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Wherein you have 

I. The sound of the Voice, in the 

History of the Two late Dreadful Judgments 

II. The Interpretation of the Voice in 

a Discovery of the Cause and Design of these 

The Fifth Edition, corrected. 

— _4, 

By T. Fincent, sometime Minister of 
MaudlinSy Milk-street^ London. 

Micah 6. 9. The Voice of the Lord crieik unio 
the Cityy and the Man of Wisdom shall see 
thy Name: Hear ye the Bod, and who hath 
appointed it. 

Printed for George Calvert, 1667. 


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To all sach of .the City who have seen the 
desolations of Ijtmdaa by the late" jndg. 
ments of Plague and Fire. 

IT imghthane ieemei more smmmMe unto «^e, 
tfa fpork of ihk nature had come forih tmio mom 
more hnmediUUely after the somul of God^4 terrihie 
voice, and execution, at kaet, qf the but dreadful 
Judgment qf (lie fire; becauee if a man strikes 
mkUe tk^ iron is hot, U is likdy to make the usore 
deep impression ; which, when it grawscool, grows 
hard and uamoUeaUe; and if the hammer of the 
word had been used, when London was newkf come 
forth of the furnace, some might think they would 
have yielded the more easily unto its strokes, and 
the better have received the fashion which this 
hammer would work them unto ; and that, since the 
fresh and lively remembrance of the judgment is 
more worn off; it is to be feared that they are more 
cooled and hardened, and therefore in Uhelihood 
it will be more difficult to effect a due impression 
of the judgments, by the word, upon them : yet, 
besides that it was not in my thoughts to attempt 
this work, until the greatest part of the winter 
was spent; I may further add, that though a 
discourse concerning the plague would have been 
most seasonable under the judgment itself, when 

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people, who were generally taken off^ from their 
trading, had room and time for retirement and 
amiideratiotit more than ever they had in their 
lives before; and .therefore were more likely to 
lay to heart what might he spoken or written unto 
ihem^ on that subject ; Yet the reason is not the 
same in the Judgment of the fire , which (however 
startling and astonishing), was so far from giving 
them retiring time for consideration, as the former 
judgment of the plague had done ; that it did 
engage th4m unto more laborious works than ever 
they had, not only while London was bumping, in 
removing what they could save of their goods 
from the fire ; but also since, in looking out new 
habitations, and fitting their houses and shops 
for trades^ which hath given them occasion for 
so much distraction, that I fear they could hardly 
settle their minds to read and consider so seriously 
as they should, what the Lord hath been doing 
with them, and speaking unto them by this 
Terrible Voice^ which hath sounded so loud in 
their ears; but by this time I hope that the most 
have attained to some kiiid of Settlement ; at least, 
so much, as to give them leave to sit dotvu and 
ponder upon the meaning of God, in these strange 
and dreadful judgments of plague and fire in 
the city; and therefore this book may be more 
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written and presented to them immediate^ after 
the Jire had burnt them out of their habitations* 
Friends, it is high time for all of you to retire 
yourselves, and bethink yourselves, and wisely to 
consider God's dealings with you; to open your 
ear, and labour to understand these speaking 
judgments, lest, if God be provoked by your deaf" 
ness and incorrigibleness to speak a third time, it 
be in your utter ruin and desolation. If these 
papers be any ways helpful to revive in your me- 
mories the judgments themselves, by the Historical 
Narration which here you have of them, to work 
your hearts to some sense of sin in discovery of 
the cause; and to persuade you to a ready com- 
pliance with Go^s design, in the declaring of 
what God now expects from you, after such 
dreatful executions; as yours will be the benefit, 
so I desire that God may have the whole glory ; 
and that you would make this return for my help 
of you, to help me with your prayers, that I may 
be the more helpful to you in mine, who am 

Your dearly affectionate Friend, 
and Servant in the Lord, 


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PsALii Ixv. part of the fifth vertex 

' By terrible iking$ in righteouMnea tvilt thou 
answer us." 


^Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and 
e people not be afraid ? Shall there be eril in 
the city, and the Lord hath not done it? The 
lion hadi roared, who will not fear? the Lord 
God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?*^ 
Amos ill. 6. 8. When the Pharisees spake to 
our Saviour to rebuke his disciples for their loud 
praises of the Lord with hosannas. He tells 
them, " If they should hold their peace, the 
atones would immediately cry out,** Luke xix. 
39, 40. And we read in Habakku^c^ ^jlwp. ii. 1 K 


'' Of the ttone crying out of the wall. Rod the 
beam out of the timber making answer.** Cer-* 
tainly we in London have lately heard the cry 
of stones and walls, of timber and beams in their 
fall afid[ flajfivBs; 1 xn?#n in the iRtl? drf»dful 
fire, which hath laid our Jerusalem in heaps ; or 
rather, we have heard the voice of God in this 
and other terrible things which have come upon 
us : let none then rebuke, if one so unfit, do 
make an attempt to 8pe«i)c lopiething of the 
meaning of London's fire, or of God's terrible 
voice in this and other judgments, when by the 
mouth of babes God can declare his will. 


*' By terrible things in riglieousness will thou 
answer us J* 

This whole Psalm breathes forth nothing but 
grace and goodness unto the people of Qod,. 
ftom the beginning of it,' to the ^nd; yea> ii^ 
t^ vcr^e of ijay t^xt w^re GiJ^ speal^a qiost 
t^iffibly. 9n4 rightepusly i^ th^ judgmepjts. and 
de$iru4iqn^if )#hhi? bri^getb upon their enemies, 
jet hie is c^lleci ijhe^.Qod of their solvation'; and 
tjty>se teNcri|>Ie things by vhich God speaks, ara 
not 9nly f^ righteous answer unto theii* enemies' 
^ipi^, bvt.alsa^.gr^ciou^ uiswer.unto his people's 
myet^ : b^ tej;:fible; things in righteousness wilt 
tlvou ajipwjBr ufl, 

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mtMifted Btmrnt, m th^ b«fell i)ti)y the enetifSet 
vrf Qod's peewit, iiiid tile wklMd, wMst fb^ 
i%ht«Mi9 do escape', lihd it nmy he hereby at^ 
Imserved ; iNit Aft they may befd! any {leople, 
not exolucKn^ God's people, whom the Lord may 
mnsvrcr by terriMe things iti WghteottMesa. 

Two doctrini^ we mky otMrerye. 

Duet. 1. THtft Gtd deih Mhetime$ tpehk nnio 
a people by lerrifjie Mngii. 

Doet. S» fliai when Gorf dolk speak most ierri^ 
hfy. He doth answer moH figfUetmdy. 

First. Thai God dtilh speak souutitna Un^d 
people by ierril}U things. 

Here I shall show^ 

1. How Qod may be said io speah 

^. What those terrihk ihingi are hjf which CM 
'doth sometimes speak* 

3. TTAy God doth Mometimes speak UHto a peopk 
by terrihU things ; and then apply, 

1. Bow God ma^ he said (o speak. 

God, being k Spirit, bath no mouth nor tongue 
ilroperly as men have^ \irfao have bodies; and 
therefore his way of speaking is not like ours 
(though somletihies he hath created A voice in 
is articulate a sound, as if it had proceeded fi'om 
the mouth of ttian, to declare his will,) but 
there are several ways in Which God hath spoken, 
and doth speak unto the children of men, by 
which he doth as really and eilectually make 
known his mind^ as if he qMike with man's 

1. God hath spokeli formerly unto men imme- 


diately^ in extraordinary ways^ and that aome^ 
times more terribly; as when he gave the lav 
upon Mount Sinai^ when the Moimt burned with 
fire, and there was blackness, and darkness, and 
tempest, thunderings and lightnings, and the 
sound of the trumpet exceeding loud, and the 
voice of words so exceeding terrible, that it 
made the whole camp to tremble; and Moses 
himself said, ^* I exceedingly fear and quake/* 
Exod. xix. 16; Heb. xii. 18— 21. 

This way of God's speaking, the children of 
Israel were not able to bear ; therefore they de» 
sired that Moses might speak unto them ^ but 
that God would not speak unto them thus any 
more, lest they should die, Exod. xx. 19. 

At other times God spake with, a more still 
and gentle voice, and in i more mild way, as 
when he spake to Samuel in the night, he 
thought at first that it had been the voice of 
Eli, 1 Sam. iii. 4, 5. Thus God spake unto 
Abraham, unto jacqb, unto Moses, to whom It 
is said, ** He spake face to face, as a man speak« 
eth to his friend,'' Exod. xxxiii. 11. 

God spake also in an extraordinary way to 
his prophets of old, when he made known unto 
them his counsel, that they might declare it unto 
the people ; sometimes he spake unto them with 
an audible voice, which he created when no 
shape was seen ; sometimes by angels, who ap- 
peared in bodies, which they laid down agam 
when they had delivered their message; some- 
times by dreams and visions in the night ; some- 
times by Urim and Thummim ; sometimes . by 

ore secret inspirations of the Spirit. 


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In die kM days of Gad*ii extnunrdinary qmfc^ 
ing, be spake by tbe most extraordinary peribn, 
mudelv, by his own most dearly beloved, and 
only liegotten Son, Heb. L I, 2 ; irhom he sent 
Ottt of bis boaoth to declare hiroielf, John i. 18 ; 
arid rereal what he had heard of the Father, 
Jdhn xy« 16> who brought IHb ind immorulity 
to light by the Gospel^ and made known God'a 
piirpoBe and grace in man's salvation; S Tin. 
L]9, 10; and uttered audi things a^ were kept 
eecret finoni the foundation of ttie world, Matt 
ziii; 3$^. The Gospd b^n to b^ spoken of b^ 
the LorB Jeshs lildis^, and was ceniinued and 
confirmed. by bis Atkxrdcs, who ii^ere his wiU 
•es^ to wfaotti Gdd aisd did heir >#itaeaB with 
Qs, and wonders, and div^ers miracles, add 
I of the HMy Ghosts accdirdnig to hia #il], 

ebr g. 8> 4i 

2. And nd«f, dibiigh nbt do imnediatdlyi and 
in ifoch eitfatfrdinaiy ways> yet still God dotk 
iqpeak unto iUer children of men. There wx^ two 
wa^s o^ GodV s^iaking noW linto mln> namely, 
Ida laord andhls le^iljr. 

1. Hia ihwi contiHntfd in tbe Scr^rea df 
the Old and New TeatitmArt^ which holy ineil 
#rote Uthey wert^ifxapit'ed by tbe Hdy Ohost^ 
t Fet. f. 2K And thua God spesketU either 
inftemOly by his word done, car int^naily with 
hia wdrd by his Spirit. 

1. Goil 8i}teihet& abw unto men externaify by 
hii^ ^ord aionr, to' some more silently, unto 
whom hc^ gives his Scriptures only to be read, 
ahO brings to ifaeir view* his -v^rittea word alone, 
;wMfoiit &i adVifntage of other ordinances, wbich 

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Unto dlbeni be speaks mom audtUyi wInn 
dieGrospel doth 'sound in their ears^ w/id wbh 
ih9 SeriptttresGod sendelh bis ministertto ptemik 
unto them. -' 

God spesketb by his> mbustefs^ wbo em bn 
wetdaBtn, m Us'nametaivant the people of b« 
Indgenmls tempore! laid etemel, wiiidi in die 
Scriptures be hath threatened^ Exdc* ill 17> 1^ 
ifee.; baiab'lxii. 6» who ave the Loed's am- 
bttssador% 2 Cor. ▼• 20; horn whom they have 
acommissioirtD preadk the Ge^xd» and dodaie 
the gbd tidkigs of sd^atioa ootp aU ttteii as 
jrepeni^ and IMoft, and yidd op tibenadvos ttnlo 
tba obedienoa of tbtt word* 

'Miaisters stand in thoroomof Chriat; tuidit 
is well fcMT US Aat Qod speaks onto na fa^ aaina- 
sterSf because we should not be able to endnro, 
dididd 'ho speak imto «e iiBnodialel|P by Mm- 
odf ; 'shonld he speak unto us with an andiyo 
.Yoico* as he did to the .chikben of Iscad .on 
Mount Sinaiy when he gave the law^iibis worii 
be oo terrible, thai wftk ifaem we shonld desire 
io hcMT Mo6es»'8nd draoee mtnistera mtbn to 
apeak unto us ; yea, if €hx»t Jeans hiosadf shottM 
00000 dMm from heaven, however he mighkJiave 
^faoon heard in his sCato of hmnlliatkin, when hia 
I)eity was so mudi veiled; yet if he diould now 
appear in the ^ory he hath wkh the Father, 
4Mr as he appealed unto John his beloved dii^ 
.ciple, when liis*eyes were as a flmne o£ fire^ and 
his eottatenanee like the iron when it shined»in 
fta fuU^atienglh, and his: voice kke- the 

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mntfrmntmk : I aqr^if Chiiit tibmM t 
and preadi uDto us, such a dread and i 
ntttT w<Niid Ml vfon iia, that we <hodd fall 
domi'daad' at )m 1^ tm hk dkeiple iofan did^ 
Umm:i. 19*^17. Therafora it ia batter for ua ia 
this state of weakness, that God speakadi to «a 
hf nriniaten, men of like passions am infirmitiea 
vkkoarartrea, whomwenajbesdblato baar,and 
fAom ivorda, natwitlMtaoding' o«r weakiMBB, we 
Biay tie M» to hear. 

f . Aid doth now also speak unto men inter* 
muO^, w!kb hie word by hia Spirft, when God 
sends hii %irit with hts word, Ibr oonvietion oniy» 
or abnea eomnon work: thus God calls open the 
winkedv whe^ait ander the pteaching of the wstd, 
moves and strives with theoi foj Ma Sporit^ bnt 
Ibay tresist die Spnit, slide eonvioiiom» and will 
BofciMMrlBsn t» hia adb and nMtnna, Gen. v& 5 ; 

'•" fot espedalty God speaka with hia weed hjr 
hie Spiriti when he sendeth Ins %irit Ur ee»* 
Teraien, and to^feet a aairing ehenfe: thue God 
apedks iriien he calMi blind aiuMra o«t of 
dMrUaeia into his marvdlena light, 1 Fet« ii. 9; 
qnickeatttlr dead ainnera, ptHting ineo them a 
new- principle of spiritual liie, £phaa. ii« 1 ; 
reaeo^ etndaved miners oot of Satm'a snare; 
9Tim^ n. e6; deltveiing them ftonr the power 
of the devil, and tfanslatii^ them into thr king- 
deea of Ids dear Son, €oL i* 13; when by his 
Spirit fardmweth sinners^ John vi« 44 ; and joina 
tlHHn''iintx> Jesus Christy 1 Cor. vL 17; God 
q)ettlsech nnto men with his word by luaSpffit, 
%]isii:<iK doth thne effis^oi^ly eidl them; and 

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he speaketh unto men also by hfs Spirit^ when 
he gradously visiteth them which are calledi 
when he teaeheth, naeheth^ warmeth, quickeneth^ 
strengtheneth^ and rdfreshfeth them by his Spirit^ 
as they sit under the inflaenee of his ordinances, 
when he speaketh peace unto their consciences^ 
sheweth them his recohbfled face, shedding 
abroad his lore in theh' hearts, and gfveth such 
sweet comforts, and ravishing joy as is nnspeak^* 
able, and full of glory, John vi. 45; John xiv. 2(i j 
Luke xxiv. 52; Psal* exliii. 11 ; Bphes. lii. l6; 
Actk iii. )9; Psahn Ixxxv. S; Rom« v. 5; Psklm 
xdv. 19 ; 1 Pet. i. d. 

2. God speaketh unto men by his ttorh; and 
that either by his work« of creation^ or Jby his 
works of providence. 

1. God speaketh by his works ofofeaiionf: and 
havens have a voice, and dedate God^s glotyi 
Psalm xix. 1 ; and the earth hath n6t only ah 
e«r to ear, Isa. U ft I but alsb a tongue, as it 
were, to apeak God^s praise. We read of A4 
seas roaring, and the floods clapping fheir hands ; 
of fhe mounUiins sinking, and the trees of the 
wood sounding fbrth their joyful aeclamatidns ; 
yeai beasts and all cattle, creeping things^ and 
flying fowl, dragons and all deeps; firej bati/ 
snow, rain, and stormy wind, as they ful^ his 
word, so diey speak, and in their Way declare 
what their Maker is; or rather in tUem, and Dy 
them God doth speaky and make kno^n somc^' 
thing of hiniself, Psal. cxlviit. 7^ 8^ 10, Ste. 

We read of the voice of the Lofd hi powe^; 
the voice of the Lord ill Migesty, the Voice of 
the Lord upon the, waters, the iroide of tUe Lord 

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dmding the flames of fire, the voice of the Lord 
shaking the wilderness of Ksdesh, breaking the 
cedars of Lebanon, and the like, which is the 
voice of the Lord in the terrible nmse of thunder^ 
PsaL xxix. S — 8. 

And there is no one work of the Lord (dioiigh 
not with such a noise) whidi doth not with a 
loud voice, as it were, in the name of the Lord, 
proclaim onto Uie children of men how great 
and glorious the Lord is, who hath given it its 
being, and use, and place in the world ; espe- 
dally the work of God in the make of Man, his 
body, the memb^v and senses; his soul (its 
powera and Acuities) doth wiUioul a tongue 
speak the praise of that God who corioosly 
framed the body in the womb, and immediately 
infused the living soul, Psal. cxxxiz. 14, 15; 
Zech. xiL 1. 

2. God speaketh by his works of promdence, 
and that both merciful and afflictive. 

1. God speaketh by his mereifid providences ; 
by his patience, and bounty, and goodness. He 
calleth men unto repentance, Rom. iL 4. He 
giveth witness of himself^ in giving rain and 
fruitful seasons, Acts xi v. ] 7. 

God's providing mercies, God's preventing 
mercies, God's preserving mercies, God's deliver* 
ing mercies ; the number of God's mercies which 
cannot be reckoned; the order and strange 
method of God's mercies, which cannot be de* 
dared ; the greatness of God's mercies in the 
kinds and strange circumstances which cannot 
be expressed^ do all with open mouth call upon 
men from the Lord to repent oC their sins whidi 

10 god's TlftRlUlE tOICE 

ihey hsVe covmnitted against hltn, and to yMi 
ttll We, thankfulness, and obedience nnto faikh; 

S. God siifeakc^li by lAr afflictive frovidehde^: 
there 18 k voice of God in hiis rod, as iveW as in 
his word, Mic. vi. 9. " Hear the rdd, atfd whd 
bath appointed it ;'* t^hen God «'cha^eneth» he 
leachetb," Ptehn xciv. 12. Wheh God llfteth 
Up his hand, and -strikes, he openeth his rti6oth 
also, and speaks ; and sometimi^s openeth men*)! 
ears too, and sealeth their instraction^ Job 
xxxiii. 16. 

Sometiilies God speaks by rods more mildly, 
by lesser dSlictions; sometimes Ood speaks by 
teorphnt riiore terribly, by greater jadgtnettts: 
whieh leads to the second pardeular. 


Wlua are those terriBk things hf tohiek God 
doth sometkkes speakf 

The word in the original is Nwaoth (iVom Jtm 
which signifieth, he feared ;) terrible thiiigft art 
aiich great judgments of God, as do nsaally mlike 
a gener^ impression of fear upon the hearts of 

Take some instances* 

1 . The fjktgHB is a terrible judgmerit hy iihiek 
Ood speaks unto men. It is a apeakitig jndg'^ 
insnt ; where God sends the pla^oe, he spMkit, 
and he ^eaks terribly ( the plagae k «ftry terri- 
ble, as It effecteth terrors^^gtJiei^stilence which 

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wtU^e^ in di^k0e89» ia called die "tencr hp 

mghu Fsakfii xci. 5, 6. 

. The pkgae i« very terrible, in thaty 

}• It is 80 poisfinous a diaeaae; it poiaona tbe 
blopd.i^rHi apirit9» bireeda a straoge kiaui of venom 
ip tim bo4y> wbkh. breaketh fotb awnrrirow in 
bQilmand Um^ and greet earbunelea; or else 
vorjka mere 4ajQgerouaty> wJben il prei^ib upon 
tb0 xitel;i msm iowardly. 

9. It. ift «o i^fiiome e diaeaae; it tuma the 
good bumWa ioto putrefiiction* which putting 
forlli UmV. in. the ifpuea oC mnning aorei^ deth 
give a most noisome smell: auch. a diaaano for 
loaA^ooaf^ii^as.we^veadof* Paahnuxyiaa. £• 7» 11* 
^' My wonndi, eilefc and ere eonrnpty my loine 
are fiJIed with a loathaome disease, and there ia 
no aoundneas in my fleah: my lovera and my 
frienda atand aloof off from my aove, and my 
kinwMn atand afar oft" 

3» It if. so inftcUms a disease: it spreadeth* 
iliaelf ifofie than, the lepre^ emeogat the Jews; 
it infecteth not^mly tfaoie.wbiah are veak, and 
ipfirm. in body, and full of ill humoura^ but alan 
l^bnie ji^aDs .young* tlrnng* heillbfiU, end of. 
Ui<^be4:ti»iiparatnre: aadlhaliSoeselinieeaeoDar 
^<m;.otJbei:a« Tbe plague ia. iniSoetionat and 
greatly;^ i^feetiona* whele dtiea ,heve been depo- 
pulated through its spreading, mMiy whole lann-* 
lies have Deceived infection^ and death one finont 
afM^r thecahy: whifbis the thud thii^ that 
repdereth the plague so terrible* . • 

4;*.\Iti9SQ deadly: it kills . where, it ce 
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12 qod'm yu&ible voice 

tmoAj;) rerj 4m c^mci^,^ e^Mcidlly ttpw in 
6nlt eotanoicef and before ito ma]%iiity be spemt; 
few are toudied by it, bnt diey are killed by it: 
and it kills ^uidatfy; ^is it giv«s bo warning 
befoi^itcoBies; aaddeolytbeanwwia^citwhi^ 
woundeth unto the beart ; so it gives little time of 
preparation bafer* it brings to fibe grave : iicdar 
other diseases mea may Unger out many wesfca 
and months ; under some divers yaan ; but die 
plague usually ksHethwitbia a liimr days; aoae« 
times^ within a few bcHirs after its iirM; appvoaah^ 
Amagh the boOywere never so strong and free 
fromdisiBase befoee. > 

The plagne is very terrible; ii is terfl»lefM» tfaem 
diat lurveit; iaaomodi wb itasnally comes with 
grim Death^.tbe king of tenors, in its hand*; 
and it is terrttxle to them wbidi haw it'«o^ 
beeause of ^tbeir - dangce of being inibcted hj^ it ; 
the fear of which have made sadi an inpiessioR 
upon some, thatst faatb rased out of their hearts^ 
for the wli^, afi aiectioBs of love and 'psty to 
their neasest^relatioM vumI deaiest friendsii a» 
tint when the disease bathfirstseized upon tbeni> 
and 'they have had the gireatest need of«> — e eotw ^ 
they.have left- their friends in (distress^' and ^flown 
away from them, as if they had been their e nam iefc 

2. j| dduge'k^ mater u^ a ternUe yjudgmemiit 
There baw been several floods whioh we read 
of in hhlorieay that have suddenly bneken'in 
vfim aome places, and ovetvhelmedhabitalians' 
and inhabitants logetheiv 

But God never did, and never willispeakao 
terribly by a deluge. of water, aabj ^« gs^>«^ 

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Mn^-kk^^em'Jkfs «^NMh, wImi the 

«illMiMrttr^w«foi»8^ I Adi fit it MfaM 
yooreyei^mtof Gen. vii. from the 11th ywm«» 
ttewd «f 4iM} «lunt6r« ^ In tlia «lh ImumInMi 
ywr •f MiNih'0 i)Hb» in Hie 
tint ggwe uumitL • dity 4if Ae i 
daffweweUtiw: fewrtMnn of the 

toiuid ^Kt to ithe gnat fon^eo tint tkei 
covered the earth as they did at the hepnni^^t 
*tqBiil«tie mmdtm% of heaven iveie opened/ out 
of 'ipfaidii'God;.h»eiL0d &rth.w eager vpon the 
Midiy and pouradibrlh a "^ vial of hie wrath/? 
caoehig k to min '£(utf days and faty nighia 
in«lrei^kftd afaowers, aceooBpiBnedy ee is pfehable» 
witii'etomiy wiilde, andiudeaos tempeets, .vhkh 
patiitfiewBHdineeaftightandeaBBScnienft; when 
Idle lAtmeRt of air o ee med to be changed into 
wttter^ «ad nich a torrent£owed in upoA them on 
eveiy Ade^ w» may gueet whatfear theyweee 
oveewMnied w«lhal9 bnt Noah and hiafinaly 

Xinto tiM arfc^ and die Loid <' abet them 

iiry M if kiH the wnlers kvcreaied^ and here op the 
aiii^amd>ut'wei'lift'up above tlie eavth> and the 
waters *fnoM*aed, and))fevaikd ^greatly npon the 
earthy end the ark went upon the face of: the 
wfltere^vo^fthat all the* high hilla and monntaine 
were covered fifteen cubiti: then all fleehdied^ 
Umli aipd'ORttle, and heast^ and every Uiing diat 
eeeepedor moml oft.:threa«lfa| and every. man; 
and Noah only remained alive, and they that 

14 OODV Ti»aiI3t£. FOICE 

yfiik hiob in A0 uk." God t^tkft tben 
iBnibljr indeed wiD die widfad w^fli by the 
flood) iniiidi devwiffd tlMm ,alt»gislh in ibe 
imdiit o£ tkftir «eminlf and mb ; bttt God bath 
~i Imrvnli neirer qp^ak Ihifii, by- .water aay 

jRiiiv M <nalter:l0TJUe lAfh^ ivAerciff God 
\kmi( ta j i haari i» ootUeni with a mfdpeo" 
fki ¥hm ia verifrrdraadfidl irheoi it/ hath a^^iammiif 
■m^fi^em Qod, aiid'.»Hcft'vritb>>Dtadiaaaibi9^- 
bia iaBtlflr» and prniailawitboatYafisttiQce* God 
wpidwieanb}tyby .§u9immttkSsii GoiQoiqratb 

when he xlHiied £ra «nd brfan^tona an tbose iMf^ 
and coBMiiajed.theab Site Cren. xia. fraao^ the 
Mth Taneto Iba Sfitb. ** TM L<«rd rained £fe 
and brimatona out of hearoi^ and a¥evtbraw. lbo«e 
aitiea and the inbabilanta togelber; and when 
Afamfaam looked tmraid Sadwn .and Gmi^onabt 
and iheJand aS tha f^mf he aaw tha amoka of 
tfaa eiHmtiy gaiuplfkathe smakeaf a faisaoa," 

God apaka tarribly, tben^hi nol ao/tamb^« 4e 
JUarosaieaiy when ha fiafianed. their city to be act 
ottifire by the Baby kmiana^aBd their tenij^e toba 
btnmttathagronad. SaaJee^lii. 3S, i$. .-. 

Bat the mart fearful imtannaa of God'&Jtereihk 
aoioebyfimara yettaeameftihtta'God wiUtifieak 
by fire, unto apintuid Babylon, which may easily 
be proved to be I^ma, from Rav. xvii4 lf« She 
then b^ig tbe^rcateit^jr, whiab reigoad^yer tba 
kinga of the earth. . Baby kin's burning with fire 
you may read. Bar. xviii. 8-i-«10, &c^ " Thar^ 
£aca i^idl bar ]^^^ea come m one, ^$^^ death 
and moarning, and faraina, and ahe ahall be 
iitttrly burnt witih §ge ; teatiang ia theliprd God 

IN tim dTT. . 1$ 

wiMjttdgethlier: «ndl«hekiiigt ofdieenthiriM 
hk^e tfonmiitled iUvfealiatt, amK Ihwd delicimit^ 
with her, ^hall be«rml btr, and Inniwit for hm, 
when thi^ shall see the aiDolie of ber bttrmiig ; 
itandlng «fer o# ibr -fter of btr tofnwnt, n^iagv 
Alas, that great city Babylon ! that mighty tkft 
ior 4n one hour ia thy jik^nKntoanc^" See. 

God siiake terrMy by ire when Loadon waa 
ifl flanaaes, of whkh in the afipKeation ; but be witt 
sjfeak far man terribly wben Babyion sbatt be in 
ftsiAes ; and not only in part, but • wbol^> aad 
trtterly, and irfeparahly butnly and tnnied into 
ashes: when not only Ao city shall be co»> 
aomeit, but also the Whoee heraetf ''shall be 
bsfted aktd maide desolate, and deaoaeed with icn 
by tho kings of the earth/' Rev. xvii. 10* 

The last instanee of God's speaking teniUy by 
fifO will be Hie ioH i/oy, wheii the Lord Jesaa 
drrist, the jod|^ of 4fmsk and dead» shall oonw 
down fi^em heaven in iaming'firet to take vet>» 
geoMce oil an tlM^se* that knaw net God, and 
obey n6t tfhe Oospel,^ t Tlieas. L 7, 8. And the 
Apostle Peter tells us, that '^tbe beavensand 
the earth are reserved in aCore for fire agamat this 
daiy; wfae«t the heavens shall paaa away with a 
great noise, end the ehaneats melt with ferveat 
belit, and the earth' and all the works therein shall 
be burnt up/' 2 Pot. iii. 7-— 10. Then God wfll 
l^enk telriblj by lire, and above all, most terribly 
16 the fifngodly workl; when he will sentonee 
tfiefn unto, anid cast them into the fire of hell, 
where they must' dwell with devouring fire, and 
inhabit ev^rlattdng burnings* 

41 Tke mord u a ^teadfid Judgment, wksreby 


Gbd speaks sometimes ^ery ierribfy: espedalfy 
when he draws it forth against his owit and his 
people's enemies. Hear how terribly God speaks 
in Deut. xxtii. 39-^-4^. *' See now that I, even 
I, am he, and there is no God with me; I kill 
and I make aKve ; 'I woand, and I heal ; neitfaier 
is there any that can deliver out of my hand: 
For I lift tip my hand to heaven, and aay/ I 
live for ever. If I whet my glittering swovd, and 
my hand take hold on juf^ment, I will render 
vengeance to mine enenues, and reward them tlMt 
hate me : I will make mine arrows dmnk with 
blood (and my sword shall devour flesh)- end that 
with the blood of the sidn, and of the captives, 
from the beginning of revenges upon the ene^ 

Wfaen-pod ftirbiihedi his swerd^, and wh^sft ; 
when God girdisth his sword upon ki&thigh^ and 
marcheth against his enemies ; when he dmweth 
his sword, and maketii slaughter with itf$ when 
his sword devoureth much flesh, and is made 
drunk with the blood of the slain ; when Ood 
^ves commission to the sword, ssying, ** Sword, 
go through such a land;" as Esek. xiv. 17. 
And ** pours out his fbry on the land ia blood ;** 
as verse 19. So that the sword is bethed in 
blood, and garments' are rolled in bldod, and the 
land is soaked in blood ; when blood is poured 
forth like water, and dead bodies are cast Ibrth 
into the open field without burial; and GofX 
makes an invitation to all (bathered fowl «o 
gather themselves together, and feast themselves 
upon the carcases of the slain ; as Esek. -luuiix* 
1 7—20. When God comes niihtLdied garments 

IK lUM, CITT. 17 

Ami BmhA,'' b^IxiiL I. '« Wbcn he gathcrelb 
the nations, and brings tbem into the valley of 
J«h^bapha|» and thither causeth hi« mighty ones 
to come down againit them/' Joel iii. 2. 11. 
When the day of Ood'a imiignation doth come, 
mad he makes sncfa a slaughter amongst his ene- 
miea, that the '* earth doth stink wiSi their car* 
casesy and the mountains do melt with their 
ll)#od," Isa, xxxiv.ft, S. When God '* treadeth 
the wine-press of his wrath without the city, and 
<illii» hkied-ooneaoutof the wine-press« even to the 
bovtes" bridles^'' Rev. ziv. ^0. In a word, when 
dps Laed shaU come forth upon his white ** horse" 
laixh bis armies | and shall destroy the beast, and 
all the powers of the earth that take part' with 
him ; as Pev, six* from the llth vene to the end: 
tlien €Uxl will speak terribhr indeed againsl his 
enemies by the sword, then he will '* roar out of 
Zioi^ and utter his voice from Jeruialem,'' and 
that in such a manner, as will '' make both the 
beavens and the earth to tremble," Joel iii. l6^' 

And Indeed God speaks with a terrible voioe, 
wherever he sends the sword, and makes the 
alarm of war lo be heard ; as sometimes he sends 
it! amongst bis own people for their sin, 1 Kings 
viii. 3^* 

When God brings into a land a people ef 
another langunge aiKl religion, of a fierce oounte* 
nattcean4 cruel disposition; and gives them 
power to prevail, and bring the land under their 
feeftf'SO that the mighty men are cut off by them, 
and-Ae men of vidour crushed in the gate; the 
yonag men fly and fall before them, and there is 
) tomke any msistancei wh^fjie^^e^ in 

18 god's TERRIiaB VOICE 

upon dties, plunder boujBes, raviah . weaM» .^nd 
inaids^ strip and spoil, and put «U U> the awoed» 
the young with, the grey hei^d, fmrveUy/ ri(ft 4ip 
women with child^ and without any pity ooJitfcliit 
infants, dash them i^ainst .the 9tonet. . Gad 
speaks more terribly, by such &j«itigiiiiiiit, tkoa bf 
plague or fire. t 

5. The/amine is 4i dreadful Judgmetii, wheKeb^ 
God speaks samelimes unto a people very Jerr**^ 
hbf; when God ,'* «tretche$h. upoa a.pface the 
lines of confusion^ and the stones of emptiii^ss,'^ 
asi Isa. xxxiy. 11. . When God seodeth . detaoflss 
of teeth into cities^ as Amosiv,.?. WhMft.Ood 
shooteth into a land the. evil arrows . of Amine* 
and it becomes exoeediog sose; ithis is onetef -the 
most dreadful of all judgisieotsinthiB world*— - 
far beyond plsjgue, or fire, or sword. S«e faonr 
pathetically the famine amongst the Jews: is .de* 
scribed^by Jeremiah in his LamentatioDs» chap. iv« 
from the 4th verse to the 12tb. '' The tongne 
of the sucking phild deavc^r to the roof ef iiia 
mouth for thirst; the. young chiUren ask ior 
bread, and no man breaketh it unto tbem- Tht^ 
that fed delicately are, desoiate in the straels. 
They thi^ were brought up ia scailei embmoe 
dunghills. For the punishment of the iniqui^ 
of the daughter of my people is gisater than the 
punishment of the sin ot* Sodom,, that wafteiec" 
thrown in a moment^ and no. bands stayed ton IkOL 
Her Nazarites were purer than snow ; whiter tfaaa 
milk ; they were more ruddy in body than ffubkii; 
their polishing was of sapphire; their via^gria 
blacker than a coal; they are Aot known injthe 
streeU; their.skia<;Uavddi to. their bones; il is 

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wftherod^it Ss beeMie lifc^ a stidc. They that be 
slaMfr with the vironi, are better than they which 
b^alain withhimger ; for these pine away stricken 
through £ot want of the frutto of the earth. The 
bands of the pitiful women have sodden their own 
chiidMiK they wet e their meat in the destruction 
of the daughter of my people. The Lord hath 
aeooaipysb^ his fury, he hath poured out hia 
fierosi aoger." 

■6* The sixtk t&ribk judgment u a famine ef 
the Wm^mhich. \b threatened, Amos yiii 11, 12. 
" Behold* the days eome, saith the Lord, that I 
wdlli aeml a famine in the land ; not a famine of 
bread, nor a thirst for water, but (»f hearing the 
worda«f the Lord: and they shall wander from 
sea to- sea, and from the north even to the east, 
and^they shall run to and iro to seek the word of 
the Loud, and shall not find it.** 

A famine of the Word is a worse judgment 
than Ji famine of bread! Indeed few do really 
think so, because the most judge according to 
sense; but that it is so, is evident to a man of 
faith' and consideration : for as the soul Is more ' 
exeellebit than the body; and the concernments 
of the other Hfe, far beyond the concernments of 
this .life : 801 the provisiona finr the aonl are morti 
exoellent than the provisions for the borly, and 
thoLineaaa of getting eternal life, to be preferred 
beficve the nwaos of preserving temporal lif^; and 
thorcftnre by consequence the death and scarcity 
of.paoiviflioBa for the soul, must needs be a greater 
judgveat dian a aearcity of provisions for the 
bo^ . t Unlw whteh I might add, that the famine 
of tbm .Wind dotb usually bring Krjg^^l many 

20 god's TBRaiB£E VOICE 

teinporal judgmtntt; the beming of Iht tam^t 
at Jepusalenoy und the failiiig of vuum wm acomi** 
paniecl with skughtar by the swofd^ and taplMtf 
of the land. 

7. And lastly, God wptmki nmt Hrnhly-umt^a 
fmofk when he tendt dmen of then judgmeaU 
iCKfeiher, as Lam. i. 80% '' Abroad the awcMd b»' 
naavelh, at home there is death ;*' ivheo caeimea 
without, plague and famine within* Qod ^Moka 
terriblj, wfc^n fire and sword go tc^etber, or 
sword and iaminey or fimrine and pleg«e^ of 
femlne of bread/ aad finmne of the Word. 

These are some of the terrible thiiigs by which 
(jod doth sometimea q^eak. 


Why is it that the Lord doth speak unto a people 
by such terrible things ? 

Tm reason is^ because fieopla do not heerkea 
unto him, speaking any other way. " Gods|ieaki* 
eth once, yea, twioe» bot men peroaive it not," 
Job xxidii. 14. God's gentle voice is not heaid 
or minded, therefoce he speaks more loudly, and 
terribly, that people might be awakened to hear< 
Particularly God speaks thais tenihly, 

8. B€aau3epeapl$ do noi hmrhen iQ the vofcc ^ 
Aw Word ai9d meneHgerMi,g§^j^^ audibly 

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t»|mmii«tor8» and wKrni they are nut reftarded, he 
apeeki more feelin^y by judgments; he tpnke 
first ^'threalemnge, end when they ere slighted^ 
be speaks by executions. God first lifts up hie 
vcnee^and warns by his Werd, before he liftsiip bis 
an»r afid strikes with his rod: when men grow 
thick ofkeeriag the sweet calk of the Gospel, God 
is even Ibrced to thdmderj that he may pierce their 
esar: when God speaks to the ears and they are 
shat^ God speaks to the eyes and other senses, that 
his mind may be known ; especially when men 
obstinately refuse to hear, God is exceedingly 
provoked to execute his terrible judgments upon 
them. See Zech. viii. i 1> 12. '< Bntthey refused 
to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and 
stopped their ears that they should not hear : yea, 
they made their hearts like an adamant stone, 
lest they should hear the law, and the words 
which the Lord of Hosts had sent in his Spirit 
by the former prophets : therefore came there a 
great wrath from the Lord of Hosts." So also 
when God gave up Jerusalem to desolation and 
ruin, see the -sin which provoked the Lord here- 
unto, 2 Chron. xxxvi. ] 6. '* They mocked the 
messengers of God, and despised his words, and 
misused bis prophets, until the wrath of the Lord, 
arose against bis people, till there was no remedy. 
S. Because they do not hearken io the wAce of 
ki^ goodnese and mercies. The goodness and 
forbeenmce of God, doth speak unfo men from 
him, and call upon them to forbear sin for shame; 
to repent and return to him, Rom. 1. 4. But 
when men despise the riches of his goodness, and 
deaim their ear unto the language of his mercies. 

22 god's terrible voice 

and trample bis patience imcl^r ibot, (Uiougfa ffrdd 
hath appointed a day of wruth hereafter, wfaereili 
he will reckon with the whole ungodly world 
together, and give them the jost demerit of ih^ 
sin ;) yet sometimes his patience is turned hereby 
into fury, and his anger doth break forth into a 
flame, and consumes them by the blow of dread- 
ful temporal judgments. 

S. Because ihey mil not hearften to Ihif ^t^ 
of lesser afftidians: When Ood's word Js not 
heard, he Speaks b;^ his rod; when his rod is not 
heard, be snoots with his arrows and strikes wltJi 
his swonl ; and if lesser aflKctiokid be Yiot nritt^M, 
then God speaks by more dreadful Kwakenrrfg 
judgments: as the kind of men do precede the 
judgments of God, so ttsually lesser judgments do 
precede greater judgments ; and as there are de- 
grees and steps which men usually do md^e be- 
fore they arrive to a great height in lAn, N^efM 
repents Jil lurpissimuSy to there are degi^ees aild 
steps which God usually doth take, in fnfliefting 
his judgments for sin. Look itito one phttidt 
all, which shews how God doth proceed from 
less to greater judgments, Levi xxvi. from tile 
i5th verse to the 40th. "When his *• statates ate 
despised, and covenant broken ;" ftrst he thteatf- 
eneth to send upon them ^ consumption and a , 
burning ague;** then he threatened that '*thf€y 
shall fall before their enemies f and if ** they wltt 
not hearken to his voice" in these judgmeirts, fte 
threateneth to " punish them seven timerrooie ' 
for their sins;** and to ** make the heavens m 
iron, and the earth as brass/' and *f seild H | 
dearth amongst them.*' And if they wffl not ♦* yei I 


bemHaen^" he tbmtoieUi to '* send wild heuU, 
which should devour their cfaildxeQ and cattle." 
An4 i^ they would not he reformed by these 
things, but still *' would walk contrary unto him/ 
he threateneth <'to walk contrary unto them, 
and to punish them yet seven times more for 
their sins :'' he threateneCh to bring a *' sword 
upon them, to avenge the quarrel of his covenant; 
and when they should be ^tbered together in 
their cities, to *^ send the pestilence amongst them : 
and hereunto to add the ** £pmine.* And if they 
would not yet ** hearken unto God, but still 
wsU^ contrary unto him," he threateneth " that he 
wlU walk contvary to them in fury, and make 
them eat the Sesh of Uieir.sons and their daugh- 
ters^ and lay waste their cities, and make their 
aimcftiiaiies a desolation: and upon them that are 
left .idive," he threateneth *' to send such faint* 
ness of heart, that they should flee at the sound 
'of a shaken leaf^ and fall when none pursued 
itbem 1. and that they should pine away in their 
Hii(|iiities in the land of their enemies. Thua 
'Gq^ proceeds by steps and degrees, in the execu- 
tion, af his. fierce ai^er upon a rebellious people; 
mhea God speaks by ordinary diseases and is not 
heard* then sometimes be sends a plague: and if 
after a phgue, people wiU not return to him that 
amiteth them, nor seek to pacify God's anger 
which is kmdled against them ; but walk so much 
theycKtr^ contrary upto him, he will walk con- 
twy tO' them in fury^ and send fire into their 
eities to devpur their habitations. And if the 
.vonoe o£ the fire be not heard, be hath other judg- 
I ui itp9^ijxm^i awiordy famine, and the like. 

^4 god's terrible voice 

Atod if temporal jiid^ents be nbtlieedeif; he Will 
bring upon them eternal judgments. 

God is not heard any other way, therelbre he 
doth speak by such terrible things. 

SECT. IV. * 

The Appucatiok. 

God speaks swneimeB to a peopk by terfibk 

THEsfi few kst years have given sad in8tlk»ces 
hereof in England, espetially the two iasty«ari 
in our city of LoHdon. 

The voice of the Lord hath been in the city, it 
hath been loud and fbll of ten^ ! the Lord hath 
come forth against us with armed vengeaate* 
Frowns have been in fais hrow; death and dleso^ 
laftion in his looks; thunder hath been in his 
voice: iames of fire in his hand : *< the pestilence 
luttb gone before him, and burning coals at Ink 
i€et,'^Hd^. iii. 5. " He hath sent forth Iris l»<> 
TomBf which barve scattered us, and shot forth his 
lightnings which have discomfited us ; the LonI 
fattth thundered in the heavens, and thtf highest 
gave his voice, hailstones and coals of fire," 
Psalm xvtti. <« The Lord halh visited Us with 
storm and tempeet, and greiit noise,'' f sa. icxbe. 
Yea, He «' hath oinsad hiis giorious totetf Ui be 

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hfird, and shewed the lighling down of his i 
widi the indignation of his anger, and with the 
flame of devouring fire, with scattering, and tem- 
pest, and hail-8tones,'' Isa. xzx. ** Then the fur^ 
rows of the earth were seen, and the foundations 
of the city were discovered, the earth also shook, 
because he was wroth, and the inhabitants of 
London trembled, because of his fierce anger ; 
then the snares of death compassed us, and the 
fears of hell gat hold on us; and our hearts 
were moved within us, as trees when they are 
moved by the wind," Isa. vif • Dreadful have 
God's late judgments been in London, the noise 
of which hath gone forth, not only tlumighovt 
the land, but also unto the outermost parts of the 

Three things we should remark in this terrible 
voipe of God's judgments. • 

1. The judgments themselves. 

2« Theca«aeof the judgments. 
> 5i^ Thedesignof the judgments. 

Ia the fivsty we have the sound of the voice. In 
the tfwo last, the interpretation of the veiee. • 

1* CoRO^rmi^ the judgment* ihi mid if m * 
Here I might speak of the judgment executed^ 
Af3lg^0i M» 166^^ when so many ministers were 
pill out of their places; and the judgasents ex^ 
eeoted, March 2^ \66t5, when somany rnkfiisteffe 
wem banished five miles from corporations ; the 
former by way of introduction to. the plague 
whtdi scmie time after did spread in the land, but 
chiefly VBged in the city ; the latter byway of in- 
troduction to the fire, wluch quickly after did 
bum down London the i^eatest oorperatkm^ m 

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£aglaDd. Thiue jn^Igaieilts hMwiag be^ ad 
ktely, and geneiral in the land; and I presame, 
8o gencraHy known, witk ail their circumstances^ 
k ircwld be needless to give here a narration of 
them. Bat this i must 8ay> I oould wish tbej 
were as generally believed to be judgments, and 
accerdinglyUid to heart: for I feiMr that the grei^ 
ineensibSity, which. peofile have been nud«r of 
these jadgaiettt»,. because they have not reached 
the fleshy and feheiraattMi bieensideratipn of God's 
dreadfal dtspleaanre herein, hath> provoked .the 
Lord to and such judgments aa have eon»B 
nearer to sense ;-<-that they might perceive 
€ktiA was angry- indeed befoi^ aiaud that* hia 
gveaHer displeasucer in the fon»er xoig^t be 
known by his more sensible displeasure in the 

Let I^ondon seriously oon^d^ whether her 
Goipel^prwileges were not her b^t de&nce 
against temporal eaiamitieft; and whether, since 
her idighting, abuse, and forfeitune, and God's 
seizure and stripping- her so much of^ these» she 
hath not been laid ^abed to those heavy stix>kes 
of CKlvacffdinary jadgments which, she hath laiely 

London had the Gospel cNrdioanceSi. powerful, 
{wrei phntiful; ministers exQ&Uently qualified 
and rarely famished' with ministerial abilities : 
London i»d as nMUiy burning and shming lights 
aa aay ooetsacb spot of growd under the oppe 

Not to speidc of their alMlities for preaching 
Mid defence of the trodi : auchgifts. of prayer 
LoBtdttniwiiiislcim had^ which- were no small de- 

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fhice €ft the dtj, as I believe noeity in the werld 
conid parallel. 

O what prayers have there fbnuerly been in 
London pulpits, espedaMy on days ok' tolenm 
humiHatfon ! How -have the spirits of ministers 
been carried forth sometimes in prayer for several 
hours together, {without tautologies aad vain 
repetitions) in sueh variety of affectionate em» 
largements, and with such raisedness and trane* 
ports of spirit, as if they bad bean just leaving 
the body, and going to Hve and abide with God, 
and would converse no more with men or woridfy 

In their confessions of sin, how have they 
rak^ into the dunghill of a rotten heart, and 
Idddbfisukdiu inward ^hhineas! How have tbsy 
traeed the foot-steps of its deceitfulness, thww|^ 
the mase and wilderness of its aaany windings 
and turnings I How have they pierced into the 
very bowelcrof em, andript^npasit were to the 
back-bone, bringing fordi its very entraHs to open 
view 1 How hat« Uiey anatomised as it were the 
** bddy of death" in ill the parU and mcMbers of 
it* discovering witfad, the several diasases of every 
part, with their cause and manner of working 1 
and nil' this in such patbctical catting expressions, 
accom{)amed with suchbrokenness and bleeding 
of heart, as no fbm can imitate or effioct* 

In thdr supplications for the pardon of sin, for 
Bpfritnal and heavenly rtehes; O with what feel- 
ing and fervoar did they express dierasclvee! 
O with what faith and imp^unity did they 
wrestle and plead at the throne of grace for eneh 
(kvonri^ beyond the impqrtan^j^ jf jf^priaooeii 


throogii tlie grates, or poor b^gars at the dodnt, 
when they are most earnest for relief! Yea, bow 
did they besiege God as it were, and seem" aa if 
they wotild scale the walls of heaven itself, and 
take the kingdom of heaven with violence* and 
force }** How have they even pressed in upon 
God with the dint of argtiment, artd laid bold 
on him with the hand of faith, resolving not to 
let him go without a blessing ! 

In their supplicatrons fdr the chnrch atid land, 
they have behaved themselves as if they had no 
private concernments. Bat bow did they bear 
London upon their hearts when they cametotbe 
throne of grace f What yearning bowels bad they 
towards, and for the city f How many tears have 
they shed in bewailing her sins I How have they 
stood in the breach, when the Lord hath been 
coming forth against this place ! How have they 
held bis arm when it hath been lifted up to 
strike ! How have they stood *' weeping between 
the porch and the altar, crying, spare'thy people^ 
O Lord, and do not destroy London !" and many 
times have they pf^vailed to appease God^n 
wrath, and turn away his fierce anger which bath 
been kindled against us. Gospel-ordinances^ 
and Gospel-ministers were the safeguard of Lon- 
don, the glory and defence. But when the or- 
dinances were slighted, and the ministers were 
mocked and misused by some who called them- 
selves professors, and both were fallen so much, 
in the esteem of the most ; and London did not 
yield the fruit which God looked for under such 
dressing (of which more when I come to speak of 
London's sins,) God is provc?|f^ |i,9J^,gf^y to aiU 


aoRM^of bU iMiieDgea bome to liintel^ k»t alf9 
te^.fKi^^tb» fctt which vere mom conadentioiiai 
t^ betbcust into i^onieiv. 

