HOMILY ON REPAIRING AND KEEPING CLEAN THE CHURCH

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<bkdv3 n="9404"><f t="rl">AN HOMILIE FOR RE{\-}<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="9405">payring and keeping cleane, and comely
<bkdv3 n="9406"><f t="i">adorning of Churches. <f t="bl">
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-1"><bkdv3 n="9407"><f t="bk">IT<f t="bl"> is a common custome vsed of all men,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-2"><bkdv3 n="9408">when they intend to haue their friends
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-3"><bkdv3 n="9409">or neighbours to come to their houses to
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-4"><bkdv3 n="9410">eat or drinke with them, or to haue any
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-5"><bkdv3 n="9411">solemne assemblie to treat and talke of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-6"><bkdv3 n="9412">any matter, they will haue their houses,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-7"><bkdv3 n="9413">which they keepe in continuall reparati{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-8"><bkdv3 n="9414">ons, to be cleane and fine, lest they should
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-9"><bkdv3 n="9415">bee counted sluttish, or little to regard
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-10"><bkdv3 n="9416">their friendes and neighbours. How
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-11"><bkdv3 n="9417">much more then ought the house of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-12"><bkdv3 n="9418"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, which wee commonly call the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-13"><bkdv3 n="9419">Church, to be sufficiently repayred in all
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-14"><bkdv3 n="9420">places, and to bee honourably adorned
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-15"><bkdv3 n="9421">and garnished, and to be kept cleane and sweete, to the comfort of the peo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-16"><bkdv3 n="9422">ple that shall resort thereunto.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-17"><bkdv3 n="9423">It appeareth in the holy Scripture, how <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> house, which
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-18"><bkdv3 n="9424">was called his holy Temple, and was the mother Church of all Iewrie,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-19"><bkdv3 n="9425">fell sometimes into decay, and was oftentimes prophaned and defiled,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-20"><bkdv3 n="9426">through the negligence and vngodlinesse of such as had the charge there{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-21"><bkdv3 n="9427">of. But when godly Kings and gouernours were in place, then com{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-22"><bkdv3 n="9428">mandement was giuen foorthwith, that the Church and Temple of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-23"><bkdv3 n="9429"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> should be repayred, and the deuotion of the people to bee gathe{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-24"><bkdv3 n="9430">red, for the reparation of the same. We reade in the fourth Booke of the

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="9431"><cit work="OT. 2 Kings 12.4-5"><f t="r">4.King.12.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-25"><bkdv3 n="9432">Kings, how that king <f t="r"><name t="ps">Ioas</name> <f t="bl">, being a godly Prince, gaue commandement
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-26"><bkdv3 n="9433">to the Priests, to conuert certaine offerings of the people, towards the re{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-27"><bkdv3 n="9434">paration and amendment of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> Temple.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-28"><bkdv3 n="9435">Like commandement gaue that most godly King <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iosias</name> <f t="bl">, concerning

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="9436"><cit work="OT. 2 Kings 22.3-7"><f t="r">4.King.22.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-29"><bkdv3 n="9437">the reparation and reedification of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> Temple, which in his time
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-30"><bkdv3 n="9438">he found in sore decay. It hath pleased Almightie <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that these Hi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-31"><bkdv3 n="9439">stories touching the reedifying and repayring of his holy Temple, should
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-32"><bkdv3 n="9440">be written at large, to the end wee should be taught thereby: First, that
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-33"><bkdv3 n="9441"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is well pleased that his people should haue a conuenient place to
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-34"><bkdv3 n="9442">resort vnto, and to come together, to praise and magnifie <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-35"><bkdv3 n="9443">Name. And secondly, hee is highly pleased with all those, which dili{\-}

