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PRACTICAL

DISCOURSES

On Several

Important Sttbje^s :

VIZ.
A Difcourfe of the Children of Holy Parents.
Eight Difcourfes of the Covenant of Grace.

To which arc Added,
A Brief Difcourfe of Infant-Baptifm.
A Sermon before the Lord-Mayor,

By the Late Reverend,

Mr. NATHANAElTaTLOR.

LONDON,

Printed for John LawreTice at the Angel m
the Poultry. 1703.



T O T H E

READER-

THE "Po^hnmons^ Papers of the
Reverend Author j were com^
mitted to my care by his Executors^
and appear in Publick at the dejire of
many* The Arguments are Singular
and Irrportant^ and managed with
an Admirable Clearnefs and Strength.
The Difcourfe concerning theCbiU
dren of Holy Parents^ wojs left fairly
Tranfcribed with his own Hand^ and
was defigned for the Vfe of hbs own
Children, And as thi/> was a SnbjeS
peculiarly agreeable to his Temper^ who
in Imitation of his T^kffed Mafter,
was always obferved to erprefs a par-
ticular Tendernefs towards Little Chil-
dren ; So there feems to be more of
his true Spirit and peculiar Way in
A 2 this



To the Reader.

thi^ than in any other Part ofhU Wru
tings.

The Difcourfes upon the Covenant
were his la§l Sermons at the Mer-
chants Lefture at Salters-Hall, ani
vcere all Tranf.ribed by himfelf^ ex-
cept the two lafi^ which were recovered
cut ofC'iuaBers^ and are not fi ExaFi
and Perfcit as the re§l. And though
they ha I not the fini/hing §lrokes of
h'ys Maiierly Hand, and be lived not
to Preach the lafl he intended upon the
SuhjeH I Tet they feem to be diSlin-
^uifJjed from common Writings^ by
the Solii Chara&ers of a True ^fudg-
tnent^ and the many Bright Images
an I Lively Strokes of a Sprightly
Fancy and a Judicious Wit : And
I believe they will be- allowed as far as
they go^ by ^nj In d liferent Judge, to
be the beft Practical Difcourfes extant
upon that Weighty Argument.

I /hall only farj^oer remark concern
ning thefe Difcourfes ; That as they
are the only Remains he left behind

him,

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To the Reader.

him^ like the Mantle drofd ffom'the
Prophet vphen he was fuidenly [hat-
ched to Heaven ; So they contain in
them a double Portion of his Spirit^
and feem more fitted for common Be*
nefit and capable of a more extenfive
Vffalnefs than thofe more Learned
and Elaborate Treatifes PubUfloed by
Himjelf ; that were If^rit upon more
Nice and Contentious Arguments^ and
deigned efpecially for the Service of
the more intelligent and Curious-,

The Two lafi Difourfes were Pub-
lilhed in hU Life^ and were thought
fit to be aided^ becaufe of the Affi*
nity of the Subject^ and to preferve
them from being lofi,

I Jhall not undertake to draw the in ins
Charadter of this Excellent Perfon^ 4
which U already done by a fitter Hand, ^^,J^l;.,
He has left more Ladling Monuments
of hU Real Worth to the Worldy than
a Fading Pi&ure drawn hy the Able§l
Hand with the Brighteji: Colours of
Eloquence, But I hope I may be aU.
A 3 lowed



Funeral
rmon



To the Reader.

lorced to fay upon this Occajion with^
out any Sufpicion of Vanity or Pre^
jumption ; That Fie was a true Friend
as w.ell as an Admirable Pattern to
Tounger Minijlers. He wiU Acce^
fible and Communicative ; always
ufed a Generoio^ Freedom and an Vn^
difgtiifed Sincerity ; and underwood
the Fleafures as iveJl as the Secret of
true Friendjhip. And I know five ra I
who think thewfehes highly obliged
to his Excellent Labours^ even in
his Toimger Tears^ both for the
right forming their o'xn AfinJs^ and
for proper Meafures for their ovrn
Performance.

The Skilful Management of a well
Chofen SubjeSi ; The Jufi Decorum
of Behaviour ; The Beautiful Turns
of Bxpref/ion ; 71b^ Inimitable Force
and Commanding Air with which he
^tdways fpoke^ did at once mightily
Pleaje and powerfully IriflruH , Fixt
the Attention and raifed tha Efteem^
^nd gave an Admiration as well as

Delight



To the Reader.

