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terposing of a vail should any way avail to the restraint of their wicked inclinacions, and purposes it is too poor a thought to cntcr into any wise understanding.

The other [ viz. least those Spirits should take this occasion of tempting ) might pass for currant ; if ever we could find in the whole body of the Scripture where the evill spirits are absolutely called Angels without some addition of diltinction, (which is learned Camerons observation ) excepe only that one, i Cor. 6. 3. where they are so stiled for the gracer honour of the Saints thác shall judge them : However, the truth of the proposition is undeniable; that so we ought to habit, and order our selves, that we may not give advantage to the evill Spirits either to our temptation, or their prevalence : we may be sure those tempters will omit no occasion of winning us to filthiness. Do you not think that when they see wanton dames come disguised into Gods houss, as it were into the box of the play-house, with their brest bare almost to the Navel, their armes to the elbow, their necks to the shoulder-points, darcing their lascivious eyes every way, and in their whole fashion and gesture bewraying such lightness as might be able to debauch a whole assembly, think ye not, I say that they applaud themselves in so rich a booty; as knowing that every cye that is transported, and every heart that is fired with that immodest gazing-stock are so many spoiles and trophees of their Temptations ? It is a true and seasonable word that holy Cyprian said to the dames of his time that it was not cnough for them to keep themselves from being corrupted by others folicitacions, unless they took care fo to dress and deport themselves that they might not be occasions of raysing wanton thoughts in the beholders; For surely, we can not free our selves from those fins wherein others by our mcans (though besides our particular intentions ) are in nared; there is much liberty, I confess, in macccr of attire, but let me withall give you St. Pauls Item to his Galathians ; Brethren, ye have been called to literty, only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another, Galat. 5. 13. When and how is our liberty an occasion to the flesh, but when we do fo · pranck up and pamper our flesh as that we regard not therein any ochers dangers; which when soever we are drawn to do, we may be sure we have so wary and vigilant spirits to watch us, as Dd


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thar no advantage can be let fall against our souls : as therefore wife and carefull commanders do not only cast how to impugne, oppresse, and annoy an enemy, but also how to remove those helps which might be advantageous to him in his siege , even to the demolishing of Suburbs, and stopping up of Fountaines, and the like ; so mult we do in this spirituall warfare of ours; wc must not only stir up our courage and indevors to resist and vanquish tentations, but we must bend our utmost care upon


prevention, and removall of whatsoever, in our apparell

, carriage, dict, recreations may be likely to give furtherance to their aflaule, or prevalency: and in the whole practise of our lives so demean our selves as that we may, according to the charge of the Apostle puediylas aipopuler dodomae ; not so much asigive an occasion to an adversary ; 1 Tim. 5. 14. wether of calumny, or of Triumph : oh that we could be fearful of doing any unfit thing because of the evil Angels ; we Thall be sure to hear of it again to our coft; even the molt carelesse boyes will be affraid to offend in the face of the monitor, such are the evill Angels to us. Be sure everyunbeseeming and unlawfull act that passech from us, is upon their file; and shall once be trged against us to our shame and conviction ; My Brethren we would be loach to come under the power of their torment; as we would avoid this fearfull issue, let us be jealous of their suggestions, and our carriage; and nor dare to do ought that may be scandalous, Because of the Angels.

Good use may be made (you see ) cvcn of this sense ; but I take it our Apostle intended here to intimate the presence of, and respect to the good Angels.

It is no a lelle comfortable then well-grounded point of Divinity, That none of Gods Children upon Earth want the aßidence and Miniftration of those blessed spirits, we have it from him that cannot fail us. Matth. 18. 10. and the sweet singer of Israel had warbled out this Heavenly note before him; The Angels of the Lord encamp

about those that fear him, PS: 34. 7. And he that was rapt up into the third Heaven and saw those wonderfull Orders of Angels, can tell us they are all ministring Spirits sept forth to Minister for them who shall be heirs of Salvation : Heb. 1. 14. Now these, as they guard and attend every of Gods elect ones when they are singled and fequeftred in the greatest solitarinefs

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so we can not think they leave their whether common or severall charges, when they assemble together for the exercises of picty and devotion : lo as the publique meetings of Gods Saints can be no other then filled with whole troupes of Angels; This as it is a truth; fu it was the received opinion of the fewei, as Capellu: piegnantly cices it our of the Sedar Tephilloth of the Portugall Jemes; in his learned Spicelegium ; Coronam dant tibi Domine Deus nofter Angeli, turba illa fuperna cam populo tuo Ifrael hic inferne Congregato. O Lord our God the Angels give glory to thee, even those Heavenly troupes that are afsembled with thy Ifrael here below. Out of the reverend and awfull respect therefore that is due to these glorious (though invisible) beholders there may no unfeemly thing be done or admitted in the Church of God; and therefore The Women onght to have power on their Heads because of the Angels; and surely, my beloved, were we fully perswaded that now at this present, there is within these walls a greater Congregation of Angels, then of Men and Women, I suppose it could not but strike such an awe into us, as to make us at oncc holily, mannerly and fervently devout : It is a great fault in us Christians that we think of nothing but what we fee; whereas that spiricuall, and intelligible World, which is past the apprehension of these Earthly senses, is far greater, farr more noble and cxcellent then all visible and materiall substances. Certainly there is not one Angel in Heaven that hath not more glory then all this

sensible World can be capable of : what should I tell you of the : excellency of their nature, the height of their offices, the Majesty

of their persons, their power able to confound a World, their nearness both of place and of essence to that infinite deity; their tender love and care of man-kind, any of which were able and worthy to take up a whole lives meditation.

