Marlow (1862)

'Two members of the YMCA accompanied by their secretary, paid a recent visit to this town. Attempts were made last year to teach the people and hold out to them the word of life in all its simplicity and sweetness and those attempts were not all together in vain. After much prayer, fervent prayer, for about nine months continually, four of us resorted thither on Saturday, the 7th of June 1862. One of the chapels having been kindly lent us by it's esteemed pastor, we commenced our labours by a special prayer meeting on Lord's day morning at 7 o'clock; this was a prelude to great and glorious results, Who could withstand a prayer meeting? The Lord himself was there. Three of our brethren preached the gospel to crowds of people in the very lowest part of the town where few had dared to preach, without opposition; but, oh, the Lord stood in the midst of the town and moved the people evidently, the Lord had resolved to save that day and he did so too. There was the prizefighter commanding silence among the people, standing up to protect the preachers of God's truth; the drunkard was there crying out, "I am a wrech, too wicked to be saved," weeping as he saw youths standing up to preach Jesus and telling what God had done for their souls. Aged men and women, fathers and mothers, whose cheeks told of threescore years of sin and vice, was seen weeping most bitterly, as they cried out, "Lord save me." The middle-aged and young were alike moved, all classes wept, we preached for two hours and with much difficulty found our way out of the crowd after being compelled to comply with the cry of the people, "come again." "Make haste and come again," which we consented to do in the afternoon.

During this time a service was being held in one of the chapels, lent for the occasion, where the Lord's power and presence were most evident, the preacher spoke with manifest power of the spirit of God; he preached from the words, "the cross of Christ;" "is it nothing to you all yethat pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, where with the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger." After retiring for a refreshment, we resumed our labours in the school room of the chapel in the afternoon, Where we addressed the parents, teachers and children, with most blessed and glorious results. After which we retired to the place where we preached in the morning,e according to promise and they're the Lord was evidently waiting to bless – throngs of people had again assembled to see the great sight, they said, "we never saw it after this fashion before." A solemn silence pervaded the meeting for two hours.

In the evening, after the service in the chapel, we preached on the green (Where five ways meet) to people flocking in all directions and there the people wept allowed. Parents asked us to speak to their sons, many of whom were deeply anxious to apprehend the truth.

Monday ninth. Instead of making this day a holiday as usual, we met in the morning at 7 o'clock for prayer in the chapel, which was well attended and an address delivered from the words, "where is Abel they brother? The voice of the brothers blood crieth unto me from the ground." This was a touching and impressive appeal to the hearts of the Lord's people, to labour for the souls of sinners. About 10:30 seven of us visited a dear Christian mother, who had been bedridden for 17 years; there we met and prayed and sang, while the afflicted one's countenance beamed with heavenly joy; this was indeed a festive season to us all, the place seems like a little heaven below. In the evening about 300 sat down to tea, after which a meeting was convened in the chapel, presided over by Reverend Talieson Davies of Woburn; here again the Lord was mightily present in our midst, every heart was moved many sobbed and wept aloud as the riches of Jesus were being unfolded before them. We retired again to the green to take our farewell of the people, we preached from the words, "farewell, the time of our departure is at hand," and closed the solemn services, ever to be remembered, by singing – "guide me, O thou great Jehovah," "Let  the people praise, oh God; that all the trees of the field clap their hands."

'The Revival', Vol 6, 26th June, 1862, pages 244/5.

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I assume one of the meetings was here.

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