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ఆకును An Exhortation to Young
PHILOTHEUS. F you have any Regard, good Philotheus , to your own Eternal Happiness
it ought to be your chiefest Care to serve and glorify God. 'Tis for this End God both made and redeemed you : And two excellent Rules he hath given you in Holy
Scripture; by the conscientious Obfervation of which you will be able, thro' his Grace, to dedicate your ten, der Years to his Glory.
The one teaches you what you are to do, Remember now thy Creator in the Days of thy Youth, Eccl. xii. 1.
The other teaches you what you are to avoid, Fly youthful Lusts, that is, all those Sins which are usually incident to young Persons, 2 Tim. ii. 22.
You cannot imagine the unspeakable Advantages a pious Youth gains by the Practice of these two Rules ; and how many Ghostly Dangers that Soul escapes, which is season'd betimes with the Fear of God, before he is sullied with ill Company; before he hath contracted vicious Habits, which will cost him infinite Pains to unlearn; before his Affections are too far engaged in the World, to be eafily recall'd; and before the Devil hath got too strong a Hold in him, to be suddenly difpofsess’d.
O Philotheus! do but ask any one old Penitent, what Fruit, what Satiffaction, he hath purchas'd to himself,
by all those Pleasures of Sin which flatter'd him in his Youth, and of which he is now ashamed! Will. he not sadly tell you, he has found them all to be but Vanity and Vexation of Spirit? How will he befool himself, for the many good Opportunities he hath loft, and with a thousand Times that he were to live over his mispent Days again? And how bitterly will he, witli David, bewail the Sins of his Youth ? Psal.. XXV. 7.
Learn then, good Philotheus, by the a dear-bought Experience of others, to
accustoin your self to bear Christ's Yoke from your Youth, and his Yoke will fit easy on your Neck; for your Duty will grow natural to you by beginning betimes.
Do but consider, how welcome a young Convert is to God: It was to.. young Samuel that God revealed himself, and that at such a Time too when the Word of God was precious and very rare ; to shew how much God honoured a young,
Prophet, i Sim. iii. 1. And