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How men like brothers did appear-
“ But, when I speak the words of man,
?? So here's the difference in the two;
In the year 1794, after the Scriptures had been explained to me in an extraordinary manner; and the truth of my writings in 1792, appeared in 1793, of the war, and which still was going on in 1794, I was ordered to write to the Methodists as I was foretold the end of all things was at hand, and I should not conceal what was revealed to me, but send to Mr. Leech, to warn all men of approaching dangers. I did as I was bid; he sent me back a few lines to say, if it was so, what could he do? He would not give warning of what he did not believe: he said he believed, as many more did, that we should see good days; and did not think there was any danger. This letter surprised me, coming from a minister of the Gospel: I read it, on my knees in prayer to the Lord, and was answered in a manner that quite astonished me; and I thought to send him the words given me in answer to his letter; but as the people all joined with bin, by saying they hoped I would trouble them no more, as he had other things to mind; this prevented my sending the
Their words might have been umnoticed by some, but they were not by me; as my eye is quick in discerning, my heart is tender in feeling, deep are my meditations, strong is my meniory, and everyone's conduct laid clear before me. And, when I was forsaken by all, that I thought men cared for none but theirşelves; as they well knew that I believed it from the Lord, and many of the truths had then appeared; but they took no pains to convince me, if they thought it was not from the Lord ; nor shewed any regard to search out the truth, if it was from him; and as
they were all great professors of religion, this made me think that true religion was gone out of doors; for I had as good an opinion of the man I sent the letter to, as I had of any one I knew. But their answer made me say with David
“ Since godly men decay, O Lord,
" Do thou my cause defend;
“ One just and faithful friend.”
When tidings to me came-
If I conceal'd his name :
Should public fly abroad,
He is the living Lord.
In this my grand concern;
I to such question learn'd.
It plainly did appear,
My burden I might bear :
For ought that they could tell ;
And in the darkness dwell.
On whom they should court next,
And laugh'd to see me vex'd.
Who faithful is and true,
And all mankind adieu.
Most earnestly I pray'd,
From this false-hearted world;
Whilst I on rocks was hurl'd.
Came quickly to my mind,
To me had prov'd unkind.
P'll do no more to court their love,
Nor seek their friendship more;
Lies not within their power.
To climb the heavenly road;
And there's my smiling God.
Since now I plainly see
Lie open unto me :
With arts as deep as hell,
With malice next did swell.
Some comfort there to find;
Their conduct prov'd unkind.
In colours black and white :
For God is my delight.
But blessed be the cross
To cleanse me from the drous.
Much deeper every day,
The promis'd land to see;
And dwell, dear Lord, with thee!
When I had written this I was stopped with the following words:
“ Now stop thy hand ere thou dost further go ;
Cast out by all, when miseries did come on.
have robb’d her of her every peace;
I'll be the woman's friend,
This was written in 1794, when I had not one friend in the world to depend upon, amongst all my religious acquaintance, but only Mrs. Woolland and Mrs. Minifie; and, as to my father's house, they had all forsaken me, brothers and sisters, through unbelief.
The Answer of the SPIRIT.
December 31st, 1813. « Now I shall answer thee. Know the answer I
gave thee then, when thou wert sinking in despair; I said that thou shouldest find me God, and not man; and therefore I should not fail thee. And now appeal to thy own conscience, whether I have not fulfilled the promise that I made thee, to deliver thee out of the hands of these people, who so wounded and dejected thy spirits; because they could not see that thy visitation was from the Lord, but expected the visitation to be to theirselves; and so to theirselves I left them; and, according to iny promises, I raised friends for thee; then now on my promises do thou rely, and thou wilt find all fulfilled in the end.
“ Now I shall call thee back, to judge of thy