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HEAVENS GLORY, SEEKE IT, ike, 1628, . . 141 leaves.


WARWICKE, 1682, ..... 44 do.

NOTES, by Sidney J. H. Herrtage, ... 42 do.
GLOSSARY, by Sidney J. H. Herrtage, . , 18 do.

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2NhON, ■^rmkcl for Muhaell SyarKc A°- : 6 i 8

To the Reader.

HE prefent carelejfe
fecurity of all men in
generally is like vnto
oztrfirjl Parents neg-
lefl of Gods facrcd commande-
ment in Paradice, zuhen the fedu-
cing Serpent no fooner perfuaded
enill, but it was infant ly put in
praclife : Youfliall dye [faid God)
was heard, but you fJiall not dye
[faid the Diucll) was beleeued.
Our eares are daily acquainted
witb the threatnings of Gods de-
A 3 noimced

To the Reader.

notmced agahi/l Jinners, mid yet
that finne, that broad ivay-path
and highway to hell, is attempted
zuith a delegation and p leaf ure, fo
or of tie afid fiibtill are the baits
and hires of the deceiuer, and fo
void of fpirittiall 'wifedo7ne is the
foule-m^irdering finner. But if
due confideration were had of the
wages offinfie, and the reward of
vnrighteotfnef/e, ajid to zuhat
bitterneffe it zvill turne in the
end, it zvotild make vs leffe bold
to finne, and more fear e full to of-
fend^ if lue ivotild 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 f ear ef till,
but much more terrible, in regard
of the iudgement it warneth vs


To the Reader.

V7ito. Imagine to fee a Jinner
lye 071 Ids departing bed, burde-
ned and tyred zuitk the grieuous
and heatiie load of all his former
trefpaf/es, goared with the fling
and pricke of a festered confci-
ence, feeling the crampe of death
zvresting at his heart firings,
ready to make the ruthfull di-
tiorcc betzveene fonle and body,
pantijig for breath, and fzuim-
ming in a cold and fat all fzju eat,
zvearied with fli^ngling against
the deadly pangs : Oh how miich
would he gitte for an houre of re-
pentance ! at zvhat rate wotdd he
value a dales contrition ! Then
worlds zvottld be worthleffc, in
refpeFl of a little rcfpite, a fliort
truce would fee77ie mo7'e precious
than the t7^eafu7'es of Empires,
A 4 7iothing


To the Reader.

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

How inco7ifolable zvere his
cafe, his friends being fled, his
fences frighted, his thoughts a-
inazed, his memorie decaied, his
zvhole minde agafl, and no part
able to perfor^ne that it f/iould,
but onely his guiltie coifcience
pestered zvith finne, continually
vpbraiding him^ with bitter
acctfations? ivhat wozUd hee
thinke then (flripped out of this
mortall weed, and ttirned both
out of the feruice and hotfe
roome of this world) hee must
paffe before a mofl fetter e hidge,
carrying in his owne confcience
his enditement luritten, and a


To the Reader.

perfcH: register of all his mif-
deecis: when hee JJiould fee the
hidge prepared to paffe the fen-
tence agaijfi him, and the fame
to be his Vinpire, whom by fo
many offences he hath made his
enemie: When not onely the de-
uils, but euen the Angels, fiould
plead against him, and himfelfe
maugre his zvill, bee his owne
fharpest appeacher: What were
to be done in thefe dreadfull exi-
gents ?

When hee faw that gastly
dungeon and httge gulfe of hell,
breaking out with fearefull
flames, the zveeping, hoziling,
and gnafiing of teeth, the rage
of all thofe hellifi monsters, the
horro7ir 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 ptiniJJtments. Would
you thinke the^n zuife that would
daily in fo weighty matters, and
idlely play away the time allot-
ted them to preucnt thefe in-
tollerable calamities ? Would
you then account it fecure, to
nurfe in your bofomc fo many
vgly Serpents as fi7ines are, or
to foster in your foulc fo many
malicious accifers, as mortall
faults are?

