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Cite living witnesses anew to plead,
And raise from dust the long-sepulchred dead ;
That fools undue conviction may receive, «
And those who reason slight may sense believe, —
Those, who the test of former ages scorn,
(For men were idiots all till they were bom,)
Whose strength of argument in this we view,
'Tis so long since, perhaps it is not true ?

Ye worthies, in the book of life enroll'd,
Who nobly fill'd the bishops' thrones of old
Ye priests, on second thrones, who, true to God,
In tortures and in death your priestcraft show'd ;
Ye flocks, disdaining from the fold to stray.
Still following where your pastors lead the way,
Whose works through length of years transmitted c
Escaped from Gothic waste, and Papal Rome,
Justly nenown'd ! behold, how malice tries
To blast your fame, and vex your paradise !
Let heretics each human slip declare.
And ridicule the test they cannot bear :



THE WKSLEY FAMILY APPENDIX VI.

To these what modish ignorants succeed,

And fops your writings blame who cannot read.

These open enmities to glory tend ;

The wound sftikes deeper from a seeming friend.

Let deist refugees your fame oppose,

And Dutch professors list themselves your foes :

But ah ! let none asperse with vile applause,

And quote with praises in the devil's cause ;

In gleaning scraps bad diligence employ.

The tenor of your doctrines to destroy ;

Make you your much-loved Lord and God deride,

For whom you? saints have lived, and martyrs died.

Yet so pursued by love-dissembling hate,

You fill the measure of your master's fate.

Glory to Jesus ! the blasphemer cries ;

But glaring malice mocks the thin disguise.

Iscariot thus false adoration paid,

Hail'd when he seized, saluted and betray 'd.

May Jesus' blood discharge even this offense.

When wash'd with tears of timely penitence !

Ere yet experience sad assent create.

Convince in earnest, but convince too late ;

Ere yet descended from dissolving skies.

To plead his cause himself, shall God arise.

Then scorn must cease, and laughter must be o'er,

And witty fools reluctantly adore.

So, as authentic old records declare,
(If past with future judgment wo compare,
Possest with frantic and demoniac spleen.
Apostate Julian scoff 'd the Nazarene ;
His keenest wit th' imperial jester tries
Sure to his breast the vengeful arrow flies ;
He, while his wound with vital crimson streams.
Proud in despair, confesses and blasphemes ;
Impious, but unbelieving now no more.
He owns the Galilean Conqueror !



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Online LibraryAdam ClarkeMemoirs of the Wesley family : collected principally from original documents → online text (page 62 of 62)