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sinners to wrestle with the Lord;" that he and <lb/>
his brethren "were at hand to help them," and <lb/>
that such as needed their help were to come <lb/>
forward into "the pen." The phrase forcibly <lb/>
recalled Milton's lines&mdash; <lb/>
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<l>"Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how to hold</l>
<l>A sheep-hook, or have learned aught else, the least</l>
<l>That to the faithful herdsman's art belongs!</l>
<l>&mdash;But when they list their lean and flashy songs,</l>
<l>Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw;&mdash;</l>
<l rend="indent">The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed!</l>
<l>But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,</l>
<l rend="indent">Rot inwardly&mdash;and foul contagion spread."</l>
"The pen" was the space immediately below <lb/>
the preachers' stand; we were therefore placed <lb/>

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