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goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. And as I would have you to be zealous for the truth, and not to quit one hoof, so I would have you labour against a spirit of bitterness; beware of self; and be more ready to mourn for the slips of others than to make them the subject of your discourse; and labour to make earnest of religion, for I find there is need of more than a good cause when it comes to the push. Oh! the everlasting covenant is sweet to me now !
“And I would also say; they that would follow Christ need not scar (i.e., be alarmed] at the cross, for I can set to my seal to it, 'His yoke is easy and His burden is light.' Yea, many times hath He made me go very easy through things that I have thought I would never win [i.e., get] through ; He is the only desirable Master; but He must be followed fully. Rejoice in Him, all ye that love Him. Wherefore lift up your heads, and be exceeding glad, for the day of your redemption draweth nigh. Let not your heart faint, nor your hands grow feeble. Go on in the strength of the Lord, my dear friends, for I hope He will yet have a remnant both of sons and daughters that will cleave to Him; though they will be very few, even as the berries on the top of the outmost branches. As for such as are grown weary of the cross of Christ, and have drawn to a lee-shore that God never allowed; it may be, ere all be done, it will turn like a tottering fence, and a bowing wall to them, and they shall have little profit of it, and as little credit.
“ But what shall I say to the commendation of Christ and His cross? I bless the Lord, praise to His holy name, that hath made my prison a palace to me; and what am I that He should have dealt thus with me? I have looked greedy-like to such a lot as this, but still thought it was too high for me, when I saw how vile I was; but now the Lord hath made that Scripture sweet to me, in the sixth of Isaiah, “Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar : And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips ; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.'
“Oh! how great is His love to me, that hath brought me forth to testify against the abominations of the times, and kept me from fainting hitherto, and hath made me to rejoice in Him! Now I bless the Lord that ever He gave me a life to lay down for Him.
“Now, farewell all creature comforts ; farewell, sweet Bible ; fare
well, ye real friends in Christ ; farewell, faith and hope; farewell,
“ Sic subscribitur,
“ ISABEL ALISON.”
EING come to the scaffold, after singing the eighty-fourth Psalm,
and reading the sixteenth of Mark, she cried over the scaffold,
and said, “Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous ; and again, I say, rejoice.” Then she desired to pray at that place, and the Major came and would not let her, but took her away to the ladder foot, and there she prayed.
When she went up the ladder, she cried out, “Oh! be zealous, sirs, be zealous, be zealous ! Oh ! love the Lord, all ye His servants, oh ! love Him, sirs ! for in His favour there is life.”
And she said, “Oh! ye His enemies, what will ye do, whither will ye fly in that day? For now there is a dreadful day coming on all the enemies of Jesus Christ. Come out from among them, all ye that are the Lord's own people.”
Then, she said, “ Farewell all created comforts. Farewell, sweet Bible, in which I delighted most, and which has been sweet to me since I came to prison. Farewell, Christian acquaintances. Now, into thy hands I commit my spirit, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Whereupon the hangman threw her over.
ARION HARVIE was a servant-maid in Borrowstounness.
She says, in her answers before the Privy Council, that her
father had sworn the Covenants, so that, in all probability, she had enjoyed the advantage of a religious education. But she was fifteen before religious teaching produced good effect upon her mind, and it would seem that it was a sermon of Richard Cameron which awakened her to a sense of sin, and led her to the Redeemer. Henceforward she embraced every opportunity of hearing the persecuted preachers. She speaks of having heard Donald Cargill, John Welch, Archibald Riddell, and Richard Cameron.
She was apprehended in November 1680, through means of a scheme intended to entrap Mr Donald Cargill. James Henderson of North Queensferry, an informer in the service of Middleton, the governor of Blackness, found out Cargill in Edinburgh, and got him persuaded to agree to come to Fife and preach. Meanwhile, a party of soldiers were lying in wait at Muttonhole, not far from Edinburgh on the way to Queensferry. James Skene, Archibald Stewart, Mrs Muir, and Marion Harvie, set out on foot, while Donald Cargill and James Boig were to follow on horseback. When they came to Muttonhole, they were seized by the soldiers, but, in the confusion, Mrs Muir escaped. She fled towards Edinburgh, and stopped Cargill and Boig when on the way, so that they both escaped. Marion Harvie, James Skene, and Archibald Stewart, were brought prisoners to Edinburgh. Henderson, says Patrick Walker, got the price of blood, and bought or built a passage-boat, which he called “ The Katharine;" but many feared to cross the water in her. Henderson, after this, turned miserable and contemptible in the eyes of all well-thinking men, and, some affirm, died cursing, after he got that reward for his treachery.
Marion Harvie was brought before the Privy Council. Her answers to the questions, put to her form the first part of her Testimony. There was the same levity in the questions which her enemies
put to her, as in the examination of Isabel Alison; and Dalziel, with characteristic ferocity, threatened her with the Boots; yet her demeanour was calm and dignified.
On the 6th of December, she was brought before the LordJustice and the Commissioners of Justiciary. The books of the Justiciary Court have preserved the following record of her examination :
“Edinburgh, 6th December 1680.-In presence of the Lords
“ Roger Hog." Marion Harvie's indictment was drawn up from this statement, and she was tried on Monday the 17th of January 1681. “Her discourse before the Justiciary Court” forms part of her Testimony. She was found guilty, but sentence was delayed till the following Friday. Her sentence was, “that she be taken to the Grassmarket of Edinburgh, upon Wednesday next, the 26th instant, betwixt two and four o'clock in the afternoon, and there to be hanged on a gibbet till she be dead, and all her lands, heritages, goods, and gear whatsomever, to be escheat and inbrought to our sovereign lord's use; which is pronounced for doom.”
In her Testimony she emphatically condemns her enemies, and leaves her blood upon their heads. The first compilers of the