Delight to the more Judicious and
Difcerning*

He a&ed with Judgment and Con -
fcience in the Choice of his Way^ and
in the Conduct of his Life. He pre'
fered the Service of the Altar ^ and
fubmitted to the Difadv ant ages of
Nonconformity, when his great
Abilities would have rendered him
Conjiderable in any Communion of
Chri^iianSy and Capable of any other
Profejfion of Learning in the World ;
And as he was perfecily fatisfied in
the Caufe he effoufed 5 Jo he was a
Bright Ornament to it^ and an Able
Defence ; as Pillars of Shining Mar^
ble or Toitfhed Brafs at once Support
and Adorn the Building to which they
belong.

If any think he indulged either to
his Fancy or his Spleen, and that
he exceeded at any time in the Drefs
or the Freedom of the Style he ufed ;
I Jhall only humbly offer in his De^
fence ; That as Propriety and Strength
A 4 run



To the Reader,

run through all his Compofures ; Jb
he feems to have ufed no other Liber*
ties than what were Natural to him
and Vndejigning^ and perhaps after
ally no more different from other
Mens^ than the Airs of his Counter
nance^ or the Po^iires in whiih he
vioved,

ThefurprizingV^^moVdXoffoaC"
complifhed a Perfon^ jurnijhed by
Nature and Art ; ripened by Study
and Experience ; in the Strength of
h'^s Days and in the Mid§i of many
life Jul Dejigns '■> was a Severe and
an Affli&ing Stroke^ ^and prevented
■the farther Ezpe stations the World
had conceived from fo valuable a
Life.

But He U removed to Infinite Adr
Tantage to Himfilf tbough to the
great Lojs of the World, He is
advanced to a State of Nobler Sfr-
vice^ and to the Enjoyment of a more
perfe& Happinefs. He was a Lamp
in the San^uary of God, and a Star

in



To the Reader.

in the hand of Chri§l^ to give Light
to a Dark World^ and guide Wan-
dring Souls to Heaven- But He
moves in a Higher Orb, and fhines
with a Brighter Glory. He is a
Sun in the Kingdom of Heaven^ and
a Pillar in the Temple of God above.
May the great Lord of the Har^
fvefi fend forth many Faithful Labou-
rers^ and give a more Plentiful In-
creafe^ that fo this Dark and Barren
Wildernefs^ may become again the
Garden of the Lord, and the Face of
Paradife may every nhere appear in
all thi.' Fruits of Knowledge^ Righ-
teo'jfnefs^ Purity and Peace : And
may many Souls be prepared for the
Paradife above ^ where there are Ri^
'vers of Pleafures^ and no forbidden
Fruit ; where perfeS Innocence and
puref} Joys unite ; and every one
Jhall tafte of the Tree of Life as
well as the Tree of Knowledge^ with"
out the danger of a Second Fallj or
the fear of a Flaming Sword,

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To the Readei:.

If the folhwing Difcourfes may he
fermceable to fuch a purpoje^ under
the Influence of the Divine Spirit^
to any one that reads the-m^ it xciU
probably Increafe the Triumphs and
Reward of this Blejfed Saint in
Heazien^ as I am Jure it voill add
to the Sat/^fa&ion and Pleafiire of
thofe on Earthy efpecially fuch as
were concerned in the Publication,



W. Harris.



THE



THE

CONTENTS.



A



Difcourfe of the Children of Holy
Parents.

C H A P. I.



They receive Temporal Blejjings for their
Fathers fake^ and fia^/d fairejl for Spi-
ritual ones. Page i.

CHAP. II.

The forewentionedPriviledges will not avail
the Wicked Poflerity of Holy Men, p. 1 7.

CHAP III.

An Addrefs to Minifters and Holy Fa-
rents, p. 30.

C H A P. IV.

An Addrefs to the Children of Holy Men.

p. 45.

Eight



The Contents.

Eight Sermons of the Covenant, on the
2 Sam. 23. 5.

Alt ho* my hoitfi be 7iot fo vplth God^ yet he
hath Made with me an evcrlafiwg Coz>e~
tiant^ order d in all things and fnre :
for this is all n/y falvation and all wy
defre^ altho he make it not to grow,

S E R M. I.

