A SEA OF THE SEED'S Sufferings, Through which Runs A RIVER OF Rich Rejoycing.

Thick Darkness girds the hours of Death's black day,
A Mourning Seed weeps over her wry Way.
Damosels yet shall their Dowries large possess,
And dance at Marr'age, in the Lamb's Wifes Dress.
But whilst the Earth Blood, as a Garment, wears;
Upon her Face I'le drop my trickling Tears.
In this my Sea, that Soul which wadeth deep,
Shall know my Flood-sluce, and apart shall weep,
Filling his measure under Pharaoh's frown;
His End shall be to wear a weighty Crown.

Written in the Year, 1659, in Rome-Prison of Mad-men, By the extream Suffering Servant of the Lord, JOHN.

London, Printed for Robert Wilson, at the sign of the Black-spread-Eagle and Windmill, in Martins Le Grand, 1661.

To the Congregation in the Valley of Megiddon, which are come to the Mourning, as it was in the Dayes of Hadadrimmon.

I Am a Worm poor and low, which in the Earth doth creep,
Hid as the tender Plant with Snow, in time of winter deep.
So saith the Seed, grievous Oppressions long have bin
My weighty burthens: ages spreading clouds of sin
Have wrapt me up, and roul'd me under trouble;
I stand the same, they perish'd as a bubble.
Hills, Mountains, Rocks have cover'd me, procelsive swelling Seas
Weights, raging waves I feel and see, my burden's without ease
In Egypt's Land, wherein, like as a slave I'm bound,
And made the subject of her Rulers arrows wound;
And in my bleeding state am made the stock,
Which ev'ry heart therein doth hate and mock.
I as the innocent Turtle-dove, that's left without a mate,
Do mourn in secret, full of love, whilst all flesh doth me hate:
And in the Wilderness, like as a helpless Lamb
Doth lie, bleating out grief at side of a dead dam;
And like a Babe at a dead Mothers breast,
Strugling for Milk; so am I without rest.
Doth Vi'lence in the Land flow, and am not I opprest?
I would that all Nations did know, how they have dispossest
Me of th'Inheritance, to which I was Heir born,
And shut me out of doors, and left me as forlorn,
Subject to Sufferings, in a Sea of danger;
In all the Earth a Pilgrim and a Stranger.
Hunger, Thirst, Nakedness, and Cold, yea, pangs of pain I eat,
To which Oppression doth me hold, Tears are my drink & meat;
Sighs in the deeps do gird me, as a swadling-band;
The Night's black womb of wrath's my bondage in the Land.
[Page 4]Oh! where's the Eye that doth my Suff'rings read?
Who am of Jacob's loyns, that Worm and Seed.
Nations, Hosts, mighty Powers as one, in Battle array are set:
Kings, Princes, Multitudes (unknown) their Spears and Swords have whet;
The alienated Jew and Gentil's fallen Will,
Ʋnited are, design'd mine innocent blood to spill:
Gog and Magog's great Host have thus decreed,
To cut down ev'ry branch of Abraham's seed.
I lodg in Deserts under boughs, which thorny trees have spread,
When I would rise, then Hell in Vows moves on this worm to tread
Who am that Grain, against which all the World stands
In wilful Enmity and Wrath, in Troops and Bands:
As thus, as desolate, involv'd in grief,
Left languishing in Earth, without relief.
I speak of flesh, the flesh of Son of Man,
Which past not flaming Sword, nor fiery Fan.
Though I do pant, all flesh is as an Adamant,
My trickling drops man's spirit doth not move
Of sweating blood, encreasing on me as a flood:
Ah! how each day doth he gain-say my love.
My Virtue pure, his Lust abhors, which doth allure
God's host of Angels, in the Heav'ns to wed;
Though I descend, yet mark, man's desperate cursed end,
In Oath he's bound, deadly to wound my head.
What shall I say? Blood is the travel of my day;
Earth's thundring rage, blown forth by Lightning's breath,
Doth post and fly, pursuing Life; Ah! hear my Cry:
What! shall I weep in Oceans deep to Death?
I could not hope but that each sigh and groan,
With ev'ry tear is dropt before God's Throne.

A Song for that Assembly.

HEaring the Seed's fore cryes, my heart did think,
How bitter is the Cup given thee to drink?
And pond'ring well, mine Eye did plainly see,
That, like spread-nets, sorrows have compast thee.
Whilst in the shallow waters I did wait,
Like as the least, I saw thee made the bait,
The little Dolphin's spaun, in ev'ry hour
Pursu'd by Fishes, which would thee devour.
And whilst I waited, the Deeps did me cover,
Wherein I saw, where thou swim'st swift to hover,
The Whale, the Shark, the Porpos, and the Hake
In scools do chase thee fierce, a prey to make:
Holes then in Rocks thou mak'st thy hiding-place,
To save thy Life from their most cruel chase.
Thou swim'st in Deeps the longest course of fears,
There's not another which such Suff'ring bears.
When unto shore I came with lift-up head,
Thy many Woes on Earth I plainly read;
And then in secret said, Sure few do wey
Thy Suff'rings great; hunted as for the prey
Of Wolf, Fox, Lion, Tigar, and of Bear,
Which houl and roar thy Lamb-like flesh to tear.
Wild-Asses snuff up Wind, fed-horses rush
All against thee; Bashan's black Bulls do push
With all their force and might, with strong-set horns,
Pointed like Spears, as sharp as pricking thorns.
The Cockatrice hid in a secret place,
His Jaws hold venom, to spit in thy face.
The Crockadile, with Man's voice feigns his cry
To slay thy life, he weeps in subtilty;
If that in pity thou shouldst haste to see,
What should the cause of such sore mourning be.
Thus, as a snare, in secret he doth watch,
Thy tender Life, his deadly mind to catch.
[Page 6]Whilst standing still, and lifting up mine eye,
Flocks of devouring Birds I did espy,
In th' Air, with watching eyes, soaring aloft.
At which I suddenly conceiv'd the thought,
And in the secret closet of my mind,
I said, They seek the little Wren to find,
Which in much fear in Thickets hid doth lie,
Whilst Hawks and Vultures over thee do fly;
Their Bills and Tallants all prepared are,
Watching thy rising, at thy Life to sparre:
The Eagle flyeth with a fixed will,
To tear thy tender flesh with her strong Bill:
The Ostrich great, which Iron can digest,
Prepares her appetite on thee to feast:
The cruel Dragon of the Wilderness,
Pursues thee fierce in time of thy distress,
With clashing wings and scales, flying most swift,
As if to find thee, Heaven and Earth would sift;
He spues out deadly venom, as a fluction;
Restless in life, whilst seeking thy destruction.
The fiery-flying Serpent's flaming breath
Spreads burning in the Earth, seeking thy Death,
Many a subtil twist with tayl, and wrench
With head and body, he works to entrench
Upon the borders of thy Liberties,
Thereby to catch thee as a prey and prize:
He stretches Wings in Elements most high,
Burning in flames, as he his course doth fly
Aloft, ascending, shining in the Air,
As if he were a blazing-star most fair;
And as the Polisher of Hell's wombs snares
In sort most subtile sets his blocks and bars,
Thy pure path to pervert, and cause to stumble
Thee unto losse of Life, thou sweet and humble.
Mine Eye reverted to the Earth again,
I saw the ground, in which thou long hast lain:
The sight was sad, a pure Lilly-seed
Compast with ev'ry noisom hurtful Weed;
[Page 7] Thistles and Brambles over thee aspires,
With choaking Thorns, and destructive Bryars.
Through cloven Mountains things I clearly did
Behold, which in Earth's womb in Deeps lay hid,
A Treasure vast of Silver and of Gold
Of price uncounted, never by man told.
Though sad to cite the shape in which it lay,
Like ragged Rocks in Oar, in hue like Clay;
Absconding Virtue, whilst not separate
From the corrupted dross and Reprobate,
Wanting its splendor illustrious and bright,
Which purg'd, is seen by ev'ry open sight.
Beneath the Oceans, which the Earth doth measure,
Mud, Sands, and Craggy Rocks conceal a Treasure;
The Carbuncle, and ev'ry precious Gem;
The Saphir, Pearl, and the Diadem,
The Rubie, Emerauld, and Onix-stone,
With what's unnam'd, and unto man unknown:
Besides, in her dark womb I saw reveal'd
A smother'd substance, in whose bowels seal'd,
Is all fulness of Virtue and Perfection;
But what avails? Death's chains hold in subjection.
Have I not therefore all day long to cry,
Oh! Sorrows, Woes, Oh! immense Misery?
Verily, since these things I've seen and felt,
My heart within me like as Wax doth melt:
Oh! Pressures, Pressures, Bleedings, Sorrows, Cryes!
Remembring Jacob, tears run down mine Eyes;
My Bed's sore pangs, my Cup holds Woes, deep measure;
I wrap my soul in care, despising pleasure.
Thou Drop, Thy Channel's more than many Brooks,
On Thy Grief's Streams my mourning spirit looks;
Yea, for thy sake my Bowels are a River,
Pour'd on the ground's, my Reins, my Heart and Liver.
Whilst carnal, did I then a thought retain,
That Man so bruitish was in his disdain?
Was it conceived by me in the least,
His Nature more Oppressive than the Beast?
[Page 8]Nay: 'twas not clear in substance comprehended,
That he from Nature's bonds was thus descended;
Instead of Perseverance, vile Regression,
Disjoyn'd from Mercy, united to Oppression.
Oh Seed! how much more might mine heart encite?
Too tedious for my Hand and Pen to write;
Thy more abundant Suff'rings than what man,
Yea, all below the Sun, discover can.
How like an hungry wand'ring Orphant poor,
With bleeding Bowels, thrust from ev'ry Door,
By Cruelty of what's thine own bereav'd;
Though coming to thine Own, yet not receiv'd!
There's not a Covenant in Earth so true,
Nor Law so just, to give to Thee thy due,
Of Pitty, Mercy, Justice, all deny'd;
Of Men abhor'd, despis'd, of all defi'd.
When I saw these, and many secrets more
Of Sorrows, which I have seal'd up in store,
And plainly knowing that beyond Conception,
Grief is thy Portion, through Man's ill Rejection.
The matter deeply sank into my heart,
And there stuck fast, like as a wounding dart.
The more I mus'd, the more my thoughts increast:
VVhat shall I say? I'l signifie the least.
VVhat all? yea, all, and more than I do mention,
Feeds thy sad soul with sighs, Ah! doleful pension.
What all? yea all Kings, Peoples, and their Powers,
Their fenced Cities, Fortresses and Towers.
VVhat all? yea all, built wilfully as Babel,
With the same mind, which Cain slew just Abel.
VVhat all? yea, all, against thee are decreed,
To leave thee Root, nor Branch, nor as a Seed.
VVhat all? yea, all's thy destiny and fate,
The VVorld's Oath to hold the Captivate.
Pond'ring, Interrogation mov'd in me;
Saying, How shall this Seed deliver'd be?
VVho can the troubled Hosts on Earth suppress,
Without which, Can he Life and Peace possess?
[Page 9]How can it be conceiv'd, and much less spoken,
Hell's strength and stratagems all to be broken?
Who can rip up Foundations of Mountains,
And fix Bars on the Doors of unclean Fountains?
VVho knows the Night's course of the Wolf and Fox?
And who can trace the Serpent's path on Rocks?
VVho can shew measure just of ev'ry flight
Of all the Screech-Owls, and the Bats by night?
VVho can trace twists, and search depths of all Holes,
Which are the secret paths of the blind Moles?
I ask of all the worldlings wise as Fools,
Can you still Cockling-Races, or Whirl-Pools?
VVho can convert Flames into flakes of Snow?
And, who can stop the Ebb, and make to flow?
Can Procreation be without a Dame?
And, who can ever make a Panther Tame?
VVho can make Seas like unto the least Fountain?
And make a little Stone, a mighty Mountain?
How shall this be e're in succeeding dayes;
Jacob's most small and low, who shall him raise?

