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6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever : he hath given them a law (a) which shall not be broken.

7 Praise the Lord upon earth: ye dragons and all deeps.

8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours: wind and storm fulfilling his word (b);

9 Mountains and all hills: fruitful trees and all cedars;

I o Beasts and all cattle : worms and feathered fowls;

II Kings of the earth and all people : princes and all judges of the world;

ia Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the Lord : for his Name only is excellent, and his praife above heaven and earth.

13 He shall exalt the horn of his people; all his saints shall praise him : even the children of

"And God said, Let there be light, and "there was light," and that passage is often noticed as a passage of unrivalled sublimity, because it implies that the light was produced the instant the command for it issued, and thereby proved the perfedt power of God. A similar passage occurs, Ps. xxxiii. 9. n He spake, "and it was done; he commanded, and "it stood fast," v.6. (a) "Law," fee. So Ps. civ. 9. in ■peaking of the waters, it is said, " thou "hast set them their bounds which they "cannot pass." See the note there. v.B (I) "Fulfilling his word," i. e. instruments in his hands to execute his purposes, In Ps. xvii. 13. the ungodly is called " a sword" of God. See note on Ps. xvii. 14..

(c) A war hymn, probably upon some success against the heathen, calling upon the people in a spirited way to praise God for what he had done for them, and urging them on to further exertion. It it not improbable that it was written in Jchoshaphat's time, when the children

Israel, even the people that serveth him.

Psalm cxlix. (e) O 6ino unto the Lord a new song : let the congregation of saints praise him. *

2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him : and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise his Name in the dance (d): let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.

4 For the Lord hath pleasure in his people : and helpeth the meek-hearted.

5 Let the saints be joyful with glory: letthemrejoicein their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth : and a two-edged sword in their hands;

7 To be avenged of the heathen : and to rebuke the people;

8 To bind their kings in chains: and their nobles with links of iron.

9 That(<?) they may be avenged

of Amman and Moab and Mount Seir went up against Jehoshaphat, and God stirred them up to destroy each other, which they did ; and Jehoshaphat and his people were three days in gathering up the spoil of them; after which they returned " to Jerusalem with psalteries and "harps and trumpets unto the house of "the Lord." See 2 Chron. xx. Sec Ps. exxxvi.

(<f) <* The dance." In the first tri- „.3. umphal thanksgiving which occurs in history, that of Moses for the overthrow of the Egyptians in the Red Sea, about 1490 years before the birth of Christ, the women joined with timbrels, and with dances, Exod. xv. 20. ; and when David slew Goliath, the women came out singing and dancing to meet Saul. 1 Sam. xviii. 6. and they sang to one another in ■dancer, " Saul hath slain his thousands, "and David his ten thousands." 1 Sam. xxi. 11.—xxix. 5. dancing therefore was part of the solemnity. See Psalm cl.4.

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"the vengeance decreed against them: "Such," &c. Before their establishment in the land of Canaan God gave them directions for destroying the nations of the land, Deuter. vii. 2, 16. and he gave Saul the like directions as to the Ama

lekites, 1 Sam. xv. 3.; and where the ven-
geance was fixed upon by God, it might
be matter of pride to them to be the in-
struments for carrying it into effeS.
(/) A spirited invocation to praise Goi
(g) "Dances." See note on Ps.cxlit-5 «.}

This Work, imperfeft as it is, is now brought nearly to its conclusion, and should it correct the notions, or improve the principles of a single individual, the lab01" upon it will have been well bestowed. Should it have the further effect of inducing men of literature and critical talent to turn more of their attention to the Holy Scriptures, many obscurities will probably be removed, many new beauties discovered. In their present state, their spirit, energy, and classical elegance, stand deservedly T high; but who can say, that upon further labour their literary character might not be much advanced. In what Heathen Writer is there a description equal to that of the war horse, Job xxxix. 19, &c. " Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou "clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper"The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth » •• his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, aw" "not affrighted ; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattletn "against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground vntn u fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. nf "saith among the trumpets, Ha! Ha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, t* "thunder of the captains, and the shouting." The time may come, when the eartfl "shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, aw when " God's will shall be done on earth (as perfectly and completely a») ll '* ttf "heaven j" and what so likely to produce this event as the study of the Scnpiur". that study which will promote " Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace. a» « goodwill amongst men."

