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To

THE

READER.

them

oftheir

errours

and

lye.s;

then

(

wanting

this

helpe)

if

we

fhould fpcnd

our

whole time

in

rea-

ding

ofControuerf

es,

and euen dimme

our

eyes,

and

tyre

our brayncs

in

the perufing

and

fudying

of

Polemical) difcourfes.

For,thefe many grounds

ofTruth

doe

yeeld from them

fuch

a

cleere

light,

that

they do not only

appeare

in

theirowne

bright

-

nef

e,but

allo difcouer

the

blackneffe

oferrour,and

from one Principle

well

vndcrflood,we

inferre

the

falfhood

of

innumerable contrarie Concluliions:

whereofit

is,

that

we fhall

very rarely

oblerue

any

well-

grounded

in

the

fundamental)

points

of

Re-

ligion,

to

fall

into

the

Mares

of

fubtill

Seducers

:

whereas contrariwife

wee

may commonly

fee,

that

thole

who

are

ignorant

of

them

,

though

neuer

fo

fharpe-

lighted

in

curious

fpeculations,doe become

an eaue

prey,and

are

quickly catched

in

the

nets

of

their

Sophilirie. In which

refpeCts

it were

much

to

be

witted

,

that both

Miniflers

would

bee

more

frequent and

diligent

in

laying there

grounds

in

their Teaching

and

Writing

;

and alto

that the

people

would receive this more

folid

and fub(lan-

tiall foode

with

a

better appetite.

The

which

of

both

is

too

much

negleted

,

becaufe

howfoeuer

there

grounds'are moft

neccffarie,

yet

they doe

not

make

fo

glorious

a

(hew

as

other

points

leffe

fub

Rantiall,

becaufe like

a

lure

foundation

they are

plaine and vnpolifhed

;

whereas

the

other

being

beautifully garnifhed with

wir

and

eloqucnce,doe

delight

thefenfe,

and

more

pleafingly

workevpon

the

heart and affections.

And yet

we

mull

acknow-

ledge

to

Gods glorie,who

hash

giuen there gifts

to

If

3

men,