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The
Work of God
in a
Dying Maid:

Being
A short Account of the Deallings
of the Lord with one
Susannah Whitrow.

About the Age of Fifteen
Years, and Daughter of Robert
Whitrow
, inhabiting in Covent-
Garden
, in the County of Middlesex.

Together with her Experimental
Confessions to the Power and Work
of the Lord God, both in Judgments
and Mercy to her Soul.

Published for the Warning and Good of others,
who are in the same condition she
was in before her Sickness.

Printed in the Year 1677.

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The
Work of God
in a
Dying Maid.

Friends and People, to whom
these following Lines may
come, these may give you
knowledge, that being spoken unto
by a Friend, of the State of Sickness,
and Wonderful Expressions
that were uttered by this Maid now
Deceased, made me desirous to see
her, and as a Mother fearing God,
knowing what Joy it must be to
have a Child that had Transgressed,
to turn to the Lord with all the
Heart, and to find Acceptance with A2 the A2v 3
the Almighty, as I have cause
to believe she did; for he was
with her, and I felt a living Power
to opperate in her, that neither her
Youth, nor Comliness, wtiith any other
outward Expectation, that she
formerly had or might have of the
Glory of this World, left a place in
her to desire any longer Life in this
World, but as she had before I
came, cryed out against her self, for
loving and going to these Vanities
and Parish Places of Worship; so
now in my hearing she was much
raised in her Spirit, in the Sense of
the Joy that she believed she was
entring into, praying and praising
the Lord with a pleasant Melody,
and desiring also that her Mother
might be taken out of this Wicked
World
: I felt the Loving-kindness
of God unto her, and she was
brought near to me; the Lord
shewed me she must Dye, and being the A3r 5
the Only Child of her Parents; and
having heard this tender-hearted
Mother, had buried her Only Son
not a Quarter of a Year before,
which by relation was an excellent
Child for his Years, not being Six
and an Half, for Wisdom and Learning,
and Outward Comliness a very
Beautiful Child, and one of a great
Courage, yet of a very tender,
sweet, loving Nature, and more
than all, in Soberness pursuing of
the better part, so I felt and know
in these sudden and renewing Trials
there was Judgment; and beholding
her Mother’s Quiet and Patient
bearing of it, had this brought to
my Remembrance, “That they are
blessed that can stand in Judgment”
;
and none but a Tender Mother can
tell what it is to have Hopeful Children
so soon taken from them, and
see the Lord is Righteous in what
he doth; and I that have drunk intoA3 to A3v 6
this Cup, and a more bitter one,
must confess, “The Lord is Righteous
in all, and his Judgments are true,
but his Mercies are over all his Works,
and his Love Everlasting, and who
lives therein, gives Thanks for all
things”
; and this appears to me worthy
to be known and retained, that
so Young a Hopeful and Beautiful
Maid should be taken off from her
Vanity, yet that the Mercy of the
Lord should so freely extend it self
unto her, that she might testifie
against her own, and the World’s
Vanities and Worships; and tho’
but in the last Hour, the Lord of
Goodness granted her an Entrance
into his Vineyard, and Power she
received to magnifie his Justice and
Mercy, that out of the Mouths of
Babes and Sucklings will perfect his
own Praise: And sure I am, the
Dealings of the Almighty God with
her on her Dying-Bed, was Forewarningwarning A4r 7
some, and Instruction to
others, that all might believe, and
come to the Obedience of the Life,
where all may profit, and be built
up unto Eternal Life, over Death
and Hell, in the Life of Jesus our
Lord, which is the Desire of Her
that through Grace is a Lover of all
your Souls, called

Rebecca Travers

Svsanna Whitrow sickned 1677-03-05the 5th
Day of the 3d Month, 1677
.
and lay until 1677-03-09the 9th Day, under
great Judgment and Terrors of the
Lord for Sin and Iniquity, and
about Four in the Afternoon she
broke forth in exceeding Earnestness,
crying to the Lord for “Mercy”,
with Wonderful Words, till about
three hours, then did the Lord hear
her Cries, and answered the Desire
of her Soul; and when she had obtainedA4 tained A4v 8
Mercy from the Lord, then
did she fall into an exceeding travil
in Soul and Spirit, praying mightily
to the Lord in the behalf of her
Father, and so lay four or five Hours
crying earnestly to the Lord for her
Father, before we writ down any of
her Words. Her Natural Spirits
were almost spent before these
Words were taken as follow.

