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strength and virtuě: God, cum plenitudine potestatis (as we say) with all that ever he can do: and that is enough, I am sure.

For the other Immanu: though El. be the more principal, yet I cannot tell, whether it or Immanu do more concern us : for as in El is might, so in Immanu, is our right to his might, and to all he hath, or is worth: by that word we hold; therefore we lay hold of it. The very standing of it thus before, thus in the first place, toucheth us somewhat. The first thing ever that we look for, is nos, nobis, and noster, the possessives: for they do mittere in possessionem, put us in possession. We look for it first; and lo! it stands here first: nobiscum first, and then Deus, after. I shall not need to tell you that in nobiscum there is mecum; in nobiscum for us all, a mecum for every one of us. Out of this generality, of with us, in gross, may every one deduce his own particular; with and me, and me. me, For all put together make but nobiscum.



* This Immanu is

a compound again: we may take it in sunder, into nobis and cum: and so then have we three pieces, El, the mighty God; and Anu, we, poor we; (poor indeed, if we have all the world beside, if we have not Him to be with us :) and im, which is cum, and that cum in the midst between nobis and Deus, God and us; to couple God and us: thereby to convey the things of the one to the other. Ours to God:

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(alas! they be not worth the speaking of) chiefly then to convey to us the things of God. For that is worth the while: they are indeed worth the conveying.

This cum we shall never conceive to purpose, but carendo: the value of with, no way so well, as by without by stripping of cum from nobis. And so let nobis, (us) stand by ourselves, without Him, to see what our case is, but for this Immanuel. What if this virgin's child had not this day been born us; nobiscum (after) will be the better esteemed. For if this child be Immanuel, God with us; then without this child, this Immanuel, we be without God. Without Him in this world (saith the Apostle); and if without Him in this, without Him in the next; and if without Him there, if it be not Immanu-el, it will be Immanu-hel; and that, and no other place, will fall, I fear me, to our share. Without Him, this we are what with Him? Why, if we have Him, and God by Him, we need no more; Immanu-el and Immanu-all. All that we can desire is, for us to be with Him, with God, and he to be with us and we from Him, and he from us, never to be parted. We were with Him, once before, and we were well. and when we left Him, and he no longer with us, then began all our misery: whensoever we go from Him, so shall we be in evil case: and never be well till we be back with Him again.

Then if this be our case, that we cannot be without Him, no remedy then, but to get a cum, by whose means, nobis and Deus may come together again. And Christ is that cum, to bring it to pass. The parties are God and we: and now this day he is both. God, before, eternally; and now to-day, man: and so both, and takes hold of both, and brings both together again; for two natures here are in Him: if conceived and born of a woman, then a man; If God with us, then God. So Esay offered his sign, from the height above, or from the depth beneath: here it is. From above, El; from beneath,

Anu; one of us, now: and so his sign from both. And both these natures in the unity of one person, called by one name, even this name Immanuel. Vocabit nomen, I told you, in his name, is his vocation or office, to be, cum; to come between, that is, to be a mediator, to make him that was contra nos, nobiscum again. A mediator is not of one, but God is one. God and man are two; and they were two, (as they say ;) were two, and two will be, till he make them one. Recapitulate and cast up both into one sum; to knit Anu, that is, we, and El, that is, God, with his Im, into one: one word and one thing, univocè, again. So upon the point, in these three pieces, there be three persons; so, a second kind of trinity-God, we, and Christ; El is God; Anu we; for Christ nothing left but Im; that is, cum,

or with. For it is he that maketh the unity in this trinity; maketh God with us, and us with God and both, in and by him, to our eternal comfort and joy.

What is the boasted analysis of modern times to this admirable specimen of the good bishop Andrews! He continues it through double the space of that occupied by the extract, of which the unrivalled absurdity, I trust, will be excused, for the sake of its humorous quaintness.

Bishop Andrews, on account of his learning, his excellent moral character, and his high consideration at court, as well as with his cotemporaries at large, is justly regarded as one of the chief corrupters of the pulpit eloquence

of his time.

The following inscription is found under a print of the bishop, prefixed to his sermons and it will serve to shew the extravagant estimate once formed of his writings.

The lineaments of art have well set forth,.
Some outward features, though no inward worth;

But to these lines his writings added can
up the fair resemblance of a man.
For as the body's form is pictured here,

So there the beauties of his soul appear,
Which I had praised, but that in this place,

To praise them, were to praise him to his face.

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