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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