John Grover 1823 transcribed
Here is a transcription of the document in facsimile in parallel with John Grover 1843. There are several themes of high relevance for understanding parts of the history - such as the role of the sword as a concept reminiscent of Lin-chi for Auschwitz - which means that it is more than only a piece of curiosity. I would guess that the 'Franken' of the Oslo Report could be related to the 'frankincense' in this document - and things like that. For the few annotations with pen, see the facsimile. The lines are the same here as in the facsimile. The document which I copied from in British Library is, as far as I have been able to verify so far, the only extant copy of the 1823 pamphlet - which means that it could well have been made in one single copy for the particular political purpose of being a parallel text to John Grover 1843 in British Library. In John Grover 1845, a 300-page book, there is a slightly unmotivated mention of the author being into British Library in search of some documents. He does not tell what he found or why he tells that story, but it could be about the 1823 document. John Grover 1845 otherwise exhibits a keen interest in the meaning of names, in particular his own.
KING GEORGE THE FOURTH
BY JOHN GROVER,
Minister of the Trinity.
Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold King Solomon,
with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him on the day of
his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY THE AUTHOR, TELEGRAPH
HOUSE, IN THE VALLEY.
Transcribed by John Bjarne Grover
May it please your Majesty.
As the Thesis itself is written in a sort of a
Preface, I shall have the less occasion to say much
here. My reason for so writing was, that I might
convey my thoughts in as plain and intellilgible a
manner as I could unto your most gracious Majesty.
I hope your Majesty will excuse my freedom and plain-
ness of speech.
This publication ought to have come out sooner,
but the delay was no fault of mine; my time was
ready, but the Lord's time was not fully come. "For
every thing there is a season, and a time for every
purpose under the heavens". Another reason was, that
I had a very strong impression on my mind, which I
could in no way resist, but by violence. I have found
much sweetness in the composition of this little work,
and may your Majesty find as much in the reading of
it: if your Majesty should be so condescending as to
peruse it, I shall ever esteem it one of the highest
earthly honours in my pilgrimage.
Wishing your Majesty a happy reign, and that
you may find the one thing needful. Amen, Amen, Amen.
Your Majesty's most devoted, and most
When your Majesty was invested with the Sword in
By sword, in God's sacred word, are meant
many things; I read there of the sword of justice,
(see Zeck.xiii.7:) where God the Father is speak-
ing, "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and
against the man (Christ) that is my fellow, saith the
Lord of Hosts, smite the shepherd." In the next
place, there is a spiritual sword, called the sword
of the Spirit: "And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of
God:" Ephes.vi.7. At another time, by sword is
understood, the sons of Zion: "When I have bent
Judah for me, filled with bow with Ephraim, and
raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O
Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty
man:" Zeck.ix.13. Again, by sword, is meant
God's judgements: "Proclaim ye this among the
Gentiles; prepare war, wake up the mighty men,
let all the men of war draw near, let them come
up, beat your plough-shares into swords:" Joel iii,
9, 10. The sword is one of God's four judgements.
Your Majesty will please to take notice, there
are two things to be spoken of, the Crown and the
Time: first for the crown, a grand thesis. The
first crown, is a temporal one, and must fade away
in time; King Solomon will inform your Majesty
respecting it: "For riches are not for ever, and
doth the crown endure to every generation?" Prov.
xxvii.24. St.Paul also says, "while we look not
at the things which are seen, for the things which
are seen, are temporal:" 2 Cor.iv.18. See also,
another temporal on in Samuel: "I took the
crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet
that was on his arm, and have brought them hither
unto my Lord:" 2 Samuel 1. I will bring your
Majesty one more, King Ammons: "And it came
to pass, that after the years was expired, at the
time that kings go out to battle, Jacob led forth the
power of the army, and wasted the country of the
children of Ammon, and came and beseiged Rabbah,
(but David tarried at Jerusalem,) and Joab smote
Rabbah, and destroyed it; and David took the
crown of their king from off his head, and found it
to weight a talent of gold, and there were precious
stones in it, and it was set upon David's head:"
1 Chron.xx.1,2; which makes Solomon's words
true, they do not endure, those crowns are no
Now for the spiritual ones; I do most heartily
and sincerely pray, that your Majesty may be a
happy partaker of spiritual and eternal ones. The
spiritual Coronation, will be found in King Solo-
mon's song of songs: "Go forth, O ye daughters
of Zion, and behold King Solomon with the crown,
wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of
his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of
his heart:" Song iii, 11. In the book of Psalms,
we read of a crown of pure gold: "For thou pre-
ventest him with the blessing of goodness; thou
settest a crown of pure gold on his head:" Psalm
xxi.3. God's goodness is also called a crown,
(see Psalm xlv, 11;) which all wear, from the king,
down unto the beggar: "Thou crownest the year
with thy goodness." Another crown, called loving-
kindness, and tender mercies: "Who redeemeth
thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with
loving-kindness, and tender mercies:" Psalm ciii,
4. There is a crown mentioned in St.Paul's Epis-
tles to the Hebrews, ii. 7: "Thou madest him a
little lower than the angels; thou crownest him
with glory and honour." The next is the crown of
righteousness: "Henceforth there is laid up for me
a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not
to me only, but unto all them also that love his
appearing:" 2 Tim.iv.8. O my dear Sovereign,
there is one, called a crown of thorns, they put it
upon his head:" (Matt.xxvii.29.) if that crown
had not been put on his most sacred head, no flesh
living would have been saved. There is a most
sweet crown, which unhappily in this our wicked
world, but few men can boast of; it is to be found
in the book of Proverbs, that is a virtuous woman;
the wise man tells us, "a virtuous woman is a
crown to her husband: Prov.xii.4. I must in-
troduce, and shew your Majesty, the crown of the
four and twenty elders, in the book of the Revela-
tions: iv. 9,10,11; "And when those beasts gave
glory, and honour, and thanks, to him that sat on
the throne, who liveth for ever and ever; the four
and twenty elders fell down before him that sat on
the throne, and worshipped him that liveth for ever
and ever, and cast their crowns before his throne."
