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Nurserie.

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To the Right Honourable, and approved vertuous La:Lady Briget Countesse of Lincolne.

For the better expreſſing & keeping in memorie my Love, and your Worthines; I doe offer unto your La:Ladyship the firſt worke of mine that ever came in Print; becauſe your rare example, hath given an excellent approbation to the matter contained in this Booke; for you have paſſed by all excuſes, and have ventured upon, & doe goe on with that loving act of a loving mother; in giving the ſweete milke of your owne breaſts, to your owne childe; wherein you have gone before the greateſt number of honourable Ladies of your place, in theſe latter times. But I wiſh many may follow you, in this good worke, which I deſire, to further by my kinde A2 per- iv A2v perſwaſion. And ſuch women as will vouchſafe to read this little ſhort treatiſe; may be put in minde of a duty, which all mothers are bound to performe; and I ſhall be glad if any will conſider, and put in practice, that which is both naturall and comfortable. I hope they will at the leaſt commend with me ſuch as do this good deede, and no more ſpeake ſcornefully of that which is worthy of great praiſe; and for my part I thinke it an honour unto you, to doe that which hath proved you to be full of care to pleaſe God, and of naturall affection, and to bee well ſtored with humility, and patience, all which are highly to be praiſed; to give praiſe to any perſon or thing deſerving praiſe, I dare doe it, & for this lovely action of yours I can with much thankefulneſſe praiſe God, for all his gracious guifts of grace and Nature, wherby he hath inabled you, to doe the ſame: deſiring alſo with my heart, that you may ever, and every way honour God, who hath honoured you many wayes, above many women; and I rejoyce, that I can beare witneſſe, that God hath adorned you with fayre tokens of his love and mercy to your ſoule: As the practiſe of true Chri- v A3r Chriſtian religion; dedicating your ſelfe to Gods ſervice; anſwerableneſſe to all holy commands of the holy God, which are Teſtimonies of Gods love, and doth challenge a very great eſteeme from me, amongſt the reſt, that can truly judge and rightly diſcerne what is beſt; I am full of thoughts in this kinde or of this matter: yet I ſay no more but this, Goe on and proſper, Hold faſt all that is good, Truſt in God for ſtrength to grow and continue in faithfull obedience to his glorious Majeſty; And I wil not ceaſe to intreat the Lord of Heaven, to powre aboundantly all Bleſſings of heaven and earth upon you, and your Children, as they increaſe in number.

Your La:Ladyship in the beſt and faſteſt love,

Elizabeth Lincolne.

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To the Courteous, chiefly moſt Chriſtian, Reader.

The Generall Conſent of too many mothers in an unnaturall practiſe, (moſt Chriſtian Reader) hath cauſed one of the Nobleſt and Faireſt hands in this land to ſet pen to paper. As aſhamed to ſee her ſex farther degenerate; deſirous for the glory thereof, to have all both rightly knowe, and anſwere their kind, hath made Honour it ſelfe ſtoop to theſe paines; which now ſhee ſends thee to peruſe. Three things eaſily Invite to Read what to view is offred. Eminency, or Intereſt in the Author. Rarity in the handled Matter; Brevity in the quicke diſpatch. Theſe three meet in this won. The Author ſo Eminent in Honour; thou canſt hardly be anciently Honourable; and not be intereſted in her Honours acquaintance; ſcarcely not Alliance. Next for the Rareneſſe, a peculiar tract of this ſubject, I believe, is not in thine hands. Laſtly its ſo briefe, as I am perſwaded, it ſmoothly gliding thee along in the reading, Thy ſorrow will be, it lands thee ſo ſoone. what may give ſatisfaction to a Reader, let me acquaint thee next, is here to be found. Theſe are two things; Uſefulneſſe of the ſubject; Fulnes for the proſecution. If method and ſoundneſſe can make Full viii A4v Full, this is Full. what, not alone Confirmation uſhering in the Aſſertion, but Refutation for uſhering out Objections can doe to making Sound and Through, this is Such. The Accommodation to theſe particulars (Gentle Reader) I leave to thy ſelfe, leaſt I become tedious whilſt am honoring Brevity. The pay, aſſure thy ſelfe, will bee larger then the promiſe. The Wine much better then the Buſh. This one word, and Ile ſtand out of the gate, thou mayest goe in. If Noble who readeſt, (likeneſſe is Mother & Nurſe of liking) this comes from Nobility; Approve the rather, and practiſe. If meaner; bluſh to deny what Honour becomes ſpeaker to perſwade to, preſident to lead the way to. And ſo I either humbly take my leave; or bid farewell.

