A WORKE OF THE BEAST OR A Relation of a most vnchristian Censure, Execu­ted vpon IOHN LILBVRNE, (Novv prisoner in the fleet) the 18 of Aprill 1638. With the heavenly speech vttered by him at the time of his suffering.

Uery vsefull for these times both for the encouragement of the Godly to suffer, And for the terrour and shame of the Lords Adversaries.

HEB. 10.36.

For you have neede of patience, that after you have don the will of God, you might receiue the promises

HEB. 11.36.

And others had triall of cruell mockings, and scourgings yea moreover of bands and imprisonments.

RIGHT RICHT

Printed in the yeare the Beast was Wounded 1638

The Publisher to the Reader.

Tender hearted Reader.

OF The wicked it is truely said in Iob. their Light shalbee Put out: Now wee see, in a Candle, beeing almost extinguished, that after it hath glimmered a while, it rayseth some few blazing flashes, and soe suddenly vanisheth.

To speake what I thinke, my minde gives me, that the Lord is now vpon extinguishing the bloody Prelates out of our Land. For whereas they have not, in some late yeares shewed the cruelty which they did before, but now increase in persecution; me thinkes this is a cleere fore­going signe, that (like a snuffe in the socket) their end and ruine is at hand.

I write this, to have thee the more patient, contented, and comfor­ted, when thou either hearest, seest, or readest of their barbarous crueltie; besure their condemnation sleepeth not, but when their wickednes is full, I say when they haue once filled up the measure of their iniquity the which I trust they haue allmost don) then will the Lord send back these locusts to the Bottomlesse pitt, from whence they came.

In the meane time feare not their faces, but stand in the trueth, and let Gods house and his ordinances bee deare to thy soule, And know, that as the Lord gaue strength to this his Servant to suffer joyfully for Christs cause; soe he will to thee and me and all others of his saints, if he count us worthy to be called thereto.

Thine if thou be Christs, and a hater of the English Popish Prelates. F. R.

A WORKE OF THE BEAST, OR A Relation of a most unchristian Censure, executed vpon IOHN LILBVRNE, (Novv prisoner in the fleet) the 18. of Aprill 1638 vvith the heavenly speech vtter by him at the time of his suffering.

VPon Wednesday the said 18 of Aprill, Hauing noe certaine notice of the execution of my Censure, till this present morning, I prepared my selfe by prayer unto God, that he would make good his promise, to be vvith me & enable me to undergoe my Affliction vvith joyfullnes & courage: and that he vvould bee a mou [...]h and vtterance vnto mee to enable me to speake that vvhich might make for his greatest ho­nour. And in my meditations my soule did principally pitch vpon these Three places of Scripture.

First, That in Jsay. 41.10.11.12.13. Feare thou not for I am with thee, be not dismaid for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea I will helpe thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousnes. Behold all they that were incenced against thee shall be ashamed and con­founded, they shall be as nothing, and they that striue with thee shall perrish. Thou shalt seeke them & shall not finde them, even them that contented with thee, they that warr against thee shall be as nothing & as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thee by thy right hand, saying vnto thee, feare not, J will helpe thee, Feare not thou worme Jacob, and yee men of Israell, I will helpe, thee sayth the Lord and thy Redeemer the Holy one of Israell. &c.

Secondly, that place in Isay, 43.1.2. Where God speaks thus to his Elect. Feare not for J have Redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters J wilbe with thee, and though the rivers they shall not overflow thee, when thou wal­kest through the fire thou shalt not bee burnt, neither shall the flame kin­ [...]ell vpon thee.

[Page 4]Thirdly, that in Heb. 13.5.6. In these words For he hath sayd I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, Soe that we may boldly say the Lord is my helper, J will not feare what man can doe to me.

With the consideration of these and other gratious promises, made to his people, I being one of his chosen ones, did claime my share & interest in them, and the Lord of his infinite goodnes en­abled me to cast my selfe upon and rest in them, knowing and stedfastly beleeving that he is a God of faithfullnes and power, whoe is able and willing to make good these his promises to the vtmost, and (to his praise be it spoken I desire to speake it) my soule was that morning exceedingly lifted up with spiritual con­solation: and J felt within me such a divine supportation, that the basenesse of my punishment J was to undergoe did seem as a mat­ter of nothing to me. And I went to my suffering with as willing and joyfull a heart as if J had been going to solemnize the day of my maraige with one of the choysest Creatures this world could afford. The Warden of the Fleete hauing sent his men for my old fellow souldier. Mr. Iohn Wharton, and my selfe being both in one Chamber, wee made our selues readie to goe to the place of execution. I tooke the old man by the hand and led him downe three payre of stayers, and soe along the yard till we came to the Gate. And when we came there George Harrington the Porter told me J must stay alitle, and after our parting (commending one an­other to the protection of our alsufficient God) I was bid goe to the Porters Lodge, noe sooner was I gone in, but came Iohn Hawes, the other Porter to me vsing these words.

Mr Lilburne, I am very sorie for your punishment, you are now to undergoe, you must stripp you, and be whipt from hence to Westminster.

I replied, the will of my God be done, for I knowe he will carry me through it with an vndaunted Spirit; But I must confesse it seemed at the first a little strange to me, in regard I had no more notice given me for my preperation for soe sore a punishment. For I thought I should not haue been whipt through the streete but onely at the Pillory. And soe passing a long the Lane being attend­ed [Page 5] with many Staves and Halberts, as Christ was when he was apprehended by his Enimies and led to the High Priests Hall. Mat. 26, we came to ffleete-bridge where was a Cart standing ready for me. And I being commanded to stripp me, I did it with all willingnes and cheerefullnes, where upon the executioner tooke out a Corde and tyed my hands to the Carts Arsse, which caused me to vtter these words, Wellcome be the Crosse of Christ,

With that there drew neere a Yong man of my acquentance, and bid me put on a Couragious resolution to suffer cheerfully & not to dishonor my cause for you suffer (said he) for a good cause, I gaue him thanks, for his christian incouragement, J replying I know the cause is good, for it is Gods cause, & for my own part I am cheerful & merry in the Lord, & am as well contented with this my present portion as if I were to receiue my present liberty. For I knowe my God that hath gone along with me hither to, will carry me though to the end. And for the affliction itself, though it be the punishment in­flicted upon Rogues. yet I esteeme it not the least disgrace, but the greatest honour that can be done unto me, that the Lord counts me worthy to suffer any thing for his great name;

And you my Brethren that doe now here behold my present con­dition this day, be not discouraged, be not discouraged at the waies of Godlinesse by reason of the Crosse which accompanies it, for it is the lot and portion of all which will liue Godly in Christ Iesus to suffer persecution,

The Cart being readie to goe forward. I spake to the executioner (when I saw him pull out his Corded whipp out of his pocket) after this manner, Well my friend doe thy office. To which he replyed I haue whipt many a Rogue but now I shall whip an honest man, but be not discouraged (said he) it will be soon over.

To which I replyed, J knowe my God hath not onely enabled me to beleeve in his name, but alsoe to suffer for his sake. Soe the Carman drove forward his Cart, and I laboured with my God for strength to submit my back with cheerfullnes unto the smitter. And he heard my desire & granted my request, for when the first stripe was giuen I felt not the least paine but said, Blessed be thy name O Lord my God that hast counted mee worthy to suffer for [Page 6] thy glorious names sake; And at the giving of the second, I cried out with a loud voice Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Glory, Honour, and Praise, bee given to thee O Lord for ever, and to the Lambe that sitts vpon the Throne. Soe wee vvent vp Fleetstreete, the Lord enabling me to endure the stripes vvith such patience and chere­fullnes, that J did not in the least manner shevv the least discontent at them, for my God hardened my backe, and steeled my reynes, and tooke a vvay the smart and payne of the stripes from mee.

