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He Author, be.
fore experience had suggested newo thoughts,
defion'd to com.
in prize his Devotions in oné Book But, seeing great variety was requifite, to avoid that dryness with which often repetition uses 'to dull our Prayers; and finding óne Tolnimè uncapable of great variety, unless of a bulk too big, or character too little for conve
rce': He resolo'd to divide
the Wbole into Three Parts whereof himself liv’d to set ou the First, and finish the Second in the manner you see; th Third, consisting of Prayers fo all occasions, fram'd by an in timate Friend according to hi directions, and overlookt by hin self, waits yet an opportunity conting forth. Mean time yo have here the Second part, coi taining the Life of our B. SA VIOUR in the words of ti Evangelifts themselves, and a gested ont of all four into'o continued History: 3 that t whole series' way be clearly difcernd, and no emphatical pression or circumstance in o
of the facred Historians tóft : following herein the much apa prov?d example of some of our own, as well as our Neighbour Divines; of a late one, of whom, at Paris, this seemsi a Translation. He meant it for Lessons to his Offices : whence, to ren. der it more clear to the understanding, and more affe&tive to the will, breaking the Context into fit periods, He fuited every one with Responsories ; which, being entirely his own work, are Printed in a different Letter, that who fopleales may read the sacred Story without interruptiv The Genealogies we find mitted and some part of the