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ment, and make it our business to work out our salvation !
Nay, did our faith but firmly believe the truths we every day recite in our creeds,
What should we do to attain those joys ! what should we do to escape those sorrows !
Would half an hour be too long to pray once a week too often to fast ?
Would the pardon of an injury be too hard a law, or the making restitution too dear a price ?
Durst we return to our sins again, or spend our time in idleness and folly?
Yet all this is as sure as if we saw it, and would move us as much if we seriously considered it ;
If we considered what I'm sure we believe, we should never live as I'm sure we do.
Which of us doubts but ere long we shall all be dust-yet which of us lives as if we thought to die?
Pity, O gracious Lord, the frailties of Thy servants, and suffer not our blindness to lead us to ruin.
Supply our want of sight by a lively faith, and strengthen our faith by Thy powerful grace.
Make us to remember 'tis no children's sport to gain or lose the kingdom of heaven.
Make us choose wisely, and pursue our choice, and as well use the means as like the end.
Oh set Thou right the bias of our hearts, that in all our motions we may draw off from the world,
That they may still incline towards Thee, and rest at last in Thy holy presence.
Thou art our Lord, and we will serve Thee in fear; Thou art our God, and we will love Thee in hope, and in humble confidence, too, of enjoying Thee for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN.
PRAYER. O GOD, who, seeing the dulness of our
spirits so often needs fresh impulses of sense, hast wonderfully contrived to set before us Thy sacrificed Son, so as to exercise at once our faith and love-while He is made really present to all the faithful, and is by them verily and indeed received—reclaim, we humbly beseech Thee, all our wandering affections with this miracle of goodness, and compose them into such a diligent and devout attendance on our gracious Lord, that we may daily feed our adoration and love of Him, and daily grow in our desires of seeing eternally His glorious face, who with Thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. AMEN.