But J must confesse, if I had had no more but my owne naturall strength, I had suncke vnder the burden of my punishement, for to the flesh the paine was uery grevious & heauy: But my God in whom I did trust was higher and stronger then my selfe, whoe strengthened and enabled mee not onely to undergoe the punish­ment with cherefullnes: but made me Triumph & with a holy disdaine to insult over my torments.

And as we went along the Strand, many friends spoke to me & asked how I did, & bid me be cherfull, to whom I replied, I was mer­ry and cheerfull: and was upheld with a diuine and heauenly sup­portation, comforted with the sweet consolations of Gods spirit. And about the middle of the Strand, there came a Friend and bid me speake with boldnesse. To when I replied, when the time comes soe I will▪ for then if I should haue spoken and spent my strength, it would haue been but as water spilt on the ground, in regard of the noyse and presse of people. And alsoe at that time I was not in a fitt temper to speake: because the dust much troubled mee, and the Sunne shined very hot vpon mee. And the Tipstaffe man at the first vvould not let mee haue my hatt to keepe the vehe­ment heate of the Sunne from my head. Alsoe hee many times spake to the Cart man to driue softly, Soe that the heate of the Sunne exceedingly peirced my head: and made me somwhat faint. But yet my God vpheld me vvith courage, and made me vndergoe it vvith a joyfull heart. And vvhen J came to Chearing Crosse some Christian friends spake to me and bid me be of good cheere.

Soe I am (said I) for I rest not in my ovvne strength. but J fight vnder the Banner of my great and mightie Captaine the Lord [Page 7] Jesus Christ who hath conquered all his Enemies, and I doubt not but through his strength I shall conquer and over come all my suf­ferings, for his power upholdes mee, his strength enables mee, his presence cheeres mee, and his Spirit comforts mee, and I looke for an immortall Crowne which never shall fade nor decay. the assured hope and expectation where of makes, mee to contemne my suffe­rings, and count them as nothing, ffor my momentany affliction will worke for me a farre more exceeding Crowne and weight of glo­ry. And as I went by the Kings pallace a great Multitude of peo­ple came to looke vpon me. And passing through the gate vnto Westminster, Many demanded what was the matter.

To whom I replied, my Brethren, against the Law of God, a­gainst the law of the Land, against the King or State haue J not committed the least offence that deserves this punishment, but only J suffer as an object of the Prelates cruelty and malice; and hereup­on, one of the Warden of the Fleets-officers, beganne to interrupt me, and tells mee my suffering was just and therefore I should hold my tongue; Whom J bidd meddle with his owne businesse, for I would speake come what would, for my cause was good for which I suffered, and here I was ready to sh [...]d my dearest blood for it.

And as we went through Kings street, many encouraged me, and bidd me be cheerefull; Others whose faces (to my knwoledge) I ne­ver sawe before, and who J verilie thinke knew not the cause of my suffering, but seeing my cheerefullnes vnder it, beseeched the Lord to blesse me and strenthen mee.

At the last wee came to the Pillary, where I was unloosed from the Cart, and having put one some of my cloathes wee went to the Taverne, vvhere J staid a prittie vvhile vvaiting for my Surgeon.

vvhoe vvas not yet come to dresse mee. Where vvere many of my Friends, whoe exceedingly rejoyced to see my courage. that the Lord had enabled me to vndergoe my punishment soe willingly.

Whoe asked me how I did. I tould them, as well as ever I was in my life I blesse my God for it. for I felt such inward joy and comfort, chearing vp my soule, that I lightly esteemed my sufferings.

[Page 8]And this I counted my weding day in which I was married to the Lord Iesus Christ: for now I knowe he loues me in that he hath be­stowed soe rich apparrell this day upon me, and counted me wor­thie to suffer for his sake. I hauing a desire to retire into a private roome from the multitude of people that were about me, which made me like to faint: I had not been ther long but Mr. Lightburne the Tibstasse of the Star-Chamber, came to me saying the Lords sent him to me, to knowe if I would acknowledge my selfe to be in a fault and then he knew what to say unto me. To whom I replied, Haue their Honours caused me to be whipt from the Fleet to Westminster, and doe they now send to knowe if I wil acknow­ledge a fault. They should have done this before I had beene whipt; for now seeing I have vndergone the greatest part of my pu­nishment, I hope the Lord will assist me to goe through it all, and besides, if I would haue done this at the first I needed not to haue come to this, But as I tould the Lords when J was before them at the Barre. Soe I desire you to tell them againe, that I am not con­scious to my selfe of doing any thing that deserues a submission, but yet I doe willingly submit to their Lordships pleasures in my Cen­sure. He told me if I would confesse, a fault it would saue me a-standing on the Pillary otherwise I must undergoe the burden of it.

Wel, I (Said I) J regard not a little outward disgrace for the cause of my God, I haue found alreadie that sweetnesse in him in whom I haue beleeued, that through his strength I am able to undergoe any thing that shalbee inflicted on me; But me thinks that J had verie hard measure that I should be condemned and thus punished vpon two Oaths in which the party hath most falslie foresworne him­selfe: and because I would not take an Oath to betray mine owne innocency; Why Paul found more favour and mercy from the Heathen Roman-Governors, for they would not put him to an Oath to accuse himselfe, but suffered him to make the best defence he could for himselfe, neither would they condemne him before his accusers and he were brought face to face, to justifie and fully to proue their accusation: But the Lords haue not dealt so with me, for my accusers and I were neuer brought face to to face to justi­fie their accusation against me: it is true two false Oathes were [Page 9] Sworne against mee: and I was therevpon condemned, and because I would not accuse my selfe. It is true (said hee) it was soe with Paul but the Lawes of this Land, are otherwise then their Lawes were in those dayes. Then said I, they are vvorse and more cruell, then the Lawes of the Pagans and Heathen Romans were, whoe would condemne no man without wittnesses, and they should be brought face to face, to justifie their accusation. And so hee went away, & I prepared my selfe for the Pillary, to which J went with a joy­full courage, and when I was vpon it, I made obeysance to the Lords, some of them as (J suppose) looking out at the Sarr-Chamber-window, towards mee. And so I putt my neck into the hole, which beeing a great deale to low for me, it was very painfull to me in regard of the continuance of time that I stood on the Pillary: which was about two houres, my back also being very sore, and the Sunne shining exceeding hot. And the T [...]pstaffe man, not suffering mee to keepe on my hat, to defend my head from the heat of the Sunne. So that I stood there in great paine. Yet through the strength of my God I vnderwent it with courage: to the very last minute. And lifting vp my heart and spirit vnto my God,

While I was thus standing on the Pillary. J craued his Power­full assistance with the spirit of wisdome and courage, that I might open my mouth with boldnesse: and speake those things that might make for his greatest glory, and the good of his people, and soe casting my eyes on the multitude, I beganne to speake after this manner.

My Christean Brethren, to all you that loue the Lord Iesus Christ▪ and desire that hee should raigne and rule in your hearts and liues, to you especially: and to as many as heare me this day: I direct my speech.

J stand here in the place of ignominy and shame. Yet to mee it is not so, but I owne and imbrace it, as the Wellcome Crosse of Christ. And as a badge of my Christian Profession. I haue been already whipt from the Fleet to this place, by vertue of a Censure: from the Honourable Lords of the Starr Chamber hereunto, The Cause of my Censure I shall declare unto you as briefly as I canne.

