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And how my unre(olv*d refolves do vary 1
1 know notftWhere to fix, fometimcs I g«
This way, then that, and tli? n the quite contrary t
I like, d (like ; lament for what I could not ;
I do, undo ; yet ftill do what I would not.
And at the felf fame inftant wiQ the thing I would not.


Thus are my weather-beaten thoughts oppreft

With th' earth- bred winds of my prodigious will j
Thus am I hourly toft from Eaft to Weft
Upon the Fowling ftrcams of good and ill :
Thus am I driven upon thcfe flipy*fy fud$
Fronj real ills to faife apparent goods :
My life's a troubled fca, composed of cbs and floods.

The curious Penman, having trimm*J hit page

With the dead language ot hisdabled quiD,
Lets fall a heedlefs drop, then in a rage
Cafhiers the fruits oF his unlucky skill ;
Ev'n fo my pregnant foul in th* Infant bud
Of her beft thoughts fhorws down a cole black flood
Of unadvifed iHs^ and cancels all her good.

N 3 Some

ipo Emllemes. Book 4.

Sometimes a fudden flalh of facred heat

V/arms my chill foul, and fees my thoughts in frame;
But foon that fire is fhouldrcd from her icat
J5y luftful Cv\-ix$ iTfiuch inferiour ftSmc.
I feel two fiannes, and yet no flame eotirc ;
Thys are the mungrel thoughts of mixt dcfire,
Confum'd between that heav nly and this earthly fire.

Sometimes my trafh difdaiaing thoughts cut pafs

The common period of terrene conceit;
O then, mt^thinksl fcorn Xht thing I was,
Vv^hilft I ftiod ravifh'd at my ncvv cftate :
But vvhen th'lcarian wings of my defire
Ftel but the warmth of their own native fire,
O then ;hey melt and plunge within their wonted mire.

I isjiow the nature of my wai?'ring mind ;
"r i know the fraihy of my flcfhly will :
My PalTion's Eagle c^'d •, my judgmcnr blind j
i know what*sgood, but yet make choice of ill.
When th'OlVrich wings of my defires (hall be
So dull, they cannot mount the leaft degree,
^ct grant my foul defirc but of defirirg thee^

g, B E R N.

Book 4. Emilemes. 1511

S. BE?vN. Med. 9.

My heart is i vxin beirt, g vagabond and inftibh heart j
vohile it if Ui by its ovon juJgmsnt, and wanting Divine ccun-
fsl cannctfubfifi in it fdf ; and wbil/i it divers roiys [eekcth
reS. f^iJ.\- '.one^ hut remaineth miserable throuih labour ^ and
voidcj ;:: '.:e: it fgreetb not Toitb it (elf) it diffcnietb from
it [elf It jjierethrelohtions, changnbihe]udgmsm^fr:Lrfi^th
Mtro '.t.ughiSy pulhtb doron the old, arJ buildctb ibfm up a-
gujc : it rcil^etb and tvilhtb not ; and .fi/rr remah^tb in the
farm fiate.

S. A U G U S T. dfc verb. Apoft.

Whrn it would, it caanrt ; becauff>whin it mi^htjt vj^uli
not : Tberrfore by an evil will man lofl bis good fowit*


MV foul, bow are thy thoughts difturbJ, confin'd,
Enlarged betwixt thy members and thy mind !
Fix here or there ; thy douht dependirgcaufe
Caa nc r expert one verdict 'cwixc two Lavis.
N 4


Ewllmes. Book 4«



1: 1

Oh that my mayes were JirectsJ, . V

■'-^evr thy flatu^&r. pfal.ttiJ.r

Book. 4- Emllemes. 195


PS ALM 119. J.

that nty ways were d'trecieci to keep thy

Statutes !


THus I, the objeft of the worlds difdain.
With Pilgrim pace furround the weary earth :

1 only relifh what the world counts vain ;

Her mirth*« my grief, her fullsn grief my mirth ;
Her light my darknefs ; aad her truth my errour:
Her freedom is my jail 5 and her delight my tefrour.


