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THE UNJUST CHALLENGES OF THE OVER-JUST SECT,
GROUNDS AND DEFENCES OF THE SEPARATION
ARE LARGELY DISCUSSED.
OCCASIONED BY A LATE PAMPHLET, PUBLISHED UNDER THE NAME OF
“ AN ANSWER TO A CENSORIOUS EPISTLE:”
WHICH THE READER SHALL FIND PREFIXED TO THE SEVERAL SECTIONS,
BY JOSEPH HALL.
# "Which the reader shall find in the margin,” is the expression of the original edition, 4to, 1610; as the different parts of the “ Answer,” were, in that edi. tion, dispersed through the margin of the “ Apology.” The above expression is that of the folio; wherein the passages are collected together before each section. I have, however, placed them in the text, immediately before their respective an
OUR GRACIOUS AND BLESSED MOTHER,
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND;
THE YEANEST OF HER CHILDREN DEDICATES THIS HER APOLOGY,
AND WISHETH ALL PEACE AND HAPPINESS.
No less than a year and a half is past, Reverend, Dear, and Holy Mother, since I wrote a loving monitory Letter * to two of thine unworthy Sons t; which, I heard, were fled from thee in person, in affection, and somewhat in opinion : supposing them yet thine, in the main substance ; though, in soine circumstances, their own.
Since which, one of them hath washed off thy font-water, as unclean ; and hath written desperately, both against thee and his own fellows.
From the other, I received, not two months since, a stomachful Pamphlet ; besides the private injuries to the monitor, casting upon thine honourable name blasphemous imputations of Apostacy, Antichristianism, Whoredorn, Rebellion.
Mine own wrongs I could have contemned in silence ; but, For Sion's sake, I cannot hold my peace : If I remember not thee, () Jerusalem, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth I. It were a shame and sin for me, that zeal should be less hot for thine innocency, than theirs to thy false disgrace.
How have I hastened therefore, to let the world see thy sincerc truth, and their perverse slanders !
Unto thy Sacred Name then, whereto I have in all piety devoted myself, I 'humbly present this my speedy and dutiful labour : whereby, I hope, thy weak Sons may be confirmed, the strong encouraged, the rebellious shamed. And, if any shall still obstinately accurse
* See Epistles: Decade iii. Epistle 1. at vol. vii. pp. 171-173 of this Edition. Editor.
+ Smith and Robinson.
# Meam injuriam patienter tuli : impietatem contra Sponsam Christi ferre non potui. Hieron. ad Vigilant,