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or by their sermons; by their discourse, or by their temper; by their prayers, or by their examples; by their advice, or by their reproofs; by their rewards, or by their punishments; nay, perhaps, even by their causeless censures of me, or unjust proceedings against me:

For all these, and for all other instances of any manner of good done to me, whether asked or unasked; whether intended or not intended; whether known or unknown; whether remembered or forgotten; whether with or against my own consent; I do, and will, praise thee; I do, and will, bless thee; I do, and will, humbly adore thee, and most heartily thank thee, this day, and every day of my life.

But, by thy agony and bloody sweat, by thy head crowned with thorns, and smitten with fists and staves; by thine eyes full of tears, and thine ears pierced with slanders and revilings; by thy face miserably defiled with spittle; by thy mouth moistened with vinegar and gall; by thy neck bending under the weight of the cross; by thy back torn and furrowed with scourges; by thy loud and bitter cry, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? By thy heart wounded with a soldier's spear ; by the water and blood streaming from that wound; by thy body broken, and thy blood shed, for me; by the saving and significant memorials of thy love and suffer

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Uxto thee will I cry, O Lord, and early shall my prayer come before

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BLESSED art thou, O Lord, who didst, as on this day, command the earth to bring forth the living creature after his kind; cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth, after their kind; that they might be serviceable to man for food, for cloathing, and for help in his labours :

And who madest man after thy own likeness, and didst bless him, and give hiin dominion over the 6

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fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over all the earth.

In which wonderful and most 10ble operation I behold, and thankfully admire, thy consultation about it, the work of thine own hand in it, thy breathing of life into him, where. by man became a living soul; the image of thy own divine mind impressed upon him; the government of creatures here below committed to him; the Paradise prepared for him; the charge given to thy Angels concerning him; the marvellous structure of his body, the several functions of his heart, his reins, his eyes, his ears, his tongue, his hands, his feet, and indeed his every part; for in all is he fearfully and wonderfully made. N 2

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forth abundantly the fruit of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and forbearance, against which there is no law.

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