The last crown, that I have the honour of laying
before your Majesty, and a plurality of them
in one; I will say as the royal Psalmist, in the
45th Psalm: "My heart is inditing a good matter,
I speak of the things which I have made, touching
the king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
In the 24th Psalm, he is called, "the King of
Glory." St.John calls him, the "King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords: his eyes were as a flame of
fire, and on his head were many crowns: Rev.
Time half-past One o'Clock.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, King
of Jerusalem. I hope your Majesty will have the
goodness to bear with his poor servant, while I for
a moment digress from my subject. You will be
pleased to understand, "that the most high God
made King Solomon a preacher, as your Majesty
may see by reading his book of Ecclesiastes; Let
not your Majesty think it any degradation if his
God should make you a preacher. I look upon it
as the greatest of all his honours, "to be a mouth
for God," and for my own part, I should be glad to
hear that your most graciuos Majesty was put into
his own pulpit. Now for the time, half-past One
o'Clock Solomon, the preacher, tells you, "to
every thing there is a season, and a time to every
purpose," (for the Gout), and your Majesty's Co
ronation ritual was one of those things to take place
The next thing to be spoken of, is the Coronation
fruit. "And when ye shall come into the land, and
shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then
ye shall count the food thereof as uncircumcised:
three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it
shall not be eaten of. But in the fourth year all the
fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the Lord withal."
Levit.xix.23,24. "And his fruit was sweet to
my taste." Song ii.3. "With pleasant fruit." Song
iv.13. But the fruit of the spirit is "love, joy,
peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance." My prayer to God is, that
your majesty may be a partaker of these spiritual
fruits, that you may live for ever. Amen. Amen.
Coronation Galleries at Westminster Hall.
First the Galleries. I read in my Bible, the King
is held at the galleries, (Song vii.5.) but a greater
than King George is meant. The next thing I shall
notice is the place, (Westminster Hall only the fi-
gure). By place, in scripture, is meant many things,
but the only one that I shall bring forth, is a sweet
place indeed. I will inform your majesty where
you may find it. My dear sir, I do freely confess
unto your majesty, while I am writing, I tremble
for fear. Your majesty's eternal all depends upon
finding and being brought into this place. O, sir,
pray for it: my most hearty prayer to God is, that
you may not miss finding this place (Christ). It is
a holy place, it is no more nor less a place than the
King of Glory himself. "Who is the King of Glory?"
Psalm xxiv. John, in the Revelations, calls him,
"King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." To prove
what I say from Psalm xci.1. "He that dwelleth
in the secret place of the most high, shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty." I will give
your majesty a key to open this text. In Psalm
xc.1. "Lord (Moses the speaker) thou hast been
our dwelling-place in all generations."
The Throne and Table
The next thing I shall call your majesty's atten-
tion to, is a great thesis - the Throne! the Table!
First the Throne. "The Lord is in his holy temple,
the Lord's throne is in heaven;" another, "Shall
the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee,
which frameth mischief by a law:" Psalm xiv.20.
O my king, have no fellowship with that throne.
Let not your majesty read any longer novels; but
look into the book of Proverbs, and the Lord give
you understanding: "take away the wicked from be-
fore the king, and his throne shall be established in
righteousness." Prov.xxv.5. Another; "Thus
saith the Lord, the Heaven is my throne, and the
earth is my footstool." Your majesty has known
by painful experience this winter, something of the
need of a footstool, by a very sharp attack of the
gout, I hope, under the blessing of God, it may do
your majesty good. We read of another throne in
Jeremiah xiv. 21. "Do not disgrace the throne of
thy glory" What glory has God put on the head
of King George IV.! Beg of God not to suffer you
to disgrace your glory. The Lord has blessed you
above many kings; then do not return him evil for
all his kindness unto you and your kingdom. God's
throne is an everlasting one, "thou, O Lord, re-
mainest for ever, thy throne from generation to ge-
neration." Lam.v.19. The next throne I have the
honour to lay before your majesty, is one (it will be
endless to bring them all) that will be a thunder-
bolt, and a damnable stroke to all those who deny
the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God
over all, and blessed for ever more, for he will in
the last day say, "bring those mine enemies and
slay them before my face, that would not that I
should reign over them;" for St.Paul tells us, "for
by him, and for him were all things made that are
in heaven and in the earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or princi-
palities, or powers, all things were created for him
and by him. And he is before all things, and by him
all things consist." Col.i.16,17. I will bring one
more, then I have done; and my most fervent prayer
to God is, that your majesty may find an interest in
it. Blessed Saint Paul says, "Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Heb.iv.16. May your majesty and I meet there
when absent in the body!!!
