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To the Reader.

HE prefent carelejfe
fecurity of all men in
generall, is like vnto
ourfirjl Parents neg-
le6l of Gods facred commande-
ment in Paradice, when the fedu-
cing Serpent no foo7ier perfwaded
euill, but it was infant ly put in
pra6life : YoufJtall dye (faid God)
was heard, but you fhall not dye
{faid the Diuell) was beleeued.
Our eares are daily acquainted
witb the threatnings of Gods de-
A 3 notmced


To the Reader.

nounced againji Jinners, and yet
that Jinne, that broad way-path
and highway to hell, is attempted
with a delegation and pleafure, fo
craftie and fubtill are the baits
and lures of the deceiuerj and fo
void of fpirituall wifedome is the
foule-murdering finner. But if
due confideration were Imd of the
wages offin7ie, and the reward of
vnrighteoufneffe^ and to zvhat
bitterneffe it will turne in the
end, it zvould make vs leffe bold
tofinne, and more fearefull to of-
fend^ if we would take into our
company for a daily confort, the
pale memory of death, and where-
to hefummoneth vs after this life.
Death it felfe is very fearefull,
but much more terrible, in regard
of the iudgement it warneth vs


To the Reader.

vnto. Imagine to fee a Jinner
lye on his departing bed, durde-
ned and tyred with the grieuous
and heauie load of all his former
trefpaffes, goared with the fling
and pricke of a festered confci-
ence, feeling the crampe of death
wresting at his heart firings,
ready to make the riUhfull di-
uorce betweene foule and body,
pa7iting for breath, and fwim-
ming in a cold and fatall fweat,
wearied with flrugling against
the deadly pangs : Oh how m^uch
would he giuc for an houre of re-
pentance ! at what rate would he
value a dales contrition ! Then
worlds would be worthleffe, in
refpe^l of a little refpite, a fhort
truce would feeme more precious
than the treafures of Empires,
A 4 nothing

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nothing would be fo much estee-
med as a moment of time, which
now by moneths and yeeres is la-
uiJJily /pent.

How i7iconfolable were his
cafe, his friends being fled, his
fences frighted, his thoughts a-
mazed, his memorie decaied, his
whole minde agafl, and no part
able to performe that it fliould,
but onely his guiltie confcience
pestered with finne, continually
vpbraiding him with bitter
accufations? what would hee
thinke then (flripped out of this
mortall weed, and turned both
out of the feruice and houfe
roome of this world) hee must
paffe before a mofl fettere Judge,
carrying in his owne confcience
his enditement written, and a


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perfeB register of all his mif-
deeds: when hee Jhould fee the
Judge prepared to paffe the fen-
tence againfl him, and the fame
to be his Vmpire, whom by fo
many offences he hath made his
enemie: When not onely the de-
uils, but euen the Angels, fitould
plead against him, and himfelfe
maugre his will, bee his owne
fharpest appeacher: What were
to be done in thefe dreadfull exi-

When hee faw that gastly
dungeon and huge gulfe of hell,
breaking out with fearefull
flames, the weeping, houling,
and gnafhing of teeth, the rage
of all thofe hellifh monsters, the
horrour of the place, the rigour
of the paine, the terrour of the
A 5 company,

To the Reader.

company, and the eternitie of
all thofe punifJiments. Would
you thinke them wife that would
daily in fo weighty matters, and
idlely play away the time allot-
ted them to preuent thefe in-
tollerable calamities ? Would
you then account it fecure, to
nurfe in your bofome fo many
vgly Serpents as finnes are, or
to foster in your foule fo many
malicious accufers, as mortall
faults are ?

Would you not then thinke
one life too little to repent forfo
many iniquities, euerie one
whereof, wei^e enough to cafl
you into thofe euerlasting and
vnspeakeable torments? Why
then doe we not (at the leqft)
deuote t/iat fmall remnant of


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thefe our latter' day eSj to the ma-
king an attonement with God, that
our confciences may be free from
this eternall danger? Who would
relie the euerlasting affaires of
the life to come, vpon the gliding,
flipperineffe; and running flreame
of our vncertaine life?

