who hast not cut off like a weaver my life,

nor from day even to night made an end of me.



as we add day to day,

so sin to sin.

The just falleth seven times a day;
and I, an exceeding sinner,
seventy times seven,

a wonderful, a horrible thing, O Lord.
But I turn with groans

from my evil ways,

and I return into my heart,

and with all my heart I turn to Thee,

O GOD of penitents and Saviour of sinners;
and evening by evening I will return
in the innermost marrow of my soul;
and my soul out of the deep
crieth unto Thee.

I have sinned, O LORD, against Thee,
heavily against Thee;

alas, alas, woe is me! for my misery.

I repent, O me! I repent, spare me, O LORD,

I repent, O me, I repent,

help Thou my impenitence.
Be appeased, spare me, O LORD;

be appeased, have mercy on me:

I said, LORD, have mercy upon me,
heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.

Have mercy upon me, O LORD, after Thy great goodness,

according to the multitude of Thy mercies

do away mine offences.

Remit the guilt,

heal the wound,

blot out the stains,

clear away the shame,

rescue from the tyranny,

and make me not a public example.

O bring Thou me out of my trouble,
cleanse Thou me from secret faults,

keep back Thy servant also from presumptuous sins.
My wanderings of mind
and idle talking

lay not to my charge.

Remove the dark and muddy flood

of foul and wicked thoughts.

I have destroyed myself;

whatever I have done amiss, pardon mercifully.
Deal not with us after our sins,
neither reward us after our iniquities.
Look mercifully upon our infirmities;
and for the glory of Thy All-holy Name,
turn from us all those ills and miseries,
which by our sins, and by us through them,
are most righteously and worthily deserved.

To my weariness, O LORD,
vouchsafe Thou rest,
to my exhaustion
renew Thou strength.

Lighten mine eyes that I sleep not in death.
Deliver me from the terror by night,

the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
Supply me with healthy sleep,

and to pass through this life without fear.
O keeper of Israel,

who neither slumberest nor sleepest,
guard me this night from all evil,
guard my soul, O LORD.

Visit me with the visitation of Thine own,
reveal to me wisdom in the visions of the night.
If not, for I am not worthy, not worthy,
at least, O loving LORD,

let sleep be to me a breathing time
as from toil, so from sin.

3. Commendation.


Yea, O LORD,

nor let me in my dreams imagine
what may anger Thee,
what may defile me.

Let not my loins be filled with illusions,

my reins chasten me in the night season,
yet without grievous terror.

Preserve me from the black sleep of sin;
all earthly and evil thoughts

put to sleep within me.
Grant to me light sleep,
rid of all imaginations
fleshly and satanical.
LORD, Thou knowest
how sleepless are mine unseen foes,
and how feeble my wretched flesh,
who madest me;

shelter me with the wing of Thy pity;
awaken me at the fitting time,
the time of prayer ;

and give me to seek Thee early, for Thy glory, and for Thy service.

Into Thy hands, O LORD, I commend myself,

my spirit, soul, and body:

Thou didst make, and didst redeem them;
and together with me, all my friends
and all that belongs to me.
Thou hast vouchsafed them to me, LORD,
in Thy goodness.

Guard my lying down and my rising up,
from henceforth and for ever.

Let me remember Thee on my bed,
and search out my spirit;

let me wake up and be present with Thee;

let me lay me down in peace, and take my rest:

for it is Thou, LORD, only

that makest me dwell in safety.



Introduction. Through the tender mercies of our GoD the day-spring from on high hath visited us. Glory be to Thee, O LORD, glory to Thee. Creator of the light,

and Enlightener of the world,

of the visible light,

the Sun's ray, a flame of fire,

day and night, evening and morning,— of the light invisible, the revelation of GOD, writings of the Law, oracles of Prophets,

music of Psalms, instruction of Proverbs, experience of Histories,

light which never sets.

GOD is the LORD who hath showed us light;

bind the sacrifice with cords,
yea even unto the horns of the altar.

VOL. V.-8.

O by Thy resurrection raise us up
unto newness of life,
supplying to us frames of repentance.
The GOD of peace,

who did bring again from the dead
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,



perfect us in every good work,
to do His will,

working in us what is acceptable before Him,

to whom be glory for ever.

Thou who didst send down on Thy disciples
on this day

Thy Thrice-Holy SPIRIT,

withdraw not Thou the gift, O LORD, from us,
but renew it in us, day by day,
who ask Thee for it.

Merciful and pitiful LORD,
Long-suffering and full of pity,

I have sinned, LORD, I have sinned against Thee;
O me, wretched that I am,

I have sinned, Lord, against Thee,

much and grievously,

in attending on vanities and lies.

I conceal nothing:

(1) Confession.

I make no excuses.

I give Thee glory, O LORD, this day,
I denounce against myself my sins;
Truly I have sinned before the LORD,
and thus and thus have I done.
I have sinned and perverted

that which was right,

and it profited me not. And what shall I now say?

or with what shall I open my mouth?

What shall I answer, seeing I have done it? Without plea, without defence, self-condemned, am I. I have destroyed myself.

Unto Thee, O LORD, belongeth righteousness,
but unto me confusion of face,

because Thou art just in all that is come upon me;

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