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J3;   E145|             To the Public

J3prose; E145|        After my three years slumber on the banks of the Ocean, I
J3prose; E145|        again display my Giant forms to the Public: My former Giants &
J3prose; E145|        Fairies having reciev'd the highest reward possible: the
J3prose; E145|        [love] and [friendship] of those with whom to
J3prose; E145|        be connected, is to be [blessed]: I cannot doubt that
J3prose; E145|        this more consolidated & extended Work, will be as kindly
J3prose; E145|        recieved
J3prose; E145|        The Enthusiasm of the following Poem, the Author hopes   t25
J3prose; E145|        [no Reader will think presumptuousness or arroganc[e] when he
J3prose; E145|        is reminded that the Ancients acknowledge their love to their
J3prose; E145|        Deities, to the full as Enthusiastically as I have who
J3prose; E145|        Acknowledge mine for my Saviour and Lord, for they were wholly
J3prose; E145|        absorb'd in their Gods.] I also hope the Reader will
J3prose; E145|        be with me, wholly One in Jesus our Lord, who is the God [of
J3prose; E145|        Fire] and Lord [of Love] to whom the Ancients
J3prose; E145|        look'd and saw his day afar off, with trembling & amazement.
J3prose; E145|        The Spirit of Jesus is continual forgiveness of Sin: he who
J3prose; E145|        waits to be righteous before he enters into the Saviours kingdom,
J3prose; E145|        the Divine Body; will never enter there. I am perhaps the most
J3prose; E145|        sinful of men! I pretend not to holiness! yet I pretend to love,
J3prose; E145|        to see, to converse with daily, as man with man, & the more to
J3prose; E145|        have an interest in the Friend of Sinners. Therefore
J3prose; E145|        [Dear] Reader, [forgive] what you do not
J3prose; E145|        approve, & [love] me for this energetic exertion of my
J3prose; E145|        talent.

J3.1;   E145|        Reader! [lover] of books! [lover] of heaven,
J3.2;   E145|        And of that God from whom [all books are given,]
J3.3;   E145|        Who in mysterious Sinais awful cave
J3.4;   E145|        To Man the wond'rous art of writing gave,
J3.5;   E145|        Again he speaks in thunder and in fire!
J3.6;   E145|        Thunder of Thought, & flames of fierce desire:
J3.7;   E145|        Even from the depths of Hell his voice I hear,
J3.8;   E145|        Within the unfathomd caverns of my Ear.
J3.9;   E145|        Therefore I print; nor vain my types shall be:
J3.10; E145|        Heaven, Earth & Hell, henceforth shall live in harmony

J3prose; E145|        Of the Measure, in which
J3prose; E145|        the following Poem is written

J3prose; E145|        We who dwell on Earth can do nothing of ourselves, every
J3prose; E145|        thing is conducted by Spirits, no less than Digestion or Sleep.
J3prose; E145|        [to Note the last words of Jesus,
J3prose; E145|        <Greek>Edotha moi pasa exousia en ouranon kai epi ges</Greek>]
J3prose; E145|        When this Verse was first dictated to me I consider'd a
J3prose; E145|        Monotonous Cadence like that used by Milton & Shakspeare & all
J3prose; E145|        writers of English Blank Verse, derived from the modern bondage
J3prose; E145|        of Rhyming; to be a necessary and indispensible part of Verse.
J3prose; E145|        But I soon found that

J3prose; E146|        in the mouth of a true Orator such monotony was not only awkward,
J3prose; E146|        but as much a bondage as rhyme itself. I therefore have produced
J3prose; E146|        a variety in every line, both of cadences & number of syllables.
J3prose; E146|        Every word and every letter is studied and put into its fit
J3prose; E146|        place: the terrific numbers are reserved for the terrific
J3prose; E146|        parts--the mild & gentle, for the mild & gentle parts, and the
J3prose; E146|        prosaic, for inferior parts: all are necessary to each other.
J3prose; E146|        Poetry Fetter'd, Fetters the Human Race! Nations are Destroy'd,
J3prose; E146|        or Flourish, in proportion as Their Poetry Painting and Music,
J3prose; E146|        are Destroy'd or Flourish! The Primeval State of Man, was Wisdom,
J3prose; E146|        Art, and Science.


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