The Works of George Herbert

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BRIEFE NOTES ON
VALDESSO'S CONSIDERATIONS
A Copy of a letter written by MR GEORGE HERBERT to his friend the Translator of this Book.

MY deare and deserving Brother, your Valdesso I now returne with many thanks, and some notes, in which perhaps you will discover some care, which I forbare not in the midst of my griefes; First for your sake, because I

would doe nothing negligently that you commit unto mee;5
Secondly for the Authors sake, whom I conceive to have been a true servant of God; and to such, and all that is theirs, I owe diligence; Thirdly for the Churches sake, to whom by Printing it I would have you consecrate it. You owe
the Church a debt, and God hath put this into your hands10
(as he sent the fish with mony to S. Peter,) to discharge it: happily also with this (as his thoughts are fruitfull) intending the honour of his servant the Author, who being obscured in his own country he would have to flourish in this land of
light, and region of the Gospell, among his chosen. It is15
true, there are some things which I like not in him, as my fragments will expresse, when you read them; neverthelesse I wish you by all meanes to publish it, for these three eminent things observable therein: First, that God in the
midst of Popery should open the eyes of one to understand20
and expresse so clearely and excellently the intent of the Gospell in the acceptation of Christs righteousnesse (as he

From The Hundred and Ten Considerations of Signior Iohn Valdesso. Written in Spanish, Brought out of Italy by Vergerius, and first set forth in Italian at Basil by Coelius Secundus Curio, Anno 1550. And now translated out of the Italian Copy into English, with notes. Oxford, Printed by Leonard Lichfield, Printer to the Vniversity, 1638, Anather edn entitled Divine Considerations. Cambridge, 1646. Herbert's Letter, but not his Notes, is printed in Herbert's Remains, 1652, and in Walton's Lives, 1670 and 1675. Heading of Letter in 1646: Mr. George Herbert to N.F. the Translatour of this Book. 3 forbare] forbear 1652 1670 1675 21 clearly, 1638

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