The daily practice of devotion, or, The hours of prayer fitted to the main uses of a Christian life also lamentations and prayers for the peaceful re-settlement of this church and state / by the late pious and reverend H.H., D.D.

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The daily practice of devotion, or, The hours of prayer fitted to the main uses of a Christian life also lamentations and prayers for the peaceful re-settlement of this church and state / by the late pious and reverend H.H., D.D.
Hammond, Henry, 1605-1660.
London :: Printed for R. Royston ...,

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"The daily practice of devotion, or, The hours of prayer fitted to the main uses of a Christian life also lamentations and prayers for the peaceful re-settlement of this church and state / by the late pious and reverend H.H., D.D." In the digital collection Early English Books Online. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 23, 2024.



I. O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long? Why is thy Wrath so hot against the Sheep of thy pasture?

Remember the congregation which thou hast purchased of old; the lot of thine Inheritance, and this Mount Sion wherein thou hast dwelt.

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O God, the Heathen are come into thine In∣heritance: thy holy Temple have they defiled, and laid Jerusalem on heaps.

They have cast fire into thy Sanctuary, they have defiled the dwelling place of thy Name unto the ground.

We are become a re∣proach to our Neigh∣bours, a scorn and de∣rision to them that are round about us.

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry? shall thy jealousie burn like fire for ever?

O remember not our old sins: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us, for we are brought very low.

Help us, O God of our Salva∣tion, for the glory of thy Name; deliver us, and purge away our sins for thy Names sake.

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Wherefore should the Heathen say, whereis their God?

Remember this, O Lord, that the Enemy hath re∣proached, and the Foolish people have blasphemed, thy Name.

O deliver not the Soul of thy Turtle Dove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the Con∣gregation of thy poor for ever.

Have respect unto the Cove∣nant: for the dark places of the Earth are full of the habitations of Cruelty.

O let not the Oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy Name.

Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee dai∣ly.

Forget not the voice of thine Enemies: the noise of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

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II. HEar, O thou Shepherd of Is∣rael, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock: thou that dwellest between the Cherubims shew thy self.

O Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the Prayer of thy people?

Thou feedest them with the bread of weeping, and givest them plenty of tears to drink.

Thou makest us a strife unto our Neighbours, and our Ene∣mies laugh among themselves.

Turn us again, O God of Hosts, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

Thou hast brought a Vine out of E∣gypt; thou hast cast out the Heathen and planted it.

Thou preparedst the Soil be∣fore

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it, and didst cause it to take root and it filled the Land.

The Hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the goodly Cedars with the branches there∣of.

She sent out her Boughs into the Sea, and her Branches upon the River.

Why hast thou then broken down her Hedges, so that all they that pass by the way do spoil her?

The Boar out of the Wood doth waste it, and the Wild Beast of the Feild doth devour it.

Return, we beseech thee, O Lord of Hosts; look down from Heaven, behold and visit this Vine;

And the Root which thy Right Hand hath planted, and the Branch which thou madest strong for thy self.

Let thy Hand be up∣on the Man of thy Right Hand, upon the

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Son of Man whom thou madest strong for thy self.

So will not we go back from thee. Quicken us, and we will call upon thy Name.

Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts, cause thy face to shine, and we shall be whole.

III. O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us; thou hast also been displeased; O turn thee unto us again.

Thou hast made the Land to tremble; thou hast broken it: Heal the Breaches thereof, for it shaketh.

Thou hast shewed thy people heavy things; thou hast made us to drink the Wine of Astonish∣ment.

For thou hast for∣saken and abhorred thine Anointed, and

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hast been displeased at him.

Thou hast broken the Cove∣nant of thy Servant, and hast pro∣faned his Crown to the ground.

Thou hast broken down all his Hedges, and made his Strong Holds a Ruine.

All that pass by spoil him: he is become a reproach to his Neighbours.

Thou hast set up the Right hand of his Adversaries; thou hast made all his Enemies to re∣joyce.

Thou hast also turned the edge of his Sword, and givest him not victory in the Battel.

Thou hast made his glory to cease, and hast cast his Throne down to the ground.

The days of his Youth hast thou shortened, and covered him with dishonour.

How long, Lord, wilt thou hide thy self for ever? Shall thy wrath burn like fire.

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Behold, O God, our Defender, and look upon the face of thine Anointed.

Comfort us again now after the days wherein thou hast afflicted us and the years wherein we have seen adversity.

Shew thy Servants thy Work, and their Children thy glory. And the Glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us.

IV. TRuly God is good to Isra∣el, even to such as are of a clean heart.

But as for me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well nigh slipt:

For I was zealous at the foolish, when I saw the Prosperity of the wicked:

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For they are in no peril of Death, but their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble with the weak, neither are they scourg∣ed like other men.

Therefore Pride compasseth them as a Chain, Violence cover∣eth them as a Garment.

Their eyes swell with fatness, they have surpassed the imaginati∣ons of their heart.

They deride and speak malici∣ously, from on high they speak Oppression.

They set their Mouth against the Heavens, and their Tongue walked through the Earth.

And they say, How doth God know? Is there Knowledge in the most High?

Behold, these are the Ungod∣ly, these prosper in the world, they increase in riches.

Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and wash∣ed

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my hands in innocency.

If I say, I will speak thus, I should offend against the genera∣tion of thy Children.

And I thought to know this which was grievous in my eyes.

And I went into the Sanctuary, then understood I the end of these men.

Surely thou settest them in slip∣pery places, thou castest them down into destruction.

How are they brought into de∣solation; As in a moment they are utterly consumed with ter∣rors.

As a Dream when one awa∣keth, so (Lord) when they awake thou shalt destroy their shadow.

Fret not thy self because of the evil doers; neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

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For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green Herb.

I have seen the wicked in great power, aud spreading himself like a green Tree:

And he passed away, and lo he was not; yea I sought him, but he could not be found.

Mark the perfect man, and be∣hold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.

But the Transgressors shall be destroyed together, and the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

For the Salvation of the righte∣ous of the Lord: he is their strength in time of trouble.

And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: he shall deli∣ver them from the wicked, and save them because they trust in him.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

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As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.


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