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X L.

The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard.

Careful I andlord did the Sun prevent, A His Bufinefs call'd, he to the Market went; And there for painful Labourers enquir'd, Whom he to work in his fair Vineyard hir'd ; Their Wages fix'd, his Care he twice repeats, With others on the fame Conditions treats.

'I'was now the Hour when the declining Sun Almoft the Western Goal of Heav'n had won: Again the Lord did to the Streets repair, And others found, remifs, and idling there; Difpleas'd he ask'd 'em-- Why fo long they stay, And waste in thriftlefs Idleness, the Day? That none had hir'd 'em, they for answer give; Go work, he faid, and what is Juft, receive. At Night his Steward call'd, the Workmen paid, And first and laft their Wages equal made: Those murmur who began at carly Morn, And all the Sun and scorching Heat had born. My Friends, you are not wrong'd, the Lord replies, Why thou'd you then behold with envious Eyes, Another's Gocd? and why, without Offence May I not, as I please, my own difpense? But there are Laft who fall the First appear, And oft the foremoft Ranks come lateft in the Rear.

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X L.

St. MATTH. Chap. XX. Ver. 1,2,3,4.

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1. The kingdom of heaven is like into a man that is an houfholder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

2. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a peny a day, be fent them into his vineyard.

3. And he went out about the third hour, and faw others ftanding idle in the market-place.

4. And faid unto them, Go ye alfo into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you.

XLI.

Humility recommended on occafion of the Request of the Zebedees Mother.

THE Mother of the Zebedean Pair

Embrac'd ourSaviour's Fect,and proftrate there, Unless he'd grant her Boon, refus'd to rife; He bids her name it, the again replies, That these my Sons, who with thee first embrac'd Thy Law, may next thee on thy Throne be plac'd. Returns our Lord--- You know not what you do, How dear an Honour 'tis, for which you fue. And can you then a Fate like mine fuftain, Share in my Suff'rings as you'd fhare my Reign? We can, they answer; and you shall, says he, But for the other, 'tis not lodg'd in me; That Honour muft alone by those be fhar'd, For whom by my Great Father 'tis prepar'd. The Twelve were at th' ambitious Suit enrag'd, Until their Anger thus our Lord affwag'd: The World and you a different Course must fteer, He must be leaft, who wou'd be greatest here: The Son of Man expects not Pomp or Fame, In a mean Servant's humble Form he came; His Life a Random for Mankind to give, That fav'd from Death and Hell, they might for a ever live.

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XLI.

St. MATTH. Chap. XX. Ver. 26, to 28.

20. Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her fons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him, &c.

26. Whofoever will be great among you, let him be your minifter.

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27. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your fervant.

28. Even as the Son of man came not to be miniftred unto, but to minifter, and to give his life a ranfem for many.

XLII.

Christ's entry into Jerufalem; the Ho Sanna's of the People.

ON a mean Afs to Town our Saviour came,
Yet loud Hofanna's his approach proclaim:
The Palms fair Branches in his Road they lay,
And with their Garments spread the crowded way:
Before, behind, unnumber'd thousands press,
And with glad Hymns the Son of David bless:
Thus came those facred Oracles to pass,
Which in a Vifion's intellectual Glafs :
Ten Ages fince by Angels shown to thee
Great Iddo's Son, illuftrious Zacharie !
Who thus O Sion's Daughter! do not fear!
Behold thy King! Behold thy Saviour near!
By no triumphant Chariot is he born,
No Horfe, whom rich Caparisons adorn :
A humble Affes tender Fole must bring,
The Saviour of the World, fair Salem's peaceful
King,

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