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“It is with the saints here as it is with the boughs of trees in a storm. You shall see the boughs beat upon one another, as if they would beat one another pieces, as if armies were fighting; but this is but while the wind, while the tempest lasts. Stay awhile and you shall see every bough standing in its own order and comeliness. Why? Because they are all united in one root. If any bough is rotten, the storm breaks it off; but the sound boughs come into their former place. These times of division may break off men whose spirits were already unsound; they will never come in to join with the saints again as they seemed to do in former times” (Burroughs, Irenicum, p. 147).

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