Let all Generations henceforth and for ever know, That the most High GOD hath his secret habitation with the QUAKER and TREMBLER at His Word, as may appear by the Glory of the Voice of his Majesty.

I girt my Loyns with strong Steel-bands of fear,
Dread fill'd my house, whilst Jah's face did appear,
My Vitals all became a Silver Stream,
In substance, melted not, as in a Dream,
Nor under bonds of Magick's gloomy hour;
But in true feeling of Coelestial Power.
Jehovah's Love, in Life did move,
and Wonders did enquire,
Of this Worm low, that I might know
the strength of Flames of Fire.
Standing a little still, I heard, as read,
A Voice ascending out of Deeps in dread.
My Int'rogations quickly had an end,
The Word responsive did me comprehend;
Things sealed up in Eternal Decree
From Ages past, in great fear compast me;
So dreadful was the Word, which oft did make
Me in my motion stagger, reel and quake.
Thus said the Lord, Hear Man, and I'l demand,
VVho round the swelling Seas hath fixt dry Land?
VVho's he that maketh ev'ry Fish's way?
And, who doth bar the Night, and open Day?
VVho hath created Wonders in the Deep?
And who feeds Worms which in her bottoms creep?
Where's he who by his Wisdoms words or wishes,
That's able t'answer me among the Fishes?
The Lempits spaun, what Man hath seen to tell?
And how gain'd she her Cov'ring of a Shell?
VVho gave her strength fast to the Rock to cleave,
That no Fish else of life can her bereave?
Can Man this secret unseal and unlock,
Whether another substance than the Rock
Doth she feed on? let him in Wisdom speak,
What Instrument hath she the Rock to break?
VVho knows the Spaun which Cockles & Musles shed,
And what's the substance wherewith it is fed?
VVho knows the time of their Natures conception,
And when's the moment brought unto perfection?
VVho leads the Wrinckles over Mountains high
Of craggy Rocks, which in the Oceans lye?
VVho built the House which she bears on her back,
Wherein she's hid, as in a sealed Sack?
Her one Scale opens and shuts; it's her Door,
Wherewith she seals salt moysture up in store,
That when the Ebb her Lodge to Air doth give,
Till Flood returns she hath enough to live.
VVas it by Art of wise Princes or Kings,
Or, who gave to the flying Fish her wings?
[Page 11]VVhich when pursu'd by other Fishes great,
That would her Life destroy, and Body eat,
Therewith in ev'ry Chase, Life to defend,
Doth out of Natures Element ascend.
Who gave the Dolphin her dear tender Love,
And made her swiftest which in Seas do move?
Who made two Fishes Weapons for to wear,
Whereby they swim, dreadful with Sword and Spear;
Though being little, and in substance small,
Yet are a Terrour to the mighty Whale?
VVho makes the Oyster gape with ardent heat
In Summer-time, as if she wanted meat?
And whilst yet thus her shells stand open wide,
Who taught the Crab-fish to draw near her side,
And with his claw a Stone therein to put,
Whereby to save her life, she cannot shut?
And thus is made the other Fishes Bait,
Which for the same takes time to watch and wait.
VVho gave some Fishes fins, others walking leggs,
And makes some spaun, and others to lay Eggs?
VVho hatches Tortles Eggs hid in the Sand,
And who sustains their Life by Sea and Land?
VVho of a Seed hath made thee flesh and bone,
And whereof made I every precious Stone?
Of what's compos'd Earth, Trees and ev'ry Plant?
And which was first, LIGHT, or the ADAMANT?
Who answers? What, can Man reveal to me
The substance whereof I compos'd the Bee?
Who knows his Art which makes the Honey-comb?
And, who made Man before a Woman's Womb?
VVhat's the Infusion, who can it resemble,
Which at the Cock's-Crow makes the Lyon tremble?
The same which fills the Elephant with fear,
When that a Mouse before him doth appear.
VVho taught Jack-halls to hunt the Lyon's prey,
And Pilot-fish, to lead the Shark her way?
One knows the thing, which to all flesh seems strange,
How that Camelion her self doth change
[Page 12]Into all Colours, perfect White excepted,
Which by the Law for Man's meat is rejected.
I bend th'exalted flames of Phoebus low,
Autumn to usher Winter's birth of Snow,
Her Travel, as a Vest, on Earth doth spread,
Wherein the Night-steps of Wild-beasts are read;
VVhich though the girdings of the Night conceals
Day dawned, printed Lines to Man reveals.
Though Lions roar, and Wolves do howl and bark,
Panther, with them I sent to Noah's Ark;
A golden thrid I've given with clear sight,
To measure the blind Bats and Screech-Owls flight,
The Moles dark paths, a Laborynth obscure,
Yet scrutal Worm doth comprehend it sure.
He which hath Mose's Rod in Shiloh's Day,
Over a Rock can trace a Serpent's way.
I built the Seas on each hand as a Wall,
Which sav'd a Seed, and on an Host did fall.
Remains there yet another doubtful thing,
Which He that made all, cannot to light bring?
WORM, where wert thou ere Adam saw a Day?
Or, who hath counsel'd me in mine own way?
Did I choose Compounds, what man can me tell,
To make a simple, Poyson to expel?
Or, chose I Drugs, beneath Lifes proper seal,
To make a Salve all Sores and Wounds to heal?
Sought I mixt Medicines the Plague to cure,
Or Lethargy, which loaths Purgation pure?
Logicians, Lawyers, Chymists and Star-gazers,
Make Smoak in Tophet, they of Men amazers.
Arts painted Image with Apology,
Is but the Wash-pot of Theology,
Which tracks out Hirelings in their subtil traces,
And spreads with Dung Baals Diviners faces;
VVhilst Light reveals, a shovel is their tongue,
Which in the Bride-groom's room heaps noisom dung
So dung for dung, repaid's their equal way,
Till their work's up, and wrath cuts down their stay.
[Page 13]In number of the Just they shall not rise;
As the tree falls, it so consuming lies.
For Mammon's sake they have the Just opprest,
The Simple to deceive, my Law they wrest.
They rob the Poor, and raven Widdows bread,
With Joy of Orphants spoils they crown their head.
Wherefore's I live, I'll fill their Cup with Woe,
Th' effects of Vengeance shall their banks o'reflow.
And he which slips the Day giv'n to repent,
In Judgment's hour from hope of Life, I'll rent.
Where's the Philosopher? what hath he found,
Raking up Rubbish of black Egypt's ground?
The cause of courses natural, which move
With all effects, spring from a root of Love,
VVhich Wisdom swaddles with a golden band,
He builds not Babel, nor trusts Art of hand.
VVheels out of frame do make the whole work jar,
Fractions pursue whilst Man's bound in a snare,
Through what his Love unnatural compounds
Of Roots, Stones, Oare, and Dirt of divers grounds.
It's but one simple Virtue doth unfold,
VVhich touching Mettals makes all pure Gold.
VVho studies Wisdom? there's at each man's stall
Teaching a Seed, he which hath one hath all;
But Man whose Wisdom doth exalt his thought,
VVithout the Key of Rocks, his All is nought;
His Rule, Progression is; his own Reduction,
His Joy and Pleasure prints his own Destruction.
VVho answers me among the Fowls of Heaven,
Which in the Ark were sav'd by numbers seven?
Since Noah's day, who all their encrease took,
And registred their numbers in a Book?
Who couples them in season, as yoak't even?
I'l yet demand of Man concerning seven.
Who gave the Wren her treble Voice to sing,
