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But it is plac'd in corruptible flesh,
grace and Satan's malice daily fight;
God it suspends; But the correction of the flesh for sin, Furthers repentance, and the soul amends.
Thus all on earth have some degrees of
grace, Which reason tells us they should not abuse, Which bringeth some so far to Adam's case, They stand or fall as they these mercies use. But God will not his grace at random give, And leave the event to uncertainty, But hath his chosen, who shall surely live, In whom his saving grace shall never die. The two first brothers did this war begin, He kill'd and conquer'd who was first by birth; He that seem'd conquer'd triumphed by death, The victor's a curs'd vagabond on earth. This war continu'd is unto this day Between the holy and the serpent's seed, These brothers the prognostic instance were Of all that ever after should succeed. But the worst war is inward; grace and sin, The controversy daily their debate: That which the final victory doth win, Determineth man's everlasting state. A law of
thus made to all mankind In Adam and Noe, common roots of all, Ill entertainment with fall’n man did find, Who mostly to idolatry did fall. The strength of sin is love to flesh and world, And averse strangeness to a hetter life. It stronger grew by custom, and abhorr'd All motions tending to the soul's relief. But God's electing grace shall not be void, In Abel, Enoch, Nve, he this declared,
t specially in Abraham, whose great faith le with a special promise did reward.
Not calling back the common law of grace,
Sin soon prevail'd; their land was dry and small;
But as in nature God works by degrees, From seed to infancy, from thence to youth; From thence to manhood and maturity ; So did he in revealing grace and truth. Fall'n man his infancy and childhood had In the old law's dark types and prophecies : But in time's fulness God incarnate canie, The Sun of righteousness to man did rise. Three laws he did fulfil ;-one as a man, Once made for all; another as a Jew; The third as Saviour, proper to himself. Then for his church, he made another new. He preach'd God's will; proclaimed saving grace, Brought to light life and immortality; Declar'd God's love, shew'd man God's pleased face, A sacrifice for sinful man did die. He came to conquer Satan, destroy sin, And heal sick souls of worldly fleshly love, To raise the earthly mind of man to God, And bring him to a better life above.
Exalt, U carth, thy heav'nly King,
With annual verdure bloom;
And bless thy fertile womb.
Revere his awful nod;
And own'd th' approaching God.
In native beauty reign ;
And clothes the thankful plain.
And forined a springing well,
And roll from shore to shore;
Aad tremble, and adore.
Ye whales, that in the ocean play,
In slioals unnumber'd lie;
Ye sickco, faint, and die.
Ye birds, exalt your Maker's name, Begin, and with the important theme
Your artless lays improve; Wake with your songs the rising day, Let music sound from every spray,
Ind fill the vocal grove.
Praise him, ye beasts, that nightly rer Amid the solitary gloom,
Th’expected prey to seize ; Ye slaves of the laborious plongh, Your stubborn necks obsequious bow,
And bend your wearied knees.
Ye sons of men, his praise display,
And gave it pow'r to move :
The wonders of his love,
Let Levi's tribe the lay prolong,
And bend attentive down;
so sweet, so like their own.