Lord God of Life and Power,
The Suburbs round about thee:
To call thee and them to repentance
of life, without which you cannot ſee God.
Be ye ſeparated from your Prieſts, and from your Idolatrous Worſhip, and touch not the unclean thing, that the Lord may receive you; Written by one who follows the Lamb, and deſires the welfare of all Souls, as I was moved thereunto by the Eternal and true Spirit of God, being quiet and ſtill in my habitation.
And ſomething alſo to the ſcattered Seed of God, which hath been held in bondage under Pharaoh the Task-maſter.
Who am hated by the unwiſe, and fooliſh in heart, and am reproachfully call’d a Quaker.
Printed for Robert Wilſon, at the Black-Spread-Eagle
and Windmill in Martins, neer Alderſgate, 16601660.
A Warning unto the City of London, and the Suburbs round about, &c.
O The day and hour of thy Viſitation is now, O City of London! with all thy Suburbs, and likewiſe the day, hour, and time of Gods righteous Judgements is at hand, and will be executed upon thee in flames of fire from heaven: O my ſoul mourneth for thee, and my bowels is troubled, and my heart is pained within me, to ſee thy deſolation, my eyes runneth down as a Fountain for the miſery that is overtaking thee: O the fury of the Lord: it is terrible, and who may ſtand, when it waxeth hot, and burneth as a flaming fire: O repent, repent, repent! for thy wickedneſs ſurmounteth the wickedneſs of Sodom and Gomorrah, thy pride and ambition far exceedeth Jeruſalems: Jeruſalem had one Temple to worſhip in, and it was commanded of the Lord to be built, and the Lord commanded them to worſhip in it; but according to your imaginations, ſo is your worſhip, and as your ſtreets are, ſo are your Idols Temples, and thy Idolatrous Worſhip; the abomination of deſolation, ſitteth where it ought not, and the Seed that belongeth to Immortal Life, is buried in thee! O London, London! how art thou fallen? and from whom art thou gone aſtray? even from the righteous Judge, and pure God of heaven, and of earth, O! thou art dead, and dying from the true worſhip and ſervice of the Lord, which is in Spirit & in truth; thou art groaping at noon-day, and thy light is not riſen out of obſcurity, that ſhould give thee the knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Jeſus Chriſt, although the meaſure of Gods grace hath called thee to repentance, and doth ſtrive with thee againſt thy pride, cruelty, hard-heartedneſs, and oppreſſion, but thou wilt not lend A2thine 2 A2v 2 thine ear unto it, neither doth the grace of God teach thee; but to the contrary art thou led unto perſecution, by that ſpirit which leadeth into tranſgreſſion: O! how many of the Lords dear ſervants, Lambs and Babes, hath the Lord ſent into thy ſtreets, high-wayes, and Idols Temples? to declare what they have ſeen, taſted, and handled of the Word of Life, and hath proclaimed this notable terrible day, which they ſee is coming upon thee, & to declare unto thee thy ſins & tranſgreſſions, and how great the indignation of the glorious God will be executed upon thee by reaſon of them, and for clearing their conſciences, and being obedient unto the Commands of the Lord, ſome of them haſt thou ſtoned, and ſome impriſoned, and cruelly beat, and unmercifully uſed them, of which doings the Lord taketh notice, and heareth the groans of the innocent, and the cries of the oppreſſed: O! its entered, its entered into the ears of the Lord God of Sabbath, who knoweth how great our ſufferings is in this City, and in all quarters of the whole earth, where we have been ſent, we have groaned under cruel oppreſſion and tyranny, by unjuſt Judges, and unrighteous Rulers, eſpecially by our own Countrymen, and in the Land of our Nativity, for which my ſpirit is troubled, becauſe we all profeſs the name of Chriſtians, and own Chriſt in words, to be a Saviour, but in works and life you deny him; and by this thing is the name of the Lord blaſphemed amongſt all them, who doth not own Chriſt at all, whom you call Heathens; but truly their life condemns yours, they having no Law, are a Law unto themſelves, and they ſhall riſe up in Judgement with this Generation, who draweth nigh unto the Lord with their lips, and their mouths, but their hearts is far from God: O the Lord God will be eaſed of ſuch a vain Religion as this, he that ſeeth thee in ſecret is the munition of rocks, & he will reward thee openly, his Sickle ſhall pierce thy heart, and his ſword ſhall rip up thy bowels; pain, ſorrow, and anguiſh ſhall overtake thee, as a woman in travel, and from it thou ſhalt not eſcape: O friends! as a woman hath pain before ſhe bringeth forth, ſo certainly and ſurely muſt you feel the pangs of death, before you know the Birth immortal; and if that this be not witneſſed, there is no ſeeing of God, nor no inhabitinghabiting 3 A3r 3 habiting of his holy Hill, where alone dwelleth purity; holineſs, and righteouſneſs for ever: O ſearch and try, you who are Citizens of this mortal City, which may truly be called Sodom and Egypt, for in thee is the Son of God crucified, and put to open ſhame! Do you feel or know a part in another City which is immutable, which fadeth not away? Do you eat of the hidden Manna which corrupteth not? or do you drink of the Blood of the Lamb? Have you yet found peace with the Lord? Are you reconciled unto the God of Jacob? Are you ſaved, or ſaving from your ſins? Or have you ſeen the Lord, and the place where the mighty God dwelleth? if not, your Religion is all in vain, and if you do not ſpeedily repent, you ſhall die in your ſins, and where he is, you ſhall not come; This will be his anſwer unto you, who is the Alpha and Omega, the firſt and the laſt, Depart ye workers of iniquity, I know you not: O this will be ſad tidings unto you, who have got a fair covering, but its not of the Spirit of God, which the Lord will rent off in the day when he ſhall take peace from the earth! O ye Inhabitants of this bloody City! caſt away every man from him the Idols of Egypt, with your gods of gold and ſilver, of precious ſtones, and goodly houſes, and make no longer your belly your gods, leaſt God cut you off in this day in which he is ſlaying the wicked with the Firſt-born of Egypt, the Lord will choak Pharoah, with all his Hoſt, in the Sea of confuſion! O! a night of darkneſs is a coming upon thee, and upon all thy neighbour Cityes, O! a thick cloud covereth thee, miſts and fogs is ſpread upon thee, thy glory is ſtaining, thy honor is laying in the duſt, and thy mortal Crown ſhall be thrown into the pit, thy deſtruction is coming upon thee at noon-day; thou ſhalt look for light, but