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LIFE, TRAVELS, SUFFERINGS, CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCES,
AND LABOUR OF LOVE
IN THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY,
ANCIENT, EMINENT AND FAITHFUL SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST,
Who Departed this Life in great Peace with the Lord, the 13th
of the 11th Month, 1690.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Dan. xii. 3. And they that turn many to Righteousness, shall shine as
the Stars for ever and ever.
From the First Edition,
Being a Summary Account of the divers Dispensations of
God to Men, from the beginning of the world to that of our present age, by the ministry and testimony of his faithful servant George Fox, as an introduction to the ensuing Journal.
Divers have been the dispensations of God since the creation of the world unto the sons of men; but the great end of all of them has been the renown of his own excellent name in the creation and restoration of man : man, the emblem of himself, as a God on earth and the glory of all his works. The world began with innocency: all was then good that the good God had made : and as he blessed the works of his hands, so their natures and harmony magnified him their Creator. Then the morning stars sang together for joy, and all parts of his works said Amen to his law : not a jarr in the whole frame, but man in paradise, the beasts in the field, the fowl in the air, the fish in the sea, the lights in the heavens, the fruits of the earth; yea the air, the earth, the water and fire worshipped, praised and exalted his power, wisdom and goodness. O holy sabbath, O holy day to the Lord !
But this happy state lasted not long : for man, the crown and glory of the whole, being tempted to aspire above his place, unhappily yielded against command and duty, as well as interest and felicity; and so fell below it, lost the divine image, the wisdom, power and purity he was made in. By which, being no longer fit for paradise, he was expelled that garden of God, his proper dwelling and residence, and was driven out, as a poor vagabond, from the presence of the Lord, to wander in the earth, the babitation of beasts.
Yet God, that made him had pity on him ; for He seeing he was deceived, and that it was not of malice, or an origi