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·•

tJt

the Soul

of

A1mt.

35

giver, and not to be

mcafured by

the e–

vent, but by

the dcGrc; he who Ioveth

may

in fon1e fcnfe be ·f;iid

not

only to be–

fiow all he bath, but all

things

elfc which

n1ay

n1ake

the

beloved

perfon

happy,

fince he doth

heartily

wifh

them,

and·

would

readily give

them,

if

they

Yvere

in

l1is

power.

In which

fcnfe

it is

that

one

n1akes bold

to

fc1y,

That divine

iove doth

in

a manner

give God unto himje[f;

by

the

complacency

it

takes in the

happinej1·

and

perfection

if

his nature.

But though this

.n1ay

feen1

too

Hrained

an expreilion, cer–

tainly

love is

the

worthid1: prefent we

can

offer unto ·

God;

and

it

is

extremely

de–

bafed

when we

befiow

it

another

way.

When

this

affection is

mifplaced,

it cloth

often vent

itfdf

in

fuch

exprdiio!1S

as

point at

its

genuine and

proper

object,

and

infinuate

where

it

ought

to

be

placed.

'I

he

flattering

and blaij)hemous terms of

adoration

wherein men do

fometimes

ex–

prefs

their

paffion,

are

the language

of

that

affeCtion which was

made

and dcfign–

ed tor God;

as

he who is accuflomed

to

fpeak to

fome

great

pcrfon,

doth

perhaps

unawares

accofi

another

with

rhofe

titles

he was

wont to

give

to

him.

Btu certainly

that

paffion whiLh accounteth ..

·i~s

()b1etl:

a

Deity,

ought to be befrowed on · hitn

who