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the Prelats : but he who thinks we are
to pitch our tent here, and have attained
the utmost prospect of reformation, that
the mortall glafle wherein we contem-
plate, can shew us, till we come to beatific
vision, that man by this very opinion
declares, that he is yet farre fhort of

Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a per- fect shape most glorious to look on : but • when he ascended, and his Apostles after • him were laid afleep, then strait arose a • wicked race of deceivers, who as that story goes of the Ægyptian Typhon with his conspirators, how they dealt with the good Osiris, took the virgin Truth, hewd her lovely form into a thousand


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- peeces, and scatter'd them to the four

winds. From that time ever since, the

sad friends of Truth, such as durft ap· pear, imitating the carefull search that

Ijis made for the mangld body of Osiris, , went up and down gathering up limb by

limb still as they could find them. We . have not yet found them all, Lords and

Commons, nor ever shall doe, till her Masters second comming; he shall bring together every joynt and member, and fhall mould them into an immortall feature of lovelines and perfection. Suffer not these licencing prohibitions to stand at every place of opportunity forbidding and disturbing them that continue feeking, that continue to do our obsequies to the torn body of our martyr'd Saint.


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We boast our light; but if we look not wisely on the Sun itself, it smites us into darknes. Who can discern those planets that are oft Con.buft, and those stars of brightest magnitude that rife and set with the Sun, untill the opposite motion of their orbs bring them to such a place in the firmament, where they may be seen evning or morning. The light which we have gain’d, was giv'n us, not to be ever staring on, but by it to discover onward things more remote from our knowledge. It is not the unfrocking of a Priest, the unmitring of a Bishop, and the removing him from off the Presbyterian shoulders that will make us a happy Nation, no, if other things as great in the Church, and in the rule



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of life both economicall and politicall u be not lookt into and reform’d, we have

lookt so long upon the blaze that Zuinglius and Calvin hath beacon'd up to us, that we are stark blind. There be who perpetually complain of schisms and sects, and make it such a calamity that any man dilsents from their maxims. . 'Tis their own pride and ignorance

which causes the disturbing, who neither , will hear with meeknes, nor can con

vince, yet all must be supprest which is not found in their Syntagma. They are the troublers, they are the dividers of unity, who neglect and permit not others to unite those dissevered peeces which are yet wanting to the body of Truth. To be still searching what we


know not, by what we know, still clof-
ing up truth to truth as we find it (for
all her body is homogeneal, and propor-
tionall) this is the golden rule in The-
olagy as well as in Arithmetick, and


the best harmony in a Church; not the forc't and outward union of cold, and neutrall, and inwardly divided minds.

Lords and Commons of England, confider what Nation it is whereof ye are,

, and whereof ye are the governours : a * Nation not flow and dull, but of a quick, ingenious, and piercing spirit, acute to invent, suttle and finewy to discours, not beneath the reach of any point the higheft that human capacity can foar to. Therefore the studies of learning in her ·


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