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LXXXIII.

St. Lyk e Chap. VII. Ver. 37, 38, 39.

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376 Behold, a wom.in in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus fat at meat in the Phan risee's house, brought an alabaster-box of ointment.

38. And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of ber head, and kiled his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him, saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This m.in, if be were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him : for me is a sinner.

LXXXIV The Patient bearing of the Cross enjoyn'd

to the Disciples. OUR Lord his Pasion to the Twelve declares,

And thus against approaching Ills prepares. ---No golden Dreams of Pleasure entertain, Vain Fantoms all, your flatt'ring Hopes are vain.

If you'd my Crown, you must my Suff'rings share, Who wou'd come after me his Cross muft bear; Altho' a Ihameful'tis, and pond'rous Load, And mark with Tracks of Blood the thorny Road, Who e're his Master thus to own denies, Who e're inglorious from the Combat flies; Him will I justly at the last great Day Renounce, and send to endless Flames away: But him who boldly ine confesses here When in my Father's Glory I appear, Thron'd on his blissful Side the Angels near, Him there I'll own, my faithful Friends confess’d, Before th' unnumber'd Hofts, and Myriads of the

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LXXXIV.
St. Luke Chap. IX. Ver. 23, to 26.

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23. If any man will come after me, let him deny kimself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.

24. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it : but whosoever will lose his life for my fake, the same Mall save it.

25. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26. For whosoever pall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him Mall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory and in his Father's, and of the holy angels,

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LXXXV.

The Traveller falling among Thieves. A Caprious Lawyer tempts our Lord in vain,

And asks the way eternal Bliss to gain. What does the facred Page you teach con

tain, Returns our Lord ? To whom he thus rejoynd, We there are taught with Heart, and Soul, and

Mind, With utmost Strength and Thoughts, united.

Pow'r, To love th' All-High, whom Earth and Heav'n

adore, Our Neighbour as ourself, there needs no more. Our Lord again replies ; observe but this, Thou canst not fail of everlasting Bliss. He questions itill--- but who my Neighbour is? When Jesus thus, a Trav'ler once went down To Jericho, from Salem's sacred Town: A hollow Vale between two Thickers lay, Where ruthless Men, the fiercest Beasts of Prey In Covert lurk’d, him there they seiz'd and bound, And rifling left with many a ghastly Wound, (For small their Booty was) expiring on the

thes Ground.

LXXXV.

St. Luke Chap. X. Ver. 25, to 30.

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25. A lawer stood up, and tempted him saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life, &c.

29. But he willing to justific himself, said unto Fcfus, And who is my neighbour ?

30. And Jesus answering, Jaid, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving bim balfdead.

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