Autobiography of a French Protestant (J. Marteilhe) tr. from the French

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Page xii - After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ; And cried with a loud voice ; saying; Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Page 271 - Christian patience and constancy, they bore their torments : in the extremity of their pain, never expressing anything like rage ; but calling upon Almighty GOD, and imploring his assistance. I visited them, day by day; and as often as I did, my conscience upbraided me for persisting so long in a religion, whose capital errors I had...
Page xii - Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple : and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters : and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Page 272 - Christians, having a little money, distributed it to his brethren and fellow-sufferers in the galleys; but the Protestants being watched more narrowly than the rest, he could not do it so secretly, but he was discovered, and brought before M.
Page 271 - I was myself. It was wonderful to see with what true Christian patience and constancy they bore their torments ; in the extremity of their pain never expressing anything like rage, but calling upon Almighty God and imploring his assistance. I visited them day by day, and as often as I did, my conscience upbraided me for persisting so long in a religion whose capital errors I long before perceived, and, above all, that inspired so much cruelty—a temper directly opposite to the spirit of Christianity.
Page 270 - In the spirit of these remarks we fully concur. It is, indeed, a good lesson for us who live in an easy and tolerant age, in which the exercise of the sterner virtues is more rarely called for, to be reminded of the fortitude of such men as these admirable, though little known, martyrs of the Reformation, who, in the fine language of Sir Thomas Browne, ' maintained their faith in the noble way of persecution, and served God in the fire, whereas we honour him in the sunshine.
Page 204 - Come unto me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Page 271 - I had long before perceived, and above all, that inspired so much cruelty; a temper directly opposite to the spirit of Christianity. At last, their wounds, like so many mouths, preached to me, made me sensible of my error, and experimentally taught me the excellency of the Protestant Religion.
Page 29 - ... occasion of our weak brother's falling, the which will be all required at their hands ; which will be too heavy a burden for them to bear, if they repent it not with speed. For they that know their Master's will, and do it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Page 272 - had a way to make him tell, and that immediately." Whereupon, he sent for some Turks, who at his command stripped SABATTIER stark naked ; and beat him, at several times, with rope ends and cudgels, during three days.

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