TAJft ^d preaage Lcm4on'« near approaching 
lWB'>aod daaolation, though &w did betievt it; 
nod- b^csaivae th«¥ did not believe it, aad were in* 
awaiW^ of God!i .wrath in hia judgneDta there* 
£l»iw (th«ic danger waa the gveater of the other 
judgments which have Gome upon, them: when 
f^^nany atakea w^re plucked out, no wander if 
the, hedjKe he broken ; when ao many pillara weae 
fopowi^ no wonder if the building UunUe to the 

Sutl proceed to.give a narration of the latter 
ju^gmnta 4)f plague and five. 


Tm; PJfllgoe ao great» $o lately» should not be 
fingiptteA; yet lest the Fire nu>rc lately, and pro- 
ppirtionaijiy, more grcati 4nd the amaaing fearsp 
which Junce have .riaen within ua, should shuffle 
Cornier l^puffhts out of our minds, and raae out 
tbie iinpf^cisatoQiy which hsy the plague we had, 
an4r diould Jaboiir to retain to our dying hour : 
thenpfore I shall give a brief n^orration of this sad 
ji^dgpnent,. and soai« observations of mine own 
(w^.was. here in the c^y from the beginning to 
^ end of it) both to keep alive in myself and 
ptbcr^, the ni^emory of the judgment, that we mav 
be^the better ppepared for compliance with Cod s 
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' It was in Ihe ywr of 0at Lord lfi66rAB,UAk 
P)ague bega,9 in our cUy of Loodon^ cftvrNimr 
iK^9 warned by the great Flagii«. in Holland, m 
the jear 1 664« and Si^ begmiiiig of it. in totne 
reipcite iMurta^of our land the same yean; not to 
apeak any thing, whether tb^e waa any rignifi*' 
eatioa.and infiuencein the Uaaung stars notlottg' 
befpre,^ that apipeaved in the view, of LondoBy simI 
s^uck fi«me anaaement on the apirita of raanj. It 
was in the month of May that the Pkgne waafiral 
taken notioe.of; our bill of quertali^ didlat!iis 
know* but of three, wbteh diad of the diaeaae in 
the whole year before; but in the beginning «f 
May the bill tells us of nint> , which fetl b(y tbe 
pjague, one in the Jbeart of .tbe dty^ the otlifnr 
eight in the suburbs. This was th^ first aripv 
of warning that was ahotihom heaven amongst us^ 
and fear quickly begins to creep upon, people's 
hearts ; great thoughts and dbcourse there is tn 
town al^ut the plague, and they cast in their 
minds whether they sbatt go if iba pl^i^e shonUL 
increase. Yet whmi the next week's bill signifieth 
t9 them the decrease from nina to tbfee» 'tbcia 
mioda are something appeased ; diaoonrsa of tbal* 
subject cods ; fears are hushed> and hopes take 
place* that the black cloud did but thmttati^ and 
give a Jew drops; but tke wind wonkl difvek 
away* But whcya in the next bill the number of 
the dead by the plague is amounted fron' three 
to fourteen, atui m the next to seventeen^ and ia 
the next to forty-three, and the disease begiaaap 
much to increase, and disperse* 

Now secnre sinners begin to: be startled^ and 
thpfc who would have slept at quiet itiU inihcit 

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nolts; ate «»f#ilt1t^ly owikeiMli Ncrfr a ptat 
c wwU M t iatitfii ■ B«weui upon ttioM penons, and 
terfoltbodingi of a iesiAaldtig judgment Now 
gVB^tf itbffert bc^to look al^t tbem, and think 
ytkh thanaalvea into what comer of the land they 
m^hfiUjT'to hide the«i/ Now the profane and sen* 
8tii^- if ^ey ha?e not remorte far their siot^ yet 
d»e«d and 'terrors, the effects of g«ih« they oould 
not drive fbom them ; and if by company, and 
ean»anng, and boft pieasores they do intoxicate 
and rtmiodtheit .tJbeip spirits in the day; vet we 
may goesa what dread doth return upon them, if 
they give 'font any rooAi fot retirement; and what 
hiiMooi tliou^hta «ueh persons^ have in the silent 
nighty thvbugh fbarn of death which they are in 
di^er df^ Ndw those who did not believe an 
unaeerL.!G^j are afraid of onseen arrows; and 
tboMs '^bieh sighted- Go&n threatenings of 
eternal * jwdgtnentv clo ' tMoible at the beginning 
oft Ma ^efteeation of one, and- not the greatest 
toi^poral'jfVHiginent*' Now those which had as it 
wdfe^dmllenged the God c£ Heaven, and defied 
hinaliy tbtir horrid oaths and blasphemies, when 
haBbe^»'-to appear/ ih^ retteat, yea fly away 
wid^:^ tenror and amaeement. The great orbs 
bligisi.ftfm^ to^ move; the lords and goiby retire 
iiiia?<theii<^ooittitries; their remote houses are 
ptepttreil) goods removed, and London is quickly 
upon itheir> backs: fe^ ruffling gallants walk the 
stoe^at^ few spotted ladies to be seen at windows: 
a>great forsakhig there was of the adjacent phcea 
where the plague did first rage. 

lin- J«n^ the nmti'ber ineneaseth from 45 to 
1)1^ p^he nei^t week lo l69, 1^ next to «67> the 

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iWKt 10^470, moeit of which JncseMi^ .nwi ii)>Ae 
semote puta: £^w ia this mouth wijbhw or n^ar- 
the walls of the dtj ; and few. that had any iMfee 
&r . goodness or pro&ssion, . .were visited at the^ 
fiirst: God gave them warning. to bethink and 
prqpare thmaelves; yet sone few that wer» 
choice were visited pretty sooi^ that the beat 
might not promise themselves aaupersedeaa, or 
interpret any place. of Scripture so literally, aa 
if the Lord had promised. an absolute general imi 
munity and defence of his own people &om diift 
disease of the plague^ 

. Now the dticens of London are put toa stap> 
in the career of their trade; they begin to fear 
wham they converse withal, and deal withal, le^ 
lliey should have come out of injected. plfosa. 
Now Jioses and other sweet flowers wither in the 
gardenia ^are disregarded in the markets^ and 
people dare not offer them to thdr noses leat 
with their aweet savour, that which ia infeotioos 
Aottld be attracted: rue and wormwood are 
taken into the hand: myrrh and aedoary inta 
the mouth; and without some antidote Jew star 
ainoad in the .morning. Nnw many houses.ar« 
shut up where the plague comes, and the inha^ 
bitants dmt in> lest coming abroad they should 
wread infection* It was yery dismal to behold 
the red ctosses, and read in gieat letters, Lonm 
HAV£ MEECY UPON US, on the doors, and.watch.*' 
men standing before them with halberts; and 
such a aditi^ about those places, and peofrie 
passing by them so gingerly, and with such 
fearful locks as if they h^ been lined with ene« 
mies in ambuah^ that waited to destroy them. 

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Nov rich tradesmen provide themselTes to d^ 
part; if they have not country 'houses, they seek 
lodgings abroad for themselves and families, and 
the poorer tradesmen, that they may imitate the 
rich in their fear, stitch themselves to take a 
country journey, though they have scarce where- 
withal to bring them iMck again. The ministers 
also (many of them) take occasion to go to their 
country-places for the summer time ; or (it maj 
be) to find oat some few of their parishionert 
that were gone before them, leaving the greatest 
part of their flock without food or physic, in the 
time of their greatest need. (I don't speak of all 
ministers, those which did stay out of choice and 
duty, deserve trae honour.) Possibly they might 
think God was now preaching to the city, and 
what need their preaching } or radier did not 
the thunder of God's voice affrighten their 
guilty consciences and make then fly away, lest 
a bolt from heaven should fall upon them, and 
spoil their preaching for the futme; anddierefore 
they would reserve themselves till the people had 
less need of them. I do not blame any citizens 
retiring,' when there was so little trading, and 
the presence of all might have helped forward 
the increase and spreading of the infection ; but 
how did guilt drive many away, where duty 
would have engaged them to stay in the place? 
Now the highways are thronged with passengers 
and goods, and London doth empty itself into the 
country; great are the stirs and hurries in 
London by the removal of so many families ; 
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thmk themselves mofst safe, that can fly furthest 
da fVotn the city. 

In July the plague increaseth, and prevaildth 
exceedingly, the number of 470, which died in 
one week by the disease, ariseth to 725 the next 
week, to 1089 the next, to 184^ the next, to 2010 
the next. Now the plague compasseth the walls 
of the city like a flood, and poureth in upon it. 
Now most parishes are infected both without and 
within; yet there are not so many houses shnt 
up by the plague, as by the owners forsaking 
of them for fear of it; and though the inhabit- 
ants be so exceedingly decreased by the departure 
of so many thousands, the number of dying per- 
sons increaseth fearfully. Now the countries 
keep guards, leslt infectious persons should ffom 
the city bring the disease unto them ; most of^the 
rich are now gone, and the middle sort will itot 
stay behind : but the poor are forced (thr'ob^h 
poverty) to stay, and abide the storm. Now most 
faces gather paleness, and what dismal apprehen- 
sions do then fill their minds, what dreadful fears 
do there possess the spirits, especially of those 
whose consciences are fbll of guilt, and liave 
not made their peace widi God ? The old drunk- 
ards, and swearers, land unclean persons hte 
brought into great straits ; they look on the right 
hand, and on the left, and death is marcfaingMD(5- 
wards them from every part, and they know^ncU; 
whither to fly that they may escape it. No^ ^ftte 
arrows begin to fly very thick about their eaf^t^sA 
they see many fellow sinners fall before theii< *J.%tt, 

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and tbe reiy aidciug fears tbey hnire bud of ih# 
fkg!ae, hftth brought the plague and death upon 
maiij; some by the sight of a coffin ia the streets, 
have iaUen iato a shiverkigf and immediately the 
disease faath assaulted them^ and Serjeant Death 
halji arrested them» and dapt to the doors of 
thieir hpuses upon theni, from 'whenee they have 
come forth no more, till they have been brought 
forth to their graves^ We may imagine the hideous 
thoughts^ and hornd perplexity of mind, th(B 
trfaftblings, joonfusioos^ and anguish, of spirit, 
vhicb some awakened sinners have had, when 
tbe^ plagi^ hath broke in upon their hpus^, and 
ssi^ed ufpn neav relations, wbcee dying groem^ 
sounding in their ears, have warned them to pre* 
Mie ; when their doors have been shut up and 
fas^n^on the outside with an inseijjptiani *< JLord 
hajire mefn:j upon us," and none sufltered to come 
in but a nurse, whom they have been more afraid 
9f tbe^ the plague itself; when lovers, and friends, 
afl4 oompanions in sin have stood aloof, and not 
dsyred to. oome nigh the door of the house, lest 
death 'Should issue forth from tbenoe upon them; 
especially when the disease hath invaded them- 
•dves, and first began with a pain and dizziness 
in their bead, then tren^bling in their other mem- 
bers; when they have felt, boils to wrise under 
d^eir arms, and in their groins, and seen blains ^o 
eooie forth in oth^ parts ; when the disease hatJi 
wirought in them to that height, as to ^send forth 
those ^Dots which (most think) are the certain 
tokens of near approaching death; and now they 
ha^e received the sentence of death within thenv- 
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a few hours they mast go down into the dnst, 
«nd their naked souls, without the case of their 
body, must make its passage into eternity, and 
appear before the highest Majesty, to render their 
accounts and receive thcfir sentence. None can 
utter the horror which hath been upon the spirits 
of such, through the lashes and stings of their 
guilty consciences, when they have called to 
mind a life of sensuality aAd profaneness, their 
nncleanness, drunkenness, injustice, oaths, curses, 
derisions of saints and holiness, neglect of their 
own salvation ; and when a thousand sins have 
been set in order before their eyes, with another 
aspect than when they looked upon them in the 
temptation ; and they find God to be irreconcil- 
ably angry with them, and that the day of grace 
is over, the door of mercy is shut, and that pardon 
and salvation (which before they slighted) is now 
unattainable : that the grave is now opening its 
mouth to receive their bodies, and hell opening 
its mouth to receive their souls ; and they appre^ 
hend that they are now just entering into a p^aoe 
of endless woe and torment, and they must now 
take up their lodgings in the inferior regions of 
utter darkness, with devils, and their f^low«> 
damned sinners, and there abide for evermore in 
the extremity of misery, without any hopes or 
^^sossibility <if «« release; and that they have 
foolishly brought themselves into this condition, 
and be^ the cause of their own ruin ; we may 
guess that the despairful agonies and anguish cf 
such awakened sinners, hath been of all thttigs 
the most unsupportable; except the very future 
miseries themselves^which th^y |f ^(i^a&aM^. 

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2010, the number amounts up to ^17 m one 
week; and thence to &^S0 the nest; thence t9 
4237 the next ; then^ lo 6J0S the M«t; and aU 
these of the plagye» besides other diseases* 

Now the cloud is very blaeki-and the storm 
GQDies down upon us very sharp. Now Death ridas 
triumphantly on his pale hovse through our 
streets; and breaks into evMy house alBHMt» 
wbttre any inhabitants ace to be .found. Now 
people fall as thick as leaves from the trees lA 
autttmn« when they are shaken by a mighty wind* 
Now theise is a dismal solitude in London's street^ 
every day looks with the face of a Sabbath day* 
observed with greater solemnity than it used to 
b^in the city. Now sbops are shut an^ people 
ssfo imd very few that walk about* insomuch that 
th^^ass begins to i^ing up in some places^ and 
a deep silence almost in every place, especially 
witJiin the wails i no rattling eeaehes^ no pranciug 
lior^ef^ no calling in customers^ nor offering 
wi^res ; no Lond<m Cries sounding in the ears : If 
tmy voice be haard, it is the groans of dj^ing per* 
sons, . breathing forth their last: and the funeral 
kpells of them thi^t Bie ready to be carried to 
theix: graves. T Now shutting up of visited-houses 
(there being so many) is at an end, and most of 
the well |H*e minted among the sick^which other« 
wise would haye got no help. Now in some 
jdaees where the people did generally stay, nol^ chic 
Itottse ui a hundred but is injected ; aiid in many 
houses half the family is swept away; in some 
the whole, firom the eldest to the youngest ; few 
escape wiUi the death of but one or two; never 

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^Kd so nrnny liu^bandd and wives cRe together; 
never dfd so matry parents cany tbeir children 
trith them to the grave, and go together into the 
same house under earth, who had lived together 
in the same house upon it Now the nights are 
too short to bury the dead; the long summer 
days are spent from morning unto ibe twilight in 
conveymg the vast number of dead bodies unto 
the bed ^ their graves. 

Now we eould hardly go forth, but we? should 
meet many eoffins, and see diseased pei*sons witfx 
sores and limping iii the streets ; amongst other 
sad spectacles, methought two were very afl^-^ 
ing : one of a woman oonring alone, and weep- 
ing, by the doOr where I lived (Which tras m the 
midst of infbction) with a little coffin tinder her 
arm, carrying it to the new church-yard t I dM 
judge that it was the mother of the child, and 
that all the family besides was dead, and she wa» 
ferced to coffin up, and bury with her x)Wi!i hands, 
this her last dead child. Another, was of a man 
at the corner of the Artillery wadl, llhat, as I 
judge, through the dieisiness of his head withih^ 
disease, which seized upon him there, had dashed 
his fkce against the wall, and trhen I cttme by, 
he lay hanging with hiffblood^face over the* rails, 
and bleeding upon the gtound; and arl came 
back, he was remoted under a tre^ in Modrfiiilds, 
and lay upon his back ; I went and spsketohim ; 
he could make me no answer, l)Ut rattled in tfie 
tliroat, and, as I was infbrmed, within half an 
hour died in the place. 

It would be endless to speak #bat we have 
and hfeard of some ,J||,, |||^j^i^reniy. 


rujng out 4>f their bec|f» and leaping about tbe^ 
jooms; otheiB crying and roaring at their win- 
dows; some coming forth almost naked, and run- 
ning into the streets: strange things have others 
spoken and done when the disease was upon them ; 
but it was very $ad to hear of one who being sick 
alonei, and it is like frantic, burnt himself in his 
bed. Now the plague had broken in much 
amongst my acquaintance ; and of about sixteen 
or. more wbo«e faces I used to see every day in 
our house, within a litde while I could find but 
four or six of them alive ; scarcely a day passed 
over my head, for I think a month or more together, 
but Isbould hear of the death of some one or more 
that I knew. The first day, that they were smit- 
ten, the next some hopes o£ recovery, and the 
third day, that they wejce dead. 

In. September, when we hoped for a decrease, 
because of the season, because of the number 
gon^,.and the number already dead; yet it waa 
not come to it& height, but from 6*102, whidi 
died by ther plague the last week of Augustj the 
nnmbejr is augmented to 698S in the first week 
in September; and when we conceived some 
little hppes in the next week's abatement to 6544, 
o^r hi^es were quite dashed again, when the 
next week it did rise to 7165, which was the 
highest bill, and a dreadful bill it was ! and of 
the 130 parishes in and about the city, there 
were but four parishes which were not infected; 
and in. those, few people remaining that were not 
gone into the country, 

. ,^ow the grave doth open its mouth without 
measure; multitudes! nu'.ltitudes ! in^^^he^valley of 


the shadow of deaUi thronging daily into eternity • 
the church^yards now are so stuffed with dead 
corpses, that they are in many places swelled two 
or three feet higher than they were before; and 
new ground is broken up to bury the dead. 

No w " Hell from beneath is moved" at the nnm- 
ber of the guests that are received into its cham- 
bers ; the number of the wicked which have died 
by the plague, no doubt, hath been far the great- 
est, as we may reasonably conclude, without 
breach of charity ; and it is certain^ that all the 
wicked which then died in sin were turned into 
hell; how then are the damned spirits now in« 
creased ! some were damning themselves a little 
before in their oaths, . and God is now damning 
their souls for it, and is passing the irreversible 
sentence of damnation upon them* Spme were 
drinking wine in bowls a little bef<»re, and strong 
drink without measure ^ and now God hath pat 
another cup into their hands, a cup of red wine, 
even the wine of the wrath and ijerceness of the 
Almighty. Some were a little before feasting their 
senses, pleasing their appetite, satisfying the de- 
sires of the flesh, and being past feelings had 
given themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all 
iincleanness with greediness; but now their 
laughter is turned into mourning, and their joy 
into howling and woe ; and they have recovered 
their feeling again, but instead of the pleasures 
which they felt, and their sen;:;ual delights, which 
took away the feeling of their consciences, th^ 
are made to feel the heavy hand of God ; and to 
endure such anguish and horror, through the 
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15 THE CITY, 41 

Now the atheists believe there is a God, and the 
anti-scripturists are convinced of the truth of 
God*s wordj by the execution of God*8 threaten- 
in^s in the Word upon them. Now the covetous 
and unjust, the malicious and cruel, the scoffers 
and profane, begin to suffer the vengeance of eter« 
nal tire : and the ignorant person with the civil, 
who are acquainted with Jesus Christ, are not 
excused ; yea, the hypocrites, with all impenitent 
and unbelieving persons, are sent down to the 
place of weeping: and surely Hell wonders to 
see so many come amongst them from such a 
city as London, where they have enjoyed such 
plenty of such powerful means of grace ; and 
place is given to them, even the lowest and 
hottest, where Judas and others are of the chiefest 

Yet Hell doth not engross all that die by the 
visitation ; some there are (though not the first 
or most) who have room made for them in the 
mansions which are above. The plague makes 
little difference between the righteous and the 
wicked, (except the Lord by a peculiar provi- 
dence do shelter some under his wing, and 
compass them with his favour, as with a shield, 
hereby keeping off the darts that are shot so 
thick about them,) yet as there is little difference 
in the bodies of the righteous, and of others ; so 
this disease makes little discrimination, and not 
a few fearing God are cut off amongst the rest ; 
they die of the same distemper with the most 
profane, thqy are buried in the same grave, and 
there sleep together till the morning of the 
resurrection; but as there is a difference in their 

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42 god's terkible voice 

spirits whilst they live, so there is a difference* 
and the chiefest difference, in their place and 
state after their separation from the body. Dives 
is carried to hell^ and Lazarus to Abraham's 
bosom, though he died with his body full of 
sores: devils drag the souls of the wicked after 
they have received their final doom at the bar 
of God, into utter darkness, where there is weep- 
ing, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth; but 
angels convey the souls of the righteous into 
the heavenly paradise, the New Jerusalem which 
is above, where God is in his glory; and the 
Lord Jesus Christ at his right hand, and thousand 
thousands stand before him, and ten thousand 
times ten thousand administer unto him, even 
an innumerable company of angels ; and where 
the spirits of all just men and women made 
perfect, were before gathered ; where there . is 
fulness of joy, and rivers of eternal pleasures 
running about the throne of God, the streams of 
which do make glad all the inhabitants of New 
Jerusalem. Now the weak prison -doors of the 
body are broken down, and the strong ever- 
lasting gates of their Father's palace are lifted 
up, and the saints are received with joy and 
triumph, into glory; and they come with singing 
into Zion, and everlasting joy in their hearts, 
and all sorrow and sighing doth fiy away like a 
cloud, which never any more shall be seen. 
Now the veil is rent, and they enter the Holy of 
Holies, where God dwells, not in the darkness 
of a thick cloud, as in the temple of old, but 
in the brightness of such marvellous light and 
dory, as their eyes never did behold, neithet 

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could enter into their heart to coneeiTe; there 
they have the vision of God's face without any 
eclip.^e upon the light of his countenance : there 
they have the treasures of God's love opened, 
and his arms to receive them with deareU and 
sweetest embracements ; which kindles in their 
hearts such a flame of love, so ravishing and 
delight&l, as Words cannot utter : there they are 
entertained by the Lord Jes^us Christ, whom in 
the world they have served ; and he that showed 
them his grace, which they had wondered at 
when they were in the body, doth now show 
them his glory, which they wonder at much 
mcHre. There they are welcomed by angels, who 
rejoice, if at their conversion, much more at their 
coronation, there they sit down with Abraham, 
Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of their Father : 
there they find Moses, and David, and Samuel, 
and Paul, and all the holy martyrs and saints, 
. which have died before them, amongst whom 
ihey are numbered and placed, who rejoice in 
their increased society. 

And as there is a great difference between the 
condition of the souls of the righteous and the 
wicked, who died by the same disease of the 
plague, after their death and separation ; so there 
is a great difference between the carriage of their 
spirits at their death, and upon their sick-bed. 
Some wicked men are stupid and senseless, and 
are given up to a judiciary hardness, and die 
in a sleep of carnal security, out of which they 
are not awakened, till they are awakened in the 
midst of flames : others more sensible, and con- 
•sidering what hath been, and what is coming 

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.upon them, are filled with inexpressible terror, 
through the roarings and tearings of a guilty 
accusing conscience, and the fore-thoughts of 
that horrible unsupportable torment they are so 
near unto. Now scaring dreams do terrify them, 
and fearfulness of the bottomless pit, and the 
burning lake below, doth surprise them; and 
some breaketh forth in the anguish of their de- 
spairing souls, " Who can dwell with devouring 
fire, who can inhabit everlasting burnings?" 
and however jovial and full of pleasure their 
life hath been, yet at their latter end they are 
utterly consumed with terrors. But mark the 
perfect man, and behold the upright, the end 
of that man is peace ; whatsoever storms they 
have had in their passage through a rough sea, 
the wind blowing, and the waves roaring, and 
sometimes have been ready to sink through op- 
position and discouragement, sometimes have 
been overwhelmed with grief and doubtings, 
sometimes have been dashed upon the rocks of 
terror and perplexity ; yet now they are come to 
the haven of death, the winds are hushed and 
still, the waves are smooth and silent, the storm 
is over, and there is a great calm upon their 
spirits; they are past the rocks, and are out of 
the danger they feared, when they are in the 
greatest danger of approaching death. 

It was generally observed amongst us, that 
God's people who died by the plague amongst 
the rest, died with such peace and comfort, as 
Christians do not ordinarily arrive unto, except 
when they are called forth to suffer martyrdom 
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have been full of doubts and fears, and com- 
plaints whilst thej have lived and been well, 
have been filled with assurance, and comfort, 
and praise, and joyful expectation of glory, 
when they have lain on their death-beds by thifl 
disease. And not only more grown Christians, 
who have been more ripe for glory, have had 
these comforts, but also some younger Christians, 
whose acquaintance with the Lord hath been of 
no long standing, 

I can speak something of mine own know 
ledge concerning some of my friends whom I 
have been withal: I shall instance only in the 
hoQse where I lived. We were eight in family, 
three men, three youths, an old woman, and a 
maid, all which came to me, hearing of my stay 
in town, some to accompany me, others to help 
me. It was the latter end of September before 
anj of us were touched ; the young ones were 
not idle, but improved their time in |[>raying and 
hearing, and were ready to receive instruction, 
and were strangely borne up against the fears of 
the disease and deaths every day so familiar to 
the view. But at last we were visited, and the 
plague came in dreadfully upon us; the cup 
was put into our hand to drink, after a neigh- 
bour family had tasted it, with whom we had 
much sweet society in this time of sorrow. And 
first our maid was smitten, it began with a 
shivering, and trembling in her flesh, and quickly 
seized on her spirits ; it was a sad day, which 
I believe I shall never forget ; I had been abroad 
to see a frtend in the city, whose husband was 
newly dead of the plague, and she herself visited 

46 god's tsrrible voice 

with it; I came back to see another whose vifr 
was dead of the plague, and he himself under 
apprehensions that he should die within a few 
hours : I came home, and the maid was on her 
death-bed, and another crying out for help, being 
left alone in .a sweating fainting fit* What was 
an interest in Christ worth then ? What a pri- 
vilege to have a title to the kingdom of hea- 
ven ?— 

But I proceed. It was on the Monday when 
the maid was smitten ; on Thursday she died 
full of tokens : on Friday one of the youths 
had a swelling in his groin; and on the Lord's 
day died with the marks of the distemper upon 
him : on the same day another youth did sickea» 
and on the Wednesday following he died : on 
the Thursday night his master fell siclf. of the 
disease, and within a day or two was full of 
spots, but strangely beyond his own, and others 
expectations, recovered. Thus did the plague 
follow us, and came upon us one by one ; as 
Job's messengers came one upon the heels of 
another, so the messengers of death came so 
close one after another, in such dreadful manner^ 
as if we must all follow one another immedia^ly 
into the pit. Yet the Lord in mercy put a stop 
to it, and the rest were preserved. But that 
which was very remarkable in this visitation, was 
the carriage especially of those youths that died, 
who I believe were less troubled themselves, than 
others were troubled for them. The first youth 
that was visited, beiog asked by his fiither con- 
cerning the provision he had made for his death 
and eternity; told him, h^^Ji^i^^^f he died^ 


be thoold g6 to he«v«n ; beitig ask^ die grounds 
of his hopeSf said, the Lord had enabled him 
to look beyond the world; and when he was 
drawing near to his end, boldly inqnired whether 
the tc^ens did yet appear, saying, that he was 
ready for them, and so a hopeful bud was nipped : 
but let not the father or the mother weep, and 
be in sadness for him^, he is, I do not doubt, 
with their father, and his heavenly Father, which 
may be their comfort. The other aiso was a 
Tery sweet hopeful youth, so loving and towardly, 
that it could not choose but attract love from 
tho«e that were acquainted with him ; but the 
gra^ he had gotten in those years, being I sup-^ 
pose ttnder seventeen, did above all beautify 
him, And stand him in the greatest stead; in 
his sickness he had much quiet and serenity 
liipott'his spirit, and lay so unconcerned at the 
thoughts of approaching death, that I confess 
I marveHiedtoseett; the sting and fear of death 
were strangely taken out, through the hopes 
inhUii he had of future glory ; yet once he told 
hismdflier he could desire to live a little longer, 
if it were the will of God. She asked him why 
he deired It? He told her he desired to live 
tin fik*e and faggot came; and above all, he 
Would finn die a martyr. She said, if he died 
no#, he should have a crown : he answered, 
but if he died a martyr, he should have a moref 
^loDrious crown ; yet he was not unwilling to re- 
ceii^e bis crown presently ; and went away with 
great peace and sweetness in his looks, to his 
Futber^s house; and I could not blame the 
moUier's grief for the loss of ^|^|^ ii|,|^ son ; 

48 god's terrible voice 

but to be do immoderate^ was not well : now I 
am sure it is time to dry up tears, and lay aside 
sorrows for the loss of bim who hath been so 
long filled with joys in the heavenly mansions. 

I might speak of the carriage of the master 
in his sickness, under the apprehensions of deaths 
when the spots did appear on his body, he sent 
for me, and desired me to pray with him ; told 
ilie he was now going home,, desired me to 
write to his friends, and let them know, that it 
did not repent him of his stay in the city, though 
they had been so importunate with him to come, 
away ; but he had found so much of God's pre* 
sence in his abode here, that he had no reason 
to repent : he told me where he would be buried, 
and desired me to preach his funeral sermon on 
Psalm xvi. ult. '* In thy presence is fulness of 
joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures 
for evermore.'* But the Lord raised him again 
beyond the expectation of himself, friends, or 
physician. Let him not forget Crod^s mercies, 
and suffer too much worldly business to crowd 
in upon him, and choke the remembrance and 
sense of God's goodness so singular; but let 
him show by his singularity in meekness, humi- 
lity, selfodenial and love, zeal, and holy walk- 
ing, that the Lord hath been singularly gracioua 
unto' him. But when I speak of home con- 
eernments, let me not forget to look abroad. 

The plague now increaseth exceedingly, and 
fears there are amongst us, that within a while 
there will not be enough alive to bury the dead, 
and that the city of London will now be quite 
depopidated by this plague^,,, ^.y^uc^iL 


Now scmie ministers (ibrtnerly pat out of their 
places, who did abide in the city» when most of 
ministers in places were fled and gone from the 
people, as well as from the disease, into the 
countries) seeing the people crowd so fast into 
the grave and eternity, who seemed to cry as 
they went, for spiritual physicians ; and per- 
ceiving the churches to be open, and pulpits to 
be open, and finding pamphlets flung about the 
streets, of palpits to be let, they jadged that 
the law of God and nature did now dispense with, 
yea, command their preaching in public places, 
though the law of man (it is to be supposed in 
ordinary cases) did forbid them to do it. Surely 
if there had been a law that none should prac- 
tise physic in the city, but such as were licensed 
by the College of Physicians ;' and most of those, 
when there was the greatest need of them, should 
in^Uie time of the plague have retired into 
the country, and other physicians who had as 
good skill in physic, and no license, should 
have stayed amongst the sick, none would have 
judged it to have been.rbreach of law, in such 
an extraordinary case, to endeavour by their 
practice, though without a license, to save the 
lives of those who by good care and physic 
were capable of a cure ; and they could hardly 
have freed themselves from the guilt of murder 
of many bodies, if for a nicety of law in such 
a case of necessity, they should have neglected 
to administer physic. The case was the same 
with the unlicensed ministers which stayed, when 
so many of the licensed ones were gone, and 
as the need of souls was gre^t|| t|i^^,^e need 


of bodies, the sickness of the cMie being move 
universal and dangerous than the sickness of the 
other; and the saving or losing of the soul, 
being so many degrees beyond the preservation 
or death of die body ; so the obligation upon 
ministers was stronger , and the motive to preach, 
greater; and for them to have incurred the 
guilt of soul-murder^ by their neglect to admini- 
ster soul-physic, would have been inore heinous 
and unanswerable : that they were called by the 
Lord into public, I suppose that few of anj se- 
riousness will deny^ when the Lord did so eroi« 
nently own them, in giving many seals of their 
ministry unto them. 

Now ^they are preaching, and every sermoa 
was unto them, as if they were preaching their 
last. Old Time seems now to stand at the head 
of the pulpit, with its great scythe ; saying with 
a hoarse voice, work while it is called to-day> 
at night I wiU mow thee down. Grtm. Death 
seems to stand at the side of the pulpit^ with 
its sharp arrow, saying, do thou shoot Gods 
arrows, and I will shoot mine. The grave seems 
to lie open at the foot of the pulpit, with dust ia 
her bosom, saying, 

Louden thy cry 

To God, 

To men, 

And now falfil Uiy triut : 
Here thou nuiat lie, 

Mouth fltdpp'd, 

Breath gone, 

And silent in the dnst. 

Ministers now had awakening calls to serious- 
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and iervoitr in their roiniiterial work; to 
preach an the aide and brink of the pit, into 
which thousands were tumbling; to pray under 
soch near views <>£ eternity, into which many 
passengers were daily entering, might be a means 
to stir up the sjnrit more than ordinary. 

Now there is such a vast concourse of people 
in the churches where these ministers are to be 
fonndy that they canoot many times come near 
the pnlpit doors for the press, but are forced to 
climb over the pews to them : and such a face is 
now seen inr the assemblies, as seldom was seen 
before iii London ; such eager looks, such open 
ears, such greedy attention, as if every word 
woaid be eaten which dn^ped from the mouths 

if yon ever saw a drowning man catch at a 
rope^ yon may guess how eagerly many people 
did catch at the Word, when they were ready to 
be ^overwhelmed by this overflowing scourge, 
which wa» passing through the city; when death 
waa knocking at so many doors ; and God was cry- 
ing aloud by his judgments ; and ministers were 
noW' sent to knock, cry aloud, and lift up their 
voice like a trumpet : then, then the people began 
to open the ear and the hearty which were fast 
shut and barred before. How did they then hear- 
ken as for their lives, as if every sermon were 
their last, as if death stood at the door of the 
church, and would sei:$e upon them so soon as 
they came forth ; as if the arrows which flew so 
thick in the city would strike them before they 
could get to their houses ; as if they were imme- 
diately to appear before the J^r^^,,j|^^t God, 


who hy his ministers was now speaking unto 
them! Great were the impressions which the 
• Word then made upon many hearts, beyond the 
power of man to effect, and beyond what the 
people before ever felt, as some of them have 
declared. When sin is ript ■ up and reproved ! 
O the tears that slide down from the eyes, when 
the judgments of God are denounced. O the 
tremblings which are: upon the conscience* when 
. the Lord Jesus Christ is made known and prof- 
fered ! O the lonpng desires and openings of 
heart unto him, when the riches of the Grospel 
are displayed^ and the promises of the covenant 
of grace are set forth and applied ! O the inward 
burnings and sweet flames which were in the af- 
fections ! Now the net is cast, and many fishes 
are taken, the pool is moved by the angel, and 
many leprous spirits^ and sin^siek souls/ are 
cured ; many were brought to the bir^« and I 
hope not a few were born again, and bmught 
forth : a strange moving there was upon the hearts 
of multitudes in the city; and. I am persuaded 
that many were brought over effectually unto a 
closure with Jesus Christ ; whereof some died by 
the plague with willingness and peace ; others 
remain steadfast in God's ways unto this day; 
but convictions (I believe) many hundreds had, 
if not thousands, which I wish that none have 
stifled, and ''with the dog returned to their vo- 
mit,'' and with the sow, '* have wallowed agam in 
the mire " of their foinmer'sins. The work was 
the more great, because the instruments made use 
-of were more obscure and unlikely ; whom the 
Lord did make chcHce of the nii^^^df^t the gpbry 


by niniateri and pe<^ might be ascribed in full 
unto himself* 

About the beginning of these ministers preach* 
ing, especially after their first Fast together, the 
Lord begins to remit and turn his hand» and 
cause some abatement of the disease. 

From 7165 iivhich died of the plague in one 
week^ there is a decrease to 5538 the next, which 
VTBB at the latter end of September ; the next week 
a farther decrease to 4929, the next to 4327i the 
next to &665, the next to i421,the next to 1031 ; 
then there was an incr^se the first week in No- 
vember to 1414, but it fell the week after to 
1050, and the week after to 652, and the week 
after that to S3S; and so lessened more and 
moVe to the end of the year. Then we had a 
bill of 97,306 which died of all diseases, which 
was an increase of more than 79»000, over what it 
was the year before; and the number of them 
which died by the plague was reckoned to be 
68,596 this year; when there were but 6 which 
the bill speaks of who died the year before. 

Now the citizens, who had dispersed themselves 
alM'oad into the countries, because of the con- 
tagion, think of their old houses and trades, and 
begin to return, though with fearfulness and trem- 
bling, lest some of the after-drops of the storms 
should fall upon them ; and O that many of them 
had not brought back their old hearts and sins, 
which they carried away with them ! O that 
there had been a general repentance and refor- 
mation, and returning to the Lord that had smit- 
ten the dty! The l^rd gave them leisure and 
TBcation from ^ir trades for the one pecessary 


thing ; which had they improved, and genendljr 
mourned for sin, which brought the plague upon 
the city, had they humbly and earnestly sought 
tlie Lord to turn from his fierce anger, which was 
kindled against London, it might have prevented 
the desolating judgment by fire : but alas ! how 
many spent their time of leisure in toys and 
trifieSf at best about feeding and preserving their 
bodies, but no time in serious minding the salva- 
tion of their souls ; and if some were a little 
awakened with fear, whilst the plague raged so 
greatly, and they looked upon themselves to be 
in such danger ; yet when they apprehended the 
danger to be over^ they dropped asleep faster than 
before : still they are the same or worse than 
formerly : they that were drunken, are drunken 
still ; they that were filthy, are filthy still ; and 
they that were unjust and covetous, do still per- 
severe in their sinful coarse ; cozening, and lying, 
and swearing, and cursing, and Sabbath break- 
ing, and pride, and envy, and flesh-pleasing, and 
the like God-displeasing, and God-provoking 
sins (of which in the catalogue of London sins) 
do abound in London, as if there were no signi- 
fication in God's judgments by the plague ; some 
return to their houses, and follow their worldly 
business^ and work as hard as they can to fetch 
up the time they have lost, without minding and 
labouring -to improve by the judgment, and God's 
wonderful preservation of them; others return, 
«nd sin as hard as they can, having been taken 
off for a while, from those opportunities and free 
liberties for ^in, which they had before ; raost 
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when the summer was come, and the p\apie did 
not return^ and tfaey bring back all their goods 
they had carried into the country because of the 
plague; they did not imagine they should be 
forced to remoTe them again so soon. 

Thus concerning the great Plague in London. 

SECT. vr. 

I PROCEED next to give a narration of the judg- 
ment of the Fire ; in which I shall be more brief^ 
it being dispatched in fewer days, than the plague 
was in months* 

It was the 2d of September 1666, that the 
anger of the Lord was kindled against London, 
and the fire began : it began in a baker*s house in 
' Pudding Lane, by Fish-street Hill : and now the 
Lord is making London " like a fiery oven in the 
time of his anger," Psal. xxi. 9, and in his wrath 
doth devour and swallow up our habitations. It 
was in the depth and dead of the night, when 
most doors and senses were locked up in the 
city, that the fire doth break forth and appear 
abroad ; and like a mighty giant refreshed with 
wine, doth awake and arm itself, quickly gathers 
strength, when it had made havock of some 
houses, rusheth down the hill towards the bridge^ 
crosseth Thames Street, invadeth Magnus 
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churdi vere so great, yet it was not a sufiideiit 
barricado against this conqueror ; but- having 
scaled and taken this fort, it sbooteth flames with 
so fDUch the greater advantage into all places 
round about; and a great building of houses 
upon the bridge is quickly thrown to the ground; 
then the conqueror being stayed in his course at 
the bridge, marcheth back towards the .city 
again, and runs along with great noise and vio- 
lence through Thames Street, westward, where^ 
having such combustible matter in its teeth, and 
such a fierce wind upon its back, it prevails with 
little resistance, unto the astonishment of the be- 

My business is not to speak of the hand of 
man, which was made use of in the beginning 
and carrying on of this fire. The beginning of 
the fire at such e^ time, when there had been so 
much hot weather, which had dried the houses, 
and made them the more fit for fuel ; the begin- 
ning of it in such a place, where there were so 
many timber-houses, and the shops filled with so 
much combustible matter ; and the beginning of 
it just when the wind did blow so fiercely upon 
that ewner towards the rest of the city, which 
then was like tinder to the sparks; this doth 
smell of a popish design, hatched in the same 
place where the Gunpowder-plot was contrived, 
only that this was more successful. The world 
sufficiently knows how correspondent this is to 
popish principles and practices; those, whocoold 
intentionally blow up king and parliament by 
gunpowder, might (without any scruple of their 
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dtj (as they count it) into ashet: fer betides tbe 
dispensations they can have from his Holiness, 
(or rather his Wickedness) the pope, for the most 
horrid crimes of murder, incest, and the like; 
it is not unlikely, bat they count such an action 
as this meritorious, (in their kind of merit) which, 
in tbe issue, they will find to merit the flames of 
eternal fire, instead of a crown of glory, which 
I wonder that in their way they can have the 
least hopes of: I believe that the people will 
how take more heed of them and Uieir ways; 
and instead of promoting their cause, I hope that 
a contrary effect is prcduced ; and thai the be- 
fore indifferency of a generation more newly 
sprang up, who did not know them, is now 
turned into loathing and detestation of such a 
religion, as can allow of such practices* My 
work is not to declare what hath been proved 
against the papists before the honourable com- 
mittee of parliament appointed to enquire into 
their insolencies; and the proofs which have 
been given in, concerning the fire, and who 
have been accessary thereunto. 

No; I would rather endeavour to turn people's 
eyes from men to God ; for whoever were the 
instruments, God was the aoth<Nr of this evil, 
which hath come upon us; there being no evil 
in the city (that is, evil of punishment) which 
the Lord as a righteous, and the supreme Judge, 
doth not inflict. And surely more of the extra- 
ordinary hand of God, than of any men, did 
appear in the burning of the City of London. 
God could have prevented men, by discovering 
their plots (as he did that ^ thj^^g^gipowder. 

58 god's terrible voice. 

treason) before tbey had taken effect. Ood 
could have directed and given a blessing unto 
means for the qcraiching of it when it was 
first kindled. God, who hath the wmds in his 
fist; could have gathered in the wind^ and laid it 
asleep; or so tamed it the other way, that it 
should have been a defence to the city : or Ood, 
who hath the clouds at his command, and the 
bottles of heaven in his hand, could have gathered 
his thick clouds together, and squeezed them; 
opened his bottles, and poured down rain in 
abundance upon the city; so that if the wind had 
blown as it did, it should have blown water upon 
the fire, which would quickly have put it out. 
But the heavens at that time were brass, no 
showering clouds to be seen: the fire begins, 
is quickly taken notice of, though in the midst 
of the night; fire, fire, fire, doth resoand the 
streets; many citizens start out of their sleep, 
look out of thdr windows, some dress themselves, 
and run to the place. The Lord Mayor of the 
city comes with his officers, a confusion there is, 
counsel is taken away; and London, so famous 
for wisdom and dexterity, can now find neither 
brains nor bands to prevent its ruin. The hand 
of God was in it; the decree was come fbrth: 
London must now fall ; and who could prevent 
it? No wonder when so many pillars are re- 
moved, if the building tumbles; the prayers, 
tears, and faith, which sometimes London hath 
had, might have quenched the violence of the 
fire; might have opened heaven for rain, and 
driven back the wind: but now the fire gets 
mastery; and bums dreadfully : and God with his 


gre$t beUowfl blows upon it» whidi inakct it 
spread quickly» and go od with such £irce and 
rage, overturnii^^ all so furiouily, that the wb<^e 
city is brought into jeopardy of desolation. That 
night most of the Londoners had taken their last 
sleep in their houses ; they little thought it would 
be so when they went into their becU ; they did 
not in the least suspect, when the doors of their 
ears were unlocked, and the casements of their 
eyes were opened in the morning, to hear of sudi 
an enemy's inwKiing the city, and that thcj 
should see hira, with such fury, enter the doora 
of their houses, break into every room, and 
look out of their casements with such a threat^* 
ening countenance; as it is said. Lament, iv* 
12. ** The inhabitants would not have believed 
that the adversary should have entered the gatea 
of Jerusalem :'' »o the inhabitants of the city, 
would not have believed that the fire should 
have entered and prevailed to bum London to 
the ground. 

That which made the ruin the more dismal, 
was, that it was begun on the Lord's day morning ; 
never was there the like Sabbath in London ; 
some diurches were in flames that day ; and God 
seems to come down, and to preach himself in 
them, as he did in Mount Sinai, when the Mount 
burned with fire; such warm preaching those 
churches never had; such lightning dreadful 
sermons never were before delivered in London. 
In oUier churches ministers were preaching their 
farewell sermons, and people were hearing with 
quaking and astonishment: instead of a holy 
rest, which Christians have t^fp^vPPi |feis day. 

60 god's terrible voice. 

there is a tumultuous hurrying about the streets 
towards the place that burned, and more tumul- 
tuous hurrying upon the spirits of those that sat 
still, and had only the notice of the ear, of the 
quick and strange spreading of the fire. 

Now the train-bands are up in arms^ watching 
at every quarter for outlandish men, because of 
the general fears and jealousies, and rumours 
that fire-balls were thrown into houses by several 
of them, to help on and provoke the too furious 
flames. Now goods are hastily removed from the 
lower parts of the city ; and the body of the 
people begin to retire, and draw upwards, as the 
people did from the tabernacles of Corah, Dathan, 
and Abiram, when the earth did cleave asunder 
and swallow them up: Numb. xvi. 27. 31 > 32, or 
rather as Lot drew out from his house in Sodom 
before it was consumed by fire from heaven, 
Gen. xix. Yet some hopes were retained on the 
Lord's day, that the fire would be extinguished, 
especially by them who lived in the remote parts ; 
they could scarcely imagine that the fire a mile 
off should be able to reach their houses. 

But the evening draws on, and now the fire 
is more visible and dreadful : instead of the black 
curtains of the night, which used to be spread 
over the city, now the curtains are yellow, the 
smoke that arose from the burning parts, seemed 
like so much fiame in the night, which being 
bloivn upon the other part^ by the wind, the 
whole city at some distance seemed to be on fire. 
Now hopes begin to sink, and a general conster- 
nation seizeth upon the spirits of people : little 
sleep is taken in London this night; the amaze* 

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ment, whicb the eye and ear doth effect upon the 
spirit, doth either dry up, or drive away the 
vapour which used to bind up the senses: some 
are at wcnrk to quench the fire with water, others 
endeavour to stop its course, by pulling down of 
houses; but all to no purpose: if it be a little 
allayed, or beaten down, or put to a stand in 
some places, it is but a very little while; it 
quickly recruits and recovers its force ; it leaps 
and mounts, and makes the more furious onset, 
drives back its opposers, snatches their weapons 
out of their hands, seizes upon the water-houses- 
and engines, bums them, spoils them, and makes 
them unfit for service. Some are upon their 
knees in the night, pouring out tears before the 
Lord, interceding for poor London, in the day of 
its calamity ; but alas, I fear there were too few 
weeping Jeremiahs at the throne of grace, too few 
Moseses to stand in the gap; too few Jacobs 
to wrestle with the Lord, and hang about his 
arm. London's sins were too great, and God's 
anger against the city was too hot, so easily and 
presently to be quenched and allayed ; and if 
by the intercession of some, a mitigation be ob- 
tained, so that the Lord doth not stir up all 
his wrath, utterly to destroy the place as he did 
Sodom and Gomorrah ; yet none can prevail to 
call back that wrath, and reverse that decree 
which is gone forth against the city : the time of 
London's fall is come ; the fire hath received its 
commission from God to burn down the city, and 
therefore all attempts to binder it are in vain. 

On the Lord's day night the fire had run as 
far as Garlick^hithe, in ThameMtr(^t^j and had 

62 god's TERtllBLE VOICE 

crept up into Cannon^street, and levelled it with 
the ground, and still is making forward by the 
water side, and upward to the brow of thehiUy on 
which the city was built. 

On Monday Gracechurch-street is all in flames, 
with Lombard-street on the left hand, and part 
of Fenchurch-street on the right, the fire work- 
ing (though not so fast) against the wind that 
way : before it were pleasant and stately houses, 
behind it ruinous and desolate heaps. The burn- 
ing then was in fashion of a bow, a dreadful bow 
it was, such as mine eyes never before had seen ; 
a bow which had God's arrow in it with a flaming 
point: it was a shining bow, not like that in the 
cloud, which brings water with it, and withal 
signifies God's covenant, not to destroy the world 
any more with water : but it was a bow which 
had fire in it, which signified God's anger, and his 
intention to destroy London with fire. 

Now the flames break in upon Comhill, that 
huge and spacious street ; and quickly cross the 
way by the train of wood that lay in the streets 
untaken away, which had been puUed down from 
houses to prevent its spreading, and so they 
lick the whole street as they go ; they mount up 
to the top of the highest houses ; they descend 
down to the bottom of the lowest vaults and 
cellars ; and march along on both sides of the 
way, with such a roaring noise, as never was 
heard in the city of London ; no stately building 
so great as to resist their fury ; the Royal 
£x<£ange itself, the glory of the merchants, is 
now invaded with much violence; and when 
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iroutkA thef galleries, filling ttiem witfa flames ; then 
desc^ndetb the stairs, oompasseth the walks, 
giving forth flaming volleys, and filled the court 
with sheets of fire; by and by, down fall all the 
lyings upon their' faces, and the greatest part of 
the stone building after them, (the founder's 
statue only remaining) with such a noise, as was 
dreadful and astonishing. 

Then, then the city did shake indeed, and the 
inhabitants did tremble, and flew away in great 
amazement from their houses. Test the flames 
should devour them. Rattle, rattle, rattle, was 
the noise which the fire struck upon the ear 
round about, as if there had been a thousand 
iron chariots beating upon the stones; and if yon 
opened your eye to the opening of the streets, 
where the fire was come, you might see in some 
places whole streets at once in flames, that issued 
forth, as if they had been so many great forges 
from the opposite windows, which folding toge- 
ther, were united into one great flame throughout 
the whole street, and then you might see Ae 
houses tumble, tumble, tumble, from one end of 
the street to thie other with a great crash, leaving 
the foundations opMi to the view of the Heavens. 

