The Mothers Legacie,

To her unborne Childe.

By Elizabeth Jocelin.

Printed by John Haviland,
for William Barret.

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The Approbation.

Our lawes disable
those, that are
under Covertbaron,
from disposing by Will and Testament
any temporall estate.
But no law prohibiteth
any possessor of morall
and spiritual riches, to impart
them unto others, either
in life by communicating,
or in death by bequeathing.A3 thing A3v
The reason is, for
that corruptible riches, even
to those who have capacity
of alienating them, bring
only a civill propriety, but
no moral & vertuous influence
for the wel dispensing,
or bestowing them: whereas
vertue and grace have
power beyond all empeachment
of sex or other debility,
to enable and instruct
the possessor to employ the
same unquestionably for the
inward inriching of others.

This truly rich bequeather,
taking that care for the
providing an everlasting
portion for her hoped issue, which A4r
which too many parents
bend wholly upon earthly
inheritance, by her death
already hath given unto
her Testament that life and
strength, wherof the Scripture
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remained the other validity
a priviledge of a Testament,
that it be enacted in perpetuall
and inviolable Record.
Which in this was necessary
not so much for the security
of the chiefe and immediate
Legatary, as for
the benefit of all those,
who, by the common kindred
of Christianity, may claime A4v
claime their portion in this
Legacy, left in pios usus;
whereout, whosoever taketh,
yet leaveth no whit
the lesse for others in remainder.

Wherefore upon the very
first view, I willingly not
onely subscribed my Approbat
for the registering
this Will among the most
publique Monuments, (the
rather worthy, because proceeding
from the weaker
sex) but also, as bound to do
right unto knowne vertue,
undertooke the care of the
publication thereof, my
selfe having heretofore bin no a1r
no stranger to the Testators
education and eminent vertues.
Whereof, I here beheld
reflexion cleere enough,
though perhaps
not so particularly evident
to those that take knowledge
of them onely by this

In her zealous affection
to the holy Ministry, thereto
dedicating, (if by sex capable)
her yet scarce budding
first fruits, I saw
the lineaments of her owne
parentage: She being the
onely off-spring derived
from a reverend Grandfather,
Doctor Chaderton, a some- a1v
sometime Master of Queens
in Cambridge, and
publique Professor of Divinity
in that University,
afterward Lord Bishop, first
of Chester, and thence of
Lincolne: by and under
whom shee was from
her tender yeeres carefully
nurtured, as in those
accomplishments of knowledge
in Languages, History,
and some Arts, so principally
in studies of piety.
And thus “having from a
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how well she continuedtinued a2r
in those things, which
she had learned, appeareth,
as otherwise to those that
knew her, so here to all by
the frequent and pertinent
application of them in
these instructions.

In her prosecution of the
duty of obedience unto
Parents I view the deepe
impression, long since, when
shee was not above six
yeeres old, made in her
minde by the last words of
her owne Mother, charging
her upon her blessing
to shew all obedience and
reverence to her Father (Sir
Richard Brooke) and to her a2 reue- a2v
reverend Grandfather.

In the whole course of
her pen, I observe her piety
and humility: these her lines
scarce shewing one
sparke of the elementary
fire of her secular learning:
this her candle being rather
lighted from the lamp
of the Sanctuary.

In her commission of the
office of an Overseer to her
husband (which the Printer
is pleased to stile by the
name of an Epistle Dedicatory)
what eies cannot behold
the flames of her true and
unspotted love toward
her dearest, who enjoyed her a3r
her about the space of six
yeeres and a halfe, being all
that while both an impartiall
witnesse of her vertues,
and an happy partner
of those blessings both
transitory and spirituall,
wherewith shee was endowed.

Beside the domestique
cares pertaining to a wife,
the former part of those
yeeres were imployed by
her in the studies of morality
and history, the better
by the helpe of forraine
languages, not without a
taste and faculty in Poetry:
Wherein some essay shee A3 hath a3v
hath left, ingenious, but
chaste and modest, like the
Author. Of all which
knowledge see was very
sparing in her discourses, as
possessing it rather to hide,
than to boast of.

Among those her eminencies
deserving our memory,
was her owne most
ready memory, enabling
her upon the first rehearsall
to repeat above 40. lines
in English or Latine:
a gift the more happy by her imploiment
of it in carrying
away an entire Sermon, so
that she could (almost following
the steps of the words a4r
words) write it down in her

The later yeeres of her
life shee addicted to no other
studies than Divinity,
whereof some imperfect
notes remaine, but principally
this small Treatise found
in her Deske unfinished,
by reason either of
some troubles befalling her
about a moneth before
her end, or of prevention
by mis-reckoning the
time of her going with this
her first (now alss lass) Childe.

The many blessings, she enjoyed, were not without some a4v
some seasoning of afflictions,
which, by the good use
sse made of them, bred in
her a constant temper of
patience, and more than
womanly fortitude: especially
in her later time, when
as the course of her life
was a perpetuall meditation
of death, amounting almost
to a propheticall sense
of her dissolution, even
then when she had not finished
the 27. yeere of her
age, nor was oppressed by
any disease, or danger, other
than the common lot
of child-birth, within some
months approaching. Accordinglycordingly a5r
when she first felt
her selfe quicke with childe
(as then travelling with
death it selfe) she secretly
tooke order for the buying
of a new winding-sheet: thus
preparing and consecrating
her selfe to him, who
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And about that time,
undauntedly looking death
in the face, privately in her
Closet betweene God and
her, she wrote these pious
Meditations; whereof her
selfe strangely speaketh
to her owne bowels in
this manner, It may seeme strange a5v
strange to thee to receive
these lines from a mother,
that died when thou wert borne.

1622-10-12October 12. 1622. In
Cambridgeshire shee
was made a mother of a daughter,
whom shortly after,
being baptized & brought
unto her, shee blessed, and
gave God thankes that her selfe
had lived to see it a
Christian: and then instant
ly called for her winding
sheet to bee brought forth
and laied upon her.

So having patiently borne
for some 9. daies a violent
fever, and giving a comfortabletable a6r
testimony of her
godly resolution, she ended
her prayers, speech, and
life together, rendring her
soule into the hand of her
Redeemer, and leaving behind
her unto the world a
sweet perfume of good
name, and to her onely
childe (besides a competent
inheritance) this Manuell,
being a deputed Mother
for instruction, and for
solace a twinne-like sister,
issuing from the same Parent,
and seeing the light about
the same time.

Which composure because
it commeth forth imperfectperfect a6v
from the pen, doth
the more expect to be supplied
and made up by practice
and execution.


To my truly
loving and most dearly
loved Husband,
Tourell Jocelin.

Mine owne
deare love,
I no sooner
an hope, that I should
bee made a mother by
thee, but with it entred
the consideration of a B mo- B1v
mothers duty, and shortly
after followed the apprehension
of danger
that might prevent mee
from executing that care
I so exceedingly desired,
I mean in religious training
our Childe. And in
truth death appearing in
this shape, was doubly
terrible unto me. First,
in respect of the painfulnesse
of that kinde of
death, and next of the
losse my little one
should have in wanting me.

But B2r

But I thanke God,
these feares were cured with
the remembrance that
all things worke together
for the best to
those that love God,
and a certaine assurance
that he will give me patience
according to my paine.

Yet still I thought there
was some good office I
might doe for my Childe
more than only to bring it
forth (though it should
please God to take mee) B2 when B2v
when I considered our
frailty, our apt inclination
to sin, the devils of subtilty,
and the worlds deceitfulnesse,
against these, how
much desired I to admonish
it? But still it came
into my mind that death
might deprive me of time
if I should neglect the
present. I knew not what
to doe: I thought of writing,
but then mine owne
weaknes appeared so manifestly,
that I was ashamed,
and durst not undertakedertake B3r
it. But when I
could find no other means
to expresse my motherly
zeale, I encouraged my
selfe with these reasons.

First, that I wrote to a
Childe, & though I were
but a woman, yet to a
childs judgement, what
I understood might serve
for a foundation to a better

Againe, I considered it
was to my owne, and in
private sort, and my love
to my owne might excuseB3 cuse B3v
my errours.

And lastly, but chiefly, I
comforted my selfe, that
my intent was good, and
that I was well assured
God is the prosperer
of good purposes.