have none, and for the dawning of the day, but it ſhall not appear; glad tidings ſhall be hid from thee, ſorrow, and trouble, and fear, ſhall compaſs thee about; thou ſhalt wiſh for death rather then life, and for the grave, but ſhall not find it, then ſhalt thou ſeek to thy Prieſts, thy Rulers, and Judges, who have cauſed thee to erre, thinking thereby to get peace, but ſhalt find none; the earth ſhall not bring forth unto thee her encreaſe, as in times paſt; and as thy vultrous eye hath been delighted with vanity, and thy adulterated ear hath been 4 A3v 4 been filled with curioſities of ſtrange voices, and thy heart hath been filled with luſt, pride and vanity, thy tongue exerciſed with curſing, ſwearing, and lying, cheating and cozening, and taking the Name of the Lord in vain; and as thy feet hath walked after pleaſures, and thy hand hath handled deceitfulneſs, guile, and fraud, and have been all ſervants unto ſin, and fulfilling the devils will, even ſo muſt the Vengeance and Plagues of the Lord be powred out upon the Man of Sin, which hath captivated thy mind, and miſled thy members, which was created only and alone to ſerve the living God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. O! what rioting, ſwearing, curſing and drunkenneſs, murder, whoredome, and theft, is found in thee, which grieveth the ſoul of the righteous, cozening, and cheating, & deceiving ſouls for diſhoneſt gain, buying and ſelling the Words of God on the Market day, and in the Idols Temple, all this is found in thee, which Words of God, the holy men of God ſpoke them to the people freely; as they had freely received; they coveted no mans gold, or ſilver, but having food & rayment, they were therewith content; and they who preached freely, were Co-heirs with Chriſt, who had purchaſed a City for them, whoſe Builder and Maker is God, they ſaid to the Scribes and Phariſees which ſate in Moſes Chair, who had the Prophets words read amongſt them, that they would not enter in themſelves, nor let others to enter in: They ſaid alſo, that they might all propheſie one by one, and if any thing was revealed to one that ſtood by, he was to ſpeak, and the firſt was to hold his peace, for God is a God of Order; but in this our day, which is the Lords, and the time wherein we are caſt, if any in the Spirit of the Lord come amongſt you, and be moved to ſpeak in his power, thou beateſt, and bruiſeſt, and halleſt before thy Magiſtrates, and caſteſt into priſons, by this we ſee plainly and clearly, that thy Religion is not the pure Religion, and that thy Church is the Church of Rome, and thou art governed by the Whores power, which God is laying waſt, and daſhing to pieces, in this his gloriouus day: Thy clouds of Religion, be they never ſo thick, they are ſeen thorough; in the light and power of God we do meaſure the height, the length, depth, and breadth of all 5 A4r 5 all thy Religion, thy Sun is eclipſed, and thy glory is fallen. O thou Lucifer, Son of the Morning! thy portion is in the lowermoſt hell, thy part and lot is vaniſhed away, and thy beauty is driven away, as the duſt in the Summers day before the wind; woe from the Lord God of Power be unto thy lawyers, for they have ſtollen away the key of knowledge: O the oppreſſed groaneth under their cruel tyranny of oppreſſion! they lie in wait to enſnare the ſimple, and to beguile and intrap the honeſt-hearted; but the Lord loveth the pure in heart, and preſerveth them out of the Lions mouth, and out of the paw of the Bear, glory be to God on high, Dominion and ſtrength be given to his Son for evermore: Howl ye Lawyers, weep bitterly ye Rulers, and Judges, lament ye Prieſts, for the day of Gods account is coming on, and it haſteneth, wherein the Book of Conſcience ſhall be opened, wherein your ſins are written, as with the point of a Diamond, and out of the Book of Life you ſhall be judged, according as your works ſhall be, ſo ſhall your reward be, for our God is pure and immortal, he will torment the wicked, and plague the ungodly, and caſt into the pit for ever: O! I moſt humbly beſeech you, as in Chriſt ſtead, leave off your covetouſneſs, with your hypocritical Religion, your fained prayers, and abhor your ſelves in duſt and aſhes, that repentance and amendment of Life you may know with the Lord, before thy houſe of clay be diſſolved, for the Son of Life weepeth over thee, as he did over Jeruſalem. O that thy eyes were open, and thy heart unvailed, that thou mights ſee how good the Lord is unto all the ſons and daughters of men, and how long he hath tendered his mercy and grace unto thee, and hath held forth his hand with a cup of bleſſings for thee, but thou haſt joyned iſſue with the tranſgreſſor, and art rebellious and ſtiff-necked againſt the Seed of God, the Lord God make thee ſenſible of thy back-ſlidings, and heal thee, if he ſee it good: O! my ſoul is truly powred forth unto the Lord for thee, that thou mayeſt not inherit the Lake which is prepared, but peace and reſt for thy immortal ſoul thou mayeſt find; for the ſoul is immortal, and there is no mortal thing can ſatisfie thy ſoul, but the preſence of the Lord, which is far beyond the gold of Ophir, or the 6 A4v 6 the Onick ſtone. O! what wouldſt thou give for peace with God, when thy day ſhall be turned into darkneſs, & thy table ſhall be made a ſnare unto thee, and thou ſhalt be like the hearth in the Wilderneſſe, which ſeeth not when good cometh, thy lovers ſhall paſs away, & trouble ſhall compaſs thee round about; then if thou hadſt the whole world thou wouldſt give it for peace with God, but then will thy day be ſealed up, and there will be no place found for repentance; therefore I deſire thee in the dreadful power of God, put not the day of the Lord afar off, but let the Sword of the Lord cut down, and the fire burn up all that is contrary to God; and away with thy Idols, down with thy Images, pluck down thy high places, for the Lord will be avenged of thy Groves, thy ſtrong Okes, and tall Cedars, and he will ride upon thy high hills, and thy fenced City will he lay waſte; and he will eaſe the innocent, and deliver the oppreſſed, thy priſon doors ſhall be broke up, and the bonds of iniquity burſt aſunder, the agreement made with hell and death will be diſannulled; and though many of us have been halled out of your Maſs-houſes, and have been halled before Magiſtrates, both by Papiſts and Proteſtants; yet know this, that our God in whom we truſt, he lives for ever, and he ſits as Judge amongſt the Gods. O! the fury of the Lord is gone forth againſt the wicked, and they ſhall not proſper, and although they may reign for