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and we have none to accuse and complain of for the same but ourselves. This is the acknowledgment which thy servant makes, whom thou hast now afflicted. He receives it as the chastisement of a sinner, and is willing to bear chastisement for his sins, that he may thereby be reclaimed from them. Correct him, O Lord, that thou mayest not condemn him; and let him be judged by thee for his sins, and judge himself for them here, that he may have nothing but mercy without judgment to receive at thine hands hereafter.

But judge him, O God, with mercy, and not in thine anger. Judge him not according as his sins have de. served, but according as his weakness can bear, and

according as thy compassions are wont to mitigate thy Sel judgments: and let his afflictions work in him a true

repentance,“ not to be repented of,” and prove a happy means, in the hand of thy mercy, to reclaim him per. fectly from all the errors into which he hath fallen; and to confer that rest and peace upon his soul, which is denied to his body: for our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's sake.

Thou smitest him, 0 gracious God, that thou mayest cure him; and punisbest his sin, that thou mayest thereby amend and reclaim the sinner: and he is weary of his sins, which have brought upon him all these sorrows, and which, as he seems now deeply sensible, will bring infinitely worse, unless he prevent the same by his timely and sincere repentance.

Help him, therefore, to search them out; and when he sees them, let him not stop at any one, but steadfastly resolve to renounce and amend all : let thy love make him hate



and render his purposes against them strong and resolute, and his care in fulfilling the same vigilant and patient; and grant that the remainder of his days may be one continual amendment of his former errors, and dedication of himself to thy service. , He desires life, only that he may serve thee; Lord, continue and confirm him in this purpose.

Lord, cure his folly by his misery; and teach him by the loss of his ease, to purchase the blessing of



true repentance, and the comfortable hopes of thy mer.
ciful acceptance thereof; through our Lord and Sa.
viour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A prayer for a sick person who intends to receive the

blessed sacrament. O Thou infinite and eternal Spirit, from whom every good motion of our hearts proceedeth! who both quickenest the dead, and after thou hast given life, givest the increase: increase, we beseech thee, the good seeds of thy grace, which thou hast sown in the heart of thy servant, by inclining hins to receive the sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord, in which thou art more immediately present, to illuminate the faithful, and to comfort and refresh all that are "


and heavy-laden with their sins."


cause thy face thus comfortably to shine upon thy distressed servant, who now intends to draw near to thee in this sacrament, as thou hast commanded him.

Help him, in the mean time, O Lord, to fit and prepare himself for this holy communion: fill his soul i with reverence and godly fear; with earnest desires and longings after divine life; with serious repentance for all his past offences, and hearty resolutions of liv. ing for ever after onto Jesus, who died for him. O, let him meditate upon his bleeding Saviour with a “ broken and a contrite heart," which thou hast promised.“ not to despise :" forgive him all that is past, and give him grace for the future, to “ live more soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world," if it shall be thy good pleasure to continue him in it. A prayer for a sick person that wants sleep.

(From Bishop Patrick.) ADORED be thy love, thy wonderful love, O most gracious God, who hast so many ways expressed thy bounty towards us. Thy mercies in Christ Jesus surpass all our thoughts : we are not able to number all the other blessings thou hast bestowed upon us.

How much do we owe thee for the quiet sleep of but one risht! We see, in this thy poor afflicted servant, how

much we ought to thank thee for this single blessing, that our eyes, when we would close them, are not held waking.

Pardon, good Lord, our ingratitude for this and all the rest of thy undeserved mercies : and be pleased graciously also to visit him, who still languishes on his sick-bed, looking up to thee from whom cometh our help. Renew. his wasted spirits with comfortable sleep ; compose him to a sweet and undisturbed rest; refresh him thereby so sensibly, that he may be restored to such a degree of strength as may make him able, in some measure, affectionately to acknowledge thy goodness, when thou hast dealt so bountifully with him ; or if thou delayest to bestow that blessing on him, in the multitude of his thoughts within him, let thy comforts delight his soul. If he still continues without any rest, grant that his mind may rest, and repose itself in the bosom of thy dearest love, and may feel the most sensible consolations from heaven, not only quieting, but greatly rejoicing his heart. Pre

serve the use of his understanding, and let the enemy I have no advantage of him;

but make him able to say, “ I will wait patiently for the Lord, till he incline his ear unto me, and hear my cry.-0, hear his prayer O Lord, and give ear unto his cry : 0, spare him, that he may recover strength before he go hence :"** for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

