Vol. III: Part II
"A Fountain of Gardens: Volume III, Part II" (continued)
[Journal entries beginning with February 23rd, 1678
through May 19th, 1678]
February 23. 1678.
The Dark Cloud.
A Resolution of a Question concerning Spiritual Desertions.
UPON the consideration how liable we were after all the degrees of Spiritual Manuductions we had received, and passed through, yet still subject were, to strange Vicissitudes, as to the inward state of our Minds, viz. to all Spiritual Desertions, and to the Cloudings of our Heavens, and to the stoppings of the Life-Springs. After all which my Spirit was inquisitive, Why highly illuminated Spirits should be thus exercised, and so hardly invaded upon with what is so treacherous to their Life-Crown and Glory, and that after they have been exalted into the Heaven of Light, Joy, and Peace? This resolve was given me, that for some causes this was meet to be suffered.
First, To make the Spirit thus assaulted, as Joshua did, to enquire and to bring all and every Tribe before the Lord Jesus, that is every secret thing, that lieth in the Essences of the Will, to stand to the touch of the Flaming-Bush, through which we must pass, for a thorough refining, in order to be pure Nazarites to live with God alone.
Then again these over-running of our inward Plantations by the Beasts of prey, may happen to let us know, we are not yet come up to that security, and impregnable defence, but that we may be faced and captivated with those very Enemies, that have been so often conquered by us. And all this is to make us more watchful and vigilant, and to call for all our Spiritual force and might in God, who delights to hear and receive from us strong Cries and Supplications, who will hear us in what we fear, after we have resisted, stedfast in the Faith. All which batterings and shakings shall make for the laying of a more sure Foundation. For this Word was spoke to me expressly to this end, and upon the complainents account, saying O thou afflicted, and sorrowful in Spirit, thy barren Ground with new Seed shall be sown, that thy Light may rise and thy Love encrease, thy Waterspouts to run free, and that thy droughty Land may be refreshed, and that thou mayest eat the Fruit thereof joyfully. Only for a while abide in purity of Heart, and Mind, in all patience and long-suffering, and thou shall see all this full performed.
This Morning the first springing matter that opened, was from what I had some Days ago presented by way of Vision. [Margin Note: See February 14.] Of which I had no Interpretation, till some what now did stir it up afresh, and callíd it over as a thing of consequence. The Vision was that pleasant Fruit, which I did see about an enclosed Wall, after which I so longed to taste it, because I was informed by the Keeper thereof, that it was Magical Fruit, that was always there to be found fresh, Winter, and Summer both alike, and its operation would come to be of the same kind in those, who would come to eat hereof. Of this the Spirit minded me to look into, and consider, why the live Bird was brought out from thence, and slain before my Eye, and then given into my Hand, which in a moment was turned into the very likeness of this all desirable Fruit, of which I did then eat. The Spirit by way of Dialogue did illustrate this mystical Vision, saying a second Eve thou art, who dost earnestly desire to be made wise, as believing there is, that excellent virtue in this never failing Fruit, which never can corrupt, and can make those that do eat hereof incorruptible. Therefore it is not such an unlawful and forbidden temptation to thee, as it was unto the first Eve, who being in an Innocent and Sinless state, and was not to go herefrom any higher, till God himself did appear to them, but giving ear to a strange Voice, brought their posterity into that wretched State of Apostacy, that all need there is to find out the Fruit, in which the divine Magia Spirit is, for recovery of the Paradisiacal Sinless Body again. Now ever since Adamís relapse, various ways and helps have been propounded for restoration from this evil plunge, and it hath been doing near this 6000 Years but not finished. The World in Wickedness still doth lye, as it was in Noahís time, though Christ that perfect God-man hath in the Earth been manifested, yet Sin doth still remain, and in those also, who do chiefly make claim unto his Blood-offering. Then hence weigh and consider, that something further is yet to be done for a Blessed over-turn in this latter Age. For all shall not still dye in Sin, and pass from out of the Elementary Body into unknown Mansions, where the living here do know nothing more of them. For this Vision doth signifie, that this time is now passing away, and another state of things is approaching, and thou art an awakened representative hereof, through thy Spiritual piercing Eye, that has espied this choice Fruit, which thy Spirit longeth and presseth to taste, and the operation thereof to know. But though this precious Fruit is obvious to a pure Spirit, yet it is kept, and protected by a flaming Cherub, and though intelligence is given, yet it cannot come to take hereof, though in never so much vehement hunger, for the lost Image to be repaired hereby. The Spirit added, True it is, that all of this kind is by free Gift: and upon such Eternal Wealth, there is a mighty strong enclosure. But know it, there will be some grants of Favour in particular to such, whose Spirits are often driven out from themselves to seek out a better living, than they shall ever find out in Natureís Terrestrial Essences. For such the Holy Watcher shall receive or take up to reveal this Palace Wall, and to set open the Gate for Holy Souls, that would be in dis-junction from all of Sin, and from a vile Body. For such are appointed to be the first, who shall bring down the Heavenly and Celestial transformation into this World. Then I was further inquisitive, what the live Birds were, that were taken out of the Branches of this Tree, and one of them given slain into my Hand, and immediately changed it self into the desirable Fruit? Then was shewn me that the human Body that was offered up for the atoning Sacrifice for Sin, was by the Bird slain, figuríd out. Which hereby is changed into a more Spiritual and Powerful quality, for Spiritual meat, to feed upon. Such as may by a pure Spirit be able to eat, may have their gross Humanity alteríd into a Spiritual Body. And as we are able to partake hereof, then corruptible corporiety shall for ever cease, answerably as it did with our Lord Jesus, and with him incorporated to be, and thence to spring and to yield Fruit, from the essential Power of his Life, thus given after this Mystical manner. Which none can perceive or find but those, who are intrusted and guided by the Spirit. Then enquired I further, for whom the other slain Bird was reserved? To which this Answer was given, that it was allotted for them, who did wait with me in the same Faith, for a transformation. Now then, what estimation can we have sufficiently for such a Ministration, as may bring to this perfection. And for this end improve our believing, as the way for attaining it. It was also the Counsel of the Spirit to be mighty in Faith, for in the Power of that Winged Spirit, we may find entrance into this enclosed Palace. And then the sight will attract this Principle gift, while we have here our daily walks in the Spirit, abstaining and keeping a Holy Fast from the grosser Earthly Fruits, we shall assuredly have of this all pleasant transmuted Flesh, for our Lifeís food. Wherefore let us persevere.
