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them from falling, that they may in due time appear in thy glorious presence with exceeding joy. And grant, О heavenly, most holy and most gracious Father ! grant that thy unworthy servant, having preached to others, may not himself be a caft-away! May he with them, tho' so unworthy of thy favourable regards, yet thro' thy unutterable love and grace in Christ Jesus, be found at last at his right hand, whom thou haft made the Lord and Judge of all. With them, and with thy unworthy, tho' not wholly unfaithful servant, it is a very small thing that they should be judged of man's judgment, or have their names cast out as evil : He that judgeth them, and all, whose judgment is at once true, impartial and decisive, is the Lord.

In that great day, therefore, O my God! when the stars of heaven shall fall to the earth, even as a fig-tree shaketh her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty' wind; when the heavens shall depart as a fcroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island shall be moved out of their places; when the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bond-man, and every free-man; when all who have killed, persecuted, or maliciously condemned the just ; when all who have rejected and disobeyed 'thy facred word, or knowingly perverted it, thro' the love or fear of this present world, hall hide themselv es in


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; and shall say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Hini that fitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: In that great day, O my God! may thy most unworthy servant, may these young men, may all that are here assembled in thy house of prayer, of whatever age, sex or degree, having believed and obeyed thy truth in fimplicity, the truth as it is in Jesus, have great peace and boldness! May even the least of them have then no occafion to“ hide " chemselves in the dens and in the rocks of " the mountains; or to say to the mountains

and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from “ the face of him that sitteth upon the throne, " and from the wrath of the Lamb !" 0 grant that, in that day, the least as well as greatest of us may lift up our heads with joy; knowing that He who loved us, and whom not having before seen we loved, together with our complete redemption, is come: And may, with the general assembly, the church of the first born, and the innumerable company of angels, with loud, joyful and triumphano voices, ascribe blessing, and honor, and glory, and power unto Him that fitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. For worthy, O GREATEST and Best of Beings! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us unto God by his blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory and blessing AMEN!

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