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TEXT to the ftile fee where the Gate doth stand,
Eas’ly be shut or open'd with an hand.
Yet constant to its centre still doth stay,
And fetching a wide compass round about ,
Keeps the same couife and distance, never out.
Such must the course be that to heaven, tends,
He that the Gates, of Righteousness would enter,
Must still continue constant to his ends,
And fix himself in God, as in.its.centre.
Cleave close to him by faith, then move which way
Discretion leads thee, and thou shalt not stray.
We never wander, till, we lose our hold
Of him that is our Way, our Light, qur Guide:
But when we grow of our own drength too bold,,
Unhook'd from him, we quickly turn aside,
He holds us up, whilft in him, we are found:
If once we fall from him, we go to ground.
As much for safety, as, for ornament: 'Tis an enclosure, and no common ground;.. 'Tis God's freehold, and but our tenement.
Tenants at will, and yet in tail, we be:
Our children have the same right to't as we.
Remember there naust be no gaps left ope.
Where God hath fenc'd, for fear of false illusions.
God will have all, or none: allows no scope
For fin's encroachments, or men's own intrusions,
Close bindings locks his laws together fast :
He that plucks out the first, pulls down the last.
Either resolve for all, or else for none :
Obedience universal he doth claim.
Either be wholly his, or all thine own :
At what thou can'ft not reach, at least take aim:
He that of purpose looks beside the mark,
Might as well hood-wink'd shoot, or in the dark.
LASTLY, confider where the Church doth ftand,
; God in his service chiefly doth command Above all other things Sincerity.
Lines drawn from side to lide within a round,
Not meeting in the centre, short are found. Religion must not side with any thing, That swerves from God, or else withdraws from him; He that a welcome facrifice would bring, Must fetch it from the bottom, not the brim.
A sacred Temple of the Holy Ghost
Each part of man muft be, but his heart moft.
Hypocrisy in Church is alchymy,
That casts a golden tincture upon brass :
There is no essence in it; 'tis a lie,
Tho' fairly stamp'd for truth, it often pass :
Only the spirits aqua regia doth
Discover it to be but painted froth,
Cow, e'er thou passeft further, fit thee down.
Let due confideration either crown,
Or crush, thy former purposes. Between
Rash undertakings, and firm resolutions,
Depends the strength, or weakness, of conclusions
Trace thy steps backward in thy memory:
And first resolve of, what thou heardest laft,
Sincerity; it: blots the history
Of all religious actions, and doth blast
The comfort of them, when in them God sees
Nothing but outsides of formalities.
In earnest be religious, trifle not;
And rather for God's sake, than for thine own:
Thou hast robb'd him, unless that he have got,
By giving, if his glory be not grown
Together with thy good; who seeketh more
Himself than God, would make his roof his floor,
Next to Sincerity,' remember still,
Thou must resolve upon Integrity.
God will have all thou hast, thy mind, thy will,
Thy thoughts, thy words, thy works. A nullity
It proves, when God, that thould have all, doch sind,
That there is any one thing left behind.
And having giv'n him all, thou must receive
All that he gives. Mete his commandment:
Resolve that thine obedience must not leave,
Until it reach unto the same extent.
For all his precepts are of equal strength,
And measure thy performance to the length:
Then call to mind that constancy muf knit.
Thine undertakings and thine actions faft :
He that sets forth tow'rds heaven, and doth fit
Down by the way, will be found short at last.
Be constant to the end, and thou shalt have
An heavenly garland, tho' an earthly grave.
But he that would be constant muft not take
Religion up by fits and starts alone;
But his continual practice muft it make:
His course must be from end to end but one.
Bones often broken, and knit up again,
Lose of their length, tho' in their drength they gain.
Lastly, remember that Humility
Must solidate, and keep all close together.
What Pride puffs up with vain futility
Lies open and expos’d to all ill weather.
An empty bubble may fair colour carry,
But blown upon it and it will not carry.
Prize not thine own too high, nor under-rate
Another's worth, but deal indifferently:
View the defects of thy spiritual state,
And others graces, with impartial eye.
The more thou deemet of thyself, the less
Esteem of thee will all men else express.
Contract thy lesson now, and this is just
The sum of all. He that desires to see
The face of God in his Religion must
Sincere, entire, constant and humble be.
If thus resolved, fear not to proceed : [speed.
Else the more hafte thou mak'it, the worse thou'lt
ETWIXT two dang’rous rocks, Prophaneness on
How fhall I fail secure ?
Lord, be my steersman, hold my helm,
And then tho" winds with waves o'erwhelm
My fails, I will endure
It patiently. The bottom of the sea
is safe enough, if thou direct the way.
I'll tug my tacklings then, I'll ply mine oars,
And cry, a fig for fear. He that adores
The giddy multitude
So much, as to delpife my rhimes ;,
Because they tune not to the times;
I wish may not intruden
His presence here. But they (and that's enough)
Who love God's house, will like his household-stuff.
To the Church-door ? Why not of stone ? Is not that blessed fountain open'd here;
From whence that water flows alone, Which from sin and uncleanness washeth clear? And may not beggars well contented be
Their first alms at the door to take ? "hough, when acquainted better, they may fee
Others within that bolder make. Low places will serve guests of low degree.