Breathings of the Devout Soul. [Followed By] Godly Meditations [Meditations and Vows]

Breathings of the Devout Soul. [Followed By] Godly Meditations [Meditations and Vows]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...while they seek their servant, which is riches, lose their souls. No worldly thing shall draw me without the gates within which God hath confined me. It is a hard thing for a man to find weariness in pleasure while it lasteth, or contentment in pain while he is under it: after both, indeed, it is easy. Yet both of these must he found in both; or else we shall be drunken with pleasures and overwhelmed with sorrow. As those, therefore, which should eat some dish, over-deliciously sweet, do allay it with tart sauce, that they may not be cloyed; and those that are to receive bitter pills, that they may not be annoyed with their unpleasing taste, roll them in sugar: so, in all pleasures, it is best to labour, not how to make them most delightful, but how to moderate them from excess; and, in all sorrows, so to settle our hearts in true grounds of comfort, that we may not care so much for being bemoaned of others as how to be most contented in ourselves. In ways we see travellers choose not the fairest and greenest, if it be either cross or contrary, but the nearest, though miry and uneven: so, in opinions, let me follow not the plausiblest, but the truest, though more perplexed. Christian society is like a bundle of sticks laid together, whereof one kindles another. Solitary men have fewest provocations to evil; but, again, fewest incitations to good. So much as doing good is better than not doing evil, will I account Christian good-fellowship better than an eremitish and melancholy solitariness. I would rather confess my ignorance than falsely profess knowledge. It is no shame not to know all things; but it is a just shame to overreach in anything. Sudden extremity is a notable trial of faith, or any other disposition of the soul. For as, in a sudden...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506146
  • 9781236506146