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Culiome,anothcr Nature. the firfSunday inLent. Serm.10. 173 carried awaywith couetoufneffe ; this is Saint Augu/lines opinion : but Lyra, he faith, That it was through his accuftomation to Witcheriesand Sorceries,Mon_ graftsaffu, fattNr ad vecenaAlinenonexpauit . For Cuftome makes things that are monftrous,familiar vnto vs. Euerie wherewe indeere lobs fufferings, becaufe they came vpon him on fuch a Tudden an. vnequall fa(hion : I was in wealth (faith the Text) buthe brought metonaught ; he hath takenwee by the cheeke and beaten mee ; hee cuttethmy reynes, and pourethmy gall on the ground , he hath brokenmewithone breakingvponanother, and runneth vpon me likeaGyant : myne eye is dimmefor griefe, and my ftrength likea fhadow; mydayesarepafF, myneenterprifes broken,and the thoughts ofmyheart haue changed the night for the day, andthe light hath approchedfordarkeneffe; the graue mullbemyhoufe,& I mutt make my bed in the darker I muff fay toCor- ruption, Thouart my father, and to theWorme, Thou art my mother and my fitter, &c. Thefe at liétions were as harlh to lob,beeing not vfedand beaten to them, asVice, through Cuftome, ispleating to theWicked. Voluptabar (faith Auflen)in cow ßabilonis,tanquäin cinamonÿs& vnguentispretiofas, Babylondurt was as Amber andtheflenchofherfireets asprecious oyntmentsvetome. And after that he had in his Meditations endeered the euills of this prefent life,he bcwailes the wretched condition ofthofe thatare bewitched with the loue ofthis life; who thereby followingtheir pleafures, come ro loofea thoufand liues. Homer in his odyfes paints forth thedeceits of Circes,and that Vlyffes efcaped themby beeing aduifedthereof by Uwercurie. Thehearbe Moly, whole root is blacke,andthe Floure white (the fymbole of the knowledge of our felues)and thofe Syrens (of whomEfaymaketh mcntion)vnder thenames of Zing &ohim,of Oftriches andSatyres that (hall dance there ; both which are figures ofthe delights of this world,whereuntamany arefowedded,that theProphet could terme them, Menftledon their Lees. Wilt thoubemade whole . i3e fir(} askes him(being as yetvnfpokenvnto)whi- therhewere willing tobe healed,orno O,what anoble proceeding was this in our Sauiour, that hee would firft askeour good will ! All other humane goods Godgiues and takes away as hee fees fit, withoutasking our confent; but hee is willing to aske hereof this ficke man, hisgood wil,for that there is nothing fo much ours, as that. Filiprobe mihi car mum, cmy formeglueme thy heart : alwaies confidering this withhimfelfe, that forour condemnation,our owne wilis Cau- fapofitiva ,thepofeinecaufe thereof; [Perditiotuaexte¡[rael] but for our juftifica- tion, it is caufa iinequa non, we cannot be faued without it. And to this purpoff tend thofe remarkable words ofSaint(...lugufline,,Zeicreauittefinete,nonfalua. bit tefine te, He that made thee without thee, will notfare thee without- thee : So that ourwill, though it be not the principali caufe of ourgood, yet is it the chiefeft caufeof our ill. TwoMoores that are Slaues, the one delires hislibertie, the other,his captiuitie; thewill of the latter is thepofitiue caufeof hishurt, and thewill of the former doth himnogood, vnleffehis Redeemer ranfome him. Honinemnonhabeo, I haue not a man. This (as Caietanbath noted)was afaire and mannerly anfwer. For fo natural is thedelire oflife,that it is a wonderto fee any manwax weary thereof,though he findhimfelfe neuer fovnhealthie. We readofthofe our antient fathers,that forne of themhued nine hundred yeares ; but wee readnot ofanyof them that thoughtthem toomanyor toomuch. Pharaohasking Jacob , how oldbee was, he told him, That the whole timeof his pilgrimage was anhundred and thirtie P 3 yeares; rob t6.6:17. r;. Mans wilL concurs not, withGrace in ourvprifh from fine.