Consorting Musick with the Timbrel string;
And in much Joy, sav'd from an evil chance,
Makes her in Summer in Vine branches dance?
[Page 14]The Red-breast's shril Notes singing on a Rock,
Sounds as a Shepherd piping to his Flock;
VVho gave the love which she bears in her breast,
And Innocency for a seat of rest?
VVho makes the Thrush in Spring-time to rejoyce,
And gifted her with a loud chanting Voice?
VVho gave the Hand her quavering Keys to feel,
And guides the same, which turns her Cymbal-wheel?
VVho Black-birds whistle, which makes Woods to ring?
Sweet Valleys eccho whilst yet she doth sing,
In Deserts; who from under shadows mute
Raiseth her Voice to sing unto the Lute?
VVho fills the Nightingale with Harmony,
Her Tune transcending all in Air that fly?
VVho strain'd her seven strings unto perfect tryal?
Which makes the Musick on her well set Vyal;
VVho makes the Lark ascend with out-stretcht wing,
A Song of Melody on high to sing?
Who hath her Organ unto sweet Notes bound,
And blows the Bellows for her Pipe to sound?
And who hath given unto the Turtle-Dove
Her mind of Chastity and pure Love,
And made her of her Mate so dear a Lover,
That chusing ONE, she'l never chuse Another?
Th'united Harmony let it be penn'd;
Musical Consort never shall have end,
Who hastes these seven in flight with wide-spread wings
In Orion's house to feast on flesh of Kings?
Sit silent Sodom, for it's Sion's Seed,
Which in the seven-seal'd Roll do run and read.
I gave my servant Moses a pure measure,
But now to Shiloh a more glorious Treasure;
VVhose Day shall give an Holy Seed to see,
Unto him gather'd multitudes to be.
Can Man yet answer Me in open fields,
Amongst the tender Plants which the Earth yeelds?
Who makes the Grass to grow, and Plant to spring,
The Lilly seed, and ev'ry fragrant thing?
[Page 15]Can he by all his Wisdom, Will, or Power,
VVith all his Compounds, new, create one Flower,
VVhich of Earth's substance shall partake and feed,
And flourish, yeelding perfect seeding Seed?
Can he the nature of the Lilly's Seed,
Change into an offensive hurtful Weed?
Or else the Virtue of the Primrose-plant,
And Violet by all his Wisdom, scant?
How knows he when the virtu's more or less?
Hath he to Curse, and have not I to BLESS?
Knows he that Plant which grows in Woods obscure,
Whose root of Pestilence is perfect cure?
I've seen Physicians, Herbals large, which want
Description of that fragrant Root and Plant:
Doth he know which of ev'ry Seed shall grow,
Whilst yet in hope he spreads his hand to sow?
Or when in blade sprang up new-shot in ear,
Is he assur'd which Reed shall encrease bear?
Who dwells in Deeps, where Virtues life reposes,
Hid in the Root, which odours gives to Roses?
VVho knows where Pleiades hath built his Bowre
Of Spices, deck't with ev'ry fragrant Flower?
VVho in the Earth hath digg'd so deep to see
Him cloath'd with Sap of ev'ry fruitful Tree?
VVho spreads the Vine-leaf as a Summer-shade,
And as with Jewels, doth her branches lade?
She prospers pleasant in the Valleys low,
In Vintage making Fats to overflow.
Can Man, whose Study's but as mudled mire,
Make Plants in Eden spring of sparks of fire?
Whilst vertuous Shiloh, which in flames reposes,
Of burning Coals makes sprout forth Damask Roses,
Which Mortals know not with which hand to handle,
Whose Light's thick Darkness, spread by Shiloh's Candle:
To whom all souls must come by Transformation,
To know the Work mysterious of Salvation,
He's full possest, which in his right hand reads
His Line of Life unto Perfection leads;
[Page 16]Which seals the doom of his most woful state,
Whom death cuts off, in sin's chains captivate.
Who answers me in word of Visitation,
Which perfect tryal brings on ev'ry Nation?
Who can set bars by strength of his right hand
To bolt out famine, sent to smite a Land?
Where is that King which on the Earth doth reign,
Which fire, sword, and plague can bind and chain?
And who can say, but those, and many more
My Judgements, yet a little held in store
Shall quickly sweep the earth, and in this wise
Cut off all lovers of their lusts and lies?
VVho numbred hath the arrows of my quiver,
Prepar'd for battle, Jacob to deliver?
Have I not said, there is for him a day
At hand, and am I yet to seek the way
In which mine own unsearchable Decree
In all earth's compass perfected shall be?
Can man's frail life and strength on his back bear
The weight of my sheild, buckler, sword, and spear?
Let vain man answer in his pride and lust,
VVho made all Nations in ONE of the dust?
Or, who gave Counsel, or materials brought,
To assist me in all that I have wrought?
VVill he not understand amid'st his joy,
That he which made, can ALL at once destroy?
Kings, Princes, Nations, all degenerated,
Have they more strength than what's of dust created?
To David's sling, what is Goliah's spear?
If I strike Dread, who's he that shall not fear?
I could yet question man, time without end,
VVhilst, in a word, all things I comprehend;
But that in folly he himself may know,
I'll sum up all in ONE of what's below.
Can man whose contract in death's-day stands dated,
Create a work of what's not yet created?
VVorm, where wert thou before the sun ascended?
Or e're that I my first days work had ended?
[Page 17]Or, where when the first fixed Stars did sing
A joyful Song of Praise to their high King?
Moreover, I demand vain man to prove,
Can he yet answer me in Heav'ns above?
Can man the Storms rebuke? or, can he check
The moving Winds? are Whirlewinds at his beck?
Can He the Heavens Influences sweet
Turn back, and cause that in the season meet,
Nor Heat, nor Cold, times tepid, Dews nor Rain
Shall be in all succeeding dayes again?
Can Man Heav'ns bright Clouds in his weak hand hold?
Or, all the moving Constellations fold,
And roul up in a secret place to hide
Them, where they never more shall be espied?
Or, is He such a Powerful Commander,
That at his beck all fixed Stars shall wander?
Can mortal Man in his corrupted will
Stop the Moon's course, or, make the Sun stand still?
Can he the Morning spot, or the Sun stain?
Or, can he Thunders bind, or Lightnings chain?
Can Man his hand to the third Heav'ns streatch,
And therewith violently make a breach
Through bars of Brass, which bolt fast doors of Steel,
Much more in substance than Earth's Orb or Wheel,
And so lay waste in his fond will and pleasure,
What's there contain'd of Jacob's certain treasure?
Could he do all these, still I'm far above
The Heav'n of Heav'ns, where nought besides doth move,
Can Man cut off Strong-fire-all's renting Claws?
Or draw his Teeth out of his burning Jaws?
Doth Man's Eye make him tremble with a look?
Or, can he tear his heart out with a hook?
Each of his Joynts are as an Iron hill,
His Teeth grinds Carcasses, as in a Mill;
His Nostrils flames seeth in his Cauldron Whales,
And fryes the flesh of Kings in his cast Scales:
He gapes like Gulphs, as if he hungry were,
Thirsting for Blood, he roars the Prey to tear;
[Page 18]His Furnace fire in Brain-pan of his head,
Boyls Cauls and Blood of every heart, fat fed.
Can Man his brazen skin rent as a rag?
Or joynt his tayl, which Ocean's deeps do drag?
He waves his Wings over his Steel-barr'd Cage,
And Storms impetuous move in roaring rage;