a while, and build their neſts in the ſtars for a ſhort time, and joyn hand in hand to puniſh the righteous, and to oppreſs the juſt, and to oppoſe Chriſt and his Kingdome, yet he whoſe glorious reign is begun in the earth, who is the King of Saints, and Governour of heaven and earth, he will pluck them from their ſtately thrones, and diſinherit them of their mortal life, unleſs they turn to the ſword which will cut, and to the axe which will hew, & to the fire which wil burn them; then wilt thou come to know the Circumciſion which is made without hands, and a baptizing into Chriſts death; and if a baptizing, then a death of deaths unto all mortal, and viſible, and dying things; then wilt thou be a new creature, All old things will paſſe away, the old heavens and the old earth will be burned up, and a new heaven, & a new earth will be created in righteouſneſs, wherein the Lamb 7 B1r 7 Lamb dwelleth, whoſe Name is called the Word of God; who is the light of the world, and was given of the Father a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of his people Iſrael: This light checks thee in ſecret, when no mortal eye ſeeth what thou art doing; this light beholds thee; and this is Gods ſwift Witneſs, which he hath placed in man, which is only and alone ſufficient to lead into immortal life, although the blind guides, who are of the curſed ſtock of Ham, ſayes, that this light which is in man, is natural, and not ſufficient of it ſelf to lead to God. This is my teſtimony friends; which I muſt bear amongſt you; for the true light, againſt all that doth oppoſe it, who hath been a Citizen with you in this bloody City, and have been feeding with you upon the husks with the Swine, and alienated from God, and a ſtranger to his life, as you are at this day, whileſt I was one with you in your Religion and Worſhip, my ſoul was hungry, and was even black with thirſt, I had almoſt fallen in your ſtreets for want of the Bread of Life; no peace nor true reſt amongſt you could I find, yet mornings, and evenings, and at noon- day, I ſought the Lord, but could not find him, becauſe I was not in his way, neither did I hearken to his light, neither could any of your chief Prieſts tell me where the Lord was to be found, but told me in heaven, but what heaven was, and where it was, they knew not; the light which is pure condemned me, and no peace with the Lord could I find amongſt all your dead worſhips, and earthly performances; but at length the Lord, who is rich in mercy, he looked down from his holy habitation, and he ſaw there was no help amongſt men, nor no refreſhments to be received from their Miniſtry, but my ſoul was dying and fainting away, with a numberleſs number beſides me, by reaſon of our ſins & tranſgreſſions, then the Lord ſent in fulneſs of time his Servants into this City, F H and E B, who ſpoke the Word of Eternal Life, whereby my weary ſoul was refreſhed, and the dead heard, and lived, and glorifies the Lord in the land of the living; Glory and honor be given to God, who ſent them furniſhed with the treaſure of knowledge and wiſdome, and to ſpeak comfort unto the priſoner of hope; and I, amongſt many in this BCity, 8 B1v 8 City, may bleſſe the hour and the time that they came in the Power and Spirit of God to viſit this City, for by their coming was I turned from darkneſſe to light, and from Satans power to Gods; and they were Inſtruments in the hand of the Lord to bring me to his Kingdome, the Lord God in his endleſſe love hath made me forſake this City, with all the glory and pleaſures of it, and I ſee another City, and do inhabit a more durable habitation, which will never fade away, but will ſtand me in ſtead for ever; and by the light of Chriſt, which is eternal, was I brought to this habitation; and if ever thou comeſt to God, thou muſt own this light which thy Teachers ſpeak againſt: if thou wilt love the light, it will lead thee in a path which thou haſt not yet trodden in; there is no Lyon, or Lyons Whelp, hath trodden in this path, no vultrous eye hath ſeen it; therefore thou muſt come forth of thy fallen eſtate, thy whoredomes and ungodlineſſe, before one ſtep thou canſt tread in; therefore repent, and come and drink freely of our Fountain, and eat of our Rock, who liveth for ever: O! my hearts deſire unto the Lord is, that you may be ſaved from your ſin, and purged from your iniquities, and be made clean by the blood of the Lamb, before you return to the duſt from whence you came, and ſhall be ſeen no more: For friends, there muſt be a laying down of the earthly, and as that is laid down, there is a receiving of the heavenly; but if you live in ſin, and die in ſin, then is there no redemption from ſin, ſin ſeparates from God; the wages of ſin is death, and after death to Judgement: Hell is prepared for the wicked, and the worm which ſhall never die, and the fire that ſhall never be quenched, is the ſinners portion, who lives and dies in ſin; For there is no repentance in the grave, nor no remiſſinon of ſin after death, but as the tree falleth, ſo it lieth, as Death leaveth you, Judgement will find you; and as the lightening ſhineth in the Eaſt unto the Weſt, ſo is the coming of the Son of man in his day upon all ſinners: He will come as a thief in the night upon thee, then what ſecret corner haſt thou to hide thee in? or what remote place canſt thou fly unto for ſhelter? ſeeing our God is potent over Sea and Land, and his eye is over the whole world, and his hand is ſtretched over all living. O! the 9 B2r 9 the Rocks and the Mountains ſhall not cover thee, nor dens, nor holes, nor caves of the earth ſhall not ſhelter thee, but the Lord will be avenged of thee, and plead with thee himſelf, who is a juſt God, and a Saviour, and will give unto every man according as his works ſhall be, from whoſe preſence the wicked muſt depart. O! bleſſed and happy for ever are all they who knows a redeeming from amongſt men, and from a vain and a light converſation, by the precious blood of the Lamb. O! give thanks to God froor ever, that he hath, and is giving you a poſſeſſion in the durable inheritance, that never fadeth away; you are built upon the Rock of Ages, never to be removed. O! let us dwell together in the unity of the Spirit, and in the bond of love for ever, that we may ſtand for ever witneſſes againſt this wicked and perverſe Generation, who have not the fear of God before their eyes, whom God will deſtroy as he did the old world, and they ſhall be as aſhes under the ſoals of the righteous feet. O London! in the preſence of the Lord God I declare unto thee, thy peace is not durable, neither