John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure
This nobleman was born in 1559. He was fortunate in having spent some time, in his youth, with the famous Mr Welch of Ayr, during his exile in France. This was most probably the source of his religious impressions; impressions which, though for a time, extinguished by the pursuits of worldly ambition in which he mingled, were revived in the season of sickness, and at death were displayed with a power to which the experience of few Christians affords any parallel. The illness of which he died lasted about a fortnight. The whole of his experience during that period, has been recorded. What is here given as his last words, refers to the four days which preceded his death, when his faith was confirmed, and the doubts and fears previously felt by him, had passed away.
Some consolatory truths being stated to him, which he welcomed and repeated, the pastor who attended him ( Mr Rutherford ) perceiving him becoming weaker, said, ' My lord, the marriage feast is drawing near; make ready the marriage robes; set aside all care of your estate and the world; and give yourself to meditation, prayer and spiritual conference.'
After that, he was observed to be always upon that exercise; and when none was near him, he was overheard praying; and many times, when to our sense he was sound asleep, he was at prayer. After a sleep, he called for the pastor, and said, ' I have been troubled in my sleep with this, that being at peace with God, I am not also at peace with men; and therefore, send for such a kinsman, ( with whom I am not reconciled ), as also for such a minister that did before offend me, that I may friend with them;' which was done quickly. When the preacher came, he said, ' I have ground of offence against you, as a natural man, and now I do to you what all men breathing could not have moved me to do, but now because the Holy Spirit commands me, I must obey, and therefore I freely forgive you, as I wish you to forgive me. You are in an eminent place; walk in the right road; hold your eye right; for all the world, decline not from holiness, and take example by me.' To his cousin he said, ' Serve the Lord, and follow not the footsteps of your father in law, ( he had married the bishop of Galloway's daughter ); learn to know that you have a soul, for I say to you, the thousandth part of the world know not they have a soul; the world lives without any sense of God.'
He wished the pastor to sleep in a bed upon the ground beside him, within the chamber, and urged him against his call to lie down and sleep, and said, ' You and I have a far journey to go; make you for it.' Some four nights before his death, he would drink a cup of wine to the pastor, who answered, ' I receive it, my lord, in hope you shall drink of the pure river of the water of life, proceeding from the throne of God, and from the Lamb;' and when the cup was in his hand, with a smiling countenance, he said, ' I think I have good cause to drink with a good will to you.'
After some heaviness, the pastor said, ' my lord, i come with news to you.' He answered, ' What be they?' The pastor answered. ' Be not afraid of death or judgement, because the process that your Judge had against you is cancelled and rent in pieces, and Jesus Christ hath trampled it under His feet.'
My lord said very pithily, with a smile, ' O! That is a lucky tale: I will then believe and rejoice, for sure I am that Jesus Christ and I once met, and will He not come again?' The pastor said, ' My lord, you have gotten the first fruits of the Spirit. - the earnest, - and Christ will not loose His earnest: therefore the bargain between Christ and you holds.' He asked the pastor. ' What is Christ like, that I may know Him?' The pastor answered. ' He is like love, and altogether lovely.' Love cannot but be known wherever it is.' The pastor said, ' my lord, if you had the man Christ in your arms now, would you not thrust you Him into your heart, howbeit your heart and side be pained with a stitch?' He answered, ' God knows, I would forget my pain, and thrust Him into my heart: yea, if I had my heart in the palm of my hand, I would give it to Him, and think it too unworthy a gift for Him.' He complained of Jesus Christ's going and coming. ' I find,' said he. ' my soul drowns with heaviness: when the Lord cometh, He does not stay long.' The pastor said, ' Wooers dwell not together, but married folk take up house together, and do not part. Jesus Christ is now wooing, and therefore He feeds His own with hunger, which is as growing meat, as the sense of His presence.' He said often, ' Son of God, when wilt Thou come? God is not man that He should change, or as the son of man that He should repent. Those that come to Christ He casts not away, but raises them up at the last day.' Still, after peace and full assurance of reconciliation, he cast back his eyes to his sins, and mourned. The pastor discoursed to him of the New Jerusalem, and the glory of our Father's house above, and said, ' What will you think, my lord, when Christ shall dry your watery eyes, and wipe all tears from your face, and lay your head upon His breast, and embrace you in His arms, and kiss you with the kisses of His mouth?' He said, ' I want words to say what I think; but I know heaven is above the commendation of all earthly men, howbeit they had tongues of angels.' He was heard to say in his sleep, My well beloved is mine, and I am his. Being asked if he was sleeping, ' he said he was asleep, but he remembered he was giving a claim to Christ in his sleep.'
