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John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity, 1630
New-York Historical Society
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of our Covenant with him that wee may live and be multiplyed, and that the Lord our God may blesse us in the land whether wee goe to possesse it;�But if our heartes shall turne away soe that wee will not obey, but shall be seduced and serve [worshipp] other Gods our pleasures, and profitts, and serve them; it is propounded unto us this day, wee shall surely perishe out of the good Land whether wee passe over this vast Sea to possesse it; Therefore lett us choose life, that wee and our Seede, may live; by obeyeing his voyce, and cleaveing to him, for hee is our life, and our prosperity.