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I'm finful p, yet I have no finq;
All spotted o'er r, yet wholly clean f.
Blackness and beauty both I share.
A hellith black, a heav'nly fair
The're of the dev’l, who sin amain t,
But I'm of God, yet fin retain u:
This traitor vile the throne aflumes v,
Prevails, yet never overcomes w.
I'm without guile, an Isra'lite x,
Yet like a guileful hypocrite y;

0 2 Cor. vi. 10.-as having nothing, and yet poffefling all things.

p Rom. vii. 14. For we know that the law is fpiritual ; but I am carpal, fold under sin. v. 24 .O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 9

Numb. xxii. 21. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel. i John iii.

go Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit (in; for his feed remaineth in him: and he cannot fin, because he is boộn of God.

r Psalm xiv. 3. They are all gone afide, they are altogether become filthy; there'is none that doth good, no not one.

s Song iv. ?. Thou art all fair, my love, there is no spot in thee.

s Song i. 5. I am black, but comely, Oye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon, v. 15. Behold thou art fair, my love; behold thou art fair, thou hast doves eyes.

t i John iii. 8. He that committeth fin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

u 1 John i. 8. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. v Rom. vii. 23. But, I see another law in my

members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into cap. tivity to the law of sin, which is in

my members. w Pfalm Ixv. 3. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgresions, thou shalt purge them away. Rom. vi. 14. For sin noi have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

* John i. 47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and faith

Maintaining truth in th' inward part ž,
With falsehood rooted in my heart a.
Two masters, sure, I cannot ferve b,
But must from one regardless swerve ;
Yet self is for my master known c,
And Jesus is my Lord alone d.
I seek myself incessantly e,

Yet daily do myfelf deny f. of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. Pfal. xxxii. 2. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth-not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

y Psalm xix. 1.2. Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

z Psalm li, na Behold thou desiresttruth in the inward parts ; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

a Matth. xv. 19. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, falfe-witness, blafphemies.

b-Matth. vi. 26. No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and

G Hof. x. 5. Israel is an empty vine, he bringth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit, he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land, they have made goodly images. Matth xvi. 24. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

d Isa. xxvi. 13. O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. John xx. 28. And Thomas answered and said unto him, my Lord, and my

God. e Jam. iv. : Ye ask and receive

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ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lufts. Jer. xlv. 2, 5. Thus faith the Lord the God of Israel unto thee, O Baruch, And seekelt thou great things for thyself? Seek them not ; for behold, I will bring evil upon all'Aesh, faith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey, in all places whither

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not, because

* Matth. xvi. 24. See letter c.

thou goeft.

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To me 'tis lawful evermore
Myself to love and to abhor g.
In this-vain world I live, yet fee
I'm dead to it and it to me h.
My joy is endless i, yet at best
Does hardly for a moment last k.

SECT. III.
Mysteries about the faint's work and warfare,

their fins, jorrows and joys. THE work is great I'm callid unto a,

Yet nothing's left for me to do b: g Lev. xix. 18. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. Eph. v. 29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherish. eth it, even as the Lord the church, Joho xii. 25. He that loveth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseththis life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. Job. xlii. 6. Where. fore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

h Col.iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Gal. vi. 14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

John xvi. 22.. And ye now therefore have forrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 2 Theff

. ii. 16. Now our Lord Jeo sus Christ himself, and God the Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, &c.

k Psalm xxx. '7. Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to ftand strong: thou didit hide thy face, and I was troubled. Ifa. xlix. 13, 14. Sing, O heavens, and be joyful,

earth; and break forth into finging, O mountains ; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my

Lord hath forgotten me. a Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always

Hence for my work heav'n has prepar'd
No wages c, yet a great reward d.
To works, but not to working dead e;
From fin, but not from sinning freed f,
I clear myself from no offence g,
Yet wash mine hands in innocence h.

obeyed, not as in my prefence only, but now much more in my absence; work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

6 Phil'ii. 13. For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good plea.ure. ' Lev. xx: 7, 8. Sancti. fy yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye thall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.

c Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of fin is death : but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Chap. xi. 6. And if by grace, then it is no more of works; other. wise grace is no niore grace.

But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

d Psalm xix. 11. Moreover, by them (the judgments of the Lord] is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Pfalm lviii. 11. Verily there is a re. ward for the righteous; verily, he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

e Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye alfo are become dead to the law by the body of Christ ; that Mould be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Gal. ii. 19. For 1 through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

f! John i. 8. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Chap. iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed remaineth in him : and he cannot fin, because he is born of God.

& Rom vii. 18. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find nok.

h Psalm xxvi. 6. I will wash mine hands in innocency; lo will I compass thine altar, O Lord.

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My Father's anger burns like fire i,
Without a spark of furious ire k:
Though still my fins displeasing bel,
Yet still I know he's pleas'd with me m..
Triumphing is my constant trade n,
Who yet am oft a captive led o.
My bloody war does never cease p,
Yet I maintain a stable peace q.

i i Kings xi. 9. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.

k Jfa. xxvii. 4. Fury is not in me. Chap. liv 9, 10. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me : for as I have sworn. that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth : so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, ñor rebuke thee. For the mountains fhall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither hall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee.

Hab i. sz. Thou art of purer eyes then to behold evil, and canft not look on iniquity. Jer. xliv. 4. Howbeit, 1 fent unto you all my fervants the prophets, rifing early, and send. ing them, saying, O do not this abominable thing that I hate.

m Matth. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, sayings This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Rom. V. 10. When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.

n 2 Cor.ii. 14. Now thanks be unto God which always caufeth us to triumph in Chrift.

o Rom. rii. 23. But I see another law in my membersg. warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into cap. • tivity to the law of fin, which is in

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members." p Rom. vii, 23. See letter o. I Tim. vi 12. Fight the good fight of faith, &c. Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth a. gainst the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other ; fo dliat ye cannot do the things that ye would.

9 Rom. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we bave

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