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in

tht

Sottl

of

M an.

3

I · .

ed to

chuft,

and

caz~/efl

to

aproach

tt11to

thee-.

B le/Jed be thine infinite mercy,

711ho

fintefl

thine

own

Son to

dv./e

I

mnong

men,

and in-

Jlruil

the;,z

by

his exarnple as

·well aJ

his

la'ws,

g iv ing·

them a perfe8

patent of

what

th~y

ought to be.

0

that

the

holy

life

of

'

~.

the blejfed Jefus

may

be always

in

my

thoughts, and

before

mine eyes, tilf I

re–

ceh;e

a deep fin

le

and

impre(jion

of

thofi ex–

cellentgraces thatjhined

fi

eminently in

him;

and

let

me never cea/e

nry

endeavours

till

. ,

_that new

and

druine

nature prevail

in

tr':7

·foul~

and Chrifl beffJrmed 'withitt me.

A

ND now, -

my

dear. friend, having dif:..

covered the nature of true religion,

before

I

proceed any further,

it will

not

perhaps. be unfit

t6

fix our me-

The

e~cei.

ditations a little on the excel-

lencyand

ad–

lency and

advantages

of

it;

that

vantage

of

b

-

religion.

we

may

e

excited to the

n1ore

vigorous

and

diligent profecution

of

thofe·

· methods whereby we

n1a

y

attain

fo:

great

a

felicity.

But

alas!

what

~ords

.fhall we

find

to

exprefs

that

inward

fatisraetion~

.

ttofe hidden

plea.fu.res which ea n

never

he

rightly

underftood ,

but by thofe

holy

fouls

who feel them?

A

flranger

h1termedd-eth

not with th.eir

joy

.Holinefs is the

right

ten1pcr

• Prav. xiv.

IO·.

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