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PROGRESS OF THE PILGRIM NAZAREENEE,
(FORMERLY CALLED GOONAH PURIST, OR THE SLAVE OF SIN),
FROM THE CITY OF THE WRATH OF GOD TO
THE CITY OF MOUNT ZION.
DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
“In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed, then God openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction."-Job xxxiii. 15, 16.
Showing how the Sinner sought Salvation from the Hindoo
gods, but found it not.
“Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing; their molten images are wind and confusion. They have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.”—Isaiah xli. 29; xlv. 20.
As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I came to a place where the thick-leaved branches of the pepul-tree afforded a refreshing shade; there, having spread my cloak upon the ground, I laid me down to rest and was soon hushed to sleep by the rustling sound of the breeze among the branches of the tree. And in my sleep I had a dream, the which, when I awoke, I hastened to write in a book.
Behold, I saw before me, in my dream, a great city standing in a valley; and this city spread itself out exceedingly, to the east and to the west, to the north and to the south, even unto the utmost bounds of the habitable globe.
Above this mighty city, in the heavens, were dark clouds, charged with sulphur and electric fire, ever ready to burst over it; while beneath it was the pit of hell; and behold, from time to time, loud thunders rolled and vivid lightnings flashed on every side. Moreover, the earth quaked and trembled ; and sometimes flames broke forth from beneath, licking up such of the inhabitants as were exposed to them. I saw, too, that the city was liable to noxious damps and tremendous hurricanes ; so that it appeared to be a dwelling-place exceedingly undesirable and miserably inconvenient. Then was I minded to see what manner of men lived in this city; and behold, when I looked into the streets, I saw that they were thronged with persons of every nation under heaven. And lo! the wickedness of the men of the city was very great, and the streets were filled with violence (Gen. vi.): their mouths were full of cursing, deceit, and fraud : and under their tongues were mischief and vanity. Psalm x. 7. I saw, also, that all the inhabitants of this city, small and great, were smitten with a very sore leprosy, insomuch that," from the sole of the foot even unto the head, there was no soundness in them; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores” (Isaiah i. 6): all were abominable, and altogether filthy, there being none good, no, not one. Psalm
xiv. 3. Now, what most surprised me was this, that the greater part of these people appeared to be utterly unconscious of their own unclean and abominable state, although they often expressed disgust at the wounds and sores of their acquaintance. Hence, the mass of the people followed their business and their pleasures, without seeking any remedy for their diseases: for, believing themselves to be whole, they sought not a physician (Matt. ix. 12); neither did they mollify or bind up their wounds, regardless of the plague in their own bodies, and little heeding the fate of their fellow-creatures, many of whom were hourly perishing before their eyes, in a great variety of ways; thus verifying the words of Solomon the king, “ Madness is in the hearts of the sons of men while they live, and after that they go to the dead.” Eccles. ix. 3.
Some few persons, however, there were in the city, who seemed to be sensible of their unhappy state. “For," as the Christian Scriptures testify, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his” own“ eternal power and Godhead; so that” those men who forget God “. without excuse." Rom. i. 18-20.