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THri

EPISTLE

DEDICATORY.

more

fecurely

the people

fleepe

in

finne

,

the louder

mutt

they

crie

till

they haue awakened them

,

wheat

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they

fee

Gods

iudgcments

approching

and ready

to

feize

vpon them

:

otherwife

the people

(hall

die in

their

Pinnes,

but their bloud

(hall

be

required

at

the

watchmens

hands.

The

confederation of which

duty,

and the intire

lone which I

beare

to

my

deare

coun-

try,

hath made me willing

,

whom

the

Lord

hath

vouchfafed

this

great

and excellent calling

to

becte

downe,

as

much

as in

me

lieth

,

foure

capitali

fins

of

this land,prophane Swearing

,

beatify

Drunkenneffc,

filthy

VVhordome,and

corrupting

Bribery; both

be.

caufe they

are

fo

odious

and

abominable

in

Gods

fight,

that

they

make

our

whole

country

Iiable

to

his

wrath,

and

to

Rand

indangered

to

the.

fearefullett

of

bis

iudgements;

and

al fo

becaufè

I

perceíue that they

are

in

the wane

,but

in

the

increafe;

and

that

like

fretting

cankers,they

fpread

further

and

furtherin the

body

of our

State

;

fo

that

if thole

members which

are

already

infeEed

bee

not

either

cured

by

Gods

Minitiers, or cut

off

by

his lawful' Magiftrates,

it

is

to

be feared

that

thefe fores

of

finne

will

grow defpe-

rate,

and

part

hope

of

any

cure.

The

which

my

poo

~e

labours

I

defired

fhould

offer themfelues

veto the

publike

view

vider the

fafe

-guard

of

your

honora.

ble

patronage,

beeing

mooued

thereunto

both

by

mine owne

lone

,

and

your

fitneffe

:

my loue towards

your

Honours,

being

chiefely

grounded upon your

loue

towards

God

,

and

to

his

true religion

, fhewed

both

in your

holy profeflion

and

Chriftian

praCtife,

bath

imboldned

me

to

kaue veto

the world

this

per-

petual; teftimony

of

your worth

,

and

my

goodwill,

and

'naked)

me

beleeue, that

thefe my workes

fhrow-

ded