will thy Faith remain, it is as the raging Sea, whoſe waves are up and down, and thou art toſſed in thy mind, as a Ship upon the Sea, driven with a mighty wind; thy hope is in man, and it faileth; thy joy is dying, and will die away. O! therefore put thy truſt in the living God, and not in man, whoſe breath is in his noſtrils, that thou mayeſt be ſaved from the day of wrath, which will ſuddenly come upon the families of the earth: All Nations ſhall partake of his wrath, and all Tongues of his fury; for all fleſh hath corrupted its way before the Lord, all fleſh hath ſinned, and come ſhort of the glory of God, ſo all fleſh muſt know the wrath of God execuuted upon the wicked, for the Lord hath determined a Conſumption to come upon the whole earth; therefore O earth, earth! hear the Word of the Lord, and be thou ſeparated from your uncleanneſs, and live before the Lord, that all the dayes of thy appointed time, thou mayeſt wait till the change comes, for nothing but life will ſtand before the Lord, who is immortal. And know this of a truth, that this is written in pure love to thy ſoul: O London! the righteous is oppreſſed in thee, and the innocent cryeth in thy ſtreets, by reaſonB2ſon 10 B2v 10 ſon of oppreſſion: O! feed the hungry, and cloath the naked, and hide not thy ſelf from thy own fleſh, for you are all made of one blood, and one mould, upon the face of the whole earth: He that ſaith he loves God, and doth not feed the hungry, and cloath the naked, and judge the cauſe of the poor and needy, he is a lyar, and doth not the truth. And know this ye Judges, and Rulers, and Magiſtrates, that there is a Judge above you which will call you to an account, and will judge you out of the book of Conſcience, and give you a full reward; and you ſhall all know in the day when the Lord rips off all coverings, and takes peace from the earth, that there is a Deliverer in Sion, which will deliver his righteous ſeed, and none ſhall hinder; and although we are deſpiſed in thee, and hated by thee, yet the Lord who is the everlaſting Councellor and Prince of Peace, he is our Redeemer, who is the portion of our cup, and the lot of our inheritance, & we have none in heaven but him, nor upon earth that can deliver but he, & he wil plead our cauſe with them that hate us, and our innocency ſhall appear as the Sun in her ful ſtrength, & we ſhall be as a morning without clouds, when the Lord ſhall ariſe, and take the honor to himſelf, and exalt his Kingdome above the heavens, and his Dominion above the ſtars, then ſhall Jeruſalem be the praiſe of the whole earth, and they ſhall rejoyce in her who now mourneth, and ſay one to another, Come let us ſtand upon Mount Sion, and ſit down upon the holy hill, for our God and his Chriſt reigneth over all the whole earth. O! this a a bleſſed eſtate which the righteous doth inherit; but as for the wicked, they are as ſtubble throughly dried; and the Word of the Lord is as a fire, and they muſt be burned up, and be ſhut without the gates of the City, where the Lamb treads the Wine-preſs of Gods wrath. So in the fear of the Lord repent, and amend thy life, leaſt God ſweep thee away into the pit of utter deſtruction, out of which there is no redemption.
Oh London! the Lord God of Heaven and of Earth, he is burdened with thy vain Religion; who maketh a profeſſion of God, and of Chriſt, and yet liveth in luſt and vanity, pride and vain-glory, in ſwearing and curſing, and yet is covered with a covering which the Lord will take away: O how doth glutto- 11 B3r 11 gluttony abound in thee, rioting and ſporting in the day time! thou knowſt not how almoſt to go along the ſtreets, thou art ſo proud and haughty, and the poor in thee are ready to famiſh, for whoſe eſtate and condition my heart is pained within me, old and young, blind and lame, lieth in thy ſtreets, and at thy Maſſe-houſes doors crying for bread, who are almoſt naked for want of cloathing, and fainting for want of bread, and yet thou canſt paſſe by them in thy gaudy apparrel, and out-ſtretched neck, with thy face decked with black ſpots, which are the marks of the Whore, the Beaſt, and the Falſe Prophet, which is not the attire of Sarah, Abrahams wife: Thow knoweſt not what to eat, nor what to drink, nor wherewith to be cloathed, thy mind is ſo vain, and thy Religion is ſo aiery; and if any of theſe that are blind, or lame, or deſtitute of a being, asketh of thee a penny, or farthing, thou ſayeſt thou haſt it not for them. O! remember the Lord will call thee to an account; and truly a ſad day it will be for thee, when he ſhall take thy peace away, who hath laviſhly ſpent Gods Creation upon thy luſts, and hath not diſtributed thy morſel to the poor, and to the needy, the light of Chriſt in thy Conſcience condemns thee for thy not ſo doing, and from that thou canſt not fly, that ſhall be thy condemnation for ever if thou hateſt it, and thy ſalvation for ever, if thou loveſt it. O! tremble and quake before the Lord, ye ſons of Sodom, and Daughters of Gomorrah, who doth inhabit this mortal City which doth corrupt, and will die away, your glory the Lord will bring to nothing; therefore keep to the light which condemns you, that an entrance into the immortal Kingdome you may find: Woe be unto all thy Uſurers, who hoardeth up the unrighteous mammonn, and doth not lend to the poor and diſtreſſed, and ſaith, they have it not for them, the ruſt of their money in the Day of Judgement ſhall riſe up againſt them, and Gods ſwift Witneſs in their own hearts ſhall condemn them which lives for ever; therefore all ye Uſurers, Soothſayers, and Star-gazers, that inhabiteth this place, and elſewhere, repent, for Gods plagues and Judgements is to be executed upon you, and upon all that lendeth an ear unto you, you Star-gazers and Aſtrologers,ſtrologers, 12 B3v 12 ſtrologers, who can diſcern the face of the Sky, but doth not know the ſigns of the coming of the Son of Man, whoſe glorious appearance will diſcover your dark works that you act in the dark night, and the night ſhall paſſe away, and you ſhall know a day of Judgement, and ſee him whom you have pierced, of whom the Sun, Moon, and Stars, bears teſtimony, and keepeth their ſtation with God; therefore its good for you to know the Rod of God, to inſtruct you in his path, and to lead you to his Kingdome, and this is the deſire of my ſoul, that you may all inhabit peace, annd reſt with the King of Heaven and Earth: So know, that your day of viſitation is now, the Lord doth hold forth unto you mercy and peace, therefore imbrace it whilſt it is tendred unto you, leaſt you be ſhut out, and your day be ſealed up.
