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Scenes beyond the Grave
Scenes beyond the Grave
SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE
TRANCE OF MARIETTA DAVIS,
SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE - Published 1855
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT.
There are no means to convey to man through
his external senses, any just idea of the scenes I
witnessed, while my body was reposing in its unconscious
slumbers. Life within the veil, can be
appreciated only by those who experience its moving
No medium of communication is sufficiently clear,
to give the perfect outlines of that which is invisible
and incomprehensible to mortals. Words employed
by men, are too cumbrous and unmeaning to bear
the pure thought in its native form, from the world
within to that without; for human utterance mars
the beauty and perfection of heavenly speech, and
corrupts the purity of thoughts thus conveyed.
Too gross are the vehicles of human sense to conduct
to the dormant soul truthful impressions of
the most exterior manifestation of life in the world
of peace. You urge me to a history, and yet I am
so sensible of my utter inability that thoughts
associated with the attempt give me pain.
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Long had 1 discovered the vanity of earthly
tilings, the imperfections of human associations, the
unreliability of vast portions of religious faiths and
impressions, and the want of permanent peace in the
disquieted soul of man. Most earnestly I desired to
know more of the reality of that state called by mortals
immortality, for I had early learned that the
outer world perished. At length, meditating from
day to day, and while laboring to determine the nature
and tendency of the human soul, I became less conscious
of external things, and my inner mind grew
stronger and more active, until the dim shadows of the
objects and interests of tliis busy life of mortals ceased
with the expiring view, and my vision closed to the
outer world. Then objects new and strange appeared.
Still I knew not that I was rething from the
world of sorrow and of human strife ; nor did I understand
that my spiritual vision was opening, and
what I saw dimly moving before me was a reality,
the dawning of an immortal life. Still I seemed to
be departing from some former condition and launching
out into a boundless sea, and to be traversing
unexplored regions, veiled in uncertain vision, and
floating in mid air over an immeasm*able deep below.
Alone and unguided, and possessed of a vague
uncertainty, my timid spirit fain would have returned
to the land of shadows whence it came.
Half-conscious of my present condition, with
dreamy thoughts, I seemed to ask, is there no one
familiar with the jom-ney I pursue, to guide me in
my movements through this trackless space ? When
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lo ! in the distance, and above me, I saw a light descending,
having the appearance of a brilliant star,
thither were directed the concentrated powers of
my perceptive being, until nothing was visible
but the approaching light. As it advanced, its foreshadowing
halo iUumined the expanse about me,
and my exhausted being received new life from the
invigorating glory that beamed upon it. Gently
I began to move, and ascending, drew nearer the
source of that light which gladdened and quickened
my spirit. As I approached it, I began to discover
the outlines of what appeared to me a glorified
human being; gi'adually the figure became more distinct,
until, poised in the atmosphere before and
above me, was an angel, whose excellence far exceeded
the highest conception of the fairest image
of my human thought. That form, more lovely
than language hath power to portray, moved silently
as it drew near me. Upon her head was a crown,
formed like gems of clustering rays. The light
of her countenance reflected like a flowing garment
the encircling manifestation of celestial love.
In her left hand was a cross, emblem of meekness,
innocence and redeeming grace ; in her right hand
a wand of pure intellectual light. With this she
touched my lips, and like a flame of holy love,
it quickened an immortal principle which diffused
its enlivening spirit throughout my being.
A new class of sensations awoke within me,
and moving harmoniously, prompted a desire for
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companionsLdp with the angelic being from whoso
hand came forth the stream of quickening light. 1
looked upon her, wishing to learn her name, when
lo ! she spoke. The harmony of her utterance filled
me with imknown delight. She said: "Marietta,
thou desirest to know me. In my errand to thee 1
am called the Angel of Peace. I come to grade thee
where those exist who are from earth, whence thou
art. Wouldst thou profit by the lesson, follow
me. But first behold thy form in yonder world."
TTiere, far below me, and through a dark and
misty way, I beheld this sickly body of mortality.
Around it were gathered my anxious friends, employing
every means to awaken it, but all in vain.
" Behold," said my glorious guide, " a picture
of human life. There, kindred, tort.ured with sympathetic
love, struggle to hold the crumbling vase,
and keep the flickering light from expiring. Ttere,
from youth to hoary age, rolls the tide of human
woe. Fond hearts are severed. Death veils fi*om
mortal sight the tender, lovely form. The opening
flower that gladdens all around, folds its expanding
leaves, withered with the touch of death. There,
hopes, like dreamy phantoms, float in the mid-air
of fancied bliss. As thy vision expandeth, witness
thou the moving hosts. Earth, with her swarming
millions, presents a mingled scene of rising hopes
ambition, strife and death. Her inhabitants are
dismayed by the approach and fear of Death, the
fell destroyer. Time quickly measureth the fleeting
But first behold thy form in yondei vorld."Page 15.
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moments of hmnan existence, and generations follow
generations in quick succession."
To this address I replied, " These thoughts are
the burden of my young and inexperienced
mind. These forms thou hast shown me, are
before my vision. Like dew drops they pass
away. This is the cause of my sorrow. Canst
thou tell me in what portion of the universe these
beings find a resting place when their spirits depart?
Canst thou remove the veil that conceals
them from mortal vision? Canst thou guide me
where they are ? O ! tell me, have they a home, or
a place, and may I follow where my loved ones have
MAN AT DEATH.
" WouLDST thou know the condition of the departe<
3 members of thy race, and be made familiar
with the effects of the habits and associations of perverted
man ? Measureably thou mayest ; but know
thou that their conditions are varied." Then bidding
me look upward she said, " What ^beholdest
thou?" Obedient, I looked above me, and with
wonder beheld an orb brighter by far than the sun
of earth in its meridian glory. Light, pure, beaming
along the celestial skies, radiated therefrom.
"There," said my guide, "are many thou wouldst
eee, who, clothed in raiment soft and white, move
in harmony. There, night-shades never fall, and
death and gloom have no element. Those who enjoy
that blest abode do not suffer ; no sin or pain disturbs
their calm repose. But more of this thou shalt
hereafter learn. Other scenes less joyous must fii'st
be given thee. Marietta, thou knowest well, that
with man are varied characters. The departure
of the spirit from its unsettled and shattered habi-
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tation below, worketh no change in its natnre."
Then touching my forehead, again she said, "Wliat
seest thou?" My vision being opened to a new
scene, I beheld before me forms without number,
struggling in the agonies of death. Some in kingly
palaces on dying couches richly hung with drapery
of costly price. Some in humble cottages ; others
in gloomy prisons; haunts of vice and iniquity;
lone forests ; barren deserts, and in deep and
wild waters. Some lying beneath the scorching
sun ; some perishing upon bleak and snowy mountains
; some surrounded with weeping and attentive
friends ; others dying alone and forgotten. Some
perishing for their religion ; others tortm-ed by
the cruel savage. Some aged, despised, helpless
and forsaken; others, orphans, cast out and destitute.
Some expiring from wounds inflicted by
the assassin ; others crushed beneath the heavy
tread of the war-horse in the battle-field.
Thus where time and eternity meet, was revealed
a scene of indescribable miseiy. " This," said my
guide "is but a faint view of the effects of violated
Touched again by the light beaming from her
right hand, I beheld the immortality of those who
were quitting their house of clay, entering upon
the regions of eternity and commencing new and
untried realities. Around each dying form were
gathered spirits, varied in appearance and in
Over battle-fields were congregated spirits of the
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dead, and according to the moral nature of the dying,
was that of attending spirits who awaited their
an-ival in the spirit world. In like manner, aU
classes and conditions are efiected, since this intermediate
state or vestibule of the spirit world, is visited
by beings varying in character from the unholy and
wretched, to the bright and sanctified angels who
in multitudes congi*egate at the portals of death,
as messengers of God. And all classes as they
emerge from the physical foi-m are attracted to and
mingle with kindi-ed associations, beings to whose
character they assimilate. Those of discordant and
unhallowed natm-es are attracted by like elements,
and enter into regions overhung with clouds of
night; while .those, who for the love of good,
desire pm-e associations, are by heavenly messengers
conducted to the orb of glories appearing above
the intermediate scene.
The strange sensations of human spirits as they
mingled with the disembodied multitudes, beholding
what was transpu-ing around them, excited my
wonder, and while watching their movements, I
began to ask myself, if what I saw was a reality
or mere imagery reflected upon my mind in a
dreamy state? Upon discovering my thoughts, my
guide took me by the hand saying, " These beings
moving about thee, once the inhabitants of earth
whence thou art, having left their mortal dwellings,
are commencing a new state of existence.
Their surprise is the effect of their sudden change
from external objects and sense to spiritual* and
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^eir more immediate knowledge of cause and
^ect. But more of this state and their condition
shall be revealed, when that instruction will better
befit thy mind. These scenes we will leave and
ascend to yon bright orb." Thus saying she led
me toward the cloud of light.
While passing the intermediate she touched me
again, and I became conscious of additional and
"Behold," said she, "the countless, planetary
hosts. Mark the rolling orbs, suns, and systems
of s^ms, moving in silence and harmony. The vast
expanse is occupied and peopled with universes,
constructed in infinite wisdom. These are inhabited
by holy beings, happy and immortal,
though varied in degree of developement and refined
Again the organs of perception were touched, and
lo ! above and around me. and far in the distance,
were passing and repassing with the quickness
of thought, spirits of pure light.
"These," said my guide, "are ministering angels
; their supreme delight is to go upon errands
of mercy. Their home is with the ever blest.
They are employed as guardian protectors and
messengers of holy thought to those in conditions
While beholding them ascend and descend, one
drew near me, in whose arms, and borne upon
whose angelic bosom, was an infant spirit. The
angel passed, and I saw that the nourished nestling
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rested in calm securitv, apparently conscious of its
safety in the hands of its protector. Whence came
this? I inquired; and the angel answered, "I received
it from a heart-broken mother at the gateway
of death, as the spark of life expired in the external
world, and am conveying it to the sphere of infancy
in the paradise of peace."
As the infant's guardian spirit proceeded, we
moved silently in the same du-ection, until the
scenes below perished from my vision, and my
being was absorbed in the bright light descending
from the orb we were approaching. Soon
we entered a plain, whereon were visible trees,
bearing fi-uit. Their interwoven branches formed
an arched canopy of evergreen above us. Passing
through these shadowy gi'oves, I was delighted
with the melody of the birds, whose warbling notes
arose in sweetest song. There we paused. Supposing
that I was on some terrestrial orb I inquired
My guide answered, " These trees, these flowers,
these birds occupy the outer expanse of the spiritual
paradise. So pure are they, and so refined, that
mortals with beclouded vision may not behold
them. And so soft their notes that they are not
made audible to the dull hearing of men.
Beings inhabiting forms more gross, do not conceive
the reality of the existence of nature so refined.
Absent from thy body, thou canst comprehend
through spiritual senses the existence and reality
of spiritual habitations; but what thou dost now
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behold is but the outline and more exterior of the
home of spirits. These floral plains, and warblmg
melodies, are but the lower order of the external
habitation of the sanctified.
"Dost thou discover that these groves appear
as if moved with adoration ? and that these melodies
which charm and invigorate thee with new
life, are but notes ofiered to higher degrees of
"Here the redeemed are first conducted by their
guardian protectors, as they leave the valley and
shaflow of death, and here they are taught the
rudiments of immortal life. Here they receive instructive
lessons relative to their heavenly abode,
and learn the nature of pm-e love, unmarred by sin.
Here are fii-st tuned the lyres of ceaseless praise,
as they learn to utter immortal accents to the Lord,
their Kedeemer, and receive new-born thoughts
which bring to them increasing sense of the reality
of their change. Here friends who have advanced
in spiritual attainments return from higher
employment to welcome the spirit on its entrance
upon this plane of the spirit world. Here kindred
are permitted to meet and hold converse; and 'tis
in these immortal groves where spirits first attempt
in unity the song of redeeming grace, and
reposing in soft and heavenly sweetness, breathe
the pure au- of paradise."
While listening to this strange, though welcome
addi-ess, my spirit burned to meet the friends
long lost to me on earth. The angel said, " Thou
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art not to tarry, since thy present mission is to learn
the condition of the departed child of God. When
thy com-se on earth is ended, here thou shalt mingle
in the infancy of thy immortal state, with thy kindred
and receive lessons, ^preparatory to an advance
to more exalted mansions, the more glorified home
of the blessed."
Then she reached ont her hand, and plncked a
rose that hung over us, and bidding me receive its
fragi-ancG, with it touched my lips. Again a more
interior sight was given, and I beheld around me,
and moving in every direction, tlii'ough the varied
floral scenes, happy beings without number. Desiring
to mingle with them, I sought permission
but my guide moved on, and upward thi'ough forests
becoming more pm-e and fair as we ascended.
CITY OF PEACE.
At a distance, -upon a superior plain I saw a
dome of light. '' That," said my guide, " is the
gateway leading to the City of Peace. There the
manifestation of thy Redeemer is made visible.
There' saints and angels abide; on harps of gold, and
stringed instmments, with immortal lyres, in alleluias,
chant the Song of Redemption ; the song
of peace; the song of love undying."
"May I enter there?" I inquired.
Again she touched my lips, and they moved,
uttering praise in unaccustomed accents which
melted into the harmony of celestial love.
As we drew near, a class of attendants, more
glorious, gathered around the gateway, and one
foremost addressed my guide in language I could
not understand. Music, the music of love, was in
their conversation, and joy as a halo, encompassed
them as they welcomed us at the entrance of the
A gate of jasper, set with diamonds, opened,
and two angelic beings approached, and taking
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me by each liand, led my tremulous spirit towards
an inner gate, a more immediate entrance to the
pavillion of light.
Then I remembered my discordant state; then
thoughts of my former sins, my doubts, and rebellious
natm-e, rushed upon my mind, and feeling
entirely unprepared to endure the glory of the assemblage,
my spirit failed me. The angelic attendants
then bore me in their arms along the portal to the
feet of a being most glorious. Upon his head was
a crown of pure light, and over his shoulders hung
golden locks ! His loveliness, can never be expressed.
"This, Marietta," said an attending angel, "is
thy Kedeemer. For thee in incarnation he suffered.
For thee without the gate treading the winepress
alone, he expired." Awed by his goodness, tenderness
and love, I bowed, feeling that if worthy I
would worship him.
Beaching forth his hand he raised me up, and
in a voice that filled my soul with inexpressible
delight, said, "Welcome, my child. Daughter,
spirit of a race forlorn, enter thou for a season the
portals of tlie redeemed." Then addressing the surrounding
beings, continued, " Receive this your companion
spmt." And lo! the worshiping congregation
arose as upon the breath of holy love, and,
meekly welcomed me as an heir of grace, and with
tuned instruments the immortal choir chanted the
"Worthy is the Lamb who hath redeemed us.
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Exalt His name, all ye sanctified, yea adore Eim,
ye chembim who worship in the celestial heavens.
Adore Him, for He hath exalted us. "We will praise
His name, the name of our God Most High.
"We will bow down and worship at His feet. We
will sing of His loving kindness. Waft, O ye breezes
of immortal love! waft ye His name thi-oughout
the universe of worshiping beings. For lo ! from
the depths of iniquity, and fi'om death is exalted
our sister, who from the hands of our Prince and
Savior, we receive. Utter alleluias to 'Eim forever,
all ye adoring hosts. Uttca' ye His praise forever."
The music of this soft and rnelodious utterance,
moved like the voice of many waters, filling the
entire dome, and as the anthem closed, the echo
departed in the distance, as though borne fi-om
wave to wave, along the holy atmosphere.
The spirit of praise so inspired each choralist
with the fidlness of divine melody, that moved by it,
they softly touched the silver chords of their golden
harps, causing each note to reverberate as if gliding
along the sensitive nerves of spiiit hearts, components
of one immortal lyre.
Each measm*e like noiseless waves swelled over
that sea of mind ; and with their gentle undulations
I seemed to be moving when a spirit from the innumerable
company approached and addressing me
in a familiar manner called me by name.
The spell of music being broken, I was much
affected to find myself in the embrace of one who
on earth I had loved with the affection of an infant
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soul. With willingness I sank into her arms, and
she with a sister's tenderness pressed me to her
immortiU fonn, saying, " Sister spirit, welcome, for
a season to our home of peace."
'* Thrice welcome," uttered the music of a thousand
voices, and lo! around me gathered those I
loved, all eager to greet me, and receive me to
their kind embrace.
Around us, and in this spacious room, appeared
seats in form of an amphitheatre, yet glorious beyond
description. Hereon we rested. Mingling
with them, were many old and familiar friends.
Although I knew them, their appearance was
unlike that while upon earth, each being an imbodiment
of intellect unassociated with the physical
form, in which 1 had known them before. Not having
power, or any means adapted to convey a just
idea, I can only give feeble utterance to my conceptions
of their nature by saying, they appeared all
mind, all light, all glory, all adoration, all love
supremely pure, all peace and calm serenity, all
united in sublime employ, all expression of heavenly
Freely did they converse, nor did they use the
language of human beings. They spoke and no
audible utterance attended, yet thought moved with
thought, and spirit was familiar with the mind
of spirit. Ideas associated with their heavenly life,
flowed from being to being, and soon I learned tliat
in heaven there is no concealment. Harmony
of soul, harmony of desire, hai*mony of speech,
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harmony in the swelling notes of adoring anthems,
harmony in instructive movement, harmony in increasing
thought, harmony was their life, their love,
their manifestation, and supreme delight.
Again with harps tuned in unison of harmonic
praise, and in the ascending octave, they chanted
a hymn to their Maker's name. My guide urged
me to unite in the animating song of redemption.
I could not join them, being absorbed in the contemplation
and glory of this long-sought home of rest.
When they closed that sacred hymn, my guide,
touching my lips again with the wand of light,
bade me mingle, a companion, with the members
of this divine abode.
Being after being pressed to mine, immortal lips,
and seemed anxious to fold me in their arms.
As a soul, new-born, they caressed me, after looking
up in thankfulness to their Kedeemer and
"And is this Heaven?" my spirit said. "Are
these happy souls those who once stmggled in forms
of clay ? Are these immortal visages, radiant with
the gloiy of this adoring mansion, the spiritual
countenances of those I have before seen in careworn
life? And where has fled that age and decrepitude,
ye parent spirits ?"
Often have I listened to you, my earthly teacher,
while laboring to convey to the understandings
of your audience, some faint idea of your conceptions
of immortal life. Often have I discovered
manifest grief when in spirit you appeared to realize
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that upon most minds all was but an ineffectual
effort. And then I have asked, can heaven be thus
glorious? is not the picture too highly wrought? and
may man, if he attain to that blest abode, bask in
the sunbeams of such supreme delight ? And be
assured, the highest thoughts of man fail to approach
the reality and the delights of that heavenly
Then approaclied me one whom on earth I had
seen bending tremulously over the pilgrim's staff. I
knew 'twas one familiar, one of age and emaciated
form, whose hoary head once told the story of a life
of woe. In immortal youth the spirit stood before
me; no staff was there; no trembling frame, no
grief-worn cheek, no hollow eye, no sickly form ;
but light and health and vigor were manifest. And
the spirit said, " Behold in me the efficacy of redeeming
grace. This heart was once the cage
of thoughts unholy. These hands were employed
in sin. These feet moved swiftly in the downward
road that led to sorrow and to death. This form
of mine, though not this form, yet that in which
I used to live, was worn with grief, corrupt and
dying with disease. But now, all hail that name,
Immanuel ! through Him, redeemed, I wear habiliments
of light and exist in immortal youth. This
song I chant, O death, where is thy sting? and
grave, thy victory now ? Worthy is the Lamb who
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offered Eimself to redeem I WorthyO give Him
adoration, ye comitless hosts, ye innumerable
throng ! Worship and adore Him, all intelligences 1
yea let imivcrses adore? Adore Him, for He is
worthy to receive anthems of imiversal praise !"