The foaming Seas, like Mountains full of breaches,
His Motion turbulent, her Womb's deeps reaches;
His glazed sparkling Eyes appear most fierce;
Nor Shot, nor Weapon can his Body pierce;
Steel, Brass and Iron unto him are straws,
Their strength sev'n times compos'd's not like his Claws,
He shakes his Back, which makes his Scales to rattle,
Like shouts and clashings of a dreadful Battle:
Hath Man yet seen the measure of his Bow,
And Arrows length? Or, how came he to know
His Golden Shrouds, Six over ev'ry shade,
The Seventh shuts in the Mould that he hath made?
He walks in secret in the deepest dark,
And leaves his Relique, it's a fiery spark;
He marks his Path out by a Line obscure,
If two would walk therein, one's snar'd most sure.
Can he whose Fame spreads as Ahithophel,
Reach round that Sphear which is his lowest Cell?
All's mean to me, which in thine Ear I sound;
Heights reach not me, nor Deeps the most profound.
VVorm, where wert thou before Time did commence,
And, what stood then against me as defence?
VVho then was with me counselling in decree?
Or, what, doth Man think Time hath alter'd Me?
Man's mighty Mountain's now to me no more
Than 'twas ere Light past through Heav'ns open dore.
I see the Counsels, Leagues, and Pow'rs of Hell,
Satan and his Angels in that black Cell:
The Divil had time with him that first did sin,
And before that his reign did not begin.
VVho yet, as Prince in Earth and Air doth reign,
But is appointed unto Seal and Chain.
[Page 19] Death and Hell's Leagues, I'le disanul and save
Jacob, from her wide Jaws and loathsom Cave;
It's One which all performs, who will not scant
The just fulfilling of his Covenant.
I'm He in Judgment and Truth, changing never,
Yesterday the same, this day, and for ever.
God's glorious Sound did me confound,
yea, and my Bowels break;
Yet then as I, most low did lye,
his Mercy heard me speak.
Oh! Thou which rent'st the Heav'ns, and mak'st the Earth to reel,
And overturnest all, like as a running Wheele,
Hear me, O GOD, I pray, a little to declare,
Who am in all things before Thee nak'd and bare.
Thou measur'st Deeps beneath as the bredth of a hair,
And as a span, the Heav'ns high, most bright and fair;
Thy present Word and Power mine inward parts doth break,
Oh! hear me yet a little, let me further speak;
Mine eyes, mine eyes run down, this Flame my heart doth melt,
I sow my tears as seed, since this Thy Pow'r I've felt;
I'm very poor and low, like the least worm that creeps
In th'Ocean's belly, swallowed with the immense Deeps:
O GOD before Thee what am I? hear me, I pray,
And till I have declar'd, turn not thy Face away.
My bredth is as a Razor's edge, that's newly set,
My height, as the bredth of a Needle's point sharp whet;
Yea, comprehended is my stature with a thought,
Unto thy Greatness, I'm, but as a thing of nought.
I couch, I bend, I bow before thee in thy Throne,
Thy Reign is Pow'r and Life, to corrupt man unknown.
And the Lord answered me through the Clouds of the Morning Dewes, in a clear serene Day of the early Spring.
THou Son of Man, lift up thine head and hear,
Thou naked art, therefore I say, draw near.
Like as a broken Bow thou shalt not start
From my Testimony, written in thy heart;
But with thy strength, enclin'd in pure fear
And dread, thou shalt witness of my NAME bear.
Moreover, Son of Man, give ear to me,
And I will make thee Counsels deep to see:
Behold the Drop of Blood which in the Earth doth lye,
Hath from her drowning Deeps raised a Cry,
Which like as Lightning's arrows most swift are,
It hath ascended above ev'ry Star;
And pierc'd Heav'ns barrs, and mov'd me in my Throne,
In Righteousness to weigh the Cry and Groan:
But I the LORD which Counsel do reveal,
Do charge thee that the Secrets thou dost seal,
From ev'ry unclean, corrupt, vult'rous eye,
For whom's the WO and Dregs of misery;
How it shall be say not; dwell thou in Me,
Who hath a Sword and Scale giv'n thee to see,
With many other Instruments of praise,
Held in one hand that Drop of Blood to raise;
But thus thou may'st prophesie and dispense,
A Drop of Blood shall be a Sea immense;
A little Stone shall be an open Fountain,
And a dry bone shall be a mighty Mountain.
Moreover, in a day it comes to passe,
A Diamond spark shall cut an Earth of Brasse,
And all the Waters under Heav'ns divide
That open passage be from side to side
Of every Island, and all firm Lands,
A mighty Host to march in Troops and Bands,
[Page 21]Rais'd of a Root, Earth's Globe to compass round,
To seek the Lost until that it be found;
And in that Day shall be a dreadful Wonder,
A panting Worm shall be a Voice of Thunder;
The lower cloudy Heav'n's compos'd of Steel,
Which bands Earth's brazen Circle like a Wheel,
That Orb also, with what encrease it yeelds
In fenced Gardens, or in open Fields,
In a moment shall melt away like Wax,
As with the sudden flames of burning Flax,
Kindl'd by motion and glance of a spark,
Which Dust and Ashes cover in the dark;
Yet in the fiery flames there shall remain.
As unconsum'd, a little simple grain,
But all in Earth besides shall burn as Tow,
And perish, as the Sun dissolves the Snow.
Preach this to proud flesh which doth vainly boast,
A Mustard seed shall be a mighty Host,
Which shall a Standard pitch, and Ensign spread,
VVherein Conquest in Battels shall be read;
And then the Worm which hath crept maim'd and halt
In Ages past, I highly will exalt;
VVhich I've anointed as King of Salom,
To reign for ever in Jerusalom;
To him that ent'reth then within her Gate
I'll give to see the thing that I create,
A Lion fierce, a Lamb, a Lamb, a Lion
VVhich shall roar out of the Mountain Sion;
VVhose sound shall be as Trumps unto the Battle,
VVhich in the four winds shall ring and rattle;
So dreadful shall the Ecchoes then rebound,
That all the Dead shall hear, buried in ground;
The Sea shall give up what lies in her Womb,
With Death, and ev'ry Sepulchre and Tomb;
Then He shall judge all which do Judgment wrest,
Perverting Truth, which have the Poor opprest:
And as I live, I'll spread his face and brow
Seven-fold more wide than are the Heav'ns now;
[Page 22]And ev'ry Eye shall see what they have hated,
A Worm, Innocent, mine own created:
His frown shall be the World's WO and DREAD,
Yea, ev'ry soul to Him shall bow the head;
His Eye shall pierce the secrets of all hearts,
And in the Guilty shall fix wounding darts;
VVhich no flesh living shall at all remove,
The Recompence of their despite of love.
His breath as Lightnings, piercing as a Lance,
In dreadful flames on ev'ry soul shall glance,
Fulfilling Vengeance in the Wicked's heart,
Ev'rlasting burnings, never to depart.
Yea, with his breath all pure Gold shall melt,
Which in Heav'ns Treasure shall be seen and felt;
And pure Silver shall run down as streams,
With th'ardour of his Rayes and burning beams:
Lift up thine head, the DAY draws very nigh
In which this WORM I will exalt on high;
And I the JEALOUS mov'd for his relief,
Do charge thee wait in content and belief;
In th'Ark of the New-Testament abide,
And in its secret desk see that thou hide
The written Rolls of Fire and pure Gold,
Until the Word shall be, Thou maist unfold:
The Sum of all thus seal'd up in thy breast,
Lye down in Peace in the Lamb's Endless Rest.

