Excerpt from The Blessedness of the Righteous Opened, and Further Recommended From the Consideration of the Vanity of This Mortal Life: In Two Treatises, on Psalm XVII. 15 and Psalm LXXXIX. 47 I m not at all solicitous, that the world should know the history of the conce tion of this treatise. If there be any thin that shall recompense the pains of such as may t ink fit to give themselves the trouble of perusing It, in the work itself I should at think it too much an undervaluing of them, if I 'd reckon the minuter circumstances relating thereto, fit matter for their entertainment. Nor am I more concerned to have it known what were the induce ments to the publication of it. Earnest protestations and remonstrances of our good intentions in such undertakings, as they leave men still at liberty to be lieve or doubt at their leasure so they gain as little if they be believed. T is no easy matter, one even, constant tenour of spirit through a time. Nor is it more easy to pass a settled invariae ble judgment concerning so variable a subject; when a heart that may seem Wholly framed and set for God this hour, shall look so quite like another thing the next, and chan e ures and postures almost as often as it doth along ts. And lf a man should be mistaken in judging himself, it would little mend the matter, to have deceived others also into a good opinion of him. But if he can approve himself to God in the sim licity of an honest and undeceived heart, the peace t at ensues is a secret between God and him. *the are theatre enough to one another, as he said to his riend. 'tis an enclosed leasure: a joy which the stranger cannot intermedd e with.
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