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Ver. Then furely mortals, feiz'd with fright
The glorious and tremenduous fight
23 For, touching the almighty God
is his high abode,
And fearches here we find
His judgments are fo juft and wife,
That no debater must decry
Is fov'reign Lord and Judge fupreme,
This fhould inftruct us not to fpurn,
This to right reafon fhould restore,
Mild mercy meets with juftice ftrict
In ftanding to his laws;
He therefore wills not to afflict,
Nor ftrikes without a caufe.
Ver. Men fear his name in Chrift for this,
But rebels, that reject the blifs,
God favours humble hearts and wills,
And in his fight wife men are fools,
God's Words unto JOB, bis challenging bim.
*ALL nature felt a frightful fhock,
When from the rolling cloud,
To trembling Job th' Almighty spoke
2 Who's this prefumptuous mortal bold,
If thou pretend'ft to quarrel me,
For ought that I have done,
I'm now come at demands of thine,
I'll now thy fkill and wifdom found,
Queft. 1. Conerning the Foundation of the Earth.
HEN I the earth's foundation laid,
Or didft thou contribute thine aid,
Ver. Whence did I, when the world I made,
When nothing I but nothing had
My hand, without thy help, could frame
And can't my fkill govern the fame
5 If thou haft knowledge, tell what pow'r
To dig the mafs of folid ftore,
Out of an empty void?
Tell how the globe was modell'd fine,
And by what measure, fquare, and line,
Declare on what foundation fure,
That mov'd the fabric cannot be
Without a miracle.
When earth was form'd at my command,
Which formlefs was and void,
Know'st thou how heav'n, in confort grand,
This dawn of time employ'd?
When all th' angelic armies bright,
The hofts of race divine,
Whose beamy heads, in fparkling light,
The morning flars out-fhine;
Thefe firfl-born fons of God renown'd,
My works on earth, till heav'ns around
Queft. 2. About the limiting of the Sea.
Ver. WHO did with rocks, like bolted doors,
Shut up the raging main,
With fandy banks, as fett'ring pow'rs,
The furious billows chain?
Did rend and ope her teeming womb,
9 O'er which my clouds I like a vest,
And fwaddling bands, of thicken'd mist,
10 I form'd a gulph within the land,
The wat'ry troops at my command,
They march'd with all obfequious haste,
And found their prifon chambers fast,
11 Then faid I to the raging fea,
Behold the frontiers I decree,
Thy billows fierce to bound.
Queft. 3. Concerning the Springs of the Morning.
Y whofe appointment does the fun
Tell; does he by thy orders run,
Ver. By whofe contrivance, so exact,
Springs up the shining light,
13 With wings fo fpeedy did thy care
That it through deeps immenfe of air,
And that it might with luftre gild
15 Light which by minds, where virtue dwells, Is peaceably enjoy'd ;
But which obnoxious criminals
With panic fear avoid :
For, if detected by its beams,
The guilty wretches know,
They muft the death their confcience deems
They merit, undergo.
With lifted arms 'gainst Heav'n they fought,
But thence the rays on wing
Pursue the rebels clofe, till brought
Whence come thefe meffengers of light,
To chafe the wicked crew,
And chain them faft with fear and fright,
• Put for early.