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friends, and be, under the blessing of God, thus instrumental in turning their attention to some of the passages of Scripture quoted or referred to, the writer's labours will be well rewarded.
He must not omit to mention with great gratitude his obligation to Signor Rosario Aspa. That gentleman has kindly given his valuable assistance in preparing the music for some of the hymns, and from the taste that prevails among many of our rural population, there can be no doubt that such an accompaniment will be a great recommendation and call attention more generally to the hymns.
The writer is well aware of many and great imperfections and deficiences in these unpretending compositions. He knows that the critic may justly charge him with tautology, repetitions, looseness of style and many other faults. But he has written for usefulness, not for fame; and if he can make himself understood, and leave an impression upon his readers for their improvement, his object is gained.
FOR THE FATHER AND HIS FAMILY.
O ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, we bless and praise
Thy glorious name, and thank Thee for all the mercies of the past night. We thank Thee for the refreshing rest which Thou hast been pleased to give us. We thank Thee for all the mercies of our past lives, for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life. But above all, do we thank Thee for that inestimable redemption which Thou hast wrought out for us through Thy blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And we beseech Thee, O most merciful God, to enable us by Thy Spirit to lay hold of its mighty benefits. Give us sincere repentance and an earnest desire to turn unto Thee with all our hearts. Put Thy Spirit within us and give us new desires, new affections. Make us every day more and more Thy people. Bless us in our efforts to serve Thee better than we have ever yet done. Receive us into favour for the sake of Thy dear Son. Look not at our failings but at His merits: and for His sake forgive our sins, many and great though they be. And do Thou, blessed Jesus, plead our cause, and make our unworthy prayers acceptable by Thy all-sufficient merits presented in our behalf. Let not our sins rise up in judgment against us, but blot them out in Thy most precious blood. Remember Thy gracious promise and send the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. O blessed Spirit, One with the Father and the Son, be Thou present with us this day, and teach us what to think and what to do,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, ever-blessed, eternal God, in Thee is our trust. O God the Father, into Thine hands with the help of the Holy Ghost, we commend our souls, our bodies, and our spirits, and all things else, that we ought to commend, through our dear Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
UR Father, &c.
[To which may be added on a Sunday.]
MOST gracious and most merciful Lord God, we
thank Thee for the return of this Thy holy day. Give us more abundantly of Thy blessed Spirit that we may go to Thy house with minds separated from the cares of this world and devoted more to Thy service. Give such effect to the preaching of Thy ministers this day, that many may be turned from sin and cleave unto Thee. Help us to form godly resolutions and give us strength to prepare ourselves to carry about with us during the coming week a sweet savour of Thy Sabbath and a constant remembrance of our high and holy privileges, our duties and Thy wishes. Thus may we be prepared to walk in the full assurance of faith, hope and charity and trusting in the aid of Thy Holy Spirit and the mediation of Thy blessed Son, with all humility and watchfulness work out our salvation with fear and trembling
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, &c.