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better. On the whole, if ought that's here
may be useful to any good Chriftian, and any ways tend to promote Piety, I shall be better pleas'd than if I could have compos'd a Book on any other Subject, worthy to be dedicated in the Vatican : For I hope I am got on the right side of the World, and am as indifferent to that, as that can be to me; which I have endeavour'd to express in one of Jerom Vida's, Good and pious Prayer's directed ill, (with which I shall take my leave of thee ) address’d by him to St. Stephen the Proto- Martyr, but I have taken the Liberty to turn it to him whom that Saint saw Standing on the Right-Hand of God. The Lines are as follow;
Aspice prefens, Da fraudis scelerisque exortem ducere vitam, Da contemnere opes, vulgi gaudia, honores, Et casto usque tuis operari pectore Sacris !
With Eyes of Pity, Saviour ! me survey, Be present to my Vows, and hear me when I pray;
Grant me a Life from great Offences free,
The GOSPEL according
to St. Matthew.
CONTENTS referring to the Chapters.
of Ease :
World's Decay :
Morn arife 28