The ^eafons why Family Afflitfions are
grievous to Good Men. p. 61,

S E R M. II.

Of the Nature of the Covenant of Grace,
and of the Mediator, p. 81.

S E R M. III.

The Covenant xceJl Ordered, rrith refpeU
to Spiritual Blejfings, p. 105.

S E R M. IV.

The Covenant well Ordered, with refpeU
to Eternal Blejjings, p. J 3 3.

S E R M. V, VI.

The Covenant well Ordered, with refpe& to
Temporal Blejjings, p. 175.

S ERM,



The Contents.

S E R M. VIL

The Blejfifigs of the Covsnattt confidered
Conjuyidly. p. 249.

S E R M. VIII.

The Covcna7it well Ordered^ "with refpe^ to
the Terms of it. p. 269.



ABrief Difcourfc oflnfant-Baptifm. p.285.



A Sermon Preached before Sir John Shorter^
then Lord-Mdyor of Londm, on Luke
10. 21.

In that Hour Jefus rejoyced in Spirit, and
/aid, I thank thee, Father, Lord of
Heaven and Earth, that thou hafl hid
thefe things from the Wife and Prudent^
and hafl revealed them unto Babes 5 even
fo Father, for Jo it feemed good in thy
fight. p. 505.

All the reft of the Papers of this Reve-
rend and Learned Perfon, are in
Charafters ^by which means, the World
will be deprived of many ufeful and
valuable Trads»



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Books Written by the Reverend
Author, and Printed for John
Lawrence at the Angel in the
Poultry.

APrcfervative againfi: Deifm ^ flievv-
ing the Advantage of Revelation
above Reafon. With an Appendix in
Anfwer to a Letter of A. W. againft Re-
vealed Religion in the Oracles of Rea-
fon. ^vo.

A Difcourfe of the Nature and Ne-
ceflity of Faith in Jefus Chrift 3 with
an Anfwer to the Pleas of our Modern
Unitarians^ for the fufficiency of bare
Morality or meer Charity to Salva-
tion, ^vo.

Dr. Sherlock's Cafes and Letters of
Church Communion (lately fummed up
in the Abridgment of the London Cafes)
confidcr'd : And the DiHenters vindi-
cated from the Charge of Schifm. 2vo,

Practical Difcourfcs on feveral Impor-
tant Subjeds. ^vo.

A Sermon at the Funeral of the Reve-
rend Mr. Richard Mayo, j^to,

At the Funeral of the Reverend

Mr. Nathanael Vincent. ^0.

At ihe Funeral of John Lane

Efq^ and the Lady Mary Lam» ^ta.






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DISCOURSE

Concerning the Children of Holy
Parents.



CHAR I.

The Childret2 of Holy Parents receive Tehi"
pord BleJJi?;gs for their fakes, and fi and
fairefi for Spiritual ones. This Utter
opend in Six Things,



I



^ I *^ HAT 'tis a very great and va-
luable Privilege to be Born of
Holy Parents, will appear from
thefe Two Conliderations.



I. God frequently beftows many Tern- L
poral Bleflings on them for their Father's
fakes.

II. They (tand faired for Spiritual and If,
Eternal ones.

I. God frequently beflows many Tem- I,
poxal Blcffings on them for their JFather's
fakes, * B The



A Difcourfe concerning

The Curfe of God, like the Air of a
Peflilence^ enters invifibly into the Fami-
lies of the Wicked : And the Bleflins of
God breaks in like the Light ofHeaverz^
filently and without noife, on the Habi-
tation of the Juft. He hath threat'ued
that he will vifit the Iniquities of the Fa-
thers on their Children to the third and
fourth Generation ^ but he hath more
amply promifed Mercy to thoufands of
the Generations of them that love and
fear him. The fweet and gentle Streams
of his Mercy towards the one run a much
greater way, feveral hundreds of Miles ^
when the bitter ones of his Wrath reach
but three or four at the furtheft. 'Tis
true indeed, both the Threatning and the
Promife do imply this, that the Children
do tread in the Steps of their Parents 5
and particularly that the Pofterity of Ho-
Jy Men do fo, without which God is not
obliged to fhew favour to them. But yet
however God many times ads according
to the highefl Laws of Friendfliip, and
(hews a great deal of Kindnefs to the de-
generate Off-fpring, out of refped to their
pious Anceftors from whom they defcend.
The BlefTrng: of God on the Parents, like
the anointing Oyl pour a out on Aaro}Ps,
Head, flows down to the very Skirts of
the Garment, the mcanefk Member in the
Family, yea even to the nncomdy and