Thus resolved, I writ
this ensuing Letter to our
little one, to whom I could
not finde a fitter hand
to convey it than thine
owne, which maist with
authority see the performance
of this my little legacy,
of which my Childe
is Executor.

And B4r

And (deare Love) as
thou must be the overseer,
for Gods sake, when it shal
faile in duty to God, or to
the world, let not thy indulgence
winke at such folly,
but severely correct
it: and that thy trouble
may bee little when it
comes to yeeres, take the
more care when it is
young. First, in providing
it a nurse: O make choice,
not so much for her complexion,
as for her milde
and honest disposition: B4 Like- B4v
Likewise if the childe be to
remain long abroad after waining,
as neere as may
be, chuse a house where it
may not learn to sweare,
or speak scurrilous words.

I know I may be thought
too scrupulous in this: but
I am sure thou shalt finde
it a hard matter to break
a childe of that it learnes
so young. It wil be a great
while ere it will bee
thought old enough to be
beaten for evill words, &
by that time it will be so pre B5r
perfect in imperfections,
that blowes will not
mend it. And when some
charitable body reproves
or corrects it for these
faults, let no body pity it
with the losse of the mother.

Next, good sweet heart,
keepe it not from schoole,
but let it learn betimes:
if it be a son, I doubt not
but thou wilt dedicate it to
the Lord as his Minister,
if he wil please of his mercy
to give him grace and
capacitie for that great B5 worke. B5v
worke. If it be a daughter,
I hope my mother Brook
(if thou desirest her) will
take it among hers, and let
them all learne one lesson.

I desire her bringing up may be learning the Bible,
as my sisters doe, good
houswifery, writing, and
good workes: other learning
a woman needs not:
though I admire it in
those whom God hath
blest with discretion, yet
I desired not much in
my owne, having ssene that B6r
that sometimes women
have greater portions of
learning, than wisdome,
which is of no better use
to them than a main saile
to a flye-boat, which runs
it under water. But
where learning and wisdome
meet in a vertuous
disposed woman, she is the
fittest closet for all goodnesse.
Shee is like a well-
ballanced ship that may
beare all her saile. She is-
Indeed, I should but shame
my selfe, if I sshould goe about B6v
about to praise her more.

But, my deare, though
she have all this in her, she
will hardly make a poore
mans wife: Yet I leave it
to thy will. If thou desirest
a learned daughter, I
pray God give her a wise
and religious heart, that
she may use it to his glory,
thy comfort, and her
owne salvation.

But howsoever thou disposest
of her education, I
pray thee labour by all
meanes to teach her true humi B7r
humility, though I much
desire it may be as humble
if it be a son as a daughter;
yet in a daughter I
more feare that vice;
Pride being now rather
accounted a vertue in our
sex worthy praise, than a
vice fit for reproofe.

Many Parents reade
lectures of it to their children
how necessary it is,
and they have principles
that must not be disputed
against. As first, look how
much you esteeme your selfe B7v
selfe, others will esteem of
you. Again, what you give
to others, you derogate
from your selfe. And many
more of these kinds. I
have heard men accounted
wise that have maintained
this kinde of pride
under the name of generous
knowing or understanding
themselves: But
I am sure that hee that
truly knowes himself shal
know so much evill by
himselfe, that hee shall
have small reason to think him B8r
himselfe better than another man.

Dearest, I am ss fearfull
to bring thee a proud high
minded child, that, though
I know thy care wil need
no spur, yet I cannot but
desire thee to double thy
watchfulnesse over this
vice, it is such a crafty
insinuating devill, it will
enter little children in the
likenesse of wit, wt which their parents are delighted,
and that is sweet nourishment
to it.

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I pray thee, deare heart,
delight not to have a bold
childe: modesty & humility
are the sweetest groundworks
for all vertue. Let
not thy servants give it
any other title than the
Christen-name, till it have
discretion to understand
how to respect others.

And, I pray thee be not
profuse in the expence of
clothes upon it. Mee
thinkes it is a vaine delight
in parents to bestow
that cost upon one childe which B9r
which would serve two
or three. If they have not
children enow of their
owne to imploy so much
cost upon, Pauper ubique

Thus, Deare, thou see2st
my beleefe, if thou canst
teach thy little one humiity,
it must needs make
thee a glad father.

But I know thou wonderest
by this time what
the cause should be that
we two continually unclasping
our hearts one to B9v
to the other, I should reserve
this to writing. When
thou thinkest, thus, deare,
remember how grievous
it was to thee but to heare
me say, I may die, and yu
wilt confesse this would
have beene an unpleasant
discourse to thee,
& thou knowest I never
durst displease thee willingly,
so much I love
thee. All I now desire is,
that the unexpectednes
of it make it not more
grievous to thee. But I know B10r
know thou art a Christian,
and therefore will not
doubt of thy patience.

And though I thus write
to thee, as heartily desiring
to be religiously prepared
to die, yet,
my deare, I despaire not of
life, nay, I hope and daily
pray for it, if so God
will be pleased.

Nor shall I thinke this
labour lost, though I doe
live: for I will make it
my owne looking-glasse,
wherein to see when I am too B10v
too severe, when too remisse,
and in my childs
fault through this glasse
to discerne mine owne errors.
And I hope God will
so give me his grace, that
I shall more skilfully act
than apprehend a mothers

My deare, thou knowest
me so well, I shall not
need to tell thee, I have
written honest thoughts
in a disordered fashion,
not observing method.
For thou knowest how short B11r
short I am of learning &
naturall endowments to
take such a course in writing.
Or if that strong affection
of thine have hid
my weaknesse from thy
sight, I now professe seriously
my owne ignorance:
and though I did not, this
following Treatise would
bewray it: But I send it
only to the eies of a most
loving Husband, and of a
childe exceedingly beloved,
to whom I hope it wil
not be altogether unprofitable.

Thus B11v

Thus humbly desiring
God to give thee all comfort
in this life, and happinesse
in the life to
come, I leave thee and
thine to his most gracious

Thine Inviolable,

Eliza: Jocelin.

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to her unborne

Having long,
often & earnestly
of God,
that I might
be a mother to one of his
children, and the time now draw- B12v 2
drawing on, which I hope
he hath appointed to give
thee unto me: It drew me
into a consideration both
wherefore I so earnestly
desired thee, and (having
found that the true cause
was to make thee happy)
how I might compasse this
happinesse for thee.

I knew it consisted not in
honour, wealth, strength
of body or friends (though
all these are great blessings)
therefore it had been
a weake request to desire
thee onely for an heire to
my fortune. No, I never
aimed at so poore an inheritanceritacen C1r 3
for thee, as the
whole world: Neither
would I have begged of
God for so much paine, as I
know I must endure, to
have only possest thee with
earthly riches, of which to
day thou maist be a great
man, to morrow a poore
begger. Nor did an hope
to dandle thy infancy
move mee to desire thee.
For I know all the delight
a Parent can take in a
childe is hony mingled
with gall.

But the true reason that
I have so often kneeled to
God for thee, is, that thou C migh- C1v 4
mightest bee an inheritour
of the Kingdome of Heaven.
To which end I humbly
beseech Almightie
God thou maiest bend all
thy actions, and (if it bee
his blessed will) give thee
so plentifull a measure of
his grace, that thou maist serve
him as his Minister, if
he make thee a man.

It is true that this age
holds it a most contemptible
office, fit only for poore
mens children, younger
brothers, and such as have
no other meanes to live.
But for Gods sake bee not
discouraged with these vaine C2r 5
vaine speeches; but fortifie
your selfe with remembring
of how great worth
the winning of one soule is
in Gods sight, and you shal
quickly finde how great a
place it is to be a Priest unto
the living God. If it will
please him to move your
heart with his holy Spirit,
it will glow & burne with
zeale to doe him service.
Lord open thy lips, that
thy mouth may shew forth
his praise.

If I had skill to write, I
would write all I apprehend
of the happy estate of
true labouring Ministers: C2 but C2v 6
but I may plainly say that
of all men they by their calling
are the most truly happy;
they are familiar with
God, they labour in his
Vineyard, and they are so
beloved of him, that hee gives
them abundance of
knowledge. Oh be one of
them, let not the scorne of
evil men hinder thee. Look
how God hath provided
for thee sufficient meanes;
thou needest not hinder
thy study to looke out for
living, as the Israelites hindred
their worke to looke
for straw: if thou beest not
content with this, thou wilt not C3r 7
not bee with more; God
deliver thee from covetousnesse.

