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He will, with his omniscient eye,
Elijah conies, the morning star,
Yet e'er the ancient books you leave, This truth in all your hearts receive, — That all the saints unite with care To prove the omnipotence of Pnayer. Search through the annals of mankind, One solitary instance find; Prove that you know one prayer preferr'd In faith by man, by God not heard; Then boldly venture, if you dare, No more to lift your heart in prayer. Till then, pray on; 'twill clear your way: Chiefly for God's own Spirit pray: There we shall find, if there we seek, Wealth for the poor, strength for the weak;
Soundness for sickness, life for death,
PART THE THIRD.
This dispensation, clear and bright,
Matthew and Mark divinely treat
Matthew by no vain hope enticed,
Mark, next among the historic saints,
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Sudden he cries, by passion driven,
"Make thy demand — it shall be given."
Fearless she ask'd the Baptist's head,
The king was griev'd, the king obey'd:
O fruitless sorrow, vainly spent,
To mourn the crime he might prevent!
If sinful such a vow to make,
More sin to keep it than to break.
To death he doom'd the saint he lov'd;
Condemn'd the preacher he approv'd;
And she whose softness charm'd before,
Herself the bleeding victim bore.
What wonder if the king amaz'd,
Should dread in Christ that John was rais'd?
See Luke the glorious scene record
Luke more Christ's miracles records,
* Peter, James, and John. t Jesus, Motes, and Elias.