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- n. Plural form of dryness.
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These are called drynesses in Spirituals, but are very profitable, if they be embraced and suffered with Patience.
Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it.
So of all our raptures and our drynesses, our longings and pantings, our questions and beliefs.
Knowing that thou art nothing, that thou canst do nothing, and art worth just nothing, thou wilt quietly embrace passive drynesses, thou wilt endure horrible desolations; thou wilt undergo spiritual martyrdoms and inward torments.