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6 Thine image, Lord, bestow,
-Thy presence and thy love;
I ask to serve thee here below,
And reigo with thee above.
7 Teach me to live by faith,
Conform my will to thine ;
Let me victorious be in death,
And then in glory shine.
8 If thou these blessings give,
And wilt my portion be,
Cheerful the world's poor toys I leave
To them who know not thee,
XXXIV. Queen of SHEBA.
Chap. X. 1,-9.
FROM Sheba a distant report
Of Solomon's glory and fame,
Invited the queen to his court,
But all was outdone when. The came;
She cry'd, with a pleasing surprise,
When first she before him appear'd,
" How much, what I see with my eyes,
Surpasses the rumour I heard !”
2 When once to Jerusalem come,
The treasure and train the had broughtz,
The wealth fhe pofleffed at home,
No longer had place in her thought :
His house, his attendants, his throne,
All struck her with wonder and awe ;>
The glory of Solomon shone
every object 'The law.
3 But Solomon most the admir'a,
Whose spirit conducted the whole ;
His wisdom, which God had inspir'd,
His bounty, and greatnefs of soul jo
Of all the hard questions she put,
A ready folution he fhew'd;
Exceeded her wish and her suit,
And more than she ask'd him beftow'd.
4 Thus I when the gofpel proclaim'd
The Saviour's great name in my ears,
The wisdom for which he is fam'd,
The love, which to finners he bears;
I long'd, and I was not deng'd;
That I in his presence might bow;
I saw, and transported I cry's,
“ A greater than Solomon Thou!"
5 My conscience no comfort could find,
By doubt and hard questions oppos’d:
But He restor'd peace to my mind,
And answer'd each doubt I propos'd :
Beholding me poor and diftreisid,
His bounty fupply'd all my wants ;
My pray's could have never expressid
So much as this Solomon grants.
6 I heard, and was flow to believe,
But now with my yes I behold
Much more than my heart could conceive,
Or language could ever have told:
How happy thy servants must be,
Who always before thee appear !
Vouchsafe, Lord, this bleffing to me,
I find it is good to be here.
XXXV. EL 174 H fed by Ravens *.
Chap. xvii: ().
Whatever distress may betide,i
The lainis may commit all their cares
To him wbo will surely provide:
Book II. Hymá 47.
When rain long with-held from the earth
Occafond a famine of bread, :
The prophet, fecur'd from the dearth,
By ravens was constantly fed.
2 More likely to rob than to feed,
Were ravens who live upon prey;
But when the Lord's people have need,
His goodness will find out a way:
This instance to those may seem Atrange,
Who know not how taith can prevail;
But sooner all nature fhall change,
Than one of God's promises fail. 3 Nor is it a fingular cale;
The wonder is often renew'd;
And many can say to his praise,
He lends them by ravens their food.
Thus worldlings, tho'ravens indeed,
Tho' greedy and selfth their mind,
If God has a servant to feed,
Against their own wills can be kind. . 4. Thus Satan, that raven unclean,
Who croaks in the ears of the saints,
Compellid by a power unteen,
Administers oft to their wants :
God teaches them bow to find food
From all the temptations they feel;
This raven, who thirts for my blood,
Has help'd me to many a meal.
5 How fate and how happy are they
Who on the good Shepherd rely!
He gives them out ftrength for their dayat
Their wants he will surely supply:
He ravens and hons can tame,
All creatures obey his command;
Then let me rejoice in his name,
And leave all my cares in his hand.
XXXVI. The Meal and Cruise of Oil.
Chap xvii- 56.
Y the poor widow's oil and meal
Elijah was fustain'd;
Tho'small the stock, it lasted well,
For God the store maintain'd. 2 It feem'd as if from day to day,
They were to eat and die ;
But still, tho' in a secret way,
He sent a fresh supply.
3. Thus to his poor he still will give
Just for the present hour;
But for to-morrow they must live
Upon his word and pow'r.
4 No barn or store-house they pofsefs
On which they can depend;
Yet have no cause to fear distress,
For. Jesus is their friend.
5 Then let no doubts your mind affail,
Remember God' has said,
• The cruise and barrel shall not fail,
My people shall be fed."
6 And thus tho' faint it often seems,
He keeps their grace alive;
Supply'd by his refreshing streams,
Their dying hopes revive.
7 Tho' in ourselves we have no stock,
The Lord is nigh to save ;
His door flies open when we knock,
And 'iis but ask and have..
II. K I N G S.
XXXVII. JERICHO; Or, The Waters bealed.
Chap. ii. 19,--22.
HO' Jericho pleasantly stood,
And look'd like a promising foil;
The harvest produc'd little food,
To answer the husbandman's toil.
The water fome property had,
Which poisonous prov'd to the ground;
The springs were corrupted and bad,
The streams spread a barrennėss round. 2 But foon by the cruise and the salt,
Prepar'd by Elitha's command,
The water was cur'd of its fault,
And plenty enriched the land :
An emblem sure this of the grace
On fruitless dead finners bestow'd;
For man is in Jericho's case,
Till cur'd by the mercy of God. 3 How noble a creature he feems!
What knowledge, invention, and skill!
How large and extensive his schemes !
How much can be do if he will !
His zeal to be learned and wife
Will yield to no limits or bars ;
He measures the earth and the skies,
And numbers and marshals the stars. 4 Yet still he is barren of good ;
In vain are his talents and art;
For fin has infected his blood,
And poison’d the streams of his heart:
Tho' cockatrice eggs he can batch *,
Or, fpider-like, cobwebs can weave ;
'Tis madness to labour and watch
For what will destroy or deceive.
* Isaiah, lix, s.