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away, wberber we eat or drink, whether we feep or wake, or wbatever we do : Happy is be wbo so improves it, as that be may jovfully hope to receive sbe beavenly Enjoyments of an endless Eternity. Ecelefiafticus chap. i. 2. Who can number the Sand of the Sea, and the Drops of Rain, and the Days of Eternity. Ecclefiaflicus xviii. 10. As a Drop of Water unto the Sea, and a gravel Stone in comparison of the Sand, fo are a thousand Years to the Days of Eternity. And therefore while we have the enjoyment of that ineftimable Treasure, Time, which this great Man so much wished for, let us carefully improve it, and not only read the Pfalms of David, and the Epifles of St. Paul, and other divine Writings, but let us diligently imprint and lodge them in the inward Recesses of the Heart, that do we may fay, as was exprefed by a divinely learned Man, I am ever leaft alone, when I am alone, ever least Idle, when I seem to be Idle, insomuch that with my continual reading and meditating, my Breast is made the Library of Christ. Several Perfons seem to rwonder that I foould publißa a book, and some others conclude, that it is done for worldly Profit ; and therefore I think, it is necessary to speak a fer Words relating thereto; and this I can with Sinceriry Jay, That the Omniscient God, the true Discerner of the most secret Intents of the Heart,' knows it was done without any mercenary View, or Regard to any worldly Advantage whatsoever, but for my own internal Satisfaction and comfort, frequently pleasing myself with the Thoughts of its being useful to my Children and Family after my Decease: But baving lent it to fome whom I really believe to be Lovers of Piety and Virtue, they very often said it might be ujeful, if made publick, particularly for Youth, and for others who had not much Time to spare for reading, nor Money to lay out for large Volumes. Il afterwards came into the Hands of several Clergymen, Merchants, &c. ubo confidering my Application and Intention,bave very much

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Hours, from Time to Time, those, and such like Things as are contained in this Book. But as too many in the World are incli'd to Detraction, this they may say is an Air of Vanity, but I bumbly hope it rather proceeds from a grateful fenfe of tbe Goodness of God whose great and innumerable Mercies cannot" be sufficiently acknowledged, who in this world is of fo discerning a Thought, as to distinguish the happy from the unhappy, is it the rich, the great, or the bonourable that are fo? or is it the poor, the difress'd, the despis’d, that are miserable? No, the poor Man who endeavours to discharge bis Duty, baving a sure Confidence in God, enjoys an inconceiveable Tranquility in the midf of the greates Dangers and Distres-fes, so the rich Man enjoying all the good Things in: tbis World, cannot be truly happy, without living in the Fear and Live of that God who for wise rea. fons makes fome Rich and others Poor. If they who: think themselves Poor would make use of Consderation, they will find that they receive innumerable Blessings from the Hand of God, which are too frequently passid by unregarded, which should excite their love and Gratitude to him from whom all good Things do proceed. O the depth of the Riches both of the Wisdom and Knowledge of God, bow unfearchable are his Judgments, and his Ways pal finding out. It would be well done of Parents to encourage their Children to imprint and lay up divine Treasure in their Heart by giv. ing them Rewards for fo doing. Solomon faith, wise Men lay up Knowledge, and in another place, when Wisdom entereth into thine Heart, and Knowledge is pleasant to thy Soul, Discretion shall preferve thee, Understanding ihall keep thee. Give Instruction to a wise Man, and he will be yet wiser : Teach a just Man, and he will encrease in Learning. If thou be wise thou shalt be wise for thyself; but if thou scorneft, thou alone shalt bear it. The fear of the Lord, that is Wisdom, and to depart from Evil is Under

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tion, some of them having beard me repeat for several Hours, from Time to Time, those and such like Things as are contained in this Book. But as too mary in the World are inclii'd to Detra&tion, this they may say is an Air of Vanity, but I bumbly kope it rarber proceeds from a grateful sense of tbe Goodness of God whose great and innumerable Mercies cannot be sufficiently acknowledged, wbo in this world is of fo difcerning a Thougbt, as to distinguild the barre from the unhappy, is it the ricb, tbe great, or ibe bonourable that are fo? or is it tbe poor ,tbe distress'd, the despis'd, that are miserable? No, the poor Max who endeavours to discharge his Duly, baving a sure Confidence in God, enjoys an inconceiveable Tranquility in the midf of the greatest Dangers and Distrelo jes, fo the rich Man enjoying all the good Ihings in rbis World, cannot be truly happy, wilhout living in the Fear and Live of that God vbo for wise redo Jons makes fome Rich and others Poor. If they who think themselves Poor would make use of confideration, they will find that they receive innumerable Blessings from the Hand of God, which are too frequent y pafi'd by unregarded, which should excite their love and Gratitude to him from whom all good Things do proceed. O the depeb of the Riches both of the Wisdom and Knowledge of God, bow unfearcbable are bis Judg. ments, and his Ways pal finding out. It would be well done of Parents to encourage their Children to imprint and lay up divine Treasure in their Heart by giving them Rewards for fo doing. Solomon faith, wise Men lay up Knowledge, and in another place, when Wisdom entereth into thine Heart, and Knowledge is pleasant to thy Soul, Discretion shall preferve thee, Understanding ihall keep thee. Give Instruction to a wise Man, and he will be yer

wiser: Teach a juit Man, and he will encrease in Learning. If thou be wise thou shall be wise for thyself; but if thou scorrelt, chou alone shalt bear it. The fear of the Lord, chai is Wisdom, and to depart from Exil is Croce

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standing. This Book contains about 120 Questions and Answers, which may be useful in Conversation ; and many remarkable Sayings of wise and learned Men. There are Texts of Scripture which I have colle&ted out of the Holy Bible, on above thirty different Heads, with

some Verses annex’d, and a concise Account of some of our most remarkable Archbishops and Bishops of this Kingdom, whose Names greatly deserve to be perpetuated to Pofterity, for their constant and indefatigable Perseverance in Discharge of their Duty. Whoever reads the fillowing Pages, I hope will favourably consider the Intention, and generousy excuse the Performance, and

forbear to censure what they fee amifs ; and that it may give some Satisfaction to the Reader, is the bearty and sincere Defire of him who willingly would be serviceable, if it were in his Power. I am your molt Obedient, Humhle Servant,

PETER BRETT..

Please, gentle Reader, to accept of this,
E xcuse in it what thou doft fee amiss,
T hen will I wish to thee a constant Bliss ;
E ndeavour all Mistakes for to pass by,
Reveal not every Fault thou dost deicry,

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B e not, my Friend, to Calumny inelin'd,
Read ór'e these Lines in which I hope you'll

find,
Each page to be emufing to thy Mind;
That it may please, is my fincere Defire,
T ken do not of it's worth too nice enquire.

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