than any Creature can either quench; or in a good Degree afswage. Unite me to thy self with inviolable Bands of Holy Love, so shall my Soul be satisfied; for thou alone canft answer all my Longings, and the whole World without thee is trifle, and emptiness and nothing

Against a Bufre Inquisitive Temper.

Chrift.] M Y Son, have a care of indulging a cúri

V ous Humour, and do not create to thy self unnecessary Troubles, by meddling with Matters or Persons which are no part of thy Concern. For what is This or That to Thee? Follow thou me. . What have you to do with the Virtues or Vices, the Conduct or the Indiscretions of others; how they behave themselves, what Company they keep, or with what Difcourse they entertain one another? Why all this eager and intemperate Zeal to vindicate or to accuse them? You shall not answer for their Miscarriages, nor be one whit the better for their Excellencies. Your own Words and Actions are the only things you will be called to account for ; look well to them, and beware left this busie and malicious Impertinence do not inflame that Reckoning. Trouble not your self to turn Informer,and take not upon you to be a Judge Leave that to Me, I know every Man throughly, and nothing which is done under the Sun can escape my Observation. I am perfectly apprised of each person's Condition; see every Action, nay, every Intention, every Design; and not only what they do, but what they drive at. These things are far removed out of your Sight, and therefore you cannot judge truly, if




you might attempt it innocently. But know, once 'more, that Judgment is my Prerogative, and therefore it were Impudence and Usurpation in you to attempt it, if you were qualified to judge others. Study rather to be quiet, contain your self within your own Business; and let the prying, censorious, the vain and intrieguing World follow their own Devices; for all which they shall assuredly be one Day summoned to a severe Account; for all their Arts and specious Colours cannot impose upon me. Engage not with them in the . fame Designs, nor let the Empty Phantom of a great Reputation, the Pride of numerous and honourable Relations or Acquaintance, or the particular Intimacies and Friendships of Celebrated Persons engage your Time and Thoughts. These only serve to distract and perplex the Mind, and cheat you at last with fond Expectations; they lead you into a Mist, and there they leave you, loft and bewildred. But I would shew thee the trueWay,and communicate my Instructions freely, wert thou but at leisure to receive my Secrets, and careful to observe my Motions; by opening the Door when I knock, and watching all Opportunities of en, tertaining me in thy Heart.

CH A P. XXIX. Of Lasting Peace, and True Goodness. Chrift.] THis was my Promise to my Disciples hereii.] tofore, Peace I leave with you, my Peace I

give unto you, not as the World giveth, give John xiv. 27. Iunto you. But, though Peace be in every Man's Wishes, yet the Qualifications and Predispositions, necessary for procuring and preserving it, are the Care of very few. My Peace takes up its

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dwelling with the Meek and Humble. And the Peace

of my Servants consists in steady Patience; in attendi ing diligently to my words, and following my DireE. ctions. Therefore, upon every Occasion, be sure to I make a Conscience of what you Do or Say : Let the .. pleasing Me, be your chief, your only Concern, and h the Fruition of Me your ultimate, your only End and Ć Desire. Pass no rash Censure upon other People's

Words or Actions, and do not affect to be a Man of E Business or Secrets ; for this will be the best ExpediE: ent to make your Troubles few and light. I fay, Few E: ond Light, for to escape Trouble altogether, and have E no Affliction at all in Mind, Body, or Esțațe, is not I consistent with the Nature of your present Condition,

but one of the Privileges reserved for Heaven and Immortality.

Do not therefore imagine, that you are then in perfect Peace, when you are sensible of no Calamity or Disturbance; Or, that a present freedom from Alsaults, is an Argument that you have no Enemy, and all is safe and well with you; Nor, when things succeed according to your Heart's desire, that this is a Proof of your extraordinary Virtue and Perfection ; Nor if your Zeal and Piery be fervent, and your Contem, plations full of Delight, conclude your self a particular Favourite of God. For these are foreign and deceitful Inferences: Such as neither prove the Sincerity, nor the Degree and Perfection of any Man's Virtue. This is discovered by quite different Marks. The devoting and resigning your self entirely to the Will of God; not seeking your own, but his Glory in every thing you do ; confidering all Events wisely, and receiving Prosperity and Adversity with Evenness of Temper; and such a brave unshaken Perseverance in Goodnesscas,even when the Affiftancesand Encouragements of Grace are withdrawn for a season, can reso, lutely go on and harden it self to undergo yet sharper


Tryals with Constancy ; Such Lowliness of Mind as never puffs a Man up with an Opinion of his own Merit, but in the forest Distresses can find Matter of Praise and Thanks for that Mercy which even then. inflicts much less than he deserves to suffer; And a firm Hope , that God will not forsake his Servants; This is the way of Peace, the way that leads to sure Consolation and Favour with God. And if, to not thinking highly of your own Performances, you can add that other Excellence, of despising your Self, and abhorring your own Vileness, then be assured your Peace is built upon so solid, fo impregnable a Foundation, that Mortal Man here on Earth is not capable of attaining to it in greater Perfection.

True Freedom of Mind.

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Mortality cán aspire after, to aban. don all worldly Thoughts, and without Interruption keep the Mind upon the Business of the Soul, and heavenly Contemplations: To pass through a life thick set with Cares and Troubles, yet free and unconcerned: Proyided still this unconcernedness proceed not . from Stupidity, heaviness of. Apprehension, or flothful Neglect, but from a generous liberty of Soul, by which the Man gets loose from all immoderate Defires, and too tender Love of earthly Enjoyments. This Faculty I earnestly Covet, and beg thee, O my God, to protect me against the Cares of the World, left the Necessities of my Body employ me too anxi. ously, and, under that Pretence, my Affections be en{nared, and so I entangled in Multiplicity of Business,


to the Prejudice and Neglect of better and weightier Concerns; Or, left I be enticed to Sin by the pleasures of Sense, or discouraged from the steady Pursuit of Virtue and Heaven, by too tender and afflicting Resentments of any Calamities which may happen to me.

I speak not now of those vain Superfluities, which the deluded World so vehemently contend for; but beg to be preserved in these Miseries and Dangers. For Miseries and Dangers I cannot but esteem the common and unavoidable Incumbrances of Life; fince these are heavy, and cling close about the Soul, and put it under such a strait confinement, that it cannot freely obey the Dispositions it feels within, of getting above Concern for the World, and fixing its Desires and Endeavours upon Spiritual Objects. Thou, O my God, art Sweetness inexpressible. But that my Soul may truly relish thee, turn, I beseech thee, all my Worldly Comforts into Bitterness, left they vitiate my Palate, and give a Disgust to Heavenly Things, by some deluding Charm of present pretended Good..

Oh! let not Flesh and Blood prevail in their Conflicts. - with the Spirit, let not the World and its fading Glo

ries cheat me into Ruin; lef not the subtle Enemy of

Souls supplant me with his tempting Wiles. Give me : Courage to refift, when called to the Combat ; Pa,

tience to endure, when called to Suffering ; Firmness

of Mind to persist immoveable in my Duty, when | Temptations and evil Suggeftions labour to seduce me.

Exchange, if it be thy Will, the transitory and false Comforts of this World, for the Oyl of true Gladness, the Aflistances and sweet Satisfaclions of thy blessed Spirit; and, instead of Carnal Love, and Sensual Inclination, let the Love and Desire of Thee be diffused, through my whole Heart, and Reign Unrivalld there. ..., : ' cildini i


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