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in his strength and health, he followed his own | enings and promises; that he may neither cast
devices, and the desire of his own heart; and let away his confidence in thee, nor place it any
him see, that thou hast listed up thy hand against where but in thee. Give him strength against
him, for this very purpose, that he may learn to all temptations, and heal all his infirmities. Break
walk more humbly with thee, and turn his feet to not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking fiax.
thy testimonies. Deliver him from the painful Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure,
confinement under which he labours, and grant but make him hear of joy arid gladness, that the
him again the happiness of enjoying the comforts bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. De-
of life, and of worshiping thee in thy sanctuary, liver him from the fear of the enemy; lift up the
with the voice of joy and praise.” But, O Lord, light of thy countenance upon him, and give him
not our will, but thine be done. Thou knowest peace, through the mediation of Jesus Christ our
better what is good for us, than we ourselves; and Lord. Amen.
it is in wisdom that thou afflictest us. Give thy
servant patience, that he may bear his pains with- Another for the same, or for One under deep Mo
out murmuring, and wait at the time of his deli lancholy and Dejection of Spirit.
verance from them without uneasiness; satisfy him
of thy care over him, and thy tender regard to

(From Mr. Jenks.)
him; and in thy good time restore him to his for O Most gracious Lord, thou knowest our frame,
mer strength and vigour, that he may give thanks and art full of compassion to thy servants under
to thee in the great congregation; through Jesus their trouble and oppression ; look down upon us,
Christ our Saviour. Amen.

we humbly beseech thee, with thy wonted pity,

and remember the work of thy hands, our disconA Prayer for One that is Bed-ridden. solate brother. Thy wrath lies hard upon him;

and all thy waves are gone over him ; thy terrors (From Mr. Lewis.]

oppress his mind, and disturb his reason. Othou O Lord our God, the Father of mercies, and that speakest the winds and waves into obedience the God of all comfort, have compassion, we en- and calmness, settle and quiet his discomposed treat thee, on the helpless condition of thy servant: thoughts; speak peace and satisfaction to his support his spirits which are ready to droop under troubled mind, and give him comfort and sure affliction : refresh his mind which is apt to be un- confidence in the sense of thy pardon and love. easy and melancholy at the thought of perpetual Lord, help his unbelief, and increase his faith. confinement. Give sleep to his eyes, and rest to Though he walk in the valley and shadow of his weary thoughts. Cause him to meditate on death, let “thy rod and thy staff support and prothee in the night watches; to “commune with his tect him.In the multitude of the thoughts and own heart;" and, in his solitude, “to search and try sorrows that he hath in his heart, let thy comfort his ways," that he may see wherein he hath erred, refresh his soul. Let in a beam of thy heavenly and may turn unto thee with all his soul and with light, to dispel the clouds and darkness in which all his strength. Let this affliction be the means his mind is involved. O direct to the means of preparing him for the enjoyment of thy pre- most proper for his help, and so bless and prosper sence, in which is fulness of joy; and let him be them, that they may effectually promote his rethe more patient under it for that reason. Make covery out of this deplorable state. Incline his him thankful that thou hast by this expedient ears to wholesome counsels, and dispose his heart preserved him from the company of those whose to receive due impressions. O gracious Father, evil communication might have corrupted his pity his frailty, forgive his sin, and rebuke his heart, and hast taken him out of a world, by the distemper, that his disquieted soul may return to snares and temptations of which he might have its rest. O, raise him up, and show thy mercy been prevailed upon to forsake thee, and turn from upon him, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blesse the way of thy commandments. Grant, O Lord, ed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen. that he may not render himself unworthy of thy

For the same. favour, by murmuring and repining; but that he may use the leisure and opportunity now given

[From Bishop Patrick.) him, to make his peace with thee, and be fitted for PRESERVE this thy servant, O gracious Father, the enjoyment of an inheritance among the saints from dishonouring thee and his religion, by disin light; through thy mercy in Jesus Christ, our trusting thy power, or thy goodness. Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

Remove all troublesome imaginations from him,

and give him a clear understanding of thee, and A Prayer for a Person troubled in Mind, or in of himself, that no causeless fears and jealousies Conscience.

may overwhelm him, nor his heart sink within

him from any sadness and dejection of spirit. (Visitation Office.]

