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My inward foes that me alarm, Breed me much hurt, yet little harm I get no good by them*, yet fee I To my chief good they caufe me flee p. They reach to me a deadly stroke q, Yet send me to a living rock r. They make me long for Canaan's banks s, Yet sure I owe them little thanks.

membered not the multitude of thy mercies, but provoked him at the sea, éven at the Red fea.

n Pfalm xx. u. Thou hast tarned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my fackcloth, and girded me with gladness. Rom. viii. 28. Ses letter a.

Jer. x. 19. Wo is me for my hurt, my wound is griev. ous ! but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I muft bear it. 1 Pet. iii. 13. And who is he that will harm you; if ye be followers of that which is good ?

* viz. in themselves, but much evil. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dear. ly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war againft the foul. James i. 14, 15+ But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then when luft hath conceived, it bringeth forth fin; and fin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

p Plalm cxliii. 9. Deliver me, O Lord from mine enemies : I fee unto thee to hide me.

9 Rom. viii. 13. If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die.

* Psalm xviii. 46, 47. The Lord liveth, and bleffed be my rock: and let the God of my falvation be exalted. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

s Psalm lv. 6. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove ! for then would I fly away, and be at reft. And cxx. 5. Wo is me, that I fojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar. Rom. viii. 20—23. For the creature was made subjec to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the fame in hope because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Fc

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I travel t, yet stand firm and fast it;
I run v, but yet I make no haste w.
I I take away both old and new x,

Within my light y, yet out of view z.
My way directs me in the way a,
And will not suffer me to stray b;
Though high and out of sight it be,

I'm in the way, the way's in me c.
Fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves gróan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

+ Heb. xi. 1 z.--and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth.

4 1 Cor. xvi. 13. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith; quit you like men, be Itrong.

• Heb. xii. 1. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

W lla, xxviii. 16. He that believeth, Prall not make halte.

* Jer. vi. 16. Thus faith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways
and see, and ask for the old path's, where is the good way, and
walk iherein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Heb. x.
19, 20. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into
the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way,
which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to
fay, his felh.

Cor. xiii. 12. For we now see through a glass, dark.
Jy; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall
I know even as I also am known.

Ź John xvi. 10. I go to my Father, and ye see me no more,

a John xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto hina I am the way:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

6 lfa. xliii. 15. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew pot; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake ther. ; Chap lv. 4. Behold, I have giveg him to be a leader and commander to the people,

c Ifa. xxxv. 8. And an high way shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. John xv. 14. Abide is

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'Tis straight d, yet full of heighths and

depths e;
I. keep the way f, the way me keeps g.
And being that to which I tend,
My very way's my journey's end h.
When I'm in company I groan;

Because I then am most alone i; me, and I in you. Chap. xvii. 23. I in them, and thou io me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and bast loved them, as thos halt loved me

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it': that the love wherewith thou hatt loved me, may be in them, and I in them.

d Matth. iii. 3. This is he that was spoken of by the pro. phet Esaias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

< Ifa.xl. 3, 4. The voice of him that crieth in the wilder. ness. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desart a highway for our God.. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crook. ed shall be made straight, and the rough places plaio. ' Chap. xlii. 16. Sec, letter b. Pfalm lxxvii. 13: Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary., v. 19. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

f Pfalm xxxvii. 34. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land.

& Psalm cxxi. 3; 4. He will not suffer thy foot to be mo. ved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that, keepeth Israel, shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Heb. xii. 22, 23, 24; But ye are come unto mount Si. on, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerufa. lem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the gene. ral assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketo better things than the blood of Abel. i Theff iv. 17. Then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ; and so ihall we ever be with the Lord.

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Yet in my closest fecrecy,
I'm joyful in my company k.
I'm heard afar l, without a noise;
I cry without a lifted voice m;
Still moving in devotions sphere n,
Yet feldom steady persevere o.
I'm heard when answer'd foon or late ;
Aud heard when I no answer get q;

i Song‘i. ?. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thoa feedest, where thou makes thy flock to rest at noon : for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions ?

k Song viii il, 1 1. Come my beloved, let us go forth into the field, let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards, let us fee if the vine flourish, whether the tender grapè appear, and the pomegranatës bud forth: for there will I give thee my loves.

1 Pfalm xx. 5. Now know I, thať the Lord sávėth his anointed : he will hear frim from his holy heaven, with the fa. ving Atrength of his right hand.

m 1 Sañ. i. 13, 14, 15. Now Hannah, se spake in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: there. fore Eli thought she had been dronken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee. And Hannah answered and said, No, my Lord, I am a woman of a forrowful fpirit ; I have drunken neither wine nor ftrong drink, but have poured out my foul before the Lord.

Theff. v. 17. Pray without cealing 0 Hof. vi. 4. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? 0 Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a, and as the early dew it goeth away.

p. Ila. xlix. 8. Thus faith the Lord, in an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee.

9 Matth. xxvi. 39. And Jefus went a little further, and feli on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pals from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.


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My fervent pray’rs ne'er did prevail.s,
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I wrestle till my strength be spent u,
Yet yield when'strong recruits are fent v.

Pfalm xxii. 1, 2, 3. My God, my God, why halt thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not filent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Heb xii. 59---16, Ano ye have forgotten the exhorta: tion which speakerb unto you as children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, por faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth he chalteneth, and scourg: eth every son whom he receivein. If ye endure chattening, God dealeth with you as with fons; for what sop is he whom the father chalteneih not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye baltards, and not fons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our felli, which cor: rected us, and we gave them reverence : Niall we not much rather be in subjeclion to the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own plea. sure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holi els.

sDan. ix. 18, 19. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our fupe plications before thee for our righteousnefs, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear ; 0. Lord, forgive; O Lord, heark. en and do ; defer not, for thine own sake, O


God ihy city, and thy people are called by thy nanie.

+ James v. 16. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous. man availeth much..

1 Gen xxx 1, 24, 25, And Jacob was left alone : and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touche ed the hollow of his thigh and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wreilled with him.

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