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It must needs be a point of great Continency and Integrity, not to be caught with the Inticements of vain Beauty, Comeliness of Body, outward and gay Glory or Apparel, nor with the vain Pleasures of the World; but to be restrained by Juftice, Equity, and Chastity, yea, and with the Bri dle of the Fear of God, not to cona. fent to corrupt Concupiscence, which would in that sort deceive them (e. fpecially carnal Men) and blind right Judgment in them. Musonius.

Beware of the Baits of wanton Wos men, which are laid out to catch Men; for they are great Hindrances to him. that desires Wisdom. Socrates, Suffer not thy Hands to work, nor

to speak, to hear, that which is Evil.

At thy Table, "let all Things (or Words) be pure, chast, and holy; even as He is holy, whose Gifts thou there receivest. Socrates.

That Man, whose Mind is wholly dedicated to Vertue, and Purity of Life, and défpifeth the Vanities of this fort Life, most certainly prevaileth, and obtainęth Salvation in the end. Pont artus..


Let Youth take delight in Good Things; for Pleasures are the Baits of Evil: The momentary Sweetness of a delicious Life, is follow'd with eternal Sorrow; the Thort Pain of the contrary, with eternal Pleasures. Plato.

He is to be accounted Free and at Liberty, who is void of all evil Luft and Concupiscence. Cicero.

Liberty is a Power given unto Man whereby he may live as he himself shall think good, or is perswaded in his Conscience and followeth, in Converfation, those things only which are good and honest; obeying not the Law for Fear of Punishment, but for Truth's fake and

In very much Liberty, it is hard to be moderated, or to put a Bridle to wảnton 'Affections. Aristotle.

He that hath Liberty to do more than is Necessary, will oft-times do more than is tending to Honesty. Macrăbius.

os bonitab Neither the Covetous nor Amhir tious, nor Lustful Perfon, can be Free and at Liberty. Diogenesis He is a Sláve indeed, who is in



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Bondage to his own evil Afe&ions.

Apply thy self to Vertue, that in the time to come thou may'st be praised. Plato.

It is meer Wickedness to seek Praise by counterfeit Vertue. Diogenes.

for all thy doings, feek chiefly the Praise and Glory of God.

He is greatly to be praised, that leadeth an uncorrupt Life, that loveth and feareth God, that is friendly to his Friend, favourable to his Enemy, temperate in his Words, and meek in his Behaviour. Mar. Aurel. ***

We must beware, we open not our Ears to such as praife us falfly, nor fuffer our felves to be flatter'd. Tullius.

When thou arifelt in the Morning, determine fo to pafs the following Day, as though at Night a Grave fhould be thy Bed

At thy Down-lying and Up-rising, at thy Labour, Eating and Drinking, he mindfot of God, be thankful unto Him, and remember his Benefits, not only towards thy self, but also towards all Mankind, even throughout all the World. Mar. Aurel.


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Whatsoever thou takeft in handy think that before thou endest its Death may surprize thee. Seneca.

Praise no Man before Death; for that discovers his Works. Ifocrateso

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HE Causes of all Inconveniencies

and Hurts that happen to the Soul of Man, are his own Vices, which bring him under the Displeasure (ar Hatred) of God' and good Men, and oft of himself at length; ---Now, altho' there are fundry forts of Vices,, too many to be here enia merated, I fill in the following Chaptex few the Philosophers Opinion of the Vileness and Corruption of some of them, and the Damage and Hurt they bring both to Soul and Body; which I defore and wille all Men would be. warned to refrain and for sake, before Gods Spirit cease to strive with them, and they be given over too Reprobate Mind,

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CH A P. VI: of Vice in general ; and particularly of

Pride, Ambition, Envy or Malice, Wrath or Anger, Sloth or Idleness, Covetousness, Gluttony and Drunkenness, Uncleannesso. Lying and Deceit, Flattery, and Backbiting, Spearing, Folly and Ignorance. Of Repentance, and the value of Time.


Ike as Vertue is a Garment most

comely and precious, whereby the Soul is garnished to the Glory of the most High God; fo Vice and Wickedness are filthy, abominable, and uncomely, which corrupt and destroy the Soul, contrary to the Will of God. 62

To be a true Victor, is to cease Warring against Men without; and ingage in another Warfare, against the Enemies within, (viz.) carnál Lufts, Affections and Desires. , Dino dimus.

One way to secure a Man from Wickedness, is to withdraw from the Examples of it; 'tis too much to have


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