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· that this may be a happy Type to us, as it is as lively an Emblem as this World can give of the joyful meeting of the Servants of God in Heaven at the great day of Jubilee, when all the Terrors of Death and Judgment shall be over, and Christ our great Deliverer shall have put all our Ene• mies under his Feet. How will they then ' Embrace and Congratulate for their Escape
from all their Terrors and Fears! How will they welcome one another into that blessed and secure abode of eternal Peace and Joy! How may we suppose, will they enquire of one another, how they past through those days wherein they were parted ! What dif'ficulties they met with in Life, after the o. 'thers had left them! With what Apprehen.
sions or Terrors they past through their ' last Agony! And what comforts or supports
they had under it! One will say, I remem"ber you were a Prisoner in Bondage to
Sin, and under the slavery of divers Lusts; 'How were you set free? How did you conquer those great and stubborn Enemies we left you conflicting with ? I remember, to another, you were with Child in those days,
loaded with the incumbrances of the World, • the cares of getting and keeping Riches and providing for a Family, in a degree above
what was necessary, either for their Happi'ness or your State. To another, you were on the Bed of Sickness in the time of this Alarm, oppress'd with Distracting Crosses, Domestick Disturbances, Foreign Enemies
and Oppressions, Inward Pains and Diseases; ? How did you get through all your Infirmi
mities? How did you escape, who were not able to stir from the Bed ? With Joy, each will reply, God did all this for us.
After this manner did Mr. Bonnell improve that great Deliverance; and so much did Religion possess his Thoughts, that (as I find from his Papers) it was his usual Practice, from the daily Occurrences of the World, and the most familiar Affairs of Life, to draw such Reflections, as might best keep his Mind in a devout frame, and confirm him in his Duty.
But His share in that general Joy was soon abated, from Two Causes; The one particular to Himself; The other of more publick Concernment. The Death of his Mother was his particular cause of Grief, which he heard of by the first Letters that came from England, and which he lamented with true Religious Sorrow. He bore her the tenderest Respect, as well as greatest Love; for She had done every thing for him, which natural fondness or religious concern cou'd suggest ; and he was fenfible of all his Obligations to her, from Duty and Gratitude, as well as Nature. His Meditations upon her Death, (too long and particular to be here inserted) sew a Spirit truly afflicted for such a Loss; yet submitting without Murmur to the Will of God, the greatest Love to his Parent, yet greater to Him who had taken her away.
His other cause of Trouble, and what He Laments touch'd him as sensibly as any Loss cou'd do, the prevalenwas the little Reformation which the Judg-cy of Vice afments of God had wrought in this Kingdom.
ter our late
Troubles. He reasonably expected that those who had lamented the want of their Churches, shou'd throng to them with Joy, when they were re
ftord to them, and Praise God continually 1 for that great Mercy: That Unity and Love
fou'd universally prevail among those who were not only Professors of the same Religion, but had been Fellow-sufferers for it; But that
Disputes, Contentions, and Revenge shou'd ! be for ever done away. But when he saw
our Troubles succeeded by a torrent of Vice, and the Rod no sooner remov'd, but God who bad appointed it, by too many forgotten ; when he saw Immorality and Prophanenefs Conquer as fast as our Victorious Arms; and that
the same Army that deliver'd us, did corrupt :, us too; so melancholy a prospect did very e much move him, rais'& inany sad Thoughts in
his Mind, and made him conclude that the
time of our compleat Deliverance was 7 yet come.
The following Meditation written July the & Third 1690, will express his sense of these
things, and particularly shew how he lamei ed the violent Behaviour of some Protestants, immediately upon their Deliverance.
I see now plainly that it is from the Unchristian Enmity and Spite against one another in this Kingdom, that tie Judgment of the Sword is sent upon it, so much oft
ner than on other Places; and that once é. very Fourty Years we m st expert a Commo. tion.Perhaps Commotions may happen as of
ten in Frontier Places which lie between two « Countries; and for the same reason, because
they consist of mixt People: And this Vice being most apt to happen between such, God
punishes it periodically, by letting its natu'ral effect rake place I look upon ir as in' curable in this Kingdom, while it consists of
different People; For all the Laws of Chri. stianity will not reform it, because the great
est part of Mankind are not guided by those • Laws. If ever it cou'd have been mended,
surely it wou'd now, on the Protestant side, when for above a Year and a Half, we have been learning our Religion in the best School, that of Discipline; when the whole Protestant Cause has been at stake, and others have led us the way in the severest Sufferings. To see now a Company of Men, that call themselves Protestants, com
mitting the same Outrages that Roman Ca. tholicks had done before; to start up from
the midst of Slavery to the height of Violence and Injustice: What made these Men be at the pains to call themselves Protestants
at this time? Why did they not professa'ny Religion, since they had None? Cer"tainly for no other reason, but because it
pleased God that our P ellures were not ex
tream, and that they look'd that the Roman • Catholick Cause cou'd not long stand on « foot in these Kingdoms. Some Religirni
they were us’d to ; or rather, they were usd
to call themselves by some Names, and in' list themselves under some Faction; which
they adher'd to, because People love to gratifie their Humour of opposing others. There's something pleasing in it to Carnal
Minds. Thus, o Almighty Lord God, · Thou punishest each Sin with a Viper bred
out of its own Bowels. O that Men may fear Thee, and learn to be Wise at last!
But how few find the way of this Light! ' To how few does this flender and bright
Beam dart it self! Instead of breaking open our Church Doors this day, with the first dawn of it, to praise thy stupendous and amazing Mercy to us, we ran together into Herds, we met in Crouds to Arm our selves, as if there were no way but this to keep the Enemy from returning back upon us; when it was Thou alone, O Lord, who, without any Arms of ours, hadft driven them from us. • Ah Lord ! lay not this Sin to our charge; After having fo long cry'd unto Thee, 'Thou hast graciously delivered us; After having lost our Churches thou hast now allow'd us the free use of them. Thou haft driveri away our Enemies, as it were with a 'strong Wind, and the rumour only of a pursuing Army last Night, tho' none drew nigh: That thou mightest make us see, that our Deliverance is from Thee our God, on whom we have waited. What a Dream did this Night seem to us? We found our