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JOHN DONNE, D. D.,
DEAN OF SAINT PAUL'S,
WITH A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE.
HENRY ALFORD, M.A.,
VICAR OF WYMESWOLD, LEICESTERSHIRE, AND LATE FELLOW OF
PREACHED AT DENMARK HOUSE,
SOME FEW DAYS BEFORE THE BODY OF KING JAMES WAS REMOVED FROM THENCE, TO HIS BURIAL, APRIL 26, 16251.
CANTICLES iii. 11.
Go forth ye daughters of Sion, and behold King Solomon, with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him, in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
In the creation of man, in that one word, Faciamus, Let us make man, God gave such an intimation of the Trinity, as that we may well enlarge, and spread, and paraphrase that one word, so far, as to hear therein, a council of all the three persons, agreeing in this gracious design upon man, Faciamus, Let us make him; make him, and mend him, and make him sure: I, the Father, will make him by my power; if he should fall, thou the Son shalt repair him, re-edify him, redeem him; if he should distrust that this redemption belonged not to him, thou, the Holy Ghost, shalt apply to his particular soul, and conscience, this mercy of mine, and this merit of the Son's; and so let us make him. In our text there is an intimation of another Trinity. The words are spoken but by one, but the persons in the text are three; for first, the speaker, the director of all, is the church, the spouse of Christ, she says, Go forth ye daughters of Sion; and then the persons that are called up, are, as you see, the daughters of Sion,· the obedient children of the church, that hearken to her voice: and then lastly, the persons upon whom they are directed, is Solomon crowned, that is, Christ invested with the royal dignity
The king died March 27.