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<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-36"><bkdv3 n="9446">gently and zealously goe about to amend and restore such places as are
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-37"><bkdv3 n="9447">appointed for the Congregation of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> people to resort vnto, and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-38"><bkdv3 n="9448">wherein they humbly and ioyntly render thankes to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> for his bene{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-39"><bkdv3 n="9449">fits, and with one heart and voice praise his holy Name. Thirdly, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-40"><bkdv3 n="9450">was sore displeased with his people, because they builded, decked, and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-41"><bkdv3 n="9451">trimmed vp their owne houses, and suffered <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> house to bee in
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-42"><bkdv3 n="9452">ruine and decay, to lye vncomely and fulsomely. Wherefore <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> was
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-43"><bkdv3 n="9453">sore grieued with them, and plagued them, as appeareth in the Prophet
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-44"><bkdv3 n="9454"><f t="r"><name t="ps">Aggeus</name> <f t="bl">. Thus saith the Lord: Is it time for you to dwell in your seeled

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="9455"><cit work="OT.Haggai 1.4, 6"><f t="r">Agge.1.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-45"><bkdv3 n="9456">houses, and the Lords house not regarded? Yee haue sowed much,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-46"><bkdv3 n="9457">and gathered in but little, your meat and your clothes haue neither filled
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-47"><bkdv3 n="9458">you, nor made you warme, and hee that had his wages, put it in a bot{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-48"><bkdv3 n="9459">tomelesse purse. By these plagues which <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> laid vpon his people for
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-49"><bkdv3 n="9460">neglecting of his Temple, it may euidently appeare |&| that; <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> will haue
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-50"><bkdv3 n="9461">his Temple, his Church, the place where his Congregation shall resort
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-51"><bkdv3 n="9462">to magnifie him, well edified, well repaired, and well maintained. Some
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-52"><bkdv3 n="9463">neither regarding godlinesse, nor the place of godly exercise, will say, The
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-53"><bkdv3 n="9464">Temple in the old Law was commaunded to bee built and repaired by
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-54"><bkdv3 n="9465"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> himselfe, because it had great promises annexed vnto it, and be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-55"><bkdv3 n="9466">cause it was a figure, a Sacrament, or a signification of <name t="ps">Christ</name> , and also
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-56"><bkdv3 n="9467">of his Church. To this may bee easily answered: First, that our Chur{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-57"><bkdv3 n="9468">ches are not destitute of promises, forasmuch as our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-58"><bkdv3 n="9469">saith, Where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-59"><bkdv3 n="9470">I in the middest among them. A great number therefore comming to
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-60"><bkdv3 n="9471">Church together in the Name of <name t="ps">Christ</name> , haue there, that is to say in the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-61"><bkdv3 n="9472">Church, their <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ Iesus</name> present among the Con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-62"><bkdv3 n="9473">gregation of his faithfull people, by his grace, by his fauour and godly
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-63"><bkdv3 n="9474">assistance, according to his most assured and comfortable promises. Why
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-64"><bkdv3 n="9475">then ought not Christian people to build them Temples and Churches,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-65"><bkdv3 n="9476">hauing as great promises of the presence of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, as euer had <f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomon</name> <f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-66"><bkdv3 n="9477">for the materiall Temple which hee did build? As touching the other
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-67"><bkdv3 n="9478">point, that <f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomons</name> <f t="bl"> Temple was a figure of <name t="ps">Christ</name> : we know that now
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-68"><bkdv3 n="9479">in the time of the cleare light of <name t="ps">Christ Iesus</name> the Sonne of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, all
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-69"><bkdv3 n="9480">shadowes, figures, and significations are vtterly gone, all vaine and vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-70"><bkdv3 n="9481">profitable ceremonies, both Iewish and Heathenish, fully abolished. And
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-71"><bkdv3 n="9482">therefore our Churches are not set vp for figures, and significations of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-72"><bkdv3 n="9483">Messias and <name t="ps">Christ</name> to come, but for other godly and necessary purposes,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-73"><bkdv3 n="9484">that is to say, That like as euery man hath his owne house to abide in,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-74"><bkdv3 n="9485">to refresh himselfe in, to rest in, with such like commodities: So Almigh{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-75"><bkdv3 n="9486">tie <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> will haue his house and place whither the whole Parish and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-76"><bkdv3 n="9487">Congregation shall resort, which is called the Church and Temple of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-77"><bkdv3 n="9488"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, for that the Church, which is the company of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> people,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-78"><bkdv3 n="9489">doth there assemble and come together to serue him. Not meaning here{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-79"><bkdv3 n="9490">by, that the Lord whom the heauen of heauens is not able to holde or
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-80"><bkdv3 n="9491">comprise, doth dwell in the Church of lime and stone, made with mans
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-81"><bkdv3 n="9492">hands, as wholly and onely conteined there within, and no where els,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-82"><bkdv3 n="9493">for so he neuer dwelt in <f t="r"><name t="ps">Salomons</name> <f t="bl"> Temple. Moreouer, the Church or

