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“We wish not to avenge his Blood “On Satan's head nor Man. “No ; blasphemy we wish to see “Against his Holy NAME; “We do not wish for to be free “From Satan's cursed chain.” Then surely I, who dwell on high, Like David must appear, To be their fatal enemy, Unless they'll answer here— “By thy weak hand we wish to stand“The Woman's pleading's just: “We cannot wish the curse on Man, “Nor wish our SAviour cast, “Such grief to bear as he did here, ''" “And ne'er avenge the deed; -“The Woman's pleading, we see clear, “Brings all on Satan's head. “Then like the first we see the last“Our GoD we now see TRUE: * He made the Woman at the first, “And said he this would do, “A HELPMATE here for Man t’ appear— “He was not good alone; “And from our Bibles we see clear— “Could it be good in Man “To cast the blame, as by Adam done, “The Serpent's guilt to free? “And David here there's few will clear, “To praise the curse of he, “So strong on Man to have it come— “His anger there went deep. “And now we see a different way * The Wom AN here doth break: “We now see all join'd with the FALL“Then how can we complain? “If we refuse the Wom AN's call, “For wishing to free MAN, “Then we must blame, ourselves toshame, “Our Bible to condemn, “If God a Helpmate made of her, “And in the volume come, “As written there for to appear; “His words for to make good; * His Father's will for to #. “And in her weakness stood “A help for Man—shall we condemn, * Because he doth appear - “To prove at last his word at first, “And be our Helpmate here? “The stronger come the weak to bind, * In hand and heart to he? *That the strong man he now may find, “And may his fetters see?
* OF THE PSALMS. 123
"Thoughitrongtoman we know he's come,
"And us in sorrow bound; "The Stronger here will now appear—
"Then let His Works be crown'd, "To bind tlie whole that caus'd the Fall—
"From Satan's arts it came: "Our God and Saviour now we'll call,
"That he may chain him down." So thus let Men the trial stand.
And I'll stand strong for all;
That down they all must fall.
And bring 11 to the first:
In truth and ppwar -.liali bunt;
And all the earth shall see, That to the ending now 'tis cprae,
That My Name prais'd shall be
And so from shore to shore,
That wait the truth to hear.
I'll make the wars to cease, When 1 have gain'd the Victory
I'll bring a Lasting Peace;
Then see my Bible True,
That doth in war pursue;
And so it down shall fall;
Till I have conqtier'd all.
And bring My Glory here;
That do Me love and fear;
A Paradise for Man,
And in My Templk come,
When harmony abounds;
And Love in every sound
That now the Truth embrace,
And Man return the Kiss:
They will embrace it here,
Amdsay, “With pleasure now we see
I will reason with thee on the morrow.” Here ends Tuesday night, Oet. 2, 1804.—A\\t from Joanna Southcott's mouth, -
- JANE Towri LE
. . . . . . . of THE PSAI.Ms. 125
Wednesday morning, October 3, 1804. . On the Tuesday night, Joanna felt a heavenly joy, and said she was obliged to keep back what she felt in the explanations of the Psalms, or her eyes would have been drowned in tears of joy; and the feelings of her heart too great to bear, to see in what a clear and beautiful manner the Psalms were explained. But in the night she was distressed with dreams—and dreamt that she lay upon the floor dying; and her mouth was almost cleaved together; but she awaked and found it a dream. She then went to sleep again, and dreamt that she was disPuting with many people about her writings. They told her she was prophesied of in the Psalms to be a false Prophet. She asked them where 2 and said, if they could point it out and shew her where it was in the Psalms, she would give up her writings. In this confused manner she awaked in the morning, and found her spirits greatly oppressed ; her heart seemed swelled too big for her body; and all her joy and happiness seemed fled. Her head felt as though it was filled with rivers of water; but cannot shed a tear. So that she is now jealous for herself, whether she was not in a sin, to keep back the feelings of her heart, and amusing herself with nonsense, because she would not discern the beauty of the Psalms, in what wondrous and clear manner they were all explained ; and how true and clear the Psalms stand for the fulfilment of CHRIST's KINGbox, which she tried to stifle, when she was giving the lines in the evening, fearing the joy of its being at hand would be too great for her; and in the morning she awoke with a load too great for her to bear. And now her enquiry is—LoRD, let me know my transgression, and wherein I have offended ! When she opened her Bible in the morning, it was at Psalm xl. She cast her eye on ver. 2–He brought IHe up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. He hath put a new song into my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
THE ANswer of THE LORD.
“Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee. The shadow to thee is the substance to the nation. I do not blame thy amusing thyself to keep back the ponderings of thy heart; because I know, if the eyes of thy understanding were clearly opened, and thou discernedst clearly the days that are come, and gave thyself up to the fulness of joy, it would be more than thou couldest bear, to go through all my labour. But though I do not blame thee, I brought this shadow upon thee, to bring it to the nation. If they say like thee, “We will amuse our ourselves “ in any worldly nonsense, to keep ourselves from dis“cerning the TRUTH. If it be so, we will not see “it ; neither will we discern it; therefore we are re“solved never to see the Truth, nor to believe it, “nor attend to things that are for our eternal hap“ piness. If they are so, they are too great for us; “ therefore we are determined not to discern them. “So we will amuse ourselves in vanity and pleasure, “ that are of this world, to stifle the whole.” Then I tell thee their pleasures and amusement will turn, like thine, into the greatest heaviness and sorrowFor if they will not delight themselves in the joy of MY KING DoM, they shall feel the sorrow that is approaching ; for their worldly amusements will bring sorrow upon them, too great to bear : for if they refuse the joy of the one, they shall feel the sorrow of the other.
So now from thee the Type they'll see,
But I the shadow plac'd in thee,