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not remember, I rose, drank tea, but without eating, and went to church. I was very composed, and coming home, read Hammond on one of the Psalms for the day. I then read Leviticus. Scott came in. A kind letter from Gastrel. I read on, then went to evening prayers, and afterwards drank tea, with buns; then read till I finished Leviticus, 24 pages et sup.
To write to Gastrel to-morrow.
To look again into Hammond.
20. Sat. Visitors Paradise, and I think
Horsley. Read 11 pages of the Bible. I was faint; dined on herrings and potatoes. At prayers, I think, in the evening. I wrote to Gastrel, and received a kind letter from Hector. At night Lowe. Pr. with Francis.
31. Easter Day. Read 15 pages of the
Bible. Cætera alibi.
AT THE TABLE.
LMIGHTY God, by whose mercy now permitted to commemorate my redemption by our Lord Jesus Christ; grant that this awful remembrance may strengthen my faith, enliven my hope, and increase my charity; that I may trust in Thee with my whole heart, and do good according to my power. Grant me the help of thy Holy Spirit, that I may do thy will with diligence, and suffer it with humble patience; so that when Thou shalt call me to judgment, I may obtain forgiveness and acceptance, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
AT DEPARTURE, OR AT HOME. Grant, I beseech Thee, merciful Lord, that the designs of a new and better life, which by thy grace I have now formed,
may not pass away without effect. Incite and enable me, by thy Holy Spirit, to improve the time which Thou shalt grant me; to avoid all evil thoughts, words, and actions; and to do all the duties which Thou shalt set before me.
Hear my prayer,
O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
have resign trusting givest an mercy upo me.
These Prayers I wrote for Mrs. Lucy Por
ter,* in the latter end of the year 1782, and transcribed them October 9, 1784.
To thy fa commend thi defend them, through this w thy presence Jesus Christ's s
ON LEAVING MR. THRALE'S FAMILY.
O Lord, so far
October 6, 1782. ALMIGH
LMIGHTY God, Father of all mercy, help me, by thy grace, that I may with humble and sincere thankfulness remember the comforts and conveniences which I
I was called early.
dles, and used with my morning think, enlarged. family, I read St. I Acts, and then re
* Daughter-in-law to Dr. Johnson, and lately living at
have enjoyed at this place, and that I may resign them with holy submission, equally trusting in thy protection, when Thou givest and when Thou takest away. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, have mercy upon
To thy fatherly protection, O Lord, I commend this family. Bless, guide, and defend them, that they may so pass through this world, as finally to enjoy in thy presence everlasting happiness, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
O Lord, so far as, &c.—Thrale.
I was called early. I packed up my bun
dles, and used the foregoing Prayer, with my morning devotions somewhat, I think, enlarged. Being earlier than the family, I read St. Paul's farewell in the Acts, and then read fortuitously in the Gospels, which was my parting use of the library
September 6. I HAD JUST HEARD OF WILLIAMS'S DEATH Амтант
LMIGHTY and most merciful Father, who art the Lord of life and death, who givest and who takest away, teach me to adore thy providence, whatever Thou shalt allot me; make me to remember, with due thankfulness, the comforts which I have received from my friendship with Anna Williams.* Look upon her, O Lord, with mercy, and prepare me, by thy grace, to die with hope, and to pass by death to eternal happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* This lady, who was afflicted with blindness, lived many years with Doctor Johnson, and died in his house. She wrote several Poems, which were published in one volume, 4to. 1766.