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Nut deeming that your duties are the price
Of divine favour, or of Paradise ;
Nor that your best efforts employ'd in these
Are fit exploits your awlul Judge to please.
Why, thus y u bafely idize your trath,
And make it with the blond of Jeliis clash.
You'd buy the blessing with your vile retuse,
And to his precious righteousness abuse.
What! buy his gifts with filihy lumber? nay,
Wh ever offers this, mult hear him say,
“Thy money perith with thy s ul for ay *.”

Duties are means, which to the marriage-bed
Should chalily lead us, like the chamber-maid;
But if with her, instead of Christ, we match,
We not our safety, but our ruin hatch.
To Cefar, what is Cesar's, sh uld be giv'n ;
But Cerar must not have what's due t Heav'n :
So duties should have duty's room, 'tis true ;
Byt nothing of the glorious Husband's due.
While mears the debt of close attendance crave,
Or whole dependance God alone must have.
If duties, tears, our conscience pacify,
They with the blood of Christ presume to vie.
Means are his vassals; fhall we without grudge
Discard the matter, and efpause the drudge ?
The hypocrlte, the legalist does fin,
To live on duties, not on Christ therein.
He only feeds op empty dishes, plates,
Who dotes on means, but at the manna frets.
Let never means content thy ful at all,
Without the Husband, who is all in all +.

Cry daily for the happy marriage hour :
To him belungs the mean, to him the pow'r.

SECT. III.

A Call beliede in Jesus Christ, with some biris,

at the Act and Object of Fuitb. FRIEND, is the question on thy heart engravid,

" What fhall I do to be for ever fav’d?” I

Acts vüi. 20.

+ Col. ii. 3.

| Acts xvi. 30.

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Lo! here's a living rock to build upon;
Believe in Jesus *; and on him alone
For righteousness and Itrength thine anchor drop,
Renouncing all thy former legal hope.

Believe, lay thou! I can no more believe,
“ Than keep the law of works, the Do and Live."
True ; and it were thy mercy, didst thuu fee
Thine utter want of all ability.
New cov'nant graces he alone can grant,
Whom God has giv'n to be the covenantti
E'en Jesus, whom the facred letters call
Faith's object, author, finisher, and all;
In him al ne, not in thy act of faith,
Thy fuul believing full salvation hath.

In this new cov'nant judge not faith to hold
The room of perfect doing in the old.
Faith is not giv’n to be the fed'ral price
Of other bleflings, or of paradife :
But Heav’a by giving this, strikes out a door
At which is carry'd in still more and more.
N, finner must upon his faith lay stress,
As if it were a perfect righteousness.
God ne'er aflign’d unto it such a place ;
'Tis but at belt a bankrupt begging grace.
Its object makes its fame to fly abroad,
So close it grips the righteousness of God;
Which righteoufness receiv'd, is, without strife,
The true condition of eternal life.

But still, fay you, pow'r to believe I mifs.
You may ; but know you what believing is?
Faith lies not in your building up a tow'r
Of some great action by your proper pow'r.
For Heav'n well knows, that by the killing fall
No pow'r, no will remains in man at all
Fir'acts divinely good ; Prill fovoreign grace
By pow'rful drawing virtue turn the chase.
Hence none believe in Jesus, as they ought,
'Till once they do believe they can do nought,
Nor are fufficient e'en to form a thought 5.

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• Acts xvi. 31.

+ Ifa. xli. 6.

* 2 Cor. jii. 5.

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They're conscious in the right believing hour,
Of human weakness, and of divine pow'r.
Faith acts not in the sense of strength and might,
But in the sense of weakness acts outright.
It is (no basting arm of pow'r or length)
But weakneis acting on almighty strength *.
It is the pow’rless, helpless finner's fight
Into the open arms of saving might :
'Tis an employing Jesus to d all
That can within falvation's c mpass fall;
To be the agent kind in ev'ry thing
Belonging to the Prophet, Priest, and King;
To teach, to pard.in, sanctify, and save,
And n thing to the creature's pow'r to leave.
Faith makes us j'yful y content that he
Oir H«ad, our Husb ind, and our All thould be :
Our righte. 'ufnels and strength, our Itock and store,
Our fund for food and raiment, grace and glore.
It makes the creature down to ni thing tall,
Content that Curilt alone be all in all.