The Lord by his speciall hand of prouidence so ordered it, that [Page 10] Not long agoe I was in Holland. Where I was like to haue settled my selfe in a Course of trading, that might haue brought me in a-pretty large portion of earthlie things; (after which my heart did too much runne) but the Lord hauing a better portion in store for mee, and more durable riches to bestow vpon my soule. By the same hand of providence: brought me back a gaine. And cast me into easie affliction, that there by I might be weaned from the world, and see the vanitie and emptines of all things therein. And he hath now pitched my soule vpon such an object of beautie, amiablenesse: & excelencie, as is as permanent and endurable as eternitie it selfe, Namely the personall excelencie of the Lord Iesus Christ. the sweetnesse of whose presence, no affliction can ever be able to wrest out of my soule.

Now while J was in Holland, it seemes ther were divers Bookes. of that Noble and Renowned Dr. Iohn Bastwicks sent into Eng­land, which came to the hands of one Edmond Chillington, for the sending over which I was taken, and apprehended, the plot being before laid, by one Iohn Chilliburne (whom I supposed) & tooke to be my friend) servant to my old fellow souldier Mr. John Wharton living in Bow-lane (after this manner.)

I walking in the Street, with the said Iohn Chilliburne, was taken by the Pursevant and his men. the said Iohn as I verily beleeve, hauing given direction to them: where to stand, and he himselfe was the third man that laid hands on me to hold mee.

Now at my Censure before the Lords: I there declared vpon the word of a Christian that I sent not over those Bookes, neither did I know the Shipp that brought them. nor any of the men that belonged to the Shipp, nor to my knowledge did I ever see, either Shipp: or any appertaining to it, in all my dayes.

Besides this, I was accused at my examination before, the Kings Atturny at his Chamber, by the said Edmond Chillington Button Seller Iiving in Canon street neere Abchurch Lane, and late Prisoner in Bridewell & Newgate, for printing 10. or 12. thousand Bookes in Holland, and that J would haue printed the Vnmasking the mistery of iniquitie if I could haue gott a true Copie of it, and that I had a Chamber in Mr. John Foots house at Delfe where hee thinkes [Page 11] the bookes were kept. Now here I declare before you all, vpon the word of a suffering Christian: that hee might haue as well accu­sed mee of printing a hundred thousand bookes, and the on been as true as the other; And for the printing the Vnmasking the Mistery of Iniquity, vpon the word of an honest man I never saw, nor to my knowledge heard of the Booke, till I came back againe into Eng­land: And for my having a Chamber in Mr. John Foots house at Delfe, where he thinkes the Bookes were kept. J was soe farre from having a Chamber there, as I never lay in his house, but twice or thrice at the most, and upon the last Friday of the last Tearme I was brought to the Star-Chamber Barre, where before mee was read the said Edmond Chillingtons Affidavit, vpon Oath, against Mr. John Wharton and my selfe. The Summe of which Oath was, That hee and I had Printed (at Rotterdam in Holland,) Dr. Bastwicks Answer, and his Letany, with divers other scandalous Bookes.

Now here againe I speake it in the presence of God, & all you that heare mee, that Mr. Wharton, and I never joyned together in printing, either these or any other Bookes whatsoever. Neither did I receive any mony from him, toward the printing any.

Withall, in his first Oath, hee peremtorilie swore that wee had printed them at Rotterdam. Vnto which I likewise say, That hee hath in this particular forsworne himselfe, for my owne part, I ne­ver in all my daies either printed, or caused to be printed, either for my selfe or Mr. Wharton any Bookes at Rotterdam. Neither did I come into any Printing house there all the time I was in the Citty.

And then vpon the Twesday after he swore, against both of us agai­ne. The summe of which Oaths was, that I had confessed to him (which is most false) that I had Printed Dr. Bastwicks Answer to Sr. John Banks his Information, and his Letany; & another Booke called Certaine answers to certaine Objections; And another Booke called The vanity & impiety of the old Letany; & that J had divers other Bookes of the said Dr. Bastwicks in Printing, & that Mr. Wharton had beene at the charges of Printing a Booke called A Breviat, of the Bishops late proceeding; and another Booke called 16. new Queries, and in this his Oath hath sworne they were Printed at Rotterdam, [Page 12] or some where else in Holland; & that on James Oldam. a Turner keping Shop at Westminster-hall-gate disperced divers of these bookes. Now in this Oath he hath againe forsworne himselfe in a high degree, for wheras he took his Oath that I had printed the Booke called The Vanitie and impiety of the old Letany, I here speake it before you all, that I never in all my daies did see one of them in print, but I must confess, I haue seen & read it, in written hand, before the Dr. was censured, & as for other books, of which he saith I haue diverse in printing. To that I answer, that for mine owne perticuler I never read nor saw any of the Drs. Bookes: but the forenamed foure in English▪ and one little thing more of about two sheetes of paper, which is annexed to the Vanity of the Old Letany, And as for his Lattine Bookes J never saw any but two: Namely his Flagellum, for which he was first censured in the High Commission Court: and his Apologeticus, which were both in print long before J knew the Dr. But it is true, there is a second edition of his Flagellum, but that was at the presse aboue two yeares agoe: namly Anno 1634. And some of this impression was in England before J came out of Holland,

And these are the maine things for which I was Censured and Condemned. Being two Oaths in which the said Chillington, hath palpably forsworne himselfe. And if hee had not forsworne himselfe. Yet by the law (as I am given to vnderstand) I might have excepted against him, being a guilty person himselfe and a Priso­ner, and did that which hee did against mee for pvrcha­sing his owne liberty which hee hath by such Iudasly meanes gott and obtained. Who is also knowne to bee a lying fellow, as J told the Lords I was able to proue and make good.

But besides all this, there was an inquisition-Oath-tendered vnto mee (which J refused to take) on foure severall daies; the summe of which Oath is thus much. You shall sweare that you shall make true answer to all things that shall be asked of you: So helpe you God. Now this Oath I refused as a sinfull and vnlawfull Oath: it being the High-Commission Oath, with which the Prelates euer haue and still do so butcherly torment, afflict and vndoe, the deare Saints and Servants of God, It is also an Oath against the Law of the Land, [Page 13] As Mr. Nicholas Fuller in his Argument doth proue. And olso it is expressly against the Petition of Right an Act of Parlament Enacted in the second yeare of our King. Againe, it is absolutely against the Law of God, for that law requires noe man to accuse himselfe, but if any thing be laid to his charge: there must come two or three witnesses at the least to proue it. It is also against the practise of Christ himselfe, who in all his examinations before the High Priest would not accuse himselfe: but vpon their demands, returned this answer: Why aske yea mee, go to them that heard mee.

With all this Oath is against the uery law of nature, for nature is alwaies a preserver of it selfe and not a distroyer. But if a man takes this wicked Oath he distroyes and vndoes himselfe, as daily experience doth witnesse. Nay it is worse then the Law of the Heathen Romans, as we may reade Act. 25.16. For when Paull stood before the Pagan Governours, and the laws required Judgement against him, the Governour replyed, it is not the manner of the Romans to condemne any man before his accusers & hee were brought face to face to justify their accusation. But for my owne part, if I had beene pro­ceeded against by a Bill, J would haue answered & justified all that they coulde have proved against me, & by the strength of my God would have sealed whatsoever I have don with my bloud, for I am privy to mine own actions, & my conscience beares me witnes that I have laboured ever since the Lord in mercy made the riches of his grace known to my Soule, to keep a good conscience and to walke inoffensably both towards God, & man. But as for that Oath that was put unto me I did refuse to take it, as a sinfull and unlaw­full Oath, & by the strength of my God enabling me I wil never take it though I be pu [...]d in peices with wilde horses as the ancient Chri­tians were by the bloudy Tirants, in the Primitive Church, neither shall I thinke that man a faithfull Subject, of Christs Kingdome, that shall at any time hereafter take it, seeing the wickednes of it hath been so apparently laid open by so many, for the refusall wher­of many doe suffer cruell persecution to this day. Thus have J as briefly as I could; declared unto you, the whole cause of my standing here this day, I being upon these grounds censured by the Lords at the Starr-chamber on the last Court day of the last tearme to pay 500. pō to the King and to receive the punishment which with rejoicing I haue undergon, vnto whose censure I do with willingnes & cheerefulnes [...]ubmit, my selfe.