<bkdv3 n="9494"><fw t="catch">Temple</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="9495"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">and keeping cleane Churches.</fw><fw t="pag">79</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-83"><bkdv3 n="9496">Temple is counted and called holy, yet not of it selfe, but because <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-84"><bkdv3 n="9497">people resorting thereunto, are holy, and exercise themselues in holy and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-85"><bkdv3 n="9498">heauenly things. And to the intent yee may vnderstand further, why
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-86"><bkdv3 n="9499">Churches were built among Christian people, this was the greatest con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-87"><bkdv3 n="9500">sideration: that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> might haue his place, and that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> might haue
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-88"><bkdv3 n="9501">his time, duely to be honoured and serued of the whole multitude in the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-89"><bkdv3 n="9502">parish. First there to heare and learne the blessed word and will of the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-90"><bkdv3 n="9503">euerlasting <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Secondly, that there the blessed Sacraments,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-91"><bkdv3 n="9504">which our Lord and Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ Iesus</name> hath ordained and appoin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-92"><bkdv3 n="9505">ted, should be duely, reuerently, and decently ministred. Thirdly, that
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-93"><bkdv3 n="9506">there the whole multitude of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> people in the Parish, should with
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-94"><bkdv3 n="9507">one voice and heart call vpon the Name of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, magnifie and praise
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-95"><bkdv3 n="9508">the Name of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, render earnest and heartie thankes to our heauen{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-96"><bkdv3 n="9509">ly Father for his heape of benefits dayly and plentifully powred vpon vs,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-97"><bkdv3 n="9510">not forgetting to bestow our almes vpon <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> poore, to the intent
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-98"><bkdv3 n="9511"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> may blesse vs the more richly. Thus yee may well perceiue and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-99"><bkdv3 n="9512">vnderstand wherefore Churches were built and set vp amongst Christian
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-100"><bkdv3 n="9513">people, and dedicated |&| appointed to these godly vses, and wholly exemp{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-101"><bkdv3 n="9514">ted from all filthy, prophane, |&| worldly vses. Wherefore all they that haue
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-102"><bkdv3 n="9515">little mind or deuotion to repaire and build <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> Temple, are to be
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-103"><bkdv3 n="9516">counted people of much vngodlinesse, spurning against good order in
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-104"><bkdv3 n="9517"><name t="ps">Christes</name> Church, despising the true honour of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, with euill exam{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-105"><bkdv3 n="9518">ple offending and hindering their neighbours otherwise well and godly
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-106"><bkdv3 n="9519">disposed. The world thinketh it but a trifle to see their Church in ruine
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-107"><bkdv3 n="9520">and decay. But who so doth not lay to their helping handes, they sinne
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-108"><bkdv3 n="9521">against <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> |&| his holy congregation. For if it had not been sin to neg{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-109"><bkdv3 n="9522">lect |&| slightly regard the reedifying and building vp againe of his Tem{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-110"><bkdv3 n="9523">ple, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> would not haue been so much grieued, and so soone haue
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-111"><bkdv3 n="9524">plagued his people, because they builded and decked their owne houses so
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-112"><bkdv3 n="9525">gorgeously, and despised the house of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> their Lord. It is sinne and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-113"><bkdv3 n="9526">shame to see so many Churches, so ruinous, and so fouly decayed, almost
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-114"><bkdv3 n="9527">in euery corner. If a mans priuate house wherein hee dwelleth, bee de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-115"><bkdv3 n="9528">cayed, he will neuer cease till it bee restored vp againe. Yea, if his barne
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-116"><bkdv3 n="9529">where he keepeth his corne be out of reparations, what diligence vseth
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-117"><bkdv3 n="9530">he to make it in perfect state againe? If his stable for his horse, yea, the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-118"><bkdv3 n="9531">stie for his swine, be not able to hold out water and wind, how carefull
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-119"><bkdv3 n="9532">is he to doe cost thereon? And shall we be so mindfull of our common base
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-120"><bkdv3 n="9533">houses, deputed to so vile employment, |&| be forgetfull toward that house
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-121"><bkdv3 n="9534">of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, wherin be intreated the words of our eternall saluation, wher{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-122"><bkdv3 n="9535">in be ministred the Sacraments and mysteries of our redemption? The
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-123"><bkdv3 n="9536">fountaine of our regeneration is there presented vnto vs, the partaking
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-124"><bkdv3 n="9537">of the Body and Blood of our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name> , is there offered vnto vs:
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-125"><bkdv3 n="9538">And shall we not esteeme the place where so heauenly things are hand{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-126"><bkdv3 n="9539">led? Wherefore if ye haue any reuerence to the seruice of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, if ye haue
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-127"><bkdv3 n="9540">any common honesty, if ye haue any conscience in keeping of necessary and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-128"><bkdv3 n="9541">godly ordinances, keepe your Churches in good repaire, whereby ye shall

