Imatges de pÓgina

Let not my foul be join'd at last
With men of treachery and blood,
Since I my days on earth have paft
Among the faints in fear of God.


WHEN rifing from the bed of death,.
O'erwhelm'd with guilt and fear,

Ifee my Maker face to face,
O! how fhall I appear! :

If yet while pardon may be found,
And mercy may be fought,
My heart with inward horror fhrinks,
And trembles at the thought.

When thou, O Lord, fhalt ftand disclos'd
In majefty fevere,

And fit in judgment on my foul,
O! how fhall I appear!

But thou hast told the troubled mind,
Who does her fins lament,
The timely tribute of her tears
Shall endless woes prevent.
Then fee the forrows of my heart,
Fre yet it be too late;

And hear my Saviour's dying groans,
To give thofe forrows weight,

For never hall my foul defpair
Her pardon to procure,
Who knows thy only Son has dy'd
To make her pardon fure.

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The Prayer on Tuesday Morning.
For the obtaining God's grace and protection.

ferver of all mankind; I thy creature whom thou haft made, and to this moment haft preferved, do now, as I promifed in the holy facramént, prefent myfelf before thee, to offer up the morn ing facrifice of my unfeigned praises and thanksgivings, for, as thy mercies are renewed to me every morning, and thy goodnefs follows me all the day long; as thou vifiteft me in the night feafon, and every moment of my life is a new in ftance of thy mercy; fo it is my abfolute duty to lay hold of every opportunity to magnify thy glorious name, evermore prailing thee and faying: It is by thy goodness, O Lord, that I have this night lept fecure, and am now raifed up in health and fafety: praifed, therefore, be thy name, O God; for of thee only cometh my falvation: thou art the God of my health, my Saviour and mighty deliverer; as long as I live I will magnify thee, O Lord; for a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.

Oh! give me a heart always tuned to thy praifes, which is my happiness as well as my duty. Imprint on my mind fuch a deep fenfe of thy mercies, that I may

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never provoke thee to withdraw thy favours from me. Let not the bleflings thou beftoweth on me make me in love with this world; let neither covetousness nor ambition, neither pride nor vanity, neither a contempt of others, nor a fond conceit of myself, be the refult of thy loving-kindness toward me: but,

Endue me with fuch a humble and contented mind, fuch a meek and refigned fpirit, fuch a quiet and peaceable temper and behaviour, as becomes a creature and a finner. O infpire my foul with pure and pious difpofitions, and inftead of thofe filthy rags of my righteoufnefs, clothe me with the righteousness of the faints. Let the confideration of my unworthinefs fupprefs in me all proud and afpiring thoughts, and all covetous and ambitious defires; that being meek and lowly in mine own eyes, my heart may be a clean. receptacle for my Saviour, and that I may find reft unto my foul, and be filled with that grace, which thou haft promised to a humble and contrite heart: fo I fhall, as I ought, be fitted and prepared for every condition, and efpecially y for my great and laft change...


Strengthen my faith in the time of fickness and trial, and forfake me not when my ftrength faileth me.

Let thy

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merciful ears, O Lord, be then open to my prayers: O! let not the cruel enemy of fouls affright me with his terrors, but give thy holy angels charge over me; and let the confolations of thy Holy Spirit fortify my mind, and diffipate my fears, and be a reviving cordial to my foul, at that laft and momentous period of my life, when I fhall ftand in fo much need of thee. Give me an unfeigned repentance of all my fins, great love to thee, and charity to my neighbour, an entire fubmif fion to thy bleffed will, and (if thou feeft fitting) fome foretafte and affurance of my falvation. But if thou, in thy great wisdom, fhall not fee fitting to vouchfafe me fo great a mercy, yet, O gracious Father, let me not fail, in the great day of judgment, to hear that bleffed fentence pronounced unto me, Well done thou good and faithful fervant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Grant this, O moft gracious God, for thy mercy's fake in Jefus Chrift our Lord; in the full extent of whofe words, I defire to be heard for myfelf, and all mankind, when I call upon thee, faying, Our Father, &c.


The Meditation for Tuesday Evening. Of the great advantages of frequent communion. N intimate intercourfe with tem*ΑΝ poral things, and familiarity with the delights and fatisfactions of fenfe, are but too apt to take off our minds from ferious thoughts, and to impair that vigour and refolution which ought to be employed about the one thing needful. On the contrary, frequent communion keeps a lively fense of religion upon our minds, and invigorates them with fresh ftrength and power to perform our duty to God, our neighbour, and ourselves without this, O my foul! we can no more maintain a spiritual life, than we can our temporal, without eating and drinking; for it is the proper nourishment of the foul.


2. The frail and finful body can never hope to be free from the perpetual affaults which the world, the flesh, and the devil, conftant enemies to our true happinefs, are ever making upon our virtue and innocence. On the contrary, frequent communion, by mortifying our paffions, by fpiritualizing our affections, is the fovereign remedy against all their temptations; how then, my foul! can we


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