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But most unsafely in a fæd'ral dress,
Confounding terms of life with means of grace.
Oh! dang'rous is th' attempt proud flesh to please,
Or fend a finner to the law for ease;
Who rather needs to feel its piercing dart,
'Till dreadful pangs invade his trembling heart;
And thither only should be sent for fames
Of fire to burn his rotten hopes and claims;
That thus disarm’d, he gladly may embrace,
And grasp with eagernels the news of grace.

S EGT. V. Tbe Gospel of divine Grace the only means of converting

Jinners; and should be preached iberefore moji clearly,

fully, and freely. THLY ought, who royal grace’s heralds be,

To trumpet loud salvation, full and free ;
Nor safely can, to humour mortal pride,
In silence evangelic myllries hide.
What heav'n is pleas'd to give, dare we refuse;
Or under ground conceal, left men abuse?
Suppress the gospel. How'r, upon pretence
That fome vile spiders may fuck poison thence?
Christ is a stumbling-block *, fhall we neglect
To preach him, left the blind should break their neck?
That high he's for the fall of many set
As well as for the rise t, must prove no let.
No grain of precious truth must be suppreft,
Tho' reprobates should to their ruin wrest.
Shall heav'n's corruscant lamp be dimm’d, that pays
Its daily tribute down in golden rays ?

Because some, blinded with the blazing gleams,
Share not the pleasure of the lightning beams.
Let those be hardned, petrify'd, and harın’d,
The rest are mollify'd and kindly warm’d.
A various favour f, flowers in grace's field,
Of life to fome, of death to others yield.
Mult then the rofe be vail'd, the lily hid,
The fragrant lavour ftified? God forbid.
* 1 Cor. i. 23.
+ Luke ii. 34.

* 2 Cor. ii. :6.

The revelation of the gospel-flow'r, Is still the organ fram'd of saving pow'r : Most justly then are legal minds condemn’d, That of the glorious gospel are afham’d: For this the divine arm, and only this, " The pow'r of God unto salvation is *. For therein is reveal'd, to screen from wrath, The righteousness of God, from faith to faith?” The happy change in guilty finner's case They owe to free displays of sov’reign grace; Whore joyful tidings of amazing love The ministration of the Spirit prove. The glorious vent the gospel.news express, Of God's free grace, thro’ Christ's full righteousness, Is Heav'n's gay chariot, where the Spirit bides, And in his conqu’ring pow'r triumphant rides. The gospel-field is still the Spirit's soil, The golden pipe that bears the holy oil; The orb where he outshines the radiant sun, The silver channel where his graces run. Within the gospel-banks his flowing tide Of lightning, quickning motions sweetly glide. “ Received ye the Spirit, fcripture faith t, By legal works, or by the word of faith?" If by the gospel only, then let none Dare to be wiser than the wifest One.

We must, who freely get, as freely give The vital word that makes the dead to live. For ev'n to finners dead within our reach We in his living name may most successful preach.

The Spirit and the scripture both agree Jointly (says Christ) to testify of ine The preacher then will from his text decline, That scorns to harmonize with this design. Press moral duties to the last degree? Why not? but mind, left we successless be, No light, no hope, nor strength for duties spring, Where Jesus is not Prophet, Priest, and King. No light to see the way, unless he teach ; No joyful hope, save in his blood we reach; No strength, unless his royal arm he stretch.

. Rom. i. 16, 17. + Gal. iii. 2. Joba xv. 26. v. 39.

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- SONNETS. Part I. Then from our leading scope how gross we fall, If, like his name, in ev'ry gospel-call, We make not him the First, the Last, the All *!

Our office is to bear the radiant torch,
Of gospel-light, into the dark’ned porch
Of human understandings, and display
The joyful dawn of everlasting day ;
To draw the golden chariot of free grace,
The dark’ned shades with shining rays to chase,
'Till Heav'n's bright lamp on circling wheels be hurl'd,
With sparkling grandeur round the dusky world;
And thus to bring, in dying mortals fight,
New life and immortality to light f.
We're charg'd to preach the gospel, unconfind,
To ev'ry creature f of the human kind;
To call, with tenders of salvation free,
All corners of the earth to come and feet:
And ev'ry fioner must excuseless make,
By urging rich and poor to come and take **:

Ho, ev'ry one that thirsts tt," is grace's call
Direct to needy finners great and small;
Not meaning those alone, whose holy thirst
Denominates their souls already bleft.
If only those were call'd, then none but saints;
Nor would the gospel suit the finner's wants.
But here the call does signally import
Sinners and thirsty fouls of every fort;
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 cannot satisfy."
Such thirsty finners here invited are,
Who vainly spend their money, thought, and care,
On pafling fhades, vile lufts and trash, fo base
As yield the immortal fouls 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 sound
To drink who need, as does the parched ground,

* Rev. i. 11. Col. i. II. † 2 Tiin. i. 10. † Mark xvi. 15.+ Ifa. xiv. 22. John i. 39. 45. ** Rev. xxii. 17. It lfa.lv. 1, 2.

Whose wide-mouth'd clefts speak to the brazen sky Its passive thirit without an active cry, The gospel-preacher then with holy skill Mult offer Christ to whofover will, To Ginners of all forts that can be nam'd; The blind, the lame, the poor, the halt, the maim'd *. Nit daring to restrict in’extensive call, But op’ning wide the net to catch 'em all. Nu fiul must be excluded that will come, Nor right of access be confin'd to funie, Though none will come till conscious of their want, Yet right to come they have by fou’reign grant; Such right to Christ, his promise, and his grace, That all are damn'd who hear and don't embrace : So freely is th' unbounded call dispens'd, We therein find ev'n finners unconvinc'd; Who know not they are naked, blind and poor t, ? Counsellid to buy, or beg at Jesus' door, And take the glorious rube, eye-salve, and golden store. This priže they are oblig'd by faith to win, Else unbelief would never be their fin. Yea, gospel-offers but a sham we make, If ev'ry finner has not right to take : Be gospel-heralds fortify'd from this To trumpet grace, how'er the serpent hiss. Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful shape 'Gainst innocence itself malignant gape ; Then sacred truth's devoted vouchers may For dire reproach their measures constant lay. With cruel calumny of old commenc'd, This sect will ev'ry-where be spoke against 4. While to and fro he runs the earth across Whose name is ADELPHON KATEQOROS 4. In spite of hell be then our constant ftrife To win the glorious Lamb a virgin-wife.

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An Exbortation to all that are out of Christ; in order

to their cl fing the match with him : containing alfo motives, and directions:

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. Frithee, for thee, perhaps the omniscient ken Has forın'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.

SECT. I.

Conviction offered to finners, especially such as are wedde

forictly to the law, or self-righteous, that they mayli the need of Christ's rigbteousness.

IF never yet thou didst fair Jesus wed,

Nor yield thy heart to be his marriage bed ;
But hitherto are wedded to the law,
Which never could thy chain'd affections draw
From brutish lofts and fordid lovers' charms;
Lo! thou art yet in Satan's folded arms.
Hell's pow'r invisible thy soul retains
His captive fiave, lock'd up in inafly chains.
O finner, then, as thou regard'st thy life,
Seek, seek with ardent care and earnelt ftrife
To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed wife.
For base corrivals never let him li se
Thy heart, his bed of conjugal repose.
Wed Christ alone, and with severe remorse
Fr mother mates pursue a clean divorce ;
For they thy ruin leek by fraud or fi rce.
As lurking ferpents in the shady bow'rs
Conceal their malice under spreading flow'rs;
So thy deceitful lufts with cruel spite
Hide ghafly danger under gay delight.

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