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take such a toad, so vile a créature, into his bosom. 'Thy base heart, if it be good for nothing else, yet serves to commend and set off the unsearchable riches of free grace. 2. This serves to beat thee off continually from resting, yea, or but glancing, upon thine.own righteousness or excellency : the corruption of thiy heart, working in all thy duties, makes thee sensible to feel that the bed is too short, and the covering too narrow : were it not for those reflections thou hast, after duties, upon the dultless and dis. tractions of thine heart in them ; how apt wouldst thou be to fall in love with, and admire thine own performances, and enlargements? For, it, notwithstanding thesë, thou hast nuch to do with the pride of thy heart ; how much more, if such hunibling and self-abasing considerations were wanting? And, lastly, this tends to make tliee the more compassionate and tender towards others : perhaps. thou wouldst. lave little pity for the dis-tresses and soul troubles of others, if thou hadst. less experience of thine own.

3: Cemf. To conclude, God will shortly put å blessed end to all these troubles, cares and watchings.

The time is coming when thy lieart shall be as, thou wouldst frave it, when

thou shall be discharged of these cares, tears and sorrows, and never cry out, Oh my hard, my proud, my vain, my earthly heart, any more! when all darkness shall be banished from thine understanding ; and thou shalt clearly discover all truths in God, that crystal ocean of truth; when all vanity shall be purged perfectly out of 'thy thoughts, and they be everlastingly, ravishingly, and delightfully entertained and exercised upon that supreme goodness, and infinite excellency of God, from whom they shall never start any more like a broke: bow. And, as for thy pride, passion, earthliness, and all other the matters of thy complaint and trouble, it shall be said of them, as of the Egyptians to Israel, stand still, and see the salvation of God ; these corruptions thou seest to day, henceforth thou shalt see them do more for ever ; when thou shalt lay down thy weapons of prayers, tears, and groans, and put on the armour of light, not to fight, but to triumph in.

Lord, when shall this blessed day come? How long, how long, holy and true my soul waiteth for thee; come, my beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a youg hart upon mountains of Bether. Amelia

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