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solution to forsake them, for the merits of Jesus thy beloved, —A. Amen.

M. O merciful God, preserve us from all sin and danger this night, give us a convenient measure of refreshing sleep» and grant that we may rise the next morning more fit for , thy service, for the sake of Jesus our Saviour.— A. Amen.

M. O blessed Lord, the.keeper of Israel, who neither slumbered nor fleepest, be pleased in thy mercy to watch over us this night; make us ever mindful of that time, when we shall lie down in the dust: And, because we know neither the day nor the hour of our Master's coming, grant us grace that we may always live in such a state, as we shall not fear to die in; but that whether we live, we may live unto the Lord, or whether we die, we may die unto the Lord; so tfaat living or dying, we may be thine, through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Saviour.—A. Amen.

As.. Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far away all snares of the enemy: Let thy holy angels dwell therein to preserve us in peace, and thy blessing be upon us for ever, through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son; by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be. unto Thee, G Father Almighty, world without end.—A. Amen.

(Here mujl follow on the refpetlive days the Collet! for Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.)

As. O Lord, hear us for the fake of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath taught us a perfect form of prayer, ■which we beseech thee to accept, not according to our weak understanding, but according to the full fense and meaning thereof: in confidence of which we are bold to fay, Then let all Jay the Lord's prayer.

OUR Father, which art in heaven; &c.

As. O Lord, hear our prayers ;—A. And let our cry come unto thee.

M. "We bless thee, O Lord :—A. And render thanks to . thee, our God.

. M. May the divine assistance remain with us for ever. —A. Amen.

As. O God, unto thy gracious mercy and almighty protection we humbly commit ourselves. O Lord, bless iis, and keep us: O Lord, make thy face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us: O Lord, lift up thy countenance upon us, and give us peace, both now and evermore.—A. Amen. Then rife, and conclude with,

As. Blessed be the Holy and Undivided Trinity now and for evermpre.—A. Amen.


Account of the Sufferings of the Rev. Thomas Swift, {Grandfather of Dean Swift), Vicar of Goodrich and Br.idJiow, in the County of Hereford.

[from the Mercurius Rusticus, and Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy.]

WHEN the earl of Stamford was in Herefordshire in October 1642, and pillaged all that kept faith and allegiance to the king, information was given to Mrs. Swift, wife of Mr. Thomas Swift, parson of Goodrich, that her house was designed to be plundered. To prevent so great a danger, she instantly repaired to Hereford, where the earl then •was, some ten miles from her own home, to petition him that no violence might be offered by his soldiers to her house and goods ; he most nobly, and according to the goodnessof hisdispofition, threw the petition away, and swore no small oath, that she should be plundered to-morrow. The good gentlewoman being out of hope to prevail, and seeing there was no good to be done by petitioning him, speeds home as fast as she could, and that night removed as much of her goods as the shortness of the time would permit. Next morning, to make good the earl of Stamford's word, captain Kirle's* troop, consisting of 70 horse, and 30 foot which were hangers on (birds of prey) came to Mr. Swift's house: there they took away all his provision of victuals, corn, houfhold-stuff, which was conveyed away: they empty his beds, and fill the ticks with malt: they rob him of his cart and fix horses, and make


* This was an ancestor of the worthy Kyrle, better known by the name of the-Man of Ross.

this part of their theft the means to convey away the rest. Mrs. Swift much affrighted to fee such a sight as this, thought it best to save herself, though, she Jost her goods: therefore taking up a young child jn her arms, began to secure herself by flight; which one of the troopers perceiving, he .commanded her to slay, or (holding his pistol at her breast) threatened to shoot her dead. She (good woman) fearing death, whether she went on, or returned, at last, shunning that death which was next unto, her, she retires back to her house where she saw herself undone, and yet durst not oppose, or ask why they did so? Having thus rifled the house and gone, next morning early she goes again to Her refold, and there again petitions the earl to shew some com. passion on her and her ten children; an,d that he would be pleased to cause her horses, and some part of her goods.to be restored unto her: the good earl was so far from granting her petition, that he would not vouchsafe so .much as to read it. When she could not prevail herself, she makes use of the mediation of friends; these have the .repulse too, his lordship remaining inexorable, without any iaclfnatiqn to mercy: at last, hoping that all mens hearts were not adamant, relentless, she leaves the earl, and makes her .address to captain Kirle; who upon her earnest entreaty, grants her a protection for what was left; but for restitution, dv-'re was no hope of that. This protection cost her no less than 30s. Jt seems paper and ink were dear in those parts. And now thinking herself secured by this protection, she returns home, in hope that what was left, (he might enjoy in peace and quietness. She had not been a long time at home, but captain Kirle fends her word, that if it pleased her, she might buy sour os her own six horses again; assuring her by his fathers servant and tenant, that she should not fear being plundered of them anymore by the earl of Stamford's forces while they were in those parts. Encouraged by these promises, stie was content to buy her own, and deposited eight pounds ten shillings for tour of her horses: and now conceiving the storm, to be blown over, and all danger past; and placing much confidence in her purchased protection, she causeth.all her goods secured in her neighbours houses to be brought home ; and since it could not be better, rejoiced that she had pot lost all. .She had not enjoyed these thoughts long, but captain Kirle sent unto her for some vessels of cider, whereof Jiaving tasted, hut not liking it, since he could not have drink jsor hjmself, would have provender for his horse: and therefore