It is a preposterous pollicie (in
any wife conceit) to fight againfl
God till our weapons be blunted,
our forces confumed, our limmes
impotent, and our breath fpent;
and the7i when we fall for faint-
neffe, and haue fought our felu£s
ahnofl dead, to prefume on his
mercy. It were aflrangepeece of
Art, and a very exorbitant cotirfe,
while the Ship is found, the Pylot
well, the Marriners flrong, the
gale fauourable, and the Sea calme,


To the Reader.

to lye idle at rode: and tvhen the
Ship leakes, the Pylot were Jicke,
the Marriners faint, the Jiormes
boyjierous, and the Sea turmoyled
with /urges, to launch forth for a
voyage into a farre Country : yet
fuch is the skill of our euening re-
peaters, who though ifi the found-
neffe of health, and in the perfeH:
vfe of reafon, they cannot refolue
to weigh the ankers that withhold
them from God, neuertheleffe,
feed themfelues with aflrong per-
fwafiony that w/ten their fences are
qfionied, their wits distra^ed,
their vnderstanding dusked, and
both body and minde racked and
tormented with the throbs and
gripes of a mortall ficknefje, then
will they thnke of the weightiefl
matters, and become Saints, when


To the Reader.

they are fcarfe able to behaue
themfelues like reafonable crea-
tures? being then prefwned to
be lejje then men : for how can he
that is ajfaulted with an vnfetled
confciencCy distrained with the
wringing fits of his dying fiefii,
maimed in all his abilities, and
circled in with fo many encom-
brances, be thought of due difcre-
tion to difpofe of his chief efl ieivell,
which ishisfoule? No, no, they that
will loyter in feed time, and begin
then to f owe when others begin to
reape: they that will riot out^ their
health, and cofi their accounts
when they can fcarfely fpeake:
they that willflumber out the day,
and enter their iourney when the
light doth faile them, let themr
blame their owne folly, if they dye


To the Reader.

in debt, and eternall beggerie, and
fall headlong into the lapfe of end-
leffe perdition.

Great caufe haue wee then to
haue an hourely watchfull care
ouer our foule, being- fo dangerous
afjaulted and enuironed: mq/l in-
stantly entreating the diuine Ma-
ie/ly to be our affured defence, and
let vs paffe the day in 7nourning,
the night in watching and wee-
ping, and our wliole time in plain-
full lamenting, falling downe vp-
on the ground humbled in fack-
cloath and afhes, hauing lofi the
garmrent of Chrifl, that hee may
receiu£ what the perfecuting eTie-
my would /muefpoy led, eueryfhort
figh will not be fufficient fatisfa-
6lion, nor euery knocke a warrant
to get in. Manyfhall cry Lord,



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Lord, and JJtall not be accepted:
the foolifJi Virgins did knocke, but
were not admitted: ludas had
fome forroiu, a7td yet died defpe-
rate. Fore/low 7tot (faith the holy
Ghojl) to be conuerted vnto God,
and make not a daily lingering of
thy repaire vnto him: for thou
fJtalt fnde the fuddenneffe of his
ivrath and reuenge not flacke to
destroy finners. For which caufe,
let no tnanfoiourne long infinfull
fectiritiey or pofl ouer his repen-
tance vntill feare enforce him to
it, but let vs frame our premifes
as we would finde our conclufion,
endeauouring to Hue as we are de-
fir ous to dye : let vs not offer the
maine crop to the Diuell, and fet
God to gleane the reproof e of his
haruefl : let vs not gorge the Di-

To the Reader.

uell with our fairejl fruits, and
turne God to the filthy fcraps of
his leanings: but let vs truely de-
dicate both fotile and body to his
feruice, whofe right they are, and
whofe feruice they owe; that fo in
tlie euening of our life we may re-
tire to a Christian refi, clofing vp
the day of our life with a cleare
funne-fet, that leaning all dark-
neffe behinde vs, we may carry in
our confidences the light of grace:
andfio eficaping the horrour ofi an
eternall flight, pafife firom a mor-
tallday, to an euer lasting morrow,

Thine in Chrift lefus,

Samuell Rowland.


