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was not that care and moderation used in reforming the Cathedra'l Church bordering upon my Palace.It is no o. ther then Tragical to relate the carriage of that furious Sau crilidge,whereofour eyes and cars were the sad witnesses; under the Authority and presence of Linsey, Tofts the Sheriffc,and Greenwood; Lord, what work was here,what clattering of Glasses, what beating down of VValls, what tearing up of Monuments, what pulling down of Seates, what wresting out of Irons and Brass from the Windowes and Graves! what defacing of Armes,what demolishing of curious Stone-work;that had nor any representation in the VVorld, but only of the cost of the Founder,and skill of the Mason, what toring and piping upon the destroyed Organ pipes and what a hideous triumph on the Ma ket day before all the Countrey,when in a kind of Sacrilegi. ous and profane procession, all the Organ pipes, Vest. ments, both Copes and Surplices together with the Lean den Crosse, which had been newly-fawne down from 0. ver the Green-Yard Pulpit, and the Service books and finging books that could be had, were carried to the fire in the publick Market place; A leud wretch walking before the Train,in his Cope trailing in the dire, with a Service book in his hand imitatingin an inpious fcorne the tune, and usurping the words of the Letany used formerly in the Church:Neer the publick Crosse,all these monuments : of Idolatry must be sacrificed to the fire, not withont much Oftentation of a zealous joy in discharging ordinance to the cost of some who professed how much they had long'd to see that Day.Neither was it any newes up
on this Guild-day to have the Cathedrall now open on all sides to be filled with Muskatiers,wayting for the Ma. jors returne,drinking and tobacconing as freely as if it had turn'd Alehouse.Still yet I remained in my Palace though with but a poor recinue and means;but the house was held too good for Me:Many
messages were sent by Mr.Corbet to remove methence; The first pretence was, that the Committee, who now vyas at charge for an House to fit in, inight make their dayly Seffion there, being a place both more publick, roomy, and chargelesse. The Committee after many consultations resolved it covenient to remove thither, though many overtures and offers were made to the contrary: Mr. Corbet was impatient of my stay there, and procures and sends peremptory messages for my present diflodging, we desired to have some time allowed for providing some other Mansion, if we must needs be cast out of this, which my wife was so willing to hold, that she offered, (if the charge of the present Committee house were the things stood upon she would be content to defray the summe of the rent of that house of her fifth part;but that might not be yielded ; out we must and that in three weeks warning by Midsommerday then approching, so as we might have lycn in the street for ought I know, had not the Providence of God fo ordered it, that a Neighbour in the Close, one Mr. Gostlin, a Widower was content to void his House for us.
This Isath been my measure, wherefore I know not, Lord thou knowest, who only canst remedy, and end, and forgive or avenge this horrible oppression. Scripsi May 291647
18. For many walk of whom I have told yon often,and
now tell you even Weeping that they are the crose of
Y Text you see istut a Parenthesis : yer necessary and effential, though not to the sentence foregoing ; yer to Christian warning and instruction. It is enclosed like, some good Garden, for fingular use, a Garden,where
in there are both Flowers, and Weeds; Flowers of Apoftolical vertue ; and Weeds of Philippian wickednesse. For I know nor whether these words bewray more worth in the true Apoftle, then unworthinesse in the falsc: this censure of his doth no lesse grace himself, then it brandech them; so we have met with fome pictures, which if you look one way, show us a comely face, А
if another way, an Owle, or an Ape, or some deformed visage. Look first at the Apostles gracious carriage in the managing of this Tharp reproof, and ye whom it concerns, imitate it ; and then turne your eyes to the view of the damnable courses of these Philippian Seducers, and learn to abhorre their wayes, and fear their hell:
The fidelicy of the Apostle is commended by his warning; by the frequence; by the passion of it ; His warning, I have told you: The frequence, I have told you often, The paffion; I novo tell you weeping.
