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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,"

MESSIAH.

A sacred Eclogue, in immitation of Virgil's Pollio,

Ye Nymphs of SOLYMA! begin the song:
To heav'nly themes sublimer strains belong.
The mossy fountains, and the sylvan shades,
The dreams of Pindus, and th' Aonian maids,
Delight no more-0 thou my voice inspire
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire !

Rapt into future times, the bard begun :
A Virgin shall conceive, a VIRGIN bear a Son !"
From Jesse's ROOT behold a BRANCH arise,
Whose sacred flow'r with fragrance fills the skies;
Th’ætherial spirit o'er its leaves shall move,
And on its top descends the mystic Dove.
Ye heav'ns! from high the dewy nectar pour,
And in soft silence shed the kindly show'r ! 3
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. 4
All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail;
Returning Justice lift aloft the scale;
Peace o'er the world ber olive wand extend,
And white-rob’d Innocence from heav'n descend,
Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected morn!
Oh spring to light, auspicious BABE! be born.
See nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense of the breathing spring :
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance ??
See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfume the skies!

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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;
Prepare the way! a Gov, a GoD appears : '
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies !
Sink down, ye mountains, and, ye vallies rise ;
With heads declin’d, ye cedars, homage pay;
Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods give way!
The Saviour comes, by ancient bards foretold :
Hear him, ye deaf, and, all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day :
'Tis he th’obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th'unfolding ear :
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap, exulting, like the bounding roe.
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear. 2
In adamantine chains shall death be bound,
And Hell's grim tyrant feel th’eternal wound. 3
As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture, and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects,
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hands, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd Father of the future age,
No more shall nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plowsbare end.“
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful Son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap the field.
The swain in barren deserts with surprise
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
And starts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm’ring in the ear.

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,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn :
To leafless shrubs the flow'ry palms succeed,
And od'rous myrtle to the noisome weed.
The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead ; 3
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas’d the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play. *
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!"
See a long racc thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies !
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend ; ?
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostraie kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabzan springs !
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day!
No more the rising sun shall gild the morn,
Nor ev’ning Cyuthia fill her silver horn;
But lost, disolv'd in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O’erflow thy courts : the Light himself shall shino
Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine !'
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his saving pow'r remains ;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own MESSIA# reigns !

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" 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

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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.

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