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Truths Returne: In anſwer to a MALIGNANT PAMPHLET, PRETENDED To be written by a moſt Orthodox, Moderate, and judicious Divine, a bani­ſhed Miniſter of this miſerable Kingdom;

TO A Vertuous Lady, who (for the exerciſe of her Devotion) built a Cloſet, wherein to ſecure the moſt ſacred Book of COMMON-PRAYER, from the view and violence of the enemies thereof, Sectaries and Schiſmatiques of this KINGDOME.

Being printed together; that thereby the great dif­ference may appear, between Prayer reall, and pretended: a forme of Godlineſſe, and the power thereof.


Pray Without ceaſing, quench not the ſpirit,

Theſ. 5.17, 19.

The naturall man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are fooliſhneſſe to him; neither can be know them, be­cauſe they are ſpiritually diſcerned,

1 Cor. 2.14.

Prove all things, hold faſt that which is good,

1 Theſ. 5.21.

LONDON, Printed by J. C. 1646.


To a vertuous and judicious Lady, who (for the exerciſe of her devotion) built a Cloſet, wherein to ſecure the moſt Sacred Booke of COMMON PRAYER, from the view and violence of the enemies thereof, the Sectaries and Schiſmatiques of this Kingdome.

SInce it hath pleas'd our wiſe and new-borne State
The Common-Prayer-Book t' excommunicate:
To turne it out of all, as if it were
Some grand Malignant, or ſome Cavaliere:
Since in our Churches it's by them forbid
To ſay ſuch Prayers, as our Fathers did:
So that Gods Houſe muſt now be call'd no more
The Houſe or Prayer, ſo ever call'd before:
As if thoſe Chriſtians were reſolv'd to uſe
That Houſe, as bad, as ever did the Jews:
Since that of Chriſt, may now of Prayer be ſaid,
It wants a place Whereon to lay its head;
I cannot chuſe but think, it was your care,
To build your Cloſet for diſtreſſed PRAYER;
2 Which here in mourning clad, preſents it ſelfe,
Begging ſome little corner on your ſhelfe:
For ſince 't is banniſh'd from all publike view,
There be none dare it entertain, but you.
How times and men are chang'd! who would have thought
I'have ſeen the Service-Book thus ſet at naught?
A Book worth Gold, if rightly underſtood;
Compos'd by Martyrs, ſealed with their blood.
Once burnt by Papiſts, meerly for this cauſe,
It was repugnant to their Popiſh Lawes.
Now by our Zelots 't is condemn'd to die,
Becauſe (forſooth) 't is full of Popery.
And thus we ſee the Golden meane defy'd,
And how ('twixt two extreames) 't is crucify'd.
But 't is no matter, we ſee ſtranger things,
Kings muſt be Subjects now, and Subjects, Kings.
The meaner ſort of men have all the power;
The upper end is now beneath the lower:
The head below the feet; they'll weare the Crowne:
Who would not think the world's turn'd upſide-down?
Learning muſt now give place to Ignorance,
So muſt a Statute to an Ordinance;
Religion; to Prophaneneſſe, and vain-glory;
The Common Prayer-Book; to the Directory.
All things are out of order, and I feare,
Are like to be, till we are as we were:
Till Biſhops do returne to end the ſtir
Twixt th' Independent and the Presbyter:
Till Kings be Kings, and till we (wiſhed) ſee
The Church enjoy her ancient Lyturgie:
Till Loyalty be had in more regard:
And till Rebellion hath its juſt reward.
And that theſe things may be, we'll not deſpaire:
All this, and more, may be obtain'd by Prayer.
THou grand Malignant Prieſt who ſeem'ſt to dare
That Precious true-borne State, whom God did ſpare.
When your ſtrong forces felt his wrath and hate
Whilſt he up raiſ'd this Kingdom, in our State.
And made them glorious, to reforme thoſe things
Our Fathers did amiſſe, as did our Kings.
When injudicious, Arrogant, Divines
In orthodox, and proud, did rule thoſe times.
But now, the Clouds diſpeld;
2 Cor. 4.2, 3, 4.
the Goſpels light
Diſcovers truths, and makes them ſhine ſo bright.
That purblind eyes, are made ſtark blind, while ſome
Have gain'd their ſight, and now to light are come.
What truth more cleare, can any Saint inherit,
When God doth promiſe for to powers his ſpirit
Of grace and ſupplications on them all
That mourne, and pray, and on Gods name do call?
In bitterneſſe, then each relations heart
In all the land ſhall mourn for ſin apart:
King, Prophet, people, (all that grace attaine)
Their wives, and Families, that do remaine.
Thus God removes all tottering formes,
Heb. 12.27.28.
and he
A Kingdome gives, that moved cannot bee.
Believe but Jeſus, formes of Prayer are none
But in the Spirit, to worſhip God alone.
God is a Spirit, true worſhippers and juſt
In ſpirit and truth, the Father, worſhip muſt.
4The manner how, and what to aske,
Mat. 6.9. Lnk. 11.2.
Is onely, in the Lords Prayer clearly ſhewn.
That forme of words none vſ'd but Chriſt as yee
Thence to the end, o'th Revelations ſee.
