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123 my God, with that natural Tenderness for my Parents, and those that have the Care of me, and with that Chriftian Senfe of my Duty towards them, that my Language may be respectful, my Actions dutiful, and my whole Behaviour fuch that I may not increase the Burthen and Care of their Life, but prove a Comfort and Bleffing to them.
Bless me, O Lord, in my Learning, and deliver me from. Sloth and Idleness, and ill Company, and from all Dangers both of Body and Soul; and help me daily to increase in Knowledge, and Wisdom, and all Virtue.
I commend to thy Divine Providence, my Father and Mother, my Brethren and Sifters] all my Friends and Relations, and all this Family, and all Mankind: Vouchfafe us, O gracious God, all thofe Graces' and Bleffings which thou knoweft to be moft needful for us.
Unto thee, O my God, do I dedicate my Soul and Body, befeeching thee to take them into thy Care and Protection, that they may be always employed in thy Service, and to thy Glory: that having served thee faithfully in this Life, I may at last obtain Life everlafting, through the Merits and Mediation of my bleffed Saviour and Redeemer Jefus Chrift our Lord; in whose H.3 holy
holy Name and Words I fum up my own and the Wants of all Mankind.
Our Father, &c.
An Evening Prayer for a young Perfon.
Almighty God, and merciful Father, who willingly heareft the Prayers of all thofe that call upon thee faithfully; I humbly befeech thee to pardon whatfoever thou haft feen amifs in me this Day, in my Thoughts, Words, or Actions. [Here mention Particulars.] Affift me, O God, in making it my constant Endeavour to resist and conquer every evil Inclination within me, and every Temptation from without.
Help me daily to increase in the Knowledge and Love of thee, my God, and of my Saviour, Jefus Chrift.
Shew me the Way in which I should walk, whilft I am young; and grant I may never depart from it.
Bless to me I pray thee, whatsoever good Inftructions have at any Time been given me; help me carefully to remember them, and feriously to practice them, that I may ever be growing in Knowledge, in Wifdom, and Goodnefs.
Blefs and defend our moft gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE, our gracious Queen Charlotte, his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family; and all Orders of Men among us, from the highest to the lowest; Lord, give them all Grace in their several Stations, to be inftrumental to thy Glory, and the publick Good.
Accept, O Lord, my humbleft Praise and Thankfgiving for all the Goodness thou haft this Day, or at any Time, fhewed me; for all the Helps of preventing or reftraining Grace thou haft vouchfafed me; for whatever I have done, which is in any Measure acceptable to thee; for whatever Progress I have made in my Learning; for thy Prefervation of me from all the Miferies and Dangers which frail Mortality is every Moment expofed to; particularly for[Here mention any particular mercy.]
I humbly commit my Soul and Body to thy Care this Night, begging thy gracious Protection and Bleffing.
And all thefe Mercies and Bleffings. which I afk for myfelf, I heartily defire for all my Relations and Friends, and for all Mankind. Let it please thee to guide us all in this prefent Life, and to conduct us fafe to thy heavenly Kingdom, through H 4 Jefus
Jefus Christ our Lord and Saviour; in whose most holy Name and Words, I conclude thefe my imperfect Prayers.
Our Father, &c.
A Morning Prayer for a Servant...
Lord my God, the Creator and Preferver of all Mankind; I blefs and praife thy holy Name for all thy Mercies to my Soul and Body: Thou haft given me another Day, O give me Grace to spend it to thy Honour and Glory: Enable me to work in it the Work for which thou haft fent me into the World, before the Night of Death cometh, wherein I cannot Work; that I may not increase the Number of my Tranfgreffions, by running heedlefly or knowingly into the Commiffion of any Sin.
O God, thou Witnefs of all my Actions, and Judge of all my Thoughts and Affections; what would become of me, if thou fhouldeft enter into ftrict Judgment with. me! How fhould I stand before thy Tribunal, covered with the Guilt and Shame of my Sin! Lord, I repent, increase thou my Repentance; I repent of-[Here menon thofe Sins which most burthen thy Connce.] Obe thou reconciled unto me, and.
pardon me, for the Sake of Jefus Chrift, and not only pardon my Sins, but deliver me from the Power and Dominion of them.
I am confcious to myself of great Weaknefs and Frailty: O do thou confirm and ftrengthen me; create in me a clean Heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me: Give me a true Faith, and inflame. my Heart with a holy Love, that I may delight in thy Commandments; that I walk before thee in Uprightnefs and Fear, in Faithfulness and Honefty; constantly and chearfully depending upon thee; and doing the Duty of my Place, not with Eye Service, but with Singlenefs of Heart, as knowing that I fhall be accountable to thee at the laft Day, as well for thofe Duties which I owe my Mafter and Mistress, as for those which are more immediately to be paid to thee..
O Lord, I befeech thee, keep me from all opprobrious and reproachful Language; from all Lying and Slandering; and from all unjust and deceitful Actions. Make me always thankful, humble, and contented, neither withholding from thee the Praise due to thy infinite Bounty and Mercy, nor from Man the Thanks due to him, for any H 5 A&t