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thou have, O my flesh? A confiaence of all the glorious things both in heaven and on earth! Why, godlinels hath the promise of this life, and of that which is to come. If heaven and the righteousness thereof, be the thing thou doft seek ; both heaven and earth, with the excel
; lencies thereof, is that which thou fhalt find.
Nothing in this world I want,
No treasure here beneath;
For thee alone I breathe :
Thy image to my breaft restorc ;
And bid me fin no more.
To share thy people's rest;
To press unto the feast :
And clothe me with thy righteoufnefs :
And fign my glad release.
And answer each complaint ;
And banish all my wants.
My ev'ry weight to lay aside ;
Till thou doft take thy bride.
Christian's Choice. I AM frail, and the world is fading, but my foul is immortal, and God is eternal. If I pitch upon the creatures, they may take wings like an eagle that flieth towards heaven, or my foul
may take its way with the rich fool, and go to hell"; but if I chuse God for my portion, then mercy and goodness shall follow me whilft I live, and glory and eternity shall crown me when I die. I will therefore now leave that which I shall soon lose,' that so I may embrace that which I shall always enjoy
One there is above all others,
Who deserves the name of friend
They who once his kindness prove,
Find it everlasting love.
Could or would have shed his blood?
This was. boundless love indeed,
Jesus is a friend in need.
Friend of finners was his name ;
Still he calls them brethren, friends,
Spiritual Joy and Sorrow. AS there is a sad mirth, so there is a joyful mourning : Look upon the voluptuous man, however
laughter may appear in his face, yet sadness ever centres in his heart ; his carnal delights are not only vain, but vexing ; likę music, they play him into a melancholy fit : Whilst the banquet lafts, the sensualift fings; but when the reckoning comes, his fpirit links, his burning candle presently goes out in a finking snuff, his shining fun inftantly fets in the watery cloud.--Solomon gives us the sum of it thus: Even in laughter the leart is forrowful, and the end of that mirth is heaviness. But now come to the penitential person, as his tears are the joy of angels, so they are the joy of his heart, and the fo. laçe of his soul ; the falter his tears, the sweeter his comforts ; the deeper his fighs, the fuller his joy; the beams of confolation always fhine into this house of mourning, fo that his soul is in travail with a Barnabas, and his labours bring forth the fruits of peace ; infomuch that I may truly fay, to mourn for fin, is to weep for joy. These pure and pleasant streams of confolation (which are the worldling's wonders) which flow and run in those chrystal rivers of eternal pleasure, at God's right hand, come from a weeping spring. Why then is the mouth of wickedness opened against the way of holiness? As if grace was the calvary to intomb joys ; and impiety the womb to bring forth felicity ; but if experience may be
heard, my soul hath felt both, and I find fuck damps of spirit in the worldly pleasures, and fuch refreshings of soul in the depth of godly forrow, that I shall esteem one drop of such fpiritual joy, more than an ocead of their mirth.
And let this feeble body fail,
And let it faint or die;
And soar to worlds on high :
And find its long fought rest,
On the Redeemer's breast.
I now the cross fuftain;
And smile at toil and pain.
Till my deliv'rer come,
And take his exile home.
And trees of Paradife :
Who taste the pleasures there;
And conquering palms they bear.
*If tkou but mak'it me mcet,
With that enraptur'd hoft t'appear,
And worship at thy feet.
Take life and friends away i
Ig that eternal day
Estate of a Man at Death. AS the tree falleth, so it lieth; and where death strikes down, there God lays out, either for mercy or misery; so that I may compare, it to, the red fea; if I go in an Ifraelite, my landing shall be in Glory, and my rejoicing in triumph, to see all my enemies dead upon the sea fhore; but if I go in an Egyptian, if I am on this fide of the cloud, on this fide the covenant, and yet go in hardened among the troops of Pharoah, justice shall return in its full strength, and an inundation of judgment shall overflow my soul forever. Or else I may compare it to the Neep. of the ten virgins, of whom it is said, they flumbered and flept, we shall all fall into this fleep. Now if I lie down with the wise, I shall go in with the bridegroom; but if I seep with the foolish, without oil in my lamp, without grace in my soul, I have clofed the gates of mercy upon my soul forever. I see then this life is the time wherein I must
go forth to meet the Lord; this is the hour wherein I must do my work, and the day where