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[The Church's Words. ]
Ver. So be't, for grace made me a wall ;
10 Grace form’d my brealls tow'r high :
Then found I (as my sister Mall,)
Great favour in his eye.
II Here likewise our king Solomon,
A vineyard did poffefs,
To keepers care (O be it shown)
He let it out to dress :
If each for fruit his Lord afsigns
Proportion'd tribute brings ;
He'd render for a thousand vines,
A thousand silverlings.
12 My vineyard, Love, the object is
Of my peculiar care;
My heart and eye is fix'd on this
More close than any-where.
[T be Churcb's Words.]
To thee O Solomon, I'll bring
The grateful rent I owe;
The vineyard's revenue, O King,
Belongs to thee, I know :
And while to thee alone pertains,
A thousand fold is due ;
To underkeepers for their pains,
Two hunder shall accrue.
13 O thou that halt in gardens choice,
Thy dwelling here below,
As thy companions hear thy voice;
So let me here it too,
So pleasant unto them and me,
Is thy delicious strain,
I'll joy how oft I hear from thee
Until we meet again.
[T be Church's Words.] Ver. O haste again, dear Lord, and be 14 A speedy roe, or hart,
Upon the spicy hills, that we
May meet, and never part.
POEMS Selected from the Prophet ISAIAH,&c.
All Scripture is given by inspiration, and is profitable for instruction;
and those passages that are poetical are well calculated for gaining
the attention, enlivening the affection, exciting devotion, and allitt-
ing the memory. Our Saviour divides the books of the Old Testa.
ment into the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms, Luke xxiv. 44.
which teaches us to distinguish those books and paliages that are
poetical. The prophetical writings abound with a variety of pocti-
cal compolitions. The Prophets of the LORD were themselves all
holy men, vested with a divine miffion, had a great interest in, and
intimacy with Heaven. Prophesy is venerable for its antiqnity, for
it came of old time; and to be esteemed for its excellence, being put
for all divine revelation. All the prophets bare witness of Christ,
and testified before-hand of his sufferings, and the glory that should
follow. Of all the prophets none spoke so clearly and fully of Christ,
as the prophet Isaiah; for which he is justly filed, the evangelical
prophet; and by some of the antients, a fifth evangelist. The whole
of his prophesy is transcendently excellent and useful, and contains
much of the grace of the gospel; and it abounds wi more poetical
passages, sacred odes, and evangelical songs, than all the other pro-
phets besides. And if those divine hymns and poetical passages are
viewed with proper attention, they will be found to have in them as
lofty and sublime strokes of poetry as are to be met with; carrying
in them a poetic force and flame, without a poetic fury and fiction;
and strangely command and move the affections, without corrupting
and putting a cheat upon the imagination; and are well adapted to
gratify the car, edify the mind, captivate the heart, and yield both
profit and pleasure. Of all this the following songs will exhibit
Morning and Evening Mercies to be acknowledgeda
Psalm xcii. 2. Lam. iii. 23.
O God, of endless love,
Each evening tide are new;
And morning mercies from above
Distill like early dew.
Ver. Thou spread'st the curtains of the night,
To guard our sleeping hours :
Thy sov'reign word restores the light,
To raise our drowsy pow'rs.
We yield our pow'rs to thy command,
To thee devote our days;
For constant blessings from thy hand,
We owe thee constant praise.
The Day of Toutb, and obe Day of Judgment.
Eccl. xi. 9.
REJOICE, ye ftriplings, vain and young,
That full of frolics rove;
Indulge your hearts, and cyes, and tongues,
In merriment you love.
Taste the delights your souls defire,
And pleasures you design;
And give a loose to all your fire,
In wantonness and wine.
Enjoy your foolish fading bliss,
And lawless joys; but know,
Beside the day of mirth, there is
A day of judgment too.
[The judge will all your works record,
Till you the doom shall hear;
O let the thunder of his word
Awake your souls to fear!
Wrath, to your follies due by law,
Should strike your hearts with dread:
The vice you hug will surely draw
The vengeance on your head.
Think how you'll bear that dreadful day,
And stand the fiery test:
O give your mortal joys away
For everlasting rest!]
S O N G III.
The young and old Sinner warned; and Deatb dread- .
ful ro ibe unconverted. Eccl. xii. 1.7. Isa.Ixv. 20. Ver.
TOUR Maker and Redeemer, God,
Mind ere the months come on,
you shall say, your youthful blood
And merry days are gone.
The aged, wicked finner goes
To regions of the dead,
Laden with guilt and heavy woes,
And curfes on his head.
His dust descends; his foul to God
Ascends ; not there to dwell,
But to be doom'd to his abode ;
Then down she finks to hell.
[Lord, put thy fear into my heart;
And when I hence remove,
Provide my soul a better part,
A mansion in thy love.]
S O N G IV.
The Glory, Peace, and Piety of the Gospel Church,
in sbe latier Days. Isa. ii. 2,-6.
N latter days, God's holy hill,
His house shall so be rais'd,
'Bove hills and mountains high, as will
Make men, that see, amaz'd.
3 All nations then shall thither flow
In throngs, and say aloud,
Come let us up to Sion go,
The house of Jacob's God.
We'll learn his easy yoke to draw,
His sacred path to trace ;
From Zion shall go forth the law,
From Salem news of grace.
4 He shall, as Judge, his throne erect,
Among the nations rude,
To make them friends ; or justly check
The rebel multitude,