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TO our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned
thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day: Beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for God's protection through In , the night following. cious protection to us this night. Defend us from
all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them;
that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die: So that living and dying we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy Son Christ Jesus, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen. THE
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen. On Sundays and on other days, when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with
a Chapter, or part of a Chapter, from the New Testament.
SELECTIONS OF PSALMS, To be used instead of the Psalms for the Day, at the Discretion
of the Minister. SELECTION I.
In them hath he set a taberPsalm xix. Cæli enarrant. nacle for the sun; which cometh "HE heavens declare the glo- forth as a bridegroom out of his
ry of God; and the firma- chamber, and rejoiceth as a ment showeth his handy work. giant to run his course.
One day telleth another; and It goeth forth from the utter. one night certifieth another. most part of the heaven, and
There is neither speech nor runneth about unto the end of language; but their voices are it again; and there is nothing heard among them.
hid from the heat thereof. Their sound is gone out into The law of the Lord is an all lands; and their words into undefiled law, converting the the ends of the world.
soul; the testimony of the Lord
is sure, and giveth wisdom unto This is the generation of those the simple.
who seek him; even of those The statutes of the Lord are who seek thy face, O Jacob. right, and rejoice the heart; the Lift up your heads, Oye commandment of the Lord is gates, and be ye lift up, ye everpure, and giveth light unto the lasting doors, and the King of eyes.
glory shall come in. The fear of the Lord is clean, Who is the King of glory? it and endureth for ever; the judg- is the Lord strong and mighty, ments of the Lord are true, and even the Lord mighty in battle. righteous altogether,
Lift up your heads, Oye gates, More to be desired are they and be ye lift up, ye everlasting than gold, yea, than much fine doors, and the King of glory gold; sweeter (also than honey, shall come in. and the honey-comb.
Who is the King of glory? Moreover, by them is thy ser- even the Lord of Hosts, he is vant taught; and in keeping of the King of glory. them there is great reward.
Who can tell how oft he of. Psalm ciï. Benedic, anima mea. fendeth? O cleanse thou me RAISE the Lord,
soul; and all that is within Keep thy servant also from me, praise his holy name. presumptuous sins, lest they get Praise the Lord, O my soul; the dominion over me.
and forget not all his benefits; Let the words of my mouth, Who forgiveth all thy sin, and and the meditation of my heart, healeth all thine infirmities; be alway acceptable in thy sight, Who saveth thy life from de
O Lord, my strength, and my struction, and crowneth thee Redeemer.
with mercy and loving kindness; Psalm xxiv. Domini est terra. with good things, making thee
Who satisfieth thy mouth 'HE earth is the Lord's, and young and lusty as an eagle.
is pass of the world, and they that ousness and judgment, for all dwell therein.
them that are oppressed with For he hath founded it upon wrong. the seas, and prepared it upon He showed his ways unto the floods.
Moses, his works unto the chilWho shall ascend into the hill dren of Israel. of the Lord ? or who shall rise The Lord is full of compasup in his holy place?
sion and mercy, long-suffering, Even he that hath clean hands, and of great goodness. and a pure heart; and that hath He will not always be chiding; not lift
up his mind unto vanity, neither keepeth he his anger for nor sworn to deceive his neigh- ever. bour.
He hath not dealt with us afHe shall receive the blessing ter our sins; nor rewarded us from the Lord; and righteous- according to our wickednesses. ness from the God of his salva, For look how high the heaven tion.
is in comparison of the carth; so great is his mercy also to- derstandest my thoughts long ward those who fear him! before.
Look how wide also the east Thou art about my path, and is from the west; so far hath he about my bed; and spiest out set our sins from us!
all my ways. Yea, like as a Father pitieth For lo, there is not a word in his own children; even so is the my tongue, but thou, O Lord, Lord merciful unto them that knowest it altogether. fear him.
Thou hast fashioned me be. For he knoweth whereof we hind and before, and laid thine are made; he remembereth that hand upon me. we are but dust.
Such knowledge is too wonThe days of man are but as derful and excellent for me; I grass; for he flourisheth as a cannot attain unto it. flower of the field.
Whither shall I go then from For as soon as the wind goeth thy Spirit? or whither shall I go over it, it is gone; and the place then from thy presence ? thereof shall know it no more. If I climb up into heaven, thou
But the merciful goodness of art there; if I go down to hell, the Lord endureth for ever and thou art there also. ever upon those who fear him ; If I take the wings of the and his righteousness upon chil. morning, and remain in the utdren's children;
termost parts of the sea; Even upon such as keep his Even there also shall thy hand covenant, and think upon his lead me, and thy right hand commandments to do them.
shall hold me. The Lord hath prepared his If I say, Peradventure the seat in heaven, and his kingdom darkness shall cover me; the ruleth over all.
shall my night be turned to day. O praise the Lord, ye Angels Yea, the darkness is no darkof his, ye that excel in strength; ness with thee, but the night is ye that fulfil his commandment, as clear as the day; the darkand hearken unto the voice of ness and light to thee are both his words.
alike. O praise the Lord, all ye his For my reins are thine; thou hosts; ye servants of his, that hast covered me in my mother's do his pleasure.
womb. O speak good of the Lord, all I will give thanks unto thee, ye works of his, in all places of for I am fearfully and wonderhis dominion: Praise thou the fully made: Marvellous are thy Lord, O my soul.
works, and that my soul know
eth right well. SELECTION II.
