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When these are done, as many yet behind « As leaves of forest shaken with the wind ? • When these are gone, as many to ensue

As stems of grace on hills and dales that grew? • When these run out, as many on the march * As starry lamps that gild the spangled arch? . When these expire, as many millions more

As moments in the millions paft before? When all these doleful years are spent in pain, • And multiply'd by myriads again, (pose

Till numbers drown the thought; could I sup• That then my wretched years were at a close, • This would afford fome eafe: but, ah! I fhiver "To think upon the dreadful found, for ever! « The burning gulph, where I blafpheming lyn - Is time no more, but vast eternity. • The growing torment I endure for fin, · Through ages all is always to begin.

How did I but a grain of pleasure sow, • To reap an harvest of immortal wo? • Bound to the bottom of the burning main; Gnawing my chains, I wish for death in vain. “Just doom ! fince I that bear the eternal load 6 Contemnd the death of an eternal God. • Oh! if the God that eurs'd me to the lash,

Would bless me back to nothing with a dafhr! « But hopeless I the just revenger hate, (fate." Blaspheme the wrathful God, and curse my

To these this word of terror I direct, Who now the great falvation dare neglect*: To all the Chriit-despising multitude, That trample on the great Redeemer's blood; That fce 'no beauty in his glorious face, But light his offers, and refuse his grace.

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A messenger of wrath to none I am, But those that hate to wed the worthy Lamb.. For though the fmallest fins, if small can be, Will plunge the Chriftless soul in misery : Yet, lo! the greates that to mortals cleave, Shan't damn the fouls in Jesus that believe; Because they on the very méthod fall. That well can make amends to God for all.. Whereas proud fouls, thro' unbelief won't let The glorious God a reparation get Of all his honour, in his darling Son, For all the great dilhonours: they have done.. A faithless foul the glorious God bereaves Of all the satisfaction that he craves; Hence under divine bottest fury lies, And with a double vengeance justly dies. The blackeft part of Tophet is their place, Who Nlight the tenders of redeeming grace.. That facrilegious monster, Unbelief, So hard’ned 'gainst remorse and pious grief, Robs God of all the glory of his names, And ev'ry divine attribute defames. It loudly calls the truth of God a lie ; The God of truth a liar*; horrid cry! Doubts and denies his precious words of grace, Spits venom in the royal Suitor's face. This monster cannot cease all fin to hatch, Because it proudly mars the happy, match. As each law wedded soul is join'd to fin, And deftitute of holiness within ; So all that wed the law, must wed the curse, Which rent they scorn to pay with Christ's fub

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They clear may read their dreadful doom in Whofe fefter'd fore is final unbelief: (brief, Though to the law their life exactly fram'd, For zealous acts and passions too were fam'd: Yet lo! He that believes not, ball be damn'dt.

But now 'tis proper, on the other side,
With words of confort to address the bride.
She in her glorious Husband does poffefs
Adorning grace, acquitting righteousness :
And hence to her pertain the golden mines
Of comfort op'ned in the following lines.

John ji. 8.

GOSPEL SONNET S.

PART II.

The BELIEVER'S JOINTURE;

OR,

The POEM continued Upon ISAIAH liv. 5. Thy Maker is thy Husband.

N. B. The following lines being primarily intend

ed for the use and edification of piously-exercised. fouls, and especially those of a more common and ordinary capacity; the author thought fit, through the whole of this second part of the book, to continue, as in the former editions, to repeat that part of the text, Thy Husband, in the last line of every verse : because, however it tended to lie mit him, and restrict his liberty of words in the composition, yet having ground to judge, that this appropriating compellation fill resumed, has rendered these lines formerly the more favoury to fome exercised Christians, to whom the name of CHRIST (particularly as their Head and Hufband) is as ointment poured forth: he chose rather to subject himself to that restriction, than to with-bold what may tend to the fatisfaction and comfort of those to whom Christ is all in all; and to whom his name, as their Husband, so many various ways applied, will be no nauseous repetition.

CHAP. I.

Containing the Privileges of the Believer

that is espoused to Christ by faith of divine operation.

SECT I.
The Believer's perfect beauty, free acceptance,

amd full security, through the imputation of
Christ's perfect righteousness, though imparted
grace be imperfect.

Happy foul, JEHOVAH's bride,

The Lamb's beloved fpoufe;
Strong confolation's flowing tide,

Thy Husband thee allows.
In thee, though like thy father's race,

By nature black as hell;
Yet now so beautify'd by grace,

Thy Husband loves to dwell.
Fair as the moon thy robes appear,

While graces are in dress :
Clear as the fun*, while found to wear

Thy Husband's righteousness.
Thy moon-like graces, changing much,

Have here and there a spot ;
Thy fun-like glory is not fuch,

Thy Husband changes not.
Thy white and ruddy vesture fair,

Outyies the rosy leaf;
For 'mong ten thousand beauties rare

Thy Husband is the chief.

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* Song ii. 10.

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