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thou knowest most expedient for the good of all our souls, grant, O good Lord.

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, that I may think on these things, and may do these things, grant, ( good Lord.

Finally, since this life must shortly have an end; that mine may be concluded with a truly christian death, a death, perfectly void of sin and shame, and (if such be thy good pleasure) as free from pain as may be, grant, O good Lord.


But above all, in regard it is appointed unto all men once to die, and after that the judgment; that I may appear with comfort, and find a favourable account, at the great and terrible tribunal of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, who, I believe, shall come to be our Judge, grant, 0

good Lord.

then I am about to fall: and lifting me up, if I happen to be down; that I may never be suffered to continue under any provocation; or temptation, or to have my heart hardened 'through the deceitfulness of sin.

Let my body also be safe under thy protection, and defend me under the shadow of 'thy wings from the snare of the Hunter, and froin tlie noisome pestilence, from the arrow that flieth by day, and from the sickness that destroyeth at noon.

Defend this day from all evil of mine, and preserve me from all the evil of this day.

Suffer not iny days to be consumed in vanity, nor my years in trouble : But let each day tell and

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instruct another, by some useful im. provement in knowledge, or practical virtue.

O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust. Shew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my [spiritual) enemies, for I flee unto thee to hide me.

Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God: Let thy loving spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake; and for thy righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble.

Remove far from me thoughts that

are without understanding; and evermore inspire me with such thoughts, as are wise and good, and well-pleasing in thy sight.

Turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity, but let them be fixed on the thing that is right, and let mine eye-lids look straight before


Inclose mine ears with an hedge of thorns, that no foolish, filthy, or profane talk may be allowed to enter in : But let them be open to discipline and wisdom, and always give willing attention to the words of truth and righteousness.

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