Joanna Southcott: Unpublished Manuscripts

 

Concerning Mr Channon January 3 1795

A Communication concerning Mr Channon a worthy man but so harassed by the powers of darkness that he lost his senses, and often seemed as thoí he was fighting with the devil but on January 3rd 1795 the following words were given to Joanna concerning him when Mr Channon came into the room where she was and seemed as though he was disputing with the Devil.

 

Now Satan stand and hear thy final doom

I say already thou art in this room

And if into the house again thoust come

I say like lightíning thou shalt surely fall

For out of Eden Adam he was sent

For disobeying my commands

So if the moon thou there hast got

By my permission speak if it is not

Then as heís silent and must own it true

Now to the fall of man thou back must go

For his repentance it did come too late

As Adam out of Eden he wast cast

By disobedience and his power was blasted

He conquered all things then before the fall

Now on himself he conquereth nought at all

This very man his nature it is good (Channon)

Tis Mr Channon to be understood

He conquered nothing Satan doth assume

To conquer in him all his reasonís gone

Now from this very day I do declare

And by myself I can no greater swear

That if thou troublest Channon any more

That I will cut thee short of all thy power

And from thy glory thou shalt surely fall

Thou hast no Christ to intercede at all

Mans disobedience was thy every boast

And said that man must die and turn to dust

Or else my honor could not perfect be

A God so great how could I ever be?

I keep my honour, and my every word

And thou shalt find and know I am a God

That will not be or ever will deceive

The humble soul that doth in me believe

Out of my mouth the word is surely gone

I say like lightening thou shalt sure fall down

If to this house thou ever more dost come

Or trouble those on whom I put my seal

And now of Channon I shall seal him up

Thou knowíst thy doom and hast no room to hope

My word is gone and never shall go back

And in the Woman now Iíll break thy neck

And in the Woman now Iíll all proceed

To cut him down and break the serpents head

Thouíst ended here, Adieu Iíll say no more

The time draweth nigh that thou wilt Christ adore

Lifeís fleeting moments you will certain see

The doubting hearts of men acknowledge me.

 

This letter I was ordered to be sealed up, and the words given to me to put on the outside were as follows.

 

For Mr Channon and the time draws near

The truth within it plainly appear.