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Could'st thou hate man? as tliou'st discem'd.
In grief they stood thy friends;
And every aid did lend
Their friendship every way
And now like thee I say:
How foes the victory got;
And tell thee it was not
Ne'er gain'd the heart of thee;
(The way thy friends didst see
That men thou could'st not hate;'
And love in thee create.
"Now see the way men got the day:
Thy pondering deep I know; Because thou'st ponder'd every way,- • I
How men their love did shew.
For to condemn mankind,
In malice to combine,
With all the. rage of hell.
Which made thy friends to swell
And took thy every part:
With an unfeeling heart?
For I shall answer here,
My Bible so I'll clear.
In every age that's pa-t.
From enemies that burst
How men their love d Tbomgh Satan's Jury they d
In man to bring a blow
Upon the head where man obey'd;
Yet they did not tarn back,
Then can my love be slack,
The love in man to Me?
By their great enemy.
The love in man was great
The rage of hell did heat
He work'd it every way:
Know what my foes did say—
My parents they did know.
When I appear'd so low j
And my Disciples see,
Despis'd by enemies;
What were their hearts and thoughts.
"Let fire from heaven be brought," Was spoke by he, you all may see.
For to destroy my foes.
Yet still their love, thou knovrst,
Till they died for my sake.
Their cause I'll undertake:
I cannot now bate man:
To make M B love more strong.
To theu they are not clear,
Thy pondering thoughts appear:
That made men brighter shine, This way to gain the heart of thee;
Thy ponderings call to mind.
"Then see it clear, the victory her«
Came from thy deadly foes; Because that I shall call thee back,
The mysteries deep unclose. Call thou to mind when all unkind
Were sickly and lukewarm; I ask thee what inveterate foe
That thou could'st then discern? For ninety-two bring to thy view.
When all appear'd as friends;
Satan would gain his ends;
The small still voice to hear.
And thou hadst room to fear.
Twas done in love to thee.
Then sick of men to be;
Thou surely wast at first;
On whom thy iove was plac'd?
The way I'm warning here: Thou'dst not one friend for to depend
That thou could'st trust, be clear;
That did in anger burst.
And so their words were plac'd;
And thou grew'st sick of men; And thou roay'st easy see it here,
Judge from thy written hand:
In heart was spoke by thee:
In checker'd lines thou'dst see
And warn'd thee at the first;
For so mankind did burst,
Till thou grew'st sick of all j
And so to judge thy call: If 'twas of God, it would be known;
Thy reasoning thoughts went deep-;
As they were ail asleep.
To say, "we'll judge the sound,
"The truth may soon be found,
This way their reason ruie?
But love thou saw'st grow cold,
He work'd thy passions high;
The spirits for/to try-
But to the purpose come;
I'll shew the state of man.
"Now I shall begin from tby youth, where thou sayest thou regardedst men, as they regarded thee. This I shall bring back to the Creation. For, though Adam fell, I pitied the man; because he repented of what he had clone. And from Abel ye may discern, that the Lord was not forgotten by them; for as thou sayest thou hast met with a mixture in mankind, some shewing their love and friendship, while others were enemies; thou must condemn the innocent with the guilty, if thou condemnest all men, because of some, who were thy enemies, if thou dost forget thy friends. This was my feeling for man, in the first age of the world. But now I sliall come to the deluge, and come to thy pondering thoughts: when all men forsook thee, that thou hadst not amongst thy religious acquaintance any man that seemed to concern himself about thee, all become cold and lukewarm; then thou saidst thou wouldest bid the world adieu, and bid adieu to men. In this state the w-orld was come, when the Lord said it repented him that he had made man; that he Would destroy man whom he had created; so there was but a Noah found to build the ark; and he, like thee, was judged a fool; but now I ask thee, where will you find, from Scripture,that men rose to be warm and zealous with him, while others were against him? This discord did not arise, in the latter years of Noah's warning; therefore, I tell thee, they became perfectly like the men to thee, regardless of the warning, judging him a fool, as men judge thee..
"This was the state of man, when the world was drowned, in the perfect state thou foundest men, when in thy heart thou despisedst them all. But thou sayest, that thou didst not despise them; though thou wast wearied out with their conduct, and wishedst to forsake them, as thou sawest they had forsaken thee. Then I tell thee thou despisedst their conduct, if thou didst not despise the men, and wert weary of them, as I was weary of the world, when 1 destroyed it. So now judge from thy own feelings, what was the state of mankind, when I forsook them all, and brought the deluge upon them. Yet know, at that time I had a Noah to build the ark, that by obedience man might be preserved and tried again. Here^ in the likeness with thee, to have one man that I directed thee to, was the beginning after the flood; then look to the Scriptures through, and discern the ages back. I had some men warm with the prophets, to fear my threatenings, to fear my judgments; so that all men did not come like the antediluvian world, for Me to have no man to regard my name; and yet, I tell thee, in a dead state were the Jews become, when I took man's nature upon Me; and yet, in that dead state, there were many, as well as Simeon, who were waiting for my coming. Then now discern in my Gospel: though my enemies were furious, as Satan's M'orking was strong in man i yet, on the