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sow those blessed things that belong to my ieast they be for ever hid from mine eyes.
Lord, by thy rich mercy I can now plainly see the vanity and emptiness of all these earthly objects, the folly and misery of those that rest in them, the rest and quietness of those that least rely upon them; in this transitory beauty of the creature, I can now behold the ravishing perfections of the great Creator.
Lord, I now exceedingly desire to know thee, that Imay for ever love thee, that I may be fick of love till I enjoy thee, that I may joyfully reft in thee, and be eternally united to thee.
Blessed Lord God,
FOR thou; art infinitely sweeter than the sweetness of thy creatures, they are all but emptiness and vanity, but in thy presence is the fulness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Othou blessed Fountain of eternal goodness, forgive me mine offences, cover my sins, and fix my soul 1.p.n the sweetness of thy heavenly joys, and give-constancy and steadiness of heart to cleave unto ..", and for thy mercy fake remove all vain desires
-- betray me from thee.,
O thou blessed Saviour of my finful soul, by whose perfect obedience, all my disobedience is forgiven me, who hast given thyself for me, and to me, give me also unfeigned repentance, that I may heartily bewail the sinfulness of my life past, that I may make a gracious improvement of my life present, and faithfully perform the vows and promises which I make unto thee, for the short remainder of my life to come.
O blessed and eternal comforter of all those finful fouls that put their trust in thee, give me a sweet and full assurance of thy love in Christ; withdraw my wretched heart from vanity, inflame it with an carnest and affectionate desire to thee; open mine eyes, that I may see some glimpse of thy celestial joys prepared for me; make me often to think of them, earnestly to long for them, and readily and cheerfully to part with all these earthly pleasures to enjoy them.
Lord make me able to encounter and withstand the strong assaults of fatan, and this evil world ;. give me thy saving grace, and take from me what thou wilt; without thy blessed presence, all these outward joys are weariness, and emptiness; without thee, even life itself is bitterness unto me; without thy love I ask it not of thee, yea, I rather beg thee (Lord) to take it from me, that so I may be joyfully released from the bondage of a sinful body, that I. may love thee with a pure and spotless soul, that all mine imperfe&tions may be done away, that fo I may securely dwell with thee, in perfect holiness,, and endless happiness. Amen.
UPON THE SIN OF UNCLEANNESS, WITH ENCOU.
RAGEMENTS TO AVOID IT.
CONSIDER, O my foul, in what a blesfed relation thou now standest to thy God, thou hast lately grieved for thy sins, and God hath also gracioufly accepted of thy sorrow, and thou art now at peace and union with him; his holy spirit is thy comforter, his holy providence thy guide, his holy angels thy guardians, his holy faints thine alfiftants; the creatures without thee are at league and union with thee, and thy conscience within thee is a con tinual feast unto thee; while thus thou continuest, thy safety is inviolable, thy joy unutterable, thy peace unalterable.
Who can express the blessedness of this condi. tion? how ravishing is this reviving presence of the gladding spirit, by which thou art sustained sweetly here, by which thou shalt be joyfully refreshed hereafter ?
· Wilt thou now lose all this (O my soul) for this false, this foul, this momentary pleafure ? wilt thou lodge this beastly fin, where thou now lodgest thy Redeemer? Consider how vain it is, how bitter it
will be; think how many sad thoughts, how many aching hearts, how many wounding fighs, this fall of thine will coft thee; what distempers of body, what disturbances of soul, what unquietness of sleep, what checks of conscience, what inward sadness in thy greatest merriment, and (which is worst of all) what a fearful apprehension of God's wrath in this life, and woeful expectation of judgment, and suffering of extremity of pains in hell for ever.
Let not the vain hope of God's mercy flatter thee; for while he is merciful, he will be just, yea, his mercy shall provoke his justice; if his patience, and long-suffering do not lead thee into timely repentance, his wrath and fury shall furely lead thee out to greater condemnation.
If custom persuade thee, let custom also reclaim thee; if thy flesh murmur, thy spirit will rejoice: O how happy wilt thou find this oppofition! how glorious this vi&tory! even but one blessed thought of amendment, is of more value than an age of fin,
Holy St. Auguster, who was wont to nourish his Aleivious keld, and thought it then imposible to live without the luftful killes of kis Ramen Dames, when once he had but relilhed the rritning embutes of eteruity, brake forth into the sweet and molt divine expreflions ; * how truly sweet is the data of the earthly foressiaels! hele tatizory joys