Fond earth ! proportion not my fceming love
To my long ftay ; let not thy thoughts deceive thcc j

Thou art my prifon and my home's above ;
My life's a preparation but to leave thee :
Like one that fceks a door, I walk about thee :

With thee I cannot live ; I cannot live without thee.


The world's a labVinth, whofe anfraSuous ways
Are an compos 'd of rubs and crook'd Meanders;

No reftiag here ; He's hurried back that ftays
A thought ; and he that gees unguided wanders :
Her way is dark, Jier path untrod, ucev'n ;

So hard's the way from earth;fo hard's the way to Heaven.

Jhis gyring bb^iath is betrench'd ^bout

On either hand with ftream? of fulphVocs fire.
Streams dofely Aiding, erriwg in and out, ^

But feeming pleafaat to the fond defcler ;

Where if his footft^ps trufc their own irtveatiou,
• He fallj without rcdrcfs. and finks without dimenfion.


194 Emhlemes. Book

Where fhall I feck a Guide .* where fliall I meet
Some lucky hafti to kad my trembling paces ?

What tnifty Lanthorn will direct my feet
To fcapc the danger of thcfe dang*rous places s*
What hopes have I to pafs without a Guide ;

Where one gets fafcly through, a thoufand faU bcfidc;

An unrcqucfted Star did gently Aide
Befere the Wife- men to a greater Light ;

Back Aiding Ifr el found a double Guide ;
A Pillar, and a Cloud ; by Day, by Night :
Yet in my dcfpVate dangers which be far

More greater than theirs,! have no PillarjCloudjnorStar.

O that the pinions of a clipping Dove -
Would cut my paffage through the empty Air ;

Mine eyes being feafd, how would I mount above
The reach of danger and forgotten care !

My backward eves (hould nc'r commit that fault,

Whofe lafting guihihould build a monument of Salt,


Great God that art the flowing Spring of Light,
Enrich mine eyes wich thy refulgent Ray :

Thou art my Path ; dire£l my fleps aright ;
I have no other Light, no other Way:
ril truft my God, and him alone purfue ;

His Law fhall be my Path ; his Heavenly Light my Clue.


Book 4^ Emlkmeu 195

S. AUGUST. Soliloqu. cap. 4.

O Lord ; robo art the Light^ ihe Wiy^ the Truth, the Life ;
iM rohom tkere is no darknes, errcur^ vanity n»r dextb', the
Li^ht^ rviihout rvhirb there is da knefs -, the Way, jvithout
which there is wandrivj^ ; the truths Toitiscut tobitb there is
errour] the life ^ wiibout rohich .here is death: Say, Lord,
Jet there bt ligtt, and 1 JhiU fee Li^hf. and efchew dxrknefs ;
jJhjU fee the way, and avoid mndring ; ' jhall fee the triab^
gndjhun errrtr; I foiU fee Life, and efc2ps Death ', iVumi*
tiate, O illuminate my blind Soul, which (ittetb in darknefsj
and the fhadow of death y and dire^ wy feet in the vay of

EPIQ. 2.

Pllgrlai trudge on : what makfs thy foul com plain
Crowns thy complaint. The way co reft is pain :
The road to refolution lies by doubt :
The next way home's the fart heft way about.



Book 4.


AStcn^ mirft^^s tntlu-' BzzJuir that'

Book 4. Eifihlemes. 197

PSALM 17. ^

Stay myjieps in thy paths ^ that my feet Jo



WHen cVe the old Exchange of profit rings
Her filvcr Saints- bell of uncertain gains,
My Merchant-foul can ftretch both legs and wings,
How I can run, and take unwearied pains ?
The charms of profit arc fo ftrong, that I
Who wanted legs to go find wings to flie.


If time-beguiling Pleafarc but advaiice

Her luftful trump, and blow her bold alarms,
O how my fportful foul can frisk and dance.
And hug that Syren in her twined arms !

