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Behold thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain ; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope? truly my hope is even in thee.
I became dumb, and opened not my mouth ; for it was thy doing.
But take thy stroke away from me; for I am consumed by the blow of thy heavy hand.
When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment; surely every man is vauity.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling; hold not thy peace at my tears.
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen.
generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are even as a sleep; and fade away suddenly like the grass ;
In the morning it is green, and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten ; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength 'then but labor and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Then may follow John xiv. or these Selections from
I Cor. xv. N OW is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the first fruits of those who slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars ; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory ? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law ; but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Then the Minister, either at the Grave, or in the body
of the Church, shall say, M AN who is born of a woman, hath but a short
time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succor, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased ?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Father, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Father, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.
Then, while the Earth shall be cast upon the Body by
some standing by, the Minister shall say, FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God
to take unto himself the soul of our brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, when the earth and the sea shall give up their dead, and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in Jesus shall be changed and made like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.
Then shall be said, I HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me, I Write, From henceforth, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord ; even so saith the Spirit ; for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.
At the Burial of a young Child, may be said, instead
of the above, I HEARD the voice of Jesus, saying, Suffer little
children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Then shall the Minister say any of the following
Prayers, at his discretion. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live the spirits
of those who depart hence in the Lord ; and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burthen of the flesh, are in joy and felicity; we give thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech thee, that we, with all those who are departed in the true faith of thy holy name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss in thy heavenly and everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MERCIFUL God, the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life ; in whom whosoever believeth shall live, though he die ; and whosoever liveth and believeth in him shall not die eternally ; who also hath taught us by his holy apostle, St. Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those who sleep in him ; we humbly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him ; and that, at the resurrection to eternal life, we may be found acceptable in thy sight, and receive that blessing which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, we fly to thee as to our eternal refuge; we rest ourselves