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life, that I may be received by Thee at my death to everlasting happiness. Take not, O Lord, thy Holy Spirit from me; deliver me not up to vain fears; but have mercy on me, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who desirest not the death, &c.
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1767. YESTERDAY, Oct. 17, at about ten in the
morning, I took my leave for ever of my dear old friend Catharine Chambers, who came to live with my mother about 1724, and has been but little parted from us since. She buried my father, my brother, and my mother. She is now fifty-eight years old.
I desired all to withdraw, then told her
that we were to part for ever; that as Christians, we should part with prayer; and that I would, if she was willing, say a short prayer beside her. She expressed great desire to hear me; and held
her poor hands, as she lay in bed, with great fervour, while I prayed kneeling by her, nearly in the following words:
LMIGHTY and most merciful Father, whose loving-kindness is over all thy works, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Grant that the sense of her weakness may add strength to her faith, and seriousness to her repentance. And grant, that by the help of thy Holy Spirit, after the pains and labours of this short life, we may all obtain everlasting happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord; for whose sake hear our prayers. Amen. Our Father, &c.
I then kissed her. She told me that to
part was the greatest pain that she had ever felt, and that she hoped we should meet again in a better place. I expressed, with swelled eyes, and great emotion of tenderness, the same hopes. We kissed, and parted. I humbly hope to meet again, and to part no more.
Lent. o. ALMIGHT
LMIGHTY God, who seest that I have no power of myself to help myself; keep me both outwardly in my body, and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer may be said before or after the
entrance into bed, as a preparative for sleep.
When I transcribed this Prayer, it was my
purpose to have made this* book a Collection.
STUDY OF TONGUES.
Almighty God, giver of all knowledge, enable me so to pursue the study of tongues, that I may promote thy glory and my own salvation.
Bless my endeavours, as shall seem best unto Thee; and if it shall please Thee to grant me the attainment of my purpose, preserve me from sinful pride; take not thy Holy Spirit from me, but give me a pure
A Barchment book, containing such of these Prayers
as are marked transcribed.
pure heart and humble mind, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Of this Prayer there is no date, nor can I
tell when it was written; but I think it was in Gough-square, after the Dictionary was ended. I did not study what I then intended.
Transcribed June 26, 1768.
TOWNMALLING, IN KENT.
Sept. 18, 1768, at Night. I HAVE now begun the sixtieth year
life. How the last year has past, I am unwilling to terrify myself with thinking. This day has been past in great perturbation; I was distracted at church in an uncommon degree, and my distress has had very little intermission. I have found myself somewhat relieved by read