Compose, we beseech thee, his disturbed thoughts; O BLESSED Lord, the Father of Mercies, and quiet his disordered mind, and appease all the tuthe God of all comforts, we beseech thee, look mults of his soul, by a sweet sense of thy tender down in pity and compassion upon this thine mercies, and of the love of thy Son Jesus Christ afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things to mankind. Keep him from forming any rash against him, and makest him to possess his for- conclusions concerning thy providence ;. and give mer iniquities: thy wrath lieth hard upon him, him so much light and judgment anid all the and his soul is full of trouble. But, Oʻmerciful darkness and confusion of his thoughts, that he God, who hast given us thy holy word for our may not think himself forsaken by thee; but may learning, that we through patience, and comfort firmly believe, that if he does the best he can, thou of the Scriptures, might have hope ; give him a requirest no more. And enable him, O Lord, to sight understanding of himself, and of thy threat- look forwards to that region of light and glory,

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whither our Saviour is gone before, to prepare a himself under them, may at length be listed up place for all thy faithful servants.

and made a partaker of that peace and joy which Strengthen his weak and feeble endeavours. thou bestowest on all thy faithful servants. Grant Support his fainting spirit, and cause it humbly this, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediato hope in thee. Confirm and establish every tor and Redeemer. good thought, desire, and purpose, which thou hast wrought in him. Make him to grow in A Prayer for One who is afflicted with a profane wisdom, faith, love, and willing obedience. Con

Afistrust of Divine Truths, and blasphemous duct him hereafter so easily and steadily, peace

Thoughts. ably and quietly, so cheerfully and securely, in

(From Mr. Kettlewell.] thy ways, that he may glorify thee whilst he lives, and when he leaves this troublesome world, may soul of every living creature; protect this thy

O most gracious God, in whose hand is the resign his soul into thy merciful hands, with a servant, we humbly and earnestly entreat thee, pious confidence and a hope of a joyful resurrec against all doubts and mistrusts of thy truth, tion; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ against all irreligious thoughts and suggestions. our Lord. Amen.

Never suffer them, o Lord, to weaken his A Prayer for One under Fears and Doubts con- faith, or to hinder him from performing his duty.

cerning his spiritual Condition, or under per- Preserve him not only from the sin, but if it seem plering Thoughts and Scruples about his good to thine infinite wisdom, from the temptaDuty.

tion and the sorrow, which may attend them. [From Mr. Kettlewell.)

But, if it be thy blessed will to continue these O Lord our God, we offer up our humble sup- Lord, make him sensible that they will not be

terrifying thoughts for his trial and humiliation, plication to thee in behalf of this thy servant, imputed to him as sin, if, as soon as he perceives whose soul is disquieted within him by his fears them, he rejects them with horror and indigna. and anxiety respecting the safety of his condition.

tion. Remove from him, we entreat thee, all frightful apprehensions, all perplexing doubts and scruples thee, that, as often as these profane thoughts arise

During this trial, let him learn to depend upon about his duty. Make him satisfied and settled in his mind, he may find grace to overcome them, in a right understanding of all thy precepts, and and without the least indulgence or delay to cast careful in the observance of them; and dispel, by them out ; and that he may learn to show patience the light of thy countenance, all that darkness under them, as under every other affliction and which

obscures his soul, that he may not be un trial of thy appointment, trusting to thy grace to necessarily dejected, and distrustful of himself, or assist him, and to thy goodness to deliver him; dishonourably jealous of thee. Deliver him from through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. all those offences which make him so much a stranger to peace and comfort; and cause him to A Prayer for One under the dread of God's place his chief satisfaction and delight in obeying Wrath and crerlasting Damnation. ihy commandments, and in meditating on thy

(From Mr. Lewis.] mercy ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O ALMIGHTY God, the aid of all that need, and A Prayer for One who is disturbed with wicked the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, acand blasphemous Thoughts.

cept, we beseech thee, our humble supplications [From Mr. Lewis.)

for this thy servant, labouring under the dismal O Lord God, the Father of our spirits, to apprehensions of thy wrath. whom all hearts are open, and all desires known;

