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shorter Catechisms. 4thly, I adhere to the Covenants, national and solemn league, and the work of reforma: tion. 5thly, I adhere to all the faithful testimonies, which have been left by our faithful ministers of Jesus Christ, either on scaffolds, or fields. 6thly, I adhere to the papers found at the Queensferry on Henry Hall. 71h/;, I adhere to the declaration at Sanquhar, and the testimony at Rutherglen, and the papers found on worthy Mr Richard Cameron. Sthly, I adhere to the excommunication at the Torwood. Sthly, I adhere to the excommunication of the bishops, and their underlings: and I die in the faith of it, that the Lord hath ratified that in beaven, which his faithful fervants have done on earth, as to the casting out these traitors to God out of the church. And now, I desire to bless the Lord for my lot : My lot is fallen to ine in pleasant places, and I have a goodly heritage.
I leave my blood upon the traitor that fits upon the throne ; then on James Duke of York, who was sitting in the council when I was examined the first day. And I leave my blood on the bloody crew that call themselves rulers. And I leave -it on James Henderson in the „North-ferry, who was the Judas that fold Archibald Stewart and Mr Skeen, and me, to the bloody soldiers for so much money. I leave my blood on Serjeant Warrock, who took me, and brought me to prison. I leave my blood on the criminal lords, as they call themselves, and especially that excommunicate tyrant George Mackenzie, the advocate, and the fifteen aflizers; and on Andrew Cunningham that gave me my doom ; and on that excommunicate traitor Thomas Dalziel who was porter that day that I was first before them, and threatned me with the boots.
I desire to bless and magnify the Lord, for my lot, and may say, He bath brought me to the wilderness to allure me there, and speak comfortably to my soul. It was but little of him I knew when I came to prison ; but now he has said to me, Because he lives, I shall live al. so. And he has told me, I am he that blotted out thing iniquity, for my own name's fake. Kind has he been to me, since he brought me out to witness for him. I have never fought any thing from him, that was for his glory, since I came to prison, but he granted me my delire. For the most part, I have found him in every
thing, that hath come in my way, ordering it himself, , for his own glory. And now I bless him, that thoughts cf death are not terrible to me. He hath made me as willing to lay down my life for him, as ever I was will. ing to live in the world. And now, ye that are his witnefies, be not afraid to venture on the cross of Christ, For his yoke is easy, and his burden light. For many times, I have been made to think strange, what makes folk cast at the cross of Christ, that hath been so light to me, that I found no burden of it at all, he bore me and it both. Now, let not the frowns of men, and their flatteries put you
from your duty. Keep up your societies, and the assembling of yourselves together; for there is much profit to be found in it. Many times hath it been found comfortable to me, to hear of the few in Scotland, in which Christ was delighting; and that there was much love to God's glory, and zeal for his honour amongst them. Now, be humbled, and lie in the dust, and never give over crying in behalf of the church, which is so small, that it can scarcely be difcerned, and never give over till he appear; for I think he is near at hand. : 0 watch, and double your diligence, and hold fast till he come, and let none take your crown, for he is good to the soul that seeks him. It is my grief, that I have not been more faithful for my master Christ. . All his dealings with me have been in love and in mercy. His corrections have been all in love and free grace. O free love ! I may fay, I am a brand plucked out of the fire : I am a limb of the devil plucked out from his fire-fide. O! I am made to wonder and admire at his condescending love ? Now, I leave my testimony against Jean Forrest, for saying, that I am going to the grave with a lie in my right hand, and charging my bloed on my own head. O my friends, come cut from amorg them, and touch not the unclean thing. It will never be well, till there be a separation from fin. I bless the Lord that ever I heard Mr Cargil, that faithful servant of Jesus Christ; I bless the Lord that ever I heard Mr Richard Cameron ; my soul has been refreshed with the hearing of him, particularly at a communion in Carrik, on thefe words in Pfal. lxxxv. 8.---The Lord will speak peace unto his people, and to his faints; but let them not turn again to folly.
Now, farewell lovely and sweet fcriptures, which were ay my comfort in the midst of all my difficulties; Farewell faith, farewell hope, farewell wanderers, who have been comfortable to my foul, in the hearing of them commend Christ's love. Farewell brethren, farewell sisters, farewell Christian acquaintances, farewell fun, moon, and stars. And now welcome my lovely and heartfome Christ Jesus, into whose hands I commit my spirit throughout all eternity. I may fay, few and evil have the days of the years of my pilgrimage been, I being about twenty years of age.
From the tolbooth of Edinburgh, the woman-houle on the east side of the prison, January rith 1681.
