; that we m1ght have, this

Hegaveus,

(as

a thing ofgreatell:

price,)

to

offer for thar, which needeth a great price, ourlinnes, fo ma–

ny innumber,and fo fouleinquality. We bad nothing worthy Go n; this

HegaveHs,

thatisworrhyHim, whichcannotbcbut

accepted,

offer we it never fo often. Let us then

Mot. 7 . 7

,s

offer Him;

and, in the aetofoffering,askcof

Him what is meet:

for we !hall find Him nole!fe

b!Jt.•4·

6,

bounteous, than

Herod,

to grant what is duely asked upon His

birth-day.

7 '

Heis given us (as Himfelfe faith) as the

living brMd.from Heaven:

which

bread

is His

Ioh}6 .

n

jlej!J, borne

this day, and after

given for the life of the world•

.

For, looke how we doe give

backerhat He

gave tu,

even fo cloth He give back

to

us that wh1ch we

gave Him,

that which

He had ofus. This He gave for us, in

Sacrifice;

and this He giverh us, in rhe

Sacrament;

M3t.>6.

that the

Sacrifice

may, by the

Sacrament,

be truly applied to us. And let me commend this

,

Cor.~~:

to you; He never bade,

Accipite,

(plainly,

take,)

bur in this ondy: and that, becaufethe ef–

, 4 ,

feet of this Dayes

union

1s no wayes more hvely reprefemed, no way more effectually

wrought, than by this ufe.

And lall:ly, He is gi•;en us

in pncmium:

(Not now to be feene, onely in hope;) but

here-·

4

afrer, by His bleifed fruition, to

be

our finall

re~vard;

when,where

lkis,wefba/1 be;

and

what

He is,

we !hall be; In the fame place, and in the fame Hate ofglory,joy,and blilfe,ro endure

for evermore.

At Hisfirll: comming, you fee, what He bad onHis

Jhot~lders.

At Hisfecond, He !hall

Apo. u.

not

comeemptie,Eccevenio,

&c.

Loe

I

come, and

"'1

reward with

m~;

that is, a

Kingdome

on.

•Cor.~'·

Hi; fbottlders.

And it is nolightmatrer; bur, (as Samt

Pat~lcallethu)

d,,•,,c,;1

r&-,

an e.ver.

-

.• 7

.lajlrng wetght ofGlory. Glory,

not(hke ours here)

feather-glory;

But,

true.;

that

hatlu~etght,

and fubfrance in ir: And that not tranlitory, and foonegone; bur

everlaflmg,

to conrmuc to

all eternity never ro have

end.

This is our fiate

inexpeelan<ie.

Saint

Augujline

put all

foure together, fo will I, and conclude:

Seqttamttr 'ex_empltem;offeramru •prctirtm;Jtt·

mamus

l

viaticum; expeflemus +pr.tmium:

let us

.follDw

Him .for our

paterne, offer

Htmfor

ourprrce, receive

Hitp for our

f.c;rall1mt&llfood,

and

w~tt

for Hnn as o.ur endle!fe and cxcee–

dmggreat rew•rd,

&c.

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