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. With pleasing Blue he arch'd the Sky,
3. Let envious Atheists ne'er complain
That Nature wants, or Skill, or Care;
THE Man who lives under an hr.bitual Sense of the Divine Presence, keeps up a perpetual Chearfulness of Temper, and enjoys every Moment the Satisfaction of thinking himself ia Company with his nearest and best Friend; The Time never lies heavy upon him: It is impossible for him to be alone. His Thoughts and Passions are most busied at such Hours when those of other Men are most inactive: He no sooner steps out os the World, but his Heart burns with Devotion, swells with Hope, and triumphs in the Consciousness of that Presence which every where surrounds him; or, on the contrary, pours out its Fears, its Sorrows, its Apprehensions, to the great Author and Supporter of its existence.
True Religion ofuniversalInfluence, and alwnys thl fame. Whichcote.
RELIGION doth possess and affect the whole Man: In the Understanding it is Knowledge; in the Life it is Obedience; in the Affections it is
Delight Delight in God; in our Carriage and Behaviour, it is Modesty, Calmness, Gentleness, Quietness, Candour, Ingenuity; in our Dealings, it is Uprightness, Integrity, Correspondence with the Rules of Righteousness. Religion makes Men virtuous in all Instances.—Religion itself is always the fame, but Things about Religion are not always the fame; these have not in them the Power or Virtue
os Religion; they are not of a fanctifying Nature;
they do not purify our Minds as Things of a Moral
Nature do; so that Religion may stand without
On the Sufferings S/christ.
Burgh's Dignity of Human Nature.
BEHOLD the Innocent arraigned besore the Guilty. The most amiable os Characters treated worse than the most odious deserves at any human Hands. The future Judge of Mankind brought besore a human Tribunal. He who did no Sin, and in whose Mouth was sound no Guile, sentenced to die, and a Robber and Murderer pardoned. They, sor whom the Saviour of the World • came from Heaven to give his precious Lise, long to imbrue their Hands in the very Blood which was to be stied sor them. O the diabolical Fury of Hypocrisy detected! crucify him, crucify him, cry the bloody Priests, and the blinded People echo back the maddening Voice. But will the Lord of Lise suffer himself to be spoiled of Lise by a Set os miserable Worms, whom he can crush to nothing in a Moment? No. H& lays it down of himself; no Man takes, or can take it from him. He came to lay down his Lise sor the Life of the World. And if daring Mortals will be so impious as to stretch sorth unhallowed Hands against him, the Decree of Heaven will nevertheless be fulsilled, and they who will heap Damnation upon themselves, mall be left to the Destruction they have sought. Yet hold your butchering- Hands, unthinking Wretches. Or if his facred Blood must stream to wash a sinful World from Guilt, let the HighPriest with Reverence offer him on the Altar, the true, the last, the only effectual Sacrisice sor Sin. So shall you, and your Nation, escape the Destruction which hangs over you.—They harden their rocky Hearts against all Sense of Pity. They urge their own Destruction. Let not then the Eye of Day behold so black ,a Deed. Let Heaven hide iu Face from such a Sight. They pierce those Hands, whose falutary Touch gave Health and Strength, and those Fees which went about doing Good. They stretch him on the Cross. They stop their Ears against the". Groans of suffering Innocence. But the inanimate Earth seels, and shakes with Horror at the Impiety of her Inhabitants. The Rocks burst in Pieces, and Nature is in Agonies The Sleep of Death is broken by the Convulsion. The Graves open their Throats, and cast up the ghastly Dead. An unseen Hand rents the Veil of the Temple, and exposes the holy Place, in® which it was sorbidden to enter. His Agonies now grow stronger. His Pangs redouble. The Choirs of Angels mourn the Sufferings of their Prince. lent Words their sull Force, it should be known that they came not from the Priesthood, but the Court; and from a * Courtier, as eminent as England ever boasted.
rlell is moved, and the Dæmons enjoy a short Triimph. Darkness covers the Face of Nature, and Chaos seems ready to swallow all. He calls on his God and Father, the Witness of his Innocence, and Approver of his Obedience. He prays for those by whose murdering Hands he dies. He raises his Voice aloud. His Strength is yet entire. But having finished the Work, and the Prophecies being accomplished, by his own original Power over Yds own Lise,- he resigns his Soul into the Hands of the great Father of all, and, bowing his Head, expires". He dies; and yet his Murderers liye. His Death raises a guilty World to Lise. Tremendous Mystery! not to be explained, 'till the Veil of Time be rent asunder, and Eternity expose to View the amazing Scene of Divine Government, too vast for mortal Comprehension. Glory to Go D in the Highest! On earth Peace, and Good-will towards Men!
AH my Friends! while we laugh all Things are serious around us; Go D is serious, who exerciseth Patience toward us; C H R I s T is serious, who shed his Blood sor us; the Holy Ghost is serious, who striveth against the Obstinacy of our Hearts; the Holy Scriptures bring to our Ears thf most serious Things in the World; the Holy Sacraments represent the most serious and awful Matter;,; the whole Creation is serious in serving God and us; all that are in Heaven and Hell are serious; how then can we be gay .:-—To give ihese excellent
* Sir Francis Walsingham. Qn the Ejjicacy os good Example. Tillotson.
GOOD Example is an unspeakable Benesit to Mankind, and hath a secret Power and Influence upon those with whom we converse; to form them into the fame Disposition and Manners, It is a living Rule that teacheth Men without Trouble, and lets them see their Faults without open Reproof and Upbraiding. Besides that it adds great Weight to a Man's Counsel and Persuasion, when we see that he advises nothing but what he does, nor exacts any Thing from others, from which he himself desires to be excused. On the contrary, nothing is more cold and insignisicant than good Counsel from a bad Man, one that does not obey his own Precepts, nor follow the Advice which he is so forward to give to others.
The Advantage of Example beyond Precepts. Scot.
PRECEPTS and Discourses of Virtue are only the Pictures, and artisicial Descriptions of it: A.virtuous Example is Virtue animated, and exposed to our View in .all its living Charms and Attractions; and therefore by how much Nature exceeds Art, and the most accomplished Beauties