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i.

.

To the Reader.

fianding in Chri!Haflity, yet

by

frequent fea.rching in·

to this Book of his heart, finde more errours

th~n

eve-r

ht

thought of. So that

I

may here

comm~nd

a

new

fifldy, and a new art

to

the world, This Treatife is

De. Arte Cortlil,

which

may

well

be called liberal, for

if rightly managed) it will fet a man at liberty from that

entanglement and bondage, the lulls of fin have over

him.

It's true, tbis

SubjeCt bath been fearched into by

many praCtical Auchors, yet it's good to have feveral

T.raetates a_bout the fame marter (for we do not bring

aew

matter in Divinity, no more then there is in-Phi–

lofophy,

tJwAteriaeft

itJgen~rabilis,

it is the

fame

mat·

ter underamultitudeof torms) Not only becaufe one

Book of fuch a Subjett may come unto a mans hands,

when another may not, but a1fo becaufe every man

bath his feveral gift to prepare and dreffe up the matter

treated of, and one mans gi(t may prevail

more

then

another mans. No doubt it's with Books, as it is with

men and their_preaching. There is

a

\Vonderfull dif–

p.!n[ation of Gods providence herein, fo'r as fome men,

though they have not eminency either of gifts or gra.-

. ces, yet are bldfed with more fp.iritull fucceife and ac- –

ceptancein their labours, then men

of

greater name

and renown : So it is

\~its

Books, Not alwaies that

which is the mofr learned, the mofl: exquifite and ela·

borace ·doth find e the chiefefl: place in mens affeCtions,

but

the

fuccefieis as God in

wi fdom

and mercy

doth

vouchfafe

to

it. H-: nce

thougb

theMiilillersof Chrifr

plant and wacer by writing as well as preaching, yet

frill

it's God chat giV'et h the increafe .

A two·fnld advantage

may

come ·

by

this Book

through Gods bleffing,

Firfr, The true Chri!l:ian may come to

fur~r

A!fu–

.,

ranee