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fore instead of cider, he demands ten bushels of oats. Mrs. Swift fearing that the denial might give some grounds of a quarrel, sent him word that her husband had not two bushels'of oats in a year for tythe; nor did they sow any on their glebe; both of which were most true: yet, to shew how willing she was (to her power) to comply with him, that the messenger might not return empty, she sent him forty shillings to buy oats. Suddenly after, the captain of Goodrich Castle fends to Mr. Swift's bouse for victuals and corn: Mrs- Swift instantly repairs to him, and shews him her protection. He, to answer, shews her his warrant; and so without any regard to her protection, seizeth upon that provision which was in her house, together with the cider which captain Kirle refused. Hereupon Mrs. Swift writes to captain Kirle, complaining of this injury, and the affront done to him in flighting of his protection: .but before the messenger could return .with an answer tohgr letter, somefrom the castle came a second time to plunder the house; and they did what they <ame for. Presently after comes a letter from capt. Kirle in answer to Mis. Swift's; telling her, that the earl of Stamford did by no means approve of the injuries done unto her.; and withal, by word of mouth, fends to her for more oats. She perceiving, that as long as she gave, they would never leave asking, resolved to be drilled no more. The return not answering expectation, on the third of December, two hours before day, captain Kirle's lieutenant, attended by a considerable number of horse and dragoons, comes to Mr. Swift's house, and demands entrance; but the doors being iept shut against them, and not being able to force them, they broke down two iron-bars in a stone-window ; and so with swords drawn, and pistols cocked, they, enter the house: being entered, they take all Mr. Swift's and his wise's apparel, his books, and his children's clothes, they being in bed; and those poor children that hung by their clothes, unwilling lo part with them, they swang them about, until (their holdfast failing) they dashed them against the walls. They took away all his servants clothes, and made so clean work with one, that they left him not a shirt to cover his nakedness. There was one of the children, an infant, lying in the cradle, they robbed that, and left not the little poor soul a rag to defend it from the cold; they took away all the iron, pevvter, and brass; and a very fair cupboard of glasses, which they could not "carry away, they brake to pieces; and the |our horses lately redeemed, are with them lawful prize

again, and left np>j-g of sZ at f9°ds> bcr * few Aaoes, £ar his wife, chilfheaaai Jenrsacs, to £= djartt aoi beEX-.tr Ukxt distressed condiaca. K2*ir_r izhea away ill. aai ber^; c~oc» Mrs. Swift i- re—psSaa to her poor i=isat in the cradie, took it up alraoa Laired wihcc-li,aci wrappedkia * petticoat which see took cr £oa herself; a=i now hoped, ;bat having nothing to lese. wochi beabretrr protecrien tor :betr personv than, that which ike purchased ct cap tzin Kuie for 30s. but as if Job's meScs^erj woeid never cite an end, her three maid-serraats, whocs they of the caiLe coacpelkdta carry the poultry to the ciuie, retu-n. ar:i :e.. their mutreis, that tbev in the oZlz Lii, th.ii they had a warrant to seize upon Mrs. Swift, and bring her to the caiie; and that they would make her three rcaid-serrcc:s wait on her there; threxning to plunder al! under the peaicaat, ar;i other uncivil, iœmodest words, not fit for them to speak, or'nte to write. Hareupon Mrs. Swift fied to the place where her husband, for fear of the rebels, had withdrawn chuse;:: she had not been gone two hours, but they case from the castle, and bring with them three teams to carry away what was before designed for plunder, bat wanted means of conveyance: when they came, among other things, there was a batch of bread hot in the oven; this they seized: ten children on their knees, intreat but for one loaf; and at last, with muck importunity, obtain it; but before the children had eaten it, they took even that one loaf away, and left them destitute of a morsel of bread amongst ten children. Ransacking every corner of the house, that nothing might be left behind, they find a small pewter-dish, in which the dry nurse had put pap to feed the poor infant, the mother, which gave it suck, beincr fled to save her life; this they seize on too: the nurse intreats for God's fake, that they would spare that; pleading, that in the mother's absence it was all the sustenance which was, or could be provided to sustain the life of the child; and'on her knees intreated to shew -mercy unto the child, that knew not the right hand from the left: a motive which prevailed with God himself, though justly incensed against Niniveh: but to shew what bowels of compassion and mercy are to be expected in sectaries, and how far they are from being disciples to him, who fays, " be ye merciful, as your Father which is in Heaven is merciful:" they transgress that precept of our Saviour in the letter, and take away the children's meat, and give it unto dogs: for throwing the pap to the dogs, they put up the dish as lawful prize. Mr. r Swrtl s

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