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the world run

into

?

how ìnftantly

would it be

turned

into

a

very fhambles

?

how

would

men, the

greateft

part

of men,

turn

like roring

lions and

ravening

wolves,as

cru-

el

tygers,or

favage

wild

boars, one

to

another

?

how

would

it

be filled

with

violence,

rapine and

blood

?

how

would

the

greateft

and moff abominable'

villanies walk

up and

down

in

it,in

the

very ftreets and concourfes

of

the

people,

uncontrouled,

bare

-faced, not in

mafquerade,or

under any

difguife

?

how

would

reafonable

men

be

as

fo many

in

carnate

devils,

or

brute

beafts

?

Such

would

take

heed

that

this

be

not found to

be

the interpretative

language of

thefd

thoughts

;

O

that there

were

not

fuch

a

thing

as

Confci

ence,

God's

deputy,

in

men

in

the

world

!

and, O

that

there

were not

a

God

to

appoint,

commiflionate

and

efta

blifh fuch deputies

under

him

!

I

fhall

not

deny,

having

plainly

afferted

it

before,

that

an

ill-

informed

Confcience,'

Waited

efpecially

with any

forwardnefs,

may

make

very,

fad

work

amongft

men, and

prove

a

very

troublefom

and

cumberfome

neighbour

:

But,

alas!

why

fhould

the blame

be

laid

on

Confcience as Confcience?

what evil

bath

irnocent

Confcience

done

?

The

general

great

advantages

that

come

to

the world,

with the

many mifchiefs

that

are

kept off

it

by

Confcience,

are infinitely

greater,

and more

valuable,

than

any

little

prejudices and difadvantages

that

now

atnd

then, here

and

there,

come

by

the

ill

informed

turbu-

lent

Confciences

of

fome

particular perfons; neither

will

I

altogether deny, but

the tendereft

Confciencei

of

truly

godly

men

may fometime

difpofe

them

to jealous

and

fufpe&

themfelves

where

they

are not

indeed

guilty,

ás

it

did

the eleven

honeft

difciples, when

the

Lord told

them that

one

of

the

twelve

fhould betray him,

and,

tho..

row

force weaknefs, may

now

and then difquíet

and

give

them

the alarm,

when

there

is

little or

now

ground

for

it

:

But

I

Muff

fay,

that

this may be

very

eafily

difp

penfed and born

with,

fnce

that

little

damage, if it

may

be called

fo,

will

be eafily and

quickly

compenfed

by

its giving

the

alarm,

and caúfing

fuitable

difquiet,

when

there

is

ju(f

ground

for ir,'

Here

a

tender

Confcience

may

be refembled

to

a

vigilant

and

ftriti

fentincl

Pet

to'vvatch

a

houfe

lying

in

the

midit

of

thieves

and

robbers;

whci'

Will

fometirnes

osa

a

miltake

awake

and

alarms'

and,

it.

ma

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