<bkdv3 n="9542"><fw t="catch">not</fw>

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<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-129"><bkdv3 n="9544">not onely please <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and deserue his manifold blessings, but also de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-130"><bkdv3 n="9545">serue the good report of all godly people.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-131"><bkdv3 n="9546">The second point, which appertaineth to the maintenance of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-132"><bkdv3 n="9547">house, is, to haue it well adorned, |&| comely, and cleane kept. Which things
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-133"><bkdv3 n="9548">may bee the more easily refourmed, when the Church is well repayred.
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-134"><bkdv3 n="9549">For like as men are well refreshed and comforted, when they finde their
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-135"><bkdv3 n="9550">houses hauing all things in good order, and all corners cleane and sweete:
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-136"><bkdv3 n="9551">so when <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> house the Church is well adorned, with places con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-137"><bkdv3 n="9552">uenient to sit in, with the Pulpit for the preacher, with the Lords table,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-138"><bkdv3 n="9553">for the ministration of his holy supper, with the Font to Christen in, and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-139"><bkdv3 n="9554">also is kept cleane, comely, and sweetly, the people are more desirous, and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-140"><bkdv3 n="9555">the more comforted to resort thither, and to tarry there the whole time
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-141"><bkdv3 n="9556">appointed them. With what earnestnesse, with what vehement zeale did