[Page 14]But seeing I now stand here at this present, I intend the Lord assisting me with his power, and guiding me by his spirit, to declare my minde unto you.

I haue nothing to say to any mans person, and therefore will not meddle with that. Onlie the things that I have to say in the first place, are concerning the Bishops & their calling. They challeng their callings [...]o be Iure Divino, & for the oppugning of which, those three renovvned living marters of the Lord, Dr. Bastwick M. Burton & M. Prinne: did suffer in this place, and they have sufficientlie proved, that their, Calling is not from God, which men I love and honour, and doe perswade my selfe their soules are deere and precious in the sight of God, though they were so cruellie and but­cherlie dealt with by the Prelates, and as for Mr. Burton and Mr. Prynne they are worthie and learned men, but yet did not in manie things write so fullie as the Dr. did, who hath sufficientlie & plentifullie set forth the wickednes, both of the Prelates themselves & of their callings▪ (as you may reade in his Bookes) that they are not Jure Divino, which noble and reverend Dr. I love with my Soule▪ and as he is a man that stands for the truth and Glorie of God, my verie life and hart blood I will lay downe for his ho­nour, and the maintaining of his cause, for which he Suffered, it be­ing Gods cause. As for the Bishops, they vsed in former times to challeng their jurisdiction, Callings, and power from the King. But they haue now openly in the High Commission Court renounced that as was heard by many, at the Censure of that Noble Dr. And as you may fullie read in his Apollogeticus. And in his Answer to Sr. Iohn Bankes his Jnformation. Novv J will here mantaine it before them all. That their Calling is so farre from being Iure Diuino (as they say they are) that they are rather Iure Diabollico. Which if I be not able to proue, let me be hanged vp at the Hall Gate. But my Bre­thren, for your better satisfaction, read the 9. & 13. Chapters of the Reuelation, and there you shall see, that there came Locust out of the Bottomlesse Pitt, part of vvhom they are▪ and they are ther liuely discirbed. Also you shall there finde, that the Beast (which is the Pope, or Roman State and Goverment.) hath given to him by the D [...]agon (the Devill) his Power and Seate, and great authoritie. [Page 15] Soe that the Popes authoritie comes from the Devill, and the Prelates, and their Creatures in their printed Bookes, do challenge their authoritie jurisdiction and Power, (that they exercise over all sorts of people) is from Rome.

And for proving of the Church of England to be a true Church, their best & strongest argument is: that the Bb. are lineally discended from his Holines (or impiousnes) of Rome: as you may read in Pocklingtons Booke, called Sunday no Sabboth. So that by their own confession they stand by that same power and authoritie that they haue receaved from the Pope. Soe that their calling is not from God but from the Divill. For the Pope cannot give a better au­thoritie or calling to them, then he himselfe hath. But his Autho­ritie and Calling is from the Devill: Therefore the Prelates Cal­ling and authoritie is from the Devill alfoe. Revel. 9.3. And there came out of the smoake, Locusts upon the earth: and unto them was gi­ven power as the Scorpions of the earth haue power to hurt and vndoe men, as the Prelates dailie doe. And also Revel. 13.2. And the Beast which I sawe (saith S. Iohn) was like unto a Leopard, and his feete were as the feete of a Beare, and his mouth as the mouth of a Lion, and the Dragon (that is to say the Devill) gaue him his power, his seat, and great authority▪ and ver. 15.16.17. And whether the Prelates as well as the Pope, do not daily the same things: let every man that hath but common reason judge.

For do not their daily practises and cruell burdens, imposed on all sorts of people, high and low, rich and poore: witnesse that their discent is from the Beast, part of his state and kingdome. Soe also Revel. 16.13.14. All which places do declare, that their Power and authority being from the Pope, (as they themselues confesse) Therefore it must needes originally come from the Devill For their power & callings, must of necessitie proceede either from God, or else from the Divill, But it proceeds not from God, as the Scriptures sufficiently declares▪ Therefore there calling and power proceeds from the Devill, as both Scripture and there owne daily practises doe demonstrate and prove. And as for that last place ci­ted Rev. 16.13.14. Jf you please to reade the Second, and third parts of Dr. Bastwicks Letany, you shall finde, he their proves that [Page 16] the Prelates practises doe every way suite with, and make good that portion of Scripture to the vtmost. For in their Sermons that they preach before his Majestie: how doe they incense the King & nobles against the people of God, labouring to make them odious in his sight & stirring him up to execute vengance vpon them, though they be the most harmelesse generation of all others.

And as for all these officers that are vnder them & made by them, for mine own particular I cannot se but that their callings are as un­lawfull as the Bishops themselves, and in particular for the callings of the ministers, J do not, nor will not speake against their persons, for I know some of them to be very able men, and men of excel­lent guiftes and quallifications, and I perswade my selfe their souls are very deare and pretious in the sight of God.

Yet not withstanding, this proves not their Callings to be ever the better. As it is in civill government. If the King (whom God hath made a lawfull Majestrate) make a wicked man an officer, hee is as true an officer and as well to be obeyed, comming in the Kings name, as the best man in the world comming with the same atthori­tie, for in such a case, he that is a wicked man hath his calling from as good authority as the godliest man hath: And therefore his calling is as good as the others.

But on the other side, if he that hath noe authoritie make officers, though the men themselues be never so good and holie. Yet their holines maks their calling never a whitt the truer, but still is a false a calling: in regard his authority was not good nor lawful that made thē; & evē so the ministers, be they never so holy mē: yet they haue one and the same calling with the wickedest that is amongest them, their holines proues not their callings to be ever the truer: seeing their authority that made them ministers is false, and there­fore they haue more to answer for then any of the rest: by how much the more God hath bestowed greater guifts vpon them then vpon others, and yet they detaine the truth in vnrighteousnesse from Gods people: and do not make knowne to them as they ought, the whole will and counsell of God.

And againe, the greater is their sinne if their callings be vn­lawfull, (as J verily beleeve they are) in that they still hold them [Page 17] and doe not willingly lay them downe & renounce them, for they do but deceiue the people and highly dishonour God, and sinne against their owne soules, while they preach vnto the people by vertue of an Antichristian and vnlawfull Calling, and the more god­lie and able the Minister is that still preaches by vertue of this cal­ling, the more hurt he doth, for the people that haue such a Minister will not be perswaded of the truth of things, though one speake & informe them in the name of the Lord; but will be ready to re­ply, Our Minister that preaches still by vertue of this Calling, is so holy a man, that were not his calling right & good: I do assure my selfe he would no longer preach by vertue thereof, And thus the holines of the minister is a Cloake to couer the unlawfulnes of his calling, and make the people continue rebells against Christs his Scepter and Kingdome, which is an agreuation of his sinne▪ for by this meanes the people are kept off from receiving the whole truth into their soules, & rest in being but almost Christians, or but Christians in part. But Oh my Brethren, it behoues all you that feare God, and tender the Salvation of your owne Soules, to looke about you & to shake of that long security & formality in Religion, that you have layne in. For God of all things cannot indure Luke warmenes Revel 3.16. And search out diligently the truth of things, and try them in the Ballance of the Sanctuary. I beseech you take things no more vpon trust, as hitherto you haue done, but take paines to search and finde out those Spirituall and hidden truthes that God hath enwraped in his sacred Booke, and finde out a bottom for your owne soules. For if you will haue the comforts of them, you must bestow some labour for the getting of them, and you must search dilligently before you finde them Pro. 2. Labour also to withdraw your neckes from vnder that Spirituall and Antichristian bondage, (unto which you haue for a long time subjected your soules) least the Lord cause his plagues and the fearcenesse of his wrath to seize both vpon your bodies and soules: seeing you are now warned of the danger of these things.