The Lord is riſen in Sion, and is ſhining forth in the perfection of beauty and holineſſe for ever: O! how glorious and beautiful are his garments? and how lovely is his countenance unto all his ſons and daughters, who have forſaken all to follow him, who is a man of ſorrows, and well acquainted with grief; who trampled upon all the glory of this world, the Onick ſtones, and the gold of Ophir was nothing unto him, neither are they any thing in compariſon of him, for all who doth enjoy him, enjoyeth fulneſs, both of wiſdome, and knowledge, prudence, and underſtanding; he doth endow them with all thoſe treaſures which this empty world cannot afford; he is not of this world, who is the ſeed, the light, the power of God, but he is Heir of Eternal Peace, and in him are the families of the earth bleſſed, who doth deny themſelves, and take up their daily croſſe, and follow the Seed, the Angel of the New Covenant, whereſoever he goeth; it is they that are ſaved, who walketh in the light of life, and doth rejoyce in ſufferings, tryals, and tribulations, knowing that thorough theſe things they muſt enter into the Lambs Kingdome, and hereby may they know that they are in the way of God, for this is a remarkable token whereby they may know that they are in their ſpiritual journey: if they are hated and perſecuted of all men for righteouſneſſe ſake, then are ye bleſſed of the moſt high God? Art thou halled out of the 13 B4r 13 the Synagogues, and plucked before Rulers, for the Kingdom of Heavens ſake? Art thou made a prey of in the gate, for reproving ſin and iniquity in the gate, and ſuffereth the enemy to plough long furrows upon thy back, for the teſtimony of truths ſake? Know this, thy reward is great in the Kingdome of heaven; and theſe are marks and tokens whereby thou mayeſt certainly know that thy Journey is holy, and thy path is pure wherein thou treadeſt, where thy perſecutors can by no means walk in, but they muſt own thee and thy life, which will ſlay the firſt nature, birth, and glory, and bring into the fools eſtate, that ye may truly be made wiſe, and endued with the treaſure of wiſdome, which liveth and abideth for ever. O! all ye my dear friends, that knoweth a bathing and waſhing, and a making white in the blood of the Lamb, unto you doth my Royal love flow forth from the fountain of life: O! ye are near and dear unto me, as in the fountain of love ye dwell, which knitteth our hearts together in one, which is Chriſt, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, unto whom none can come, but they who doth deny their own wills, their pleaſures and delights, and bow to his Scepter which is ſwayed in righteouſneſs: O! they muſt lay down their Crowns at the feet of the Immortal Birth, the Seed Royal, which is a Noble Prieſthood, which remaineth for ever, before they can have peace with him. Therefore all ye Lambs, and Babes, and Plants of God, in the Lords power dwell, that you may be preſerved in the day of tryal, which is coming to try all them that dwelleth upon the earth; and in the hour of temptation, you may find bread in your own houſe, and water in your own Well, which will ſatisfie your ſoul in the time of draught, that glory and honor you may render unto the Lord, whoſe Name is, I am, and there is none like him amongſt all the gods, who ſaveth his people from their ſins, and blotteth out their tranſgreſſions, who filleth both heaven and earth with his glory: Glory, and eternal honor, and everlaſting dominion, be aſcribed unto the God of my life, who is eternally pure, and as he is, ſo is his City, which is a habitation for all the followers of the Lamb, the ſituation is righteous indeed, and is of Gods own Nature, which Nature hath 14 B4v 14 hath fallen, man received a meaſure from the beautiful God to bring him out of ſin, and tranſgreſſion, and to redeem him wholly from the fallen eſtate; it is placed in man only and alone to redeem him from death to life, and to be his ſalvation, and ſatisfaction, or condemnation for ever; and this is my witneſs in every man, and to this do I ſpeak, and it ſhall ariſe and anſwer for me in the day of the Lord; and this is the ſeed that the Lord hath left in the earth, in which ſeed the families of the earth is bleſſed, and in the ſeeds light ſhall all the Nations that are ſaved walk in, and triumph in his name, which is called the Word of God, by which the world was made, and the heavens was framed, who was in his Fathers boſome before man was, or had a being upon the earth, and ſhall live and abide for ever, glory and thanks be given unto the Lord, whoſe Royal Standard is ſet up in the earth, and whoſe Reign is begun upon the earth, and whoſe Tabernacle is with men, whoſe dwelling and abiding is with the ſons and daughters of men: Glory over all Sea and Land be given to the pure God, who ſearcheth, and tryeth, and ſeeth the way of all fleſh, and its he that juſtifieth the righteous, and who is he that doth condemn, or lay any thing to the charge of Gods Elect? It is the Lamb of God that taketh away all ſin, and in him is no ſin, and if he condemneth, who can juſtifie? Therefore let all that are juſtified, and ſet free by the Lamb, abide in their freedome, and live in the power and life of the Birth Immortal, that they may not be intangled again with the yoke of bondage, which is truly a yoke indeed, and heavier to be borne then it was at the firſt: for there remaineth no more ſacrifice for ſin unto ſuch who have taſted of the Word of God, and of the powers of the world to come, and afterwards looketh back to Egypt, and to the goodlineſſe of Pharaohs houſe, ſuch falleth ſhort of a reſting place, and dieth in the wilderneſſe, and leaveth an ill favour unto Generations to come: But bleſſed and happy are all by Sea and Land, who abideth low in their meaſures of life given them, by the husband-man, who is Lord over Sea and Land, and entereth into the good land, and ſeeth all to be turned out before them, and inherit the promiſe, and the King- 15 C1r 15 Kingdome without end, with Caleb and Joſhua, who have fought a good fight, and lay down their heads in peace, and entred into reſt with their Fathers, who gained a good report, and are a good favour unto this day unto all that doth believe in the ſame Goſpel which was preached unto Abraham, who ſaw the Goſpel, and believed in it: So all that are of faith, are of Abraham, for his Seed ſhall be multiplied as the ſtars of heaven, or the ſand upon the Sea ſhore for number, which is the Seed of the Kingdome of God, there is a numberleſſe number that is redeemed and redeeming out of Nations, Tongues, and people, by