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in the Soul oj" .L"\11an.

7

fcurrility to thofe who are naturally nlo–

defl::

fo

that

I

may

well

fay with St.

John

*,

Whqfoever is born

of

God dotk not

commit fin

j

for his feed remaineth ·;n him;

and he ran11ot

fin

becaufe he is born

of

God.

Though holy and religious perfons do

much eye the law of God, and have a

great regard to it; yet it is not fo

n1ueh

the fanction of the law, as

its

reafonable–

ncfs, and purity, arid

goodnef~,

:which do

prevail with then1

they account

it

excel–

lent and deGrable in itfelf,

an'd

that in

keeping of

it

there is great reward; and

that divine love wherewith they are acted

"

n1akes

then1

become a law unto then1fdves.

~is

legem det amantibus?

Major

efl

amor

lex ipje

Jibi.

\:Vho !hall prefcribe

a

law to thofe that love?

Love's a

more

pow~rful

law which doth

them move.

In

a word, what our bleffed Saviour

faid of hin1felf, is

in

fon1e n1eafure

appli–

C"1ble

to his followers, that

it

r's their meat

and drink to do t!Je,r

fother'

J.

will

t: ·

and

as the natural appetite is

carried

out to–

ward food,

though we ihould not

fC'fleCl:

on

the neceffity

of it

for

the

-prefervation

of

our lives;

fo

are they earned with a

·

natural

'

~

;t

John iii. 9•

t

John iv.

34~