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To

the Chriíaian

R

E

A

D

S

R,,

Reverend

and

Chriftian Reader,

Here

ris

nothing

more

pleafant

and

comfortable,

more

animating

an

inabling,

more

ravifhing and

foule

-

contentingtoatrue Chriftian,

then

the

frequent and

ferioiis

mea'tarien

of

chri

f`t,

then an

holy

and humble,

ÿ

a

íveet

and

con

ant

commerce

and

communion

with Chriff

:

Chrift

le

fus

being the

wholeofmans

happineffe

;

the

Sunne

which

gives

him

light

in

darknef

e

;

the

Phyfsteon

which

heales

his

feules

fickne/

;

the wall

of

fire

which defends him

in

the

a/faults

ofall

enemies;

the Friend

comforting

him

in

his

heavinefe;

the

Arke

fupporting

him

in

the deluge

of

all

his di

fire

ff

s

;

the

Rocke

fia

flaining

him under the

heavi-

ef?

preffures

;

the enjoyment

ofChrift

folaceth

in

the

deepelt

farrows

; the

want

of

drift

diftracleth in

the

greateft

worldly

abundance.

Who

but

drift

is

the

cloudy

Pillar,

proteEting

and

lea-

ding

Gods

Ifrael;

the

heavenly Manna

feeding

the

Lords

people

;

the

brazen

Serpent

curing

Gods

children

of

thv

finfull

venome which the

fiery

Serpent bath

infus'd

into

them

:

Who

but

Chrift

is

she

Propitiatory

or

Mercy-

Seat in

whom mercy

it

feate

,,

and

through

whom

it

is

r

re-

d