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The

Preface.

mon,

Be

not

Righteous over-much

:

The

intention

of

the

wife

Preacher,

is to

direci

us'

in

the

exercif

of

compaSonate

Charity

towards others

,

and

not to

cenfure

them

with

Rigor

and Severity

for

humane

Frail

-

ties

;

the Tempter

perverts

his meaning,

to make

us

remit

in

Religion, and

,thy

of

fria

Holinefs.

Moral

Men

value

them

'elves

upon

their

fair

Converfatian

;

they

are not

flain'd

with

foul and

vifible Pollu-

tions,

but

are.

externally

fòber

I

and righte-

ous; and

they

will

advife,

that

Men

fhould

not

take

a

forfeit

of

Religion

,

but

rife

with

an appetite

;

that

'tis

Wifdom

to

of

fo

much

of

Religion

44

may

quiet the

Clam

pours

of

Confcience

,

fecure

Reputation

,

and

afford

form

colour

of

Comfort

:

But

'tis

a

nice

of Folly to

be

over-religious,

and

juflly

expof

s

Perfons

to derifion,

as

vainly

nice

and frupulous.

They commend

the

golden mean

,

and

under

the

pretence

of

temper,

lake-

warmne

f,

The

Objellicn

in

fore

part

of

it

is

ne

claim,

and apt

to

foray

the

Minds

of

Men

that

do

not

attentively

confider

things.

To

iii/cover

its

fal/e

Colour

,

and

to

make

a

true and

Rife `Judgment

of

our

Duty,

it

will

be

ufeful

to

confider.

Tis

true,

there

is

a

mediocrity

between

vicious extrearns

wherein

the

e

f

fence

of

nferiotir

:Moat

Venues

canes

;

for

they

are