THE TRUMPET Of the LORD Sounded forth unto these THREE NATIONS, As a WARNING from the Spirit of Truth; especi­ally unto Thee, Oh ENGLAND, who art look­ed upon as the Seat of Justice, from whence righteous Laws should proceed. Likewise, unto Thee, thou great and famous City of Lon­don, doth the Lord God of Vengeance sound one WARNING more into thine Ear, that (if possible) haply thou mayest hearken unto him, and amend thy life before it be too late. With a Word of wholsome Counsel and Advice unto thy King, Rulers, Judges, Bishops and Priests, that they may prize the Day of their Visitation, before it pass away: As also, a Word of Prophesie of the sore Destruction that is coming upon them if they Repent not. Together with a few Words unto the Royal Seed, which is chosen of God, and separated from the World, to do his Will for ever.

By one Who is a Sufferer for the Testimony of Jesus, in Newgate, ESTHER BIDDLE.

LONDON, Printed in the Year, 1662.

One Warning more from the Lord God of Venge­ance, sounded forth unto Thee, Oh City of London.

OH London, London! The dreadful Lord God of Everlasting strength, which faileth not, his notable, terrible, and dreadful Day is coming upon thee as at noon day, and from it thou canst not escape, nei­ther canst thou quench God's Fire which burns as an Oven, which is overtaking thee: Oh the burden of the Lord concern­ing this Treacherous and Backsliding City! Oh! Calamity, upon Calamity, Misery upon Misery, Plagues upon Plagues, Sickness upon Sickness, and one Disease upon another will the Lord God of Power bring upon thee, and the Lord will de­stroy thee from being inhabited, unlesse thou dost repent from the bottom of thine heart, and lead a new Life, and abhor thy self in dust and ashes; The Everlasting Counsellour and Prince of Peace is come, and coming to take Peace from thee, and to hide comfort from thine Eyes.

Oh! wo is me for thee, my heart is even broken within me, and mine Eyes as a Fountain Floweth forth before the Lord in thy behalf, that the bitter Cup which thou and thy joyning Sister hath to drink, may be taken away, if it be his will. Oh! that thou wouldt return unto the Lord as Nineveh did, who received the Message of Cod; And the King came from his Stately Throne, and humbled himself before the Lord, and his Soul was obedient unto the higher Power, which is God, and all that had a being in that City, both Man and Beast, was covered with Sackcloth and ashes; Three dayes and three nights they hum­bled themselves before the higher Power, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is Governour amongst the Gods, even he repented himself of the Evil which he thought to bring upon them, and accepted of their Humiliation.

[Page 4] Oh London! it would be well for thee to consider thy wayes, and Worship, and Religion, and search with the Light, and let the Light shew thee whether thy wayes and Worship, and Law is pure, which is given forth in thee; if it be not so, I pray thee as in Christ stead, let his Light lead thee into his way and Judgements, and Worship, and Religion, which are holy, that thy Soul may be saved in the Terrible Day of the Lord; for there are hundreds in thee, that do not know their right hand from their left, neither can they discern the Power of the Lamb from the Power of the Beast. Therefore hath the Lord stayed his fury from breaking forth upon thee; yet a little while and the Mighty hand, and out-stretched Arm of the Lord, which is stretched forth from Sea to Sea, will come upon thee sud­denly.

Oh thou City! saith the Lord, who formed thee in the womb, and gave thee Life and Breath, and hath been as a tender Fa­ther and loving Nurse even from thy Cradle; have not I made the Earth to bring forth her Corn, and Oyl, and Wine for thee? have I not cloathed the Earth with Grasse, and the dew to de­scend upon it, and the softly Showers of Rain? have not I caused to distill upon thy Flowers and Vines that they might give a Fragrant Smell unto thee? how have thy Streets and houses been dressed with the glory of them? and have not thine eyes beheld the Glorious Collours of the Flowers and Work­manship of my hands, the which many of you shall see no more because of my destroying Angel.

