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rational Immortal Soul, capable to atchieve the greatest things, and to er joy the bell things : yee alas lee we not man so far despirited, and look be low himself, as ignorantly to delpite the b. Athings, and fondly to affed the worft things ; passionatly pursuing Vanities for Felicities : Are noc Worldly Plesfures, Profits and Preferments, the painted Feas Ibers that the most part lo childiMly follow after, which a poof of wind soon driveth from the greedy hand, when at the next point of grasping : O how indiscreet and toolilh are Men in cheir choice, wbo thus choose that which refufs them, and pitch opon that for theit Portion which is no ways proportioned to che vaft Capacity of tbe Immortal Soul,there. fore will a Wiseman usurp this Marta

None mortale quod opto, Are we not daily Observators of the Changables nels and Uncertainty of Humanes affairs and Enjoyments: bave we nor feen lome of Fortunes molt famous Darlirgs, who bave been favoured with the greatest affluence of Temporal Felicities, yet foon abandoned ber Favour and made Miserable, yea & bow mocb before their Fall honoored and admired, so much thereafter defpifed and vilified Eccl, 10.75 do'nor Men tbus deceive themselves in dreamingie find Contentment in fublunary things, when 60

hach legibly engraven cbis indelible Inscription upon the Forefront of them all, Vanity of Vantti's, all is Vanity and vexatron of Spirit : Let me chen Argue with you in the Scripture Style, Ija. 55.2. Wheretore do you Ipend Money for that which is not Bieau: and your Labour for tbat which fatisfieth not: and that I could' Argue you not only into an Opinion of the Vanity and Mutability of Crea. ture-comforts, but also into a Grm Perswafion, that your fummuin bonum or chief Happiness lyes in tér. minating your Cboice on GOD, for your Allofficis ene Portion, and not on Corruptible things, to which Purpose. the Argument prefixed to che Abs ftract of Ecclefiafes in Metre pag, 2.

All Men woold bappy be

But few do ree,
What is true Happines

The moli but Guess
And in cheir Guesses orr :
Some Dream it lyes in Pleasures,

Some Deem in Treasures,
Some their Rings Ear to bave

Fondly conceive,
But Solimon doth averf,
That thy Felicitie

Can never be,
In lucb uncertain chings,

As take them Wings
And leave chee to Lament

Th, Time mispent
And loit, in seeking Losses.
pain Scope of the ensuing Treatise, is to

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diffwade and divert you from the inordinate parfoie of Worldly Trade and Trash, and to engage you to Trade with CHRIST, bat so wbeo this Worlds Wealth may be gone from you, or you from ie, ye may come to be Poffeflors of an enduring fubftance.

One thing among others that moved me to bandle this peculiar Subje&, was, because it bach pleased God to call me to the Miniltry,wbo bad oes calion in my Younger years to be bred at Holland, in Merchant accounts Book-keeping, and other parts of the Theoric of Merchandizing, with a Design at that time to bave followed this kind of loftitution of Life, in the Pra&ick part wbereof also, I bave sometime been employed, when i had not access (througb the injuries and unsettlement of the late times) to follow my more free and carnea Ireli. Aations to the Miniltry: I humbly think that all sorts of Christians may find in the following Ti 8 w bal may be headable and suitable to many of their Souls Cases and Concerns, but I specially Recomo mend it to Merchants or Tradesmen Apprentices, that ebey may peruse tbe same in their pare Vao cant bours, no doube, they may spend their time in less profitable Occupations and Divertisements. I add no more but craves your favourable Acceptance and Prayers, praying that GOD may Bless pnco yog the Perulal of what follows.

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ALPHABETICAL-INDEX
of the chief Matters in this

Trearise.

Pag.

Alam Rich before his Fall

Als u oed Baokrupt
Apuitacy
Armour Spiritual

7
II. 12.

163.
94.

B
Backfliding from God
Burg s ticket Spiricual

182. 184.
123. 124

с C
A good Caose five wayes of Selling it 162,
Charity

87.
Chrift, dangerous to flight Him

21. 22.
Chrift, The Phylician of Souls

100, 102
The Courches Condicion should be noticed

109.
Cloathing Spiritual

28. to si

169. 170 ,
Conscience

106. 164 16 v, 166,
Conceritajent of Mind
Convictions

165

Company evil

88. to 9.00

D
Death, the time thereof uncertain

PA
116

Deceiving

Deceiving our Neighbours, onjuft
Delays dangerous
Denyal of our felves
Desërtion, Caoses thereof
Diarie, of keeping it
Diligence in Duties, Motives to it
Duties (hould be noticed

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20

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God, Mercifull 16. Owpiscicos
His Soveraignty
Gospel, a grear Mercy
Gospel, Coses of little Soccefs

14 to 38.
Gospel, Causes of its Removal

44.

to

47
Grace, Reasons of its Growth 4!, to 44. 142.
Grace in Decay a great Lals

140.
Grace decayed, may be rettored

144.

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