Contentment

Discussion in 'The Pilgrims Progress' started by Phil D., Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Phil D.

    Phil D. Puritan Board Junior

    "If peace establish the throne of happiness, and safety guard it, ‘tis contentment crownes it; if peace be natures nurse, contentment is the milk, if safety be the fort, contentment is the magazine. Peace without contentment is but lethargy, safety without it is but a prison, but contentment without both is a continual feast, a kingdom. If without following peace a man becomes his own enemy, if without endeavoring safety he be his own traitor; without enjoying contentment he is his own troubler. The proud man hath no God, the unpeaceable man hath no neighbor, the distrustful man hath no friend; but the discontented man hath not himself."

    (Charles Herle, Worldly Policy and Moral Prudence; the Vanity and Folly of the one, the Solidity and Usefulness of the other, [London: 1654], p.95)

    Charles Herle (1598–1659) was a Westminster Divine, sometime prolocutor of the Assembly (1646-48) and a leading member of the committee that formulated the WCF.
     

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