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Ver. Yet knowledge pure, no where we fee
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But in th' eternal Mind.
In God, and him alone, can we

Confummate knowledge find.
The wise on earth derive from him,

The wisdom which we praile;
Their tapers only fine with dim
And delegated rays.

SON G XXI.
Proofs of God's Power in doing bis Pleasure in

Earth and Heaven, and serving bis own Purposes

among Men. Job xii. 14, 15, 16.
14 GOD's pow?r, with wisdom join’d, we must

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With equal fear adore :
Proud towns he levels with che dust,

To be rebuilt 10 more.
When slaves in prison he restrains,
Shut up in death or bell,

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Who then can loose their pond'rous chains,

Or pow'r divine repel?
15 He binds the watery cloud, and stops

The bottles of the skies;
And to the earth's fore withered crops

His heav'nly dew denies.
Again, the rains, at his command,

Make all the rivers swell,
O'erflow their borders, drench the land,

And fears of drought dispel.
16 Wisdom and firength are his, he rules

O'er strong and crafty foes;
Deceiving and deceived fools

Are both at his dispose.

S O N G XXII.
Proofs of God's Wisdom and Power in the Revolution

of States and Kingdoms. Job xii. 17,--25.
17 FROM judges judgment God withdraws ;

From counsellors of liate
Detracting wisdom and applause,

With fools he does then rate.

Ver. Proud monarchs cruel bonds he breaks,
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Tears their engines of pain ;
And binds, on tort’ring tyrants necks,

The tortur'd pris'ner's chain. 19 He overturns the mighty peers,

And princes in their pride ;
These that abash'd the world with fears,

He makes the world deride.
20 He takes their wisdom from the wise,

And knowledge from the sage,
And makes their former friends despise

Their oracles and age.
21 On princes great he pours contempt,

On kings of wide command,
He wrests, what seem'd from wo exempt,

Their sceptres from their hand. 22 To his all.penetrating eye,

The darkest shades of night,
And deepest'hellish plots do ly

As ope as noon-day light.
23. By him all nations high or low,

And kingdoms wax and wean;
By him their numbers ebb or flow,

And share the bliss or bane. 24 Great chiefs, like cowards, thro' heartless fright

He makes in defarts stray, 25 As drunkards groping in the night,

And reeling lose their way.

SONG XXIII.

Strong Faith in the bot Furnace. Job xiii. 15, 16. 15 LET God upon me frown or smile;

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his nanie ;
He knows, if of approved guile

My heart does me condemn.
Should he even double my distress,

In hotter fires to try ;
Yet I'll adore his righteousness,

And on his word rely.

Ver. Yea, though he hew me to the root,
16 With lifted hand to kill,
Yet, through his grace, I'm refolute,

That in him trust I will.

SONG XXIV.

Tbe Origin, Nature and issue of buman Life; it is
Sort, sorrowful, sinful, and limited; Deatb puts
a final Period to it, and frees from tbe Calamisies
sbereof. Job xiv. 1, -15.

SECT. I.
Man frail and filtby, tbe Object of divine Pity.

Ver. 1,-4

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· FRAIL man, as soon as born, decays,

Like flow'rs that quickly fade;
2 He counts a few and troublous days,

Then passes like a shade.
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Will God regard so base a wight,

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Contend with such a moth,
The spawn of hell, an ugly fight,

So frail and filthy both!
4. Who can clean things from unclean bring,

Pure streams from inipure mud,
But he that came to clear the spring

By water and by blood!

SECT. II.

Our Days are numbered, and the Time of Life fixed.

Ver. 5, 6.

5 O Lord, the days of man are all

Inroll'd in thy decree;
And of the months that to him fall

The number is with thee.
The bounds of time he cannot pass

In which thou dost him clole:
Let this fuffice, nor add a mass

Of more uncommon woes.

Ver. O grant him the respite and ease, 6 His torments made him ask, And let him finifh, by degrees,

His life's appointed talk.

SECT. III.
Life natural, being gone, returns not; or, the dead

never awaked till the loft Day. Ver. 77--12. 7,8 Life vegetive when lost in roots,

With rains may be reviv'd; 9 Life animal in certain brutes,

With folar beams retriev'd. 10 But Spirits rarional, when gone,

Too great for nature's scent,
Have no restoratives but one,

That is omnipotent.
Ere death man daily walles away;

In dearb gives up the ghost;
But after death, where is he, pray,

When to the living lost?
11 High floods and seas that left the shore,

Will at their times return;
12 But man resumes his life no more,

Whoo death does once in urn.
Death to the grave his duft conveys,

There sleeps the hidden prey;
Nor wakes till with a mighty noise,

The heavens fall pass away.

S E C T IV. Desire to die may consist with a waiting till the cbange come.

Ver. 13, 14, 15: 13*Lord, in the filent grave I'd reit,

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There let me safely ly,
Till shades of sin and wrath be chas'd,

And glory deck the sky.
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Since wrath will each man, for his crime,

From present life estrange,
All days of my appointed time

I'll wait my future change.

Ver. Though thou prolong this mournful scene,

In hope l’ll patient ftay,
Till thou revive my joys amain,

And chafe my woes away.
15 Thy call both to and from the grave

I'll gladly hear, and go;
And thou my trong defire to save

Thy handy-work wilt show.

SONG XXV. Self-justification extremely odious. Job xv. 14, 15,16. 14 AH! what's vain man that seems so pure,

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As not his spots to spy,
When fairelt seraphs can't endure

Jehovah's piercing eye!
15 He sees his saints not whole upright,

What can in llaves be seen ?
How vile's the earth, when in his fight

The heav'ns are but unclean ! 16 Their host before the boly thrice,

Do blush and hide their fmuts ;
How odious then is man, who vice
Like water daily gluts!

SONG XXVI.
The Ruin of those wbo bid Defiance to God and bis

Power. Job xv. 24, 25, 26. 30.
24 CONFUSION, anguish, and distress,

The wicked shall assail,
To give them battle, with disgrace,

And o'er their strength prevail. 25 Because against th' almighty Lord

They boldly take the field;
Yea, run upon his flaming sword,

And on his blazing shield.
26 Mad wretches ! they defy their God,

And void of holy fear,
Deride his darts that fly abroad,

And rush upon his spear.

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