For hee himselfe hath said Revel. 14.9.10.11. That if any man worship the Boast and his Image, and receiue his marke in his forehead or in his hand. The same shall drinke of the wine of his wrath: which is [Page 18] powered out without mixture into the cup of his indignation, and he shal be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presences of the holy Angels & in the presence of the Lambe, and the smoake of their Torment ascended, vp for ever and ever, and they haue noe rest day nor night, who worship the Beast, & his Image, and whosoever receiveth the marke of his name. Therefore as you loue your owne soules and looke for that immortall Crowne of happines in the world to come, looke that you with draw your selves from that Antichristian power & slavery that you are now vnder, even as God himselfe hath commanded and injoy­ned you in Rev. 18.4. saying Come out of her my people that you bee not pertaker of her sinns and that yee receive not of her Plagues, for her sinnes have reached vnto heaven, and God hath remembred her iniqui­ties. Here is the voyce of God himselfe commanding all his chosen ones, though they have lived vnder this Antichristian slavish po­wer and estate along time, yet at last to withdraw their obedience, and subjection from it. My Brethren, wee are all at this present in a very dangerous and fearefull condition, vnder the Jdolatrous, and spirituall bondage of the Prelates, in regard wee have turned Traytours vnto our God, in seing his Almighty great name and his Heavenly truth troden under foote, and soe highlie dishonoured by them, and yet wee not onely let them alone in holding our peace, but most slavishlie & wickedly, subject our selves unto them, fearing the face of a peece of durt, more then the Almightie great God of Heaven and earth, who is able to cast both body & Soule in to everlasting damnation.

Oh repent, I beseech you therefore repent, for that great disho­nour you have suffered to bee done unto God by your fearfullnes, and cowardlines, & for the time to come, put on couragious resolu­tions like valiant souldiers of Iesus Christ, and fight manfullie in this his spirituall battell, in which battell some of his souldiers haue allready lost part of their blood, and withall; Study this Booke of the Revol [...]tion, and there you shall finde the mistery of iniquitie fullie vnfolded and explaned; and also you shall se what great spiri­tuall battels haue beene fought betwixt the Lambe & his Servants, and the Dragon (the Devill) and his vassals, and some are yet to fight.

[Page 19]Therefore gird on your Spirituall armour Spoken of Ephes. 6. that you may quit your selves like good & faithfull Souldiers, and feare no coulors the victory and conquest is ours allready, for wee are sure to have it, (I do not speake of any bodily and temporall battell but onelie of a spirituall one) and be not discouraged and knoct of from the study of it, because of the obscurity and darkenes of it, for the Lord hath promised his enlightening Spirit unto all his people that are laborous and studious to know him aright, and also he hath promised a blessing and pronounced a blessednes vnto all that read and labour to keepe the things contayned in this booke Rev. 1.3. My Christian Brethren, in the bowels of Iesus Christ I beseech you doe not contemne the things that are delivered to you, in regard of the meanesse and weaknesse of mee the instrument, being but one of the meanest and unworthiest of the Servants of Jesus Christ, for the Lord many times doth great things by weake meanes, that his power may be more seene, for wee are to ready to cast our eye vp­on the meanes and instrument: not looking up unto that Almighty power that is in God, who is able to doe the greatest things by the weakest meanes, and therefore out of the mouthes of Babes & Suck­lings he hath ordayned strength Psal. 8.2. And hee hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weake things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, & base things of the world, & things which are dispi­sed hath God chosen, Yea things which are not, to bring to nought things that are 1. Cor. 1.27.28. And he giues the reason wherefore he is pleased so to do. That no flesh should glory in his presence

So you se God is not tyed to any instrument & means to effect his own glory, but hee by the least instrument is able to bring to passe the greatest things.

It is true, J am a yong man and noe Scoller, according to that which the world counts Scollership, yet I have obtayned mercie of the Lord to be faithfull, & hee by a divine prouidence hath brought me hither this day, & I speak to you in the name of the Lord, being assisted with the spirit & power of the God of Heaven and earth, & I speake not the words of rashnes or inconsideratenesse, but the words of sobernes, and mature deliberation, for I did consult with my God before I came hither, and desired him that he would [...] [Page 20] and enable me to speake that which might be for his glory and the good of his people, And as I am a Souldier fighting under the banner of the great and mightie Captaine the Lord Iesus Christ, and as J looke for that Crowne of immortality which one day I know shall bee set upon my temples, being in the condition that I am in, I dare not hold my peace, but speake unto you with boldnes in the might and strength of my God, the things which the Lord in mercy hath made knowne unto my Soule, come life come death.

When I was here about, there came a fat Lawier, I do not know his name, & commanded me to hold my peace & leave my preach­ing. To whom I replied and said, Sr. I will not hold my peace but speake my minde freely though I be hanged at Tiburne for my paines. It seemes he himselfe was gauled and toucht as the Lawiers were in Christ time, when hee spake against the Scribes & Pharisees, which made them say, Master in saying thus thou reuilest us alsoe. Soe he went away and (I thinke) complained to the Lords, but J went on with my speech and said,

My Brethren, be not discouraged at the waies of God for the affliction and Crosse that doth accompany them, for it is sweete & comfortable drawing in the Yoake of Christ for all that, and I haue found it soe by experience, for my soule is fild so full of spirituall and heavenlie joy, that with my tongue J am not able to expresse it, neither are any capeable (J thinke) to partake of soe great a degre of consolation but onelie those upon whom the Lords gracious affli­cting hand is.

And for mine owne part I stand this day in the place of an evill doer, but my conscience witnesseth that I am not soe. And here a bout I put my hand in my pocket, and puld out Three of worthie D. Bastwicks Bookes and threw them among the people and said. There is part of the bookes for which I suffer, take them among you, and read them, and see if you finde any thing in them, against the Law of God, the Law of the Land, the glory of God, the honour of the King or state.

I am the Sonne of a Gentleman, and my Friends are of rancke and quality in the Countrie where they live, which is 200. miles from this place, and I am in my present condition deserted of them [Page 21] all, for I know not one of them dare meddle with me in my present estate, being J am stung by the Scorpions (the Prelates) and for any thing I know, it may bee J shall never haue a fauourable countenance from any of them againe, and withall, I am a yong man and likelie to haue lived well and in plentie, according to the fashion of the world. Yet notwithstanding, for the cause of Christ, and to doe him service, I haue and doe bid a due to Father, Friends, Riches, pleasures, ease, contented life and bloud, and lay all downe at the Footstoole of Iesus Christ, being willing to part with all rather then I will dishonour him, or in the least measure part with the peace of a good conscience, & that sweetnesse and joy which I haue found in him, for in naked Christ is the quintisence of swetnes & I am so farr from thinking my affliction and punishment which this day I haue endured and still doe indure and groane under (a disgrace) that I re­ceive it as the welcome Crosse of Christ, and doe thinke my selfe this day more honoured by my sufferings then if a Crowne of gold had beene set upon my head; for I haue in some part beene made conformable to my Lord and Master, and have in some measure dranke of the same Cupp which he himselfe drank of, while he was in this sinfull world, for he shed his most precious bloud for the salvation of my poore soul, that so I might be reconsiled to his father, therfor am I willing to undergo any thing for his sake, & that in ward joy & consolation within me that carries mee high aboue all my pains & torments, & you (My Brethren) if you be willing to haue Christ, you must owne him and take him upon his own [...]a [...]es, & know that Christ and the Crosse is in seperable, for he that will live godlie in Christ Iesus must suffer persecution and affliction, it is the lott and portion of all his chosen ones, through many afflictions & trials we must enter into glorie and the Apostell saith, that if we be without afflictions whereof all are partakers, then are yee Bastards and, not Sonnes. And therfore if you will haue Christ sit down & reckon before ever you make profession of him what he will cost you; least when you come to the triall you dishonour him, and if you bee not willing and contented to part withall; and let all goe for his sake, you are not worthy of him.