“Lord, Remember not his Offences,
let me bear them, Lord, let
it be easie to him, Lord, make the
Way easie; make his Friends to
be Enemies unto him, that thou
mayst have Mercy on him: Lord
his Temptations are great; Lord,
carry him through, O let him not
perish with the World; Lord, do
thou support him over this World:
Should a little silly Dirt of this
World draw away his Mind? O
Lord, satisfie me whether thou
wilt grant me my Desires: Blessed ‘Lord A5r 9
Lord, hear me; O Lord, hear me;
O Lord, let his Mind be set on
things above; Lord, fix his Mind
upon thee; Lord, let me never
rest (unsatisfied) Lord, help him;
turn him, Lord, and he will be
turned; Lord, if I leave him behind
me: O Lord, help me; O
Lord, help him: O Lord, hear
me; O my Lord, I have not
strength left; O Lord take him
to thee; but Lord, grant me my
Request; O Lord, help me; Lord,
take not away my Strength before
thou hast granted my Desire. O
Lord, my Desire is not to live in
this Abominable World: Lord, if
thou take me not to thy self the
Tempter will come again: O
Lord, my Heart can never rest,
until thou hast turned him to thy
self: O Lord, must I be taken away
without any Satisfaction? O
Lord, shall I have no help for my A5 ‘Distress? A5v 10
Distress? O Lord, Lord, there is
no way for him but to Watch and
pray continually, lest the Tempter
prevail. Lord, are my Sins forgiven?
O Lord, had not my Eyes
been in those Vanities, my Heart
had not gone after them: Lord,
strengthen thou me, but to see my
Desires: O Lord, can I pray no
longer? O Lord, how hath my
Strength failed, and my Heart decayed?
O Lord, let all consider
what it this Kingdom: O Lord,
thou comest as a Theif in the
Night: O Lord, I beseech thee to
tell me, if thou hast granted my
Desire? O Lord, thou wilt take
me: O Lord, must I go before my
desire be Answered? O, must I
go? O, is there no delay? O Lord,
let me but stay to hear an Answer.
I am very happy that I
shall not live in this Wicked
World: O Lord, I am going; O Lord A6r 11
Lord, take me.”
Then to her Relations,
“O why will you keep me so long?
I shall be kept longer.”

Robert Whitrow
Joan Whitrow
her Father.
Mother.
William Nash, Susanna Meurs, Nurse.

Sarah Ellis her Testimony
concerning
Susanna Whitrow,
To her Mother.

A few Words which were expressed
by this precious Child in
the time of her Illness.

Inot thinking she was so near
her End, did not bear in memory
as many of her Words as I
might have done: I can truly say, I A6v 12
I was much refreshed in seeing the
great Work and Power of the Lord
upon her, and hearing the precious
Words that proceeded out of her
Mouth: When first I came to see
her, she had lain about a Week ill;
she seemed to be in much Extremity
of Pain, and crying out to
the Lord, saying, “O Lord, the Enemy
has wounded my Heart, he has
wounded my Head, and he has wounded
my Hell; Come Lord, I make room,
I make room, my Heart is open: O rip
me up, and set me in thy Bosome, as
thou didst the last Night: O, I feel
the Enemy coming in like a Flood;
Lord, drive him out.”

Another time I went to visit
her, when she was in great Conflict
of Spirit and Body, and her
Mother withdrew from her, to
seek the Lord, leaving her Father
by her Bed-side, in which time she
uttered little or nothing, but lay Groaning B1r 13
Groaning (she would hardly suffer
her Mother to be from her, if she could
help it) after a while her Mother
came again, and she said, “O Mother
Cease not, Cease not,”
though no
one had told her, that her Mother
was a praying to the Lord, but only
as she had a sence of it in her self;
and when her Mother came to her
again, she was in a sweet still
Frame of Spirit, and cryed out,
“Ah! my dear Mother, O my blessed
Mother, the Lord has shewed me, my
Mother shall have a double Portion of
his Spirit, yea, my Mother shall have
a double Portion.”
This she spoke
several times over, with many more
precious Words, that are past out of
my Mind.

Another time I came to see her,
a Day or two before she dyed, and
her Countenance was changed, and
she looked very sweetly, and lay
praising the Lord, saying, “Oh my Saviour, B1v 14
Saviour, my blessed Saviour.”

Another time her Mother went
out of the Room, in to the next
Room about some Business, and
she called earnestly to her Mother,
and said, “Ah! Mother, I had much
in my Heart to have spoke to thee: Care
not for this World; a little will
serve us, we shall not want; the Lord
will feed his People as he did Elisha
by the Ravens; yea, the Lord will feed
us as he did Elisha.”

Sarah Ellis.

