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While, as his flying fingers kissed the strings,
Love framed with Mirth a gay fantastic round;
As if he would the charming air repay, -
Ex. XI. — God's ANSWER TO JOB. — Book of Job.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge ? Gird up now thy loins like a man ; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding ? Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy ?
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb ? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto alt thou come, but no farther : and here shall thy proud waves be staid.
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season ? Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons ? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are ?
EXTRACTS FROM THE NINTH CHAPTER OF THE
GOSPEL OF JOHN.
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, “Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents :
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam," (which is, by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way, therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Then again the Pharisees called the man that was blind, and said, “Give God the praise : we know that this man is a sinner.”
He answered and said, “ Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not ;
one thing I know, that whereas I was blind now I see.” Then said they to him again, "What did he to thee? How opened he thine eyes?”
He answered them," I have told you already, and ye did not hear : wherefore would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples ?
Then they reviled him, and said, “ Thou art his disciple ; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses : as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is."
The man answered and said unto them, “Why, herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
Now we know that God heareth not sinners : but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God he could do nothing."
They answered and said unto him, “Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?” And they cast him out.
[Devotional Style.] O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou compassest my path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo! O Lord thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me : it is high I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea : Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me: even the night shall be light about me : Yea the darkness hideth not from thee ; but the night shineth as the day : the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
[Didactic Style.] Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept : for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But some man will say, “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come ?! Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain : but
fod giveth it a body, as hath pleased him; and to every seed his own body. So, also, is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption : it is raised in incorruption : It is sown in dishonor : it is raised in glory : It is sown in weakness ; it is raised in power : It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep : but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump : for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality: then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “ Death is swallowed up in victory.” O death! where is thy sting? O Grave! where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Pathos.] Come to the house of Prayer,
O thou afflicted, come ; The God of peace shall meet thee there,
He makes that house his home.
Thou, whose benignant eye
looks on all;
And hear'st the mourner's call;
Up to thy dwelling place
Bear our frail spirits on,
And heaven on earth be won !