O Lord, enter not into judgment with him ; we humbly entreat thee to succour and relieve this make him sensible that, though the wages of sin thy servant, who labours under the burden of are death, the gift of God is eternal life; that thou wicked thoughts. Let thy power and goodness hatest the death of a sinner, and art not willing be shown in healing his disordered mind. °Cleanse that any should perish; that thou always punishthe thoughts of his heart by the inspiration of thy est less than we deserve, and in the midst of judgHoly Spirit. Suffer them not to be defiled by ment rememberest mercy. Revive his soul with any profane or blasphemous suggestions, but heal a sense of thy love, and the hopes of obtaining the soul of thy servant, by enabling him to stitle thy pardon, and the joy of thy salvation ; that he and suppress all such thoughts as tend to rob him may be raised from this dejection, and show with of his peace, or deprive him of the comforts of re- gladness what thou hast done for his soul. All ligion. Enable him to be of an equal and steady this we humbly beg for Jesus Christ's sake.

Amen. temper, to be mild and gentle in his behaviour, and to keep his hopes and fears within due

A Prayer for « Lunatic. bounds. Make him sensible of the wise and kind reasons of these afflictions ; that, if they are

(From Mr. Jenks.) duly improved, they may be powerful preserva O Lord, the only wise God, from whom wo tives of his soul against the prevailing sins of a have received all the faculties of our souls : thou licentious age; may lessen his inclinations to the art holy and righteous in all thy dispensations, enjoyments of this life, and deaden his appetite to though the reason of them is frequently unknown sensual pleasure, and the perishing goods of this to us. Dispel, we humbly beseech thee, if it be world; that these afflictions may dispose him to agreeable to thine infinite wisdom, the clouds in compassionate the sufferings of others, and make which the soul of thy servant is now involved; him more thoroughly feel his own infirmities, and that he may regain his understanding, and the the want of divine assistance. Open his eyes, right use of his faculties. Heal his disordered that he may see and know the wise and gracious mind : settle and quiet his passions; pacify and dispensations of thy providence; and, by humbling compose his imagination.

O prosper the means which are used for his re

II. covery. Make him tractable in the use of remedies, and willing to comply with the advice of his

1. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O friends. But if no means can effect his cure, let Lord;

Lord, hear my voice. him possess his soul in peace and composure, and

2. O let thine ears consider well the voice of my in every interval of reason address his prayer to complaint. - Psalm cxxx. 1, 2. thee; that, when his earthly tabernacle shall be

3. For I am helpless and poor, and my heart is

wounded within me.-Psalm cix. 21. dissolved, he may rejoice in his former inability to pursue the pleasures of the world, and be pre- fear of death is fallen upon me.

4. My heart is disquieted within me, and the sented unto thee pure and undefiled, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon

me, and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me, A Prayer for natural Fools, or Madmen.

- Psalm lv. 4, 5. (From Mr. Kettlewell.)

6. I go hence like the shadow that departeth, O ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, pity, and am driven away like a grasshopper.—Psalm we entreat thee, this thy unhappy creature, who cix: 22 knows not his own wants, nor how to ask for thy 7. O God, thou knowest my foolishness, and mercies. Compassionate, O Lord, his infirmities, my sins are not hidden from thee.-Psalm Lix. 5. and supply his necessities. Let thy wisdom pre

8. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit; in a vent those evils which he cannot foresee, or wants place of darkness, and in the deep. understanding to remove ; but especially keep him

9. Thine indignation lieth hard upon me, and from doing any thing that may be hurtful either to thou hast vexed me with all thy storms.—Psalm himself or others.

lxxxviii. 5, 6. Let his mind, on all occasions, be quiet and

10. Thou breakest me with a tempest, and my peaceable; and as far as his faculties extend, ex- roarings are poured out like waters.-- Job ii. 24; ercised in piety and devout meditations. O hear ix. 17. our cry when we call upon thee: hear us for him

11. O reject me not utterly, and be not exceedwho is not able to pray for himself ; grant him ing wroth against thy servant.-Lament. v. 22. thy fatherly care at present, and thy peace at the

12. For my soul is full of trouble, and my life last; through the mediation of thy Son, our Sa- draweth nigh unto hell.-Psalm Ixxxviii. 2. viour Jesus Christ. Amen.

13. I am brought into so great trouble and miPROPER PSALMS FOR A SICK PER

sery, that I go mourning all the day long.