2 Tim. 3.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
A forme, the vil'ſt of men, do onely uſe:
The pow'r of godlineſſe they do refuſe:
Lead others Captive: Reprobate are they
(God us commands from ſuch to turne away.)
Idnnes and Iambres like, they truth reſiſt
Vnmaskt to all,
Ro. 8.26.27.
theſe fooles, ſhall not perſiſt.
By'th Spirit of Chriſt,
1 Pet. 2.5.
our Spirits framed are
An Habitation:
Gal. 1.22.23.
Wee; his Houſe of Prayer.
Saints are the Churches,
Ioh 4.20.
which true Chriſtians uſe,
Your Churches are a fragment of the Jews.
Luke 13.32.
You Foxes are,
C. 9.5.8.
as Chriſt of Herod ſaid
Your holes,
Luke 14.46.
afford no roome, to reſt his head.
You, nor your Fathers never tooke the care
To get your hearts,
Mat. 15.8.9.
to be Chriſts Houſe of Prayer.
Dead formes in bookes you Idolize alone;
1 Pet. 2.4.
To Chriſt you come not as a living Stone.
You, and your Churches, are alike beſtead:
Your hearts as ſtony,
Heb. 12.13.14.
hard, key cold, and dead.
Your Common-Service Booke if,
1 Pet. 4.19.
once a crute;
The lame once heald, would never more it touch.
That faith in prayer,
1 Sam. 13.9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. C. C., 20, 22, 23, 30, 31, 32, 33.
the Martyrs tongues expreſt
Flow'd onely from Gods Spirit, in their breſt.
Their paths made ſtraight; their feete went not aſtray:
In Peace, and Holineſſe they kept that way.
You lame; out of the way are turned quite
Your diſobedience hat full in Gods ſight.
Like Saul, you force ſuch ſervice on the Lord,
5 As makes your Prayers and Perſons both abhord.
Your grand rebellions hatefull in Gods ſight
Ye ſlew the Saints, ſpat'd for Amalekite.
God gave our State, his wiſdome, and a call
And power to hew your hopes, in peeces ſmall.
Your golden Book, the people dejfi'd
If Papiſts, (Alcaron like) could not abide.
Much leſſe, could our juſt State indure ſuch things
As hurt themſelves, our Kingdome, and our Kings.
2 Kin. 18.4.
Therefore they Covenant, wholly to reduce
All to Gods word, even the primary uſe.
And now no wonder, we ſee ſuch ſtrange things
As Kings Gods Subjects, Subjects made Gods Kings.
Rev. 1.6. C. 2.26, 27, 28. C. 21.24.26. Eſa. 60.3. 2 Tim. 4.8. 2 Pet. 3.16, 17, 18. 1 Cor. 14.22, 23, 24, 25. C. 1 Cor. 14.33. Heb. 8.10.11. Ier. 31.33.34. 1 Kin. 2.44, 45, 46. Dan. 7.16.
Such men have all, the power of Chriſt we know
In Heaven above, and on the earth below.
Thus all degrees, below enjoy a Crowne
The world to Heaven, is turned upſide downe.
Gods Learning, muſt take place of Ignorance
The Goſpel of each; Law, and Ordinance.
Religion, of Prophaneneſſe, and vain glory:
And pretious faith, lookes to Gods directory.
Gods order in all things ſhall thus appeare
Gods truth, all enemies, ſhall quite caſhire.
Kings, Paſtors, People, all on God depend
Andayling Shime's juſtly brought to end.
The Churches ſhall enjoy their Liberty
Received from Chriſt, without Malignity.
Rebellion, it ſhall have the juſt reward:
And Loyalty, be had in due regard.
6But ask in faith, of Chriſt,
Mat. 21.22: Iohn 16.23.24. Iam. 5.15.16.
and do not feare
To gaine all needfull things, by hearty Pray'r.
Theodore Iennings.

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TextTruths returne: in answer to a malignant pamphlet, pretended to be written by a most orthodox, moderate, and judicious divine, a banished minister of this miserable kingdom; to a vertuous lady, who (for the exercise of her devotion) built a closet, wherein to secure the most sacred Book of Common-Prayer, from the view and violence of the enemies thereof, sectaries and schismatiques of this kingdome. Being printed together; that thereby the great difference may appear, between prayer reall, and pretended: a forme of godlinesse, and the power thereof. / By Theo: Jennings, gent.
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Bibliographic informationTruths returne: in answer to a malignant pamphlet, pretended to be written by a most orthodox, moderate, and judicious divine, a banished minister of this miserable kingdom; to a vertuous lady, who (for the exercise of her devotion) built a closet, wherein to secure the most sacred Book of Common-Prayer, from the view and violence of the enemies thereof, sectaries and schismatiques of this kingdome. Being printed together; that thereby the great difference may appear, between prayer reall, and pretended: a forme of godlinesse, and the power thereof. / By Theo: Jennings, gent. Jennings, Theodore.. [2], 6 p. Printed by J.C.,London, :1646.. (Includes: To a vertuous and judicious lady (Wing T1318).) (In verse.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Nour: 3d".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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