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quos tu fufpicis de veneraris ut Dominos,
i.e. • O'that thou would'st be perswad-
ed to consult thine own Senses, and
to hear and see them thine own self.

Thou shalt behold them to fiand un.
• der our Hands bound and trembling
like Captive Slaves, whom thou ho-
nourest and adorest as thy Lords and

Mafters. And a Min. Fælix appeals a In O& 120 to the Heathens themselves for the Truth of these things. He tells them, that their own Eyes had seen their greatest Gods cast out of the Bodies they had possess’d, by the ordinary Chriftians: That their own Ears had heard the fame Gods confess that they were no Gods; no, not so much as good Spirits, but Devils, wicked apostate Angels, who made it their būsiness to abuse the World, and to ensnare as great a part of Mankind as they could, into Ruin and Perdition. Justin, M. Traneus, Lactantiis, and Eusébius most justly, as well as triumphantly, enlarge upon the same Point, which is acknowledg’d by that acute Philosopher and implacable Enemy to Christianity, b Porphyry himself; for, discoursing of b Vid. Exthat Plague which furiously rag'd at Mes-Sebo de fina in Sicily, where he dwelt, he is lice

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forc'd to own, that therefore Æsculapius could lend them no Assistance, because Jesus was Worshipp'd in the World. How did he likewise give to these Babes and Sucklings a Mouth and Wisdom, which none of their Adversaries was able to gain-say? Tho'they

openly declar'd to all the World, that d 1 Cor. 2. they came not dev Tendis av. I pariuns co

virs nógols, with the Artifice of enticing Words, the exquisite and elaborate Schemes of secular Wisdom, the probable and persuasive Insinuations of Humane Eloquence, but in Simplicity and Godly Sincerity to call them off from the Idolatrous Rites and Customs of their Fore-fathers to serve the Living God; yet where-ever they came they triumph'd over the Prejudices of Mens Minds, grappled successfully with the stubbornness of the Jew, and baffled the fine Notions and Speculations of the Greek.' So that not only the il

literate, mean, uuskilful, vulgar Mee Lib-67. in Domit. p. chanicks, Women and Child 766. f Ep. lib. 10. Ep. dren (as their Enemies moft 97; 8 Lib. 5.p.356.h fallly and maliciously objected) 5. ¡ Ecc. Hift. lib. 5: but also (as e Dion Caffius, f Plicap. 21. Die Script

. ny, & Zazymus himself, h Tertul. Eccl. in Apollo lian, i «Eusebius, and k Hierom af.


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assures us) Persons most considerable
for their Learning and Quality ; Con-
suls, Senators, Presidents of Provinces,
Orators, Criticks, Lawyers, Phy-
sicians, and Philosophers of all Sects
daily came over, and listed themselves
by Troops under the Captain of our
Salvation. In a word, he sent forth
his most Holy Spirit, and renew'd the
Face of the Earth. He, like the anci.
ent Conquerors, so plentifully scattered
his Largesses among the People, and
so enrich'd his Spouse, the Church, with
his manifold Gifts and Graces, 'giving i1 Cor. 1 2.
to some the word of Wisdom, to others
the word of Knowledge, to others
Faith, to others the gift of Healing, to
others the working of Miracles, to
others Prophesie, to others discerning
of Spirits, to others divers kinds of
Tongues, to others the interpretation
of Tongues, that the Gentiles imme-
diately came to her Light, and all the
Nations of the World to rejoice in the
Brightness of her rising. Hesterni sumus,
says m one of the fore-cited Authors tó m Tertull.
the Roman Governors, & vestra omnia Apol. 6.37.
implevimus, Vrbes, Insulas, Castella, Mu-
nicipia, Conciliabula, Caftra ipsa, Tribus,
Decurias, Palatium, Senatum, Forum, i.e.


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yet we

We are but of yesterdays standing,

we have fill'd all Places among you, your Cities, your Islands, your • Cattles, your Corporations, your • Councils, your very Camps, your * Tribes, your Companies, the Palace,

the Senate, and your Courts of Juo Deo Inft.' ftice. And n Lactantius, Ab ortu solis libos.c.13. usque ad occasum, Lex Divina suscepta est,

e omnis Sexus, omnis atas, & gens, e Regio unitis ac paribus animis Deo ferviunt. • From the rising up of the Sun,to the go'ing down of the same, the Divine Law is receiv’d,and everySex,every Age,and Nation, and Country, with one Mind and one Soul, bows down and serves

our God. And thus was fulfill'd that Prophesy of the Pfalmift in his Song of

Loves. • The Virgins that be her Felo PS. 45. lows shall bear her Company, and shall

enter into the King's Palace. O Lord our Governour then, how excellent is thy Name in all the World, thou that halt set thy Glory above the Heavens! How excellent is thy Name , when Kings lay their Crowns at thy Feet, Queens are thine Hand-maids, and wash the Feet of thy Servants, and all the Virgins love thee! They come to thee from far, from the uttermoft parts of


the Earth,and flock like the Doves to the Windows. They remember thy Name from one Generation to another, and give Thanks unto thee World without end.

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And indeed (now briefly to infer) how can we all but follow our ascending Lord with Shouts and Acclamations, with Songs and Allelujahs? With his own Right Hand, and with his Holy Arm hath he gotten to himself this Vi

tory. We slike Lot in the 14th of Genesis) were Prisoners of War, taken Captive by our Enemies, and held by them in Subjection. But he (like Abraham) fell upon the Victors, smote them, and overcame them; rescu'd the Prifoners out of their Hands, took their Captivity Captive, and brought us back, not (as we deserved) in Chains and Fetters, nor to another state of Bondage and Slavery, but with infinite Tenderness and Compassion into the glorious Liberty of the Sons of God; causing the Light of his glorious Gorpel to shine throughout the World, and to guide our Feet into the way of Peace. But since he has done these wonderful things for us, how can we (I say)but fend

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