STrike faile, poore foule,
injins tempejluous tide,
That rtmjt to mine

and eternall wracke:
Thy courfe from heauen

is exceeding wide,
Hels gulfe thoti enfrejl,

if grace guide not backe:
Sathan is Pilot

in this nauigation,
The Ocean, Vanity,

The Rocke, damnation.

Warre with the Dragon,

and his whole alliance,
Renounce his league

intends thy vtter loffe',



Take injimiesfiag of triu:e,

fet out defiance^
Difplay Chrsts eii/igne

with the bloudy crojje:
Against a Faith proof e

armed Christian Knight,
The hellifJi coward

dares not mannage fight.

Refifl him then,

if thou wilt viflor be,
For fo he flies,

and is difanimate ;
His fiery darts can haue

no force at thee,
ThefJtield of faith doth all

their points rebate:
He conquers none to

his infernall den,
But yeeldingflaues,

that wage not fight like men.



Thofe in the dungeon

of eternall darke,
He hath enthralled

euerlasting date,
Branded with Reprobations

cole-blacke marke,
Within the neuer-

opening ramd vp gate :
Where Diues rates one

drop of water more
Than any crowne

that euer Monarch wore.

Where furies haunt the hart-

torne wretch, defpaire,
Where clamours ceafe not,

teeth are euer gnafhing,
Where wrath and vengeance

fit in horrors chaire,
Where guenchlef/e fames

offulphttr fire be flafit ing.



Where damned foules

blafpheine God in de/pight,
Where vtter darkneffe

Jlands remotid fro7n light.

Where plagties inuiron,

torments compajfe round,
Where anguijh rores

in neuer Jiinted forrow,
Where woe, woe, woe,

is euery voices fou7idi
Where night etertmll

neuer yeelds to morrow:
Where damned tortures

dreadfull JJiall perfeuer.
So long as God is God,

fo long is eiier.



Heauens Glory.

WHo hues this life,
from loue his loue doth
And chtifing droffe, ( erre,

7'ich treafure doth denie,
Leaning the pearle,
^Chrifts connfels to preferre,
With felling all we haue,

the fame to buy:
O happy foule,

that doth disburfe aftimme,
To gaine a kingdome
in the life to come.

Such trafficke may be
termed heauenly thrift,



Heauens Glory.

Such venter hath no

hazard to diffwade
Lnmortall purchafe,

with a mar tall gift.
The greatejl gaine

that etier Merchant made:
To get a crowjte

where Saints and Angels Jing,
For laying out

a bafe and earthly thing.

To taste the ioyes

no hwnan£ knowledge knowes,
To heare the tunes

of the ccBlestiall quires,
T'attaine heatcns fweet

and inildeft calme repofe,
To fee Gods face

tlieftimme of good defires:
Which by his glorious Saints

is Jwwerly eyde,



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Yet fight with feeing,
neuer fatisfide.

God as he is,

fight beyond estimate,
Which Angel, tongues

are vntaught to difiouer,
VVhofe fplendor doth

The heauens illustrate,
Vnto which fight

each fight becomes a lotur:
Whom all the glorious

court of heauen laud.
With praifes of

eternities applaud.

There where no teares are
to interpret grief es.

Nor anyfighes, heart
dolours to expound,



Heauens Glory.

There where no treafiire

isfurprisd by theeues,
Nor any voice that fpeakes

with forrowes found.
No vfe of pa/sions,

710 diflempered thought^
Nofpot offinne,

no deed of error wrought.

T/te natitie home

of pilgrime foules abode,
RefVs /labitation,

ioyes true refid£ncey
lerufalems new Citie

built by God,
Fornid by the hands

of his owne excellence'.
With gold-paudflreetSy

the wals of precious flone,
VVJiere all found praife

to him fits on tJie throne.


Heauens Glory.


Glory ^ Earths Va^

nitie, and Hels


Of the Glory of the blef-
fed Saints in Heauen.

