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Golden," which consists of certain passages selected and freely translated, from a poem of 3,000 lines, written in the twelfth century.

These remarks, however, chiefly apply to the older pieces of the following collection. In these, selection and adaptation has been the rule; though the author's text has been, as far as possible, adhered to. The names given are those which are commonly attached to the prayers; but there

cases in which the same prayer appears in various forms among the works of various writers, and the real authorship is matter of doubt.

The prayers of more recent times are given with closer adherence to the text, though even here the quaintness of the Elizabethan days and the diffuseness of more modern writers have been occasionally pruned down. The liberties taken have been generally confined to abridgment, the exclusion of obsolete expressions, redundant imagery, and figures of speech which to modern ears would be scarcely intelligible. The object kept in view throughout has been to produce a volume of Prayers adapted to Family Use.

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FAMILY PRAYERS. 1882 fan 23. 3rd time. Isse. tee 12. 2nd time






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WE yield Thee thanks, O Lord our God, Father of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for that Thou hast sheltered, assisted, and defended us, and hast brought us through the past time of our life, and hast guided us to this hour, and dost vouchsafe to receive us, who ask pardon of our sins, and mercy for all Thy people. And we beseech Thee, O Lord, to keep us this holy day, and all the time of our life, without sin ; with all joy, health, and safety; with all reverence and


sanctification. But all envy, fear, and temptation, every work of the devil and device of the wicked, keep from us, O God, and from Thy Holy Church throughout the world.

Give unto us, we beseech Thee, that which is good and profitable; and forgive us those things wherein we have sinned against Thee, in thought, word, or deed; and forsake us not, O God of our salvation, nor lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one and all his works, through the grace and pity and loving-kindness of Thine onlybegotten Son.

We pray Thee, that Thou wouldst keep our Sovereign in perpetual peace, strength, and righteousness. Be Thou, O Lord, her defence, and give her the victory over all her enemies; that we also in the tranquillity of her days may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Bless, O Lord, and preserve all the pastors of Thy Church ; all bishops, priests, and deacons; that they may fulfil the offices entrusted to their charge according to Thy holy and blessed will, rightly dividing the word of

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