Gurnall - BV4500 .G87 1655

the head and heart meet about it, the compleater the finne. Here are many litters of unform'd fins in one, filch I mean, that are conceived and caft forth in the hurry ofan extemporary paffion, fuch fudden as Phew weakneffe, thefe other deep wicked-', neffe. Secondly, take heed of hiding fin when thou haft committed it. This is one of the devices that are in mans heart, and as much Art and cunning is fhewen in this, as in any one part of the finners trade. What a trick had the Patriarchs to blinde their fatherseye with a bloody coat? 7ofephs Miftreffe to prevent a charge from lofeph, accufeth him for what Theis guilty, like the-` Robber who fcap't by crying Stop the Thief. God taught man tomakecoats to cover his naked body, but the devil learnt him toweave thefe coverings to hide the nakedneffe of his foule ; the more fubtile thou feemeft in concealing thy fin, the more e- gregioufly thou playeft the fool. None fo ithanfd as the liar when found out, and that thou art fure to be Thy covering is too fhort to hide thee from Gods eye ' and what God fees, (if thoudoeft not put thy felf to fhame) he will tell all the world of hereafter) however thouefcapeft in.this life. Thirdly, take heed offubtilty and finial policy, in compafling that which is lawful in it felfe ; 'tis lawful to improve thy eftate and husband it well for thy porcerity, but take not the devils counfel, who will be putting thee upon fome tricks in thy trade and flights in thy dealing ; fuch may go for wife men a whiles but the Prophet reads their deftiny, kr. T. H. At his end he Aall be a fool. 'Tis lawful to love our eftate,-fife, liberty, but be- wareof finful policy to fave them. 'Tis nowifdome to fhuffle withGod, bydenying his truth, or fluting of our duty to keepe correfpondence with men ; he is a weak fencer that layes his fouls at open guard to be ftabbed and wounded with guilt, while he is lifting uphis hands to favea broken head. Our fear com- monly meets us at that door by which we think to run from it. He that will lave his life fhall lofe it As you love your peace, Chriflians, be plain-hearted with God and man, and keep the Kings high-way ; go the plain way of the command to obtain thy defire, and not leap over hedge and ditch to come a little fooner to the journeys end ; fuch commonlyeither meet with fome flop thatmakes themcome back with flume, or t Ile put to, mum.