To the Children of the Day.

NO Dammage, hurt nor loss, but Gain's won in the Cross.
Let Patience all things bear, in Trembling and in Fear.
Content thy Mate, in ev'ry state, leads to the entrance through the Gate,
Where all within, in Joy do sing, and Crowns of Life do wear.
[Page 23]At large I may not say, what I this Holy Day
In pleasure do possess, whilst foes do me oppress,
But will proceed, to shew the need, of Jacob small that bruised reed,
That it may rouse, LIFE as a Spouse, to woo Him in distress.
This thing may many prove,
behold, stretcht wings of Sion's Turtle Dove,
in swiftest course of flight do move,
with weight of wooings unto love;
A little simple Wren,
waits with the Pen,
in clear sight
to write,
A Son of Sion which in ardour pants
Unto Jerusalom's Inhabitants,
Provok'd in spirit, greeting to transmit,
Doth of the same hereby himself acquit:
Upon the Sabbath day which God hath blest,
I waited in the Temple of his Rest,
Until I saw a little moving Stone,
To open as a Roll before the Throne,
Wherein was written Mysteries profound,
With many Prophecies, which compast round
My soul in deeps of Contemplations,
Oh! Immense, Immense Revelations.
Though I'm a Worm to speak unto an Host
Of Heav'n, yet mov'd in the Holy Ghost,
I stand up arm'd with Courage, in Life bold,
In Fear and Trembling, lest I should withhold
To pay the Obligation, as my due,
Discharged thus, by spreading in your view.
There is an Orphant in the Wilderness,
VVhich wanting Bread, languisheth in distress;
I cannot in a secret place repose,
To hide my self from the afflicted's Woes,
[Page 24]Most grievous Cryes, the Ecchoes as a Dart
And piercing Lance, wounds me unto the heart.
Oh! you on whom the glorious Sun doth shine,
Unto my Voice your open ear encline.
Jerusalem a substance doth possess,
Which can remove that bleeding Worm's distress.
The Liberal Hand is this day meet to measure
A Portion of the Consecrated Treasure,
For the Redemption of the Captivate,
From the Chains of his sore oppressed state.
Give ear ye Sons and Daughters to this WORD,
Unto Jerusalom Thus saith the LORD:
This WORD shall be his burthen which conceals,
and shuts himself up under Clouds, and seals
His Life and Portion in obscurity,
Starting from Zeal, the flame of Purity,
Relinquishing Life's motion, keeping back
The thing which the oppressed Seed doth lack.
Remember ye the Antient Prophets race,
Whose life stood not at all in time or place,
But wand'red as Pilgrims and as Strangers
In all the Earth, without respect of Dangers,
Some dragg'd to Suff'rings, and to Tortures hurl'd,
Some slain, of whom worthy was not the World;
I'm directed to him, mov'd to partake
Of Tryal's pledge; whilst yet for the Seed's sake
Like as a Lamb I bleat, I bleed, I roar,
Like as a Lion in the Gate and Door,
The entrance of the Palace of the King,
Blowing my breath on ev'ry living thing.
Stand up thou simple, stagger not at all,
The Voice is GOD'S, which secretly doth call:
Yeeld unto Him, with whole affection bent,
The RACE is sure, thou run'st as him that's sent.
Ye called to the labour of the Day,
Take Instrument in hand, and come away
All Plowers, Planters, Pioneers and Miners,
With Reapers, Threshers, Fanners and Refiners,
[Page 25]Proceed in strength each one in his Vocation,
To see Redemption of the whole Creation.
You valiant Souldiers, which the Weapons wear
Of War, the Javelin, Dart, the Sword and Spear,
Appear as Champions in Earth's open field,
With Ensign, Standard, Buckler, Bow and Shield.
Unto the Battel let the Trumpet sound,
Avenge in Earth until the LOST be found,
Aim right and shoot the arrows of your Quiver,
To pierce Gog's Host unto the heart and liver;
And GOD Eternal with most high renown
Of Victory, all the Couragious crown.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in the Power,
Remembring You, I'm as a dropping showre,
Mine yearning bowels like to Wax do melt,
Ah! let me by you all be seen and felt.
My Life salutes you with an Holy Kiss,
Transmitted by the Lips of Heaven's bliss.
Love clasps Life, with dear embraces
Of Vertue's arms in Joy and Pleasure,
Reading the sweetness of the Graces
Wrapt up in Life, Ah! heav'nly Treasure.
To Life, as the Mate of a Dove
I'm bound in unknown endless Love:
Let ev'ry Lamb
Of the true Dam
Read how your Life my soul doth move.
Thoughts are fixt fast in my breast,
Deeply anchor'd in my heart.
May it be said LOVE hath opprest?
Then you'r my wound: ah! piercing Dart.
Sure had not He which doth reveal
Your brightness, giv'n a Leaf to heal
My Maladies,
In counsel wise,
Death had on me set her seal.
Dear Salutation as Embassage
I send to Heaven's blessed Host,
Though not as if I had made passage,
Relinquishing sweet Sion's Coast,
But with you for ever bound
In God's Covenant profound,
And Glorious Day
Which leads the way,
And saves out of the cursed ground.
Your smell is as a fragrant Flower,
Your tast more pleasant than sweet Wine,
I feel you in th'Eternal Power,
I see most clear your faces shine;
Your sound as Melody mine ear
(Of Cymbals, Lutes and Trumps) doth hear,
The piercing Voice
Makes heart rejoyce,
And Love's clear eye to drop a Tear.
You'r built upon an Holy Mountain,
A Glorious Palace for the King;
Your Foundation is Life's Fountain,
Angels beholding, Praises sing
To GOD uncessant all day long,
On David's tun'd Harp, the Lamb's Song.
Let Nations prove,
Hell cann't you move,
The Wonderful hath built you strong.
Roses, Spices, Gems and Gold,
To see all no flesh can pry,
Sion's Treasure vast untold,
Unutterable in mine eye,
You'r the sum which do possess
The Sum in everlasting bless,
Most High Renown,
Your weighty Crown
Shall Kings and Nations to death press.
I bless Him who gives to know
Counsels deep in his own way.
Sion's streams shall overflow
Earth's Wide compass in a day:
All shall yeeld encrease and store,
Creatures trav'ling in pain sore
Shall then be blest,
And not opprest,
Curse remov'd for evermore.
Feel my yearning bowels moved,
Which Mortal cannot comprehend,
Towards You, my Dear Beloved,
In that which never shall have end.
All which GOD'S own Image bears,
And the Lamb's white Garments Wears
With Virtue's grace
Behold my face
As a ground of trickling tears.
Let me pierce the inward parts,
And provoke the souls of all
In the flames of burning hearts,
Which on GOD the LORD do call,
Whilst sweet odours do ascend,
To the Father recommend
Him of Man hated,
The LORD'S created,
Whose Love alone doth Life defend.
That no tender Lamb may bleat
After Me with other Voice,
GOD the Father I entreat
Than which makes my heart rejoyce.
Rest you all in the pure Life,
As the Bride, the Lamb's own Wife,
To live, or dye,
Given up as I,
For Truth a Sacrifice most rife.

To the Seed of the Kingdom, Plants of the Paradise of God; most purely and everlastingly beloved Brethren and Sisters, in the Immortal Life, Congratulation.

