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The Cup allowed the people. Ch.5 Hislegs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold. ] These two legs seem to be John Hus and Jerome of Prague,who stood constantly in defence of the trueth, even unto death, being established in the trueth and gracć of God, as it were pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold.

His countenance is as Lebanon, ]

The faithfull grew so plentifully in Bohemia, that they seemed even to the adversarie to be like a thick wood (as many and firme) which they were not able to hew downe ; and therefore they were forced, in the Councell of Constance, to allow then she use of the Supper, because they could not by strong hand keep them from it.

Excellent as the Cedars. ] The Cedar is a tree eminent for taleneffe, and soundneffe or durablnessc: such was then the face and countenance of the Church, observed to grow up in conspicuous eminencie, and in soundnesle of love to the trueth, that the Popish teachers were not able to corrupt them any longer with their seducements.

His mouth is most sweet, yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,


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Ch.5. How Christ altogether lovely. and this is my friend, o daughters of Jer%falem.

His mouth is most (weer. ]

The doctrine of the Gospell was taught more and more favourly by Johannes Rochefana, and other Ministers in Bohemia

He is altogether lovely, or desireable. ] Christ then began againe so to dispense himselfe to his Church, in giving them the faith and sense of his goodnesse, that now they saw or found nothing in Christ, or in the profession of his name, but what was wholly desirable. The re-Heb.11. bukes of Christ began now to seeme 26. greater riches, then the treasures of Egypt or Babylon in some former ages :they that saw the trueth were often brought to yeeld and recant ; but these saw nothing to bee more desired chen Christ. Besides, hee is now called holy and desirable, because so many so generally were stirred up to de. fire and seeke reformation. The Regions were white and ready to the harvest, clse Luther had not found such good successe in his Ministry, This is my beloved, and this is my friend.] The doctrine of certainty ofour adop




Christ the Churches beloved. Ch.5. tion, Iustification, Salvation, began now more plainly to be discerned and acknowledged : Christ is not oncly faire and defireable in himselfc ; but then the Church could more boldly say, This is my beloved, this is my friend.


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CHA P. 6.

gather lilies.

est among women ? whither is thy beloved turned aside ? that we way seeke him with thee.

2 My beloved is gone downe into his garden, to the beds of Spices, to feed in the gardens, and to 3 I am my

beloveds, and my beloved is mine : he feedeth among the lilies.

4 Thou art beautifull, O my love, as Tirzah, comely

as Jerusalem, terrible as an armie with banners. 5 Turne away


eyes from mee, for they have overcome me : thy haire is as a flock of goats that appeare from Gilead. 6 Thy teeth are as a flocke of Sheepe which goe M 2



The Song of Songs. Ch.6. up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twinnes, and there is not one barren among them.

7. As a peece of pomegranate are thy temples within thy Lockes.

8 There are threescore Queenes, and fourscore Concubines, and Virgins without number.

9 My dove, my unde filed is but one ; Shee is the onely one of her Mother, shee is the choice ore of her that bare her : The daughters faw her, and blefsed her ; yea, the Queenes, and the Concubines, and they praised her.

10 who is shee that looketh forth as the morning, faire as the moone, cleare as the sunne, and terrible as an army with banners ?

11 I went downe into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the Vine flourished, and the pomegranats budded.

12 Or ever I was aware, my foule made like the chariots of Aminadab.

13 Returne, returne, O Shulamite; returne, returne, that we may looke upon thee : what will you see in the Shulamite ? as it were the company oftwo armies.



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