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idleness lay me open to vain imaginations; that neither praise may fill me with pride, nor censure with discontent ; but that in the changes of this life I may fix my heart upon the reward which thou hast promised to them that servethee, and that whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever are pure, whatever are lovely, whatever are of good report, wherein there is virtue, wherein there is praise, I may think upon and do, and obtain mercy and everlasting happiness. Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanksgivings.

DR. JOHNSON.

Almighty God, my creator and my judge, who givest life, and takest it away, enable me to return sincere and humble thanks for my late deliverance from imminent death. So govern my future life by thy holy spirit, that every day which thou shalt permit to pass over me may be spent in thy service, and leave me less tainted with wickedness, and more submissive to thy will. Enable me, O Lord, to glorify thee for

that knowledge of my corruption, and that sense of thy wrath, which my disease, and weakness, and danger awakened in my mind : give me such sorrow as may purify my heart, such indignation as may quench all confidence in myself, and such repentance as may, by the intercession of my Redeemer obtain pardon. Let the commemoration of the sufferings and death of thy Son, which I am now, by thy favour, once more permitted to make, fill me with faith, hope, and charity: let my purposes be good, and my resolutions unshaken ; and let me not be hindered or distracted by vain and useless fears; but, through the time that yet remains, guide me by thy holy spirit, and finally receive me to everlasting life, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

By the same.

Almighty God, our creator and preserver, from whom procecdeth all good, enable me to receive, with humble acknowledgement of thy unbounded benignity, and with due consciousness of my own unworthiness, that recovery and continuance of health which thou hast granted me; and vouchsafe to accept the thanks which I now

offer. Glory be to thee, O Lord, for this and all thy mercies. Grant, I beseech thee, that the health and life which thou shalt yet allow me may conduce to my eternal happiness. ' Take not from me thy holy spirit, but so help and bless me, that when thou shalt call me hence I may obtain pardon and salvation ; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ,

BISHOP TAYLOR.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Je. sus Christ, who hath sent his angels, and kept me this day from the destruction that walketh at noon, and the arrow that flieth by day; and hath given me his spirit to restrain from those evils unto which my own weaknesses and evil habits might otherwise betray me. Glory to thy holy name, O God of mercies, for thy consideration of an humble being like myself: but thou that markest even a sparrow's fall, shalt not forsake the meanest of thy creatures. Blessing, therefore, and honour, glory and power, be unto him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy is our God; holy is the Almighty; holy VOL. I.

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by the same.

, O Lord God, Father of mercies, the fountain of comfort and blessing, of life and peace, of plenty and pardon ; who fillest heaven with thy glory, and earth with thy goodness; I give thee most earnest, most humble, and most hearty thanks; for thou hast refreshed me with thy comforts, and enlarged me with thy blessing ; thou hast made my flesh and my bones to rejoice; for besides the blessings of all mankind, the blessings of nature, and the blessings of grace, the support of every minute, aud the comforts of every day, thou hast opened my bosom, and at this time hast called forth more peculiarly the grateful feelings of my heart. What am I, O Lord, and what is the life, and what are the capacities of thy servant, that thou shouldest do this unto me? that the great God of heaven and earth should send out an angel of blessing to avert the impeading evil, and to crown my prayers and my wishes with success ? Praised be the Lord daily, that Holy One who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us. He is our

God, of whom cometh salvation. God is the Lord by whom we escape death. Thou hast brought me to great honour, and comforted me on every side. Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy great mercy. I will rejoice in give ing praise for thy lovingkindness towards me. I will give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his name. I will tell the people what things he hath done, and praise him among the multitude. Blessed be the Lord God, even the Lord God of Israel, which only doeth wondrous and gracious things; and blessed be the name of his majesty for ever; and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, amen.

2 Thess. 2.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, comfort our hearts, and stablish us in every good word and work.

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