The fprightly voice or finew-fcrengthning pleafarc
Can lend my bed rid foul both legs and leifure,


If blazing honour chance to fill my veins

With fliiving warmth, and fia(h of Courtly fire.
My foul can take a plrafiire in her pains :
My lofty ftrutting ftcps difdain to tire ;
My antick knees can turn upon the hinges
Of Ccmplement, aud fcrue a thoufand ainges»

But when I come to Thee, my God that art

The royal Mine of everlafting treafure,
.The real honour of ray better parr,
And living fountain or eternal pleafurc.

How ncrvelefs are my limbs ! ho<p faint 3nd flow !
I have no wings to fiis nor legs to go,



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So when the fcreams of fwift foot Rhene convey

Her uplacd riches to the Bclgick (hore,
The idle veffcl Hides the watVy lay.
Without the blafc or tug > of wind, or oar ;
Her flipp*! y keei divides the filver foame
With eafe i So facile is the way from home.

But when the home bound VciTel turns her fails

Againfi the breafc of the reiifciag ftrcam,
O then (he (lags ; nor fail, nor oar prevails ;
Theftreamis fcurdy, and her Tid^-Zs extream
Eachrtroi<e is lofs, and every tug it vain:
A Boat- lengths putchafe is a league of pain.

Great all in all that art my reft, my home ;

My way is tedious, and my ftcps are flow :
Reach forth thy helpful hand, or bid me come ;
I am thy child, O teach thy child to go:
Con joyn tiiy fweet commands to my defirC,
And I will venture, though I fall or tir«.

S. A U G.

Book 4. Emhlemes. ipy

S. A U G U S T. Scr. 1 5. de Verb. Apofc.

Bt aJwijs difpJeafed at what thou irt , if thou dsfirejk t§
dttiin to v?bit thou art not : Pjr lobcre thou kijl pJeifed thy
[eif, there thou abidsSi, But if thou fay eft ^ J have enougb,tbou
perijbefii Alrojys add, alvays TOilk, always proceed; neither
fidndfiiS, nor go bach, nor deviate-, He that flandetb ftill
proceedetb eot ; He gottb hick, that fontinueth net ; He de-
viatetb, that rtvohetb) Hegoeth better that crefpeth in his
ivay, then be that runneth out of his way.

E P I G, 5.

Fear not, rr.y Soy], to Jofe for want cf cnnning ;
Weep not ; Heav'a is not always got by running :
Thy thoughts arc fwift, although thy legs be flow ;
True lov^ will creep, nortjiviDg ftrength to go.



Book 3^


iSraide cf-tfnr lu^hmentrPf np ....

Book 4.' Emhkmes* - ioi


PSAL. 119. 120.

Myflejh tremlleth for fear of thee ^ and I am
afraid of thy judgement s*

LEt others boaft of luck, and go their ways
Witk their fair game {know vcngcaHce fcldom playi
To be too forward, but doth wifely frame
Her backwark Tables for an after-game ;
She gives thee leave to venture many a blot;
And, for her own advantage, hits thee not;
But when her pointed Tables are made fair.
That (he be ready for thcc, then beware ;
Then, if a ncceffjry blot be Tet,
She hits thee ; wins the Game ; perchance the fct;
If profp'rous chances make thy cafting high.
Be wifely tempVate ; caft a fcrious eye
On after-dangers, and keep back thy game ;
Too forward feed times make thy harveft lame ;
If Icft-hand Fortune give thee left-hand chancel^
Be wilcly patient ; let not envious glances
Repine to view thy gamefters heap fo fair ;
The hindmoft hound t^kes ofc the doubling Hare,'
The Worlds great Dice are falfe j fometimes they gc
Extreamly high, fometimes extreamly low .-
Of aH her garacftres he that plays the leaft.
Lives moft at eaie, playi moft fccure and beft :
The way to win, is to play fair, and fwcat
Thy fclf a fervant to the Crown of fear ;

O Ptat

^ox Etnllemes. Book 4.

