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sed crosses, in as far as they blow (not call thy dispensation cruel! me over the water to my long-de- I know thou thyself art mercy, sired home: and it were not good without either brim or bottom; I that Christ should be the buyer and know thou art a God bank-full I the seller. I know time and death of mercy and love, but oh, alas! shall take sufferings fairly off my little of it cometh my way; I die hand; I hope we shall have an hon. to look afar off to that love, be. est parting at night, when this cold cause I can get but little of it; but and frosty afternoon tide of my evil hope saith, This providence shall and rough day shall be over; well ere long look more favourably upon is my soul of either sweet or sour, poor bodies, and me also. Grace that Christ hath any part or portion be with your Ladyship's spirit. in: if he be at the one end of it, it Your Ladyship's in his sweet Lord Jesus, shall be well with me. I shall die ere
Aberdeen, Sept. 10, 1637.
S. R. I libel faults against Christ's cross; it shall have my testimonial under cccc my hand, as an honest and saving
LETTER LXXI. mean of Christ for mortification and
To Mr. JAMES HAMILTON. faith's growth. I have a stronger assurance, since I came over Forth,
Reverend and dear Brother, of the excellency of Jesus than I had Peace be to you from God our Fabefore. I am rather about him than ther, and from our Lord Jesus. I in him, while I am absent from him am laid low, when I remember what in this house of clay; but I would I am, and that my outside casteth be in heaven for no other cause but such a lustre, when I find so little to essay and try what boundless joy within. It is a wonder that Christ's it must be to be over-head and ears glory is not defiled, running through in my Well-beloved Christ's love. such an unclean and impure chanO that fair one hath my heart for nel; but I see Christ will be Christ, evermore! but alas, it is too little in the dreg and refuse of men his for him! O if it were better and art, his shining wisdom, his beauty more worthy for his sake! O if 1 speaketh loudest in blackness, weakmight meet with him face to face on ress, deadness, yea, in nothing. I this side of eternity, and might have see nothing, no money, no worth, leave to plead with him, that I am no good, no life, no deserving, is so hungered, and famished here, with the ground that omnipotency dethe niggardly portion of his love that lighteth to draw glory out of. O he giveth me! O that I might be how sweet is the inner-side of the carver and steward myself, at mine walls of Christ's house, and a room own will, of Christ's love! if I may beside himself! my distance from lawfully wish this, then would I en- him maketh me sad.
O that we large my vessel (alas! a narrow and were in other's arms! O that the ebb soul) and take in a sea of his middle things betwixt us were relove. My hunger, for it is hungry moved! I find it a difficult mat. and lean, in believing that ever I ter to keep all stots with Christ; shall be satisfied with that love ; so when he laugheth I scarce believe fain would I have what I know I it, I would so fain have it true. But cannot hold. O Lord Jesus, de- I am like a low man looking up to a lightest thou, to pine and torment high mountain, whom weariness and poor souls with the want of thy fainting overcometh. I would climb incomparable love? O if I durst up, but I find that I do not advance
in my journey as I would wish; yet the fire to be half raw, like Ephraim's I trust he shall take me home against unturned cake! this is the wisdom * night. I marvel not that Antichrist of him who hath his fire in Zion, and in his elaves is so busy; but our furnace in Jerusalem. I need not crowned King seeth and beholdeth, either bud or flatter temptations and and will arise for Zion's safety. I crosses, nor strive to buy the devil, am exceedingly distracted with let- or this malicious world by, or redeem ters, and company that visit me; their kindness with half a hair's what I can do, or time will permit, 1 breadth of truth: he, who is surety shall not omit. Excuse my brevity, for his servant for good, doth powerfor I am straitened. Remember the fully overrule all that. I see my Lord's prisoner: I desire to be mind. prison bath neither lock nor door; I ful of you. Grace, grace be with am free in my bonds, and my chains you.
are made of rotten straw, they should Your's in his sweet Lord Jesus, S. R. not bide one pull of faith. I am sure Aberdeen, Sept. 7, 1637.
they are in hell who would exchange their torments with our crosses, sup
pose they should never be delivered, LETTER LXXII.
