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not first (P) which is spiritual, but us the victory through our Lord

that which is natural; and afterward Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved 51 47. that which is spiritual. The first brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,

man (9) is of the earth, earthy; the always abounding in the work of the

second man is the Lord from heaven. Lord, forasmuch as ye know that 48. As (r) is the earthy, such are they your labour is not in vain in the

that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, Lord.

such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And as we have borne the image of When they come to the Grave, while the

the earthy (s), we shall also bear the Corpse is made ready to be laid into the 50. image of the heavenly. Now this I earth, the Priest shall say, or the Priest

and Clerks sball sing :
say, brethren, that flesh and blood (t)
cannot inherit the kingdom of God;

Man that is born of a woman, hath neither doth corruption inherit incor- but a short time to live, and is full 51. ruption. Behold, I shew you a mys- of misery. He cometh up, and is

1: We shall not all sleep (u), but cut down like a flower; he fleeth as we shall all be changed, in a moment, it were a shadow, and never conti52. in the twinkling of an eye, at the last

nueth in one stay. trump: for the trumpet shall sound, In the midst of life we are in and the dead shall be raised incor- death : of whom may we seek for

ruptible, and we shall be changed. succour, but of thee, O Lord, who 53. For this corruptible must put on in- for our sins art justly displeased ?

corruption, and this mortal must put Yet, O Lord God most holy, 0 54. on immortality. So when this cora Lord most mighty, O holy and most

ruptible shall have put on incorrup- merciful Saviour, deliver us not into
tion, and this mortal shall have put the bitter pains of eternal death.
on immortality; then shall be brought Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets
to pass the saying that is written, of our hearts ; shut not thy merciful

“ Death is swallowed up in vic- ears to our prayers ; but spare us, 55. tory (x),” O death, where is thy Lord most holy, O God most mighty

, sting? O grave, where is thy vic- O holy and merciful Saviour, thou 56. tory (y)? The sting of death is sin, most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us

and the strength of sin is the law (Z). not at our last hour for any pains of 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth death to fall from thee.


dom, is this passage,

“ He will swallow up death in victory,” (or, for ever)" and “ the Lord God will wipe away tears “ from off all faces, and the rebuke of “ his people shall he take away from off “ all the earth, for the Lord hath spoken


" it."


(o) “Not first,” & Adam, who had nothing beyond the natural or animal state of man, was before Christ, so man must first be in a natural or animal state; his spiritual state is to follow.

(9) “ The first man, i.e. Adam ; “ the second man,” i.e. Jesus Christ.

(r) “ As," &c. i.e. as was Adam, so is man on earth , as was Christ, so shall man be in heaven.

(s) “ The earthy," i.e. Adam ; “ the “ heavenly," i.e. Jesus Christ.

(1) “ Flesh and blood,” i. e. bodies in
their natural state. See the queries in
verse 35

(u) « Not all sleep.” See note on
verse 24
(x) " In victory,” or

6 for ever."
This is from Is. xxv. 8. where, in look-
ing forward to the times of Christ's kipg.

V. 49.


(y) This verse, with a very

small al. a teration, is from the Septuagint translation of Hos. xii, 14. The passage there is, “O death, where is thy punishment ? O grave, where is thy sting?" sem dien op Parale ; xislgov cv, ädr. and the Greek here is, meos, Gavali, 10 zvilgos, så os, adn, 10 yixos.

(2) “ The law." For, according to Rom. iii. 20.

By the law is the knowledge of sin ; and Rom. iv. 15. “ where no law is, there is no transgrese "6 sion.”


