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;n the Soul

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be meafured by .the object of its love.

He

who loveth mean and fordid things, cloth

thereby become bafe and vile; but a,noble

and well- placed affection,

cloth advance

and improve the fpirit unto a conformity.

with the perfections which it loves.

The

images of thefe do frequently prefcnt

themfelves unto

the

n1ind,

and,

by

a fe–

cret force and

I

energy, in fin uate in to the

very confl:itution of the foul, and muulSI.

and fafhion

it

unto their own likenefs.

Hence we n1a

y

fee how eafil

y

lovers or

friends do flide into the imitation of

-tb_e

perfons whom they affect, and how,

even

before

they are aware,

they refemhle

then1,

not only in the more ·confidcrable

inftances of their deportment, but alfo in

their

voice and gefture, and that

which we

call

th~., ir

mien and air.

And

certainl

v

we

fhould as well

tranfcribe

the

virtues .,

and

in vvard beauties of the

fc>ul,

if

they

were

th e

object

and

motive of our love.

But

now, as all the creatures we converfe

with

h::tvc their mixture a.nd alloy,

we

are al–

ways

in hazard to be fullied

and

corrupted

by

placing our affcCl:ion on

them.

Paaion

doth

eaGi

y

blind

our

eyes,

fo

that we

firft

approve, and then imitate the

thi 1gs'

that

are

hlameable in thcn1 . ..,...

The true

' way

to improve and ennoble our fouls,

is,

by