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After

Elijah's

God.

fin'd

to

Parties

or

Opinions. He

was a Man

of

manifold and preffina

.

.

and of anfwerable Patience and

Subinifioxt

under

the.

hand

of God

;

áe

ß

he was feldom

without

'pain;'

ficknefs

(

but

riottly papa;)

murmur;

but us'd

to

fay,

It

it

but

fiefh.

And when

i

have

askt

him,

hew

His

ufival

Anfwer

was,

Either

Almofk

yell: Or,

Better tban

I

defer-tie to

fo

melt

as

I

hope

to

be.

Once,

I

rémember,

when

I

was

with

him

in the

:_o:_t:

-:;

at

his Requeft

:

he, being in the Extremity

of

Pahl

(

and

that

fo

c

v

ciite

as ca

appear

in

the

fudden and

great

Changes

of

his

Countenance

)

ruis'd

i.irifelf

from

his

Conch

whereon

he had

laid himfelf; and thus

exprelt himfelf;

Whatever

the

World

thinks

of

me,

I

can truly

fay,

that

I

have Peeved

God with uprig

itn-fe

of

he

o

;

and that

I

never

Spake

any thing

that

I

took

not

to

be

a

ruth,

and a; that

tine

my

Duty.

He

was

no

ways

clandeltiuely

rigid, or

cenforious

as

to

others. ,W

he

he

told

Men

to their

faces

of their faults, he

would hear what they had

to

fr3,a,,

.

then reprove them with

as

great

pungency as

Ise

thought their

f

u;t

def

rv'd

yet

behind

Mens backs he was always

ready

to

believe

the

heft ; and

whatever

could

think

on

that

might extenuatetheir Crime

if

there

was any likely hood

ce

truth

therein,

he

would

be

fore

to

mention

that

:

So

great

a

Friend

was'

he

to

very Man's

ufeful

Reputation.

As

to

himfelf, even

to

the

loft,

I

never

coup

perceive

his Peace

and Heavenly,Hopes alfaulted

or

dilturbed.

I

have

often

hear,^.

him greatly

lament himfelf, in

that

he

felt

no

greater Livelinefs in what

appcar'ci

fo

great

and clear

to

him, and

fo

very

much

defir'd

by him. As

to

the

influence

thereof

upon

his

Spirit,

in

order to the

ferfible refrefhments

of it,

he

clearly

lbw

what ground

he

had

to

rejoyce in

God

;

he

doubted not

of

his

Right

to

Heaven

He

told me,

He knew

it

Ihnuld

bi

wel(

with him when

he was gone. He won

dred to

hear

others

fpeak

of their

fo fenfible Paflionately

thong

Delires to Die;

and

of their

tranfports

of

Spirit

when fenfible of

their

approaching

Death:

when

as he

himfelf thought

he knew

as

much

as

they

; and had as

rational

fatisfadion

as

they could

have,

that

his Soul was fafe

:

and

yet

could never

feel

their

Senfible

Confolations. And

when

I asked

him, Whether

muéh

of

this

was

not to

be

re-

folved

into

Bodily

Conititution?

He did indeed

tell

me

,

That

he

thought

t

might

be

fo. But I have

oftenthought,

that

God

wifely made him

herein

(as

in

many

other

things)

conformable

to

his

Great

Mafter

ÿefus

Chrifl;

whofe Joys

we

find

Commonly

the fruit of

deep and

clofe-

thought. Chrift argu'd himfelf

into

his

own Comforts,

Which

thing

is

evident from Scriptures not

a

fete; Take for

a talle,

Pf. xvi.

8

-

-i i.

Heb,

xii. 2.

The

teftimony of his

Confcience was ever

his rejoycing

:

like

that

in

z

Cor.

i.

s

z. He ever

kept

that

tender

;

and,

gave fuch

diligence

to

run

his

race,

fulfil his

Miniftry,

and

fo

to

make his Calling

and

Eleltion

firm

and clear, as

that

I

cannot but

conclude an Entrance

was

miniftred abundantly

to

his

departed Spirit

into

the

Everlafling Kingdom

of (Elijah's

and)

his

God and

Saviour; and

that it will

be more abundant

to

his

raifed perfon when

the

Lord

appears.

The

Heavenly State colt him fevere and daily

thoughts,

and Solemn Con

-.

temptations;

for

he fet force time

apart

every day for

that

weighty work. He

knew

that neither

Grace

nor

Duty

could be duly

aftuated without pertinent and

ferious

meditation.

What

can be

done without thought

?

And

as

he was

a Scribe

inftrtïtted

to

the

Kingdom

of

Heaven, fo

he

both

could

and

did

dram

forth

out

of

his

Treafsrea

things

new

and

old,

to

his own

fatisfa{_tion

and

advantage,

as

well

as

to the

benefit of others.

Self-

unconcerneduefs

(be

it is

Study, Preaching, Prayer

or

Con-

ference

)

difpirits

and

dilates

expreflions and performances,

as

to others or our

own

felves.

To

enquire Speculatively

after

God;

to

Speak

to

God

oi-

for him

,

Without ferious

thinking

how

to

do

it

well

;

how

little

does

it

fignifie

to

Minifters-t

How

little

he efteein'd

the

World;

or

Flefh

or

Men

(

fave'as

they are of, and

under,and for God)is every

way

too evident

to

need

infilting on.He

neither valued

nor

fear'd any man

fo

much

as

to

be influenced

into

Sinful

Diltances

from,

or

Conn-

Pliances

with them, in wrong to Gad,

and

to

Soul-Concerns. But

I

mutt not be

too

Copious here,

left

it

be

thought

that

my

relations, or

afleEtions

to

him have

deceiv'd

or brib'd

my

Judgment:

After

much

Labour in

his

work,

and troubles from Ìnformers, who

caus'd

him

to

be

Convifteed,

diftrain'd

upon and imprifon'd,

becaufe he

durit not

negle&

what

he

thought God

had

bound

him

to:

when

Liberty

was

granted

to

Dilfenters; and

he himfelf

was

fetcht from

prifon; after

his injurious

Confinement

thereunto for

his book call'd His Paraphrafe on

the

New TeJlament,he

fetled

iu

Cbarterhoufe

-Yard,

C

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