Will any sober 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 and 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 thew, not solid be ;
All things in parables.despise not we,
Left molt 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,
Is every 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."

Come, let 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 stand 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 thrine.
Come, truth, altho' in fwadling clouts, I find,
Informs the judgment, rectifics the mind;
Plcases the understanding, 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 greatest care.

Let me add one word more. O man of God, .
Art thou offended ? Doft thou wish I had
Put forth my matter in another drefs?
Or that I had in things been more express?
To those that are iny betters, as is fit,
Three things let me propound, then I submit. -

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 iny 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 fight
For writing fo; Indeed if they abuse -
Truth, cursed be they, and the craft they use
To that intent ; but yet let troth 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 forft 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 methud may v
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
Cuinnit both thee and it unto that hand
That pulls the strong dolyn, 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.


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