George Fox (1624-1691)
"The Anchor Holds"
TO all the Elect, Chosen and Faithful, who . . . are the Gold tried in the Fire. Who have been tried by Goods spoiling, by Bonds, by Whippings, by Mockings and Reproaches . . . and some have been tried unto Death; and ye have proved to be the pure Gold, that hath come out brighter and brighter. Who have not feared the Waves of the Sea, nor the Winds; who fears not the Storms nor the Weather; whose Anchor holds, which is the Hope, the Mystery, which anchors the Soul which is Immortal, to the Immortal God. . . .
The Gospel is going forth unto all nations, Kindreds, and Tongues; the Life and Immortality is coming to Light through the Gospel, which is the Power of God; and the Mystery of the Fellowship is known, which is in the Power: And for want of the Power, the Gospel, in which is the Fellowship, hath Christendom been on Heaps, and the Heathen Ignorant. And now ye, who know the Power of God, ye know the Gospel; and ye, who are in the Power of God, ye are in the Mystery of the Fellowship: So Mark, the Fellowship is a Mystery, and the Mystery of the Fellowship is Everlasting. So, if any wants [i.e. lacks] the Power of God, he wants [i.e. lacks] the Mystery, in which is the Fellowship, although he may have all the Scriptures.