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preftions made by the dog's teeth in my nose, and other places in my face, the which nothing but the grave can deface and wear out.
A fourth deliverance effected for me by divine Providence was, saving me from drowning. The manner of it was thus: As I was in company with one of my aunts in the park, where stands a great pool of water, called the Horse-pool, where the horfes used to be watered, my aunt earnestly employed about some fine sinall clothes (a suit of childbed-linen, if I forget not), and leaving me to my liberty to ramble while she managed her own businefs, I drew near to the pool, and lying down on the bank's brink with my face to the water, and seeing some living creatures as small as horse hairs crawling in the water, and within my arm's reach, as I thought, I longing to catch some of them, put my hand into the water, and purfuing them forced my body forward that I could not recover myself again before I sunk down from the bank into the water, with my head down and my heels up, the water entering into my body at my mouth and other parts. My aunt missing me, she looks about and calls for me; but neither seeing nor hearing me, she leaves her clothes, and runs to the waterpool, of which she was jealous, and there she finds me with my
in the pool, gone almost out of her reach into the depth. She, in an exceeding great fright about me, takes the water to her own great hazard, and catching fast hold by one of my
legs, she pulls me to her, and so brings me out of the water, but with very small hopes of my life; for I had been so long in the water, and the water having gotten in such abundance into my body, that for a confiderable time she could not perceive the least breath in me, which made her conclude I was dead; but it pleased God that I revived again. Now, reader, think seriously with thyself how near I was to a passing from one deep to another, viz. from that deep pool of water, into the bottomless depth of an endless eternity. Oh! the adorable and unfathomable depth of God's incomprehensible providence! Oh! think of this providence, and give the glory of the deliverance to the God of
Another strange and wonderful escape I had, was from a dangerous boar. It was thus: One day my eldest brother, afterwards a counsellor at law, but. now in eternity, and I, walking down to the seaside with a greyhound along with us, designing our sport by coursing rabbits. In the way, the greyhound meeting with a little pig which belonged to my father's herd of swine, this pig running away from the greyhound, the greyhound follows, takes hold of the pig, the pig cries out; all the herd, which was near fourscore, comes in to the relief of the pig. I hastened to get the dog off by calling and beating, but the inore I belaboured in getting the dog off, the faster the dog held his hold. The whole herd in a ring about me and the greyhound
with 'open mouth, which caused some fear in me; at the length, while I was beating off the dog, the great boar with open mouth makes at me, mounting up with his forefeet on my breast, throws me on my back between two furrows. The boar thus on the top of me, with his snout and tusks bela . bouring himself to rent my bowels out, the greyhound, which before I could not for
off from the pig, now of his own accord lets go the pig, and comes in to iny rescue, laying fast hold of the boar which was at top of me. The boar feel.' ing the dog pinch him, he turns furiously about to the dog, quitting the hold he had of me, only one side of my coat he tóre clear away, and had it in his tusks when he turned to the dog. As soon as I felt the weight off my body, I got up in an amazing fright, and made my escape by running off, leaving the boar and the dog to fight it out. Thus was I preserved by the providence of God ordering that the dog, which before I with all my skill and strength could not get off, should quit his hold of the little pig, and fall on the great boar which was upon me, who otherwise, undoubtedly, had torn out my bowels. Oh! wonderful Providence !
Another eminent deliverance wrought by Providence for me, was, by preserving me from perishing by a horse. Which take thus: I being once chosen to ride a horse which was to run a race, the ground was singled and measured out, all other matters relating to the race being agreed on be
tween the two parties chiefly concerned. When we came to start, the concernedness of each
party appeared in striving to get and keep the start; the which happened to succeed well on my side, as touching getting the start, and making good my ground till I came to the goal, which issued in
great and high acclamations of praise to me; which did not a little fill me with a vain-glorious conceit of some personal excellency of my own to which the victory obtained was attributed. But my pride was soon stained; for, there being a river between the town and the place where the race was run, my horfe being very hard-mouthed, and withal fiery and feet, though small, I was not able, with all the skill and strength I had, to bear him after 1 came to the goal, but in full speed he inakes straight to the town, taking the river, which lay between him and home. As soon as he came into the deep, he was taken off his speed, and fell into fuch a jumbling trot, that being almoft fpent and wearied in all my senses, he throws me out of the faddle, and being caft on the left side of the horfe, my foot flipt into the stirrup, and by the foot I was held. The horse, finding himfelf paft the river, sets to running with full speed, my head touching the ground, and, as he ran, my head was ftill a tosling and beating between the horse's feet and the stones and gravel of the height which he ran up from the river towards the end of my father's mait-house, which may be about seven score yards; all which 3
ground he trailed me after him, with my head as already mentioned. The shout and cry was raised from the other side of the river to the town, and the horse still in full speed, it pleased God, that the neighbour who lived next house to my father's, hearing a vehement and continued cry, arises from his work within, opens his door, street way, to see what the matter was, and just as he looked out of his door, he sees the horse in full speed, with his rider a trailing along, just passing by the door ; the man immediately runs before him, the passage being narrow, using his best endeavours and fill to stop the horse; the which he, through mercy, effected, or else that race had been an end of
my race; the horse stood stock ftill while I was released from that fad confinement. All who saw
cried out, “He is gone! he is gone! there is no hope nor expectation of his life;" the hair of my head all in one lump of clotted blood, nothing to be seen of my face or hands but blood; and a matter of astonishment it was to all that my neck and limbs were not broken.
Another strange deliverance I had from a ho.se was thus: Riding one day on the chief and Aeetest race-horse which was known to be in the kingdom of Ireland, as I passed through a gate, in the highroad, just as I opened and entered in at the gate, a little bird flies out of the hedge, withinside of the gate, at which the horse started, beginning at the same time to bounce and plunge, striving all he