To begin with the first. As wisdom hach eyes to note evils, so faithfulness hach a congue to notifie them: We are by our profession the Seers of God in respect of our Eyes, and we are the Prophers of God in respect of our tongues, it must be our carc, co make use of both titles, we are blinde guides, if we see not : we are dumb Dogs, if we give not warning of what we see; as good no_eyes, as no congue. There was in the North
the North part of Jerusalem the Tower of the Furnaces, Nehem. 3. 11. wherein it seems there was continual fire kept for the Way-mark of Travellers ; that flame was both vocal and real ; admonishing the passenger of his errouts, and guiding him in his courfe ; fuch we either are or fhould be : like to John Baptift, who was a Burning, and a Shining light, Burning for his own zeal, Shining for the Direction of others; direction, as in example of life, so in precepts of Doctrine : we should not be like Dyals on a wall, or Watches in our pockets, to teach the cye, but like clocks and larums, toring in the car : Aarox must wear Bells, as well as Pomegranates; Yea louder then so, the Prophets voyce must be a Trumpet, whose found may be teard farr off, Hof.8. 1.
God will never thank us for keeping his counsel, he will thank us for divulging it: and chat St. Paul knew well enough, when in his farewel to the Elders of Ephefu, he appealed to their Consciences, that he had kept back nothing that was profitable unto them, but had dectared into them all the counfels of Gad, A.20.20, and 27.0ur Saviour cherefore bids us nor to run into corivers and whisper his messages, but to get us unto the house top, and to make the highest roof and battlements our Pulpit. Woc therefore to thote Sigalion-like starues, who taking up a room in Gods Church, fit there with their fingers upon their mouches, making a trade of cither wilful or lazy filence; smothering in their brealts the fins and dangers of Gods peop.e. It is a witry and good observation of Gregory, that the Prophet prayes, set a door before my lips ; a door nor a wall, he would not have his tongne mur'd up for all occasions, but so locked, that it may be seasonably let loose and frec, when the convenience or necessicy of his own Soul, or others require it ; The neglect or restraint of which liberty shall lye heavy upon many a Soul ; Surely the blood of all those fouls that have miscarried through their unfaithful filence, cryes loud to Heaven againft chem,and fhall one day be required at their hands.
If I shall see a blind man walking towards some decp pit, or deadly precipice, if I do not warn him of it, and prevent his fall, I am not much lesse guilty of his death, then if I had thrust him down: It is a clear and familiar case that of Ezekiel 33. 7. &c. Sox of man, I have
set thee fer a watchman to the House of Ifrael, therefore thou foalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them of it; when I say to the wicked, o wicked man, thou sbalt furely dye. If thou doeft not speak to warn the wicked from bis way, that wicked mar shall dge in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. A Neeping Centinel is the loss of a whole City, the forfeiture of his own life is the least piece of the mischief he is guilty of ; Oh therefore ye, that are the watchmen of the Lord rouze up your felves ; and as you desire to avoid so many vengeances as chere are souls loft by your drouziness, and taciturnity, beltir your tongues, in giving warning to Gods people of their spiricuall dangers, as our Apostle, doth here; I have told you, and now tell you again. Thus much for the warning ; now the Frequence followes, I have told often.
Nor once, not seldome had the Apostle told his Philippians of these inordinate walkers, but often : St. Paul feared not the flander of a Taurology; Rather like a constant workman he bears still upon the same anvil ; There can never be too much warning of that, whereof there can never be enough heed.Nice cars are all for variety of Doctrines, as palates of meats; Quoufque eadem; what still the same over and over ? Is the note of both: How scornfully do these Gluttons look at the often entrance of the same standing dishes : St. Paul haces to feed this wanton humour, and tells them this single dier is safe for.them, and to himself not grevious, and therefore not fearing their surfet of so wholesome a service, he still sets before them the samc messe: I bave told you often, and now tell gou again. We tell over the same numbers in the counting of our covn,and are not weary of it : In our recreations, we spend the night after the day at the A 2