Bleſt is the land where Sons of Nobles raigne.

Bleſt is the land where Nobles teach their traine.

To Church for bliſſe Kings, Queenes, ſhould Nurſes be.

To ſtate its bliſſe great Dames Babes nurſe to ſee.

Go then Great booke of Nurſing plead the Cauſe.

Teach High’ſt, low’ſt, all, it’s Gods and Natures lawes.

T. L.

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The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurſerie.

Becauſe it hath pleaſed God to bleſſe me with many children, and ſo cauſed me to obſerve many things falling out to mothers, and to their children; I thought good to open my minde concerning a ſpeciall matter belonging to all childe-bearing women, ſeriouſly to conſider of: and to manifeſt my minde the better, even to write of this matter, ſo farre as God ſhall pleaſe to direct me; in ſumme, the matter I meane, Is the duty of nurſing due by mothers to their owne children.

In ſetting downe whereof, I wil firſt ſhew, that every woman ought to nurſe her owne childe; and ſecondly, I will endeavour to anſwere ſuch objections, as are uſed to be caſt out againſt this dutie to diſgrace the ſame.

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The firſt point is eaſily performed. For it is the expreſſe ordinance of God that mothers ſhould nurſe their owne children, & being his ordinance they are bound to it in conſcience. This ſhould ſtop the mouthes of all replyers, Iſa. 31.2. for God is most wiſe, and therefore muſt needs know what is fitteſt and beſt for us to doe: & to prevent all fooliſh feares, or ſhifts, we are given Gen. 17.1. to underſtand that he is alſo All ſufficient, & therefore infinitely able to bleſſe his owne ordinance, and to afford us meanes in our ſelves (as continuall experience confirmeth) toward the obſervance thereof.

If this (as it ought) bee granted, then how venterous are thoſe women that dare venter to doe otherwiſe, and ſo to refuſe, and by refuſing to diſpiſe that order, which the moſt wiſe and allmighty God hath appointed, and in ſteed thereof to chuſe their owne pleaſures? Oh what peace can there be to theſe womens conſciences, unleſſe through the darknes of their underſtanding they judge it no diſobedience?

And then they will drive me to prove that this nurſing, and nouriſhing of their own childrendren 3 B2r 3 dren in their own boſomes is Gods ordinance; They are very willful, or very ignorant, if they make a queſtion of it. For it is proved ſufficiently to be their dutie, both by Gods word, and alſo by his workes.

By his word it is proved, firſt by Examples, namely the example of Eve. For who ſuckled her ſonnes Cain, Abel, Seth, &c. but her ſelfe? Which ſhee did not only of meere neceſſitie, becauſe yet no other woman was created; but eſpecially becauſe ſhee was their mother, and ſo ſawe it was her duty: and becauſe ſhee had a true naturall affection, which moved her to doe it gladly. Next the example of Sarah the wife of Abraham; For ſhee both Gen. 21.7. gave her ſonne Iſaac ſuck, as doing the dutie commanded of God: And alſo tooke great comfort, and delight therein, as in a duty well pleaſing to her ſelfe; whence ſhee ſpake of it, as of an action worthy to be named in her holy rejoycing. Now if Sarah, ſo great a Princeſse, did nurſe her own childe, why ſhould any of us neglect to doe the like, except (which God forbid) we thinke ſcorne to follow her, whoſe daughters it is our glory to be, and which we B2 be 4 B2v 4 be only upon this condition, that we imitate 1. Pet. 3.6. her well-doing. Let us looke therefore to our worthy Pattern, noting withall, that ſhee put her ſelfe to this worke when ſhee was very old, and ſo might the better have excuſed her ſelfe, then we yonger women can: being alſo more able to hire, and keepe a nurſe, then any of us. But why is ſhee not followed by moſt in the practiſe of this duty? Even becauſe they want her vertue, and piety. This want is the common hinderance to this point of the womans obedience; for this want makes them want love to Gods precepts, want love to his doctrine, and like ſtep-mothers, want due love to their own children.

