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Did thy descent from Olivet; we fing
And surely 'tis well done, but 'tis not all;
Gal. 4. 19.'
Luke 2. 7.
But art thou come, dear Saviour ? bath thy Love Christmas.
but 'tis my best, if thou wilt come
pure and purging Grace to make it clean,
But here's the cure, Thy presence, Lord, alone
The Prince of Heaven, from amidst the throng Of Glorious Angels, did come down among His Eartbly Cottagers, and did inshrine In vail of Flesh bis Majesty Divine. But they scarce own'd their Prince, nor can afford No better Presence-Chamber for their Lord But a poor ftable, nor no better Chair Of State, but wbat their kinder Beasts could spare, A Manger. Blessed Lord! such a receit Might bave provok't thy Glory to retreat To Heaven again, but that thy great respects To Man's Salvation conquer d'all neglects. But yet, my Dearest Lord ! met
binks I fain Would find fome better place to entertain Thy Majesty with more respect; I have A little room, where I would gladly crave Thy residence; not that I think it fit For thy Receit or Majesty; It is the best I bave : Besides I find In somewhat I have read, it suits [by Mind; My Heart I mean; It is, I do confess A little narrow lodging, and much less Than dotb become so great a Guest; Besides, Another fault I may not, cannot bide, It is but foul and fluttis, worse I fear Tban was thy Bethle'm Stable, so that bere Thy lodging will be chang’d, not mended ; yet If thee into my heart I can but get, Tby Residence will cleanse and better it; And though it finds it not, 'twill make it fit For thy Receit, thy presence: Cbrift alone Turns Earth to Heaven, and makes a Stall a Throne,
F I N I S.
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The Second Part.
L O N D ON:
Printed for-W.Shrewsbury at the Bible in Duck-Lane, and Tho. Leigh and D. Midwinter, at the Rose
and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard. 1699.
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PREF A C E. P
Art of these things now published, were intended
to have been Printed and Published in the former Volume; but not being so well Trans
cribed as I thought was necessary for the Press, being not in place to see it corrected my self, and the Term being so near, that they could not be made ready and Printed before that time, at the request of the Booksellers, who were loth to lose the opportunity of that Term for the Publication of that Volume , I was content to let them Publish that alone, as it is, without any more : but notwithftanding, afterward intended this other Volume, adding thereunto some other small things, more than at first were intended, to make it a just Volume, near the proportion of the former, provided it could be so timely finished, as that it might appear to be but a part of the former Trespass, though with a continuando, and not a new presumption against the wort by Author : But when part of it had been so long det ained in the hands of the Licensers, that by reason thereof, and of some other interventions, that could not be, I was willing to appear to the World to be guilty of a second Trespass against so excellent a Person, especially having both craved and obtained his pardon for the former and therefore wrote to the Booksellers to defift from proceeding any farther therein, till some fair occasion might offer it self to do it, either with the Author's express confent, or at least without offence to him.