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Pity, O Lord, the present frailty of thy servant, and suffer not my blindness to lead me into ruin.

Suffer not my frailties to become habitual, lest I die impenitent, and perish without recovery.

O thou great Physician of souls, cure me of all distempers, and fix me in an even and constant holiness.

Imprint on my mind this important truth, That the pleasures of sin are short and momentary, but the pain and torment eternal; and that the best that can follow is a bitter repentance.

Almighty Lord God, mortify and kill all vices in me; and so strengthen me with thy grace, that by the innocency of my life, and the constancy of my faith, I may glorify thy great and holy name.

Grant me the true circumcision of the spirit, that, my heart and all my members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, I may in all things obey thy blessed will.

Grant that I, being regenerate, and made thy child by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy holy spirit, till I come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ unto a perfect man.

Enable me to love my enemies, and to do good to those that hate me, and to pray for them that despitefully use me, and persecute me; in obedience to the command, and in imitation of the example, of my great Lord and master Christ Jesus.

A Prayer for a meek and quiet Spirit. O FATHĐR almighty, and God of all comfort, look with thy tenderest pity upon me, a weak and frail creature, who am encompassed about with many


infirmi ties. My nature is corrupt, my passions are strong and violent, and I am so prone to peevishness and anger, that almost every slight provocation disorders my mind. This is what I bewail and lament, humbly beseeching thee to pardon all this my sin and folly, and to give me a meek and quiet spirit, a patient and forgiving temper, and an humble, charitable, and christian disposition; that my

mind may at all times be quiet and easy, my carriage gentle, kind, and

obliging unto all men; and the whole conduct and deportment of my life such as becoines the disciples of the meek and blessed Jesus ; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, for ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Chastity. Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts! who art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, whose holy spirit delighteth to dwell in pure and chaste hearts; I'most bumbly beseech thee to send thy spirit of purity and holiness into my heart, and to preserve me chaste and spotless, clean and undefiled in thy sight; that my body may be a holy temple, and my soul a sanctuary fit for the reception of thy divine holiness. Forgive me all my past impurities

, whether in thought, word, or deed; reprove in me the spirit of lust; kindle the fire of thy holy love in my heart, and let it comsume all my dross ; that I may no more grieve thy blessed spirit by any work of darkness; but after a chaste and religious life here, I may be presented before thy tribunal, washed and cleansed in the blood of the Lamb, and reign with thee for ever.


A Prayer for Temperance. O God, who madest every thing good, and givest all things richly to enjoy; give me the spirit of temperance and sobriety, that I may use thy creatures in the same measure, and to the same purposes, for which thou hast designed them. Forgive that intemperance, which I have been guilty of in meat, drink, apparel, and pleasure [particularly here mention what you are most guilty of ]and never let

my body any more be oppressed with "surfeiting and drunkenness, or the luxuries of this sensual life. Subduc my appetite to reason and to thy grace,



table may be no more a snare unto me, nor my food become a temp; tation, a sin, or a disease; but that I hunger and thirst after righteousness, and account it my ment and drink to do thy will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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A Prayer for Patience. O God, who hast told us, that in this world we should have tribulation; grant that my present affliction may work patience, and that I may be submissive under the load thou hast thought fit to lay upon me, whether it be thy immediate correction, or the injuries with which my

fellowcreatures endeavour to oppress me: and forasmuch as I suffer no more than the common lot of all sinful mortals, strengthen me, O Lord, that no pains or sufferings ever drive me from thee; but rather be a means to work in me a contempt of this world, a mortification of my lusts, and a patient abiding of the cross: so that I may finish my course with joy, and, at the last, rest from all my labours and troubles, with the redeemed and blessed of the Lord; which I wait and humbly beg for at thy hands, O most gracious Father, for uie sake and in the name of thy son Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for Diligence. ALMIGHTY God, who hast commanded man to till the earth, and to provide for his subsistence by his own labour and industry, when thou mightest justly have punishwed him eternally; enable me to fulfil thy command; ani with care, diligence, and honest industry, grant that I may provide for myself and those committed to my charge, by improving the talent thou hast intrusted me with; and that I may make my calling and election sure, by a patient continuance in welldoing: that so labouring in thy work here, I may, not for the merits of my own works, but for the merits of Jesus Christ, rest from my labours in thy kingdom hereafter. Amen.

A Prayer for the Love of our Neighbour. Most merciful God, suffer me to exclude none from my charity, who are objects of thy mercy and tenderness; but grant that I may assist all my brethren with

prayers and good intentions, where I cannot reach them by works of mercy. Let me be always ready to embrace all occasions that may administer to their happiness, by assisting


the needy, protecting the oppressed, instructing the ignorant, and reproving the wicked, protane, and evildoer; but in such a manner that I look


the defects and frailties of my neighbour, as if they were my own, and so hide and conceal them: so that making thy love to me, o God, the pattern of my love to them, I may above all things endeavour to promote their eternal salvation ; and at last be received into the joy of thy kingdon, and sing everlasting praises to the Lamb that was slain, and sitteth on the throne, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Charity. O LORD, who hast taught me, that all my doings without charity are nothing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost, ard pour into my heart that most excellent gift of charity, the

very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thy only son Jesus Christ's sake. Amer.

A Prayer for true Piety and Regeneratio.. Lord of all power and might, who art the author ani giver of all good things, graft in my heart the love of this name, increase in me true religion, nourish me with a!! goodness, and of thy great mercy keep me in the same; si chat being regenerate, and made thy child by adoption ani grace, I may daily be renewed by thy holy spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with tree and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for a right Use of our Time. Most gracious God, I adore thy infinite goodness and patience, which hath not cut me off in the midst of my follies and sins. Grant therefore, gracious Lord, that I may no longer abuse that precious time, which thou hast allotted me, to secure that happiness, which is great in itself, and infinite in its continuance. Call me from all those rain amusements, these trifling entertainments, and cruel diversions, which have robbed me of many valuable hours, and have endangered the loss of my immortal sout in the day of judgment. Teach me so to number my days, that I may

apply my heart unto wisdom; so that by diligence and honesty in my calling, by constancy and fervour in my devotions, by moderation and temperance in my pleasures and recreations, by justice and charity in all my words and actions, and by keeping a conscience void of offence both toward God and man, I

may be able to give a good account thereof, when summoned before the judgment seat of Christ, where I pray that I may be accepted through the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate. Amen.

A Prayer for the Care of the Soul. Give me grace, O Lord, to prefer the good of my soul before all things, and continually to remember that, although it cannot die, it may sink into a state of endless punishment. Free me from the barms and flatteries of this world, lest they dissolve me into luxury, excess, and other unlawful pleasures: neither permit the terrors or torments that wicked men are able to inflict, to shake my constancy, or interrupt my perseverance in the way of thy laws; but grant that I may proceed in the strength thou hast given me, that being found stedfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, I may know that my labour is not in vain in the Lord; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and redeemer. Amen.

A Prayer for the Government of the Tongue. Govern my lips, O Lord, that I offend not in my tongue, and shut out such discourses as border the least upon evilspeaking, lying, and slandering ; that it may never spread any evil reports concerning my neighbour's reputation; nor make the deformity of his body, or the weakness of his mind, the subject of mirth and raillery. Grant that I may never be so weak as to encourage backbiters, either by listening to their insinuations, or by giving credit to their wicked inventions. But, as thou hast given me a tongue that I might praise thee, and influence others to bless thy holy name, direct my words chiefly to the promoting of thy glory; by assuaging the pains of the afflicted, vindicating the injured reputation of my neighbour, uniting the minds of those that are at variance, instructing those that know thee not

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