"Looke as it is with a Gold smith that melteth the metall that he is to make a vessell of, if after the melting thereof, there follow a cooling, it had beene as good it had never beene melted, it is as hard, haply harder, as unfit, haply unfitter, then it was before to make vessell of; but after he hath melted it, he must keep it in that frame till he come to the moulding and fashoning of it: So meditation is like fire, the heart is like a vessell, the heart is made for God, and it may be made a vessell of grace here, and of glory hereafter: Now meditation, it is that melts the soule, the drosse must be taken away from the soule, and sinne must bee loosened from the heart: Now meditation doth this, it melts the soule, and affects the soule with the weight of sinne: now when you have your heart in some measure melted, keepe it there, doe not let it grow loose againe, and carelesse againe; for then you had as good never have beene melted: And that is the reason why many a poore sinner that hath sometime beene in a good way, and the Lord hath come kindly and wrought powerfully on the heart, and yet at last it hath grown cold & dumpish, & as hard as ever he was againe, and the worke is to beginne againe."
— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)
Text from The Soules Preparation for Christ. Or, a Treatise of Contrition Wherein Is Discovered How God Breaks the Heart and Wounds the Soule, in the Conversion of a Sinner to Himselfe. 2nd ed. (London: Printed [by M. Flesher] for Robert Davvlman, at the signe of the Brazen-serpent in Pauls Churchyard, 1632). <Link to ESTC><Link to EEBO>