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ceive it with pure affection, and to bring forth fruit unto good living. Open my understanding to receive thy truth in the love thereof. Set it so powerfully upon my heart, and root it so deeply in my soul, that the fruits thereof may be seen in my life, to thy glory and praise. May I always so hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest thy word, that it may be a savour of life to my soul." o let me not offer vain oblations unto the Lord, drawing nigh with my lips, while iny heart is far from thee. But do thou enable me to worship thee with holy worship, with joy and delight, with profit and pleasure. Fill me with a comfortable sense of thy presence, that I may serve thee with reverence and godly fear, to the comfort of my soul and the glory of thy name. O Lord God, do thou clothe thy priests with righteousness, and let thy saints rejoice and sing. Break the bread of life to all our souls, that we may eat and live for ever. O Lord, hear my prayers, and let my cry come unto thee. Do more and betier for me than I can either desire or deserve, for the sake of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ: to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen. Our Father, &c.
Sunday Evening Merciful God, permit me to pay thee, now, my evening sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for all the blessings and favours to my body and soul, so freely bestowed and so long continued unto me. Thou hast dealt graciously with me, O Lord God, and hast been exceeding good and kind to me beyond all that I had reason to expect, or am able to express. I bless thee, O Lord, for every help which I enjoy to the promoting my present and eternal good. I de.. sire to ascribe all praise and glory to thee, to whom alone it is due. O Lord, I bless thee that thy house is open to me, the bread of life offered me, the word of salvation preached, and thy Spirit striving with me. O suffer me not to receive thy grace in vain, nor let thy word be lost upon me. - Do thou apply it to my heart, and fix it in my memory, that it may prove a blessing to my soul. In mercy, O Lord, pass by all things which in thy pure and holy eyes have been amiss this day past; pardon my ne glects, and the guilt of my misdoings. And as I have heard how to walk and to please thee, O my God, help me to walk more worthy of the Lord unto all well-pleasing, th at I may be built up in thy true fear and love, and in the right knowledge and faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be thou pleased to second every word of instruction that I have received, with the power of thy grace and holy Spirit! and above all, O blessed God, do thou give me a heart filled with thy love, and lifted up in thy praise, and devoted to thy honour and glory all the days of my life. Take me, O Lord God, my Saviour, into thy gracious care and protection. Preserve me from all dangers in the night season. Let me lay down and sleep in thy arms; and when the trumpet shall sound, and at last call me from the sleep of death, let me be caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so for ever be with the Lord. All these mercies, O my God, I most humbly ask, for the alone sake of Jesus Christ my Redeemer. Amen. Our Father, &c.
A Prayer for Relations, Friends, &c. to be used after Morn
ing and Evening Prayer. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to bless my father and mother, and . all my relations, with the fear of thy name. Bless them in their souls and bodies; perfect them in every good word and work, and be thoa their guide unto death. Bless my friends; forgive mine enemies; and grant unto all mankind the knowledge and love of thee. And receive thein and me at last into thy blessed kingdom, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Grace before Meat. O Lord, I beseech thee, give thy blessing with what thy mercy has here provided ine with; that whether I eat or drink, or whatsoever I do, I may do all to thy glory, through Jesus Christ my Lord.
After Meut. O Lord my God, I bless thy holy name for this mercy, which I have now received from thy bounty and goodness. Feed now my soul with thy grace, that I may make it my meat and drink to do thy gracious will, through Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen.
Praise for the Gospel. LORD, I ascribe it to thy grace,
And not to charice, as others do,
And not a Heathen or a Jew.
And Jewish prophets, once have given,
Which Christ reveal'd, and brought from heaven! How glad the Heathens would have been,
That worshipp'd idols, wood and stone, If they the Book of God had seen,
Or Jesus and his Gospel known! Then if this Gospel I refuse,
How shall I e'er lift up mine eyes ? For all the Gentiles and the Jews
Against me will in judgment rise.
The all-seeing God. Almighty God! thy piercing eye
Strikes through the shades of night,
All open to thy sight.
Nor wicked word we say,
Against the judgment-day.
Be read and publish'd there?
While men and angels hear? Lord, at thy foot asham'd I lie;
Upward I dare not look: Pardon my sins before I die,
And blot thein from thy book. Remember all the dying pains
That my Redeemer felt,
And let his blood wash out my stains,
And answer for my guilt.
T'indulgè a sinful thought,
And writes down every fault.
The Danger of Delay.
Obedience to Parents.
Hear what their Teachers say;
And with delight obey.
Are threaten'd by the Lord,
Or mocks his Mother's word?
What heavy guilt upon him lies !
How cursed is his name!
And eagles eat the same.
Their Parents honour due,
And live hereafter too.
Against Pride in Clothes. Why should our garments, made to hide Our parents' shame, provoke our pride? The arts of dress did ne'er begin, Till Eve our mother learn'd to sin. When first she put her cov'ring on, Her robe of innocence was gone; And yet her children vainly boast, In the sad marks of glory lost. How proud we are how fond to shew Our clothes, and call them rich and new! When the poor sheep and silkworm wore That very clothing long before. The tulip and the butterfly Appear in gayer coats thau I; Let me be drest fine as I will, Flies, worms, and flow'rs, exceed me still.?! Then will I set my heart to find Inward adornings of the mind : Knowledge and virtue, truth and grace, These are the robes of richest dress. No more shall worins with me compare ; This is the raiment angels wear: The Son of God, when here below, Put on this blest apparel too. It never fades, it ne'er grows old, Nor fears the rain, nor moth, nor mould: It takes no spot, but stiil refines; The more 'tis worn, the more it shines. In this on earth should trappear; Then go to heav'n, and wear it there : God will approve it in his sight; 'Tis his own work and his delight.