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But to the end that nothing may be omitted which may farther satisfy any conscionable man, who notwithstanding what I could explain before the Animadversions, remains yet unsatisfied concerning that way of writing which I there defended, but this confuter, whom it pinches, utterly disapproves; I shall assay once again, and perhaps with more success. If therefore the question were in oratory, whether a vehement vein throwing out indignation or scorn upon an object that merits it, were among the aptest ideas of speech to be al. lowed, it were my work, and that an easy one, to make it clear both by the rules of best rhetoricians and the famousest examples of the Greek and Roman orations. But since the religion of it is disputed, and not the art, I shall make use only of such reasons and authorities as religion cannot except against. It will be harder to gainsay than for me to evince that in the teaching of men diversely tempered different ways are to be tried. The Baptist, we know, was a strict man, remarkable for austerity and set order of life. Our Saviour, who had all gifts in him, was Lord to express his indoctrinating power in what sort him best seemed; sometimes by a mild and familiar converse ; sometimes with plain and impartial home-speaking, regardless of those whom the auditors might think he should have had in more respect ; otherwhile, with bitter and ireful rebukes, if not teaching, yet leaving excuseless those his wilful impugners.

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What was all in him, was divided among many others the teachers of his church; some to be severe and ever of a sad gravity, that they may win such, and check sometimes those who be of nature over-confident and jocund; others were sent more cheerful, free, and still as it were at large, in the midst of an untrespassing honesty ; that they who are so tempered may have by whom they might be drawn to salvation, and they who are too scrupulous, and dejected of spirit, might be often strengthened with wise consolations and revivings : no man being forced wholly to dissolve that groundwork of nature which God created in him, the sanguine to empty out all his sociable liveliness, the choleric to expel quite the unsinning predominance of his anger ; but that each radical humour and passion, wrought upon and corrected as it ought, might be made the

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mould and foundation of every man's peculiar gifts and virtues. Some also were indued with a staid moderation and soundness of argument, to teach and convince the rational and sober-minded ; yet not therefore that to be thought the only expedient course of teaching, for in times of opposition, when either against new heresies arising or old corruptions to be reformed this cool unpassionate mildnes: of positive wisdom is not enough to damp and astonish the proud resistance of carnal and false doctors, then (that I may have leave to soar awhile as the poets use) Zeal, whose substance is ethereal, arming in complete diamond, ascends his fiery chariot,

drawn with two blazing meteors, figured like beasts, but of a higher breed than any the zodiac yields, resembling two of those four which Ezekiel and St. John saw; the one visaged like a lion, to express power, high authority, and indignation ; the other of countenance like a man, to cast derision and scorn upon perverse and fraudulent seducers : with these the invincible warrior, Zeal, shaking loosely the slack reins, drives over the heads of scarlet prelates and such as are insolent to maintain traditions, bruising their stiff necks under his Aaming wheels.

THE DOCTRINE AND

DISCIPLINE OF DIVORCE

RESTORED, TO THE GOOD OF BOTH
SEXES, FROM THE BONDAGE OF
CANON LAW AND OTHER MIS-
TAKES TO THE TRUE MEANING OF
SCRIPTURE IN THE LAW AND
GOSPEL COMPARED.

WHEREIN ALSO ARE SET DOWN
THE BAD CONSEQUENCES OF ABO-
LISHING, OR CONDEMNING AS SIN,
THAT WHICH THE LAW OF GOD
ALLOWS AND CHRIST ABOLISHED
NOT: IN TWO BOOKS: TO THE
PARLIAMENT OF ENGLAND WITH
THE ASSEMBLY, 1644.

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