But now to another worthy example, 1. Sam. 1.23. namely that excellent woman Hannah, who having after much affliction of minde obtained a ſonne of God, whom ſhee vowed unto God, ſhee did not put him to another to nurſe, but nurſed him her owne ſelfe untill ſhee had weaned him, & carried him to be conſecrate unto the Lord: As well knowing that this duty of giving her childe ſucke, was ſo acceptable to God, as for the cauſe thereof ſhee did not 5 B3r 5 not ſinne in ſtaying with it at home from the yearely ſacrifice: but now women, eſpecially of any place, and of little grace, doe not hold this duty acceptable to God, becauſe it is unacceptable to themſelves: as if they would have the Lord to like, and diſlike, according to their vaine luſts.

To proceed, take notice of one example more, that is, of the bleſſed Virgin: as her womb bare our bleſſed Saviour, ſo her papps gave him ſucke. Now who ſhall deny the own mothers ſuckling of their owne children to bee their duty, ſince every Godly matrone hath walked in theſe ſteps before them: Eve the mother of al the living; Sarah the mother of al the faithfull; Hannah ſo gratiouſly heard of God; Mary bleſſed among women, and called bleſſed of all ages. And who can ſay but that the reſt of holy women mentioned in the holy Scriptures did the like; ſince no doubt that ſpeech of that noble Dame, ſaying, who would Gen. 21.7 have ſaid to Abraham that Sarah ſhould have given children ſucke? was taken from the ordinary cuſtome of mothers in thoſe leſſe corrupted times.

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And ſo much for proofe of this office, and duty to be Gods ordinance, by his own Word according to the argument of Examples: I hope I ſhall likewiſe prove it by the ſame 1. Tim. 5.14. word from plaine Precepts. Firſt from that Precept, which willeth the younger women to marry, and to Beare children, that is, not only to Beare them in the wombe, and to bring thēem forth, but alſo to Beare them on their knee, in Ver. 10. their armes, and at their breaſts: for this Bearing a little before is called nouriſhing, and bringing up: and to inforce it the better upon womens conſciences, it is numbred as the firſt of the good workes, for which Godly women ſhould be well reported of. And well it may be the firſt, becauſe if holy Miniſters, or other Chriſtians doe heare of a good woman to be brought to bed, and her child to bee living; their firſt queſtion uſually is, whether ſhe her ſelfe give it ſucke, yea, or no? if the anſwere be ſhe doth, then they commend her: if the anſwer be ſhe doth not, then they are ſorry for her.

And thus I come to a ſecond Precept. I pray you, who that judges aright; doth not hold the 7 B4r 7 the ſuckling of her owne childe the part of a true mother, of an honeſt mother, of a juſt mother, of a ſyncere mother, of a mother worthy of love, of a mother deſerving good report, of a vertuous mother, of a mother winning praiſe for it? All this is aſſented to by any of good underſtanding. Therefore this is alſo a Precept, as for other duties, ſo for This of Philip. 4.8. mothers to their children; which ſaith, whatſoever things are true, whatſoever things are honeſt, whatſoever things are juſt, whatſoever things are pure, whatſoever things be worthy of love, whatſoever things be of good report, if there be any vertue, if there bee any praiſe, thinke on theſe things, theſe things doe and the God of peace ſhall be with you.

So farre for my promiſe, to prove by the word of God, that it is his ordinance that women ſhould nurſe their owne children: now I will endeavour to prove it by his workes: Firſt by his workes of judgement; if it were not his ordinance for mothers to give their children ſucke, it were no judgement to bereave thēem of their milke, but it is ſpecified to be a great judgement to bereave them hereof, & to give them 8 B4v 8 them dry breaſts, therefore it is to be gathered, even from hence, that it is his ordinance, ſince to deprive them of meanes to doe it, is a puniſhment of them.

I adde to this the worke that God worketh in the very nature of mothers, which proveth alſo that he hath ordained that they ſhould nurſe their owne children: for by his ſecret operation, the mothers affection it ſo knit by natures law to her tender babe; as ſhe findes no power to deny to ſuckle it, no not when ſhee is in hazard to loſe her owne life, by attending on it, for in ſuch a caſe it is not ſaid, let the mother fly, and leave her infant to the perill, as if ſhe were diſpenſed with: but onely it is ſaid woe to her, as if ſhe were to be pittied, that for nature to her child, ſhe muſt be unnaturall to her ſelfe: now if any then being even at liberty, and in peace, with all plenty, ſhall deny to give ſucke to their owne children, they goe againſt nature: and ſhew that God hath not Lam. 7.3. done ſo much for thēem as to worke any good, no not in their nature, but left them more ſavage then the Dragons, and as cruell to their little ones as the Oſtriches.

