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EARL OF CRAWFORD
Thames! in early age, thy banks along,
just esteem upon my grateful breast,
The love of piety with verse impart;
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EARL OF CRAWFORD;
FORSAKEN MAID, RICHMOND HILL,
ODES, THE DYING PROSTITUTE, HYMNS FOR THE JEWS, AUGUSTUS AND SOPHRONIA, PARAPHRASES,
&c. &c. &c.
My mighty Master, and my Saviour blest!
The Christian, Book V,
PRINTED FOR C. COOKE.
A DIDACTIC POEM.
IN EIGHT BOOKS.
Believe, and shew the reason of a man!
THE PREFACE. I THOUGHT that it might be of service, if I prefixed to this poem a few remarks on some of the proofs of the truth of Christianity. It is required, in an age like this, when the adversaries of the gospel are so vebement in their attacks upou it, that its friends should exert themselves in its defence. It is at such a time inexcusable in those, who know the truth and advantage of it, who have leisure, and understand any of the arguments in its favour, not to support it as far as they are able. Not to defend, is here almost as bad as to désert.
And now, before I proceed further, I will assure him who honours me with an attention to these pages, that I mean to treat of the subject in a manner which is totally devoid of all improper beat or bigotry. I am desirous of making a manly and cool appeal to reason. I feel for him who rejects the gospel, as I do for the sick man who spurns the medicine which can relieve him. I would forbear in a dispute with him from every, opprobrious term. I cannot conceive it possible, without a man's understanding is perverted, that he should think it agreeable to the gospel, to treat his antagonist in an argument with ill-nature or intemperance. He should learn from that gospel, if he is not disposed