John Dod on lamenting the public loss of the godly

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Thirdly, in respect of the public loss, they mourn for the decay of the righteous: for when multitudes of all nations, and of all sorts of people, do know the ways of God, and praise the name of God, then (as the Prophet saith) the earth shall bring forth her increase, and God even our God shall bless us. If there be but ten righteous men and women in a City, or some few in a whole Country, all the rest shall speed the better for their sakes: how much more then if there be multitudes of them? What a grief therefore must it needs be to the wise and godly, when these props and pillars of the Church and Common-wealth are taken away? ...

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