tear is the primmer of a Gamcftcrs skill :
Who fears not Bad ftands moft unarmed to TIT:
The in that's wifely fear'd, is half withftood j
Afld fear of Bad is the beft foyl to Good :
True Fear's th' Elixir, which in days of old
l^urn'a Leaden Croffss into Crowns of Gold ;
The Worlds the Tables; Stakes, Etcrnallife;
The Ganiefters. Heav'nand I ; Unequal ftrife !
My Forniaesare my Dice, whereby 1 frame
My '^laifpcfed Life! ThisLift*s the Game ;
My fci? are fev'ral Blots; the Lookers on
Are Angels ; and in death the Game is doae:
Lord, Tm a Bungler, and my Game doth grow
Stin more and more unlhap'd ; my Dice run low ;
The J^takcs arc great ; my carelefs Blots are many ;
And yet thou paffeft by, and hit'ft not any :
Thou art too ftrong ; and I have none to guide me :
With the leaft jog ; the lookers oh deride me ;
It is a Conqueft undeferving Thee,
To win a Stake from fuch a Worm as me :
I have no more to lofe ; If weperfevcre,
' r is left ; and that once lofl Pm loft for ever.
Lord, wink at faults, and be not too fevere.
And I will play my Game with greater fear ;
O give me Fear, ere Fear has paft her date :
Whofe blot being hit, then fears, fears then too late ^


Book 4v Emhlemesl ^Q^

S. B E R N . Sci. 54. in Cant.

There u nothing fo efftduil to obtain Grdct^to retain Graced
and to rrgiin Gfice,a^ alwjys to be found before God not over»
mfe, but tofeir : £fappj art thou if thy heart be repknijhed
tvitb three f tars ]i fear for received Grace, agreater fear for
lojl Grace, agreatefi fear to recover Grace.

$. AUGUST, fuper. Pfaf.

Prefent fear begetteth Eternal fecurity I Fear Goi^ Vthich
k abtve ali and no need to fear man at aO^

EPIG. 4.^

Lord, fhall we gramble when thy flames do fcourge us r
Our fins breath fire ; that fire returns to purgs us-.
Lord, what an Alchyoaift art thou, whofe skiJ
Traflfmute* to prefe^ Good from pcrfe^ ifl ?


Book 4*

Tufitt an>ar mjm^ e\'is least they^pe^i^i^
vaiutf . f/tfl ' u3 .

Book 4^ Emllemef. ^o$


PSALM. 119.37.

Turn away mine eyes from regarding vanity*

HOw like the threds of flax
That touch the flamt, are my Inflam'd dcfirci !
How like to yieldlDg wax
My foul diffolve before thefe wanton firei !
The fire but touched, the flame but felt,
Like flax, I burn ; like wax, I mcll.


O how this flefh doth draw
My fettcrM foul to that deceitful fire !

And bow the eternal Law
It baffled by the law of my defire »

How truly bad, how feemiog gtod |

Are all the laws of ficfh and blood !

O wretched ftatc of men.
The height of whofe ambition^! to borrow

What inuft be paid again
With griping int^reft of the next days forrow !

How wild his thoughts ! How apt to range !

How apt to vary ! Apt to change \

How intricate and nice
Is mans perplexed way to mans defire ?

Sometimes upon the ice
He flips, and fometimes falh into the fire ;
His progrefs is extream and bold,
Or very hot, or Tcry cold.

O 5

io5: EmhlemeS, Book


The common food he doth; r y / -. ^ ,
Suftain his foulitormenring thcitights withaf,'

Ii honey in his mputh
To night, and Inhis heart, tomorrow gall;

*ris oftentimes, within an hour.

Both very fwect and very fowre.

If fweet Cvrhni fmlle,
AHeav'n of joy breaiss down into liis heart:

Cflriw«i frown a while ?
Jiells torments are but copies of hi« fmart :

Within a luftful heart doth dwell

AfeemingHeavn, a very Hell.

Thus worthlefs, vain, and void
Of comfort, are the fruits of earths employment,

Which *cre they be enjay'd
Piftraft us, and deftroy us in th' enjoyment ;

Thefc be the pleafures that are priz'd.

