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SHAKING AND TRANSLATING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH:
A SERMON PREACHED TO THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED, APRIL 19, 1649, A DAY SET APART FOR EXTRAORDINARY HUMILIATION.
THIS sermon, from Hebrews 12:27, was preached before Parliament on a day set apart for extraordinary humiliation. It was in connection with this sermon that Owen for the first time was introduced to Oliver Cromwell; who, with other officers, listened to it, and afterwards made acquaintance with the preacher, under the circumstances mentioned in the “Life,” etc., vol. i. p. 42. Cromwell was preparing to go to Ireland, and procured the appointment of Owen to accompany him, in order that the affairs of Trinity College, Dublin, might be adjusted and placed on a proper footing. — ED. Die Veneris, April 20, 1649. ORDERED, by theCOMMONS assembled in Parliament, That Sir William Masham do give hearty thanks from this House to Mr. Owen for his great pains in his sermon preached before the House yesterday, at Margaret’s, Westminster; and that he be desired to print his sermon at large, as he intended to have delivered it if time had not prevented him; wherein he is to have the like liberty of printing thereof as others in like kind usually have had. HEN.SCOBELI., Clare. Parl.
TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE, THE COMMONS OF ENGLAND, IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED.
SIRS, ALL that I shall preface to the ensuing discourse is, that seeing the nation’s welfare and your own actings are therein concerned (the welfare of the nation and your own prosperity in your present actings being so nearly related, as they are, to the things of the ensuing discourse), I should be bold to press you to a serious consideration of them as now presented unto you, were I not assured — by your ready attention unto, and favorable acceptation of, their delivery — that, being now published by your command, such a request would be altogether needless. The subjectmatter of this sermon being of so great weight and importance as it is, it had been very desirable that it had fallen on an abler hand; as also that more space and leisure had been allotted to the preparing of it — first, for so great, judicious, and honorable an audience; and, secondly, for public view — than possibly I could beg from my daily troubles, pressures, and temptations, in the midst of a poor, numerous, provoking people. As the Lord hath brought it forth, that it may be useful to your Honorable Assembly, and the residue of men that wait for the appearance of the Lord Jesus, shall be the sincere endeavor at the throne of grace of Your most unworthy Servant In the work of the Lord, J.OWEN. COGGESHALL, May 1, 1649