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c H A P. III.
How small a matter turns a fhip about?
с нА Р. VII.
CH A P. XVIII.
To save the ship, rich lading's cast away:
Whilft thou by art the filly fish dost kill,
С Н А Р. XXIII.
Storms make discov'ry of the pilot's skill :
сн А Р. XXIX.
How glad are feamen when they make the shore ?
A Dissuasive from the Sins of Drunkennefs, Swear
ing, L'ncleanness, forgetfulness of Mercies, &c.
The Epistle Dedicatory,
32 Caution 1. Of the Sin of Drunkenness,
32 Caution 2. The Art of Preserving the Fruits of the Lips, 340 Caution 3. The Harlot's Face, in the Scripture-Glass,
357 Guztion 4. Of Mercies and Promises,
362 Gaution 5. The Seaman's Catechism,
372 The SE A MAN'S COMPANION. The Epistle Dedicatory,
383 S E R M O N I.
The Seaman's Farewel. Afts xxi, 5, 6. " And we kneeled down on the shore, and * prayed; and when we had taken our leave one of apother, ve took ship, and they returned home again,”
S E RM 0 N II.
The Seaman in a Storm.
“ the sea in thips, that do business in great waters: these
SE R M O N III.
“ and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea; even there
SER Μ Ο Ν IV.
The successful Seaman. venit. viii. 17, 18. “And thou say in thine heart, My power, " and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth ; “ but thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is be “ that giveth thee power to get weakh,"
S E R Μ Ο Ν V.
The disappointed Seaman. Le v. 5.“ Maste
" Master; we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing,"
The Seaman's Return.
‘tain, there they hall offer facrifices of righteousness : for
H U S B A N DRY S P I RI I U Á LIZ E D:
Or, The Heavenly Use of Earthly THINGS.
Conffting of many pleasant obfervations, pertinent applicati
ons, and ferious reflections, and each chapter concluded with a divine, and suitable poem. Directing husbandmen to the most excellent improvements of their common employments. Whereunto are added, by way of Appendix, several choice occafional meditations, upon birds, beasts, trees, flowa ers, rivers, and several other objects ; fitted for the help of fuch as desire to walk with God in all their folitudes, and recefses from the world.
ancora in onor
THE EPISTLE DEDICATOR Y. To the Worshipful Robert SAVERY, and WILLIAM SA
VERY, of Slade Esquires.
a glass to discover the world above; Seculum eft speculum : and although I am not of their opinion, that say, the Heathens may spell Chrift out of the sun, moon, and stars ; yet this I know, that the irrational and inanimate, as well as rational ereatures, have a language, and tho' not by articulate speech, yet, in a metaphorical sense, they preach unto man the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, Rom. i. 20. “ There is (faith as the Pfalmift, Pfalm xix. 3.) no speech, nor language, where “ their voice is not heard," Or (as Junius renders it) there is no speech, nor words, yet without these, their voice is underftood, and their line (i. e. faith Diodate) their writing in gross, and plain draughts, is gone out through all the earth.
As man is compounded of a fleshly and fpiritual substance, fo God hath endowed the creatures with a spiritual, as well as feshly usefulness; they have not only a natural use in alimen. VOL. VI.
tal, and physical respects, but also a spiritual use, as they bear the figures and fimilitudes of many sublime and heavenly my. Itèries. Believe me (faith contemplative Bernard) thou shalt find more in the woods, than in a corner; stones and trees will teach thee what thou shalt not hear from learned doctors. By a skilful and industrious improvement of the creatures (faith Mr. Baxter excellently) we might have a fuller taste of Christ and heaven, in every bit of bread that we eat, and in every draught of bear that we drink, than most men have in the use of the facrament.
And as the creatures teach divine and excellent things, so they teach them in a perspicuous and taking manner : Duo illa nos maxime movent, fimilitudo et exemplum, faith the crator *. These two things, fimilitude and example, do especially move ús. Notions are more easily conveyed to the underítanding, by being first cloathed in some apt fimilitude, and so represented to the sense. And therefore Jesus Christ, the great Prophet, delighted much in teaching by parables; and the prophets were much in this way also, Hof. xii. ** I have used similitudes
by the ministry of the prophets." Those that can retain little of a fermon, yet crdinarily retain an apt fimilitude.
I confess it is an humbling confideration, That man, who at first was led by the knowledge of God, to the knowledge of the creature, muft now by the creatures learn to know God. That the creatures, (as one faith) like Balaam's afs, should teach their master. But though this be the unhappiness of poor man in his collapsed state, yet it is now his wisdom to improve such helps; and whilft' others, by the abuse of the creatures, are furthering their perdition, to be, by the spiritual improvement of them, promoting our own salvation.
It is an excellent art to discourse with birds, beasts, and fish es, about sublime and spiritual subjects, and make them anfwer to your questions; and this may be done, Job xii. 7,8. “Alk «s now the beasts, and they shall teach thee, and the fowls of the « air, and they shall tell thee; or speak to the earth, and it shall « teach thee, and the fishes of the fea shall declare unto thee." That is (faith neat and accurate + Caryl) the creatures teach us when we think of them : 'They teach us, though not for“mally, yet virtually; they answer and resolve the question
put to them, though not explicitely to the ear, yet convine,
cingly to the conscience. So then, we ask the creatures, ( when we diligently consider them, when we search out the « perfections and virtues that God hath put into, or stampe
† Caryl in loc.