March 1. 1678.
The Flaming Tent. A Vision.
GATHERING up my Spirit to hear, what would be ministered from out of the Holy Place, this Word came saying, Blessed are those, who shall wisely improve all time, for the getting into favour with God, their Creator; For now all need there will be for a sure Testimony hereof, to have it seated within them, before the Dreadful day overtake them, which as a Thief in the Night will suddenly come: Therefore fly to your Watch-Tower, where the Holy One will be found nigh. Then after this, there appeared a Hand and Arm stretched out, holding an incompassing fine streaming Banner. Which at first was as a Curtain folded: then it opened and out-spread it self, as a covering Tent, it looked like the blew Element, with streaks of Flame Colours. This I saw to great admiration: and there followed this very Cry, saying, Haste away into this your Shepherdís Tent; for it is a time, when terrible Beasts of prey will be let out. But under this covering nothing of Fury or Destruction shall come, there always abide in God your Tent, and go not forth upon your Peril.
March 2. 1678.
The Blood under the Altar.
MY Internal Senses were still more opened and made attractive, drawing down Eternal Powers for guardian Might and Defence, against the Bryer-twisting Nature of Sin; Which we have been warned of so often by the Spirit of Wisdom, because the Spirit of our Lord doth know, he cannot make our way to the Throne-presence, till we may be presented without any Leprous-Spot. For the confirmation of this, I did hear this Cry, saying, Endless will be the stirring motion of Sin, without a greater and more mighty force of the Lambís-Life-Blood, doth spring from under the Altar. To which end Pray, and be Earnest, that now it may flow, as a fountain free: For if at any time it should stop, great Strife and Soul-bitterness would be felt. Because the Serpent with this World doth stir their dregs, and still cast in. It is the washing-Blood only, that must yet spring higher, to take away and expire the sin by the Blood-offering.
March 5. 1678.
The Altar of the Third Degree.
THIS Word spake in me, Erect a pure Altar of the Third Degree unto your God, that therefrom your Oblations may be of force, which hath been hitherto too weak. Then immediately the Figure of an Altar was before my inward Eye built up, of Stones like great Diamonds of Square Cut, in which you might as in a Glass see your own Face. It had four Cups in each corner, of Gold colours. This Word followed the foregoing Idea, saying, The ascending Altar shall move the Eternal Mystery, for the Renovation of that Life, which hath lain as slain under the Altar. From hence let all your mighty Cries go forth, till you mingle your Sacrifices with the touch-Fire of the Holy Ghost. Then was it put to me to consider, what kind of Altar hereby was to be understood? And for what use set apart. For we may take notice, that in those Ages before Christís appearing, no Worship of Altar-Ministration was to be regarded, as is numerously recorded; From which Figurative, visible Altars were upon all occasions erected, by which the Holy One might receive from his Creatures, oblations, and sweet smelling Sacrifices. And they had no other way to hear from God their Creator, from out of whose sight they were now expelled. But by the descent upon the Altar, with Seraphick Fire, as a Testimony of acceptance, which was often given in that Time. If so, what may be now expected from such an Altar as is the true, and real, Spiritual substance of all, Christ the Lord, who according to the express Pattern in the Heavens, is come to frame and fashion in us his own perfect Figure, and to dedicate it only to one use. Which may consist in a perpetual Commemoration of the Blood, that attoneth and taketh away the Sin. That so the Trespass-offering may have its Cessation, through the Blood-sprinkling of the Deity, which as the Seed of a Sinless Life, will through Nature spring, by which we shall become Perfect Consecrated Altars to God, and only shall be primarily for his use. Now it was given me to understand, that before there can be attainment to this high sacred Altar-degree, where no more of a Sin-offering is required, I this instruction from the Spirit received, according to the Vision Cry. That there are Altars of a threefold Consideration, which the Holy Scriptures verifie. As first Altars of Earth, then of Brass, and then of Gold; which had upon it only the distinguishing Crown. The pure Incense Night and Day, did burn upon this Altar. Which signified only Victory, and Praise. But now two Ministrations there be, before this can be reached to. Therefore we must look into our selves, and examine our selves, that so we may know to what Altar degree we are come. For each one is called forth for to be a Consecrated Altar, that so all the Figures may be fulfilled in Life, Power, and Substantiality, answerable to that great and high Altar, that is entered into the holy Place in the Heavens, henceforth expecting our Ascending after him. Now we are to consider of the first Altar, which is in the form of an Earthly Figure, which stands without the Court, upon which the Sacrifices of contrition are offered daily in the Sense and sorrow of Sin, making confession thereof, encompassing the Altar with Fears, as a preparing oblation, for what is to follow. For here we are not to stick, but further to proceed from the weak Earthly Image to the Heavenly, wherein is Strength and Might. Which the second degree doth signifie by the Altar of Brass, which must be changed into Gold. Therefore of this kind of Mettle our Altar-Body must be constituted. For to render them more refined out of the earthly Sensuality, and brought in to Spirituality, so that gross Nature shifts it self into a more transparency, through the foregoing Compunctions, and Soul-Agonies, which is the first work that the Spirit puts some Saints upon: which being gone through, then one degree of Translation is hereby attained unto, that is into more Light, Joy, and Liberty. And hereby capable of another kind of Ministration, in offering up the Sins of the Flesh, through the Eternal Spirit, that from thence may follow or flow the attoning Blood. And how is this to be considered? verily not as it hath been generally understood, the Holy Spirit hath fathomed this Secret, and brought it thus unto me, by way of similitude. The Priest with his own Hands, was to slay the Heifer or Ram, and to sprinkle the Blood thereof upon the Altar, and then upon the Altar of Brass, to burn the Flesh as a whole burnt-offering. From this much was revealed to me, as shewing and opening the depth of this Mystery. Now whereas these Types have been only applicable to Christís suffering, and his Body-offering as a representative for all, and so no further deed of any following attoning Sacrifice, but to expect Redemption from that only, as exhibited in the Flesh. This is to be owned and allowed, as our true Altar-Sacrifice. But withal know this, that Christ doth expect from his Saints, that we should answerably to his own example fulfil the Type with him, which is, that we his Saints should also offer up our Bodies as our reasonable Sacrifice. And how must this be, and by what hand? First the Life of the Beast must go for it, the very Life-Blood let out by the Priest, which presents the Spirit of Christ Jesus in his Saints, as distinct and separated for that end, to put to Death what would live after the Flesh, which throughly expiates the Sin, when the Blood-Life thereof runs down. This is a true attoning offering, which will bring down Fire-Celestial upon the Altar, as a Testimony that Christ in Spirit hath slain in us the Earthly-Life afresh, that so hereby our Debt-offering may be fully paid. No other way there is to make us clear and guiltless, but first to shed forth the Blood-Life of this sin-offering. Then after that, a Blood of High and Immaculate kind will spring through all Natureís Properties, to change the Altar yet once again. For hereby the Holy Place in the Mind, Will, and Senses will be prepared, and they will be purified with Fire and Blood. Then shall you see, what will be the third degree. Now after our own Life sown in Death has been, to be raised up again into a Figure all of weighty transparent Gold, where all polluted Offerings must for ever cease, no more Sins of the Flesh or Beast must be confessed hereupon. For the New Covenant inscription is upon this Golden Altar to be read, as it was in Words given to me, so hereof I shall declare, the Motto was this, To the known God, whom no more ignorantly do we Worship. For in the Altar-Light, we do see his Face, the Blood-Life hath removed away all enmity, and iniquity is no more to be found. The Crown of Perfumed Oyl doth belong to this Altar, and the Incense that is like Flaming Pillars of smoke, Scented with Powders all Celestial from the Eternal World. This is the definition of God the Lamb, as he comes to be our Highest degree of Altar-Perfection in us. Then will go forth the inspiring Powers, that will redress our defects. Till this shall be accomplished, we must proceed on in our Priestly course, in our daily offering for the expiation of Sin. Living and staying our selves upon the Meat and Drink-offering, which in this present Ministration will be sent down from our great High-Priest, from the most inward Tabernacle in the Heavens, till we shall be assuredly Crowned with this Altar-Figure, and therein be found true Worshipper in Altar-Flames.
[ This was continued, and a further Revelation hereof given, upon the seventh Day: as it hereafter follows, March 12. In the interim many Spiritual assaults were made, in order to withdraw the Temple-waiters from such a close Attendance on this most Holy Altar, as was required. Whence it was needful to give down this Advertisement and Caution the very next Day, being the 6th of March.]
A Word of Caution.
AS I awaked in the Morning, it was said, haste, and prevent all of an evil purpose that is against the Head-Life. Which by and through putting on the Garment of the Spirit close about thee, will be both a Fence and Ornament, against all of Sin-contrivance that would bereave thee of the Kingdom of Joy, Peace, and Purity.
Upon the 8th and 9th of this present Month, there were two Considerable and Prophetical Dreams, sent from a Superiour Sphear, to give a seasonable Premonition against imminent Perils, Private and Publick. The one did relate to the Cunning Treachery of some Spirits of prey, in whom the Nature of the Serpent concealed should come to be manifested, and a Victory obtained by the Watchful Spirit: Which accordingly was verified. The other to the Outward State of the Kingdom, and the General consternation of the same, through the Publick ownment of the Papal Authority, then about eleven or twelve Years before this came to pass. Both these are thought fit here to be omitted: but may elsewhere possibly be inserted. That which follows is from a deeper Center.
March 12. 1678.
The Mystery of the Altar further explained.
THIS Word was further in special given to me, saying, The Altar-Inscription is not in vain unfolded. For hereby you are to find out, where the rich Inheritance of the Waiters thereupon doth lye, for a separated Portion to live in, which to none else doth appertain. Therefore consider your High-Calling, as a Gift and Office from the Lord, by which you are taken from among others, upon the Altar-income to be satisfied. This only is required for the present time, let the Altar be cleansed all-through, till the seventh Day is expired, that so your Messiah-Prince may appear to you in another Altar-frame, and to put an end to such Altars, upon which trespass-offering according to the course hath been offered again and again, because no Perfection could be attained. For thus the Vision of the Holy One did explain it self, that as the Lord Christís coming to offer up himself, did Abolish all other Sacrifices, which were ordained by the first Covenant, and did cause to cease as it is written, Sacrifice and Offering thou wouldst not, but a Body thou hast prepared. So likewise, he is yet to come once again to put an end to what Offerings hath been ever since, in a more refined way of Spirituality, yet being weak and imperfect, not answering that high end of a compleat Redemption. There is therefore a Necessity for him to appear in another kind of figure Transparent and all Powerful in a selected Priesthood, and to rear up the everlasting Tabernacle. Which the Spirit hath much yet to shew and open, but hard to be comprehended and uttered, because of the Medium, through which it must pass for knowledge and discovery. But thus much is fathomed and brought up by that Spirit, who hath entered into the Mystery, who hath verified that Christ in the form of Flesh was also a Figurative Sacrifice offered, which was expedient for the transgressions under the first Covenant, that they should be attoned and purified by this immaculate Lamb, but this must rise to a further degree. For this Heavenly Type is yet to have its fulfilling, by bringing down the Holy Place and Heavenly Sanctuary with all its Celestial Ornaments, and Powers and Substantialities, that do belong to the everlasting Priesthood. For all of this Temple-Glory is yet reserved to be revealed in its time, and for it anointed Holy Priests shall be constituted, who yet are but in the process of the seven Days Clarifying their Figurative Altars in themselves, and are preparing for it, by taking a higher Order, when the Heavens shall rend, and all of the real Original Tabernacle shall come down. Which hath there been shut up. But herefrom may be enquired, what foregoing Sign there will be, before the descending of this Priestly-Kingdom? That so we may know it is here. No greater Sign for this shall be given, than the travelling Birth, which is impregnated with the Holy Ghost. Which fulfilling Type will be in the Spirit of an Altar-Flame, that shall go forth to fetch and draw down the Holy Camp, in which God will dwell, and unite, as with his Spouse and Bride in his New Jerusalem-State. Now the Blessedness will be to them, who shall be first favoured with this sign of this mighty Birth, and then it brings to the Golden Altar, as the first born of a Virgin-Womb: then all the Powers of Heaven will open. This is the gift, that of all acceptation will be for to Burn incense, and herefrom to scatter Perfumed Coals, that whenever they do fall, all touched herewith shall be, and become Spirits in Heavenly forms, meet for high Conjunction with the Holy Trinity. Oh this is that, which the inspiring Spirit driveth hard, for to put some one or other into a Spiritual Posture for to enjoy them, and therefore, have presented, as in a Glass of Righteousness, and Sanctuary purity, these great things, to prove whether or no, we will be earnest for them, and acquit, and go off from the Worldly Sanctuary, and forsake the Land of our polluted Nativity, wherein is great darkness, distance, and ignorance of all these Supereminent Joys and Fruitions which are shut up from us. Which entered upon might be most clearly enjoyed, if we could shake off the Cloudy Black Body, from which the root of Sin does spring.
March 13. 1678.
A Continuation on the Altarís Discourse.
WHAT more can be done, but to offer up the Beast, till it be consumed to Ashes, that here out may spring a Body all pure, in which can be found no more the relicks of Sin. This will be the Fruit of all Sacrifices and Offerings, which now in the second Degree, is our work to be Ministering, in order to Christ our great High-Priest his appearing to us. According as it is written, to them that look for him, he will be manifest to them, and who are those, that can with confidence expect his appearance, but them, who are purified from evil Consciences, being found all in an entire Spirituality. But then it may be objected, if any one shall hereunto attain, to be so clear and spotless in a Nature immaculate: What more can be added by the Lordís coming Personally? As to this very much may be expected, who are first prepared to such a degree, and have striven hard before others to obtain it. Therefore it is given us to know, there is a more full reward, or else there would not be that incouragement to such, who are made willing, so to deny, forsake and hate all of this Body of Sin, as freely to give up it in Sacrifices: as hoping out of the Ashes hereof will rise, such a Seed-Life, as will be Mighty in our Heavens and Earth, and will be as a King and Priest in great Power and Glory for us, whether in the Body Corporeal, or out : which shall be determined when come to such a perfect Stature, as the good Spirit in us is driving hard thereunto. For this particular Word of Promise did sound in my Ear, agreeable to what is sounded in general. The Lord your God is not unrighteous to forget your Soul-Travels, and Labour of Love, Patience in Tribulations, and Altar-offerings for the expiation of Sin. Which certainly will bring in a Talent of great encrease, when the Lord shall descend in Altar-Flames into your Heavens, to bring down Faithís conquering Crown. This fresh Rose-promise being blown in the espousal Garden, how Odoriferous is the smell to the Soul, that is ever listening to hear new Confirmations for her Bridegroomís return, while it doth abide without the New Jerusalem-Camp. Upon which we do great satisfaction experiment, while moving upon our Pilgrim-State, though passing through a land, where Gyants strong in the Apolyon might are, and at ever step Scorpions are ready to Sting. So perilous is the way, which we must pass through, before we can set foot upon the Sea of Glass. That verily we have all need not only to have the Ministration of Angels, but the Lord and Prince of Angels himself to meet us in our journeying on. That so we may be delivered from the fear of the pursuing Esau, who doth so eagerly hunt for his Prey. But oh how soon may he be checked, when he sees, who it is that is in our Company for a Guard. It was also reminded in me, the Truth and Faithfulness of God still manifested and maintained to Abraham, after he had made the grand Promise to him of Blessing him with Isaac, which was some considerable time, before the accomplishment came. But this observation is to be made, that though the time seemed to be long, yet Abraham was not left without frequent Visitations and Communications from God, to stay him up withal. And such was Abrahamís watchful, obedient Carriage, that he took no less care to maintain and keep up acquaintance with so great and potent a Friend, as God Almighty. Who made all Blessings, wherever he went, still to come plentifully into Abraham. This the Spirit would we should take notice of, as relating to the Mighty Messiah-Birth, which is to be Born again in another form, for a Blessing to the Earth. And while in Abrahamís Spirit of Faith, we are waiting here for it, and looking out and yet prolonged, what shall or can support us, while the Kingly-Birth from us doth stay, but such like frequent appearances of God? whereby his Word of promise may still be established, as a means to keep off all staggering, while the thing may be prolonged. For should we nothing still hear anew from our Alpha and Omega, we should sink into doubt and fear. Therefore we may hear his Voice through the Golden Vial of the Spirit, if thereto we can lend a single Ear to hear, what is considered from the Counsel of the Holy Trinity, for us further to do in our process. This indeed will make out great Friendship unto us, while we must pass through an Enemies borders, for the countenance of a God will cause great awe, as we did see in Abrahamís Case. These advantages are not all, but only somewhat to sweeten our way. We are to look after a more rich Prize than all this, as the full income and reward, after we have gone through all our Spiritual Course. Which are the high Qualifications, and Spouses dresses with Ornaments, which all do excel, in them who are found in the God-like fashion. Who but these can look with any Confidence, for Christ the Lord to appear? who shall be able to see him, as he is, until all purified by Altar-Fire? For that Scripture in the Hebrews was in the Spiritís own sense thus opened unto me, which I shall not omit to Write after the Copy given, the Words are thus expressed. To them that look for him, he shall appear the second time without Sin unto Salvation. It was opened, that it is not a bare expectation that will bring the Lord down to any, who are found in the Body of Sin, to such no Crown of Salvation will be fixed upon, as the Diadem of a full reward; which is assigned and appropriated only for the Virgin-Spirit, that is cloathed upon in the clear and white Robe, as looking out with Doves Eye, full of pure Innocency, that cannot be dazzled at an open face of Glory, when she shall him see for the consummation of all that rich Dowry, which hath been shut up in the bud of a Promise. For the Inheritance will be given out to such, who are actually come to the Unity of Faithís purifying dress, to be all Spiritual. But here it may be Queried, What are the special Immunities that do belong to the Lambís Spouse? Why sure they are both great and innumerable, as hath been revealed, well answering and requitting all Sufferings, and Dyings, which the Soul can possibly go through in this tempting afflicting Region, they are no way equivalent, to what Glory shall be revealed. Therefore that we might all be Strong to hold out, and by no evil occurrent happening be at all terrified: Let us further enquire hereinto in the Spirit, what will come in, at our Lordís second Appearance unto us? His first Appearance we have already known in that Spirit, which is now making of us all ready through the Baptisms of Life, purifying Water, Blood, and Altar-Fire, by all which, we may be prepared in a good degree in some suitableness, that so as a Sun the Bridegroom may run his Race towards us, and the Jerusalemís Glory may first open upon us in Vision, thereby assuring us of Fruition. The Elijah is now upon the restoring work, and upon any ones Person, in whom it shall be first finished, the Salutation of the All-hail, and Highly favoured in the Lord, will be heard Sounded again in the Earth, because the Mighty God and Saviour is revealed, to change from out of the weak State, though in pure refined Corporiety, and Spirituality of Mind. This is but the first degree, but when he appears, we shall be like him, Glory for Glory in Personality. And verily no less will be attributed unto the Dead, and risen with him, but what the Lord hath declared, that the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, shall be freely given to open the Gates, and to enter into Mount-Sionís Glory. And henceforth and for ever to take Power, Wisdom, and Strength, Honour, Rule and Government. For the Lamb is come to give right over the Earth to Reign, to them, who under and upon the Altar have given the Beast, to be slain thereupon. And greater and more highly advancing dignities, than what yet is understood and comprehended. But his may be sufficient, to edge, and to put us into an Holy fixed Emulation, to proceed on in our Altar-Sacrifices, that so we may be found in the Lordís number-Roll, as the first wise Virgins, that may go to meet him, and with him Celebrate, in unspeakable Joy, the Tabernacle-Feast. Where nothing of the sour Leaven is to be mixed any more, or our Passover eaten with bitter Herbs, but the Oyl of Joy, with the Body Celestial, and the Spirit-Wine of Strength, and the Jubilee-Harvest of Praise; none of these shall fail us, if we can bear up Faithís sail, against the Worlds flowing-Stream, that beateth so hard upon us.
March 15. 1678.
The Ransom out of the Sanctuary.
Being this Morning cast into a deep Consideration upon the Account of a Holy separated walking with God, having had such drivings hereunto by the Spirit. It was the matter of my Objection, why this way so interrupted was, by some one thing or other, still interfering from the Corporeal Needs, hereinto Plunging, much contrary to the Soulís Supernatural Genius, which would be still imployed in the Altar-Service, and not in Servitude to Tables, for a mortal Morsel-sake. This was much upon my Heart to present to the Lord in complaint, that thus it should hang as a matter of Necessity upon such, who would be free Nazarites. Upon this it was given me, by way of advice, from the spring of Wisdom, that there would be no such way to be redeemed out from all of these Thralls, as to spread the Hands of Faith, thereby to reach to that propriety, which is provided in the Sanctuary-Treasury, as the Ransom from all the Servitude, from which the Waiters upon the Holy things are brought out, to live upon Godís Table. Where we shall have all sufficiency free, and be no more subjected to the will of Creatures, O this is that rich income, that we now are called upon to search out, as what of Eternal right does belong to us. There is a Multiplying-Stone, that is burning in the Altar-Furnace, that will us bless in the Heights above, and Depths beneath, whereby we may be delivered from Cares and Necessities. Which are incident to the Worldís commoners, from which the Spirit would divide our Portion, and have us only abide in Jacobís goodly Tents, where nothing of scarcity shall us perplex in the Worldly Spirit. Which as an Army do often break in to scatter us from our Altar-hold. But what better Weapon can we have, than the Flaming Ax of the Spirit, which is always ready in the Sanctuary for our aid, to Slay and Cut off, what shall adventure here to invade. Therefore it is good for us to Tabernacle here with Godís Battle-Ax for ever, saith Wisdom our Mother dear.
March 16. 1678.
The Man of the Earth.
THIS Morning I had several Advertisements from the Holy Watcher over me. As first this, Be all intent upon your Heavenly Vocation. Give to God, what encrease cometh of his own State Life intrusted with you. As this World appropiateth to it self, vain Perishing and evil things, so know, your God does expect improvement, and the return of his Principal again. Then great Caution I further had, to keep up all Rule and Authority over that invisible World within. For it was given me to know, that there was a Head-Power great and mighty in the Soul-Region, to repel and keep down, what the Dragon and Beast would do to make Mutiny and Riot, according to the unregenerated State. And therefore we are to employ our Power, which we have from the Superiour Light, (which doth see all of Sin-defect) to suppress and root out, that Godís Peace may only be left for a Garrison to keep all Treachery of Spirits out.
Then after this, I had a Representation of a Man, that came very near me, in a plain Husbandmanís Garb, and looked very earnestly on me, and Bowed several times to me, but spake no Word. After which disappearing, I enquired into it, and it was spoken unto me in a Powerful Voice, Thus shall the Man of the Earth bow unto thee, as thou doest keep him under. More of which shall be opened, as thy inward Spirit shall dive, where the Treasures hath lain in hidden Darkness.
March 18. 1678.
This is an Interpretation of the former Vision.
SOME days after the appearing of the former Vision, I had this Reviving of it again in these Words. Who is a Ruler over Nations for to subdue them, but such as are of a just and perfect Spirit, that have hung upon the Cross of Humiliation and Patience, till the conquering Star is risen for full Salvation. These Words were as a Precious distilling Doctrine, the Holy Spirit spake them, and the same doth open and apply them. As first the plain Husbandman, which I did see in the Vision bow, it was shewn, and expressly given me to know, it signified the first Adam, that now is in a Tilling Garb, which now indeed doth become the Man of the Earth. Whose Image each one does bear. And it is appropriated unto us, as Internal and External. The first hereof to be considered, is the Beastly Corporeal Figure, that we do bear from Adam, which hath degraded us, because Sin entering in did turn us into this Evil Corruptible shape, but that is not all the hurt, and dishonour, it hath done us. But the deformity is more inward upon the Face and Image of the Mind, there lieth the greatest disguise, that caused the Banishment out of Paradise into this wild and rude Earth. Where he, as a Lord in this degenerated State, doth rule in the Might and Strong Reason, and is Potent in a Principle that does lie under the Curse, and bereaved of the Blessing of Immortality. Where no Death should ever have been known? But the springing Source of Life from God, the infinite Goodness. Where neither Toyl, Sorrow, nor Pain could have enterveníd, had he but stood in his first Station. But we may now cry Woe and Alas for the Earthly Man, whom the Holy and Just One hath so far removed out of his sight, into a Place suited to his gross Mortal Spirit and Figure, there to generate and multiply according to his own kind, and so the Earth is over-spread with a Corrupted Seed. As we do see this Day; all fillíd with Creatures of Oppression and Violence, exacters in unrighteousness. Oh deplorable World, who dost consist of these kind of Inhabitants, and yet does not so deeply take in the sense of the Apostatizing, as it for to lament, and for to be all uneasie, while tossed to and fro in the Sweat of thy Brow, as a Fugitive and Vagabond: and yet thou dost it yet scarce consider, and know. For the very best Estate, that yet hath been arrived to by any, who doth abide in an untransfigured Life, is much short and wide of the Angelical degree, and God-like Perfection. To which , if we do not return again, all will be in vain, that we have laboured for, as to matter of Renovation, and Mortification, in reference to the immediate sight and fruition of the Princely-Majesty. Who will receive none into his settled Place of Glory, but such who are come unto the Body of Glory in the Beauty of Holiness.
