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of human infirmities, so that it is most reasonable to conclude, that, in the course of this life, they will sometimes unavoidably surprise and betray us into some fins. Against there, therefore, we must continually strive, and we may reasonably hope, that by God's grace, and our own diligent and careful endeavours, we may every day more and more prevail against them. For,

8. However God may think it fit, for our humiliation, and a farther trial of us, to leave us ftill exposed to some of the common infirinities of our nature ; yet, in respect of all habitual or deliberate fins, we may assure ourselves, that he is faithful, and will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but will with the temptation also make a way for us to escape, that we may (if it be not our own fault) be able to bear it. Nor will he fail to draw nigah to us, while we continue careful to draw nigh unto him. Let us then but steadfastly resolve to be hearty and industrious in doing what lies in our own power; and then, though our sins be as Scarlet, or as red as crimson, yet we need not be discouraged; for God is ready, upon our repentance, to make them as white as wool and snow. 8. Yet, at the same time, it stands with

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a great deal of reason, that the greater our fins have been, and the cftener we have relapsed into them, the deeper our forrow, and the more laborious our repentance must be, in order to obtain our pardon. But since there is a possibility of pardon even in the case of the most profligate and abandoned finner,

finner, we must not make the contrary fear fuga geled by the devil, a pretence for keeping ourselves back from any of the ordinances of God, and from a more im. mediate and intimate communion with him. On the contrary, let us flee to them in the time of our temptation, as the ready means to deliver us from all evil, and established by God to confirm us in every thing that is good.

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The Hymn on Monday Evening.

A holy resolution to approach the Lord's table. THE promise of my Father's love,

Shall stand for ever good : lle suid, and gave his foul to death,

sind jeal'el The grace with blooid. To this clear cov'nant of thy word,

I let my worthlejs nime ;
I'll feat th' engagement to my Lord,
And make my humble claim.

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Thy light, and strength, and pard'ning grace,

And glory shall be mine ;
My life, my soul, my heart, and flesh,

And all my powers are thine.
I call that legacy my own

Which Jelis did bequeatlı ;
'Twas purchas'd with a dying groan,

And ratify'd in death.
Sweet is the mem'ry of his name,

Who bless'dus in his will,
And to his Testament of love

Made his own life the seal.

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from approaching the Lord's lable. OST great,

most glorious Lord God! I know that thou delightest in the ways of mercy, that thou art a tender lover of fouls, and not only permittelt, but invitest us, miserable creatures, to come unto thee; therefore I ain convinced of the necessity of that holy institution, which thou haft ordained by thy Son our Lord, in that holy facrament of the Lord's supper, whereby we are raised from a death of sin unto a life of righteousness.

With humble confidence then, O Lord, I lift up my soul unto thee, beseeching E3

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thee, in thy great mercy, to look upon me, and to ease me of the burden of my corrupt and sinful inclinations : oh! cait me not away from thy presence, but, for the sake of my dear Redeemer, receive me graciously to thy, mercy; and let the merit of his bitter death and passion atone for all the follies and mifcarriages of my life paft; forgive, I meekly beleech thee, whatever I have done ainiss this day and all my life paft, either against thee, my neighbour, or myself.

Oh! what ain I, that I should presume to speak unto thee, or to lift up mine eyes to that place of purity where ibine honoir dwelletb. Oh! cleanse me from all iny secret and unknown transgressions ; and, most merciful Father, who upholdest all things by the power of thy word, grant that I may seriously consider and reflect upon the foulness and deformity of my sin, and what dreadful threatenings thou haft denounced against it; that I may become a true and sincere mourner for my past sins; and, as far as is possible, redeem my milspent time, by employing the remainder of my days in thy service and to thy glory. O Lord ! give ine a new heart, new affections, and new

desires, that I may love thee with more sincerity and serve thee with greater faithfulness, than I have ever

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yet done; convince me of the vanity and uncertainty of all things here below ; and grant that I may make thee, who art the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things therein, my only joy and my delight, my stay and my trust, my guide and my counsellor; and be so delighted with the ways of thy commandments, that one day in thy service may be dearer than a thousand spent in vanity and folly.

Grant that in the days of health and prosperity I may consider my latter end, and remember and provide for that great account, which I must one day give before the judgment-seat of Christ ; that when the hour of my departure shall come, I may meet death without fear and amazement, and with a well-grounded hope of thy mercy and goodness (tendered to me in this holy sacrament) I may cheerfully relign up my soul into thy hands; and may be willing, and even desirous to leave this world when thou, my God, shall please in thy gracious goodness to call me hence unto thy glory.

Take me and all * that belongs * Here mention to me this night under the care to pray for. and protection of thy good providence ; preserve us from all perils and dangers, and all apprehensions or dread of any; give us such refreshing rest and fleep, as

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