Now fearfulness and terror doth surprise the 
citizens of London ; confusion and astonishment 
doth fall upon them at this unheard of, un- 
thought of judgment. It would have grieved the 
heart of an unconcerned person, to see the rueful 
looks, the pale cheeks, the tears trickling down 
from the eyes, (where the greatness of sorrow 
and amazement could'give leave for such a vent,) 
the smiting of the breast; the wringing of the 

64 god's t£rrible voice 

hands ; to hear the sighs and groans, the doleful 
and weeping speeches of the distressed citizens, 
-when they were bringing forth their wives, (some 
from their child-bed) and their little ones (some 
from their sick-bed) out of their houses, and 
sending them into the countries, or somewhere 
into the fields with their goods. Now the hopes 
of London are gone, their heart is sunk ; now 
there is a general remove in the city, and that in 
a greater hurry than before the plague ; their 
goods being in greater danger by the fire, than 
their persons were by the sickness. Scarcely are 
some returned, but they must remove again, and 
not as before, now without any more hopes of 
jcver returning, and living in those houses any 

Now carts, and drays, and coaches, and horses, 
as many as could have entrance into the city, were 
loaden, and any money is given for help ; £5. 
JEiO. £20. £30. for a cart, to bear forth into the 
fields some choice things, which were ready to be 
consumed ; and some of the countries had the 
conscience to accept of the highest price, which 
the citizens did then offer in their extremity ; I 
am mistaken if such money do not burn worse, 
than the fire out of which it was raked. Now 
casks of wine, and oil, and other commodities are 
tumbled along, and the owners shove as much of 
their goods as they can towards the gates : every 
one now becomes a porter to himself, and scarcely 
a back, either of man or woman, that hath 
strength, but had a burden on it in the street; 
it was very sad to see such throngs of poor citizens 
coming in and going forth froig^^^f^ unbumt 


purls, heavy loaden with some pieces of their 
goodsj but more heavy loaden witli weighty grief 
and sorrow of hearty so that it is wonderful they 
did not quite sink under these burdens. 

Monday night was a dreadful night» when the 
wings of the night had shadowed the light of the 
heavenly bodies, there was no darkness of night 
in London, for the fire shines now round about 
with a fearful blaze, which yielded such light in 
the streets as it had been the sun at noon-day. 

Now the fire having wrought backward strange- 
ly against the wind to Billingsgate, &c. along 
Thames-street eastward, runs up the hill to 
Tower-street, and having marched on from Grace- 
church-street, making further, progress in Fen- 
church-street, and having spread its wing beyond 
Queen-hithe in Thames-street westward, mounts 
up from the water side through Dowgate, and 
Old Fish-street into Watling-street : but the 
great fury of the fire was in the broader streets ; 
in the midst of the night it was come down 
Comhill, and laid it in ^e dust ; and runs along 
by the Stocks, and there meets with another fire, 
which came down Threadneedle-street ; a little 
further with another, which came up from Wall- 
brook : a little further with another, which comes 
up from Bucklersbury ; and all these four joining 
together, break into one bright flame at the 
corner of Cheapside, with such a dazzling light, 
and burning heat, and roaring noise by the fall of 
so many houses together, that was very amazing; 
and though it was something stopt in its swift 
course at Mercers' Chapel, yet with great force 
in a while, it conquers the place, and bums 

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66 god's terrible voice 

through it, and then with great rage proce«^edi 
forward in Cheapside. 

On Tuesday was the fire burning up the very 
bowels of London; Cheapside is all in a light 
fire in a few hours time; many fires meeting 
there, as in the centre ; from Soper-lane, Bow- 
lane, Bread-street, Friday-street, and Old-change, 
the fire comes up almost together, and breaks 
furiously into the broad street, and most of that 
side of the way was together in fiames, a dreadful 
spectacle ! and then partly by the fire which 
came down by Mercers' Chapel, partly by the 
fall of the houses across the way, the other side 
is quickly kindled, and doth not stand long 
after it. Now the fire gets into Blackfriars, 
and so continues its course by the water, and 
makes up toward Paul's church, on that side, 
and Cheapside fire besets the great building on 
this side, and the church, though all of stone 
outward, though naked of houses about it, and 
though so high above all buildings in the city, 
yet within a while doth yield to the violent 
assaults of the conquering fiames, and strangely 
takes fire at the top ; now the lead melts and 
runs down, as if it had been snow before the sun ; 
and the great beams and massy stones, with 
a great noise fall on the pavement, and break 
through into Faith Church underneath, and 
great fiakes of stone scale and peel off strangely 
from the side of the walls. The conqueror having 
got this high fort, darts its fiames round about ; 
now Paternoster-row, Newgate-market, the Old 
Bailey, and Ludgate-hill have submitted them- 
selves to the devouring fire, which, with wonder- 

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Ful speed rusheth down the hill into Fleet-street* 
Now Cheapside fire marcheth along Ironmonger* 
lane. Old Jury, Lawrence-lane, Milk-street* 
Wood- street. Gutter-lane, Foster-lane; now it 
runs along Lothbury, Cateaton-street, &c. From 
Newgate-market, it assaults Christ-church and 
conquers that great building, and bums through 
Martin's-lane towards Aldersgate, and all about 
so furiously, as if it would not leave a house 
standing upon the ground. 

Now horrible flakes of fire mount up the sky, 
and the yellow smoke of London ascendeth up 
towards heaven, like the smoke of a great fur- 
nace : a smoke so great, as darkened the sun at 
noon-day, (if at any time the sun peeped forth^ it 
looked red like blood,) the cloud of smoke was so 
great, that travellers did ride at noon-day some 
miles together in the shadow thereof, though 
there were no other cloud beside to be seen in 
the sky. 

And if Monday night was dreadful, Tuesday 
night was more dreadful, when far the greatest 
part of the city was consumed : many thousands 
who on Saturday had houses convenient in the 
city, both for themselves, and to entertain others, 
now have not where to lay their head ; and the 
fields are the only receptacle, which they can 
find for themselves and thair goods ; most of the 
late inhabitants of London lie all night in the 
open air, with no other canopy over them, but 
that of the heavens. The fire is still making 
towards them, and threateneth the suburbs ; it 
was amazing to see, how it had spread itself 
several miles in compass; ^d.s^ongst other 

68 god's terrible voice 

things that night, the sight of Guildhall was a 
fearful spectacle, which stood the whole body of 
it together in view, for several hours together, 
after the fire had taken it, without flames, (I sup- 
pose because the timber was such solid oak) in a 
Dright shining coal, as if it had been a palace of 
gold, or a great building of burnished brass. 

On Wednesday morning, when people ex- 
pected that the suburbs would be burnt, as well 
as the city, and with speed were preparing their 
flight, as well as they could, with their luggage 
into the countries, and neighbouring villagea; 
then the Lord hath pity on poor London; his 
bowels begin to relent, his heart b turned within 
him, and he '^ stays his rough wind in the day 
of the east wind ;" his fury begins to be allayed: 
he hath a remnant of people in Xiondon, and 
there shall a remiiant of houses escape; the 
wind now is hushed ; the commission of the fire 
is withdrawing, and it bums so gently, even 
where it meets with no opposition, that it was not 
hard to be quenched, in many places with a few 
hands : now the citizens begin to gather a little 
hearty and encouragement in their endeavours to 
quench the fire, A check it had at Leaden- 
hall, by that great building; a stop it had 
in Bishopsgate-street, Fenchurch-street, Lime- 
street, Mark-lane, aqd towards the Tower ; one 
means under God, was the blowing up of houses 
with gunpowder* Now it is stayed in Lothbury, 
Broad-street, Coleman- street; towards the gates 
it burnt, but not with any great violence ; at the 
Temple also it is stayed, and in Holbom, where 
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£re WAS got under^ it was kept under, and on 
Thnnday the flames were extinguished. 

But on Wednesday night, when the people 
late of London, now of the fields, hoped to get a 
little i«8t on the ground » where they had spread 
their beds, a more dreadful fear falls upon them 
than they had before^ through a rumour that the 
French were coming armed against them to cut 
their throats, and spoil them of what they had 
saved oat of the fire; they were now naked 
and weak, and in an ill-condition to defend them- 
selves, and the hearts, especially of the females, 
do quake and tremble, and are ready to die 
within them; yet many citisens having lost their 
houses, and almost all that they had, are fired 
with rage and fury ; and they begin to stir up 
themselves like lions, or like bears bereaved of 
their wbelps, and now Arm, arm, arm, doth re- 
sound the fields and suburbs with a great noise. 
We may guess at the distress and perplexity ot 
the people this night, which was somethii^ alle- 
viaited when the falseness of the alarm was per- 

Thus feU great London, that ancient city! 
that populous city ! London ! which was the 
queen city of the land, and as famous as most 
cities in the world; none so famous for the 
gospel and zealous profession of the reformed 
religion. And yet how is London departed like 
smoke, and her glory laid hi the dust ! How is 
her destruction come, which no man thought of, 
and her desolation in a moment ! How do the na- 
tions about gaze and wonder! How doth the 
whole land tremble at the noise of her fall ! How 

.70 god's terrible voice 

do h^r citizens droop and b^g down their 
heads ; her women and virgins weep, and .$it in 
the dust ! Oh, the paleness that now sits upon 
the cheejks ! the .astonishment and confusion that 
covers the face^ the dismal apprehensions that 
arise in the minds of.piost concerning the.dipead- 
ful consequences which are likely to be of this 
fall of London ! How is the pride of London 
stained, and beauty spoiled, her arm broken,^ and 
strength departed, her riches almost gope, and 
treasures so much consumed I The head now is 
sick, and the whole body hint; the heart is 
wounded, and every other part is sensible of its 
^stroke ; never was England in greater danger of 
being made a prey to a foreign power, thap a^ice 
the firing and fdl of this city, which had .the 
strength and treasure of the nation in it. . Hiaw 
is London ceajsed, that rich city ! that Jojpos 
city ! One comer indeed is left ; but more tbap ^ 
many houses as were within the walls, are turned 
into ashes* 

The merchants now have left the Royal ISj^ 
change; the buyers and sellers have now for- 
saken the streets: Gracechurch-street, Coirohill, 
Cheapside, Newgate-market, and the like places, 
which used sometime to have throngs of traffickers, 
now are become empty of inhabitants ; and in- 
stead of the stately houses which stood there 
last summer, now they lie this winter in ruinous 
heaps. The glory of London is now .fled away 
like a bird, the trade of London is shattered and 
.broken to pieces, her delights also are vanished, 
and pleasant things laid waste; now no chaunt- 
ing to the sound of the viol, and dancing to the 


sweet music of other instruments; now no drink- 
ing wine in bowls, and stretching upon the beds 
of last : now no excess of wine and banquettings; 
no feasts in halls and curious dishes ; no amo- 
rous looks, and wanton dalliances; no ruffling 
silksj and costly dresses; these things in that 
place/ are at an end. But if houses for sin alone 
weire sunk, and fuel for lust only were consumed, 
it would not be so much : but the houses also for 
Ood's worship, (which formerly were a hnU 
wnrk against the fire ; partly through the walla 
about dieni, partly through the fervent prayers 
within them,) now are devoured by the flames, 
and the habitations of many who truly fear God, 
have not escaped : and in the places where God 
hath been served, and his servants have lived, 
now nettles are growing, owls are screeching, 
thieves and cut- throats are lurking: a sad fkoe 
there is nkyw in the ruinous part of London, and 
territde hath the voice of the Lord been, which 
hath heati <^ing, yea, roaring in the city by 
these dreadful judgments of the plague and fire, 
irhitii be hath brought upon us. 

Thus yOu have the narration of the ju^pttents 

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Omceming the Cause of these judgments ; rvhg 
hath the Lord spoken by such terrible things in 
the dty (^London ? 

In giving an account hereof, I shall make use of 
the second Doctrine observed from the words: 

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iyoct.2. TkiUfvhen God speaks most ierri^fy 
he doth answer most righteously. 

They are God's judgments, and therefore they 
must needs b& righteous judgments: can there 
be unrighteousness in God? No, in no wise; 
for how then could he be God? How then 
** could he judge the world ? Let God be true, 
and every man a liar/' Rom. iii. 5, 6. Let God 
be righteous, and all the world unrighteous ; for 
light may more easily depart from the sun^ and 
heat be separated from the fire, and the whole 
creation may more easily drop into nothing, than. 
God cease to be just and righteous, in the se- 
verest judgments which he doth inflict upon the. 
diildren of men. 

If any profane mockers do reply against God, 
and reflect upon his righteousness and goodness 
towards his own people, because these judgments 
have fallen so sore upon London, the glory of the 
land, yea, of the world, for the number of godly 
persons (as in scoflF they call them) which dwell 
in it : if God were so righteous and favourable 
to the godly, would he bend his bow and shoot 
90 many arrows amongst them as he did in the 
visitation by the plague, whilst he i^uffered so. 
many notoriously wicked persons to escape? 
Would he send the fire to consume so many 
habitations of the godly, whilst the houses of the 
most vicious and vile were preserved? . I shall 
labour to stop the mouths of such who are ready 
to open them against the King of heaven, by 
proposing to consideration these following parti- 

1. ** That God's way is sometimes in tlie sea, 

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and htft paths- in the ^rreat water»; and his foot- 
steps are not known,'' Psal. IzxTii. ig. ** That 
his judgments are unsearchable, and his vrays 
past finding out/' Rom. xi. 33. And that even 
then *' he is righteous in all his ways, and holy 
in all his works/' Psal. cxlv. 17* " And when 
clouds and darkness are round about him, righ* 
teousness and judgment are the habitation of his 
throne^'' Psal. xcvii. 2. And when '' his judge- 
ments are a great deep, his righteousness is like 
the great' mountains/' Psal. xxxvi. 6. We do 
not understand all the mysteries of nature, 
neither are we acquainted with all the mysteries 
of state ; and if there be some mysteries in God's 
way of governing the world, and distributing 
temporal mercies and judgments, which we da 
not apprehend in every thing the meaning of, 
and cannot so fully trace God's righteousness 
and goodness therein, let us say it is because 
our eyes are shut« and that we are covered with 
darkness; therefore let us shut our mouths too^ 
and seal up our lips with silence, not daring in* 
the least to utter any thing which may derogate 
from these attributes in God, which are as in« 
violable and unchangeable as his very being: this 
might be said, if .the reason were more abstruse* 
Uum it is. 

2. But secondly, the reason of God's judgments 
and righteousness therein, wtth the salve of hia' 
goodness towards his own people, may be appre-- 
bended, if we consider. 

First, that these judgments of plague and fire, 
are both of them national judgments. 

1. The judgment of the plague was national ;. 

74 jgod'i tbhrible toicb 

klasmuch as Londmi wns the chief city; kiastnach 
as the King's court was here, and most connlnes 
had relations here: and all countries had covi- 
cernments here: moreover the plague was not 
only in London and Westminster, and places 
near adjacent; but it was dispersed into the 
countries at a £irther distance, as Cambridge, 
Norwidi, Colchester, and other towns, where it 
raged either the same or the next yeat^ as much 
proportionably as it did in London. 

2. The judgment of the fire, whkh biirned 
down only the City, and left Westminster and 
the suburbs standing, and did not roach into the 
countries, yet was a national judgment, because 
London was the metropolis of the land ; because 
the beauty, riches, strength^ and glory of the 
whole kingdom lay in London ; and it was not 
the inhabitants of the city who alone did suffer 
by this fire, but the whole land, stiore or less, do 
and will feel the smart hereof. 

Secondly, These judgments then being na- 
tional, it is not unreasonable to say, that national 
sins have been the cause of them ; and if so, we 
may readily find a reason of God's righteousness 
in these proceedings, when the sins of the land 
are so obvious and so heinous. He is a great 
stranger in England that doth not know, how 
wickedness hath abounded in these later years; 
his eyes must be fast shut, who doth not see 
what a deluge of profaneness and impiety hath 
broken in like a mighty torrent, and overflowed 
the land ; that hath not taken notice of those 
barefaced villanies which have been commuted 
amongst us, which is a gr^edquestion whether 

<M THB CITY. 7^ 

mj agM bafibre iis could pinUel: we Mid in 
ScvifKtnre of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the 
wickedness sometime of Jerusalem: profane his* 
tones and travellers make mention of Rom^ 
Venioe, Naples, Paris, and other places venr 
widied ; but who can equal England, which calls 
itself Christian and Protestant, for such desperate 
and audacious aflrants and indignities which have 
been ofierod to the highest A&jesty by the gal« 
lanta (as they are calkd) of our times? How 
waa«hdll, as it were, bi^e loose ; and how were 
mmk worse than those which, in our Saviour's 
timer were possessed with devils, who cut them** 
sdlvea with stones, and tore their own flesh; 
even such who went about like so many heU« 
hounds and incarnate devils, cursing and banning, 
eimeariog and blaspheming, inventing new oaths# 
and glorying tbemn, delisting to, tear the name 
of God, and to spit forth theic rancour and map 
lice in his very face? And can we then be at 
a loss fcNT a reason of God's righteousness in his 
thua punishing Etigland, by b^^inning thus fun* 
ously with London ? When were there so many 
athflfti^. about London, and in the land, who de* 
nied the very being of God ; when so many gen- 
tlemen (who looked upon it as one piece of their 
breeding to cast off all sentiments of a Deity) 
did walk our streets^ and no arguments would 
work th^m to a persuasion of the truth of God's 
bdyag, shall we wonder, if the Lord aippeats in a 
terrible way, that he might be known by the 
ludgments which he executeth? When so many 
desmd the Divine authority o£ the Scriptures, 
^e very foundation <rf our (^r|ft^,|l|th, and 

76 god's terrible ^oice 

Fedboned diemselv^s; by tbeir |irmciples» 
Turks, Pagans, and other infidds, however, Uftty 
called themselves Christians, and heveby pot 
auch an affront upon >tiie Lord Jetos Chxist, ^tiie 
only Son of the Most High God; is it starai^e 
that the Lord should speak so terribly, to shew 
his indignation ? When there was such blowUig 
at, and endeavours to put out that light vhifih 
would shew men the way to heaven ; such halved 
and opposition against the poiKerof godliaeoa^ 
when the name of a saint was matter of derinsn 
and scorn I when there was soth wallowii^ 
in filthy fornication and adultery, in swinish 
drunkenness and intemperance ; when sudi opr 
pression, bribery, such malice, cruelty, sachtmr 
heard of wickedbiess, and hideous impietyy gfomn 
to such a height in the land, may we not f«e« 
sonably think that such persons as were thne 
guilty, being in the ship, were a great cauae of 
&e stonatof God's anger, which hi^ made such 
a shipwreck ? 

. The plague indeed, when it was come, made 
little discrimination between the -bodies of the 
righteous and the bodies of Uie wicked ; no more 
doth grace; the difference is more inward and 
deep ; it is the soul begins to be glorified hcveby ; 
and hath the seed of eternal life put into it^ w^en 
it doth pass the new birth; but 'the body ia not 
changed with the soul; the body remains. aa-tt 
was, as frail, and weak, and exposed to diseases 
and death, as before, and . as the body of «By 
wicked person; and therefore the infection^ 
disease of the plague ccnning into a populous city, 
the bodies of the rigfateou^. jp|g|i^||^ the rest* 


I llie eontegioii, and tbcgr All in the oon- 
i cfldamky s thate is a difference in the maoner 
of tfaeirtleitihy and a differenoe io their place and 
ataiie after death* as hath been spoken of befiwe, 
bat thm kind of death if theaame. 

Sb the fiie dotb make no diacrimination be« 
tiftia the houaeaof the-ffedly^ and the houses of 
theoagodlj; theyareallmsdeof theeamecem- 
Iboetible matteri and are eokiadied as bodies in* 
feetad^Ane by- anodier: indeed the godlj have 
G40k to be their haUtatian, and they are citiaena 
eft the New Jeeusalenif irhich ia above; a city 
wbic^ faatk foandations, whose bnilder and maker 
is Chid ; an abi<Hng Gity, which the fire cannot 
reach*; and their persons are secured from the 
#MBew of eternal &e in hell; but thej have no 
pMMoiae nor security for the preservation of their 
houses ^rem fire here in this world. The jQdg« 
aienla- ef the fiagae and fire being sent» work ao» 
eoidiii{^MSo ^bcir naiare> without diatingiushing 
the righteous. 

But if we farthee enquire into the reason. 
Why the-pbgnewaa^vnt the last year, and such 
a^pit^neas hi^ not beenknown these forty yeara; 
l»lnch raged an eoraiy, wdien there waa nosuch 
suhttSueris of weather (aa in other years) to ii^ 
creese it;- and why the fire was sent this year, 
and sooh u fire as neither-we^ nor our forefathers 
ever knewv neither do we read of in any history 
of any so great in any place in time of peacer 
whet shall we say was the cauae of theae extra* 
ordinary national judgmenta, butthe cxtraordi« 
nary- national' sins. It was an extraordinary 
hMd ofC^ whidi brought the plague^ of which 


7d god's TSa&ISLS VOIC£ 

no tmtttral cause csn be ass^ed why.k tliiNilil 
be BO great that year more tluin iir former years, 
but tbit sm was grown to greater beif^ ; and 
that a fire should prevail against all attempts to 
quench it, to burn down the city, and thai judg- 
m«[it just following upon the heels of the. other; 
what reason can be assigned, bus that Englaad's 
sins, and God's displeasure have been oxtraor- 
dinary; God is a God of patience, and it is not a 
light thing wtU move hua ; he is slow to anger, 
it must needs b^ then sssne great provocation 
which makes him so furious.; ho is faigUy o^ 
fended, before he lifts up his hand; and. hoxis 
exceedingly incensed, before his anger breaks 
forth into such a flame. For my part^ I verily 
tfiink, if it had not been fer the crying abomiBa* 
tioDS of the times, which are not c&fly to be 
limited to the city of London ; and if themeans 
of God's prescription, aocotding to the rule of 
bis Word, wln<^ England sometivie couildv bad 
by England been made use of, that both plagiia 
and fire bad been prevented* 
' Thirdly, moraover, it may be said that aome 
particular persons, by some more peculiar and 
notorious sins in the city, may ba've^provdbsditbe 
Lord to bring pumshment upon.the whole .jibes, 
if the land were not so generaUy profime and 
wicked. The heatfaenoould say, ^' A whole city 
Biay be punished for the wtokedoessof;oneixian^'* 
yea, we read of David, though so good a min, 
yet when he numbeied the people (asmdl sin in 
eomparison with the sins of some oShersin our 
days) God was peovoked to send such a dnadiid 
nlaguc^ not on himad^ but ^m^ ?««*, Aat 

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tfaere dkd 70,009 UMii by It in diree 6aj9 ; and 
Dwvid aadf '' i have tinned and done wickedlj ; 
bat tiwae sheep what have they done V S Sam* 
xxiv. 10, 18. 

Foarthly» if it be enqnired how Clod's mercy 
to fa» people doth appear, when theee judgments 
faavie fjdlen to heavy upon many of them ? 

I sntwer, 

K Thoee of God's own piBople who have falkn 
hy.tkm pht^VLe, are received to greater gtace and 
mefeyin heaven, than here tl^y were capable 
of; and they are moreover delivered from evil to 
come, wiiich hath einee, and may further come 
upon' US. 

ft, Those whose booses have lallen by the fire, 
the Lord ooald, and confident I am, the Lord 
hath made them greater gainers another wayr 
ihef. ihasfB lost, it may be, much in temporal 
things; but they are, or may be (if they be not 
wimtitig to themselves) gainers of spiritual things, 
vhiebfaYe of a* higher and more excellent nature. 
I have known and heard of many of God's people 
whoae* houses ate bnmt and goods spoiled, who 
bsfie taken^ the loss -with so much cheerfnlness, 
hmaility, ^mfcfeness^ patience, contentment, and 
ihaiikifaltiess, that any thing was saved, if it were 
onfy'lheir lifvesy tthatift hath been my wonder and 
joy.; jIo igain sucb a. spirit, hath more €^ good, 
tbsBB'tfae klu e£ all external enjoyments hath of 
enlr . 

$i FiHther, If these judgments have fallen upon 
Godls^XMiopk, we most know that ^ey have their 
sinsy wiikh have deserved them; poastUy some 
hate bemm to eomnl j with the wid^ed in thm 

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tnoktd wajTs: it raajr bt they wtie gnmn more 
locMe in tbkt waiking> and focttial iathttfaerriee 
oiGod, and their hearts mate set on the world; 
of whidi sins more largdj, when I oometo speek 
of the sins of the citj: and the sins of God's 
peufile have more htinons aggmvationa than the 
sins of. the ;wicked». being eonmitted agsinsft 
dearer lights dearer loire^ sweeter merciea» 
stioDger obligaticns, and therefore profeke God 
the num to.waads; therefore' he thivateneiii his 
own people^ especially, to ponisfa them when tkegr 
transgress, Amos iii. S : <' You(on}y have I known 
of all the families of the earth, and. therefore I 
will punish you for your iniquities/' 

4. Besides, they havoneed of awakening jn^flT* 
ments to rouse them, and 'humble them for. sin; 
to loosen and weaa them from the world ; and it 
is in love and foithfulness, that God doth inflict 
sudi judgments upon them. 

5. We must remember that it is God's usual 
course to begin with his own housorl Pet. iv. 17. 
<' Judgment b^nsat the house of Ged.'' 

Fifthly, To esnclude^ Do any of the nngndly 
question God's righteousness, because in. these 
common calamities they h«^ thMiertD j uif vi ved 

i.i It is but an ill reqnitel, and ill use wfamh 
they make of God's padenee and goodness, which 
heihatfa exercised towaids them, that. hereby 
he might lead them unto repentance, Rom» 
ii» 4» fi. 

S» Let them stay awhile, and God will answer 
them himself and give them an expeifraeatsl' 
^enviotion of his ri^rteo«s. judgments, 1 Betw 


ir; T7) 19^ ''*lf judgment begfn at the home <if 
Ood, what shaM the end be of theitt that obey not 
the Gospel? and if the righteont scarcely be 
saved, nliere shall the ang<xUy and sinneri ap« 
pear?" We read^ Psaln Ixav. 8. *« Of a cup of 
red wine in the hand of the Lord ;" he may give 
bis people to drink the top of it; bot the most 
bitter nod draggish part^ which is at tfie bottomi 
the wicked shaU wrnig forth and drink ; if Gkid 
whip bis children with rods, he wfll scourge ins 
enemies with soorpiona* 

I am persuaded that the notoriously ungodly of 
thia generation^ will not go out of thia world 
without some mnarkadble temporal judgment; 
and' that the Lard will make them feel something 
evm here, what an evil thii^ and a bittar it ia 
8o aadaciously to fly in the face of the great 
God, by their hideous oaths and blasphemies; 
by their horrid wickedness and abominations; 
wherel^ they do^ as it were, challenge God to do 
his worst against them; and when Ood deth 
draw forth bis glittering sword, and make ready 
his diorp :airow upon the string; when God 
de^ clothe himself wKh fury as with a garment^ 
and4f» band doth take hold onvengeanoe: when 
their iniquities are grown fully ripe, and the day 
of tfaeir visitation and reoompence is come, how 
then will these sinners of England be afiraid^ 
and what amazing terror will tliere then sur« 
prise this vile generation ? '^ Can their hearts en* 
dare, or their hands be strong in the day that the 
Lord -shall deal with them ?" Ezek. xxii. 14. Then 
the. Lord will roar from his holy habitation with 
sudta terrible voice, as; shall make their ears to 

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tingle, their hearts to qvake imd tremble; Im will 
roar like a lioo, and tear them in pieeea^ when 
there shall be none to deUver* If the shaking of 
his rod hath moved them, and the bc^nnin^ of 
his judgments, which, he hath executed upon 
others, hath affiighted them, what. wUl their be- 
haviour be wiien the aooorge is laid ufmi tbdr 
own -backs, and judgment shall falLiupeia their 
own heads ! Sorely the judgments intended IHH^ 
posdy for the most ungodly, are. not yetrconw; 
yet, as they are like to be ^Eoeeding great» be* 
cause mete 6E pure and unmixed wmth will .ac- 
txanpany them ; so they are like to be very near, 
because they are filling up the measure of their 
wickedness so fast, and they seem to be arsived 
even.to the uttermost of sin; surdy their judg- 
ment doth neither linger nor ^lumberi but iaii|MB 
the wing, hastening towards ihem;. surely the 
arm of the Lord as awakened, and lifted up on 
high ; and though infinite patience dotk huUtt up 
a Istde while, to try whether the judgments sdU 
ready executed upon othera, before, their ^pea 
will work any good ^ect upon thmn, so jMrte 
awaken them and stop them, and turn them 
from their evil ways; yet, if th^ pB6ceed in 
their 'sinful course, his arm, I am persuaded, will 
come down with such fonce and Airy upon litem, 
that their destruction shall be remarkable to all , 
that are round about them : and I have mndi of j 
that persuasion, that the Lord will, as it were, 
hang up many of the villains of our times, who j 
have been guilty of such treachery and rdbdUon 
against the great King of heaven, as it were in 
ciiain% and make their punishment here as no* 

iv turn crtr^ $$ 

ttitt&m as liiftir nw liavv hem, duit the whok 
world imy hear and fear, and take haed of todi 
vile paacticet. I suppcwa thej maj not now ex* 
peet'k, nor ftar it, any more than the whole 
w<Hrld did their drownttig^ or Sodom and Qo*^ 
morrtth did thenr baming, beeanae deeeitful tin 
halii haadened their hearts ; long custom in sin, 
iriA knponitjr^ hath seated their consoMnees aa 
widi n hot iron ; but then diey are in the great* 
est danger, when they sleep with the grsatest 
securf ^ : when men grow desperatdy hardened 
against often and all reproofst by word and rod 
toOy what foUews but sadden destmction, and 
that without remedy? Prov. xiiz. 1. ''And 
when men cry peace and safety, then sudden 
desCruetsen cometh upon them, ss travail open a 
woatMn with child, and they shall not escape,'' 
I Thess* ▼• 3* And if someof this untoward and 
wiched gener a t i on do drop away widiout a re* 
markable temporal destruction, Oad will make 
his righteousness evident to them in the othor 
worid» when he daps up their souls dose 
prisoners in the lowest dungeon of hdl, appoint- 
ing fohuck devfls to be their gaolers, flames of 
fire to be their dothing, Indeous terrors and 
woe to be their fobd ; Cain, Judas, and other 
damned tonnented spirits to be their companions, 
where they must lie bound in the chains of dark-^ 
nest, till the judgment of the great day: and 
when the general assise is come, and the angels 
have blown the last trumpet, and gathered the 
elect to the right hand of Christ, then they will 
be sent with the keys of the bottomless pit, and 
the prison will be opened for §,MW§m^ like 


80 many rogdes in chains^ tliey ahitlU to pattor 
with all their fellow sinners, be brought forth , 
and find out the dirty flesh of their bodies, 
which, like a nasty rag, they shall then put ^on, 
and with raost rueful looks, and trembling joints, 
and horrible shrieks, and inexpressible conSfiisioii 
and terror, they shall behold the Lord Jesua 
Christ, whom in life-time they dei^ised and «f*» 
fronted, come down from heaven in flaming fire* 
to take vengeance upon thfm; who will sentenee 
them to the flames of eternal fire, and drive tfiem 
from his throne and presence, into utter darkness, 
where they must take up their lodging ^r ever- 
more. Then, then the^e will be a dear rev«-* 
lation of the righteous and dreadful judgnenfta 
of this great God unto the worki, and upon jtbis 
accursed generation. 

But more fully to clear up the reason of Lon- 
don's judgments, and the righteousfliess of Ood? 
herein, God hath, indeed, spoken yery terrthly, 
but he hath answered us very righteouslfF. Lon- 
don was not sp godly, as soipe speak by nay of 
scoff. No \ if London had been more genmlly 
godly, and .more powerfully godly, these |tt%* 
ments might have been escap^, and the. riitn of 
the city prevented : No ! it was the ungodliness 
of London which brought the plague, and fire^ 
upon Ijondon. There was a gen^»l plagaie vq^on^ 
the heart, a more dangerous iolection* and <leiwl]y 
plague of sin, before there was sent a plague upon 
the body ; there was a fire of divers lust^ which 
was enkindled, and did burn in the bosom : some- 
times issuing out flames at the doer of the m^ttjth* 
and at the windows of tbe#{e|e^^t^^ml^ 


before the fire vnm kindled in the city, which 
swallowed up so many habitations. We have 
fallen (thousands of persons) into the grave by the 
plague ; thousands of houses^ as a gretii monument 
upon them, by the (he ; and whence is it ? '' We 
are idltn bv our iniquities/' Hosea xir. 1 . ** The 
crown is fallen from our heads :" and what is the 
reason? ^'because we have sinned against the 
Lord/' Ijam.T. l6. God hath spoken terribly; 
but he hath answered righteously ; as he gives 
great and especial mercies in answer unto prayer, 
so he sendeth great and extraordinary judgments 
in answeir unto sin ; there is a voice and loud cry, 
especially in some sins, which **entereth into the 
ears of the Lord of Sabaoth^" James v. 4. When 
God speaks by terrible things^ he makes but a 
righteous return to this cry. 

And though these judgments of plague and 
fire are national judgments, and may be the 
product of national sins, and 1 verily am per* 
suaded, that God was more highly provoked by 
some that dwelt out of the city, than with those 
which- dwelt in it; I mean the profane and 
ungodly generation, who chiefly did inhabit more 
remotely; and that God, being so provoked, was 
the more ready to strike, and let his hand fall so 
heavy upon London : yet, since many of the un* 
godly crew were got into the city itself, and most 
in the city, that were not of them, and did not 
dare to commit their impieties, yet made them* 
selves guilty, by not mourning for them, and 
labouring in their place what they could after a 
ledress ; and since London iUelf hath been guilty 
of so numy crying sins (as I ^b^^i^^^^^our to 


diew), God*8 T^hteousneas in tile tenibfe things 
of LoDdon wiD be evident^ espedtHj if we con- 

1. Thai God hoik pmmsktd Lomdtm mo more 
iham ikeir imigMHies have deserved. 

2. Thai God hoik ptaasked London less than 
ikeir iniqmiiies have deserved, 

1. God hath pradshed London no more than 
thdr iniquiiies deserved. Great sans deserve great 
plagoea, and have not the sins of London been 
great ? Let us make an enqany alter London's 

Here I shall offer some sins to con^deration, 
and let London judge whether she be not gniHy, 
and whether the Lord hath not been plaguing 
her^ and burning her, and possibly, yea, pro- 
bably, will bring utter ruin and desolation upon 
her, except she see, and mourn, and turn the 
sooner. It is out of dear and tender love to Lon- 
don (with whom I could willingly live and die) 
that I write these things to put them in mind of 
their sins, that they might take some speedy 
course for a redress and turning away the fierce 
anger of the Lord which is kindled against them lor 
sin, lest he next proceed to bring utter ruin upon 
them : surely they have not more reason to tmnk 
that God's anger is turned away since the lire, 
than they had to think it was turned away isfter 
the plague ; but rather they may conclude,' that 
though the fire of the city be quenched, yet the 
fire of God's anger doth bam still more d7tad> 
fully than the other fire, and that his hand is 
stretched out still to destroy. Therefbre, 
all ye inhabitants about London, open youreye^ 


and ears, and hearts* and suffer a word of reproof, 
for your sins ; and deal not with this catalogue of 
your sins* as Jehoiachim did with Jeremiah's 
roll, who burnt it in the fire* not being able to 
bear his words; but do with it as John did with 
bis little book* eat it* and digest it ; though it be 
bitter in the mouth* as well as in the belly, it is 
bitter physic, bufnecessary for the preservation 
of a sick, languishing city* which is even ready 
to give up the ghost 

And here I shall begin with more gospel sins* 
which* though natural* conscience is not so 
ready to accuse of, yet in the account of God 
are the most heinous sins. And I would have a 
r^ard not only to latter* but to former sins* 
which* possibly* may now be more out of view* 
and forgotten* and which some may be hardened 
in* because the guilty have not been so particu- 
larly and sensibly punished* (though God's spar- 
ing of them* hath been in order to their re- 
pentance) or their punishments in some kind 
hath been accounted by them no punishments, 
or , their punishments have been mistaken* and 
their, hearts have swelled against instrumenta 
made use of by God therein* instead of accept- 
ing of the punishment of their iniquity, and 
bumbling themselves deeply before the Lord* 
I aay* I would call to remembrance former sins* 
as well as latter, which are more visible now* 
and apparent; for as God* being so slow to 
anger* hath not been quickly moved to such in- 
dignation ; but, as we have reason to think* that 
his wrath hath been a long time boiling in his 
breast before it was raised to this height as to 


boil over, and pour down plague and fire upcm 
the city of London; so we may reasonably in- 
fer, that sins committed by London long ago» 
were the fuel put under, that caused this boiling 
of his anger, which, because other judgments 
have not wrought the kindly effect of repent- 
ance, the Lord hath been provoked to express 
this way, which hath been more feeling and 
dreadful. Moreover, when I reckon up Londmi's 
sins, I would not reflect alone upon any one 
party, inasmuch as all parties have sinned; 
and 1 believe the Lord hath been offended with 
all, as in his judgments he hath made no diffe- 
rence, that all might be awakened to see their 
faults with sorrow and shame. And if it were 
fit, I would begin here with myself, being per- 
suaded that my sins, more than thousands of 
others, have helped to fill up the vial of God's 
anger : but as I go along, I shall endeavour, by 
the grace of God, to apply to myself the. sins 
which conscience will accuse of, that I may be- 
wail and amend : and I will beseech every one 
of you that cast your eyes upon these lines, to 
do the like, and to compare them with those 
lines which are written in the book of your con- 
sciences : and where you find a transcript, read 
and read again ; consider and lay to heart ; get to 
your knees, confess, and labour to drop at least 
some tears into the bottle, which, if this little 
book might help gather from your eyes, and you 
could be persuaded to pour forth such waters 
before the Lord, they might help to quench the | 
violence of the fire of God's anger, which we ' 
have reason to fear is still burnir\g^^|j^(nst us. I 



A Catalogue of Lend(nCs Stns, which have ptxh 
voked the Lord to speak tvith so terrible a Voice 
in the City, 

1. The first sin of London is slighting of the 
Gospel. Ilie Gospel in England hath above 
this hundred years shined forth out of the clouds 
of Popery and Antichristianism, which before did 
overspread the land ; and in no place of England 
hath the Gospel been preached with greater 
power and purity than m London ; and what 
entertainment hath it found ? hath it been valued 
according to its worth and excellency ; hath it 
been received as if it had come down ^om the 
God of heaven, expressing his love and good-will 
towards the children of men, as if it had brought 
such good news and tidings, as salvation by 
Jesus Christ? 

Read the eulogium which the Apostle Peter 
gives of the salvation made known by the Gospel, 
1 Pet. i. 10—12. " Of which salvation the 
prophets have enquired, and searched diligently, 
who prophesied of the grace that should come 
unto you ; searching what, or what manner of 
time the Spirit of Christ which was in them, did 
signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings 
of Christ, and the glory that should follow ; unto 
whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, 
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are now reported unto you, by them that have 
preached the Gospel unto you, with the Holy 
Ghost sent down from heaven, which things tJie 
angels desire to look into.'' The prophets of 
old did enquire and search, but did not so clearly 
understand the Gospel, as now it is revealed: 
our Saviour tells his disciples, Luke x. 24, that 
" many prophets and kings have desired to see 
the things which they saw, and. had not seen 
them ; and to hear the things which they did 
hear, and had not heard them ; for indeed this 
mystery was hid from ages and generati<Mis, 
which God then made manifest unto the saints," 
Col. i. 26*. And the Apostle Paul tells us, that 
'^ though the ministration of the law were glo- 
rious, insomuch that it made the face of Moses to 
shine," unto whom the law was revealed upon the 
Mount, ''yet that it had no glory, in comparison 
with the ministration of the Gospel, whose glory 
did so far excel," 2 Cor. iii. 7 — 10 : the mysteries 
of God's wisdom and love revealed in the Gospel, 
being so glorious, surely are worthy of accepta- 
tion and esteem, especially when the angels, who 
are not so much concerned, desire to look into 
these things, unto whom it is said, Eph. iii. 10, 
*' Is made known by the church, the manifold 
wisdom of God.'' And yet these great things, 
which have been reported by them, who have 
preached the Gospel, with the Holy Ghost sent 
down from heaven, have been undervalued in 
London. The Gospel hath been slighted m 
London ; and though some have been more no- 
toriously guilty ; yet who can altogether excuse 
diemselves from this sin ? Now that the convic- 



tion may be more fuil» 1 shall charge the sin more 

> 1. The ignorant persons in London have been 
guilty of &is sin, the light of the Gospel hath 
^tned aboat them; but they have muffled up 
themselves in darkness, and suffered Satan to 
keep them hoodwinked, lest the light of the 
glorious Gospel should enter, and lead them out 
of his snare; thousands in the city have been 
affededly ignorant : though they have had means 
of knowledge, so near, and so easy to come by ; 
multitudes have perished oat of London, and 
multitudes still remain in their ignorance. O 
the neglect that there hath been of learning 
catechisms ! and how few have endeavoured to 
acquaint themselves with the principles of the 
Christian religion, that they might have the 
more full and clear understanding of the Gos- 

2. The vicious and profane have been guilty 
of slighting the Gospel ; how many such persons 
have there crowded, and are still crowding out of 
London into hell, when the light of the Gospel 
shiaed upon them, which would have guided 
them in the way to heaven ; because this light 
hath been too troublesome in its discovery, and 
reproof of their dear and sweet sins, they have 
hated it, and endeavoured to fly as far as they 
could from it, or to shut their eyes as hard as 
they could against it* 

3. The civU persons also have been guilty ; 
there have been many sober citizens, and matrons, 
civil yonths^ and virgins, who have been free from 
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through lust; who have been dUigent in their 
calling, just in their dealings, courteous, and 
sweet-natured in their demeanour, and yet with- 
out the least degree of the power of godliness, 
without which it is impossible they should be 
saved. Alas! neneof these have given any warm 
welcome unto the Gospel in their hearts, which 
hath been so long preached in the city: the 
kindness of a friend hath been esteemed by them ; 
but the kindness of God hath not been regarded* 
If a messenger had come and told them how they 
might save their estates, when in danger of loss, 
or how to save their relations when in danger of 
death, O how welcome would such a messenger 
and tidings have been ! but when ministers have 
preached the Gospel unto them, which tells them 
how they should save their souls, in danger of 
death and hell, such tidings have had no. relish 
with them, as if they had no souls, or were in 
no danger : the light hath shined belbre them, 
but there hath been a cloud in their eye, they 
could not discern it; ot they have looked upon 
it afar of, they have not drawn near, and brought 
it home, and set it up in their bosoms, that 
they might order themselves, and whole con- 
versations, according to its guidance and direo- 

4. The hypocrkes have been guilty of this 
sin ; these have drawn nearer to this light, than 
any of the former;, so near that they have seemed 
to be clothed with its beams, they have lighted 
their lamps hereby, and have shined forth in a 
glorious blase of anoutwiird profession ; yet thoe 
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i«l»h of the Gospel, especially of some things in 
it: there have been some secret rooms in their 
hearts^ into which they would not suffer the hght 
to enter, lest it should discover those beloved 
Delilahs, which there they have nourished and 
brooffht up ; they have been rotten at the core, 
and have had some unmortified lust within, which 
the world hath not taken notice of; so that if 
the Gospel hath been received by them, it hatb 
been only in the outward form, not in the in* 
ward power; if the light hath been received, it 
hath been without its heat and life. Hence it 
bath oome to pass, that some of these hypocrites, 
who seemed to be stars of the first magnitude, 
have proved only blazing stars and comets, which 
in a short time have fallen and sunk into wild 
opinions, or fearful apostacy. 

5. The erroneous have been guilty of this sin ; 
some, and not a few, in London, under this glo- 
rious sunshine of the Gospel, which hath come 
from heaven, have lighted a candle at the fire of 
hell, and laboured to set it Up in opposition to 
the true light of the Gospel, crying out. New 
light, new light ! Satan himself hath appeared 
in London like an angel of light, and employed 
his emissaries and wicked instruments (who have 
seemed to be ministers of righteousness, but have 
had a wolfish ravenous heart under the dresa 
and clothing of the sheep) to vent many damna- 
ble and destructive opinions in our church, undev 
pretence of new, discoveries and revelations of 
the Spirit ; and through this false and taper-light 
Could never abide the test, and put forth any 
beuns of convincing truth; butj^^^«^fd and 

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disappeared upon the approach of the sun, vfa^e 
it shined in its power ; yet too many whose e yea 
were too sore to look upon the glorious beams of 
the sun, and yet withal their hearts too fearful 
to remain wholly in the dark, without any shew 
of light, did withdraw themselves from the former, 
and sought after the latter in dark comers, where 
alone such rotten wood could seem to shine, 
and such candles could give forth any light ; and 
choosing night rather than day, they followed 
these false wandering fires, though they were led 
by them into many a precipice. 

It is sad to remember, and seriously to consider 
what errors and strong delusions have abounded 
and prevailed in our Gospel days* How many 
false teachers have there been among us, which 
have crept on unawares ; how many Jesuits aii4 
Priests sent from Rome and other places, to 
rend and tear our Protestant church to pieces, 
that they might make way for the introduction of 
popery ; at least to cast a disgrace upon Protes- 
tantism, and delude many of us with the opinions 
they have broached, and to confirm their own in 
their delusions. Thus many cunning and learned 
Jesuits have disguised themselves in the habit of 
tailors, shoemakers, and of other mechanical 
tradesmen, that they might seem to the people 
to have been taught those things by the Spirit, 
which have been the product of much study: 
thus these cursed villains, "of old ordained to 
condemnation, have privily brought in damnable 
heresies;'' some calling themselves Quakers, 
others Ranters, others Seekers, others Antino- 
mians, others Brownists, others Anabaptists: 

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putting themselves into Any shapes, that they 
might mislead, and the better ''lie in wait to 
deceive" poor souls : some ** denying the Lord 
that bought them/' setting up the fancy of a 
Christ within them for their Saviour; others 
denjring the foundation, undermining the divine 
authority o£ the Scriptures : others Ubouring to 
overthrow the doctrine of justification, and 
striking at most fundamental doctrines of the 
Christian faith ; and all of them endeavouring to 
undermine the ministry of Christ's institution 
and sending, calling them Antichristian, Baal's 
Priests, false prophets, doing what they could 
to bring them and their ministry out of esteem, 
that they might the more efiectually prevail with 
the people to receive their false doctrines, and 
arm them hereby against an undeceivement ; 
and sweetening their poison '* with good words, 
and fair speeches, they have deceived the hearts 
of the simple, so that many did follow their 
pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of 
truth hath been evil spoken of;" and whatever 
good words they had, they were but " feigned 
words, whereby they made merchandize of souls, 
whose judgment now a long time lingereth not," 
and whose damnation slumbereth not,'' 2 Pet. ii. 

These the Apostle calls '* spots and blemishes, 
sporting themselves with their own deceivings ; 
wells without water, clouds carried about with 
a tempest, raging waves of the sea, foaming out 
their own shame, wandering stars, unto whom is 
reserved blackness of darkness for ever," 2 Pet. ii* 

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And yet many of these were hearkened untd, 
and adhered unto, by too many in London, rather 
than the true Gospel ministers, commissioned by 
the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and ordained ac- 
xrording to the prescription of his word.' 

Then many laymen, some gifted, (who would 
4iave given a better account of their gifts at Uie 
great day, had they kept their station) and some 
without gifts, but with a great measure of igno- 
rance and confidence, did step up sometimes 
into pulpits, often took upon them to preach in 
private, invading the ofBce, and intruding into 
the work of Christ's ambassadors^ which he hath 
appointed a peculiar office for, and which he 
hath set a hedge about more than any other 
-office we read of in Scripture ; but they ventured 
to break over the hedge, I am confident, to the 
affronting and displeasing of the great King, whose 
representatives in the world his ambassadors are ; 
and not only silly women were -led captive by the 
deceivers, which crept in when so many took 
liberty to preach, but also men who profbssed 
themselves to be wise, and to have attained to a 
degree of light above the vulgar ; yet, forsaking 
the ministry and ordinances of Jesus Christ, ap- 
pointed to continue unto the end of the world, 
for the instructing, perfecting, and establishment 
of saints in knowledge and faith, they became 
fools, and '' children, tossed to and fro with 
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,'* 
which led them aside, £ph. iv. 1 1 — 14. 

Now all these persons have been sligfaters of 
the Gospel of Jesns Christ, the ignorant, the 
profane, the hypocrite^ and the erroneous ; and 


tf yoD pla6e tbem all in one company, how few 
will there remain in London, that have sincerely. 
and heartily embraced the truth as it is in Jesus, 
and upon whom the Gospel hath made a powerful 
and saving impression ! And even amongst those 
that have been affected and converted by the 
preaching of the Gospel, and had it greatly in 
esteem at first hearing and believing ; how was 
their esteem of the Grospel fallen, and their 
affection cooled 1 Did not Gospel-ordinances 
begin to lose their worth and excellency, and 
grow tedious and wearisome unto them? 0« 
how generally unthankful was London for Gospel 
privileges and . liberties 1 Yea, many began to be 
very nice and wanton, and the Gospel was not 
relished, unless it were served up with such neat«p. 
Besses and dresMugs, in which some ministers 
possibly did too much endeavour to please them- 
selves and the people ; and then the sauce waa 
more relished than the food itself, and the appe^ 
tite of many was so spoiled, that plain, wholesome, 
soul-saving truths, would not go down with them. 
Londoners began to be glutted with the Gospel ; 
apd like the Israelites in the wilderness, their 
souls began to loath the manna which came 
down from heaven. A strange curiosity there 
was in spiritual palates; which in many turned to 
a loathing of the food, insomuch that the Gospel 
became a burden unto them, and thence it was 
^^ that many tmed away their ears from the 
truth, and were turned into errors; and they 
could not endure to hear sound doctrine, but 
having itching ears, heaped up unto themselvea 


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teadiera aooordingp to tbtir' lasts,'' £ Tim« ir. 

And those thatcontiiitied steadfast in the truth, 
did not duly prize the Gospel, noue of them ac- 
cording to its dignity and worth. No vonder 
then if God growa angry at such contempts and 
affronts as were hereby offered unto faini> and 
easeth Aem maeh of Uieir burden ; and with- 
draws tlie food so much, whiok they grew so 
weary of: no wonder that he suflfers so numy of 
their teachers to. be thrust into comers, and so 
much withdraws the beams of that light which 
was so much abused; and when they are not 
sensible of his displeasure in this, no wonder if 
he sends the plague and fire, to awaken them unto 
a sensibilily. 

