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views of God by contemplation. Alas, we make there too short a stay; fall down again, and lay by our music !”
§ 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 comest 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 hope and love: that if my heart were open to their riew, they might there read the same most deeply enzraven with a beam from the face of the Son of God; ind not find vanity, or lust, or pride within, when the words of life appear without; that so these lines may 10t witness against me; but, proceeding from the heart 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.
*** LEADER of faithful souls, and Guide
Of all that travel to the sky,
Who would on thee alone rely;
While held in life's uneven way.
This earth we know is not our place,
But seek a city out of sight;
Aspiring to the plains of light;
Whose founder is the living God.
This weary world we cast behind ;
The New Jerusalem to find :
Freely and graciously forgiv’ı),
Contending for our native heav'n ;
We urge our way with strength renew'd;
We travel to the nount of God:
DIRECTIONS AND PERSUASIONS
AN APPENDIX TO THE SAINT'S REST.
BY MR. RICHARD BAXTER.
LIVERPOOL, PRINTED BI NUTTALL, FISHER, AND DIXON, DUKE STRBET.
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 the church, 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 they 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 jeople, it is only the gross and heinous sinners that leed 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 hose that Christ hath with many asseverations professed hall not enter into the kingdom of God. Others, that onfess that a thorough sanctification is a necessary ning, do delude their souls with something that is like : Hence is the misery and dishonour of the church. loliness itself is disgraced by the sins of them that are nholy, because they pretend to that which they have ot. 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 con