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By the same. O Almighty God, Father and Lord of all the creation, who hath disposed all things and all chances so as may best glorify thy wisdom, and serve the ends of thy justice, and magnify thy mercy, thy secret and undiscernible ways bringing good out of evil; I most humbly beseech thee to give me wisdom from above, that I may adore thee, and admire thy ways and footsteps, which are in the great deep, and not to be searched out. Teach me to submit to thy providence in all things, to be content in all changes of person and condition, to be temperate in prosperity, and to read my duty in the lines of thy mercy; and in adversity to be meek, patient, and resigned; and to look through the cloud, that I may wait for the consolation of the Lord, and the day of redemption; in the mean time doing my duty with an unwearied diligence, and an undisturbed resolution, having no fondness for the vanities and possessions of this world, but laying up my hopes in heaven, and the rewards of holy living, and being strengthened with the Spirit in the inner man; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

By the same.

O eternal God, merciful and gracious, vouchsafe thy favour and thy blessing to thy servant : let the love of thy mercies, and the dread and fear of thy majesty, make me careful and inquisitive to search thy will, and diligently to perform it; and to persevere in the practices of a holy life, even till the last of my days. Amen.

By the same. Bless me, gracious God, in my calling to such purposes as thou shalt choose for me, or employ me in : relieve me in all sadness and sickness, give me patience in my sorrows, confidence in thee, and grace to call upon thee in all temptations. O be thou my guide in all my actions, my protector in all dangers : give me a healthful body and a clear understanding, a sanctified and just, a charitable and humble, a religious and a contented spirit: let not my life be miserable and wretched, nor my name stained with sin and shame, nor my condition lifted up to a tempting and dangerous fortune ; but let my- state be. blessed, my conversation useful to my neigh.

bours, and pleasing to thee; that, when my body shall lie down in its bed of darkness, my soul may pass into the regions of light, and live with thee for ever; through Jesus Christ. Amen,

Three Prayers, written by Dr. Johnson, on his

Birth-Day.

Almighty and most merciful Father, who yet sparest and yet supportest me, who supportest me in my weakness, and sparest me in my sins, and hast now granted me to begin another year ; enable me to improve the time which is

yet

before me to thy glory and my own salvation. Impress upon my soul such repentance of the days misspent in idleness and folly, that I may henceforward diligently attend to the business of my station in this world, and to all the duties wbich thou hast commanded. Let thy holy Spirit comfort and guide me, that in my passage through the pains or pleasures of the present state I may never be tempted to forgetfulness of thee. Let my life be useful, and my death be happy; let me live according to thy laws, and die with just confidence in thy mercy; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

By the same.

O eternal God, merciful and gracious, vouchsafe thy favour and thy blessing to thy servant : let the love of thy mercies, and the dread and fear of thy majesty, make me careful and inquisitive to search thy will, and diligently to perform it; and to persevere in the practices of a holy life, even till the last of my days. Amen.

By the same. Bless me, gracious God, in my calling to such purposes as thou shalt choose for me, or employ me in : relieve me in all sadness and sickness, give me patience in my sorrows, confidence in thee, and grace to call upon thee in all temptations. O be thou my guide in all my actions, my protector in all dangers : give me a healthful body and a clear understanding, a sanctified and just, a charitable and humble, a religious and a contented spirit: let not my life be miserable and wretched, nor my name stained with sin and shame, nor my condition lifted up to a tempting and dangerous fortune ; but let my state be blessed, my conversation useful to my neighbours, and pleasing to thee; that, when my body shall lie down in its bed of darkness, my soul may pass into the regions of light, and live with thee for ever; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Three Prayers, written by Dk. Johnson, on his

Birth-Day.

Almighty and most merciful Father, who yet, sparest and yet supportest me, who supportest me in my weakness, and sparest me in my sins, and hast now granted me to begin another year ; enable me to improve the time which is yet before me to thy glory and my own salvation. Impress upon my soul such repentance of the days misspent in idleness and folly, that I may henceforward diligently attend to the business of my station in this world, and to all the duties which thou hast commanded. Let thy holy Spirit comfort and guide me, that in my passage through the pains or pleasures of the present state I may never be tempted to forgetfulness of thee. Let my life be useful, and my death be happy ; let me live according to thy laws, and die with just confidence in thy mercy ; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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