Another time after sleep, he wakened with exceeding great joy, not long before his death, saying, ' I have felt an extreme sweetness, a sweet perfume, which so filled my heart, that I was not able to contain the same; and as a precious perfume, it diffused itself through the whole rooms about me, with a most delicate and odoriferous smell.' the physician desired him to say over the words again, which he did, and said he felt ' joy unspeakable and glorious.' After a sound sleep, in the dawning, the pastor said, ' My lord, where lay Christ all night? Did not your well beloved lie as a bundle of myrrh between your breasts?' He answered, ' nay not between my breasts, but between my breasts locked in my heart.'
He asked, ' when will my heart be loosed and my tongue untied, that I may express the sweetness of the love of God to my soul?' and before the pastor answered anything, he answered himself, ' even when the wind bloweth.' Being asked by the pastor, ' If ever he had benefited by the words of God in public, which he had heard preached these many years;' he answered, ' I never came to your communion, but I was filled with the sense of God, and Christ was powerfully borne in upon my soul, that do my best, I was not able to hold Him out; but in He would be, whether I would or not; but Oh! Oh! my woeful outbreakings, for the saints I was inclined to. The devil and temptations took me at such a time, as I could not win by unhurt, Oh! Oh! strong, strong Jesus; O the depth of the love that would not let me go.'
Being asked, ' What was his judgement concerning the ceremonies now entered in the Kirk of God?' ' I think,' said he, ' and am persuaded in my conscience, they are superstitious, idolatrous, and antichristian, and come from hell, and I repute it a mercy, that my eyes shall not see the desolation that shall come upon this poor church. It's plain popery that is coming among you; God help me! God forgive the nobility, for they are either key cold, or ready to welcome popery; whereas they should resist; and woe be to a dead dog, timeserving, and profane ministry; they are but a company of dumb dogs.' He called his lady, and a gentleman who was a friend to his lady, and had come a good way to meet him, with the pastor, caused the chamber door to be shut upon all others, and from his bed directed speech to the gentleman saying, ' I ever found you kind and honest to me all the time of my life; therefore, I must now give you a charge, which you shall deliver to all noblemen you know, and with whom you are acquainted. Tell them how heavy I found the weight of the Lord's hand upon me, for not giving testimony to the Lord my God, when I had occasion, once in my life at the last parliament. For this foul fault, how fierce have I felt the wrath of the Lord my God! My soul hath raged and roared. I have been grieved to the heart. Tell them that they will be as I am now. Encourage others that stood for the Lord. Tell them that failed, that, as even they would wish to have mercy when they are as I am now, that they would repent and crave mercy from God. Would to God that I had such an occasion again, to testify my love to the Lord! For all the earth, should I not do as I have done.' To a gentleman, a kinsman of his, he said, ' I love your soul, and I love your body: you are a blessed man if you understand it, because ye may have the blessed means of the word preached beside you; and seeing you are but a tender man of body, I would not have you to drown yourself so much with interests and troubles of this world, as I did; who knows but ye may be the next man that follows me? My greatest grief is, that I have not the occasion of good means as you have, and if you yourself make not the right use of the occasions of your means, one day they shall be a witness against you. Alas! take example by me; I was a fool, and lifted up with folly; and now when I was at the very top, I was taken by the Lord, when I least expected. the Lord hath smitten me; therefore take example by me, and leave the world and the fashions of friends timely; tender your soul, and tender your body. If I were to live in the world again, I should not vex and trouble myself so much as I did, but should dwell at the Rusco the most part of my life, that I might have the happiness of the exercise of hearing God's word preached, as you have; good cousin, use the counsel of your pastor.'
