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6. O come, let us worship, and fall down and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7. For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

8. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

9. When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and faw my works.

10. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and faid: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways:

11. Unto whom I fware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.

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5. Our God is the fame great Being, who, by the like virtue of creation, has a right both to ocean and dry land, throughout their whole

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6. In order to animate us ftill farther to the worship of this only great and true God, let us confider him as the Creator of the whole human race, and upon that account, let us proftrate ourselves before him with the ut mott fervour of devotion.

7. But it is more particularly incumbent upon us, the feed of Abraham, to praise him, as he has fingled us out for his peculiar people, taking the fame care of us that a fhepherd does of his flock.

8. But then we fhould not flatter ourselves that God will be our God, and that we shall be his chofen people, if in this our day we neglect to litten to his voice, (Numb. xix. 22.) and obey his laws, but exafperate him by our perverfenefs and difobedience, as our forefathers did in times paft, at Majab and Meribah. Exod. xvii. 2. 7.

9. When the Jews your ancestors, in ages paft had a mind (as God Almighty fpeaks (Exod. xvii. 2.) to tempt me and prove me, how far my Almighty Power extended, and to put me upon unneceffary miracles, in order to gratify their vain curiofity; tho' they had been abundantly convinced of my Omnipotence by the wonders which I performed upon their account in the land of Egypt.

10. During the space of forty years (Numb. xiv. 23.) was I vexed with the perverfenefs of this untoward generation; which drew from me this folemn declaration, I the Lord God, have faid this is an evil congregation, (Numb. xiv. 27.) that have an heart entirely alienated from me, and that never duly attended to those great works which I did for them.

11. Which ungrateful behaviour fo highly incenfed me, that I declared with an oath, that they fhould never enter into the land of Canaan, the D 3

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghoft;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever fhall be: world without end. Amen.

Then fhall follow the Pfalms in Order as they are appointed. And at the End
of every Pfalm throughout the Year, and likewife at the End of Benedicite,
Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, fhall be repeated.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy
Ghoft;

Anfw. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever fhall be: world without end. Amen...

Then fhall be read diftinctly with an audible Voice the Firft Leffon, taken out of the Old Teftament, as is appointed in the Calendar (except there be proper Leffons affigned for that day) He that readeth, so standing, and turning himself, as he may best be heard of all fuch as are prefent. And after that fall be faid or fang in English, the Hymn called Te Deum laudamus, daily throughout the Year.

Note, That before every Leffon, the Minifter fhall fay, Here beginneth. fuch a Chapter, or verfe of fuch a Chapter of fuch a Book: And after every Leffon, Here endeth the Firft, or, the Second Leffon.

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2. All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.

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place of their refting after their long wanderings. This oath you will find in Numbers, xiv. 23. As I live, your carcaffes fhall fall in this wildernefs furely they fhall not fee the land which I fware to their forefathers.

1. We the congregation of thy faithful people, here affembled, do praife thee, O great God, and acknowledge thee to be the Father, Lord, and preferver of heaven and earth.

2. For furely we chriftians are in duty bound to praise thee, fince all the nations of the earth acknowledge thee to be the eternal Father and Creator of the univerfe; and, notwithstanding the ignorance and fuperftition in which they are plunged, agree in paying thee fome fort of homage.

3. To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.

4. To thee Cherubin and Seraphin: continually do cry. 5. Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth.

6. Heaven and Earth are full of the Majefty of thy Glory. 7. The glorious company of the Apostles: praife thee. 8. The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee. 9. The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.

10. The Holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;

11. The Father of an infinite Majefty;

12. Thine honourable, true: and only Son;

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3. Nor is this tribute of praise paid thee by the fons of men alone, but all the angelic orders likewife adore thee, and extol thy name with fongs of adoration and thankfgiving.

4. 5. As it is recorded in that prophetical hymn, (Ifa. vi. 3.) and one Seraphin cried unto another, and faid, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Holts.

6. The whole earth is full of his glory,

7. The fouls of the bleffed Apoftles likewife contribute to thy praife, amongst the angelic choir; the most glorious affociation of human beings, and next in dignity to the angels themfelves; bleffed fpirits, who,, after having laboured with fuccefs in preaching the gofpel here on earth, are now tranflated to the mansions of everlaiting blifs to extol the good nefs. of God with unceasing praises.

8. Next in order come the holy prophets, who hold a distinguished. place among the ranks of glorified beings; they, after having been the. heralds who proclaimed the coming of Christ and prepared his way, have now attained to a fhare in his glory, and partake of a very honourable place in his kingdom; praifing thee for ever in the celestial regions.

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9. Befides thefe, there is the illuftrious band of martyrs who having by shedding their blood, fubdued the world and the devil, are admitted to a place amidft the choir of heaven, there to fing hallelujahs, to the honour of God to all eternity.

