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viz. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this

[is] the whole [duty] of man; his whole duty and in14 terest, for this weighty reason, with which I conclude; For

God shall bring every work into judgment, with every fecret thing, whether (it be] good, or whether [it be] evil; tho' here all things come alike to all, our intentions as well as actions shall then be rewarded or punished, ac, cording to their respective natures.



ET young people be entreated to attend to Solo

mon's advice; often to think of him who gave them their being, to consider what duties they owe him, to make a sense of him familiar to their minds, and to live in his fear and love; for this will soften the infirmities of age, or reconcile them to an early death.

2. This beautiful description of the infirmities of old age may be serviceable to all; particularly to old persons, to whom it ought to be familiar, and who should feel the force of every part of the description. Old age was the same in Solomon's days as in ours; its infirmities nothing but what are common to men, and therefore should be patiently borne. Let us pity the aged, endeavour to make their burdens as light as possible, and not increase them by con tempt or neglect.

3. If all that Solomon has said of the vanity of the world does not convince us, great will be our folly and guilt ; we shall ere long know the truth of it by bitter experience, and be ashamed of not believing him sooner. He has plainly proved the fact, and shown that it always was and will be fact. His conclusions are the result of divine in{piration, as well as close observation of men and things. We are not put off with trite remarks, and what comes next to hand; but have the strongest arguments methodically ranged, and all the arts of eloquence used to enforce his admonitions. Therefore let us believe that all is vanity, and act consistently with such a belief. Especially,

4. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. It cannot be too often repeated: to stand in awe of God, Vol. V,

worship worship him religiously, and observe all his commandments, is the whole of man. This knowledge is plain. To compose and read many books is needless. If the fcrip. tures will not make us wise, no other books will. Remember that this ought to be the principal care of all, young and old, rich and poor; for there is a day coming when every work and secret thing shall be brought into judgment. And let us remember that we are then to give an account of what attention we have paid to this book, and what advantage we have gained by this illustration of it,






HE song of fongs, which [is] Solomon's. 2

Let him kiss me with the kifles of his mouth: 3

for thy love [is] better than wine. Because of the favour of thy good ointments thy name [is as]

ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love 4 thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king

hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad

and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more 5 than wine: the upright love thee. I [am] black, but

comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of 6 Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon

me, because I [am] black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me;

they made me the keeper of the vineyards ; [but] 7 mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, thou

whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions ?

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed 9 thy kids beside the shepherds' tents. I have compared

thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's 19 chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows (of jewels,] !I thy neck with chains (of gold.) We will make thee

borders of gold with studs of filver, 12 While the king (fitteth] at his table, my spikenard 13 sendeth forth the smell thereof. A bundle of myrrh

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[is] + There is neither exposition nor improvement of the chapters of this Book in Mr. Orton's Manuscripts. Whatever might have been his opinion of the authenticity of that Book, or the propriety of admitting it into the facred Canon, this I am well facisfied of, that he thought it improper to be read or expounded either in publick or in families. EDIT.


[is] my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night 14 betwixt my breasts. My beloved [is] unto me, [as]

a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi. 15 Behold, thou (art] fair, my love; behold, thou (art) 16 fair ; thou shast] doves' eyes. Behold, thou (art] fair,

my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed [is] green. 17 The beams of our house [are] cedar, [and] our rafters

of fir.

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С НА Р. ІІІ. [AM] the rose of Sharon, [and] the lily of the

valleys. As the lily among thorns, fo [is] my 3 love among the daughters. As the apple tree among

the trees of the wood, so [is] my beloved among the

sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, 4 and his fruit (was] sweet to my taste. He brought me

to the banqueting house, and his banner over me (was] 5 love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: 6 for I [am] sick of love. His left hand [is] under my 7 head, and his right hand doth embrace me. I charge

you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake

[my] love, till he please. 8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leap9 ing upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My

beloved is like a roe, or a young hart: behold, he

ftandeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the winJo dows, shewing himself through the lattice. My belov

ed spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my 11 fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is paft, 12 the rain is over [and] gone; The flowers appear on

the earth; the time of the singing (of birds] is come, 13 and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The

fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines [with] the tender grape give a [goods smell. Arise,

my love, my fair one, and come away. 14. O my dove [that art] in the clefts of the rock, in

the secret [places) of the stairs, let me see thy coun


tenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet" [is] thy 15 voice, and thy countenance [is] comely. Take us the

foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines : for our

vines [have] tender grapes. 16 My beloved, [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth

among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.


Y night on my bed I fought him whom my soul

loveth : I fought him, but I found him not. 2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets,

and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul 3 loveth: I fought him, but I found him not. The

watchmen that go about the city, found me: [to whom 4 I said,] Saw ye him whom my soul loveth ? [It was]

but a little that I passed from them, but I found him
whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let

until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. 5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the

roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye ftir not up,

nor awake (my) love, till he please. 6 Who [is] this that cometh out of the wilderness like

pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankin7 cense, with all powders of the merchant ? Behold his

bed, which [is] Solomon's; threescore valiant men 8 [are) about it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold

fwords, [being] expert in war; every man (hath] his

sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. 9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of 10 Lebanon. He made the pillars thereof (of ] filver,

the bottom thereof (of ) gold, the covering of it [of]

purple, the midft thereof being paved [with] love, for II the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, Oye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown


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