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the other corporally: and in the same moment of time their Spirits were delivered from their mortal bodies, and by the ministery of Angels translated to the beatifical vision of God. But the devout Hermit, before his death, was purified by a tedious and painful infirmity, which probably happened to him by a merciful divine dispensation, to the end that the torments of a long sickness might instrumentally supply the defect in which he came short of the Holy Bishop's merits, that so being made equal in grace with his pious Intercessor, he might not only in the same moment of time, but with an equal participation, enjoy eternal glory together with him.”. Cressy's Church History of Britain, p. 768.
Providence.- p. 40.
“ To make our reliance upon Providence both pious and rational, we should in every great enterprize we take in hand, prepare all things with that care, diligence and activity, as if there were no such thing as Providence for us to depend upon; and again, when we have done all this, we should as wholly and humbly depend upon it, as if we had made no such preparations at all. And this is a rule of practice which will never fail, or shame any who shall venture all that they have or are upon it: for as a man by exerting his utmost force in any action or business, has all that an human strength can do for him therein ; so in the next place, by quitting his confidence in the same, and placing it only in God, he is sure also of all that Omnipotence can do in his behalf.”—South, iv. 27.
The Dissenters themselves have long been ashamed of those fanatical objections to the Established Church, which were the original grounds of their separation.
“ I remember those blessed times," says the Ghost of Prynne, in one of T. Brown's Dialogues, “ when every thing in the world that was displeasing and offensive to the brethren, went under the name of horrid, abominable, popish superstition:.. Organs and May poles; Bishops' Courts and the Bear Garden; surplices and long hair; cathedrals and play-houses; set-forms and painted glass ; fonts and apostle-spoons ; church music and bull baiting ; altar rails and rosemary on brawn; nay, fiddles, Whitsun ale, pig at Bartholomew fair, plum-porridge, puppet-shews, carriers' bills, figures in gingerbread : and at last Moses and Aaron, the Decalogue, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer-
Hick. ... passed all for Antichristian carnal devices, rags of popery, things of human invention, set up by the man of sin to scandalize the saints and pervert the unstable.
Prynne. You say right; and so was every thing you can name, except a black satin cap.
Hick. Because it savoureth of gravity.
Hick. Because, like charity, it covereth a multitude of sins.
Prynne. A long prayer.
Hick. Because widows and orphans are not palatable without 'em.
Prynne. A long allegory.
Hick. For behold it is very refreshing to the white aprons. Likewise, except long ears, Mr. Prynne. There I think I have bobbed you (aside).
Prynne. An extempore sermon.
Hick. Because extempore nonsense is more excusable than studied nonsense.
Prynne. An ordinance of both Houses.
ck. Because the one is a Geneva dish, and the other a Scotch covenanting instrument. Lastly, Mr. Prynne, to
all the evidence together, because we would not lose time; except committee men and lay elders; battle and murder; free quarter and famine ; sequestrations and decimations; compositions and monthly excise; and all this was but necessary and requisite, in order to humble the profane, to mortify the ungodly, and pull down the pride of the wicked malignants; that so being sequestered from the vanities of this world, they might have nothing else to mind, but how to lick themselves whole in another.
Prynne. Then, my dear friend, we carried on the blessed work of the reformation, as far as zeal, inspired with interest, could carry it. We reformed the almanacks ; new-christened the festivals ; unsainted the apostles; set the chimes to psalm-tunes, and gutted the Bible of the Service book and Apocrypha. A crown, a cross, an angel, and bishop's head could not be endured, so much as in a sign. Our garters, bellows and warming-pans wore godly mottos ; our bandboxes were lined with wholesome instructions, and even our trunks with the Assembly-men's sayings. Ribbons were converted to Bible strings.
Hick. And so were graces to long prayers, and churches to stables.
Prynne. Nay, in our zeal we visited the gardens and apothecaries' shops. So Unguentum Apostolicum was commanded to take a new name; and besides to find security for its good behaviour for the future. Carduus Benedictus, Angelica, St. John's Wort, and Our Lady's Thistle, were summoned before a class, and forthwith ordered to distinguish themselves by more sanctified appellations."-p. 292.
Sanderson in the Preface to his Fourteen Sermons (reprinted 1657) speaks of " those men, who being themselves of late years fallen out, grievously fallen out, (for what cause he says, I know not,) with the ancient Government, Liturgy and Ceremonies of the Church, are angry with all those that retain any good opinion of them. Whereunto yet themselves, when time was seemed to be, and if they dissembled not (which we are unwilling to believe) were indeed reasonably well-affected. For they submitted to the Government, used the Liturgy, and observed the Ceremonies appointed, according to Laws and Orders, and their own professed approbation of the same, as well by professed words from their mouths, as by subscription under their hands yet remaining upon record.
What hath wrought this change in them, (evidence of reason or worldly interest,) and how far it hath wrought upon them (in reality, or but in compliance,) and in what order too, (by immediate assaults upon their judgment, or by dealing under-hand first with the affections) themselves do, or should best know. It highly concerneth them, even as much as the peace of their consciences is worth, and much more than so, to be well assured that their hearts are upright in this affair. And in order thereunto, not to content themselves with a slight and overly examination : (there is more wickedness and deceitfulness in the hearts of all men, than most men are aware of;) but to make the most diligent, discreet and impartial search possible, into the true causes and motions of this change. And for so much as fears and hopes have been ever found the fitt st and the readiest engines to work such feats, to inquire particularly what influences or operation either the fear of losing what they had, or the hope of getting more, might have in this work, towards the producing of such an effect. It will best become others to judge as charitably as they may; but doubtless it would be safest for them, to be very jealous over themselves, lest so great a change could not have been wrought in so short a space, without a strong infusion, either of the one, or the other, or both, into the medicine that wrought it. Especially since the conjuncture of time wherein this change happened, may very probably raise some suspicion that the fear of the sword might have, and the visible advantage some have found thereby since, as probably that the hope of gain had, some co-operation at least, with whatsoever was the principal cause of this so sudden a metamorphosis. If nor so, nor so, but that they find themselves clearly convinced in their judgments of their former error, and that they are fully persuaded they are now in a better way, than that wherein they formerly walked ; it is happy for them; and I doubt not but they will find matter of rejoicing in it, if they be not mistaken (a thing not impossible,) in the trial of their own hearts. Of the sincerity whereof, the likeliest way to give satisfaction to the world, and to add some strengthening withall to their own assurance, is, by shewing compassion to those their brethren that cannot yet tell how to recover themselves out of the snare of the same common error, from which they are so happily escaped. At leastwise so far as not to despise them ; nor to pass their censures upon them, with so much freedom and severity as some have done. If it be a fault, sure it is a very pardonable one, for a man in the change of times, to remain unchanged in his mind and opinion, and to hold to his former and (as he