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LVIII. St. Mark Chap. I. Ver. 16, to 20.

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16. As Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, he fan Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea : (for they were fishers)

17. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye, &c.

19. And when he had gone a little further thence, he Samo James the son of Żebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

20. And straitway be called them and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the bired servants, and went after him.

LIX.

The Parable of the Sower, and its

Explanation.
OUR Lord in Parables his Law reveals

To docil minds, which juftly he conceals
From those with Pride and Stubborness possest
And feal'd for Death; in this among the rest

A Sower went his fertile Glebe to sow, And precious Seed with Care did round him

throw : Some fell upon th' uncultivated Way, To rav’nous hov'ring Fowls a speedy Prey : Some fell on shallow Earth, and stony Ground, But wither'd soon, no Depth of Root it found; Others with churlinh ,Thorns was choak'dand loft, Nor pay'd the lab’ring Hind his Pains and Coft: Some, tho' alas too little, prosper'd well, For on prepar'd and grateful Ground it fell. The Seeds, the Word, the Fowls, the watchful

Fiend With his black rav'nous Train, who strait descend And all devour: Whar falls on Stones, are those Who leave the Gospel if the World oppose : Riches and Cares the Thorns that choak the Field: Thofe. on good Ground, who hear, and Fruit with Patience yield.

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LXI.
St. MARK Chap. IV. Ver. 3, co 8.

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3. Behold, there went out a fower to tomo :
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And it came to pass as be sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

5. And some fell on Stony ground, where it had not much earth, &c.

7. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choaked it, and it yielded no fruit,

8. And other fell on good ground and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased,

LX.

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LX.

Parables of the hidden Candle, the Huf

bandman, and the Mustard-seed. TO what's the heav'nly Kingdom like, or where

Can ought be found we may therewith com

pare?

---'Tis like a painful Husbandman, which goes
And choicest Seed in well-laid Furrows fows;
Nor does the Crop deceive his careful Plough,
But springs with secret Growth, he knows not how.
Yer when the Harvest's ripe, he sends and shears,
And lays it up for barren fruitful Years.

'Tis like a Grain of Mustard-feed; when sown How small ? But when 'cis burgeon'd, and 'tiş

grown, It foon of all its fellow-Trecs takes place, And stands the Giant of the shrubby Race.

Under a Bed if you a Lamp reftrain,
It blazes to it self, and wasts in vain.
Your Light before the wond'ring World must

Thine,
So clear and wide that all

may own you mine

; Around the House project a borrow'd Day, And chase the gloomy Night, and sullen fhades

away.

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LX. St. Mark Chap. IV. Ver. 21, to 33.

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21. Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? &c.

26. The kingdom of God is, as if a man foould Gast seed into the ground,

27. And should seep, and rise night and day, and the seed should Spring and grow up, he knoweth not how, &c.

31. The kingdom of God is like a grain of muStard-feed, which when it is foron in the earth, is less than all the feeds that be in the earth.

32. But when it is foron, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, &c.

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