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Ch.5. How Christ altogether lovely. 161 and this is my friend, o Daughters of Fe-: rufalem.

His mouth is most sweet ] | The doctrine of the Gospell was taught more and more favourly by Fohannes Rochesana, and other Ministers in Bohemia.

He is altogether lovely, or desireable.] Christ then began againe fo 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 6. greater riches, then the treasures of Egypt or Babylon in some former ages : they that faw the truth were often brought to yeeld and recant ; but these faw nothing to be more desired then Christ. Besides, he is now called holy and desirable, because lo many so generally were stirred up to defire and feeke reformation. The Regions were white and ready to the harvest, else Luther had not found such good successe in his Ministery.

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

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3 I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine : be feedeth among the lilies.

4 Thou art beautifull, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.

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Ch.6. up from the Washing, whereof.every one beareth twinnes, and there is not one barren among them.

7 As a piece of Pomegranate are thy temples within thy lockes.

8 There are ibreescore Queenes, and fourescore Concubines, and virgins without number.

9 My Dove, my undefiled is but one ; she is the onely one of her Mother, shee is the choice one of her that bare ber : The daughters saw her, and blessed her: yea, the Queenes and the Concubines, and they praised ber.

io who is fbe that lookerh forth, as the morning, faire as the moune, cleare as the funne, and terrible as an army with banners?

11 I went dowong into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see wbether the Vine flourished, and the Pomegranats Sudded.

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

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Cant.6.1. Whither is thy beloved gone? o thon fairest among women, whither is thy beloved turned aside ? that we may feeke him with thee.]

THe Churches affectionare describing Chap.6.

and praising Christ, stirred up many verse I. then to looke after Religion and Refors mation. 19

First, wee mày here see the danger of use s. surfeiting the Church with; wealth and pleasures and honour. Conftantine hadin the first verse enebriared the Church with wealth and honour s:and hereupon the Church fallethinto a long deepe , which Thee shook notwholly off for many ages, No wonder then of that speech heard from heaven, Hodiè venenum concidit in Ecclefiam : Now is poyson powred or fallen into the Church.

Secondly, this may lee us see that they use s. have not the spirit of the Church of Christ, that when they heare many voices in Religion carried sundry waies, know not whom to follow cannot discern which

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