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of the mystery of iniquity. The character of the

traitorous elect is but hastily touched by the hand

of sacred record.

His sordid rapaciousness of

heart obtains one epithet-as infamous as it was applicable-characterizing in its true severity the selfish follower, but not the bloodthirsty apostate.

More than incidentally, and unaggravated by an alliance with other motives, is the covetous passion,

as consisting in dishonest selfishness, alone equal

to the crime of Judas ? And, if in its utmost exaggeration it be solely competent to his crime, does it then comport with his retributive remorse? The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it? To Him before

whom all things are naked and open, and from

whom no secrets

are hid-to Him who alone

searcheth the heart—is this dark passage in the

history of its workings known : but to us—more than a sad picture in this chamber of imagery, what is it than a problem in the analysis of man!

Among other assumptions, to which the want

of detail in the evangelical account leaves an un

dertaking like the present, appears that of some

immediate instigation to the crime by which the

subject is designated. Revenge, originating in offence, and kindled into passion by Satanic agency, is the one this fiction has employed. That such is not an unnatural or unlikely one is, perhaps, all

that may be said for it.

For some sentiments and expressions of pro

fane import it might be needful to apologize, were it not evident that, for the consistency of a theme of this kind, their introduction was inevitable.

The indulgence of sentiment, it is hoped, will chiefly show itself in the use and celebration of

inspired doctrines—and as a fundamental and pre

eminent one, the Deity of Jesus Christ. For this

the Author pleads no license : his apology is Truth. The Poem has few pretensions to merit, beyond this. May its defects not prejudice the dignity of

its aim.

TEMPLE CLOUD, SOMERSET,

1838.

THE BETRAYAL.

BOOK I.

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