and give twenty thousand years tor
Inent to boot, to be in our bonds for To Mr. GEORGE DUN BAR,
ever; and therefore we wrong Christ, Reverend and dearly beloved in the Lord, who sigh, and fear, and doubt, and GRACE, mercy and peace be to you. despond in them. Our sufferings are Because your words have strength. washen in Christ's blood, as well as ened many, I was silent, expecting our souls; for Christ's merits brought some lines from you in my bonds; a blessing to the crosses of the sons and this is the cause why I wrote not of God; and Jesus hath a back bond to you, but now I am forced to break of all our temptations, that the freeoff and speak. I never believed, till warders shall come out by law and now, that there was so much to be justice, in respect of the infinite and found in Christ, on this side of death great sum that the Redeemer paid. and of heaven. O the ravishments Our troubles owe us a free passage of heavenly joy that may be had through them: devils and men, and here, in the small gleanings and crosses are our debtors, death and comforts that fall from Christ! What all storms are our debtors, to blow fools are we who know not, and con- our poor tossed bark over the water sider not the weight and the telling fraught free, and to set the travellers that is in the very earnest penny, and on their own known ground: there the first fruits of our hoped for har fore we shall die, and yet
live. We vest! How sweet, how sweet is our are over the water, someway, already; infeftment! O what then must per- we are married, and our tocher good sonal possession be! I find that my is paid; we are already more than Lord Jesus hath not miscooked or conquerors. If the devil and the spilt this sweet cross; he hath an eye world knew how the court with our on the fire and the melting gold, to Lord shall go, I am sure they would separate the metal and the dross. Ohire death to take us off their hand; how much time would it take me to our sufferings are the only wreck and read my obligations to Jesus my ruin of the black kingdoin; and yet Lord, who will neither have the a little, and the Antichrist must play faith of his own to be burnt to ashes, himself with bones and slain bodies por yet will have a poor believer in 1 of the Lamb's followers; but withal
we stand with the hundred forty and disposed, hold an honest brother out four thousand, who are with the of the pulpit; I trust, the Lord shall Lamb, upon the top of mount Zion; guard you, and hide you in the shaAntichrist and his followers are down dow of his hand; I am not pleased in the valley ground, we have the with any that are against you in that. advantage of the hill; our tempta- I see this, in prosperity men's contions are always beneath, our waters science will not start at small sins ; are beneath our breath ; as dying, but if some had been where I have and behold we live. I never heard been, since I came from you, a little before of a living death; or a quick more would have caused their eyes death but ours; our death is not like water, and troubled their peace.o the common death; Christ's skill, his how ready are we to incline to the handy-work, and a cast of world's hand! Our arguments, beChrist's admirable art, may be seen ing well examined, are often drawn in our quick death. I bless the from our skin, the whole skin and Lord that all our troubles come a peaceable tabernacle, is a topic through Christ's fingers, and that he maxim in great request in our logic. casteth sugar among them, and cast- I find a little breirding of God's seed eth in some ounce weights of heaven, in this town, for the which the Docand of the spirit of glory, that rest- tors have told me their mind, that eth on suffering believers, in our cup, they cannot bear with it, and have in which there is no taste of hell. examined and threatened the people My dear brother, ye know all these that haunt my company; I fear I get better than I; I send water to the not leave to winter here; and whi. sea, to speak of these things to you; ther I go I know not; I am ready at but it easeth me, to desire you to the Lord's call. I would I could help me to pay my tribute of praise make acquaintance with Christ's to Jesus. O what praises I owe cross, for I find comforts lye to and him! I would I were in my free follow upon the cross. I suffer in heritage, that I might begin to pay my name by them; I take it as a my debts to Jesus. I intreat for part of the crucifying of the old your prayers and praises. I forget man: let them cut the throat of my
credit, and do as they like best with Your brother and fellow-sufferer,
it: when the wind of their calum. in and for Christ,
'S. R. nies hath blown away my good Aberdeen, Sept. 17, 1637.
name from me, in the way to heaven, I know Christ will take my
name out of the mire and wash it, LETTER LXXIII.
and restore it to me again. I would have a mind (if the Lord would be
pleased to give me it) to be a fool Reverend and well-beloved in the Lord, for Christ's sake. Sometimes, while I Bless the Lord, who hath so won. I have Christ in my arms, I fall aderfully stopped the on-going of that sleep in the sweetness of his presence, lawless process against you. The and he in my sleep stealeth away Lord reigneth, and hath a saving out of my arms; and when I awake, eye upon you, and your ministry: I miss him. I am much comforted and therefore fear not what men can with my Lady Pitsligo, a good wodo. I bless the Lord, that the Irish man, and acquainted with God's ministers find employment, and the ways. Grace be with you. professors comfort of their ministry.
Your's in his sweet Lord Jesus, Believe
To Mr. DAVID DICKSON
is it, to see nobility, learning, and To the Honounble, my Lord LOWDON. sanctification, all concur in one! Right Honourable,
For these ye owe yourself to Christ Grace, mercy and peace be to and his kingdom: God hath be your Lordship. I rejoice exceed- wildered and bemisted the wit and ingly, that I hear your Lordship the learning of the scribes and dishath a good mind to Christ, and his puters of this time; they look asquint now borne.down truth. My very dear to the Bible: this blinding and beLord, go on, in the strength of the misting world blindfoldeth mens' Lord, to carry your honour and light, that they are afraid to see worldly glory to the new Jerusalem. straight out before them; nay, For this cause your Lordship re. their very light playeth the knave, ceived these of the Lord; this is a or worse, to truth.
