Excerpt from Sermons and Fragments Attributed to Isaac Barrow, D.D., Formerly Master of Trinity College, Cambridge: To Which Are Added, Two Dissertation, on the Duration of Future Punishments, and on Dissenters
To-day it may be in our power to lay a plan or scheme of some good design, which we may never think of more, and former inclinations may be diverted by new emergent circumstances, as biasses by very little inequalities. We may, perhaps, to morrow think again but neither does a supervening thought always, like some new weight added to the wheels, make the first thought more intense; but one thought languishing away, may be the infirm parent of another weaker thought, till at last it be no thought at all. Why good thoughts may at this rate grow sick, and pine, and die away, reasons may be assigned (if they would do ill men any service) even by those who solve effects of nature in a mechanic way. For where habitual vices, by repeated acts, grow every day more impetuous, it is but reasonable to expect that better inoli nations must every day proportionably abate their bias, weakened by the continual counter-pressures of a violent agitation, which is still improving. Now he who cannot claim the privilege of a thought to-morrow, much less a power then to resolve, much less than that, a power to put that resolution in execution; must be contented to bear some unhappy consequences of his delays, which may be these, viz.
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