Fascinating sermon by one of the best preachers of the Puritan era. His exposition of Hebrews is still in use, but in his time he was famed for his intensely practical teaching on the Christian family and life.
Here, Gouge, a pronounced Presbyterian informed by his postmillennialism, sees the new "Covenanted" Three Kingdoms as a stand-in for national Israel and applies the promises of God for increasing national prosperity to the political and economic structure the Presbyterians had put in place between Cromwell, Parliament, and the Westminster Assembly. It's an excellent sermon on God's redemptive purpose, but, to our mind, sullied by the conflation of worldly structures of power with the Kingdom.
Gouge, William. The Progresse of Divine Providence, Set Out in a Sermon Preached in the Abbey Church of Westminster before the house of Peers, on the 24th of September, 1645. being the day of their Monethly Fast. London. Printed for G. M. for Joshua Kirton next Goldsmiths-hall in Foster-lane. MDCXLV. 40pp.
Textually very good; removed from a larger sammelband of material at some point, complete as issued. The imprimatur leaf a bit tender, small ink number at head of title. Textually bright and clean. Remains of label on blank side of imprimatur leaf. Scarce.