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views of God by contemplation. Alas, we make there too short a stay; fall down again, and lay by our
§ 31. But, "O thou, the merciful Father of spirits, the attractive of love, and ocean of delights, draw up these drossy hearts unto thyself, and keep them there till they are spiritualized and refined; and second thy servant's weak endeavours, and persuade those that read these lines to the practice of this delightful, heavenly work! O suffer not the soul of thy most unworthy servant to be a stranger to those joys, which he describes to others; but keep me, while I remain on earth, in daily breathings after thee; and in a believing affectionate walking with thee! And when thou comBst let me be found so doing; not serving my flesh, nor asleep with my lamp unfurnished; but waiting and longing for my Lord's return! Let those who shall read these heavenly Directions, not 'merely read the fruit of my studies, but the breathing of my active bope and love: that if my heart were open to their new, they might there read the same most deeply engraven with a beam from the face of the Son of God; md not find vanity, or lust, or pride within, when the ivords of life appear without; that so these lines may iot witness against me; but, proceeding from the leart of the writer, may be effectual, through thy ;race upon the heart of the reader, and so be the saour of life to both! Amen."
Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace; ood-will towards men.
Strangers and pilgrims here below,
But hasten throdgh the vale of woe,
Swift to our heavenly country move,
Our everlasting home above.
We have no 'biding city here,
But seek a city out of sight; Thither our steady course we steer,
Aspiring to the plains of light; Jerusalem, the Saints' abode, Whose founder is the living God.
Patient th' appointed race to run,
This weary world we cast behind;
Through thee, who all our sins hast borne,
With songs to Zion we return,
That palace of our glorious King:
We find it nearer, while we sing.
Rais'd by the breath of love divine,
We urge our way with strength renew'd
The church of the first-born to join,
With joy upon our heads arise,
And meet our Captain in the skies.
DIRECTIONS And PERSUASIONS
AN APPENDIX TO THE SAINT'S REST.
BY MR. RICHARD BAXTER.
INTED B\ NUTTALL, FISHKR, AND DIXON, DUKE STREET.
It is a weight so inconceivable that dependeth on the soundness of our conversion and sanctification, that our care and diligence cannot be too great to make it sure. As the professed atheists, heathens, and infidels without; so the self.deceiving hypocrites within thechurch, do wilfully cast away themselves for ever, by neglecting such a business of everlasting consequence; when they have time, and warnings, and assistance, to dispatch it. Multitudes live like brutes or atheists, forgetting that they are born in sin and misery, and settled in it by wilful custom, and must be converted or condemned. These know not (many of them) what need hey have of conversion, nor what conversion or sancification is. And some that have been preachers of he gospel, have been so lamentably ignorant in so great i matter, that they have persuaded the poor deluded ieople, it is only the gross and heinous sinners that iced conversion, branding them with the name of Puitans that will .not take a dead profession, joined with ivility, for true sanctification; and promise salvation to iose that Christ hath with many asseverations professed ball not enter into the kingdom of God. Others, that onfess that a thorough sanctification is a necessary ling, do delude their souls with something that is like . Hence is the misery and dishonour of the church, foliness itself is disgraced by the sins of them that are uholy, because they pretend to that which they have :)t. Hence it is that we have thousands, that call lemselves Christians, that live a worldly, fleshly life, id some of them hating the way of godliness, and yet ink they are converted, because they are sorry when ey have sinned, and wish, when it is past, that they id not done it, and cry to God for mercy, and cou