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Too weak for those decisive blows, that once
290 The mirror of the mind, and hold them fast, And force them sit, till he has pencil'd off
14 Then peers grew proud in horsemanship to excel,
Pope. Imit. of Horace, ii. 1.
Tr. from Vincent Bourne. 16 There is a pleasure in being mad, which only madmen know. Nat. Lee. 17 'Twere long to tell the expedients and the shifts
Which be that fights a season so serere
Book iii. 559.
A faithful likeness of the forms he views;
18 Damnunt quod non intelligunt. Cic.
Serious should be an author's final views;
Young. Second Epis. to Pope.
What vice has it subdued ? whose heart reclaim'd 320
say the pulpit (in the sober use Of its legitimate peculiar powers,) Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand, The most important and effectual guard,
335 Support, and ornament of virtue's cause. There stands the messenger of truth. There stands The legate of the skies; his theme divine, His office sacred, his credentials clear. By him, the violated law speaks out
340 Its thunders, and by him, in strains as sweet As angels use, the gospel whispers peace. He stablishes the strong, restores the weak, Reclaims the wanderer, binds the broken heart, And arm'd himself in panoply complete
345 Of heavenly temper, furnishes with arms Bright as his own, and trains by every rule Of holy discipline, to glorious war, The sacramental host of God's elect. Are all such teachers ? would to heaven all were! 350 But hark,—the Doctor's voice!—fast wedged between
Two empirics he stands, and with swoln cheeks
365 Are there who purchase of the Doctor's ware? Oh name it not in Gath!-it cannot be, That grave
and learned Clerks should need such aid. He doubtless is in sport, and does but droll, Assuming thus a rank unknown before,
370 Grand caterer and dry nurse of the church.
I venerate the man, whose heart is warm, Whose hands are pure, whose doctrine and whose life Coincident, exhibit lucid proof That he is honest in the sacred cause.
375 To such I render more than mere respect, Whose actions say that they respect themselves. But loose in morals, and in manners vain, In conversation frivolous, in dress Extreme, at once rapacious and profuse, Frequent in park, with lady at his side, Ambling and prattling scandal as he goes, But rare at home, and never at his books,
Or with his pen, save when he scrawls a card;
Would I describe a preacher, such as Paul, Were he on earth, would hear, approve, and own, Paul should himself direct me. I would trace His master-strokes, and draw from his design. I would express him simple, grave, sincere; In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain; 400 And plain in manner. Decent, solemn, chaste, And natural in gesture. Much impress'd Himself, as conscious of his aweful charge, And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds May feel it too. Affectionate in look,
405 And tender in address, as well becomes A messenger
of grace to guilty men. Behold the picture !—Is it like ?—Like whom? The things that mount the rostrum with a skip, And then skip down again; pronounce a text, 410 Cry, hem; and reading what they never wrote,Just fifteen minutes, huddle up their work, And with a well-bred whisper close the scene. 19 We could not teach, and must despair to learn.
Book vi. 620.