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5. To the Noble and Christian Lady, the VISCOUNTESS OF
Ladyship, and that (weet child, I desire to hear what the Lord is doing to you and him: to write to me were charity; : cannot but write to my friends, that Christ hath trysted me in A:
berdeen; and my adversaries have sent me here to be feasted with love-banquets, with my royal, high, high, and princely. King Je. sus. Madam, why should I fmother Christ's honefty? I dare not conceal his goodness to my soul; he looked fram'd and uncouth- like upon me, when I came first here; but I believe himself better than his looks : I shall not again quarrel Christ for a gloom, now he hath taken the mask off his face, and faith, Kiss thy fill; and what can I have more, while I get great heaven in my little arms? O how sweet are the sufferings of Christ for Christ! God forgive them that rạile ad ill report upon the sweet Cross of Christ; it is but our weak and dim eyes that look but to the black side, that makes us mistake: those who can take that crabbed tree hand. somely upon their back, and faften it on cannily, fhall find it fuch a burden as wings upto a bird, or fails to a ship. Madam, rue not of your having chosen the better part: upon my falvation, this is Christ's truth I now suffer for; if I found but cold comfort in my fufferings, I would not beguile others, I would have told you plainly; but the truth is,: Christ's crown, his scepter, and the freedom of his kingdom, is that which is now called in question: because we will not allow that Christ pays tribute, and be a vassal to the shields of the earth, therefore the sons of our mother are
But it becometh. not Christ to hold any man's stirrup: it. were a sweet and honourable death, to die for the honour of that royal and princely King Jesus: this love is a mystery to the world: I would not have believed that there was so much in Christ as there is: Coine and fee, maketh Christ to be known in his excellency and glory. I wish all this nation knew how fweet his breath is; it is little to see Christ in a book, as men do the world in a card: they talk of Christ by the book, and the tongue, and no more; but to come nigh Christ, and hausse him, and ema brace him, is another thing. Madam, I write to your honour, for your encouragement is that honourable profesfion Christ hath honoured you with: ye have gotten the foony side of the brae, and the best of Christ's good things; he hath not given you the bastard's portion; and howbeit ye get strokes and four looks from your Lord, yet believe his love more than your own feeling, for this world can take nothing from you that is truly yours, and
angry at us.
death can do you no wrong: your rock doth not ebb and flow, but your fea : that which Christ hath said he will bide by it; he Will be your tutor ; you shall not get your charters of heaven to play you with: it is good that ye have lost your credit with Christ, and that Lord Freewill shall not be your tutor: Christ will lippen the taking of you to heaven, neither to yourself, nor any deputy, but only to himself; blessed be your tutor : when your head shall appear, your Bridegroom and Lord, your day shall then dawn, and it hall never have an afternoon, nor an erening shadow. Let your child be Christ's, let him ftay beside you, as the Lord's pledge, that you shall willingly render again, if God will. Madam, I find folks here kind to me, but in the night, and under their breath; my master's cause may not come to the crown of the causeway; others are kind according to their fashion: many think me a strange man, and my cause not good ; but I care not much for man's thoughts or approbation ; I thick do shame of the cross. The preachers of this town pretend great love, but the P. have added to the rest this gentle cruelty (for so they think of it) to discharge me of the pulpits of this town. The people murmur, and cry out against it; and to speak truly (howbeit Christ is most indulgent to me otherwise, yet) my filence on the Lord's day keeps me from being exalted above meafure, and from startling in the heat of my Lord's love. Some people affect me; for the which cause, I hear the preachers here purpose. to have my confinement changed to another place; fo cold is northern love: but Christ and I will bear it. I have wrest. led long with this fad silence : I said, What aileth Christ at my service? and my soul hath been at a pleading with Christ, and at yea and pay; but I will yield to him, providing my suffering may preach more than my tongue did; for I gave not Christ an inch, but for twice as good again: in a word, I am a fool, and he is God. I will hold my peace hereafter. Let me hear from your Ladyship, and your dear child: pray for a prisoner of Christ, who is mindful of your Ladyship. Remember my obliged obedience to my good Lady Mart. Grace, grace be with you. ' I write, and pray blessings to your fweet child. Aberdeen, Nov. 22, Yours in all dutiful obedience in 1636.
his only Lord Jesus, S. R.