Oh London! have not I who am the God of the whole World, placed a glorious burning Fire in thee, which all the water in the Sea cannot quench, which gives light in thee, and unto thee, and all Nations; which is my witness in every man, which stands up for me against all manner of Sin? hath not the Lord broken up the Seals of the great deep, and opened the Fountain of Everlasting Life in the midst of thee, to wash thee from thy Leprosie, and to heal thy putrifying sores: Oh! thou art full of running sores, from the crown of thine head, to the sole of thy foot, there is not a free place; have not I opened a well of pure water to bathe and make thee white? I the Lord of Host hath caused my Sons, and Daughters, and Handmaids to leave [Page 5] both Father, and Mother, House and Land, Wife and Chil­dren; and indeed all outward things, to come unto thee, rising up early in sore Travels and labours, to warn thee, and call thee to Repentance, that thou mightst be saved before my dreadful stroke be struck at thee, which will not fail: have not they shewed thee many things which hath come to passe? I have shewn and am shewing Signes in Heaven and Earth, in thee, which shall make the keepers of the house to tremble; have not the dead been raised, the blind made to see, the Lame to walk, the dumb to speak, the Leopards been cleansed in thee? have not I made the Elements to melt with fervent heat, the Powers of Heaven have been shook by me, the Sun have I turned into darkness, and the Moon hath lost her Light: The old Heaven, and the old Earth hath the Lord made to passe away at the Brightness of his coming; and as I have worked and suffered in you, so I will do until I have made up my Jewels, which I am perfecting through sufferings in thee; And until I have gathered my Seed from the four winds in thee, into my Bosom, from whence it came, until then will I work, and bear the burden of iniquity, even until the Seed suffering mea­sure is come to an end; and then shall not my eye pitty, nor hands spare thee, but I will bathe my sword in thy blood, and I will give thee blood to drink, even as thou hast done by my In­nocent Lambs, even so will I do by thee; and as they have seen their blood lie in thy Streets, so shalt thou see thine, and the day will be hot and terrible that is coming upon thee, unlesse thou dost repent; I the Everlasting God have looked down out of my Holy Habitation, and have beheld the Suffer­ings of my People, notwithstanding the noble and worthy Acts that have been done by my People in thee, how hast thou Bruised, Beaten, and Knocked down, Killed and Spilt the blood of my innocent Lambs, and haled them into thy nasty Prisons until they die; Oh! the blood of the innocent is found in thee, which cryeth aloud for Vengeance unto my Throne, Drunkenness, Whoredom, and Gluttony, and all manner of Ungodliness, Tyranny and Oppression, is found in thee; Thy Priests Preach for hire, and thy People love to have it so; Rioting and ungodly meetings, Stage-Playes, Ballad Singing, Cards, and [Page 6] Dice, and all manner of Folly (not in corners only, but in the high places of thy streets) wicked works & actions are not puni­shed by thee, and hundreds may meet together to commit fol­ly, and take the name of the pure God in vain, and cause his soul to mourn, and abuse themselves with his Creatures, until they can neither go, nor hardly speak; Taverns and Ale-houses are frequented day and night, and are seldom disturbed by the Magistrates, or sent to Prison, or Bruised, or Knocked down; but they that are Innocent and cannot lift up a hand, or bear Arms for or against any man, and have no evil or hard thought in their Hearts against any one, neither do they speak evil of things they know not, or contemn Magistracy, but reprove Sin in the Gate, and ungodliness in the Streets, and so have made themselves a Prey; these are they that are Punished by thee, and whose Suf­ferings are deeper than any People upon the Earth besides.

Oh London! the sins of the old world is found in thee; art thou guilty or not guilty? for thy time draweth near, wherein thou must give an account unto me, who am a dreadful and most terrible Judge, unto that Spirit which leadeth thee into Perse­cution: Oh! thou art grown numerous, and very great, thy beam reacheth unto Heaven, and thy Glory unto the end of the Earth, and thou hast Crowned thy self with Dignity, and hast built thy Nest among the Stars, and sitteth as a Queen, thou hast made thy self strong, and hast said in thy Heart, Thou shalt not see Sorrow; thou seest no Scarcity within thy Gates, but Fulness within thy Pallaces: But know this as from the Lord, thou bloody City, thou shall know his terrible stroak, who is God Almighty; He will plead with thee as in the Valley of Jehosaphat, even with the Fire of his Wrath, and the glitter­ing Sword of his Spirit.

Oh! thou famous and beautiful Harlot, who art beautified with the Glory of Egypt, thou hast played the Whore with many Lovers; Oh! thy Bed is defiled, and thou hast forgotten thy Crea­tor, which maketh my Soul to mourn; thy strength shall be­come weakness, and thy Glory shall perish, thy beauty shall be turned into ashes, and thy honour shall become contemptable, because thou art covered with a dark Cloud of Sin and Trans­gression, and so cannot behold the Lord; Envy hath misled thy [Page 7] mind, which hath caused thee to Imprison his Messengers, not only them of thy own City, but Strangers, who hath forsaken all to visit thee in Bowels of Everlasting Love; and thus hast thou rewarded them, which is contrary to Christ's Com­mand, which is to love Strangers.

In the Dayes of Old, they received Strangers and washed their Feet, and gave them to eat and to drink; but thou briusest and knockest them down, and keepest them in Prison from their Families; and hast said, The Parish will look after them: Oh thou merciless City! dost thou think to obtain Mercy from the Lord? How many Families hast thou seperated, the Wife from the Husband, and the Husband from the Wife, and the Mo­ther from her Children, and the Servant from the Master, not suffering them to see each other for a time; The Lord hath said, Cursed is He that separateth a man from his Wife; and dust not thou bring that Curse and many more upon thy head? we have been found in no Plots nor Risings, but have seeked the good of all Souls, and the Prosperity of all Nations; in Olivers Dayes, and ever since we have been gathered out of the Wor­ships and Vanities of this City, and could not Bow unto Ham­mon, we have been a suffering People, and nothing could be found against us but concerning the Worship of our God, which must disanul all unjust Laws made by Man: The Medes and Persians had nothing against Daniel, but concerning his Faith; and I know Daniels Spirit liveth amongst us.

Therefore consider what thou art doing, for in vain dost thou set up Briers and Thornes in Battle against the terrible God, for by the brightness of his Coming shall they be burnt up; for assuredly the Lord will arise mightily for his Seeds sake, for as a Lyon roused up, is he come, who is the munition of Rocks, and as a she Bear bereaved of her young Ones, will he roar and disquiet all thy Inhabitants.

