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contentment

When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin
he became more dear to me than sin had formerly been;
his kindly rule replaced sin’s tyranny.

Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued
I must not only labour to overcome it,
but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it,
and he must become to me more than vile lust had been;
that his sweetness, power, life may be there.
This I must seek a grace from him contrary to sin,
but must not claim it apart from himself.

The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, p. 153
Edited by Arthur Bennett

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a colloquy on rejoicing

Remember, O my soul,
It is thy duty and privilege to rejoice in God;
He requires it of thee for all his favours of grace.
Rejoice then in the giver and his goodness,
Be happy in him, O my heart, and in nothing but God,
for whatever a man trusts in,
from that he expects happiness.

He who is the ground of thy faith
should be the substance of thy joy.

The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, p. 153
Edited by Arthur Bennett