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Examples of Countenance
Her Royal Presence, since Her happy Accession to the Throne.
Are we not also loudly called upon to lay aside this prophane Diversion, by the late dreadful Storm, terrible beyond that which we are told was felt in the Year 1636?
Can Persons who know 'tis generally allowed, that the Infidelity and Looseness of the Age is very much owing to the Play-Houses; who have observed, that the Zeal of particular Persons have decreased, and their Strictness of Life abated, by their going to Plays; and do think that the Gospel obliges them to discourage, by their Reproof and Example, Sin in their Neighbours, to endeavour, according to their Advantages and Opportunities, to further their spiritual Welfare, and to be _Lights_ to lead others in their Duty and Way to Heaven?
Can sincere Christians encourage and assist, by their Presence and Purses, Men in committing such Practices, and in their living by a Profession, which, as it is managed, is so inconsistent with Christianity?
And tho' he should be so Happy as never to smile at a _Prophane Jest_, nor join in Applauding a _Vitious_ Play; yet, will that exempt him from a Share of that _Guilt_ which his Presence and Purse has help'd to support?
If a Man talks to them of leaving the Plays, they wonder what he means, and are ready to take him for a Madman.