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out his heart being united with it, without seeing the calling clear, and believing the visitation to •be from on high; and without saying that he regards the woman who hath run through such dangers and hazards, and such persecution as thou hast went through, to follow on to know the Lord, and to be a clear judge in whom thou hast believed, that thou canst see thy calling clear, from the manner all was spoken, and the way I have worked round to fulfil it; therefore let no man say that I threatened judgments to him, or to any man, for rejecting thy hand in wedlock. But now I tell thee where the threatenings stand; as this was a prophecy put in the hands of a minister, for such a time as this, that, like the mock bishops and mock jjiarriages, so in that likeness it must now take place with thee; and as this is granted by your laws concerning them, so it must now be granted concerning thee, before the Child is boru; but after that to be realized.
"Here I have shewn thee plainly in what manner the prophecy stands, and how the threatenings stand to him, if lie refuses to answer the truth. But if he answers concerning the prophecy, that what I have said is true; then no man can blame him, neither do I; but if what I have said is false; then now I have put it in his power to convince thy friends that thou art led by a wrong spirit. As he saith that he pitieth them; then now let him shew his pity and his love to God and man, that no wrong spirit may come forward in the name of the Lord; and therefore I told thee I should never give him up, till it came to the awful trial in the end: and here the trial stands awful to him, if he stands to the determination he told Hows of, to give no answer, whether it be right or wrong. Because here is an answer required, which the world cannot judge from, as they could of the events put in his hands, which were national prophecies- which proved them* selves j but this is a prophecy from his cicn heart and thoughts, which no viun can judge oj but himself, to answer whether it be true or Jake. jBut thou say est Id thy heart, if it be false, he must contradict, to prove the truth of his word*, that he said thy writings were from the devil; but, if he be silent, when this power is put into his hands, then he must own that he cannot contradict it.
"So let him not say that he pities thy friends for being led astray, when I have put it iu his power to prove it, if it be so; and, let him not say that he xcill answer to truth wherever he sees it, if he now refuses to answer to the truth of what I have said concerning him. For here 1 have made the prophecy plain before all men; and how the truth may be tried and proved, that the counsels of the heart are made manifest and brought to light, by the knowledge and wisdom of God, who searcheth the heart and trieth the reins of the children of men, and who inspired men with wisdom and understanding, which they theirselves did not discern, aud wisdom which the world admire, but cannot explain: and if you inquire of them the meaning of the words so much admired by men, they will tell thee that they do not believe it. For now I shall come to the "Messiah," written by Pope, which is so universally admired; but if men believed what they profess to admire in his "Messiah," they must believe iu my visitation to thee, both from the Prophecies and the Son that I have told thee shall be born this year, to fulfil my Gospel and the Prophets. Now come to one of" his remarks, aud then let the verse follow." "Imitations.
"A Virgin shall conceive—All crime shall '* cease, &c.
"Now the Virgin returns, now the kingdom "of Saturn returns, now a new progeny is sent '* down from high heaven. By means of thee, "whatever relics of our crimes remain shall be "wiped away, and free the world from perpetual "fears. He shall govern the earth in peace, with "the virtues of his father."—
A sacred Eclogue, in immitation of Virgil's Pollto.
Ye Nymphs of Soltma! begin the song:
Delight no more—O thou my voice inspire
Rapt into future times, the bard begun:
• Isaiah vii 14.—ix. 6, 7. * Chap. xi. 1. 3 Chap. xW. R.
* Chap. xxv. 4. 'Chap. ix. 7.
C Isaiah xxv. 1. 7 Chap. xj. J3. "Chap. xxa».S.
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert chears;
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.*
Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and suapel> box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flow'ry palms succeed,
And od'rous myrtle to the noisome weed.*
The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead ; 3
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet.
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.*
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Solan, rise!
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!'.
See a long race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies ! 6
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend ; 7
See thy bright altars throng'd will) prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabaean springs I
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glov*.3
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day! •
No mor&the rising sun shall gild the morn.
Nor evSnng Cynthia fill her silver horn;
But lost, disolv'd in thy superior rays,
One tide of glqpjjt, one unclouded blaze
O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
Reveal'd", and God's eternal day be thine !9
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay.
Hocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;IO
But fix'd iiis word, his saving pow'r remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, tby own Messiah reigns!
"And now I shall return to the letter, which I have ordered thee to bring forward, and which no man could understand till now: but as there are many harsh expressions in the letter, because -my threatenings were severe if he refused to take
'Chap. xxxv. 1, 7. * Chap. xli. 19. Chap. It. 13.
3 Chap. xi.. 6, 7, 8. 4 Chap. Irr. t$. s Chap. lx. 1 « Chap. lx. ■*. 7 Chap. xl. 3. » Chap. lx. 6. 9 Chap.h. 19, 20. «« Chap. li. 6. Chap. liv. IO.