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St. Matth. Ch. XXIV. Ver. 3, to 30.
3. As he sat upon the mount of Olives, the discia ples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, wher mall these things be ? and what shall be the fign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, &c.
30. Then Jhall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then foall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they foall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory,
XLVIII. The Parable of the wise and foolish Virgins.
EN Virgins fair one Roof did entertain,
One Half were Wife,the other Fond and Vain: All went to meet the Bridegroom and the Bride, The Wise their Golden Lamps with Oylsupply'd:
Th’Imprudent, careless, tho’their Lamps were dry, Twas Time enough they thought Recruits to buy: Bur while the Bridegroom on the Road did stay, Tir'd with their journey and his long Delay, Inglorious Sleep did all the Ten surprise, And heavy leaden Slumbers feald their Eyes; When loe å Mid-night Cry--- The Bridegrcom's
near, He comes, he comes, his Harbingers are here: In haste they rose, their Lamps they all prepare, Those of the Wise shone sparkling, bright and fair. The Foolish wou'd have borrow'd of the Wife, But ask in vain, their Oyl wou'd but suffice: Arrives the Bridegroom while they went for more, His ready Guests receives, and shuts the Door; The other came at length, but came too late, And mourn in mid-night Shades their own unhappy Fare.
St. Matth. Chap. XXV. Ver. I,
1 Then all the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps; and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2. And five of them were wife, and five were foolish.
3. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oyl with them :
4. But the wise took oyl in their vessels with their lamps, &c.
The Talents entrusted with the faithful
and Nothful Servants. A Lord e're he to diftant Regions goes,
Among his Servants wou'd his Goods dispose; Five Talents one, the second two receives, A single Talent to the last he gives. The Two, so well in Trade the Stock he lent Improv'd, they gaind their Master Cent. per Cent. The Third with lazy Stubborness and Pride, His useless Talent in the Ground did hide: The Lord return'd, and strict Enquiry made, What each had gain d by Barter and by Trade : The faithful Servants who improv'd their Store, He praises, honours, and intrufts with more; Bur bids the barren Talent take agen, And give to him who rais'd his Five to Ten. Th' ungrateful unimproving Servant's thrown In Dungeons deep, where light and Joy's un
known; Where solid Wo and Death and Darkness reign, And Wretches gnash their Teeth and goaw rheir Tongues for pain.
XLIX. SE. MATTH Chap. XXV. Ver. 15,
15. To one he gave five talents, to another in, and to anotber one, to every one according to his abitity, and straitway took his journcy.
16. Then be that had received the five talents, ment and traded with she same, and made them, other five talents.
19. And likewise be that bad received tpoo, he also gained other two.
18. But he that had received one, went and dige 924 in the earth, and kid his lord's money,