dijlm?ourabU



ibe Children of Holy Parents. ^

dijijomurable parts of their Body, thofe
wicked Children that are indeed the very
fkawe and nakednefs of their Father. 7/7j-
mael had cafl: himfelf out of the Covenant,
and Abraham had turn'd him out of his
Houfe^ but God however doth not wholly
caft him out of his care. He takes this
ttnclean^ as well as waj^drhig Bird, that
v/as driven from his NeftjUnder the Wings
of his fpecial Providence, and refolves to
multiply him into a great Nation, for
this very Reafon as he told Abraham, be- Gen. 21.
caufe he is thy Seed. For his Servant Da- ^ ^'
vid's fake he continued the whole King-
dom entire all his days to Solomon tho'
he was turned an Idolater, and Idolatry
in Canaan was no lefs than High Treafoii
againft the Theocracy. Yea on the fame
account he fettles 0/?e Tribe on Rehoboam^
tho' a mad young Rebel againft God and
a wicked Tyrant over his People. He
broke off Ten of the Lamps from that
branch of Gold^ but conti nues One of tlieni
to him, that fo therein his Servant David
might have a Light burning always before i Kings,
him. How often did he take up his Pen '*• 34-
into his Hand to blot the whole Name of
Jfrael out of his Book : But when he
open'd it in order thereunto, he faw the
Names of Abraham, Ifaac^ and Jacob, in
the beginning of it 5 and for the fake of
thofe Letters of Gold that were in the
* B 5 front



4 A Difcourfe concerning

ffonf of the firft Page, the whole Volnme
was fpared, the' fill'd with many grofs
and foul Erratas,
II. II. The Children of Holy Parents ftand
faireft for Spiritual and Eternal Bleffings.
This I will evince by thefe Six following
Confiderations , (liewing the many Ad-
vantages they have to this end above the
Children of others.

I. They have the advantages of a Co-
venant Relation to God, of being Mem-
bers of the vifible Church, and of having
the initiating Seal of the Covenant ap-
plied to them in their Infancy. I join
thefe together, becaufe like the Links of
a Chain they have a mutual Connexion,
and take hold one on the other. All
three of them did belong to the natural
Pofterity of Abraham till God broke them
ofF^ and believing Gentiles are engraffed
Urn. II. into the fame Olive Tree in their room 5
and the Grace of the Gofpel is not fure
narrower, but much larger than it was
under the Legal Difpenfation. Tis the
whole Scope and Defign of the Apoftle
throughout the Third Chapter to the Ga-
Ut'ians^ to prove, that the Covenant of
Abraham is ftill in force and being 5 and
that his Bk\Jing is come upon us. Now
this was the BJelling wherewith our Fa-
ther was bleft, and that wherein all his
Happinefs was furam'd up, / will be a

God



the Children of Holy Parents. 5

God to thee^ and to thy Seed after ihec.
And that there might be no doubt of this
matter, he tells us, that the defcending
Blefling which he means, was that great
Promife wherein thefe Words are, And to
thy Seed, Now there is no other Promife
made to him upon Record wherein thofc
Words are, but that, Iwill be a God to thee
dnd thy Seed, except that other of inherit-
ing the Land of Canaan^ which no one
can imagine to be here meant by the Apo-
ftle.

Further, that the Privilege of being
Members of the vifible Church of Chrift
doth ftill belong to fuch Children, is evi-
dent from the Difcourfe of the fame Apo-
ftle in another Epiftle, where he treats of
the rejeftion of the Jews and calling oiKm, u.
Y^. the Gentiles. He tells us, that not al 1, but
only fome of the Jews were broken off from «. 17.
the vifible Church : And they were bro-
ken off meerly on the account of their po-
fitive unbelief or rejedion of Chrift. Con-
fequently the Infants of the believing
Jews were not broken off. For if they
were fo, it muft be either for their own
unbelief, a (Sin which by reafon of their
Age, they are not capable of being guil-
ty of) or it muft be for their Parents yrt"
belief which could not be, becaufe we
do fuppofe them to have been Believers.
Their Children therefore did. keep their
B 5 an-



A Difcoiirfe concerning

ancient ftanding 5 now in Chrilt there is
neither Jew nor Gentile ^ the natural Po-
flerity of Believers, whether of the Cir-
cumciiion or Uncircumciiion (land on even
ground.

