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_; '. 30

The Life

of

GOD

But now,

that

I

tnay

leflen

your

trouble

of reading a letter,

by

making fome paufes

in

it,

let

n1e here

fubjoin a

prayer

that

might be proper

when

one who

had

for–

n1erl

y

entertained fame

falie

notions of

religion, begins to difcover what

it

is.

· A

PRAY

E ·R.

I

Nfini!f and

eternal Majefly, author ·an·d

fountain

of

being and blejfednejs, how

.

little

do

we poor (iujul creatures know of' –

thee, or the way to fer7Je and p t'eq(e thee·!

l!7e talk

of

religion, and pretend

tmto

it:

but a

1

as

!

how Jew are there that know and

confider rz,vhat it memzs! I-Iow ea_fily

do

we

rniflake the ajfoflions

of

our na.ture, and

i_f

foes

of

j elf-love,

.for

thofi

di ,vine grace.F

~which

alo1;e can rBnder

us

acceptable

in

thy

fig·ht.! It

77UI.J

jziflly

<-[[,rie'"ue

nie,

to confider,

that l _f!Jott .'d have wandered

fo

long, and

contented rny

Je

ffl

often r-u.;ith

va111

fladows

rmd

jalje

imat,

es of piety a.nd religifJn: yet

I

caimo:t~

but ackno·wledg·e ·

and

adore thy good"–

nejs:,

?.JJhrJ

ha_(f,

been pleajed

in

j6me mea/ure

,

to rjpen rnine eyes, and fetrr..e jee -what

it

i.J

at

rz,vhich

I eught

fr;

aim.

I

rejoice ·

to

con–

fider w,hat mzf!,hty improvements

m_,Y

nature

is capable

of,

and what

a

di·vine temper

of

j

(j;ir.it

dojhine in

thofe whom thou

art

plea[-

.

ed

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