01 January 2017

Lancelot Andrewes: A Prayer


Give me a heart, which may love thee 
with so true, faithful, and constant affection, 
as that nothing under the sun 
may separate me from the love of thee. 
Let me not follow the love of the world, 
or delight in the vanities of it any longer: 
but give me power to kill and quench all other love and desires, 
and to love thee only, 
desire thee only, 
and only think of thee, 
and thy commandments: 
that all my affections and thoughts may be fixed on thee; 
that in all temptations and adversities, 
I may have recourse to thee only, 
and receive all comfort from thee alone, 
who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.

Lancelot Andrewes