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Our various fruit to see;
Examines every tree.
If barren still ye stand ;
Which arms his awful hand.
To make destruction sure:
Or who the fire endure?
Thy long-expecting grace:
And known no more our place.
Nor let it wait in vain;
And still this fruit maintain.
CLXXV. The Light of good Examples, the most effectual Way to glorify
God. Matthew v. 16.
Thy precepts all divinely wise:
To fix them still before our eyes.
And fill our breasts with heavenly zeal,
3 Adorn'd with every heavenly grace,
Reflected, beam from each of thine.
Our heavenly Father shall proclaim;
Shall join to glorify his name. CLXXVI. Providential Bounties sarveyed and improved. Matthew v. 45. i FATHER of lights, we sing thy name,
Who kindledst up the lamp of day t;
His beams thy power and love display.
The copious drops of genial I rain;
Revive the grass and swell the grain.
Yet millions of our guilty race,
Affront thy law, and spurn thy grace.
O'erlook the tokens of thy care;
Still own in praise, still ask in prayer.
And showers in sweeter drops shall fall,
And thou, our God, enjoy'd in all.
In plenteous showers thy Spirit send;
CLXXVII. Secret Prayer. Matthew vi 6.
Shouts through the darkest night;
With heart-discerning sight.
My duteous homage paid,
And every evening's shade.
CLXXVIII. Seeking first the Kingdom of God, &c. Matthew vi, 33. i NOW let a true ambition rise,
And ardour fire our breast,
In heavenly glories drest.
A radiant crown display,
While stars and suns decay.
Beneath a christian's thought;
Which my Redeemer boughi.
The glorious prize pursue;
While heaven is kept in view.
"CLXXIX. Pardon spoken by Christ. Matthew ix. 2.
Pronounce these words of peace;
To celebrate the grace.
And speak my sins forgiven;
All like the harps of heaven.
The darkest path I'll tread;
And mingle with the dead.
No other fears we know;
Shall crowns of life bestow.
CLXXX. The relapsing Demoniac. Matthew xii. 43–45.
O'er all the worlds on high:
In wild confusion fly.
The great arch-traitor fell,
To infamy and hell.
And traverse * earth and air ;
And boasts his kingdom there.
With one Almighty word;
And reign victorious, Lord.
The smiling light to view ;
Their bondage to renew.
Which thy own power begun,
The kingdom of thy Son.
CLXXXI. The Faith of the Syrophænician Woman reconemended.
Matthew xv. 26, 27.
When heaven itself might seem t'oppose!
And loudly thus for mercy call;
“ And save us from the infernal foe.”
Our longing eyes would wait on thee,
4 But thou the humble soul wilt raise,
And all its sorrows turn to praise:
CLXXXII. The Church built on a Roch, and secured against the Gates
of Hell. Matthew xvi. 18.
And challenge all her spiteful foes:
In him, who from the dead arose.
And firm on that foundation stand;
His word is sure, and strong his hand.
Vain are their counsels, and their power;
And boast the conquest of an hour.
And know their former place no more
And o'er their fathers' dust adore.
And burst the barriers of the grave;
CLXXXIII. Christ's Transfiguration. Matthew xvii. 4.'
The various glories of thy face,
And charms our cares and woes to rest!
On some bleak mountain would I diell,
And share their grandeur and their gold.
Raptures divine my thoughts employ:
And feel his love, and call him mine.
His lustre, when transform'd he stood;
* The mountain on which Christ was transfigured.