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and meadows, pastures and forests, which yield us grass, corn, and hay, herbs, and flowers, and plants, for food, for pleasure, for physic; fruitful trees for wine, oil and spices : The bowels of the earth, out of which proceed drugs and minerals, stones and metals, fuel and fire.
An Act of CONFESSION,
Who can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me,
For thy name's sake, O Lord, be merciful to my sin, for it is great,
My sins have taken sych hold upon me, that I am not able to look up: Yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me,
O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me. Make haste, O Lord, to help me. Shew me thy marvellous loving,
kindness; thou that art the Saviour of them who put their trust in thee.
I said, Lord, be merciful unto me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
I have sinned, I have done perversely, I have comınitted wicked
But lo! I bethink myself, and return unto my God with all my heart, and with all my soul.
Now, therefore, hear thou my prayer,
and my supplication from heaven, thy dwelling-place, and, when thou hearest; forgive.
God be merciful to me a sinner; have pity, Lord, on me, the chief of sinners.
Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son;
make me as one of thy hired servants, though but the very last and lowest of thy servants.
What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust give thanks unto thee, or shall it declare thy truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be thou my helper.
Turn, I beseech thee, my heaviness into joy; put off my sackcloth, and gird me with gladness.
So shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing; and I will give thee thanks for ever,
PRAYER for GRACE,
Turn, 1 most humbly pray thee, my levity and vain imaginations into seriousness and watchfulness; my sinful gaiety into holy indignation ; my hardiness to offend into prudent and godly fear; my wanderings and coldness into vehement desire and zeal; my wilful defilements into severity and self-revenge.