[Page 22]If Parents, husband, wife or children, lands or livings, riches, or honours, pleasure, or ease, life or blood, stand in the way, you must be willing to parte with all these and to entertaine Christ naked & alone, though you haue nothing but the Crosse, or else you are not worthy of him Math. 10.37-38.

Oh my Brethren there is such sweetnes and contentednes in en­joying the Lord Iesus alone, that it is able where it is felt, to make a man goe through all difficulties, & endure all hardshipps that may possible come vpon him. Therefore if hee call you to it, doe not deny him nor his truth in the least manner, for he hath said, Hee that denies him before men, him will hee denie before his Father which is in Heaven. And now is the time that wee must shew our selves good Souldiers of Jesus Christ, for his truth, his cause and glorie lies at stake in a high degree, therefore put one couragious resoluti­ons, and withdraw your necks and soules from all false power and worship, and fight with courage and boldnes in this spirituall Bat­tell, in which Battell the Lord befor your eyes hath raised vp some valiant Champions that fought up to the eares in bloud, therefore be couragious Souldiers and fight it out bravely, that your God may be glorified by you, and let him onelie have the service, both of your inward and outward man, and stand to his cause, and loue your owne Soules, and feare not the face of any mortall man, for God hath promised to bee with you and uphold you that they shall [...] preuaile against you, Isay. 41.10.11. But alas, how fewe are there that dare shew any courage for God and his cause, though his glorie lies at the Stake, but thinke themselves happy and well, and count them selves wise men if they can sleepe in a whole skinn, ‘when Christ hath said, Hee that will saue his life shall loose it, and hee that will loose his life for his sake shall finde it, What shall it profit a man if he gaine the whole world & loose his owne Soule?’

Therefore is it better for a man to bee willing and contented to let all goe for the enjoying of Christ and doing him service, then to sit downe and sleepe in a whole skinne, though in soe doeing hee gaine all the world and see him dishonoured, his glorie and truth troden under foot, and the bloud of his Servants shed and Spilt?

[Page 23]Yes without doubt it is. But many are in these times so far from suffering valientlie for Christ, that they rather disswade man from it, and count it a point of singularitie and pride, and selfe ends for a man to put himselfe forward to doe God service; asking, what cal­ling and warrant any private man hath thereunto, seeing it belong [...] to the Ministers to speake of these things. Yes soe it doth, But a­las they are so cowardly and fearfull that they dare not speake;

And therfore it belongs also to thee, or mee, or any other man, if thou beest a Souldier of Iesus Christ, whatsoever by place or Cal­ling thy rancke or degree bee, bee it higher or lower, yet if hee call for thy service, thou art bound though others stand still, to maine­taine his power and glory to the utmost of thy power and strength, yea to the shedding the last drop of thy blood, for he hath not loued his life vnto the death for thy sake, but shed his precious blood for the redemption of thy soule, hath hee done this for thee, and darest thou see him dishonoured and his glory lie at the stake, and not speake on his behalfe, or doe him the best service thou canst?

If out of a base and cowardlie Spirit thus thou dost, Let me tell thee here and that truly to thy face, thou hast a Dalila in thy heart which thou louest more then God, and that thou shalt on day cer­tainly finde by wofull experience. Alas if men should hold their peace in such times as these, the Lord would cause the verie Stones to speake to convince man of his cowardlie basenesse.

Having proceeded in a manner thus farre by the strength of my God, with boldnes and courage in my speech, The Warden of the Fleete came with the fatt Lawier, and commanded mee to hold my peace. To whom I replied, I would speake and declare my cause and minde, though J were to bee Hanged at the gate for my speaking. And he caused proclamation to be maid upon the Pillary: for bringing to him the Bookes. So then he commanded me to be gagged, and if I spake any more that then J should bee whipt againe upon the Pillary.

So I remained about an hour & a halfe gagged, being intercepted of much matter which by Gods assistance I intended to haue spoken, But yet with their cruelty I was nothing at all daunted, for I was full of comfort and courage, beeing mightily strengthned with the [Page 24] power of the Almightie which made me with cheerefullnesse triumph over all my sufferings, not shewing one sad countenance or a disconted heart.

And when I was to come downe having taken out my head out of the Pillarie, I looked about mee upon the people and said. I am more then a conquerer though him that loved me. Vivat Rex. Let the King live for ever, and soe I came downe, and was had backe againe to the Tavern, where I to gether with Mr. Wharton, staid a while till one went to the Warden to know what should be done with me, who gaue order wee should be carried back againe to the Fleete, and as I went by land through the streetes, greate store of people stood all along to behold me, and many of them blessed God for enabling me to undergoe my sufferings with such cheerefullnes and courage as I did, for I was mightily filled with the sweete pre­sence of Gods Spirit, which caused me notwitstanding the paines of my sufferings to go along the streets with a joyfull countenance not shewing the least discontentednes, as if I had beene going to take possession of some great treasures.

After J came back to the prison, none were suffered to come at me out the Surgiō to dresse me, & I feeling my self somwhat Fevo­rish I went to bed, & my Surgion doubting the same also, gaue me a Glister, and appointed to come the next morning & let me blood, but when he came, he could not be permitted to come at me: not any else, for the Porter kept the key, and lockt me vp very close: saying the Warden gaue him straight command so to doe. Wherevp on I desired the Surgion to go to Westminster to the Warden & certifie him how it was with me, (being very ill) & that he might haue liberty to come at me to let me blood and dresse mee, which could not be obtained till the Warden himself came home. About one of the clock John Hawes the Porter came to me, to knowe what I had to say to the warden, to whom I said, Mr. Hawes, this is very cruell & harsh dealing, that after so sore whipping my Surgiō shal not be admitted to come & dresse me, nor any other be suffered to administer to my necessities, having not eaten all this day nor the last evēing but a little Ca [...]dle, I hope the Lords will be more mercifull then af­ter the undergoeing the extremity of my Censure to take my life from me, by letting mee perish for want of looking to, therefore J [Page 25] pray speake to Mr. Warden, that he would be pleased to give leave to my Chirurgion to come dresse me and let mee bloud; otherwise I was in danger of a Feaver, which might take away my life; So he wished me to have written to the Warden; J told him, if he would helpe me to Penne Inke and Paper, so I would. No (said hee) I dare not doe that; Then I desired him to deliver my mind to the Warden by word of mouth; who then went away, and after I was in my bedd, he came to me againe, and said thus unto me: Mr. Lilburne I have one suite to you. What is that, said J? It is this, said he, that you would helpe me to one of those Books that you threw abroad at the Pillary, that I might reade it, for J never read any of them; I speake not for it to doe you any hurt, only I have a great desire to reade one of them. Sir, I thinke you doe not (said J) but I cannot satisfie your desire, for if I had had more of them; they should yesterday have all gone. J verily beleeve you, said he, and so we parted.

