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• earthly Things ever were; and what then will the • full Enjoyment be?'
$20.- WHAT a Beauty is there here in the ine serait Graces of the Spirit? Alas! how small are • there, to what we thall enjoy in our perfect State! • What a happy Life should I bere live, could I but
ove God as much as I would; could I be all Love, * and always loving? O my Soul! what would • thou give for fuch a Life! Had I fuch Apprehen• frons of God, fuch Knowledge of His Word as I
delire; could I fully truft Him in all my Straits; • could I be as lively as I would in every Duty; 6 could I make God my conftant Defire and Delight; • I would not envy the World their Honours or Plea< fures. What a blessed State, O my Soul! wilt 6 thou shortly be in, when thou shalt have far more • of these than thou canst now defire, and thalt exer(cise thy perfected Graces in the immediate Vi(fion of God, and not in the Dark, and at a Dil • tance, as now?'
$21. • Is the finning, afflicted, perfecuted Church ! of Christ, so much more excellent than any parti• cular gracious Soul? What then will the Church « be, when it is fully gathered and glorified; when • it is afcended from the Valley of Tears to Mount « Sion; when it shall fin and suffer no more! The . Glory of the old Jerufalem will be Darkness and 6 Deformity to the Glory of the new. What Cause · Thall we have then to shout for Joy, when we • fhall see how glorious the heavenly Temple is, and • remember the Meanness of the Church on Earth?'
TN. B. If this Chapter seem too long to be read at once, it may be properly divided here.]
6 22. But alas! what a Loss am I at in the • Midst of my Contemplations? I thought my Heart « had all the while attended, but I fee it doth not.
o ? more weary of this Wearinets? Wheb
per parret my refting Place? Co then, O n & Goril in the mott raised and fervent Deliresi 2 t h e Sleth can defire with thee; expect normat
Bonita doald mprehend they blefied Object, are # As propri and whar to delire. Doth not the Du e dalle ore per Detires after Reft, accute thee of m e e Natie Tonitude and Folly? luft thy Lari etirats Heee a Rett at lo dear a Rate, and doit cio si trate value it? Must He go before to prepare
Intinuis Manion for fuck a Wretch, and art that loth to go and pokets it? Shall the Lord of Glorelor defrsus of ihy Company, and thou not desirous Korliep Mult Earth become a very Hell to thee, I liefore thou art willing to be with God? Behcic
the moft lovely Creature, or the most defiratie igate and rell ine, where wouldft thou be, if at inih Poverty is a Burthen; Riches a Snaca Igorbrifi Y ealings realco wlafe; the frowning
isanies thy Heel; the miling Warid jtings W e Heart; so much as the World . loved "ite, hted in, it hurts and endangers the Lover;
'n le may not be loved, why should it be delived?
will art arpauted, it proves the most contagious watt; if u art vilify de er uakindly ufed, me: hinks this thould not entice thy Love. If the fus
loful Labours, and thy godly Friends, leem betier #other than a Lite with God, it is Time for God · 10 take them from thee. If thy Studies have been : fweet, have they not allo been bitter? And,
ar beit, what are they to the everlasting Views of the God of Truth? Thy Friends here have been thy Delight; - and have they not also been tay Vexa
lion and Grief? They are gracious, and are they + not allo finful? They are kind, and are they not · foon displcated? They are hun.ble, but, alus, hoy