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In Spirit to appear,
For to give eve salve now to men,
And bring my Gospel here
For where you end I shall begin,
My Gospel to go through-
My KINGDOM now is nigh at hand,
And all shall find it true.
So now take care, I warn you here,
That ye may boldly stand;
When in the clouds I do appear
For to redeem the Lands
From misery-mankind will see -
I shall the lands redeem.
And that you may lift up your heade
My warnings plain are seen;
They do appear, I tell you here,
As shadows at the first;
Because the visions do appear
That in the end will bursf.
So i'll go on where man did name,
If you believe your God
You must discern what there is pennd,
My Gospel inust be know'd,
That so must come, I tell thee plain,
Then judge my prophets true,
And then the victory you shall gain;
For as I then did do
I'll do again, ye sons of men,
If you like himn appear;
JEHOSHAPHAT is in my view,
Though man had ended here t
Not to go through as he did do,
But you must go through all
Or like the Gospel chosen by you,
I tell you this will fall.
You must repent and now relent
That you stood out so long;
Or else, I say to thee this day,
Your ruin now will come;
Because 'tis you my angels warn'd,
I say by my Command."
Then how, Oh! ENGLAND will you stand
For to protect your land,
If I appear to spue you here,
As lukewarm friends to ME?
Yourselves with it you must compare;
For now I this tell thee:
That with the FRENCH you can't compare
For hot and cold they be:
Hot in the zeal of their pursuits;
And love to me quite cold.
Then this to ENGLAND sure must be
The mysteries I'll unfold,
See the Prayer read on the Fast Day, p. 11.
† Only part of the chapter was commanded to be read.
That this epistle doth allude,
And own the truth plac d Lere..
For if MY KINGDOM is at hand,
I see they do not care:
And if MY NAME thou dost blaspheme,
To ruin all my land,
There is not love enough in man
For God and MAN to stand,
In LOVE appear to see all clear,
Their lukewarm hearts I see:
And if their hearts are frozen bere,
Their ruin it will be.
For like the wind it now shall come*,
They'll find my fury to go on-
If now they mock Me by their Fast
They'll find my anger for to burst.
They own my judgments do appear,
And for their sins I've smitten here
Their gracious Sovereign Lord the Kingt!!!
They own'd iny judgments in the thing;
Then let them know when it did begin,
That I at first did afflict their King,
And see my judgments to roll on.
From their own words I now am come
To answer back, in every line;
As they allow the judgments mine.
And this I told thee of before,
That in this manner should appear,
If men my anger did provoke-
I told thee there I'd bring the stroke;
And now they've ownd the stroke is come!!
From their own mouths I'll now condemn,
I say, MY shepherds every where
If they deny my judgments here,
When they have warnd them in the Fast,
From their own words I now shall burst;
Because I said the stroke was there
When first the news it did appear;
And said the papers thou must sealt.
But now my mind I shall reveal:
Since men have ownd MY WORDS are true,
I'll bring all mysteries to thy view :
I meant to have them own it first,
And then the truth I meant should burst,
How I froni shadows did begin,
And brought my judgments in the Spring;
In the same month they did appear
That in thy Book was printed there:
• On Thursday afternoon the wind was very high and roared like thunder, when our friend was writing the Cominunication in answer to the Prayers for the Fast.
† See p. 5, in the Prayer for ourSovereign, and in p. 25 of t'ais book.
| Joanva was o dered to seal up some newspapers, and all the papers to be laid by.
And now mankind have own'd it true,
That there my judgments they did go;
Because their sins had me provok'd
Upon the HEAD to bring the stroke.
And now the stroke, I bid them fear,
For I shall answer from their prayer:
Let no man mock Me by their word,
To own the judgments are from God,
And then to give their God the lie,
And say my judgments cannot be
Plac'd in the manner I did say:
For this was first thy Prophecy,
That if my shepherds they did mock;
Upon the HEAD I'd bring the stroke.
Therefore their Prayers I'llown them true,
"Tis for their sins they all shall know
That I do so aflict their KING-
And now their answers let thein bring,
And tell me how it did appear
The judgments threatened heretofore,
What in thy writings I have seal'd ?
