within their docis, that not one of ten gets out of their clutc.'s, without suffering fome great danage? Ob, faid he, I carried talking and arguing thc cate with the old man so long, that I had almoit lož the way: Now, as we were discourling together, his daugh. rer Carrie out of a fountain stark naked, and embraced me, wing all the inricing words imaginable to stay me from going away; but I finaing myself not able to struggle, or reuit lo poculul a temptation, all on a sudden gave a (srieg out of her arms, and ran away as hard as I could drive.

Piery. In this I commend yoor conduct; for tho' it is faid, Refit the devil and he will fiec from you ; yet it i! to be understood of other temptations. For when any ore as tempted to unchase of lascivious actions, there is no time for cu puting: A resolution and speedy flight is the only way to fecure the victory; the soul may fand the battle a gainnt adverlitics, persecutions, crosses, and the like; but the pleasures of the flesh must be fubdued by retreating from them. He that coaches pitch hall be dealed, says the wife man; and He that Aands capitulating with the temptations of unclean ness is in danger to fall. The soul, like war, is kardened by cold formy weather ; but in the sun-line of prosperity, and the heat of luft, the melts and becomes effeminate and yielding: Therefore well said one of old, Flee youthful lusts, which war against the foul; he does no: say, stand and face them and sefilt them; but run away from them. Ic is in some degree the sanie in that common vice which this age does lo much and so lhamefully abound in, I mean exceffive drinking. Men think they may safely venture into company without being obliged to drink, and when they are in company, they think they may drink a little witkout doing themlelves any harm; not considering chat that little does but embolden them to venture on more, every glass. they pour down, depriving them of so much of their sesolution and trength to refilt; and when they come to be doubtful whether they fall let this one glats more go down, they thraw down the lence of their loul, their reason, and expose her to be polluted by the height of detruebery and fully, letting into their unguarded breakts a sed etiain pallions with their superAuity of drink: Thus,


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y little and little, the poor souls suffers shipwreck. In ich a case the only reinedy is, to flee the firii occallons and mptations, to flop the avenues of the foul; 10 feta goiald pon the senses, and to restrain the imagination within ::s

A man ought not fo much as 'to fancy chas mpany pleasant or delightful, by keeping of which he ins the hazard of his soul's health ; much le's ought be I follow them and court them ; nay, rather let liiin-rotule hen courted by them; 'is such better to be thought ili atured and uncomplaisant to others, than to be really so one's self, by ruining myself to oblige my acquaintance. Charity. There are some souls that are naturally lo afiale and courteous, so soft and pliant, that they comply ftentimes with company, more through the flexiblenes nd sweetness of their own disposition, than out of any zal inclination to debauchery; nay, while they loath the rink, they cannot forbear obliging their unreasonable comanione. This is a great weakness; and tho' it may be apable of admitting tome excuse on the account of chac” weetness of temper from whence it flows, yet 'tis neverheless dangerous, and therefore must not be palliated, left in so doing we turn advocates to vice.

Prudence. If you please, let us break off our difcourse or the present, and go to dinner, which is now ready, for

So they all arose' and went into the refectory or diningPOR, where were more virgins of that fociety waiting for their coming, who all welcomed Tender-conscience to the house, every one faluting him with a particular congratulation, and then they fat down in exquifi:e order and fin lence. After the divine blelling was invoked, one of tho virgins, whose name was Temperance, carved out for ile : teft, for that was her office, while another of theni, rained Decency, waited at the table. Here was no loud laughter to be heard, no offensive ncr uns umly jests broached, but a modest chearfulness crowned the enteriainraent: They! had plenty without riot, variety without extravagance, and frugality and bounty feemed to hand in the cithes together : They cat to nouriih nature, not to prompt luft or cloy apperire, and they rose from the table lignesome and well refreihed, having returned thanks to the overeign


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Giver of all good gifts, the Creator and Preserver of mankind, for refreshing them with his good creatuses.

Then one of the virgins, named Health, proposed tbe company, that it would be convenient and pleasant take the air of the garden after dinner ; to which they . seadily confented, and Discretion, Prudence, Piery, Che sity, and Temperance, acok Tender-conscience along ni them into a mount, whirh gave him a lovely prospect che country round about; and there they sat dowa un the tha 'e ef a broad-fpreading fycamore, and fell frei 10 dificurse, Tender conscience being defirous to learn the reason of their living thus in a society together, to know the role and manner of their life, Piety thus plied.