14. For my loins are filled with a sore disease, SON AT SEA.

and there is no whole part in my body.—Psalm I.

xxxviii. 6, 7. 1. SAVE me, O God, for the waters are come in,

15. My wounds stink and are corrupt, through even unto my soul.

my foolishness. —Psalm xxxviii. 5. 2. I am come into deep waters, so that the 16. Behold, O Lord, I am in distress; my floods run over me.—Psalm lxix. 1, 2.

bowels are troubled, my heart is turned within 3. The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods me, for I have grievously transgressed.—Lament. have lift up their voice; the floods lift up their i. 20.

17. O remember not the sins and offences of 4. The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage my youth; but according to thy mercy think thou horribly: but yet the Lord, who dwelleth in hea. upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.-Psalm xxv. 6. ven, is mightier.—Psalm xcii. 4, 5.

18. Cast me not away in the time of age; for5. He maketh the storm to cease, so that the sake me not, when my strength faileth me. —Psalm waves thereof are still.

Ixxi. 8. 6. Wherefore unto thee, O Lord, do I cry in 19. Take thy plague away from me: I am even my trouble: deliver me out of my distress.- consumed by the means of thy heavy hand. Psalm cvii. 28.

20. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man 7. Thou shalt show us wonderful things in thy for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, righteousness, O God of our salvation : thou that art like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them man therefore is but vanity. that remain in the broad sea.—Psalm Ixv. 5. 21. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine

8. Through thee have I been holden up ever ears consider my calling ; hold not thy peace at my since I was born; thou art he that took me out of tears. my mother's womb; my praise shall always be of 22. For I am a stranger with thee, and a sothee.-Psalm lxxi. 5, 6.

journer, as all my fathers were. 9. I will cry unto thee, Thou art my father, 23. O spare me a little, that I may recover my my God, and the rock of my salvation.—Psalm strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen. lxxxix. 26.

- Psalm xxxix. 11–13. 10. Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord; let thy loving-kindness and truth always

A Prayer for a sick Seaman. preserve me.

O most great and glorious Lord, the "salvation 11. For innumerable troubles are come about of all that dwell on the earth, and of them that reme: my sins have taken such hold upon me, that main in the broad sea;" under whose powerful proI am not able to look up; yea, they are more in tection we are alike secure in every place, and number than the hairs of my head, and my heart without whose providence over us we can no hath failed me.

where be in safety; look down, we beseech thee, 12. O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me, upon us, thy unworthy servants, who are called to make haste, O Lord, to help me.—Psalm xl. 11, “behold thy wonders in the deep," and to perform 12, 13.

our several duties in the great waters.

waves.

" Thou art our refuge and strength, a very pre-I will unavoidably assault him in the state of life sent help in trouble; and therefore we fly unto wherein he is engaged, and therefore we most thee for succour in all our necessities. Extend humbly beseech thee to give him such a portion of thy accustomed goodness to our distressed brother, thy blessed Spirit, as may enable him to fight with whom thou hast been pleased to visit with the rod as much resolution and courage against his spiriof affliction.

tual enemies, as the nature of his post obliges him "The waves of death encompass him about, to do, upon just occasions, against his temporal; and the sorrows of hell take hold upon him." ever remembering, that the greatest of conquests

O leave him not to himself, nor let him be given is that which is made upon ourselves; and that no over “ to a spirit of slumber" and darkness; but victory is so truly honourable, as that which is “open his eyes, that he may see the wondrous obtained over our vicious inclinations. things of thy law, and the necessity of a speedy Wherefore give him grace, we beseech thee, O and sincere repentance ; so that from the sickness Lord, " to abhor that which is evil, and to cleave of his body, he may derive health and salvation to to that which is good.” Let him religiously avoid his soul, which is the great end of all thy righte- all blasphemy and profaneness, all drunkenness, ous judgments, and of all our afflictions.

riot, and lasciviousness; and let him carefully folLet him seriously consider and reflect within low the rule our Saviour hath set him, " of doing himself, from this visitation, “what a dreadful violence to no man, accusing no man falsely, and thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God;" being content with his own wages;" so that, havand let him hence learn, if it shall please thee to ing put on the whole armour of God, he may be raise him up again, to preserve a more awful sense able to stand against the wiles of the devil; and of thy divine majesty upon his spirit," and to live whenever thou shalt be pleased to put an end to more soberly, righteously, and piously, in this pre- his warfare, (either now or hereafter,) he may sent world.