Secondly, is the table to be spoken of. The
Lord tells Moses, "thou shalt make a table of
Shittim wood: two cubuits shall be the lenght there-
of, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and
a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it
with gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round
about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of a
hand-breadth round about, and thou shalt make a
golden crown to the border thereof round about.
And thou shalt make for it four rings (George the IV.)
of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are
on the four feeth thereof. Overagainst the border shall
be rings be for places of the staves to bear the table,
and thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood,
and overlay them with gold, that the table may be
borne with them." Exodus xxv.23-28. One table
more: "while the king sitteth at his table, my
spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof." Song
The King, and his Guests, or Company
Now I have to lay before your majesty, the chief
and principal, eminent and capital thesis of the Co-
ronation; the person of the king, and his guests,
or company. The first of the royal person of the
King; this naturally leads me to speak a little of
your royal person, and guests, and in the next
place of King Jesus. I will not say as Shakespeare
in his Hamlet:
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two ears, like stars, start from their spheres.
In the first place, the honour that I have to speak
of your royal majesty, and say without any flattery
(for my soul hates flattery), that your majesty is a
very great favourite of mine. As for the person of
your royal majesty, and the grace that adorns our
royal person, I shall say but little your majesty
will be pleased to understand, that whenever I
speak of the grace and beaty of mine own sex, I
always give up that point to the ladies!!! As for your
amiable disposition and temper, it is sweet, and
amiable, and courteous. I must relate one thing,
and it pleases me much when I do think upon it.
Your majesty's accessino to the throne was such a
sweet presge to mine own person and my affairs,
both spiritual! and temporal!
As for the guests, your very beloved royal bro-
ther, His Royal Highness the Commander in Chief,
a man much beloved for his affibility, &c. My best
wishes for him is, in St.Paul's words to his son
Timothy, "that he may be a good soldier of Jesus
Christ, and then I am sure he will be a good one
to King George the Fourth: and your majesty's
other royal brothers, all noble, and becoming your
majesty's sacred person, your Dukes and your great
men, all very loyal to your majesty's sacred person,
and God almighty give them grace and wisdom, to
give your majesty good counsel, and to do the best
for their country! Now for King Jesus and his
royal guests: "My heart is inditing a good matter,
I speak of the things which I have made, touching
the king; thou are fairer than the children of men:"
Psalm xiv.1. "For how great is his beauty, and
his goodness how great:" Zeck.ix.17. "While the
king sittest at his table:" Song i.12. This king is
called, "the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace:" Isaiah ix.6. "For the day
of the Lord is at hand; for the Lord hath prepared
a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests:" Zep.i.7. "Go
ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye
shall find, bid to the marriage; so those sevants
went out into the highways, and gathered all as
many as they found, both bad and good, and the
wedding was furnished with guests: And when
the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a
man which had not on a wedding garment:" Matt.
The Herb Woman, the procession on the
Herbals, is (woman) skill in herbs. I know there is
much said of herbs and flowers in God's word, but
the nearest that I can find, fitting this subject, is
Christ's riding with triumph into Jerusalem, where
it is said: "And many spread their garments in the
way, others cut down branches off trees, and strewed
them in the way:" Mark xi.8.
Procession of the Regalia
A great theme! I am at a lost how to begin, the
subject is so great! I may say with Job, "I may
darken the theme with words without knowledge."
In the first place, the children of the king's chapel,
(and I may put myself among them, because of the
greatness of the subject:) "Out of the mouth of
babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength:
Psalm viii.2. "I will write unto you little children,
because your sins are forgiven you for his name
sake:" 1 John ii.12. "In this place, (the king's
chapel), prophesy not again any more, for it is
the king's chapel:" Amos vii.13. The two heralds,
put me in mind of John the Baptist, who was the
Lord's harbinger, or forerunner! of his master the
King of Glory! "For this is he that is spoken of
by the prophet Isaiah, saying, the voice of one
crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the
Prebendary, carrying the Septre, with Dove, a
A septre: "Thy throne O God, is for ever and
ever; the septre of thy kingdom is a right septre;
thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:
xlv.6,7. The dove, a fine emblem, much used in
scred writings: "O that I had wings like a dove:"
Psalm lv.6. "Though ye have lain among the pots,
yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove, covered with
silver, and her feathers with yellow gold:" Psalm
lxv.13. "O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove
unto the multitude of the wicked:" Psalm lxxiv.19.