Concerning that False Report
that was raised by some Envious
Persons, which she formerly
kept Company with, hearing of her
Change from that Vain Conversation
she had formerly lived in, they
reported, “That she was in love,” and
that “that was the Cause of her Distemper.”
When her Father came
home, and had given me a Relationon B2r 15
of what those Persons had infused
into him, although I was satisfied
to the contrary, I went to my
dear Child, and examined her concerning
it, and because I would be
clear, of what-ever might happen
hereafter concerning it, I said unto
her, “My dear Child, thy Father and
I will give our Consent freely for thee
to Marry him, and we will do the
uttermost of our Power for thee, to
make thy Life comfortable with him
all thy days.”
Then she said, “My
dear Mother, I thank you; but
that Man is no more to me than
one I never saw with my Eyes,
neither will I ever him, if he had
all the Possessions of the Earth: It’s
true, there was something betwixt
us, he being very urgent with me
upon the account of Marriage,
proffering to settle a considerable
Estate on me, and my Father at
that time being a little harsh to me, B2v 16
me, I thought I would set myself
at Liberty; but upon better Consideration,
I told him, I would do
nothing without my Father and
Mother’s Advice, which he was
unwilling to; in that and some other
things I was dis-satisfied; I
considered, if I should have him, I
should be ruined; so, that small
Affection I had to him, I withdrew;
and before I fell sick this
last time, I did desire never to see
him more: And now, my Mother
I am clear of him, and all
Men living.

Oh, my bowed down and broken-hearted
Mother! What hath
been thy Sufferings in this Family?
Oh! how hast thou been oppressed
with our Iniquities? Ah,
bowed down! Ah! how often hast
thou told my Father, ‘The Lord
would visit him with sore and grievous
Judgment if he did not Repent, and turn B3r 17
turn from the Evil of his Ways?’

Ah! how often hast thou said, ‘The
Lord would plead thy Righteous Cause
with us?’
Now the Day is come,
thou hast so long warned us of;
now the Lord is risen; now the
Lord is broke in upon us. Oh how
great hath been thy Care and Pains,
which thou hast taken to bring us
into the Fear of the Lord? Oh,
thou Blessed of the Lord! Great
shall be thy Reward, the Lord will
give thee Beauty for Ashes, and the
Garment of Praise for the Spirit of
Heaviness: Blessed be thou my
Mother.”
Her Mother being at
that time Praising and Magnifying
the Lord; then she said, “My blessed
Mother, now is that Vision
fulfiled, which the Lord shewed
thee concerning me, ‘That my Soul
should bless thee, and thy Soul should
bless the Lord.’”
Then she broke
forth into sweet Melody, singing
Praises unto the Lord.

‘Blessed B3v 18 “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit;
Lord, I am Poor, I am Needy, I
need thy Strength continually to
withstand the Tempter. O Lord,
stand by me, move not from me;
for if thou go, the Tempter will
come; I will hold the fast; thou
art my Saviour; thou shalt save
me from the Tempter. My dear
Mother, send for that dear Friend
(meaning R. T.) that prayed by
me the other day; she is a precious
Woman; her Heart is upright
before the Lord, the Lord
hath shewed it me; I love her; let
her pray by me to the Lord against
the Tempter: And send for
that faithful Servant of the Lord
W. P. The Lord will hear the
Prayers of the Faithful; but I have
been Unfaithful. O, how often
have I sinned against my Saviour,
the Light in my Conscience, which
shewed me the Way I should walk in? B4r 19
in? O, how often hath he knocked
at my stony Heart, saying, ‘This is
my blessed Truth, which the Quakers
Preach, by which all Souls that I
have made shall be saved in?’
Then
I have said in my Heart, ‘After
such a thing and such a thing is accomplished,
I will leave off my Life
of Vanity, and become a new Creature.’
Oh! I was she that trusted
in Lying Vanities; I
thought I should have had Long
Life
, and then I did intend
to serve the Lord in my Old
Age.
Oh! how have I been against
a Woman’s speaking in a Meeting?
but now, whether it comes
from Man, Woman or Child, it is
precious indeed. O that I could be
with my Mother, the Lord is with
her, that I might have a little time
longer, that my dear Mother and I
might go in the Country, and walk ‘in B4v 20
in a Wood together, that we might
seek the Lord, and never lay our
Eyes to-gether till we have found
him.”

Witnessed by me

Ann Martin

“O Lord, my Strength faileth,
I wait upon thee, renew
my Strength: O my holy Lord,
be pleased to restore me to my
former Health, then will I wait
diligently upon thee; I will sit on
the Ground, with my Head in the
Dunghil; I will never lift up my
Soul to Vanity; my Heart shall
never go after the Sight of my
Eyes. My dear Mother, pray for
me; for whatsoever thou askest
of the Lord, it shall be given thee.

My dear Mother, thou often
hast told us of the Terrible and
Dreadful Day of the Lord God that is B5r 21
is at hand; O, it will be a dreadful
day to the Wicked of all sorts,
the Lord hath shewed it me! O
Wo, Wo, Wo to the Children of
Scoffers; for as it was in Elisha’s
day, so shall it be in this the day
of the Lord’s Power, the Bears out
of the Wood shall devour them.”