When the ^* King sent forth his servants to 
eall the guests to ^e wedding-feast, and they 
make light of it, and excused themselves, and 
went away^ one to his farm, another to his mer- 
chandize, and the remnant took his servants and 
entreated them spitefully, and slew them; the 
king was wrotb, and sent forth his armies to 
destroy those murderers, afid bum their city," 
Matt. xxii. 1 to 8. God hath sent forth his ser- 
vants to call Londoners to this feast; how many 
invitations have they had to oome unto Christ, to 
accept of him to save them, and to feed upon 
him, from whom alone they can get any spi- ' 
ritual noariiAiment. But bow many in .Ix>ndon I 
have had their excuses ; they have -b^en fol- I 
lowing their merchandize and other business, | 
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his servants bath had, the Lord knows* I do 

not say that London hath entertained them de* 
spitefully, and slain them; bnt has not their 
message been slighted by London ? and is it a 
Tvonder then if the king that sent them be wroth, 
and send A fire to bam down the city? No 
greater favour could be shewed, no greater pri* 
Tilege could be enjoyed, than rtor have the Gospel 
powerfiilly preadied, and ordinances purely ad- 
ministered; bnt hath it been generally so ac* 
counted in London? Hath not merchandise, 
add thriving in the world, (which yet they have 
not Uirived in) been preferred before this, by 
many thousands in the dty? When God hath 
bden at siich an oip^nse to work out a way 
for man's salvation; when he hath discovered 
such wonders of astonishing love in sending 
his only begotten Son out of heaven to clothe 
himself in our flesh, that therein he might pur- 
chase life and salvadaa for us who were sunk 
so low from our primitive state by sin, and were 
exposed to death and wrath, and unavoidable 
endless misery in hell ; and hath sent his ambas- 
sadors of peace to bring unto os the glad tidings 
hereof, and in his name to make known the 
thing, the author, the terms, the way : and to 
eiitreat us that we would accept of life and re- 
conciliation to God, who without any injury to 
himself could ruin us everlastingly, and get him- 
self a name thereby ; and yet, when the Gospel 
is preached, that we should undervalue and 
slight both messenger and message ; surely this 
hath been an afiront unto the Lord, who hath 
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icariy with it such ingratitude as cannot be pa- 

No doubt but this sin of slighting the Gospel 
is a prime sin, which hath provoked God against 
London, to come forth in such fury ; and if Lon- 
don do not repent ere long, and labour to re- 
cover its relish and esteem of the Gospel, and 
make more evident demonstrations of it, I fear 
the Lord willx^uite remove the Gospel from them ; 
and then nothing is like to follow but desolation 
and wok, God doth not remove his glory at once, 
but by 6tfeps ; 'first,' " the glory of the Lord de^ 
parts from the inner court, to the threshold of the 
house,'' Ezek. x. S, 4; *^ from the threshold of 
the house to the door of the east-gate,^' verses IS, 
19, " then it goes from the midst of the city, 
and standeth upon the mountain," chap. xi. S3* 
The Gospel is the glory of London, and hath the 
glory of the Lord made none of these removes? 
IS it not come forth of the inner c6urt ? Hatb it 
not left the threshold ? is not a departing of it 
quite from the city threati^ned ? Will any thing 
recover it, if we do not recover our appetite, and 
prize, and cry after it ? 

If the Gospel go, God will go; the Gospel 
being the sign and means of his special pre- 
sence ; and '* woe be unto us when God shall de- 
part from us," Hos. ix. 12. And if God depart 
with the Gospel, farewell peace and prosperity in 
England ; nothing, I dare be confident, but tem- 
poral misery and ruin will be t&e consequence : if 
the eclipse bring such misery, what will the quite 
darkening of the sun do ? 

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M suck a fertile 9oiL This ain luUh been an at- 
tendant upon, and a consequent of the former. 

London was not only a Goshen, but an Eden ; 
God chose out London to be hia garden, he hath 
hedged it, planted, watered, pruned and mannred 
it; no place in the world hath bad more plenty of 
the means of grace ; God hath given the former 
and the latter rain ; and sweet dews of heaven, 
both morning and evening, did fall upon this 
place : in the morning seed was sown, and in the 
evening the hand was not withdrawn; plentiful 
and powerful hath preaching been in London, in 
season and out of season, on the Sabbath-day, and 
on the week-day ; but hath London answered all 
God's care and cost? Hath not God come for 
many years together, seeking fruit, and found 
nothing but the leaves of profession ? Hath he 
not often threatened to cut down the unfruitful 
trees, and not suffer them to cumber his ground 
any longer ? and when, through the intercession 
of the vine-dresser, he hath spared them this 
year, and another year, hath not the same un« 
fruitfulness still remained? What could the 
Lord have done more to his vioeyard than he 
ha^ done? wherefore then, when he locked for 
grapes, brought it forth only leaves or wild grapes? 
And is it tl^n to be wondered at, if the Lord 
pluck down the hedge thereof, that it might be 
eaten by the wild boar and beast of the field, if 
be break down the wall thereof, and make it 
waste and desolate ? Is it to be wondered at, if 
he withhold the clouds that they rain not on it, 
and suffer briars and thorns to .spring up in it, 
wher^ the phmts did gsow ? 

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The vsie; when it is unfruitful^ k the nost un- 
useful of all trees, Luke xiii. ; laa. v. 4, 5, 6, Ste, ; 
£zek. XT. ; it is fit for nothing but the fire ; and 
the Lord hath threatened to gather the unfruitful 
branches, and to cast them into the fire and bum 
them, John xy. 6; and the earth which drinketh 
in the rain that often falleth upon it, and instead 
of herbs, meet for the use of him by whom it is 
dressed, bringeth forth nothing but briars and 
thorns, God r^eeteth and curseth, and in the 
end bumeth^ Heb. vi. 7-- < 

O the unfroitfttlness of London ! > O the briarv 
and thorns which have flourished itt'thta ground, 
whereby the seed of the word hath beea choftked I 
O the hemlock, the thistle, and the. wormwood, 
that have sprung up in the furrows of the Md\ 
O the tares that have abounded and overtopped 
the wheat, and how little good com hath there 
been brought forth 1 O the wild olive-trees which 
have grown up in God's ^rdeo> and wild figs and 
wild grapes, which the fig-trees and vines ol* God 
have yielded unto him I O the leanness ^of his 
sheep in such fiit pasture !• O* the barrenness 1 
the barrenness of London^ under such plentiful 
showers of the word 1 ** Instead of the fruits of 
righteousness, which are to the praise and gkfy 
of God," there have been the ^ fruits of unrigfa* 
teousness, and wickedness, which afe tot G<k1's 
dishonour t instead of the firuita of the Spirit^ 
which are love, joy, peace, gentleness, meeknessy 
temperance, goodness, faith;" there have been 
the '* works of the fleshy fornication, unolemw * 
pess, ksciviousness, hatred, variance^ emulaikions^ 
wraths, strifes^ seditions, hereaies> envyings^ miuNi 

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derst dmnkainetv, revellitig«, and tnch Kke;^ of 
which the Apostle tells us, '' that they which do 
such things shall not hiherit the kingdom of God/' 
Philip, i. 11 ; Gal. v. 19—24. 

And those who have- not ahonnded in the 
grosser works of the flesh, very few of them have 
been very fruitful in good works. London hath 
had the means of grace» and yet most of tfiem 
without gTBce, few of them have much grace. 
Lcmdon bath had powerfbl ordinances^ but what 
powerful effect have they produced? what have 
they to shew ijf all their prayers, and sermons, 
and sacraments? Have they attained unto a 
great measure of mortification ? Is grace grown 
up to a gnat height ? what evidences, what ex- 
periences have the best got, which they might 
have got, had they been more diligent ? 

Give me leave a little more particularly to in* 
stance the unfhiitfalness of Lrnidon in regard of 
repentancci faith, love, and new obedience, the 
froit wliich God bo much kx^eth for, and so much 
ddighteth in. '' 

( } .) Where have been the fWiits of repentance iff 
London? Calls there bave been to repentance, 
frequent, fbrvent: reason for repentance, sins 
nomeroUB, heinous : need of repentance, that 
judgmenu temporal, eterrfcil, might be diverted, 
that pardon, happiness, 'might be obtained ; and 
yet, O the tmpenitency and hard-heartedness of 
London! fbw bleeding hearts under the sharp 
sword of the Word ; little tenderness under die 
most melting dtscocii<ses ; few converts and pent-^' 
tent persons did the most powerful pi^eaching^ 
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in London ; converting work was at m great stand, 
though there were so many unconvetted persons 
in the city ; and by the impenitency and hard- 
ness of heart in London, God's treasures of 
wrath hath been filled up, which, in some mea- 
sure, be hath opened in tliese late judgments 
that he hath inflicted, and yet the great day of 
his wrath is still to come, Rom. ii. 4, 5. 

(2.) Where have been the fruits of fakh in 
London ? How hath unbelief d[>ounded, the great 
Gospel sin, more dangerous than any odier, and 
Qoiore heinous in London than in any other place ! 
O the thick vail of unbelief which hath hid Gospel 
mysteries, and things afar off fh>m the eyes of 
this people ! O the evil heart of unbelief^ which 
hath shut the door against the Lord Jesus Christ, 
who hath knocked so long for entertainment I O 
the sottishness of London, to believe no more, when 
truths have been so plain and clear; when pro* 
miaes have been made known, so great and sure; 
when Christ hath been preached and tendered; and 
when heaven hath been revealed and' proffered; 
and when all have such need,^for the most to shut 
the eye, and ear, and heart, and through unbe- 
lief to refuse ; to give God the lie, and turn upon 
him the back; to give Christ a wound, and tread 
bis blood under foot; to give the spirit a repulse, 
asad send him away grieved iVom. the heart, as 
men do by their unbelief: this sin doth provoke 
the Lord to great displeasure. 

(3,) Where have been the fruits of low in Lod« 
don? O the want of love to God, and one to 
another! The grace of love is necessary and 
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exercised in London ; there hath been mudi love of 
the worlds but little love of the Father ; hatred of 
the brethren hath abounded, but there was little 
brotherly love ; burning anger there hath been, 
little burning love ; burning lusts, little buminff 
love ; inordinate carnal love, little true spirituu 
love; carnal love hath exceeded the bounds* 
but spiritual love hath been in a very low degree | 
and when love in London hath waxed cold, is it 
a wonder if God's anger hath waz^ ao hot, and 
broken forth into such flames, as we have seen ? 

(4.^ Where have been the fruits of ««fPo6ecUbice 
in London ? and expression of love to Jesus 
Christ, by keeping of his oommandmentSi though 
his commandments are nol grievous? 

3. A third sin of London, it hypocruy in the 
profession of religion. This sin exceedingly pre* 
vailed in the late times> when profession of re« 
ligion was grown into fashion : religion was near 
m the mouths of most, but far from the reins: 
there was a general face of religion, but it was no 
inore than skiU'-deep ; it was feated in the coua* • 
tenanpe, not rooted in the heart; how many 

Eainted sepulchres had we in London, outwardly 
lir and beautiful, inwardly full of rottenness 
and wickedness ; .how much sounding brass had . 
we then in our, street^: a great noise and stir 
hypocrites did make^ but they, were hollow at 
heart ; our gold was most of it counterfeit ; water 
we had instead of wine> and dross instead of 

O how was religipn abused ! some made it a 
stirrup to get up by into the seat of honour; 
others made it a cloak to covfr Uif^^ l^ovetous 

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practices ; many base and wicked designs were 
carried on under pretence of reli^'on. 

It would take too much time to set forth hy- 
pocrites in all their shap^^ and to paint hypo- 
crisy in all its colours. London hath formerly 
abounded with hypocrites, and more lately it 
hath not been free. - if hell-fire be the portion 
especially of hypocrites hereafter^ Matt. xziv. 51, 
no wonder then if Qod be angry with a place, 
and ponish it with plague and fire for this sin 

^ 4. The fourth sin of London is, formality and 
btkewarmmss in the fporship of God, There was 
much formality when there was no form; and I 
suppose that ^orms have not quickened unto 
mdre loveliness; there was a face of worship 
indeed in London ; and was there only, or little 
more, than a face in most places ? God is holy 
and jealous, ** a great king, and his name is 
dreadful," MaL i. 14. '< God is a Spirit, and 
they that worship him, must worship him in 
spirit and in truth/^ John iv. 24. But hath his 
worship been accordingly in London ? hath there 
been that spiritual wmhip which he requires ? 
Let London sariously reflect upon their carriage 
towards God in their devotions. Have they had 
a due awe and dread of the great name of God 
upon them, when they have seemed to draw 
near unto him ? have they worshipped him with 
reverence and godly fear? Outward reverence 
some have used, more than he hath required, in 
bowing at names and before places; but have 
they luid inward reverence and fear of God upon 
^heir hearts? have they clothed themselves with 


hamilityi when they have oome into hfs pretence ? 
bath there been inward fetroor and delight a^ 
company ing their outward acts of worship? 

Alas ! how formal hath London been, espe* 
cially of late in God's worship ; they have prayed, 
but what kind of prayers have they been? could 
they deserve the name of prayers ? were those 
prayers likelj to prevent judgment, or turn away 
wrath ? Some confessions of sin have been made, 
hut so general and formal, that they have been 
very unlikely to work up the heart to sorrow and 
repentance; and where some have been more 
particular, hath not much formality deaved to 
them? Where hath hearty grief for sin and sor** 
row been to be found ? would not a small vial 
hold all the tears that have dropped from the 
eyes of ^reat assemblies, even in the day of their 
solemn humiliations? hath not sin been rolled 
under the tongue when confession of sin hath 
been at the end of it ? have not the confessions of 
many been such, as if they csme to ask leave to 
commit sin, rather than humbly to bewail it ? at 
least, have they not taken leave, whatever their 
confessions have been ? Petitions have been made 
for pardon, and grace, and sanctification, but 
hath it not been lip-prayer, without hearty de- 
sire ? hath it not been in such a manner, as if 
they didrtot-mfich care whether they did speed 
or no? as if they could make shift well enough 
without a pardon ? as if they had no need of 
grace and holiness: but they must say something 
for form and custom. Hath there not been an 
enmity in the hearts of many against that which 
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have stirred up themsalvef to ky hdk! atiGi^d} 
Who have wrestled in prayer, with fervent de- 
sires, with faith, and importunity? Hearing^ 
there hath been in London, but how little be* 
lieving ; how Ht^e rdishtng the word, aiii^d re-* 
oeiving it with love ! Singing there hath B^en, 
but how little joy and melody of the heart in the 

O how formal and luke-warm have Londoners 
been ; how much of the Laodicean tenif:fer bave 
they had in all ordinances i And mighft not God 
say to London, as he did of old io Jerasalein4 
Isa. i. Hi 12, 13, 14, '* To what purpose is 
the multitude of your, sacrifices unto' me?"&c. 
• Such services are to no purpose ; they are vain 
worship, and do not attain the end thereof, either 
to profit hioi that oifereth him them, or to plesae 
him unto whom they are tendered. Can' suoh 
formal services be efl^ectual to procitre pardon^ or 
peace? can thefy bear tip the spiritin a day of 
trouble ? wtli not the morning cloud and eariy 
dew of such righteousness flee away and yaaish 
upon the approach of the ' sun ? . will not ^ch 
spiders' webs be, broken to pieces by a stDrmy 
wind ? How do formalists behave themselves, as 
if they had no religion, when they fall into tren<- 
l>lesl when God thunders by his judgments, what 
can a cold, fornial, empty pvayer do?' when 
Death appears before them with a gtim cotidte- 
nanee, what comfort can such reap by reflection 
on such services? what evidences iot' heaven 
can they gather from any of their outside de- 

And are not they to as little purpose in resard 


of Crod ? May not God ray nnto them of their 
fastings aiid prayers, ** Did yoa fast unto me ? 
did you pray at all unto me ?'' Zech. vil. 5. Or, 
as here to the Jews, that he was full of their 
serriees^ eren to a loathing; that he took no 
delight in them ; and ** who hath required these 
things at your hands to tread my courts ? Bring 
no more oblations, incense is an abomination unto 
me ; I cannot away with your assemblies, my soul 
hateth them; they are a trouble to me, I am 
weary to bear diem.^ The Lord is much o^ 
fended with ibrmal, hypocritical services ; hereby 
they flatter and mock him, and is he taken with 
flatteries? Such services are like a dead, cold, 
black, mangled, rotten, stinking carcase, without 
the soul and spirit, which must needs be very 
unsavoury and displeasing; they are like the 
lame, blind, halt, sick cattle, which were not fit 
to be oiiered up in sacrifice under the law, 
Mai. i. 8. " If ye ofier the blind tor sacrifice, 
is it not evil P and if ye ofier the lame and sick, 
is it not evil? Ofier it now unto thy governor, 
will he be pleased with thee?" And willOod 
then be pleased? Such persons, while they 
seem to serve God with their outward man, they 
serve the devil, and their own lusts with 'their 
inward man : God hath the form sometime?, the 
devil hath the powers God hath the show,^ the 
devil hath the substance; God hath the bark, 
the rind, the shell, the devil hath the kernel; 
God hath the cabinet, the devil gets the jewel ; 
they give Gfod the devil's leavings, and refuse, as 
it were, of their own lusts ; for they spend the 
strength and vigour of soul an^ |^,,jg^^8erving 

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the devil, and gratifying their own lusts; and 
then think to put God off with any thing ; 

fiving him only some dead^ cold^ faint, empty, 
eartless, lifeless, outward services ; and even in 
them they are swayed by some carnal motives, 
which are the secret spring to the wheel of all 
external services. And O how abominable is all 
such worship in the sight of God I Hath not for- 
mality in worship been one sin of London which 
hath helped to fill up the Ephah? When the 
means God hath appointed for the turning away 
of his anger, is used in such a manner, that 
itself becomes a provocation, no wonder if his 
wrath break forth without remedy, 

5. AJifth sin of London is division amongst pr4h 
fessors. Different persuasions have made wide 
bfeaches and divisions in London, and through 
divisions have arisen great animosities and con- 
tentions, unto the shame of Christianity and the 
Protestant religion; and hath .not God been 
provoked to anger hereby? Hath not he con- 
tended with professors, and by the coaunon 
scourge he hath brought upon them, called aloud 
unto them for a union, and more hearty accord 
and affection than formerly they h^ve had ? And 
hath not he given them liberty an4.qppof (unity, 
had tbey minded and cared to make use of it, for 
meeting together in order uuto healing? but 
havfl professors of different parties been sensible 
of God's meaning in the scourge upon their 
backs? have they hearkened unto God's, call? 
have they laid hold of and improved opportunities 
for dosing p their wide breaches? I hope some 
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some ; but how rarely hath it been to be found ; 
and when there are such breaches still amongst 
us^ is it not just with God to make further 
breaches upon us, as he hath done by his judg* 

6. A sixlh sin of London, is neglect of refor^ 
mation, — Neglect of^ 1. Person^, 2, Fatnily, 
3. City, 4. Church — Reformation* 

(1.) Neglect o£ personal reformation in heart 
and life. 

Who in London have seriously and very dili- 
gently endeavoured the reformation of their 
hearts? when so unclesin and [Polluted, who have 
laboured to get them washed ? When sudti roots 
of bitterness have been springing forth, and 
such weeds of lust have been growing there, who 
hath endeavoured to pluck them up ? Outward 
neatness there hatH been in London, washing 
and rinsing, rubbing and scouring; but O the 
inward sluttishness ! they who have had clean 
bouses and dean garments, and dean facfi,$ and 
hands, have had foul hearts. Who have . taken 
care every day to rinse and scour their inside ? 
to bring their hearts to the fountain set opep for 
sin and uncleanness; and to cleanse themipelves 
from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, that they 
might arrive every day unto greater perfecti^ in 
hoUness? they who have been careful to oress 
their bodies every day, have been very c^mless 
in dressing their hearts, neglecting to put on 
the white robes of Christ's righteousness, which 
alone can cover their spiritual nakedness and de- 
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alone can adorn the soul, and render it aimatxle in 
the sight of God. 

Heart'Tvork is hard-work; smd it is so hard, 
that most have let it alone ; they have been dis- 
couraged with the difficulty; the opposition of 
Satan and lust to this work, hath been so strong, 
^at they have been quickly overpowered^ upon 
their first attempts and endeavours afler a change 
and rectifying of the disorders which they have 

Hearl'tvork is secrei-fvorh Many have em- 
ployed themselves in the more open work of 
religion, few have taken pains with their hearts 
in secret ; many take heed to their tongues what 
they speak> and before whom; to their honds^ 
what, they do; to their feet, whither they go; 
but few take heed to their hearts ; murder, adul- 
tery^ theft, and the like sins Have been committed 
in the heart by many, who would have been afraid 
and ashamed of the outward acts. 

O the unwatchfulnes3 there hath been in 
London over the heart! Citizens have watched 
their gates, and watched their streets, and watched 
their houses; hut how few have watched their 
hearts, what cometh in, and what goeth forth ; 
how few have set a watch before the door of their 
lips, and ears, and other senses, which are the 
inlets of sin, and upon their hearts, from whence 
are the issues of sin ! How few have kept their 
hearts with ^11 diligence; how few have laboured 
to govern their . thoughts, to rule their passions, 
to subjugate their wills to Christ ; and to delivfsr 
up all Uu^ affections to his dispose and obe- 


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dienqs! Heart-reformation hath been much 


Who in London have endeavoured llfe^i^ 
formation as they should ? How few have there 
been effectually persuaded to put away the evQ 
of their doings, from before the eyes of the Lordj 
to cease from evil, and learn to do welL How 
few have broken off their sins by repentance, and 
thoroughly amended their ways, measuring out 
ffaeir actions by the rule of the word ! How few 
have got the law of God written in their hearts, 
and the transcript thereof in their lives, exem- 
plifying the precepts thereof in their conversa- 
tioQs ! How few in London have been like so 
many Epistles of Christ, in whom the will and 
grace of their Master might be read ! Who have 
trodden in Christ^s steps, walking as he walked, 
and followed him in the way of obedience and 
self-denial? Who have shined like so man^ 
lights in dark places and times, adorning their 
profession, and living as becometh the Gospel ? 

Great irregularities there have been in tha 
lives of most Londoners; little Gospel-reforma- 
tion; little making religion the business; little 
holy exact living. If a stranger bad looked into 
our city, and observed the lives of the most, and 
not known them to have had the name of Chris- 
tians^ would not we have judged them tp be 
heathens^ yea many of them in their dealing tq 
be worse than Turks and Infidels? Thus per- 
sonal reformation hath been neglected. 

(2.) A great neglect there hath been of/a-- 
mily reformation in London. How few have^ 
with Joshua, resolved, and accordingly endea- 


Youml, tint tii^ and iheir homes ihoald i 
the Lord I How few have tet up veligiond Wdtf- 
ship in thbix fiimiUesl. Have not niany hun- 
dred houses in the city been withtot faniify 
prayer in them from one end of the week jto.die 
other ? and is it strange that th)& LordihathtJofcunled 
. down those houses wherein the inhabttaats madd 
not vouchsafe to worship him? And vdieie 
there hath bden some prayer in many &raHie^ 
it was bat once a day, and that so late at n^bt, 
and when the body hath been so tired aiid sleepy, 
«nd the sodl so dull and unfit for God*s service, 
that the prayers hare been no pmyers, ta^ lost 
prayers, such wfaidi, instead of pleasing him, 
have provoked him to anger? Hour few did 
labour to instruct their families, catechiae their 
children and servants; to bring them' np in the 
nurtore and admonition cf ^e Lord. Hath not 
God threatened to pour out hfs wrath spoQ; irre- 
ligious families ? Jer. x. 05. 

(3.) liegiect of cittf re/onnaiion. Have Aot the 
magistrates of London been fauhy hewh^ Let 
them ask tlieir <oi^n consciences^ whether ta^fae 
uttermost of their power, acoordin]^ tothertrost 
and opportunity tite Lord hath put into their 
hands, they have endeavoured thei relbrmatioa of 
the city ? Whedier» acf God's uiiidelr->offieers, tiifey 
have improved their interest for the promotion of 
religion iln the flealous exercise, pf it ? yea, nehe- 
'ther they have put the laws made io execution 
against sabbath^breaker^ swtarers, drunkards, 
endeaVoiurii^g to find out and punish such offdb- 

(4.) Neglect of ckureh ?-|ffCi|»^^ -Aad is 

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theneliia Uame to* be laid upon charch olBcert? 

Hath ^kivt becfi tlwt aesl for, tmd faithftil exe* 

cution of dutt'ch discipline, aocording to the 

rules *of tte wofd? Hath ii6t the Lord JeMis 

Chvkt been affroiiteci hi hit kmgly office, by sane 

iwfaO'liiard impodedptveepts of their own upon 

itum's oooBdefices, instead of viforoasly endes- 

vodring the execution of his; and taken the 

fHDWer of thekeys oot of the hands of those unto 

.ibv^om'the Lord hath entrusted it, hereby ren- 

■dering the Execution of discipline impossible, ac- 

.oordt^ to the lavs of Christ? Have not the 

tender and most conscientious lain nnder the 

censures of some, rather than die openly profane, 

:ahd scandalously wicked ? 

^: Neglect of refomuitkm am I speaking of? 

N^y> have not many who call themselves minis- 

.tcrs; ehdearoared vather the overthrow than the 

pronuition bf it? Have they not had sneers in the 

pulpits at holiness and zealous profession, which 

ifoey have seconded by a conversation of disso- 

kilteness^ maliitioils opposition, and persecution of 

<tli08^ espedajly, who have been the most reli- 

<gioo»P Sad neglects there, have been of relbr- 

mUtionJn' London, and that when London lay 

<«nlie^ snck' obligations to Reform 3 as Christians, 

4hfa!y were obiigedi by ^baptismal and renewed 

•Tows^^ as • Protestants of the Reft>nned religion, 

tbsy were ' dbHged to endeavour a reformation ; 

iiyintereies they were obliged; and have they 

been'onder no other obligatioiis ? And hath not 

the negkct of relbrmation, notwithstanding all 

obligations, rendered them guilty of disinge- 

noity, infidelity, yea, of perjufyeitelfi% J verily 

115 god's lERRiatfi VOICE 

believe this is the great sin God is scourging 
London for ; God is contending for a. refonna- 
tion, and if they do not endeavour it more vigo- 
rously, the sooner^ I fear^ he will bring desola- 
tion upon them. 

7. A seventh sin of London^ is fearful aposiacu, 
and a spirit of compliance with the sins of the 
times. How many in London, who formerly were 
great professors, have discovered themselves to 
be rotten hypocrites ; who, casting off the sheep's 
clothin<r, and laying aside all profession^ have 
given themselves up to dissoluteness and licen- 
tious living. Formerly they have seemed true 
penitents, and to "be washed from their iniqui- 
ties;*' but they ** have returned with the dog to 
the. vomit, and with the sow that is washeol to 
the wallowing in the mire," 2 Pet. ii. ult. For- 
merly they have been swept a little within, and 
garnished outwardly with a fair profession ; ** but 
the unclean spirit hath returned/' and without 
any great difficulty *'hath entered with seven 
worse spirits, and defiled them more than before, 
and made their last state worse than their first," 
Matt. xii. 43, 44, 45. I speak not so much of 
those who worship God in this mode, or that 
mode, and of alterations herein ; but of those, 
who sometimes professed religion, and now do 
not worship God in any mode at all ; but wholly 
addict themselves to their lusts, and are ashamed 
to be called or thought to be religious. 

They would not now look like a saint, or 
speak like a saint^ much less live like a saint. 
Thus have many, in our days, cast off all fear of 
God, and devoted themselves, with the bell- 

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hoaficb of the times, to the serviee of the devil; 
resolving to do what in them lies, to promote the 
interest of his kingdom. And if some are a little 
more awkward in his service, and not altogether 
80 like him, and such apt scholars presently, as 
others whose education hath been in his school 
^m their childhood, jet they learn very fast, 
and wonderful is their proficiency in a short 
time ; and in regard of apoStacy, they come 
nearer the image of the devil than those that 
have been always tutored by him. 

Now, for any in London to forsake God, that 
they mi^ht serve the devil ; to draw off from the 
ways of holiness, that they might walk in the 
ways of wickedness, doth cast a great slur upon 
God and his ways: they do, in effect, say, that 
the devil is a better master than God ; and that 
the way bf sin, that leadeth to hell. Is more eli- 
gible than the way of holiness, which alone can 
bring to heaven. The Lord threateneth, ** that 
his soul shall have no pleasure in such" apostates, 
Heb. X. 38. ' It is a Meiods, and we are to under- 
stand, that the Lord is highly displeased with 
such persons. 

See how God pleads with apostatizing Israel,' 
Jer. ii. 9* 10,. &c. Wherefore I will yet plead 
with you, saith the Lord. Pass ye over to the 
isles of Chittim, and see, and send unto Kedar, 
and' diligently consider if there be any such 
thing. Hath any nation changed their gods, 
which yet are no gods? But my people have 
changed their glory for that which doth not pro- 
fit ! fie astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and 
be ye horribly afraid; be ye v^uJ^i^^, aaith 

Iia god's T«&Btai:.t ivoiCE 

the Lord ; (bt mj peeple baTe.€omniltccl- two great 
«vils; they have forsakeitme, the fountain of living 
watera, and have hewn out unto' themselves broken 
cisterns that can hold no water.'' And hence 
Mlofwa, ver. 15, " The young lions risared and 
yelled upon him, and laid his land waste; lik 
cities are burnt without inhabiikant;" and v«r. 17, 
'' iThou hast procured these.things unto tfayarif, 
because thou hast forsaken the Lord tliy God:" 
and ver. 19* '^ Thy own widcednesa shall correct 
thee^ and thy badcslidings shall reprove thee; 
know, therefore^ and see that it ia an evil thing, 
and bitter, that thou hast fossaken the Lord thy 
God, and thait my fear is not in thee» saitli the 
Lord God of Hosts." And nay not God thus 
plead with the apostates of London^ and-punkfa 
Ibem as he did his people of Israel? 

8. The eighth ns of London is deafenmg ike 
ear against all GodV caUs. The Leni haA 
called upon London by hia ministers^ bat they 
have been like the deaf adder, which will not hear** 
ken to the voice of the charmer ; they have slopped 
the ears, . and turned away their shoulder, and 
made their heart like an adamant stone. God 
hath called by hie mercies ; but this voice bath 
been too low, and they have slept the mere 
securely in sin. God^ after other means, hath 
called, by afflictions, first lighter, then heavier ; 
and yet how many in London have, and still do 
walk contrary unto God, and will not return 
ta him that hath smitten them. They have 
been incorrigible under all God's correcting rods. 
When God spake by the pli^ue, they were a 
little awakened, but quickly^ |b<opt asleep again ; 


when mos i^a^newst a Httiv ofyer, liiey Moni 
to.their trades «gain, to thtir sins again^ tmt they 
do oat return unto the Lord. And when the 
judgment of the plague waa ao much loat, and 
incfiectttal far their good, this, no doubt, hath 
pravoiced God so quickly and unexpeeiedly td 
torn ^hts hand opoa them^ and bring the jodg- 
mmtf of ibe fire ; and if they will atill walk con- 
trasy to Gad» they nmst exfieet diat God will 
walk eontrary to ^ie», until ha have consumed 


9k. A niiUb sin qf London -it profmneneit, and 
a ioose^and frothy -^spirit^ MM&iatfy m the ifoidh 
and springing gener^Uion. J do Hat tax all ; for 
I am eanfident tlicre is a eelneiss and a godly 
yonfth growing u|a. 'But • O that there were not 
reason to say* that the generality of yoath ie 
pr0f«id>>and wkked/ aa well as those who are 
gnKftn. note mature in wickedness 1 And this 
prolanenesa hath shewed itself in 1. Profane 
using GkhTs name; 2« Profane Inreaking of 
God's Auy ; S^ Proiisie soefflng at God's people* 

1. Jn frtfeute uiing qf (j&ts name. How 
grossly iiafth the thud cammaiidment been broken 
in ^he city. How hath, the great and dreadlnl 
Banack of the Lord God, which diould make men 
td;i tremble, in^ the mention of it, and eomrnamd 
their sj^its into awe and reverence, been vainly 
taken by many> and used to £11 up the sentence 
o€- their lordinary discoarse. And not only so, 
bnt.jhow hath the name of Ged been tossed in 
the- black mouths of the children of darkness, 
ai^dt'oven torn . in pieces by their hideous oaths 
andL.eaei^Ktioos. .What a he|i8|i^^jp5Q^|e hath 

120 god's tbrribziE voice 

the iound of fUWraanthed oA^i i 
in the streets, enough toi make the hair stand on 
end, of one who hath a sense of the greBtile8at>f 
that majesty upon his spirit, which heveb^r m so 
audaciously affronted. Oh the swearing tinli 
hath been used hj Londoners - in bujing- and 
sdling I Many psrenis have been so iKldi^ed>to 
this sin in their families, that Uieir litde cilillilf» 
have no sooner learned to speak, but. they haTe 
also learned of them to swear liy, the .name of 
God, which hath been all the teaching of*iGod 
that they have given them ; a deviMsh' tnwchiiig 
indeed, which hereafter diey witt coraeand hiMiri 
them for in hell I 

But if you sheuld hare laid your ears nnto tiie 
taverns, and ale-houses, and .whoreJasoseSy #nd 
other deyiUhousesy onee standing in London^- land 
hearkened, to die apeeches of nnny of the devil's 
imps, in: their drinking and gaming, asld other 
lewd practices, especially when a little croaaad 
and veied> O what Iwiguage- of vbittr ori^t 
haire been heard! . How, have those cukeedi idl» 
lains^ in the^heiAi.of their. wiine land^angervriiat 
vollies of Dittha in the face- nf the; iSod dfittea* 
Yen! and whetdng tfaeirttoagaeBi hkc' 8«-nhar|» 
siiotd, they lunre not feared to wonnd (tb^^i^mtm 
of God, when they have received any' inyor)r iran 
men. O what poison of asps faath' tfacrefibtoi' 
under thdr lips ! but a worse poison lof < siniiin 
their heaitSv from the evB. treasure and attlin* 
dance of >whieh these oaths and faAasphenfieeiua^ 

But who can find, words to set fortii the -evil >of 
this sin, which hath not the temptation of plea- 


sim^ wivantige, or honour, m other iint havoi 
and tiwrefore is a great argumeiH of a moostroua 
wicked hart? And who ean express God's dis- 
pdeasars'ibr this sin, for which he makes some- 
tiBics a whole land to mourn P And hath not 
this sin provoked die Lord to utter his angry 
YfAoe in plaguing and hurning the city, that they 
ingitt fbar tb abuse* his name any more } 

(fiu) Jn profane breaking of Gott* tUof. Sab- 
bath^brcaking was an ordinary sin in London. I 
8Sy not, it was so mudi broken m doing the 
ordbnry woriis of the particular callings, but in 
that which was worse : how many did spend the 
Sabbath in eating to excess and drinking ttli 
they w>ei« drunk, in' deeping, in walking into the 
fields, in sports, and recreations. Many wholly 
n^leoted the worship of God on that day ; and 
instead of that did the devil more service on the 
Loid's day, than all the days of the week be* 

IW many weeks of Sabl»ths which London 
had in the time of the plague, methinks did 
reprove London for their profaning of the weekly 
Sabbath : add the great fire, (1 will not call it 
hoi»«&:e, because so destructive to London) whkh 
woe begun in the city on die Lord's day, did re*- 
ptove London for those lesser fires, (I wUl not 
edlthem bon^^res, becduse so offensive to God) 
which not long before w^e kindled in the streets 
en that day, which called for ether kind of work; 
Not to spcttk any thing, whether there were any 
just occasion for those fires and ringing of bells, 
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rang 60 generally again) anid such a flhew of miBth 
and rejoicing at that time. 

The citiemis carrying forth their goods, and 
lying in the fidds with grief and • &ar» wght 
put them in mind how often diey liad valked 
oat into those fields ^n the Lotd'« day for their 
recreation! when they should rather have been 
hearing the word preached, or if that wetv o«ar» 
cepeating it in their own fiuniiies, giving .and 
receiving instruction, or in their closets At the 
throne of grace, or employed in meditati(»i». As 
God delights in those that ca)l ^' his Sabbaths a 
delight/ ' and miUces sweet promises- to thena ; so 
be is highly displeased wi^ Sabbatb«bieakerB» 
and hath denounced severe threatenings against 
them, Jer. xvii. S7* ** If you will net h«irken 
to mo'to hallow the Sabbath-day; I will kindle 
a fire in the gates of Jerusalem which shall 
devour the pakces thereto, and shall not be 

5. In pn^hne Meoffing at GocPs peopk,^ The 
name of a saint, and godly msny halb'besn 
ridiculous to many profane spirits in London^ 
and used by them in a way of «eproach. How 
have God^s people^ especially the more atiiot 
and aealotts, been made the drunkard'a. aang^ 
and laughed at in the streets. Horrid impietjr i 
as if it were matter of mors shame to be Hike 
the hdy God, than to be like the fi>ul devil i 
and to be employed in the work of angels, dun 
to drudge ia Satan's chains* 

No wonder if God k apgry with such »^aot^ 
whire such yip&ts have bad thdr abode; pv»- 

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iinisness is a great sin that hath broiight niia 
upon us. 

10. A ienih tin of londcn i$ pride. This sin 
beng' so odious to God ; so destnictiye where it 
Sibfllimds ; and so vnivenal in London ; I shaQ 
speak of it the more krgrij, both in regard of 
the inward workings* aad the outward exprts* 
siene of ifr: iduch, when opened, I believe there 
are none that wiU be aUe to say they are wholly 
free from it« 

{l.^Ixregmrd pf the vuvard workings afpridek 
Oh! bow haUk the poison of this sin enTenonied 
the sponlbi of the meat in a very high degree. 
How mkny self^admirers have there been in 
Jjcm^^sm, rriko have been puffbd up with an over* 
weening ooncseit of liieir own csicelleneies ; 
whaiJiJgh, toweringi swelling thoughts have they 
had of themselves. What secvet self-pleamg, 
and lifting up themselves in their own esteem* 
Some esteeming themselves for that which is 
matter of shame; admiring themselves for their 
own wit and fMurts, when they have lain fallow* 
and not been employed for God» or when they 
hovie been employed to his dishonour ; when they 
have been wis^ but it hath hten to do evil; 
when they have been men of understanding, but 
it faatk been to practice ini^oity ; when they have 
had cunning craftiness^ hut it. hath been to de* 
ceive^ to defraud, and ctver-Teacb/or to plot and 
coirtrive others' mischief; when thev have had a 
ripe wit, quick understanding, rich nmcy» fluency 
of speech : but the employment hath been about 
toys and drifles, or that which is worse, when 
the vent bath been in foolish^ ei^j^v^^ompli* 


tnents and courtship^ jesting with ^oripttire, 
scoffing at the rellgiousj or in dirty and obscene 

Others have admired themselves, for -that 
which really they never had, but only iti theSr 
own imagination. Some fbr their parts and 
learning ; thinking themselves great sehdkfs 
when none have thought so but themselves : 
others for their grace and godliness, wbed thev 
silver hath been dross; and their grace either 
counterfeit in whole, or so mixed with nnper- 
ceived corruption, that upon examination diey 
might find themselves very poor, in that whic^ 
they thought themselves so much enricbed with; 
and if they looked to the root and prindpfe of 
their actions, they might find great flaws, and 
deficiency in those things which they had tlie 
highest conceit of. 

How many in London have had very faonourid>le 
esteem of themselves; preferring thetxiseHes 
above others, yea, above the whole world. Pew 
have measured themselves by the rtfle, but 
measured themselves by their owir ifo'tides, or 
by other men's esteem. How matiy have tboo^ht 
themselves to be something, when they have 
been nothing, and rejoiced in their actions as 
excellent and admirable, not fVom their own 
proof and trial of thfem by the word ; but from 
others' acceptation and commendations, and by 
comparing them with the actions of othef men, 
whom they have conceited themselves to exceed. 
O how have some lifled up themselves above 
others, looking upon themselves as far more 
worthy, without any real grourndj^ Aeir eye hath 

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been upon their own good things, overlookhig 
the secnet evil, because it cannot be seen b^ 
men : and their eye hath been upon others* evil 
thiMga» overlooking the good which hath been 
outtof ready view : their eye hath been upon their 
oH^n best things^ and upon others' worst things, 
aggipavating their faults, and extenuating their 
owth , TbiuB they have in thehr thoughts brought 
otbors down tbrovgh uncfaaritablenes^ and lifted 
up Abemselvea upon the ruins, . which their un- 
charitableness hath made in others' worth : and 
when they have had greater esteem because of 
tf)eir greater show, wis opinion of themselvea 
hath h^ea confirmed; whereas, in truth, others 
who made less show, and had less esteem, have 
had more siqcerity, and secret hidden excels 

I might further trace the inward workings of 
pride in the self-love which it hath effected; 
what a marvellous affection have proud persons 
had towards themselves, notwithstanding their 
ugliness and spiritual deformity, the rottenness 
^nd corruption within them, and many lusts of 
their hearts ; all which pride hath covered, and 
a thousand &ults in themselves, as charity doth 
coyer a thousand faults in others; pride hath put 
a fdir gloss and varnish upon all, and represented 
men to themselves as very lovely and amiable. 
Pride also hath chosen for such, their friends, 
-wfho have been loved, not according to the worth 
which those persons have had ; but according to 
the estimation those persons have had of their 
winrth, which, if those have fallen in estimation, 
thme h»ve.£men in affection* 


I m%bt shew the wcwkings of pride, in the 
hatred, anger, spite, revenge, which it hath 
efiected, when it hath met with disesteem ac 
slighting: the grief at the subtraction of its 
fuel and provision ; the solicitous thoughts mad 
cares concerning, and eager progging, and pursuit 
after others' commendations ; tl^ stocm of obbs* 
motion and disturbance which this wind hath 
raised, when the tide of applause hath nm- 
another way ; the complacency and delight it 
hath yielded in drinking out of a full stream c£ 
others' esteem, in chewing the cud, and revolving 
in the mind the praise of men* But. so mu(£ 
concerning the inward workings of pride* 

(S.) Concerning the outward exjpretsms of 
pride, and that, 

1 . In the speech: London hath been grossly gviity . 
in boasting and vain glory. What conspany could 
you come into alsaost, but ytiu ahouli fi£id maay 
boasting spirits ? som«lbaming ontthe shame cf 
their own pfaise in high eYprestions>> attd ^direct 
self-oemmendiitioria^ (without any r^ardtoO«d'« 
glory« self-vindtQatiotoy ^aople^ oroe^toment; 
in which cfliaea, modestly and spark^ly to do it» 
may be lawful and a dtttyi) iMt they hav^.doBtf. 
it only to be well i^hought on». asd -admired ; 
others dri^elting out tteiroiirn .>fH*aises:more jdily- 
and indirectly ;^but a Chrtstiaikofeycisaiid'bmnsy 
might eAsily .perceive that the drift, and scope 
of the diaoQtrse^hath. been self, and a tacit 
^SB^'^ ^^ • good opbiion. As if one sh/ooM 
say, " Pray friends, think a little better of me.; 
pray havome higher in yoor esteemt for.lo say 
the truth, by this I give you to undecstttid that 

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I am a very i^dtthy person.^ Maoy we shall 
find very forward to ** declare their own good- 
ness^ bat few ftkhftir in speaking forth the 
jftfaises of Qod ; yea, many there have been, 
wte have discommended themselves, not that 
they might fall, but rise in esteem. Thus 
some rotteiihhearted hypocrites, as full of pride' 
aa they can hold, and some sincere in the main, 
yet too much like them, have spoken so meanly 
of tiiemselves, and so mneh against themselves, 
as none other would do; and what hath been 
the 'design ^ even that they might be accounted 
hamble 3 and therefore they have taken care in 
their self^commendations, to speak of nothing 
but common infirmities, concealing their more 
gross faults ; and those common infirmities, ki a 
mourning and complaining way, as if they were 
very sennble of them, as if afi^ected, alBicted, 
md burdened wHh them (as the bumble^ sincere 
@kriatian is indeed) that they might be esteemed 
fbr> aeniability oftanall finulta; and then they 
faa>e Ukin eare't» tkf^, not to those that are 
mbrerigid^ severe^ aapd^iek^stghted Christkms, 
that ^eald qerickly have smelt out dieir^ pride; 
bivt-uato 'tho6^, which they have looked upon 
as^tbe most tender, charitable persons, who are 
i^ady heKby-to advwnee them higher in esteem ; 
or weaker Christians, who are ready to confbsa 
mere evil of thfemsfelves. And when they have 
tbvs spoken against themselves, they have not 
i^ly tbooght so, but tlie contrary ;> but they 
have s^ken so, that they might be bontradicted, 
and oommend^d to their faces; if they thought 
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atiBf wmftd bwe beU tiieir peaee;; kn%, boc^lise 
tboy iuppoeed dM^omooiendalicHi migbt in«st eSec* 
toidiy proimote tlwrn, and (k<iw.out,ii gocMJlv^nd^ 
therefore tbey 2M«ve patd it. Pf oud bypioc^tes 
speak ill ot tbew^el^es.tbat Ihey may be m^ 
counted .humble; ..they cannot .^d»re to ,be 
iiwnble; liiey care aot for* the gcac^^ yei» <b^ 
hate it; yet th^. woald be -thought to.bafe i% 
be«aw8e it doth pr<^mote ^esteem; they love^^the. 
reward^of bttiiftiUty» but they care not for humility 
itaelf ; they love humility in others, beeau«e aucb 
persona will stoop to them ; but tb^ love not 
hamility in themselves, for tbey wiU stoop to 

Thus some alsQ> out of a secret design of priiie» 
have discommended others behind their backs» 
that they might be thought to exceed th^a^i 
whom they could correct, and find fault withal ; 
tti€^ have laboured to brin^ down others, that 
they might set up themselves. And the awoae 
design of pride they have had in commendifig 
Uhevs to their faces, and exalting them io^ wmtcU 
aboye themselves, not from a real esteem which 
they have had of i^m above themselves; .bqt 
only that they might draw &rth a commiindatioQ 
&om them ; such expressions of pride have been 
to be found in professors, and have bee^ m^ve 

2. Pride in clothes hath been mor^'gvm* emd 
o^n, and general in tj^e city* We read of the 
pride of the daoghtersof Jerusalem, Isaiah iii. Ifi, 
&c» '' They were haughty, an4 walked with 
stvetehed £a«ib n^oks, and wanton eyea^ walking 
^d mincing as thqy irientr ^d n)aki|ig atinkUog 

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witbilleir feet;** and what it ivm Ihey wera 
pi^d of^ see from rer. 18 to ver. 25. '' Their 
omoiiients, their caals, their tires, their chaint, 
their bracelets, their mofflers, their tablets, their 
head-bands, their rings, their iewels, their change*- 
able suits of apparel/' and the like. Aiid hsth 
there not been this pride in Ijondon? Were 
not th» daughters of London like the daughters 
of Zion for pride and haaghtiness ? Was there 
any plaee in England that ooold shew such pride 
of appartel as London could shew, which not 
only the female sex were guilty of ^ Were there 
any fashioos, though never so aatiek and apish, 
which London did not presently imitate ? Who 
can count the cost which hath been lavished 
out in dothing and rich apparel ; some pinching 
their belHes and laiaiHes to lay it out on thto 

This pride of apparel is very shameful and 
ab9inrd> clothes being Uie badge of apostacy, 
which were not made use of till after the fall» 
therefore the word Baged, which signifies clothings 
comes from Bagad, he prevaricated ; atid it is as 
if a thief' should be pnoud of his shackles, or 
any malefactor of his mark of disgrace : at least 
the gaudy attire of many persons hath signified 
theemptine^ and fiwthy mind within ; and l^at 
they have had nothing to set them forth^ bat 
their clothed. 

I might also add, the pride, which the daogh* 
ters of London have had cyf their beauty, though 
It be but skin-deep, and the body but a skin-full 
of dirt, and the choicest beauty without discre- 
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swine: and the Loid kno^m whai; inon^tixHU, 
and defiled, and deformed iimides, the 111O0C of 
those have had, who have been so fisiir and adorned 
outwardly. Many in London have been pfovid 
of their fine clothes, and fair faoes ; and oitbe)» 
ef their fair sh<^, and stately houses : piide 
has hung about the neck like a chain,, and 
covei?ed them like a garment,, instead e€ Ae 
clothing and ornament cf humility, whieh btfote 
God is of so great price. 

Now God is highly ofiended with the .mi of 
pride, "God resisteth the proud," 1 Pet* v. 5; 
he doth, as it were, set himself in battle array 
against them. "Pride goes before destruction, 
and a haughty i^irit before a fall," Proir. mm, 19^ 
Pride was one of Sodom's sinsi which city was 
burnt with fire from heaven, Etsefc. xyL 4^ 
The Scriptures speak of three cities that were 
burnt for this sin of pride amopg other sins, 
namely, Sodom, Jerusalem) and Babykm: aind 
may not London come in far a fourth? The 
botches, and blanes, and loathsome sot^s in the 
bodies of many, when the plague was in Lofidan ; 
and the burning of so nmch fiiel of pride, l^y^tbe 
fire, methinks were averj' load reproof and 
rebuke of London for this sin. 

11. An elevenlhisin vf LonioHt u firings of 
bread, or inUmperanoe u^ etfOng} tbia waa anothet 
of the sins of Sodom^ God did feed London with 
the finest of the wheat, and gave* plenty of com, 
and fiesh, and other provisions; but how have 
they abused plenty by their intemperance and 
luxury. O the excessive feasting in halls, and 
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»'pleiltiiM! Wlkat indolgitkg hath there been 
to the Appetite, as if self-denial in regard of the 
appetite were no duty, or an enemy, and with 
thepeor to be shut out of doors ! What curiosity 
of palate and daintiness have many in London 
hadv »o that air, earth, sea, must be ransacked 
to please them, and all would not do i what 
lolling have they had of ordinary food 1 Many 
good creatures of God must be cut, and mangled, 
and spoiled, to make them new dishes; which; 
however {^easing, have but sp^nled their stomachs, 
and brfed diseases in their bodies. Some have 
not eaten much, but they have been so choice, 
that scarce any food hath pleased them; and 
that not through sickness of body, but wanton* 
neeir of mind: others have been pleased with 
their food, and over-pleased, and all their pleasure 
hath been therein; all /' whose God,'' as the 
s^MMlle speaks, Phil. iii. 19, ** hath been their 
b«l)y/' Soch, like the rich man, Luke xvi. 19, 
'* have fitfed sumptuously and deliciously every 
day;^'0 the excessive cost that some have be- 
stowed upon their tables daily ! O the excessive 
^antity of meat that some have devoured ! O the 
ekoesrive liae that hath been wasted in pamper- 
ing the flesh! What rioting and banqueting 
bi^ there been daily in London, many feeding 
tbeiKlsrives without fear, as if glpttony were not 
any sin at all. How many have been like fed 
hones in the city, or like fatted oxen, who, as 
the Apostle James speaks, "have lived in plea- 
surest amd been wanton, and nourished themselves 
as ia a day of slaughter,^' James v. 5. And as 
Ho»< xiii» 6. « According to their pasture, ac 

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were they filled ; they were fiHed, and their faevrt 
was exalted, therefore have they forgotten me.^ . 

