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IN these licentious times, wherein religion lay in a swoon, and many pretended ministers (minions of the times) committed or omitted in 222divine service what they pleased; some, not only in Wales, but in England, and in London itself, on the Lord’s day (sometimes with, sometimes without a psalm) presently popped up into the pulpit, before any portion of Scripture, either in the Old or New Testament, was read to the people.

Hereupon one in jest-earnest said, that formerly they put down bishops and deans, and now they had put down chapters too. It is high time that this fault be reformed for the future, that God’s word, which is all gold, be not justled out to make room for men’s sermons, which are but parcel-gilt at the best.

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