And while uttering this psalm, the peopled expanse
uniting, lifted on high an immeasurable
volume of notes divine.
Then appeared a company of children, who hand
in hand, moved around and theii' infant voices
'* Praise Him, for lo ! while on earth He
6aid, ' Suffer infants and babes to come to me and
forbid them not; yea, suffer little children, and
Corbid them not, to come unto me.'"
THE GLOKY OF THE CROSS.
"When this new song was ended, light supremely
above that before witnessed, descended.
I looked, and lo ! the dome above me parted,
and beings far more glorious approached. Awed
by the presence of the light, and desiring to flee
before it, I approached my guide, who said, " What
thou hast seen Marietta, is but the earnest of joys to
come. Here thou hast been welcomed, and here
witnessed this manifestation of thy Redeemer, and
the harmony of this entrance to the divine abode.
But, behold! above thee the descending glory of
the Cross appears. Spirits, members of thy race,
redeemed, who are advanced to higher life, attend.
Mark the forshadowing of the glory of the Seventh
Sphere. These angels wait on thee."
Then visible above me appeared a Cross, borne
in the midst of twelve, on whose circle I read,
"Patriarchs, Prophets and Apostles." Above it
was written, " Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.**
Bowing at the feet was a spirit, whose raiment
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was white, and expression that of holy adoration.
She kissed the Cross, and then descending, approached
me, and in music of speech, superior to
that of the anthems to which I had listened with
wonder and delight, she said, "Welcome spirit
fi-om the world of woe. Lo ! by the will of Jesus,
even that Jesus crucified, my Lord and Redeemer,
I come to commune with thee. 'Tis but by his
permission thou art admitted here ; and be not sad,
though thou shouldst be required to retiu'n to thy
friends on earth."
The thought of being subjected again to the sins
and misfortunes of my former life, so aflected me
that it seemed as if I was quitting the divine abode,
and rapidly descending to earth ; when lo ! I was
embraced by my guide, who said, "When thou
returnest, thou shalt go to bear a message of
holy love, to earth; and at an appointed time,
free from the power of mortal attachments, thou
shalt enter here, a member of the holy band."
The spirit who descended from the Cross then said,
" What thou seest, and the message I give thee,
thou shalt unfold to my son in mortality, struggling
in the vales of night. Eelate to him the story
of descending light. In dove-like form, bear from
eternity the olive-branch of Ti-uth. Press it to
his heart, and it shall bud and blossom, and
after much conflict, bear the ripened fruit.
"Marietta, thou hast been conducted here for
a wise end, and for that purpose I am permitted
to insti'uct thee in many things, pertaininjy to earth
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and heaven. The thought of returning makes thee
sad ; yet thou shalt go laden with riches, the riches
of instructive truth, which as germs shall prepare
the way for gTeater light.
"First learn that all Heaven ee\t:kes the Ckoss.
Before it myriads bow, and around it the redeemed,
delight to linger. Earth's religions are but dreamy
scenes, compared to these.- Yague and imperfect
are the highest conceptions of the human soul,
relative to our condition here. 'Tis but just above
the plains of earth, where in perfect order begins
the Spiritual Heaven. Around it move the guardian
spirits. Mingling, as permitted, with the
inhabitants of earth are countless guardian angels
no day, nor hour, nor moment passeth, but each
mortal is watched by the spirit appointed to his
"Man knoweth not the natm-e of sin, nor the
fullness of Grace in 'his Redemption. He will
not believe, even though from eternity angels
gather round him, to tell the stoiy of immortality.
Numberless are the causes, to prevent the light
of heaven from reaching and controlling the race
of man, wi'etched and deathward tending. But the
time draweth near, when man shall become more
conscious of the reality of this abode; when his
attention shall be turned more fully to the truth
of Inner Life. Man's redemption di-aweth nigh.
Let angels swell the chorus ; for soon the Savior
descendeth, with holy attending angels.'-
She then led the heavenly diapason of an im36
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mortal l^'inu, too full and too harmonious in
movement to be transmitted by human language.
At its close she said, " Sister spirit, rest thou in
the embrace of holy affection. Observe what passeth
around thee; for lo! shall be mirrored upon
thy mind a faint, descending and remote expression
of tlie joy that fills this land of peace. Tliou
didst notice when I descended, I kissed the Cross.
All saints delight themselves in thus expressing
theij remembrance and regard for their Eedeemer
who oflered himself a sacrifice."
A pause in the addi^ess ensued, dm-ing which,
voices, apparantly in the distance, arose in soft
and melodious alleluias. The accents moved like
li\dng beings, seeking to wake the song of redemption
in nvery spirit throughout the vast assemblage.
" Who are these?" I inquired. " These are they,"
she said, "who having come out of great tribulation,
cease not day nor night to raise their anthems high,
in exaltation of their Savior's name. The heaven
of heavens is animate with this celestial love.
From saints, who in earth's cottage humbly adore
and sing of redeeming grace, tln-ough pathways
of ascending life, is borne on high the soul inspiring
melody of heavenly adoration. Above thee
tliou dost discover, moving in primeval light, beings
of higher attainment.
"Wouldst thou dwell for ever in this world of
peace, joy and love divine? Wouldst thou bear
some humble part with tlie psalms of these im
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mortal chonilists? Be thou admonislied of thy
former incredulity, thy want of faith and consecration
; for there are no other means than those in
Christ, the Redeemer, by which to attain inheritance
in this blest abode."
This last addi'ess revived within me remembrance
of my former doubts, my want of confidence in the
Savior, and of consecration to his cause. My spirit
drooped. I saw the justice of the mild reproof, and
inquired, "May I yet hope? Or is the opportunity
to secure this heaven of life forever gone? Fain
would I give myself, my all. Fain would I return
no more to earth. O, that I could forever dwell
where peace like a river gently iloweth, and love
mipolluted, rnoveth from heart to heart!''
"Be faithful then," said the spirit, "totlie light
given, and at last thou shalt enjoy the bliss of
heaven. "Marietta, the scene now passing before
thee, is one fraught with interest. In this assembly
are the Prophets and martyred Saints. See, theii*
raiment is white, pure and transparent. Upon their
breast is the manifestation of the Cross. In their
left hand is a golden censer, and in their right a
The scene expanded and I saw that from the
centre, and around which the multitudes were con
gregated, arose a pyramid whose column was composed
of pearls and most precious stones, set with
crosses of spiritualized diamond, up n which were
engraven the names of those who had suffered
f-^r their love of Truth, and who not counting
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their lives dear, had endured persecution even
unto death. Upon this colmiin stood three spirits,
in the attitude of meekness and adoration, holding
in their hand, and above them a Cross from
which floated a banner ever unfiuiing,"These,"
said my guide, "are select, one Patriarch, one
Prophet, and one Apostle. They represent the
tiiune circle of commissioned saints who shall attend
the reappearing of the Son of Man, and shall
go forth in the day appointed, gathering together
the elect from the four winds, fi'om the uttermost
part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven."
" Tlie volumes the spirits hold in their hands unfold
the order of creation, the redemption of man,
and the principles which govern the obedient, world
THE child's narration.
As the former scene closed u])oii my view, the
spirit who kissed the Cross, raised her hand, radiant
with the light of life, and two childi-en drew near.
As thej approached, they bowed gracefully, and
each placing a hand in hers, with meekness
looked into her lovely face and smiled.
Addi'essing me she said, "These children leffe
the fonn while in their infancy, and being innocent,
were conducted to the paradise of innocence in the
Seventh Sphere; which is a state of moral purity
and intellectual harmony."
The eldest of the two, thus introduced, said,
"Marietta, I rejoice to commune with thee, since
thou shalt return to those who loved us and who
mourned our departure from the valley of death.
"When thou art again conversing with mortals,
say to him who now sits by thy body, that we
have learned that though parents may grieve for
ns, ours is a cup overflowing with gladness to the
spirit made free.
" Marietta, this is the world we know. Here we
first awoke to the reality of our existence. Earth ^
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we visit, conducted by our guardian angols, but it
is unlike lieaven. There we witness soitow, pain
and death; here, harmony, happiness and life
He then looked down as if in deep meditation
and all was silent. I thought the subject which
had engaged his mind, had made him sad, but soon
saw that liis attitude was occasioned by the approach
of an angel who in ascending had passed
just above us. O, how my being was affected at
the sight ! Light smTOunded her as a well wi'ought
garment. Her very movement was the harmony
of harmonies. I desired to follow, and said, "O
tell me, who is this so glorious ? I feel her sacred
influence, and ardently desire to enjoy the society
and the abode of such beings."
"This," said the spirit, "is an angel who belongs
to the Infant Paradise. Have you not read
in the Gospel, that blessed expression of the Eedeemer,
*' In heaven their angels always behold the
face of their Heavenly Father? This angel has the
guardian protection of infants, and is commissioned
to meet infant spirits as they leave the external
world and enter into the spiritual. She pauses in
her ascension for thee. She holds out her arms,
and what sei'st thou. Marietta?" "A small pale
light," I answered.
The angel then breathed upon it, as if imparting
life, and pressed it to her bosom in fondness infinitely
above that manifested by earthly mothers.
I knew tlic little spirit was at rest. Feeling the
'She pauses in her ascension for thee. She holds out her
arms, and what seest thou, Marietta?"
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heaven that encompassed and pervaded the angel,
again I wished to fly away, and with the infant
be forever blessed. But while I was stmggling
to ascend, the angel aroseone flash of light and
Then a far difierent scene was revealed^l^elow
me in a little room, I saw a female kneeling by the
lifeless body of her departed child. She convulsed,
and at times tears streamed from her eyes, and
then her face was as marble, her eyes set and
glassy, and her whole form quivered while she
pressed kiss after kiss upon the cold cheek of her
lost babe. At this juncture a man di-essed in black
gravely entered. The group gave way and he
silently approached the weeping mother, and taking
her I'.y the hand said, " Sister arise. The Lord gave
and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name
of the Lord. Jesus said, sufier little children to
come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is
the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, their
angels always behold the face of their Heavenly
Next I saw that mother, sitting beside a coffin,
in an earthly assemblage. Her eye was fijxed
upon the ceiling. Her countenance wore an expression
of despair. Before the coffin stood the
grave looking man, whom I had seen enter the room
of death. He read a Psalm, ofiered prayer for the
afflicted, and then encouraged the mourners, by
endeavoring to prove from the sacred text, that
the babe, though dead shall live again, and that
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an angel had conveyed it to Abraham's bosom.
The assembly disappeared, and the child ad
dressed me saying, "The lifeless form just seen in
the vision, was the representation of m}^ own body,
the weepmg mother was my own mother; the
scene was that which transpired when I left that
body ; the grave looking man was the minister of a
congregation in the outer world.
"The angel who while passing us paused, was
the bright spirit who conveyed me far above the
influence of evil magnetism, to a place prepared
for the young and delicate infant, where spirits
appointed, are ever occupied in nom'ishing infant
minds. Dost thou wish to visit that nm-sery?"
Thus saying he looked up to the spirit, as if to
ask permission to conduct me there.
ARTISTIC ORDEK OF INFANT PARADISE.
In a moment we were ascending in the dii'ection
of the angel who had borne along the infant, and
w^ho had disappeared in the light. Soon we drew
near that which at first appeared like a city built
in the midst of a floral plain. There appeared
stately edifices and streets lined with trees whose
foliage cast a lovely shade; on whose branches
birds of all colors appeared ; and although all were
singing with different notes, all mingled in one full
and perfect harmony. Many corresponded to those
on earth, and yet were as superior to them as the
Paradise itself was superior to the mortal world.
As we advanced, the beauty and harmony increased,
and new scenes appeared. The architecture
of the edifices, the sculptures in the open air, the
fountains that sparkled in the light, the trees that
waved their extended branches, the flowers and
flowering vines becoming more majestic, interwoven
and beautiful. There were also many avenues, each
of which, slightly ascending, led to a common
centre toward which we pursued our way.
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As we advanced, I perceived before me a vast
and complicated structm-e, whose outer walls and
towers appeared formed of marble, that was in appearance
delicate as snow. This served as the foundation
of a vast canopy, like a dome, though far
too extended to be expressed by the earthly architectural
meaning of that tenn. We di-ew near this
building, and I perceived that the dome was susj)
ended over the vast circular space. "This," said
my guide, "is the place where all infants from thy
globe are gathered for the instniction and support
of their infant natures. Thou didst discover, as
we moved along the avenues, on either side edifices.
Each of these corresponds to what mortals call a
nm-sery for the young. There infants are first
conducted, and there nounshed beneath the smile
of theii' guardian angels. Each, though somewhat
varying, is a miniature of this vast temple of instnictive
manifestation, and each is a home for
the infant spmts who enter there, until they attain
to higher degrees, and enter the Paradise of more
advanced youthful existence, for degrees of instruction
adapted to a more intellectual condition. Over
each of these are appointed seven maternal guardians.
Thou seest. Marietta, that no two edifices
are perfectly alike in interior beauty, external
form or decoration, but that all harmoniously
combine; and also, that each guardian angel is
different in the radiative light and individuality
of the face and form. This thou art permitted to
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"Whenever an infant dies on earth, the angel
guardian who bears up the spiiit to the Land of
Peace, perceives its interior type of mind, and
according to its type it is classed with others of like
order of intelligence ; and as the skillful gardener
on earth in one floral division trains the various
species of the lily, and in another compartment
roses, and in another the camellias or the honeysuckles;
so here angelic wisdom classifies the
infant spirits, and according to their variety of
artistic, scientific, and social tendencies, assigneth
each a home best adapted to the unfolding of its
interior germs of life, into intellectual, artistic or
" Over each edifice preside seven guardian angels,
who collectively form one octave of instruction,
each angel being of that type of mind which agrees
with his associates, as one note harmonizes with
the associate tones and semi-tones of the harmonic
"Each of these seven guardians is the superior
of a subordinate octave of more youthful spirits,
who perform duties assigned to them, according to
their type of being, in the harmonic system of paradisical
instruction ; and each of these presides over
a separate class of infant beings.
"Seven of these edifices compose one greater
family, and each separate palace of instruction,
which is embosomed in its own separate gardens
and enclosures, is one of seven of associate variety,
and of like degree; and seven of these in their turn
46 SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE.
form the subordinate divisions of one more composite
and magnificent palatial temple, whose
centre pavilion is adapted to instruction in more
exalted degrees of paradisical truth.
"The centi-e palace of each ward is thus a magnificent
temple of instruction, encircled in artistic
splendors and floral harmonies, corresponding to
its degree, and this is surrounded by seven lesser
pavillions of architectural beauty, encircled by corresponding
adornments adapted to their subordinate
but exalted conditions; and each of these
last is also the centre of a lesser octave of edifices,
also adorned with stately forms of blooming and
sculptm-ed perfection. In these last the infants
dwell, and are led forth each day, or each successive
period corresponding thereto, to the superior palaces,
and to the centre pavilion, for the education
of their unfolding natm-es.
"As soon as these infants arise to a degree
suitable for the general assembly in the gi-eat and
centre dome, or temple of instruction, they are led
first from their several homes to their separate
centre school, and then all emerge from the difl:erent
wards and move beneath a cloud of angel choralists,
who chant loud alleluias to their Prince a^d Savior,
and with whose harmony the infants mo"^« toward
the outer temple."
THE PARADISICAL NUKSEKY.
As the spirit closed, I saw on our right a portion
of one of the lesser temples remove, as if an invisible
hand gathered it in a manner corresponding
to the removal of a suspended cm'tain, and lo ! to
my already astonished spirit, there appeared visible
the interior of one of the nm'series, supremely
light with the glory thereof, and adorned with
artistic beauty correspondent to the majestic appearance
of the paradise of infants. At first I was
greatly abashed, feeling my own unfitness to behold
any abode so pure, lovely and majestic. " There,"
I unconsciously uttered, " is heaven." My reflections
were perceived by my instructress who observed,
"Marietta, behold the manifestation of
infant life in Paradise. Let us enter, and there
thou shalt learn the true condition of those who
as babes leave the world of son-ow, and who are
immediately conveyed to this place and are henceforth
happy. Little do mortals know of the blessedness
attending their little ones who leave in the
morning of their existence. Those who believe in
Christ, become reconciled to the loss, but this is
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mostly iipoi? condition of the law of submission established
in the Clu-istian's heart. I was once a
mother in the world of sorrow and loss. There I
learned to weep, and there I also learned the
priceless value of faith in God's mercy through our
Lord Jesus Christ ; there, Marietta, did I bid adieu
to the infants, who lived but to pain a mother's
heart at the parting.
"Thrice I pressed to my fond heart the loved
babes, flesh of ' my flesh, bone of my bone and life
of my life, and looking up to God, adored him for
the precious gifts. But scarcely had I with hope
illumed the futm-e, and placed my heart upon them,
ere, like young and tender buds they were nipped
by the frost of death, and 1 was left wounded and
forlorn. I hoped in J^sus, and consigned them to
him, believing they were well ; but, Marietta, had
I only known, yea could I have but seen what
thou now seest, then would my soul have had from
knowledge added to faith, greater rest, for here the
babe who has left its parents in woe, but waits
their amval, and here it is safe fi'om the contaminations
of the vices and sins of the fallen race. See,
Marietta," she continued " these germs of immortality."
I beheld and lo! the interior that was opened
before me was that of a temple gloriously adorned.
In circular tiers, one rising above another, were
niches or segments of circles, as wi'ought in gold
and overshadowed with a seraph. In each reposed
an infant spirit. Before each was an attending
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or guardian angel, whose employment consists in
fitting for higher life the genn formation of the
spirit for its eternal existence in holy usefulness.
The angel breathes upon it and every breath causes
its capacity and life to expand, for the breath is
that of holy love and inspiration, as her life is
in God whose Quickening Spirit pervades all angels
in the heavens.
As we entered, I saw that those infants, as they
awoke to still greater consciousness, and as they
beheld theii' angel bending over them, wore an
expressive smile, and were happy.
Could I portray to you this one nursery, and so
fix it in your mind that you could realize its glorious
magnificence, then would I be more content, hut 1
cannot. N^o means are given me ; no mortal can
know. Could you enter there with me, you would
behold in the centre, held in an angel's hand, a
Cross, as of pm^e, transparent, and spiritualized
gold ; and on either hand maternal spirits directing
youthful maidens while employed with the newlyarrived
infant spirits committed to their charge.
