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The Church how sealed up. 131 herbs and trees growing, so in the Church are all manner of usefull and favoury spirits.
Thirdly,as a man walketh in his garden to refresh himselfe; fo doch Christ walke in his Church, yea and calleth his friends chither 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 *. U garden, spring, fountaine, inclosed, pa
Pfal.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 signifies to inclose or shut up, as with lockes and fetters.
Againe, the Church prayeth for the inlargement of the flowing of her fpices, ver.16, and therefore her present shutting up was uncomfortable to her.
The Church was then said to be
First, because under the perfecutions it was shut up in prisons, and other places of punishment, as under lockes andi fetters.
I 2 Secondly,
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 free accesse of forainers, 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 , Cinnamon. The children of the Church are compared to these wholesome and sweet fruits, trees, herbs, 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 perfecuted a resemblance of the vertues of these fruits and spices. Pomegranates represfc and restraine
Ch.4. Christians how compared to spices.
133 the heat ofcholer,the malignity of fevers, the loosenesse of the belly ; they also comfort the stomack and bowels, and prevent faintings and swoonings.
Camphire, with his sweetneste of smell, Camphire. delightech and ftrengthneth the spirics, cheereth up the minde, helpes the stone, restraines ulcers.
Spikenard stayeth distillations from Spikenard the head, strengthneth the stomack, digefteth cold humours, helpeth conception.
Safron thinneth flegme, helpes lethar-Safron. gies, coughs, and plurisies, furthereth digestion, comforteth the heart, redresses the rottennefse of the other parts, which also are strengthned.
Calamus helps the passages of the urine, Calamus. and the faults of the reines, helperh also the womb and conception.
Cinnamon strengthneth and cheereth Cinnamon the spirits and minde, dryeth up rotten matter, helpeth against poyfon, warmeth and strengthneth the stomacke to digestion.
Frankincense restraineth and helpeth Frankinulcers, gouts, fluxes of bloud, cleanseth cease. and glueth up wounds and ulcers.
I 3 Kyrrh
134 Christians wherein like Spices.. Ch.4. Myrrh. Myrrh refresheth the braine, drieth
up superfluous humours, helpeth straitneffe of breath, restraineth ulcers and itchinesse, filleth ulcers and wounds with Alesh.
Aloes cleanse tough flegme and choler, er mehed. J drie up raw and cold humours, preserve medend. lib. the rest from putrefying, open obstructi4.cap.7,9, ons, strengthen the stomack strongly.
Sutable to the vertues of these fruits
and spices, persecution bred and stirred 13,14,12. up in the faithfull graces
of like 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 strengthen 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 confeßions and martyrdomes for the truth, propagated and watered many Churches; for, Jan
guis martyrum was femen Ecclefiæ , a Well Job.4.10. of living waters. The Church was not
Ch.4. What meant by the Northwinde. :
135 then dryed up, but plentifully stored with the graces of the spirit , Streames from Lebanon : The Churches were stored 'with fuch
of the Spirit, as streamed and issued out from the mountaines of Israel, the writings of the Prophets and Apostles.
Awake, or arise, o Northwind,&c.] The Verse 16. Churches desire that a winde might ariso in the North, and come into the South: to wit, that Constantine , born in York, would come into the southerne parts,and take the Empire upon him, (and blow upon my garden) driving away the blasts of Easterly persecutions, and breath favourably and wholesomly upon the Church, cooling the tempestuous heats of the persecutions 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 winds, should have been of the plurall number.
Secondly, Northwinde and Southwinde blowing together, would interrupt and crosse one another by their contrariety.