This kind of intemperance hath bo strangely 
1>rutified many, that they have been evco d^ 
generated into beasts, only that they have beefei 
more unuseful; for hereby they have unfitlied 
themselves for all kind of service, as if they were 
bom only to eat : but withal, they have prepared 
themselves for those ruining and slaughteting 
judgments which have come upon the city. 

12. A twelfth sin of London is idUness* A 
consequent of the former ; '^ only that idleness" 
hath been more general: this was ako « atnof 
Sodom ; I will not say but many citizens' •f 
London were diligent in their callings but how 
many idle vagrant persons were there in the city ^ 
What idleness in many of the youth, if* not h^ 
in the more strictly; and some breaking foidi, 
and lavishing awny stolen time, whicb wiis not 
at thehr own- disposal, whatever* strietness was 
used ! Moreover, what an ill esMBfAo for idle* 
ness did many governors themselves give to their 
children and servants ! When masters wero idle 
abroad, no wonder that servants were idid at 
home; when mistresses were idle in their cham* 
bers, no wonder if the kitchen did imitate. 

Though eating, and drinking, and dotbng 
were necessary, and called for some time; yet 
the excess of time spent about these thniga, if 
not worse, was no better than idle time. Many, 
especially of the females in the dty, have spent 
so much time in the morning in their beds, if 
not in sleeping, at least in idle foolish fimeies, 
and so much time after in neat and curioos 

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dnmCnfMiiv bodKt»i^ Am% tbey have liad no 
time M6r^ dinner f«r prayer or reading, no 
tsme'to dren their soub; and the afternoon beinf^ 
fkf spent in eating and drinking, and the reat 
of Ae time hath run away mther in visittpge or 
entennnaents, wherein, (if not worse) Yain, idle« 
onprofitahlb things have bem the chief* if not 
the only subject of their diaoourse : and by that 
time they heve ag«n refreshed them with food 
at night, they have been too sleef^ and unfit for 
prayer, and the serrioeof God. And thus many 
cnelees women in the city have lived in ease 
and idleness from one end of the week, and one 
end of the year» unto another. But methinka 
the (Lord hadi, by ba» terribfe things in London^ 
spoken tinto thnn much in the same Iwguage 
as he did, Yea* soxii. dT*<>ll. ** Rise up, ye 
women that are at ease^ hear my Toioe ye careless 
daughters, 'gtve ear to my speech, many days 
and yean nhrf] ye'be tronbled, y careless womens 
ttenable ye women: that are at ease, bar troubled 
ye oaeeless ones, sftrip ye, snake ye bare, and gird 
sackdoth npon yourloins." 

B^ I would not. charge this sin of idleness 
only upon the ftmale sex t many men have been 
more sfaaueftdly gutky, especially those who have 
nia^qpent ao mudi time in gaming, (not to speak 
of dressings eating and drinking, and other tiado- 
Gonsnnnngsios, whidi are reproved in their pr<^Mr 
place.) O the time that: many have spent in 
gaasing I Some recreations^ wherein the body is 
exerci^d, may be lawful and necessary at some 
tinK8<; so tiiey do not steal away too much of 
thehr time and affectioDSi btt|,ii»f ^g^fl^ilo flit a^ 


Id4 god's terrible voice 

gtm^ as hard as ^scholars at their books, what 
rational plea can be used for such wicked idle- 
ness ? Thus silver and gold^ and great estates 
have been consumed ; and O the golden, hours, 
die days and nights, and predoos time, that have 
been lost in gaming ! Thus some have run out 
of all| itod resboved into die counti^y to hide 
their shame, after their high port iti the city ; 
tome have gone into the high-ways, not to beg, 
but to do that which is far wbrse, which iri some 
hath had a dreadffal conclusion. And not only 
this kind of idleness hath brought poverty, but 
also that heedless, slothful sph-it, Which mai^y of 
the dty have had in their callings; which hath 
made them blemislies to the city, and hith been 
an helper on of our Tuih. 

* 13. Aihirteentk hin ef Ltxndon is unmerdftd" 
ne^k, another of Sodom's- sins, Ezdk; xvi. 49. 
** She strengthened not the hands of the poor 
and needy." I shall Dot blame the whole for 
tfhis sin, for the charity of London hath soittaded 
Ihrou^out the land, and throughout the world. 
But yet have not manjr of the great men of the 
dty been guiky of unmadfblness, who^ thottgh 
more able, yet have been ites forward to o6n«« 
fribute to thfe i^lief of such as have been in 
distress? It hath been the comfort of snme 
who have lost much by the fire, that they had 
saved what before they had given to the poor, 
by putting it out of the reach of moth, or rust, 
or thieves, or flames of fire. But O, what marble- 
bowels have some had towards the poor! so 
that they could, (whatever* abundance they had 
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thcjr wotfld as soon givo so vuiiiy drops of disir 
blood, as pieces of money, tbough to help soma 
of tb^ needy ^nd distressed nembers of Jesua 
Christ : not considering that the Lord Jesus is 
th# heir of all things* and whatever estate they 
had, they were but his stewards ; and that relief 
of the needy is a debt, which, though nan cannot 
require, it of them, yet God can ; and it is un- 
equals if for want of payment of God's debts 
(which th^ owed out of their estates, by virtue 
of Gpd's command, to the poor) if the Lord 
hatfi diapossessed them of his bouses, and burned 
them with fire, and tak«n away part of the 
estates which he gave them, because they have 
employed them no mora fyr his gloiy. 

14. A faufieenth mn qf Umdm is undeait- 
ness, another sin of Sodom ; their sin indeed was 
unnatural upckannessr I would hope that this 
sin hath been little known and piactised in the 
city. But fornication and adultery have been 
too common. Indeed, there hath net been that 
boldness and impudence in this sin as elsewhenea 
there hath not been that whoreVforehead so 
generally in London, and dedariog the iniquity 
like Spdotn: but lot Uie consciences of many 
Londoners speak, whether they have not been 
secretly guijUy of this sin ? Wpuld it not be a 
sbi^me to tell of the qhsmbering^ and wantonness, 
and privy lewdness which bath beisn committed 
in LopdoB? Suppose that in all the remaining 
churches the sin of ^ undeanness should be re* 
proved.; and al\, bath men and women, that 
have b^ti actually guilty of it» should be forced 
by ail, inwvd sting of con^cas|iwJf^ formerly 

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those were upon the "wotdt of our 8irt!oaf;^lmt 
acemed the woman taken in adultery)' ifMI<e- 
diale]y to j^ forth oot of the place: what a stir 
would there he in some churches; what an 
emptying of some pews ; what a clearing of some 
aisles; ahd how few Woiild there he reirrafiithig in 
some places! 

Suppose a visMe mark were put hy God upcm 
ifie foreheads of all the adulterers in the dty '6f 
London, as God put a mark upon Cain 'afler he 
had been guilty of murder; would not mAny, 
who walk now very demurely, and with iMueh 
seeming innocency, walk with blushes ib ^eir 
cheeks? would not many keep house and 'hide 
their face, and not ' stir abroad except 'Iri the 
night? 'or if in the day; would they- not shuffle 
through the streets, 'and hate the fashion of Mttie 
hats, and the court modeof weatmg them behiud 
their head ; and rather get such wiiose brims are 
of a larger size ; which might the more eon« 
vcniently cover their brtyws? And w^Mild' not 
many unsuspected and seevftingly modebt women 
also, stain their cheats with a vermilibn''dye 
upon their husbands' or friends' search into Iheir 
countenance? would not many of them walk 
with thick hdods, and wear continurily -deep 
forehead-dotbes, as if they were troubled with a 
perpetual' headach, diat they might hide ^leir 
shame from the view of man ? 

This sin Is so nasty and filthy, thatwhatever 
swini^ pleasure is found in the comnrission of 
it, usually those that are guilty (unless the brc>w 
be brftss) are ashamed that it should be known : 
the hdy and jealous eye of GoN^J^^^seen them 

IN TH£ QITY. 137 

i^ihj^.HUbineas; their secret •ins are set in the 
li^t of his pountenaoce, which above all should 
iltal^e them ashamed; ** Whoremongers and adul- 
terers Cod \^ill judge," Heb. xiii. 4, which above 
aU should make them afraid. 

1 have heard of Smithfield hauiitf> and Moor- 
field walks, whither there hath been too great a 
r<;9prt from the city under the shadow of the 
wiqg3 of the night, about these deeds of dark« 
ness; the words and signs which such lewd 
perspns bave used to signify their minds one to 
aaother I am unacquainted withal: the many 
whore^houses, under the name of ale-houses, 
about London, by report, have had too many 
customers: and if the constables had been 9S 
jealous at other times, as they were when the 
strict press was in the city, to disturb those con- 
venticles, thev might possibly have found more of 
that coait, ana tribe^ who should have given better 

If there have not been public stews in London, 
^ in other cities in the world; yet have not 
some made their own housei^ little better, some 
men bringing in their wbprea in little better than 
public view ; and of the other sex some by the 
open wear of naked breasts^ and their light attire 
^nd carri^e, hav^ enticed the eye and courtship, 
and afler, basely prostituted their bodies to the 
lusts of filthy ruffians. O the boiling, . burning 
lusts that have been in London 1 O the wanton 
eyes and looks ! the speculative undeanness, and 
secret self-pollutions! the obscene and filthy 
j^peeches ( the toying. and lustful dalliances! and 
the fiross actual uncleanness which God hath 

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been w&ft«98 td efexy day'in Londmt TSxhrsim 
of uQcleannefts dotb (MMase Ibe spbit; mdde «t . 
first after Go4'« owo ima^ ; dk;filei- bbth sodL «iii - 
body, which fhoold be the tempte of the ^Hiily : 
Ghost; «i»d renderB men unfit ^ /ooinaitnit]a> 
with an holy God, Y/k^ is of' such pare eiye^tha^ 
he caanot approve of th^ leasb idiqilityV'niu^ 
less of this, wbidi ia so grbas;' and 'not only m,' 
but 4oth exceedingly provoke him iu^tomngptmod . 
jealoaey. - * 

This may be one sin that hath brought down 
sueb fearful jiidgnkents upbn the city ; wisread of 
twenty«andrfourr^hot»sand men that fbU.inone 
day by jthe pl^ud^ for the sin of fomaaiitidtty - 
Numb. XV. 9* And have not many thouaatid 
inhabitants and habilatioils of Londoti fallen fdr 
this sin ? . It i| said of the laraelftes^ Hoi. vh. 61 
*< They have made ready ^ir heart like.an ovnen'; 
whjUe they lie- in wait; their iMker ^eepeth All 
night; in .the morning it bopnjsth aa.a^Aaibing 
fire." ' JEiave not the hearts ^f many in lioiBdon 
been 'like im <oiteo £ot lutt» And thisms^ves like 
bakers putting fbel into it, .and ts^rnng k'u|r; 
ar»$tif whilst they have} laiii in wait^j and^h&ve: 
notr^had present ,opfH»rtteity £oV' satis€i)3feion of 
iheir'iists, they have* seemed to' be' a^leep^ no 
sooner !hat^ ihe morning It^t^fs fitotcasion 
offered itself to' their 'adukerois ey«s> but tthehr 
adulterous! iheiHts ^have hitn)dd'#idyn ttien^ and. 
broken forth into a fiamihg Ifire^ in tte aotiial 
commis^ohtyf thesio. ' ■' 

And hath tbis'lDieea the praotEee «nly of the 
court, and' of Westminster side? ' Hatfa not the 
cursed leaVen of this cortimopjP5,.^f^l*e 

m Tflt ciTv. 139 

s]niead.^belf jiUd in the city 7 Therefore the 
LfcRTcMilso h«tb made nadf his wrath aa in on 
h6tiove»; and though like a haker he hath seemed 
ia-M^p t^hSe he lay in wait, and delayed to ex« 
eente liit' judgnenU | yet in the morning of his 
gtfealt pmnrooation, hy this and other sins, his anger 
hadi: broke forth like a Gaining fire^ from whence 
that fire hath been kindled which hath bamt the 
greatest part of London down to the ground, 
Jer. V. 8, 9. When " the Israelites were like fed 
herees in the morning, every one neighing after 
hks heighbar*8 wife;" the Lord speaks to them 
in his wrath, ** Shall not I visit for these things? 
Sfaail not my soul be avenged on such a nation 
as this r 

%^, A fifleemh ^in ef London is drunkenness. 
This sin hath been more visible and apparent; I 
believe that scarcely any nation under heaven 
hath proportionably more taverns and ale-houses 
tlKOt England, and no pYace in England so many 
as Dondbn/aiid its adjacent parts r and of all the 
xasctef tfaousBndi^ of these houses, I believe there 
hstk been scaeee'any font oould give many in- 
stances of this'sin^ besides^ the many private 
hitases' iwfaer^ ^is' sin haith' been practised. How 
have men '^ risen ^mlj in the morning, to Ibllow 
* Strang drink, and Continued onto night, till wine 
inflamed them," isa. v. 11. "Come ye, say 
they, and I will ^tbh wine, and we will fill our- 
sdlvefei iwith strong drink, and to-morrow shall be 
as this day, and much more abundant,'' Isa* Ivi. 
Pi^^ The iDomeiss and. beds fall of vomit, the 
reefings about the streets, the contentions and 
wranglings, ^* the wounds witlj|U|5§|^^|he red- 

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nesaof the eyes/'.aijKi such like, hivv.e li^p M>o 
evident a demonstration of mep!s '^ tarryipg tqo 
long at the wine/' and distempering, themselves 
with excessive drinking, Prov. xxiii. 29* 30^ To 
be overtaken with drunkenness is a. great ain> 
which makes men more brutish than their very 
horses, who will not exceed their measure in 
drinking, except they be forced to it by bar- 
nacles : and if none in the , city had yielde4 to 
receive the drench of a cup beyond th^ measure, 
without barnacles upon tbe^ npses, } suppose, 
that with their horses they, would have beep ipore 

. sober ; and hereby prevented many distempers of 
body, and worse distempers of mind; apd, which 

, is wprst of all, much dishonour of God^ a» well 
as of themselveSji which excels in this kind bath 
been the cause of: but for men to follow after 
this sin, and i9.ake it their trade and common 
practice, to delight in it^ and seek for their Qod 
and chief happiness in a cup of wine or ale, and 
to, grow men of might in drinking ; to exceed the 
bounds by many degrees without reeling, to 
entice others to it, yea^ to force them to drink 
healths (that ungodly practice) which .could not in 
the least promote another's health, but was likely 
to destroy their own, throvgh the exjce$s which 
such |>ractlce# do introduce ; to take pleasure in 
drinking down others under their feet, and after 
to glory in their ^hame and wickedness ; this is a 
sin that doth so far exceed brutish, that it be- 
comes devilish,, and doth highly provoke the 
Lord to pour forth his fury like water upon the 
places where such sins are committed. 

And hath not L,ondon been euijty.of this sin of 

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ifi^ui^K#6ne8S^ with thu aggrtvadott of it? Hsve 
h6i -tiome 6f London'^ ixidgistrates been g^uiltj, 
wh6 shoaki h&te punished this sin ; and too 
ihaxry ministers, who should have reproved it 
both by word and e)enmple of sobriety ? And for 
such'to Be ieeti drank and reeling in the rtreets, 
^1^^ Tery shamefut, and a great provocation. 
Rifiv^ not the late judgments in some sort 
p<yrnted out thife sin? the dizziness of head and 
reeling of persons that have been smitten wMi 
the'^lague; the flafming of the heart of the city, 
iidlS reeling of the houses, and tumbling of them 
to the ground by the fire, methinks were a re* 
|h^f dT the dizziness and reeling about the 
streets and houses of such persons as had inflamed 
&tih dlstempened themselves with exeessive drink* 

16. J sixteenth rin cf London it perverting of 
judgment. This is a God providing sin : " when 
none calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for 
tfuth ; whto men make to themselves crooked 
patli's, and there is no judgiteeht in their goings ; 
yea, when judgment is turned away backward, 
and justice standeth n,fkr off, «id (futh is fallen 
16'' the Streets, and equity cannot enter; when 
trii^h faileth, and he that departeth ' from evil 
rakketh himself a prey,** Ac. as the' prophet 
speaks, Isa. Irx. 4, &c When magistrates are 
''lovers of gifts, and followers after rewards; 
when' they judge not the fatherless, neither doth 
ake cause of the widow cotne unto them ;** then 
th^ Ldrd crieth, ** Ah ! I will ease me of mine 
adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies," 
Isa. i. 1 3, 24. I cannot charge l.^]^^f^^\y with 

142 GOD*s T£|Lai;Bi.fi voice 

this sin ; not having been myself present mad) in 
their courts of judicature ; and I would hope 
that justice hath taken place here^ as much as in 
most cities in the world : but when I read what 
the Lord saith concerning Jerusalem^ Jer. v. 1, 
*^ Run ye ijo and fro through the streets of 
Jerusalem, and see now and know, and seek in 
ihe broad places thereof, if ye can Gnd a man, if 
there be any that executeth judgment, that se^« 
eth the truth, and I will pardon it :" and when 
wiUud I consider ' the dreadtiil judgments of 
God upon the city of London, whereby the glory 
of the magistracy and government of the ^ity is 
9f^ much stained ; I would submit it to enquiry, 
whether there hath not been a failure and per<» 
verting of judgment in the city ? whether bribes 
and rewards have not blinded the eyes, and th^ 
e^ge of the law hath not been tumied against 
wdl-doers, instead of evil-doers? whether the 
fatherless and the widow have pof been seni 
weeping to their heavenly Father to complain of 
injustice ? It is not a time to cover ibults, but to 
confess and leave them; least unavoidable ruin 
come upon us when it will be too late. 

IT> A seventeenth sin of London is ,covetouS' 
ness. How universally hath this sin reigned in 
the city ; so that it may almost be said of Lon- 
don,, as it was of Jerusalem, Jer, vi. 13, " From 
the least of them even xinto the greatest of themj 
every one is given %o covetousness." Tho$e lyhp 
have been free from gluttony, drunkenness, adul- 
tery, and the like expensive sins, have on. the 
other hand, addicted themselves to the sio of. 
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almost universal hath this sin amonj; tradesmen 
been; which has evinced itself both in. their 
getting and keeping riches ! 

(1.) In gelling. What eager desires after the 
worlds and the obtaining an estate by their 
trades! What studies and consultations, what 
facking the brains, and torturing the wits, to 
find out the best way of thriving in the world ! 
What earnest prosecutions have there been, and 
laborious endeavours, rising up early, and sitting 
up late, and wearying the body, and the roind all 
the day, eating the bread of carefulness, and 
mingling the drink with solicitousness, crowding 
up the whole time with worldly business, so that 
their own health hath been disregarded, as well 
al8 the Worship of God neglected in the families of 
these worldlings, and all to scrape a little worldly 
riches together, which some have missed o£, not* 
withstanding all their endeavours; and if they have 
obtained, yet they have remained more poor in 
contentment, than when they were more poor in 
their estates ; for as their estates have increased, 
so their desires have increased, and been farther 
off from satisfaction ; as they have enlarged their 
shops and trades, and wealth bath flowed in 
upon them ; so they have enlarged their desires 
like hell, and, like the grave, have never said. It is 
enough : when they have added bag to bag, and 
house to house, the more cares and fears, and 
sometimes piercing sorrows have accompanied 
their gains; but far have they been from finding 
the contentment and comfort in their riches that 
they looked for. 

(2.) This covetousness hath ^ppf ^g^Jf^ *«^/?2«'^ 

144 GOD*S rSftftlttIA ¥OICB 

J, I «fff, fyt^^mt- 

dhovgliln iwniMj Mill, whaftdwyluiveMi)^ 
loee^: tiief luive had wmMi, but tile'iii^'iitf ir 
tiwjriuiivnotluid; it faatlibeefi to diem lik^(& 
tranoie in a chest, ^ vliidi Uny iNid* ¥oA fl^ 
key; or like anodM mra's nioiie/Hn ttwh: iMo^ 
ing,^HuditlMyiniistMotiBeddlewiliiali> ^jVk»^ 
ever lAMiiidMiee they havelMid in the biigi miliW 
the coffer, their famifiee bive been in W«nt I- 'th«; 
table hath been penurioos, the back and'blBfljr 
hmre been pinched ; they have llted tft a Ineifeaer 
rata than those that have been of a meftubr 
degree. The poor might starve at tiieii' d6oi«r;' 
no pity towards oChera in want and iniset^y) ksA 
the kaat pi^ towards themsetveg; whiM'th^J^ 
have saved, for (ear least afterwards th^'dUMM 
want, they haveaO akmg wanted, Whikt me)r fcii^ 
been saving; and it may bent his^ th^/.Wr«1dM 
what they have been keeping, to the iAestpreflitW 
grief, and it may be, breaking of th^ll^; hfeamii 
which have been so set npen llies^lliilings. •' ^'^ '• 
This sin of covetousness in some hlatll 4}lid 
deepei^ rooting, in most bath bad too n^A'^f^ 
ing ; and in all hath been v^ henioas' iitid ^M»*^ 
minable before God. This sm is termed UiAtkty 
in Scripture, and the covetous are "^^^icua^&i 
with the name of iddaters, Colos. iii. 5p. Exiles. 
v. 5. It is heart^idolatry forbidden -hi thtf "fiMt 
commandment. Thut thing we mttke A' God ti» 
ourselves, which .w« chiefiy rfffcct,- if^'itibfe'tfei? 
world, then we make the world our Gdd^'^Whic^ 
is inoonststent witb ^ tree love of G^ the 
Fathte, the only true God. 1 4^)(8i[4fg^J 5r»l-ftve 


not the worid, neither the things that are in the 
woMi if aay man love the worn the love of the 
Father it not in him." Thi^ tio of eoveCottioeel 
is hateful to Ood And pfo9r6kea,lus wrath» Isa. 
ivit,.17^ ** for the iniquifi;^ of his covetoosnesa 
was I wiothj and amote him.^ Hath not God 
smitten London with the plaguy and 6re, among 
other iniquities^ for this iniquity of eoTetousness^ 
When "Laadon was eagerly pursuing after the 
vorld» and all miadiug ankd sedciog thdr own 
iBterest> without any regard to the interest of 
God's gloiy and kingdom^ or care of their soid* 
interest and salvation, which their worldly buai* 
nesa would not allow tine for; did not the Lord 
send a.plague, to put a stop to their trade ; and 
give them time to seek him» and to make dieir 
peace with him in their retirements^ which they 
eonld noti or rather would not And hefore? And 
when they returned widi more eagerness to their 
tiudfiSy 4iftar the.plaf^ue was n little over» that 
ths^ might fetch up, if they could, what they had 
missed hy that intermission, did not the Lord 
send m. foe to consume much of that which they 
had set Iheii; hearts upon, and in large legible 
letters write vanity 4ipon this idol, whu^ so many 
bad worshipped f Let London consider, ami lay 
to heart this sin of oovetousness* 

18. The eighicaUh sin cf London is ejOortkm* 
Thus covetouaness hath expressed itself more 
grossly in some* I shall not here discourse con-* 
ceming usury ; but the extorting use, which some 
have Uken of those who have been in want; the 
taking use upon use, and grinding the faces of 
the poor in their distress, no doubt is a great sin* 

* Digitized by VjUUgT*:: 


And ^efjf «|9^siv9 to <Socl How wm ^tar4 
11011^9 &v^ tliere been in Loodon, HKbolmte iui* 
jricb^d tbemselves by icopoverishii^ of>4xtfae;rs; 
y who, pABtiog «fter thq dust of the earth <m the 
head of the poor," haye lent nKHiey to thcmi Pot 
for theM belp^but to qatcb tfaeoLat aiti«draQt4^ 
Ibat 9o» without qaorcyi tb^y tmgfattea|cb.4iwa.y all 
that tb^y b^« .not levying tbem so ofucb ^s a 
4^ to, lie.oii? Thus aome have been like liona 
fop: cicactHy* wd like evening wol«ea» unto tbe 
ppQP^t " l^rii^g their flesh from their bopefl^ fnd 
rcise^ving theii; very bonea toigoaw in the mqrni* 
13^' 88 the Prophet spefJ^i Zeph*.iit. 3^ XbU 
ain of e^tPftion. waa one oi tbe.ahominatioRi 
tH^onedi ^p by the prophet Esckid^.lbaf wiMx 
GoA yir^.aq big^y offended, with Je pya aigni, 
ebapn.sxilr2^ ; «' Thou hast taken nsury andbt? 
orep^e^ and ha3t greedily gained of thy neigbbonf 
ky i^JkUiftimi and baait forgotten »•:". &r ibia 
and qtlier sins, there nientioned> it is aaid» ver* 3, 
^' 'Tbt^relbrehaye I pnnredout.my indignaticniufNin 
them; I bave.conauwed them with the ftraof my 
wr4tb," Unio this ain of e^Ltort^on I nu^ adi 
ee^eral other ways,, that many in the city bave 
b«d of getting eatatea^ whieh some nmy diapnte 
l^r. th^ lAwfttTn^as oS, and becaose ao oommo9 
and gainful, the. ain ia bttkt beedied; but wl^ 
the ^d hath been contending with the iidiole 
eity* and bath inflicted a general stroke, upon 
tradesiyM»,. yei^, one atroke upon another^ an^ 
hath t^onden their trade, under bia feet, sm aeiamt 
in|^ to be offended with something thernin ; rjacn^ 
^inkatbey should be awakened^ and open their 
9y^, aw) imiMliaUy a^aceh^ iud^ J^^r t«^^ 

IN TB» CttY. HI 

ent'iHiiftever it is that dotli offimd fcfttii Mmevet 
sekkaiag ^wadrmttttge may eoiAe to them thereby: 
And If tliby ^ill not hearken, Qod can take alray 
Ihe rfen mir ider, aa he hath dotie a great port, and 
so force them to a aenae of their ain. 
' OM' ahrfcd way of getthig eatateSy $xtA, I atn 
peraoaded; iItf]|^l«B»iiig to OSk, in tngrosnng and 
mmpolkhg of oomMfditks, which foatiy hi 
Loitdoii liare done, that; hat^g all th^ cotaimo^ 
dities of that kind in their handa^ they migM 
make their own tnark^, and aet their o^n price 
upon them; wMch» if they abld aa cheap a8 
othihrwiae they would do^ or aa othera do w1m« 
this]r «re abared into many himda, (aa poaaibly 
aonie'Biigfat^) I could not condemn the thing: btit 
when/ by getting the whole intollleir handd, they 
hoist and nitae the price beyond the jost wdue; 
which thfy neoesaitate people to give, and that 
only that they might enrich themselves; this i 
dare t?onMently affirm to be unlawllilr ahd my 
reason is, because hereby they preftr k le^ael^ 
l^ood^ before a greater; namely^ the enriching of 
Uiema^ver, mS their Aunffies, befbre the mbrl 
pnbfic'good of making the commodity nlbre cheap 
to liie cohmionwealth. If they say, the iniory 
whidi they who buy of it, will atriitftin^ fthey 
beiti^ ao many) wiH b^ veiy small »lid iiicOh« 
siderable; but the good they shall get hereby 
wHI be greit, and they may be in A better cajia* 
city of doing good^ I anr^er, that noiiD ought td 
do llie least injury for the reaping df the greatest 
advantage: it bteing albfeolotely unhwful '^todd 
ei^, diat good may confe thereby, and fhb dam- 
nation of such will be just,'* Horn. Mi. i, ^s^ 


cufi8C(|(iouuy ft ^Tester injury will ^dne* tollttlth* 
selves, than to ^ose whom they injofe ; yekytlike 
injury will be greater than the good wbfk& they 
obtain. And as for their being in a <ca|Mici<y of 
doing more good ; I believe that such persohSj if 
they do spend such gains^ are more forward to 
spend them on their lusts, than to lay iHem ^ut 
in charitaUe uses: I have not heard that Ane 
greatest monopolisers in London have beM^iUfc 
aoost charitable persons. > 

If I were more acquainted with the mysCerves 
of trades in the city, I fear I might ^find ^ 
more than one mystery of iniquity amsAg'them; 
If the Lord would put into the hearti of inagift« 
trates and citizens to look into tracks, 'and to 
consider the equity that thef beMr, and take 
Semo- course for rectifying abuses in diemi It 
might be <»ie way to obtain a more ftvbuMible 
aspect irom heaven ; and the Lord might revive 
again the trade of London, whidl now is dynig 
and sinking to the ground. 

19. A nineleeiUh sin of London it I^g* *ll is 
•aid of Nineveh, Nah. iii. 1, that it was ^ a dty 
full of lies.'^ O the lies that have been in Lon^ 
don I who can reckon them ? Lies in the streets, 
loud Kes, which have been cried, fidse n^ws which 
We daily hear. Lies in tlie chambers, secret lies, 
privy ^se tales, which are whispered in the Mrs. 
Lies in the shop, trading lies, lies told Stit 1l>ay9ng 
and selling. Officious lies, which some te)l4:0'do 
their frieikU a kindness. Mischievous lies, whidi 
some tell to do another an injury. We reald of 
some, <^that bend their tongue like their bow for 
U^^ that wiU not speak thegiJ^ J^^|^ .teach dieii 

iH TUB CIVT. 149' 

tlmf n^- io^fjfieak Im^^ Jet. vu S, 5« H#w mny 
Um haFB di€M boifi in Xiondoa? What tif 14 
ffefl.fiMvn .ihU sin^ The childr^a baye lemed 
W Ufii M iooa aa tbcy have learned to apealu 
What honae bath beeo fbeo? How havo tradc»> 
mem^ hmm guUt^p of lyings wbidiaoiae acoount a 
Beceflfaiy adjunct to their trader without whick' 
tbftj cnmld not live 1 How maoy aenuoU liave 
eixmedoneatiotbeKi and theoMelveay whcnth^ 
have oommitted faults, wilh their lieel Biit4iiC 
kU 'Uea^r.pHMhievauB )im have been the wof8t> 
whichr iio«i» hfve wrented to do aa iiffbry !• 
thpjp tofvlgbbour i aneh Uea aie leoie inunediatefcvi 
ht^jfidten by. the devil, the father of iiee^asd mm 
U9ar$sM^ hie laoat i^eiae efiprii^.. B«$ aU liee 
m,^ $m9s ejpe miaehievoils Iwe; they Me mie* 
fbieeeue to the fiayty that tells them j ^ve» tbe 
oflieiiHia. liar .oaanot do eo nueb hfa dn eai to We 
fiipeM hf hM Ue>( as he doth injury to hiMselltt 
WhiKt! Witt a mat) elab biamdf, to de biaHrieod*: 
courtesy } He that weunde his. coBseievee deCh' 
woiBe; bo ibot gffiiia in his trade by* Ue lie^ 
bwetb more than he gains: a bag of gold ieael 
to be'ikwjpared with inward feeee, and the Uh 
now of God (better than Itfe), which, JbytUs ma, 
it lost. Sui^y tiie Letdy bei^ a God of tmth» 
is.4n9ek,effeniMi with tfcia m of lyii^. ^ CM 
deligbtB," saith Sohwaoo^ '* in then that deal: 
tt^f^^ui lying lipaase an abominotieiM to hini/ 
Brov'^mJ^ hymg was one am of J^rael, ibv 
whinh ''their land c)id tmowm/' Hes^ xiv^ 2, 9. 
And God threateneth to give '^ all hers their part 
in that lake wbkb bon^tb with ^e and brim^ 
mWi^ fcv. Mi. 8. . MetWnks ths« e^^^ ph«ce 


IfiO cod's TBHBl&LB VOICE 

this one am which some pro&s^Qrs ako in Ibe 
«ity. b«Te been goilty of, to the abasM of.'Uieir 
pvofeg^QQ ; for which Um .Lofd b«th sfot 4he 
fipQ to b«ra down the cUyt to awken iMNtoJie 
fiwn thi» Ain, iu» we would eaoape tho fittuse ito 

.. so. Another sm of London^ is- Ofrnmn^- mA 
4efr4Mding9 This sin hsth b&oi the produQfcirf 
^T«toMsii«08, and the oonapanion of lyiw^;^pni 
bow ordinary hath it been among- tn^Summu 
which ma^y have been so aoeuatoixwd tio» Aftf it 
bath been as.ea^ to {lenuade tb9.i£thMt>itD^ 
change hi» akisy as to persuade them to leaT^jrfT 
tbfiir ^ozcsnipig ? Tim they have losfced upen m 
exapdiewential to their tinde, at least as neoBasaiy 
totbeiir gf^ns j yea> aoK&e have pleaded a mwd^ 
aity theceofs. to get a livelihood for thevaeelyes 
ana famlieSf BiH theie is. no neoeaaity of eny 
tii^;^ duties are necesaary^ but sins jure neter 
il^Qffsary^- and the gain which is ipotte» boF m, 
laUkft the gm .of a garment, whiebifaatli^itiwi 
pjb^gue.m )t» which^ if it bring warmlfc £(Nl}lhe 
focftfm^if quickly iiW infty bi^ siekneaa (and 
4^atfi^. a»d if oo^wng brings tgaift iaiMii ita 
putfii^.i^ presently brin|^a,the pl«^iie .intptlhet 
hfaw^la'aadiQMi^ly ^wiU br^nj^tbe painiafidi pwoi^tt^ 
in^ptofML / 5 . 

t. Xo defiraud another in de^ling^ is bua a^taorai 
^ipwaift w»y of Jitealing, and it is a$ l»wAd toi 
tytke a.iwcjetiipw the bighwi^,i as. to take.ar 
dialling by fraud in the shop; the diffevenee-lka. 
ofoJy in the degree^ the nature of tboisia, !wbidi. 
ia theft, is the wieiR,botl|K,J^^ 

tK THB CITY. 151 

intliAlb ^^remlfy ftiHbidden thit sin, to be hsth 
tiiMMiteded to urenge it, 1 Tbegt. iv. <(• ** That 
ao tAaAi g<» beyond or deftaud his brother (not 
only i«ca gveater diing bat) in any matter, be* 
oauso the hotd b the avenger of all such." llie 
tevevttl wayB ^vriifeh tradesmen have had of de- 
frauding, would be too large for me to speak of, 
Mlh^ aim I so tkWM as to understand. The 
UkMfif^g^ of weights and measures is gross, a 
iifVJpraeiised ^flSIlong the Jews of old, which God 
thftatens' to punish them for, Hos. xii. 7- 
*^ ^^raim is a merefaant, the balances of deceit 
»e'in< Ms imnd." And beth then- sin mA God^ 
anger are set forth, Mic. vi. 10*-1S. «< Are 
tii^ tyet tbe treasures of wickedness in the 
hottieS'itf die wicked, and the etent measure 
wiiieh' is abominable? rtmll I count them pure 
witlpidle lirieked balances, and with the bag c^ 
ckNseit Alt weights f Per the rich men thereof are 
Ml Df vteieneey Aid the inhabitants thereof have 
s^m Mes> aad their tongue is deceitful in their 
weuiftlt'tberefiMre also will I msfke thee sick in 
smitiihg llMse^ ifa snaking thee desolate, beeattse 
ofiliysin^'^ And was( it not thus with London ^ 
BM lAkf nst^fahify weighte end measeres, and 
AMfy'«tnait]od{tieS|' and speak fUselj^ concern* 
it^ehe?]inee <ef Uienei, and take nneensrctfomible 
gains, and yet profess kind usage of their ette» 
tfMners^ whbiia thef did most exact tipoh^ But 
i^I cMAildi l^should not opett the euimifig ways 
whkh 8oi]ie4i»vefeiutid out, ofdefhioding and 
o!f«ir-4«aohtng, lest Any should iei^^ and be 
eihitided to pmetiee themn by tfa^vei^ reproof oT 
iVae I have hettrd some hate ^jite^Ouu^iL 

162 GOD*s vjpf^iai<£ yoicE 

vf^Mk bj defiriHKling and ov«iwy^a9hNig< thm, 

th« devil, tbat veiy fe«r 4wer gel ont^b^ :«jrft^ 
<taigged bybim ibmb^riAWb^s bQ^iifieitU' 
not faaro gnaynig fot tfwi w, «iri»ch is jn^qmmf) 
ta.fthe ^ibc^iiig ^f « purdfla; hut^ 9e4titwtim<W( 
Doeesiacy j-tbey mu»t irefuad^. tb^; nHUt .rwlonf^ 
eitfteK tov the .parlies ihemiebrQ^i dV: t» ttiQipaoik' 
i?^t ibay hav<!». gf»iftio wmnffoUjn^ if Ibejfi Jw^ 
abk.; if juitii as^ 111110b as ^y Jbavc^ oAf^Pwm 
tb^ eaBiHvt> bi^ aajved^ No^ 8alivati^i,4yup9«^,:t9^ 
Sucflhetatill h^,iil»9ir«ti9t¥ed.uptQiirrrlstiAtit^^' 
ifbit be bed mengibUy gaUied» jLnfc^ «i«. 9^ 9^\ 
<« «bd seMtas:bi4 b«nd at dinbenest gidn/' .Seef^, 
xiit,>l% aiid tbia.i»oiie;8ip 'vtfbieb klielmaiwisl 
hatb smitten l^ndwifoe^ . *>. ^^ . 

jtpii%«ii^ emd pr0fms - sp0itding^ Soam^bm^ 
sp«UMd> toa mmb tbrougb cui^immemj olb#n, 
hive spftil^lxie miicfc ihKOi^bpKiid4falily»t,>&4ii^ 
i»ijty>ia af^reii^ virt«e»<#Ad biiiioiafti)j^tivil|yM^^ 
etuMmi §mce^, whieb I«oiidon that^ ^ot^iticink 
MTttbemt;. bttt piedigf^y<ia a gieat $ini«^ /Tb^ia- 
some bav« spent abova tbeir .df^grei^ l^risbiiiigj 
oiiiitbeii^€4tataa on t|iw tabl^s*^ oiiibebribov^es, 
dM<ibatrc\eftb9i»; bi^ tba: wcaat pto^iiffiit^lmfik 
hukn^m ilbat iiAifihuGaQi^fbajvft kyi9bad<>iHA.iai 
tiia isatiafitctiaa ef' tbeiit hiata^ in drOfdc^Heas^ 
gflfeaiag, ^bofilig^ and .tdhe like; mid ^apactatty^ 
tbcMe^.^wbaibava^speiHL profbAaiy tbaft irbicb bath 
been jiane «i£>.their ewn^ but what tbey hmnf 
Uktic^^ fmi\mfAt aS .otbefs,^ haiw been. 
^^meiy Quiay 01 aw wwr D'gitizedbyO.<.xj^it 

tJH Tb« OtTT. 159 

AM HkuK&thh^^ of proXgiMty aAd proTo^ 
neii»,' l-tatty refinr the iin of exoessite minh 
atid }<»lHty^ ti^hfeh hath been in LoDdon. Tber» 
ia'ft hiinhyi»ifli«th^ which is lawful; and there 
is^'ft' efRyitiilil cheerMnew, which h the doty of 
ChHstkmft; though in tifaes of great tin, and 
afflietiM of God's people, sackcloth and inoulti« 
iiigi'doth-becofxke Chmtians; and some expres-^ 
sions of joy whieh are more carnal, thonld be 
mtiefa forborne ; bat I am speaking of the mirth 
of Bfieb; who have had the least ground for mirth 
of any^ namely tJie wicked, nnto whom no peace 
nidr joy in that' estate deth belongt tethemio 
b^ 80 exeessvrely imerry, and jovial, and-frolie^ 
espredsing it in their profkne, obsoene, and 
sMo^ilocte jesting; in thefar mnsle; singing,- and 
dancing; in their ranting, roaring, and catotta^ 
ing; ^ many wasteful and profuse waya of 
sj^^iitg^ when the church is in Mdcdbtht 
aitd'Hes a bleeding; as too many in London- 
ba^ done : sorely <yod hath been offended with 
thie, And bath be«n provoked to send down Uv 
jadgmentfe, ta alter the cheer of Lendon, miA 
bttnsby to put' them into mourning, which they^ 
ntfie 80 tt!vei«e unto. ' 

Had: they foreseen the piiH^ue^ and hoiv nfafvy 
of them' should have Mien 1^ it, smdy it wonkl 
have damped their mirth ; hiid diey fd#eseenlAi»^ 
boming of lihe city of London, and tlM their 
hoQsee should have fallen by the five, eiively> 
theiF langhter would have been turned into 
heaviness. These judgments they oeold not 
fiitetee; bat^lMre ^dgment, far mere dreadful, 
they might have foreseen, w^fii^^Atil^ have 

)54 god's T^ElHBtE VOICE 

0Md« an im^ptmmm ^t lorrair iqpon. item^ if 
poftsibly by x^pentonce tt^y flight «void m4 
«^Qipp itt, '' Be «fliuitad, loict moam, and We^ 
let jpoinr la^btar be tiemed into ipoefniof , ml 
y4)ur joy into heiivines8»'' Jeoiee it, 9w •Seek 
iQ0i^^(iiQg» if Cpt sin* mgbt be a inetDt to 
fiitwre iwerici^ ei^ elemel woe tgadwrnprngt 
oibere tbey have jsQeeani €e SMiini finr Iheie 
miserifewbich will come. upon dienw <^0»lo 
of^Wp ye rich men* ^eep and bowl» finr Ihe 
mmne9 that duJl come upon yoii»'' JiHoate v^ 1# 
But for pfofiine wicked pfreeiis to (siog, aniA 
rigoiee upep the bxink of die giave and hdl^ ie 
very migeemneWe, and an aggravatiaa«f their 
other fline* 

g^, Th^ Upmi^'Hm/d m of Lmdm ja ^in^ 
t^Mi|^ And this m waa to be foood not edy in 
women> which envied otliert thet e mecc ded tkcM 
in beauty of body* in elothei^ and dreeNA^, and 
eueh like toys; but alio in raen^ who envied 
tbw who were of the atome ttadby wiueh bad 
bettor hmmt^ and. sbopSimoRecoatoiaand weiMi»' 
then tbema^lvea. Yea» this envying wna to*fae 
foiled among many mipifltersi who aiEiried echere 
that had bettor perte^ and mote leemingf gfeaier 
eiiplaii9a> end moire Mditore tbair theoMelWM. 
Therf wa& a ^'spirit anongniis whioh tnatod to 
envy," Jemee iv,.5« whMi^ besidea the great tor* 
ment thaf:> it bringe to the apint wbcae it reignB, m 
a very great prpveeation to the Lord. 

g3* ■ Th^ ifvent^kird mn of Ltuukm n J 
ing and b§tckbititig% whioh hath been the 
quent of die foiiner« The nindi 4 
halh bean eiLoeedingly brol^ i^J^g^on, espe. 

CmQjP' ill A (JI'ltMS W§y iOf iMMIffl^ fiilw WRn6&9 
igftinit th« iiu%bb<Nir, aitd Wounding hii reptr^i 
ttlMn by a 'sUmeixMis ton^e, some ittvefitiTig 
l^wnAtmmg ihtidefv, whieh they ht^e in theif 
(MMMideiKes knowit to be iUse ; others taking op 
flfaiMfoMiTeadiljr bdieting ^m without any jtt^ 
ve|^0iii#ll. Tfait tinyda^tt^e Mt forth w?(h a tMt^ 
tiiia^ta like htsd of- s«rh perMMs, Jer. ix. 4, 5. 
Loaden hath t>eeii iiill of backbiCen and ta1e« 
bMveray atiA to* many proflMsord haire been 
pakf 9i^ ibk ain r few have etHertaii^ed back« 
bfiiati with an angfy coantenance, wfaich^ as the 
wind dbiveth away nAtt, woald have driven them 
^t of ffglili I iDJjght here add the h«tr^ ol 
one another that hath been in London (much 
thi^omgh-^aadars), the eoMilation that faalh risen 
Ffooi hatred, the imdh tiiaf hath risen ft6m etan* 
Mk»; aid the wrttfa of €rod, whieh hath arisen 
finm these end ether worice of the ^h, spoken 
«^ Gal ▼* 1^9* Ml 

d4. n& tnmi^^famih sin of Lmdm is rnttf^ 
tmring; end that net only in want, and tindef 
loslea and eroases^ baC idso in fbiness and 
plaB^« Many Iknners in the country have miir« 
mured at the {^enty and cheapness of eomr 
vasrn^ tradesman in the elty bate nnmntired at 
the pien^ of Ihe eomrnoditri^s whicb dley fcnvb 
dcete inr< beaause^ however snd^ plasty is a 
piibUe and tmsfkeBkable ttfercy, y«t fAiey have 
had the less private advaMagv, whicb bAtfa 
been .ehtefly tegardad by them. Tea^ sonie, 
in ttieir nnrmv^ngs have wished ibr i» plegue^ 
that, tlhs snrvlvoas might have die better trade*; 
and. I have heard that a drf-fjti^ bad beei» 

156 god's TKai^IBXE VOICS 

wished Ibr^ to take off €tm plestgr of siidl otyn^ 
modities, that the reoiainder wiA^ bear the 
higher rate« Is it a wonder^ th^i, if GnmI h««t 
sent plague and fire, which senis have called fo 
by sueh murtmiriiig speeches ? The tnveUtes in 
the wilderness weve f^agned ft>rlheir mttrmmilig^ 
and the murmuring company of Corah, thiA were 
not swallowed up with him^ were oonswncd by 
a fire from heaven, 

25. The twadyffth and ktH sm of LomAm 
fvhieh I shM speak ^« is carnal eecurUy^ another 
of Sodom*s sins. It is said of the 8odoiiilM» 
Luke xvii. 88, 29* '' In the days of Lot, they did 
eat^ they dnuik, diey bought, they sold, th^ 
planted, they builded: but the sane di^ that 
Lot went out of Sodom, it sained fire ^d brfatt- 
atone from heaven, and destroyed tliuem eSkJ* 
When Jjondon had provoked God so highly by 
so many sins, yet how secwe were they betoe 
his judgments broke forth upon them;- they 
ate and drank, they bought ffld seidi tew Hiey 
sat at ease, and put far from them the evil day; 
as, Amos vi. 1 , 3., they were still and at rest, litde 
expecting such changes as have come upon them, 
and took little care to prevent them: they were 
secure and trusted in aim^ of flesh, broken reeds, 
which have always fiiiled. And I might add 
here, as a cause of the security of some, the pre- 
sumptuous confidences of future evmits, which 
belong only to God to foreknow, which some have 
taken upon them so absolutely to determine, as 
if they had looked Into the book of God's decrees, 
or had an infidlible revelation from him of whst 
ahoold come to pass. O the good days that i 

a IK. TIU.^ITY« 167 

Ud no gmmd fat. Gr«tt ey;pect«i|ioiis . maif JT 
bftdiolMibc ffiUi4aif .Anfticbri^t and Babyloa in the 
yoaf, ljg66^- ^jind xothef eveAU» limiting timet, 
ifkkb Cid butti not dewij rovofded* which is «9 
,«|)ftv»mhjog upon Cod's pr^migativ^And I bo«> 
}ieve;«(grfiiut«c provocation than 9uch persons are 
^ir0x»ii^ , This JEoay be one reason why London 
is fallen instead of Babylon, in thia.yew of such 
ejipe^tion jmd |>Eesmnption. 
i i^ntWs^ time, it may be, the. reader may be 
nwm^d with reading* as I am with thinlaog and 
mgi^iag of XK)Bdon's sins* But how hath the lK)rd 
jy^iveariod with. the bearing of them ! how hath 
ht h^m iMT^sed with the weight of th^uh, A& a 
4enll;ia.pt^Aed that is full of sheaves! Amosii. 
Ji3» ,j;&.';whiwi;you. have read of Lo^don judg- 
^epirts withi|l»yoa eoo^idev London's ii^^oi^tioii^ 
>y^*bi^^l>^S4ictoowledge tha^ God is righteous, 
^ith9tJ^«.hAtb..puoisbed London no mose thao 
ithlijr h wpi> desfaryed. for thene aiui. * 

I J J.. 

SECT: fX. 

^Si^^'tigWemimts^ iMfufifler appear; iff»e UW- 
' sidertftttf ke hath puftisked London ksi-ikan 
' '\^'Mqttithigi6strf)ed: ' •• ' 

*^. ik.QpDimigbt h^vie punished Londpn deservedly 
.•with ..more dreadful iudgments here, .and . that 
>iiQth ii) jthe iiame and, another kiA4* , ^ . . 

