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Ch.. What meant by beds of pices.
of Wittenburg reformed by che Ministery
of Luther, which was a garden; being

First stored with variety of godly people, as sweet Aowers fet in order, some teaching, some hearing.

Secondly, 'fenced in as with a hedge, pale or wall, by the protection of Frederick the good Duke of Saxony.

Thirdly, a place wherein Christ walked (as wee doc in our gardens) to refresh himselfe and his friends.

Is gone downe into bis garden.] Defcending from those famous cities and eminent places of Rome and Conftantinople, into a meane country city.

To the beds of spices.] Because in Germany, at that time, fundry Chriftians were called and forted into severall beds and companies in severall places, though not attaining at the first to be so many garderis, fo many severall Churches. -To-feed in the garden. ] In proceffe of time, these severall beds of fpices (com. panies of Christians) grew up to the fafhion of just and full Churches in Zurich, Stranburgh, Braffel, Berne, Geneva, besides those in Haßia and Prußia. To feed,]


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172 Faithfull Christians compar'd to lilies. Ch.6.

First, both himselfe with his peoples prayers, and other worship and obedience.

Secondly, his people with his Word and Sacraments, and other ordinances.

And to gather lilies ; that is, to gather and call more and more faithfull Christians out of a wild field of worldly people into the fellowship of his Church, as it were, to gather lilies into his garden.

They are called lilies,

First, for their faireneffe. Mar.6.29. Secondly, for excellency, or eminency.

Thirdly, for Gods care in providing Mat.6.38, for them beyond their owne labour and


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

I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine.] Which words imply fourė things:

First, that the Church had familiar fellowship with Christ in his holy publike ordinances; especially in the maine doétrine of pardon of fins by Christs bloud alone, and of justification by faith.

Secondly, that shee enjoyed this fellowship with him, hefore the time of

her deliverance out of a Babylonish, or Verle is. Romish captivity : * for the fame words

Verse 3.

* Chap.z.


Ch.6. Protestants when, and why so called.

173 are used upon the deliverance out of Babel, and enjoying Gods ordinances in their; but with this difference: chere the Church faith, My beloved 16 mine, and I am his, because, firkt, hee delivered her out of Babel, before hee gave her the free ufc of his ordinances, but herethe Church faith, I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine, because shee first found Christ in his ordinances, before shee enjoyed deliverance from subjection to Romeu, for Luther preached against the Popes pardons, before he rejected the supremacy of the Pope.

Thirdly, their open profeffion of their fellowfhip with Chrift;when the Princes of Germany openly protested against the Maffe, and other corruptions in the Church, and avowed the defence of the reformation begun; whence they were Sleydem afterward called Proteftants.

Fourthly, Christs gracious protection of those Churches, specially in their first beginnings 'n for how should Luther (a poore Frier) have attempted and gone through with so great a work, against fuch

generall opposition, and in the end dic quietly in his bed, if Christ



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Verse 4.


... How Tirzah loft her beaisty. Ch.6. had not held him as it were in his armes

Hee fredetb among the lilies.] Hee tel fresheth'himselfe and strengtheneth his people, converfing amongst them; who strove for whitenesse, and purity, and reforrmation.

Thou art beautifull,o my love, as Törzah, comely as Ferufalem, terrible as an arney with banners

Thoni art beautifull us Tirzah. ] Titkab
was the chiefe city of the Kingdome of
Ifrael, after they had separated themselves

from Fwdah , 1 untill samaria was after. *1 King. ward builded *.

- Ý: -::o : 7 the city and Governers of at Kthe people having recourse to it for judgement, rather then to Perusalem) were at first in disgrace and obloquie with the Fees for theit sehisme and feparation from the house of David at Ferufalem, and for her rebellion against the King of Fadal; but this did not diminith her beauty because this feparation was from God.) 'storio 3) Afterward Tirzah lost her beauty by

ereding the golden Calvesgrand falling i Kings off (not onely from the idolatryiofisolo

mon wherein they did well, buc) from the true Worship of God, restored and odncii


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Ch.b. The Church when like Ferusalem. nued in the Temple of Ferusalem. But Solomon here fpeakech of Tirzah while shee recained her beauty: And indeed the reformed Churches' were in this like unto Tirzubs at first in disgrace and obloquie for their feparation from Rome, and rebellion against the Emperour and other Princes; and yet neverthelesse beautifull, because this feparation was from God,io regard of Idolatries of the Church of Rome, greater then those of Solomon.

Thus the Duke of Saxóny and the Landgrave of Hassiawere proscribed as Rebels against the Emperour, and yet their cause was beautifull and good. The faithfull at that time in England were burned in King Henry the Eighth's daies,as Hereticks,and refractory Subjects or Rebels, yet beautifull in Gods fight.

Comely as Ferufalem. ] In proceffe of time the Church wore out the suspicion and disgrace of herefie,and feparation and rebellion, and : was countenanced and adorned by Royall Lawes in the daics of King Edward the Sixth, and by Lawes of the Empire tolerating the Protestant Princes, lfo 'that the Church feemed as Ferufalem, the state of Princes, the true


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