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to us out of thy word, may have a due effect and influence upon our hearts and lives : All which we humbly beg of thee for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose holy name and words, oro.

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used before his composing his sermons. O

Lord God of truth, I humbly beseech thee to

enlighten my mind by thy holy Spirit, that I may discern the true way to eternal salvation ; and to free me from all prejudice and passion, from every corrupt affection and intereft' that


either blind me or feduce me in my search after it.

Make me impartial in my inquiry after truth, and ready whenever it is discovered to me, to receive it in the love of it, to obey it from the heart, and to practise it in my life, and to continue stedfart in the profession of it to the end of my days.

I perfe&ly resign myself, O Lord, 'to thy conduct and direction, in confidence that thy mercy and goodness is such, that thou wilt not suffer those who sina cerely desire to know the truth and rely upon thy, guidance, finally to miscarry.

And if in any thing which concerns the true wor; fhip and service of thee my God, and the everlasting happiness of my soul, I am in any error and mistake, I earnestly beg of thee to convince me of it, and to lead me into the way of truth ; and to confirm and eftablifh me in it daily more and more.

And I befeech thee, O Lord, always to preserve in me a great compassion and sincere charity towards those that are in error, and ignorance of thy truth s beseeching thee to take pity on them, and to bring them to the knowledge of it, that they may be fas ved.

And because our blessed Saviour hath promised, that all that do his will shall know his doctrine : Grant, O Lord, that I may never knowingly offend thee in any thing, or neglect to do what I know to be thy will and my duty. B bz


Grant, o heavenly Father, these my humble and hearty requests, for his sake, who is the way, the truth, and the life, my blessed Saviour and Redeem. er Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers used by him the day before his confecration,

AY 30. 1691. the day before my confecration to M

the Archbishoprick, which was on Whitsunday, at St. Mary-le-bow, when, on Whitsunday eve, I resired to Edmonton, to spend that day in fafting and pray. ar, to implore the blessing of Almighty God upon that action, and the affiftance of his grace and Holy Spi. rit to be vouchsafed to his finful and unworthy fervant, whom his wife providence, and the importunate desire of their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, the best of Princes, (whom God, in great mere cy to a most finful and perverse people, hath by a moff signal providence set upon the throne of these king. doms, and sent (I trust to be our deliverers and be nefactors for many generations yet to come) have cabo led to the government and conduct of this miserable distracted church, in a very difficult and dangerous time.

I began with a short prayer to Almighty God, to prepare my heart for the duty of this day, and to asif me in the discharge of it, in such a manner as might be acceptable in his fight, through Jefus Christ my bleffed Saviour and Redeemer.

I proceeded next to a thanksgiving, to Almighty God for his mercy and goodness to me in the conduct of my whole life, from my first entrance into the world to this day, which was to this effect :

Almighty and eternal Lord God, and most mer. ciful Father, I proftrate myself before thee this day, in a molt humble and thankful acknowledgment of thy great mercy and goodness vouchsafed to me a sinful creature, and thy most unprofitable servant, (nor worthy to be called thy son) in the conduct of my whole life, from my first coming into the world to this prefent day.


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And in the first place, I desire to bless thy great and glorious name, that I was born of honest and religious parents, though of a low and obscure condition. Who am I, O Lord God, or what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto ? and haft regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degreen O Lord God! [ 1 Chron. xvii. 169. 17.)

I bless thee likewise for all the happy circumftances of my birth and education ; that I was born in a time and place wherein thy true religion was preached and professed. I bless thee for the great care of my good parents to bring me up in the knowledge and fear of thee, the only true God, and of bimi whom thou hast sent, Jesus Christ, whom to: know is eternal life ; and I bless thee, my Lord, for him in whom all the nations of the earth, are blessed, whom in the fulness of time, thou waft pleased to send into the world to be the Saviour and Redeeiner of mankind.

