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34 LIVES OF THE PURITANS. G. I degraded myself, through God's mercy, by repent- ance., (Meaning when he renounced his episcopal orders, and separated frobn the established church.) Q. Is it lawful to use the Lord's pxayer, publicly or pri- vately, as a prayer ? G. It is a doctrine by which to direct all our prayers ; but, for certain reasons, no man can use it as a public or private prayer. Q. Is it lawful, or not ? I will hear no prattling. G, From anything I can see in scripture, it is not lawful. There is no command to say the very words; and Christ and his apostles prayed in other words, according to their necessities. Q. Is it lawful to use any stinted forms of prayer, in public or private ? G. They are apocrypha, and may not be used in public assemblies. The word, and the graces of the spirit of God, are only to be used there. Q. Answer directly. Is it lawful to use them publicly or privately ? G. Paul saith, " The spirit also helpeth our infirmities ; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the spirit maketh intercession for us." Q. What say you ? Answer directly. G. It does not appear lawful to use stinted prayers, in- vented by men, either publicly or privately, from any thing I can see in the scriptures. Q. What say you then of the Book of Common Prayer ? Is it superstitious, popish, and idolatrous? G. I beseech you, that I may not be urged by your law. I have long been a close prisoner, and, therefore, desire you will chew me wherefore I am treated thus, and not entangleme by your law. Q. Is it not your law, as well as ours ? It is the queen's law. You are a good subject. G. I am a true and obedient subject. But I thought we were reasoning about your popish canons. T. Where is the place ? Shew it. When Mr. Barrow turned to Rev. xiii,, with a view to skew the treasurer, the archbishop arose, and in anger gnashing his teeth, he said, " Will you suffer him, my lords ?" Then by the wardens, Mr. B. was immediately plucked from off his knees, and carried away. As he departed, he desired of the treasurer, that, duringhis confinement in prison, he might enjoy the liberty of the air, but received no answer. He was, therefore, carried to prison, and closely confined for several years, and met with the most cruet usage.-E.raminations of Burrow, Greentrood, and Penry, p.