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II. THE ART OF DIVINE MEDITATION: PROFITABLE FOR ALL

CHRISTIANS TO KNOW AND PRACTISE ; EXEMPLIFIED WITH TWO

LARGE PATTERNS OF MEDITATION ; THE ONE OF ETERNAL LIFE, AS

THE END; THE OTHER OP DEATH, AS THE WAY.

Dedication to Sir Richard LEA, Knight.......

Chapter

1. The Benefit and Uses of Meditation. Which are universal to

all Christians, and not to be appropriated to some professions 44

11. The Description and kinds of Meditation.....

III. Concerning Meditation Extemporal....

ib.

IV. Cautions of Extemporal Meditation.....

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V. Of Meditation Deliberate ;-Wherein 1. The QUALITIES OF

THE PERSON :-of whom is required; 1. That he be pure

from his sin........

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VI. 2. That he be free from worldly thoughts.........

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VII. 3. That he be constant; and that, (1.) In time and matter...... ib.

VIU. (2.) That he be constant in the continuance.

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IX. 13. Of the CIRCUNSTANCES of meditation :—and therein, 1. of

the Place..........

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X. 2. Of the Time.......

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X1. 3. Of the Site and Gesture of the Body........

ib.

XII. j. Of the MATTER and SUBJECT of our meditation...

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XIII. IV. The Order of the work itself....

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XIV. 1. The ENTRANCE into the work :-(1.) The common entrance,

which is Prayer............

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ib.

XV. (2.) Particular and proper entrance into the matter, which is in

our Choice thereof.... .....

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XVI. 2. The proceeding of our meditation :-and, therein. a Me-

thod allowed by some Authors rejected by us............... 56

XVII. Premonitions concerning our proceeding in the FiksT PART of

meditation..........

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XVIII. The Practice of meditation, wherein, 1. We begin with some

Description of that we meditate of...........

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XIX. 2. Follows an easy and voluntary Division of the matter medi-

tated.........

ib.

XX. 3. A consideration of the Causes thereof, in all kinds of them... ib.

XXI. 4. The consideration of the Fruits and Effects........

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XXI. 5. Consideration of the Subject wherein, or whereabout, it is.... 60

XXIII. 6. Consideration of the Appendances and Qualities of it......... ib.

XXIV. 7. Of that which is Diverse from it, or Contrary to it............ 61

XXV. 8. Of Comparisons and Similitudes, whereby it may be most

fitly set forth.......!

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XXVI. 9. The Titles and Names of the thing considered............. 64

XXVII. 10. Consideration of fit Testimonies of Scripture, concerning our

theme...........

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XXVIII, Оf our SECOND PART of meditation : which is the Affections :

Wherein is required, 1. A Taste and Relish of what we have

thought upon.......

...

ib.

XXIX. 2. A Complaint, bewailing our wants and untowardness......... 66

XXX, 3. A hearty Wish of the soul, for what it complaineth to want 67

XXXI. 4. An humble Confession of our disability to effect what we

wish........

ib.

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2. To SIR ANDREW ASTELEY.

A Discourse of our due Preparation for Death, and the

means to sweeten it to us .......

..... 173

3. To MR. SAMUEL BURTON, Archdeacon of Gloucester.

A Discourse of the Trial and Choice of the True Religion ... 176

4. TO MR. EDMUND SLEIGH.

A Discourse of the Hardness of Christianity; and the abundant

Recompence in the Pleasures and Commodities of that

Profession

.... 182

5. TO MR. W. L.

Expostulating the Cause of his Unsettledness in Religion,

which is pleaded to be our Dissentions : shewing the In-

sufficiency of their motive ; and comparing the Estate of

our Church herein with the Romish

..... 184

6. To Sir EDMUND Lucy.

Discoursing of the different Degrees of Heavenly Glory; and

of our mutual Knowledge of each other above ...... 186

7. To. MR. T. L.

Concerning the matter of Divorce, in the case of apparent

Adultery; advising the innocent party, of the fittest

Course in that behalf .......

..., 188

8. To MR. ROBERT HAYE.

A Discourse of the continual Exercise of a Christian; how he

may keep his Heart from Hardness, and his Ways from

Error ......

.... 190

9. To MR. I. F. one of the Company of the Turkish Merchants.

Discoursing of the Lawfulness of Conversation and Trade with

Infidels and Heretics; and shewing how far, and wherein,

it is allowable .........

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10. To the GENTLEMEN OF His Highness's Court.

A Description of a Good and Faithful Courtier

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FOURTH DECADE.

Epistle

1. To Mr. Walter FITZWILLIAMS.

A Discourse of the true and lawful Use of Pleasures ; how we

may moderate them; how we may enjoy them with safety 198

2. To W. F. and dedicated to Mr. Robert JERMIN.

A Discourse of the bloody use of Single Combats; the Injus.

tice of all pretences of their lawfulness ; setting forth the

Dangerand Sinfulness of this false and unchristian manhood 200

3. TO MR. MATTHEW MILWARD.

A Discourse of the Pleasure of Study and Contemplation ;

with the varieties of scholar-like employments: not with-

out Invitation of others thereunto; and a Censure of their

Neglect ......

... 203

4. To Mr. J. P.

A Discourse of the Increase of Popery; of the Oath of Allegi-

ancc; and the just Sufferings of those which have refused it 205

5. To my Brother Mr. Sa. Hall.

A Discourse of the great Charge of the Ministerial Func-

tion; together with particular Directions for due Prepara-

tion thereunto, and Carriage therein

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6. To. MRS. A. P.

A Discourse of the Signs and Proofs of a True Faith ......... 211

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FIFTH DECADE.

Epistle

1. To My LoRD BISAOP OF BATH AND WELLS.

Discoursing the Causes and Means of the increase of Popery 226

2. To My LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER.

Shewing the Difference of the Present Church from the Apos.

tolical; and Needlessness of our Conformity thereto in

all things........

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3. To My LADY MARY DENNY.

Containing the Description of a Christian ; and the Differences

from the Worldling

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4. To My Lady HONORIA Hay.

Discoursing of the Necessity of Baptism; and the Estate of

those which necessarily want it .....

5. To Sir Richard LEA, since deceased.

Discoursing of the comfortable Remedies of all afflictions.... 238

6. To M. PETER MOULIN, Preacher of the Church at Paris.

Discoursing of the late French Occurrences; and what Use

God expects to be made of them

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7. To MR. THOMAS SUTTON.

Exciting him, and, in him, all others, to early and cheerful Be

neficence: shewing the Necessity and Benefit of Good

Works .............

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8. To E. B. dedicated to Sir George GOREING.

Remedies against Dulness and Heartlessness in our Callings ;

and Encouragements to Cheerfulness in Labour

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9. To SJR John HARRINGTON.

Discussing this Question: Whether a man and wife, after

soine years mutual and loving fruition of each other,

may, upon consent, whether for secular or religious

causes, vow and perform a perpetual separation from

each other's bed, and absolutely renounce all carnal

knowledge of each other for ever .....

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10. To. MR. WILLIAM KNIGHT.

Encouraging him to persist in the Holy Calling of the Minis-

try; which, upon conceit of his Insufficiency, and want

of Affection, he seemned inclined to forsake and change ... 251

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