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by Dr. John Thomas
The high authority of Gogue while he held the reins of the Austrasian Government, is strongly marked in the complimentary poems addressed to him by Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers, a distinguished poet of that age; from one of which the following passage, translated from the Latin, may be worthy of selection, on account of its geographical references, so remarkably connecting the proper name of Gogue with the Rhenish section of Magogue.
To Gogue Himself.
Ye clouds whose course the northern winds impel, Of my lov'd Gogue some grateful tidings tell!
Say, with what health his valued life is blest; What peaceful cares engage his tranquil breast.
If on the banks of Rhine awhile he stay, Where the rich salmon yields itself a prey.
Or where Moselle through vineyards guides her stream, While gentle breezes cool the sultry gleam, Or flowing waters mitigate the heat And with fresh waves the bowery margins greet.
Or where the Meuse in murmurs soft is heard, Mid threefold wealth, of vessel, fish, and bird.
Or where the Aisne through grassy banks is borne, Whose waters nourish pasturage and corn.
Or if by Oise, by Sare, by Cher, or Scheld, Somme, Sambre, Saur, the loitering Chief beheld, Or when the Seille, with mouth expanded, laves Metz' stately bulwarks with her copious waves.
Or if in forest shades he seeks his prey, With toil, or spear, to capture, or to slay.
Or if on Ardenne's wild, or Vosge's height.
The echoing woods resound his arrow's flight.
Or if, return'd beneath his princely dome, Their lord, a zealous people welcome home.
Of the origin, or family, of Gogue, the first Maire du Palais, or Dux Francorum, of the kingdom of Austrasia, no mention is made in history; but it is plainly to be collected from the words of Chrodinus, that he had no consanguinity with either the nobles or the gentry -- the "primates," or "liberi," of that kingdom; and it seems equally implied in the words of Fredegarius, that he was not a native of the kingdom, since he was elected to his dignity because the Austrasians could find no one among themselves.
Thus, it is evident that Gogue is an historical character, and that he was Regent of a part of Magogue.
Now, it is probable that, because of certain peculiarities in his history in relation to Magogue, God selected his name as the prophetic title of one who should rule over the same country in "the time of the end".
The resemblance between the historical and prophetic Gogues may be stated as follows.
I shall distinguish them as Gogue I and Gogue II.
Gogue I was a foreigner; Gogue II will be one likewise, belonging to the Ros, and not to the Germans; Gogue I became sovereign in fact, though not de jure; Gogue II will become sovereign in fact by conquest; Gogue I became ruler in a time of confusion, because the native princes could not maintain order; weakness of the sovereigns, and anarchy of the people, will precede the de facto sovereignty of Gogue II also; Gogue I, though exalted to the highest post of honour and power, short only of the legitimate sovereignty, was precipitated from his high estate by a violent death.
This is also the destiny of the prophetic Gogue, who is to "come to his end, and no one shall help him".
With these premises before us, I have no doubt that the following paraphrase will present the reader with the true import of the exordium to the prophecy of Ezekiel concerning Gogue.
"Son of Man, set thy face against Gogue, the Emperor of Germany, Hungary, etc., and Autocrat of Russia, Moscovy, and Tobolskoi, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I am against thee, O Gogue, Autocrat of Russia, Moscovy, and Tobolskoi: and I will turn thee about, and put a bit into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth from the north parts, and all thine army, horses, and horsemen, all of them accoutred with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: among whom shall be Persians, Ethiopians, and Libyans,; all of them with shields and helmet: French and Italians, etc. ; Circassians, Cossacks, and the Tartar hordes of Usbeck, etc. : and many people not particularly named besides.
Be thou prepared; prepare thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee; and be thou Imperial Chief to them".