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'WOODCOCK.. 109 labouring any more, he desired his friends not to pray for the continuance of his life, but " for faith, for patience, for re- pentance, and for joy in the Holy Ghost. Lord," said he, " cast me down as low as hell in repentance, and lift me up to' heaven by faith and confidence in thy salvation." He was full of grace, full of peace, full of assurance. The Tuesday before he died, he said, " This day sevennight is the day on which we used to remember Christ's nativity, and on this day I have preached Christ. I shall scarcely live to see it. But for me that child was born, and unto me that son was given." He died December 25, 1649, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. Mr. Clark says, " he was a person of a quick invention, a sound judgment, a strong memory, and great learning and piety. He was grave without austerity, pleasant without levity, courteous without hypocrisy, and charitable almost without an equal."... Fuller has placed him on the list of learned writers, being fellows of Emanuel college, Cam- bridge.t His WouKs.-1. Three Sermons, 1615.-2. Death Subdued, 1619. -3. The Guide to True Blessedness, 1650.-4. Divine Charac- ters, 1658. FRANCIS WOODCOCK, A. B.-This pious divine was born in the city of Chester, in the year 1614, and educated in Brazen-nose college, Oxford, where he took one degree in arts. He entered into holy orders while at the university, and was episcopally ordained, soon after which he removed from that seat of learning, and had a cure of souls bestowed upon him. Wood says, " he was always puritanically. affected ;" therefore, upon the commencement of the differ- ences between the king and parliament, he espoused the cause of the latter, and was afterwards chosen one 'of the assembly of divines, when he assiduously attended during the whole session. Being brought up to London, he was chosen lecturer of St. Lawrence Jewry, and frequently preached at St. Olive's in Southwark, to which he was afterwards ap- pointed minister by an ordinance of parliament, dated July 10, 16464 He took the covenant with the rest of his brethren, and was chosen proctor to the university of Cambridge.S He died in the year. 1649, aged thirty-five a Clark's Lives annexed to his Martyrologie, p. 205-214, + Hist. of Cambridge, p. 147. Whitlockes Mem. p. 220. Neal's Puritans, vol. , ill. p. 54.