And treambling she said, “O I feel
thy terrible Power, O God, strike
Dread, Terror and Astonishment
in the Hearts of thy Enemies; O
in all Workers of Iniquity, who
make a mock at Sin, and a Derision
of thy People, and take pleasure
in their abominable Ways,
which thou abhorrest; O thou
wilt make all Flesh tremble. O,
my Mother, I have heard God’s
thundering Power rattle, rattle,
rattle upon the Heads of his Enemies;
and the Lord hath shew’d
me he will destroy this Place: A
Wo will be to the Children of ‘Pride B5v 22
Pride in that day; and Wo, Wo
will be to the Blind Guides that
wear the long Robes, the false
Teachers of this Nation: O did
not our Blessed Lord say, ‘If the
Blind lead the Blind, both should fall
in to the Ditch’
: Ah Lord! how
should it be otherwise? for they
hate the Light, and count it ‘an insufficient
thing.’
O did not our
Blessed Saviour say, ‘Believe in the
Light, that you may be Children of
the Light’
; and bid them all, ‘Watch
and Pray, lest they enter into the Enemies
Temptations?’
And how
could they watch without Light?
for they could not see the Tempter
when he came in the Dark. Ah,
that Scripture is fulfilled upon this
People, ‘That Darkness should cover
the Earth, and gross Darkness
the People’
; and then ‘Night should
be unto them, that they should not
have Visions, and the Day shall be ‘Dark B6r 23
Dark that you shall not Divine.’
And
this was Egypt’s Darkness; Ah!
but the Children of Israel had Light
in the Land of Goshen: O extoled
be thy Name thou God of Power;
O, if thou wilt be pleased to restore
me to my former Strength, O then
I will speak of thy wonderful Power;
yea, my Voice shall be as the
sound of a Trumpet, which shall
Convert Sinners unto thee; yea,
I will sit in the Dust, and cover my
Head with Ashes, and put on Sack-
cloth within and without.”

Then she taking some-what to
Drink, lay still a little time after,
but immediately broke forth with
Joy in her Heart, making sweet
Melody to the Lord, and so lay half
an hour singing unto Lord, but not
uttering any Words; then she broke
forth into Praising and Magnifying
his great Works.

‘O B6v 24

“O that cursed Place, that House
of Abominations, that Play-House,
that abominable House, where
they commit their abominable
Whoredoms; God will destroy it.”

Her Mother said unto her, “What House
my dear Child?”
she answered, “That
‘Church’, as they call it, in Covent-Garden,
the Members thereof are Proud
Persons, and Covetous, and Deceitful,
Lyars, Drunkards and Whoremongers:
Ah! my blessed Saviour
said, ‘We should know them by their
Fruits.’
O these were my Cursed
Fruits which I brought forth when
I was a Hearer of that Church,
Pride and Disobedience to my Parents:
How often have I adorned
my self as fine in their Fashions as
I could make me, yet they have
looked upon me with Scorn, and
despised my Dress, and said unto me,
‘How like a Taudrey you have drest your
self? You are not at all in the Mode
: ‘then C1r 25
then I came home on their Sabbath
Day, and gone immediately up into
my Chamber, and locked the
Door, and altered all my Laces,
and so I have gone to their Worship
in the Afternoon Drest in their
Mode, and then I have pleased
them. Pray my dear Mother call
my Father, I have something to
say to him, I desire my Body may
not be laid in that abominable
place, but among the People of the
Lord called Quakers; for now I
am a true Quaker, now I tremble
before the Lord and his Holiness;
Come ye holy Prophets, who
were Quakers and Tremblers at the
Word of the Lord; come Moses,
Jeremiah; come holy Habakkuk,
now I am one with thee, now my
Belly Trembles, my Lips Quiver,
and my Heart Drops, because of
the Lord, and the greatness of his
Majesty.”

C ‘O C1v 26 O my Lord, yea my Lord; for
so I can call thee, because thou rulest
in me, and my Soul is subject
to thee: But they have many Lords
and many Gods; they have Gods
of Silver, and Gods of Gold, the
Work of their own Hands.
O Lord, my Strength fails; my
Father, my heavenly Father; I
wait upon thee; renew my
Strength, my holy Father; be
pleased to restore me to my former
Health; then I will wait diligently
upon thee, I will sit on the
Ground with my Head in the
Dunghil, my Heart shall never go
after the sight of my Eyes. My
dear Mother, pray for me; for
whatsoever thou askest of the Lord
it shall be given thee. The reason
why I desire to live is, ‘because I
have so greatly dishonoured the Lord
in my former Life, and now I would
live the rest of my time to his praise: ‘For C2r 27
For now if I live, I shall be as one raised
from the Dead, to declare his Wonders:’
But what shall I say? Tho’
one should rise from the Dead they
would not believe.”

