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vanity.” “ Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in goodness and truth.” Thy tender mercies are over all thy works; and thou never forsakest thy children, if they do not forsake thee. “ Like as a father pitieth his children, so pitieth thou them that fear thee; for thou knoweth our frame, and remembereth that we

are dust." O, then, leave me not to myself; let me not “follow a multitude to do evil, nor stand in the way of sinners ; let me refrain my tongue from evil, and my lips that they speak no guile.” Pour down upon me the influence of thy Holy Spirit; quench in me every sinful propensity; and incline my thoughts to the improvement of my mind; and the practice of all those christian and moral duties which constitute the chief and only excellence of human nature. Grant that the pleasures and indulgences of this world may not tempt or allure me to abandon the more substantial enjoyments of temperance, industry, and frugality. Guide me, O Lord, in the paths of piety and virtue; and let me not incur the punishment, or entail on myself the fruits of vicious and intemperate habits ; for then I should be unhappy indeed, because there is no misery like that which a man incurs by his own vices.* Mercifully grant, that I may grow wiser and better as life wears away; and though occupied, like others, in the cares and business of this life, let me often think of futurity; of “the things which belong to my peace, before they are hid from my eyes!”

Do thou,

* It will always stand unalterably true, that vice is its own punishment, and virtue its own reward.

in thy great mercy, and according to thy divine will, give me time and opportunity to “ amend my ways,” before it be too latebefore I am laid in the cold and silent grave, where there is no work, nor device, nor repentance.” Help me to acquire and preserve an even and cheerful temper, a liberal and charitable disposition, and a sound and upright mind. Let my light so shine before men, that they may see my good works, and glorify thee, my heavenly Father, who art in Heaven.” And “ all things whatsoever I would that men should do unto me, even so let me do unto them.”

Enable me, O Lord, by thy grace, to submit unreluctantly to all thy dispensations, and never murmur when difficulties, trials, or afflictions are put upon me; knowing, “ that all things work together for good to them that love thee;" and that “ our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Fix, O God, these considerations in my mind, and let them sink deep into my heart; let me remember that I must die (thou only knowest how soon, or how late), and appear“ before the judgment seat of Christ." O that I may ever be serious and circumspect in a matter of so great importance to my everlasting interests! When, therefore, thou shalt be pleased to call me out of this world, let me depart in peace, without pain of body or agony of mind, without sorrow and fear, and have “a desire to be with Christ, which is far better.” Grant this, O merciful and eternal God, for his sake, and through his merits and intercession ; in whose

prevailing name and words, I farther pray unto thee, saying, Our Father, &c.

grace of our Lord, &c.


Saturday Morning.

0 LORD, I thank thee for preserving me the past night, and bringing me to the light and comfort of another day. Pour down upon

me the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving me those things whereof my conscience is afraid, and giving me those good things which I am not worthy to ask. Enable me, by the illumination of thy Holy Spirit, to keep stedfast and unmoveable in the paths of piety, and always to abound in the work

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