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worldly things be vile unto me for thee; let me not be glad with the joy that is without thee, and let me desire nothing besides thee. Let that labour delight me which is for thee, and let all other labour weary me which is not in thee. Make me to lift up my heart ofttimes to thee, and when I fall make me to think on thee, and to be sorrowful with a stedfast purpose of amendment. My God, make me humble without dissimulation, cheerful without lightness, serious without mistrust, sober without dulness, true without doubleness, fearing thee without despair, trusting thee without presumption, obedient without arguing, patient without grudging, and pure without corruption. My most loving Lord and God, give me a waking heart, that no curious thought withdraw me from thee; let it be so strong that no unworthy affection draw me backward; so stable that no tribulation break it. My God, grant me wisdom to know thee, diligence to seek thee, conversation of life to please thee, and finally hope to embrace thee; for the sake of the Precious Blood of that immaculate Lamb, our only Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost, three Persons and one God, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
PRAYER OF S. BERNARDIN. O bone Jesu.
GOOD Jesu, O holy Jesu, O Jesu Son of the pure Virgin Mary, full of mercy and truth; O holy Jesu, after thy O loving great mercy have pity upon me.
Jesu, I pray thee by the same precious blood which for us miserable sinners thou wast content to shed upon the altar of the Cross, that thou wilt put away all my sins and despise me not in mine humble suit, calling upon this thy most holy Name of Jesus. This Name Jesus is a holy Name. Name Jesus is the Name of health. what else is Jesus, but Saviour? O good Jesu, who hast created me, and with thy Precious Blood hast redeemed me, suffer me not to be lost whom thou hast made of nought. O good Jesu, let not my wickedness destroy me whom thy almighty goodness made and formed. O good Jesu, consider what is thine in me, and wipe clean away that which draweth me from thee. O good Jesu, have mercy upon me, while the time serves to have mercy, lest thou destroy me in the time of thy dreadful doom. O good Jesu, although I a miserable sinner have justly deserved everlasting punishment for my grievous sins by thy rightful justice, yet I appeal from thy righteousness, and stedfastly trust in thine unspeakable mercy, and therefore pity thou me as a loving Father and merciful Lord. O good Jesu, what profit is there in my blood since I must go down into corruption? For the dead praise not thee, O Lord, neither they that go down into the pit. O most merciful Jesu, have mercy upon me. O most holy Jesu, set me at liberty. O loving Jesu, have mercy upon me a sinner. O Jesu, admit me a miserable sinner into the number of thy chosen. O
Jesu, the health of them that trust in thee: O Jesu, the welfare of them that believe in thee, have pity upon me. O holy Jesu, the forgiveness of all my sins; O Jesu, Son of the pure Virgin Mary, endue me with thy grace, wisdom, charity, chastity, and humility and in all mine adversities give me holy patience, that I may be able to bear my cross with thee, to love thee, and to glory and delight in thee for ever and ever. Amen.
TO BE SAID AT THE HOUR OF DEATH.
LORD Jesu, who art the only health of all men living, and the everlasting life of them that die in thy faith, I a wretched sinner give and submit myself wholly unto thy most blessed will; and being sure that the thing cannot perish which is committed unto thy mercy, I willingly now leave this frail and wicked flesh, in hope of the resurrection which in better wise shall restore it to me again. I beseech thee, most merciful Lord Jesu Christ, that thou wilt by thy grace make strong my soul against all temptations, and that thou wilt cover and defend me with the shield of thy mercy against all the assaults of the devil. I see and acknowledge that there is in myself no help of salvation; but all my confidence, hope, and trust is in thy most merciful goodness. I have no merits nor good works which I may allege before thee; of sins and evil works, alas, I see a great multitude, but through thy mercy I trust to be in the number of
them to whom thou wilt not impute their sins, but that thou wilt take and accept me for righteous and just, and to be the inheritor of everlasting life. Thou, merciful Lord, wast born for my sake. Thou didst suffer both hunger and thirst for my sake. Thou didst preach and teach; thou didst pray and fast for my sake. Thou sufferedst most grievous pains and torments for my sake; and finally thou gavest thy most Precious Body to die, and thy Blood to be shed on the cross for my sake. Now, most merciful Saviour, let all these things profit me which thou hast freely given me, who hast given thyself for me: let thy Blood cleanse and wash away the foulness of my sins. Let thy righteousness hide and cover mine unrighteousness. Let the mercies of thy Passion and thy Blood be the satisfaction for my sins. Give me, Lord, thy grace, that my faith and salvation in thy Blood waver not in me, but be ever firm and constant; that the hope of thy mercy and life everlasting never decay in me; that charity wax not cold in me; finally that the weakness of my flesh be not overcome by the fear of death. Grant me, merciful Saviour, that when death hath closed the eyes of my body, yet that the eyes of my soul may still behold and look upon thee; that when death hath taken away the use of my tongue and speech, yet my heart may cry and say unto thee:- O Lord, into thy hands I commend my spirit: Lord Jesu, receive my soul unto thee. Amen.
EDITED FROM THE ELIZABETHAN RECENSION
THE REV. GERARD MOULTRIE, M.A.,
LATE CURATE OF BINFIELD, BERKS.
Paradise of the Soul.
Seven Penitential Psalms with Collects.
Order for Matins.
The Dirge:-Matins, Lauds, and Evensong.
Latin Offices for Morning and Evening, from
Ecclesiastical Year, &c.
JOSEPH MASTERS, ALDERSGATE STREET,
AND NEW BOND STREET.