Imatges de pàgina

foon as it is mine; lent to me for my Comfort, but created and referved by thee, for thy Service and Glory.

O Lord, I humbly commit both myself and this Babe which is conceived in me to thy Mercy and Goodness: Strengthen and enable me, I befeech thee, to go thro' all the Pains and Uneafinefs of Childbearing, with Patience and Submiffion to thy Will; confidering, that they are the juft Punishment of Sin: Give me an hum ble Truft and Dependance on thy Fatherly Care and Good Providence, and make me, in thy good Time, a joyful Mother of a hopeful Child, which may live to be an Inftrument of thy Glory, and by ferving thee faithfully, and doing Good in its Generation, may be received into thy everlasting Kingdom, through Jefus Chrift our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.

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A Prayer when the Time of Travail draweth O GOD, the Help of all that put their Truft in thee; the Support of the Weak, and the Relief of the Needy; look with Pity upon me thy Servant, who, in my best Estate, am but a weak and helpless 06 Creature,

Creature, and much more in the Condition I am now in, which is attended with many Pains and Uneafineffes; under which nothing but thy Power is able to fupport me.

O Lord, in thee is my Truft, who I know art able and willing to help me; repofe myself, therefore, under the Care and Protection of thy Fatherly Goodness, defiring to rest upon thee alone for my Support, who art the Rock of Ages, and the Strength of all that put their Trust in thee. Oh! let me not be difquieted with the Fear of any Evil, fince none can happen unto me without thy Leave, nor be frighted with the Approach of any Pains; but give me Grace patiently to refign myfelf to thy bleffed Will in all Things, who knoweft what is beft for me, and who, I truft, will not lay upon me more than thou wilt enable me to bear.

O Lord, be thou graciously pleafed to proportion thy Strength to my Weakness; and when Pains and Sorrows have taken hold on me, leave me not under them, I beseech thee, but fave and deliver me for thy Mercy's Sake: And as I have hitherto experienced thy Fatherly Goodnefs in every State and Condition of my Life; fo let me ftill find the Continuance of it, to carry me through


through all the Troubles and Uneafineffes of this Life, and more particularly, to enable me to go through the Time of my Travail, which is now drawing near at hand.

O Lord, pardon thofe Sins, that have made me unworthy of thy Care, and deal not with me as I have deferved, but according to thy Mercy, and the Merits of thy dear Son Jefus Chrift the Righteous; to whom with thee, O Father, and the blessed Spirit, be all Honour, Glory, Power, Thanksgiving, and Praise, both now and for evermore. Amen.


Ejaculations to be used by a Woman during the Time of her Labour.

SAVE, Lord, and hear me, O King of Heaven, now I call upon thee in this Time of my Trouble.

Be not thou far from me, O Lord; thou art my Succour, hafte thee to help me.

Oh! remember not my Sins and Offences; but according to thy Mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy Goodnefs.

The Sorrows of my Heart are enlarged; Oh! bring thou me out of my Troubles.


; Look upon my Adverfity and Mifery, and forgive me all my Sins; that I may thew the Voice of Thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous Works.

O hide not thou thy Face from me: nor caft thy Servant away Servant away in Displeasure. Thou haft been my Succour; leave me not, neither forfake me, O God of my Salvation.

Hear me, O Lord, for thy Lovingkindnefs is comfortable: turn thee unto me, according to the Multitude of thy Mercies.

Thou art my Helper and Red make no long tarrying, O my God, nor fuffer me to fink under the Burden of my 'Pains.

O my Soul, wait thou ftill upon God; for my Hope is in him.

In God is my Health and my Glory, the Rock of my Might; and in God is my Truft.

Oh! be thou my Help in this Time of my Trouble; for without thee vain is the Help of Man.

Oh! look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou useft to be unto thofe that love thy Name.

O Lord,

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O Lord, let it be thy Pleasure to deliver me; make haste, O Lord, to help me.


A Prayer to be used by a Hufband, or other Friend in private, for a Woman in Labour; and which by changing I for we, may be used by the Friends of the Woman in her Prefence.

O God, our Refuge and Strength, I fly unto thee for Succour, in behalf of thy Servant, now labouring under the Pains and Anguish of Child-birth. Shorten her Sorrows, increase her Patience, and lay not upon her more than thou wilt enable her to


O hear her Prayers, and let her Crying come unto thee: Forfake. her not, I beseech thee, when her Strength faileth: Give her an humble Truft and Confidence in thy Goodness; and Oh! let her find, that the Supports and Comforts of thy Holy Spirit far exceed the Pains that the is now to go through.


Give her quiet Submiffion to thy bleffed Will, and in thy good Time fend her Eafe and Deliverance. Preferve that Infant which now ftruggles for its Birth;



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