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My vineyard in ny bosom set,

Has therein such a room,
A woman sooner can forget

The infant of her womb t.
Though nature should her frame desert,

And mothers monstres prove ;
Yet Zion dwells upon the heart

Of everlasting love.

Tbe CHURCH's Words.
-Tbou, O Solomon, muft bave a thousand; and those

that keep tbe fruit tbereof two bundred.
True, Lord; the vineyard is thine own,

The charge is chiefly thine ;
Yet under thee, thou hast made known,

The charge is also mine *
This vineyard of mine own, alas!

Of late I did neglect ;
But now I will the trust, through grace,

More carefully inspect.
My graces, talents, time, and all,

That I receive from thee,
To husband for thy service, shall

Be always in mine eye.
The fruits of gratitude I'll bring,

Which unto thee I owe :
The vineyard's revenue, O King;

Belongs to thee, I know.
To thee a thousand fold pertains ;

And when thou gett'st thy due,
Tó under-keepers, for their pains,

Two hundred shall accrue.
Though none that labour in tey name

Shall of thy praise partake :
Yet what respect is due to them

I'll render for thy fake. 4 Isaiah xlix. 15.

* The preceding part of this verse, though already explained, and applied to Christ; yet, being reckoned by some to be the churches words, are liere also resumed as hers.

CHRIST's Words. Verse 13. Tbou that dwellest in the gardens, the com

panions bearken to tby voice : cause me to bear it *.

O thou my bride, that lov'st to haunt

The gardens of my grace,
And folemn inns where ev'ry saint
Delights to see my face.

I'm pleas'd thou careful' keep for me

The orchards of iny love,
Until thy nobler niansion be

The Paradise above.
The faints, all thy companions dear,

To social worship bent,
Are glad thy graceful words to hear,

And to thy voice intent.
Take this occasion in thy walk

To cause me to be heard ;
Make me the subject of thy talk,

My name to be rever'd.
And while they to my voice give ear,

Cause me to hear it too,
By flying posts of frequent pray'r:

Full freedom I allow.
I'll joy how oft I hear from thee,

Until the parting skreen,
And range of hills, 'twixt thee and me,

No more shall interveen.

Tbe Churcu's IVords. Verse 14. Maké basie t, my Beloved, and be abou

like to a roe, or to a young bart, upon the mountains

of Spices.
'Ah, Lord! communion with thee now

Is sweet, but quickly o'er :
We must not part but with a view

To meet again in glore.

* Or, cause me to be beard.

+ Heb. Fly away.


Mean-time, let still fresh news from thee

(My soul from Noth to purge)
Effect thy hearing oft from me,

As thou art pleas’d to urge.
But, О make halte to bring me home,

To that delicious place,
Where fears and doubts can never come,

Nor clouds to vail thy face.
Fly like a youthful hart or roe,

On speedy wings of love :
I languish while I sin below,

And long to sing above.
'Tis good, indeed, to taste thy grace,

In gardens here below;
But better far to see thy face

Above, where spices flow.
These balmy heights thy glory fills,

Till the refreshing day;
But halie, my Love, upon the hills ;

Love cannot bear delay.
Thy second coming must be dear,

O my Belov'd, to me;
For, when thou malt with clouds appear,

I'll then be like to thee.
Thy foes that awful day may hate,

And view with fearful grudge ;
But, free of dread, I long, I wait;

My Love will be my Judge.
I ardent pant with restless eyes,

To see thee face to face ;
No less than glory can suffice

The appetite of grace.
My months are ages of delay,

Each minute slowly wears ;
Till thy swift chariot roll away

These rounds of tedious years.
No balsam can remede my fore,

Till Jelus, from on high;
Shall cleave the starry plains, and o'er
The crystal mountains fly.

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Roll days and years out of the way

Between my soul and thee
O halte the consummation-day;

Amen, so let it be

End of the PARAPHRASE on the Song of Solomon,



Book I. Consists of Old TESTAMENT Songs; or, Songs

on several Select Passages in the Old Testament.


Part I. Comprehends fourteen Poems upon fuch Passages of Scripture

as the Author has versified from Genesis to Job. Part II. Contains Job's Hymns; or, an hundred thort Poems, upon

the fame Number of select Parts and Passages of that Book. Part III. A New VERSION of the Song of Solomon, in eight

Chapters. Part IV. Contains twenty-one PoEm3, selected from Ecclefiaftes,

Ifaiab, and Jeremiab. Part V. A Short PARAPHRASE upon the Lamentations of Jeremiah,

in five Chapters. Part VI. Comprehends six Poems, selected from the Minor


Book II. Consists of New TESTAMENT SONGs; or, Songs on several Select Parts in the New Testament.


Part I., Containing seventeen Songs selected from the Four

Evangelists. Part II. Comprehends twenty-four Songs felccted out of the different

Apoflolical Epiftles. Part III. Consists of fixteen Songs extracted from the Book of

the Revelation.

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