When Heav-fls cheap pen'worth ftands defpis'dy

Lord, quench thefe hafty fladics,
Which dart as lightning from the thund'rlng fkies,

And ev'ry minute dafhei
Againft the wanton windows of mine eyes :

Lord, clofe the cafement, whilft I ftand

Behind the curtain of thy band.


Book 4^; EmlUmes. 207

J. AUGUST. SoLloqa. cap, 4.

O thou Sun tkit illuminxteth both Heiven and Eifth ! Wa
he unto tbofd eyes xocicb do not behoU tberi Wo be unto thofe
blind eyes which nanot behold thee : fVo be unto thofe which
turn away their eyes that they will not behold thee \ Wo he unto
thofe that turn away their eyes that they mi.y behold vanitjm

S. CHRYS. fup. Mat. 19.

u whit is the evil womm but the enemy of frien^Jhip^, an un-
avoiditlepiin^ a necejfiry mif chiefs a natural tentation^ a de-
firihle calamity^ a domefiici danger^ a dekciabU inconvenience,
and the tature of roil, painted over with the colour of good.

^ £ p I G. ^

*Tis vain, great God,to dofe mine eyes fromiU,
When I relolvc to keep the old man ftill 5
My rambling heart muft covenant firft with thee.
Or none ud pais betwixt mine eye and mc.

O 4

EtnlUmei. Book 4I


. If J h^zve fouwlfayour tfit/w si^ht let, rrw
* Ufe. he. ^tyen. nte. at rruf jfettttorL. Sjizr.y.j

Book 4. Emhkmes. 109



Jf I have found favour h thy fight, and if
it pleafe the King , let my life he given
we at rHj petition.

THou art the Great Afuerus, whofe command
Doth ftretch from Pole to Pole • the world*s thy
Rebellious rajhti* i the corrupted will, (Land;

Which being cali'd, refufes to fulfil
Thy juft command; Ejiber^ whofe tears coadok
The razed City's the regenerate Soul ;
A captive maid, whom thou wilt plea(e to grace
With nuptial Honours in ftout F'a^th place :
Her kinfman, whofe unbended knee did thwart
Proud Himuns glory, is the flcfhly part :
The fobcr Eunuch^ that recall'd to mind
The new- built gibbet {Hiimn had divin'd
For his own ruin^ fifty cubits high.
His luftfuI-thought-controUing chaftity ;
Infalting Hamm is that Refhly luft
Whofe red- hot fiiry, for a feafon, muft
Trtumf b in pride, and ftudy ho* to tread
On Mordeciiy till royal ESiher plead.

Great King, myfent-for rajhti mil not come;
O let the oyl o'th bleffed Virgins womb
Cleanfe my poor ESiber ; look, O look upon her
With gracious eyes ; and let thy Beam of honour
So fcoir her captive ftains, that (he may prove
An holy Obje^ of thy Heavenly love :


XI o Emhlemes. Book 4,'

Anoint her with the Spiknard of thy graces.

Then try the fwtecntfs of her chaft embraces :

Make \\Zi the partner o*' thy liuptial bed.

And fet thy Qown up^ n her head;

If thca uai'i'^itious fdamm cJiaoce to fpend

Kis fpleen on Mordecaiy thar fcorns to bend

TI;e wilful f^ifaeis of his t rubber n knee.

Or bafcly crouch to any Lord but thee ;

If weeping E^her (houlJ prefer a gronc

Before the high tribunal Throne,

Hold forth thy Golden Sceptcif, and afford

The gentle audience of a gracious Lord :

And let thy Royal Eflbcr be poffeft

Of half thy Kingdom, at her dear rcqueft: "

Curb luftfiil ffimin ; him that would difgracej

Nay, ravifh thy fair Queen before thy face :

And as proud Hdrmn was himfclf enfnar'd

On that fclf gibbet that himfelf prepare'd ;

So nail my luft, both Jpunifhment and guilt.

On fhat dear Crofs that minc.own lufts haye built.


