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My vineyard in my bofom fet,
Has therein fuch a room, A woman fooner can forget
The infant of her womb t.
Though nature fhould her frame defert, -
Yet Zion dwells upon the heart
Of everlasting love.
The CHURCH'S Words.
-Thou, O Solomon, muft have a thousand; and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
True, Lord; the vineyard is thine own,
Yet under thee, thou haft made known,
This vineyard of mine own, alas!
But now I will the truft, through grace,
That I receive from thee,
The fruits of gratitude I'll bring,
To thee a thousand fold pertains;
Shall of thy praise partake:
Yet what refpect is due to them
I'll render for thy fake.
4 Ifaiah xlix. 15.
The preceding part of this verfe, though already explained, and applied to Chrift; yet, being reckoned by fome to be the churches words, are here alfo refumed as hers.
Verfe 13. Thou that dwelleft in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it *.
O thou my bride, that lov'ft to haunt
And folemn inns where ev'ry faint
I'm pleas'd thou careful' keep for me
The faints, all thy companions dear,
Are glad thy graceful words to hear,
Take this occafion in thy walk
And while they to my voice give ear,
By flying pots of frequent pray'r:
Full freedom I allow.
I'll joy how oft I hear from thee,
Until the parting skreen,
And range of hills, 'twixt thee and me,
No more fhall interveen.
The CHURCH's Words.
Verfe 14. Make baste †, my Beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or to a young bart, upon the mountains of Spices.
'Ah, Lord! communion with thee now
Is fweet, but quickly o'er :
We must not part but with a view
To meet again in glore.
*Or, cause me to be beard.
+ Heb. Fly away.
Mean-time, let ftill fresh news from thee (My foul from floth to purge) Effect thy hearing oft from me,
As thou art pleas'd to urge.
But, O make hafle to bring me home,
To that delicious place,
Where fears and doubts can never come,
Fly like a youthful hart or roe,
'Tis good, indeed, to tafte thy grace,
In gardens here below;
But better far to fee thy face
Above, where fpices flow.
Thefe balmy heights thy glory fills,
But hafte, my Love, upon the hills;
Thy fecond coming muft be dear,
For, when thou fhalt with clouds appear,
I'll then be like to thee.
Thy foes that awful day may hate,
Thefe rounds of tedious years.
No balfam can remede my fore,
Shall cleave the ftarry plains, and o'er
Roll days and years out of the way
O hafte the confummation-day;
END of the PARAPHRASE on the SONG of SOLOMON,
IN TWO BOOKS.
Book I. Confifts of OLD TESTAMENT SONGS; or, SONGS on feveral Select Paffages in the Old Testament.
IN SIX PARTS.
Part I. Comprehends fourteen POEMS upon fuch Paffages of Scripture as the Author has verfified from Genefis to Job.
Part II. Contains JOB's HYMNS; or, an hundred thort POEMs, upon the fame Number of select Parts and Paffages of that Book. Part III. A NEW VERSION of the Song of Solomon, in eight Chapters.
Part IV. Contains twenty-one POEMS, felected from Ecclefiaftes, Ifaiah, and Jeremiah.
Part V. A Short PARAPHRASE upon the Lamentations of Jeremiah, in five Chapters.
Part VI. Comprehends fix POEMS, felected from the Minor Prophets.
BOOK II. Confifts of NEW TESTAMENT SONGS; or, SONGS on feveral Select Parts in the New Teftament.
IN THREE PARTS.
Part I. Containing feventeen SONGS felected from the Four Evangelifts.
Part II. Comprehends twenty-four SONGS felected out of the different Apoftolical Epiftles.
Part III. Confifts of fixteen SONGS extracted from the Book of the Revelation.