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5 Then shall he speak unto them | enemies upon the cheek-bone; thou in his wrath : and vex them in his hast broken the teeth of the unsore displeasure.

godly. 6 Yet have I set my King : upon 8 Salvation belongeth unto the my holy hill of Sion.

LORD : and Thy blessing is upon Thy 7 I will preach the law, whereof the people. LORD hath said unto me : Thou art Ant. I cried unto the LORD with my my Son, this day have I begotten voice, and He heard me out of His thee.

holy hill. 8 Desire of me, and I shall give Ý. Thou hast crowned him, O LORD, thee the heathen for thine inherit- with glory and honour.

; and the utmost parts of the Ry. And hast set him over the earth for thy possession.

works of Thy hands. Our FATHER. 9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron : and break them in pieces Ben. The FATHER Eternal,

Abs. Hear, LORD. ¥. Sir, pray. like a potter's vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, ye Nocturn are read on the Festivals of

The following Lessons of the 1st kings : be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.

Martyrs and Bishops. But on the 11 Serve the LORD in fear : and Festivals of Martyrs not Bishops are rejoice unto Him with reverence.

read those set down hereafter in the 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,

Common of many Martyrs. and so ye perish from the right way : Of the Acts of the Apostles. if bis wrath be kindled, (yea, but a little,) blessed are all they that put

Lesson I. Chap. xx. their trust in him.

AND from Miletus he sent to Ant. Preaching the law of the LORD, Ephesus, and called the elders of he was set upon His holy hill.

the church. And when they were Ant. I cried * unto the LORD with come to him, he said unto them, Ye my voice: and He heard me out of His know, from the first day that I came

into Asia, after what manner I have

been with you at all seasons, serving Ps. iii. Domine, quid multiplicati ? the LORD with all humility of mind, LORD, how are they increased that and with many tears, and temptations,

trouble me : many are they that which befell me by the lying in wait rise against me.

of the Jews : and how I kept back 2 Many one there be that say of nothing that was profitable unto you, my soul : There is no help for him in but have shewed you, and have his GOD.

taught you publicly, and from house 3 But thou, O LORD, art my de- to house, testifying both to the Jews, fender : thou art my worship, and the and also to the Greeks, repentance lifter up of my head.

toward God, and faith toward our 4 I did call upon the LORD with my LORD JESUS CHRIST. And now, behold, voice : and he heard me out of His I go bound in the spirit unto Jeruholy hill.

salem, not knowing the things that 5 I laid me down and slept, and shall befall me there : save that the rose up again : for the LORD sustained Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,

saying that bonds and afflictions abide 6 I will not be afraid for ten thou. me. But none of these things move sands of the people : that have set me, neither count I my life dear unto themselves against me round about. myself, so that I might finish my

7 Up, LORD, and help me, O my course with joy, and the ministry, GOD : for thou smitest all mine which I have received of the LORD

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Jesus, to testify the gospel of the all things, how that so labouring ye grace of God.

ought to support the weak, and to Ry. This Saint contended for the remember the words of the LORD law of his God even to death, and Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed feared not the words of the wicked * to give than to receive. And when he for he was founded upon the Rock. had thus spoken, he kneeled down, y. This is he who despised the life and prayed with them all. And they of the world, and attained to the king- all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, dom of heaven. For. Ben. The only and kissed him, sorrowing most of all Begotten.

for the words which he spake, that

they should see his face no more. Lesson II.

And they accompanied him unto the AND now, behold, I know that ye ship. all, among whom I have gone

Rz. He had understanding of righpreaching the kingdom of God, shall teousness, and beheld great wonders, see my face no more. Wherefore I and made his supplication to the take you to record this day, that I am LORD, * and was found in the numpure from the blood of all men. For ber of the Saints. y. This is he that I have not shunned to declare unto despised the life of the world, and you all the counsel of God. Take attained to the Kingdom of Heaven. heed therefore unto yourselves, and to And. Glory. And. all the flock, over the which the HOLY Ghost hath made you overseers, to

SECOND NOCTURN. feed the church of God, which he hath

Ant. Know this also, * that the purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing that is godly.

