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7S Tim SOUL DRAWING NEAR .TO GOD. [SEAM. V. Then shall our flesh and our spiritjoin sweetly together, and each of them fulfil and enjoy their part, in the busi- ness and blessedness provided for them in regions of unknown pleasure. Amen. HYMN FOR SERMON IV. FLESH AND SPIRIT; OR, THE PRINCIPLES OF SIN AND HOLINESS. WHAT vain,desires, and passions vain, My spirit holds perpetual war, Attend this mortal clay ! "And wrestles and complains, Oft have they pierc'd my soul withpain, And views the happy moment near, Clod drawn my heart astray. That shall dissolve its chains. How have I wandet'd frommy -God, And following sin and shame, In this vile world of flesh and blood Defil'd my nobler frame ! For ever blessed be thy grace That form'dmy spirit new, And made it of an heaven -born race, Thy glory to pursue. Cheerful;in death I close my eyes, To part with every lust; And charge my flesh whene'er it rise, To leave them in the dust. How would my purer spirit fear' Toput this body on, If its old tempting powers were there, - Nor lusts, nor passions gone ! SERMON V. THE SOUL DRAWING NEAR TO GOD IN PRAYER. .ton xxiii. 3, 4. O that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his- seat; I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. THE FIRST PART. THIS book of Job might, perhaps, be the first and earliest part of all the written word of God; for learned . men, upon good ground, suppose thatthishistorywaselder than the days of Moses, and yet it hathmany a sweet lesson of experimental religion in it, to teach the disciples of Christ; we may learnmany duties and comforts from it in our day, upon whom the ends of the world are come. The style-of it in some parts is somagnificent and solemn, in others so tender and affectionate, that we must feel something of devout passion when we read this history,