TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS, Assembled in PARLIAMENT.
WHen formerly I have been moved by friends to preach before you at the Monthly Fast, I have alwayes decli∣ned it, and earnestly intrea∣ted them not to make the motion; being rea∣dy to say, as Ausonius to Caesar in another case, Non habeo ingenium, I have not parts for such a service in such a Presence; or as Moses answered the Lord,*Non sum Page [unnumbered] facundus, I am not eloquent; for I never thought my Oratory worthy such an Au∣ditory: but when a learned Member of your House came to me in your name, and signified your will to have it so, I could not say as that Poet did,*Caesar sed jussit, habebo, as if he had wit at command, but the Senate sending, I resolved, I must obey, & do as well as I can with Gods assistance.* Now having in obedience to your Order, both preached and printed this plain Ser∣mon, I beseech you take it with all faults, and connive. This I may say to my comfort, it was preached in a good day, and we that then made our Supplications for you, and with you, found not our prayers and yours fruitless,* for the Lord wrought a great Victory that day;* a good incouragement to you to continue your dayes of Humiliation, of which you find so good effects. Often may you heare such Newes from your Forces, Page [unnumbered] that we may enjoy the benefit of your Ordi∣nances in peace.
Worthy Patriots, it was joyfull tidings to us in all parts of the Kingdome, when we heard for certain, that there should be a Parliament, and that Writs were out for choosing Knights of the Shire, and it was an augmentation of our joy, when we heard of a Triennial Parliament; that I thought would be fraenum or flagrum to all cor∣rupt men, but when wee understood that there was an Act for the continuation of this Parliament, we had greater cause of re∣joycing, because by this meanes yee have opportunity to perfect those things, which other Parliaments could but propound & begin, being sundry times broken up, be∣fore they could do any considerable service for their Countrey. God forbid, that that high Court which is now established by a law, should ever be dissolved by the sword. Page [unnumbered]Peace,*peace be unto you, and to your Helpers, your God helpeth you. He grant, that yee may prosper, and triumph in his Name and praise, untill yee have finished the worke which he hath given you to doe, which is and shall be the prayer of
Westminster, Octob. 30. 1645.
The unworthiest of your spirituall Servants, S A: GIBSON.