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I languish for my Husband's charms w.
Yet faint away when in his arms x.
My sweetest health doth fickness. prove ;
When love me heals, I'm, fick of love y.
I am most merry when I'm sad z;
Most full of sorrow. when I'm glad a;
Most precious when I'm most vile b,
And most at home when in exile cu
o Pfalm cxxxyii.

3. In the day when I cried, thou an sweredít me: and strengthenedst me with strength in my soub. Gen. xviii. 32, 33. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but this once : Peradventure ten shall be found there. And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

w Pfal. Ixiii 2. My felh longeth to see thy power and thy glo. ry, fo as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. And xxvii. -.. One thing have 1 defred of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

* Rev i 17. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as. dead, and he laid his right hand upon me, saying unio me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.

y Song ii. 4, 5. He brought me to the banqueting-house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flaggonsy comfort

me with apples:: for I am Gck of love. z 2 Cor. vii. 10. For godly forrow. worketh repentance un. to salvation, not to be repented of

. Eccl. vii. g. Sorrow is beiter than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.. a Prov. xiv.

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Even in laughter the heart is Sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness...

6 Job xl. 4.. Behold I am vile what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Chap. xlii. 5,6. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear ; but now mine eyes seeth thee. Wherefore l-abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Jer. xxxi. 18, 19, 2 I have surely heard Ephy raim bemoaning himself thus, Thou hait challised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: tura thou1.me, and I shall be turned; for tboy art the Lord my God

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My base and honourable birth,
Excites my mourning and my mirth d;
I'm poor, yet stock'd with untold rente;

Most weak, and yet omnipotent f. Surely after tlia& I was turned, I repented; and after that I was intrucied, 1 fmote upon my thigh: I was aflramed; yea, even confounded, becaufe I did bear the reproach of my youth. Is Ephraim my dear fon? is he a pleasant child? for face! fpake against him, I do earnestly remember him ftill: therefore my bowels are troubled fot lim; I will surely hate mercy cpon him, faith the Lord.

Ċ Ezek. i: 1. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fitih day of the montit: (as I was so mong the captives by the river of Chebar), that the heavens were opened, and i faw vilións of God.

Rev. i. 9, 10 I' John, who also am your brother and companion in tribula. tion, and in the kingdom and patience of Jefus Chrift, was in she ifle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jefus Chrift. I was in the Spirit or the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice as of a trum. pet, &c. John xvi. 32: Behold the ñour' cometh, yea, is dot come, that ye thall be scattered, every man to his own, and Ahall leave me alons: and yet I aint not alone, becaafe the Father is with me.

d Ezek xvi. 3, 4. Thus faith the Lord God unto Jerasa. lem, Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan ; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. for thy nativity in the day thou wat born, thy navel was not cut, neither wait thou washed in water to supple thee : thou walt not falted at all, nor swaddled at all. John i. 13. Which

. were born not of blood, nor of the will of the field, nor of the will of man, but of God.-Pfalm li. 5. Behold I was shapen in iniquity: and in fin did my mother conceive me.

2 Per. i. 3 Blified be the God and Farher of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the refurrection of Jefus Chrift from the dead.

. Rev. j. 19. Because thou fageft, 1 om rich, and increas. ed with goods, and have need of nothing; and knoweft not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counfel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou maye! be

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On earth there's none fo great and high &
Nor so low and mean as I h;
None or so, foolish i, or so wise k;.
So often fall, so often rise l..
I seeing him I never faw m,

m Serve without fear, and yet with awe nt. clothed, and that the shame of thy. nakedness do not appear ; and anoint thine eyes with eye falve, that thou mayelt fee. Eph. iii. 8. Unto me who am less than the least of all faints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. f John xv. 5. Without me ye can do nothing. Phil. iv.

13. I can do all things, through Christ, which Itrengthenech me. & Pfalm xvi.

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But to the saints.that are in the earth, and to the excellent in whom is all my delight Isa. xliii. 4. Since thou wast precious in my light, thou halt been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee; and people for thy life

6 Eph. iii. 8. see letter e. 1 Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful laying, and worthy of all acceptation, that. Christ Jesus cam: into the world to save sinners; of whom I am. chief.:

į Psalm lxxiii. 22. So foolish was I, and ignorant : I was as a beast before thee. Prov. XXX. 2, 3., Surely I am more brutish than any inan, and have aot the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

k. 1 Cor., i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is inade unto us wisdom, &c. Marth. xi. 25, 26. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. Chap. xiii. 11. Jesus apswered and said unto them, Because it is giv. en unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

| Prov. xxiv. 16. A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. m i Pet. i. 8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom

see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory. Heb. xi. i. Now faith is the fubitance of things boped for, the evidence of things not seen,

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Tet Yet most I fear when most I love p. All things are lawful unto me as Yet many things unlawful ber;

de To fome I perfect hatred bears, Yet keep the law of love entire s: I'm bound to love my friends t, but yet I lin unless I do them hate u:

* Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of our entraies, might ferve hint without fear. Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we receiving a kingo dom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may ferve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.

ót John iv. 18. There is no feat in love; bứt perfect love talteth out fear, because fear hath torntent: he that feareth is hot made perfect in love.

Jer. xxxiii. 9. And it fhall be to me a name and joy, & praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which Thall hear all the good that I do unto them; and they hall fear and tremble for all the goodnefs, and for all the prosperife ty that I procure unto it. Hof

. iii. s. Afterwards Thall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and thall fear the Lord, and his goodness line in the latter days.

q i Cor. vi. 19. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I preba will not be brought under the power of any.

Exod. xx. 1, 2, 3. &c. And God fpake all these words faying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the houfe of bondage. - Thou fhalt have no other gods before me, &c.

s Pfalm cxxxix. 21, 22. Do not I hate them, Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred : I coude them mine enemies.

s 2 Chron. xix. 2. And Jeha the son of Hanani the feer, went out to meet him, and said tó king Jeholhaphat, Shouldīt thou help the angodly, and love them that have the Lord ? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.

Lev. xix. 18. Thou thalt not avenge, for bear any i

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I am oblig'd to hate my foes v,
Yet bound to love and pray for those w.
Heart-love to men I'm call'd to įmpart,
Yet God still calls for all my heart *,
I do him and his service both
By nature love y, by nature lothe 2.

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UCH like my heart both falfe true a,
I have a name both old and new b.

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grudge, against the children of thy people, but thou fhalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf; I am the Lord.

# Luke xiv, 26. If any man come to me, and hate pot his father aod mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and filters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

v as they are the foes of God, Judg. v. zi. So let all tine enemies perifh, O Lord; but let them that love him, be as the fun when he goeth forth in his might. Pfalm xvii. 13, 14. Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, całt him down : deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy fword; from men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whofe belly thou filleft with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their fubftance to their babes. w Marth. V. 44. But I say unto you, Love your er

enemies, bless them that curfe you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

* Maith. xix. 19. Jefus, faid unto him, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Chap. xxii. 37. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy foul, and with all thy mind.

y John By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandarents.

z Rom. viji. 7. The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subje&t to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

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