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certain in its own Aets, praying one way, and defiring another, wandring and imperfect, loose and various, worshipping God, and entertaining Sin, following what it hates, and running from what it flatters, loving to be tempted and betrayed ; petulant like a wanton Girl, running from, that it might invite the Fondness, and enrage the Appetite of the foolish young Man, or the evil Temptation that follows it ; cold and indifferent one while, and presently zealous and passionate, furious and indiscreet; not understood of itself, or any one else; and deceitful beyond all the arts and numbers of Observation. 8. That it is certain we have highly finned against God, but we are not to certain that our Repentance is real and effective, integral and fufficient. 9. That it is not revealed to us whether or no the time of our Repentance be not past; or if it be not, yet how far God will give us Pardon, or upon what Condition, or after what Sufferings or Duties, is still under a Cloud. 10. That Virtue and Vice are oftentimes fo near Neighbours, that we pass into each others Borders without Observation, and think we do Justice when we are cruel, of call our seļves liberal when we are loose and foolish in Expènces, and are amorous when we commend our own Civilities and good Nature. 11. That we allow to our selves so many little Irregularities, that insensibly they swell to so great a Heap, that from thence we have reason to fear an Evil: For an Army of Frogs and Flies may destroy all the Hopes of our Harvest, 12. That when we do that which is lawful, and do all that we can in those Bounds, we commonly and easily run out of our Proportions. 13. That it is not easy to distinguish the Virtues of our Nature from the Virtues of our Choice; and we may expect the Reward of Temperance, when it is against our Nature to be drunk; or we may hope to have the Coronet of Virgins for our morose Disposition, or our Abstinence from Marriage upon secular Ends. 14. That it may be we call 'every little Sigh or the keeping a Fith-day the Duty of Repentance, or have entertained falfe Principles in the estimate and measures of Virtue; and, contrary
to that Steward in the Gospel, we write down Fourscore when we should set dowh but fifty. 15. That it is better to trust the Goodness and Justice of God with our Accounts, than to offer him large Bills. 16. That we are commanded by Christ to fit down in the lowest Place, till the Master of the House bids us fit up higher. 17. That when we have done all that we can, we are unprofitable Servants : And yet no Man does alí that he can do; and therefore is more to be despised and undervalued. 18. That the self-accusing Publican was justified rather than the thanksgiving and confident Pharisee. 19. That if Adam in Paradise, and David in his House, and Solomon in the Temple, and Peter in Chrilt's Family, and Judas in the College of Apostles, and Nicolas among the Deacons, and the Angels in Heaven it self did fall so foully and dishonestly; then it is prudent Advice that we be not high-minded, but fear, and when we stand most confidently, take heed left we fall : And yet there is nothing so likely to make us fall as Pride and great Opinions, which ruined the Angels, which God refifts, which all Men despise, and which betrays us into Carelesness, and a wretchless, undifcerning and unwary Spirit.
4. Now the main parts of the Ecclesiastical Ministery are done, and that which remains is, that the Minister pray over him, and re-mind him to do good Actions as he is capable; * to call upon God for Pardon, * to put his whole Trust in him, * to resign himself to God's disposing,
to be patient and even, to renounce every ill Word, or Thought, or undecent A&tion, which the Violence of his Sickness may cause in him, * to beg of God to give him his holy Spirit to guide him in his Agony, and * his holy Angels to guard him in his Passage.
5. Whatsoever is besides this concerns the Standersby?* That they do all in their Ministeries diligently and temperately; * that they join with much Charity and Devotion in the Prayer of the Minister ; * that they make no Out-cries or Exclamations in the departure of the Soul'; * and that they make no Judgment
concerning the dying Person, by his dying quietly or violently, with Comfort or without, with great Fears or a chearful Confidence, with Sense or without, like a Lamb or a Lion, with Convulsions or Semblances of great Pain, or like an expiring and a spent Candle: for these happen to all Men, without Rule, without any known Reason, but according as God pleases to dispense the Grace or the Punishment, for Reasons only known to himself. Let us lay our Hands upon our Mouth, and adore the Mysteries of the Divine Wisdom and Providence, and pray to God to give the dying Man Rest and Pardon, and to our selyes Grace to live well, and the Blefling of a holy and happy Death.
