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ever they be miscall’d, that defire to live purely, in such a use of God's ordi.' nances, as the best guidance of their conscience gives them, and to tolerat then, though in some disconformity to ourselves. The book it self will tell us? more at large, being publisht to the world, and dedicated to the Parlament by him who both for his life and for his death deserves, that what advice he left be not laid by without perufall.
And now the time in speciall is, by priviledge to write and speak what may help to the furder discussing of matters in agitation. The temple of Janus with his two controversal faces might now not unsignificantly be set open. And though all the windes of doctrin were let loose"
to play upon the earth, fo Truthi be in, the field, we do injuriously by licencing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falshood grapple; who ever, Ķnew Truth put to the wors, in a free; and open encounter ? Her confuting is, the best and surest.suppressing. He who hears what praying there is for light and clearer knowledge to be sent down among us, would think of other matters, to be constitued beyond the discipline of Geneva, framd and fabric't already to our hands. Yet when the new light which we beg for shines in upon us, there be who envy, and oppase it, if it come not first in at their casements. What a collufion is this, whenas we are «exhorted by the wise man to use dilia
gence, to seek for wisdom as for biddin treasures early and late, that another order shall enjoyn us to know nothing but by statute. When a man hath bin labouring the hardest labour in the deep mines of knowledge, hath furnisht out his findings in all their equipage, drawn forth his reasons as it were a battell raung’d, scatter'd and defeated all objections in his way, calls out his adverfary into the plain, offers him the advantage of wind and sun, if he please; only that he may try the matter by dint of argument, for his opponents then to sculk, to lay ambushments, to keep a narrow bridge of licencing where the challenger should paffe, though it be valour anough in fouldiership, is but
weaknes and cowardise in the wars of Truth. For who knows not that Truth is strong next to the Almighty? The needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licencings, to make her victorious, those are the shifts and defences that error uses against her power : give her but room, & do not bind her when fhe sleeps, for then she speaks not true, as the old Proteus did, who spake oracles only when he was caught & bound, but then rather she turns herself into all shapes, except her own, and perhaps tunes her voice according to the time, as Micaiah did before Ahab, untill she be adjur'd into her own likenes. Yet is it not impoffible that fhe may have more shapes than one. What else is all that rank of
things indifferent, wherein Truth may be on this fide, or on the other, without being unlike her self? What but a vain shadow else is the abolition of thole ordinances, that hand-writing nayid to the crosje? what great purchase is this Chris. tian liberty which Paul so often boasts of? His doctrine is, that he who eats or eats not, regards a day, or regards it not, may doe either to the LORD. How many other things might be tolerared in peace, and left to conscience,' had we but charity, and were it not the chief strong hold of our hypocrisie to be ever judging one another. I fear yet this iron yoke of outward conformity hath left a Navish print upon our necks; the ghost of a linnen decency yet haunts us. We Аа 2