6. To the Right Honourable and Christian Lady, my Lady VIS.
COUNTESS of KENMURE. Madam, Grace, mercy and peace be to you. I received your Lady.
Ship’s letter, it refreshed me in my heavinels.: the blessing and prayers of a prisoner of Christ come upon you.
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coming hither, Galloway fent me not a line, except what my, brother Earlstoun and his son did write; I caonot get my papers transported: but, Madam, I want not kindness of one who hath the gate of it, Christ (if he had never done more for me fince I was born) hath engaged my heart, and gained my blessing, in this house of my pilgrimage. It pleaseth my-Well-beloved to dine with a poor prisoner, and the King's spikenard cafteth a fragrant smell: nothing grieveth me but that I eat my feasts alone, and that I cannot edify his faints: 0 that this nation knew what is betwixt him and me; done would skar at the cross of Chrift! My filence eats me up; but he hath told me he thanketh me do less, than if I were preaching daily; he sees how gladly I would be at it; and therefore my wages are going to the fore up in heaven, as if I were still preaching Christ. Captains pay duly bedfast soldiers, howbeit they do not march, nor carry armour'; Though Ifrael be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of my Lord, and my Lord fhall be my strength,' Isa. xlix. 5. my garland. The banished minister, (the term of Aberdeen) alhameth me not: I have seen the white side of Christ's cross; how lovely hath he been to his oppressed servant? Psal. cxlvi 7, 8, 9. The Lord executeth judgment for the oppressed; he giveth food to the hungry: the I.ord looseth the prisoner; the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down; the Lord preferveth the stranger.' If it were come to exchanging of crosses I would not exchange my cross with any: I am well pleafed with Christ, and he with me; I hope none shall bear us. It is true, for all this I get my meat with many Atrokes, and am feven iimes a day up and down, and am often anxious and cast down for the case of my oppressed brother; yet I hope the Lord will be surety for his servant. But now, upon fome weak, very weak, experience, I am come to love a rumbling and raging devil best; sceing we must have a devil to hold the faints waking, I wish a' cumbersome devil, rather than a secure and sleeping one. At my first coming hither, I took the dorts at Chrift, and took up a ftomach against him; I said he had caft me over the dyke of the vineyard like a dry tree; but it was his mercy, I fee, that the fire did not burn the dry tree : and now, as if my Lord Jesus had done that fault and not I (who belied my Lord) he hath made the firft mends, and he spake not one word against me; but he hath come again, and quickned my soul with his presence: nay, now I think the very annuity and casualties of the cross of Christ Jefus my Lord, and these comforts that ac. company it, better than the world's fet rent. O how many rich : "off-fallings are in my King's house! I am persuaded, and dare pawn my salvation on it, that it is Chrift's truth I now suffer for I know his comforts are no dreams; he would not put his seal on blank paper, por deceive his afflicted ones that trust in him. Your
Lady!hip wrote to me, that ye are an ill scholar : Madam, ye mull goin at heaven's gates, and your book in your hand, still learning you have had your large share of troubles, and a double portion; but it saith your Father counteth you not a bastard; full-begott ten bairns are nurtured, Heb. xii. I long to hear of the child, I write the blessings of Christ's prisoner and the mercies of God to him: let him be Christ's and yours betwixt you, but let Christ be whole play-maker ; let him be the lender, and ye the borrower, pot an owner. Madam, it is not long since I did write to your Ladyship that Christ is keeping mercy for you; and I bide by it still, and cow I write it under my hand: love him dearly; win in to see him; there is in him, that which you never saw; he is ay pigh, he is a tree of life, green and blossoming, both fummer and winter : there is a nick in Christianity, to the which whosoever cometh, they fee and feel more than others can do. I invite you of new to come to him : Come and see, will speak better things of him, than I can do: come nearer will say much: God thought never this world a portion worthy of you: he would not even you to a gift of dirt and clay: nay, he will not give you Efau's porţion; but reserves the inheritance of Jacob for you: are ye not well married now? have you not a good Husband now ? My heart cannot express what fad nights I have for the virgin daughter of my people: wo is, me, for our time is coming. Ezek. vii. 10,
Behold the day, behold it is come, the morning hath gone forth, the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded, violence is risen up in à rod of wickedness, the sun is gone down upon our prophets.' A dry wind upon Scotland, but neither to fan nor cleanse: but out of all question, when the Lord hath cut down his forest, the after-growth of Lebanon shall flourish, “They Mall plant vines in our mountains, and a cloud shall yet fill the temple. Now the blessing of our dearest Lord Jesus, and the blessing of him that is separate from his brethren, come upon you,. Aberdeen.
