Another preparation of the hart before euening praier in the Church.
LORD behold, mine hart is at this present readie to sing praises more and more vnto thee, and againe and againe to render vnto thee woorthie thanks here now in the assemblie of Saints. Onelie I desire thee to hallowe vs from heauen thy dwel∣ling place, & powre downe vpon vs thy holie sanctifieng spirit, which may so wholie pos∣sesse our soules, and preserue vs from all euill cogita∣tions, and motions of sinne and iniquitie, that we may hallowe thy name this euening, and euermore in all Page 422 things, flowe in thy word, render the sacrifice of praise and thankes-giuing vnto thee, and worship thee onelie in spirit and truth, as our God most mightie in heauen and earth, our righteous maker, and the worker of all goodnesse, in all such as beleeue in thee.
A cleane hart, O God, make thou in me; restore in me a willing and a right spirit; denie me not the holie Ghost. For of my selfe I can performe nothing that is good. Blesse me therefore, O benigne Lord, and indue me plentifullie with thy grace; to the intent I may offer the acceptable euening sacrifice of thankes-gi∣uing, (for nothing else verelie requirest thou) and with glad semblance imbrace and celebrate thy righteous∣nesse, espied in the releasing & forgiuing of my sinnes.
Giue mee of thy goodnesse to this end, that I may continuallie praise thy Maiestie daie and night, with mysticall Psalmes, & spirituall songs. Be thou euer∣more working through thy holie spirit in me, (which presentlie keepeth the godlie rest of the new Saboth) such things as be allowed and pleasant vnto thee; least at anie time cleauing to superstition and hypocrisie, I doo worship thee amisse: but fill my hart with grace, and stuffe it with sweetnesse of spirit, euen as my bodie is stuffed with abundance of meats. Lord rid me out of mine vngodlinesse, plucke from me mine ignorance of thee, banish my slothfulnesse of insearching thee. Compell my flesh through thy spirit to his bounden dutie and obedience, and bring to passe that I may now & alwaies applie my selfe wholie, without weari∣nesse and drinesse of mind, vnto the right sincere wor∣shipping and seruing of thee, here in thy presence. O Lord, open thou my lips, and then shall my mouth ex∣toll thy renowmed name, and publish thy praise, not with fained lips, but with a full glad hart, lustie sto∣mach, and quicke spirit, and saie with the congregati∣on: Our Father, &c. As at euening praier in the Church.