And in a very little while after, came the Warden himselfe with the Porter, and J being in my bedd, hee asked me how J did? Said J, I am well, I blesse my God for it, and am very merry and cheer­full. Well (said hee) you have undone your selfe with speaking what you did yesterday. Sir (said I) I am not sorry for what I said, but am hartely gladd that the Lord gave mee strength and courage to speake what I did, and were I to speake againe, I would speak twice as much as I did, if J could have liberty, though I were immediatly to loose my life after it, wouldst thou so, said he? Ey indeed Sir would I, with the Lords assistāce, said I, for I fear not the face of Man; And concerning what I yesterday spake, J did not in the least manner speake against any of the Lords, but did open­ly declare, that I did willingly with all contentednes submitt my selfe to their Censure; and as for the Bishops, I said nothing against any of their persons, but only against their callings. Ey, said the Warden, and thou saidst their calling was from the Devill. Yes Sir so I did, said I, and J will prove it, and make it good, or else I wilbe willing to loose my dearest blood; For if you please to reade the 9. & 13. chap. of Rev. you shall there finde, that the Beast which ascended out of the bottoml [...]sse Pitt (which is the Pope and Ro­man [Page 26] State, hath his power and authority given him by the Dragon; (the Devill) So that all the power which the Pope hath and doth exercise, originally comes from the Devill: If you reade also some Bookes lately set forth by the Prelates themselves and their Creatures, you shall there finde, that they claime their jurisdic­tion, standing, and power from the Pope: Now, if their power and calling be from the Pope, (as they themselves say it is) then it must needs be from the Devill also; For the Popes power and calling is from the Devill; And he cannot give a better power and calling to them then he himselfe hath; and I pray Sir, if the Bishop of Can­terbury be offended at that which J spake yesterday, tell him I will seale it with my bloud; And if he please to send for me, I will justi­fie it to his face, and if I be not able to make it good before any noble man in the Kingdome, let mee loose my life. Ey, but it had been a great deale better, said he, for thine owne particular good to have beene more sparing of thy speech at that time. No Sir, said I, nothing at all, for my life and bloud is not deare and pre­cious to me, so I may glorifie God, and doe him any service there­with. I assure thee, said he, I was exceedingly chidd about thee; and also there were old businesses rubd up against mee concerning Dr. Laiton and Mr. Burton, for that Liberty that they had. Wherefore were you chidd for me, said I? About the Bookes, said he, that you threw abroade, in regard you were close Priso­ner, and yet had those Bookes about you; I would aske you one question: Did you bring those Bookes to the Fleete with you, or were they since brought to you by any other? I beseech you Sir pardon me for revealing that said I. Then he would have knowne who they were that most resorted to me. I desired I might be ex­cused in that also. Ey, but you must give me an answer, said hee, for I must certifie the Lords thereof. Then, said I, I pray you tell their Honours, I am unwilling to tell you. What were those Bookes, said he, that you threw abroade, were they all of one sort? Those that have them, said I, can certifie you of that. I my selfe have one of them, said he, and have read it, and I can finde no wit in it, there is nothing but railing in it. Sir, said I, J conceive you are mistaken, for the Booke is all full of wit; it is true, this Booke [Page 27] which you lighted on, is not so full of soliditie as other of his Bookes are; but you must understand, that at that time when the Dr. made that Booke, hee was full of heavines and in danger of a great punishment, for the Prelates had breathed out more crueltie against him for writing his Apology; And at that time also he was compassed about on every side with the Pestilence; Therefore he made that Booke to make himselfe merrie. But, said he, hee doth not write any thing in it to the purpose against the Bishops callings. Sir, said I, I must confesse, you lighted on the worst of the 3. And it is true, there is not much soliditie and force of ar­gument in it but only mirth; But the other two are as full of soli­ditie as this is of mirth. What, were they of 3. sorts, said be? Yes Sir, that they were, said I. What were the other two called, said he? The one (said I) was his Answer to Sr. John Banks his In­formation; The other is an Answer to some Objections that are made against that Booke which you have; But if ever you reade his Latine Bookes, you shall there finde soliditie enough, and the wic­kednes and unlawfulnes of the Bishops Callings and practises set forth to the full. What Latine Bookes be they, said he? His Fla­gelluw, for which hee was first Censured, said I. What, hath hee been twice Censured, said he? Yes, said I, he was Censured in the High-Commission Court, for writing his Flagellum; And after that he wrote his Apology; and that little Booke which you have, which were the cause of his Censure in the Starr-Chamber. But hast thou any more of those Bookes, said he? Sir, said I, if I had had 20. of them more, they should all have gone yesterday. But, hast thou any more of them now, said he? Sir, said I, I verily thinke, that if I should tell you, I had not, you would not beleeve me, and therefore if you please, you may search my Chamber. So I must (said he) for the Lords have commaunded me so to doe, therefore open your Trunke. Sir, said I, it is open alreadie. Search it John Hawes, said he. So he searcht it, and found nothing there. Open the Cubbard, said he. So I gave the Porter the key of my Cub­bard, to search it, and he found nothing there but my victuals. Search his pocket said the Warden. Indeed Sir, said I, there is none in them; Yet he searched them, and found as I said. Then he [Page 28] searched all my Chamber over, but found nothing at all. Well Sir, said I, now you can certifie the Lords how you finde things with me; But I pray Sir, must I still be kept close Prisoner? I hope, now the Lords have inflicted their Censure on me, they will not still keepe me close. No, said hee, within a little time you wilbe eased of it; So we tooke our leaves each of other, and hee went away.

And the next day, being Fryday, and a Starr-Chamber-day, J hoped I should have had the Libertie of the Prison; But in stead thereof, newes was brought me at evening, that I must be removed to the Common Goale, or a worse place, and that J must bee put in Irons. Well, for all this my God enabled me to keep my hold still, and not to let my confidence goe; For (blessed be his name for it) this newes did not in the least manner trouble me.

And upon Saterday morning Iohn Hawes the Porter came with the Woman that looked to mee to my Chamber, to stand by her that none might speake with me till she had made my bedd, and done other things for me; And he told me, hee was forrie to heare such newes as he did concerning me. VVhat is it, said J? I heare, said he, that the Lords have ordered, that you must be put into the Wards, and kept close Prisoner there, and lie in irons, and none must be suffered to come at you, to bring you any thing; but you must live upon the Poore Mans Box. Sir, that's verie hard, said J, but the will of my God be done; For mine owne part, it nothing at all troubles me; For I know in whom I have beleeved, and I know, not one Haire of my Head shall fall to the ground without his providence; And I have cast up my account alreadie what it will cost me; Therfore J waigh not any thing that can be inflicted on me; For I knovv, that God, that made Paul and Silas to singe in the Stocks at midnight, will also make me rejoyce in my Chaines; But it is verie much that they wil let none com to me, to bring me any thing; it seemes, they wilbe more cruell to me then the verie Heathens and Pagan Romans were to Paul, who when he was in Prison, did never refuse to let any come to him, to administer to his necessities; But I vvaigh it not, for I knovv my God is and vvill be with me, to make me goe through all my afflictions with cheere­fulnes, [Page 29] for I feele his power within me so mightily supporting and upholding me, that no condition in this World can make me mi­serable; And for mine owne part, I doe no more sett by my life and blood in this cause, then J doe a peece of bread when I have newly dyned.

