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“ Earth was to us a feat of war; “ In thrones of triumph now we are. “ We long'd to see our Jefus dear, “ And fought him there, but find him here. • We walk in white without annoy, “ In glorious galleries of joy; “ And crown'd with everlasting bays, “ We rival Cherubs in their praise. “ No longer we complain of wants, “ We see the glorious King of saints, “. Amidst his joyful holis around, “ With all the divine glory crown'd.

We fee him at his table-head “ With living water, living bread, " His chearful guests incessant load “ With all the plenitude of God. “ We see the holy flaming fires, “ Cherubic and seraphic quires ; “ And gladly join with those on high, “ To warble praise eternally.

Glory to God that here we came, “ And glory to the glorious Lamb: “ Our light, our life, our joy, our all " Is in our arms, and ever shall.

Our Lord is ours, and we are his :

Yea, now we see him as he is: « And hence we like unto him are, “ And full his glorious image share. “ No dakness now, no dismal night; " No vapour intercepts the light; * We fee for ever face to face " The highest Prince in highest place. “ This, this does heav'n enough afford, " We are for ever with the Lord : “ We want no more, for all is giv'n ; “ His presence is the heart of heav'n.” While thus I laid my lift'ning ear Clofe to the door of heav'n to hear; And then the sacred page did view, Which told me all I heard was true;

Yet fhew'd me that the heav'nly long
Surpasses ev'ry mortal tongue,
With such unutterable Itrains
As none in fett'ring flesh attains :
Then said I, “ O to mount away,
" And leave this heavy clog "f clay!
“ Let wings of time more hally fly,
“ That I may join the lungs on high.”

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GOSPEL-SONNETS.

P A Ꭱ Ꭲ VI.
The BELIEVER'S PRINCIPLES.

CONCERNING,
1. CREATION and REDEMPTION.
2. Law and GOSPEL.
3. JUSTIFICATION and SanctiFICATION.
4. Faith and Sinse.
5. Heaven and Earth.

CH A P. I.

The Believer's Principles concerning Creation and

Redemption: or, Sume of the first Principles of the Oracles of GOD.

SECT. I.

PRIMA

of CREATION. The firfo' chapter of Genesis compendized; or ibe first

seven days Work, from ibe following Latin lones Englished. RIMA dies cælum, & terram, lucemque, creavit.

Altera diftendit fpatium, discrimen acquarum. Tertia secernens undas, dat gramina terris. Quarta creat folem & lunam, cæleftiaque astra. Quinta dedit pisces, eadem genus omne volantum. Sexta tulit pecudes, huminem quoque quem Deus ipse Condidit; inde operis requies lux leptima fullit.

In English tbus. 1. The first day, heav'n, earth, light, Jehovah sent. 2. The next, a water-lund'ring firmament. 3. The third made dry land spring with flow'ry pride. 4. The fourth set up bright lamps, times to divide. 5. The fifth brought swimming fish and flying fowl. 6. The fisth, earth's herds, and man to bear the rule. 7. The seventh brought forth no more, yet brought the best,

The lab'ring creature's and Creator's reft.

Or thus.'
The first day, at Jeuovau's word,
Did heav'ı, and earth, and light afford.
The next, a firmament fo wide
As might the water's course divide.
The third, levering lands from seas,
Made earth produce herbs, grass, and trees.
The fourth, fun, moon, and flars of light
Set up to rule the day and night.
The fifth made fish in depths to move,
And fowls to fly in air above.
The sixth all earthly beasts did bring,
And man to be the creatures king.
The seventh, of all these days the best,
Was made for God and man to reft.
Redemption-work doth bring again
The first of these to be the main.
Fetching new heav'ns and earths in sight,
And immortality to light.
Since then the first is now the best,
Keep well this pledge of endless reit.

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The Sun of CREATION.
All things from nothing, to their fov'reign Lord
Obedient rose, at his commanding wird.
Fair in his eye the whole creation stood ;
He saw the building, and pronounc'd it good.

And now each work (while nature's fabric stands)
Loud for its wife and mighty Lord demands
A rent of praile, a loud and lofty fung
From ev'ry rational beholder's tongue.

SECT. II.

Of RED E M P T ION. The Mystery of the Redeemer's Incarnation; or, God manifested in the flesh, i Tim. iii. 16. John i. 14.

i WHAT though the waters, ftruck with dread,

up

and form a pyramid ?
Though foods should gush from rocks and stones,
Or living fouls from wither'd bones ?
To hear of an incarnate God,
Is yet more wonderful and odd;
Or to behold how God most high
Could in our nature breath and die.
What though the bright angelic forms
Degraded were to crawling worms?
These creatures were but creatures still,
Transform’d at their Creator's will.
Though creatures change a thousand ways,

,
It cannot fuch amazement raise,
Nor such a scene as this display,
Th'eternal Word a piece of clay.
God-man a strange contexture fix'd,
Yet not confused nor commix'd;
Yet still a myst'ry great and fresh,
A Spirit infinite made fieth.
What though, when nothing heard his call,
Nothing obey'd and brought forth all ?
What though he nothing's brood maintain,
Or all annihilate again?
Let nothing into being pafs,
Or back again to what it was?
But, lo! the God of beings here,
As turn'd to nothing doth appear,
All heav'n's astonish'd at his farin,
The mighty God became a worm.

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Down Arian pride to him should bow,
He's Jesus and Jehovan too.

Tbe Sum of RedemptioN.
With haughty mind to Godhead man aspird,
With loving mind our manhood God defird:
Man was by pride from place of pleasure chas'd,
God man by love in greater pleasure plac'd.
Man seeking to ascend procur’d our fall;
God yielding to descend remov'd our thrall:
The Judge was cast, the guilty to acquit;
The sun defac'd to lend the shades the lighf.

SECT. III.
The REDEEMER'S WORK; Or, CHRIST all in all,

and our complete Redemption.

A Gospel-Catecbifm for Young Christians.

Question. K

IND' teacher, may I come to learn

In this abrupt address,
By framing questions that concern,
My endless happiness?

ANSWEB.
Yea, child; but if you'd learn to run

The great salvation race,
Know that the name of Christ alone,

Can answer ev'ry case.
Q: By fin my God and all is lost,

O where may God be found ?
A. In Christ; for so the Holy Ghof

Shews by the joyful sound.
Q. But how will God with finful me

Again be reconcil'd ?
A. In Christ, in whom his grace to theç

And favour is reveal'd.
Q. O how shall I a sparer prove,

And see his glorious grace?
A. In Christ, the image of his love,

And brightness of his face.

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