I desire thee that though
thou takest a spirituall calling,
thou wilt not seeke
after the livings of the
Church, nor promotions,
though I honour them as
I have great cause, but I
would have thee so truly an
humble and zealous Minister,
that thy onely end
should be to doe God service,
without desire of any
thing to thy selfe, save the
Kingdome of Heaven. Yet
as I would not have thee
seeke these things, so I C3 would C3v 8
would have thee as carefull
not to neglect Gods blessings,
but with all thankfulnesse
to receive what he
bestows, and to be a carefull
steward, distributing it
to those that have need.

I could not chuse but
manifest this desire in writing,
lest it should please
God to deprive me of time
to speake.

And if thou beest a
daughter, thou maist perhaps
thinke I have lost
my labour; but reade
on, and thou shalt see my
love and care of thee and
thy salvation is as great, as if C4r 9
if thou wert a sonne, and
my feare greater.

It may peradventure
when thou comest to some
discretion, appeare strange
to thee to receive these
lines from a Mother that
died when thou wert born,
but when thou seest men
purchase land, and store up
treasure for their unborne
babes, wonder not at mee
that I am carefull for thy
salvation, being such an eternall
portion: and not
knowing whether I shall
live to instruct thee when
thou art borne, let me not
be blamed though I write C4 to C4v 10
to thee before. Who would
not condemne mee if I
should be carelesse of thy
body while it is within me?
Sure a farre greater care
belongs to thy soule, to
both these cares I will endevour
my selfe so long as
I live.

Againe, I may perhaps
be wondred at for writing
in this kinde, considering
there are so many excellent
bookes, whose least note is
worth all my meditations.
I confesse it, and thus excuse
my selfe. I write not to
the world, but to mine own
childe, who it may be, will more C5r 11
more profit by a few weake
instructions comming from
a dead mother (who cannot
every day praise or reprove
as it deserves) then
by farre better from much
more learned. These things
considered, neither the true
knowledge of mine owne
weaknesse, nor the feare
this may come to the
worlds eye, & bring scorne
upon my grave, can stay
my hand from expressing
how much I covet thy salvation.

Therefore, deare childe,
reade here my love, and if
God take mee from thee, AC5 be C5v 12
be obedient to these instructions,
as thou oughtest to
be unto mee, I have learnt them
out of Gods Word,
I beseech him that they
may be profitable to thee.


The first charge I give
thee, I learned of Solomon,
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It is an excellent beginning,
and a fit lesson for a
childe. Looke with what
the Vessell is first seasoned,
it retaines the taste:
and if thou beginnest to remember
to serve God when C6r 13
when thou art young, before
the world, the flesh,
and the devill take hold on
thee, God will love thee,
and send his holy Spirit to
take possession of thee, who
shall resist those enemies, &
not suffer them to hurt thee.

To move thy heart to remember
thy Creator betimes,
meditate upon the
benefits thou continually
receivest: First, how hee
hath created thee when
thou wert nothing, redeemed
thee being worse than
nought, and now of meere
grace he hath given thee his
holy Spirit, sanctifying thee C6v 14
thee to an eternall Kingdome.
Thou canst not possibly
understand how great
these mercies are, but
straight thy soule must cry,
What shall I do for so gracious
a God? All the powers
of my soule and bodie
I will give to his service,
my first thoughts I will dedicate
to him, like Abels sacrifice
I will present to him
the first fruits of my youth;
In the strength of my age
will I fall downe before
him, and if I live to old
age, that weaknesse will
not let my knees bow, nor
my hands be lifted up, yet shall C7r 15
shall my heart meditate on
his goodnesse night and
day, and my tongue shall
bee alwaies telling of his
marvellous workes.

When thou hast thus remembred
the infinite mercies
of God, it behoves thee
to settle thy selfe to a constant
service of him, to order
thy thoughts, words
and actions to his glory,
and to covenant with thy
selfe that thou wilt not
breake thy promises to
God. That thou maist the
more easily performe these
duties, marke I pray thee
these following rules for or- C7v 16
ordering thy life, and God
will blesse thee and all thy
good endevours.


At thy first waking in the
morning, be carefull of thy
selfe, that thou harbour in thy
braine no vaine or unprofitable,
but of all no ungodly
fancy to hinder thy morning
sacrifice, but straight
frame thy selfe to meditate
on the mercies of God, the maliciousnesse
of the devil, and thine owne weaknesse.

Thine owne weaknesse is
apparent to thee: for
even but now thine eies were C8r 17
were closed, thou couldst
not see to defend thy selfe,
thy strength was gone, so
that thou wert not able to
resist the weakest creature, a
gnat or a flea might glut
themselves with thy bloud.

The devils malice is as
easily perceived, for even
now he lies lurking ready
to catch every good motion
from thy heart, suggesting
things more delightfull
to thy fancy, and perswading
thee to deferre thy
service of God though but
for a little while.

But bee warned and armed
against his tentations; for C8v 18
for be assured if thou once
yeeld to neglect praying to
God, but one halfe houre,
when that time comes thou
shalt finde thy selfe farre
more unapt, and thy heart
more dull to pray than before:
whereas if thou disposest
thy selfe to pray,
though thou beest heavy
and uncheerefull in it, yet
God, who searches the
heart, and sees thy desire to
pray, though thou canst
not, will enlighten thee and
prepare thy heart against
the next time, that thou
shalt finde comfort. Therfore,
take heed the devill de- C9r 19
deceive you not, for you
see his malice is not small
that seekes to cousen you
of all happinesse present
and to come: For be assured
you can take no true
joy in earthly pleasures, no
longer than you seeke after

Having thus discerned
the infinite malice of the
Devill, and your owne exceeding
weaknesse, how do
you thinke you were preserved
from his snares
while you slept? or doe you
thinke he onely besets you
when you are awake? No,
be not deceived, he is not so C9v 20
so faire an enemy: his hate
is such to you, that if hee
could he would teare your
body and drag your soule
to hell while you slept. Alas,
all this he might have
done, your strength was
smal to resist him. Now you
must needs confesse who
it is that is only able to preserve
you, that it is God,
and that it is his mercy, not
your desert, that you are
preserved: and gather to
your selfe a strong resolution
with all your force to
serve him all the day, and
to resist all the tentations of
the devill.

Then C10r 21

Then being thorowly
awake (for sure God likes
not sleeping prayer) begin
to give God thankes, and to
desire the continuance of
his mercy towards thee in
these words, till thou canst
find such as may better expresse
thine owne soule.

“O eternall God, gracious
from the beginning,
and mercifull to
the latter ending of the
world, I give thee humble
thankes, that according
to thine abundant
goodnesse, thou hast graciously
defended me this
night from all dangers “that C10v 22
that might have happened
unto me. I beseech
thee continue this thy favourable
goodnesse toward
mee, and so grant
mee thy grace, that in all
my thoughts, words, &
actions I may seeke thy
glory, and evermore so
live in thy feare, that I
may die in thy favour, for
thy sonne my onely Saviours
sake. Amen.”


Having thus invited God
into your soule, take heed
you offend not against so
great and glorious a guest: Thinke C11r 23
Thinke if thou seest a superior
entertained with such
observance of the Master,
such diligence in the servants,
such a generall care
that all things may give a
testimony of his welcome,
O thinke, sinfull soule,
what care oughtest thou to
have when the living God
vouchsafes to dwel in thee:
oh watch, oh be wary. Doe
not (my deare Childe) oh,
not wilfully offend him,
for hardly are presumptuous
sinnes forgiven: but if
out of weaknesse thou offend
against him, runne
straight before hee can bee gone, C11v 24
gone, for hee is mercifull,
and will stay a while after
thou hast sinned to expect
thy repentance: but if thou
doest not make haste, then
the devill, who will not delay
to seeke thy destruction,
he will accuse thee, mocking
thy impiety, and God
will leave thee, being more
offended at thy neglect, or
rather contempt of his
mercy, than at thy first offence.