O the end there might
want nothing to ftirre
vp our mindes to ver-
tue, after the paines which Al-
mighty God threateneth to the
B wicked,


Heatiens Glory.

wicked, he doth alfo fet before
vs the reward of the good:
which is, that glory and euerla-
fting Hfe which the bleffed
Saints doe enjoy in heauen,
whereby hee doth very mighti-
ly allure vs to the loue of the
fame. But what manner of
thing this reward, and what this
life is, there is no tongue, nei-
ther of Angels nor of nen, that
is fufficient to expreffe it. How-
beit, that wee may haue fome
kinde of fauour and knowledge
thereof, I intend here to re-
hearfe euen word for word,
what S. Atigti/line faith in one
of his meditations, fpeaking of
the life euerlafting (enfuing this
tranfitorie time) and of the
joyes of the bleffed Saints in


Heauens Glory,

heauen. O life (faith he) prepa-
red by Almighty God for his
friends, a bleffed life, a fecure
life, a quiet life, a beautifull life,
a cleane life, a chaft life, a holy
life; a life that knoweth on
death, a life without fadneffe,
without labour, without griefe,
without trouble, without cor-
ruption, without feare, without
variety, without alteration; a
life replenifhed with all beautie
and dignity; where there is nei-
ther enemy that can offend, nor
delight that can annoy, where
loue is perfe6l, and no feare at
all, where the day is euerlafting,
and the fpirit of all is one;
where Almighty God is feene
face to face, who is the onely
meate whereupon they feed
B 2 with


Heauens Glory.

without loathfomeneffe : it de-
lighteth mee to confider thy
brightneffe, and thy treafures
doe reioyce my longing heart.
The more I confider thee, the
more I am ftriken in loue with
thee. The great defire I haue of
thee, doth wonderfully delight
me, and no leffe pleafure is it to
me, to keepe thee in my remem-
brance. O life moft happy, O
kingdome truely bleffed, wher-
in there is no death nor end,
neither yet fucceffion of time,
where the day continuing euer-
more without night, knoweth
not any mutation; where the
vi6lorious conqueror beeing
ioyned with thofe euerlafting
quires of Angels; and hauing
his head crowned with a gar-


Heauens Glory.

land of glory, fingeth vnto Al
mighty God one of the fongs
of Syon, Oh happy, yea, and
moft happy fhould my foule be,
if when the race of this my pil-
grimage is ended, I might bee
worthy to fee thy glory, thy
bleffedneffe, thy beautie, the
wals and gates of thy Citie, thy
flreets, thy lodgings, thy noble
Citizens, and thine omnipotent
King in his moft glorious Ma-
ieftie. The ftones of thy wals
are precious, thy gates are ador-
ned with bright pearles, thy
ftreets are of very fine excel-
lent gold, in which there ne-
uer faile perpetuall praifes; thy
houfes are paved with rich
ftones, wrought throughout
with Zaphirs, and couered
B 3 about


Heatiens Glory.

aboue with maffie gold, where
no vncleane thing may enter,
neither doth any abide there
that is defiled. Faire and beauti-
full in thy delights art thou O
lerufalem our mother, none of
thofe things are fuffered in thee,
that are fuffered here. There is
great diuerfitie betweene thy
things and the things that wee
doe continually fee in this life.
In thee is neuer feene neither
darkeneffe nor night, neither
yet any change of time. The
light that fhineth in thee, com-
meth neither of lampes, nor of
Sunne or Moone, nor yet of
bright glittering Starres, but
God that proceedeth of God,
and the light that commeth of
light, is he that giueth clearenes



Heauens Glory.

vnto thee. Euen the very King
of Kings himfelfe keepeth con-
tinuall refidence in the middeft
of thee, compaffed about with
his officers and feruants. There
doe the Angels in their orders
and quires fing a moft fweete
& melodious harmonic. There
is celebrated a perpetuall folem-
nitie and feaft with every one of
them that cometh thither, after
his departure out of this pilgri-
mage. There be the orders of
Prophets; there is the famous
company of the Apoftles; there
is the inuincible army of Mar-
tyrs; there is the moft reuerent
affembly of confeffors; there
are the true and perfe6l religi-
ous perfons; there are the holy
Virgines, which haue ouer-
B 4 come


