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of which I am as innocent as Jeremiah was., So Paul, though he did but preach Jesus Christ, yet his enemies would have put him to death, under pretence that he was a mover of sedition. Upon a civil account my life is pretended to be taken away; whereas, it is because I pursue my covenant, and will not proftitute my principles and conscience to the ambition and lust of men. I had rather die a covenant keeper, than live a covenanta breaker. Behold I am this day making a double ex. change : I am changing a pulpit for a scaffold, and a fcaffold for a throne · And I might add a third, I am changing the presence of this numerous multitude on Towerhill, for the innumerable company of saints and angels in heaven, the holy hill of Zion; and I am change ing a guard of soldiers for a guard of angels, which will receive me, and carry me to Abraham's bosom. This scaffold is the best pulpit that ever I preached in: In my church pulpit, God, through his grace, made me an instrument to bring others to heaven ; but in this pulpit he will bring me to heaven.” Afterwards he said, " Though my blood be not the blood of nobles, yet it is Christian blood, minister's blood , yea, more, it is also innocent blood. I magnify the riches of God's mercy and grace toward's me, that I who was born in Wales, an obscure country, and of obscure parents, should be singled out to honourable sufferings. For the first fourteen years of my life, I never heard a fermon preached; yet, in the fifteenth year of my age, it pleased God to convert me. Blessed be God, who not only made me a Christian, but also a minister, judging me faiihful, and putting me into the ministry, which is my glory. I had rather be a preacher in a pulpit, than a prince upon a throne : I had rather be an instrument to bring souls to heaven, than that all nations should pay tribute to me, Formerly (said he) I have been under a spirit of bord. age ; yea, sometimes I have had more fear in drawing out a tooth, than now I have for cutting off my head. When fear was upon me, death was not near ; now, when death is near to me, my fear is evanished. I am comforted in this, though men kill me, they cannot damn me; though they thrust me out of the world, yet VOL. I.
they cannot shut out of heaven. When I have med my blood, I expect the full declaration of the remillion of fins through the blood of Jesus Christ. I am going to my long home, and ye to your short homes; but I Shall be at my home, before you be at yours." He prayed, that, seeing “ He was called to do the work which he never did, he might have the strength which he never had.”
Dr WILD, in his ELEGY, hath these lines :
4 Methinks I heard beheaded saints above ',.. “ Call to each other, Sirs, make room for Love. “ Who, when he came to tread the fatal ftage, : “ (Which prov'd his glory, and his en’mies rage) & His blood ne'er ran to's heart; Chrift's blood was there “ Reviving it ; his own was all to spare ; . ; 4 Which, rifing in his cheeks, did seem to say, « Is this the blood you thirst for » Tak't, I pray. " Spectators in his looks such life did fee, “ That they appear`d more like to die than he. " Light'nings, which fill'd the air with blazing light, “ Did serve for torches at that disinal night;
In which, and all next day, for many hours, " Heav'n groan'd in thunder, and did weep in show'rs; " Nor do I wonder that God thunder'd fo, " When BOL.NERGES, murder'd, lay below."
37. Mrs Joyce Lewis, being condemned to be burnt for the Protestant religion, in queen Mary's reign, when she heard that the writ for her execution was come, the said to her friends, “ As for death, I fear it not; for, when I behold the amiable countenance of Jesus Christ my dear Saviour, the ugly face of death doth not much trouble me."
38. Bullinger of Zurich, in his fickness, said to his friends, “ If the Lord will make any farther use of me and my ministry in his church, I will willingly obey him ; but if he please (as I much defire)to take me out of this miserable life, I shall exceedingly rejoice that he pleaseth to take me out of this corrupt and wretched age to go to my Saviour Christ. For (said he) if socrates was glad when his death approached, because (as he thought) he should go to Homer, Hefiod, and other learned men, whom he expected to meet with in the other world; how much more do I joy, who am sure that I shall See my Saviour Jesus Christ, as also the Saints, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, and all the holy men who have lived from the beginning of the world? Now when I am sure to see them, and to partake of their joys, why should I not willingly die to enjoy their perpetual society and glory?".
39. Mr Theodore Beza, a famous paftor in Geneva, when he apprehended the approach of death, revised his will, and fo, ealing himself of all worldly thoughts, wholly betook himself to expect the time of his departure, which he had much longed for. He often used the Apostle's saying, “ We are his workmanship, creatcd in Jesus Christ unto good works.”. And that of Auguftine, Domine, quod capisli perfice, ne in portu naufragium accidat. " Lord perfect that which thou haft begun, that I suffer not fhipwreck in the haven." And. that saying of Bernard ; Domine, fequemur te, per te, ad te. Te, quia veritas ; Per te, quia via : Ad te, quia vita. “ Lord, we will follow thee, by thee to thee. Thee, because thou art the truth ; by thee, because thou art the way: to thee, because thou art che life.”
