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served to my country? Let no man to; neither shall the last black-faced think he shall lose at Christ's hands messenger, death, be holden at the in suffering for him. 4th, for these door, when it shall knock. If my present irials, they are most dange- Lord will take honour of the like of rous; for pes ple shall be stolen off me, how glad and joyful shall my their feet with well washen and white- soul be! Let Christ come ot with skinned pretences of indifferency; me to an hotter battle than this, and but it is the power of the great Anti- I shall fear no fesh. I know that christ working in this land. Wo, my Master will win the day, and that wn, wo be to apostate Scotland; he hath taken the ordering of my There is wrath and a cup of the red sufferings in his own hand. 7th As wine of the wrath of God Almighty for my deliverance, that miscarrieth, in the Lord's hand, that they shall I am here, by my Lord's grace, to drink and spue, and fall and not rise lay my hand on my mouth, to be siagain. The star called wormwood lent and wait on; my Lord Jesus and gall, is fallen in the fountains, is on his journey for my deliverarce; and rivers, and hath made them bit. I will not grudge that he runneth ter; the sword of the Lord is fur- not so fast as I would have him; onbished against the idol.shepherds of waiting till the swelling rivers fall, the land; women shall bless the bar- and till my Lord arise as a mighty ten womb and miscarrying breast; man after strong wine, shall be my all hearts shall be faint, and all knees best; I have not yet resisted to blood. shall tremble; an end is coming; 8th, O how often am I laid in the the Leopard and the Lion shall watch dust, and urged by the tempter, who over our cities: houses great and can ride his own errands upon our fair shall be desolate without an in. lying apprehensions, to sin against habitant; the Lord hath said, Pray the unchangeable love of my Lord; not for this people, for I have taken when I think upon
sparrows and my peace
from them: yet the Lord's swallows, that build their nests in third part shall come through the fire, the kirk of Anwoth, and of my dumb as refined gold for the treasure of the sabbaths, my sorrowful bleared eyes Lord, and the outcasts of Scotland look asquint upon Christ, and preshall be gathered together again, sent him as angry, But in this trial and the wilderness shall blossom as all honour to our princely and royal the flower, and bud, and grow as the King, faith saileth fair before the rose of Sharon, and great shall be wind, with top-sail up, and carrieth the glory of the Lord upon Scotland. the passenger through. I lay inhi5th, I am here assaulted with the bitions upon my thoughts, that they learned and pregnant wits of this receive no slanders of my only, only kingdom; but, all honour be to my beloved; let him even say out of his Lord, truth but laughs at bemisted own mouth, There is no hope; yet I and blind scribes, and disputers of will die in that sweet beguile. It is this world: and God's wisdom con not so; I shall see the salvation of fouadeth them, and Christ triumph- God. Let me be deceived really, eth in his own strong truth, that and never win to dry land; it is my speaketh for itself. 6th, I doubt not joy to believe under the water, and but my Lord is preparing me for to die with faith in my hand gripping heavier trials; I am most ready at Christ; let my conceptions of Christ's the good pleasure of my Lord, in love go to the grave with me, and tó the strength of his grace, for any hell with me, I may not, I date not thing he shall be pleased to call me quit then. I hope to keep Christ's
pawn; if he never come to loose it, and his furnace in Jerusalem, hath let him see to his own promise. I been pleased to set up a furnace know, presumption, howbeit it be amongst you with the first in this made of stoutness, will not thus be kingdom: he who maketh old things wilful in heavy trials. Now, my new, seeing Scotland an old drossy dearest in Christ, the great messen- and rusted kirk, is beginning to
of the covenant, the only wise make a new clean bride of her, and and all-sufficient Jehovah, establish to bring a young chaste wife to you to the end. I hear the Lord himself out of the fire. This fire hath been at your house, and hath shall be quenched, so soon as Christ called home your wife to her rest. I has brought a clean spouse through know, Sir, ye see the Lord loosing the fire! Therefore, my dearly bethe pins of your tabernacle, and loved in the Lord, fear not a worm: wooing your love from this plaister- fear not worm Jacob; Christ is in ed and over-gilded world, and cal- that plea, and shall win the plea; ling upon you to be making yourself charge an unbelieving heart, under ready to go to your Father's coun- the pain of treason against our great try, which shall be a sweet fruit of and royal King Jesus, to dependthat visitation. Ye know, to send ence by faith, and quiet on-waiting the Comforter, was the King's word on our Lord: get you into your when he ascended on high: ye have chambers, and shut the doors about claim to, and interest in, that pro- you; in, in with speed to your mise. Remember my love in Christ strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: to your father; shew him it is late ye doves, flee unto Christ's win. and black night with him; his long dows till the indignation be over, lying at the water-side, is that he and the storm be past: glorify the may look his papers ere he take ship. Lord in your sufferings, and take
ping, and be at a point for his last his banner of love and spread over i answer before his Judge and Lord. you; others will follow you, if they
All love, all mercy, all grace, and see you strong in the Lord; their peace, all multiplied saving consola- courage shall take life from your tions, all joy and faith in Christ, all Christian courage: look up and see stability, and confirming strength of who is coming, lift up your head, grace, and the good-will of him he is coming to save, in garments that dwelt in the bush, be with dyed in blood, and travelling in the you.
greatness of his strength I laugh,
I smile, I leap for joy, to see Christ Your unworthy Brather in his sweet
coming to save you so quickly. O Lord Jesus, S. R. such wide steps Christ taketh! three Aberdeen, June 15, 1637.
or four hills are but a step to him; he skippeth over the mountains.