CAn I forget that Womb whose Travels were
For me more grievous, than which flesh could bear?
Or bury in Oblivion's Grave, that Breast
Which suckled me? or Cradle of my rest?
Can I requite my Friends as deadly foes?
Or scorn the Bed of Heavenly Joys repose?
Or loath the Waters sweet, of Jacob's Well,
Like Sulphury streams of the infernal Cell?
Can I forget that Hand and living Bread,
VVhich in sore Famine freely hath me fed?
Or drown in Deeps the thoughts of God's own breath
To burst like Judas, strangled unto death?
Nay, for in GOD most merciful and just,
Abides my Confidence, Faith, Hope and Trust.
Ah! Sion, Sion, thy most glorious Life,
Is all to me, my Joy, I am thy Wife:
And therefore if I should make slight of thee,
Then all thy Good would be a sting to me;
Then would my Bowe against me surely bend,
And all my Darts into my Body send,
And all the pointed Arrows of my Quiver,
Would sorely stick fast in my Heart and Liver.
Then would my Sword which on my loins is bound,
Fall sharp on me, and leave a mortal wound:
Yea, then the Teeth of this my Instrument,
Would flesh from bones, and all my Intrals rent.
My Honey would become as Rue and Gall,
And heav'nly showres like snares of Fire would fall
Upon my head; yea, then my pleasant Wine
Would be as molten Lead; and this streight Line
VVould mark out all, even as an equal due,
Which gives clear sight that God's most just and true.
[Page 29]The Oyl which burns within this Lamp of Gold,
Would also me in flames of fire fold:
For then would Shiloh all his currents make
To me, like as the fiery burning Lake;
Should I become like as a turning Vane,
Then this my Bread would be my deadly bane.
My Marrow would become like Pitch and Tar,
In dreadful flames; yea, then the Morning-Star,
Which hath reveal'd his glorious shining Light,
Would gird me in the hideous howling night:
But surely I to God's own Mercy have
Committed all, whose Grace doth freely save;
VVeakness is mine, but strength's in God's own hand,
By which alone in fear, I live and stand,
In Baptism's fire, exceeding John's, who lead
To Jordan's Deeps, whom Herod did behead.
Ah! Babes most dear, with you in that I am,
Which gives to see me as a patient Lamb,
In pure Content, bearing the Yoak and Cross,
Esteeming mortal, but as dung and dross;
In taste of Vertue, of the heavenly Seed,
At God's own Table with you all I feed;
With each low worm in his proper measure,
I drink a dram of the sweet Wine of pleasure,
My soul in Ardency of Life doth say,
I am as near you as the Light the Day.
As firmly fixt, like flesh unto your bones,
As in the Mountains solid Rocks and Stones:
As real in you, though no flesh can see,
As is the Sap in the green Olive Tree:
I've chosen you like as the Turtle-Dove,
To be dissolv'd in this most constant Love.
I want the words of Wisdom's Deep profound,
To shew how deep y'are planted in this ground:
What shall I say unto my heart within?
Where canst thou end, but where thou didst begin?
And there the Rivers run, exceeding measure,
What shall I say of this my Love's vast treasure?
[Page 30]You have much more than this weak hand can write,
For all is yours which Spirit doth endite;
My Spirit's also with and in you all,
Who by the same are saved from the fall.
Can I within me lesse Affection find,
Than Worms or Beasts, who love their proper kind?
Nay, Lambs, ye know in living substance well,
That my Brooks current, mortal doth excel.
For this my Stream towards the Deep doth run,
As doth my Flame ascend towards the Sun.
No wise Philosopher did ever know
The moving Cause why Seas do ebb and flow;
Nor of them all which in their Tombs do lye,
E're saw the Love, which moves the Sun to fly,
In course most swift round Heav'ns widest wheel,
But God's Host now the Cause and Life do feel.
The lesser to the greater is well known,
And each true Nature moves towards its own.
Here's Fire below, the greater Flame's above,
Till twain are joyn'd, they do yearn both in Love.
Th'ore-whelming Floods, which on the Earth were sent
In Noah's day, dropt from the Firmament;
Besides, you see how rainy Clouds do bring,
Refreshing Showres in pleasant time of Spring;
And fills the Fountains which are here below,
And still the Streams unto the Seas do flow,
And all their Tides, wherein they alwayes move,
Shew they've affection to the Floods above.
Now read me and my Love, which tongue can't speak,
To you my Life, which Death nor Hell can break;
Yet still I pray in fear, that God defend
Me from the ill, and save me to the end.
And O ye Branches of the Olive Tree,
Your leaves are shades, and Fruit is life to mee;
God's Wisdom which surpasseth man's devices,
Hath built you as a Bowre of fragrant Spices.
Your Walks are Joyfulness, and Peace your Seat,
Your Life is Bread and Wine, and Love is meat;
[Page 31]My soul is planted in your holy ground,
And here your flames of Love do me surround;
And on your substance, which distills as drops
Of heav'nly Dew, I feed like Honey-sops;
Partaker with you in Community,
Of good in God's House in the Unity;
And in the Stem my Branch with you reposes,
Which bears the Buds, and all the Damask-Roses▪
You are the Bed compos'd of heavenly pleasure
Unto my soul, yea, God's peculiar Treasure.
How purely run these most refreshing streams,
In daily Visions, and Nocturnal Dreams;
The Fulness verily is in the Father,
Who doth our Minds into his Bosom gather,
Like tender Chickens by the Clucking Hen,
Whose Name be prais'd by Life, by Voyce and Pen.
Let me descend from Sion's glorious Mountain,
To shew a Seed the Vale wherein's the Fountain;
For surely I could freely lay down Life,
With Blood, to buy a stranger for my Wife;
For what's so purchased by joynt-consent,
Is as the Seed of Judah's saved Tent;
VVhat? Forreigner, wouldst thou walk in in the Way
Of Life and Peace in this God's saving Day?
Thy whole Affection must in substance bend,
To that which brings to flesh a final end;
And that from Darkness thou the Day mayst know,
The Proud must bow down to the poor and low:
For lo the Sun, which gives the Day her light,
Remains below the Horizon all night.
Such is the Principle and Spark in thee,
Vail'd by Sin's Clouds, whereby thou canst not see
To know the Poor, th'Oppressed, and his Cryes,
VVithin thy Self, which in a Dungeon lies.
Wherefore draw near unto the Earth's short end,
To see the Day-star and the Sun ascend;
For know thou whilst that thou dost there remain,
Assuredly art bound in Death's black Chain;
[Page 32]And whilst thou dost from Mountain run to Hill,
Seeking a Stream to drink thy lustful-fill,
Arrive thou canst not unto Jacob's Well,
For so thou run'st to ring a broken Bell:
Stand still, I'll touch a Stone and thou shalt know,
That Waters in thee out of it shall flow;
In Conscience there's a secret LIGHT within,
VVhich doth distinguish Truth from every sin;
That is of GOD which judgeth works of Evil,
And thoughts in Man mov'd of the tempting Devil;
The Soul which faithfully its Judgment keeps,
Shall know Salvation from the Darkness deeps:
Then follows Faith and Hope, which gives alone,
Th'Internal Knowledge of the vertuous Stone,
Out of which Waters pure of Life do gush,
And in the same's conceal'd the Burning-bush.
Then will his River run, and Flames ascend
Of heav'nly Vertue, which shall never end.
Remember Man the LIGHT within's the Way,
From Darkness dwelling to the Door of Day;
Which leads to Fulness, free from ev'ry doubt,
Obey'd within, possest, but lost without:
And therefore Wanderer at home retire,
Lest that thou sink and perish in the mire.
For that which leads Man from the LIGHT within,
Spurs on the Race to end the Life in sin.
And then of sin in which he lives and dyes,
Shall have his Wage; for as he falls, he lyes.
Yet still my Heart doth in my Body burn,
Towards the Doves, to whose Door I return
With Corn in hand, to spread before their eye,
Upon the Stage whereto they daily flye:
Which is the place whereon they alwayes feed,
Amidst the house wherein their young they breed.
To all the Hungry and the Thirsty Lambs,
I'm broken-Bread, and Wine drawn out in drams.
And of a truth it is my soul's sweet care,
That every Babe may eat and drink a share.
[Page 33]My life in Sion would be alwayes found
Among the Seed, a Salve to every wound;
And perfect Medicine to every grief,
And to th' Opprest an Arm of good relief.
Let not my Love's heart languish under sorrow,
For lo thy JOY approacheth with the Morrow.
The YOKE to Self, and CROSSE to Flesh fly never,
That DEATH may Dye, and LIFE may live for ever;
For, suffering Sword contentedly to slay
The Mortal, thou in Battel win'st the Day;
Then Thine's the Standard, and the Ensign spread,
And thou in Sion know'st the Ruling head,
Then Peace, then Joy, then Pleasures pure abound,
And Solace sweet, as Walls, do thee surround:
Then Sobs and Grief GOD from thy Land doth banish,
And Sighs and Sorrows as a shade do vanish;
Yea, of thy Trouble whilst thou wert forlorn,
Remains not thought, for joy a SON is born.
Wherefore, O Plants, wait in the Spirit meek,
And in the drouth from God the Showres seek;
In which sweet state you shall me witness bear,
God's fulness feeds each low heart full of fear:
Who doth exalt the Spirit of the Humble,
But the Exalted from his Seat doth tumble.
When as the Woods in Summer time are green,
The Thrustle's tune is heard though she not seen
By any Mortal, yet there is an Eye,
Which sees how she from Tree to Tree doth fly,
And doth perceive whence her sweet Notes aspire,
And what's the thing her life doth most desire,
Which is the Book wherein I read your Race,
Beyond wide-Lands, Seas, Time and utmost Space.
And here with you I rest, I live and dwell,
Like Silk-worms hid in one wrought case and shell;
Yea, lodged in a secret suckling Breast,
Like as the young ones in the Turtles Nest.
Dear Lambs, true number of the Shepherd's tale,
As one by one I hug and kisse you all:
[Page 34]Remembring you, I drop like molten Marrow,
Yea, rent, like Fallow torn with the Harrow.
Ah! feel my Bowels, which like Rain distills,
And runs like Rivers down the steepest Hills:
Yea, touch my panting heart and thereby learn,
My soul most frequent after you doth yearn.
I'm Ravished beholding Vertue's graces,
Of Heaven's Glory to o're-spread your faces;
And cannot utter how my deeps abound,
Of love to you, which in the Life are found.
You'r at the Fountain pure, I plainly see,
And so am I, yet still remember me:
There in the Spirit of Life, Joy, and Peace,
Pray for your Brother, pray and never cease;
For I am God's and Yours in every Tryal,
The which you know full well without denial:
So read me, You, We, One, through Life's infusion,
In the first Principle, and last Conclusion.


THy Beauty hath enamoured me in Vertue's Lodge of Rest,
A flaming Torch thine eye may see of Love burns in my breast;
Thou art the Stone which doth my Spirit whet,
Like as the Razor which is newly set:
Ah! feed my Edge that's ground exceeding sharp,
To sing thy Vertue's praise to David's Harp.
For as an Host in Sion's Coast,
of much more strength than Nations;
Thou dost arise before mine eyes,
in all my Contemplations.
Here ends what was written in Rome-Prison of Mad-men.