From the silken, cradle-like resting place, adorned
with blossoms of every hue, overshadowed with the
seraphim, were constantly arising those who had
been laid there by those spirits who had received
them at the hands of bereaved parents. As they
arise they float as with wings of pure light amid the
moving angels who conduct them as they learn to
move and to observe the nature and employment
of the family of spirits who watch over them.
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Each angel also has many forms of external imagery
by which to impress the first principles of truth
upon their minds, as best befits their organism and
Tliere are also angels appointed, who touch in
softest notes, the varied instruments upon which
is made melody. This music is ever mingling with
that of angelic voices of sweet and heavenly utterance.
The dome or temple is so constructed as to
echo, in gentle undulations, each strain, which
appears to move with the life of the place. So soft,
sweet, and meloc'ions was that music, that it served
as life to give action and strength to the spirit
nerve of those who were reposing beneath the smile
of their guardians. " This," said the spirit who had
conducted me there, " is but one of the many of
these great temples, and corresponds to all in this
degree. Hereoh ! that earthly parents could realize
itis, as it were, the birth-place of those who are
not permitted to tarry in the outer form until understanding
awakes witliin them. From this they
ascend to places prepared. But, Marietta, thou hast
not witnessed the most delightful of all the realities
connected with this temple."
INFANTS EECEIVBD BY THE SAVIOE,
As she spoke, each of the guardian angels arose
with the infant of her charge, and poised in the
great space within tlie galaxj of choralists, and
around the angel who held the Cross. Instantly
a light, infinitely superior to that in the temple,
descended from above; and I was awed with the
august presence of a retinue of angels, in whose
midst was one like unto that glorious Being I had
been informed was lit Redeemer.
As they approached the centre, the manifestation
of the Cross disappeared before the greater light ; the
angel retinue paused, and the Being whom they
attended smilingly said, " Suffer little chikben to
come unto me, and forbid them not." The sweetness
and gentleness of the expression, and the love that
ehone ft'om his face as these words moved from his
lips, overcame me, and I sank at the feet of my
heavenly conductor, who raised me up, and drew me
to her angel breast.
I would that the world could see and hear what
then occurred. As he spoke, those guardian angels
drew near, and each presented him with their ti-ea-
52 SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE.
sure. He moved his hand above them, and goodness
like dew-di'ops, fell therefrom, and the infants
appeared to drink as from a fomitain of living water.
They were blessed. The emanation from that Being
was the breath of life. The temple wore a new
aspect. As the scene was closing, the angels who
attended him played upon stringed instruments,
and sung of Eedemption. He moved his gracious
hand as if in approbation of what the guardian
angels had done; and they all bowed, and veiled
then- faces in the garment of glory that encompassed
them. Suddenly music, like the voice of many
waters, arose from every temple in the broad nursery
of the great city. And as the utterance moved
forth in one swelling w^ave of angelic song, that
Being, with those who had accompanied him, reascended,
and the angels of this temple resumed
their former movement.
" Tliis," said my guide, " is but the more simple
portion of the heavenly exercises connected with the
pleasing occupation of those who are appointed to
rear infant spirits, in preparation for unfolding
their being into enlarged capacity and useful employment.
The earth, if man had not there departed
from pm-ity and harmony, and thence from affinity
and companionsliip with beings of an exalted nature,
would have been a proper nm'sery for new-bom
" Sin, Marietta, removed the condition of the sinner
from that of angels ; for by it his moral nature
])ecame changed. Angels are pure. No stain is
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found upon them,no evil desires ever awaken improper
energies within them. From them emanates
life in its pm-e element. That life nom'ishes a like
element. More dependent spirits arise within their
halo of divine existence. They are, in like manner,
moving within the glory that encompasses the societies
more exalted than themselves ; and these are,
in like manner, moving in the light, and enjoying
the life-sphere of a still higher class of beings. Thus,
all pm'e spiritual beings united, exist in spheres of
higher life ; and, as one being of greater capacity,
exist in the life descending from God, the Life of all.
Superior orbs and systems, in like manner, move in
the spheres of those more exalted ; and, receiving perpetual
supplies from them, are refined and exalted,
until the terrestrial becomes the spiritual, and the
spiritual the celestial.
" The discordant are severed from the affinity of
those natures above, and their loss is that relation
which blends them with the harmonic laws and
beings of celestial order. Men do not know the
loss they sustain, while in the darkness consequent
upon their condition, and therefore they do not properly
realize the necessity and benefit of a Savior.
Whoever restores the affinity lost, is the Kedeemer.
But since one degree of harmonic life descends to
another, and one receiving from, rises to another, by
the Spirit of God, the Life of all, thou canst readily
perceive that none but He who controls life could
cause harmonic life to descend to degrees opposite to
itself. And thus is made manifest the great truth of
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Kedemption by the Incarnate Spirit of God. Here
those who are matui'e are enabled to understand the
law of salvation, even Kfe in Christ, and by means
of this knowledge, are led to acceptable adoration
of Him who is their Eedeemer.
" Thon didst notice, that as He who blessed these
little ones ascended,- all the nnrseries of this great
city chanted as* one, praises to God and the Lamb.
This was spontaneous ; for those who know the consequences
of sin are the better prepared to behold in
Jesus condescension and mercy infinite, and from
their inmost being, to adore him. But when he
moves in their midst, they utter songs silently,
which, as he is withdrawing from them, assume
outward expression. These happy beings. Marietta,
could no more refrain from that full manifestation of
joy and thanksgiving, than life could cease to flow
fi'om Him who is the Author of Life. Thus it is
throughout all heaven, and more especially all
abodes of preparation for spirits of the redeemed.
Dost thou not realize that each breath of those beings
around thee is but a separate volume of praise to
" If men in the body knew the goodness of God
in redemption, they would cease from evil, and learn
righteousness and the ways of peace. Marietta,
understandest thou this ?"
I felt the reproof, knowing my former infidelity
as to salvation through Jesus, and fain would have
veiled my spirit from the scrutiny of that spirit who
thus addressed me. I knew I had doubted the imSCENES
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mortality of tlie soiil, and man's restoration from
evil through the Lord Jesus Christ. And now I
beheld that he is all and in all; the source of every
pnre and holy delight, and the theme of all I had
been permitted to see in the world of spirits.
This, beloved Pastor, is the lesson which all the
redeemed study with supreme delight, and which,
when learned, inspires them with love too great for
expression. And while I seek to describe it to you,
I feel my own inability to express, in human language,
the extatic fulness of that holy passion, and
the weakness of human language to declare the sense
of that love.
As soon as the angels had resumed their former
positions, my guide informed me, that those infant
spirits I had just beheld blest by the Redeemer, had
been given into the charge of other angels, whose
delight was to gently train the mind by means
adapted to their advancing condition ; and that now
was approaching a scene in which I should witness
the reception of infants just from earth. As she
closed, I saw above and around, angels poising in
the serene atmosphere, waiting with their treasures
the moment to arrive for them to enter the temple.
Wlien the former angels had given up their charge,
and were preparing to receive another class, these
entered and occupied the centre around the Cross.
At first their movement was irregular, but not disturbed.
Then the softest and most gentle music
commenced, as if harmony had awakened from her
Bacred stillness, and moved in almost silent utter56
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ance, like some spirit breath, frora the heart ol
gentleness and love. I was surprised at the quiet
movement of this sweet music, and felt somewhat
impatient with desu*e for some angel to touch the
swelling notes now bm-dened with the melody which
appeared to me suppressed. But my guide relieved
me, by du*ecting my attention to a company of
maternal spirits, who were gathering around those
angels who had just entered. These moved to the
time and serenity of the music, while engaged
with each angel in nourishing the infants held to
their breasts. The music and movement of these
maternal spirits manifested great caution ; while all
others in the temple were motionless, as far as
I could discern, except three spirits, who appeared
to poise above the centre, from whom radiated a
soft and pm-e light. " Those angels," said my
guide, "encompassed in a light above that of the
temple, are ot a higher and more exalted nature.
From them proceeds a halo of superior light. This
light is the descending life of love. Dost thou not
see how it concentrates, forming a separate spirallike
embodiment, encompassing and overshadowing
those germinal existences in the arms of the guardian
angels ? Tliat which is nourished by each angel is a
spirit whose being is just begun, and who, by reason
of nature's violated laws, has been separated prematurely
from its infant form in the external world.
This soft music thrills every fibre of the being,
while the Supreme Spirit is reorganizing and giving
it enlarged capacityfitting each organ to its fellowSCENES
BEYOND THE GEAVE. 57
organ in the harmony of perfection, thus establishing
tone and proper energy in the system. The lifelight
descending enters the sensorium of the infant,
and thence outbreathes as breath of life and soul of
love. The Quickening Spirit gives energy and
expansion to the life principle unfolding, so that the
intellect may perceive, the judgment operate, the
understanding embrace realities, and the being
enjoy the life thereof."
INFANTS RESTORED TO HARMONY.
Again I was tonched with a stream ot light, by
which I was enabled to discover those infants as a
complex and exceedingly delicate instrument unstiTmg.
Each separate or distinct portion had movement,
but not determination ; and appeared separately
to lie in a sort of spasm-like action, as if
prompted by an energy not altogether innate, but
applied. The movement was indefinite, but increased
in force, until each organ appeared as if a separate
being composed of numberless organs corresponding
to the infant embodiment. This continued to magnify
before my view, until it rose in appearance an
animated form, and began to procee<:l as if a living
being. This wonder of wonders overwhelmed me ;
and, ^vitli surprise, 1 impulsively inquired, " Is this
a being proper ?" No answer being given, 1 continued
to adcbess my guide, saying, " At first I saw
in the angel's arms the life-germ of an infant form.
This germ was so delicate, that I could not comprehend
how its gTiardian spirit could save the flickering
taper. Then I saw descending from above
a light which encompassed and pervaded the spirit.
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Then it moved as if receiving life and energy.
Again I saw the separate tissue, apparatus, and system
of organs of tliat infant, and, lo ! all were
dissevered. And now, kind angel, I behold each
organ arise in form a living being, and the action
thereof indicates a distinct embodiment. And each
of these subdivided into their several and minutest
parts, appear clear and distinct, and, like the
former, are also deranged. Tell me, how shall these
so varied, complicated, and deranged unite in harmony
? How shall they proceed ? How shall they
be so attuned as to perform their office in the greater
Again light encompassed my spirit, and its
brightness penetrated the secret chambers thereof,
in which perceptions most exquisite were awakened,
and a new being of my own appeared to arise and
look out upon the scene. Here I saw that numberless
spirit functions, existing in each of these least
organic departments, responded to the touch of some
invisible power, and, thus invigorated, every part,
fi'om their interior, manifested proceeding energy.
These being prompted, embraced each other like
animate and intellectual beings; and were, as if
moved by understanding, resolved to perfect appropriation,
so that each harmonized in perfect adaptation
; and as they embraced, they coalesced and
were lost in identity, until I could perceive them as
one ; and this moved as a being distinct, fuU and
perfect. Then each organ and function of the
infant I had seen encompassed within the light of
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the three angels above arose, and, in like manner,
corresponding to the separate organs of these, embraced
each other, and so coalesced that distinction
was also lost ; and then my soul uttered unconsciously,
" Praise him for his mighty works,"^for
my spirit looked upon an infant in all the perfection
of angelic life
; yes, an infant restored. I had perceived
it a flickering taper ; then as a complex
instrument unstrung; and then encompassed and
pervaded by the sphere of life from the angels above.
I had scanned each organ as it tremulously moved
while being operated upon by the spirit of life. I had
despaired of its restoration. I had mtnessed the
wondi'ous effect of its movement from its inmost
interior capacity. Yea, I had seen these arise quickened
from above, and, embracing each other, coalesce,
and then again arise, and, in like mannea-,
coalesce, until I now beheld that which was before
dissevered from its associate, and discordant, a welltuned
instrument, in form and being an angel spirit
and as it looked up into the face of the angels, it
smiled. That smile bespoke intelligence and harmony.
Truly I thought here is the exposition of
that text, '' Marvel not that I said unto you, ye must
be born again." And from what had passed before
me, I felt the force of that beautiftd expression of
David when he said, " We are fearftilly and wonderfully
made." And turning to my guide, I inquired,
" Is this real ? Is this a spirit redeemed ? Is thig
process absolute in the restoration of a soul born of
discordant elements ?"
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" Truly," said my guide, " what thou hast seen is
real. It is the unfolding to thy understanding
the movement and power of gi-ace upon the spirit
that has been rendered discordant by sin, whch is
the violation of the law,the law of being and the
law of God. The light descending from angels,
Marietta, could not restore, and the music could not
harmonize, nor could the maternal guardians supply
that which was lost. Theirs was to support the
external, while this dissevering process succeeded,
and the components were restored and fitted for
proper use by Him who is the Redeemer, and who
hath power to tune each fibre of the being, and
purify and inbreathe the life of holiness into the soul,
giving new life, tone, energy, inclination, and love
then to order their reunion unto perfect life in the
infant form. And now thou beholdest a spirit in
the consummation of the redemption. This spirit is
now prepared to rest in the soft and balmy bed of
repose, whence thou hast seen others arise to higher
life. Marietta, treasure this in thy soul ; but learn
while this has passed before thee, it is but one of all
this nursery of infant life which thou hast seen.
This period is, in like manner, devoted throughout,
and each temple in the expanse has been equally
" And now the scene changes, and another approaches.
Listen, Marietta. The melody of angels
moves upon the holy atmosphere of the city. They
chant praises to God and the Lamb for their redemption
; for great is the number of these spirits re62
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stored to the Iiaruiony of perfect beings. And thus,
Marietta, are thanksgi\dng3 offered to our Heavenly
Parent at each closing scene, Tvhich brings the newborn
spirit into the harmony and the possession of
Oh ! how my spirit caught the heavenly flame as
it rose, volume succeeding volume, in ascending
praise, adoration, and gloiy, inexpressible and divine
As said the Revelator, " It was like the voice of
It appeared that the whole city resolved itself into
the voice of praise. Oh ! is this heaven ? I said.
How blessed it is to be accounted worthy to entei
the city of God. And if this is only the Lifant
Paradise,if this is the song uttered in view of the
restoration to harmony and heaven of this class of
infant spirits, though great their number, how vast
and incomprehensible must be that expression of
thanksgiving when redemption is complete, and the
Bride, the Lamb's wife, shaU toucli the golden harp
as they arise from the marriage supper, in that great
day when God shaU make up his jewels?
The bliss was so entrancing in its effects upon me,
that I felt like ascending with the divine aspirations:
but reflections upon my unfitness overcame me, and
1 fell into the holy arms of mv guide.
OHEIST EEVEALED AS SUFFEKING ON THE
As I lay in the arms of my heavenly guardian, I
looked into her face, which wore an expression of
deep emotion. With earnestness her eyes were fixed
above ; and her holy lips moved as if in prayer.
At first the expression of her featm^es was so soitowful,
that I thought she would weep ; but tears would
have been a feeble manifestation of that feeling
which, I could plainly see, continued to increase.
Truly, I said, in silent thought, do angels grieve?
Can sorrow enter tliis Holy City ? Tlie music had
ceased its echo reverberated, and moved in the
distance. Silence reigned in the vast expanse. I
Btill leaned upon the breast of my blessed protector,
anxiously observing what was passing. Light fi-om
above shone upon her brow with increasing brilliancy.
Her eyes were still fixed ; and, to employ
earthly expressions her bosom began to heave, her
lips became motionless, and her glowing countenance
had the appearance of reverential awe. Her
looks were so expressive, that I felt like shrinking
from her arms ; and was so awed, that I did not
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notice the cause of her excitement, until she gently,
without turning her eyes, laid her hand of snowy
white and spotless purity upon my head, and then
removing it, raised it upward, until it pointed in the
direction indicated by her fixed attention, and to my
utter astonishment 1 there beheld the cause of her
silent reverence, and the wondrous admiration which
pervaded the inhabitants of the city. Thereoh!
that all the world but knew it !there hung upon
the Crossand from all I could discover, bleeding
and dyingmy Lord and Kedeemer ! Oh ! that
sight ! No human heart can know its efiects upon
the spirits who attend in the Infant Paradise. The
crown of thorns, the nails, the mangled form, the
flowing blood, the look of compassion, were so
plainly manifested and combined, as to convey to
the soul an idea of sufiering the most intense and
About the Cross were congregating from every
part of the city, guardian angels with their infant
spirits. All, as they gathered in a circular form,
manifested deep humility and holy reverence. As
soon as they had assumed this uniform attitude,
they held out the infant spirits whom they had
ill charge, directing their infant minds to the
Cross and the Sacrifice. At this moment an angel
descended, clothed in bright raiment, and moved
around the Cross, holding in his hand his glittering
crown. Then bowing he worshipped, and Ms worship
was silent as had been that of all who had
congregated. After this, tm-ning to the guardian
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angels he said, " Adore Him, for he is the Kedeemer
of a ruined race. Yea, let all Heaven
adore Him !" Then as he lifted up his right hand,
I saw in it a little book. In imitation all the angels
in like manner raised their right hands, in each
of which was also a book of like dimensions. Then
appeared, as fi'om an invisible dome, a choir of
angelic beings. These had palms in their hands,
and they with one voice sang praises to God and
the Lamb. Tlie fii'st I could not understand, but
they concluded saying, "SujGTer childi-en to come
unto me. Of such is the kingdom. Out of the
mouths of sucklings and babes Thou hast perfected
praise. Amen, alleluia, amen!" Tlien the guardian
angels drew still nearer the Cross, presenting
the spirits in their charge, while they were addressed
in a manner entirely beyond my comprehension
; at the close of which each infant was
touched with a sti-eam of light. They smiled and
bowed their heads, while holding up in their little
clasped hands the image of the Cross, which had
been given them by their angels. Again they were
folded in the arms of their protectors ; and again
the choir chanted a loud anthem, which, being
echoed by the smTounding spirits, filled the city
with one volume of holy melody. Then the Cross
and Sacrifice disappeared, and the angels retm-ning,
whence they had come, the city was restored to
its former appearance.
During this manifestation, my guide had not
moved nor uttered a word, but appeared to enter
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into the spirit tliereof, and to realize that a scene
of absorbing interest had been presented.
At length I inqmred, "Is there no heaven without
the Gross and the Sacrifice ? Each scene moves
around its manifestation. Each spirit reverences it
with holy awe, and each hymn of praise utters the
name of the Sacrifice." She replied with suppressed
accents, " Tlie Cross is ever before the vision of redeemed
spirits. In every cu'cle is seen the Cross.
Every fiower, eveiy artistic production, has the
Cross, as by an invisible hand, inwrought throughout.
And all instniction is based upon that blessed
symbol of redeeming love, and it is the duty
of the guardian angels to instruct the spirits of their
charge, in the great truth of redemption, thi-ough
Jesus, who sufiered upon the Cross, and for this
pui-pose each class of spiiits, as they pass from
their first guardian protectors, to the care of others,
are in like manner congregated. And by this
means the Cross and the Sacrifice are imaged and
enstamped within their interior sense; and hence
its nature and likeness grow into higher life and
more exalted being with them. All redeemed and
sanctified spirits are thus made to appear, l^o guile
can in any way be found in them. All angels can
behold the Cross as it shines forth from the soul
which has received its impress. From this cause
malicious spirits or beings cannot conceal fi'om
angels or the spirits of just men made perfect,
their real nature. Where the Cross does not shine,
there is no pure love; and the heart whereon
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it is not visible, is not at peace with God. Marietta,
in heaven there can be no gnile. But this,
mth other manifestations, is only an introductory
view of the principles represented, which,
in due time will be more perfectly unfolded in
manifestations more specific and enlarged."