Oh London! God hath a remnant in thee, which he hath marked for his own, which shall escape the Wrath that is to come; Glory, Glory, Songs of Everlasting Praises be render­ed unto the living God, who hath not left himself without a witness in thee; Oh London! If thou wouldst return saith the Lord Almighty, I will heal thy Back-slidings, and forgive thee all thy [Page 8] Sins; I will withdraw my bitter Cup which I have filled full of my Indignation, and I will cover thee with my Garment of Everlasting Love, and I will be married unto thee, even as a young Man marrieth a Virgin, never to be seperated; I looked down from the Throne of my Glory, and I saw thy distressed Condition, thou art as a Sheep without a Shepherd, as upon the Mountains of Prey, and art scattered hither and thither, amongst the Clouds of Religions; thou knowest not which way to turn, thou art like the Dove, thou canst find no rest nor footing for the soal of thy foot; thou art liable to be torn by the Woolfs, and devoured by the Lyons; thy TeachErs are re­moved into corners, And thou art disposessed of thy wonted Houses and Service: Therefore saith the Lord, do I pitty thy ConDition, and if thou wilt hearken unto me, who am near thee in thy Heart, and in thy mouth; at thy down lying I am with thee, and in the night season I visit thee, and at thy uprising I call thee to repentance: how many years have I born with thee, as I did with the old World? but my Patience came to an end, and my Wrath waxed hot, and so it will against thee, if thou wilt not hear my beloved Son, which I have sent a Light into the World; and if thou wilt learn of the Light which shines in thy Heart, then thou wilt be on heaps no more, neither will thy Teachers, and Worships, and Church, be any more remo­ved into Corners, but thou wilt be built upon Christ, the Pil­lar and Ground of Truth, who is the Church of the First­born; then wilt thou have Fellowship with the Lord, and thy-Glory, and Crown, and Beauty shall never have an end, but thou shalt be the Glory of the whole Earth, and the Beauty of all Nations, and Kings, shall come to thy rising, and Princes to the brightness of thy Glory; there is no City upon the Earth can say as thou canst in this latter day, for the Power of the Lord hath been shed abroad in thee, and thou hast been visited more than any; therefore prize the Son of the Lord, least thou art cast into utter Darkness; for it is I the Lord that chaineth Leviathan, which no man can tame, who am God, and there is none besides me; by my Wisdom the World was made, and the Heavens framed; I created the Sea, and caused the Ri­vers to run into it, and have set the Sands, as swadling bands that it cannot over-pass; and this is my decree which I will have [Page 9] sealed unto my people, I am the Quakers God, and will be with them unto the end of this World, and in the end they shall be with me in my Glorious Kingdome, where they shall be kept from their Persecutors, and lye down in joy, peace and tranquility, with the rest of my holy Martyrs, and Prophets, and Apostles, in years past: and I am utterly against all that do oppose them, who am a terrible God, and will bring the wickedness of the wicked to an end, but the righteousness of the righteous doth live with me.

This is my Decree, and it shall live for ever, and remain World without end; and if thou canst cause the rain from rain­ing, or the Stars from shining, or the Sun from going her Course, or giving light to the Nations, then mayest thou alter my Decree with my People, whose seed shall be for number as the sand upon the Sea shore, and for Multitude as the Stars of Heaven, and they shall shine in Glory more brighter than the Sun at noon day, in the Firmament of my Power, when the generation of the wicked, shall be cast into the Lake, which is prepared of God, for the King of darkness and his Sub­jects.

The Trumpet of the Lord sounded forth unto England, Scotland▪ and Ireland, with a Word of wholsome Advice and Counsel to the King, Rulers, and Judges thereof.

OH King! this is my Counsel unto thee, and thy Rulers and Judges; Oh! hearken unto the Light of Christ in your Consciences, that it may bear rule in your hearts, that you may Judge for the Lord, and oppression may be expel'd in your Domi­nions. Oh! that you would do Justice, and love Mercy, and walk humbly with the God of heaven, then would the Lord give you length Of dayes, and a long life, Peace and Plenty shall be in your Dominions, every one shall sit under his own Vine and Fig-tree, and none shall make them afraid, joy and tranquil­lity [Page 10] shall be in your Palaces; this shall you see and know to be accomplished, if you will leave off oppressing the Righteous, and set the Captive free.

Oh ye Rulers, Judges, and Justices, and all People high and low! be it known unto you from the mighty Judge of Powerful Majesty, that he is risen, who will scatter Rulers in his anger, and will pluck down Kings in his wroth. Oh! the anger of the Lord waxeth hot against all workers of iniquity, and he will set his oppressed seed free, which cryeth unto him for deliverance; and know this, what cruelty soever be in your hearts against us, the Lord will confound it and bring it to nothing; for the Lord is on our sides, and we fear not Imprisonment, Banishment, Fine or Tortures, or whatever the wrath of man can inflict upon us; for our hearts are firmly fixed upon the Lord, and we are free­ly given up in Body, Soul, and Spirit to suffer for God's Cause: Oh you Rulers! if the Lord suffereth you to Banish us, I know that the Lord will go along with us, as he did with Abraham in a strange Land, but know this, we shall leave a seed behind us, which shall be your tormentor, and shall witness for us when we are gone.

