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away, whether we eat or drink, whether we pleep or wake, or wbatever we do : Happy is be wbo to improves it, as that be may jovfully hope to receive the 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. Ecclefiafticus xviii. 10. As a Drop of Water unto the Sea, and a gravel Stone in comparison of the Sand, so are a thousünd Years to the Days of Eternity. And therefore while we have tbe enjoyment of that inestimable Treafure, Time, which this great Man so much wished for, let us carefully improve it, and not only read the Psalms of David, and the Epifles of St. Paul, and other divine Wrifings, but let us diligently imprint and lodge them in she inward Recesses of the Heart, that so we may fay, as was exprefied 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 Persons seem to twonder that I bould publish 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 Sinceriny 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 10 any worldly Advantage whatsoever, but for my own internal Satisfa&tion and Comfort, frequently pleafing 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 Levers of Piety and Virtue, they very often said it might be ujeful, if made publick, particularly for Youth, and for others who bad not much Time to pare 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 encouraged its Publica.

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rion, fome 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 inclix'd to Detraction, this theg may say is an Air of Vanity, but I bumbly hope it rather proceeds from a grateful sense of tbe Goodness of God whose great and innumerable Mercies cannot be fufficiently acknowledged, who in this world is of so discerning a Thougbt, as to diflinguish the bappe from the unhappy, is it the rich, the great, or the bonourable that are

fo? or is it the poor , the distress'd, tbe despis'd, that are miserable ? No, the poor Man who endeavours to discharge his Duly, having a sure Confidence in God, enjoys an inconceiveable Tranquility in the midst of be greatest Dangers and Distrel-fes, fo the rich Man enjoying all the good Things in this World, cannot be truly happy, without living in the Fear and Live of that God who for wise reafons 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 foould excite their love and Gran titude 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 bis 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 íhall 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 shall be wise for thyself; but if thou scorneft, chou alone shalt bear it. The Fear of the Lord, that is Wisdom, and to depart from Evil is UnderA 1:3

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tion, fome of them having beard me repeat for several Hours, from Time to Time, those, and such like Things as are contained in tbis Book. But as too mary in the World are inclii'd to Detraction, ibis tbeg may say is an Air of Vanity, but I bumbly hope it rather 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 diflinguild the barre from the unbappy, is it the ricb, the great, or the honourable that are

fo? or is it tbe poor, the distress'd, the defpis'd, that are miserable? No, the poor Man who endeavours to discharge his Duly, baving a sure Confidence in God, enjoys an inconceiveable Iranquility in the midf of the greatest Dançers and Difreljes, fo the rich Man enjoying all the good Ibings in tbis World, cannot be truly happy, without living in the Fear and Live of that God vbo for wile reafons makes fome Rich and others Poor. If they who think themselves Poor would make use of Confideration, they will find that they receive innumerable Bleffings from the Hand of God, which are too frequent y pasid by unregarded, which foould 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, bww unfearcbable are bis Judge ments, and his Ways pall 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 so doing. Sclomon saith, wise Men lay up Knowledge, and in anot ber Place, when Wisdom entereth into thine Heast, 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 jui Man, and he will encrease in Learning. If thou be wise thou shalt be wise for thyself; but if thoa score selt, thou alone shalt bear it. The fear of the Lord, chai is Wisdom, and to depart from Evil is Cromos

standing This Book contains about 120 Questions and Answers, which may be useful in Conversation ; and many remarkable Sayings of wife and learned Men. There are Texts of Scripture which I have collected 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 Archbishups 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, 1 hope will favourably consider the Intention, and generowly 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 lincere Defire of him who willingly would be serviceable, if it were in his Power. I am your mon Obedient, Humble Servant,

PETER BRETT.

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

find,
E ach Page to be amufing 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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