Therefore runne quickly,
esteeme no sin small, but
what member soever caused
thee to offend him,
bring it before him, and let it C12r 25
it assist thee chiefly in thy
repentance. If thine eye
teach thee wantonnesse, covetousnesse,
or the like, let
them poure forth teares to
purchase thee a pardon. If
thy tongue have offended
toward God or thy neighbour,
bring it with shame
and sorrow to confesse in
private, what it was not ashamed
to glory of in publike.
Learne to be ashamed
to commit sinne, but, being
committed, hope not to
hide it from God by any
other meanes, than by hearty
repentance: so indeed
thou maist winne his mercy to C12v 26
to cover thy transgression,
and in his sonnes passion
he will bury thine offences,
so as hee will hide them
from himselfe: but then
thou must delay no time,
goe quickly, get thee alone,
weare thy knees, wring thy
hands, beat thy breast,
know as little measure in
thy sorrow, as thou didst in
thy sinne. The Lord will
not despise a contrite heart,
and though he let thee
kneele long, hee will have
mercy at the last. Learne of
Iacob to wrastle with God,
and to cry with a fervent
spirit, I will not let thee go vnlesse D1r 27
unlesse thou blesse me. Our
Saviour saith, the Kingdome
of Heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent
take it by force.


Thus you see, it must be an
eager, not a slothful course,
that must bring you to
Heaven. Take heed therefore
that you avoid all the
kinds of this sinne. Whatever
you goe about, doe
it with cheerfulnesse. Bee
ashamed of idlenesse, as
thou art a man, but tremble
at it, as thou art a Christian.D stian. D1v 28
For be sure the devill
never is so happy in his
tentations, as when he emploies
them on a slothfull
man, who cannot endure
to take so much paines
as to resist him.

Solomon promises no other
patrimony to a sluggard
but poverty. God
hates the slothfull. Witnesse
the five foolish Virgins,
and the unprofitable
servant, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25
. The one
Christ would not know; the
other is branded with two
shamefull markes, evill and
slothfull, and his talent taken
from him. What more wretched D2r 29
wretched estate can there
be in the world? first to be
hated of God as an idle
Drone, not fit for his service:
then through extreme
poverty to be contemned
of all the world. Oh then
at no hand yeeld thy youth
to sloth, but so soone as
thou hast made thy prayer
to God, prepare to rise, and
rising use this Prayer.

“In thy name, oh blessed
Saviour, I arise, who
with the Father, and the
holy Spirit, created me,
and with thine own most
precious bloud hast redeemed
mee. I beseech D2 “thee D2v 30
thee this day, to governe,
keepe, and blesse mee:
lead mee forth in every
good way, therein direct
and confirme mee, and
after this fraile and miserable
life, bring mee to
that blessed life which
hath no end, for thy great
merit and mercies sake.


Thou art no sooner broke
out of the armes of sloth,
but pride steps in diligently,
waiting to furnish thee
with any vaine toy in thy attire D3r 31
attire. And though I beleeve
there are divers sorts
of pride most pestilent to
the soule than this of apparell,
yet this is enough dangerous,
and I am sure betraies
a mans folly more
than any other. Is it not a
monstrous thing to see a
man, whom God hath created
of an excellent forme,
each part answering the
due proportion of another,
should by a fantasticall habit
make himselfe so ugly,
that one cannot finde amongst
all Gods, creatures
any thing like him? One
man, though not resemblingD3 bling D3v 32
another in shape or
face, yet for his rationall
soule is like another: but
these fashionists have (I
feare) changed their reasonable
soules for proud
soules without reason:
could they else deforme
and transforme themselves
by these new fangled fashions,
and apish behaviour;
crindging, shrugging,
starting, and playing the
fantastiques every way. So
that they may truly say
when they are fashionable,
that they are not like other
men: and I beleeve wise
men will not bee sorry for it. D4r 33
it. For who would be like them?

I desire thee for Gods
sake shunne this vanity,
whether thou bee sonne or
daughter. If a daughter, I
confesse thy taske is harder
because thou art weaker,
and thy temptations to this
vice great, for thou shalt
see those, whom perhaps
thou wilt think lesse able,
exalted farre above thee in
this kinde, and it may bee
thou wilt desire to bee like
them, if not to out-goe
them. But beleeve and remember
that I tell thee,
the end of all these vanitiesD4 ties D4v 34
is bitter as gall.

Oh the remembrance of
mis-spent time, when thou
shalt grow in yeeres, and
have attained no other
knowledge, than to dresse
thy selfe. When thou shalt
see halfe, perhaps all, thy
time spent, and that of all
thou hast sowed, thou hast
nothing to reap but repentance,
late repentance, how
wilt thou grieve? How wilt
thou accuse one folly for
bringing in another? and in
thy memory cast over the
cause of each misfortune
which hath befallen thee,
til passing from one to another,ther, D5r 35
at last thou findest thy
corrupt will to be the first
cause, and then thou wilt
with griefe enough perceive,
that if thou hadst served
God when thou servedst
thy fond desires,
thou hadst now had peace
of heart. The God of mercy
give thee grace to remember
him in the daies of
thy youth.

Mistake me not, nor give
your selfe leave to take too
much liberty with saying,
My mother was too strict.
No, I am not, for I give
you leave to follow modest
fashions, but not to be D5 a D5v 36
a beginner of fashions: nor
would I have you follow
it till it be generall; so that
in not doing as others doe,
you might appeare more
singular than wise: but in
one word, this is all I desire,
that you will not set your
heart on such fooleries, and
you shall see that this modest
carriage will win you
reputation and love with
the wise and vertuous sort.

And once againe, remember
how many houres
maist thou give to God,
which if thou spendest in
these vanities, thou shalt
never bee able to make accountcount D6r 37
of. If thou dost but
endevour to doe well, God
will accept the will for the
deed, but if thou wilfully
spend the morning of thy
time in these vanities, God
will not bee put off with
such reckonings, but punishments
will follow, such
as I pray God thou maist
not pull upon thee.

Yet alas, this is but one
sort of pride, and so farre
from being accounted a
vice, that, if the time mends
not before you come to
understanding, you will
heare a well drest woman,
(for that is the stile of honour)nour) D6v 38
more commended,
than a wise or honest, or religious
woman. And it
may bee, this may move
you to follow their idlenes:
but when you have any
such desire, draw your selfe
to consider what manner
of persons the commended
and commenders are, and
you shall finde them all of
one batch, such as being
vaine themselves, applaud it
in others.

But if you will desire
praise, follow the example
of those religious women,
whose vertuous fames time
hath not the power to race out: as D7r 39
as devout Anna, who served
the Lord with fasting
and prayer, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 2. Just
Elizabet, who served God
without reproofe: Religious
Ester, who taught her Maids
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and the chaste Susanna,
whose story, I hope, the
strictest will allow for a
worthy example.

I am so fearfulle that thou
shouldst fall into this sinne,
that I could spend my little
time of life in exhorting
thee from it. I know it is
the most dangerous subtill
sinne that can steale the
heart of man, it will alter shapes D7v 40
shapes as oft as the Camelion
doth colours, it will
fit it selfe to all dispositions,
and (which is most
strange) it will so disguise
it selfe, that he must be cunning
who discernes it from
humilitie, nay it may lie in
thine owne heart, and if
thou beest not a diligent
searcher of thy selfe, thou
shalt not know it: but if
thou watch well thou shalt
take it, for it hath one property
that cannot change,
as the common people beleeve
the Devill cannot alter
the shape of one foot.
It is true of pride, that though D8r 41
though it bee changed into
that Angell of light, Humility,
yet thou maist know
it by selfe-love; if thou findest
that within thee, bee
sure pride is not farre
off. For humilitie will
make thee seeme vile in
thine owne eies, it will
make thee see thine owne
faults, and confesse them
to bee greater than other
mens, so that thou wilt respect
every man above thy
selfe. But the rules of selfeconceit
are just contrary,
they stand on tiptoes, reckning
their vertues like the
proud Pharisie, scorning to D8v 42
to bee like other men.

Shun it for thy soules
sake, for if thou entertaine
it, it is such a shamelesse
flattery, that it will make
thee beleeve thou art greater,
wiser, learneder than
all the company, when indeed,
thou wilt prove thy
selfe the greatest foole of
them, wearying them all
with thy vaine talke.

