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for it seems their original was base, and the finery of them will neither make them noble, nor man innocent again. But doubtless blessed was that time, when innocence, not ignorance, freed our first parents from such shifts : they were then naked, and knew no shame; but fin made them ashamed to be longer naked. Since therefore guilt brought shame, and shame an apron and a coat, how very low are they fallen that glory in their shame, that are proud of their fall? For so they are, that use care and cost to trim and set off the very badge and livery of that lamentable lapse. It is all one, as for a man that had lost his nose by a scandalous distemper, to take pains to set out a false one, in such shape and splendor, as should give but the greater occasion for all to gaze upon him, as if he would tell them, he had lost his nose, for fear they should think he had not.

But would a wise man be in love with a false nose, though never so rich, and however finely made? Surely no. And shall people that call themselves Christians, shew fo. much love for clothes, as to neglect innocence, the first clothing ? Doth it not fnew what cost of time, pains, and money, people are at, to set off their shame, with the greatest fhew and folemnity of folly ? Is it not to delight in the effect of that cause, which they rather should lament? If a thief were to wear chains all his life, would iheir being gold, and well made, abate his infamy? To be sure his being choice of them would increase it. Why, this is the very case of the vain falhion-mongers of this shameless age; yet will they be Chrisrians, judges in religion, faints, what not? O miserable state indeed! To be so blinded by the luft of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and pride of life, as to call shame decency, and to be curious and expensive about that which should be their humiliation. And not only are they grown in love with these vanities, and thereby express how wide they are from pri. mitive innocence; but it is notorious how many fashions have been and are invented on purpose to excite luft: which still puts them at a greater distance from a simple and harmless ftate, and enslaves their minds to base concupiscence.

S. V. Nor is it otherwise with recreations, as they call them; for these are nearly related. Man was made a noble, rational, grave creature; his pleasure stood in his duty, and his duty in obeying God; which is to love, fear, adore, and serve him; and in using the creation with true temperance and godly moderation; as knowing well that the Lord, bis judge, was at hand, the inspector and rewarder of his works. In short, his happiness was in his communion with God; his error was to leave that conversation, and let his eyes wander abroad to gaze on transitory things. If the re. creations of the age were as pleasant and necessary, as they are said and made to be, unhappy then would Adam and Eve have been, that never knew them. But had they never fallen, and the world been tainted by their folly and ill example, perhaps man had never known the necessity or use of many of these things. Sin gave them birtli, as it did the other; they were afraid of the presence of the Lord, which was the joy of their innocency, when they had sinned; and then their minds wandered, sought other pleasures, and began to forget God; as he complained afterwards by the prophet Amos, They put far away the evil day: they eat the fat of the flock: they drink wine in bowls : they anoint themselves with the chief perfumes : they stretch themselves upon beds of ivory : they chant to the sound of the viol, and invent unto themselves instruments of music, like David, not heeding or remembering the aflictions and captivity of poor Joseph;' him they wickedly sold, innocency was quite banished, and Name soon began to grow a custom, till they were grown shameless in the imitation. And truly, it is now no less a shame to approach primitive innocence by modeft plainness, than it was matter of shame to Adam that he lost it, and became forced to tack fig-leaves for a covering. Wherefore in vain do men and women deck themselves with specious pretences to religion, and flatter their miserable souls with the fair titles of Christian, innocent, good, virtuous, and the like, whilst such vanities and follies reign. Wherefore to you all, from the eternal God, I am bound to declare, You mock him that will not be mocked, and deceive yourselves ;* such intemperance must be denied, and you must know yourselves changed, and more nearly approached to priAmos vi. 3, 4, 5, 6.

k Gal. vi. 7.

mitive purity, before you can be entitled to what you do now but usurp; For none but those who are led by the spirit of God, are the children of God, which guides into all temperance and meekness.

§. VI. But the Christian world, as it would be called, is justly reproveable, because the very end of the first institution of apparel is grofly perverted. The utmost service that clothes originally were designed for, when fin had stripped them of their native innocence, was, as hath been said, to cover their shame; therefore plain and modest : next, to fence out cold; therefore substantial: lastly, to declare sexes ; therefore distinguishing. So that then necessity provoked to clothing, now, pride and vain curiofity : in former times fome benefit obliged, but now, wantonness and pleasure: then they minded them for covering, but now, that is the least part; their greedy eyes must be provided with gaudy fuperfluities; as if they made their clothes for trimming, to be seen rather than worn; cnly for the sake of other curiofities that must be tacked upon them, although they neither cover shame, fence from cold, nor distinguish sexes ; but signally display their wanton, fantastic, full-fed minds, that have them.

§. VII. Then the best recreations were to serve God, be just, follow their vocations, mind their flocks, do good, exercise their bodies in such a manner as was suitable to gravity, temperance, and virtue ; but now that word is extended to almost every folly that carries any appearance above open scandalous filth, (detested by the very actors, when they have done it;) so much are men degenerated from Adam in his disobedience; so much more confident and artificial are they grown in all impieties : yea, their minds, through custom, are become fo very insensible of the inconveniency that attends the like follies, that what was once mere necessity, a badge of shame, at best but a remedy, is now the delight, pleasure, and recreation of the age. How ignoble is it, how ignominious and unworthy of a reasonable creature. Man who is endued with understanding, fit to contemplate immortality, and made a companion (if not fuperior) to angels, that he fhould mind a little dust, a few shameful rags; inventions of mere pride and luxury; toys fo apish and fantastic, entertainments so dull and earthly, that a rattle, a baby, a hobby-horse, a top, are by no means fo foolish in a simple child, nor unworthy of his thoughts, as are such inventions of the care and pleasure of men. It is a mark of great stupidity, that such vanities should exercise the noble mind of man, and image of the great Creator of heaven and earth. $. VIII.

i Rom. viji 14.

Gal. v. 23•

Of this, many among the very Heathens of old had so clear a prospect, that. they detested all such vanity, looking upon curiosity in apparel, and that variety of recreations, now in vogue and esteem with false Christians, to be destructive of good manners, in that it more easily stole away the minds of people from fobriety to wantonness, idleness,

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