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nocent, and less important Resemblances, in whicli 'dj Magiv. we Symbolize; (both ljlands lying in a kinde of (d) Triwg.i 82.38.betwixt three Points, or Promontories; both styled cm**/ ljlands by Anticnt Writers, (m*«^w©- (e)

fj 'camd. and Inj'ulœ Fortunate [{]) for the Temper of the Air, ex L «S/>?" an<^ Fertility of the Soil; both denominated from Cafijml those and [g] Chalkie Cliffs-; which bound them

$fhCrt0n °nC ^ Candid i Candida, as Albion ab albis tai'uti mt-' rupbus i both famous for their 7«/? Laws, and Ours licrejl.16- no less to be valued, then those of \kh adamant bus, and cap.' 1*'l6' Minos, had we but the Wisdom, to comport ourselves (hj Mgfr. to the Obedience of them, as we ought :) I fay, to Jet pag.182.38 alj this pal-s> 1 wiin we had not too much of Creet

amongst us, whether Morally considered, in regard of theirVices-i or Historically, in regard of their then imperjetl Condition.

I would not be mistaken, as One, that delights to Libel a whole Nation at once, (especially mine Own) but S. Chrysostome hath dress'd an Apolcgie for S. Paul in this

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m'" «w tfuli**- He did it not to injure any, but out of kinduess, and sure love to reform them: Just as our Blessed Lord faith the fame Father, a thousand times reproached the Scribes, and Pharisees: not because they had wronged Him; but lest theyshould harm, and destroy others. And so St. Paul, with the fame Affections about

flOGaLm.1 him, cries, [k] Oansensati Galata! to one Church; Are you such Fools ? and here,

That Poet was, I think, a Prophet indeed Q other wise, than St. Paul meant him) and fang of us too: and in ihat Verse the fresent Age may fee its Face, and Blush.


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I appeal to your better Observation, if we have not outvyed the very Cretans themselves in the first Particular; and in a worse kind too lied for God's fair, and [m] talked deceitfully for him. What pious frauds, (m) Job and holy Cheats? What slandering tht footsteps of God's Xlii- 7Anointed, when the Interest was to Blacken Him? What false accusing of our Brethren, ay, and of our Fathers too? that we might devour the Man more righteous than our selves? Pliny [n] hath observed it, Nullum (n)Lib.8. animal males cum in Creta; and Solinus [o] adds, Nfc^'^j, ulla Serf ens.- But they should have excepted the Jim- p' 7' habitants; for they were &g ^tu (and [p] this Wit- (r)v. 13. ness, I am sure, ts true;) not onely Evil Beasts, as we trdnstate it, but Venemous too: and I wish there were no other Jsiand could shew Vipers too many, that have eat out the Bowels of their Common Mother, and flown in the face of their Political Father, without whose be-? nigner Influence their chill and beunummed Fortunes had not Warmth enough, to raise them to so bold an Attempt. 'Tis unwillingly, that I go on to the rest of that CbaratJer: but your own Experience shall Justify me, if I fay, that the that remains, hath .

been since exemplified in some other Scene,- and our Idleness, and Fulness of Bread, those Sins of Sodom,have I fear, Jong since proclaimed it to our faces. And now 1 cannot wonder, if it be observed from the Records os History, (asfq) Grotius assures us, who knew them (<i) In Tit. well) that the Cretans were ([and I wish, there were no 1U* K other such) a mutinous, and a seditious People ; and had but too much need to be put in minde by Titus, to be* * subject to Pincipalities, and Powers, and to obey Magistrates- For [r] the men of Shechem eat, and d/ink,znd (r) Jud.ix.

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A (then "most naturally go on to) curse AlimtUcb; (Ay, and David they would have done, had they lived in his Time, and the Tkigm held out) for when our Bellies, and our Heads, are full, then Wo be to our Gozeri.curs; and Wealth, and. Ease, and Hazing nothing to dr, makes us ripe for any thing, that is Evil. There were, . amongst the new Converts of Creet, feme false Brethren

(sjv. io. [sj ef the Circumcision \ for the flopping of whose Mouths, as some have thought, aud Sr. Chyfostcm amongst the rest, St. Paul in chief designed this Fpstle. And I should be glad to be assured, that there are not . . some amongst us, who, though they 1c ve not to Bleed, yet, I am airaid, are too prone to Judaize in feme other Instance, and to retrive some other part of the Mofaical Pædagcgie, which, perhaps, suits no better