But the great Query now is? How this Earthly Man, that is gone into such Power and Lordship in his own Principle shall be made to bow to that, which is of a Superiour Birth and Nature? Who is come to know its Original dignity, but is over-charged and set upon by the great Leviathan. Who hath made all very strong in this Terrestrial World on his side, to Imprison, Bind, and keep down, and afflict by a Thousand ways, that do belong to his Territories, the poor Innocent Seed, that is come into Corporeal Nature. For this end, to work out its freedom from all those violent Impositions, which the Sin and Curse hath brought in, and hath all surrounded this Heavenly-Plant, and as a Briery Wood does twist about to suppress its growing up, to a Stature of Strength. These are the great disadvantages, that the Heaven-born Spirit doth meet with, so soon as it begins to know it self. The question is put now to the Gracious, Wise, Compassionate Father of this Spiritual-Birth, to know whether or no we may not come to Reign over all, that the evil One hath introduced into the Mind and Will of a Corporeal Animal, so as to put down all the Rule and Authority of Sin, joyned with Servitude to the Worldly Rudiments, wherein all Bondage and Misery consisteth. And thus things have stood ever since Adamís going out of Paradise, very few having reached to the Crown-Dominion. Some instances we have, As first in him, who is the First-Born from the Dead, and others who were followers of him in Suffering and Dying, are entered into the Mystery of Glory through Conquest. Though indeed their visible Reign on this Earth over evil Men was not so apparent in that Age, for they were not totally in Subjection under them. But reserved for the last of Days, of which I shall unfold, as the Spirit hath it shewn. But first we are to give you the Lordís Mind, as to the Query, which without all contradiction according to the Vision seen, The Earthly-Man by an irrevocable law and Decree, is to yield up all, that he hath gotten by his rational Subtlety, to the High-Born Spirit.
Objection, But how is this to be done? He will never give up voluntarily, nay, though contended, and though we have constant War against him, yet he holds us out of our Paradisiacal-Dominion. Therefore what shall more be done? That we may come to our Princely Kingdom. Well, this is granted, that Usurper will not willingly yield; he knows he is upon great advantages against the Superiour Life. That being to act in and through a Corporeal Form, which hath Maladies and Sicknesses, that are incident from Gross, Fleshly, and Sinful Bodies. But that is not the least, though sometime we find it heavy enough, to stop the Divine actuation of Life. But secondly, The numerous Provocations that arise from the inhabitants, fixed in the law of Reason, all these are promoting, and strengthening the same within us, as Good, Lawful, and orderly to be obeyed. Then backed these are with Throne-Powers, and Principalities, that have such Authority in this Region, that without subscribing to them, though working in All their deceiveableness of lying Wonders; Yet there is no living in this Necessitous Body, without Conforming and Paying Homage to the Beast. Who beareth all Pomp, having now Headed himself with the Dragonís Power and Might, according as it is said, Who is able to make War against his Seat, and Throne? Thus we see how hard the Spiritual-Seed is beset, all which considered might make one doubtful, that ever these should be brought under, and made to bow. But I shall rehearse the Word, which did Sound in me, saying, At all this, be not terrified, for these are those Kings and Nobles, that shall be bound in Fetters of Iron, by my Star, and Scepter rising, that will be given to them, who do hold out against Gog and Magog, who are to be continually fought against, for it is the Habitation of all Violence, and Oppression, maintained by the Serpently-Seed, in Bodily forms. Now what remains for us, but to abide evermore in a posture of War. We have no other way to regain the lost Kingdom, but by the Flaming-Sword of the Spirit, which will be able to deal with Legions of Infernal Spirits, for of this more Secret and Pernitious kind, we have to deal withal. And therefore answerable Armour we all need to have from the Strength of the everlasting Tower. For so it is, the only all-Conquering Spirit beareth the Standard, and displays the Colours, and thereby wins the Prize, Triumphing over the strong Enemy. But not it may be considered, how long may be this Time of Spiritual War? For it seems to be somewhat severe and tedious, to be all our Life-long in Contest and War against the Nations in our selves, and also with an Evil, Cruel World, that can never agree with a Heaven-born Spirit. True it is, that Universally in all Ages past, the controversie betwixt the Earthly unregenerated part, and the Heavenly have held out the whole term of Life, and it hath been as much, as the Spiritual Man could do to keep him at the Weapons end, to prevent an Invasion, or being carried Captive away, as Millions of Dark Minds are, and have been. But those who are right Warriours on the Lambís side, have now girded on the Buckler of Godís Salvation: Strong and Mighty in the Flaming-Chariot, attended with Godís invisible Hosts. Such will not be upon a defensive War only, but these will Subdue and Conquer, and will divide the Spoil, and take the Prey, and keep all under in Subjection to the Conquering side. For this we are not without some Precedents, that did come hereunto, and made a visible shew of Conquest. As some Patriarchs, and Prophets before Christ, who was the Head and Principal Conqueror, and is so still in us, as he was in his Apostles, John, Paul, Peter, and James. These plainly Gloried in a Triumphant Victory, having fought the good fight of Faith, and doubtless did perfectly subdue all of the Man of Sin, and thereby were capable of translation, of which no certain account hath been given. But whether or no, this we are sure, they dyed the common natural Death, yet they were such overcomers, as had right to Reign both in Heavenly and Earthly places. Which they had not only the foresight, but the Possession of, though in an invisible Sphear, and World, that is not known to Mortals, and gathered to their Conquering Head and Captain, that we hope will bring us up in Victory, through the whole part of the Earthly-Life subdued, and not only so, but that all things in this Earthly-Principle shall be under Controul, and shall be assuredly bowed under the Pure Birth of Life, for all shall flow into the Standard of the Spirit; That will appear in the Holy Sanctuary, that is Beautified with the Glory of Lebanon, according to those Antient Prophesies, and what of late renewed hath been to particular Saints in this Age. As the Sons of them that afflicted and despised the Holy Seed shall come bending, and bow themselves down at the Soles of their Feet, as owning the Lordís Soveraignty. Who will make all Kingdoms and Nations to serve, and pay their Tribute to them, who will be