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Hen we have craved audience, and opened

our way to the throne of grace by the foregoing humble and importunate Invocation, we proceed to make our more Particular Requests, and because the Evils which are inflicted on us or impendent over us do most affect us, we must first desire to be delivered froin them, before we can with a serene mind petition for good things. The first step towards felicity being freedom from Evil, the first part of Litany is for deliverance, which is properly called Deprecation, that is, A Supplication for the Removal of some grievous things (a), which (a) 1Tim.ji. 1.A:some make the first of those kinds ons

σης -- ικατερίαν of Prayer prescribed by St. Paul in meerpe poubólus lao that Direction, 1 Tini, ji. I. And dranagas mirar doubtless is one of the most natu- autupov.Theoph. ral and neceffary Parts of Litany, which is made principally for Deliverance from Sinand Misery (as was thewed before): So that we may be sure none of the Antient forms want this Part, the Greek Offices have one part of their Supplications, beginning with these words, For our Deliverance from, &c. (b). But the Latin (b)froip to pure Church (6), till the Corruption of slim sipažs their Litany by the putting in the Names of the Saints, proceeded in


(c) Abomni malo lje the same manner as we do; al

bera nos Domine. Mill. though the petitions are not the i get the form of asking is,


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beginning with From, &c.and the Answer being Dell ver us D Lojd ; concerning which last Words they are the proper Words of this part of the Litany, and were first taken either from David's Pfalms, Psal.lix.1,2. and lxxix.9, c. or else more probably from Our Saviour's great Pattern of Devotion, for this is no more bụt a larger Paraphrase of Deliver us from evtl, reckoning up

all the Evils which are included under that general Petition: And if we consider the Estate of the Church or own Condition in this world, we shall find no Part of our Devotion more agreeing to our circumstances, for we are alwayes either in Danger or in Misery, there is Va

riety but no total Cessation (d): (d)'O BIO ény- Nor is any one so happy at any time, Jos ó Bio eta as to have no need of this, Good Evu popi. Eurip. Loyd Deliver as: For these words

are here used with reference either to the Evil of Sin,and then they crave Remission of the Guilt, and rescue from the Dominion thercof, that we may be delivered by pardon of it, and by freedom from it : Orelse they are applyed to the Evil of Punishment, which if it be bút Coming, Deliver us, signifies our defire it may be prevented, if it be upon' us already, it is a Request, for the taking the Evil away ; So that all of us, have need always to use it with great Devotion, and for the particular Evils, Our Church hath here put them into a better Method than any Litany in the world ever had so that their curious Order is enough to recommendiliem, if they wanted other Excellencies, as the Reader will see in this Table.


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A Practical Discourse upon the Deprecations.

III. Remember not D Loid our offences, noz the

offences of our Foze-fathers, netther take jon Mengeance of our sing. Spare us Good Lojd, pare the people whom thoa bat redeemed with the 1olt pzectous Blood, and be not angrp with us for en


Answ. Spare us good Lord.] This Petition is placed in the front, as well because tis most general, as because it is almost the very words f Scripture, being collected out of Psal. Ixxix.8. Joel 1.17.11a.lxiv.9. and Pfal.lxxix.5. and altogether makes up a most excellent form by which we may beg the Dirine forbearance, for our requests must ascend by dezrees, and before we advance so high as to ask a perect deliverance, we should first desire to be spared ; and how can we do that better then in that of David, Psal. xxix.8. Remember not against us former Iniquities; Or i the Margent reads ( and the best Interpreters exbund) The Iniquities of them that tere before us (e), viz. The Ini- (e) Antiquarum-uitics of our Fore-fathers : Thus id eft,à parentibus vohe Jewish Church prayed of old, Psal.79.

nientium. Aug. in cause God had threatned to visit

Iniquitates priorum ic Sins of the Fathers upon the temporum vel bomihildren, Exod.xx.5. and they be- num, R. D.K. ita

Hammond Paraphr. ve he frequently did so, for in

(f) Ezek. xviii. 2. e Babylonilh Captivity, they Chal.Paraph. Patres ought they did suffer for their peccant,filii v.ipulant. Ithers Sins (f), and they affirm vid. Dan. ix. 16.

Thren.v.7. om that threatning, Exod.xxxii. That there is no Judgment upon Israel, wherein


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