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XV: The ftrait and narrow, with the broad

and wide Way.

TWO Paths there are thro' which all Mor=

tals go,

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This leads to Bliss, and that to endless Wo;
The Way that leads to Misery is broad,
A smooth, a pleasing, and a flowry Road:
With Company 'tis crowded every where,
The Rich, the Gay, the Witty, and the Fair.
Ah fondly-blinded, whither will they run!
Why in such headlong-hafte to be undone !
See, how they press Death's ample Gares to win
How heedless of the Flames that glare within!

There is another unfrequented Way,
Leads to the Confines of Eternal Day;
Thorny and strait, yet as thou farther go,
Twill ftill more easy, tnore delightful grow :
To pass this narrow Gate no Labour spare,
For Heav'n and Holy Souls, and God hitiself is

there.

XV.

St. MATTH. Chap. VII, Vei. 13,14.

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::: ) ( *3. Enter die ir at she ftrait gate ; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leaderb to deftru&tion, and many there be which go in there

14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is sbe way wbich leadeth unto life, and few shere be thai find it.

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xvi. The Wife and the Foolish Builders. WHO hears attentive and my Word obeys,

He's like the Man that firm Foundations lays On a strong Rock, whose Building storms defies, Tho' Rain descends, and angry Billows rise, But who at Wisdom's sacred Gates appears, And hears the Word of Life, but only hears, Shall ro that foolish Builder be compar'd, Who with vast Cost, a stately Palace rear'd. Fair to the Sight, and towring to the Sky, But on loose Sands its faithless Walls rely. See how the Heav'ns with Clouds and Tempests

frown ! What Cataracts of Rain come pouring down! How fell the muftring Waves! how lilgh they

flow, And fap the false Foundations from below;

Till with a Crack the Walls come tumbling.o're, And spread the faithless Sands whereon they stood

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XVI. St. MATTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 24,25,

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24. I will liken him unto a wife man, whicho built his house upon a rock.

25. And the rain descended, &c.

26. And every one that heareth shefe Sayings of mine, and doth them not, fall be likened to a foolijo man, which built his house upon the sand :

27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house : and is fell, and great was the fall of it.

XVII.

Christ cleanses the Leper.

From
Rom the green Hill descending, compass'd

round With wondring Crowds, a Leprous Wretch he

found
All crusted o're with Ulcers, on the Ground :
With Eyes dejected, scarcely rais'd his Head,
And Voice submiss, he to our Saviour faid.

O! if a Wretch like me may sue and speed,
( Tho' none than me had ever greater need.)
Since, Lord! to Will and Do's the same with Thee,
Regard my Pray’r, and heal my Leprofie:
Our Saviour with mild Pity in his Eyes,
Unto the Miserable thus replies :
Thy Faith hash conquer'd, and thy Grant is feald,
I Firm thy pious Pray'r. Be cleans'd and heald!
His pow'rful Word and Touch to Health restore,
His Flesh return'd as firm and beauteous as before.

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