II. NOw that this is especially incident to the younger sort, I wish the lamen∣table experience of all times, and of this espe∣cially, did not too much ease me of the labour in proving; yet something must be said for it according to promise. The wise man in set∣ting forth the impudency of a graceless Strum∣phet, sheweth, that young men are especially apt to forget God, and to be ensnared by her, Prov. 7. 6, 7. At the window of my house I looked through my casement, and behold among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, passing through the street near her corner, and he went the way to her house, &c. These are the men, who in the pride of their youth, and heath of their Blood, value their own witts at an high rate, and think themselves the wisest in the Countrey, despise the dulness of elder years, and more setled spirits; as if wisdom were born, and should dye with them: Yet here ye may see, how the wisest of men doth censure them for fools, simple ones, void of un∣derstanding; men especially forgetful of God, of his Word, and Will: such a one was seen going toward the house of a strange Woman, Page 9 toward a Whore-house: and such are some Ale-houses frequented so much by young men; for I know none so fit to keep a Stews, as those who professedly without regard of Magistracy, Ministry, Credit, &c. do keep common shops for Drunkenness. But mark the Wisdom of our young man, 21. 22, 23. With much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him: he goeth after her straight way, as an Oxe go∣eth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correcti∣on of the stocks: till a dart strike through his liver, as a bird hasteth to the snare, and know∣eth not, that it is for his life. She filled his head with her prateing and enticeing speech∣es, and put better things out of his mind: She caused him to forget God, and cast his fear behind his back, so she carried him cap∣tive in the bonds of lust, and driveth him as an Oxe to the slaughter, and as a fool to the correction of the stocks, &c. So the wise man in Eccles. 11. 9. Sheweth, the solly and forgetfulness of young men, where by way of Irony, and in an holy scorn, he bideth them do that which they will do, though ne∣ver so much forbidden and threatned. Re∣joyce O young man in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the daies of thy youth.] put God the Judge of all the World out of thy Page 10 thoughts, lay aside all sad remembrance of the last Judgment, let none of these Melan∣cholick passions any whit interrupt thy youth∣ful delights; walk in the waies of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes.] Follow thy lusts, and senses like the bruit beasts, and for∣get all that will follow, even as if thy Soul should vanish away in the ayr at the hour of thy Death, like the breath of a Beast, with∣out hope of Joy, or fear of Vengence in ano∣ther World. By this irronical concession he giveth us an excellent description of the brutish and sensual forgetfulness of the youn∣ger sort, minding present things with the full bent of their Souls, and never seriously look∣ing towards the things that are above. But what is the issue? but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee to Judgment]
Even these things which thou makest no∣thing off, as pardonable Errours of youth; shall be scanned in the impartial judgement of God, and he will bring thee to Judgment for them all.