Donald Cargill was a bright star in the history of Scottish persecutions. He was condemned by the government and sentenced to the gallows. When he came to the scaffold, Cargill said these moving words, although it was said that the drums were beaten in an attempt to drown out his voice:

Now I am near to getting to my crown, which shall be sure; for I bless the Lord , and desire all of you to bless Him that he hath brought me here, and makes me triumph over devils, and men, and sin…they shall wound me no more. I forgive all men the wrongs they have done to me, and pray the Lord may forgive all the wrongs that any of the elect have done against Him. I pray that sufferers may be kept from sin, and helped to know their duty…farewell reading and preaching, praying and believing, wanderings, reproaches, and a sufferings. Welcome joy unspeakable and full of glory.

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