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ix

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'f~e

I

u~d

my.

Spunge, .and took 'Out as many Exptei–

fions-of my Author's native Language, as

I

thought

would difturb

~n

Englijh

Reader. -subftituting fuch

as

a£peared fufficiently intelligible. Which being done,

the· Bookfeller was wife enough to fet the Prefs

going~

I

fig_nified my Purpofe to tatechife Youth publickly

in the Pofitions .and Characters ·of this· "Book, one ·

Lord's-Day; as in

Weftminjler :Ajfemhlj'.s Catechifm,

on the other by Courfe. Which

Pr~~ice

other Mini-

- fters foon told ·me, that .they would take up.

As_,

I

truft

m~y

more would do , forafmuch, as none can

be unfenfible what Multitudes

of

Men do go to grafs

op

this Side the

.Alp.r,

as

well as on the other; and

.what

a

fantaftick Faith common Pi'oteftants do reft

in,

_as

well

as

Romanifts.~

Making Sho\v of a Faith, _.as the

J.Yloon ·of

a.:

L~ght,

whereof not any is in thernfelve_s

t66ted.

Sadly it is feen ofall, how

Brit,

is painted,

too too properly we are ilill

na,

'lain,

is aNation. med

Britains.;

the Faith of moft

·

·

be_ing fuch. a

P~int,

as

Cafi!lOt

but

melt and vanifh in any TriaJ that

i~iiery.

Memorable , ary the Words

of

the learned unhap–

py

Spalato,

to this- Effe8 a.s

I

remember.

r'o Jay,

that I do not myfelf !mow, why I dq helieve

a

Re–

ligiou, .Article,

hut yet

I

do helieve it, hecauft

the Church in : which

1__

am doth helieve

it

;

it

i

the filf-Jame •a.r to fay, I do ·not myfelf open one

of

my

Eyes, hut yet I do fee tbe CJ'hing

jpo~en

of,

hccauft

·

the Copzpany

in

which lam doth fee -it.

The good

Lord leffel) among

us

the NJimber of Men fo abfurd,

and fo plainly void of Faith

r

l-Ie

hath

already made the

Leave~

of this Book

{o

·

ATO'lf'Ot.

_healing unto fome, 'that in great Hopes

I

commend -

them

unto

all.

And efpecially

t()

the Societies ofyoung

'

.

· lVlen,