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And God in Christ is all my trust,
Because he's merciful and just. I

ERE is the Riddle, where's the man

Of judgment, to expound ?
For masters fain'd that cannot scan,

In Ifrael may be found. 2
We justly those in wisdom's list

Eltablish'd saints may call,
Whose bitter-sweet experience blest

Can clearly grasp it all. 3
Some babes in grace may mint and mar,

Yet aiming right succeed : 4
But strangers they in Isr’el are,

Who not at all can read. 5 (viz David my servant): and in my name shall his horn be exalted. Ver. 28. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand falt with him.

1 Heb. ii. 17. Wherefore in all things it beloved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful High prieit, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the lins of the people. 1 John 1.7.–9. If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Chrilt, bis Son, cleanseth us from all fin. If we say that we have no lin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our fins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleante us from all unrighteousness.

2 John iii. 10. Jesus answered and said unto Nicodemus, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

3 Mat. xi 25. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou halt hid these things from the wilo and prudent, and ball revealed them unto babes. Chap. xiii. 11. Jesus answered and said unto his disciples, Because it is given unto you to know. the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

4 i Cor. ii. 1, 2. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unco babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear ir, neither yer How are ye able. Heb. v. 12,-14. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth miik, is unskilful in the word of righ. teoulness: for he is a babe. But trong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even thole who, by reason of ule, have their senses exercised to dif cern both good and evil. "Chap. vi. 1. Therefore, leaving the principles of the do&rine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foun. dation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, &c. i John qi. 12, 13. I write unto you, little children, because your fins are forgiven you for his name's fake. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

5 2 Cor. iv. 3, 4. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are loft ; in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, left the light of the glorious gospel of Cbrilt, who is the image of God, should thige unto them,

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While on Earth : or,


Ver. 1. How amiable are tby tabernacles, O Lord of bofts.!

EHOVAH, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Sole Monarch of the universal hoft, Whom the attendant armies still revere, Which in bright robes surround the higher sphere; Whose sov'reign empire fways the hellish band Of ranked legions in th’infernal land; Who hold'st the earth at thy unrivall'd beck, And stay'lt proud forces with a humble check; Ev'n thou whose name commands an awful dread, Yet deign's to dwell with man in very deed : ( what refreshment fills the dwelling-place Of thine exuberant unbounded grace! Which with sweet pow'r does joy and praise extort, In Zion's tents, thine ever-luy'd refort : Where glad’ning streams of mercy from above Make fouls brim-full of warm seraphic love. Of sweetest odours all thy garments smells ; Thy dismal absence proves a thousand hells, But heav'ns of joy are where thine hon ur dwells. Ver. 2. My Soul longetb, yea, even fainterb for the courts of ibe Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out

for the living God. Therefore on thee I centre my desire, Which veh’mently bursts out in ardent fire, Deprived, ah! I languish in my plaint, My bones are fęcble, and my fpirits faint.

My longing foul pants to behold again
Thy temple fill'd with thy majelic train ;
Those palaces with heav'nly od ur strew'd,
And regal courts, where Ziun's King is view'd :
To see the beauty of the highest One,
Upon his holy mount, his lotty throne :
Whence virtue running from the living. Head
Restores the dying, and revives the dead.
For him my heart with cries repeated founds,
To which my flesh with echoes loud rebounds ;
For him, for him, who life in death can give,
For him, for him, whose fole prorogative
Is from and to eternity to live.


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Ver. 3. Yea, the Sparrow batb found an bouse, and tbe

Swallow a nest for berself, where she may lay ber young, even tbine cltars, O Lord of bofts, my King and my God.

