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Which we see, though spread all o'er with thorns, yet carried Him directly to the glories of paradise ;
Shall we not confidently rely on so gracious a Leader, who promises, if we faint, to look back and relieve us ?
O dearest Lord, bow down Thy gracious eye, and pity the frailties of our imperfect nature;
Reach forth Thy hand and strengthen us with Thy grace, that nothing divert our advance towards Thee :
But in this dangerous labyrinth of the world, and the whole course of our pilgrimage here,
Thy heavenly dictates may be our map, and Thy holy life may be our guide.
O GOD, whose grace it is that mightily
rescues our reason from the desperate rebellion of our passions, which utterly confound the government and peace of our soulsgrant, we beseech Thee, that our experience of the miserable effects of yielding to their allurements may make us warier in observing, and severer in repressing their first motions ; and let Thy grace so strongly fortify us against all their furious and repeated assaults, that reason may more and more recover its due force, and calmly join with faith to secure and exalt in our hearts the blissful throne of Thy love; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for ever. AMEN.
O GOD, whose eternal wisdom, the Word
made flesh and dwelling among us, not only told the world with His own sacred mouth the unthought-on steps which lead directly to heaven, but trod them out plain with His own sacred feet, and ordained others after Him through all generations to guide ours steadily in them, let not, we humbly beseech Thee, so much love and care be lost on us; but vouchsafe us Thy continual necessary grace, not only to learn by rote and profess with our lips this precious way, kept still open to our eyes, but make it our whole life to walk diligently in it, even to death, and beyond ; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. AMEN.