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Strangers to these Sufferings? It is like the case our Saviour himself puts; Tlou haft Prophesy'd in our Streets, we have Eaten and

Drunk in thy Presence. To whom he will · Reply, What then? Te are Strangers to me, ? I know you not. So that it is not enough,

that the Son of God hath Suffer'd for us ; ' we must have a common share in it, and

be mutual Sufferers with him, and then in

deed we have leave to Expoftulate with < God by his Sufferings, and shall prevail: We have a kind of Right to mention them ; and God will graciously be wrought upon by it. But how shall we be Mutual Sufferers with him? By laying to Heart what he

hath Suffer'd for us; by being Wounded with his Wounds, and Bruised with his

Strokes; by having the Reproaches of them, b that Reproach'd him, fall on us; by having

our Souls sorrowful with his Soul, even unto < Death; by Trembling at the Wrath of • God, due to our Sins, which caus’d him

such Amazement, in making Atonement © for them. Let us go to Mount Calvary, Cand endeavour to put our felves in his Place. ( We are They, Lord, who have sinn'd, • let us suffer the Pains: Thou hast one ? nothing amiss, why then shou'd thy Holy

Body suffer these Tortures ? Thy Righte

ous Soul feel this Anguish? But since we < cannot bring thee down, nor exchange · Conditions with thee, o that we cou'd “ give thee one Moments Ease! O that we had not so find, as to procure these thy

Tors · Tortures! O Wretches that we are ! to " have brought this load upon Thee! See, "O my Soul, what thou hast done! They

have brought thy greatest Friend, the Be. ( loved of God, His only Son, the Everlastcing Prince, to this sad Condition? Canst ! thou see it, without trembling? Canst thou

see it and live? It wou'd be grief extra

ordinary, only to see him in this Condi• tion; what Heart cou'd not be moved at ' it, that knows who it is that Suffers? But to be thy Self the guilty Cause of it, ought

est thou not to wish, that the like Pains "might fall on Thee, and that thou might'st · Suffer with him a little, to cover thy Con

fusion! For this Confusion to an ingenu'ous Soul, that truly stood by our Lord in

this Condition, wou'd certainly be a Tor( ment so great, that one wou'd almost wih c. to hang on a Cross, to divert it by a new

Pain. O my Redeemer, if knowing what "I now know, I had stood by thy Cross, I hope

the Confusion of my Soul, wou'd be nothing

less, than what I have here describ’d. Since " then, I believe Thee to have Suffer'd all < this, as much as if I had stood by Thee, ' and that Thou art pleas’d to represent 'thy Sufferings often again to us, and to be

set forth as evidently Crucified among us:

O strengthen my Imagination, and my ( Faith, from Mystical Representations of ' Bread and Wine, broken and poured out; ' to pass to thy real Sufferings, and take up some of those Affections, some degree of


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that Confusion (if, alas! I cannot take up

the whole of it) which I shou'd be seiz'd C with, at Thy actual Crucifixtion : Then

may I have Leave, O my Saviour, having . Suffer'd with Thee, to plead with thy Fa

ther, by thy Sufferings. By the Agony of El thy Soul, when thou didit make Atone

ment for Sins; pardon my Sins, and have ' Mercy on me. Wherefore didst Thou enE ! dure that Agony, but to obtain Remission 7 of Sins ;. that Thou might'st distribute, Ca s and give it to those that humbly Cry unto

Thee for it; that Thou might'st give Gifts I unto Men, of the Trophies purchas'd with cthy Blood ? My Soul is wounded by thy

Agony; O let me partake of the Fruits of L eit. David's Law was, That Those that stayd

by the Stuff, fou'd share with those that took o the Spoil: Lord, who is able to bear Thee

- Company in Thy Grievous Confliąt? Weak

? and Faint we must be left behind: But E' our Soul goes along with Thee, is bound

I up with Thine, and is wholly fill'd with
' Concern for Thee. O let us partake of
- the fruit of thy Labours, of the issues of

thy Sufferings. Thou hast obtain's Par-
don and Peace; O bestow some share of
it upon thy Servants.

• Let me go on, O my Lord, to Suffer with Thee, while I live in this Sinning World. "O vouchsafe to let me have a share in thy

Sufferings, and speak Peace to my Soul ; [ that I may pass my Days in an humble

Confi. • Confidence here, and Rejoice with Thee Sone Day hereafter, in forgetting both + Tbine, and my Miséry and Trouble. A.

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At another time he offer'd up the following Prayer, with Respect to every part of our Saviour's bitter Pallion; the Commemorating of which, is the principal End of the Holy Communion.

to my Saviour, O my God! By thy ly

ing prostrate on the Earth, in a Cold Night; "and thy Soul's being exceeding sorrowful, 'even unto Death : By thy grievous Agony; ' in which Thou didit Sweat Drops of Blood, ' between thy wonderful Love to thy Church,

and the Infirmity of thy Humane Nature, ' which drew back at the Apprehension of ' those Sufferings which Thou wert to pass ' through for Us: By thy thrice lifting up

strong Cries to thy Father, to remove from

Thee that bitter Cup, if it had been his • Will, and been posible for his Justice, "otherwise to be satisfi’d: By thy firm Re' folution which thou didst take up, to go ' through that great Work for our fakes,

And by thy meek Resigning thy self to thy * Father's Will, and ready concurring with ' His wonderful Love to us, in designing to

perfe& our Redemption, by thy Sorrows: By thy being Betray'd by chy own Disciple, and suffering that sinful Wretch to Kiss thy blessed Lips: By thy being ap. prehended, rudely Bound, Hurried away as a Malefactor: By thy being Forsaken

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of all thy Disciples, and none of them daE' ring to own, or stand by Thee : By thy

being Insulted over, and treated as the

meanest Slave, without Respect or Pity, :and carry'd to and fro from Magiftrate to

Magistrate ; from Tribunal to Tribunal, ? and every where fallly Accused : By thy beSing Buffeted and Spit upon, Mock'd and - Reviled: By thy being Crown'd with

· Thorns, rudely Press’d down on thy SaE' cred Head, and entring into thy Temples : * By thy being Array'd in a Mock Habit,

and a Reed put into thy Hand, instead of Bra Scepter : By thy being Sentenc'd to

Death as a Criminal, and Condemn'd 'to the Vileft, most Painful, and Reproach-> ful kind of Death: By thy being Scourg'd :' by merciless Hands; the Plowers plowing

' upon thy Back, and making long Furrows : : By thy being loaded with a Heavy Cross : L' By thy being Strip'd of thy Cloaths, and ' fasten'd to it with Nails, struck through

the most tender 'and Nervous parts, thy :' Hands and thy Feet; so that the Iron entred 'into thy very Soul: By thy being Crucified ' in the midst, between two Malefactors, as '' if Thou hadīt been the greatest of them:

By thy being Rear'd up on the Cross, and the weight of thy Body hanging on Four

Wounds: By thy being Expos’d Naked 1' to the .View of the World, bearing the - Shame, as well as the Torment of my Sins:

By thy precious Blood, issuing oat of thy
Wounds, and forming a Layer for my sins,

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