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The Church how a Garden. Ch.4 1. The Petitions ; which are three,
First, for the arising of the winde,and coming into the South, verse 16.
Secondly, for favourable blasts of it and that for this end, the flowing forth of her fpices.
Thirdly, that Christ would come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits, verfe 16.
1. Christs answer thereunto:
Secondly, he gathereth and enjoyeth the fruits of it.
Thirdly, he fils his Churches friends with a large measure of plenty,Chap.5.1.
A garden :] The Church is here so called, as ver se 13. an orchard ; or as it is in the originall, a Paradise, as if this were the garden of Eden. All the world is as a wildernesse, or at least a wilde field, onely, the Church is Gods garden or orchard, in these three respects,
First, as the garden of Paradise was the habitation of Adam in the estate of innocency, so is the Church of all thofe who are renewed into innocency.
Secondly, as in that garden were all manner of pleasant and wholesome
Ch.4. The Church how sealed up. 131 hearbs and trees growing, so in the Church are all manner of usefull and favoury spirits.
prices Thirdly, as a man walketh in his garden to refresh himselfe; so doth Christ walke in his Church, yea and calleth his friends thither to walke with him.
A spring , a fountaine : ] Not because the Church is the fountaine of
grace; but because, Christ being in it, it is the spring or fountaine of the waters of life unto all *
A garden , spring , fountaine , inclosed, 7:87.7. shut up, sealed; ] Not by a pale or wall of defence by Christian Magistrates, but rather shut up by restraint, for the word fignifies to inclose or shut up, as with lockes and fetters.
Againe, the Church prayeth for the inlargement of the flowing of her spices, verse 16. and therefore her present shutting up was uncomfortable to her.
The Church was then said to be shut up2
First, because under the persecutions it was shut up in prisons, and other places of punishment, as under lockes and fet
The Church how sealed up. Ch.4
Secondly, because the Church then assembled in private close places, woods, dens, &c. and not in the open places of townes or cities.
Thirdly, because it was shut up from free accesse of forrainers, men without; neither were the Emperours willing their Subjects should repaire to them, nor the Church willing to admit all promiscuously.
Thy plants : ] That is, thy children or members, as an orchard of Pomegranates, Camphire, verse 14. Spikenard, Safron,Calamus, Cynamon. The children of the Church are compared to these wholesome and sweet fruits, trees, hearbs, in a double respect.
First, because the vertues of these fruits and spices are especially seen when they are cut and powred out, or beaten, or burned, or bruised: So it is with the graces of Gods children, they are chiefly exercised by the hard dealing of persecutors.
Secondly, there was in the faithfull then persecuted a resemblance of the vertues of these fruits and spices. Pomegranates repressę and restraine
Ch.4. Christians how compared to Spices. 133 the heat of Choler, the malignity of fevers, the loosenesse of the belly; they also comfort the stomackeand bowels,and prevent faintings and swoonings.
Camphire with his sweetnesle of smell Camphire delighteth and strengthneth the Spirits, cheereth
the minde, helpes the stone, restraines ulcers.
Spikenard stayeth distillations from Spikenardi the head, strengthneth the stomacke, digefteth cold humours , helpeth conception.
Safron thinneth flegme , helpes le- Safron. thargies, coughs, and plurisies, furthereth digestion, comforteth the heart, redresses the rottennesse of the other parts, which also are strengthned.
Calamus helpes the passages of the Calamus. urine, and the faults of the reines,helpeth also the wombeand conception.
Cynamon strengthneth and cheereth Cynamon the fpirits and minde , dryeth up rotten matter, helpeth against poyson, warmeth and strengthneth the stomacke to Higestion.
Frankincense restraineth and helpeth Frankinulcers, gouts, Auxes of bloud, cleanseth ceníe. nd glueth up wounds and ulcers.
6. cap. 12, 13,14,15:
134 Christians wherein like Spices. Ch.4. Myrrh. Myrrh refresheth the braine , drieth
up superfluous humors, helpeth straightnefse of breath, restraineth ulcers and itchinesse, filleth ulcers and wounds with Aesh.
Aloes cleanse tough flegme and de method. choller, drie up raw and cold humours, medend.lib. preserve the rest from putrefying, open 4.ca2:7;!; obstructions, strengththen the stomacke 26,27. lib. strongly,
Surable to the vertues of these fruits and spices, persecution bred and stirred up in the faithfull
oflike efficacy, to restraine heats of emulation,contention, ambition, to represse ulcers of malignity and dis-affection one to another to heale the coldnesse, hypocrisie, and rottennesse of their spirits ; to stay distillations of cold raw matters, dropping from the head Bishops of Rome; as also to strenghthen appetite to the word, to comfort the faint hearted, to knit the members together.
A fountaine of gardens, &c.] For the Church, pouring out her confeffions and martyrdomes for the truth, propagated
and watered many Churches; for, fàngui Joh.4.10. martyrum was femen Ecclesia, a Welle