cheerfully resign his soul into thy hands, in these We know, O Lord, that " many are the ene- comfortable words of the apostle: “I have fought mies of peace,” and that “the whole world lieth a good fight, I have finished my course, I have in wickedness:" but let him not “ follow a multi- kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me tude to do evil,” nor“ give his consent to the en- a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the ticement ofsinners;" but being perfectly“ redeemed righteous Judge, shall give unto all those that love from all vain conversation, and renewed in the and fear him, and put their trust in his mercy." spirit of his mind,” let him " walk before thee with Amen. a perfect heart," and spend the residue of his days A Prayer to be used by a Person aflicted with a in thy faith and fear. Or if thou hast determined otherwise concern

Distemper of long Continuance. ing him, be pleased to give him sufficient grace, and strength, and time, to "make his calling and

(By Dr. Stonehouse.] election sure, before he go hence and be no more

O Lord God Almighty, I am wonderfully made, seen:" revive his drooping spirits, fortify his heart, and all my powers of body and mind were proand as he decays in the outer, strengthen him in duced and are supported by thee. “Thou killest

, the inner man, by setting before him the hopes of and makest alive : thou woundest, and makest a blessed immortality was an anchor of the soul, whole.” both sure and steadfast." Amen.

I own and reverence thine hand in my present

affliction. I acknowledge that thou art righteous A Prayer for a sick Soldier or Seaman.

in all that befalls me; for I have sinned; and thou O most mighty Lord, the fountain of health chastenest me less than my iniquities deserve. In and life, strength and courage, the aid and support punishment thou showest mercy, continuest to me of all that fy unto thee for succour, with whom is many comforts, prolongest my opportunities of reno respect of persons, but every one that feareth flection and amendment, and givest hope of that thee (whether he be rich or poor, learned or un- pardon which I so much want, and at this time learned) is accepted by thee; we beseech thee mer-earnestly entreat. cifully to look down upon our brother, who is now I desire in this poor condition of my health, to fallen under the rod of thy displeasure.

search and try my ways, and turn unto thee, o We know, O Lord, that all thy judgments are Lord, by deep humility, sincere repentance, and principally intended for our good in the end, by faith in the great Redeemer: and may the fruit of the reformation of our lives and manners: and this and every affliction be to take away sin, and therefore we most humbly beseech thee to let thy make my heart better. present judgment have that good effect upon our O God, if it be thy merciful will, direct me to, brother, that he may lead the rest of his life as a and prosper, some means for the removal of my faithful soldier of Jesus Christ, and not continue to disorder, that I may yet be capable of glorifying harden his heart against all the powerful and re- thee in my station, and, by farther endeavours for peated instances of thy mercies and judgments to thy service upon earth, be fitter for immortality. wards him.

Support me, gracious Lord, that my soul may If thou hast designed this sickness shall termi- not be quite cast down, and too much disquieted nate in his death, O be pleased to fit and prepare within me. Assist me to cherish penitent, believe him for it; or if otherwise in mercy thou hast de-ing, serious thoughts and affections. Grant me termined to spare him, O let him not return to such resignation to thy will, such patience and any of his former sinful courses, but let him al- meekness towards men, as my Divine Master reways keep in mind the promise which he made to quireth, and as he himself manifested while he thee in baptism, of renouncing the world, the flesh, was a suflerer on earth. Forgive all the harshand the devil; and which, we hope, he now again ness and sinfulness of my temper, and keep it heartily renews in this his day of visitation. from increasing upon me. "May I learn from what We know, O Lord, that many temptations I now feel to pity all who are sick, in pain, or

me.

otherwise afflicted, and do all in my power to as- | patience and resignation. Let thine Holy Spirit sist and relieve them.

direct and support me under every trial, and enIf by this affliction thou intendest to bring me able me so to walk in thy faith and fear, that I down to the grave, prepare me, by thy grace, for may at last be received into thy heavenly king. my removal hence, and entrance on the unseen dom, through the merits and mediation of thy Son eternal state: and may all the sufferings of the Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. present life work out for me a far more exceeding Amen. and eternal weight of glory. I am thankful for any degree of case and com

A Prayer to be used by an Old Person. fort which I have this day enjoyed. Grant me, O gracious Lord, my maker and my preserver, this night, such refreshing rest, that I may be I give thee thanks for the long continuance which better able to discharge the duties and bear the thou hast granted me in this world, in order that burden of another day, if thou art pleased to in- I may be the better prepared for another. Enable dulge me with it. If my eyes are kept waking, me by thy grace to make a right use of the time may my meditations be comfortable and useful to afforded me, and give me a true and deep repent

ance of the sins which I have committed. SupPity my weakness, merciful and heavenly Fa- port me by thy help under the infirmities of age, ther, and hear my imperfect petitions, through keep me from covetousness, and fretfulness, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who was once a man of from all unreasonable fears, and cares.

