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teaching, and the people for an untaught and irreligious gadding rout, what can be more fair, then when a man judicious, learned, and of a conscience, for ought we know, as good as theirs that taught us what we know, shall not pri. vily from house to house, which is more dangerous, but openly by writing publish to the world what his opinion is, what his reasons, and wherefore that which is now thought cannot be found. Christ urg'd it as wherewith to justifie himself, that he preacht in publick; yet writing is more publick then preaching; and more easie to refutation, if need be, there being so many whose bufineffe and profession meerly it is, to be the champions of Truth; which if they
neglect, negleet, what can be imputed but their sloth, or unability ?
Thus much we are hinder'd and disinur’d by this cours of licencing toward the true knowledge of what we seem to know. For how much it hurts and hinders the licencers themselves in the calling of their Ministery, more then any secular employment, if they will discharge that office as they ought, so that of necessity they must neglect either the one duty or the other, I infist not, be, cause it is a particular, but leave it to their own conscience, how they will de eide it there.
There is yet behind of what I pur-, pos’d to lay open, the incredible loffe, and detriment that this plot of licencing
puts us to, more then if for enemy at sea should stop up all our hav’ns and ports, and creeks, it hinders and retards the importation of our richest marchandize, Truth : nay it was first estab. lifht and put in practice by Antichristian malice and mystery on fet purpose to extinguish, if it were poffible, the light of Reformation, and to settle falíhood; little differing from that policie wherewith the Turk upholds his Alcoran, by the prohibition of Printing. 'Tis not deny’d, but gladly confest, we are to fend our thanks and vows to heav'n, louder then most of Nations, for that great measure of truth which we enjoy, especially in those main points between us and the Pope, with his appertinences
the Prelats : but he who thinks we are to pitch our tent here, and have attained the utmost prospect of reformation, that the mortall glaise wherein we contemplate, can shew us, till we come to beatific vision, that man by this very opinion declares, that he is yet farre short of Truth.
Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape moft glorious to look on : but when he ascended, and his Apostles after him were laid asleep, then strait arose a wicked race of deceivers, who as that story goes of the Ægyptian Typhon with his conspirators, how they dealt with the good Osiris, took the virgin Truth, hewd her lovely form into a thousand
peeces, and scatter'd them to the four winds. From that time ever since, the fad friends of Truth, such as durft appear, imitating the carefull search that Ijes made for the mangl’d body of Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb still as they could find them. We have not yet found them all, Lords and Coinmons, nor ever shall doe, till her Masters second comming ; he shall bring together every joynt and member, and fhall mould them into an immortall feature of lovelines and perfection. Suffer. not these licencing prohibitions to stand at every place of opportunity forbidding and disturbing them that continue seeking, that continue to do our obsequies to the torn body of our martyr'd Saint. '