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Now another worke of God, proving this point is the worke of his proviſion, for every kinde to be apt, and able to nouriſh their own fruit: there is no beaſt that feeds their young with milke, but the Lord, even from the firſt ground of the order of nature; Growe, and multiplie; hath provided it of milke to ſuckle their owne young, which every beaſt takes ſo naturally unto, as if another beaſt come toward their young to offer the office of a Damme unto it, they ſhew according to their faſhion, a plaine diſlike of it: as if nature did ſpeake in them, and ſay it is contrary to Gods order in nature, commanding each kinde to increaſe, and multiplie in their owne bodies, and by their owne breaſts, not to bring forth by one Damme, and to bring up by another: but it is his ordinance that every kinde ſhould both bring forth, and alſo nurſe its owne fruit.

Much more ſhould this work of God prevaile to perſwade women, made as man in the image of God, and therefore ſhould be aſhamed to bee put to ſchoole to learne good nature of the unreaſonable creature. In us alſo, as we knowe by experience, God provideth C milke 10 C1v 10 milke in our breaſts againſt the time of our childrens birth, and this hee hath done ever ſince it was ſaid to us alſo, Increaſe, and multiply, ſo that this worke of his proviſion ſheweth that hee tieth us likewiſe to nouriſh the children of our owne wombe, with our own breaſts, even by the order of nature: yea it ſheweth that he ſo careth for, and regardeth little children even from the wombe, that he would have them nurſed by thoſe that in all reaſon will looke to them with the kindeſt affection, namely their mothers; & in giving them milke for it, hee doth plainely tell them that he requires it.

Oh conſider, how comes our milke? is it not by the direct providence of God? Why provides he it, but for the child? The mothers then that refuſe to nurſe their owne children, doe they not deſpiſe Gods providence? Doe they not deny Gods will? Doe they not as it were ſay, I ſee, O God, by the meanes thou haſt put into me, that thou wouldſt have me nurſe the child thou haſt given me, but I will not doe ſo much for thee. Oh impious, and impudent unthankfulneſſe; yea monſtrous unnaturalneſſe, both to their own 11 C2r 11 own natural fruit borne ſo neare their breaſts, and fed in their owne wombes, and yet may not be ſuffered to ſucke their owne milke.

And this unthankfulneſſe, and unnaturalneſſe is oftner the ſinne of the Higher, and the richer ſort, then of the meaner, and poorer, except ſome nice and prowd idle dames, who will imitate their betters, till they make their poore husbands beggars. And this is one hurt which the better ranke doe by their ill example; egge, and imbolden the lower ones to follow them to their loſſe: were it not better for Us greater perſons to keepe Gods ordinance, & to ſhew the meaner their dutie in our good example? I am ſure wee have more helpes to performe it, and have fewer probable reaſons to alleage againſt it, then women that live by hard labour, & painfull toile. If ſuch mothers as refuſe this office of love, & of nature to their children, ſhould hereafter be refuſed, deſpiſed, and neglected of thoſe their children, were they not juſtly requited according to their owne unkind dealing? I might ſay more in handling this firſt point of my promiſe; but I leave the larger, and learneder diſcourſe hereofC2 of 12 C2v 12 of unto men of art, and learning: only I ſpeake of ſo much as I reade, and know in my owne experience, which if any of my ſexe, and condition do receave good by, I am glad: if they ſcorne it, they ſhall have the reward of ſcorners. I write in modeſtie, and can reape no diſgrace by their immodeſt folly.

And ſo I come to the laſt part of my promiſe; which is to anſwer objections made by divers againſt this duty of mothers to their children.

Firſt it is objected that Rebeckah had a nurſe, and that therefore her mother did not give her ſuck of her owne breaſts, and ſo good women, in the firſt ages, did not hold thēem to this office of nurſing their owne children. To this I anſwer; that if her mother had milk, and health, and yet did put this duty from her to another, it was her fault, & ſo proveth nothing againſt me. But it is manifeſt that ſhe that Rebeckah calleth her nurſe, was called ſo, either for that ſhe moſt tended her while her mother ſuckled her: or for that ſhe weaned her: or for that during her nonage, and childhood, ſhee did miniſter to her continually ſuch good things 13 C3r 13 things as delighted, and nouriſhed her up. For to any one of theſe the name of a nourſe is fitly given: whence a good wife is called her Gen. 24.61. husbands nourſe: and that Rebeckahs nourſe was only ſuch a one, appeareth, becauſe afterward ſhe is not named a nourſe, but a maide, ſaying: Then Rebeckah roſe, and her maides; now maids give not ſuck out of their breaſts, never any virgin, or honeſt maide gave ſuck, but that bleſſed one from an extraordinary, & bleſſed power.

