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Will any fober man be to find fault
The prophets used much by metaphors
Sound words, I know, Timothy is to use,
But yet grave Paul him no where did forbid
That gold, thofe pearls, and precious ftones that were:
Let me add one word more. O man of God,
Put on the words, things, readers, or be rude
2. I find that men (as high as trees) will write
3. I find that holy writ, in many places,
And now, before I do put up my pen,
That pulls the ftrong down, and makes weak ones ftand.
This book it chalketh out before thine eyes
It fhews too who fet out for life amain,
Art thou for fomething rare and profitable?
This book is wrote in fuch a dialect,
Would'it thou divert thyfelf from melancholy? Would't thou be pleasant, yet be far from folly? Would't thou read riddles and their explanation ; Or else be drowned in thy contemplation? Doft thou love picking-meat? or wou'dit thou fee A man i'th' clouds, and hear him fpeak to thee? Wou'dft thou be in a dream, and yet not fleep? Or wou'dit thou in a moment laugh and weep? Or wou'dit thou lofe thy felf and catch no harm, And find thyfelf again without a charm? Wou'dit read thy felf, and read thou know'it not what, And yet know whether thou art blest or not, By reading the fame lines? O then come hither, And lay my book, thy head and heart together.
SI walked through the wilderness of this world, I alighted on a certain place where was a laid me down in that place to fleep: And as I fept I dreamed a dream :-I dreamed, and behold, I faw a man cloathed with rags, ftanding in a certain place, with his face from his own houfe, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back, I looked and faw him open the book, and read therein, and as he read he wept and trembled, and not being able longer to contain, he broke out with a lamentable cry, faying, What hall His Outery. I do? A&s 2.27.
den, and * The gaol.
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In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that his wife and children fhould not perceive his diftrefs, but he could not be filent long, becaufe that his trouble increased; wherefore at length he broke his mind to his wife and children and thus he began to talk to them: “O my dear ་་ wife, faid he, and you the children of my bowels, I your "dear friend am in myfelf undone, by reason of a burden “that lieth hard upon me:-Moreover, I am
This world" certainly informed, that this our if city will § He knows "be burn'd with fire from heaven, in which way of "fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee, efcape as yet. my wife, and you, my fweet babes, shall "miferably come to ruin, except (the which § *S yet, I fee not) fome way of escape may be found whereby we may be delivered." At this his relations. were fore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had faid to them was true, but becaufe they thought fome phrenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore it. drawing towards night, and they hoping that deep might. fettle his brains, with all hafte they got him to hed: But the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, inftead of fleeping, he spent it in fighs and tears. So when the morning was come, they would know how he did; he told them worfe and worfe; he alfo fet to talking to them again, but they began to be hardened. They alfo thought to drive away his diflemper by harth and furly carriages to him; Sometimes they would deride, fometimes they would chide, and fometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity them; and alfo to condole his own mifery: He would alfo walk folitary in the fields, fometimes reading and fometimes praying; and thus for fome days he fpeat his time.
Carnal phyfic for a fick foul.
Now I faw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was (as he was wont) reading in his book; and greatly diftreffed in his mind; and as he read, he burst out as he had done before, crying, What shal Licts 16, 30. I do to be faved?
I faw alfo that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet he flood fill, becaufe (as I. perceived) he could not tell which way to go. I looked then, and faw a man named Evangelift coming to him, and afked, Wherefore doft thou cry?
He anfwered, Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand that I am condemned to die, and after that to come to