“Solomonsaith, Pride goeth
before destruction, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro.
16. 18.”
And a high minde
before the fall. And our
blessed Saviour, the true
patterne of humility, exhorts
us “to learne of him that was D9r 43
was lowly and meek in heart,
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. And if we doe
so, he promises we shal find
rest unto our soules. Neither
want these curses,
threatning, where perswasions
will not serve. “Whosoever
exalteth himselfe
shall be humbled, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 14.
. Read the holy Scriptures
often and diligently,
and thou shalt finde continuall
threatnings against
pride, punishment of pride,
and warnings from pride.
Thou shalt finde no sinne
so heavily punished as this:
it made Devils of Angels,
a beast of great Nabuchodonezzar,nezzar, D9v 44
dogs meat of Jezabel,
and I will conclude
with a good mans saying,
If all the sinnes reigning in
the world were burnt to
ashes, even the ashes of
pride would be able to reduce
them all againe.

I know in fewer words
there might much more
have beene said against this
sinne, but I know not who
will say so much to thee
when I am gone. Therefore
I desire thou maist bee
taught these my instructions
when thou art young,
and this soule sinne may be
weeded out before it take deepe D10r 45
deepe root in thy heart. I
will returne now to my
first purpose, which is to set
thee downe one day for a
patterne, how I would have
thee spend all the daies of
thy life.


Therefore avoiding all
manner of pride, make thy
selfe decently ready, which
being done, retire to a place
alone, where humbling thy
selfe upon thy knees, againe
renue thy prayers, humbly
confessing, and earnestly
desiring forgivenesse for all thy D10v 46
thy sinnes, and use Doctor
Smiths morning prayer,
than which I know not a
better, not ever did I finde
more comfort in any.

In advising you to a set
forme of prayer, I doe not
prohibit conceived prayer,
but humbly beg God to
give you grace to pray often
out of your owne meditations
according to his

But when it shall please
God to call you to the
charge of a family, I will
not direct, but deliver my
opinion, that then a set
forme of prayer is most necessary:cessary, D11r 47
my reason is, that
your servants being used to
it, are alwaies ready to goe
along with you in their
hearts, word for word, as
you pray, and continuance
makes them to understand
every word, which must
needs cause greater devotion,
and give more life to
the prayers.


When you have finished
your private prayer, be sure
that you absent not your
selfe from publike prayer,
if it bee used in the house where D11v 48
where you live: which ended,
goe and use any lawfull
recreation, either for
thy profit or pleasure, and
from all these exercises reserve
a time to sit downe
to some good study, but
use that most that may
make thee greatest, Divinitie.
It will make thee
greater, richer, happier than
the greatest Kingdome of
the earth, though thou
couldst possesse it. “If any
man serve me”
, saith Christ,
“him will my father honor”;
If Mordecay were thought
so highly honoured by Ahasuerus
for a little gay trap- D12r 49
trapping, what shal be done
to him whom God will honour?

Therefore, if thou desirest
honour, serve the Lord,
and thou art sure of it.
If riches be thy aime, Saint
Paul assures thee, that “Godlinesse
is great gaine”
. If thou
covet pleasure, set Davids
delight before thine eies, “I
have had more delight in thy
testimonies than in all manner
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. And
in the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.92. Psalme hee saith,
“Thou Lord hast made mee
glad by thy workes.”
In the
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unto mee joy of heart, &c.”
and D12v 50
and reading the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.91. Psalme,
thou shalt see what manner
of blessings they are that
God makes his children
merry withall. And when
thou hast once fixt thy
heart to his study, it will
be so sweet, that the more
thou learnest, the more
thou wilt desire, and the
more thou desirest, the
more God will love thee.
Thou wilt study so well in
private, & practice it in all
thy actions publikely, thou
wilt weigh thy thoughts so
even, that thy words shall
not bee light, and a few
lines I will use to perswadeswade E1r 51
thee to be advised in
thy words.


Though it is as much to
say, Remember thy Creator
when thou speakest, as
if I could use all the exhortations,
and tell thee all the
perils that belong to
speech, yet so apt are
wee to forget God in our
foolish talke, that sometimes
we by our discourse
would make Gods of our
selves. Therefore it will
not be amisse to receive a
few instructions, though E weake, E1v 52
weake, from me for ordering
thy speech.

The morning I have dedicated
to meditation, praier,
good studies, and honest
recreation. The noone
time is most used for discourse,
it being all a man
can doe while he eats, and
it is a time wherein a man
ought to be carefull of his
speech, having before him
Gods good blessings to refresh
his body, and honest
company to recreate his
minde, and therfore ought
to bee no way offensive in
his speech either to God or
good men. But most espeespeciallycially E2r 53
take heed that neither
heedlesnesse nor earnestnesse
in thy discourse, cause
thee to take Gods holy
Name in vaine, but alwaies
speak of him with reverence
and understanding.

Next, let not thy neighbour
suffer in thy speech,
but bee rather silent than
speake ill of any man,
though he deserve it.
And that thou maist doe thus,
observe this rule; whensoever
thou hearest one ill spoken
of, before thou second
it, examine thine owne
heart, and it is ods but thou
maist finde in thy selfe eitherE2 ther E2v 54
the same fault, or a
worse than he is accused
for. So thou shalt bee
forced either to mend thy
selfe, or not to condemne

Also shun multiplicity
of words, and what thou
speakest, be sure to understand
fully, for it is a grating
to the eare to heare a man
talke at randome. If thou
desirest to better thy selfe,
modestly aske a question of
those whom thou seest to
have knowledge to resolve
thee, and bee lesse ashamed
to confesse thy ignorance,
than by holding a foolish argu- E3r 55
argument, to betray it. And
either avoid that scornfull
fashion of questioning a
man, who, thou knowest,
cannot make thee a satisfying
answer: neither make
a scorne of his ignorance,
for be assured hee knowes
something that thou dost
not know.

If God have given thee
a ready wit, take heed thou
abuse it not. At no time
maintaine arguments against
the truth, especially
in sacred or morall matter:
for it is hard to doe it,
without offending the God
of truth; and by it thou E3 maist E3v 56
maist harme thy weak brother,
but the greatest harme
will bee thine owne when
thou commest to give account
for thy idle words.

In thy mirth shun such
jesting as may make thee
offensive, scoffing becomes
not a Christian. Prise not
therefore the froth of an
idle wit, before the faith of
a vertuous friend.

And I pray thee, as thou
wouldest have blessings
multiplied upon thee, let
no speech passe from thee
that may grieve chaste
eares. How hatefull is obscene speech
in rude people?ple? E4r 57
But it makes one of
gentle birth odious to all
honest company. Solomon
saies, “A wise man conceales
knowledge, but
the heart of
a foole publisheth foolishnesse,
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and “hee that
keepeth his mouth, keepeth his
life, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.13. 3.”
and in the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.“14. 5.
The lips of the wise preserve

To conclude, let thy
tongue and thy heart goe
together, hate dissimulation
and lying, and God wil
love thee, which I humbly
beg of him.

E4 I E4v 58


If thou keep thy thoughts
holy, and thy words pure,
I shall not need to feare, but
all thy actions will be honest.
But my feare thou
shouldest know the way,
and yet goe aside, will not
suffer my counsell to leave
thee alone, till thou come
to thy journies end.

First then bee carefull
when thou art alone, that
thou do nothing that thou
wouldest not doe if men
ssaw thee: remember that
Gods eye is alwaies open, and E5r 59
and thine owne conscience
will be witnesse enough against

Next bee sure that no
action of thine may bee a
scandall to thy profession,
I meane to the profession
of the true Religion. This
indeed is as much to say
to thee, Eschew evill. For
there is not the least sinne
thou canst doe, but the enemies
of truth will bee glad
to say, Loe, this is one of
them that professes God in
his mouth, but see what his
life is. Therefore a great
care ought a Christian to
have, especially those E5 whom E5v 60
whom God hath set as
lights in his Church.