And if there be so much perfection in one, how unconceivcable is the concurrent lustre, and glory of many: had we cyes to sec these invisible supervisors of our behaviour we could not, we durst no let fall any so much as indecent gesture before such a presence. Quicken then (I beseech you) and sharpen your eyes, dear and beloved Christians, to see your selves secn even of them whom ye cannot see, and let your whole carriage be thereafter ; he is not worthy to claim more priveledge then of a beast, that can see noDod2


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thing but sensible objects: brute Creatures can see us ; if we fee nothing but our selves, and then, wherefore serves our understanding, wherefore our faith? and if we fec invisible beholders why are we not affected accordingly; certainly it were better for us not to see then, than, seeing, to neglect their presence.

What is then the honor, what the respect that we must give to the Angels of God who are present in our holy assemblies : I mult have leave to complain of two extremities this way: There are some that give them too much veneration, there are others that give them no regard at all : In the first are those within the Roman Clientele ; who are so over-curteous as that they give them no leffe then the honor of adoration, of invocati on, reviving hercin che erroneous opinion and practise of them which Theodoret held coni fuced by St. Paulin his Epistle to the Colossians. It is the praise thar Franciscus de Sales Bishop of Genua gives to Petrus Faber, one of the first affociates of Ignatius Loiola that his manner was, whensoever he came to any place he still made fuit to the Tutelar Angels, that presided there for their aid of converting the people from heresie; and found great successe in it: This imploration and worship is ordinary; wherein they do that co the Angels, which the Angels themselves have forbidden to be done : and yet I must needs say if any creacure could be capable of a religious worship, it is they; and if any creature were fit to be prayed unto, it is they rather then the highest Saints of Heaven : for whereas it is the just ground of our refusing to pray to the Saints that we cannot be sure of their presence, and notice, (sure rather of the contrary ) and therefore cannot pray in faith; chat ground is here justly removed, we are sure that the Angels of God are present with us ; we are sure that they hear us pray; but this is an honor reserved as peculiar to the God of Angels,and to that one mediator betwixt God and man, Jesus Christ, those Spirits have to be made rivals to cheir maker; neither have we learned that unreasonable modesty to fue to waycers, when we are called up to supplicate the King.

The other extreme is of carelesse christians, that do no more think of Angels, then if there were none ; suffering their bodily eyes to be taken up with the fight of their assembled neighbours, but never raising their spirituall eyes to behold those spiritual effenCes wich are no lesse present; and certainly I fear we are all much


to blame this way; and may justly tax our selves of an unthankful, dull, irreligious neglect of these glorious Spirits ; I finde that the Mahometara Preists in their Morning and Evening prayer still end their devotion with Macree Kichoon; Be Angels present : and the people shout out their Amen: and thall our piety this way be lesse than theirs.Surely the Angels of God are indeparably with us; yca whole cohorts, yea whole Legions of those heavenly soldiery are now viewing & guarding us in these holy meetings, and we acknower ledg them not; we yeild nor to them such reverent and awful refpečts as even Acth and blood, like our own, will expect from us. Did we think the Angels of God were with us herc, durst those of us which dare not be covered at home ( as if the freedom of this holy place gave them priviledge of a loose and wild licentiousness ) affe&t all saucy pultures and strive to be more unmannerly chen cheir, Masters ?

Did we consider that the Angels of God are witnesses of our demeanour in Gods house , durft we stumble in here with no other reverence then we would do into our Barne, or Stable ; and fit down with no other care then we would in an ale-housc,or Theater?

Did we finde our selves in an assembly of Angels, durst we give our eyes leaye to rove abroad in wanton glances? our tongues to walk in idle and unreasonable chat ? our cars to be taken


with frivolous discourse Durst we set our selves to take those naps here whereof we failed on our pillow at home; certainly my beloved, all these do manifestly convince us of a palpable unrespect ce the blessed Angels of God, our invisible consorts in these holy services.

However then it hath been with us hitherto ; let us now begin to take up other resolutions ; and settle in our hearts an holy aw of that presence wherein we are ; Even at thy home address thy felf for the Church; prepare to come before a dreadful Majesty of Göd and his powerful Angels; thou seest them not; no more did Elishaes servant till his eyes were opened : It is thine ignorant and grosse infidelity that hath filmed up thine eyes, that thou canst discerne no fpiritual object; were they but anointed with the

eye-. salve of faith, thou shouldest see Gods house full of heavenly glory, and shouldest check thy self with holy Facob,when he awaked from his divine vision ; Surely tle Lord is in tbis place and I knew it not ; how


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