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He would say, that it was a very solution of the Church (which becheap time now to die; there being longs to all that die in the true faith, so little temptation to desire life, and blesed hope of penitent sinand so many to welcome death; ners) he placidly rendered his boly, since he had lived to see no King in devout, and precious soul to God the State, no Bishop in the Church, that gave it,* on the seventh of Deno Peer in Parliament, no Judge in cember, in the year of our Lord, the land, yea and no Parliament in 1659, in that vertiginous year, which any freedom, honour, power or be- after three overturns, so reformed ing worthy that name; Omnia miles; the Church and State of England, all power was contracted to the pum- that there was no form of legal, civil mel of their sword, or the barrel of and settled government in England: their guns; the soldier was all in but from fighting at first for King all, in that black interregnum or and Parliament, both King and Parhorrid otpatoxgaria, which had pei- liament were quite driven out by ther form nor power of any legal those that having power over the government in England; in that purse by the sword of the nation, dark day departed this great light: thought they deserved to have the all Church and State being reduced sovereign power also, and could ma. to military arbitration and presump- nage it better than those masters to tion; he saw nothing remained of whom they formerly had devoted order, or honour, love or law, rea. their service as soldiers. son and religion, in any public and Of all his inward accomplish. social correspondency: yea new ments his very bodily presence, feuds and quarrels, like boils from and visible aspect was a kind of unsound bodies, were daily breaking pledge and earnest; he was géannos out, and continuing the fires of civil xai ispompenting to aidos, as Greg. Nawars, like those of hell and Tophet, zian, speaks of the ecclesiastic to be everlasting and unquenchable: and majestic looks of St. Basil there being no thought of the way and Cæsarius. The whole frame of peace, but to avoid it.
of his person had sometbing of This made him willingly gird (as grandeur, goodliness and loveliness St. Peter did) his coat to him, that in it; his looks were venerable, (in he might be ready to launch into vullu omnium virtutum signal he that dead sea when Christ should had all the good omens and lineabid him come to him. He only ments of great virtues in his countehoped and prayed that God would favour him so far with an súlaratia, Suclı were his Lordship's serious preas to let him die without much pain, parations for death, that three years beas indeed he did; for after his spi. fore, (among other secret passages conrits were in ten days decayed and cerning the state of his own soul, which wasted, he slumbered much, yet had he readily communicated to me,) he was vigilant intervals ; at which times pleased in private to tell me, that he had he was intent to his long home, and made great progress in that greatest and nance; and truly his life made good hath taken away his peace; anohis looks: his body for stature and ther righteous man taken from the figure, was somewhat athletic, puis- evil to come, another great prophet sant (paulo procerius) somewhat who could not but foresee and foretaller and bigger than ordinary ; tel the evils that would (as St. Paul yet very comely, (decora anima ves speaks) follow a sinful generation tis, as Tertul. calls it:) no man ever after his departure". became the preacher's pulpit, or the This is another of the prime chadoctor's chair, or the episcopal seat, riots and horsemeu of our Israel, (it was called of old Thronus Epis- of our excellent scholars, divines, copalis) better than he did: carry- preachers and bishops, which God ing before him such an unaffected hath taken out of an evil world, afstate and grandeur, such a benign ter Bishop Usher, Bishop Hall, Bigravity, and a kind of smiling seye- shop Morton, and others of later rity, that one might see inuch in years, who are sufficient to make an bim to be reverenced, and more to everlasting divorce between Prelacy be loved; yet what was venerable and Popery ; that odious and unjust in him was very amiable, and what conjunction of modern calumpy put was amiable was very venerable. upon the reformed Bishops of Eng
most important work, and that in a short his better reception by the holy an
time (through the grace of God) he should gels, by a gracious Saviour, and a
finish it, and so would spend the remainder good God; giving himself to such of his days in a humble and hourly expecprayers, meditations and discourses, tancy of his dissolution. Whereupon we as his own strength could bear, or may with some confidence speak it, his others kiodness would seasonably Lordship had nothing to do, when he reafford him; thus (as Chrysologus
ceived the last summons to remove from
hence, but only to compose himself to speaks of Elias) Anima defæcata
sleep in Jesus, which his Lordship did mortis victrix evolavit ad cælum,
most sweetly and contentedly.-Martyn's being full of the grace and peace of Address to the Readers, prefixed to his God, and confirmed in it by the ab. edition of Bishop Brounrig's Sermons.