Piety. When we were young, and living at kome wit our friends, we were daily exposed to innumerable vaniling and follies, and were carried away by the food of custom yet, being religiously inclined from our childhood, we degrees, as we grew up, began to grow fick of our carnal education, and to despise the vanities and fooleries of world, and fought for a place where we might be free them, and where we might serve the Lord both right at day in vil holiness and purity of life: So, after much en quiry and diligent search, at length we were informed that in a certain holy woman, named Religion, had built her hoone in this place; and the, being an especial favourite of the King of this country was permitted to gather togerher great number of virgins, who were willing to renounce the world and live in this retirement wich her, having particular charter granted them, whereby they should for ever be free of certain taxes, impofts, and homages, which the other subjects were obliged to pay, on cendition they would make it their business se observe such and such less and statutes as the aforesaid haly woman, Religion, shou'd for prescribe unto them, and to live in true obedience to her commands all the days of chcir life: Whereupon we were presently infamed with a fervent defe to see this womas, and, if possible, to come and live with her (I speak for us all, because I have heard the rest of tiny companions here to own the same ir.clinations as myself had); so we consulted no longer with flesh and blood, but immediately refolred to wait upon her, and declare our intentions, hoping to find


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avor in her eyes, and to be admitted into her fociety; vhich we did accordingly: And having inade her a vilit, ind heard her heavenly voice, we were ravithed more than ver, and grew inpatient till we were taken into the house. le length our wishes were fulfilled, our desires granted, nd here we lived ever fince, and would not change our ife for the whole world; for this woman is of a sweet temves, al her laws are pleaiant, her yoke is eafy, and her vurden light.

Charity. Not that we condemn all those who do not live nsuch a state, or just according to currules; for, without loubt, many do live mixed with the rest of the world, et keep themselves unspotted from the vices of the world, put they are exposed to great danger, they run the risk of nore temptations than we: For here one spirit and soul (as it were) animates us all: Holiness and purry are all wc aiin at, and we mutually encourage one apother in the practice of it, : We have no cares to imbitter us, nor vain pleasures to debauch us: We have no honours to temps os to ambition, 'nor riches to make us covetous: All our ambition is to approve ourselves blamells in the fight of i God, and all the riches we covet are those that never fade away the graces of the Holy Ghost.:

Tendericon. But I suppose you have fome particular laws and rules, to which you are obliged to conform yourselves, which I should be glad to know.

Piery. "Yes, we have fo, and I will acquaint you with them in the best manner I can,"

1. We are obliged to rise every morning before the funt, and then we join altogether in prayer and praises to the great God of heaven, thanking him for his past blessings, and imploring his future favor and protection over us. 2. Then every one goes to their proper

business as be. longs to their office, till the time of refrefhment, and so

till dinner. 3. We are obliged to entertain all pilgrims that are travelling toward the heavenly country, provided they thew their pass,' or give such an account of themielves as may be thought equivalent:

4. At the close of the day we are obliged to join again all in prayer and praises, as in the morning. 5. We are obliged to keep and maintain the King's ar


moury, aod to furnit a!! pilgrims with weapons and 2 mour of proof agalnit all dangers and disaiers whatsoese,

These are the general and most important laws of our Society : But, besides these, we have many particular rules of less note, tho' very good, and in a manner necessary to our well-being; all which it would be too tedious (016-.


Temp. Only give me leave to infilt upon the statute of moderation in eating and drinking, which we are trady charged to keep under severe penalties, which I suppa you had forgot.

Pierg. 'Tis true, indeed, I had forgot to mention it, and I im very gied of that forgetfulness, since I have thereby given you an opportunity of discoursing more at large upon tha: subject, who are best abie to do it, as being appointed the particular interpreter of this statute, therefore pray informa ibe pilgrim about it.

Temperance. This Atatute of moderation in eating and drinking is grounded on this confideration, tha: Adam fell by eating the forbidden fruit. The first fin that ever was committed in the world by mankind, was eating. Now Tho' it be not certain whether it proceeded from some natoral contagion in the fruit which Adam .eat, or from the venomous breach of the serpent that recommended it to Eve, or from any other hidden caase, yet we are sure that whereas Adam was before in full perfection of human dature (being the lively image of the glorious God; his joul being full of the beams of eternal light; his underAta: ding clear and serene as the morning; his will regular and obcdient to bis reason; his body in perfect vigour and health, beauty and proportion, impassable and immortal) no sooner bad he taited the fatal morsel, but a strange al. teration befel him, the image of God was immediately de faced and fullied, his roul grew dark and cloudy, his unwerftancing and reason became dull and anactive, and his will went retrogate; in Thort, all the faculties of bis soul were'dislocated and disicinted: As for his body, it became weak and unhealthy, subjecting to divers casuakies, fick. ness, and infirmities, and at last to death itself: This was the effect of irregular eating. Nor did the mischief reft here, but he transmitted it to his posterity, conveying all 1956: ill qualities of body and his children, whereby

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