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been said, the Excellence and Usefullness of it has been plainly set forth, or at least hinted at. We read in the 19th Chapter of the ift of Kings, that when God manifefted himself to his Prophet Elijah in Mount Horeb, a great and strong Wind rent the Mountains, and brake in pieces the Rocks before him, but the Lord was not in the Wind, and after the Wind an Earthquake, but the Lord was not in the Earthquake, and after the Earthquake a Fire, but the Lord was not in the Fire, and after the Fire a Still Small Voioe, Then it was that the Prophet was first sensible of the the Lords approach, then he was assur'd that God was there, then it was that he wrapp'd his Face in his Mantle and went out and receiv'd his Divine Message. And in such a Gentle and Quiet manner do's God still love to Display himself; not in the Earthquake, the Noise and Tumult and Fury of publick Distractions, not in the Wind of wild pretended Inspirations, not in the Fire of over heated and bitter Zeal, but in the still calm Voice of peacefull Quietness and Order is the Lord still to be sought and found. The Quiet Mind is allready as it were poffess'd of Heaven, lives allready in that Upper Region, which the Ancient Poets and Philosophers describd and fancy'd a fit Habitation for their Gods, where neither Clouds were seen, nor Storms

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nor Tempefts, nor Winds nor Thunder
heard, Pacem summa tenent all above was
Sereneness and Tranquillity. And indeed
of all Other Virtues either Chriftian or Mo-
ral, the Dutys that either by Christianity
or Morality we are bound to, none is so
much and so properly a Reward to itself
as Quietness; It is indeed the Reward of
all the Reft, No greater Recompence being
possible to be had or desir'd upon Earth
for the moft Virtuous and Worthy Actions,
than that Tranquillity of Spirit and Ease
of Mind which the Reflections
A&tions Naturally create. Quiet muft needs
be as great a Happyness as our Nature is
capable of, since it is that which Men in
all conditions, however they differ in their
ways to it, profess to desire and to persue.
Ask the Merchant why he ventures to Sea,
or the Tradesman why be rises up early and
goes to Bed late; the Labouring Man why he
eats the Bread of carefullnes and sorrow? Ask
all the different Sorts of the Busy Men of
the World what they aim at with so much
Danger and Trouble? and they with one
Mouth will confess that the end of all this
Toyl and Bustle is only to gain wherewithall
to be at last at Reft. So that if we will
believe their own Confessions, The Business
of all Mankind is but Studying to be Quiet.
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our other Actions are, muft needs be more Excellent than all the means that are us'd to attain it. Neither is Quiet the End only of all our moft laudable Endeavours, but a great means also and furtherance to the accomplishing the most Glorious Undertakings. The Greatest Actions, and those that have most durable Effects are produc'd by Quiet and Order, for Noise and Vehemence difturb and hinder Business, and Violence is never lasting. The Health of the Body consists in the quiet and orderly Temper of it, and every Member's performing its own Office; the Health of the Mind in the undifturb'd Evenness & Calmness whereby every faculty is at leisure to be regularly employ'd on it's proper Objects. The fame happens to publick Bodys, whether in Ecclefiaftical, or Civil, or Military affairs. Of all which the peaceable Subordination, and the quiet obedience that every Member shews in moving in its proper Place and Sphere, and so doing its own Busines, is the only Strength and Beauty and Health. All Commotions are unnatural, they are Diseases and generally end in the Death and Diffolution of the whole Frame. Thus we see that without Quiet neither our Bodys nor our Minds, nor pubdick Societys nor Government it self can Subfift. And surely this Duty of Studying to be Quiet, if it were as well by us observ'd

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as it is Affectionately urgʻd by the Apostle, would be follow'd with moft Admirable and Blessed Effects, it would hinder our Murmuring at our betters, our Envying Superiors, our insulting over Inferiors, our censuring our Neighbours, all the publick Mischiefs that spring from the pragmatical Spirit of Faction, and the private Evils that in Familys and between Friends are fomented by busy tale bearers and whisperers, it would compose all our Differences and heal our Breaches, it would make us Easy to ourselves and truly Useful and Beneficial to our Neighbours. For we are not by this Command so confin'd to the Doing only of our Own Business, as to neglect any real Charity or true Concern for Others upon juft Occasions. The Idleness, the Impertinence, the Sawcyness, the Malice of Meddling is indeed most deservedly condemn'd, and positively forbid : But all the Works of natural Kindness, of generous Friendship, of Christian Charity; all the Dutys that engage Men, as they are either Magiftrates or Parents or Masters, to look after the Concerns of Others, that are committed to their Charge or have a Dependance upon them: in a word, all good Offices and Assistance to those that really need it, are so far from being here Discouraged, that they are indeed Commanded. Nothing



more nearly concerning our Selyes, or being more our own Business, as we are Men, than to exercise all Acts of Humanity, Humani nihil à Nobis alienum putare ; or as we are Chriftians, than To bear one Another's Burthens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ, Gal. 6.2. How much therefore may every One of us contribute to the Publick Happiness of his Country, his Church, the Society wherein he lives, of his Friends, his private Family, and his own Person, by studiously endeavouring to possess himself of this admirable Temper of Mind, by taking as much care, and as earnestly contending for Quiet as Others do for Honour or Preferments? (for so much the original Word, Poronaton, which we translate studying to be quiet imports.) How much is every Body indebted, not only to Pray for, but to Study and thus Promote the Peace of Jerusalein, which by this quiet and humble Means only can be so fixt and establish'd, as to be a City at Unity within itself? But if thro' the restless Temper or Peevishness of Others, these Publick Benefits are not reap'd, which if all were of an equally calm and gentle Spirit could not choose but Spring up and Flourish, yet the Man, who has thus prepar'd his Mind to the Study of Quiet in Obedience to this Precept of the Apostle, has the Satisfaction at present to enjoy within himself that


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