She was exceedingly filled with
the Indignation of the Lord against
the Priests, and spoke very much against
their Idle Practices and their
Abominable Ways, which is not taken
in Writing, but these Words
the Maid Servant writ down as she
spoke them; she cryed out aloud
and said, “Father, O Father, these
Priests that deceive the People
they study all the Week what to
say when Sunday cometh: O Father,
but the day of the Lord is
coming, that he will confound all
their Study and all their Wisdom,
and in that day they shall not be
heard for their much speaking,
they are Physitians of no Value.”

“My dear Mother, I fear I shall ‘not C2v 28
not have a place so near the Lord
as my Soul desires; for I am sensible,
‘there are degrees of Glory, and
as the Creature acts here for the Lord,
so shall its Reward be hereafter’
: I
have done nothing for the Lord,
but he hath done all for me, therefore
I desire to live, that I might
live a Holy and Righteous Life,
that my Conversation might be in
Heaven, though my Body be here
on the Earth, that I might invite
all, as David did, ‘to taste and see
how good the Lord is’
: They have
tasted of their perishing Life of Vanities,
yea they have drunk a full
Cup, their Measure is running over;
O, but they never tasted the Joys,
the unspeakable Ravishments of
Soul that attend the humble holy
Life of Jesus: Oh, if they had ever
tasted the least Mite thereof,
they would bid adue to all
their dirty Life of Vanity; ah, they ‘would C3r 29
would not dare to spend their precious
Time in adorning themselves
like Jezabels, Patching and Painting,
and Curling their Monstrous
Heads; but O the Christian Life is
another thing, they must not give
themselves the liberty to think
their own Thoughts, much less
to act such Abominations as these.”

After she had lain a while Praising
and Magnifying the Lord, then
she spoke very deep and weighty
things, which are not set down,
concerning the “Wise Virgins” and
their “Lamps burning”, and exhorted
all to keep very diligently upon
their Watch; for said she, “The
Lord will come as a Thief in the
Night, and in a Day when he is
not looked for; therefore Watch
and Pray continually; here the
Tempter cannot enter; this is the
way my Saviour spake off, when
he said, ‘You must take up your daily C3 ‘Cross; C3v 30
Cross’
; this is that Flaming Sword,
which is spoken of, you must ‘pass
through’
mark that, you must ‘pass
through, it before you can come to the
Tree of Life’
; this is the Cup my Saviour
asked if you could drink off;
and this was that Baptism he asked
if you could be baptized withal:
Come all you that call your selves
Christians, what of the Life of Holy
Jesus is in you? who was a Man of
Sorrows
; you light and airy Ones,
you wild and wanton Ones, you
that are Lovers of Pleasures more
than God, you Workers of Iniquity
who are always crying, ‘Lord, Lord,
but do not the things that I say,’
this
shall be your dreadful Doom, that
you are Saters, but not Doers;
you Workers of Iniquity, that
think you can never have enough
of the Pride of Life, the Lust of
the Flesh, and the Lust of the
Eye, which is not of my heavenly ’Father; C4r 31
Father; and so ‘you are of your Fathor
the Devil; for his Servants
you are whom you obey.’”
At another
time she said, “I have heard them
say, that ‘my Mother is so grounded
in her Religion, that it is impossible
ever to turn her.’
My Mother is
grounded indeed, she is established
upon the Rock that shall never be
moved; my Mother shall never
be moved; her Name is written
in Heaven; yea, in the Lamb’s
Book of Life; it is sealed, it is sealed,
the Lord hath told me so, and bid
me tell her, ‘There should none be able
to pluck her out of his Hand.’”

“Come my blessed Mother, I have
something to say to thee, thou art
Mary, thou art Mary; my Mother,
thou hast chosen that good part
which shall never be taken from
thee; thou shalt sit continually at
the feet of thy Lord; Ay, this is
my Mother’s Portion; O what Portion C4v 32
Portion is like this? this is more
than to sit in the Thrones of Princes.”

“‘Be ye holy as I the Lord your God
am holy’
; this they say is ‘Impossible’.
O, would the holy, just and true
Lord command that which is impossible?
In this they count the
Lord a hard Master: O but what
can my Soul say of thy Power,
when I sought thee, but could not
find thee, I knocked hard, but
none would open? for my Sins
stood like Mountains, that I could
not come near thee, I would fain
have prayed, but could not; I lay
several days and nights prostrate
before thee, strugling for Life, but
could find none; and I said, ‘There
is no Mercy for me’
; then said I, ‘I
will never leave thee; if I perish, I
will perish here; I will never cease
crying unto thee’
: Then I heard a
Voice say, ‘Jacob wrestled all night ‘before C5r 33
before he obtained the blessing’
: O
then thy Word was strength to
my Soul; O then my stony Heart
was broken to pieces before the
Lord; and then the Spirit of Prayer
and Supplication was poured
into my Soul; and now I can
sing, as David did, of Mercy and
Judgment; unto thee, O Lord,
will I sing; O with a rended
Heart, and my Mouth in the Dust
will I sing Praises unto thee my
blessed Saviour. &c.”

