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CHRISTIAN POET;

OR,

SELECTIONS IN VERSE,

ON

SACRED SUBJECTS.

BY

JAMES MONTGOMERY,
AUTHOR OF “ THE WORLD BEFORE THE FLOOD,

"O SONGB OF ZION,"
“ THE CHRISTIAN PSALMIST," &c.

WITH AN

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY.

"If I were a nightingale, I would sing like a nightingale; but,

since I am a man, I will sing the praises of God while I live,
and I would have you to sing with me.”-Saying of a Heathen.

THIRD EDITION.

GLASGOW:

PRINTED FOR WILLIAM COLLINS;
WILLIAM WHYTE & CO. AND WM. OLIPHANT, EDINBURGH ;

B. M. TIMS, AND WM. CURRY, JUN. & co. DUBLIN;
G. B. WHITTAKER, AND HAMILTON, ADAMS, & CO. LONDON.

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INTRODUCTORY ESSAY.

“ THESE abilities are the inspired gift of God, rarely bestowed; and are of power to inbreed and cherish in a great people the seeds of virtue and public civility; to allay the perturbations the mind, and set the affections in right tune; to celebrate in glorious and lofty hymns the throne and equipage of God's almightiness, and what he works, and what he suffers to be wrought with high providence in his church; to sing victorious agonies of martyrs and saints, the deeds and triumphs of just and pious nations, doing valiantly through faith against the enemies of Christ; to deplore the general relapses of kingdoms and states from justice and God's true worship. Lastly, whatsoever in religion is holy and sublime, in virtue amiable or grave, whatsoever hath passion or admiration in all the changes of that which is called fortune from without, or the wily subtleties and refluxes of man's thoughts from within; all these things, with a solid and treatable smoothness, to paint out and describe :-Teaching over the wbole book of sanctity and virtue, through all the instances of example, with such delight to those especially of soft and delicious temper, who will

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