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XLV.

The Marriage-Feast, and the unworthy Gmsts.

A Monarch who with regal Pomp and State,

The Nuptials of his Son would celebrate.

His Servants sent t invite the Country round,

But all with one consent Excuses found:

The first had Oxen which he never saw,

And them he needs must go to prove and draw.'

The second had a Purchase newly made,

And begs his Patience till his Grounds survey'd:

The third his Bride had just conducted home,

For him, he cou'd not, nor he wou'd not come:

The rest dispatch'd the Messengers employ'd.

Justly enrag'd the King, th' ungrate destroy'd,

And sends his Servants, worthier Guests to find,

Who bring the Poor, the Lame, the Maim'd, the Blind.

Amidst the crowded Room a Wretch appears,

Who in contempt a sordid Garment wears.

The King commands to seize, and binds him fast,

And into Dungeons deep, and utter Darkness cast.

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Z. A certain king made a marriage for his son,&cc.

11. And when the king came in to sec the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a weddinggarment:

12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how earnest thu in hither, not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless.

13. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall he wee sing and gnashing of teeth.

XLVI.

The Question of the Pharisees concerning Tribute answer d.

HPHE Herodians and the Pharisees combine,

T' intrap our Lord was their accurss'd Design,

And thus accost him— Rabbi I well we know,

Thou dost the Way of Truth to Mortals show:

To Fear a Stranger, vice thou dost not spare,

Despise the Mean, nor for the greatest Care.

Inform us then, shall We to Cesar pay,

Whom now compell'd the chosen Race obey,

That Tribute which with harsh and rig'rous Hand,

His impious Publicans of us demand?

Their Wickedness from him they could not hide,

Who all things knows, and cautious thus reply 'd.

You Hypocrites! in vain, why tempt you me.?

The question'd Tribute-Money let me fee!

T hey brought a Piece, he asks 'em whose the Coil,

And whose th' Inscription? Cesar's they rejoyn.

To Cesar whence Protection they receive,

He bids 'em pay his Due, to God they God's must give.

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19. S&«? me the tribute-money. And they brought ftnto him apeny.

10. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image *>>d superscription i

11. Iheysay unto him, Celt's. Then said he mo them, Render therefore unto Cesar, the things »b>cb are CesarV: and unto God, the things thai m Gods. 6

XL VII.

The Signs cf Christ's coming to Judgment.

/^VN lofty Olivet beneath the shade,

Whence the devoted City he survey'd;

Our Saviour sat, th' Apostles him attend,

And ask'd him trembling, when the World must End,

And he to Ju/flgment come? He thus replies,

—Be not deceiv'd, for Nation first must rife,

Encountring Nation, Plagues and Famine reign,

But the beginning of their hopeless Pain.

E'en you, my Friends, who Heav'n's Commands' obey,

Hated of all, and all shall you betray:

The spatious Globe my sacred Law must hear,

And then prepare, for then the End is near:

The Sun shall to eternal Shades descend,

The Moon her shorter Year for ever end:

The Son of Man amidst the Clouds appear,

And all the conscious Earth shall shake for sear;

Th' Angelic Guards discharge their weighty Trust,

And from a flaming World, collect and save the Just.

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