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Ver. Nor does th' Almighty's love or hate,


With evidence appear,

By either our enjoyments great,

Or our annoyments here.

What's common to the worft and best

Can ne'er the cafe decide;
God's word and Spirit be our reft,
As th' only rule and guide.


The Benefit of Acquaintance with Gon.
Job xxii. 21,-30.

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NOW acquaint thy felf with God,
And be at peace, for he

Hath promis'd great and endless good
Shall thereby come to thee.

22 The law receive thou from his mouth,
The drine of folace;

And in thy heart embracing truth,
Lay up his words of grace.

23 To God moft high, without delay,
If thou return with care,

Thy fin and guilt he'll take away,
Thy ruins all repair.

24 He'll blefs the houfe wherein thou dwells With riches competent;


With wealth of Ophir-gold, or elfe
With wealth of fweet content.
Th' Almighty fhall be thy defence,
Thy joy and thy folace;

26 To him thou fhalt, with confidence,
Prevailing pray'rs addrefs.

27 When thou art anfwer'd from above,
Thy vows in trouble made
Shall, with a glad return of love,
And thankful heart, be paid.

28 God fhall establish every right
And just decree of thine;
For, from above, directing light
Upon thy ways fhall fhine.

Ver. Thy paths he will direct and own,
Thy counfels he will blefs;
And all thy undertakings crown
With comfort and fuccefs.

29 When men around thee are caft down,
Thy head lift up thou shalt ;

God won't the humble man difown,
But fave and him exalt.

30 Nor of thy prayers, pure and found,
Shalt thou alone partake

The gain, but e'en thy neighbours round
Shall profper for thy fake.


GOD biding and trying. Job xxvii. 3. 8, 9, 10.
THAT I knew where I might find


My God, who hides his path?

To him I would unfold my mind,

And testify my

8 I forward go to feek him out;
But, lo! he is not there;
Backward, but when I turn about,
He's gone, I know not where.

9 Upon the right-hand, and the left,
Fain would I him accuft;

But fill of my defire bereft,
I find my labour loft.

10 His way is hid, but mine is ey'd
By him, I thus defire;

I fhall, as gold, when he hath tried,
Come purer from the fire.


Many moft wicked and mifchievous, yet live and die in outward reace, and are never vifibly reckoned with in this World.

Job xxiv. 1, 2,—12, 13,—23, 24.


OST juft is God; yet none can tell
The fix'd determin'd times,

When thefe that wickedly rebel

Shall fuffer for their crimes.

Some men fo void of fhame are found,
Who do, with treach'rous bands,
Remove the fettled marks that bound
Appropriated lands.

With wicked spoils, or goods they seize,
Their luxury they feaft;
And fill'd with rapine, do at ease
Upon their couches reft.

Thus thrive oppreffors, tyrants, thieves,
Men bloody and unclean;
Whofe villanies day-light aggrieves,
The dark's their darling fcreen.

Pamper'd in plenty they abide,
And long on earth they live;
While for impunity their pride
In plunder they derive.

All things to raise their happiness,
Seem jointly to comply;

And as they liv'd in outward peace,
They unmolefted die.

Gently cut down like ears of corn,
Their death's a kind decay:
Full ripe they to the tomb are borne,
And flowly fink away.

Their ftreams of life a goodly while,
Like peaceful rivers flow;
And when they die ('tis common ftile)
They gently melt like fnow.

'Tis true, Jehovah fees and knows
Their vice and infolence;
Yet, feeming unconcern'd, he does
No vengeance due difpenfe.

If they're, a feaft for worms, interr'd,
Man's common fate is fo

Heav'n then hath all their hell deferr'd
To future endless wo.

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The Greatnefs, Goodness, and Holinefs of GOD evi-
dencing the Guiltinefs and Impurity of Man.
Job xxv. 2,-6.



'H God the Lord, mofl great and high,
Dominion is and fear:

He peace preferves above the fky

And regions of the air.

3 Though numberlefs his armies are,
The creatures all his hofts,
Yet never was a God of war,
But ftill of peace, he boasts.


On whom does not his light arife?
His goodness unto all

Extends, like to his watchful eyes,
Infpecting great and finall.

Wide as the universe, ev'n so
Hath God his table spread;
And all his creatures, high and low,
Still at his coft are fed.

Since on his pow'r and goodness great
We evermore depend,
And can to nothing as a debt,
Without a lye, pretend:

If we fhall murmur and complain,
It is without a caufe,

When he his gifts refumes again,

But not our right withdraws.

Befides, our great and heinous crimes,

By which we Heav'n provoke,

Expofe us juftly, many times,

To his revenging ftroke.

Who then of mankind can before

His high tribunal ftand,

Plead guiltless; and, on juftice fcore,

His law-difcharge demand?

To being 'mong the tainted race

Can man untainted país,

And clean escape the leaven base,
That does infect the mafs?

Ver. Sun, moon, and ftars, the torches bright,
That beautify the sky,


Are ftain'd, and spotted in the fight
Of God's all-fearching eye.

6 O then! fince this omnifcient God
Does human actions scan,

What num'rous ftains, both deep and broad,
Muft he difcern in man!

In man, a vitious worm, whofe luft
'Gainst Heav'n inceffant fpurns;
A worthlefs worm, who back to duft
And putrefaction turns!


The Proofs of God's Power andWifdom in the Creation and Prefervation of the World. Job xxvi. 5,-14.

HE Lord JEHOVAH built the fkies,


And rear'd his ftately frame:

The wide creation teftifies

The greatnefs of his name.

The liquid element below
Was gather'd by his hand:
The rolling feas together flow,
And leave the folid land.

To him, the Maker, does pertain
What in the ocean is:
The finny people of the main,
And monfters there, are his.
6 The dusky fhades of hell that ly,
Wrapt up in webs of night,
May well elude the folar eye,
But not th' Almighty's fight.
Death and deftruction do in vain,
Their fable covering spread,
And in their fecret vaults enchain,
Or faft lock up the dead.
The eye of the Almighty does.
Their fpoils intire furvey;
And no diftinction ever knows
Betwixt the night and day.

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