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From Florence, filks; from Spain, fruit, falfron, Cacks; 3
From Denmark, amber, cordage, firs, and fax;
From Holland, hops; horfe, from the banks of Rhine;
From France, and Italy, the choiceft wine.
From England, wool; all lands as God diftributes,
To the world's treasure pay their fuadig tributes.

APPLICATION Thus hath God diftributed the more rich and precious gifts and graces of his Spirit among his people: fome excelliog in one grace, fome in another, though every grace, in some degree, be in them all ; even as io nature, though there be all the facul. ties in all, yet some faculties are id fome more lively and vigo rous than in others; some have a more vigorons eye, others a inore ready eat, others a more voluble roogue ; fo it is in fpirituals. Abraham excelled in faith, Job in patience, Joho in love. These were their peculiar excelleoçies. All the elect vessels are got of one quadrity; yet even thofe that excel others in some particular grace, come fort in other respects of thofe they to excelled in the former, and may be much improved by converse with such as in some respects are much below then. The folid, wife, and judicious Christian' may waạt that liveli. pels of affections, and tenderness of heart, that appears in the weak; and one that excels ia gifts and atterance, may learn humility from the very babes in Christ.

And one principal reason of this differcot distribution is to Maiotaip fellowship among them all, 1 Cor. xii. 21. " The head “ cappot say to the feet, I have no need of you." As in a fapily where there is much bufiacls to be done, even the little children bear a part, accordiog to their freagth, Jer. vii. 18, " The children gather wood, the fathers kiodle the fire, the « women knead the dough.” So in the family of Christ, the weakest Christian is forviceable to the strong.

There be precious treasures in these earthen vefsels, for which we should trade by motúal communion. The preciousness of the treasure, should draw out our defires and endeavours after it; and the confideration of the brittleners of thofe vessels in which they are kept, should caufe us to be the more expeditious

o our trading with them, and make the quicker returns. For when those vesels (I mean bodies of the läiots), are broken by death, there is no more to be gotten out of them. That trea. fure of grace, which 'made them such profitable, pleasaøt, and desirable companions on earth, then ascends with them into heavey, where every gợace receives its adolescence and perfection:

and then, though they be ten thoutand times more excellent and delightful than ever they were on earth, yet we can have og more communion with them, till we come to glory ourselves. Now therefore it behoves us to be carichiog ourselves by communication of what God hath dropt into us, and improvemene of them, as ope well notes *. We fhould do by faiars, as we use to do by some choice book lent us for a few days, we could fix in our memories, or transcribe all the choice potions we meet with in it, that they may be our own when the book is called for, and we can have it no longer by as.

Lord, low, short do I come of my duty in communicating to

1 or receiving good by others ! My soul is either empty and bart ren, or if there be any treature in it, yet iç is but as a treasure locked up in some chelt, whose key is loft, when it should be opened for the ole of others. Ab Lord! I have food greatlya not only by vain words, but fioful filence. I have been of little afe in the world.

How little also have I gatten by communion with others ? Some, it may be, that are of my own lize, or judgment, or that I am otherwise obliged to, i cap delight to converle with: but, O, where is that largeness of heart, and general delight I should have to, and in all way people? How many of my old dear ac. quaintance are now jo heaven, whose tongues were as choice ft., ver, while they were here, Prov. X. 20. And blessed souls! how communicatiye were they of what thou gavelt ihem? O what an improvement had I made of my talent this way, bad I beca diligent ! Lord pardon my aeglect of those tweet and bleed advantages. Q let all my delight be in thy faints, who are the excellent of the earth. Let me pever go out of their company, without ao heart more warmed, quickened, and enlarged, than when I came among them.

The POE M.

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Tineral nations. God doth fo distribute

His bounty, that cach one must pay a tribute
Unto each other Europe cannot vaunt,
And say, Of Africa I have do want.
America and Asia Deed not Prive,
Which of itfelt can beft fub lift and live.
Each couo try's want, io something, doth maintain
Commerce betwixt them all. Such is the aim

Mr. Gurnal.

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And end of God, who doth difpenfe and give
More grace to some, their brethrea to relieve.
This makes the suo ten thousand times more bright,
Because it is diffusive of its light;
ks beams are gilded gloriously; but then
This property doth gidd them o'er again.
Should fun, moon, kars, impropriate all their light,
What dismal darkaess would the world benight?
Do this account men hate the vermio brood,
Because they take in much, but do oo good,
What harm, if I at yours my candle light?
Except thereby I make your room more bright.
He that, by pumping, fucks and draws the spring,
New streams, and sweeter, to the well doth bring.
Grace is a treasure jo an earthed pot;
When death hath dasht it, no more can be got
Out of that vessel : then, while it is whole,
Get out the treasure to enrich your soul. .


с к л Р. XI.
The rocks abide, though seas against them rage :
Se ball the church, which is God's heritage.

THE rocks,

though situate in the boisterous and tempeftaous ocean, yet abide firm and immovable from age to age. The impetuous waves dash against them with great violence, but cannot remove them out of their place. And although some times they wash over them, and make them to disappear, yet there they remain fixed and impregnable.

