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The

Church

u

yfticall.

Simile.,

Color.

;.

of

.

r

Religion,

why

perlecuted.

.iZnYIC?.

..

Gudlinef?e

a

JYIy/lerie:

The

Church

it

felfe

is a

myfficall

thing:

For

under bafenef

fc,

and

.r

the

fcorne

of

the

world,

what

is

hid

?

A

glorious people.

The

flare of

the Church

in

this world,

it

is

like

a

Tree that

is

weather-beaten, the

leaves and

fruit

are

gone,but

there

is

life

inythe

root. So,what

is

the

Cnurc i?

A.

companie

of

men

that

are in

the

worl.,i,

with-

out glory,without

comelineflè

and

beautie yet

notwithflanding,they

have

life

in

the roor,a

hid-

den life

:

Our

life

it

hid

with

Chrift`,

in

God,

Colo; 3.

The Church

bath

a

life,but

it

is

a

hidden

myffi-

call

life,

a,life

under death ;.they

fèenie

to

die

to

the

world, but

they are

alive

:

This

is

excellently

and

rhetorically followed

by

S.

Paul;

Ai

dying,

and

yet

we

live; ar

poore

,

yet

making many

rich. A

firange kind

of

people;

Poore,

and

rich;

living;

and

dying

;

glorious,

and

bark;

yet

this

is

the

(fare

of

the

Chutch

here

in.

this

world

:

they are

an

excellent people,

but

they

are

veiled

under

infirmities

oftheír

ovine,

andthe

difgraces

and

perfecutions

of

the world.

So,

we fee

both

the

Doctrine

it

felfe, and

the Graces,

and

the Head

of

the Church,_

and the

Church

it

felfe,

are

na-

thing but

Myffer

ies;

Is it

f),

that Religion

is

a Myf

Brie ?

Then

fill'-

ofall,

doe

not

wonder

that

it

is

not

kno'ne

in

the

world

and

that

it

is

not onely

nor

knowne,butperfecutcd

and

hated.

Alas

,it

is a

hidden

thing,

men know

not the

excellencie

of

it.

As great

mens

fonnes

in

a

forraine

Countrey;

they

find

not

entertainment

anfwerable

to

their

worth, but

as

they

are

apprehended

to

be

by

ffrangers

: