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THE SPOUSE OF CHRIST,
COMING OUT OF AFFLICTION, LEANING UPON HER BELOVED;
THE LORD JESUS, HIS LEGACY OF PEACE,
TO ARM HIS DISCIPLES AGAINST TROUBLE AND FEAR.
The late Reverend Pastor of the Church of Christ in Dedham.
THE FORMER DELIVERED AT THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, AUGE. 6TH, 1671, AND THE LATTER AUGL. 13TH, BEING THE LAST THAT HE
PREACHED BEFORE HIS DEATH, WHICH WAS AUG. 26TH, 1671.
1 SAM. IIX. 6.-“ And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged bimself in the Lord his God."
LUXE ii. 14.—"Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, towards mon good will."
SOLD BY JOHN TAPPIN OF BOSTON.
AND ARE TO
1 67 2.
TO THE READER.
Courteous READER :
The great God, whose all creatures are, and in whose counsels all their changes in all their generations are formed, hath, according to the good pleasure of his own will, reserved us to this our generation, to an acceptable year, to a day of salvation, and assigned to us this place, of which we may say, the lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, we have a goodly heritage, even in the clear sunlight of gospel truths. He hath planted in New England, a vineyard in a very fruitful hill, which he has fenced about with a Christian and godly government, and gathered out the stones, and built a tower in the midst of it, and made a wine-press, and he did plant it with the choicest plants, and did send forth many faithful and skilful "laborers thereunto, so to dress the vine that it might want nothing that might make it fruitful: and oh, that it could be said that it brought forth no wild grapes. But of late times the great Lord of the vineyard hath called home so many of those his laborers, that it makes many observant hearts trembling to say, what is God about to do with this vineyard ? And amongst others of those his choice ones, he hath lately called home the Revd. Author of these two ensuing Sermons, and ordered him to enter into his Master's joy; who was a man that needs not our testimony for his commendation, his work shall praise him in the gate: a man so well approved in the churches of Christ, that he was known to be a faithful laborer in the house of the Lord, a wise builder in his house; he was a burning and a shining light, and we that were of his flock a long season rejoiced in his light, even from the first gathering of the church of Christ in Dedham, which was anno. 16:38, until this present year, 1671, wherein August 26, after about ten days' moderate sickness, he entered into rest, in the seventy-fifth year of his age: in all which time he was a very constant, faithful and diligent steward in the house of God; a man of peace and truth; we were led forth by the still waters in green pastures, our table was fully furnished, and our cup did flow over, and sometimes drop upon others. Some he did