Give me sorrow, and is still touched with the feeling of our that degree of ease and health which thou seest infirmities; to whom, as our merciful High Priest most convenient for me; wean my affections and and powerful Intercessor, be glory for evermore. desires from the things of this life, and keep me Amen.

continually prepared for death; through Jesus

Christ. Amen. A Prayer to be used on the Death of a Friend.

A Prayer for a Person condemned to die. [By Mr. Merrick.]

(From Dr. Inet.] O Almighty God, who dost not willingly grieve the children of men, but in thy visitations

O most just and holy Lord God, who bringest rememberest mercy, teach me by thy grace to bear to light the hidden things of darkness, and by thy the loss of that dear person whom thou hast taken just and wise providence dost bring sin to shame from me with patience and resignation, and to and punishment; disappointing the hopes of wickmake a right use of the afliction which thy fa- ed men; visiting their sins upon them in this pretherly hand hath laid upon me. Thou hast given, evil of their ways, and save their souls in the day and thou hast taken away: blessed be thy holy name. Make me thankful, O Lord, for the com- of judgment; O Lord, in mercy look down upon forts and blessings which I still enjoy; and sancti- this thy servant, who now is before thee to confess fy to my soul all the sufferings, which in the thy justice in making him a sad example to others. course of this mortal life thoạ shalt appoint for He with sorrow and shame confesseth it would be me. Let the death of friends and relations help just with thee, should death eternal be the wages to keep me always mindful of my own mortality of his sins, and everlasting sorrow the recompense And grant, that by thy grace I may here apply of his iniquity. He has, we confess, O Lord, my heart to wisdom, and may hereafter by thy despised thy mercy, and abused thy goodness, and mercy be received into that everlasting kingdom has therefore no reason to expect any other than where all tears shall be wiped from all faces, and to be made an everlasting sacrifice to thy justice. sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Hear

When thou hast, by the ministry of thy word, O merciful Father, for the sake of thy Son Jesus and the interposition of thy providence, called Christ. Amen.

him to repentance, he has slighted thine admoni

tions. O, how just therefore would it be now in A Prayer to be used by a Person troubled in

thee to disregard his cry, in this day of trouble, Mind.

when distress and anguish are come upon him!

He confesseth that he hath hardened his heart, ALMIGHTY God, who beholdest with compas- notwithstanding all thy importunities to him to sion and mercy the weaknesses and frailties of us repent and live; that he has still gone on from thy sinful creatures; look down on me, I beseech one wickedness to another, eagerly repeating the thee, and deliver me, if it be thy blessed will, from works of darkness, and even hating to be rethe distress of mind under which I labour. formed; that he has notoriously broken his bapStrengthen my judgment, and inform my under- tismal vows, and given encouragement to others to standing, that I may rightly know my duty; and blaspheme our holy faith, and that on these accounts grant that I may act on all occasions, and in every he has nothing to expect but that thou shouldst circumstance of life, in the manner most acceptable deal with him according to his sins, and reward to thee. Pardon my secret sins and infirmities, him according to the multitude of his offences. and preserve me from all wilful neglects and of- But thou, o God, hast been pleased to declare, fences. If thou seest it consistent with thy glory, that with thee is mercy and plenteous redemption; and with the everlasting welfare of my soul, fill that thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but me with that fervency of affection towards thee, rather that he should repent and live. Thou hast and with that measure of spiritual comfort and so loved the world, that thou gavest thy onlyassurance, which may preserve my mind in a frame begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him of cheerfulness and composure. But if trouble should not perish, but have everlasting life. O, and bitterness of mind be more expedient for me, let not him whom we are now comm

mmending to thy continue to me both this and all other afflictions mercy, for ever perish and be lost. Have comwhich thou seest most conducive to my future passion upon a miserable sinner, who owns he dehappiness, and grant that I may bear them with serves eternally to die; and let him find mercy in

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