Sir John Graham killed 1298.
Pilgrims started for America 1620.
Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper) born 1621.
How comes it to pass, then, that we appear such cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the test of ridicule?
—Earl of Shaftesbury.
He that of such a height hath built his mind,
And reared the dwelling of his thoughts so strong,
As neither fear nor hope can shake the frame
Of his resolved powers; nor all the wind
Of vanity or malice pierce to wrong
His settled peace, or to disturb the same:
What a fair seat hath he, from whence he may
The boundless wastes and wilds of man survey?
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
—Isaiah 26. 3.
O Lord, it is not that I am ashamed to ask thee for the truth that I do not more diligently seek it, but it is because I fear the sacrifice that may follow in obtaining it. I would that I could understand that thy strength is given in the sacrifice. Make me braver as I seek to live in the truth. Amen.