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selves all in quiet, we cou'd hardly believe ' that we were deliver’d. We rose up early

to see if it cou'd be true, that our Deliverance was real. Oh! Pardon us that we have not first visited our Churches, the Mo

numents of Thy Mercy, which Thou hast ' so graciously continu'd to us during all

these Troubles, and been so gracious to us ' in them; and having taken them away

so little a while, dost now so speedily restore ( them to us.

Oh! Pardon us that we can pass by fo great a Mercy! That we can meet

in Councils and in Courts, and fill the 'Streets with our Crowds, and leave these

Monuments of thy goodness neglected, as if some lachanted Force kept their doors against us. Oh! Pardon us, good Lord, and let not

this Sin redound upon all of us, whom thou "halt deliver'd. For is not this to fly on the Spoil, and eat the Flesh with the Blood? (1 Sam. 14. 32.) When without fanctifying our Vi.

ctory, without paying onr Homage to thee ' for it, before Thy Altars, we run so greedi

ly upon enjoying the Fruits of it; and that < in a tumultuous and Injurious manner, to * those whon Thou hast put in our Power.

Soon after this I find him lamenting the decay of Piety, and prevalency of Vice; These were always matter of grief and indignation to his Mind ; But chiefly after our great Deliverance, when the vilest Ingratitude was à new Aggravation of every sin. His sense of these things the following Meditation will fhew; written August 17, 1690.

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How do I fear that the Standard of Piety is lost in the World, and of that Holiness ' without which no Man fhall see the Lord? I • know Christ will uphold his Church, and ' the Holy Spirit will be with it in every

Age to the end. And therefore even in

this Age, he has his faithful Servants. But ! I fear they are so few, and the number of o'thers so great; that either they are not ta( ken notice of in the Croud; or that people

are so hardned and blinded, that seeing ' they do not see, and hearing they will not ' understand ; but choose rather to look up

on these as Men of unnecessary Severities, than such as keep up the Model of the Gorpel. By this means we in this Generation may well be all Pygmies in Grace and hardly any of us come up to the measure of the Stature of Jesus Christ; but measuring our felves by one another, may think our selves proper Christians. Where do we fee Piety

practic'd in all its parts, Private, Domestick, ! and Publick? Some few that are much con! versant in good Books, and Primitive Ace • counts of things, may have an Idea of Chri

stianity, beyond what this Age cou'd give them : But then how easie is it for the cor

ruption of the Age we live in; to make this • be forgotten,or hinder it from being brought

down to Practice? Piety is rarely learn'd • wholly by Books, we need continual Exam

ples, and the conversation of good People, s to bring these Notions into Practice. The ' reason of this seems to be, that Piety always

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' felves all in quiet, we cou'd hardly believe

that we were deliver'd. We rose up early " to see if it cou'd be true, that our Delive

rance was real. Oh! Pardon us that we : have not first visited our Churches, the Mo'numents of Thy Mercy, which Thou hast

so graciously continu'd to us during all ' these Troubles, and been so gracious to us ' in them; and having taken them away so

little a while, dost now so speedily restore them to us.

Oh! Pardon us that we can pass by fo great a Mercy! That we can meet in Councils and in Courts, and fill the Streets with our Crowds, and leave these

Monuments of thy goodness neglected, as if 'some Inchanted Force kept their doors against "us. Oh! Pardon us, good Lord, and let not 'this Sin redound upon all of us, whom thou ' halt deliver’d. For is not this to fly on the Spoil, and eat the Flesh with the Blood? (1 Sam. 14. 32.) When without fanctifying our Vi.

Ctory, without paying onr Homage to thee ' for it, before Thy Altars, we run so greedi

ly upon enjoying the Fruits of it; and that in a tumultuous and Injurious manner, to chose whon Thou hast put in our Power.

Soon after this I find him lamenting the decay of Piety, and prevalency of Vice; These were always matter of grief and indignation to his Mind; But chiefly after our great Deliverance, when the vilest Ingratitude was à new Aggravation of every Sin. His sense of these things the following Meditation will shew ; written August 17, 1690.

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How do I fear that the Standard of Piety ' is lost in the World, and of that Holiness

without which no Man Mall see the Lord? I know Christ will uphold his Church, and the Holy Spirit will be with it in every Age to the end. And therefore even in this Age, he has his faithful Servants. But I fear they are so few, and the number of o

thers so great ; that either they are not ta' ken notice of in the Croud ; or that people

are so hardned and blinded, that seeing ' they do not see, and hearing they will not

but choose rather to look upon these as Men of unnecessary Severities, than such as keep up the Model of the Gorpel. By this means we in this Generation may well be all Pygmies in Grace and hardly any of us come up to the measure of the Stature of Fofus Chrift; but measuring our felves by one another, may think our selves proper Christians. Where do we see Piety practic'd in all its parts, Private, Domestick, and Publick? Some few that are much conversant in good Books, and Primitive Accounts of things, may have an Idea of Chriftianity, beyond what this Age cou'd give them :

But then how easie is it for the corruption of the Age we live in, to make this be forgotten,or hinder it from being brought down to Practice? Piety is rarely learn'd wholly by Books, we need continual Examples, and the conversation of good People, to bring these Notions into Practice. The reason of this seems to be, that Piety always

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always decays in the Peace of the Chorch. " A good Man that lives in the continual pro

speat or apprehension of Death, is quite a'nother thing from the same good Man that

lives out of this prospect. When the whole Church therefore lives continually in this

apprehension, (as was the state of the Pri. • mitive Church, for the first Three Hundred • Years after Christ) no wonder if it be quite • different in the ineasure and exercise ot Pie

ty, from the Church at other times. 'Tis • true they were not always under actual Per• fecution, but then it must be confidered, that ' for some time after God frees Men from

this hard state, the sense of their former

Troubles leaves a deep Impression upon • their minds. They had contracted firm ' habits of strict and pious Living; and the • first freedom that God gave them from their 'Fears, did not make them relax any thing

of their strictness; but only encreas'd their

thankfulness, and more cheerful serving him ' in their former road, till God thought fit to • bring again their former straits upon them,

by a renewed Perfecution. And so it was, ' for a while after God put a final end to their • Perfecutions, by the Emperor Conftantine's becoming a Christian. With what Zeal did

the Christians flock to the publick Churches, < Confecrated from Heathen Fanes, to Tem

ples of the Living God, and cover the Pave'ments with their Prostrate Bodies? But by degrees this Fervour decay'd; Lukewarm

ness

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