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3 The shouting Heav'ns cry'd out, Behold,
God's dwelling is with man!
And be their God and gain.
From ev'ry weeping eye;
And death itself, shall die.
To be no more in view :
Lo! I make all things new. 6 I'm Alpha and Omega too,
The origin and end :
Let mortals all attend :
O'th' well of life his fill;
Come whosoever will.
Of all things heir by line ;
A fon and heir of mine.
Despifing God's commands,
And men of bloody hands ;
That spurn at offer'd grace ;
And all the lying race :
Of ever-burning wrath ;
Which is the second death, 9 But happy, on the other side,
Appear the heirs of life : Heav’n’s glory crowns the beauteous bride, The Lamb's beloved wife.
S O N G XIV.
Where God the Lord of might,
The temple and the light.
Where no uncleanness is; 24 No wanton lips, nor carnal eye,
Can taste or see the bliss. 25 These gates of holiness out-bar
Pollution, fin, and fhame ;
The foll'wers of the Lamb.
Their elect names are found :
S O N G. XV.
Rev. xxii. 20.
I quickly come again
Glad Zion says, Amen.
O haste! as thou hast said,
S O N G XVI.
Benediction. Rev. xxii. 21. 2 Cor. xiii. 14.
The End of the SCRIPTURE Songs.
HOUGH more than twenty years have elapsed since
the death of this excellent person, to whose memory these lines are written: yet, I suppose, they will not be out of season, since the remembrance of him, and his singular en. dowments, remains fill fo fresh in all that were of his acquaintance, that. I cannot but observe a certain plea fondness this very day, to make him the subject of their converfation, who was once so much the object of their efteen and affection.
Ir it should be enquired, what concern I have, beyond others, to set forth his character, which none have hitherto attempted? Sure he deserved this service from none more than myself; if it be considered, that not only had I the privilege of living fome time under his most evangelical ministry, and of enjoying lais edifying conversation, as well as his chearing and charming company; but alio, he was the person that firit proposed seriously to me my entring upon trials for the ministry; the perfon that firit urged and effectuated it in the presbytery; the perfon that, being moderator, pronounced my licence to preach the gospel, and thereafter first honoured me with his pulpit in that work; and the person that first laid his hand upon me, when I was ordained to the ministry, by the imposition of the hands of the prefbytery; on which occalion he preached a very great and glorious fermon, upon Eph. iv. 11, 12, 13. Besides many other things that I could mention, that lay me under great obligations to shew a particular regard to his memory.
Periaps it may not be judged out of the way to add, he was the person who (as he was ikilled in poely, as well as in almoft every other piece of learning) in several respects excited me to, a id encouraged me in some poetical writings; and with whom I have had very familiar intercourse by word and write, even in that itrain : and therefore, if I have any genius that way, his memory demands a luare of it.
Yet one reason of my delay in doing this piece of service to his name, was the knowledge I had of that sprightliness of foul, deepness of judgment, vaitness of comprehension, readiness of elocution, and so many more than ordinary bright excellencies in him, which I thought my dull genius unfit for representing in such lively colours as they cught to appear in; and therefore, since I have now attempted that work, I hope none that know him will challenge any commendatory expreffions here as too hyperbolical, since they will allow, that a poetical licence can hardly be more tolerable in commending any person that has lived in our day, than it can be in describing him in whom concurred such a multitude and variety of rare endowments and qualifications, natural, acquired, and gracious, as scarce can be seen to concentre in one man: and therefore, if I could gather together all the flowers plant. ed in the gardens of the finest poets, and adapted them to his character, I would have thought them well applied in adorning his memory. Yet all that were his intimate acquaintances, yet living, will readily, I think, attest, that the truth relating to his character is not at all lott under any flowery metaphor, or poetical embellishment, I have here attempted to use.
But since the glory of God thould be the chief and ultimate end of all writings, as well as other actions, I hope none shall be diverted from, but rather may be led earneltly to pursue this great end, by this essay upon the notable qualifications of a fellow-creature; for, as we ought to see and admire the glory of God, as it shines in all his works, even the most minute, much more may we see it in these creatures of our own species whom God has clothed with such extraordinary gifts and peculiar properties, as are truly inimitable by any whom the Author of nature, and the God of grace, has not in the same manner adorned. In such bright and beautiful stars we are to fe: and adore the infinitely greater beauty and splendor of the Sun of Righteousness, from whom their rays were but borrowed; and thus flould be led by these pleasant chrystal streams, that fail and dry up, unto the glorious Fountain of living waters which never fails, but is unchangeably the same, yeiterday, to-day, and for ever.
Moreover, it may contribute to the honour of God, that the ihewing forth this excellent person's virtues, inay tend to expose the God-dishonouring vices of our day; the reprefentation of his innocent chearfulness, may reprove the vicious and criminal madness of the age ; his great wisdom and sense, may upbraid our folly and dulness; and his molt evangelical fpirit, manifested both in public preaching and private conver