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per invictissimam (velint nolint) ac solidissimam veritatem. Si quis vero mihi hæc loquenti iratus fuerit, de se dictum fatebitur: ut alius auctor asserit.

Talia igitur et ejusmodi quisquis adhuc damnabiliter præsumit, vel nihil scilicet vel parum metuens veritatem et ipsius judicium, neget audacter (contra eam) prædestinatos esse reprobos ad perenne supplicium: ille scilicet qui non timet eandem sibi veritatem in extremo die cunctis audientibus dicere; En ego nunc jure nego te, quia tu injuste quondam negasti me. Talis, inquam, si vult et audet, veritatem neget, qui eam non metuit offendere, cujus (die) noctuque nobiscum pariter eget. Nos vero ab eadem audientes veritate, “Diest ultionis in corde meo;" et “Ecce Deus noster ultionem adducet retributionis ;" hanc ita noxiam conculcemus falsitatem, et prædicemus veritatem, quo nostri misereatur eadem veritas, Deus meus, Deique filius, et nunc et tunc in die veniens ultionis. Si enim vere timuerimus furorem fallacium * *z dummodo placere possimus illi qui nos regat ac protegat, ac contra rabiem grassantium muniat in ævum, Amen.

Domine Deus, benedicta simul et invicta Trinitas et Unitas, infunde quæso legentibus hæc credendi fidem, et credentibus confitendi largire virtutem : “Cordea autem credentibus ad justitiam, et ore confitentibus ad salutem,” retribue copiosæ mercedis amplitudinem, et æternæ tecum lucis beatitudinem, Amen.

* Esai. cap. 63. ver. 4. ? Aliquid deest.

y Ibid. cap. 35. ver. 4.
2 Rom. cap. 10. ver. 10.

A DISCOURSE

OF

THE RELIGION ANCIENTLY PROFESSED

BY

THE IRISH AND BRITISH.

FIRST PRINTED IN 1631.

TO MY VERY MUCH HONOURED FRIEND,

SIR CHRISTOPHER SIBTHORP, KNT.

one of his MAJESTY'S JUSTICES OF His courT OF CHIEF PLACE

IN IRELAND

WORTHY SIR,

I CONFESS, I somewhat incline to be of your mind, that if unto the authorities drawn out of Scriptures and fathers (which are common to us with others) a true discovery were added of that religion which anciently was professed in this kingdom ; it might prove a special motive to induce my poor countrymen to consider a little better of the old and true way from whence they have hitherto been misled. Yet on the one side, that saying in the Gospel runneth much in my mind; “ If they hear not

a Luke, chap. 16. ver. 31.

VOL. IV.

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