Whatssever thou art about
to doe, examine it by
Gods Commandements:
if it be agreeable to them,
goe on cheerfully, and
though the end answer not
thy hopes, never grieve nor
grudge, but bee glad that
Gods will is performed,
and let thy trust in him assure
thee, that all things
worke together for the best
of them that love God.
And though it appeare a
crosse, be assured it is a blessing.
Therefore make right
use of it; examine thy selfe what E6r 61
what sinne thou hast committed
that may challenge
that punishment, repent of
it, and reconcile God unto
thee, bearing thy crosse
with patience, and doubt
not hee that deprived thee
of thy hope to try thee, will
(if thou beare it well) give
thee as great or a greater
blessing then thou hopest
for. But if thou shalt finde
that thy attempts will not
endure that triall, breake
from them, and tell the Devill
in plaine termes thou
hast a light to discerne his
snares by, and therefore scornest
to be his slave. For be- E6v 62
beleeve me, my childe, if
thou shalt out of any
worldly respect doe a dishonest
act, it may be thou
maist thrive in it a while, but
the end is miserable. Oh
the burthen of a wounded
conscience who can beare?

If thou seest others thrive &
grow great in such courses,
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there thou shalt see David
himselfe confesses his foot
had wel-nigh slipt when
he saw the prosperity of the
wicked: Hee describes all
their felicities, but at the
last when hee went into the
Sanctuary, hee found what their E7r 63
their end was, how they
were set in slippery places,
&c. and then hee cries,
Whom have I in Heaven but
thee? And I have desired
none in the earth with thee.
Alas, all their labour is but
to build a paper house upon
the sand, which though
it bee never so glorious to
looke upon, a small tempest
will shatter it. When if thou
lay the foundation of thy
happinesse upon Christ the
rocke of thy salvation, and
build it with zealous service
of him according to
truth, then though the
flouds beat against it, and huge E7v 64
huge tempests threaten it,
thou needest not feare, for
thy walls will stand fast,
and thy foundations will
secure thee.

It were enough to perswade
any man to bee honest
if hee would consider
the day of affliction, and
store up the comfort of a
quiet conscience against it
came: for onely that discernes
the patient Job from
despairing Caine. Caine hideously
cries out, this punishment
is greater than he
can beare. Job sighs forth,
“Loe though he slay me, yet
will I trust in him.”
Indeed, till E8r 65
till affliction comes, the
worser sort of men appeare
to be the happiest, but then
the chaffe is soone knowne
from the wheat: the good
man knowes his crosse is
good for him, beares it patiently,
and casts his care
on Christ, his heart knowes
no repining, nor his tongue
other complaining, but
“Shall I receive good from God
and not evill?”

On the contrary, when
affliction falls upon those
who have laid their foundation
on the land, alas,
they have no comfort, they
are either ashamed or besotted,sotted E8v 66
they cannot finde
God, nay they will not
seeke him: but in stead of
seeking counsell from him,
they are not ashamed (with
forsaken Saul) to implore
the Devill. What doe they
lesse that seeke after Witches
for lost goods, cure for
themselves, their children,
or cattell? I hope there are
but few of these: but I
know where God is once
forsaken, man is apt to fall
into the depth of sinne. It
is grace, meere grace, that
preserves Gods children
from the dangerous falls,
of which grace I beseech Almighty E9r 67
Almighty God make us all

And to conclude, how
I would have thee square
thine actions, whatsoever
thou doest, remember that
thou art in the presence of
God (who will expect an
account from thee) so thou
wilt not dare to doe evill,
and thou wilt doe well
cheerefully, because thou
are sure it pleases the Lord,
who sees thy willingnesse,
and will not leave thee unrewarded.

The vices most reigning
in these times I must particularly
advise thee to shun: first E9v 68
first, swearing. For Gods
sake, let your communication
be yea, yea, and nay,
nay, for what is more (saith
Christ) commeth of evill.
Keepe not company with
a Swearer, lest custome
make thee forget how great
the sin is, & so by little and
little thou maist get thy
selfe a habit of it. Reprove
it in thy friend, if hee will
brooke reproofe: but it is
to no end to reprove a scorner,
“Rebuke not a scorner
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Alwaies keepe a watch before E10r 69
before thine owne lips, and
remember that thou needest
not sweare if thou
doest not accustome thy
selfe to lie. For if thou
usest to tell truths, thy word
will bee as currant as thy
oath. I hope thy calling
(if God hath made thee a
man) will be of authority
to reprove this vice in others,
and not to delight in
it thy selfe. If thou beest a
Daughter, remember thou
art a Maid, and such ought
thy modesty to bee, that
thou shouldst scarce speak,
but when thou answerest:
thou art young, speake if need E10v 70
need be, and yet scarcely
when thou art twice asked,
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which thou must not dishonour:
thou art a Christian,
and “Christ commands
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The next vice too too
common in this age is
Drunkennesse, which is the
high way to hell: a man
may travell in it from sinne
to sin, til the Devill shew
him he can goe no further,
as a Traveller from Inne to
Inne, till hee come to his
journies end. Oh thinke how E11r 71
how filthy is that sinne that
makes a man a beast all his
life, and a Devill at his
death. Solomon askes, to
whom is woe? to whom
is sorrow? to whom is
strife? to whom is murmuring?
to whom are wounds
without cause? and to
whom is rednesse of the
eies? And in the next verse
answers, “even to them that
tarry long at the Wine, and
to the end of the Chapter,
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That thou maist avoid
this sinne, be carefull in the
choise of thy friends, for it is E11v 72
is they that will betray
thee to this sinne. Never
make choise of a Drunkard
to thy companion,
much lesse thy friend. For
our Kingdome hath of
late afforded more examples
of those who have
beene slain by their friends
in a drunken quarrell, than
those that have fallen by
the enemies sword: and
how unfit is hee to bee a
friend, that when thou
shalt have need of his counsell,
will have his head, in
stead of wisdome, fild with
wine, and adde rather griefe
than comfort to thy necessities?sities? E12r 73
And againe, what secret
thou shalt truss him
with, thou maist bee sure
shall be vomited forth, and
all thy comfort must bee,
He did it unwillingly, when
he knew not what hee did.
Thus thou seest to bee a
Drunkard, is to bee a man
unfit for Gods service, or
good mens company. I
beseech God give thee grace to detest it.

Next, I must exhort thee
from a sinne, that I cannot
name, thou must search
thine owne heart for it.
It is thy darling sin, that which
to enjoy, thou couldst resist all E12v 74
all others, at least thou thinkest
so. But doe not harbour
it, search diligently for
it in thy owne nature, and
when thou hast found it,
cast it headlong from thee.
It is thy soules subtill betraier,
and all thy other sins
depend upon it. There is
not so much danger in all
the rest that thou contendest
with, as in this one, that
thou art loth to call a sin.
The other sinnes are like a
rebellious multitude in a
common wealth, which
wanting a head, doe little
harme. This is their head,
cut it off, and thou shalt see all F1r 75
all thy other sinnes dispersed,
as an army of fearefull
Rebels, when they
heare their great leaders
head hath kist the blocke.


When thou hast spent
the day in religious and
honest exercises, in the evening
return again to some
good meditation or study,
which conclude with prayer,
commending thy selfe
to God, and so shalt thou
joyfully goe to thy supper;
which done, and the time
of rest come, as thou be F gannest F1v 76
gannest in the morning, so
shut up the day with humble
thanksgiving for all the
benefits that day received,
hearty repentance for all
the sinnes committed, naming
and bewailing them.
For thou knowest not if
thou repentest not to night,
whether thou shalt live to
repent to morrow. And
though you wert sure of
it, yet the oftener thou makest
even thy accounts with
God, thy sleepes will bee
the sounder, and thou shalt
awake with a heart full of
joy, and ready to serve the Lord.

Last F2r 77

Last, commit thy selfe,
and all that is thine, to God
in zealous Prayer, using
Doctor Smiths evening
prayer, as his morning:
both which though they be
for a family, yet are they
easily reduced to a private
mans prayer. So going to
bed, take thy rest, beginning
and, ending in him who is
both first and last. Thus
spend the six daies thou
hast to labour in, that thou
maist be ready to celebrate
the Sabbath, to which there
belongs another.Remember

F2 Re-Remember F2v 78


Remember that thou
keeps holy the Sabbath day.
This duty so often and
earnestly commanded by
God himselfe in the old
Testament, so confirmed
to us in the new, by the
Resurrection of our Saviour,
in memory whereof
it is called the Lords day,
and perpetually celebrated
by the Church, yet in these
daies, as if wee neither had
part in the creation, nor
redemption of the world,
too many keepe no Sabbath, or at F3r 79
at the most but a shadow
of the Sabbath. Where almost
can we finde one that
will lose a good bargaine
rather than make it on the
Lords day? Or that will
bridle his owne de2sires to
sanctifie that day?

