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and (if it be thy good Pleasure) make her fpeedily a joyful Mother of a hopeful Child, that may live to be an Inftrument of thy Glory, and ufeful in its Generation.

O Lord, I leave her in thy Hands, and refign her to thy Will; humbly befeeching thee to deal gracioufly with her; through the Merits, and for the Sake of thy dear Son, and our alone Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.

A Thanksgiving to be faid in the Prefence of the Woman after her Delivery, which may be used for fome Time afterward.

O Father of Mercies, and God of all Comforts; we thy unworthy Servants, do now prefent ourselves before thee, to return unto thy divine Majefty our most humble and unfeigned Thanks, for that thou haft vouchfafed to deliver thy Servant from the great Pain and Peril of Childbirth. Bleffed be thy Name, O Lord, that thou haft turned her Sorrow into Joy, and her Pains into Eafe and Refreshments: continue, we beseech thee, thy Fatherly Goodnefs to her; let thy good Providence ftill watch over her, and thy Strength fupport her

her under all the Weaknesses of her present Condition.

And grant, O moft merciful Father, that not only this thy Servant, but every one of us here prefent, may from the Confideration of thy great Goodness, be excited to a greater Love to thee, and a ftricter Obedience to thy Laws; that thou mayeft ftill delight over us to do us Good; and that we ferving thee faithfully all our Days, may at last obtain that greatest of all Mercies, the eternal Salvation of our immortal Souls, through the Merits of thy Son, and our alone Saviour Jefus Christ.

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We commend likewife to thy Mercy and Goodnefs ed if the Child is living. this tender Infant; preferve it, that it may be regenerated and born again by Baptifm; that as it is thine by Creation, fo it may thereby be made thine by Adoption and Grace.

Sanctify it, we humbly pray thec, and take it into thy Protection, and fo fill it with the Graces of thy Holy Spirit, that it may be of the Number of thy faithful Servants, through Jefus Chrift our bleffed Lord and only Saviour. Amen.

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A Thanksgiving to be used by a Woman in private before her going abroad.

Almighty and moft merciful Father, in whom I live, and move, and have my Being; by thee I have been preserved ever fince I was born, and to thy infinite Goodness I acknowledge it to be owing, that I am now alive. I defire, O Lord, to adore and praise thy glorious Majefty, for the many Mercies and Favours which thou haft beftowed on me all my Life long; and in a more particular Manner, I prefent myself before thee at this Time to blefs and praife thy holy Name, for thy late Mercies vouchfafed unto me, in delivering me from the great Pains and Peril of Child-birth: It was thy Power that preferved me, thy Goodnefs that delivered me, and thy Hand that fupported me, when Pain and Sorrow laid hold upon me. Praifed therefore be that infinite Love, which moved thee to deal fo graciously with thy Servant, and to enable a weak and feeble Creature to go through the Sorrow and Anguish of Travail.

O Lord, give me fuch a Senfe of thy great Goodness to me, that I may make

it the great Study and Business of my Life to ferve and please thee in all Things; that fo my Returns of Duty and Obedience may in fome Measure be anfwerable to thofe many Mercies I have received at thy Hands.

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Mortify and fubdue in me all finful and corrupt Affections, and whatever may tend to alienate my Love from thee, and to flacken my Endeavours after the Purfuit of heavenly Things.

This is to be added if the Child is living.

I commend, likewife, O Lord, to thy Mercy and Goodness, that tender Infant which thou haft lately given me. Sanctify it, I humbly pray thee, and fo fill it with the Graces of thy Holy Spirit, that it may ever be in the Number of thy faithful Servants.

And grant, O merciful Father, that I may never be wanting in my Duty towards it; but enable me, by thy Grace, to bring it up in the Nurture and Admonition of thee the Lord; that as it grows in Years, fo it may increase in Grace, and thy Favour, and be a Comfort to me all my Days, through Jefus Christ our Lord; to whom with thee, O Father, and

and the Holy Spirit, be afcribed, as is most due, all Honour, Glory, Power, Thankfgiving, and Praife, both now and for evermore. Amen.

In Cafe of dangerous Sickness, fee proper Prayers in the Office for the Sick.

The End of the Second Part


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