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P

A

RT

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

30

with

in

It

were

Tedious

tonumber the

half of

its on iflions.

And

it

is

exceeding

difòrderly, following no juft

Rules

of

method

:

Having

begged

pardonof

our

fins,

and deprecated vengeance,

itproceedethto

Evil

in

general,

and force few

Sins na

particular,

and thence to

a

more particular enumeration

of

`fadgments;

and thence

to the recitation

of

the parts

of

that Work

ofour

Redemption,

and thence

to

the de-

precation

of

yudgments

again,

and

thence

to Prayers for the

King

and

Magiftrates,

andthen

for

all

Nations,

and thenfor

Love and

Obedience,

and

then for tèveral

ftates

of

men,

and then for all

men,

and for

Enemies,

and then

for

the

Fruits of

the

Earth

,

and

then for

Repentance,

Forgiveneil

and Grace

again, and then turneth toRepetitions

of

the

fame

Petitions

for

Pardon

and

Mercy,

andafier the

Lord's

Prayer, returneth to

the

fame

requeft again.

Next

this,

in the midft

of Prayer,it

repeateth.[Let

us

pray].

Next

is

a

Prayer againft

Adverfisy

and

Perfecutions

,

which

was

done

before

:

and

both here

and

through

the

reft

of

the.

Prayers,

thedeprecation'of

bodily

Wiring

hath

very much

too

-large

a

proportion,

while

f

drituals

are too

generally

and

briefly

touch=

ed

;

which

is

unbefeeming the

Chords

of Chrift, which

mindech

not the things

of

the'flefh

but of

the

e:rit,

Rom.ß.s,6,7.

Next

folidweth

a reduplicate Petitionthat God would

[arife and

help

no

and

deliver

us] with

an interpofed

Argument from

his

Ancient

Works

:

which

comes

in with-

out

any

reafòn or

order,and

is

the

fame

that

was

before petitioned

;

and

feems

to be

fined

to force fpecial diftrefs

or danger

of

the

Church, and yet mentioneth not that

diftrefs or

danger

;

and

is

to

be ufed equally

in the

profperity

of

the Church.

Next

this followeth

the Doxology,

as

if

we were

concluding and

then

we

go

on

to the

fame

Re_quefts

fo oft beforerepeated, for deliverance from [efiffions and

for-

rows

1,

though perhaps

it

be not a time

of

Adliaîion with

us,

but

of Joy

:

and

fo

it

proceeds

to

ask forgivenefl,

fo often asked,

and then

four time repeats the

Pe-

tition

for

Audience,

when we draw near an

end,

and

twice

repeats

the general

Pe-

"e

tition for

Mercy.

Next

this, while

we

are praying,

we again

fay; Let

us pray.

And

then

again pray againtt deferved

Evils, and

for Holinefs in general, all out

of

any

order, and oft repeated, while abundance

of molt

weighty Particulars are never

mentioned.

Next

this

the

Prayer for

the

King

and the

Royal Family is

again re-

peated, which went before

:

If

that were

the due place,

why

Mould

not our

Pe-

titions

have been

there put in together for them ?but the

minds

of the

Churchare

thus tolled

up and down

like

the

Waves

of

the

Sea,

from one

thing

to another

and then

to

the

fluff

again

, without any regardto order,in the

prefence

of the God

of

Order.

Next

this,

the

Bifhops

and

Curates

are prayed for without the

Pariflo

Incumbent,

Presbyters,

or

elfe it's

intimated that

they

are

but the

Bifhops

Curates ,

or

elfe

they arc

called Bithops

themfelves; and no

Man

can

tell

certainly

which of

thefe

is

the

fence

:

And the

Preface

would

intimate to

the People, that

it

is

Tome

fpecial

great

marvel for Bithops

and

Curates to

have

Grace: And after

all this ,

there are

no

par-

ticular

petitions

for

them, according to the nature and neceiiìty

of

their Work,

or

of

their

Congregation, but only

thisone

General Requeft, that they may have

God's Grace and

Blefling

to

pleafe

him. Laftly (before the

Bleiliing)

is Chryftfo-

floor's

Prayer, meerly

for the

grantingof

our

Requefts,

with two Petitions,one for

Knowledge,

the other

for

Life Eternal.

The

following Prayers and Thankfgivings

on

particularextraordinary

Occafrons, are

(with theConfeflion

,

the Prayers for

the

King,

and

the Church

Militant)

the belt compofed

of

all

the daily Common

Prayers

:

But

that

thefe

Prayers and Thankl

ivings

are

all

placed after

the

Benedi-

&ion,

is

diforderly.

And

though

it's

molt

probable

that yet it

was

intended they

lhould

go before

it

in

ufe,

there

is

no

filch

thing

expreffed

in the Book. And thus

we

fee

how unlike

the

Litany

is

to the

Lord's Prayer,

andhow farfrom

all

juftOrder,

which

is

a

deformity

that

Tech

Holy

Works lhould

nbt be

guilty o£

r;.

The

like defettiveneß

and

diforder

is

in the Communion

Collebls

for

the Day.

That

for the

fiat

Sunday

in

Advent, bath

no Petition

for

any thing

in

this

Life,

but the

Generals

[

Te

Galt

away

the Works

of

Darkneß

and

put

on the

Armour

o

Light.

That

for

the

fecond Sunday

in

Advent

is a

very good

Prayer,

(

viz.

to learn

and

obey

the Scripture)

:

but

there

is

no

more reafon why

it

lhould be

appropriate to

that

day

than another, or rather

be

a

Common

Petition for

all

days.

The

fame

is

true

of

that

for

the third Sunday in Advent, which

begs

no more but

[bearing

oarprayers

and

lightning

our

darkneß].

As

little reafon

is

there

for

the appropriatingthat

for the fourth Sunday

in Advent

to that

day

:

which

is a

GeneraFKequeft,

that God

would

come

among Vi

andfaccow

a