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FRAILTY AND FOLLY OF MAN.
Great Heav'n! how frail thy creature man is
made! How by himself insensibly betray'd! In our own strength unhappily secure, Too little cautious of the adverse pow'r; And by the blast of self-opinion mov'd, We wish to charm, and seek to be belov’d. On pleasure's flowing brink we idly stray, Masters as yet of our returning way: Seeing no danger, we disarm our mind; And give our conduct to the waves and wind: Then in the flow'ry mead, or verdant shade, To wanton dalliance negligently laid, We weave the chaplet, and we crown the bowl, And smiling see the nearer waters roll; Till the strong gusts of raging passion rise, Till the dire tempest mingles earth and skies; And swift into the boundless ocean borne, Our foolish confidence too late we mourn: Round our devoted heads the billows beat; Aud from our troubled view the lessen'd lands
CHRIST ABOVE ALL PRAISE.
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.
HEB. i. 8.
Tho'heaven's bright hosts with earth in concert
join, Their voice ethereal, and their notes divine: Tho' myriad-worlds their whole oblations bring, And nature strikes the universal string : Tho' yet unform’d, unnumber'd orbs shall roll, And
pour at once the thunder of their soul! Spread all the pow’rs of Harmony abroad, And concrete rise, to swell the grand applaud, Strength to their King, and Glory to their God! Yet would this high, this full accented choir, Tho' flush'd with all that being could inspire, Of transport's joy, or love's harmonic fire, In vain assay, the Infinite to raise, Exalt his greatness, or support his praise! Their utmost skill would disproportion'd prove, And shame their efforts, while it shew'd their love! Each foil'd attempt, diminish or debase The glorious theme, and seal its own disgrace.
Mis dazzling heights their soaring strains elude,
Known to himself-his own eternal theme;
"Twixt these compris'd creation's gradual plan*,
While he, who made, alike renov'd from all,
# The difference of situation, abilities, and other prerogatives, may be compared to a gradual rise, or fall: but the essence of beings capable, and incapable, of knowing God, is different beyond all degrees, and adinits of no comparison.
+ With regard to man in his present state of probation, his situation is low; but in the essence of his nature, and the kingdom prepared for him, the Scriptures give bim the preference to all that is created.
Admits no change, nor bears gradation's forms,
Sole what he is, and all he will or can;
Suffice for man-suffice for angels this, Who serves with trembling cannot serve amiss.