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that which thou dost command. Thou haft taught us, that all our Doings without Charity are nothing worth; send therefore thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our Hearts that most excellent Gift, the very Bond of Peace and of all Virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. And since thou hast given thy only Son'to be unto us both a Sacrifice for Sin, and also an Example of godly Life, give us Grace, that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable Benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed. Steps of his most holy Life.

Teach us all to see how frail and uncertain our Condition is in this world, and so to number our Days, that we may seriously apply our Hearts to heavenly Wisdom; and grant, that as we are baptized into the Death of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continually mortilying our corrupt Affections, we may be buried with him, and through the Grave and Gate of Death may pass to a joyful Resurrection. Thou knowest, O Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts, shut not thy merciful Ears to our Prayers; but spare us, O Lord most holy, o God most mighty, holy and most merciful Saviour ; thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us' not at our last Hour for any Pains of Death to fall from thee.

Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, O Lord, to di: rect, fanctify, and goyern this Day and all the Days of our Life, both our Hearts and Bodies in the Ways of thy Laws, and in the Works of thy Commandments,' that through thy most mighty Protection both here and ever we may be preserved in Body and Soul, 4


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Accept, O Lord, of our Prayers and Supplications for all Eftates and Conditions of Men. Give thy Son the Heathen for his Inheritance, and the utmost Parts of the World for his Pofsellion: Succeed the Endeavours of all those who are sincerely engaged in propagating Chriftian Knowledge throughout the World, that thy Way may be known upon Earth, and thy saving Health among all Nations. We beseech thee to keep thy Houshold the Church in continual Godliness, that through thy Protection it may be free from all Adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good Works, to the Glory of thy great Name. Scatter her Enemies that delight in Blood, infatuate and defeat their Counsels, abate their Pride, assuage their Malice, and confound their Devices. that all who confess thy holy Name, may agree in the Truth of thy holy Word, and live in Unity and godly Love. Bless all our Governors in Church and State, direct and prosper all their Consultations, that all Things-may be so ordered and settled by their Endeavours upon the best and surest Foundations, that Peace and Happiness, Truth and Justice, Religion and Piety may be established among us for all Generations. Grant that all inferior Magistrates may truly and indifferently minister Justice, to the Punishment of Wickedness and Vice, and to the Maintenance of thy true Religion and Virtue. And of thy Goodness, O Lord, comfort and fuccour all them who in this transitory Life are in Trouble, Sorrow, Need, Sickness, or any other Adversity ;, look upon them with the Eyes of thy Mercy, give them Comfort and sure Confidence in thee, and in thy due time a

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happy Deliverance out of all their Afflictions. Alift those who in all Appearance draw near the Time of their Dissolution, and so fit and prepare them against the Hour of Death, that after their Departure in Peace, and in thy Favour, they may be received into thine everlasting Kingdom. And we befeech thee, O Lord, mercifully to incline thine Ears to us that have made now our Prayers and Supplications unto thee ; and grant that those Things that we have faithfully asked according to thy Will, may effectually be obtained, to the Relief of our Necessity, and to the setting forth of thy Glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose blessed Name and Words, we continue to pray, saying,

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Christ, Maker of all Things, Judge of all Men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold Sins and Wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed by Thought, Word, and Deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy Wrath and Indignation against us; we do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our Misdoings, and the Remembrance of them is grievous unto us.


Have Mercy upon us, O Lord, after thy great Goodness, according to the Multitude of thy Mercies, do away our Offences; wash us thoroughly from our Wickedness, and cleanse us from our Sins; create and make in us new and contrite Hearts, that we worthily lamenting our past Follies, and acknowledging our Wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all Mercy, perfect Remission and Forgiveness.

Grant us, O Lord, the Asistance of thy holy Spirit, that for the Time to come, we may think and do such things as be rightful ; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy Will; that thy Grace may always so prevent and follow us, as to make us continually to be given to all good Works. And thou, o God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of fo many


great Dangers, that by reason of the Frailty of our Natures we cannot always stand upright ; grant to us such Strength and Protection as may support us in all Dangers, and carry us through all Temptations.

Help us, O Lord, to withstand the Affaults of the Enemies of our Salvation, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil, and with and Minds to follow thee the only God. Graft in our Souls the Love of thy Name, increase in us true Religion, nourish us with all Goodness, and of thy great Mercy keep us in the same. And thou, O God, whose never-failing Providence ordereth all things both in Heaven and Earth; put from us, we beseech thee, all hurtful things, and give us those things which ärc profitable for us ; and since it is thou alone


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canst order the unruly Wills and Affections of finful Men, grant that we may love the Things which thou commandeft, and desire that which thou doft promife, that so, among the sundry and manifold Changes of the World, our Hearts may surely there be fixed where true Joys are to be found. Dispose us by all the Means of Grace we enjoy, to attain that everlasting Salvation thou hatt promised ; that we may both perceive and know those Things which we ought to do, and may have Grace and Power faithfully to fulfil the fame.

Teach us, O Lord, so to number our Days, that we may apply our Hearts unto Wisdom and grant that neither the Splendor of any thing that is great, nor the Conceit of any thing that is good in us, may any way withdraw our Eyes from looking upon ourselves as finful Duft and Ashes, but that we may press forward toward the Prize of the high-calling that is before us, with Faith and Patience, with Humility and Meekness, with Mòrtification and Self-denial; with Charity and constant Perseverance to the End; that fo when we shall depart this Life, we may neep in the Lord, and at the general Resurrection in the last Day, may be found acceptable in thy sight, and receive that Bleffing which thy beloved Son shall then confer upon all those that truly love and fear thee.

Charge thy holy Providence, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, with us this Night, and hy thy great Mercy defend us from all the Perils and Dangers of it. Keep us both outwardly in our Bodies, and inwardly in our Souls, that we may be defended from ali Adversities that


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