The plan of grace is faith's delighful view,
With which it clofes bith as good and true.
Unto the truth, the mind's affent is full;
Unto the good, a tree consenting will.
The holy Spirit here, the agent chief,
Creates this faith, and dalhes unbelief.
That very God who calls us to believe,
The very faith he seeks, must also give.
Why calls he then? say you. Pray, man, be wise;
Why did he call dead Lazarus to rise ?
Because the orders in their bosom bear
Almighty pow'r to make the carcase hear.

But Heav'n may not this mighty pow'r display.
Most true ; yet still thou art oblig'd t'obey.
But God is not at all oblig'd to stretch
His saving arm to such a sinful wretch.
All who within salvation-rolls have place,
Are fav'd by a prerogative of grace :
But vessels all that shall with wrath be cramm’d,
Are by an act of holy justice damn'd.

2 Cor. xii. 9.

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Take then, dear fvul, as from a friendly heart,
The cuunsel which the following lines impart.

SECT. IV.
An Advice to Sinners to apply 10 tbe sovereign Mercya

of God, as it is discovered ibrough Chkist, to the bigbest bonour of Jufrice and orber divine attributes,

in order 10 furiber ibeir Faith in bim unto fulvation. Go friend, and at Jehovah's footstool bow:

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Th u know'll not what a fov'reign God may do.
Confess, if he commiserate thy cale,
'Twill be an act of pow'rful fu'reign grace.
Sequestrate carefully fome folemn hours,
To lue thy grand concern in secret bow'rs.
Then in th' ensuing strain to God impart,
And pour into his bofom all thy heari.

. O glorious, gracious, pow'rful, fov'reign Lord,
• Thy help unto a finlul worm afford;
· Who from my wretched birth to this sad hour,
• Have still been destitute of will and pow'r
• To close with glurious Christ; yea, fill'd with spite
• At thy fair darling, and thy saints delight,

Refilling all his grace with all my might. • Come, Lord, and lap my enmity's strong tow'r; · halte the marriage-day, the day of pow'r; · That sweetly, by refiftless grace inclin'd,

My once reluctant be a willing mind. • Thou spak't to being ev'ry thing we see, • When thy almighty will said, Let it be,

Nothings to being in a moment pass :

" Let there be light, thou saidit; and so it was.” * • A pow'rful word like this, a' ınighty call, • Must say, Let there be faith, and then it shall. · Thou seek'st my faith and light from sin and guilt; • Give what thou feek'lt, Lord; then seek what thou wilt. • What good can issue from a root so ill? • This heart of mine's a wicked lump of hell ; • 'Twill all thy common motions still resist, • Unless with special drawing virtue blett.

* Gcn. i. 3.

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« Thou calls, but with the call thy p'w'r convey;
• Command me to believe, and I'll ubey,
• Nr any more thy gracious call gainsav.
• Command, o Lird; effectually command,
• And grant I be not able to withstand;
Then pow'rless I will stretch the wither'd hand.

. I to thy favour can pretend no claim,
• But what is borrow'd from thy glorious name;
• Which though most juftly thou may'lt glorifie,
• In damning such a guilty wretch as me,
• A faggot fitted for the burning fire
• Of thine incensed everlasting ire :
• Yet, Lord, since now I hear thy glorious Son,
• In favour of a race that was undone,
• Did in thy name, by thy authority,
• Once to the full ftern justice satisfy ;
· And paid more glorious tribute thereunto
• Than hell and all its tornents e'er can do..
• Since my salvation through his blood can raise
• A revenue to justice' highest praise,
• Higher than rents which hell for ever pays :
· Thefe to tremendous justice never bring
• A satisfaction equal and condign.
• But Jesus, our once dying God, performs
• What never could by ever-dying worns :
• Since thus thy threal'ning law is honour'd more
• Than e'er my fins affronted it before :
• Since justice stern may greater glory won,

By justifying in thy darling Son, • Than by condemning ev’n the rebel me; • To this device of wisdom, lo! I flee. • Let justice, Lord, according to thy will, • Be glorify'd with glory great and full; • Not now in hell, where justice' petty pay • Is but extorted parcels minc'd for ay: • But glorify'd in Christ, who down has told · The total sum at once in liquid gold. • In lowest hell low praise is only won, • But justice has the highest in thy sin, • The Sun of righteousness that fet in red,

To fhew the glorious morning would fucceed.

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