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THE

REMEDY OF DISCONTENTMENT:

OR, A

TREATISE OF CONTENTATION

IN WHATSOEVER CONDITION:

FIT FOR THESE SAD AND TROUBLED TIMES.

BY JOSEPH, BISHOP OF NORWICH.

I HAVE perused this Treatise, entitled The Remedy of Discontentment ;and, judging it to be very pious, profitable, and necessary for these Sad and Distracted Times, I License it to be printed and published ; and should much commend it to the Christian Reader, if the

very name of the Author were not in itself sufficient, without any. further testiniony.

JOHN DOWNAME:

TO

THE CHRISTIAN READER,

GRACE AND PEACE.

WHAT can be more seasmable, than, when all the world is sick of Discontentment, to give Counsels and Recipes of Contentation ?

Perhaps the patient will think it a time ill chosen for physic, in the midst of a fit : but, in this case, we must do as we may. I confess, I would rather have staid till the paroxysm were happily over ; that so, the humours being somewhat settled, 1 might hope for the more kindly operation of this wholesome medicine. But, partly, my age and weakness, despairing to outlive the public distemper; and, partly, my judgment, crossing the vulgar opinion for the season of some kind of Recipes ; have now put me upon this safe and useful prescription.

God is my witness, that I wrote this in the depth of mine own afflictions ; the particulars whereof, it were unseasonable to trouble the world withal : as one, that meant to make myself my own patient, by enjoining myself that course of remedies, that I prescribe to others; and as one, who, by the powerful working of God's Spirit within me, labour to find my heart framed to those holy dispositions, which I wish and recommend to every Christian soul.

If there be no remedy, but the worst of outward troubles must aflict us ; it shall be happy yet, if we may find inward peace in our bosoms : which shall be, if we can reconcile ourselves to our offended God ; and calm our spirits to a meek undergoing of those sufferings, which the Divine Providence hath thought fit to measure forth unto us. This is the main drift of this ensuing labour,

Now the same God, who hath, in these blustering times, put into my heart these quiet thoughts of Holy Contentation, bless them in every hand, that shall receive them ; and make them effectual to the good of every soul, that shall now and hereafter entertain them ! that so their gracious proficiency may, in the day of the appearance of our Lord Jesus, add to the joy of my account; who am the unworthiest of the servants of God and his Church,

J. N.

THE METHOD* OF THIS TREATISE.

HOW TO WANT.

Contentation in knowing

r(a.) The Transito. I. WHAT IT IS, to know how to want

[1.] of the Valu

riness of Life, &c. and to be abased.

ation of Earthly

(b.) Unsatisfying

Condition of them. Things.

| (c.) Danger of over

esteeming them. [2.] Of Divine Providence over-ruling all

Events. [3.] Of the Worse Condition of others.

(a.)Expose to Envy. (b.) Macerate with

Cares. (1.)The Di

versities of { [4.] of the Incon- ! (c.) Danger of DisI. Consi- life; as veniences of great

temper, both boDERATIONS

Estates.

dily and spiritual. which re

(d.) Torment in spect

parting. (e.) Account to be

rendered. (a.) Freedom from

Cares. [5.] Of the Benefits j (6.) Freedom from of Poverty.

Fears of Keeping. (c) Freedom from

Fears of losing. [6.] Of how little will suffice Nature. [7.] of the Miseries of Discontentment. [8.] Of the Vicissitudes of Favours and

Crosses, [9.] Examples of Contentation, both without and within the Church of God,

-(a.) Necessity and

Benefit of Death.

(6.) Conscience of a II. HOW TO

well-led Life. BE ATTAIN.

(c.) Final Peace ED: wherein

with God.

[1.] Remedies there will be

against the Ter-1 (d.) Efficacy of use of certain

Christ's Death rors of Death.

applied.

(e.) Comfortable (2.) Death it

Expectation of self: where

certain Resurrec. in are to be

tion and immediIconsidered

ate Vision of God, ((a.) Defilement of

Sin Original. (b.) Proneness to

Sin. [2.] Miseries and (c.) Difficulty of doInconveniencies

ing well. of the continued (d.) Dulness of Un. Conjunction of

derstanding. Soul and Budy.

(e.) Perpetual Con

Aicts, (f.) Solicitude of

Cares. (8.) Multiplicity of

Passions.
(h.) Retardation of

Glory.
(1). Humility.
2. DISPOSITIONS. (2.) Self-Resignalion.

(3.) True Inward Riches,

(1.) That our Present Condition is best for us,
3. RESOLUTIONS.

(9.) To abate of our Desires.
(3.) To digest smaller Inconveniencies.

(4.) To be Frequent and Fervent in Prayer. HOW TO ABOUND. * This Analysis is arranged somewhat differently from that printed in the former editions, to render it mose conforunable to the Treatise itself.

EDITOR.

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