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It has been already observ’d, that when he came early to Church; and was so happy ás to get a retir'd Place, he continu'd at his Private Devocions, till the Publick Service began, or a very little before: And how he. employ'd those happy Moments of Privacy and Devotion, in the House of God: The following Prayer, mention'd, as us’d by him in the Church, before Morning Prayer began, will shew.

Behold, O Lord, this portion of thy Family, whom in this Place Thou hast so often graciouflv visited, and favour'd; and who have addicted, and given up themselves to thy Service; are here met together, in behalf of our selves, and of the rest of our happy number; and of all our Christian Brethren, even thy whole Church. We beseech thee to unite our Hearts more and ? more in thy self; that we may have but one

Heart, and one Mind, as we have but one ' Design, one Aim and Hope. Let' us now

welcome each other (with Hearts full of ? Love and Joy) unto thy Presence, as we

hope one day to welcome each other into (thy Presence in Gļory. Let our Civil Reļ spects (before thy Service begins) be such ( hearty and holy Salutations, as the blesed < Elizabeth gave to the Mother of our Lord: < And may we have leave to say to each o<ther, Hail, Thou that art favour'd of God,

the Lord is with Thee.' Behold we come with united Hearts, to beg of Thee, the cunaming of thy Grace and Favour tous;

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we come, to present our felves before thee,
with most thankful Acknowledgments
for thy Mercies received ; and to adore

Thee, who hast so graciously visited us. We
' come humbly to implore of Thee, strength

against our respective Temptations and Dif. <ficulties in Life; to beseech Thee to supply < all our Weaknesles, to make us happily vi“ctorious against all our Corruptions, and

more than Conquerors, thro' Thee who hast lovSed us. But, ó our bountiful Lord God! - If it be such Joy to meet those whom we + love, now in thy Presence; what will it be

to meet Ten Thousand Glorifi'd Spirits,

each of which we fall love infinitely more ' in thy Kingdom of Glory, than we can do < any Creature here! Glory be to Thee, O (Lord of Glory and of Love; who haft gi

ven us such present Pleasure in thy Service, ( and such Comfortable Hopes of those Eter

nal good things, which Thou hast prepar'd < for them that love Thee. Amen.

He had the justest Value, and highest Vene. His Efteen ration for that great Repository of true De, for votion, the Liturgy of our Church; for which, his Regard was not in the least abated, by the great Fervour of his private Prayers. For tho’ his Devotion was very Intense, and full of Life and Warmth ; yet it was Calm and Governable, and confin'd within the strictest bounds of Sobriety and Reason. And such awful Apprehensions had he, of the Presence of God; so cautious was he of uttering any thing rash with his Mouth, before his adora

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ble Majesty; that even his private Prayers, were a well digested Form: From which hé sometimes Vary'd, according to the particular Wants and Delires of his soul; tho' even these Variations he usually put in Writing; and to that purpose, had his Prayers reduc'd to Heads, in several Columns, with Blanks for his Additions, and Variations; frequently Reviewing and Correcting the whole. But for all Publick Occasions, for Congregations gather'd in Churches ; he esteem'd Forms of Prayer, not only Expedient, but Necessary. And such right Notions had he, of the Usefulness of Them, and of that popular, but mistaken Phrase; of Praying by the Spirit ; that I Mall here give the Reader his Thoughts of both, in his own Words. " Perhaps some of us have been too Zea

lous, in crying down this Phrase of Praying " by the Spirit: 'Tis certain that all good Men

have the Spirit of Christ, inspiring them with “the Temper of Christianity.This Temper breeds

in them good Desires; and Nature furnishes

these desires with fit and suitable Expressions. ! It is the Inspiring us with these Holy Desires, < flowing from the temper of christianity,which < is the peculiar Work of the Spirit of God. (Thus the Spirit of God, speaks in us, and ( makes Intercellion for us, with these holy

Desires, with which it Inspires us; and therefore the Expression may be very well

allow'd : that holy Men so Inspir'd, do Pray " by the Spirit. But as upon an extraordinary € Occasion, I shou'd not refuse to join with a

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holy Man, in such an Extemporary Prayer;

(God forbid I Thou'd ) so for ordinary Oc'casions, since the Spirit comes and goes ; 7 and the most Holy Map, has not always ; ' such immediate Infuences from it; I thou'd

think, that Prayers compos'd by holy Men, ser apart for that Work, and defiring the Alistance of God's Spirit to it ; shou'd have a greater Portion of His Spirit in them, than any other constant Extemporary Prayer. And for a Man's private use, the OCcasions of his Soul do seldom so much Vary, but that by degrees, and the constant Exer: 'cise of this Duty, he must come up to a kind 'pf Form, or way of Exprelling his Needs,

in the most perfect manner for himself from which there need be very little Varia: tion for extraordinary Emergencies. And when all the parts of it are thus settled and adjusted, his Duty obliges him, not to omit any of these Parts; and this is the constant Exercise of private Devotion, in which a Man with a good Conscience, can't allow himself to fail.

These were his Sentiments of the Usefulness of Forms of Prayer, confirm d by his constantly attending our Churches Service,and by his Practice in Private ; tho' at the same time, he cou'd not allow himself to be Severe in his Censures of those who made Choice of another Way of Worship, when he believ'd Conscience was their Motive. Railing Aca cusations, never came out of his Mouth a. gainst any : They were too contrary to the

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Example of his Great Master, and that Humility and Meekness, which shin'd in bis Life, and appear'd in his Words, and all his Actions. He honour'd true Piety, wherever he faw it ; and lov'd those, who he believ'd, servd God sincerely; tho'their way of WorMip differ'd from his own. None consider'd more, the Power of Custom, and Education ; and the difficulty of Relishing Modes of WorThip, we are Strangers to, till Practice remove our Prejudices, and Observation and Experience reconcile us to them. To this purpose, he Expresles himself in the following Media tation.

(Lord, we bless Thee, for the free Liberty of Worshipping Thee in the Way in ' which we have been brought up; in the

Way, in which we have partaken of Thy • Grace, and receiv'd thy Spirit. It is not ' in our power, to reconcile our selves to a! ny Way of Worship (tho' we thought it

lawful) at our Pleasures. The Grace of " Devotion is easily check'd and stop'd ; and < little Informalities have a great Influence

and effect, upon the Spiritual part of our <Minds, by which Devotion is exercis'd :

Yet if the liberty of Worshipping God, in " the Way I am us’d to, be taken from me; sand Another afforded me, which I am not ? us’d to, and judge lawful, I will endea(vour as fast as I can, to acquaint my Mind

with that Way; and in time I doubt not, buc God will enable me to receive Benefit

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