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What meant by Doves eyes. Ch.5. His locks are bushie,or curled, and black as a'raver.] Curled black haire is a signe of heat and courage, and wit in him that it groweth upon : such was the Emperour himself and such were the common Chriftians of that age that did depend upon their Emperour; they stuck close to him: learned men with wit , more then former ages had yeelded, and souldiers with cou

rage maintained his person and cause. Verle 12.

His eyes are as the eyes of doves by tbe rivers of water, washed with milke, and fitLy fet.]

Doves, diving in rivers of waters, dive their bellies deep into the waters; so that their eyes looke close and narrowly

Firft,the eyes are here set forth by their care of the Church; hee is not so farre off removed from it, that he had need of the Pope to be his visible Vicar to look to it.

Secondly, by their milde innocency, implyed, in that they are doves eyes and washed with milke; whereas the Popes eyes were as hawkes eyes, looking eager

Thirdly, by their fit standing, so as they may well looke to the whole body;


upon it.

ly after the prey:

Ch.5. The doctrine of the Church like myrrh. 157 whereas the Popes eyes cannot possibly watch to looke well to the estate of the Church so far off him.

To this purpose tended the do&trine of the faithful Divines in the following age, such as Michael Cesenus , Petrus de Carbania, Iohannes de Póliaco, and such as followed them.

His cheekes are as a bed of spices, as fweet Ver. 13. flowers : his lips like lillies, dropping sweet smelling Myrrh.

His cheeks are as a bed of spices. ]

Cheekes imply the outward face of the faithfull Church, for the cheeks are a place most conspicuous, which shewes that the faithfull of chose times were as beds of spices and sweet flowers, to wit, not gathered into any set garden, as after wards in Luthers time, but scattered here * and there, yet of sweet and precious favour in the nostrils of Christ : yea, one Nicholaus de Bibrath , living about that time, compareth Faith and Picty in the Church to spice rare and deare.

His lips like lillies, dropping sweet smela ling myrrh.] The doctrine of the Church. at those times was such, as like myrrh, served to preserve the faithfull from pu







What meant by the Churches Ch.5. Rev.s. trefaction according to that, * That which

have already, hold fast till I come. In the Primitive Apostolique Church her lips dropped like an honey-combe, being of

strong sweet relish to delight and nourish + Can. 4. to full growth : † But the lips of this

Church drop rather myrrh then honey; they rather preserved some truth of grace then yeelded any abundant nourishment to procure increase to the Church.

His hands are as gold rings set with the Berill : his belly is as bright Ivory overlaid with Saphires.

His hands are as gold rings set with the Berill.] Handsare instruments of action their being set with gold rings implyech their purity and dignity: The Berill clear. eth moistire and dimme sight: Francif. cus Rudis , de Goma. libr. 2. cap. 8. All these shew that the Ministery of the Gospell should bethen more powerfull ; and indeed God, about that time, Anno 1300. stirred up Dantes , Marcillius, Potsvinus, ocham, Gregorius Ariminenfis, Petrarchus, Wickliffe, ảnd many more, whose Miniftry brought on fo many,

that some have counted if the first resurrection; yea, the Magistrates of that time, Ludovicus Bava


Ch.s. Hands and Belly. rus the Emperour, Philip of France, Edvard the third of England, stood out in many things against the Pope, as those whose hands had got more strength, and better felt their owne worth, and whose eyes were cleered to see more light then their predecessours.

His belly as bright Ivory overlaid with Saphires.] The belly is an hidden part of the body, yet such from which the rest is nourished; which fitly resembleth the Sacraments here,as alsoch.7.2.which being hid from those that are without, yet nourish the whole body,as an heap of wheat.: The doctrine of the Sacraments, and the pure administration of the same, was at this time restored by John Wickliff,& embraced by his followers, though condemned in the Councell of Constance. These Sacraments are said to be overlaid with Saphires, whose property is to strengthen and cherish the principall solid parts,*because of the efficacy of the Sacraments Deginus truly taught and administred, to strengthen and quicken Gods graces in us.

His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is As Lebanon, cxcellent as the cedars.

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The Cup allowed the people. Ch.s. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold.] These two legs seeme to be John Hus and lerome of Prague, who stood constantly in defence of the truth, even unto death, being established in the truth and grace of God, as it were pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold.

His countenance is as Lebanon.]

The faithfull grew so plentifull in Bohemia, that they seemed even to the adversary 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 them the use of the


in the Lords Supper, because they could not by strong hand keep them from it.

Excellent as the cedars.] The cedar is a tree eminent for talnesse, and foundneffe or durablenefle: such was then the face and countenance of the Church, observed to grow up in conspicuous eminency, and in foundnesle of love to the truth, that the Popish Teachers were not able to corrupt them any longer with their seducements. His mouth is most sweet, yea,

sweet, yea, hee is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,


Verfe 16.

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