The Quakers in Great Britain and America: the religious and political history of the Society of Friends from the seventeenth to the twentieth century

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The Neuner Company, 1913 - Quakers - 669 pages
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Page 140 - And because the passion and uncharitableness of the times have produced several opinions in religion by which men are engaged in parties and animosities against each other which when they shall hereafter unite in a freedom of conversation will be composed or better understood we do declare a Liberty to Tender Consciences and that no man shall be disquieted or called in question for differences of opinion in matters of religion which do not disturb the peace of the kingdom...
Page 125 - Swear not at all : but let your communication be yea. yea, and nay, nay : for whatsoever is more than these cometh of eviL...
Page 124 - Put off your hats," said the judge again. Still we said nothing. Then said the judge, " The Court commands you to put off your hats." Then I spake, and said, "Where did ever any magistrate, king, or judge, from Moses to Daniel, command any to put off their hats, when they came before them in their Courts, either amongst the Jews, the people of God, or amongst the heathen? and if the law of England doth command any such thing, shew me that law either written or printed.
Page 45 - ... above all, he excelled in prayer. The inwardness and weight of his spirit, the reverence and solemnity of his address and behaviour, and the fewness and fulness of his words, have often struck even strangers with admiration, as they used to reach others with consolation. The most awful, living, reverent frame I ever felt or beheld, I must say, was his in prayer.
Page 54 - I was made to declare against their deceitful merchandise, cheating, and cozening; warning all to deal justly, to speak the truth, to let their yea be yea, and their nay be nay; and to do unto others as they would have others do unto them; forewarning them of the great and terrible day of the Lord, which would come upon them all.
Page 219 - I, AB, do swear, That I do from my heart abhor, detest, and abjure as impious and heretical, that damnable doctrine and position, That princes excommunicated or deprived by the pope, or any authority of the see of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by their subjects, or any other whatsoever.
Page 39 - Listening, at times, with flattered ear To homage wrung from selfish fear, But here, amidst the poor and blind. The bound and suffering of our kind, In works we do, in prayers we pray, Life of our life, he lives to-day.
Page 45 - I write my knowledge and not report, and my witness is true, having been with him for weeks and months together on divers occasions, and those of the nearest and most exercising nature, and that by night and by day, by sea and by land, in this and in foreign countries : and I can say I never saw him out of his place, or not a match for every service or occasion.
Page 39 - And so I find it well to come For deeper rest to this still room, For here the habit of the soul Feels less the outer world's control ; The strength of mutual purpose pleads More earnestly our common needs; And from the silence multiplied By these still forms on either side, The world that time and sense have known Falls off and leaves us God alone.
Page 500 - MY FRIENDS : I wish you all happiness here and hereafter. These are to let you know that it hath pleased God, in his providence, to cast you within my lot and care.

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