Occasional Speeches before his Tryal.
HE said, there was something in this Cause, that could never be conquered, and that he blessed the Lord, it had never been be∣trayed by him, or conquered in him. And before this, in a Letter from Silly to a Friend, he said, God's Arm is not shortned; doubtless great and precious Promises are yet in store to be accomplished, in and upon Believers here on Earth, to the making of Christ admired in them. And if we cannot live in the power and actual fruition of them, yet if we die in the certain foresight and imbracing of them by Faith, it will be our great blessing. This dark night and black shade, which God hath drawn over his work in the midst of us, may be (for ought we know) the ground-colour to some beautiful Piece, that he is now exposing to the light.
When he came from his Tryal, he told a Friend, he was as much overjoyed, as a chast Virgin that had escaped a Rape: for, said he, neither flatteries before, nor threatnings now, could prevail upon me; and I bless God that enabled me to make a stand for this Cause; for I saw the Court resolved to run it down, and (through the assistance of God) I resolved they should run over my Life and blood first.