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OFFICES OF DEVOTION
FOR FAMILIES, AND FOR PARTICULAR PERSONS,
UPON MOST OCCASIONS.
By BENJAMIN JENKS,
LATE RECTOR OF HARLEY, IN SHROPSHIRE, AND CHAPLAIN TO THE RIGHT
HONOURABLE THE EARL OF BRADFORD.
MEN OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY AND NOT TO FAINT.
Luke xviii. 1.
Col. iv. 2.
ALTERED AND IMPROVED BY THE
REV. CHARLES SIMEON,
FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
THE THIRTY-THIRD EDITION.
PRINTED FOR C. J. G. & F. RIVINGTON; LONGMAN & CO.; J. RICHARD.
SON; R. SCHOLEY; BALDWIN & CRADOCK; HATCHARD & SON;
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T. C. Hansard, Printer,
HAVING undertaken to publish this volume in a corrected state, it seems proper that the Editor should assign his reasons for it to the
He has this book as an exceedingly rich treasure to the Church of God. Its distinguishing excellency is, that far the greater part of the prayers appear to have been prayed and not written. There is a spirit of humiliation in them, which is admirably suited to express the sentiments and feelings of a contrite heart. There is also a fervour of devotion in them, which can scarcely fail of kindling a corresponding flame in the breasts of those who use them. But it is needless to pronounce an eulogy on a book, the value of which has been already stamped by the sale of many myriads. There are, however, faults in it, which exceedingly need correction, The sentences are
too long ; the sense is often perplexed ; and the antitheses are so numerous as to be very ill-suited to modern taste. These things the Editor has endeavoured to correct; yet not in such a manner us to give a new style and character to the book. It seems right, that the Author should appear in his native dress, except where the edification of the public rendered a change necessary.
TO some, it is probable, the Editor will appear to have altered too much ; and to others too little ; but, on whatever side he may have erred, it has not been for want of care and endeavour to do right.
In the new arrangement of the Prayers, the facility of finding any particular subject will, it is presumed, be greatly increased.
To have made the Soliloquy on the Creed at all congenial with his wishes, the Editor must have altered almost the whole of it. He has therefore contented himself with making only such alterations as were absolutely necessary; and he would have omitted it altogether, had he not been afraid, that some few might have regretted the loss of it.
As to the sentiments contained in this book, no alteration whatever was wanted ; nor has any