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prointe for the publishing of fome meditations on the subject wijich thou wilt find handled in the ensuing treause. The reasons of this delay, being not of public concernment, I hall not nced to men- • tion. Those who have been in expectation of this duty from me, have for the most part been fotar acquainted with my conditions, as to pe apie to iatisfy theinfelves, as to the deferring of their defires. That which I have to add at prefent is only this ; having had many opportunities, since the time I first delivered any thing in public on this subject, (which was the means of bringing me under the engagements mentioned) to reaffume the coulideration of wrat I had first fixed on, I have been enabled to give it that improvement, and to make those additions to the main of the difign and matter treated on, that my first debt, is come at length to be only the occasion of what is now tendered to the saints of God. I shall speak nothing of the subject here JUN 26 190!
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may I hope speak for itself, in that fpiritual favour and relih which it will yield to them, whole hearts are not fo filled with other things as to render the sweet things of the gospel bitter to them. The design of the whole treatise, thou wilt find Christian reader, in the first chapters of the first part ; and I shall not • detain thee here with the perufal of any
thing which in its proper place will offer itself unto thee: know only that the whole of it hath been recommended to the grace of God in inany supplications, for its usefulness unto them that are interested in the good things mentioned therein.
Oxon. Ch. Ch. Coll.
July 10. 1657
LPHONSUS, King of Spain, is said to have
found food and phyfic in reading Livy? And Ferdinand king of Sicily, in reading Quintus Gurtius. But thou hast here nobler entertainnrents, vaftly richer dainties, incomparably more lovereign medicines; I had almost faid, the very highest of angels food is here fet before thee. And, as Pliny fpeaks, permifta deliciis auxilia : things that minister unto grace and comfort; to holy life and liveliness,
Such is this treatise. This which is the only one extant, upon its great and neceffary fubject. This, whose praise hath been long in the churches; and hath gone enamelled with the honourable reproaches of more than one English Bolfec. This whose great author, like the sun, is well known to the work), by eminence of heavenly light and labours. This which, aş his many other works, can be no other than manna unto found Christians; tho' no better, than stone and ferpent to Socinians and their fellowcommoners.
Importunity hath drawn me to fay thus much more, then I could think needful to be said, concerning any work of Dr. Owen’s. Needful in our day itself; a day wherein pauci facras fcripturas, plures nomina rerum, plurimi nomina nuagiflrorum fiquuntur. Few do cleave to the holy fcriptures ; many do rest in fcholastic fenfeless sounds. And most men do hang their faith upon their Rabbi's fleeves.
This only I add ; of the fiwarms every day rising, there are few books but do want their reaciers. Yet if I understand aright, there are not many readers. but do want this book.