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me something by it, and supported me through it, and did keep me when Satan, that old serpent, and his accursed crew, did compass me about like bees, when I was in such a situation that I could neither cry nor call on my God for help. He did then go to the utmost length of his chàin, and would, I have no doubt, if he had been permitted, have torn me to pieces, soul and body. What God is like unto our God? o that I could be assured that I should never more entertain one hard thought of him respecting any of his difpensations towards me! But I must conclude, which I do with wishing you prosperity both of soul and body, with much of his presence who is the health of both; and believe me to remain

Your affectionate friend and sister

in the Lord,

The King's Dale.

PHILOMELA.

LETTER

LETTER XLII.

TO PHILOMELA, in the King's Dale.

Oma

Thine epistle afforded me much joy. « Blessed are they that endure temptation, for when they are tried they lhall receive the crown of life," which he hath promised to them that love him. Thou didst say, (O thou of little faith!) “ I Mall not see him;" yet judgment was before him, and he hath brought thee forth to the light, and thou hast beheld his righteousness. How sweet and endearing arc his visits after his long absence! How welcome are his returns after our souls have fat folitary, as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, as a wife of youth refused and deserted ! But he soon makes us forget the shame of our youth, and the reproach of our widowhood; and the adversary that faluteth us with a “ Where is now thy God ?" sees it, and vanishes, inflamed with rage. But he only departs for a season. Nevertheless the armour of God is fufficient to repel the force of all his artillery. God hath planted his fear in our hearts that we may not depart from him. He hath renewed, enlightened, instructed, and influenced our con

sciences

sciences by his Spirit, that he may check and re. proach us for all that is wrong, and approve of all that is right; and we must exercise ourselves day and night not to offend him. We are favoured with the witness, seal, and first-fruits, of the Spirit, and are commanded not to vex or grieve him, left he suspend his freedom, his consolations, and his much-needed assistance, in prayer. The Redeemer has left us also his last legacy, I mean peace; and we have the promise of the enjoyment of it, unless we make to ourselves crooked paths. We have the promise of his presence, and of the light of his countenance likewise, unless our fins hide his face from us, or cause him to return to his place, till we acknowledge our offences, and seek him early. We have also that faith that is of the operation of the Spirit of God; and nothing can unsettle, weaken, damp, or deaden the vigorous actings of faith like our misconduct. Besides these things, we have the helmet of hope, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, the fword of the Spirit, and all sorts of prayer; and these things are more mighty bulwarks against Satan than all the fears of death and wrath, yea, than all the horrors, terrors, threatenings, and curses, of a broken law, which the disciples of Moses pride themselves so much upon. Let my dear fifter pay due attention to these things which accompany falvation, and she shall have rejoicing in herself alone, and not in another, and shall praise her

God God with joyful lips. Moreover, as God lựath reftored her again to the joys of his salvation, let me admonish her not to act the part of a hawking pedlar, left they get weary of her ; but let her entertain her beloved with praises and thanksgivings, as he entertains her with the discoveries of his love.. My kind love to the good man of the house, and tell him I have remembrance of him in my poor prayers. · Excuse haste, as I am a fervant to many. Dear sister, adieu.

Ever thine in the brotherly covenant,

NOCTUA AURITA.

The Desert,

- THE END.

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SERIES OF LETTERS

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DIVINE SUBJECTS,

By CHRISTOPHER GOULDING,

" Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." MATTHEW v. 16.

“ Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashanied when he cometh in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels."

MARK viii. 38,

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