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J. Sturt fe.
Etatfua quando hocfcripfit,76.A.D1616,
The SUBSTANCE of
Eternal Felicity of the Saints.
Publifh'd in Latin 94 Years ago.
By B. EN K S, Rector of Harley in
Fas eft & ab Hofte deceri.
Printed for W. Rogers at the Sun against St. Dunstan's
To the Right Honourable
Earl of Bradford,
Lord Lieutenant of the County of Salop; and One of Her Majefties moft Honourable Privy-Council.
Must deny my felf the Liberty of Expatiating upon the usual Subject of Dedications; Leaft I should create Uneafinefs to one that I know had rather hear any thing than his own Praifes. But this being the first PubliA 3
cation that I have made fince your Lordfhip became my Patron, I fhall prefume on your Pardon for Honouring my felf fo far as to put it into your Honour's hands. Tho the Prefent which here I make be Such as may at first surprize your Lordship, confidering where I had it, and who was the Compofer of it: Yet if I have refcued a beautiful Banner out of the Enemies Tents, where I found fome of our own Truths well drefs'd and finely Adora'd, I hope your Lordship will like the Notions never the worse, that they are none of my Own, when you'll find 'em much fuperior to any of Mine. The most that I can here pretend being but to make 'em Palatable to the English Reader, and Inoffenfive to fuch as may mistrust the unfriendly Author.
Numb. 23, & 4.
But Truth is never the Lefs it felf, whoever Speaks it. Even a falfe Prophet once gave out fuch glorious Truths as ftill shine bright in two Chapters of our Bible. So can be that does Wonders Over-rule even the very worst Inftruments, to make