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is Mr. Fox? over and over, many friends being there, they concluded thou wast among them. But those raveners, being disappointed, plucked me down and abused me, and beat some friends, and then had me before a magistrate, but he set me at liberty.'
Isaac Lindley. After the aforesaid meeting was done, I passed through the countries, visiting friends at Whitby and Scarborough. When I was at Scarborough, the governor hearing I was come to the town, sent to invite me to his house, saying, surely I would not be so unkind, as not to come and see him and his wife. Wherefore after the meeting was over I went up to visit him, and he received me very courteously and lovingly.
Now after I had visited most of the meetings in Yorkshire, and up to the Wolds and Holderness, I passed through the country till I came to Henry Jackson's, where I had a great meeting: and from thence to Thomas Taylor's, and so to John Moor's at Eldreth, where we had a very large meeting; and the Lord's power and presence were eminently amongst us. Not far off from this place lay colonel Kirby, lame of the gout, who had threatened that if ever I came near, he would send me to prison again, and had bidden forty pounds to any man that could take me; as I was credibly informed.
After this meeting I passed through the countries till I came into Staffordshire, and so into Cheshire, where we had many large and precious meetings. I had a very large meeting at William Barns his house about two miles from Warrington; and although colonel Kirby was now got abroad again, as violent in breaking up meetings as before, and was then at Warrington ; yet the Lord did not suffer him to come to this meeting, and so we were preserved out of his hands.
Now was I moved of the Lord to pass over into Ireland, to visit the seed of God in that nation; and there went with me Robert Lodge, James Lancaster, Thomas Briggs, and John Stubbs. We went near to Liverpool, and waited there for shipping and wind; and after we had waited some days, we sent James Lancaster to take passage, which he did, and brought word the ship was ready, and would take us in at Black Rock. Whereupon we went thither on foot, and it being pretty far, and the weather very hol, I was very much spent with walking. Yet when we came there, the ship was not there; so we were fain to go to the town, and take shipping there. When we
were come on board, I said to the rest of my company, Come, ye will triumph in the Lord, for we shall have fair wind and weather. There were many passengers in the ship, and many of them were sick, but not one of our company was sick : the master and many of the passengers were very loving, and we being at sea on the first-day of the week, I was moved to declare truth among them; whereupon the master said to the passengers, Come, here are things that you never heard in your lives. When we came before Dublin we took boat and went ashore, and the earth and air smelt, methought, with the corruption of the nation, so that it yielded another smell to me than England did; which I imputed to the corruption, and popish massacres that had been committed, and the blood that had been spilt in it, from which a foulness ascended. We passed through among the officers of the custom four times, yet they did not search us, for they perceived what we were; and some of them were so envious they did not care to look at us. We did not presently find friends, but went to an inn, and sent out to inquire for some friends ; who when they came to us were exceeding glad of our coming, and received us with great joy. We staid there the weekly-meeting, which was a great one, and the power and life of God appeared greatly in it. Afterwards we passed to a province-meeting which lasted two days, there being both a men’s-meeting about the poor, and another meeting more general; in which a mighty power of the Lord appeared, and truth was livingly declared, and friends were much refreshed therein.
Passing from thence about four and twenty miles, we came to another place, where we had a very good refreshing meeting ; but after the meeting was over, some papists that were there were angry and raged very much. When I heard of it I sent for one of them, who was a schoolmaster, but he would not come at me.' Whereupon I sent a challenge to him, with all the friars and monks, priests and jesuits, to coine forth and try their god and their christ, which they had made of bread and wine, but no answer could I get from them. Wherefore I told them, they were worse than the priests of Baal; for Baal's priests tried their wooden god, but these durst not try their god of bread and wine; and Baal's priests and people did not eat their god as these did, and then make another.
We went to a place called New Garden, where was a great meeting; and from thence we travelled on among friends, till we came to Bandon Bridge and the Land's
End, having many meetings as we went, in which the mighty power of the Lord was manifested, through which friends were well refreshed, and many people were affected with the truth. At Bandon, the mayor's wife being herself convinced, desired her husband to come to the meeting; but he bid her for her life, she should not make known that I was at a meeting there.