"Behold, though art fair, thou hast doves eyes:"
Song i.15. "O my dove that art in the cleft of the
rock:" Song ii.14. "Open to me, my sister, my
love, my dove:" Song v.ii. "My dove is undefiled:"
Song vi.9. "Be ye therefore wise as serpents,
harmless as doves:" Matt.x.16. The septre and
cross:I pass over the septre, and come to the cross,
"And he, bearing his cross, went forth into a place
called the place of scull, which is called in the
Hebrew, Golgatha:" John xix.17. "The Jews
therefore, because it was the preparation, that the
bodies should not remain upon the cross on the
sabbath day:" 3I. This cross was all St.Paul's
glory; he tells us, "but God forbid I should
glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:"
Prebendary, carrying St.Edwards's staff, and Cha-
lice and Patina carrying the bible.
The next under consideration, is the staff; in
God's word, by staff, are meant many things, some-
times it means a walking one, such as father Jacob
used hear his own words: "I am not worthy of
the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth,
which thou has shewed unto thy servant; for with
my staff I passed over this Jordan:" (Gen.xxxii.10).
Sometimes it holds forth a sign, (see Zeck.xi.10.)
"And I took my staff, even beauty, and cut it
asunder, that I might brake my covenant which I
had made with the people." Another, "Yea,
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and staff they comfort me:" Psalm xxiii.4.
The next thing is the Chalice and Patina: "And
he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to
them, saying, drink ye all of it:" Matt.xxvi.26,
27. Much might be said here, but I pass it over,
and come to the Bible, which is the true word of
God most high. Paul tells his son Timothy, that
he had known the Bible from a child: "And that
thou has known the Holy Scriptures, which are
able to make thee wise unto salvation:" 2 Tim.3.
15. If I had a mind, I could say much of this
blessed book, O Sir, in the the hands of the blessed
Spirit with reading it, O how sweet! David found
it so! "sweeter than honey or the honey-comb."
Let me beseeh your majesty to read often in this,
the best of all books, pray the blessed spirit to
open the word unto your understanding. St.Paul
tells Timothy, "they are able to make you wise unto
salvation. In the procession, they made their re-
verence: "Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and rever-
ence my sanctuary:" Lev.ixi.30. "God is greatly
to be feared in the assembly of the saints; and to
be had in reverence of all them that are about him:"
Psalm lxxxix.7. "Nevertheless, let every one of
you, so in particular, so love his wife even as him-
self; and the wife see that she reverence her hus-
band:" Epe.v.23. "Let us have grace, whereby
we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and
godly fear:' Heb.xii.28. "I will send my be-
loved son; it may be they will reverence him:"
Quadruple of swords, the sword of temporal
This temporal sword is put into the hands of
kings and rulers, by God. St.Paul informs us,
our duties to magistrates: "Let every soul be sub-
ject unto the higher powers. For there is no power
but God: (see Rom.xiii.1,2-4) and they that
resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For
he is the minister (king) of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he
beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister
of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that
doeth evil." The next swoed of spiritual justice,
(I must beg your majesty pardon at this time by
passing it over, only name the sword,) St.Paul
calls the sword, "the word of God:" Ephe. vi.17.
David calls it, "a two-edged sword:" Psalm cxlix.
6. St.John saw this sword go out of "Christs
mouth:" (see Rev.i.xvi.) "And he had in his hand
seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp
two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the
sun shineth in his strength." - Now the Curtana, or
the sword of mercy.
This sword, is an emblem of mercy, King Ed-
ward, the Confessor, was the first King of England
who had this sword carried before him at his coro-
nation, I suppose by this emblem, he was a merci-
ful king; if he was, your most gracious majesty is
not a wit behind him. I read in my bible, sir, that
the kings in Israel, were called, "merciful kings".
The sword of state.
The next one carried in the procession, is an emblem
of state, majesty, and magnificence. There is
swords, foer the state bed of Solomon: "Behold
his bed which is Solmon's, threescore valiant men
about it, of the valiant of Isreal, they hold swords,"
Messenger of the College of Arms, and Banners of
Velvet, fringed with gold.
The spiritual banner: "Lift ye up a banner upon
the high mountain:" Isaiah xiii.2. "We will re-
joice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God
we will set up our banners:" Psalm xx.5. "Thou
hast given a banner to them that fear thee; that it
may be displayed because of truth, selah:" Psalm
xx.4. "His banner over me was love:" Song ii.4.
"Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair
as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an
army with banners?" Song vi.10.
The Lord has got his trumpeters, - "And it came
on the third day in the morning, that there were
thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon
the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding
loud:" Exod. xix.16. "And the Lord spake unto
Moses, saying, make thee two trumpets of silver;
of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou
mayest use them for the calling of the assembly,
and for the journeying of the camps. And when
they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall
assemble themselves to thee at the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation:" Numbers x.1,2,3.
"Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time
appointed, on our solemn feast day:" Psalm lxxxi.
3. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that
the great trumpet shall be blown:" Isaiah xxvii.13.
