For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner: as all my fathers were. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength before I go hence, and be

no more seen.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the, &c.


ORD, thou hast been our refuge; from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made; thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.

Thou turnest man to destruction again thou sayest, Come again ye children of


For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday seeing that is past as a watch in the night.

As soon as thou scatterest them, they are ven as a sleep; and fade away suddenly ike the grass.

In the morning it is green and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

For we consume away in thy displeasure; and are afraid at thy wrathful indigna


Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee; and our secret sins in the light of thy coun


For when thou art angry, all our days are gone we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

The days of our age are threescore years and ten, and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years; yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow: so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.

But who regardeth the power of thy wrath for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.

So teach us to number our days; that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last; and be gracious unto thy servants.

O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Comfort us again now after the time. that thou hast plagued us: and for the wherein we have suffered adversity.


Shew thy servants thy work: and their children thy glory.

And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handy work.

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Glory be to the Father, &c.

As it was in the, &c.

Then shall follow the Lesson taken out of the fifteenth Chapter of the former Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

1. COR. 15. 20.


OW is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's, at his coming. Then cometh the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power, For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that

shall be destroyed is death: for he hath put put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men 1 have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it

chance of wheat, or of some other grain: but God giveth it a body, as it hath pleased him and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead: it is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which was spiritual; but that which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As earthy, such are they that are

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