that you follow me no further than you have seen me
follow the Lord Jesus Christ
has more truth yet to break forth out of his holy word.
I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of the reformed churches, who are come to a period in religion, and will go at present no further than the instruments of their reformation.—Luther and Calvin were great and shining lights in their times, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of God.—beseech you, remember it,—'tis an article of your church covenant,— that you be ready to receive whatever truth shall be made known to you from the written word of God.’
‘When the ship was ready to carry us away,’ writes Edward Winslow
, ‘the brethren that staid at Leyden
, having again solemnly sought the Lord
with us and for us, feasted us that were to go, at our pastor's house being large; where we refreshed ourselves, after tears, with singing of psalms, making joyful melody in our hearts, as well as with the voice, there being many of the congregation very expert in music; and indeed it was the sweetest melody that ever mine ears heard.
After this, they accompanied us to Delft
, where we went to embark, and then feasted us again; and, after prayer performed by our pastor, when a flood of tears was poured out, they accompanied us to the ship, but were not able to speak one to another for the abundance of sorrow to part.
But we only, going aboard, gave them a volley of small shot and three pieces of ordnance; and so, lifting up our hands to each other, and our hearts for each other to the Lord
our God, we departed.’
A prosperous wind soon wafts the vessel to Southampton
, and, in a fortnight.
and the Speedwell
, freighted with the first colony of New England
, leave Southampton
But they had not gone far upon the Atlantic