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JOHN DONNE, D.D.,
DEAN OF SAINT PAUL'S,
WITH A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE.
HENRY ALFORD, M. A.,
VICAR OF WYMESWOLD, leicesterSHIRE, AND LATE FELLOW OF
IN SIX VOLUMES.
JOHN W. PARKER, WEST STRAND.
A SERMON PREACHED TO QUEEN ANNE, AT DENMARK-HOUSE, DECEMBER 14, 1617.
PROVERBS viii. 17.
I love them that love me, and they that seek me early shall find me.
As the prophets, and the other secretaries of the Holy Ghost in penning the books of Scriptures, do for the most part retain, and express in their writings some impressions, and some air of their former professions; those that had been bred in courts and cities, those that had been shepherds and herdsmen, those that had been fishers, and so of the rest; ever inserting into their writings some phrases, some metaphors, some allusions, taken from that profession which they had exercised before; so that soul, that hath been transported upon any particular worldly pleasure, when it is entirely turned upon God, and the contemplation of his allsufficiency and abundance, doth find in God fit subject, and just occasion to exercise the same affection piously, and religiously, which had before so sinfully transported, and possessed it.
A covetous person, who is now truly converted to God, he will exercise a spiritual covetousness still, he will desire to have him all, he will have good security, the seal and assurance of the Holy Ghost; and he will have his security often renewed by new testimonies, and increases of those graces in him; he will have witnesses enough; he will have the testimony of all the world, by his good life and conversation; he will gain every way at God's hand, he will have wages of God, for he will be his servant; he will have a portion from God, for he will be his son; he will have a reversion, he will be sure that his name is in the book of