Oh Lord! I commit our case unto thee, who art faithful, and keepeth Covenant for ever, and I know thou wilt fight our Bat­tel, and plead our cause with the mighty on earth, who would destroy us from being a People if thy Power did not preserve us; Glory and Honour be given unto thee, who hath compassed us about with songs of everlasting praises; and we may blesse the hour and time that thou raised up a People in the North, even a dreadful and terrible Army, who Marched swiftly in thy Power through the Nations, and by them we were convinced, and turned towards the Lord, and they shall be the dread of all Nations, and God hath crowned them with an everlasting Crown, which neither Men nor Devils shall be able to take from them.

Oh you Rulers and Judges of these Nations! do you think to overcome us or make us yeeld by keeping them in Prison, which you think are our Teachers, and Ring-leaders? nay, Christ is our Teacher, and he cannot be removed into a corner, who is the Antient of Dayes, and will cause us to increase dayly, and [Page 11] to grow as Calves in the stall; we are not like the World, who must have a Priest to Interpret the Scriptures to them, and when he is removed, they are scattered and knows not what to do; but my friends, we witness the Scriptures fulfil'd, who hath said in the latter dayes, He would pour out his Spirit upon Sons and Daughters, and they should Prophesie; and they shall all be taught of me, and great shall be their peace, and in righteousness shall they be established: So the Lord doth not speak unto us in an unknown Tongue, but in our own Language do we hear him perfectly, whose voice is better than life; and for this cause doth the unlearned hate us, and the uncircumcised revile us, because we cannot own the Teaching that is of this World, but that which cometh immediately from God, and that is pure and refresheth the Soul, and holdeth up the head in the day of Battel, and it causeth us to meet together, to worship the Lord as we ought to do; and Oh you Rulers, and People! it is in vain for you to strive against us, for the God of heaven is with us.

Oh England, Scotland and Ireland! but more especially thou O England, that art the most fruitful and famous Land, in which the Lord hath been pleased to make manifest his Life and Power, Beauty and Glory, more than in any Nation under the Heavens; in so much, that he hath raised his sons and daugh­ters from death to life, and hath made them bold and valiant Souldiers for his Testimony, which he hath given them to bear forth unto all Nations; and by the Glorious and Powerful Word of Life, which hath proceeded out of their mouthes, hath thy Judges and Rulers been convinced of the evil of their way, and have been made to confesse to the Truth, both Priests and Peo­ple, both High and Low, Rich and Poor, hath the Lord visited in this day of great Salvation, and everlasting love; so that none could plead inorance, but many like Demas hath denyed the Truth, and Imbraced this present evil World: And now Oh England! will the Lord try and prove all thy Inhabitants, from the King that sitteth upon his Throne, unto the Beggar that sitteth upon the dunghill, even all sorts of professors and prophane; Oh! the Fire is kindled, and the Furnace is even hot, in the which your works and worships, Faith and Religion [Page 12] must be tryed, and that which will not remain in the Furnace, must be consumed by the Fire of the Lord; for the most high and Glorious King is a trying and purifying his Children in the Furnace, as Jerusalem, that they may come forth as pollished Silver, and well refined Gold; and he hath brought many through the Furnace, and hath set them as Pillars in his house, to bear forth a Valiant and Noble Testimony of what they have seen, tasted and handled of the Word of Life, unto thy inha­bitants, and unto the whole World, that they may fear that dreadful God, who made Heaven and Earth, in whose sight the whole World is but as the drop of a Bucket, and at whose pre­sence the heavens shall wax old as a garment that moths have eat, and the Element shall passe away with a great noise, the Earth shall be dissolved, and all things therein shall mourn, and the souls shall fail before him which he hath made.

Oh! let your King and Queen, Dukes and Earls, Lords and Ladies, Judges and Rulers, and all Bishops, Deacons, Priests and People in these three Nations, and all the World, consider their wayes, worships, and religions, and fear and tremble before the mighty God, who hath the hearts of Kings and Rulers in his hand; times, and seasons are with him, the Dominions of the World are at his disposing, who is the high and lofty One, and doth Inhabit Eternity; what is the Pope or the Kings of the Earth, will he not bring them to judgement, and turn them to dust again from whence they came?

Oh you high and lofty ones! who spendeth God's Creation upon your lusts, and doth not feed the hungry, nor cloath the naked, but they are ready to perish in the streets; both old and young, lame and blind lyeth in your streets, and at your Masse­house doors, crying for bread, which even melteth my heart; and maketh the soul of the righteous to mourn: did not the Lord make all men and women upon the earth of one mould, why then should there be so much honour and respect unto some men and women, and not unto others, but they are almost na­ked for want of Cloathing, and almost starved for want of Bread? and are you not all brethren, and all under the Government of one King? Oh repent! least the Lord consume you, and be ashamed, and cloath the naked, and feed the hungry, and set the oppressed free.

