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be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,—whom, having not seen, we love-in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Father, into thy hands we commit our spirits.

PRAYER

IN THE PROSPECT OF DEATH.

My days, O Lord, are appointed, the number of my weeks is determined. I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.*

O Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open thine eyes, and seet if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, wherewith thou hast afflicted me in thy fierce anger. I

I am made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Vilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ? || Remember me, O

* Job i. 21.

+ 2 Kings xix. 16. Lam. i. 21. § Job vii. 3.

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God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. *

Stretch forth thy hand, O Lord, and save me when my heart and my strength fail. And grant that I may

receive consolation from the assurance, that neither suffering nor reproach, nor life nor death, nor things present nor things to come, shall ever be able to separate me from the love of God.t

Thou, Lord, art my Shepherd, and thou hast led me by green pastures and still waters all my life long. Thou hast prepared a table before me in the

presence of mine enemies. Thou hast anointed my head, and made my cup to run over. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, and thy rod and thy staff shall comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy

have followed me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. I

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none on earth that I desire beside thee. My heart

1 Cor. xv. 53–56.

+ Rom. viii. 38, 39. * Psalm xxiii.

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