LORD hath chosen to Himself the man shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of

Ps. iv. Cum invocarem. your own selves, shall men arise, HEAR me when I call

, O God of my thingsto draw

righteousness : thou hast set me away disciples after them. Therefore at liberty when I was in trouble; have watch, and remember, that by the mercy upon me, and hearken unto my space of three years I ceased not to

prayer. warn every one night and day with

2 O ye sons of men, how ong will tears.

ye blaspheme mine honour : and have Ry. The righteous shall blossom as such pleasure in vanity, and seek after a lily, * and shall flourish before the leasing ? LORD for ever. V. Such as 3 Know this also, that the LORD planted in the house of the LORD, in bath chosen to himself the man that the courts of the House of our God is godly : when I call upon the LORD, Shall. Ben. The grace.

he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not : comLesson III.

mune with your own heart, and in AND now, brethren, I commend you your chamber, and be still

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5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousgrace, which is able to build you up, ness: and put your trust in the LORD. and to give you an inheritance among 6 There be many that say : Who all them which are sanctified. I have will shew us any good ? coveted no man's silver, or gold, or 7 LORD, lift thou up : the light of apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, thy countenance upon us. that these hands have ministered 8 Thou hast put gladness in my unto my necessities, and to them that heart : since the time that their corn, were with me. I have shewed you and wine, and oil increased.

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9 I will lay me down in peace, and 13 For thou, LORD, wilt give thy take my rest : for it is thou, LORD, I blessing unto the righteous : and with only, that makest me dwell in safety. thy favourable kindness wilt thou

Ant. Know this also, that the LORD defend him as with a shield. hath chosen to Himself the man that Ant. With Thy favourable kindness is godly.

wilt Thou defend him, O LORD, as Ant. With Thy favourable kindness * with a shield. wilt Thou defend him, O LORD, as Ant. In the whole world * Thou with a shield.

hast crowned him with glory and

honour. Ps. v. Verba mea auribus. PONDER my words, 0 LORD: con

Ps. viii. Domine, Dominus noster. sider my meditation. 2 0 hearken thou unto the voice of O LORD our Governour, how excelmy calling, my King, and my God :

lent is thy Name in all the world : for unto thee will I make my prayer.

thou that hast set thy glory above the

heavens ! 3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O LORD : early in the morning will I

2 Out of the mouth of very babes direct my prayer unto thee, and will

and sucklings hast thou ordained

strength, because of thine enemies : 4 For thou art the God that hast that thou mightest still the enemy,

and the avenger. no pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any evil dwell with thee.

3 For I will consider thy heavens, 5 Such as be foolish shall not stand even the works of thy fingers : the in thy sight; for thou hatest all them moon and the stars, which thou hast that work vanity.

ordained. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that

4 What is man, that thou art mindspeak leasing : the Lord will abhor ful of him : and the son of man that

thou visitest him ? both the blood-thirsty and deceitful

5 Thou madest him lower than the ? But as for me, I will come into angels : to crown him with glory and thine house, even upon the multitude

worship.

6 Thou makest him to have doof thy mercy : and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

minion of the works of thy hands : and 8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righte- thou hast put all things in subjection

under his feet; ousness, because of mine enemies : make thy way plain before my face.

7 All sheep and oxen : yea, and the 9 For there is no faithfulness in his beasts of the field; mouth : their inward parts are very fishes of the sea : and whatsoever

8 The fowls of the air, and the wickedness. 10 Their throat is an open se

walketh through the paths of the pulchre : they flatter with their

9 0 LORD our Governour : how tongue. 11 Destroy thou them, O God; let excellent is thy Name in all the

world! them perish through their own imaginations : cast them out in the multi

Ant. In the whole world Thou tude of their ungodliness; for they hast crowned him with glory and have rebelled against thee.

honour. 12 And let all them that put their

Ý. Thou hast set upon his head, O trust in thee rejoice : they shall ever

LORD. be giving of thanks, because thou RY. A crown of pure gold. Our defendest them; they that love thy FATHER. Abs. His piety. y. Sir, Name shall be joyful in thee; pray. Ben. God the FATHER.

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the glory which shall be revealed in 44th Sermon on the Saints.

us. For our light affliction, which is

but for a moment, worketh for us a T E triumphal day of the blessed far more exceeding and eternal weight

Martyr N. has come round to us of glory. Weaned from this world by again to-day with its yearly festival; the love of such a promise, and unspeakand as the Church rejoices in his ably moved by the pleasant foretaste victory, so she proposes his steps for of heavenly sweetness, he said with us to follow. For if so be that we suffer the Psalmist, Whom have I in heaven with him, we shall be also glorified to- but Thee? and there is none upon gether. In whose glorious contest two earth that I desire in comparison with things are principally worthy of our Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth, consideration : the hardened cruelty of but God is the strength of my heart the torturer, and the unconquered and my portion for ever. patience of the Martyr. The cruelty Rz. Thou gavest him, O LORD, his of the torturer, that we may detest it: heart's desire : and didst not deny the patience of the Martyr, that we him the request of his lips. y. For may imitate it. Hear the Psalmist, Thou didst prevent him with the speaking against malice: Fret not blessings of goodness, and didst set a thyself because of the ungodly, for crown of pure gold upon his head. they shall soon be cut down like the And. Ben. God kindle. grass. But that patience must be shown towards the ungodly, hear the