I bless thee, that thou wast pleased to give my ever-honoured and good father the heart to give me, out of the small estate thou gavest him, so liberal an education, whereby I was put into a capacity to serve thee. Forgive, I beseech thee, O Lord, that I have made no, better use of the talents and opportunities wherewith. thou haft entrusted me, and accept of that little which by thy grace I have been enabled sincerely to do for thee. I bless thee, a Lord, for the continual and bountiful support of thy providence, whereby thou hast also enabled me to return to my parents and their children the kindness I received froin them, and to be still as a father toi them. I bless thee, that thou hast so mercifully and fò many times preserved me from the great dangers to which my life was exposed; and from temptations which would have been too hard for me, it

. thy: grace. had not prevented them, and kept me from falling into them : This, O Lord, I acknowledge as one of the great blessings. of my life, for which 1: desire continually. to magnify, thy great and glori.Qus, name,

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I bless thee likewise, O Lord, for that measure of health which I have enjoyed, and for my recovery from a great and dangerous sickness ; for any happy endowments of mind; for that degree of understanding which thou hast given me ; and for preserving it to me, when my dear mother, for so many years of her life, lost the use and enjoyment of it, and might have derived that unhappiness to me her child, if thy merciful goodness had not prevented it. Forgive me, O Lord, that I have made no better use of the faculties which thou haft endued me withal, for thy glory, and the benefit and advantage of others

Blessed be thy name, likewise, that thou haft in any time of my life, and in any measure, rendered me useful to any good purpofe. I acknowledge it to be all from thee ; and I desire to return the praise of all to thee my great and constant benefactor.

Blessed be God for the favour thou hast given me with men both of low and high condition and the friends which thou hast raised up for me, to pre. ferve me from the malice of mine enemies, and those who hate me without cause, and not for any fault of mine toward them, O Lord thou knowelt.

More especially I bless thee for that great and undeserved favour which I have found in the


of our excellent King and Queen. Give me, o Lord, the heart, and, if it be thy will, the opportunity to: serve them in some measure to answer their favours. to me, and the opinion they have conceived of me, by rendering me useful and instrumental for the publick good of this. distracted kingdom and church, in endeavouring to heal and reconcile our unhappy differences, and to reform the disorders that are in thy church, and the lives and manners both of the ministers and people.

Finally, I bless thee for all the favours and bles. fings of my life, both fpiritual and temporal, so plentifully bestowed upon me ; and above all, for a. fincere desire to serve and please thee, my most

gracious and merciful God, and to do good to men made after thine image.

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Accept, O Lord, this my hearty sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving which I offer up to thy divine Ma. jefty, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Chrift, my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen. Amen.

Next I made this humble and penitent confession of my sins, and earnest fupplication for the pardon and forgiveness of them.

i bow myself before thee, most holy and gracious Lord God, in a deep sense of mine own vileness and sinfulness, which render me altogether unworthy of the least of those many favours and blessings wherea with thou hast been pleased to follow me all the days of my life. I am a sinful man, O Lord, and not worthy to lift up mine eyes to thee my God.. My whole life hath been little elle but a continued course of disobedience, of unthankfulness, and un.. worthy returns to thee for all thy benefits. I have gone astray from the womb, and have grievously transa gressed thy holy laws and commandments, in thought, word, and deed.

I desire now to confess my sins to thee, and with great shame and contrition to bewail and lament them in thy presence, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to, be called thy son, so that if thou be strict to mark in iquity, O Lord! who can stand ? Lord, I am vile, what shall 1 answer thee ? 1. abhor. myself, and reo, pent in dust and ashes,

I confess the folly of my childhood, and the great fins and vanities of my youth, and the many greatprovocations, which in the course of my life I have been often, too often guilty of; the impurities of my heart, and the many evil actions of my life, which thou, O Lord, knowelt altogether ; and for which I desire to take shame to myself

, and to be: confounded before thee at the remeinbrance of them. Lord, they are all in thy sight, and the most secret


life in the light of thy countenance. I. am ashamed, O my God, and blush to lift up mine : eyes to thee my God.

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