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IM GOD*S tMltfrftlE tOlCE 

1 . In tbe judgtn«nt ttf* the "plugtte. It >^iifi a 
Areftdfttl pUj^de itid^d; httt "Gcd Could hiive 
Iftmde it tn\)re drMtdftik m^rehe fiihdt dk)e ortow, 
Im'niight'hiive ilhi>t dn hmtfdred t hevishedtUiUiy 
ISttiailtfcs, he knight have vMt^d ^vefy family^ and 
ttwept fewry hou^ mtMi the besMn bf destfulction. 
Though M> many fell, yet I belltfve th&t ^ve parts 
in six of the inhaliita(nt« df London Irene pre- 
HermA. God might hate taken away the five 
]NutS) and have left hut one alire ; y^a, it tt^ht 
nare beien said of Londmi, ^s it was 6f Israel, 
AtnhMY. 2, S. "The virgin df fcrael U fellcn, 
«he riiAll rise nt> nofe; the city that went out by 
a thousand shall have an hundred/' God tnight 
bave trebled thehimdi^edis thMdiedbythet^lague; 
he might htfve sent out his arrowis after idl the 
inhtrt^itantte of London thlit were gone into fhe 
ieountiy, and smitten them wheresoever *he found 
them; or he might have met widi them upon 
their return home, and given commission to 
Death to lay hold on them as soon as they en- 
tered into their doors. He might have depopu- 
lated the dty of London by the plague ; so that 
every house should'htave hod <lead corpses lying, 
and none to bury them. He might have made 
4Mir plague wonderllil, fettrfulvand of kng con- 

We that have survived so great a mortaKty, 
have reason to say, that deserv^ly it might have 
been greater} drat we deserved as mudh ortnore 
to fall ibr our more heinous sins, than thousands 
♦Hat are gone down ittto the pit : surely " it is rf 

IN THEt CI.TY. 1^ 

thii L^» mw^ iiM we 4M opt cmvimed:'' 
be WHS loerciful ia spvUig of u9 ; ke w/oiild huva 
been, r^bte9iia if he had dtiUpyed us, 

Thiojt; with yainiejLyfiii» you tW are allye, and 
penw «mp€idf how foarfi4 would U>e pU^poo 
hAv^ he«n.if ijt had opmt homo tp yooi; bopaea: 
you were afraid to hear of others' housea visiledi 
afl4 abul u|b what would yoi» have been if it had 
entered your doors? Yoi| wero «fnkid when otbuera 
wore struck with the disease, what would you. 
haMe hetejok if you bad be^n struck yourselves? 
SiuEiers, what woutd you havo done if the anow* 
bad {ueroed through your Uv«», if, undor suck 
guik and wi;atb» yoi) k^A ba«i| smitteo ? When, 
you had such a pUi|^ rf aui. iei your hearts* ^ 
yoii* should have h#d the plague of pestUenoc) in 
yoiiv bodies; if wb^n you wore so roiti^n andr 
QOrrupty 4M;id defiled iowavdly^ you should havor 
bad boiU* and blatn% and ruwiog sores outvn 
wardtyj if when oqb^quco waa so filled wUh 
guilt, your bodies should have boeu filled witb 
tfaiadi#ei»so: io^a wofdj if, when you hadtbo msAs 
qf heU and dawination in your soul^ you should' 
have h^ tho niarks of inavitaUe death in your 
bodjeib O the dread that would have sdaad 
upon Jim 1 The j^dg^mMii of tho plague n^ight 
have been worse to you; you might have spent 
abnvearyoar in hell by this timaaiiiong devils and 
damned- spirks; you might by this time have 
boen inuiped to those torments which yet you 
could npl^ havic ondw;ed» Jb»it must hav4 endured, 
without anyf possibility* of deliveranoe' for ever. 

Mwy of you who haye effcsped* h^ve your 
families nnhroken, when other ^J^^^f^ are 


swept away. Suppose thy dear wife had fsRen, 
or thy hopeful children had been nipt by death 
in the very bud, and your families had been 
maimed^ the judgment would have been much 
sorer on you. None can say but God might 
have righteously punished London more seVelrely 
by the plague. 

(2.) God might have punished London also more 
severely by flie jfire. The greatest part of the 
city, is fallen; it might have been the whole : most 
of the city within the walls is consumed; die 
flames might have issued forth at all the ^ates, 
and consumed all the suburbs too: all the goods 
might have been burnt with the houses, aiid all 
the inhabitants with the habitations. 

The fire, though it burned dreadfully, yet it 
began at one end, and came on so slowly, that 
inost of the inhabitants of London had time to 
remove themselves and the choioefst of their 
goods: some livelihood was left, and materids 
for a future trade. 

Suppose the fire had been so sudden, or had 
been kindled in so many places, that there had 
been no possibility of removing any fhtn^, ex6^ 
the persons themselves. Suppose all the sily^^ 
and gold, and rich pkte of the city Tiad f^^m^ 
melted by this fire; that all the wares and'tfie)"- 
chandize, all the garmehts, beds, and househdfd 
goods had been turned into ashes, and^ nj^y 
thousand families that had been turned but'df 
house, had been turned out of all, and quite be- 
reaved of all their substance, so that nothing had 
remained to them for necessary use ; this would 
have been very sofe. ., ...^uu^i. 

A}m^ Yb«t wpi^. ^^ hftv« ^one ? Whliher 
Wj9u}4 t)iey liave gone for relief? Would Ibe 
coi^t lu|Y^ Siifiplied tbem ? Co^ld the couBlry 
h4^e be)p^4 <Vi4 pviintain^ bo many^ when ao 
nVAoh i(9{H»veins|^ theoi^lves, that in many 
places they are hardly 9bh to liy^? Could they 
have hoped for relief Cfom iSbreign nations ? Are 
not 9Ji. the \m>fld «lmo«t qht ^nen^ ? la charity 
so i^^rm 4bro£|d ? AUjs 1 iiphat would they have 
doi9^? Mn^ not inany of thf^m h^ye pined away 
ivi t^elr w.ant^ 9»A &^vfd und^r hedges, for 
l^cjk of suitable provisipQ^ t This would have 
befipi. 4re44f 4 inde^ i 

Of imppos^ th^y h^ l4g0?d their goods oiit of 
London fr^m ijie fire, a|id the whol? city had 
been \jflxm\ d^w^n with aU the. subi^bs^ and Wk 
habitatipqa lef^ standing hereshouts ; vhal woM 
theyMve dop^wiU) th^ir goods? wher^ would 
th/$y ^ave dispoiSjNl oif them? How could they 
aQj w^9 haVe. cQqtiny^ thek trades? Wh^l:e 
could they hai^ di^pos^ of theif pj^ona.?- 
HqiK opioid they have liyed this cold winter 
sea^fin f CoiAld t^y hay« sixuck u^ \^optha pre- 
senj^y, fit fo^ thewdvea ta abide b^, whkh 
wo^^ bavet sheltered th^ from the ii^jury of the 
weatjic!^ ? Whe^e would th^y ha^e. had n)ateriala> 
wh^ all was. K^Mnit i 

^il^li ¥fhat wouM they have done? mus^ niat 
their giMids. hav§ been sftoiled* by lyivg abroad ? 
V9ul4 fiypt tbey^ t;h^^n^}ves» wbp bad been used 
to ^ fi^ch teiidernesaf have qi^icVly grawft sick^ 
an4. <ti94 ip. ^ fields ? ^oald w>% t^ujsarida 
have starved foij qold? and wha* p^oyisi<*w cowU. 
th^ hav« had f^ food apd olh^ nsc^saarie^? 

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162 god's tebrible voice 

Besides, wobM they not hare been a pttf to 
thieves and cut-throats? Would not many of 
their enemies, who laughed at the fall of the 
city, have r^oieed much more, and taken advan- 
tage, to come upon them in their nakedness^ and 
butchered them without mercy. 

But, suppose the fire that begun at one eomer, 
had been kindled in every gate at the same Ume, 
when all the inhabitants had been asleep in their 
houses, and they had been inclosed with flames, 
and no possibility of escape, how dreadful would 
the fire have been then ? If, when they awakened 
in the morning, they had seen the smoke ascend- 
ing round about them, and the fine drawing near 
to them ; if both ends of a street had been on 
fire together, and they in the midst, and had 
heard, with the roaring of the fire, a greater 
roaring of the people that were buming with tibe 
houses: O the rueful looks I Oh the humble 
shrieks by women and cfaildrcti 1 Oh the' dvftadiiii 
amazement and perpleodty which (woukk have heea 
in such a place and oaaef To be bumt^tfliVe, 
isdtfeadful; but think what tsntiires' would liave 
beeK in. the sfpidts of guilty siniN»*Sf who. ^ad 
not made their peace -mtk God, that had slept 
out the harvest and day- of grace, thaft had- made 
no proYisioQ for death and eternity 1 Th^ nbise 
and roaiing without, would have bden nothiiig 
to the laahes and tearings within them; tbe'^fire 
in their houses would have bemi bolt small, in 
oomptfison of the fire in their censciefiees,' and 
the fiamas of hell'^ne, which, if awakened, they 
would have seen just befiwe them* 

This jndgmeoii.of libe fire might have been 

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lofe drtadfel than it was ; persons are eseaped ; 

:oods and wealth much saved ; houses standing 

o receive them; trade going on: God inight 

nave panished London more sorely in the same 


2. God might have punished London more 
severely in other kinds of judgments. 

(1.) He might have brought upon them, and 
upon the wh^e land, the s%vord of a foreign 
enemy, as he did upon Jerusalem, and the land 
of Judea, for their sins ; which being so patheti- 
cally set forth by the prophet, Jer. iv. 1 6 to the 
end, I shall represent to the eye. 

*' A voice dedareth from Dan, and publisheth 
afflictkna from Mount Ephraim. Make ye men- 
tion to the nations ; behold, publish against Jeru- 
salem, that watchers come trom a iB^r country, 
and' give out their voice against the cities of 
Judah; as keepers of the field they are against 
fafir iwuiid about, because she hath been reb^ous 
.fl^ost me» saith the Lord. Thy way and tby 
doings. huure procured these things onto theer 
tU$ .18 thy wjdkedoess, because it h bitter, 
because it reaoheth unto thine heitf t. My bowels, 
my bawebl I am pained at my very heart, my 
heart maketli a noise within me ; I cannot hold 
my peace, because thou host heard^ O my soul, 
the ' aouAd - of the trampet^* the akrm of war, 
I>eatruction upon destrui^ion is cried, for the 
whole land is spoiled, xod ray- curtains- in a 
mom^oti Hew long shall I see the staBdard> and 
bear the sound of the trumpet. I beheld, and all 
the cities were broken down at the presence of 
the Loed^oid by his fittce ammrs for thus hath 

164 god's tj^j^rib^e voice 

the Lord swd, Tb0 vhol# hwA %h9^lH^,4mif*^ 
for Una shall ti\e Uuxd moiic^ ^d tix^^h^xi^^A, 
above be h]fick- Tli€( wbfd^ city 9b«lL A^>» foiC 
the noise of the hQrseBi^9> wA th« lK^ivie«k{ Ib^ 
shall go into the thickets^ and climb up ijfKW 
ttie Foqks; eyery city §ball be.f^i^eu^ aod.^ot 
a man dwell therein ; and wb^^n ibq^ afl ^p^ited^ 
what wilt thoud^? Though tWi ek>lb^ 4yr- 
aelf with crimson, though thou d^es^ tnj^lf 
with ornaments of goM,, tJb^U tlum r^^t^ Iby 
face with painliug: m vam ^bAlt thoQ m^^ 
t^s^lf f|dr; thy.loy^rs shall de^is^ tho^ ti^y 
wUl seek thy life ; fgr I h^VQ heAjra ^ jcif^^^ak lOiC 
a womai^ in trav^lj, Wild th^, aoguist^ aji. of. ber 
that bringeU) for^ hec first cbud: U^ct x^itsf «£ 
th^ daughter of ZioR*. \hat h^w^iteti^ ^^^ 
that spreadeth forth he? hands, saying. Woe i^ 
me 9QWa for nay soul is. w^ari^d tDfeQq^se..p^ mvor 
der^FS." Tljis might baye, be^n th^ i|I^OTM?flfc. 
^d thes^ th# Qprqplaipt^ of liqadm 4nd M^l (iW j. 
i^hich would fiiive be^ii woi^q than j^agu^ q^, . 
fi]^. The plague reached ipany, |>iU thi& vH^^ 
might have reaped aU ; the fir? devoured hou4f;3> 
but the sword mght, have devoused thei inhabi- 
tants. The Wd ipight have brought a fomg^ 
sword, and ppen invasion; or he migbt h^vc^ 
given up London to a «iore private, sud^pn. 
btttqhery mid fmma(re by the hai^ds of criiel 
Papists, 9S was feared ; which would have Wea 
more dreadful thaa the massacre of the Prolc»-> 
tants by the Papists in Paris ; becau^^ our aqpbq* 
bers. do so far exc^ thcMse which w^:? in that 
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die'dead df tlie night, with such kitidg of knives 
in their bands as were found after the fire in 
barr^s ; and having set watch at every street's 
end; had sufTered none to escape, but cruelly, 
slaughtered the husband with the wife, the 
parents and the children together, ripping up 
women with child, and not sparing either silver 
haira^ or the sticking babe ; if there had been a 
cry at midnight, " They are come V but no 
possibility of flying from them, or making resist* 
ance against them ; if, instead of heaps of stones 
and bricks in the top of every street, there had 
been beaf^s of dead bodies, and the kennels had 
been made to run down with gore-blood ; sure 
thhi judgment would have been more dreadful 
thon the plague or fire, which have been among 

(2.) God might have punished London with 
famine, which is a greater judgment than the 
plague or sword ; if the Lord had broken the 
whole staff of bread, and cut off all provisions 
of -fbod from the many thousand souls that lived 
in^atrd about the city ; how dreadful would this 
have been ! If a famine had been so sore in 
L<mdon, that people should have been forced to 
eat <?ne another, and their own flesh,- as it was 
in'.'Samiria and Jerusalem ; if, instead of houses 
in liOndon, God should have made the people 
as'Ybt^ 6f the fire in this judgment, as is threat- 
ened, Irfa. ix. 19, 20. ''Through the wrath of 
th^X^d of Hosts is the land darkened; and the 
people shall be as the fuel of the fire; no man 
shall spare his brother; and he shall snatch on 
his right hand, and be hungry; and he sh^^^ 

I6S god's TCHftlBLft VOICE 

name, and GocTs hand, diat liadi binrataetdWL 
forth upon London. TiMjHUMnrllMitbotbphgtve 
and fire have had their conmittMn^fom tfcerGod 
Y>f heaven, otherwise Ibey coohl astliavtt «ffoiig)it 
irith sach force and powetf. • ' i xr. >• 

They see God's " name," that is, ihe ghirioos 
attributes of his name displayed. GodpfcxiriBitd 
his name, before-Moses, when he ckused UsgnM- 
ness to pass befcnre him, and disoovered hinielf to 
be '' the Lord, the Lord God ; i^imoBs antl mer- 
ciful, slow to anger, abundant in loving kindness, 
goodness, and truth,* Exod. xxxiv. 6. And God 
hath proclaimed his name before London, in 
causing his judgments to come upon the city, and 
hath declared himself to be <' the Lord, the Lord 
God, :holy and jealous, - a God that can be aiilpry 
when much prov<^ed,'and yet nghteonain the 
severest judgments which he doth inflict.'** A man 
of wisdom may see God's name in Ix)ndon'8 judg- 
ments ; and as he may sc^ powvrand vightteoos- 
ness in God's name, so he mHy see grae»*4Bid 
ffoodness in the name of G«dy wbkh hatk pwMed 
before the city ; he maysee^attd kwrar^ th^food 
bath a gracbtis meanings and <design/«f fgaiiA to 
London in these jndj^ents?; he oiaptase Grid's 
name, and hear God's vciesyeBd whatiti^liiiihe 
speaketh by the itid. • -^ - . ». j. •i->iif'j »- 

Oh that London w^^re -dni^'WiBetlu^dtivAey 
would open i^^ir eyes and see God-suame b.ijod's 
Band so jo^t and righteous ; as alsojopin ebeir 
ears, and' hear Gotd^ voice, and understand 43<id's 
clesign, so gradous a<nd somuch^fo thdir^gned! 
O that God would ofi^en-l^e eafs«f Londoi^T«nd i 
bend them to tl^ diadpliifi ,f CJli^JisdgiM^ 

m Tiis CITY. 169 

tiMt widtAt hm of ftiendt moA nkddnt by the 
piaftte, and cf iumits and goods by the fire^ they 
may not lote tha gpood of thew judgments too, 
thoogli of anolher modp yet of far greater value, 
whidi God intends then* 

The enquiry then is-~what meaneth the Lord 
by tiie ph^pie and by the fire in the city? what 
doth lie adl iat by this terrible voice, and look 
IbriiK London, that these judgments may turn to 
tbeir advantage? 


Tke dmlk» fokkh God ezpecU from London after 
suek dnokiioni igf ike Plagu€ and Fire, are 

i* Ck>ni expeets. tbat X4>ndon should awake. 
Lonrioa halh. been adeep; both the foolish and 
ihoiwiso virgios have been asleep; and when 
sttcb Mt voice hstli come down in these judgments, 
whscb iiave been sevealed irom heaven^ crying in 
she midniglit of their oamal secerity, " Behold, 
the. great God ia cooBie forth from his place, and 
is entered into London in fary :" surely all should 
awake and erise^ and iHwpaie to m^et him, seeing 
none can flee fiom him. God hath seemed to 
be aalsep, while be exercised so much patience 
towards London ; his arm slept in his bosom ; but 
BOW the Loid hath been awakened with the loud 
cry of England and L<Hidon's sins ; his arm hath 
awdted, and put on sUwgth ^d veng^ce. 

170 god's TtmftlBLE roiCE 

ejeB; dnm thj ovtsiiis^ coiiwteA of tbylM^ 
look out of tky viiicknra. Apfrtntioiis ! kfij^ 
xaums! itrange a^gfalB te be ieMU BiriKMr 
heaven is opened, and Qod ie eoaie' ;fa«ili Hfsdir 
earih^ dethedwii^ gvmeaeB 49f iiffatniMf rJQod 
18 ODBi^ dawn m 1& nu^cBtji 41^ locte* tk^ptm 
Leodm witk a lefiMe coonieiirtkA: BbUM 
the amaaaigr temar of God iai the ktte MMbgiT 
and prodigioiis judgmenti. Whati de««;ithM^«>€ 
see him? Swdy tbiHi art fiwt asleep eiillt tUifilr 
eyes are closed; the rcS is before then. 

Awake! London, awake! opeO'tUn^ eitfs. 
Haak I O the tnmpet tikat Hath been UMinding^ 
from heaven over tibe dSj earaecdiug leud'!^^ O 
the thoadeiio^s ef the tenible lM»>'k^><lM 
angry Gedl the voioe of t)ie Lord hiittii|Meii 
powerful and veiy dreadful. What ! canM^lftfoa 
sleep under such a noiae ? surety thou art dead 
asleep, dead in sm and aebueitjir. imuit ^iHIl 
awaken thee if the judgments do ««! «w«dEeii 
thee ? If a sMll and londifompct dw aot^pieiiMr 
thine e$f6^ wiU soft nfruak enter ? if the soond^if 
eannons be net henrdrcaaany expect tiiat pMcfts 
should? If^ when the lion roaleth la tUncr eertf^ 
theu oam^ sleep still, wHl sofb wfaa^)tr&^«Wahcif 
thee ? 'What will awaken thee if the -lewl' ^«yiik« 
of these vadgttMttte d» Mi awaken thert -Me 
Lord eelled upoft thee before bf hk' mlniBiiM^ 
by bis mereie? : now he hsdi shoiitedtinuthhli 
esrs by bis jedgmentsi • ' '^^' 

Awake I l^MHtOB) awdkef! Thoe bail ^beeft 
roused QUI 4»f. thine babitalieftr metUnWithWi 
shouMest bei roused out of lfe|> e^iglf^^ Wtm^ 

. IW TH* CWY, 171 

9M»|lt wfc«i ^Bfbmi iifmg by ikm pkigoe, and 
tm^k^mg mto tiie gnvel Wbatt sleep when 
hwipiiiDg! .fctwimig bj the fre, and tumbling 
m0MC|«aiiUtieiri Wfa«ll deepmsttornil wheft 
wiodf mmMomrngt nd vmves reaiing, $ea etkm 
tmag, aod ship stnkiiig 1 ** What meanest thoa, 
O a^par r Could Ihe heathen eblpfiDaafeer my, 
ia #iwii a OMe, iitit» Jonah, ehap« I. 6, 6, mbm 
h0. hf' 4il aaleep in the eUea of the shipi 
<'Ariaa> icattupoa Ihy Ood; if God viil think 
u|Miii.u0i .thar-Mw peaiflb nei:'' and may not f 
say, WhatAManeatthoB^ O sleepy London ; hast 
than Jiofeiparccavfd die sterai that hath beaten so 
fieretl^.oQ tfadiJiead? doat tfaeu not petcehre diat 
thy shi^.is AaUamd miSi bpsken^ and the sea is 
comngiin-immn^ and thon art fai danger of sink* 
iQgrJmd'thiit'qiiitkfy^ unlesaaome speedy ooane 
be. tsjcfnifer pteTentionl And y^ eansl thou 
slfiiapfStiU^Pt^A'vidbe.i arise} call ttponthy Ged; 
if m beilie vill Mak^mpam us, Ihat we perish hea; 

GqdiCiUJattipon ikefo^ stnner* to awake. -Sep' 
poi^'f ou.^ose an^ the power of cmel enemies, 
that 'b^d kilted your husbands, op wi^s^ op dear 
cyUMa^ aDdiriands,aadyaa knea» not bi^w soon 
they mil^rfaH tiptmyoa^ and out your throats ; 
Goald jHiti^rieeprBecureiy in the samohotiBe with 

;)f4u la-e iHtider 'the poven of tyromdcal 'krtts, 
wbi^sb 4im ;fai mane eneeoies? yen ai»e under the 
reig^aaig power, of sin, which hath bponj^ht the 
plague into the city, and wherdby «onie ^f you 
h&Y0 (been deprived of these rriatibns, and ydu 
know nal boar soon sin inay bving death upon 
yaamUass^ not only Ae fint^^MkJMnl^f^ 

172 god's tbrriblb yoicb 

deatli f not col^ tempofB], Imt olenxn 'chttni ^ 
and deprive jwl not only of IHb, bat htippteess, 
and all hopes of the leiist shaxe in it ibr 0ver. 
And jet ean jon sleep seenrety with "m kr f&ax 
hearts ; with sach an eneni j^ with such a Ttptt, 
m your bosoms ? - 

When the fire was in Lond<m, I betieTte ftw of 
yoa coald take macfa sleep for divers nights 
together: when tiie fire was bomiiig in jrour 
streets, and bamingdown yoor houses, yon ootald 
not deep m yoor houses, lest the fire should have 
burned jonr persons too: and nrfien the 'fire of 
Inst is wkhin 3^00, and burning withinyou ; when 
the fire of God's anger is kindled abo^'prou, 
and homing over you; and the ^rt of 1i^;so 
dreadful and unextinguishable, is b«irh!n]|;' be« 
neath yon ; and yon vrt hanging orer die bumhig 
kl» by a twine^thread, which, ere' lai^,"Vili 
mitwine of itself, and may, ere you 'are! aw^ire, 
and suddenly, be cut or snapt asutide^, atid thai 
yoU' must dtop into the mid^t of fiaifnas^i<9ih you 
rieq> undbr the guilt and power of shi^ wfaeO yoa 
are in such danger ^ 

Awakd ! sinners, awake \ Odd dbdi ^ btoi 
you presently, but warns you firs/t;'hbbhrtel^)rour 
houses, that you might awake, ahd e^pe ^more 
dreadful fife; Awake! sirfnei^, ^heti will Vou 
ttWake 1 how dften, how long; how Idbd'Aall ^od 
citU ttpofa'yoabcfor*»y6u will aris^? 'Ejihi^^i*, 
<* Awake thou that sle^p^st, ahd krise ffbnti the 
dead, and Jesus Christ shall gi^ tbbe lif^/- 

'^ A Kttle sleep, a little slumber, a little fbldhig 
of the' hands to i^st." What! can' yotk sleep 
^tiiy longer nbw > Was ta^fl; J^ jjHif tone long 

IV TI|£ f5ITT. 173 

^gfkiMkm J0n w^re imdft lh« otUs «f the void ? 
oih) U it tlJMi sansf) under the rod too? What will 
ftlKah^li you? oi wh^ do you think yoq abidl be 
99fA^Wii» if st^U you Ue dewn ia the b«4 of 
«ficvirit|[* «nd l^vQ ^ slumhsr upon the Up of 
pleasure, and after a little 8tartle> ilee|» faster 
itifm before? 

. Jlini^eiii hate preached* iiiid jroii haveslep^ 
uj^^. il^it se]npa9Qa ; bMt when God hath pvfMh* 
^ iQ^hinks you should awake* When Paul 
pi^eacbi^d to FelU 4 sermon of judgpientiy Felix 
tc/wh)iKi« Qad hath preaahed oi)e« ai^t (wo 
lu^mc^n qf judgfnen^ and that vsora feelingly 
than Paul could ; methinks you should awake^ and 

,n(i^.4nH[) a4eep so'tMHHi, be^^t^e God gi^w yoe a 
ijttil^ fe^Wite to lanicn his seviPQili befere he pcei^h 
^her.thir^ 9<^iWQn« which tmy, be your la^t apd 
j^inipg; ^r^noov If you da J^ awake^ by* 4he 
aqm^ Qf )^i« jodgn^ents before fm$ ym aMI 
.^)Y^ by ^b^ sepfe pf his judg¥9ent« upim yflu*. 
If H)^.P%«LfiA^ %e9f L<nid9n de iiei^aWken 
you, yea. ahaU baaw«^ened b|y the plagues end 
fire of hell, which you shall see aed feel. hu| not 
^.aUf tp flef . freo^* aa l^e yw wight, do^ if pre* 

. ,^d (?ell^:i^iK>n .^li^py sinners te a9i^ake,.aiid 
Qo4 qidU nppn 4«:f)fv^ <Ntt>4ts |o awaka ; aini. was 
tfeefei^g^eal^ed? ii^e^eiu^ ^4f«tth».fw>a 
down 4p(o the.sidea ȣ the^ ship,, and teing on 
piU^ipf? Were noli the wi^ yixgm UMmifig 
foolisl|« sleepii\g with the pe^t, uiiKftrimi^ed. i^d 
uadr^ed ? Eiad then? W^ oiMtp a slra^ge tor« 
pof ^ b^umnediv^ss <«i^,up(^ the spirits 
<rf. Qpd'a. QF^ .peerte? -^fSeM ^^'^ 



vigour tfnd aotiioly^ winA ones thejrUaAtm^liHP 
wa^is of wondiip of God, milcliiJMEted aad^^f: 
ctyed before these jadgincnti< came'upvm ijBiUli;^ * 

Aw$ket tben^ yedtowsj jalnts, ttwatei<piiti 
on yoiur gsrmente wbkh job hav» hod flsklesl ioi 
the -diaoorery of your nidkedncas-; shake y6up« 
selves fipom the dust wfaieh heth oovened end «id^ 
lied your fkces, and loosen the bands of sleop*. 
God faafth been thttoderkig) your Father hath ibtnt' 
angry^ and displeased with 3rou as well jb widf 
others. Yonr God hodi spoken in hie jcalouqrv 
and he hath spoken in bis fary ; ke batb apeken 
with a loud voice in rightebusness and in jucig^ 
ment. ....,-, 

Awake! ye children, yourFktber is ^tvii^ 
and knocking^ andcallfng 3 yea, hekatk-eilteaMt 
your chamber, and smitten you on this tn&e and' 
that; and yet wfli ymt ilot imse I He hatb b^ien 
ciying' in yoqr eavs, now be is looking and beatQt:«' 
eniog' wb^ker you will ory in hir, mad whMb ytMt 
wiitt say and do for the prevention of 'the rtiki of 
England, w4iidh he seenittto be thvetttentmf/' ^^ 
is lUgh time to awake out of deep,! Ar now ie tike' 
utter deatruction of .the city afidf nation if e*rer, ' 
it may be> than you bdieveor kAagmeJ' ' Awakle; 
then» put off yonr elbthes of night end darkwaM, 
in> irhieh you have been eleepmg, and^utoil your 
garineKta of liglitr' ckthe yourselves wMtbbi 
mility, and begitt ytou wi^ ail 3rour gVaces^'aild^ 
get you to C^-s knee; hatig aboiit Mis atib, 
pot yourselves in the breadi; "It may be^tfae 
Lord may think upon us, that we perish not/^*^ ' 

^. The Lord doth now, afler his speaking ^ 
terrible tkmigp, expect thai i^^f^.f^^ elir«r 

IKT TitE OITT. 17^ 

in &»imiqf*kim» God^s lodgments nukid this im-' 
pratoiMi upon David, PsaL 119» 1^0, '' My flesh 
trcflMctk for ftar of thee, and I am afraid of 
tbyjuilptneiits* And fee bow the prophet Ha- 
bakkiik'bdiared hmuelf, when God spake with a 
tenable voke^ cbap«iii« it, &c. '* O Lord, I have 
hekrd'tiiy speech, and was afraid: when God 
came down Irom Teman, the Holy One from 
Momit Paran, Selah; when the pestilence went 
before liim» and burning coals went forth at hit 
feet ; when the nations were drove asunder, the 
everlasting momitanis were scattered, and the 
peqtetual hills did bow; when the tents of 
Cushan were in affliction, and the curtains of the 
land of Midian did tremble: when God did ride 
upon horsesy and his bow was made quite naked ; 
wlieB the sun and moon did stand still in their 
habitations, at the light of his arrows that went 
forth* al the shining ^ his glittering spear ; when 
God did march through the land in indignation^ 
and walk through the sen with his horses^ and 
did wound the head out of the bo«se of the 
w«efced> and did strike through habitations^ with 
his staves s at tbis» the prophet is afraid, his 
beUf ttemhMt his lips qnivered at the voice, • 
rotlQWWB^ entered into his bones," &a Ami! 
when God Juithconie down front heaveh, the 
Hol^ Obo froraiBnreiitSien, Selah. When the 
ptstilenoe bath gone ^fti f liJ > *ui V.and burning* 
coab at bis feet ; when the l^rd drovi^* J^mdon 
asundei!, scattered the inhabttimts, and matletW 
stately buildings to bow and fall, whose rearinfr' 
up none can remember ; when the tents of Lo* 
don have been in aSiCtion, an4|||^^l^^8 of t 

176 god's tbrrible voice 

city have treiaMcd : i»b«ii deMb lui4 bMl lifllltft 
u^on horses, and his bpw hath be^ iD4d<»- qwt^t 
naked; when the heavens hiiv^ b^en 4i8Wiii4iil4 
at God's judgmentt, aod the sun md vmmklwff^ 
hid their heads in thdir liabtt|iti(9ii|y M (he ^huung 
of his glittering spear: whe^ tki hof(^ hf^ 
inarched through tbe ettf in hi^ tndifiiaMmt hffik 
wounded the beadaof so aiany mjgkfA ^itb^. 
arrows, and struck thsongh 8«^ wnvf hfi^iUfJiffm^ 
with his staves. Oh 1 bm hsmdmnhoMld U^r 
lAe and quiver, and atancl in awe o€ thjua ^oKouyi 
Majesty, at the voiee i^ these le9i«U^ju40nim^^ 

Read^ and apply what die lK>rdi . silaq^eUi ,]py. 
the prophet Imah^ chap, ya^nm* H, \4^. '' FUar 
ye that are afor off, what 1 Mve dpiMbi aQ4 yf ^^ 
are near, acknowledge my tnight Tbatmneiai 
of Sion are afraid, feo?ftiliies# hatibauinri^d.(ha 
hypocrites; who nmoiig tis ah^ dwell with dei^ 
vouring fire? who among ua sbal} 4n2^bit &f$n^ 
lasting burnings f" ver« 18. '< Tbipe heart ^bltt 
meditate terror: where is the aovib^? wbero^ia 
the receiver? where ie be that . <^ufited> the 

MetHinkf the ^aem wm hi L<9Mleiiu«boii)4 
be afraid, and feiufulnesa abould 8uip{iie,.tbe j^r 
pocrites; when God hath B^nt40 fnany of tbi^r 
number ista tbe ttverlasting, barwi)tl^ pf Ml bj 
the plague, i^iid by each a dev^riog &j^ bn^ 
eonsumed so niap§^bahitatibna* 

Tren|ble;>ye linnevf, at* this, i^id be yi^ hoi^- 
ribly siGnad, all ye wqrkers of iniquity 1 fiq^ 
faath come down wiih a ahout* the Lord witb.^e 

und of a tnunpet. He haKh taken hja wjeapms 

hie handy and hath .tifiiie^gped in (^ond^mi^ 

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IN TII» CITY. 177 

IMoufl^ «ftany; slkNild »ot this Hodfte tl^ tiiinem 
in the city to qfiakc, and strike a dread upon the 
spmt» of the tebellioas? When the Lord hadi 
spoken tboa, and done thna, becauae of our sins, 
^oidd not bandon, yea, all England, ^* bear and 
itst, and do no more so wickedly." 

Becauae Qod was patient lbrnierly» you |pre- 
stttned, £ccles« viii. 11. Beeause sentence against 
yoinrevil works was not speedily executed; there* 
fore yoor hearts were hardened and jreaolTed io 
yonr e^ ways* Because the Lord kept silence, 
yoft thought he was altogether sudi an one as your- 
selves, I^. 1. You thougfat^^ it may be, that he 
took uo more aotioe of you than yoi^ did of himt 
or that you had no more reason to fiMur^him tbaA 
he had to fear von« Yon thoaght^lt aaay b«t that 
6bd had Ibrsaken the earth, or had hidden his 
&ce, and would never see your, wickedness* 
And chf how bold have yon beeny how audacious 
aiid fearless in sin! You were afraid to offend 
man, though a worm, and<yet yon have not been 
a(hud to offend God, the King of the whcle 
world. Men's laws have kept you from sins^ 
but the laws of God have not put upon you the 
least restraint. Yon have lived* and sinned as if 
there were no God; or as if he hadbeen 90 gen* 
^h, and mildi and mereifnl, that yoa might do any 
iUttg to him, and he not *be dieplcaaed with you ; 
or, as if though he -wete dis^^ased^-yiet his dis- 
pleasure were not to bo regwrded, aod thst he had 
Ho power to execute vengeanoe upon you^ 

But now God's patience hath, i& a great mea^ 
sure, been- turned Into fury. : Now, sinnens, you 
may perceive a Uttk that God can be angry ; 

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178 god's terrible voice 

and when his Bager is kindltd but a litit1e» S. it 
doth express itself so dreadfuHy, what dreadful 
expressions will Aere be of it, when it breaths 
forth into an open flame? If his anger be sudiin 
the day of some lighter, temporal judgnaeiit^ 
what will it be in the dinr of the revelation jof the 
tKasuresof k, upon all the wicked, at the appear** 
— -i of Jesus Christ ? 

But God's vengeance now in these judgB^snt^ 
dioald work your hearts to a fear and awe of 
this righteous Judge, who bath done such exeeo^ 
tiena in the city ; it should bridle and stay you ii|. . 
that ^Murless course of sin, in which you wef^i 
rushing^ mi, as Uie horse rusheth into the battle* 

When Balaam's ass saw the angel stand in the... 
w^ with a drawn ^word , he was afraid, and would 
not go forward, thoagh spurred on, and beaten 
by Ms master. And when God stands in. Aa 
way with his sv<Hrd of judgment, which hath 
made such s^gfater already, and is lifted up 

r'd to strike you, ihethinks you should he 
d and torn back. It is the way to hdB that 
Ood stands hit by his Judgments $ and will yao 
hresk throogh all into those flames ? Oh stand in 
awe, and sin firot, commune with your own aeaits«^ 
Cooiider'What halii been doing in London, fnd 
who faalh done these things. You Havq neai^ly 
escaped',- it may be, with your lives;. oh tearj^ito 
fear die glorious and feamil name of the,j6<H^ 
God kithlssedreadftif judgments. ■ -^ ' 

^ And aa God doUi expect that tiie wodd find 
hia enemies flftionld st^na in awe of him ; so also 
much more, that the righteous and his people 
«hoakL Some, it ttitiy be, when God gavQ them 

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IK TilE CITY. 179 

€ne aecess to him^ and admitted unto familiarity 
with him^ ^lid encouraged them to boldness ood 
MiSdenct^ and strewed their path with nothtag 
but ihercies; such might abuse his goodoesa* 
BtSi"R}rget to mingle faith and lave with d«e 
i«^t^ce and respect ; and begin to be too saoegr 
irftfa Qody and peremptory ; and did not eoiiiid«r 
^eir onginal distance, but fotgU the 6ev«rity 
^lifdr they deserved for sin. Therefore God 
appears in the way of these judgments with sucli 
temHfe rebukes, that his own people nughtbe 
brbuglk unto a due awe and fear of his name; 
thaf, if they love bim, they may fear him too? 
if they priiy with boldness, they may pray also 
#ith r^^r^nce ; if they rejoice in bis goodaese, 
th^y may tremble also at his judgments. 

9.' God doih expect that London should mm 
settrvh nnd try their ways. When God had 
ptmidied Jerusalem with dreadful judgmente^ in 
the lamentation of which the projdiet Jawooiah 
doA filjpend a book, see what use and improwdx 
inent be calls upon the people to make beree^ 
Lodi. ill. 40. ^ Let us search and try our W8|ir8f 
and turn ikgain unto. the Iiord.''. This was tha 
p itf eti ce f of David in the day of his> trouble^ Fsal» 
kxvil. 0. *' I communed with mine own hearty 
and my spirit made diligent search^" Itheth befn 
a '<^d^ '6f God's wrath ia Lofidon^ a day ^f treble 
and di^ess, a day of wasting anid desolation^ a siay 
of darkness and gloominess, a d^f of oiomls aad 
thiidst darkness,*" as it was in Jerusaleoaf'^Zepb^i^ 
15. There have been dark and thick cloHda ovev 
London, which in part havebrokefi imto4readfiil 
storms, and amazing tempes^ pf J?^'^ anger, 

180 god's terrible voice 

mtpxmmd^ in.Uie late judguaeptar'^^hd tSt^gfd 
been the product of i»ondon*s«1ns,;whidB1" 
ppoduee far iworse effects. Ifondon Is tli 
upon with a loud voice to search and ' 
tboeo^itts, which have been the troubHr 
4aty. I sjui^Qse that true citizens -v^dt/MT* be 
fcrwanl to.^earch after those persbtis'tbAl(1IM8% 
hand in tiie fyt$t kindlinff ana cafrjring'' db^ttb 
•im^-.wihicbteEned thpirh^Itatiohs to Ihe )^nifiAI4. 
€riv)e am kave, ^nd | shall make ^'d{st^6v^^f 
IjAiKba'a incendiaries, how jou may Bm' file 
• igufwrn, horn you may tr^e their /botsttp^; ^*H^t 
narka they beiu> lyhat; their ni^mes are^ kml' \vhl^ 
fMn iibode; , a^d need X lead yoii ftr W i!!e 
ieofch f . Th« ainners, the sinners of Loi^doitVRd 
Inndle tbe-fice.of London; it was ^ti 
Ared the ficst honse, axid sin was like (fH^ 
vpon the flai^es, which pMt such furf '(^1 
tiutlnenecoiad withstand until the l^i^ited^ jMrt 
of. the city w^ f;41en and turned into a^h^i^'tiie 
x«rtearttrf, tha Sab)>ath-breakers^ the' kdulteiia^ 
^ihcrdrunkardSf the unrighteous^ the pt6'&Di^*ihd 
ll^likt sinners liay« been Lpndon^s inctocHms, 
. *aiid had a hand in.p^IIIn^ ^own thisj6idMler 
jodgnaaftla upon the place where ih^jHMf'^fid 
ia 1* 'htird t^-find out these personisTt^ iiS^toey 
fon» i»f ff^m the place. of their fbrnf^'atM^? 
iThe«Aitt«'of London are remaining/ktfB if^a 
tun» i^l^skirt8»or turn your eye uhd^tRnn, 
^ bok i«yu> the houses standing abottf tH(J*dty, 

ma^.you, not find numy of these' per^dtfr;'\i^ 
vile tiniMirs inhabiting, who are still liKV^ig 
Hawd at the £ra of Gcd's anger^ and pidlfii^lterd 
with cords of vanity and dbyfor fb^^ft^g- 

IN THfi CITY. 181 

m^oltmf 8earch> London, search, and find o«t 
ihfne epwnies, thy dettroyera ; haat not tlNm do* 
at^ed thyself? Search, and find out tbjr aina, 
i«rhiab have brought such miachfefe and nriiia 
wow tbee, 

Sinners, enter into your doaeta, ralbe into 
^oiii|Bflvea, take the canidle of the Lord, and kMk 
mio. your inner rooms ; make a strict aearah into 

air hearts, find out those fiKby Insts wbiah 
g^ in dark comers, and bring themANrthlo 
ba slain ; read over the old records cf yonr lifcfe^ 

.p90su)t the register of yonr consdencea, wvolve 
in lyout minds your former sins t take the^giaaa 
.of the word, and look upon your ftoea in k, 

• aod af» how many spots it will disoo^rer wbidi 
fff^ never before did perceive ; not beauty-apota, 
.baft apqts of deformity, plague-spots, dcadi-i 
aw^ks, hell-tokens, such as will bring upon ysau 
ippvitAbl^ misery, unless they be wiped ^; take 

. the rule of the Word, and measure yeinr aeliima 
by .it, and you mav quickly perceive how noiiii 
they have mien short, how crooked they -hase 
bteoy. Rectum est index ^i et obHquif tMrnpare 
yoyf actions with' the straight rule 4)f CM's 
lawt and you may find out many ir^qgiJajitiaa ; 
if you do not find out your sins, your aina will 
ipli you out, and God's judgments wyifind you 
out; -and if yoii be found outinyiMiraina, woe 
l!>a tpyou. O the horror which wIM be upon 

^puc consciences when nunihg jadjg^ntB are 
^iflict^ upon you particularly, and you cannot 
i^lCflipe ; when deadi looks yon ito the ftce;, and 
eomes with the sting of sin in its mouth to 
ikvro^r VQU. But, O the hofror ytm will be 

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182 god's tbrribl£ voice 

vader hereafter, if you be taken vw$^ in foor 
-aina ; when your souls shall be summoned^, imaw- 
diately after their separation, unto the bar of 
God, where you will be searched, aadtiied, And 
condemned to everlasting torment, by an incfi* 
table and irreversible sentence of the Jsdge 
himself: O therefore hearken to the vaioe of fiod 
hi these temporal judgments on.thecifty, (after 
whidi you still remain alive» throi^^b anfinite 
patience) which calls upon you to search and 
try your ways, that you may escape nua:«^ftefiil 
-judgments which may be preparing fov foobx 
labour to find out your sins, which art the cane 
of 1^1 judgments, temporal. and eternal ; andSo 
help yon in your search after sin, read the 
catalogue I have given you of LondfloJs sws, 
rind examine yourselves thereby ; be vefjr aernas^ 
and thorough, and impartial, in thb aefadi 
siequester yourselves often from all oonpany 
ease your mind of the load of worldly, bunneas 
leave the carriages at the bottom of the hiU 
strive against temptations mad indiq^oaitiioaa (to 
the work; set yOurselvea in. the presence pf the 
heart-searching God; begthe help.of hiaSfsnt 
to discover to you what. hath displeased wad 
provoked him ; search after ain as Qflbnaive in 
God, and as destrucstive to yenrsehpes, jm iFonr 
worst enemy, as the cause of plagium andrAie 
in Londbn, and as that whieh wiU.<bri«f 4he 
'plagues and iine of hell upon you^ if teibe jiot 
found aai^ iind subdued. • .^^ . 

4. God duih expect ikat Lomdon skmild mdakm* 
iedse their uns unto binu When the BrephiBt 
had direeted the people to search MMl lay ^their 

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IK THE CITY. 183. 

WK^, after tbe execution of audi jadgmentt. 
upon them. Lam. iii. 40, see the following direc- 
tion» Tenes 41, 43« '' Let us lift up our hearta 
vitk ouAhmda unto God in the heavens: we 
bav0.. tsaiM^eased, and hare rebelled/' &c* 
Thua the prophet doth confess the sins of J6run. 
aslmtit cb^. I. 8, 9. " Jerusalem hadi greatly 
sinned^ tjimfore she is removed. Her filthinesA 
is in^ her akirtsy she remembered not her last 
aid» tbeiefore the came down wonderfoUy.^ And^ 
tihua tb^ daughter of Zion» as ahe bewaileth her. 
afiiictiffli^ ao she aefciipwledgeth her transgression, 
ven^ 17* 1B» SO. '' Zion spreadetfa^ forth her 
handi^ ayid them is- none to comfort her. The. 
Lood is ngb|;e9ua» for I have rdbelled against his 
cam«|iffiidm0nik. Behold^ O Lord, for I am ia 
distress^ «^ bolveb are troubled/ mine heart is 
turned witim me, for I have grievously rebelled*^ 
Ihwi Dwid, «|ler dreadful iudgmento, maketh 
a confeasion of the ains of the {»eople of Israel, 
chafK ix^ 4» 5{ 6» '* I prayed unto the Lord, 
and made my oenfeasion, and said O Lord, the, 
gseift aad dreadful God, we have sinned and 
comaMtted iniquity, and have done wickedly, and 
hwrm rebailed, €ven by departing ftom thy pre- 
cepts and thy judgments : neither have we 
heair]^<eiMKl unto thy servants tiie Prophets, which 
spake in Uvy name to our kings, our princes, 
and < oar fothers, and to til the people of the 
land,'* and ver. 11, 12. ** Yea, all Israel have 
transgressed thy law, by departing, that they 
ta^gjkA not obey thy voice; therefore the curse ia 
poai^ttpan as, and the oath, that is written in 
the law of Maaes, the aervafat^f <^c((|,^^use 


Hf^ have tinned against him : and he b^ili fpn- 
firmed his word which he spake against ua, and 
against our judges that judged us> by bringing 
upon us a great evil t fw under the whok heaven 
^th it not been done, as it hath been done upon 

God doth expect that London should find out 
Ibttr sins, and having found them, that thej 
^Ottld make confession of them. O &at the 
profane imd uagodly generation in London^ whose 
eina hmre been enumerated in the eataWu?» 
woald be persuaded tp get alone by ihm^ivis, 
and ooauder 'their evil W4^s, and what t&e cop- 
aeqaenee ef 4heir sins have been in bringing 
dowa temporal judgments ; what the consequence 
«f their sins is Uke to be» even the •bringing upcm 
them eternal judgments, and that they would 
faD dowu apd prostrate themselves at God's foot, 
and cover»gtheir cheeks with shame and^bloah- 
iiig» beeause of their filtbiness and foul sins 
under the view 4>f so holy an eye ; tha( .they 
would acknowledge their transgressions untabun, 
not only ia general, but also particularly ^with 
their Jheinous aggravations ! O . that witft an 
inward deep sense, with a bleedings broken b«art) 
<th^ wtauld- (fill their mouths wi(b eonfessiop; 
Ihat they would take to then)selvea w^rds/and 
sayi ^' We have rebelled against the^ O Iiord, 
and donewiekedly, and grievously offended thee ; 
•o fooUsh have we been, and ignorant of thee, 
we liave been worse than beasts before thee: 
the ox aoknowledgeth his owner, and the ass 
his master; but, ^ugh we are thy creatures, 
and Uve upon thy bounty, ipj^f^^aily at thy 


findixu;:,^ jet we have not aeknoirledgfd tbee» 
£ni 'Bave.liad le$$ considomtioii than tbeie 
creator^, who bav^ had no reaion; we have 
hhrn^mtx] peo^le^ laden with ini^uitjr, a WBitA 
of ^11 dffevB, children that have hem oonvpten^ 
wHd have forsaken the^, and by our wiekedneif 
jproyoked.the^ to anger. We have been stobbom 
tftp^dis^bedient, ^rving thine enemiesi the devil 
a^d^ OQf\pwn lusts; but have negleoted, yea» 
f^lised to serve and worahip thee in our Ibmiliea 
and closets, livmg as if there had been m» GmA 
hi fhe wprldp We have sddom, if evWi taken 
thy n^e intp our mouths^ unless it hath been 
fix Vain, unless in our oaths and curses* We 
have profaned thy Sabbaths, and defiled tbi?? 
ordinances, and have often been more wicked 
pii't^e Lord's-day, than any day of the week 
bedi49^ When we were childreo« we disobeyed 
our .parents, but disobeyed thee eauch mere* 
whot didst command us to honour them: wheqi 
we were children in years, we were grown mei^ 
an^ wpmen jn sin ; when we were weidc in bo(^» 
W^ were strong in spirit \o commit iniquity; we 
learned the ti^e of sin before any ciher, a^ad 
wer^ apt scholars in the sebool of the devil, 
when dull apd blockish to learn wiyi thing wUeh 
was good : w^ were wise \o dp evil, wh^n tp 49 

«' ood >re h^ no understanding; our Mq|ui|i^8 
aV^ incrf^sed over our heads, faster tluuiour 
y^firs oaV^ dox^e; since we have been govevnorp 
of,otner^, ^^e have had no government upon ou|r 
own spirits, and hs^ve endeavoured to.leiid those 
unHer our charge with us in the way to hell» 
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0f lieavfai> by our ffXBxmph, cDnunandrandr^^eft* 
suMioos-; ami* w« have filkd up §il 'oar icla* 
IUN3B 'vith ttii} iii8t<Niil of fiUiBg dkeniMtp^ iMth 
duty. If we tiAve not iB»rdeml >l»y wjftb^oi^ 
handy we have n)urd«re«l many wibh guc ^aogmt; 
•fvordahave been^m our Kps^ itod bitter reirS&ig 
•peecbes in oiht sM>iii(h«;bearl>-tiitird«r;ivttbfty^ 
been guilty oft O tbe anerdinale anger lh«tf batk 
boiled in onr. faaactal* O the. envy:. and. ftnaUee 
wbieb hftfe gnawed oui^ spirtta^ and 4)een;W0rkf- 
ing daily wiihin uel -and espceii^' Ibnse^ pct- 
aons have been nio9l bated by o% nrlbCK ftava 
had thine image npon them, and bainebe^ hast 
beloved by tl^; we have jkem^' tiung^and 
looked upon them B9 raeaRHipirited peopla^ mfe 
have •eparated them from our oovipany>*ea.fthoae 
who damp and spoil our mirth l:^'tlk)siE weadt 
and lookt of reproof a yea^ we have peracmrtad 
them, as. sediliaus and factiona peiaou) i^thtA 
tn truths it was their hoUnesa and cpntcnlatioQ 
that did eonttadteC and tcondeint roar* wibkiML 
praetieesi whidi did stir np ^oair adger isgafarat 
them ; we have scoffed at them, who*h»i%>prayed 
€» uv and. we have looked 'upon .theol»- mid 
dei^t with thena as onr enemies^ beGntlae.<a9 tii 
our luslsi who were the host friends -td^'out 
souU> eod* above all- things desiattd-our aaWatioB* 
Thout bast-giy^n <m oorni and vriot, and* dS^ 
and plentiful previsions for our hedy# 'hnft* are 
have> abused ^by metfA^ by our intaniperanoe 
and luxury : we have been guih^ of deunkcliMss 
and gluttony; we have induced oar «fleah and 
sensual appetite | wie have hved tn plessureiand 
been wanton ; we walloived Idee so manj swioe. 

