Rowlandson - E87 .R885 1856

Mrs. Rowlandfon. 121 should be sometimes jealous lest I should have my portion in this life. But now I see the Lord had his time to scourge and chasten me. The portion of some is to have their affliction by drops, but the wine of astonishment, like a sweep- ing rain, that leaveth no food, did the Lord prepare to be my portion. Afflic- tion I wanted, and affliction I had full measure, pressed down and running over. Yet I see when God calls persons to never so many difficulties, yet he is able to carry them through, and make them say they have been gainers thereby, and I hope I can say, in some measure, as David, It is good for me that I have been afflicted. The Lord hath shewed me the vanity of these outward things ; that they are the vanities of vanities, and vexation of fpirit. That they are but a shadow, a blast, a bubble, and things of no con- tinuance. If trouble from smaller mat-