the ſeed up to God; and many there is, whoſe faces are turned towards Sion, the City of our ſolemnity, there to praiſe the Lord in that City; the morning ſtars meet together, and the Sons of God ſhoot for joy, and ſingeth Halelujah to the Higheſt; the Bridegroom is come, & he hath betrothed them to himſelf, who cannot but rejoyce; his Table is prepared, where the Lambs and Babes eateth, and is ſatisfied; there is a river as clear as Chriſtal, which runneth ſoftly, of which all drinketh freely, and is ſatisfied. O! here is fulneſs of joy to be reaped in this City, honor, glory, and dignity inhabiteth here: O! come hither all ye ignorant, unwiſe, and ſimple ones, who knows not a ſtay to your minds, nor a reſting place for the ſoal of your feet, neither ſatisfaction for your ſouls: O! come and drink, and eat freely with us, without money and without price, for we have found him whom our ſouls loveth, who is the choiceſt of ten thouſand, and the chiefeſt in the whole earth, he hath been expoſed from amongſt us for many years, but now is he come, contrary to the whole earths expectation, to viſit and redeem his people, and to get himſelf a name in the earth: Glory be to him who hath been as a ſtranger upon the earth for ages, and as a wayfaring man; to tarry for a night for Generations, but glory for ever, he is well known in Sion, for he hath comforted the mourners therein, and he hath revived the fainting ſpirit, and hath bound up the broken-hearted, the feeble knees hath he ſtrengthened, the blind he cauſeth to ſee, and the lame to go upright, the Leopard is cleanſed, the dead is raiſed, the deaf heareth, the dumb ſpeaketh, all this is done by Sions King, in this the latter Cday, 16 C1v 16 day, and our eyes hath ſeen it. O! what tongue is able to expreſſe the Noble acts of our God: O! its unutterable and undeclarable, words are too ſhort, Declarations muſt end, but the life by which they are written, liveth in it ſelf for ever and ever. O! all ye dear and tender ones, who doth abide either by Sea or Land, dwell in the pure life, in the ſingle being, in the lovely eſtate, let not your minds be captivated by any created object, or viſible thing, but feel the birth immortal to be brought forth, and reign over the world; and you eſpouſed to Chriſt, Children of the Lamb, Heirs of the world which is without end, let him be your beloved alone, who is light and life, beauty and ſtrength, wiſdome and prudence, altogether lovely and glorious, whoſe day is glorious and perfect, and all muſt be perfect that walks in it; therefore be ye holy as he is holy, without which none ſhall ſee God, who is immutable, and dwelleth in everlaſting burnings, no fleſh can ſee him and live: O! the notable terrible day of the Lord will ſuddenly come upon all ſlothful and diſobedient ones, who idly ſpendeth away their preſent time, and hideth Gods money in the earth, but an account one day muſt you all give, when the laſt Trumpet ſhall ſound, then ſhall you come to Judgement, the Juſt to the Reſurrection of Life, and the unjuſt to everlaſting torments; therefore be awakened all ye that have been long convinced of the truth of God; ariſe and ſhake off the duſt of the earth, plough up the fallow ground of your hearts with the power of God, let judgement be brought forth unto victory, let the Sickle reap the earth, that the righteous branch may come forth, which you hold in bondage thorough your negligence and unbelief: O! diſhonor the Lord no longer with your out-ſide profeſſion, which is as a ſhell without a kernel, which God will rent off, it will not cover you no longer, for it is deceit, and a hypocritical Religion, which is covered over with fair words, and a fair gloſs on the out-ſide, and within ſide is rottenneſſe and putrifying ſores: O! this is loathſome in the ſight of the Lord; woe be unto all from the Lord God of heaven and earth, who holdeth the truth of God in unrighteouſneſſe: O! your coverings will be too narrow to cover you, and your beds will be too ſhort 17 C2r 17 ſhort to ſtretch your ſelves on, for the Lord is come to torment you: O! the Lake is prepared for you, that burneth for ever: O! what will you do, when the Lord ſhall appear to ſtrip you, and to uncrown you, and bereave you of all your mortal glory, and lay your honor in the duſt, then without repentance there will be no enjoying of Gods preſence, which giveth life to the weary ſoul: O repent, repent! ye Aliens and ſtrangers, who are yet without the knowledge of the pure God, and knows not an entrance into an undefiled being, which is made without hands: O! come and ſit down where we have ſate, abhorring our ſelves in duſt and aſhes, we have lain as they that have been dead of old, and our ſorrow has been our ſin, and our beauty hath been turned into aſhes, and our glory as ſtubble, and our hour as the morning dew, and our wiſdome as a ſhadow which hath been, and now is not: O conſider! all ye Kings and Princes, Dukes and Earls, Lords and Ladies, Governours and Magiſtrates, Prieſts and Jeſuites, this will the Lord do by you, as he hath done by us, he will lay your habitations waſt, who reſpects not the perſon of any, but you ſhall ſit as a Widdow, that is, rebuked of husband and children, bemoaning her ſelf; even ſo ſhall you be: But if you are willing to endure this ſtraight way, and narrow gate, wherein nothing that is of this world ſhall enter, but muſt be laid down; and if you will deny your ſelves, and take up your daily croſſe, and follow the light, whom you have grieved and wounded with your whoredomes and idolatry whitherſoever he goeth, then ſhall you be with us, where we are, and eat and drink with us of the living Bread and Water of Life, and ſee him who is inviſible, who cannot be ſeen but by Faith, and this Faith purifies the heart, and maketh pure, as God is pure. O! Come unto the Fountain of Life, and drink freely with us: O! Chriſt hath invited all upon the whole face of the earth, poor and rich, to come into his banqueting houſe, and to eat freely of the Bread of Life, and to drink of the ſtill waters of Shilo, which ſatisfieth the hungry ſoul. O! come to our Shepherd, who hath laid down his life for his ſheep: O come! and ſee how good he is, and where he feedeth his flock at noon-day; O! come into his C2Fold, 18 C2v 18 Fold, who is all love, and life, and gaineth unto God the hungry ſoul, and reconcileth every tyred ſpirit which panteth after him, and bleſſed are all they who feeleth ſatisfaction with the Lord, it is better then wine or oyl; and all who joyneth iſſue with the Seed of God, they know a more durable encreaſe, for they encreaſe