exalted to the Kingly Priesthood in this approaching Day. In which violence shall no more be heard within the Borders of their Purified Land, because Salvation and Victory will be a defence of Glory. Their Brass shall be turned into Gold, and Iron into Silver. This verily the Lord, the Mighty Redeemer is hastening to bring to pass in its time. And Blessed and of great Renown will those be, to whom the Dominion shall first come down, that have bowed in themselves the Man of Sin. For none else can expect to be Rulers over much, in this visible Region; hither towards, we have lived on Godís Bills of Credit, which have passed to and again, as Prophesies, and Promises, and Words of Revelation, and divine Inspeakings. But there is a time now foreseen, that near is, when we shall have the golden Coyn of Acting-Power and Might, put into our own Hands. May we once come, but to out-live the War with Gog and Magog, we may hope somewhat of this wonderful time to see. What remains for us to do, but to observe, and comply with that pure Doctrine, which the Spirit hath dropped in, which urgeth hard, that we might so run, as to divide this rich Prize with the Conquering Ones, that are entered into Mount Sionís wonders of Glory which will come for to be opened in this Region when the Seed of God shall rise to Victory in any one: for thatís the Key that will forcibly open the Gate of Jerusalem, that hath been hidden, and shut up from all Flesh, by a thick Wall of separation. But that Prophesie was to this purpose repeated, that is Recorded in Isaiah, calling us for to Mind, and to believe Mount-Sionís Reign is near, in which Godís Kingdom of Priests will appear all in their sacred Ornaments, for whom the Isles do wait to bring their Sons from far, to Minister with their Riches and Substance, and to entreat for acceptance among those, who have been sought out, for to be the Joy of many Generations. Because of breaking the way against all Storms and Floods, and thereby to come into that flourishing Land, which is only allotted for the New-Born Brotherhood. Who are all of a Spiritual Production, through infusion of rarified immortal Essences, that so each one may be a perfect resemblance of God their Creator. This is that, which will make all well: so that which hath been out of order, and hath made the cause of Separation betwixt God and us, will be removed. How welcome will be a Messenger sent from the great Shepherd, that hath been so long with his invisible fold, that of a truth he is coming for to make one entire Flock, and the Wall of partition to throw down. And this he doth certainly foretell by his Spirit, as the Jubilee-Bell doth daily ring it in our Ear, to comfort us in this our weary Progress. For we would most willingly cease from War, Care, and Turmoil, and from every thing that is included under the Curse. Oh rest, how pleasant dost thou appear. Wreathed all in the Eternal Nuptial Joy of a Celestial-Marriage with our Lord. Who verily would, that we should by all these encouragements, be now ready prepared for to face him with a Graceful attirement, all dignified for delight and joy, that after all Suspence, a consummation may be pronounced to all astonishment, while we are in this World. For this the Heavens now working are most Mightily to great Joy.
March 19. 1678.
The Old Leaven.
THIS Word much followed me this Morning, being again often repeated, Let no Leaven be found in your Habitations. For there is an appointed Feast for you to eat, in which no Leaven of the old lump is therein to be tasted, who have right to the Sacrifice of the Passover. Therefore search, and as you do find hereof, throw it out, that you may shew yourselves strictly Obedient in all Sanctuary-ordinances.
March 20. 1678.
An Alarm in the Night.
IN the Night in a deep Sleep, I saw a Place, as a Tower for strength enclosed, and within it a Garden very richly replenished with Flowers and Plants of all sorts. And round about the Walls hung bright Armour of all kind, to Arm from Head to Foot. Which observing, I said to one by me, sure this presageth some War-like time, that is coming upon the Nation. But when I awaked and considered hereupon, there was another signification given to me, by this Word, which spake in me. All arm your selves within, take down the Buckler, Breast-Plates and Shield, and be you as ten Thousand strong, for the keeping of your Garden-Treasury, against which many devices are hatched to Rob, and Steal, and thereof to carry away. Therefore beware hereof, and be found throughout armed. For the Holy Spirit is still herein your Friend, for giving Advertisements against all intended evil.
March 21. 1678.
THIS Morning many things were presented from the deep Abyss, from whence the Manifold Wisdom hath fixed the visible and invisible Worlds to great admiration. Somewhat hereof did stand open, in a more nearer prospect to my internal Eye: but withdrew, so that I could give no clear account, nor make any report of the deep Mystery. Only this Word I had, saying, Keep close and remember your solemn assignments in purity of Heart and Mind to walk with God, and to stand in a Posture of defence. That at every Alarm, which ye may hear from the evil Nations, ye may take down readily from the Tower-Armory, and keep all the young set-Plants charily. For this advice was further given, It is far more easy to keep unclean and hurtful Spirits out, than when they have got in, to chase them out. The Holy Spirit sees it meet, so long as we are in this tempting Region, to be stirring us up still, by way of remembrance, that so we may not slack our work.
March 23. 1678.
The Unknown Warfare.
THE many Vicissitudes attending from the Worldly-Spirit, striving and thronging for the laying of somewhat of offence, still in our Garden-Walks, where only we should be entertained with Heavenís Gales, blowing up the Odoriferous Sweets. But unsavory Weeds yet are permitted to spring, and to give forth evil scents, so that hereby we do find great grievance, till all of that kind be displanted. We cannot find Spiritual ease, and we cannot live all serene as in a Lebanon-Spring, till all evil Essences and Spirits be cast out. The pure Unction is hereunto assuredly driving us before him, lest we should linger and lag behind. Who upon my Souls groanings did give in this Word. Your burthens shall be all born away upon the Shoulders of Immanuel, who is touched with your grievances, and will break away the Yoke that is heavy, and set you free, that ye may follow God fully in a Warfare unknown, and that ye shall be discharged of all those entanglements, that have been so detarding to your rising-Life. Only mind your Advocate with earnest Prayer, for the accomplishment of this thing.
This Word came to me, upon some dubious working thoughts in my mind, saying, Dost thou indeed love the Lord thy God with all flowings from thy Heart? Then fear not to trust him withall, whatever does to thee pertain. Who will assign to thee Wisdom, Strength, and Honour, which shall be thy stability.
March 25. 1678.
The Living Statues. A Vision.