A prayer to be said when the sick person grows


(From Bishop Patrick.) O LORD, look down from heaven, in pity and compassion upon this thine afflicted servant, who is not able now to look up to thee : the more sorrowful his condition grows, the fitter object he is of thine infinite mercies; who acceptest, we humbly hope, of the submission he made of himself, in the beginning of his sick. ness, to thine almighty wisdom and goodness. And therefore, since it is thy pleasure to suffer his distemper to proceed to this dangerous extremity, do thou no

* Psalm xl. 1. and xxxix, 12, 13.

less graciously love him, and delight in him, than if he could still give up himself to thy blcssed will.

And hear, 0 most merciful Father, our prayers in his behalf, when he can no longer commend himself to thy mercies. Pardon, good Lord, pardon all his sins; im. pute not to him any of his former follies; lay not to his charge kis not improving, or misusing, his reason and understanding, which we earnestly, but humbly, entreat thee to restore to him, together with such a measure of thy divine grace, as may quicken and assist him to employ his thoughts to the best purposes, espe. cially in meditating on thy mercies, in studying the praise, and in exhorting all others to love thee, to trust in thee, and sincerely obey thee.

And while he remains thus deprived of his reason, be pleased to quiet and compose his spirits, or to prevent all furious motions there, or quickly to abate such violent paşsions, if any arise; for which end, be pleased to remove all frightful imaginations far from him, and suffer not the evil one to approach him ; preserve him from doing any harm, either to himself or to any others. “ Forsake him not, O Lord our God, be not far from him. Make haste to help him, O Lord our salvation."*

“So will we give thanks unto thee for ever.”

“We will still be praising thee, and shewing forth thy loving kindness to those who succeed us :"

“ That they may set their hope in thee our God, and not forget thy works, but keep thy commandments." Amen.

A prayer for a person when danger is apprehended by

excessive sleep.

(From Mr. Kettlewell.) O MERCIFUL God, let not this deep sleep, which is fallen on thy servant, prove the sleep of death ; make it the sleep of a recovering person to relieve and revive him; and awake him out of it in thy due time, to offer thee praise, and to labour still among us in doing thee honour and service. .

* Psalm xxxviii. 21, 22.

But if thou art pleased to take him to thyself, Lord remember and accept of all his former prayers and repentance, faith and patience.

Look not upon his sins, but to pardon them; nor on his weaknesses, but to pity them : and when he awakes in the next world, let him find himself surrounded with light and bliss, instead of gloominess and sorrow, and awake to eternal life.

Lord, hear us for this thy weak servant in distress. Hear our prayers for him, who seems not able now to offer up any prayers to thee for himself. And accept both him and us to the blessed enjoyment of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A prayer for a person lying insensible on a sick-bed. OTHOU Preserver of men, who knowest the frailty of our constitutions ; how soon our senses may fail us; and our understanding depart from us; to what acci dents, distempers, and decays, our weak nature is subject; even such as may make the most ‘acute and ju dicious quickly become as fools ; and the ablest and strongest, weak and insensible ; 0 look down, we beseech thee, upon thy servant, who now lies in such a weak and insensible condition,

The less able he is to assist himself, the more need hath he of our prayers, and of thy tender '

mercy to him. O thou great Creator of the world, who broughtest light out of darkness, and madest all things out of nothing, and canst restore our dead bodies again after they are mouldered into dust, be pleased to repel the clouds of darkness which now have taken away the light of our brother's understanding, and rendered him a companion for the dead,

Quicken him again, O Lord, and restore him to his former senses, that his soul may bless and praise thy holy name.

Hear our petitions, O Lord, and receive our prayers for our brother, that this image of death may not be converted into death itself, but that he may live to proclaim thy power, and to celebrate thy praises longer

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But if it be thy will to remove him hence in this in

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