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Another of the same.
OH! thou fairest of ten-thousand, thou only begotten Son of God, how my heart panteth after thee? O stay me with flaggons, and comfort me with wine. My beloved, thou art like a roe, or young hart, upon the mountains of spices, where thy beloved spouse hath long been calling thee to come away, but hath been but lately heard of thee. Now it lies something upon me, that thou mindest to see her, for the spirit and power of God is with her; and there is given to her much of excellent and innocent wisdom arisen, and arising in her, which will make all the honest-hearted to praise the Lord alone, and no more set up self. And therefore let not my lord and master have any jealousy again of her, for she is highly beloved of the Lord, and that shall all see who come to know the Lord. And now he doth bless them that bless his, and curse them that curse his; for this hath the Lord shewed me, that her portion is exceeding large in the Lord; and, as her sorrow hath been much, so shall her joy be much more; which rejoiceth my heart, to see her walk so valiantly and so faithfully in the work of the Lord, in this time of so great trials as hath been laid upon her especially.
And I am
Hannah Stranger. The Postscript. Remember my dear love to thy master. Thy name is no more to be called James but Jesus. John Stranger.
This John Stranger is husband to this Hannah Stranger; and this was added as a postscript by him to his wife's letter, as is acknowledged. Remember my love to those friends with thee. The seventeenth day of the eighth month, superscribed this to the hands of James Nayler.
We.shall now return to his examination. Quest. Art thou the only Son of God?Answ. I am the Son of God, but I have many brethren. Quest. Have any called thee by the name of Jesus? Answ. Not as unto the visible, but as Jesus, the Christ that is in me.
Quest. Dost thou own the name of the King of Israel ?Answ. Not as a creature, but, if they give it Christ within, I own it, and have a kingdom but not of this world; my kingdom is of another world, of which thou wotst not.
Quest. Whether or no art thou the prophet of the Most High? Answ. Thou hast said, I am a prophet. Quest. Dost thou own that attribute, the judge of Israel? Answ. The judge is but one, and is witnessed in me, and is the Christ, there must not be any joined with him. If they speak of the spirit in me, I own it only as God is manifest in the flesh, according as God dwelleth in me, and judgeth there himself. Quest. By whom were you sent?
Answ. By Him who hath sent the spirit of his Son in me-to try, not as to carnal matters, but belonging to the kingdom of God, by the indwelling of the Father and the Son, to judge of all spirits, to be guided by none.
Quest. Is not the written word of God the guide? Answ. The written word declares of it, and what is not according to that is not true.
Quest. Whether art thou more sent than others, or whether others be not sent in that measure?
Answ. As to that I have nothing at present given me of my Father to answer.
Quest. Was your birth mortal or immortal?
Answ. Not according to the natural birth, but according to the spiritual birth, born of the immortal seed.
Quest. Wert thou ever called the Lamb of God?
Answ. I look not back to things behind, but there might be some such thing in the letter; I am a lamb, and have sought it long before I could witness it.
Quest. Who is thy mother, or whether or no is she a virgin?
Answ, Nay, according to the natural birth.
Quest. Who is thy mother according to thy spiritual birth?
Answ. No carnal creature.
Quest. Who then?
Answ. — To this he refused to answer.
Quest. Is the hope of Israel in thee?
Answ. The hope is in Christ, and, as Christ is in me, so far the hope of Israel stands; Christ is in me the hope of glory. Quest. What more hope is there in thee than in others?
Answ, None can know but them of Israel, and Israel must give an account.
Quest. Art thou the everlasting Son of God?
Answ. Where God is manifest in the flesh, there is the everlasting son, and I do witness God in the flesh; I am the Son of God, and the Son of God is but one.
Quest. Art thou the prince of peace? Answ. The prince of everlasting peace is begotten in me. Quest. Why dost thou not reprove those that give thee these attributes?
Answ. I have said nothing unto them, but such things are written. Quest. Is thy name Jesus?
Answ. Here he was silent. >
Quest. For what space of time hast thou been so called?
Answ. • And here.
Quest. Is there no other Jesus besides thee?
Answ. These questions he forbore either to confirm or to contradict them.
Quest. Art thou the everlasting Son of God, the King of righteousness?
Answ. I am, and the everlasting righteousness is wrought in me; if ye were acquainted with the Father, ye would also be acquainted with me.
Quest. Did any kiss thy feet?
Answ. It might be they did, but I minded them not. Quest. When thou wast called the King of Israel, didst thon not answer, thou say est it?
How do?t thou provide for a livelihood?As do the lillit-s without care, being maintained by my Father. Whom dost thou call thy father? He whom thou callest God.
What business hadst thou at Bristol, or that way?I was guided and directed by my Father. Why wast thou called a judge to try the cause of Israel?
———Here he answered nothing.
Are any of these sayings blasphemy or not?
What is received of the Lord is truth.
Whose letter was that which »as writ to thee, signed T. S.?
It was sent me to Exeter goal by one the world calls Tho.
Didst thou not say, if ye had known me, ye had known the
Yea, for the Father is my life.
She, whom thou callest my wife, lives in Wakefield.