Heauens Glory.

come both the pleafures of the
world, and the frailtie of their
owne nature; there are the
young men and young women,
more ancient in vertue than in
yeares; there are the fheepe and
little lambes that haue efcaped
from the wolues, and from the
deceitfull fnares of this life, and
therefore doe now keepe a per-
petuall feaft, each one in his
place, all alike in ioy, though
different in degree. There Cha-
ritie raigneth in her full per-
fection, for vnto them God is
all in all, whom they behold
without end, in whofe loue they
be all continually inflamed,
whom they doe alwayes loue,
and in louing doe praife, and
in praifmg, doe loue, and all



Heauens Glory.


their exercifes confift in praifes,
without wearineffe, and with-
out trauell. O happie were I,
yea, and very happy indeed, if
at what time I fhall bee loofed
out of the prifon of this wret-
ched body, I might be thought
worthy to heare thofe fongs of
that heauenly melodie, fung in
the praife of the euerlafting
King, by all the Citizens of
that fo noble Citie. Happie
were I, and very happie, if I
might obtaine a roome among
the Chaplaines of that Chap-
pell, and wait for my turne
alfo to fmg my H alleluia.
If I might bee neare to my
King, my God, my Lord,
and fee him in his glory, euen
as hee hath promifed mee,
B 5 when


lO Heauens Glory.

when he faid: O Father, this is
my laft determinate will, that
all thofe that thou haft giuen
vnto me, may me with me, and
fee the glory which I had with
thee before the world was cre-
ated. Hetherto are the words of
S. Augujline. Now tell mee
(Chriftian brother) what a day
of glorious fliine fhall that bee
vnto thee (if thou lead thy life in
Gods feare) when after the
courfe of this pilgrimage, thou
fhalt paffe from death to im-
mortallity; and in that paffage,
when others fhall beginne to
feare, thou fhalt beginne to re-
ioyce, and lift vp thy head, be-
caufe the day of thy deliuerance
is at hand. Come forth a little
f faith S. Jerome vnto the Vir-


Heauens Glory. 1 1

gine Eujlochia) out of the prifon
of this body, and when thou
art before the gate of this Ta-
bernacle, fet before thy eyes the
reward that thou hopeft to
haue for thy prefent labours.
Tell me, what a day Ihall that
bee, when our Lord himfelfe
with all his Saints, fhall come
and meete thee in the way, fay-
ing vnto thee: Arife and make
hajl O my beloued, my delight, and
my Turtle doue,for now the Win-
ter is pa/i, and the tempe/iuous
waters are ceafed, the /lowers doe
beginne to appeare in our land.
Cant. 2. How great ioy fhall thy
foule then receiue, when it fhall
be at that time prefented before
the Throne of the moft bleffed
Trinity, by the hands of the ho-



12 Heauens Glory.

ly Angels, and when fhall bee
declared thy good workes, and
what croffes, tribulations, and
iniuries thou haft fufFered for
Gods fake. Ails g. S. Ltike wri-
teth, That when holy Tabitha,
the great almes giuer, was dead,
all the widdowes and poore
folke came about the Apoftle
S. Peter, ftiewing vnto him the
garments which fhee had giuen
them: wherewith the Apoftle
being moued, made his prayer
vnto Almighty God for that
fo mercifull a woman, and by
his prayers he raifed her againe
to life. Now what a gladneffe
will it be to thy foule, when in
the middeft of thofe bleffed fpi-
rits thou ftialt be placed, with
remembrance of thy almes



Heauens Glory.


deeds, thy prayers and fadings,
the innocency of thy life, thy
fuffering of wrongs and iniu-
ries, thy patience in afflidlions,
thy temperance in diet, with all
other vertues and good workes
that thou haft done in all thy
life. O how great ioy fhalt
thou receiue at that time for all
the good deeds that thou haft
wrought; how clearely then
fhalt thou vnderftand the value
and the excellencie of vertue.
There the obedient man fhall
talke of vi6lories; there vertue
fhall receiue her reward, and
the good honoured according
to their merite. Moreouer,
what a pleafure will it bee
vnto thee, when thou fhalt
fee thy felfe to bee in that