Lesson VI. Apostle persuading: Ye have need of patience, that ye might receive the FOR he saw, as far as human weak

ness can in a riddle fix the mind's promises.

eye on eternity, how great are the joys Ry. The LORD made him honour of that heavenly city, and, unable to able, and guarded him from his relate them, cried out with admiration: enemies, and kept him safe from those What have I in heaven! as much as that lay in wait, and gave him to say, Beyond my power, beyond my eternal glory. Ý. He went down faculties of speech, beyond the capawith him to the pit, and left him city of my understanding, is that not in bonds. And.

beauty, that glory, that excellence,

wherein, far from the provoking of Lesson V.

men, in the secret of His presence THE patience therefore of the Christ Jesus our Lord shall change

blessed Martyr is crowned, and our vile body that it may be made like the ungoverned malice of the torturer unto His glorious body. Through the is given over to everlasting punish- contemplation of this perfect liberty ment. Awaiting this in his contest, he avoided no danger, he shrank from the glorious athlete of CHRIST dreaded no suffering : and if he could have not the dungeon. After the example died a thousand times, he did not of his Head, he endured reproaches, imagine that he could merit this bore up against derision, feared not liberty in any wise. the scourges, and as many sufferings as Ry. The LORD clothed him with the he endured for Christ before death, so garment of pleasantness, * and set many sacrifices of himself did he offer upon his head the crown of beauty. to CHRIST. For he retained, deepy. The LORD fed him with the bread within, that which he had drunk when of life and understanding, and gave the Apostle pledged him: I reckon him to drink of the water of wisdom. that the sufferings of this present time And. Glory. And.

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THIRD NOCTURN.

but is lowly in his own eyes : and Ant. The righteous LORD * loveth maketh much of them that fear the

LORD. righteousness : His countenance will

5 He that sweareth unto his neighbehold the thing that is just.

bour, and disappointeth him not : Ps. xi. In Domino confido.

though it were to his own hindrance.

6 He that hath not given his money IN the LORD put I my trust : how say yo then to my soul, that she upon usury : nor taken reward against

the innocent. should fee as a bird unto the hill ?

7 Whoso doeth these things : shall 2 For lo, the ungodly bend their

never fall. bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver : that they may nacle: he shall rest upon Thy holy

Ant. He shall dwell in Thy taberprivily shoot at them which are true

hill. of heart. 3 For the foundations will be cast

Ant. Thou hast set, O LORD, * down : and what hath the righteous crown of pure gold upon his head. done ?

Ps. xxi. Domine, in virtute tua. 4 The LORD is in his holy temple : THE King shall rejoice in thy the LORD's seat is in heaven.

O glad 5 His eyes consider the poor : and shall he be thy salvation. his eye-lids try the children of men.

2 Thou hast given him his heart's 6 The LORD alloweth the righteous : desire : and hast not denied him the but the ungodly, and him that de request of his lips. lighteth in wickedness doth his soul

3 For thou shalt prevent him with abhor. 7 Upon the ungodly he shall rain set a crown of pure gold upon his

the blessings of goodness : and shalt snares, fire and brimstone, storm and

head. tempest : this shall be their portion

4 He asked life of thee, and thou to drink. 8 For the righteous LORD loveth gavest him a long life : even for ever

and ever. righteousness : his countenance will

5 His honour is great in thy salvabehold the thing that is just.

tion : glory and great worship shalt Ant. The righteous LORD loveth thou lay upon him. righteousness : His countenance will 6 For thou shalt give him everlasting behold the thing that is just.

felicity : and make him glad with the Ant. He shall dwell * in Thy taber- joy of thy countenance. nacle : he shall rest upon Thy holy 7 And why? because the King bill.

putteth his trust in the LORD : and in

the mercy of the most Highest he Ps. XV. Domine, quis habitabit ?

shall not miscarry. LORD, who shall dwell in thy ta- 8 All thine enemies shall feel thy

bernacle ; or who shall rest upon hand : thy right hand shall find out thy holy hill ?

them that hate thee. 2 Even he, that leadeth an uncor- 9 Thou shalt make them like a fiery rupt life : and doeth the thing which oven in time of thy wrath : the LORD is right, and speaketh the truth from shall destroy them in his displeasure, his heart.

and the fire shall consume them. 3 He that háth used no deceit in 10 Their fruit shalt thou root out of his tongue, nor done evil to his neigh- the earth : and their seed from among bour : and hath not slandered his the children of men. neighbour.

11 For they intended mischief 4 He that setteth not by himself, against thee : and imagined such a

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