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for the church, or Christ, will discover affection, I suppose he will merit the garland.
And as a compliment and crown of all, if to live be most for God's glory, though death be his advantage, he is resolved to submit, making obedience to Christ in life and death, his gain and triumph.
I confess, when he travelleth through those briary disputes, he cannot display such sparkling vivid affections : but when he hath gotten but a little above those lime-twigs, how doth he mount on high, and there, upon even wings, disdain all things below, triumphing in the embraces of his Saviour, who is to him more choice than the choicest of ten thou. sand!
If what I have attempted to prove be true, as I hope it is, then consider,
Either those who are eminent in affection, and otherwise know little; or those who, as they abound in one, are also masters in the others. Distinguish appearances from truth; reading, memory, discourses, effects of sense or complexion, from that which entereth the soul, becometh real there, acteth, Aoweth from thence as a spring : and then will you conclude, that all knowledge lieth in the affection; that all knowledge is but one, differing only in degrees.
And lastly, that all, whether knowledge or affection, is but the truth, that spiritual ray of heavenly
light which God is pleased to present to our view under several shapes, yet is but one and the same being, scil. light and truth,
2. Lord Brook also wrote, “A Discourse against Episcopacy," published in 1641, 4to.
Thomas FULLER, historian and divine, was born at Akle, Northamptonshire, in 1608, After being initiated in grammar-learning by his father, he was sent at the early age of twelve years to Queen's College, in Cambridge, where he took his degrees in arts, He afterwards removed to Sidney College, of which he became a fellow in 1631; and at the same time obtained a prebend in the church of Salisbury. In 1641, he was chosen lecturer at the Savoy; and to shew his fidelity to the royal cause, he procured, in 1643, a nomination as chaplain to the royal army. Prior to this, however, he had been deprived of all his benefices. While with the army, he employed his leisure chiefly in making histori,
cal collections; particularly in collecting materials for his Worthies of England.
Towards the close of the war, part of the royal army, under lord Hopton, being driven into Cornwall, Fuller, by permission, took refuge at Exeter, where he resumed his studies, and was moreover appointed chaplain to the princess Henrietta Maria, who was born at Exeter in June 1643. He soon after obtained a patent from the king for his presentation to the living of Dorchester, which however he did not receive. He continued his attendance on the princess, till the surrender of Exeter to the parliament, in April 1646.
On his return to London he was chosen lecturer at St. Clement's Lane, near Lombardstreet, and soon after removed to St. Bride's in Fleet-street. About 1648, he became chaplain to the earl of Carlisle, by whom he was presented with the rectory of Waltham, in Essex.
After the restoration, he also was restored to his preferments; he was moreover chosen chap ain extraordinary to the king; and in 1660, created doctor of divinity, at Cambridge, by Mandamus. He died in August of the year 1661.
The works of Fuller are numerous; of which the first was :
1. “ The History of the Holy War.” Cambridge, folio, 1640.
2. “ The Holy State.”Cambridge, folio, 1642.
3. Pisgah-Sight of Palestine, and the Confines thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon," 1650, folio, embellished with a frontispiece, and many other copper-plates. It is divided into five books.
4.“ Abel Redivivus," 4to. 1651. This consists of some particular lives of religious reformers, martyrs, confessors, bishops, doctors, and other learned divines, foreign and domestic.
5. “ The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ to the Year 1648;" to which work are subjoined, “ The History of the University of Cambridge since the Conquest; and the History of Waltham Abbey, Essex, founded by King Harold.”—
On the Prodigious Number of Monasteries, Ann. 977.
Another humour of the former age (to make one digression for all) still continued and increased, vent