Christ hath set a battle betwixt his LETTER XXXV.
poor weak saints and his enemies;
he waileth the weapons for both TO MARION M NAUGHT.
parties, and saith to the enemies, Worthy and dearest in the Lord, take you a sword of steel, law, au-' I ever loved (since I knew you,) thority, parliaments, and kings upthat little vineyard of the Lord's on your side, that is your armour; planting in Galloway, but now, and he saith, to his saints I give much more, since I have heard ! you a feckless tree-sword in your that he who hath his fire in Zion, hand, and that is, suffering, receiv,
ing of strokes, spoiling of your stepping up to my Father's house. goods; and with your tree sword I know my Lord can make long, ye shall get and gain the victory, and broad, and high, and deep glo. Was not Christ dragged through ry to his name, out of this bit feck. the ditches of deep distresses and less body; for Christ looketh not great straits ? and yet Christ, who what stuff he maketh glory out of. is your head, hath win through with My dearly beloved, ye have often his life, howbeit not with a whole refreshed me, but this is put up in skin. Ye are Christ's members, and my Master's account; ye have him he is clrawing his members through debtor for me: but if ye will do the thorny hedge up to heaven af- any thing for me, (as I know ye ter him: Christ one day will not will) now in my extremity, tell all have so much as a pained toe; my dear friends, that a prisoner is but there are great pieces and por- fettered and chained in Christ's tions of Christ's mystical body not love, Lord, never loose the fetters; yet within the gates of the great and ye and they together take my high city, the new Jerusalem: and heartiest commendations to my the dragon will strike at Christ, so Lord Jesus, and thank him for a long as there is one bit or member poor friend. I desire your husband of Christ's body out of heaven. I to read this letter : I send him a tell you, Christ will make new work prisoner's blessing; I will be obligout of old for-casten Scotland, and ed to him if he will be willing to gather the old broken boards of his suffer for my dear Master ; suffer. tabernacle, and pin them, and nailing is the professor's golden garthem together: but bills and sup- ment; there shall be no losses on plications are up in heaven, Christ Christ's side of it. Ye have been hath coffers full of them; there is witnesses of much joy betwixt mercy on the other side of this his Christ and me at communion-feasts, cross; a good answer to all our the remembrance whereof (howbeit bills is agreed upon. I must tell I be feasted in secret) holdeth my you what lovely Jesus, fair Jesus, heart; for I am put from the board King Jesus, hath done to my soul: head, and the King's first mess to sometimes he sendeth me out a his by-board, and his broken meat standing drink, and whispereth a is sweet unto me. I thank my Lord word through the wall; and I am for borrowed crumbs no less than well content of kindness at the se- when I was feasted at the communcond hand; his bode is ever wel ion-table at Anwoth and Kircudcome to me, be what it will; but bright. Pray that I may get one at other times he will be messenger day of Christ in public, as I have himself, and I get the cup of salva- had long since, before my eyes be tion out of his own hand, (he drink- closed. O that my Master would ing to me) and we cannot rest till take up house again, and lend me we be in other's arms; and O how the keys of his wine-cellar again, sweet is a fresh kiss from his holy and God send me borrowed drink mouth! his breathing that goeth till then! Remember my love to before a kiss upon my poor soul, Christ's kinsmen with
pray is sweet, and hath no fault, but for Christ's Father's blessing to that it is too short; I am careless, them all. Grace be with you; a and stand not much on this, how. prisoner's blessing be with you: I beit loins, and back, and shoul-write it, and abide by it, God shall ders, and head rive in pieces, in be glorious in Marion M‘Naught,
when this stormy blast shall be o- might have; that your soul might ver. O woman beloved of God, be- be sick of love for Christ, or rather lieve, rejoice, be strong in the Lord! satiate with him: this clay idol, the Grace is thy portion.
world, would seem to you then not Your Brother in his sweet Lord Jesus, worth a fig; time will eat you out
of Aberdeen, June 15th, 1637.
possession of it. when the eyeS. R.
strings break, and the breath groweth cold, and the imprisoned soul
looketh out of the windows of the LETTER XXXVI.