in wiſdome, purity, and holineſs, and ſo dwelleth with the Lord in their meaſures. O! all ye that have followed Chriſt, the Heir of Life and Salvation, and doth follow him in the ſtraight way, and narrow gate, your portion is eternal, if you dwell therein, and look not out at the over-turnings of men, and their power, and what they may inflict upon you, or cauſe you to ſuffer hardships for your Religion, which you profeſs in truth and righteouſneſs, but look to the Lord, who hath the hearts of all the Sons and Daughters of Adam in his hand, and as a river of water he can turn them whither ſoever he will: therefore my dear beloved friends, who are friends of God, let us dwell together in the life immortal, and let us be compaſſed about with Gods righteouſneſs and ſtrength for ever, that if the Lord ſuffereth that we should ſuffer death for our Religion which is pure, let us chooſe it rather then life, and joyfully, and heartily, and patiently imbrace it, and bear it, for our God is good, and in the midſt of flames (he hath) and will be with us, and from the waters he will deliver us; in the ſixth trouble he hath been with us, and from the ſeventh he hath delivered us, glory be to him who is as a wall of braſs round about us, and as a flame of fire he compaſſeth us about; he was with the Patriarchs in the deepeſt of their calamities; the Prophets in times paſt he upheld, and was their meat and drink, and in him they rejoyced, and with him they ſuffered, and finished their teſtimony in faithfulneſs; he was unto the Diſciples, a ſtay, and a ſtaff, ſalvation and righteouſneſs, even their exceeding great reward; their houſes was filled with his life and power, he was a mouth of utterance unto them, he carried them thorough great tryals, he was their meat and drink, and they fed upon him in a weary Land, even ſo can we truly ſay, that he hath been with us in a vaſt howling wilderneſs, in a ſtrange Land, and amongſt ſtrange people, who have not truly worshipped the God of heaven and earth, he hath been our ſtay and the upholder of our head in the day of battel: Glory be to him who is our Rock, who never leaved nor forſaked any that fears him, but he watereth them with the dew from heaven, and maketh them green as the graſs, or tender plants; he cloatheth them far beyond the Lillies in the field, he giveth breath, and life, and length of dayes for ever in his ſight; therefore all who have known this cloathing, let it dwell with you for ever, and let your hearts be upright in his ſight, your conſciences exerciſed continually in the ſight of God and men; and the Lord God of heaven and of earth preſerve us all in all, and over all, and thorough all, up to himſelf: The grace of our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, which is perfect, and the peace which ſtandeth for ever, keep your hearts and minds ſtaid upon him for ever, out of all mortal and dying things.
London the 1659-12-1616th of the 12th Moneth, 1659.
E. B.Ester Biddle
O London! who ſhouldſt be as a nurſing Mother unto thy Nation, and a Pattern and Example unto all Nations, for in thee and from thee doth the Law proceed, and Councel is given forth which ſhould be pure, and thy Law direct, whereby the Juſt and Innocent might be Judged in Righteouſneſs; thy Judges and Rulers ſhould Judge for God, and be guided by the juſt Law of God in them, but for want of true Judgement and Equity the Juſt is oppreſſed, and the Innocent and Harmleſs groaneth for want of Righteous Rulers and Godly Judges, and wholeſom Lawes. O London thou haſt ſacrificed upon the Mountains unto ſtrange gods, and that’s Cains ſacrifice which the Lord accepteth not, neither doth he regard your Joy and Mirth, for your joy is but for a moment ſaith the Lord, but your ſorrow is for ever and for ever, and your torment world without end, O! my Soul lamenteth for thee, to ſee what an eſtate thou art in, all above the witneſs of the pure God, in ungodlineſs, luſt, pride and wantonneſs, you ſpend Gods Creation upon your luſts, pride and vain glory; O! let the Seed of the Lord ariſe in you, and condemn you and bear witneſs for me and the reſt of us who are called and calling out of you, and are redeeming from amongſt you up to God, and our Souls is ſorrowful for to ſee how you neglect the pure way of God. And likewiſe the day of your viſitation, my heart did even bleed within me to ſee your ſacrifices, knowing from whence it came, and whether it went, and to whom it was offered; And I could have wept day and night to have ſeen the path of Righteouſneſs trodden down, and all trampling upon the Seed of God, which lyeth low in you, ſome in drunkenneſs, others in ſwearing and taking the Name of God in vain, ſome in puſhing and haling and beating the Lambs of God, and all in diſorder diſhonouring of God, on the 1659-12-2121th of the 12th Month, 1659. your evil works and words did exceed in that day and night, and it ſhall riſe up in Judgement againſt you, that day and night ſhall you remember with all the reſt of your time ill ſpent, to your torment and utter overthrowing; and know this, that God will call you to Judgement, and give you your portion with the hypocrites, unleſs you repent and amend your lives; therefore everyvery 20 C3v 20 very one who hath any true deſires after the Lord, be ye ſeparated from the wickedneſs that is acted in this City, and from the actors of it, that you may find your deſires to be ſatisfied, & your ſouls raiſed up out of the pit, & ſaveth from the condemnation which is coming upon all workers of iniquity; the Lord ſpareth and ſuffereth but for a time, until he hath gathered his remnant from amongſt you, and made up his Jewels which ſhall live in his houſe for ever, Then deſolation and miſery and a woful cry ſhall be heard in your ſtreets, and your houſes ſhall be left unto youu deſolate, and your Idols temples ſhall be a habitation for Owls and Birds, the Satyrs ſhall dance there, they ſhall be a habitation for every unclean ſpirit, your Prieſts ſhall preach no more, & your Diviners ſhal go mad, God wil dry up the tongue of the Egyptian Sea, who hath opened a door of mercy in this City in due ſeaſon, and hath given you yet a Day to repent in, but remember thy Day will be over, as thy Siſters Sodoms and Gomorrahs, their time was ſpent, and the Day of their viſitation is paſſed, the Lord ſpared the Righteous, even Juſt Lot, whoſe Soul was grieved with the ungodly converſation of the wicked; even ſo is ours, this day with the unjuſt and impure converſation of thee O London: but Just is our God and Righteous for evermore, who is able to deliver us, and hath