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At first glance, the godly's advice to those who felt the pangs of damnation--endure patiently, do not cease soul-searching--might seem of a piece with these divines' rather stern directives to temporizers overly confident of their election.
s sense of desolation was not permanent, any more so than the supposed assurance of the temporizers.
In a sermon during Easter week of 1593, Thomas Playfere described the temporizer as "a mill-horse which making many steps, turnes about, and is continually found in the same place.