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* Serious Truths seriously delivered are not indeed very agreeable to the reigning Genius of Gallantry and Pleasure, so much in fashion, and so tenderly indulged. But as there is a Time to be allowed for the innocent Pleasures of Mirth and Diversion, so the Hours that are employ'd in the more ftudious Contemplation of Wisdom and Virtue, are naturally produetive of that sort of Pleasure which is above all other the most solid, satisfactory, and durable.
Of this, Sir, your own delightful Experience may give you a Proof. Of this every knowing and unprejudicd Person is so far fensible, that he cannot easily dislike a sincere and impartial Representation of the true State of Things, ef
pecially where there are great Dangers and -- Difficulties to be avoided or conquered, great
Advantages to be improved, and immenfe Rewards to be won or lost, all which require Care and Conduct, Courage and Industry, and will never be slighted or supinely neglected by faga- . cious, noble, and generous Minds.
If you shall be pleased to reflect a little on the laborious and hazardous Archievments of ancient Heroes recorded in History when they have only aim'd at Secular Glory, or on thofe of our
own. Times nearer in view; if you recollect ' with what Sweat and Toil, with how many
perilous Expeditions and Fatigues of Camps, with what Tharp and bloody Conflicts many :
Young Gentlemen of our own Nation have of late Years eagerly pursued Military Fame, and such Temporary Felicities, as the favour of their Prince, and the Applause of their Country, you will certainly be willing to take some Pains, and use the serious Application of your Powers and Faculties for overcoming more formidable, because Spiritual Enemies, for procuring the Favour of Almighty God, and obtaining a far more exceeding and eternal Weight of Glory. We may remember, that neither the Heat of Spain, nor the Cold of Germany, nor the ill Temperature of any foreign Climate, nor the Scarcity of Provisions, nor the Strength of the Enemy, nor the Face of any Danger, could rebate the Courage of our brave Captains, after it was once inflam’d by the Esteem they had of the Merit and Distinctions of the Field, and their Ambition to augment the Lustre of their honourable Profession, tho' when it rises highest and shines brightest 'tis but sublunary and fading. Why then should any Difficulties, Trials, or Dangers, since to Divine Grace none of them are insuperable, discourage any Christians, of what Rank or Quality soever, from fighting under the Banner of their Lord and Saviour, who will confer infinitely better Rewards on all his faithful Soldiers and Servants.
In this greatest and highest Warfare there are many illustrious Examples of renowned Worthies that have triumphantly march’d- before you, fome of which the Second Chapter of this
Essay offers to your Confideration. God grant you may constantly and unweariedly follow the noble Patterns they have set you, until you your self, as well as they, shall give a bright Example to a degenerate Age, and render your self as eminently conspicuous in relifting and conquering all that is opposite to Piety and Virtue as any of them ever were. These are the Hopes, Wishes, and Prayers of him who is with all Respect,
Of the Difficulties and Temptations to which the
The E X AMPLES of .. :
Simon Lord Digby, who died at Coles-bill in Warwickshire