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The Epiffle

DedicAtory.

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aU affect to be

great,

but not

good;

and would

be as gods, not in

Bolinep,

but

rJ'ower:

nothing

· hath cofi: the Creature dearer fince the Creati–

on ; It turned

Angels

into

'De1JilJ,

and

Adttm

out

ofParadife~

In thefe-Times we have feen flrange

changes : God hath been

contending with the Oaks

and Cedars, .Amos

2~ ;·9.

and A:aining ·all worldly

glory. Certainly there is no fecurity in any thing

on this ftde·Chri.ft; what ever fl:orm·

co~eth,you

will finde his Bofom the furefl:.place of retreat ;

the Lord give you to

lay··

up·

your Soul there,

by

the fure repofal of a lively and attive Faith.

Sir,

You will bear

witi}.

my

plainnefs .and

fr(edom with you ; Other addrelles would nei–

ther be

comely

in me, nor

pleajing

to you :·

Our

work is not toflatterGreatnefs, but in the Scrip–

ture-fence (not in the humor ofthe Age)

i.tQ

le'lJel

;J;uke

3;

>•

Mountai1ts.

N.ow;

Sir,.the

God -and~ Father

of our

Lord Jefus ChriA: blefs you W·ith,all Spiritual

Bleffings in Chri{l; . as alfa your

pioru Confort;,

your

h()pefulJBuds;

with·- all the

"»Jorthy

fRJlatives

...

-and Branches..of your

Family;~

that

the Nam'e

sf

P O·P;E'A·M

may yeeld

forth a iweet

and

frefh ·perfume in the Chnrches ofChrifl:; which.

. ..

liddjre

to fix.here;as the

·pr~yer

ofhim·; who-is,

'

SIR., .

"'.

'

.

·x:ours.inall Chrifhan.Obferv:ance, .

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~ho. c8vfanton~