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serve and adore Thee, with the utmost vigour both of soul and body. And I humbly implore Thee, to bestow on me every grace and every virtue, that may render me acceptable to Thee, and worthy of Thy service.
"Pardon, I beseech Thee, all the sins and offences of my past life, for the sake of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ; and be pleased to bestow upon me a steadfast faith, an ardent love, an humble and perfect obedience, and a will most absolutely under the guidance of Thy Divine Will; to which I beg that I may be ever perfectly subservient, with all readiness and cheerfulness. And should any action of my life or thought of my heart be in the least contradictory to Thy will, I heartily renounce that and myself.
My gracious God, as I could not have taken this resolution without Thy particular mercy, so I know I never shall be able to maintain it without Thy continual assistance; grant, therefore, of Thy great mercy, that I may entirely overcome all my passions, and contract and draw all my affections into one constant and overflowing stream of love to Thee. Let neither the world, nor life itself, be ever able to withdraw the least part of them from that channel; but as all my thoughts and actions are continually before Thee, so I humbly beseech Thee, may they never be unworthy of Thy Divine. presence, for Jesus' sake, Thy blessed Son, my merciful Redeemer. Amen."
Mr. Hey spent the day. In allusion to some of the nonsensical speeches which were made by a
number of very forward and very young men, at the meeting of the Bible Society at Devizes, he made the following shrewd remark: If I had attended the meeting, (says he) I would have made but a very short speech, and it should have been this-Gentlemen, in my way hither I passed through a corn-field, and I observed that all the ears of corn which were full, were heavy and bowed their heads down; but all the ears which were light, having nothing in them-stood bolt upright."
"Prayer, unaccompanied with fervent love towards God, is like a lamp unlighted the words of prayer without love, being as unprofitable as the oil and cotton of the other, without the flame.' O Lord! grant, I beseech Thee, unto thy servant, that true spirit of prayer, which can alone render it acceptable at the throne of grace, and profitable to myself that my heart and affections being thine, I may by degrees become so wholly thine, as finally to be in a fit condition, through thy sanctifying spirit, to dwell with Thee in glory. Amen.
Spent the morning with my old friend at Steeple-Ashton. He related to us a droll anecdote, about a young man who was passing an examination with him at Cambridge. Mr. Hey's
question was, how many senses are there?' to which the young man answered, seven. 'Pray what are they?' 'Why, Sir, (rejoined the young man) there is common sense,' &c. • Oh! Sir, (replied Mr. Hey) that's enough, you'll do if you have common sense, we need not enquire farther.""
On recovering from illness-1815.
"Better thank God-suffer not, O Lord, these warnings to be lost upon me, but grant that they may prove preparatory to that important hour when it shall please Thee to call me hence. 0 blessed Lord, let Thy good spirit do his perfect work in me; that being cleansed and purified from all filthiness, of flesh and spirit, I may, through the merits of that dear Saviour who died for me, be admitted to dwell with Thee in glory-even so, blessed Lord, for Jesus' sake. Amen."
If by shutting death out of our thoughts, we could at the same time put this enemy of our nature further from us, there would be some reason in the attempt-but if, by meditating on death, we
become better prepared to meet him, at the same time that we do not thereby bring him nearer to us than he otherwise would be--such an employment well becomes the character of a reasonable man."
On the ways of Providence.
"There may well be mysteries in providence, as well as in faith-but then the same humility that obliges us to believe the one, though above our comprehension, obliges us to submit to the other-and that for the very same reason.'
"Preached at Christ Church, after a confinement of more than a month-good Mr. Bowles dined with me.
"Blessed, O Lord, be thy holy name, for this Thy seasonable and gracious visitation-grant that it may be productive of its desired effect; that I may henceforth serve Thee more acceptably than hitherto I have done, by walking before Thee in holiness and pureness of living--that considering how uncertain my time is, every day of that life which Thou shalt see fit to grant unto me, may bring me every day nearer and nearer unto Theethat whilst I live, I may live unto Thy glory; and when I die, I may die in Thy favour-that whether I live or die, I may be wholly thine, henceforth and for ever-even so, O gracious Lord God, for Jesus' sake, Amen--and Amen.”
On Charity and Humility.
"Let every man who feels inclined to be proud, as unhappily at times most men do, read the fifth chapter of Norris's Treatise on Humility, in which the necessity of humility is considered-and through grace, he will be proud no longer. Grant, O Lord, that thy servant may learn the lesson which the blessed Jesus came into the world to teach, and which he so fully exemplified in himself --that by treading in his steps, he may, through His grace, find rest unto his soul. Amen, O gracious Lord, for Jesus's sake."
"The gate of heaven (says the excellent Norris) is low it seems, as well as straight-and we must stoop down, and bend ourselves, even to the dimensions of a child, or else there is no entering in at it.'
"O Lord, grant unto thy servant that humility, which may recommend me to thy grace and favour. The Lord resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble."
"He is truly great (said pious Bishop Taylor) that is great in charity and little in himself' Grant, O Lord, unto thy servant, unworthy as I am, that portion of Thy all-sufficient grace, which may enable me to become so. Amen, for Jesus' sake, Amen."
"O Thou adorable Advocate with the Father,