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Ver. Then surely mortals, feiz'd with fright

And terror, mult decline
The glorious and tremenduous fight

Of majesty divine.
23 For, touching the almighty Gud

We cannot find him out ;
So pompous is his high abode,

And splendid round about.
From majeliy, fo great and high,

We must with dread retire
Nor gratisy our curious eye,

But rev'rently admire :
But after all our bold essays

And searches here we find
Our reason cannot thun the maze,

Nor grasp th' eternal mind.
So boundless and transcendent is

His energy and might,
His judgments are so jult and wise,

And his decrees fu right,
That no debater must decry

The great Jehovah's deeds,
Nor boldly ask a reason why

He thus and thus proceeds.
Should any ask it to their shame,

Then know that he alone,
Is fou'reign Lord and Judge supreme,

Accountable to none.
This should instruct us not to spurn,

But pious rev'rence raise ;
Our mutiny to marvel turn,

Our discontent to praise.
This to right reason should restore,

Make carnal reason mute,
And teach us humbly to adore,

But never to dispute.
Mild mercy meets with justice strict

In standing to his laws;
He therefore wills not to afflict,
Nor strikes without a cause.

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Ver. Men fear his name in Chrilt for this,
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Because he mercy hath ;
But rebels, that reject the bliss,

Shall fear and feel his wrath.
God favours humble hearts and wills,

But fons of pride defies ;
And in his fight wise men are fools,
Who in their own are wise.

S O N G LXIX.
God's Words unto Job, bis cballenging bin.

Job xxxviii. 1, 2, 3.
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LL nature felt a frightful flock,

When from the rolling cloud,
To trembling Job th’ Almighty spoke

These awful words aloud.
2 Who's this presumptuous mortal bold,

That dark’ning counsel fo,
By words devoid of knowledge, would

Prescribe what it must do!
3 If thou pretend'st to quarrel me,

For ought that I have done,
Gird up thy loins to hold the plea,

And like a man to win.
I'm now come at demands of thine,

Thy science to inspect;
Not to be taught, but of design

Thy arrogance to check.
I'll now thy skill and wisdom found,

Thy understanding try;
To questions I'll to thee propound,
See if thou canst reply.

SONG LXX.

God's QUESTIONS,
Queft. 1. Conerning the Foundation of the Earth.

Job xxxviii, 4.-7.
4 WHEN I the earth’s foundation laid,

Where wast thou then, O man?
Or didst thou contribute thine aid,

And help the mighty plan?

Ver. Whence did I, when the world I made,

For fit materiais call,
When nothing I but nothing had

Wherewith to make the ball ?
My hand, without thy help, could frame

This spacious edifice;
And can't my skill govern the same

Without thy poor advice?
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If thou hast knowledge, tell what pow'r

And wisdom I employ'd,
To dig the mass of solid store,

Out of an empty void?
Tell how the globe was modell’d fine,

By what ftupendous art;
And by what measure, square, and line,

I fitted every part ?
Declare on what foundation sure,

Did I the building rear ;
And by what cement, fo fecure,

Do all the parts cohere?
Shew how the corner-stone by me,

Was laid fo firm, fo well,
That mov'd the fabric cannot be

Without a miracle.

7 When earth was form’d at my command,

Which formless was and void,
Know'st thou how heav'n, in confort grand,

This dawn of time employ'd ?
When all th' angelic armies bright,

The hosts of race divine,
Whose beamy heads, in sparkling light,

The morning stars out-thine;
These first-born fons of God renown'd,

With joyful shoutings sung
My works on earth, till heav'ns around

With acclamations rung.

SONG LXXI.
Quest. 2. About tbe limiting of sbe Sea.

Job xxxvii. 8,- 11.
Ver.
WHO

HO did with rocks, like bolted doors, 8

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the raging main,
With sandy banks, as fett'ring pow'rs,

The furious billows chain ?
When with the rupture overcome,

The turgid upper earth
Did rend and ope her teeming womb,

To give the ocean birth;
9 O'er which my clouds I like a vest,

Or fabble garment, drew;
And swaddling bands, of thicken'd mist,

I o'er its bofom threw.
10 I form’d a gulph within the land,

To be the ocean's bed;
The wat'ry troops at my command,

Soon to their lodging fled.
They march'd with all obsequious haste,

To my appointed ward;
And found their prison chambers falt,

With rocky bolts were barr’d. 11 Then said I to the raging fea,

That was diffus'd around,
Behold the frontiers I decree,

Thy billows fierce to bound.
Hither thou may'st, within thy caves,

But may'st no farther roll;
This fence shall thy impetuous waves,

And fowing pride controul.

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SONG LXXII.
Quest. 3. Concerning the Springs of the Morning.

Job xxxviii. 12,-15.
BY whose appointment does the sun

His morning beams display?
Tell; does he by thy orders run,

And spread the world with day?

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Ver. By whose contrivance, so exact,

Springs up the shining light,
To lenghten out, or to retract,

The time of day and night?
Who bids it late or ear'* arise,

At distance far or near,
Right to divide and signalize

The seasons of the year?
13 With wings so speedy did thy care

Provide the dawning ray,
That it through deeps immense of air,

So swift might make its way ;
That in a trice might be fulfillid

Its fore-appointed race,
And that it might with lustro gild

The earth's remotest face.
14 Presenting all things fair to fight

That lay with shades oppress’d,
New stamp'd as with a feal, in light

As with a garment drest; 15 Light which by minds, where virtue dwells,

Is peaceably enjoy'd;
But which obnoxious criminals

With panic fear avoid :
For, if detected by its beams,

The guilty wretches know,
They must the death their conscience deems

They merit, undergo.
With lifted arms 'gainst Heav'n they fought,

But thence the rays on wing
Pursue the rebels close, till brought

To punishment condign.
Whence come these messengers of light,

To chase the wicked crew,
And chain them fast with fear and fright,

Are they dispatch'd by you?

• Put for early.

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