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of S. Cyprian (who bad the nanie of Cicero Chri. stianus) Discernere nequeás utramne oratio in elo. quendo, an facilior in explicando, an potentior in persuadendo fuerit.
of S. Bernard, Heinsius, Cujus ego meditationes rivum Paradisi; ambrosiam animarum, pabulum An, gelicum, medullam pietatis vocare solco.
We need not rob thefe-great names of their due Honour to adde unto his, Let his discerning Readers be Judges, of vvhat magnitude and luftre this Light in Gods Church vvas. And, though vve protest against the Insolency of extolling hini, and so making our selves Judges of vvhat be uvas Master of, yet this vve must adde, to do him right, never vvere excellencies better set in a minde more abhorrent from Haughtines. Hovu meek his temper vvas, his many Irenical Tra&ts do shevv. Truly Thuanus his judgement of Melan&hon fits souvell vvith him, as if it had been presaged of him, Ma. ximum in eo tranquilitatis erat ac quietatis ftudium, ut nisi de necessariis contendendum non putaret, and vvhat follovves also he had experience of, Humanitatem exterorum & diversa sentientum, suorum vero & eandem do&rinam profitentium acerbitatem expertus & reprehenfionem, ob rixarum & contentionum fugam.
A specimen of his sound moderation vvė give thee in his Letters to those three eminent Divines of Bremen, Crocius, Heerbrandus, and V Villius,
vvho each sent their papers to him, and made him the Umpire of some disatisfactions betveen tbem, vvhich vvas so done to their mutual acquiescence, that they joyntly and severally sent him their Letters of Thanks. And tovvards the desired Reconciliation of the Lutherans and Calvinists, what i good expedient vvas offered by the concurrent Judg
ment of this Reverend Father vvith his Brethren B.Dave- of blessed Memory, the World doth, vvitneß, in the
(Sentent. 4. Theologorum] seconded by his a&tive Jolicitations of that work. But vvhile he vvas so devoted to the Peace and Vnity of the Church, and did so eagerly pursue the things that made for it, He vvas no leß Stout and zealous to defend the due povver of it in its decent Rites: Witneßhis faith.. ful discharge of the negotiation vvherevviih he wwas intrušted by K. James into Scotland, pointed at by himself, and that proofe of it in his Letter to Mr. Struthers, one of the Preachers of Edinburgh after his return from thence, wbich we would not be fo injurious to suppreß, though our discretion may be questioned for publishing what is now so out of daté. We pretend not to have gathered up all the Fragments of his choice Provifions that nothing might be lost, we know and bewail the loß, and mis. carriage of many pretious and most important pas pers, and can only labour to forget them, as the Owners of the rich Treasures luried in the bottom of the Sea monst do. These which we have preferved,
do exhibit, if thou hast been conversant with his other Works ( as who hath not) thou wilt attest them genuina.
That. Tract of his, The Via media mentioned by himself ( written after his return from the Synod of Dort) be made account was buried in perpetual silence', bis tenderness of the Misconstruction of some who wonld ery it down for the very designe of it, and bis Obedience to the Royal Ediet (which inhibited the needling in those Controverses ) easily prevailing with him to fupprefs it. But what ? Should we let it lye by the walls, till fome other false, obtruded Copie do inforce us to bring it forth, for the Vindia cation of it self? Or should we be fo accessary to the unhappiness of the Church of God, as to with bold it from her, in this Age ofpecially, which hath revived and blown up again thofe almost dead Coals of Controversie, the dangerous heat whereof did occasion that Synod. If the eager Defendants of each side shall proceed ( as yet they do ) will, it not be bitternes in the latter end? Is it not needfulthat some judicious Moderator Mould interpose, and make them see, that the reciprocation of this Saw, doth but divide what might be one entire peece, and make duft in doing it? Is it not good fober Counsely to perSmade each
part (after so many passes made alocady) ta dram, breath, and cowfider what they do.? Bella geri placuit nullos habitura criumphos. That their true Gallantry is not in re-inforcing what makes
them Opposites, But how without any loss of necessary Truth, both may sit down satisfied; as happy is in these differences we may say, Is not the whole land before us. There is room enough for both to walk safely, and there is no necesity of parting or going asunder. This Reverend Anthour Mews a
wherein both may walki as Friends, the path being broad enough, and the way good, ( the bushes and bryers of needless. subtilties being wisely avoided.) For this discovery all good and sober men will bless the Memory of this Authour. And if he si all suffer in the Opinion of hotter heads, astoo lukewarm and tenperate, yea as a close Abetter of Arminianisine, because he hears it speak, and dot), not spit Fire and Brimstone upon it, we enter this protestation ; He was no Remonstrant, birt against the Monster Smečtymnuus. And let any observing Reader judge, what doth be more then propose the Theses of the Remonstrant Opponents, and the Orthodox Defendants, sewing by collation of what is written by both, how they meet, and differ, how also those differences are stated, and arbitrated by Reverend and Learned Bishop Overall on one side, and our Divines on the other. As for this Anthour himself, to prevent thy hard censure of his leaning to Arminius, we referre thee to the passages which thon wilt meet with, wherein he claims the liberty of referving his own Judgement, and more especially to pag. 387. where in the close of the Tract his unby
assedness is clearly professed. Now Reader, after thy quarrel with us taken off for our thus long withholding the good in these Remains from thee, when it was in the power of our hands to give them forth, (for which we plead our long mocked Expectation of a promised, and delayed Reimpression of all the Aúthours scattered Tracts, to be reduced into a Volume, in which these were meant to be included ) we dismiss thee with this blessing, and we think it blessing enough, May the Spirit of
this Reverend Father reft upon thee, and maist thou be bat as Sound in thy Judgment, and Religious in thy Affections, as he was, and as Blessed in the End, as he now is.