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‘ [63] than I had ever given her ground to expect with me.’ His father, who was yet unreconciled to the son's religious views, found fault with his marriage, on the ground that it was unlawful and unsanctioned by priest or liturgy, and consequently refused to render him any pecuniary assistance. Yet, in spite of this and other trials, he seems to have preserved his serenity of spirit. After an unpleasant interview with his father, on one occasion, he wrote, at his lodgings in an inn, in London, what he calls A Song of Praise. An extract from it will serve to show the spirit of the good mall in affliction:—
Unto the Glory of Thy Holy Name,
     Eternal God! whom I both love and fear,
I hereby do declare, I never came
     Before Thy throne, and found Thee loath to hear,
But always ready with an open ear;
     And, though sometimes Thou seem'st Thy face to hide,
As one that had withdrawn his love from me,
     Tis that my faith may to the full be tried,
And that I thereby may the better see
     How weak I am when not upheld by Thee!

The next year, 1670, an act of Parliament, in relation to ‘Conventicles,’ provided that any person who should be present at any meeting, under color or pretence of any exercise of religion, in other manner than according to the liturgy and practice of the Church of England, ‘should be liable to fines of from five to ten shillings; and any person preaching at or giving his house for the meeting, to a fine of twenty pounds: one third of the fines being received by the informer or informers.’ As a natural consequence of such a law, the

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