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the bright angels, what made them happy; and straight they'll answer with a sprightly voice: “ we readily obeyed our great creator; « and he fixed us here to shine for ever.” Afk the bleiled saints, what brought them to felicity; and immediately they'll tell you in the same glad tone, “ we faithfully lov'd our dear “ redeemer, and that love has placed us here."

2. Look up, O my soul! and see the sacred humanity of thy dear redeemer; that blessed Jesus that died for us upon thecross; and now invites us to partake of his holy facrament. See and rejoice in those eternal honours, which heaven and earth pay to their king. 3.

What is a name of honour, or a momentary pleasure, compared to the bliss of an eternal paradise? what is a bag of money, or a fair estate, if counter-balanced with the treasures of heaven? how narrow there do our greatest kingdoms seem! how small a circle the whole globe of the earth! cities and towns shew like little mole-hills, and the busy world, but as a swarm of ants, running up and down, and joftling one another; and all this stir for a few grains or hulks. 4. O heaven! let me again lift up


eyes to thee; and take a fuller view of that glorious prospect. There let me stand and fix my steady light, till I am fully convinced, that all the most prosperous fortune we can here poffefs, is all an idie dream compared to thy real joys; an absolute nothing compared to thy solid felicity.

Here observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to improve your jcuž by reading a lefon out of the New WHOLE Duty of Man, Sunday 5. Section V.

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The prayer on Wednesday evening, for the attain

ment of everlasting happiness. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John vi. 54. O

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rious Lord God! look down from the habitation of thy holiness upon me thy unworthy creature, who am come into thy prefence to adore thy incomprehensible majesty, and to present before thee the evening sacrifice of my unfeigned praises for thy manyand undeferved favours bestowed upon me. knowledge thy eternal honour, glory, praise and adoration ; for thou art the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, by whom all things were made, and by whose infinite power and goodness they are preserved and kept in be


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Blessed be thy unspeakable goodness, that has advanced me to such a degree of being, that I am in some measure capable to know thee, to love thee, to serve thee, and obey thee. And for ever blessed be thy name, O Lord, that I was born of christian parents, and early dedicated to thee by baptism; and that by thy grace

and goodness I have been preserved to this moment, and have, in any degree, efcaped the pollutions of this wicked world.

Blessed be thou, O God, who by thy grace, and by the voice of thy church, hast call'd me to repentance: discover to me, thou searcher of hearts, the vast charge that is against me, that I may know and confess, and forsake the many sins I have fallen into. Give me that true repentance to which thou hast promised mercy and pardon, that I may amend what I have done amiss, and that iniquity may not be my ruin. And, O blessed advocate, whoever livest to make intercession for me, I put my cause into thy hands; let thy blood and merits plead for me, and by thy mighty intercellion procure for me the pardon of

That thou mayst say unto me, as thou didítunto the penitent in the gospel---Thy sins are forgiven---so that I may go with a quiet conscience to thy holy table, and at last be re


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See the concluding prayer and blessing on page 36 and 37.

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* The Meditation: Thursday Morning. Upon our fanctification whereby we are made wortby

to come to the holy sacrament. - Except a man be born of water, and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit, is fpirit. Johniii. 5,6.

Onsider, O my soul, the mercies of thy

God; consider the wonders he has wrought for the children of men. The eternal father created us out of nothing, and fet, us in the way to everlasting happiness

. The eternal son came down from heaven to seek us when we had lost ourselves. The eternal fpirit brings his grace to fanctify us, and give us strength to walk in that holy way. Thus every perfon of the sacred trinity has freely contributed his peculiar blessing; and all together as one co-infinite goodness, havegraciously agreed to complete our happiness.;


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Here you may observe tke directions given ox page 3.

2. Come then let us humbly implore the divine grace to make us worthy to address our sanctifier; who from the father and the fon eternally proceeds, and with the father and the son must be equally worshipped and glo, rified. He infuses into man the breath of life, and brings him forth in the second birth; a birth that makes men heirs of heaven, and gives us a title to everlasting happiness.

3. Arise, therefore, O my soul, and intercede for pity upon the unhappy state of fallen mankind, which neither nature nor law could bring to perfection. For tho’they under the law were trained up in a set form of discipline, which grew and spread into a publick religi on, and was uniformly professed by a whole nation; yet they had but weak conceits of the kingdom of heaven, and imperfect means to bring them thither: and as to those high and fupernatural mysteries, that so gloriously exalt the christian faith; they all were blind or in the dark, and dangerously exposed to the effects of their own ignorance, wanting thofe, clear and powerful motives to love their God, God having provided fome better thing for us, that they without us Abould not be made perfect, Heb. xi.40. Nevertheless, this prepared them


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