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°T'he

Preface.

are exercifid

upon

Objects

of

limited

Good

-

nef,

and

muff

be

regulated

both

in

our

Af-

feciions

and Aétions,

correflondent.

y

to

the

degrees

of

their Goodnef

Thus

Fortitude

is

in

the

middle,

between bafe

Fear and

rap

Boldnef

;

and

the

more

firm and

cooant

the

habitual

quality

of

Fortitude

is, the

more eminent

and

prat

je-

worthy

it

appears.

But

in

f1iritual

Graces,

that

raife the

Soul

to God,

whole

Per

fellions

are

truly infi-

nite,

there

can

be

no

excej.

The

divineSt

degrees

of

our

Love

to

God,

and

fear

to

offend

him,

our

endeavours

in

their

heigth

and

excellency

to

obey

and

pleafe

him,

are

our Wifdom

and Duty.

That

part

of

the

Objetlion,

That

ftric`l

Ilolinef

will

expo

ffs

to

Scorn, is

palpa-

bly

unreafonable,

Did

ever

any

Artill

blufh

to

excel

in

the

Art

that

he

profeffes

?

Is

a

Scholar

afham'd

to excel

in

ufeful

Learn-

ing?

And

[hall

a

Chriftìan,

whole high

and holy

Calling

obliges

him

to

live

be-

coming

its

dignity

and purity,

be

aJharn'd

of

his accurate

Conver/ation

?

Can

we be

too like

God

in

his

IHolinefs,

his peculiar

Glory

?

Can

that

be

matter

of

Contempt;

that

is the fupreme honour

of

the

intelli-

gent

Creature

?

A Saint,

when

de,/ifed

with

titles of

ignominy

by

the

Carnal

World,

fhould

bind

their

Scorns

as a

Dia-

dem about

his

Head,

and

wear

them

xi

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