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shall say,

Then while the earth shall be cast upon the brother out of the miseries of this Body by some standing by, the Priest sinful world; beseeching thee, that

it may please thee of thy gracious FOR ORASMUCH as it hath pleased Al

goodness, shortly to accomplish the

number of thine elect, and to hasten mighty God of his great mercy to

thy kingdom; that we, with all those take unto himself the soul of our dear

that are departed in the true faith of brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground;

thy holy name, may have our perfect

consummation and bliss, both in body earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust

and soul, in thy eternal and everlastto dust; in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life,

ing glory, through Jesus Christ our

Lord. Amen. through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it

The Collect. may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working O MERCIFUL God, the Father of our whereby he is able to subdue all Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurthings to himself.

rection and the life; in whom who

soever believeth shall live, though he Then shall be said, or sung,

die ; and whosoever liveth and be. I

HEARD a voice from heaven, saying lieveth in him, shall not die eternally ; unto me, Write, From henceforth

who also hath taught us, by his holy blessed are the dead which die in Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, the Lord : even so saith the Spirit ;

as men without hope, for them that for they rest from their labours. sleep in him ; We meekly beseech Rev. xiv. 13.

thee, O Father, to raise us from the

death of sin unto the life of righteThen shall the Priest


ousness; that when we shall depart

this life, we may rest in thee, as our Lord, have mercy upon us.

hope is this our brother doth; and Christ, have mercy upon us.

that at the general resurrection in the Lord, have mercy upon us. last day, we may be found acceptable

in thy sight, and receive that blessing, The Lord's Prayer.

which thy well-beloved Son shall Our Father, &c. to-But deliver then pronounce to all that love and us from evil. Amen.

fear thee, saying, Come, ye blessed

children of my Father, receive the Priest.

kingdom prepared for you from the

beginning of the world : Grant this, Almighty God, with whom do we beseech thee, O merciful Father, live the spirits of them that depart through Jesus Christ our Mediator hence in the Lord, and with whom and Redeemer. Amen. the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, flesh, are in joy and felicity; We and the love of God, and the fellow. give thee hearty thanks, for that it ship of the Holy Ghost, be with us hath pleased thee to deliver this our all evermore. Amen.




THE Woman, at the usual time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church decently #

parelled, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall dire&t: and then the Priest shall say unto her,

Minister. Be thou to her a strong tower;

Answer. From the face of her enemy.

Minister. Lord, hear our prayer;

Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodness to give you safe deliverance, and hath preserved you in the great danger of child-birth ; you shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God, and say, Then shall the Priest say, either the 116th

Psalm, (ante 391.) or the 127th Psalm,
(ante 408.)
Then the Priest shall say,

Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Lord's Prayer. Our Father, &c. to-For ever and ever. Amen.

Minister. O Lord, save this woman thy servant ;

Answer. Who putteth her trust in thee.

Minister. Let us pray. O ALMIGHTY God, we give thee humble thanks, for that thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this woman thy servant from the great pain and peril of Child-birth. Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live, and walk according to thy will in this life present, and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The woman that cometh to give her thanks, must offer accustomed offerings; and if there be a conta A COMMINATION,

munion, it is convenient that she receive the Holy Communion






AFTER Morning Prayer, the Litany ended according to the accustomed manner, the Priest

sball, in the Reading-Pew, ar Pulpit, say,

BRE "HREN, in the primitive Church there was a godly discipline, that at the beginning of Lent, such persons as stood conyicted of notorious sin, were put to open penance, and punished in this world, that their souls might be saved in the day of the Lord ; and that others, admonished by their example, might be the more afraid to offend.

Instead whereof (until the said discipline may be restored again, which is much to be wished) it is thought good, that at this time, in the presence of you all, should be read the general sentences of God's cursing against impenitent sinners, gathered out of the seven and twentieth chapter of Deuteronomy, and other places of Scripture ; and that ye should answer to every sentence, Amen: To the intent, that being admonished of che great indignation of God against sinners, ye may the rather be moved to earnest and true repentance: and may walk more warily in these dangerous days; fleeing from such vices, for which ye affirm with your own mouths the curse of God to be due.

Min. Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's land mașk.

Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his

way. Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that perverteth the judgement of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.

Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretly.

Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that lieth with his neighbour's wife.

Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that taketh reward to slay the innocent.

Answ. Amen.