S E C T. VII. Offices to be said by the Minister, in his Vifitation
of the Sick.
N the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the
I Holy Ghome of
Our Father, which art Heaven, &c.
Let the Priest say this Prayer secretly :
haft constituted a Miniftery in the Church to glorifie thy Name, and to serve in the Affittance of those that come to thee, profeffing thy Discipline and Service; give Grace to me the unworthielt of thy Servants, that I in this my Ministry, may purely and zealously intend thy Glory, and effe&tually may minister Comfort and Advantages to his fick Person, (whom God affoil from all this Offences :) and grant that nothing of thy Grace may perifh to him by the Unworthiness of the Minister ; but let thy Spirit speak by me, and give me Prudence and Charity, Wirdom and Diligence, good Observation and apt Difcourses, a certain Judgment and merciful Difpensation, that the Sout of thy Servant may pass from this ftate of Imperfection to the Perfections of the state of Glory, through thy Mercies, O. eternal Jefus. Amen.
OUT of the Depths have. I cried unto thee, Lord. Pfal.130. to the Voice of my Supplications.
If thou, Lord, sbouldest mark Iniquities, O Lord, who fbould stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayst
I wait for the Lord, my Soul doth wait; and in his
My Soul waiteth for the Lord, more than they that
Let Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is Mercy, and with him is plenteous Redemption,
And be pall redeem his Servants from all their Iniquities.
Wherefore all I fear in the Days of Evil, when the Pf. 49.5. Wickedness of my Heels fall compass me about?
* No Man can by any means redeem his Brother, nor 7, give to God a Ransom for him.
(For the Redemption of their Soul is precious, and it 8,
That be should fill live for ever, and not see Cora 9,
15. Grave: For he shall receive me.
As for me, I will behold thy Face in Righteousness: IPs.17.15. jhall be satisfied when I awake in thy Likeness.
Thou shalt few me the Path of Life : In tby Presence Pf.16.11.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Let us pray:
Lmighty God, Father of Mercies, the God of
Peace and Comfort, of Rest and Pardon, we thy Servants, though unworthy to pray to thee, yet , in Duty to thee, and Charity to our Brother, humbly beg Mercy of thee for him, to descend upon his Body and his Soul; one Sinner, O Lord, for another, the miferable for the affiicted, the poor for him that is in need : But thou givest thy Graces and thy Favours by the measures of thy own Mercies, and in Proportion to our Necessities. We humbly come to thee in the Name of Jesus, for the merit of our Saviour, and the mercies of our God, praying thee to pardon the Sins of this thy Servant, and to put them all upon the Accounts of the Cross, and to bury them in the Grave of Jesus, that they may never rise up in Judgment against thy Servant, nor břing him to shame and confusion of Face in the Day of final Inquiry and Sentence. Amen.
Ive thy Servant Patience in his Sorrows, Comfort
in this his Sickness, and restore him to Health, if it seems good to thee, in order to thy great Ends, and his greatest Interest." And however thou halt determine concerning him in this Affair , yet make his Repentance perfe&, and his Passage fafé, and his Faith ftrong, and his Hope modest and confident ; that when thou Malt call his Soul from the Prison of the Body, it may enter into the Securities and Rest of the Sons of God, in the Bosom of Blessedness, and the Custodies of Jesus. Amen.
III. THO "Hou, O Lord, knowest all the Necefsities and all
the Infirmities of thy Servant: Fortifie his Spirit with spiritual Joys and perfect Resignation, and take from him all degrees of inordinate or insecure Affe&tions to this world, and enlarge his Heart with Defires of being with thee, and of freedom from Sins, and fruition of God.