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Application and particularly how our Pallions Act within us, what Feeds and Inflames them; And how they are to be Check'd and Subdu'd, made Governable and Calm. To this purpose he speaks in one place.

Passions of the Mind are like a Running Gout ; It is the fame Morbific Matter, ' that shews it felf, sometimes in the

Knee, then in the Elbow ; That causes Giddiness in the Head, Sickness in the Stomach, and Cholicks in the Bowels: It is the fame Morbific matter in the Soul, (Irregular Passions and Unmortify'd Affe

{tions) that shews it self, sometimes in - Love, sometimes in Aversion; then in

Envy, then in Ambition; sometimes it is
Love of Esteem, sometimes of Beauty ; fome-

times of Riches and Grandure, and abun" dance of like Variety. Seldom above one

of these is Predominant at a time, and then the Party is free from others; and all commonly is, as the Bodily Temper varies. These come and go by Fits unaccountably; but while the Root of the Matter Lives in

our Hearts, we are still under the Power c of the Disease; which we nourish by things ( that are Pleasing; as we do the Gout, or

Scurvy, by Meats that please our Palate. (We seldom contract or encrease these Di.

stempers, by eating of Rhubarb or Aloes ; ( but by high Sauses and delicious Meats. < We indulge our pleasing Passions, and they « bring us under the smart of the more pain! ful Onęs. Cease to Desire (says Seneca) and

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you will cease to fear. Who shall deliver us from the Body of this Death? Thy Cross,

O blessed Saviour, is a sufficient Remedy cio all: For who can allow themselves to

Love, or be overmuch Pleas'd with their Fellow-Creatures, who stand under the

shadow of this direful Tree? Had not the Blessed Virgin, and the belov'd Difciple something else to think of, while they stood there, than gratifying their Minds in worldly Amours ? But we are not always to stand there ; it is not requir'd of us. Yes, while we are in this World, in which our Lord Suffer'd, we are always to be there, more or less; because we are always to be free from the Slavery of those Affe&ions, from which he dy'd to ser us free: And to be most there, when we find our selves in most danger of being pleas’d. For if we keep our selves from being pleas’d, God hath commanded Nature, to keep us from being dir

pleas'd. If we mortify for his fake, those • Affections which are pleasing to us, he will

certainly deliver us from those, that only <bring Torment. And they that are Christ's, Chave Crucifid the Flesh, with its Affections and « Lufts.

To the fame purpose, in another place he expresses himself thus.

What a Round do Passions make in our ' miserable Souls ; we fight againft a De< sultory Enemy, which shifts and changes as often as we agress it. As the Humours of


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the Body circulate about, so Passions circulate with them. It is with us as with Persons in a Rheumatism, when the Pain is in their shoulders, they prepare their Applications, but before they can well apply them, the Pain is moy'd down to their Knees, and thence again to their hands. When we get free from Lust, the Humour settles in our Heart and turns to Love ; If we get respit from this, it flyes into our Head and perplexes us with vanity, conceit of our felves and Love of Esteem of others. Perhaps thence it turns to Pride and Souring; with the mixture of other Humours, becomes Anger, Pevihnels, Envy, Revenge, or Malice, till at last it comes back where it began. Thus while we seek to apply Remedies to Passion, the

Humour Circulates, and the Passion Tra(vels along with it, and starts up in a new Place, and in a new Guise.

O Lord, who hast Instructed us to strike at the Root of all, by a true Mortification ? of our selves, help me to watch the moti

ons of this Subile Enemy, and to declare $ War against it wherever it appears. Help

me to give it no rest, as it gives me little. Strengthen my Will

, that it may be proof to its solicitations in every shape, faithful to thy Love in all Encounters, and Victo(rious through thy Grace under all Oppo6 litions.

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Men of Learning and Wit, it makes me vain; if with Fair Persons, I am in dan

ger of being Sensuai; if with Great ones ' of being Prond. Omy God, how many < Snares are scatter'd in all my ways? What

need have I to take care of my self within, ' since it is impossible to prevent occasions of (evil without ? All these are the occasions < of our warfare, but Thou hast made thy Grace sufficient for them all.

There are many other Meditations among his Writings, of the Nature and Power of our Pasions, and the Methods of Governing then ; which shew, that he kept fo fevere an Eye over them, that he not only Conquer'd his greater Corruptions, but pur, sued his lesser Failings with a most active Zeal; and being never fatisfy'd with his present Attainments in Religion, went on conținually, from one degree of Piety to ano, ther, till all ended at last in Glory.

The consequence of his Victory over his Pallions and desires, his Humility and Meek, ness, and Deadness to the World, was tho,

rough Contentment of Mind, with his ForFree from the tune and Estate. He had too just SentiSin of Cove

ments of this World, not to be above the tufnefs.

fordid Sin of Covețuousness, which he knew
only in Notion; as I might prove from ma-
ny of his Meditations against it, of which I
shall infert only two which are

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Word that proceedeth out of the Mouth of God. Bread, the Staff of Life, will not Sustain a Man without God's Blessing; much less will Riches, which make themselves Wings and Fly away. Take heed, my Soul, of faying, this Gain,or that Sum will furnish thee with a competency, or Subsistence. This is too like the foolish Housholder's Calculation, " Soul Thou hast Goods laid up for many Tears.

Consider that Riches avail nothing in them'selves, to procure the end Men hope for ' by them, being so easily Lost or Blasted, and that without a Stock of these, God can make sufficient Provision for thee from 'Day to Day: This Thought will keep thee from being too Intent on worldly

Advantages, and make thee more Indiffe'rent to Gain, and by consequence, more dispos’d to Charity. "Take heed of thinking to lay in for a

Siege against Providence, and to Fence thy 'self against him by abundance of outward Provision: Rather throw down thy Walls, and cast thy self naked on his Mercy; and he will be thy more sure Defence; he will be to thee instead of Walls and Bulwarks. 'Observe thy good Humours, take thy self in the Fits of Charity. Art thou dilpos’d at any time to give largly? Do it out of hand, lest the Grace of God withdraws, and thou growest Cool in thy good Purposes. No Man ever repented of his Charity, tho' it might seem to have been in Excess. Be it never so Large, allure thy

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