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in the Soul

of

Ma1t.

37

the object to anfwer the vafinefs of its ca–

pacity.

So eager and violent a pailion

cannot but ,fret and torn1ent the fpirit,

where it finds not wherewith to fatis(y its

cravings. And indeed fo- large and

un–

bounded is its nature,- that it 1nuft be

cx–

treinely pinched and

firaitcned,

when

confined to any creature: nothing belo\v

an infinite good c,an · afford it ro0n1

to

fl:retch itfelf, and exert its vigour ·and ac1-i–

vity. What is a little

ikin

deep beauty,

or.

fon1e fmall degrees of ·goodnefs,

to

n1atch or fatisfy a paffion that was n1ade

for God; defigned to en1brace an infi nite

good? No wonder lovers do fo hardly fuf–

fer any rival, and do not defire

tha~

others

ihould approve their paffion by in1itating

it.

They know the fcantinefs and narrownefs

of the good which they love, that

it

can–

not fuffice two·, being in effeCt too little

for one.

Hen~e

love

'which is jlrong as

death,

occafioneth

jea!oufy ·whi-ch is cruel

.as the gra7.:e;

the coals whereof are coals

of fire which hath a 1nofi violent flame.

But divine love bath no _mixture of this

gall. · When once the foul is fixed on that

fupreme and all-fufficient good, it finds fo

n1uch perfeCtion ·and goodnefs, asCloth not

only

anfwer and

fatis~"y

its affecrion, but

1u.afier

and

overpower

it

too;

it

finds all its

, D

loYe