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rober man be to find fault
With them, left he be found for to assault
The highest wisdom: No, he rather stoops.
And seeks to find out by what pins ard loops,
By calves and sheep, by heifers and rams,
By birds and herbs, and by the blood of lambs,
God speaketh to him ; and full happy he
That finds the light and grace that in them be!
Be not too forward therefore to conclude
That I want folidnefs; that I am rude :
All things folid in fhew, not solid be ;
All things in parables.despise not we,
Left most things hurtful lightly ve receive ;
And things that good are, of our souls bereave.
My dark and cloudy words they do but hold
The truth, as cabinets inclose the gold.
The prophets used much by metaphors
To set forth truth; yea, whoso considers
Christ, his apostles too, shall plainly see
That truths to this day in such mantles be.
Am I afraid to say that holy writ,
Which or its stile and phrase puts down all wit,
where so full of all these things,
(Dark figures, allegories) yet there springs
From that fams book, that lustre, add that rays
Of light, that turn our darkest nights to days.
my carper to his life now look,
And find there darker lines than in my book
He findeth any; yea, and let him know,
That in his best things there are worse lines too.
May we but fand before impartial men,
To his poor one I dare adventure ten,
That they will take my meaning in these lines,
Far better than his lyes in filver fhrinc.
Come, truth, altho' in swadling clouts, I find,
Inforins the judgment, rectifics the mind;
Pleases the underfanding, makes the will
Submit, the memory too it doth fill
With what doth our imagination please ;
Likewise it tends our troubles to appeale.
Sound words, I know, Timothy is to use,
And old vives fables he is to refuse;
But yet grave Paul him no where did forbid
The use of parables, in which lay hid
That gold, those pearls, and precious stones that were :
Worth digging for, and that with greateft care.
Let me add one word more. O man of God, .
Art thou offended ? Dort thou wish I had
Put forth my matter in another dress ?
Or that I had in things been more express?
To those that are any betters, as is fit,
Three things let me propound, then I fubmit..
1. I find not that I am deny'd the use
Of this my method, fo I no abuse
Put on the words, things, readers, or be rude :
In handling figure or similitude, .
In application ; but that all I may,',
Seek the advance of truth this or that way.'
Denied, did I say? Nay, I have leave,
(Examples too, and thai from them that have ·
God better pleased by their words or ways,
That any man that breatheth now a-days)"}
Thus to express my mind, thus to declare
Things unto thee that excellenteft are.
2. I find that men (as high as trees) will write:
Dialogue-ways; yet no man doth them Night
For writing so; Indeed if they abuse -
Truth, cursed be they, and the craft they use
To that intent ; but yet let troch be free...
To make her fallies upon thee and me,
Which way it pleases God : For who knows how,',
Better than he that caught us first to plow,
To guide our minds and pens for his design??
And he makes base things usher in divine.
3. I find that huly writ, in many places,
Hath semblance with this method, where the cases ;
Do cail for one thing to set forth another ;
Use it I may then, and yet nothing smother
Truth's golden beams; nay, by this method may /
Make it caft forth its rays as light as day.
And now,' before I do put up my pen,
I'll Thew the profit of my book, and then
Cuinmit both thee and it unto that hand
That pulls the strong down, and makes weak ones ftand.?
This book it chalketh out before thine eyes
The man that seeks the everlasting prize :
It shews you whence he comes, whither he goes,
What he leaves undone, also what he does ;
It also shews you how he runs, and runs
Till he unto the gate of glory comes.
It shews too who set out for life amain,
As if the lafting crown they would obtain :
Here also you may see the reafon why
They lose their labour, and like fools to die..
This book will make a traveller of thee,
If by its counsel thou wilt ruled bei
It will direct thee to the holy land,
If thou wilt its directions underftand;
Yea, it will make the nothful, active be,
The blind alfo delightful things to see.
Art thou for something rare and profitable ?
Or wouldit thou see a truth within a fable ?
Art thou forgetful? Or wouldit thou remember
From New-year’s-day to the last of December?
Then read my fancies, they will fick like burs,
And may be to the helpless comforters.
This book is wrote in such a dialect,
As may the minds of listless men affect ;
It seems a novelty, and yet contains
Nothing but found and gospel-trains.
Would'it thou divert thyself from melancholy?
Would't thou be pleasant, yet be far from folly ?
Would'it thou read riddles and their explanation ;..
Or elle be crowned in thy contemplation ?
Doft thou love picking-meat? or wou'dit thou see
A man i'ch' clouds, and hear him speak to thee?
Wou'dit thou be in a dream, and yet not sleep?.
Or wou’uit thou in a moment laugh and weep,?
Or wou'dit thou lose thyself and catch no harm,,
And find thyself again without a charm.?
Wou'dit read thyself, and read thou know'it not whats.
And yet know whether thou art bleit or not,
By reading the same lines ? O then come hither,
and lay my book, thy head and heart together.
S I walked through the wilderness of this world, I alighted on a certain place where den, and laid me down in that place to fcep:
And as I Nept I dreamed a dream :-I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man cloathed 1f. 64. 6. with rags, standing in a certain place, with Lv.14.13. his face from his own house, a book in his PS. 38.4 hand, and a great burden upon his back, I Heb. 2, 2, looked and saw him open the book, and read sets 1e. therein, and as he read he wept and trembled, and pot being able longer to contair, he broke out with a lamentable cry, saying, Wbat jhall His Outcrg. I do?
In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that bis wife and children should not perceive his distres, but he could not be filent long, because that his trouble increafedt; wherefore at length he broke his mind to his wife and chil. dren and thus he began to talk to them: “O my dear " wife, said he, and you the children of my bowels, I your " dear friend am in myself undone, by reason of a burden " that lieth hard upon me : Morcover, I am
|| This world " certainly informed, that this our it city will § He knows “ be burn'd with fire from heaven, in which
way of " fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee, escape as yet.
my wife, and you, my sweet babes, shall
miserably come to ruin, except (the which § " yet, I see not) some way of escape may be found ** whereby we may be delivered.”. At this his relations were sore amazed ; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought some phrenzy distemper bad got into his head ; therefore it drawing towards night, and they hoping that Jeep might sertie his brains, with all hafte they got him to hed: Bud the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in fighs and tears. So when the morning was come, they would know how he did; he cold them worse and worse ; he also set to talking to them.
again, but they began to be hardened. Carnal phy. They also shought to drive away his dilleina fic for a fick per by harsh and furly carriages to hiin; Joul. Sometimes they would deride, sometimes they
would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity them; and also to condole his own misery : He would also walk folitary in the fields, fometimes reading and sometimes praying i and thus for - fome days he spent his time,
Now I saw', upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was (as he was wont) reading in his book ; and greatly distressed in his mind; and as he read, he burst
out as he had done belcre, crying, What shal Elts 16. 30. I do to be Javed ? 31.
I saw also that he looked this way and that. way, as if he would run; yet he food Hill, because (as I. perceived) he could not tell which way to go. I looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist coining to him, and, asked, Wherefore dolt thou cry?
He answered, Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand thas I am condemned to die, and after that to come to