[Page 13] Oh King! thou art as head under God over these three Nati­ons, & the Lord hath set thee as overseer, to see Justice and true Judgement Executed in thy Dominions; Oh! let all unjust Lawes and unrighteous Decrees made in thy dayes, and be­fore thy dayes, be all disanul'd and made of none effect, and henceforth let there be good and wholsom Lawes Established, that all the honest-hearted in thy Dominions may worship the God of their Life, without any molestation; and if thou decreest any thing, let it not grieve the Lord, for the Lord God of Israel looketh for better fruit at thy hands than he did of all that are gone before thee; for in the time of Ignorance God winked, but now is the glorious Light of the Morning risen, and God calleth all men every where to Repentance.

Oh you Rulers, Priests, and People of these three Lands! I most humbly intreat you to learn Wisdom before it be too late, and prudence before it be hid from your eyes. Oh! leave off your old wayes and Worships, and observing Dayes, Times and Seasons, and learn the new and living way, which is the way in the Wil­derness, though a wafering man or a fool shall not err therein; this calls for Holiness and Purity, without which you cannot see the Lord; therefore consider you are but Men, and made of the dust of the Earth, and you know not how soon you may return to your long homes, and shall be seen no more; have you the length of your life, or the number of your dayes in your own hands? have you the command of Death, or can you stay its stroke? nay, you are but as potsheards broken by the hand of the Potter, you are here to day and gone to morrow, your Beauty is as the grass, and your glory as the Flower thereof, cut down by the hand of the Mower; your Crown is mortal, and will fade away; Ah, poor dust and ashes, why do you persecute us even to Death, for no other cause but for worshiping the God of Heaven? Oh! do you think that the Lord is such a one as your selves? or are you so vain to believe, that he winks or joyns with you in Per­secuting, Knocking down, and spilling our blood in your Streets; and Murdering of us in your Prisons? nay, nay although he hath suffered such things to be done, for the Tryal of our Faith, and the filling up of the measute of your Iniquity, which is near full; Now will I arise, saith the dreadful and terrible [Page 14] God, who am cloathed with Vengeance as with a Robe, and with Zeal as with a Garment, and I will tear and devour, and for Sions sake I will not be quiet, and for my beloved Jeru­salem I will not be silent, but I will roar and thunder forth my voice out of my Holy Mountain, and the Beasts shall trem­ble, the Earth shall be as a smoke, the tall Cedars shall fall, and the stirdy Oakes shall be plucked up by the Roots, and all things of this World shall be afraid; the Bats shall go into their Holes, and the Lyons into their Dens, when the Lord appeareth in his Beauty, to make Inquisition for blood, then shall your hearts fail you for fear of those things that are coming upon you; in that Terrible Day, all your lovers will do you no good, and your familiars will stand afar off; then must you be left to the Judge of Judges, where you shall see the Book of Conscience opened, where your Indictments will be read at large, and he will Judge you according as your deeds shall be. Oh then! if you have not done Justice, nor loved mercy, or did the thing that was Just in the sight of the Lord, then shall you be Banished from the presence of the King of Heanen for ever­more, into utter darkness, where is weeping, wailing, and gnashing of Teeth, and you shall be a stink to Ages to come.

Oh! blessed and happy will it be for those Judges, and Rnlers, and Poople, who hath clean hands, and pure hearts, and have not joyned with the wicked in persecuting the Innocent; surely there reward will be great in Heaven.

My Friends, I was once of this Religion which is now in Power, I was signed with the sign of the Cross, & baptized into the Faith; my Godfathers and Godmothers Promised and Vowed, that I should forsake the Devil and all his works, the Pomps and Vanities of this wicked World, and all the sinful lusts of the Flesh, and that I should keep Gods Holy Will and Commandments all the dayes of my life; and when I was young, my Father had me Bishop'd, thinking thereby to gain a blessing for me: I spent many years in Oxford, where the carriages of the Schollars, did trouble me in that day, they were so wilde; after the best sort of Religion and custom of the Nation, was I brought up; then the Lord drew me to this City, where I applyed my heart both Evening and Morning, and at noon day, unto reading and hearing the Com­mon-Prayer; [Page 15] when there was but one place of Worship left in this City, I went to it, and when there Books were burned, I stood for them, for my heart was wholly joyned unto them; and when the King's head was taken off, my heart and Soul was bur­dened, that I was even weary of my Life, and the Enemy waited to devour me; then did the Lord take away my hearing that I was deaf as to all Teachings of Men for a year; then that Faith which I was baptized in, did no good, for all that the Man and Women had promised, and vowed, I should do, I could not forsake the Pomps and Vanities, and sinful lusts of the Flesh I run into; and they stood alwayes before my eyes, my cry was continually unto the Lord, that I might put off that body of death, which hindred me from his presence; then did the Lord carry me to a Meeting of the People called Quakers, where I was filled with the dread and Power of the Lord, and it raised my Soul to bear Testimony to the Truth, and after a lit­tle season the Lord set my sins in order before me, and every idle word which I had spoken was brought to my remembrance, where I received a just reward from the Lord, and so came to have Peace of Conscience with my Saviour, which I never could obtain whilst I walked with those People.

Oh my Friends! I can truly say, ever since I was a Child, the witness of God pursued me, and what ever I did, I had no Peace in this worship, or Service, which is now in being; it tired and vexed my tender Soul, to see what a sad estate I was in; but now Glory be to the Lord, I am set at Liberty from this vain Religion, which never profited me at all; and would you have me to conform to this Religion, which keepeth the Soul in the grave? hay I shall never conform unto this worship whilst I have breath, but shall bear my Testimony against it, for I know the powerful Cod is risen to throw it down, and wo be to all that uphold it.