To lord Herries that was his brother in law, he said, 'Mock not at my counsel, my lord. In case you follow the course you are in, you shall never see the face of Jesus Christ. You are deceived with the merchandise of the harlot, that makes the world drunk out of her cup of fornication. Your soul is built upon a sandy foundation. When you come to this state, you will find no comfort in your religion. You know no what s wrestling I have had, ere I came to this state of comfort; the kingdom of heaven is not got with a skip, or a leap, but with much seeking and thrusting.' The lord Herries, not liking this discourse, did press to break off by these words saying, ' My lord , I thank you kindly. I am content to see your lordship so resolved. If I had known of your sickness, I had seen you sooner.' Kenmuir answered, ' I pray God give you grace to make good use of your coming. And seeing you are now come, contemn not good counsel, for I have interest in your lordship, and love your soul, and I must exonerate myself, as I will be answerable to God.' To his sister, lady Herries he said, ' Who knows but the words of a dying brother may prevail with a loving sister. Alas! you incline to a rotten religion. Cast away these decayed dregs; they will not avail you when you are brought to this case as I am. The half of the world are ignorant, and go to hell, and know not that they have a soul. Read the Scriptures. They are plain Scottish language to all who desire wisdom from God, and to be led to heaven.' To a gentleman, his neighbour, he said, ' Your soul is in a dangerous case, but you see it not, and as long as you are in this case you are in, you will never see it. I pray you, as you love the salvation of your soul, leave these courses. You must seek out another way to heaven than you are in, expect to land in hell. There are small means of instruction to be had, because the most part of the ministry are profane and ignorant; search God's word for the good old way, and search and find all your own ways.' To his cousin, he said, ' You are a young man, and know not well what you are doing. Seek God's direction for wisdom in your affairs, and you shall prosper; and learn to know you have need of God to be your friend.' To another cousin he said, ' David, you are an aged man, and you know not well what an account you have to make; and if you were in the case I am in, you would endeavour more earnestly to make up your accounts than you do. I know you better than you believe, for you worship God according to men's devices. You believe lies of God. Your soul is in a dreadful state; and till you know the truth, you shall never know your own way aright.' To a young man, his neighbour, he said, ' Because you are but a young man, beware of temptations and snares; and above all, be careful to keep yourself in the use of means. Resort to good company; and though you be named a puritan, and mocked, yet care not for that, but rejoice and be glad, that they who are scorned and scoffed by this godless and vain world, and nicknamed puritans, would admit you to their society, for I must tell you, when I am at this point as you see me, that I get no comfort to my soul from any second means under heaven, except from those that are branded as puritans. They are the men that can give a word of comfort to a weary soul in due season - and that I have found by experience, since I did lie down here.'
One of his natural sisters he thus addressed: ' My dove, thou art young, and alas! ignorant of God. I know thy breeding, and upbringing well enough. Seek the Spirit of regeneration. Oh! if thou knew it, and felt the power of the Spirit as I do now. Think not that all is gone, because your brother is dead. Trust in God, and your Father liveth, - and beware of the follies of youth. Give yourself to reading and praying, and to careful hearing of God's word : and take heed whom you hear,- and how you hear, - and God be with you.'
To the minister Irving of Parton, he said, ' Mr James it is not holiness enough to be a minister, for you ministers have your own faults, and those more heinous than others. I pray you be more painful in your calling, and take good heed to the flock of God, and know that every soul that perisheth by your negligence, shall be counted to your soul as murdered before God. Think not but such a man as I may at this time give a wise man counsel. Take heed to your ministry.' To his chaplain, who was then Mr George Gillespie, he said, ' You have carried yourself discreetly to me, so that I cannot blame you. I hope you will prove an honest man. If I have been at any time harsh to you, forgive me. I would I had taken heed to many of your words. I might have got good by the means God gave me; but I made no use of them.'
' Now, ' continues Kenmure, ' I see that it was God that sent the pastor unto me, because he resolved to stay longer at Irvine. the Lord has now let me see my ways; my soul hath been troubled for them; but my God hath given me comfort, and hath begun to loose my tongue; God be thanked for that which I have got; I look for more; great is the work of mercy that is shown me; now the love of God is made known to my soul, and I am grieved for my ingratitude against my loving Lord, and that I should have sinned against Him who came down from heaven to the earth for my cause, to die for my sins. The sense of this love borne in upon my heart hath a reflex, making me love my Saviour, and adhere to Him again. The sparks and embers of this love shall fly up and down in this bed, so long as I lie in it.'
