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Art thou a legal zealot, foft or rude ?
Renounce thy nat'ral and acquired good.
As base deceitful luits may work thy finart,
S, may deceitful frames upon thy heart.
Seeming good motions may in fome be found,
Much joy in hearing, like the flony ground; *
Much Errow too in praying, as appears
In Elau's careful luit with rueful tears. +
Touching the law, they blamieless may appear, I
From spurious views most specious viriues bear.
Nor merely be devout in mens esteem,
But prve to be sincerely what they seem,
Friends to the holy law in heart and life,
Suers of heav'n with utmost legal strife ;
Yet still with innate pride fo rankly spic'd,
Converted but to duties, not to Chrilt ;
That Publicans and harlots heav'n obtain
Before a crew fo righteous and fo vain.
Soner will thofe thake off their vicious dress,
Than these blind zealots will their righteousness,
Who judge they have (which fortifies their pride)
The law of God itself upon their fide.
Old nature, new brush'd up with legal pains,
Such strict attachment to the law retains,
No means, no motives can to Jesus draw
Vain fouls, so doubly wedded to the law.
But wouldīt the glorious Prince in marriage have,
Know that thy nat’ral husbard cannot save.
Thy best essays to pay the legal rent
Can never, in the least, the law content.
Didst thou in pray’rs enıploy the morning light,
In tears and groans the watches of the night,
Pass thy whole life in close devotion o’er;
"Tis nothing to the law still craving more.
There's no próprtion 'twixt its high commands,
And puny works from thy polluted hands;
Perfectin is the least that it demands.
“ Wouldst enter into life, then keep the law tt;''
But keep it perfectly without a flaw.
• Luke viii. 13.
+ Heb. xii. 17.
It won't have less, nor will abate at last
A drop f vengeance for the fun that's past :
Tell, suful mortal, is thy ftuck lo large
As duly can defray this double charge ?
Why these are mere imples,” saylt thou : Vea, truly f, they are; and therefore now, That down thy legal confidence may fall, The law's black doom home to thy boson call. “ Ľ! I (the divine law.) demand no less “ Than perfect, everlalling righteousness; “ Bit thou hait fail'd, and lost thy lirength to Do: “ Terefore I dorm thee to eternal wo; “ In pris in clifs to be shut up for ay, “ Ere I be baffled with thy partial pay. " Thou always didít, and doft my precepts break; “ I therefore curse thee to the burning lake. 4. In God, the great Lawgiver's glorious name, " I judge thy soul to everlalling shame.” No Helh can by the law be justified *. Ye darelt thou thy legal duties plead ? As Paul appeal'd to Cesar, wilt ihou so Unto the law ? then to it thou shalt
go, And find it doom thee to eternal wo.
What! would ye have us plung'd in deep despair?
Amen ; yeş. God himself would have you there.
His will it is that you despair of life,
And safety by the law or legal strife;
That cleanly thence divorc'd at any rate
His faireft Son mav have a faithful mate.
"Till this law-sentence pass within your breast,
Yu'll never wed the law.discharging Priest.
Y u prize not heav'n, till he through hell you draw;
Nor love the g spel, till ye know the law.
Know then, the divine law molt perfect cares
Fir none of thy imperfect legal wares ;
Dooms thee to vengeance for thy finful ftale,
As well as sinful actions small or great.
If any fin can be accounted small,
To hell it dooms thy soul for one and all.
For fins of nature, practice, heart, and way,
Daination-rent it fummons thee to pay.
Yea, not för fin alone, wbich is thy Thame,
But for thy boalled service too, so lame,
The Law adjudges thee and hell to meet,
Because thy righteousness is incomplete.
As tow'ring flames burn up the wither'd fags,
So will the fiery law thy filthy rags.
Direction given with reference 10 the right use of the
Means, ibat we rest 1106 on these instead of Curist,
sbe glorious Husbund, in whom our belp lies. ADAM, where art thou ** Soul, where art thou now?
Oh! art thou saying, Sir, what shall I do ť?
I dare not use that proud sell-raising lirain,
Go help yourself, avd Gud will heip you then.
Nay, rather know, o Ifrael, that thou halt
Dettroy'd thyself, and canit not in the least
Frım sin nor wrath thyself the captive free.