Oh your Rulers! be it known unto you, if you will not do Justice and ease the oppressed, and set the Captives free, the Lord will overturn you, and destroy you from being a People, as he hath done in years past; for his sword is in his hand, and it will cut you down, unless you do repent, ye shall likewise perish.

One Warning more to the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Friers, and Jesuites.

OH! Woe be unto you Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Friers, and Jesuites, and all other Officers under you, for the Lord is risen in Power, yea, he is risen in dreadful and terrible Wrath; Oh! I have seen, I have seen this Night, the dreadful Flames which the Lord God will cast you into; Oh! your Communion-Tables which you sacrifice upon unto Devils, and not unto the living God, your Altars which you bow down unto, and make an Image of, will the dreadful Lord of Vengeance overthrow in his fiery Indignation; your Surplices and Tippets, and all your loathsome Robes, which you dress your selves withall, which are like unto a menstrous Cloth before the Eye of the pure Jehovah, he will rent them all off, who is the Bishop of our Souls: Oh you Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Friers and Jesuites! once more will the Judge of Heaven and Earth plead with you, because you are a blood-thirsty Generation, you are a building of Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with Iniquity, as your Fore­fathers did in the dayes of old: Therefore will the Lord of the Harvest cast you heaps upon heaps, as stones in the street, and as mire in the high-way; the Lord of Heaven and Earth loaths your Worships; your Singing, and the Noise of your Organs doth the Lord abhor; and instead of your instrument of musick,will the lord make you howl and lament bitterly, in so much that the Earth shall be astonished, and your Downfal shall be so great, that Nations shall fear and tremble before our God; your Communion and Union is with Devils and unclean Spirits▪ and not with the powerful God, which creats a new Heaven, and a new Earth; and this shall you see fulfilled in its time and sea­son; for the Lord hath determined your utter Destruction, both Pope and Bishops, both root and branch, from off the face of the Earth: Oh it hastens, it hastens, and Wrath will not stay.

In this glorious day, in which Zion is rayed in beauty bright,
To stand in her strength against this dark Night;
Whose Clouds are so many, and Skie so dim,
That Zions Beauty can hardly be seen;
But the Lord is risen in this his glorious Day,
To sweep Bishops, PrElates, and Clouds away.

Babylons Destruction is very near, let all the World fear for evermore.

A few Words unto the Royal Seed, which is chosen of God, and seperated from the World, to do his Will for ever.

OH Friends! blessed are you of the immortal God, who are centred in the City of refuge, which is made without hands, which indeed is the lot and inheritance of the unspot­ted Lambs, whose Hearts are after nothing but the Glory of God, which is the Crown and Cause of rejoycing of his Sons and Daughters, who do inhabit in and about this City, who are come to the Church of the First-born, and to the innumera­ble company of Angels, and to the SpIrits of just men made perfect; Oh! my beloved Ones, your Life is above this City, and denies the Vanity of it, and it loaths the Worship that abounds in it; Oh! it is well with you, for the Lord hath made you up as his Jewels and Pillars in his House for ever: Oh! my Friends, who do inhabit in and about this City, who are con­vinced of the Abominations and Uncleanness that is commit­ted in her; I am moved of the dreadful and terrible God to warn you, that you do not joyn with her Spirit, neither in word nor thought, for assuredly the day of her pain and sorrow is at hand, in the which she shall weep bitterly, and shall make all astonish­ed, who are from the Power and Life of God; Oh my Friends! keep to the Power and to the Judgements of the just Judge, that that eye and thought that would look out at her Glory, [Page 18] and that would think to sit at ease in her Borders, let that be judged and accursed for ever, that would have any Life below the Son of God: Oh my Friends! call to mind the years past, how pretious and fresh was the Love of the Lord in your hearts, when he first visited you in this City? Oh! did you think any thing to dear for him? could you not have laid down your Lives for his Truth? were you not glad when you were robbed of your Glory, and bereaved of your choicest Jewels even for the Lords sake? Oh my Friends! I can bear you record in the sight of God, who was a fellow feeler of your Integrity and Faith­fulness unto the Lamb.

Oh! you tender Ones, with whom my Soul hath Union, keep to that pure and undefiled Love, even to the measure of God's Grace, that it may teach you continually to deny all things that is of this World, and unclean in this City, that you may stand every one in your measures, as Lights in this dark City; for the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth, hath placed you in and about this City, as he hath done the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and there you in the Firmament are to stand fixed in him, who is the glorious morning Star, you must not wander least you cease to give Light in the place, where you are set; for remember they that wandered were reserved in Chaines of Darkness un­til the Judgement of the great Day, which is near at hand, to give unto every one a just reward.