Book. 4^ Emilemes. 211

S. AUGUST. inEp.

O holffplrit^ alwm infpire me voith boJy works. Conflraiu
iwf, tbit Jmiydo: Counfdme^ tbit I may lovetbee-, Con'
firm mr, tbit 1 mny bold tbee j Conferv: me, that 1 tnjy not
hfc ibee,

S. AUGUST, fup. Joan.

The fpirit lufis whsre tbe fijh reSctb : For as tbefl^Jh is
uouTi^ei with f meet things ^tbe Spirit it refrejhed with fowre.


WouJdJi thou that thy flefl) obey thy fpirit ? Then Jet thy
fpirit cbey thy God, Thou mujl b^gOTterncdj that tkou miiji

EPIG. 6.

Of Mercy and Juftlcc is thy Kingdom built ;
This plagues my fin ; and that removes my guilt ;
When c*re I fue, Afusrui like decline
Thy Scepter, Lord, fay, Half my Kingdom'? thine.


Emllemes. Book 4.


Cunj^ mv LelaveA^Lt us qoe. forth, into
thejrelds let us r^rrrune in -the

'V-:ja:: ' . Cr.nt r 7. n. ^

Book 4i Emllemes. %ii



ComCy wy UloveJ^ let us go forth into the
field, and let us remain in the villages.

Cbftf* Soul.

C^./^Ome, Come, my dear, and let us both retire
\^^ And whifF the dainties of the fragrant fields:
Wiicre warbling Pi;;'iBtfAand the (hrill mouth'd quire
Ghaunt forth their raptaresjwhere the Turtle buildi
Her lovely neft ; and where the new b3rn brier
Breathi forth the Sweetnefs that her Apil yields :
Come, come, my lovely fair, and lee us try
Thefc rural delicate* ; where thou and I
May melt in private fiames, and fear co ftacder by.

Souh My hearts eternal joy, in lieu of whom

The earth'i a blaft, and all the world's a bubble ;
Our City-manfion is the faireft home,

But Country fwects are tang'd *ith Icffer trooblc :
Let's try them both, and chufe the better ; come t
A change in pleafure, makes the pleafure double j
On thy commands depends my go or tarry,
I'll ftir with Mifthi^ or I'll ftay with Mtrj :
Our hearts are firmly fitjalchowgh her pleafares vary.


i. i 4 Emlkmes: Book

Chf, Our CountreymanfTon (fituate on high)

With various Objefts, ftill renews delight ;
Her arched root*s of nnftatn'd Ivory I ^
Her waHs of fieryXparkling Chryfonte ;
Her pavement is of hardeft Porphyry ;
Her fpacious windows are all glaz'd with bright
And.flamingCarbuacIes; no need require
Titi^^i faint rays, or rukan'i feeble fire;
And eveVy Gate's a Pearl ; and every Pearl entire^

JQUI, Fool that I was ! how were my thoughts decei?*d !
How fallly was my fond conceic poflefk t
I took it for an Hermitage but pav*d

And daub*d withneighbr'ing dirt,and thachtatbeft
Alas, I nev'r expefted more, nor crav'd ;
A Turtle hop'd but for a Turtles neft:
Come, come, my dear, and let no idle ftay
N^gieft th*advantage of Che head-ftrong day ;
How pleafure grates, that feels the curb ef dull delay !

€hr. Corns then, my Joy ; let our divided paces
Condud us to our faireft territory •
O there wcM twine our fouls in«fweet embracei ;
Soul, And in thine arms '111 tell ray paffion ftory :
Chr.O there I'll crown thy head with all my graces ;
Soul. And aa thefe graces Ihall reflet thy glory ;
Cbr, O there I'll feed thee with celeftial MaMtm ;

Vl\ be thy Elkanj. Soul. And I. thy /lAnna.
C. I'll found my crump of joy. S. And I'd refound Hofannu


Book 4- Emllemes, 215

$. BERN.

bJefed CommpUthn ! The deitb of vises^ and the life
t>/ virtues ! Tbeft the Liro And Prophets admire : Wko ever
attained perfe^ion^ if not by tkee\ blejfed Solitude, the Ms-
giline cf CeUfUil Treifure] by thee things einkly^ and
tnnfnory^ are changed into Heavinlj, and Eterml,

S. B E R N. in Ep.

Hippy is tkit koufe, and bU fed is that Congregnioff, voben
Muiha fiiU compUinetb of Mary.

