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Mr. LODOWICK MUGGLETON,

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His Interpretation of the Book of the REVELATIONS.

. Much Honour'd,

You are the gard'ner, and your work's the plant, I I was my great good happiness to see

?.. The fruit's the experience of each precious saint, . Part of this your unvailed mystery, on Which is an antidote for to expel Ere to the censures of the world it went, The poisnous and temptatious fnares of hell; Or open lay upon the continent :

And hath such peerless virtue, that it can And in tbat part, methought I did descry Inflame some fouls, and quench fome others then; 8 heav'nly language, and discerning eye. For as the one tastes in a Arong desire, I saw those mysteries, which hidden were To blow the coals, and not to quench the fire: Since their foundation, plainly now appear, So on the contrary, the other who Alter'd in dress ; for now they are no more Doth taste but only for to make a few Kept for succeeding ages as a store ;

That he hath try'd such things, and finds indeed, But have for us been for’d, and now fall we They are. but busks on which we seem to feed. Enjoy the sweet reveals eternally:

Then secretly this liquid fruit it will
For they to us are truly now made known Put out the warmness, and an ice congeal
To let the world see who calls us his own. In that presumptuous soul who dares to say,
And when at first this part came to my view,

This is not the right path, or heav’nly way,
Like a perspeciive-glass, it gently drew

If we for parallels would seek, we may The objeet near, and caus'd me for to see

Lock o'er the Bible, and no other way;
Ik' sereneness of this long hid mystery.

For there's explain'd by the apostles there
And though the object distant from the glass Such things as are not to be found elsewhere,
May be-a mile, yet that's too small, alas, Till you in your great works did so excel,
to hinder the attraktion of the light,

That only to themselves they're parallel ;
Or not to draw the objeet to't aright.

But if reflection back on them we make,
So was th' foundation of this piece too sure, 'Twill not a tittle of the glory take
To hinder, or a little doubt procure

From this your work, but it will rather add
Of what proceeds ; for the foundation try'd A lustre, in confirming what you've said.
There is no fear but th' building will abide. I've heard there is a fountain, and some say
And that which follow'd dreww

fo near my fight, 'Tis in the confines of Armenia, By what preceded, that I know 'tis right, Which hath such strength in that close element, And will abide the storms of envy's blaft,

That whosoe'er's by angrù fortune sent
Or censures of the world, or slanders caft Into this fountain, or falls within its brink,
Either on it, or those who do believe,

It bears them ups and will not let them fink:;
God did to you this heav'nly wisdom give. Even such is your commmision ; for whoe’er
Methinks they have been like a tender plant, Falls upon it, he shall not need to fear
Who yields none of its precious fruit, for want That seeming danger, which at first may show
Of the assistance of the gard'ner's hand,

A threatning face, or knit an angry

brow:
And he yet waits for an express command, And this clear fountain, if confider'd well,
'Ere he transplant a thing which is so rare, Would represent more than my pen can tell.
(On zwhich his lord hath an indulgent care, But our all-feeing God is he on whom
And in't takes pleasure) fo the gard'ner will You daily wait for revelation.
Not medále with it to remove it, till

And your inspired foul is so divine,
His lord gave order ; which done, he then bestows That 'tis a theme fit for quits more fublime
It in a place where pleasantly it grows;

Than my weak genius, therefore I'll give way And by the help of his industrious hand,

To those who more refined wits do fway, Proves to be the mirror of all plants i'ik' land, And mine fall only be a fail to clear, And bears much fruit, and that proves cordial too, Ori make another's verse more fair appear; And cures such griefs, as nothing else could do. And so I wijh yox many succeeding days, Like such a plant as this, these things have lain, That you may qurite again to God's great praise, . Till you transplanted them, and made it plain. And the saints benefit.

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