14 Heauens Glory.

fure hauen, and fhalt looke back
vpon the courfe of thy nauiga-
tion which thou haft failed here
in this life : when thou fhalt re-
member the tempefts wherein
thou haft been toffed, the ftraits
through which thou haft paffed,
and the dangers of theeues and
pyrats, from whom thou haft
efcaped. There is the place
where they ftiall fmg the fong
of the Prophet, which faith,
Had it not beene that our Lord
had beene mme helper, it could not
be but my foule had gone into helL
Efpecially, when from thence
thou flialt behold fo many fms
as are committed every houre
in the world, fo many foules
as doe defcend euery day into
hell, and how it hath plea-


Heauens Glory. 15

fed Almighty God, that among
fuch a multitude of damned
perfons, thou fhouldft be of the
number of his ele6l, and one of
thofe to whom he would grant
fuch exceeding great felicity
and glory. Befides all this, what
a goodly fight will it bee to fee
thofe feats filled vp, and the Ci-
tie builded, and the wals of that
noble lerufalem repaired again?
With what chearefull embra-
cings fhall the whole court of
heauen entertaine them, behol-
ding them when the come loa-
den with the fpoiles of their
vanquifhed enemies ? There
fhall thofe valiant men and wo-
men enter with triumph, which
haue together with the world
conquered the weakeneffe of



1 6 Heatiens Glory.

their owne fraile nature. There
fhall they enter which haue fuf-
fered martyrdom e for Chrifts
fake, with double triumph ouer
the fl fh and the world, ador-
ned with all coeleftiall glory.
There fhall alfo daily enter ma-
ny young men and children,
which haue vanquifhed the ten-
derneffe of their young yeares
with difcretion and vertue. Oh,
how fweet and fauorie fhall the
fruit of vertue then be, although
for a time before her roots fee-
med very bitter: fweete is the
cold euening after the hote
funnie day; fweete is the foun-
taine to the weary thirftie tra-
uailer; fweet is reft and fleepe
to the tired feruant: but much
more fweet is it to the Saints in



Heauens Glory. 17

heauen to enioy peace after
warre, fecurity after perill, eter-
nal! reft after their paines, and
trauels: for then are the warres
at an end, then need they no
more to goe all armed, both on
the right fide and on the left.
The children of Ifrael went
forth armed towards the land
of Promife, but after that the
land was conquered, they laid
downe their fpeares, and caft a-
way their armour, and forget-
ting all feare and turmoile of
warre, each one vnder the fhad-
dow of his pavillion & harbour
enioyed the fruit of their fweet
peace. Now may the watching
Prophet come downe from his
ftanding, that did watch and fix
his feete vpon the place of the



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Sentinell: There is no more
feare of inuafion by the terrible
armies of the bloody enemies:
there is no place for the fubtill
crafts of the lurking viper •. there
cannot ariue the deadly fight of
the venomous Bafeliske, nor
yet fhall the hiffmg of the anci-
ent Serpent be heard there; but
onely the foft breathing ayre of
the holy Ghoft, wherein is be-
holden the glory of Almighty
God. This is the region of all
peace, the place of fecurity, fitu-
ated aboue all the Elements,
whether the cloudes and ftor-
mie winds of the darke ayre
cannot come. O what glorious
things haue beene fpoken of
thee, O Citie of God. Bleffed
are they (faith holy Tobias) that



Heauens Glory.


loue thee, and enioy thy peace.
O my foule praife our Lord, for
he hath deliuered lerufalem his
Citie from all her troubles.
Happy fhall I be, if the remnant
of my pofterity might come to
fee the cleareneffe of lerufalem :
her gates fhall be wrought with
Zaphirs and Emeraulds, and all
the circuit of her wals fhall bee
built with precious flones, her
ftreets fhall bee paued with

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