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make me as one of thy hired servants, though but the very last and lowest of thy servants. What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust give thanks unto thee, or shall it declare thy truth? * -Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be thou my helper. Turn, I beseech thee, my heaviness into joy; put off my sackcloth, and gird me with gladness. So shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing; and I will give thee thanks for ever,
PRAYER for GRACE,
Tuns, I most humbly pray thee, my levity and vain imaginations into seriousness and watchfulness; my sinful gaiety into holy indignation; my hardiness to effend into prudent and godly fear; my wanderings and coldness into vehement desire and zeal; my wilful defilements into severity and self-revenge.
An Act of FAITH, as on
An Act of INTER CESSION,
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The Lord be my keeper: The Lord be my defence upon my right hand : The Lord preserve me from all evil, and set a watch over my soul. The Lord preserve my going out and my coming in, from this
time forth for evermore. O Lord, thou understandest, thou canst accomplish, thou dost truly and earnestly desire the safety and - good good of my soul: I, wretched man, have neither understanding to discern, nor power to effect, nor, as I ought to have, even will to desire and seek, my true and best good : Do thou, therefore, I intreat thee, O my God, of thy unspeakable tenderness and love, vouchsafe to direct and guide, to govern and dispose of me, and all my concerns, in such a manner as thy wisdom knows will be most agreeable to thee, and most expedient for me.
Early in the morning will I think upon thee, O Lord, because thou hast been my helper. Blessed art thou, O Lord, who didst, as on this day, make two great lights, the Sun and the Moon; and didst create the Stars also, to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth, and to be for signs and for seasons, the Spring, the Summer, the Autumn, the Winter, and for days and weeks, and months and years: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser lights to rule the night: That they might thus succeed, and, as it were,
relieve each other. An