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do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.”

Almighty God, open thou our understandings that we may understand the Scriptures, and see wondrous things out of thy law. Take the veil from our hearts, that we may behold the glory of thy perfections in the face of Jesus Christ.

Grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying of our corrupt affections, we may be buried with him. Mercifully grant such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure.

Make our souls, O! Lord, as a weaned child; weaned from all creature dependences; and trusting wholly in the atonement, righteousness, and intercession of thy beloved Son. Pardon our sins, and purify our souls ever more and more; that living in a growing conformity to thy will, we may daily be preparing for the enjoyment of thyself in heavenly glory.

Extend these thine inestimable blessings, most gracious Father, to all our brethren of mankind, till all the earth shall resound thy praise, and be filled with thy glory.

Holy Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
Source of pure seraphic love;
Warm my heart with holy fire,
Kindle every pure desire.
Fountain thoi of ev'ry good,
Wash me in the Saviour's blood;
Graft me, Husbandman divine,
Into Christ, the living vine.

Come, thou south wind, gently blow,
Till the garden spices flow;
O beloved, at my suit,
Come, and eat thy pleasint fruit.

May thy work of grace appear,
Through each season of the year; .
Let no with’ring leaf be seen;
Make me, Lord, an evergreen.

Cause the fruits of grace to grow,
Clust'ring on thy plant below;
Till each fruit in worlds above
Ripen through eternal love.

All the praise, O Lord, be thine,
Be the blessing ever mine;
Mine, thy goodness to adore,
Thine, the glory evermore.




The following thoughts “ On growth in grace,” were suggested to the Author, during a tour into the south, in the early part of this year, on reading a small work of the late Dr Hawker's, containing a chapter on Sanctifcation, from which the extracts, coinmented upon, are taken.

As truth should be the sole object of our search; and as that search should be made in a spirit of love, with prayer for divine illumination; so the Author humbly hopes that his motives for appending these thoughts to the third edition of this work, have been guided by a spirit of Christian charity.

That the truth as it is in Jesus may ever be exhibited in all its fair proportions, by those who recommend its claims to universal acceptance, is the sincere desire of one, who feels himself to be the weakest advocate in its sacred cause.

May 5, 1828.

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