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PREFACE.

tion there is nothing certain, nothing noble,” says the holy Bishop, whose practical works must always lead the van in this province of sacred literature ; “ but he that follows the work of God - that is, labours to gain souls, not to a sect or subdivision, but to the Christian religion, that is, to the faith and obedience of the Lord Jesus—hath a promise to be assisted and rewarded; and all those that go to heaven are the purchase of such undertakings, the fruit of such culture and labours; for it is only a holy life that leads us there. . . . . Theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.”

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CHAP. I. PRAYER.

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The universal Sense of Prayer-An Allegory from Plato-Tlie P'rayer of So-

crates-Unboly Men pray earnestly at times—Prayer, the instinct of
the Heart-We must be taught how to pray-A11 Prayer is through
Christ-Prayer is really answered-The Method of answering Prayer-
l'rayer is first a Duty, and then a Delight-Times and Seasons of Prayer
-Jeremy Taylor at Portmore-Ejaculatory Prayer-Intercessory Prayer

--Prayer, the Spiritual Pulse-We are always to pray-lhe Might of

Prayer-The Issues of Prayer

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CHAP. III. THE THOUGHTS OF THE HEART.

The Sinfulness of the Heart-Foster on “Moods” and “Frames"-Light and

Happy Thoughts-Unhappy Thoughts-Depressing Effect of l'overty-
Unholy Imaginations-Wicked and Vain Thoughts-The Heart left to
itself-Perils within and without-Vice caricatures Virtue-Open and
Secret Sin-The Blessedness of the Pure in Heart

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CHAP. V. TIME.

The Improvement of Time-"Diem perdidi”—How short our Time is—The

Last Words of Grotius-Divisions of Time-Redeeming the Time-No
Time at the Last-The Flight of Time

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