THE MINISTRATION OF

PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS,

TO BE USED IN THE CHURCH.

THE People are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays, and other Holy-Days, when the most number of People come together: as well for that the Congregation there present may testify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Christ's Church; as also because, in the Baptism of Infants, every man present may be put in remembrance of his own pro' fusion made to God in his Baptism. For 'which cause also it is expedient that Baptism be ministered in the vulgar tongue. Nevertheless, {if necessity so require) Children may be baptized upon any other Day.

And note, That there shall be for every Male Child to be baptized, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers.

When there are Children to be baptized, the Parents shall give knowledge thereof over night, or in the morning before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Curate. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the People with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest coming to the Font {which is then to be filled with pure Water,) and standing there, shall say,

Hath this Child been already baptized or no?

If they answer No; then shall the Priest proceed as followeth:

Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin; and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate, and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this Child that thing which by nature he cannot have; that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's Holy Church, and be made a lively member of the ■une.

Then shall the Priest say.
Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who of thy gTeat mercy didst save
Noah and his family in the ark from
perishing by water; and also didst
safely lead the children of Israel thy
people through the Red Sea, figuring
thereby thy holy Baptism; and by
the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son
Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst
sanftify Water to the mystical wash-
ing away of sin; We beseech thee,
for thine infinite mercies, that thou
wilt mercifully look upon this Child;
wash him, and sanctify him with the
Holy Ghost; that he, being delivered
from thy wrath, may be received
into the ark of Christ's Church; and
being stedfast in faith, joyful through
hope, and rooted in charity, may

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so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally he may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for this Infant, that he coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy wellbeloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you : So give now unto us that ask; let us that seek, find; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the People stand up, and the Priest shall say,

Hear the words of the Gospel written by Saint Mark, in the 10th chapter, at die 13 th verse

1 Hey brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel.

JJr.i Oved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that

he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed those that woufcd have kept than from him; how he exhorteth all men to follow their innocency. Te perceive how by his outward gesture and deed he declared his good will toward them 5 for he embraced them in b arms, he laid his hands upon da, and blessed them. Doubt yei; therefore, but earnestly believe ic he will likewise favourably reaR this present Infant; that he will» brace him with the arms of la mercy; that he will give unto is the blessing of eternal life, and milt him partaker of his everlasting ling< dom. Wherefore, we being dnu persuaded of the good will of o» heavenly Father towards this lnfa declared by his Son Jesus Quirt; and nothing doubting, but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of ours, in bringing this Mft to his holy Baptism ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto Lie. and say,

Almighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that fhou hast vouchsafed so call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Hoi; Spirit to this Infant; that he may be born again, and made anheiroieretlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigie^ with thee and the Holy Spirit, no* and for ever. Amen.

Then shall the Priest sbeak unlotbeptifathers and Godmothers on this «•«"•

Dearly beloved, ye have brougkt this Child here to be baptized; y« have prayed that our Lord J«"i Christ would vouchsafe to reoene him, to release him of his sin*, w sanctify him with the Holy Gho*,to give him the kingdom of heaven,»» everlasting life. Ye have beard alsoi that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his Gospel to grant all the* things that ye have prayed for : which promise, he, for his part, will most surely keep and perform. Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his part, promise by you that are his sureties, (until he come of age to take it upon himself) that he will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy word, and obediently keep his Commandments.

I demand therefore,

Jjost thou, in the name of this child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them? Answer. I renounce them all.

Minister.

.dost thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?

And in Jesus Christ his onlybegotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the third day; that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?

And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the remission of sins; the resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death?

Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.

Minister.

Wilt thou be baptized in this faith?

Answer. That is my desire.

Minister. ^\tilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?

Answer. I will.

Then shall the Priest say,

O Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in this Child may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen.

Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen.

Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.

Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O 'blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.

Almighty, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood ; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy Congregation; sanctify this Water to tie mystical washing away of sin; and grant that this Child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Priest shall take the Child into his hands, and shall say to the God/athert and Godfathers,

Name this Child.

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