"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a
trumpet:" (God's ministers are his trumpeters:)
God will raise the dead with the sound of a trum-
pet, and that trumpet is Christ himself! see Thes.
iv.16. "For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-
angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
in Christ shall rise first." See St.Paul again in
1 Cor.xv.51,52. "Behold, I shew you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
His Majesty's Band with chains and badges, the
Treasurer of his Household bearing the crimson bag,
scarlet mantles and gown, Herald, the Standard.
King Solomon and a band, and one greater than
King Solomon has got his band, (King Jesus).
Now for Solomon's band, "And Zadok the priest
took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and
anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet;
and all the people said, God save king Solomon.
And all the people came up after him, and the peo-
ple piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy,
so that the earth rent with the sound of them." 1
Kings i.39,40. So much for Solomon's corona-
tion, (God save king George IV). Now for his
band. "I got me men singers and women singers,
and the delight of the sons of men, as musical in-
struments, and that of all sorts." Eccle.ii.8. So
much for king Solomon's band. As for the band
of the King of Kings, O! Sir! may I say it? what
does your majesty know of this band! but however
we well as I am able, I will speak a little of this
band; the blessed angels are a part of this band.
See Luke i. 13, 15. In the next place, the glorified
and crowned-headed saints above, are a part also:
moreover, God's saints on earth are a part, so I have
made a trinity of them. "The music is as loud as
thunder." Rev.xiv.2. "And I heard a voice of a
great thunder. And I heard the voice of harpers
harping with their harps. And four and twenty
elders fell down before the lamb, having every one
of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which
are the prayers of the saints." I must stop, for I
see no end, this thesis is so great. Your majesty
has a veys fine taste for music, I hope you will know
the spiritual taste also for celestial music. Amen
The Crimson Bag.
Now for the crimson bag: as for the chain, Bel-
shazzer commanded Daniel "to be clothed with
scarlet, and to put a chain of gold about his neck."
Dan. v.29. Chain, in a spiritual sense, means
pride, (see Psalm lxxiii.6.) "Therefore pride com-
passeth them about as a chain!!" As for the badges
I shall pass them over, and come to the crimson
bag. Your majesty will be pleased to take notice,
there is a very great emphasis put on this bag;
moreover, and the colour of it also. What the con-
tents of the coronation crimson bag were, your ma-
jesty may know better than I do, but the crimson
bag that I shall bring forth, I bless my God, I know
a little about that; but the knowledge of it was
very painful indeed, and indeed it was, all for my
summum bonum. My poor father and mother knew
by painful experience something of this crimson
bag, (my father Adam and my mother Eve). I call
them poor, for the contents of this bag had made
them so. "And they were both naked, the man
and his wife, and were not ashamed." Gen.ii.25.
as Milton says, "the new comer shame." They
knew no shame until they knew something of the
crimson bag, that was, by eating of the forbidden
tree: "she took of the fruit thereof and did eat,
and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did
eat." Gen.iii.6. The devil is called a liar - I will
tell your majesty, he was no liar here; he told them,
"and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Gen.iii.5. They had their knowledge unto their
cost and ours also, this is the crimson bag. Excuse
my freedom, dear sir! your majesty would never
have known the sore pain of the gout, or any other
disease, had it not been for the crimson bag. I,
who have taken up my pen, unto your sacred ma-
jesty must fall down, as the poor publican, and cry,
God be merciful unto me a crimson-died sinner. St.
Paul will inform us something of this bag, and he
knew it; he tells us, (hear his own words), "Nay,
I had not known sin, (sin of the heart, that is the
bag), but by the law." Rom.vii.7. He says in
another place also, "By the law is the knowledge
of sin." I can find bag in God's word, (see Deut.
xxv.13.), "Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers
weights." Poor Job knew about this bag, and one
more besides, and that is God. I told your majesty
sin in the heart was that bag, but that is our bag.
God has one also; Job will confirm what I say,
"My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou
sewest up mine iniquity." Job xiv.17. King Solo-
mon will tell your majesty of God's bag, in his book
of Proverbs, "A just weight and balance are the
Lord's; ali the weights of the bag are his work."
Prov.xvi.11. The next bag that I shall bring out
is a deceitful one. Methinks I hear your majesty
reply, that must be a very bad one: your majesty
is very right. "Shall I count them pure with the
wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful
weights." Micah vi.11. I must beg your majesty's
patience, for I cannot get away from it. The next
one I have to bring out, I must say I cannot praise
it, for it is of very little use to the owner thereof, as
it is full of holes. If your majesty will not believe
me, I will shew it to you: "And he that earneth
wages, earneth wages to put into a bag with holes."
Haggai i.6. St.Paul tells us, that the wages of
sin is death. Here is the bag and wages both to-
gether. O sir! one more, and I have done. The
last bag that I brought I could not praise, now
please your majesty, here is one that is to be
praised, and the blessed speaker of it, is above all
praise. The blessed Saviour says: "Sell that ye
have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth
not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth cor-
rupteth:" Luke xii.33. Your majesty is a mer-
ciful man unto the poor, and the Lord bless your
Your Majesty will be pleased to remember, this
last text has two heads in it, the bag, and the co-
lour of it. A little on the colour - and the Lord
open your majesty's eyes to see the crimson dyed
sins - do not be startled, "Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins
be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow in Sal-
mon;) though they be red like crimson, they shall
be as wool:" Isaiah i.18. "All manner of sin
shall be forgiven unto men:" Matt.xii.31.
