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may fit us for the society of heavenly minds.-Anck, finally, we must commend and entrust our souls to HIM who died for the sins of men; with earnest wishes and humble hopes, that he will admit us with the labourers who entered the vineyard at the last hour, and associate us with the thief whom he pardoned on the cross !
To this great end, you will not refuse to unite with me, on bended knees, and with humble hearts, in fervent prayer to the throne of grace! May the Father of mercy hear our supplications, and have compassion upon us !
“ O Almighty Lord God, the righteous JUDGE of all the earth, who in thy providential justice dost frequently inflict severe vengeance upon sinners in this life, that thou mayest by their sad examples effectually deter others from committing the like heinous offences, and that they themselves, truly repenting of their faults, may escape the condemnation of hell-look down in mercy upon us, thy sorrowful servants, whom thou hast suffered to become the unhappy objects of offended justice in this world!
“ Give us a thorough sense of als those evil thoughts, words, and works, which have so provoked thy patience that thon hast been pleased to permit this public and shameful judgment to fall upon us; and grant us such a portion of grace and godly sincerity, that we may heartily confess, and unfeignedly repent of every breach of those most holy laws and ordinarces, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
" Let no root of bitterness and malice, no habitual and deadly sin, cither of omission or commission, reinain undisturbed in our hearts ! But enable us to make our repentance universal, without the least flattering ou deceitful reserve, that so we may clear our consciences before we close our eyes.
“ And now that thou hast brought us within the view of our long home, and made us sensible that the time of our dissolution draweth near; endue us, we humbly pray thee, O gracious Father, with such Christian fortitude, that neither the terrors of thy present dispensa
tion, nor the remembrance of our former sins, may have power to sink our spirits into a despondency of thy everlasting mercies in the adorable Son of thy love.,
'“ Wean our thoughts and affections, good Lord, from all the vain and delusive enjoyments of this transitory world; that we may not only, with patient resignation, submit to the appointed stroke of death, but that our faith and hope may be so elevated, that we may con-, ceive a longing desire to be dissolved from these our farthly tabernacles, and to be with Christ, which is far better than all the happiness we can wish for besides !
" And in due sense of our own extraordinary want of forgiveness at thy hands, and of our-utter unworthiness of the very least of all thy favours, of the ineanest crumbs which fall from thy table-Oh! blessed Lord Jesus'! make us so truly and universally charitable, that in an undissembled compliance with thy own awful command, and most endearing example, we may both freely forgive, and cordially pray for our most inveterate enemies, persecutors, and slanderers !--Forgive them, o Lord, we beseech the turn their hearts, and fill thein with thy love!
-6Thus may we humbly trust our sorrowful prayers and tears will be acceptable in thy sight. Thus shall we be qualified, through Christ, to exchange this dismal bodily confinement sand these uneasy fetters for the glorious liberty of the sons of God. And thus shall our legal doom upon earth be changed into a comfortable declaration of mercy in the highest heavens: and all through thy most precious and all sufficient merits,
blessed Saviour of mankind !--who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest ever, One God,
THINGS may be seen differently, and differently shown ; but actions are visible, though motives are secret..
Life of Cowley.
AUTHORS Those writers who lie on the watch for novelty; can have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped. former observation.
It is the fault of some writers, that they pursue their thoughts to their last ramifications ; by which they lose the grandeur of generality.
There are those who condemn authors for a want of novelty, which they are only supposed to want, from their accusers having already found similar thoughts in later books ; not knowing, or enquiring, who produced them first. This treatment is unjust. Let not the original author lose 'by his imitators.
Life of Waller.
The skilful writer, irritat mulcet, makes a due distribution of the style and animated parts.
It is for want of this artful intertexture, and those necessary changes, that the whole of a book may be tedious though all the parts are praised.
Life of Butler.' He who purposes to be an author, should first be a student.
Life of Dryden. The writer who thinks his works formed for duration, mistakes his interest when he mentions his enemies. He degrades his own dignity by showing that he was affected by their censures, and gives lasting importance to names, which, left to themselves, would vanish from remembrance.
To judge rightly of an author, we must trans, port ourselves to his time, and examine what were the wants of his contemporaries, and what were his means of supplying them. That which is easy at one time, was difficult at another.
It is not easy for any man to write upon litera. ture, or common life, so as not to make himself known to those with whom he familiarly converses, and who are acquainted with his track of study, his favourite topics, his peculiar notions, and his habitual phrases.
Life of Addison.
The two most engaging powers of an author, are to make new things familiar, and familiar things uetes
Life of Pope.