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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 y.
I'm with’ring grass %, and growing corn a;
A pleasant plant b, an irksome thorn c;
An empty vine d, a fruitful tree e;

An humble shrubs, a cedar high g. them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened upto a man which fowed good feed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came, and lowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

+ 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 spouse.

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

w Isa. 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 taken: for duft thou art, and unto duft shalt thou returo.

y 1 Pet. i. 23. Being born again, not of corruptible feed, but of incorruptible, 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.

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

6 Isa. v. 7a 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 fruit into himfelf.

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

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

f 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 stature, 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 less than all the feeds that be in the earth, 8 Psalm xcii. 12. The righteous Thall grow

like a cedar in Lebanoa.

h Mic. vii. 4. See letter c.

i Isa. xli. 19. I will set in the desart the fir-tree, and the pine, and the box tree together.

& John xv. 4. Abide in me, and I in you. 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.

I 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.

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the teader grape give a good smell. v. is. Take us the foxes, the little foxes that Ipoil the vines ; for our vines have tender grapes.

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m lfa. lv. 13. Instead of the thorn shall 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 everlalting sign that

With sensitives I may compare,
While I their various natures share :
Their distinct names may justly fuit
A strange, a reasonable brute q.
The sacred page my state describes
From volatile and reptile tribes ;
From ugly vipers r, beauteous birds /;

From soaring hofts s, and swinish herds t. shall not be cut off. And fx. 13. The glory of Lebanon shall Come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine tree, and the box togeth. er, to beautify the place of my fan&tuary, and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

* Matth. xi. 7. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the niultitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see! A reed fhaken with the wind? 0 Ifa vi.

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in it shall be a tenth, and it shall re. turn, and Ahall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an cak whofe substance is in them, when they cast their leaves : fo the holy feed shall be the fubstance thereof.

Ifa. Iviii. 5. Is it such a fast that I have chofen? a day for a man to affli& his foul ? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread fackcloth and alhes under him ? wilt thou call this a falt, and an acceptable day to the Lord ? 9

Pfalm lxxiii. 22. So foolish was I [ Asaph], and igno. rant: I was a beast before thee. Prod. XXX. 2. Surely I [Agur] am more bratish than any man, and have not the under standing of a man. r Matth. ir. 7. But when John saw

many

of the Pharifees and Sarducees come to his baptism, he faid unto them, O gen eration of vipers, &c.

s Song ii. 12. The time of the finging of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

s Ifa. Ix. 8. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Marth. vii. 6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, left they trample them under their feet, and turn agaio and rent you.

2 Pet. ii. 22. But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, . The dog is turned to bis own vomit again: and the fow that

wahed to her wallowing in the mire.

I'm rank'd with beasts of diff'rent kinds,
With spiteful tygers u, loving hinds v;
And creatures of distinguish'd forms,
With mounting eagles w, creeping worms x.
A mixture of each fort I am ;
A hurtful snake y, a harmless lamb z;
A tardy afs a, a tpeedy roe b;
A lion bold c, a tiin'rous doe d.
A flothful owl e, a busy ant f;
A dove to mourn ĝ, a lark to chant b:

Psalm xxii. 16. For dogs have compaffed me, the affem, bly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my

feet. Phil. iii. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil, workers, beware of the concifion.

v Psalm xviii. 3. God maketh my feet like hinds feet, and sexteth mé apon my high places. Prov. V. 19. Let her (the wife of thy youth) be as ihe loving, hind, and pleasant roe ; let he breasts fatisfy thee at all times, and be thou ra. vished always with her love.

w Ifa. xl. 1.- They Thall mount up with wings as-eagles.

* Psalm xxii. 6. But I am a. worm, and no man. Ifa. xli, 14. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Ifrael, &c..

Psalm lviii. 4. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear.

z Joho xxi. 13. So when they had dined, Jesus faith to Si. mon Petery, Simon Son of Jonas, loveit thou me more than these? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowelt that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my

Jambs. a Job xi. 12. Vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt

6 Prov. vi.. sDeliver thyself (my son] as a roe from the hand of the hunter.

c Prov. xxviii. 1. The righteous are bold as a lion.

d Ifa. ii. 19. Add they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his Majetty, when he arileth to laake terribly the earth.

a Pfal. cii. 6. I am like an owl of the defart.

And with less equals to compare,
An ugly toad i, an angel fair k.

SECT. X.
The mystery of the faints old and new man further

described'; and the means of their spiritual life.

Yet divers such I count all joy bo
On earth I fee confusions reels,
Yet wisdom ord'ring all things well.de

Prov. vi. 6. Go to to the ant, thou faggard, confider ber ways, and be wise, &c.

glfa. xxxviii. 14. Like a crane-or a fwallow so did I cbatrer: I did mourn as a dove ; mine eyes fail with looking ap. ward : O Lord, I am oppreffed, undertake for me. Ezek vii. 16. But they that escape of them (Ifrael], shall efcape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning every one for his iniquiry. .

h Song ii. 12. The time of the singing of birds is come; and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

i Rom. iii, 13.- The poison of afps is under their lips. Job xl. 4. Behold, I am vile, what shall I answer thee!'I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. k Aas vi. 15. And all that fat in the council, looking sted

. fastly on him [Stephen), saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we alt with open face, beo holding as io a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

a Heb xii. 11. Now no chastening for the prefent seemseth to be joyous, but grievous, &c. 1 Pet. i. Ö. Wherein y greatly rejoice, though now for a seafon (if need be) ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

6 James i. 2.. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fallin. to divers temptations.

c Pfal. Ixxxii. s. They know not, neither will they under Hand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

d Psal. xxix. 10. The Lord Gitteth upon the flood : yea,

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