Gatehouse Salutation

From the Lady

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Serving for Westminsters Cathedral,
their old Service.
And Courts of Westminster, those
Elders sitting, &c.

1646-02February, 1646.

Printed in the Year 16461646.

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“Post hæc vidi, & ecce ostium apertum
in Cœlo, &c.”

New Psalm or Song;

The Contents.

The Holy Ghost first knocks, so
high extold, shews the end come,
by New writ witnessed and Old; in
whose Kalender the time set out, a
week expired of Centuries thereabout:
When as Twenty four
from Normand Race sprung, cast
their Crowns down, Times hourglasse
(as ’twere) run.

So opend the aforesaid gate or door,
what winged Beasts be those four;
what restlesse eyes those day and A2 night; A2v 4
night; The first ruff a Lyon like:
The other smooth as a Calfs skin soft:
The fourth an Eagle flying aloft:
Midst them one visag’d as a man,
which knot unloose he who can:
what eyes these before and behinde,
“Holy, Holy, &c.” all of one minde;
“Which was, which is, which is to come,”
say, “Glory to Father, Spirit, Son.”
Inthroned, powther’d within whose
Robe, in right hand whose the Starry
Globe, the likenesse of the Judgment
Day, as Resurrection robes display.

“Benedicite omnia opera.”

The four Beasts, &c.

Bethlems Manger sometime the
Throne, as its describ’d, where she did
grone; a Feather-bed cald otherwise,
some Dormix curtains wrought with eyes; A3r 5
eyes; their work both sides alike doth
shew, full of holes, besides all eaten so;
A Rug and Blankets thereon laid,
a woful prisoner, the aforesaid, whose
companions tedious hours, no better
Church then prisoners towers: As
Elders white arrayed so shine, Four
and twenty first crownd of time:
Seasons four, also with Feast days,
crowns resign; aloud him praise, all
proclaiming Eternity, “away with tyrant
they cry.

“‘All Blessing, Power, Honor’”, say, to
him dedicate a third day; worship no
Throne but his alone, besides whom
King nor Priests is none: Like as
“with twain that covered their face,
other twain with flying apace, their
feet covered also with twain”
, Time
past, present, and futures reign.

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“So Tabernacles three let us make,
one for Moses, Christs, and Elias
, “as for those that adore the Beast,
no Sabbath have, day nor nights

Lo Moonday she cœlestial virgin
Bride, as “Behold, I make all things
new, ‘Gates wide’, ‘new Earth’”
, &c. Jerusalems
peaceable rest, Spouse of the
Sun, our splendant new Moons feast,
Monethly, as the golden Tree of
life like renders its fruit, no more pain,
prison, strife: As spar’d a million of
Belial Sons, better then touch one of
those sacred ones: O kisse this precious
Altar Coal, purges division,
makes ye whole.

Away with former fashions old
and past: New Lights appear, new
Song record at last, he that is otherwisewise A4r 7
at his peril, as he that righteous
is, be he so still.

So Gates and Prison Doors be no
more shut,

The King of Glory comes, your
souls lift up.

To the Tune osof Magnificat.