The Christian's pattern: or, A treatise of the imitation of Jesus Christ, in four books, by Thomas Kempis, render'd into Engl. To which are added, Meditations and prayers, for sick persons. By G. Stanhope. [Another]

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Page 203 - O that I had wings like a dove ! For then would I fly away, and be at rest.
Page 17 - My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Page 105 - No, let a penitent and contrite spirit always be my portion, and may I ever so be the favourite of heaven, as never to forget that I am chief of sinners. Knowledge in the sublime and glorious mysteries of the Christian faith, and ravishing contemplations of God and a future state, are most desirable advantages; but still I prefer charity which edifieth, before the highest intellectual perfections of that knowledge which puffeth up.
Page 16 - Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the Devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness...
Page 21 - Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need ; we fly...
Page 17 - Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Page 32 - O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Page 87 - ... That aspires and aims at a likeness to God ; this makes us really like Him. We should find no difficulty in any good action were but our minds free from all intemperate passion and desire. And this perfection of freedom we should not fail to attain, did we in all our designs and undertakings propose no other ends than obedience to the will of God, and promoting the good of our neighbour. Were but our minds thus fixed and our intentions regulated, everything would strangely contribute to our edification.
Page 105 - ... they have it. Might I be allowed to choose my own lot, I should think it much more eligible to want my spiritual comforts, than to abound in these at the expense of my humility. No, let a penitent and contrite spirit always be...

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