Scarlet Mantles and Gowns.
That is the colour of king Solomon's (king Jesus)
household: "She is not afraid of the snow for her
household: for all are clothed with scarlet:" Prov.
The Herald and Standard.
By herald, in scripture language, is meant the
ministers of God, who are called "the heralds of
salvation." The next, is the standard, an ensign
in war. The standard that they take is the truth;
but that is not all that is meant by it; sometimes,
Christ Jesus is meant, (see Isaiah lix.xix.) "When
the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of
the Lord shall lift up a standard against him."
Christ is held up to lost sinners: -
Mercy, is welcome news indeed,
To those that guilty stand;
Wretches, that feel what help they need,
Will bless the helping hand.
The King in Robes, Gold Stick of Life Guards,
Physicians, Surgeons, Apothecaries, his Majesty's
Pages, and Footmen, and Yeomen of the Guards,
to close the Procession.
Finis, - having spoken of the king's person be-
fore, I shall pass it over, and speak of his majesty's
robes. The robes of the best quality, much gold
attached unto them, and of the finest silk. A little
on the robes of the King of Glory, who like him-
self are all glorious without a parallel: "All thy
garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia, out
of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee
glad:" Psalm xlv.8. Whose robes are like himself,
(that is light, for God is light,) "Who coverest thy-
self with light, as with a garment:" Psalm civ.2.
The transfiguration of the King of Glory! "and
his face did shine as the sun! and his raiment was
white as the light:" Matt. xvii.2. The prophet
Isaiah, had a view of the King of Glory: "I saw
also the Lord, sitting upon a throne, high and lifted
up, and his train filled the temple:" Isaiah vi.1.
St.John, the divine, saw him in the Island of
Patmos: "And in the midst of the seven golden
candlesticks, one like unto the Son of man, clothed
with a garment down to the foot, and girt about
the paps with a golden girdle:" Rev. i.13. "Until
the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; which in
his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords;
who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light
which no man can approach unto, whom no man
hath seen, or can see: to whom be honour and power
everlasting. Amen:" 1 Tim.vi.14,15,16. Another
thunder stroke for all those who deny the divinity
of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his time he
shall shew! I shall pass over the gold stick, and
proceed unto the
Physicians, Surgeons, and Apothecaries, and be
very brief. 'Ye are all physicians of no value:'
Job xiii.4. 'Is there no balm in Gilead? is there
no physician there? why then is not the health of
the daughter of my people recovered?' Jer.viii.22.
'They that be whole need not a physician, but
they that are sick:' Matt.ix.12. 'Luke, the be-
loved physician, and Demas, greet you:" Coll.iv.
14. If Luke was the beloved physician to St.Paul,
what must the great physician of souls be?
We all have sinn'd against our God;
Exception, none can boast.
Surgeons, 'I wound and I heal,' (Christ:) Deut.
Apothecaries, 'Dead flies cause the ointment
of the apothecaries to send forth a stinking saviour.'
His Majesty's Train or Attendants, Pages, Foot-
men, and Yeomen of the Guards.
His divine Majesty has got a train and attend-
ants to wait on him; the retinue is formed of angels,
ministers, and saints of the household of faith.
The first of his retinue is the angels: -' And be-
hold, the angels of God ascending on it, (ladder,
Christ): and behold the Lord stood above it:' Gen.
xxviii.12,13. 'I saw by night, and behold a man
(Christ) riding upon a red horse, and he stood
among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom,
and behind him were red horses, speckled and
white:' i.8. 'And I beheld, and I heard the
voice of many angels round about the throne, and
the beasts, and the elders; and the number of them
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thou-
sands of thousands:' Rev.v.11. (a goodly num-
ber to attend him.) 'And suddenly, there was with
the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praise-
ing God:' Luke ii.13. 'And Enoch also pro-
phesied of these, saying, 'Behold, the Lord cometh
with ten thousands of his saints:' Jude 14. So
much for the heavenly pages (angels); the footmen;
these footmen are no mean ones, for they are all
princes, and of royal blood: 'Folly is set in great
dignity, and the rich set in a low place. I have
seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as
servants upon the earth:' Eccles.6,7. Elijah, the
prophet, was one of these footmen, (see 2 Kings
xviii.46), 'And he girded up his loins, and ran
before Ahab, king of Israel.' Philip, was another,
(see Acts viii, 29,30,) 'then the spirit saith unto
Philip, go near, and join thyself to his chariot;
and Philip ran hither to him.'
