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done, and little to be known, teach me, by thy in at the Psalm ; could not bear the reader in Holy Spirit, to withdraw my mind from unprotit- the lessons, but attended the prayers with tranable and dangerous inquiries, from difficulties quillity. vainly curious, and doubts impossible to be solved. To read the New Testament once a year in Let me rejoice in the light which Thou hast im- Greek. parted, let me serve Thce with active zeal and

Receiving the Sacrament, humble confidence, and wait with patient ex: I profess my faith in Jesus. pectation for the time in which the soul which i declare my resolution to obey him. Thou receivest shall be satisfied with knowledge. I implore, in the highest act of worship, grace to Grant this, O Lord, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

keep these resolutions.
I hope to rise to a new life this day.

Ashbourne, August 28th, 1784. Almighty and most merciful Father, who On the 17th, Mr. Chamier took me away with allictest not willingly the children of men, and

him from Streatham. I left the servants a by whose holy will now languishes in sick

guinea for my health, and was content enough ness and pain, make, I bescech Thee, this punishment effectual to those gracious purposes for

to escape into a house where my birthday, dot

being known, could not be mentioned. I eat which Thou sendest it; let it, if I may presume up till midnight was past, and the day of a new to ask, end not in death, but in repentance; let

year, a very awful day, began. I prayed to him live to promote thy kingdom on earth, by the

God, who had safely brought me to the begin useful example of a better life; but if thy will be

ning of another year, but could not perfectly to call him hence, let his thoughts be so purified

recollect the prayer, and supplied it Such by his sufferings, that he may be admitted to eternal happiness. And, O Lord, by praying for him, When I rose on the isih, I think I prayed again,

desertions of memory I have always had. let me be adınonished to consider my own sins,

then walked with my friend into his grounds. and my own danger, to remember the shortness

When I came back, after some time passed in of life, and to use the time which thy mercy grants

the library, finding myself oppressed by sleepime to thy glory and my own salvation, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ness, I retired to my chamber, where, by lying down, and a short imperfect slumber, I was

refreshed, and prayed as the night before. I then dined, and trifled in the parlour and library,

and was freed from a scruple about Horace. [The following Prayer was composed and used

At last I went to bed, having first composed a by Doctor Johnson previous to his receiving

prayer. the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, on Sun-191h, Sunday. I went to church, and attended day, December 5th, 1784.]

the service. I found at church a time to use

my prayer, O Lord, have mercy, Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate, for the last time,* the death of thy Son Jesus

July 30th Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, O Almighty God, Creator and Governor of the Lord, that my whole hope and confidence may world, who sendest sickness and restorest bealth, be in his merits, and thy mercy; enforce and enable me to consider, with a just sense of thy accept my imperfect repentance; make this com- mercy, the deliverance which Thou hast lately memoration available to the confirmation of my granted me, and assist by thy blessing, as is best faith, the establishment of my hope, and the en- for me, the means which I shall use for the cure largement of my charity; and make the death of of the disease with which I am now afflicted. thy Son Jesus Christ effectual to my redemption. Increase my patience, teach me submission to thy Have mercy upon me, and pardon the multitude will, and so rule my thoughts and direct my acof my offences. Bless my friends ; have mercy tions, that I may be finally received to everlasting upon all men. Support me by thy Holy Spirit, happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death, and receive me, at my death, to everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

ON THE STUDY OF RELIGION.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, without [The following Meditations and Prayers have no whose help labour is useless, without whose light dates in the MS.)

search is vain, invigorate my studies, and direct

my inquiries, that I may, by due diligence and I did not, this week, labour my preparation so right discernment, establish myself and others in

much as I have sometimes done. “My mind thy Holy Faith. Take not, O Lord, thy Holy was not very quiet; and an anxious prepara. Spirit from me; let not evil thoughts have dotion makes the duty of the day formidable and minion in my mind. Let me not linger in ignoburdensome. Different methods suit different rance, but enlighten and support me, for the sake states of mind, body, and affairs. I rose this of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. day, and prayed, then went to tea, and afterwards composed the Prayer, which I formed with great fluency. I went to church ; came

O Lord God, in whose hand are the wills and • He died the 13th following

affections of men, kindle in my mind holy desires,

and repress sinful and corrupt imaginations; ena- oy thy Holy Spirit, to amend my life, according ble me to love thy commandments, and to desire to thy Holy Word, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen thy promises ; let me, by thy protection and influence, so pass through things temporal, as finally not to lose the things eternal; and among the hopes and fears, the pleasures and sorrows, O merciful God, full of compassion, long-sufthe dangers and deliverances, and all the changes fering, and of great pity, who sparest when we of this life, let my heart be surely fixed, by the deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest help of thy Holy Spirit, on the everlasting fruition upon mercy; make me earnestly to repent, and of thy presence, where true joys are to be found. heartily to be sorry for all my misdoings; make Grant, O Lord, these petitions. Forgive, O mer- the remembrance so burdensome and painful, that ciful Lord, whatever I have done contrary to thy I may flee to Thee with a troubled spirit and a laws. Give me such a sense of my wickedness contrite heart; and, O merciful Lord, visit, comas may produce true contrition and effectual re-fort, and relieve me; cast me not out from thy pentance, so that when I shall be called into presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me, another state, I may be received among the but excite in me true repentance; give me in this sinners to whom sorrow and reformation have world knowledge of thy truth, and confidence in obtained pardon, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen. thy mercy, and in the world to come life everlast

ing, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour, thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty and most merciful Father, whose clemency I now presume to implore, after a long life of carelessness and wickedness, have mercy

EJACULATION. upon me.

I have committed many trespasses; have neglected many duties. I have done what

Imploring Diligence. Thou hast forbidden, and left undone what Thou hast commanded. Forgive, merciful Lord, my O God, make me to remember that the night sins, negligences, and ignorances, and enable me, I cometh when no man can work.

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