The majesty of his presence was so land; all these died, as in the true allayed with meekness, candour and faith, so in the foresight and fear of humility, that no man was further much future miseries impending over from any thing morose or supercili- us; for though we have drank deep ous, or savouring of self-fulness and of the cup of the wrath of God, yet conceit, he was (as compos xai sumpoo. they justly feared we were not yet at WTOS SO tú quis xai sumpoonyogos) of so the dregs. . affable a compliance, and supple This holy Bishop went not as the a condescension, that although he envious and evil world designed, never forgat himself as to any inde- with sorrow to his grave upon his corum, yet he seemed never to re- own account, but rather with joy member himself much in point of and blessed hope ; he knew the reserve and distance, as to those ex- world was bad enough at best, but cellences which he had above most now he thought it stark nought and men; he was like Gideon's fleece, mad, without sense or shame for into which the liberal dew of heaven sin, even at its worst (Novissima et had distilled insensibly; which filled it, but not swelled it: it was more
*“I know all accidents are minuted and ponderous, not more proud, with its
momented by Divine Providence, and yet celestial pregnancy and fluency. I hope I may say without sin, his was an
But how goodly a person soever untimely death, not to himself (prepared he was, and worthy to be bebeld and thereunto) but as to his longer life; which enjoyed by us longer in the land of the prayers of pious people requested, the the living ; yet now he is (as the need of the Church required, the date flower and yoodliness of all flesh) of nature conld have permitted, but the cut down withered and vanished,
pleasure of God (to which all must sub
mit) denied. Otherwise, he would have hidden from all mortal eyes, you are been most instrumental to the composure now to look upon him only by re- of Church differences, the deserved opi. flection backward; for forward he mion of whose goodness had peaceable posis invisible: another potent Elijah session in the hearts of the Presbyterian taken out of your sight: another party. I observed at his funeral, that the reverend father that hath left this
prime persons of all persuasions were pre
sent, whose judgments going several ways, orphan and divided Church; another
met all in a general grief for his decease, wise man and faithful counsellor He was buried on the cost of both temples, withdrawn from a foolish nation and to his great, but to their greater honour.' distracted people, from whom God Fuller's Worthies, 2nd vol. p. 384,
pessima tempora). His only fear sins were not the yotę, fact or afterand grief was lest the ark of the assent of either the most or the best reformed religion once well settled people of the nation, that perhaps in England, should at length be taken the Lord would yet return to Eug. captive again by the stratagems of land in his favour, and require the the enemies, and carried either to vengeance due to his justice, and to Babylon, or the house of Dagon, to the scandal of the Christian and repopular and fanatic confusion, or to formed religion, from those who Romish idolatry and superstition: were the chief in evil counsels, and this hope yet he had in the bottom actions, violently obtruded upon of his fears, next God's mercy, that the nation to its great trouble and since the most crying and scarlet misery.
MISCELLANEOUS. CONSECRATION OF A CHORCH IN Church thus fully finished and adorned, THE REIGN OF JAMES I. was consecrated the first day of November
this yeare 1610, by the Right Reverend To the Editor of the Remembrancer. Father in God Doctor Barlow, then L. Mr. EDITOR,
Byshop of Lincolne: the manner whereof
briefley followeth, and first the churchAs the Consecration of the new yard was hallowed, which the Bishop and Churches, produced by the Parlia. all the assemblee compassed, and as they mentary grant, which the Commis. marched, they sung the 100. Psalme: sioners have so well busbanded, this circuite finished, the Byshop made a and turned to such excellent ac
compendious speech, expressing the rea.
sons of this, and the like enclosures about count, is now continually engaging
Churches, two whereof were chiefe, the public attention, I send you an in
one was to giue due distinction, state & teresting narrative of the perform- reverence to the Temple of Almightie God, ance of that solemnity in the reign from all prophane wayes and base places, of James the First, extracted from and that no other building should bee Stowe's Annals, which I trust will neere unto it: and to this purpose he cited not be unacceptable to your readers.
the 43d chapter of Ezech. The other,
reason is, becanse the church-yard is a And remain yours, &c. dormitary, or place of rest, for Christians ECCLESIASTICUS.