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tK T«» city; l%i 

h[>#iiiqBBil«'Uidndlingi<0f'Miki0>iMtliy aifir, *t^liidl 
it is w ahtttte'tD %p«ak *of ;' we iMve Ind eyes 
lind' faints' Ml 4if Mate ^nA adultery, and hftv« 
biokMf"foiA into'MMli Vile tfMtial'%inft of'uii* 
c^mftaasmBf m vtouM nim blobhes in inodeit 
)|hditks^t» hettT'lmt tbe tft^ntiM of: wt h«ve 
keMk wjw^ioidiiffvighteo^i kiotirdMiliiig, h«te 
mrdajged md d«llNuid«d'€iw neighbour, though 
tfatMV'faiMthreMentd to he lSfehgeA'x>n all scm^ 
fiin<Miif4' O Ump li«li -we hMVe^spokfen, theblMidefc- 
<m» bnddilitiiig' spestbM that we have uttercKlf 
O diejfiacoBtenioietit, mu^maring, enyyh\g, «rH 
0iMica|mbenea>9 inonikiMe affbetloD, and wicked 
dfstesqietl whiob luiv« tieen in our npirita ! And 
thoii^iwfl ba«te bratenaH fhy law», and at« 
9iaStoy^C«oeb'«0tOMOiisakis, yet, O tbeimpenU 
Umcy andrhp^dfk^asioif'^uif 'b«art»! though no 
talfstiOT is sttaJimU^ but by Chfiat, wh^ h 
fteiUy tendoMd vmUf us, yet Otht nnbelief of 
oor <heflrCi) and a«|^t of yyur'townadtnlfon! 
Wif Inivrwnnei, ^we 'have sinned ftginint thee; 
tod' vbflt ahallfiwe>4o unto thee, O thou {it^ 
iermerfofwenr ^ 

r - €rQd 'etpeeia! thttt London ehonld makecon-^ 
feaienidf 'their etn, Kttd 'ireMildbewtsfaed'tlidt 
London wwaW j4itir together Hke t^e m&tfin tb^ 
wwkr'but if thnr^ft;annot be, atid' ^tkef Wafit 
cbmdMm vMnth^tv opeff'tbeiitiliettrtfl MdMsitis 
befo^e'lhe LcidwpatticMbn'CdKMsdion; letev^ff 
ooejxi^ thenar be a daooith' td kiteseH^' «id' gk 
iato<i»e deeet/ end tbereecktidWledge beeidon^ 
iine: end if thoea wbor are 'tto^t ' gi^lty, die 
mgjeot this work, let God's peopl^'il^ife iti fhei^ 
rocwi aiMl:ooDfese^n««'#tily thek ownakis/but;' 

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T^ G0D*8 TBmiU»l}« VOICl^ 

rfso file Am tff tile |pK»Gm iNid i^iol^^ 
they ttr^j, «»d HMtr Mt mi^ b9mmf(mnSh 

of being milled bf. the n^iv^M )f4U)^jfi^ 
alfaen. - ^ ^ .' . i ,.. 

ihtih^M uniir these jtidgmvUM* :Q^ .,. 
jodgments en tke AUAmBfAHm^el Wt^h^ ^ 
neds, ''* to humU^Hhtiv/' DiiMlV)TOU|6i 

brRi^iiifrpe«fte«ito fer iMr^iinf^ 4ft;] 
his covenant, " if their uneircttmciaed 
huisabled/^ Leviki zkfi^ .40hHW». Y«%v.^ flro* 
misedi to eimit such jo due tUnc^ '^^ w^o tuifnfc^ 

Odd^ laighty head faeth b^m strffto^i^ fp9|b 
tipon London ; God «speot9 ibitt.bw^^iv. jdifi^ 
behttmbler he haA, biioiMedtthem by bi^ j/91^- 
tsetate, be eftpects tb«t tbfQr Amid. hWple 
tiieoiselves binder hit ju|^pi^nl9^. QodhA»lli 
itttiied the pride. ^ lionde*, be ^xpfota,:^ 
tiiey idioold let down (heir plunw;, lie hffii 
broiu^t diem dowh, and be exfiM^ tb|i.t.4i^ 
ihottld lie^ \mf; be failh bfwight .po^e^tyiiipea 
ttmny of thc«i in Mgetd. of l;bf ir «iiiM(e|H,iiDrt. ?»o 
expeetS' tbtO; all of .them ^dipuld. be i^oor .ia. c^fW^ 
of Aeir epinis: he haA mude many <^ H^ 
sn^lfi k regard ^of their ODoriition* lend tlftrfif-' 
peets thut dMirtdiapetitigo^ 4ed aipctwuti^fmd 
be aeeordkig^gr.. Qipd bBib kid f9my* Pf»^«W« 
in the d«at %ithefiliii«e, nmd |i# JMith Uid le^fipy 
hooaee H^ theduat 1^ the fire, and h^ iipqp^ 
that ibcne which- enridiiie and renuiin afte^.f;^^ 
judgpl(»k%«boaUilay.thmi4elve94R4i« duil^^ 

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mifMi^. ' HuMleHfyidf Hke^ O London, 
Scmibfer %!fe]f befoM Cbe Lonl ; lick tbfi doftt 
ij^Pllfil 'feH* put off (hy ornaments^ and gird the9 
^th isackdoth, dothe tbyielf with kumility,. 
God bath spit in thy face ; wilt thou be proud of 
tfify beauty again } he hadi burnt the city with 
firfd^ wilt thmi be proud of thy haildings and 
st^tjAy edifices any more? he hath oenMUDod 
ihiiCh of the fael of thy pride, and he expects 
fli^t thy pride should be absled, and that thou 
i^Vnirddit abase thyself, and humUe thyself be* 
Kire nitb* * 

'. %. 0otF dkh eespecl that Londm ihouU ao^ep$ 
qf Ihe punishment cf iheh- vaqui^. Levit. 
TKiij. ^0^-4S. ''If my people sbsll oonfess 
thdir Iniquity, and the iniquity of their father% 
a^id'be humbled, and aceepft die punishe^ent -of 
diehr iniquity; then will I remember ray oevenaol, 
dnd remember the liMl/' God expects that 
Lipindon should justiff him in theeevsesast jud|^ 
misbts which he hadi inffioted upon them'; as 
tfa^ should acknowledge tfieir sinet isp Uiey 
should acknowledge tiietr demerit^ and thet the 
liitrd hath punished them no mora, yea, that be 
hath pohisfaed them less than thriv iniquities 
have desenr^: as thi^ should bring a bill of 
indictment against themselves, so they ahoald 
bring a bill of acquHtanoe of Gad ;. God expe<^ 
that they should say, as Kdi. ix.. d3» ''Then 
titt just in all that ii9 brovglit upon us ( for thou 
hast done right, but we have done wickedly." 
Or as Dan. ix. 7, S« '* O Lord, righteousness 
belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of 
faces, because we have sinned against thee." 

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190 god's tkrrjblb voice 

Let not London munrntr or repine, let i|ofc ftOfin 
don find fault and oomplam of God, becuiviol 
his judgments^ Lam. iii. 39* '* ^^' ^^^ ^ 
living man complain^ a man for the pumahroen^. 
of hift siti f* God hath opened, his poott^ afid 
spoken terribly ; but let London shut h^ UMJUlh^^ 
bteause God hjath spoken liglv^eouatj^.;^. f}^ 
halfc spoken with b loud voice^ let Lond^W 
in deep silence; *' I was dumb, I of»enedf:iio^' 
vfiy tnouth, saith Davids because thoi^ didst ix,^ 
Plal. xx^ix. 9. When Nadaband Abiba,.tha( 
two sons of Aaron, were consumed with ftw 
from hea'ten, fbr offering strange fine: bAfibra tiio 
Lord, it is said, that Aaron held his pe^cei». Lev^ 
z. I'-^S, So when God hatk consumed tbarilgc 
of London with fire, for the sins of t])G.»ihaliJA 
taints, let theip hold their peaqe, because tfacfl 
have deserved it. Let London, be. efSXit aid 
know that God is righteous; let London .I^.hi« 
hand upon her mouth, and her mouth iathe dvuj;; 
let London clpse up her lips, and seal tbwd ufi^ 
wttii siknce ; or if she Q|>eii them^ let her mcwih. 
be fiHed with confessions, npt with compiainldi 
or, if sh6 complain, let her complaio- ta 09^ 
but let heir not complain of him^ if tbi^4aw^ 

Elain, let hor cobiplain against hensel^ but^ilel 
ei^ not complain against God; let^ her oomf^liQ 
of het own sin and wickedness, but not, of^^ioA*^ 
jttdjgni^t^ so righteous. Let London i^cstd^ il 
is no wbrse with her, when both her sin anil b^ 
dittiger was iso great ; let her wond^, ivheo G^ 
was so ancpy,. that he should put sj^j. se^traaai 
upon it ; that when wrath was come ford|, tll^ 
pi^oceeded no farther; let her woaderth^t Ite 

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4iligtt6 'AH Hbt ' q^uite depopulate hev, let her 
wbtider it is so well with her, that she is not 
made a desolation, and say, " It is of the Lord's 
idetcies that we are not consumed/' Lam. iii. 22. 
7. ^lod doth expect that London should vumm 
fot- her sins. We read, Jer. iii. 21, "A voice 
ma lieard upon the hijgh places', weeping md 
suppltotions of the house of Israel." When the 
teirfible Voice of Ood^ls judgments hath been 
heard in London, God doth hearken for the voioe 
of "W^e^ng atid supplications ; this God's voice 
d^fi eall for : when breaches were made in iba 
cfiy^ of David, Isa. xxii. 9. '' Then did the Lard 
of Hosts call to weepingi and to mbuminijr, to 
baldfteas, and to girding with saekclotb/' ver. 11. 
And when instead hereof there waa " joj aad 
gk^iiesB, eating Hesh, mA drinking wine,'' the 
Lord is.ao angry, that' he threateneth, '^ surely 
thta iniquity shall mot be purged from you till 
yott die,'' ver, iS, 14. See fdso what the Lord 
caXh ibr to the daughter of Zion under her jud|^ 
meiiiCs, Lam. ii. 18, 19, *' Let tears run down like 
a Hver <ky and ni^ht ; give thyself no rest, let 
not' the apple of thine eye cease: arise, cry in 
the-^bight; in the b^ginnitoff of the watcW pour 
ovft thine heart like water before the face of tl^ 
L^/^ God doth not only expect that *' l^ mi- 
niat^aod priests should weep between .th«;|Kxrch 
and theaitar,** whep sore judgments are upou^this 
laiml, asJoel ii. 17 ; but also that tfie people should 
wefe^ too, *^ that the bridegroom fiboi^d go fort)i 
of Ilia €hamber, and the' bride out of her> closet/' 
as -irer. 16 ; that pe€|>le should be <* affli«l;ed^ 
ukomui wid weep, that tiieir laughter should be 


turned into moaMikig^ mill dteiv • joy^ inilcKfieatifi 
1Mb; Smam iv. g. > He cxpeets thettUoie iHiHii 
eseupe hk jildgmentt ^ sboold fo&'licd doinM 
upon the ttowKiiiw,' erery one movmiin^ Ibi^Ui 
«iiqttities,'''«9 Gnek.TL l6. LdndonnniajralMita 
ibr h«r jftdg^oienti w hioh hAve beeft^MxidvtedUiiti 
but Ood espectstheytfihoDld'iBoaili mdreiAvfhll 
ilettore, mkkik hath foeto .the^dnult 9f:/th«Bl 
jfiflimlt;'imdpiiost0f attfor theidiMti8;<wUdi 
ave been the caaae of «fait diapkaBwre*^ ' • . t ooiHtn 
ITtfep London^ weep%ft)tf thy aiiii^;#liUbMiye 
bten M>iMuiy Aid|iit>yoldvf rl^Ani^ey^hfljfMt 
4^lfie han't; when thoo looke^titttakthjr Vm^liif 
']da^e;>aM ibinhdst btnr; mady of ithjyv,{Mfopte 
'have-Utely tlieM taheit op thfir habrtinrieiirfciil 
should dhwr teara: from dime e3retitv.thuik eMby 
wnns, i?hieh. opened the< deoff» 06 thbse'lodgjnui 
'dntd>theaat methifiksywhaithoHlHuiteilttbchiigh 
thy minouB faaUtMaoiify md aeest.lfae.h^apvHdr 
•fltiDnes at the top of thy stneta^ieten thoii'-vieweftt 
thy bal^-ehuvchee, end bare lieepies, Mtal h^mN 
waU8,-«Kl opai vanlts* aild/thedkdieltelitMdp 
in thoieplaott^ wfaidt dot'long^agb wfit«lh(l of 
people^ it ehotdd fin tbide heart ^*itii Miovfor 
<i3iyafai^ wfaidk bave-kiUdled aneh angi^flq the 
toeasrof God, as to aend* tk» l^terdmdblfiit, 
niiieb hadiiiutdeaiich detdiidobs; ^'1^ \.i r. b* .- 
V A i whi , -LondoBy mounii put on laaekl:9eA; 
tbou-ecestin part vbat- an evil and bittar'fcUl^ 
it «r toiofttid a beiy and jealoua God: *tiie eflnM 
ef «» be» are* fearful eoBBetivMip whet.«va b 
there m m^tbm, wUch is the caaaeef liqrVaiai* 
God looka novrifaat tfie oDMri of LondkntaheaU 
ifeeoHie Bwamerat wereadofftUMriE whUi'Wii 

#hfl9li 'did; tuiiMbn ta»jl' trj out for tim itomififi* 
tinrii tlMi wsJ'e donfl in the dmklsl) theneoCir i«d 
lU^(4^«ini<n(inratiid^ from* tiwifNirnl 4egtanictiwi» 
wimhr wAsibvobght^upcm tite ifaat, Eicelu ix« 4> 6* 
IBM)i«toth>iM* laknark upon thooi' tb^ snowm aft 
&dndiiiBifbD die«n§ of Londin; and, howereiv 
hv'inijp «hud with lAwtn^ m regard pf tecnpoNl 
dabbritinv be. mnro' bo irali separate tima, 9m4 
preserve thoK^toiv eitenihl destviietion. 
^ Mofhiik8lbofaUio£Loiidi»calblbramauni- 
lai^iliiEo>te ttiminungof HadadrhniMa in the 
" ~l0| whei 

MogUio^ where Joasph fell in htM^ 
2oobiTzikilt. Amd there shonld not oa^ he 
)pubiio MMyming, but also privats inoiurDtDg» and 
fdMrt biotRviii^; fanifiiics apart» and peraotis 
wptirtT *it bbcdmoB Christians now, after snch 
4liwieet df Gfld's wrath, Co keep secret faste^to 
l»ew|alfLeiidoSi'sruiii8» especkUy to bewail L^oti- 
ston'ar -sfaiS'^ ^tbeir 07*8 should weep- in seerat 
fktmm, >Ar the ebominitioin eommitled in the 
dfU^^ •nA'iiedew Ood^s feet with their tears, that, 
if Ijiebaibiv, tbsy might «usn away ins displeabufe. 
>t9yc4W dStir4r ititptct 4lmt Lmtbm skouU iahowr 
#^ fmctfiMs'Umget. Vikm God ifareataDed to 
sailditto^vdpood,' ami tb eat off fr<te> *« Israel the 
head and the Uil> therbrianchtaiiA the tush iniNie 
.dli^<«^V«Hd to send tbe^nniije soi'Sdre, sbaitiiey 
:aMlhh'f^ieat eieiy nati the ^csh of hac^m 
lamf' :^tt it is aaid^ << For «Il this> hdi anger is 
ndt 'tutneil awi^r hot hie hasid ia atralched but 
asittT^''^^ ^^1 ^T,^^i ^1« AndnowGod hmh 
OMMiated his jodgments <if ybigwo and fire in 
2jonAoil,^ hnse not we reason te leae that his 


194 god's tbruible voice 

ang^r i8 tiot yet tuitied away, fcut fife' bund ia 
stretched out still? When the houses ofLondMi 
lurere consumed, which w^e the fuel to tile late 
fire^ then the fire quickly went out; axidif tlie 
sins of London had heen consumed wif& the 
houses, if the inhabitants of the city h^ iM 
t>rought forth their sins, when they wer« ftifce#td 
leave their goods behind utrto the flatnea/ fhati 
we should hive reason to think that ih^fi^Cff 
God*s anger was govHd oot^ and his wrAth tmVMd 
away from the escaped iretaihant of LMdtoi'Sn- 
aomuch as the sitis of London have beeii ^ tiie 
fuel« as it were, to this dreadful fire ^tWI whten 
ao much sin, afi^r such judgnients, is stt^^iiih^, 
untouched^ and unmortified : when the f^iAg&e^ 
sin doth rage so much after the plaguti i£'p0SA' 
ience is removed ; and the fire of lust dMh hwn 
BO much, when the other fire is extingmalkMl : 
when Londoners, who have tdtfhfi iiew hMaes, 
have brought into them Iheir old hearti^ and*Hve 
i|i the practice of their old 8ins;*whenthlrsw«aM8 
and profanef^ the drunkards and unctean, the 
covetous, uhright^us, and loose Hvers, s^'fieN 
severe ]n.tl)eir wicked courses, and ub jtKt|^ittent 
will put a stdp to thekn, but tbey gro#"tad#«'&air- 
dened and inconigjbl^; when, as it l^ibidli'iFer. 
\ ^, the Lord haUi «' sti^idfcen them fiM'«^,^Biit 
they are not ^ev^d, cbnstmied them, blft liley 
refuse to tecefve cori-eotion, making theu^'tffcfcs 
harder than a tock, at^U teflise to rettkrn^^'#iMit 
can we cohcJude, but th^t God's angei^ deOifwill 
remain^ yefi, i^ more enra^d by this ^griiw66n 
of their *wicl^neds, and that he is sChetl^iig 
fonh his hand to'giveUiem another Udw. ''-/- . 


G^d dotk expect that London should use some 
jBBeaiw to pacify his anger, and he givea them 
time &>r it l^y the pauses which he makes he* 
t^meesi ' his judgments, being still slow to anger^ 
mtid anwilliuA, if he be not even forced unto it, 
i^tteidy to. destn^y this place, where his name 
bailb >bee^ called upon. O that London would be 
pcftvuadsd.vpoDtlus duty, which doth so much 
QOMem theur< safety and happiness 1 When the 
fii^was in.l40qdop, and it burned so furiously 
ao4 d^^fully on the -Monday and Tuesday, 
^.^nd^mers! hearts were sunk within them, having 
UlUe bc^s of getting victory over this ccmqueror, 
wUcb^^aMrobed' through their streets; and there- 
fiNTQ little rasiitance was made, but all were busily 
eno^oi^ed in flying from him^ with their goods ; 
but mhvik the fury qf die fire was something 
tbefto^ ODi the Wednesday, and they began to 
epnceive any liopes that it might be extinguished, 
then ftbey^ {duck up their spirits, and join thcdr 
f#r«ec» and maay tbouaand hands are at work in 
dfawi^ waters, amd pouring them upon the 
A^aifl9^^nd their pains, through God's blessing, 
wUMJiot^uosuc^sstuL The fire of God's wrat&, 
iwjlicb,sbvll.d^v0ur tba wicked* 9^d burn, them 
(av^ri^^^gl^, wiU be.so furious and dreadful, that 
,t^elieai;jts ^the damned wiQ sink, ui^er it witb- 
r^ ,^ ]^^ |ufp^ of ever extinguishing this 
Ama^ or %ing from it, when it hath oncegot 
.iMoidtif theiu»* and therefore they will nolt attempt, 
but'tel^aloneall leudeav^urs {or ever to turn away 
Ggd'^displeaaure^ and to put out the unquench- 
able fire <rf hell : but. the fire.of GjodV^atb and 
anger her9«m«y be p^tie^ty^ap4ythe iUmes of bis 

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X96 GooV Tz^amrBLB toice 

mijgnr. may.be tufnecl. isto ftunesiofi kMci JGlidfs 
aoger, which hath l>een ^9 hvC agaiiu^ LoMod^ 
may be cooled* bit WMth aUeviat^/ndillm^diBJ- 
l>le4U9ure removed : thete ia hope an Israeli eob* 
.cerning this thing. God. is not yee yroHvar- «e 
luripua that he iiriU not lae appk^i onto; fae^is 
«afly to be entreated, and Itfa^efore Leaden ^imiy 
be encouraged in. theiir eodeaJnoento^paqiQrfl^ 
anger. Let them net aay^ as > Israel lofiJiaid^ 
J[er< ii* S4^y " There is ma fanpe^ do, itor-'I tetie 
loved 8tren^er8> And «Aer them w31- i' ^^ 
Though God's ai^er be not yet turned awayv^yet 
it nsiay be tamed a«»y ; and dim^'jone ianid 
1^ atretched outto destroy you, yetrtheijal^ 
hand is stretched forth to save you ; '* fee -the 
stretchetb forth his hand all/ the <% Ieti|r^ to a 
disobedient and gainsaying peop^ej''.B0Di4 fec.^1. 
O labour then to pacify God's ^anger,. to qoeach 
this fire J arise and gild yourselves withiiaMiility^ 
pluck vup y^mt apirito, lund stir up ft^nti^bfevtt 
lay. hold on God^ «(id slop him in the VBaedrof 
his judgments; bring fortli'yourJbqckets^ dMb 
^ater»and pour it,fonhbeibittrthe>Lorsb74ee«jfibulr 
c^es be. like fotintaiils of tbare; . the <Toioex«f 
M^epping» and mourning fer^ain :dolh tuaovGoBDi 
bo!wele wthin biin, Jen 'X3ai..lS4t<M)..r.i'liMre 
surely h«ard Epbitoim bdannaang'biBaeelfv'l^irkOtt 
hast phaeitiaii4 mi^ end I ivas chsBtise^'^ ift^, aM 
ivl^n he repented rfter sucb'ehiksdSe«ieiiUi;^euMl 
ivas ashamed of. his sin* God:dBthr'reltot,>'iai^lfi8 
bowel/s are ineved for him; ** Is 'Epbraim asy 
dear soo^? is he a pieastotchiki^ fme sinds^ i 
spake .s^inst bim« I earnestly rememfaer 'Him 
>ill^ therefore my bewds wee troubled lor Jmiii:( 

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i» Taa -orTT. 187 

itiitf iwsHi*niel7'hMe'tMRl)r'U|Niti Mm, Audi the 
bofMkV ( l£ Loiidim would be diMlided, and re* 
9iivm1hhimpnadmmof )gtAfff and shattie fbr tiheir 
4m bjTRlheMijud^eatsy God*i bowvk would be 
AioTad^ <eiid) hie fievce^ anger would be changed 
intoitendfe coaqunaon; and-theugh he hath 
^jpdkfKklUanilAj agaiast London, yet fee ireuSd 
ilffwiriqMakiecaiifaetaddy «ittlo'*her; he' would ear* 
MetlxreMcnbeKiher^ anflftniakeher glad aceor^* 
dhi^ tothe'idajs-whieMn he bath afflicted- bcn% 
aa4 ^be yters wbceein ehe hath seen eytl. Thert 
i«|iicr4aQaUeiiti¥irttte iw'tli^ teera of tree lepen^ 
taiic^^ ^aocotupaiiied* witb the Mood of ChrisC, 
9f^^&si\by feitk tofqileneh tbe tire of Oodl9 

SiemMiy Cbd'isangrjt with yoa, Paalih ^i. 11, 
'"^God ia aUgry.wiili the wielDad ettoy day," and 
H)ie rffoBieto have .God angty with you than all 
theiti»e«da;the world; his ihvouf is better than 
U|s# Wb'diwpleaeanBJts'Wvrsethan death ; to hev^ 
Qpd <eai||ry!whh yoti,<who i« ao loit and jealoUf; 
wihuK ia^Bo fMtent and iiirioa8> is* very dreadful; 
2f.^die> .'weath'ofiian' eaethly king* be like the 
lwriDg«ef ft-lioit»tadiat(i8 the wmth of the King 
oTbe^vatt^ lAoidwhentiieaoger'UMiiii'edup t^ 
jf^mshBfAmd falowir.into.a <iiattie/and break)» 
foriii;iti(>9a yeai^ whaliwitt yondo? You cannot 

e|ro>^ilLiiot'^iid yoj^ j^yauf diniyel * fly iarto - any 
idaeewheieMealiNBlahedJfeRh ^rm'wW tiot reach 
yotti; ]nnncB|iiiofegatfaer<8tich utreirglh 0fS^io)ttttik^^ 
head^igaiMt him, and delbttd yoaHeWes ftom the 
stroke* <£ hia vengeanoei ^ who^ can sland' iri 
hia^akfatwhaii'OnaB bciaraiM<iy y^'Paaimkxvur* 

198 GOD*6 TfeimiBLi: VOICE 

ftdm hkn, O 'HiMi-'flyiuieoiilmis yon ousttDt 
flttt^ in hfk^mgbt when ht is- angry ; QiJdi^iKjfiiU 
down at hid feet, milM pmceiwiiliifaiv/adreannif, 
%yh!lM' y<m ' iirt» opon %h« Wfty^i)«fiiBe lie ildntr 

t>i9«bt< df tell. ' '■*' '• '■■'■ ' i-^' '« .M i^iij/j' -. 
-''Bmneifs; G(»dV |NrfAHie»'dbtb'BSi/;pet WMicJ^s 

attd he ihvkes y^tt toniik^ your peace -«^i9di>inn» 
fM. :i[xvii. 4, 5 ; ^< Who wookl sH; lfae>bri0ni.«ad 
thoniB agakiM tne in btttdii ? I would' 90 through 
them^ I wodld born' ^bma tagmhrnr^n^tuhBijAiai 
take h(>Id (M tny sti^tigcbj 'and make fNaceiieiih 
-me, and he 6htdl make peace witb me.^ai Ydu 
will 1)e like bilei-g andtlMinis^whittb wiU faadly 
take fit^/and'qdtokly^ii^'eoMiimed'iii'tlieijliBe 
of Cfdd^ ai^er ; and if brier* andthamsiiinLdfer 
to conterid with' dfetroii#ing^^to^ Jiriiat /vdtt i^ie tte 
is^itie, btittbe%urning*idiem iip^iarithoiiairanidir? 
Yif^ iHtt^^d^'il «hairp>an4 ttbinOil^iopfnuifjM, 
if yocr kf ck'againttt the prieka^ yoodtfiU dnhawt 
ydurbi^iniB, if'jminmTmirilHiKl'ji^aiDat ^mstk, 
«>ra%rteen'wttl)it Mtieever hardonedithenQiifaes 
a^lMfOMl^ imd pvoapeMd TJinpne mat(if«a^t 
againeft thi»^'€k)d?0f Mavaii by thekiaiBs.vbdtMtey 
W«ii« 'woUndedyaiiMltiniithevnd jdbatiHiy^daifb 
Wh^ it' iirifitt«sfa«d^^b«iii^;elb:r&ttbid^ttl^iibd 
^m^tH,iMd^l8»rytfbi^crrer* .^O ttite^iflgr^hiMvon 
G^d!^ dMeitfgth{ a1i«l>«ial» ,p»d* witkobimaidain 
to MM',<4tilh» held ofitbe: aeaptnliif ^sfhtmupd 
Kold'O^hk 'aMa^tand |ikiBl>witfa<liimidrflus'cy; 
UkeheW of Mb Son, vO^b^jof^^^fm^mixQ | 

iN.rus CITY. ' 199 

Am MftrfbtChrto bet praiiitiirtMi. ftr %h9 ^»mimaa 

•«ffBiD8 which am piuHt^ tbrdugb the fbrbaiuranc^wof 

Ood^£<iiii. Hu S5j «« y^ God balb lorbwne 

.pm^ «B ydb 7«u 'are en ifak-eid^ ofihe go^vs, 

«nlnheill; ami tbcMi ia a pofaibility of taroiog 

: aMMfiGaH^ 9n§Vp mhv^ ia kkiflUad i^iiat yov, 

of flying from that wrath which ia.|»QjRsiuogr/of 

ybifc^W aaoapaDg}tkofl^>»«efiefl> which ara -pre- 

jparfag l(Mr.yon ;'«fd t h aygfare lay hfld on Cba»t 

wdio b fredyteadMed unto you^ /wbo iaafak af>d 

"wallhig^<toMBaiF« yon> and. laake your paace with 

tha^BaihaiViflod to pnieure a. pardon for yiw. 

Aiid ftirtdber to)»H»va yot^i you are not only ofiRerad 

peace >and raconoiiiatio»y but yo« «jre entreatad 

ta^ be ncottciied ; lainiBtera cmtceat yna ; yaa, 

/ Chad hiiwd^ awA JaaiM Ohtist by us, doth aniraat, 

aod-fkay)^ ani<faeatach yoo^ that you would aorept 

it£* irigonrtliariiin# a > Cor, r. SO. Be astoniahod, 

O yteheavfin»,ADdfWondarj0.ye'a|]^a! Beasto- 

nUiedTnuiah noiwi ya.ainnerB I and> bo wrapt np 

'witbrndraimtiiOB^ iQ Jiotrebrial the King «f glofy> 

ijigdfaiat lAibbrnvyon Juivo r»be)kd» a«id ,v«bo ooaid 

'iBKoak jyoiL:aoraaiily(withiant ai>^ injuvy.to bUn* 

' aGtfa|iis>iii»tjen^.-wiUta|^4orlagr a^ido^m^aivger^biit 

• i^aai estreatprTiroa ;^ .aaoapt . .oC i^wnoiUation : 

fafllEiftflgr.^eiBbtada dettia'.€&ri«t..i}pow^bia own 

tamiiymdr:l)ketWHrkwi]lba»dooeit otbaicwijM^ Ibe 

ftiryiaf^liie'UrdwiUba 8ajimfb«fihe mova piro- 

.yUwi,4Bkd^tiifirite of:U8tang#9^WAll>bKe#|(.l4|th 

. intP'radck.'iar Sm^, aa isonai ^bftU^be. ak4^^to 

^aiela; ntlmnifka tkil7L<»rd>livill b«i^Wi^k,^e 

^^maringiandidBvaftMMig liaii»<aa likecatbqair be- 
.fCftfed af.bcr wtaJ|i9^.ai4 if|*,jb^^ 


8faBU)bt.jMine to dMw^J'- Hattt>niL<9^^'S';>BiBB»' 

nultdh • iWMl pnittiaettDdflr.tiMidrtedbil^ivl^'. 
roeoti of fiuame «r fwtlikaof, JnhichtciMiiriiimii : 
he amdclh «|Mm )m poi^^ lbritkiiii'inBar|u¥ if ^ 
mil pto|p]e» vbickArefCattid bjifiunnr^aU ln*i»4<. 
bl^' thflpiMLvQa^ aiHl pinj* anl akId my ifaee, ^liiidt 
tum'^nom. xktm widwd wajni^ thcn^mttilr failtni 
fr«n beavyn, jnd ib^gi¥»4h^ff/fiiBi( ami iieiltii^' 
their land*" God dolh' im* i»i1$^ esfiMftf <thetv 
Leodeoers dtouU nov.iackM«r]edf» tfateir. 8W%.- 
and fa«nUe Ihem^vetwand moiiM for tfieurMra^ 
bttfe «lso tbm tbej skMiiikl turn from thmlyfitbeim 
wiae iMurdoD, and l>eelMif, endhia <Mroiir,a«i<ni* ■ 
to be ebtabed* nether «x» ftpthepijudgiBimter. 
lil^elj' U> be: paevented ; they tn^st. i*^ can£u4<mA : 
far«di« tbair atni, tf.th«^ meakli %aAvm9i^'' 
Prav« laviiu 18^ the. wicked nnwb'fofaake^lbtiv 
v^ oCeiiv and (urn auto tbeLori^iaadftheifete' 
will have mercyy and abundantly n ptapdea j^ 
lflahiLri7»; • QedvChrvetancrii itO'-goKeeiTtiariMiBMi 
such as go on to tran«grea»( Ptalm budti; Al, ^*i^ 
will w^eund- the btad<£ hie eiieaw9» end ibeikaiiBr 
scalp Mrf'<eu(ditoeafg»'e9»<taiin thcfar^lrasiieaseai^irrn 
JBfemkiyaffi dieRii^yk>or siM>faif :rf|^ente»Qi(^;;(UMi.> 
Gael ivnuyaUyomt^irsiiigreaBioni' fesiaiyeitf^pal - 
airi^!theimli«f yaiar dimgf ffwm hatew the>lv>lysr: 
and. jeaimNfi^fl^ree ^ef Ged; cease 4o do evibh, 
d^aewe yeurcbmiclsyiyoii sifuiei^ and piutfy^ywt* 
heevts» jfie wifikedl.y*;iniiided i waah'ydttcielvlMtia 
thexfiraotaia «ft Ciuwtca blaik^ set>iuMit tm^Mau 

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tk*>9atMivftMiy hm deioscd from att iltliiMis of 
floh «ttd spirit, aad be paruktrs tof holiness^ and 
the divine nature; deny 'all ungodliness and 
wcoUlylttste; i^Mtain from flesh«>p1eBsinf sins, 
wlMBhiwar kigaiast tlie soul ; and be not c o nfbnned 
U>-^ molwd cosUjom of wicked men ; neither 
folfaim:this> ungodly gefteratssn to do evil; muoh 
leis -ruiv vith them to the Same esoessof riot; 
buttlsei yei tnms&imied by thrvenewing of your 
ni|]idB,r«nd live soberly, righteoosly^ and godly 
in4iiis presesit evil world ; Mid let the time pass 
ofii>yciuff "lives' be siifikfent wherein you have 
wledgbt^ Ae will of tfae flesh, and served divere 
lufto, and cast • Mot upon the profession q§ 
CbnsSianfty;'new be blameless, smd harmless, 
and iinrebitJuble in the midst of « cveoked and 
pdtovene nation; cast off the works 4^ darkness | 
layttasidr your night^vail of ignorance ; put on 
th»>Bob«i of light'; w^dk honestly, as^n the day, 
shio^ as Jights where you live; forbear iA 
weriifr of 'darkness and sin ; «nda8 he which liaUi 
c^^- ytevia heiyf la be ym holy in all nsamMRr of 
con woisat i o n./ ... 

rfiinncrs, turn from ywr evil waysy otherwise 
lability lidll be ymir rain^ 

-ji^^Drukkardf, ttumfiem i^onrevil mi^i over- 
charge not youfMives with ixttm^ where God al- 
lo^ts-yon^eiiooglb for: use* << Look viot upon the 
wteewhottit is red, whenit gtvesh its eoloor in 
thf ciip, wlitn it sparitleth «nd moveth itself 
arigbtt at Iset it i)iteth like a* serpent^ and 
stingelh Hke an adder,-' Prov, xxiii. 81, 9^; 
Wjsmids and woe are the issue of exoessrve 
drinking, ver, 29. This sm if^ l»^,?p«t and 

202 god's TxmftiBiE toicb 

pleuinig^ to Um eye and appetite io tketiolpte- 
tion ; Irat it will wound and sting the oonsatetooe^ 
W4ir8e tiMB an adder or satpeot era do* the^SHldy, 
m theieiectien ; CSod faatk pot bittemeaa into4lie 
cop by hie jadgnenta, and will you drink^ aa<4ecp 
aa b^re? are yon i e adve d to taste Um rifi^ 
that lie at die botten ? Tbe cup/haftb poMteirJB 
k, Ibal poison, and wiH yen dlridb eft k^ atilb 
tbough you mofder. attd destroy * your ttoBlMiie 
emrby^tWa sin? Tbe oop^bath wiath tin-iMlii 
Wfftfth of an angry Ged; and as k goadiferyoa 
to drink of tbe wine bi Ged's wialb? • DtariN 
fcemess bath been your sioy Bndii^yam'gfMH^ 
Godtineateqeth thaA'drankeanesaahak^be ifoar 
pQnisbment^ Jee. 9v. 1%, ''8ptokiunlo^tbee«lhis 
word, Uiiis saith tbe Lord, every bdttle-'abatt'lis 
filled with wine:'' drunkards iiks ibis iwty-weH$ 
tbey are Very wettf^sased that thek bottdaa dbU 
be iXM with ^rine^ that libey any leiBptff jdhcn^ 
bat uoderdtiind tbernKantog^'rerjl^/M.'^.ThMi 
aakh tbeLofd, 1 wffl filallAhs iaUbititets^4be 
knd'Wkb dmikenMaa} and i wiU<dtob'Aemfans 
agaimt anolber, even th6 fadiers ttndrtbh tons 
tegeibepv I wfll >iiet pity, nosiepMls, ^ntotf lave 
mercy, but destroy them." Drunkards, yiNfefaol 
and fali a a|ne ti aneB.witk yourain.9 CM^MrJU o^e 
ymiteeL and fettby bis jodgmcnts^'aiidrdailb |mi 
oHe iipon another ^ y^a, dash^ youf/inrfMfeefltJffnd 
destaay^jottiwidMHift pifty/of aaevcjirj Wfliyoftiftbt 
tebcar (yaof' eupsf and evdesaes^ . €od ir01 tMiM 
CMp of trambkng imd' aatonishraent ilnto ^^rai* 
band; h^.wdl potgaUrAnd w«iwwoodfinUte|KiK 
c^<aiidr«iake|nDu taste tbe«biUer effeata^.ibis 
kw if be: (to tto*r8evctoelDr,<80ourg0 yoi^ Jk HhiB 

IK IMS C1TY» 203 

8flii|fan»pie wUl be mre te txvment 3^u fartfaii 

''Wrny ye drunkardsk from jowe evil wayt; 
YiMnittup your sin by re^eatMxwB; weep and 
i|9okn &r all' your sinful mirth cndjolHty; and 
^tiiietd of fetttfniiig with the dog, andilckiBg 
m^A^momiti ndiioh you hare disgorged* Anad 
thtf^eceatiooe o£ this. sin; sbmi the company of 
aick ae^ve been your tmapim; take hQed<of 
«iHQajtag«nti04lie plaote where you faavelMeit dnema 
in 40 4)oaaaDit it; make a oevetumt mth yamr €ub^ 
«h«lvtfiey may- never lead you tMUl of the mmy of 
^SMi^iatttO'snchiplaBeay wlMreyea have becii<ae 
oAeti utertakeB; CMrb and'reiliiain yoor eppdbite; 
tiitoe^seiyelDiBKiof holy venenge vpoa yeuiiieUea; 
aUby^'younehieff aome things .which are liuwfuliii 
tUeaitffliNrsf heeaiise ooeaslofis of sis oirto yen^ 
attft iaiBBd ^ fiUing yonrselites^ with wine,«r 
atvQi% dmk unto droilikeiiiiesa and etoess^ Jab<Rir 
«e:be filled ^th>^ Spiiili and by the Spirit to 
tnoAiff thia and lall •other deeda of the body ;ami 
t«ahe»>leC «he ^vicked wonder afrjoa, and spedi 
«ei4 of yow lor yotnr aobrieqr»thaikXSDd hate yoiif 
ati«l beifig.deMpruetion fOfqn you lor yoitr f 

'fAi^ Mukei^s^iurn from. yoit^ mil mag^tf Gonae 
iM| of i the 'ttndean bed; iitaUew)iiol: any logger 
Sfl'tliiyibeiiiieaNDg mtaei Areyeafidfen*«|Kta«the 
dftA^I 'ge« 1^1 -Mid eoflie foith wHh aq^eedM«Ad 
^ash yoor garmenfts &oao the apota^- whidi they 
Ittrttp fteeimM^t areyiHft taken intbeoet, and|CB*- 
aiuif«d ' - its '• edMineiotta > emiv'MJi^cnts I deliver 
yelif<»el««s iike'it)noe>froiii theni^tof «lie humfeer, 
attd dike a bird^atoue^ tbet^sitan ef-the fowier. 
I^ not after the beauty and enjoyment of adu 

804 god's ''VEft9t|lf.& VOICE 

m^omwammp krt Ml the mH^m^d 
goaye of thtir lifNi ^ti«e yo*^ mr th^i«|Mft&ln% 
QMlions of tbeir oyos: ioflailo yoo*^ f»l wt i|i 
Mrto yo>r boaom^ <ip44>ke JtaeA ot wofciny nfia 
burning CMltj why will fm»iammmf»fomtbitf, 
•ad tine, and aobstaM*^ wkAAhmmi^ bmtih 
dbcmed ? Whir will ^ou bpi«g i^jOM'jrdoiMMi 
A wouad and dulMio«r^<wlMoh -oannoti te ipipii 
oC Why . will' ymx be liko oiwil wl|iobuf«i^|i 
tho daughlev^oBd be aneh ftok aoHto- hi im^lipi 
fOuraekrasdMlniolicxi?. . : <: ni iiii^ 

Ttim from your oyiI wajai dair>«il»l» gii'ft*- 
fiofd in tbatwi^ wUdi IqMUv tMrtod o mfato diwM. 
<^ lia»3a§o 10 bonoiMblfc utM^mmk di« tad Mm 
defiled, bat whow i o ng cra and fldailnfti*> CM 
«illjiii^6^"Heb. miii.4« God hidlabotlMiaii^ 
vaiart into thecity, and wounded aoaa^ aiialMMi 
lor tbio ain, that 4iad baJbre^deitedand^waiButafl 
theiwelvea by it ; and witt yoo gm ^mnUkm^tm 
piaraa thioagb your lifar? .Xba^giawing- of i tbe 
abi ia «woat,i like boncy* but wHiMt ihaiaiMbba 
morabktarlbaniroraiiood? andif ft'ttHlMiMt 
flatawaof tha flcA boaa dat ir idd gy irah a o tubp. 
eaUreme eiidkaa pafai ii vfll •omditte I 
Uo ? Can yoo ba.oootant Uyhm «) aa 
of yoaia^ undar tbe bomMe m at ami/b i<i 
nJ^ttfe pKMtnt saoBttat A%bl^^twfaiabv; 
f«lapod^caB*ii'yMd jroit aatblbrtioni^ 4airj§B#oit 
t» «dl imoitba oroaa of an miftiMommmmm^ 
andiaitt it^nat bo bitter, yaa, ^ a-iwRM^jtbiair^ 
&U into the hands of the living God ?*'i«obb« 
SI. espaeiaUy wban^h* ie immmmmhUf^MMmrj, 
Anw^flioaMHHF tMHM aUaaflao'ai^^tfH WMOBHiOH^Hf 

ath burnt down the city, how dreadful it was ; 

tir THt city; 90^ 

lb* tmt^^ Iwt wftMu fott hi worw, tnd ^m 
iiii^f^iidl fa — uA yavt, wfaieh is prepariiig fo 
f*^«fid «iitawtii«li^ hjpthit mn, jrou ire hasten^ 
^9J9'm4btmmtn4kMdnHm dreftdfttl, (cyf whidi 
i0«i*^«nMy>)r«»dy«lwiHyoiigoonP Otam 
linmar yoiir«4ufaMiii8 wivfi; eoine not turn tht 
d^^ w i of in h ^ l M n^ i/^licre yoti have had inoni«^ 
'^m^ tm' kMrt» and eppoirtwsMea fbr audi lewd 
ffiramitfla ; ihainr a edvenant with yt>ur ey^, the 
i y»iAL J»eattght at ^ eye; not eiily Awbi il, b^ 
also by it; the spark that, fallhig upon the tinder 
«f^«i|i adtflfenwMr hearty putt it mto a fame; do 
Mih^'iBtpmahefBOMi or w^naii, that you oiay 
wm iMhkt damot tUnfc, Hwt yon may not )dst; 
'ddbot^toodithaft yoa tMqrwt deaire to'tailxf; 
4# ndt tef, fast ypa be caug^; do not came too 
Mar- the brink/ lest yeu fitll into the stream 
'Mtoit'jKm art aware; take heed of speeolative 
usiel a rarnn ass , aa you would be kept firom aetoal 
«ttda^piMas;,laka heed of sf^poUatioM aa yoa 
^otddba'kepHlroHi tekilUnpy^ith otherr; i^eid 
' sc^ toi a ns of tUr ain, ^mw not into Mch eoni- 
yauiy arid plmiaa where yo» may have oppertmiity 
^'^consmil -it? Bm jmAM lusts whldi w«r 
Hfsihsifhaaaul; keep yt wrmhida pore and chaste; 
viaiil^e'firstsaneatloiistolftlssin; qt»iiehthe 
t^*mh^ Whe(fim to kkidie; loaktvthe issut 
immI eans^quaata of tiiia ain : rei 

\ cons^quaata of itik ain ; rem uMdwr that the 
i i o ly 'eye of Ckidle upon^oii^ isi yiMir most secnft 
let^ettsetits, xn^ he wBl, ere feaf , edl yoo^to w 
aoaintiit; • - - • 

i^yrSmtoMr^ tttrw fnm yom^ fvit waga. ^ Re- 
the tlBid coBttnsiidflsest; xBBBt» which' a 
; of •! Qod^rdMDfh^ goi^ 

^^ god's X^9>1UMl.E yoicB 

B^jfmtH^ ]||xiii,tMl|f)Bak«r9 1|«»«&^ J^HQlifjI^T. 

Pod la vain» fpr the l^ofd wiU not^ l)iM hm Sm^ 
}fiH that taketh hj^ mme in vi^bu" Th# ytry VMf 
f^ U>§ ni^pe of iQod iri]^^f;)^y» ji a hm^^ri 

fljvjbM^ j^ it^^isop^ G%i higWy>^ ao i^ viU ]i»|iv 
/Wicl^miatkt^ qer^i^ly Mppn ^ ISi^^* %lUo 
110^ rej^jflt^api. /(pdiear, W^ ^^ j^.iqi4e 
Vm . W^th*, aod ^v^ 2f^ .(QugVep ta fpmk 
jbis praJ3e» which men are your glory, i9^ili.y4Ai 
{»»faiM9 tbe/^ap^ilf ,th^ Qpd^ «|iiditi;^IMlt^y 
^ gmy of A^dj jl^vvt al^ fo^pmf^ g^s v^ 
jj|^a\e,^d diaho^€|ur, .m^ jt^^X ipr^^ you, J^9 
Dot U^. nm^tive aqd ioiqeiQiJIiiyi^ Jto ^e^fai^tei^iiw 

Xt geU tb^e Dotbii^, and haj^ bo .exfj^se : . . , 
Last and .wine plead a'pleasiir^^ av^ice gain : 
Bntthe elieap shearer, through hii open shitce 

iUU tHaBMil nm §of nmi^ atft^le fearliii;? 

,W«Mi«9.q[MWrr»JiOQi^d|iate#)!l^«M. . . 

f^qok iato Pept xjf^viii.,58,j59. whiit;thKe«lb«i^ 
.^^9 t)]e L9r4 dp^ Aum^t^ ther«MfMA|t,4ii^ 
l« do .4K^,fe«r bis B^if^ ; ^nd «DXel¥,it is if^tmMi 
of frv tWwJ.^we of Gpd'a.yai^, Jj^t ffl^^ifi^^fp 
bpld as to swear by it, 9r '|a)^9 lit jfi .juip ^ /f ,U 
,tkm wit m^t.fear tMi^lor^S aW fej^lid iipBae, 
11^ I^jd tby Mod) then the Itord .will jwfe^j^ 
pli^ufls wi^derfttlii and the plagues of tby.^vidi 
.«veq gnei^ Bkg»^9 4Pd of ifmg |i}0^ ims » w» 
Wd.jsor© fiw^kiii^a9es, a^^^ Ijm;^ ,co|itii^fm^f 
&c, mth notXjod plagued jp.d^^^ the city 

IN THB €ltY, 207 

of LonMn, ambngst dthbt Mtts, tAt itiiB 6f sWeaf^ 
mg, and. yet will y^ sw^i* ^H, uid ptt>voke the 
Lotd to fuMbe# ^mtli, iHito y6ti baVe b^w, in 
Mfft, how fearfbl the nMin« of God is, in t!w 
jtidgJMneMs wtiieh he htttb e«#eihted * "mil you go 
on still to tytofancrhit naibe? Do yM tiol fea^ 
fatat« jodgmeiittf wiU not the name of God 
be di^pbyed mart divadAiBy iMftite yttii; iHphenp he 
op^mft the treasoteB of hlir "WraMi, and aende 1^ 
SMi itl dandng fii»e to tidce vengeance UpcM 
iintt^fevP ind y«t will net yoto fear this natni 

Sti^Ak'eifi^y^R^th what etiti^&ttHM ean yon pt«f 
t^ Getf r what hdpecAfi yotf hate, when yoU os^ 
G^a fi'imefift ptAfer, that yon shall have th^ 
teMf aiidieni^ or aetf^catiek, when you abuse hid 
ilame so mnch, and cast such dishonour upon It; 
by y«or oaths ^ If yon do not prtiynow^ as 
swearers seldom db, wHl you nevet' be driven to 
your knees } will you never be brought to such 
extreraitieBy that no creature, shall be Me to give 
you any rtKef ? and with what feee can you, then> 
look up to ^od ? Will not your callings upon the 
niMsto^ef'Odl^'be ItittAh, Hb youliaV^taket^ hia 
tiattfelfl vtfffl? Win SUM Gdd iMlgh atyom^ 
€ttlMfhit^?' kind thoagb yte er/^d Hhokt, wfll 
M>t He i/tmt ottt ytrar ftkfer, and hta^HHt dbor di 

(»««^«r^^; tufnf fWan yonr sin ; niiA;e a c^ei 
l|«At>#ith ylDUt^ Btidulh : M^ a wAteh h^fyfe the 
do^i^-of yout HpB j ulie<>od*snfi«ie in pMyet^^ and 
rtrf«f«M)y in discourse i &o nut sw^al" hf it) oy 
tld0i>ittfi viiln«§fiynJore;< gei^«enawei^ihiaiuun« 

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908 god's T&RaiBJUE VOICE 

upon joav bmrls, wbicb wBlhe^iai «(|X9Ua>t 
means to keep you from this sin. 

