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Sunday, October 16, 2005

A Morning Prayer

Glory bo to Thee, O Lord,
Glory to Thee.
Glory to Thee
Who hast given me sleep
To recruit my weakness,
And to remit the toils of this fretful flesh.

To this day and all days,
A perfect,
Sinless course,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

The angel of peace,
A faithful guide,
Guardian of souls and bodies,
To encamp round about me,
And ever to prompt what is salutary,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Pardon and remission
Of all sins and of all offences,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

To our souls
What is good and convenient,
And peace to the world,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Repentance and strictness
For the residue of our life,
And health
And peace to the end,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report,
If there be any virtue,
If there be any praise,
That I may think on these things and do them,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

A Christian close,
Without sin,
Without shame,
And, should it please Thee,
Without pain,
And a good answer
At the dreadful judgement seat of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Vouchsafe, O Lord.

--by Lancelot Andrewes
from "The Private Prayers of Lancelot Andrewes"
translated by John Henry Newman
put into verse by EJ
(Andrewes wrote his private devotions in Greek.)


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