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2 HE BIBLE MADE A MIS-MAZE.

Then sure the Fall, I tell you all,

Did much like his appear:
( And by the Woman Men did fall,

As Solomon did there.
So all went on, 1 tell you plain,

Till things grew worse and won*;
As in the Temple you did see

rjow every tiling was plac'd;
In grandeur there did all appear,

But see how all fell down!
This way the Fall 1 mean to clear,

If men can judge the sound;
For I'll go on from man to man,

Till Esther ali must see:
She freed her People in the Land,

That was condemn'd to die.
Then now see clear the shadow lien—

If Woman caus'd the Fall}
By Solomon the first did, come,

And Esther freed them all.
The thing is plain, I say to men,

Though it may to them appear
Just like the mis-maze * thou hast ir.a/le,

The paths no man can clear;
The way to go thou well dost know,

To tread thy paths all round:
And yet 1 see the eye of thee—

A straight path may be found
In c\ery way, as it doth lay,

Unto the middle come:
All paths arc straight before thy sight,

As thou dost here discern;
Though ouz/.ling sec the thing may be.

Which way will all go through,
To bring it straight before your sight.

And now the whole you view.
Vow I'll go on from what thou'st done,

A trifling shadow here,
Yet to the purpose I shall come,

And prove my Bible here.
A' many ways, I now do say,

As they worked this to night,
So many ways, I now do say,

Men try to hi iug all straight;
But there s not oue, to thce 'tis known.

That they did bring straight here;
The crooked paths to them were shewn,

Which they thought they must clear;
So they went round in every sound,

But all brought crooked through.
Just so Hi.-- teamed men are found,

And bring all to thy view:
Just so tq men I now shall come—

.My Bible I've plac'd there;

is explained fuithei oa.

And crooked paths they all bring in, No straight path man can clear. For all have done, as those beganCame crooked every way. It was to shew the Type of Man, That I work'd so in thee, To place it here to make it clear, #. crooked men do go; Therefore their hands I did prepare, That they should work it so: ~ But as to thee it was by Me, . That I thy hand work'd straight. The mystery round must so be found, To bring all things to light: You must bring round in every sound, I say, my Bible here; And then the straight path shall be found, That I the whole shall clear. The ways are two before thy view, Which way to make it come; The crooked paths before thy view Were first work'd by thy hand; Then all was straight before thy sight, And so 'tis straight for all, If men go through, as thou didst do, And prove it from the Fall, That crooked round have all been found I tell thee, to this day; And as my handmaids here were found, Men's wisdom works this way, To bring all in as they began, The paths were crooked there; I said a straight path sure was seen, * And thou didst prove it clear: * But they did not behold the spot, o The way it straight must come; . . Just so, I say to thee, this day My Bible's work'd by man; For crooked here they all appear, And yet they judge 'tis straight e way they work my Bible here; But now before thy sight, There was not one that by his hand Did bring a straight o there; Unless 'twas thee, they both did see, Then how can they appear To say 'twas straight before their sight, The way they work'd it round?— And perfect so, they all shall know, My shepherds all are found: They work the same, as these began, T. I did work in thee. o have the straight path to appear, The winding paths first see .

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For to go round in every sound,

Then come ton straight line;
I tell thcc, he-re 't must so appear,

My Bible men must find.
Another day, to ttice 1 say,

I'll plnci; the Type once more:
And then my handmaids I will try,

If they can straight appear.

Here ends Wednesday night, Sept. 2(?. This taken from Joanna Southcotfs mouth.

Jane Townlky.

Dear Sir, Saturday, September 1C), 1804.

My last letter must have appeared very puzzling, as I had not time to explain the Mis-maze. Since Joanna was ordered to drop her pen, she saith the words that are given her throw so great a light upon her mind, that while we were writing the lines that she spoke, she began to ruminate and ponder deeply in her own heart, which made her often forget the tvords that were spoken to her; for when she wrote lierovvnself, she had then no time to ponder, as she was engaged in writing. So that of late, to prevent any pondering with the words of the Lord,, she has amused her thoughts in taking scraps of paper and doubling them to cut them in holes like diamonds. This she' often did when in bed; and finding by this amusement her thoughts were so employed in what she was doing, she never lost a wo»n that the Lord said to her. But since she has been up, she has often amused herself in bending these scraps of paper to make them stand upon the table; and, as she had seen a Mis-maze at Lord Rolle's, she now sits day after cL-vy, when the Spirit of the Lord breaks in upon her, amusing herself with making of Mis-mazes with the paper on the table; and then she has no thought of her own, only amusing her

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self with what she was doing; and as soon as we had written one line, she distinctly had another line given her, as fast as we could write them. In this manner she was amusing herself, when we were writing about So LoMon. She had placed a large pincushion in the middle and made a mis-maze all round it, and then the words were spoken to her of what she had done. So Underwood and I were ordered to take a pencil, and work round all her scraps of paper, some of them the length of the line I have drawn #, some still longer, and some shorter, placed round like hedges in a mis-maze : and we were to try to work round them, so as to bring them into a straight line in the middle ; but thinking we were to bring every one to the middle, by so doing we brought them all crooked, which were twenty-four in number. Then Joanna took the pencil and worked round the outward ones first, and when she came to the bottom, she brought them up in a straight line to the middle, and the same at the top ; and so she worked the table round, and brought them into four straight lines, that we brought into twenty-four crooked ones. Now I have told you the sense, you will understand the meaning of what was written of the Assis-more. We were all ordered to draw our judgment, what was meant by the four straight paths. Townley's judgment –The word of the Lord—the light of the Gospel—the Salvation—and the Redemption of Man. Underwood's :--The word of the Lord to Joanna—the light of the Gospel given through her— men's wisdom to be thrown aside—and give themselves up wholly to be taught of the Lord. While we were drawing our judgments Joanna said, she would not think herself wiser than us, if she drew her judgment clearer; because a light broke in upon her, and to id, that it was the Promise made of the Woman in the Creation—the Promise that r=s * A line ci about six inches is lens-h.

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made to the Woman at the Fall—Christ's death to clear the one—and his Second Coming to claim and fulfil tbe other.

4' Kow Josrana thee Til answer'.

Though the first I will not blame5
Yet 'tis I, that am thy Master,

Work'd thy judgment, none can sham£i.
Because at first it so was plac'd,

And so I'll tfork all round;
The others'judgments I'll not cast.

Because my words arc found
. To make all true before their view,

The straight path to appear.
Thejudgment that was drawn by you

Shews how the wfcc do err;
And yet I say the words of they,

Tlrongh raricd in the sound,
•They had a judgment I do Know,

That must mankind confound.
The lines were here I now shall clear,

Thou drew'st tlreni straight at fiMt,
Afid in the end 'twas my intend

THyjudgment right shbiild burst;
For it was I who dwell on high

Did assist trice in the thought.
Thy thoughts were right before men's sight 3

I'or so hiust all he wrote.
1 tell you plain, ye sons of men,

My Bible you work so,
That all is straight befoie your sight-,

And then the cud you'll know,
I shall bfiirg in, as thou'st begun,

I tell thee, from the Fall;
Ko other way, to men 1 sa/,

You can my Bible call.
To make it straight before your sight—•

No: crooked men go on;
The winding way there's none doth serf

How in the end 't.must come,
Till I've work'd round in every sound

My Bible to appear;
For every leaf men must work round,

As I have work'd them here;
And then My Word that's on record
. Will make my Gospel true:
The difierenf judgments all did dravt

B* laid before your view."

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