The Lark and the Hawk
How nimbly doth that little lark mount up singing towards the heavens in a right line, whereas the hawk which is stronger of body and swifter of wing, towers up by many gradual compasses (circles) to his highest pitch. That bulk of body and length of wing hinder a direct ascent, and require the help of both air and scope to advance his flight; whilst that small bird cuts the air without resistance, and needs no outward furtherance of her motion. It is no otherwise with the souls of men flying up to their heaven. Some are hindered by those powers which would seem to help their soaring up thither. Great wit, deep judgement, quick apprehension, send men about with no small labour for the recovery of their own incumbrance, whilst the good affections of the pure and simple souls, raise them up immediately to the fruition of God. Why should we be proud of that which may slacken our way to glory? And why should we be disheartened with the small measure of that, the very want whereof may, facilitate our way to happiness?
Which is to say that those who are engrossed with the cares of this world are not as aware of those things which are what we should be looking for; and it will seem all the quicker we come to glory when we pay attention to the Wonders of God and his saving grace in this world. To God be the Glory!