Yeomen of the Life Guards to wait and attend
the king, both in doors, and out also; the yeomen
spiritually, are the family of God, they wait on him
in the house, and out of it; the plain meaning of it
is, no more or less, than they go from private, and
to public ordinances: 'Gather the people, sanctify
the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the
children, and those that suck the breasts, let the
bridegroom go forth out of his chamber, and the
bride out of her closet,' (the bride of the Lamb):
Joel 2.16. 'But when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to
thy Father which is in secret:' Matt.vi.6. 'Come,
my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut
thy doors about thee:' Isaiah xxvi.10. 'The king
hath brought me into his chambers:' Song i.4. So
much for the king's yeomen.
The Champions Challenge.
'If any person, of what degree soever, high or
low, shall deny or gainsay our Sovereign Lord
King George the Fourth, to be right heir, or that
he ought not to enjoy the same, here is his champion,
who saith that he lieth, and is a false traitor.' The
King of Kings has got his champions: 'God, who
at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in
these last days, spoken unto us by his Son, whom
he hath appointed heir of all things:' Hebrew i.
12. 'But was opposed, and greatly set against,
Athor, the right and lawful heir.' It would lead
me into a very large field to speak of this opposi-
tion, and of the war! that broke out by this great
opposition. But touch a little upon the king's
champion - now, as the champion of the King of
Heaven, and champions, are very bold, courage-
ous, brave, and daring, Solomon tells us that "the
righteous are bold as a lion.' Fight or die, is the
motto. 'They loved not their lives, but resisted
unto blood:' Hebrews xii.4. His servants are the
prophets, apostles, elders, and ministers, in all
ages of the world, and very bold ones indeed;
one man against the whole world, (the first in
order of time) I mean Noah. St.Paul tells us,
'he, being warned of God, prepares an ark, and
condemned the world:' Hebrews xi.7. The next
champion, is little David, 'with the head of
the Philistine in hs hands:' 1 Sam.57. 'And
what shall I say more? for time would fail me to
tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and Sampson, and
Jephtha, of Samuel, and of the prophets, who
through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righte-
ousness, stopped the mouths of lions, and waxed
valiant in fight, and turned to flight the armies of
aliens:' Hebrews xi.32,33,34. And the horse of
the champions, Job, will help us out here, and he
tells us, his neck is clothed with thunder. 'Hast
thou given the horse strength? canst thou make him
afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostril is
terrible, he paweth in the valley, and he rejoiceth
in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed
men, he mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted,
neither turneth he back from the sword, he swal-
loweth the ground with fierceness and rage; he
saith among the trumpeters, ha, ha: 'Job, xxxix.
19,20,21,24,25. Martin Luther, the great re-
former, was one of these bold champions for the
truth, and was a fit rider for this godly horse, he
said, 'he would go to the city of Worms, and fight
for the truth, if there were as many men and devils,
as there were tiles upon the houses,' so void of fear
was he; a bold challenge was that, - of what de-
gree soever, they are so bold they challenge the
whole world, (see 49th Psalm, 1,2); 'Hear this
all ye, people, give ear all ye inhabitants of the
world, both low and high, rich and poor, together.'
Solomon tells us, they are 'like unto a lion, which
turneth not way for any.'
The Homage, Kiss the King.
A token of submission, of loyalty, and service;
the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, has a
few I hope in these our degenerated days, as of
old, who pay him true homage and submission.
We find by reading the 2nd Psalm, that all did not
then, no more than they do now: 'The kings of the
earth set themselves against his anointed:' - the
wise men coming to Christ, saying, 'where is he
that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen
his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
And when they were come into the house, they
saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell
down and worshipped him; and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him
gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh:' Matt.
ii.2-11, angels and men worship him. Samuel,
the prophet, in token of submission unto king Saul,
kissed him: 'Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and
poured it upon his head, and kissed him:' 1 Sam.
x.1. 'Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye pe-
rish from the way:' Psalm ii.12. By kiss, in
the scriptures, is understood many things; some-
times it means, meeting together, and I find a very
sweet one in the 85th Psalm 10th verse, the attri-
butes of God, a sweet meeting that, for us poor
sinners: 'Mercy and truth have met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.'
Sometimes it means deceit, (see Proverbs xxvii.6.)
'Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses
of an enemy are deceitful. At another time is
meant, the token of love, such as may be found in
Solomon's Songs, and other places in scripture:
'Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth;
for thy love is better than wine:' Song i.2. The
next I find is the harlot's kiss, (no uncommon thing
now,) 'So she caught him, and kissed him, and
with an impudent face said unto him:' Proverbs
vii.10-13. The next one is a kiss of sympathy
and love: 'And stood at his feet behind him,
weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears,
and did wipe them with the hair of her head, and
kissed his feet, and anointed them with the oint-
ment;' Luke vii.38. There is the kiss of brotherly
love: 'Salute one another with an holy kiss, the
churches of Christ salute you:' Rom.xvi.16., much
wanting among the brethren in the churches, in
this our (Sardis) day. The last that I shall bring
forth is the kiss of charity, and St.Paul calls it the
greatest of all; 'But the greatest of all these is
charity:' 1 Cor.xiii.13. 'Greet ye one another with
a kiss of charity;' 1 Peter v.14.
