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turn to the right nor to the left, and that the people hate to be reform’d: Mark then, Judges and Lawgivers, and ye whose Office it is to be our teachers, for I will utter now a doctrine, if ever any other, though neglected or not understood, yet of great and powerfull importance to the governing of mankind. He who wisely would restrain the reasonable Soul of man within due bounds, must first himself know perfečtly, how far the territory and dominion extends of just and honest liberty. As little must he offer to bind that which God hath loos’n’d, as to loos'n that which he bath bound. The ignorance and mistake of this high point, hath heapt up one huge half of all the misery that hath bin fince Adam. In the Gospel we shall read a supercilious crew of masters, whose holinesse, or rather whose evil eye, grieving that God should be so facil to man, was to set straiter limits to obedience, then God had set; to inslave the dignity of man, to put a garrison upon his neck of empty and over dignifi'd precepts: And we shall read our Saviour never more griev'd and troubl’d, then to meet with such a peevish madnese among men against their own freedome. How can we expect him to be lesse offended with us, when much of the

same folly shall be found yet remaining where it lest ought, to the perishing of thousands. The greatest burden in the world is superstition; not only of Ceremonies in the Church, but of imaginary and scarcrow fins at home. What greater weakning, what more suttle stratagem against our Christian warfare, when besides the grosse body of real transgressions to encounter ; we shall be terrifi'd by a vain and shadowy menacing of faults that are not : When things indifferent shall be Jet to over-front us, under the banners of hin, what wonder if we be routed, and by this art of our Adversary, fall into the subjection of worst and deadliest offences. The superstition of the Papist is, touch not, taste not, when God bids both: and ours is, part not, separat not,

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when God and charity both permits and commands. Let all your things be done with charity, faith St. Paul: and his Master faith, She is the fulfilling of the Law. Yet now a civil, an indifferent, a sometime dis waded Law of mariage, must be forc't upon us to fulfill, not onely without charity, but against her. No place in Heav'n or Earth, except Hell

, where charity may not enter : yet mariage the Ordinance of our folace and contentment, the remedy of our lonelinesse will not admit now either of charity or mercy to come in and mediate or pacifie the fiercenes of this gentle Ordinance, the unremedied lonelines of this remedy. Advise ye well, supreme Senat, if charity be thus excluded and expulft,

will defend the untainted honour of your own actions and proceedings : He who maries, intends as little to conspire his own ruine, as he that swears Allegiance: and as a whole people is in proportion to an ill Government, fo is one man to an ill mariage. If they against any authority, Covnant, or Statute, may by the soveraign ediet of charity, save not only their lives, but honest liberties from unworthy bondage, as well may be against any private Cov’nant, which he never enter'd to his mischief, redeem himself from unsupportable disturbances to honest peace, and just contentment : And much the rather, for that to resist the highest Magistrat though tyrannizing, God never gave us exprese allowance, only he gave us reason, chårity, nature and good example to bear us out; but in this economicall misfortune, thus to demean our selves, beħides the warrant of those foure great directors, which doth as juftly belong hither, we have an expresse law of God, and such a law, as wherof our Saviour with a solemn threat forbid the abrogating. For no effect of tyranny can sit more heavy on the Common-wealth, then this houshold unhappines' on the

family. And farewell all hope of true Reformation in the State, while such an evil as this lies undiscern'd or unregarded in the house. On the redresse wherof depends, not only the /piritfull and orderly life of our grown men, but the willing, and carefull education of our children. Let this therfore be new examin'd, this tenure and free-hold of mankind, this native and domestick Charter giv’n us by a greater Lord then that Saxon King the Confesor. Let the statutes of God be turn'd over, be scann'd a new, and confider'd; not altogether by the narrow intelle&tuals of quotationists and common placers, but (as was the ancient right of Counsels) by men of what liberall profefhon

