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MEDITATIONS

ON

EHRIST'S DEATH AND PASSION.

AN EMBLEM.

"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities : The chastisement of our peace was upon him.'

ISALAH liii. 5. Σος ειμι, ΧΡΙΣΤΕ' σωσον, ως Αυλος θελιες.

GREG. NAZ. Carm. Lamb.

RESPICE DUM TRANSIS, QUIA SIS MIHI CAUSA DOLORIS.

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Haste not so fast, on worldly cares employ'd,
Thy bleeding Saviour* asks a short delay :
What trifling bliss is still to be enjoy'd,
What change of folly wings thee on thy way?
Look back a moment; pause a while,f and stay.

• Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. The way wherein thou oughtest to walk; the truth which thou desirest to ob tain ; and the life of happiness which thou longest to enjoy.'

St. August. + If you labour for a time, you will afterwards enjoy an eter nity of rest. Your sufferings are of a short duration, your joy will last for ever : and if your resolution wavers, and is going to de. sert you, turn your eyes towards mount Calvary, and consider what Christ suffered for you, innocent as he was. This consideration will enable you to say in the event, that your sufferings lasted only for a moment.'

Idem.

:

For thee thy God assum'd the human frame;
For thee the guiltless pains and anguish tried ;
Thy passions (sin excepted) his became :
Like thee he sufferd, hunger'd, wept, and died.
Nor wealth nor plenty did he ever taste,
The moss his pillow, oft his couch the ground !
The poor man's bread completed his repast ;
Home he had none, and quiet never found,
For fell reproach pursued, and aim'd the wound:
The wise men mock'd him, and the learned scorn'd;
The' ambitious worldling other patrons tried ;
The power that judgʻd him every foe suborn'd;
He wept unpitied, and unhonour'd died.
For ever mournful, but for ever dear;
O love stupendous! glorious degradation !
No death of sickness, with a common tear ;-
No soft extinction claims our sorrows here;
But anguish, shame, and agonizing passion!
The riches of the world, and worldly praise,
No monument of gratitude can prove ;
Obedience only the great debt repays,
An imitative heart and undivided love!

To see the image of the All-glorious Pow'r
Suspend his immortality, and dwell
In mortal bondage, tortur'd every hour :
A self-made prisoner in a dolesome cell,
Victim for sin, and conqueror of bell !*

Nolo vivere sine vulnere, cum to videam vulneratum.

Bonavent. To know God, without knowing our misery, creates pride: to know misery, without knowing Christ, causes despondence.'

St. Augustin.

Lustration for offences not his own!
The’unspotted for the’ impure resign’d his breath ;
No other offering could thy crimes atone :-
Then blame thy Saviour's love, but not his death.

From this one prospect draw thy sole relief,
Here learn submission, passive duties learn ;
Here drink the calm oblivior of thy grief:
Eschew each danger, every good discern,
And the true wages of thy virtue earn.
Reflect, О man, on such stupendous love,
Such sympathy divine, and tender care ;*
Beseech the Paracletet thine heart to move,
And offer up to Heaven this silent pray’r.--,

*

Great God, thy judgments are with justice

crown'd, To human crimes and errors gracious still ; Yet, though thy mercies more and more abound, Right reason spares not fresh-existing ill ; Nor can thy goodness counterwork thy will. Ah, no! the gloom of sin so dreadful shows, That horror, guilt, and death, the conscience fill. Eternal laws our happiness oppose: Thy nature and our lives are everlasting foes !

** They make a free-will offering to God, who, in the midst of their sufferings, preserve their gratitude and acknowledgments.'

Cassian. + God's Holy Spirit wo eth in the following manner in his rational children. It instructs, moves, and admonishes: as for example, it instructs the reason, moves the will, and admonishes the memory

St. Gregor. in Moral. #Translaied from the famous French ode of M. de Barreaux : • Grand Dieu! Tes jugemens sont remplis d'équité,' &e.

* Severe thy truth, yet glorious is thy scheme;
Complete the vengeance of thy just desire :
See from our eyes the gushing torrents stream,
Yet strike us, blast us with celestial fire ;
Our doom, and thy decrees, alike conspire.
Yet, dying, we will love thee and adore :
Where shall the flaming flashes of thy ire
Transpierce our bodies ? every nerve and pore
With Christ's immaculate blood is cover'd o’er

and o'er.'

:

• When we praise God, we may speak much, and

yet come short: wherefore in sum, He is all! When you glorify him, exalt him as much as you can: for even yet he will far exceed. And when you exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary: for you can never go far enough.'

Ecclus. xliii. 27-30.

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END OF VOL. XXIX.

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