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He was endowed with very popular talents, great vivacity of expression, and strength of voice. He was won derful in his method of convincing and persuading poor sinners; and his word was frequently attended with such power, that some have been constrained to cry out in the congregation, “ I am the man! guilty, guilty! What shall I do to be saved ? For the Lord's sake, pray for me." Others, who came to prock, have been brought to saving repentance. * Truth from his lips prevaild with doube sway ;. And fools, who came to mock, remaiud 10 pray."
GOLDSMITI. A servant woman, in whom her master placed great confidence for her honesty, but who had robbed him, at various times, to a considerable amount, was awakened under his ministry. From that time she was much persecuted in the fainily. Some years after, Mr. Pomfret, in a discourse, was insisting upon restitution as a necessary branch of repentance; upon which she brought the money to Mr. Pomfret, acknowledging what she had done, who immediately returned it to the gentleman's son, saying “ Sir, you see the good effects of the word of God."
By his extraordinary labours he contracted those grievous distenipers the gout, the stone, and the asthma, with which he was severely exercised for many years, and in some degree disabled from his work ; but be bore bis afiliction's with singular patience and exemplary cheerfulness. When he could no longer walk, he was brought in a chair to the pulpit; and though be often preached in great pain, yet few of his hearers perceived it. In his last illness he maintained a lively hope, having no darkness nor doubt on his mind. To an attendant who came to dress his blisters, he said, “ Come, see, see a dying man under exquisite pain, yet not afraid to die." To another person, "Let' him do his pleasure." “ Absent from the body, present with the Lord." "Outward pain and inward peace.'
At another time, “ Here we cannot arrive at perfection; but at my dissolution, when my soul is carried by angels to my dear Redeemer, I shall be presented spotless, and without wrinkle."
The night before he died, he ordered the family to prayer, in which he was long and fervent. To a person who asked bim how - he did ? he replied, “ Nature disputes every inch of
ground.” And to one who looked sorrowful, in expect tion of his death, he said, “O! you should rather rejoice When death was approaching, he said to those who aska how he did, “ Beiter and better;" and to the same que tion, just before his departure, “ Almost well.” Th. after near fifty years' indefatigable labour, with as gre success in his Master's vineyard as any man in the compa of his own time, this very eminent and distinguished set vant of Jesus Christ fell asleep, Jan. 11, 1721, in thi seventy-first year of his age. He left behind him an aged widow, and a church suffused in tears. Some time after bis decease, the church removed to a place of worship, which they erected in Ayliile Street, Goodman's Fields, which is not, at this period, distinguished either for its numbers, its zeal, or its orthodoxy.
His publications were fow:-1, “ Treatise at the Close of his Catechetical Exercises."-2. “ Three New Year's Day Sermons preached to Young People."'-3. “ An excellent Discourse, addressed to the Society for Reformation of Mariners ;" on the delivery of which, he was waited upon by many gentlemen of rank, with the thanks of the principals of the society, and was also complimented, on the occasion, by a digo nitary of the established church; which, in those times, was a mark of high respect.
PONET, JOHN. Though the life of this excellent man was but short, and the memorials of that life are handed down to us but in fragments; he was of eminent importance in his time, and was a burning and a shining light in the church of God. Bishop Godwin, in his book
De Præsulibus Angliæ,” says of him, that he was born in the county of Kent, in or about the year 1516, and received his academical education in King's College, Cam. bridge. He must have obtained the knowledge of the Gospel pretty early in life ; for he was in so much confidence with the great Reformers, that, so soon as the beginning of Edward the Vlth's reign, June 26, 1559, when Ponęt could not have been more than thirty-three years of age, he was consecrated bishop of Rochester; and, upon the deprivation of Gardiner, was, within a year afterwards, translated to the see of Winchester. The reason of his preferment does as much honour to the admirable young King Edward, as it could reflect credit upon the bishop;
for, we are told, that it was by the king's own motion, in ep on account of sɔme very excellent sermons which Ponet erre had preached before him.
He was a man of great learning, as well as grace ; and samles possessed the knowledge, not only of the Latin and Greek,
but (what is not a frequent attainment among divines) har a thorough acquaintance with the Duich and Italian eaten tongues. He was, in particular, a great Grecian, and had
engaged his mind, probably, when a young man, very 21, D. deeply in mathematical learning. To such a proficiency one had he arrived in the mechanical branch of the mathemaen tics, that he constructed a clock, by the effort of his own
genius, which pointed both to the hours of the day, the day of the month, the sign of the Zodiac, the lunar va riations, and the tides. This was presented to Henry VIII, and was received very graciously, for (what indeed it was in those days) a wonderful piece of mechanism. Besides all this variety, as well as extent, of knowledge,
in so young a man, Heylyn, who was by no means parstial to the principles of our Reformers, informs us, that ;
he was “ well studied with the ancient fathers."
