I. NEWLY AWAKED.
BY the Levitical law, the firstling of
every clean creature which opened
the matrix was holy to God. [Exod. xxxiv. 19.] By
the moral analogy thereof, this first
glance of mine eyes is due to him. By the
custom of this kingdom there accrueth to the
landlord a fine and heriot from his tenant taking a farther estate in his lease. I hold from
God this clay cottage of my body (a homely
tenement, but may I in some measure be assured of a better before outed of this). Now,
being raised from last night’s sleep, I may seem
to renew a life. What shall I pay to my landlord? even the best quick creature which is to
be found on my barren copyhold, namely, the
calves of my lips, praising him for his protection over me. More he doth not ask, less I 143cannot give; yea, such is his goodness and my
weakness, that before I can give him thanks
he giveth me to be thankful.