To another kinsman, he said, ' Learn to use your time well. Oh, alas! the ministry in this country are dead. God help you; you are not led right; ye had need to be busy among yourselves. Men are careless in the practice of godliness as if godliness were but words, signs, and shows; but all these will not do the turn. Oh! but I find it hard now, to take heaven by violence, and to thrust in at it.' To two neighbours, he said, ' It is not rising soon in the morning, and running to the park or stone dyke, that will bring peace to the conscience, when it comes to this part of the play. You know not how I have been beguiled with this world. I would counsel you to seek that one thing that is necessary, even the salvation of your souls. Be continually casting up your accounts; let not your reckonings be behind as mine were; but count with your own souls every day and every night.' To a Robert Gordon, bailie of Ayr, he said, ' Robert, I know you have light and understanding; and though you have no need to be instructed by me, yet have you need to be incited. Care not overmuch for the world, but makes use of the good occasions and means you have in your country; for here is a pack of dumb dogs that cannot bark; they vaguely talk to you of terror and of comfort, but without any sense or life.' To a young cousin, and another young gentleman that was his friend, he said, ' You are young men, and you have far to go, and it may be some of you have not far to go, and if it fall out that your journey be short, however it is dangerous. Now are you happy, because you have time to lay your accounts with Christ Jesus. See therefore that your reckoning be made daily, lest you be taken, as I am, to make your accounts, and to have all your senses to seek about you. Suffer not therefore this example, that you see of me to slip unobserved, but make your best use of it. I entreat you to give your youth to Jesus Christ, for it is the most precious offer and acceptable gift you can give Him. Give not your youth to the devil and your lusts; and then reserve nothing to Jesus Christ but your rotten bones. It is to be feared that then He will not accept you; learn therefore to watch and take example by me.'
He called Mr Lamb, who was the bishop of Galloway, commanding all who were within the chamber to remove, and had a long conference with him; exhorting him earnestly not to molest or remove the Lord's servants, and not to enforce their consciences to receive the Five Articles of Perth, or do any thing against their consciences but to behave himself meekly towards them, as he would wish to have mercy from God.' The bishop answered, ' My lord, our ceremonies are of their own nature but things indifferent, and we impose them for decency and order in God's Kirk. They need not stand so scrupulously on them as matter of conscience in God's worship.' Kenmuir replied, ' I am not to dispute with you, but one thing I know, and can tell you from dear experience, that these things indeed are matters of conscience, and not indifferent; and so I have found them; for since I did lie down on this bed, the sin that lay heaviest on my soul, and hath burdened my conscience most, was my withdrawing of myself from the parliament, and not giving my voice for the truth against these things which they call indifferent; for in so doing, I have denied the Lord my God.' When the bishop began to commend and encourage him for his well led life, and did put him in hopes of health, and praised him for his civil carriage and legal behaviour, saying he was no oppressor, and without any known vice, he answered,' that's no matter; a man may be a good civil neighbour, and yet go to hell.' The bishop answered, ' I confess my lord, we have all our faults;' and thereafter insisted in long discourse, which Kenmuir thought impertinent. This made him interrupt the bishop, saying, ' What should I more? I have got a hold of Christ, and Christ of me. God be with your lordship.'
On the morrow, the bishop came to him and said, ' My lord, how do you do?' My lord answered, ' I thank God, as well as a saved man, hastening to heaven, can do.' After that he gave the clerk of Kirkudbright a most divine and grave counsel concerning his Christian courage, and how he should walk in his particular calling. He caused him to hold up his hand, and swear by the Lord, that he should never consent, but oppose the election of a corrupt minister or magistrate. He said to his coachman, ' You will now be apt to go to any man that will give you the most hire; but do not do so; go where you may get best company; though you be less wages, yet will you get the more grace, because your calling is subject to drunkenness and company.' He made him hold up his hand and promise before God to do so. To two young men, who came to him weeping to get his last blessing, he said, ' Content not yourselves to be like old divines, with a superficial view of religion to make a show of, blessing yourselves in the morning and evening, yet that will not avail you, except likewise you make your account every day. Oh! you will find few to direct or counsel you; but I will tell you what to do; first pray to the Lord fervently, to enlighten the eyes of your mind; then seek grace to rule your affections. You will find the good of this when you are as I am. He took their oaths to strive to do so. And as he counselled them, he gave also many divine and powerful exhortations to several individuals, insomuch that they could hardly all be written at length. He caused every man to hold up his hand, and swear in his presence, that by God's grace, they would forsake their former sins, and follow his counsel.