10. Nor is thy praile bounded by the celestial regions, but even thy church on earth however widely spread over the various different countries of the globe, do, with an uniform faith, acquiefce in thofe mysterious truths which thou haft revealed to us concerning thy nature.

11. Making every day the confeffion of our faith; that the first person of thy divine nature is God the Father of an infinite majesty, power and fecundity, by being the fource of the divine effence.

12. Moreover, acknowledging that the fecond perfon in this ever bleffed trinity is God the Son; not only thy Son by adoption (as thou hait

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13. Alfo the Holy Ghoft; the Comforter. 14. Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ. 15. Thou art the everlafting Son: of the Father. 16. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didft not abhor the Virgin's womb.

17. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. 18. Thou fitteft at the right hand of God

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19. We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.

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vouchfafed to make us) but thy true Son, who was produced by thee from all eternity.

13. Laftly, thy church profeffes her belief in the ever bleffed Spirit, who is the third perfon in the trinity, the paraclete, or comforter, to whofe kind aid and falutary influence, we are indebted for all the christian graces we can hope for.

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14. But we are obliged to acknowledge concerning thee, O Christ, the fecond perfon of the blessed trinity, whom fome perfons affect to treat with contempt, on account of thy abafement of thyself for our fakes; that thou art notwithstanding God himself, the heavenly king, and of equal glory with the Father.

15. Thou art the Son of God the Father, begotten of him from all eternity.

16. When thou, at the time of thy agreement with man, in prosecution of thy mediatorfhip, didft take upon thee to deliver man from the wrath of God, to which he was become obnoxious, thou didst not difdain to veil thy omnipotence with our frail flesh, and to be born after the manner of us mortals.

17. When thou, by fuffering for our fins, hadft overcome the fting of death and triumphed over the grave (1 Cor. xv. 15.) thou didst open the gates of heaven to all who believe in thee, as well patriarchs and prophets who lived in expectation of thy coming, as thofe who converfed with thee upon earth, and those who believed on thee afterwards upon their teftimony. John xx. 29.

18. After having thus fubdued death, thou haft entered triumphantly into the kingdom of heaven; and, after having fuffered fuch humiliation upon earth, thou art advanced to fit for ever at the right hand of God, being raifed to the highest and most glorious dignity that can be poffeffed by any being, there conftantly interceding with God, and intreating him to fhew mercy co weak and finful men. Heb. vii. 25.

19. And we believe that at the last day thou shalt come, attended with multitude of angels, (Mark vii. 38. 2 Theff. i. 7.) to judge the quick and the dead. 1 Tim. iv. 1.

20. We therefore pray thee help thy fervants: Whom thou haft redeemed with thy precious blood.

21. Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in Glory everlasting.

22. O Lord, fave thy people: and blefs thine heritage. 23. Govern them: and lift them up for ever. 24. Day by day: we magnify thee;

25. And we worship thy name: ever world without end. 26. Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without fin. 27. O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us. 28. O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our truft is in thee.

29. O Lord, in thee have I trufted: let me never be confounded.

Or this Canticle, Benedicite, omnia opera Domini.

ye Works of the Lord, blefs ye the Lord : praife him, and magnify him for ever.

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20. We therefore beseech thee to bestow upon us, thy fervants, the gift of thy grace, pleading thy merits for us; which, upon our earnest prayers, we trust thou wilt not fail to do, fince thou didst spill thy precious blood, in order to procure our redemption.

21. Caufe us to be reckoned among the number of the elect faints, who are to inherit eternal glory in the blessful regions of heaven. Rev. vii. 4.

22. O Lord preferve thy fervants of the laity here prefent, and bless the clergy who are in a more peculiar manner thy inheritance.

23. Like a careful shepherd govern us all, both clergy and laity, and deliver us from the power of Satan, that wolf who feeks to devour us, (1 Pet. v. 8.) and be pleased to draw us up after thee (xii. 32.) to that fate of immortality of which thou art poffeffed.

24. 25. Therefore let us all fay, in the words of the Pfalmift, "every day do we bless thee and praise thy name for ever and ever." Pfalm air. 2.

26. Vouchsafe therefore to answer the petitions of this day's devotion, and to keep us free from fin till the courfe of our public exercise returns again to-morrow.

27. We cry out, Jefu have mercy upon us, in the words of the blind men and lepers. Matt. xv. 22. Luke xvii. 13.

28. We, laft, conclude our hymn with the words of the Pfalmift, "let thy merciful kindness, O Lord: be upon us, like as we do put our truft in thee.". Pfal. xxxiii. 21.

29. In thee have. I put my trust, let me never be put to confufion. Pfal. xxxi. 1.

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