Alas! how from thy lovely dwellings I,
Long banish'd, do the happy birds envy ;
Which, chusing thy high altars for their nest,
On rafters of thy tabernacle reli!
Here dwells the sparrow of a chirping tongue,
And here the swallow lays her tender young :
Faint sacrilege! they seize the facred spot,
And seem to glory o'er my absent lot.
Yet sure I have more special right to thee
Than all the brutal hotis of earth and fea;
That Sov'reign, at whose government they bow,
Is wholly mine by his eternal vow;
My King to rule my heart, and quell my foes,
My God t extract my well from present woes,
And crown with endless glory at the close.
Ver. 4. Blessed are they that dwell in thy boufe : tbey

will be still praising tbee.
O happy they that haunt thy house below,
And to thy royal fanctuary flow;
Not for itself, but for the glorious One,
Who there inhabits his erected throne!
Others pass by, but here their dwelling is ;

happy people, crown'd with bays of bliss !


Bless'd with the splendid lustre of his face,
Bless'd with the high melodious found of grace,
That wakens fouls into a sweet amaze,
And turns their spirits to a harp of praise ;
Which loudly makes the lower temple ring
With Hallelujahs to the miglity King:
And thus they antedate the nobler fong
Of that celestial and triumphant throng
Who warble notes of praise eternity along.
Ver. 5. Blessed is the man wbofe sirength is in ibee:-

What weights of bliss their happy shoulders load,
Whose strength lies treasur'd in a potent God?
Self-drained souls, yet flowing to the brim,
Because void in themselves, but full in him.
Adam the first discuss'd their stock of strength,
The fecond well retriev'd the fum at length;
Who keeps 't himself, a surer hand indeed,
To give not as they lift, but as they need.
When raging furies threaten fudden harms,
He then extends his everlasting arms;
When Satan drives his pointed fiery darts,
He gives them courage and undaunted hearts,
To quell his deadly force with divive skill,
And adds new strength to do their Sov’reign's will :
When fore barass'd by fome outragious luft,
He levelling its pow'r unto the dust,
Makes saints to own him worthy of their trust.
Ver. 6. In whose bearts are the ways of ibem.

ура paling brough the valley of Baca, make it a well: ibe rain also filleth'ibe pools,

Such heav'n born fouls are not to earth confin'd,
Truth's high-way fills their elevated mind :
They bound for Zion, press with forward aim,
As Ifr'el's males to old Jerusalem.
Their holy path lies through a parched land,
Through oppositions numerous and grand.
Traverling scorched desarts, ragged rocks,
And Baca's wither'd vale, like thirty flocks;
Yet with unshaken vinnur homeward go,
Not moy'd by all opposing harms below,

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They digging wells on this Gilboa top,

The vale of Achor yields a door of hope :
For heav'n in plenty does their labour crown,
By making silver show'rs to trickle down;
Till empty pools imbibe a pleasant fill,
And weary souls are heart'ned up the hill,
By massy drops of joy which down distill.
Ver. 7. Tbey go from strength to strength, every one

of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Thus they, refreshed by superior aid,
Are not defatigated nor disınay'd;
Because they are, O truth of awful dread!
As potent as Jehovan in their Head.
Hence they fall travel with triumphant minds,
In spite of ragged paths and built'rous winds.

The roughest ways their vigour ne'er abates,
Each new assault their strength redintegrates.
When they through mortal blows seem to give o'er,
Their strength by intermitting gathers more.
And thus they, with unweary'd zeal endu’d,
Still as they journey have their strength renew'd.
So glorious is the race, that once begun,
Each one contends his fellow to out-run;
Till at uniting in a glorious band,
Before the Lamb's high throne adoring stand,
And harp his lofty praise in Zion-land.
Ver. 8, O Lord God of bofts, bear my prayer: give ear,

O God of Jacob.
Great God of num'rous hosts, who reigns alone
The sole poffessor of th’imperial throne;
Since mental tastes of thy delicious grace
So sweetly relish in thy holy place,
This is the subject of my tabled pray’r,
To have the vision of thy glory there.
O let my cry pierce the etherial frame,
And mercy's echo follow down the same,
Omniscient Being, favour my desire,
Hide not thy goodness in paternal ire :
Why, thou hast giv’n in an eternal band
To Jacob and his feed thy royal hand,

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