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AN EXACT PARALLEL
ROME-PAGAN AND ROME-CHRISTIAN,
DOCTRINES AND CEREMONIES.
JOSHUA STOPFORD, B. D.
RECTOR OF ALL SAINTS, IN THE CITY OF YORK.
LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN.
Jer. x. 2.
RICHARD MEDCALFE, LORD MAYOR,
THE WORSHIPFUL THE ALDERMEN, THE
SHERIFFS, AND COMMONS,
OF THE ANCIENT AND FAITHFUL CITY OF YORK,
That religion hath a superlative excellency, is confessed more than once by the wisest of kings. -Prov. iii. ló; iv. 7, &c. And would men of the meanest parts, and slowest conceptions, desist a little from the laborious pursuit of their sinful pleasures, and give their faculties some intermission, so much breath from that hot chase, as may qualify them for a calm, considerate view of things; it is certain they would discern that virtue has a much more ravishing appearance, infinitely more delectable and enamouring than all the devil's optics could put upon their most gustful sensualities. The great advantages that