Then, emphasising his words with his loud voice and frequent gestures, he related the history of the Mormons from Biblical times: how that, in Israel, a Mormon prophet
of the tribe of Joseph published the annals of the new religion, and bequeathed them to his son Mormon; how, many centuries later, a translation of this precious book, which was written in Egyptian, was made by Joseph Smith, junior, a Vermont farmer, who revealed himself as a mystical prophet
in 1825; and how, in short, the celestial messenger appeared to him in an illuminated forest, and gave him the annals of the Lord.
"O sun," cried the prophet
, "O star that art too great to be allowed among the stars!
Not a solitary commoner ever has the luck to see a reception of a prophet
, I can tell you.
It is properer to Merlin's sort -- stump-tail prophets
, as we call them in the pro- fession.
"Johnson was a Prophet
to his people: preached a Gospel to them,--as all like him always do.
a great prophet
is risen up among us; and That God hath visited his
One hears -- one hears such dreadful stories about those who oppose the Prophet
: something terrible always happens to them."
Say, sirrah, hast thou ever proved thyself A prophet
? When the riddling Sphinx was here Why hadst thou no deliverance for this folk?
Yet the exotic had grown here, suddenly as the prophet
's gourd; and had drawn hither Tess.
"Don't you know the weather prophet
has told us we shall see the sun pretty soon?"
what a pregnant lesson to us is this prophet
! What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish's belly!
The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets
of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.