THE OITT VIEWED FEOM A SUPERIOR
Then I heard a voice from above us saying,
" Come up hither." At this moment I beheld a
circular expanse, like the interior of a tower, whose
spiral walls formed ascending galleries, winding
upward into the superior gloiy. This lovely pathway
seemed fonned of rainbows wi'eathed in spirals
of prismatic hue, and reflecting varying but everbeautilul
tints of matchless lustre.
Borne on a cloud of essential light, that like a
chariot gently ascended the spiral, we passed from
the surface of the city, and advanced along the rising
galleries of this tower of rainbow forms and
glories. Seated by the side of my companion, the
spirit who had kissed the Cross, a sense of calm
composm*e, full of holy peace and delight far superior
to any previous condition, captivated and pervaded
my breast. The spiral galleiy, which seemed
to undulate as if moved by breathing elements of
life, became more beautiful as we advanced, and
appeared to be composed of minute gems of floating
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light, reflecting and pictni'ing in tlieir tremulous
smiaces each floral beauty, which had gladdened my
eye as I passed through the city from which I had
Time, however, was not afforded me to distinguish
between the several qualities and define their loveliness
; for soon we emerged from the ascending galleiy
of rainbows and stood upon an aerial plain, resting
in the transparent air above that magnificent and
lofty dome which crowns the centre temple of instruction
in the paradisical abode.
From this position I beheld the great city, reaching
on every side beneath my view, and was so
situated as to perceive at a glance the general featm-
es of its plan, and to contemplate it in its entire
form as a picture of surpassing loveliness.
Beneath me the sublime Temple of Instruction,
builded of most precious materials, and in a style of
architectm'e which I am unable to describe, arose in
air from the centre of a circular lawn of gi'eat extent,
whose green surface appeared covered with the softest
and richest vei'dure. Majestic trees in groups, and
at regular intervals arose, bearing a profusion of
fragrant and shining clusters of fiowers. Beneath
their shade, and on the more open spaces, appeared
minute flower beds, filled with every variety of
flowers and blossoming shrubs and vines. Fountains
of living waters also were visible, some just rising
from the green grass, and flowing through their
marble channels, or through beds of golden sands,
with a low and pleasant mm'mur; while others
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gushed forth in full volume to a lofty height, and
descended in glowing streams of eveiy variety of
form, and were received in basins, some of which
were like diamond, and others like bm*nished silver
or the wliitest pearl.
This lawn was encircled by a lofty but open trellis
work ; and at its eastern side appeared a gateway
without doors, fi'om the centre of which flowed forth
a stream of living water, supplied from the fountains
within the enclosm-e.
I now directed my attention to the suiTOunding
city, and perceived that it was divided into twelve
gi-eat divisions by this river of living waters, which
flowing in a spiral course, was bordered on either
side by a wide and regular avenue, in twelve great
cm'ves or circles, proceeding from the centre to the
circumference. I also perceived that twelve other
streets intersected this spiral avenue, centering in
the consecrated gi-ound about the Temple, and radiating
to twelve equally divided points in the outer
limit of the scene.
As my vision followed the pathway of the flowing
river and the stately avenues, my mind became
absorbed till all sense of person or time was aierged
in the entrancing sight. The city was divided into
one hundi-ed and forty-four great wards or divisions,
arranged in a series of advancing degrees of sublimity
and beauty. From the outer limit to the
centre was one gently ascending and encircling
pathway of cveii-in creasing loveliness. Each degree
was marked by new and more beautiful forms of
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tree, flower, fountain, statue, palace, and temple of
adoration. Each building was of vast extent, and
corresponded with all others as the perfect part of a
most perfect whole. Thus the entire city appeared
one garden of flowers ; one grove of umbrage ; one
gallery of sculptured imagery; one undulating sea
of fountains; one unbroken extent of sumptuous
architecture all set in a surrounding landscape of
corresponding beauty, and overarched by a sky
adorned with hues of immortal light, that bathed
and encircled each and eveiy object with an evervarying
and increasing chaiin.
I now beheld the movement of the inhabitants.
But faint is the idea that can be given, of what
was moving before my sight. I can only describe
it by saying, that the entire movement was melody.
All the angelic multitudes appeared animated from
one Inspiring Love, moving in the wisdom of one
orderly plan, and having in view the unfolding
of their infant charge into a condition of being
which should perfectly correspond to all that visible
perfection. IN'o angel manifested a separate,
personal movement, disconnected from the universal
harmony, but all appeared to co-operate and to
be inspired from one Superior Som^ce. I saw that
no rivalry, emulation, or desire of selfish glory
existed in the lovely groups of infants, but that
each group, and the inhabitants of each nm^sery
or palace, were united in holy afiection to the superior,
associate and more matm-e societies ; and
that each little child was filled with holy love, and
72 SCENES BEYOND TIIE GRAVE.
desii-ed to become advanced in holy wisdom and
fitted to be used as an angel of light and loveliness.
I saw also, that each delighted to learn
from those above, to communicate beautiful forms,
as gifts of holy love and wisdom to those below,
and to exercise the entire being in harmonic
and unselfish works of love. In this it
was revealed, that each child and each group of
children advanced in orderly series, from temple
to temple, from palace to palace, fi'om circle to
cii'cle, and that as one group advanced it occupied
the place just vacated by an older group and gave
place to a more youthftd family, in its former abode.
Thus like the movement of Spring upon some unfallen
Paradise, I saw each little child, as a living
blossom of immortality, unfold from beauty to
beauty, while all above was gloiy, and all around
was loveliness, and all within was harmonious
movement of unfolding life, love and knowledge
of heaven and adoration of the Savior, and inspiration
of undying joy.
Having thus beheld the City in its glory, usefulness
and magnificence, my vision expanded, and
beyond the extreme circle of palaces, I saw moro
perfectly, what I had seen before while in the City,
midtltudes of angels gathering around, in readiness
to enter the outer temples at the appointed
period. I saw that each class was congregating
accoroling to tlie class or school to which the infants
they had with them were best adapted.
These angels approached as on v:ing's of wind,
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and around them, enrobing them, was a bright
cloud, which made them appear to me as if clothed
with the sun. In their arms, as before stated,
were infant spirits whose existence appeared to depend
upon their care.
As they di-ew very near, each would pause a
moment, poising in the holy and serene atmosphere,
and then inclining to an appropriate position,
This most glorious view in its delightful unfoldings
was now somewhat changed, and my
guide addressed me, saying, " Marietta, behold
the order and glorious wonders of the first and most
simple degree of a spiritual paradise. These angels
thou hast seen in their employment, are ever engaged
in this delightful duty. Here, as has been
taught thee, infants assemble from the world whence
we are ; and from this blessed realm they are conducted
to other and higher schools of instruction
but before thou art permitted to advance, a solemn
and instructive lesson shall be given thee.
SCENE OF REVOLVING AND LIVING
She touched my forehead again, and lo! the
brightness and the glory of the scene departed, and
I immediately descended, and soon was in a low
and gloomy subterraneous vault. Darkness in thick
folds encompassed me, and a feeling of supernatural
dread entered my soul and shocked my being. A
quivering and spasmodic action wi'ought in feaiiul
conflict throughout. My spirit startled at eveiy
movement of my mind. Yea, it appeared as if my
thoughts wrestled amid the darkness. A distant
roar broke upon my ear, as if an ocean poured its
mighty waters foaming and sm*ging down some
craggy rock-bound cataract. In vain I sought to
grasp some substance by which to impede my rapid
movement, which appeared to force me downward
toward the awM abyss.
At this moment a blue sulphurous flash disturbed
the vault of nether darkness, and as it disap-
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peared all around me floated grim spectres, each
enveloped in the fire of nnhallowed passion. So
sudden had been the change and so dreadful its
efi*ects upon me, that no thought but that of horror
and despair had entered my mind, until these lurid
ghosts appeared ; then a more fearftd terror possessed
me, and I turned to seek refuge in the embrace of
my guide, and lo ! I found her not ! Alone and in
this di-eadfiiL place, no means are left me to express
the most faint idea of the agony of that moment.
At first I thought I would pray, but in an instant,
the whole scene of my life was before me. Then
I exclaimed, ' O for one short hour on earth ! for
space, however brief, for preparation of soul, and to
secure fitness for the world of spirits.' But my conscience,
as if some fiend, in a voice hoarse and
trembling, echoed, ' In thy day thou didst reject and
spurn the means adapted to thy necessities, canst thou
hope for successful suit in this dark scene of woe V
And then to add to my misery, my former doubts
and skepticism arose like living beings, looking upon
me with a piercing glare. They revolved around
me in condemning mockery, as though each was a
self-actuated body. Thus congregated my life's
meditations. JVb secret thought hitt novj oomjposed
a part of that attending throng ; even those
thoughts I had, as I supposed, forgotten, proceeded
in order and strength around me. Again they
changed, and each appeared an orb revolving in the
mental, spiritual, and moral atmosphere of my being,
and these, although first appearing in separate parts,
76 SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE.
at length combined as components of myself. To
escape them was to flee from my own life. To annihilate
them would seem to blot out my own existence.
Then it was that I realized the force of the
Savior's expression, ^'For every idle word that man
shall speak, he shall give account in the day of
Wliile thus my mental being seemed revolving
in outward vision about my despaiiing thought,
and while in the most absolute wi'etchedness my
spirit longed to be delivered from this nether
gloom, and to repossess the bodily form, another
scene most terrible of all was suddenly made visible.
It was the full and perfect representation of my
Crucified Eedeemer. Suddenly and in one continuous
vision my entire life of thought concerning
him, passed in a separate embodiment before
my mental view. In one compartment of vision,
dotted with appropriate imagery, appeared those
thoughts which I had conceived of him as a man.
In another compartment, also in correspondent
images, appeared a representation of my thoughts
in which I had conceived of him as Divine. In
another compartment still, appeared a representation
of my thoughts concerning his special atonement
for the limited number of the elect, and there
in fearful forms, appeared those thoughts which
had been mine when I had conceived myself to
be doomed to endless pimishment, because predestined
to reprobation from eternity. Still in
another compartment appeared, also in forms apSCENES
BEYOITD THE GKAVE. 77
propriate, my thoughts concerning the eternal
salvation of all mankind without the necessity of
special moral reformation, and without personal
and living faith in the Savior in regard to his
atonement. And still in another compartment appeared,
also clad in images significant of their
interior natm-e, those thoughts concerning Salvation
by morality, independent of a special interior
faith in Divine good. These separate compartments
blended in one revolving sphere around me,
in which were ten thousand confused and rapidly
combining and separating images, which at once
bewildered, excited and sm'charged my mind. Thus
my mental being moved in fearful vision about
my thought, and every phase of doctrine concerning
Christ, Heaven, Hell, Keligion, or Eternal Life,
which I had ever heard in discom'se, or which I
had conceived by study, or learned in conversation,
or evolved in mental action, made a part of the
Oh, how bewildering these conflicting yet associated
ideas of the Kedeemer ! As they encircled
me in one confused yet coherent cloud of imageiy,
I saw in each some distoited view of the Savior,
but from none in their separate forms, neither in
the entire cloud of changing views, could I behold
him as he is, and therefore the divine glory, honor,
majesty and perfection could not be manifested
in theu- exalting and redeeming power, and I could
not see him as a Prince and a Savior in that true
character which he sustains to the world.
THE FOEM OF THE SAVIOK IN THE CLOUD
Bewildeeed, and ready to abandon all hope
of ever escaping that abode, I had determined in
my mind that the sight was the last which was
to fill up the cup of woe, from which I had drank
already to agony, and which to all eternity could
not be drained, when lo! I saw the Savior extending
his arms toward me, while from his lips
in holy music fell the lovely and soul enrapturing
sentence, " Come unto me all ye weaiy and heavy
laden and I will give you rest."
How vast the contrast, when from the midst of
the cloud, was revealed that glorious Being encompassed
with the shining appearance of a sun. Inwrought
into the revolving surface of the halo of
light which encircled him, and which moved with
calm but rapid motion, I beheld a representation of
the true relation between the Divine Kedeemer and
the universe of light, where holy angels dwell, and
the awful disparity between my own nature and that
sphere of light and life, harmony and love.
I thus beheld him whom, in my madness, folly,
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and skepticism I had so often rejected. At first I
wished to break from the mental embodiment which
was about my inner being, and mingle the veiy
elements of my life with this sphere of hght, and to
dwell in its beauty, peace, and joy ; but being unable
to enter into its reality by reason of the diversity
existing between its intrinsic exaltation and the
impure elements of my faUen mind, a feeling of
distrust and doubt again arose within me.
THE PHANTOM SPHERE.
Suddenly a sable veil of nether night appeared
to ascend, pervading and encompassing my being.
My inner doubt seemed wrought into a cloud that
shut out the upper glory, and the spirit of denial
plunged me into the vortex of a deeper gloom. I
fell as one precipitated from some dizzy height. The
embodiment of darkness opened to receive me. The
moving shadow of a more desolate abyss arose like
clouds in dense masses of tempestuous gloom ; and
as I descended, the ever-accumulating weight of
darkness pressed more fearfully upon me. At length
a nether plain that seemed boundless was imaged
upon my sight, which, at a little distance, appeared
to shine with the resemblance of metallic ores, and
to be covered with the sparkling semblance of vegetation.
Luminous appearances, like waving trees,
with resplendent foliage, and flowers and fruits of
crystal and of gold, were visible in every direction.
Multitudes of spirits appeared beneath the umbrage,
and luminous mantles were folded about each
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rapidly moving form. Some wore crowns upon
their heads ; others tiaras ; and others decorations
of which I knew not the name, but which appeared
to be wrought of clusters of jewels, wreaths of golden
coin, and cloth of gold and silver tissue. Othei-s
wore towering helmets ; and others circlets filled
with glistening and waving plumes. A pale and
lambent phosphorescence was emitted by every
object, and all appeared a splendid masquerade.
The apparel worn by these busy myriads con-esponded
with the ornaments of the head; hence
eveiy variety of sumptuous apparel was displayed
upon their forms. Kings and queens appeared
arrayed in the gorgeous robes of coronation. Groups
of nobility of both sexes, also decorated with all the
varieties of adornment displayed in the pageantry of
kingly com-ts. Dense multitudes were visible in
costume proper to the highly cultivated nations
and as they passed by, I discovered similar groups
composed of less civilized tribes, attired in barbaric
ornaments of eveiy form. TVTiile some appeared
clothed in the habiliments of the present day, others
were in ancient attire ; but every class of spirits
manifested, in the midst of variety of m^de, a uniformity
of external pride, pomp, and rapidly moving
ftnd dazzling lustre.
Sounds of mingled import^bursts of laughter
utterances of revelry, of gay sport and witty ridicule,
and polished sarcasm, and obscene allusions and
terrible curses broke upon my ear. These again
were intermixed with impure solicitations and back-
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bitings, and hollow compliments, and feigned congratulations,
and all in one sparkling brilliancy,
agitated the pained, bewildered sense.
As I advanced, I walked as npon scorpions, and
trod as amid living embers. The trees that seemed
to wave about me were fiery exhalations, and their
blossoms the sparklings and the bm-nings of unremitting
flames. Each object I approached by contact
The phosphorescent glare that surrounded the
various objects bm-ned the eye that looked upon
them. The fruitage burned the hand that plucked
and the lips that received it. The gathered flowers
had emitted a bm-ning exhalation, whose fetid and
noisome odor, inhaled in the nostrils, caused excniciating
pain. The fiery atoms of the atmosphere
burned as they were wafted by me. The air and the
blast that moved it, alike were bm'dened with the
yeiy elements of disappointment and wretchedness.
Upon turning to see if I could discover a single
drop of water to allay the fierce and intolerable
thirst ; fountains appeared, and ri\'ulets flowed amid
the herbage, and lay in calm and placid pools.
Soon, however, I discovered that these corresponded
with the former illusions, and the drops of spray
from the sparkling fountains fell like di'ops of molten
lead upon the shrinking form. The flowing rivulets
were like the molten river of metallic fire that
Btreams from a furnace seven times heated ; and the
deep still pools were as the white and waveless silver
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in some glowing crucible, when every atom is bm-ning
with a fierce, intolerable glow.
When in solemn conteinplation of these fearful
scenes, a spirit approached me whom I had known
on earth. This being appeared externally far more
brilliant than when in the body. The form, the
countenance, the eyes, the hands, appeared endued
with a metallic lustre that varied with every motion
and every thought. Accosting me the spirit
"Marietta, we are again met. You see me a
disembodied spirit, in that abode where those who
inwardly deny the Savior find their habitation when
their mortal day has ended.
" Strange emotions agitate your bosom. Thus I
felt, looked, wondered, and moved in sad and bewildered
anxiety in the hour when my being here discovered
the theatre of its present existence. But I
experienced that which you have never yet realized
in the interior principles of mind. Strange and
incontrollable are the emotions causing me to relate
that inward sorrow which this brilliant exterior
would, if it were possible, conceal.
" My life on earth was suddenly brought to a close
and as I departed from the world, I moved rapidly
in the direction prompted by my ruling desires.
I inwardly desired to be courted, honored, admired
to receive universal adulation, and to be free to
follow the perverted inclinations of my proud, rebellious,
and pleasure-loving hearta state of existence
where aU should be pleasure without restraint
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where each should be free to obey the promptings of
every passion, and where every indulgence should be
permitted to the soul,where prayers and religious
instructions should find no placewhere the Sabbath
should not be knownwhere no rebuke of sin should
ever fall^where existence should be spent in gay
and festive sports, with no superior and restraining
power to molest or interfere.
"With these desires I entered the spirit world,
and passed to the condition adapted to my inward
state. I rushed in haste to the enjoyment of the
glittering scenes which you now behold. I was
welcomed as you have not been, for at once I was
recognized as a fit associate by those who here abide.
They do not welcome you, for they discern in you
an interior desire, adverse to the ruling passions
which here prevail.
" I was welcomed with gay and sportive sounds.
The beings whom you behold in the distance rushed
forward to embrace me. They shouted welcome!
welcome ! I was awed, bewildered, and yet mentally
quickened and energized by the atmosphere
of this abode. I found myself endued with the
power of strange and restless motion. A flood
of thoughts which had before existed in a germinal
state witliin my mental organism, burst forth and
filled the mind, until the mental edifice appeared
a minute but corresponding image of the dazzling
scenery and moving lustre of the plane, which had
now become my habitation.
Every organ sent forth and every pore emitted
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a phosphorescent illumination, which condensed
about the head and formed the appearance of a
brilliant diadem, and reflected on the countenance
a wild, unearthly glow. The exhalation as it extended
became a flaming robe, enveloping my
form and causing it to conform in appearance to
the invariable likeness of my spirit associates.
