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PRAYERS, PSALMS AND HYMNS,
BEING A PORTABLE
Chiefly selected from the most eminent and pious Divines,
proper to be introduced into all Families.
THE FIRST EDITION.
Of Man's employ the greatest should be this,
OF EVERY DENOMINATION, From him who exhorts his auditory in a.
private House, to him who preaches in the
largest Cathedral. . Rev. and Hon. Labourers in the Gospel! I humbly presume to dedicate this portable Treatise of Divinity to you, earnestly foliciting your patronage and encouragement, as it is published with an honest and good design to inspire sentiments of Religion, Piety and Virtue, amongst your respective Congregations. .
I hope and trust you will encourage the Sale of this publication as it is evidently well worth it's price, and proper to be introduced into all Families, for the more frequent use of Prayer and Devotion.
You Gospel Ministers whose office and happiness it is, to infuse every principle of Religion and Virtue on those Congregations committed to your care by the great Shepherd and Bishop of Souls. By your industry and noble exertions in the conscious discharge of your Duty, and in
recommending your Hearers to the daily practice of Prayer and the excellent precepts of our Saviour Jesus Christ : Christianity will most probably flourish and encrease, and that many may be saved in the Day of the Lord Jesus is the sincere and hearty prayer of Rev, and Hon. Labourers
in the Gospel,
Candid and Courteous Reader, U AVING employed some vacant time in selecting 11 and coinposing this portable Treatise of Divinity, with a design to revive dying religion in the family and the Closet. Much practice in the polite World, and a general acquaintance with the beit Authors are great Helps, which the writer of this Treatise has not enjoyed on account of the narrownels of his circumstances. However the writer recommends it to the unprejudiced reader and should it be a means of procuring peace of mind and true felicity here, and secure everlasting Happiness hereafter to one individual, it will have had the desired effect. Religion is as much fuperior to all other Knowledge as the immortal suul is to a perishing body, or as Heaven is to Earth. Upon it depends our everlasting happiness or misery ; for by the use or abuse of it, we shail either be juftified or cordemned. Knowledge in the head, love in the heart and purity in our actions are the genuine characteristics of true and real Chriftians.
Phyfic is studied in order to preserve the human body; and Law to secure property ; but Divinity to save the Soul to make us wise unto Salvation.
Religion in the Scriptures, is the religion of man in his fallen ftate, an i any one who impartially and carefully considers it, will find one scheme of religion substantially the same,-carried al along through the whole, till brought to its tull perrection and accomplishment by the great Messiah, that immaculate Lamb of God, who came down from Heaven, and offered himself a sacrifice on the Cross to atone for the fins of the human race, & parchase for them, an inheritance in the lissful mansions of eternity. The most usual ways wherein God of old were wort to communicate his will to mankind were by viKons, by dreams, by voices, by inspiration. That vision A 3