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piety and knowledge, and a strict and holy religion: keep him perpetually in thy fear and favour, and crown him with glory and immortality. Amen.
For the Clergy.
Remember them, that minister about holy things; let them be clothed with righteousness, and sing with joyfulness. Amen.
For Wife or Husband.
Bless thy servant [my wife, or husband] with health of body and of spirit. O let the hand of thy blessing be upon his [or her] head, night and day, and support him in all necessities, strengthen him in all temptations, comfort him in all his sorrows, and let him be thy servant in all changes; and make us both to dwell with thee for ever in thy favour, in the light of thy countenance, and in thy glory. Amen.
For our Children.
Bless my children with healthful bodies, with good understandings, with the graces and gifts of thy Spirit, with sweet dispositions and holy habits; and sanctify them throughout in their bodies, and souls, and spirits, and keep them unblamable to the coming of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
For Friends and Benefactors.
Be pleased, O Lord, to remember my friends, all that have prayed for me, and all that have done me good. [Here name such, whom you would specially recommend.] Do thou good to them, and return all their kindness double into their own bosom, rewarding them with blessings, and sanctifying them with thy graces, and bringing them to glory.
For our Family.
Let all my family and kindred, my neighbours and acquaintance [here name what other relations you please], receive the benefits of my prayers, and the blessings of God; the comforts and supports of thy providence, and the sanctification of thy Spirit.
For all in misery.
Relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences: strengthen the weak: confirm the strong: instruct the ignorant: deliver the oppressed from him that spoileth him, and relieve the needy that hath no helper: and bring us all, by the waters of comfort, and in the ways of righteousness, to the kingdom of rest and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
To God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ; to the eternal Son, that was incarnate and born of a virgin; to the Spirit of the Father and the Son, be all honour and glory, worship and thanksgiving, now and for ever. Amen.
Another Form of Prayer, for the morning.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Our Father, &c.
Most glorious and eternal God, father of mercy, and God of all comfort, I worship and adore thee with the lowest humility of my soul and body, and give thee all thanks and praise for thy infinite and essential glories and perfections, and for the continual demonstration of thy mercies upon me, upon all mine, and upon thy holy catholic church.
I acknowledge, dear God, that I have deserved the greatest of thy wrath and indignation; and that, if thou hadst dealt with me according to my deserving, I had now, at this instant, been desperately bewailing my miseries, in the sorrows and horrors of a sad eternity. But, thy mercy triumphing over thy justice and my sins, thou hast still continued to me life and time of repentance; thou hast opened to me the gates of grace and mercy, and perpetually callest upon me to enter in, and to walk in the paths of a holy life, that I might glorify thee, and be glorified of thee eternally.
Behold, O God, for this thy great and unspeakable goodness, for the preservation of me this night, and for all other thy graces and blessings, I offer up my soul aud body, all
that I am, and all that I have, as a sacrifice to thee and thy, service; humbly begging of thee to pardon all my sins, to defend me from all evil, to lead me into all good; and let my portion be amongst thy redeemed ones, in the gathering together of the saints, in the kingdom of grace and glory.
Guide me, O Lord, in all the changes and varieties of the world; that in all things that shall happen, I may have an evenness and tranquillity of spirit; that my soul may be wholly resigned to thy divinest will and pleasure, never murmuring at thy gentle chastisements and fatherly correction; never waxing proud and insolent, though I feel a torrent of comforts and prosperous successes.
Fix my thoughts, my hopes, and my desires, upon heaven and heavenly things; teach me to despise the world, to repent me deeply for my sins; give me holy purposes of amendment, and ghostly strength and assistances to perform faithfully, whatsoever I shall intend piously. Enrich my understanding with an eternal treasure of Divine truths, that I may know thy will; and thou, who workest in us to will and to do of thy good pleasure, teach me to obey all thy commandments, to believe all thy revelations, and make me partaker of all thy gracious promises.
Teach me to watch over all my ways, that I may never be surprised by sudden temptations or a careless spirit, nor ever return to folly and vanity. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips, that I offend not in my tongue, neither against piety nor charity. Teach me to think of nothing but thee, and what is in order to thy glory and service: to speak nothing but of thee, and thy glories; and to do nothing, but what becomes thy servant, whom thy infinite mercy, by the graces of thy Holy Spirit, hath sealed up to the day of redemption.
Let all my passions and affections be so mortified and brought under the dominion of grace, that I may never, by deliberation and purpose, nor yet by levity, rashness, or in
consideration, offend thy Divine majesty. Make me such as thou wouldest have me to be: strengthen my faith, confirm my hope, and give me a daily increase of charity, that, this day and ever, I may serve thee according to all my opportunities and capacities, growing from grace to grace; till at last, by thy mercies, I shall receive the consummation and perfection of grace, even the glories of thy kingdom, in the full fruition of the face and excellences of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to whom be glory and praise, honour and adoration, given by all angels, and all men, and all creatures, now, and to all eternity. Amen.
To this may be added the prayer of intercession for others, whom we are bound to remember, which is at the end of the foregoing prayer; or else you may take such special prayers, which follow at the end of the fourth chapter [for parents, for children, &c.].
After which, conclude with this ejaculation.
Now, in all tribulation and anguish of spirit, in all dangers of soul and body, in prosperity and adversity, in the hour of death and in the day of judgment, holy and most blessed Saviour Jesus, have mercy upon me, save me, and deliver me and all faithful people. Amen.
¶ Between this and noon, usually, are said the public prayers appointed by authority; to which all the clergy are obliged, and other devout persons, that have leisure to accompany them.
Afternoon, or at any time of the day, when a devout person retires into his closet for private prayer, or spiritual exercises, he may say the following devotions.
An exercise to be used at any time of the day.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, &c. Our Father, &c.
The Hymn, collected out of the Psalms, recounting the excellences and greatness of God.
O be joyful in God, all ye lands; sing praises unto the honour of his name, make his name to be glorious. O come hither, and behold the works of God, how wonderful he is in
his doings towards the children of men. He ruleth with his power for ever3.
He is the Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widow, even God in his holy habitation. He is the God, that maketh men to be of one mind in a house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness'.
It is the Lord, that commandeth the waters; it is the glorious God, that maketh the thunder. It is the Lord, that ruleth the sea: the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation; the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice".
Let all the earth fear the Lord: stand in awe of him, all ye, that dwell in the world". Thou shalt shew us wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation; thou, that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them, that remain in the broad sea".
Glory be to the Father, &c.
O Lord, thou art my God, I will exalt thee: I will praise thy name, for thou hast done wonderful things: thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Thou, in thy strength, settest fast the mountains, and art girded about with power. Thou stillest the raging of the sea, and the noise of his waves, and the madness of his people".
They also, that remain in the uttermost parts of the earth, shall be afraid at thy tokens; thou, that makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise thee.
O Lord God of Hosts, who is like unto thee? thy truth, most mighty Lord, is on every side. Among the gods there is none like unto thee; O Lord, there is none, that can do, as thou doest. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone".
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them, that are round about him".
Righteousness and equity is in the habitation of thy seat; Psal. Ixvi. 1. 4. 6. t Psal. lxviii. 5, 6. u Psal. xxix. 3. 4. v Psal. xxxiii. 8. w Psal. lxv. 5. x Isa. xxv. 1. y Psal. lxv. 6-8. 2.Psal. lxxxix. 9.
a Psal. lxxxvi. 8, 9.
b Psal. lxxxix. 8. 15.