"I became conscious of a strange pervasion of the
brain, and the cerebral organs became subject to
a foreign power, which seemed to operate by an
" I abandoned myself to the attractive influences
that were around me, and sought to satisfy my
craving desires for pleasure. I reveled, I banqueted,
I mingled in the wild and voluptuous dance, I
plucked the shining fruit, I plunged in the ardent
streams, I sm-feited my natm'e with that which externally
appeared delicious and inviting to the
sight and to the sense. But when tasted, all was
loathing and a source of increasing pain. And
so unnatural are the desires perpetuated here that
what I crave I loathe, and that which delights
tortm-es me. My tortm-es create within me a
strange intoxication. My appetite is palled, and
yet my hunger is unappeased and unappeasable.
"Every object which I perceive I crave, and
I grasp it in the midst of disappointment and
gather it with increased agony. With every new
accession of experience I am immersed in some
unknown fantasy, delirium and intoxication. New
and strange phenomena are continually manifested
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and add delirium to delirium, and fear to fear. I
seem to myself to become part of that which is
about me, and the varied scenes which are mirrored
upon the vision appear radiated from me, in
a thousand phantasmagorial deceptions. The voices
which fall upon my ear, again bm-st from me in
incontroUable utterances. I laugh, philosophize,
jeer, blaspheme and ridicule by turns, yet every
epithet, however interiorly impure, sparkles with
wit, glows with metaphor, and moves adorned with
eveiy rhetorical embellisliment. The metallic ores,
the waving trees, the shining fr-uit, the moving
phantasms, the deluding waters, seem to form a
dazzling and mocking spectacle, which is ever
before my eyes, and eveiy subject of reflection,
has its fellow in my heart, fi'om which, in its
mocking scenery, it meets a response. I inwardly
crave to satisfy my hunger and my thirst, and the
desfre appears to create without and around
me a tantalizing ilhision of cool waters I may
never di'ink, and grateful fniits I may never taste,
and refreshing airs I never feel, and peaceful slumbers
I may never enjoy. I know that the forms
around me are fantastic and delusive, yet every
object appears to hold controlling power, and to
domineer with cruel enchantment over my bewildered
" I experience the power of the law of evil
attraction. I am the slave of discordant and deceptive
elements and of their presiding vice. Every
object by turns attracts me. The thought of menSCENES
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tal fi-eedom dies within the dying will, while the
idea that I am a part and an element of the revolving
fantasy takes possession of my spirit.
"This realm, curtained with a cloud of nether
night, is one sea of perverted and diseased magnetic
element. Here lust, pride, hate, avarice, love of self,
ambition, contention, and blasphemies, reveling in
madness, kindle into a burning flame. And that
speciality of evil which does not belong to and unfold
from one spirit, belongs to and unfolds from
another ; so that the combined strength of the aggregate
of all, is the prevailing law. By this strength
of evil I am bound, and in it I exist.
"Here are those who oppressed the poor; who
robbed the hireling of his wages, and bound the
weary down with heavy burdens ; the false in
religious faith ; the hypocrite ; the adulterer ; tho
assassin ; and the suicide, who, not satisfied with
life in the external form, has hastened its close.
"Did mortals but know the dark and dreadful
night into which they are sm-e to fall if they die
unprepared, they would desire to lengthen the day
of probation rather than to hasten its termination,
however multiplied their scenes of sorrow, and to
wisely improve the fleeting moments which quickly
number earth's probationary scenes. Is man's weary
existence fraught with grief while he walks the
gloomy dells of death, and gropes along the brambly
paths that mortals tread? Here, on either hand^
awake new and multiplied causes of accmnulating
gloom. Does hope of peaceful and happy days in
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the outer world flicker like the dying taper ? In this
abode are ceaseless, unsatisfied, and unholy inclinations.
" Here also sense is infinitely more acute. What
with moiials would produce only a pang, enters into
the very elements of our existence, and the pain becomes
a part of us. And as immortality is tho
intellectual sensation of man unincumbered with
physical sense, and vastly superior in its ability
to endure to mortality, in like proportion is the
consciousness and capability of sufibring here,
superior to human suffering.
" Marietta, I feel 'tis vain to attempt the expression
of our deplorable state. I often inquire, is
there no hope? And my sense replies, How can
harmony exist in the very midst of discord ? We
were advised of the consequences of our course while
in the body ; but we loved our ways better than
those which exalted the soul. We have fallen into
this fearful abode. We have originated our sorrow.
God is just. He is good. We know that 'tis not
from a vindictive law of our Creator that we sufler.
Marietta, it is our condition from which we receive
the misery we endm-e. The violation of the moral
law, by which our moral natures should have been
preserved in harmony and health, is the prime cause
of our state. O sin ! thou parent of countless woes I
thou insidious enemy of peace and heaven ! why do
mortals love thy ways ?"
Here she paused and fixed her eyes, wild with
despair, upon me. I shrank from the dreadful
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glare, for her appearance manifested inexpressible
While she was addressing me, a multitude of the
forlorn beings were moving around her, striving to
suppress their true feelings, while listening to her
relation of the reality of their sufferings. Their appearance,
her address and the scene which was before
me, filled me with horror ; and I sought to escape-
Upon discovering this, her grief appeared to deepen,
and she hastily said
" ISTo, Marietta, leave me not, can you not endure
for a short period the sight and relation of what I
am continually suffering ? TaiTy with me, for I
desire to speak of many things.
" Do you startle at these scenes ? Know then that
all that moves around you is but the outer degree of
deeper woe. Marietta, no good and happy beings
abide with us. All within is dark. We sometimes
dare to hope for redemption, still remembering the
story of Kedeeming Love, and inquire, Can that
love penetrate this abode of gloom and death ? May
we ever hope to be made free from those desires and
inclinations which bind us like chains, and passions
which bum like consuming fires in the unhallowed
elements of this world of wretchedness ?"
Overcome by her deep feelings, she yielded to the
manifestation of grief, and I heard her speak no
more ; whereupon another spirit drew near, and addressing
" Go, leave us to our lot. Your presence gives us
pain, since it revives the more active memory of lost
90 SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE.
opportunities ; the indulgence of propensities tliat
folded around the soul the elements of evil magnetism,
and pervaded the spirit with its deadly miasm."
Here the spirit paused a moment, then continued,
*' ]S"o, tariy
; prompted by a cause I know not, I am
desirous to reveal what we have learned while here,
relative to the power and influence of evil and its
magnetism upon the spirit of man, which, though
while man inhabits the tenement of clay is exceedingly
subtile, when the spirit leaves the outer
world and enters the interior world, forms the external
sphere of his existence. Here it is the more
external. In the world whence we came, it is the
invisible and inteiior ; but now it is our outward
dwelling. It arises from the deep. It unfolds from
the soul. It encompasses all, pervades all, controls
and inspires all. Mortals are opposed to this tnith,
and from the love and goodness of God, they reason
that there can not be suflfering in the spirit of man.
This reasoning charges evil upon God, since evil
and suffering exist with the family of man in the
outer world and with us prevail. The cause of this
is obvious, and yet men seek to reject the principle.
" When the harmony and movement of law is disturbed
or prevented, evil consequences ensue. Man,
by counteracting the movement of law in himself,
produces a contrary effect from what is indicated,
and therefore, that which was ordained unto life
that which should have perfected himby improper
tendencies, is operative unto death ; sin therefore,
or tlie violation of law, unfits the being for
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proper development, and hence, the violator being
removed from harmony, dies unto (ceases to exist
in) the law of peace and holy development.
" This great and irrevocable truth is manifest in
every degree of physical and moral movement,
where law meets with obstruction ; and we have its
fimits with us in abundant and fearful hai-vest.
" Why will not mortals reason and discover the
results of action, and by preventing the growth of
evil and by cleaving unto God, thi'ough heaven appointed
means, escape these fearful consequences?
Marietta, you are not one of us, else these elements
would have enveloped your being and absorbed
your life. But you will retm-n to realms of
peace. Madness and delirium arise and rage within
us upon being cited to scenes where love, pure
love, and peace abide. You are thus addressed
because of yoiu' return to earth. Tt^ll the inhabitants
thereof what you have seen, and warn them of
the danger awaiting those who persist in the gi-atification
of impure desires."
One hideous expression closed the scene; and
being overcomefor I knew what I had witnessed
was realI was immediately removed. Those
spirits I had known on Earth, and when I saw them
there I knew them still. Oh, how changed ! They
were the very embodiment of sorrow and remorse.
How ardently I desired that they might escape and
become pm-e, and receive an inheritance with those
blessed spirits I visited in the Paradise of Peace.
ADDKESS OF THE FALSE PHILOSOPHER.
DcRiNG these reflections I unconsciously passed
away from that sphere of gloom to a region
where I could perceive nothing but lonely space.
ISTo sun or stars were visible to my sight. Darkness
more dense, closed around me, and I felt that my
doom was sealed, and that I should soon become the
companion of spirits in those fantastic realms. And
when I began to agonize beneath the idea of departing
hope, I heard a voice as from the distance, in
tones soft and melodious, say, " Look unto Jesus :
He is the life of the soul." In a moment an inward
feeling arose in rebellion to the idea of adoring that
Jesus who was crucified; when suddenly all that
seemed to sustain me departed, and again I descended
as from an immeasiu'able height, into an abyss
inhabited by beings, whose condition I did not at
fii'st discover, but who were finally revealed as more
desperate than those from whom I had just escaped.
They gathered around me and commended me for
the doubt I had entertained concerning the Divinity
of the Son of God. Tlien a spirit of giant intellect,
approaching me, said :
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" Religion, the Eeligion of the Bible, so much re
vered by many who live in darkness and are mideveloped,
is but a spiritual farce. The God of the
Bible whom Christians call the Savior of the "World,
was but a man. Religious faith circumscribes the
range of human thought, fetters the noble intellect,
and prevents the progression of the race. Those
thou hast just visited, are a class of spirits who,
blinded by the delusive dreams of Earth's religionists,
have entered the spirit world unprogressed;
hence they still cling to the idea of Redemption
through Clu'ist. They appear to suffer
their suffering is but imaginary. Light will ere
long reach them. Then will' they be enabled to
discover the folly of their religious education, to
which, though discarded by their better being,
they cleave with insatiable desires. We are free.
Our intellect ranges unrestrained, and we behold the
magnificence and the glory of the peopled universe.
We enjoy the rich productions of the sublime attributes
of mind, and thusand not by the Religion
of the Crosswe arise into the more exalted spheres
of intellectual attainments, and the moving grandeur
of terrestrial things.
" Marietta, for so thou art called, we saw thee
when darkness overshadowed thee, and well did we
understand that for a moment, from the force of education,
thou wouldst have offered prayer for salvation
in the name of Jesus. We heard that voice
that spake from above thee, saying, 'Look to
Jesus ;' still that did not save thee. Learn, then,
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that from the native unfolding of thy being cometh
"What dost thou see, Marietta? Abandon thy
thoughts of the empty Religion of the Bible, and behold
the wonders of this sphere of existence. This
is the Second Sphere. Around thee gather minds
from the varied spheres of Earth, minds whose
strength of intellect could not yield to the force of an
imaginary religion. They were not awed into reverence
by the priestly garb, nor sang the idle notes
of psalmody, the heartless ' music ' of the church.
" These sing of nature, of which they are a noble
part ; and thus united, ascend the octave of mental
Here the spirit addressing me became greatly
annoyed; and the nebulous appearance which encompassed
him was agitated under the influence of
successive sliocks, which caused his veiy being to
convulse and writhe beneath its influence. I could
not perceive whence they came, and was greatly
terrified, as I saw the whole scene changed at every
successive touch, which v^^as attended with flashes
like broad sheets of lurid light, playing upon the
cloud-like form which enveloped him.
I could also perceive that he was intensely strug
gling to overcome some power which was about to
control him. Every energy was exerted to its highest
capacity, to roll back the tide that was overwhelming
him. Suddenly he groaned, as in the bitternesa
of one sinking to irremediable despair, and then
yielded to the intrusive influence, when, lo ! a vast
SCENES BEYOND THE GRAVE. 95
arena opened to my view, in which I saw at one
glance every imaginable species of vice, forms and
fashions of human society, government, clans, and
all the varied phases and forms of worship, originating
in every kind of religion, from the heathen to
fashionable chm'ch-going people, who heartlessly
worship mider the name of the holy Religion of the
THE PANDEMONIUM MOCK WORSHIP.
As this scene opened, I heard a voice from far
above me, saying, " Marietta, fear not ; but behold
a pandemonium, where congregate the self-deceived
; hopers in false philosophy, together with the
despisers of God ; and where also arise, in spectral
form, the false religions of Earth ; where hypocrisy
unveils its hideous shape, and religious mockery
speaks in its own language; where are exhibited
human wolves, who appeared in sheep's clothing,
that they might indulge their cupidity upon the
humble and unsuspecting. Hark ! listen to that
wild chant which breaks from the thousands who sit
in the galleries of song. They once sung^heartlessly
sunghymns dedicated to the worship of the
living God. Listen to the hoarse voice of the heavy
organ before which they are congregated. See, they
arise ; observe theii' manner, and seek to understand
what they utter."
As I approach the description of this scene, I
most sensibly feel my incompetency. Tlie reality
none can ever know, save those who personally behold
it. I am only able to say, that every evil device
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wliicli prevails with man, appeared organized and
moving in a perfect scene, and each spirit was an
actor performing the part cultivated by him while in
the body. I knew that if they expected bliss, all
was unreal ; and yet all struggled to obtain enjoyment,
which, however, from its dreadlul fantasy,
recoiled upon the sufiering soul with inexpressible
As I looked upon them, the occujDants of the broad
galleries arose ; and as they sung, the hoarse voice
of the spectral organ jarred, as note after note ol
their attempted music fell from lips whose veryaccents
mocked the effort. My soul pitied them, as
I saw them sink back in utter despair ; and yet I
thought I could perceive design in their movements.
Below them were seated a fastidious audience, before
whom was standing, in a pulpit of Gothic architecture,
one clad in priestly garbone who had dishonored
the cause of the Redeemer by hypocrisy and
the love of vain glorywho had made the cause of
the holy ministiy a by-word, by a soulless profession
of love for the gifts of grace. This representation of
speculators in religious things, moved in the mock
dignity of his clerical profession. Before him
lay an open volume, from which he attempted
to read , but every effort was bafflied. Bis voice
was shrill and piercing, and his accents inarticulate.
His features became distorted, and he writhed and
agonized. He then attempted to read again, which
resulted as did the first, increasing his sufferings,
until he burst forth in the most vehement expressions,
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ciu'sing his own being, and all around him, and theB
blasphemously addi-essing himself to the Author of
Existence, charged God with all wrong, the som'ce oi*
eveiy soitow, and even desired to gather together
the strength o^f all created intellect with which to
cui'se the Creator of the Uniyer&e. His oaths, his
manner, and his insatiable passion, caused him to
appear so desperate, that 1 felt impressed with fear
that he had power to accomplish gi-eat destruction in
whatever direction he moyed.
Soon, however, my anxiety was relieved by the
sudden exhaustion of his entire force, and I saw
that he too, was limited in power, and was, moreover,
to a very great extent, under the will of his
One glance at the throng before him, was sufficient
to reveal the cause of much of his suffering.
There, were seated those whose countenances bespoke
interior hate, mingling with wild maniacal
relish; those who mocked his futile effort and
indulged in fiendish delight at the expense of his
dreadful sufferings. Yea, they relished his manifestation
of keen despair as the uneasy wound
relishes that friction which affords present maddening
pleasm-e, but terminates in more excited pain.
As he sank back, the expression of his countenance
was that of horror beyond description. His being
assumed every imaginable distortion. Around him
flashed lurid fires, and his entire outward expression,
revealed an inward consciousness as restless
as some burning crater. His whole appearance
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bespoke agonies equal to the worst conceptions
of the relentless sinner's hell, and reminded me
of the language of Jesus, who said, '^ And they
shall go into outer darkness, where there shall be
weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth ; where
the woiTQ dieth not and the fire is not quenched."
While he lay enveloped in the fires of his own
unhallowed passions, one of his audience arose
and thus addressed him:
"Thou fiend of darkness! thou child of hypocrisy
! deceiver, matchless deceiver ! thine is
the hell of a heartless religious teacher. Adequate
sufierings thou canst never endure. Thou 'madest
merchandise of religion and the souls of men. Yea,
because of this, thou didst dwell in temples of
human glory, receiving the adoration of men ; then
thou didst wrap thyself in the garments of ease
at the expense of souls ; thou didst not seek to
reach the ruined heart with the soul-redeeming
Truth of Heaven, but to please the ear and charm
the fancy. ISTow thou art tormented. Arise ! thou
false teacher, arise ! and in thy silken gown display
the order of thy false apostleship. Speak to us
smooth things. Direct the movement of this broad
gallery of mimic song. Hold thy blasphemy!
vent not thy cursings, for lo ! thy Maker is just
wish not to move him from his throne. His august
majesty thou didst mock. Through thee, his glory
should have shown, and by that light thousands
should have been led to seek his face."
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At tliis sharp rebuke the sufferer sought to
escape, whereupon the speaker continued,
" Xay, thou hypocrite ! even though thou wouldst
thou canst not flee. Cast thy vision over this vast
throng of sufferers, then ask thyself the cause.
Though these have sinned, and each to his Master
Btandeth or falleth, canst thou behold them in peace
and a sense of innocence? Didst thou strive to
lead them up to God? Yea, rather thy learned
essays and elaborate expositions of the Sacred Word,
adorned with poetic genius, addressed with most
eloquent display, did they not lull in deeper slumber
the dormant spirit, while wreathing thy mortal
brow with human laurels ?"
Here the spirit addressed cried out, " Hold ! hold !
spare me ! I sufier the tortm-es of unabating remorse
! Dread Retiibution ! stay ! oh, stay ! nor cut
thy victim down. I own my sufferings just. In
life I sought the means of human pleasm-e. I trifled
with the souls of men, and heartlessly wrote of eternal
things. I formed my prayers for human hearing,
and interpreted the Sacred Text to gratify the
capricious, the selfish, the vaunter in holy things,
the usm-per of hmnan rights, the oppressor. Horror,
the horrors of immortal night and keen remorse
take hold of my spu-it, I hear the voice of lamentation.
I see the madness of disappointed spirits.
These haunt me. If I seek to fly, before me congregate
like ghosts the multitude of ills hanging upon
the soul that here finds no rest. These, my parSCENES
BEYOND THE GRAVE. 101
risioners, drive me mad with their bitter imprecations.
Secret sins, like demons commissioned to inflict on
me immortal pain, arise from the vault of memory.
Spare me a deeper hell !" During these ejaculations
the whole audience arose and mocked his agony.
At the close, the spirit addressing him resumed his
" Well didst thou know our delight was to please
thee ; and when we indulged in the gratification of
desires imhallowed, and leading in the ways of
death, no reproof was administered by thee, our
religious teacher. The Bibleoh ! that sacred Book,
gift of God to guide the wanderer to bright mansions
in heavenwas made, by the false interpretations of
the pleasm^e-loving and heartless divine, the passport
to this scene of woe, where sins ripen into
living forms, where fashions, with their gaudy
folds, enwrap the spirit as with innumerable sheets
of unextinguishable fire, and where Mammon, like
a spectral goddess, sits in the clouds of death, which
" The law of being, inverted, culminates in the
fantasy in which thou art moving. This thou hast
done, urged on by the love of glory, the glory of
the hypocrite, whose form of religion is like a
whited sepulchre , to the outward view fair as the
spotless Church, which reflects the glory of the
Spiritual Jerusalem from bright worlds on high.
