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HEAVEN UPON EARTH;

OR,

OF TRUE PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY OF MIND..

1627.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

HENRY EARL OF HUNTINGDON,

LORD HASTINGS, HUNGERFORD, BOTREAUX, MOLINES, AND
MOILES, HIS MAJESTY'S LIEUTENANT IN THE COUNTIES
OF LEICESTER AND RUTLAND, MY SINGULAR

GOOD LORD:

ALL INCREASE OF TRUE HONOUR, AND HEAVEN BEGUN

UPON EARTH.

Right HONOURABLE, I HAVE undertaken a great task--to teach men how to be happy in this life. I have undertaken, and performed it. Wherein I have followed Seneca ; and gone beyond him : followed him, as a philosopher; gone beyond him, as a Christian, as a divine : finding it a true censure of the best moralists, that they were like to goodly ships, graced with great titles, the Safeguard, the Triumph, the Goodspeed, and such like ; when get they have been both extremely sea-beaten, and at last wrecked. The volume is little ; perhaps the use, more. I have ever thought, according to the Greek proverb, péya Bibliov uéya kakov.** What it is, even justice challengeth it to him, to whom the author hath devoted himself. The children of the bondman are the goods of the parent's master. I humbly betake it to your Honour's protection, and your Honour to the protection of the Highest.

Your Honour's most humbly devoted,

in all duty and service,

JOSEPH HALL.

* A great book is a great evil.

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