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="9557"><cit work="NT. Matthew 21.12"><f t="r">Matt.21<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-142"><bkdv3 n="9558">our Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name> driue the buyers |&| sellers out of the temple of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-143"><bkdv3 n="9559">and hurled downe the tables of the changers of money, and the seates
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-144"><bkdv3 n="9560">of the Doue-sellers, |&| could not abide any man to carry a vessell through
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-145"><bkdv3 n="9561">the Temple? He told them that they had made his Fathers house a den
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-146"><bkdv3 n="9562">of theeues, partly through their superstition, hypocrisie, false worship,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-147"><bkdv3 n="9563">false doctrine, and insatiable couetousnesse, and partly through con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-148"><bkdv3 n="9564">tempt, abusing that place with walking and talking, with worldly mat{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-149"><bkdv3 n="9565">ters without all feare of God, and due reuerence to that place. What
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-150"><bkdv3 n="9566">dennes of theeues the Churches of England haue beene made by the
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-151"><bkdv3 n="9567">blasphemous buying |&| selling the most precious body and blood of <name t="ps">Christ</name>
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-152"><bkdv3 n="9568">in the Masse, as the world was made to beleeue, at diriges, at monthes
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-153"><bkdv3 n="9569">minds, at trentalles, in abbeyes |&| chantries, beside other horrible abu{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-154"><bkdv3 n="9570">ses (<f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy name be blessed for euer) which we now see |&| vnderst&amacron;d.
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-155"><bkdv3 n="9571">All these abominations, they that supplie the roome of <name t="ps">Christ</name> , haue clean{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-156"><bkdv3 n="9572">sed and purged the Churches of <f t="r"><name t="pl">England</name> <f t="bl"> of, taking away all such fulsom{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-157"><bkdv3 n="9573">nesse and filthinesse, as through blinde deuotion and ignorance hath crept
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-158"><bkdv3 n="9574">into the Church these many hundred yeeres. Wherefore, O yee good
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-159"><bkdv3 n="9575">Christian people, ye dearely beloued in <name t="ps">Christ Iesu</name> , yee that glory not in
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-160"><bkdv3 n="9576">worldly and vaine religion, in phantasticall adorning and decking, but
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-161"><bkdv3 n="9577">reioyce in heart to see the glory of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> truly set foorth, and the Chur{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-162"><bkdv3 n="9578">ches restored to their ancient and godly vse, render your hearty thankes
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-163"><bkdv3 n="9579">to the goodnesse of Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, who hath in our dayes stirred vp
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-164"><bkdv3 n="9580">the hearts, not onely of his godly Preachers and Ministers, but also of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-165"><bkdv3 n="9581">his faithfull and most Christian magistrates and gouernours, to bring
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-166"><bkdv3 n="9582">such godly things to passe.
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<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-167"><bkdv3 n="9583">And forasmuch as your Churches are scoured and swept from the sin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-168"><bkdv3 n="9584">full and superstitious filthinesse wherewith they were defiled and disfi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-169"><bkdv3 n="9585">gured: Doe yee your partes, good people to keepe your Churchs come{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-170"><bkdv3 n="9586">ly and cleane, suffer them not to bee defiled with raine and weather,
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-171"><bkdv3 n="9587">with doung of doues, and owles, stares, and choughs, and other filthi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-172"><bkdv3 n="9588">nesse, as it is foule and lamentable to behold in many places of this coun{\-}
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-173"><bkdv3 n="9589">trey. It is the house of prayer, not the house of talking, of walking, of
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-174"><bkdv3 n="9590">brawling, of minstrelsie, of hawkes, of dogs. Prouoke not the displeasure
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-175"><bkdv3 n="9591">and plagues of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, for despising |&| abusing his holy house, as the wicked

<bkdv3 n="9592"><fw t="catch">Iewes</fw>

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<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-176"><bkdv3 n="9594">Iewes did. But haue <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in your heart, be obedient to his blessed
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-177"><bkdv3 n="9595">will, bind your selues euery man and woman, to your power, toward
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-178"><bkdv3 n="9596">the reparations and cleane keeping of the Church, to the intent that yee
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-179"><bkdv3 n="9597">may be partakers of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> manifold blessings, and that yee may be
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-180"><bkdv3 n="9598">the better encouraged to resort to your parish Church, there to learne
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-181"><bkdv3 n="9599">your duetie towards <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and your neighbour, there to be present and
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-182"><bkdv3 n="9600">partakers of <name t="ps">Christs</name> holy Sacraments, there to render thankes to your
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-183"><bkdv3 n="9601">heauenly Father for the manifold benefits which hee daily powreth vpon
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-184"><bkdv3 n="9602">you, there to pray together, and to call vpon <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy Name, which
<ttdv4 n="II.3.1-185"><bkdv3 n="9603">be blessed world without end. Amen.

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