Let them seek out, to be reveal',
Or else the FEET inay tremble here, .
Because the HEAD the pain doth bear."
Now, my dear Miss Townley, you see the wiss dom of God joined with his power in fulfilling the words that have been always said to me, that out of their own mouths he would condemn MANKIND, You know how I was told, the shadow of judgments began in our land when the King was first seized with illness, in the very month that was mentioned that dangers would begin; but as no man would own the visitation of the Lord in it, you know I was ordered to seal up the Newspapers, and say the mark still stood in the dark for man. But now men have brought that mark to light themselves, by their owning the visitation of the LORD to our soveREIGN for the transgression of his people, which was in my Prophecies; for though I said, if the shepherds did not lay it to heart, the Lord would cut the land ; but it was on the King the first stroke was to come; and now that they have owned it, the LORD hath publicly explained it. So I do not fear who seeth the letter; for if the Bishops have any love for their King and Country, and they have owned
'the cause, now let them try to remove the effect. Now what have you or I to fear, when we are guided by a God so wondrous in wisdom, so wondrous in working, so wondrous in council, power, and truth, that would not permit me to say, publicly to the world, the judgments were there begun, before the wise and learned had publicly confessed it? Now call to your remembrance the former words.—By the 29th of May men's wisdom I'll confound, and in June I'll prune the sons of men; and now in their own wisdom they are cut down; and where is the man who can withstand the wisdom and power of a God, whose footsteps are hid in the great deep and whose paths are past man's finding out? And though our weak sight cannot see how he will bring all things to pass that is spoken in my writings; yet, I see that God, whose wisdom never has erred, is now shining brighter and brighter, to the perfect day. So we shall see the SALVATION of the LORD, if we are perfect in obedience to his Command. But I am clearly convinced of the truth of the words last year, “ that they all stood but as water pots, before the time was come that the Lord bringeth every truth to light; and we have seen things but as trees walking; yet, I trust soon we shall see all things as men." Since I had finished writing my own judgment to you, from the wisdom of the Lord in this wondrous working, I was answered by the Spirit in the following manner :
Now from thy words I'll answer here
A God in power shall now appear,
In every wisdom bright to shine,
And all shall know the Wisdom's mine
For to conceal it all from man,
Before I prov'd it by their hand,
To make them own MY JUDGMENTS TRUL,
From their own sins-to say it was so:
And for their sins, the thing is done.
And now I'll try the love of man:
If for their King, they'll now appear,
For to remove XY JUDGMENTS there,
The hidden mysteries to find out-
From their own words they cannot doubt
But 'tis their sins have brought it on,
Then let the cause be remov'd by man,
If that their Sovereign they will free
From all his suffering malady:t
For still MY WISDOM is behind,
That thou another day wilt find;
And MY SALVATION all shall see,
That do obey like her and thee.
So Townley nothing has to fear,
If in her faith she'll perseveres
Because more wisdom she will see,
That is conceal'd from her and three.
Because men's wisdom I'll confound,
And make them tremble at the sound
Betore that I have ended here,
They'll see my WISDOM shine more clear
Than by thy wisdom thou hast seen
Is shining, like the fervent Sun,
That shall in splendour soon appear
With light too strong for thee to bear,
Without a cloud to stand between :
Aly wondrous working will be seen,
Just like the judgment thou dost draw,
And that my foes shall see and know.
And therefore Townley bold may stand
For to support thy written hand;
And I'll support her from all harm:
Let no one fear the rising storm
That men can bring upon their friends,
They'll see MY POWER is in the end."
(Signed,) JOANNA SOUTHCOTT. Extract from the 5th pageof the Prayers for the Fast.
“ Have mercy, we beseech thee, upon thy Servant our Sovereign, whom thou hast smitten for the transgressions of his people. We acknowledge that for our manifold sins, we are worthy of the severity of thy judgments, yet we beseech thee, incline thine ear to us, when, with penitent and contrite hearts, we turn unto thee, and remove from our Sovereign and from us this dreadful visitation.
Dear Miss TowNLEY,
I Shall send you the Communication that was u given me, in answer to the Prayer after the Prayer