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To me 'tis lawful evermore
Myself to love and to abhor g.
In this-vain world I live, yet fee
I'm dead to it and it to me h.
My joy is endless i, yet at best
Does hardly for a moment last k.

SECT. III.
Mysteries about the faint's work and warfare,

their fins, jorrows and joys. THE work is great I'm callid unto a,

Yet nothing's left for me to do b: g Lev. xix. 18. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. Eph. v. 29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherish. eth it, even as the Lord the church, Joho xii. 25. He that loveth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseththis life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. Job. xlii. 6. Where. fore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

h Col.iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Gal. vi. 14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

John xvi. 22.. And ye now therefore have forrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 2 Theff

. ii. 16. Now our Lord Jeo sus Christ himself, and God the Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, &c.

k Psalm xxx. '7. Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to ftand strong: thou didit hide thy face, and I was troubled. Ifa. xlix. 13, 14. Sing, O heavens, and be joyful,

earth; and break forth into finging, O mountains ; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my

Lord hath forgotten me. a Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always

Hence for my work heav'n has prepar’d
No wages c, yet a great reward d.
To works, but not to working dead e;
From fin, but not from sinning freed f,
I clear myself from no offence 8
Yet wash mine hands in innocence h.

obeyed, not as in my prefence only, but now much more in my absence; work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

6 Phil'ii. 13. For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good plea.ure. ' Lev. xx: 7, 8. Sancti. fy yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye thall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.

c Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of fin is death : but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Chap. xi. 6. And if by grace, then it is no more of works; other. wise grace is no niore grace.

But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

d Psalm xix. 11. Moreover, by them (the judgments of the Lord] is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Pfalm lviii. 11. Verily there is a re. ward for the righteous; verily, he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

e Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye alfo are become dead to the law by the body of Christ ; that Mould be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Gal. ii. 19. For 1 through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

f! John i. 8. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Chap. iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed remaineth in him : and he cannot fin, because he is born of God.

& Rom vii. 18. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find nok.

h Psalm xxvi. 6. I will wash mine hands in innocency; lo will I compass thine altar, O Lord.

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My Father's anger burns like fire i,
Without a spark of furious ire k:
Though still my fins displeasing bel,
Yet still I know he's pleas'd with me m..
Triumphing is my constant trade n,
Who yet am oft a captive led o.
My bloody war does never cease p,
Yet I maintain a stable peace q.

i i Kings xi. 9. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.

k Jfa. xxvii. 4. Fury is not in me. Chap. liv 9, 10. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me : for as I have sworn. that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth : so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, ñor rebuke thee. For the mountains fhall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither hall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee.

Hab i. sz. Thou art of purer eyes then to behold evil, and canft not look on iniquity. Jer. xliv. 4. Howbeit, 1 fent unto you all my fervants the prophets, rifing early, and send. ing them, saying, O do not this abominable thing that I hate.

m Matth. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, sayings This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Rom. V. 10. When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.

n 2 Cor.ii. 14. Now thanks be unto God which always caufeth us to triumph in Chrift.

o Rom. rii. 23. But I see another law in my membersg. warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into cap. • tivity to the law of fin, which is in

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members." p Rom. vii, 23. See letter o. I Tim. vi 12. Fight the good fight of faith, &c. Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth a. gainst the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other ; fo dliat ye cannot do the things that ye would.

9 Rom. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we bave

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My foes affaulting conquer me,
Yet ne'er obtain the victory r;
For all my battles lost or won,
Were loft before they were begun f.
I'm still at ease, and still opprest;
Have constant trouble, constant reft s;
Both clear and cloudyt, free and bound u;
Both dead and living v, lost and found wi

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peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ifa. liv. 10. See letter k.

i Rom. vii. 23. See letter o. Chap. viii.- 37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that

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s 1 Cor. xv. 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us: the victory, through our Lord Jesus Chrift.

s 2 Cor. iv. 8. We are troubled on every side, yet not diftressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. John xvi. 33. These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might

In the world ye shall have tribulation ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Heb. iv. 3. For we which have believed, do enter into reft.

t. Zech. xiv. 6, 7. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark. But it shall be one day, which shall be known to the Lord, not day nor night': but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. Mic. vii. 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto mie.

u John viii. 36. If the Son therefore shall make ye shall be free indeed. Acts xx. 23. The Holy Ghost wit... besserh in every city, saying, that bonds and aft:ctions abide me.

v 2 Cor.'vi. 9.-As dying, and behold we live. Col. iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Cinist in God.

w Matth. xviii. 11. For the Son of man is come to save that which was loft. Plalm cxix. 176. I hare gone astray like a loft sheep, feek thy servant. Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteous. ness which is of God by faith.

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Sin for my good does work and wia x;
Y et 'tis not good for me to fin y.
My pleasure iffues from my pain %;
My lofles till increase my gain a.
I'm heal'd ev’n when my plagues abound b,
Cover'd with duft ev'n when I'm crown'dc.

* Rom. viii. 28. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Chap. xi. 11. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but rather through their fall falvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

y Psalm lxxxix. 31, 32. If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, then will I visit their transgresfion with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

z Pfalm cxix. 67. Before I was afflicted, I went astray : but now have I kept thy word. d. 15. It is good for me that I have been adicted: that I might learn thy ftatutes. James i. 2. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers: temptations.

a' Matth. X. 39. He that loseth his life for my fake, shall find it. Mark X. 29, 30. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that left house, or bre. thren, or fifters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for

my fake and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, houses and brethren, and fire ters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions ; and in the world to come eternal life.

6. Rum. vii. 34, as. O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death! I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. c viz. with merch.

Job xlii. , 6. I have heard of thee by the hea:i.g of the ear: but now mine eye seeth theeg. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in duft and ashes, Ezek. xvi. 63. That thou mayest remember and be confounded, and aever open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast doney faith rh: Lord God.

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