But thy heart was the seat of pride and lust, a
cage of foul birds, a den of reptile thoughts. Yes, a
sepulchre full of dead men's bones, the anatomic
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fragments of departed, heartless divines, the legacy
of religious bigots.
"Curse not thy Maker. This is thy harvest.
Listen to that scripture so often carelessly falling
fi'om thy lips. ' He that soweth to the flesh shall of
the flesh reap corruption.' ' The wages of sin is
death.' How those passages of Holy Writ ring
through the brassy chambers of souls congi-egated in
the realms of night. Yes, they ring as from spirit
to spirit they move, touching each immortal sensation
drawn to its highest tension by the horror of the
doom and the phantom scenes that arise like ghosts
from beneath these spheres of death.
" No, false teacher, let God be true ; for sin hath
formed us thus. We suffer the consequences of violated
law, the law of our being."
As he spoke these words, a fearful trembling seized
his form. He became more and more agitated, until
lie, with the great congregation, quaked and fell
like dead men ; and losing identity, presented one
vast body of agitated life. Above this body arose a
thick atmosphere of moving atoms, so dense, that it
appeared like a part of the mass below.
Tlie sight was too much ; and being unable to
endure further these scenes of woe, I shrank back
and exclaimed, " Is there not a God of mercy, and
can he behold and not save ?"
"Yes," spake a voice from above me, " yes there
is a God of mercy, and that God beholds with pitying
eyes the sinner. Mercy yeanis over him. Yea,
hast thou not read, ' God so loved the world, that ho
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gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
on him should not perish, but have eternal life?'
But though salvation is offered to the world, and
Heaven's messengers plead with the sinner, millions
refuse, and millions more who profess, speculate
upon the great truth connected with man's redemption.
Sin indulged, forms the sinner for woe
and there are many who will not forsake their evil
ways until fallen into the most wretched state, the
consequence of the violation of the law of purity and
"Fear not, Marietta, before thee has been portrayed
a portion of the consequences of sin upon the
spirit of man. Spiritual sufferings are beyond any
power of expression ; nor may they be perfectly
mirrored upon the understanding by figures of representations.
He who first addi-essed thee, represents
that spirit of antichrist which seeks to dazzle spiritual
perception by bright pictures of false reasoning^
behind all of which lies the scene of discord, improper
affections, impure desires, love of self, false
hearts, cruelty, lust, rapine, and miu-der ; the denial
of God in his redeeming mercy, sacrilege and blasphemy.
He strove to direct thy attention to an
opposite scene, and thereby conceal the state of
those whose hearts are not controlled hj the love oi
" His power failing, represents the utter inutility
of all things out of Christ, to save the soul
from the influences tending to death which, through
sin, infect the unregenerate heart.
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^' Then opened a scene in which was likewise portrayed
all forms of vice ; but too heavily would that
view have borne upon thee, had it been displayed
in its fulness, hence immediately appeared the gallery
of choralists. These represent the world making
melody to the gods of their worship, of whatever
name or character they chanced to be. In their
hearts was no fear or love for the Supreme Being,
whom they mocked with lip service. In the
desk was represented a false teacher, and the
awful consequences of hypocrisy in religion. He
was false, and therefore fallen into this pit of woe.
Before him were those who represent the woi*shipers
in the name of the Cross, but who have not the
fear of God before their eyes. They appeared unto
men to worship, but their hearts were far from God.
They sought to please themselves in their devotions,
while they chose a teacher who in turn sought to
glorify himself with men by gratifying the caprice of
" He strove to address them in representation
of the great tnith, that the mind works out in the
spirit, the cultivation and impression received in
the outer world. His ineffectual effort represents
the inability of any being to derive real satisfaction,
or to be useful to those around him by false methods.
" The s})irit addressing him, represents the spiiit
of tliose who, in any sphere of existence, had
trusted to folse teachers, and had little concern
for their spiritual interests. And thus the discorSCENES
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dance of beings not properly united is made to
appear. Tliey charge their sins upon each other.
The spirit's reference to the justice of their condition
as a natui-al consequence following the
violation of law, represents the consciousness of
guilt and the goodness of God, conceived by all
who awake from their idle dreamings to a proper,
sense of the the requisition of God's holy law upon
' The dreadful wi'ithing of the spirit addi-essed
under the dark picture of his past deeds, represents
that those who, in external life follow their carnal
desires, when they meet in spirit reflect great truths
upon each other, by the thoughts and movements
of their being. Their final fall and blending into
one, illustrates the inseparable nature and tendency
of sin ; also, that the law of sympathy or magnetic
affinity, exists even with the disembodied spirits
of men ; and that, by that law, like character
of mind and affections, are attracted to each
other, and that by accumulation, prevailing elements
increase in power and momentum, and
thus each receives from and inflicts sorrow upon the
" The moving cloud above them also illustrates
the atmosphere of thought which fills the great arena
of spiritual discord.
"Finally, Marietta, the scene of the bishop and
his congregation, together with the false teachers
of the schools of vain philosophy, illusti-
ates that portion of the sacred text which saith.
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' If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall togather.'
" Marietta, thy spirit cannot endure more ; but
let this lesson impress thee with the great trifth, that
' the wages of sin is death.'
MAEIETTA ARISES TO A SPHERE OF
As the voice addressing me ceased, I heard an
angel as fi'om some choral band, say, " Marietta,
come up hither !" and I arose into a cloud of light,
which gently ascended. In its pavilion my spirit
The change how great, how marvelous ! A moment
before I was with fear and wonder beholding
an excited, suffering throng reveling in the
madness of inflamed passions: passions cultivated
while in the body to excessive indulgence. There,
they had sorrow. There, were manifested, undisguised,
the effects of evil of every character, of demoralizing
habits, secret pm*poses, and hidden iniquity.
There were contentions, murmurings, and dreadful
blasphemies, while the actors and sufferers were
di-awn together and held by prevailing elements,
the elements of their own perverted natures.
And from their condition I had learned that sin
worketh death, and happiness cometh not by disobedience,
but by unsophisticated religious faith:
fiiith in Jesus as the Eedeemer which incites the
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true worship of God from a broken heart and contrite
spirit. Moreover, I also learned, that deceit
was the element of darkness and the som-ce of many
woes, as well as the covert for the concealment of
the end of falsehood and the fruits of vice. And yet
was plainly revealed the great truth that no deception
however finely wrought, can slu'oud in the
horn' of trial ; for he who essayed to portray the
glories of nature, and sought by the display of the
emblazoned canopy to allm-e the soul from the Cross,
and proifer life and peace by other means, failed to
conceal the drama moving in the broad arena where
congregate those who do not love God or regard his
law despisers of the holy religion of Jesus by
which men are saved.
I was reflecting upon this scene when new light
broke in upon me. I tm^ned to see whence it issued,
when, lo ! above me, I saw a lovely being, clad in
raiment bright as the sun, reposing in the gloiy
surrounding her. Her countenance shone with
heavenly goodness. Calmly she dwelt in the midst
of the divine effulgence. She spake, and her voice
filled me with delight, saying, " Eest spirit, rest.
Let no care depress thee. Dismiss thy thoughts
upon the scenes just passed. For every willing heart
God hath in heaven a mansion prepared. And
whoso seeks shall find the Lord a present help in
time of need. Those thou hast seen are in the element
they indulged while in the body. As he who
falls from some dizzy height must bear the pain the
wound imparts, even so he who lives and dies in
SCENES BEYOND THE GEAVE. lOl^
sin, receives the counterpart. This is the law of
" Kest, Marietta, rest ; for lo ! angelic bands descend.
List, sister. That hannony, how sweet!
How gently it moves along the heavenly way ! It
nears us, Marietta ; the volume swells upon the
heavenly breeze. Its notes accent praises to our
Eedeemer. Heavenly anthems awake on every
hand. Look up. Marietta ; lo ! we are near a city
wherein dwelleth righteousness, l^o evil enters
there. No false spirit shaU ever pollute the holy
temples thereof. Hark, sister spirit, an angel
guardian of the holy hills, addresseth thee."
Then there came a voice saying, " Marietta,
whence art thou ? Hast thou left the world of
mortal sadness ! And why art thou in(5Tined to
scenes whei*e evil passions reign ? Does- thy being
vasciUate between the spheres of good and evil ? I
have seen thee in the Paradise of Peace, moving
with the blessed, where songs unite and anthems
are ever ascending in softest melody. I have seen
thee floating in the murky air fiiendless and alone
thence I witnessed thy sudden fall into the cloud
that o'erhangs the arena of inharmonious, wicked
beings ; and then I saw thee observing every movement
until the sight overcame thee; and sinking
beneath the burdened vision, I heard thee call for
help from God or for some kind angel to befriend
thee. Learn from this, that he whose heart is not
established in truth, whose nature is not controlled
by the law of holy love, is exposed to the attracting
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influence of evil ; for there is no safety for the soul
not born of Divine Good. He who hath not this
principle, is in moral condition exposed to those
influences which tend to outer darkness, and the
abode of those existing in the sphere of deadly magnetism.
Eemember that he who would be the disciple
of Truth and enter into rest, must deny himself
the gratification of the unholy inclinations ol
the pei-verted heart, wliich cleave to that which does
not inspire reverence for God or a desire to be
found doing His will ; and he must convert the
attributes of his being to the exercise of welldoing,
for thus and thus only can be secm*ed through
grace divine, everlasting good.
"Marietta, these scenes and the opening of thy
spu'itual perceptions are permitted for a wise purpose.
The movement of human minds, unsettled
in religious truth, thou hast represented when attracted
to paradise, thence to vacant regions where
Chaos and Mght rule chief monarchs ; and thence
to scenes of wretchedness where are those whose
characters have been formed by wi'ong indulged,
and the love thereof cherished, until the receptive
powers have become drunken with the excess of
vice, and delirious under the influence of hallucinating
pleasures. And where at last the elements of
evil operate uncontrolled, and the soul made sensible
of the nature of false influence, realizes the tendency
and the efiects of sin.
"Thus it is revealed, that when left to itself,
the perverted spirit drives madly on under the inSCENES
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jsatiable action of evil, and by association devoid
of restraint, spirits aggravate each other's woe; and
therefore those in the broad arena were mutual
"So also in the world of mortality, sin is
strengthened in proportion to the number of minds
actuated by its principles. Thus one evil doer
supports another in the ways of evil. And herein
is seen how one sinner destroyeth much good. Sin
added to sin enlargeth its capacity, and increaseth
its movement, until families, tribes and nations
arm themselves to do battle in. its behalf. O, that
mortals but knew the power of evil influence ! Then
prompted by the law of heavenly love, the Spirit
of Grace, they would unite to prevent its workings
in the carnal heart. Marietta, woe may
well be written upon the dome encompassing the
race of man, for by their indulgence in sin they
embitter their mortal existence, and too often enter
the world of spirits preponderating to evil, and
thence become united to those existino; where like
elements prevail. But the grace of God if admitted
into the understanding and afiections, changes the
character and inclinations; since Divine Life descending
into the soul, causes the affections thereof
to incline to its source. And such when they enter
here, by the law of holy attraction, mingle in life's
sustaining sphere, and from God receive the inspiration
of holiness, the ever increasing spirit
of divine attainments."
CENTRE DOME OF INFANT PARADISE.
"Marietta, this is the city where thou hast
beheld the infant nui'series, to- which, from scenes
of sorrow and death thou art permitted to return.
From this position above the centre dome of the
infant nm'sery, thou canst behold the order and use
of this temple of education. Here are congregated
the schools of Infant Paradise, and here they are
instructed in the higher degTces of useful employment."
As the spirit closed, suddenly the great dome
below us opened, and presented at one single view
its glory and magnificence. In it I saw united
all the gi-andeur, variety and order of the entire
paradise. Again, I saw in the centre, the Cross.
Around it were twelve spirits, in each of whose
hands was a lesser cross and a harp. Upon their
heads were crowns bright with gems. Below these
and filling the broad arena encircled with magnificent
galleries, were convened the members of
schools from the difierent temples and wards
throughout the city. Over each was a presiding
spirit whose movements were closely observed by
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those below them. As I looked I beheld unnumbered
bands of infants, whose shining robes presented
every imaginable hue. In the hand of each
was a rose, in whose folds was combined every
variety of flower that blooms upon the plains. Upon
each rose rested a small white dove, and across
the wings was written, ''Holiness to the Lord."
Before each infant was an open scroll, upon which
appeared to be written, in characters I could in
no wise understand, that which was their first lesson
here. All having their position, were motionless
as they poised composedly in the light near theii
protecting spirits. Eacli infant appeaivd to expect
directions from the twelve spirits who were around
the Cross, upon whom they now fixed their attention.
O, how blissful the silence that prevailed
and which revealed the perfect order and Divine
harmony of the place.
marietta's unfitness revealed by
" Listen, Marietta," said the angel ; and with her
right hand she pressed my temples, and lo ! from
that deep silence came forth music like the angelic
breath, of the most inward and hallowed life of the
spirit. I could scarcely hear it ; still in softest
melody it moved over the octavian organism of my
inward being. Until then I had not known that
within me were elements which could be awakeaed
to such symphony ; or if tuned, could vibrate to the
touch of such sacred and interior melody. For
sm'ely it appeared like the spirit of interior song.
As the notes of that spirit of music arose, I thought
a new natm'e was given me to enable me to realize
harmony so perfect ; and I seemed to blend with it,
until my own volition sought to unite, and then
oh ! thenI felt the effects of a soul unstrung.
Note after note from the invisible source approached
this inward life of mine, but no more moved in
unison with the music chords of my being ; since
in striving to blend in the movement they produced
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discord, and the several cadences were by it repelled
and broken like the fall of smooth waters upon some
rocky and uneven surface. The music became
harsh to me, in that I knew my unlikeness to its
natm'e. Then I suflered. Oh ! the agony of that
moment. The contrast was dreadful. Every part
of my being was out of order. The waves of harmony
that moved softly and gently throughout the
dome, fell like disturbed waters into my unfitted
and discordant heart. I fain would have escaped,
for any other condition would be preferable by far.
I thought even the arena of mimic worship would
better comport with my natm*e, and there I could
more easily harmonize with the prevailing law.
But I could not escape. I was a perfect wreck
and each moment rendered my condition more
awful, until an hour would appear an age. At
length I cried in the bitterness of my soul, " Away
oh ! let me fly from this scene. Other music has
filled me with delightother melody rendered me
happy. To it I listened ; and while I heard I di^ank
in the spirit of the sacred song. But now, by some
unknown law, I am prompted to attempt union with
this harmonious sweetness, and lo! I am in my
unhallowed natm'e discovered. All are witnesses of
my discordance ; and to myself I now appear unfit
for angelic association, and lost beyond redemption.
My spii'it is wounded, broken, fallen ; no part thereof
is adapted to its fellow. Oh ! let me fly away where
darkness, with her sable pall, may hide me for ever
from myself. Angel, veil, oh I veil this light that
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discoT'ers my deformity, and save me from the torments
of this angelic harmony. Oh I is there a
deeper hell ? Should demons mock aromid the lost
spirit, there would be notliing to awaken this new
life, or by calling into action the unstrung spiritual
being, crush it with a sense of its unfitness ; and no
other power but this interior harmony can touch the
spirit's most conscious element, and break up the
hidden fountains of the unstrung and unsanctified
Thus I plead to be released by some method, from
the light, the harmony, and the bliss that filled to
the utmost capacity of enjoyment, the gTeat congregation.
My suflering was beyond expression, and
yet at the time I did not consider the cause any
farther than the fact that my soul was unstrung. I
realized my entire unfitness for the employment, the
society, and the happiness of the members of that
paradise. On former occasions I had desfred to be
admitted with them, and to ever abide in that holy
sanctuary, but had not properly considered what
qualifications were wanting in me, in order that I
could join them in their holy anthems. True, I had
witnessed the deformity of the infant spuit, and had
with wonder beheld the operations of Grace in its
restoration ; but never had I understandingly applied
this knowledge to myself.
When I felt di'awn by the sphere of darkness, and
saw the very cloud of death part to receive me, I
looked up to the paradisical heaven with a suppliant
desire to enter there and be saved. But little did I
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know that even then, were I permitted to enter as a
member into the spiiit thereof, that I should suffer
excess of agony from the effects of the love and harmony
of heaven upon me, so that my condition
would involve me in perplexity and miseiy equal to
the deepest hell. In this manner my mind quickly
surveyed the entire scene, while pleading for relief,
and I was enabled to fully realize my condition,
and felt assured that all was lost, and that I was
doomed to woe.
At length an angel said, "Marietta, thou art not
lost. True, thy deformity is exposed ; and thou art
suffering by reason of the awakening of thy spirit
so as to discern the true state of a discordant soul,
and by contrast with goodness thou art brought to
a sense of want. In this, perhaps thou wilt be
the better prepared to realize the goodness of God in
the provisions made for redemption through the Lord
Jesus, whom aU the heavens adore.
" When thou wast previously admitted into the
society of the sanctified, thy discordant condition
was mostly holden from thy sight, and thou wast, as
a guest, permitted to receive the influence as an
outer sacredness which, like holy dew, feU upon
thee and watered thy thirsty spirit. But so perfect
is the breath of holiness here that when it touched
thy inner Hfe, all thy latent unfitness appeared in
contrast ; hence thy suffering. In this also thou art
in a measure enabled to discover the wisdom of a
benevolent Creator in the bestowment of that Providence
which causes spirits of like nature and tenden118
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cies, whose habits are established, to incline to like
conditions and abodes, so that opposite elements of
absolute good and evil, being separate, shall not
enhance the misery or annoy the bliss of any class.
And thus is revealed why no unclean thing can ever
enter the Holy City, John, the Eevelator, saw. For
into this sacred Temple, no unholy disembodied
spirit could enter. ISTor can any law of existence
receive the gross, unsanctified soul within that city
of interior life whence originated the soft and spirit
stirring melody which so much affected thee, nor
could the inhabitants of this blessed abode dwell
with spirits unreconciled to God in the spheres of
darkness. Marietta, behold the goodness of God
in the law of being. How palpable would appear
the injustice of a Kighteous Creator, should he doom
to the pales of night, or permit any law to operate so
that one of these little ones should perish by being
attracted into the deadly magnetism of the abode of
guilt, the regions of woe. Their tender and pure
natures would writhe beneath the touch of the inflamed
passions of those who are abandoned to the
madness of insatiable desires. In very deed might
God be considered unjust should his law thus expose
the innocent. Likewise, there would be a manifest
want of mercy in their disposition, should any unsanctified
and discordant spirit be impelled, while in
that state, into the element of harmony and holiness,
since their sufferings must increase in proportion
to the degree of light and Supreme Good that
pervades the abode of the pure.
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"Herein is displayed the wisdom and goodness
of God. ]N"o absolutely discordant element in the
world of spirits mingles with the pure and harmonious.