My bones are not hid from From Psalm cxxxix. Domine, and fashioned beneath in the
thee, though I be made secretly, probasti.
earth. Lord, thou hast searched Thine eyes did see my sub
me out, and known me; stance, yet being imperfect; and thou knowest my down-sitting, in thy book were all my mem. and mine up-rising; thou un. bers written,
Which day by day were fa- They show the glory of thy shioned, when as yet there was kingdom, and talk of thy power; none of them.
That thy power, thy glory, How dear are thy counsels and mightiness of thy kingdom, unto me, O God; O how great might be known unto men. is the sum of them!
Thy kingdom is an everlastIf I tell them, they are more ing kingdom, and thy dominion in number than the sand; when endureth throughout all ages. I wake up, I am present with The Lord upholdeth all such thee.
as fall, and lifteth up all those Try me, O God, and seek the who are down. ground of my heart; prove me, The eyes of all wait upon and examine my thoughts. thee, O Lord, and thou givest
Look well if there be any way them their meat in due season. of wickedness in me; and lead Thou openest thine hand, and me in the way everlasting. fillest all things living with plen.
teousness. Psalm cxlv. Exaltabo te, Deus.
The Lord is righteous in all Will magnify thee, O God, his ways, and holy in all his
my King, and I will praise works. thy name for ever and ever. The Lord is nigh unto all
Every day will I give thanks them that call upon him; yea, unto thee, and praise thy name all such as call upon him faithfor ever and ever.
fully. Great is the Lord, and mar- He will fulfil the desire of vellous, worthy to be praised; those who fear him; he also will there is no end of his greatness. hear their cry, and will help
One generation shall praise them. thy works unto another, and de- The Lord preserveth all those clare thy power.
who love him; but scattereth As for me, I will be talking abroad all the ungodly. of thy worship, thy glory, thy My mouth shall speak the praise, and wondrous works;
praise of the Lord: and let all So that men shall speak of the Aesh give thanks unto his holy might of thy marvellous acts; name for ever and ever. and I will also tell of thy great
SELECTION III. The memorial of thine abun- From Psalm li. Miserere mei, dant kindness shall be showed,
AVE mercy teousness.
Godafter thy The Lord is gracious and ness; according to the multitude merciful; long-suffering, and of of thy mercies, do away mine great goodness.
offences. The Lord is loving unto every Wash me thoroughly from man, and his mercy is over all my wickedness, and cleanse me his works.
from my sin: All thy works praise thee, O For I acknowledge my faults, Lord; and thy saints give thanks and my sin is ever before me. unto thee.
Against thee only have I sin
ned, and done this evil in thy From Psalm xlii. Quemadmosight, that thou mightest be jus
dum. tified in thy saying, and clear L the water-brooks, so longwhen thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wick- eth my soul after thee, O God. edness, and in sin hath my mo- My soul is athirst for God, ther conceived me.
yea, even for the living God : But lo, thou requirest truth When shall I come to appear in the inward parts, and shalt before the presence of God? make me to understand wisdom My tears have been my meat secretly.
day and night; while they daily Thou shalt purge me with say unto me, Where is now thy hyssop, and I shall be clean; God? thou shalt wash me, and I shall Now when I think thereupon, be whiter than snow.
I pour out my heart by myself; Thou shalt make me hear of for I went with the multitude, joy and gladness, that the bones and brought them forth into the which thou hast broken may house of God, rejoice.
In the voice of praise and Turn thy face from my sins, thanksgiving, among such as and put out all my misdeeds. keep holy-day.
Make me a clean heart, O Why art thou so full of hea. God, and renew a right spirit viness, O my soul ? and why within me.
art thou so disquieted within Cast me not away from thy me? presence, and take not thy Holy Put thy trust in God; for I Spirit from me.
will yet give him thanks for the O give me the comfort of thy help of his countenance. help again, and stablish me with T'he Lord hath granted his thy free Spirit.
loving kindness in the day time; Then shall I teach thy ways and in the night-season did I unto the wicked, and sinners sing of him, and made my prayer shall be converted unto thee. unto the God of my life.
Deliver me from blood-guil- I will say unto the God of tiness, O God, thou that art the my strength, Why hast thou God of my health; and my forgotten me? why go I thus tongue shall sing of thy righte- heavily, while the enemy op
presseth me? Thou shalt open my lips, O Namely, while they say daily Lord, and my mouth shall show unto me, Where is now thy thy praise.
God? For thou desirest no sacrifice, Why art thou so vexed, O else would I give it thee; but my soul? and why art thou so thou delightest not in burnt. disquieted within me? offerings.
O put thy trust in God; for The sacrifice of God is a I will yet thank him, who is the troubled spirit: a broken and help of my countenance and my contrite heart, O God, shalt God. thou not despise.