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chief Ends be those for which Matrimony was ordained. 1. Let me chiefly aim at Religion and Vira tue, Wisdom land. Discretion, and such other good Qualities and Difpofitions in a Partner, às are most likely to last and continue, and not such only as please: for a Time, and will bear little satisfactory Reflection afterwards.
O Lord the Sovereign and wise Disposer of all Things! grant I may duly consider that a Man's Heart deviseth a Way, and proposeth a Delign to make his Life easy and happy: Yet thou, O Lord, directes his Steps, and determineft the Event, and givest: luch: Issues as it pleases thee, and when thou feest fit, many Times quite contrary to what he intended or perfuaded himself of; I know the Way of Man is not in himself, it is not in Man that walketh, to direct his own. Steps.
Let me therefore in all my Ways acknowledge thée, that thou mayest vouchsafe to direct my Paths :: Let me not trust to my own Prudence, Care, Skill, or on any human Aid; but let me seek to engage thy good' Providence on my Behalf, and only Regard to do my own Duty ; because the Events are thine, and thou canst turn the faireft Prospects of Happinefs to my Punithment and Misery: And far be it from me, O God, to endeavour to rescue them out of thy Hand, by Fraud or Falsehood, or by uling any dishonest or unworthy Means to bring this or any other Purpose about ; al. ways remembering, that he that walketh uprightly, walketh furely. And let me wait thy Time, and think that always beft: for thou only knoweft what Things are joined to, and are the Consequences of other, and what is fittest for me, and for my greatest Happiness; and haft promised that alt Things thall work together for Good thofe that love thee: In Confidence hereof, let me rest satisfied with that State and Condition (whatever it be) that thou in thy Wisdom and Goodnefs fhalt order me. O Lord, vouchfafe to hear my Prayers, which I offer through the Mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen.
A Prayer for a Married Man in Behalf of
O Almighty God and merciful Father,
who by thy Wisdom and Providence has appointed the several Places and Stations of Men in this World; thou haft
called me to the State of Marriage, which is honourable, because instituted by thee; and which thou hast ordained for the Comfort and Happiness of us thy Creatures, and for many other wise and good Ends. Sanctify it to me, I humbly beseech thee, and grant that I may never abuse it to any base or un worthy Purposes; but so behave myself under this, and all other Conditions of
my Life, as becomes the Servant of the everblessed Jesus.
To this End, O Lord, give me a meek and gentle Spirit, a Spirit of Love, and Kindness, and Charity, that is not easily provoked, nor apt to entertain angry and unkind Resentments; that I may love my Wife with a hearty, and sincere Afe fećtion.
Let me never exercise that Authority thou hast given me, in a severe, arbitrary, and tyrannical Manner; but with Kindness and Condescension, Prudence and Discretion, endeavouring, as much as in me lies, to make my Wife easy and happy all her Days; and grant that she may never, by any Follies or Extravagance of mine, be made miserable while I live, nor left destitute and unprovided when I die. Make me faithful and conscientious, O R
Lord, in the Discharge of that solemn Vow and Promise which I made upon my entering into this holy State, and of those Duties which it engages me to: O let me never wander after such strange and forbidden Pleasures, nor be inordinate in the Use of those that are lawful; but grant that all my Actions may be governed by the Rules of Purity and Holiness, of Justice and Sobriety, having always before my Eyes that strict Account, which I must one Day give.
O let me never waste and consume my Time and Substance, in Surfeiting and Drunkenness, in Riot and Disorder : but grant that by Diligence and Industry, and by thy Blessing accompanying all my Endeavours, I may be enabled to provide for my Wife and Children in such a Manner, as may conduce to their Happiness, both here and hereafter.
O let thy Blessing rest upon the Head of her, whom thou hast given to be my
Wife: Give her Length of Days (if it be thy blessed Will) and increase in her ever more and more the Virtues of Meekness and Humility, of Kindness and Condescension, and all other divine Virtues, that the may
an Ornament to her Sex, and a real Blessing and Comfort to me.
Let all Strife and Contention, all Heat and Passion, Repinings and Discontent, be far from us; and let true Christian Love and Peace dwell in our Hearts. Make us eminent Examples to all about us, of a holy and blameless Conversation ; and grant that we may live together in an inviolable Bond of Love and Friendship, bearing with one another's Infirmities, and studying to promote the Welfare and Happiness, the Support and Comfort of each other: 0 make us so faithful to discharge all our Duties in this Life, that when thou shalt be pleased to take us hence, we may dwell with thee in Life everlasting, through the Merits of thy dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for a Married Woman in Behalf
of her Husband. O Alimighty God! Thou art the Sove
reign Lord of Heaven and Earth, and orderest and disposest all Things, and all Persons, as it seemeth best to thy godly Wisdom: Thou hast been pleased to call me to the State of Marriage, which is ho