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If all these things this fuitor kind can do,
blood.. The burden's heavy, but the back is broad, The glorious lover is the mighty God t. Kind bowels yearning in th' eternal Son, He left his Father's court, his heavn'ly throne :: Afide he threw his most divine array, And wrapt his Godhead in a veil of clay. Angelic armies, who in glory crown'd, With joyful harps his awful throne surround, Down to the crystal frontier of the sky 1. To fee. the Saviour born, did eager fly; And ever since behold with wonder freth Their Sov'reign and our Saviour wrapt in filesh.. Who in his garb. did mighty love display,'., Restoring what he never took away 9, To God his glory, to the law its due, To heav'n its honour, to the earth its hue, , To man a righteousness divine, completes ; A royal robe to suit the nuptial rite.. He in her favours, whom he lov'd so well, At once did purchase heav'n, and vanquish hell. Oh! unexampled love ! so vast, so strong, So great, fo high, so deep, fo broad, so long! Can finite thought this ocean huge explore, Unconscious of a bottom or a shore ? * Song viii. 6. + Ifa. ix. 6. | Luke.ii. 9-16
Plalm Ixix. iy.
His love admits no parallel, for why,
Man's LEGAL difpofition.
wound, Is with immortal glory circled round 3 Archangels at his awful footstool bow, And drawing love fits smiling on his brow: Though down he fends in gospel-tidings good, Epistles of his love, fign'd with his blood : Yet lordly, the the royal suit rejects, Eternal life by legal works affects ; In vain the living feeks among the dead *, Sues quick’ning comforts in a killing head.. Her dead and bury'd husband has her heart, Which can nor death remove, nor life impart: Thus all revolting Adam's. blinded race, In their first spouse their hope and comfort:
place. They natively expect, if guilt them press, Salvation by a home-bred righteousness ::
* Lake xxvi. S.
They look for favour in JEHOVAH's eyes,
that lives. As native as they draw their vital breath, Their fond recourse is to the legal path. Why, says old nature, in law-weded man, “Won't Heav'n be pleas'd, if I do all I can? • If I conform my walk to nature's light, * And strive, intent to practise what is right ; "Thus won't I by the God of heav'n be bless'd,
And win his favour, if I do my best? •Good God! (he cries) - when press'd withi
debt and thrall, • Have patience with me, and I'll pay thee all *' Upon their all, their best, they're fondly mad, Though yet their all is naught, their best is bad. Proud man his can does mightily exalts, Yet are his brightest works but fplendid faults. A finner may have shews of good, but still The best he can, ev'n at his beft, is ill. Can heav'n or divine favour e'er be win By those that are a mass of hell and fin? The righteous law does numérous woes de
Against the wretched soul that fails but once :: What heaps of curses on their heads it rears, That have amasséd the guilt of numérous years!
* Matth. xviii. 26..
Man's strict attachment to legal Terms, or to the
law as a condition of life.
will be ?
, done against the laws of Heav'n.
heav'n, • Admit of smalls, when greater can't be given ? • He knows our fall diminsh'd all our funds, • Wont he accept of pennies now for pounds ? ..Sincere endeavours for perfection take, "Or terins more possible for mankind make?' Ah! poor divinity, and jargon loose; Such hay and straw will never build the house. Miftake not here, proud mortal, don't mistake, God changes not, nor other terms will make. Will divine faithfulness itself deny, Which swore folemnly, Man fhall do or die? Will God most true extend to us, forsooth, His goodness, to the damage of his truth? Will spotless holiness be baffled thus? Or awful justice be unjust for us? Shall faithfulness be faithlefs for our fake, And he his threats, as we his precepts break?