Oh! you beloved Friends of God, this I have to say unto you from the mighty God, although you are set as marks for the mighty men to shoot at, and as a by-word in the mouth of the Beggars, and are reckoned the worst of all People, not wor­thy to live upon the Earth; yet know this, that the Covenant of the Lord is made with you, and his Power and Life shall not depart from you, nor from your Seed for evermore; Glory, Praises, and Power eternally be rendered unto the Lord, who reigneth in the Heavens, who never altereth, but liveth a God for ever. Oh my Friends! this is the earnest desire of my Soul, that we may keep close unto our Maker, even to bear a pure, holy and faithful Testimony in our Generation, against all that do oppose the Lamb in this City, as the Prophets, and Apo­stles, and holy Martyrs, have done in their day, against all false [Page 19] Gods, Worships, and Worshippers; we have the same Spirit to fight against in this City, as they had in the World before: Therefore my Companions, and fellow Sufferers, have we not need to stand up for God's Cause, for the which we have, and are called to bear forth our Testimony, in so deep Sufferings as we have come through? and if we are to drink of a deeper Cup, yet let us be thankful unto the Lord of the Harvest, for it is for the gathering of the Exiles into Abraham's bosome, and the poor thirsty Soules unto the place of broad Rivers: Oh! re­joyce, and give Praises unto God on high, who hath begun his Work, and will finish it in his time: Oh my Friends! let us keep clear of this City, let us not tast nor handle any of her Works, for her works are Vanity and falshood, the Poyson of Aspes is under her tongue, and Deceit is in her hands; therefore it is good that we bear a faithful Testimony for the most high against this Generation, and if our lot be to die, and we appointed to be Slain for the same, it will be well with us, our Souls shall be received into the bosome of the Father, where we shall glorifie God day and night, and shall be free from Oppression: Oh dear Hearts! be not afraid of the threat­nings, or proud looks of vain Man, which is but like a bubble, he can but kill the Body, but cannot kill the Soul; Oh! be con­tinually prepared to die, that none may be afraid of Death when it comes, for it may come suddenly, when ye are asleep, or in the twinckling of an Eye; Oh! that then the rest which God hath prepared for his People, may be entred into, or else Misery and Pain will be found, which is the Reward of the Slothful and Disobedient; the Way of the Righteous is Life Eternal, and the Path of the Just is a burning and a shining Light, which our Eyes have seen, and our hands have handled of the Word of Life, by which we have been preserved unto this day; and I am certain if thousands of thousands should rise up against us, they shall not prevail, for the Lord the mighty Jehovah is with us, and will fight our Battel, and plead our Cause with the mighty Ones of the Earth; we need do no­thing but stand still in Gods Salvation, which is the saving health of all Nations, and will plead with all Tongues and Kindreds of the Earth, who do oppose Him; And his Lambs and Babes, [Page 20] who walketh in his holy Path, which is Life to the upright in heart. Oh! the Wisdom, Power and Glory of the unlimitted God, what tongue is able to declare it, or what heart can conceal the infiniteness of the Riches of the Judge of Heaven and Earth? it even fills the Heart with Love and Life, and over-shadows the Soul and Mind with the Glory and Beauty of the unspotted Lamb, which taketh away the Sins of the World; Oh! the weight of his Glory, I am even swallowed up with the incom­prehensibleness of it; Oh! the height and the depth of it is past finding out, by the Wisdom of this World; Oh my Friends! is not that God amongst us, who created Adam in Innocency, and Eve of the Dust of the Earth? did not he cause Abraham to leave the Land of his Nativity, and go into a strange Land? and did he not compass him about with Strength and Power, and gave him Favour in the sight of the People? and is he not the same God still? Yes, although the Earth may wax old, and Heavens vanish away as smoak, and the Elements with fervent heat, yet he remains unchangeable, who is our head; Oh! What is all the World before him, who is Judge of Judges, and King of Kings? it's but as the drop of a bucket in his sight; and a thousaud Years is but as one day with our God: Therefore it is expedient for all Friends to watch and wait, and Pray least they enter into Temptation: And this have I seen my beloved Friends this night as from the Lord, that there must be a watching and waiting for the Invisi­ble Power of the Lamb to arise, to move, to pray, to speak, and then it will be a pure and a holy Sacrifice which the Lord will accept: Oh my Friends! let us whilst we have breath sacrifice our Sighs, Tears and Groans, Prayers, and Fastings, upon God's holy Altar, that a sweet Savour may ascend into the Nostrels of the Most High God, that so we may receive a Blessing from Heaven for evermore: And this the Lord hath put into my Heart, and I cannot forbear but Write, that if any prayeth or speaketh unless in the holy Power of the dreadful God amongst us, it is as water spilt upon the ground, and it will bring a Curse rather than a Blessing; the Lord looketh for a holy and clean Sacrifice from us, above all the People in the World, because he hath raised up his own Life in us, and chosen us to [Page 21] be his People, and the Lot of his Inheritance, and the Place where his Honour dwelleth, is with us; and I know Sacrifices have been offered by us, and is to this day, which the Lord's Soul loves, and He doth delight to make us his choice; He is our God, and we have none in Heaven nor in Earth to plead our Cause but He, that Suffered, and layd down his Life on Earth, but now sits in Majesty and Glory in the highest Hea­vens, who is our chief leader and guide, and doth lead us into his Power to meet together, and to stand in awe and Sin not; and if (Friends) we should not meet together, we should Sin against God, and should miss of his Presence, who hath said, Where two or three are met together in my Name, there will I be (saith the Lord) and this is my Testimony as a Witness to this thing, I never went to any Meeting since I knew the Truth, even from the first Meeting to this day, but I was filled with the Living Power of the Lord; Oh! the sweet showers that doth descend from the presence of the Lord, and the pleasant rains that falleth from his Throne like silver drops, it doth distil upon our Hearts, whilst we are in our Meetings in the Name and Power of Jesus, who is amongst us, and hath raised us, and is raising us from the Dead; and hath, and is quickning our mortal Bodies, that they may be like unto his glo­rious Body; he hath and doth turn us from Darkness to Light, from Satans Power to his own: Oh! can we forget or refuse such glorious Benefits, which we have received from the God of our Life, in our Meetings together? I know my Friends, you are not unsensible of this great gain, by losing the Love of the World, to meet together with the King of Heaven and Earth, whose presence is better than Life: Oh! how hath he opened the Sluce of Everlasting Mercies and Love, that it hath poured down from the crown of our head, to the soal of our foot, so that we have been washed throughout by the endless Goodness of the Lord in our Meetings: And this is my mind, and I hope you are and will be of the same with me, and I do be­lieve the Lord will carry me on to the end; I had rather die the cruellest Death that ever was, or can be devised by man, than to neglect or abstain from Meeting together in his Name; for I know who ever doth it, neglects their own Salvation, and [Page 22] the day of their Visitation. Oh my beloved Friends! if we Suffer Imprisonment, or loss of Life upon the account of meet­ing together, let us rejoyce, for it is for Christ sake that we are Persecuted, for great is our reward in Heaven; Oh! Christ is our meat and drink, he is become our Table in the midst of our Persecutors, our Cup doth overflow, when we are in close Pri­sons, Christ is with us, who cannot be exposed from us by the Wrath of Wicked men; when we are brought out of Pri­son, and had before the Rulers, then Christ goeth along with us, and teacheth us what to say; He is a Mouth, and Wisdom, and Utterance, we take no care what to do; when we are sent back again to Prison from the Rulers, if it be into a nasty Hole or Dungeon, our Saviour goeth with us, and he teacheth us Patience, and Meekness, and poureth upon our Head and Hearts his holy Oyle, which maketh us sing for joy of heart, that he hath counted us worthy to Suffer for his name: So my Friends, if they fight against us, they fight against God, for God is with us, and it is his Cause we stand for, and Suffer in Goods, Body and Spirit: And therefore seeing it is so weighty a thing that we lye at stake for, we value not what Men, or Devils, Spirits, or Angels can do unto us, for our Hearts and Spirits are firmly fixed upon the Lord and his Cause; and for Meeting together as long as we are moved of the Lord, the which will be I hope as long as we have breath; Oh all you my Friends! who are young and tender, and all you who are looking abroad to see what will become of us, and cannot joyn with us, because of Persecution, have a care, I warn you in the Presence of the dreadful God, stand not in that slippery place, least the day of Mercy pass over whilst you stand gazing, and Repentance be hid from your Eyes, then would you give the whole World if you had it, for one hour to repent it, but then it will be too late: Therefore I beseech you not to look at us, but to mind your own Salvation, and what the Lord saith unto you by his witness in you; for every one in the day of God's account shall answer for himself, and receive a reward according to their Works; the Lord is no respecter of Persons, the King as well as the Beggar shall know the stroak of God's hand, when the Book of Conscience is opened, wherein their Sins are written [Page 23] as with the point of a Diamond; and I know that there is no­thing can blot them out but the blood of the Lamb; and therefore do we utterly deny and abhor any Pardons from the Bishops, for I know they cannot pardon themselves, nor keep their own Soul alive; our confidence is in God, who hath tryed our Reins and searched our Hearts by his living Power; Glory everlastingly be given unto the higher Power, to whom our Souls are subject, and in whom we live, and shall do world without end.