Afterwards, under that man called Col. Lambert. And then I went into Scotland, where I was a quartermaster, and returned sick to my earthly habitation, and was called into the north. Quest. What wentest thou for to Exeter? Answ. I went to Lawson, to see the brethren. Quest. What estate hast thou?Answ. I take no care for that. \
Quest. Doth God in an extraordinary manner sustain thee, without' any corporal food?
Answ. Man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father. The same life is mine that is in the Father; but not in the same measure. Quest. How art thou cloathed? Answ. I know not. Quest. Dost thou live without bread?
Answ. As long as my heavenly Father will: I have tasted of that bread, of which he that eateth shall never die.
Quest. How long hast thou lived without any corporal sustenance, having perfect health?
Answ. Some fifteen or sixteen days, sustained without any other food except the word of God.
Quest. Was Dorcas Erbury dead two days in Exeter, and didst thou raise her?
Answ. I can do nothing of myself. The Scripture bcareth witness to the power in me which is everlasting; it is the same power we read of in the Scripture. The Lord hath made me a sign of his coming: and that honour that belongeth to Christ Jesus, in whom I am revealed, may be given to him, as when on earth at Jerusalem, according to the measure.
Quest. Art thou the unspotted Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world?'
Answ. Were I not a lamb, wolves would not seek to devour me.
Quest. Art thou not guilty of horrid blasphemy, by thy own words?
Answ. Who made thee a judge over them?
Quest. Wherefore eamest thou in such an unusual posture, as, two women leading thy horse; others singing ' Holy, holy,' &c. with another before thee bare-headed, knee-deep in the highway mud, when thou mightest have gone in the causey; and at such a time, that, it raining, thy companions received the rain at their necks, and vented it at their hose and breeches?
Answ. It tended to my Father's praise and glory, and I ought not to slight any thing which the Spirit of the Lord moves.
Quest. Dost thou think the Spirit of the Lord moved, or commanded them?
Quest. Whom meant they by ' Holy, holy, holy,' &c.;
Answ. Let them answer for themselves, they are at age.
Quest. Did not some spread their cloaths on the ground before thee, when thou riddest thorough Glastonbury and Wells?
Answ. I think they did.
Quest. Wherefore didst thou call Martha Symonds mother, as George Fox affirms?
Answ. George Fox is a lyar and a firebrand of hell; for neither I, nor any with me, called her so.
Quest. Thou hast a wife at this time?
Answ. A woman I have, who by the world is called my wife; and some children I have, which according to the flesh are mine.
Quest. Those books which thou hast writ, wilt thou maintain them, and affirm what is therein?
Answ. Yea, with my dearest blood.
Martha Symonds's Examination,
She confesseth, she knew James Nayler formerly; for he is now no more
James Nayler, but refined to a mure eicdUnt substance; and so she
saith she came with himjrum Bristol to Exeter.
Quest. WHAT made thee had his horse into Bristol, and sing • Holy, holy, holy,' &c.? And to spread thy garments betore him?
Answ. I was forced thereto by the power of the Lord.
Quest. He is stiled, in Hannah Stranger's letter, 'the fairest of tenthousand, the hope of Israel, and the only begotten son of God.' 'Dost thou so esteem him?
Answ. That James Nayler, of whom thou speakest, is buried in me, and he hath promised to come again.
Quest, Dost thou like of that attribute, as given to him?
Answ. I cannot tell, I judge them not.
Quest. Whether didst thou kneel before him?
Answ. What. I did was in obedience to a power above.
Quest. Dost thou own him to be the prince of peace f
Answ. He is a perfect man; and he, that is a perfect man, is the prince of peace.
Quest. Hast thou a husband?
Answ. I have a man, which thou callest my husband. Quest. What made thee to leave him, and to follow James Naylerin such a manner?
Answ. It is our life to praise the Lord, and the Lord my strength, (who filleth heaven and earth) is manifest in James Nayler.
Quest. Oughtest thou to worship James Nayler upon thy knees?
Answ. Yea, I ought so to do.
Qnest. Why oughtest thou so to do?
Answ. He is the Son of Righteousness; and the new man within him is the everlasting Son of Righteousness; and James Nayler will be Jesus, when the new life is born in him.
Quest. By what name callest thou him?
Quest. Why dost thou call him Lord?
Answ. Because he is the Prince of Peace, and Lord of Righteousness. Quest. What reason canst thou shew for thy calling him King of Israel!
Answ. He is so anointed. Quest. Who hath anointed him?
Answ. A prophet. Quest. What prophet was that? Answ. I will not tell thee.
Quest. Thou confessest that thou didst spread thy cloaths?
Answ. Yea, I did.
Quest. Tell me; doth that spirit of Jesus, which thou sayest is in Nayler, make him a sufficient Jesus to others?
Answ. I tell thee, there is seed born in him, which above all men I shall (and every one ought to) honour.
Quest. Is he King of Israel, as thy husband saith?
Answ. If he saith so, thy testimony is double.
Hannah Stranger's examination.
She saith, she came from Bristol to Exeter with James Nayler; and that she flung her handkerchief before him, because commanded so of the Lord, and that she sung Holy, Sec and that the Lord is risen in him.
Quest. WHEREFORE didst thou sing before James Nayler?