delivered us out of the flames which ſhall come upon you, our God beholdeth all you unjuſt proceedings with his Seed, for which he will give you your reward, who is a Juſt God, and a Saviour; and wo from the Lord God be unto all the Magiſtrates and Rulers of this City, who doth not Rule yet in Righteouſneſs; and wo from the Lord be unto all Maſters and Miſtreſſes that doth inhabit this place before-mentioned, who doth not order their Families in the fear of God, nor are not in the fear nor power themſelves, who one day ſhall know another Maſter who will give you a juſt reward according as your works ſhall be, who is Gods Righteouſneſs, and to whom all power in Heaven and Earth is given, and it is he alone that will Judge this bloudy City with all the Families and Kindreds of the whole Earth, and they ſhall not eſcape his Righteous Judgements, although thou maiſt cry for the Rocks and the Mountains to cover thee, and thy Religion to hide thee from the wrath of God, but it cannot be, for his eye, whom we ſerve, is over the whole world, and his Arm of Power is ſtretched over thee with a ſword which is fourbiſhed in his hand, which will cut down and 21 C4r 21 and utterly deſtroy thy Prieſts in thee, who divineth for money, and preacheth for filthy lucre, and love give ye, which feedeth of the fat and cloatheth with the wool and makes Merchandize of Souls with fair words; Gods vengeance, wo and wrath is their portion, and they ſhall fall by the ſword of the living God, thy Judges and Rulers ſhall be ſlain in the day that the Lord viſiteth thee in the fierceneſs of his wrath, for his Soul is burthened with thee, and his Spirit is grieved every moment of time with thy filthy converſation; therefore repent, for the day is coming, and thy time of torment and miſery haſteneth apace, thy condemnation ſlumbereth not, thou haſt forgotten good dayes without number; and thou art yet in the land of forgetfulneſs, thy times teſtifieth againſt thee, and thy iniquities is gone over thy head, and thy tranſgreſſions is without number, even as the ſtars in the firmament, and thy ungodlineſs before the Lord is for multitude as the ſands of the Sea ſhore, thou haſt corrupted thy way before the Lord, and art fallen ſhort of the glory of the Lord; therefore return to the meaſure of Gods Spirit, that thou maiſt know amendment of life and an inheritance in another City before thou art diſpoſſeſſed of this City: and peace and reſt, purity and joy may poſſeſs thy houſe, and the New Heaven and the New Earth thou maiſt witneſs, and a feeding upon the bread of life that maketh truly wiſe, and a drinking of the water of life which truly ſatisfieth the immortal Soul; this muſt thou witneſs if ever thou wilt enjoy the pure habitation of God, or ſit down upon his holy Hill which is beautiful indeed before thou returns to the duſt from whence thou cameſt, there is the center of the earthly; the center of the heavenly is immortal and dwelleth in immortality, and as thou ſerveſt and obeyeſt, and joineth iſſue with this, it will lead thee up to God the Saviour and Redeemer of thy Soul, where the earthly center and the firſt birth and nature cannot enter, there is a great gulf and ſeparation between the two ſeeds and the two natures, the one delighteth to ſerve the Lord, and it is its nature to work Righteouſneſs and Holineſs for ever, and it cannot join with the curſed; the other is continually prone to do wickedneſs, and it leadeth in drunkenneſs, lying, ſwearing and diſſembling, cheating and cozening, and it cannot do good, neither ſhall it have a habitation with Abels nature, who ſacrificed upon Gods Altar a Sacrifice of Praiſe, and the Lord had regard untoto 22 C4v 22 to it: So if thou joyneth with Hagars Seed, the Bond-Woman, thou ſhalt not inherit the durable poſſeſſion; therefore as thou loveſt the good of thy ſoul, and thy immortal life, return to that which yet condemns thee, which is the light of Chriſt, and it is pure and immortal, and know it to juſtifie thee, for the Spirit of the pure God will not alwayes ſtrive with thee, no more then it did with the Old World: O thou City of London! remember how the Lord overtook the old world in their evil deeds, he came upon them as a thief in the night, when they little thought of him, he took them eating and drinking, Marrying, and giving in Marriage, and he repented that ever he made man upon the Earth, and he overturned them in his fiery wrath, and in his fiery indignation, he spared not Jeruſalem, wherein his Temple was built; and doſt thou think that the Lord will ſpare thee? I am afraid the Lord will overturn thee in flames of fire, as he did them in their gain-ſayings: Therefore amend thy life while it is to day, and prize the ſhort moment of time which thou haſt yet to ſpend, leaſt God caſt thee into Hell, which is prepared for the wicked and abominable. And this is my councel unto thee, whether thou wilt receive it, yea or nay: It is good, and the ſame which the Apoſtles gave to the ungodly in that day, and to the Scribes and Phariſees, who were learned men, whoſe zeal did far exceed thine in this thy day; and this is it, that thou return to the Spirit of God which is in thee, and be guided by it, and led with it, into righteouſneſs, meekneſs, and long-ſuffering, and walk in the light whilſt you have the light, for the night will come, wherein no man can work; but in this glorious day the Son worketh, and the Father worketh, therefore let him not work in vain, but let the Spirit of the pure God work down, and lead out of all thats contrary to God, that ſo life over death may reign in thee. O! that thou wert like the Noble Bereans, that ſearched the Scripture in their day, and if thou wouldſt do ſo with the ſame Spirit that gave them forth, then wouldſt thou ſee clearly that we are in the way of God, and live the life of the Scriptures, and then wouldſt thou joyn iſſue with us, and leave thy dumb idle Shepherds, which indeed are greedy dumb dogs, and can never have enough, and come to Chriſt, whom God hath given for a Leader and a Commander to his people, and to be Salvation to the ends of the earth, who is the Phyſitian and the Bishop of the ſoul, who leadeth into the Fold immortal, where he feedeth his Flock at noon-day, in the heat of perſecution, and in the day of fiery tryals, he is a ſure hiding place, his Name is a ſtrong Tower, the righteous fly thereinto, and are ſaved; but as for the wicked, they muſt inherit the Lake that burn, for ever, for thats their habitation, which is never-dying torments, which God hath prepared ſince the Foundation of the earth for them.
E. B.Ester Biddle