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out of bowels of compassion, without Humphrey Norton's consent,—and which they wickedly received; no one else appearing with him or for him; only the marshal would have forced salves upon him for the killing of the fire in his hand; which Humphrey Norton refused, the marshal being a very wicked man; but the Lord healed him. When they had whipped Humphrey with that cruelty as aforesaid, and burned him in the hand, and had let him loose from the stocks, he kneeled down and prayed to the Lord, uttering his voice towards heaven, to the astonishment of them all.
To this colony also came William Brend, and divers other servants, as Mary Dyer, Mary Weatherhead, and others, who coming thither were forced away. Mary Dyer being set on a horse by them, she cried out, “Woe be unto you, for Humphrey Norton's sake! Woe be unto you, because of the cruelty done to him!” But they turned away the ear and would not hearken; for they were not suffered to speak or to discharge their consciences, or to unburden themselves of the weight of the Word of the Lord, which lay upon them; but were threatened and sent away in the nature of banishment; and Mary Weatherhead finished her work in the sea. A true figure of the state of the men of this place, who refused the loving-kindness of the Lord and the tender visitation of His love by His messengers, whom He raises early and sends, whom they thus evil entreat and abuse; and so judge themselves unworthy of eternal life, and provoke the wrath of tke Lord to come upon them to the uttermost. So the Lord is clear of their blood, whether they will hear or forbear, and they shall know that His prophets have been amongst them, in the day wherein the Lord will judge the secrets of all hearts by the Man Christ, whom He hath ordained thereunto, whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised him from the dead, who is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; who only hath immortality and eternal life; to whom be glory, and praise, and dominion everlasting; who cometh in the clouds, and every eye shall see him; those also who have pierced him; and all nations shall wail because of him, even so, Amen; who is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; He that was, and which is, and which is to come; the Lord Almighty; who was dead and is alive, and behold he lives for evermore, and hath the keys of hell and death; who will render to every man according to his works. Amen, hallelujah, blessing, honour, glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.
So, see where you are, and in what case, ye bloodthirsty enemies of God; ye men of Boston, of Plymouth Patent, and New Haven; ye rulers of Sodom and inhabitants of Gomorrah, who are hardened against the hour of your visitation; whose day is over; who delight in blood, in the blood of the saints of the most high God; to whom blood will be given,* for ye are worthy; the Lord will come upon you, ye that put His day afar off, and say, He delays his coming; I say, “He will come upon you in a day that ye think not of, and in an hour of which ye are not aware; † and will cut you asunder, and appoint you your portion with hypocrites and sinners; and ye shall be cast into the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, there to be tormented with the devil and his angels, which is the second death." It is so; it must be fulfilled; the judgment is gone forth; it may not be revoked; your day is done; the measure of your iniquity is near at the full; the deliverance of His people is at hand; † you shall, all of you, receive according to your works. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; even the day which shall not have an end; the everlasting day, the day of the Lord, which will be darkness unto you, and not light; a day of gloominess and thick darkness unto you; a day of sorrow and of the shadow of death. But · a day of joy to the righteous, and of gladness of heart; a day of singing and of making melody; a day of shouting and of great joy,
* This was fulfilled in the Indian wars, wherein the Lord gave them blood to drink, for they were worthy.--Rev. xvi. 6. See Increase Mather's Relation, and Cotton Mather's History of New England.
+ This hath been fulfilled by the manifold judgments which the Lord hath brought upon themi at unawares, especially the wars, wherein many of them were cut in pieces.
Which did come in the year 1661, by King Charles' Letter, when he sent to stop their proceedings, as to death.-See Part ii.
which shall last for evermore. Amen; it is done.* These things are faithfuil and true; the true sayings of God, who liveth forever, who is great and terrible; whose day is come, wherein He will be avenged on you for the blood of His saints and the sufferings of His servants, who have laid down their lives and suffered for His Name; who have the testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy; whom ye have done despite unto and to their message, and to Him that sent them; and have shed their blood, and have thought you could never do enough against that name; and have persecuted from town to town, and from colony to colony, those who have borne it; and evil entreated them and sought to have them cut off, and have cut off some, He suffering you so to do, that you might show what ye would do, and that it may appear that it is His arm that stops you, † that suffered you so to do, and their name and their remembrance from the earth; and to leave them neither name or remnant; whom you can never destroy (mind what I say) nor wear out, though you have tried it as you could, and may be suffered yet a little longer to fill up your measure. But then shall your destruction come, and that in a moment, and the righteous shall have dominion over you in the morning; I everlasting joy shall be upon their heads, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. And this I testify from the mouth of the Lord, who hath moved me to speak and to write this in His name, that your judgment you · may bear in this world, as well as in that which is to come; and be an example of His vengeance to the ages to come, s as ye have been in wickedness and oppressing the just, and making sad the heart of the righteous, whom the Lord hath not made sad; and destroying His heritage,
* These things are all fulfilled, and it is so to the righteous, who rejoice over her, as in Rev. xviii. 20, “For God hath avenged us on her."
