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Suspiria Ecclesiae & reipublica Anglicanae The sighs of the Church and common-wealth of England, or, An exhortation to humiliation with a help thereunto, setting forth the great corruptions and mseries [sic] of this present church and state with the remedies that are to be applyed thereunto / by Thomas Warmstry.
Warmstry, Thomas, 1610-1665.
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Suspiria Ecclesiae Reipublicae Anglicanae The sighs of the Church and Common-wealth of ENGLAND OR An Exhortation to Humiliation with a help thereunto Setting forth the great corruptions and mseries of this present Church and State with the remedies that are to be applyed thereunto By THOMAS WARMSTRY D. D. Isa 59.1 2. Behold the Lords hand is not shortned that it cannot save neither his care heavy that it cannot heare But your iniquiries have separated between you and your God and your sinnes have hid his face from you LONDON Printed in the Yeare 1648. To the High and Mighty Prince CHARLES Prince of Wales and Heire Apparent of the Kingdomes of England Scotland and Ireland Increase of Grace Honour and Happinesse Great Sir I Here present you with the sad portraiture of the wasted and distressed Church and Kingdome of England which as it is both the subject and partner of your Fathers sorrowes so it is now become the object and matter for your Honourable Actions Many great and glorious spirits have lost their splendour for want of worke and many others have failed of true excellency by misemployment whilst the greatnesse of their achievements and victories have been blemished with injustice and impiety and for want of a right ground of their enterprises their conquests over the rights of other men have been but splendida peccata magna latrocinia God hath provided better worke for you to do Iustice and Honour lye equally before you and offer you a large sphaere for so bright a Planet to move in Since your businesse is not to oppresse but to deliver your oppressed Father and his people not to invade other mens rights but to recover your owne That you may be the Inheritour at once of the valour of your Grandfather the Great Henry of France and of the Iustice and Piety of your Father the Great Charles of England Of which two whether was more glorious the former in the prowesse of his doings or the latter in the constancy and patience of his sufferings may be the great controversie of Ages to come Both these together are a paire of golden Spurres presented unto your Highnesse to set you forward unto high undertakings that you may give the Crowne unto the Stories of your Ancestours let the foundation of your enterprises be Religion and then you may expect that the great God will finish them with a golden roofe of successe which is the hearty prayer of him Who is a most humble and faithfull Subject of your Fathers and honorour of your Highnesse Thomas Warmstry An Errata of the most remarkable Faults PAge 11 line 5. for cause read case p 15. l. 17. for limed r. livid p. 46. l. 9. for an r. and p. 53. l. 6. r. it not p. 89 l 18 r. moneths p. 94. l. 3. for one r. on p. 97. l. 19. for l. wguid r. languid p. 123. l. 10. for teares r. tares p. 146. l 2. r. Satyraâ p. 147. l. 6. r. praeter p. 148 l. 11. r. wooe p. 170 l 9 r ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã âb l. 10. r ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã p. 191. l. â5 r. in these p. 219. l. 13. r. Sacerdotalis p. 245. l. 17. r. of the Ministry âb l. 18 dele will p. 247. l. 19 r. nostrarum p. 279 l. 6. r. ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã ib. l. 13. for argued r. agreed p 334 l. 16. for tyranny r. titâââg ib. l 20. ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã ãâã p. 384. l. 5. r. unhappines ib. l. 20. for in târrâ r. interea l. ult for viz r. sânctis p. 385. l. 6. r. prodessent omnia p. 389. l. 7. 1. amoroas p. 417. l. 3. r. are as p. 494 l. 5. r. Chap. 5. p. 519. for to r. too p. 523. l. 2. dele our p. 530 l. 19. r. of the. In the Help for Humiliation Page 9. l. 2. dele stood p. 28. l. 6. dele and l. 7. r. and turned To the two Houses at Westminster IT is storyed of the most high God in the most ancient Records of the holy Writ that in the severall periods of his great worke of the world he ever and anon took the survey of the results of his operations and as it is said of every particular prospect that hee made of them That God saw that it was good so it is the sentence given of the full summe in the conclusion of them all That God saw every thing that he had made and behold it was very good It is not imaginable why the divine Architect should stoupe so farre unto the resemblance of a humane Method but that it was his holy pleasure so farre to limit his own power and wisdome in his performances that his operations might be at once both the matter of our admiration and the Patterne for our imitation otherwise as his omnipotent power could have made all things in a moment so his omniscient wisdome was too fully satisfied of the unblemishable clearenesse of all those streames that were to flow from the immaculate and abounding fountaine of his perfection to stand in need for himselfe of any after-game of wisdome to be plaid in the survay of that opifice which was made by that hand that could do nothing amisse It was then without doubt not for his need but for our instruction To teach us this lesson That as it concernes us to be well advised beforehand of the uprightnesse and conveniency of those things that we undertake so by reason of the manifold infirmities and the great liablenesse to failings and miscariages that are in us in the mannage of our best intentions and most upright designes we should adde unto our care of the predisposing of our actions in that we have to do a frequent survay of the severall events and effects of our performances in the examination of that which we have done And both these as they are very convenient and challenged by humane weakenesse of us in all sorts of our undertakings so are they indispensably necessary in those workes that are of most weighty and momentaneous concernment This rule then that is commended unto all by that most speaking and emphaticall example of the Almighty is much more than ordinarily urgent upon you who have had those works in your hands than which it is hard to find any of greater weight and hazzard within the Spheare of humane actions That is to say the rectifying or marring which indeed hath been your businesse of those two great bodies of humane society The state of a Church and of a Common-wealth whereupon the whole entire good or evill of mankind both temporall and eternall under God do depend whether you have in so great an exigent used that sincere and Christian forecast for the right and just platforming of your designes and undertakings as was requisite is a question too late now to be asked for the maine purpose of that inquiry Deliberatio non cadit in praeterita but yet it may be to some purpose for you