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CXLI.

The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch

by Philip

PHilip the Deacon by an Angel sent

For Gaza, and the Southern Desart went ;
An Ethiopian Eunuch there he spy'd,
Who did in his own stately Chariot ride :
Thither he draws, the sacred Spirit did lead,
And heard him thus in lofty Esay read.

As helpless Sheep when by the Shearer caught, “ As spotless Lambs when to the Altar brought ; “ Silent in all his Suff'rings he remaind, “ Nor murmur'd once,nor meanly once complain'd,

Of whom, says he, does Esay this relate, His own describes he, or another's Fate ?

Of7cfus only is the Scripture meant, The Holy Man replies ; then farther went, His heav'nly Doctrine did to him display, And teaches how to wash his Sins away : He hears attent, and what he hears believes, The Laver of Salvation him receives: Rapt in a Cloud the Saint from thence is born, The Convert does with Joy to his own Land re

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35. Philip preach'd unto him Fesus.

36. And as they went on their way, they came unta a certain water : and the cunuch said, See, bere is water

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what doth hinder me to be baptised? 37. And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine beart, thou mayejt. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38. And be commanded the chariot to stand still : and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch ; and be baptised him.

CXLII. The Conversion of Saul. NOthing but Blood did Saul, and Threatning

breath, And hald vaft Crowds to Prison and to Death: Nor with his native Country's Spoil content, The same his Bus'ness to Damascus went.

O're Libanus the Sun his Beams displaid, And neither way the Cedars shoot their Shade : When loe, a Light, which drown'd the Days, as far, As that a feeble Lamp, or twinkling Star, Blaz’d from Mid-Heav'n, th’intolerable Beams, Delug'd the Road with large etherial Streams Which whelm'd 'em all to earth, and in their Fall, A Voice like Thunder loud was heard by Saul Struck blind: Who art thou Lord ? he trembling

cry'd, And, " I am JESUS, the dread Voice reply'd, Whom thou dost persecute with furious Rage? 'Tis hard with mortal Arms, High Heav'n t'en

gage. Arise and to Damascus strait repair, What thou must do shall soon be told thee there: He went and was baptis’d, nor longer blind, A heav'nly Light refresh'd his Eyes and Mind: The more oppos’d, his Strength increas'd the more, He boldly taught that Name which he blasphem'd before,

CXLI.

Acts Chap. IX. Ver. 3, 4,5,6.

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3. As he journeyed, he came near Damascus : and suddenly there shiñed round about him a light from heaven,

4. And he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice Saying unto him, Saul, Saul, wly persecutest thou me?

5. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I'am Jesus whom thou persecutest : It is bard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6. And he trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ? And the Lord Jaid unto bim, Arife and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

CXLIII.

Cornelius his Vision; he sends for Peter.

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Brave Centurion, who did nought disgrace

His ancient Stem, and noble Roman Race ; At C.esarea in th' Italian Band, Did the Proconsul's faithful Guards command; A Soldier, yet devout, his Conscience clear, He fear'd th' All-High, tho' none but him cou'd

fear. With pious Pray’rs he daily pierc'd the Skies, And Alms, the most accepted Sacrifice: His Family, by his Example sway'd, Virtuous and Just the King of Heav'n obey'd; As in his Closer he devoutly pray'd, One of the Glorious heav'nly Hoft came down, And bids him send to Foppa's wealthy Town, For Galilean Simon, refug’d there, Who fou'd the perfect way to Bliss declare : He sent, and Simon by a vision warn'd, Immediate with his Messengers return'd; The Gospel preachd, which gladly wasteceiv'd, Cornelius with his House, and all his Friends be

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