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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 Canibuft, and those stars of brightest magnitude that rise and fet 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 givin 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 Bifhop, 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 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 difsents from their maxiins. 'Tis their own pride and ignorance which causes the disturbing, who neither will hear with meeknes, nor can convince, 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 diffevered peeces which are yet wanting to the body of Truth. To be still searching what we know not, by what we know, ftill clofing up truth to truth as we find it (for all her body is homogeneal, and proportionall) this is the golden rule in Theology as well as in Arithmetick, and makes

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up 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, conaider what Nation it is whereof ye are, and whereof ye are the governours : a Nation not slow 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

deepest deepest Sciences have bin so ancient, and so eminent among us, that Writers. of good antiquity, and ableft judgement have bin perswaded that ev’n the school of Pythagoras, and the Persian wisdom took beginning from the old Philosophy of this Iland. And that wise and civill Roman, Julius Agricola, who govern'd once here for Cæfar, preferr'd the naturall wits of Britain, before the labour'd studies of the French. Nor is it for nothing that the grave and frugal Transilvanian sends out yearly from as farre as the mountanous borders of Russia, and beyond the Hercynian wildernes, not their youth, but their stay'd men, to learn our language, and our theologic arts. Yet that which is above all this, the favour

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and the love of heav'n we have great argument to think in a peculiar manner propitious and propending towards us. Why else was this nation chos'n before any other, that out of her as out of Sion should be proclaim'd and founded forth the first tidings and trumpet of Reformation to all Europ. And had it not bin the obstinat perversnes of our Prelats against the divine and admirable spirit of Wicklef, to suppreffe him as a schifmatic and innovator, perhaps neither the Bohemian Hulse and Jerom, no nor the name of Luther, or of Calvin, had bin ever known: the glory of reforming all our neighbours had bin completely

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