For several days she had a very
great conflict in Soul and Spirit concerning
the Tempter; and strong
were her Cryes to the Lord for
strength to overcome the Enemy;
she was so deeply engaged in the holy
War of the Lord against the Enemy,
that she would not suffer her
Head to be removed from the Pillow,
but said, “It must be, as it were,
nailed there till she had overcome the Tempter; C5v 34
Tempter”
; she said, “I would not suffer
a thought to wander, if I move I shall
be drawn off my Watch, and then the
Tempter will prevail”
; then she had
a Vision, and as it were the appearance
of an Angel, giving us the
full description thereof, which we
have forgot, only that it was arrayed
in White; she had also a Vision
of the Tempter, which she said
stood before her bound in Chains”; then
she said, “It is finished, I have overcome,
my Saviour hath bound him”
;
then she broke forth into Blessing,
and Praising, and Magnifying the
Lord, that it is beyond the Tongue
of Utterance to give a Relation
thereof; for many Days and Nights
together she would hardly suffer
her self to Slumber, but would waken
her self to sing Praises unto the
Lord, and to declare of his wonderous
Works that he hath done for
her Soul.

Some C6r 35

Some Friends came into the
Room, but she saw them not, and
after many sweet and precious
Words, she said, “Don’t you Feast,
but Fast; you are the People that
must Fast and Pray; and be you
contented with mean things; O
what matter for fine Houses, or
silken Apparel; O remember him
that sate on the Ground, but wore
a Garment without a Seam, our
blessed holy Lord, who went up
to the Mountain to Pray, that
with-drew himself into Gardens
and Desolate Places of the Earth,
my Soul hath Fellowship with
him. O my dear Mother, if it
please our dear and heavenly Father
to spare me this time, we will
get us into the Country to some
little remote Place, amongst the
Woods, where none can hear us:
O then shall our Crys pierce thro’
the Heavens, which shall make ‘the C6v 36
the Earth to Ring, and the Birds
shall hear the Eccho thereof: O,
there, my blessed Mother, will we
sing Praises, Praises, Praises with
rended Hearts, and our Mouthes
in the Dust, to the one holy, holy
Lord. O thou Glorious One, thou
hast overcome my Heart, thou hast
ravished my Soul; O thou pure,
pure holy One, what shall I say of
thee? or what shall I render to
thee, for thy loving-kindness to me?
O my Heart is overcome with thy
love, Praises be unto thee for thy loving-kindness
to me. O how shall
I do to set forth thy Goodness;
for my Heart drops before thee?

Lord, if it be thy holy Pleasure
to take me out of this Life, then
let me have, I beseech thee, one
whole Day, that my Tongue may
never cease Praising thee.”
And
the Lord answered her Request.

All that Day she was wonderfullyly C7r 37
filled with the sweet Solace of the
heavenly Life, singing Praises and
Hallelujahs to the Lord, and spoke
very much concerning the Lamb
and his Followers, which had
washed their Robes and made them
White in the Blood of the Lamb;
and towards the evening, while the
Power of the Lord was upon her,
there came in two Persons to see her,
and she uttered many precious heavenly
Words, which were not taken
in Writing at which time these
Words were spoken by her, “O what
matter for fine Houses and silken Appearel:”
and so went on above half
an hour, and with a very great
weight upon her Spirit, saying, “O
Israel, what hath thy God done for
thee?”
& then uttering many deep &
weighty Words, she said, “The
Daughters of Sion are Haughty, they
go with their out-stretched Necks, and
their wanton Eyes”
; uttering many more C7v 38
more deep Words; then taking up an
inward Lamentation, she said, “O what
shall we do for the Daughters of Jerusalem?”

After several Days lying in the
sweet Solace and heavenly Life of
the Lord (in which time she uttered
many heavenly things, which
were not taken in Writing) she did
express these Words, “O thou Beloved
of my Soul! what shall I
say of thee? for thou art too wonderful
for me: O Praises be unto
thee: O come all ye holy Prophets,
praise you the Lord with me: O
praise the Lord O my Soul, upon
the loud-sounding Instrument; ye
Glorious Angels, you that excel
in Glory, sing praises to him that
sits upon the Throne: O how am
I overcome! Ye Stones in the
Street why rise ye not up to praise
him that lives forever? O thou
Light, praise thou the Lord; and :thou C8r 39
thou Darkness, praise and exalt
him above all things forever: O
thou Son and Moon, ye Stars in
the Firmament of his Power, magnifie
the Lord above all forever:
O all ye Fishes in the Sea, why
come ye not forth to praise the
Lord, the mighty God, who gives
you Breath and Being? I will
praise thee my holy Lord God,
whilest I have any Breath O praise
the Lord O my Soul, sing praises to
the God of my Salvation: O my
holy One, my holy One, thou
hast overcome my Heart: Ah!
thou hast ravished my Soul. My
dear Mother, I shall be as a new
born Babe; I shall be very simple;
but bear with me; for the Lord is
with me.

