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In humbleness appease his wrath,
That you may mercy find.
Nor spurn hisofler'd grace; '■ ' '•"•
His mercies tb ciribraco. -,;'
But can you think your bucks are. brass,
Your sinews iron be,
To all eternity:? '. "■•'
But Oh, the trembling of my heart!
It doth for sinners mourn,
. i . Ta? Spirit,
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But Oh, far short dost thou now come
To love my creatures more '.>'.
Than I who sufter'd on the cross, •:
And so long with them bore 1"
The first time that the Rev. Mr. ******* came to me, in 1796, I read to him the threatenings in the above, which made him ask, why; I did not publish, to warn of the rod before these thirjgs came upon us? He did not at that time seem to be staggered at my petitions, or of the Spirit's answering me; but after some person told hiiw that I had prophesied of things that did not come to pass, he then went to Mrs. ****** and said he feared I,was trifliug with the Holy Ghost, by what I had read to him, in this Com-] 'munication; therefore he said to Mrs. ****** "She will be out of her mind soon; 'I should not wonder if it were in a few weeks:" but that he should be very happy, if he could do any thing for me;—and now I hope he will enjoy «that happiness; and then I shall be very happy to see
him happy: for this calls to my remembrance what is said in my writings:
Strange Effects of Faith, page 90.
"For though my sons they are fast bound,
And on the altar cast;
Ts be the ram at last.
I will my sons unbind:
Shall with bis horns come down.
The rams-horns roust appear;
Tis 1 have spoken it here.
That you may stand secure,
Than you have stood before;
From all the sons of men;
Then will your hopes be known."
"New let men look to the Communication, the year that it was given, and let them call to their remembrance at what time thou didst read it to him; and let them remember; because from the feelings of thy heart, trembling to hear the judgments pronounced, thy pleading was in Terse; as Abraham contended in words to my threatenings, so were thy answers and petitions m verse, which he judged trifling, that could not be from the Lord, ljut now let them discern what hath been fullilled; what hath taken place upon all nations; compare die words with the events, and see what hath followed since 179b\ Then they will know that the preparation of the heart, and the answer of the tODgue, are both from the Lord; for ye know not, when my. Spirit is strong in power and love, moving upon the heart —ye know not which way the words
proceed, or how the working of the Spirit is, to plead with the Lord, in the manner lie pleads with his creatures, where the heart and suul be united to the Lord.
"The further meaning of this Communication I shall answer for the next book, when greater mysteries will be made known, and a greater light given, from thy works and writings, that came from Me, will be unfolded in the next; and then they will find the truth of ********* 's words—" The Bible is like a flower, that is opening in its bud;" and now the bud and blossom shall appear.
"And now come to thy observation on *******'s words."
He said the ministers were like a rope of sand, that would neither join together, nor bind together. From his observation, I thought the different opinions of men made the Scriptures the same; for it is written—" The wisdom of God is foolishness to man; and the wisdom of man is foolishness "with God:" and this truth is plain and easy to be understood, as men so foolishly pretend to explain the hidden mysteries of the Bible, by their own wisdom; and they have explained it so many ways, that the Bible can have no meaning or explanation at all, by the wisdom of men: for the wise men, the learned, and the good men, have drawn so many judgments different from each other, that they have made the Bible like a rope of sand, that cannot join together; and so they make their own wisdom, that will soon break in sunder; but the wisdom of God is wiser than all the wisdom of men, like a three-fold cord that cannot be broken. As soon as I had written these words, from my own observation, I was answered in the following lines:
M Now from thy wisdom I will answer man.
And here I shall conclude with the words of St. Paul, Acts, xxv. "And when he tarried among.them more than ten days, he went down unto Cesarea, and the next day sitting on the judgment-seat, commanded Paul to be brought. And when he was come, the Jews, which came down from Jerusalem, stood round about, and laid many grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove; while he answered for himself—Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the Temple, nor yet against Csesar, have I offended any thing at all. But Festus willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no u'r»ng, as thou very well knowest. For if I be &« offender, ox have committed, *uy thing worthy
of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things, whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cassar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Csesar shalt thou go." And again, I repeat the words of Paul—" I stand at Caesar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged."
Some part of this book is copied from different books of Joanna Southcott's writings, which are in print; but all the other part, from herself and the answers given to her from the Spirit, at the time the book was writing, I took from her mouth.
Witness, Jane Townley.
Friday, Sept. 17, 1813.
Marcbaat and Galabia, Printers, Ingnun>Cout, London.