APPLICATION This is a lively emblem of the condition of the church, a. midst all dangers and oppositions wherewith it is encountered and assaulted in this world. These metaphorical waves roar and beat with violence against it, but with as little success as the sea agaiost the rocks, Matth. xvi. 18. “Upon this rock will I build " my church, and the gates] of hell shall not prevail against “ it.” The gates of hell, are the power and policy of hell ; for it is conceived to be an allusive speech to the gates of the Jews, whereio their ammunition for war was lodged, which also were the feats of judicature, there fat the judges; but yet these gates of hell shall abt prevail. Nay, this rock is not only ia. vincible, in the midst of their violence, but also breaks all that dala against it, Zech. xii. 3. “ In that day I will make Jerula.

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« lem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burdeo them “ felves with it, shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of " the earth be gathered together agaiost it." An allufion te one that effays to roul fome great stone against the hill, which at last returns upon him, and crushes him to pieces.

And the reafon why it is thus firm and impregnable, is not from itself; for alas, lo considered, it is weak, and obnoxious to roio; but from the almighty power of God, which guards and preserves it day and night, Palm xlvi 5, 6. “ God is in the * midit of her, The Shall not be moved: God fhall help her, " and that right early." Vatab. Dum afpicit mone. Wheo the morning appears. Which potes (faith Calvin) God's afliduous and constant help and fuccour, which is extended in all dangers, as copstaotly as the sun arises. And this affiduous faccour to his people, and their great fecurity thereby, is set forth in the Scriptures by a pleasant variety of metaphors and emblems, Zech. ii. 5.“ 1, faith the Lord, will be a wall of fire round a

I “ bout it,” Some think this phrase alludes to the cherubims, that kept the way of the tree of life with flaming Swords : others, to the fiery chariots round about Dathan, where Elifha was; but most think it to be an allusion to an aptieat custom of travellers in the delarts; who, to prevent the assaults of wild beasts in the night, made a circular fire rouod about thein, which was as a wall to them. Thus will God be to his people a wall of fire, which none can scale. So Exod. ix. 3, 4, 5. We have an excelleot emblem of the church's low and dangerous condition, and admirable prefervation. You have here both a marvel and a mystery. The marvel was to fee a bush all on fire, and get aot coolamed. The myftery is this, the bush represented the fad condition of the church in Egypt; the fire flaming upon it, the grievous afflictions, troubles, and bondage it was in there; the remaining of the bosh unconsumed, the Arange and admi. rable preservation of the church in those troubles. It lived there as the three poble Jews, untouched in the might of a burging fiery furuace: and the angel of the Lord, in a flame of fire, in the midft of the bụfh, was nothing else but the Lord Jesus Chrift, powerfully aod graciously present with his people, amidst all their dangers and sufferings. The Lord is exceeding tender over them, and jealous for them, as that expression imports, Zech. ii. 8. “ He that coucheth you, toucheth the apple of • mine ege." He that ftrikes at them, strikes at the face of God; and at the moft excellent part of the face, the eye, and at the most tender and precious part of the eye, che apple of the eye. And yet, as a learned modern observes, this peo




ple, of whom he uses this tender and dear expression, sitere none of the best of Ifrael ocither ; but the residue that staid behind in Babylon, when their brethren were gone to rebuild the temple, and yet over thels, he is as tender as a pan is ovet

his eye.

REFLECTION. And is the security of the church so great! and its preserva: tion fo admirable, amidst all forms and tempefts ! tbon why art thou fo prone and fubject to defpond, o my fool, in the day of Sion's trouble? Sen Gble thon waft, and oughteft to be; but Do reason to hang down the head through discouragement; much tefs to forfake Zion in ner uittreis, for fear of being ruiaed with her.

What David fpake to Abiathar, 1 Sam. xxii. 13. that may Zion speak to all her fons and daughters in all their diftreffes : * Though he that feeketh thy life, feeketh mine alfo; yet with

me fhalt thou be in safeguard.” God hath entailed great falvation and deliverances upon Zion; and blessed are all her friends and favourers; the Rock of Ages is its defence. Feat not, therefore, O my foul, though the hills be retnoved out of their place, and caft into the midft of the sea. O let my faith triumph, and my heart rejoice upon this grouod of comfort. I see the same rocks ' now, and in the fame place and condition they were many years ago. Though they have endured many

. forms, yet there they abide; and fo fhall Zion, when the proud waves have fpeat their fury and rage against it.

The POE M..
Efopotamia, fituate in the seas,

May represent the church ; or, if you please,
A rock, o'er which the waves do wash aød fwell,
May figure it ; chufe either, which you will.
Wiads strive upon thofe feas, and make a poike,
The lofty waves fometimes lift up their voice,
And, swelling high successively, do beat
Wirb violence against it, then retreat.
They break themselves, but it abides their fhock;
Mad when their rage is fpeat, there staods the rock.
Then they are out, that do affirm and vote,
Peace, pomp, and fplendor, is the church's note:
And they deserve no lefs reproof, that are
In Zion's troubles ready to defpair.
This rock amidit far ftronger rocks doth lie,
Which-are-its-fence; fo deep, fo thick, fo high,



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