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THE

EPISTLE

DEDIGATORx".

them.

But

neither the

crying

firmes

of thofe

who

arc

notorioufly

wicked

,

nor

yet

the groífe

corruptions

of

fuck

as

make

profefl:ion

of

religion

,

doe caufe

the

{}ate

of

our

land

to

bee

fo

dangerous

and

almoft

def-

perate,as the nice wantonneffe

of

finne,

which

ma-

keth it

impatient

of

the

leali

touch;

for howfoeuer

it

is

'in

it

felfe

of the moll

flauifh

nature, yet

is

it

fo

back-

ed

in

thefe

times with the

numerous multitude

of

of-

fenders,and

fo

countenanced and befriended

by

men

of

bell

quality

,

and

greateil power

that

it is

growne

to

be

a

matter

fare

more dangerous to reprooue

fin

then

to

commit

it,

efpecially

when

it

is

cunningly

a1ed

,

and

plainely

reprehended

.

Gods

fpirituall

Chirurgions

may

indeed

in

thefe

times

make

as

ma-

ny corrafiues

as

they

will

,but

if

they loue

their peace

and

lífe,they

mull

take heed

that they

doe

not

apply

them;

for

patients wounded

with the

fores

of

finne,

when they admit

them to

the

cure, hold

the

dagger

of

reuenge

in

their hands

,

ready

to

flab

them

,

if

they

but

touch them

to the

quicke

.

And therefore needs

mull

thefe

impatient

patients feller

in

their

corrupti-

ons to

the

very

death

of

body

and foule

,

feeing they

.

will

by

no

meanes

ïndure to

haue their

wounds

fear

-

ched

.

Neuertheleffe

all

this

mutt not daunt and

dif-

courage thofe whom the

Lord

bath

called

to the

fun-

¿lion

of

the

Miniflery

,

from the

performing

of theix

dutie,

but the more dangerous

and dcfperate

their

flare

is

who

are

committed to

their

charge.,

the

more

earnefl and

diligent

fhould

they new

themfelues

in

feeking

their preferuation.For

they

ought to

pi

cferre

the

fpirituall health

of

thofe who are by

God

corn.,

mitted

to

their

cure,

before

their

owrae

temporary

life;

and

being appointed the Lords watchmen

,the

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