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been injured by wicked and unreasonable men. might have been left groaning under the pain of bruised or fractured limbs. Our lives might have been spilt, like water on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; and the first tidings that reached our friends, might have plunged them into anguish.

Thy mercy, too, in our absence, has been upon our tabernacle, and secured it from all evil-O that it may be a tabernacle of the righteous; and be ever filled, not only with the voice of rejoicing, but of praise.

And be with us in all the future journey of life; guide us by thy counsel, uphold us by thy power; and supply all our wants, till we come to our Father's house in peace.

Jay.

FOR RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS. ALL our times is in thy hand. All diseases come at thy call, and go at thy bidding. Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We bless thee, that thou hast heard our prayer, and commanded deliverance for our friend and thy servant, who has been under thine afflicting hand. He (or she) was brought low, but thou hast helped him: thou hast chastened him sore, delivered him over unto death. May he not only live, but declare the works of the Lord.

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As thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? and resolve to offer unto thee, the sacrifices of thanksgiving and to call upon the name of the Lord.

And may we ever remember, that a recovery is only a reprieve; that the sentence which dooms us to the dust is only suspended; and, that at most, when a few years are come, we shall go the way whence we shall not return. May we therefore secure the one thing needful; and live with eternity in view.

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PRAYERS AT TABLE.

BEFORE MEAT.

Jay.

ALMIGHTY God! the eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Bless, we beseech thee, the provisions of thine earthly bounty, which are now before us;-and let them nourish and strengthen our frail bodies, that we may the better serve thee, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

OR THUS:

Bountiful Giver of every good and perfect gift! thou art never weary of supplying our returning wantsgrant, we pray thee, that the food of which we are about to partake, may contribute to the comfort and support of our bodies, and enable us to engage with more zeal in thy service; which we ask for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

OR THUS:

Let thy blessing, Almighty God, descend on this portion of thy bounty, and on us, thy unworthy servants, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

OR THUS:

Almighty God, we beseech thee to pardon our sins; to bless the refreshment now before us, to our use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ.

OR THUS:

Father of Lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift, enable us to receive these fruits of thy bounty with humility and gratitude, and give us grace, that, whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we may do all to thy glory, and be accepted through the great Redeemer.

OR THUS:

Bounteous God, we acknowledge our dependence on thee, and our unworthiness of thy benefits. We pray thee to forgive our sins; to bless us in the reception of this food, and enable us to improve the strength we may derive from it to thy glory, for Christ's sake.

OR THUS:

Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech thee, these thy productions to our use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

AFTER MEAT.

Jay.

We thank thee, O God, our heavenly Father! for the innumerable good gifts of thy providence. Especially do we thank thee for the rich provision thou hast made for our souls-accept our grateful acknowledgments for the food we have now received; and enable us to prove our sincerity by the holiness and obedience of our lives, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

OR THUS:

What shall we render to thee, O God, for all thy benefits? Every day of our lives we are receiving fresh tokens of thy favour. O, let thy goodness lead us to repentance. And if we can do no more than express our gratitude, help us to do that in the sincerity of our souls, and thine shall be the glory, for ever, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

OR THUS:

Accept, heavenly Father, our humble thanks for this, and for all thy blessings through Jesus Christ.

OR THUS:

We thank thee, our heavenly Father, for the rich provision thou hast made for our temporal and eternal welfare; especially for the food we have now received. May thy goodness lead us to repentance, and thy grace prepare us for heavenly entertainments, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

OR THUS:

We praise thee, O Lord, for the provisions of thy providence and grace, and in particular for this renewed token of thy favour. May we feel our increased obligations to be thine, and be fitted at length, to eat bread in thy heavenly kingdom, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

OR THUS:

We bless thee, O Lord, for this kind refreshment. Be pleased to continue thy favours and feed us with the bread of life. Supply the wants of the needy, and enable us, while we live on thy bounty, to live to thy glory, for Christ's sake. Amen.

OR THUS:

Blessed and praised be thy holy name, O Lord, for this and all thy other blessings, bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMNS

CHIEFLY ADAPTED TO FAMILY WORSHIP.

MORNING HYMNS.

1

HYMN. C. M.

1 ONCE more, my soul, the rising day
Salutes thy waking eyes;

Once more, my voice, thy tribute pay
To Him who rules the skies.

2 Night unto night his name repeats; The day renews the sound,

Wide as the heavens on which he sits
To turn the seasons round.

3 'Tis he supports my mortal frame:
My tongue shall speak his praise;
My sins would rouse his wrath to flame,
And yet his wrath delays.

4 How many wretched souls have fled
Since the last setting sun!

And yet thou lengthenest out my thread,
And yet my moments run.

5 Great God, let all my hours be thine,
While I enjoy the light;

Then shall my sun in smiles decline,
And bring a peaceful night.

2

HYMN. L. M.

1 AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth-and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

2 Glory to thee, who safe hast kept,
And hast refreshed me while I slept:
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,
I may of endless life partake.

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