foever, of eminent spirit and breeding joyn’d with a diffuse and various knowledge of divine and human things; able to ballance and define good and evil, right and wrong, throughout every state of life; able to sew us the waies of the Lord, strait and faithfull as they are, not full of cranks and contradi&tions, and pit falling dispenses, but with divine inhght and benignity measur'd out to the proportion of each mind and spirit, each temper and dispofition, created so different each from other, and yet by the skill of wise conducting, all to become uniform in vertue. To expedite these knots were worthy a learned and memorable Synod; while our enemies expect to see the expectation of the Church tir'd out with dependencies and independencies how they will compound, and in what Calends. Doubt not, worthy Senators, to vindicate the sacred honour and judgement of Moses your predecessor, from the Shallow commenting of Scholasticks and Canonists. Doubt not after him to reach out your steddy hands to the misinform’d and wearied life of man; to restore this his lost heritage, into the houshold state; wherwith be sure that peace and love, the best subsistence of a Christian family willreturn home from whence they are now banisht; places of prostitution will be lesse haunted, the neighbors bed lese attempted, the yoke of prudent and manly discipline will be generally submitted to, sober and well order'd living will soon spring up in the Common-wealth. Ye have an

author great beyond exception, Moses; andone yet greater, he who hedg’d in from abolishing, every smallest jot and tittle of precious equity contain'd in that Law, with a more accurat and lasting Masoreth, then either the Synagogue of Ezra, or the Galilean School at Tiberias hath left us. Whatever else ye can enact, will scarce concern a third part of the Brittish name : but the benefit and good of this your magnanimous example, will easily Spread far beyond the banks of Tweed and the Norman Iles. "It would not be the first, or second time, hnce our ancient Druides, by whom this Iland was the Cathedral of Philosophy to France, left off their pagan rites, that England hath had this honour vouchsaft from Heav’n, to give out reformation to the world. Who was it but our English Constantine, that baptiz'd the Roman Empire? who but the Northumbrian Willibrode, and Winifride of Devon with their followers, were the first Apostles of Germany? who but Alcuin and Wicklef our Country men open'd the eyes of Europe, the one in arts, the other in Religion. Let not England, forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live.

Know, Worthies, know and exercise the privilege of your honour'd Country. A greater title I heer bring ye, then is either in the power or in the policy of Rome to give her Monarchs; this glorious act will file ye the defenders of Charity. Nor is this yet the highest inscription that wil adorn so religious and so holy a defence as this ; behold heer the pure and sacred Law of God, and his yet purer and more sacred name offring themselves to you first, of all Christian reformers to be acquitted from the long suffer'd ungodly attribute of patronizing Adultery. Defer not to wipe off instantly these imputative blurrs and stains cast by rude fancies upon the throne and beauty it self of inviolable holines : left some other people more devout and wife then we, bereav us this offer'd immortal glory, our wonted preroPative, of being the first asserters in every great vindication. For me, as far as my part leads me, I have already my greatest gain, assurance and inward satisfaction to have don in this nothing unworthy of an honest life, and studies wel employ’d., With what event among the wife and right understanding handfull of men, I am secure. But how among the drove of Custom and Prejudice this will be relisht, by such whose capacity, fince their youth run ahead into the easie creek of a System or a Medulla, fails there at will under the blown phyfognomy of their unlabour'd rudiments, for them, what their tast will be, I have also surety sufficient, from the entire

eague that hath bin ever between formal ignorance and grave obstinacie. Yet when I remember the little that our Saviour could prevail about this doctrine of Charity against the crabbed texuifts of his time, I make no wonder, but rest confident that who lo preferrs either Matrimony, or other Ordinance before the good of man and the plain exigence of Charity, let him professe Papift, or Protestant, or what he will, he is no better then a Pharise, And understands not the Gospel: whom as a misnterpreter of Christ I openly protest against; and provoke him to the triall of this truth before all the world: and let him bethink him withall how he will foder up the shifting flaws of his ungirt permissions, his venial and unvenial dispences, wherwith the Law of God pardoning and unpardoning hath bin shamefully branded, for want of heed in gloffing, to have eluded and baffld out all Faith and chastity from the mariagebed of that holy seed, with politick and judiciall adulteries. I seek not to seduce the fimple and illiterat; my errand is to find out the choisest and the learnedest, who have this high gift of wisdom to answer solidly, or to be convinc't. I crave it from the piety, the learning and the prudence which is hous’d in this place. It might perhaps more fitly have bin writt'n in another tongue; and I had don fo, but that the esteem

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