40. Melancton of Wittemberg, (Luther's dear companion) said, “ That he much longed to be diffolved, and that for two reasons : First, That he might enjoy the much deGred presence and fight of Chriit, and of the heavenly church; Secondly, That he might be freed from the cruel and implacabie difcords of divines."
41. Mr John Bradford, a minister and martyr in queen Mary's Roigri, when the keeper told him that the next day he was to be burnt in Smithfield, he pue off his cap, and, lifting up his eyes to heaven, faid, “I .. thank God for it, it conies not now to me on a sudden, A a 2
but as a thing waited for every day and hour; the Lord make me worthy thereof." One Cresswell offering to interpose for him, and desiring to know what his re. quest was ; he said, “ I have no request to make ; if the queen give me my life, I will thank her; if she will banish me, I will thank her; if she will burn me, I will thank her; if she will condemn me to perpetual imprisonment, I will thank her.” The chancellor pres. sing him to do as others had done, in hopes of the queen's mercy; he said, “ My lord, I desire mercy with God's mercy; that is, without doing or saying any thing against God and his truth. But mercy with God's wrath, God keep me from. God's mercy (added he) I desire, and also would be glad of the queen's favour, to live as a subject without clog on conscience ; but otherwise, the Lord's mercy is better to me than life. Life in his displeasure is worle than death, and death in his favour is true life.”
In his letter to Dr Crapmer, Dr Ridley, and Dr Latimer, he had these words : “ Our dear brother Rogers hath broken the ice valiantly. This day, or tomorrow at the utmost, hearty Hooper, fincere Saunders, and trusty Taylor, will end their course, and receive their crown. The next am I, who hourly look for the porter to open me the the gates after them to enter into the defired reft. God forgive me my unthank. fulness for his exceeding great mercy. Though I suffer justly (for 1 hare been a great bypocrite, unthankful, &c. the Lord pardon me, yea, he hath done it, he hath done it indeed) yet, what eril hath he done? Chrift, whom the prelates persecute, his truth which they hate in me, hath done no evil, cor deserved death. O what am I, Lord, that thou thoudit thus magnify me? Is it thy wil to find for such a wretched hopocrite in a fiery chariot, as thou didtt iend for Elias?"
In one of his meditacions, after confelling of in, he faid, “ O what now mar we do! despair ? No, for thou art God, and therefore good; thou art merciful, and therefore thou forgirest sa: With thee there is mercy and propitiation, ard therefore thou art worthip. ped. When Adam Gnned, thou gavest him mercy be. fore he desired it; and wilt thou deny us mercy, who now defire the same? Adam excused his fault, and accused thee ; but we accuse ourselves, and excuse thee : and, shall we be sent empty away? How often in the wilderness didst thou spare Israel, and defer the plague at the request of Mofes, when the people themselves made no petition to thee, ? Now we do not only make our petition to thee, but also have a Mediator, far above Moses, to appear for us, even Christ Jesus thine own Son; and shall we, dear Lord, depart alhamed ? 0 merciful Lord, for thine own glory, suffer not the ene. my of thy Son Christ, the Romith Anti-Christ, thus wretchedly to delude and draw from thee our poor brethren, for whom thy dear Son once died, &c. Suffer him pot to seduce the imple fort with his fond o. pinion, that his false gods, his blind, mumbling, feigned religion, or his foolish superstition, doth give him such conquests, such victories, and fuch triumphs over us. But, O Lord, this is thy righteous judgement to punilh us with the tyrannical yoke of blindness, because we have cast away from us the sweet yoke of the wholesome word of thy Son our Saviour.”
In his letter to Mrs Anne Warcup, he said, “ My. staff standeth at the door. I look continually for the sheriff to come for me; and I bless God I am ready for him. Now I go to practise that which I have preach. ed; now I am climbing up the hill ; it will cause me puff and blow before I come to the cliff. The hill is Iteep and high, my breath is short, and my strength is feeble. Pray therefore to the Lord for me, that, as I have now, through his goodness, even almost come to the top, I may, by his grace, be strengthened, not to rest until I come where I should be.”
He was singular for humility and self-abasement, though a most eminenc faint. He subscribed some of his letters, The most miserable, had-hearted unthankful Ginner, John Bradford. A very painted hypocrite, John Bradford. Miserimus peccator, John Bradford. le finful John Bradford. 42. Mr Edward Deering, a little before his death,