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Praise for the Gospel.
And not to charice, as others do,
And Jewish prophets, once have given,
Which Christ reveal’d, and brought from heaven! How glad the Heathens would have been,
That worshipp'd idols, wood and stone,
Or Jesus and bis Gospel known!
Against me will in judgment rise.
The all-seeing God. Almighty God!, thy piercing eye
Strikes through the shades of night,
All open to thy sight.
Nor wicked word we say,
Against the judgment-day.
Be read and publish'd there?
While men and angels hear? Lord, at thy foot asham'd I lie;
Upward I dare not look: Pardon my sins before I die,
And blot thein from thy book. Remember all the dying pains
That my Redeemer felt,
And let his blood wash out my stains,
And answer for my guilt.
T' indulge a sinful thought,
And writes down every fault.
Amay be he graciouart of mine
The Danger of Delay. Why should I say, “ 'Tis yet too soon To seek for heaven, or think of death :" A flow'r may fade before 'ris noon, And I this daymay lose my breath. If this rebellious heart of mine Despise the gracious calls of heav'n, I may be hardend in iny sin, And never have repentance given. What if the Lord grow wroth, and swear, While I refuse to read and pray, That he'll refuse to lend an ear To all my groans another day ! What if his dreadful anger burn, While I refuse his offer'd grace, And all his love to fury turn, And strike me dead upon the place 'Tis dangerous to provoke a God! His power and vengeance none can tell; One stroke of his almighty rod Shall send young sinners quick to hell.. Then 'twill for ever be in vain To cry for pardon and for grace; To wish I had my time again, Or hope to see my Maker's face.
Obedience to Parents.
Hear what their Teachers say;
And with delight obey..
Are threaten'd by the Lord,
Or mocks his Mother's word ?
What heavy guilt upon him lies !
How cursed is his name!
And eagles eat the same.
Their Parents honour due,
And live hereafter too.
Against Pride in Clothes. Why should our garments, made to hide Our parents' shame, provoke our pride? The arts of dress did ne'er begin, Till Eve our mother learn'd to sin. When first she put her cov’ring on, Her robe of innocence was gone; And yet her children vainly boast, In the sad marks of glory lost. How proud we are how fond to shew Our clothes, and call them rich and new! When the poor sheep and silkworm wore That very clothing long before. The tulip and the butterfly Appear in gayer coats thau I; Let me be drest fine as I will, Flies, worms, and flow'rs, exceed me still.) Then will I set my heart to find Inward adornings of the mind : Knowledge and virtue, truth and grace, These are the robes of richest dress. No more shall worins with me compare ; This is the raiment angels wear : The Son of God, when here below, Put on this blest apparel too. ; It never fades, it ne'er grows old, Nor fears the rain, nor moth, nor mould: It takes no spot, but still refines; The more 'tis worn, the more it shines. In this on earth should Rappear; Then go to heav'n, and wear it there : God will approve it in his sight; 'Tis his own work and his delight.
A Morning Song.
His proper hour to rise,
Doth send himn round the skies.
His morning race begins,
But round the world he shines.
The bus'ness of the day;
March on my heav’nly way.
Nor let my soul complain, That the young morning of my days.
Has all been spent in vain.
An Evening Song.
I'll sing my Maker's praise;
His providence and grace.
My sins, how great their sum ! Lord, give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come. I'll lay my body down to sleep;
Let angels guard my head,
Their watch around my bed.
Since thou wilt not remove;
Rejoicing in thy love.
- For the Lord's-Day Morning. This is the day when Christ arose
So early from the dead: Why should I keep my eye-lids clos'd,
Or waste my hours in bed?
For the Lord's-Day Evening.
The Ten Commandments, in Verse.
Exodus, chap. xx. 1. Thou shalt have no more gods but me. 2 Before no idols bow thy knee. 3. Take not the name of God in vain. 4. Nor dare the Sabbath-day profane. 5. Give both thy parents honour due. 6. Take heed that thou no murder do. 7. Abstain from words and deeds unclean. 8. Nor steal; though thou art poor and mean. 9. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it. 10. What is thy neighbour's dare not covet,