Thursday, August 25, 2011

Now the power of God is come indeed!

Thur. 25 Aug 1774. At eleven I preached within the walls of the old church at the Hay. Here and everywhere, I heard the same account of the proceedings at Llancrwys. The Jumpers (all who were there informed me) were first in the court, and afterwards in the house. Some of them leaped up many times, men and women, several feet from the ground; they clapped their hands with the utmost violence; they shook their heads; they distorted all their features; they threw their arms and legs to and fro in all variety of postures. They sung, roared, shouted, screamed with all their might to the no small terror of those that were near them. One gentlewoman told me she had not been herself since and did not know when she should. Meantime, the person of the house was delighted above measure and said, ‘Now the power of God is come indeed!’

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