Min. Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, and taketh man for his defence, and in his heart goeth from the Lord.

Answ. Amen,

Min. Cursed are the unmerciful, fornicators, and adulterers, covetous persons, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards, and extortioners.

Answ. Amen.

Cursed is the man that maketh any carved or molten image, to worship it.

And the People shall answer and say,

AMEN. Minister. Cursed is he that curseth his father or mother.

Answer, Amen.

Minister. Now seeing that all they are accursed (as the prophet David beareth witness) who do err and go astray from the commandments of God, let us (remembering the dreadful judge: ment hanging over our heads, and always ready to fall upon us) return unto our Lord God, with all contrition and meekness of heart; bewailing

and lamenting our sinful life, ac- while the day of salvation lasteth, knowledging and confessing our of- for the night cometh, when none can fences, and seeking to bring forth work. But let us, while we have worthy fruits of penance. For now the light, believe in the light, and is the axe put unto the root of the walk as children of the light ; that trees; so that every tree that bringeth we be not cast into utter darkness, not forth good fruit, is hewn down where is weeping and gnashing of and cast into the fire. It is a fearful teeth. Let us not abuse the goodness thing to fall into the hands of the of God, who calleth us mercifully to living God: he shall pour down rain amendment; and of his endless pity upon the sinners, snares, fire, and promiseth us forgiveness of that brimstone, storm and tempest; this which is past, if with a perfect and shall be their portion to drink. For, true heart we return unto him. For lo, the Lord is come out of his place, though our sins be as red as scarlet, to visit the wickedness of such as dwell they shall be made white as snow; upon the earth. the earth. But who

But who may abide and though they be like purple, yet the day of his coming ? Who shall they shall be made white as wool. be able to endure when he appeareth? Turn ye (saith the Lord) from all His fan is in his hand, and he will your wickedness, and your sins shall purge his floor, and gather his wheat not be your destruction. Cast away into the barn ; but he will burn the from you all your ungodliness that ye chaff with unquenchable fire. The have done; make you new hearts day of the Lord cometh as a thief in and a new spirit: Wherefore will ye the night : and when men shall

say, die, O ye house of Israel ? seeing Peace, and all things are safe; then that I have no pleasure in the death shall sudden destruction come upon of him that dieth, saith the Lord them, as sorrow cometh upon a wo- God: Turn ye then, and ye

shall man travailing with child, and they live. Although we have sinned, yet shall not escape. Then shall appear have we an Advocate with the Fa. the wrath of God in the day of ven- ther, Jesus Christ the righteous; and geance, which obstinate sinners, he is the propitiation for our sins. through the stubbornness of their For he was wounded for our offences, heart, have heaped upon themselves; and smitten for our wickedness. Let which despised the goodness, pa- us therefore return unto him, who is tience, and long-suffering of God, the merciful receiver of all true pewhen he calleth them continually to nitent sinners; assuring ourselves repentance. Then shall they call that he is ready to receive us, and upon me (saith the Lord), but I will

most willing to pardon us, if we not hear ; they shall seek me early, come unto him with faithful repent. but they shall not find me; and that ance; if we submit ourselves unto because they hated knowledge, and him, and from henceforth walk in received not the fear of the Lord

s his ways; if we will take his easy but abhorred my counsel, and despised yoke and light burden upon us, to my correction. Then shall it be too follow him in lowliness, patience, late to knock, when the door shall and charity, and be ordered by the be shut; and too late to cry for governance of his Holy Spirit ; seekmercy, when it is the time of jus- ing always his glory, and serving him tice. O terrible voice of most just duly in our vocation with thanksgivjudgment, which shall be pronounced ing. This if we do, Christ will upon them, when it shall be said deliver us from the curse of the law, unto them, Go, ye cursed, into the and from the extreme malediction fire everlasting, which is prepared which shall light upon them that shall for the devil and his angels ! There- be set on the left hand; and he will fore, brethren, take we heed betime, set us on his right hand, and give us

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