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To this impressive exhortation of the pious patriot, let us add the philanthropic prayers of our Evangelical Liturgy.

"From all false doctrines, heresy, and schism;

From hardness of heart, and contempt of Thy word and commandment,

66 Have mercy, O MERCIFUL GOD, upon all heretics, schismatics, and infidels at home, and upon all Jews, Mahometans, and Pagans abroad; and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and so fetch them home, BLESSED LORD, to thy flock; that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold, under one shepherd, JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD." Amen.

Amidst the ocean of ills in which the world is now immersed, and doomed to continue during the effusion of the remaining vials, Our NATIONAL CHURCH, we trust, will float, will buoy herself upon the surface; fulfilling the Sibylline oracle to the Athenians of old,

Ασκος βαπτιζῃ, δυναι δε τοι ου θεμις εστι.
"Bladder-like, thou mayest be dipped;
But it is not thy fate to be drowned."

A "little while, indeed, and we shall not see her,” during a short suppression beneath the waves of this troublesome world; but "a little while, and we shall see her" again, emerging much purer and fairer than ever, after her last baptismal regeneration. Let not then the ministers and stewards of the divine mysteries despond, let not the genuine household of faith despair, though "fallen on evil days, and evil tongues;" but rather let them emulate the Christian fortitude of that enlightened and patriotic Layman, whom blindness, poverty, and disgrace could not depress; nor check his lofty and adventurous spirit from instructing and delighting the world with his "heavenly Muse."

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"I argue not,

Against Heaven's hand or will; not 'bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up, and steer
Right onward!"

I have sworn, with an Apostle, in simplicity and sincerity; and may I gain credence from my Roman Catholic brethren, in adopting the sentiments of one of the first of their Saints;--the pious, the amiable, and the persecuted Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray: -“I love my family better than myself; I love my country better than my family; but I love mankind better than my country." This is true, practical, Christian CHARITY, when exercised, as by Fenelon, for the LOVE OF GOD and for THE SAKE OF Christ.

Let them, in humble imitation of the CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION, who was perfected by sufferings himself, and in dutiful obedience to his precept, as members of the Church Militant, Pray always, in every season; (of distress especially) and faint not ;" Let them be sober, be vigilant, to fight the good fight of faith, in this their arduous struggle, not only with flesh and blood, but with all the powers of darkness, now leagued and confederated against CHRIST and his Church; Let them strive to work out their own, and their country's salvation with fear and trembling, ever careful,


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May we be permitted, without presumption, to transfer from "the seven Churches," whose lamps have been so long totally or well nigh extinguished for their lukewarmness and supineness, to our British Isles, whose lamps, blessed be GOD, are still burning, though requiring to be trimmed; the Apostle's sublime and patriotic Benediction in the Introduction of the Apocalypse, as the valediction of this attempt to expound it.

"Grace be to the British Churches, and Peace

From [GOD THE FATHER] who was and is, and is to come,

And from THE SEVEN SPIRITS, before his throne,

And from JESUS CHRIST, the faithful witness,

The first begotten of the dead,

And the Ruler of the kings of the Earth:

TO HIM, who loved us, and washed us

From our Sins, in his own blood,

And made us kings and priests,


Be the glory and the dominion for evermore, Amen."

* For this construction, differing from the received, see the Grammatical Rule, p. 192, note, of this volume.


"The Testimony of JESUS is the Spirit of Prophecy."-
"To HIM give all the prophets witness.”

FOR the sake of Biblical Students, we here bring into one point of view all the great prophecies and allusions to CHRIST in the OLD TESTAMENT, which are expressly cited, either as predictions fulfilled in him; or applied to him by way of accommodation, in the NEW TESTAMENT.

The first series describes CHRIST in his human nature, as the promised Seed of the WOMAN, in the grand charter of our Redemption, Gen. iii. 15; and his pedigree, sufferings, and glory in his successive manifestations of himself until the end of the world.

The second series describes his character and offices, human and divine.

