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IFE is the greatest of all earthly blessings, and

therefore the preservation thereof should be acknowledged by the most folemn Thanksgivings. It hath been the Custom, and is the Duty of all pious men, to praise God for recovery from an ordinary Sickness, as hath been noted before, Sec.xii.9.4. And the very Heathens when they were restored to Health after any Disease,offered Sa (a) Sacrificia ab iis crifices (a), and built Temples to fiebant, qui ab aliquo

morbo convaluilentthe honour of their Gods (b).How

quæ vidime animales much more then are we bound to vocabantue return our highest Praises for deli- Com. Mythol. 1. 1. verance from the Plague, the most

C. 17. .


breddere vis grievous and mortal of all other

Etimus, Diseases? They that have been in- Ædemgåe votivam fected have Hezekiah's Thanksgiving after he was healed of this Nos humilem feriemus Sickness for their Example and En. Hor.Carm.lib.2.od; couragement, Isai.xxxviii. 9. And 17. they who were free may learn from Holy David to offer up Thanksgiving for their own Preservation, and for the Deliverance of the whole Nation, 2 Sam.xxiv.25. And for their assistance here are two devout Forms prepared, of which this first is most proper after the Plague, the other after the ceasing of any other contagious Disease.



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The Analysis of the first Thanksgiving.


On of

9.2. This Thanksgiving hath four Parts.

0 Lord God, who

had wounded us for

1. Confelling our Sing, and conri. A

1. Judg. the cause. sumed us for our Comment.


18e the late heavy mo

2. Describing the and dreadful WillratiInftrument. tation,

and now in the Gods | 2. And \1. The motive to midt of Judgment hismer-it.

remembing mercy, cy,

hat redeemed our Thew 2. The effect of Souls from the Ling it.

Jaws of death, 1. To whom we We offer unto the offer.

fatherly goodness 2. An Act of

Dur seives, our Oblation, thew 2. What we of. Souls and bodies, ing fer.

which thou halt de

liveted, 3. To what end. So be a living $a

{crifice unto thee,

Always prailing 3. An A&t of praise and thanksgi.) and magnifying the giving.

mercies in the midt of the Church:

Chrough Telas 4. The Conclusion of all.

Chit our L020.3 mnen.

A Practical Discourse upon this Thanksgiving. S.Ill. Lojd God, who batt woanded us foz our ans,

and consumed as for our Lransgrelltons by thy late heady and ozeadful Wiütation.]

The Joy of a City or a Nation delivered from the Plague is like that which the Athenians expressed in their Feast called Ofcophoria, which being to be celebrated when Ægæus the Father of Theseus was newly dead, he appointed they should at once both fing and lament over the sacrifice, and so they were wont to do ever after (c) : Or like the (c)åripavēly mingled notes of thouting and παίς σπονδας Έλε. weeping among the Jews at the aeù [Hallelujah] rearing of the second Temple; Ezra 'Id, IŠ Tès raporiii. 12,13. Those that are spared a

Tas [reneu'n] Plut. live have cause to rejoyce, when in Ihcfco. they reflect upon the Mercy of their own Preservation ; but when they consider, that one hath loft a dear Father or a tender Mother, another a kind Husband or a beloved Wife, a hopeful Child, or an useful friend, their joy is interrupted with a figh, and Ptis hard to say, whether of the passions do prevail : Wherefore the Church complies with our temper, and introduceth this Thanksgiving with a fad reflexion upon our late beavy and deadfal wilitation, that the remembrance thereof may gratifie our sorrow, and also help to encrease our gratitude for the mercy of our present ftate. The Viitation indeed was beady to the infected,and Ozeadful to those that were free, fome were wounded, and others alas!consumed by it, thc Scars are still to be seen upon the Living, and an empty silence, and void spaces tell us how many are gone from among us; but left we should wonder at God’s severity,or murmur at his dealings with us, we are taught to confess, that all was for our lins,and for our transgreatons. These stirred

him to anger and made him wound us in his wrath, and consume us in his sore displeasure: Nor can we justly repine at it; for it is said of Jesus the Son of God, That he was wounded for our fins and bruised for our Iniquities, Ifai.liii.s. Now he that caused his own Son to dye for our Sins, shall he not punish us for our own? We do not, we cannot accuse his Justice, but must confess, even now theEvil is gone, that our destruction was of our selves, Hof.xiii. 9. And now we see how dangerous it is to provoke him by doing so wickedly as we did before, there is hopes it may warn us for the future ; for now we know, It is a fearful thing to fall into the Cavenging] bands of the living God, Heb. x. 3 1. whose wruth, if it be kindled but a little , blessed are all they that put their trust in him, Pfal.ii.12.

S.IV.A po now in the intott of Judgment, remem

batng Mercy, bat redeemed our goals from the Jaws of Death.]

It was Habakkuk's Prayer , Hab.ii.2. That in wrath God would remember Mercy and he hath answered this Request to us ; for though our Sins had so highly provoked him, that he was executing his wrath upon us, yet his anger had not banished pity from his breaft (as it useth to do from ours); for in the midst of the Execution he stays his hand. And it is the greater mercy to have a reprieve in the midst of our Punishment, because our Sentence was so juft, we are more bound to bless the Lord for taking off the Plague, because he

had so just cause to lay it on; it (d) 180 culpa gravior was not unmerited fury, but righ

gratia major, Julii supplicii vin.

teous Judgment (20), which he cla refolvit. Amb.

was inflicting , yet he stops in the hymn, very midst thereof: So when the


redeemed our Souls from the Jaws of Eternal Death alSea XVII. from the Plague. 503 Israelites of old, provoked him to anger with their own inventions till the Plague broke in upon them, Pfal.cvi.39, 40. Nevertheless when he saw their adversity, be heard their complaint, and pitied them, &c. ver.43,44. Tea many a time turned he bis pratb away, and would not Soffer his whole displeasure to arise, Psalm lxxviii.38,39. And when he threatens most severely by his Prophecs, he usually adds, that he will not make a full end, Jer.iv. 27. and v.18. and xxx,11. This hath been his dealing with others, and his Mercy is the same still toward us, for when the Plague that devouring Monster gaped wide to swallow us, being not satiated with so many Morsels,the Lord did (as David speaks) save us from the Lions mouth, Pfal.xxij.21. A Proverb to express a rescue from an almost unavoidable danger (e), such as our Deliveranee was,


(e) Ab ore Lconita

Prov, 2 Tim.4.17. were almost in the very laws of ie à maximoperichte

Death, from whence God hath lo.Leo quicquidi preredeemed our bouls, Psal. xxxiv. henderit, etiamfi ca22. The Soul in Holy Writ is put

mellus foret, rostro sometimes for the Life only, Psal. defcr. Affric.

aufert. Johan. Leo. cxvi. 8. And in that Sense, we have escaped Temporal Death, when we were in very great danger thereof, so that we may justly ting with David, Bless the Lord,0 my

Soul who saveth thy life from destruction, Psal.ciii. 1,4.But if we take the word [ Soul] properly, it may be true also:for if many of us here present had dyed by this sudden stroke,it is to be feared, we are so unfit to dye, that this Plague might have sent our Souls to Hell, as well as our Bodies to the Grave, and thus God hath in sparing us, and giving us more time, so, if we will now amend, as the next particular teacheth us.

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