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R. F. N. CAUSIN, S. 7.
Translated into ENGLISH
The Delight of Sin is momentary, the Torment
OF HENRIETTA MARIA,
QU E É N
M ONGST all the public joys
for your Majesty's happy returns I know not better how to express my own particular, than by most humbly presenting to your Majesty
my translation of this excellent
& French book, in the folitude of a prison, which was made more easy by some relation it had to your Majesty's service.
And I presume the mother upon this dedication, because all that good which is derived to us from France, whereof I conceive this may be a part, should receive konour and increase of value from your Majesty, that it
may so diffuse itself with more authority and profit ae mongst those who may be capable to receive it Your Majesty, having read the original, doth well know that the principal scope of it is to teach the love of God and contempt of this world, with many other principal virtucs.
And for the pra&tice of them all, this age could not have hoped for so rare an example to inftru&t all the great ladies of Christendom, as it hath found in your majesty, as well by your admirable fortitude and perfe& resignation to God's holy will in all your Majesty's extream affli&tions, dangers and preffures at sea and land, as also by your Majesty's many sacred retirements, in the most holy time of the year, to sprinkle your pleafures (voluntarily) with fome of that gall which was upon our Saviour's lips when he suffered his bitter paffion and death for our sins. Our great divines affirm, that the present sufferings of mount Calvary lead dire&tly to the future glories of mount Tabor.
And therefore, fince your Majesty hath patiently endured so many unjust and rigorous croffes in the mount Calvary of this world, we have reason to hope that our bleffed Saviour hath prepared for your Majesty a most glorious crown in the next, which will never have end. And this shall ever be the inceffant, and fervent Prayer of,
Most bumbly devoted beadsman,
For the first day, upon the consideration
of Afbes. Thou art duft, and to dust thou fhalt return.
Gen. 3. 1. W T is an excellent way to
2 begin Lent with the confi
Bederation of dust, whereby bora nature gives us beginning;
LACT and by the fame death shall put an end to all our worldly vanities. There is no better way to abate and humble the proudest of all creatures, than to represent his beginning and end. The middle part of our life, like a kind of Proteus, takes upon it several shapes not understood by others ; but the first and last parts of it deceive no man; for they do both begin and end in dust. It is a strange thing that man, know