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Sons, of which I believe this may not be the Leaft,That 't is one of the most difficult things to write on an easie Subject, as 'tis the bardest to paint Light.

When I drew the Model of this, and had Some of the Materials lying by me and ready framed, I thought the perfecting and finishing it would not bave cost me half the charge and pains and expence that I found it has, and most Writers I believe like Builders find this, and even afterwards when they have done, they fee many things they could mend and alter, though they care not for being at the cost of pulling down again and building up anew : It was only the Strength and Vsefulness and Conveniency I had regard to, and it may bave those, tho' like a House built by parts and not altogether, it want all that regular Order and Beauty that should set it off. It is to be looked on only as a Popular Discourse to teach an useful Truth in Religion, and raise the Affe&tions and Imaginations up to it, without that care and exactness that is to be observed in closer Writings : It will fully answer its end if it can but convey a clear and lively an Understanding and warm sense of Religion into Mens Minds, and free their Thoughts


from such Mistakes, and their Lives from fuch Sins as are too prevailing in the World, and which like the Sea and its Rivers proceed from and maintain and run into one another ; For Men's Lusts and Vices make them willing to take up with false and loose Principles in Religion, and thofe Principles feed and promote their Vice and Looseness.

The Sincerity and Zeal of serving so good an end, as I have had my Eye all along upon, or at least of endeavouring heartily to do it, hath sufficiently armed me against all manner of Censures whatsoever and bath given me more satisfaction than if I had either had the ability, or could have vainly promised my self the Applause of woriting the Wittiest or Learnedest Book in the World. This however mean and imperfect it is, as I here put into your Hands, So I presume to . Dedicate to the Great God and my Blessed Redeemer, the best Patrons who will certainly reward those that serve them, heartily


be Serviceable to their Honour and Glory, to the promoting Ver. tue and Religion, the bringing Men off from Sin and Wickedness, the

Conversion and Salvation of Souls, and the Turning of Sinners from the Errors of their ways unto Righteousness, that fo both they and I may bave the Rewards promised to all such.


praying that it

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