Seeing therefore this danger,
in which thou maist easily
bee entrapped by the
Devils subtilty, and following
the multitude; I
cannot but with all my
power exhort thee, carefully
to keepe the Sabbath,
to which end I pray thee
marke well the fourth commandment,
Remember F3 that F3v 80
that thou keepe holy the Sabbath
day, six daies shalt thou
labour, and doe all that thou
hast to doe, but the seventh
is the Sabbath of the Lord thy
God, in it thou shalt doe no
manner of worke, thou, nor
thy sonne, nor thy daughter,
thy man servant, nor thy
maid-servant, nor thy cattle
that is within thy gates: For
in six daies the Lord made
Heaven and Earth, the Sea,
all that is therein, and rested
the Seventh day, whereforethe
Lord blessed the seventh
day and hallowed it.

If thou wilt bee won to
the due observation of this day F4r 81
day as an obedient servant,
see God commands, Remember
that thou keepe
holy the Sabbath day: If as
a loving and dutifull son,
see how God perswades
thee, by equity, grounded
upon his owne bounty to
thee: Hee hath given thee
six daies to doe thine owne
workes, and hee requires
but one of thee. What canst
thou say for thy selfe, why
thou shouldest not wholly
that day give thy selfe to his
service? Lastly, if thou wilt
learne how to serve him as
a good Scholler, he teaches
thee an admirable way, F4 both F4v 82
both by rule and example.
First, by rule, Thou shalt
doe no manner of worke
in it: then by example, He
made the whole world in
six daies, and he rested the
seventh, wherefore he blessed

Seeing God thus commands
thee by his power,
perswades thee in his mercy,
and teaches thee both
by rule, and his owne most
gracious example, how
canst thou be so devoid of
grace, nay of reason, as not
to obey so just a Master? so
mercifull a Father? so gracious
a Teacher? If thou make F5r 83
make not a conscience of
keeping this day, howsoever
a dull security may possesse
thee to flatter thy
selfe, thou indeed makest
conscience of nothing. For
I am perswaded, if thou
canst dispense with thy
selfe to prophane this day,
either for thy profit or pleasure,
thou wilt not sticke
upon the like occasion to
breake all the rest of the
Commandments one after

Therefore for Christs
sake be watchfull that the
Devill deceive you not, nor
none of his instruments F5 draw F5v 84
draw thee away from this
daies duty. Hee is alwaies
busie and ready at hand to
draw thee away from God,
but this day without doubt
he doubles all his forces,
he will provoke thine eies
to sleep, he will send heavinesse
and dulnesse to thy
heart, and perhaps paine to thy
body, if he can so much
prevaile: any sleight, any
tricke to stay thee from
Gods house, and from the
Congregation of his people,
he will surely use, nay
hee will sometimes doe it
with religious pretences, as
to pray at home, read a Ser- F6r 85
Sermon, study the Scripture,
and to spend the time
in such Christian exercises,
as are infinitely good at other
times. But I once
heard a religious Preacher
affirme (and I beleeved
him) that those who had
ability of body to goe to
Church, and yet out of any
evill disposition (for good
it can hardly be) absented
themselves, though they
prayed, they were not heard.

It behoves thee by how
much greater his practices
are against thee that day, so
much the more to fortifie thy F6v 86
thy selfe against him: at no
hand let him stay thee from
the Church, where God
hath promised to bee present,
and there hee is. Darest
thou then, silly wretch,
absent thy selfe from him?
I know, thou darest not.
Goe then with a heart prepared
to pray by prayer, &
going meditate on Gods
great mercies in the creation
of the world, his greater
mercy in redeeming it, and
mingle with thy meditation
prayers, that may apply
these great blessings to thy

So approach and enter, with F7r 87
with reverent and fervent
zeale, the house of God,
and throwing away all
thoughts, but such as may
further the good worke
thou art about, bend thy
knees and heart to God,
desiring of him his holy
Spirit, that thou maist joine
with the congregation in
zealous prayer, and earnest
attention to his word preached.
And though perhaps
thou hearest a Minister
preach, as thou thinkest,
weakly, yet give him thine
attention, and thou shalt
finde that hee will deliver
something profitable to thy F7v 88
thy soule, either that thou
hast not heard before, or
not marked, or forgotten,
or not well put in practice.
And it is fit that thou shouldest
be often put in minde of
those things concerning
thy salvation.

Thus if you spend thy
time at Church, thou wilt
bee ready to give thy selfe
to meditate of the holy
Word thou hast heard,
without which truly hearing
profiteth little. For it
is with the soule as with the
body, though meat be never
so wholsome, and the
appetite never so great, yet if F8r 89
if any ill disposition in the
stomacke hinder digestion,
it turnes not to nourishment,
but rather proves
more dangerous. So the
Word if after hearing it be
not digested by meditation,
it is not nourishing to
the soule. Therefore let the
time thou hast to be absent
from Church, bee spent in
praising God, praying to
God, and applying to thy
selfe what thou hast heard.
If thou hast heard a sin reproved
that thou art guilty
of, take it for a warning,
doe it no more. If thou
hearest of a good action which F8v 90
which thou hast overslipt,
strive to recover time, and
resolve to put it in act.
Thus by practicing what
thou hearest, thou shalt
bind it to thy memory, and
by making it thine owne,
make thy selfe most happy.

Learne of Isaiah, the true
observation of the Sabbath:
“If thou turne away
thy foot from the Sabbath,
from doing thy will on my
holy day, and call the Sabbath
a delight to consecrate
it as glorious to the
Lord, and shalt honour
him, not doing thy owne
waies, nor seeking thine owne F9r 91
owne will, nor speaking
a vaine word: Then shalt
thou delight in the Lord,
and I will cause thee to
mount upon the high places
of the earth, and feed
thee with the heritage of
Jacob thy father, for the
mouth of the Lord hath
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It is a wonder to see how
often God hath commanded
this one Commandement,
and yet how slacke
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Learne F9v 92

Learne then to prepare
thy heart early for this day,
which if thou observest
well, God will blesse thee
and thy labours all the
weeke. Thus farre I have
endevoured to exhort thee
to thy duty towards God.


Of which the honour
due to thy Parents is such a
part as cannot bee separated:
for God commands it,
Honour thy father and thy
mother, it is the first Commandment
of the second
table, as, Thou shalt have none
other Gods but me, is of the first: F10r 93
first: Idolatry being the
greatest sin against God, &
disobedience to parents, being
the ringleader in sinnes
against man, we are first
warned of them, as if in case
we should fall into them, it
were too late to avoid the
other. For if wee once become
in heart Idolaters, it
will be no hard matter to be
a bower down to an Image,
to abuse Gods holy Name,
and to prophane his Sabbath:
So if we dare di2sobey
good Parents, at that
breach, theft, murther,
adultery, falsenesse, covetousnesse
easily enter.

Nay, F10v 94

Nay, I dare say, if thou
breakest either of these
Commandements, thou
breakest all of the first and
second Table: for as thou
canst not bee idolatrous
without breaking all the
rest, so thou canst not bee
a disobedient childe, but
thou art a murderer, a double
one: first of nature in
thy selfe, which if thy wicked
purposes doe not smother,
will of herselfe breake
forth into that duty. For
an example, the story of
Aeneas shewes how much
it was observed by them
that received not the Commandementmandement F11r 95
from Gods
owne mouth, as did the
Jewes, yet he exposed himselfe
to all dangers rather
than he would forsake his
father. Secondly, thou art
a murtherer of thy father,
who having stored up all
his joy in thee, hath by
thy disobedience his gray
head brought with sorrow
to the grave: which God

And what difference, shal
I say, is there betweene a
disobedient childe, and an
adulterer? the one forsakes
her, by whom he giveth being
unto others, the other desp2 lettersobscured F11v 96
despiseth those from whom
hee had his owne being.
Truly this is a fearfull adultery,
and sin is a crafty
strumpet, shee will allure
thee and delude thee.

Againe, in being disobedient
thou art a theefe, an
impudent theefe, for thou
doest not onely secretly
steale, but openly detaine
the honour, reverence and
obedient duty, which all
the world can witnesse is
thy fathers.

