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192

The

LIFE

of

the

Partlll.

But when they

had

taken and fold all, and

I

borrowed

fome Bedding and

Ne-

reffaries

of the

Buyer,

I

was never

the

quieter

:

for

they threatned to come

upon

me again and

take

all as

mine, whofefoever

it

was, which

they

found

in

my poffeRon

:

So

that

I

had no

remedy,

hut

utterly to

forfake

my Houfe

and Goods

and all, and take

ferret

Lodgings diftant in

a

franger's

Houfe.

But having a long Leafe

of

my

own

Houfe which binds me

to

pay

a

great-

er'

Rent than

now

it

is

worth

,

when-ever

I go I muff pay

that

Rent.

The

feparation from

my Books

would have been

a

greater

part of

my fmall

Afiliélion, but that

I

found

I was

near

the

end

both

of

that

Work

and Life

which

needeth Books; and

fo 'I eafily

let

go

all

:

Naked

came I

into the

World,

and

naked

molt

I

go out.

But I

never wanted

lefs

(

what

Man can

give)

than when

Men had

taken

all

My

old Friends

(

and Strangers

tome

) were

fo

Liberal,

that

I

was

fain

to re-

fl:rain

their

Bounty

:

Their

kindnefs was

a

forer and larger

Revenue

to

me

than

my own.

But

God

was pleafed quickly

to put

me

paff

all

fear

of

Man, and

all

delire

of

avoiding

fuffering

from them

by

Concealtnent; by

laying on me more

him

-

felf than

Man can

do

:

Their

lmprifonment, with tolerable Health,

would have

Teemed

a Palace

to

me ;

And

had they

put

me

to

death

for

filch a

Duty

as

their

Perfecute

me ,

it

would have been

a joyful end

of

my

Calamity. But

day

and

night

I

groan

and languifh

under

God's

jolt afflifting hand ;

The

pain

which

before only

tired

my

Reins, and

tore

my

Bowels, now alfo

fell

upon my

Blad-

der,

and 'Carte any

part or

hour

is

free. As

Waves

follow

Waves in the Tem-

peftuous

Seas, fo

one pain and

danger followeth another,

in

this

finful

miferable

Flefh

:

I

die daily, and yet remain

alive

:

God,

in his

great

Mercy

knowing

my dulnefs in health and

cafe,

doth

make

it

much caller

to repent

and hate my

fin, and loath

my felf,

and contemn

the

World,

and fubmit

to

the

Sentence

of

death

with

willingnefs

than otherwife

it

was

ever like

to

have been. O how

little

is

it

that

wrathful

Enemies can do againft us, in comparifon

of

what our

fin, and

the

Juffice

of

God

can

do? And

O. how

little

is

it that

the

belt

anda

kindeff

of

Friends can

do, for

a

pained Body,

or

a

guilty

finful Soul,

in compari-

fon

of

one gracious look

or word from

God.

Woe

be

to

him

that

bath

no

better

help than

Man

:

And

bleffed is he

whofe help and hope

is

in

the Lord.

But

I

will

here tell

the

Reader what

I

had

to

fay

, if

I

had been allow'd

a

hearing.

The

CASE

of

R.B.

§,

i9.

¡

$

Aving been profecuted

as

offending againft the Oxford Confining

-

11

Act,

and finding

that

my

filence may

occafon the guilt

of

frl

as

underffand

not

my Cafe ,

and being

by

God's

hand difabled perfonally

to

appear

and plead

it,

I ant

necellitated

to

open

it

by

Writing, to

undeceive

them that

miftake

it.

I. As

to

the

Sense

of that

Law,

I conceive

that

it

reacheth

to

none

but Non

-

confornùfts

;

and

that

besaufe

they are

fufpeìed to

teach

Schifm

and Rebellion.

For thoughthe

body

of

a

Law fometeme extend

further than the

Title

yet

when

the title

containeth both the

end

of

the

Law,

and the

Defcription of the

perforas

meant

(as

hear

it Both) it

is

expofitory

to the

Law

,

Therefore

the words

]

all

fach]

in

the third Paragraph, mull

mean

[

all

filch

asaforefaid,

viz.

Nonconfor-

mills

]

and not

[all

fuel)

others,]

viz.

Conformifts

:

For,

r. The

Conformifts are fuppofed

to

be

from under the

Sufpicion.

z.

And

elfe

it

may

ruin

many Churches

:

If

the Curate omit the Liturgy,

or

part,

and

the

Incumbent Preach,

it

will be made

an

Unlawful

Affembly, by

hhe