Sermons Delivered by ANN BRANSON, 8th Month 14th, 1861, at the Funeral of Mary Thomas of West Grove, Ohio and at the Quarterly Meeting at Flushing 8th Month 15th, 1861.
Journal of Ann Branson, A Minister of the Gospel in the Society of Friends. Philadelphia: W. H. Pile's Sons, 1892, pages 162-163.
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15th--Attended our Quarterly Meeting held at Flushing, which was larger than usual. In the
forepart of this meeting, I had to revive the language of the Most High through the mouth of his
prophet: "Blow ye the trumpet in the land. Cry, gather togather, and say, Assemble yourselves,
and let us go into the defenced cities. Set up the standard toward Zion; retire, stay not, for I will
bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. The lion is come up from his thicket, and the
destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way." Believing, and having to declare that the Lord would mar
the pride of this people and this nation, even as He marred the pride of Judah and Jerusalem in the
days of old, which was signified and foretold by the prophet Jeremiah, when he was commanded
of the Lord to hide the linen girdle by the River Euphrates, which, when he took again, behold it
was marred; so will the Lord mar the pride of this people and this nation, and the language to
many is in this day, Repent, stay not upon the ground you occupy, which is a false resting place;
lift up the standard towards Zion, retire thither; there wait upon the Lord, that you may
experience your "place of defence to be the munitions of rocks, your be given you and your bread
to be given you and your water to be sure."