After he had exhorted many friends and servants, as they were going out of the chamber, he said to them, ' I have somewhat yet to say, be not deceived with the world; for me, I have played the fool, and brought the house of Kenmuir to the perfection of complete fabric, as it was never before, and busied myself exceedingly; and when I came to the top of my hopes, and thought to enjoy them, the Lord came and plucked me from my hopes; thereafter I did see my own folly; and this also I observed in my father. Take example by me, and be not ensnared with the world. There be some who seek the world too carefully, and some too greedily, and many unlawfully; and men have it so much in their mind, that they are upon the world in the morning, ere they come out of their bed, and before even they seek God. Sirs, set your hearts to take pains, in a sad earnest, for the kingdom of heaven. I will tell you the heavenly kingdom is not got with a skip or a leap. I find it now, there must be thrusting, and thronging, and climbing to enter in. It is a strait and narrow way.' His own omissions in the morning time, through needless toils and distractions, touched his conscience; this he confessed with regret.
He was giving a divine counsel to a friend; and resting in the midst of it, he looked up to heaven, and prayed for a loosened heart and tongue to express the goodness of God to men; and afterwards went on in his counsel, not unlike Jacob, who in the midst of a phrophetical testament , rested a little, and said, ' I have waited for Thy salvation.' He gave his lady, diverse times, and that openly, an honourable and ample testimony of holiness and goodness, and all respectful kindness to her husband, and earnestly craved her forgiveness where he had offended her, and desired her to make the Lord her comforter, and said he was gone before, and it was but fifteen or sixteen years up or down. He spoke ordinarily to all the servants of the house, butlers, cooks etc., omitting none; saying, ' Learn to serve and fear the Lord, and use carefully the means of your salvation, that you put not off your accounts till the latter end of the day, as I foolishly did. I know what is generally your religion. You go to church, and when you hear the devil or hell named in the preaching, you sigh and make a noise, and it's forgotten by you before you come home, and then you are holy enough. But I can tell you, the kingdom of heaven is not got so easily as your pastor and guides would have you suppose; they are but a pack of dumb dogs. Use the means yourself, and gain some sense of God, and pray as you can, morning and evening. If you be ignorant of the way to salvation, God forgive you! for I have discharged myself in that point towards you, and appointed a man, Mr George Gillespie to teach you; your blood be upon yourselves. The little knowledge that you have, if you would use it carefully and with a good conscience, the Lord would lead you on further, and teach you in His ways; but your form is to ask for that master who will give you most hire, and little care you to live in good company, where you may find the means of salvation, and so you spend the time all over in the ignorance of God.' He took an oath of his servants that they should follow his advice; he made a speech severally, to every one of them, ' If I have been rough to you or offended you, I pray you, for God's sake forgive me.' And among others, one, to whom he had been rough said, ' Your lordship did me never wrong; - I will never get such a master again;' yet my lord urged the boy to say,' My lord, I forgive you.' Howbeit the boy was hardly brought to utter these words. He said to all the beholders about him, ' behold how low the Lord hath laid me!' To a gentleman burdened in his estate, said, 'Sir, I counsel you to cast your burden upon the Lord your God.'
A worthy and religious gentleman of his name came to visit him four days before his death. He beholding him afar off, said, ' Robert, come to me; leave me not till I die.' Thereafter, being much comforted by the gentleman's words, he would have him to wait; and being more and more comforted with his speeches, said, ' Robert, you are a friend to me, both in soul and body.' The gentleman asked him, ' What comfort hath your soul in your love towards the saints?' He answered, ' I rejoice at it.' He then asked him, ' what comfort he had in bringing the minister who attended him to Galloway?' He answered, ' God knows that I rejoice that ever he put it in my heart to do so; and, now, because I aimed at God's glory in it, the Lord has made me find comfort to my soul in the end. The ministers of Galloway murdered my father's soul, and if this man had not come they had murdered mine also.'
It was told him that letters were come from some of his friends to him; he caused deliver them to his lady, saying, ' I have nothing to do with them; - I had rather hear news from heaven concerning my eternal salvation.' It was observed when any came to him on the subject of worldly business, that before they were out at the door, he returned unto praying, conference, meditation, and some spiritual exercise, and was exceedingly short in despatching all earthly business; yet so as he took the pains to sign all needful writs when he was required; likewise he recommended the care of the poor to his friends.
When he was wearing weaker, he fell into a swoon, and being awakened, he said with smiling and signs of joy to all about him, ' I would not exchange my life with you all; nay, not with you who are ministers; I feel the smell of the place where I am going to.'
