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3 Lo! I hear the air resounding,
With expiring insects' cries;
Oh! their moans, to me how wounding,
Emblems of my wretched sighs;
Hollow winds about me roaring,
Noisy waters around me rise,
While I sit my fate deploring,
Tears fast streaming from my eyes,
4 What to me are Autumn's treasures, Since I know no earthly joys; Since I've lost all youthful pleasures-
Time must youth and health destroy : Pleasure once I fondly courted,
Shar'd each bliss that youth bestows;
But to think how vain I sported,
Now embitters all my woes.
5 Age and sorrow since have blasted
Every youthful pleasing dream ;
Quivering age with youth contrasted,
Oh how short their glories seem.
As the annual frosts are cropping,
Leaves and tendrils from the trees,
So my friends are yearly dropping,
Through old age and dire disease.
6 Autumn gives me melancholy,
Strikes dejection through my soul;
Oh, to see my former folly,
Waves of sorrow o'er me roll.
When a few more years are wasted,
When a few more springs are o'er,
When a few more griefs I've tasted,
I shall fall to rise no more.
7 Fast my sun of life declining,
Soon will set in endless night;
But my hopes, pure and resigning,
Rest in future life and light.
Cease this fearing, trembling, sighing,
Death will break the sullen gloom;
Soon my spirit, fleeing, flying,
Shall be borne beyond the tomb.
False notions of God removed.
1 Man early imbib'd false notions of God,
Suppos'd him a tyrant, and vengeance his rod;
The hand of tradition ere since time begun,
Has borne the delusion from father to son.
2 The father of mercies his bosom unfurl'd,
Sent Christ to bear witness of him to the world,
Invested with wisdom and virtue to prove,
That God is eternal unchangeable love.
3 The Jews disbelieving in him, they begun
To seek the sweet life of that innocent man;
Condemn'd him unjustly to hang on the tree,
And bear the keen anguish of death's agony.
4 The earth was convulsed, her bowels distrest, The heavens in mourning appear'd to be drest, The stars and pale Luna and Sol's rolling flame, All shrunk from beholding the death of the Lamb.
5 His healing the sick, his raising the dead,
His feeding the hungry with meat, drink and bread,
His casting out devils, restoring the blind,
All prove him who sent him, the friend of mankind.
6 Through him we discover that mankind shall have
A lasting existence beyond the cold grave;
Remov'd from a state of temptation like this,
To dwell in perfection's soft bosom of bliss.
7 The harvest appears, the fields are all white,
The reapers go forth in the first dawn of light;
The reapers are those whom our God does inspire,
To gather up falsehood and burn it with fire.
8 The spirit of truth is the sickle so keen,
The illuminous flame is the fire that we mean;
The temple of friendship and love is the place,
For the mind, when refin'd, of the whole human race.
To find the principal subjects treated of in this Book, by
reference to the page.
Page. Day of the Lord
128 Existence of God
Carnal mind, the Devil
Camp of Satan
Christ's power derived
Christ a competent Saviour
Confession of Faith,
Christ and God two beings
Christ called God
Christ a conqueror
Christ a reformer
Christ a teacher
Christ an universal Saviour
Commerce of Babylon
Church and State
Devil not from heaven
Degeneracy of Jews
Doctrine of Election
Damned and damnation
Doctrine of Trinity
Desert of sin
Devil and Devils
Day of judgment
49 Essence or nature of God
139 Exaltation of Christ
143 Endless Hell
165 Endless Woe
80 Explanation of Prayer
67 Eternal fire
59 Ever, forever
61 Faith, a shield
82 Fate of Babylon
5 Fallen Angels
30 First transgression
30 Figurative style
37 Forty-seven Rules
38 Forty arguments
38 Fire, brimstone, unquencha-
48 Foundations of Babylon
57 Gospel truth
58 Gospel Shoes
58 Godhead, one person
68 God, Father of Christ
71 God superior to Christ
24 Gates of Babylon
144 Justice of God
153 Judge, Judgment
27 Gospel preach'd to all nations 164
55 Heathen Gods
64 Hell, tophet
152 Infinite evil
64 Infants saved
142 Jews a chosen race