CO Gal. v.i. with that (t) Liberty,to which Christ our Lord haih called us^ and in which zve ought to standfast. 'Tis with much Reluctance (could I balk it so full in my way) that I fliew you the Cretan Labyrinth, that not long since, I am sure, was amongst us (God grant it be not still) that inextricable, and «nd!ess Maze of Errours and Heresies, that every day opened it self into new Paths, and Allies; dividing, and suddividing into never-ending Mistakes, till they had abased, and almost destroyed Religion vviih abominable Heterogeneous Mixtures, and left the little Semblance of Christianity^ was left amongst them, an hideous Monster, or Minotaur, Semibov'emque virum, Semivirurnquebovem: — Jerusalem, and Rome, forty f er sale; with Geneva, and Cracovia,\{ you'll have it quarterly; Ay, and Mecca too, I fear, in chief 10 cmbellistithe Scutcheon.

Bus, is there no Theseus, no generous Heroe, to

attaque attaque this Monster! no courteous, and charitable Jtrtadneyxhax will lend a £7fsp, & help us to disentangle the ruflied Scant, and to evade these perplexed wandrings? Hath our Cre et no Diblamnus in it to expell the Arrow, which so long hath galled our sides? no Count er-poison for so many Mischiefs? Or rather, in the Prophetical Scheme, [n] Is there no Balm tn Gi-'(u)Jer«vu* lead? 7j there no Pkyfhtan there! Yes; there is: Andxa* therefore Jet us hope well of the healing of the Wounds of the 'Daughter of our People, since they are under the Cure oi those very Hands; upon which God hath entailed a Miraculous Gift of Healing, as if it were on purpose to raise up our Hopes into some Confidence, that we shall owe one day to those sacred hands, next under God, the healing of the Church's and the Peopess Evils, as well, as ot the Kings. Blessed for ever be that God, who hath restored us such a Gracious Sovereign, to be the [w] Repairer of the breach,/(w)IsaJviii. and the Nurjiiig Father of his Church: and hath put it into the King's Heart, to appoint Titus, as this Day, to Or dam Elders for every City,to supply all,that U wanting, and to correct, what ever is amiss. Blessed are our eyes; for they fee that, which many a Righteous man £more Righteous, than we) desired so much to see, and hath not seen It. And blestcd be this Day, Cx] {Let God(x)JobiiL4 regard it from above ,and a more,than common LightJhine upon dt!) in which we fee the Phœnix arising from her Funeral Tile, and taking Wing again j our Holy Mother, the Church standing up from the Dust,andRuins in wheh she fate so long, taking [y] Beauty again for (y)vam-% Ashes, and the Garments of praise for the spirit of Heaviness; remounting the Episcopal Throne, bearing the

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Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven with her, and armed swe hope) with the Rod of 7)iftij>litre; her Hands lpread abroad, to Bless, and to Ordain, to Confirm the Weak, and to Reconcile the Penitent; her Breasts slowing with the sincere Milk of the Word; and girt with a golden Girdle under the Paps, tying up All by a» meet Limitation, and Restricton to Primitive Patterns, and Prescripts Apostolical. A sight so Venerable, and August, that, me thinks, it should ar once strike Love, and Fear into every Beholder, and an awful Veneration. I may confidently fay it, 'Twas never well with us, since we strayed from the due Reverence, we ought to Heaven, and Her; and 'ris strange, we should no sooner observe it, but run a Madding, aster other Lovers, that ruin'd us, till God [2] hedged in our way with Thorns, that we could no longer rinde them, and then we said, I will go, and return to my former Husband; for then was it better with me then now.

Well; Blest be the Mercies of God, we are at last returned; and Titus is come back into Creet; and there are Elders ordaining for every City. But, Hie Rhodus, hie Saltus. Reverend Father, this is your Creet; adron it, as you can. The Trovince is hard,and the Task weighty, and formidable, even to an Angefs Shoulders. That we mistake not; Titus was not left behinde in Creet, to take his Ease, or toJbeep out the storm, which soon aster overtook St. *P.aul at Sea; he ^ire m^-mi^hr well expect a worse at Land (Naufragium terfcjjjuvenal rejfre) and a more tempestuous Eurocly'don Believe ir, fb) Vide a Bijkcfs Robe is [a] Tunica rnolesta (as the [b] MarBaron.Tom. pmtf d Coat was called of old) and sits, perhaps, ^ 'more uneasie upon the Shoulders. The Miter is no^

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