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BRIGHTMAN-MAUNSEL. in Brightman wrote against the prelacy and ceremonies of the church, and subscribed the " Book of Discipline,"* he was no friend to separation. He published a "Disputation about Antichrist ;" a " Refutation of Bellarmine ;" a " Com- mentary of the Song of Solomon ;" and another on the " Revelation of St. John." " This last," says Granger, " made a great noise in the world." In that book, he makes Archbishop Cranmer the angel having power over the fire, the Lord Cromwell the angel which came out of the temple of heaven, having the sharp sickle, and the Lord Treasurer Cecil the angel of the waters, justifying the pouring out the third vial. The church of England is the lukewarm church of Laodicea; and the angel that God loved, is the anti-episcopal church of Geneva, and that of Scotland : and the power of the prelacy is antichrist. In the reign of Charles I. he adds, when the bishops were expelled the house of peers, and several of them imprisoned, Brightman was cried up for an inspired writer, and an abridgment of his book was printed in 1644, entitled " The Revelation of the Revelation."+ He desired to die a sudden death, and the Lord granted him his desire. He died very suddenly, as he was travelling with Sir John Osbourne in his coach, with a book in his hand, August 24, 1607, aged fifty-one years. Fuller has classed him among the learned writers of Queen's college, Cambridge.t+ He was a most pious, laborious, and learned divine; whom Mr. Cartwright used to denominate " the bright star in the church of God."§ Dr. Buckley preached his funeral sermon, RICHARD MAUNSEL was minister ot Yarmouth, and severely persecuted, together with Mr. Thomas Lad, a merchant of that place. They were brought before the Chancellor of Norwich, for a supposed conventicle; because, on the Lord's day, after public worship, they joined with Mr. Jackler, their late minister, in repeating the heads of the sermons which had that day been preached in the church. Mr. Lad was compelled, upon his oath, to answer certain articles relating to, the supposed con- venticle, which he could not see till after he had taken the oath. Having been twice convened before the chan- cellor, he was carried before the high commission at Lam- . Neal's Puritans, vol. i. p. 423. + Granger's Biog. Hist. vol. i. p. 220. Hid. of Cam. p.8. Leigh on Religion and Learning, p. 143.