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I trade abroad, yet Atay at home i;
My tabernacle is my tomb k.
I can be prison'd, yet abroad;
Bound hand and foot, yet walk with God l.

The mystery of various names given to Saints and

church of Chrift; or, The Aesh and Spirit describ-
ed from inanimate things, vegetables and sensitives.
no tell the world my proper name,

Is both my glory and my fhame a:

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į Phil. iii. 20. For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

k 2 Cor. V. 1, 2. For we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, For in this we groan earnestly, defiring to be cloathed upon with our house which is from heaven. V. 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

| Acs xvi. 24, 25. The jailor, having received, such a
charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet
falt in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,
and fang praises unto God. 2 Tim. ii. 9. Wherein I fúffer
trouble as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of
God is not bound. 2. Cor. vi. 4, s. But in all things ap.
proving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience,
in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in ftripes, in imprison-
ments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings.
a Hof. i. 9. Then said God, Call his name Lo•ammi: for

ye are not my people, and I will not be


God. And ii. 1. Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi, and to your sisters, Ru. hamah. v. 23. And I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy, and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art

my God.


For like my black but comely face,
My name is Sin, my name is Grace b.
Most fitly I'm assimilate
To various things inanimate ;
A ftanding lake c, a running flood d,
A fixed star e, a paffing cloud f.
A Cake unturn’d, nor cold, nor hot gi..
A vefsel found b, a brt ken pot i:

h b Song i. 5. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 1 Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sianers; of whom I am chief.

Isa. Ixii. 2, 3

And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

c Jer. xlviii. 11. Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither. hath he gone into captivity: there fore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.

d Ifa. xliv. 3. I wiil pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground : I will pour my Spirit upon thy feed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.

e Dan. xii. 3. And they that be wise, hall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever-And in opposition to those called wandering stars, Jude 13.

s Hof. vi. 4. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness, is as a, and as the early dew it goeth away.

& Hor. -vii. 8. Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people. Ephraim is a cake not turoed. Rev. iii. 15. I know ihy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thoo wert cold or hot.

h Rom. ix. 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour

i Pfalm xxxi, 12. I am forgotten as a dead mag out o mind; I am like a broken vessel.

A rising sun k, a drodping wing l;
A finty rock.m, a flowing spring n.
A rotten beam o, a viridistem p;
A men'struous cloth q, a royal gem r;
A garden barr'ds, an open field s;
A gliding stream t, a fountain fealid u.

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k Matth. xiii. 43. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.

1. Plalm lv. 6. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

m Zech. vii. 12. They made their hearts as an adamant ftone, left they Mould hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his fpirit by the former prophets.

n John iv. 13, 14. Jesus answered and said unto her om Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, lhall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

o Isa. xvii. 9, 10. In that day thall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left, because of the children of Israel: and there fhall be desolacion. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy falvation, and halt not been mindful of the rock of thy strength: therefore thalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange Nips. Chap. xxvii. 11. When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women came and ser them on fire: for it is a people of no undertanding, &c.

p Prov. xi. 28. The righteous shall flourish as a branch. Psalm xcii. 12, 13. The righteous shall flourish like the palmtree : he shall


like the cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.

lfa. XXX. 22. Ye shall defile also the covering of my gra• ven images of lilver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menftruous cloth, fhail say unto it, Get thee hence. Chap. Ixiv. 0. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses ars as filthy rags.

r Ifa. lxi. z. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. | Song iv. 1 2. A garden inclosed is my fifter, my spouse.

Matth xiii. 24, 25. Another parable put he forth unto


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Of various vegetables see
A fair and lively map in me.
A fragrant rose v, a noisome weed w;
A rotting x, yet immortal seed
I'm with’ring grass z, and growing corn a;
A pleafant plant b, an irksome thorn c;
An empty vine d, a fruitful tree e;

An humble shrub f, a cedar high g. them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened uøto a man which sowed good feed in his field: but while men flept, his enemy came, and fowed tares among the wheat, and went bis way.

i Song iv. s. (My sister is] a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

u Song iv. 1.2. A spring shut up, a fountain fealed is my fifter, my fpoufe.

o lfa. xxxv. 1. The wilderness and the folitary place shall be glad for them; and the desart shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

w [sa. v. 4. What could have been done more to my vine. yard, that I have not done in it? wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, it brought forth wild grapes.

* Gen. iii. 19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou ta. ken: for duft thou art, and unto doft shalt thou return.

y i Pet. i. 23. Being born again, not of corruptible feed, but of incorruprible, by the word of God which liveth and a. bideth for ever.

z Ifa. xl, 7. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth ; be. cause the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the peo. ple is grass.

6.Hof. xiv. 7. They that dwell under his shadow shall re. turn, they fhall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine : the scent there of shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

6 Ifa. v. 7. The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant.

c Mic. vii. 4. The best of them is a brier : the most upright is sharper than a thorn-hedge.

d Hof. x. 1. Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruiç unto himfelf.



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A noxious brier h, a harmless pine i ;
A fapless twig k, a bleeding vine 1:
A stable fir m, a pliant bush n;
A noble oak 0, a naughty rush p.

e Psalm i. 3. And he hall be like a tree planted by the ri. vers of water, that bringech forth his fruit in his season ; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doth shall prosper.

Ezek. xvii. 5, 6. He a great eagle) took also of the feed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field, he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree. And it grew, and became a fpreading vine of low fature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it be; came a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs. V. 24. And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the

green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the Lord have spoken and have done it. Mark iv. 30, 31. And Jesus said, Wherein Mall we liken the kingdom of God? or, with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is lowo in the earth, is lels than all the feeds that be in the earth.

g Pfalm xcii. 12. The righteous Thall grow like a cedar in Lebanoa,

h Mic. vii. 4. See letter c.

į Isa. xli. 19. I will set in the desärt the fir tree, and the pine, and the box-tree together. k Joho xv. 4. Abide in me, and I in


As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. V. 6. If a man abide not in me, he is calt forth as a branch, and is withered.

John xv. s. I am the vine, ye are the branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit ; for without me ye can do nothing. Song ii. 13. The

; fig tree pulteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the teoder grape give a good smell. v. 15. Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vides ; for our vines have tender grapes.

m lfa. lv. 13. Instead of the thorn fhall come up the fire tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that


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