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ilt

the Soul

of

M aJt.

25

heart to

it.

The ingenuity that appeared

in his firfi addrefs

hid

already procured

fo1ne

kindnefs

for

him ;

for it

is

faid,

A11d

Jejus

beholding him, loved him.

But

tnufl:

he for

his fake

cut out a

ne\v

way

to hea–

ven, and alter the nature of things,

which

n1ake

it

i.mpoffible that a

covetous

rnan

fhould

be happy

?

And

what !hall I fpeak of his meek–

nrfs,

who could encounter the

mc>nfhous

ingratitude and

di!fim

ulation .

oF

that mif–

crcant who

betrayed

him,

in

no

h~rfher

. terms than this,

Judas, betrayefl thou

the

San o;

man

with

a

k[fs?

What further·

e–

vidence could we

defire of his

fervent and

unbounded

charity,

than

that

he willingly

laid

down

his life

even

for his

moft

bitter

enemies; and,

n1ingling his

prayer~

with

his blood, befought the Father that his

death n1ight

not ·be laid to

their charge,

but

n1ight

t-,ccon1e

the n1eans of eternal

life

to thofe

very

perfons \\ ho procured

it ~

'rhe third

branch of the divine

life is

P

uritv

j

which, as

I

f.:1id,

con

J

His

purity..

fifis in a

negleCt of

world

y

en-

..

joyments and accommodations, and

a

re..:'

folute enduring of all fuch troubles as

we

n1ect

with in

the doing of our duty. Now;

furely,

if

ever

any perfon

was

wholly dead

to all the

pleafures

of the natural

life,

~t

c

.