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Do not give it a cold entertainment, as you would a stranger, and so take your leave of it; but esteem it as your best familiar and domestical friend: making it your chamber-fellow, study-fellow, bed-fellow. Let it have the best room and the best bed; the parlor of our conscience, the resting-place in our heart. Neglected things are without the door, less respected within, but near the door. …The more worthy things are not trusted to the safety of one door, but kept under many locks and keys….But this pearl of inestimable value, this jewel purer than gold of Ophir; lay it not up in the porter’s lodge, the outward ear, but in the cabinet and most inward closure of thy heart. Deut. Xi.18, ‘Therefore shall ye lay up these words in your heart and in your soul.’ Mary thought that place the fittest receptacle for such oracles. This is that physic which can only cure the sickness of ignorance ….where the ignorant may find what to learn, the weak nourishment, the guest a banquet, the wounded a remedy to cure him.


Thomas Adams, “England’s Sickness” (vol. 1, pp. 412-413).