Imatges de pÓgina

is the Immortal. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. Glory be to thee on high.

By the same.

O Lord God, Father of mercies, the fountain of comfort and blessing, of life and peace, of plenty and pardon; who fillest heaven with thy glory, and earth with thy goodness; I give thee most earnest, most humble, and most hearty thanks; for thou hast refreshed me with thy comforts, and enlarged me with thy blessing; thou hast made my flesh and my bones to rejoice; for besides the blessings of all mankind, the blessings of nature, and the blessings of grace, the support of every minute, aud the comforts of every day, thou hast opened my bosom, and at this time hast called forth more peculiarly the What am I, O grateful feelings of my heart. Lord, and what is the life, and what are the capacities of thy servant, that thou shouldest do this unto me? that the great God of heaven and earth should send out an angel of blessing to avert the impending evil, and to crown my prayers and my wishes with success? Praised be the Lord daily, that Holy One who helpeth He is our us, and poureth his benefits upon us.

God is the

God, of whom cometh salvation. Lord by whom we escape death. Thou hast brought me to great honour, and comforted me on every side. Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy great mercy. I will rejoice in giving praise for thy lovingkindness towards me. I will give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his name. I will tell the people what things he hath done, and praise him among the multitude. Blessed be the Lord God, even the Lord God of Israel, which only doeth wondrous and gracious things; and blessed be the name of his majesty for ever; and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, amen.

2 Thess. 2.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, comfort our hearts, and stablish us in every good word and work.

Numbers, 6.

The Lord bless us, and keep us; the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious unto us; the Lord lit up his countenance upon us, and give us peace.

Philippians, 4.

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Selected from the Books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos, &c. arranged and classed under various heads, for instruction and meditation.

St. Jerome, in his Epistle to Lata, concerning the education of her daughter, advises her first to teach her the Psalms; "and let her," says he, "be entertained with those holy songs; let her then be instructed in the common duties of life by the Proverbs of Solomon; let her learn, from Ecclesiastes, to despise worldly things; transcribe from Job the practice of patience and virtue; let her then pass to the Gospels, and never let them be out of her hand; and then imbibe with all the faculties of her mind the Acts and Epistles,”

"Meditate upon these things, that thy profiting may appear to all." 1 TIM. iv. 15.

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]


He that liveth for ever created all things in general. The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he, who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane. To whom hath he given power to declare his works and who shall find out his noble acts? Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies? As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out. When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful. What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil? The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years. As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravel stone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the day of eternity. Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth out his mercy upon them. He saw

« AnteriorContinua »