Secondly it is objected, that it is troubleſome; that it is noyſome to ones clothes; that it makes one looke old, &c. All ſuch reaſons are uncomely, and unchriſtian to be objected: and therefore unworthy to be anſwered, they argue unmotherly affection, idleneſse, deſire to have liberty to gadd from home, pride, fooliſh fineneſſe, luſt, wantonneſſe, & the like evills. Aske Sarah, Hannah, the bleſſed virgin, and any modeſt loving mother, what trouble they accounted it to give their little ones ſucke? behold moſt nurſing mothers, and they be as cleane and ſweet in their cloathes, and carry their age, and hold their beautie, as well as thoſe that ſuckle not: C3 and 14 C3v 14 and moſt likely are they ſo to doe; becauſe keeping Gods Ordinance, they are ſure of Gods Bleſſing: and it hath beene obſerved in ſome women that they grew more beautifull, and better favoured, by very nurſing their owne children.

But there are ſome women that object feare: ſaying that they are ſo weake, & ſo tender, that they are afraid to venter to give their children ſuck, leaſt they indanger their health thereby. Of theſe, I demand, why then they did venter to marry, and ſo to beare children; and if they ſay they could not chuſe, and that they thought not that marriage would impaire their health: I anſwere, that for the ſame reaſons they ſhould ſet themſelves to nurſe their owne children, becauſe they ſhould not chuſe but doe what God would have them to doe: and they ſhould beleeve that this worke will be for their health alſo, ſeeing it is ordinary with the Lord to give good ſtomach, health, and ſtrength to almoſt all mothers that take this paines with their children.

One anſwere more to all the objections that uſe to bee made againſt giving childrendren 15 C4r 15 dren ſucke, is this, that now the hardnes, to effect this matter, is much remooved by a late example of a tender young Lady, and you may all be encouraged to follow after, in that wherein ſhe hath gone before you, & ſo made the way more eaſie, and more hopefull by that which ſhee findeth poſſible and comfortable by Gods bleſſing, and no offence to her Lord nor her ſelfe: ſhee might have had as many doubts, and lets, as any of you, but ſhe was willing to try how God would enable her, & he hath given her good ſucceſſe, as I hope he will doe to others that are willing to truſt in God for his helpe.

Now if any reading theſe few lines returne againſt me, that it may bee I my ſelfe have given my own children ſuck: & therefore am bolder, and more buſie to meddle in urging this point, to the end to inſult over, & to make them to bee blamed that have not done it. I anſwer, that whether I have, or have not performed this my bounden duty, I will not deny to tell my own practiſe. I knowe & acknowledge that I ſhould have done it, and having not done it, it was not for want of will in 16 C4v 16 in my ſelfe, but partly I was overruled by anothers authority, and partly deceived by ſomes ill counſell, & partly I had not ſo well conſidered of my duty in this motherly office, as ſince I did, whēen it was too late for me to put it in execution. Wherefore being pricked in hart for my undutifullneſſe, this way I ſtudie to redeeme my peace, firſt by repentance towards God, humbly and often craving his pardon for this my offence: ſecondly by ſtudying how to ſhew double love to my children, to make them amends for neglect of this part of love to them, when they ſhould have hung on my breaſts, & have beene nouriſhed in mine owne boſome: thirdly by doing my indeavour to prevent many chriſtian mothers from ſining in the ſame kinde, againſt our moſt loving and gratious God.

And for this cauſe I add unto my performed promiſe, this ſhort exhortation: namely I beſeech all Godly women to remember, how we elder ones are commaunded to inſtruct the yonger, to love their children, now therefore love them ſo as to do this office to them when they are borne, more gladly for love ſake, then a ſtranger, who bore them not, ſhall do for lucre ſake 17 D1r 17 ſake. Alſo I pray you to ſet no more ſo light by Gods bleſſing in your owne breaſts, which the holy Spirit ranketh with other excellent bleſſings; if it be unlawfull to trample under feete a cluſter of grapes, in which a little wine is found, then how unlawfull is it to deſtroye and drie up thoſe breaſts, in which your owne child (and perhaps one of Gods very elect, to whom to be a nourſing father, is a Kings honour; and to whom to be a nourſing mother, is a Queens honour) might finde food of ſyncere milke, even from Gods immediate providence, untill it were fitter for ſtronger meat? I doe knowe that the Lord may deny ſome women, either to have any milke in their breaſts at all, or to have any paſſage for their milke, or to have any health, or to have a right minde: and ſo they may be letted from this duty, by want, by ſickneſse, by lunacy, &c. But I ſpeake not to theſe: I ſpeake to you, whoſe conſciences witneſſe againſt you, that you cannot juſtly alleage any of thoſe impediments.

