Puritan-related Material on Plagues and Pestilences

John Wycliffe on his sickbed

Below you will find some bibliographical links to works by the Puritans (and other Reformed preachers) that will feed you with much helpful material for the times in which we live (No, I have not read them all!) Though not every detail will relate to our COVID-19 days, much that is written here will set us on a solid biblical foundation.

Ralph Venning — Sin, The Plague of Plagueshttps://www.gospeltruth.net/sos/sos_titlepage.htm (Venning published this treatise four years after the bubonic plague devastated London in 1665)

Joseph Hall — Comforts Against Public Calamities — https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A45113.0001.001/1:10?c=eebo;c=eebo2;g=eebogroup;rgn=div1;view=fulltext;xc=1;q1=pestilence

Samuel Shaw — A Welcome to the Plague and Farewell to Life — https://archive.org/details/sufferingchristi00vint/page/258/mode/2up (Samuel lost two children, a servant, and his sister in the Great Plague of London in 1665).

Edward Reynolds — Being a Day of Solemn Humiliation for the Continuing Pestilence — https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/bitstream/handle/20.500.12024/A57156/A57156.html?sequence=5&isAllowed=y

Thomas Doolittle — A Spiritual Antidote Against Sinful Contagion in Dying Times, a Cordial for Believers in Dying Times with a Corrosive for Wicked Men in Dying Times — https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo2/A36330.0001.001?c=eebo;c=eebo2;g=eebogroup;rgn=works;view=toc;xc=1;rgn1=author;q1=doolittle (login required)

Arthur Hildersham — The Doctrine of Fasting and Prayer and Humiliation for Sin —https://www.apuritansmind.com/the-christian-walk/the-doctrine-of-fasting-and-prayer-and-humiliation-for-sin-by-arthur-hildersham-1563-1632/

William Cupper — Certain Sermons Concerning God’s Late Visitation in the City of London —https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=6fpiAAAAcAAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP4

William Bridge — The Righteous Man’s Habitation in the Time of Plague and Pestilence — https://archive.org/details/righteousmanshab00brid/page/n5/mode/2up

Thomas Vincent — God’s Terrible Voice in the City — https://books.google.com/books?id=-WoPAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Thomas Brooks — A Heavenly Cordial for All Those Servants of the Lord that Have Had the Plague — https://books.google.com/books?id=5FH3lQ40RpgC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

John Wilson — A Song of Deliverance for the Lasting Remembrance of God’s Wonderful Works Never to be Forgotten. — https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/evans/N00235.0001.001/1:4.4?rgn=div2;view=fulltext

William Crashaw — London’s Lamentation for Her Sins —https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A19581.0001.001?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Thomas Doolittle — A Serious Inquiry For a Suitable Return, for Continued Life, in and After a Time of Great Mortality, by a Wasting Plague — http://downloads.it.ox.ac.uk/ota-public/tcp/Texts-HTML/free/A36/A36329.html

Matthew Mead — Solomon’s Prescription for the Removal of the Pestilence, or, The Discovery of the Plague of our Hearts, in Order to the Healing of that in our Flesh —https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A50491.0001.001/1:3?rgn=div1;view=fulltext

Thomas Blake — Living Truths in Dying Times: Some Meditations Occasioned by the Present Judgment of the Plague —https://archive.org/details/livingtruth00blak/page/n4/mode/2up

Gideon Harvey — A Discourse of the Plague. Containing The Nature, Causes, Signs, and Pre­sages of the Pestilence in General. Together with the State of the Present Contagion — https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/bitstream/handle/20.500.12024/A43015/A43015.html?sequence=5&isAllowed=y

Unknown Author — London’s Lamentation, Or a Fit Admonishment for City and Country, Wherein is Described Certain Causes of this Affliction and Visitation of the Plague https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A49098.0001.001?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Thomas Draxe — Of the Plague or Pestilence, in The Christian Armory —https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A20802.0001.001/1:3.5?rgn=div2;view=fulltext

Obadiah Hughes — The Good Man’s Security in Times of Public Calamity — https://archive.org/details/b30356210/mode/2up

William Dyer — Christ’s Voice to Londonhttps://www.gracegems.org/C/Dyer_christs_voice_to_london.htm

John Owen — Perilous Timeshttp://www.mountainretreatorg.net/eschatology/perilous_times.html

John Hooper — An Homily to be Read in the Time of Pestilence —https://archive.org/stream/parkersocietyfor46park#page/162/mode/2up

James Balmsford — A Short Dialog Concerning the Plague’s Infection —https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A03264.0001.001?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Henry Burton — A Most Godly Sermon Shewing the Necessity of Self-denial and Humiliation, by Prayer and Fasting before the Lord; in Regard of the Pre­sent Plague we now Lie Under — https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/bitstream/handle/20.500.12024/A30644/A30644.html?sequence=5&isAllowed=y

Patrick Symon — A Brief Exhortation to Those who are Shut up from our Society, and Deprived at Present of Public Instruction (Symon was an Anglican Arminian, not a Puritan, but he has some good insight on this topic) — https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=gVwCbCky3fYC&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA263

Benjamin Grosvenor — Preparation for Death, the Best Preservative Against the Plague —https://books.google.com/books?id=lO9bAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Samuel Davies — This Very Year you are Going to Die. (Davies delivered this sermon at Princeton on New Year’s Day, 1761. He preached on Jer. 28:16 proclaiming that “it is not only possible—but highly probable, that death may meet some of us within the compass of this year.” Almost prophetically, Davies died one month later from pneumonia, on February 4, 1761.) — https://www.biblebb.com/files/davies/this_very_year_die.htm

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