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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 Ser' vants 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 Enea • 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| fions 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,
and Opprellions, 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 particu- lar to Himself; The other of more publickConcernment. 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 x every thing for him, which natural fondness or religious concern cou'd suggest ; and he was sensible 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 Spi. rit 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 prevalenu was the little Reformation which the Judg-cy of Vice afentments of God had wrought in this Kingdom. ter He reasonably expected that those who had
i Troubles. i lamented the want of their Churches, shou'd
throng to them with Joy, when they were re
stor’d to them, and Praise God continually rocio for that great Mercy: That Unity and Love
shou'd universally prevail among those who it were not only Professors of the fame Religion, it but had been Fellow-fufferers for it; But that I Disputes, Contentions, and Revenge shou'd ini 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
had appointed it, by too many forgotten ; when du he saw Immorality and Prophanenefs Cona i quer as fast as our Victorious Arms; and that Of the same Army that deliver'd us, did corrupt in US too; so melancholy a prospect did very 10% much move him, rais'd many sad Thoughts in
his Mind, and made him conclude that the the time of our compleat Deliverance was ac yet come.
The following Meditation written July the * Third 1690, will express his sense of chese of things, and particularly shew how he lames a
ed the violent Behaviour of some Protestants, di immediately upon their Deliverance.
"I see now plainly that it is from the Un
christian Enmity and Spite against one a'nother in this Kingdom, that tie Judgment
of the Sword is sent upon it, so much oft
amery Fourty yccommotions mlie between
é ner than on other places; and that once é.
very Fourty Years we m st expet 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 fide, ' 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 o.thers have led us the way in the severest
Sufferings. To see now a Company of Men, that call themselves Protestants, committing the same Outrages that Roman Ca• tholicks had done before; to start up from ( the midst of Slavery to the height of Vio
lence and Injustice : What made these Men be at the pains to call themselves Protestants
at this time? Why did they not profess a* ny Religion, since they had None? CerStainly for no other reason, but because it
pleased God that our P ellures were not ex. tream, and that they look'd thać the Roma'n Catholick Cause cou'd not long stand on foot in these Kingdoms. Some Religirn
they were usd to ; or rather, they were us'd to call themselves by fome Names, and inlift themselves under some Faction; which
they adher'd to, because people love to gra* tifie their Humour of oppoúng others. "There's something pleasing in it to Carnal
Minds. Thus, Ö 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 slender and bright
Beam dart it self! Instead of breaking oopen 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 so 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 hast • driven away our Enemies, as it were with a • strong Wind, and the rumour only of a pur
suing Army last Night, tho' none drew ' nigh: That thou mightest make us see, that
our Deliverance is from Thee our God, on 6 whom we have waited. What a Dream did this Night seem to us? We found our