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“ Down with the mass-houses,” they cry ;
He thus personates the mob, in their indiscriminate attacks upon life and property. Mr. Romaine, it appears, had refused to join the Association, and was therefore an object of popular vengeance.
The chapels were a good beginning,
But O what death doth he require,
• Walworth was the bold and loyal Lord Mayor of London, who, with one blow of his sword, laid the incendiary Wat Tyler dead at his feet. His “successor" was Kennet, whose cowardice the poet describes.
+ The Rev. Benjamin Mence, supposed to be the finest counter-tenor in England. He was Minor Canon at St. Paul's.—Manuscript note by Miss
(Who would not the Associates join,
Very different were the feelings with which Mr. Charles Wesley contemplated the fate of the innocent sufferers. Hence he published “Hymns written in the Time of the Tumults, June, 1780;" commending the persecuted Romanists to the merciful protection of God; praying for the King and royal family; for the suppression of anarchy, and the revival of law; and that the guilty contrivers of the evil might be brought to justice. Two specimens of this remarkable tract are subjoined :
Thou most compasionate High Priest,
United to thy own,
The church in Babylon.
The ignorant who miss their way,
O let thy bowels move
Conceal their lives above.
As sheep appointed to be slain,
By fierce fanatic zeal ;
The synagogue of hell.
• The Lock Hospital was Mr. Madan's place of worship.
+ The Tottenham-court chapel was built by Mr. Whitefield, and belonged to the Calvinistic Methodists.
Thy help to the distress'd afford,
The quiet of the land ;
And bless his mild command.
And 0, beneath thy mercy's wings,
Our King by right divine :
And seal them ever thine.
The father of his people bless
And when his work is done,
And wear a heavenly crown.
The following was written on the memorable 8th of June :
Saviour, thou dost their threat’nings see,
As in religion's cause they join,
See where the' impetuous waster comes,
“ Havock!” the infernal Leader cries;
A general consternation spreads,
• King George.
Our arm of flesh entirely fails,
Arm of the Lord, awake, put on
Forbid the flood our land to'o'erflow,
These troubles in the State were connected with uneasiness in the church. The difference of opinion and feeling which had long subsisted between Mr. John and Charles Wesley, with respect to the established Church, was at this period undiminished. John witnessed the spread of religion with the liveliest gratitude to God, and was full of hope and confidence in regard of the future. Charles thought there was in many of the Preachers and societies a strong bias in favour of separation, from which he apprehended a calamity no less terrible than the breaking up of the Methodists into innumerable Dissenting sects. The only means of preventing this evil, which he thought would entirely destroy the good that had been done, he deemed a strict union with the Church of England. John beheld almost everywhere the societies enlarged, by the accession of persons who were really turned from sin to holiness; and this he felt to be a benefit of the most substantial kind. He did not as yet sce how the Preachers and people could be kept together when he was no more ; but he was assured that the work was the Lord's, and in his hands it might be safely left. Permanent evil, he knew, could not result from the spread of vital religion, the love of God and man, springing from a lively faith in the world's Redeemer. Unless the Preachers declared themselves to be decided Churchmen, Charles eyed them with alarm. If they were zealous for God, and laboured with all their might for the conversion of sinners, John loved them, and encouraged them in their work. He resolved to do what he could to prevent them and the societies from leaving the Church; but
their continuance in it was with him a subordinate object.
have been “written after the Conference in August, 1780: 10.1. the last which the writer was present at.”/ It will be des de pro God, un observed that he attended about as many “last Conferences”
To this tone of sadness and despondency the cheerful buoyancy of Mr. John Wesley formed a perfect and beautiful contrast. Speaking in his Journal of this Conference, he