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tbe Soul

of

Mm1.

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guid, like the n1otion of a \veight forced

npward:

it is cold and fpiritlefs, like the

uneafy cotnpliance of a wife married againfl:

her will, who carries it dutifully toward

the hu:fband whon1 ihe cloth not love, out

of fome fenfe of virtue or honour. Hence

alfo this religion is fcant and niggardly,

efpecially in thofe duties which do greateft

violence to mens carnal inclinations; and

thofe flaviili fpirits. will be fure to do no

more, than is ab!olutely required: it is a

law that cotnpells then1, and they will be

loth to go beyond what it fiints then1 to,

nay, they will ever be putting fuch gloffes

on it, as

n1ay

leave then1felves the greatefi:

liberty: whereas the fj)irit of true religion

is frank and liberal, far fron1 fuch peeviih

and narro\v reckoning; and he who hath

given hin1felf entirely unto God, will

ne–

ver think he cloth too tnuch for hin1.

By this tin1e I hope it cloth appear, that

religion is with a

~reat

deal . of

Religion a

reafon

tern-.~ed

a

lift,

or vttal

divine

prin–

principle; and that it

is very

cipfe.

neceifary to difiinguifh betwixt

it,

and that

obedience which is confhained, and de–

pends

O!l

external caufes.

I con1e next to

give an accoqnt why I defigned

it

by the

n~tne

of

divi11e

life. And fo

it

n1ay be

called, not only in regard of its fountain

.)

and