to sleepe in, untill the resurrection, for so
much the word in Greeke and Latine signi. 4 Fulmer, a towne so called in Buck- fieth: in this speech he distinguished all inghamshire, hiaging their parish Church differences of places & persons, &c, with about a mile distant from thence, in the the divine reasons, cause, and holy instituopen fielde, being nowe growne very olde tion of these things in the primitive Church, and ruinate, in regard whereof, and for the and duly observed by all the holy Fathers, generall ease and good of posterities, it &c. pleaseth Sir Marmaduke Dorrell, knight, “ This done, the Byshop sayed to the master of the King's householde, to take Fonnder, this parcell of ground which we downe the ruines of that decayed Church, haue compassed for the buriall of the dead and at his owne charge to build a newe within your parish is yet your owne, is it large faire parish Church with a font, a now therefore your free minde to give it pulpit, and all church ornaments, with for euer to this use, wherernto he anseates, and all other necessaries, and envi- swered, I giue it freely, and with an earnroned it with a fayre church-yard, and was est desire to that purpose; the Bishoppe builded within the towne of Fulmer, this likewise asked the parish priest, and the knight being lord thereof; and from this church wardens of the same parish church, time the parishioners were freed from the if they all hadde the same desire, and they offence of sommers heate, fowle wayes, an answered affirmitively, humbly beand winters weather, which untill nowe seeching the Byshoppe to persist in what were helde great impediments in their du- he had so well begunne; then the Bishop teous repayre unto ye house of God. This read the instrument of consecration, wherein was contayned an interdiction, and divine power, and that heauen is his that the olde church-yard should not bee seate, & the earth his footstoole, so that layd open to anie common or prophane his Majestie and glorious presence could use: then tlie priest with due reuerence, not be confined within materiall temples, read the 90th Psalme, and the 23d chap &c. and prayed that it would please his ter of Genesis. Then the Byshop prayed, Fatherly goodnesse, that his seruants might saying, Blessed Jesus, our onely Saviour assemble together in that place, to heare and Redeemer, who being the resurrec. dinine seruice, and to make their humble tion, and the life, hast of thy mercy pro- and devout prayers, and supplications, mised, and by thy power art able to rayse and to heare bis will and word reuealed again unto life, the bodies of the dead, unto them, and that this place consecrated that lie in their granes, whether rotted to his seruice and seuered from all prowith corruption, , or consumed to dust, phane employments; that it would please wee bumbly beseech thee of thine espe- his diuine Majesty to blesse it, and accept ciall fauor to vouchsafe that all these thy it at their hands, as a fit place for the sernants, which shall within this circuite usuall assembly, a house wherein his sacred be buryed, may lead their lives in thy word should be reuerently read and truly feare, and leauing them in thy faith, may preached, his holy Sacraments duly adminrest in peace within their granes, untill the istered with feare and reuerence, &c. great daie of thy second comming, and which most excelent prayer and benedicmay then bee raysed anew in assured hope tion ended, he turned to the new font, and to raygne with thee in that enerlasting prayed likewise saying Almightie and glory, which with thy most pretious bloud euerlasting God, whose most dearely bethou hast purchased for them, and for all loued Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiuethat loue thee and looke for thy appear. nesse of our sinnes, did shed out of his most apce, heare os. O blessed Jesus, for thy precious side both water and blood, and passion sake, beare us o louing Father, commaunded his disciples that they should for thy Sonnes sake, to whom with thee goe teach all nations, and baptise them in and the Holy Ghost, three equall persons, the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and one eternall God, be rendred all and of the Holy Ghost, and to that purpose thankes, prayse, and glory, Amen.
did sanctifie, not onely the floud Jordan, " Then the Byshop, entred into the but all other waters also, to the misticall church porch, and turned his face to the washing away of sinne, we beseech thee Founder that was lead in thither betweene heare the supplications of thy congregatwo knights, and sayd unto him, nowe tion, and graunt that all thy seruants wbichverily this church-yard is exempt and free shall be baptised in the water of this font, from any challenge of you or yours; but may receiue the fulnesse of thy grace, and this house as yet remaines wholly your may euermore remayne in the number of owne, say now therefore, if you renounce thy elect Church, thro' Jesus Christ our all your right, clayme, and interrest to Lord, Amen. the same, he answered affirmitively; then “ Then the Byshop and the Founder the Byshop asked him, if his hearts desire went by the middle Isle, and betweene the were to have it dedicated to the Almightie chancell and the bodie of the Church, the God, and consecrated to his diuine seruice Byshoppe turning his face to the people, onely; whereunto the Founder answered, read the instrument of consecration, & saying, most joyfully and willingly: then dedicated this. Church to God, in the me.. the Byshop required the Founder to read morie of St. James the Apostle, for so was this Psalme, viz. One thing haue I desired the pame of the olde Church. After this of the Lord, which I will require, that I the parish priest sayd the divine seruice, may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the and instead of the psalmes appoynted for dayes of my life, to beholde the fayre that day, he read the 26th, the 84th, & beautie of the Lord, and to visite his Tem- the 134th psalmes; and for the appoynted ple, and so read on to the 7th verse; chapters, the 2d of Samuell, the 6. chap. which done, the Byshop tooke him by the. and the 10 chap. of S, John, verse. 