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Lazy Folks take the most Pains. Also, Give a
Man his Bread and Cheese when he has earn'd it.

FABLE XI. Of the old woman and her Maids.


idle Maids, would oblige them to rise every Morning at the Cock-crowing.

But the Maids looking on this as an Hardship, resolved to put a Stop to this growing Evil, and so cut off the Cock's Head; thinking that they might then lie a-Bed securely, and indulge themselves in their Laziness.

But the careful Mitress soon frustrated their Designs, and ordered a Bell to be brought to her, with which the ever after


them up at Midnight.

The Interpretation. It is good to be Industrious 3. for Laziness is commonly punished with Want, and Drowsiness ; faith Solomon, wilt aver a Man with Rags,

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* A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush,

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FABLE XII. Of the Fisherman and the Fish. ,

Fisherman having cast his Line in the Water, presently

after drew up a Fish. The little Captive entreated the Fisherman that he would spare her (she being but small) till she was grown larger ; and then she would suffer herself to be taken by him again.

No, no, replies the Fisherman, I am not to be so served : If I let you go, I must never expect to see you any more ; neither thould I have caught you now, if


had known there was a Hook within the Bait : And I was always of that Temper, that whatever I could catch, I had rather take it away than leave it behind me.

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The Interpretation.
Neder let go a Certainty for an Uncertainty.


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A New Guide to the English Tongue.


Particular Forms of PRAY E R.

Public PRAYERS for the Use of Schools.

In the Morning


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bly beseech Thee to pour into our Hearts, as into their proper Channels, the pure Waters of Learning. And because Thou hast made no Man for himself only, but all of us for the mutual Help of each other, grant that we may so diligently apply ourselves to our Studies, that increasing every Day in Piety and good Literature, we may at length become not only useful to ourselves, but ornamental also, both to the State we live in, and to the true holy catholic Church. More especially we pray Thee to give us all Grace to grow wife unto the eternal Salvation of our immortal Souls ; and this we beg for Jesus Christ his Sake : In whose holy Name and Words we further pray unto Thee, saying, OUTRO

UR Father, which art in Heaven ; Hallowed be tby Name.

Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this Day, our daily Bread. And forgive us our Trespalles, As we forgive them that trespass again

And lead us not into Temptation ; But deliver us from Evil: For thine is the Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. nen.

HE Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of

God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermora. Amen.


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In the Eveninge
Almighty God, and most merciful Father, we hum-

bly pray Thee to forgive all the Errors and Transgressjons which thou hast beheld in us, the Day past ; and help us to express our unfeigned Sorrow for what has been amiss, by our Care to amend it. What we know not, do Thou seach us : Instruct us in our Duty, both towards Thee, and towards Men; and give us Grace always to do those Things which are good and well-pleasing in thy Sight. Whatsoever good Instructions have been here given this. Day, grant that they may be carefully remembered and daily followed ; and whatsoever good Desires Thou hast put into our Hearts, grant that by the Affistance of thy Grace they may be brought to good Effect; that thy Name may have the Honour, and ourselves may

have Comfort at the Day of Account, through Jesus Chrift our Saviour : In whose holy Name and Words we further pray unto Thee, saying, Our Father, &c.

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Private PRA Y ER S.

A Prayer for Wisdom and Knowledge, to be faid by

a Child going to School, or at any other Time. O

A'mighty Lord and merciful Father, Maker of Hea

ven and Earth, who of thy free Liberality givelli Wisdom abundantly to all, who with Faith and full Alsurance ask it of Thee : Beautify by the Light of thy Heavenly Grace, the Towardnels of iny Wit, the which, with all the Powers of Nature Thou hast poured into me, that I may not only understand those Things, which may effectually bring me to the Knowledge of Thee, and the Lord Jesus our Saviour ; but also with my whole Heart and Will, constantly follow the fame, and receive daily Increase through thy bountiful Goodness towards me, as well in good Life, as Doctrin : So that 'Thou who workest all Things in all Creatures, mayest make thy gracious Benefits thine in me, to the endless Glory and Honour of thine immortal Majesty. Amelia

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A Morning Prayer for a Child.
Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting

God, who haft safely brought me to the Beginning of
this Day, defend me in the same with thy mighty Power.
Direct me in all my laudable and praise-worthy Under-
takings for the best, and bless me in them. Enlighten my
Understanding, strengthen my Memory, sanctify my Heart,
and guide me in my Life. Let the Duties of this Day be'
cheerfully undergone by me; and give me Grace lo to
apply myself to my Learning, that I may thereby become
a useful Member of the Common-Wealth. Grant that I may
be- obedient to my Parents, and to those who have the Care

my Education ; to behave myself soberly, and with good Manners to every ore; and that I may lead an innocent and inoffensive Life. Lord protect and defend all my Relations and Friends; and grant that none of us may fall into Sin, neither run into any kind of Danger; but that all our Doings may be ordered by thy Governance, to do always that is righteous in thy Sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory, World without end. Amen.

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An Evening Prayer for a Child.

Lord God Almighty, by whose. Providence I have been

preserved this Day from all Dangers, that might have befallen me, I humbly beseech Thee, to continue thy watchful Providence over me this Night. Let my Guardian

Angels defend me from all the Perils and Dangers of it ; proto and from all Assaults of my spiritual Enemies. And do * Thou, who art always more ready to hear than I am

to pray, and art wont to give more than either I desire
or deferve, pour down upon me the Abundance of thy
Mercy, forgiving me those Things whereof my Conscience
is afraid, and giving me those good Things which I

not worthy to ask : Graft in my Heart the Love of thy Hie Name, increase in me true Religion ; nourish me with all ü Goodness, and of thy great Mercy keep me in the fame..

And grant, O Lord, that I may so faithfully serve Thee
in this Life, that I fail' not finally to attain thy heavenly

Promises, which exceed all that I can desire ; through
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