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ture; Heb. xii. 2, Let us run with patience that race which is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before him, en. dured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I have been long in my race; and how I have looked to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, he best knows. I am now come to the end of my race, and here I find the cross, a death of Mame, but the shame must be despised, of no coming to the right hand of God. Jesus despised the same for me, and God forbid but that I shouid despite the iname for him. I am going apace, as you fee, towards the red sea ; and my feet are now upon the very brink of it; an argument, I hope, that God is bringing me into the Land of Promise ; for that was the way through which he led his people: but, before they came to it, he instituted a passover for them; a lamb it was, but it must be eaten with lower herbs. I shall obey, and labour to digest the fower herbs as well as the lamb; and I Mall remember it in the Lord's passover; I shall not think of the herbs, nor be angry with the hand which gathereth them; but look up only to him who instituted that, and governs these; for men can have no more power over me than what is given them from above.

I am not in love with this passage through the RedSeq, for I have the weakness and infirmities

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of Hefh and blood plentifally in me; and I
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pass from me ; but, if not, Gud': will, not
sníne, be done ; and I fhall moft willingly
drink of this cup as deep as he pleafes, and
enter into this fea, yea and pass through it, in
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* But I would have it remembered, good
people, that, when God's fervants were in this.
boisterous sea, and Aaron among them, the
Egyptians which persecuted them, and did, in
à manner, drive them into that fea, were
drowned in the same watets while they were
in pursuit of them: I know my God, whom
1 ferve, is as able to deliver me from this fea
of blood, as he was to deliver the three chil.
dren from the furnace; and, I most humbly
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Saviour for it, my resolution is now as theirs was then : they would not worthip the image the king had set up, nor will I the imaginations which the people are ferting. ip nor will I forsake the temple and the truth of God, to follow the bleating of Jeroboam's calf, in Dan and in Bethel; and, as for this people, they are, at this time, miserably misled: God, of his nrercy, open their eyes, that they may fee the right way ; for, at this day, the blind lead the blind ; and, if they go on, both will certainly fall into the ditch.

“ For myself, I am, and I acknowledge it with all humility, a moft grievous finner many

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ways; by thought, word, and deed; and I cannot doubt but that God hath mercy in store for me, a poor penitent, as well as for other finners. I have now, upon this fad occasion, ransacked every corner of my beart; and yet, I thank God, I have not found, among the many, any one fin which deserves death by any known law of this kingdom ; and hereby I charge nothing upon my judges; for, if they proceed upon proof by valuable witnesses, I, or any other innocent, may be justly condemned : and I thank God, though the weight of the sentence lie heavy upon me, I am as quiet within as ever I was in my life; and, though I am not only the first archbishop, but the first man, that ever died by an ordinance of parliament, yet fome of my predecessors have gone this way, though not by this means; for Elphegus was hurried away, and loft his head by the Danes : and Simon Sudbury, in the fury of Wat Tyler and his fellows. Before these, St. John Baptist had his head danced off by a lewd woman ; and St. Cyprian, archbishop of Carthage, fubmitted his head to a persecuting sword. Many examples, great and good; and they teach me patience: for I hope my cause in heaven will look of another dye than the colour that is put upon it here : and some comfort it is to me, not only that I go

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of these great men in their several generations, but also that my charge, as foul as it is made, looks like that of the Jews against St. Paul,

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Atsxxv. 3 ; for he was accused for the law: and the temple; i. e, religion: and, like that of St. Stephen, Acts vi. 14, for breaking the ordinances which Mofes gave ; i.e. law and religion, the holy place and the temple;. yerie 13. But you will say, Do I then compare myself with the integrity of St. Paul and St. Stephen : No, far be that from me ; I. only raise a comfort to myself, that these great faints and fervants of God were laid at in their times as I am now : and it is memorable, that St. Paul, who helped on this accusation. against St. Stephen, did after falt under the fame himself. Yea, but here's a great clamour that I would have brought in popery :: I shall answer that more-fully by and by ; in the mean time you know what the Pharisee said againft Chrift himself, If we let him alone, all men will believe in him, et vent Romani, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and the nation. Here was a causeless cry against Christ that the Romans will.come; and see how just the judgment of God was : they crucified Christ for fear left the Romans should come, and his death was it which brought in the Romans upon them, God punishing them with that which they most feared ; and I pray God this clamour of venient Romani, of which I have given no cause, help not to bring them in ; for the pope never had such a harvest in England fince the reformation, as he hath now upon the fects and divifions that are amongst us.

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In the mean time, by honour and dishonour, by good report and evil report, as a deceiver, and yet true, am I palling through this world; 2 Cor. vi, 8. Some particulars also I think it not amiss to speak of.

" And, first, this I Mall be bald to speak of, The king, our gracious sovereign, he hath been much traduced also for bringing in of popery ; but, on my conscience, of which I hall give God a very present account, I know him to be as free from this charge as any man living; and I hold him to be as Cound a proteftant, according to the religion by law established, as any man in this kingdom;, and that he will venture his life as far and as freely for it; and I think I do, or should, know both his affection to religion, and his grounds for it, as fully as any man in England.

The second particular is concerning this great and populous city, which God bless. Here hath been of late a fashion taken up, to gather hands, and then go to the great court of this kingdom, the parliament, and clamour for justice; as if that great and wife court, before whom the causes come, which are unknown to the many, could not, or would not, do justice but at their appoint, ment. А

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which may endanger many an innocent man, and pluck his blood upon their own heads, and perhaps upon this city's also : and this hath been practised against myself,

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