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Archbishop Laud's Devotions.,
Bed-time, and at night if thou awakest. Ps. Ixiii. 7, 8.

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Therefore, under the shadow of thy wings, I hope to pass through the darkness of this night, in the comfort of Jesus Christ my Lord and only Saviour. Amen. And Ps. cxix. 148.

Fir Moderate Sleep.
O Lord, thou which hast made the night for man
to rest in, as well as the day to labour; grant dear Fa-
ther, that I may take my bodily rest, that my soul may
continually watch for my deliverance out of this mortal
life ; and that my sleep be not excessivė, according to
the insatiable desires of the flesh, but sufficient to main-
tain and relieve nature: to live and serve thee in all
sober ad godly conversation, through the aid and assist-
ance of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour. Amen.

In the Morning. Ps. xvii. 5 ; then St. Aug. de Hares,

For Help:

me my Lord Jesu, and gird thy sword about thy thigh, o thou most Mighty. Go forth, O thou most powerful of all: Kill me in myself, that I may live to

: thee, and let my enemies cease to persecute me.

Amen. For Consolation, Ps. Ixiii. 1. Esay (Isa.) xxxiii. 2, 5, 6. The Coll. for Ascension day: do. Sund. after Ascension.

Third Hour. To be heard, Ps. lv. 2. Against Enes mies, Ps. lxxxvi. 14.

For Defence. Assist me mercifully, O Lord, in these and all other my supplications, &c. See first Coll. at the end of office for Holy Com. in Liturgy.

Sixth Hour. Against Flatterers, 22, adding

Lord, I cast my burihen upon thee, that thou mayest sustain me, and do not suffer me to fall for ever.

In time of Correction, Ps. xciv, 12. adding-
O Lord, fail me not, neither forsake me, for I am part
of thine inheritance in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Defence and Obedience, 12th Sund. after Trinity.

Ninth Hour. For Patience, St. Aug.
O Eternal God, I humbly beseech thee, that whilst I
am on earth, as far as earthly things serve me, they may


remember that I am their owner, but by thy appointment, and so far forth as they offend me, let them teach me to serve Thee my Lord; whom when I do not obey, they arej wont to become offensive for just vengeance; that whether they serve me or not (yet) I may always serve thee, in and through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.

Against Revilings. Ps.cix. 1, 2, 3. addingLord, forgive them, o hear me.

Amen. For Peace and Defence. O God, who art the author of peace, &c. as in the Liturgy.

At Evening. St Aug. Teach me, O Lord Jesus, (and) instruct me, that I may LEARN from thee what I ought to TEACH (others) concerning thee. Amen.

Against Enemies, Ps. cxl. 1, 2, 3, 4. addingEven for Jesus Christ's sake.

For Peace. O God, from whom all holy desires, &c. Liturgy. The Compline. For Hope. Ps. lvii. 1. addingO send out thy mercy and truth upon me, even for Jesus Christ bis sake. Amen.

St. Aug. O merciful Lord, who comest not (iu) to the proud heart, humble thou my soul. O thou who art seen by those only, that are pure in heart, give me true purity of heurt. (Thirst for God) O Lord, I ain a thirst (for thee,) give me the pledge of the inheritance (which is) to come, give me at least a drop of thy heaven!y showers, to refresh my thirst, for I burn with love. Neither do I beg this for my own merits, for I am most unworthy, (so much

( as) to take it, but for thy mercies, and the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Preservation. Second Coll. at the end of the Common Service. Liturgy. Bed-time, and at Night if thou awakest. Ps.lxxvii. 1, 4. 6,

addingCompose them in thee, that I may rise to serve thee.

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Sleep. Grant, 0, Lord, to me that are lying down to sleep, rest, both of body and soul. Preserve me from the dismal sleep of sin, from all the black defiling pleasures of


the night. (as the effects of my impurity, arising from dreams or otherwise, to which we may be unwillingly subject)” Quench the fiery darts of the evil one which he aims craftily at me.

Subdue the rebellions of my flesh, and lay asleep in me all earthly and worldly thought, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Defence. I humbly beserch thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon my infirmities, &c. as in Coll. at the end of the Litany. (See Archbishop Laud's Daily Office, from p. 104 to 142 inclusive.)

