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Lays the rough paths of peevish nature eren;
• And melt with pity to the poor ; Whose foul with sympathizing love
Frels what his fellow saints endure. llis heart contrives for their relief
More good than his own hands can do;
His foul shall lire secure on earth,
Mith sccret blessings on his head,
Around him multiply their dead.
God will pronounce his fins forgiv'nt; Till save him with a healing touch, . Or take his willing foul to heav'n.
The Prayer on Friday Evening.
.. l'or love and charity to all men. ALmighty and everlasting God, the
1. creator and governor of all things, who knowest our necessities before we alk, and our ignorance in asking; grant that all reasonable creatures who fear and obey thee, and are capable of understanding the greatness and glory of thy attributes, : may unfeignedly, admire and adore thee, and express .their veneration and praises to thee, in ways most suitable to the condition of their nature, and the discoveries of thy divine will, revealed to us by thy Son Jesus Christ.
O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ;; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into my heart that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which, whosoever liveth
is counted dead before thee; more especially, as I have presumed to commemorate the unspeakable love of my blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my heart be destitute of love toward my brethren; extend thy mercy and forgiveness to all mine enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and turn their hearts; which I as fincerely beg for them, as I hope for mercy' and forgiveness at thy tiands.
Possess me with kindness and goodwill for all mankind, that my faith may work
by love, and dispose my heart, according ľ to my ability, to administer toward the at wants and necessities of those, who are any
ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body,
or estate, and do unto all men as I would ☺ they should do unto me; that by doing
good for evil, all men may know that I am thy disciple.
Oh! vouchsafe, I beseech thee, that all! mankind may come to the knowledge and I belief of thy true religion ; that so the
kingdom of Christ may be extended over all the earth; and the eternal laws of godliness, righteousness, charity; and fobriety; may be established throughout the whole world, to thy glory and the salvation of all mankind. For which end, grant that all who profefs this thy true religion, may
live in perfect obedience to the laws there. of; and ihat men, as the infirmities of their nature will permit, may obey thee with proportionable sincerity and constancy, as do the spirits of the blessed saints in heaven.
Bestow on us, Oh gracious Lord ! every day, through the remaining part of our lives, as many of the things of this present world, as are sufficient for our neces-, fary subsistence, and for the useful and innocent conveniences of life, forgiving us our sins, and withholding the punishments we have thereby deserved ; in like manner as we freely and heartily for thy fake forgive all those injuries and offences, which we have received from others.
Let all the causes and occasions of temptations cease from us, or else deliver us from the power of them; that we may not be moved either with the enticements of riches, honours, or pleasures; or with the fear of want, disgrace, or pain, to do any thing knowingly contrary to thy will; and deliver us from all the evils and calamities which either the malice of the devil, or the wickedness or the misfortunes of the world might bring upon us, and set us at variance with thee, our God, or thy fervant our fellow-creature; and I most
earnestly offer up these my petitions, because, O God, I know that thou canst and wilt do more for us than we can desire or deserve; who art infinite in power, glory, majesty, and bountiful mercy, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen...
The Meditation for Saturday Morning. · Upon fasting before receiving the holy facrament.
Let every man. be fully persuaded in his own mind, He that eateth, eateth to the Lord; for he giveth Gud thanks: and he that eateth not, to the Lord lie eateth not, and giveth God thanks.. Rom. xiv. 5, 6. In My soul! thou knowest that the
flelh is weak, and easily surprised; too often carried about with every wind of doctrine : thou hast had many conflicts with me, but since thou hast brought me into subjection to the fpirit, I am always ready to follow the dictates thereof. But, my soul! thou demandest one thing of me which is not spiritual, it is altogether corporal.
2. Thou requireft me to come, fasting to the holy table of the supper of our Lord. If it be necessary to salvation, I will; but if ye consider the institution, nothing of that kind is neceffary ;. for it was instituted after supper ; nor has the church 13: