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The LORD hath chastened and corrected me : but He hath not given me over unto death.

Open me the gates of righteousness : that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.

Thou art my God, and I will thank Thee : Thou art my God, and I will praise


Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.



AN EXERCISE OF TRUST. “In Thee, O LORD, have I trusted : let me never be confounded.”

Behold, O God our Defender, and be Thou my stay and my refuge ; for I believe in Thee, O LORD, and I hope in Thee, and with my whole heart I desire to love Thee. O my God, be not Thou far from me; my God, look upon me and help me. Lo! I, the purchase of Thy Blood, am standing in a slippery place, and surrounded on all sides with snares and pits for my soul. Oh! draw me forth with the cords of Thy love!

O give me wings like a dove, that I may flee unto Thee; and that, by Thy grace, I may follow Thee, my Shepherd, and cleave unto Thee with my whole heart.

This Thy servant is left unto Thee, O JESU! O FATHER of mercies, without Whom I can do nothing, I beseech Thee be Thou a Guardian and Helper to me, and leave me not comfortless; for Thou art my God, my only Hope, my Protector, the Horn also of my salvation and my refuge. Amen.

A PRAYER TO JESUS. O LORD, I have destroyed myself, but in Thee is my help. To Thee, O most Bounteous LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who art the Fountain of Love, to Thee do I turn. By the power of Thy Godhead, whereby, one GOD with the FATHER and the Holy Ghost, Thou didst make all things out of nothing, I confess that I was created ; and by Thine Incarnation, which in Thine own proper Person, yet with the co-operation of the FATHER and the Holy Ghost, Thou didst take upon Thee, I know that I have been re-made and renewed: wherefore I pray Thy most sweet Mercy;

By Thy holy Incarnation, Nativity, and Circumcision, have mercy upon my soul;

By Thy Holy Infancy, Thy Youth, and Baptism;

By Thy Fasting, Hunger, and Weariness;

By Thy miracles, whereby, though Thou wast very Man, yet Thou wast recognised as very God;

By Thy Scourgings, Spittings, and Blows, which for us Thou didst receive;

By Thy Cross, and the Death which on that Cross Thou didst suffer, that Thou mightest redeem us from death ; )

Have mercy upon me, JESU.

I confess before Thee, O LORD, mine iniquities, and how I have fallen back from Thee to empty and hurtful things. But to whom shall I go, but to Thee, Who art the Restorer and Redeemer of sinners ? Look, O LORD, upon me, and deliver me. Plead Thou my cause with them that strive with me; and fight Thou against them that fight against me. O Helper of the poor, Defender of the fatherless, sustain my endeavours, strengthen my resolutions, and grant me to amend my ways; and by true penitence and confession, to purge, correct, and cast off mine iniquities; that by the gift of Thy most indulgent Love, I may be able, after the death of the flesh, to come to Thee, my most Loving Lord, and with all

Thy saints, to sing Thy unspeakable glory,
in everlasting happiness, for ever and ever.
Our FATHER, &c.

PSALM CII. 23; CIJI. 8. He brought down my strength in my journey : and shortened my days.

The LORD is full of compassion and mercy : long-suffering and of great goodness.

He will not always be chiding : neither keepeth He His anger for ever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins : nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.




CURIOSITY. “O turn away mine eyes : lest they behold vanity.”Psalm cxix. 37.

O LORD JESU CHRIST! in Whom are hidden all the treasures of Wisdom and

Knowledge, O that I knew Thee,—that I knew myself; O that I knew Thy Will! For that knowledge alone sufficeth me, by which I may be for ever wise unto salvation, and know Thee, see Thee, and in Thee possess all things; and this the more, and the more perfectly, the less a vain curiosity shall have here distracted me amid diverse things. One thing is needful; and this is life eternal; to know Thee Alone.

Are these things true? Do I believe them with a living faith? Do I live, think, speak, and act before Thee as if I believed them ? And do I hope in Thee, O my only Hope ? And do I love Thee, O Infinite Goodness, here most intimately present with me?

LORD, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief. In Thee alone do I hope, and I know I shall not be confounded. Vanity of vanities; yea, all things are vanity; and as from love to Thee, I grieve above all things that I have offended Thee, so with my whole heart do I love Thee above all things. And what is there that can yet separate me from Thee? O JESUS! O my Life! O most endearing Charity! O God of my heart, and my All! Why, then, O my soul, should I seek to pry into things too deep and too mighty for me? Why should I turn mine eyes unto vanity, and not ra

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