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from you, and all things which are dainty and goodly, shall depart from you, and you shall find them NO MORE: Dives! No more.' Iay your treasures therefore up in heaven, O ye inhabitants of the earth, where nothing can break through to harm them; but where time fhall shortly be swallowed up of eternity."
§. VIII. But my arguments against these things end not here; for the contrary moft of all conduces to good ; namely, temperance in food, plainness in apparel, with a meek, fhame. faced, and quiet spirit, and that conversation which doth only express the same in all godly honesty: as the apostle faith, Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may administer grace to the hearers; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jest. ing, but rather giving of thanks: for let no man deceive you with vain words, because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. And if men and women were but thus adorned, after this truly Chriftian manner, impudence would foon receive a check, and luft, pride, vanity, and wantonness, find a rebuke.° They would not be able to attack fuch universal chastity, or encounter such godly austerity: virtue would be in credit, and vice afraid and ashamed, and excess not dare to fhew its face. There would be an end of gluttony and gaudiness of apr Rev. xviii. 14.
ma Luke xii. 33, 34.. . Col. iv. 5, 6. 11 hef. iv. II, 12. Eph. iv. 2..& v. 3, 4, 5, 6.
• 1 Pet. ii. 12. Prov. xxxi. 23 to 31. James ü. 2 to go
I Pet. iii. I, 2, 3, 4.
parel, flattering titles, and a luxurious life;' and then primitive innocency and plainness would come back again, and that plain-hearted, downright, harmless life, would be restored, of not much caring what we should eat, drink, or put on, as Christ tells us, the Gentiles did, and as we know this age daily does, under all its talk of religion ; but as the ancients, who with moderate care for neceffaries and con. veniencies of life, devoted themselves to the concernments of a celestial kingdom, and more minded their improvement in righteousness, than their increase in riches; for they laid their treasure up in heaven,' and endured tribulation for an inheritance that cannot be taken away.
IX. But the temperance I plead for, is not only religiously, but politically good: it is the interest of good government to curb and rebuke excesses: it prevents many mischiefs. Luxury brings effeminacy, laziness, poverty, and misery;' but temperance preserves the land. It keeps out foreign vanities, and improves our own commodities : now we are their debtors; then they would be debtors to us for our native manufactures. By this means, such persons, who by their excefs, not charity, have deeply engaged their estates, may in a short space be enabled to clear them from those incumbrances, which otherwise like moths, foon eat out plentiful revenues. It helps persons of mean fubstance to improve 3 2 Pet, iä. II. Pfal. xxvi. 6.
• Prov. X. 4. Eccl. x, 16, 17, 18.
9 Luke xii. 22. to 30.
s Mat. xxv. 21.
their small stocks, that they may not expend their dear earnings, and hard-got wages upon: fuperfluous apparel, foolish may-games, plays
, dancings, thews, taverns, ale-houses, and the like folly and intemperance; of which this land is more infested, and by which it is rendered more ridiculous, than any kingdom in the world : for none I know of is so infested with cheating mountebanks, favage morrice-dancers, pick-pockets, and profane players, and stagers; to the flight of religion, the shame of government, and the great idleness, expence, and debauchery of the people : for which the Spirit of the Lord is grieved, and the judgments of the Almighty are at the door, and the sentence. ready to be pronounced, Let him that is unjust
, be unjust still." - Wherefore it is, that we cannot but loudly call upon the generality of the times, and testify both by our life and doctrine, against the like vanities and abuses, if possibly any may be weaned from their folly, and chule the good old path of temperance, wisdom, gra. vity, and holiness, the only way to inherit the blessings of peace and plenty here, and eternal happiness hereafter. ,
$. X. Lastly, supposing we had none of these foregoing reasons justly to reprove the practice of the land in these particulars; however, let it be sufficient for us to say, that when people have first learned to fear, worship, and obey their Creator, " to pay their numerous vicious debts, to alleviate and abate their oppressed ! Rev. xxii. 11, Eecl. xii. 1. Pf. xxxvi. 21. Pl. X. 2. Pl.ix. %.
Pr.lxxxii. 3, 4, Prov. xxii. 7; 9. Ifai. iii. 14, 15.
tenants ; but above all outward regards, when the pale faces are more commiserated, the pinched bellies relieved, and naked backs clothed; when the familhed poor, the distressed widow, and helpless orphan, God's works, and your fellow creatures, are provided for; then I say, if then, it will be time enough for you to plead the indifferency of your pleafures. But that the sweat and tedious labour of the husbandman, early and late, cold and hot, wet and dry, should be converted into the pleafare, ease, and pastime of a small number of men ; that the cart, the plough, the flail, should be in that continual severity laid upon nineteen parts of the land, to feed the inordi nate lufts and delicious appetites of the twen. cieth, is so far from the appointment of the great Governor of the world, and God of the spirits of all fleth, that to imagine such horrible injustice as the effe&s of his determinations, and not the intemperence of men, were wretched and blasphemous. As on the other side, it would be to deserve no pity, no help, no relief from God Almighty, for people to continue that expence in vanity and pleasure, whilst the great necessities of such objects go unanswered; especially since God hath made the sons of men but stewards to each other's exigencies and relief, Yea, so strict is it enjoined, that on the omission of these things, we find this dreadful sentence partly to be grounded, De* Amos v. 11, r2. Ch. viii: 6. 7. 8. Ifai. j. 16, 17, 18. Jer. vii, 6. part from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, &c.' As on the contrary, to visit the sick, sec the imprisoned, relieve the needy, &c. are such excellent properties in Christ's account, that thereupon he will pronounce such bleffed, faying, Come, ye blessed of my Father, finherit the kingdom prepared for you, &c. So that the great are not, with the leviathan in the deep, to prey upon the small, much less to make a sport of the lives and labours of the lefser ones, to gratify their inordinate senses.
2 Cor. ij.,7. Pfix!. 4. Ads x. 34.' Rom. ii. ii. Eph. vi. 9. Col. iii. 25. 1. Pet. i. 17. James v. 4. 5. Pl. xli. .
Rom. xii. 20.
S. XI. I therefore humbly offer an address to the serious confideration of the civil magiftrate, ’ that if the money which is expended in every parish in such vain fashions, as wearing of laces, jewels, embroideries, unnecessary ribbands, trimmings, costly furniture, and attendance, together with what is commonly consumed in taverns, feasts, gaming, &c. could be collected into a public stock, or something in lieu of this extravagant and fruitless expence, there might be reparation to the broken tenants, work-houses for the able, and almshouses for the aged and impotent. Then fhould we have no beggars in the land, the cry of the widow and the orphan would cease, and charitable reliefs might easily be afforded towards the redemption of poor captives, and refreshment of fuch distreffed Protestants as la. bour under the miferies of persecution in other countries : nay, the Exchequer's needs, on just emergencies, might be supplied by such a bank : this facrifice and service would please
• Mat. XIV. 34. to 41.
• Providiv, 21. Mat. xix. 21.