King's Privy Chamber, and Communion, and
In this chamber, the King holds communion and
fellowship with his guests. Now, in a spiritual
sense, this chamber is the church of Christ, and
there he is pleased to hold communion and fellow-
ship! Mount Zion, (see Psalm ii.6.,) 'yet have I
set my kingdom upon my holy hill of Zion.'
Zion is his painted chamber, it is called 'the per-
fection of beauty!' again, 'Sing praises to the Lord
which dwelleth in Zion.' Psalm ix.11. and Song i.
4. 'The king hath brought me into his chamber.'
Now for the communion - 'And the Lord went his
way as soon as he had left communing with Abra-
ham.' Gen.xviii.33. This spiritual communion of
the King of Glory with his Guests, see Luke xxiv.
30. 'And it came to pass as he sat at meat with
them, he took bread and blessed it, and brake and
gave it to them.' Here is the communion of the
spirit also, 'the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy
Spirit.' 2 Cor.xiii.14. Now a little for the fellow-
ship - 'Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship
with thee? Psalm xciv.20. 'And they continued
stedfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship.'
Acts ii.42. And you say at church every Sunday,
(or chapel), 'the goodly fellowship of the prophets
praise thee.' 'God is faithful by whom ye were
called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ
our Lord.' 1 Cor.i.9. And there is the right hand
of fellowship, (see Gal.ii.9.) 'They gave to me
and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship.'
The King's Royal Table and Feast.
'Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn
out her seven pillars, she hath killed her beast, she
hath mingled her wine, she hath also furnished her
table.' Prov.ix.1,2. See again, 'and in this
mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all peo-
ple a feast of fat things; a feast of wine on the lees,
of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees
well refined.' Isa.xxv.6.
The king of heaven a feast has made,
And to his much lov'd friends,
The saint, the famish'd, and the sad,
This invitation sends:
Beggars, approach my royal board,
Furnish'd with all that's good:
Come, sit at table with your Lord,
And eat celestial food.
The Opening of the Folding Doors.
The throwing open the folding doors greatly aug-
mented the effect, and presented a vista into full
light of surprising splendour. By doors, in God's
word, are understood many things, and there are so
many I must evade them, and select only one
suitable for the occasion, and there are three things
to be taken notice of; first the door, the unfolding
of it, and the vista - I must own this part of this
great and grand thesis, is surpassing, and in a spi-
tual sense, beyond those in a mortal state, to speak
I will shew, in the first place, this folding door.
King David, in his twenty-fourth Psalm, shews us a
little of this door, 'lift up your heads, O ye gates,
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King
of Glory shall come in.' Psalm xxiv.7. Would
your majesty believe, that the Lord himself is that
door, (in the highest sense of the word), and goes
by that phrase, 'a door'. Who can speak of this
door? The saints do know, that by this door they
do enter into life eternal, and never more shall see
death. The Lord himself calls himself the door;
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall
be saved, and shall go in and out.' John x.9. So
much for the door. Dear, sir, what can we do
Now for the throwing open of this folding door.
David will help us out; 'Lift up your heads, O ye
gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors.' Psalm
xxiv.9. Saint Stephen, being full of the Holy
Ghost, knew something of this folding door. 'He
looked steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of
God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,'
and said, 'Behold, I see the heavens opened, and
the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.'
Acts vii.55. I will bring your majesty another
that saw the opening of these folding doors, that was
the Prophet (Ezek.i.1.) 'Now it came to pass in
the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth
day of the month, as I was among the captives by
the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened and
I saw visions of God.'
Now for the last part of the text, that is, the vista
in full light. 'Arise, shine, for the light is come,
and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.' Isa.
lx.1. 'The sun shall no more be the light by day,
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto
thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting
light.' Isa.lx.19,20. This is celestial light, Jeru-
salem with a full description, 'And the twelve gates
were twelve pearls; every several gate was one
pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as
it were transparent glass.' Here is full light sur-
passing splendour. Rev. xxi.1. Again; 'And
the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon
to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it;
and the Lamb is the light thereof.' Rev.xxi.23.
'And suddenly there shined round about him a
light from heaven.' Acts ix.3. (Paul). 'It is not ex-
pedient for me, doubtless, to glory; I will come to
visions and revelations of the Lord - I knew a
man in Christ, (whether in the body, I cannot tell, or
whether out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth),
such an one caught up to the third heaven.' 'How
that he was caught up into Paradise and heard un-
speakable words.' 2 Cor.xii.1,2,3,4. 'I beheld
the ancient of days did sit, whose garments were
white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure
wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, a fiery
stream issued and came forth from before him, and
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
thousand thousands ministered unto him.' Dan. vii.
9,10. I shall shut up all in a cloud; while he thus
spake, (the ancient of days); 'there came a cloud
and overshadowed them.'
And let us hear the conclusion of the matter,
'Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this
is the whole duty of man.' Eccles.xii.13. For if
ye do these things ye shall never fall; for so an en-
trance shall be ministered unto you (your majesty)
abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Ye eternal gates, your leaves unfold,
Receive the conquering king;
Ye angel, strike your harps of gold,
And saints triumphant sing.
On the web 16 May 2004
Transcribed by John Bjarne Grover