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What? Is he not the rock, out of whose side

Those streams of water-blood run forth? Th'elect and precious corner-stone well try'd ?

Tho' th' odds be great between their worth,
Rock-water and stone-vessels are ally'd.
But call it what, and place it where you will:

Let it be made indifferently
Of any form, or matter ; yet, until

The blessed Sacrament thereby
Impaired be, iny hopes you shall not kill.
To want a complement of comliness

Some of my comfort may abate,
And for the present make my joy go less :

Yet I will hug mine homely ftate,
And poverty with patience richly dress.

Regeneration is all in all,

Washing, or sprinkling, but the fign, The seal, and instrument thereof; I call

The onc, as well as th' other mine, And my posterity's as fæderal.

If temporal estates may be convey'd,

By covenants on condition,
To men and to their heirs ; be not afraid,

My soul, to rest upon
The covenant of grace by mercy made,

Do but thy duty, and rely upon't,

Repentance, Faith, Obedience,
When ever practis'd, truly will amount

To an authentic evidence,
Tho' th deed were antidated at the font.



The Reading-Pewi
TERE my new enter'd soul doth first break fast,
Here seasoneth'her infant taste,

io ning And at her mother-nurse the Church's dug;

With lab’ring lips and tongue she tugs
For that sincere milk, which alone doth feed

Babes new born of immortal feed;
Who, that they may unto perfection grow,
Must be content to creep' before they go.
They, that would reading out of Church exclude,

Sure have a purpose to obtrude
Some dictates of their own, instead of God's

Revealed will, his word. 'Tis odds,
They do not mean to pay men current coin,

Who seek the standard to purloin,
And would reduce all trials toʻtheir own,

Both touchstones, balances, and weights, alone.
What reasonable man would not misdoubt

Those comments, that the text leave out?
And that their main intent is alteration,

Who doat so much on variation,
That wo set form at all they can endure ,

To be prescrib’d, or put in ure ?
Rejecting bounds and limits is the way,

If not all waste, yet common all, to lay. 1 191.1311 3.iei But why should he, that thinks himself well grown,

Be discontent that such an one,
As knows himself an infant yet. should be.

Dandled upon his mother's knee,
And babe-like fed with milk, till he have got

More strength and stomach ? Why should not

Nurslings in Church, as well as weanlings, find
Their food fit for them in their proper kind ?
Let them that would build castles in the air

Vault thither without step or stairi
Instead of feet to climb, take wings to flyer

And think their tuçrets top the sky
But let me lay all my foundations deep,

And learn before, I sup to creep,
Who digs thro' rocks to lay his ground-works low,
May in good time build high and sure, tho' slow..
To take degrees, per saltum, tho' of quick

Dispatch, is but a truant's trick.
Let us learn first to know our letters well, 5;

Then syllables, then words to spelli
Then to read plainly, ere we take the pen

In hand to write to other men. *
I doubt their preaching is not always true
Whose way to th: Pulpit's not the Reading-pew.

The Book of Camman-Prayeria i
AT pray'r by th' Book ? And Common?

*** Yes. Why not?
The Spirit of grace,
And fupplication,
Is not left free alone

For time and place:
But manner tog. To read, or speak by rote,

Is all alike to him, that prays

With's heart, that with his mouth he says.
They that in private by themselves alone

Do pray, make take
What liberty they pleafe,
Io chuling of the ways,

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Wherein to make!
Their souls' most intimate affections known

To him that fees in secret, when,

Th’ are most conceal'd from other men.
But, he that unto others leads the way

In public prayer,
Should chuse to do it fo,
As all that hear may know

They need not fear
To turn their hearts unto his tongue, and say,

Amen; nor doubt they were betray'd

To blaspheme, when they should have pray'd. Devotion will add life unto the letter.

And why should not
That which authority
Prescribes, esteemed be

Advantage got?
If th' pray?r be good, the commoner the better.

Pray’r in the Church's words, as well.
As sense, of all pray’rs bears the bell.

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The Bible.
HE Bible?

That's the book. The book indeed,
The book of books ;

On which who looks,
As he should do, aright, shall never need

Wish for a better light

To guide him in the night :
Or, when he hungry is, for better food

To feed upon,

Than this alone,
If he bring stomach and digestion good :


And if he be amiss,

This the best phyfic is.
The true panchreston 'tis for ev'ry fore,

And fickness, which

The poor and rich With equal ease may come by. Yea, 'tis more,

An antidote, as well

As remedy'gainit hell. 'Tis heaven in perspective; and the bliss

Of glory here,

If any where,
By faints on earth anticipated is,

Whillt faith to ev'ry word

A being doth afford.
It is the looking-glass of souls, wherein

All men may fee

Whether they be
Still, as by nature th' are, deform'd with sin;

Or in a better case,

As new adorn'd with grace. 'Tis the great magazine of spiritual arms,

Wherein doth lie

Th' artillery
Of Heaven, ready charg'd against all harms,

That might come by the blows

Of our infernal foes,"
God's cabinet of reveal'd counsel'tis:

Where weal and woe

Are order'd so,
That ev'ry man may know which shall be his,

Unless his own mistake
Falle applications make,


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