Would you not then thinke
one life too little to repent for fo
many iniquities, euerie one
whereof, were enough to cafl
you into thofe etierlasting and
vnspeakeable torments ? WJiy
then doe we not (at the leafl)
deuote that fmall remnant of


To the Reader.

thefe our lattei' dayes, to the ma-
king an attonement with God, that
ottr confcienccs may be free from
this eternall danger? Who would
relie the euerlasting affaires of
the life to come, vpon the gliding,
flipperineffe ; and rnnningflreame
of our vncertaine life?

It is a preposterous pollicie (in
any wife conceit) to fight againft
God till our lueapons be bhmted,
our forces confztmed, our limmes
impotent, and our breath fpent;
and then when we fall for faint-
nefje, and haue fought ourfelues
almoft dead, to p7'efume on his
mercy. It zvere aflrajige peece of
Art, and a very exorbitant cou7fe,
ivhile the Ship is found, the Pylot
well, the Marri7ters firong, the
gale fatwurable, and the Sea calme,


To the Reader.

to lye idle at rode: and when the
Ship leakes, the Pylot were Jickc,
the Marriners faint, the Jlormes
boyjierotis, and the Sea turmoylcd
with /urges, to launch fo7^th for a
voyage into a farrc Coiintry : yet
fuch is the skill of our euening re-
penters, who though in the fottnd-
neffe of health, and in the perfect
vfe of 7'eafon, they cannot refolue
to weigh the ankers that zvithhold
them from God, neuertheleffe,
feed themfelucs zvith aflrong per-
fwafton, that when their fences are
aflonied, their wits distracted,
their vnderstanding dtiskcd, and
both body and minde racked and
tormented with the throbs and
gripes of a mortall ficknef/e, then
will they thnke of the weightiefi
matters, and become Saints, when


To the Reader,

they are fcarfe able to behaue
themfelues like i^ea/onable crea-
tures? being then prefumed to
be lejfe then men : for hoiv can he
that is ajjaidted with an vnfctled
confcience, distrained zuith the
wringing fits of his dying flefii,
maimed i7i all his abilities, and
circled in ivith fo many encom-
brances, be thottght of due difcre-
tion to difpofc of his chief (fl iezvell^
zuhich is his foule? JVoyiio, they that
zvill loyter in feed tir7te, and begin
then to f owe zvhen others begin to
reape: they that zvill riot out their
health, and cafl their accounts
when they can fcarfely fpeake:
they that zvill fliimber out the day,
and enter their iotirney when the
light doth faile them, let them
blame their owne folly, if they dye


To the Reader.

in debt, and et email beggerie, and
fall headlojig into the lapfe of end-
lejfe perdition.

Great caife haue wee then to
haue an howely zuatchfull care
ouerourfoule, being fo dangerous
aj/aidted and enuironed: mofl in-
stantly entreating the diuine Ma-
iefiy to be our affm^ed defence, and
let vs paffe the day in mourning,
the 7iight in luatching and wee-
ping, and our whole time in plain-
full lamenting, falling downe vp-
on the ground humbled in fack-
cloath and afJies, hauing lofl the
garment of Chrifl, that hee may
receiue zvhat the perfecuting ene-
my zuould haue fpoy led, etieryfJiort
figh ivill not be fufficient fails fa-
ction, nor euery knocke a warrant
to get in. Many fJiall cry Lord,



To the Reader.

