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'Tis judgment shakes him; there's the fear,
That prompts the wish to stay: He has incurred a long arrear,
And must despair to pay.
Pay!—follow Christ, and all is paid;
His death your peace insures ;
And calm descend to yours.
ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,
FOR THE YEAR
De sacris autem hæc sit una sententia, ut conserventur.
Cic. de leg. But let us all concur in this one sentíment, that things
sacred be inviolate.
He lives who lives to God alone,
And all are dead beside;
Whence life can be supplied.
To live to God is to requite
His love as best we may:
His promises our stay.
But life, within a narrow ring
Of giddy joys comprized,
But rather death disguised,
Can life in them deserve the name,
Who only live to prove
An endless life above?
Who, much diseased, yet nothing feel; ;
Much menaced, nothing dread; Have wounds, which only God can heal,
Yet never ask his aid?
Who deem his house an useless place,
Faith, want of common sense; And ardour in the Christian race,
A hypocrite's pretence?
Who trample order; and the day,
Which God asserts his own, Dishonour with unhallowed play,
And worship chance alone?
If scorn of God's commands, impressed
On word and deed, imply
With life that cannot die;
Such want it, and that want uncured
Till man resigns his breath, Speaks him a criminal, assured
Of everlasting death.
Sad period to a pleasant course!
Yet so will God repay Sabbaths profaned without remorse,
And mercy cast away.
Pause here, and think: a monitory rhime
Consult life's filent clock, thy bounding vein;