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48 Chrift delights in pure ordinances. Chap..

spring of her flourishing, when it began to wax greene, not in the winter feafon of her dirtie pollutions ; and before, the

of the Dove recorded, abhorring uncleannesse, not the eyes full of adulterý, bringing spirituall pollutions into the Charch : when there is any Superftitious worfliip, there it is overspread with winter, but when it is purged, then is the bed greene; when Gods ordinances are kept pure, there Christ delighreth to be,

ir Eleventhly, it is an ornament of the Church to restore her with beames of Cedari and her walls, or galleries with Firre: Cedar is famous for durableneffe, enduring even co eternity, faith Pliny: Firre is acceptable for his sweetneffe,and while kee groweth for his heighth, straight effe and perpetuall greenneffe: Solomons house or Temple was of olda lively type, partly not

First of the humané body of Chrift, the Temple of the deity. I.

Secondly, of the mysticalt body of Col.2.9. Chriftjthis Church or congregation, I Cor.3.

1 Cor. 3.16. Christs humane body never décayeth, and therefore needeth no re

pairing,

Plin. lib. 13.cap.s.

16, 41.

Ioh.2.19, 21.

16.& 6. 19:

Ch.l. A decayed Church how to be repaired. 49 pairing; His mysticall body the Church, if it fall into decay through corruption of doctrine or worship, it may be most fitly repaired,

First, by laying in the walls of the Church such solid and eternall truths of God, as may hold ир

the walls of the building

Thus Luther restored the Church by Luther. laying this beame of Cedar, the doctrine of free justification by Christ. Secondly, by setting up

such worship and workes for the people to walke in, as are truely sweet and amiable in Gods fight , springing from fresh and

greene sincerity, growing up to the heavens

S; these are like galleries of firre, whereas vowes of perfection, and workes of supererogation, and all other reliques and ragges of Poperie, are no better then rotten and moth-eaten wood, fit fewell for the fire.

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THE
CANTICLES,

OR
SONG OF SONGS

opened and explained.

I vallies.

so is my

beloved among

THE TEXT,

CHAP. 2. Am the role of Sharan, and the lilly of the vallies.

2 As the lilly among thornes', is fo my love among the daughters. 3. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood,

among the fons, I fare downe under his shadow with great delight and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

4. He brought me to the banquetting house, and his banner over me was love.

5 Stay mee with flaggons , comfort me with apples,for I am sicke of love. 6 His left hand is under

my

head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 7 I charge you, O yee daughters of Jerusalem,

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and gone

Ch.2.

The Song of Songs. by the Roes, and by the Hinds of the field, that

yee stirre not up, nor awake my love till he please.

8 The voice of my beloved, behold hee commeth leaping upon the mountaines, skipping upon the hils.

9 My beloved is like a Rge,or 'a young Hart: bebold, bee ftandeth behind our wall , hee looketh forth at the window, shewing himselfe through the Lattice,

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up my love, my faire one, and come away.

For loe, the winter is past, the raine is over

12 The flowers appeare on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

13 The figtree putteth forth her greene figsyand the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arife my love, my faire one, and come away.

14 O my dove ! that art in the clefts of the rocke, in the secret place of the staires , let mee fee thy countenance, let me he are thy voice, for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

15 Take as the foxes, the little foxes, that Spoile the vines , for our vines have tender grapes.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his : hec feedeth among the lillies.

17 Until the day breake, and the shadowes flee away : turne my beloved, and be thou like a Roe , ora a pong

Hart,
• upon

the mountaines of Bether.

THE

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Ch.2.

Chrift bow a Rose.

THE EXP I ANATION.
Cant. 2. verse 1. I am the role of Sharon,

and the lilly of the vallies.

T
"He estate of the Church from F&

siahs repaire of the Temple, (in the last verse of the last chapter) is described here,

First, before the captivity, verse 1. 2. 2 Kin.23.

under the last dayes of Iosiah , Iehohabaz, 30934.and Iehojakim, Iehojachin and Zedechiah. 24:6,17.

Secondly, in the captivity, 1. At home, the remnant,verse 3. 2. Abroad, in Babylon, verse 4.–7:

Thirdly, in the end, after the captivity, where is described,

1. Her calling out of captivity, to returne and worship in Jerusalem, verse.

8.–13.

Secondly, her estate at Jerusalem till the dayes of the Maccabees, verfc

14 --17

I am the rose, ] The rose is first, lovely for beauty.

Secondly, sweet for smell, comforting both heart and braine.

Thirdly, wholesome for use and me dicinable.

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