Doe you ſubmit your ſelves, to the paine and trouble of this ordinance of God? truſt D not 18 D1v 18 not other women, whom wages hyres to doe it, better then your ſelves, whom God, and nature ties to doe it. I have found by grievous experience, ſuch diſſembling in nurſes, pretending ſufficiency of milke, when indeed they had too much ſcarcitie; pretending willingneſſe, towardneſſe, wakefulneſſe, when indeed they have beene moſt wilfull, moſt froward, and moſt ſlothfull, as I feare the death of one or two of my little Babes came by the defalt of their nurſes. Of all thoſe which I had for eighteene children, I had but two which were throughly willing, and carefull: divers have had their children miſcarry in the nurſes hands, and are ſuch mothers (if it were by the nurſes careleſneſſe) guiltleſſe? I knowe not how they ſhould, ſince they will ſhut them out of the armes of nature, and leave them to the will of a ſtranger; yea to one that will ſeeme to eſtrange her ſelfe from her owne child, to give ſucke to the nurſe-child: This ſhe may faine to doe upon a covetous compoſition, but ſhe frets at it in her minde, if ſhe have any naturall affection.

Therefore be no longer at the trouble, and at 19 D2r 19 at the care to hire others to doe your owne worke: bee not ſo unnaturall to thruſt away your owne children: be not ſo hardy as to venter a tender Babe to a leſſe tender heart: bee not acceſſary to that diſorder of cauſing a poorer woman to baniſh her owne infant, for the entertaining of a richer womans child, as it were, bidding her unlove her owne to love yours. Wee have followed Eve in tranſgreſſion, let us follow her in obedience. When God laid the ſorrowes of conception, of breeding of bringing forth, and of bringing up her children upon her, & ſo upon us in her loynes, did ſhee reply any word againſt? Not a word; ſo I pray you all mine owne Daughters, and others that are ſtill child-bearing reply not againſt the duty of ſuckling them, when God hath ſent you them.

Indeed I ſee ſome, if the wether be wet, or cold; if the way be fowle; if the Church be far off, I ſee they are ſo coy, ſo nice, ſo lukewarme, they will not take paines for their own ſoules. alas, no marvell if theſe will not bee at trouble, and paine to nouriſh their childrens bodies, but feare God, bee diligent to ſerve him; D2 ap- 20 D2v 20 approve all his ordinances; ſeeke to pleaſe him; account it no trouble, or paine to doe any thing that hath the promiſe of his bleſſing: and then you will, no doubt, doe this good, laudable, naturall, loving duty to your children. If yet you be not ſatisfied, inquire not of ſuch as refuſe to doe this: conſult not with your owne conceit: adviſe not with flatterers: but aske counſell of ſyncere, and faithfull Preachers. If you be ſatisfied; then take this with you, to make you doe it cheerefully. Thinke alwaies, that having the child at your breaſt, and having it in your armes, you have Gods bleſſing there. For children are Gods bleſſings. Thinke againe how your Babe crying for your breaſt, ſucking hartily the milke out of it, and growing by it, is the Lords owne inſtruction, every houre, and every day, that you are ſuckling it, inſtructing you to ſhew that you are his new borne Babes, by your earneſt deſire after his word, & the ſyncere doctrine thereof, and by your daily growing in grace and goodneſſe thereby, ſo ſhall you reape pleaſure, and profit. Againe, you may conſider, that when your child is at your breaſt, it is 21 D3r 21 is a fit occaſion to move your heart to pray for a bleſſing upon that worke; and to give thanks for your child, and for ability & freedome unto that, which many a mother would have done and could not; who have tried & ventured their health, & taken much paines, and yet have not obtained their deſire. But they that are fitted every way for this commendable act, have certainely great cauſe to be thankfull: and I much deſire that God may have glory and praiſe for every good worke, and you much comfort, that doe ſeeke to honour God in all things. Amen.

Finis.