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are more numberless than my sins. O do not exact punishment of me for my sins; but extend thy mercy and pardon to my soul, for my dear Redeemer's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then say, Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy

mercies sake. Psalm vi. 4. HEAR me, O gracious God and Father, and breathe into my heart that spirit which renews us after thine own image, in righteousness and true holiness. • Blessed Jesus, who seekest out sinners to make them good, do not reject me now, when I seek to thee to make me better. I am poor and naked; 0! clothe me with thy righteousness. My good thoughts are changeable and inconstant; but Oh! do thou establish and fix them by thy grace: set up thy kingdom, O Jesu, in my heart; for to become thy faithful servant is more to me than to have the empire of this world. Keep me stedfast in serving thee, till thou takest me finally to thyself. A Prayer of Resignation to the Will of GOD. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matt. vi. 10.

O LORD Jesu, I give thee my body, my soul, my substance, my friends, my liberty, and my life; dispose of me, and of all that is mine, as it seemeth best to thee, to the glory of thy holy name. Lord, I am not now mine, but thine! therefore claim me as thy devoted right; keep me as thy charge, and love me as thy child; fight for me when I am assaulted; heal me when I am wounded; and revive me when I am fainting. Amen.

O Saviour of the world save me; who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed me, help me and save me, I beseech thee, O my God.

Give me, O Lord, spiritual wisdom, that I may discern what is pleasing to thee, and follow what belongs unto my peace; and let the knowledge and peace of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, be my guide and my portion all the days of my life. Amen.

To the king eternal, immortal, invisible, and only wise God, who is the ever blessed and adorable Trinity, be all honour and glory, thanksgiving and praise, now and for evermore. Amen. A Prayer to conclude our Devotions upon this

Day, and every Day in the Week. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. John xvi. 23.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in thy Son's name; I beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears unto me, who have now made my prayers and supplications unto thee! and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked, according to thy will, may be effectually obtained, to the relief of my necessities, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing THE peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the know

olhy necessities Chectually obtained, according

ledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost, be with me, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen. On Monday Night (and the rest of the Week)

at going to Bed, say, I WILL lay me down in peace and take my rest, for it is thou, O Lord, only that maketh me to dwell in safety.

Into thy hands I commend my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, now, and at the hour of death. Amen, Amen, Amen.

* Meditation for Tuesday Morning. Upon God's Mercy and Christ's Incarnation, to

prepare us for a worthy receiving of the Holy Sacrament.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16.

1. DRAW near all ye that fear our Lord; and I will tell you what he has done for my soul; hear, and I will tell you what he hath done for yours, and the wonders of his bounty towards all the world. When we lay asleep in the shades of nothing, his almighty hand awakened us into being; not to that of stones, or plant, or beasts, .** Here you may observe the Directions given on Page 3.

over which he has made us absolute lords; but to a body wonderfully made, and an immortal soul, little inferior to his glorious angels; he printed on our souls his owo similitude, and promised to our obedience a share in his own felicity; he endued us with appetites to live well and happy, and furnished us with means to satisfy those appetites; creating a whole world to serve us here, and providing a heaven to glorify us hereafter. • 2. These are the favours of God's infinite goodness: but what return have we made to him? Blush, O my soul, for shame, at so strange a weakness; and weep for grief at so extreme an ingratitude. We childishly preferred a trivial apple, before the law of our God, and the safety of our souls: we fondly embraced a little needless satisfaction, before the pleasures of paradise, and the eternity of heaven.

3. Behold the unhappy source of all our miseries, which still increased its streams as they went farther on, till they exacted at last a deluge of justice, to drown their deluge of iniquity; and here, alas! had been an end of man, a sad and fatal end of the whole world, had not our wise Creator foreseen the danger, and in mercy prevented the extremity of the ruin, reserving for himself a few choice plants to replenish the earth with more hopeful fruit: yet they grew quickly wild, and brought forth sour grapes, and their children's teeth were set on edge; quickly they aspired to an intolerable pride of fortifying their wickedness against the power of heaven, by building the Tower of Babel.

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4. This rebellion provoked justice to a second deluge, and to bring again a cloud over the earth; but mercy discovered a bow in the cloud, and our faithful God remembered his promise, allaying their punishment with a milder sentence, and only scattered them from the place of their conspiracy; which yet his providence turned into a blessing, by making it an occasion of peopling the world. Still their rebellious nature disobeyed again, and neither feared his judgments, nor valued his mercies; but with a graceless emulation propagated sin, as far as his goodness propagated mankind. Then he selected a private family, and encreased and governed them with a particular tenderness, giving them a law by the hands of angels, and engaged their obedience by a thousand favours, but they likewise neglected their God and heaven, and fell in love with the ways of death. .

5. When thou hadst thus, o merciful Lord, used many remedies, and our disease was beyond their power to cure; when the light of nature proved too weak a guide, and the general flood too mild a correction; when the miracles of Moses could not soften their hearts, nor the law of angels bring any to perfection; when the whole was reduced to this desperate state, and no imaginable hope left to recover us; behold thy eternal wisdom finds an amazing expedient, the last and the highest instance of Almighty love; he resolves to clothe himself with our flesh, and come down amongst us, and die to redeem us, and has left us the blessed sacrament of his body and blood · for a perpetual remembrance of the same.

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