THE MOST EXTENSIVE
ON THE INTERNET
The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness; the darkness and crookedness is our own. The wisdom of God created understanding, fit and proportionable to truth, the object and end of it, as the eye to the thing visible. If our understanding have a film of ignorance over it, or be blear with gazing on other false glitterings, what is that to truth?
The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty.
Then might ye see
Cowls, hoods, and habits with their wearers tost
And flutter'd into rags; then reliques, beads,
Indulgences, dispenses, pardons, bulls,
The sport of winds; all these upwhirl'd aloft
Fly to the rearward of the world far off
Into a limbo large and broad, since called
The paradise of fools.
Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names,
Places and titles, and with these to join
Secular pow'r though feigning still to act
By spiritual, to themselves appropriating
The spirit of God, promis'd alike and given
To all believers; and from that pretence,
Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force
On every conscience; laws which none shall find
Left them enroll'd, or what the spirit within
Shall on the heart engrave.
Then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
There are no songs comparable to the songs of Zion, no orations equal to those of the prophets, and no politics like those which the Scriptures teach.
There is no Christian duty that is not to be seasoned and set off with cheerishness, which in a thousand outward and intermitting crosses may yet be done well, as in this vale of tears.
There is no learned man but will confess be hath much profited by reading controversies,--his senses awakened, his judgment sharpened, and the truth which he holds firmly established. If then it be profitable for him to read, why should it not at least be tolerable and free for his adversary to write? In logic they teach that contraries laid together, more evidently appear; it follows then, that all controversy being permitted, falsehood will appear more false, and truth the more true; which must needs conduce much to the general confirmation of an implicit truth.
Therefore, if at great things thou wouldst arrive,
Get riches first, get wealth.
They praise, and they admire, they know not what,
And know not whom, but as one leads the other,
And what delight to be by such extoll'd,
To live upon their tongues, and be their talk,
Of whom to be dispraised were no small praise?
Those thoughts that wander through eternity.
Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter? Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing.
Thrones, dominions, princedoms, virtues, powers--
If these magnific titles yet remain
Not merely titular.
Thy actions to thy words accord; thy words
To thy large heart give utterance due; thy heart;
Contains of good, wise, just, the perfect shape.
Thy boisterous locks, no worthy match
For valor to assail, nor by the sword
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But by the barber's razor best subdued.
Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self,
Thy wish, exactly to thy heart's desire.
Time, the subtle thief of youth.
To attain the height and depth of Thy eternal ways, all human thoughts come short.
To be weak is miserable, doing or suffering.
To live a life half-dead, a living death.
To show us what a miserable, credulous, deluded thing that creature is, called the vulgar.
Twilight gray hath in her sober livery all things clad.
Two other precious drops that ready stood,
Each, in their crystal sluice, he ere they fell
Two other tender drops, which ready stood,
Each in their crystal sluice.
Under a tuft of shade that on the green
Stood whisp'ring soft, by a fresh fountain side
They sat them down; and after no more toil
Of their sweet gard'ning labour than suffic'd
To recommend cool zephyr, and made ease
More easy, wholesome thirst and appetite
More grateful, to their supper fruits they fell.
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