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tvere national prophecies, which proved them selves; but this is a prophecy from his own heart and thoughts, which no mūn can judge of but himself, to answer whether it be true or false. But thou sayest in thy heart, if it be false, he must contradict, to prove the truth of his words, that he said thy writings were fròm 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 in his power to prove it, if it be so; and, let him not say that he will 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 I 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, and 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 in 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, and 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 Pollio,
Ye Nymphs of SOLYMA! begin the song:
Rapt into future times, the bard begun :
i Isajah vü. 14.-ix. 6, 7. 2 Chap. xi. 1.
4 Chap. xxv. 4. $ Chap. is. 7. 6 Isajah xxy. 1.
9 Chap. xl. 13.
3 Chap. xlv. 8. 3 Chap. Aasv.
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert chears;
Chap. xl. 3, 4.Chap. xxxv.5, 6.
• Chap. xl. 3, 4.-Chap. iv. 23. Chap. xliii. 18. 3 Chap. xxv. &. * Chap. xl. 11. 5 Chap. ix. 6.
* Chap. i. 4
On rifted 'rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
" 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 thy writings in hand, to bring them out to the world, they may judge those threatenings stand still against hin, without discerning that he went through all his office at the first; and though I have tried him every way, by ordering thee to reprove him, and thy friends also, and, as he complains, wearied him out with letters; yet know he hath never acted as a Judas to betray thee in that letter, which no man could understand till now; for though he wrote to thy friends that it was a farago of sense and nonsense; yet he never brought forward that communication, to prove his assertion, as a man of a wicked and malicious heart might have done, to condemn thee, and confound all thy friends; as no one could answer to it. But know, I have tried him every way, by public letters, and by a private interview; therefore I ordered thee to send Hows unto him ; but as he did not bring it forward against thee, I have not ordered thee to bring it forward against him, but rather to justify him. If he acknowledges the truth of what I have said, then know I told thee that there is nothing standing against him; as my will was done in him and by him, till the writings went out, for others to judge for theirselves and take the cause in hand; but no man could draw a clear judge ment, to explain that letter of 1797, till now; for what title had I to entrust to any man, to raise him high at that time? Neither could this be done; however high I had raised thee in the world, the title could not come that way; but here is the title that I have told thee of the COMFORTER's coming, which is the PRINCEOF PEACE, which I have shewn thee, throughout the scripture, how, the Child is spoken of by the Prophets, and how I spoke of him in my Gospel La Son to be revealed in the end, to have power and great glory. Then know, the title that is given to the Child musť be entrusted to the
Chap. XXXV. 1, 7.
2 Chap. xli. 19. Chap. lv. 13. 3 Chap: xi.. 6, 7, 8. 4 Chap. Ixv. 25. 5 Chap. Ix. 1 6 Chap. Ix. 4. 7 Chap. al. 3. 8 Chap. Ix. 6. 9 Chap. Ix. 19, 20. 19 Chap. li. 6. Chap. liv, 10.