Tairs at Aberdeen, the prisoner
of Chrift, S.R.
ooo 7. To the Honourable and truly. Noble Lady, The VISCOUN
TESS of KENMURE.
Ladyship te hear from you. I am here waiting if a good wind, longlooked for, shall at length blow in Chrift's fails in this land: but I wonder if Jesus be not content to suffer more yet in his members and cause, and beauty of his house, rather than he should not be avenged upon this land. I hear many worthy men (who lec more in the Lord's dealing, than I can take up with my dim C2
fight) are of a contrary mind, and do believe the Lord is coming home again, to his house in Scotland : I hope he is on his journey that way; yet I look not but that he shall feed this land with their own blood, before he establish his throne amongst us. I know your honour is not looking after things hereaway; ye have no great cause to think, that your stock and principal is under the roof of these visible heavens; and I hope ye would think yourself a beguiled and cozened soul, if it were so. I would be forry to counsel your Ladyship to make a covenant with time, and this life; but rather desire you to hold in fair generals, and far off from this ill-founded haven, that is on this side of the water. It speaketh somewhat, when our Lord bloweth the bloom off our daft hopes in this life, and loppeth the branches of our worldly joys well nigh the root, on purpose that they should not thrive. Lord, spill my fool's heaven in this life, that I may be saved for
A forfeiture of the faints part of the yolk and marrow of short laughing happiness worldly, is not such a real evil as our blinded eyes do conceive. I am thinking long now for some deliverance, more than before; but I know I am in an error: it is pofsible I am not come to that measure of trial, that the Lord is seeking in bis work: if my friends in Galloway would effectually do for my deliverance, I would exceedingly rejoice; but I know not but the Lord hath a way, whereof he will be the only reaper of praises. Let me know with the bearer, how the child is. The
Lord be his tutor, and your only comforter. There is nothing here where I am, but profanity and atheism. Grace, grace be with your Ladyfhip. Aberdeen, Feb. 13 Your Ladyfhip's at all obliged 1637.
obedience in Chrift, S. R.
8. To the Noble and Christian Lady, the VISCOUNTESS
of KENMURE. Madan, mercy
peace be to you, I would not omit the occafion to write to your Ladyfhip with the bearer. I am glad the child is well; God's favour, even in the eyes of men, be feen pon him. I hope your Ladyship is thinking upon these fad-and woful days wherein we now live; when our Lord, in his righteous judgment, is fending the kirk the gate she is going, to Rome's brothel house, to feek a lover of her own, seeing the hath given up with Christ her husband, O what sweet comfort, what rich falvation is laid up for those, who had rather wash and roll their garments in their own blood, than break out from Chrift by apoftasy! Keep yourself in the love of Christ, and stand far aback from the pollutions of the world : side not with these times,