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actions and sufferings be ineffective; but make me capable and receptive of thy mercies, and then I am certain to receive them. I am thine, O save me! thou art mine, O holy Jesus! O dwell with me for ever, and let me dwell with thee, adoring and praising the eternal glories of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
END OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST.
I HAVE Soberly considered these holy and devout
but unpolished; it is the fear of God that adds the true lustre, and sets them fair.
In the service of God, all the items of happiness and blessedness are summed up.
Dost thou desire riches? Serve God, and thou canst never be poor. Dost thou desire preferment? Live a holy and devout life, (as these Contemplations are the best introduction to it,) and thou shalt go ἀπὸ χάριτος εις δόξαν, from grace to glory ; grace is " Aurora gloriæ;" glory, nothing but a bright constellation of graces; and happiness, nothing but the quintessence of holiness. I shall not detain thee longer, but beg of God that these holy Contemplations may so influence thy soul, that thou mayest be made partaker of that eternal weight of glory, which is laid up for all those that love and serve him.
I am thy Friend, and
Servant in Christ Jesus,
B. HALE, D.D.