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passages from the Psalms and Scriptures, have been chosen as best adapted to awaken attention, affect the heart, and cherish a sound and practical religious spirit, in members of families whose necessary duties and avocations only admit of their devoting a very limited portion of their time to the purposes of holy meditation and family prayer.

London, July 1st, 1838.


EVEN as the needle that directs the hour
Touch'd with the loadstone, by the secret power
Of hidden nature, points upon the Pole;
Even so, the wavering powers of my soul,
Touch'd by the virtue of thy Spirit, flee
From what is earth, and point alone to Thee.
When I have faith to hold thee by the hand,
I walk securely, and methinks I stand
More firm than Atlas; but when I forsake
The safe protection of thine arm, I quake
Like wind-shaked reeds, and have no strength at

But like a vine, the prop cut down, I fall.




On the seventh day, God ended his work, which he had made, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Wherefore, remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest holy to the Lord. Hallow my sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. We will come before his presence with thanksgiving, and enter his courts with praise.

We will lift up our hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

We will praise the Lord with our whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Glory be to the Father, &c.


Most merciful God, whose goodness is great, and who delighteth in the conversion and salvation of sinners, we desire to present unto thee the sacrifice of a troubled spirit, of a broken and contrite heart; beseeching thee to purify our souls, and let thy free Spirit loose us from the bondage of sin, and establish us in the freedom and liberty of the sons of God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Then shall all repeat



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