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Church of England;
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The Contents of this Book.
with the addition of fome new onese more than formerly had been made, tr make the number (well. In fine, great inportunities were wed to His Sacred Majesty, that the faid Book might be reviled and fuch Alterations, therein and Additions thereunto wade, fhould be thought requiite for the exis of tender Confciances: hereunto His Majelty, out of His pious inclination to give fatisfaction (o far as could, ba reafonably expected) to a His Subjects of what pe lefion foever, did gracioully condefcend.
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in which Kevisw we have endeavour ed to oblerve the like moderation, as we find to have been used in the lika cafe in former times. And therefore of the fundry alterations propofed unto us, we have rejected at fuch as were ei ther of dangerous confequecce (as fecretly (triking at fome eltablished Doctrine, or laudable practice of the Church of England, or indeed of the whole Carbolick Church of Christ) og elie of no confequsure at all, but ueterly frivolous and vein. But fuch iterations as were tendred to us (by what rerfons under what pretences, or to what purpofe foever fo tendred a feemed to us in any degree requifice or expedient, we have willingly, and our own accord aflented onto not enforced fo to do by, any ltrength of Argument, convincing us of the neceflity of 10aking the faid Alterations: For we are fully perfwaded in our judgments (and we here profefs it to the work) that the Book as it stood before etablifhed by Law, doth nor contain in it any thing contrary to the word of God, or to found Doctrine, or which a godly man may not with a good Confcience ule and fubmit unto, or which is not fairly defenfible againit any that that oppofe the fame; if it fhall be allowed fach juft and favourable conitruction as in cosanion Equity ought to be allowed to a Humane Writings, efpecially tuch as are fet forth by Authority, and even to the very belt Tranilations of the holy Scripture it fef.
Our general aim therefore in this andertaking was net to gratifie this: that party in any their unreasonable demands; but to do that which, to our belt un 'ertandings, we conceived might mot tend to the prefervation of Peace and Unity in the Church; the procuring of Reverence, and exciting of Piety, and Devotion in the publick Worship of God; and the cutting off occafion from them that feek occation of cavil, or quarrel again the Liturgy of the Church. And as to the feveral variations from the former Book, whether by Alteration Addition, or other wife, it fha fuffice to give his general account, That mott of the Alterations were made, either firit, for the better direction of them that are to officiate in any part of Divine Services which is chiefly done in theKalendars and Ru. bricks: or fecondly for the more proven A 4