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How narrowly my feet escap'd
The snares of death and hell.
Assail'd my foolish heart,
Guided the pois’nous dart.
But fell to rise again ;
And pleasure sprung from pain.
Oppress'd my gloomy mind;
But no relief could find.
He heard my plantive sigh ;
Salvation from on high. .
My bleeding wounds he heal’d;
The gracious pardon seal’d.
The mercy of my God;
His loudest praise abroad.
The triumphs of the Cross. No more, dear Saviour! will I boast Of beauty, wealth, or loud applause: The world hath all its glories lost, Amid the triumphs of thy cross. . In every feature of thy face, Beauty her fairest charms displays; Truth, wisdom, majesty, and grace, Shine thence in sweetly-mingled rays. Thy wealth the power of thought transcends, 'Tis vast, immense, and all divine: Thy empire, Lord! o'er worlds extends; The sun, the moon, the stars are thine.
Yet, (O how marvellous the sight!)
My flesh is meat indeed, John vi. 53–55, HERE at thy table, Lord! we meet
To feed on food divine: Thy body is the bread we eat,
Thy precious blood the winę, He that prepares the rich repast,
Himself comes down and dies;
Upon the sacrifice..
Upon the shameful cross,
These heart-reviving joys.
Becomes the finest bread;
Our noblest hopes are fed.
In purple torrents ran,
That cheers both God and man.
Dear Saviour! so divine !
CHURCH AND CONGREGATION,
LITTLE WILD STREET,
LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS.
MY DEAR FRIENDS, As my view in discoursing of The Divine Authority and Various Use of the Holy Scriptures, is not polemical but practical, you will not expect in the following Sermons a particular investigation of these important subjects :-subjects which have been largely and ably discussed by many excellent writers. All I mean is, to bring the general ideas into a narrow compass, and to place them in a plain and easy light.
In the three first Sermons are stated the general grounds on which the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are held to be divine. In the fourth are pointed out the uses to which they are to be applied. In the fifth a general view is taken of the most material objections of unbelievers. This is followed, in the sixth, with other deductions of a practical kind from the facts before stated and proved. And in the two last Sermons is shewn at large the duty which Christians owe to the Holy Scriptures.
My aim in discoursing of this subject, and throwing it into the form just described, is—to engage the serious and cordial attention of all to this Sacred Book-to impress on their minds the most awful and venerable ideas of the blessed God, with whose finger it was written, and thereby prevent their treating
it as a mere human composure-to convince them that this is the only infallible test by which every question in religion is to be tried to represent the reasonableness and importance of preserving sacred the right of private judgment—to assist the impartial enquirer in his endeavours to come at the true meaning of Scripture—and, above all, to fix on the heart, with the blessing of God, a deep sense of the infinite utility and indispensable importance of entering into the spirit of those divine truths it reveals.
If these ends should in any degree be attained by these plain Sermons, my heart will rejoice; and I have no doubt but you, my Friends, to whose candour and affection, for a long course of years, I owe so many obligations, will cordially unite with me in praise to Him, on whose influence and grace the success of our mutual endeavours for promoting real religion and saving the immortal souls of men, entirely depends.
I am, my dear Friends,
The Canon of Scripture ascertained.
The Nature of Divine Inspiration considered.
The Scriptures proved to be divinely inspired.
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