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Chap.1. A decayed Church how to be repaired. 49 Christ, his Church or congregation, I Cor. 3.16. Christs humane body never : Cor. 3. decayeth and therefore needeth no repairing: 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 fuch solid and eternall truths of God, as may hold up 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 truly sweet and amiable in Gods fight, {pringing from fresh and

green sincerity, growing up to the heavens; these are like galleries of firre, whereas vowes of perfection, and works of supererogation, and all other reliques and rags of Popery , are no better then rotten and moth-eaten wood, fit fuell for the fire.

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Am the role of Sbaron, and the lilly of the valies.

2 As tbe lilly among tbornes , fo is my love among the daughters. 3. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, beloved among

the sonnes ; I fate downe un der bis shader with great delight, and his fruit was fweet to my taste.

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

5 Stay me with flaggons comfort me with apples, for I am ficke of love.

6 His left hand is under my bead, and his right hand doth embrace me. 7 I charge you, Oyee daughters of Jerusalem, by

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Chap.2. The Song of songs. the Roes, and by the Hinds of the field, that ye stirre not up, nor awake my lóvé till be please.

8 The voyce of my beloved, bebold, be cometh leat ping upon the mountaines, skipping upon the bills,

9 My beloved is like a Roe, or young Hart : bebold, be standeth behind our wall, be 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.

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

and gone.

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

13 The figtree putteth forth ber greene figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise my love, my faire one, and come aday.

14 O my dove ? thou art in the clefts of the rocke, in tbe secret place of the staires, let me see rby-countenarce, let me beare thy voyce , for sweet is thy voyce, and thy countenance is comely.

15. Take us the foxes, the little fóxes, that fpoile the vines, for our vines bave ter um grapes.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am bis : be feedeth among

the lillies. 17 Untill the day breake, and the shadowes flee away : turn my beloved, und be thou like a Rot, or a young Hart,upon the mountaines of Berber.

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Chrift how a Rose.

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The EXPLAN NATION. Cant.z.verse 1. I am the role of Sharon,and

the lilly of the vallies. THe estate of the Church from Fo

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

First, before the captivity, verse 1, 2.

under the last dayes of Fosiah, Fehoahaz, Kino 23: 30,34.and Jehojakim, Fehojachin, and Zedechiah.

Secondly, in the captivity,
1. At home, the remnant, ver. 3.
2. Abroad, in Babylon, ver.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

Secondly, her estate at Jerusalem till the dayes of the Maccabees, verse 14.

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* I am therose:] The rose is,

First, lovely for beauty,

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

Thirdly, wholesome for use and medicinable.

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Chap 2. Chrift how a Lilly.

53 of Sharon. ] Sharon was a fruitfull | Chro.s. field lying under Balhan, where the

16,17. & heards were wont to feed, excellent for Ifa.33.9 fatneffe and fruitfulnesse.

And the lilly. ]The lilly is first, fragrant. Matth.6.

Secondly, faire, yet of the vallies, 28,19. where the heards use to feed, as in

Curoa Sharon.

These words then set forth the Churches complaint of that time, as some Interpreters of chiefe worth have conceived it ; though the words may as fitly be uttered by Christ himselfe, to set forth both his owne disposition and the Churches estate.

The first , hee was then the rose of the field, the lilly of the vallies, to shew, that when the Church despised him, to converse with her in the Temple, and the Worship there celebrated : * Hee was now ready to leave his Temple, and to be a sanctuary to his Ezek. 9.3. Church abroad.

Secondly, Christ is here described ac-16. cording to the estate of the Church of that time, which wanted culture, ordering and dressing , thornes and bryars growing up in thc Church, and not wee

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