Afterwards the VVoman telling mee shee hoped I should not have so fore a punishment laid on me, but that I might have things brought me from my Freinds, J told her I did not much care how it went with me, for Ieremies Dungeon, or Daniels Denn, or the 3. Childrens Fornace, is as pleasant and welcome to me as a Pallace; For wheresoever I am I shall finde God there, and if I have him, that is enough to me; And for victuals, J told her J did not doubt but that God that fed the Prophet Eliah by a Raven, would pre­serve me, and fill me to the full by the way of his providence; And if no meate should be brought me, I knew, if they take away my meate, God would take away my stomack; Therefore I wayed not their crueltie; And thereupon uttered to her these 4. Verses:

I doe not feare nor dread the face
of any mortall man,
Let him against me bend his povver,
and doe the vvorst he can,
For my vvhole trust, strength, confidence,
My hope, and all my aide
Is in the Lord IEHOƲAHS fence,
vvhich Heaven and Earth hath made.

The rest that I intended by the strength of my God to have spoken (if J had not beene prevented by the Gag) I now forbeare to set downe, in regard I heare J am to come into the Feild againe to fight a second battell, unto which time I reserve it, if the Lord so order it that I may have Libertie to speake, I doubt not but by the might and power of my God, in whom I rest and trust, valiantly to display the weapons of a good Souldier of Iesus Christ; Come life, come death; And in the meane time to what I have here said and written, I set to my name, by me JOHN LILBVRN, being written with part of my owne bloud; The rest of which by the Lords assistance I will willingly shed, if hee call for it, in the maintaining of his Truth and Glory, and that which I have here said and written by me

IOHN LILBƲRNE.

My verses are to follovv here.

[Page]I Doe not
Psa. 27 1 2, 3, & 3.6, & 1.8.6. Isa. 51.12
feare the face nor power of any mortall man,
Though he against me [...]ife, to doe the worst he can,
Because my
Jsa. 18.2, & 31.3, & 28.7.8.
trust, my hope my strength, my confidence and aide
Is in the Lord Iehovahs power, both now and ever staide.
Therefore my soule shall never cease, Triumphantly to sing,
Thou art my Fort,
Psa. 33 & 119, 5.7. Ioh. 20. Revel. 1.5
my sure defence, my Saviour and my King,
For in my
Psal. 37.7.
strayts and trials all, thou well with me hast delt,
Thy mercies and
Jsa. 41.10.13.14 & 40.31
upbearing hand, most sweetly I have feit.
Thou hast in my
Revel. 2.1 [...], & 3.8. Psal. 119.167.16 [...].
distresses great, my stripes and bitter smart
So held my soule as from thy truth, I never once did start.
But to thy truth with cheerfulnesse, and courage have I stood,
Though tortur'd for it were my flesh, and lost my dearest blood,
When from Fleet-bridg to Westminster, at Carts Arsse I was whipt,
Then thou with joy my soule
Psal. 116.8.
upheldst, so that I never wept.
Likewise when I on Pillary, in Pallace-yeard did stand,
Then by thy helpe against my foes, J had the upper-hand,
For openly I to their face, did there truely declare,
That from the Pope our Prelates all, descended still they are,
And that I might for what I said, make confirmation;
J nam'd Chapters the 9. and 13. of Revelation.
Likewise I then did fearelesly, unto the people shew
That what Pocklington hath writ, is found now very true,
Namely, that rhey com lineally, from
Good­wi [...]s Ca­tol. of Bb. Dr. Bast­wicks an­swer to the informa­tion: the 2. & third parts of his Letany
Antichrist his Chaire,
Even to him that now doth raigne, the great Arch-Bishop here.
All which I did on Pillary, there offer to make good,
Or else I would loose willingly, my best and dearest blood;
Moreover there to Gods people, I did most plainly shew
That we have been, and so are still, rul'd by a Popish crew;
Therefore against them valiantly, we must
Revel. 12.7. & 4.4. & 15.3, & 20.4.
fight in the feild,
And to their Lawes at any hand, not ever once to yeild.
But from their
Revel. 18 4.
Yoake without delay, we must our neckes outdraw,
If that we will true Subjects bee, unto our Saviours Law.
Psal. 2
Therefore my Freinds, if that you will, Christ Iesus here
1. Cor. 7.29.30.31, & Ioh. 2.15.16.
enjoy,
Withdraw your selves from these vile men, and every Popish toy,
And
Matth. 10.37.38.39.
naked Christ be willing still, and ready to embrace;
Though for the same you suffer shame, and wicked mens
Mark. 13.13. Joh. 15.9, & 16.2.3
disgrace,
Because in him is more content, more full and
Ioh. 14 16.17.18.27, & 16.33.
sweeter blesse
Then can be found in any
Psal. 37.16.
thing; that in the world now is;
And this I have by
Psal. 119.67.71.75.
triall found, what here I doe declare
That to the comforts of our God, the Earthly nothing are.
[Page]And he that will not
Mat. 19.21, 22 23, & 16.24, 25. Luke 14, 26.27.
quite denie, all things for Iesus sake,
The joyes of Christ he neither heare, nor
Mat. 10, 23. Luke. 12, 8, 9.
after shall partake;
Therefore my freinds if you, your Soules, will Reallie preserve,
Jsa. 5, 2.11. 1 Cor. 6.17. Revel. 14
Reject their Antichristian Lawes, and from Christ never swerve,
Because the Lord hath said on those, his
Revol. 14, 9, 10, 11 & 17, 8, & 19, 20.
wrath shall surely come,
His sorest ire, his greatest stroakes, his deepest plagues and doome,
That doe on hand or head receive, the Hell-marke of the Houre,
Or doe the Beast and his image, not cease for to adore
Thus and much more on Pillarie, there openlie I saide,
Till at the last my mouth was gagd, and by them baselie staide;
And threatened there once againe, that my backe should be wipt,
If that my tongue but one word more, against Romes Preists let slipt,
Thus with a straight Gagg in my mouth, about an houre stood I,
Having my God to comfort mee, in all my miserie;
And having stood a long time there, J was at length downe brought.
Most sweetly cheered with
Heb. 6 1. Io. 1, 7. Rev. 1, 5.
his blood, that had my poore soul bought,
And when I was come downe, J cheerefully did say,
I am more then a Conquerer,
Rom. 8, 37.
through Christ that is my stay.
Hallelujah,
Rev. 19 1, 4.
all blessing, glorie, honour, laud and praise,
Be rendered to thee my God, of mee
Psa. 34 1, 2, 3, 4, & 103, 1, 2
and thine alwaies,
For though that I was in my selfe, a Creature poore and
Psal. 119, 141.
weake,
Yet was J made through thy great strength, with boldnes for to speake
It was
Isa. 4, 1, 3, & 26, 4, 5.
thou Lord, that didst uphold, with mercie and thy grace,
My feeble
Psal. 27, 13.
flesh so that I did, rejoyce in my disgrace,
Thou fildst my soule so full of joy, and inward feeling peace
As that my tongue thy praise to tell, no time shall ever cease,
And now, O Lord, keepe thou my
Psal. [...]1, 5, & 119, 94.
soule, most humblie I thee pray,
That from thy just
Psal. 119, 80, & 66, 34.
Commandements, I never runne a stray,
But unto thee, and to thy Truth, my heart may still be fast,
And not offend in any
119, 112, 118, 157.
thing, so long as life doth last,
And as thou hast in mee (k) begunne, the saving worke of grace,
So grant, that I thy poore servant, may still therein increase,
And when I shall lay downe this House, of fraile mortalitie,
Then let thy Angels bring my soule, sweet Iesus unto thee.
Philip. 1.6.

These Verses were my Meditation the next day, after the Executiō of my Censure; after the Warden of the Fleet had been with me, from the Lords of the Counsell; and had searched my Chamber, it being after noone, and I being not well, writ them in my bedd.

By me JOHN LILBƲRNE.
FINIS.

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