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of thy amazing Goodness to me, that I may never again wander into those Ways, that lead ts Death and Destruction. Take from me, O God, this hardened and corrupt Heart, and give me a new Heart, new Affections, and new Desires, that I may become entirely a new Creature, dedicated to thy Service, and devoted to thy Fear and Love.

Give me, O Lord, such an unfeigned Repentance of all my past Sins, such Hatred and Abhorrence of my former evil Ways, that I may from this Moment take a sinal Leave of all my beloved Lusts and sinful Pleasures. Give me that humble and contrite Spirit, whose Groans thou dost never refuse; that Faith which overcometh the World, and which will enable me to conquer my most inveterate Habits; and that Love which will make me afraid to offend thee; and which will inspire me with Resolutions active and vigorous, honest and sincere; such as by the Assistance of thy Grace and Holy Spirit, may carry me through all Difficulties, and be Proof against all the Temptations of the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

O Lord, hear me, O Lord, help me, and have Mercy upon me: O Lord, pity and save my Soul for thy Truth and Mercy's Sake in Jesus Christ. Amen. Blessed Lord. Amen.

Our Father, &c.

Prayers containing a Profession of Godly Sorrow for Sins, and of Resolutions of

new Obedience.

I. T Call my Ways to Remembrance, O •*. Lord, with a troubled Heart; my Evil-Doings are before my Eyes, and arc vile and loathsome in my own Sight, because they have made me so in thine; they are a Burthen upon my Spirit, a sore Burthen, too heavy for me to bear.

But now, O my God, with a Heart sorrowful and penitent, I turn from my evil Ways, resolving by thy Grace to become a new Creature; from this Day forward I am fully purposed to betake myself to a religious Course of Life; O! let not Iniquity be my Ruin.

II. And from my Sins, O Holy Father, which are the Shame and Burthen of my Life, I turn unto thee, who art the Glory and Comfort, and malt for ever be the Guide and Governor thereof. I turn unto

thee thee with a broken and contrite Heart, O receive and comfort me, and despise not, I beseech thee, the Work of thy own Hands. I turn unto thee with my whole Heart, and make no Reserves, nor will retain any Allowance of my former Sins; no, not of those, which have been most delightful to me, and are hardest to be parted with; for if I regard Iniquity in my Heart, I know thou wilt not hear me; and therefore I will make haste, and not delay to keep thy Commandments.

O Lord, I beg no greater Mercy than to be found steadfast in .thy Ways; nor mail account any Thing so great a Happiness, as that which serves to keep me faithful unto thee. I am content that my Ways should be hedged up with Thorns, with Troubles and Afflictions, or any Thing that is grievous to Flesh and Blood, rather than I should ever forsake the Paths of Righteousness, to wander again after my former Vanities; for 'tis the unfeigned Desire of my Heart, and shall be the great Endeavour of my Life, above all Things to serve and please thee, and to hold me fast by thee, who art the faithful Guide and Keeper of my Soul j and my earnest Prayer to thee is, that thou wouldest preserve me from M falling falling away from thy Fear, and forfeiting that Mercy which thou hast promised to the returning Sinner.

III. And having now, by thy Grace, 0 merciful Father, these holy Thoughts and Desires in my Heart, I earnestly be^. of thee, who art the blessed Author and Giver of all Grace, that I may never lose or forget them. I give my Heart entirely to thee, and humbly pray that it may be always in thy Hands, since it is so inconstant in what is Good, and so prone to what is Evil, when it is in my own Keeping. 0 Father, keep it steadfast and unmoveable in thy Ways; let it not be inclined to any evil Thing, nor lean towards my former Vanities; keep my Eyes from beholding Wickedness, and my Ears from listening to the deceitful Tempter; let not my Lips utter any Thing that is evil, nor my Feet move a Step in the Paths of Death; but let every Member of my Body, every Faculty of my Soul, be employed in thy Service, till thou bringest me to the Enjoyment ®f thy blessed Self, in that Place of Bliss and Happiness, where thou dwellest for evermore. Grant this, O most merciful God, for the Sake, and through the Intercession of my dearest Saviour Jeius Christ. Amen.

IV. O Lord, I am not worthy to lift up my Eyes unto thee; but whither should a Wretch in Guilt and Misery look, but unto thee, the Fountain of all Mercy? Whither, but to a God, whose Mercy is greater than our Wickedness? To a God, whose Property it is to be kind to his Enemies; and whose Patience to bear our Sins, is as great as his Power to punish them; and who had much rather be reconciled to us, than take Vengeance on us? Whither, indeed, but to thee, O God of all Grace and Comfort, who ihewest Mercy to the Unworthy, and invitest us with all the Tenderness and Bowels of a compassionate Father, to turn from our evil Ways, that our Souls may live, and be for ever happy in thy eternal Kingdom.

V. Encouraged therefore by thy Goodness, O Lord, 1 address myself unto thee, who am ready to sink under the heavy Load of Guilt and Misery: But I make no Plea, but for thy Mercy; nor have any Pretence to claim it (for alas! I must with Shame acknowledge, I have very much abused it) but through thy inexpressible Love, I know I have a most merciful Saviour, who died to purchase Salvation for Us; and who now powerfully intercedes

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