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The

P REFACE,

flf,

much more many thou

lards

filch

And

as

Goodnefs

and

Ami-

ablenefs

are all

one,

fo that

which

is

bell,

fhould

be

loved belt

:

And

he

that

would not die to

faze

his,

Country

is

worfe

than

fiber

Heathens

mere.

And

he

that

would

not rather

be

annihilated than all

or

halfe

the

world fbould

be

annihilated, is

fo

bafely

felfb,

that

I

jbouldfeoner

believe

that

analogical

Reaf

n

ruleth

f

me bruites ,

than that

true

Reafen determineth

this mans

choice.

Spinofa

táketh

the

Knowledge

of

our Union

with Univerfal

nature

(which

he calleth

Ged)

to

be

mans

perfection

and

hischiefgood,

in

cemparifon

of

which

f

njual

Pleafure, Riches

and

Honour

are

but

troublesfurther

then

they

are a meanes hereto

:

And

if

he

had

bet-

ter

known

God

,

as

the

Creator

and

Governour

and

end

of

the

ma-

terial

Vniverfe

which

he

took to

be

God

,

and had

jayned

[

holy

Uniteing Joyful Love

to

the

Univerfe

,

and

fpecially

to

the

Heavenly

Society, and

above them

all

to

God himfelf]

unto

this

Knowledge, and

extended

it

to

the perpetuity

of

an Immertal

f

ate,

he

had

been happily

in

the

right,

which miffing, he

became

a

pernicious

feducer

of

himfelf

and

others.

But

thus nature

and

Grace

do

loudly

tell

us,

that

each

part

fhould

be

greatly concerned

for

the

whole, and

therefore every

one

ßmuld

d

fre

to know

as

much

of

the

whole,

as

he

is

capable,

and

as tendeth

to

his duty

and

delight.

And

how

(mall

a parcel

of

Time,

or

Men,

or A

&ions

are

prefint

or

in

our

daies

?

How little

knoweth he

that

knoweth

no more

than

le

hat h

lived

to

fie?

What Religion

can

be have

who

knoweth

not the

Hifiary of

Creation, Redemption

or the

giving

of

the Holy

Ghofl,

or the

planting

and

'propagating

the

Church,

and

alfa

what will

be

when

this

life

is

ended?

But

it

is

not

all Riflery that is

needful

or

ufeful

to

as

:

There are

many things done

which

we

are not

concerned to

be

acquainted with.

But

the

Riflery

of

the

Church,

of

the propagation

of

the

Chriftian

faith,

and what the

Do

&rive was that

was

then

received,

and

how

it

was

pratfid,

promoted

and

defended,

and

how

it

was corrupted

invaded and

perfeecuted,

is

of

fo

great

ufe

to

pofterity, that next

to the

Scripture

and

the

illumination

of

Gods Spirit,

I

remember

no-

thing

more

needful

to

be

known.

When

Philip Nerius

fit

up

his Oratorian exercifis

at

Rome,

as

to

win the

people, they

found

itnece[ry

to nfe

large

afelionate

ex-

tensperate

prayers

and

expolitions

and

Sermons,

fo

the

next

thing

found

ref

e,

au

was,

to

bejlow conflantly

one

exercife

in

opening

(hurch-

Hif}o-

ry