22, hand and wept forward, saying, I was glad and so read to the end; and in place of when they sayd vnto me, we will goe into the collect was sayd this prayer, We bethe house of the Lord. And at the second seech thee. O Almightie. God, that thou verse of this Psalme, they both kneeled wilt be pleased continually to dwell in this towards the East, & deuontly sayd the house, which this day we haue dedicated to rest, with glory be to the Father, and to thee, and vouchsafe to receine the sacrathe Sonne, and to the Holy Ghost, &c. fices of thy servants, whether of almes, or
« After this the Byshop made a deuout prayers or thanksgiving which shall be ofprayer acknowledging Gods omnipotence fred herein; graunt also a blessing to thy
sacred word, herein read or preached, that he foreboded came tremendously to like seede sowen in good ground, it may pass. Can any less fearful result enfructifie in those that shall bee liere as
sue from present excesses? The Lesembled, to the instruction of their understanding, the comfort of their consciences,
gislators for the Church seem to take the amendment of their lives, and the sau
a very different view of the subject. ing of their soules, to the glory of thy Inordinate Liberty of Prophesying blessed name, through Jesus Christ our
brought Errors into the Church, onely Lord and Saujour, This ended then began a Sermon, his
disgraced and hindered the Re-, text Psalme 5. verse 7 the people sung
formation. the psalmes viz. the 27th and 113, the ALBEIT the reverend fathers of our church, Serinon being ended. Then the Byshop and their suffragans should use all possible celebrated the communion, when the care and diligence for perforining all Founder by the Bishops direction kneeled that is on their parts required; yet without by himselfe in the middle of the Quyer some better conformity of catechisms, and right before the Alter, and being a reformation of such as write them, or preach collection for the poore, lie offred a doctrines conformable to them, there is peece of golde; and toward the end of small hope, that in such plenty of preachers the celebration, the Bysloppe prayed as now there are, this work of the Lord as followeth: Most gratious God, after should prosper half so well as it did in those the religious example of those holy pre. times and in those dioceses, wherein there lates in the primitiue Church, which in were scarce ten able preachers besides the celebrating the communion, remembred prebendaries of the Cathedral Church unthe saynts departed, and their benefactors der whose tuition, in a manner, the rest of living, we humbly beseech thee to accept the clergy were. I well remember, and I in good part our commemoration of this cannot but remember it with joy of bieart, worthy gentleman thy seruant here pre- that the synods in that diocese wherein I sent, by whose meanes and at whose charge was bred did constantly examine the li. in these demolishing and destroying dayes, censed readers how they had profited in this house was translated, reedified, en- learning, by their exercises, which they larged, and dedicated to thy seruice, did as daly exhibit unto the chancellor, blesse him we praye thee with his whole archdeacon, &c. as they did their orders ofspring and familie, establish him and his or their fees. Such as had profited well seed upon earth, and when that house of were licensed to preach once a month or clay his bodie shall be disolued, clothe once a quarter, having certain books ap. him with immortalitie, and giue him an pointed from whose doctrine they should enerlasting habitation in the heavens, with not swerve, but for the most part translate. thee and thy Sonne Jesus Christ, to whom The authors then in most esteem were with the Holy Ghost, be all glory, honor, Melancthon, Bullinger, Hemingius (esprayse, and thankes, now and for ener, pecially in postils and other opuscula of Amen. And to the communion being his) or other writers, who were most conended, and the benediction pronounced, formable to the Book of Homilies, which the congregation was dismissed.
were weekly read upon severe penalty. “And thus much by way of abstract, I 2. But since the liberty of prophesying, have thought good to set downe, because was taken up, which came but lately into it is the first newe built Church, with a the northern parts (unless it were in the new church-yard to it, that came to my towns of Newcastle and Berwick, wherein perfect knowledge." Stowe's Annals. p. Knox, Mackbray, and Udal had sown their 908.
tares) all things had gone so cross and
backward in our church, that I cannot call LIBERTY OF PROPHESYING.
the history for these forty years or more
to mind, or express my observations upon The ensuing extract from the works it, but with a bleeding heart. . The first of Dr. Jackson, (whose life was in. declination from the ancient Church was, serted in our last Number) on the concerning the death and passion of our “ Inordinate liberty of Prophesy
Saviour Christ; of which the forward ing” introduced in his days, and on
zealots, or rigid reformers of Popish merits
did make more malicious and scandalous the evils which flowed from it, is
use upon use than the Papists themselves, not only curious as an historical
or other heretics, did of any doubtful or document, but most seasonable as a difficult place of Scripture. The people warping to ourselves. Theevils which were, in a manner, taught to believe that,