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of those who are far from home, of those who are tossed upon a stormy sea,-of those who, in a foreign land, are removed from that security, and that kindly intercourse which I enjoy. Let no distance ever make me unmindful of those whom I am bound at all times to remember with affection,and forbid, O heavenly Father, that I should ever fail in the discharge of those relative duties which are the foundation and happiness of social life. Make me ever faithful, affectionate, and dutiful, not regarding my own happiness, if, by sacrificing it, I can contribute to the welfare of others,

and setting at all times an example, which may convince those who witness it, that the religion of Christ is the fountain, not only of all elevated affections, but of all kind and charitable deeds.

Forgive all mine enemies,—let no revengeful thought harbour in my bosom,—but, like the Son of God, may I be meek and patient, long-suffering to those who oppose me, and willing to endure all things, that the bonds of charity may be preserved unbroken. And in this exercise of forbearance, may I always remember, that my offences against God have been very great, and that he has promised re

mission of sins only to those who are willing to forgive the offences of their brethren.

Bless the whole human race. May ignorance and horrid cruelty be done away among all nations; and may the light of the glorious gospel speedily diffuse its brightness over those lands which now lie in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Be particularly gracious to the sorrowful and the distressed, -visit the prisoner in the sadness of his solitude,-pour the balm of consolation into the wounded spirit, and prepare the dying for their great change.

And help me, O Lord, ever to remember, that the days of my life are fast hastening away,—that in a little time the bed of languishing and of death shall receive me,

and that I shall then feel how truly momentous to man it is, to have served the Lord in the land of the living. Prepare me, O heavenly Father, for that eventful hour; and grant, that, looking back upon life, I may then be enabled to say, Now is my race completed, and my warfare is accomplished. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course; I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of life,

which the Lord will give, not to me only, but to all those who love his appearing. In this blessed hope I now resign myself to the disposal of thy providence ;--and to thy name, Father, Son, and blessed Spirit, be ascribed all glory, dominion, and praise, world without end. Amen.

PRAYER FOR SABBATH MORNING.

Exodus xx. 11. In six days the Lord made

heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath-day, and hallowed it.

It is a good thing, O Lord, to give thanks unto thee,—to sing praises unto thy name, O thou Most High,—to show. forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

But most of all, it is becoming and pleasant to offer up the sacrifice of thankfulness on this day which thou hast consecrated to thyself; and to unite the feeble accents of human praise with the songs of those angelic hosts who for ever surround thy throne, and who glorify thy name, for thine eternal and unbounded loving-kindness.

Worthy art thou, O Lord, to receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and praise : for thou hast

created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

I look back this day, Othou Creator of the heavens and the earth, to that hour when thy vivifying spirit moved upon the face of the waters, to cause spring from the deep this magnificent abode which thou hadst destined for man; when the waters were gathered into one place, that the dry land might appear,—when the sun began to enlighten the day, and the moon and stars to shine by night, —and when this earth, fresh from thy creating hand, was replenished with all living and moving things. Surely, O Lord, it was only a purpose of mercy that could have prompted thee thus to exert thyself in behalf of thy creatures ; and it becomes all thy children to acknowledge thy goodness with ceaseless songs of wonder and of gratitude.

But blessed be thy name, that thy loving-kindness was not confined to the act of creation ; for thou still continuest to breathe, with the spirit of love, over the works which thou hast made; and there is not a movement of the universe, nor a moment of our lives, that does not testify of thy parental care and ever-watchful providence.

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