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34

The Lift

of

God

by

fixing

our

love on the di-vine perfecri-

ons, that

w-e

may have then1 always

be–

fore us, and derive an impreffion of

thetn

on ourfelves, and

beholding

rwith

open .f'ace,

as in a

g

1

a./s

the glor;·

ol

the

Lord,

we

may

be cbaJJged i.J,:fo

the

j{zme

imag·e, fronz

glory

to

rglorJ'·

He

who

with

a

generous and

holy

ambition bath

raifecl

his

eyes towards

that uncreated beanty and goodnefs, and

' fixed hi·s affeCtion

there,

is quite of an·o–

ther

fpirit,

of

a

more excellent

and he–

roick temper than

the

reH: of the wodd;

. :and cannot but

infinitely

difdain all n1ean

and

unworthy things;

will

not

entertain

any' low or bafe

thoughts

which

n1ight

difparage his high and noble pretenfions.

Love is

the

greateft and moft excellent

thing

we

are mafters of; and therefore it

is

folly

and bafnefs to

bd1ow

it

unworthily.

It

is

indeed

the

only thing

v~e

can call

our

own.

Other tbii1gs may be taken

from

us

by

violence; but none can ravHh our

love.

If any thing elfe be counted

ours, ·

by

giving

our

love

we

give all,

fc)

far as

we make

over

our ht·ans

and

wills,

by

\vhich

we potfcfs our other enjoyments.

It is not pofTtble to refufe him any thing,

to

w

ho'11

by

love

we

have given

ourfclvcs.

Nay, G.nce

it

is the privilege of gifts to

re–

ceive their value · fron1 the

mind

of the