Thus fraught with human knowledge and with divine 16 grace, we cannot wonder, that Dr. Ponet was so soon
and so much taken notice of. Above all, God gave him the desire to devote his great abilities to the cause and service of the Gospel. He not only preached much, but
is said to have written much for the truth, both in Latin vili and English. But the piece, for which he is most re
membered, is the composition called, “ King Edward's Catechism,” which was approved and passed by the synod, which passed the book of articles, under the king's warrant. Fuller says, that this catechism“ was first compiled (as appears by the king's patent prefixed) by a single din vine, charactered pious and learned; but afterwards perused and allowed by the bishops and other learned men, &c. and by royal authority commanded to all schoolmas. ters to teach it their scholars." All the great Reformed revised it, and particularly archbishop Cranmer, without whom nothing was undertaken or set forth in religion, during king Edward's reign.
This catechism is liighly Calvinistic, and perfectly correspondent with the articles, which were published about the same time. It cane out in 1553, in two editions,
the one Latin, and the other English, with the royal pri vilege. Indeed, the pious king himself prefaced this ca. techism by a letter, dated at Greenwich, May 20, in which he “ charges and commands all schoolmasters whatsoeret, within his dominions, as they did reverence his authority, and as they would avoid his royal displeasure, to teach this catechism, diligently and carefully, in all and every their schools; that so, the youth of the kingdom might be settled in the grounds of true religion, and furthered in God's worsbip." --At that time, and afterwards in the reign of queen Elizabeth, the catechizing children and servants was thought to be of so much importance to posterity, that the neglect of it was entitled to some very severe penalties.
When queen Mary came to the crown, and gave a bloody earnest of what Protestants may expect to receive from bigoted Papists; Dr. Ponet, with some other great and good men, thought it prudent to quit the kingdom. He accordingly retired to Strasburgh in Germany, where hedeparted this life, on the 11th of April, aged only forty years.
Bishop Godwin mentions that, Ponet published several works in Latin and English, which were extant in his time, but which we have not seen. They are however supposed to be chiefly upon theological subjects.
POOL, FERDINANDO, was born at Ulsthorp in Leicestershire, of godly parents, and educated in the college of Dublin. He was afterwards forced to go for ordi nation to ireland, where there was a more moderate bishop than his native country would then afford. He was there ordained without subscription to those things which his conscience could not comply with. The bishop (who stiled himself Laonensis) gave him deacon's orders Aug. 24, and priest's orders Sept. 3, 1626. Mr. Pool was a serious, plain, and constant preacher. For the greater part. of his time he was in the family of that grave and pious matron Mrs. Piggot of Thrumpton iu Nottinghamshire, who by her interest and money sheltered him from the bishops' courts for several years. In her family be had seven children born and brought up. But when the civil war broke out, not being able to continue there any longer, he removed into Huntingdonshire, one of the
associated counties, where he had the living of Great Catworth, of about one hundred and thirty pounds per annum; yet such was his contempt of the world, such his affection to the good people of Thrumpton, and such his grateful respect to his good friend Mrs. Piggot, that when the war was over, he voluntarily left this living, and returned to his former, though he had a much smaller stipend. Here he continued till Bartholomew-day, 1662, and then was forced away again by his nonconformity. He died at Ashby-de-laZouch, in the house of his son-in-law Mr. Samuel Shaw, 1676, aged upwards of 80. He was a man of great humility and sincerity. He also possessed considerable ministerial abilities, He was particularly eminent in prayer, and had many remarkable answers to his prayers. .
POOLE, MATTHEW, an eminent nonconformist minister, was son of Francis Poole, esq. of York, where he was born in 1624. Having laid a competent foundation of grammar learning, he was sent to Emanuel Col. lege, Cambridge, and put under the tuition of Dr. John Worthington. He afterwards took the degree of M, A, there; and falling in with the Presbyterian opinions, con. cerning ecclesiastical polity, which then prevailed, he entered into the ministry, and about 1648, became rector of St. Michael le Querne in London. In 1654, he published a piece in 12mo. entitled, “ The Blasphemer slain with the Sword of the Spirit : or, a Plea for the God, head of the Holy Ghost, wherein the Deity of the Spirit is proved, against the Cavils of John Biddle.” In 1657, in that act at Oxford, when the protector Cromwell resigned that chancellorship, and was succeeded therein by by his son Richard, Mr. Poole was incorporated master of arts of that university, and April, in the following year, he projected a pian for maintaining at those places some choice students designed for the ministry. In 1659, he wrote a letter, in one sheet 410. to the lord Charles Fleetwood, which was delivered to him Dec. 13, in reference to the juncture of affairs at that time. In the same view of supporting the Presbyterian power, he published also that year, in 4to. his “ Quo Warranto: A moderate Debate about the preaching of anordained Persons : Election, Ordination, and the Extent of the ministerial Relation, in vindication of the Jus Divinum Ministerii, from VOL. III.-No. 75.