My dear Mother, I must lay
down this Body, the Lord will
not trust me longer in this wicked
World
; happy am I, my Saviour, : my C8v 40
my Soul loves thee dearly; thy
love is better then Wine; my
Saviour, my holy One; how Glorious
art thou? I have seen thy
Glory; I am overcome, my Heart
is overcome with thy sweet Countenance:
O how lovely art thou!
I am ravished, my Heart is ravished
with thy innocent looks,
with the sweet smiles of thy glorious
Countenance: O come away,
come away; why dost thou
stay? I am ready, I am ready.”

Then lying some time very still I
heard her in a heavenly Harmony,
in which frame of Spirit she departed
without either Sigh or Groan.

Joan Whitrow her Testimony
concerning the Loving-kindness
of the Lord.

Oh Lord! Did I ever ask Riches or
Honour of thee? But I have asked
Wisdom and Understanding; for I said D1r 41
said in my Heart, “The Marchandise of
that, is better than the Marchandise of Gold
and Silver”
; O Lord, thou art that Wisdom
my Soul asked, which cometh from
above; that is first pure, and then holy,
and thou art that Understanding my
Heart sought for, more than for hidden
Treasures; and did I ever ask Silver
or Gold, or Houses, or Lands, for my
Childrens Portion? but I have asked the
Fear of the Lord; for I know rightwell,
if they had that, they had all
Treasures: Ah! Glory, Glory, Glory be
unto thee for what thou hast given me;
O my Soul doth magnifie the Lord, & my
Spirit doth livingly rejoyce in the God
of my Salvation, who hath had regard
to the low Estate of his Hand-maid,
Oh! what shall I render unto thee for
all thy Mercies towards me? but to
stand continually upon my Watch-
Tower, and to keep in my Wards whole
Nights, that when my Lord comes in
the second Watch, or in the third
Watch, he may find me with my Loyns
girded, and my Light burning, that so
I may be ready in Body, Soul & Spirit, to
enter into the Joy of my Lord. Oh my D Soul! D1v 42
Soul! what hath the Lord been to thee
here? even a place of broad Rivers:
O the Height and Length, & the Depth
and Breadth of the Love of God to my
Soul, in this State: Oh! how hast thou
come in and Supped with me, and caused
me to eat of the Banket that thou hadst
prepared, and caused me to drink of the
Wine of thy Kingdom; so that my Cup
hath overflowed, as it doth at this time,
in the remembrance of thy gracious
Goodness, what thou hast been to me
in the day of Tryal, and in the many
Tribulations, how thou didst set my
Feet upon a Rock, and didst establish my
Goings, Praises be unto thee; and yet
this was a small thing of thy glorious
Goodness, and bountiful Loving-kindness,
but thou hast also given my Children
a Name amongst the Living, and
Crowned them with Eternal Life: Oh,
Eternal Praises, and endless Hallelujahs
be given unto thee, our everlasting Father:
Oh did I ever think in the day
when thou led’st me down into the
Deep, that I should have thus beheld thy
Wonders in this the day of thy mighty
Power, wherein thou hast returned me the D2r 43
the Answers of my Petitions, when I said
unto thee, “Let my Children be thy Children,
otherwise I desire none; for one Child
in thy Fear, O Lord, is more to me, than a
Thousand in the Spirit of this World”
: Then
did thy Presence over-shadow me, & my
Soul was sweetly solaced in thy Love;
Oh! then thou answered’st me and said
“I will be a Father to thy Children, and a
Husband unto thee.”
Oh, thou Faithful
One! who is a God like unto thee,
keeping Covenant with them that Fear
thee? for now thou hast performed thy
Word unto thy Servant, Glory be to
thee forever. Oh, thou Holy One! what
hast thou done for me? no Heart can
conceive, no Tongue can express the
Riches of thy Love; for thou hast given
me my Children again in the Resurrection
of thy most holy Life, though their
Tabernacle be gone to its place, yet they
live with me in the Spirit, for our Communion
is with the Holy One. And
now, O lord, what am I, or what
is my Family, that thou shouldst
shew this great Kindness to? not unto
me, O Lord, not unto me, but unto
thy Name be the Praise; for what am I D2 that D2v 44
that I should offer up an Offering unto
the Lord? for out of the Willingness
of my Heart have I offered my Children
unto the Lord, although my Children
were as dear to me as my Life, and I
could have laid down my Life for theirs,
if the Lord had required it; yet I durst
not ask their Life of the Lord, although
my dear Child so much desired it; but I
said unto the Lord, “Glorifie thy Name, let
thy Will be done in my Earth, as it is in
Heaven”
: And now, O Lord, by thy
Hand thou hast brought this to pass, and
for the Exaltation of thy glorious Name,
thou powerful God, art striking Dread
and Terror into the Hearts of thy Enemies;
and all that will not bow to thee
shall be slain before thee; for, O thou
long-suffering God, how is the Throne
of Iniquity established, and thou dispossessed
of thy Princely Dominion, whose
right it is to Reign in the Hearts of the
Sons and Daughters of Men; but they
have robbed thee of thy Right, and entertained
thy Enemy in thy room; but
now thou art come, now thy Day is
come thou so long spake of by the Mouth
of thy holy Prophets, “ That thou wilt dismountmount D3r 45
the Man of Sin out of his Throne,
and set thy Son upon thy holy Hill; yea the
Mountain of the Lords House shall be established
on the top of all Mountains; for thou
hast determined to destroy all Iniquity, and
to bring in Everlasting Righteousness, Amen,
Amen,”
saith my Soul; all Glory,
Glory, and Eternal Praises be given
unto thee, thou King of Glory.

