places. Our lady succeeds Venus (as they use her
in many offices), the rest are otherwise supplied,
as Lavater writes, and so they are deluded.
"And God often winks at these impostures, because
they forsake his word, and betake themselves to the
devil, as they do that seek after holy water, crosses,”
&c. Wierus, lib. 4. cap. 3.
What can these
men plead for themselves more than those heathen gods,
the same cures done by both, the same spirit that
seduceth; but read more of the Pagan god’s effects
in Austin de Civitate Dei, l. 10. cap. 6.
of Aesculapius especially in Cicogna l. 3. cap.
or put case they could help, why should we
rather seek to them, than to Christ himself, since
that he so kindly invites us unto him, “Come
unto me all ye that are heavy laden, and I will ease
you,” Mat. xi. and we know that there is one
God, “one Mediator between God and man, Jesus
Christ,” (1 Tim. ii. 5) “who gave himself
a ransom for all men.” We know that “we
have an  advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ”
(1 Joh. ii. 1.) that there is no “other name
under heaven, by which we can be saved, but by his,”
who is always ready to hear us, and sits at the right
hand of God, and from  whom we can have no repulse,
solus vult, solus potest, curat universos tanquam
singulos, et unumquemque nostrum et solum
we are all as one to him, he cares for us all as one,
and why should we then seek to any other but to him.
SUBSECT. I.—Physician, Patient,
Of those diverse gifts which our apostle Paul saith
God hath bestowed on man, this of physic is not the
least, but most necessary, and especially conducing
to the good of mankind. Next therefore to God
in all our extremities ("for of the most high cometh
healing,” Ecclus. xxxviii. 2.) we must seek
to, and rely upon the Physician, who is Manus
Dei, saith Hierophilus, and to whom he hath given
knowledge, that he might be glorified in his wondrous
works. “With such doth he heal men, and
take away their pains,” Ecclus. xxxviii. 6.
7. “when thou hast need of him, let him not
go from thee. The hour may come that their enterprises
may have good success,” ver. 13. It is
not therefore to be doubted, that if we seek a physician
as we ought, we may be eased of our infirmities, such
a one I mean as is sufficient, and worthily so called;
for there be many mountebanks, quacksalvers, empirics,
in every street almost, and in every village, that
take upon them this name, make this noble and profitable
art to be evil spoken of and contemned, by reason
of these base and illiterate artificers: but
such a physician I speak of, as is approved, learned,
skilful, honest, &c., of whose duty Wecker, Antid.
cap. 2. and Syntax. med. Crato, Julius
Alexandrinus medic. Heurnius prax. med. lib.
3. cap. 1. &c. treat at large. For this particular