4« JJarSy ium from your eoU wigfs. We read 
AcU V. at the beginpujg, <^ Ananias and 
Sapphirsy who were smitten with sudden 4eadi 
for the sin of Ijing; it is said, '^ they &11 down 
at the apostles' feet, and gave up jthe ghc^*" 
And hath not the sin of lying been one ingredient 
. in the meritorious cause of the fall of so many 
persons and houses by the plague and fire in the 
cityofLiondon? This sin of lying the apostle doth 
especially caution the Colossians imd Epbesiaos 
against, after the wonderful grace of God in the 
renovation of them according to his- imager 
Col. liL 9, *' Lie not one to another, seeing ye 
have put off the old man« with hk de<p<]|i> and 
have put on the new man/' &c. Epb. iv. 2^.^. 
" Having put on the new man> which,. after Grod 
is created in righteousness and true holiness. 
Put away lying, and speak every man truth to 
his neighbour. And this sin I may. caution 
Londoners against, after the dreadful anger, of 
God expressed in the desolations which h^ hath 
made amongst them by his late judgments ; .lie not 
one to another any more, but meak every onej^th 
tp his neighbour* . The Lord is a Gpd of tru^, 
and be cannot lie. The devil is the fatheir of lies 
and liars« John viii. 44, i^nd which lis ropst eligible, 
to be children of God* or children of tbe devil ? 
A lying tongue is one of the seven abqmjnations 
which the Lord hateth, Prov. vi. 16, 1.7^ And is 
there l^ly good you can get by your lying,, com- 
parable to the evil of renderij^g yourselves bate*- 

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flit ktli abomifiaUe iit tftte feiglit bf GcMl'? h it 
n^edfiil for jon tt>flnetiiffes to tpeik liesp I«it 
tiot ft tbotiettfidfdftl mofe needftll ibr you always 
tb'speak tiriith ? Are yon likely to ^n to tntich 
by tbe fbrmer as by the hitter F What is a little 
ouWatrd et&oluinent in oomnarison with inwattl 
peace'? ' Are you likely to lose iso much by the 
lattet as by (tie former? What is the loss of 
exte'm^ temporal things, in comparison with the 
loss of yotir sonle and happiness ibr ever? Is it 
needful to He that you may excuse your fknits ? 
this makes them double. 

Nothing can fieed a He ; 
A ftiflt Whidrtieedk it vuMt, gr<mB two thereby. 

" PJirents, warn your children against this sin of 
lyhig; do not spare the rod of correction where 
you find them guihy ; pass by twenty 'other 
faults radier than this ; lying is the first link in 
the chain of a thousand gross sins ; rap off their 
fingers fjt'om the first link, lest the cham after 
grow too strong fbr you to bf eak« 

Masters, indulge not your servants in 'this sin ; 
the resolutfbn of David was, Psal. d. 7, ** He 
that woiketh deceit sh411 not dwell in my boose; 
he that telledi lies, fihall not txtry in my sight." 
Especijdly take teed of leading servants to this 
sin'by your example; above al^ of putting them 
updn ihis sin^ by yoUr persuAsrons or con)mands; 
for, besides the guilt of their sin, whioh'hereby 
you incur, your damage is like to be more than 
your advantage by their lies, ft you put' them 
ilpbn ly htg for you , they^will put themselves' tifjbn 
lying to you ; and if you deceive others in some 

T 2 


UMbgft 'bjr ib^ tenowr /l4^ Jtre-^Kk^ to 

^pov, ^terrcdl^ym greotfnllii^saibv^the.kbttnh 

> Yotang onet^ takv hcedof tifli ;' (k»tilalAaag»ttt 
mayiit^ the^doiiki iindfcxqaM>ti£<il>Ue;eiad^ 
yoa<lie'<oi«rfdLen widb &$ .fioilty (never -^ily >^ 
.wiiBn eEOBBOttadf ^Imt) wifeh sQnrqv.acknDwlfHi^t 
it a9 jrott Mwnld gainifiproinv^nith'God amltiBUK 
Take liced lof idnsr ski JBetHne*; lay,«lde lyltig 
be£qM>ftl»':g]lBrasantara*OB«tfin^ whkk^vH^ hxoi. 
tokaTAi ,<Mdroiwi)bBeak>off:tfaiB8hi^i)eftibfr|ppa 
be^dnt^gao^bytltoi ch^ of ^bkim iototbsBfiM 
cf licU, wbkh iff the tlli)eatancd)poiiiiteatMii(k 
tteiten^ Rev. nti. 8, B&nit too hasty ni ispecdi^ 
ketiliut .^dissue ibethiat the^dkx>r (rf'y)tfiii^li|>s, 
hefiwetycm a»e awaze; speak always as ito^^tbe 
faearini^'of' God, iRho knowwlieth^r yiouarfJwe«El 
anal kmftab ogvee^- i|Ddti»ho<.iwiilo«ie ^h^ oatt 
jwtttotaiiiaocoustfot^^is mnj; an^evo^ftJ^^ytM 
wp^sAy^diiiahxjfim.fBr it seremlyt injdle luke^ 
fi» Hnd ^hriaistinie^ X ■ :*'-,/: n : -.j, -ii^-tL-o, • 

siti of f^mAmg^^ xa» oi^ tlMi.?isentBaoatBJ<iif 
^yiogi ilHii the iteethyo^sla»dater3i«vtciobai|pitipd 
la ^. spears ami airowsii and their ;^kofigaes ^to v 
flbaop aarardi^' Stah iMi 4f aiKliarileDftte^umi 
thdkfilaBdacai Oii^il'baiidilliaarlMMa; «i(^«itoo* 
lbciK|aar4Mra, ^jl vhftthehr^Mrtsd^^aildJvvfaaii^ 
ABTOiratiai dirare(patatioBio^ othei^tV^^dh'tl^efnaiidi 
bditi]d(toilwa«ica]»iyiii^caa(their om^ilbfiiL Imi 
M^MiShmileiieraatoff^fl^Mtiiess^^ ^Ao^hiyito 
liba dttif^joiiQtliartniaudiitfiinga^ail thiy:tklKi# 
not/ ^arfixjtxy. II7 tho}^ are^lkiia^wfaoftasDFm 
piecaa 4hoc:god(lTBMiiDB/<ofi>Qthen) they^^liseiitee* 

Ill 7HK CITt- t^lt 

faami;^thfif are . copafrnwl 1» '* niiub, and 
swffixby B&d jluir|» arnMia^" ProT. axr. 1&; jiea, 
thqgiiBra like' *' mad many v]la caak ahoai iire- 
brMdsy and anrowa, md death," Prov. loivi. IB. 
By thtt.8ii»,'you woond odiars^ aad are guilty of 
%^tiga»*^maad€Vf but yvtu wcnnxl ymntaivet moraE, 
I flieaa your eonsdcDOBs, a&d are goUty of 
•alftmorder, of soulHiMBrder ; and the {wison. of 
Kach ^echea is. not 8OJT0naaKm8.and doftdlyy kk 
regafd of yoor naighbaor'a good name, aait h m 
eegavd o€ your <>wn spirits^ whidk are ebT^Domed^ 
ai^ willbedealrQyad liereby, withont theapfdica* 
ttoo ef the Uood of Oiriat for pardcai and heating; 
^landorevs, forbeiur'yaBr baekbitiDg^ dandanrnt 
afieedietj feisbear devoarii^ wards^ which >f«ial* 
low up the good name of your neighhours ; let 
not yolur thsoatsbelike <ipen 8cpulofa:es, to ai»* 
tomb their J^eputatioa; tdie head your toognaa 
doiiQt utter alandeis and rapaoach^t deviaed bgr 
yourselves ; be careful also that you da> not apread 
madx cahmmks A8.4idiet8 have devised*: Receive 
]iot;a8^ aflcmsatiiiii. against year noD^hbaiurs with-* 
<wtig)Md:>pieof(; dtive away badLbittng tonguet 
with ^an, angry ^oadntanioiee; wkd if. yo^ must 
henRTiof odicr&ulta^ Jet loveeonccal tbamaa unidh 
aejirtAy>be Omm diftfcihniledgeiriB oftfaani; railhaf 
lEpea]&4;#>lbetik8eifn8?wfaatlyav ^Ma„m6mpiaof0^ 
Aai»' ^if ibe ;thiffga> be arBadahroi^wkh prudesfla^ 
love> anl^ispiritai'mediuessai .BaiwinihaF' the 
oammandy 'J^busdiL^e^r^^.fipeBkefft'dCsfDir-Buii^^ 
iknd take. haed>. of .^h&iinnfiii; pxaotinr af . the. 
wioraen dasexibed.rl^lramy^ 13w .^ Iliey leani 
teheiiUe, wandxttrngt abouiiiMPQ' house to hauaa^ 
audnotioolgL idl0bi^iattlei:aalsivaad?faiujpl;^od2Qa 

212 god's TB&miBLE VOICE 

gpmloiWf4Magi irWelillMy ¥9^\t% iioiu'\. )ft&m 
yoliF ^ongmiB k^re btfen insddmental t^^WouDil 
•titeci, M yottraelmi' w«tbal^ by sbiQ^e^iis 
•piwc iw >» make m$» of tbe «ame HvrtrifnOTi^.iar 
hct&ig; UxHif to-hcal yowselves bj-^omimfl^aD 
of yov «M tP God^ nd to he«l fli^«i» b^ 
•denoivlM^iig tMh^n the-wioiig jroa bave J)^ 
IfaMi^ UbourtoUck iviiola tb» fam^, ^^ 
goodiMrdotQ^MOiiioie their estaen^ wbich yoa 
luawin^aitly tokan amray. Labour for ao t^A 
knaitfQroBd brotharly love^ aa ta be a&toiileqr «f 
Hk&g gaad namo^Bdl ftme as your owq*; jt^ k 
hwiBOi fo prefer them above -yoiirselvea, mhiA 
will vtaka.yott raa#y. to hide Aeir £uill^ and 
Iwap yoo lioin evil tunoiaes aad evil alawKferonis 

& Jtoa <h Pi»?<»ra/»oJnya»r evil migs. 4R«y3Bif 
^mdidaiideripf oAea go togetber^ «a prboeediiig 
^botb ^aitt.*4lM aanno-roet of vabce aad hatred; 
-ye^ Bfwwifiai€i» the njdice ia kept moredoee: 
-when war is in tbe faaart^ and Bduchief is u- 
wardfydaviaeAf attd tbeagpioaecleetly vrbonded 
wididUiiden >briiii|d the back, ^tha- tooffue.dofli 
r#a«fter» flUid liko a heli^-ooai^ dotb drop not^i^ 
iMt onatft verdabtffofo'lhe face. The8m.<S|f re- 
mfliog ia ope», 'and spits Ibrth mncour ati4 1 
tnlDithofaeerond btaaka fortbioto bitter ^ 
Ar-tiie- shame aad ^isgmca. of -such 
•a|pldnifc wbon tbey are spokea, Uioogb n^^ 
d M lftuui tlieioaal^s ttiore« by the weakness, «nd ill 
^vdmOMntof spicscy whieh beial^ they discov^. 
.' tt^ribts^ refirain your angry bitter speeches; 
^ri^^ biftieiaflM^^anil wrath, uA ^n|^, and 
damooT) and evil speakings ho pii|5«way itatcL 


jaa^yfiA all malice," Eph. iv. 01 • Do not quarrel 
and contenci t do not break ibrtli into fnrawla and 
clamoars, and bitter reviling apeecbes^ 9g$anH 
ka<ch as give you no occasion, bat deabre to five 
at peace with you ; and if others are angry, and 
qdarrel with yon, labour to pacify Uieir anger ; 
do not stir up the coals by your bitter velorta? 
** 'when yon are reviled, revile not agaui,'*^ fflie 
oar Saviour, 1 Pet. ii. 2S. *' Render not evS for 
evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwisa^ 
blessing,** 1 Pet. iii. Q, The second blow breeds 
the quarrel, and the second revOing word breeds 
the strife ; give to a hard speech the return of 
a soft answer, Prov. xv. 1. '^A soft answet 
tumeth away wrath, but grievous ifords stir up 
anger.'' And Prov. xxv. 15. *' Long fbrbe«^ 
anqe is of great persuasion and *' a soft tongue 
breaketh a bone.'^ Th^re is a nuurvdloua force 
in a meek reception of bitter speeches to appease 
anger, and mollify ihe spirits of those whidi aite 
most fierce ; whereas grievous and bitter returns 
stir up unto greater contention. Revenge not 
yourseltes with the hand, neither revenge 3roor- 
sel ves with the tongue ; revile not your enemies, 
but ''love them, and pray fbr them, mid do good 
to them ; feed and clothe them, and heap coals 
upon their head,** Matt. v. 44; Rom. xii. 19, 20. 
^ Be ^ntle, shewing til meekness to idi men,** 
Tit. iii. 2. Especially, revile not your ftiends, 
take heed of stirring up strife in the house wfaercf 
you live; be of a peaceable disposidon: above 
all, take heed of reviling Christ's fHends, Ood*s 
children ; revile not the saints : remember that no 
reyilers, especially such revtlers aa persevere in 

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tbfii fitin, 'Vfiliiai.i&bedt ttie ki^cm dT Gda^" 
1 Cor. vL Iq, And wbeo the Lord Jitsai ccAaOb 
id the W da^, '| He iirill execnte jOd^nfleiit upori 
the ungodly, for their hard ispeecbea ^idt: tbc^ 
tiaye, spoken against him, in apealuog a^fdiist>hiir 
peopije " Judf^ 15. 

Eevuers^ govern jpur tongues* ** tf any ittan 
amoQg ypu seem tp 1^ religious^ andi>tidleUr^iHit 
his tongue, that n^ai^'a religion js vain»'' Jam. i^^ft 
W^uld you gpvem youraelves. weU^ acoovdiik^ <d 
scripture rules, bridle And goverii j^our tcM^es^ 
Jam, iii^ $,A. "Behold, we put bita tt^ llie 
^p^ses* moutti^^ ^at they may ^ obey us^ an(l«i 
tun;i about their whde body^ Behold iif^ <ihe 
s^Pf,, yfhidtkf though they be so giefit^ J^)ave 
driven of fierce wikids, yet they ire ttirnedjLboui 
with a veiry small hblin, whmersoever tBe'|^ 
vernor listeth.'' Put a bit u^on this Iittte.itienflieiv 
aipdyou mav tlie better have all ^t i^si Bt'scis^ 
manc)« a|[|d,,keep yourselves iti, wben la&firmie 
vented' passions, likft wild horses witfkont rnoa;- 
i^ay cfu-ry yOu into n^any a. prtd^ub^r^titncn 
ott^^^wtse tiie ^erc^ gtonn)iof,ydur'milula\iBi^ 
break :^or]J^,an^ drive y6u upon red&Siuidshdves^ 
ahd.sU/^wr^ bqtb jsoul and bpdj^: t^^oiOttiu; 
'' Tnere u.a world oj^iniqui^y io t&a itongii8,nHiikifti 
defileth tne wbol^ bodyj the t^giiciifi!iii>finrv 
wbich setteth on fire the >bole course o^ listurep 
^nd its^JT is set on fire of helU" t« & GH tbe^ 
former fire quenched, get the heatof your tsn^oes: 
cciole^, a£[ you W/0ul4 e^cap^ the Jailer: fiivf I nten 
the fir^ of h€^, &om whence the fdrmfir.firetdgth 
Pfoceed, and imtp which it will certaimly faring 
you. " Tbe tongue is full of deadly ^diasiii, it is 

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^a pr^Ay cvil» ^irliich no niMi ean tame, when by 
att the iriidest beasts may and have been taxned/' 
yer« 7» 9- Others cannot tame yoor tongue^f, 
but you may get them tamed yourselves: pu^ 
them imder the jrovernment of Christ^ and he 
yfiO. tame them ; get your passions tamed within , 
and you mav tame this member/ ^hich is the 
mstmment they make u8e o|f fb vent themselves 
in yoiur revilin^s : *keep ffoard femd sentinel before 
the jdoor of your lips, and watch your word's^ that 
yo^ p^end hot witn your tonguei. 

7- Per9ecutor$f turn from your evil ways. For- 
bear persecuting the people of God, w6o d^irie 
^fjovx good, and are the beH safemiard and defence^ 
by t&eir jprayers and faith, ot the places' wher^ 
theylive, from miseries and dditnietion. Is it 
good for you to hew at the bough on whidi you 
sjtaiid over such a deep, into which, if you should 
fally it win be impossible for you to red)veif 
yonrselv;es again ? Is it good for ybutb puU at 
the pillars cif the house, which, if you pluck down, 
will bring the house upon you, hnd bury ^ou in 
i|^ w^m} Is it {good, to put yourselves undeir 
the faurtbeosome sMle which will grind voti t^ 
powder ^ ' Sappbs^, whilst you are breathing forth 
IbmiiteQii^ agaitKjtany of Christ's disciples, an<]l 
are |p ibe bent of yotir rage and furious persecu- 
tion ^laf tfaem^ you bhoftld hear such a voice as 
Paid liid from heaven, ** Sinners, '8iftners,whv 
pei^ecute yoq me >" Would it not cod, ahd/stop 
yott^ ' -Y^u may faear this voice, if you will open 
vQtir ear'iinto the word ; it is Christ yon persecute 
m bis 'disomies; it is Christ you wound' through 
their i^ides; .^^ would do the same to bim as roe 

216 god's t£&&iblb voice 

Jews did« were he alive amongst you, and you 
bad the same power as sometimes wasv^at into 
their hands against the Lord of Life. I will not 
charge London with, and therefore need not warn 
them generally against, the sin of persecution of 
God's people, because they have been a shelter 
to them, when the times have frowned most upon 
them: but are there none have need of this 
waiTiing? Are there no Judas's amongst them, 
none of Paul's spirit before his conversion ? 

Persecutors, forbear this sin, which makes yoa 
as like the devil as any that I know, and locks 
you fastest in his arms; which is the very next 
door to the sin against the Holy Ghost, which 
will bring upon you swift destruction ; which will 
sink you into the lower parts of the bottomless 
pit ; which will lash and sting your consciences 
with horrible scourges hereafter, if they be not 
awakened with horror here; turn from this ain 
before it be too late ; imitate Paul, and become 
frieuds to them against whom you have expressed 
so much enmity and spite, 

8. Covelotu persons^ turn from your evil ways, 
God hath smitten you for the iniquity of your 
covetousnessyvdo not go frowardly on in this sin; 
he hath subtracted much of the fuel of this sin, 
and burnt it in the £re ; let there be a greater 
decay in your lust of covetousness than there 
hath been in any of your estates. Covetousness is 
one of the sins which the apostles would not have 
*' so much as named amongst the saints,** Ephes. 
V. 3. It is a sin if it reign, which is inconsistent 
with the truth of grace, and power of godliness, , 
because it is idolatry, Col. iii; Sa And the apos« 



tie tells us expressly, that " covetous persons 
shall not inherit the kingdom of God/' 1 Cor. 
ix, 10. Yea, that "the wrath of God shall 
come upon them," Ephes. v, 6. 

Covetous persons, turn from your sin, get this 
earthly member mollified : get your hearts loosened 
from those things, which you have hitherto made 
your God, and in which you have sought for your 
chiefest felicity. 

Have you little in the world ? Be contented 
with the portion which God gives you ; you have 
as much as God seeth fit for you," Heb. xiii. 5. 
" liCt your conversation be without cotetousness, 
and be content with such things as you have." 
Covetousness will not heal your poverty, any more 
than riches can heal your covetousness. 

Have you much in the world ? do your riches 
increase? set not vour heart upon them: make 
use of what God hath given you without such 
pinching and self-denial, which the Lord Jesus 
never commanded in his precepts of Uitit kind. 
God never gave riches to save, but to use; take 
heed ci exceeding the bounds in spending, and 
do not spare the moderate use of what you have, 
for fear of future wanting; use part of your 
estates for yourselves in what is needful iot the 
body» and suitable to your degree and quality; 
lay ande part for vour posterity ; and lay out 
part in the help of those in necessity, for relief of 
the poor, whereby ** you' will lay up fat your- 
selves a good foundation f<^ the time to come ; 
and, at last« lay hold on etern^ life," 1 Tim. vi« 
IS. 19. 

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9. Unrightemu penoms, inm from ifour epil 
ways. God hath been righteous in hia jud^ 
ments, because you have been unrighteous ia 
your dealings; and as his judgments are a 
reproof of your sin, so are they a warning to 
yon to leave it. Unrighteous gains will yield 
you little advantage in the issu^ : see what the 
Apostle James qpeaks of the wealth which men 
get in such a way* chap. v. 2—4t. " Your riches 
are corropted, and your garments moth-eatKi: 
your gold and silver is cankered, and the rust 
of them shall be a witness against you, aad shall 
eat your flesh, as it were fire: ye have heiqied 
treasures together lor the last days ; behold the 
hire of your labourers, which have rei^d down 
your fields, which is of you, kept backbjjr firaud, 
crieth, and the caries have ent^ed into the ears 
of the Lord of Sabeoth/' The cane of God 
goeth along with unlawful, anrif^teons gainsr; 
and is like moth and rust to corrupt and canker 
them ; they bring a fire into the flesh isnd booesi 
which will eat and torment; they pieroe* men 
through with many sorrows, and at the laKttfr 
end utterly consume them with terrors, if their 
conscience be awakened ; unrighteous persona do 
not heap up such treasures of wealthy as by «1» 
they heap up treasures of wrath against the lant 
day: the wrongs which they do to others, ciy 
with a loud voice to God, and the Lord -wiU* be 
the avenger of all such as are d^Qrauded. •; list 
them that have been unrighteous then he ttl&* 
righteous no more: you canncH; wrong otb^raso 
much by this sin, as you wrong yourselves: 

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lahake your bands of dishonest gains; make resti- 
tmion of what jou have defrauded others, as you 
«xp«ct salvation, non remUlitur jieccatum, nisi 
tesiituaiuT ablatum. This is a bard saying to 
flome, who have no other wealth but what they 
have gained in a dishonest and unrighteous way ; 
\mA will it not be harder to suffer the vengeance 
of eternal fire for this sin ? is it not better to 
impoverish yourselves, that you may be just and 
honest whilst you live, dian to be damned and 
thirst into a place of torment when yon die? 
You mmt leave what you have: if God do not 
taike away what you have by some temporal 
^calamity before^ be sure death will strip you of 
all 7 and is it not better for you to part with it 
yoiutielves to the just' owners, when this is the 
ivay t» obtain pardon and peace, and an inheri* 
4anee, wlnoh is of a thouattid-foki more value? 
A&^ Ao not &ar but God will make provision 
lor you whilst you abide in the world, if you 
restllve to be hone^, and put your trust in him, 
who hath the disposal of Uie earth and the fulness 
thereof. Be righteous for the future; do not 
swe#ve a batr irom the nile of right. " What ^oa 
if^ould tba(t othera should do unto you, do uitlo 
^lem :" this is K prindipie inscribed upon the 
heart by nature, and <' tiiis ia the law and tbe 
prophets," Matt. vii. Ig. 

10. Hypocrites f turn ye from y&ar evil rvaife, 
M^thinks the terrible voice of God should 
afvighten 3^u, under your hypoorital shows, 
atid outside devotionir; methinks you should now 
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yourselves chiefly to hii»« who h«tl^ exprowd 
80 much displeasure against siuners^ and i» most 
highly offended with hypocrites. What good ipnji 
a form do you, without the power of godHnesa? 
what good wUl shows do yoa, wkhmit sinoeie 
and substantial service? what bmiefit will yon 
get by counterfeit graces, if your graces be not 
real? If your repentance^ and faiSi^ and lov^ 
and the like, be feigned, how inefiectual will tbty 
be to procure pavdoo, and peace, and salvation I 
Are you conteat to lose aQ your bodSy esenisey 
and to have all your heartless lifeless dotiea iise 
up one day in judgaaent against you? Wbst 
advantage will you get by a base profesuoe of 
religion, especially in such tioAes when protesion, 
if it be strict, is disoountenanoed, and profo a o ea ^ 
if their lamp shine with any brightness, «m1 
they carry any great tail, expose thenuriwe to 
danger? And if you have not sincerity, iNhiA 
alone can yield you the true and sweet firMita of 
religion, you are like to lose all, and of a&olhen 
to make yourselves most miserdi>le; you muf 
suffer from men because you have a pro fo eoi eo ^ 
and you will suffer from God, because you htM 
no more than a profession: what then» should 
you cast off your professioii 2 No; so yoa 
would turn apostates, and may fidl into the atil 
against the Holy Ghost, which will bring u^sit 
you inevitable damnation; but iBf ikside yevr 
hypocrisy, and become sincere: be that in trilth» 
which yoa are in show; labour lor sincas^y in 
regard of your state, and labour for nnoccitgp in 
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Sinners, God calls upon all of jou to turn from 
fmr'^^fL w«y» ly^Histhiindering voice. 
'^•i'Tithj presenify: let the time past be sufficient 
M4iere{n you have fulfilled the desires of the fiesh 
ati#)^iaiifd t go 'Hot a step forward in the way 
\l^4in, 'lest JOU meet with destruction suddenly, 
aiHl pet^sh without remedy. 
' Ttorn urmerstdly ; say nofe of any sin, as Lot 
idM ofZoar, *' It is a little one;" cast away all 
your transgressions, and let no iniquity have 
d^telnion over you ibr the fttture. 

• T#m heartilif, from an inward principle of 
hatr^ to sin, and love to God; and not from 
4Mitward considerations, and merely upon the 
«c6lkiot of sin's dreadful cdhsequents: 

*'T^ttti C9nstantfy, and with full purpose of heart 
^im§F^ife¥Sim unto your evil ways of sin any 

- 1^. The Lord dotk expect, after such Judgments, 
Skai London skordd seek Mm; that they should 
hot-only turn from their evil -ways, bat also 'that 
fhey should ''turn unto him that hath smitten 
A«in, and seek the Lord of Hosts,'' Isa. ix. 15. 
«We relKl,' Amos v. 2. ** The virgin of Israel is 
felieny she in forsaken, and none to raise her 
up :'*" wihereupon God caRs this duty, ver. 4 — 8. 
'* Thti4 seith the Lord to' the house of Israel^ 
8eek ye me, and ye shall live; but seek not 
Wft^j^li &e. Seek the Lord, and ye shall live, 
IttsI 4ie break forth like fire in the house of Joseph^ 
atid devour, and there foe none to quench ; seek 
him^h^ made the seven stars^ and Orion, and 
ttirKicilhlbcf shadow of ^eath into the morning, 
&c. the Lord is his name:^' and it follows. 


mer. 15* ** 1% maj he the LenltwiU berifiaciHifl 
imto the remnant o£ Joseph/^ And idbeiitllfis 
duty h negleoted^ aee the thieirteiihig» rewi, 16. 
«' Wailing riiaU be in aU t tPtets; aad theif shall 
eaj in all the ht^ ways, Alas, alasf and 'they 
ihall eall the hosbandtnen to maannngy aikd adiHi 
as are skilful of lamentation, to wwling/^ And 
now London is fallen, dotfa not tiie Lord call 
upon them, that they would call upon him? aiid 
aa they would torn away his anger, and premmt 
their utter ruin, that tiiey would seek iitm wiio 
can turn the shadow of deatih into the moiniBg, 
and the blackest night of affliction into a day of 
pro^rity and rejotdng. 

London, seek the Loord, that ye nay Uve^^^t 
there may be a reviring after the years lof atfch 
death and ruins; seek the Lord» beforethe decree 
. bring forth some other judgment, and ye pats 
nway like chaff before the whirlwind, in- tlie day 
of the Lord's fierce anger; it may be the Lord 
will be gracious to the remnant of this gnsst 
city* God expects that London shooM now 
pray at another rate than heretofore they hsBt^e 
done. It is said, Don. ix. IS. " All thai .evil 
is come upon ea, yet m^e we not enr ^simyer 
unto the Loid our God s'' and when «God had 
oonsttmed Israd, because of their iniquiUes,. the 
.prophet compHlnS) Isa« xltr. 7* " Thane is inane 
-that . ealletb epon thy namei, that stirffeth'sp 
himself to take hi^d of thee;'' Bad the pmyers 
ef London beeA such as they shoKild have^ been, 
fiuchas tfiey have been, the desolationsef Londea 
might have been prevented: God es|seete> that 
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mtptsyen hethn him," Ita. nvi. 16. God 
hath spoken terribly uiito tbem^ he expects that 
ihejr Bhovld erf might^y onlo him. God expects 
ttet London should meet hitn in die waj of his 
judgments, not only with weepings ^r their sins^ 
timt they have provoked him unto so great dis* 
pleasure, but abo with supplications for his 
naereies* When Jacob was devoured, and his 
dwelling place laid waste, P^aL Ixxix. 7> you 
have their prayer, verses 8, 9, Ssc, *^ O remem* 
Iwr not against us former iniquities; lot thy 
tender mercies speedily prevent us, for we are 
bfoaght very low t Help us, O Lord God of our 
salvation, for the glory of thy name : deliver us, 
and purge away our sins for thy name's sake." 
And the church, under desolating jqdgments, doth 
in^ pr&y^T express herself very pathetically, Isa. 
Ixiii. 15, &c. *' Look down from heaven, and 
foeboid from the habitation of thy holiness, and 
thy glory: where is thy zeal, and thy strength, 
the sounding of thy bowels? and thy mercies, 
are tbey restrained? Doubtless, thou an our 
Faaher, &c. We are thine ( return for thy ser- 
vants' sake, &c. and chap. Ixtv. 9. ** Be not 
wroth Tery sore> O Lord, nmtlier remember ini- 
quity for ever ; behold, see, we beseech thee, we 
are all thy people.^ God hath been pleading 
and contending with Lemlon by his judgments, 
mnd God doth lools that London i^onld plead with 
hm in prayer for his mercies. 

London^ seek the Lord of Hoits> who hath 
dome forth egainistt you in battle^ and woiin^d 
yeu' with* his sharp arvowsi, a(nd y€ft hath not laid 
cioivni 'hie'weaMiie; get 10 your knees; hahg 

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about God's feet and arms; fill your mouths 
with arguments to stay him in the course tsf^lt 
judgments; let not the apple of yxmr eye cei^ 
from weeping, that you have displeased Itiitt; 
and let not your tongue' cease' Drom humble and 
eai^est entreaties, that ^le would par dort you, stlid 
remove his displeasure from you. 

Seek the Lord humblt/; pot youf raontWht' 
the dust, if so be there may be any hope*- XJbif 
hears the cry f if the humble, and will not des^?8^ 
their prayer, Psal. x. 17; Psat. cii. 17. ' ' 

Seek the Lord th/rgefOiy ; he hath promts^'to 
be fbund of aH them that diligently seek him,. 
Heb. xil 6. God looks for earnest, hearty, fervini 
prayer r there h a sweet promise which Gfod m^Afes- 
to his people^s prayers after his sore- judgments' 
which he hai brought upon them, Jer. *itfetv 
11— IS. "I know the thoughts, that I tWhk 
towards you, saiththe Lord, thoughts ci 'i^t^iice, 
and not of evil, to give you an expected ettd. 
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye sball go; 
and pray unto ine^ and 1 will hearken onto' you: 
and ye shall seek me and find me,' when ye shall 
search for me with all 3four' heart*" 
' Seek the Lord heUcmngly ; mingle your prayers 
with faith, and make use of- the medtslion of 
Ghrtst; tliat you may prevail. 

'II. God caUsnpon London^ bif the i3oic&^ Mst 
Judgment, to prepare Jbt greater trmthtft^* Tlie 
face of 'God seems to threaten greater trou^bles ; 
d)ere* is little sign that God^s brow is smootbeiied 
noNv, more than it was before the fire; ther^is 
IHtle evidence of th<> appeasement of Gild's 
>g0r; the fkce of ihe timts seems ^thMrten 

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gnater tEouULea: the doud over Londcm and 
England is still very black, and seems to be 
thid^er than it was before. 

(1 .) Gocf 4 onfnveople are like to undergo greater 
troubles: som^ of them have endured mudb, but 
they are like to endure much more : tome of 
them have suffered deeply, but they are like to 
nsfier greater things more generally : they have 
been brought low by affliction, but not so low 
as others be ; when others of God's people are 
strip! of all, they enjoy a comparative proa*- 
perity ; they ace not so low as they deserve to 
be; their Gospel^reproaching sins deserve te 
greater severitiea: they are not so low aa thej 
may have need to be ; they may need greater 
troubles, to unite them more one to anomer in 
their affeetions, to further their sanctification, to 
wean and loosen them more from the world; to 
hoipbfe them for, and purify them more from sin ; 
to exercise and hrighti»i more their graces : tbqr 
are not so low as poasib^ they must be bef<sre 
they be exalted ; the night is the darkest before 
the day breaks ; the storm ia the fiercest many 
times in its last blast; and the afflictions 6i 
God's people are the sorest before God gives 
them deliverance; God lays his people most Ipw, 
when he intends their highest exaltation : surely, 
the expected shock is not yet over, and God's 
peopk's most dreadful sufferings seem most 
iminediately to be . thneatened, they seem to be 
near, v^ry near, even at the doors. The intent 
of the late judgments by plague and fire, seems 
plainly ||;o be tor the fitting and preptudng of 
them for more smart and heavy strokes. If God 

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had permitled those expeetetd sufiemigs tcr haw 
eome upon them more suddenly, they might ha've 
found them more unready; God hath given them 
time to prepare, and awakening warnings to pre- 
pare ; and when will they be ready to suffer like 
ChriatianSy like Protestanta, if now they be not 

(2.) The profane cmd wicked generaiion itt ikt 
land, are like to endure greater troubles^ as halh 
been shown, page 96 — 98, and when the storm 
of God's anger 4loth break down upon tbem, are 
there no drops likely to fall c^on London? It 
not the whole hnd likely to be in dainger of mini 
when God dodi deid with the un|podly.and wtdced 
crew, whom he. spaces £br some time,, whflat he 
puniaheth so severely the more righteous ? The 
troubles of London have been great, bist medunki 
it is evident, that London ia in dmger oi greater 
troubles ; ther^re they hav«e need tO: make pre* 
paration, which they have bad such awakening 
calls unto. Some possibly may think the. bitter* 
aess. of London's troubles is over, because their 
troubles have been so bitter; that die dbiurp 
winter cold is gone, wheait.waa soshaap imrtfae 
midst of winter, and the sua had got tonaome 
height; but Matxh^can bring in as oold nipping 
frost as. December and January dtdii and when 
the spring of prosperity is expected h^. «ome, 
they may find the sliarpest part- of the wkiter of 
troubles to be behind^ PreqMUte^ therefore^ London, 
for greater troubles, 

12. God doth expect thai Lottdon shmld ^Artut 
no vwre in arms ^ flesh, biU iu hmoe^^ obame. 
By these judgments God hath aheaim toLoBdm 


Uie'We^kneM and insiifBciency of arms of fitA, 
what broken reeds they are. Some put their 
trofit in men, and their great expectation of relief 
and comfort hath been from their friends; by tiM 
plague God hath ^ewn, how frail and weak man 
is^ how Hke grasd^ or a flower, that quickly 
withereth, or is cut down ; how like glass, or a 
bul^ie, which is easiiy broken and vanisheth: 
many have lost^ by the plague, their chief frienda 
upon whom they have had all their dependanoe ; 
and the Lord hath shewn how insufficient a 
foundation man is for any one's trust and con- 
fidence ; therefore he calleth aloud to London, to 
** cease from mmi, whose bi«ath i»in his nostrils, 
for wherein is he to be accounted of?" Isa. ii. M, 
not to trust in *' any of the sons of men, in 
whom Uiere is no help ;" and the reason is, be^ 
cause *' t^eir breath goet^ forth, and they return 
to their dust ; in tiiat very day all then* dioughts 
periidiy" Psal* cxlvl. 3, 4. Scwne put their trust 
in their wealdi and riches, Pror. xviii. IK ''Hie 
rich man's weahh is his dty, and a high wall is 
bis own conceit." God hath by the fire, which 
hatii consumed so much of the wealth of the dty, 
shewn how insufficient a foundadon wealth is ibr 
any mm's confidence ^ be*bath made it evtdent 
tiwt riehes are unoartain, and that they fly away 
walh eagles' wifigs, sometinoea whilst the owners 
are looinng on : isray not that which is ttireatened; 
Psal. lii« 5, 7> bespoken of many in London, that 
God hath rooted some of them by the plague 
out of the land of the living, plucked and forced 
o^Mira out of dieir habitations by the foe, and 
taken away their nUy luid prop* fVom them ; of 

St8 god's T«ltBtB&8 VOICE 

wtatki il nqp b«. nid, «^Jjo^ A«te a»^ Ihey duit 
made Mt God tlim strengdi, biife* tnnted.m^be 
atoodance of their ridM8» and strengAcnad 
thematlvas in their wideeilBeia«" 

London^ tmst no more in amu ofJitsh^Jiat 
trait IB Ood aloM: «' It ie better to trust in the 
Lord, than to put cenfidepee in men-; it is Wtter 
to troet in the Lord, than to |mt eonfidenoe in 
prinoet," PsaL cxviii. B» 9* Gnd Is kaoeksng off 
yeor lingers from all tUi^ here bdow ; hie will 
18 that yon shonid pnt yenr trust in him i wluch 
is ene promised effect of great deeolatieoe and 
afflieiions, that you should kbour after; Zepb. 
vi.1%, ''IwiUalspkaireinthenNdstoftbaean 
affiicted and poor people, and they shall troat in 
the naoMof the Lord/' You were not so fi»rwaid 
to trust in the Lord when you had greater abun- 
dance; endeavour to trust in him^ neW you are 
brought into greater penrerty and afflictioii z his 
infinite power, wisdom^ loving klndnesSy hiBpm- 
mise, truth, «id iaithfulness ate a stteng beetom 
fiMr your trust and confidcBce in God* Jmet iii 
Wm at all times* in the worst of tamesMriien 
your denoer is greatest, he will be your *.' bdp 
and sUeld/' Psal. obv« 1 ; he will be ywar raAige 
under o pp w assi en, and " present help ixk time of 
tMuble/' Psal. xhn.1 f he w»U be your fluek end 
ibrtress, your hi^ tower to defend you, ov yeUr 
deUvevsr t» i^adeeaa you out o€ aU your, jtmublss. 
^ Trust us Ood ahme «M^^All Shioeai if yoa^nrtik^ 
use of creatures, do not lean and stay upm 
tbem, feif thc(y wslLdip from usriuift y(iu> but 
ttey yourselves en^God^ Qt the peaoa. aud^et 
W^idi 4his- will yield in shakiugbr tnHibles0iQ« 

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«nd BTC ma^ed lake Imvcs upcn tbe afiproMh cf 
*• You diall not be «fraid of evil tidingi, 

but have your hearts fixed, tnistii^ in tbe Loed^'^ 
Pttd. exii. 7. 

IS. God doth egped that lAmdan shoM kmfe 
dtaih in contnaud rmnembnmc e. This Ood ex* 
poets horn the jndgaMnts of tbe plsgae, tbe deslh 
of so many thousands a week in Londeut gave 
flitch a spectade of mortality, and preadied sueb 
a sermon in tbeeky, as should bring the remem- 
brance of death into their adnds every day of 
tbehr lives ; llie death, if it were but of one or 
two, should put you in mind of your latter end ; 
but when you have seen so many go do¥m into 
the pit before you, it should inscribe the iwnem- 
bninoe of death more deeply upon your mincb, 
the record of whieh you ahould look daily into. 
The gates of tbe city, in the jFcar oS the plague, 
seemed to have this inscription upon them, ''All 
fleili is grass;" let that wiird sound every day in 
your ears, and remember your bodies are ex- 
posed to the' stroke of death every darjr : -and 
though you have ont-lived the plague, that yet 
-death hath you in die chase, tmd wSl ^ore long, 
(yoti know not how seen), overtake you : re- 
member jFour glass is runaing, and will quioUy 
be run out; md thetfefere ** 2Ui.tlie.days of tyom* 
appointed time^'^ t^ yoo sboidd femembevv m. you 
should ** prepare ibr your great cfaaoge/' Job, 
xiv. 14. 

Crod expeets that the remaining inhabitants of 
London riiould be prepsMd weU te death noar, 
wheh they have had deirtiisomQoh in their vssw; 

230 god's TEAIUElBLE 70ICE 

9ome d yoo lunnr been mk 0ft the ^plugut » 4nd 
brought to the very r brink of the gti»re; ftU,«of 
yott have been in danger of the pli^ue^ when the 
dueaae was so sore and ragimg ; I feax oioB^of 
you were unprepared lor death at that timcbi and 
had yott died then, that- it would hav« been with 
horror; aad I helieye ,th^. these are few< of yott 
bttt did,; in the time„ of yeur fears and dfingvr^ 
make vows and proaaisesy if > thek Lord- WooU 
shelter you from the arrows which flew about 
you, and spare your lives then, that, you would 
lead new lives, and be more careful to> prepare 
for your change, so that death should not take 
yon so unprovided any .laore : God ezpeeta 4he 
iblfiUing ofyour promises; and that you .should 
live up to the vows, which you made in the time 
of your distress; and so provide yourselves 
whilst you ave well, that (he messetigev ofdeath 
may have a welcome reception, whenever he 
snmmoneth you to leave this world* 

14. God expects that London eiumld^ reimiu 
great impreisions of eiemky* You have had the 
door of eternity set wide open in ' yoisr ;¥iew, 
when so many were throngung jn at the door,anil 
I believe you had deeper apprehensions of:etcr!> 
nity in those days, than ever you had in your 
lives ; take heed* that those impressiona do not 
wear off> and that you. lose not those apprehen- 
sions, especially when you are drawii^ every day 
nearer and nearer thereunto. Think often of the 
vast ocean of eternity, without bottom or bapk ooi 
the other side, into which the .whole. stream of 
time will empty itself; and how quickly the 
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hito k: Ihii^ trfbn «f tfaeuiwHerdliie itete <if 
)oy or miserf^ which y<Mi mcMt enDer into atthd 
•tid df yoor courte: think how Uiin and short 
the ploasures of si» are in this lifb, in eompanson 
df*the'hon*ibl« ind endless torments of hell; and 
how ** light «nd meinentftry the affliolions of 
GocUs people are here, in comparisoa witbthe 
eoDceeding and eternal Weight of glory peepavsd 
fiDrtheoi in heaven/' 2 Cor. xli. 7* 

15. Qffd doik call upon LomUm by- ik€\fift 
which burnt dMim ihe oitgf to seoure ihemsdveg 
mgofttst theJifeofheiL London's fire was dread* 
M, but tlie fire of hell' will be a thousand-Md. 
Htere di«idfttk > The fii« of London was kindled 
by man; be sare some -second eause was made 
tf se of herein ; but the fire of hell will be kindled 
hf God himself, Isa. xxx« 35. *< Tophet is or* 
:^utied of old, for the king it is prepared, he hath 
fliade it ideep and large ; the pile thereof is &te 
and much wood, and the breath of the Lord, 
like a stk-eam of branstone, doth kisdle it." The 
fit% of London burnt the houses of the oity, and 
eonsumed much of the gobds ; but the hm -of 
he41 will burn the peraons of the widsed, Matt. 
xr.4l, " Depart, ye cursed, ineto everlasting fire/' 
The fire of London- did bum most, but not all, 
Ito Houses' in the city ; eoliie: ave yet remainuig, 
toot thefireiof hell will bam all the persons of the 
widced, not one of them slMdl escape and ro>* 
Alain. The fire of London was extisigat^ed« 
and did last but four days ; but* the fire of hell 
will be unextinguishable, it will burn for ever ; it 
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23% GOD*a TiAaxBU voics 

muit lie and btirn eUmaUy, tritbdttft any po»* 
dbiUty of ever getting forth. If you bad known 
before of London's Sxe, wbeie it would be^^ 
and bow it would spread* and seise upon your 
bouses, sorely you would bave taken some ooorse 
fbrtheprerentionofit Yon know before of tbe 
fire of bell ;tbe word of God hath revealed it: O 
take some course for preventing of it» at least Ibr 
securing of yourselves against it» When tbe firei 
was baming in London you did fly from it» lest 
it should have consumed your persons as well aa 
houses : O fly from the Are of bdl, into wbidi 
your persons will be thrown if you go on ki sin; 
fly from the wrath which is to come; fly imlo 
Jesus Christ, who alone can ddiver you. 

16. God ddh call upon LondoBors by the-Jire^ 
io he like Grangers and piigrimi in Ae lOorkL 
God hath burned you out of your babitatioiiSy 
that he might lo6sen your afiections from hofaaea« 
and riches, and all things here below ; thstt he 
might unsettle yon, unhmge» unfix you, that yon 
might never tUnk of rest and settlement in the 
creatures, as long as you live. God etlh upon 
yon by this judgment, to take off your hMrts 
from ^is worid, which is so very uncertain^ aind 
to be like stran^^rs and pilgiims upon the eardv 
who are to take up your lodging here but a few 
days and nights m your passage to the other 
world. God expects you shouM live aa these 
who have here no certain dwelling-place; and 
therefore that yon should not lavuh away too 
much of your thoughts, and affecdona, and timet 
about these uncertain things, whkh are. of so 

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sbmt a' oonHiQUince^/atid -with ivthick jpou caiioat 
hate a loiij^ abode* God hath by his judgments 
orocified the world Tery much before you, and he 
expects that the woiid should be crucified in you. 
Ood hath poured contempt upon the world, and 
set a €nark of disgrace thereon : he hath cast dirt 
upon the face, where you fancied before so much 
beauty to lie; and he expects that you should 
faH in esteem, and grow out of }ove with the 
world, aud never go a whoring from him to the 
(»«atures any- more. 

17* G^ ocUk upon Loudon to make* him ikeir 
hiMiaUon; Psalov xc. 1> '^Lord, thou hast been 
dar dwelliiig^^laoe in all . generations." God is 
the hiding'piace^ and he is the dn>eUing*place oi 
his* pecipie ; you have lost your dwelling by the 
fife, make God your habitation, and dwell in 
htm, to whom you may have constant resor£, and 
in wlii0m you may have a sure abode. Get pos« 
session oi this bouse by your union to God 
thvoughi his Sen; and when you are in, keep 
pessession) abide in this houses do not wailder 
fnMS him, and turn yonrselves out of doors, by 
In^eaking of his household laws : make God yoiur 
home, and labour to be much acquainted at 
home ; spend your time vdth God, and give your 
hearts to him : rest and repose yousselves in God 
daily ; look for all youc provi£»ions in him, ai¥l 
from him ; walk in him, and with him. Make 
God your habitation. 

18. God oaiUlh upon Loudon U) nek after an 
abiding city^ Heb. xitL 14, .*' We have no con- 
tinuing^yji but ¥ce jefitonevtQ.come«" . Londott 

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234 god's ^AftlUBKE .TOICE 

hgrti mmm U^ajtOm bmam^ Ihwr fwi icttJaBaJB 
doibektter. Yau^lmw mMxlkm^iSa^Mlhj^ 
fiie» Mek After a dty whitthiialk HUie. i Matiug ' 
fippndatimigy «nd is oif Mich t^mmg buttdkqivlfait 
neiUier tune cao wear 4iid i»CBlicn» nor flaniBft^ 
fire reocb and copw u ne* I mean the Hww Jobb^ 
sa&em, whidi is sbore^ the h — gsp iy cily, »haw 
buUder end msker is God ; thsse are msMesniy 
abiding places fi>r the 8aHils^J«linjnv«^ Hbklm 
the wicked will caste fiam traaWngi^; and Abe 
weaijr will be at rsst: seek ater Aisci^, khpn 
§m. a title to it, ky iq» jroor tr«asure..iu.it,.get 
yuarsifecticas set upon it { idp^eati tewdei^tiaess. 
a Hade with hesveib which, in theisBiifl^.wiil 
yield you the best returns. 'j,^\ ai*^ *- 

19* Gad4hA eaepeei ihak Imim shvuM Mto- 
to bitild iU 1ms0* The a^ect^iGe^hwiisev 
IJbeUevf, hath beea a gicat.«MMQ.oi tiiefid^al 
sa^nea^y hcsisssin tinfrcsly by firer .GadicwfaalB. 
that IMW ym^ should eadaaviNir tbrbiiildi^af 
his bouse; otherwifM^ I io nol ithiafci dMt Oedb 
nfiil baild agqfo f om: hoiMesk .Ymi iji IwtiiiiSi: 
Aotxxf Parliatpent for bniiding. the^tyyiychirt 
workflMn abou(it^blKt imfesiMSnd dmwm^tibit^f 
the buildiag will ntnrer gOKifoiwaii^; nalssssiWr 
build die<»l8^ ^ werkMsa^wilUabpwiiwlvpn; 
Bead and eeasider lbs p fef i ho s y o£.Hiyifcr^A<. 
aboat the woijk of 4PiffWWStieii?iinssanrigMitwMlyi 
especially; in the hinse and wefahip4if ^lady^ iy:*t 

2a God dMk e9f^ iie^ LamUmmm^JmOkUb^ 
ffttffifff ^AssiiSJvAt' Aatl YawaiMf .an^o^ JUsi^ ^r Hbu 
hnire bivikm y#iir baptimaal nnd 4 
Go4ha|hi ~ 

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ioBAtHty ; now mn^vt yom vowt, gitetrf^ yovtt*- 
aehievto God^ atKMieh him to be your God, and 
ayooeh jnMmelveB ta be his people, and lire ao^ 
ooniiogljr* Take up Joshda'a resolution, that 
whateiwr others in the land do, that yon and your 
£unillea will eerve the Lord« - Make it yoar only 
bannees in the world to serve God ; let religion 
lunne ao influence upon aH your actions; do 
netfaing without the warrant of God's precept ; 
let your conversation be such as beconieth the 
Goqiel; govern your families in the fear of 
Oed; fill att your relatioiis with duty; learta 
more righteousness by God's judgments, and be 
qaiiekeBed by them unto a more holy and strict 

JIOKd if you 3rield such fhtits as these, which 
G«d expeoto after bis }doughing and harrowing 
of you; if you open your ear to the *' Terrible 
veiee of the LonT/' whieh ha^ uttefed itself* iir 
the sity*^ and with full purpose of' heart aet 
about tiw piuctice of the duties he expecte and 
ciHslar; liMn you asay h<^ that be wvU yet 
baild JOB up, and plant yoU^ that he will 
cleitf ywir breaebe% sKid 9me up your iwinottflr 
fauliilalBiHi; that he ^11 make you glad aecor-* 
diagte the years whevein he hsui aflicted you, 
aadEgiee yuu to see geod days, instead of those 
eyii uducb you have seen and fcitrthen the 
Lord wU xefDieB ever you tedo you good; and 
mdie London like Mouitt Zien, where he will 
piorit hia taiit^ end take igp Uahat^tstlon: then 
be will eanpa« you dbout wiffa the bulwark of 
jouL peevent iboee fiutber utieriy de* 

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236 god's TS&aiBLB yoicb, &c. 

solatitig judgments ndiich you are in danger of; 
yea, the Lord will be as a *' wail of fire'' round 
about you, and the glory in die midst of Ix>ndon, 
from whence his praise and your fame shall sound 
throughout the whole world. 


Seii Deo Gloria. 




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