Upon Friday morning, the 12th of September, the day of his departure from this life, he said to the pastor, ' This night must I sup with Jesus Christ in paradise.' The minister read to him and made some short notes on such places as concerned his state. after prayer, he said, ' I conceive good hopes that God looks on me, when He gives His servants such liberty to pray for me. Is it possible that Jesus Christ can lose His hold of me? Neither can my soul get itself plucked from Jesus Christ.' He earnestly desired a sense of God's presence; and the pastor said, ' What, my lord, if that be suspended till you come to your home, and be before the throne, clothed in white, and get your harp in your hand, to sing salvation to the Lamb, and to Him that sitteth on the throne; for that is heaven; and who dare promise it to you on earth? There is a piece of nature in desiring a sense of God's love, it being an apple that the Lord's children delight to play with. But, my lord, if you would have it only as a pledge of your salvation, we shall seek it from the Lord for you, and you may lawfully pray for it.' Earnest prayers were made for him, and he testified that he was filled with the sense of the Lord's love. Being asked what he thought of the world, he answered, ' It is more bitter than gall or wormwood.' Being demanded if he now feared death, he answered. ' I have tasted death now. It is not a whit bitter: welcome the messenger of Jesus Christ!' He never left off to mourn for his sins, especially his deserting of the parliament. The pastor said to him, ' There is a process between the Lord and your father's house, but your name is taken out of it. How dear, dear, was heaven bought for you by your Saviour, Jesus Christ?' He replied, ' I know there is wrath against my father's house, but I shall get my soul for a prey;' which words he had frequently in his mouth. At other times also he said, ' Is not this a sweet word that God saith, As I live, I delight not in the death of a sinner. I will not let go the hold that I have got of Christ; Though he should slay me, yet will trust in Him; and lie at His feet and die there, and lie at his door, like a beggar, waiting on Him, and if I may not knock, I may scrape.' Another word was ordinary to him - 'Oh, Son of God! one love blink, one smile!' When he had been deep in meditation of his change of life, he made this question, ' What will Jesus Christ be like when He cometh?' It is answered ' all lovely.'
The day of his change, being Friday the 12th of September, he was heard to pray divinely; on which day he said to the doctor, ' I thought to have been dissolved by now.' The pastor answered, ' My lord, weary not of the Lord's yoke; Jesus Christ is posting fast to be at you; He is within a few miles.' He answered mildly, ' This is my infirmity. I will wait on; He is worthy the on waiting. Though He be long in coming, yet I dare say He is coming, leaping over the mountains, skipping over the hills. If He were once come, we should not part.'
The pastor said, ' Some have gotten their fill of Christ in this life, though He is often under a mask to His own. Even His best saints, Job, David, Jeremiah, etc. were under desertions.' His lordship answered, ' What are those examples to me? I am not near to Job, David, or Jeremiah.' The minister answered, ' It is true, my lord, you cannot take so wide steps as they did, but you are in the same way with them. a young child follows his father at the back; and though he cannot take such wide steps as he, yet this does not hinder him from being in the same way with him. My lord, your hunger overcometh your faith; only believe His word. You are longing for Christ; only believe He is faithful, and will come quickly.' To this my lord answered, ' I think it time; Lord Jesus, come.' Then the pastor said, ' my lord, our nature is in trouble to be wholly upon our own deliverance; whereas God seeketh first to be glorified in our faith, and patience, and hope; and then it is time enough that we be delivered.' He answered, ' there is good reason that my Lord be first served. Lord, give me to wait on ; only, lord burn me not to dross.'
Another said, ' Cast back your eyes, my lord, on what you have received, and be thankful.' At the hearing whereof, he presently brake forth in praising of God; and finding himself weak, and his speech failing, more than an hour before his death, he desired the pastor to pray, - which he did. After prayer, the minister cried in his ear, ' My lord, can you now part with Christ?' Yet a little after, the minister asked, ' have you any sense of the Lord's love?' He answered, ' I have sense.' The pastor said, ' Do you not enjoy?' He answered, ' I do enjoy.' Thereafter the pastor said, ' Will you not part with Christ?' He replied, ' By no means.' This was his last word, not being able to speak any more.
The pastor asked if he should pray. He turned his eye towards the pastor. In the time of that last prayer, he was observed joyfully smiling, and looking up with glorious looks, as was observed by the beholders, and with a certain beauty, his visage was beautified, as beautiful as ever he was in his life. He expired with loud and strong fetches and sobs, being strong of heart and body, of age of five and thirty years. the expiring of his breath, the ceasing of the motion of his pulse, ceased all precisely with the Amen of his prayer, and so he died sweetly and holily, and his end was peace. He departed about the setting of the sun, September the 12th, 1634.