Lord, and JJiall not be accepted',
the fooliJJi Virgins did knocke, but
were not admitted: ludas had
fome for^'-ow, and yet died defpe-
rate. Forejlow not (faith the holy
Ghojl) to be coniierted vnto God,
and make not a daily lingering of
thy repair c vnto him: for tho2i
fJtalt finde the ftiddennef/c of his
zurath and reuenge not flacke to
destroy finners. For which caufe,
let no manfoiourne long infinfull
fccuritie, or pofl ouer his repen-
tance vntill feare enforce him to
it, but let vs frame our premifes
as zve zvotild fndc 07ir conclifion,
endeatiouring to Hue as we are de-
firoiis to dye : let vs not offer the
maine crop to the Dittell, and fet
God to gleane the reproof e of his
haruefl : let vs not gorge the Di-



To the Reader.

uell zvith oztr fairejl fruits, and
heme God to the filthy fd'aps of
his leauings : btit let vs trucly de-
dicate both foule and body to his
feruice, whofe jnght they are, and
whofe feruice they owe; that fo in
the euening of 07ir life we may re-
tire to a Christian refi, clofing vp
the day of our life zvith a cleare
fiinnefet, that leaning all dark-
neffc behhide vs, zve may carry in
our confidences the light ofi grace:
andfio cficaping the horrour ofi an
eternall night, paffe fir om a mor-
tallday, to an euer lasting morrow,

Thine in Chrift lefus,

Samuell Rowland.



STrike/aile, poore fozcle,
in /ins tenipejiuoiis tide,
That rtmjl to rtdne

and eternall zvracke :
Thy courfe from heauen

is exceeding zvide,
H els gulf e thou ent'refl,

if grace guide not backe:
Sathan is Pilot

in this nauigation,
The Ocean, Vanity,

The Rocke, damnation.

Warre zaith the Dragon,,
and his zvhole alliance.

Renounce his league
intends thy vttcr loffe;



Take injinnesfiag of truce,

fet out defiance,
Difplay Chrsts enjigne

with the bloudy crojfe:
Against a Faith proof c

armed Christian Knight,
The hellifJi coioard

dares not niannage fight.

Reffl him then,

if thou wilt viSior be.
For fo he flies,

and is difanimate ;
His fiery darts can hatie

no fo7%e at thee,
Thefiiield of faith doth all

their points rebate:
He conquers none to

his inf email den.
But yeelding fiatics,

that wage not fight like men.



Thofe in the dungeon

of eternall darke,
He hath enthralled

euerlasting date,
Branded zvith Reprobations

cole-blacke marke,
Withhi the 7ieuer-

opening ramd vp gate :
Where Diues rates one

drop of zuater more
Than any crowne

that euer Monarch wore.

Where furies haunt the hart-
tome wretch, defpaire,

Where clainours ceafe not,
teeth are etier gnafliing.

Where zorath and vengeance
fit in horrors chaire,

Where quenchleffe flames
of fulphur fire be fiafiiing,



Where da7nned fotdes

blafpheine God in dejpig/it,
Where vtter darknejfe
Jiands remoti d from light.

Where plagues itmiron,

torments coinpajje round,
Whei^e anguiJJi rores

hi neuer /tinted forrow,
Where woe, woe, woe,

is euery voices found,
Where night et email

neuer yeelds to 7norrow:
Where damned tortures

dreadfull fiall perfetier,
So long as God is God,
fa long is euer.



Heauens Glory.

Ho loucs this life,
from loue his loue doth
A nd chnfing droffe, ( erre,

rich treafure doth denie,
Leaning the pearle,

Chrifls connfels to prefe^'re,
With felling all we haue,

the fame to btty:
O happy fonle,

that doth disburfc aftwmie,
To gaine a kingdome

in the life to come.

Such trajficke may be
termed heaiienly thrift,



Heauens Glory.

Suck venter hath no

hazard to diffiuade
Immortall purchafe,

ivith a niortall gift,
The greateji game

that etier Merchant made:
To get a crozmie

zuhere Saints and Angels fmg,
For laying out

a bafe and earthly thing.

To taste the ioyes

no humane knowledge kfiowes,
To heare the tunes

of the ccelestiall quires,
T'attaine heatH ns fweet

and mildefl calme repofe,
To fee Gods face

theftmzme of good defires :
Which by his glorious Saints

is howerly eyde,



Heauens Glory.

