"The vanity of the mind is our fault and our shame, and the one chief cause of
our misery. We too much mind earthly, carnal and sensual things. Hence Christ
our chiefest glory is too much banished from, and kept out of our minds...When
Christ, the sun of righteousness shines in the mind, the tongue will discover
it: the life will manifest it. "
"Ever reflect on your new birth, and
heavenly pedigree in Christ. Ever clothe your mind with what honor now comes to
you by Christ, and what glory awaits you with him in the heavenly mansions. So
you will look down with a holy contempt upon all objects beneath your Beloved,
to make you honorable."
"Aristotle mentions a parcel of ground in
Sicily, that sends forth such a strong smell of fragrant flowers that no hounds
can hunt thereabout, their scent is so confounded by the sweet fragrance. Thus
it will be, when Christ is put on the mind, as our chiefest pleasure, we shall
find such sweet fragrance flowing from him, as will confound our scent, and
prevent our hunting after the vain pleasures of sense, and the carnal joys of a