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T HERE is a word of advice in my heart to thee, which it behoveth
I 'thee seriously and uprightly to wait on the Lord, to be made able to weigh and consider aright; it is this. Take heed of setting up the letter above or against the Spirit (for that is not right in the sight of God); and take heed also of secting up thine own wisdom, conceivings, and apprehensions above both; for that is a dangerous way of erring, and may prove a great snarę to thy foul, as it hath been formerly, and is at this day to many. If ye had known what this meaneth (said Chrift) I will have mercy, and not facrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. We own the scriptures truly and singly, being taught of God so to do, and do hot hold forth any thing contrary thereto, or deny any thing therein contained; but are witnesses (living witnesses) of the truths expressed and related therein, but mens meanings and conceivings thereupon (who, though they will acknowledge, that a man cannot understand the scriptures with out the Spirit, yet will venture, in their own wisdom, spirit, and understanding, to expound and give meanings) we cannot own, nor them, in such their apprehensions and practices.
That in thee, or any, which breathes after the Lord, we have unity with ; but that wisdom and comprehension which is above it, and a veil over it, and contrary to is nature, and which is a limit and bond to the precious feed, we cannot have unity with, because it is of the same nature with that which the Lord hath condemned and destroyed in us, and he will not suffer it to live in others, where his life and power prevails,
Given forth in true and tender Love, for the Help of any such of the
Race of the true Travellers as may stand in need thereof,
TT hath pleased the Lord to unseal and open the fountain of life in the
I midst of his heritage, so that in his light do they see light, and in his life do they reap and enjay life. And the precious promises are fulfilled in the midst of them, of sending the Comforter, and pouring out of the Holy Spirit, so that he that believeth, “out of his belly do flow rivers of living « water.” Yea, the Lord hath a vineyard, which he keepeth night and day (lest any hurt it), and watereth every moment. Oh! the streams of life, the streams of love, the streams of grace, the streams of mercy, the streams of peace, the streams of joy and consolation, which flow from him into the bosoms of his children! Indeed grace, and mercy, and peace are multiplied from God our Father, in and through the Lord Jesus Christ daily, insomuch as that saying of Christ to his disciples (John xiv. 26, 27.) is now fulfilled, “ I say not that I will pray the Father for you; for the Fa" ther himself loveth you," & C. The Father, in his love, hath brought us to the Son; and the Son, in the same love, hath brought us back to the Father; and now the love fows from the Father in and through the Son, most naturally and abundantly. And where the heart is circumcised, and much forgiven, there love returns back most truly and abundantly; so that the Lord our God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, is loved with all the heart, and with all the soul, and nothing is thought too good to facrifice to him, nor nothing too much to suffer for him. Oh! the pure love that springs and flows between the heavenly Father and the spiritual child! The best love that is to be found in this world (in the men of the world) is not worthy to be a shadow of it. God is love, and his children are of him, and partake of, and dwell in, the same love; though the enmity, and highest wifdom of this world, know them not; as it never could know the children of the true wisdom:
Now from this fountain do not only issue springs and streams of life to · refresh our own hearts; but testimonies concerning the life which we feel
and partake of, and concerning our travels from the dark land through the valley of tears (where he that gave us life was our well) towards our restingplace.
These also spring up in us for the fakes of others; of which nature are ha things which follow, in this little treatise. For not for my own fake only did they spring up in me, but to signify to others of the mercy the Lord hath shewn me, and the way wherein he hath led me, and what he hath given me to taste. of and experience in the way; which will answer every true palate, every palate that is seasoned with life, and with true experience. And having received them from the Lord for this very end, to hold them forth to others, in love and in tenderness of spirit my heart is freely given up to him therein; not aiming at any thing thereby but his glory lingly, and the good of such fouls to whom he shall please to extend favour and shew mercy, in opening the heavenly mystery of life and salvation.
I have often said in my heart, Who bath begotten me there? Who would have said that Sarab jhould have given children fuck? My wound was deep, and seemed incurable; but blessed be the Lord, who hath made known to me the physician of value, for whom no disease is too hard, but he is able to cure every sickness, and to relieve and rescue all that are captived and oppressed by the devil, that come unto him, and wait upon him, in the way of his righteous judgments and most tender mercies. For after all my religion and deep exercises, and inward experiences and knowledge, I came to such a loss of what I once had, that I sensibly felt I knew not the Lord, and lay continually groaning and mourning after him, and deeply amicted for want of him. Oh! the pure, living, and precious life, and sweet presence of my God, that my soul wanted ! insomuch as my moisture was turned into the drought of summer, and my bones grown dry and withered! But at length the Lord, in his goodness (Oh! blessed for ever be his name !) breathed upon the dry bones, and I felt life enter from him into me, and the days of deep forrow and distress were at length forgotten, because a heavenly birth was at length conceived and brought forth. And now where is the lackcloth? Where are the ashes ? Oh! there is beauty in life, instead of the ashes in the state without life; and the garment of praise, instead of the spirit of heaviness! O glory, glory, to the binder up of the bruised and broken-ones, to the Redeemer of the captives, to the repairer of the breaches, to the builder up of the wasted and desolate-ones! Glory to his tender mercy, glory to his grace, glory to his love, glory to his wisdom, glory to his power, for ever and ever. Amen.
EXPERIENCE S, &c.
A faithful Testimony concerning the True and Pure
Way of Life; with Breatheings for such as have Desires after it, and yet are Strangers to it. T H IS hath been the cry of my soul from my childhood, even after
holiness, after the presence of the Lord, after union with him, 1 after the nature and image of his Son, after a separation from what was contrary to him, and a being brought forth in the power of his life.
Now blested' be the Lord, that is revealed which answers the cry; which so far as my soul comes to partake of, it is refreshed and satisfied with the supply of that, which it thirsted and cried after.
And all that have felt the true cry, Oh! that they might also be taught of God, and learn aright how to wait upon him, and to walk humbly and in fear before him, that nothing might come between them and the cry of their souls; but they might be led by him into the enjoyment and possession of that, which the true birth (which is born of the Spirit, and is Spirit) naturally longs after.
Now truly there is no other way to life and satisfaction, than by believing in that power, and following that power, which raised Christ from the dead; for that is to work the work in all that are saved. To feel this power revealed within, to have the mind turned to this power, to follow this power in the regenerating work and path, is the way to partake of its virtue, and to experience the redemption which is thereby and therefrom.
And he that is born of the Spirit, and hath his eye opened by the Spirit, and daily exercised thereby; he knoweth the Spirit, and is acquainted with