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Like Cæsar or like Alexander wage.
This scoundrel passion from thy bosom wrinig,
And ah! what heart could have conceiv'd their aim:
How his heart heaves with bitter agony !
Line 248. We can prove from profane and Jewish authors that Christ was crucified. Lucian blasphemously calls him “ the crucified impostor.” The Jews in the early times of Christianity, were wont lo call the Christians “ the followers of the crucified person.” Tacitus, when speaking of the Christians who suffered under Nero, says, Auctor Nomine ejus, Christus, Tiberio imperitante, Per Procuratorem Pontum Pilatum, supplicio affectus erat. They took their name from Christ, who was brought to punishment by the governor Pontius Pilate, in the reign of Tiberius." Tacit. Annal. Lib. XV.
Line 249, &c. The miraculous darkness and the earthquake, which attended the crucifixion of our Saviour, were recorded in the public Roman regi ters. Tertullian
Eum Mundi Casum relaiu n in Arcan s vestris habetis. Tertullian: Apologet. Dr. Clarke says, "this was commonly ap
The temple rends, rocks burst, and all around,
graves are open'd, and the dead arise!
pealed to by the first Christian writers, as what could not be denied by the adversaries then setves
Phlegon says that in the fourth year of the 202d Olympiad (which was at the time of our Saviour's · crucifixion) " there was the greatest eclipse of the sun that ever happened." He
also there was a - remarkable earthquake at the same time. See the
13th book of the Chronicles or Olympiads. The passage is quoted in Lib. III. chap. xv. in Grotius de Veritate. Line 256.
Our Saviour is here called the creator of nature in this sense; not as the original supreme Author of all things, but as the second principle or minister (for he was more than a man and a prophet) through whom mediately God himself framed every thing. For though he is called God in scripture, and when he was on earth he had a dominion over nature, though the winds and the waves obeyed him, all his power, though vast, was a delegated -power; and he, however exalted and glorious his rank may be, is yet inferior to the Almighty himself.
How should these thoughts dissolve the feeling mind!
agony, Comes our triumphant shout of victory; Our heav'nly diadem of bright renown,
-265 Of piercing thorns from his afflictive.crown,
My mighty Master, and my Saviour blest!
See St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, chap. iii. verse 9.—Epistle to the Hebrews chap. i. verses and 2.-To the Corinthians, 1. Epistle, chap. xv. werse 28.
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