To the Black Power.

OH Earth hear this, Oh Earth, thy doleful End and Doom,
God comes to sweep the Nations in dread as with a Broom;
His mighty Day's at hand, the World to fan and purge,
To visit all the Wicked, with his sore Plagues and Scourge.
Oh Egypt, Sodom, thy Inhabitants must know,
The Wind and Breath of GOD over thy Land to blow,
To curse th'encrease of Cattle, and all which thou call'st good,
Thy Corn, and Wine, and Oyl, and all encrease of Food:
And what one Plague doth leave, another shall devour,
Till seven Vials of Wrath God on thy Land doth pour;
Thy Fountains he'l dry up, like standing Pools of mud,
Thy Princes fairest Wells also shall become Blood:
The Flower of thy Field, the Herb and Grass that's green,
The Locusts come to eat that none in thee be seen,
God from thee all thy strength and praise will rend and tear,
And compass thee full sore, with trembling and with fear:
Thou would'st not let the Holy Seed free for to go;
Therefore upon thee comes sore pangs of Wrath and Wo.
Ye Pharaohs of the Earth saith GOD, What is your Host?
Why say ye, What is GOD? Why do ye vainly boast?
For GOD in Righteousness to save his Seed hath sworn
Throughout the Land to slay, and cut off the First-born.
You'r folded in the thickness of the cloudy night;
Yet GOD for Isr'el hath prepar'd a shining LIGHT,
Whose Seed he'll lead by strength and pow'r out of your Land,
By his out-stretched Arm and mighty dreadful Hand.
WO then at last when you the SEED pursue and follow,
Saying within your hearts, This Remnant we will swallow:
For there's a Sea that's set as Walls for their Salvation.
A Pit for Sodom's fall, for Egypt thy damnation.
Read this your doleful Doom, you that in darkness dwell,
The portion of the Wicked, the burning Lake and Hell.
Your cursed wicked hearts, have rob'd GOD of his Right,
In that you've chosen Lust, and hated the true Light.

To the Seed of the Kingdom.

BUt Thou, O Holy SEED! a flame art in my breast,
In whose sweet Life my soul hath its true Joy and Rest;
Thy Life's a stream of Peace, which Consolation brings,
And crowns with Glory more than Royalty of Kings.
What shall I liken Thee unto, to shew thy love,
Which stands in Innocency, like the spotless Dove?
Stronger than all that can be nam'd, in which is breath;
Thy Love, thy Light, thy Life, thy Love stronger than Death.
Oh SEED! thou'rt Zion's Covenant, and wedded Band,
Seal of Everlasting Marriage, given under hand;
The Glorious Cloathing of the Lilly Field is thine,
Brighter than Sun or Moon thy Countenance doth shine.
The Nations of the Earth know not, nor can discry
The Diadem, the depth of sight that's in thine Eye;
With Thee I'm fill'd, I flow, I'm overcome with Love,
I'm setled here in Thee, whom Nations cannot move,
Saith Zion now which trav'ls, her Children forth to bring,
That they may witness to the Glory of the King.
Oh travel! full of travel! my soul cryes out in pain!
When shall I see Worm Jacob's rise from loss to gain?
The time of Trouble's come, I'm overwhelm'd with Grief,
Till Jacob's time doth come Redemption and Relief;
The feeling of my sorrows, who's set to see mine hours
Of Lamentations streams; like Brooks, falling like showres.
Oh blessed yet, that I have feeling for to see,
For Jacob's sake my travel, like a little Bee.
Here I would dwell, if happily to see his birth,
Rather than feast in Dive's house t'enjoy his mirth.
Oh SEED thou'rt his Redeemer, when wilt thou his life raise?
That he unto thy Name may be ev'rlasting praise.
And give him a Possession, as his perpetual right,
T'inherit in the Land of Life, thy 'ternal Light.
My head be thou lift up like a fiery Cloud,
To Judgment and to Slaughter, of all the high and Proud;
[Page 37]Oh! bend thy Bow, and shoot thine Arrows and thy Dart,
And pierce the Wicked sore, and wound even to the heart;
Send forth thy dreadful Voices, by Lightning and by Thunder;
Astonish all the Heathen, and make the Nations wonder;
Feed them with Terrors, as thou dost thine own with Bread,
And let the Nations feel thy Vengeance and thy Dread.
Oh! my right hand, draw out thy shining glitt'ring Sword,
Smite all the Shepherds of the Earth with thy pure Word.
Gather thine own Remnant from East, West, North and South,
From all the Sluggards and the slumbring Shepherds mouth.
And bring thy Seed from Death and Darkness, to the Day,
And from the Voice of such as have made them a prey;
Let nothing hinder now, but work and let none let,
Set Gins, set Snares, set Traps, to catch them in thy Net.
They've slain and led thy Seed into Captivity,
Reward them double the Wages of Iniquity;
Cut off, destroy, The SEED Cryes utterly confound,
Pluck up, spare not a branch, nor leave a root in ground;
That we the least, who are thine own, thine own Creation,
May sing much Praise of Thee, the LORD of our Salvation.
Let all the Heavens shout, for BABYLON's undone;
Let all the Earth now fear, for her just Judgment's come;
Her End is Misery, broken are her Childrens bones,
For GOD hath seen it Just, to dash them all 'gainst stones.


THou that didst sit as Queen, and couldest not then think
Of this thine hour and portion, the Cup which thou must drink;
Thou then wert merry in thine heart, & couldest sup
Idolatry, but now the dregs of Wrath's thy Cup.
Thou didst not think when in thy Lusts thou wert full hot,
The sealing up of Veng'ance to be thy last lot.

To the Man of Lust.

YE sons of men, that live in Sin and Lust,
That is your Canker, it will eat like rust;
You that are ignorant of the Serpent's seed
Of Enmity, and what in you 'twill breed,
Hear this, and read the nature and the ground,
That you in the true Wisdom may grow sound,
To see the windings of the Serpent's path,
To flee his snares, and so escape the wrath,
Which on th'ungodly cometh, as a flood,
To sweep them all, from all, which they call Good;
And bring the end of sore perplexity
Upon all workers of Iniquity.
O man, encline thine ear to me, and read
The fruits of that corrupted ground and seed,
Which, as the plant of Satan, forth doth spring
Pride, Lust and Drunkenness, and all that's sin,
Whoredoms, Adulteries, Theft and all Evil,
Oaths, cursed Speeches, Lyes, works of the Devil;
All flattering Titles, smooth deceitful words,
Which wounds the Innocent, even as with Swords.
These are the fruits of that plant of corruption,
Which doth deceive the soul and bring destruction.
Read this the Issue, when that GOD at last
Blows over Fruit and Trees with his strong blast;
That is the SEED which in thine heart doth spring,
Telling thee what advantage Lyes do bring
Of the corrupted Mammon to thy store,
And how false Oaths encrease thee more and more;
Still that's the Seed which tells thee sure thou must
Have pleasure in this life, in Wine and Lust,
In these and all perswasions unto Evil
Working thy mind, that's the seed of the Devil.
And yet if thou wouldst wisely further know,
Thy heart's the ground in which that seed doth grow,
[Page 39]Which seed must dye through breaking of the ground,
Else thou to Endless WO and WRATH art bound.
And now I'nquire of you, what are your hopes
Which draw Iniquity, as with Cart-ropes?
What is the fruit of Hope, Life and Salvation?
And what's the ground in which is seal'd Damnation?
And you that live in Lust and full of mirth,
Declare your gladness by your life and birth;
And tell me, what's the Kingdom you possess
As Heirs and Lords? your own you may confess.
Tell me the end of all your Vanity,
Feasts, Sports, Games, Mirth, Musick and Melody?
What is your Love affected hearts delight?
To all this, if you can, answer the LIGHT,
And give Accompt, How comes the Encrease with Curse
In Field, in House, in Basket, Store and Purse?
Answer the SEED, what is the End of all
Which live and dye in sin, even in the fall?
And thou that liv'st in sin whilst thou hast breath,
Consider well thy last end when comes death.
Come all you Sects and answer, What's the ground
In which Iniquity is alwayes found?
Put all your Worships forth in your best order,
And I will shew how you joyn and border
As Brethren, Neighbours, Nations, under one Power
Of Satan's Kingdom, DARKNESS, in one hour,
All link't in Sin together in a Chain,
Which is the substance of the Devil's Raign:
To that of GOD in Gentile and in Jew
This savoureth as Salt, this thing is true.
For what if you to all your forms are bound
Of Worship? yet you standing in one ground
Of Lust, of Sin, and Nature of Transgression,
That binds in Unity beyond Confession.
In substance there's but two, that's NIGHT and DAY,
Sin DARKNESS the broad one: LIGHT the true way.
And you in whom is love, and not of GOD,
You are to drink his Wrath, and feel his Rod.
[Page 40]If you've another love, then GOD's forgotten,
Then the Affection's lost, the Heart is rotten,
And that's not sound which wanteth any part:
For GOD requires whole Man, Mind, Spirit, Heart;
So this in Man is the Iniquity,
Where's fleshly love, that's the Idolatry;
For all that stands brought forth in the first nature,
Sticks only fast to the Lust of the Creature,
Here GOD's unknown, for in man's heart he'th set
The World, with which he's snar'd as in a Net;
So that GOD's Work Man knows not, not his Way,
All which GOD brings to pass in his own Day.
Nor can find out, although his dayes he spend
In seeking, from beginning to the end.
So all you that are in the History,
Read if you can, and reach this Mystery,
The Life that's hid in bottom of the Deep,
What's that? and where's the place that Virgins weep?
Because that of their own Affinity
With them, hath lost the Life of Unity.
Do you know what the swelling Seas devour,
On which the Heavens once did smile, and showre
Down drops of pleasant Rain, and made it spring,
Like to a Lilly-flower for the King?
The Wilderness whereto the Woman fled,
What's that? how lodg'd SHE in a secret bed,
To keep her Innocency undefil'd,
That she the Lamb's Wife justly might be stil'd?
From all the unconverted and unheal'd,
The Myst'ries of GOD's Kingdom are all seal'd,
From Ignorant and learned in the World,
That in Invention to and fro are hurl'd.
The Parable is brought for all to see,
The Unlearned saith, this is too hard for me;
The Learned saith, to me it's also seal'd:
By which I know they yet remain unheal'd.
Some in their time have swollen like the Seas,
And chose them paths, even what their hearts did please.
[Page 41] Invention up did spring, and they were bound,
In Chains of blackness; and cast to the ground;
For they a work among them had begun,
BABEL to build to mount above the Sun.

