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Puritan John Preston (1587-1628), in The Church Carriage, the Golden Scepter with the Church’s Marriage and the Church’s Carriage in Three Treatises (1638), wrote,

“To profess to know much is easy; but to bring your affections into subjection, to wrestle with lusts, to cross your wills and yourselves, upon every occasion, this is hard.”*

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*Cited in J. Edwards, Religious Affections, in Yale-Works 2:399, n.6.

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