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in his flight to paradise. And no wonder, when the new wine of the kingdom goes down so sweetly as to cause “ the lips of those that are asleep to speak;" for persons that talk in their sleep are not always consistent. Glad am I to find that my sister continues in the fellowship of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. She holds fellowship with the Father by a participation of his everlasting love; she has fellowship with Jesus, and walks with him in peace and equity; and has fellowship with the Spirit by the witness he bears with her spirit, and by the cry of Abba, Father; and by the comfort that he communicates, by the promises he applies, and by his kind help against her infirmities at the throne of grace. O happy, happy fouls, who rule with God, and are faithful with the saints! How great the condescension of the Most High, who humbleth himself to visit such poor mortals, and to enwrap them in the rays and flames of infinite divinity; and with favour to compass them as with a shield; and to exalt them sensibly into the enjoyment of his omnipresence; where we “ see the King in his beauty, and the land that is very far off!” In whose reconciling face the Father of all mercies for ever shines, as well pleased; and fhines with approbation, complacency, and de. light, as propitious, and as the fountain of all grace, mercy, and peace; “ while we look as through a glass darkly, and are changed into the

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fame image;" renewed in knowledge, and blessed with righteousness and true holiness; in which image the mind goes from glory to glory; from the glory of one perfection to the glorious discovery of another, till we see all his divine attributes meet, centre, and harmonize together, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to the glory of God in the salvation of souls. This, this is the religion of Jefus, and God's mystery among the Gentiles. Enthroned in our affections, he reigns unrivalled; and there he fways his righteous sceptre, and spreads the beams of immortal light. “ Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” All the poor finner's thoughts are brought into sweet captivity;. tranquillity and peace are the blessed fruits and effects of his glorious and undisturbed reign; while the poor from the dust, and the beggar from the dunghill, inherit the blessings of his throne, and the flourishing felicity of his mild government, and admire the order of it, the justice and equity of it, the execution of his laws, and the regard that he pays to truth in every branch of his administration. This, my fifier, is the kingdom of God, and the empire of all-conquering grace, which banishes the infernal ufurper from the heart, and divests him of his dark panoply, in which he trusted, and by which the objects of Heaven's choice are long kept in slavery: “ Other lords have had dominion over us; but now, by thy power, will we make mention of thy

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name.” In righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, stands the glorious reign of the King of kings, which rescues helpless fouls from the triple reign of Satan, sin, and death. But how little is this religion known in our day! How few that preach the kingdom of God! and how few that are acquainted with that power in which this kingdom stands! And why should the Ancient of Days reveal and make these things known to us, who are as sheep that no man taketh up; as the off-scouring of the earth, whom none fought after or cared for ? Shut up in the dark regions, and laid in irons; hated, as we thought, by both worlds, and condemned to perpetual drudgery; reprobated, as I once believed, from eternity; cursed from the womb, and doomed to destruction! But our thoughts were not God's thoughts. We were not to die till we had seen the Lord's Christ. The vision was to speak in us; and we were appointed to look at him whom we have pierccd, and mourn, and melt in the foul-diffolving vision, till the divine potter thought fit to mould and form us into another vessel, which shall contain the heavenly treasure, without bursting with pride, so as to brcak the bottle, and cause the wine to run out, and the bottle to perish. The bce, my fister, with wax on her wings, and honey in her bag, was thine own episile. Perpetual heats and colds much impair my poor, frail tabernacle, and I feel it daily, cípecially in the winter season; and


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therefore I know it cannot stand long. The whole bulk of professors in general hate the power of godliness, and are taught to guard themselves against it, and all convictions from it; and I know that God will visit for these things. Our country hath long been the “ valley of vision.” But the sun is going down, and the shadows of the evening are stretching out; the light is much hated, and stumbling upon the dark mountains must be expected. But may we, “ who are of the day, watch and be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet the hope of salvation! For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain the salvation that is in Chrift Jesus, with eternal glory.” Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the most high and eternal God, be ascribed, as is most justly due, all honour and glory, power and praise, might, majesty, and dominion, both now and for ever and ever, amen and amen, says

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T. NOCTUA AURITA, in the Desert.

I HAVE been expecting to hear from you every post for some time. I therefore have taken the liberty of sending you this, “ to stir up your pure mind by way of remembrance." I hope this will find you well in body and soul. I know it is always well with the body when the soul profpers; and nothing can make the soul prosper but the presence of the dear Redeemer, the friend of finners, and a sense of his love known, felt, and enjoyed, in the heart, by the operation of the blessed Spirit. This makes a heaven upon earth. The Lord has blessed me with the enjoy. ment of this ever since I came from Gaffon's Bower, more or less. And truly he hath made my cup to run over. O what love to the poor prodigal, who had spent all his substance, and was brought to a famine, yea, brought to want a morsel of bread, and a drop of water, and could not feed upon husks! Never did I, till of late, feel such meltings of heart under a sense of this love manifested to my soul. Like Ezekiel, I have been brought through this river of pleasure four


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