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and allift me that I may bring them to effect. And when thou shalt finally call me to another state, receive me to everlasting happiness, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen,
18th Sept. 1784. Ashbourn. A LMIGHTY God, merciful Father, who art the
giver of all good, enable me to rèturn thee due thanks for the continuance of my life, and for the great mercies of the last year, for relief from the diseases that afficted me, and all the comforts and alleviations by which they were mitigated : and, O my gracious God, make me truly thankful for the call by which thou hast awakened my conscience, and summoned me to repentance. Let not thy call, O Lord, be forgotten, or thy summons neglected; but let the residue of my life, whatever it shall be, be passed in due contrition and diligent obedience. Let me repent of the sins of my past years, and so keep thy laws for the time to come, that when it shall be thy good pleasure to call me to another state, I may find mercy in thy sight. Let thy Holy Spirit support me in the hour of death; and, O Lord, grant me pardon in the day of judginent, for the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
5th Dec. 1784. ALMIGHTY and moft merciful Father, I am
now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate for the last time, the death of thy Son Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, Vol. XI.
O Lord, that my whole hope and confidence may be in his merits and in thy mercy. Forgive and accept my late conversion; enforce and accept my imperfect repentance; make this commemoration available to the confirmation of my faith, the establishment of my hope, and the enlargement of my charity; and make the death of thy Son Jesus Christ effectual to my redemption. Have mercy upon me, and pardon the multitude of my offences. Bless my friends; have mercy upon all men. Support me by the grace of thy Holy Spirit in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death; and receive me at my death to everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen,
R. Johnson said he always mistrusted roman
tick virtue, as thinking it founded on no fixed principle.
He used to say, that where secrecy or mystery began, vice or roguery was not far off; and that he leads, in general an ill life, who stands in fear of no man's observation.
When a friend of his who had not been very lucky in his first wife, married a second, he said Alas! another instance of the triumph of hope over experience.
Of Sheridan's writings on Elocution, he said, they were a continual renovation of hope, and an unvaried succession of disappointments.
Of musick, he said, - It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
He used to say, that no man read long together with a folio on his table:-Books, said he, that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.--He would say, such books form the man of general and easy reading.