Joanna Southcott: Unpublished Manuscripts
Joanna commanded to ask the promise of Satan's destruction (1794)
A Communication given to Joanna in the year 1794 with the promises of the Lord to her
The words of the Spirit as follows.
Hast thou forgotten Herods promise
To the damsel he did vow
To the half of all his kingdom
He would freely to her give
Why art thou so greatly puzzled?
I swear as my soul does live
To the Half of all my kingdom
I will freely give to thee
Now demand of me the promise
And I’ll quickly answer thee.
Joannas Petition in 1794 which she was ordered to make in verse.
Oh! Great God how shall I answer
My heart thou dost already know
That thou wilt stand by thy servant
Satan's kingdom to overthrow
Pity now, Dear Lord, I pray thee
All the weakness of mankind
Let thy Spirit now awaken
All the dark benighted minds
Jews and Gentiles now adore thee
Heathen nations may thee know.
Answer of the Spirit
Hast thou ended the Petition
Now I’ll answer, so it shall be
No, dear Lord I have not ended
Satan must be conquer’d too
As the Head of John the Baptist
When his Tongue was bored through
He did wish men to be happy;
And thy Holy name adore;
Satan wish them to be wretched
And in Hell for evermore
John the Baptist did exalt thee,
And thy Glory did prefer;
Satan, he doth despise thee,
And thy name he doth abhor,
In my Writings it is mention’d
Thou his Blasphemy didst hear
Then now dear Lord wilt thou not conquer?
As a Lamb that newly slain,
Reign in Glory, over Satan,
Pity now the sons of men;
They are fall’n now from Glory
It was done by Satans arts,
Now then let him fall before thee,
Think upon thy dying smart
By thy cross and bloody passion
By thy suffering on the Tree,
In pity heal this sinful nation,
Bring them all to Calvary,
That with an Eye of love behold thee
See their Glorious King appear
When the Story all is told them;
Wilt thou cry ‘tis finished there
Mans Salvation to appear
Hast thou ended with thy story
I will quickly now begin
If thou wish to go on further
I will stop and go thou on
Oh! my God, I now do tremble
To ask further I do fear
Oh! thou desire of every nation
Wilt thou come and conquer here.
Awake the Hearts of all thy servants
Now their Privilege for to see
Wilt thou go before our Enemies
Save our King and Country
Oh! let not the Heathen nations
Say where now is Israels God?
Let thy Glorious Spirit shew them,
Thou art still our strength and rod
Now to conquering and to conquer
In our Land wilt thou begin
What I now have failed in asking
Do not fail in giving here.
But dear Lord do more and better
That I ask or can conceive,
I am unworthy now to utter
What thy goodness waits to give.
By my Ignorance Lord I dare not
By my blindness cannot ask
But Oh God! thou didst command me
To go through the mighty task,
Wherein I err, dear Lord forgive me
Let my Heart and Soul be thine
To thyself and cross now bind me
Keep me Lord and I have done
Answer of the Spirit
Now thou sayest thou hast ended
Now I answer so it shall be,
For this nation I’ll defend it
From the Foreign Enemy.
Then followeth the continuation of the Spirits Answer in the 53rd page Strange Effects of Faith to the 55th Page. The reader will observe the claiming the promise as is here written in verse, was for some reason omitted to be printed until we come to the Spirits answer in the 52nd page as above. Then the answer to the petition goes on by the Spirit to the 55th Page, which the reader is requested to read with attention, as it is a promise of Great Magnitude Yet to be accomplished.