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The
firfi
Sermon
rail excellency
to
himfelfe..
Now
.confider
what
is
the
excellency
thy heart
defìres, aboue
all
things
eis.,
whether
it
bee
Iefus
Chrifi.,
to
.bee
in hire
,
to
excel!
in
grace,
to
haue
a
new
draught
of
Gods
Image
to
bee
made
in
thy
.
foule, or
whether
fome fuch
thing
as
I'haue
na
med;
Confider what
is
the proper
vertue
thou
wouldeft
haue
thy
foule
to
excell in,
for
there
are
feverall vertues,every
thing hath
fome
ver-
tue
or
other
which
is
proper
to
it,
as
the
vertue
of
a
knife
is
tocut
well,
&
the
vertuc
of
a
horfe
to
goe
well,
and
the
vertue
of
a
fouldier
is
to
fight well, and the
vertue
ofa
Chriftian to
be
a
holy
man,
to
be
holy,
grations, and
vnblame-
able
in
his
converfation.
Now
what
is
the
proper
excellency
thy heart
aymes at
,
what
"is
that thou
efteemeft
thy
vertue,that
ifthou
wert
put
to
thy
choyfe
that thou
mighteft
haue
a
with
granted thee; whether thou
wouldeft
&-
fire
this, to
excel!
ingrace
and
holynes,to
haue
thy
finfull lufts
mortifycd
,
to
haue
thy
heart
ut
into
a
holy
frame
of
grace
:
or whether,
if
thou wouldeft
deale
impartially with
thy
felfe)
-is
it
not
fotne
other
excellency
that
thy
kart
runnel
vpon
that thy thoughts
and
aftc.
&ions are
moft
fet
vpon?
Confider
when thou
looke
vpon
others,
what
feemes
molt
graci-
ous
:in
thy
fight;by
what thou
doeft molt
value
the excellency
of
another.ran
ist
it
is
likely
thou
fo
efteemeft thy
felfe
alfo:
Cófider
there-
fore
I
fay
what
thou
meafureft
thy
felfe
by
A
man
41._
S
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