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Blessed Lord God,

LOOK down in mercy and compassion on me, thy poor distressed iupplicant, whom thou now vouchsafest to admit unto thy heavenly banquet; illuminate my blindness by the blessed light of thy most facred word, fatisfy my hunger with the sweet refreshings of thy gracious presence, inrich my poverty with the gifts and graces of thy holy spirit; cover my nakedness with the precious robes of thine own righteousness; swallow up the depths of my misery by the height of thy mercy, that I may this day appear before thee with a sincere heart, and happy loul.

Lord, strengthen and support my feeble faith, make me joyfully to trust in thee, conftantly to rely upon thee, thankfully to sacrifice my soul in praises to thee.

Vouchsafe, dear Lord, that I may worthily approach thy blessed table, that I may this day be fo united to thee, that all my joy and comfort may hereafter be for ever with thee. Amen.

CHAP. VIII

CONTAINING PIOUS EJACULATIONS AT THE

TIME OF RECEIVING,

LORD,

THOU art that blessed bread, by which my soul is nourished to eternal life; thou art that fruitful vine, from which doth flow those gladding comforts to my fainting spirit. . .

Thou wert broken for my sins, thou wert bruised for my transgressions, and the chastisement of my peace was upon thee: Lord, by thy stripes let my sinful soul be healed.

Thou tookest into thy hands the cup of trembling, thou drankest out the very dregs thereof, and thy precious blood was poured out like water for my fake.

Sweet Jesus, sustain me by this bread, refresh me 'with this wine, recover me with this potion, cleanse me by this effusion, that I may this day receive joyfully, return thankfully, live righteously, and die happily,

CHAP. IX.

CONTAINING A BRIEF MEDITATION, AND PIOUS

THANKSGIVING AFTER OUR RECEIVING,

1 AM this day joyfully delivered from the bondage of fin and satan, and happily restored into the glorious liberty of the sons of God; I have relished the sweetness of his heavenly promises, and received the seal of his gracious performances; I now enjoy that blessed peace of God which passeth all our understanding. My deliverance is wonderful, my freedom absolute, my peace unalterable, my joy unutterable: my conscience is now quieted, my spirit ravished, mine enemies vanquished, and my God well-pleased.

TO thee, therefore, O thou blessed Fountain of eternal sweetness, do I address my joyful soul, to love and honor thee to my lives end. Lord Jesus accept of me, and so powerfully and graciously alfist me, that I may savingly behold thee in thy blesfed promises, that I may happily enjoy thee in thy holy ordinances; that I may clearly see, and joyfully confess what great things thou hast done for my poor Sul; that I may be daily ravished with apprehen. sion of thine exceeding love, and hourly busied with recounting thy endless praise.

Lord, make me to forsake the sins and miseries of this life ; make me more watchful over my corrupt heart, more zealous of thy glory and thy children's good; that I may never willingly offend thee, but wholly sacrifice the short remainder of my days unto thee; that so my heart and my flesh may triumphantly rejoice in the the living God,

Mortify my corruptions, support my weakness, accept my willingness; let this my humiliation before thee, be a pleasing facrifice unto thee, for his alone sake, whose precious life thy rich mercy hath * facrificed to thy justice for me. Lord hear me, have mercy on me for his alone fake, whom thou hast freely given unto me, that I may truly love thee, devoutly serve thee, and earnestly embrace thee.

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CHAP. X.

UPON A JOURNEY UNDERTAKEN, AND THE MANY

DANGERS INCIDENT THEREUNTO.

: AM now going from mine own home, and know not whether I shall ever return; God, I know, hath set a period to my days, beyond which I cannot pass, but when, or where, or how my life shall end, I am uncertain. Many are the dangers that attend this sinful life, and many more my sins that have deserved them, I can neither number the one, nor foresee the other, this is the wretched and fad condition of my body, and (without unfeigned forrows of my sins,) the much more woeful case of my distressed soul.

Lord, there is nothing so sweet as tħy love, nothing so safe as thy protection, and yet I have carelessly negleeted the one, and thou mayest not juftly deny me the other; thou hast wooed me to mercy, and I have refused to come; thou hast graciously invited me by thy continual preservations, by thy fatherly sustentations, by thy gentle corrections, by thy faithful promises, and thy rich performances.

Blessed Lord, how wonderful are thy compassions. towards me, when I am unthankful for thy many

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