To the Apostatized.

TO them which heard the sound of GOD's great DAY,
And came to see the straitness of the WAY,
And own'd the Testimony of the LIGHT,
Confessing it which gave them the true sight
Of all Sin, Evil, and Ungodliness,
And saw some cleansing from their filthiness:
But turning to their Vomit like the Dog,
And to the Mire, like to the unclean Hog,
Thy Judgment's just to Wo and Misery,
Being double wrought under Iniquity.
Remember how thy heart and mind did grudge,
To give up Life and all; which GOD will Judge;
For thou unto the World in their distrust
Art joyn'd, to crave and seek to feed thy lust:
And here thou say'st thou sin'st, and 'tis thy grief,
Hopeless of cleansing here, in Unbelief.
But mark the end of all that live and dye in sin,
I tell thee their sad doleful doom, Death is their sting.
Nations, Professors all in sin bound in a bundle,
Like as the sheaf of Tares, GOD in the Lake will tumble.

To the simple Seeker.

THou that dost pant, as one in want,
and earnestly dost look,
Like as the Roe, in places low
to find the Water-brook.
In travel great, in pain and sweat
the River for to find,
To bath and cool, in the fresh Pool,
like as the Hart and Hind.
I see thy face, thou seek'st for Grace,
my Lilly Seed come prove,
Whilst it is day, I'll shew the Way,
the LIGHT's my Joy and Love.
Oh he which hath, trodden in this path,
hath seen the glorious Mountain,
Which from whose top, Springs fall and drop,
this is the endless Fountain.
No longer think, but come and drink,
refresh thee with the good;
It's pleasant Wine, of the true Vine,
the substance of all food.
Be no more tost, as one that's lost;
but come unto the LIGHT,
Which shews mens deeds, to be but weeds
which grow in time of Night.
And that within, which shews thy sin,
if thou lov'st it sincere,
Awe and fear GOD, and love his Rod,
from sin it will thee clear.
Be at a beck, when LIGHT doth check
the secrets of thy mind;
Let it reprove, joyn thou in love,
and so true Peace thou'lt find.
Do not gain-say, but still obey
the Motions of the LIGHT;
Through Fire to come, as one that's won
against Deceit to fight.
And thou wilt rest, as at the brest,
sucking the Milk of pleasure,
The Babe to nourish, the Life to flourish,
this is th'everlasting Treasure.
So in this hour, dwell in the Power
which all the World doth chain,
Prosper in th'Light, conquer in fight,
and in Dominion reign.

To the Babes of Blessing.

TO my dear pleasant Babes and Lambs,
Skipping like Rams
over the Little Hills,
Like leaping Roes on Mountains high,
as Doves do fly
whom Innocency fills.
My Life and Spirit doth you greet,
and with you meet
in the sweet Fields of pleasure,
The Garden where the Roses grow,
and Waters flow,
the Husbandman's own Treasure.
When I beheld the lovely streams,
and the Sun beams
which cometh from on high,
The shining Glory of the Sun,
which you have won,
unto the LORD so nigh.
I'm fill'd beyond what words can measure,
with Virtue's Treasure
of Love to Virgins pure,
[Page 44]Who were in many Tempests tost,
and yet not lost,
which dwell in Sion sure.
Who knows the Ships path in the Sea?
So is your way,
where Lions cannot tread,
In which you witness strength and skill,
to wound and kill
and bruise the Serpent's head.
Oh Lambs the fairest of all Flocks,
upon you drops
all Blessing from above,
Fresh streams of Oyl upon your head,
lay'n in the Bed
of Everlasting Love.
Myrrh, Frankinsence and Aluice,
sweet Wine and Spice,
and all that the Earth yeelds,
Herbs, Flowers, Milk and pleasant Trees,
Honey of Bees
is Yours, in Woods and Fields.
Oh! holy Land full of the Seed's encrease,
which cannot cease
multiplying to the store;
Being seal'd in Covenant and Band,
given under hand
to this for evermore.


SAith Zion, all the Gold which Mountains hide
In all the compass of the World so wide,
And all the substance which the swelling waves
Have swallowed in her Womb, like as the Graves;
[Page 45]All precious Stones and Pearls, cover'd with Rocks,
Hid under rotten roots of stumbling-blocks:
All pure Silver that lyes deep in ground,
The time approacheth it must all be found.
Arise, fair Daughter, gather quick and bring
The Consecrated Substance to the King.
And all ye sons, which Zion's womb did bear,
Take Instrument in hand, work without fear
Of Wolf, Fox, Tigre, Bear, or Lion;
For GOD is the Salvation of Sion,
Till that be finish't which GOD hath decreed,
The Restauration of his Holy SEED.
Come, hunt the Wolves, and Wild-beasts of the Wood,
Which slew the Lambs, and feasted on their Blood;
For they'r appointed in all times hereafter
For starving, restless pangs of death and slaughter.
Now GOD in Judgment comes to reprove Kings,
To shew their Counsels like as foolish things,
VVho seek with bryars and thorns to stop the way,
Which GOD by's Breath will burn in a day.
Mark this your End ye Potsherds, GOD will rent
Your Kingdoms; wherefore prize time and repent.

The Babe's breathing to his Brethren.

MY Sisters Sion's daughters joyn'd in hand
In Unity in th'Heaven's swadling band,
Which binds the World with Clouds, as under chains,
There stands your Glory where the Eternal raigns.
Our Mother bare her Children in much pain,
In th'house where Judgment separated twain,
Slaying the Seed of enmity and strife,
The Seed of Promise to inherit Life;
And brake the Covenant with Death and Hell,
Under which, all the World, the Seed did sell.
Shout, shout ye Sons, and fright the World, which boast
Themselves in the great number of their Host.
[Page 46]Oh! Heav'ns declare, and let the World wonder,
Strike Terrour in the hearts of all their number:
Let all their Consolation fade and quail,
And let their strength in day of Battel fail:
You in whose mouth the Word of Judgment stands,
Lade all the World with WO, and fill their hands,
Utter your Voice and let the Thunders rattle
Through Elements and Air, sound to the Battle
The Trumpet of the dreadful LORD of Hosts
Among the Nations, throughout all their Coasts.
The DAY of God's at hand, the LIGHT's his Word;
GOD comes with Fire, Plague, Famine and with Sword,
To plead with all flesh, living in Corruption,
Upon their heads to bring swift fierce Destruction.
Here I am set one of the living number,
A Sign in Egypt, to Sodom's brood a Wonder.
GOD's Pow'r with His, is like a Fort of Steel,
My Brethren in the Life you may me feel;
For I am with you all under your Deep,
Where all the Fishes swim, and Worms creep:
Where Turtle-Doves do fly with out-stretch't wing,
And where you hear the little Lark to sing,
In that hid path, which all the World's Line
Can't justly measure, to the End of Time,
Even in that Bed where every soul is blest,
I'm wrapt in fold for ever, for to rest
With you, in all conditions to hold fast,
That of the first in him, who is the last.
J. P.

When the Fountains of the Deep were broken open, I was in the Valley of the Mountain, and then I was moved to make mention of the Streams thereof.


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