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Children call d, And Meekness recommended.

A Mbition now the chosen Twelve divides,

Which shou'd be first, which thus our Lord decides:

A little Child he to himself did call,

And sets him in the midst amongst 'em all -3

Then thus (when him he in his Arms had plac'd,

And with another's Tenderness embiac'd.)

Jf you'd be great, hence your Example take,

This Innocence you must your Pattern make.

If you the heav'nly Kingdom hope to gain,

And with me in my Father's Glory reign;

Let fond Ambition pass, be meek and mild,

And teachable, and humble like this Child.

Wo to the wretch who one of these offends,

How just, how dire a Fate his Crimes attends!

Far better for him that he found a Grave,

A thousand Fathom deep beneath the briny Wave.

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2. Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye he converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4. iVbosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the fame is greatest in the king


The King who took account of his Servants.

]^ King there was, whom, tho' both Wife and Greac,

His faithless Servants long conspire! to cheat;

Tho' long they reigo'd, discovered ac the last,'

He asks a strict Account of all that's past ;'

And with the greatest Villain first begun,'

Who twice five thousand Talents had out-rtai:

Insolvent found he bids 'em take away,

And sell the Wretch, the vast Account to pay;

Low at his Feet the Hypocrite did fall,

Have Patience with me, and I'll pay thee all

Mov'd with Compassion, him his Lord forgave

And from his justly threatens Fates did save -'

What yet remained, advise! him to improve'

As he'd regain his Confidence and Love

OVe-py'd and free he from his presence went,

Bo*d low, and promise! fair, bur no Perfor


St. M A T T H. Chap. XVIII. Ver. x3,

to 17.


23. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king which would take account of his servants.

24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which ought him ten thousand talents.

25. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be fold., and his wife and chilhen, and nil that he had, and payment to be made, &c.


The crttcl Fellow-servant deliver'd t$

'T'OO soon did he his Fellow-servant find,

From whom, as chanc'd, a trifling Sum behind,

An hundred Pence was on Account unpaid;

Throttling he seiz'd, and did the Wretch upbraid;

Who clasp'd his Feet, his Patience did implore,

And us'd the Plea, the other did before;

But us'd in vain, it now could find no Room,

A loathsom Goal his unrelenting Doom;

The rest commiserate his hapless Fate,

And to their Lord with speed the whole relate:

Enrag'd he did the Wretch remand in haste,

And thus th' irrevocable Sentence pass'd;

Cruel and Wicked! thy Request I heard,

And hadst thou no Compassion, no Regard

To other's Prayers! Hence, from my sight away,

In Dungeons mourn, till thou the Debt do pay.

Such Measure shall they from high Heav n receive,

Whose Hearts with Rancor fill'd, their Brother not forgive.

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