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Re-writing history? It is not just something nations or political groups do.

People re-write their own history:

making some things blacker than they were,

making some things rosier than they were.

– eab, 6/18/14

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Henry IV (of Navarre) King of France, 4/13/1598, granted Huguenot Believers “The Edict of Nantes” (rhymes with font) a city in Brittany. This “too little, too late” law granted a degree of liberty to his “Protestant” subjects upholding some freedom of conscience and permitting Believers to hold public worship in parts of France – but not in Paris. “Protestants” could keep places they held in August 1597.

Catholicism was restored in ALL places where its practice had been interrupted & expanding true worship in France was made legally impossible. Cardinal de Richelieu & Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes.  The Huguenots remembering the “St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre” (8/23/1572) in which thousands (estimates run from 5000 to 30,000 were killed) emigrated—to the British Isles, Prussia, Holland, & the New World, leaving France 400,000 people short in the very important industrious/commercial groups.

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“We count those things perfect which want nothing

for the end where unto they were instituted”

– Richard Hooker, quoted by Thomas Cook in New Testament Holiness

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William & Mary were crowned King & Queen of England (joint monarchs) 4/11/1689, at the invitation of Parliament – an event called The Glorious Revolution.”

William was born 11/4/1650 at The Hague to William II of Orange (who died of smallpox 8 days before his birth) & his mother, daughter of England’s Charles I, (died also of smallpox when William III was 10).  Also called William Henry, prince of Orange (Dutch – Willem Hendrik, prins van Oranje) he was groomed to head the House of Orange & become a ‘Stadtholder’ (lead the Dutch Republic).  He died 3/8/1702.

Mary was born 4/30/1662, at London to King James II of England.  Her parents were converts to the Roman Catholicism but thankfully she was raised “Protestant” (i.e. was not RC).  This allowed her to form a soul union with William of Orange, a champion against the power/politics of the catholic system.  They were married 11/4/1677 (his 27th birthday).   Sadly she also, Queen Mary II, died of smallpox, 12/28/1694.

The joint rule of William III & Mary II happily helped England remain independent of Rome, which she had not been under Mary’s father (James II), who was openly Catholic, nor under her uncle (Charles II) who was also Roman Catholic, howbeit secretly.  William and Mary College in the US was endowed by William III.  He was reportedly so admired & loved in Scotland that they called him “King Billy.”

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“Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth,

as it is in heaven.”

Mat 6.10

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“Ritual always appeals to the nursery.

The…drapery, processions and awesome ritual

impress those who have no deeper vision.”

– Samuel Chadwick, from his book Humanity and God

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Fearfully, wonderfully made is true,

For the lad a-fork a burro’s back,

Who slept last night on a coffee sack,

In some poor, distant, Andes, ranch shack

It’s true for the bluest blood of you,

Aboard a yacht, who passively dine

On caviar, lobster, and old wine,

Always thinking of “me” “my” and “mine.”

Social animals of highest crust,

And dregs of men, smeared with labor’s dust,

Are all alike, all made in fearful ways,

Which ought (everyday) us to amaze.

– eab, 4/9/08

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“Be not ye therefore like unto them:

for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of,

before ye ask him.”

Mat 6.8

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Charles Wesley was married 4/8/1749, in a small parish church at Llanlleonfel, near Garth, Wales.  His bride was Sarah Gwynne, daughter of Marmaduke & Sarah (Evans) Gwynne. The minister for the ceremony was his brother, John, who had encouraged the wedding.  Sarah (also called Sally – perhaps to distinguish her from her mother) was born in Garth, Powyes, Wales in 1726 (month, day unknown).  She was musically inclined, in fact, performed before King George III.

While a young lady her father, a local magistrate, went on occasion to arrest Howell Harris, a Wesleyan minister.  As Marmaduke listened he liked what he heard, was converted to that view, & brought Harris home.  That was the beginning; years later he entertained two brothers & one of then returned in 1748 to propose.  Her mother had not welcomed Harris to her home but warmed to Charles, her new s-n-law.

Although Charles may not have witnessed a happy marriage as a boy he & Sarah had a good union.  They settled (same year as wed) at 4 Charles St., Bristol & remained there till 1771 (house is preserved as the “Charles Wesley House”).  God blessed them with eight children (only three lived to be adults – too common a happening back then).  She died 12/28/1818 (Charles died in 1788) & was buried beside Charles. 

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William Wordsworth was born 4/7/1770 at Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, the 2nd of 5 children of John & Anne (Cookson) Wordsworth. William’smum” died in 1778: he was sent to Hawkshead Grammar School where he penned his first poems. While at Hawkshead his dad also died.  By 1787 he was at St John’s College, Cambridge.  During one summer vacation (1788) he trekked through Cumberland county & later Wales. Before graduation he did the “European Gentleman thing” – a walking tour of France, Switzerland & Germany.  While there he came to an understanding/sympathy with the French Revolution.

After returning to England he & his younger sister, Dorothy, were re-united.  Also he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge; they published Lyrical Ballads, containing his “Tintern Abbey” & Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  By 1802 he felt he could financially afford to marry & did. He bride was Mary Hutchinson, friend from his childhood.  They were blessed with 5 children but sadly 2 of them died, Catherine & John. Following the death of Robert Southey (1843) Wordsworth became Poet Laureate.  He died 4/23/1850; his wife Mary published The Prelude, considered his most famous work 3 months later.

Wordsworth Quotes:

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”

“Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.”

“The World Is Too Much With Us…”

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