A brief ANSWER to a late Treatise OF THE SABBATH DAY.

Digested Dialogue-wise between two Divines, A. and B.

A.

BRother▪ you are happily mett?

B.

And you Brother also.

A.

I would I might spend an houre or two with you in private conference, in a point wherein I have of late been not a little perplexed.

B.

Why, what is the matter, Brother?

A.

Have you not seene a late Treatise of the Sabbath Day, pubished by an eminent Antistes in this Church?

B.

Yes: I have both seene, and perused it.

A.

I pray you what thinke you of it?

B.

I thinke it is a very dangerous Booke.

A.

What meane you by that?

B.

I 〈…〉 to the Author, if it were well examined before 〈…〉.

A.

How so, I pray you?

B.

Because it overthrowes the doctrine of the Church of England in the point of the Sabbath.

A.

Pardon mee; that seemes to mee impossible.

B.

VVhy?

A.

Because hee sayth expresly in the very title page of his booke, that it contayneth A Defence of the Orthodox all Doctrine of the Church of England, against Sabbatarian novelty. And therefore I am confident, hee will looke to make that good.

B.

But be not too confident, you know the Proverbe, Fronti rara fides. The fowlest causes may have the fairest pretences.

A.

That is true you say. But yet I cannot be perswaded, that so great a Personage, would so farre overshoot, as to give that advantage to those, whom hee makes his adversaries. Nay you know his Booke is dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury; by whose direction, and that according to his sacred Majesties command, hee was set upon this worke, both for the preventing of mischief, (as himself sayth in his Epistle dedicatory to the sayd Archbishop) and to settle the Kings good subjects, who have long time been distracted about Sabbatarian questions. Now if hee mayntaine not, but (as you say) overthrow the doctrine of the Church of England, hee will have small thanks from his sacred Majestie for his paines, who is the Defender of the Faith of the Church of England, and hath often solemnely protested, and that in his publike 1 Declarations in print, that hee will never suffer therein the least innovation. And what thanks then can hee expect from the Archbishop, trow you? And in stead of preventing, hee will pull on greater mischiefs; and in stead of setling the Kings good subjects, hee will fill their minds with greater distractions. And therefore, Brother, in so saying, you lay a heavy charge upon him. Its dangerous so to charge a person of that dignity, and esteeme in the world. Take heed therefore what you say. You know also that hee is a great Scholar, deeply learned, a reverend Father of the Church so as his judgment is taken almost for an Oracle. And you know also what is sayd in a late Booke, allowed by authority, that the holy Fathers in God the2 Bishops, are to be guides in Divinity unto the whole Clergy of inferior order, so as all Priests are to submit unto their Godly iudgements in all matters pertayning unto Religion. And the reason is given, because the Fathers of ...

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