And thus is fulfilled the Sacred Text which
saith, when speaking of these conditions ;
' He that
is filthy let him be filthy still : he that is righteous
let him be righteous still: he that is holy let him
be holy still:' that is, let there be a separation between
the qualities of good and evil with the disembodied,
and hence let those who are holy enjoy
that without the warring of evil elements, and let
the unholy blend by the law of their affinities.
For in the nature of their existence, in contrast with
that of the unrighteous, it is justly written that
there is an impassable gulf fixed, since these extremes
can in no wise blend. Hence it is again
wi'itten, Whoso is born of God is born of love,
and love has no likeness to hatred. "Whoso is
under the dominion of evil doth not love God.'
If mortals did but realize this law they would strive
against evil and cultivate righteousness in themselves,
and thus through grace, be prepared for
the spiritual inheritance of the just. But, Marietta,
this lesson thou canst not now fiiUy learn nor comprehend.
What thou hast witnessed and w^hat
angels have taught thee, consider, when these scenes
are past, and make thou a wise improvement thereof,
least a greater evil, than to realize an entire
unfitness for an everlasting inheritance with the
Sanctified, befall thee.
"And wlien thou art restored to external sense
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and action, look unto Jesus, who alone can pre
pare thee to return and enjoy the rapture, and engage
with the worshipers in this abode of the
blessed. Here thou hast learned that the unregenerate
cannot become the companions of these
spirits. Weep not, Marietta," said the angel, as
I began to yield to grief, "weep not, for a ransom
is prepared ; in a healing fountain thou mayst
wash, by which all the impurity of thy being may
be removed. In this rejoice greatly, since through
great mercy, Eedemption is offered, and those who
could not otherwise attain to perfect joy, are exalted
from prison vaults to mansions in our Father's
Kingdom. For this grace the saints in heaven
praise God, nor cease day or night to utter hymns
of thanksgiving to Him who is their Kedeemer."
Thus saying, the angel touched my forehead,
and a stream of light entered my being, and I arose.
" Kow," said the angel, " thou mayst listen to the
soft notes of the song sung by the infants, who
are just admitted from the different temples of learning
into this great centre dome of the infant paradise
SONG OF INFANTS BEFORE THEIE CHIEF
With sweetness the music of the infant choralists
arose from their pnre hearts, filling the expanse
and swelling into gentle waves, which harmoniously
moved along the atmosphere above. But grandeur
was added to the scene as I beheld them formed
into bands, and uniting class with class, made
one throughout each class being composed of
equal numbers, each spirit glowing with the holy
fire of the sacred hymn.
Moving from band to band was a female spirit,
clothed in raiment pure and white. Upon her
head was a crown set with gems, which shone
with the brightness of the sun. In her left hand
she held an open volume, in her right, a sceptre.
She appeared to observe every infant, and to
clearly distinguish every voice, so as to know the
relation of their different qualities to each other,
and thence to aU. Likewise, her every movement
was noticed by the infants who sought to imitate
her even as pupils do their instructors in schools
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The parts of music performed were manifold, yet
in harmony ; and the melody was the beauty of
perfection. As they sung, their spirit fingers moved
over their soft and mellow-toned harps, while all
were increasingly inspired with confidence which,
adding to the melody, appeared to blend them into
one great soul, whose breath was the spirit and
harmony of celestial love.
THE FORLOKN AND DOOMED BEING.
Here another scene, varying in many parts, was
presented to the infants who were congregated in
the centre dome for that pm^pose, preparatory to
theii' advance to the superior plain, where they were
to commence a life of heavenly use, unfolding and
In order that you may better understand what I
relate, and the object of the varied representations
before the infants, it is necessary to add, that one
mode of instruction in the spirit world is to reveal,
by figures and scenes, the principles involved in the
There is a law by which every principle, scene,
tragedy, person, creatm-e, color, or substance in any
sphere necessaiy to be revealed, can be reflected as
from a miri'or in reflex galleries ; from planetariums,
upon which the likeness of every substance, form, or
color in a system, is daguerreotyped ; or they can be
represented by panoramic and continuous, revolving
views ; and also by personages performing the
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several parts, and thus representing the varioua
principles and actors in any scene.
Bj these means, spirits unlearned in scientific or
artistic wisdom , in moral or spiritual laws , or the
plan, structure, and movement of the intellectual,
spiritual, moral, and physical universe, are enabled
to receive the impression intended, so as to discern
the character of all and eveiy idea, substance, thing,
organism, or entity conveyed. And so perfect
are the representations, that while beholding them
the mind conceives the reality, insomuch that whatever
is reflected becomes a part of the understanding.
To fully state the principles involved, and to delineate
the varied scenes and figm'es employed even in
that primaiy school, is beyond my comprehension or
capacity of naiTation ; and it would require volumes
to contain their statements were they wi-itten. I
must therefore condense the relation to a summary
view, and you must be contented with the brief
account I give.
As the new scene opened, the light and glory that
iUumined the dome gradually withdrew, until a
twilight like that which foUows the setting sun in
an autumnal evening, alone relieved and marked
the outlines of the great city.
All was silence, and eveiy being motionless, and
nought relieved the stdlness of the moment save the
sweet whispering of a soft and gentle breeze, which,
like some celestial zephyr, glided over and through
the vast plain.
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After this great change in the appearance of all
around, and a brief pause, there appeared in view a
portion of earth resembling a moon-light landscape,
in which was represented, as if in some back ground,
and beneath overhanging clouds burdened with
gloom, a subterraneous aperture where lay a human
being wounded in many parts, and apparently expiring.
Upon this object, who was struggling as if
seeking relief from his suffering, every spirit fixed
its ardent attention.
His efforts were fitful and convulsive, but in no
wise adapted to his necessities, and his inability to
extricate himself was clearly manifest from his
demeanor. He strove to heal his wounds by administering
what he thought to be antidotes ; but which,
when tested, proved inadequate, and, by contrary
effects, enhanced his sufiering, and if possible, added
to his peril. He used various instruments by which
he hoped to discern the pathway leading firom his
gloomy abode, and to build a passage across the
abyss which encii'cled him. But all failed, and he
fell back in utter despair. Then he sought to be
reconciled to his fate.
While he lay languishing and helpless, I saw a
group, composed of an elderly female, youths,
and children, gather around him. They appeared
to grieve on his account, and endeavored to afibrd
him some relief. They tried to bind up his wounds,
to raise his drooping head, and to revive vitality
throughout ; but all to no purpose. He still groaned
and languished. I now saw that he lay more directly
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upon the brink of the abyss, and that he drew nearei
each moment, as if moved by an invisible and iiTesistible
power. Oh ! the intensity of that moment.
The elderly female di*ew near, and clasping her arms
around his neck, sought to remove him from his
fearful condition. The youths united in the effort,
but all in vain. Still lie drew nearer the abyss. I
also saw that his body manifested the increasing
effects of the malady, until every part was one
diseased mass. Finally yielding to the destroyer,
he lay senseless ; then to my surprise arose therefrom
a being like unto the former, and yet I knew it
was not the physical man, but his spirit. The spii'it,
as it stood above the prostrate form, seemed connected,
and was still more deformed and dire.
Spiritual and moral disease was inwi'ought throughout,
and controlled each part with unyielding power.
I perceived also that the body and spirit were not
separated, that they still depended upon each other
and that wherein the body had failed to give
manifestation of grief, the spirit, as a separate
entity, was capable of making full display, and
irresistibly gave full expression of the suffering
of the being. As the body had yielded to the power
of disease and pain, so the spirit also finally languished
under the malady which was working within
and throughout. While thus suffering, the spirit
looked up, as if to petition aid from above, but a
cloud of thick darkness overshadowed it. Then it
looked wildly around, evidently seeking some place
of refuge or source of relief. This resulting aa before,
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the spirit sank away, as if yielding in absolute
despair, to the power of ceaseless wretchedness. As
hope declined, the eye of the spirit vacantly fell, and
in the downward look, discovered an abyss yawning
beneath. Then it was again convulsed, and sought to
escape, but in vain. The scene was horrible. The
agonizing, fruitless efforts, and the manifestation of
final despair, combined to present a scene of wretchedness
beyond human description. Suddenly the
spirit disappeared, and the man gave signs of returning
life and sense ; but he only recovered to know
again, in the outer man, excessive miseiy, and to
more fully feel his forlorn state.
The group, encouraged by the manifestation of
returning life, renewed their efforts to restore him.
This, too, was futile. They had no power to assuage
his gTief, or restore the lost health of body or spirit.
While they thus struggled, a light descended, and
lo ! I saw that they were also in like condition of
body and spirit, save that the effect had not manifested
itself in them so perfectly. IN'evertheless, the
result was equally as certain. Tliis they began to
perceive, whereupon they exclaimed, "Is there no
help?" " No help in the arm of flesh," answered a
voice familiar to me, but I knew not whence it
came. " Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the
leopard his spots ?" continued that voice. " How
shall the unstrung instrument tune itself?Yea,
how shall the dying, those who are abeady victims,
restore departing vitality ? Shall they escape the
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trate energies ? Nay, where'er they go, there is no
relief. Help must descend from above, or hope
shall not appear."
As the scene closed an angel addressed the
multitude saying, "The gloomy region just revealed
is a view of earth, the birth place of mortals. The
forlorn being, that of man, who there suffers unnumbered
ills, physical, moral and spiritual, and
who often struggles to overcome and to arise above
"His ineffectual efforts reveal his inability to
"The spirit wliich arose as the body yielded,
represents the immortal nature which though the
body perish shall exist in a more acutely sensitive
state, and its sinking in despair, poiti-ays the
great truth that the death of the body can in no
wise relieve the soul from moral or spiiitual degradation.
"The group of friends represent human sympathy,
which inclines members of the race to seek relief
from soiTOW, by mutual aid; that principle wliich
prompts the more benevolent and philanthropic to
devise means, and to prosecute plans for the alleviation
of the sufferings of man.
" Those, who indulge this principle feel another's
woe. They deeply sympathize with those who endure
pain and anguish from whatever cause. But
being in like condition, and by seeking to remove
evil from the world, and to elevate man through
human devices and in their own strength, fail in
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the result although apparent relief may inspire
transient hope. From this cause the race have
struggled without success in unnumbered reformatory
measm-es. For this reason, earth's reformers
have encountered repeated failures until
disheartened they sink into despair ; and are often
finally led to discover fundamental want in themselves.
" Thus hath it been with man from age to age.
Periods have succeeded periods, and each have
had their philanthropists who have struggled
through a weary existence, but without attaining
the goal of their purpose.
" Oft the race, to human appearance, have approached
the dawn of a better day ; and those who
have labored to that end, have sung earth's jubilee.
But ere they have emerged from the gloomy plains,
they have felt the triumph of inbred disease. The
ground upon which they stood, hath yielded to the
pressure ; and the muscle upon which they relied
relaxed, quitting its hold. The rock became sliding
sands, and the strength oftheir hope and effort, weakness.
Thus, when they supposed victory won, the
heights attained, sudden quaking has seized the
world of mind, which in its convulsive throes, hath
precipitated them into a still deeper abyss. Tims shall
it ever be, until men cleave unto the Lord, who
alone is a sure defence and a stronghold in the day
of trouble upon whose shoulders rests the government
; and in whom, and by whom, all things subsist.
The voice which from above declared that
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help was not in the arm of flesh, was that of Truth,
which ever seeks to reveal to man his true condition,
and to awaken him to a sense of his degradation,
and to enforce the doctrine of salvation
through the Lord Jesus."
Then raising his eyes toward the superior heavens,
the angel, in a meek, fervent and exalted manner,
" Father of All, let thy Spirit inspire these infant
minds with understanding, that they may behold
with profit the scenes which are to reveal the effects
of sin in the world of discordance, whence they are
also the wonders of thy love in the means of salvation.
" Endow them with supporting grace whUe beholding
the trials of their Redeemer, incident to his
mission, and his passion while suffering the cruelty
of those he seeks to save.
" Grant, O Lord our Redeemer, that these may be
prepared to arise through degrees of life and understanding,
to the heaven of youths, where thy glory
is revealed in greater degrees of paradisical light,
love, and extatic beatitudes.
" Let thy will be done by angels who delight to
lead upward the little ones whom thou hast entrusted
to their charge, so that thy glory may be reflected
upon them in a manner weU-pleasing in thy sight.
Then shall their spiritual understanding be enlarged,
and the love principles of their beings unfolded, and
thy name, O thou Saviour of Menthou w^io art all
and in all to us, the ministering servants of thy
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gracebe glorified in them evermore." " Evermore,
amen," responded the guardian angels and instructors.
" Evermore, evermore, amen," and the heavenly
atmosphere reaccented it until the echo expired in
t. THE BABE OF BETHLEHEM.
After a brief pause, a voice as from a distance
said, "Be instructed by what is given. Truths
connected with your race are revealed to your
understanding. Eeceive the principles, seek to
Then the choralists touching their golden lyres,
chanted with loud voices, "Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace and good will to men.
Behold we biing good tidings of great joy which
shall be unto all people, for upon earth is born in
the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the
Then was revealed, beneath a pale light, Bethlehem,
the birth place of the Eedeemer. The condition
of the infants in Paradise, moving in the
very glory of Divine Life, attended by angels expressly
appointed , blessed by the Eedeemer, sanctified
with his love, and greeted with choral bands
of the heavenly spheres, reflected a state greatly
in contrast with that now being revealed, in which
was represented the dreary world, and the circumstances
attending that memorable event, the birth
of Jesus of Nazareth.
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The humble condition of Maiy the mother of
JesusJ while holding in her arms the infant, thi'ough
whom Salvation alone could appear unto men,
and in whom was revealed the untold goodness
and love of God, reflected so clearly the truth,
that not only the infants but all the angels, beholding
the scene, manifested great emotion. After
a short pause, the angel who before enforced the
tmths revealved, said, "Behold the birth-place
of the Kedeemer, even Jesus whose gloiy illumines
this temple. For you the Spirit of Eedemption
assumed this humble form of manifestation.
Through his humiliation, who is the Savior, these
favors are conferred, and heavenly mansions prepared
for all who trast in his grace and are obedient
to the law of Eedemption. Adore him for He is
" We will adore him ever more," said the chief
guardian ; and the infants repeated "We will adore
him." And again all was silent. The scene then
more plainly revealed Maiy, meekly resting upon
the breast of Joseph, who pressed her to his heart,
while she gently folded to her pure bosom the Babe
of Bethlehem. Near them were a few Israelites in
humble attitude, steadily looking upon the babe and
its mother. Around them were an innumerable
company of angels, but invisible to mortal vision.
These held in their hands their crowns, while theii'
harps, which were untouched and silent, lay before
them. Above them rested a cloud of glory, and out
of that doud proceeded a voice saying, " This is
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my beloved Son." And another voice said, " Thir^
day is made manifest the love of God to man, wh<
is fallen, yea, who is dead in trespasses and in sin
Now salvation appeareth. Now truth moveth from
the eternity of its existence, clothed in the garments
of salvation. Justice and Mercy meet upon the
fallen orb, and over prostrate humanity embrace.
Justice declareth against sin; thus the eternal
Throne is vindicated, and the government of the
Kingdom perpetuated; while Mercy pleadeth the
cause of the sinner who is exposed to unremitting
sorrow by reason of transgression."
" Let us bow down and adore the God of om* Salvation,"
said the chief guardian, and aU assumed an
humble attitude ; during which another voice from
above spoke, saying, "It becometh thee to worship,
yea, to bow down while infinite condescension is
being revealed. Thus let all heaven adore." The
humble attitude of the angels and the infant spirits
added greatly to the solemnity of the occasion.
Surely there was reverencesincere acknowledgement
of mercies bestowed. I was reflecting upon
the true devotion manifested by the worshipers, when
the chief guardian said, "We will arise. Behold a
new scene draweth nigh ;" and raising her eyes toward
the higher heaven, she continued, " Be thou
our help, O our Father, in whose life we exist ; that
we may understand what Heaven revealeth for our
instruction ; that we may know thy love and be
prepared to do thy will ever more." " Amen," responded
eveiy infant, led by their separate guardians.
JUSTICE AND MEKCY.
The former objects had passed away during the
worship of the angels and the infants, and new
A bright cloud rested but a little above the
temple, and from that cloud descended a being who
appeared omnipotent in strength. Justice, was
written upon his majestic brow. His movement was
like one supreme, at whose bidding worlds might
flee awaj, and in whose hand universal law might
pause, and her evolving energies slumber.
This august personage advanced toward a gloomy
glen, encircled by huge mountains whose lofty
peaks ascended far into the blue vault above. His
demeanor indicated purpose.
As he drew very near what appeared the object
of his pursuit, a dark cloud moved down the mountains
attended by lightning in all the terror of wild
display, as if the electric fountains were issuing fi*om
an ocean of igneous elements. Heavy thunderings
shook the base of the massive hills. Fire, smoke,
and tempest were emitted, while the elements seemed
to madly embrace each other. The scene was fright-
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fully tenific ; but still Justice advanced, and the
very lightnings seemed to wi'eath themselves into
a diadem about his brow.
' Destruction " was now mirrored in super-flaming
letters, in the very lightnings, upon the clouds,
and repeated by the stunning peals of thunder.
Beneath this awful display of angry elements,
and the movement of Justice, the earth began to
quake and give way.
At this moment, when the excitement had apparently
reached its climax, from beneath the cloud,
and at the foot of the mountain, came a voice
of lamentation, a voice of despair, saying, ^' Spare
us ; is there no hope." " No hope," echoed the
thunders, and Justice still advanced. '' ISTo hope,"
tie repeated, as he raised his hand of might. " No
hope, no hope," chimed the hoarse voice of contending
elements. " We perish without hope," said the
voice of wailing which grew still weaker and more
suppressed. " Alas ! alas ! we perish unpitied," and
in an instant was revealed the forlorn being and the
afflicted group displayed in a former scene.
Over the prostrate man bent the trembling female
as if to screen him from the tempest ; but as she saw
Justice raise his mighty hand, she fell back, exclaiming,
" All is lost ! No hope ! "We perish ! Eeceive
us, thou abyss 1"
Dreadful was the suspense of that moment. Justice
still advanced, as if to cut in pieces, to crush at
once the forlorn man whose trembling hands were
upraised in form of supplication,by whose side,
Justice and Mcrcj.Page 135.
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and around whom, were fallen his group of friends,
alike helpless and suppliant.
At tliis period a voice from the burning cloud
" Law's proceeding energies have been violated, and
thence disturbed in thee, O man. And thinkest
thou to trifle therewith, and not to suffer the consequences?
Dost thou not understand that law,
when opposed, worketh the destruction of the bodyin
which it is violated ? Moral law is the law of
sense and goodness. Hast thou not violated ? Yea,
thou hast. Now ensue the dread effects, and thou art
As this voice ceased, superior light flashed over
the scene, and from above a cloud exceedingly bright
descended, from which came, with the speed of
thought, another being, the very image of meekness,
whose demeanor was the very opposite of Justice
and embracing Justice, who was still advancing
toward the fallen group, said :
" Art thou inexorable, O thou who vindicatest
the everlasting thi'one? Must the sinner perish?
