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It is for the honour of God, that they who have recourse to Him for help, should not, by “returning” without it, suffer “shame” and confusion, in the presence of their insulting adversaries. And another motive to engage his assistance is, that for every lost soul, there will be a voice the less in that choir, which is to "praise his name" to all eternity.

22. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause : member how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily. 23. Forget not the voice of thine enemies : the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

The Church, growing more importunate in her petitions, as the danger increases, beseeches God to appear in her cause, as being in effect his own, on account of his promises, his attributes of righteousness and truth, and the reproaches cast on Him, through his people. While speaking, she seems to hear the tumultuous clamours of the approaching enemy, growing every minute louder as they advance ; and we leave the “turtle-dove, without the Divine assistance, ready to sink under the talons of the rapacious eagle.


GILBERT & Rivington, Printers, St. John's Square, London.

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