N.p., ca. 1895]. 17 pages on 17 leaves, generally 13 x 8 inches (though a few trimmed short, say to six or seven inches long), fastened in one corner with a brad, oages numbered a, 1-16. Two mounted cancellanda slips. A bit worn, first and last page a bit soiled; in very good condition. Item #16452
Eschatological verse of one view of the prophetic arrival of the time of Jacob's troubles (first mentioned in Jeremiah and taken up again as the Great Tribulation in Matthew 24 and of course in Revelation 6-12) here pinning the dates down to sometime between early 1898 and late 1901, with much graphic detail: "The Earth, a loathesome charnal house, / Love, pity, mercy, gone, / With to care for slaughtered friends / With which the streets are strewn; / None to remove the livid corpse / That putrifies the air / Unless, as scavenger, the wolf / Drags it within his lair." The specific date of the Great Tribulation as 1898-1/4 A.D. accords with that of the studies of the English journalist and chronologist Jabez Bunting Dimbleby, whose "The Appointed Time," being scriptural, historical and astronomical proofs of the end of the Gentile times in 1898 1/4, and the coming of the Lord (London 1895), included his calculations of such detail and utility that the year 1898-1/4 must be one "which every intelligent mind must now admit is the beginning of a new era" (The Appointed Time, second edition, vi). The late 19th century sawsomething of a revival of Adventist thought as well as a great rise in populist Bible study and amateuur millennialist chronology; these lengthy and vivid verses testify to the power of these ideas. With a contemporary light red ink autograph notation at the head of the first page, "3rd part," though this lengthy poem (which includes the 3-page coda, "The dedication of the New Temple built by King David: a prayer!") seems complete in itself. Besides the mounted corrections, there are several ink corrections in the text.