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Chzillian Religion.

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ROBERT JENKIN,

Chaplain to the Right Honourable the EAR I
of EXETER, and late Fellow of St. John's
College in Cambridge.

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Printed for Peter Buck, at the Sign of the Temple,
near the Inner-Temple-Gate, in Fleet-Street,

M DC XCVIII.

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The Right Honourable,

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EARL of EXETER.

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May it Please Your LORDSHIP,

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HE general Decay and Contempt of the Chriftian Religion amongst us, has made me think, that I could not better employ the Leifure, which, by Your Lordship's favour, I enjoy, than in ufing my beft Endeavours to fbew the Excellency and the Certainty of it. And what I have done, is here humbly presented to your Lordship, as of Right, and upon many Accounts, it ought to be.

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The Honour and the Satisfaction which I have often had to hear Your Lordship Speak in the behalf of Religion and Vertue, encourage me to hope, that a Performance, though but fuch as this, upon that Subject, may obtain your Acceptance. And the Name only of a Perfon of your LordShip's Honour, and Learning, and Knowledge of the World, may perhaps be of more advantage to the Caufe I undertake, than any thing I have been able to

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Religion may feem, by Defcent, and as it were, by Inheritance, to belong to Your Lordship's Care: The Wisdom and Piety of Tour Great Anceftor appear to diftant Ages in the Reformation, which, through the Bleffing of God, was in fo great a measure, by His means, establish'd in this Kingdom. And I have with joy often thought, that I could obferve the Spirit and Genius of my Lord Trea furer BURGHLEY now exerting it self more than ever in your Noble Family. From whence, methinks, we may prefage Hap

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piness to the Nation, and may yet expect to see a true sense of Religion revive, and may hope, that even in our days, Christianity, amongst English-men, fhall be more than a Name, which is every where spoken againft.

An eminent Vertue is a Publick Good There is a powerful and commanding Force in Great Examples, to countenance. Vertue, and difcourage Vice and Profaneness; to make Irreligion appear, as it is, bafe and contemptible in the World to degrade it, and thruft it down among

the lower and untaught part of Mankind. Much is not to be expected from the Schools and from the Gown, under fuch Contempt and Difcouragement. But the Great and the Honourable have it in their power to do great things; things worthy of Themfelves, and for the advancement of God's Glory. Perfons of High Birth, and both by Nature and Education fitted for the Higheft Undertakings, whofe Vertues fhall flourish with their Tears, and add New Luftre to their Hereditary Ho

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