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The bed of sickness (after cares and strife) The wise men mock'd him, and the learaed Is weak inan's cradle for a second life:
scorn'd; Death's but a moment; and, before we die, Th' ambitious worldling other patrons try'd; We touch the threshold of'eternity !
The pow'r that judg'd him, ev'ry foe subora'd; So, stretch'd beneath the juniper's chill shade, He wept un-pity'd, and un-honour'd dy'd. Th’atilicted prophet9 in despondence pray'd : Oh, take the burthea of my life away,
For ever mournful, but for ever dear, Dead are my sires; nor better I than they:" O love stupendous ! glorious degradation ! At length a seraph cry'd, “ Arise and eat; No death of sickness, with a common tear;Tehold thy bev'rage; and behold thy meat:
No soft extinction claims our soitows here; Heav'u's one repast shall future strength supply But anguish, shame, and agonizing passion ! For forty days, till Horeb meets thy eye).” The riches of the world, and worldly praise, The good man neither fears, 'despouds, nor
No monument of gratitude can prove; faints,
Obedience only the great debt repays, Armd with the heav'nly panoply 31 of saints. An imitative heart, and undivided love!
To see the image of th’All-glorious Pow'r MEDITATIONS ON CHRIST'S DEATH In mortal bondage, tortor'd ev'ry hour;
Suspend his immortality, and dwell
A self-made pris'ner in a dolesome cell,
Victim for sin, and conqueror of Hell 4!
Lustration for offences not his owo! He was wounded for our transgressions, he was Th'unspotted for th' impure resiga'd his breater;
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement | No other off'cing could ihy crimes atone: of our peace was upon him.
Then blame thy Saviour's love, but not his death, Isaiah, ch. liii, v. 5.
from this one prospect draw thy sole relief, Σός είμι, ΧΡΙΣΤΕ: σώσον, ως Αυτός θέλεις.
Hiere learn submission, passive duties leam; Greg. Naz. Carm, lamb.
Here drink the calm oblivion of thy grief: Respice dum transis, quia sis mihi cavsa doloris Eschew each danger, ev'ry good discern,
And the true wages of thy virtue earn. flaste not so fast, on worldly cares employ'd, Reflect, О man, on such stupendous love, Thy bleeding Saviour | asks a short delay : Such sympathy divine, and tender care b; What trifling bliss is still to be enjoy'd,
Beseech the Paraclete thine heart to more, What change of folly wings thee on thy way? And offer up to Heav'n this silent pray'r. Look back a moment, pause a while ?, and stay. For thee thy God assum'd the human frame; 7 " Great God, thy judgments are with justics For thee the guiltless pains and anguish try'd;
crown'd, Thy passion (sin excepted) his became :
To human crimes and errours gracious still; Like thee he suffer'd, hunger, wept, and dy'd. Yet, though thy mercies more and more abouad, Nor wealth nor plenty did he ever taste,
Right reason spares not fresh-existing ill, The moss his pillow oft, his couch the ground; The poor man's bread completed his repast; “Por he (Pilate) knew that the chief priests Home he had none, and quiet never found,
had delivered him for envy." For fell repro pursu'd, and aim'd the wound 3;
Mark, ch. xr, k. 10.
An antient Heathen also hath personified eary, weeping : it is a sort of consolation to an afflicted and painted her in a mischievous attitude; person to be thoroughly sensible of his affiction.”
Invidia infelix! animi vitalia vidit, 29 Elijah.
Lædendique vias. 30 2 Kings, ch. xix., v. 4-8.
4 Nolo vivere sive vulnere, can te videam 31 Eph. ch. vi, v. 14-17.—Panoply (from vulneratum.
Boxarent. the Greek), a complete suit of armour.
“ To know God, without knowing our misery, Pope, Dryden.
creates pride: to know misery, without knorin Christ is the way, the truth, and the life,
ing Christ, causes despondence." The way wherein thou oughtest to walk; the
St. Augustio. truth which thou desirest tu obtain: and the life
S“They make a free-will offering to God, of happiness which thou longest to enjoy."
who in the midst of their sufferings preserre
St. August. their gratitude and acknowledgements." 2 «« If you labour for a time, you will afterwards enjoy an eternity of rest.
6« God's Holy Spirit worketh in the follow. are of a short duration, your joy will last for ing manner in his rational children. It instructs
, ever: and if your resolution wavers, and is go
mor , ani admonishes: as for example; it ining to desert you, turn your eyes towards Mount structs the reason, moves the will, and admoCalvary, and consider what Christ suffered for nislies the memory.". you, jnnocent as he was.
1 Translated from the famous French Ude of will enable you to say in the event, that your M. de Barreaux. sufferings lasted for a moment."
Idem. 3" Through envy proceeded the fall of the Grand Dieu! Tes jngements sont remplis d' world, and death of Christ,”
St. Gregor. in Moral
Nor can thy goodness counter-work thy will. Transpierce our bodies ? Ev'ry nerve and pore Ah no! The gloom of sin so dreadful shows, With Christ's immaculate blood is cover'd and That horrour,guilt, and death the conscience fill:
o'er.” Eternal laws our happiness oppose; Thy nature and our lives are everlasting foes ! “ When we praise God we may speak much, and
yet come short: Wherefore in sum, he is all. “ Severe thy truth, yet glorious is thy scheme; When you glorify him, exalt him as much Complete the vengeance of thy just desire ; as you can: for even yet he will far exceed. See from our eyes the gushing torrents stream, And when you exalt him, put forth all your Yet strike us, blast us with celestial fire ;
strength, and be not weary, for you can never Our doom, and thy decrees, alike conspire, go far enough." Ecclus, ch. xliii, v, 27Yet dying we will love thee and adore.
30, Where shall the flamiog flashes of thy ire