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Sermon

Of

the

PAss

1

o

N.

runne already, never to

tire,

or

gi~e

over, till we d?e

at:aine.

~nd'by

this

wemayknow,whe~herour

tbeorte

be a tr.ue one:

I~ t?I~

praxu

follow of

it,itis: if not,

aga~e

It may be; a

t~ue

Chriftwz.tf,eom,

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.

And here

firll:

our

~P•r;;;,

(that JS)_our

lookmg from,

ISto worke a

tur.

nin" from fimze.

Sure; this fpechcle, if it be well

looked into,

will

make,

ji

11

~e

£hall not looke

[o

well

{a11o~r:d

in our eyes, .as it d!d,it wil.Imake

us, while wee live, have alelfe bkmg to looke toward Jt, as bemg the

onely

promrtr

and

caufe

of this

Crojfe

and this

jhamt,

Nay, not.onely

~

••,,eo curne our

eye

from it, but am.,tx"' to

turne

our

feet

from tttoo;

'andcorunne

from, yea to

Jlie

from it,

quafi

a

facie colubri,asfrom

the

face

if

aSerpent.

·

.

365

At leall-wife, if not to

runnefrom it,

not to runne to it, as we have:

to

1zaile

downe our

feet

from

running

to fin,and our hands from commit–

tingjimze, and (in a word) haveSaim

Peter's

praCtice of the

Paftion,

to

1

Pet••

p;

[ea{e from fin.

This

abftraEliw force

we iliall find and feele :it will draw '

us from the delights offinne. And not only draw us from that,but draw

from us too, fomething; make fome

teares

to

runne from us, or (ifwe be

Jrie-tyed,

that not them, yet) make fome

fighs

of

de'votion,

fome

tboughts.

of

grace,fome kind

of

tbankfuO acknowledgemmts

to iffi1e from·our foules.

Either by way of

compaftion;

as

feeling

that, Hee then

felt;

or by way of

compunElio11/ as fmding

our felves in the number of the

parties,

for whom

He felt them. It is a proper effeCt of our view of the

Paftion,

this (as St.

Luke

fetts it downe, at the very place where hee termes it

~·~r/~,)

that they

returned from

it{miting their brefts

as having feenea

dolefull SpeElacle,them-

Luk.

23 ,

-+

8

~

bfilws tbHau}e

/j

it:

,

·

. Now,asthe

looking from,

wotketh amo)lir!g

from;

fo doth the

looking

~9>

a

mo)ling to.

,

.

For, firll, who is there that can looke unto thole

lwzds

and

feet,

that

ead

and that

be

art

of His,that endured all this, but mull:

prim£ facie

at the

firfl: light fee and fay,

Ecce quomodo dilexit nos

?

If the

lezues

(thadlood by)

fayd truly of Him at

La:{_arm.gra've, Ecce quomodo dilexit eum!

when He

fhed

but a few

teares

out ofHis

eyes;

how much moretruly may it be faid .. , ,

of us,Ecce

quomodo dilexit eor!

for whom he hath

fhed botb'f!Jater andbloud;

Ioh.rr.

3 6;

yea,

even

fr~m

His

beart,and

that in fuch plenty? And Heloviogus fo if ·

our

l1ea;ts

be not

iron;

yea,if they be

iron,

they cannot choofe but feele ;he

magnet1ca~

force

of this

load.ftone.

For, to

aload-ftone

doth Hee refemble

Hu~fel~e,

when He faith of Himfelfe,

Were

I

once lift up, Omnia trabamad

Ioh.u:32~

me. fhtnertue attraEliw

is in this

fight,

to draw

ourlo've

to it.

·

fi

~hh

which (asitwerethe

needle)

our

faith

being but touched will fiir

h rahg

t.

We cannot but turne

to

Him,and trull: in

him

that fo many waies

at

~e.wed

l;Iimfelfe fo true unto

us.~ando

amor c;nfirmatur,jides iucho.

atur

d

~;eh

S.

Ambrofe

:)

Prove to us of any, that he

lo'ves

us indeed, and

w~d

ffi

tru~

him

ftraight

,without anymore adoe : wee fhall

belee've

any

go

a rm

dof htm.And

~hat i~

there (tell me) any "::here aflirm·d of

CHRlS't