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home at night, praies, is liberally fupt, and sumptuoufly laid to fleep, rifes, is faluted, and after the malmfey, or fome well fpic't bruage, and better breakfasted then he whofe morning appetite would have gladly fed on green figs between Bethany and Ierufalem, his Religion walks abroad at eight, and leaves his kind entertainer in the fhop trading all day without his religion.
Another fort there be who when they hear that all things fhall be order'd, all
things regulated and fetl'd; nothing writt'n but what paffes through the cuf tom house of certain Publicans that have the tunaging and the poundaging of all free fpok'n truth, will ftrait give themfelves up into your hands, mak'em & Y
cut 'em out what religion ye please; there be delights, there be recreations and jolly paftimes that will fetch the day about from fun to fun, and rock the tedious year as in a delightfull dream. What need they torture their heads with that which others have tak'n fo ftrictly, and fo unalterably into their own pourveying. Thefe are the fruits which a dull eafe and ceffation of our knowledge will bring forth among the people. How goodly, and how to be wifht, were fuch an obedient unanimity as this, what a fine conformity would it ftarch us all into? doubtles a ftanch and folid peece of frame-work, as any January could freeze together.
Nor much better will be the confequence ev'n among the Clergy themfelves; it is no new thing never heard of before, for a parochiall Minifter, 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 roufe up his ftudies, to finish his circuit in an English concordance and a topic folio, the gatherings and favings of a fober graduatfhip, a Harmony and a Catena, treading the conftant round of certain common doctrinall heads, attended with their uses, motives, marks and means, out of which as out of an alphabet or fol fa by forming and tranfforming, joyning and dif-joyning varioufly a little book-craft, and two hours Y 2 medi
meditation might furnish him unfpeakably to the performance of more then a weekly charge of fermoning: not to reck'n up the infinit helps of interlinearies, breviaries, fynopfes, and other loitering gear. But as for the multitude of Sermons ready printed and pil'd up, on every text that is not difficult, our London trading St. Thomas in his veftry, and adde to boot St. Martin, and St. Hugh, have not within their hallow'd limits more vendible ware of all forts ready made: so that penury he never need fear of Pulpit provision, having where so plenteously to refresh his magazin. But if his rear and flanks be not impal'd, if his back dore be not fecur'd by the rigid licencer, but that a bold book may now and
and then iffue forth, and give the affault to fome of his old collections in their trenches, it will concern him then to keep waking, to ftand in watch, to fet good guards and fentinells about his received opinions, to walk the round and counter-round with his fellow infpectors, fearing left any of his flock be feduc't, who also then would be better instructed, better exercis'd and difciplin'd. And God fend that the fear of this diligence which must then be us'd, doe not make us affect the lazines of a licencing Church.
For if we be fure we are in the right, and doe not hold the truth guiltily, which becomes not, if we ourselves condemn not our own weak and frivolous teach