Shake, shake your earthly dust away. Now it's the Spirit's Day, that will admit of no delay.
About the Spirit's Day Version
The goal of the Spirit's Day Version (SDV) of Jane Lead's writings is to assist the modern reader wherever archaic language might prove difficult in reading and understanding these glorious and wonderful mysteries. My paramount ambition was to remain faithful to the text, while preserving this mystical writer's beautiful writing style, as well as the classical flavor of the time period. The SDV is not a paraphrase, thus Jane's beautiful prose and unique terminology remain intact. And since all paragraphs are numbered, topical studies can be performed with much more ease.
Authentic Books and Texts
All of Jane’s original writings are in the Public Domain and are readily available on microfilm through the public library system. They are also now available on this website as well. This Editor obtained copies of those microfilms, which were then scanned and converted into text.
The Word of God
Since these writing contain the very words of God the Father, His Virgin-Wisdom, and His Son Jesus Christ, Jane herself believed that they may be considered Scripture. For, Whatever is purely dictated by the Holy Ghost may be called by that name (Eight Worlds 1:22d, SDV). Therefore they are directed to all God’s Children—and should be taught to those who are seeking to press into the First Resurrection—just as the Bible is taught for the teaching and building up of Christ’s Church. As the consummation of all things draws near, we should expect to see an increased interest in these writings, with various versions and commentaries appearing, for the education and edification of Wisdom’s Children.
Fidelity to the Author
Fidelity to God and Jane Lead has been my paramount ambition as I sought to edit these writings. My goal was to remain faithful to them both by preserving the accuracy of the text, and therefore maintaining the precise testimony of the Author. Archaic language has been updated, but the message itself is left untouched. The SDV is a revision and not a paraphrase.
Style & Language
Style reveals the personality of the Author. Thus, at times I had to give way to what was written rather than what was convenient. It was never my intention to polish her writings, neither am I qualified to do so. My only desire was to assist the modern reader who might have a difficult time with Early Modern English. Therefore archaic pronouns such as thee and thy, were replaced with the modern you and your. Verbs such as giveth and taketh were replaced as well. Archaic spellings have also been corrected. Other archaic words were replaced only when the context was clear. However this Editor never sought to improve a meaning, clarify a thought, or to offer any kind of interpretation by replacing or adding her own words.
Paragraph Division & Numbering
Jane’s paragraphs can be quite long, some of them spanning several typewritten pages. I have therefore broken them down into manageable portions. Her original paragraph divisions remain identifiable and are preceded by the symbol "§." When no chapter divisions were present, I divided the writings into such, with paragraph numbering throughout. This was done so that passages could be easily identified and cross-referenced. But as this is a work in progress, the paragraph numbers are not quite static, and may change slightly in future revisions. Abbreviated manuscript titles were inserted before each numbered paragraph for easy identification. Wherever possible Mrs. Lead’s original paragraph numbers (if present) were retained.
Sentence Structure & Capitalization
Some of the lengthy sentences were also broken down. But it lies beyond the level of this Editor’s expertise to rearrange Early Modern English sentence structure. Therefore minor changes were made only when it contributed to smoother reading. Early Modern English writers capitalized common nouns as well as proper nouns. Many of those caps were removed. Caps were added to pronouns that have reference to the Deity.
Digitized Original Books
It has been suggested that the lovers of these divine truths might like to also see them as they originally appeared over 300 years ago, in their purest form. And so I have placed digitized copies of the original books online, for the benefit of the devout seeker, the diligent student, and the meticulous researcher. They can be viewed and downloaded at Archive.org.
Section Headings: When a Table of Contents was provided by the Author, it was placed in the front matter of the manuscript, and also as section headings within the body of the text. The Editor also added her own subheadings wherever she felt it might be helpful in locating passages.
Poetry reveals the writer’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and also reflects the flavor of the time period. Therefore, with the exception of layout, all poetry is left untouched, and remains as it was in the original.
Margin Notes which appeared in the original manuscript were changed to endnotes.
Typos, Omissions, Transpositions, etc.: Since I am working alone on this project, it is very possible for something to slip by me during the transcribing process--in spite of the number of editing passes. I am so grateful to those watchful eyes who have brought them to my attention, thus making it possible for me to make the necessary corrections. Thank you for assisting me in this great work! Note: Critical revisions are included in the purchase price of a book. The buyer will automatically be notified via email.
Spelling: The U.S. rather than the U.K. spelling of some common words has been used.
The Name “Spirit’s Day” is from a poem by Jane Lead that appears in The Eight Worlds:
Shake, shake your earthly dust away, for now it's the Spirit's Day, that will admit of no delay.