Oh Zions King! thy Beauty bright,
Hath fill'd our Hearts with great delight;
Thy City pure our Eye doth see,
In which alone dwells Purity:
Oh! rejoyce ye Saints of Zion all,
For God hath sav'd you from the Fall:
It's no matter if our Bodies dye,
Our Souls shall live Eternally,
With God who ruleth in the Heavens High:
A City pure God hath prepar'd for us,
When our Enemies hath laid us in the Dust:
Thy Day and Beauty doth declare,
An open war with Sin and Sinner;
Who doth thy Name, defame.
O Lord unto thy Glorious name all knees shall bow
Of things in Heaven, and things below;
Thy Seed Royal, that Glorious plant,
Which thou into the World hath sent,
A Light, is content with Punishment.
From Sinners Hands, who like Iron Bands
Against thy own Seed stands,
Their Hearts is bent, with full consent, thy seed to rent.
O Lord thy Seed to Heaven doth cry for Delivery,
In this Day of Perplexity;
Thou righteous Judge, thy suffering Lambs in Prisons lie,
[Page 24] Until they die for thy Testimony,
Which shall remain when all is slain,
Which doth increase, our Joy and Peace.
Oh! blessed be the day our Sins were washt away,
And we set free, to follow thee,
From the Gulf of Misery, who art a God of Purity:
O Lord we will serve thee, whilst we have breath,
For thou art Judge of Heaven and Earth;
Honour and Glory is thine alone,
And be it rendered to thee for evermore.

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