Is there no hope ?" " No hope in the arm of flesh,"
answered Justice in a voice that shook the firmament
above. The very stars trembled, and the earth quaked
and reeled as the words proceeded fr*om his lips.
" No hope or cause of hope exists upon the fallen
orb," again repeated Justice, still advancing. And
as the blow was about descending upon the sinner,
the being who hung upon the neck of Justice bent
over that bleeding fonn, and placing her left hand
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upon liis heart, raised the right, and touching the
arm of Justice, said, " Thy Throne, O God, endureth
for ever. Thy kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting.
Thy Word endures. To thy years there
is no end. Thou, O God, art holy. Kighteousness
is the foundation of thy thronethe pavilion of thy
dwelling-placethe glory of the everlasting hills
the defence and safety of the Heaven of heavens,
where congregate the unnumbered myriads of glorified
seraphim. Here, O God, is a fallen being. Sin
is the violation of thy law. The sinner hath presumed
upon thy government, and touched with
impious hands the flaming sword ; hath dared vengeance
; trifled with thy will ; and contended with
eternal and irrevocable justice. He hath fallen. He
lieth bruised, mangled and expiring. Yet, O God,
thou hast created him an immortal being ; intellectual,
hence accountable ; spiritual, hence by sin he
lieth upon the verge of a bottomless abyss, where, if
he fall, he shall feel immortal pangs, and dwell in
anremitting woe. The reed is bruised, but not
entirely broken ; the flickering blaze of the smoking
flax, though expiring, still exists. Mercy is my
name. Mercy is an attribute of thy throne. To
thee, O God, belong Justice and Mercy I Let thy
love, O thou Eternal, descend I and thou, Justice,
spare, O spare this fallen being I Spare him though
he hath sinned, and bartered for a morsel his eternal
Here Mercy bowed her head, as if to wait the
decision and a voice from the cloud said, "Mercy,
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thou hast plead for the sinner, and heaven giveth
audience. Canst thou find a ransom? Justice
pause in thy execution."
Then another voice said, ''God so loved the world
that he gave his only begotten Son. He shall
bear their iniquity. By my righteous servant I
will justify many."
Then there was a pause, during which, from the
right approached a femaleeven Mary whom I
had seen with the beasts of the stall pressing to
her bosom the babe of Bethlehemand by the expiiing
form bowed, over which by the aid of Mercy
she extended the babe, and with reverence looked
up toward the cloud. And the voice continued,
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased. A bruised reed shall he not break, and
smoking flax shall he not quench, until he send
forth judgement unto victory. And in his ITame
shall the Gentiles trust."
Then replied Justice, " Hath he endured temptation,
and suffered without the Gate? Hath he
conquered death ! Can he stay the tempest of
wan-ing elements? Can he change the malign nature
of that perverted heart? Can he descend the
maelstrom of death, and arrest the heavy tide whose
broad current thence rolls to the bottomless abyss ?"
Then said Mercy, " The future shall answer thee,
O, thou who boldest the balances of equity, the
the scales of universal right."
When Mercy had answered, the scene changed,
and upon the mount, called the Mount of Olives,
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I saw a being more lovely tlian the sons of men
He lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, " Lo ! 1
come, in the volume of the book it is written of me,
to do thy wHl, O God !"
Then appeared a vast multitude of deformed beings
exhibiting every type of human suffering and
shameful depravity ; and addi'essing them He said
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me and
di'ink. I am the "Way, the Truth and the Life. No
man cometh unto the Father but by me." Whereupon
another voice said, "This is the Son of
David, the hope of Israel, the bright and Morning
Star. Now ariseth the Sun of Eighteousness.
Now appeareth Ti-uth in its redeeming glory from
the Eternal Cause. Look unto him, ye who perish,
for lo ! He cometh to redeem."
Again I saw the mangled form. These words
had fallen upon his duU and heavy hearing, and
although he scarcely understood them, he raised his
eyes as if to see whence hope was proffered. And
as he looked. He who stood upon the Mount descended
and bowed over him saying, "What dost
thou desire?" And the sufferer said, "Oh that I
might find salvation!" Tlien answered the Personage
bending over him, " I came to seek and save
the lost." Then said Justice to Mercy, "Where is
thy ransom?" And another voice said, "Behold
the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the
world." And he who proffered redemption said,
"For this cause came I into the world." "Even
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angel, "by thy stiipes is the sinner
"But," replied Justice, "Hath he prevailed?"
Then addressing Mercy he continued, "Know, thou
who pleadest the sinner's cause, that until he whoro
thou proposeth as Redeemer shall approach the
fallen, holding in his hand these contending elements,
he shall not rescue. Seekest thou still the
fallen being's salvation, his restoration to harmony V
" Yea," answered Mercy " for this I interpose."
Another scene appeared ; and O how inefficient
are all means of communication to reveal to human
minds its true character! First I saw that samo
lovely Being seated, with a company of his friends,
around a table, one of whom leaned upon his breast,
and in pure love's tenderest expression looked up
into his face while listening to the words that fell
from his lips. Mom-nfully and filled with exceeding
sorrow, the group looked upon him as he said,
"Yerily I say unto you, one of you shall betray
me." After which he took bread and blessed it,
and break it, and giving it to them said, " Take,
eat ; this is my body. For you my body shall be
broken." He then took the cup and gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, " Drink ye all of it
for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is
shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say
unto you, I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of
the vine, until that day when I drink it new with
you in my Father's Kingdom."
Then I heard a mighty angel whose voice was
like the utterance of Nature when her forces contend
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saying, " The Son of Man goeth as is written of
him ; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of
Man is betrayed : it had been good for that man if
he had not been bom !
" Woe to that man ; for him it had been good not
to have been born. Woe, woe, woe be unto that
man !" broke forth in a heavy voice which from
many millions in imivocal speech, pronounced the
woe, and the elements of the interior shook like the
leaves of a forest when contending with autumnal
As the echoings of these awfol utterances which
rolled along the bosom of the deep interior ceased,
the little band arose, and after they had sung a hymn
of solemn movement, retired.
Then I saw one of the number, silently and unperceived,
withdraw from the band, as they retired
slowly and solemnly from the scene of the last
supper, and as he advanced, his movement changed,
his step was quick and excited, his visage manifested
an inward commotion that burned with consuming
fires, fires kindled in the soul by antagonistic
elements. At this I wondered. Nor could 1
perceive by what means a transition so sudden and
so great could be efiected. Just before, I had seen
him seated with his friends, and those friends were
suffering greatly by reason of the predictions of him
to whom they looked for counsel and for safety.
They mourned, fearing his departure from them.
They leaned upon him as a dependent child leans
upon a faithful parent. They had hoped, yea, they
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had exalted their hope in him. The extent or exact
nature of that hope I could not comprehend. Still I
saw that in him they had placed great dependence
for future good or great achievements. And when
his words, which indicated his departure, had been
spoken, they had fallen into despaii-, and perfect
wretchedness possessed them when he declared that
one of them should betray him. I heard them in
the deepest solicitude inquire, "Lord, is it I? Lord,
is it I?" That had been an awful moment, a
moment that tried the soul, a moment in which
gloom gathered around them as a mantle of thick
In their spirits they grieved, when he said, " A
little while and ye shall not see me ; and again a
little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the
Father. But because I have said these things unto
you sorrow hath filled your heart. ISTevertheless, I
tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go
away . For, if I go not away, the Comforter will
not come unto you ; but if I depart I will send him
unto you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will
come unto you. Let not yom* heart be troubled : ye
believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's
house are many mansions : if it were not so I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I
will come again and receive you unto myself; that
where I am there ye may be also. Yet a little while
and the world seeth me no more : but ye see me
because I live ye shaU live also. Yerily, verily, I
say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but
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the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful,
but your soitow shall be turned into joy. And
indeed ye now have sorrow : but I will see you
again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no
man taketh from you. These things have I spoken
to you in proverbs: but the time cometh when I
shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I
shall show you plainly of the Father."
TTiese words of promise and of consolation, which
he spake while predicting his departure, they believed
; still they were sad and exceeding soiTOwful,
because he said, " I go away."
They loved him : he was worthy of all holy affection.
His words were full of goodness ; and there was
BO much of heavenly love, tenderness, and paternal
care manifested by him, that my wonder was excited
while seeking for a reason sufficient to induce any
one of that little company to withdi-aw from it that
he might betray into the hands of enemies, a Being
whose presence thus inspired hope, love, reverence,
While my spirit pondered, I heard the angels who
instructed the infants say, " In what thou seest behold
the nature of good and evil contrasted. That little
band was the company of the Lord's disciples who
partook of the passover with him, the evening before
his betrayal. He who addressed them was the Redeemer,
who, knowinsr that his ' hour' was at hand,
and also who should betray him, prepared their mmds
for the trial, and predicted the events which were
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to follow. He who so strangely withdrew, was
Judas Iscariot, who betrayed his master for thiity
pieces of silver.
'' Observe more minutely this scene as it passes,
and the two great principles which are operative with
man in a fallen state, shall so unfold themselves as
to impress thee with its purpose, and ingraft thy
being with the solemn truths unfolded."
Tlie angel again withdi-ew, and he who was called
Judas appeared, and was seen just entering a council-
chamber, where were gathered the chief priests
and elders of ancient Israel, who at the time of the
Lord's passion, conspired to take him and put him
to death, and thus bring upon him perpetual scorn
and blasting ignominy. And, oh ! how changed,
how entirely changed ! ffis spirit was the opposite
of that which had appeared in the room set apart for
the Last Supper. His outward expression bespoke
inward rage,the rage of a malicious heart, a heart
grievously treacherous and desperately wicked. At
this time a pale light flashed over his head, which
revealed a group of demoniac spirits. These urged
him onward by their vindictive inspiration. They
manifested all that can be conceived as the embodiment
of evil which composes the elementary being
of the arch-fiend ; the foe of all good ; the destroyer
of peace ; the instigator of crime ; the enemy of
right ; the soul-alluring Satai; These poured forth
their fiendish, yea, their hellish Lagnetism, and by
the power of their will surcharged him with the
hate they desired to manifest toward the Son of Man.
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As he entered the mimic sanctum, the priests
arose, and with smiles, such smiles as malice, with
a hope of revenge inspires, greeted him. Then the
chief priests, addressing him, said, "Welcome,
Judas, friend of right, friend of God's ancient
Church, the law of Moses and the people of this
ecclesiastic kingdom. He whom the rabble call
Jesus, and who by his followers is called the King
of the Jews, by his dictum, has long been worthy of
death. He has sought the destruction of this beloved
city, the city especially favored of God. And the
gi'eat temple he has prophesied to destroy ; to put
down the authority of the Chm'ch ; to change laws
and customs ; upon the ruin of Jehovah's kingdom
to establish his own. He calleth himself God. He
is a blasphemer against high Heaven, and mocks
the throne of the Eternal. He presumes to call U8
hypocrites ; even those whom God, by his right
hand, hath exalted as teachers in Israel, he calleth
blind leaders of the blind. He hath charged us with
having the keys of the kingdom, and by our love for
sin refusing to enter into life ; and by a vile nature
and love of power, of keeping those from entering
who are willing. Surely he is worthy of death."
" Yea, worthy of the most ignominious death,"
responded in unison all who were present.
" This man is drawing with him the credulous,
the ignorant, the visionary, and those who are dissatisfied
with the Church," continued the priest
" and by his peculiar nature adapted to work wonders,
he hath deceived many who are worthy of a
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better calling." Then addressing liis friends, he
continued : " But these will soon become conscious
of Ms false character and well shall it be for him who
first discovers to us the tme character and resort of
this vile deceiver, and shall enable us to bring him
before the people. Upon such a one the nation
shall bestow great honors, and lasting blessings
shall be upon his head." " And lasting blessings
shall be upon his head," repeated the associate
This was sufficient to inspire Judas with the desire
of being first in the undertaking. Whereupon he
proposed, in presence of them all, to deliver his
Master into the hands of any band the priest
should then commission for that purpose, upon the
conditionwhich appeared to have been previously
consideredof his receiving thirty pieces of silver.
Again the scene changed. The mantle of evening
overshadowed that portion of Earth. A little
way from the busy multitude I saw him who had
counselled his disciples, moving slowly along with
three of his chosen. He was sorrowful. I can never
forget that scene. Oh ! the loveliness that was
manifest. Traly I thought liim the ohiefest among
ten thousand^ and the one altogether lovely. StUl
he sufiered. They paused, and he said, " My soul is
exceeding sorrowful even unto death : tarry ye here
and watch with me. Pray that ye enter not into
temptation." He then left them and went a little
farther, and fell upon the ground. And while bowing
upon the cold earth, enduring the deepest
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agony, he prayed more earnestly ; and his sweat
was as it were great drops of blood falling down to
Above him the heavens opened, and legions of
angels appeared, apparently clothed in habiliments
of mom-ning. They veiled their faces as they bent
over the garden of Gethsemane, in which their Lord
suffered. All was silent, mournfully silent. Each
angel beheld the scene with wonder. There was
Christ the Lord, the Divine Man, he whose name
is wi'itten in the Scriptm-es as the Wonderful, Counsellor,
the Mghty God, the Everlasting Father, the
Prince of Peace.
While observing the Savior in his agony, a cloud
descended, resting over the Redeemer, in which were
Justice and Mercy. They observed with intense
interest the scene below.
At length the Savior prayed, saying : " O my
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou
wilt." Then said Mercy to Justice, " Here is the
" Again he prayed, " O my Father, if this cup
may not pass away from me, except I drink it,
thy will be done." Then there descended a mighty
angel, who stood by him, and strengthened him.
Then Mercy said to Justice, " Behold the offering."
The hour of suffering having passed, Jesus arose,
and going to his disciples and finding them asleep,
said unto them, " Sleep on now, and take your rest;
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behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is
betrayed into the hands of sinners."
"Behold, in Jesus," said my guide, addressing
herself to me, "an example of meek submission.
From his sympathy with the deranged and d}dng
race, he agonized beneath the burden of human woe.
Though just, he suflers, by reason of an adopted
affinity with the unjust ; and still thou didst hear
him say, ' !N'ot as I will, but as thou wilt ; not my
will, but thine, O God, be done.'
" This is needful that man may have grace vouchsafed,
and by the power of love become united to
heavenly spheres, and thus be exalted from degradation
to mansions of righteousness and peace, prepared
in heaven for the ransomed of the Lord. But,
Marietta, thou shalt soon behold the conti-ast ; in
what is to pass before thee shall be unfolded the
true condition of the perverted heart."
Again my attention was directed to a dark and
doleful scene. Below me I beheld a heavy cloud,
which was agitated as if burdened with the spirit of
wrangling elements. Discordant sounds arose from
the midst thereof They were hard to be understood,
and at first the cause was hidden from me. But at
length I heard, as from the voice of an excited
rabble, the enthusiastic inquiry, "Where shall we
find him ? Hasten, most worthy guide, to the place
of his retreat. Time wasteth, and the leaders of the
people demand the ' outlaw.' He shall perish."
" Yea, he shall perish, and that speedily," clamored
a multitude who were, while moving toward Jesus
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and his disciples, enveloped in a cloud that overhung
their pathway. The contrast between the scenes
was so great, that I was tenified, and turning to
my guide I inquired, " Who are these that disturb
the stillness of this solemn hour ? And canst thou
inform me whence they are, and whither bound?
Of whom do they speak in language so excited, and
with a determination so destructive ?"
"These," she said, "are a band of solcUers from
the chief priests and elders of the Jews. The object
of their revengeful pursuit is Jesus, who, in the
agony of his soul, prayed in the garden."
"What hath he done to excite such envy," I
" He hath preached the year of the Lord, and
announced the mission of God's only Son to the
world. He hath given sight to the blind, restored
the deaf to hearing, healed the sick, raised the dead,
comforted the mourner, instructed the ignorant, and
plead with the despisers of the mercy of God to regard
the Creator of heaven and earth as their Sovereign,
Eightful Lawgiver, Heavenly Father, and
And is this that for which they seek to destroy
him? I inquired. Hath he never contended with
" Hast thou not read in the Sacred Text that
which the prophet spake, when moved by the Holy
Ghost, concerning One that should come, ' Behold my
servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom
I am well pleased, 1 will put my spirit upon him
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and he shall show judgment unto the Gentiles. He
shall not strive nor cry ; neither shall any man hear
his voice in the streets.' This Jesus, who in his
humility, bowed in prayer, and whom the populace
seek to destroy as a vile outlaw God manifest in
the fleshis He of whom the prophet spake.
"While the angel yet spake, the exasperated throng,
armed with swords and staves, approached Jesus
and his disciples ; and lo ! they were led by one of
the company who sat mth him at the last supper,
even Judas Iscariot, the same who had left his Lord
and proposed to deliver up Jesus to the chief priests
and elders of the people. As they drew near, I saw
above Judas a mighty angel of darkness, from whom
issued a pale sulphuric flame that encompassed him
and burned in his nerves like living fire. With
wild determination Judas advanced and hailed Jesus
as his friend and Lord, sealing his mockery and
heartless treachery with a kiss. But Jesus appeared
fiilly to comprehend his design, and addi'essing him
said, " Friend, wherefore art thou come ?" And to
the multitude he said, " Are ye come out as against
a thief, with swords and staves, to take me. I sat
daily with you, teaching in the temple, and ye laid
BO hold upon me. But if ye seek me, let these who
believe in me go their way. For this cause I came
into the world." Then answered one of the multitude,
" Tell us for what cause." " That salvation
might be given to the world, and that all, even those
who assail me, might, through faith and repentance,
enter into rest. Into yom- hands I submit myself
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but these my disciples, no harm shall befall them."
Then said the mockers "Thou art om^ prisoner, and
we bear thee before the tribunals of the people,
and no one helpeth thee ; how sayest thou then of
these thy disciples, ' No harm shall befall them ? '
At this the disciples fled, every one his own way,
and forsook him, save one who followed his Lord
even unto the judgment hall.
crup:lties inflicted upon jesus.
Then with cruel haads they led him away amid
the shouts of the rabble.
As this scene was closing, I turned and looked
upon the infants and angelic spectators, who appeared
more afflicted than at any former period.
I then inquired, " Can there be sorrow in heaven ?
Do angels weep ?" When I heard a voice say,
" Well, Marietta, dost thou inquire. Angels have
hearts to feel. And who in heaven could witness
the manifestation of the betrayal of the Savior of
sinners without a soul poured out in sad expressions?"
"Amen!" uttered ten thousand voices.
" And who can endm-e the sight ? Behold the innocent
sufferer. See ! see ! they beat him as they hurry
him along the rugged way. They mock, they deride
him ; they cruelly treat him. Let all the heavens
pause as they behold the mournful scene ; for lo I
the Redeemer suffers in the hands of sinners.
Awake, ye spirit sympathies ; lo ! Divine Good
whom angels adore is despised and rejected of men."
As the voice ceased, I heard another angel say,-^
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" Lo ! from the highest heavens angels descend."
And I beheld far above the vast assemblage that
witnessed the scene, an imimerable company of superior
beings. They had palms in their hands and
crowns upon their heads ; and their crowns represented
the starry heavens, being a miniature expression
of the wreathed universes which encircle the throne
of the Infinite. As they drew near, a dazzling liglit