To Take The Sun Out Of The Skies (London’s Lamentations)

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Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Stobaeus tells us of a Persian law, that after the death of their king—that every man had five days’ liberty to do what he pleased, without fear of punishment, that by beholding the wickedness and disorder of those few days, they might prize government the better all their days after. Certainly had some hot-headed, and little-witted, and fierce-spirited men had but two or three days’ liberty to have done what they pleased in this great city during your lordship’s mayoralty, they would have made sad work in the midst of us. When a righteous government fails, then

(1.) Order fails;

(2.) True Religion fails;

(3.) Trade fails;

(4.) Justice fails;

(5.) Prosperity fails;

(6.) Strength and power fail;

(7.) Fame and honor fail;

(8.) Wealth and riches fail;

(9.) Peace and quiet fail;

(10.) All human converse and society fails.

To take a righteous government out of the world, is to take the sun out of the skies—which would leave the earth no more a beautiful structure—but a confused heap. In such towns, cities, and, kingdoms where righteous government fails, there every man’s hand will be quickly engaged against his brother, Gen. 26:12. Oh the sins, the sorrows, the desolations, and destructions, which will unavoidably break in like a flood upon such a people!



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