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135 living waters. The Church was not hen dryed up, but plentifully stored with the graces of the spirit , Streames rom Lebanon:The Churches were stored with such graces of the Spirit, as streaned and issued out from the mountains of Israel, the writings of the Prophets ind Apostles.

Awake,or arise, o Northwind, &c.] The Ver. 16. Churches desire that a winde might arise in the North, and come into the South : :0 wit, that Constantine, borne in Yorke, would come into the southerne parts and take the Empire upon him, (and blow upon my garden) driving away the blasts of Easterly perfecutions, and breath favourably and wholesomly upon the Church, cooling the tempestuous heats of thepersecutions which the Church endured. The Church prayeth not the South to come, but the North to come into the South, elfe

First, the word blow, if it had reference to both windes, should have beene of the plurall number.

Secondly, Northwinde and Southvinde blowing together, would interupt and crosse one another by their conrariety.

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136 What meant by Spices of the Garden. Ch.4.

That the spices thereof may flow forth :] That the Gospell and ordinances of Christ and the graces of his children, which were there restrained from their free manifestation by the persecutions, might have free passage.

Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat of his pleasants fruits.] Let Constantine come to them, and partake of the benefits of the Churches serviceable graces to God and him,

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CHAP. 5.
Am come into my garden, my sister, may Spouse,

I have gathered may Myrrhe with my spice, I bave eaten my honey.combe with my honey, I have drunke

my milke : eate, O friends, drinke, yea drinke abundantly, o beloved.

my
wine with

feepe, but my heart waketh, it is the voce of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to mee my sister, my love,

my dove, my undefiled : for my head is filled with dew, and my lockes with the drops of the night. 3 I have put off my coat, how

shall I put it on ? I have washed my feet,how shall I defile ihem?

4. My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the doore, and my bowels were moved for him. 5 Trofe up to open to my beloved, and my hands

dropped

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The Song of Songs. Ch.5. | dropped with Myrrhe , and my fingers with sweet Smelling Myrrhe,upon the handles of the locke.

6 I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had withdrawne himselfe, and was gone : my foule

failed when hee spake : I fought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

7 The watchmen that went about the city found me they smote me, they wounded me,the keepers of the wals tooke away my vaile from me.

8 I charge you, o daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved that ye tell him, that I am ficke of love.

9 What is thy beloved more then another beloved, thou fairest ansong women ? What is thy beloved more then another beloved, that thou dost fo charge us ?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy,the chiefest among ten thousand.

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his lockes are bushie and blacke as a Raven.

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the ria vers of water,

washed with milke and fitly set, 13 His cheekes are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers : his lips like lillies, dropping sweet smelling Myrrhe.

14 His hands are as gold rings set with the Beril : his belly is as bright Ivorie overlaid with Saphires.

15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon | sockets of fine

gold, his countenance is as Lebaron, excellent as the Cedars. 16 His mouth is most sweet, yea, he is altoge

ther

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Ch.5. Motives to thankefulnesse.
ther lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my
friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

THE EXPLANATION.

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Cant. 5.verse 1. I am come into my garden, my sister,my spouse, I have gathered my Myrrhe with my spice, I have eaten my honeycombe with my honey, I have drunke my wine

milke : eate, o friends, drinke, yea drinke abundantly, o beloved. ] Constantine came into the Church,en- Chap. s.

joyed the fellowship of it, did partake in all the parts of it, yea and richly endowed it ; so that the. Church and all her friends did eat and drinke', yea and did drinke abundantly of wealth, preferments, &c. whence it was that shee Cha.4.12. fell into a deepe sleepe.

First, this ferves to stirre us up to thankefulnesse and fruitfulnesse to God, who hath planted us not in the wildernesse of the world, but in the garden of his Church. If wee now transgresse as Adam did, eating of the forbidden fruits,

God will take his garden from and * cast us out of it.

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Gen.3.6 11,12,14 & 2.17

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