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Him ev'ry heav'nly virtue did adorn,
145 'Gainst vice with gen'rous indignation movid, In his heart's ardent language he reprov d. The supercilious smooth hypocrisy, Of the proud scribe, and treach'rous Pharisee. As the great Çensor scourges virtue's foes, 150 What an exalted dignity he shews! What nervous words! what manly eloquence ! What keen severity! what.finish'd sense!
Nor he his satire pour'd on these alone,
And now his sacred embassy to close, To heav'n-allied Jerusalem he goes. And when the city he beheld he said (And for its fate a tender tear he shed) "O had'st thou known from whence thy blessings. rise !
260 But now 'tis lid for ever on thine
eyes. For as thou did'st.not thy. Messiah know, Lo the day comes when thy relentless foe,
Line 155. "Depart hence; för Heród will kill thee, And he said unto them, Go
and tell that fox.” Luke, xiii. 31 and 32. Some commen« tators admire the propriety of calling Herod, who was a subtle, bloody, and relentless oppressor, a fox. We are taught, however, in the New Testament that good kings deserve respect. St. Peter says,
“ Submit to the king as supreme." God, honor the king." First Epistle of Peter, chap. ii. verses 13 and 17. St. Paul tells us to“ pray for kings, and for all that are in authority". 2. Timo thy, ü, and 2.
Shall keep thee in by trenches round thee thrown;
When this illustrious king his scepter sway'd,
Line 178, &c. It is well known that the most intemperate enemies to Christianity, such as Celsus and Julian, acknowledged that our Saviour healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, &c. (which is also
The dumb the skies with loud hosannahs tore, 10 And the lame ran exultingly before; acknowledged by the authors of the Jewish Talmud) but they attributed his miracles to magic.
" the truth of tne Chrisian Religion," says, Hebræi vero in Thalmudicis Libris aperté fateantur. “ The Jews openly confess them in the Talmud.” See Grotius de Veritate, lib. ii. cap. 3. Tertullian and Eufebius also mention that Pilate wrote an account to Tiberius of our Saviour's mira.. cles. It is to be observed, that our Saviour expresled the greatest indignation against some of the Jews for attributing his niracles to magic, or saying. that he “ cast out devils through Beelzebub, the prince of the devils ;" which was highly reasonable, as such an idea for ever hardened the mind against conviction. He calls it " blasphemy against the Holy Ghost!" and it is the sin which will never. be forgiven, or, perhaps the sin which will be forgiven with the greatest reluctance. This will appear from reading the Evangelist with attention. Our Saviour says “He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation : because they said, he hath an unclean spirit.” See Mark chap. ii. verses 29 and 30. What they meant by saying " he hath an unclean spirit,” is explained by the 22d verse of the third chapter of Mark;
« And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem, said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils,"
While in his new-unfolded ear the sound,
Daughter of Zion, raise thy chearsul voice; “ O daughter of Jerusalem, rejoice ! " Lowly and meek, behold thy king appears, "And with him justice and salvation bears; " No more from Ephraim shall the trumpet clang, “ No more the deathful battle-bow shall twang; “ Nor in Jerusalem, in pomp of war, 195 “The horse and chariot thunder to afar ; *** Peace to the heathen also he shall send, or And his dominion o'er the earth extend."?
But those who in Jerusalem bore sway,