Your Lordship sure way for the establishment of knoweth, within a little while policy your house, if ye be of these, who against truth will blush, and the are willing in your place to build works of men shall burn up, even Zion's old waste places in Scotland. their spider's-web, who spin out Your Lordship wanteth not God's many hundred ells and webs of and man's law both, now to come indifferences in the Lord's worship, to the streets for Christ: and sup- more than ever Moses, who would pose the bastard laws of man were have an hoof material, and Daniel, against you, it is an honest and who would have a look out at a zealous
error, if here ye slip against window, a matter of life and death, a point or punctilio of 'standing than ever, I say, these men of God policy: when your foot slippeth in dreamed of. Alas, that men dare such known ground, as is the royal shape, carve, cut, and clip our prerogative of our high and most King's princely testament in length truly dread Sovereign, who hath and breadth, and in all dimensions, many crowns on his head, and the answerable to the conception of such liberties of his house, he will hold policy as a head of wit thinketh a you up Blessed shall they be, safe and trim way of serving of God! who take Babel's litttle ones, and how have men forgotten the Lord, dash their heads against the stones : that they dare go against even that I wish your Lordship have a share truth, which once they preached of that blessing, with other worthy themselves, howbeit their sermons nobles in our land. It is true, it is now be as thin sown as straw-berries now accounted wisdom for men to in a wood or wilderness ? certainly be partners in pulling up the stakes, the sweetest and safest course is, and loosing the cords of the tent of for this short time of the afternoon Christ: but I am persuaded, that of this old and declining world, to wisdom is cried down in heaven, stand for Jesus; he hath said it, and shall never pass for true wisdom and it is our part to believe it, that with the Lord, whose word crieth ere it be long, time shall be no more, shame upon wit against Christ and and the heaven shall wax old as a truth: and accordingly, it shall garment: do we not see it already prove shame and confusion of face an old, holey and thread-bare garin the end. Our Lord hath given ment ? Doth not cripple and lame your Lordship light of a better nature tell us, that the Lord will stamp, and learning also, wherein fold up the old garment and lay it ye are not behind the disputer and aside: and the heavens shall be the scribe. O what a blessed thing folded together as a scroll, and this
pest-house shall be burnt with fire, chosen the best side, even the side and that both plenishing and walls that : victory is upon; and I think shall melt with fervent heat ? for at this is no evil policy. Verily, for the Lord's coming, he will do with myself, I am so well pleased with this earth, as men do with a leper-Christ, and his noble and honest house; he will burn the walls with born cross, this cross that is come of fire, and the plenishing of the house Christ's house, and is of kin to him. also, 2 Peter iii. 10, 12. My dear self, that I should weep, if it should lord, how shall ye rejoice in that come to niffering and bartering of day, to have Christ, angels, heaven, lots and condition with those that and your own conscience to smile are at ease in Zion; I hold still my upon you? I am persuaded, one choice, and bless myself in it. I see, sick night, through the terrors of and I believe, there is salvation in the Almighty, would make men, this way, that is every where spoken whose conscience hath such a wide against I hope to go to eternity, throat as an image like a cathedral and to venture on the last evil church would
down it, have other to the saints, even thoughts of Christ and his worship, fully persuaded that this only, even than now they please themselves this, is the saving way for rack. with. Thescarcity of faith in the earth ed consciences, and for weary and saith, We are hard upon the last nick loaden sinners, to find ease and of time: blessed are those who keep peace for evermore into, and indeed their garments clean against the it is not for any worldly respect that Bridegroom's coming. There shall I speak so of it: the weather is not be spotted clothes, and
defiled so hot, that I have great cause to garments, at his last coming; and startle in my prison, or to boast of therefore, few found worthy to walk that entertainment that my good with him in white, I am persuaded, friends, the prelates, intend for me, my Lord, this poor travailing wo- which is banishment, if they shall man, our pained church, is with obtain their desire, and effectuate child of victory, and shall bring forth what they design; but let it come, a man child all lovely and glorious, I rue not that I made Christ my that shall be caught up to God and waile and my choice; I think him his throne, howbeit the dragon, in ay the longer the better. My Lord, his followers, be attending the child- it shall be good service to God, to birth pain, as an Egyptian midwife, hold your noble friend and chief to recieve the birth and strangle it, upon a good course for the truth of Isa. xxix. 8. But they shall be Christ. Now the very God of peace disappointed who thirst for the de-establish your Lordship in Christ struction of Zion; they shall be as Jesus unto the end. when a hungry man dreaineth that Your Lord ship's in his sweet Lord Jesus, he eateth; but behold he awaketh, Aberdeen, Sept. 10, 1637.
S. R. and his soul is empty; or when a thirsty man dreameth that he drinketh; but behold he awaketh,
LETTER LXXV. and is faint, and his soul is not sat
To (the Laird of GAITGIRTH. isfied:
: so shall it be, I say, with the Much Honoured Sir, multitude of all the nations that GRÂCE, mercy and peace be to you. fight against mount Zion. There I can do no more but thank you on fore the weak and feeble, those that paper, and rememher you to him are as signs and wondersin Israel, have whom I serve, for kindness and care