Tay help, says Jefus, only lies in me 1.
Heav'n's oracles direct to him alone,
Full help is laid upon thy mighty One.
In him, in him complete falvation dwells;
He's God the helper, and there is none else to
Fig.leaves won't hide thee from the fiery thuw'r,
'I'is he alone that laves by price and pow'r.
Muft we do nothing then, will mockers say,
But rest in futh till Heav'o the help convey?
Pray, ftnp a little finner ; dun’t abuse
God's awful word, that charges thee to use
Means, ordinances, which he's pleas’d to place
As precious channels of his pow'rful grace.
Reliless improve all these, until from heav'n
The whole salvation needful thus be giv'n.
Wait in his path according to his call,
On him whose pow'r alone effecteth all.
Gen, iii. 9.
+ lla, xlv. 22.
Would'st thou him wed? In duties wait, I say ;
But marry not thy duties by the way.
Tovu'll wotully come fhurt of laving grace,
It duties only be thy resting place.
Nay, go, a little further * through them all,
To him whuse aflive is to save fri m thrall,
Thus in a gospel-manner hopeful wait,
Striving tenter by the narrow gate ti
S trait and narrow, that it won't admit
Tie bunch upon thy back to enler it.
Nut nly bulky luits may ceale to press,
But ev'n the bunch of boasted righteousnefs.
Many, as in the facred page we see,
Shall itrive to enter, but unable be $:
Becaule, mistaking this new way of life,
They push a legal, not a gospel strife :
As if their duties did JEHOVAH bind,
B-cause 'ris written, "Seek, and ye shall find t."
Perverted scripture dues their error fence,
They read the letter, but neglect the sense.
While to the word no gospel-glofs they give ;
Their seek and find's the faine with d, and live.
Hence would they a connection native place
Between their moral pains, and saving grace :
Toeir nat'ral pour essays the Judge won't miss,
In juitice, to infer eternal bliss.
Thus commentaries on the word they make,
Wnich to their ruin are a grand mistake :
For, through the legal bias in their breast,
They scripture to their own destruction wrest.
Why, if we seek, we get, they gather hence ;
Which is not truth, fave in the scripture-lense.
There Jesus deals with friends, and elsewhere faith,
These seekers only speed that alk in faith **.
“ The prayer of the wicked is abhorr’d,
" As an abomination to the Lord tt.”
Their suits are fins, but their neglects no less,
Which can't their guilt diminish, but increase.'
They ought, like beggars, lie in grace's way ;
Hence Pecer taught the forcerer to pray *;
For thugh mere nat'ral mens address or pray'rs
Can no acceptance gain as work of theirs,
Nor have, as their perfirmance, any fway ;
Ytt as a divine ordinance they may.
But spotless cruth has bund itself to grant
The luit of none but the believing faint.
In Jesus persons once accepted, do
Acceptance find in him for duties too.
For he, whole Son they do in marriage take,
Is bound to hear them for their Husband's fake.
But let no Chriltless svul, at pray’r appear,
As it JEHOVAH were oblig'd to hear :
But use the means, because a fuv’reign God
May come with alms in this his wonted rvad.
He wills thee to frequent kind wisdom's gate,
To read, hear, meditate, to pray and wait;
Thy Spirit then be on these duties bent,
As gospel means, but nue as legal rent,
From these don't thy falvation hope nor claim,
But from JEHOVAH in the use of them.
The beggar's fpirit never was so dull,
W..ile waiting at the gate call's Beautiful,
To hope for succour from the temple-gate,
At which he daily did so careful wait :
But from the rich and charitable frt,
Wo to the temple daily made refurt.
Means, ordinances, are the cmely gate,
At which kind heav'n has bid us confiant wait:
Not that from there we have our alms, but from
Toe lib'ral God, who there is wont to come.
If either we these means shall dare neglect,
Or yet froin these th' enriching bliss expect,
We from the glory of the King delalk;
Who in the galleries is won't to walk;
We move not regular in duties road,
But base, invert them to an idol.god.
Seek then, if gospel-means you would effay, Through grace to use them in a gospel-way :
Acts viii, 22,