Again ^ That Church-ftate which the
unbelieving Jews v/erc broken off from,
they lliall, on their Converfion, be refto-
red to afrefli : For then they (hall begraf-
fed into their own Olive Tree. Now in
the Judgment of our Adverfaries them-
felves, it would not be their OWN, but
ANOTHER. Olive Tree, and ANOTHER,
Church of a quite differing Conftitution,
if their Infants v/ere not included as Mem-
bers of it. And yet

Again, Believing Gentiles are graffed in
to the SAME Olive Tree, or the SAME
Church (late wherein the believing Jews
did remain, and from which the others
were broken off -^ (for v. 1 7. fome of the
Branches were broken off^ and thou be-
ing a wild Olive Tree wert graffed in
AMONG tbem^ and WUH them parta-
ke ji of the Root and fatnefs of the Olive
Jree.') And therefore into fuch a Church
as the natural Children of Holy Men are
included in as Members of it.
. Further, That the Privilege of a Bap-
tifmal Dedication unto God doth belong
to them, as it naturally follows from the
Two foregoing Particulars 3 fo it will fur-
ther



the Children of Holy Parents. J

ther appear from thofe known Words
that have been often urged to this pur-
pofe, ThonJIjalt keep my Covetiant th€re-^'^^'^19'
fore, thou and thy Seed after thee in their
Generation, This is an univerfal Com-
mand laid on all the Seed of Abraham^
and confequently reaches believing Gen-
tiles under the Gofpel ^ for they are Ahra-
ham's Seed. And 'tis inferred from the
Promife of being a God to him and his,
as appears from the Word THEREFORE.
Confequently it that Promife belong to
Holy Men in thefe Gofpel days, (as was
before proved it doth) this Duty doth
oblige them too. And by the KEEPING ^
of the Covenant we are in part to under-
ftand the putting the initiating dedicating
Sign of the Covenant, for the time being,
whatfoever it fhould be , will appear
hence, becaufe the NOT putting of that
Sign upon their Infants is called a BREAK- ^, ,4.
I ING of the Covenant. If the not ap-
1 plying that Sign to their Children be in
\ the judgment of God himfelf a breaking
; of the Covenant, then the applying it is
/ in part a keeping of it. And 'tis obferv-
able, that this is a General Command,
diftinft from that Particular one of Cir-
cumcifion, which comes after it in the
following Verfe. Tis, I fay, a General
Command , enjoining the putting the
Sign and Seal of the Covenant on Infants
B 4 what-



8 A Dijcourfe concernm^

whatever it (liould be, which once was
Circumcifion, but now is Holy Baptifm.
J So that here is an exprefs Command to
all the Seed of Abraham f'and believing
Gentiles are his Seed) for the Baptizing
their Infants 5 tho' not in the particular
term of Baptifw, yet under this general
Notion of the toke/j of the Covenant, and
keeping of it.

Now all thefe three things are very con-
iiderable advantages and helps to fuch
Children. For if they (land in a Cove-
ttatit Kelati07i to God, if they are Mem-
hers of the vifihh Churchy and have the
Sign and Seal of the Covenant on them,
then they are a People ?ngh unto God,
whereas others are afar off. Their very
Names are in the Bond. They are parts
of that Society to which the Promifes are
made ; Members of that Body whereof
ChriH: is the Head and Saviour 5 have a
fpecial Intercft in the Prayers of all God's
People, who tho' thev intercede for all
the World, yet do fo m a particular man-
ner for thofe that belong to the fame So-
ciety with themfelves 5 and they are un-
der the fpecial providential Care of Chrift,
who is the Lord and Ruler of the World
indeed, but the Head over all things to
his Church. Hereby God's Right to us
is fignified ^ we are in the beginning of
our days pre-engaged to him 5 his Mark