*HIS Martyr, though both young in years, and of Lord in his cause, and had such discoveries of his special love to her foul, that the was nothing terrified by her adversaries : When she was brought from the tolbootlı to the council house, to he carried to her execution; as she came out of the tolbooth door, several friends attending her, she was observed to say with a surprising cheerfulness and air of heavenly ravishment, behold, I hear
my beloved saying unto me, Arise my love, my fair one, and come away. And being brought to the council, bifhop Paterson being resolved, seeing he could not destroy her soul, yet to grieve and vex it, faid, Marion, you faid, you would never hear, a curate, now you shall be forced to hear one, upon which he ordered one of his fuffragans, whom he had prepared for the purpose, to pray ; so soon as he began, she said to her fei. low-prisoner Isabel Alison, come Ifabel, let is fing the xxiii. Psalm, which accordingly they did; Marion repeating the psalm 'line by line without book, which drowned the voice of the curate, and extremely confounded the persecutors. Being come to the scaffold, after singing the lxxxiv. Pfalm, and reading the iii. of Malachi, she faid, I am come here to-day for avowing Christ to be head of his church, and king in Zion. feek him, Sirs, seek him, and ye shall find him I fought him and found him, I held him, and would not let him go. Then she briefly narrated the manner how she was taken, and recapitulated in short the heads of her writ
ten testimony, saying to this effect; “ I going out of Edinburgh to hear the perfecuted gofyl in che fields, was taken by the way with soldiers, and brought into the guard, afterwards I was brought to the council, and they qucftioned me, if I knew Mr Donald Cargil? Or if I heard him preach ? I answered, I bless the Lord I heard him, and my foul was refreshed with hearing him, for he is a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. They asked if I adhered to the papers gotten at the Ferry? I said, I did own them, and all the rest of Chrift's truths. If I would have denied any of them, my life was in my offer ; but I durit not do it, no, not for my soul. Ere I wanted an hour of his presence, I had rather die ten deaths. I dust not speak agairft liim, lest I Nould have finned against God. I adhere to the Bible and Confeffion of Faith, catechisms and covenants, viliich are according to this Bible. - The most of her discourse was of God's love to her, and the con mendation of free grace; and the declared, she had much of the Lord's presence with her in prison, and said. “ I bless the Lord the snare is broken, and we are escaped;" and when the came to the ladder foot, she prayed. And going up the ladder, The said, “O my fair one, my lovely one, come away ;" and fitting down upon the ladder, she said,
“ I am not come here for murder, for they have no matter of fact to charge me with, but only my judgment. I am about twenty years
of age'; at fourteen or fifteen I was a hearer of the curates and indulged, and while I was a hearer of these, I was a blasphemer and Sabbath break. er, and a chapter of the Bible was a burden to me; but fince I heard this persecuted gospel, 1 durst not blafpheme, nor break thë Sabbath, and the Bible became my delight.” With this the major called to the hang. man to cast her over, and the murderer presently choaked her,
The joint testimony of William Gouger, Christopher Miller,
and Robert Sangster, who lived in the shire of Stirling, and suffered at the Grass-market of Edinburgh, March 11th 1631. Directed to the shire of Stirling.
HE Lord in his holy providence having singled us
out of that shire to feal his controverted truths with our blood ; we could not but leave a line behind
us, (we being Stirling-thire men), to let you know wherefore we are come here this day, to this place of execution ; that it is for adhering to that which ministers and professors are disowning; and the Lord seeing it fit to honour us beyond others, now in this day of defection and back-drawing from the truth. We tell you, that it is truth we are to suffer for; although ye condemn us in it, and say that we have a hand in our own death ; yet we durft not, for our souls, do otherways, or elfe we would have been sure of the broad curse of God on us, and our life both. You may think that it is a novelty of our head that we are brought hither for; but if any of you had that love to the Lord, that you seemed to have once 2 day, you would count it your duty, as well as ours, to contend for the sweet truths of God, when you see him so wronged, and his rights fo usurped and taken from vim, who was both sweet and kind to poor things at hill-lides, and especially among you of that shire. O firs! you may take shame to you, for all that you have done against the honour of God, that have seen his goings fo ftately among the meetings of his people; that will not contend for lovely Chriit. O! do ye not think that a fad day will come on you, for joining with God's enemies, who have broken covenant with him, and shed the blood of the saints, and trampled on the honour of God, and ye will not fear to join with them for all the blood they have shed, you will till go on with them; and though you profess that you have love to the Son of God, and that your zeal for the Lord God of Hosts is not abated; yet you will go on with them; and bond and comply in paying of cefs and militia money to maintain a party against God and his work, which once a day you were forward to maintain, and would have ventured your life in the maintaining of it against all the Lord's enemies. You may justly take shame to yourselves, for your preferring the things of time to the sweet cross of lovely Christ. O Sirs ! what think you
will your doom be, that have done so much against the honour of a holy God? Indeed you may look out for wrath, and that of the saddest fort.
Now, as dying men, we tell you, that there are sad days abiding_you, for what you have done against the honour' and glory of God, if ye get not speedy repentance. Therefore as you would answer in the great day,