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159653 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

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Chriftian Reader,
Hou haft here presented to thy view, A glimpse

of glory from the heavenly Zion, fo bright and lively, as nothing of human composure, yet extant, can equal. A ray of such heavenly fire, as being received into an heart affected with eternal objects, may prove a blessed mean to inflame it into a divine rapture of holy longing, to see and enjoy these unseen things, which are here in so bright colours represented. Whosoever will in fincerity, and with attention, peruse this small treatise, will be led into such a delightful contemplation of divine and heavenly things, as may, in a manner, transport bis very foul into that heavenly paradise ; carry him along the beautiful banks of that pure river of the water of life; and represent to the eyes of his mind, that noble and glorious company, that stands about the Lamb, on mount Zion, in white robes, with palms in their hands, finging a new fong of praise to Jehovah and the Lamb. Here Thall he find the incomparable beauties of that upper paradise, and royal palace of the King of kings, described so brightly, in such high and lofty expressions, as well suit these sublime and fupernatural objects; and yet withal so easy to be unders stood, that the meanest capacity, exercised in fpiritual things, may apprehend the true fense and meaning of them. The holy heart of the author

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159653 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

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Christian Reader,
Hou hast here presented to thy view, A glimpse

of glory from the heavenly Zion, so brightand lively, as nothing of human composure, yet extant, can equal. A ray of such heavenly fire, as being received into an heart affected with eternal objects, may prove a blessed mean to inflame it into a divine rapture of holy longing, to see and enjoy these unseen things, which are here in so bright colours represented. Whosoever will in sincerity, and with attention, peruse this small treatise, will be led in. to fuch a delightful contemplation of divine and heavenly things, as may, in a manner, transport bis very foul into that heavenly paradise; carry. him along the beautiful banks of that pure river of the water of life; and represent to the eyes of his mind, that noble and glorious company, that stands about the Lamb, on mount Zion, in white robes, with palms in their hands, finging a new song of praise to JEHOVAH and the Lamb. Here shall be find the incomparable beauties of that upper paradise, and royal palace of the King of kings, described fo brightly, in such high and lofty expressions, as well suit these sublime and fupernatural objects; and yet withal so easy to be under, stood, that the meanest capacity, exercised in spiritual things, may apprehend the true fense and meaning of them. The holy heart of the author

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has been fo much in heaven, that from the end of the Prelude, to the conclusion, he talks altogether like one in heaven already, and as a poffeffor of the glory he describes : which is to be attentively noticed, for the better understanding of the scope and intent of the discourse.

Besides the description of heaven, and the glory, which the faints shall enjoy there; (which is the professed subject of the book); there are not a few other excellent subjects interspersed, and pretty largely handled. How sweetly doth he.expatiate upon the praises of Christ, the everbleffed Redeemer? How lively doth he describe him, in his humbled Hate; his humble, laborious, sorrowful, yet holy life; his painful, frameful, and accursed death; his infinite love to his chosen, that put him upon all that voluntary humiliation aod suffering? With what ravishment doth he adinire the difference of ihese two, so diftant estates ? In what sweet, lively and bright expressions dcth he declare the inutual intercourse betwixt this glorious Redeemer, and his chosen, especially in the upper houfe ? It is also another great aim of the author, to difplay the attributes of God, to his glory: his grace and mercy towards the elect; his fovereignty, in his works of creation, providence, and especially election ; his truth and faithfulness, in making good all his promises; his unchangeableness, in his purposes of love and grace to his owo; his spot. less holiness and justice, in punishing the wicked. How lofty is he in describing the fovereignty of God over his creatures ; either to create, or not create, elect, or pass by, as he pleased? How sweet, large and ravishing is he, ia holding forth the free dom and riches of redeeming grace! and how dloth he exult and glory in the unchangeableaess

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