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iv

The

fIle

bolinefs.

His

underfianding

was

a Iamp

of

clear and

pure light,

without

any

the

leaft

meafure

or

mixture

of

culpable darknefs

or ignorance

;

it

was

able clearly

and

diflin&ly

to

reprefent

all obje&s,

competent for

him

to

know, with wonderful

readinefs and

facility.

His will

was (to fay

fo)

ftraight

as

a

rufh, without

any

the

leaft

finful

crook,

or

finifler

biais,

inclining

only and

per.

fe

&ly to

that

which

was

good,

and

altogether averfe from

every thing that

was

evil;

there

being

a

thorow

agree

-

ment betwixt

his

will, and the

will

of

God

;

fo

that

he

willed what he willed, and

nilled

what he nilled, All

his

afc

eliions

moved only and conflantly towards

right

and

commanded obje

&s,

and

that with perfc

&ion

of

regularity in

all

their

motions. His

memory was

of

ftrong

retention,

neither

knew he, while he remained

fuch,

what it

was

to

forget

any

thing that

was

fuitable and

in-

cumbent for

him

to remember.

His

confcience

was

in

ex-

cellent

cafe

to refle&

;

and, there

being

no

ground for

any

challenge, reproof;

or

accufation, it

did

only commend

and applaud

;

in a

word,

it

did

moft

faithfully

and

exa&-

ly

at

the

part

of

God's

Deputy,

following

his

orders

pun&ually

and

precifely,

and

fo

was

kept

in an

in

diflurbed

calm,

and perfe&ly ferene tranquillity.

The

members

of

his

body

were

fervants only to

righteoufnefs,

and,

with

holy

alacrity,

fubferved

the

foul in all

its

ope-

rations, But, ah

:

the entring

in

of

curled

fin, made a

fad,

forrowful

and ftupendious

Cataftrophe

letting

on

fire,

as

it were, the

whole courfe

of

nature,

and

putting its

very

foundatiogs

throe

way

out

of

courfe, and deplorably

defacing

the curious,

flately, magnificent, beautiful and

glorious

fabrick

of

this

little

world

Man

quite

vitiating

and corrupting

all

the

faculties,

powers

and

parts

of

his

foul and

body,

which,

by the

exa& and exquifite

fymetry

and

harmony

thereof,

through

the

image

of

God

con

-

created with him,

made him,

while

it

remained

in its

integrity,

incapable

of

all

fuch

motions,

or

a

&ions,

which

4hould

be

fubfervient

unto, or

compliant

with,

any

thing

contrary

unto,

or

different from

it.

His undemanding,

the

leading

faculty,

and

the

eye (as

it were)

of

the

foul,

became

an

abyfs and

dungeon

of

darknefs, cove-

red

all

over with fogs, mitts and clouds

of

ignorance,