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Ñumb.VIII.

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123

2.

Or

elfe

to get

all

that

fear

God to obey Men in doing what they think

God

forbiddeth, and

leaving

undone what they think

he

commandeth.

;.

Or

elfe

to

punifh

thole that will not do

this,

to

utter

Difablement, Extirpati-

on, or Death.

The

two

first

ways

I

was fure would

never prevail

:

And

I

knew

that

the

third

would colt

fo

dear,

as

that

no

Ceremonies,

.Forms

,.

or.nnneceffary

Oaths or

Covenants,

would finally bear

the

Charges

of

it:

The.

Blood

of

the

faith-

ful

is

of

hard digeftion,

and`3udae his Conscience bath an awakening

Day, when

his Companions in

Guilt will

calf him

off:

'And God efleemeth

fuch Blood

pre-

cious

:

And when the Jobb

is

done by ir, itleaveth an

Everlafing Odium on the

Doers, and Shame

upon

their

Caufe

:

And their own

Succeffors

disown

it,

and fay,

If

we

had lived in

the

days

of

our Fathers, we would

not

have been

Partakers

with

them in

this Blood e

And they build

their

Sepulchres

whom their Fathers flew, and

Saint

them that were

defpifed

(as

Martin,

óc.)

And

the

Moderate

malt

come

af"

ter to

heal all, by

crying

Shame

on the Cruelty

of

their Predeceffots,

as

Salvian,

Clemangie, Erafmuo,

Elf

enceur,

Caffánder, Grotiae,

and

fuch,

others do ;

and

fay as

Tertnfian ,

Solitudinem

faciane

tt

pacem vocatst.

But the

final

-

.Reckoning will

pay

for

all.

Some fay,

We

and

other Countries

have lived

in Peace

on

the Terms that

you

call

impollible.

-

llnfw. It's true, of tome kind

of

Peace

:

So

they

do

in Spain,

Italy,

nay,

Mof-

aovy,

&c.

keep Men fo

ignorant,

that

they

(hall

not know Duty from Sin,

nor

trouble their

Heads about God's

Law,

and in

Satan's Darknefs you may keep

Men

in

his

Peace

;

and they

will

venture their

Souls

on the Opinion

of

them that can

hurt their

Bodies. But

when Chrift battereth

this

Garrifon

of

Satan, he breaks

this

Peace. And

I

knew that

in England

many fcore Thoufands would never

return to

this

ignorant

Peace.

XIX.

As

I

was

fure

that

there

was

no

hopes

of

Peace

,

in

any

but the way

of

plain Chriftianity,

fo

I found that

all

the

wifeft, and famouftelt Lights

of

the

Church,

and

greareft

Peace

-

makers, had

fä11

been

of

the

fame mind.

The-Pri-

mitive Churches for Three hundred

years ditl lay

their Unity

on this

ground; and

by

Degrees Divifions grew

up

as

needleft Impofitions grew. Nazianzen, Hillary,

Yincentiur

Lerin,

&c. and lince

Erafmus, Feria,

Caf%nder

,

Grotias, Atosnira,

Bergiuo,

yanisa,

Ufher,

Hall, Davenant,

Cbillingwortb, Hales,

&c. go

all this neceffary

way.

And when

my deareft

Friend,

the

LordChief

Justice Hale,

was

not

far from

death,

I

wrote

to

him to

leave his

Judgment

in

Writing to

the World,

of

the true way

to

Heal our present

Breaches

:

And he left for me

to

that

ufe

three

fmall

Tra&ates

be-

fore written, which I

published ; fhewing

that

all

our

Divifions

and Calamities

come,

by

making that to

feem

part

of

Religion which

is

none, and

that

to be

ne-

ceffary

which

is

-not

fo,

XX.

But

left any racked words of

mine

Ihould

be

interpreted to be for

Se-

dition

or

Schism,

rhefe

being the.things that

my

Soulabhorreth,

I

wrote near Twen-

ty

Books

almost wholly againít Schifm and,

Sedition

,

and all the Principles and

Reasonings

that

favour

them

;-on

all

Extreanis: I

was difçouraged a while

to

find

that the

Stream

of

Philofophies; Politicks,

"Canonifts, Cafuifts

,

Papilla

and Pro

-

reftant,,

and

the

greareft Lawyers

that

I

couldmeet

with,

agreed that the

People

are the Fountain

of

Civil

Power, and give

-the

Soveraign what he

bath;

and

many

fuch-Notions: I

feared to contradi& fuch

a Bream

as

this.

But being

fatisfied,

I

firfl confuted it

in

Harrington

rdfg. and

thenpun

&wally

in Richard

Hooker

(though

dedicated

by

a

Billap to the

King)

and

then in many

others

of

all forts.

And

for Church

-

Concord,

no

Man

living

bath written half

fo

much

as I.

And,

-now

after

all,

I

am

fingled

out

as

accufed

for

that

which

1

have written near

Twenty

Books

purpofelyagainll, and

above

anHundred- in which this Do&tine

of

Love,

Unity

and Subje&ion

hath

its

due

part.

XXI.

The`,

words

which äre misinterpreted

as

Seditious,

by

feigning'

-me

to

mean worfe

than I

fpeak, leave 'me

and

all

Writers

to

the mercy of Miftakers,

which

are

molt that

have

ignorance and ill-will.,

I

mean

no more than

I

fpeak :

If

other Men

ay

that

my words

lignifie

more,

they thereby make them

theirs;

and

not

mine:

God

-only

is

the Judge

of

feeler Thoughts.

Humane Converts bath

made

these Rules

of

Expofition

t

First,

That

Words

be

taken:

in

the

ufital

fence

of

Men that

Treaton

theSuójett

that

they handle;-

unless

the

Speaker

otherwife ex-

pound

them. Secondly,

That

the

whole Scope and

Context mull

expound

par-

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