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rn the Soul

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MaH.

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be beloved, he

is

revived, as

it

were,

and

liveth

in the

foul and care of

the

per–

fan

whon1

he

loves:

and

now

he begins to

n1ind

his own

concernn1ents, not fo much

becaufc they are his, as becaufe · the be–

loved is

pleafcd

to own an interefi in

then1.

f-Ie

becon1cs

dear

unto

himfelf, becaufe

he is fo unto the other.

But

why

ihould I enlarge in fo known

a n1atter? Nothing can be n1ore clear; than

that the happinefs of love depends on

the return

it

meets with.

And herein

the divine lover, hath unfpeakably

the

ad–

vantage, having placed his affection on

hln1 whofe nan1re is love; \vhofe good-

,.. nefs

is

as

infi

nire as his being;

w

hofe ffier–

cy prevented us when

v1e

\Vere

his

ene–

nlies, therefore cannot chufe but en1brace

us when we are becoine his friends.

It

is

utterly

impoffible

that God ihould deny

his love to a foul wholly devoted to him,

and which

deGres

nothing

fo much

as

to

ferve and pleafe

hin1.

He cannot difdain

his

own

image, nor

the

h cart in which

it

is engraven.

Love is all the

tribute

which we can

pay

him, and it is

the fa–

crifice \vhich

·he

vdll

not

dc~ryifc.

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