Yetjlght witk/eemg,

netier fatisfide.

God as he is,

fight beyond estimate,

Which Angel, tongues

are vntaught to difcoiier,

VVhofefpIendor doth

The heatiens illustrate.

Vnto luhich Jight

each fight becomes a louer:

Whom all the glorious

court of heauen laud,

With praifes of

eternities applaud.

There where no teares are

to interpret grief es,

Nor anyfghes, heart

dolours to expound.


Heauens Glory.

Thei'e where no treafiire

isfiirprisd by theeiies,
Nor any voice that fpeakes

with fo7'rowes found.
No vfe of pafsionSy

no difiempc7^ed thought,
Nofpot offinne,

710 deed of error wrought.

The natiue hoTne

of pilgri77ie fotdes abode,
Reffs habitatio7i,

ioyes true refide^ice,
Ierufale77is new Citie

biiilt by God,
Formd by the hands

of his ow7ie excelle7ice;
With gold-paii d fireets,

the wals of precious fione.
Where all foimd praife

to hint fits on the throne.



Heauens Glory.


Glory^ Earths Va -

nitie, and Hels

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

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


Heauens Glory

wicked, he doth alfo fet before
vs the reward of the good:
which is, that glory and euerla-
ftine 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. Augti/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 Ahnighty God for his
friends, a bleffed hfe, a fecure
Hfe, a quiet Hfe, a beautifull Hfe,
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 perfedl, 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


Hcatiens Gloiy.

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-


Hemtens Glory

land of glory, fingeth vnto Al
mighty God one of the fongs
of Syo7i. Oh happy, yea, and
moft happy fhoiild 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
ftreets, 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


Heartens Glory.

aboue with maffie gold, where
no vncleane thing may enter,
neither doth any abide there
that is defiled, Faire and beauti-
ful! in thy delights art thou O
leritfaleni 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 fliineth 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 Gloiy.

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-
magfe. 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 perfe^l; religi-
ous perfons; there are the holy
Virgines, which haue ouer-
B 4 come


8 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
httle 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-
fe6lion, 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 Heattens Glory.

when he faid: O Father, this is
my lafl determinate will, that
all thofe that thou haft pfiuen
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. Augujiine. Now tell mee
(Chriftian brother) what a day
of glorious fhine 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
(^faith S. lerome vnto the Vir-



Heatiens 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 fliall 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 douej'or nozv the Win-
ter is pajl, and the tempejluous
waters are ceafedy the flowers doe
begimie to appeare in our land.
Cant. 2. How great ioy fhall thy
foule then receiue, when it fliall
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. A5ls g. S. Lttke wri-
teth, That when holy Tabitha,
the great almes gluer, was dead,
all the widdowes and poore
folke came about the Apoftle
S. Peter, fhewing 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 flialt be placed, with
remembrance of thy almes



Hcauens Glory


deeds, thy prayers and faftings,
the innocency of thy life, thy
fuffering of wrongs and iniii-
ries, thy patience in affli6lions,
thy temperance in diet, with all
other vertues and orood 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 flialt
fee thy felfe to bee in that



14 Hemiens Glory.

fure hauen, and fhalt looke back
vpon the courfe of thy nauiga-
tion which thou haft failed here
in this Hfe: when thou fhah 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 fhall fmg the fong
of the Prophet, which faith,
Had it not becne that our Lord
had beene mine helper, it could not
be but my foule had gone i^ito helL
Efpecially, when from thence
thou fhalt 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 Glo7y.


fed Almighty God, that among
fuch a multitude of damned
perfons, thou fliouldft be of the
number of his ele(5l, and one of
thofe to whom he would erant
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 Ie7'iifale7}i 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



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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 coelefliall 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
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heauen to enioy peace after
warre, fecurity after perill, eter-
nall 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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