OH how great an Aversion is it to a Mind, that great and bigned is according to an Eternal Birth-Degree, to bow, and stoop, and to be humbled under things transitory. When once it come to calculate its high Spiritual Nativity, thereby to understand what it is born unto, in reference to that which is the right and true Heir, consisting of Powers and Celestial Dignity, though under minority. But a Word did seasonalby come in upon the bemoaning this under-age. Saying, Be of good Hope, the Dark, the Weak, and Impotent-State is out-wearing, and thou wilt see the Lordís Jubilee, in which the first-lotted inheritance shall return again to thee. Then had I a strange kind of Vision, of a sight of two Statues, that were in a Room, where I was, and they were very beautiful, having all perfect accomplishments to outward sight, greatly taking the Eye: whereupon I made towards them, but they moved not, then I concluded they were formal Figures, that were not capable of Conversation with any, as being without intellectuals or motion of Life. Whereupon I considering they were very amiable, and what great pity it was, that they were not in an active motion; I found in my self somewhat eagerly earnest, to provoke the stirring and awakening of a Life in them. And hereunto I was busying all my internal abilities, and then they suddenly stirred, and made towards, me with great and sweet affableness of Spirit. Which though at first I so much desired their acquaintance, yet when they spake, and came, and took me by the Hand, I was somewhat shy and afraid of them. But they said, Be not surprized, though you see, that which was dead, and slain to revive, and live again; this is a Mystery, ye may further see into, as ye do believe in the Resurrection.
March 29. 1678.
The Parable of a Mill. In Vision.
THE Word that visited me this Morning was this, When thou to God thy Father dost Pray, Watch, and Weigh all Words thou dost say. Let that Golden Plumb-line of the Spirit measure out all of your requests, that your Prayers henceforth may carry force, and not go on in a customary fruitlessness, according to what now is in general use. Therefore to the Wise understanding Spirit, repair, to draw up all your Petitions, who only knows what will be heard. Wherefore let him only enterceed in you: and learn to stop the Spirits, that would go forth in forms of Words, where is wanting the pure white Sail of Faith to spread over the moving Wheel.
April 1. 1678.
THEN was given me a resemblance to confirm this Word, as thus, There was presented to me a green Flourishing-Hill, and upon this high Ascent there seemed to be a fine framed-Mill, that stood still, and did no way move to grind that which was brought into it. Upon which the Person who was within was called upon to move the Engin, that thereto did belong: But he said they were too heavy, he could not stir them, he waited for a gale of Wind. Nay, (the Voice cryed) First put on clean and white Sails. For those which were upon it, appeared to be a sullied and torn. Without ye do observe this, no gale of Wind will be effectual. Of this make application to your selves.
April 2. 1678.
The Interpretation of the former Vision.
THE foregoing Vision was explained to me very emphatically. Concerning the Fine Timbered-Mill, it was shewed that it did signifie the internal Frame and Habitation of the Spirit. Which sometimes may be in a cessation of motion, through the impairing of those Spiritual Engins, of the superiour Mind, that should powerfully work in their course for grinding down that, which is Food, for the Spirit to live upon. And what is that? but that precious Grain that is sown, and dissolved in the Ground of Christ, ... the Lordís pure Humanity. And we as in Union with him, have the same Life-Seed buried in our refined Earth, and of it springs up unto a substantial Grain, contacted all of Heavenly-matter, and so an entire Body. But in this lieth the great Mystery, to have it made ready for Bread to eat thereof, and to live for ever. And how is this to be done? But by the superiour Engins of the Soul, as they are all set a work for the breaking and bruising this Golden Grain as into a Powder. For while it remains in an unbroken Body, no virtual Power and Strength can be felt. That is, as most do run up their Eye to a Glorified Humanity; not considering, that this must be drawn down into a dispersive Power, that so it might move through all, and every property, and this is that, which becomes Principally the saving Jesus, to us. But it may be asked, what these Engins are? Or what these working-Powers are in a well, holy framed-mind, that can cull and separate, and winnow out from the husk and stalk, in which first appearance, it comes forth unready Meat for the Spirit thereof to eat? Now what must unhusk it of its chaffy-cloathing? but the threshing instrument, which must have a time to grow up into ripeness: then there will be a more easy separation of the vile husk from the solid Grain. Thus through hand beating, the Spiritual-seed is made meet for its Masterís use. But it must undergo & endure many a sharp blow before the chaffy Matter will fly away. Which is known by experience, that we by many tribulations do pass through the fanning away, that which does stick so close to the pure Life-seed, that is saved, and separated for so choice and eminent use, as to be dissolved, and made defusive through every part, as the only restorative Medicine. Which may make a full cure of the broken State, that the sinful husk of Mortality hath plunged us into. Therefore the Spirit by the similitude doth shew, what powerful Engins are to move for the grinding down, that which is the Golden-Stone, that is to make the transformation upon the Earthly-part. For we do well know, that while the Sails do stand still, no increase or multiplying food is brought in to any effect. Which hath occasioned the great suffering in Spiritual-Famine, and Nakedness; upon which the Holy Spirit did counsel us to look into this Mysterious thing, and to observe these following Rules.
The First is to pluck off those old withered Sails, which were opened to be the Dead, Actless, and Lifeless Faith, that the sensitive Spirit hath putrefied and spoiled, so that the Heavenly-gales could have no Power to move the Wheel; nor can have force when the Sails of Faith are so torn, and divided betwixt doubting and believing, which is shewn to be the main stop, that the framed-Mill cannot work.
The Second Rule is to be of one absolute and entire Will, that may resist all contradiction to the ancient and right kind of Faith, which the Saints of old possessed, by which all Wonders were wrought. One true Grain of Faith bruised, and dispersed through Natureís Ground, will flow out to do, and effect that, which the whole World cannot check. Oh where in this day are to be found those, who are trained up in Wisdomís School to know the Art and Skill of spinning Faithís white Linnen-Sails, where no Warp is of the Woolen of sense, in which fear and doubting are mingled. It is no marvel, when we are called up to stir the superiour Engins of our Minds, that they are so dull and heavy, that they do not move. It is well given us to see, where the obstruction is. Therefore the Holy Spirit does us tell, that great need there is for us to learn to spin the Thread of Faith, much more fine, single and longer out; for all yet have been too short, both for breadth and height, for the spreading out in concurrence with the Eternal gust, that doth blow most deep from the Celestial-World. Therefore into this secret we must search, and whom shall we make our Friend herein? But the Wisdom of the Mighty One, who will teach us to make this fine Linnen-Cloth for Sails, and to cloathe our Household with Scarlet. Where to none we shall be inferiour,
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