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mercy and loving kindness. Blessed be thy holy name, for supporting me under the pain and anguish of my sick bed; for the seasonable supplies of patience and comfort which thou didst graciously afford me; and for restoring me, in thy good time, to the blessings of health and strength.

But I know, O Lord, that the pain and weakness wherewith thou hast visited me, were not for the punishment of my body, but for the improvement of my soul; to let me see the frailty of my nature, and the uncertainty of my life; to wean me from the delights of this world, and to engage me in a serious preparation for the next: in all which I thankfully acknowledge thy fatherly care over me, and that thou of very faithfulness hath caused me to be afflicted.

I adore the riches of thy goodness, in giving me a right knowledge of Thee and thy ways, in these thy dispensations to me; and in making them the happy means to bring me to a sense of the evil of my doings, and to a serious consideration of my future state. Before I was afflicted, I went astray; I forgot my duty to

Thee, and followed the imaginations of my own heart my thoughts were taken up with the business and entertainments of this world, and the care of my soul was neglected and forgotten. But thy chastisements have brought me back into the right way; and now, to my unspeakable comfort and happiness, my affections are placed upon the things above, and the things that concern my everlasting salvation. To Thee, therefore, O my God, who hast not cut me off in the midst of my sins, but hast in great mercy given me space for repentance and amendment; to Thee will I live, in holiness and righteousness, all my days; forsaking every evil way, and studying above all things to do that which is well-pleasing in thy sight. I am heartily grieved at the sins and vanities of my former life, and do here solemnly renounce them all; more especially those which I have been hitherto most guilty of, and to which my own corrupt inclinations, or the snares and temptations of the world, are most likely to betray me for the time to come. And in a sense of my own weakness and frailty, I earnestly implore the assistance of thy Holy

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Spirit, to subdue my inordinate desires, and to break the power of all evil habits, and to keep me stedfast in every promise and resolution that I made before Thee in the day of my distress; all which I do now, in thy presence, most sincerely and heartily renew. And I beseech Thee, let me never be drawn to forget or neglect them, either by the cares and pleasures of this world, or by the hopes of a long continuance in it, but give me grace always to make eternity my chief care and concern; and let thy late gracious warning of mortality teach me the uncertainty of my abode upon earth, and oblige me to live in a daily preparation to die : that so having duly profited by thy fatherly chastisement, and employing the remainder of my days to thy glory, and the salvation of my own soul, I may be found watching whenever my appointed time shall come, and may change this frail state of mortality for an immortal crown of glory. All which I humbly beg of Thee, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

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MORNING PRAYER FOR A CHILD.

GLORY be to Thee, O Lord, for all the blessings of the night past. O merciful God, protect and bless me and all my friends and relations this day. Preserve me from all wickedness and danger; and pardon all my sins for the sake of Jesus Christ my Saviour, who hath taught us when we pray to Thee, to say,

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven: give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

EVENING PRAYER FOR A CHILD.

GLORY be to Thee, O Lord, for all the blessings of the day past. O merciful God, protect and bless me and all my friends and relations this night. Forgive me, O Lord, all the sins I have this day committed, either in thought,

word, or deed; and grant me grace to serve Thee better for the time to come, through Jesus Christ my Saviour, who hath taught us when we pray to Thee to say,

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven: give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

GRACE BEFORE MEAT.

FOR what we are going to receive, do Thou, O Lord, make us truly thankful, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

GRACE AFTER MEAT.

FOR what we have received, do Thou, O Lord, make us truly thankful, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

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