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4. If thou intendest heartily to serve God, and avoid sin in any one instance, refuse not the hardest and most severe advice that is prescribed in order to it, though possibly it be a stranger to thee; for whatsoever it be, custom will make it easie.
5. When any instruments for the obtaining any vertue or restraining any vice are propounded, observe which of them fits thy perfon, or the circumstances of thy need, and use it rather than the other; that by this means thou maist be engaged to watch and use spiritual arts and observation about thy Soul. Concerning the managing of which, as the interest is greater to the necessities are more, and the cases more intricate, and the accidents and dangers greater and more importunate; and there is greater skill required than in the recuring an estate, or restoring health to an infirm body, I wish all Men in the World did heartily believe so much of this as is true; it would very much help to do the Work of God.
Thus (my Lord) I have made bold by your hand to reach out this little scroll of cautions to all those, who by seeing your Honour'd Name set before my Book, shall by the fairness of such a Frontispiece be invited to look into it. I must confess it cannot but look like a Design in me, to boşrow your Name and beg your Patronage to
my Book, that if there be no other worth in it, yet at least it may have the splendour and warmth of a burning-glass, which borrowing a flame from the Eye of Heaven, shines and burns by the rays of the Sun its Patron. I will not quit my self from the suspicion ; for I cannot pretend it to be a Present either of it self fit to be offer'd to such a Personage, or any part of a just return (but I humbly desire you would own it for an acknowledgment) of those great endearments and noblest usages you have past upon me. But so, Men in their Religion give a piece of Gum, or the fat of a cheap Lamb, in Sacrifice to him that gives them all that they have or need: and unless he who was pleased to employ your Lordship as a great Minister of his Providence in making a Promise of his good to me, the meanest of his servants, [That he would never leave me, nor forsake me] shall enable me by greater services of Religion to pay my great debt to your Honour, I must still increase
my score, since I shall now spend as much in my needs of pardon for this boldness, as in the Reception of those Favours by which I stand accountable to your Lordship in all the bands of service and gratitude; though I am in the deepest sense of duty and affection,
My most Honoured Lord,
Tour Honour's most Obliged and
most Humble Servant,
Confideration of the ge
CHAP. I. Prayers and Devotions ac
cording to the Religion
and Purposes of the foreneral Instruments and going Conliderations, 31 Means serving to a Holy Devotions for ordinary Days, Life, by Way of Intro
32 duction, Page 1. CHA P. II. Sect. I. Care of Time, and
the Manner of spending of Christian Charity, it,
50 23 Rules for employing our Sect. I. Of Sobriety in the Time,
6 general Sense, ibid. The s Benefits of this Ex. 5 Evil Consequents of Vo ercise,
13 luptuousness, or SensuaSect. II. Purity of Intention, lity,
SI or Purpose in all our Ac- 3 Degrees of Sobriety, 52 tions, &c.
14 6 Rules for suppreffing Vos 10 Rules for our Intentions, luptuousness, 53
15 Sect. II. Of Temperance in 8 Signs of Purity of Inten- Eating and Drinking, 55 tion,
18 4 Measures of Temperance 3 Appendant Confiderations,
56 21 8 Signs and Effe&ts of Tema Sect. III. The Confideration
58 and Practice of the Pre- of Drunkenness,
59 sence of God, 22 7 Evil Consequents to Druna 6 Several Manners of the kenness,
60 Divine Presence,
23 8 Signs of Drunkenness, 62 10 Rules of exercising this i1 Rules for obtaining TemConsideration, 26 perance,
ibid. The 5 Benefits of this Ex- Sect. III. Of Chastity, 65 ! ercise, 29 Tbe 110 evil Consequents of
Uncleanness, 68 8 Means to obtain Content by
71 The Consideration applied to
dual Chastity, 74 The Charge of manyChildren,
ibid. Being Childless, ibid.
14 Means and Exercises of Our own Death, ibid.
the Grace of Humility, 90 Graces and Parts of Chri-
Sect. VI. Of Contentedness 15 Afts and Duties of Obe-
dience to all our Superi-
3 Degrees of Obedience 153 I. Of the Internal A&tions of
Seět. IV. Of Restitution, 170 Love to God by Way of
9 As it concerns other cir. viz. The State of Obedi-