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the multitude to cry out at once, away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas. What was this but to say, destroy the innocent, and give us a traitor and a thief? away with the prince of peace and universal charity, and leave unto us the author of fedition: put him to 'death who has raised up the dead before us, and give unto us a known murtherer.
8. But what hast thou done, Othou lamb of God? and how hast thou deserved, thou saviour of the world, to bethusexposed, vilified, and tormented? what is thy crime, and the cause of thy grief? what is it that has laid thee on the altar of the cross, naked, bleeding,tortured and dying? the Lord has laid on thee the iniquities of us all: thou art wounded for our transgressions: thou art bruised for our fins: the chastisement of our peace is upon thee; and by thy stripes we are healed. "! 9. Sing then, all you dear-bought nationis of the earth, sing hymns of glory to the only Fefus; let every one break forth into finging, who pretends to felicity; sing praises to the God of our salvation; to him, who for us endured so much scorn, and patiently received fo many injuries; to him, who fór us sweat drops of blood, and drank of the dregs of his
father's wrath; to the eternal Lord of heaven and earth, who for us was slain by the hands of the wicked; who for us was led a way as a sheep to the slaughter; and meek as a lamb, opened not his mouth. A prayer on Friday morning, acknowledging our
own frailty, and imploring God's grace, thro the merits of the pasion of bis son Jesus Chrift. Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness : according to the multitude of thy mercies, do away mine of
Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my fin. For I acknowledge my faults; and my sin is ever before me. Pfalm li. 1, 2, 3.
Most O great and glorious Lord God, juft
and terrible in thy judgments to all obstinate rebellious finners, but of infinite mercy to such as truly repent, and turn unto thee; look down, I befeech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon me, who now present myfelf before thee, acknowledging that I am not worthy to lift up mine eyes to the throne of thy glorious majesty. O Lord, my fins are so many and so great, that it is owing to thy infinite goodness and mercy, that I have now an opportunity of humbling myself before thee, and begging mercy for my soul, which, I confess, has greatly sinned against thee. For I still fear, I have too great a desire
after the things of this world; too great a fondness for the profits and pleasures of it. And tho' I am fully persuaded, that it is my happiness and privilege, as well as my duty to love and ferve thee; yet I am very apt to forget thee, and to grow careless and remiss in that great and important work which thou haft given me to do. My devotion to thee is many times cold and languid; my prayers are full of wanderings, deadness, and diItractions, and the very best of my religious duties are accompanied with so many failings and imperfections, that I have great cause to humble myself before thee.
O Lord, I have no hope but in thy mercy, and the infinite merits and passions of my dear redeemer : and if thou rejectelt me, I am loft and undone for ever. Therefore rémember that I am but dust, and turn not thy face from me, nor cast thy fervant àway in displeasure'; let the intercessions of thy beloved son prevail in my behalf: and for the fakeof his meritorious death and passion, for all that he has done, and all that he has suf. fered for me, have mercy upon me. .
O Lord, pardon and forgive; I most eart nestly and unfeignedly beseech thee, all the fins and follies of my life past; especially, O
my God; lay not to my charge those fins (Hers
this, O merciful father, thro'the merits, and for the sake, of the same thy dear son, and my bleffed saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Here observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to improve your soul by reading a lesson out of the Acto WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 4. Section I.
Now, my fouil, thy deareft Lord is ta
The Meditation for Friday Evening.
the facrament of the Lord's fupper.
that we being dead to fin should live unto righteousness : by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter ii. 21, 24.
, . ken down from the cross; let us by the eye of faith and reason look nearer upon him: O what a man of sorrows, what a dole ful spectacle do we behold! how pale, how wan, and extenuated, how mournful and doleful is his face! his eyes are sunk, his temples are furrowed with the thorns. Othe gathes and deep wounds of his shoulders and back," opened all with stripes! O the wide rendings of his hands and feet! his empty veins, his stretched-out sinews, his rankled Hesh, how flaggy with stripes, how begored with blood! his hair clotted, and his whole