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up all the spaces of this week with meditations upon the most holy sacrament, with acts of religion, and fervent charity, so thatwhen the devil assaults me, hemay not find me idle, and that my dearest Lord, at his sudden coming, may find me improving the talent committed to my care, that I may enter into the joy of my Lord; to which, I beseech thee bring me, thro' the merits and intercession of thy dear fon, Jesus Christ, our Lordand Saviour. Amen.
Directions. Now repair to the publick service at the church; or if you have not that opportunity, spend your leisure time in a devout perufal of that pious treatise, necesary for all families, as well as every private christian: lately published, By the King's Authority, viz. THE New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, &c.*
And I heartily wish that every Poor (as well as Rich) Family in the Kingdom was furnished with one of these Books : it's great Pity they should be any where wanting. Great Charity therefore it would be for rich Landlords and others of easy Fortunes, to bestow this pious and useful Book upon their poor and uninfructed Neighbours, Tenants, and Servants, that the Knowledge of God and Religion may be promoted amongst them; which would make greatly for the Good and Welfare both of Churcb and State. For tho brain-fick Opinions and falle Principles may make Men proud and headstrong, and troublesome to their Governors and Superiors; yet folid Know. ledge and sincere Godliness, will make Men humble and meek, quiet and peaceable, obedient to their Superiors and Minifters, full of Charity to their Neighbours, and ready to do every good Work.
* Be sure to retire foon this evening to examine thy conscience.
* This New Whole Duty of Man is printed in Octavo, price 5 so in large Twelves at 35. 6 d. and in small Twelves at 2 s. 6 d. and is sold witbibe Same allowance as the Old Whole Duty of Man, to those wbo are disposed to give Tbe Ostavo may also be bad with a Set of very fine Cuts, at 7s.
The Meditation for Monday Evening. Upon the vanities of the world and the goodness of
God, in order to a worthy receiving of the most boly facrament. He that lovetha his life shall lose it: and he that hateth his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. John xi. 25.
Wake thou, O my soul, from the sleep
of fin; for, behold, life and death are set before thee; chuse while thy gracious Lord allows thee time and day, left the night and darkness overtake thy neglect: chuse, but remember thy eternity is concerned, and deliberate e'er thou makest thy choice.
2. Survey all the pleasures of the world before thee, and ask if any of them be worth such pains: ask if the vain forbidden things thou lovest, deserve thy affection better than thy maker. Are they more worthy in themfelves, or beneficial to thee, that thou mayest justly prefer them before thy redeemer? dost thou expect to be at rest, and satisfied by enjoying them, or everlastingly happy by their procurement? can they protect thee at the hour of death, or plead thy cause at the day of judgment? Oh! no. They only deceive me with a smiling look, which I too often have proved by dear experience.
It is heaven alone that yields a truecontent; it is heaven alone that fills us with eternal delight. Say then, my soul, take away your flatteries, false world, and leave me free for better thoughts. Oinfinite goodness! it is thyself alone I chuse; thou art my only happiness for ever. I see my portion hereafter depends on my choice here; and my choice here, O Lord, depends on thee.
4. O my dearest Lord, do thou chuse me, and guide my uninstructed soul to chuse thee. For, here, we, alas! move slowly in the dark, led on by the argument of things not seen; but did we clearly see what we say we believe, we should foon change the course of our lives.
5. Didwebut seethedamned in their flames, or hearthemcryinthemidstof theirtorments, how shouldwefear to follow themintheirsins, which we know have plunged them into all those miseries! how should we strive against the next temptation, and cast about to avoid the danger by working out our salvation! or;
6. Did we but see the incomparable glories of the saints; or hear the sweet harmonious hymns which they continually sing, how should we study to imitate those holy ways,
by which we know they arrived at all their happiness! how should we seek all occasions of improvement, and make it our business to work out our salvation! did man but seriously consider what he fays he believes, he would never live as he doth. Who can doubt but e'er long he shall be turned into duft? yet which of us lives as if he thought ever to die?
7: Pity, Ogracious Lord, the frailties of thy servant, and suffer not my blindness to lead me into ruin. Supply my want of sight by a lively faith, and strengthen my faith by thy powerful grace; make me remember it is no trifling thing to gain or lose the kingdom of heaven; make me chuse wisely, and pursue my choice, and use as well the means, as like the end. Osetthou right the biass of my heart, that in all my motions I may draw off from the world; that I may still incline towards thee, and rest at last in thy holy presence. Thou art my Lord, and I will serve thee in fear; thou art my God, and I will love thee in hope: what will it profit me to gain the whole world, and lose my own soul? or what shall I give in exchange for my soul?
Now repair to the publick service of the church; but if you bave not that opportunity, then employ your time in reading fome part of the new WHOLE Duty of Man, as directed on page 8, especially Sunday 17, Sections I. and VII,
A prayer before examination, with a firm resolution
to forsake the vanities of this wicked world. Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. I Cor. xi. 28. O
who seest and knowest all my sins; help me so to search every secret of my heart, that I may leave no fin, if possible, unrepented of. Give me grace fo impartially to judge and condemn myself, fo humbly to repent and beg pardon, that I may not be condemned, when I shall appear at thy tribunal, in the great and terrible day of the Lord Jesus!
But alas ! after the most strict examination we can make, who can number his iniquities? who can tell how oft he offendeth ? cleanfe me therefore, O Lord, I beseech thee, notonly from my presumptuous and known sins, but from all my secret and unknown transgressions, for his fake who died for finners, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Directions for self-examination.
will vouchsafe it to you. And the better to dispose your heart to the duty of self-examination:
Consider seriously with yourself; that it is appointed for all men once to die, and after death to be called to judgment.
That God hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Chrift. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and fall give an account of their own works; and