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l8. B«? ?/><? same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which ought him an hundred since: and he laid hands on him, and tool^ him by the tlrroat, faying, Pay me that thou owefi.
29. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, <md I will pay thee all.
30. And he would not : hut went and cast him into prison, till be should pay the debt.
Christys Tenderness to little Children.
COme pious Parents did our Lord address,
And their dear Infants bring for him to bless.
Whom his officious Follow'rs did oppose,
Why should he troubled be with such as those?
With Anger and Displeasure in his Eyes,
Such as they seldom wore, our Lord replies,
r-O, do not Little Children turn away,
But let 'em to me come, and with me stay!
My Father Crowns of Light for them prepares,
A glorious heav'nly Kingdom sliall be theirs.
He fays, and kindly takes them in his Arms,
Nor with their Infant-Blandishments and Charms
Remains unmov'd: His Hands upon their Head
He laid, which Grace^ and heav'nly Virtvjcs shed:
By Words and Deeds his tender Care expressed,
Nor willingly difmifs'd, qor sent em thence imblefs'd.
St. M A T T H. Chap. XIX. Yen 13, 14,15,
13. Then there- were brought unto him little children, that he should put hi J hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14. But Jesus /aid, Suffer little children, arid forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kjn*dom of heaven.
15. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
XXXIX. The Difficulty of Salvation to rich Men.
W Ith eager Haft a youth to Jesus ran,
Fell proftrare at his Feet, and thus began : What shall I do, for none can better tell, T' arrive at Bliss, and scape the Flames of Hell ? To whom our Lord-- You must not steal nor kill, Adult'ry shun : Obey your Parents Will. These I've observ'd from Childhood, he rejoyn'd, What is there of Perfection yet behind ? With Love and Picy, him our Lord survey'd, And to the forward Learner thus he said, Sell all thou hast, if thou wilt perfect be, Give to the Poor, and come and follow me: As Thunder-ftruck with this reply he stands, Nor e're expected such severe Commands: At length he did with much of Pain depart, His Wealth prevaild and stole away his Heart, Sighing, our Lord.- How ill doth Wealth agree With the neglected Cross, and Pietie ? As soon the loaden Camel may pass by A narrow Gare, or thred a needle's Eye; As he who crusts in Riches, Life obtain, Enter the Gates of Bliss, the Crown of Glory gain.
16. One came and said unto him, Good master, what good thing Shall I do that I may have eter* nal life? &c.
21. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come and follow me.
22. But when the young man heard that saying, be went away sorrowful : for be had great possessions.