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'em serve some of the best Purposes. And nothing but what I dare recommend to your Lordship, will appear in this Enterprize, as now revis'd and corrected. For should I offer to such Hands but the least that were not Orthodox, I am sure your Lordihip would be one of the first to Detect it, and could not Forgive it. But I am persuaded ’twill give your Honour no less Satisfaction in the Perufing, than I had in the Translating ; When here, my Lord, you'll find the Solution of Sampson's Riddle, Out of the Eater came forth Meat, and out of the Strong, Sweetness. Thus even a dead Mercury may point us right to the City where we wou'd be, towards which it felf never moves.
And an amiable Repres sentation of the End is no fmall AttraEtive, to Invigorate our Progress upon the. Way. Therefore, I cannot but thankfully accept the friendly Office even from any Hand, that will but set in a fain Light before me the Continuing City which we seek to come: When so engaginginis. the Kindness, thus to Win us into our own Happiness ; where too oft
en lo dull we are, as to Forget it; Tea, so much worse than Dull, to Contemn it ; and throw away even to the World's End, what we do not know how Near it is at band.
The Age of your Chaplain, my Lord, , being his Monitor, to give notice that he's ready to touch the End of his Course, makes him the more Inquisitive, to Pry into that World, whither he is bafting ; and to get. such an Inviting Prospect, that instead of forinking back, he may Long to be there. And knowing your Lordship also to be senhble, that your self has no surer Footing upon the prefent Stage ; I am bold to offer to your Lordship's Contemplation, that which may prove abundantly more Alluring, tban all the Biggest and Fineft of your Advantages bere on Earth are Tempting.. Together with the Way also (in variety of Paths) here described, to get safe unto that bles. fed Journey's End.
And having found this Entertainment fo Relishing to my self, that I could not
but wish the best and greatest of my Friends might Participate ; Did I not count your Lordship in the Head of that Number, I should tax my self as guilty of somewhat worse than a bad Memory. To your Service therefore, my Lord, do I humbly tender this Draught of a Nobler World, than Eyes of Flesh did ever behold: In which you'll meet with a rich : Variety more than ordinary, and a great deal of refined Christianity, with many curious Thoughts and uncommon Strokes, very sublime and Heavenly: Tet.no less : Delighting than Surprizing.
And with some Characters here given of such as fhall dwell in God's Holy Place I could not but greatly Please my self, To observe so apparent a Congruity to the Person well known to your Lordship. In whom are so conspicuous the Humbles Condescension even to Men of the Lowest condition ; and no such Valuation of the present Honour, as to blind the eyes from seeing a far Higher Glory; or to obstruct the Care of seeking that Honour which comes from God only: And who has ::
also the Large Heart, as well as Estate, To do still the more Good, the more Accesion there is to the World's Good; Carrying such a wise Remembrance of the Stewardship, as to look out beyond Self and Family, to those great Offices of true Nobility, Mercy, and Charity, which are most like to secure the never-ending Comfort of that most joyful Sentence, Well done, good and Faithful Servant, &c.
For you well know, my Lord, 'Tis a most scandalous Aspersion upon our holy Profesion, That we explode Good Works, as Popish : When we plead for these Works, as the needful Test of our ChriStianity; and condemn only the Conceit of Merit, for a piece of Popery. Our Religion teaching us, to be ever Looking unto Jesus, our Saviour ; (Tho' not to pay such Superstition as they do at Rome, to his Name :) To build our main Hopes upon his sole Merits, and to take our Faith in him, for one of the firmelt Grounds of our Expectation from him: Tet never to Acquiesce in any Faith, but what we can shew by our Works,
and what helps us to overcome the World, even so, as to account all in it but as Dung, that we may Win Chrift: Yea, to take such our Contempt of all! things on Earth, as one of our belt
. Evin dences for Heaven.
I depend much upon your Lordship’ss Candor, and your Goodness of Principlex, as well as Taft, for the favourable Acceptance of such Doctrine, as I know to: be very little Relish'd by many of the Age, who think themselves Masters of the finest Palates ; (Tho' fitter, it may be, to Judge of somewhat else, than what relates to the Life hereafter :: Which if they'd be thought to Admire; 'tis only, That any soould be so filly, as to Believe it.). But I am confident of your Lordship's better Sense, and brighter Exam ple, than to scorn things of this Nature, as only the Trade of the Preacher..
I need not (for my own part,) fear the cenfure of Declaiming against the World,