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Now from thy wisdom I will answer man.
Thou'st plainly seen their wisdom like the sand,
That 'tis impossible for man to join ;
But now my foolishness I'll make it hang
Just like a three-fold oord that is not broke
By strength of man, unless you do it cut;

And now I tell thee, if men cut it here,
Just like a rope of sand shall all appear ;
I say, in pieces so I'll break your land.
And here I'll end it by the rope of sand;
Unless they'll come and join it with my word,
And then, I'll joiy them like a three-fold cord.
Because my weakness, every soul shall see,
Is stronger than the strength of man can be;
And so my folly, in thy writiugs here,
Is conceal'd in wisdom that no man can clear,
To prove them weak or foolish in the er.d.
But for to try men's wisdom I intend
Po bring it round in this weak foolish hand,
To prove that men were like thy rope of sand,
That by their wisdom they could never join;
But like a three-fold cord they will find mine,
To break in pieces all their ropes of sand ;

For so they'll find my three-fold cord shall stand." And here I shall conclude with the words of St. Paul, Acts xxv. “ And when he tarried among them inore than ten days, he went down unto Cesarea, and the next day sitting on the judgment-seat, commanded Paul to be brought. And when he was come, the Jews, which came down from Jerusalem, stood round about, and laid many grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove ; while he answered for himself-Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the Temple, nor yet against Cæsar, have I offended any thing at all. But Festus willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? Then said Paul, I stand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things, whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cæsar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Cæsar? unto Cæsar shalt thou go. And again, I repeat the words of Paul-"I stand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged."

JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.

Some part of this book is copied from different books of Joanna Southcott's writings, which are in print; but all the other part, from herself and the answers given to her from the Spirit, at the time the book was writing, I took from her mouth.

Ann UNDERWOOD.

Witness, JANE TOWNLEY.

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 1813,

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My last Book was a Wonder to Men, and such as strangers could not understand ; as all names were concealed; but, as I told them the next would be a greater wonder, it certainly will to the believers, when they know what has been revealed to me since the 12th of September. For I may say with David-

“ The dawn of each returning day

Fresh beams of knowledge brings,
And from the dark returns of night

Divine instruction springs.”

Since this powerful visitation of the Lord came to me, like that in ninety-two, I have fresh things revealed to me every day. I am awaked every morning between three and four o'clock; 1 sit up in my bed till the day breaks; and have communications given to me as soon as I awake. When the day breaks I rise and go down into the dining-room by myself; the moment I enter the room, I feel as though I was surrounded with angels; feeling a beavenly joy which I cannot describe, and which has taken from me my natural appetite; for three · weeks past, I could not take any breakfast, had no appetite to my dinner; neither could I drink my tea in the afternoun, and had no appetite for my supper; yet I feel no want of food. -As soon as I had finished my last Book, new things were revealed to me; and I was ordered to have seven respectable friends to meet together at four o'clock on Thursday afternoon, September 23d, to hear read what had been revealed to me, and what I'wàs: directed to do; that they might be witnesses. Howeyer contrary to our judgment,

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