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That sacrilegious monster, Unbelief,
So hard'ned 'gainst remorse and picus grief,
Robs God of all the glory of his names,
And ev'ry divine attribute defanes.
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 deltitute of holiness within;
So all that wed the law, must wed the curse,
Which rent they scorn to pay with Christ's full purse.

They clear may read their dreadful doom in brief,
Whose fester'd fore is final unbelief:
Though to the law their life exalted fram'd,
For zealous acts and paffions too were fam'd;
Yet, lo! He that believes noi, fhall be damn'd t.

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But now 'tis proper, on tbe other side,
With words of comfort to addrefs the bride.
Sbe in ber glorious Husband does poffefs
Adorning grace, acquitting rigbreousness:
And bence te ber pertain ibe golden mines
Of comfort op'ned in the following lines.

* John v. 1o.

+ John iii. 18.

GOSPEL-SONNETS.

P ART II.
The BELIEVER’S JOINTURE:

OR,

The Poem continued on Isaiah liv. 5.

Tby Maker is tby Husband. N. B. The following lines being primarily intended for the use and

edification of pinully-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, Tby Husband, in the last line of every verse; because, however it tended to limit him, and restrict his liberty of words in the composition; yet, having ground to judge, that this appropriating compellation, still resumed, had rendered these lines formerly the more favoury to some exercised Christians, to whom the name of Christ (particularly as their Head and i Jusband) is as ointment poured forth; he chose rather to subject himself to that reftriction, than to with-hold what may tend to the satisfaction and comfort of those to whom Christ is all in all; and to whom his name, as their Hulband, so many various ways applied, will be no nauseous repetition.

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Containing the Privileges of the Believer that is espoused to Christ by Faith of divine Operation.

SECT. 1. The BELIEVER's perfect Beaury, free Acceptance, and full

Security, sbrough ibe Imputation of Christ's perfect Rigbseousness, ibougimparted Grace be imperfect,

Happy foul, Jehova!'s bride,

The Lamb's beloved spouse ; Strong conflation's flowing tide,

Thy Husband thee allows.

In thee, though like thy father's race,

By nature black as hell;
Yet now, fu 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 such,

Thy Husband changes not.
Thy white and ruddy vesture fair

Outvies the rofy Icaf;
For 'mong ten thousand beauties rare

Thy Husband is the chief.
Cloth'd with the sun, thy robes of light

The morning-rays outshine ;
The lamps of heav'n are not so bright,

Thy Husband decks thee fine.
Though hellish smoak thy duties stain,

And fin deforms thee quite ;
Thy Surety's merit makes thee clean,

Thy Husband's beauty's white.
Thy pray’rs and tears, nor pure nor good,

But vile and loth fome seem;
Yet gain, by dipping in his blood,

Thy Husband's high esteem.
No fear thou flarve, though wants be great,

la him thou art complete f. Thv hungry foul may hopeful wait,

Thy Husband gives thee ineat. Thy money, merit, pou'r, and pelf,

Were fquander'd by thy fall; Yet, having nothing in thyself,

Thy Husband is thy all.
Law.precepts, threats, may both belet

To crave thee of their due;
But justice for thy double debt
Thy Husband did pursue.
* Song vi. 8.

+ Col. ii. 10:

Though justice ftern as much belung

As mercy to a Gd;
Yet justice suffered here no wrong,

Thy Husband's back was broad.
He bore the load of wrath alone,

That mercy might take vent; Heav'n's pointed arrows all upon

Thy Husband's heart were fpeat. No partial pay could justice still,

No farthing was retrench'd; Vengeance exacted all, until

Tny Husband all advanc'd. He paid in liquid golden red,

Each mite the law requir'd,
Till, with a loud, 'Tis finished *,

Thy Husband's breath expir'd.
No process more the law can ’tent;

Thou stand it within its verge,
And may'st, at pleasure, now prefent

Thy Husband's full discharge.
Though new.contracted guilt beget,

New fears of divine ire;
Yet fear thou not, though drown'd in debt,

Thy Husband is the payer.
God might in rigour thee indite

Of highest crimes and flaws;
But on thy head no curse can light,
Thy Husband is the cause.

SECT. II.
Christ the Believer's Friend, Propbet, Priesi, King,

Defence, Guard, Help, and Healer. DEAR foul, when

all the human race
Lay weltring in their gore,
Vast numbers in that dismal cale,

Thy Husband palled o'er.
But, pray, why did he thousands pass,

And set his heart on thee?
The deep, the searchless reafon was,
Thy Husband's love is free.

• John xix. 30.

The forms of favour, names of grace,

And offices of love,
He bears for thee, with open face,

Tny Husband's kindness prove. Gainst darkness black, and error blind,

Thou halt a Sun and Shield *;
And, to reveal the Father's mind,

Thy Husband Prophet fealid.
He likewise, to procure thy peace,

And fave from fin's arrest,
Relign'd himself a sacrifice ;

Thy Husband is thy Prieit.
And that he might thy will fubject,

And sweetly captive bring,
Tny fins subdue, his throne erect,

Thy Husband is thy King.
Though num'rous and assaulting fues

Thy joyful peace may mar; And thou a thousand battles lofe,

Thy Husband wins the war.
Hell's forces, which thy mind apail,

His arm can foon dispatch ;
How strong foe'er, yet for them all,

Thy Husband's more than match.
Though secret lulls with hid contest,

By heavy groans reveal’d,
And devils rage; yet, do their best,

Thy Husband keeps the field.
When, in defertion's ev’ning dark,

Thy fleps are apt to fide,
His conduct feek, his counsel mark,

Thy Husband is thy Guide.
In doubts, renouncing self.conceit,

His word and Spirit prize :
He never counsellid wrong as yet,

Thy Husband is so wile.
When weak, thy Refuge feest at hand,

Yet cannot run the length; 'Tis present pow'r to underltand Thy Husband is thy strength,

* Psalm lxxxiv, 11,

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