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fweet Jesus, Fountain of all Goodness, guide my Feet in thy Paths, and teach me to do thy Will: Disengage my Heart from all unprofitable Solicitude and vain Defires; and though I live here upon Earth, yet raise my Affections to Things above. How sweet, O Lord, is thy Spirit! how pleasant to my Lips are the Words of thy Mouth! O that I could ever be mindful of them, to fulfil thy Laws! Make me to die daily to the World and all its Vanities, and let the Greatness of thy Love make all that is earthly appear as nothing to me. Protect me against mine Enemies, and in all Dangers appear in my Defence: Make hafte to help me, O Lord, and say unto my Soul, I am thy Salvation. Remember thou art my Redeemer, and have Compassion on my poor distressed Soul; clothe it with all Virtue, and feed it with thy Grace, for it belongs to thee to take care of those whom thou hast redeemed. In thee I live, sweet Jefus, for thy fake I desire to die; both living and dying I will ever profefs that thou art good, and that thy Mercy endures for ever.
3. O That I could now give thee, O Lord,
all that Praise, Glory and Honour, with which the. Angels and blessed Spirits glorify thee in Heaven! But because I am unable to do this, accept at least this my Desire and good Will. Deliver me, O God, from every thing that is contrary to thy Will, and be pleased so to dispose of my Soul as may be for
thy Glory and Honour. I furrender myself into thy Hands, and entirely resolve to submit to that State of Life thou shalt please to appoint ine; and if it be more for thy Honour that I suffer, I chearfully accept it; not my Will, but thine be done. Let nothing be now my.
Comifort but thou, Lord Jefu, and nothing afflict me but my Sins, and whatever else is dirpleasing to thy divine Majesty: O bleffed Jefus, Life Eternal, by whom I live, and without whom I die, grant that I may now be united to thee, and that in the Embraces of thy holy Love and divine Will, I may rest for ever. When shall I fee thee, O sweet Saviour ; when shall I appear before thy Face; when shall I see thee in the Land of the Live ing! Till then, I figh and bewail my Banishment, defining to be diffolved, and to be with Chritt.
If these Ejaculations are not fufficient until the
Poft Communion begins, you may enlarge them, by reading more or less of these fol
lowing Places in Scripture, namely, For Grace to love God's Law, Pfalm xix. cxix. For a Holy Life, Psalm lxxxv. For Salvation and eternal Foy, Psalni xvi. xxiv. For Ajurance of God's Care and Protection,
Palm xxxvii. For the Comfort of God's' Holy Spirit, Pfalm
xxxiv. For the Grace of Humility, Pfalm cxxxi.
For Dsvotion in Religion, Psalm xxvii.
An Act of Thankfulness and Resolution before
the Poft-Communion begins. p Raife the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is
within me bless his holy Name ; for now I find the Mercy, the Peace, the Comfort, and the Grace which flows from this Fountain of Spiritual Communion with Chrift: Let all the World know what he hath done for my Soul; he hath rescued me, and many of these my poor Brethren,, from the nethermoft Hell: Wherefore I will love thee, O holy Jesu, more than I can express, and live and die in that most holy Religion which thou hast revealed to me. O let me never pollute that Body, or defile that Soul, which the Saviour of the World delights to dwell in. Olet no Oaths or Lyings, Backbitings or Slanderings, profane those Lips, no Obscenity or Intemperance pollute that Mouth, through which these holy Symbols have so lately passed : For which fresh Instance of thy Mercy and Goodness, I will praise thy holy Name, beseeching thee to keep nie in this Temper and Resolution of Mind, until Death is swallowed up in Victory. Amen.
A Prayer against evil and perplexing Thoughts.
hafte to help me, for corrupt Imaginations are perpetually rising in my Breast, and innumerable Fears and Sorrows close me in on every Side. Be pleased, O gracious Lord, in this Perplexity, to refresh my Soul with some speedy Comfort. Scatter and disperse all these dark and finful Thoughts which haunt my Soul, by shedding abroad the Light of thy Grace in my Heart; for in the Extremity of this my Grief, this is my only Hope and Comfort, that I can take Sanctuary in thy Goodness, repose my Confidence, and cast all iny
Care and Burden on thee, who never failest them that call upon thee: Give me Patience under these Adversities, and a happy Issue out of all these Ami&tions, both of Body and Mind. Turn thee unto me, and have Mercy upon me, for I am defolate and in Mifery: The Sorrows of my Heart are enlarged; O bring thou me out of all my Troubles : Look upon my Adversity and Misery, and forgive me all my Sins. O keep my Soul, and deliver me: Let me not be confounded, for I have put my Trust in thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
See Psalm vi. cii. xxxiv. xlii. xliii.
Upon Christmas-Dayand feven Days after,
you may add these to your other Devítions.
Desire, O Lord, to bless and praise thine
infinite Goodness, who didst take Compaflion upon Mankind in their greatest Mi
fery, and hast provided fo admirable a Re- medy, by sending thy only begotten Son to
recover our corrupt and degenerate Nature, and by the Purity of his Doctrine, the Example of his Life, and the Sacrifice of his Death, to purchase eternal Happiness for us. Grant, O Lord, that through the Alistance of thy Grace and heavenly Benediction, I may daily comply with those great Things which thou hast done and designed for my Salvation. Poffefs my Soul with Purity and Piety, and all other Christian Graces and Virtues; that
living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this i present World, I may hereafter dwell with
thee, O Father of Mercies, and God of all Comforts, in those Mansions of Bliss and Glory which thou hast prepared for them thac love thee. Amen,
See Pfal. xix. lxxxix. xliv.
Easter-Day, and seven Days after: Leffed Jesuswho hast triumphed over the
Powers of Darkness, and conquered Hell and the Grave, and who, by thy glorious Refurretion, haft made known the Power of thy