The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
Chapter XVIII. — The fall of Babylon
The fall of Babylon.
And after these things I saw another angel with truth in his right hand, and its message was in print, and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2. And he cried mightily, convincing all reasonable minds that Babylon should fall, having no logical legs to stand on.
3. And all those making images and idols and charms, and those merchants of the earth who traded in ritualistic trumpery, and all those who waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies, Bill the Namer, named them; calling a spade a spade, and he dealt not in delusions nor in squintologies.
4. Crying aloud, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues, for her bigotry and her obsolete prejudices do but confine the human mind into a dense growth and tangle of things not as they are.
5. And her ambiguities, and her fallacies, and her falsehoods have reached unto high heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6. Reward her with logical analysis, and ask her with all earnestness in this twentieth century to prove her unnatural thesis.
7. And with their head in the sand they clung to their shiboleth, thinking they would see no sorrow.
8. Bill drew near unto them, crying: Come, ye trimmers, and refute my syllogisms, and they sneaked out of sight and were silent and were sullen, and the challenge they did decline.
9. And congregations lamented when they saw the smoke of her burning, and her churches were seen deserted, and neither stress, peril, nor war did fill them.
10. Saying Alas, alas; that great city Babylon, that mighty city, for in one hour is thy judgment come, and here we praise John's magnificent style, for in choice, number, and arrangement the metaphor is perfect, but terse truth is due, and is demanded, and Bill states that Babylon was the church which had erred in its fundamentals, hence it was falling.
11. No one shall buy or sell tiends, tithes, and livings, or the power to collect them, for such merchandise is no longer fashionable, nor is it saleable.
12. Popes, purgatory, mass, and holy water became inexpedient when Bill fulfilled Isaiah Fifty-two, fifteen, which does put foretell his discovery as a thing formerly unseen, and now is seen and considered.
13. And souls of living creatures are but intelligence, and an accomplishment coming after birth and at death done for, and page 56 unless something meritorious is done by its individuality during its earthly career to immortalise its existence, it droppeth from the memory of man.
14. And everlasting souls shall be found no more at all, but in their stead we have a quickening spirit of muscle and motion groping amongst our arbitrary signs in language, and rousing such middle terms as are the fruit of our stuffing. And Bill came under the shadow of a great rock when he stood for God's laws and their stability. Christ's sayings are beautiful, his teaching is good, and the story is pitiful, and against them, the Christ-killers, our minds are severe, yet withal there is within the teaching and its glossary that which does not satisfy the intelligence of contem plative man.
15. And the merchants catering and their sky pilots, and their following of hell and immortality, shall stand afar off, for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.
16. Saying Alas ! Alas! that great delusion that was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones, which were gathered largely from minds scared by the pains of hell and purgatory.
17. For in one hour so great riches is come to nought by reason of new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them, and an earnest apostle had warned them that they would believe in a lie.
18. And those standing afar off will not deplore its collapse, nor shall they question the enthronement of truth, and they shall look with contempt upon that which did pollute the pure gospel of Christ, the Jewish peasant, and God's promised Elijah, who did precede that great teacher who was not one of their people.
19. And they cast dust on their heads, for in one hour things everlasting were made desolate.
20. Rejoice over her thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets, and turn and see the rising sun of a better life, and which life hold on to as long as you can. There is none other, and soldiers going to war have a care, oh, beware, lest you lose it.
21. And with violence shall the pious fraud be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all, and henceforth all men without the mediation of priest or parson shall worship their true God, who is none other than the spirit of truth found encased in well deduced conclusions within the syllogism of man.
22. And no craftsman shall be found any more at all in thee, for without psychological embellishment of any kind whatsoever, men shall see all alike the true word of God.
23. And the light of a candle is not needed for to see the apple of our eye work its brain cell explosions, and no building is required for our language signs, and all can see our middle page 57 term pull down the lashes of the eye, and veritably in is a day of small things, yet they are great, and the bridegroom and the bride shall see the knot tied as it never was before and the whole world shall see white and black and red and yellow syllogisers stand on one foundation viewing the true word of God.
24. And in the past was found the blood of prophts and of saints, and all that were slain upon the earth when gros darkness had covered the people.