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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Chapter V. — Of the book sealed with seven seals

Chapter V.

Of the book sealed with seven seals.

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book sealed with seven seals, and which did but contain the light of the morning.

2. A thing erstwhile unseen, now seen and considered, and by man named, and of it God's prophet had said we knew it not, though we had it from the beginning.

3. No one had searched man's laws of thought, and none had opened the book nor looked thereon.

4. And looking back I grieved much, for no one was found worthy to open and the read the book, neither to look thereon.

5. Faith in Israel had patience. Saying, weep not, Lo! here cometh Hill the master mind, who hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof, and he shall on earth execute judgment and righteousness, and how sayest thou shew us the father?

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6. Not to the great are such things given, for in the midst of the throne plain and natural stood a lamb as it had been slain in a hell of slain lambs, having seven senses, seven predicables, and seven parts of speech, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the world, and the Lord was angry that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him at his heart to see strong drink and the inventions of the devil, but Bill pleaded for mercy, saying in one hour man's destiny can be changed by the discovery of a new truth told without figures, tropes, metaphors, and such dark conceits which spread confusion, ambiguity and error. The only seven angels, seven golden candlesticks, seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven eyes, and seven horns that he did pretend to know anything about were found in everything that could be said.

7. And with his seven gropers he did uncover that instrument of instruments which did operate in the mind of living man, and whose labour was but a reference to a class, and the fruit thereof was the syllogism framed from things then uppermost in the mind.

8. And he took the book and Israel beheld with joy, crying, Let us praise God's handiwork, the cerebral of man, and the sign such as language supplies, and we had looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God, and in His natural laws were constancy and stability and uniformity, and from which we did trace the connection between the body and the soul.

9. The saints broke forth in praise, crying. Bill, thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof, for thou doth but lay bare a thing long time lost, and hast redeemed us to the spirit of truth, and every kindred and tongue and people and nation shall bless thy right hand for destroying their fabled kingdoms beyond the skies.

10. And hast made us all powerful, and we shall reign at rest in the soul of the world, and popes, parsons, priests and prelates shall know their God, and be pleased at your second coming, and they shall say, he that hath received this testimony hath set to his seal that God is true, and he that hath not, the wrath of God abideth on him for ever.

11. And thousands and tens of thousands shall praise thy name, saying, Light hath come into the world, and that man loved vanity rather than light for their hopes were that their evil deeds would be washed clean at a more convenient season high in the clouds where angels did dwell.

12. Thou art worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing, and my right royal attributes seven times seven multiplied by seven, and with much congratulation they shall 'phone 343.

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13. Brutes and men call for blessing and honour and glory and power unto him that tells it out amongst the heathen, and unto the lamb for ever and ever, and they shall listen to him that hath been sent to condemn the world, that the world through him might be saved.

14. And all things breathing fall down and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and man's new truth shall rid the world of human pests. For he did promise you another comforter to abide with you for ever, who would teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever he had said unto you, and whose mission is now visible, and he shall cleanse the earth of its wasters.