And how wilt thou avoid
being a false witnesse?
will not one sinne
draw on another? Wilt not F12r 97
not thou bee ready to excuse
thy unnaturall obstinacy,
by throwing calumnious
aspersions on thy parents,
giving thy tongue
leave to lie against thy conscience?

And lastly (oh horrible)
how easie a step is it to covet
what thou thinkest thy
parents life too long detaines
from thee?

Thus thou seest in being
disobedient thou breakest
six Commandments, from
which outrage, I beseech
Almighty God preserve
thee, and give thee grace to
be obedient to him, and to thy F12v 98
thy parents. I am sure thou
hast a father, who will never
command thee any
thing contrary to the
Commandments of God.
Therefore I have no need
to speake to thee, how far
a father ought to be obeyed:
but humbly desire of
God to continue him in his
good desires with long life,
that he may bring thee up
in the feare of the Lord,
and to give thee a heart ready
to embrace all religious

The G1r 99


The next dutie equall
to this, thou must performe
to all the world in generall,
Doe unto all men as thou
wouldst they should doe
unto thee. This is the commandment
our Saviour
gives us; Love one another:
by this we shall be
knowne to be his, if we love
one another, as he hath loved

Yet of all that is commanded
us, there is nothing
more contrary to our wicked
nature that this loving
our neighbor as our selves.
We can with ease envie G him G1v 100
him if he be rich, or scorne
him if he be poore; but love
him? nay the devill hath
more craft than so. It were
hard for him if men should
once begin to love one another:
therefore he useth all
art to stirre dissension among
as many as he can, and to
mix love with dissimulation.

To avoid this, consider
well that God is the author
of peace and love, and
that strifes and contentions
proceed of the devill.
Then if thou beest the child
of God, doe the workes of
God, love thy neighbour as
he hath commanded, lest thou pro- G2r 101
provoke our blessed Saviour,
when he shall see, that
marke of the devill, malice
in thee, to say as once to
the unbeleeving Jewes, “You
are of your father the devil,
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Oh take heed thou offend
not God thus grievously,
that he shall disclaime
thee as none of his,
because thou dost not love
those that are his.

This, if well weighed,
were enough to make everie
man charitable, if it were
onely for feare to hate
whom God loved. But to G2 be- G2v 102
beleeve or judge that God
should hate where thou
doest, were such an impious
uncharitablenesse as a good
Christian must needs tremble
at. God hath given thee
no authoritie to judge any
man, but he hath commanded
thee to love thine enemie;
“Love your enemies,
blesse them that curse you,
doe good to them that hate
you, and pray for them that
hurt and persecute you, that
you may be the children of
your father which is in heaven,
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A man may finde waies
enow to possesse the devill of G3r 103
of his soule, but none with
lesse pleasure to himselfe
than this: he may sell it, as
did Judas, to satisfie a covetous
desire: he may lose
it, as does many a lazie man
his worldly estate; because
hee will not trouble himselfe
to looke over an account
of his fortune, he
sinkes ere he thinkes of it;
so fares it with a negligent
Christian. Thirdly, he may
pawne it, like a foolish unthrift,
who pawnes that
which should keepe him all
his life, to purchase a gay
toy, which shall serve him
a day or two: so doth he G3 that G3v 104
that pawnes that rich jewell
his soule, to the griping usurer
the devill, for pleasure;
haply he meanes one day
to redeem it, but runs on
his selfe-pleasing course till
the use hath devoured the
principall, and his unmercifull
Creditor hales him to a
dungeon, where he has time
for ever to bewaile, not only
his present miserie, but
the losse of infinite happinesse.

These are strange enough
that a man should sell eternitie
of joy for wealth, or
sleepe away the time wherein
hee might make such a pur- G4r 105
purchase, or pawne an inestimable
treasure for things
not worth esteeme. But yet
they are all better than he
that gives away his soule
for nothing, as doth the envious
man. The covetous
gets riches, the slothfull
ease, the wanton pleasure,
but this hater of his brother
gets nothing (no not in present)
but torment, fretting
and vexation: he is not the
fatter for his meat, nor doth
he rest though he sleepe,
yet he for whom, or against
whom he thus toiles his
spirit, haply eats, sleepes, &
laughes at his enviers folly, G4 or G4v 106
or peradventure pitties him.

The more easily to avoid
this sinne, consider well the
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first Epistle of Saint John
3. chap. 14 and 15. verses
and in the 4. chap. the 8. and
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of the first to the Corinthians;
there Saint Paul shewes
that without charitie even
spirituall graces are of no
worth. As the want of it
brings infinite miserie, so
the possession infinite joy.
By Charitie we performe
our Saviour Christs commandment,
who often requires
this of us, as if hee should G5r 107
should say, I have satisfied
my father for all the commandments
that you have
broke. Now your taske is
easie, I leave you nothing to
doe, but to love one another;
doe this and you doe
all. By it we fulfill the Law,
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2. 10.

Is it possible, when
these are well weighed, that
any man should be so mad
to beare an uncharitable
heart about him, or so foole
hardy to harbour a spleene
that shall hazard his salvation?tion? G5v 108
Can we be so cruell to
our selves, as to deny Christ
one commandment? For
all his love to us, he requires
but this testimony of our
love to him, which we cannot
choose but performe if
we do love him. Therefore
take heed if thou feele any
malice toward thy brother,
be sure thy heart is not upright
toward God. So root
it out from thy heart, that
no sting of it be left, for it
will grow faster than Jonahs

Answer mee not with
Flesh and bloud cannot do
this: I know it. But if thou de- G6r 109
desire God to give thee his
holy spirit, thou shalt be
strong to suffer, and ready
to forgive. Thou must not
in any thing be subject to
the flesh, for the wisdome
of the flesh is death. But alwaies
make the spirit thy
guide, for there is life and

The devill would desire
no greater advantage than
that thou wouldst trust thy
soule to the discretion of
thy corrupt flesh, he would
soone inveigle that to betray
thee. But when thou
hast put thy selfe under the
spirit, submitting thy will to G6v 110
to the will of God, he is no
more able to hurt thee.

The next excuse I would
take from thee, is a very foolish
one, but so common,
that I feare you may happen
upon it, and that is this; If
I should suffer wrongs patiently,
what will become
of my reputation? what will
the world say? Truly if you
remember, Christ hath suffred
more for you, than it is
possible for you to suffer:
yet he never reviled any of
his enemies, nor strake his
persecutors, but praied for
them. And his example
teaches all that love him to doe G7r 111
doe the like. He wils you to
turne the left cheeke to him
that smote the right, to give
to him that takes from you,
and to goe with him that
compels you.

But these are strange rules
for a generous spirit in
these times, nay sure if I be
strucke I must strike againe,
else I am a coward.
Indeed as for giving, if it
were to one that would
desire it at my hands, I had
rather give a fragment of
my right than goe to law,
but if hee will not sue
to mee, Ile spend all I am
worth ere I yeeld: Or I would G7v 112
would goe out of my dore
to shew a man his way, but
I would faine see who
could compell me. I mary,
this is of the right strain;
but now looke with a considerate
eie upon this custome
of the world, and
the former Commandement
of Christ, and thou
shalt finde them just opposite.

Therefore take heed, and
let it be thy chiefe care never
to prise thy reputation
with men equall to the salvation
of thine owne soule.
But if thou desirest to keep
thy credit unblemished, serue G8r 113
serve God with an upright
heart, and doe nothing to
any man, that thou wouldest
not bee content hee
should doe unto thee. Open
thy hand to the poore
according to thy ability,
meddle not with other
mens occasions, but where
thou maist doe good, and
hast a calling to it. And if
it be in thy power to hurt
thine enemy, let it passe, doe
him good if thou canst, and
boast not of it: he that sees
thee in private, will openly
reward thee.

Lastly, let thy heart bee
kept alwaies in awe of this want G8v 114
want of charity, by continuall
remembring that
thou hast of thy Saviour no
other forme of praier to desire
forgivenesse for thy
selfe, than that wherin thou
covenantest to forgive others.
All the other petitions
we present unto God
absolutely: onely this is
conditionall, he forgive us
as we forgive others. Our
Saviour hath taught us no
other way to desire it, and
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shewes God will no otherwise
grant it.