As this portion of extracts affords but few observations, except what will fall more properly on the other parts of the daily office, as we proceed; I shall ouly add, that the prayer for Illumination by ERASMUS affords a remarkably fine specimen of eloquence and piety, and illustrates both the genius and disposition of that great luminary, “who lived and died before the English reformation had made any considerable progress.” The learned Bishop Hurd thought it no small advantage for our English reformers, to have “ the benefit of all his light and knowledge;" since this learned man had in those days, explained himself reasonably on almost every topic of revealed Religion.* And in that for Penitence by the good Archbishop, bimself, we perceive, how forcibly be evinces his deep sense of the importance attached to the weighty and solemn duties of the ininistry, in suing for “greater mercy, BECAUSE the calling and place he was in, must give a sTRICTER ACCOUNT.” Indeed, whosoever considers the nature and importance of the ministerial office, and how it has been represented by the best writers on the subject, † may well, and doubiless will exclaim, who is SUFFICIENT for these things ? And now, the attention of all men is turned upon the clergy with a jealous eye, it behoves thein, (if ever,) to quit them like men, who are the appointed ministers of God.

To consider the end of their ministry, and never to cease their labour, care, and diligence, till they have dove all that lieth in them, to bring all such as are committed to their charge to the faith and knowledge of

* See Biskop furd's Sermons, preached at Lincoln's Inn, 1765-6. Vol, 1. Sernion 13. p. 215-6; On the Rrformation. These sermons are distirguished for critical investigation and elegance.

fi Vide St. Chrysostom of the Priesthond. Dodwell's 2 Letters on the Susception of Holy Orilers': Barnet's Pastoral Cure. Erasmus' EccleHiustes. &c. All which require the inost serious attention.


God, and that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among them, either for ERROR in Religion, or for visCIOUSNESS of life*.Well, therefore may they say, in the words of St. AUGUSTINE, for the Evening,

“ Teach me Oiny Lord Jesus, and instruct me, that I may learn from THEE, what I onght to teach others.

Lastly, The prayer for Defence, froin the end of the Litany, with that other in the same part of our excellent Liturgy, (O God our merciful Father, &c.) afford, perhaps, the finest specimens of humility, resignation, and comfort that ever were composed, to express "the de

" sires of such as be sorrowful”_" in all their troubles or adversities whensoever they oppress them :”op and it may afford matter of surprise that they are not generally employed on all such occasions.

In conclusion, I shall only add, that as one of your correspondents has been very properly comparing, and, thereby exposing the principles of the QUAKERS, as contrasted with their pretendedly avowed champion Burclay, I will, if you please, after his investigations are finished, transmit you some letters which passed between a member of the Church of England, and a Quaker ; which will, I think, evince the natural tendency of those principles, and shew how artfully they envelope the dangerous effects they are calculated to produce; and at the same time that Barclay's apology can only be called by that name, for his own principles, since the majority of them are in direct opposition to those of the Quakers, who seem to have selected bim, as the only man they could refer to as an author, but who, otherwise, they would, and indeed, inust have, discarded for his opposition to their avowed and darling tenets.

Intreating, an apology for this, and your favourable indulgence towards it,

I am,

Dear Sir,
Your obliged Servant,

Newington Butts,
Dec. 1806.
* See Form and manner of ordering of Priests

+ First Collect after the Litany. . Vol. XI. Churchm. Mag. for Dec. 1806. 3 N REVIEW


An Historical View of the Rise and Progress of Infidelity,

with a Refutation of its Principles and Reasonings. In a Series of Sermons preached for the Lecture founded by the Hon. Mr. Boyle, in the Parish Church of St. Maryle-Bow, from the Year 1802 to 1805. By the Rev. WilLIAM VAN MILDERT, M. A. Rector of St. Mary-leBow. Two Volunes 8vo,


(Concluded from page 312.) UR account of the first volume of this work has

been considerably extended, on account of 'the interest arising from its being historical : in the notice we propose to take of the present volume, we shall be brief, as it is only arguinentative. It is not, inded, less valuable than the former, or less ably written, but the topcis discussed in, it, are, we presume, more fainiliar to the generality of our readers. The subjects are as follows:

Inquiry into the proper defence of Revealed Religion. Statement of the argument á priori. The inability of Man to frame a Religion for himseit:-- The insullic 'ency of Natural or Meral Philosophy, to instruct us in Religious Truth :--The insutriciency of Mctaphysics; and the necessity of taking Faith for our guide :---The proper limits of the human understanding in judying of Revealed Religion :---The preparatory Dispositions necissary for receiving the Truths of Revealeci Religion :--Statement of the argument à posteriori, and its application to Revealed Religion. Historical Evidence of the facts of Scripture:---The comparative force of human and Divine Testimony. Consideration of the great general Argument for the Divine origin of Christianity from its design and accomplishment; Miracles :--- Prophecy :--- Inspiration of Scripiure :---Recapitulation, Inferences, and Conclusion." From this view of the contents of this volume, it will


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