Of the following
To all sorts of Readers.
The Book that is here presented ye, is a Translation from the
Copy, Printed at
in1685. The first Man that got it, with difficulty, out of the Authour’s hands, and then had it Printedat
in 1675, with all the solemnity of approbations, was Fryer
, who styleshimself Provincial; and he speaks very fine things of it, and he had so heartily read it over, that theimpression which it made in his Mind, gave him the exact cue and knack of that sort of Languagewhich the Author uses, when he throws himself headlong into darkness and obscurity: And whenthis Man had recommended the Book to the sincere Reader, after his way; the next that appearsto give a Grace to it, is no less a Man, than the Most Illustrious and most Reverend Lord, theArchbishop of
, who tells us how many great Offices in the Church he had pass’dthrough; he says in his Approbation of the Book, that ‘tis a hard matter to make a judgement of it,without some experience of the things contained in it: And that how high soever the secret of it beabove all humane Discourse, yet they are not only not contrary to the right dictates of Reason, butaltogether conformable to it: Which is as fitting a Preface to some things in the Book, as any manin the World could have made with the Study of Seven Years: First, to say that these sovereignSecrets, which the Book treats of, are above all human Discourse; and then in the very nextwords, to say they are conformable altogether to the dictates of Reason: as if the dictates of Reason and human Discourse had entered into a Combination never to come to a rightunderstanding of one another. He that would be further satisfied of the fitness of thisArchbishop’s Character to the Book, will be gratified, by reading patiently some things of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Chapters of the Third Book: But ‘tis enough, that this great Manspeaks well of his Countryman
Doctrine, that ‘tis according to the judgment of the holyFathers, and the usual way of Mystical Divines, he says again, that the Author of this Book, doesnot speak his own Capricios, but follows the footsteps of the Ancients, and builds upon their Principles, and spiritual Foundations, that he reduces ‘em to a right and clear Method, bringingforth (says he) out of his Treasures, things new and old; And for the Stile of the Book, he allowsit to be clear, easie, plain, and full in such crabbed hard and lofty Subject; adding withal, that theMan doth not decline Proofs of Scripture, Doctrines of the Fathers, Decrees of Councils, nor thePrinciples of Morality, and therefore he judges it to be a useful Piece, and very worth to bePrinted: and what can be said more to set any Book off. Next to the Archbishop’s Approbation, in comes that of Fryer
, Minister General of the whole
Order, given from his Convent of
, who speaks mightykindly and favourably of the Book, & recommends it to the Press.