i3



the Children of Holy Parents. 9

upon us, we are his Sons and hisDaugh- E^ek: i6,
ters 5 he hath a fpecial Intereft in us 5 we
are not unclean, but federally holy to i cor. ^,
God. Such Children are born in and be- '4'
long to thofe Houfes, to whom Salvation
in an efpecial manner doth belong. For
fo faid Chrift to Zach£tfs, Thk day is Sal- u!^ , j,
vat ion come to thy Houfe, becaufe he the 9-
Mafler of it was a Child o^Abrdham, And
faith St. Faul to the Jay lor, Believe on the aSs 16.
Lord Jefm Chrifi, and thou Jhalt be faved^ 3'*
thoH and thy Hottfe. Implying, that fome
fpecial Privilege hereby would redound to
his Houfe, i. e, his Children, above what
the Children of his Neighbours did en-
joy.

And as a Senfe of all this hath a natu-
ral tendency in it to make deep and aw-
ful Imprefiions on our Minds while we
are young, and as we grow up :, to draw
forth our love to God and Chrifl 5 to in-
creafe our confidence in them 5 to engage
us to walk obediently before them that
have fliewn fuch tender Mercies towards
us in our tender Years, when we were
not capable of thinking of them, much
Jefs of performing any aftual Service to
them 5 and furnifh us with ftronger Pleas
to urge them withal in Prayer for renew-
in? Grace than the Children of others can
make ufe of: So it lays a mighty and -— ^-^^^^^r
powerful Obligation on Religious Parents

to



10 A Difcourfe concerning

to train us up for God by a holy Educa-
tion, which is the

id. Advantage of fuch Children. And
a Religious Education is certainly a very
great one. You have been trained up in
Knowledge, others in Ignorance. You
have had good Examples, and they have
hnd very bad ones. You have from your
Child-hood been nurs'd up in a good
Opinion of the truths and ways of God ^
they have had wicked Prejudices againft
both inftilled into them betimes, and ri-
veted in them by infenfible degrees ^ and
neither of thefe are eafilyfliaken off. You
have ('tis to be prefumcd) many feafona-
ble Corredions, Counfels, Admonitions,
Exhortations and Prayers which they have
wanted. You are kept out of the Road
of Temptation, fo are not they. You
can't fin at fo eafie a rate ^ Modefty and
natural Confcience, Shame and Fear are
powerful reftraints on you : Whereas they
were bred up as they were born, like a
wild AfTes Colt, and never had this Bri-
dle put into their Mouths. You are brought
to fit under the means of Grace, and the
miniftry of the Word, which they are
taught to flight, and deride, and turn their
Backs upon. And having all thefe Ad-
vantages from a pious Education, hence
it follows.

2, Such



the Children of Holy Parents. 1 1

5. Such God ufually. begins to work on ',
more early, waits on them longer, fol-
lows them with more offers of his Grace
than he doth others, and don't ufe to cafl:
them off, till they are wholly defperate.

He begins f^ore Early with them. Ye
are the children of the Prophets, and of
the Covenant which God made with our
Fathers, ivf'm^^imto Abraham^ Inthy feed a^s r^,
fhall all the Natiom fif the Earth be blejjed. 2>«
And then it follows unto you FIRST,
God having raifed up his iion Jefus^ fent
him to hlefs you in turning you away
from your Iniquities. Our Lord himfelf
in the days of his Flefh, preached not to
the Gentiles, but to the loft Sheep of the
Houfe of Ifrael ^ and forbids his Apoftles
going to the former when he fent them to
the latter. And after his Refurredion,
tho' their Hands had been embrued in his
Blood, he commiffions his Servants to go
to them in the frjl place, and they had
the refufal of the Gofpel. Thefehe calls
Children, and counts the others as Dogs 5
offers Bread to the one, but can hardly be
perfwaded to afford a few Crumbs to the
other. Indeed the Spirit of God is wont
to be dealing with the Hearts of fuch
young ones very betimes ^ working many
a good Inclination in them, imprefiing
many a ferious Convidion very deep up-
on them, and notably ftirring up their

Affedions,



12 A Difcourfe concerning

AfFeftions, fo that all that know them
are apt to conceive very great hopes of
them.

And tho' they break away from under
the Spirits hand, yet he purfues after them,
and hys hold on them again and again ^
fhoots many an Arrow of Conviftion af-


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