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32

The Lift of GOD

temper the vigorous and heahhful confii–

tution of the fi)ul.

Its

f~culties

had been

formerly enfeebled and difordcred, fo that

they

could not

excrcite

thdr natural

fm~crions

; it had wearied itfdf with end–

lcfs toflings and rollings, and was never

able to find any reft: now, thar diltemper

being removed, it feds itk h . well; there

is a due harmony in irs faculties,

~nd

a

fprighdy vigour poifeffeth every part. The

und \.rfianding eau difcerli what is good,

and

tfy

will can cleave unto it:

the· af–

feCtions are ·not tied to the motions of

fenfe,

and the -influence of external ob–

jeers; but they are ftirred by more divine'

impreffions, are touched by a ft.:nfe of

irt-

vifible things.

·

Let us defcend, if you pleafe,

into a

The

excel-

nearer and more particular view

iency- of

di-

of religion,

in

thofe fcveral

Tine

love.

branches of it ·whi eh were na-

nled before.

Let us confider that love

and

affcCl:ion wherewith holy fouls are

united to 'God, that we may fee what ex–

cellency and felicity is involved in it. Love

is that powerful and prevalent pafficm,

by

which all the faculties and inclinations of

the foul are determin(d, and on which

both

its

perfeCl:ion and happintfs depend.

The worth and excellency of a

foul

is

to

- '· be

;