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his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds, becomes his heresie. There is not any

burden that som would gladlier post off to another, then the charge and care of their Religion. There be, who knows not that there be of Protestants and

professors who live and dye in as arrant an implicit faith, as any lay Papist of Loretto. A wealthy man addicted to his pleasure and to his profits, finds Religion to be a traffick so entangl’d, and of so many piddling accounts, that of all mysteries he cannot skill to keep a stock going upon that trade. What should he doe? fain he would have the name to be religious, fain he would bear up

with his neighbours in that. What does he therefore, but resolvs to give


over home

over toyling and to find himself out som factor, to whose care and credit he may commit the whole managing of his religious affairs; som Divine of note and eftimation that must be. To him he adheres, resigns the whole ware-house of his religion, with all the locks and keyes into his custody; and indeed makes the very person of that man his religion; esteems his associating with him a sufficient evidence and commendatory of his own piety. So that a man may fay his

religion is now no more within himfelf, i but is become a dividuall movable, and

goes and comes neer him, according as

that good man frequents the houfe. He • entertains him, gives him gifts, feafts him, lodges him; his religion comes



home at night, praies, is liberally supt, and sumptuously laid to fleep, rises, is saluted, and after the malmsey, or some well fpic't bruage, and better breakfasted then he whose morning appetite would have gladly fed on green figs between Bethany and Ierusalem, his Religion walks abroad at eight, and leaves his kind entertainer in the shop trading all * day without his religion.

Another fort there be who when they hear that all things shall be order'd, all things regulated and setlid; nothing writt’n but what passes through the custom house of certain Publicans that have the tunaging and the poundaging of all free spok’n truth, will strait give themselves up into your hands, mak’em & Y


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cut 'em out what religion ye please ;
there be delights, there be recreations
and jolly pastimes that will fetch the day
about from sun to sun, and rock the
tedious year as in a delightfull dream.
What need they torture their heads with
that which others have tak'n so strictly,
and so unalterably into their own pour-
veying. These are the fruits which a
dull ease and ceffation of our knowledge
will bring forth among the people.
How goodly, and how to be witht, were
such an obedient unanimity as this, what
a fine conformity would it starch us all
into? doubtles a stanch and folid
frame-work, as any January could freeze


peece of

Nor much better will be the consequence


among the Clergy themselves; it is no new thing never heard of before, for a parochiall Minister, who . has his reward, and is at his Hercules pillars in a warm benefice, to be easily inclinable, if he have nothing else that may rouse up his studies, to finish his circuit in an English concordance and a topic folio, the gatherings and savings of a sober graduatship, a Harmony and a Catena, treading the constant round of certain common doctrinall heads, attended with their uses, motives, marks and means, out of which as out of an alphabet or sol fa by forming and transforming, joyning and dis-joyning variously a little book-craft, and two hours


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