He that was then mayor of Cork was very envious against truth and friends, and had many friends in prison; and knowing that I was in the country, he had sent forth four warrants to take me, wherefore friends were desirous that I might not ride through Cork. But being at Bandon, there appeared unto me in a vision, a very ugly visaged man, of a black and dark look : my spirit struck at him in the
power of God; and it seemed to me, that I rid over him with my horse, and my horse set his foot on the side of his face. When I came down in the morning, I told a friend that was with me, that the command of the Lord was to we to ride through Cork, but bid him tell no man. So we took horse, many friends being with me; and when we came near the town, the friends would have shewed me a way on the backside of the town, but I told then my way was through the streets. Wherefore taking one of them along with me (whose name was Paul Morrice) to guide me through the town, I rode on; and as we rode through the market-place, and by the mayor's door, the mayor see. ing me ride by, said, there goes George Fox, but he had not power to stop me. When we had passed through the centinels, and were come over the bridge, we went to a friend's house and alighted; and there the friends told me what a rage was in the town, and how many warrants were granted forth to take me. While I was sitting there with friends, I felt the evil spirit at work in the town, stirring up mischief against me, and I felt the power of the Lord strike at that evil spirit. By and by some other friends coming in told me, that it was over the town, and amongst the magistrates, that I was in the town; I said, let the devil do his worst. So after a while, that friends were refreshed one in another, and we who were travellers had refreshed ourselves, I called for my horse, and having a friend to guide me, we went on our way: but great was the
and others of Cork were in that they bad missed me, and great pains they afterwards took to have taken me, having their scouts abroad upon
the roads (as I understood) to observe which way I went. And afterwards there was scarce a public meeting I came to, but there came spies to watch if I were there :
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and the envious magistrates and priests sent informations one to another concerning me, describing me by my hair, hat, clothes and horse, so that when I was come near an hundred miles from Cork, they had an account concerning me, and description of me before I came amongst them. There was one very envious magistrate, who was both a priest and a justice, and he got a warrant from the judge of the assize to apprehend me; which warrant was to go over all his circuit, which reached near an hundred miles. Yet the Lord disappointed all their counsels, and defeated all their designs against me, and by his good, hand of Providence preserved me out of all their snares, and gave us many sweet and blessed opportunities to visit friends, and spread truth through that nation. For meetings were very large, friends coming to them far and near, and the world's people flocking in: and the powerful presence of the Lord was preciously felt with and amongst us; whereby many of the world were reached, and convinced, and gathered to the truth, and the Lord's flock was increased, and friends were greatly refreshed and comforted in feeling the love of God. Oh, the brokenness that was amongst them in the flowings of life! So that, in the power and spirit of the Lord, many together have broken out into singing, even with audible voices, making melody in their bearts.
At which time I was moved to declare to friends there in the ministry, as followeth :
Sound, sound abroad, you faithful servants of the Lord, and witnesses in his name, and faithful servants and prophets of the Highest, and angels of the Lord ! Sound ye all abroad in the world, to the awakening and raising of the dead, that they may be awakened and raised up out of the grave, to hear the voice that is living. For the dead have Jong heard the dead, and the blind have long wandered among the blind, and the deaf amongst the deaf; therefore sound, sound, ye servants and prophets, and angels of the Lord, ye trumpets of the Lord, that you may awaken the dead, and awaken them that be asleep in their graves of sin, death and hell, and sepulchres, and sea, and earth, and who lie in the tombs. Sound, sound abroad, ye trumpets, and raise up the dead, that the dead may hear the voice of the Son of God, the voice of the second Adam, that never fell; the voice of the light, and the voice of the life; the voice of the power, and the voice of the truth ; tbe voice of the righteous, and the voice of the just. Sound, sound the pleasant and melodious sound! Sound, sound,
ye the trumpets, the melodious sound abroad, that all the deaf ears may be opened to hear the pleasant sound of the trumpet to judgment and life, to condemnation and light. Sound, sound your trumpets all abroad, you angels of the Lord, sons and daughters, prophets of the highest, that all that are dead and asleep in the graves, and been long dreaming and slumbering, may be awakened, and hear the yoice of the Lamb, who have long heard the voice of the beast; that now they may hear the voice of the Bridegroom, now they may hear the voice of the Bride, now they may hear the voice of the great Prophet, now they may hear the voice of the great King, now they may hear the voice of the great Shepherd, and the great Bishop of their souls. Sound, sound it all abroad, ye trumpets, among the dead in Adam, for Christ is come, the second Adam, that they might have life, yea have it abundantly. Awaken the dead, awaken the slumberers, awaken the dreamers, awaken them that be asleep, awaken them out of their graves, out of their tombs, out of their sepulchres, out of the seas ! Sound, sound abroad you trumpets! you trumpets that awaken the dead, that they may all hear the sound of it in the graves, and they that hear may live, and come to the life that is the Son of God; he is risen from the dead, the grave could not hold nor contain him, neither could all the watchers of the earth, with all their guards, keep him therein. Sound, sound, ye trumpets of the Lord, to all the seekers of the living among the dead, that he is risen from the dead; to all the seekers of the living among the dead, and in the graves that the watchers keep, he is not in the grave, but he is risen ; and there is that under the grave of the watchers of the outward grave, which must be awakened and come to hear his voice, which is risen from the dead, that they might come to live. Therefore sound abroad, you trumpets of the Lord, that the grave might give up her dead, and hell and the sea might give up their dead; and all might come forth to judgment, to the judgment of the Lord before his throne, and to have their sentence and reward according to their works.'
"And sound, sound, all ye angels and faithful servants of the Most High, you trumpets of the Lord, amongst all the night watchers and watchers of the graves, sepulchres and tombs, and overseers of those watchers of the seas, graves and sepulchres, sound the trumpet amongst them and over them all; make the sound to be heard, that the dead may arise at the sound of the trumpet, that they may come out