† What else stopped them when they had sentenced W. Christison, that they could not put him to death?
It is so even at this day, and the upright have dominion over them in the morning, wherein they have joy and light in their dwellings, when it is dark with them.
& As they have been by the judgments which the Lord hath brought upon them, particularly wars, tempests, blastings, wiches, &c.
and laying waste His pleasant places, in which He delights to dwell for ever and ever. By your cruelty and blood and grinding of the faces of the poor, and eating up the needy as one would eat bread; the Lord God will come swiftly upon you and will remove you, and overturn you, and be glorified in what He shall bring upon you. And ye shall know that He is the Lord, and that He hath done all these things unto you for your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins;* who afflict the just and hate him that reproveth in the gate, and abhor him that speaketh uprightly; whose treading is upon the poor, and who take from him burdens of wheat, and turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. I say, you shall know that He is the Lord, and that He is in these people, whom you have set at naught, and reviled, and abused, and evil entreated His witnesses, and those He has sent amongst you to turn ye unto Him, who is Lord and King; and that there is salvation in no other, nor any other Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved; who is the Light of the world, the true “ Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;" who will judge you forever; whose judgment is just; whose judgment this is; who is King of righteousness and King of peace; of the increase of whose government and peace there shall be no end upon the throne of David, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice, henceforth even forever.
And thus I have dealt with you and wrapped ye up, like as you have been folded together as thorns and drunk as drunkards; and while you be folded together as thorns, and while you are drunk as drunkards, ye shall be overtaken, and your day shall come upon you, and you shall fall,t and rise no more, saith the Lord; and you shall leave your name a curse unto His chosen, who shall dwell in the land and inherit it; and He will be unto them a God, and they shall be to Him a people, those that you
* And this Increase Mather confesses in his History of the Wars, pages 11, 15, 18, 32, &c., and Cotton Mather's History, Book V., page 38, &c., and Book VII., page 106, &c.
t And so they did, both in the wars and by other judgments, and have left their name a curse unto His chosen, who dwell in the land, &c.
have thus set at nought and abused, and sought to root out, and cared not what cruelty you caused them to undergo for that purpose, without mercy, or bowels of compassion. And judgment without mercy you shall have, that have showed no mercy;* and the Lord God shall slay you, and call His servants by another name, and you shall be for a taunt and a reproach, 7 and a hissing and a proverb, and a perpetual desolation, I saith the Lord. And My hand shall be stretched out against you; I will not spare you, nor pity you, as you have showed none, nor will I have mercy; but My judgment shall take hold on you, and My terror shall seize upon you, and fear shall be round about you; “your young men shall fall by the sword, S your wives shall be widows, and your
* This was too much verified in the time of the wars with the Indians, &c., wherein they had often judgment without inercy, who had showed none, "the Lord stirring up jealousy like a man of war," Isa. xlii. 13, and making the cruel the instruments of His vengeance against a rebellious and stiff-necked generation; so that it may be said, the Lord did slay them,
† This is plain they have been unto most sober serious people, for their cruelty to the Lord's servants, as in many books appears; particularly, Crorse's General History; and often have I heard it said by several, when they would recriininato a Presbyterian, “Do yo not remember what they did to your Friends in New England ?" Yca, Cotton Mather in his Book of Witches, page 45, confesses, “It is a very humbling thing, to think what reproaclies will be cast upon us for this matter, among (them he calls) the daughters of the Philistines." See, also, llistory of New England, Book VII., chap. ii., page 114.
I This may be fulfilled many ways: First, as being desolate of the Power and Presence of God, as Marmaduke Stevenson told them, that "in the day they put them to death, the day of their visitation should pass over their heads," &c. Which is the most desolate and dismal state of any, and according to Christ's saying to the Jews, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”—Matt. xxiii. 38. Secondly.--As it signifies to be left alone heavy and comfortless, or one without husband and children: "Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted." l'xa. xxv. 16.– Wilson's Christian Dictionary. As Cotton Mather confesses, they have often had cause to say, Book I., page 38, &c. And if any say, this may not be perpetual, then here it is, Thirdly, That their land is become desolate, in that it will not bring forth its increase, but their principal grain, viz., wheat and pense, have been blasted, year after year, ever since; as Cotton Mather confesscs, Book of Witches, page 37, and History, Book V., chap. i., page 85, and chap. ii., page 90; yca, hic tells, page 85, of " more costly dosolations," and page 88, of "fearful desolations in the earth;" and that of Jer. xxv. 9, was not so perpctual that no man dwelt therein any more. & Il is plain His hand hath been stretched out against them, by the judg