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It is better to trust in the Lord: than to put any confidence in princes.
All nations compassed me round about: but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I say, on every side : but in the Name of the Lord 'will I destroy them.
They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns: for in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them.
Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall: but the Lord was my help.
The Lord is my strength, and my song: and is become my salvation.
The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous : the right Hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to
The right Hand of the Lord hath the pre-eminence : the right Hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.
I shall not die, but live : and declare the works of the Lord.
The Lord hath chastened and corrected me : but He hath, not given me over unto death.
Open me the gates of righteousness : that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord : the righteous shall enter into it.
I will thank Thee, for Thou hast heard me : and art become my salvation.
The same stone which the builders refused : is become the Head-stone in the corner.
This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord hath made : we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Help me now, O Lord : O Lord, send us now prosperity.
Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of the Lord : we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lo*rd.
God is the Lord Who hath shewed us light : bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
Thou art my God, and I will thank Thee: Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is gracious : and His mercy endureth for ever.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.
SATURDAY IN ADVENT.
"An angel came down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand .... And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth."—Rev. xx. 1; xxi. 1.
"One day in Thy courts is better than a thousand;" and what shall it be to dwell for ever therein!" Come, eat, and drink, and be filled, My beloved," saith the King of Heaven. "This feast of Mine shall never be ended, there shall come no sorrow after it." O life of lives, surpassing all life! O life blessed for evermore! O the greatness and goodness of God, Who hath prepared such heavenly mansions and such glorious things for the humble and lowly of heart who serve Him. My soul thirsteth after Thee, my God: I will behold Thy Face in righteousness, for in Thy Presence is fulness of joy, and at Thy Right Hand there are pleasures for evermore. Whatsoever I can wish for is present with Thee; whatsoever can be desired is in Thee in abundance; Thou shalt make me drink of the rivers of Thy pleasures; for with Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy Light I shall see light. What will it be to
see Thee in Thyself, and Thee in me, and myself in Thee, living in everlasting felicity, and enjoying Thy beatific Vision for evermore? I will therefore trust in Thee, my Lord God, for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah there is everlasting happiness, and joy without end.
O my soul, listen with all thy powers for the most sweet Voice of Christ, calling thee to imitate His life, that thou mayest at length hear Him call thee to receive thy crown in Heaven.
So great is the joy of the celestial paradise, that it wholly fills and embraces the blessed souls which enter into Heaven, as into an immense sea of pleasure and delight. The joys of earth enter into our hearts, but fill them not, because the capacity of man's heart is greater than they can satisfy; but the joys of Heaven prepared for the blessed, enter into them, and fill and overflow them in all parts. Let us, therefore, rejoice, unto whom so great blessings are promised; let us rejoice that Heaven was made for us, and let this hope banish all sadness from our hearts; let those grieve and lament who have no hope of Heaven, not those unto whom Christ hath promised the blessedness of His Glory.
O Father of Light, grant me the light of Thy Glory, that one day I may clearly
see that which I now believe by the light of Faith. O Eternal Word, bestow Thyself upon me, that I may possess in Heaven that which I see by faith upon earth. O Holy Ghost, make me partaker of Thine infinite Beauty, to the end that I may one day enjoy that which Thou hast taught me to long after. Lord, I am wholly Thine, be Thou wholly mine; Thou art my eternity; Thou art my salvation and hope; when shall I see the happy day in which I may appear in Thy heavenly mansion, to eat and drink in Thy kingdom, and behold Thy Majesty for ever? O Thou bright Star of the East, let Thy eternal Light shine into my soul and disperse all earthly mists. Grant, Lord, that my hopes being all stored up with Thee, I may not seek to rest in the passing joys of this life, even as the dove of the l)eluge could not rest upon the waters. O my God, Thou art my only Hope—to Thee be glory, honour, and thanksgiving, now and for ever. Amen. But my soul, neither must thou forget that if through thy guiltiness, thou dost lose that Heaven, which thy Saviour died to win for thee, thou must then suffer for ever in hell. Therefore cast thyself low before thy God, Whom thou hast so often offended, and Who is awful in His Justice, as well as Loving and Merciful, and say,