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Der tha GEORGE R.
pure, a EORG E the Second, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, Bishop France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom
gainn these Presents thall come, Greeting : WHEREAS our Trusty and Well beloved Edward Wick
steed, of our City of London, Bookseller, hath humbly represented to us, That he is now Printing a New Edition (witb
Keble Improvements) of a Work, Entitled,
great The New Week's Preparation for a Worthy Receiving of decay
the Lord's SUPPER, as recommended and appointed by Many
the Church of England, &c. In two Parts. AND whereas the said Edward Wicksteed has informed us, that the faid. It has Work has been perfected with great Labour, Study, aud Expence. He has therefore humbly prayed Us to grant to him the said Edward Wickfleed, Our Royal Privilege, Licence, and AUTHORITY, for the SOLE Printing, Publishing, and Vending the said Work, in as ample Manner and Form as has
part ever been done in cases of the like Nature.
WE being graciously inclined to give all due Encouragement to Works
ble and especially to those of this kind, which so greatly tend to the Alvancement of Religion, and the genera! Good and Benefit of Mankind, ARE pleased to con. descend to his Request, and Do by these Presents (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Case made and provided) give and grant to the laid Ed. ward Wicksted, his Executors, Administrators, and Aligns, full Power, Li.
NE cence, Privilege, and sole AUTHORITY, for the SOLE Printing, Publishing,
ful and Vending the said Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Correations, Alterations, and Additions of or to the same; and Our express Will and Pleasure is, and we do hereby fridly charge, command, and prohibit all and every person and Persons whatsoever, within Our Don.inions,
82 that they, nor any or either of them, presume in any manner of wise to reprint, abridge, or extrat the same, or any Part or Parts thereof, either in the like, or in any other Formor Forms, Volume or Volumes whatsoever ; OR to
р import, buy, vend, utter, or distribute, any Copies thereof, or of any řart or Parts thereof, that are or Thall be printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, with out the AUTHORITY, Consent, or Approbation of the said Edward Wickseed, his Executors, Adminifrators, or Aligns, by Writing under his or their Hands and Seais. first had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will incur Our Royal Indignation and Displeasure, and such other Pains and
Th Penalties as by the Laws and Statutes of Our Realms may be inflicted. WHEREOF the Commissioners and other Officers of our Curioms, the Master,
if a parent.
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when we arise.
The way of worship made use of in
Keble's week's preparation has
decay of christian piety.
Spair by it.
towards one's self,
Cbrift. bimself, and by St. John. v
A profession of godly forrow for
gainst the manner of worship
for every day,
The usefulness of actual prepara-
ix A meditation for the moming. 5
REASONS for publishing this BOOK.
views may be frustrated or disappointed by the publication of this New Week's Preparation ; yet I have the confolation of being fully assured, that this present undertaking will want no apology to those who have religion truely at heart, if they will, with a little attention, compare this performance with the Old Week's Preparation, formerly printed for SAMUEL Keble. Nor am I under any apprehension of being condemned for adding one more to the number of devotional books, already extant upon the subject of the holy facrament of the Lord's Supper; because the tempers and talents of men are la different, that what does not affect one may possibly touch another; and, provided that fubftantial piety and devotion are improving, 100 many instruments cannot le employed for that purpose. I am also persuaded that the present Proprietors of Keble's Old Week's Preparation, cannot, as christians, be so destitute of principle and good will to the public cause of the christian religion, as to endeavour, or even defore the continuance of a book which has already been found so injurious to christianity, and has brought so great and many scandals upon the reasonable service of. almighty God, as it will appear that book has already done : and therefore it is certainly most unfit to be put into the hands of devout and well-meaning, but otherwise undiscerning christians. To demonstrate that these complaints are just and fairly grounded, I have transcribed a few passages from the editions of KEBLE's Week's Proparation; the one printed 1738, the other in the year 1742; and desire the impartial reader, after he has considered the tendency of those rapturous and wanton expressions, to judge whether that book deserves to be blamed and
fot aside, or not.
1742, and the pages after the lines to the pompous Edi-
Page. 129 Ait thou afraid of being too much enamoured with this 142 135 Jesus. O my Love, my Joy, my Jesus, my Lord, be 152
thou present with me in the Sacrament, present more
and that more than by Meditation- in a spiritual, realise 67 and eternal Communion. O my Love, be thou nigh in
my Mind, nigh in my Heart, and nigh to aid me, for I 47 117 languish thro' Love. O what shall I do, to have my Soul
wholly pofleft with, and inebriated by thee, fo to enjoy 129 142 the perpetual Embraces of thee! When Mall I enjoy 95 ibee? O my Life take my Soul; my Joy draw my Heart 157 142 unto thee. When Thall I fully please thee? I will not 105
let tbee go till thou hast blefjed me, my Life, my Love, 157
67 my Desire, my Delight, O that I may faint in myself, 67, 114 and depend on thee. Satisfy me with iby Blood. He 74
bowed down his Head to kiss me. He stretched forth 74, 126 8o his Arm to embrace me. From his interior Love burs 81 forth such exterior Signs and Demonstrations as were suf- 89
ficient to mollify a Heart more frozen than Ice itself, 166 and more hard than any Marble. Such are tby Gifts, O.
96 (weet Saviour, such are tbe Works and Delights of thy 184 143 Love. O that I was fo faftened unto thee that I might 106 142 never depart. Thou wert within me. Thou only pleaf- 159 eft me, and thee only I defire, &c. &c. &c.
158 Tbefe without dispute, are the wanton exercises of a warm imagination, and of a luscious fancy; where warmth of con
stitution, not reason, much less religion, has the chief and sovereign influence.
Undoubtedly writers of this cast, have shamefully suffered the fofter Passions to mix too strongly with their Zeal for religion.
By + The following is tbe APOLOGY of no less an Aurbor than Dr. Ifaac Watts binn:self :
« Let it be observed, ibat it was much the Fashion, even among some Divines of Eminence in Former Years, to express the Fervors of devout Love to our Saviour
in the Style of the Song of Solomon : And I must confess, that several of my « Com:p:sures in Verse, written in younger Life, were led by those Examples un
warily into this Track. But, if I may be permitted to speak ihe Sense of ma. « turer Age, I can bardly rbink ibis the bappies Language in wbich Christians Moull discover their warm Sentiments of Religion, since the clearer and more
fpi"chirual Revelations of the New Testament.” To tbis Apology we may add, that in these our Meditations and Prayers are no visionary Scenes of wild Extravagance; no raffectations of that Style, webich spreads a glaring Confusion over tbe Underfiandirg. Here are none of those incomprehensible Phrases which may amuse the Ear wirb founding Vanity, arid bold Reason in sovereign Contemp. In psori, bere are *9 fecree Paniings after a morial Love, in the Language of Devotion and Piety.