E P I G. ;.

Mcchaaick fou?, thou muft net only do
With Marthj \ but, with AUry, pi^nrler foo '.
Happy's that houfe where thefe fair fiftcrs v#y
B»s moft, when lyUriha'i ucocqu'J to ^J/.



Book 4^


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Book 4' ^mllemes, 217



Draw me ; we will follow after thee hy the
favour of thy good Oyntments.

THu«, lik€ a lump of the corrupted Ma(s,
I lie fecare, long loft before I was :
And like a block, beneath whofe burthen lies
That undifcover'd worm that never dies
1 have no will to rouze, I have no power to rife.

On ftinkiDg La^rm compound or ftrive
With deaths entangling fetters, and revive ?

Of can the water-buried ^x^ implore

A hand to raife i:, or it felf reftore,
And from her Tandy deeps approach the dry-foot fhore ?

$0 hard's the task for finful flefh and blood
To lend the fmalleft ftep to what is good.

My God, I cannot move the leaii degree !

Ah ! If but only thofe thac atlive be.
None ftiould thy glory fee, none (hould thy glory fee.

But if the Potter pleafe t^informjthe dav :
Or fome ftrong hand remove the block away :

Their lowly fo'"tunes foon are mounted higher ;

That proves a vefTel, which before was mire ;
And thia being hewn, may fcrve for better ufc than fire,

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Ar.d if that life-refloring voice command
Dtad La^TiLi forth ; or tiiat gieat Prophets hand

Should eharm the fullen waters, and begin

Tobecken, crtodartaftickbutin,
Drad Lu^^rui muft revive, and th* Ax muft float again.

Lord, as I am, 1 have no pow'r at all
To hear the voice or Echo to thy call j

The gloomy Clouds of mine own guilt benight me ;

Thy glorious beams, not dainty fweets invite me ;
They neither can direS ; nor thefc at all delight me.

See how my fin-bemangled body lies,

Not having pow'r to will, nor will to rife !
Shine home upoa thy Creature, and infpire
My livelefs Will with thy regen'rate fire j

The Hrft degree to do, is only to defire.

Give me the power to Will, the Will to do ;

O raife mt up, and I will ftrire to go :

Draw me, O draw me with thy trebble twifi-,
Ti;at have co pow'r but meerly to refift ;

Olend me ftrcngih to do, and then command thy lift !

My Soul's a Clock, whofe wheels (for want of ufe
Aitd binding up, being fubje^i to the abufe
Of eating ruft) wants vigour to fulfil
Her twelve hours task, and (hew her makers /Jklll,
But idly llscpsunmov'd, and ftaadcth vainly ftill.

Hreat God it i<: thy work and therefore good.
]t thou be plcss'd to clcanfe it with thy blood,
Anr> wind ir np^ with thy foul-moving keys,

M - ^; leeis Ihal] ferve thee all her days ; Cpraife,
. ihaH poiuE thy pow*r, her hammer ftricke thy

S. B E R N.

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S. B E R N. £erm. 21. in Cant.

Lex VA run. Jet m run, but tnthy fivour ofih) Ointment^ noi
in the confidence cf our merits, nor in tkc ^^.[s of our
Strength : WctTuji to run, but in th^ muUi'ud-^ ofthji rr.crcics^
for though w run md ire wil^inji^it U vet in hint thit rvilleth,
nor in him thit ruintth, but in Gc.1 tkif fitwfth mercy, let
thy mercy return, and roe roiUrun : Tbou like i Gyint, runnefl
by thy own power \ wc, unU^ thy Ointment breatb upon m
cojinot run.

EPIC. 8.
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