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pleted in 1548, presented to the King, and ratified by Parliament.
This first English Liturgy was, however, soon perceived to be imperfect, and in some points objectionable. And in two years afterwards, a commission was appointed for its revision. This was made very carefully; some things savouring of Popery were omitted, and other judicious alterations and additions made; and the book, generally called 'King Edward's Second Book, thus improved, was again confirmed by Parliament in 1552.
On Edward's death, Mary set aside the Liturgy, and restored the Latin ones, according to the Popish forms.
Early in Elizabeth's reign, another commission was appointed, to frame a Liturgy on the basis of Edward's 'Second Book. It was ratified by Parliament, and came into use in April, 1559, continuing without alteration during the whole of that reign.
James the First, being desirous to accommodate the differences between the non-conformists or Puritans, (who were now becoming numerous,) and those of the established Church, appointed a conference at Hampton Court, between a select number of Bishops, and of the dissenting Leaders, at which the King himself presided. The demands of the Puritans were, however, far too unreasonable to be granted; and all hope of agreement between the parties was at an end. Some additions and improvements, indeed, were made soon aster, which most probably had been suggested in the course of the discussions.
In the reiga of Charles the Second, after the Liturgy had been for fourteen years entirely laid aside by the Puritanical Usurpers, a commission was again appointed, consisting of twelve Episcopalians, and twelve Presbyterians, as principals, with nine assistants on each side, to frame a Liturgy which might suit all parties. This was, as before, found to be impracticable. But the Convocation which met in the same year adopted many improvements, suggested by the Episcopalian commissioners ; removing ambiguities of expression, selecting the Epistles and Gospels from the New translation of the Bible *, &c. The Book then was subscribed by the Bishops and Clergy, ratified by Parliament, and received the Royal assent in 1662. This was the last revisal of that most excellent and incomparable Book of Common Prayer, which we
* The Psalms from the old translation, were still retained. This accounts for the differences of expression observable in the Psalms, as they stand in our Book of Common Prayer, when compared with our authorized version of the Bible.
IN THE REFERENCES.
Page 188, Note t, read Acts xiii. 33.
194, to Psalm lxxxii. 5.
John i. 3.
John xv. 20.
Psalm xvi. 3,
Psalm xvi. 3.
1 Cor. xv. 12.
t Matt. xvi. 13.