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Before writing the Rambler.

Almighty God, the giver of all good things, without whose help all labour is ineffectual, and without whose grace all wisdom is folly; grant, I beseech thee, that in this my undertaking thy holy Spirit may not be withheld from ine; but that I may promote thy glory, and the salvation both of myself and others. Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers for persons advanced in life.Merrick.

O gracious Lord, my Maker and my Preserver, I givethee thanks for the long continuance which thou hast granted me in this world, in order that I may be the better prepared for another. Enable me, by thy grace, to make a right use of the time afforded me, and give me a true and deep repentance of the sins which I have committed. Support me, by thy help, under the infirmities of age; keep me from covetousness, and fretfulness, and from all unreasonable fears and cares. Give me that degree of ease and

health which thou seest most convenient for me; wean my affections and desires from the things of this life, and keep me continually prepared for death; through Jesus Christ. Amen.


Almighty God, most merciful Father, look down upon me with pity. Thou hast protected me in childhood and youth; support me, Lord, in my declining years. Preserve me from the dangers of sinful presumptiou: give me, if it be best forme, stability of purposes, and tranquillity of mind: let the year which I have now begun be spent to thy glory, and to the furtherance of my salvation. Take not from me thy holy Spirit; but as death approaches, prepare me to appear joyfully in thy presence; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

By the same.

Almighty and most merciful Father, who hast continued my life from year to year, grant that by longer life I may become less desirous of sinful pleasures, and more careful of eternal hap ■ piness. As age comes upon me, let my mind be more withdrawn from vanity and folly, moreenlightened with the knowledge of thy will, and more invigorated with resolution to obey it. O Lord, calm my thoughts, direct my desires, and fortify my purposes. If it shall please thee, give tjuiet to my latter days; and so support me with thy grace, that I may die in thy favour; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Five Prayers, written by Dr. Johnson, preparatory to receiving the Sacrament.

Almighty God, by whose mercy I am now about to commemorate the death of my Redeemer, grant that from this time I may so live, as that his death may be efficacious to eternal happiness. Enable me to conquer all evil customs; deliver me from evil and vexatious thoughts; grant me light to discover my duty, and grace to perform it. As my life advances, let me become more pure and more holy. Take not from me thy holy Spirit, but grant that I may serve thee with diligeuce and confidence; and when thou shalt call me hence, receive me to everlasting happiness; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ,'« •

Almighty and most merciful Father, look down upon my misery with pity; strengthen me, that I may overcome all sinful habits; grant that I may, with effectual faith, commemorate the death of thy Son Jesus Christ, so that all corrupt desires may be extinguished, and all vain thoughts may be dispelled. Enlighten me with true knowledge, animate me with reasonable hope, comfort me with a just sense of thy love, and assist me to the performance of all holy purposes; that after the sins, errors, and miseries of this world, I may obtain everlasting happiness; for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

Trust in God, O my soul. O God, let me trust in thee.

Almighfy God, by whose mercy lam now permitted to commemorate my redemption by our Lord Jesus Christ, grant that this awful remembrance may strengthen my faith, enliven my hope, and increase my charity; that 1 may trust in thee with my whole heart, and do good according to my power. Grant me the help of thy holy Spirit, that I may do thy will with diligence, and suffer it with humble patience; so that when thou shalt call me to judgment, 1 may obtain forgiveness and acceptance; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour; to whose covenant I now implore admission; of the bene» fit of whose death I implore participation. For his sake have mercy upon irre. O God; for hi* sake, O God, pardon and receive me. .

Almighty and most merciful Father, I am fioit' about to commemorate once more, i n thy p resence, the redemption of the world by our Lord and Saviour thy Son Jesus Christ. Grant,. O most merciful God, that the benefit of his sufferings may be extended to me. Grant me faith, grant me repentance, illuminate me with thy holy Spirit, enable me to form good purposes, and to bring these purposes to good effect. Let me so dispose my time, that I may discharge the duties to which thou shalt vouchsafe to call me; and" let that degree of health, to which thy mercy has restored me, be employed to thy glory. O God, invigorate my understanding, compose my perturbations, recal my •wanderings, and calm my thoughts; that, having lived, while thou shaft grant me life, to praise thee and do good, I may, when hy call shall summon me to another state,receive mercy from thee;. for Jesus. Christ's take. Amen.

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