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soon as it is mine ; lent to me for my Comfort, but created and reserved by thee, for thy Service and-Glory.! .
O Lord, I humbly commit both myself and this Babe which is conceived in . me to thy Mercy and Goodness: Strengthen and enable -me, I beseech thee, to go thro' all the Pains and Uneasiness of Childbearing, with Patience and Submission to thy Will; considering, that they are the just Punishment of Sin: Give me an hunn ble Trust and Dependance on thy Fatherly Care and Good Providence, and make me, in thy good Time, a joyful Mother of a hopeful Child, which may live to be an Instrument of thy Glory, and by serving thee faithfully, and doing Good in its Generation, may be received into thy everlasting Kingdom, through J;efus Christ our JLord and only Saviour. Amen.
A Prayer when the Time of Travail dr avoeth 'near.
/"\ GOD, the Help of all that put their
•^•^ Trust in thee; the Support of the
Weak, and the Relief of the Needy; look
with Pity upon me thy Servant, who, in
• my best Estate, am but a weak and helpless
O 6 -Creature, Creature, and much more in the Condition I am now in, which is attended with many Pains and Uneasinesses; under which nothing but thy Power is able to support me. O Lord, in thee is my Trust, who I know art able and willing to help me; 1 repose myself, therefore, under the Care and Protection of thy Fatherly Goodness, desiring to rest upon thee alone for my Support, who art the Rock of Ages, and the Strength of all that put their Trust in thee. Oh! let me not be disquieted with the Fear of any Evil, since none can happen unto me without thy Leave, nor be frighted with the Approach of any Pains ;s but give me Grace patiently to resign mylelf to thy blessed Will in all Things, who. knowest what is best for me, and who, I trust, will not lay upon me more than thou wilt enable me to bear.
O Lord, be thou gracioufly pleased to proportion thy Strength to my Weakness; and when Pains and Sorrows have taken hold on me, leave me not under them, I beseech thee, but save and deliver me for thy Mercy's Sake: And as I have hitherto experienced thy Fatherly Goodness in every State and Condition of my Life; so let me still sind the Continuance of it, to carry me £ through through all the Troubles and Uneasinesses of this Life, and more particularly, to enable me to go through the Time of my Travail, which is now drawing near at hand.
O Lord, pardon those Sins, that have made me unworthy of thy Care, and deal not with me as I have deserved, but accord*ing to thy Mercy, and the Merits of thy dear Son Jesus Christ the Righteous; to whom with thee, O Father, and the blessed Spirit, be all Honour, Glory, Power, Thanksgiving, and Praise, both now an<J for evermore. Amen.
"Ejaculations to be used by a Woman during the Time of her Labour.
CAVE, Lord, and hear me, O King of *.* Heaven, now I call upon thee in this Time of my Trouble.
Be not thou far from me, O Lord; thou art my Succour, haste thee to help me.
Oh! remember not my Sins and Offences; but according to thy Mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy Goodness.
The Sorrows of my Heart are enlarged; Ob! bring thou me out of my Troubles.
Look upon my Adversity and Misery, r.nd forgive me all my Sins; that I may thew the Voice of Thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous Works.
O hide not thou thy Face from me: nor icaft thy Servant away in Displeasure. Thou hast been my Succour; leave me •not, neither forsake me, O God of my "Salvation.
Hear me, O Lord, 'for thy Lovingkindness is comfortable: turn thee unto
• me, according to the Multitude -of thy Mercies. •
Thou art my Helper and Redeemer, make no long tarrying, O my God, nor
• suffer me to sink under the Burden of my 'Pains.
O my Soul, wait thou still upon God; for my Hope is in him.
'<. In God is my Health and my Gloryf the Rock of my Might; and in God -is my Trust.
Oh! be thou my Help in this Time of my Trouble; for without thee vain is the -Help of Man.
Oh! look upon me, and be ;rneircisul unto me, as thou usest to be unto those that ; love thy Name.
r- ' O Lord, let it be thy Rleasure:to deliver
me; make haste, 'O Lord, to help me.
A Prayer to be used by a Husband, or other Friend in private, for a Wojnan in Labour; and which by changing 1 for we, may be used by the Friends of the Woman in her Presence.
/~\ God, our Refuge and Strength, I sty ^-^ unto thee for Succour, in behalf of thy Servant, now labouring under the Pains and Anguish of Child-birth. Shorten•her Sorrows, increase her Patience, and lay. not upon her more than thou wilt enable her to* hear,
O hear her Prayers, and let her Crying
. come unto thee: Forsake. her .not, I beseech thee, when her Streugth faileth: Give her an humble Trust andiCansidence in thy Goodness; and Gh! let her sind, that the Supports and Comforts'.of thy Holy Spirit far exceed the Pa'insthat itfheiis now to go .through. .:...; f*--' ..?
Give her quiet Submission to thy blessed Will, and in thy good Time send her
. Ease and Deliverance. Pjteferve that Infant which now strugglc^dior its Bath;