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1d the bright Companies of Heaven, over
flowing with Praises and Divine Joys.
Here, lastly, they tell what the Lord e hath done for them, and mutually rey count to one another, that He is graci! and that his Mercy endureth for
ever : Which Heavenly Exercise fills
their Hearts with exceeding Joy ; and 1. (as I now come to shew in the re
cond Place) renders these Dwellings of the Lord of Hosts delightful and
amiable beyond Thought or Imagina8 tion.
2dly. O that Men (says the Psal. Pfal. 197. mist) would praise the Lord for his 1 Goodness, and declare the Wonders that
he doth for the Children of Men: And i surely every devout Soul will imme: diately take wing at this noble Ef
fusion, and rise to the same height of | Devotion and Prayer. For if'tis a joy
ful and pleasant thing to be thankful,
hold a whole Congregation unanimous-
legments, and with one Heart and one
stitutes in a great measure the Happiness of Heaven, The Blessedness of that place is therefore unspeakable and full of Glory, because in all those radiant Quires, there is not so much as one Heart unstring’d, one Voice out of tune ; but the Seraphim and Cherubim, the Arch-angels and Angels, the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, and Saipts stand in their beauteous Orders about the Throne, skilfully mingling their melodious Voices, and harmoniously singing the Praises of their God. And next to the Refreshments of this Blessed Society, (I fay) is that, which pious Souls enjoy from the melodious Consorts, which they hear in the Congregations of the Saints, Their Hearts are all inflam'd with the Love of God, which, blown up and increas'd by their mutua! Ardors and flaming Devotions, buros, and shines, ánd gathers brightness, till it arrives at length in every Breast to the Splendors and Joys of the Extasi’d Seraphim. They all most humbly and arđently pray, that the Kingdom of God may come, and his Naime be glorified from the rising up of the Sun, to the going down of the same. Their Souls there
ei fore are satisfied, as it were, with mar
row and fatness, whilst they hear one
another praise the Lord with joyful * Lips. Our most excellent and prudent
Mother is duly sensible of this, and o therefore she frequently calls upon her I Pious Children, to assemble themselves it together, and by their Harmonious | Devotions, to enlarge the Joyfulness
of their Hearts. O come, says she, let us fing unto the Lord: Let us heartily rejoyce in the Strength of our Salvation : Let us come before his Presence with Thanksgiving, and them our selves glad in him with Psalms. And in another Hymn : O go your way into his Gates with Thanksgiving, and into his Courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and Speak good of his Name. And, for the same Reason, says the Royal Pfalmift, Blessed are they that dwell in thy House : they will be alway praising thee. This then s í say again ) is a Pleasure which nothing on this fide Heaven can pretend to Rival. 'Tis like the Sweets and Glories of Paradise: known only to chose happy Spirits who enjoy it; and even beyond their Rhetorick to express, ineffable. This is a Pleasure that's most agreeable to our Spiritual and Immortal
Naturę, that opens a most glorious Scene of Seraphick Joys to the transported Soul, and naturally raiseth her to a generous Disdain of all the Delights and Gratifications of this World. This, lastly, is a Pleasure that will then only be augmented, when enlarg’d into the Circle of Eternity ; then only be improv'd, when swallowed up of Glory. Then indeed we shall meditate and praise at a more exalted rate : Behold the fair Beauty of the Lord with open Face; and commence a most intimate
Friendship with those Holy Angels, (d) Vid. (d) who now indeed joyn with us Cell. Lib. in our sacred Offices, but by reason of 8. p.:420. the Weakness of our mortal Nature,
dare not unveil their Glories. And sol come to my
3. Particular, which is, to shew the Amiableness of these Dwellings of the Lord of Hofts, from the Consideration of the Invisible Host of Heaven, the Glorious Troops of Angels,
that encamp here.". Now (not to infift (c) vid. upon the Testimonies of the (e) Pytha. Platon. goreans, Platonists, Stoicks,
Platonists, Stoicks, and other Sympor. Plut. de Defect. Orac. Iamblic. Sect. 3. c. 25. Aug.de Civit. Dei, lib, 8. c. 18. & lb. 9. c. 92. 17.
learned Pagans, who constantly assign I this Office or Employment to their inferiour Deities, the Mediatours and
Agents, between their Celestial and Sovereign Powers and Men, Eetegéneus Ε: το επί πάσι Θεέ, υπαρχοις, σρατηγούς
Bij PETITE Tois, as (f) Celsus calls them, (f) Orig. The Nobles, Presidents, Captains, and cont. cell, chief Officers of the most High God, their Dąmons or Angels) That these. Blessed Spirits do not only delight to pitch their Teots among the Sons of Men, and in all places to minister to them, who are Heirs of Salvation ; but that they likewise do more especially rejoyce to keep their Sacred Station in the House of God, and there to assist and joyn with them in the Performances of their Devotions, the Royal Psalmist puts be
yond all reasonable Doubt. The ChariCots of God, says (8) he, speaking of (e) Plab
this Place, are twenty thousand, even 68. 17.
thousands of Angels : and the Lord is e among them gs in the Holy Place of Sinai.
For how that is, Moses informs us, E Deut. 33. 3. The Lord, says he, came
from Sinai, and rose from Seir unta them; he sbined forth from Mount Paran, and he came with his Holy ten thouFands. Agreeable to this is the Vision