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And ev'ry finner must excufeless make,
By urging rich and poor to come and take t.
Ho, ev'ry one that thirsts I, is grace's call
Direct to needy finners great and small;
Not meaning those alone, whose holy thirst
Denominates their souls already blest.
If only those were call'd, then none but saints;
Nor would the gospel suit the finners wants.
But here the call does signally import
Sinners and thirsty fouls of ev'ry sort;
And mainly to their door the message brings,
Who yet are thirsting after empty things;
Who spend their means no living bread to buy,
And pains for that which cannoi fatisfy.
Such thirsty finners here invited are, (care,
Who vainly spend their money, thought, and
On passing shades, vile lusts, and trash fo base
As yield immortal souls no true solace.
The call directs them, as they would be blest,
To chufe a purer object of their thirst.
All are invited by the joyful found
To drink who need, as does the parched ground,
Whose wide-mouth'd clefts speak to the brafen
Its paflıve thirst, without an active cry: (lky

The gospel preacher then, with holy skill,
Must offer Christ to whosoever will,
To finners of all sorts that can be nam'd;
The blind, the lame, the poor, the hait, the main’as.
Not daring to restrict th' extensive call
But op'ning wide the net to catch 'em all.
No soul must be excluded that will come,
No right of access be confinéd to some.

+ Rev. xxii. 17. I isa. iv. 1, 2. ♡ Luke xiv 21.

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Though none will come till conscious of their

want, Yet right they have to come by sovéreign grant; Such right to Chrift, his promise and his grace, That all are dainn'd who hear and don't emSo freely is th‘unbounded call dispens'd. [brace. We therein find ev'n linners unconvincd ; Who know not they are naked, blind and poor* ? Counsellód to buy or beg at Jesus' door, (fore. And take the glorious robe, eye-falve, and goldenThis prize they are obligʻd by faith to win, Elle unbelief would never be their fin. Yea, gospel offers but a sham we make, If evn finner has not right to take. Be gospel heraldós fortify'd from this, To trumpet grace, howe'er the ferpent hiss. Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful shape 'Gainst innocence itself malignant gape ? Then facred truth's devoted vouchers may For dire reproach their measures constant lay. With cruel calumny of old commenc'd, This feet will ev'ry where be spoke against I; While to and fro he runs the earth across, Whose name is ADELPHON KATEGOROS In spite of hell be then our constant strife To win the glorious Lamb a virgin-wife.

* Rev. iii. 17, 18. | Acts xxviii. 22.

# Or, The accuser of the brethren.

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An Exhortation to all that are out of Christ; in

order to their closing the match with him ; containing also motives and directions.

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EADER, into thine hands these lines are

giv'n, But not without the providence of Heav'n ; Or to advance thy bliss, if thou art wise, Or aggravate thy wo, if thou despise. For thee, for thee, perhaps th' omniscient ken Has form'd the counsel here, and led the pen. The writer then does thy attention plead, In his great name that gave thee eyes to read.

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S.ECT I. Conviction offered to Sinners, especially such as are

wedded strictly to tie law, or self-righteous, that they may see the need of Christ's righteousness. F never yet thou didft fair Jesus wed,

Nor yield thy heart to be his marriage-bed, But hitherto art wedded to the law, Which never could thy chain'd affections draw From brutish lufts and fordid lover's charms

; Lo! thou art yet in Satan's folded arms, Hell's pow'r invisible thy soul retains His captive Alave, lock'd up in mafly chains. O! finner then, as thou regard'st thy life, Seek, seek, with ardent care and earneit strife, To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed wife. For base co-rivals never let him lose Thy heart, his bed of conjugal repose.

Wed Chrift alone, and with severe remorse
From other mates pursue a clean divorce ;
For they thy ruin feek by fraud or force.
As lurking serpents in the shadow bow'rs
Conceal their malice under spreading flow'rs;
So thy deceitful lufts with cruel spite
Hide ghaftly danger under gay delight.

Art thou a legal zealot, soft or rude,
Renounce thy nat’ral and acquired good.
As base deceitful lufts may work thy smart,
So may deceitful frames upon thy heart.
Seeming good motions may in some be found,
Much joy in hearing, like the stony ground *
Much forrow too in praying, as appears
Io Efau's careful fuit with rueful tears t.
Touching the law they blameless may appear i,
From fpurious views most specious virtues bear,
Nor merely be devout in mens esteem,
But prove to be fincerely what they seem,
Friends to the holy law in heart and life,
Surers of heav'n with utmost legal strife;
Yet still with innate pride so rankly spic’d,
Converted but to duties, not to Christ,
That publicans and harlots beav'n obtain S
Before a crew so righteous and so vain.
Sooner will thofe shake off their vicious dress
Than there blind zealots will their righteousness,
Who judgethey have (which fortifies their pride)
The law of God itself upon their fide.
Old nature, new brush'd up with legal pains,
Such strict attachment to the law retains,

Heb xii. 17.
Phil. ii. 9. $ Matth. xxi. 31.

* Luke viii. 13.

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No means, no motives can to Jesus draw
Vain souls to doubly wedded to the law.
But wouldst the glorious Prince in marriage

have,
Know that thy nat'ral hulband cannot savę.
Thy best essays to pay the legal rent
Can never in the least the law content.
Didst thou in pray’rs employ the morning-light,
In tears and groans the watches of the night,
Pass thy whole life in close devotion o'er;
'Tis nothing to the law ftill craving more.
There's no proportion 'twixt its high com-

mands, And puny works from thy polluted hands; Perfection is the least that it demands. Wouldst enter into life, then keep the law *; But keep it perfectly without a flaw. It won't have less, nor will abate at last A drop of vengeance for the fin that's past. Tell, finful mortal, is thy stock fo large As duly can defray this double charge ; • Why these are mere impossibles,' (sayʻlt thou.) Yea, truly so they are, and therefore now, That down thy legal confidence may fall, The law's black doom, home to thy bosom call. • Lo! I (the divine law) demand no less « Than perfect everlasting righteousness; .. But thou hast fail'd, and lost thy strength to DO: " Therefore I doom thee to eternal wo; • In prisou close to be shut up for ay, • Ere I be baffled with thy partial pay. • Thou always didft and doft my precepts break, "I therefore curse thee to the burning lake.

* Matth. xxi, 17.

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