The combination of these, in all their branches, representing him as THE SON OF GOD, and SON OF MAN, conjointly, were, all together, fulfilled, to the utmost nicety, in JESUS OF NAZARETH, and all together, in no other person that ever appeared; demonstrating, that it was "HE of whom Moses and the Prophets did write," and that we Christians have not followed cunningly-devised fables, but many infallible proofs in holding him for


* "Hail, Son of God, SAVIOUR OF MEN, THY NAME
Shall be the copious matter of my song

Henceforth; and never shall my Harp THY PRAISE

Forget, nor from THY FATHER'S PRAISE disjoin."-Milton.

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XII. His death on the Cross,






XI. His passion, or sufferings,......

XIII. His intombment and embalmment,

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X. Born at Bethlehem, the city of Micah v. 2; Matt. ii. 6; Luke ii.


14; John vii. 42.

Gen. iii. 15; Ps. xxii. 1-18, xxxi. 13, lxxxix. 38-45; Isa. liii. 1—12; Dan. ix. 26; Zech. xiii 6, 7; Matt. xxvi. 31; Luke xxiv. 26; John i. 29; Acts viii. 32-35, xxvi. 23; Wisd. ii. 12-20.

{xi. 22.

Gen. xii. 3, xviii. 18, xxiii. 18.

{Matt. i. 1; John viii. 56; Acts iii. 25.

Gen. xvii. 19, xxi. 12, xxvi. 4.— Rom. ix. 7; Gal. iv. 23-28; Heb. xi. 18.

Gen. xxviii. 4-14; Exod. iv. 22; Numb. xxiv. 7-17; Ps. cxxxv. 4, &c. Isa. xli. 8, xlix. 6; Jer. xiv. 18. -Luke i. 68, ii. 30; Acts xxviii. 20.

Gen. xlix. 10; 1 Chron. v. 2; Micah v. 2.-Matt. ii. 6; Heb. vii. 14; Rev. v. 5.

2 Sam. vii. 12-15; 1 Chron. xvii. 11-14; Ps. lxxxix. 4-36, cxxxii. 10-17; 2 Chron. vi. 42; Isa. ix. 4, xi. 1, lv. 3, 4; Jer. xxiii. 5, 6; Amos ix. 14.-Matt.i. 1; Luke i. 69, ii. 4; John vii. 42; Acts ii. 30, xiii. 23; Rom. i. 3; 2 Tim. ii. 8; Rev. xxii. 16.

Numb. xxi. 9; Ps. xvi. 10, xxii. 16, xxxi. 22, xlix. 15; Isa. liii. 8, 9; Dan. ix. 26.-John iii. 14, viii. 28, xii. 32, 33; Matt. xx. 19, xxvi. 2; 1 Cor. xv. 3; Col. ii. 15; Phil. ii. 8.

Isa. liii. 9.—Matt. xxvi, 12; Mark xiv. 8; John xii. 7, xix. 40; 1 Cor.

XV. 4.

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• This doctrine is by no means confined to the SACRED SCRIPTURES. Remarkable traces of it are to be found in the heathen world, long before the coming of CHRIST, derived probably from primitive tradition, founded on immediate revelation to the patriarchs. The heathen diviner, Balaam, glances at it in his remarkable prophecies, respecting the future dominion of a man of Jacob's lineage, Numb. xxiv. 7-19, which was universally expected by Jews and Gentiles about the time of CHRIST's birth, and was the principal incitement to the Jewish war, as we learn from the joint testimony of Josephus, Tacitus, and Suetonius. To these we may add a fourth, still more curious and circumstantial, the genuine remains of the Sibylline oracles, preserved by Virgil in his fourth Eclogue to Pollio, and applied by him with his usual adulation, to the child of which, Scribonia, the wife of Augustus Cæsar, (in whose reign Christ was actually born) was then pregnant; but who, disappointing the poet's prognostics, turned out to be a daughter, afterwards the infamous Julia.

This Eclogue was written the year of Pollio's consulship, B.C. 40, and among others, contains the following marked passages.

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