clay house, ready to leap out into TO JOHN GORDON, at Kisco, in Galloway. eternity, what would you then give
for a lamp full of oil ? O seek it now. My Worthy and Dear Brother,
I desire you to correct and curb MIspend not your short sand-glass, banning, swearing, lying, drinking; which runneth very fast; seek your sabbath-breaking, and idle spend. Lord in time. Let me obtain of ing of the Lord's day in absence you a letter under your hand, for from the kirk, as far as your autho, å promise to God, by his grace to rity reacheth in that parish. I hear take a new course of walking with a inan is to be thrust into that place, God: heaven is not at the next to the which I have God's -right; I door ; I find it hard to be a Christ- know ye should have a voice by ian; there is no little thrusting and God's word in that, Acts i. 15, 16. thronging to thrust in at heaven's to the end, and Acts vi. 3,5. Ye gates; it is a castle taken by force : would be loath that any prelate Many shall strive to enter in, and should put you out of your possesshall not be able,' I beseech andsion earthly, and this is your right. obtest you in the Lord, make con- I write to your wife.
Grace be science of rash and passionate oaths, with you. of raging and sudden avenging an.
Your Loving Pastor, S. R. ger, of night-drinking, of needless companionry, of sabbath-breaking,
Aberdeen, March 14th, 1637. of hurting any under you by word or deed, of hating your very enemies. Except ye receive the king LETTER XXXVII. dom of God as a little child (and
To the Lady HALHILL be as meek and sober minded as a
Dear and Christian Lady, babe) ye cannot enter into the kingdom of God: that is a word which Grace. mercy, and peace be to should touch you near, and make you. I longed much to write to you stoop and cast yourself down, your Ladyship; but now, the Lord and make your great spirit fall. I offering a fit occasion, I would not know this will not be easily done, omit to do it. I cannot but acbut I recommend it to you, as you quaint your Ladyship with the kind tender your part of the kingdom of dealing of Christ to my soul, in this heaven. Brother, I may from new house of my pilgrimage that your experience, speak of Christ to you. Ladyship may know that he is as O if ye saw in him what I see ! A good as he is called: for at my first river of God's unseen joys have entry into this trial, (being casten flowed from bank to brae over my down and troubled with challenges soul since I parted with you: 1 and jealousies of his love, whose wish I wanted part, so being ye name and testimony I now bear ip
my bonds) I feared nothing more ows: if they would draw by the than that I was rasten over the curtain that is hanged betwixt them dyke of the vineyard, as a dry tree; and Christ, they should see themselves but, blessed be his great name, the fools who have so long miskenned dry tree was in the fire and was not the Son of God, I seek no more, burnt, his dew came down and next to heaven, but that he may be quickened the root of a withered glorified in a prisoner of Christ; plant; and now he is come again and that in my behalf many
would with joy, and hath been pleased to praise his high and glorious name who feast his exiled and afflicted prison-heareth the sighing of the prisoner. er with the joy of his consolations: Remember my service to the Laird now I weep, but am not sad; I am your husband, and to your son my chastened, but I die not; I have acquaintance: I wish Christ had loss, but I want nothing; this water his young love, and that in the cannot drown me, this fire cannot morning, he would start to the gate, burn me, because of the good-will to seek that which this world knowof him that dwelt in the bush. The eth not, and therefore doth not worst things of Christ, his reproach- seek it. The grace of our Lord Jees, his cross, is better than Egypt's sus Christ be with you. treasures. He bath opened his
Your's in his sweet Lord Jesus, S. Ro door, and taken into his house of Aberdeen, March 14th, 1637. wine a poor sinner, and haih left me so sick of love for my Lord Jesus, that if heaven were at my dis
LETTER XXXVIII. posing, I would give it for Christ, and would not be content to go to
To the Right Honourable my Lord LINDSAY. heaven, except I were persuaded Right Honourable and my very good Lord, Christ were there; I would not give GRACE, mercy, and peace be to nor exchange my bonds for the P. your Lordship, pardon my boldness
nor my prison for their to express myself to your Lordship coaches; nor my sighs for all the at this so needful a time, when your world's laughter; this clay-idol, the wearied and friendless mother kirk world, hath no great court in my is looking round about her, to see soul: Christ hath come and run a- if any of her sons doth really beway to heaven with my heart and moan her desolation: Therefore, my love, so that neither heart nor my dear and worthy Lord, I be. love is mine; I pray God, Christ seech you in the bowels of Christ, may keep both without rever. pity that widow-like sister and spouse sion.
In my estimation, as I am of Christ. I know, her husband is now disposed, if my part of this not dead, but he seemeth to be in world's clay were rouped and sold, another country, and seeth well, I would think it dear of a drink of and beholdeth who are his true and water. I see Christ's love is so king- tender-hearted friends, who dare ly, that it will not abide a marrow; venture under the water to bring out it must have a throne all alone in to dry-land sinking truth, and who of the soul; and I see apples beguite the nobles will cast up their arm, to children, howbeit they be worm- ward a blow off the crowned head eaten : the moth-eaten pleasures of of our royal Lawgiver who reigneth this present world make children in Zion, who will plead and contend believe ten is a hundred, and yet for Jacob, in the day of his controall that are here are but shad- versy. It is now time, my worthg