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WRITTEN BY THE
RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
LORD BISHOP OF SARUM.
1. Of the dignity of sacred employments, and the names
and designations given to them in scripture. 2. Of the rules set down in scripture for those that mi
nister in holy things, and of the corruptions that are
set forth in them. 3. Passages out of the New Testament relating to the
same matter. 4. Of the sense of the primitive church in this matter. 5. An account of some canons in divers ages of the church
relating to the duties and labours of the clergy. 6. Of the declared sense and rules of the church of Eng
land in this matter. 7. Of the due preparation of such as may and ought to be
put in orders. 8. Of the functions and labours of clergymen. 9. Concerning preaching.
The conclusion. 10. Of presentation to benefices, and simony.
Of the dignity of sacred employments, and the names and de
signations given to them in scripture. How low soever the esteem of the clergy may be sunk in a profane and corrupt age, and how much soever the errors and disorders of clergymen may have contributed to bring this not only upon themselves, but upon others who deserve better, but are unhappy in being mixed with so much ill company; yet certainly if we either consider the nature of things in themselves, or the value that is set on that profession, in the scriptures, it will appear that it ought to be considered at another rate than it is. much as the soul is better than the body, and as much as the purifying and perfecting the soul is preferable to all those mechanical employments which relate to the body, and as much as eternity is more valuable than this short and transitory life; so much does this employment excel all others.
A clergyman, by his character and design of life, ought to be a man separated from the cares and concerns of this world, and dedicated to the study and meditation of divine matters: whose conversation ought to be a pattern for others; a constant preaching to his people: who ought to offer up the prayers of the people in their name, and as their mouth to God: who ought to be praying and interceding for them in secret, as well as officiating among them in public: who ought to be distributing among them the bread of life, the word of God; and to be dispensing among them the sacred rites, which are the badges, the union, and the supports of Christians. Hė ought to admonish, to reprove, and to comfort them, not only by his