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the day, so life is near its end; a life wherein we scarcely live.
The night posts on apace: so doth that death, of which night is the image; a night, after which, in this world, we must expect no morning. .
In constant remembrance, and due sense whereof, I earnestly entreat thee, blessed Lord, to order such an end of this life for me, as may be truly Christian; acceptable to thee, perfectly void of sin and shame, and, so far as thou seest fit, free from extreme pain too. So gathering me to the remainder of thy elect, in peace and innocence, at thy own time, and after thy own way; only let it be free from guilt and from reproach.
LET me always be mindful, that the days of darkness are many: and let this thought excite me to finish my work with diligence, before that night overtake me, wherein no man can work.
Judgment moves also towards me; grant me, good Lord, a favourable issue at that most awful and important tribunal.
I WILL lift up my hands by night in the sanctuary, and will praise the Lord.
The Lord hath commanded his lov. ing-kindness in the day-time, and in the pight-season also my song shall be of him, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
As long as I live will I magnify thee in this manner, and lift up my hands in thy name. . O let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sa crifice.
BLESSED art thou, O Lord our God and the God of our Fathers, who hast ordained the successions of light and darkness ; who makest thy saints to rejoice upon their beds; who hast delivered me from the perils of this day; and now cut off my life like a weaver's web, nor wasted ine with pining sick. ness from morning until night.
W EARIED with the labours and cares of the past day, I come to thee, my God, for quiet and repose, and new supplies of strength to droopin nature. ;
Lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death: Defend me from the terrors of the night, and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
O thou keeper of Israel, that neither slumberest nor sleepest, preserve me this night from all manner of evil; yea, do even thou preserve my soul.
Visit me also with the favour which thou bearest unto thy chosen ; and teach me thy will in the visions of the night. i
Or if I be not (as I confess I am not) worthy of so distinguishing a favor, yet, O most kind and merciful Lord, let ihis season of rest be an entire cessation to me, as well from sin as from labour and sorrow ; and suffer not any thought to surprise my unguarded mind, which is
capable either of displeasing thee, or of defiling me.
Let not the follies of sensual plea. sure abuse me, but my reins rather chasten me in the night-season ; that my sleep may be perfectly composed and pure, quiet from every worldly and wicked imagination. And do thou, Lord, drive away all suggestions of the Devil or the flesh.
Thou beholdest the wakefulness of mine enemies, which attack me unseen, and my weakness to resist them is not hid from thee; who knowest whereof my nature is made, and rememberest that I am but feeble dust and ashes.
Take me then under the covering of thy wings, and let thy loving-kindness and thy truth always preserve me.
And, after such refreshment as thou seest proper for me, raise thou me up again to make my prayer in a time when thou mayest be found ; that so I may begin my every day with thee, by setting forth most thankfully thy praises, and dedicating myself entirely to thy service.
INTO thy hand. O Lord. I commend myself, my spirit, my soul and my body; for thou hast created and redeemed them, O Lord, thou God of truth.
Together with me, take also under thy fatherly care and protection all that are near or dear to me, all that thou givest me leave to call mine : for all these are the gifts of thy bountiful hand to thy poor unworthy servant.
Preserve my lying down and my rising up, from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Make me to remember thee on my. bed, and to think upon thee when I am waking: then let me commune with my own heart, and search out my spirit; for thou art about my path, and about my bed, and when I awake I am present with thee.
I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.