For as a fountain within a narrow compass, is more plentiful, and supplies a tide for more streams over larger spaces, than
any one of those streams, which, after a wide interval, is derived from the same fountain; so the relation of that dispenser
of Thine, which was to benefit many who were to discourse thereon, does out of a narrow scantling of language, overflow into
streams of clearest truth, whence every man may draw out for himself such truth as he can upon these subjects,
one, one truth, another, another, by larger circumlocutions of discourse. For some, when they read, or hear these words,
conceive that God like a man or some mass endued with unbounded power, by some new and sudden resolution, did, exterior to
itself, as it were at a certain distance, create heaven and earth, two great bodies above and below, wherein all things were
to be contained. And when they hear, God said, Let it be made, and it was made; they conceive of words begun and ended, sounding
in time, and passing away; after whose departure, that came into being, which was commanded so to do; and whatever of
the like sort, men's acquaintance with the material world would suggest. In whom, being yet little ones and carnal, while
their weakness is by this humble kind of speech, carried on, as in a mother's bosom, their faith is wholesomely built up,
whereby they hold assured, that God made all natures, which in admirable variety their eye beholdeth around. Which words,
despising, as too simple, with a proud weakness, shall stretch himself beyond the guardian nest; he will, alas, fall miserably.
Have pity, O Lord God, lest they who go by the way trample on the unfledged bird, and send Thine angel to replace it into
the nest, that it may live, till it can fly.