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and the servant of my God, I know there was nothing to be expected but serenity and sweetness, gentleness and goodness, royal favours and princely graces; and, therefore, in such fruitful showers, I have no cause to fear, that my fleece shall be dry, when all that is round about it, shall be made irriguous with your princely influence. I shall, therefore, humbly hope, that your Royal Highness will first give me pardon, and then accept this humble oblation from him who is equally your servant, for your great relations, and for your great excellencies : for I remember with what pleasure I have heard it told, that your Royal Highness's Court hath been, in all these late days of sorrow, a sanctuary to the afflicted, a chapel for the religious, a refectory to them that were in need, and the great defensative of all men, and all things, that are excellent; and therefore, it is but duty, that, by all the acknowledgments of religion, that honour should be paid to your Royal Highness, which so eminent virtues perpetually have deserved. But because you have long dwelt in the more secret recesses of religion, and that, for a long time, your devotion hath been eminent, your obedience to the strictest rules of religion hath been humble and diligent, even up to a great example, and that the service of God hath been your great care, and greatest employment; your name hath been dear and highly honourable amongst the sons and daughters of the church of England ; and we no more envy to Hungary the great name of St. Elizabeth, to Scotland the glorious memory of St. Margaret, to France the triumph of the piety of St. Genevieve, nor St. Katharine to Italy, since in your royal person we have so great an example of our own, one of the family of saints, a daughter to such a glorious saint and martyr, a sister to such a king, in the arms of whose justice and wisdom we lie down in safety, having now nothing to employ us, but in holiness and comfort to serve God, and, in peace and mutual charity, to enjoy the blessings of the government under so great, so good a king.
But, Royal Madam, I have yet some more personal ground for the confidence of this address; and because I have received the great honour of your reading and using divers of my books, I was readily invited to hope, that your Royal Highness would not reject it, if one of them desired, upon a special title, to kiss your princely hand, and to pay thanks for the gracious reception of others of the same cognation. The style of it is fit for closets, plain and useful; the matter is of the greatest concernment, a rule for the usage of the greatest solemnity of religion: for as the eucharist is, by the venerable
fathers of the church, called the queen of mysteries;' so the worthy communicating in this, is the most princely conjugation of graces in the whole rosary of Christian religion ; and, therefore, the more proportioned and fitted for the handling of so princely a person, whom the beauty of the body, and the greatness of birth, and excellency of religion, do equally contend to represent excellent and illustrious in the eyes of all the world.
Madam, it is necessary that you be all that, to which these excellent graces and dispositions do design you : and to this glorious end, this manual may, if you please, add some moments; the effecting of which is all my design, except only that it is intended, and I humbly pray that it may be looked upon, as a testimony of that greatest honour, which is paid you by the hearts and voices of all the religious of this church; and particularly of,
Most humble and most devoted Servant,
When St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin-Mother had, for a time, lost their most holy Son, they sought him in the villages and the highways, in the retinues of their kindred, and the caravans of the Galilean pilgrims; but there they found him not. At last, almost despairing, faint and sick with travel and fear, with desires and tedious expectations, they came into the temple to pray to God for conduct and success; knowing and believing assuredly, that if they could find God, they should not long miss to find the holy Jesus; and their faith deceived them not: for they sought God; and found him, that was God and man, in the midst and circle of the doctors. But being surprised with trouble and wonder, they began a little to expostulate with the divine child, why he would be absent so long, and leave them (as it must needs be when he is absent from us) in sorrow and uncertain thoughts? This question brought forth an answer, which will be for ever useful to all, that shall inquire after this holy child : for as they complained of his absence, so he reproved their ignorance : " How is it that ye have so fondly looked for me, as if I were used to wander in unknown paths without skill, and without a guide ? why did ye inquire after me in highways and village-fields ?
Ye never knew me wander, or lose my way, or abide but where I ought; why, therefore, did ye not come bither to look for me? Did ye not know that I ought to be in my Father's house a ?” that is, there where God is worshipped, where he loves to dwell, where he communicates his blessing and holy influences : there, and there only, we are sure to meet our dearest Lord.
a So the Syriac interpreter renders the Greek iv toss TOī nargás pov,' in the places of my Father:'• Iu iis quæ Patris mei sunt,'— so the Arabic version. • Io negotiis Patris mei,' in my Father's business,' — 80 Castalio, Piscator, and our English Bibles. But the second reddition is more agreeable with the words of the Greek, and the first is more consonant to the use of that phrase in the New Testament. So Jobn, xix. 27. St. John received the mother of our Lord, sis ta ida, ' recepit eam in domum suam ;' so Beza and our English translation : "he took hier to his own house.' And thus St. Chry. sostom uses the same phrase, Serm. 52. in Genes. [Toữ & TOMLÚVELS Tòy Sinalov ; ουκ οίσθα ότι όπου αν αυτόν επελθείν συμβαίνη, έν τοϊς του δεσπότου του εαυτού αυτών åváyun; ' Whither do you drive the just man? Do you not know, that wherever he sets his foot, he is within his Father's house or territory po
For this reason, the place of our address to God and holy conversation with him, he is pleased to call ' his house, that with confidence we may expect to meet him there, when we go to worship; and when the solemnities of religion were confined to the tabernacle, he therefore made it to be like a house of use and dwelling, that in that figure he might tell us where his delight and his abode would be; and, therefore, God furnished the tabernacle with the utensils of a prophet's room at least, a table and a candlestick; and the table must have dishes and spoons, bowls and covers, belonging to it; the candlesticks must have lamps, and the lamps must be continually burning. And besides this, the house of God must have in it a continual fire, the fire must not go out by night nor day; and to this the prophet alludes: “God hath his fire in Sion, and his hearth, or furnace, in Jerusalem :" and after all, there must be meat in his house too. And as this was done by the sacrifices of old, so, by the Lord's Supper, in the New Testament. So that now it is easy to understand the place and the reason of Christ's abode; even in his Father's house, there where his Father dwells; and loves to meet his servants; there we are sure to find the Lord. For as God descended and came into the tabernacle invested with a cloud, so Christ comes to meet us, clothed with a mystery : he hath a house below as well as above b; here is his dwelling, and here are his provisions; here is his fire, and here his meat; hither God sends his Son, and here his Son manifests himself; the church and the holy table of the Lord, the assemblies of saints, and the devotions of his people; the word and the sacrament, the oblation of bread
O Tarpeie Pater, qui templa secundam Incolis à cælo sedem.