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our nature and offer it up a facrifice to the DLvine juffice, to blot out and cancel the debt, which none could effect but the Divinity. 140ch Pfalm, Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldst not, but a body thou haft fitted to me: Holocaufts for fin did not pleafe thee." Then said I, Bebold, I am in the bead of the book. Genesis 3d chapter, Igth verfe, It is written of me, that I fould do tby will, o God. The mystery of the plural number in the Divinity, in the 1st chapter of Genefis, the Spirit of God moved upon the waters, and God said, Let Us make man in Our Image, after our Likeness, becomes familiar and clear. t. Boy. Malachi ist chapter. From the rising of the fun even unto the going down of the same, My Name shall be great among the Gentiles: and in every place incon fe fall be offered unto My Name, and a pure offering : for My Name Mall be great among the Gentiles, faith the Lord of Hofts.

Mofes. Malachi was the last of our prophets. By this prophecy a new scene is opened, in which is presented the completion and end of the old and bringing in of the new covenant and worship. The old was confined to the temple and Jewish nation period, unil the Meffiah. The new is universal, in címe, place and people. : From the rising of the fun to the setting of the fame My Name is great among the Gentiles, faith the Lord of Hofts; and in every places incense shall be, and a pure offering. And this, according to other prophecies, as long as the sun and moon endure. These are the words and promife repeatedly confirmed N


and irrevocably fealed and bound by the oath of the Eternal God. Here we see presented in one point of view the infinite Majesty and goodness of our God, who bestows unintermitted blessings on man. Shall man, ungenerous creature, continue unfaithful to the invitations of his God? No: but where is Israel to seek, in what place is this pure offering immolated ? there Israel will repair and invoke her God, and join in offering this universal and pure facrifice to her Lord.

Boy. What you covet is the christian sacrifice instituted by Jesus Christ, who is the promised Messiah of your scriptures.

Mofes. This cannot be; it is impossible; Ifrael can never submit. No, this will not come to pass. One the detests, as most infamous to caress and offer sacrifice to.

The height of madness, decestable, infamous.

Boy. Had the Jews acknowledged Jesus Christ, in that case He could not be the Melfiah. Their rejection, &c. prove the scriptures true and Him the Meffiah.

Moses. This matter shall be discussed.

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Scene changes. Luther's apartment. Luther in bed.

Luther. O my belly, you implacable foe,

Hungry monster, to the grave you fball go ;
Insatiable, never to be appeas'd,
Frying-pan like, but, whilst thou art greas’d.

Hoft. What will my Lord bishop be pleafed to order a little caudle, Aummery, pease


porridge, or what not. All things are at your service, free-coft: I beg you will live until you quit my house.

Luther. You comfort me in death, you have a good heart, and nothing like striking the iron while it is hot. For fear I should recover, when you might alter your charitable disposition, we will, therefore, pass receipts ; bring pen, ink, and paper, and you bear my future expences, until I recover my native land: you shall also insure me, alive or dead, into good Old England. On these conditions I am willing to live, if I can keep my breath, otherwise I am resolved to die.

Hoft. Can it be credited that the primate of England has plotted to live at the expence of a poor publican, who can scarce keep soul and body together, and bring up a numerous family.

Luther. But then, and suppose, or the like of that, do ye mongey, or setting the case as thus, Nincornpoop? When you made your proposal I esteemed your docility and was unwilling, as your spiritual father, that such noble sentiments should unspeed. I was and did resolve, therefore, do you mind me, or the like of that, not to be a whit behind you, but, the faying is, arrive at the goal before ye, Gaffer, Do you consider it is no finall portion in our divinity to prompt the willing heart to every good action, but the niggard is left in his sin; To that, supposing the case, or 'the like of that, as the saying is, I had not unfolded to you this mystery of my fatherly watchfulness to increase N2



your minţ; you would haye loft much and I more; but, as the matter stands, supposing the case, or the like of that, do ye mongey, that you call in a notary, to note and settle our contract, and the like of that, as I was saying ; otherwise I stand in jeopardy, peril, danger, and hazard of losing my breath. Be quick, I advise you, I feel myself convulsed, no time is to be loft, don't you notice the enormous fize and growth of my old friend for greatness, Jargeness, bigness, pot-belliedness, and agony, as a woman in travel. I shall die, niggard, miser, little mind, unless you relieve me : run for the lawyer.

Hoft. What a navel ! I declare it is not unlike the cat's head you eat in your Olio; you undoubtedly swallowed the cat's head, which appears and holds you in this convulsive state, they are venomous and savage when confined and pent up; in like fort, the crow and also six rats, all which you have cooped up your dirty sack. I will grant all your desires; pray give me countenance to apply to your society of philosophers of this enlightened age. Mayhap, they being enlightened, may deliver you from these savages, -runs.

Luther. He is gone; he is honest and free from guile; my plot has taken place. I have now been with him three months, enjoyed all things to my wish, and most abounding, without giving him one halfpenny. This poor hinny-hammer offers to give up all, besides which, he shall likewise bear all my expences while I chuse to remain, and to England. Bê


fides this, I suspect the fellow has got money I am resolved to strip him, as a poulterer does a bird's breech, I will not only fleece, but skin the nincompoop; I have no charity for a ninny: hammer, half-witted rascallion. I shall return very differently to the generality of Englishmen; for their improvement it shall be inserted in all our newspapers on my arrival. The great Metropolitan, Primate of all England, W-les, and Berwick upon Tweed, to his dutiful and lawn lambs all health and spiritual melody, be it known, that your lord and father is safe arrived from his travels, with open arms to communicate to you the plenicude o spiritual benediction. Be it known I have fought a good fight, as father Abraham returning from his conquest of the four kings, loaded with spoils, so I am like fort, with this double difference in

First difference. He was prince, but no priest; but I am, in spirituals, prince and priest. Second difference. He kept for himself nothing ; but I get all and keep all. He vanquished four, myself four : Hoft one, Moses two, Calvin three, my son four; and let me tell you, these four, well scraped with my three tears, and what I have scratched from one and another, since my childhood, with what I Thall be upon the watch to catch at, wherever it is to be picked or come at, in the course of seventy years outstanding, will be capable, with the donation of my pretty lambs, make, as the saying is, a Greasy Bishop. At the end of that period I shall lack five years of old Par, and fifteen of, I chink, one old Gibson, he would


my scale.


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