Joan Whitrow.

Concerning my dear Son Jason.

Ineed not speak much; for most that
knew him, did know what manner
of Child he was; both in Person and
Parts natural; therefore I shall only give
a small Relation of some of the sensible
Words that came from him before he
fell sick, for the Satisfaction of some
that desire it. Before he went to the Latine
School
, he was in a most sweet heavenly
frame of Spirit, and had such a
Zeal for Truth, that if any Lightness or
Airyness did appear in any, at that time
he was a continual Reprover of such;
the precious Words that came from him
at that time are past out of Mind; I writ down D3v 46
down some of them, but they are lost,
he delighted exceedingly to hear me rehearse
the noble Acts of the Lord, and
would be exceedingly broken; he would
often pray when he was alone; he did
earnestly desire his Father upon his
Death-bed, “That he would let him go from
him to the Wall, that he might pray to
his God”
: He desired much to converse
with me concerning God and his
Kingdom, and would ask me deep
Questions, with such heavenly Expressions,
to the Astonishment of the
Hearers, that I have often said in my
Heart, “This is the Inspiration of the Almighty
that gives my Child this Understanding:”
He loved the Lord and his
People, and would often say, when he
saw any that he thought were good
Friends, “It made his Heart glad to see
them”
: He would often say, “If I live, I
shall be a good Quaker; I shall go forth,
and declare the Word of the Lord; I shall
be a true Minister; I will not Preach for
Hire; I will proclaim the dreadful Day of
the Lord against the Wicked.”
About three
days before he fell sick, he said unto me,
“Mother, the next time I go to the Tavern they D4r 47
they will bid me preach a Sermon to them in
Latine; then I will say unto them, I will
preach you a Sermon in English; and they
will bid me say on; then I will say, ‘Wo to
the proud Persons, Wo to the Scoffers,
Wo to the Drunkards of England; Wo
unto them that rise early to follow
Drunkenness, and to them that continue
until Night, till the Wine doth enflame
them; you Workers of Iniqnuity,
what will you do in the dreadful Day of
the Lord, that is coming upon England?
for because you have wasted the
good Creatures upon your Lust, the
Lord will bring a Famine upon England.’

Mother, sometimes I have such a Trouble
in me, that I am not so good as I would be,
that I play so much, and do not every thing
as you would have me; I pray to the Lord,
and I say, ‘Lord, destroy this wicked
One in me, and put thy fear into my
Heart, that I may never do any thing
that shall displease thee’
; yet for all this,
the Devil will come in, and take my mind
off the Lord; oh, then I am so troubled that
I say, ‘Lord have Mercy upon me.’”
The
day before he fell sick, he did take me
by the hand, and said, “Mother, I shall dye D4v 48
dye, oh, that you might dye with me, that
we might both go to the Lord together”
: Then
I said, “my dear Child, why dost thou desire
to dye?”
He answered, “That I might
be always with my dear Lord God, and out
of this Wicked World.”
When at any time
he had seen me retired unto the Lord, he
hath sate down by me, and would be
mightily broken, and hath often said,
weeping, “Oh that I did enjoy that that you
enjoy Oh, that I did know what the Fear of
the Lord was, that my Heart might be made
glad, as yours is.”
The Lord shewed me
when he was three Years of Age, “he was
his beloved Child, and he would take him”
;
and from that time I have expected his
Death.

He departed this Life, not being Six
Years and a half Old.

Joan Whitrow.

The End.